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« Reply #80 on: September 15, 2009, 01:44:10 am »
The War Crimes Doctrine


President George W. Bush declared, “Iraq is overcoming decades of a vicious tyranny, where governmental authority stemmed solely from fear, terror, and brutality. We will ensure that one brutal dictator is not replaced by another.” And yet the actions of President Bush and his administration suggest that that is precisely what they intended to do. Bush & Co. have systematically implemented an inherently genocidal policy in Iraq; worse, their repeated endeavors to establish American immunity from the Geneva Conventions and any other form of international law reflect the administration’s treasonous attempts to circumvent humanitarian law in an effort to “legally” commit war crimes in Iraq.
 

In Nuremberg, U.S. Justice Robert Jackson proclaimed, “No grievances or policies will justify resort to aggressive war. It is utterly renounced and condemned as an instrument of policy.” Yet in 2002, after declaring the war on terror “of uncertain duration,” the Bush Administration enacted the Bush Doctrine of Pre-Emptive Self Defense, which ratified President Bush’s right to launch “pre-emptive strikes” even in the absence of any immediate threat. Perhaps most alarming is the doctrine’s outright dismissal of international laws and institutions, of which it deems to be of little value.
 

Senator Robert Byrd asserts, “Under this strategy, the President lays claim to an expansive power to use our military to strike other nations first, even if we have not been threatened or provoked.” The ideological ramifications of the Bush Doctrine exemplify the United States’ adherence to policy predicated on institutionalized genocide.
 

To initiate a war of aggression without facing immediate threat from combatants and civilians is, according to the Nuremberg Tribunal, to commit the “supreme international crime differing only from other war crimes in that it contains within itself the accumulated evil of the whole.”
 

The Nuremberg Charter defines crimes against humanity as “murder, extermination, enslavement, deportation, and other inhumane acts committed against civilian populations, before or during a war; or persecutions on political, racial, or religious grounds in execution of or in connection with any crime within the jurisdiction of the Tribunal, whether or not in violation of the domestic law of the country where perpetrated.”
 

Granted the perpetration of genocide in Iraq differs in several respects from conventional ideological workings of the term, of which genocide is generally defined in terms of blatant acts of racial extermination, as in the Holocaust, Rwanda, Cambodia, and other cases of the like.  The U.S. has not stated an explicit intent to commit mass genocide against the Iraqi people; however, International Humanitarian Law, especially the Law of Geneva, comprised of the four Geneva Conventions of 1949 and the 1977 Additional Protocols, defines genocide by its intent.  Article 2 of the 1948 Geneva Convention, “Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide,” defines genocide as the following:  ”Genocide means any of the following acts committed with the intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial, or religious group, as such: (a) Killing members of the group; (b) Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; (c) Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; (d) Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; (e) Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”
 

Furthermore, the War Crimes Act of 1996 makes violations of the Geneva Conventions serious crimes under American law. The Bush Administration’s explicit approval of and, in many cases, direct mandates and authorizations ordering violations of international law – including, but certainly not limited to, torture and depraved exploitation and mishandling of Iraqi detainees, many of whom are innocent civilians guilty of nothing more than the crime of being an Iraqi national, contracting death squads to engage in unsanctioned killings, and reckless killing of Iraqi civilians – are “not just matters of policy or of competence. Rather, they are crimes that violate both international and national law. They are crimes that have come to be known as war crimes.”
 

The War Crimes Act defines a war crime as any conduct (1) defined as a grave breach in any of the international conventions signed at Geneva 12 August 1949, or any protocol to such convention to which the United States is a party; (2) prohibited by Article 23, 25, 27, or 28 of the Annex to the Hague Convention IV, Respecting the Laws and Customs of War on Land, signed 18 October 1907; (3) which constitutes a violation of common Article 3 of the international conventions signed at Geneva, 12 August 1949, or any protocol to such convention to which the United States is a party and which deals with non- international armed conflict; or (4) of a person who, in relation to an armed conflict and contrary to the provisions of the Protocol on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Mines, Booby-Traps and Other Devices as amended at Geneva on 3 May 1996 (Protocol II as amended on 3 May 1996), when the United States is a party to such Protocol, willfully kills or causes serious injury to civilians. 
 

Acting executive director of the Middle East division at Human Rights Watch, Joe Stork has had occasion to witness Americans’ sense of impunity.  ”Soldiers must know that they will be held accountable for the improper use of force…Right now, soldiers feel they can pull the trigger without coming under review.” 
 

In 2003, International Committee of the Red Cross spokesman Roland Huguenin recalled an “incredible” number of civilian casualties south of Baghdad, including “a truck [that] was delivering dozens of totally dismembered dead bodies of women and children. It was an awful sight.  It was really very difficult to believe this was happening.”
 

After serving in Iraq from April 2003 through March 2004, 22-year-old Michael Blake expressed considerable distress and anguish over his experience in Iraq; he admits he witnessed U.S. troops’ routine practice of killing innocent Iraqi civilians indiscriminately.  ”When IEDs…would go off by the side of the road, the instructions were – or the practice was – to basically shoot up the landscape, anything that moved. And that kind of thing would happen [frequently]…[many] innocent people were killed.”  Now an activist with Iraq Veterans Against the War, Blake recalls that the turning point for him came when he was asked to detain a group of Iraqi women and children, whose fathers and husbands were facing interrogation by U.S. troops.   “The men were taken away and the women were screaming and crying, and I just remember thinking this was exactly what Saddam used to do – and now we’re doing it.”
 

Joshua Keys, a US soldier who is currently seeking asylum in Canada, recalled the overarching mentality among US troops during the initial march into Baghdad: he claims military command told him and his fellow soldiers that the international law governing armed combat was merely “a guideline.” Keys described the atmosphere in Iraq as one of “shoot first, ask questions later. Everything’s justified.”
 

The 2003 Human Rights Watch Report states that while “the US military…is not deliberately targeting civilians, neither is it doing enough to minimize harm to civilians as required by international law.” And while Iraq is unarguably a hostile environment for US troops, that “does not absolve the [U.S.] military from its obligations to use force in a restrained, proportionate, and discriminate matter, and only when strictly necessary.”
 

Iraq as a cultural and historic entity faces thorough destruction by the pounding fists of the largest military machine in the world; already this tiny country has suffered 550,000 civilian casualties. Baghdad residents continue to complain of “aggressive and reckless behavior, physical abuse, and theft by US troops.” The U.S. has demonstrated an egregious disregard for human life in the countries it has deemed necessary to obliterate for national self-interest. Unmitigated genocide emerges as the fundamental basis of counter-insurgency warfare. The only means for the United States to achieve victory in Iraq lies in the extermination of the Iraqi population in its entirety, so as to ensure the eradication of all enemy guerillas or so-called “insurgents.”
 

President Bush’s war crimes and acts of genocide have failed thus far to spark widespread outrage: the Administration continues to make great efforts to pacify not only the Iraqi people but the American people, as well. The White House has failed miserably at the former and yet has succeeded with relative ease at the latter. Particularly in years following World War II, Americans have seen the United States as the champion of freedom, the defender of democracy on the world stage; the truth of U.S. involvement in Iraq will unarguably be a difficult pill to swallow for most Americans. Horror at the United States’ moral rectitude in its dealings with Iraq is glaringly absent. As a nation, we have not yet reached the point of “What have we done?”
 

The issue of U.S. war crimes in Iraq brings a Holocaust-era poem to mind:
 

First they came for the Socialists, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Socialist.  Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Trade Unionist.  Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Jew.  Then they came for me, and there was no one left to speak up for me. 
 

“Let it not be said that the people in the United States did nothing when their government declared a war without limit and instituted stark new measures of repression.”

~ by K. Danconia on 06/07.

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Re: Killing America's Kids and Driving Them Insane
« Reply #81 on: September 15, 2009, 01:49:47 am »
It Never Happened and Besides They Deserved It Anyway





The massacre of the rural population of Vietnam was not an accidental by-product of the war, but an intentional outcome of proposed and executed military strategy. This “deliberate destruction of a part of a national group” conforms to the definition of genocide as explained by the Geneva Convention.

In March 1968, under the command of Lieutenant William Calley, the agitated GIs of Charlie Company, 11th Brigade, Americal Division, embarked on a search and destroy mission in the South Vietnamese village of My Lai, a heavily mined area of Quang Ngai province that was deeply infiltrated by Viet Cong. In the preceding weeks, numerous members of Charlie Company had been killed and maimed by VC forces, leaving the troops, who were known for their particularly violent tactics, particularly incensed and resentful on March 16, 1968. The search and destroy mission quickly degenerated into the slaughter of more than 500 unarmed civilians, primarily women, children, and elderly.

Eyewitness accounts, including footage filmed by an accompanying army photographer, Ron Haeberle, betray particularly egregious atrocities committed against the unarmed villagers: American forces shot praying women and children, including babies, in the back of the head, girls were raped and then killed, and Lieutenant Calley herded an unarmed group of villagers into a ditch and sprayed them with machine gun fire. Orders were also given to raze the village. The carnage only stopped when an American Huey helicopter came to the rescue of the villagers – an army pilot, Hugh Thompson, landed his helicopter between the remaining villagers and the rampaging soldiers and subsequently ordered his gunner to open fire on any U.S. soldier who continued to attack the ravaged Vietnamese.

Unfortunately, these instances of slaughter perpetrated by American G.I.s are no longer unique to Vietnam. Once again, we’re witnessing US-perpetrated bloodbaths in which as many as fifty Iraqi civilians receive fatal injuries by overzealous American soldiers. Such was the involvement of the 82nd Airborne in the al-Fallujah slaughter on April 28, 2003 and April 30, 2003. Not unlike Charlie Company, 11th Brigade, Americal Division, the paratroopers of the 82nd Airborne were still reeling from the multiple casualties they had suffered earlier in the day when they received orders to provide crowd-control and law enforcement in al-Fallujah, a Sunni stronghold that was not sympathetic to the American occupation. Sunni resentment towards the uninvited Americans culminated in a peaceful demonstration, when, according to Second Lt. Wesley Davidson, US soldiers, attempting to disperse the crowd, threw a smoke canister at the protesters. Moments later, US troops open fire on the crowds of people. Witnesses reported being unable to reach the blood-soaked incapacitated civilians laying in the street. Ambulance driver Jum`a `Abid Muthin recalls shouting, “We’re an ambulance!” and [the U.S. soldiers] said ’Go away!’ They shot in the air.”

While the intentions of the U.S. soldiers in denying passage to the ambulances is unclear, this should be part of the investigation. Under international humanitarian law U.S. soldiers had an obligation to allow the wounded access to medical care as soon as practicable.

In spite of repeated claims by the US military that the 82nd Airborne Division came under heavy fire that day, Human Rights Watch could find no evidence to support this claim – the recovered machine gun rounds, coupled with the absence of ballistic evidence that could support the United States’ official version of events, suggest that American troops opened fire on unarmed Iraqis when the crowd became confrontational – investigators found extensive physical evidence that suggests the Iraqis had thrown rocks at the US soldiers, which more than likely precipitated the gunfire.

Two days following the al-Fallujah bloodbath, Sunni protesters gathered to protest the American occupation – particularly the occupation of their town – when a six-vehicle US military convoy en-route to al-Ramadi was “struck with a rock, hitting a soldier in the head. Another soldier lost a tooth. The lead vehicle shot a warning shot into the air,” at which time the trail vehicle opened fire on the crowds of people, killing three and wounding at least sixteen.

An unidentified American soldier justifies his use of deadly force. “We’ve been sitting here taking fire for three days. It was enough to get your nerves wracked. When they [protesters] marched down the road and started shooting at the compound there was nothing for us to do but defend ourselves.”

In a since-declassified document, military command expresses serious concerns about the inherent nature of the dual-role that the “average soldier” must adopt:

“The soldiers have been asked to go from killing the enemy to protecting and interacting, and back to killing again. The constant shift in mental posture greatly complicates things for the average soldier. The soldiers are blurred and confused about the rules of engagement, which continues to raise questions, and issues about force protection while at checkpoints and conducting patrols.

How does the soldier know exactly what the rule of engagement is? Soldiers who have just conducted combat against dark skinned personnel wearing civilian clothes have difficulty trusting dark skinned personnel wearing civilian clothes.”

US soldiers can be equally arrogant and abusive in Iraq: Iraqis and foreign troops frequently witness US soldiers’ “highly insulting” behavior towards Iraqi civilians, which ranges from putting their feet on the heads of Iraqi detainees to searching and/or groping female Iraqis, both culturally unacceptable [and highly offensive] acts.

Vietnam veterans identified with Calley’s blatant hostility towards the villagers. Former marine Tim O’Brian recalls, “After all the frustrations that we had been through, I understood the frustrations that were felt by Calley. This isn’t to excuse his behavior. I thought it was wrong and I still do…but at the same time, here was a guy who had watched friends die. We didn’t kill people in My Lai, our element did.”

After repeated cover-ups, the army ultimately scapegoated Calley, who was charged with 109 counts of murder and convicted in a court martial. Vietnam GIs expressed particular contempt for the verdict against Calley: former Marine master sergeant Stanley Gertner explained, “If this man is guilty, he is guilty for the same thing we did. We shot up villages under orders and killed countless civilians.” The responsibility for My Lai, in fact, went straight up the chain of command: Captain Ernest Medina, Lieutenant Calley’s immediate superior, issued Calley direct orders to “waste the village.”

Perhaps the most sinister ramification of the My Lai massacre was the shift in America’s public consciousness; suddenly Americans willingly entertained the possibility that the My Lai massacre was not an aberration or anomaly but rather standard operating procedure.

A U.S. Special Forces soldier recalls:

“I knew a couple of cases where it was suggested by Special Forces that Viet Cong prisoners be killed. The way the transmissions went with the base camp you knew what they wanted you to do – get rid of them. I wouldn’t do that…and a major told me, “You know, we almost told you right over the phone to do them in.” I said that I was glad he didn’t, because it would have been embarrassing to refuse to do it…The major said, ”Oh, you wouldn’t have had to do it; all you had to do was turn them over to the [North] Vietnamese.” Of course, this is supposed to absolve you of any responsibility. This is the general attitude. It’s really a left-handed morality. Very few of the Special Forces guys had any qualms about this. Damn few.”



~ by K. Danconia on 06/08.

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Re: Killing America's Kids and Driving Them Insane
« Reply #82 on: September 15, 2009, 01:53:11 am »
Revisiting Doublethink: Destroying Our Liberties to Save Our Freedom

EXCERPT FROM REVISITING DOUBLETHINK, BY K. D’ANCONIA
An Orwellian America

American civil liberties suffered a debilitating blow in the wake of a recent federal district court ruling that recognized the authority of the U.S. government to deny American citizens fundamental Constitutional rights, making civil liberties the most recent collateral damage in President Bush’s “war on terror.”

Presiding over the Jose Padilla case, Hon. Marcia Cooke ruled that the Sixth Amendment, which affords Americans the right to due process and habeas corpus, does not prevent the government from indefinitely incarcerating U.S. citizens without formally filing criminal charges. In an unprecedented case of civil liberties violations, the Pentagon declared Jose Padilla an “enemy combatant” in the “war on terror,” thereby exploiting legal loopholes that allow the U.S. government’s indefinite incarceration of both American citizens and foreigners alike.

This watershed case is an ominous harbinger of the nation’s grave Constitutional crisis: Hon. Cooke’s ruling bears a harsh reminder of the extent to which the foundations of American Constitutional rights have already decayed and will continue to decay unless America consciously decides to cease participating in its own destruction. (cont’d)

http://heartsandmindsredux.wordpress.com/2007/06/21/revisiting-doublethink-destroying-our-liberties-to-save-our-freedom/
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Re: Killing America's Kids and Driving Them Insane
« Reply #83 on: September 15, 2009, 01:55:22 am »
Bringing the War Home




EXCERPT FROM BRINGING THE WAR HOME, BY K. D’ANCONIA
Fighting American Apathy with the Draft

In the telltale hearts of the 1960’s antiwar movement beat a sincere desire to end the Vietnam War and halt the atrocities committed by US troops in Southeast Asia, and yet that sincerity is little more than nuanced truism: sincere intention arose only as a response to the reinstatement of the military draft. Prior to President Johnson’s enactment of the draft in 1964, few Americans were even aware of U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia: antiwar sentiment arose only when the war came knocking on doors across America, instantly bringing the war home to millions of American draft-age youths and their families.

Although the antiwar movement emerged from the prior decade’s tradition of civil disobedience, the draft provided the catalyst for the transformation of the antiwar movement from a negligible citizen peace movement — largely a product of the Old Left/New Left tradition of radical domestic pacifism in the 1950’s — to an epidemic phenomenon of crystallizing dissent against an illegal war and the atrocities it perpetuated.

Is this what it will take to generate a similar movement in protest against the unspeakable atrocities committed by US troops, to liquidate American apathy regarding crimes against humanity that arguably dwarf those committed in Vietnam?

Incoming Democratic chairman Charles Rangel’s recent suggestion of renewing the draft raises the issue of American apathy, and the drastic measures that will have to be taken to thwart the rapidly growing trend of blind support and moral relativism.  (cont’d)

~ by K. Danconia on 06/07.

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Re: Killing America's Kids and Driving Them Insane
« Reply #84 on: September 15, 2009, 01:59:29 am »
Collateral Damage


October 01, 2008
Wednesday 1 October: 7 dead

Salahuddin
Balad: car bomb kills 4.

Missan
Amara: 2 die in clashes.

Sulaimaniya
Halabja: 1 body found.
SEPTEMBER 2008 TOTAL: 572 CIVILIANS (31 CHILDREN AMONG LATTER) KILLED AS RESULT OF “U.S. LIBERATION”.
September 30, 2008
Tuesday 30 September: 6 dead

Baghdad: car bomb kills 4, Karrada; 2 bodies found.
September 29, 2008
Monday 29 September: 13 dead

Baghdad: 1 body found.

Ninewa
Mosul: gunmen kill 2 brothers; car bomb kills 2; gunmen kill coffee shop employee; 2 bodies found.

Diyala
Al-Rasoul: gunmen kill 2 sons of tribal leader.
Khan Bani Saad: gunmen kill 2 members of displaced family.

Babil
Iskandariya: roadside bomb kills 1.
September 28, 2008
Sunday 28 September: 42 dead

Baghdad: 34 killed in bomb attacks; 2 bodies found.

Ninewa
Mosul: 2 killed by gunmen; tribal leader killed by bomb under his car.

Diyala
Khan Bani Saad: 3 killed by gunmen.
September 25, 2008
Saturday 27 September: 7 dead

Baghdad: 1 body found.

Diyala
Jalawla: 2 killed during clashes.
Khalis: gunmen kill policeman.

Ninewa
Mosul: roadside bomb kills 1; gunmen kill table tennis coach.

Babil
Mussayab: man is killed in drive-by shooting.
September 26, 2008
Friday 26 September: 7 dead

Anbar
Falluja: gunmen kill policeman.

Diyala
Al-Atara: roadside bomb kills 3.

Salahuddin
Samarra: gunmen kill 3 security members.
September 25, 2008
Thursday 25 September: 20 dead

Baghdad: roadside bomb kills 2, Amil; roadside bomb kills policeman; civil servant dies in drive-by shooting,3 children killed by roadside bomb, Rashid; gay activist is shot dead in barber shop; 3 bodies found.

Diyala
Al-Kharab: roadside bomb kills 3.

Ninewa
Mosul: gunmen kill 1; 2 bodies found.

Wassit
Al-Dahouni: 1 body found.

Babil
Mussayab: gunmen kill Sahwa member at checkpoint; US forces kill man waiting for bus (mistakenly thinking he was planting bomb).
January 21, 2008 (Reuters)
Following are security developments in Iraq at 1:30 p.m. EST on Monday.

* denotes new or updated item

* BAIJI – A suicide bomber killed 15 people and wounded 10 when he blew himself up among mourners at a funeral for a tribal leader in a village near the northern oil refinery city of Baiji, security officials said.

QAIYARA – Two people were killed and nine wounded by a bomb in a parked car targeting an Iraqi army patrol in the town of Qaiyara near Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD – U.S. forces killed two gunmen and arrested 18 others during operations in central and northern Iraq, the U.S. military said.

BAGHDAD – Iraqi special forces soldiers, backed by U.S. advisers, killed the suspected commander of 10 extremist groups implicated in attacks against Iraqi security forces and civilians in Baghdad, the U.S. military said. The man tried to grab a weapon when special forces entered a building in southwestern Baghdad’s al-Amil district, it said. The man’s son and neighbors said the man was shot when he tried to stop the soldiers from entering his wife’s bedroom.

NEAR FALLUJA – Gunmen killed four members of a U.S.-backed neighborhood police patrol and wounded two others in an attack on a checkpoint near Falluja, 50 km (30 miles) west of Baghdad, police said. Two of the gunmen were killed when police at the checkpoint returned fire.

BAGHDAD – Three people were wounded by a roadside bomb which exploded after a U.S. patrol went by in eastern Baghdad’s Baladiyat district, police said.

BAGHDAD – Two bodies were found in different areas of Baghdad on Sunday, police said.

ANBAR PROVINCE – A U.S. Marine was killed during combat operations in western Anbar province on Saturday, the U.S. military said.

BAGHDAD – One U.S. soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in Arab Jabour on Baghdad’s southern outskirts, the U.S. military said.

BAGHDAD – U.S. military aircraft hit more than 30 targets with 35 bombs weighing a total of 19,000 pounds in air strikes in Arab Jabour, the U.S. military said.
January 20, 2008 (Reuters)
Following are security developments in Iraq at 9 a.m. EST on Sunday.

* denotes new or updated items.

* BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb targeting a police patrol killed a civilian and wounded two policemen in Zayouna district in eastern Baghdad, police said.

* NEAR NAJAF – Iraqi security forces have arrested 45 gunmen from the Shi’ite “Soldiers of Heaven” cult in the last three days in the provinces of Basra, Nassiriya and Najaf, a Najaf provincial spokesman said.

* BAGHDAD – The U.S. military said the final death toll in multiple truck bombings targeting Iraq’s minority Yazidi sect in northern Iraq last August was 796.

* FALLUJA – A suicide bomber killed six people in a town south of Falluja where people were celebrating the release of a man from U.S. military custody, local officials said. The bomber walked into the man’s house and blew himself up.

MOSUL – Police said they shot dead the driver of a car rigged with explosives during an attempted attack on a police checkpoint in eastern Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad. The car detonated, wounding two people.

BAGHDAD – Iraqi soldiers killed eight gunmen and arrested 54 others during the last 24 hours across Iraq, the Defence Ministry said.

BALAD – Five people were killed and 20 were wounded when mortar bombs hit Shi’ites observing Ashura rituals in Balad, 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad, on Saturday, police said.

BAGHDAD – U.S. forces detained 16 gunmen on Friday and Saturday during operations targeting al Qaeda in central and northern Iraq, the U.S. military said.

DIYALA PROVINCE – The U.S. military detained 10 gunmen during a raid in northern Diyala province on Thursday, the U.S. military said.
January 19, 2008 (Reuters)
Following are security developments in Iraq at 1700 GMT on Saturday.

* denotes new or updated item

* RAMADI – Six policemen were killed and 13 wounded when two suicide bombers attacked policemen assembled for evening roll-call at a police station in the town of Albu Ubaid west of Ramadi, police said.

* BAGHDAD – Two people were killed and 10 wounded when a bomb hidden inside a plastic bag exploded outside a restaurant in Baghdad’s Sadr City district, police said.

* BAGHDAD – Two bodies were found dumped around Baghdad, police said.

TAL AFAR – Seven Shi’ites returning from Ashura ceremonies were killed in a Katyusha rocket attack in Tal Afar, 420 km (260 miles) northwest of Baghdad, police Brigadier General Najim Abdullah said. Another 17 were wounded and women and children were among the casualties.

BAGHDAD – Unidentified gunmen surrounded a Shi’ite mosque which Iraqi national security adviser Mowaffaq al-Rubaie was visiting in northwestern Baghdad’s Shula district on Friday, the Interior Ministry said. Interior Ministry security forces safely escorted Rubaie out of the mosque several hours later.

HILLA – Police detained 26 members of the Shi’ite “Soldiers of Heaven” cult in a pre-dawn raid on a house in Hilla, 100 km (60 miles) south of Baghdad, police said. Sporadic fighting continued between members of the cult and Iraqi security forces in the southern cities of Basra and Nassiriya but there was no information on fresh casualties.

KIRKUK – A bomb hidden inside a trash can killed two Shi’ite Ashura pilgrims and wounded seven others in Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

KIRKUK – Two militants were killed in Kirkuk when a roadside bomb they were trying to bury exploded, police said.

FALLUJA – Police found two bodies with gunshot wounds near Falluja, 50 km (30 miles) west of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD – One U.S soldier was killed on Friday when a roadside bomb exploded near his vehicle during operations north of Baghdad, the U.S military said in a statement.

SHIRQAT – The most wanted al Qaeda leader in Salahuddin province was killed on Jan. 16 by U.S. troops and Iraqi police in Shirqat, 300 km (190 miles) north of Baghdad, the U.S military said.
January 18, 2008 (Reuters)
Following are security developments in Iraq at 1700 GMT on Friday.

BASRA – Dozens of people were killed and scores wounded in battles between Iraqi security forces and gunmen from the so-called “Soldiers of Heaven” Shi’ite cult in the southern cities of Basra and Nassiriya, security and hospital officials said. Among the dead in Nassiriya was a police major-general.

BAGHDAD – A woman and a child were killed when a roadside bomb targeting a U.S. patrol exploded in northeastern Baghdad’s Ur district, police said.

RIYADH – U.S. troops backed by aircraft killed 13 suspected militants during operations targeting al Qaeda in central and northern Iraq on Thursday and Friday, the U.S. military said. Iraqi police said seven bodies were found after one air strike in the town of Riyadh, 60 km (35 miles) southwest of Kirkuk.

BAQUBA – Two policemen were killed and two wounded when a bomb exploded in a house they were searching in Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

BAQUBA – Two children were killed and four people were wounded when another booby-trapped house exploded in Baquba.

BAQUBA – Two policemen were killed and two wounded when gunmen attacked a police patrol in al-Wejaiheiah east of Baquba, police said.
January 17, 2008 (Reuters)
Following are security developments in Iraq at 2 p.m. EST on Thursday.

* denotes new or updated item.

* BAQUBA – A suicide bomber wearing a vest packed with explosives killed nine people and wounded 14 others near a Shi’ite mosque in the volatile Iraqi city of Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

* JALAWLA – U.S. soldiers killed six people, including two women, during raids against al Qaeda near the town of Jalawla, 120 km (70 miles) northeast of Baghdad in Diyala province, the U.S. military said. Ground troops and support aircraft returned fire on a building in Jalawla, killing three suspected al Qaeda fighters. The bodies of two women were found inside the building along with another two women who were wounded. In a separate raid nearby, U.S. forces killed a man who ignored warning shots when he emerged from another building, the military said.

* BAGHDAD – Three bodies were found in different areas of Baghdad on Thursday, police said.

MOSUL – A policeman and a girl were injured when a car bomb exploded in front of a church in Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said. The front of the church was badly damaged.

MOSUL – Militants bombed an empty primary school in the west of Mosul, police said. No one was hurt in the attack.

BAGHDAD – The bodies of five people were found in different districts of Baghdad on Wednesday, police said.

SALAHUDDIN PROVINCE – Three U.S. soldiers were killed and two wounded by small arms fire during operations in Iraq’s northern Salahuddin province on Wednesday, the U.S. military said.

MOSUL – U.S. and Iraqi forces killed seven insurgents loading a vehicle with weapons in Mosul, the U.S. military said.

BAGHDAD – U.S. forces killed three insurgents and detained nine suspected militants on Tuesday and Wednesday during operations targeting al Qaeda in central and northern Iraq, the U.S. military said.

SULAIMAN PEK – An insurgent was killed on Wednesday while he was trying to rig a car with explosives in the town of Sulaiman Pek, 160 km (100 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.
January 13, 2008 (Reuters)
Following are security developments in Iraq at 1750 GMT on Sunday.

* denotes new or updated item

* BAGHDAD – A bomb killed one U.S soldier and wounded another four while they were conducting operations in Nineveh province on Saturday, the U.S. military said in statement.

* BAGHDAD – U.S. troops detained 13 suspects on Saturday and Sunday during operations targeting al Qaeda in central and northern Iraq, the U.S military said.

* MOSUL – Two bodies were found in different parts of the northern city of Mosul, the U.S. military said.

BAGHDAD – Two mortar bombs wounded two people when they landed on a fuel station in Doura district in southern Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb wounded three people in Sadr city in northeastern Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD – U.S. forces killed a gunman during operations in Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

BAGHDAD – Iraqi security forces found two bodies in Baghdad on Saturday, police said.

MOSUL – Gunmen killed a woman when they attacked a house in the northern city of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, on Saturday, police said.

MOSUL – Police said they found the body of a man with gunshot wounds in eastern Mosul on Saturday.

DIYALA PROVINCE – U.S. forces detained 15 insurgents during a four-day operation, Jan. 7 to 10, targeting al Qaeda in Diyala province, the U.S. military said.

DIYALA PROVINCE – U.S. forces destroyed three booby-trapped houses in Diyala province on Friday. On Wednesday, six U.S. soldiers were killed by a booby-trapped house in the province.
January 10, 2008 (Reuters)
Following are security developments in Iraq at 1630 GMT on Thursday.

* ARAB JABOUR – U.S. forces launched their biggest air strikes in at least a year, dropping 40,000 pounds of bombs within minutes on al Qaeda targets in date palm groves on Baghdad’s southern outskirts, the U.S. military said.

* BAGHDAD – U.S. forces described strikes throughout central and northern Iraq as part of an offensive launched this week called Operation Phantom Phoenix. They said they had killed at least five militants and captured at least 18 suspects.

* BAGHDAD – A car bomb in eastern Baghdad’s Palestine Street neighborhood killed one person and wounded four, police said. Seven shops were destroyed.

BAGHDAD – Two Iraqis were killed and 10 wounded, all from the police and army, when a roadside bomb detonated after they arrived at a small road in central Baghdad where an earlier bomb had blown up inside an abandoned car, police said. The earlier explosion did not harm anyone.

BAGHDAD – Iraqi security forces found the bodies of three people with gunshot wounds across Baghdad on Wednesday, police said.

YUSUFIYA – U.S. helicopter fire killed four insurgents who were placing a roadside bomb near the town of Yusufiya on Sunday, just south of Baghdad, the U.S. military said.
Dec. 30, 2007 (Reuters)
Following are security developments in Iraq at 2030 GMT on Monday.

* Indicates new or updated item

*RASHAD – Gunmen killed two people when they opened fire on their car in the town of Rashad, 30 km (18 miles) southwest of Kirkuk, police said.

*MOSUL – A sniper killed a policeman in central Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said. Gunmen also killed a male nurse in western Mosul.

*BAGHDAD – Two bodies were found in Baghdad on Monday, police said.

*BAGHDAD – U.S.-led troops detained 21 suspects during operations targeting al Qaeda in central and northern Iraq, the U.S. military said.

*BAQUBA – Four Iraqi soldiers and 16 al Qaeda militants were killed in clashes in the village of Hashmiyat west of Baquba, a volatile city north of Baghdad, an Iraqi army source said.

*ISKANDARIYA – A suicide car bomber killed one member of a neighborhood patrol and wounded three others when he rammed their checkpoint in the town of Iskandariya, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD – A suicide bomber wearing an explosive vest killed four Iraqi neighborhood patrol volunteers and wounded two others at a checkpoint on Baghdad’s northern outskirts, police said.

BAGHDAD – Iraqi soldiers killed 12 gunmen and detained 29 others during the last 24 hours across Iraq, the Defence Ministry said.

BAQUBA – A woman wearing a suicide bomb vest wounded two policemen and five civilians including a child when she attacked a police station in Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD – Two bodies were found in Baghdad on Sunday, police said.

NEAR BALAD – Five people were killed including two al Qaeda militants during clashes on Sunday between militants and residents of a village near Balad, 80 km (50 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

NEAR BAGHDAD – U.S. forces said they had captured a suspected “Special Groups” leader in Al-Hussainiya just north of Baghdad, a term they use to refer to Shi’ite militia they say receive weapons from Iran.

MAYSAN PROVINCE – Gunmen killed three teachers in Maysan province in southern Iraq on Sunday, the Education Ministry said.

KIRKUK – A roadside bomb wounded two policemen when it struck their patrol in central Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.
Dec. 30, 2007 (Reuters)
Following are security developments in Iraq at 1530 GMT on Sunday.

* denotes new or updated items.

* BASRA – The police chief of Iraq’s second-largest city Basra, Abdul-Jalil Khalaf, survived a double roadside bomb attack, the seventh attempt on his life and first since the Dec. 18 handover of security in the city to Iraqi forces. One of his bodyguards was wounded, police said.

* BAGHDAD – U.S. forces killed six gunmen and detained 14 others on Saturday and Sunday during operations targeting al Qaeda in central and northern Iraq, the U.S. military said.

MOSUL – Gunmen attacked a police patrol killing three policemen and setting their vehicle ablaze on Saturday in the northern city of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD – The bodies of two people were found dumped in Baghdad on Saturday, police said.

BAQUBA – U.S. forces found a body buried near a shack used as a prison and torture chamber for kidnap victims near the city of Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad on Friday, the U.S. military said. Two other skeletons had been dug up at the same location several days previously.
Dec. 29, 2007 (Reuters)
Following are security developments in Iraq at 0630 EST on Saturday.

* denotes new or updated item.

* TAL AFAR – Police killed five insurgents and detained five others in a clash in the town of Tal Afar, about 420 km (360 miles) northwest of Baghdad, the town’s police chief Ibrahim al-Jubouri told Reuters.

* MOSUL – Nineveh police spokesman, Brigadier-General Saeed Ahmed, was wounded when gunmen opened fire at them as he was conducting a television interview outdoors in the city of Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said. One of his bodyguards was killed and a second was wounded in the attack.

BAGHDAD – The bodies of three people were found in different areas of Baghdad on Friday, police said.

BAGHDAD – A mortar round killed one person and wounded another in eastern Baghdad’s Mashtal neighborhood on Friday, police said.

BAGHDAD – The U.S. military said its forces detained six suspected ’special groups criminal element members’, a term it often uses to refer to rogue Mehdi Army militiamen with ties to Iran, in southern Iraq.

BAGHDAD – U.S. forces killed three insurgents and detained 34 other suspects during operations targeting al Qaeda in central and northern Iraq, the U.S. military said.

SULAIMAN PEK – Gunmen killed one person and wounded two others when they shot at a civilian car on Friday in the town of Sulaiman Pek, 160 km (100 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

HILLA – Police said they found the decomposed body of a man dumped in an orchard in the city of Hilla, 100 km (60 miles) south of Baghdad.

MOSUL – A car bomb wounded seven people on Friday in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, police said.

NEAR KIRKUK – A roadside bomb wounded two people when it exploded in a village near the city of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

KIRKUK – A child was killed and two wounded, including one soldier, by a roadside bomb near an Iraqi army checkpoint in Kirkuk on Friday, police said.
Dec. 28, 2007 (Reuters)
Following are security developments in Iraq at 0830 EST on Friday.

MOSUL – The body of a man was found with gunshot wounds on Thursday in western Mosul 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD – A parked car bomb killed at least 10 people, including a woman and a child, and wounded 66 others in al- Tayaran square in central Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD – U.S. forces killed five gunmen and detained 14 others during operations targeting al Qaeda in central and northern Iraq, the U.S. military said.
Dec. 27, 2007 (Reuters)
Following are security developments in Iraq at 9:00 a.m. EST on Thursday.

* denotes new or updated items.

* MUQDADIYA – U.S. forces killed 12 insurgents, detained 37 suspects and freed one hostage during a multi-day operation on December 22 to 25 to disrupt al Qaeda networks near Muqdadiya, 90 km (55 miles) northeast of Baghdad, the U.S. military said.

* BAQUBA – Three neighborhood patrol members were killed and two wounded on Wednesday as they entered a booby-trapped house in the city of Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD – U.S. forces killed 11 militants early on Thursday in the city of Kut, 170 km (105) southeast of Baghdad, the U.S. military said. The military said in a statement the operations targeted “special groups criminal networks,” a term it often uses to describe members of the Shi’ite Muslim Mehdi army militias who it says receive weapons and funding from Iran.

BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb exploded near a mini-bus, killing two of its passengers and wounding 10 in the Baladiyat district of eastern Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb wounded two people in the Karrada district of central Baghdad, police said.

RAMADI – Iraqi police and U.S. forces detained two suspected al Qaeda members during operations on December 24 and 25 in the city of Ramadi, 110 km (70 miles) west of Baghdad. The suspects are believed to be linked to in the capture of three U.S. soldiers in May, the U.S. military said.

BAGHDAD – U.S. forces detained a total of 19 suspected insurgents during operations targeting al-Qaeda in central and northern Iraq, the U.S. military said.
Dec. 25, 2007 (Reuters)
Following are security developments in Iraq at 1330 GMT on Tuesday.

* denotes new or updated items.

BAIJI – A suicide truck bomb killed at least 23 people and wounded 77 in the northern Iraqi city of Baiji, 180 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, Iraqi security officials said.

* BAQUBA – U.S. forces killed two gunmen and detained four others in operation near Baquba, the U.S. military said. At the funeral of the two men a suicide bomber killed 10 people and wounded five, the U.S. military said. Iraqi police put the death toll of the bombing at four killed and 21 wounded.

* MOSUL – The governor of Nineveh Province, Duraid Kashmula, escaped unharmed from a roadside bomb attack near his convoy in the provincial capital Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, Kashmula told Reuters. His driver and one of his guards were wounded in the attack.

BAQUBA – Militants blew up a police station, killing two policemen in Baquba, 65 km (40 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD – U.S. forces killed a total of 13 militants and detained 27 others on Monday and Tuesday during operations targeting al-Qaeda in central and northern Iraq, the U.S. military said.

DHULUIYA – Police recovered a body with gunshot wounds from the Tigris river on Monday in Dhuluiya, 70 km (45 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

DHULUIYA – Gunmen kidnapped a man driving a car in eastern Dhuluiya, on Monday, police said.
Dec. 23, 2007 (Reuters)
Following are security developments in Iraq at 12:00 p.m. EST on Sunday.

* denotes new or updated items.

* BAGHDAD – Iraqi security forces, advised by U.S. special forces, recovered 4,100 kg (9,000 lb) of explosives in six separate cache sites on December 21, the U.S. military said.

LATIFIYA – A roadside bomb killed one civilian and wounded two others in the small town of Latifiya, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

MAHMUDIYA – One body was found with gunshot wounds in the town of Mahmudiya, 30 km (20 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

MOSUL – Gunmen killed Nyyef al-Shimmari, an Iraqi army lieutenant-colonel, in a drive by-shooting in western Mosul, 390 km (240 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.

NEAR MOSUL – One civilian was killed and five policemen were wounded when a parked car bomb targeted a passing police patrol just south of Mosul, police said.

BAGHDAD – Two bodies were found in two separate areas in Baghdad on Saturday, police said.

BAGHDAD – A roadside bomb killed two civilians and wounded two others in southern Baghdad’s Zaafaraniya district, police said.

BAGHDAD – U.S. forces detained 12 gunmen during operations targeting al Qaeda networks in Diyala province north of Baghdad and in northern Iraq, the U.S. military said.
Dec. 22, 2007 (Reuters)
Following are security developments in Iraq at 1400 GMT on Saturday.

KIRKUK – Two unidentified gunmen were killed and one was wounded in clashes with Iraqi police in a village near the northern city of Kirkuk, 250 km (155 miles) north of Baghdad, police said. Two policemen were also wounded in the clashes.

KIRKUK – A double roadside bomb attack killed one U.S. soldier and wounded 11 in northern Iraq’s Kirkuk province on Friday, the U.S. military said.

BAGHDAD – A suicide bomber blew himself up near an Iraqi police and army checkpoint in western Baghdad, killing four people and wounding six, police said.

SINJAR – Two roadside bombs killed a policeman and wounded two others in an attack targeting a police patrol in the northern town of Sinjar, near the Syrian border, police said.

MADAEN – A roadside bomb wounded five civilians as they were walking past a hospital in the town of Madaen, 45 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, police said.

BAGHDAD – Security forces found three bodies throughout Baghdad on Friday, police said.

ISKANDARIYA – Police said they found the body of a guard who works for the minister of state for national security in the town of Iskandariya, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, on Friday.
Dec. 21, 2007 (Reuters)
Following are security developments in Iraq at 3:30 a.m. EST on Friday.

BASRA – A suspected roadside bomb exploded next to a British military armored vehicle east of Basra International Airport, where British forces in Iraq are based, but there were no casualties from the blast, a British military official said.

BAGHDAD – The bodies of two people were found across Baghdad on Thursday, police said.

BAQUBA – Gunmen killed two members of an anti-al Qaeda force and a policeman late on Thursday when they attacked a joint patrol of police and members of a local neighborhood watch in the city of Baquba, 40 miles north of Baghdad, police said.

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« Reply #85 on: September 15, 2009, 02:03:55 am »
See the US War crimes on Iraq

http://www.albasrah.net/warcrimes.htm
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« Reply #86 on: September 15, 2009, 02:10:24 am »
US War Vets to Speak Publicly About War Crimes


Iraq Veterans Against the War is calling the gathering a "Winter Soldier," named after a similar event organized by Vietnam veterans in 1971.

 by Aaron Glantz

US war veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan have announced they're planning to descend on Washington, DC this March to testify about war crimes they committed or personally witnessed in Iraq.

"The war in Iraq is not covered to its potential because of how dangerous it is for reporters to cover it," said Liam Madden, a former Marine and member of the group Iraq Veterans Against the War. "That's left a lot of misconceptions in the minds of the American public about what the true nature of military occupation looks like."


An Afghan man lifts the head of a child who along with 11 other civilians died during US air raids in Kabul on October 28, 2001


Iraq Veterans Against the War argues that well-publicized incidents of American brutality like the Abu Ghraib prison scandal and the massacre of an entire family of Iraqis in the town of Haditha are not the isolated incidents perpetrated by "a few bad apples," as many politicians and military leaders have claimed. They are part of a pattern, the group says, of "an increasingly bloody occupation."

"This is our generation getting to tell history," Madden told OneWorld, "to ensure that the actual history gets told – that it's not a sugar-coated, diluted version of what actually happened."

Iraq Veterans Against the War is calling the gathering a "Winter Soldier," named after a similar event organized by Vietnam veterans in 1971.

In 1971, over 100 members of Vietnam Veterans Against the War gathered in Detroit to share their stories with America. Atrocities like the My Lai massacre had ignited popular opposition to the war, but political and military leaders insisted that such crimes were isolated exceptions.

"Initially even the My Lai massacre was denied," notes Gerald Nicosia, whose book Home to War provides the most exhaustive history of the Vietnam veterans' movement.

"The US military has traditionally denied these accusations based on the fact that 'this is a crazy soldier' or 'this is a malcontent' – that you can't trust this person. And that is the reason that Vietnam Veterans Against the War did this unified presentation in Detroit in 1971.

"They brought together their bonafides and wore their medals and showed it was more than one or two or three malcontents. It was medal-winning, honored soldiers – veterans in a group verifying what each other said to try to convince people that these charges cannot be denied. That people are doing these things as a matter of policy."

Nicosia says the 1971 "Winter Soldier" was roundly ignored by the mainstream media, but that it made an indelible imprint on those who were there.

Among those in attendance was 27-year-old Navy Lieutenant John Kerry, who had served on a Swift Boat in Vietnam. Three months after the hearings, Nicosia notes, Kerry took his case to Congress and spoke before a jammed Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Television cameras lined the walls, and veterans packed the seats.

"Many very highly decorated veterans testified to war crimes committed in Southeast Asia," Kerry told the Committee, describing the events of the "Winter Soldier" gathering.

"It is impossible to describe to you exactly what did happen in Detroit – the emotions in the room, and the feelings of the men who were reliving their experiences in Vietnam. They relived the absolute horror of what this country, in a sense, made them do."

In one of the most famous antiwar speeches of the era, Kerry concluded: "Someone has to die so that President Nixon won't be – and these are his words – 'the first President to lose a war'. We are asking Americans to think about that, because how do you ask a man to be the last man to die in Vietnam? How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?"

Nicosia says Americans and veterans find themselves in a similar situation today.

"The majority of the American people are very dissatisfied with the Iraq war now and would be happy to get out of it. But Americans are bred deep into their psyches to think of America as a good country and, I think, much harder than just the hurdle of getting troops out of Iraq, is to get Americans to realize the terrible things we do in the name of the United States."

... http://www.rawa.org/temp/runews/2007/12/01/us-war-vets-to-speak-publicly-about-war-crimes.html
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« Reply #87 on: September 15, 2009, 02:12:41 am »
The so-called ‘new’ strategy of Obama’s administration

RAWA Statement on Massacre of over 150 civilians in Bala Baluk of Farah Province by the U.S.



(Photos of Bala Baluk Massacre http://www.rawa.org/temp/runews/rawagallery.php?mghash=a69ba84843a6c778938bd59b65a08f63&mggal=6 )

Report and Video Clip http://www.rawa.org/temp/runews/2009/05/05/and-8216-us-air-raid-kills-over-100-civilians-in-farahand-8217.html

As the US occupiers continue killing our innocent and sorrowed people without regret, this time they committed yet another horrible crime in Bala Baluk village of Farah Province. On 5th May 2009, the US airstrikes targeted people’s homes, killing more than 150, mostly women and children. This is another war crime but Pentagon shamelessly includes Taliban as the perpetrators too and announces the civilian deaths being only 12!

The so-called ‘new’ strategy of Obama’s administration and the surge of troops in Afghanistan have already dragged our ill-fated people in the danger zone and his 100-day old government proved itself as much more war-mongering than Bush and his only gifts to our people is hiking killings and ever-horrifying oppression. This administration is bombarding our country and tearing our women and children into pieces and from the other side, is lending a friendly hand towards the terrorist Gulbuddinis and Taliban -- the dirty, bloody enemies of our people-- and holding secret negotiations and talks with such brutal groups.

While our grieved people are burying the torn bodies of their loved ones in mass graves; the traitor lackey Said Tayeb Jawad, in his comfort in the USA, tries to dim the war crimes of his masters and about the killings of civilians, shamelessly salts people’s wounds saying, “this is a price we have to pay if we want security and stability in Afghanistan, the region and the world.”!

If his or other ignoble spies like him would lose their children and dear ones like the people of Bala Baluk, would they still become so stone-hearted and remain silent in the face of US/NATO war crimes in Afghanistan?

The only way our people can escape the occupant forces and their obedient servants is to rise against them under the slogans of: “Neither the occupiers! Nor the bestial Taliban and the criminal Northern Alliance; long live a free and democratic Afghanistan!”


http://www.rawa.org/rawa/2009/05/07/lets-rise-against-the-war-crimes-of-us-and-its-fundamentalist-lackeys.html
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« Reply #88 on: September 15, 2009, 02:26:49 am »
The US Government Wants War,
the People of US and the World Want Peace!

Again the world has been plunged into a newly terrifying nightmare. The US and its allies are willing to destroy Saddam Hussain's regime- the regime with which till yesterday they were allied and which they supported in the war against Iran- and impose their own puppet government on the Iraqi people and by doing so repeat the ghastly tragedy of the Gulf War in which Saddam survived but the war caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi people.

While a war against terrorism in the name of democracy is the excuse for the attack, the people of Afghanistan, at least, know well the hidden nature of these claims and excuses.

First the terrorist Gulbuddin Hekmatyar was the favorite son - the recent American pronouncements against this hangman are meaningless. Then Osama and Mullah Omar occupied his place and now finally they polished the grim appearance of the "Northern Alliance", beautifying them with pantaloons and neckties, and imposed them on our people.

Will America do better than this in Iraq? The Iraqi people have suffered and been pushed to the limit by the crimes of Saddam's regime but this has never meant that they ask the US and its allies to save them with military intervention. The change of government in each country is the prerogative of the people of that country, otherwise the result will be neither stable nor sustainable for the long term. The puppet regimes of Parcham and Khalq followed by the criminal Jehadi regime, the Taliban and finally the re-imposition of the Jehadis, with Karzai as the President, are all proof of this claim.

Even Afghan and other children throughout the world ask why, if the US wants to destroy rulers like Saddam Hussain, has it imposed the war criminals and professional terrorists, who are worse than Saddams, in Afghanistan?

If the US considers Saddam as a threat to the peace and security of the world and region and for this reason intends to disarm Iraq, then why does it support Israel, which is equipped with atomic weapons and is the butcher of the Palestinian people?

Why doesn't the US government, which without any strong evidence or facts claims that the Iraqi regime has connections with Al Qaida, seriously consider these suspicions regarding other Arabic countries? Why doesn't the US government, which calls itself the champion of democracy, pay any respect to the voices of millions of anti-war people around the globe?

The answers to all these questions are crystal clear to everyone:

It is the oil of Iraq (the most important oil reserve in the world), the domination of the Middle East, the threatening and bullying of other countries and finally the desire to surpass its rivals that makes the US government resolute and determined to invade Iraq. It should be noted that still it is not clear which countries will come under attack after the occupation of Iraq.

The US and Britain governments have been exposed as warmongering and hegemonic regimes.

But what is clear in today's world is the stand and wishes of the majority of the people who are separate from their governments.

The people of the world and of the US in particular will not allow the Bush administration to misuse the 11th September incident and, in their name and under the banner of democracy, impose war and bring catastrophe on poor and suffering nations.

Just now the anti-war and anti-jingoism call of the people is so strong in the US, the UK, and all over the world that Bush and Tony Blair can't overlook or ignore it.

The majority of UN Security Council members are also standing against the US and British jingoism, and emphasizing the continuation of the UN inspectors' work. But this is not enough. We must all stand against the war on Iraq and never let it happen.

The Afghan people who have suffered in the fires of war for the past 25 years deeply hate war more than most other nations, but unfortunately in Afghanistan they cannot mingle their anti-war protest voices with the millions of other anti-war protestors around the world because of the domination of the fundamentalist dictatorship in Afghanistan.

The Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) is pleased that at least in Pakistan through today's demonstration it can announce its solidarity with all peace-loving movements in every nook and corner of the world and can represent and echo the choked and muted voice of its fettered nation against war and warmongers.

Down with terrorism and jingoism!
Long live peace, freedom and democracy!


Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA)
Feb.24, 2003

http://www.rawa.org/anti-war.htm
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« Reply #89 on: September 15, 2009, 02:37:17 am »
WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL FINDS U.S. AND NATO GUILTY


A panel of 16 judges from 11 countries at a people’s tribunal meeting in New York June 10 before 500 people found U.S. and NATO political and military leaders guilty of war crimes against Yugoslavia in the March 24-June 10, 1999 assault on that country.

Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark, the lead prosecutor at the International Tribunal on U.S./NATO War Crimes Against Yugoslavia, urged those present and those they represented from the 21 countries participating to carry out a sentence of organizing a campaign to abolish the NATO military pact.

Ben Dupuy, former ambassador from Haiti, Rev. Kiyul Chung of Korea, and auto worker Martha Grevatt, who heads the AFL-CIO’s organization Pride at Work, read the three parts of the verdict (included with this release).

Participants taking the witness stand included eye-witnesses, researchers who visited Yugoslavia, renowned political and economics analysts, historians, physicists, biologists, military experts, journalists and lay researchers. (A list of all the judges, and the witnesses and their topics is included with this release.)

Many of these witnesses have in the past 15 months presented to audiences worldwide a complete picture of the war NATO waged against Yugoslavia. For the tribunal, however, all limited themselves to a single area of expertise that made up a single part of the evidence against the political and military leaders of the United States and the other NATO countries.

Taken together, the judges decided, each single part contributed to construct a proof that beyond a reasonable doubt proved the guilt of the accused, just as the proper placing of single tiles can build a mosaic.

The witnesses described how NATO forces used the media to spread lies to demonize the Serbs and their leadership in order to prepare public opinion to prepare for war. Then they showed the real economic and geopolitical interests of the imperialist powers--the U.S. and Western Europe—in seizing economic control of the area from the Balkans to the oil-rich Caspian Sea.

Finally they demonstrated how Washington rigged the “Racak massacre” and then used the so-called Rambouillet accord—in reality an ultimatum demanding NATO's military control of all of Yugoslavia--to provoke the war. Taken together this all proved a crime against peace.

They also showed the use of illegal weapons, the purposeful choice of civilian targets and the destruction of the environment and the civilian infrastructure that add up to war crimes. And the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of people from Kosovo and Metohija that prove crimes against humanity.

The witnesses’ presentations were accompanied in many cases by slides and videos displayed on a large screen on the stage of the auditorium at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Manhattan. This screen was easily visible both to the judges, who sat on the stage, and to the hundreds in the audience, many of whom stayed throughout the nine-hour day.

In addition, pictures and videos were on display in the hall outside the auditorium, and documentary evidence was offered in books or in research papers.

The International Action Center, founded by Clark in 1992, organized this final session of the tribunal. There were also participants by those who had organized similar tribunal hearings in Germany, Italy, Austria, Russia, Ukraine, Yugoslavia and Greece, where thousands declared U.S. President Clinton a war criminal last November in Athens.

In addition to the witnesses, there were also important guest presentations from representatives of the governments Yugoslavia and Cuba. In addition, Ismael Guadalupe from Vieques, Puerto Rico showed in a powerful speech how the practice runs against his small island laid the basis for U.S./NATO aggression around the world.

According to the IAC organizers, total registration, including justices, witnesses and staff was 511. Invited speakers, witnesses and judges came from Haiti, Spain, Turkey, Korea, Puerto Rico, India, Germany, United States, Canada, Italy, Yugoslavia, Russia, Britain, Belgium, Iraq, Greece, Austria, France, and Portugal. The U.S. government refused visas to four people from Ukraine, whose message was read from the stage.

 There were also representatives of the Roma people—often referred to by the derisive term "gypsy." Shani Rifati, a Roma witness who was born in Pristina, capital of Kosovo, told how NATO occupation has led to the expulsion of 100,000 Romas. He pointed out that the verdict condemned the persecution of Roma people, the first time this has happened in any international tribunal.

 Five different television crews taped the entire proceedings, including Serbian television and a three-camera crew from Australia, as well as alternate media sources in the U.S. like the Peoples Video Network.

FINAL JUDGEMENT OF THE COMMISSION OF INQUIRY TO INVESTIGATE U.S./NATO WAR CRIMES AGAINST THE PEOPLE OF YUGOSLAVIA

Final Judgement

The Members of the Independent Commission of Inquiry to Investigate U.S./NATO War Crimes Against the People of Yugoslavia, meeting in New York, having considered the Initial Charges and Complaint of the Commission dated July 31, 1999 against President William J. Clinton, Gen. Wesley Clark, Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Chancellor Gerhard Schroder, President Jacques Chirac, Prime Minister Massimo D’Alema, Prime Minister Jose Maria Azmar, the Governments of the United States and the other NATO member states, former Secretary General Javier Solana and other NATO leaders, and Others with nineteen separate Crimes Against Peace, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity in violation of the Charter of the United Nations, the 1949 Geneva Conventions, other international agreements and customary international law;

            Having the right and obligation as citizens of the world to sit in judgement regarding violations of international humanitarian law;

            Having heard the testimony from Commissions of Inquiry and Tribunals held within their own countries during the past year and having received reports from numerous other Commission hearings which recite the evidence there gathered;

            Having been provided with documentary evidence, eyewitness statements, photos, videotapes, special reports, expert analyses and summaries of evidence available to the Commission;

            Having access to all evidence, knowledge and expert opinion in the Commission files or available to the Commission staff;

            Having been provided by the Commission, or otherwise obtained, various books, articles and other written materials on various aspects of events and conditions in Yugoslavia and other countries in the Balkans, and in the military and arms establishments;

            Having considered newspaper coverage, magazine and periodical reports, special publications, TV, radio and other media coverage and public statements by the accused, other public officials and public materials;

            Having heard the presentations of the Commission of Inquiry in public hearing on June 10, 2000, and the testimony, evidence and summaries there presented;

            And having met, considered and deliberated with each other and with Commission staff and having considered all the evidence that is relevant to the nineteen charges of criminal conduct alleged in the Initial Complaint, make the following findings:

Findings

The Members of the International War Crimes Tribunal find the accused Guilty on the basis of the evidence against them and that each of the nineteen separate crimes alleged in the Initial Complaint has been established to have been committed beyond a reasonable doubt. These are:

    1. Planning and Executing the Dismemberment, Segregation and Impoverishment of Yugoslavia.

    2. Inflicting, Inciting and Enhancing Violence Between and Among Muslims and Slavs.

    3. Disrupting Efforts to Maintain Unity, Peace and Stability in Yugoslavia.

    4. Destroying the Peace-Making Role of the United Nations.

    5. Using NATO for Military Aggression Against, and Occupation of, Non-Compliant Poor Countries.

    6. Killing and Injuring a Defenseless Population throughout Yugoslavia.

    7. Planning, Announcing and Executing Attacks Intended to Assassinate the Head of Government, Other Government Leaders and Selected Civilians in Yugoslavia.

    8. Destroying and Damaging Economic, Social, Cultural, Medical, Diplomatic -- including the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China and other embassies -- and Religious Resources, Properties and Facilities throughout Yugoslavia. 9 Attacking Objects Indispensable to the Survival of the Population of Yugoslavia.

    10. Attacking Facilities Containing Dangerous Substances and Forces.

    11. Using Depleted Uranium, Cluster Bombs and Other Prohibited Weapons.

    12. Waging War on the Environment.

    13. Imposing Sanctions through the United Nations that are a Genocidal Crime Against Humanity.

    14. Creating an Illegal Ad-Hoc Criminal Tribunal to Destroy and Demonize the Serbian Leadership. The Illegitimacy of this Tribunal is Further Demonstrated by Its Failure to Bring Any Case Regarding the Oppression of the Romani People, Who Have Suffered the Highest Rate of Casualties of Any People in the Region.

    15. Using Controlled International Media to Create and Maintain Support for the U.S. Assault and to Demonize Yugoslavia, Slavs, Serbs and Muslims as Genocidal Murderers.

    16. Establishing the Long-Term Military Occupation of Strategic Parts of Yugoslavia by NATO Forces.

    17. Attempting to Destroy the Sovereignty, Right to Self-Determination, Democracy and Culture of the Slavic, Muslim, Roma and Other People’s of Yugoslavia.

    18. Seeking to Establish U.S. Domination and Control of Yugoslavia and to Exploit Its People and Resources.

    19. Using the Means of Military Force and Economic Coercion in Order to Achieve U.S. Domination.

The Members hold NATO, the NATO states and their leaders accountable for their criminal acts and condemn those found guilty in the strongest possible terms. The Members condemn the NATO bombardments, denounce the international crimes and violations of international humanitarian law committed by the armed attack and through other means such as economic sanctions. NATO has acted lawlessly and has attempted to abolish international law.

Recommendations

The Members urge the immediate revocation of all embargoes, sanctions and penalties against Yugoslavia because they constitute a continuing crime against humanity. The Members call for the immediate end to the NATO occupation of all Yugoslav territory, the removal of all NATO and U.S. bases and forces from the Balkans region, and the cessation of overt and covert operations, including the “International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia” in the Hague, aimed at overthrowing the government of Yugoslavia.  

The Members further call for full reparations to be paid to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia for death, injury, economic and environmental damage resulting from the NATO bombing, economic sanctions and blockades. Further, other states in the region which have suffered economic and environmental damage due to the NATO bombing and economic sanctions on Yugoslavia must also be awarded reparations. The Members condemn the threat or use of military technology against life, both civilian and military, as was used by the NATO powers against the people of Yugoslavia.

The Members urge public action and mobilization to stop new and continued sanctions and aggressions by the U.S. and other NATO powers against Iraq, Cuba, North Korea, the countries of Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, Puerto Rico, Asia, Sudan, Colombia and other countries. We ask for the immediate cessation of overt/covert activities by the U.S. and NATO in such countries.

The Members believe that the interests of peace, justice and human progress require the abolition of NATO, which has proved itself beyond any doubt to be an instrument of aggression for the dominant, colonizing powers, particularly the United States. The Pentagon, the central and key element of NATO and the greatest single threat to the people of the world, must be disbanded.

The Members urge the Commission to provide for the permanent preservation of the reports, evidence and materials gathered to make them available to others, and to seek ways to provide the widest possible distribution of the truth about the U.S./NATO war on Yugoslavia.

We urge all people of the world to act on recommendations developed by the Commission to hold power accountable and to secure social justice on which lasting peace must be based.

Done in New York this 10th day of June, 2000

 

LIST OF 16 JUDGES

    1. Ben Dupuy--Haiti--Former Ambassador at Large for Haiti under the first government of Jean-Bertrand Aristide and currently secretary general of the Popular National Party (PPN) of Haiti.  

    2. Angeles Maestro Martin--Spain--Elected member of Spanish parliament from Madrid and a leader in the movement to end sanctions against Iraq .

    3. Cimile Cakir --Turkey; journalist for newspaper serving Kurdish community and member of Turkish Human Rights Association. Imprisoned four years in Turkey for human rights activity..

    4. Rev. Kiyul Chung--Korea--Rev. Ki Yul Chung, chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Congress for Korean Unification in North America.

    5. John Nickels--Roma--U.S. representative of the International Romani Union and also a judge in the Romani community in the U.S.

    6. Jorge Farinacci--Puerto Rico--leader of the Socialist Front of Puerto Rico and a long-time leader of the independence movement in Puerto Rico.

    7. Ray Laforest--Haitian-American--labor unionist in the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and a leader of the Haitian Coalition for Justice, an organization that fights police brutality in New York.

    8. Uma Kutwal -originally from India, Uma Kutwal is president of Local 375 of the Civil Service Technical Union District Council 37 of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees.

    9. Dr. Christa Anders--Germany--doctor of medicine and an organizer of the German/European Tribunal.

    10. Raniero La Valle--Italy--Former senator who has served 14 years in the Italian parliament and an anti-war leader in Catholic circles and spokesperson for the Italian War Crimes Tribunal movement.

    11. Dr. Wolfgang Richter--Germany--Chairperson of the Society for the Protection of Civil Rights and Human Dignity and a leader of the War Crimes Tribunal movement in Germany.

    12. Martha Grevatt--United States--National Secretary of the AFL-CIO for Lesbian/Gay/Bi/Trans Labor Organization called Pride at Work, and active in the United Auto Workers.

    13. Michael Ratner--United States--Civil Rights Attorney on the National Board of the Center for Constitutional Rights and he took the U.S. government to court for violating the War Powers Act in its undeclared war against Yugoslavia.

    14. Yole Stanesic--Yugoslavia, Russia--Montenegrin poet and writer living in Russia, member of the tribunals in Yaroslav, Kiev and Belgrade.

    15. John Black--United States--retired President of the Health and Hospital Workers Union in Pennsylvania, responsible for bringing many thousands of hospital workers into the union. As a teenager in Germany he was active in the anti-Nazi underground resistance.

    16. Dr. Berta Joubert--Puerto Rico--psychiatrist working in public health and organizer of Puerto Rican and African American anti-racist activities in Philadelphia.

 The Prosecutor team:

    Ramsey Clark, former U.S. attorney general and founder of the International Action Center.

    Pat Chin--originally from Jamaica, International Action Center spokesperson for solidarity with Haiti and Yugoslavia and other issues.  

    Sara Flounders, International Action Center national co-director, participant in numerous tribunal hearings.

    Gloria La Riva, a leader of the Peace for Cuba Committee, producer of video NATO Targets.  

    All were in Yugoslavia either during the war or participating in seminars or meetings after the war.   Short opening remarks by Ramsey Clark, who will be lead prosecutor.  Opening greetings from Mikhail Kuznetsov of the International Peoples Tribunal organized from Russia and Ukraine and other former Soviet countries.

    
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Book Review: NATO War Crimes: Media Lies and the Conquest of Kosovo


U.S. Marines pass an anti-NATO banner in Thessaloniki, Greece in 1999 which reads: “Killers Go Home”.


Book Review: NATO War Crimes: Media Lies and the Conquest of Kosovo
September 2, 2008 – 2:59 pm

Media Lies and the Conquest of Kosovo: NATO’s Prototype for the Next Wars of Globalization. Publisher: Unwritten History, Inc., New York, 2007. By Michel Collon, 276 pages, with photographs and maps.

“Each war begins with media lies.” This is how Belgian journalist Michel Collon begins his analysis of the Kosovo conflict which resulted in the U.S. and NATO bombardment of Yugoslavia in 1999 and the subsequent occupation of the Serbian Kosovo province by U.S. and NATO troops. The U.S. and NATO had launched a war of aggression without United Nations approval and in violation of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Yugoslavia. The war was illegal and criminal under international law and under the Charter of the UN.

How was an illegal and criminal war “sold” as a “humanitarian intervention” to prevent “genocide” and a second Holocaust? This is the question that Collon analyzes and attempts to answer in the book.

Collon stated that the “primary objective” of the book is to allow “the reader to recognize media lies”. The Kosovo conflict is used to demonstrate how the U.S. media and government used “disinformation” and “war propaganda” to cover up the fact that no “genocide” or atrocities had taken place in Kosovo. He is able to deconstruct the deceptions and lies perpetrated by the U.S. and Western media. The analysis is essential reading in promoting critical media literacy skills and in the deconstruction of the modus operandi of the U.S. and Western media.

But if there was a massive and unprecedented U.S. infowar and propaganda and disinformation campaign, what was the reason for it? Collon analyzed the hidden agendas and objectives that the U.S. and the NATO countries had in launching such a blatantly illegal and criminal war of aggression. He showed how NATO expansion eastwards and into “Southeastern Europe” were important strategic and military objectives. The neutralization of Serbia was vital for the U.S. and the EU because Serbia was not a compliant U.S. proxy, client, and satellite state. Serbia was a large roadblock in the way of U.S. and NATO expansion. Serbia had to be wiped out. And that is what the U.S. and NATO did. The Kosovo conflict was the result.

Economic interests were also of primary concern for the U.S. and NATO. Serbia was resisting “privatization” and the “open society”, that is, the corporate takeover of its economy by U.S. and Western corporate raiders, NGOs, and corporate conglomerates.

Collon examined the ramifications of the Kosovo conflict for future conflicts, the “next wars of globalization.” In particular, he saw the connection of Kosovo to the Caucasus, the interconnection of Kosovo to the South Ossetia and Abkhazia conflicts. Collon saw the Kosovo conflict as only the first war in NATO’s expansion eastwards and NATO’s plan to encircle the Russian Federation.

The war launched on August 7, 2008 by U.S. client state Georgia to take over the de facto independent regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia can be seen as the second war concocted by the U.S. and NATO. The goal is the same in Kosovo and in South Ossetia. The U.S. and NATO seek expansion. Collon was able to foresee the South Ossetia conflict, His analytical framework is accurate and critical, providing an objective and unbiased analysis of NATO and U.S. motives and policies.

Collon begins his analysis by deconstructing the media deceptions and lies that the U.S. and Western media used to “sell” the illegal war in Kosovo. The U.S. propaganda model was to use the Bosnia Holocaust propaganda analogy. Accuse the Serbs of committing genocide, of recreating the Holocaust. Make up outrageous and preposterous atrocity stories and fabrications and concoct unbelievable casualty numbers. Revive the “ethnic cleansing” meme that worked so well in Bosnia. And then develop the genocide propaganda argument.

There was a claim by the U.S. and Western media that there were “100,000 Missing” Albanian Muslims, presumed to have been killed by the Serbs. U.S. President Bill Clinton stated at a White House press conference on June 25, 1999 that “tens of thousands of people”, that is, Albanian Muslims, had been murdered in Kosovo on the personal orders of Slobodan Milosevic. This was nonsense and a malicious deception. Geoff Hoon of the British Foreign Office similarly claimed that “it appeared that around 10,000 people had been killed in more than 100 massacres.” These were outlandish, cynical, and immoral lies disseminated by government leaders. But Bill Clinton and Tony Blair understood that there were no repercussions and consequences for the most outrageous of lies and deceptions. By playing the genocide game or genocide card, moreover, invoking genocide in what was an internal, separatist and secessionist conflict, Clinton and Blain knew that they could silence any dissent and debate. Who wouldn’t want to prevent genocide and atrocities? Framed in those deceptive terms, it was a win-win situation that was based totally on disinformation, infowar and psyop techniques, and fabrications.

In fact, claims of genocide by the U.S., Britain, and other NATO countries were later shown to be lies and fabrications concocted and planned by the governments of those same NATO countries that bombed and occupied Yugoslavian territory. U.S. infowar techniques went into high gear. The U.S. media and government propaganda machine went into overdrive. U.S. Army Psyops specialists even were hired by CNN to work for the news network. This was the appetizer. This was to get everyone ready for the main show, which was the bombing and occupation of Serbia.

Collon examined and discussed the language and terms of the Rambouillet Accord which no sovereign and independent country could accept. It harkened back to the 1914 Austro-Hungarian Ultimatum to Serbia that led to World War I. Under the terms of the Rambouillet Accord, Serbia had to allow NATO the right to potentially occupy all of Serbia and Yugoslavia, had to give Kosovo de facto independence immediately, and allow Kosovo Albanians to vote on independence after three years. What sovereign state would accept these terms? Would Georgia under Mikhail Saakashvili accept these terms for the resolution of the South Ossetia and Abkhazia conflicts? Clearly, the U.S. planned a war to allow the Kosovo Albanian Muslim separatists to secede from Serbia, like Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini had done in 1941, and for essentially the same reasons, to use Albanians as a proxy against Yugoslavia, a hostile and non-proxy state.

Collon cited convincing and compelling evidence that the U.S. and NATO planned an “intervention” in Kosovo long before the 78 day bombing started in 1999. In June, 1997, a French government official visited a U.S. aircraft carrier in the Adriatic. A U.S. admiral showed him a map of Yugoslavia with blinking lights on it. When asked what the lights represented, the admiral replied, “These are the future targets of our air attacks.” This was almost two years before the alleged “crackdown” and “atrocities” in Kosovo by the Slobodan Milosevic regime. This was before anything had happened in Kosovo. The U.S. and NATO were planning the next war. And Kosovo was the place. Some rationale was needed, any rationale, and the U.S. propaganda and infowar machine came up with one.

Finally, Collon analyzed the war crimes the U.S. and NATO committed in Kosovo by targeting Serbian hospitals, nursing homes, passenger trains, automobile factories, power grids, marketplaces, refugee columns, and television stations. Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch confirmed that based on the evidence they gathered, the U.S. and NATO were guilty of committing horrendous war crimes. But who was going to prosecute them? Who was going to arrest Bill Clinton and Madeleine Albright and bring them before a war crimes tribunal and court? Who was going to prosecute the U.S. and NATO war crimes in Serbia and Yugoslavia? Might makes right.

What did the U.S. and NATO achieve with the alleged “humanitarian intervention”? Following the war, an estimated 250,000 Kosovo Serbs, Roma, Turks, Gorani, and Jews were forced to flee Kosovo, creating an ethnically pure Albanian or Shqip “Kosova”, a Greater Albania. What the U.S. had achieved was to allow its proxy Albanian forces to secede and to create a second Albanian state in Europe. The U.S. had achieved the goals of Albanian separatism, creating two Albanian Muslim states in Europe.

Collon analyzed the Racak “massacre” and showed how this incident was staged and manipulated and distorted by the U.S. government and media. Those killed were armed Albanian Muslims who had been engaged in a shootout with Yugoslav police and security forces. The evidence showed that they had gun residue on their hands indicating that they had fired weapons. Racak was the pretext the U.S. needed to launch the illegal bombardment of Yugoslavia. Anything, any pretext, would have done.

Collon showed how economic factors were also paramount in the Kosovo conflict. U.S. President Bill Clinton had explained that “that’s what this Kosovo thing is all about … our ability to sell around the world.” He cited a Thomas Friedman statement in the New York Times : “The hidden hand of the market will never work without a hidden fist—McDonald’s cannot flourish without McDonnell Douglas, the builder of the F-15.” Finally, the New York Times on July 18, 1996, attacked Slobodan Milosevic, “a former Communist”, because he retained “state controls” over the Yugoslav economy and because of “his refusal to allow privatization.” The Washington Post explained succinctly why Yugoslavia was targeted by the U.S., NATO, and the EU: “Milosevic failed to understand the political message of the fall of the Berlin Wall while other Communist politicians accepted the Western model, and moved in the direction of the rest of Europe, Milosevic went the other way.” Milosevic did not grasp that the U.S. was the sole Superpower, the “global hegemon” who required all states to adopt and to follow the “Western model”. Ultimately, this was what the Kosovo thing was all about.

Collon was able to analyze and deconstruct the many issues involved in the Kosovo crisis and to see their future implications in the Caucasus. Originally published in 2000 in French as Monopoly: The NATO Conquest of the World, Collon analyzed how the Kosovo conflict was aimed ultimately at Russia and was a precursor to NATO expansion into the Ukraine, the Baltic states, and Georgia. Kosovo was not the end, but only the start. Kosovo was the beginning. South Ossetia and Abkhazia were the next wars. Kosovo set the stage for Iraq, Afghanistan, and the conflicts in South Ossetia and Abkhazia and was the intended “prototype” for future wars of “globalization” and for spreading “democracy” and “freedom” around the globe.

Three-year-old Milica Rakic was killed on April 17, 1999 by the NATO bombardment of the Belgrade suburb of Batajnica.

The parents of Milica Rakic mourn at her funeral.

NATO targeted hospitals, power grids, nursing homes, passenger trains, bridges, refugee columns, busses, television stations, factories, and residential areas. These are war crimes under international law and the customs and conventions of warfare. Cluster bombs were dropped by NATO in civilian areas. NATO bombed the residence of Slobodan Milosevic in a “decapitation” attack meant to assassinate him. NATO also killed hundreds of Albanian Muslim refugees.

The Chinese Embassy building in Belgrade after NATO bombardment. Out of 900 targets bombed by NATO, only the Chinese Embassy was targeted and chosen by the CIA and consisted of an independent U.S. bombing run.

A Serbian civilian lies dead on the street after NATO bombing.

Serbian hospitals destroyed by NATO bombardment, above and below.

U.S. bombers wrote graffiti on this unexploded bomb in Kraljevo: “Do you still wanna be a Serb now!!”

Serbian graffiti on a damaged building reads “Hitler Klinton”. Worldwide protests and outrage against the NATO bombing were largely dismissed and marginalized by the U.S. and NATO governments and media.

U.S. President Bill Clinton is depicted as a “new Hitler” during mass anti-U.S. and anti-NATO demonstrations in Sydney in 1999.

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Big Brother: Samurai Mind Training for Modern American Warriors


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http://news.yahoo.com/s/time/20090907/us_time/08599192075300




Not long ago at Fort Bragg, N.C., the country's largest military base, seven soldiers sat in a semi-circle, lights dimmed, eyes closed, two fingertips lightly pressed beneath their belly buttons to activate their "core." Electronic music thumped as the soldiers tried to silence their thoughts, the key to Warrior Mind Training, a form of meditation slowly making inroads on military bases across the country. "This is mental push-ups," Sarah Ernst told the weekly class she leads for soldiers at Fort Bragg. "There's a certain burn. It's a workout."

Think military and you think macho, not meditation, but that's about to change now that the Army intends to train its 1.1 million soldiers in the art of mental toughness. The Defense Department hopes that giving soldiers tools to fend off mental stress will toughen its troops at war and at home. It's the first time mental combat is being mandated on a large scale, but a few thousand soldiers who have participated in a voluntary program called Warrior Mind Training have already gotten a taste of how strengthening the mind is way different - dare we say harder? - than pounding out the push-ups.

Warrior Mind Training is the brainchild of Ernst and two friends, who were teaching meditation and mind-training in California. In 2005, a Marine attended a class in San Diego and suggested expanding onto military bases. Ernst and her colleagues researched the military mindset, consulting with veterans who had practiced meditation on the battlefield and back home. She also delved into the science behind mind training to analyze how meditation tactics could help treat - and maybe even help prevent - post-traumatic stress disorder.

Rooted in the ancient Samurai code of self-discipline, Warrior Mind Training draws on the image of the mythic Japanese fighter, an elite swordsman who honed his battle skills along with his mental precision. The premise? Razor-sharp attention plus razor-sharp marksmanship equals fearsome warrior.

The Samurai image was selected after careful deliberation; it was certifiably anti-sissy. "We took a long time to decide how we were going to package this," says Ernst, who moved to North Carolina in 2006 and teaches classes at Fort Bragg as well as Camp Lejeune, a Marine base near the coast. "There are a lot of ways you could describe the benefits of doing mind training and meditation. Maybe from a civilian approach we would emphasize cultivating happiness or peace. But that's not generally what a young soldier is interested in. They want to become the best warrior they can be." (Read a story on the health benefits of meditation.) http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1147167,00.html

The benefits of Warrior Mind Training, students have told instructors, are impressive: better aim on the shooting range, higher test scores, enhanced ability to handle combat stress and slip back into life at home. No comprehensive studies have been done, though a poll of 25 participants showed 70% said they felt better able to handle stressful situations and 65% had improved self-control.

The results were intriguing enough that Warrior Mind Training has been selected to participate in a University of Pittsburgh study on sleep disruption and fatigue in service members that will kick off early next year.

For now, success is measured anecdotally.

On patrol in Iraq two years ago, John Way would notice his mind straying. "Maybe I should be watching some guy over there and instead I'm thinking, 'I'm hungry. Where's my next Twinkie?'"

With privacy at a premium, he'd often retreat to a Port-A-Potty to practice the focusing skills he'd learned from Ernst at Fort Bragg. "To have a way to shut all this off is invaluable," says Way.

The importance of the mind-body connection is being acknowledged at the highest levels of the military. The West Point-based Army Center for Enhanced Performance (ACEP), which draws on performance psychology to teach soldiers how to build confidence, set goals and channel their energy, has expanded to nine army bases in the past three years since the Army's chief-of-staff praised the program.

"The Army has always believed if we just train 'em harder, the mental toughness will come," says Lorene Petta, a psychologist at Fort Bragg who works for ACEP. "A lot of times with this population, because they're so rough and tough, they tend to say, 'This is too touchy-feely for me. No thanks.' But we talk about the importance of being a good mental warrior too."

Free to members of the military and their relatives, Warrior Mind Training classes are offered at 11 U.S. military installations and veterans centers across the country; an online option opened up this spring. At Naval Amphibious Base Coronado in California, for example, Warrior Mind instructors prep elite Navy SEALS candidates for Hell Week, when potential newbies are vetted in a 5 ½-day sleepless trial of physical and mental endurance.

Beefing up the brain for combat is one aspect of the training; another is decompression. If one day you're dodging snipers in Iraq and the next you're strolling the aisles at Wal-Mart, Warrior Mind Training techniques can ease the transition.

"It's kind of like a reset button," says Erick Burgos, a military paramedic who takes classes at Coronado. "It's a time-out for you to take a break from the chaos in your life."

If the Army's new mental-toughness initiative, set to kick off in October, is to be successful, it needs buy-in from the people it plans to train. It can be a tough sell. At Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, in N.C., Adam Credle, who teaches military, law enforcement and Coast Guard personnel how to drive boats equipped with machine guns really fast, has encouraged his students to try out the meditative techniques. So far, he's been rebuffed, though he continues to try to persuade them to give the discipline's central exercise a chance. The mental focusing technique is called deep listening and it sounds super-simple but - unless you're accustomed to meditation - it requires exquisite concentration.

To help develop this skill, Warrior Mind, relies upon music. The idea is to listen, really listen, to the wail of the guitar or the staccato tap of the drums instead of letting your mind wander. In athletics, this concept is called being in "the zone."

As with anything, practice makes perfect, which is reassuring for rookies - like me - who find it next to impossible to rein in their thoughts at first. During the course of one five-minute song, I thought repeatedly about whether I'd remembered to lock my car and turn my cell phone to vibrate. And, because I'm a reporter, I thought about what everyone else might be thinking about, which, if they were doing it right, should have been nothing at all.

Comment:  Evidently meditation can be used for many purposes, positive and negative.
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A brief summary report on"Operation American Freedom and the Liberation of America."


Following 13 years of a cruel stringent embargo that left 1.5 million americans dead of which 500'000 american children below the age of 5 , the Iraqi army, with their imposing armada bombarded the U.S with over 700 tons of B.52's.
Iraqi armored vehicles, 150'000 Iraqi soldiers and 100'000 subcontractors and mercenaries(from the Arab world and Africa) have taken hold of Washington DC and other parts of the country.
The Iraqi soldiers toppled the Washington Monument, ransacked and pillaged the National Gallery of Art, the National Portrait Gallery as well the great Smithsonian institute and museum.
The White House , the Pentagon and the CIA have also been targeted and now encircled. Hundreds of Iraqi generals with their troops have squatted the headquarters of the American Government. The White House, looted, has now become an enclave of the Iraqi occupying forces and has been renamed the White Zone.

The President of the U.S.A as well as his 20 advisors have been caught and are now prisonners of war in a Fort Lauderdale secret prison, camp Babel.

A puppet american government was set up by the Iraqi occupying forces. They set up elections and eyewitnesses report that over 1 million mexicans came in buses and voted the new government in.
Reliable sources affirm that the current American government is mainly comprised of mexican americans with dual nationalities and totally backed by Mexico.
The American army has been totally sacked and replaced by a grouping of mexican/american police, army and militias working in close cooperation with the Iraqi occupying forces.
The Iraqi Provisional Authority in conjunction with the american puppet government are undertaking a massive campaign of "de-waspization" and "de-americanization" of the whole of the U.S.A.

Upper state New York, Buffalo and other towns have declared their independence and are being armed and trained by Canada as mercenaries and snipers.

Atrocious news have been circulating of hideous crimes committed by the Iraqi soldiers:

In Bethesda, over 12 pregnant women were killed as well as a 15 years old boy who spat on a passing Iraqi convoy. His mother's head was bashed against a wall and her boy shot in front of her eyes.

In Lexington Park , 3 neighborhoods have been razed to the ground. Over 500 defenseless civilians, majority of which were women and children have been shot in cold blood and some Iraqi soldiers were filmed pissing on the dead corpses.

In Richmond square, hundreds of bodies are strewn across the square and littering the side streets, showing signs of serious burns from napalm, phosphorus bombs and gun shots.

In Rockville, five Iraqi soldiers from the 32nd platoon division, gang raped 14 years old Abee Jones, shot her whole family including her 3 years old sister and grandparents then set her on fire. They were seen drinking Arak and grilling kebabs prior to their crime.

In Georgetown , over 500 american academics have been kidnaped and shot dead by Mexican backed militias and 100 students were blown to pieces in front of George Washington University. Body parts and books were seen lying in the debris.

Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the UN have reported the existence of hundreds of detention camps and prisons and the estimated official number of American prisoners is 50'000 men and women some as young as 13 years old, held without charges or trial.
These agencies have also reported gross violations of the Geneva conventions and have presented evidence of severe torture, including sodomy , rape and genital mutilation.
The Iraqi Minister of Defence denies these allegations. Most torture victims have succumbed to death.

The French Institute of Medicine issued a report confirming the death of over 700'000 american civilians since the Iraqi invasion. The UN has issued a report in December stating that for the year 2006 only, 35'000 americans have died as a result of the Iraqi occupation.
The number for widows is also staggering, over 1 million american widows and 2 million american children orphaned. The report also adds that american children are trafficked, sold as sex slaves or labourers in other countries.

Public facilities and amenities are no longer existent. The average American citizen gets one hour of electricity per day and for the past week there has been no water supply. Transportation systems have been halted, universities and schools shut down, the sewage system no longer functions and most American streets are inundated with rats and dirty water.
"Medecins sans frontiers" a french based NGO, has reported severe cases of malnutrition, water born diseases and outbreaks of cholera and typhoid due to the insalubrity of present living conditions for Americans.

Hospitals are no longer functional and can no longer cope with the influx of injured and maimed Americans. The Morgues are overflowing with dead bodies.Children suffering from cancer caused by Iraqi depleted uranium can no longer receive treatment and the prognosis for them is very poor. Other illnesses are no longer treated short of medication and staff as, most doctors and nurses have left the country. Surgery is done without anesthesia and medical doctors are subject to harassment, kidnaping , torture and death.
The general American population is suffering great trauma,PTSD and doctors have declined to treat patients from 9/11, arguing that there are more urgent priorities.

The UN has launched an urgent plea as 3.7 million americans have sought refuge in Canada, Alaska, Mexico and other countries as a consequence of the Iraqi occupation.
The UNESCO on the other hand has decried some of the Iraqi army practices. Many Iraqi soldiers have been found desecrating worship places by ransacking them, painting Islamic symbols, tearing, kicking, and burning the Bible and urinating in churches. American Monuments and historical sites have also been destroyed.

On the economic front, over 60% of the American population is now unemployed, inflation rate is 100% and most outlets, like Starbucks, Mc Donalds and the rest have closed down due to lack of clientele.
Shopping malls are empty and retailers have shut down. There is an economic depression but the Iraqi Provisional Authority as well as the american puppet government are re-assuring the american public that things will look brighter soon.

Russian and Chinese corporations and multinationals have monopolized all the oil ressources in Texas and the American puppet government has issued a law privatizing all american energy.
Furthermore , Dallas and Houston have become a mexican enclave. Only Spanish is allowed to be spoken there and all government and public posts are occupied by Mexicans.

On the political front, mexicans have managed to infiltrate all echelons of the governing administration included all armed forces : the american army, the american FBI and ministries and they have developed , funded and trained militias that are wrecking havoc in the streets of the American capital.
Countless american citizens have been abducted, kidnaped, raped, and slaughtered.
Dead bodies are seen lying around the city showing marked signs of torture , like eyes and nails plucked out and holes from electrical drills. The american puppet government denies any role in all of this.

Furthermore, civil war is looming close by. Catholics backed by Mexicans have waged an unrentless campaign of ethnic cleansing against Protestants. Black americans are fighting with Asians and Italians with Poles. Car bombs, mortar attacks and snipers are a daily occurrence today in Washington D.C , Maryland and Virginia as well as other parts of the U.S.

Native Americans on the other hand are caught in this ethnic cleansing and are being either massacred again or forced to seek refuge elsewhere. As Canada and Alaska is refusing them entry, they have ended up in tents on the borders in a no man's land.

Four weeks ago, on Christmas eve, the president of the USA as well as three of his advisors were hanged in what appeared to be a sectarian lynching.

The Iraqi President expressed dissapointment at the way the execution was done, he added it was "fumbled" but was glad that justice finally prevailed.
Reuters reported that 5 of the late American President's lawyers have been slaughtered during the Trial period. The President of the USA was filmed hanging at the gallows on Christmas eve and his body showed signs of post mortem torture.

The Iraqi President concluded by saying that americans should really show gratitude for what Iraqis have sacrificed in their name and in the name of Freedom.
He also assured the american public in a televised address to the nation, that a surge of an extra 20'000 Iraqis was needed for the reconstruction of the U.S.A to go as planned and that the mission has been accomplished.

P.S: I hope this piece of "science-fiction" reverse psychology shocks you. Everything mentioned above took place and continues to take place today in Iraq.And this is only 25% of what is being reported.The shocking truth and "awe" of the American occupation of Iraq.
(for more proof, check www.uruknet.info and www.albasrah.net).
And I hope you realize that I have nothing against either mexicans,protestants or catholics, italians, poles, blacks, native americans or martians...It was just to drive a point home (...this politically correct thing is getting very tiresome- ask the Iraqis!)

P.S.S: Should Hollywood decide to take the above script, my only conditon is to have Charlton Heston starr in it. Last time I saw him in an interview (during"Desert Storm"), he believed that Iraq had borders with India. I surely hope he was given a geographical map since.
I would also like Sharon Stone to co-starr. Her role in "Base", sorry meant "Basic Instincts" is really appropriate for the script. Thank you for informing the zionist Spielberg.

http://arabwomanblues.blogspot.com/2007/01/back-to-future.html
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« Reply #94 on: September 15, 2009, 10:11:32 pm »
After one finds this posts one can never deny or minimize the horror.

If one shares this with one's friends, it will surely test the friendship or break it entirely.

Harconen, I am in deep grief with what you have presented. 

The worst of this is, we know that this cannot be undone no matter when it stops, it cannot be undone.

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« Reply #95 on: September 15, 2009, 10:23:37 pm »
Weapons of Mass Destruction Found In Iraq!


By illegally using thousands of tons of nuclear waste in the form of armor piercing rounds, referred to as "depleted uranium" or "DU", in the invasion of Iraq, the United States and Britain have gravely endangered not only the Iraqis and their own troops, but the entire world.  In the first invasion, at least 320 tons of DU were exploded into Iraq, at least 1500 tons were blasted in the second illegal invasion.

    Professor Malcolm Hopper of the University of Sunderland in the U.K., who has extensively studied health effects of British and U.S. soldiers who served in the Gulf War, has indicated that as many as 21,000 U.S. Gulf War veterans have died, due not just to DU exposure but to the astounding amounts of organophosphate (OP) poisoning from various toxins (or supposedly anti-toxins) given to the troops as "preventive" medicine.

73,000+ Gulf War Vets are already dead. - Department of Veterans Affairs. http://www.libertyforlife.com/military-war/73_thousand_us_gulf_war_casualties.htm

Sorry folks, we were not reading between the lines, the official report shows that more than  three and a half million U.S. soldiers who partook in the Gulf war are dead or disabled! http://www.libertyforlife.com/military-war/millions_US_troops_dead_disabled.htm

Read more... http://www.libertyforlife.com/military-war/millions_US_troops_dead_disabled.htm

CORRECTION the official report reveals more horrifying numbers more than a million dead and disabled US troops. CORRECTION the official report reveals more horrifying numbers more than a million dead and disabled US troops.

"I'm horrified. The people out there - the Iraqis, the media and the troops - risk the most appalling ill health. And the radiation from depleted uranium can travel literally anywhere. It's going to destroy the lives of thousands of children, all over the world. We all know how far radiation can travel. Radiation from Chernobyl reached Wales and in Britain you sometimes get red dust from the Sahara on your car." - Dr. Chris Busby, the British radiation expert, Fellow of the University of Liverpool in the Faculty of Medicine and UK representative on the European Committee on Radiation Risk, talking about the best-kept secret of this war:

    Birth defects in Iraq are up 600% (See DU Exposed Veterans Daughter http://www.libertyforlife.com/military-war/uranium_exposed_veterans_daugher.htm for a personal perspective).  A global diabetes epidemic is also being linked to DU.

American Use Of Depleted Uranium is "A crime against humanity which may, in the eyes of historians, rank with the worst atrocities of all time." US Iraq Military Vets "are on DU death row, waiting to die."  - James Denver, International Reporter.

    225,000 U.S. troops have received VA acknowledgement of service-connected sickness due to Gulf War Syndrome.  1,620,906 U.S. soldiers have filed for disability. http://www.libertyforlife.com/military-war/73_thousand_us_gulf_war_casualties.htm Around 35% of U.S. troops serving in the invasion of Iraq have been injured.

"Military Men Are Just Dumb, Stupid, Animals To Be Used As Pawns In Foreign Policy" — Henry Kissinger

Dr. Doug Rokke talks about depleted uranium:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-8PlJVhogs&feature=player_embedded

In 1990, the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) wrote a report warning about the potential health and environmental catastrophe from the use of depleted uranium weapons. The health effects had been known for a long time. The report sent to the UK government warned "in their estimation, if 50 tonnes of residual DU dust remained ‘in the region’ there could be half a million extra cancers by the end of the century.".  50 ton of DU estimated to cause half a million deaths in ten years.  The U.S. has shot more than 1,820 ton of DU into Iraq alone.

    Considering the extraordinarily high exposure rate to U.S. troops, Iraqi's have little chance of avoiding exposure to the thousands of tons of nuclear waste the U.S. blasted into their country.  Winds will spread the nuclear waste around the world http://www.libertyforlife.com/military-war/how_micrometersize_uranium_part.htm

Millions will die. Wind Carries DU to UK http://www.libertyforlife.com/military-war/wind_carries_du_to_uk.htm

In 1997, while citing experiments, by others, in which 84 percent of dogs exposed to inhaled uranium died of cancer of the lungs, Dr. Asaf Durakovic, then Professor of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at Georgetown University in Washington was quoted as saying, 'The [US government's] Veterans Administration asked me to lie about the risks of incorporating depleted uranium in the human body.' He concluded, 'uranium does cause cancer, uranium does cause mutation, and uranium does kill. If we continue with the irresponsible contamination of the biosphere, and denial of the fact that human life is endangered by the deadly isotope uranium, then we are doing disservice to ourselves, disservice to the truth, disservice to God and to all generations who follow.'

    Ironically, the UN Resolution 661 calling for sanctions against Iraq, was signed on Hiroshima Day, August 6, 1990.

These DU weapons have released deadly, carcinogenic and mutagenic, radioactive particles in such abundance that whipped up by sandstorms and carried on trade winds http://www.libertyforlife.com/military-war/how_micrometersize_uranium_part.htm , there is no corner of the globe they cannot penetrate, including Britain and the U.S.  Wind has no boundaries and time is on its side. The radioactivity from the DU exploded in Iraq will last for over 4,500,000,000 years and will cause cancer, leukemia, brain damage, kidney failure, and extreme birth defects - killing millions of every age for centuries to come. A crime against humanity which may, in the eyes of historians, rank with the worst atrocities of all time.

    The 30mm Avenger Cannon, a seven-barrel Gatling gun manufactured by General Electric in Burlington, Vermont, mounted for example on the nose of an A-10 Warthog aircraft, can fire as many as 3900 depleted uranium rounds per minute.  Radioactive particles vaporized in the barrel when these weapons are fired will be effectively distributed over wide areas by the aircraft, including to the U.S. military base where these aircraft land and all the areas they fly.

    "[7] The locusts looked like horses prepared for battle. On their heads they wore something like crowns of gold, and their faces resembled human faces. [8] Their hair was like women's hair, and their teeth were like lions' teeth. [9] They had breastplates like breastplates of iron, and the sound of their wings was like the thundering of many horses and chariots rushing into battle. [10] They had tails and stings like scorpions, and in their tails they had power to torment people" - Revelations Chapter 9

Yet, 'officially' in the U.S. and UK, no crime has been committed. For this story is a dirty story in which the facts have been concealed from those who needed them most, in particular the veterans and people of Iraq.  Mainstream media, which is largely owned by the people behind the war, is almost silent on this extraordinarily serious issue.

Nuclear waste / DU stockpiles are estimated at over 500,000 tons.  Storage of the DU is extremely expensive so governments decided that it was more economical to use depleted uranium than store it. From the late 1970s, the U.S., the Soviet Union, Britain and France, began converting their stockpiles of depleted uranium into armor piercing rounds and armor.  DU was used during the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, the 1991 Gulf War, the Bosnia War, the bombing of Serbia and in the Iraq War.  Depleted uranium ammunition from the 1960s has been found on the Stryker firing range in Hawaii.

Depleted Uranium gets its name from the manufacturing process used to extract the isotope uranium-235 which is know as enriched uranium. Depleted Uranium is primarily composed of the isotope uranium-238.  DU is used as the nuclear fuel in hydrogen bombs.  Only about 10% of the nuclear power plants are designed to use DU in their reactors the other 90% must use the enriched 235 isotope. Following use in a reactor, enriched uranium is converted to DU and made into weapons because of it's extreme density.  DU emits 60% of the radiation of enriched uranium and behaves in the body the same way as other uranium.

"Little Boy" the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima used 64 kg of uranium and killed approximately 140,000 people, half from the blast and half from the nuclear fallout and cancer. Unborn babies died or were born with severe deformities.  From a blast perspective Little Boy was equivalent to somewhere between 13,000 tons to 16,000 tons of TNT, however, the radioactive fallout is what caused an equal or greater amount of damage.  This radioactive fallout is the same as that produced from kinetic DU armor piercing rounds.

Uranium has what is known as "pyrophoric properties",  that is it ignites and burns with intensive heat on impact also releasing radioactive alpha particles.  The troops refer to the victims who's vehicles have been hit with DU rounds as "crispies" because the intensive heat "frys" their bodies.  The uranium also combines with oxygen atoms forming clouds of toxic uranium-oxide dust, it the blast and dust does not kill, the victim is enveloped in a cloud of poisonous gas which usual kills instantly but will certainly kill over time.

When a DU armor piercing round hits its target, around half of the uranium is vaporized into smaller than five micron particles.  In other words in the invasion of Iraq the United States vaporized 910 tons of radio active uranium which is equivalent to 14,218, fourteen thousand Hiroshima bombs from a radioactive fallout perspective.  Calculations below:
Nuclear Waste Vaporized in Iraq by United States of America:
DU in 1st Invasion of Iraq    320    ton
DU in 2nd Invasion of Iraq    1,500    ton
   TOTAL    1,820    ton
1,000 kg per ton (TOTAL in kg)    1,820,000    kg
Half uranium vaporized (1/2 TOTAL)    910,000    kg
Uranium used in Hiroshima's Little Boy    64    kg
Equivalent # of Hiroshima's in Iraq    14,218    bombs

The vaporization of the uranium in an atomic bomb results in smaller uranium particles than in the kinetic vaporization of armor piercing rounds, however, the particles from the rounds is still smaller than five microns.  In other words the uranium particles will become airborne, they will float in air. 

The effects of uranium on humans illustrated below   


In other words, the more than 1820 tons of uranium America exploded in Iraq will eventually make it's way from winds http://www.libertyforlife.com/military-war/how_micrometersize_uranium_part.htm all around the world.  It already made it's way to the UK. http://www.libertyforlife.com/military-war/wind_carries_du_to_uk.htm

Bush, Cheney, Rumsveld and their fellow war criminals have caused

the worlds worst disaster ever. 

If you are a citizen of the U.S. you too are liable - you pay taxes, you funded the war crime, just as the Germans were held liable for the countries they invaded.

The International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons consisting of 85 organizations in 22 countries have demanded an immediate ban on the production and military use of depleted uranium weapons.  The European Parliament has repeatedly passed resolutions ordering an immediate moratorium on the further use of depleted uranium ammunition.

The NATO nations and permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, of France, the United Kingdom and the United States have consistently rejected calls for a ban on the use of depleted uranium in 'kinetic' weapons.

Lawsuits filed against the US and Nuclear Regulatory bodies in Federal courts in the U.S. are unlawfully dismissed (Liberty For Life Founder was present at one such hearing - read side note http://www.libertyforlife.com/abuse/lying-judge-ware.htm ).

Perspective:
More than $100 Million spent in U.S. to clean up a 0.385kg/month leak of  Depleted Uranium:


Depleted Uranium - Far Worse Than 9/11
Depleted Uranium Dust - Public Health Disaster For The People Of Iraq and Afghanistan

By Douglas Westerman http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article12903.htm    05/01/06

"Vital Truths" -- - In 1979, depleted uranium (DU) particles escaped from the National Lead Industries factory near Albany, N.Y. which was manufacturing DU weapons for the U.S. military. The particles traveled 26 miles and were discovered in a laboratory filter by Dr. Leonard Dietz, a nuclear physicist http://www.libertyforlife.com/military-war/how_micrometersize_uranium_part.htm This discovery led to a shut down of the factory in 1980, for releasing more than 0.85 pounds of DU dust into the atmosphere every month, and involved a cleanup of contaminated properties costing over 100 million dollars.

Perspective:
One Million Eight Hundred and Twenty Thousand Kilograms of Depleted Uranium
were blasted into Iraq by the U.S.

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  Further information
The Low Level Radiation Campaign hopes to be able to arrange a limited number of private urine tests for those returning from the latest Gulf war. It can be contacted at: The Knoll, Montpelier Park, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 5LW. 01597 824771. Web: www.llrc.org

http://www.libertyforlife.com/military-war/wmd.html
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Re: Killing America's Kids and Driving Them Insane
« Reply #96 on: September 15, 2009, 10:35:58 pm »
After one finds this posts one can never deny or minimize the horror.

If one shares this with one's friends, it will surely test the friendship or break it entirely.

Harconen, I am in deep grief with what you have presented.  

The worst of this is, we know that this cannot be undone no matter when it stops, it cannot be undone.

Yes, we can't do anything to undone it. Future generations are to be born with anomalies or worse. My country is severely contaminated with DU. Over 40.000kg of DU is spread all over. People are dieing from cancer in age of 20. Situation is alarming, but the puppet government ( under NWO-US eye ) do nothing. No decontamination, no warnings, nothing. I can only say thank you to AJ, Sane and you people here for helping the truth to come out.


NATO Admits To Use Of Radioactive Munitions in Yugoslavia


5 May 2000

By Julie Hyland

NATO Secretary General Lord George Robertson has finally provided limited details of the Alliance's use of depleted uranium (DU) ammunition during its war against Serbia last year. Robertson disclosed the information in a letter to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan last month-four months after it was first requested.

DU is a waste product of the process used to enrich natural uranium ore for use in nuclear reactors and nuclear weapons. It is 1.7 times as dense as lead and is used in the tips of a bullet or a round to pierce armor plating. It can also be used in cruise missile nose cones and has been used in the armor of tanks.

DU breaks into tiny particles on impact, which can be easily ingested and/or inhaled. Numerous studies have linked DU ammunition to the increase of cancer in Iraq, following the 1991 Gulf War, and to the number of army personnel in the US and the UK suffering from "Gulf War Syndrome".

Annan had requested detailed information on NATO's use of DU during its 78-day bombardment of Yugoslavia, following a UN investigation by the Balkan Task Force (BTF). The results of the BTF investigation-which included members from the World Health Organization, the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Swedish Radiation Protection Institute-were reported last October. Investigators concentrated on four environmental "hot-spots" in Kosovo-Pancevo, Kragujevac, Novi Sad and Bor-but complained that the lack of official confirmation from NATO of its use of DU "during the Kosovo conflict distorted the prerequisites for the group's work".

The report concluded that whilst the Kosovo conflict did not cause an environmental catastrophe for the whole of the Balkan region, pollution at the four spots investigated was "serious and poses a threat to human health". It urged an investigation into the impact of DU ammunition on human health.

Robertson wrote that the United States Air Force A-10 "tankbuster" aircraft had concentrated their operations "in an area west of the Pec-Dakovica-Prizren highway, in the area surrounding Klina, in the area around Prizren, and in an area to the north of a line joining Suva Reka and Urosevac". He added, "However, many missions using DU also took place outside these areas."

The UN Environmental Programme (UNep) complained that "the information provided [by Robertson] is not of sufficient detail to facilitate an accurate field assessment of the environmental and human health consequences of its use at the present time". This meant it was not possible "to comprehensively carry out an objective and scientifically based environmental and human health impact assessment in Kosovo".

Whilst claiming that Robertson's admission "should not be a cause of widespread alarm", UNep urged that its October 1999 recommendations should be followed-including preventing access to all places where contamination has been confirmed, informing the local populace of the possible risks and taking "appropriate precautionary measures".

The lack of detailed information in Robertson's letter is not surprising. NATO pursued a strategy of "carpet-bombing" towns and cities across Yugoslavia during its offensive. Some 700 planes flew almost 35,000 sorties, destroying large parts of the country's industrial and social infrastructure.

During the latter stages of the air campaign, NATO moved to 24-hour bombing, targeting industrial plants, airports, electricity and telecommunications facilities, railways, bridges and fuel depots, schools, health clinics, day care centres, government buildings, churches, museums and monasteries.

A comprehensive list of those areas targeted with DU ammunition would probably mean declaring much of Serbia and Kosovo contaminated, as well as raising serious concerns over the environmental and health dangers for surrounding countries.

It is unlikely that a detailed breakdown will be forthcoming. Following Robertson's admission, Francois LeBlevenac, a NATO spokesman, said that the alliance had "no direct control" over the use of DU ammunition during the war. Whilst NATO had overall control of the campaign against Serbia, "it had no jurisdiction over the choice of armaments used by member nations," LeBlevenac said.

Both the US and the UK were known to have used DU ammunition during the war. Whilst both have denied that the weapons posed any significant risk to human health, numerous studies have revealed significant dangers. The US Army's Environmental Policy Institute reported in 1995: "If DU enters the body, it has the potential to generate significant medical consequences. The risks associated with DU are both chemical and radiological."

UK Ministry of Defense personnel in Kosovo have been warned to stay clear of any sites targeted with DU munitions, unless they are wearing full radioactive protective clothing. The National Radiological Protection Board advises UK nationals visiting or working in Kosovo to avoid disturbing areas contaminated with DU. Last April, radiation physicists at the University of Maryland submitted evidence to the US Department of Energy, recommending that DU never be used in warfare because of the health hazards.

Last week German KFOR troops designated an area of approximately 5,000 square metres in Kosovo-Metohija as radioactive, leading the Defence Ministry to promise it would conduct health checks on all its personnel in the vicinity.

The consequences of DU munitions have been most clearly revealed in Iraq. The US fired almost 944,000 rounds of DU ammunition in Iraq and Kuwait during the 1991 war. Congenital birth defects in Iraq are reported to have increased to three times their post-war levels and there has been a dramatic increase in cancers and childhood leukemia. Last year, British experimental biologist Roger Cohill warned that the use of DU weapons against Yugoslavia was likely to result in an additional 10,000 fatal cancer cases in the region.

As in Iraq, NATO sanctions against Serbia are undermining the medical profession's ability to detect and treat the disease. At a public meeting convened in London on March 24 to commemorate the first anniversary of the NATO bombing, Labour MP's Alice Mahon and Bob Marshall-Andrews reported on their recent visit to Yugoslavia as part of a campaign to lift western sanctions.

The two reported that they had spoken with refugees from Kosovo, Bosnia and Croatia and met patients at the Bazanijska Kosa hospital in Belgrade. Cancer experts at the hospital had informed them that sanctions were seriously undermining cancer prevention and the quality of care. Radiotherapy equipment often does not have all the required parts and chemotherapy drugs are unavailable.

Already this has meant that the number of early-detected cancer cases has dropped from 35 percent in 1990 to 13 percent. Doctors told them that, in comparison to the rest of Europe, Serbia is now bottom of the league table for five-year survival rates for lung, breast, colon, rectum, prostate, testicular, ovarian,stomach and cervical cancers.

The BTF report is available on the Internet at: http://www.grid.unep.ch/btf

From the Greenwich Village Gazette

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Depleted uranium study 'shows clear damage'


27 August 1999

http://news.bbc.co.uk/hi/english/sci/tech/newsid_431000/431817.stm

Friday, August 27, 1999 Published at 17:59 GMT 18:59 UK

Carnage on the Basra road: What damage did depleted uranium cause?
By Environment Correspondent Alex Kirby

The controversy over the reported dangers of depleted uranium (DU) has intensified, with a Canadian study said to show "unequivocal" evidence of damage to health.

DU is a by-product of military and civil nuclear programmes, and is mildly radioactive, much less so than natural uranium.

Because it is 1.7 times as dense as lead, it is prized for use in armour-piercing weapons.

A DU round bursts through armour far more easily than a conventional weapon. On impact, the DU dissolves in a burning spray of dust.

Damage to children

The dust can damage health if it is inhaled or ingested. But the Ministry of Defence and the Pentagon have insisted that DU munitions, which both countries used in 1991, pose no special dangers.

Some Gulf war veterans disagree, and believe DU may be a factor in Gulf War Syndrome, the cluster of illnesses which has ruined the health of thousands of them.

They point as well to the much higher rate of childhood cancers and other abnormalities in southern Iraq since 1991.

And children of veterans themselves have been reported with birth defects.

Research by Dr Hari Sharma, of the University of Waterloo in Ontario, appeared to show traces of DU in the urine of 14 out of 30 British veterans he tested.

There is now considerable dispute over his work, with critics claiming he was dismissed by the university for work that lacked rigour and credibility.

His supporters say he has been victimised for publishing evidence suggesting DU harms both veterans and civilians. But research at the Memorial University of Newfoundland appears to support Dr Sharma.

The researcher, a geochemist, Patricia Horan, used a mass spectrometer to analyse the urine of veterans. This technique is said to achieve results between 50,000 and 500,000 times more accurate than Dr Sharma's.

'Beyond argument'

The one British veteran to have received the results of his test, Shaun Rusling, of the National Gulf War Veterans' and Families Association, was shown to be still passing DU in his urine eight years after the war.

Malcolm Hooper, emeritus professor of medicinal chemistry at the University of Sunderland, says the new research provides "unequivocal evidence that will stand up to technical examination by anyone".

Professor Hooper, who advises Gulf veterans' groups, told BBC News Online: "This puts the whole thing beyond dispute. It is a breakthrough." "It shows an initial, significant exposure to DU, exposure which the MoD and the Pentagon have always maintained did not happen.

"It is imperative that the UK government now launches a widespread study of thousands of those who served in the Gulf, in different jobs and locations. "US forces used DU in Kosovo, and that is disturbing as well.

"The climate and the terrain are different, but we just don't know what happened. "The government should be checking service people, civilians, journalists, everyone."

Cautious

But the Newfoundland research has not yet been peer-reviewed, which worries Tony Duff, secretary of the Gulf Veterans' Association. He told BBC News Online: "I think it is interesting. But until it has been reviewed, we cannot draw any firm conclusions.

"I do not want to raise people's hopes by claiming it is definitive until we know that it is."

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Depleted uranium 'threatens Balkan cancer epidemic'


Sci/Tech - July 30, 1999

By Environment Correspondent Alex Kirby



A British scientist says the Americans' use of depleted uranium weapons in the war with Serbia is likely to cause 10,000 extra deaths from cancer.

A British biologist, Roger Coghill, says he expects the depleted uranium (DU) weapons used by US aircraft over Kosovo will cause more than 10,000 fatal cancer cases.

Mr Coghill, who runs his own research laboratory in south Wales, was speaking at a London conference called to discuss the use by American and British forces of DU in Iraq in the 1991 Gulf war.

High radiation levels

He said there had been evidence in other parts of the Balkans of elevated radiation levels during and soon after the war with Serbia.

In mid-June scientists at Kozani in northern Greece were reporting that radiation levels were 25% above normal whenever the wind blew from the direction of Kosovo.

And Bulgarian researchers reported finding levels eight times higher than usual within Bulgaria itself, and up to 30 times higher in Yugoslavia.

DU is a by-product of the enrichment of uranium for making nuclear weapons and reactor fuel. It is 1.7 times heavier than lead, and is used for making armour-piercing rounds.

Safety controversy

Both the Pentagon and the Ministry of Defence insist that it poses no significant danger. But Mr Coghill says that, while DU in its inert form is safe enough, when it strikes a target it does become a real danger.

"In an impact DU catches fire, and much of the round is turned into burning dust. The particles are extremely small, they can travel up to 300 kilometres. They are also beta-emitters, which are dangerous if inhaled."

The particles can then lodge in the lungs, resisting the body's attempts to flush them out, and can wreak havoc with the immune system. They can migrate to any tissue, though they often make for the kidneys.

Using calculations based on the Pentagon's statement that one in five of the rounds fired by its A-10 aircraft over Kosovo were DU munitions, Mr Coghill estimates that more than 500,000 DU rounds were fired, of which half detonated.

He says that would have resulted in the release of about one thirty-thousandth of the amount of radiation released at Chernobyl in 1986. "But that was in the form of caesium on the ground. This is free-floating particulate matter."

Delayed effect

Mr Coghill says the maximum effect will be reached about six months after the war, and he thinks the first cancers - probably leukaemias - will start to show up about a year after that.

"Throughout the Balkan region, I calculate that there will be an extra 10,150 deaths from cancer because of the use of DU. That will include local people, K-FOR personnel, aid workers, everyone."

He accepts that doubts remain over the effects of DU, and says it is vital to listen to critics who suggest that the higher cancer rates seen in parts of Iraq may have been caused by chemical weapons instead.

However, Mr Coghill notes that Bosnia, where DU weapons were used in 1995, was not attacked with chemical munitions, unlike Iraq.

"No epidemiological study can ever prove causality - all it can do is show an association. For proof, you need human, animal and cellular studies. All of those have been carried out on DU, and they support the association," says Mr Coghill.

"The total evidence is strong that DU is behind Gulf War Syndrome, and the increased rates of disease in Iraq - and in Bosnia.

"The birth deformities seen in the Gulf are identical to those seen in Bosnia, and in the children of some US service personnel who were exposed to DU."

He says there is telling confirmation of his distrust of DU. It comes in the form of evidence submitted by radiation physicists at the University of Maryland to the US Department of Energy in April on the long-term use of DU.

"They concluded that DU should never be used in a battlefield scenario, because of its hazards to health."

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United States Is Actively
Engaged In War Crimes

And Polluting With Nuclear Materials

By Karl W B Schwarz
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12-12-5


Today, I am going to address a subject that it as touchy as anti-Semitism and over time is going to be a very painful realization that the citizens of this Republic will have to face.  Americans do not like to have to come to grips with the fact that this nation is not always right, our policies are not always honorable, and our actions in war are not always defending Liberty and Freedom.  Sometimes what is done in our name is so horrible they do not want you to know about it.
 
Imagine that, coming from a person that is not anti-war, but does see wrong for what it is.  No amount of spin can convert a wrong act into something decent and honorable.
 
The major media sources in the United States have failed (what's new) to report to Americans many things related to 9-11, Afghanistan, why they have silenced FBI translator Sibel Edmonds, and Iraq.  Even this entire Global War on Terror, or GWOT, is farcical if you analyze it from top to bottom.  They have even failed to report that there is a Balkan War Syndrome as well as the Gulf War Syndrome.  They have failed to report that there is now an Afghanistan Syndrome and even an Iraqi Freedom Syndrome as a result of the current Iraq fiasco.
 
The media has failed to report that we have left behind deadly radiation that is exposing people in the Balkans, Afghanistan, Iraq and our soldiers to very high levels of deadly radiation and nuclear molecules.  
 
Some times it is hard to admit that we have leaders in Washington, DC that have no conscience, no morals, no integrity, no humaneness.  What they do in our name, as if they were doing us all a favor, turns to true tragedy and they just keep on as business as usual in our national capital.
 
In a previous email I disclosed that I was contacted by Dr. Mohammed Daud Miraki, PhD.  He shared with me the findings of experts that have taken soil samples in Afghanistan and had them tested in well known and recognized laboratories.  One is in Canada and the U.S. called the UMRC, or Uranium Medical Research Center and they have been monitoring and researching those US and Canadian troops exposed to DU in Desert Storm, the Balkans, Afghanistan and this current escapade into Iraq by George W. Bush.  I would like to attach all of those reports so you can read but they are large and only go to prove what I am saying in this email is horribly true.  
 
Remember when Canada joined us in the Desert Storm, the Balkans and then Afghanistan, and then refused to join the US in the Bush II war that was dubbed Iraqi Freedom?  Everything happens for a reason and part of that reason is the findings that UMRC has uncovered in its research.  Part of it was due to Bush Lies about WMD, imminent threat and Al Qaeda, but part of it was because the Canadian soldiers have been exposed to some things the U.S. it trying to keep quiet.  Those Canadians that served in the coalitions are now coming down with major illnesses and life long problems.  Some of them are even no longer with us because what they were exposed to is deadly and can kill quite quickly.  I remember well the Bush Administration painting Canada as not being a good neighbor and good ally, but that is only what you heard on CNN and FOXNews or come out of the mouths of Bush, Cheney, Rice, et al.  No one down here bothered to report that the results are mounting quickly that our use of DU weapons is condemning our troops, those of other nations and the civilian populations of the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq to thousands of years of toxic nuclear waste nightmares.
 
What they found was very disturbing to me.
 
Imagine getting pregnant and both the husband and wife are filled with joy of a child coming into their lives.
 
Imagine the shock and horror when you get faced with the realities of US military policy and its use of DU weapons.  This is a photo of a child in Iraq.  The photos of those in Afghanistan will be in our hands very soon and I have heard they are as bad and even worse.

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Imagine watching your child grow and all of the hope you had in your heart turned slowly into a nightmare and eventually to death.

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Look at what we do in the name of liberty and freedom and then hide the results of our actions. It is no secret that birth defects and toxic nuclear radiation are directly related.
 
The United States used DU weapons (depleted uranium) in Afghanistan when there were little or no armored vehicles to dispose of in that invasion. The Taliban had no significant armored forces. DU weapons were created as anti-armor weapons. They have found DU in the soil samples in Afghanistan, in the drinking water and in human bodies. They have also found non-depleted uranium, very lethal and toxic and is strictly man-made. It is known to produce grotesque birth defects and that can occur when either the man or the woman have been exposed to DU or non-depleted uranium. However, they found something else.
When I learned that they found non-depleted uranium my first questions was whether or not it was indigenous or naturally occurring in that area. Maybe it could have been, so I asked.
The answer that I got was not what I expected. In addition to finding non-depleted uranium they have also found plutonium and U-236 that are both made in nuclear reactors and are not naturally occurring in nature. That [U-236] and plutonium are man-made elements and only possible in nuclear reactors. The United States has lots of plutonium and U-236 as a result of our weapons program and our nuclear power plants.
In making their DU bombs evidently they do not care if deadly U-236 and Plutonium Pl-239 are left in the DU. It could be removed but that would entail more work and cutting into someone's profit margin.
Evidently, our government has used bunker buster bombs that had DU in them but also had non-depleted uranium U-236 and plutonium [Pl-239] as well. That is no laughing matter. It is easily classified as a crime against the environment and the people living in the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq, but it is also easily classified as a crime against humanity that will affect men, women and children far into the future in Afghanistan and other areas we imperially use DU weapons that are not completely depleted uranium,. They are finding U-236 and Plutonium too and neither occurs naturally in nature so it is not the result of uranium being in Afghanistan or there as a result of mining operations. No, this deadly stuff we imported into the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq because our leaders in Washington DC do not care a wit about other people or even our soldiers that have been exposed to this deadly stuff. Our defense contractors care more about the profits and not about leaving a legacy of environmental and human damage that can last for millions of years.
Too few Americans know that a criminal tribunal was assembled in Japan to hear the evidence regarding our use of DU weapons in Afghanistan. That is another matter the US media failed to tell you about. They also failed to tell you that the United States and George W. Bush have been convicted by the evidence presented in this Tribunal of War Crimes.
If you did not know that, don't feel bad about it. Just get mad as Hell about it and start thinking about Regime Change in Washington, DC.
 
http://afghan-tribunal.3005.net/english/concludingaguement.htm
 
The International Criminal Tribunal For Afghanistan
 
December 14, 2003
 
CONCLUDING ARGUMENTS
 
Case NO. 2003-01 2003-02
Prosecutors vs. George W£ÆBush
 
Result of the Survey of UMRC (Evidences Nos. 120, 190, 191)
1. Asaf Durakovic, an expert on Nuclear Medicine and Radiology, adviser of all American scientists, became in charge of the nuclear medical clinic created by the US Veterans Administration after the Gulf War, established the Uranium Medical Research Center (UMRC), an independent organization with offices in the United States and Canada, and for the past number of years, has continued to examine cases of depleted uranium contamination of civilians and soldiers in the US, UK and Canada.
 
The two medical teams of the UMRC, immediately after the hostilities in 2001~2002, conducted investigations in Afghanistan. The first team arrived in June 2002, and made a survey intensively in the region of Jalalabad. The second team conducted their wide-ranging investigations in areas including Kabul for 4 months after that. The fact-finding team collected samples of urine and soil during their survey and took them home and analyzed their contents
The result publicly announced by the UMRC of the above-mentioned survey was rather shocking.
2. To wit, the samples taken from the examinees in Jalalabad, Kabul revealed 20~200 times of uranium far more than the normal average of ordinary residents. This proved the extremely high level of uranium contamination. (Exhibit 190.191).
 
Also, the result of analyzing the uranium isotopes collected from these samples revealed that the composition of the isotope was about 99.27% of U238 and about 0.0054 0.72% of U236 including 0.72% of U235, and not only that, it also became clear that it also a miniscule amount of U236 (Evidence No. 120).
 
This uranium 236 is not found in nature, as it is a substance that has been genetically formed artificially by plutonium extraction process.
 
Thus, regarding this contamination, on cannot evade the issue by saying that it is "natural uranium." This is the "dirty depleted uranium" that was produced by extraction process of plutonium at the nuclear weapon factory in Boulder, Colorado, etc., and there is no better proof than this to prove that The U.S. has used this "dirty depleted uranium."
 
As previously stated, this variety of depleted uranium made from spent nuclear fuel, compared to depleted uranium made from natural uranium, it has a high property of 0.15% gross activity quantity and 0.5% alpha-ray quantity.
Accordingly, the depleted uranium contamination in Afghanistan, compared to the casualties so far of depleted uranium made from natural uranium, has much, much more serious consequences and the hazards are extremely high.
I think most Americans have heard about Gulf War Syndrome that has developed as a result of the actions of George H W Bush and the use of such weapons in Desert Storm.
I do not want to hear any more Progressives whine about how Clinton was so strong on the environment and Bush is not. When Clinton decided to attempt Regime Change from 20,000 feet in the Balkans they used DU weapons and have exposed millions of people to deadly DU and even deadlier highly toxic U-236 and Plutonium.PL-239. If you recall all that was going on while the Monica Lewinsky matter was in the courts and Slick Willie was out playing Wag the Dog to deflect attention from his sins. No, this is no environmental president. Millions have been exposed and tens of thousands or maybe millions will die as a result of such gross criminal negligence.
As an environmental, foreign policy and domestic policy president, George W. Bush is a complete disaster. However, Bill Clinton does not have clean hands when you consider the Balkans and the continued bombing of Iraq during the UN sanctions to attempt regime change in that nation too. Each time we bombed we polluted the environment even more.
To step back in time, and to demonstrate yet another time and in another way that George H W Bush, Clinton and George W Bush are equally sleazy, I am going to share with you a story from 1992 that our media and our government has also not told you about.
My ex-wife came down with a strange illness in 1992. At first they thought it was carpal tunnel syndrome but it then got worse. The doctors referred her to a diagnostic clinic and they ran test. At first they thought she had rheumatoid arthritis, then lupus and then fibromyalgia. Her doctor was suddenly called up by the military and was sent to the Gulf Region. When he retuned months later he apologized for not being able to see her and continue the medical work, but told us a story that did not add up until many years later when I was writing One-Way Ticket to Crawford, Texas.
Approximately one-half of the USS America carrier task force had suddenly come down with arthritic symptoms. Feet so painful they could not walk, sore backs, aching knees where some pilots could not get in or out of the jet fighters. Crews could not bend to attach rockets and bombs to the jets. He was perplexed at the time, but over time it is now known that those sailors were given a bad batch of the anthrax vaccine. It is now known that there is a direct link between that anthrax vaccine and amyloidosis, deep vein thrombosis, and other ailments that they are generalizing as Gulf War Syndrome. Each of those conditions can be confused with arthritis like symptoms early on. There are over 100 different types of arthritis, but over time they learned that these sailors who never set foot in Iraq at all were coming down with Gulf War Syndrome too. If you consider this group of sailors and Navy pilots as a control group that never set foot in Iraq, it is a little easier to understand that it was not some biological weapon that Saddam Hussein used on our troops. It is a bio-terror weapon we inflicted upon ourselves.
They knew all of this back in 1991 and 1992, yet in 2002 and 2003 the current Bush Administration kept pumping this poison into our troops.
Those same symptoms are seen at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany almost every day by the army doctors and nurses based there. As a result of Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom, over 1 million U.S and coalition soldiers have been given an anthrax vaccine that CIDRAP has deemed as harmful to the health of our soldiers. Why would our Commander-in-Chief allow our troops to be given something that undermines the strength of our military? The correct answer is -- some insider is making a lot of money and the health of our troops is not going to let profits from being made. I call it treason and criminal negligence and willfully causing harm to the health of many Americans.
They do not ever admit or report that the anthrax vaccine that is causing so many problems is not even designed to protect against the known types of weaponized anthrax. In short, it is useless except for someone to make a lot of money and maybe a larger strategy of undermining the health of our armed forces.
There is a group of soldiers and even UN personnel suffering from Balkan Syndrome.
It is no secret that Gulf War Syndrome is man-made and they are trying to hide that. Many of the soldiers that served in Desert Storm are now prematurely dead or suffering life-long chronic health problems. They do not want you to know that.
It is being kept a secret that our soldiers are having health problems due to DU exposure, anthrax vaccine and other matters relating to Iraq. I interviewed army doctors and nurses about the orders they were given to hide certain medical realities and findings.
I recently read where the new Bird Flu vaccine has 20-200 times the acceptable levels of mercury, an element known to create very serious health problems. This is the same vaccine they want us all to take due to the Bird Fly hysteria they are generating. On the other hand, I also read where they will only have 20 million doses at a cost to US taxpayers of $2.0 billion, or $100 per shot. That article said that the effort to get those 20 million doses were only for "essential personnel" which probably does not include you and me. If that does not tell you that it is all about them and you do not matter, it should scream out loudly how these elitist snobs view themselves versus how they view you and the average American citizen. I for one would not mind if they self-inflict damage to themselves for a change and go ahead and take that vaccine that has unacceptable levels of mercury. Then maybe they would wake up and do something about it.
The peoples of the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq -- and even Kuwait since we bombed that nation to push Iraq out, are having health problems as a direct result of being exposed to DU, highly toxic U-236 and Plutonium.
First ask yourself -- "Why are they keeping it quiet about our soldiers being exposed to DU, U-236 and Plutonium?"
Next ask -- "Why are they keeping it quiet that this nation has exposed millions of civilians and hundreds of thousands of our troops to DU, U-236 and Plutonium?"
Next ask -- "Why is this poisoning of the environment in the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq being kept quiet by the media?"
Nest ask -- "This same poisoning of our environment in the U.S. is occurring with deadly radioactive waste, so why is the media not telling us about that?"
Next ask -- "Why have they not reported that the U.S. and George W. Bush were found guilty of war crimes in Afghanistan?" That is a reflection on you as a U.S. citizen and on the Nation as a whole.
What we are talking about here is gross criminal negligence, so why are they not reporting on it?
Sadly, it gets worse because they are also not reporting that this same type of deadly poison is polluting our nation as well.
I was on the air one day with John Stadtmiller for 2 hours on his National Intel Report. A lady called in from South Carolina during the Listener Call-in segment of the show and what she dropped was some disclosure. She lives near the Savannah River Nuclear Storage facility where they store nuclear waste in above ground containers. Somewhat like oil storage tanks where clusters of above ground storage are put in the same area of land. The plutonium waste tanks are leaking plutonium waste into the drinking water (the aquifer) and the river in and around Savannah. The government has known about this for some time, yet they dragged their feet on getting anything done to remedy the problem.
This is no minor issue. Plutonium is one of the most deadly and toxic substances that has ever been created and U-236 is about a deadly.
When I dug deeper into what this caller was telling me and Stadtmiller I found that we have many nuclear weapons and nuclear fuel sites that have leeched deadly toxic nuclear waste into rivers and streams, into the air and soil and into the water aquifers many cities and towns rely on for drinking water. There are least twelve (12) US facilities that have leaked deadly nuclear waste into our rivers and aquifers, polluted our air and continue to pose a major health risk to anyone living on those areas. If it is in the air and soil, it is also getting into our food supplies in some areas.
Do they ever tell the local citizens that the drinking water is deadly?
Rarely and even then the media does not pick up on it and stay on it until Washington, DC is forced to face up to their gross criminal negligence, here or abroad.
It is little wonder to me that many foreigners think Americans are complete idiots since the peoples of other nations know about this DU poisoning of the environment and millions of people in the Balkans, Afghanistan and Iraq. They sense that since we do not talk about it, it is not on our news, and we do not take action to put a halt to it, we are implicitly condoning what is being done by the U.S. government.
Dr. Miraki set up a 501(c)(3) and attempted to raise funds to research, prove the extent of the problem in Afghanistan, and deliver remedial services to try to stem this biological and environmental nightmare. To his dismay, Americans were not responsive to doing anything about it.
He contacted me because I was running for President and he hoped that I would do something about it. I would, but I learned that while Americans are thirsting for information they are not thirsting to get directly involved in the battles that have to be fought, and won.
We put out a call earlier this year for candidates to run for all U.S. House seats and the 33 US Senate seats that are up for re-election. Nationwide we had two responses.
I have said it many times publicly that the problem is both sides of the aisle and both sides are owned by the same special interests. Those special interests are adverse to what is best for you and me, but that does not matter in D.C.
Knowing that Regime Change is what is needed in Washington, DC, it is imperative that such a change from RNC and DNC control has to happen starting in 2006. Otherwise, if conditions permit that a Third Party candidate can take the White House in 2008, a distinct possibility by the way, he or she could not get anything done with the RNC and DNC thugs firmly in control of Congress. To behead this beast, it will take control of the House, Senate and White House in the hands of quality people other than RNC and DNC candidates. The only other possibility is to find RNC and DNC candidates that would buck the ideologies of their own parties and that is both unlikely and something that a person like me cannot hold their breath waiting for it to happen.
Criminal negligence is not a sign of greatness.
One of our nanotechnology divisions will spin off next year and it produces a novel way of cleaning the air and water using nanotech filters. We have committed to Dr. Miraki that Patmos Nanotechnologies, LLC will deploy its knowledge and technology to see if things can be improved in the Balkans, Afghanistan, and Iraq. But the more fundamental issue is -- watch the U.S. government try to stop us from doing that. Since the bulk of our scientists are not U.S. and controllable by this evil government, we can work on solutions to things our government does not want you to know about.
 
Our nanofilter division is actually going to spin-off as three separate companies that specialize in air filtration, domestic water filtration for home and office and a separate division for addressing industrial and municipal water supply pollution. We might also provide needed capital to address this matter in the manner it should be addressed, there where the nuclear pollution is and here where they try to hide it from you.
 
It might not be the most profitable thing to do, but I know in my heart that it is the right thing to do.
They want secrets so they can appear to have clean hands, but I know they do not have clean hands. The evidence is overwhelming that our leaders do not have clean hands or any honor in them.
As I was closing, a friend from Pennsylvania sent me an article where a Marine commander is speaking out. He is a Dartmouth graduate and a very bright man. I finish with what he recently had to say with excerpts from the article: You might want to read the entire article if you have time.
http://www.charleston.net/stories/default_pf.aspx?newsID=58041
 
Ex-Marine leader poses hard questions about war
BY ADAM PARKER
The Post and Courier
Within the first days of the invasion in 2003, the U.S. military dropped leaflets in Iraq: "Surrender and be part of the new Iraq."
"It was a brilliant success," said Nathaniel Fick, a former Marine commander who participated in that first campaign.
 
The military is made up of individuals who are overwhelmingly conservative and predominantly Republican, he notes. "And that's a problem."
 
When most people in an organization share the same view, the world is seen in terms that are too absolute, he said.
 
Fick, who worked with Canadian, British, Australian and German forces, said he had the sense that they were more diverse politically and economically than the U.S. military.
 
This diversity encourages a nuanced interpretation of world events, he said.
 
Perhaps the biggest risk is represented by a largely apathetic public.
 
"People don't care about it because it doesn't touch them," he said.
 
The vast majority of Americans have made no sacrifice or investment in the Afghan and Iraqi wars. Instead of asking them to turn in metal objects to the government or reduce their consumption of gasoline, President Bush merely encouraged more consumerism, Fick said in an interview.
 
"Americans were told to keep shopping!"
 
"What's important to me is that we're not apathetic about it," he said. "I have more sympathy with the anti-war protesters, at least they're involved. My gripe is with the apathetic middle."
 
Such is America in this year of 2005, a line officer of the US Marine Corps who is concerned about the "pathetic middle". The US government knows that as long as 71 million eligible US voters do not vote, and the apathetic middle does not come out of their "life pigeon holes", they can keep on killing, polluting, covering up everything from 9-11, to nuclear pollution here and abroad, and just about anything they want to do and cover up.
Afghanistan happened as a result of 9-11 and very few of the purported 9-11 Truth Movement leaders have said a word about what you have just read, or worse, will ever do anything about it.
Best regards,
Karl[/b]

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« Reply #100 on: September 16, 2009, 06:07:53 pm »
Uranium Weapons - Does anyone care about our planet?

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« Reply #101 on: September 19, 2009, 08:26:40 pm »
A Recipe for Disaster: School Cops Are Being Armed with 50,000-Volt Tasers


Liliana Segura
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http://www.alternet.org/rights/142652/a_recipe_for_disaster%3A_school_cops_are_being_armed_with_50%2C000-volt_tasers/?page=entire

Tasers aren't 'nonlethal'; they've killed hundreds. With younger people being especially vulnerable to the Taser's shock, the risks could be very deadly.

One spring day this April, at the Franklin Correctional Institution on Florida's Highway 67, Sgt. Walter Schmidt pulled out his electronic immobilization device -- EID in correctional officer parlance -- and zapped two people, who immediately "yelped in pain, fell to the ground and grabbed red burn marks on their arms," according to the St. Petersburg Times.

The two were not inmates at the prison, however. They were students visiting as part of "Take Our Daughters and Sons To Work Day."

The move cost Schmidt his job, despite his claim that he merely intended to demonstrate how the devices worked. He had even asked the children's parents (who were also employees at the prison) permission first. "When they said 'sure,' I went ahead and did it," he told the Times.

"It wasn't intended to be malicious, but educational. The big shock came when I got fired."

Schmidt wasn't alone in his job-costing blunder. In fact, it came just one day after other children, visiting different prisons were similarly shocked.

"A total of 43 children were directly and indirectly shocked by electric stun guns during simultaneous Take Your Sons and Daughters to Work Day events gone wrong at three state prisons last month," the St. Petersburg Times reported on May 16. "One was a warden's daughter."

Their ages ranged from 8 to 17. Fourteen of the kids were "directly shocked." The other 29 were "indirectly exposed when they held hands with a person who was shocked. With the kids circled together, the electricity could flow from one child's hands to the next."

Walt McNeil, secretary of the Florida Department of Corrections told the Times, "I can't imagine what these officers were thinking to administer this device to children, nor can I imagine why any parent would allow them to do so. This must not happen again."

The bizarre rash of student electrocutions might have been an aberration on Florida prison grounds, but the guards -- three of whom were fired and two of who resigned -- might be forgiven for assuming that such devices are somehow safe for kids.

Even as news outlets across the country report episode after episode where police officers tase and use stun guns on unlikely people -- the pregnant woman at a baptism in Virginia or the 72-year-old woman in a Texas traffic stop -- more and more police officers are being given tasers to carry into schools.

And not just on college campuses; middle and high schools across the country are inviting Taser-toting cops on school grounds.

This comes at a time when Tasers have claimed the lives of hundreds of people, including three teenagers this year.

While heightened security might be a necessity in an age where kids smuggle deadly weapons to school, this fact alone should give parents and school officials pause. Even as school administrators and local law enforcement accept and incorporate Tasers as disciplinary measures, deploying them on school grounds is putting students at risk.

Is Breaking School Rules a Crime?

Last September, police officers in Hawthorne, Calif., tased an autistic 12-year-old boy at his middle school after he became "violent," launching a misconduct investigation by the police department.

In June, at Penn Hills High School in Pennsylvania, a student was tased in the hallway after ignoring a police officer's orders to put away his cell phone. ("The kid refused to listen," Penn Hills Police Chief Howard Burton explained, saying the student then "pushed the officer.")

In 2006, an 11th-grader named Angel Debnam was tased at her high school in Bunn, N.C., just outside Raleigh.

"Something sticks in you, and it's like a wire," Debnam described to local ABC affiliate WTVD. "When I was on the ground crying and shaking, he asked me, 'Was that enough? Are you calmed down now?' and he did it again."

In March, the Los Angeles Times reported that "the number of law enforcement agencies that have given Tasers to officers who work on school campuses has grown to well over 4,000," according to Steve Tuttle, vice president of communications at Taser International. That's up from 1,700 in 2005.

In an e-mail to AlterNet last week, Tuttle said that this estimate remains accurate, noting that it "includes municipal law enforcement agencies that have school resource officers (SROs) for elementary and high schools, as well campus police for colleges and universities." But Tuttle took issue with the notion that Tasers are used "for unruly students' as the L.A. Times article inferred."

"They are used to protect students and faculties," he said, as well as police officers hired to patrol school grounds.

Just weeks into the 2009-2010 school year, at least one report has surfaced of a student being tased on school grounds. In Topeka, Kan., a teenager at Capital City School was sent to the hospital after being tased, reportedly after "attacking" a school police officer while a Topeka police officer handcuffed him. (According to local media, the student "was being suspended for violating school rules.")

'Our Premier Law Enforcement Electronic Control Device'

Last fall, police officers patrolling Duval County Public Schools in Jacksonville, Fla., joined the ranks of school security officers who carry Tasers. The decision followed years of controversy over the measure, which was announced in 2005.

That January, local press reports said the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office had signed a $1.8 million contract with Taser International to buy 1,800 Taser guns for city police officers over the next two years, some of which would be used by school security officers. The timing was at least partly motivated by Superbowl XXXIX, which was held at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium that February.

According to the Associated Press, "some school officials [were] surprised by the action, saying they were never told by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office that it planned to issue stun guns to the officers assigned to most middle and high schools."

But plans to deploy the Tasers were put on hold shortly after. In late February 2005, Sheriff John Rutherford imposed a blanket moratorium on Taser use by the JSO after it came under fire for the repeated tasing of a 13-year-old, 65-pound girl who was in handcuffs inside a patrol car.

Llahsmin Lynn Kallead had reportedly kicked the inside of the police car when she was shocked multiple times by her arresting officer.

"I saw her jump from one side of the police car to the other" from the shock, her mother, Rosie Vaughan, told reporters. "She shook."

It was surely a PR nightmare for Rutherford, who had gone to great lengths to prove the safety and usefulness of the devices, holding town hall meetings across the county on the topic. The stocky 52-year-old had even volunteered to be tased, on camera, to demonstrate. ("Rutherford took a hit in the back and fell to the floor as other officers held his arms," according to Jacksonville's News 4. "He bounced back up almost immediately, saying, 'There you have it.' ")

In a conversation with AlterNet, the sheriff's office preferred to refer to Tasers by the name the company gives them: "electronic control devices" or ECDs. A JSO employee told AlterNet, "we were, obviously, very thorough and deliberative in making sure that they fit in our use-of-force matrices."

For the JSO, the main value of the Taser is that "it enables the officer to bring someone under control."

This apparently includes students and other hard-to-handle populations. Not only are the devices deployed in all the middle and senior high schools in Jacksonville, according to the sheriff's office, "we've also had many incidents where a mentally impaired person was brought under control through the use of the ECD."

The model used in Jacksonville schools is the TASER X26, which, unlike those used by the detention officer who tased the kids at the prison field trip, can be fired remotely, hitting targets as far as 35 feet away with 50,000 volts of electricity. Taser International describes the X26 model as "our premier law enforcement electronic control device."

A 'Nonlethal' Weapon That Has Killed Hundreds

In December 2008, Amnesty International released a 130-page report, "Less Than Lethal? The Use of Stun Weapons in U.S. Law Enforcement," which found that since 2001, 334 people had died after being tased. (This figure is already obsolete.) The vast majority of these deaths were due to cardiac or respiratory arrest. Of the 334 victims, 299 of them were unarmed.

The state with the most recorded Taser deaths was California, with 55. Florida ranked second, with 52.

The victims were mostly adults, but they also included teenagers, like 17-year-old Darryl Turner, who "collapsed shortly after being shocked for 37 seconds in the chest." According to the autopsy, a "lethal disturbance" of his heart rhythm was "precipitated by the agitated state and associated stress, as well as the use of the conducted-energy weapon."

According to Amnesty, "the coroner also noted that there were no anatomic findings indicating a pre-existing cardiac abnormality or disease, and no illegal drugs in his system."

The first three reported deaths by Taser in 2009 all involved teenage victims. In January, 17-year-old Derick Jones of Martinsville, Va., died after a police officer responded to a complaint about public urination by chasing him into a house and tasing him when the boy "moved rapidly" toward him.

In the spring, two teenage boys in Michigan, 15-year-old Brett Elder and 16-year-old Robert Mitchell, died within weeks of one another after being tased by police officers. In both cases, police accused the teens of resisting arrest.

Brett's father, Eugene Elder, acknowledged that his son, who was days away from his 16th birthday, might have been confrontational. Still, he told the Bay City Times. "There's no reason to kill my boy."

"[The police] are here to protect us," Renea Mitchell, Robert's mother told CNN. "There's no reason for what they've done. There's no reason, no excuse."

Taser critics have long pointed out that the devices are marketed as nonlethal despite a lack of independent data -- and considerable anecdotal evidence to the contrary.

According to Amnesty International, "the only medical safety studies prior to the marketing of the Advanced M26 Taser in late 1999 were animal tests conducted for Taser International to see whether the device could cause ventricular fibrillation in a pig and three dogs."

Even those conclusions have been challenged in recent years. In a study carried out by a team of doctors and scientists at Chicago's Cook County hospital in 2006, 11 unfortunate pigs were shocked with Taser guns -- researchers tased them multiple times, in 40-second increments -- to devastating effect.

"When the jolts ended, every animal was left with heart-rhythm problems, the researchers said. Two of the animals died from cardiac arrest, one three minutes after receiving a shock."

Some have argued that pigs aren't reliable testing subjects. ("In my modeling, I prefer to use humans," Dr. Jeffry Ho, an associate professor of emergency medicine at the University of Minnesota told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. ) This includes Taser International's co-founder, Rick Smith, who has argued that pigs weigh less than 100 pounds and "have a very different physiology from humans," according to CBC News -- an argument that would seem to undermine the company's own research techniques.

In March 2005, a report by the (rather bizarrely named) Human Effects Center of Excellence at Brooks Air Force Base, which tests "nonlethal" weapon technology, found "a large margin of safety with the 'normal X26 operating output' in the case of large children and adults," according to Amnesty.

The study's authors, who based their research primarily on data provided to them by Taser International, also reviewed other studies, including "tests investigating the effects of Tasers on the hearts of pigs weighing between 30 and 117 kilograms (66 and 258 pounds)."

They found that the more a pig weighed, the less potential risk there was for internal injury. "These tests have been interpreted to conclude that smaller individuals (e.g. children) may be more susceptible to adverse effects from Taser shocks," according to Amnesty.

In 2007, the U.K.'s Defense Scientific Advisory Council Sub-Committee on the Medical Implications of Less-Lethal Weapons (DOMILL) concluded that although there is "very limited information globally on the relative vulnerability of children to Tasers," existing data suggest that "the safety factor for induction of ventricular fibrillation by Taser discharge in children at the younger (i.e. smaller) range of the pediatric population may be lower compared with that in the adult population."

In other words, the smaller the child, the less voltage it takes to hurt them.

"Until more research is undertaken to clarify the vulnerability of children to Taser currents," the study concluded, "children and persons of small stature should be considered at possible greater risk than adults."

Playing With Fire

Reports of children who have died after being tasered may mainly tell the stories of teenagers, but, along with an apparent misunderstanding of the sheer force of Tasers and stun guns (at least if the Take Your Children to Work Day fracas is any indication), the already heavy-handed approach to students as young as 7 in some schools suggests that arming police officers with Tasers might invite dangerous scenarios.

Take, for example, police in Avon Park, Fla., who handcuffed and arrested a 7-year-old girl named Desre'e Watson, when she threw a tantrum in her kindergarten class. Or cops in Detroit this past June, who handcuffed a fourth-grade special-ed student to the door of his principal's office for four hours.

If teachers, administrators and police have resorted to such measures to get a handle on unruly children, won't adding Tasers to the equation up the risk factor?

In an era that sees students standing in line to go through metal detectors before homeroom, there's no question that weapons in school require reliable school security. Arming school security officers with "nonlethal" weapons might seem to be a good solution. That is, if Tasers actually fit the bill.

Liliana Segura is an AlterNet staff writer and editor of Rights & Liberties and World Special Coverage. Follow her here. http://twitter.com/LilianaSegura

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Damn, this is so sick!!!  50,000-Volt to be used on school kids.
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Re: Killing America's Kids and Driving Them Insane
« Reply #102 on: September 19, 2009, 10:21:41 pm »
Axis of Evil


Flashback:Blood for Oil: Greenspan admits Iraq was about oil, as deaths put at 1.2m


Peter Beaumont and Joanna Walters
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Sun, 16 Sep 2007 08:40 UTC
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/sep/16/iraq.iraqtimeline




The man once regarded as the world's most powerful banker has bluntly declared that the Iraq war was 'largely' about oil.

Appointed by Ronald Reagan in 1987 and retired last year after serving four presidents, Alan Greenspan has been the leading Republican economist for a generation and his utterings instantly moved world markets.

In his long-awaited memoir - out tomorrow in the US - Greenspan, 81, who served as chairman of the US Federal Reserve for almost two decades, writes: 'I am saddened that it is politically inconvenient to acknowledge what everyone knows: the Iraq war is largely about oil.'

In The Age of Turbulence: Adventures in a New World, he is also crystal clear on his opinion of his last two bosses, harshly criticising George W Bush for 'abandoning fiscal constraint' and praising Bill Clinton's anti-deficit policies during the Nineties as 'an act of political courage'. He also speaks of Clinton's sharp and 'curious' mind, and 'old-fashioned' caution about the dangers of debt.

Greenspan's damning comments about the war come as a survey of Iraqis, which was released last week, claims that up to 1.2 million people may have died because of the conflict in Iraq  - lending weight to a 2006 survey in the Lancet that reported similarly high levels.

More than one million deaths were already being suggested by anti-war campaigners, but such high counts have consistently been rejected by US and UK officials. The estimates, extrapolated from a sample of 1,461 adults around the country, were collected by a British polling agency, ORB, which asked a random selection of Iraqis how many people living in their household had died as a result of the violence rather than from natural causes.

Previous estimates gave a range between 390,000 and 940,000, the most prominent of which - collected by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and reported in the Lancet in October 2006 - suggested 654,965 deaths.

Although the household survey was carried out by a polling organisation, rather than researchers, it has again raised the spectre that the 2003 invasion has caused a far more substantial death toll than officially acknowledged.

The ORB survey follows an earlier report by the organisation which suggested that one in four Iraqi adults had lost a family member to violence. The latest survey suggests that in Baghdad that number is as high as one in two. If true, these latest figures would suggest the death toll in Iraq now exceeds that of the Rwandan genocide in which about 800,000 died.

The Lancet survey was criticised by some experts and by George Bush and British officials. In private, however, the Ministry of Defence's chief scientific adviser Sir Roy Anderson described it as 'close to best practice'.


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Re: Killing America's Kids and Driving Them Insane
« Reply #103 on: September 20, 2009, 06:28:05 pm »
The Story of My Shoe


Mutadhar al-Zaidi
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Tue, 15 Sep 2009 05:09 UTC
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/world/story/75438.html

Iraqi Reporter Throws Shoes At Bush
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dmt2_wyDKJI&feature=player_embedded

BAGHDAD — Muntadhar al Zaidi, the Iraqi reporter who threw his shoes at former President Bush last year in an act of protest that gained international notoriety, was freed from an Iraqi prison Tuesday after nine months behind bars and gave a passionate defense of his actions.

Here are his remarks, translated by McClatchy special correspondent Sahar Issa.


In the name of God, the most gracious and most merciful.

Here I am, free. But my country is still a prisoner of war.

Firstly, I give my thanks and my regards to everyone who stood beside me, whether inside my country, in the Islamic world, in the free world. There has been a lot of talk about the action and about the person who took it, and about the hero and the heroic act, and the symbol and the symbolic act.

But, simply, I answer: What compelled me to confront is the injustice that befell my people, and how the occupation wanted to humiliate my homeland by putting it under its boot.

And how it wanted to crush the skulls of (the homeland's) sons under its boots, whether sheikhs, women, children or men. And during the past few years, more than a million martyrs fell by the bullets of the occupation and the country is now filled with more than 5 million orphans, a million widows and hundreds of thousands of maimed. And many millions of homeless because of displacement inside and outside the country.

We used to be a nation in which the Arab would share with the Turkman and the Kurd and the Assyrian and the Sabean and the Yazid his daily bread. And the Shiite would pray with the Sunni in one line. And the Muslim would celebrate with the Christian the birthday of Christ, may peace be upon him. And despite the fact that we shared hunger under sanctions for more than 10 years, for more than a decade.

Our patience and our solidarity did not make us forget the oppression. Until we were invaded by the illusion of liberation that some had. (The occupation) divided one brother from another, one neighbor from another, and the son from his uncle. It turned our homes into never-ending funeral tents. And our graveyards spread into parks and roadsides. It is a plague. It is the occupation that is killing us, that is violating the houses of worship and the sanctity of our homes and that is throwing thousands daily into makeshift prisons.

I am not a hero, and I admit that. But I have a point of view and I have a stance. It humiliated me to see my country humiliated. And to see my Baghdad burned. And my people being killed. Thousands of tragic pictures remained in my head, and this weighs on me every day and pushes me toward the righteous path, the path of confrontation, the path of rejecting injustice, deceit and duplicity. It deprived me of a good night's sleep.

Dozens, no, hundreds, of images of massacres that would turn the hair of a newborn white used to bring tears to my eyes and wound me. The scandal of Abu Ghraib. The massacre of Fallujah, Najaf, Haditha, Sadr City, Basra, Diyala, Mosul, Tal Afar, and every inch of our wounded land. In the past years, I traveled through my burning land and saw with my own eyes the pain of the victims, and hear with my own ears the screams of the bereaved and the orphans. And a feeling of shame haunted me like an ugly name because I was powerless.

And as soon as I finished my professional duties in reporting the daily tragedies of the Iraqis, and while I washed away the remains of the debris of the ruined Iraqi houses, or the traces of the blood of victims that stained my clothes, I would clench my teeth and make a pledge to our victims, a pledge of vengeance.

The opportunity came, and I took it.

I took it out of loyalty to every drop of innocent blood that has been shed through the occupation or because of it, every scream of a bereaved mother, every moan of an orphan, the sorrow of a rape victim, the teardrop of an orphan.

I say to those who reproach me: Do you know how many broken homes that shoe that I threw had entered because of the occupation? How many times it had trodden over the blood of innocent victims? And how many times it had entered homes in which free Iraqi women and their sanctity had been violated? Maybe that shoe was the appropriate response when all values were violated.

When I threw the shoe in the face of the criminal, Bush, I wanted to express my rejection of his lies, his occupation of my country, my rejection of his killing my people. My rejection of his plundering the wealth of my country, and destroying its infrastructure. And casting out its sons into a diaspora.

After six years of humiliation, of indignity, of killing and violations of sanctity, and desecration of houses of worship, the killer comes, boasting, bragging about victory and democracy. He came to say goodbye to his victims and wanted flowers in response.

Put simply, that was my flower to the occupier, and to all who are in league with him, whether by spreading lies or taking action, before the occupation or after.

I wanted to defend the honor of my profession and suppressed patriotism on the day the country was violated and its high honor lost. Some say: Why didn't he ask Bush an embarrassing question at the press conference, to shame him? And now I will answer you, journalists. How can I ask Bush when we were ordered to ask no questions before the press conference began, but only to cover the event. It was prohibited for any person to question Bush.

And in regard to professionalism: The professionalism mourned by some under the auspices of the occupation should not have a voice louder than the voice of patriotism. And if patriotism were to speak out, then professionalism should be allied with it.

I take this opportunity: If I have wronged journalism without intention, because of the professional embarrassment I caused the establishment, I wish to apologize to you for any embarrassment I may have caused those establishments. All that I meant to do was express with a living conscience the feelings of a citizen who sees his homeland desecrated every day.

History mentions many stories where professionalism was also compromised at the hands of American policymakers, whether in the assassination attempt against Fidel Castro by booby-trapping a TV camera that CIA agents posing as journalists from Cuban TV were carrying, or what they did in the Iraqi war by deceiving the general public about what was happening. And there are many other examples that I won't get into here.

But what I would like to call your attention to is that these suspicious agencies - the American intelligence and its other agencies and those that follow them - will not spare any effort to track me down (because I am) a rebel opposed to their occupation. They will try to kill me or neutralize me, and I call the attention of those who are close to me to the traps that these agencies will set up to capture or kill me in various ways, physically, socially or professionally.

And at the time that the Iraqi prime minister came out on satellite channels to say that he didn't sleep until he had checked in on my safety, and that I had found a bed and a blanket, even as he spoke I was being tortured with the most horrific methods: electric shocks, getting hit with cables, getting hit with metal rods, and all this in the backyard of the place where the press conference was held. And the conference was still going on and I could hear the voices of the people in it. And maybe they, too, could hear my screams and moans.

In the morning, I was left in the cold of winter, tied up after they soaked me in water at dawn. And I apologize for Mr. Maliki for keeping the truth from the people. I will speak later, giving names of the people who were involved in torturing me, and some of them were high-ranking officials in the government and in the army.

I didn't do this so my name would enter history or for material gains. All I wanted was to defend my country, and that is a legitimate cause confirmed by international laws and divine rights. I wanted to defend a country, an ancient civilization that has been desecrated, and I am sure that history - especially in America - will state how the American occupation was able to subjugate Iraq and Iraqis, until its submission.

They will boast about the deceit and the means they used in order to gain their objective. It is not strange, not much different from what happened to the Native Americans at the hands of colonialists. Here I say to them (the occupiers) and to all who follow their steps, and all those who support them and spoke up for their cause: Never.

Because we are a people who would rather die than face humiliation.

And, lastly, I say that I am independent. I am not a member of any political party, something that was said during torture - one time that I'm far-right, another that I'm a leftist. I am independent of any political party, and my future efforts will be in civil service to my people and to any who need it, without waging any political wars, as some said that I would.

My efforts will be toward providing care for widows and orphans, and all those whose lives were damaged by the occupation. I pray for mercy upon the souls of the martyrs who fell in wounded Iraq, and for shame upon those who occupied Iraq and everyone who assisted them in their abominable acts. And I pray for peace upon those who are in their graves, and those who are oppressed with the chains of imprisonment. And peace be upon you who are patient and looking to God for release.

And to my beloved country I say: If the night of injustice is prolonged, it will not stop the rising of a sun and it will be the sun of freedom.

One last word. I say to the government: It is a trust that I carry from my fellow detainees. They said, 'Mutadhar, if you get out, tell of our plight to the omnipotent powers' - I know that only God is omnipotent and I pray to Him - 'remind them that there are dozens, hundreds, of victims rotting in prisons because of an informant's word.'

They have been there for years, they have not been charged or tried.

They've only been snatched up from the streets and put into these prisons. And now, in front of you, and in the presence of God, I hope they can hear me or see me. I have now made good on my promise of reminding the government and the officials and the politicians to look into what's happening inside the prisons. The injustice that's caused by the delay in the judicial system.

Thank you. And may God's peace be upon you.

Translated by McClatchy special correspondent Sahar Issa.
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Re: Killing America's Kids and Driving Them Insane
« Reply #104 on: September 20, 2009, 07:23:05 pm »
Afghanistan: Where Empires Go to Die





Dahr Jamail
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Thu, 17 Sep 2009 04:59 UTC
http://www.truthout.org/091709R

On September 7 the Swedish aid agency Swedish Committee for Afghanistan reported http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/08/world/asia/08kabul.html?_r=2&ref=world that the previous week US soldiers raided one of its hospitals. According to the director of the aid agency, Anders Fange, troops stormed through both the men's and women's wards, where they frantically searched for wounded Taliban fighters.

Soldiers demanded that hospital administrators inform the military of any incoming patients who might be insurgents, after which the military would then decide if said patients would be admitted or not. Fange called the incident "not only a clear violation of globally recognized humanitarian principles about the sanctity of health facilities and staff in areas of conflict, but also a clear breach of the civil-military agreement" between nongovernmental organizations and international forces.

Fange said that US troops broke down doors and tied up visitors and hospital staff.

Impeding operations at medical facilities in Afghanistan directly violate the Fourth Geneva Convention, which strictly forbids attacks on emergency vehicles and the obstruction of medical operations during wartime.

Lt. Cmdr. Christine Sidenstricker, a public affairs officer for the US Navy, confirmed the raid, and told The Associated Press, "Complaints like this are rare."

Despite Sidenstricker's claim that "complaints like this" are rare in Afghanistan, they are, in fact, common. Just as they are in Iraq, the other occupation. A desperate conventional military, when losing a guerilla war, tends to toss international law out the window. Yet even more so when the entire occupation itself is a violation of international law.

Marjorie Cohn, president of the National Lawyers Guild and also a Truthout contributor, is very clear about the overall illegality of the invasion and ongoing occupation of Afghanistan by the United States.

"The UN Charter is a treaty ratified by the United States and thus part of US law," Cohn, who is also a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law and recently co-authored the book "Rules of Disengagement: The Politics and Honor of Military Dissent" said, "Under the charter, a country can use armed force against another country only in self-defense or when the Security Council approves. Neither of those conditions was met before the United States invaded Afghanistan. The Taliban did not attack us on 9/11. Nineteen men - 15 from Saudi Arabia - did, and there was no imminent threat that Afghanistan would attack the US or another UN member country. The council did not authorize the United States or any other country to use military force against Afghanistan. The US war in Afghanistan is illegal."

Thus, the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan, along with the ongoing slaughter of Afghan civilians and raiding hospitals, are in violation of international law as well as the US Constitution.

And of course the same applies for Iraq.

Let us recall November 8, 2004, when the US military launched its siege of Fallujah. The first thing done by the US military was to invade and occupy Fallujah General Hospital. Then, too, like this recent incident in Afghanistan, doctors, patients and visitors alike had their hands tied and they were laid on the ground, oftentimes face down, and held at gunpoint.

During my first four trips to Iraq, I commonly encountered hospital staff who reported US military raids on their facilities. US soldiers regularly entered hospitals to search for wounded resistance fighters.

Doctors from Fallujah General Hospital, as well as others who worked in clinics throughout the city during both US sieges of Fallujah in 2004, reported that US Marines obstructed their services and that US snipers intentionally targeted their clinics and ambulances.

"The Marines have said they didn't close the hospital, but essentially they did," Dr. Abdulla, an orthopedic surgeon at Fallujah General Hospital who spoke on condition of using a different name, told Truthout in May 2004 of his experiences in the hospital. "They closed the bridge which connects us to the city [and] closed our road ... the area in front of our hospital was full of their soldiers and vehicles."

He added that this prevented countless patients who desperately needed medical care from receiving medical care. "Who knows how many of them died that we could have saved," said Dr. Abdulla. He also blamed the military for shooting at civilian ambulances, as well as shooting near the clinic at which he worked. "Some days we couldn't leave, or even go near the door because of the snipers," he said, "They were shooting at the front door of the clinic!"

Dr. Abdulla also said that US snipers shot and killed one of the ambulance drivers of the clinic where he worked during the fighting.

Dr. Ahmed, who also asked that only his first name be used because he feared US military reprisals, said, "The Americans shot out the lights in the front of our hospital. They prevented doctors from reaching the emergency unit at the hospital, and we quickly began to run out of supplies and much-needed medications." He also stated that several times Marines kept the physicians in the residence building, thereby intentionally prohibiting them from entering the hospital to treat patients.

"All the time they came in, searched rooms and wandered around," said Dr. Ahmed, while explaining how US troops often entered the hospital in order to search for resistance fighters. Both he and Dr. Abdulla said the US troops never offered any medicine or supplies to assist the hospital when they carried out their incursions. Describing a situation that has occurred in other hospitals, he added, "Most of our patients left the hospital because they were afraid."

Dr. Abdulla said that one of their ambulance drivers was shot and killed by US snipers while he was attempting to collect the wounded near another clinic inside the city.

"The major problem we found were the American snipers," said Dr. Rashid, who worked at another clinic in the Jumaria Quarter of Falluja. "We saw them on top of the buildings near the mayor's office."

Dr. Rashid told of another incident in which a US sniper shot an ambulance driver in the leg. The ambulance driver survived, but a man who came to his rescue was shot by a US sniper and died on the operating table after Dr. Rashid and others had worked to save him. "He was a volunteer working on the ambulance to help collect the wounded," Dr. Rashid said sadly.

During Truthout's visit to the hospital in May 2004, two ambulances in the parking lot sat with bullet holes in their windshields, while others had bullet holes in their back doors and sides.

"I remember once we sent an ambulance to evacuate a family that was bombed by an aircraft," said Dr. Abdulla while continuing to speak about the US snipers, "The ambulance was sniped - one of the family died, and three were injured by the firing."

Neither Dr. Abdulla nor Dr. Rashid said they knew of any medical aid being provided to their hospital or clinics by the US military. On this topic, Dr. Rashid said flatly, "They send only bombs, not medicine."

Chuwader General Hospital in Sadr City also reported similar findings to Truthout, as did other hospitals throughout Baghdad.

Dr. Abdul Ali, the ex-chief surgeon at Al-Noman Hospital, admitted that US soldiers had come to the hospital asking for information about resistance fighters. To this he said, "My policy is not to give my patients to the Americans. I deny information for the sake of the patient."

During an interview in April 2004, he admitted this intrusion occurred fairly regularly and interfered with patients receiving medical treatment. He noted, "Ten days ago this happened - this occurred after people began to come in from Fallujah, even though most of them were children, women and elderly."

A doctor at Al-Kerkh Hospital, speaking on condition of anonymity, shared a similar experience of the problem that appears to be rampant throughout much of the country: "We hear of Americans removing wounded Iraqis from hospitals. They are always coming here and asking us if we have injured fighters."

Speaking about the US military raid of the hospital in Afghanistan, UN spokesman Aleem Siddique said he was not aware of the details of the particular incident, but that international law requires the military to avoid operations in medical facilities.

"The rules are that medical facilities are not combat areas. It's unacceptable for a medical facility to become an area of active combat operations," he said. "The only exception to that under the Geneva Conventions is if a risk is being posed to people."

"There is the Hippocratic oath," Fange added, "If anyone is wounded, sick or in need of treatment ... if they are a human being, then they are received and treated as they should be by international law."

These are all indications of a US Empire in decline. Another recent sign of US desperation in Afghanistan was the bombing of two fuel tanker trucks that the Taliban had captured from NATO. US warplanes bombed the vehicles, from which impoverished local villagers were taking free gas, incinerating as many as 150 civilians, according to reports from villagers.

The United States Empire is following a long line of empires and conquerors that have met their end in Afghanistan. The Median and Persian Empires, Alexander the Great, the Seleucids, the Indo-Greeks, Turks, Mongols, British and Soviets all met the end of their ambitions in Afghanistan.

And today, the US Empire is on the fast track of its demise. A recent article by Tom Englehardt provides us more key indicators of this:

    * In 2002 there were 5,200 US soldiers in Afghanistan. By December of this year, there will be 68,000.

    * Compared to the same period in 2008, Taliban attacks on coalition forces using Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) has risen 114 percent.

    * Compared to the same period in 2008, coalition deaths from IED attacks have increased sixfold.

    * Overall Taliban attacks on coalition forces in the first five months of 2009, compared to the same period last year, have increased 59 percent.

Genghis Khan could not hold onto Afghanistan.

Neither will the United States, particularly when in its desperation to continue its illegal occupation, it tosses aside international law, along with its own Constitution.
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« Reply #105 on: September 20, 2009, 09:49:56 pm »
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« Reply #106 on: September 20, 2009, 10:23:46 pm »
"Once you leave the womb, conservatives don't care about you until you reach military age. Then you’re just what they’re looking for. Conservatives want live babies so they can raise them to be dead soldiers."

                                                         George Carlin
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« Reply #107 on: September 20, 2009, 10:32:51 pm »
"This country was founded by a group of slave owners who wanted to be. Am I right? A group of slave owners who wanted to be free! So they killed a lot of white English people in order to continue owning their black African people, so they could wipe out the rest of the red Indian people, in order to move west and steal the rest of the land from the brown Mexican people, giving them a place to take off and drop their nuclear weapons on the yellow Japanese people. You know what the motto for this country ought to be? 'You give us a color, we'll wipe it out.'"

"Now, there's one thing you might have noticed I don't complain about: politicians. Everybody complains about politicians. Everybody says they suck. Well, where do people think these politicians come from? They don't fall out of the sky. They don't pass through a membrane from another reality. They come from American parents and American families, American homes, American schools, American churches, American businesses and American universities, and they are elected by American citizens. This is the best we can do folks. This is what we have to offer. It's what our system produces: Garbage in, garbage out. If you have selfish, ignorant citizens, you're going to get selfish, ignorant leaders. Term limits ain't going to do any good; you're just going to end up with a brand new bunch of selfish, ignorant Americans. So, maybe, maybe, maybe, it's not the politicians who suck. Maybe something else sucks around here... like, the public. Yeah, the public sucks. There's a nice campaign slogan for somebody: 'The Public Sucks. F*ck Hope.'"

"I have solved this political dilemma in a very direct way: I don't vote. On Election Day, I stay home. I firmly believe that if you vote, you have no right to complain. Now, some people like to twist that around. They say, 'If you don't vote, you have no right to complain,' but where's the logic in that? If you vote, and you elect dishonest, incompetent politicians, and they get into office and screw everything up, you are responsible for what they have done. You voted them in. You caused the problem. You have no right to complain. I, on the other hand, who did not vote -- who did not even leave the house on Election Day -- am in no way responsible for that these politicians have done and have every right to complain about the mess that you created."

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« Reply #108 on: September 20, 2009, 10:53:54 pm »
Was the US behind the ethnic cleansing in Yugoslavia?


Posted: Sunday, August 3, 2003

By Stephen Gowans www3.sympatico.ca
http://trinicenter.com/cgi-bin/selfnews/viewnews.cgi?newsid1059926910,54217,.shtml


It was one of those peeks into what really happened that are occasionally glimpsed long after anyone cares, like finding out after the invasion of Iraq that the US and Britain had already begun aerial operations to pick apart Iraq's defenses long before the invasion had begun, at a time both countries were denying they had already made a decision to go to war ("U.S. Moved Early for Air Supremacy: Airstrips on Iraqi Defenses Began Long Before Invasion, General Says," The Washington Post, July 20, 2003). Those who saw the news reports may have raised their eyebrows, but the reports were too obscure to have flitted, even briefly, across the consciousness of most (even ardent) newspaper readers. The secret, though technically out, remained a secret, lost in the deluge of other news, bereft of any urgency for being about an event that had happened months before.

So who's going to care about something that happened almost eight years ago?

"In early August 1995," writes researcher Gregory Elich, "the Croatian invasion of Serbian Krajina precipitated the worst refugee crisis of the Yugoslav civil war. Within days, more than two hundred thousand Serbs, virtually the entire population of Krajina, fled their homes, and 14,000 Serbian civilians lost their lives." ("The invasion of Serbian Krajina," NATO in the Balkans: Voices of Opposition, International Action Center, New York, 1998.)

This was Operation Storm, "the largest single act of ethnic cleansing of the Yugoslav civil war," according to Even Dyer, a journalist with CBC Radio. "And yet not one person has been arrested and brought before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia" ("Croatian atrocities being forgotten: Cdn. Officers," CBC News, July 21, 2003.)

The popular mythology about the Yugoslav civil war is that it was the Serbs, led by Slobodan Milosevic, who embarked on a program of ethnic cleansing to create a greater Serbia. Milosevic is on trial at the Hague Tribunal, facing genocide charges.

So it should strike a dissonant chord that:

The single greatest act of ethnic cleansing does not have the Serb's signature on it (they were the victims); and the Hague Tribunal, which professes to be impartial, has done nothing to bring the authors of the atrocity to book.

The Tribunal says the evidence is circumstantial, but senior Canadian soldiers, including a general who commanded peacekeeping forces in the area of Operation Storm, say they suspect the real reason for the Tribunal's inaction is that Western governments were in the background pulling the strings. For example, Argentina provided artillery to the Croats, despite a UN embargo on supplying materiel and even though their own troops were in Croatia as peacekeepers.

And a private US military contractor, Military Professional Resources Inc (MPRI), headed by a former US Army Chief of Staff, likely planned the operation.

Canada's Major-General Andrew Leslie says he doubts the Croats could have pulled off Operation Storm themselves. "That was done by people who really knew what they were doing."

Leslie's colleague, Major-General Alain Fourand, agrees. He says he suspects it was MPRI that was behind the operation.

The MPRI Web site, according to CBC news, "points to an article in which the Croatian government praised the job MPRI has done for it."

There is much that is misunderstood about the Yugoslav civil war, and the Hague Tribunal.

For one, the Croats were a lot closer to the image of Nazis than the Serbs were, though it was Serbs who were portrayed, for propaganda reasons, as successors of Hitler's fascists. After the breakaway Croat republic violently seceded from Yugoslavia in 1991, Franjo Tudjman, the country's president, began to resurrect symbols of Croatia's Nazi puppet state past. According to Elich, "the Croatian fascist(s) murdered as many as one million Serbs, Jews and Romani" during WWII.

And the Tribunal is funded in part by billionaire financier George Soros, who has a long history of underwriting programs to destabilize countries whose markets are closed, or partly closed, to Western investment. Once a renitent government is ousted, and a Western friendly regime is installed, Soros swoops in to buy up state assets at fire sale prices. Soros is said to have his eyes on the massive Trepca mining complex in Kosovo, worth an estimated $5 billion. The Hungarian émigré spent $100 million to oust Milosevic, who presided over a largely socially owned economy ("The billionaire trader has become Eastern Europe's uncrowned king and the prophet of an 'open society." But open to what?" New Statesman, June 2, 2003.)

The US and Germany began supporting secessionist forces in Yugoslavia after the collapse of Communism in the former Soviet Union, when the Yugoslav federation refused to be brought wholly into the Western orbit. Former Communist countries were undergoing a spate of privatization. But, according to Neil Clark, "Over 700,000 Yugoslav enterprises remained in social ownership and most were still controlled by employee-management committees, with only 5% of capital privately owned." ("The quisling of Belgrade," The Guardian (UK), March 14, 2003.) The West aligned itself with Alija Izetbegovic in Bosnia, who wanted to makeover the multi-ethnic republic as an Islamic religious state, though Bosnia had a large non-Muslim, including Serb, population. And Tudjman, the West's favorite in Croatia, reeked to heaven of fascism and anti-Serb fanaticism. But both were useful as instruments to tear apart the federation and deliver it, piece by piece, into the hands of the West, and its corporate sector.

Later, secessionist in Kosovo would be encouraged, trained, and bankrolled by the West, sparking a civil war that furnished NATO with a pretext to launch a "humanitarian" war, and ultimately, the ouster of Milosevic, working through its proxy, the Democratic Opposition of Serbia.

The atrocities of August 1995 are now largely forgotten in the West, and while they seem to be old news, they do shed light of recurrent patterns that can be glimpsed today. The West's penchant for precipitating crises that can be used as pretexts for intervention in countries that seek to pursue an independent course hasn't abated. And it's all too common for victims of Western-backed aggressions to be portrayed as the aggressors themselves. North Korea, for example, is now widely understood to be a hostile nation, even though it is the US that shows every indication of being hell-bent on resuming a war with the impoverished country it has never entirely renounced. Cuba, Belarus, Zimbabwe, part of a complement of nations George W. Bush has designated "captive nations," along with North Korea ("Bush blacklists Zimbabwe, Cuba," news24.com, July 19, 2003) are portrayed as brutal, repressive, regimes, though the reason they're demonized has everything to do with their inhospitable orientation to the global capitalist economy dominated by the United States.

That too was the Serb's offense, in the eyes of the West, which is why there ever was an Operation Storm, why there's a Star Chamber at the Hague, and why MPRI won't soon be facing war crimes charges.
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« Reply #109 on: September 20, 2009, 11:05:23 pm »
Barbarism is no substitute for justice!
Thomas Mann: War is only a cowardly escape from the problems of peace.
Harold Pinter: American barbarism will destroy the world.
Dr. Sigmund Freud: Psychoanalysis befits the Americans like a white shirt befits a crow.
George Orwell: War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery, Ignorance is Strength.

AMERICAN WAR CRIMES AND CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY

http://www.christusrex.org/www1/news/war-crimes-index.html

The lasting legacy of the worst U.S. president in history, war criminal George W. Bush, is the widespread acceptance of Zionist American Taliban mentality by the masses of ignorant and functionally illiterate voters of this wretched country.
The Zionist American Taliban is the 'unholy alliance' of the super-rich Zionist 'masters of the universe', neo-conservative Jews and Zionist "Evangelical Christians", who have succeeded in replacing the American democracy for the last 8 years with an "IRONFISTED THEOCRACY WITH THE PRESIDENT AS MULLAH AND POLICY AS RELIGIOUS WAR". http://www.christusrex.org/www1/news/lat-10-26-04c.html

We have lived in a continuous state of war since September 2001 and we shall continue to do so for a few more years under the "Bush light" version of the new president Barack Hussein Obama.
For the Zionist American Taliban abortion is a mortal sin, and rightfully so, but killing tens of thousands of human beings, men, women and children is perfectly all right, as long as the victims are non-American goim (cattle, according to the Talmud). According to a 1997 poll, only one out of three U.S. citizens is able to name the most basic of the Christian texts, the four Gospels. http://www.christusrex.org/www1/news/lat-1-13-05a.html Only one out of three U.S. citizens has heard about the Sermon on the Mount.

A recent survey by the Program on International Policy Attitudes http://www.christusrex.org/www1/news/nyt-11-9-04a.html at the University of Maryland found that nearly 70 percent of President Bush's supporters believe the U.S. has come up with "clear evidence" that Saddam Hussein was working closely with Al Qaeda. A third of the president's supporters believe weapons of mass destruction were found in Iraq. And more than a third believe that a substantial majority of world opinion supported the U.S.-led invasion.
America's 'belief in democratic values' was best illustrated by the Palestinian elections of 2006, which turned out to be the cleanest elections ever in an Arab country. When Hamas came to power in Gaza with a substantial majority, the U.S. and the Israeli governments immediately initiated the economic blockade of Gaza, which destroyed the economy of the region and caused a humanitarian crisis. The Palestinians protested many times to no avail and eventually they had no other recourse but to fire homemade rockets of no military value into Israel, eventually killing 4 Jews. To retaliate, the bloodthirsty criminals in Washington, D.C. and Tel Aviv initiated on Christmas Day 2008 the Gaza genocide that killed over 1,300 Palestinian civilians, including 350 children, and left over 5,500 Palestinian civilians wounded. The total Jewish death toll was 13, including 5 soldiers killed by Israeli fire, so the ratio is 100 goim (cattle, non-Jews according to the Talmud) for each "chosen people" (according to the Talmud). May the Almighty Lord utterly destroy every one of the "chosen people", the devil's children as Jesus calls them [JOHN 8:42-45], and every one of their non-Jewish Zionist supporters!
Will anything change under the new president? The only significant change will be the replacement of about 7,000 Bush political appointees, most of them Jewish and many citizens of Israel, with another group of political appointees, mostly from the Clinton era, the majority of the them Jewish and many citizens of Israel...
Barack Hussein Obama is rightfully proud of the black color of his skin, but his mind is a standard American politician's mind who knows that success in politics is controlled by the Zionist 'masters of the universe'. He has the gift of oratory, apparently inherited from his Kenyan father, but does he have a backbone?
If he did, he would not have appointed Rahmbo Emanuel, a citizen of Israel and lifelong Mossad agent, as his chief of staff. Emanuel's father was one of the founders of Irgun Zwa Leumi, the terrorist organization responsible for the death of tens of thousands of Palestinians between 1931 and 1948 and for the expulsion of millions of Palestinians from their ancestral land, forcing them to live for generations in squalid refugee camps abroad.
I have been wondering for the past eight years what are the Jewish financial 'masters of the universe' going to do about the fact that trillions of dollars are outside Jewish control in India and China and the amounts are growing every year. As the globalisation phenomenon runs its course, ALL manufacturing industry, except for the military and some highly technical areas have been migrated out of the U.S.. Have you wondered why the ordinary Americans are supporting wars to an extent unknown in past history? It's just because weapon systems and ammunitions are almost all that are still manufactured in this wretched country.
Losing control of the global financial infrastructure is unacceptable to the Jews, accustomed to a total monopoly of financial resources that lasted from A.D. 225 to A.D. 1830, enforced by the Catholic Church (yes, the Church, which was threatening excommunication of any Christian employed by a bank in any capacity), and to an almost complete control (98%) since 1830. So, after trying a few other schemes, including the mass conversion to Judaism BY INVITATION ONLY of thousands of Chinese and Indian businessmen (WHO WILL PROBABLY CLAIM THE "RIGHT TO RETURN" TO PALESTINE), they finally decided it is time to completely destroy the global financial infrastructure and create a new mechanism that will keep exclusive control for the Jews. They asked Lehman Brothers to transfer billions of dollars they did not own to three Israeli banks and the rest is history...The developing world will be eternally grateful to the Jews, the devil's children [JOHN 8:42-45], for destroying the global financial infrastructure and relegating the U.S. economy to the level of Guatemala's economy within the next five years...
To add insult to injury, the Jewish 'masters of the universe' have requested and will receive over 1 trillion dollars of U.S. taxpayers' money to cover their fictional "losses" incurred in the process of shutting down the U.S. economy. Obama's Iraq has a strange name. It's called "bailout"... (Comments by GULAG counter-revolutionary bandit Michael Olteanu, M.S.)

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« Reply #110 on: September 20, 2009, 11:14:15 pm »
THE COMMISSION ON THE INTELLIGENCE CAPABILITIES OF THE UNITED STATES REGARDING WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION - 1 April 2005

http://www.nytimes.com/packages/pdf/politics/20050331_wmd_report.pdf
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« Reply #111 on: September 20, 2009, 11:37:57 pm »
U.S. Charged With War Crimes

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3473.htm

The Evidence File

Court case against General Franks in Brussels


WARNING:

The video and pictures in this report contain images and descriptions,  depicting the reality and horror of the U.S. - UK invasion of Iraq

Court case against General Franks in Brussels  [An overview of the case] http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3449.htm

THE COMPLAINT

Texte complet de la plainte contre Franks http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/pdf/plainte.pdf

Complete text in English: MS Word document http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/word/Complaint.doc

PICTURES

[Facts file complaint Franks] Pictures #1 : Ambulance Under American Fire
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3458.htm

[Facts file complaint Franks]  Pictures #2 : The Plaintiff's http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3459.htm

[Facts file complaint Franks]  Pictures # 3 : destruction of civilian infrastructure http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3460.htm

[Facts file complaint Franks]  Pictures # 4 : Protection and organisation of Looting http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3461.htm

[Facts file complaint Franks]  Pictures # 5 : the use of cluster bombs http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3462.htm

FACTS FILE

[Facts file complaint Franks] The use of cluster bombs http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3463.htm

[Facts file complaint Franks]  Destruction to infrastructure that's vital for public health http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3464.htm

[Facts file complaint Franks]  Protection and organization of Looting http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3465.htm

[Facts file complaint Franks]  Civilian casualties  http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3466.htm

VIDEO
[Facts file complaint Franks] video of the testimonies by Geert Van Moorter, Fred & fico http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3467.htm

VIDEO EVIDENCE

[video] The reality of iraqi children by Geert van Moorter & fico May 03, 2003 http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3452.htm

[video] An Iraqi ambulance under fire by Geert Van Moorter & fico 2003-05-03 http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3451.htm

[video] American soldiers shoot at a civilian bus in Iraq by Geert Van Moorter & fico 2003-05-03 http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3468.htm

[video] Plundering a hospital filmed by Geert Van Moorter, edited by Chloé & fico April 24 http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3469.htm

[video] American's are like a baby by Geert Van Moorter, chloé & fico 2003-04-29 http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3470.htm

[video] The feeling of an Iraqi doctor by Geert Van Moorter & fico 2003-05-03 http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3471.htm

[video] We will build it again...and again...and again filmed by Geert Van Moorter, edited by fico & Chloé April 24 http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3472.htm

[video] La voix des enfants de Charleroi   Bagdad by Huito & Fico 2003-04-30 http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article3473.htm
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« Reply #112 on: September 20, 2009, 11:48:46 pm »
War Crimes and Denial


by Uri Avnery, September 21, 2009
http://original.antiwar.com/avnery/2009/09/20/war-crimes-and-denial/


Is there no limit to the wiles of those dastardly anti-Semites?

Now they have decided to slander the Jews with another blood libel. Not the old accusation of slaughtering Christian children to use their blood for baking Passover matzoth, as in the past, but of the mass slaughter of women and children in Gaza.

And who did they put at the head of the commission which was charged with this task? Neither a British Holocaust-denier nor a German neo-Nazi, nor even an Iranian fanatic, but of all people a Jewish judge who bears the very Jewish name of Goldstone (originally Goldstein, of course). And not just a Jew with a Jewish name, but a Zionist, whose daughter, Nicole, is an enthusiastic Zionist who once "made Aliyah" and speaks fluent Hebrew. And not just a Jewish Zionist, but a South African who opposed apartheid and was appointed to the country’s Constitutional Court when that system was abolished.

All this in order to defame the most moral army in the world, fresh from waging the most just war in history!

Richard Goldstone is not the only Jew manipulated by the worldwide anti-Semitic conspiracy. Throughout the three weeks of the Gaza War, more than 10,000 Israelis demonstrated against it again and again. They were photographed carrying signs saying "End the massacre in Gaza," "Stop the war crimes, " "Israel commits war crimes," "Bombing civilians is a war crime." They chanted in unison: "Olmert, Olmert, it is true – They’re waiting in The Hague for you!"

Who would have believed that there are so many anti-Semites in Israel?!

The official Israeli reaction to the Goldstone report would have been amusing, if the matter had not been so grave.

Except for the "usual suspects" (Gideon Levy, Amira Hass, and their ilk), the condemnation of the report was unanimous, total, and extreme, from Shimon Peres, that advocate of every abomination, down to the last scribbler in the newspapers.

Nobody, but nobody, dealt with the subject itself. Nobody examined the detailed conclusions. With such an anti-Semitic smear, there is no need for that. Actually, there is no need to read the report at all.

The public, in all its diversity, stood up like one person, in order to rebuff the plot, as it has learned to do in the thousand years of pogroms, the Spanish Inquisition, and the Holocaust. A siege mentality, the ghetto mentality.

The instinctive reaction in such a situation is denial. It’s just not true. It never happened. It’s all a pack of lies.

By itself, that is a natural reaction. When a human being is faced with a situation which he cannot handle, denial is the first refuge. If things did not happen, there is no need to cope. Basically, there is no difference between the deniers of the Armenian genocide, the deniers of the annihilation of the Native Americans, and the deniers of the atrocities of all wars.

From this point of view, it can be said that denial is almost "normal." But with us it has been developed into an art form.

We have a special method: when something happens that we don’t want to confront, we direct the spotlight to one specific detail, something completely marginal, and begin to insist on it, debate it, examine it from all angles as if it were a matter of life and death.

Take the Yom Kippur war. It broke out because for six years, beginning with the 1967 war, Israel had cruised like a Ship of Fools, intoxicated with victory songs, victory albums, and the belief in the invincibility of the Israeli army. Golda Meir treated the Arab world with open contempt and rebuffed the peace overtures of Anwar Sadat. The result: more than 2,000 young Israelis killed, and who knows how many Egyptians and Syrians.

And what was furiously debated? The "Omission." "Why were the reserves not called up in time? Why were the tanks not moved in advance?" Menachem Begin thundered in the Knesset, and about this books and articles galore were written and a blue-ribbon judicial board of inquiry deliberated.

The First Lebanon War was a political blunder and a military failure. It lasted 18 years, gave birth to Hezbollah, and established it as a regional force. And what was discussed? Whether Ariel Sharon had deceived Begin and was responsible for his illness and eventual death.

The Second Lebanon War was a disgrace from beginning to end, a superfluous war that caused massive destruction, wholesale slaughter, and the flight of hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians from their homes, without achieving an Israeli victory. And what was our debate about? For what was a commission of inquiry appointed? About the way the decision to start the war was taken. Was there an appropriate process of decision-making? Was there orderly staff work?

About the Gaza War, there was no debate at all, because everything was perfectly all right. A brilliant campaign. Marvelous political and military leadership. True, we did not convince the Gaza Strip population to overthrow their leaders; true, we did not succeed in freeing the captured soldier Gilad Shalit; true, the whole world condemned us – but we killed a lot of Arabs, destroyed their environment, and taught them a lesson they will not forget.

Now, a profound debate on the Goldstone report is going on. Not about its content, God forbid. What’s there to discuss? But about the one point that is really important: was our government right in deciding to boycott the commission? Perhaps it would have been better to take part in the deliberations? Did our Foreign Office act as foolishly as it usually does? (Our Ministry of Defense, of course, never behaves foolishly.) Tens of thousands of words about this world-shaking question were poured out from the newspapers, the radio, and TV, with every self-respecting commentator weighing in.

So why did the Israeli government boycott the commission? The real answer is quite simple: they knew full well that the commission, any commission, would have to reach the conclusions it did reach.

In fact, the commission did not say anything new. Almost all the facts were already known: the bombing of civilian neighborhoods, the use of flechette rounds and white phosphorus against civilian targets, the bombing of mosques and schools, the blocking of rescue parties from reaching the wounded, the killing of fleeing civilians carrying white flags, the use of human shields, and more. The Israeli army did not allow journalists near the action, but the war was amply documented by the international media in all its details; the entire world saw it in real time on the TV screens. The testimonies are so many and so consistent that any reasonable person can draw their own conclusions.

If the officers and soldiers of the Israeli army had given testimony before the commission, it would perhaps have been impressed by their angle, too – the fear, the confusion, the lack of orientation – and the conclusions could have been somewhat less severe. But the main thrust would not have changed. After all, the whole operation was based on the assumption that it was possible to overthrow the Hamas government in Gaza by causing intolerable suffering to the civilian population. The damage to civilians was not "collateral," whether avoidable or unavoidable, but a central feature of the operation itself.

Moreover, the rules of engagement were designed to achieve "zero losses" to our forces – avoiding losses at any price. That was the conclusion our army – led by Gabi Ashkenazi – drew from the Second Lebanon War. The results speak for themselves: 200 dead Palestinians for every Israeli soldier killed by the other side – 1,400:6.

Every real investigation must inevitably lead to the same conclusions as those of the Goldstone commission. Therefore, there was no Israeli wish for a real inquiry. The "investigations" that did take place were a farce. The person responsible, the military advocate general, kippa-wearing brigadier Avichai Mendelblit, was in charge of this task. He was promoted this week to the rank of major general. The promotion and its timing speak a clear language.

So it is clear that there is no chance of the Israeli government belatedly opening a real investigation, as demanded by Israeli peace activists.

In order to be credible, such an investigation would have to have the status of a State Commission of Inquiry as defined by Israeli law, headed by a Supreme Court justice. It would have to conduct its investigations publicly, in full view of the Israeli and international media. It would have to invite the victims, Gaza inhabitants, to testify together with the soldiers who took part in the war. It would have to investigate in detail each of the accusations that appear in the Goldstone report. It would have to check out the orders issued and decisions made, from the chief of staff down to the squad level. It would have to study the briefings of Air Force pilots and drone operators.

This list suffices to make it clear why such an investigation will not and cannot take place. Instead, the worldwide Israeli propaganda machine will continue to defame the Jewish judge and the people who appointed him.

Not all the Israeli accusations against the UN are groundless. For example: why does the organization investigate the war crimes in Gaza (and in former Yugoslavia and Darfur, investigations in which Goldstone took part as chief prosecutor) and not the actions of the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan and the Russians in Chechnya?

But the main argument of the Israeli government is that the UN is an anti-Semitic organization, and its Human Rights Commission is doubly anti-Semitic.

Israel’s relations with the UN are very complex. The state was founded on the basis of a UN resolution, and it is doubtful whether it would have come into being at precisely that time and those circumstance had there been no such resolution. Our Declaration of Independence is largely based on this resolution. A year later, Israel was accepted as a UN member in spite of the fact that it had not allowed the (then) 750,000 Palestinian refugees to return.

But this honeymoon soured quickly. David Ben-Gurion spoke with contempt about UM-Shmum ("UM" is the Hebrew for "UN," the prefix "shm" signifies contempt). From then on to this very day, Israel has systematically violated almost every single UN resolution that concerned it, complaining that there was an "automatic majority" of Arab and communist countries stacked against it. This attitude was reinforced when, on the eve of the 1967 war, the UN troops in Sinai where precipitously withdrawn on the demand of Gamal Abdel-Nasser. And, of course, by the UN resolution (later annulled) equating Zionism with racism.

Now this argument is raising its head again. The UN, it is being said, is anti-Israeli, which means (of course) anti-Semitic. Everyone who acts in the name of the UN is an Israel-hater. To hell with the UN. To hell with the Goldstone report.

That is, however, a woefully shortsighted policy. The general public throughout the world is hearing about the report and remembering the pictures they saw on their TV screens during the Gaza war. The UN enjoys much respect. In the wake of the "Molten Lead" operation, Israel’s standing in the world has been steadily going down, and this report will send it down even further. This will have practical consequences – political, military, economic, and cultural. Only a fool – or an Avigdor Lieberman – can ignore that.

If there is no credible Israeli investigation, there will be demands for the UN Security Council to refer the matter to the International Criminal Court in The Hague. Barack Obama would have to decide whether to veto such a resolution – a move that would cause grave harm to the U.S., and for which he would demand a high price from Israel.

As has been said before: UM-Shmum may turn into UM-Boom.
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Re: Killing America's Kids and Driving Them Insane
« Reply #113 on: September 20, 2009, 11:58:13 pm »
7 CIA Chiefs ask Obama to Cover up War Crimes, fear expanded investigation


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Sun Sep 20, 2009 at 05:40:03 PDT       
http://www.docudharma.com/diary/16148/7-cia-chiefs-ask-obama-to-cover-up-war-crimes-fear-expanded-investigation

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Dear Mr. President:

    We have served as Directors of Central Intelligence or Directors of the CIA for Presidents reaching back over 35 years. We respectfully urge you to exercise your authority to reverse Attorney General Holder's August 24 decision to re-open the criminal investigation of CIA interrogations that took place following the attacks of September 11.

~snip~

    Attorney General Holder's decision to re-open the criminal investigation creates an atmosphere of continuous jeopardy for those whose cases the Department of Justice had previously declined to prosecute. Moreover, there is no reason to expect that the re-opened criminal investigation will remain narrowly focused.

The last line is especially important in my opinion, as it proves Special Prosecutor John Durham and Attorney General Eric Holder may be taking this investigation all the way to the top, as they are required to do under the Constitution and International Law.

Thankfully, long gone are the days when the CIA could lie with impunity and the DoJ was not independant, but a political tool of the Executive branch. I guess the CIA misses the good ole days of Bush/Cheney.

     Good thing those days are not coming back any time soon. 

        The letter was signed by former CIA directors Michael Hayden and Porter Goss, who worked for President George W. Bush; John Deutch and James Woolsey, who served during the Clinton administration; George Tenet, who worked for both President George W. Bush and President Clinton; William Webster, who served under President George H.W. Bush; and James Schlesinger, who headed the agency during the Nixon administration.

       CBSnews.com  http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/09/18/politics/politicalhotsheet/entry5321040.shtml

The only names of living CIA heads who have not signed are Ex President George H.W. Bush and current Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.

     I'd say that it's safe to say that when Clinton and George W. Bush appointees oppose this investigation it can't be considered a witch hunt. I'd also say that it is safe to say that when the head of the CIA under Nixon opposes something, you are doing the right thing.

     The full letter to the President plus analysis below the fold.

MinistryOfTruth :: 7 CIA Chiefs ask Obama to Cover up War Crimes, fear expanded investigation http://www.docudharma.com/showDiary.do?diaryId=16148

Here is the full letter to President Obama for those who would like to read it word for word.

    September 18, 2009

    The President
    The White House
    Washington, D.C.

    Dear Mr. President:

    We have served as Directors of Central Intelligence or Directors of the CIA for Presidents reaching back over 35 years. We respectfully urge you to exercise your authority to reverse Attorney General Holder's August 24 decision to re-open the criminal investigation of CIA interrogations that took place following the attacks of September 11.

    Our reasons for making this recommendation are as follows.

    The post-September 11 interrogations for which the Attorney General is opening an inquiry were investigated four years ago by career prosecutors. The CIA, at its own initiative, forwarded fewer than 20 instances where Agency officers appeared to have acted beyond their existing legal authorities. Career prosecutors under the supervision of the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia determined that one prosecution (of a CIA contractor) was warranted. A conviction was later obtained. They determined that prosecutions were not warranted in the other cases. In a number of these cases the CIA subsequently took administrative disciplinary steps against the individuals involved. Attorney General Holder's decision to re-open the criminal investigation creates an atmosphere of continuous jeopardy for those whose cases the Department of Justice had previously declined to prosecute. Moreover, there is no reason to expect that the re-opened criminal investigation will remain narrowly focused.

    If criminal investigations closed by career prosecutors during one administration can so easily be reopened at the direction of political appointees in the next, declinations of prosecution will be rendered meaningless. Those men and women who undertake difficult intelligence assignments in the aftermath of an attack such as September 11 must believe there is permanence in the legal rules that govern their actions. They must be free, as the Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, Senator Lieberman, has put it: "to do their dangerous and critical jobs without worrying that years from now a future Attorney General will authorize a criminal investigation of them for behavior that a previous Attorney General concluded was authorized and legal." Similar deference needs to be shown to fact-based decisions made by career prosecutors years ago.

    Not only will some members of the intelligence community be subjected to costly financial and other burdens from what amounts to endless criminal investigations, but this approach will seriously damage the willingness of many other intelligence officers to take risks to protect the country. In our judgment such risk-taking is vital to success in the long and difficult fight against the terrorists who continue to threaten us.

    Success in intelligence often depends on surprise and deception and on creating uncertainty in the mind of an enemy. As President you have the authority to make decisions restricting substantive interrogation or any other intelligence collection method, based on legal analyses and policy recommendations. But, the administration must be mindful that public disclosure about past intelligence operations can only help Al Qaeda elude US intelligence and plan future operations. Disclosures about CIA collection operations have and will continue to make it harder for intelligence officers to maintain the momentum of operations that have saved lives and helped protect America from further attacks.

    Finally, another certain result of these reopened investigations is the serious damage done to our intelligence community's ability to obtain the cooperation of foreign intelligence agencies. Foreign services are already greatly concerned about the United States' inability to maintain any secrets. They rightly fear that, through these additional investigations and the court proceedings that could follow, terrorists may learn how other countries came to our assistance in a time of peril. The United States promised these foreign countries that their cooperation would never be disclosed. As a result of the zeal on the part of some to uncover every action taken in the post-9/11 period, many countries may decide that they can no longer safely share intelligence or cooperate with us on future counter-terrorist operations. They simply cannot rely on our promises of secrecy.

    We support your stated commitment, Mr. President, to look to the future regarding these important issues. In our judgment the only way that is possible is if the criminal investigation of these interrogations that Attorney General Holder has re-opened is now re-closed.

    Sincerely,

    Michael Hayden
    Porter Goss
    George Tenet
    John Deutch
    R. James Woolsey
    William Webster
    James R. Schlesinger

    RawStory.com http://rawstory.com/blog/2009/09/seven-ex-cia-directors-ask-holder-to-drop-torture-probe/

The short version might as well read as

Dear Mr. President,

     Please cover up the CIA's war crimes by abusing your office and becoming a war criminal yourself. Otherwise the terrorists win.

     Pretty, pretty please

                                      yours truly,

                                         30 years of CIA War Criminals

    Of course, the claims that CIA agents may have their morale harmed (feelings hurt) or that an investigation makes us less safe (to invade countries on false evidence derived by torture) is patently absurd, as evidenced by DoJ spokesman's Matthew Miller's statement below.

        Justice Department spokesperson Matthew Miller said Holder works closely with the intelligence community to keep people safe, and he does not believe their commitment to conduct that important work will waver in any way.

    CBSnews.com http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/09/18/politics/politicalhotsheet/entry5321040.shtml

 I'd also say that when Sen. Joe Lieberman (Chair of the Senate Homeland Security Committee) opposes something, it is in America's interests, President Obama's interests and the Democratic Party's interests to do the opposite.

    The President and his Administration has repeatedly stated their opinion that the Attorney General and the Department of Justice should operate independantly of the White House and the Executive branch, as the founding fathers intended it. Further, we know that torture is a war crime and is a crime under American law. Even if the investigation by AG Holder and SP Durham is only limited to a narrow scope, it is impossible for that investigation not to run up against the OLC's rulings under Yoo and Bybee, and that leads straight to Vice President Dick Cheney. It seems as though there is only one path for this to take if it is going to go anywhere at all, and that is to the top. The 9 Senators that asked AG Holder to play nice on War Crimes  http://www.dailykos.com/story/2009/8/20/769737/-Nine-Republicans-Tell-Holder-Dont-Go-There-on-Torture

and VP Cheney's previous and numerous statements clearly prove that the criminals within the previous Bush/Cheney Administration and the Republican party as a whole has much to fear from a thorough investigation, and judging from Holder and Durham's records, that is what they are going to get.

     Of course, that is lost upon the CIA and the Republican party, who seems to think that they are entirely above the law that they are supposed to defend. It's a good thing for law abiding Americans who respect the rule of law that President Obama is NOT President George W. Bush, and in Attorney General Eric Holder there truly is a new sherrif in town.

     Or so we all hope.

     Because it is obvious to everybody who is not a die hard Republican, Sen. Lieberman or a raving dittohead that torture is Un-American and against the law. It is also obvious that Iraq was a bullshit war of aggression and there were no WMD's or substantial proof of WMD's, other than the evidence that was gained by torture. Truly, Iraq WAS a war crime, from top to bottom, and, until we address that, we run the risk of the next President going to war with Australia of they feel like it, or torturing American citizens, or worse.

      Unlike the 7 CIA Chiefs who have asked President Obama to be a war criminal and cover up the crimes of the CIA, the Republican party and the Bush/Cheney Administration, I DO NOT want to "look forward". I want to clean up the mess lefover by the Bushies. Until then, we are doomed to repeat the crimes made in our names, or worse. And that would be the greatest crime of all.

     So, my confidence is growing that AG Holder and SP Durham will do the right thing with respect to the rule of law. The fact that the CIA and Republican leaders are running scared only gives me greater hope that justice is on the way.

Also crossposted at The Progressive Electorate.com http://www.progressiveelectorate.com/diary/1561/7-cia-chiefs-ask-obama-to-cover-up-war-crimes-fear-expanded-investigation

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Re: Killing America's Kids and Driving Them Insane
« Reply #114 on: September 21, 2009, 05:19:23 pm »
What Can Americans Do To Oppose the Warfare State?






by Sherwood Ross
Global Research, September 21, 2009
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=15312


Americans who voted for peace last November but are getting only more war are becoming increasingly disillusioned.

 

The majority of Americans, polls show, would slash the military budget by over 30 percent yet President Obama has increased it by four percent. A majority of Americans want U.S. troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan but the Pentagon will garrison 50,000 in the former country indefinitely and dispatch perhaps 20,000 more shortly to escalate the war in the latter.

 

Since voting doesn’t bring the desired change in national policies, people wonder what they can do individually. The answer is quite a lot. “Things have gotten bad enough in the minds of enough Americans that there is an opening for creating a mass movement for real change, and that movement is already growing all around us,” writes citizen/activist David Swanson of Charlottesville, Va., in his new book “Daybreak”(Seven Stories Press). Swanson is cofounder of the anti-war After Downing Street Coalition.

 

He ticks off a number of examples where grass-roots citizen groups won a round vs. the Establishment:

    In North Dakota, farmers defeated efforts by St. Louis-based Monsanto to sell genetically engineered seeds.

     
    Threatened by corporate big-box stores, Utah local businesses created a successful “Buy Local First” campaign.

     
    Hundreds of towns and cities have enacted resolutions against enforcement of unconstitutional provisions of the USA Patriot Act.

     

    Chicagoans who had no good grocery stores banded together to create an organic urban farm and sell produce through a local market.

     

    Recognizing that America’s Great Plains are the “Saudi Arabia of wind power,” Rosebud Sioux are building windmills on their South Dakota reservation.

     
    Americans have created some 300 worker-run businesses.

     

    More than 100 towns have stopped corporations from dumping toxic sludge on farms.

     

    Residents of Tallulah, La., banded together to shut down an unwanted juvenile prison.

Swanson writes, “We will not create the necessary rebirth of American democracy by sending e-mails and making phone calls. We must do those things (but they are not enough). We must educate. We must create new media. We must lobby. We must march.”

    “Unless we creatively and non-violently block the path the empire is headed down and redirect the nation,” he continues, “we will be increasingly ignored, repressed, manipulated, abused, and disappeared for the remaining days of this once bright and hopeful republic.”

“What is needed in US civil society is a (non-violent) revolution… No amount of violence or strategic placement of violence could possibly create a more democratic republic. In our struggle for peace and justice we must not only avoid violence, but reject it so completely that no use of it can be plausibly attributed to us,” Swanson writes.

 

If there is no peace group in your community, you can take the lead and form one from among your friends and acquaintances or members of your congregation. It’s up to you to speak out against war and in behalf of peace before City Councils, church groups and youth organizations. Try to relate not only the damage done by war to innocent millions overseas but to the cost in your own community in lost lives, lost taxes, lost business, and lost opportunities. Point out how foreign boycotts are impacting sales of American brand products around the world and contributing to the recession and job losses here at home.

 

You can find a lot of “local” information on the web site of the National Priorities Project of Northampton, Mass., which shows the cost of aggressive wars by states. Feel free in your literature to emphasize “America First!” The numbers of Americans who are jobless, in poverty and without decent health care are growing rapidly.

 

Distribute anti-war leaflets outside theatres showing war movies to reach youth and at bingo games to reach seniors, emphasizing in the latter case how the military siphons off their tax dollars.

 

Distribute articles to motorists in parking lots about how the Middle East wars have increased gasoline prices to motorists. Leaflets can also show how much war is costing each American family and how it is starving large sectors of American economy for capital, causing non-defense factories to close and limiting entrepreneurial start-ups.

 

Display Anti-war placards at major intersections where pedestrians and motorists can see them.

 

Go door to door in neighborhoods with anti-war leaflets urging families to pressure their teen-age children not to enlist. This is particularly important in poor and minority neighborhoods that have been targeted by Pentagon recruiters.

 

Organize a Peace Now motorcade and drive slowly through communities and downtowns. Point out how taxes wasted in wars could finance needed projects in your city or town.

 

Distribute non-violent leaflets with a photograph of the Rev. Martin Luther King stressing his opposition to war and aggression.

 

Urge city councils to close down military facilities and convert them to peaceful uses.

 

Urge the public schools to create courses on non-violence to curb crime domestically as well as aggression against foreign states.

 

In his book, Swanson names a number of groups that are working for non-violent change that you could contact. These include “The National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance,” “No War, No Warming,” “Port Militarization Resistance” of Washington State, and “The International Longshoreman’s and Warehouse Workers’ Union” that “has shut down West Coast ports in opposition to the occupation of Iraq.”

 

Swanson also urges joining and supporting groups such as his own After Downing Street, Democrats.com, Progressive Democrats of America, the National Accountability Network, the Peace Team, the World Can’t Wait, CODE PINK: Women for Peace, Veterans for Peace, High Road for Human Rights, the American Freedom Campaign, the Center for Constitutional Rights, the National Lawyers Guild, and the American Civil Liberties Union. Of course, Quaker action groups should be on everyone’s list.

 

“Work on what moves you, what would make a difference in your life and your family’s life,” Swanson advises. “Mobilize your community, your school, your clubs and organizations. I can’t provide a complete list of useful organizations that you might want to join to work for the cause of peace and justice, but hundreds of good ones are listed at http://afterdowningstreet.org/coalition.”

 

Sherwood Ross formerly worked in the civil rights movement and for daily newspapers and wire services. To support his Anti-War News Service or comment reach him at [email protected]

Sherwood Ross is a frequent contributor to Global Research.  Global Research Articles by Sherwood Ross
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Re: Killing America's Kids and Driving Them Insane
« Reply #115 on: September 21, 2009, 05:54:35 pm »


Harconen:

Excellent job with this thread my friend ... don't let us forget for an instant what our loving government is doing every minute of every day, in our name ... and with our money.

And remind us about the most infuriating part ...

We, the American Taxpayers, are the driving force of this atrocious war machine.




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Re: Killing America's Kids and Driving Them Insane
« Reply #116 on: September 21, 2009, 06:14:33 pm »
Torture at Abu Ghraib: "The Man Behind the Hood"


Full Transcript of Ali Shalal's Testimony

by Prof. Ali Shalal
Global Research, April 27, 2009
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=13379





Global Research Editor's Note

Known to the World as "The Man behind the Hood". Al Shalal was tortured at Abu Ghraib Prison.

In February of 2007, Global Research published the complete transcript of Professor Ali Shalal's testimony.

His sworn statement was presented to the War Crimes Commission set up under the helm of former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, as evidence in the legal procedure launched in Kuala Lumpur directed against (former) US President George W. Bush, Britain's (former) Prime Minister Tony Blair and  Australia's Prime Minister John Howard.

Ali Shalal is a man of tremendous courage and determination. I heard his testimony in Kuala Lumpur. I had the opportunity of speaking to him on several occasions in the course of the February 2007 war crimes Conference. We established bonds of friendship and solidarity. We shared our determination to bring the war criminals in high office to justice.

Ali Shalal is a professor of theology. He is a tremendous source of inspiration.

At this juncture, at the outset of the Obama administration, senior Bush officials are being brought to justice in Spain for having ordered the use of torture. Al Shalal's sworn testimony, which is a public document, should now serve to support the indictment and prosecution of those senior officials including the president and vice-president, who ordered the use of torture.

Ali Shalal's testimony should also be used to dispel any hesitation on the part of the White House and the US Congress regarding the indictment and prosecution of Bush officials. In this regard, caving in to pressures "from the Republican Party and the national security apparatus, President Obama and leading Democrats have indicated they will block any independent commission to investigate the widespread torture of prisoners under the Bush administration" (see Tom Eley, Obama Democrats move to block torture investigation, WSWS.org and global Research, April 27, 2009)

It is important to understand that what Ali Shalal experienced was part of a routine process of torture, applied systematically to those arrested.  Many of his companions in Abu Ghraib died as a result of torture or were executed upon their release so that they would not reveal the gruesome horrors and atrocities committed on the orders of the Bush administration.

Also of significance, as confirmed by his testimony, was the fact that Israeli "civilians" were involved in assisting the US prison interrogators.

Ali Shalal survived and provided testimony in the name of all those who were tortured to death.

We call upon President Barack Obama and members of the US Congress to read and acknowledge Ali Shalal's testimony and act accordingly.   

Whatever decision is taken regarding the indictment and prosecution of high ranking Bush officials, Ali Shalal's words will go down in history.

 
Michel Chossudovsky, Global Research, April 27, 2008

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Torture at Abu Ghraib: The full sworn testimony of Ali Shalal









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STATUTORY DECLARATION

I, Ali Sh. Abbas (alias Ali Shalal) of full age and an Iraqi citizen do hereby solemnly and sincerely declare as follows:

   1.
      I am 45 years old

   2.
      I now live in Amman, Jordan.

   3.
      I was an Islamic education lecturer in the city of Al-Alamiya, Iraq

   4.
      The purpose of making this statutory declaration is to put on record my torture experience in the Abu Ghraib prison.

   5.
      On the 13th October, 2003 while I was going to prayer in the mosque in Al-Amraya, the American troops arrested me. They tied my hands to the back of my body and put a bag over my head. They took me to a small prison in a U.S. military camp in Al-Amraya.

   6.
      The Commander of this military camp, one Captain Philips told me that he had received an order from his superior to arrest him and he did not know the reasons for my arrest. I was left alone in the prison.

   7.
      After two days, they transferred me to the Abu Ghraib prison. The first thing they did to me was to make a physical examination of my body and abused me. Together with other detainees, we were made to sit on the floor and were dragged to the interrogation room. This so called room is in fact a toilet (approximately 2m by 2m) and was flooded with water and human waste up to my ankle level. I was asked to sit in the filthy water while the American interrogator stood outside the door, with the translator.

   8.
      After the interrogation, I would be removed from the toilet, and before the next detainee is put into the toilet, the guards would urinate into the filthy water in front of the other detainees.

   9.
      The first question they asked me was, "Are you a Sunni or Shiia?" I answered that this is the first time I have been asked this question in my life. I was surprised by this question, as in Iraq there is no such distinction or difference. The American interrogator replied that I must answer directly the questions and not to reply outside the question. He then said that in Iraq there are Sunnis, Shiias and Kurds.

  10.
      The interrogators wore civilian clothes and the translator, an Afro-American wore American army uniform.

  11.
      When I answered that I am an Iraqi Muslim, the interrogator refused to accept my answer and charged me for the following offence:

      (a) That I am anti-Zionist and anti-Semitic.

      (b) I supported the resistance

      (c) I instigated the people to oppose the occupation

      (d) That I knew the location of Osama bin Ladin

      I protested and said that Muslims and Jews descended from the same historical family. I said that I could not be in the resistance because I am a disabled person and have an injured hand.

  12.
      The interrogator accused me that I had injured my hand while attacking the American soldiers.

  13.
      The interrogator informed me that they knew that I was an important person in the community and therefore could help them. As an inducement for my cooperation, the interrogator offered medical help for my injured hand.

  14.
      When I did not cooperate, the interrogator asked me whether I considered the American army as "liberator" or "occupier". When I replied that they were occupiers, he lost his temper and threatened me. He told me that I would be sent to Guantanamo Bay where even animals would not be able to survive.

  15.
      They took me to another room and took record of my thumb print, a photo of my eye and a sample of my saliva for DNA analysis. After this procedure, they tagged me by putting a band round my wrist with the following particulars: my name, a number, my religious status and whether I had previous arrest.

  16.
      They then beat me repeatedly and put me in a truck to transfer me to another part of the Abu Ghraib prison.

  17.
      This part of the prison, was in an open space and consisted of five sectors, surrounded by walls and barb wires and was called "Fiji Land". Each sector had five tents and surrounded by barb wires. When I was removed from the truck, the soldiers marked my forehead with the words "Big Fish" in red. All the detainees in this camp are considered "Big Fish". I was located in camp "B".

  18.
      The living conditions in the camp were very bad. Each tent would have 45 to 50 detainees and the space for each detainee measured only 30cm by 30cm. We had to wait for 2 to 3 hours just to go to the toilets. There was very little water. Each tent was given only 60 litres of water daily to be shared by the detainees. This water was used for drinking and washing and cleaning the wounds after the torture sessions. They would also make us to stand for long hours.

  19.
      Sometimes, as a punishment, no food is given to us. When food is given, breakfast is at 5.00 am, lunch is at 8.00 am and dinner at 1.00 pm. During Ramadhan, they bring food twice daily, first at 12.00 midnight and the second is given during fasting time to make the detainees break the religious duty of fasting.

  20.
      During my captivity in the camp, I was interrogated and tortured twice. Each time I was threatened that I would be sent to Guantanamo Bay prison. During this period, I heard from my fellow detainees that they were tortured by cigarette burns, injected with hallucinating chemicals and had their rectum inserted with various types of instruments, such as wooden sticks and pipes. They would return to the camp, bleeding profusely. Some had their bones broken.

  21.
      In my camp, I saw detainees brought over from a secret prison which I came to know later as being housed in the "Arabian Oil Institute" building, situated in the north of Baghdad. These detainees were badly injured.

  22.
      After one month and just before sunset my number was called and they put a bag over my head and my hands were tied behind my back. My legs were also tied. They then transferred me to a cell.

  23.
      When I was brought to the cell, they asked me in Arabic to strip but when I refused, they tore my clothes and tied me up again. They then dragged me up a flight of stairs and when I could not move, they beat me repeatedly. When I reached the top of the stairs, they tied me to some steel bars. They then threw at me human waste and urinated on me.

  24.
      Next, they put a gun to my head and said that they would execute me there. Another soldier would use a megaphone to shout at me using abusive words and to humiliate me. During this time, I could hear the screams of other detainees being tortured. This went on till the next morning.

  25.
      In the morning, an Israeli stood in front of me and took the bag from my head and told me in Arabic that he was an Israeli had interrogated and tortured detainees in Palestine. He told me that when detainees would not cooperate, they would be killed. He asked me repeatedly for names of resistance fighters. I told him that I do not know any resistance fighters but he would not believe me, and continued to beat me.

  26.
      This Israeli dressed in civilian clothes tortured me by inserting in turn first with a jagged wooden stick into my rectum and then with the barrel of a rifle. I was cut inside and bled profusely. During this time, when any guard walked past me, they would beat me. I had no food for 36 hours.

  27.
      The next morning, the Israeli interrogator came to my cell and tied me to the grill of the cell and he then played the pop song, "By the Rivers of Babylon" by Pop Group Boney M, continuously until the next morning. The effect on me was that I lost my hearing, and I lost my mind. It was very painful and I lost consciousness. I only woke up when the Israeli guard poured water on my head and face. When I regain consciousness, he started beating me again and demanded that I tell him of the names of resistance fighters and what activities that I did against the American soldiers. When I told him that I did not know any resistance fighters, he kicked me many times.

  28.
      I was kept in the cell without clothes for two weeks. During this time, an American guard by the name of "Grainer" accompanied by a Moroccan Jew called Idel Palm ( also known as Abu Hamid) came to my cell and asked me about my bandaged hand which was injured before I was arrested. I told him that I had an operation. He then pulled the bandage which stained with blood from my hand and in doing so, tore the skin and flesh from my hands. I was in great pain and when I asked him for some pain killers, he stepped on my hands and said "this is American pain killer" and laughed at me.

  29.
      On the 15th day of detention, I was given a blanket. I was relieved that some comfort was given to me. As I had no clothes, I made a hole in the centre of the blanket by rubbing the blanket against the wall, and I was able to cover my body. This is how all the prisoners cover their bodies when they were given a blanket.

  30.
      One day, a prisoner walked past my cell and told me that the interrogators want to speed up their investigation and would use more brutal methods of torture to get answers that they want from the prisoners. I was brought to the investigation room, after they put a bag over my head. When I entered the investigation room, they remove the bag from my head to let me see the electrical wires which was attached to an electrical wall socket.

  31.
      Present in the room was the Moroccan Jew, Idel Palm, the Israeli interrogator, two Americans one known as "Davies" and the other "Federick" and two others. They all wore civilian clothes, except the Americans who wore army uniforms. Idel Palm told me in Arabic that unless I cooperated, this would be my last chance to stay alive. I told him that I do not know anything about the resistance. The bag was then placed over my head again, and left alone for a long time. During this time, I heard several screams and cries from detainees who were being tortured.

  32.
      The interrogators returned and forcefully placed me on top of a carton box containing can food. They then connected the wires to my fingers and ordered me to stretch my hand out horizontally, and switched on the electric power. As the electric current entered my whole body, I felt as if my eyes were being forced out and sparks flying out. My teeth were clattering violently and my legs shaking violently as well. My whole body was shaking all over.

  33.
      I was electrocuted on three separate sessions. On the first two sessions, I was electrocuted twice, each time lasting few minutes. On the last session, as I was being electrocuted, I accidentally bit my tongue and was bleeding from the mouth. They stop the electrocution and a doctor was called to attend to me. I was lying down on the floor. The doctor poured some water into my mouth and used his feet to force open my mouth. He then remarked, "There is nothing serious, continue!" Then he left the room. However, the guard stopped the electrocution as I was bleeding profusely from my mouth and blood was all over my blanket and body. But they continued to beat me. After some time, they stopped beating me and took me back to my cell.

  34.
      Throughout the time of my torture, the interrogators would take photographs.

  35.
      I was then left alone in my cell for 49 days. During this period of detention, they stopped torturing me. At the end of the 49th day, I was transferred back to the camp, in tent C and remained there for another 45 days. I was informed by a prisoner that he over heard some guards saying that I was wrongly arrested and that I would be released.

  36.
      I was released in the beginning of March 2004. I was put into a truck and taken to a highway and then thrown out. A passing car stopped and took me home.

  37.
      As a result of this experience, I decided to establish an association to assist all torture victims, with the help of twelve other tortured victims.

  38.
      I feel very sad that I have to remember and relive this horrible experience again and again, and I hope that the Malaysian people will answer our call for help. God willing.

And I make this solemn declaration conscientiously believing the same to be true and by virtue of the provisions of the Statutory Declarations Act 1960.


Subscribed and solemnly declared by the

above named Ali Sh. Abbas alias Ali Shalal on February 2007 at Kuala Lumpur through the interpretation of ABBAS Z. ABID (Iraqi Passport No. S379532) with the said ABBAS Z. ABID having been first affirmed that he had truly, distinctly, and audibly translated the contents of this Statutory Declaration to the deponent Ali Sh. Abbas alias Ali Shalal and that he would truly and faithfully interpret the affirmation about to be administered unto him the said Ali Sh. Abbas alias Ali Shalal.


Name: ABBAS Z. ABID

(Iraqi Passport No. S379532)

Before me,



Commissioner of Oaths,

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia










ANNEX

PRESS REPORT


Significantly, Ali Shalal chose to speak from a text sworn under Malaysia's Statutory Declaration Act 1960, before a Commissioner for Oaths in Kuala Lumpur.

Ali's statutory declaration was endorsed by Abbas Z. Abid, a survivor of the Fallujah Massacre, who interpreted his Arabic text into English.
The audience that filled Dewan Merdeka to the brinks held their breath listening to Ali Shalal, who gave a live testimony of torture as a direct-hit victim while he was custody in the infamous Aby Ghraib prison, in the US-occupied Iraq.

His statutory declaration will be deposited with the War Crimes Commission as one of the petitions from War Crime Victims. Subsequently, Ali Shalal's petition is expected to be forwarded for deliberation by the War Crimes Tribunal, which will begin its preliminary deliberation later in the afternoon.

When the War Crimes Commission sits for the preliminary proceedings at 9.00am this morning , War Crimes victims will present their petitions and give their witnesses' accounts.

They include war crimes victims from the war in Afghanistan aka The Global War on Terror; war in Iraq including the Fallujah Massacre; war in Lebanon, and war in Palestine.

New York Times retracted story

March 11 http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/11/international/middleeast/11ghraib.html?ex=1299733200&en=28375a62dd419d60&ei=5088&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss last year, The New York Times ran a dramatic front-page story that matched the infamous photo: the chilling shot of an Abu Ghraib prisoner, hooded, standing on a box, electrical wires attached to his outstretched arms.

The "Prisoner in the Hood" was identified by the NY Times as Ali Shalal Qaissi.

However, the story was challenged by online magazine Salon http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/17/AR2006031701998.html . On March 18 http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/18/world/africa/18iht-ghraib.html?_r=1 , the NY Times acknowledged that its story was flat wrong, and the paper admitted that the prisoner in the photograph was not Qaissi, who has reportedly admitted to the falsehood.

In an editor's note, the NY Times said "the Times did not adequately research Mr. Qaissi's insistence that he was the man in the photograph" and "should have been more persistent in seeking comment from the military.

And the story died instantly in America's media.

The matter was raised at the pre-Conference press briefing http://www.jeffooi.com/2007/02/dr_m_nominated_for_nobel_peace.php on Sunday, to which Dr Mahathir, chairman of PGPO, answered: "The US military will naturally deny everything because you would not know who is behind the hood. But we believe that Ali Shalal is the man behind the hood that you saw in the picture."

The torture

When Ali Shalal took the podium yesterday, he displayed several video clips of the tortures in Abu Ghraib, laid with soundtracks of Iraqi music. In the dark, I could figure out he was wearing an academic's suit, but complete with a songkok that's typically Malaysian. The session's moderator, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, later confirmed what I had guessed. It was indeed a songkok.



Then he began to speak, albeit in a monotonous, emotionless tone. What can you expect from a person who went through hell several times, only to tell the world his first-hand account of war crimes.

I could understand his first sentence in Arabic. "Ana ALI SH. ABBAS". He was saying he is Ali Sh. Abbas alias Ali Shalal, 45, who is now residing in Amman, Jordan.

Despite Ali's monotone articulated through his native language, and the time-lapse the slipped while I tried to catch what he meant, I felt chills up my spine. It was human torture of the sadistic kind.

These are some images I took as I sat on the floor listening to him by reading the English translation of his testimony, which was actually his Statutory Declaration. Quote:

    In the morning, an Israeli stood in front of me and took the bag from my head and told me in Arabic that he was an Israeli (who) had interrogated and tortured detainees in Palestine.

Worse was to come. Ali was later electrocuted on three separate occasions. On the first two sessions, he was electrocuted twice, each time lasting a few minutes. And on the last session, as he was being electrocuted, he accidentally bit his tongue and was bleeding from the mouth.
 
There wasn't mercy, even from doctors. Quote:

    The doctor just poured some water u=into my mouth and used his feet to force open my mouth. He then remarked: "There is nothing serious, continue!" Then he left the room. However, theguard stopped the electrocution as I was bleeding profusely from my mouth and blood was all over my blanket and body. But they continue to beat me. After some time, they stopped beating me and put me back to my cell.

    Throughout the time of my torture, the interrogators would take photographs.

After that incident, Ali was left alone in his cell for 49 days, and the interrogators stopped torturing him. Quote:

    I was released in the beginning of March 2004. I was put into a truck and taken to a highway and then thrown out. A passing car stopped and took me home.

All these, because Ali was arrested by the American troops on October 13, 2003 while he was going to a prayer in the mosque of Al-Amraya, and later transferred to Abu Ghraib prison.

All these, because Ali had refused to confess to his captor's question whether he was a Sunni or Shia Muslim.

All that Ali was willing to answer was that he was an Iraqi Muslim, an answer that his captors refused to accept. He was instead charged for the following "offence", as contained in paragraph 11 of the Statutory Declaration:

    a ) That Ali was anti-Zionist and Anti-Semitic
    b ) He supported the resistance
    c ) He instigated the people to oppose the occupation
    d ) that he knew the location of Osama bin Laden

The captors refused to considered his plea that he was a disabled person and had an injured hand. Instead, the interrogators accused him of injuring his hand while attacking the American soldiers.

At the point of his capture by the American troops, Ali was a lecturer in Islamic education in the city of Al-Alamiya, Iraq.

Life reclaimed

Now that Ali has reclaimed his life, he vowed to do something good for his countrymen who went through the same fate. He has decided to to establish an association to assist all torture victims, with the help of 12 other tortured victims.



At the end of his presentation, Ali told this to the audience who were still enthralled by his gory, gripping account:

I feel very sad that I have to remember and relive this horrible experience again and again, and I hope that the Malaysian people will answer our call for help. God willing.

Fortunately, I could still grasp some Arabic words which I learned during my trip to Tunisia in 2005. Ali ended his presentation with 'Shukran Malaysia' (Thank you, Malaysia).



It was a standing ovation... amidst revelation by Tun Hasmah that it wasn't really an easy task getting Ali into Malaysia to speak.



In a way, Ali Shalal is a lucky war victim. His torture and misery were made enduring the world over only because of media snafu in the USA. There are a lot more silent, but no less inhuman, war crimes stories unheard and unspoken of elsewhere, which will be unending so long as warmongers and war criminals remain roaming free on this earth.

The job cut out for the War Crimes Tribunal has just begun.

All LensaPress, photos by Jeff Ooi

 Global Research Articles by Ali Shalal http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=listByAuthor&authorFirst=Ali&authorName=Shalal
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Excellent job with this thread my friend ... don't let us forget for an instant what our loving government is doing every minute of every day, in our name ... and with our money.

And remind us about the most infuriating part ...

We, the American Taxpayers, are the driving force of this atrocious war machine.


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Bump:

Everybody must read the Ali Shalal article/transcript.

What a miracle of providence that the 'man behind the hood' has survived to fight back.
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Afghan Civilians killed by U.S/NATO Actions since 2006
The Matrix of Death: (Im)Precision of U.S Bombing and the (Under)Valuation of an Afghan Life




by Prof. Marc W. Herold
Global Research, October 9, 2008
http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=10506


Only one dollar is officially spent in “reconstruction” for every ten dollars spent on achieving U.S. geo-political aims.

US/NATO bombs kill about ten times more Afghan civilians with a ton of our “precision” bombs than we killed Serbs in 1999. More than 80% of Afghan civilian deaths today caused by the US/NATO are due to close air support attacks. They (Afghans) are only worth one-tenth of an Alaskan sea otter rather than forty camels. We spend ten dollars on the military in Afghanistan to pursue our geo-strategic aims and less than $1 on reconstructing the everyday lives of Afghans devastated by thirty years of war.

Executive summary

The overarching theme of this dossier is to carefully document the very low value put on the lives of common Afghans by U.S. military and political elites (along with their many handmaidens in the corporate media). Highlights include:

   1. Exposing three common subterfuges used to rationalize the killing of Afghan civilians;
   2. Pointing out that Afghan civilians killed by U.S/NATO forces’ direct action since January 1, 2006 now outnumber those who perished in the original U.S. bombing and invasion during the first three months (2001) of the U.S. Afghan war. The overall human toll is far greater than just those killed by direct U.S/NATO actions as it includes all those who died later from injuries, the internally displaced who died in camps, etc.;
   3. Documenting that close air support (CAS) bombing is more deadly to Afghan civilians than was the strategic bombing of Laos and Cambodia;
   4. Revealing that CAS air strikes now account for about 80% of all Afghan civilians who perish at the hands of the U.S. and NATO;
   5. Emphasizing that by relying upon aerial close air support (CAS) attacks, US/NATO forces spare their pilots and ground troops but kill lots of innocent Afghan civilians. Air strikes are 4-10 times as deadly for Afghan civilians as are ground attacks.
   6. Revealing that Human Rights Watch “counts” at best only 50% of the Afghan civilians killed by U.S/NATO actions, whereas the figure for the Associated Press is a mere 33%; moreover neither present verifiable/reproducible disaggregated data thereby violating a basic tenet of social science;
   7. Presenting a unique analysis of compensation/condolence payments made by the United States in eight countries. The United States spent ten times more on saving an Alaskan sea otter after the Exxon Valdez oil spill than in condolence payments to Afghan families for a family member killed by U.S. occupation forces.

These seven points form part of an interconnected whole – the undervaluation of Afghan lives – supported by many other indicators, e.g. only one dollar is officially spent in “reconstruction” for every ten dollars spent on achieving U.S. geo-political aims.



A U.S. Air Force B1-B Lancer bomber after refueling over Afghanistan (http://www.af.mil/photos/index.asp?galleryID=13).


The real face of the U.S.’s Afghan air war: children burnt by U.S. bombs at Lashkargah’s Emergency hospital in October 2006 (from Maso Notarianni at http://www.rawa.org/temp/runews/rawanews.php?id=18). My original dossier on civilian victims of U.S. aerial bombing was released on December 10, 2001, see http://www.cursor.org/stories/civilian_deaths.htm

Photo Gallery of US victims in Afghanistan http://www.rawa.org/s-photos.htm

The Afghan Victim Memorial Project by Prof. Marc http://pubpages.unh.edu/~mwherold/memorial.htm

Sor Obama has staked out a political position by claiming that he will increase U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan by at least one-third, will permit U.S/NATO forces to engage in hot pursuit into Pakistan’s tribal areas and increase U.S. bombing and Special Operations Forces raids into Pakistan. Caesar-like he proclaims that Afghanistan is a “war on terror” we must and can win. He appears to be completely ignorant that Pashtun nationalism (Taliban) and Al Qaeda jihad are two very different things. (1) In effect, Obama proposes to continue and escalate military policies of the Bush administration if he can draw down U.S. occupation forces in Iraq. I have argued that these actions are doomed to fail on their own terms, will cement a deadly alliance between Taliban and radical Islamists, and will further destabilize a nuclear Pakistan. (2) And whom did Mr. Obama visit on his very first day in Afghanistan in July 2008? He met none other than Gul Agha Sherzai, favorite of George Bush’s General Dan ‘Bomber’ McNeill and notorious ex-governor/warlord of Kandahar infamous for his cruelty, trafficking in drugs, corruption, and pederasty with young boys. (3) On the following day, he spent time with U.S. occupation forces and the “mayor of Kabul” who was in his Kabul fortress (and not off mourning somewhere or on an international junket raising monies). Mr. Obama fails to admit that recent U.S/NATO aerial bombing has been extremely deadly to Afghan civilians, which when combined with the negligible value attached to an Afghan life reveals that U.S politicians and the military hold little interest in Afghanistan proper other than in a geo-political sense. (4) No matter that in Kabul even foreigners speak about being “inside a living hell.” (5) Veteran reporter Kathy Gannon notes that Afghans are fed up with the U.S. and Karzai. (6) U.S. priorities are further revealed by the more than ten-to-one ratio of military to reconstruction aid since 2002. The Senlis Council in its report contrasted military spending vs. development spending in Afghanistan during 2002-2006 (Figure 1). Another source, a report released by ACBAR, an alliance of international aid agencies working in Afghanistan, echoes,

Senator Obama has staked out a political position by claiming that he will increase U.S. troop strength in Afghanistan by at least one-third, will permit U.S/NATO forces to engage in hot pursuit into Pakistan’s tribal areas and increase U.S. bombing and Special Operations Forces raids into Pakistan. Caesar-like he proclaims that Afghanistan is a “war on terror” we must and can win. He appears to be completely ignorant that Pashtun nationalism (Taliban) and Al Qaeda jihad are two very different things. (7) In effect, Obama proposes to continue and escalate military policies of the Bush administration if he can draw down U.S. occupation forces in Iraq. I have argued that these actions are doomed to fail on their own terms, will cement a deadly alliance between Taliban and radical Islamists, and will further destabilize a nuclear Pakistan. (8) And whom did Mr. Obama visit on his very first day in Afghanistan in July 2008? He met none other than Gul Agha Sherzai, favorite of George Bush’s General Dan ‘Bomber’ McNeill and notorious ex-governor/warlord of Kandahar infamous for his cruelty, trafficking in drugs, corruption, and pederasty with young boys. (9) On the following day, he spent time with U.S. occupation forces and the “mayor of Kabul” who was in his Kabul fortress (and not off mourning somewhere or on an international junket raising monies). Mr. Obama fails to admit that recent U.S/NATO aerial bombing has been extremely deadly to Afghan civilians, which when combined with the negligible value attached to an Afghan life reveals that U.S politicians and the military hold little interest in Afghanistan proper other than in a geo-political sense. (10) U.S. priorities are further revealed by the more than ten-to-one ratio of military to reconstruction aid since 2002. The Senlis Council in its report contrasted military spending vs. development spending in Afghanistan during 2002-2006 (Figure 1). Another source, a report released by ACBAR, an alliance of international aid agencies working in Afghanistan, echoes,

While the U.S. military is currently spending $100 million a day in Afghanistan, aid spent by all donors since 2001 is on average less than a tenth of that – just $7 million a day. (11)



Figure 1. Military vs. Development Aid
(Source: http://www.senliscouncil.net/modules/publications/Afghanistan_Five_Years_Later/chapter_05)


In other words, what actually takes place in the realms of the economic and the social on-the-ground in Afghanistan is at best of marginal concern; furthermore many point to the ineffectiveness of aid. (12) I shall argue herein such marginal stress upon improving the everyday life of common Afghans is paralleled by a callous disregard for Afghan civilians in the carrying out of military operations (especially close air support strikes) and a paltry compensation (when offered at all) for innocent Afghans killed by U.S or NATO actions.

The Subterfuges Employed by the U.S/NATO to Excuse Killing Innocent Afghan Civilians

When we assemble the different pieces of the media jigsaw puzzle, clear patterns emerge. Western victims are presented as real, important people with names, families, hopes and dreams. Iraqi and Afghan victims of British and American violence are anonymous, nameless. They are depicted as distant shadowy figures without personalities, feelings or families. The result is that Westerners are consistently humanized, while non-Westerners are portrayed as lesser versions of humanity (from “Militants and Mistakes,” Media Lens (July 22, 2008)). While Afghans killed by US/NATO forces are completely invisible as human beings in the U.S. mainstream media, contrast the efforts undertaken by the same media to give humanity to U.S. troops killed in Afghanistan, as for example in the Washington Post at http://projects.washingtonpost.com/fallen/

A major aim of this report is to provide real figures on Afghan civilians killed by U.S/NATO actions since 2006, thereby undermining the common claim that such numbers cannot be gotten. We often hear glib statement about the “fog of war” or “war is hell” or “we don’t do body counts.” My numbers are admittedly under-estimates for reasons discussed herein (an incomplete universe of recorded deaths, a propensity of the Pentagon and its Afghan client to label as militants what were civilians, the injured who later die from wounds, censorship by omission, etc). Not counting or estimating plays into the hands of those who market the U.S. war in Afghanistan as a “clean” war, a “precision” war and the like. The latter is routinely trotted out by the apologists of aerial bombing; “It’s sort of the immaculate conception to warfare,” was how Professor of Strategy, Col. (ret. U.S Marine) Mackubin Owens at the U.S. Naval War College (Newport, R.I.) described the U.S military campaign in Afghanistan in November 2001.

The acknowledging and counting of civilian deaths in modern wars has long been a highly politicized matter. One need only recall that it took close to sixty years for the civilian carnage caused in Germany by Allied bombing (1940-1945) to be openly written about. (13) It took over fifty years for the slaughter of innocent Korean civilians in the Korean War by U.S. warplanes to make the pages of mainstream American media. (14) More recently, an acrimonious debate has raged over the scale of Iraqi civilian deaths since the U.S. invasion of March 2003, for example pitting Iraq Body Count against the believers of estimates reported in the Lancet studies (as at the Media Lens website). (15)

The liberal British scholar of peace studies, Paul Rogers, wrote in a recent article about Afghanistan

…the impulses of sympathy with these radical forces (Taliban militias, Al Qaeda forces) are fuelled by the detailed reporting by al-Jazeera and other media outlets of the many civilian victims of western air-strikes and other calamities in Afghanistan. This ensures that Muslims across the rest of the world are becoming as aware of what is happening in Afghanistan as they have been regarding Iraq since 2003. (16)

A reader in the post-9/11 world might conclude that since reporting of “the many civilian victims of western air strikes” fuels the Muslim resistance, the next step is to ignore, disparage or silence such detailed reporting (which is of course precisely what the U.S. Government has been doing). Sadly, we have come to live in a post-9/11 culture where silencing the messenger is acceptable. One recalls the U.S. bombing of the Al Jazeera office in Kabul on November 12, 2001. For the Pentagon and its many media boosters, there are good bodies (civilians killed by “our enemy”) and bad bodies (civilians killed by “our” militaries), respectively in the western mainstream labeled accidental collateral damage and (Afghan civilians transformed by the click on a keyboard into) “militants” or “insurgents.” During the Yugoslav conflict, Human Rights Watch highlighted civilians killed by Serbs while neglecting civilians killed by non-Serbs. (17) Today in Afghanistan, the U.S. mainstream media led by the Associated Press describes in detail the civilian victims of “Taliban” suicide attacks often even providing photographs while remaining far more circumspect about the victims of US/NATO air strikes and never printing photographs. (18) Counting dead civilians remains a highly politicized exercise.

Two main subterfuges have been used by the U.S and NATO militaries, the compliant corporate media and organizations like Human Rights Watch to excuse the killing and wounding of innocent Afghan civilians. The first is to express self-righteous anger over “them” killing civilians intentionally whereas “we” never intentionally target civilians. The second is to assert that the dastardly Taliban and their Muslim or Arab associates employ civilians as human shields.

A third means examined elsewhere (19) has been to simply suppress whenever possible written reports and especially photos of the victims of U.S/NATO military actions (“bad” bodies) in Afghanistan, all the while amply publishing stories and photos of Afghan civilians killed by IED’s or suicide bombers (“good” bodies). Photos of civilians whose death was caused by U.S. or NATO bombs are virtually non-existent. (20) One might call this censorship by omission. (21) News-magazine photo coverage of the “war on terrorism” in Afghanistan most often supports U.S. government narrative and versions of events. (22) The policy of embedding reporters with U.S. or NATO occupation forces is an obvious attempt at removing independent reporting which, sadly, most often succeeds.



Figure 2. An Afghan woman holds a photo of her family members who were killed on August 22, 2008, in a U.S. air raid called-in by U.S. Special Forces. The U.S. military for weeks denied civilians had been killed (photo by Mohammad Shoaib of Reuters)

U.S human rights lawyers charged on July 20, 2008, that US military prisons are "legal black holes" and that force is employed to "shut people up" about activities in Iraq and Afghanistan. "Many people in Afghanistan and in Iraq who have been targeted for detention are local journalists covering the conflict in their own country," said another prominent US human rights lawyer, Barbara J. Olshansky.

"When the United States detains reporters, photographers, camera operators and holds them for long period without charge for any offence and without trials and without any evidence, we know that part of the goal is to just shut people up," she said. (23)

The mainstream U.S. corporate media led by Fox News largely has sought to present the Afghan invasion as a simple war of good versus evil. (24) Texts or images which might have raised questions have been censored. Fox News has gone far beyond-the-call-of-duty in parroting U.S. military interpretations (25) but others in the U.S. corporate media have followed suit, e.g., Laura King of the Associated Press has been a notorious under-counter of Afghan civilian deaths. (26)

A new twist in Pentagon/NATO news management has recently been introduced. As of August 2008, the U.S. Air Force no longer releases daily reports about missions over Afghanistan. On the British side, Britain is funding a surge in spin doctors in Afghanistan to construct and present pro-NATO/US media reports. (27)

The intentionality argument is often couched in the language of justifiable collateral damage, regrettable but necessary. Since the killing was collateral, it cannot be intentional goes the story. The overarching problem is the criminal nature of the offensive war first waged by the United States and Britain upon an entire sovereign country after 9/11. The collective group of “Afghans” has de facto been targeted for seven years as lives and countryside have been laid to waste; anyone who opposes the U.S/NATO occupation is by definition an “enemy” and can be justifiably killed collaterally. As pointed out by others, “[we] can’t possibly judge the morality of collateral damage while leaving out the question of the war itself… it is the immorality and illegality of a war that makes collateral damage a crime.” (28)

Least-cost considerations (in terms of U.S. military deaths and U.S. dollars) by the US and NATO militaries have directly translated into thousands of Afghan civilian casualties. How? During the initial phases of the U.S. bombing campaign but still today, U.S. warplanes dropped powerful bombs in civilian-rich areas with little concern for Afghan civilians. In effect, I am turning Michael Walzer's notion of 'due care' (29) upside down: that is, far from acknowledging a positive responsibility to protect innocent Afghans from the misery of war, U.S military strategists chose to impose levels of harm upon innocent Afghan civilians in order to reduce present and possible future dangers faced by U.S forces. As I wrote in late 2001,

The absolute need to avoid U.S. military casualties means fling high up in the sky, increasing the probability of killing civilians:

"……..better stand clear and fire away. Given this implicit decision, the slaughter of innocent people, as a statistical eventuality is not an accident but a priority -- in which Afghan civilian casualties are substituted for American military casualties." (30)

But, I believe the argument goes deeper and that race enters the calculation. The sacrificed Afghan civilians are not 'white' whereas the overwhelming number of U.S. pilots and elite ground troops are white. This 'reality' serves to amplify the positive benefit-cost ratio of certainly sacrificing darker Afghans today [and Indochinese, Panamanians and Iraqis] for the benefit of probably saving American soldier-citizens tomorrow. What I am saying is that when the "other" is non-white, the scale of violence used by the U.S. government to achieve its stated objectives at minimum cost knows no limits. A contrary case might be raised with Serbia which was also subjected to mass bombing in 1999. But, the Serbs were in the view of U.S. policymakers and the corporate media tainted ['darkened'] by their prior 'Communist' experience. No instance exists [except during World War II] where a foreign Caucasian state became the war target of the U.S. government. (31) The closest example might be that of the war waged by Britain upon Northern Ireland and, there, the British troops applied focused violence upon its Caucasian 'enemy.' When the "other" is a non-white foreigner, the state violence employed becomes amplified. (32)

Today, the aerial bombing in Afghanistan is more related to close air support called-in by ground forces as a means to defeat the enemy without having to fight him on the ground and likely suffer casualties. Both high-level bombing and midnight attack ground attacks served to shift the burden of casualties upon Afghan civilians. The doctrine that `war is hell' seeks to transfer any responsibility for the cruelty of war to the enemy. (33) The U.S/NATO war managers and their handmaidens in the defense and corporate media establishments dredge out the tired old “intent” argument. As Edward Herman noted,

…it is claimed by the war managers that these deaths and injuries are not deliberate, but are only “collateral” to another end, they are treated by the mainstream media, NGOs, new humanitarians, and others as a lesser evil than cases where civilians are openly targeted. But this differential treatment is a fraud, even if we accept the sometimes disputable claim of inadvertence (occasionally even acknowledged by officials to be false, as described below). Even if not the explicit target, if collateral civilian deaths are highly probable and statistically predictable they are clearly acceptable and intentional. If in 500 raids on Afghan villages alleged to harbor al Qaeda cadres it is likely that civilians will die in 450 of them, those deaths are an integral component of the plan and the clear responsibility of the planners and executioners. As law professor Michael Tonry has said, “In the criminal law, purpose and knowledge are equally culpable states of mind.” (34)

What also needs to be made very clear is that Afghan civilian casualties are not accidents or mistakes. They result from careful calculation by U.S. commanders and military attorneys who decide upon the benefits of an air strike versus the costs in innocent civilian lives lost. These are calculated predicted deaths. (35)

Aerial bombing in the name of liberating Afghans will continue with little regard for Afghan civilians who for the Western politico-military elites remain simply invisible in the empty space which is an “increasingly aerially occupied Afghanistan.” (36) The compliant mainstream media perpetuates the myth by serving as stenographer of the Pentagon’s virtual reality. Patrick Coburn of The Independent got it dead-on,

The reaction of the Pentagon to the killing of large numbers of civilians in Afghanistan, Iraq and now Pakistan has traditionally been first to deny that it ever happened. The denial is based on the old public relations principle that "first you say something is no news and didn't happen. When it is proved some time later, that it did happen, you yawn and say it is old news." (37)

When details of Afghan civilian deaths finally leak through the US/NATO news management efforts, a Lt. Colonel at the Bagram Air Base offers “sincere regrets” or the promise of an investigation and by tomorrow all is forgotten. They are, after all, just Afghans “we” killed. Theirs are bad bodies, not good bodies like those on “our” side that were killed.

A myth has circulated since the beginning of the U.S. bombing campaign in Afghanistan in October 2001. The myth is endlessly repeated by the U.S. occupation forces, corporate media, the Pentagon, defense intellectual pundits, Human Rights Watch, the Cruise Missile Left, the humanitarian interventionists, and even some in the United Nations: Afghan insurgents hide amongst civilians whom they use as human shields. (38) To begin with, the assertion is never empirically documented but just merely stated as a self-evident truth. Secondly, the implication is that an insurgent or Taliban fighter, resisting the U.S./NATO invasion should stand alone on a mountain ridge, his AK-47 raised to the sky, and engage in a “fair” act of war with an Apache attack helicopter or A-10 Warthog and see who prevails. Should resistance fighters stand out in an open field or on a mountain ridge? Thirdly, what is conveniently omitted is that the insurgents often live in the area, have friends and families in the communities, and that such a local support base is precisely what gives a guerrilla insurgency (along with knowledge of the local terrain) its classic advantage. (39) Such local connection means that the insurgents will (unlike the US/NATO occupation forces) go to great lengths to not put local people in danger. Purveyors of the line about the “Taliban's execrable tactic of using civilians as human shields” (40) are either themselves unaware of classic guerrilla strategy or, more likely, seek to manipulate the general public’s ignorance about the same. Using the language of guerrilla warfare, can a “fish” swim outside of the “sea”? One recalls the U.S. military’s campaign in Vietnam to drain the sea by creating strategic hamlets (translate, concentration camps), seeking to deny the Vietnamese resistance access to sympathetic villagers.

Rather than the “hiding among civilians” story, what is happening is that civilians figure prominently in the vast numbers of “militants” or “insurgents” reported killed in US/NATO bombing, as I have documented countless times in the Afghan Victim Memorial Project. The latest egregious example involves the slaughter of over 90 Afghan civilians in Azizabad where for weeks the U.S. military asserted that 30 “Taliban” had been killed and no civilians. In other words, civilians killed by US/NATO action are being falsely labeled by the US/NATO as “eliminated militants,” which suggests that my overall count of civilians killed is a gross underestimate. In addition, no doubt many cases where civilians have been killed by US/NATO action simply are not reported (censorship by omission). But no matter, for as Robert Higgs underscores is

…the complete insouciance with which the American public greets reports of deaths by drones. I do not exaggerate if I say that the general reaction is "ho-hum." Well, the average American says, that disposes nicely of another "bad guy." The gratuitous murder of the bad guy’s family members, neighbors, and other innocent persons in the vicinity appears to create no blip on the average American’s moral radar screen. Perhaps Americans do not consider Yemenis, Afghanis, and Pakistanis to be real human beings whose right to life we are obliged to respect? (41)

The Magnitude of Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan

"Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it" - George Santayana (1905)

The U/S. and U.K. corporate media have been particularly guilty of censorship by omission – simply not reporting upon the “bad bodies” of those killed by US/NATO actions. (42) A little reported fact is that the number of Afghan civilians (43) killed by U/.S. and NATO forces since 2005 exceeds the total recorded during the three months of intensive U.S. bombing, October 7- December 10, 2001. The following chart presents the numbers. These numbers underestimate the true human toll because they exclude the thousands who later die from injuries incurred in a U.S/NATO attack, those killed in incidents which went un-reported, those who die from lack of vital resources in refugee camps (44), etc.

Killed October 7 – December 10, 2001    2,256 - 2,949
2005    408 - 478
2006    653 - 769
2007    1,010 -– 1,297
Jan. 1 – August 31, 2008    573 - 674
Sept. 1 -19, 2008    55
Sub-total 2005 - 2008    2,699 - 3,273

The nature of the air war in Afghanistan has changed substantially between 2001 and 2006-8. During the last three months of 2001, the U.S bombing was part of a traditional military campaign pitting two armies against each other. As such, the bombing involved large tonnages being dropped; whereas during 2006-8, the U.S and NATO bombing involved close air support (CAS) against a decentralized, highly fluid guerrilla resistance. During the former campaign some 14,000 tons of bombs were dropped or almost twelve times the tonnage dropped during the two-and-a-half years (2006 – mid 2008). Of course, the killing of innocent civilians by U.S. bombing has a long history spanning the twentieth century. For example, after 58 years recently released classified documents tell the story of how 93 napalm canisters were dropped on the little island of Wolmi, South Korea, in September 1950, incinerating over a hundred residents. (45)

Estimates or counts of civilian deaths caused by the U.S. bombing during 2001-mid 2002 reveal similar numbers. The count by Herold (2002) relies upon media and NGO reports as well as other written materials and the universe estimation by Benini and Moulton employing statistical analysis report 3,600-3,900 Afghan civilian deaths. The Benini & Moulton study calculates civilian deaths from bombing, landmines, unexploded ordnance strikes, from non-Western ground forces and should hence significantly exceed a count focused upon deaths directly caused by U.S. aerial bombing or ground attacks. (46) The Benini & Moulton study based upon canvassing 600 communities covers September 12, 2001 – June 20, 2002, whereas Herold covers October 7, 2001 – July 31, 2002. Field staff visited all 600 communities directly affected by fighting (both air strikes and ground combat). Benini & Moulton calculate 3,994 civilians died from air and artillery bombardments, shooting, and other violence. (47) In other words, the Herold count of 3,620 civilians killed by U.S. air and ground attacks is close to the population-based estimate of Benini & Moulton.

Whereas the numbers of civilian casualties resulting from the intense bombing of 2001 has been determined, it remains a far more difficult exercise to estimate the magnitude of civilians who perished from the CAS bombing of recent years. Two major problems exist: unlike in the earlier period, civilians have died at the hands of U.S. and NATO ground fire and aircraft strafing raids (especially by the AC-130 gunship, Apache attack helicopters, Predator drones and the A-10 CAS jet fighter); and secondly, data provided by U.S. and NATO does not exist making possible an incident-by-incident reconstruction of bombing versus strafing. What can, however, be derived are figures which represent orders of magnitudes under different assumptions (Table 4). Today, the U.S. operates over 90 percent of all strike aircraft in Afghanistan.

Such reconstruction reveals that U.S close air support bombing has been far more deadly for innocent Afghan civilians than the earlier more intense, traditional bombing campaign of 2001. The following Table 1 presents a unique summary of the aerial bombing (not strafing) in Afghanistan during 2006-mid 2008, employing data in the Afghan Victim Memorial Project data base. (48) We know that aerial close air support bombing during 2007 and 2008 took on increasing importance, implying that the relative share of all civilians killed by bombing attacks has probably been rising. Already during 2005, the U.S. military began increasing air strikes to 157 from 86 during 2004. (49) The number of CAS strikes in Afghanistan in which munitions were dropped soared from 176 in 2005, to 1,770 in 2006, and 2,926 in 2007. (50) Elizabeth Rubin noted “that the sheer tonnage of metal raining down on Afghanistan was mind-boggling: a million pounds between January and September of 2007, compared with half a million in all of 2006.” (51) US Air Force B1-B’s renewed the bombing of Afghanistan on May 6, 2006. (52) U.S. General Dan “Bomber” McNeill performed up to expectations. (53) The total dropped for 2005 was a mere 60,000 pounds (or 27.2 metric tons). During the first half of 2008, more tonnage was dropped than in all of 2007. (54) The rise in CAS strikes paralleled almost perfectly the number of roadside bombings which numbered 1,931 in 2006 and 2,615 in 2007. (55) Tit for tat.

In effect, the US/NATO forces are relying upon air power in lieu of ground forces and in so doing causing high levels of civilian casualties which, in turn, push locals towards the resistance. (56) This is particularly important in Afghanistan where the culture of revenge has long stalked Americans there. (57) U.S/NATO aerial attacks turn friends into enemies. (58) This aspect was emphasized at a 2007 meeting at of the United States Institute of Peace. (59) Such is simply part of the age-old wisdom that aerial bombing does not induce surrender, quite to the contrary. Nothing has changed since the U.S. bombing of Takeo, Cambodia, in 1972, as described by a villager

…based on my experiences during the bombing in Takeo around 1972. The bombings were [spreading] further into towns and villages. My parents' house was hit by the bombs, and we had to move to the opposite side of the country. We had known [that] almost the entire village that survived from the bombings had joined forces with the Khmer Rouge. (60)

The U.S. Army’s counterinsurgency manual FM 3-24 admits that aerial bombing “can cause collateral damage that turns people against the host-nation government and provides insurgents with a major propaganda victory.” Wing Commander Andrew Brookes of the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London noted

Even a 400-pound bomb has ca wide area of blast and you are quite likely to kill some civilians. Kill a wife, children, mother, or uncle and people become so angry the terrorist cycle starts all over again. (61)

In addition, bombing destroys homes, orchards, livestock, etc. which fuels the ire of the bombed.

After the very high level of civilians killed by U.S. and NATO forces during 2007 – some 1,010-1,297 as I report in Table 1 – the rules of engagement were allegedly tightened in recognition that civilian casualties undermine support for the US/NATO occupation. (62) On the other hand, the advent of indisputably greater bombing precision by for example the use of ROVER (63) technology has encouraged dropping more bombs – in other words, the overall killing of civilian depends upon the trade-off between greater precision of a bomb and the extent to which more bombs are being dropped, in other words it depends upon the risk elasticity of bombing tolerance. Dead civilians are not mistakes. In my original Dossier, I argued that the primary cause of high levels of Afghan civilian casualties was due to U.S. bombing of civilian-rich areas. (64) A further complicating element is that precision strike weapons create a myth of infallibility, when the weapons are at best only as good as the targeting data and absence of adverse disruptive influences. (65) This myth served to allegedly remove the public’s general sense of barbarity associated with aerial bombing. Naturally a whole new language of war was crafted by the military-industrial-media complex to oil this transition: surgical, collateral, precision, etc. (66) Some enthusiasts even spoke of a “new kind of war” (67) with smaller bombs (68) though at least for civilians the deadliness of old wars continued.

Table 1. Dimensions of U.S. Aerial Bombing of Afghanistan, 2006 – mid 2008

2006    2007    2008
Number of bombs dropped    ~1,000^^    3,572***    1,853
Number CAS strikes in which munitions were dropped    1,770    2,926    2,368 (up through Aug.4)
Tonnage dropped (metric tons)    261**^    567**^^    630++
Civilians killed by U.S /NATO actions    653-769    1,010-1,297    273-335*^
Bombs to kill one civilian    1,3-1.5    3.5-2.8    6.8-5.5
Civilians killed/10,000 tons    25,019-29,464    17,777-22,840    4,317-5,302
Civilians killed/10,000 tons at 67% ratio*    16,763-19,741    11,911-15,303    2,892-3,552
Civilians killed/10,000 tons at 50% ratio**    12,508-14,732    8,889-11,420    2,159-2,651

*assuming that 67% of civilians were killed by aerial bombing alone (remainder from strafing, ground fire)

**assuming that 50% of civilians were killed by aerial bombing alone

*** In Iraq during 2007, only 1,447 bombs were dropped. Another source reported that by May 15, 2007, the number of weapons dropped on Afghanistan was 929 (http://www.military.com/NewsContent/0,13319,138201,00.html).

^number of close air support strikes in which munitions were dropped

^^ From Cloud (2006), op. cit. reported that by mid-November 2006, American aircraft had dropped 987 bombs and fired more than 146,000 cannon rounds and bullets in strafing runs. During the entire period 2001thgrough 2004, a total of 848 bombs and just over 119,000 bullets were used by aircraft according to U.S. Air Force data.

*^My figures for 2008 are supported by the Afghan government, rights and aid groups which say that over 300 civilians have died this year from Western operations, mostly when air power is called in to get allied troops out of trouble (from Mark John, “Analysis: Western Forces Hooked on Air Power in Afghan War,” Reuters (July 5, 2008 at 14:31 GMT) at http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L05811864.htm

**^ during 2006, the U.S. Air Force dropped 575,500 pounds of bombs (Benjamin, 2007, op. cit.), or 261 metric tons.

**^^ During 2007, coalition forces dropped about a million pounds of bombs in Afghanistan, which would amount to 454 metric tons. This figure is erroneously reported as being for the entire 2007 when it covered only Jan-Sept.. I have hence adjusted the total to 1,25 mn pounds or 567 metric tons. Benjamin (2007) said that the U.S. Air Force alone dropped 527,860 pounds of bombs on Afghanistan during the first six months of 2007.

++ I have derived this number as follows. The most popular USAF bombs are the 500 and 200-pound GPS guided JDAMs and the 500-pound laser-guided bomb. Assuming each amounts to one-third of all bombs dropped (numbering 1,853 according to Rolfson (2008).

The lethality of war can be assessed using different criteria. For example, during 2008 to-date some 628-729 Afghan civilians were killed by U.S/NATO action. During the same period of time, 120 U.S. troops and 104 NATO soldiers died. For every occupation soldier killed, about three Afghan civilians are killed by the occupation forces (for 2006, the figure was 3-4). (69)

A way to measure the lethality of aerial bombing is to compare the numbers of bombs dropped to the number of civilians killed. Table 2 indicates that in terms of lethality to civilians, the Gulf War was lowest, followed by Kosovo, with the initial Afghan bombing campaigns being by far the deadliest for civilians notwithstanding the much greater use of “precision” weapon systems. (70) Indeed, in 2001 it took only 4-5 bombs dropped to kill one Afghan civilian; during the first half of 2008, the figure was 9-10 bombs, though by July 2008, an Afghan civilian was killed every 5-6 bombs dropped (Table 3).

Table 2. Lethality of Aerial Bombing in Different Air Campaigns as Measured by Number of Bombs to Necessary Kill One Civilian
Bombing Campaign    (1) # bombs & missiles dropped    (2) # civilians killed    Bombs to kill one civilian, (1)/(2)=
Iraq 1991    250,000    2,278    110
Kosovo 1999    23,000    1,200    19
Afghanistan 2001    12,000**    2,569-2,949    4.1-4.7
Afghanistan, first half of 2008    1,853    273-335*    5.5-6.8

*If we assume that two-thirds of the total number of civilians killed (273-335) during this period died from aerial attacks, the numbers would be 183-224. In Table 6 the number of civilians actually killed in air strikes is reported at 178-192.

**figure from Global Security for October 7 – December 10, 2001 which reported 12,000 bombs and missiles dropped during October7 – December 10; by March 2002, the figure was 21,000 and by mid-September 2002 it was 24,000.

When we focus just upon Afghanistan during the years 2006 until the present (Table 3), one finds that about every five bombs dropped one civilian died (though the number was much higher during 2007 when the resistance engaged the US/NATO in open battles the US/NATO war planes dropped over 3,500 bombs).

Table 3. Numbers of Bombs dropped to kill One Afghan Civilian, 2006-present
   2006    2007    First half 2008    June 2008    July 2008
# bombs dropped    1,000    3,572    1,853    646    515
# civilian deaths    653-769    1,008-1,295    273-335    49-69    134-157
50% civilian deaths    326-385             
67% civilian deaths       675-868    182-224    33-46 actual    90-105 actual
Bombs/civilians    2.6-3.1    4.1-5.3    8.3-10.2    14-19.5    4.9-5.7

Note: for 2006, I have assumed that 50% of civilian deaths were due to aerial bombing and firing missiles; during the later time periods when the air war intensified, I assume that two-thirds of civilian deaths were the result of bombs and missiles dropped from the air. For 2008, the two-thirds ratio is an underestimate.

Resist. Rebel. Cry out to all peoples and nations from the sky as the lightening flashes from the east to the west and judge the living and the dead.Or choose submission and slavery.

The light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.  (John 1:5)