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Pinochet Also Thought He Could “Legalize” Torture And Immunize Himself

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 1, 2006


bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Pinochet Also Thought He Could “Legalize” Torture And Immunize Himself

Mark G. Levey | September 29 2006

On September 11, 1973, Gen. Augusto Pinochet headed a military coup that overthrew the democratically-elected government of President Salvador Allende. Chile at that time was one of the world’s oldest constitutional democracies.

In the months that followed, in a round up of “terrorists”, Chilean military and intelligence officers arrested 30,000 Chileans and some foreign nationals. Virtually all were tortured, and 3,000 “disappeared”, many dumped alive from military aircraft into the Pacific Ocean. The Junta’s secret police also sought out its critics abroad, a few weeks later blowing up the former Ambassador, Orlando Letelier, in his car as he drove through downtown Washington, DC.

In the years that followed, “President” Pinochet ruled through emergency “anti-terrorism” decrees, before he retired as a Senator for life. Before he left the presidential palace, however, the General assured himself that he would never be brought to trial for his crimes. While the country was still effectively controlled by the military Junta he headed, the runner-stamp legislature passed laws granting amnesty to those officials who had committed torture and murder during the “state of exception” to constitutional rule. The amnesty laws also granted lifetime “legislative immunity” to members of Parliament, including, of course, Senator Pincochet.

Even though Spain, France and several other countries had issued warrants for Pinochet’s role in commanding the murder of their citizens in Chile following the coup, Pinochet travelled the world in luxury and, he thought, security from arrest. As former “head of state”, most countries would not touch him. But, that changed in 1998, when during a visit to former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and other Right-wing friends in Britain, he was detained on an extradition request from Spain.

After a long court battle, a three-member Court of the House of Lords, the highest appellate tribunal in the UK, found that Pinochet’s claims to immunity as former head of state and to legislative immunity were invalid in the face of charges of violation of international laws against genocide, torture and crimes against humanity. The Blair Government ended up sending him back to Chile, where the new democratic government and courts stripped his immunity, and placed Pinochet, now 87 years old, under indefinite house arrest.

There should be a lesson here for Bush and the GOP Congress. While you might believe today that you can legalize torture and other crimes against humanity, some day they will come for you. Power does not trump the law forever. You are naked before the world, and it’s only a matter of time.

source:
http://prisonplanet.com/articles/September2006/290906_b_Pinochet.htm

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US Dictatorship : In Case I Disappear

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 1, 2006


bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Friday, September 29, 2006

In Case I Disappear

By William Rivers Pitt
t r u t h o u t Perspective

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“The two enemies of the people are criminals and government, so let us tiethe second down with the chains of the Constitution so the second will notbecome the legalized version of the first.”
–Thomas Jefferson

I have been told a thousand times at least, in the years I have spent reporting on the astonishing and repugnant abuses, lies and failures of the Bush administration, to watch my back. “Be careful,” people always tell me.”These people are capable of anything. Stay off small planes, make sure you aren’t being followed.” A running joke between my mother and me is that she has a “safe room” set up for me in her cabin in the woods, in the event I have to flee because of something I wrote or said.

I always laughed and shook my head whenever I heard this stuff. Extreme paranoia wrapped in the tinfoil of conspiracy, I thought. This is still America, and these Bush fools will soon pass into history, I thought. I am a citizen, and the First Amendment hasn’t yet been red-lined, I thought.

Matters are different now.

It seems, perhaps, that the people who warned me were not so paranoid. It seems, perhaps, that I was not paranoid enough. Legislation passed by the Republican House and Senate, legislation now marching up to the Republican White House for signature, has shattered a number of bedrock legal protections for suspects, prisoners, and pretty much anyone else George W. Bush deems to be an enemy.

So much of this legislation is wretched on the surface. Habeas corpus has been suspended for detainees suspected of terrorism or of aiding terrorism, so the Magna Carta-era rule that a person can face his accusers is now gone. Once a suspect has been thrown into prison, he does not have the right to a trial by his peers. Suspects cannot even stand in representation of themselves, another ancient protection, but must accept a military lawyer as their defender.

Illegally-obtained evidence can be used against suspects, whether that illegal evidence was gathered abroad or right here at home. To my way of thinking, this pretty much eradicates our security in persons, houses, papers, and effects, as stated in the Fourth Amendment, against illegal searches and seizures.

Speaking of collecting evidence, the torture of suspects and detainees has been broadly protected by this new legislation. While it tries to delineate what is and is not acceptable treatment of detainees, in the end, it gives George W. Bush the final word on what constitutes torture. US officials who use cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment to extract information from detainees are now shielded from prosecution.

It was two Supreme Court decisions, Hamdi v. Rumsfeld and Hamdan v.Rumsfeld, that compelled the creation of this legislation. The Hamdi decision held that a prisoner has the right of habeas corpus, and can challenge his detention before an impartial judge. The Hamdan decision held that the military commissions set up to try detainees violated both the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Geneva Conventions.

In short, the Supreme Court wiped out virtually every legal argument the Bush administration put forth to defend its extraordinary and dangerous behavior. The passage of this legislation came after a scramble by Republicans to paper over the torture and murder of a number of detainees. As columnist Molly Ivins wrote on Wednesday, “Of the over 700 prisoners sent to Gitmo, only 10 have ever been formally charged with anything. Among other things, this bill is a CYA for torture of the innocent that has already taken place.”

It seems almost certain that, at some point, the Supreme Court will hear a case to challenge the legality of this legislation, but even this is questionable. If a detainee is not allowed access to a fair trial or to the evidence against him, how can he bring a legal challenge to a court? The legislation, in anticipation of court challenges like Hamdi and Hamdan, even includes severe restrictions on judicial review over the legislation itself.

The Republicans in Congress have managed, at the behest of Mr. Bush, to draft a bill that all but erases the judicial branch of the government. Time will tell whether this aspect, along with all the others, will withstand legal challenges. If such a challenge comes, it will take time, and meanwhile there is this bill. All of the above is deplorable on its face, indefensible in a nation that prides itself on Constitutional rights, protections and the rule of law.

Underneath all this, however, is where the paranoia sets in.

Underneath all this is the definition of “enemy combatant” that has been established by this legislation. An “enemy combatant” is now no longer just someone captured “during an armed conflict” against our forces. Thanks to this legislation, George W. Bush is now able to designate as an “enemy combatant” anyone who has “purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States.”

Consider that language a moment. “Purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States” is in the eye of the beholder, and this administration has proven itself to be astonishingly impatient with criticism of any kind. The broad powers given to Bush by this legislation allow him to capture, indefinitely detain, and refuse a hearing to any American citizen who speaks out against Iraq or any other part of the so-called “War on Terror.”

If you write a letter to the editor attacking Bush, you could be deemed as purposefully and materially supporting hostilities against the UnitedStates. If you organize or join a public demonstration against Iraq, or against the administration, the same designation could befall you. One dark-comedy aspect of the legislation is that senators or House members who publicly disagree with Bush, criticize him, or organize investigations into his dealings could be placed under the same designation. In effect, Congress just gave Bush the power to lock them up.

By writing this essay, I could be deemed an “enemy combatant.” It’s that simple, and very soon, it will be the law. I always laughed when people told me to be careful. I’m not laughing anymore.

In case I disappear, remember this. America is an idea, a dream, and that is all. We have borders and armies and citizens and commerce and industry, but all this merely makes us like every other nation on this Earth. What separates us is the idea, the simple idea, that life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness are our organizing principles. We can think as we please, speak as we please, write as we please, worship as we please, go where we please. We are protected from the kinds of tyranny that inspired our creation as a nation in the first place.

That was the idea. That was the dream. It may all be over now, but once upon a time, it existed. No good idea ever truly dies. The dream was here, and so was I, and so were you.

William Rivers Pitt is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of two books: War on Iraq: What Team Bush Doesn’t Want You to Know and The Greatest Sedition Is Silence. His newest book, House ofIll Repute: Reflections on War, Lies, and America’s Ravaged Reputation,will be available this winter from PoliPointPress.

source:
http://civillibertarian.blogspot.com/2006/09/in-case-i-disappear.html

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US Dictatorship : On Friday, September 29, It’s Mourning in America

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 1, 2006


bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

On Friday, September 29, It’s Mourning in AmericaA BUZZFLASH EDITORIAL Via Axis of Logic

September 29, 2006

Just as it is hard to fully comprehend the grief of a beloved friend or relative killed needlessly in an accident, it is excruciatingly painful to try to come to terms with the pernicious betrayal of our Constitution and liberty that occurred in the Senate on Thursday, September 28.

In the past week alone, we have seen factual evidence that belies the need for the power play/pre-election attack on our Constitution. In fact, these developments indicate that giving Bush even more unprecedented power is not only unconscionable; it puts the national security of the United States of America in peril:

Bush’s newly “revamped” top 16 intelligence agencies reached the conclusion that the Iraq War had become a primary cause in the growth of terrorists and the increased threat of terrorism to the United States. Bush called the report of his own top intelligent agencies “naïve.” Meanwhile, a second U.N. report came to the same conclusion as the American spy agencies. The U.N. also reported that more Iraqis may now be being tortured under U.S. occupation than were tortured under Saddam Hussein.

And there is a second National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) report just on Iraq that the Bush Administration will not release until after the election. So it clearly must be even more harsh in its assessment of the Iraq War than the White House “selective conclusions” Executive Summary of the first NIE, which was revealed by the New York Times.

On September 25, retired American generals provided testimony that Donald Rumsfeld and the Bush Administration threatened to fire any member of the Pentagon brass that provided a plan for keeping the peace in Iraq after the invasion. They testified that Rumsfeld, who has no combat experienced, has made peremptory, uninformed and arrogant decisions that have resulted in the needless deaths of American Gis and Iraqis.

Bob Woodward, for many years the loyal Royal Court reporter of the Bush Administration, now has been stricken with a case of reality. In his latest book, he apparently reports, according to “60 Minutes,” “that the Bush administration has not told the truth regarding the level of violence, especially against U.S. troops, in Iraq. He also reveals key intelligence that predicts the insurgency will grow worse next year.”

According to Woodward, insurgent attacks against coalition troops occur, on average, every 15 minutes, a shocking fact the administration has kept secret. “It’s getting to the point now where there are eight-, nine-hundred attacks a week. That’s more than 100 a day. That is four an hour attacking our forces,” says Woodward.

The situation is getting much worse, says Woodward, despite what the White House and the Pentagon are saying in public. “The truth is that the assessment by intelligence experts is that next year, 2007, is going to get worse and, in public, you have the president and you have the Pentagon [saying], ‘Oh, no, things are going to get better,'” he tells Wallace. “Now there’s public, and then there’s private. But what did they do with the private? They stamp it secret. No one is supposed to know,” says Woodward.

“The insurgents know what they are doing. They know the level of violence and how effective they are. Who doesn’t know? The American public,” Woodward tells Wallace.

Woodward’s view is confirmed by the National Intelligence Estimate and a report that this summer set a record for Iraqi civilian deaths in recent years.

What’s more, a poll in Iraq reported in the Washington Post indicates 60% of Iraqis support attacks on American GIs. We repeat, while Bush is saying we are fighting the terrorists in Iraq, the overwhelming majority of Iraqis believe killing American soldiers is justifiable! The population we are supposedly liberating and bestowing democracy on in Iraq supports the deadly assaults on our military.

For 59% of Americans, Iraq is already in a civil war. And the “confidence in Iraq policies” dropped to 20% in the U.S.

And, according to the Washington Post, “A strong majority of Iraqis want U.S.-led military forces to immediately withdraw from the country, saying their swift departure would make Iraq more secure and decrease sectarian violence, according to new polls by the State Department and independent researchers.”

In addition, “Almost four in five Iraqis say the U.S. military force in Iraq provokes more violence than it prevents.”

Meanwhile, the Bush vaunted efforts to train the Iraqi police and army are being proven a sham. An Iraqi police academy that was built as a war profiteering gift to some American firm is a total failure, symbolic of the Bush Administration’s fiasco in Iraq:

“A $75 million project to build the largest police academy in Iraq has been so grossly mismanaged that the campus now poses health risks to recruits and might need to be partially demolished, U.S. investigators have found. The Baghdad Police College, hailed as crucial to U.S. efforts to prepare Iraqis to take control of the country’s security, was so poorly constructed that feces and urine rained from the ceilings in student barracks. Floors heaved inches off the ground and cracked apart. Water dripped so profusely in one room that it was dubbed ‘the rain forest.’”

We are losing the war in Afghanistan to a resurgent Taliban, who is being given safe harbor by our “major ally,” Pakistan. And the leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan aren’t even cooperating with each other.

We could go on and on. This is just the tip of the iceberg – all from just the last week.

So how do the White House and the Congressional Republicans respond?

They give the man responsible for this tremendous loss of life, for wasted expenditures of hundreds of billions of dollars, for lies upon lies, for fighting an ineffective battle against terrorism that has resulted in an increase in terrorists and a rise in the terrorist threat to America…They respond by giving this man the right to suspend habeas corpus, declare who is an enemy combatant, and the right to torture at will — and they absolve him of the crimes in violation of American law, the Constitution and the Geneva Convention that he has committed up to now.

The man who has endangered America, according to his own restructured intelligence agencies and the facts reported in just one week, is allowed to destroy our Constitution and decide, on his own, who will be tortured.

This isn’t just a Rubicon that has been crossed that may mean the death of the American Republic, as we know it. This isn’t just our Reichstag fire.

This is a suicidal act in terms of our national security. It is giving un-Constitutional and barbaric powers to a man who has miserably and persistently failed us and lied to this nation at every turn – as born out by the facts. It is a thuggish game of forcing an alternative reality upon America, a noxious, deadly one.

Today, tears would flow down the olive robe of the Statue of Liberty if she were human.

But she is just an inanimate symbol. We are the ones who have to cope with the pain of a democracy destroyed in a political play for power and permanent one-party rule, which is not a Constitutional form of government. That is called a dictatorship.

And the one thing in common with dictators through history, whether Communist or fascist, is their state-sanctioned ability to torture people at will.

Beyond the overwhelming facts this week that Bush has endangered the national security of the United States of America with his failed and costly fanatic ignorance, we are left with this sad fact.

With the law passed on September 28th by Congress, we have become the Republic of torture. We not only have lost our claim to be a civilizing force among nations and abandoned our Constitution, we have appeased the terrorists by doing so.

Because isn’t it Bush who keeps telling us that the “terrorists hate us for our freedoms”? So, to appease those same enemies of America, the White House and the Republicans have abandoned civilized standards of behavior and taken freedoms away.

We are only beginning to grieve for the great beacon of democracy and justice that we lost yesterday.

source:
http://www.buzzflash.com/articles/editorials/100

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US Terrorize The World – 8 Ramadhan 1427 H (1.10.06)

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 1, 2006


bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem
In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

US Dictatorship : In Case I Disappear

Underneath all this is the definition of “enemy combatant” that has been established by this legislation. An “enemy combatant” is now no longer just someone captured “during an armed conflict” against our forces. Thanks to this legislation, George W. Bush is now able to designate as an “enemy combatant” anyone who has “purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States.”

Consider that language a moment. “Purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States” is in the eye of the beholder, and this administration has proven itself to be astonishingly impatient with criticism of any kind. The broad powers given to Bush by this legislation allow him to capture, indefinitely detain, and refuse a hearing to any American citizen who speaks out against Iraq or any other part of the so-called “War on Terror.”

This means that any expression of opinion contrary to the government’s can be construed as support of hostilities against the United State: ANY expression of opinion.
http://www.uruknet.de/?p=-6&l=t

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US Dictatorship : Torturing Democracy

On Wednesday, the House rubber-stamped (253-168) the White House-backed legislation governing the interrogation and trial of terror suspects, “a tyrannical law that will be ranked with the low points in American democracy, our generation’s version of the Alien and Sedition Acts.” Yesterday, the Senate passed the measure in a 65-34 vote. This legislation was the result of a supposed “compromise” between conservative lawmakers and the administration. But in reality, the bill was more about making sure President Bush has the opportunity to sign high-profile terrorism legislation before the midterm elections. The bill was drafted in Vice President Cheney’s office and gives Bush “the power to jail pretty much anyone he wants for as long as he wants without charging them, to unilaterally reinterpret the Geneva Conventions, to authorize what normal people consider torture,” and to deny habeas corpus to detainees
http://www.uruknet.de/?p=-6&l=t

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US Dictatorship : Accessories to Torture

These are grim days for the Constitution. The House and the Senate have passed the catastrophic “compromise” negotiated by senators McCain & Co. to the President’s “enemy combatants” bill. The only thing compromised is the rule of law; the bill still strips detainees of the right to appeal, broadens the President’s unilateral powers to decide who is an enemy and which interrogation methods violate the Geneva Conventions, and fatally undermines the War Crimes Act. The bill was rushed to passage just days after the Canadian government exonerated Maher Arar, “rendered” by the United States to Syria, imprisoned and tortured for nearly a year.
http://www.thenation.com/doc/20061016/editors2

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US Dictatorship : Democrats Who Back Terror Bill Get Cover

Sorry Chet, but there is a little thing called presumption of innocence until proof beyond a reasonable doubt. That is a cornerstone of the American system of justice. And if you do not understand that, you are not fit to hold office.
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/09/29/ap/politics/mainD8KEJBHG1.shtml

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US Dictatorship : On Friday, September 29, It’s Mourning in America

With the law passed on September 28th by Congress, we have become the Republic of torture. We not only have lost our claim to be a civilizing force among nations and abandoned our Constitution, we have appeased the terrorists by doing so.
http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m27083&hd=0&size=1&l=t

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US Dictatorship : “Who would torture Jesus?”

After all, Jesus was a dark skinned Semite, who was outspoken, very visible, and lived in the middle east. Today he could have easily been one of the people rounded up for Abu Ghraib.

Christians always talk about the second coming of Jesus. What if he were already here? What if even now he is being waterboarded by the US Government? Maybe THAT is why the US is getting hit by all those hurricanes? What if the sign for Christianity in the year 3000 is no longer the cross, but the waterboard?
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/9/30/10752/4024

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US Dictatorship : Pinochet Also Thought He Could “Legalize” Torture And Immunize Himself

from Spain. After a long court battle, a three-member Court of the House of Lords, the highest appellate tribunal in the UK, found that Pinochet’s claims to immunity as former head of state and to legislative immunity were invalid in the face of charges of violation of international laws against genocide, torture and crimes against humanity. The Blair Government ended up sending him back to Chile, where the new democratic government and courts stripped his immunity, and placed Pinochet, now 87 years old, under indefinite house arrest. There should be a lesson here for Bush and the GOP Congress. While you might believe today that you can legalize torture and other crimes against humanity, some day they will come for you. Power does not trump the law forever. You are naked before the world, and it’s only a matter of time.
http://prisonplanet.com/articles/September2006/290906_b_Pinochet.htm

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9/11 : STRANGER THAN FICTION

AN INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION OF 9-11 AND THE WAR ON TERRORISM

Due to concerns for his personal safety, the author has chosen to remain anonymous. Author hereby grants full permission to reproduce and mass distribute this paper for non-commercial use.
http://www.signs-of-the-times.org/signs/Stranger_Than_Fiction.php

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Live Vote: Do you believe 9/11 conspiracy theories?

Only 34% still trust the official story.
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/14727720/

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Bush faces wave of challenges to terror law

The Bush administration yesterday faced a raft of legal challenges to a sweeping new regime for Guantánamo that would deny court oversight to detainees in the war on terror, and would bar prosecution of US personnel for war crimes.

“We are above the law. Don’t look around the room. I mean me. Me is ‘we’. And we are not amused!” — Official White Horse Souse
http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,1884351,00.html

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Bush Given Authority To Sexually Torture American Children

http://www.albasrah.net/pages/www.propagandamatrix.com/articles/september2006/290906sexuallytorture.htm

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Depleted Uranium: Far Worse Than 9/11

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. This discovery led to a shut down of the factory in 1980, for releasing morethan 0.85 pounds of DU dust into the atmosphere every month, and involved a cleanup of contaminated properties costing over 100 million dollars.
http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m27096&hd=0&size=1&l=t

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Iraq War Crime : STATE OF DENIAL

There was a vast difference between what the White House and the Pentagon knew about the situation in Iraq and what they were saying publicly. But the discrepancy was not surprising. In memos, reports and internal debates, high-level officials of the Bush administration have voiced their concern about the United States’ ability to bring peace and stability to Iraq since early in the occupation.

In other words, they have been lying all along.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/30/AR2006093000293.html?nav=rss_print/asection

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Bush: Critics buy into terrorists’ propaganda

President Bush asserted Friday that critics who claim the Iraq war has made America less safe embrace “the enemy’s propaganda.” He acknowledged setbacks in Afghanistan against a Taliban resurgence but predicted eventual victory.

The man is delusional AND paranoid! And this guy has the authority to torture and kill Americans without a trial?
http://edition.cnn.com/2006/POLITICS/09/29/bush.ap/

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BBC news film Israelis train Kurdish forces

Kurdish authorities have been using Israeli personnel to train security forces in Iraq, the BBC’s Newsnight programme has found. The revelation comes hours after UN chief Kofi Annan warned that Iraq is in danger of sliding into civil war. Mark Urban reports.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/nolavconsole/ifs_news/hi/newsid_5360000/newsid_5362100/nb_wm_5362148.stm

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Over 800 attacks every week in Iraq

The Bush administration has misled the American people about the level of violence in Iraq, where there is an attack by insurgent forces every 15 minutes, Bob Woodward, the investigative journalist, said yesterday.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,1884383,00.html

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Videos of the Iraqi Resistance operations 1

http://www.albasrah.net/pages/mod.php?mod=art&lapage=../ar_articles_2006/0906/shora2_280906.htm

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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Friday, 29 September 2006.

  • Iraqi Resistance sharpshooter reportedly kills US soldier in al-Fallujah Friday morning.
  • US bombs home in al-Fallujah before dawn Friday, killing eight civilians.
  • Iraqi Resistance forces fired 14 Grad and Katyusha rockets into the main US base located 3km east of al-Fallujah .
  • US helicopter rockets car killing Iraqi family near ar-Ramadi Thursday evening.
  • US reporter Bob Woodward accuses US administration of hiding the truth about situation in Iraq. Iraqi Resistance attacks US troops every 15 minutes on average. Bush, under influence of Henry Kissinger, determined to stick by present strategy.
  • Resistance bomb in Baghdad al-Mansur district leaves US soldier reported dead.
  • Resistance car bomber blasts into US military column in al-Fallujah late Friday afternoon.
  • Unknown assailants kill three relatives of “Judge” presiding over US-run show “trial” of Saddam Husayn.
  • Bodies of 11 more Iraqi Sunnis found tortured, murdered in Baghdad as drive to split Iraq along religious, ethnic lines continues.
  • US forces abduct 60 local residents in new campaign of raids and arrests in Ba‘qubah.
  • British occupation headquarters in al-Basrah bombarded twice Thursday night following launch of operations against sectarian militias.

http://www.albasrah.net/pages/mod.php?mod=art&lapage=../en_articles_2006/0906/iraqiresistancereport_290906.htm

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Afghanistan Five Years Later: The Return of the Taliban

– Five years after their removal from power: The Taliban are back
– Taliban Frontline now cuts half-way through Afghanistan
– US and UK led failed counter-narcotics policies are responsible
– Humanitarian crisis hits southern Afghanistan – extreme poverty, drought and hundreds of thousands starving in south
http://mparent7777.livejournal.com/12939050.html

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Bush hails liberation of Afghanistan as a `great achievement’

Then again, the US Government called it “Liberation” when the Taliban took the place away from the USSR.
http://www.mercurynews.com/mld/mercurynews/news/politics/15642585.htm

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How the West and free press under-wrote Israel’s ethnic cleansing

One of the most dubious clichés of the humanitarian intervention intellectuals and media editors and pundits is that human rights have become more important to the United States and other NATO powers and a major influence on their foreign policy in recent decades. David Rieff writes that human rights “has taken hold not just as a rhetorical but as an operating principle in all the major Western capitals,” and his comrade in righteous arms Michael Ignatieff claims that our enhanced “moral instincts” have strengthened “the presumption of intervention when massacre and deportation become state policy.” This perspective was built in good part on the basis of the experience—and misreading—of developments during the dismantling of Yugoslavia in the 1990s where the propaganda line was that NATO had reluctantly and belatedly entered that conflict to stop ethnic cleansing and genocide perpetrated by the Serbs, and had done so successfully. This was allegedly an intervention rooted in Blair-Clinton-Kohl-Schroeder humanism, supported and pressed on these leaders by journalists and human rights protagonists.
http://zmagsite.zmag.org/Mar2006/herman0306.html

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UN: Israel used precision bomb to hit UN officers

Israel used a precision-guided bomb to launch a direct hit on four U.N. peacekeepers killed in southern Lebanon last July, the United Nations said on Friday of its probe into the incident.
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060929/wl_nm/mideast_lebanon_report_dc;_ylt=AseU7QSTo4ZBrg0XykmGCn8UewgF;_ylu=X3oDMTA4NTMzazIyBHNlYwMxNjk2

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Israel guilty of collective punishment in Gaza: UN envoy

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 on Friday.
http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1809714,00050003.htm

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US boosts Israel aid by half a billion – News from Israel

US Congress approves USD 500 million for development of joint defense systems with Israel; projects include development of short-range missile interception system

Folks, please remember: that’s half a billion of YOUR TAX DOLLARS.
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3309771,00.html

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British politician claim Zionists have taken over the World.

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/middle_east/article1768838.ece

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Doublespeak in the War on Terror

Timothy Lynch is director of the Cato Institute’s Project on Criminal Justice and coauthor of “Power Surge: The Constitutional Record of George W. Bush,”.

Editor’s note: Following is an excerpt from a Cato Institute white paper on the Bush administration’s use of propaganda to advance its anti-terror agenda. Timothy Lynch, an analyst at the Libertarian think-tank, wrote the paper, presented here in an edited form.
http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=6699

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Legislating Violations of the Constitution

With little public attention or even notice, the House of Representatives has passed a bill that undermines enforcement of the First Amendment’s separation of church and state. The Public Expression of Religion Act – H.R. 2679 – provides that attorneys who successfully challenge government actions as violating the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment shall not be entitled to recover attorneys fees. The bill has only one purpose: to prevent suits challenging unconstitutional government actions advancing religion.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/29/AR2006092901055.html

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Russian Daily Says U.S. Interfering in Russia-Georgia Relations

A Russian newspaper has voiced indignation at a U.S. government statement on tensions in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, saying it amounted to “active interference” in the country, which has become a bone of contention between Moscow and Washington, AFP reports.
http://www.mosnews.com/news/2006/08/15/rusgeor.shtml

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