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US Terrorize The World – 23 Ramadhan 1427 H (16.10.06)

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 16, 2006

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Number Of Iraqi Civilians Slaughtered In America’s War? As Many As 655,000

Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In Bush’s War 2763

Cost of America’s War in Iraq $334,393,815,278 – See the cost in your community


Full Text of Lancet Report on Iraqi deaths since start of war



It’s time to say sorry for Iraq’s agony

General Sir Richard Dannatt, the army’s biggest gun, has blown apart Blair’s promises and exposed the disaster our leaders try to hide

History will forgive the war on Iraq. Or so Tony Blair told the US Congress in July 2003, as the first cold shadows fell on the invasion. The Prime Minister also warned of ‘many further struggles ahead’. He cannot have imagined that these would include being gunned down by the head of the British army. By calling for a pull-out from Iraq, General Sir Richard Dannatt has reversed the view of the French wartime leader, Georges Clemenceau, that ‘war is too serious a matter to entrust to military men’. In Dannatt’s view, it is too vital to be left to the sofa warriors of Downing Street. His men have had enough, and he has said so.,,1922787,00.html


Christian and Jews Hypocrite : “You Shall Not Kill” Has No Meaning In the Real World of Religion

The entire Old Testament is filled with the exploits of a god that demands that these special people “do not kill,” and yet do nothing but kill all those that get in the way of them and their God. If your last name ended in “kites or ites,” you were pretty much going to get anhilated sooner or later by the people of the God who said, “You shall not kill.” If you were the wives, daughters, sons and babies of the same, you also had had it…oh and your animals too.


Scientific Poll: 84% Say 9/11 Is A Cover Up

Only 16% now believe official fable according to New York Times/CBS News poll. Truth Movement has the huge majority of opinion. How will the Bush Cabal react?

A monumental new scientific opinion poll has emerged which declares that only 16% of people in America now believe the official government explanation of the September 11th 2001 terror attacks.

According to the new New York Times/CBS News poll, only 16% of Americans think the government is telling the truth about 9/11 and the intelligence prior to the attacks

16% of Americans remain totally brain-dead and clueless.


9/11 : London bomber’s suicide video is ‘linked to traitor’

Adam Yahiye Gadahn is getting a LOT of press. Funny that none of these stories about the “American Al Qaeda” never seem to mention his real name, Adam Pearlman, or the fact that his grandfather was on the board of directors of the ADL.

“Gadahn” is being built up in the media for some nefarious purpose.,,1922856,00.html


1 Man Still Locked Up From 9/11 Sweeps

In a jail cell at an immigration detention center in Arizona sits a man who is not charged with a crime, not suspected of a crime, not considered a danger to society. But he has been in custody for five years.

His name is Ali Partovi. And according to the Department of Homeland Security, he is the last to be held of about 1,200 Arab and Muslim men swept up by authorities in the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Meanwhile … “Evidence linking these Israelis to 9/11 is classified. I cannot tell you about evidence that has been gathered. It’s classified information.” — US official quoted in Carl Cameron’s Fox News report on the Israeli spy ring and its connections to 9-11.


Padilla Update : Bush has been Torturing American Citizens since 2002

Jose Padilla is an innocent man. His story tells us everything we need to know about the Stalinist regime currently operating in Washington and their utter disdain for human rights, civil liberties and American citizenship.


British teacher told to take off veil

LONDON ­ The British minister responsible for race and faith called on Sunday for a Muslim teaching assistant suspended for wearing a veil to be sacked, entering a growing row over integration.

Minister for Local Government and Community Cohesion Phil Woolas told the Sunday Mirror that 24-year-old Aishah Azmi’s decision to wear a veil while teaching made it impossible for her to perform her duties.


George Galloway attacks ‘liberal’ Islamophobia

People who regard themselves as liberal are directing a torrent of abuse at Muslims that they would not dream of saying about other racial or religious groups, said MP George Galloway.

Addressing an anti-Islamophobia rally in Euston as his Respect party started its annual conference, Mr Galloway reiterated comments made by the party’s national secretary John Rees that anti-Muslim racism was the last “respectable” form of racism in our society.,,-6147650,00.html


US promoting terrorism

Iran’s supreme leader yesterday accused the United States of promoting terrorism and religious division in Iraq and called Jordan’s king one of Washington’s “dependent” rulers.


War Preparations in the Middle East and Central Asia

The World is at the crossroads of the most serious crisis in modern history. The US has embarked on a military adventure, “a long war”, which threatens the future of humanity.


Death squad tactic is absolutely characteristic of EVERY US intervention…’s Washington D.C. based commentarist Chris Herz writes: We are in the midst of an appalling situation in Iraq. We are told that it is the product of one error after another. But no, it is really the natural and predictable result of one crime piled upon another.


Iraq: Group claims establishment of Islamic state

The Mujahedeen Shura Council, an umbrella organization of insurgent groups in Iraq, said the new state was made up of six provinces including Baghdad that have large Sunni populations and parts of two other southern provinces that are predominantly Shiite.


Videos of the Iraqi resistance operation for 9/2006


The “Green Zone”: An American frigate, float on a sea of Iraqi blood

Before the occupation, the US government held dozens of conferences and meetings with Iraqis who were ready to sell their homeland and their people for a Parliamentary seat or a Ministry.


Iraq : Lynndie England reveals a culture of warped violence

Lynddie England, the young woman associated with some of the most notorious photographs to emerge from Abu Ghraib, has offered new insights into the abuse scandal that rocked the US military and revealed how she acted to please her former lover.


Australia: Former Defence chief General Peter Cosgrove admits he was wrong about Iraq

“If people say that there has been an energising of the jihadist movement through the protracted war in Iraq – well that’s pretty obvious.”,23599,20580228-2,00.html


US will stay at full strength in Iraq until 2010, says army chief

Military commanders at the Pentagon have revealed that they are laying plans to maintain troop numbers in Iraq at about 140,000 for at least another four years as sectarian violence continues to surge and fatalities among American soldiers have risen sharply.


Blair devastated as Army chief savages his approach to Iraq


Poll: Britons Back Army Chief on Pulling Out of Iraq


Half of UK troops ‘must leave Iraq’,,1922985,00.html


British soldiers respond to Army chief


US Military Deaths in Iraq Hit 2,760


Iraq: 4 U.S. occupation force soldiers among 95 killed

Militiamen in pickup trucks set up fake checkpoints on Saturday, killing at least 31 people in the town of Balad.


Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Saturday, 14 October 2006.

  • “Dozens” of Americans reported killed in devastating Resistance attack on Falcon Forward Base Tuesday, 10 October; Americans accuse translators of leaking coordinates to Resistance.
  • Tortured bodies of 49 more victims of US-backed Shi‘i sectarian death squads found in Baghdad Saturday morning.
  • US technology companies help US military dispense with Arabic translators.
  • Resistance bomb in ad-Dibis near Kirkuk leaves three US troops, Vietnamese translator reported dead Saturday morning.
  • US soldier reported killed by Resistance sharpshooter in Tall ‘Afar.
  • Fierce fighting erupts in ar-Ramadi Saturday evening.
  • Heavy fighting reported in al-Fallujah Friday night.
  • Resistance car bomber blasts puppet police in al-Qa’im. Resistance bomb wounds US troops in al-Qa’im.
  • Resistance bomb blasts US vehicle in Hit Saturday evening. Resistance attack destroys American armored vehicle Friday night.
  • Resistance mortars target home of puppet “National Security Adviser.”
  • Resistance bomb targets puppet police in Baghdad Saturday morning.
  • Resistance bomb blasts puppet “Shock Troops” in Balad.
  • Resistance blasts puppet “Interior Ministry Shock Troops” with rockets and mortars.


2 Ordered Not to Discuss Gitmo Claims

Marine Lt. Col. Colby Vokey, who represents a detainee at the U.S. naval base in eastern Cuba, filed a complaint with the Pentagon last week alleging that abuse was ongoing at the prison. He attached a sworn statement from his paralegal, Sgt. Heather Cerveny, in which she said several Guantanamo guards bragged in a bar about beating detainees, describing it as common practice.,,-6148673,00.html


Guantanamo guards ‘admitted abusing inmates’

An American soldier has made new charges that military guards brutally treated inmates at the controversial top security prison for terrorist suspects in south-eastern Cuba.


Five Afghan soldiers killed by Suicide Bombing

A suicide car bombing in Afghanistan’s southern city of Kandahar , killing five Afghan troops and wounding several, an Arabic TV reported.


2 NATO occupation forces soldiers killed in Afghan ambush

Two occupation forcesNATO soldiers were killed in southern Afghanistan on Saturday after militants ambushed them with rocket-propelled grenades and gunfire, the alliance said.


If Only George Bush Had Been Amish

Having “the last say” depends not so much upon who is able to throw the final punch, but rather who it is that is most wise, who is able to impel folks to be a friend of he who happens to be crowned as victor.


The Great Experiment

IS IT possible to force a whole people to submit to foreign occupation by starving it? That is, certainly, an interesting question. So interesting, indeed, that the governments of Israel and the United States, in close cooperation with Europe, are now engaged in a rigorous scientific experiment in order to obtain a definitive answer.


Israeli occupation forces kill 22 Palestinians in 48 hours

An Israeli air raid on the occupied Gaza Strip killed two Palestinian militants Saturday as the Jewish state showed no let-up in its pounding of the territory that has seen 22 people killed in barely 48 hours.


Number of children killed by Israeli occupation troops doubles

The number of Palestinian children who have already been killed this year in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, almost double the number for the whole of 2005, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund


Hamas warn against coup attempts during rise in Israeli violence

The Hamas movement has confirmed that the Israeli escalation is part of the plan aimed at bypassing the Palestinian election results which brought the movement to power.


Hamas: US working to topple our gov’t

Group officials enraged over report that Americans will transfer USD 42 million to Fatah in order to strengthen movement. ‘Financing aimed at overturning results of democratic elections in Palestinian Authority,7340,L-3314752,00.html


UK NGOs call for Israel arms embargo

A London based non-governmental organization, The Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT), has launched a campaign calling for an arms embargo on Israel, accusing the British government of “complicity in the occupation.”


Israel war crime charge roils Canada politics

Leading candidate to head Canada’s opposition Liberal Party says Israel committed war crime when it bombarded Lebanese village of Qana in July,7340,L-3314655,00.html


Text of the U.N. resolution imposing sanctions on North Korea

The text of the U.N. resolution passed Saturday that imposes sanctions on North Korea for its claimed nuclear test:


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Why is the American press silent on the report of 655,000 Iraqi deaths?

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 14, 2006


In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Why is the American press silent on the report of 655,000 Iraqi deaths?

By Joe Kay and Barry Grey
13 October 2006

The US media is virtually silent on a new scientific study that estimates the Iraqi death toll from the US war at 655,000. The study, conducted by Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health and funded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was posted Wednesday on the web site of the British medical journal, the Lancet.

The study is the only systematic estimate of the number of Iraqi civilians and military personnel to have died as a result of the US invasion and occupation to be brought to the attention of the American and international public.

Unlike previous estimates, which were based on reviews of media reports or tallies made by the US-backed Iraqi government, the Johns Hopkins study was carried out by Iraqi physicians who interviewed—often at great personal risk—nearly 2,000 families spread across the country, utilizing standard and widely used statistical methods to arrive at an objective estimate of the death toll from the war and occupation. The vast majority of the reported deaths were substantiated by death certificates.

The study concluded with a 95 percent degree of certainty that the number of “excess deaths” in Iraq since the invasion—the number of people who have died in excess of the number that would be expected on the basis of pre-invasion mortality rates—is between 393,000 and 943,000. The figure of 655,000 is given as the most likely number. This represents an astonishing 2.5 percent of the entire Iraqi population.

The researchers further estimated that about 600,000 of the deaths were due to violence in some form, including gunshots, air strikes and bombings. They concluded that US and allied military forces directly caused at least 31 percent—or 186,000—of the violent deaths.

Some 336,000 people, or 56 percent of those killed in violent actions since the invasion, died from gunshot wounds. The study also found that the number of violent deaths in Iraq has steadily increased every year since the invasion. In the period from June 2005 to June 2006, the researchers found a nearly four-fold increase in the mortality rate relative to pre-invasion levels.

There can be no legitimate doubts about the credibility of the study. Lancet is one of the oldest and most prestigious peer-reviewed medical publications in the world. The Johns Hopkins public health school is the largest in the world, and regularly ranks as the top public health school in the United States. The journal article was reviewed and approved for publication by four independent scientific experts in the area.

It is difficult to overestimate the significance of the report, even if one assumes its low-end estimate of 393,000 Iraqi deaths to be correct. It demonstrates that the American intervention in Iraq has produced a social and humanitarian catastrophe of historical dimensions, with vast political implications not only in the Middle East, but throughout the world and, above all, in the United States itself.

By any objective standard, the report merits front-page coverage in every major newspaper in the country and extensive discussion and reporting on television news broadcasts. Yet the response of the US press has been to virtually ignore the report and limit its coverage to news accounts on inside pages which report, uncritically, unsubstantiated statements by government and military officials dismissing the report as “not credible.”

In burying the story, the New York Times and Washington Post have played a particularly significant role. The original articles published by these newspapers on Wednesday were relegated to the inside pages: in the Times on page 8, in the Post on page 12.

The Post decided to bury the story in its back pages despite the fact that the article it published vouched for the scientific validity the Johns Hopkins study, noting that it, and an earlier report on Iraqi deaths published by the same team, “are the only ones to estimate mortality in Iraq using scientific methods.” The “cluster sampling” technique used by the scientists, the newspaper wrote, “is used to estimate mortality in famines and after natural disasters.”

Minimal coverage in the press continued on Thursday, despite the fact that the issue was raised by a reporter at a White House press conference on Wednesday. President Bush contemptuously dismissed the report, stating that it was not credible. He was not challenged and the question was not followed up by any of the other reporters at the news conference.

Bush’s remarks were followed by statements from various supporters and architects of the war similarly dismissing the Johns Hopkins study’s casualty figures. General George Casey, the commander of US forces in Iraq, admitted that he had not bothered to read the report, but nevertheless concluded that it did not have “much credibility at all.”

A spokesman for British Prime Minister Tony Blair said that the figure of 655,000 killed is “not one we believe to be anywhere near accurate.” Iraqi government officials likewise declared that the figure was “exaggerated.”

On Thursday, neither the Times nor the Post published an editorial on the Johns Hopkins report, or even a follow-up article on the report and the response of the Bush administration.

There was not one challenge in the establishment media to the official attempts to disparage the report. Instead, the minimal coverage on Thursday was largely devoted to reporting the statements by Bush, Casey, Blair and the Iraqi stooge regime. The Los Angeles Times, for example, published a story on its inside pages, “Iraq Disputes Claim of 600,000 War Dead,” reporting the statements by the Iraqi government. The newspaper added its voice to the chorus by remarking that it had conducted its own survey and reached a figure of 50,000 killed.

The attempts to discredit the report are not backed up by any factual or methodological arguments. The administration and its supporters assume, correctly, that they can simply make unsubstantiated claims and the media will not challenge them.

Lee Roberts, a co-author of the study, noted in an interview with the radio program Democracy Now! on Thursday that the cluster survey approach the researchers used “is the standard way of measuring mortality in very poor countries where the government isn’t very functional or in times of war.” He pointed out that both the United Nations and the US government have used the method in determining mortality, including after the Kosovo and Afghan wars. “Most ironically,” he said, “the US government has been spending millions of dollars per year… to train NGOs and UN workers to do cluster surveys to measure mortality in times of wars and disasters.”

With its silence, the media is once again taking its cue from the government. It does not challenge Bush’s ignorant and cold-blooded dismissal of the Johns Hopkins report, just as it did not challenge Bush’s offhand remark at a December, 2005 press conference that 30,000 Iraqis, “more or less,” had been killed since the March, 2003 US invasion—an absurdly low estimate.

The corporate-owned-and-controlled media have buried this story because they do not want the American people to know the truth of what is happening in Iraq.

They want to conceal this truth—as they have done consistently since the war began—because they are complicit in a massive war crime in Iraq, and continue to support the bloodletting by the US military.

The Johns Hopkins report, by revealing the colossal dimensions of the death and destruction wreaked by the United States in Iraq, shatters the edifice of lies that has been erected in an attempt to deceive the people and justify the war—from the phony claims of weapons of mass destruction and Iraq-Al Qaeda ties, to the current claims of a war for “freedom and democracy” and the overarching deception of the “war on terrorism.”

The report inevitably highlights the culpability of the media itself, which has combined an acceptance of unprecedented censorship by the military with self-censorship and deliberate misinformation in order to whitewash an imperialist war for oil and geo-strategic domination of the Middle East.

The scale of mass killing revealed in the Johns Hopkins study published by the Lancet stands as an indictment of the entire American ruling elite, both of its political parties—Democratic no less than Republican—and all of its official institutions, among which the media has played a particularly sordid role.

What the corporate, political and media establishment fear are the explosive social and political implications of growing popular revulsion over the crimes of US imperialism in Iraq and around the world, combined with mounting anger over relentless attacks on working people’s social conditions and democratic rights. The entire political system is being exposed and discredited before the eyes of the people. Such a process inevitably brings with it revolutionary consequences.


See Also:
New study says US war has killed 655,000 Iraqis


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UK Terrorist : Shameful legacy

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 14, 2006


In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Shameful legacy

In the early 1950s, Mau Mau rebels murdered 32 people in an uprising against colonial rule in Kenya. Britain’s response was brutal: 150,000 Kenyans were detained in camps where, survivors claim, prisoners were beaten, tortured, sexually abused and even murdered. Fifty years on, a handful of them are suing the British government. By Chris McGreal

Friday October 13, 2006
The Guardian

It has been 50 years and there is much to remember. But what still stands out from his time in the camps is a tall white man in shorts with a swagger stick. “When we first arrived we didn’t know who he was, but we quickly knew he was in charge,” says Espon Makanga. “All the other whites and the black guards waited for him to speak, and when he gave the order that is when it began. After that it never really stopped. I came to hate that man. I can never forgive him.”

Makanga, now 78, had already endured more than two years as a prisoner of the British when the colonial authorities sent him to Kandongu camp in Kenya in 1957. He describes life in the earlier camps as a routine of tortures, beatings and typhoid that claimed hundreds, perhaps thousands, of lives.

But Kandongu was designed to be the toughest stop on what British officials described as the “pipeline” of camps intended to break down the “hard core” of Kenyans supporting the Mau Mau rebellion against colonial rule, which began in 1952. Hard core did not mean the worst killers, merely the most defiant.

The camp enforced a regimen known as the “dilution technique”. It was designed by three white colonial officials, one of them the officer whom Makanga spotted as being in charge when he first arrived at Kandongu, and whom he and the other inmates came to fear. They had various nicknames for that officer, but it was only in time that they discovered he was really called Terence Gavaghan. “He was a tall man with a thin face and we soon discovered his camp was about nothing more than being beaten and tortured. They beat us from the day we arrived, with sticks, with their fists, kicking us with their boots. They beat us to make us work. They beat us to force us to confess our Mau Mau oath. After a year I couldn’t take it any longer. Gavaghan had won,” he says.

Makanga was just one of the estimated 150,000 Kenyans held in British prison camps for up to seven years during what was known as the Kenya Emergency, a rebellion against colonial rule in Kenya. Today, he is among a group of 10 survivors, all in their 70s and 80s, who took the first legal step in London this week towards suing the British government for what they say was officially sanctioned torture and other human rights abuses.

Some of the former prisoners describe rape and sexual abuse of women; others say they survived camps where inmates were flogged, worked to death, murdered in cold blood or starved. They want compensation but also an apology for what they describe as a system of organised brutality unmatched anywhere else in the waning years of the British empire. Even in the 1950s, the camps were described as “Kenya’s gulags” and likened by officials to Nazi slave labour camps.

The camps were justified, in British eyes, by the Mau Mau’s butchering of 32 white settlers and African chiefs loyal to the crown early in the rebellion. The Mau Mau were dominated by the Kikuyu, the largest ethnic group in Kenya, and were largely driven by bitterness at the loss of land to the white settlers. But the struggle also divided the tribe, and the Mau Mau ultimately killed far more fellow Kikuyu than whites, with massacres such as the killing of 120 men, women and children at Lari in March 1953. In Britain the Mau Mau were portrayed as representing the re-emergence of a primitive bloodlust that the twin benefits of colonisation – Christianity and civilisation – were intended to eradicate. But the British soon proved they could be as brutal as their enemies.

Jane Muthoni Mara is among those taking legal action against the British government. She was 15 when she was arrested for supplying Mau Mau fighters with food and taken to Gatithi screening camp. There she says she and two friends, including a young boy, were beaten with the butts of guns. Her interrogators demanded to know the whereabouts of her brother, who was a member of the Mau Mau. Mara says she was ordered into a tent by a white army officer. There was a black soldier from her area she knew as Edward. He ordered her to lie down and asked her where her brother was. When she did not answer, he picked up a bottle. “He filled the bottle with hot water and then pushed it into my private parts with his foot. I screamed and screamed,” she says.

Mara says other women were also tortured by having bottles thrust into their vaginas. “For older women, Edward would use bigger beer bottles, but for us younger girls it was smaller soda bottles,” she says. “The next day we were forced to sit with our legs in front of us, and the African guards marched over them in their army boots. We were often beaten.”

Mara was later tried and sentenced to three years in prison for Mau Mau membership. “We were taken to Embu prison. A lot of people died there of typhoid. We were forced to do work carrying bricks to build a school. We were beaten if we moved too slowly. It was very hard work,” she says. “They would just flog everyone at times, four or five guards with whips would come into the cell.” She was finally released in September 1957, but never saw her brother again. She says she never recovered from the sexual violence and for years was frightened of sex with her husband.

Terence Gavaghan is 84 now and lives in London. His former prisoners do not accuse him of the worst crimes committed in some of the camps, such as the sexual abuse or killing. But they do say that the camps under his authority enforced a regime of systematic brutalisation aimed at breaking any resistance to the authority of British rule.

Gavaghan was a colonial district officer when he was recruited to oversee “rehabilitation” of Mau Mau prisoners at six camps in the Mwea area of central Kenya. In his memoirs he describes agreeing with John Cowan, the head of Kenya’s prisons, on a system to force detainees to renounce their support for the Mau Mau that he described as “enlightened, humane and Christian-based”. He also writes that “no legal restraints were envisaged”.

In a telephone interview with the Guardian, Gavaghan says his orders were to end the defiance of inmates who were viewed as a block toward economic and political progress on the way to independence. He declines to discuss whether he ever used the beatings described by Makanga on prisoners, or other specifics of how he broke the hard-core Mau Mau, other than to say he was intent on ensuring that on release they would “not be demonstrating defiance”.

He also says he cannot be expected to remember a few individuals from among the mass of detainees who passed through the camps under his authority. “It would not be sensible to answer questions about people I cannot remember who say I did things I did not do,” he says. “I decided on a process, with the agreement of the attorney general, Eric Griffith-Jones, which led to their release within a year. And that was achieved without a single death, and no ill-treatment.”

Griffith-Jones was Kenya’s top law officer during the emergency. In June 1957, he visited Kandongu to watch Gavaghan at work and wrote a secret memo detailing what he saw. The memo was attached to a letter, also marked “secret”, from the governor of Kenya, Sir Evelyn Baring, to the colonial secretary, Alan Lennox Boyd. In it, Baring says that Gavaghan had established a regime of beatings as a means to break the prisoners and that the government needed to give it legal cover, as violence was “in fact the only way of dealing with the more dyed-in-the-wool Mau Mau men who will be our problem in the future”.

Griffith-Jones says he and other colonial officials were shown around Kandongu by Gavaghan, who “participated in the proceedings and maintained, in conjunction with the senior prison officers, direct personal control over the proceedings”. Those proceedings were to oversee the intake of 80 Mau Mau detainees over whom “camp discipline” was to be swiftly established. This included shaving their heads and beards, and requiring them to wear prison uniforms.

“Any who showed any reluctance or hesitation to do so were hit with fists and/or slapped with the open hand,” wrote Griffith-Jones. “This was usually enough to dispel any disposition to disobey the order to change. In some cases, however, defiance was more obstinate, and on the first indication of such obstinacy three or four of the European officers immediately converged on the man and ‘rough-housed’ him, stripping his clothes off him, hitting him, on occasion kicking him, and, if necessary, putting him on the ground. Blows struck were solid, hard ones, mostly with closed fists and about the head, stomach, sides and back. There was no attempt to strike at the testicles or any other manifestations of sadistic brutality; the performance was a deliberate, calculated and robust assault, accompanied by constant and imperative demands that the man should do as he was told and change his clothes.” Griffith-Jones says that eventually all of the new intake submitted.

“Gavaghan explained, however,” Griffith-Jones’s memo continues, “that there had, in past intakes, been more persistent resistors, who had had to be forcibly changed into the camp clothing; that some of them had started the ‘Mau Mau moan’, a familiar cry that was promptly taken up by the rest of the camp, representing a concerted and symbolic defiance of the camp authorities; that in such cases it was essential to prevent the infection of this ‘moan’ spreading through the camp, and that accordingly a resistor who started it was put on the ground, a foot placed on his throat and mud stuffed in his mouth; and that a man whose resistance could not be broken down was in the last resort knocked unconscious.”

Although Gavaghan says that this regime was carried out with the approval of the attorney-general, Baring’s letter suggests that the routine of beatings was already established and that the colonial authorities were keen to give it legal authority. “We have felt that either we must forbid Gavaghan and his staff to proceed in this way, in which case the dilution technique will be ineffective and we will find that we cannot deal with many of the worst detainees, or, alternatively, we must give him and his staff cover provided they do as they say they are doing,” Baring writes to the colonial secretary. “Put another way the problem is this. We can probably go further with the more fanatical Mau Mau in the way of release than we had ever hoped 18 months ago. But to do so there must be a phase of violent shock.”

In the end, Gavaghan’s methods were approved with “safeguards”, including a requirement for a medical examination and that violence should be carried out only by Europeans. The new regulations permitted force to be used to “enforce discipline and preserve good order” because established punishment “achieves little or nothing”. Such a broad definition opened the way to a regime of perpetual violence endured by men such as Makanga.

Gavaghan came late to the camps, however. The British government’s apparent desire to bring some order and legal cover to the treatment of Mau Mau prisoners was prompted by a string of abuses long before Gavaghan appeared on the scene, and growing questions at home, particularly from the Labour opposition. The camps were one part of a process of breaking the Mau Mau that extended from herding large numbers of Africans into “protected villages” to confiscating livestock and destroying homes.

Espon Makanga witnessed many abuses before he arrived in Kandongu. He had joined the Mau Mau in 1952 when he was 24. Two years later he was shot in his right elbow in a British army ambush, and he lived with the wound for a year until he was arrested and sent to Thika prison camp. “Many inmates in Thika died from beatings and typhoid. We had to bury many of our comrades who died there,” he says.

Makanga was moved to Manyani, where on arrival the prisoners were thrown in a pit of disinfectant. “The guards surrounded us and beat us to force us in as if we were cattle,” he says. “Some people went under and swallowed the disinfectant, which made their stomachs swell up and caused a lot of pain. The camp was under the command of a white officer who frequently gave orders for us to be beaten if he thought we weren’t working hard enough. Some people died from the beatings. Others died from typhoid. They were buried just outside the camps.” One typhoid outbreak in Manyani killed more than 100 inmates.

Another survivor from Manyani is Kariuki Mungai. He says a much-feared punishment was to be forced to carry the overflowing toilet buckets from the cells. “You had to carry the bucket on your head. They were always overflowing with excrement and urine, and the guards would beat you as you ran with it on your head so that it flowed down your face,” he says. In time, Mungai was forced down the “pipeline” and into the hands of Gavaghan. “There was a day when a group refused to work. Gavaghan called all the guards together and ordered that we all be beaten for an hour. Those who still did not work were beaten again.”

Another former prisoner who has joined the lawsuit, Wambugu wa Nyingi, says Gavaghan ordered inmates to walk on gravel on their knees with their hands up for long periods. He shows me the scars to his knees that he says are the legacy of the punishment. “We were terrified of him,” says Nyingi.

Patrick wa Njogu was a Mau Mau general who led a force fighting from the Mount Kenya forest, which was frequently bombed by the RAF, and who lost a leg after he was shot by British troops. He was arrested, tried for the murder of a forestry officer and acquitted. But he was still sent down the camp pipeline. “I remember the preaching and indoctrination,” says Njogu, who says he was held in 15 camps over six years. “And I remember the beatings and the lack of food and the typhoid. When I was in Gathigiriri [camp] I refused to work digging trenches because I had lost a leg. They still beat me as they beat anyone else who would not work. On one occasion they beat me and dragged me around the camp by my remaining leg.”

Back in Britain, Labour MP Barbara Castle was one of those worried by what was happening in Kenya. Among her sources was Kenya’s assistant police commissioner, Duncan McPherson, who was frustrated at being blocked by the colonial government from prosecuting camp officials. He told Castle of several instances in which Mau Mau prisoners were beaten to death or shot, and about the ensuing cover-ups. “I would say that the conditions I found existing in some camps in Kenya were worse, far worse, than anything I experienced in my four-and-a-half years as a prisoner of the Japanese,” he told Castle.

A Kenyan judge, Arthur Cram, offered a damning verdict after an investigation into torture, murder and cover-up at one interrogation centre, not under Gavaghan, by drawing comparisons with infamous Nazi labour camps. “They not only knew of the shocking floggings that went on in this Kenya Nordhausen, or Mathausen, but must be taken to be the men who were said to have carried them out. From the brutalising of flogging it is only a step to taking life without qualm,” he said in his judgment.

The executioners were also working at a rate unprecedented in the final years of the British Empire. At the height of the emergency, about 50 Kenyans a month were being hanged for rebellion. Prominent Britons, including Bertrand Russell, Michael Foot and Tony Benn, wrote to a senior Kenyan cabinet minister objecting to the numbers of people executed for offences other than murder. The letter noted that in the two years to November 1954, 756 Africans were hanged, more than 500 of them for crimes other than murder and 290 for “unlawful possession of weapons”. Only a minority of the 1,090 eventually executed for Mau Mau-related offences during the emergency were convicted of killings.

What some saw as the inevitable outcome of the camp regimes was realised in March 1959 at a place called Hola, where African guards clubbed 11 prisoners to death while European officers looked on. The camp authorities immediately moved to cover up the cause of the killings. When the local district officer, Willoughby Thompson, arrived, he was told that the dead Mau Mau prisoners were overcome by heat and that water had been thrown over them and they had drowned. Thompson described the explanation as “very improbable”, but it was accepted by the colony’s governor, Baring, and passed on to London. The truth came out in part because Nyingi and other prisoners gave accounts at an inquiry into the killing of the 11 inmates. The investigating magistrate, W H Goudie, blamed officially sanctioned brutality for the deaths.

An official report into the emergency concluded that about 12,000 Mau Mau were killed in the conflict. Some historians put the figure much higher. But the numbers are not what concerns the former prisoners now suing the British government. They are worried that their accounts will not be believed in London because the British do not think they are capable of such abuses. “The British see themselves as good,” says Njero Mugo, another veteran of the camps. “But from the day the first missionaries arrived we never believed that the British stood for the rule of law. They stole our land. They treated us as though they had more right to be in our country than we did. Did you know that if you were walking down the street and you met a white person you had to remove your hat?”

At the end of Gavaghan’s tenure in charge of the Mwea camps, a young district officer, John Nottingham, was assigned to take over. Nottingham, who still lives in Kenya, refused. “I heard the most terrible stories about those camps from my fellow DOs. They didn’t surprise me very much. There had long been indications of the brutality,” he says now. “I went to see Gavaghan in his office. He said that people were just roughed up, it wasn’t anything very violent. He described it as being like a good rugger scrum. I went back to Nairobi and wrote possibly the most pompous note of my life. I said I myself think I know the difference between right and wrong, and I also realise it’s not my job to teach the government the difference between right and wrong. But what you’re doing is wrong and I can’t accept this job.”

In his memoirs, Gavaghan describes Nottingham as encumbered by “confused pretensions and attitudes”. Nottingham says there could not have been many colonial officials who did not know the truth of what was going on. “After Hola I was at a meeting with Baring and other DOs at which Baring was asked if he knew about the violence in the camps. Baring answered no, he knew nothing. He said he had given the strongest possible orders that violence should not be used,” says Nottingham. “Outside the meeting I asked Gavaghan if what Baring had said was true. Didn’t Baring know? And Gavaghan said: ‘Of course he knew.’ People in Britain said our people could never do that. But they did. The men who ran these camps were specially chosen from top schools. They didn’t last long before they fell and the whole argument that we’re bringing civilisation collapsed,” he says. “It’s a big lesson”.



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US and UK Government International Actions Since 1945

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 14, 2006


In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Intervention and Exploitation: US and UK Government International Actions Since 1945



Central America and Mexico |South America | Caribbean | Europe | Africa | Middle East | Asia | Australia and The Pacific Islands

To go to the chronologies just click on the region of interest or use the text link.

Index: Purpose, Objectivity, Planned Updates, Latest, Links, Actions, Contact


This web site gives the chronologies, from approximately 1945 onwards, of countries in which the US and UK governments have intervened, since 1945. It is important to emphasize that the actions here are those of the US and UK governments and not the people of the US and UK. The people in many cases don’t know what has been done in their names and very seldom know the true reasons for these actions. This web site is an attempt to provide information which is not widely known in the US and UK, in order that such interventions can be prevented in the future.


Is the information presented here objective? The author’s opinion is that many actions of the US and UK governments are not taken for the reasons they state and that those actions are harmful to many people. The information presented here helped the author in arriving at this opinion. It is recommended that you examine the information, check its authenticity, weigh it against opposing evidence and draw your own conclusions.

Planned Updates

The nature of this site means it requires constant updating as events unfold and new evidence appears. The following entries are in most urgent need of update and expansion:

US interventions: Albania, Angola, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Cambodia, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Germany, Honduras, Jamaica, Korea, Laos, Lebanon, Marshal Islands, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Somalia, Suriname, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, Uruguay, Venezuela.


6th October 2006 – Bahrain chronology expanded and updated.

18th August 2006 – Afghanistan chronology expanded and updated.

19th May 2006 – Chagos Islands chronology expanded and updated.

7th March 2006 – Egypt chronology expanded.

15th December 2005 – Libya chronology expanded.

28th October 2005 – Sudan chronology expanded.

30th September 2005 – Rwanda chronology expanded.

16th September 2005 – DR Congo chronology expanded.

12th August 2005 – Yugoslavia chronology expanded.

19th April 2005 – Website launched.



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US Terrorize The World – 21 Ramadhan 1427 H (14.10.06)

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 14, 2006


In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update

Why is the American press silent on the report of 655,000 Iraqi deaths?

By any objective standard, the report merits front-page coverage in every major newspaper in the country and extensive discussion and reporting on television news broadcasts. Yet the response of the US press has been to virtually ignore the report and limit its coverage to news accounts on inside pages


Co-Author of Medical Study Estimating 650,000 Iraqi Deaths Defends Research

Les Roberts joins us now from Syracuse, New York — He is one of the main researchers of the study. He was with Johns Hopkins when he co-authored the study but has just taken a post at Columbia University.


Muslim Banker to the poor takes Nobel Peace Prize

Oslo — Bangladeshi economist Muhammad Yunus and his Grameen Bank won the Nobel Peace Prize on Friday for pioneering the use of seemingly insignificant loans — microcredit — to lift millions out of poverty.

Note that is the second Muslim who has one a Noble Prize this year. See also:


Amnesty International warmly congratulates Muhammad Yunus and Grameem Bank on being awarded the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize

“Poverty is both a cause and a consequence of the failure to respect human rights: both economic, social and cultural as well as political and civil. It is driven by human rights violations and perpetuates further abuses. Today’s announcement by the Nobel Peace Prize Committee reinforces Amnesty International’s message that poverty is a major threat to human dignity and an obstacle to promoting peace and justice, but that it is not inevitable and can be overcome through the creativity and courage of individuals and the power of group mobilization,” said Irene Khan, Secretary General of Amnesty International.


EU condemns French bill on mass killings in Armenia as counterproductive

HELSINKI, Finland The European Union on Friday condemned a French bill that would make it a crime to deny that the World War I-era killings of Armenians in Turkey were genocide, describing it as counterproductive at a critical stage in Turkey’s EU entry talks.


Foreign Ministry slams Israeli Ambassador’s racist comments.

The Foreign Ministry on Friday condemned remarks by the Israeli ambassador to Australia in which he told Haaretz that the two countries are white sisters amid “the yellow race” of Asia.


Special Radio 4 documentary, ‘Unveiled’ (listen online)

Fareena Alam, editor of the Muslim magazine Q-News explores the impact of Jack Straw’s views on women wearing the veil, in a special 30-min documentary for Radio 4.
Fareena Alam can be reached on

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Intervention and Exploitation

Map Of US and UK Government International Actions Since 1945


Shameful legacy

In the early 1950s, Mau Mau rebels murdered 32 people in an uprising against colonial rule in Kenya. Britain’s response was brutal: 150,000 Kenyans were detained in camps where, survivors claim, prisoners were beaten, tortured, sexually abused and even murdered. Fifty years on, a handful of them are suing the British government.,,1921282,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=1


Beware Empires in Decline

Just as an empire on the rise, like the United States on the eve of the invasion of Iraq, is often inclined to take rash and ill-considered actions, so an empire on the decline, like the British and French empires after World War II, will engage in senseless, self-destructive acts. And I fear the same can happen to the United States today, as we, too, slip into decline.


Bush’s Willing Legislators

The Case for Impeachment And Why It Won’t Happen.


Documents Reveal Scope of U.S. Database on Antiwar Protests

Internal military documents released Thursday provided new details about the Defense Department’s collection of information on demonstrations nationwide last year by students, Quakers and others opposed to the Iraq war.


Breaking the Silence of the Night

Like many Americans who served in Vietnam and those now serving in Iraq, and countless other human beings throughout history, I had been willing to give my life for my country with little knowledge or awareness of what that really meant. I trusted and believed and had no reason to doubt the sincerity or motives of my government. It would not be until many months later at the Bronx Veterans Hospital in New York that I would begin to question whether I and the others who had gone to that war had gone for nothing.


Lied Into War – An Interview With Daniel Ellsberg

The most famous whistleblower of the Vietnam era, former State and Defence Department official, Daniel Ellsberg, is speaking out, calling on Bush Administration officials to do what he did with the Pentagon papers more than 30 years ago and leak secret documents and war plans to the public. Ellsberg claims President Johnson lied to take America to war in Vietnam. He accuses President Bush of lying to take America to war with Iraq and he believes secret groundwork is being laid for a war with Iran.


American Prison Camps Are on the Way

Kellogg Brown & Root, a Halliburton subsidiary, is constructing a huge facility at an undisclosed location to hold tens of thousands of Bush’s “unlawful enemy combatants.” Americans are certain to be among them.


9/11 : 17 Falsely Accused Guantanamo Detainees Returned to Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan –Sixteen Afghans and one Iranian released from years in captivity at Guantanamo Bay prison arrived in Afghanistan on Thursday, an Afghan official said, maintaining that “most” of the detainees had been falsely accused.

The 16 Afghans appeared at a news conference alongside Sibghatullah Mujaddedi, head of Afghanistan’s reconciliation commission, which assists with the release of detainees from the American detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and the U.S. prison at the Bagram military base north of Kabul.


The Bush administration’s torture of U.S. citizen Jose Padilla

The Bush administration insisted it had the right to abduct and detain U.S. citizens indefinitely and deny them access to any courts or even to any lawyers, to either contest the validity of their detention or the legality of their treatment. That is still the Bush administration’s position, and the Congress less than two weeks ago purported to give the President the legal authority to do virtually all of that.


‘Cops tortured Chechen for terror confession’

The last article written by murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya was an account from a Chechen man who said police passed electric shocks through his fingers until he confessed to terrorism.


The Human Cost of the War in Iraq. A Mortality Study, 2002-2006. pdf


Congressman Shays: Abu Ghraib Wasn’t torture

2 Minute Video: At an October 11, 2006 Debate at Congregation B’nai Israel in Bridgeport, CT, Chris Shays states that what happened in Abu Ghraib was a sex ring, not torture.


Shays defends comments on Abu Ghraib

“This is outrageous for a sitting congressman,” said Joshua Rubenstein, Northeast regional director for Amnesty International. “The photographs did not only depict humiliating and degrading treatment of prisoners. They showed prisoners who were killed.”


U.S marines accused of murdering British journalist

A Coroner is to ask the UK’s attorney general to consider bringing charges against US troops who killed ITN reporter Terry Lloyd in southern Iraq.


US ‘unlawfully killed’ ITN journalist US ‘unlawfully killed’ ITN journalist

The widow of the ITN reporter Terry Lloyd has called for a murder trial after a coroner ruled that he was unlawfully killed by US troops. Andrew Walker, Oxfordshire’s assistant deputy coroner, said he would write to the Attorney General and Director of Public Prosecutions “to see whether any steps can be taken to bring the perpetrators responsible for this to justice”.

You have to wonder what Lloyd witnessed that American troops didn’t want the world to see.


When Evil Doing Comes Like Falling Rain

UN reports estimate that one out of every four Iraqi children suffers from acute malnourishment. The colloquial word for this condition is “wasting.”


British Army Chief Says Troops Should Be Pulled Out Of Iraq

Tony Blair has received a public warning from the country’s most senior military commander that the British presence in Iraq is threatening disaster there and in the UK.


UK Government stunned by Army chief’s Iraq blast

General Sir Richard Dannatt said troops should come home within two years – flatly contradicting the Prime Minister’s policy that the military will stay “as long as it takes”. In unprecedented comments he warned that the Army could ‘break’ if British soldiers are kept too long in Iraq.


General Clarifies Iraq Comment

After suggesting that British troops be withdrawn from Iraq, Gen. Richard Dannatt, is backpedaling through the firestorm his comment caused.


Iraq loses 25 police to violence each day

Violence in Iraq forces the interior ministry to budget a loss of 25 police officers each day to death or permanent injury, a US security advisor said.


Two British “contractors” killed in bombing south of Baghdad

Two British “security contractors” were killed after an explosive device targeted the US military engineering team they were accompanying between the cities of Karbala and Najaf, said an Iraqi security source on Friday.


9 Marines Killed In occupied Iraq Identified

Defense Department Says All Died Fighting In Anbar Province Within The Last Week


U.S. Casualties Surge Amid Worsening Iraq Occupation

At least 44 U.S. troops have been killed so far in October. At the current pace, the month would be the deadliest for U.S. forces since January 2005.


Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Thursday, 12 October 2006.

  • Iraqi Resistance fighters ambush, destroy US Bradley armored vehicle in Hit, leaving five US troops reported dead Thursday afternoon.
  • Resistance bomb throws US Humvee into river near al-Fallujah early Thursday afternoon, three American troops reported killed.
  • Resistance ambush leaves four US Marines, including an officer, reported dead in ar-Ramadi Thursday afternoon.
  • Four US troops killed in Resistance land mine explosion near al-Habbaniyah before dawn Thursday.
  • Resistance mortars pound US troops working to clear out ruined Falcon Forward Base on Thursday night.
  • US trucks seen hauling burned out tanks out of Baghdad on Thursday evening, two days after Resistance barrage devastated American Falcon Forward Base arsenal.
  • Fierce fighting breaks out in al-Mawsil Thursday evening; Resistance men battle Americans and their puppet regime allies into the night on both sides of Tigris River.
  • US soldier reported killed by Resistance sharpshooter’s bullet in Tall ‘Afar Thursday morning.
  • US forces burst into home of religious leader in al-Karmah, abduct him and two brothers.
  • Resistance shoots down unmanned US spy plane over ar-Ramadi Thursday afternoon.
  • Resistance car bomber blasts US column in ar-Ramadi, destroying two military vehicles.
  • US forces seal off ar-Ramadi from outside world Thursday morning.
  • Resistance car bomb wounds puppet policemen in Baghdad’s al-Bab ash-Sharqi district Thursday.
  • Resistance car bomb destroys US supply truck, killing drivers, on Wednesday.
  • US forces stage lightning raid on al-Mahmudiyah late Wednesday night, kill elderly guard at water treatment plant.
  • Resistance mortars pound Iraqi puppet “National Guard” checkpoint in al-Latifiyah Wednesday evening.
  • Puppet police chief in al-Hillah targeted by Resistance bomb. Resistance bomb blasts car carrying four US security guards.


Police arrest 10 Israeli settler youths who beat Palestinians harvesting olives

Police arrived on the scene and arrested 10 suspects. A search revealed the young settlers were carrying a knife, two saws, two hammers, a hoe and brass knucles.


Prof. John Dugard, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory Second Session of the Human Rights Council



Israeli Attacks Kill 8 In The Occupied Gaza Strip

Those killed include a 13-year-old boy and a two year old child.


Palestinians clash with Israeli police outside occupied Jerusalem

Clashes erupted Friday at several checkpoints outside Jerusalem as Palestinians protested against an Israeli restriction on their entry to the al-Aqsa mosque compound in the city for Friday prayers.


Palestinian PM Rules Out Ever Recognizing Israel

” Resistance is a legitimate right…We will not give up our right to defend ourselves.”


US launches $42 Million plan to help Hamas opponents

US Officials and consultants say the effort is being conducted without fanfare in order to protect the Palestinians who are receiving US Help — some already branded by Hamas leaders as collaborators with Washington and Israel.,7340,L-3314563,00.html


US law experts question timing of Qaeda treason charge

The first treason charge against an American since the World War II era has puzzled some law experts who suspect that political motives were behind the move less than a month before congressional elections.


Rep. Ney pleads guilty

Rep. Bob Ney pleaded guilty Friday in the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling investigation, the first lawmaker to confess to crimes in an election-year scandal that has stained the Republican-controlled Congress and the Bush administration.


Frist’s Charity Under Scrutiny: (AP)

Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s AIDS charity paid nearly a half-million dollars in consulting fees to members of his political inner circle, according to tax returns providing the first financial accounting of the presidential hopeful’s nonprofit.


U.S. agents question teen: Girl ran anti-Bush page on MySpace

Julia Wilson, 14, got a surprise visit from two Secret Service agents Wednesday at McClatchy High after the words “Kill Bush” appeared on


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The End of the U.S. as a Civilized Nation

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 13, 2006


In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

The End of the U.S. as a Civilized Nation

By Ted Rall

10/12/06 “Information Clearing House” — — SEATTLE–Students of historical hysteria immediately saw 9/11 as America’s version of the Reichstag Fire. Both incidents were organic acts of terrorism (contrary to popular misconception, the Nazis didn’t set the 1933 fire) seized upon by power-hungry government officials to justify the crushing of political dissent and the rolling back of civil liberties. Hitler began marching his people into the abyss immediately upon seizing power in 1933, but Nazi Germany’s fate as a rogue nation wasn’t sealed until two years later, in the late summer of 1935.

Before then there had been heinous violations of human rights. Nazi authorities detained thousands of socialists and communists in concentration camps (death camps weren’t built until 1941). Many were tortured; some died in custody. Stormtroopers enforced state-sanctioned boycotts of Jewish-owned businesses. Brownshirts beat Jews in the streets as the police stood by and watched. Ignoring Germany’s treaty obligations, Hitler poured millions into the armed forces and threatened to use them against Germany’s neighbors. No one could doubt that Germany was in the hands of militaristic right-wing thugs.

Until 1935, however, the home of Goethe and Beethoven had not entirely abandoned the universal values accepted by civilized states. True, top German officials and street-level Nazi Party members were breaking all sorts of laws, including constitutional protections against racial and religious discrimination. That’s precisely the point: the law endured. Pre-Nazi legal infrastructure and laws, including the 1920s-era “Weimar” Constitution–still the Western world’s gold standard for protecting individual rights and privileges–remained in force. Technically, anyway.

Had there been the political will, Hitler and his goons could have been arrested and tried under German law. The German government was a lost cause, but the German nation still had a (slim) chance. Until 1935.

That’s when Germany officially codified the Nazis’ uncivilized anti-Semitism by passing the Nuremberg Laws. Jews were stripped of citizenship and banned from marrying or dating non-Jews. The laws were a form of legalized harassment, prohibiting Jews from displaying German flags or shopping in stores at certain times. Turning Jews into legal pariahs paved the way for the Holocaust. More immediately, the barbaric ipso facto policies of the Nazi government had corrupted Germany’s lofty and admirable system of legal guarantees. Even though German law hadn’t been of much help to Jews before–well, there had been the occasional arrest and prosecution of a brownshirt who had gone “too far”–now there was every reason for them to succumb to hopelessness. Germany was no longer a civilized nation in the clutches of gangsters. It had become a gangster nation.

Similarly, the recently passed Military Commissions Act removes the United States from the ranks of civilized nations. It codifies racial and political discrimination, legalizes kidnapping and torture of those the government deems its political enemies, and eliminates habeas corpus–the ancient precept that prevents the police from arresting and holding you without cause–a basic protection common to all (other) modern legal systems, and one that dates to the Magna Carta.

Between 2001 and 2006, George W. Bush worked tirelessly to eliminate freedoms and liberties Americans have long taken for granted. The Bush Administration’s CIA, mercenary and military state terrorists kidnapped thousands of innocent people and held them at secret prisons around the world for months and years at a time. These people were never charged with a crime. (There was good reason for that. As the government itself admitted, fewer than ten had actually done anything wrong.) Yet hundreds, maybe even thousands, were tortured.

Under American law these despicable acts were illegal. They were, by definition, un-American. Although it didn’t help the dozens of Bush torture victims who died from beatings and drowning, the pre-Bush American judicial system worked. The Republican-controlled U.S. Supreme Court handed down one decision after another ordering the White House to give its “detainees” trials or let them go. For a brief, shining moment, it looked like there was hope for the U.S. to find its way back to the light.

Now, thanks to a gullible passel of Republican senators and an unhinged leader who is banking that Americans are just as passive as the Germans of the mid-1930s, we have our own Nuremberg Laws.

Under the terrifying terms of the radical new Military Commissions Act, Bush can declare anyone–including you–an “unlawful enemy combatant,” a term that doesn’t exist in U.S. or international law. All he has to do is sign a piece of paper claiming that you “purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States.” The law’s language is brilliantly vague, allowing the president to imprison–for the rest of his or her life–anyone, including a U.S. citizen, from someone who makes a contribution to a group he disapproves of to a journalist who criticizes the government.

Although Bush and his top officials ordered and endorsed torture, the courts had found that it was illegal under U.S. law and treaty obligations. Now torture is, for the first time, legal.

“Over all,” reports The New York Times, “the legislation reallocates power among the three branches of government, taking authority away from the judiciary and handing it to the president.” Bruce Ackerman, professor of law and political science at Yale, notes that the MCA trashes the centuries-old right of a prisoner to petition to the courts: “If Congress can strip courts of jurisdiction over cases because it fears their outcome, judicial independence is threatened.”

How did we get here? Good Germans–and many of them were decent, moral people–asked themselves the same thing. The answer is incrementalism, the tendency of radical change to manifest itself in bits and pieces. People who should have known better–journalists, Democrats, and Republicans who are more loyal to their country than their party–allowed Bush and his neofascist gangsters to hijack our republic and its values. They weren’t as bad as Bush. They just couldn’t see the big picture.

Just as no single rollback led marked the transition from the Weimar Republic to the Third Reich, no event is individually responsible for America’s shocking five-year transformation from beacon of freedom to autocratic torture state. It wasn’t just letting Bush get away with his 2000 coup d’état. It wasn’t just us standing by as he deliberately allowed his family friend Osama bin Laden to escape, or as he invaded Afghanistan, or as he built the concentration camps at Guantánamo and elsewhere, or even Iraq. It was all of those things collectively.

The Military Commissions Act signals that our traditional system of beliefs and government has irrevocably devolved into moral bankruptcy. Memo to Senator McCain: You don’t negotiate with terrorists, and you don’t compromise with torturers.

It doesn’t matter how much food aid we ship to the victims of the next global natural disaster, or how diplomatic our next president is, or whether we come to regret what we have done in the name of law and order. Our laws permit kidnapping, torture and murder. Our laws deny access to the courts. The United States has ceded the moral high ground to its enemies.

We are done.

Ted Rall is the author of the new graphic travelogue “Silk Road to Ruin: Is Central Asia the New Middle East?” Visit his website



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The United States as Defined by the Founding Fathers No Longer Exists

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 13, 2006


In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

The United States as Defined by the Founding Fathers No Longer Exists

By Paul Craig Roberts

10/12/06 “Information Clearing House” — — When does “collateral damage” so dwarf combatant deaths that war becomes genocide?

Bush’s illegal invasion of Iraq has cost 655,000 Iraqis their lives. That is the conclusion of a study financed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for International Studies and conducted by physicians under the direction of Johns Hopkins University epidemiologists. These are deaths over and above the pre- invasion mortality rate. Bush’s illegal invasion raised Iraq’s mortality rate from 5.5 deaths per 1,000 people per year to 13.3 deaths per 1,000 people per year. The study is published by the distinguished British medical journal, The Lancet, and is available on the journal’s online site (October 11).

The study uses a scientific method known as “cluster sampling.” In 87% of the deaths, the researchers requested death certificates, and more than 90% of the surveyed households produced the death certificates. Violence accounted for 601,000 deaths and disease and destruction of civilian infrastructure accounted for 54,000 deaths. The violent deaths are attributed to gunshot wounds, coalition air strikes, and car bombs.

Johns Hopkins University epidemiologist Gilbert Burnham says, “We’re very confident with the results.” Columbia University epidemiologist Ronald Waldman says the survey method used is “tried and true” and that “this is the best estimate of mortality we have.”

When asked about the report, President Bush stated: “I don’t consider it a credible report.” Bush, of course, is not reality-based, and he knows that any unfavorable news is “enemy propaganda.” That’s what the neocons who pull his strings tell him, and that is what he believes.

What percentage of these 655,000 deaths were insurgents or “terrorists”? Probably 1% and no more than 2%. Bush’s “war on terror” is, in fact, a war on Iraqi civilians.

Bush’s invasion has also spawned sectarian conflict or civil war, although the Bush regime denies it. Even Bush is smart enough to know that “bringing freedom and democracy to Iraq” is not compatible with setting off a civil war in Iraq. Since Bush, the faith-based, believes that he is bringing “freedom and democracy to Iraq,” he cannot accept the fact that he has started a civil war.

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians are not the only innocent victims of Bush’s illegal aggression. The New York Times (October
11) reports that Department of Veterans Affairs documents show that about one in five US soldiers who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan have suffered at least partial disability.

To date more than 100,000 US troops who are veterans of these wars have been granted disability compensation. Although the US cannot put on the ground in Iraq more than 150,000 troops at one time, 1.5 million troops have served so far and 567,000 have been discharged of which 100,000 are receiving disability payments.

Paul Sullivan, director of programs for Veterans for America, says that the current rate of injuries will produce 400,000 American veterans suffering 30% to 100% disability. Apparently, one of the severe forms of disability is post-traumatic stress, which does not count as a physical wound.

What is America’s reward for Bush’s illegal wars that have killed
655,000 Iraqis, an uncounted number of Afghanis, and disabled as many as 400,000 US troops?

According to the US National Intelligence Estimate and to practically every Middle East expert, Bush’s invasions have radicalized the Muslim Middle East, created legions of recruits for extremists, undermined America’s puppet rulers, imperiled Israel, and destroyed America’s reputation.

We are talking about over one million casualties that have no other cause than blatant lies by Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, the bloodthirsty neoconservative cabal that occupies Bush’s subcabinet, and their corporate media propagandists, especially The Weekly Standard, Fox News, National Review, CNN, and the Wall Street Journal editorial page. The Bush regime deceived America and the world with its lies that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction that would be turned against the West by terrorists. By giving speeches that continually mentioned Iraq in the same context as 9/11, the Bush regime created the widespread impression, still prevalent among Americans, that Iraq was responsible for 9/11.

What kind of government would destroy the lives through death or disability of over one million people for no valid reason?

The same kind of government that fires its own lawyers for doing their constitutional duty. Navy lawyer Lt. Cmdr. Charles Swift was assigned the task of bringing Salim Hamdan to a guilty plea before the unconstitutional military tribunal that President Bush created for Guantanamo detainees. Instead, Cmdr. Swift did his duty and defended his client, winning in the US Supreme Court. The Bush administration retaliated by blocking Cmdr. Swift’s promotion, which killed his military career and sent the chilling message to all US military and government attorneys that constitutional scruples are career-enders in the Bush regime. Anyone who stands for the US Constitution is against Bush and his neocon regime.

The Bush regime is proceeding exactly as the Nazi regime proceeded. First, eliminate every person of conscience and integrity from the government. Second, redefine duty as service to the leader: “You are with us or against us”–a formulation that leaves no place for duty to the US Constitution. Patriotism is redefined from loyalty to country and Constitution to loyalty to the government’s leader.

Americans are too inattentive and distracted to be aware of the grave danger that the neoconservative Bush regime presents to American liberty and to world stability. The neoconservative drive to achieve hegemony over the American people and the entire world is similar to Hitler’s drive for hegemony. Hitler used racial superiority to justify Germany’s right to ride roughshod over other peoples and the right of the Nazi elite to rule over the German people. Neoconservatives use “American exceptionalism” and “the war on terror.” There is no practical difference. Hitler cared no more about the peoples he mowed down in his drive for supremacy than the neoconservatives care about 655,000 dead Iraqis, 100,000 disabled American soldiers and 2,747 dead ones.

When Bush, the Decider, claims unconstitutional powers and uses “signing statements” to negate US law whenever he feels the rule of law is in the way of his leadership, he is remarkably similar to Hitler, the Fuhrer, who told the Reichstag on February 20, 1938: “A man who feels it his duty at such an hour to assume the leadership of his people is not responsible to the laws of parliamentary usage or to a particular democratic conception, but solely to the mission placed upon him. And anyone who interferes with this mission is an enemy of the people.”

” You are with us or against us.”



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US Terrorize The World – 20 Ramadhan 1427 H (13.10.06)

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 13, 2006


In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Muslim Women Challenge Jack Straw’s Divisive Comments Regarding the Veil

London, UK, October 11 – Hundreds of Muslim women will gather at a seminar on Saturday, organised by the women’s chapter of Hizb-ut-Tahrir Britain , to challenge the inflammatory remarks made by Jack Straw and other ministers against the veil. They will discuss how these irresponsible statements made by politicians hoping to score cheap political points have added fuel to the fire of prejudice surrounding the Muslim community.


Margaret Wente of the Globe and Mail begs Muslim women to remove their veils as veiled women give her “a chill”

Whenever I see a woman in a veil walking down the street, I get a chill. I’m not talking about women in head scarves, or even women dressed entirely in black. I’m talking about the full shroud, with only a slit left for the eyes. Not many women dress like this in Canada, but I’m seeing more and more, at least a couple every week.


The United States as Defined by the Founding Fathers No Longer Exists

When does “collateral damage” so dwarf combatant deaths that war becomes genocide?


A Last Wild Ride on the Titanic

Yesterday’s report in the Washington Post that over 650,000 Iraqis have died as a result of the US-led invasion is just the latest bit of bad news to hit the Bush administration. In fact, the buzzards have been circling the White House for some time now and they won’t be leaving anytime soon.


The End of the U.S. as a Civilized Nation

The recently passed Military Commissions Act removes the United States from the ranks of civilized nations. It codifies racial and political discrimination, legalizes kidnapping and torture of those the government deems its political enemies, and eliminates habeas corpus–the ancient precept that prevents the police from arresting and holding you without cause–a basic protection common to all (other) modern legal systems, and one that dates to the Magna Carta.


The Dumbing Down of America

Something is amiss in the great nation called America. Ominous sirens warning this reality can be heard emanating loudly through invisible winds of change circulating our towns and cities. The American people are being strangulated; unbeknownst to the masses they are being transformed and conditioned, becoming the entity the elite have long sought, the culmination of decades of social engineering designed to make of hundreds of millions the slaves of times past and the automatons of the future.


The Assassins of Truth

I charge that the government is engaged in immoral and criminal conduct on a global scale. That it does not conform to the norms of civil society; that it is sociopathic, and flagrantly violates domestic and international law. The form of government that we have does not serve the citizenry—it preys upon them. It is not a government of the people, for the people. It is government of the corporations, for the corporations, by the corporations—a corporate Plutocracy.


Busy fondling their self-esteem

As the news reveals a study that puts civilian deaths in Iraq at 655,000, John Pilger recalls the words of a song by the great Chilean balladeer, Victor Jara, to describe those who see themselves as rational and liberal are, in fact, complicit in an unrecognised crime.


Randi Rhodes Interviews Dr. Les Roberts; co-author of the Johns Hopkins Iraq Mortality Study

The Iraqi death toll has reached 655,000! Johns Hopkins University has just released the only truly scientific accounting on the matter since their 2004 report on the post-invasion death toll.

Click here to listen


Bush discounts report on Iraq toll as ‘not credible’

President George W. Bush has dismissed as “not credible” an independent US study which estimated that 655,000 Iraqis had died in Iraq since the 2003 US invasion.


Excess Death in Iraq

I have worked for eight months in Iraq as a journalist, witnessing the carnage on a daily basis, visiting the morgues with bodies and body parts piled into them, meeting family after family who had lost a loved one, or more … Finally, we get an accurate figure that shows how immense the scale of the long drawn carnage really is.


Mortar attack caused US ammo dump fire in Iraq

BAGHDAD, Oct 11 (Reuters) – A mortar attack caused Tuesday night’s fire at a U.S. ammunition dump in southern Baghdad that sparked a barrage of explosions that continued to shake the capital on Wednesday morning, a U.S. military spokesman said.

The Islamic Army in Iraq, one of a number of militant groups operating in the country, claimed responsibility for the attack.

“The Islamic Army … (launched) rockets and mortar bombs … at a base for the occupying American forces,” said the statement signed by the group and posted on a Web site often used by Islamist militants.


UK ex-minister urged Aljazeera bombing

David Blunkett, the UK’s former home secretary, has said that during the 2003 invasion of Iraq he suggested to Tony Blair that Britain’s military should bomb Aljazeera’s television transmitter in Baghdad.


Baker’s Panel Rules Out Iraq Victory

A commission formed to assess the Iraq war and recommend a new course has ruled out the prospect of victory for America, according to draft policy options shared with The New York Sun by commission officials.


At least 34 killed in ongoing U.S. Occupation of Iraq

Gunmen raided the offices of al-Shaabiya Iraqi satellite television channel in Baghdad and killed 11 people, including guards, technicians and administrative staff


Data Suggests Vast Costs Loom in Disability Claims

Nearly one in five soldiers leaving the military after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan has been at least partly disabled as a result of service, according to documents of the Department of Veterans Affairs obtained by a Washington research group.


Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Wednesday, 11 October 2006.

  • Iraqi Resistance rockets blast into biggest American arsenal in Iraq, setting off unprecedented explosions illuminating Baghdad sky just before midnight Tuesday.
  • American soldier reported shot to death in al-Hadithah Tuesday afternoon.
  • US soldier reported killed by Iraqi Reistance sharpshooter in Hit.
  • Resistance bomb kills US soldier in at-Tarimiyah Tuesday morning.
  • Resistance bomb blasts US patrol in southern al-Fallujah.
  • Resistance truck bomber kills six puppet “Iraqi National Guards” in Abu Ghurayb.
  • Resistance sharpshooter kills Iraqi puppet soldier in ar-Ramadi Tuesday.
  • Nine huge transport planes ferry American casualties to al-Habbaniyah airbase from devastating Tuesday night Resistance strike on US Falcon arsenal, indicating heavy American losses. US claims “no casualties,” but Iraqi regime evacuates 90 injured puppet troops to ar-Ramadi hospital.
  • Remains of US Falcon arsenal described as “burned out wasteland with no buildings.” US helicopters continue to dump water on site Wednesday to extinguish last flames. Puppet officials estimate US losses could exceed US$1 billion. Iraqi puppet army orders two regiments to move to southern Baghdad to fill gap left by decimated American troops.
  • Resistance bomb blasts US vehicle near al-Baghdadi, reportedly killing four US troops late Wednesday night.
  • US air strike kills Iraqi family north of al-Fallujah Wednesday.
  • Three US troops reported killed in Resistance bombing in ar-Ramadi Wednesday morning.
  • Three US troops reported killed in Resistance attack in Baghdad’s al-A’zamiyah district late Wednesday night.
  • Four US troops reported killed in bold Resistance attack near “Green Zone” Wednesday afternoon.
  • New study in The Lancet reveals 655,000 Iraqis killed by US war in Iraq.
  • Resistance men assault US camp in al-Fallujah late Tuesday.
  • Resistance blasts US headquarters in al-Fallujah Tuesday afternoon for third straight day.
  • Iraqi Resistance blasts US al-Habbaniyah base with three mortar shells Wednesday night.
  • Resistance rockets blast US camp in southern Baghdad before sunrise Wednesday.
  • Resistance car bomber blasts US vehicle in Balad on Tuesday.
  • Resistance bomb wounds US troops in al-Musayyib Wednesday morning.
  • Resistance pounds US al-Ghazlani base in al-Mawsil late Wednesday night.


Israeli Occupation Forces kill six Palestinians in occupied Gaza

A spokesman for the Hamas military wing on Thursday vowed the group would take harsh revenge for an Israel Occupation Forces operation in Gaza, in which six people – including four militants – were killed.


Israel’s bombs Hamas man’s Gaza home: kills three including 8-year-old girl

Farwana survived the attack, but the strike killed his brother, 25-year-old Aiman Farwana, and a 8-year-old girl.


Collateral damage

Sometimes tragedies happen, but the tragedy of the Hamad family is almost too much to describe.


“Gaza. Inexplicable Wounds And New Weapons”

Video report: This report has been triggered by the warning launched in mid-july by some doctors of Gaza hospitals, who, for the first time, have treated inexplicable wounds which, in at least 62 cases, have caused the amputation of a lower limb.


Academic to quit post in anger over Israel

PROMINENT Israeli academic and author Tanya Reinhart plans to quit as emeritus professor at Tel Aviv University in protest against her Government’s handling of the Palestinian issue.


Nuclear Umbrella? The Peril of Missile Defense

The US will spend some $9 billion this year to develop ballistic missile defenses, with $9.3 billion slated for next year. Total US military spending exceeds half a trillion dollars for 2006. The September 16, 2006 International Herald Tribune reports that the US now spends more on its military than does the rest of the world combined.


China backs off N. Korea sanctions

China appeared to shy away from backing U.S. efforts to impose a travel ban and financial sanctions on North Korea for its claimed nuclear test, saying any U.N. action should focus on bringing its communist neighbor back to talks.


Russia urges U.S. not to rush N. Korea vote

Russia urged the United States not to rush the vote, saying Moscow still had differences and the U.S. should wait for the results of a flurry of high-level diplomacy. China backed Russia’s call,


War pimp alert: IDF: ‘Only a military strike will stop Iran’

“Only a military strike by the US and its allies will stop Iran attaining nuclear weapons,” an IDF spokesman said on Thursday.


War pimp alert: US General: Strikes on Iran possible by 2007

U.S Air Force General reveals details of possible US aerial offensive against Iran should diplomacy fail to solve dispute over Tehran’s nuclear ambition; says ‘doing it alone’ is not an option for Israel



MUSE frontman MATT BELLAMY has sensationally claimed 9/11 was an “inside job”, insisting the attack on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon was orchestrated to give America a perfect an excuse to invade Iraq.

Bellamy is convinced the US government knows more information surrounding the attack on their country in September 2001 than the public is aware of. The outspoken singer says, “September 11 is clearly an inside job, there’s massive evidence that suggests that it was either allowed to happen or even worse, deliberately made to happen.


Update on Padilla motion to dismiss for outrageous government conduct

In an effort to gain Mr. Padilla’s “dependency and trust,” he was tortured for nearly the entire three years and eight months of his unlawful detention. The torture took myriad forms, each designed to cause pain, anguish, depression and, ultimately, the loss of will to live.


First US Citizen Indicted for Treason Since WWII Era

A former resident of Orange County, Calif., has become the first person to be charged with treason against the United States since the World War II era, the U.S. Department of Justice announced on Wednesday.


UK: Abu Hamza paid £220,000 for house while in prison

GORDON BROWN was asked last night to explain how Abu Hamza al-Masri, the militant cleric, managed to buy a £220,000 house in London while being held in a top-security prison.,,17129-2400156,00.html


US develops software that could track global press

WASHINGTON: The US Department of Homeland Security plans to develop software that analyses and summarises opinions expressed in articles, providing a possible tool for better monitoring what is written about the United States in the global press. The department says it will spend 2.4 million dollars over the next three years supporting research at three US universities using computer science to analyse human language in texts.


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Big Victory of Iraqi Muslim Resistence

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 12, 2006

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 10 October 2006


Iraqi Resistance rockets blast into biggest American arsenal in Iraq setting off unprecedented explosions, illuminating Baghdad sky just before midnight Tuesday.

In a dispatch posted at 12:30am Makkah time Wednesday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a short while earlier Iraqi Resistance forces had attacked and blown up the largest US weapons arsenal depot in the American General Headquarters in the south of Baghdad.

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the arsenal, located in the as-Saqr Base in the south of Baghdad is the main supplier of equipment to the US forces. It came under Resistance rocket attack late on Tuesday night. At the time of reporting, mountains of American arms and ammunition were continuing to explode in the sky in a huge fire unprecedented in Baghdad’s history.

In response, US aircraft hysterically rocketed and bombed various parts of the city, the correspondent reported, trying to knock out the launch sites of the rockets that blasted into the American arsenal.

A source in the Iraqi puppet regime told Mafkarat al-Islam that the Resistance blasted the American arsenal, known as Camp Falcon, with Grad and Katyusha rockets.

The source admitted that dozens of Americans had been killed or wounded in the blasts that were still ripping the American arsenal apart. The source said that the US forces were unable to do anything to stop the massive inferno of flame and explosions that was lighting up the Baghdad sky like fireworks.

Reuters reported the puppet regime’s “Iraqiyah” television network as showing pictures of a huge fire lighting up the night sky. Reuters reporters in central Baghdad heard more than 30 explosions, which began at about 11pm local time Tuesday night.

The puppet “Iraqi Interior Ministry” said the explosions had rocked three neighborhoods close to Forward Operating Base Falcon in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah.

US aircraft attack districts in Baghdad around midnight Tuesday – Wednesday.

In a dispatch posted at 11:55pm Makkah time Tuesday night, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that US warplanes were at that moment attacking several areas in the heart of Baghdad.

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the American rockets were setting off thunderous explosions in the al-Bayya‘ Bridge area and the al-‘Amil neighborhood of the occupied Iraqi capital.

A short while earlier, a US fighter-bomber rocketed a house in the as-Sayyidiyah area of Baghdad. No further details were immediately available on the nature or extent of casualties because the nighttime curfew was in force when the Americans attacked.

In yet another attack, the Mafkarat al-Islam correspondent reported that the headquarters of the puppet “Iraqi Interior Ministry Shock Troops (Maghawir)” in the ash-Shurtah ar-Rabi‘ah district were at that time under fierce bombardment and were on fire. American helicopters were swarming over the area, the correspondent reported.


Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Wednesday, 11 October 2006

Nine huge American transport planes unload casualties from devastating Resistance strike on US Falcon Base in Baghdad just before midnight Tuesday, indicating heavy American losses.

In a bulletin posted at 2am Makkah time before dawn Wednesday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported its correspondent in al-Habbaniyah as saying that the US military hospital at the massive American-occupied air base there had begun to receive dead and wounded personnel from the devastating Resistance rocket assault on the US Falcon arsenal in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah. Just before midnight Tuesday, the Iraqi Resistance fired barrages of Katyusha and Grad rockets into the arsenal, the largest such facility in occupied Iraq, causing the ordnance to begin to explode. Western news reports stated that the blasts continued for hours lighting up the nighttime sky over Baghdad.

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported at that hour that three huge US transport aircraft emblazoned with the red cross had flown into the base, and casualties were being unloaded and sent into the hospital at the al-Habbaniyah base, located some 70km west of Baghdad.

Later, in a dispatch posted at 2:45am Makkah time Wednesday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that two more huge transport planes had arrived in the US-occupied al-Habbaniyah airbase, 70km west of Baghdad carrying casualties from the devastating Resistance assault on America’s Falcon Base in the US-occupied as-Saqr (Falcon) Forward Base in Sukkaniya located in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah.

The al-Habbaniyah correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses in the village of al-Bu Mar‘i, about 2km from the US-occupied air base, as saying that as of that time, a total of five enormous transport planes had flown into the base emblazoned with the red cross. The transports came in under fighter escort, the fighter planes remained aloft circling al-Habbaniyah as the transports set down.

The witnesses said that the US occupation forces illuminated the base – something they do not normally do – as swarms of American helicopters prowled the skies around the area, trying to prevent Resistance rocket attacks.

Then in a dispatch posted at 5:15pm Makkah time Wednesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that at 7am Wednesday morning the last of a total of nine huge transport planes had landed at the US-occupied al-Habbaniyah airbase, site of America’s largest military hospital in the country, during the night.

The al-Habbaniyah correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the transport planes continued to land and take off all night and into Wednesday morning ferrying back and forth under fighter escort from Baghdad loaded with dead and wounded Americans.

The correspondent reported eyewitnesses as saying that the aircraft did indeed fly into al-Habbaniyah from Baghdad. The huge transport planes arrived over al-Habbaniyah with fighter escort and then would break away from the warplanes land at the airfield and then take off again after about 20 minutes.

A source in the Iraqi puppet army told Mafkarat al-Islam that the US forces transported more than 90 Iraqi puppet troops to hospital for treatment after the blasts began to shake the southern part of the city. This number was confirmed by Dr. ‘Umar ‘Abdallah ar-Rawi of ar-Ramadi Hospital who told Mafkarat al-Islam that “90 wounded Iraqi troops were brought to us late in the night.” He indicated that the Americans requested his hospital to clear a wing for them and they did so.

Residents of al-Habbaniyah agreed that nine massive transport planes arrived at various times during the night and into the morning bringing casualties to the US military hospital at the base. The first three planes arrived at 1am local time, witnesses said. The fourth plane landed at about 1:30am, then a fifth about 10 minutes later. Then at 3:30am two more large transports arrived at al-Habbaniyah airbase, and the last two transports were seen coming in at 7am local time Wednesday morning.

Although the nighttime curfew is usually lifted at around 6am each morning, the correspondent reported that US forces only opened the roads and lifted the automobile curfew in al-Habbaniyah at 8am Wednesday morning.

In its announcements regarding the attack, US officials denied that the attack on the arsenal caused any casualties at all. Mafkarat al-Islam observed, however, that the landing of nine massive transport planes carrying US casualties was an important indicator that the number of Americans killed or wounded in the Resistance assault on Falcon arsenal was very substantial.

The new American military hospital in al-Habbaniyah, reportedly the largest in occupied Iraq, was opened on 12 May this year in response to rising US casualties.


Remains of US Falcon arsenal described as “burned out wasteland with no buildings.” US helicopters dump water on site during the day Wednesday to extinguish last flames. Puppet officials estimate US losses could exceed US$1 billion.

In a dispatch posted at 4:15pm Makkah time Wednesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that a source in the puppet “Iraqi Defense Ministry” had revealed that US forces and their Iraqi puppet allies would begin clearing and cleaning away the US Forward Base Falcon (as-Saqr Base) in Sukkaniya in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah on Wednesday.

The puppet “Defense Ministry” source told Mafkarat al-Islam that the base would never return to the way it had been prior to the attack and that it was now a “burned out wasteland with no buildings.”

The source said that at the present time US helicopters were pouring water intensely on the remains of the arsenal to make sure that the last flames of the fire were finally extinguished. Earlier on Wednesday, US forces announced that the fires were still burning in the arsenal which the Americans admitted was the biggest in Iraq and which they acknowledged had been destroyed. The US military claimed that the devastating explosions that lasted for hours and lit up the skies over Baghdad caused no casualties.

Losses could top US$1 billion.

In a dispatch posted at 4pm Makkah time Wednesday afternoon, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Iraqi puppet officials expected that the losses sustained by the US military as a result of the destruction of the Falcon Arsenal would total more than a billion US dollars.

The Baghdad correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that Major General Bilal Ahmad al-‘Ithawi, an adviser to the puppet “Iraqi Defense Minister” for transport and supply, visited ad-Durah on Wednesday morning and said that the attack had inflicted enormous losses on the US military that could total more than US$1 billion.

General al-‘Ithawi said that the Falcon base was the biggest US arsenal in central Iraq and was the launching point for US military operations. The arsenal contained more than 50 tanks; numerous artillery pieces; a landing strip for Chinook helicopters, some of which were parked there when the place exploded; in addition to armories containing weapons and ammunition. He said that all the buildings and furnishings of the base had been totally destroyed, and the archive records of the US troops was completely wiped out.

General al-‘Ithawi said however that the biggest fear among Iraqi puppet officials during the night was that the Americans might have stockpiled low grade nuclear arms or chemical weapons such as were used in the Second Battle of al-Fallujah in the base. Had such weapons been there, the death toll of Iraqi residents of Baghdad could have been in the thousands.

US troops seen hauling away at least 30 burned out tanks and armored vehicles from ruined Falcon arsenal.

In a dispatch posted at 11:15pm Makkah time Wednesday night, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that as of 5:30pm Wednesday afternoon Baghdad time, at least 30 US Abrams tanks and Bradley armored vehicles were known to have been destroyed in the devastating Resistance attack on the Falcon Arsenal in southern Baghdad.

The Baghdad correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported eyewitnesses who lie in the ar-Rashid section of southern Baghdad as saying that the US had used 13 huge military transport trucks to haul completely charred American armored vehicles out of the remains of the American Falcon base. The US forces hid the burnt wreckage of the vehicles behind the vegetable wholesale market known as the ‘Ulwat ar-Rashid Commercial Market.

Witnesses reported that about 15 minutes before sunset Wednesday, the procession of vehicles under US helicopter air cover and escorted by Humvees took the wrecked vehicles, estimated to number at least 22 to the back wall of the ‘Ulwah. The Americans then set up a guard post to control access to the wrecked vehicles.

The Americans also set up a checkpoint 2km away where they confiscated cell phones with built-in cameras because travelers on their way to the village of as-Sa‘idat would be able clearly to see the wrecked armored vehicles.

Meanwhile, residents of the al-Khadra’ neighborhood and a number of Iraqi traffic wardens told Mafkarat al-Islam that they had seen giant American trucks carrying charred US tanks. The witnesses said that the vehicles had no apparent damage to their external shells, as usually is the case when they are burned in the explosion of a roadside bomb or shoulder-fired rockets. Witnesses said that the number of burned tanks being hauled through their area was between eight and 12.

As of the time of reporting men of the American 4th Engineering Division were still working together with a cleanup unit of Iraqi puppet army to haul away wrecked US vehicles and other wreckage of the American base with the help of American helicopters and cranes.

US forces have completely blocked the road that runs by the ruined base. Residents of the al-Mahdiyah al-Ula section of the city whose houses are opposite the base reported that there were US vehicles that had been totally destroyed and were still inside the base waiting for the teams of cleanup troops to get to them.

The witnesses also told Mafkarat al-Islam that high-ranking American officials had visited the site during the first hours of Wednesday under very heavy guard.

Iraqi puppet army orders two regiments to move into southern Baghdad to fill gap left by decimated US forces.

In a dispatch posted at 10:20pm Makkah time Wednesday night, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Iraqi puppet “Defense Ministry” had issued orders to two regiments of the Iraqi puppet army currently based in the city of al-Kut, 150km southeast of Baghdad in Wasit Province, to move out within 24 hours and take up positions in southern Baghdad.

The correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the transfer of the forces was intended to fill the gap left by the heavy losses of US troops in the southern Baghdad area as a result of Tuesday night’s devastating attack on the Falcon arsenal.

Thick smoke, the smell of gunpowder envelope Baghdad hours after Iraqi Resistance midnight rocket barrage destroys US Falcon arsenal in as-Saqr Base.

In a dispatch posted at 3am Makkah time before dawn Wednesday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that hours after the devastating Resistance rocket attack that ignited the US Falcon arsenal in the occupied as-Saqr Base in the southern Baghdad suburb of ad-Durah, thick smoke was still rising into the sky over the occupied Iraqi capital.

The Baghdad correspondent for Mafkarat al-Islam reported that thick smoke was enveloped large swathes of the city. The distinct smell of gunpowder suffused the air in many parts of Baghdad, including ad-Durah, al-Bayya‘, al-Yarmuk, al-‘Amiriyah, the al-‘Amil neighborhood, al-Jihad, al-Mansur, Abu Dushayr, and many other places across the sprawling Iraqi capital.

The sky above was now black with smoke, the correspondent wrote, having been clear earlier that nigh before the Resistance blasted the arsenal. About one-third of Baghdad was covered in smoke from the exploding American camp.

Resistance group Islamic Army of Iraq claims responsibility for rocket attack on Falcon arsenal.

In a dispatch posted at 11am Makkah time Wednesday morning, Mafkarat al-Islam reported that the Iraqi Resistance group the Islamic Army in Iraq had issued a communiqué taking responsibility for the devastating attack on the US arsenal at the as-Saqr (Falcon) Forward Base Tuesday night.

Al-Jazeera satellite TV, as monitored by Mafkarat al-Islam, reported the communiqué as saying that “fire support units for rockets and mortars bombarded the base of the US occupying army with two Katyusha rockets and three mortar shells.”

The communiqué, which al-Jazeera said had not been authenticated, said that the missiles “by the grace of God landed amongst mountains of munitions and began to explode and throughout Baghdad the thunder of the explosions could be heard.”

Resistance attacks reported throughout Baghdad Tuesday night.

The patriotic Iraqi website reported early Wednesday morning that the pro-American Badr Brigades had reported on their news service that in addition to blowing up the massive US arsenal in Sukkaniya Tuesday night, Resistance forces had also fought battles in the Baghdad district of al-Mansur. In addition, Resistance fighters blasted an-Nusur Square with mortars and attacked a puppet army checkpoint. An Iraqi Resistance bomb exploded near a fuel station in al-Mansur and explosive devices were reported blasting targets in the Baghdad district of as-Sayyidiyah.

AlBasrah reported that the destruction of the American arsenal in Sukkaniya was the beginning of an Iraqi Resistance offensive.



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U.S. Military Has Killed 127-238,000 Iraqi Civilians

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 12, 2006


In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

U.S. Military Has Killed 127-238,000 Iraqi Civilians

A just released study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, published in the current issue of the prestigious British medical journal The Lancet, reports that the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq has led to the deaths of between 426,000 and 794,000 Iraqis. This is a substantial increase over the 100,000 dead that the same research group found through 2004, based upon a smaller survey, and it represents an astonishing 2.5 percent of the country’s total population.

The grim news was widely–though not universally–reported in the U.S. media (my local paper, the Philadelphia Inquirer, blacked it out), but few news organizations reported the most disturbing finding of the study, which was that 31 percent of those killed were acatually slain by U.S. and “coalition” forces (actually by U.S. forces, since most of the other foreign forces working with the U.S., with the exception of the British, have not played combat roles, and even the British have largely operated in the south where fighting has been much less severe.

That means U.S. forces have, since the March 19, 2003 invasion, killed between 132,000 and 246,000 Iraqis. It should be recalled that the Pentagon has estimated that the insurgency numbers perhaps 20-40,000 individuals, and they have only succeeded in killing a fraction of them. Assuming generously that the military has succeeded in killing maybe a quarter of the enemy fighters, that would be 10,000 people at most, leaving the U.S. civilian death toll at 122,000-236,000. The Christian Science Monitor, no radical rag, once did a survey and found that U.S. forces were killing civilians in Iraq at a rate of 30 for every enemy fighter slain. At that rate, it would appear, if the peer-reviewed Lancet study is correct, that the U.S. invasion and occupation forces have killed between 127,000 and 238,000 civilians. At least a third and perhaps a half of those killed, various studies of Iraqi casualties have made clear, have been children.

This is the grand war of liberation and democracy that our bloodstained president hails as his legacy!

This is the war that we are told is making America safer.

Just to put things in a little perspective, the Iraqis killed at the hands of our “heroes” in uniform on orders of this great commander in chief represent about one percent of the Iraqi population of 24 million. If a comparable number of Americans were being killed in a war, it would be as if we had lost between 1 million and 1.9 million people! Imagine Americans referring to any army that did such a thing as a “liberator”! Anyone who thinks that we are making friends this way in Iraq has to be an idiot.

It boggles my mind how the U.S. share of this slaughter could have been kept out of the report offered in the New York Times or USA Today. (The Times did run some small pie charts that showed in a dark shade the share of deaths caused by U.S. forces, but because no numbers or percentages were provided, and because no such figures appeared in the accompanying story, the impact was greatly diminished.) Even NPR, in its 10/11 story on the Lancet figures, tiptoed around the issue of how many of the dead died at the hands of American forces, and the 31 percent figure in the study never made it onto the air, not did any totals. Somehow the idea that a lot of people have died in the wake of the U.S. invasion is okay, but not the idea that people were actually shot dead, bombed, burned or run over by our guys.

What made the Times article, which ran on an inside page, particularly offensive, was a page-one story that ran on the same day, headlined “3rd Iraq Death Has One town Shaken to Core.” This piece looked in detail about how the deaths in Iraq of three servicemen from the New York hamlet of Highland, had caused such widespread grief and anguish in a small American town. How on earth could editors give that story–excellent and poignant as it was in its own right–such prominence while burying a report about the wholesale slaughter of a people by U.S. forces? Don’t the editors realize that every one of those Iraqi deaths was producing the same kind of grief and anger in towns and villages across Iraq?

Americans still haven’t grasped the horror that American troops are inflicting upon the Iraqi people, and hiding these numbers–and the American military’s direct responsibility for nearly a third of them–is an example of why.

The Bush administration has carefully seen to it that Americans will not see the evidence of American deaths and injuries. Coffins are flown in to Dover Airbase, a closed military compound in Delaware, at night. The administration has also blacked out Iraqi deaths by refusing to provide body counts from U.S. military actions, and by preventing reporters from operating in Iraq unescorted.

The Lancet study has burst that veil of secrecy, at least partially, though the U.S. media continues to cooperate for the most part, it appears, in keeping the ugliest truth–the U.S. civilian casualty rate in Iraq–out of their reports. If you want that kind of information, you have to go to the Lancet report itself or to the British newspapers, like The Guardian, which have it stated clearly.



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Study: 655,000 Iraqis died as a result of invasion

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 12, 2006


In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

First Published 2006-10-11, Last Updated 2006-10-11 13:22:14

Iraqi blood runs cheap, runs dry

Study: 655,000 Iraqis died as a result of invasion

British journal the Lancet says one in 40 of Iraqi population died due to effects of 2003 US-led invasion of country.

PARIS – US researchers estimate that 655,000 Iraqis, or around one in 40 of the Iraq population, have died as a result of the 2003 invasion of their country, according to a study to be published on Thursday by the British journal The Lancet.

In October 2004, a paper also published in The Lancet calculated that almost 100,000 deaths had occurred in Iraq between March 2003 and September 2004 as a result of violence and heart attack and aggravated health problems.

Updating this, a team led by Gilbert Burnham of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, sought to make an estimate of deaths in the post-invasion period from March 2003 to June 2006, and compared the mortality before the invasion, from January 2002 to January 2003.

They randomly selected 47 sites across Iraq, comprising 1,849 households and 12,801 people.

Interviewers asked householders about births, deaths and migration and if there had been a death since January 2002 and, if so, asked to see a death certificate to note the cause.

Of the 629 deaths recorded, 547, or 87 percent, were in the post-invasion period.

Extrapolated across the country, 654,965 premature deaths — 2.5 percent of the population — have occurred since March 2003, the study says.

Around 601,000 were due to violence; around half of the deaths in this category were due to gunfire.

“The number of people dying in Iraq has continued to escalate. The proportion of deaths ascribed to coalition forces has diminished in 2006, although the actual numbers have increased every year,” the study says.

“Gunfire remains the most common cause of death, although deaths from car bombing have increaseed.”

The study acknowledges weaknesses in its data collection, saying that the “extreme insecurity” during the survey limited the number of teams that ventured out to interview families and the time they could spend interviewing.

“Calling back to households not available on the initial visit was felt to be too dangerous,” it adds.

But there was also the possibility that some deaths may have gone unrecorded, it says.

“Families, especially in households with combatants killed, could have hidden deaths. Under-reporting of infant deaths is a widespread concern in surveys of this type. Entire households could have been killed, leading to survivor bias.”

The authors describe the Iraq conflict as a humanitarian emergency that required an independent body to assess the high mortality.

“Although such death rates might be common in times of war, the combination of a long duration and tens of millions of people affected has made this the deadliest international conflict of the 21st century,” it says.

The study is published online by The Lancet. The 2004 study, lead-authored by Les Roberts, also of Johns Hopkins, suggested the risk of death in post-invasion Iraq was 250 percent higher than before the invasion.



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Study Claims Iraq’s ‘Excess’ Death Toll Has Reached 655,000

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 12, 2006


In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Study Claims Iraq’s ‘Excess’ Death Toll Has Reached 655,000

By David Brown
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, October 11, 2006; A12

A team of American and Iraqi epidemiologists estimates that 655,000 more people have died in Iraq since coalition forces arrived in March 2003 than would have died if the invasion had not occurred.

The estimate, produced by interviewing residents during a random sampling of households throughout the country, is far higher than ones produced by other groups, including Iraq’s government.

It is more than 20 times the estimate of 30,000 civilian deaths that President Bush gave in a speech in December. It is more than 10 times the estimate of roughly 50,000 civilian deaths made by the British-based Iraq Body Count research group.

The surveyors said they found a steady increase in mortality since the invasion, with a steeper rise in the last year that appears to reflect a worsening of violence as reported by the U.S. military, the news media and civilian groups. In the year ending in June, the team calculated Iraq’s mortality rate to be roughly four times what it was the year before the war.

Of the total 655,000 estimated “excess deaths,” 601,000 resulted from violence and the rest from disease and other causes, according to the study. This is about 500 unexpected violent deaths per day throughout the country.

The survey was done by Iraqi physicians and overseen by epidemiologists at Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. The findings are being published online today by the British medical journal the Lancet.

The same group in 2004 published an estimate of roughly 100,000 deaths in the first 18 months after the invasion. That figure was much higher than expected, and was controversial. The new study estimates that about 500,000 more Iraqis, both civilian and military, have died since then — a finding likely to be equally controversial.

Both this and the earlier study are the only ones to estimate mortality in Iraq using scientific methods. The technique, called “cluster sampling,” is used to estimate mortality in famines and after natural disasters.

While acknowledging that the estimate is large, the researchers believe it is sound for numerous reasons. The recent survey got the same estimate for immediate post-invasion deaths as the early survey, which gives the researchers confidence in the methods. The great majority of deaths were also substantiated by death certificates.

“We’re very confident with the results,” said Gilbert Burnham, a Johns Hopkins physician and epidemiologist.

A Defense Department spokesman did not comment directly on the estimate.

“The Department of Defense always regrets the loss of any innocent life in Iraq or anywhere else,” said Lt. Col. Mark Ballesteros. “The coalition takes enormous precautions to prevent civilian deaths and injuries.”

He added that “it would be difficult for the U.S. to precisely determine the number of civilian deaths in Iraq as a result of insurgent activity. The Iraqi Ministry of Health would be in a better position, with all of its records, to provide more accurate information on deaths in Iraq.”

Ronald Waldman, an epidemiologist at Columbia University who worked at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for many years, called the survey method “tried and true,” and added that “this is the best estimate of mortality we have.”

This viewed was echoed by Sarah Leah Whitson, an official of Human Rights Watch in New York, who said, “We have no reason to question the findings or the accuracy” of the survey.

“I expect that people will be surprised by these figures,” she said. “I think it is very important that, rather than questioning them, people realize there is very, very little reliable data coming out of Iraq.”

The survey was conducted between May 20 and July 10 by eight Iraqi physicians organized through Mustansiriya University in Baghdad. They visited 1,849 randomly selected households that had an average of seven members each. One person in each household was asked about deaths in the 14 months before the invasion and in the period after.

The interviewers asked for death certificates 87 percent of the time; when they did, more than 90 percent of households produced certificates.

According to the survey results, Iraq’s mortality rate in the year before the invasion was 5.5 deaths per 1,000 people; in the post-invasion period it was 13.3 deaths per 1,000 people per year. The difference between these rates was used to calculate “excess deaths.”

Of the 629 deaths reported, 87 percent occurred after the invasion. A little more than 75 percent of the dead were men, with a greater male preponderance after the invasion. For violent post-invasion deaths, the male-to-female ratio was 10-to-1, with most victims between 15 and 44 years old.

Gunshot wounds caused 56 percent of violent deaths, with car bombs and other explosions causing 14 percent, according to the survey results. Of the violent deaths that occurred after the invasion, 31 percent were caused by coalition forces or airstrikes, the respondents said.

Burnham said that the estimate of Iraq’s pre-invasion death rate — 5.5 deaths per 1,000 people — found in both of the Hopkins surveys was roughly the same estimate used by the CIA and the U.S. Census Bureau. He said he believes that attests to the accuracy of his team’s results.

He thinks further evidence of the survey’s robustness is that the steepness of the upward trend it found in excess deaths in the last two years is roughly the same tendency found by other groups — even though the actual numbers differ greatly.

An independent group of researchers and biostatisticians based in England produces the Iraq Body Count. It estimates that there have been 44,000 to 49,000 civilian deaths since the invasion. An Iraqi nongovernmental organization estimated 128,000 deaths between the invasion and July 2005.

The survey cost about $50,000 and was paid for by Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for International Studies.

Staff researcher Madonna Lebling contributed to this report.



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War Crimes Committed by the United States in Iraq and Mechanisms for Accountability

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 12, 2006


In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

War Crimes Committed by the United States in Iraq and Mechanisms for Accountability

This report was prepared by Consumers for with the advice of Karen Parker, noted lawyer in human rights and humanitarian law. Ms. Parker is President of the San Francisco-based Association of Humanitarian Lawyers ( and Chief Delegate to the United Nations for the Los Angeles-based International Educational Development/Humanitarian Law Project (IED/AHL), an accredited non-governmental organization on the U.N. Secretary-General’s list.

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Taliban are winning

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 12, 2006


In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Taliban are winning


Britain is atwitter over a row between Prince Harry and his military unit, which has banned him from combat in Afghanistan. Prince Harry is said to be furious with the decision and has threatened to quit the military if it follows through.

Good for Prince Harry; that’s the sort of mettle all would-be leaders (even titular leaders) should demonstrate. We’d like to see him serve in Afghanistan — not because of any desire to see the prince come to any harm, but because with such a famous person in Afghanistan perhaps that conflict would get the attention and the troops it deserves.

To put it succinctly, the Taliban is winning in Afghanistan, five years after its leaders were driven from power for harboring and assisting al-Qaida as it laid plans for the Sept. 11 attacks.

Taliban troops have retaken control of broad swatches of the country and are beginning to stand and fight NATO units head to head. Violence is at its highest level since the early days of the conflict. The much-ballyhooed reconstruction and peace that the U.S. invasion was supposed to usher in are now distant and empty promises.

The NATO commander for Afghanistan, British Gen. David Richards, over the weekend asked that additional troops be deployed to the country. He warned that unless progress is made in bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan within the next six months, the civilian population might well shift its allegiance away from NATO and to the Taliban.

Experts on Afghanistan warn, yet again, that the country is approaching a “tipping point.” This time they might be right. It is also a potential tipping point for NATO: Afghanistan is the place where the postwar alliance is expected to either prove itself or close up shop.

When the Afghan war started, NATO pledged to help, but few members had either men or machines up to the fight. Five years on, a force of 32,000 has been cobbled together from a number of nations (the bulk being British and American), and is now in charge of the entire Afghan operation under Richards. If the Taliban outshines NATO in combat, it will likely be time to retire the colors at the NATO headquarters in Brussels.

Unfortunately, the Bush administration convinced itself the Taliban would be a pushover. That’s the only way it could have rationalized taking on Saddam Hussein at the same time.

Thus critical units were pulled off the line prematurely in Afghanistan so they might prepare for deployment to Iraq. Thus too few American forces were available to close in on Osama bin Laden when he was cornered in Tora Bora.

So maybe having Prince Harry deploy to Afghanistan would be a good thing. With such a famous head on the line, perhaps the Bush administration would be forced to give the Afghanistan mission the extended focus it is due.



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9/11 : American traitor? Adam Yahiye Gadahn, The Fake Terrorist

Posted by musliminsuffer on October 12, 2006


In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

American traitor?

Posted by Pete Williams, Justice Correspondent (12:44 pm ET, 10/11/06)

For the first time in more than 50 years, federal prosecutors are preparing to charge an American citizen with treason. Barring any last-minute complications, the charges will be filed today against Adam Gadahn, the American who has appeared in at least four al-Qaida videos, the most recent one in September.

Treason is the only crime specified in the Constitution and requires either confession in open court or the testimony of at least two witnesses to get a conviction. Prosecutors believe with millions of witnesses to his videos, they have enough proof, but the decision will be controversial, given that so little is known about the circumstances of the videos.

N_pwilliams_gadahn_061011standardBorn Adam Pearlman in California and raised on a goat farm in Riverside Co., he converted to Islam in his late teens. His parents say he moved to Pakistan in 1998. In 2004, the FBI revealed that it believed he was one of a group of al-Qaida terrorists planning some kind of attack later that year. In October of 2004, calling himself “Azzam the American,” he first showed up in an al-Qaida video.



Adam Yahiye Gadahn: The Fake Terrorist

Images from official FBI wanted poster for terrorist Adam Yahiye Gadahn

The FBI lists Gadahn’s aliases as Abu Suhayb Al-Amriki, Abu Suhayb, Yihya Majadin Adams, Adam Pearlman, and Yayah.

But Adam Pearlmen is his REAL name! Adam is the grandson of the late Carl K. Pearlman; a prominent Jewish urologist in Orange County. Carl was also a member of the board of directors of the Anti-Defamation League, which was caught spying on Americans for Israel in 1993, much as AIPAC has been caught up in the more recent spy scandal.

See Also:

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Is ‘Al Qaeda’ the modern incarnation of ‘Emmanuel Goldstein’?

A “Palestinian Terrorist” Wearing the Star of David

The 5 Dancing Israelis Arrested on 9/11

Al-Qaeda cleric exposed as an MI5 double agent

ONE of al-Qaeda’s most dangerous figures has been revealed as a double agent working for MI5, raising criticism from European governments, which repeatedly called for his arrest.

Britain ignored warnings – which began before the September 11 attacks – from half a dozen friendly governments about Abu Qatada’s links with terrorist groups and refused to arrest him. Intelligence chiefs hid from European allies their intention to use the cleric as a key informer against Islamic militants in Britain.

Indignant French officials accused MI5 of helping the cleric to abscond. While he remained on the run, one intelligence chief in Paris was quoted as saying: “British intelligence is saying they have no idea where he is, but we know where he is and, if we know, I’m quite sure they do.”

Almost a year later Abu Qatada was found hiding in a flat not far from Scotland Yard.

How many phony ‘al Qaeda’ cells have Mossad agents successfully set up around the world?

Are ALL Al Qaeda really working for Israel?

>From a reader:


1. We have MI5 (British CIA) posing as Alqueda.
“Al-Qaeda cleric exposed as an MI5 double agent”,,,1-3-1050175,00.html

2. We have Mossad (Israel CIA) posing as ALqueda in Palestine:

3. We have USA posing as Alqueda:

The FBI lists Gadahn’s aliases as Abu Suhayb Al-Amriki, Abu Suhayb, Yihya Majadin Adams, Adam Pearlman, and Yayah. But Adam Pearlmen is his REAL name! Adam is the grandson of the late Carl K. Pearlman; a prominent Jewish urologist in Orange County. Carl was also a member of the board of directors of the Anti-Defamation League, which was caught spying on Americans for Israel in 1993, much as AIPAC has been caught up in the more recent spy scandal.

3. We have israel posing as alqueda in the phillipines.

4. British SAS posing as Iraqi Insurgants:

The two British operatives, arrested by Basra police and later freed by a British military operation, were identified by the BBC as “members of the SAS elite special forces” ( They were disguised by wigs and Arab dress. Iraqi sources reported that the Iraqi police were watching the two, and when they tried to approach them they shot two policemen and tried to escape the scene. The Iraqi police chased and captured them, to discover large amount of explosives planted in the car, which apparently was planned to be remotely detonated in the busy market of Basra. The SAS involvement in Iraq was discovered on the 30th of January 2005 when an RAF Hercules plane crashed near Baghdad killing then British servicemen after dropping off fifty SAS members north of Baghdad to fight Iraqi guerillas.


CIA + Mossad + MI5 = AlQueada

The greatest false-flag operations conducting in the history on man !!!! In case you weren’t paying attention…

  • When Osama Bin Ladin Was Tim Osman
  • War and Globalization – The Truth Behind September 11th
  • Zbigniew Brzezinski: “Your cause is right, God is on your side.”
  • CIA reins in loose cannons, and keeps their Al Qaeda creation alive and well
  •“>CIA “Arranged” for Passports for Al Qaeda Terrorists & Brought Them to the USA to Recruit for Jihads
  • Will the CIA Leave Their Saudi Partners in Crime Holding the Bag?
  • “New Al-Qaeda” like New Coke,only harder to buy
  • “The Farce Goes On – The Hunt for Ayman Zawahiri, Mohammad Omar, & Osama
  • “Moussaoui, Khadr, & Ressam Are “Graduates” of CIA’s Khalden Camp for Afghanistan & Balkans “Jihads”
  • Bin Laden Puppetmasters Smoked Out In Balkans
  • The CIA arranged for HUM guerrillas to fight in Bosnia & Kosovo
  • Bin-Ladin and KLA have a ‘joint’ cash box in the United States
  • The CIA & Bin Laden worked hand-in-glove in KLA operations
  • U.S. Protects Al-Qaeda Terrorists in Kosovo
  • Wolfowitz Meets “in Private”with NLA Terrorist Ali Ahmeti
  • America used Islamists to arm the Bosnian Muslims
  • Bosnia, 1 degree of separation from Al-Qaeda
  • Where was the “Concern” about “al-Qaida Operating in Iran” during the War in Bosnia?
  • Terror mastermind with taste for high life
  • US Has Al Qaida Backers List
  • U.S. had agents inside al-Qaeda
  • CIA Told “Malaysian secret police” to “Monitor” Al Qaeda Meeting on Plans to Hit WTC on 9-11-2001
  • The CIA’s “Operation Cyclone” – Stirring the Hornet’s Nest of Islamic Unrest”
  • The Muslim Brotherhood: The Globalists’ Secret Weapon
  • U.S. Armed, Promoted Accused September 11 Terrorist Mastermind
  • CIA Bankrolled System of Madrassas & Training Camps to Brainwash “Jihad” Warriors
  • British Press Gagged on Reporting MI6’s £100,000 bin Laden Payoff
  • Ramzi Yousef was part of a CIA recruitment drive in New York and he did have “ties” to Bin Laden
  • CIA Recruits Terrorist Agents At Guantanamo
  • Oregon group thrives despite al Qaeda ties
  • Sniper link to al Qaeda investigated
  • Who is behind the “Terrorist Network” in Northern Iraq, Baghdad or Washington?
  • How Al Qaeda lit the Bali fuse
  • Did Rambo ever stop loving Osama?



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