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Title: Obama is Bush III - Next continuation of insanity...Extraordinary Rendition
Post by: Dig on August 22, 2009, 08:38:50 pm
Extraordinary rendition for … white-collar criminals?
http://rawstory.com/08/news/2009/08/22/extraordinary-rendition-white-collar/
By Daniel Tencer Published: August 22, 2009


Opponents of the practice of extraordinary rendition are growing increasingly vocal about the case of Raymond Azar, a Lebanese construction contractor who was picked up by the FBI on allegations of bribery, shackled, blindfolded and flown to the United States for trial.

It’s a case that the Los Angeles Times referred to Saturday as the “first rendition under [President] Obama.”

In affidavits filed in federal court, Azar says he was denied food, placed in a freezing room and threatened with never seeing his family again unless he confessed to the charges, the Times reports.

The FBI denies only the claim that Azar was told he would never see his family again. The bureau says it followed “standard operating procedure” in bringing him to the United States.

Azar pleaded guilty last week in a US federal court to conspiracy to commit bribery, and faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Yet human rights groups and government watchdogs are growing increasingly alarmed by what they see as the adoption of “extraordinary rendition” practices to crimes that don’t involve terrorism.

Joanne Mariner, terrorism policy director at Human Rights Watch, called the case “bizarre” and told the Times: “He was treated like a high-security terrorist instead of someone accused of a relatively minor white-collar crime.”

Despite Azar’s guilty plea, the circumstances of his arrest and interrogation will likely lead observers to question the outcome of his trial. The Times reports that Azar signed documents he did not understand because he was “frightened for his immediate safety … and under the belief he would end up in the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay or Abu Ghraib to be tortured,” according to his lawyers.

In an article about the case for the Huffington Post, human rights lawyer and journalist Scott Horton points to an article then-presidential candidate Barack Obama wrote for the journal Foreign Affairs, in which Obama advocated “ending the practice of shipping away prisoners in the dead of night to be tortured in far-off countries, of detaining thousands without charge or trial, of maintaining a network of secret prisons to jail people beyond the reach of law.”

In an audio interview, Horton told Democracy Now! that Obama “never went as far as to say no more renditions,” and the Azar case “shows … how the program is being carried forward. And to a large extent, it’s a trip back to renditions the way they occurred in the Clinton era. This is what we call ‘rendition to justice’.”

But Horton points out that “renditions have not been used in a case like this before,” even in the pre-Bush era. “They’ve been reserved for drug kingpins and terrorists.”

Added Horton: “These procedures, if they’re standard procedures, they’re procedures that we’ve seen employed before in connection with renditions. And in a criminal justice perspective, they’re really abusive.”

The Times describes the FBI sting that caught Azar:

Arrested along with Azar was Dinorah Cobos, 52, a naturalized American from Honduras. Cobos, who did not make the same claims of abuse, this week pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bribery.

Azar and Cobos worked for a Lebanese construction company, Sima Salazar Group, which was awarded more than $50 million in Pentagon contracts for reconstruction and supply work in Afghanistan. In December, according to the indictment, the pair offered to pay kickbacks to an Army Corps of Engineers officer in Kabul. In exchange, he agreed to approve $13 million in outstanding bills from Sima Salazar.

Over the next four months, according to the charges, more than $106,000 was wired to the officer’s bank account in Manassas. But the case was an FBI sting, and Azar and Cobos were arrested at Camp Eggers, a U.S. military base in Kabul, after being lured to a meeting April 7.

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Yeah buddy, I got ur change right here
Title: Re: Obama is Bush III - Next continuation of insanity...Extraordinary Rendition
Post by: luckee1 on August 22, 2009, 09:00:24 pm
This goes in the 'WTF?' file.

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Lebanese construction contractor who was picked up by the FBI on allegations of bribery, shackled, blindfolded and flown to the United States for trial.
  We can just go to any country and take people?  When did that become legal?
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The FBI denies only the claim that Azar was told he would never see his family again. The bureau says it followed “standard operating procedure” in bringing him to the United States.
  WHAT FRIGGIN SOP IS THAT!!
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But Horton points out that “renditions have not been used in a case like this before,” even in the pre-Bush era. “They’ve been reserved for drug kingpins and terrorists.”

Added Horton: “These procedures, if they’re standard procedures, they’re procedures that we’ve seen employed before in connection with renditions. And in a criminal justice perspective, they’re really abusive.”

Title: Re: Obama is Bush III - Next continuation of insanity...Extraordinary Rendition
Post by: Dig on August 22, 2009, 09:06:29 pm
This goes in the 'WTF?' file.
  We can just go to any country and take people?  When did that become legal?  WHAT FRIGGIN SOP IS THAT!!


He just went into General Motors, took the CEO and said you all are f-d!

He went into Guaranty Bank, seized all assets and said you all are speaking spanol now!

HOPE!!!!

CHANGE!!!!!!!
Title: Re: Obama is Bush III - Next continuation of insanity...Extraordinary Rendition
Post by: NWOSCUM on August 22, 2009, 09:21:23 pm
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Title: Lebanese Man 1st Obama-Era Rendition is Charged With Bribery Not Terrorism
Post by: Optimus on August 23, 2009, 09:48:51 am
Extraordinary rendition for … white-collar criminals?
http://rawstory.com/08/news/2009/08/22/extraordinary-rendition-white-collar/
By Daniel Tencer
Published: August 22, 2009

Opponents of the practice of extraordinary rendition are growing increasingly vocal about the case of Raymond Azar, a Lebanese construction contractor who was picked up by the FBI on allegations of bribery, shackled, blindfolded and flown to the United States for trial.

It’s a case that the Los Angeles Times referred to Saturday as the “first rendition under [President] Obama.”

In affidavits filed in federal court, Azar says he was denied food, placed in a freezing room and threatened with never seeing his family again unless he confessed to the charges, the Times reports.

The FBI denies only the claim that Azar was told he would never see his family again. The bureau says it followed “standard operating procedure” in bringing him to the United States.

Azar pleaded guilty last week in a US federal court to conspiracy to commit bribery, and faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Yet human rights groups and government watchdogs are growing increasingly alarmed by what they see as the adoption of “extraordinary rendition” practices to crimes that don’t involve terrorism.

Joanne Mariner, terrorism policy director at Human Rights Watch, called the case “bizarre” and told the Times: “He was treated like a high-security terrorist instead of someone accused of a relatively minor white-collar crime.”

Despite Azar’s guilty plea, the circumstances of his arrest and interrogation will likely lead observers to question the outcome of his trial. The Times reports that Azar signed documents he did not understand because he was “frightened for his immediate safety … and under the belief he would end up in the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay or Abu Ghraib to be tortured,” according to his lawyers.

In an article about the case for the Huffington Post, human rights lawyer and journalist Scott Horton points to an article then-presidential candidate Barack Obama wrote for the journal Foreign Affairs, in which Obama advocated “ending the practice of shipping away prisoners in the dead of night to be tortured in far-off countries, of detaining thousands without charge or trial, of maintaining a network of secret prisons to jail people beyond the reach of law.”

In an audio interview, Horton told Democracy Now! that Obama “never went as far as to say no more renditions,” and the Azar case “shows … how the program is being carried forward. And to a large extent, it’s a trip back to renditions the way they occurred in the Clinton era. This is what we call ‘rendition to justice’.”

But Horton points out that “renditions have not been used in a case like this before,” even in the pre-Bush era. “They’ve been reserved for drug kingpins and terrorists.”

Added Horton: “These procedures, if they’re standard procedures, they’re procedures that we’ve seen employed before in connection with renditions. And in a criminal justice perspective, they’re really abusive.”

The Times describes the FBI sting that caught Azar:

    Arrested along with Azar was Dinorah Cobos, 52, a naturalized American from Honduras. Cobos, who did not make the same claims of abuse, this week pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bribery.

    Azar and Cobos worked for a Lebanese construction company, Sima Salazar Group, which was awarded more than $50 million in Pentagon contracts for reconstruction and supply work in Afghanistan. In December, according to the indictment, the pair offered to pay kickbacks to an Army Corps of Engineers officer in Kabul. In exchange, he agreed to approve $13 million in outstanding bills from Sima Salazar.

    Over the next four months, according to the charges, more than $106,000 was wired to the officer’s bank account in Manassas. But the case was an FBI sting, and Azar and Cobos were arrested at Camp Eggers, a U.S. military base in Kabul, after being lured to a meeting April 7.
Title: Re: Lebanese Man 1st Obama-Era Rendition is Charged With Bribery Not Terrorism
Post by: Dok on August 23, 2009, 09:53:28 am
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Joanne Mariner, terrorism policy director at Human Rights Watch, called the case “bizarre” and told the Times: “He was treated like a high-security terrorist instead of someone accused of a relatively minor white-collar crime.”

shes apparently never watched Law and Order before.
Title: Lebanese man is target of first rendition under Obama
Post by: StemCell on August 23, 2009, 11:47:25 am
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/afghanistan/la-na-rendition22-2009aug22,0,2566307.story

A Lebanese citizen being held in a detention center here was hooded, stripped naked for photographs and bundled onto an executive jet by FBI agents in Afghanistan in April, making him the first known target of a rendition during the Obama administration.

Unlike terrorism suspects who were secretly snatched by the CIA and harshly interrogated and imprisoned overseas during the George W. Bush administration, Raymond Azar was flown to this Washington suburb for a case involving inflated invoices.

Azar, 45, pleaded guilty Tuesday to conspiracy to commit bribery, the only charge against him. He faces a maximum of five years in prison, but a sentence of 2 1/2 years or less is likely under federal guidelines.

Defense lawyers and prosecutors declined to comment on the case Friday.

But Joanne Mariner, terrorism and counter-terrorism director at Human Rights Watch, called the case "bizarre."

"He was treated like a high-security terrorist instead of someone accused of a relatively minor white-collar crime," she said.

Justice Department lawyers have denied any misconduct in the case.

"The FBI followed standard operating procedures when transporting prisoners to the United States," Gina Talamona, a Justice Department spokeswoman, said Friday. She said restraints "were used with the sole purpose of ensuring the safety of the defendants and the agents."

As the Obama administration steps up efforts to curb fraud at military facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan, a senior Army official said Azar's case "should serve as a warning" to other contractors.

In court papers, Azar said he was denied his eyeglasses, not given food for 30 hours and put in a freezing room after his arrest by "more than 10 men wearing flak jackets and carrying military style assault rifles."

Azar also said he was shackled and forced to wear a blindfold, dark hood and earphones for up to 18 hours on a Gulfstream V jet that flew him from Bagram air base, outside Kabul, to Virginia.

Before the hood was put on, he said, one of his captors waved a photo of Azar's wife and four children and warned Azar that he would "never see them again" unless he confessed.

"Frightened for his immediate safety . . . and under the belief he would end up in the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay or Abu Ghraib to be tortured," Azar signed a paper he did not understand, his lawyers told the court.

Prosecutors, however, said that Azar was "treated professionally," kept in a heated room, offered food and water repeatedly and "provided with comfortable chairs to sit in."

They said he was photographed naked and subjected to a cavity search to ensure that he did not carry hidden weapons and was fit for travel. Court records confirmed that Azar was shackled at the ankles, waist and wrists and made to wear a blindfold, hood and earphones aboard the plane.

Prosecutors also said that FBI agents read Azar his rights against self-incrimination on three occasions, and that he "voluntarily" waived them.

The FBI agent in charge, Perry J. Goerish, denied in an affidavit that Azar was "told he would never see his family again unless he confessed."

Arrested along with Azar was Dinorah Cobos, 52, a naturalized American from Honduras. Cobos, who did not make the same claims of abuse, this week pleaded guilty to conspiracy and bribery.

Their case is different from the widely criticized "extraordinary renditions" carried out after the Sept. 11 attacks. In those cases, CIA teams snatched suspected Al Qaeda members and other alleged terrorists overseas and flew them, shackled and hooded, to prisons outside the United States without any arrest warrants or other judicial proceedings.

The FBI arrested Azar and Cobos with warrants signed by a federal magistrate. And the State Department, Talamona said, asked the government of Afghanistan "for its consent in advance to take these two individuals into custody and return them to the United States to stand trial. They consented to our request."

Azar and Cobos worked for a Lebanese construction company, Sima Salazar Group, which was awarded more than $50 million in Pentagon contracts for reconstruction and supply work in Afghanistan. In December, according to the indictment, the pair offered to pay kickbacks to an Army Corps of Engineers officer in Kabul. In exchange, he agreed to approve $13 million in outstanding bills from Sima Salazar.

Over the next four months, according to the charges, more than $106,000 was wired to the officer's bank account in Manassas. But the case was an FBI sting, and Azar and Cobos were arrested at Camp Eggers, a U.S. military base in Kabul, after being lured to a meeting April 7.

Sima Salazar Group is also under indictment.

On Wednesday, Cobos' sister, Gloria Martinez, 61, pleaded guilty in federal court in New Orleans to conspiracy and two counts of bribery in a related case. Prosecutors said Martinez, a senior Army Corps of Engineers official, accepted $425,000 in cash, jewelry and other gifts for herself and Cobos from companies seeking military contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

As a candidate last year, President Obama vowed to end "the practice of shipping away prisoners in the dead of night to be tortured in far-off countries."

After taking office, he ordered the CIA to close its network of "black site" prisons and promised to shutter the detention camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The Justice Department has seized and transported foreign drug lords, terrorists and other high-profile fugitives to U.S. courtrooms when normal extradition was not considered possible. The Supreme Court ruled in 1992 that such renditions, as the transfers are known, are permissible.

In 1997, for example, FBI agents in Pakistan captured Mir Aimal Kasi, who was on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list, and returned him to Washington to stand trial. Kasi was convicted of murder in the killing of two CIA employees and was executed in Virginia in 2002.

Azar is hardly in the same league, but Talamona pointed out that "we take very seriously criminal fraud against the United States government."
Title: Re: Obama is Bush III - Next continuation of insanity...Extraordinary Rendition
Post by: Geniocrat on August 26, 2015, 02:23:39 pm
This is why you vote for the non-Globalist Constitution Party people......

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkscEZ0-HQw

...and don't say nobody knew.....