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TERRORISTS OR FREEDOM FIGHTERS?

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 2, 2006

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

TERRORISTS OR FREEDOM FIGHTERS?

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“If I were an Iraqi, as I am an American, while a foreign troop was landed in my country, I never would lay down my arms ! ~ Never! Never! Never!” : Allen L Roland

The Iraqi Resistance fighters are freedom fighters to their fellow occupied Iraqi’s and their numbers are growing every day .

New poll results released this week show that six out of ten Iraqis approve of attacks on US-led forces, that 79 percent of Iraqis say that the U.S. is having a negative influence on the situation in Iraq, with just 14 percent saying that it is having a positive influence.

Fifty-three percent said setting a timeline for withdrawal “would strengthen the government,” while just 24 percent said it would weaken the government.

Asked what effect it would have “if U.S. led forces withdraw from Iraq in the next six months,” 58 percent overall say that violence would decrease (35% a lot, 23% a little).

You want an analogy to what we are now doing in our illegal occupation of Iraq ? An analogy that draws from our own history ? An analogy that would be true with any occupied country ?

How about this letter from William Pitt to the House of Lords on November 18th, 1777.

It’s entitled An English Plea For Peace With The American Colonies ;

My Lords, this ruinous and ignominious situation, where we cannot act with success, nor suffer with honour, calls upon us to remonstrate in the strongest and loudest language of truth, to rescue the ear of Majesty from the delusions which surround it. You cannot, I venture to say, you CANNOT conquer America.

What is your present situation there? We do not know the worst; but we know that in three campaigns we have done nothing and suffered much. You may swell every expense, and strain every effort, still more extravagantly; accumulate every assistance you can beg or borrow; traffic and barter with every pitiful German Prince, that sells and sends his subjects to the shambles of a foreign country: your efforts are forever vain and impotent-doubly so from this mercenary aid on which you rely; for it irritates to an incurable resentment the minds of your enemies, to overrun them with the sordid sons of rapine and of plunder, devoting them and their possessions to the rapacity of hireling cruelty! If I were an American, as I am an Englishman, while a foreign troop was landed in my country, I never would lay down my arms! -Never! Never! Never! “

And the Iraqi’s will not lay down their arms for that very same reason ~ regardless of the wishful thinking and spin of the Cheney/Bush administration.

Iraq is George Bush’s waterloo and he is already dragging all of us with him into this black hole of deceit, hubris, humiliation and heartache.

Allen L Roland
http://blogs.salon.com/0002255/2006/09/30.html

Allen L Roland is a practicing psychotherapist, author and lecturer who also shares a daily political and social commentary on his weblog and website allenroland.com He also guest hosts a monthly national radio show TRUTHTALK on Conscious talk radio www.conscioustalk.net

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Butcher – Genocide Crime : The anatomy of a massacre

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 2, 2006

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=== News Update ===

Butcher – Genocide Crime :

The anatomy of a massacre

Marwahin, 15 July 2006

A special report by Robert Fisk

Wissam talks slowly but without tears as he describes what happened next. “I lost sight of Myrna. I just couldn’t see her any more for the dust flying around. Then the helicopter came back and started firing its guns at the children, at any of them who moved. I ran away behind a tel [a small hill] and lay there and pretended to be dead because I knew the pilot would kill me if I moved. Some of the children were in bits.”

09/30/06 “The Independent” — – In antiquity, Pliny wrote of the cliffs of Bayada. The chalk runs down to the Mediterranean in an almost Dover-like cascade of white rock, and the view from the top – just below the little Lebanese village of Chama’a – is breathtaking. To the south lies the United Nations headquarters and the Israeli frontier, to the north the city of Tyre, its long promentary, built by Alexander the Great, lunging out into the green-blue sea. A winding, poorly-made road runs down to the shore below Chama’a and for some reason – perhaps because he had caught sight of the Israeli warship off the coast – 58-year-old Ali Kemal Abdullah took a right turn above the Mediterranean on the morning of 15 July. In the open-topped pick-up behind him, Ali had packed 27 Lebanese refugees, most of them children. Twenty-three of them were to die within the next 15 minutes.

The tragedy of these poor young people and of their desperate attempts to survive their repeated machine-gunning from the air is as well-known in Lebanon as it is already forgotten abroad. War crimes are easy to talk about when they have been committed in Rwanda or Bosnia; less so in Lebanon, especially when the Israelis are involved. But all the evidence suggests that what happened on this blissfully lovely coastline two and a half months ago was a crime against humanity, one that is impossible to justify on any military grounds since the dead and wounded were fleeing their homes on the express orders of the Israelis themselves.

Mohamed Abdullah understands the reality of that terrible morning because his 52-year-old wife Zahra, his sons Hadi, aged six, and 15-year-old Wissam, and his daughters, Marwa, aged 10, and 13-year old Myrna, were in the pick-up. Zahra was to die. So was Hadi and the beautiful little girl Myrna whose photograph – with immensely intelligent, appealing eyes – now haunts the streets of Marwahin. Wissam, a vein in his leg cut open by an Israeli missile as he vainly tried to save Myrna’s life, sits next to his father as he talks to me outside their Beirut house, its walls drenched in black cloth.

“From the day of the attack until now, lots of delegations have come to see us,” Mohamed says. “They all talk and it is all for nothing. My problem is with a huge nation. Can the international community get me my rights? I am a weak person, unprotected. I am a 53-year-old man and I’ve been working as a soldier for 29 years, day and night, to be productive and to support a family that can serve society and that can be a force for good in this country. I was able to build a home in my village for my wife and children – with no help from anyone – and I did this in 2000, 23 years after I was driven out of Marwahin and I finished our new home this year.” And here Mohamed Abdullah stops speaking and cries.

Marwahin is one of a string of villages opposite the Israeli border and, unlike many others further north, is inhabited by Sunni Muslim Lebanese, followers of the assassinated former prime minister Rafiq Hariri rather than the Shiite-dominated Hizbollah militia, which is supported and supplied by Syria and Iran. Most Sunnis blame Syria for Hariri’s murder on 14 February last year.

While no friends of Israel, the Sunni community in Lebanon – especially the few thousand Sunnis of Marwahin who are so close to the frontier that they can see the red roofs of the nearest Jewish settlement – are no threat to Israel. For generations, they have intermarried – which is why most of the people in this tragedy hold the family name of al-Abdullah or Ghanem – and, had their parents been born a few hundred metres further south, they would – like the Sunni Muslim Palestinians who lived there until 1948 – have fled to the refugee camps of Lebanon when Israel was created.

Mohamed recalls with immense tiredness how his wife took his children south from Beirut to their family home in Marwahin on 9 July this year. The date is important because just three days later, Hizbollah members would cross the Israeli border, capture two Israeli soldiers and kill three others – five more were to die in a minefield later the same day – and Israel would respond with 34 days of air-strikes and bombardments that killed more than 1,000 Lebanese civilians. Hizbollah missiles would kill fewer than 200 Israelis, most of them soldiers.

Just down the hill from Marwahin, on Israeli territory, stands a tall radio transmission tower and on the morning of 15 July, the Israelis used loudspeakers on the tower to order the villagers to flee their homes. Survivors describe how they visited two nearby UN posts to appeal for protection, one manned by four members of the United Nations Truce Supervisory Organisation – set up after the 1948 war with Israel – and the other by Ghanaian soldiers of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon, the same army which, much expanded with French, Italian, Turkish and Chinese troops, is now supposed to police the latest ceasefire in southern Lebanon. Both the UNTSO men and the Ghanaians read the rule-book at the villagers of Marwahin. Ever since the Israelis attacked the UNIFIL barracks at Qana in 1996, slaughtering 106 Lebanese refugees – again, most of them children – the UN has been under orders not to allow civilians into their bases. The UN, it seems, can talk mightily of the need to protect the innocent, f but will do precious little to shield them in southern Lebanon.

Mohamed’s four children had travelled south with their mother to buy furniture for their newly-built home; their father and his six other children in Beirut were to join them the following week.

“When the Israeli soldiers were taken, the airport closed down and all the roads became dangerous,” Mohamed says. “But the mobile phones still worked and I had constant conversations with my wife. I asked her what was happening in the village. She said the Israelis were bombing in the fields around the village but not in the village itself. She had no car and anyway it was too dangerous to travel on the roads. On 13 and 14 July, we spoke six or seven times. She was asking about those of our children who were with me. You see, she had heard that Beirut had been bombed so we were worried about each other.”

Mohamed’s calvary began when he turned to the Arabia television station on the morning of the 15th. “I heard that the people of Marwahin had been ordered by the Israelis to leave their homes within two hours. I tried to call my wife and children but I couldn’t get through. Then after half an hour, Zahra called me to say she was in the neighbouring village of Um Mtut and that people had gone to the UN to seek help and been turned away.”

Mohamed insists – though other villagers do not agree with this – that while the UN were turning the civilians away, a van drove into Marwahin containing missiles. The driver was a member of Hizbollah, he says, and its registration number was 171364 (Lebanese registrations have no letters). If this is true, it clearly created a “crisis” – to use Mohamed al-Abdullah’s word – in the village. Certainly, once the ceasefire came into place 32 days later, there was a damaged van beside the equally damaged village mosque with a missile standing next to it. Human rights investigators are unclear of the date of the van’s arrival but seem certain that it was attacked by the Israelis – probably by an air-fired rocket – after Marwahin was evacuated.

In her last conversation with her husband, Zahra told Mohamed that the four children were having breakfast in a neighbour’s house in Um Mtut. “I told her to stay with these people,” Mohamed recalls. “I said that if all the civilians were together, they would be protected. My brother-in-law, Ali Kemal al-Abdullah, had a small pick-up and they could travel in this.” First to leave Marwahin was a car driven by Ahmed Kassem who took his children with him and promised to telephone from Tyre if he reached the city safely. He called a couple of hours later to say the road was OK and that he had reached Tyre. “That’s when Ali put his children and my children and his own grandchildren in the pick-up. There were 27 people, almost 20 of them children.”

Ali Kemal drove north from Marwahin, away from the Israeli border, then west towards the sea. He must have seen the Israeli warship and the Israeli naval crew certainly saw Ali’s pick-up. The Israelis had been firing at all vehicles on the roads of southern Lebanon for three days – they hit dozens of civilian cars as well as ambulances and never once explained their actions except to claim that they were shooting at “terrorists”. At a corner of the road, where it descends to the sea, Ali Kemal suddenly realised his vehicle was overheating and he pulled to a halt. This was a dangerous place to break down. For seven minutes, he tried to restart the pick-up.

According to Mohamed’s son Wissam, Ali – whose elderly mother Sabaha was sitting beside him in the front – turned to the children with the words: “Get out, all you children get out and the Israelis will realise we are civilians.” The first two or three children had managed to climb out the back when the Israeli warship fired a shell that exploded in the cab of the pick-up, killing Ali and Sabaha instantly. “I had almost been able to jump from the vehicle — my mother had told me to jump before the ship hit us,” Wissam says. “But the pressure of the explosion blew me out when I had only one leg over the railing and I was wounded. There was blood everywhere.”

Within a few seconds, Wissam says, an Israeli Apache helicopter arrived over the f vehicle, very low and hovering just above the children. “I saw Myrna still in the pick-up and she was crying and pleading for help. I went to get her and that’s when the helicopter hit us. Its missile hit the back of the vehicle where all the children were and I couldn’t hear anything because the blast had damaged my ears. Then the helicopter fired a rocket into the car behind the pick-up. But the pilot must have seen what he was doing. He could see we were mostly children. The pick-up didn’t have a roof. All the children were crammed in the back and clearly visible.”

Wissam talks slowly but without tears as he describes what happened next. “I lost sight of Myrna. I just couldn’t see her any more for the dust flying around. Then the helicopter came back and started firing its guns at the children, at any of them who moved. I ran away behind a tel [a small hill] and lay there and pretended to be dead because I knew the pilot would kill me if I moved. Some of the children were in bits.”

Wissam is correct about the mutilations. Hadi was burned to death in Zahra’s arms. She died clutching his body to her. Two small girls – Fatmi and Zainab Ghanem – were blasted into such small body parts that they were buried together in the same grave after the war was over. Other children lay wounded by the initial shell burst and rocket explosions as the helicopter attacked them again. Only four survived, Wissam and his sister Marwa among them, hearing the sound of bullets as they “played dead” amid the corpses.

His father Mohamed heard on the radio that a pick-up had been attacked by the Israelis at Bayada, perhaps 10km from Marwahin. “When I heard that the driver was Ali Kemal al-Abdullah, I knew – I knew – that my children were on that truck,” he says, “because my brother-in-law would not have left them behind. He would have taken them with him. I had another brother in Tyre and I called him. He had heard the same news and was waiting at the hospital. He said it was too dangerous to travel from Beirut to Tyre. He said that my family were only wounded. I said that if they were only wounded, I wanted to speak to them. I spoke to Marwa. She said Wissam was in the operating theatre. I asked to speak to the others. My brother just said: ‘Later.'”

No one who has travelled the roads of southern Lebanon under Israeli air attack can underestimate the dangers. But Mohamed and his nephew Khalil decided to make the run to Tyre in the afternoon. “We just drove fast, all the way,” Mohamed remembers. “I got to the Hiram hospital and I found Ali, my brother, waiting for me. I saw Marwa and I asked about her mother and Hadi and Myrna and she said: ‘I saw them in the pick-up, sleeping. When the ship hit us, I was blown out of the vehicle. Afterwards, I saw Mummy and my brother sleeping.'” Marwa told Mohamed that she had run from the pick-up with her 19-year-old cousin Zeinab.

When Mohamed drove to the city hospital in Tyre in search of Zahra, Hadi and Myrna, his brother refused to travel with him. “At this point, I knew there was something wrong. So I went to the hospital on my own and I found my wife and children in the fridge. It was a horrible shock. To this day, I feel like I am dreaming. And I cannot believe what happened. No one came to ask me about Marwa or Wissam who lost a vein in his leg. It seems no one knows that this house has martyrs.”

Before the ceasefire in southern Lebanon, Mohamed was called to say that the medical authorities in Tyre wished to bury the dead of Marwahin temporarily in a mass grave. He attended their burial and returned to his much-battered village on 15 August – just over a month after his wife and two children were killed and in time for their final interment on 24 August. He found his house partially destroyed in the Israeli bombardment along with the van and its Hizbollah rockets. “Every day is worse than the one before for me,” Mohamed says.

And he blames the world. The UN for giving no protection to his family, Hizbollah’s “vanity” in starting a war with a more powerful enemy and the Israelis for destroying the life of his family. “Is Israel in a state of war with children? We need an answer, a response to f this question. We ask for a trial for this Israeli pilot who killed the children. He is a war criminal because he killed innocents for no reason. And what has happened? The south has been destroyed. The people were massacred. The Israelis were back on the soil of my land. I could see them when we buried Zahra and Hadi and Myrna. How can I lose my children and then see the Israelis here? We are ignored by the government and treated with neglect by the media and the political parties – including the Hizbollah – who were the cause of what happened.”

Almost all the “martyr” pictures of the dead of Marwahin contain a ghostly photograph of Rafiq Hariri, the mightest Sunni Muslim of them all, who was assassinated last year. The martyrs of Marwahin have become identified with a man who sought peace rather than war with Israel. But at the graveyard on the edge of the tobacco-growing village, there is no end to mourning. I found two old women sitting beside the graves, weeping and beating themselves and pulling at their hair. One of them was Ali Kemal’s wife.

Adel Abdullah took me round the graves. His sister-in-law Mariam lies in one of them, her body still containing the unborn child she was carrying when she died. So are her five children, Ali, 14, Hamad, 12, Hussein, 10, Hassan, eight, and two-year-old Lama.

“This is Myrna,” Adel says, patting his hand gently on the concrete surface of the little girl’s still unadorned grave. “This is Zahra, her mother, whom we put just behind her. And here is Hadi.” The villagers have written their first names in Arabic in the concrete. “There is Naame Ghanem and her two children. And this is the grave of both Fatmi and Zeinab because we could not tell which bits of them belonged together. That is why the 23 dead of Marwahin have only 22 graves.”

On the dirt road to the cemetery on the windy little hill above the village, there still lies a face mask worn by the young men carrying the decomposing bodies to their final grave. And just to the left of the dead, clearly visible to the Israeli settlers in their homes across the border, the villagers have left the remains of Ali Kemal Abdullah’s Daihatsu pick-up. It is punctured by a hundred shrapnel holes, bent and distorted and burned. The children in this vehicle had no chance, killed outright or smashed to pieces as they lay wounded afterwards.

“If it is right that these people should be martyred in this way, well fine,” Adel says to me. “If not, why did this crime take place? Why can’t a country – a single country, your country – say that Israel was responsible for a war crime? But no, you are silent.” A woman, watching Adel’s anger, was more eloquent. “The problem,” she said, “is that these poor people belonged to a country called Lebanon and our lives are worth nothing to anyone else. If this had happened in Israel – if all these children were Israeli and the Hizbollah had killed them all with a helicopter – the US president would travel to the cemetery each year for a memorial service and there would be war crimes trials and the world would denounce this crime. But no president is going to come to Marwahin. There will be no trials.”

Mohamed al-Abdullah weeps beside his wounded son in Beirut. “I consider this to have been a useless war and with these atrocious massacres it is innocent civilians who paid the price. Those who died are resting but we who are living are paying a price every day. That price is paid by the living who suffer. Why should I pay the price of something I didn’t choose? I will say just one thing to you. God have mercy on Rafiq Hariri, a man of education and reconstruction. In God’s name, I hope his children walk in his path. My wife loved Sheikh Rafiq so much. In this house, my wife’s whole life changed after his assassination. Before, Zahra was not interested in politics but from the day his car was bombed, she listened to the news every day. Before bed, she wanted to hear any news. And she said to me once, ‘I hope I don’t die, so I will know who killed Rafiq Hariri’.”

A UN investigation is still underway into Hariri’s murder. An Israeli investigation is to start into the disastrous performance of its army during the war. The Hizbollah still claims it won a “divine victory” in July and August of this year. UNIFIL, which turned the refugees of Marwahin away on 15 July, stated that when they were removing the children’s bodies, their soldiers came under fire. Human Rights Watch is still investigating the killings of civilians at Marwahin and other locations and wrote of them before the war ended. “The Israeli military,” it said in its initial report, “did not follow its orders [to civilians] to evacuate with the creation of safe passage routes, and on a daily basis Israeli warplanes and helicopters struck civilians in cars who were trying to flee, many with white flags out the windows, a widely accepted sign of civilian status … On some days, Israeli war planes hit dozens of civilian cars, showing a clear pattern of failing to distinguish between civilian and military objects.” International law makes it clear that it is forbidden in any circumstances to carry out direct attacks against civilians and that to do so is a war crime. Human Rights Watch states that “war crimes” include “making the civilian population or individual civilians not taking direct part in hostilities the object of attack”.

Lama Abdullah was the youngest victim of the Marwahin 23. Ali Kemal’s wife Sabaha was in her eighties. At least six of the children were between the ages of one and 10. The Israeli helicopter pilot’s name is, of course, unknown.

source:
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/fisk/article1769991.ece

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The ethnic cleansing of Palestine

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 2, 2006

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

The ethnic cleansing of Palestine
by Ilan Pappe ; October 01, 2006

The ethnic cleansing of Palestine, Publication date: October 19th 2006 Hardcover, £16.99, 336pp, 1-85168-467-0

The Arabs will have to go, but one needs an opportune moment for making it happen, such as a war.

— David Ben-Gurion writing to his son, 1937

There is no such thing as a Palestinian people… It is not as if we came and threw them out and took their country. They didn’t exist.

— Golda Meir, statement to The Sunday Times, 15 June, 1969

As Israel stands accused by Amnesty International of committing war crimes in Lebanon following its almost 5-week bombardment of that country, which left over a thousand civilians dead and almost a million displaced, a prominent Israeli historian at Haifa University revisits the formative period of the State of Israel to investigate the treatment of the indigenous Palestinians.

In this controversial new book, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, Ilan Pappe uses recently declassified archival sources to investigate the fate suffered by the indigenous population of 1940s Palestine at the hands of the Zionist political and military leadership, whose actions led to the mass deportation of over a million Palestinians from their cities and villages, over 400 villages wiped from the map, and hundreds of civilians dead.

Exploring both the planning and the execution of the Jewish operations during the British Mandate period and the run-up to independence, Pappe focuses in particular on the activities of the Hagana, the Irgun, and the Palmach. Drawing on such meticulously-researched documents as the minutes from meetings of Ben-Gurion’s unofficial “war cabinet” as well as the personal diaries and memoirs of a large number of key officials in all sectors of the Jewish leadership of the day, Pappe pieces together and re-examines the attitudes and motivations that influenced the conduct of the Jewish community towards the indigenous population. He goes on to offer a detailed account of the events of 1947-8 that eventually led to one of the biggest refugee migrations in modern history. This is no moral rant against the past, but a passionate plea to acknowledge the Nakba, as Palestinians call the catastrophe that befell them in 1948, as the root cause of the ongoing Palestine-Israel conflict.

Many political commentators and historians trace the roots of the recent stages of the conflict back only so far as Israel’s occupation of the West Bank following the 1967 war, rightly regarding the occupation, the settlements and the Security Barrier as a violation of international law.

The first and second Intifadas may be seen as protests against the continuing occupation and a reflection of the deep despair of the Palestinians, who feel they have been severely let down by their own leaders, by Israel, by Arab states, by the United Nations, and by western powers.

Pappe argues persuasively, however, that the continued denial of the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in 1948 and the consequent dispossession of a million native Palestinians from their homeland represents a gross injustice that requires redress. The refusal to acknowledge this event, and allow those dispossessed the right of return to their ancestral lands and homes, are not only an abuse of their human rights, but a rejection from the peace process of the essential foundation for a lasting peace in the Middle East and beyond.

An incisive, important and timely book, on an issue of continuing global concern.

Advance praise for The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine

Ilan Pappe is a senior lecturer of Political Science at Haifa University. He is also Academic Director of the Research Institute for peace at Givat Haviva, and Chair of the Emil Touma Institute for Palestinian Studies, Haifa. His previous works include the bestselling A History of Modern Palestine, The Modern Middle East and The Israel/Palestine Question.

Ilan Pappe is Israel’s bravest, most principled, most incisive historian.

— John Pilger

The first book to so clearly document the ethnic cleansing of Palestine in

1948 of which the massacre at Deir Yassin was emblematic. Political Zionism has always been premised on the elimination of non-Jews who even today account for more than half of the population living within the borders controlled by Israel. Will the West continue to ignore this textbook example of ethnic cleansing, a crime against humanity?

— Daniel McGowan, Executive Director, Deir Yassin Remembered, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Ilan Pappe has written an extraordinary book of profound relevance to the past, present, and future of Israel/Palestine relations.

— Richard Falk, Professor of International Law and Practice, Princeton University

This is an extraordinary book – a dazzling feat of scholarly synthesis and Biblical moral clarity and humaneness.

— Walid Khalidi, Former Senior Research Fellow, Center for Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University

An instant classic. Finally we have the authoritative account of an historic event which continues to shape our world today, and drives the conflict in the Middle East. Pappe is the only historian who could have told it, and he has done so with supreme command of the facts, elegance, and compassion. The publication of this book is a landmark event.

— Karma Nabulsi, a research fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford University

If there is to be real peace in Palestine/Israel, the moral vigour and intellectual clarity of The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine will have been a major contributor to it.

— Ahdaf Soueif, author of The Map of Love

Fresh insights into a world historic tragedy, related by a historian of genius.

— George Galloway MP

Groundbreaking research into a well-kept Israeli secret. A classic of historical scholarship on a taboo subject by one of Israel’s foremost New Historians.

— Ghada Karmi, author of In Search of Fatima

Ilan Pappe is out to fight against Zionism, whose power of deletion has driven a whole nation not only out of its homeland but out of historic memory as well. A detailed, documented record of the true history of that crime, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine puts an end to the Palestinian “Nakbah” and the Israeli “War of Independence” by so compellingly shifting both paradigms.

— Anton Shammas, Professor of Modern Middle Eastern Literature, University of Michigan

source:
http://www.zmag.org/content/print_article.cfm?itemID=11090&sectionID=107

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US Congress gives green light to human rights violations in the ‘war on terror’

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 2, 2006

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Cafferty: “What Are We Becoming?”

Cafferty struck a somber tone tonight after the House passed legislation that includes a war crimes immunity clause. He rightfully asks, “what are we becoming?”

Cafferty:President Bush is trying to pardon himself. Here’s the deal: Under the War Crimes Act, violations of the Geneva Conventions are felonies, in some cases punishable by death. When the Supreme Court ruled that the Geneva Convention applied to al Qaeda and Taliban detainees, President Bush and his boys were suddenly in big trouble. They’ve been working these prisoners over pretty good. In an effort to avoid possible prosecution they’re trying to cram this bill through Congress before the end of the week before Congress adjourns. The reason there’s such a rush to do this? If the Democrats get control of the House in November this kind of legislation probably wouldn’t pass.

You wanna know the real disgrace about what these people are about to do or are in the process of doing? Senator Bill Frist and Congressman Dennis Hastert and their Republican stooges apparently don’t see anything wrong with this. I really do wonder sometimes what we’re becoming in this country.

source:
http://www.thelastoutpost.com/site/1152/default.aspx

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US Congress gives green light to human rights violations in the ‘war on terror’

US Capitol
US Capitol
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By passing the Military Commissions Act, the US Congress has given its stamp of approval to human rights violations committed by the USA in the “war on terror”, and has turned bad executive policy into bad domestic law.

Amnesty International had repeatedly called for the Military Commissions Act to be rejected in its entirety and will campaign for the repeal of the bill if President Bush signs it as expected. The organization fully expects the constitutionality of this legislation to be challenged in the courts.

In the “war on terror”, the US administration has resorted to secret detention, enforced disappearance, prolonged incommunicado detention, indefinite detention without charge, arbitrary detention, and torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

Thousands of detainees remain in indefinite military detention in US custody in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantánamo Bay. Congress has failed these detainees and their families.

The Military Commissions Act contravenes human rights principles.

What you need to know about the Military Commissions Act
Among other things, the Act will:

  • Strip the US courts of jurisdiction to hear or consider habeas corpus appeals challenging the lawfulness or conditions of detention of anyone held in US custody as an “enemy combatant”. Judicial review of cases would be severely limited. The law would apply retroactively, and thus could result in more than 200 pending appeals filed on behalf of Guantánamo detainees being thrown out of court.
  • Permit the executive to convene military commissions to try “alien unlawful enemy combatants”, as determined by the executive under a dangerously broad definition, in trials that would provide foreign nationals so labeled with a lower standard of justice than US citizens accused of the same crimes. This would violate the prohibition on the discriminatory application of fair trial rights.
  • Permit the use in military commission trials of evidence extracted under cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
  • Give the military commissions the power to hand down death sentences after trials that did not meet international standards.
  • Permit the executive to determine who is an “enemy combatant” under any “competent tribunal” established by the executive, and endorse the Combatant Status Review Tribunal (CSRT), the wholly inadequate administrative procedure that has been employed in Guantánamo to review individual detentions.
  • Prohibit any person from invoking the Geneva Conventions or their protocols as a source of rights in any action in any US court.
  • Narrow the scope of the War Crimes Act by not expressly criminalizing acts that constitute “outrages upon personal dignity, particularly humiliating and degrading treatment” banned under international law. Amnesty International believes that the USA has routinely failed to respect the human dignity of detainees in the “war on terror”.
  • Endorse the administration’s “war paradigm” – under which the USA has selectively applied the laws of war and rejected international human rights law. The legislation would backdate the “war on terror” to before the 11 September 2001 in order to be able to try individuals in front of military commissions for “war crimes” committed before that date.

Want to know more about the Act and Amnesty International’s position?

source:

http://web.amnesty.org/pages/stoptorture-060930-features-eng

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Dictatorship : President now has legal authority even courts can’t challenge

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 2, 2006

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

San Francisco Chronicle


Detainee bill lifts Bush’s power to new heights

President now has legal authority even courts can’t challenge

Scott Shane, Adam Liptak, New York Times

Saturday, September 30, 2006

(09-30) 04:00 PDT Washington — With the final passage through Congress of the detainee treatment bill, President Bush achieved a signal victory Friday, shoring up with legislation his determined campaign against terrorism in the face of challenges from critics and the courts.

Rather than reining in the formidable presidential powers that Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have asserted since Sept. 11, 2001, the law gives some of those powers a solid statutory foundation. In effect it allows the president to identify enemies, imprison them indefinitely and interrogate them — albeit with a ban on the harshest treatment — beyond the reach of the full court reviews traditionally afforded criminal defendants and ordinary prisoners.

Taken as a whole, the law will give the president more power over terrorism suspects than he had before the Supreme Court decision this summer in Hamdan vs. Rumsfeld that undercut more than four years of White House policy. It does, however, grant detainees brought before military commissions limited protections initially opposed by the White House. The bill, which cleared a final procedural hurdle in the House on Friday and is likely to be signed into law next week by Bush, does more than allow the president to determine the meaning and application of the Geneva Conventions; it strips the courts of jurisdiction to hear challenges to his interpretation.

And it broadens the definition of “unlawful enemy combatant” to include not only those who fight the United States, but also those who have “purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States.” The latter group could include those accused of providing financial or other indirect support to terrorists, human rights groups say. The designation can be made by any “competent tribunal” created by the president or secretary of defense.

In very specific ways, the bill is a rejoinder to the Supreme Court’s Hamdan ruling, in which several justices said the absence of congressional authorization was a central flaw in the administration’s approach. The new bill solves that problem, legal experts said.

“I think he can reasonably be confident that this statute answers the Supreme Court and puts him back in a position to prevent another attack, which is the goal of interrogation,” said Douglas Kmiec, a conservative legal scholar at the Pepperdine University School of Law.

But lawsuits challenging the bill are inevitable, and critics say substantial parts of it may well be rejected by the Supreme Court.

Overall, the legislation reallocates power among the three branches of government, taking authority away from the judiciary and handing it to the president.

Bruce Ackerman, a critic of the administration and a professor of law and political science at Yale University, sharply criticized the bill but agreed that it strengthened the White House position.

“The president walked away with a lot more than most people thought,” Ackerman said. He said the bill “further entrenches presidential power” and allows the administration to declare even a U.S. citizen an unlawful combatant subject to indefinite detention. “And it’s not only about these prisoners,” Ackerman said. “If Congress can strip courts of jurisdiction over cases because it fears their outcome, judicial independence is threatened.”

Even if the Supreme Court decides it has the power to hear challenges to the new law, the Bush administration has gained a crucial advantage. In adding a congressional imprimatur to a comprehensive set of procedures and tactics, lawmakers explicitly endorsed measures of the sort that in some other eras had been achieved by executive fiat. Earlier Supreme Court decisions have suggested that the president and Congress acting together in the national security arena can be an all but unstoppable force.

The debate over the limits of torture and the rules for military commissions dominated discussion of the bill until this week. Only in the last few days has broad attention turned to its redefinition of “unlawful enemy combatant” and its ban on habeas corpus petitions that suspects have traditionally used to challenge their incarceration.

Law professors will stay busy for months debating the implications. The most outspoken critics have compared the law’s sweeping provisions to dark chapters in history, comparable to the passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts in the fragile years after the nation’s founding and the internment of Japanese Americans in the midst of World War II.

Conservative legal experts, by contrast, said critics can no longer maintain that the Bush administration is guilty of unilateral executive overreaching. Congressional approval can cure many ills, Justice Robert Jackson wrote in his seminal concurrence in Youngstown Sheet & Tube vs Sawyer, the 1952 case that struck down President Harry Truman’s unilateral seizure of the nation’s steel mills during the Korean War.

Supporters of the law, in fact, say that its critics will never be satisfied. “For years they’ve been saying that we don’t like Bush doing things unilaterally, that we don’t like Bush doing things piecemeal,” said David Rivkin, a former Justice Department official in the administrations of Ronald Reagan and the elder George Bush.

How the measure will look decades hence may depend not just on how it is used but on how the terrorist threat evolves. If major terrorist plots in the United States are uncovered — and surely if one succeeds — it may vindicate the congressional decision to give the government more leeway to seize and question those who might know about the next attack. But if the attacks of 2001 recede as a devastating but unique tragedy, the decision to create a new legal framework may seem like overkill.

source:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/09/30/MNGNKLFO3P1.DTL

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Dictatorship – WarMongering : A Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy?

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 2, 2006

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

A Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy?

Mike Whitney

bush_burns_constitution.jpg

September 30, 2006

When Hillary Clinton said that her husband Bill was the target of “a vast right-wing conspiracy”, her critics just laughed at her. No one is laughing now.

Next week, President Bush will sign the “Military Commissions Act of 2006” into law. The new legislation will repeal the central tenets of the U.S. Constitution which require the state to charge a man with a crime before putting him in jail, as well as the 8th amendment’s prohibition of “cruel and inhuman” punishment. The law will allow Bush to imprison anyone he chooses and abuse them as he sees fit. It places Bush above the law, our first American monarch.

The march towards tyranny has been calculated and relentless. Hillary was right; it is a conspiracy. Prominent right-wing organizations have worked tirelessly to push the country toward authoritarian government and they are very close to succeeding. The alphabet soup of conservative think tanks and foundations have strategically aligned themselves with the major players in the corporate, media and banking establishments and removed most of the obstacles to absolute power. The Military Commissions Act just adds the final touches by eliminating habeas corpus.

The new law is designed to deprive terror suspects of internationally-recognized human rights. It tip-toes around the Geneva Conventions and permits Bush to use his own judgment as to the precise meaning of “cruel, inhuman and degrading” treatment. It reinforces Bush’s interpretation of “enemy combatant” which now includes anyone who “has purposely and materially supported hostilities against the United States”. By this definition, Bush is free to imprison American citizens who may merely disagree with his analysis of the war on terror. For example, Bush recently attacked his critics for reiterating the findings of the National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) which states that the war in Iraq is creating more terrorists. The document draws the obvious conclusion that Iraq has become a “recruiting sergeant” for violent jihad. Bush lashed out at his detractors saying that they had “selectively quoted” the NIE and were “buying into the enemy’s propaganda”. The question is: Can a citizen be arrested for “materially supporting hostilities against the United States” by professing belief in the conclusions of the NIE if the president says that it is “propaganda”?

Can that be construed as “aiding the enemy”?

Bruce Ackerman clarifies this point in an article in this week’s LA Times. He says the new legislation “authorizes the president to seize American citizens as enemy combatants, even if they have never left the United States. And, once thrown into military prison, they cannot expect a trial by their peers or any of the other normal protections of the Bill of Rights.”

Bush’s sweeping new powers have been carefully withheld from public scrutiny. In fact, in the nearly 800 articles which appeared on Google News, not one of them indicated in their headline that the new law repeals habeas corpus (although many articles on liberal web sites refer to habeas to the title) The vast majority of mainstream articles appear under the rubric of “Detainee Treatment Laws” which is deliberately misleading and intended to minimize the grave effect the law will have on our constitutional form of government. Again, the media has shown itself to be a steadfast ally to its friends in power and an enemy to basic principles of democracy.

The new bill also allows secret or coerced evidence to be used in military tribunals against terror suspects and provides legal immunity for military and CIA agents who engaged in torture before the end of 2005. (Despite the fact that retroactive law has no legal foundation)

The Military Commissions Act is the culmination of 6 years of vigorous attacks on the Bill of Rights. From the very beginning, administration attorneys have set about to dismantle the basic protections which limit presidential power. This has resulted in a long list of systematic violations to international law including secret detentions, disappearances, torture, humiliating treatment, indefinite detention without charge, and criminal rendition. All of these activities are transparently illegal and beyond any conventional sense of human decency.

The pattern is unmistakable; the administration is contemptuous of our laws and will not respect any restrictions on the power of the executive. All of this is preparation for the New World Order and the end of American democracy.

The far-right fanatics in the administration correctly focussed on habeas corpus as the cornerstone of the American judicial system. If the president has the statutory authority to incarcerate citizens or non-citizens without filing charges the rest of the Bill of Rights is irrelevant. This is the primary lever of tyrannical rule and it explains why Bush has tried to undo habeas since the arrest of Jose Padilla (American citizen) in May, 2002. The government kept Padilla in a military brig for 3 and a half years without charging him with a crime in an obvious attempt to savage habeas and allow the president to decide who is entitled to “inalienable rights” and who is not. Under the new legislation, “inalienable rights” will be reduced to “provisional gifts” from the president which can be arbitrarily rescinded by executive edict.

When Bush signs The Military Commissions Act of 2006 into law, America, as we know it, will cease to exist. The fundamental safeguards of due process, judicial review and the presumption of innocence will no longer be guaranteed. The heart-and-soul of the constitution will be eviscerated leaving us exposed to the erratic and aggressive behavior of the state. Traditionally, the state has always been the greatest threat to personal liberty. We expect that same rule will apply here as well.

source:
http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m27107&hd=0&size=1&l=e

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US Terrorize The World – 9 Ramadhan 1427 H (2.10.06)

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 2, 2006

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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Terrorist Or Freedom Fighter?

If I were an Iraqi, as I am an American, while a foreign troop was landed in my country, I never would lay down my arms ! – Never! Never! Never! : Allen L Roland
http://blogs.salon.com/0002255/2006/09/30.html

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Butcher – Genocide Crime : The anatomy of a massacre

Wissam talks slowly but without tears as he describes what happened next. “I lost sight of Myrna. I just couldn’t see her any more for the dust flying around. Then the helicopter came back and started firing its guns at the children, at any of them who moved. I ran away behind a tel [a small hill] and lay there and pretended to be dead because I knew the pilot would kill me if I moved. Some of the children were in bits.”
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article15165.htm

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Joining Islam in prayer, but with a purpose: Christian campaign during Ramadan, Groups hope to convert Muslims

As Muslims observe the holy month of Ramadan, Christians worldwide are praying along with them. But the extra prayers may not be welcome. In a campaign called the “30 Days Muslim Prayer Focus,” Christians are asking God to help Muslims accept Jesus Christ.

The project is organized by a loose association of evangelical groups that includes Youth With A Mission, which works in Canada as well as in some 150 other countries.
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1159393811447&call_page=TS_Life&call_pageid=991479973472&call_pagepath=Life/News&pubid=968163964505

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Narrow Minded : Can’t a person even have a quiet cup of coffee without some war-monger flashing their pro-war message in our faces?

Will you drink at Tim Horton’s Again? Read this….
http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20060929/timhortons_reddays_060929/20060929?hub=Canada

MMN NOTE: Muslims already accept Jesus Christ. It is a requirement of their faith. He was a prophet of Allah in a long line of prophets who all taught the same message- that Allah is one and beside Him there is no other. An interesting book- written by a Muslim and entitled “What Did Jesus Really Say?” – can be read at: http://wings.buffalo.edu/sa/muslim/library/jesus-say/contents.html

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Racism and bigotry have no place on Canadian airwaves

Muslim Council of Montreal applauds CRTC decision against Société Radio-Canada (SRC)

(Montreal, Quebec, Sept. 30, 2006) – The Muslim Council of Montreal (MCM) welcomes the recent decision of the CRTC (Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission), finding the Société Radio-Canada (SRC) guilty of violating federal anti-discriminatory regulations by broadcasting the racist and offensive statements of Doc Mailloux during the Tout le monde en parle show (September 25, 2005).
http://www.muslimcouncil.org

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Surprises in survey of Muslim women

WASHINGTON Muslim women do not think they are conditioned to accept second-class status or view themselves as oppressed, according to a survey released by The Gallup Organization.

According to the poll, conducted in 2005, a strong majority of Muslim women believe they should have the right to vote without influence, work outside the home and serve in the highest levels of government. In more than 8,000 face- to-face interviews conducted in eight predominantly Muslim countries, the survey found that many women in the Muslim world did not see gender issues as a priority because other issues were more pressing.
http://www.iht.com/articles/2006/06/08/news/muslim.php

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Islamophobia : Why I’m Banned in the USA

My experience reveals how U.S. authorities seek to suppress dissenting voices and — by excluding people such as me from their country — manipulate political debate in America. Unfortunately, the U.S. government’s paranoia has evolved far beyond a fear of particular individuals and taken on a much more insidious form: the fear of ideas.
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article15180.htm

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CANADA: FOUR MEN HAUNTED BY TORTURE – Canada Sued for Torture Deportations

Abdullah Almalki often shrinks from the distress of his children, terrified by the memories their crying unleashes.

Almalki, 35, a Carleton University graduate and a father of six, endured 22 months in Syrian jails where, he says, he was repeatedly tortured and interrogated based on information that could only have originated with Canadian security officials.
http://www.canada.com/montrealgazette/news/story.html?id=600cbf71-04f3-44b5-b396-cf5d3bde64ba

See also: Air Canada to halt deportations aboard its aircraft
http://www.ymlp.com/pubarchive_show_message.php?montrealmuslimnews+9975

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Kassim Mohamed’s battle with secrecy

Kassim Mohamed is struggling to clear his name in court, after being investigated as a possible terrorist. And his battle should concern everyone who cares about civil rights.
http://www.thestar.com/NASApp/cs/ContentServer?pagename=thestar/Layout/Article_Type1&c=Article&cid=1159616113575&call_page=TS_EditorialOpinion&call_pageid=968256290204&call_pagepath=Editorial/Opinion&pubid=968163964505

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Dictatorship – War Monger: A Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy?

Next week, President Bush will sign the “Military Commissions Act of 2006” into law. – The law will allow Bush to imprison anyone he chooses and abuse them as he sees fit. It places Bush above the law, our first American monarch.
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article15169.htm

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White House on a Rampage Against the Constitution : Torturer-in-Chief

The messianic, authoritarian George W. Bush and the minds of his cohorts have further collapsed the rule of law with his bulldozing through a divided Congress more dictatorial powers in his increasingly self-defined, self-serving and failing “war on terror.”
http://www.counterpunch.org/nader09302006.html

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Detainee Bill Shifts Power to President

Rather than reining in the formidable presidential powers Mr. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have asserted since Sept. 11, 2001, the law gives some of those powers a solid statutory foundation. In effect it allows the president to identify enemies, imprison them indefinitely
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article15164.htm

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US Congress gives green light to human rights violations in the ‘war on terror’

By passing the Military Commissions Act, the US Congress has given its stamp of approval to human rights violations committed by the USA in the “war on terror”, and has turned bad executive policy into bad domestic law.
http://web.amnesty.org/pages/stoptorture-060930-features-eng

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US violated world’s privacy with secret SWIFT checks

The US Treasury’s Terrorist Finance Tracking programme had violated the privacy of up to 7,800 international financial institutions in its secret trawl through financial records held by the Belgian firm SWIFT.
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/09/28/swift_us_privacy_violation/

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Detainee bill lifts Bush’s power to new heights / President now has legal authority even courts can’t challenge

With the final passage through Congress of the detainee treatment bill, President Bush achieved a signal victory Friday, shoring up with legislation his determined campaign against terrorism in the face of challenges from critics and the courts.

Rather than reining in the formidable presidential powers that Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney have asserted since Sept. 11, 2001, the law gives some of those powers a solid statutory foundation. In effect it allows the president to identify enemies, imprison them indefinitely and interrogate them — albeit with a ban on the harshest treatment — beyond the reach of the full court reviews traditionally afforded criminal defendants and ordinary prisoners.

To mark the passage of this legislation, there should be a national day of mourning, and a memorial service, for the U.S. Conststitution and Bill of Rights.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/09/30/MNGNKLFO3P1.DTL

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Dictatorship : “What Are We Becoming?”

Cafferty: President Bush is trying to pardon himself. Here’s the deal: Under the War Crimes Act, violations of the Geneva Conventions are felonies, in some cases punishable by death. When the Supreme Court ruled that the Geneva Convention applied to al Qaeda and Taliban detainees, President Bush and his boys were suddenly in big trouble. They’ve been working these prisoners over pretty good. In an effort to avoid possible prosecution they’re trying to cram this bill through Congress before the end of the week before Congress adjourns. The reason there’s such a rush to do this? If the Democrats get control of the House in November this kind of legislation probably wouldn’t pass.
http://www.thelastoutpost.com/site/1152/default.aspx

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Bush calls for ‘world offensive’

STUNG by criticism, US President George W. Bush has called for fighting America’s enemies “across the world” as he stepped up his counter-offensive following charges that his policies were breeding a new generation of Islamic terrorists.
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article15175.htm

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Manufacturing Terror : Oil, Lily Pad Bases and Torture

Why is the Bush administration so attached to torturing people that it would pressure a supine Congress into raping the US constitution by explicitly permitting some torture techniques and abolishing habeas corpus for certain categories of prisoners?
http://www.juancole.com/2006/10/craig-murray-on-manufacturing-terror.html

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America goes too far

Historian Paul Kennedy tells Ezzat Ibrahim that the great wheel of history is turning against the United States
http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2006/814/intrvw.htm

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Two Months Before 9/11, an Urgent Warning to Rice

Black laid out the case, consisting of communications intercepts and other top-secret intelligence showing the increasing likelihood that al-Qaeda would soon attack the United States
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article15171.htm

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Number Of Iraqi Civilians Slaughtered In America’s War? More Than 250,000

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article11674.htm

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2713
http://icasualties.org/oif/

The War in Iraq Costs $330,722,660,208 – See the cost in your community
http://nationalpriorities.org/index.php?option=com_wrapper&Itemid=182

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Iraq War Crime : Secret Reports Dispute White House Optimism

Instead of a “long retreat,” the report forecast a more violent 2007: “Insurgents and terrorists retain the resources and capabilities to sustain and even increase current level of violence through the next year.”
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article15162.htm

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Over 800 attacks every week in Iraq

Colonel says only pullout will end insurgency
http://www.guardian.co.uk/Iraq/Story/0,,1884383,00.html

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Truth about the War in Iraq

With the time to the November election running down, I wanted to point out a few truths about the Iraq War. President Bush has repeatedly spoon fed the American people this line about how the war in Iraq is a central front in the War on Terror. But the facts speak differently. The facts show that we created this front and that prior to our invasion of Iraq, Hussein and Bin Laden were enemies. In fact, Bin Laden wanted Hussein dead. But let’s not confuse people with the facts!
http://www.taac.us/wordpress/

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Insurgents spreading Iraq coup rumors

Anti-government insurgents are spreading false rumors about an attempted coup in Baghdad, the government said Saturday, as the city was placed under curfew.
http://www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=17671

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Videos of the Iraqi Resistance operations 5

http://www.albasrah.net/pages/mod.php?mod=art&lapage=../ar_articles_2006/0906/3sa2b2_290906.htm

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Videos of the Iraqi Resistance operations 4

http://www.albasrah.net/pages/mod.php?mod=art&lapage=../ar_articles_2006/0906/rashd_290906.htm

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Videos of the Iraqi Resistance operations 3

http://www.albasrah.net/pages/mod.php?mod=art&lapage=../ar_articles_2006/1006/aflam_011006.htm

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Videos of the Iraqi Resistance operations 2

http://www.albasrah.net/pages/mod.php?mod=art&lapage=../ar_articles_2006/1006/aflam2_011006.htm

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Videos of the Iraqi Resistance operations 1

http://www.albasrah.net/pages/mod.php?mod=art&lapage=../ar_articles_2006/1006/salfi_011006.htm

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Videos of the Iraqi Resistance operations

http://www.albasrah.net/pages/mod.php?mod=art&lapage=../ar_articles_2006/1006/aflam_011006.htm

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At least 22 killed in ongoing U.S. Occupation

Police retrieved five bodies, including that of a school girl, from the river Tigris in the town of Suwayra, 40 km (25 miles) south of Baghdad, police said. All bodies were shot in the head and chest.
http://tinyurl.com/zjvjo

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More than 12 kiled in occupied Iraq

Eight bodies were found in Baquba, north east of Baghdad, on Saturday including three belonged to a father and his two sons, police sources said.
http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L30879931.htm

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US Military Deaths in Iraq Hit 2,711

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061001/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq_us_deaths

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US Soldier Died in Accident in Northern Iraq

http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2006/10/01/africa/ME_GEN_Iraq_Soldier_Dies.php

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Interpreter for US Killed in Iraq

http://www.breakingnews.ie/2006/09/30/story279020.html

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Soldier From Brighton (NY) Killed in Iraq

http://www.10nbc.com/index.asp?template=item&story_id=20297

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Iraq Bomb Seriously Injures Two British Soldiers

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061001/wl_afp/iraqunrestbritain

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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Saturday, 30 September 2006.

  • Resistance bomb in al-Hadithah leaves two American soldiers reported dead Saturday morning.
  • Resistance bomb rips through column of four-wheel drive vehicles carrying unidentified foreigners in western Baghdad midday Saturday.
  • Heavy fighting rages in Tikrit as Resistance men assault US intelligence headquarters Saturday night.
  • Resistance battles US Marines in fierce fighting in Hit midday Saturday.
  • Resistance bomb blasts US vehicle in al-Fallujah shortly after midnight Saturday morning.
  • Resistance bomb blasts Iraqi puppet troops near al-Khalidiyah.
  • Resistance fighters ambush US patrol in Yathrib late Friday night.
  • Resistance attacks, wounds puppet police colonel in Kirkuk.
  • Resistance car bomber blasts puppet police checkpoint in Tall ‘Afar.
  • Resistance bomb targets puppet police patrol in al-Mawsil.

http://www.albasrah.net/pages/mod.php?mod=art&lapage=../en_articles_2006/0906/iraqiresistancereport_300906.htm

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Betrayed: How we have failed our troops in Afghanistan

British soldiers six times more likely to die in Afghan conflict than in Iraq
http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/politics/article1777868.ece

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Nato unable to find Afghanistan reinforcements

NATO yesterday failed to find any volunteers to contribute 2,500 reinforcements that are needed for combat duty in Afghanistan.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/newspaper/0,,175-2381896,00.html

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Suicide bomber kills 12 in Kabul

A suicide bomber strapped with explosives detonated in front of the Afghan Interior Ministry on Saturday as staffers arrived for work, killing at least 12 people and wounding 42
http://newsnow.co.uk/newsfeed/?name=Afghanistan

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Israel’s Ethnic Cleansing Operation

An inside look at the ethnic cleansing of Palestine with author and journalist Jonathan Cook
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article15178.htm

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The ethnic cleansing of Palestine

In this controversial new book, The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine, Ilan Pappe uses recently declassified archival sources to investigate the fate suffered by the indigenous population of 1940s Palestine at the hands of the Zionist political and military leadership, whose actions led to the mass deportation of over a million Palestinians from their cities and villages
http://tinyurl.com/h8o7n

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Humiliation at 33,000 feet: Top British architect tells of terror ‘arrest’

To the applause of fellow passengers, the Jewish designer was escorted from a New York flight as a potential bomber. Because, he tells Sophie Goodchild, of his holiday tan
http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americas/article1777847.ece

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September 2006 Newsletter on Palestinian Women Prisoners

English: http://www.wofpp.org/english/september.html
Arabic: http://www.wofpp.org/arabic/september.html

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Israeli Occupation Forces Kill 4 Civilians, including 2 brothers, in the Gaza Strip

Israeli Occupation Forces (IOF) has committed two new war crimes in the Gaza Strip over the past two days, resulting in the death of 4 Palestinian civilians. Two of the victims were children brothers, and were killed when IOF fired a surface-to-surface rocket at them without any justification. The other two were killed in Rafah in an extra-judicial execution crime, which also resulted in the injury of 2 others, one of them a child.
http://www.pchrgaza.org

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Roundup: Israel Accused of Stealing Water, Oil Spill Continues Damage, Lebanese Economy, Humanitarian Update

A Selection of Must-Read News Stories on the Conflict. Updated Daily.

Mother Jones Washington Bureau – September 29 , 2006 Lebanese Accuse Isreal of Stealing Water
http://www.motherjones.com/cgi-bin/print_article.pl?url=http://www.motherjones.com/news/update/2006/07/war_in_the_middle_east.html

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4 Killed as Palestinian cabinet building stormed

A Palestinian government compound has been stormed by protesters in the West Bank after four people died and at least 30 people were injured in similar clashes in Gaza.
http://tinyurl.com/fxdtm

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Two Palestinians killed by Israeli bomb in occupied Gaza

Witnesses said that the missile struck a group of pedestrians.
http://tinyurl.com/jfme9

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Appeasement Driven by Oil – The Bush Administration and Darfur

Appeasement driven by oil is surely as reprehensible as any. When confronted with reality, this President is clearly reluctant to confront the genuine “Islamo-terrorists” of his nightmares.
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article15172.htm

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Attack On Iran Inevitable – Nuke Use In White House Plan

Air Force Colonel Sam Gardiner (ret.) says U.S. forces will assassinate Iran’s leadership.

Retired Air Force Colonel Sam Gardiner on the probability of air strikes on Iran and the likely consequences. Click here to view. Real video and windows media.
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article15170.htm

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US set to punish Iran’s partners

The US Congress has approved a new set of sanctions against countries that continue nuclear cooperation with Iran and those that sell it advanced weaponry.
http://tinyurl.com/zlao6

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Disinformation? Propaganda?

AMERICA is going to have to learn to live with a nuclear Iran, US intelligence analysts have concluded at a secret meeting near Washington.
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-2383147.html

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Why did the Iranians hate the Shah and the U.S.?: 8 minute video

A Short History Of U.S. / Iranian Relationship
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article15176.htm

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Venezuela’s Chavez says assassination attempt against him foiled

President Hugo Chavez said Saturday that an attempt was made to assassinate him recently and that those responsible fled to Colombia.
http://tinyurl.com/zaclz

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U.S. boots step on a Caribbean flea

Near the end of October, we will mark the twenty-third anniversary of a momentous American victory…a military operation that not only warmed Ronald Raygun’s cold, cold heart but was also deemed film-worthy by the former mayor of Carmel, California. Yes, of course, I’m talking about the October 25, 1983 “liberation” of Grenada.
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article15166.htm

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“The Panama Deception”

This film shows how the U.S. attacked Panama and killed 3 or 4 thousand people in an invasion that the rest of the world was against. (Sound familiar?) It won the Academy Award for best documentary.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article4078.htm

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Most Democrats Voting For Bush Torture Bill Silent

The 12 Democrats who checked their consciences at the Senate cloakroom and voted in favor of the Bush Administration’s torture bill, have almost nothing to say about their votes. In case you haven’t seen the roster of who voted with Republicans on this, here they are:
http://informationclearinghouse.info/article15174.htm

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

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 2, 2006


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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

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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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