In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful
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Dictatorship : US Congress legalizes torture and indefinite detention
For the first time in American history, Congress and the White House have agreed to set aside the provisions of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and formally adopt methods traditionally identified with police states.
The legislation adopted by the House of Representatives Wednesday and the Senate Thursday, legalizing the Bush administration’s policy of torture and indefinite detention without trial, as well as kangaroo-court procedures for Guantánamo detainees, marks a watershed for the United States.
Torture Bill States Non-Allegiance To Bush Is Terrorism
Buried amongst the untold affronts to the Bill of Rights, the Constitution and the very spirit of America, the torture bill contains a definition of “wrongfully aiding the enemy” which labels all American citizens who breach their “allegiance” to President Bush and the actions of his government as terrorists subject to possible arrest, torture and conviction in front of a military tribunal.
Thunder on the Mountain: The Murderers of Democracy
>From the New York Times:
The Senate today rejected an amendment to a bill creating a new system for interrogating and trying terror suspects that would have guaranteed such suspects access to the courts to challenge their imprisonment. The action set the stage for final passage of the bill, which was approved on Wednesday by the House of Representatives. The bill’s ultimate passage was assured on Wednesday when Democrats agreed to forgo a filibuster in return for consideration of the amendment. (For what the bill really means, see this excellent piece from Glenn Greenwald.)
Who are these people? Who are these useless hanks of bone and fat that call themselves Senators of the United States? Let’s call them what they really are, let’s speak the truth about what they’ve done today with their votes on the bill to enshrine Bush’s gulag of torture and endless detention into American law.
Habeas Corpus, R.I.P. (1215 – 2006)
I’d like those supporting this evil bill to spare me one affliction: Do not, please, pretend to be shocked by the consequences of this legislation. And do not pretend to be shocked when the world begins comparing us to the Nazis.
“A Total Rollback Of Everything This Country Has Stood For”
Sen. Patrick Leahy Blasts Congressional Approval of Detainee Bill
The Senate has agreed to give President Bush extraordinary power to detain and try prisoners in the so-called war on terror. The legislation strips detainees of the right to challenge their own detention and gives the President the power to detain them indefinitely.
New legislation authorizes the president to seize American citizens as enemy combatants
America…You deserve what is being done to you! We are a bunch of gutless wonders who would make our forefathers nauseous if they knew how we act. We are letting our country be taken away from us and all we do is talk about it.
Our grandkids are going to hate us!
Death Wish: The Presidential Prerogative of Murder
The Washington Post reports this week that George W. Bush has signed an executive order giving himself the right to issue death warrants for any individual he deems a terrorist or terrorist supporter. These people will be killed in secret by the CIA, without any pretense of due process, without defense or appeal.
Attorneys For Guantanamo Detainees Could Be Detained As Enemy Combatants Under New Legislation
On September 26, 2006, attorneys for the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) determined that what appears to be the final version of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 could allow the government to detain the attorneys themselves as ‘enemy combatants.’
A Personal Declaration of Independence
As a citizen of these United States for 70 years, I refuse to be ruled by a tyrant who imposes despotic, autocratic control on the citizens of these United States through a series of clandestine actions that usurp the rights of the people.
The Breaking Point : More than a half trillion dollars in 3 years.
The war is bankrupting the nation while grooming the next generation’s terrorists. This is the very definition of failure.
Screening “What is said about…Arabs & Terrorism”
>From the makers of the award-winning documentary “About Baghdad,” a ground-breaking documentary series is beginning its US tour this fall. “What is said about . . . Arabs and Terrorism” has been shown on satellite channels worldwide and is being screened successfully across the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. We think your community will find this series
compelling and engaging and we would like to work with you to schedule a screening locally.
This documentary is a critical investigation of Western perceptions of Arabs and Muslims and their connection to “terrorism.” The most comprehensive audiovisual treatment of this topic to date, the project consists of over 125 interviews researched and filmed on location in 12 different countries and 6 different languages. These three episodes-Definitions of Terrorism, State Terrorism, and Terrorism and Resistance-follow the director, Professor Bassam Haddad, through the United States, Europe, and the Middle East as he converses with politicians, media personalities, academics, civil society advocates, accused terrorists/resistance leaders, and hundreds of people on the street in a direct, detailed investigation of the grammar and vocabulary of mainstream
Western discourse and its critics.
Global anti-American feelings may take decades to fix
It may take decades to change anti-American feelings around the world that have been aggravated by war in Iraq, U.S. policy toward Israel and America’s “sex and violence” culture, the State Department official in charge of dealing with the U.S. image abroad said Thursday.
Another Hideous US Crime against Humanity in Iraq
The US forces of occupation have added yet another massacre of civilians to its war criminal record in Iraq, when it executed a family of eight amongst which four women; two of which were pregnant, and arrested two other family members in the city of Baquba north east of Baghdad, reports a London based newspaper (28/9/2006).
Who Thinks Of These Type Of Operations? Eventually Israel/Zionists will control all of Iraq’s oil
Iraq : Our men and women are fighting and dying for this?
Under a broad new set of laws criminalizing speech that ridicules the government or its officials, some resurrected verbatim from Saddam Hussein’s penal code, roughly a dozen Iraqi journalists have been charged with offending public officials in the past year.
Book says Bush ignored urgent warning on Iraq
The White House ignored an urgent warning in September 2003 from a top Iraq adviser who said that thousands of additional American troops were desperately needed to quell the insurgency there, according to a new book by Bob Woodward
At least 15 killed as bloody U.S. occupation grinds on
Gunmen firing from a car killed three Iraqi soldiers, two of them brothers, in the small town of Rashad, 20 km (12 miles) southwest of the northern oil city of Kirkuk, police said.
More Tortured Bodies Found In Baghdad
The corpses of six men and one woman were all found in east Baghdad neighborhoods. They were blindfolded, and had their hands and legs bound, police said.
Five killed in U.S. air strike -police, medics
Iraqi police and hospital officials said a woman and two children were among five people killed in an air strike on a car on Thursday, but the U.S. military said it was unaware of any such incident.
Two U.S. occupation force soldiers killed in Iraq
Two U.S. soldiers were killed in two incidents in the volatile Anbar province, the U.S. military said on Thursday.
U.S. army `coming to end of its rope’
Not only are troop levels not being reduced, but almost 8,000 soldiers have just had their 12-month tours of duty extended.
Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 28 September 2006.
- Resistance bomb in al-Fallujah reportedly kills two US troops Thursday morning.
- Four US troops reported killed in Resistance car bombing in western Baghdad Thursday afternoon.
- Bodies of 61 torture murder victims found in various parts of Baghdad as US-Zionist-backed effort to split Iraq along religious and ethnic lines continues.
- American troops greet new school year by rounding up elementary school children of Resistance fighters in Baghdad.
- US soldier reported killed by Resistance sharpshooter in Baghdad’s al-A’zamiyah district.
- Resistance bomb kills puppet “National Guards” in al-Fallujah.
- Four US troops wounded in Resistance bombing in al-Yarmuk Thursday morning.
- Sunnis take back mosque occupied by Shi’i sectarian Jaysh al-Mahdi gunmen two days earlier.
- Resistance car bomber blasts into puppet army camp in Baghdad.
- Resistance bombs rip through US supply convoy near Samarra’.
- Bomb targets puppet police in Tikrit late Wednesday.
- Resistance blasts US-occupied al-Bakr Air Base with mortars Wednesday evening.
- Resistance car bomber kills four Kurdish mercenaries in attack on US base in Kirkuk Thursday afternoon.
- British, Iraqi puppet forces launch sweep to retake control of al-Basrah from Shi’i sectarian militias.
Why NATO cannot win the Afghan war
Germane to the crisis in a fundamental sense is the hard reality that no matter the oft-repeated factor of a reasonably secure cross-border sanctuary in Pakistan, the Taliban have indeed staged a comeback in essence as an indigenous guerilla force capable of waging a long-term struggle. That is to say, the central issue is that the US has simply failed to come up with a winning political and military strategy in Afghanistan.
NATO occupation forces soldier killed in Afghanistan explosion
A NATO occupation forces soldier was killed in a blast in Afghanistan today during a patrol in the southern province of Kandahar, the force said.
Taliban say they shot “spy”
The Taliban claimed responsibility on Friday for executing a man described as a spy for US and Afghan intelligence in North Waziristan, a border region where the Pakistan government signed a pact with tribals a few weeks ago to stamp out militancy.
Why British government conceals true casualty figures in Afghanistan, Iraq?
British soldiers wounded in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are not eligible to timely help as the British government is reluctant to disclose the actual casualty figures in the two wars, recent media reports in Britain note.
Where are all the dead Taliban?
The figures just don’t add up.
Afghanistan: The Wild East
Sheer desperation is driving many Afghans back into the arms of the fanatical Taliban movement. Once again, the holy warriors have taken control of entire regions and are seeking to ensnare the Western allies in a bloody guerilla war.
Pakistan accused of hundreds of terror abductions
Pakistan has abducted hundreds of people as part of the U.S-led war on terror, often secretly holding them for months while they are interrogated, the human rights group Amnesty International said on Friday.
Hundreds of Terror Suspects Have ‘Disappeared,’ Rights Group Says
Hundreds of suspects connected with the war on terror in Pakistan have “disappeared,” and some detainees have been captured by bounty hunters and sold to America, according to Amnesty International.
RCMP chief apologizes to Arar for ‘terrible injustices’
RCMP Commissioner Giuliano Zaccardelli apologized to Maher Arar on Thursday and said he accepts all the recommendations of a report criticizing the RCMP’s role in the Canadian’s deportation to Syria, where he was tortured.
It’s official- RCMP no longer has any credibility in Canada
Ottawa stands by top cop RCMP commissioner grilled; Zaccardelli apologizes for Arar blunders but says he has no intention of resigning
Breaking 10 days of silence, the head of the RCMP offered a public apology yesterday to Maher Arar for the “terrible injustice” that he and his family suffered after the Mounties falsely labelled him a terrorist.
Professor Ghazi-Walid Falah seeks an apology from Israel concerning his unfair detention
Now after the dust has settled somewhat regarding the case of my recent detention by the Israeli secret police from 8 to 30 July, 2006 and my subsequent release without any charges (www.ghazifalah.com), the Israeli Ministry of Justice is sending a PDF file letter to many scholars around the world. The thrust of this letter is basically that my arrest and investigation were done in full compliance with Israeli law. The letter was dated September 6, 2006 —38 days after my release and following a number of interviews that I gave to the media in the US, Canada and Ireland, stating my version of truth about this political detention (http://muehlenhaus.com/ghazi/ ) and my request for a formal apology from the State of Israel (http://www.ohio.com/mld/ohio/news/15211375.htm).
Bad faith and the destruction of Palestine
A mistake too often made by those examining Israel’s behaviour in the occupied territories — or when analysing its treatment of Arabs in general, or interpreting its view of Iran — is to assume that Israel is acting in good faith. Even its most trenchant critics can fall into this trap.
Two Palestinian boys killed by an Israeli drone
Two Palestinian boys were killed when an Israeli drone fired a rocket at them while they were cycling in occupied Beit Hanoun in the north of the Gaza Strip.
UN envoy says Israel guilty of ‘collective punishment’ in Gaza
Israel is guilty of “collective punishment” of the Palestinian people through its military actions in the Gaza Strip, a United Nations human rights official said Friday.
UN tells of Israeli border violation
Israel has violated the UN-drawn border it shares with Lebanon, the spokesman for the UN peacekeeping force in southern Lebanon says.
UNIFIL confronts Israeli troops
U.N. peacekeeping forces in south Lebanon intervened for the first time Thursday with Israeli forces who arrested journalists in violation of Resolution 1701.
In case you missed it: Video: How Israel Treats Journalists
-:WARNING:- This video should only be viewed by a mature audience
Gonzales cautions judges on interfering
Gonzales has sent Justice Department lawyers into federal courts from coast to coast defending Bush’s detention of terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, his plans to try some of them before military tribunals and his use of the National Security Agency to wiretap Americans without court warrants when they communicate with suspected terrorists abroad.
This Is What Waterboarding Looks Like
The Washington Post simply referred to waterboarding a few days ago as an interrogation measure that “simulates drowning.” But what does waterboarding look like?
House passes warrantless domestic spying measure
Rep. John Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, charged: “Hidden in the fine print are provisions which grant the administration authority to maintain permanent records on innocent U.S. citizens, granting the administration new authority to demand personal records without court review, and terminating any and all legal challenges to unlawful wiretapping.”
Legal residents’ rights curbed in detainee bill
A last-minute change to a bill currently before Congress on the rights of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay could have sweeping implications inside the United States: It would strip green-card holders and other legal residents of the right to challenge their detention in court if they are accused of being “enemy combatants.”
Ex-Prez Carter: Bush has brought U.S. “international disgrace”
Former President Carter is urging northern Nevadans to elect his son, Jack, to the Senate to help combat a Bush administration he says has brought “international disgrace” to the country.
Majority of Baptists Support Bush
The head of public policy for the Southern Baptist Convention says an overwhelming majority of Baptists still support President Bush and his handling of the Iraq war.
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