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War Crime of Iraq Invasion: THE ARCHITECTS OF WAR – WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 6, 2006

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=== News Update ===

War Crime of Iraq Invasion:

THE ARCHITECTS OF WAR: WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

President Bush has not fired any of the architects of the Iraq war. In fact, a review of the key planners of the conflict reveals that they have been rewarded ? not blamed ? for their incompetence.

PAUL WOLFOWITZ

Role In Going To War: Wolfowitz said the U.S. would be greeted as liberators, that Iraqi oil money for pay for the reconstruction, and that Gen. Eric Shinseki?s estimate that several hundred thousand troops would be needed was ?wildly off the mark.? [Washington Post, 12/8/05]

Where He Is Now: Bush promoted Wolfowitz to head the World Bank in March 2005. [Washington Post, 3/17/05]

Key Quote: “We are dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction and relatively soon.” [Wolfowitz, 3/27/03]

DOUGLAS FEITH

Role In Going To War: As Undersecretary of Defense for Policy, Feith spearheaded two secretive groups at the Pentagon ? the Counter Terrorism Evaluation Group and the Office of Special Plans ? that were instrumental in drawing up documents that explained the supposed ties between Saddam and al Qaeda. The groups were ?created in order to find evidence of what Wolfowitz and his boss, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, believed to be true.? Colin Powell referred to Feith?s operation as the Gestapo. In Bob Woodward?s Plan of Attack, former CentCom Commander Gen. Tommy Franks called Feith the ?f***ing stupidest guy on the face of the earth.? [LAT, 1/27/05; NYT, 4/28/04; New Yorker, 5/12/03; Plan of Attack, p.281]

Where He Is Now: Feith voluntarily resigned from the Defense Department shortly after Bush?s reelection. He is co-chairman of a project at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government to write an academic book on how to fight terrorism. Feith’s secretive groups at the Pentagon are under investigation by the Pentagon and the Senate Intelligence Committee for intelligence failures. [Washington Post, 1/27/05, 11/18/05; Washington Times, 3/3/06]

Key Quote: “I am not asserting to you that I know that the answer is ? we did it right. What I am saying is it’s an extremely complex judgment to know whether the course that we chose with its pros and cons was more sensible.” [Washington Post, 7/13/05]

STEPHEN HADLEY

Role In Going To War: As then-Deputy National Security Advisor, Hadley disregarded memos from the CIA and a personal phone call from Director George Tenet warning that references to Iraq’s pursuit of uranium be dropped from Bush’s speeches. The false information ended up in Bush?s 2003 State of the Union address. [Washington Post, 7/23/03]

Where He Is Now: On January 26, 2005, Stephen Hadley was promoted to National Security Advisor. [White House bio]

Key Quote: “I should have recalled at the time of the State of the Union speech that there was controversy associated with the uranium issue. ? And it is now clear to me that I failed in that responsibility in connection with the inclusion of these 16 words in the speech that he gave on the 28th of January.” [Hadley, 7/22/03]

RICHARD PERLE

Role In Going To War: Richard Perle, the so-called “Prince of Darkness”, was the chairman of Defense Policy Board during the run-up to the Iraq war. He suggested Iraq had a hand in 9-11. In 1996, he authored ‘Clean Break’, a paper that was co-signed by Douglas Feith, David Wurmser, and others that argued for regime change in Iraq. Shortly after the war began, Perle resigned from the Board because he came under fire for having relationships with businesses that stood to profit from the war. [Guardian, 9/3/02, 3/28/03; AFP, 8/9/02]

Where He Is Now: Currently, Perle is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute where he specializes in national security and defense issues. He has been investigated for ethical violations concerning war profiteering and other conflicts of interest. [Washington Post, 9/1/04]

Key Quote: “And a year from now, I?ll be very surprised if there is not some grand square in Baghdad that is named after President Bush. There is no doubt that, with the exception of a very small number of people close to a vicious regime, the people of Iraq have been liberated and they understand that they?ve been liberated. And it is getting easier every day for Iraqis to express that sense of liberation.” [Perle, 9/22/03]

ELLIOT ABRAMS

Role In Going To War: Abrams was one of the defendants in the Iran-Contra Affair, and he pled guilty to two misdemeanor counts of withholding information from Congress. He was appointed Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director on the National Security Council for Near East and North African Affairs during Bush’s first term, where he served as Bush’s chief advisor on the Middle East. His name surfaced as part of the investigation into who leaked the name of a undercover CIA operative Valerie Plame. [Washington Post, 5/27/03, 2/3/05]

Where He Is Now: Abrams was promoted to deputy national security adviser in February of 2005. [Slate, 2/17/05]

Key Quote: “We recognize that military action in Iraq, if necessary, will have adverse humanitarian consequences. We have been planning over the last several months, across all relevant agencies, to limit any such consequences and provide relief quickly.” [CNN, 2/25/03]

DAVID WURMSER

Role In Going To War: At the time of the war, Wurmser was a special assistant to John Bolton in the State Department. Wurmser has long advocated the belief that both Syria and Iraq represented threats to the stability of the Middle East. In early 2001, Wurmser had issued a call for air strikes against Iraq and Syria. Along with Perle, he is considered a main author of ‘Clean Break’. [Asia Times, 4/17/03; Guardian, 9/3/02]

Where He Is Now: Wurmser was promoted to Principal Deputy Assistant to the Vice President for National Security Affairs; he is in charge of coordinating Middle East strategy. His name has been associated with the Plame Affair and with an FBI investigation into the passing of classified information to Chalabi and AIPAC. [Raw Story, 10/19/05; Washington Post, 9/4/04]

Key Quote: “Syria, Iran, Iraq, the PLO and Sudan are playing a skillful game, but have consistently worked to undermine US interests and influence in the region for years, and certainly will continue to do so now, even if they momentarily, out of fear, seem more forthcoming.” [Washington Post, 9/24/01]

ANDREW NATSIOS

Role In Going To War: Shortly after the invasion of Iraq, Andrew Natsios, then the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, went on Nightline and claimed that the U.S. contribution to the rebuilding of Iraq would be just $1.7 billion. When it became quickly apparent that Natsios’ prediction would fall woefully short of reality, the government came under fire for scrubbing his comments from the USAID Web site. [Washington Post, 12/18/03; ABC News, 4/23/03]

Where He Is Now: Natsios stepped down as the head of USAID in January and is currently teaching at Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh’s School of Foreign Service as a Distinguished Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy and Advisor on International Development. [AP, 2/20/06; Georgetown, 12/2/05]

Key Quote: “[T]he American part of this will be $1.7 billion. We have no plans for any further-on funding for this.” [Nightline, 4/23/03]

DAN BARTLETT

Role In Going To War: Dan Bartlett was the White House Communications Director at the time of the war and was a mouthpiece in hyping the Iraq threat. Bartlett was also a regular participant in the weekly meetings of the White House Iraq Group (WHIG). The main purpose of the group was the systematic coordination of the ‘marketing’ of going to war with Iraq as well as selling the war here at home. [Washington Post, 8/10/03]

Where He Is Now: Bartlett was promoted to Counselor to the President on January 5, 2005, and is responsible for the formulation of policy and implementation of the President’s agenda. [White House]

Key Quote: “President Bush understands that the need to disarm Saddam Hussein is necessary. He has made that case to the United Nations Security Council. He?s made that case to the United States Congress. The entire world rallied behind this resolution that gives him one last chance. He has that chance, but time is running out.” [CNN, 1/26/03]

MITCH DANIELS

Role In Going To War: Mitch Daniels was the director of the Office of Management and Budget from January 2001 through June of 2003. In this capacity, he was responsible for releasing the initial budget estimates for the Iraq War which he pegged at $50 to $60 billion. The estimated cost of the war, including the full economic ramifications, is approaching $1 trillion. [MSNBC, 3/17/06]

Where He Is Now: In 2004, Daniels was elected Governor of Indiana. [USA Today, 11/3/04]

Key Quote: Mitch Daniels had said the war would be an “affordable endeavor” and rejected an estimate by the chief White House economic adviser that the war would cost between $100 billion and $200 billion as “very, very high”. [Christian Science Monitor, 1/10/06]

GEORGE TENET

Role In Going To War: As CIA Director, Tenet was responsible for gathering information on Iraq and the potential threat posted by Saddam Hussein. According to author Bob Woodward, Tenet told President Bush before the war that there was a “slam dunk case” that Saddam possessed weapons of mass destruction. Tenet remained publicly silent while the Bush administration made pre-war statements on Iraq’s supposed nuclear program and ties to al Qaeda that were contrary to the CIA’s judgments. Tenet issued a statement in July 2003, drafted by Karl Rove and Scooter Libby, taking responsibility for Bush’s false statements in his State of the Union address. [CNN, 4/19/04; NYT, 7/22/05]

Where He Is Now: Tenet voluntarily resigned from the administration on June 3, 2004. He was later awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom. [Washington Post, 6/3/04]

Key Quote: “It’s a slam dunk case.” [CNN, 4/19/04]

COLIN POWELL

Role In Going To War: Despite stating in Feb. 2001 that Saddam had not developed “any significant capability with respect to weapons of mass destruction,” Powell made the case in front of the United Nations for a United States-led invasion of Iraq, stating that, “There can be no doubt that Saddam Hussein has biological weapons and the capability to rapidly produce more, many more. And he has the ability to dispense these lethal poisons and diseases in ways that can cause massive death and destruction.” [Powell, 2/5/03; Powell, 2/24/01]

Where He Is Now: Shortly after Bush won reelection in 2004, Powell resigned from the administration. Powell now sits on numerous corporate boards. He is poised to succeed Henry Kissinger in May as Chairman of the Eisenhower Fellowship Program at the City College of New York. In September 2005, Powell said of his U.N. speech that it was a ?blot? on his record. He went on to say, “It will always be a part of my record. It was painful. It’s painful now.” [ABC News, 9/9/05]

Key Quote: “You are going to be the proud owner of 25 million people,” he told the president. “You will own all their hopes, aspirations, and problems. You’ll own it all.” Privately, Powell and Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage called this the Pottery Barn rule: You break it, you own it. [Bob Woodward, Plan of Attack]

DONALD RUMSFELD

Role In Going To War: Prior to the war, Rumsfeld repeatedly suggested the war in Iraq would be short and swift. He said, “The Gulf War in the 1990s lasted five days on the ground. I can’t tell you if the use of force in Iraq today would last five days, or five weeks, or five months, but it certainly isn’t going to last any longer than that.” He also said, “It is unknowable how long that conflict will last. It could last six days, six weeks. I doubt six months.” [Rumsfeld, 11/14/02; USA Today, 4/1/03]

Where He Is Now: Despite increased calls for his resignation, Donald Rumsfeld continues to be the most vocal supporter of staying the course in Iraq. Recently, he claimed that an early U.S. pullout would be the equivalent of leaving Germany in the hands of Nazis. [Bill Kristol, Washington Post, 12/15/04; Reuters, 3/19/06]

Key Quote: “You go to war with the Army you have. They’re not the Army you might want or wish to have at a later time.” [CNN, 12/9/04]

CONDOLEEZZA RICE

Role In Going To War: As National Security Adviser, Rice disregarded at least two CIA memos and a personal phone call from Director George Tenet stating that the evidence behind Iraq’s supposed uranium acquisition was weak. She urged the necessity of war because “we don’t want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud.” [Washington Post, 7/27/03; CNN, 9/8/02]

Where She Is Now: In December of 2004, Condoleezza Rice was promoted to Secretary of State and is being widely-mentioned as a possible presidential candidate. [ABC News, 11/16/04]

Key Quote: “We did not know at the time ? maybe someone knew down in the bowels of the agency ? but no one in our circles knew that there were doubts and suspicions that this might be a forgery. Of course it was information that was mistaken.” [Meet the Press, 6/8/03]

DICK CHENEY

Role In Going To War: Among a host of false pre-war statements, Cheney claimed that Iraq may have had a role in 9/11, stating that it was ‘pretty well confirmed’ that 9/11 hijacker Mohammed Atta met with Iraqi intelligence officials. Cheney also claimed that Saddam was ‘in fact reconstituting his nuclear program’ and that the U.S. would be ‘greeted as liberators.’ [Meet the Press, 12/9/01, 3/16/03]

Where He Is Now: Cheney earned another four years in power when Bush won re-election in 2004. Despite recent calls from conservatives calling for him to be replaced, Cheney has said, “I’ve now been elected to a second term; I’ll serve out my term.” [CBS Face the Nation, 3/19/06]

Key Quote: “I think they’re in the last throes, if you will, of the insurgency.” [Larry King Live, 6/20/05]

GEORGE W. BUSH

Role In Going To War: Emphasizing Saddam Hussein’s supposed stockpile of weapons of mass destruction, supposed ties to al Qaeda, and supposed nuclear weapons program, Bush led the effort to build public support for an invasion of Iraq. [State of the Union, 1/28/03]

Where He Is Now: In November 2004, Bush won re-election. Since that time, popular support for the war and the President have reached a low point. [Washington Post, 3/7/06]

Key Quote: “Facing clear evidence of peril, we cannot wait for the final proof ‘the smoking gun’ that could come in the form of a mushroom cloud.” [Bush, 10/7/02]

source:
http://thinkprogress.org/the-architects-where-are-they-now/

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Secretary Rumsfeld Continues to Argue Against Responsibility for Torture and Abuse

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 6, 2006

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=== News Update ===

Secretary Rumsfeld Continues to Argue Against Responsibility for Torture and Abuse

In the latest development in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU and Human Rights First against Secretary Rumsfeld, on July 21, 2006, the Secretary reasserted his argument that he is immune from responsibility for acts of torture and abuse committed under his watch. The lawsuit, together with three other suits filed by the ACLU, sets forth the legal basis for holding Secretary Rumsfeld and other high ranking members of the armed services responsible for torture and abuse of nine civilians detained by the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Retired military officers and military legal experts have filed an amicus brief in support of the ACLU’s and Human Rights First’s suit, arguing against Secretary Rumsfeld’s position on the basis that allowing the federal case to proceed would not be an intrusion into matters of national security and military decision-making. Two of the world’s foremost scholars on the international laws against torture and abusive treatment have also filed anamicus brief in support of the lawsuit.

source:
http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/media/etn/2006/statement/241/

07/24/06


Secretary Rumsfeld Attempts to Shirk Responsibility for U.S. Torture Policies
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Human Rights First and the American Civil Liberties Union announced their response to arguments by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and three other defendants that they are immune from a lawsuit holding them accountable for policies of torture and abuse committed under their watch against civilians detained by the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan. Retired military officers and military legal experts filed an amicus brief in support, arguing that contrary to the position of Secretary Rumsfeld, allowing the federal case to proceed would not be an intrusion into matters of national security and military decision-making. More»05/25/06


Secretary Rumsfeld’s Court Filing Argues Immunity for Responsibility from Torture and Abuse
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On March 6, 2006, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld filed a long-anticipated motion to dismiss in the case brought by the ACLU and Human Rights First on behalf of victims of torture in U.S. custody. More»
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Human Rights First and ACLU File Amended Complaint in Suit Against Defense Secretary Rumsfeld Over U.S. Torture Policies

On January 5, 2006, Human Rights First and the ACLU filed a consolidated amended complaint in the civil lawsuit charging Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld with legal responsibility for the torture and abuse of detainees in U.S. military custody in Afghanistan and Iraq. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of nine men, five Iraqis and four Afghans, who were tortured and abused at the hands of U.S. forces under Secretary Rumsfeld’s command. More»Updated 01/05/06)


Defending American Values in Court – Torture Victims Visit United States Seeking Accountability and JusticeIn November 2005, Human Rights First and the American Civil Liberties Union welcomed to the United States two of their clients who have brought a civil action against Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other senior members of the military seeking accountability for the torture and abuse they and other detainees suffered in U.S. detention facilities overseas. Their suit seeks, among other things, a federal court order declaring unlawful U.S. policies and practices permitting torture and other forms of abuse.

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War Criminals, Beware

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 6, 2006

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=== News Update ===

War Criminals, Beware

By Jeremy Brecher and Brendan Smith

11/05/06 “The Nation” — – On November 14 a group of lawyers and other experts will come before the German federal prosecutor and ask him to open a criminal investigation targeting Donald Rumsfeld, Alberto Gonzales and other key Bush Administration figures for war crimes. The recent passage of the Military Commissions Act provides a central argument for the legal action, under the doctrine of universal jurisdiction: It demonstrates the intent of the Bush Administration to immunize itself legally from prosecution in the United States, even for the most serious crimes.

The Rumsfeld action was announced at a conference in New York City in late October titled “Is Universal Jurisdiction an Effective Tool?” The doctrine allows domestic courts to prosecute international crimes regardless of where the crime was committed, the nationality of the perpetrator or the nationality of the victim. It is reserved for only the most heinous offenses: genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity, including torture. A number of countries around the world have enacted universal jurisdiction statutes; even the United States allows it for certain terrorist offenses and torture.

Many of the participants in the New York conference were human rights lawyers who have been expanding the use of universal jurisdiction since it was employed against former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. In a recent case brought in Spain, for example, Argentine Adolfo Scilingo was tried and found guilty of crimes against humanity he committed in Argentina and sentenced to serve a 640-year prison term [see Geoff Pingree and Lisa Abend, "Spanish Justice," October 9]. The decision was made to try to prosecute Rumsfeld in Germany because its laws facilitate the use of universal jurisdiction.

The conference was sponsored by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), which is bringing the case against Rumsfeld, and by the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), a network of 141 national human rights organizations founded in 1922.

An earlier case against Rumsfeld was brought two years ago in Germany by CCR on behalf of four Iraqi victims of Abu Ghraib, drawing largely on documents and photos that revealed abuse at the prison. As the case was being considered, a security conference loomed in Munich. Rumsfeld, who could have been served papers or even arrested, refused to attend unless the case was dismissed. It was dismissed February 10; Rumsfeld flew to Germany the next day.

The reason the prosecutor gave for the dismissal was that there was “no reason to believe that the accused would not be prosecuted in the United States”–notwithstanding powerful evidence that the officials who controlled prosecution were themselves part of the conspiracy to commit war crimes. The new complaint will be based on the failure of US authorities to investigate and prosecute high-level officials.

The case will draw on a powerful new argument. The Military Commissions Act of 2006, which the President promoted and recently signed into law, provides retroactive immunity for civilians who violated the War Crimes Act, including officials of the Bush Administration. Such an attempt to provide immunity for their crimes, it will be argued, is in itself evidence of an effort to block prosecution of those crimes. Indeed, according to Scott Horton, chair of the International Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association, when Yugoslavia sought to immunize senior government officials, the United States declared the act itself to be evidence of such a conspiracy.

The new case will introduce other important elements as well. Lawyers who served as advocates, architects and enablers of prisoner abuse policies, like Alberto Gonzales and John Yoo, will be added as defendants. Abuse in Guantánamo will be added to that in Abu Ghraib. The complaint will present new evidence showing responsibility for torture and prisoner abuse at the highest levels of the chain of command.

Wolfgang Kaleck, a German human rights lawyer who is bringing the case in cooperation with CCR, FIDH and other groups, told the conference in New York that he is often asked, Do you really expect Rumsfeld to be arrested for war crimes? His answer is that he doesn’t expect it immediately. “But we make it possible that someday Rumsfeld will be arrested,” he says. According to Kaleck, the German government regularly receives calls from potential high-level visitors asking, “Are there any complaints against me?”

Antoine Bernard, FIDH executive director, says that although there have been few convictions so far based on universal jurisdiction, “now fear is not just on the side of the victims but also of the torturers.” And that, supporters argue, will have a deterrent effect on government officials who contemplate using torture.

Peter Weiss, vice president of both CCR and FIDH and an elder statesman of international human rights law, notes that it took fifty years to get the Supreme Court’s Brown decision outlawing school segregation, but during all that time people kept bringing cases that eventually changed the legal system’s fundamental position. “New norms are being constituted to deal with the reality on the ground,” he said. “Later those norms become real, practical, enforceable law.”

Jeremy Brecher is a historian whose books include Strike!, Globalization from Below, and, co-edited with Brendan Smith and Jill Cutler, In the Name of Democracy: American War Crimes in Iraq and Beyond (Metropolitan/Holt). He has received five regional Emmy Awards for his documentary film work. He is a co-founder of WarCrimesWatch.org

source:
http://www.thenation.com/

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Saddam Hussein sentenced to hang

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 6, 2006

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=== News Update ===

Saddam Hussein sentenced to hang

Monday 06 November 2006, 0:10 Makka Time, 21:10 GMT

Saddam Hussein, the former president of Iraq, has been sentenced to death by a Baghdad court after being found guilty of crimes against humanity.

When the judge announced the sentence, Saddam appeared shaken.

However he soon recovered and shouted: “Allahu Akbar!” [God is greatest] and “Long live the nation!”

Saddam was found guilty by the Iraqi High Tribunal for ordering the killing of 148 Shia civilians in the town of Dujail in 1982.

The court said that he and his fellow defendants had ordered the villagers’ murder after members of Dawa, a Shia political party, tried to kill Saddam in Dujail in 1982.

Saddam’s sentence will be automatically appealed and reviewed by a panel of appeal judges, who will decide whether or not to allow a retrial.

If the judgement stands, however, Saddam must be executed within 30 days of the appeals panel delivering its verdict, which has to be ratified by Jalal Talibani, the Iraqi president.

Saddam, 69, said that he wants to be executed by firing squad. However Iraqi law states that he will be executed by hanging.

Saddam was the president of Iraq from 1979 to 2003, when his Sunni-dominated government was deposed by a US-led invasion.

Eleven-month trial

Barzan al-Tikriti, Saddam’s half-brother and the former head of the Iraqi secret police, and Awad Hamed Al-Bander, Saddam’s chief judge, were also sentenced to death by hanging.

Saddam’s 11-month trial was marked by theatrics by both his defence council and by Saddam and his seven co-defendants.

Taha Yassin Ramdan, the former Iraqi vice president, was sentenced to life in prison.

The court also sentenced three of Saddam’s co-defendants to 15 years in prison for their part in the Dujail killing and acquitted one minor Baath party official.

Ramsey Clark, Saddam’s most outspoken American defender and a former US attorney general, was thrown out of the trial on Sunday and accused of insulting the people of Iraq.

Clark, a member of Saddam’s defence team and a strident critic of the conduct of his trial, attended the start of the session but was ejected before Saddam was sentenced to death.

Raud Abdel Rahman, the judge, said: “Get him out of the hall. He came from America to ridicule the Iraqi people and ridicule the court.”

Support and condemnation

Baghdad had been placed under a strict curfew in an attempt to halt violence following the verdict.

But despite the curfews, Shias gathered in Baghdad’s Sadr City district to celebrate.

Around 1,000 people marched, waved flags, denounced Saddam and hailed the Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr.

“Deliver him to us, we’ll execute him ourselves,” shouted the crowd.

Thousand of Saddam’s supporters, some of them firing wildly into the air, marched through his hometown of Tikrit, north of Baghdad.

“With our souls and our blood we redeem you, Saddam. Death to traitors and spies. Damn Bush and his agents. Yes, yes to the resistance. No option but to get rid of the occupier,” chanted the crowd.

The Iraqi government also closed two Sunni television stations, accusing them of inciting violence after the verdict.

Abdel Karim Khalaf, an interior ministry spokesman, said: “We accept debates on any subject, but we do not tolerate television reports that encourage murder and violence.”

source:
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/65DF985E-2A01-461E-9B78-68580F11073E.htm

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9/11 : U.S. says terror suspect shouldn’t talk to civilian lawyer

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 6, 2006

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=== News Update ===

9/11 :

U.S. says terror suspect shouldn’t talk to civilian lawyer

By Associated Press

11/05/06 WASHINGTON (AP) — A suspected terrorist who spent years in a secret CIA prison should not be allowed to speak to a civilian attorney, the Bush administration argues, because he could reveal the agency’s closely guarded interrogation techniques.
Human rights groups have questioned the CIA’s methods for questioning suspects, especially following the passage of a bill last month that authorized the use of harsh — but undefined — interrogation tactics.

In recently filed court documents, the Justice Department said those methods, along with the locations of the CIA’s network of prisons, are among the nation’s most sensitive secrets. Prisoners who spent time in those prisons should not be allowed to disclose that information, even to a lawyer, the government said.

“Improper disclosure of other operational details, such as interrogation methods, could also enable terrorist organizations and operatives to adapt their training to counter such methods, thereby obstructing the CIA’s ability to obtain vital intelligence that could disrupt future planned terrorist attacks,” the Justice Department wrote.

The documents, which were first reported by The Washington Post, were filed in opposition to a request that terror suspect Majid Khan should be given access to an attorney. Khan, 26, immigrated from Pakistan and graduated high school in Maryland.

According to documents filed on his behalf by the Center for Constitutional Rights, Khan was arrested in Pakistan in 2003. During more than three years in CIA custody, Khan was subjected to interrogation techniques that defense attorneys suggest amounted to torture.

President Bush acknowledged the existence of the CIA system in September and transferred Khan and 13 other prisoners designated as “terrorist leaders” to the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Under a law passed last month, they are to be tried before special military commissions and may not have access to civilian courts.

The Center for Constitutional Rights is among several advocacy groups challenging that law. They say the Constitution guarantees prisoners a right to challenge their detention.

The Justice Department argues that civilian courts no longer have jurisdiction to intervene in the case. They say keeping details about the CIA program secret is essential because national security is at stake.

“Information obtained through the program has provided the United States with one of the most useful tools in combating terrorist threats to the national security,” the government argued in court documents.

“It has shed light on probable targets and likely methods for attacks on the United States, has led to the disruption of terrorist plots against the United States and its allies, and has gathered information that has played a role in the capture and questioning of senior al-Qaeda operatives,” it said.

Gitanjali S. Gutierrez, an attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights, responded in court documents Friday that there is no evidence Khan has classified information. Gutierrez accused the administration of using national secrecy concerns to “conceal illegal or embarrassing executive conduct.”

U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton has not indicated when he will rule.

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Racist : Lieberman ‘Trade’ Arabs for a ‘homogenous’ Israel

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 6, 2006

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=== News Update ===

05/11/2006

Racist : Lieberman ‘Trade’ Arabs for a ‘homogenous’ Israel

By Haaretz Service

Cabinet minister Avigdor Lieberman Sunday stood behind remarks in which he said that Israel’s Arab minority was a “problem” which required “separation,” declaring that Israel must redraw its map to “exchange” part of the Arab population, in order to create a more “homogenous Jewish state.”

“If we want to safeguard Israel’s character as a Jewish and Zionist state, there is no other solution,” Lieberman told Army Radio, saying that the separation should be “consensual.”

“The reason for the [Israeli-Palestinian] conflict is not territory, not occupation, not settlers or settlements, rather friction between the two peoples and the two religions.

“Everywhere, the world over, no matter if it’s the former Yugoslavia or the Caucasus region in Russia, or Northern Ireland, wherever there are two peoples and two religions, there is friction.”

According to Lieberman, Israel had no alternative but to move toward “Exchanges of populations and territory, in order to create the most homogenously Jewish state.”

Referring to the Nazi-era term Judenrein, describing an area from which all Jews have been removed, Lieberman said:

“I don’t understand why the Palestinians deserve a state which is ‘Judenrein’ – after all, we obligated ourselves to create a Palestinian state ‘clean’ of all Jews, to evacuate all settlements and all the Jews from there to create a homogenous state – while we turn into a bi-national country in which more than 20 percent of those within the state of Israel are minorities.”

MKs urge Lieberman’s dismissal
Lieberman’s remarks stirred immediate responses from furious politicians.

MK Ahmed Tibi (Ra’am-Ta’al) told Haaretz that Israeli Arabs are the salt of the earth, while Lieberman is nothing but an invader.”

MK Dov Khenin (Hadash) called for the immediate dismissal of Lieberman from the government in light of what he called “racist comments.”

Lieberman has often made remarks condemned as racist toward Israel’s Arab minority, which numbers some one and a quarter million people.

In June, he was widely quoted as saying that Arab MKs who held contacts with Hamas should be executed.

‘Cyprus is the best model’
“Minorities are the biggest problem in the world,” the Sunday Telegraph quoted Lieberman as saying. Asked by the newspaper if citizens of Arab descent should be forced out through territorial redistribution, he said:

“I think separation between two nations is the best solution. Cyprus is the best model. Before 1974, the Greeks and Turks lived together and there were frictions and bloodshed and terror.

“After 1974, they constituted all Turks on one part of the island, all Greeks on the other part of the island and there is stability and security.”

Told that in Cyprus thousands were forcibly driven from their homes, he replied: “Yes, but the final result was better.”

The newspaper said that an aide to Lieberman later sought to expand on his remarks.

“Israeli Arabs don’t have to go,” the unnamed aide was quoted as saying. “But if they stay they have to take an oath of allegiance to Israel as a Jewish Zionist state.”

Montreal Muslim News Network – http://www.montrealmuslimnews.net

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US Terrorize The World – 14 Syawal 1427 H (6.11.06)

Posted by musliminsuffer on November 6, 2006

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

The Great Conspiracy: The 9/11 News Special You Never Saw

watch at:
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-6529813972926262623

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9/11 Dutch Treat?

Hours before the House version of the first Patriot Act went to a vote, “technical corrections” were inserted into the body of the legislation whereby foreign security companies such as ICTS-International would be immune from lawsuits related to the events of 9/11. Talk about not being available for deposition! This “Patriot” act legislative sleight of hand occurred before the inception of the 9/11 Commission when Fearless Leader George W. Bush was still resisting the very IDEA of an investigation into 9/11. Hence, in the face of an institutional cover-up, citizens were denied the possibility of a discovery process which is normally afforded to litigants. Without such discovery process, ICTS-International would never be compelled by a court of law to give testimony and show evidence related to the missing airport video surveillance tapes of 9/11 or any other aspect of security measures in place on 9/11.
http://www.rense.com/general68/dutch.htm

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9/11 : U.S. says terror suspect shouldn’t talk to civilian lawyer

A suspected terrorist who spent years in a secret CIA prison should not be allowed to speak to a civilian attorney, the Bush administration argues, because he could reveal the agency’s closely guarded interrogation techniques.
http://usatoday.printthis.clickability.com/pt/cpt?action=cpt&title=U.S.+says+terror+suspect+shouldn%27t+talk+to+civilian+lawyer+-+USATODAY.com&expire=&urlID=20064711&fb=Y&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.usatoday.com%2Fnews%2Fwashington%2F2006-11-04-interrogation_x.htm&partnerID=1660
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15512.htm

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9/11 : CIA Torture Down the Memory Hole

According to the CIA’s favorite newspaper, the Washington Post, the unitary decider “administration has told a federal judge that terrorism suspects held in secret CIA prisons should not be allowed to reveal details of the ‘alternative interrogation methods’ that their captors used to get them to talk.”
http://kurtnimmo.com/?p=640

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Racist : Lieberman ‘Trade’ Arabs for a ‘homogenous’ Israel

Cabinet minister Avigdor Lieberman Sunday stood behind remarks in which he said that Israel’s Arab minority was a “problem” which required “separation,” declaring that Israel must redraw its map to “exchange” part of the Arab population, in order to create a more “homogenous Jewish state.”
http://www.montrealmuslimnews.net

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Hate Crime : Jewish teens assault Muslim, scream “Jews rule this country!”

This crime is astonishing not only for its savage and unprovoked brutality and the young ages of the assailants, but also because only 5 of the 10-12 young men seen attacking the victim were charged.
http://www.wakeupfromyourslumber.com/node/69

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Saddam Hussein sentenced to hang

Saddam’s sentence will be automatically appealed and reviewed by a panel of appeal judges, who will decide whether or not to allow a retrial. If the judgement stands, however, Saddam must be executed within 30 days of the appeals panel delivering its verdict, the chief prosecutor has said.
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/65DF985E-2A01-461E-9B78-68580F11073E.htm

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War Criminals, Beware

11/05/06 “The Nation” — – On November 14 a group of lawyers and other experts will come before the German federal prosecutor and ask him to open a criminal investigation targeting Donald Rumsfeld, Alberto Gonzales and other key Bush Administration figures for war crimes. The recent passage of the Military Commissions Act provides a central argument for the legal action, under the doctrine of universal jurisdiction: It demonstrates the intent of the Bush Administration to immunize itself legally from prosecution in the United States, even for the most serious crimes.
http://www.thenation.com/

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Secretary Rumsfeld Continues to Argue Against Responsibility for Torture and Abuse

In the latest development in a lawsuit filed by the ACLU and Human Rights First against Secretary Rumsfeld, on July 21, 2006, the Secretary reasserted his argument that he is immune from responsibility for acts of torture and abuse committed under his watch. The lawsuit, together with three other suits filed by the ACLU, sets forth the legal basis for holding Secretary Rumsfeld and other high ranking members of the armed services responsible for torture and abuse of nine civilians detained by the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan.
http://www.humanrightsfirst.org/media/etn/2006/statement/241/

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Declaration on the legal necessity to halt the proceedings against POW President Saddam Hussain.

UN Human Rights Body declares Saddam detention illegal as a violation of Human Rights Law.

The Defense Committee for President Saddam Hussein, his Comrades and all detainees
http://www.brusselstribunal.org/HussainAppeal.htm

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Baghdad Burning: When All Else Fails…… Execute the dictator.

It’s that simple. When American troops are being killed by the dozen, when the country you are occupying is threatening to break up into smaller countries, when you have militias and death squads roaming the streets and you’ve put a group of Mullahs in power- execute the dictator.
http://riverbendblog.blogspot.com/2006_11_01_riverbendblog_archive.html#116274961239136314

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Mixed reactions to Saddam’s sentence

Rights groups condemn trail, US hails verdict amid European concern regarding death sentence as well as Iraq’s future.
http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/iraq/?id=18147

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EU: Saddam should not hang

The European Union urged Iraq on Sunday not to carry out the death sentence passed on Iraq’s former leader Saddam Hussein after his conviction for crimes against humanity.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/1,7340,L-3324076,00.html

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Fighting erupts in Baghdad after verdict

Heavy firing was reported in Adhimiyah, a mainly Sunni district of Baghdad, within half an hour of Saddam Hussein’s death sentence being announced on Sunday morning.

The US mainstream media has been describing the sounds as “celebratory” gunfire.
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/4755BC5C-9C84-45C8-9D26-C81DCA14AA5A.htm

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Bush & Blair: The Iraq Fantasy

Neither will admit that Iraq is a disaster. But while their state of denial may cost votes in Washington and London, on the frontline in the Middle East, it continues to cost lives

“When does the incompetence end and the crime begin?” asked an appalled German Chancellor in the First World War when the German army commander said he intended to resume his bloody and doomed assaults on the French fortress city of Verdun.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15514.htm

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Rough Justice; Prowling Baghdad with a sidearm and a defective bulletproof-vest

None of the people who started this war will ever be held accountable. In fact, the cabal of militarists, think-tank sycophants, and genocidal nutbars, who operate covertly behind the scenes, are probably devising their next bloodbath already. Unless we root them out, the cancer will persist.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15513.htm

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Fourteen Senators Face Voters for the First Time since Authorizing Iraq War

It should be remembered that it was the Democrats who controlled the Senate in the fall of 2002 when the Senate voted to authorize the invasion of Iraq. Majority leader Tom Daschle and assistant majority leader Harry Reid led the majority of their fellow Senate Democrats in voting to launch a war of aggression against a country that, despite their claims to the contrary, was no threat to the security of the United States.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15510.htm

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Video: The Iraqi Resistance attack American Tank.

http://www.albasrah.net/pages/www.mazeka4all.com/files/aq.mpg

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US Military Deaths in Iraq at 2,828

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061105/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_us_deaths

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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Saturday, 4 November 2006.

  • Baghdad: US-installed Iraqi puppet regime imposes total curfew starting Sunday at dawn in anticipation of trouble after 10am Sunday announcement of the “verdict” of the US-run “court” in the show “trial” of Iraqi President Saddam Husayn.
  • Baath Party on record: any harm to Saddam Husayn will close the door to negotiations and America will pay the greatest price it has ever paid in its history.
  • Fierce fighting as Resistance attacks US forces in ar-Ramadi midday Saturday.
  • Resistance forces battle US troops in al-Fallujah Saturday morning.
  • Three Resistance bombs rip through US patrol in Hit.
  • Heavy fighting rages in Abu Ghurayb between Iraqi Resistance, US forces Saturday night.
  • Palestinian sources say pro-American sectarian militias have killed more than 900 Palestinian refugees under US occupation in Iraq.
  • Resistance fighters fire RPGs at puppet “National Guard” headquarters in al-Fallujah Saturday afternoon.
  • Resistance bombards puppet police directorate in al-Fallujah.
  • Resistance fighters attack puppet police headquarters in al-Fallujah Friday morning.
  • Resistance assaults puppet “Iraqi National Guard” camp in al-Fallujah Friday night.
  • Three Resistance bombs rip through US patrol in Hit.
  • Heavy fighting rages in Abu Ghurayb between Iraqi Resistance, US forces Saturday night.
  • Pro-American Shi’i sectarian militias bombard Baghdad’s al-A’zamiyah district Saturday evening.
  • Resistance fighters in cars spray puppet police patrol with gunfire.
  • Resistance fighters rocket US tank in Baghdad Saturday afternoon. Resistance bombards US base in ar-Ridwaniyah.
  • Fierce fighting reported in Baghdad’s Madinat al-Hurriyah district Friday afternoon.
  • US killing of Iraqi family followed by general strike in at-Tarimiyah.
  • Resistance ambush wounds two bodyguards of Iraqi puppet “Prime Minister” al-Maliki.
  • Resistance car bomb goes off near puppet police station in al-Mahmudiyah.
  • Resistance fighter shoots, wounds Iraqi puppet police sapper in Kirkuk.
  • Resistance bomb targets US patrol in southwestern al-Mawsil Saturday morning.

http://www.albasrah.net/pages/mod.php?mod=art&lapage=../en_articles_2006/1106/iraqiresistancereport_041106.htm

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Israeli snipers continue Gaza executions

Israeli snipers killed two Palestinians in occupiedGaza on Saturday, one of them a 12-year-old girl, Palestinian sources said.
http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/1D73C107-FC58-4F2B-8338-CD71AB0933EA.htm

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Five more Palestinians killed in Israeli attacks on Occupied Gaza

Palestinian officials said the deaths bring the toll since Wednesday to nearly 50.
http://www.rte.ie/news/2006/1105/mideast.html

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Gideon Levy : Listen to Maj. Gen. Stern

A brigade commander tells his soldiers, who killed 12 people in one day: “You’ve won 12:0,” and the soldiers grin broadly. This is the moral nadir we have reached, following a long slide down a slippery slope: Human life has become cheap.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15515.htm

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Bush Plans Post-Election Call Up Of National Guard And Reserves

Plans are secretly underway for a suprise new call up of National Guard and Reserves to be announced sometime after the election.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article15511.htm

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Pentagon targets Kim’s nuclear sites

THE Pentagon is speeding up plans for possible military strikes on North Korea’s nuclear programme as concern mounts that Arab states are also looking to acquire nuclear technology.

North Korea agreed last week to return to international disarmament negotiations under pressure from China and UN sanctions. But it also called Japanese officials “political imbeciles” for claiming they would not allow Pyongyang to remain a nuclear power.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-2437937,00.html

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-muslim voice-
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