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US will be defeated in Afghanistan

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 4, 2007


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

=== News Update ===

US will be defeated in Afghanistan: former CIA hand


Indo-Asian News Service


Washington/Islamabad, December 31, 2006

A former senior CIA operative who tracked Osama bin Laden for 10 long years foresees “an apparent American defeat in Afghanistan”.

Michael Sheuer said the way ahead in Afghanistan and along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border “ultimately would lead to the defeat of US and NATO forces and the demise of the Karzai government”.

Scheuer told the Daily Times in Washington that by failing to accomplish the only mission that had to be accomplished in Afghanistan, the US was now faced with a growing insurgency that probably already outnumbered the combined US-NATO forces.

But he has handsome words of praise for Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf. The US has seldom found an ally better than Musharraf, who has acted to advance “US interests” even while jeopardizing his own, Sheuer observed.

Some of Musharraf’s actions, like sending Pakistani troops to tribal areas, were clearly “against Pakistan’s interests” and have “brought his country to the brink of a civil war”, he said.

By not abandoning the Cold War practice of trying to find foreigners to do “America’s dirty work, we have blithely assumed that Musharraf’s Pakistan is an American proxy, with national-security interests that mirror those of the US”, he said.

“The truth is that virtually none of the many things Musharraf has done to assist the US in Afghanistan has been in Pakistan’s national interest; indeed, by sending the Pakistani Army into the Pashtun regions he brought his country to the brink of civil war.”

His praise for Musharraf was in sharp contrast to criticism from most American think tanks who, while crediting the president with working to fight terrorism, accuse him of either not doing enough or serving the interests of the Pakistani Pushtuns who support the Taliban and host foreign and Al-Qaeda fighters.

The September 1 agreement that Musharraf’s regime signed with the tribals in North Waziristan has worked precisely in that direction and incensed Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

Musharaf had also worked to rescue Pakistani nationals fighting alongside the Taliban, when the latter’s regime fell, allowing in the process many key Taliban and Al-Qaeda hands to escape, they have said.

However, Sheuer takes a peep into American history to draw an analogy about Musharraf’s role.

“In future years, when America’s defeat in Afghanistan is apparent, and if he survives, Musharraf would be able to reflect on his relationship with President (George W) Bush and say – as president Lincoln said about Union General McClellan – ‘Poor George, I did all I could to help him, but he proved unable to do anything to help himself’.”

source:
http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1884520,00050001.htm

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9/11 : FBI files detail Guantánamo torture tactics

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 4, 2007


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

=== News Update ===

FBI files detail Guantánamo torture tactics

Mark Tran

Wednesday January 3, 2007

Guardian Unlimited

A detainee's arm hangs outside his cell at Camp Delta in Guanta

A detainee’s arm hangs outside his cell at Camp Delta in Guantanamo Bay. Photograph: Mike Brown/EPA

Captives at Guantánamo Bay were chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor for 18 hours or more, urinating and defecating on themselves, an FBI report has revealed.

The accounts of mistreatment were contained in FBI documents released yesterday (pdf) as part of a lawsuit involving the American Civil Liberties Union, a civil liberties group.

In the 2004 inquiry, the FBI asked nearly 500 employees who had served at Guantánamo Bay to report possible mistreatment by law enforcement or military personnel. Twenty-six incidents were reported, some of which had emerged in earlier document releases.

Besides being shackled to the floor, detainees were subjected to extremes of temperature. One witness said he saw a barefoot detainee shaking with cold because the air conditioning had bought the temperature close to freezing.

On another occasion, the air conditioning was off in an unventilated room, making the temperature over 38C (100F) and a detainee lay almost unconscious on the floor with a pile of hair next to him. He had apparently been pulling out his hair throughout the night.

In October 2002, one interrogator squatted over a copy of the Qur’an during intensive questioning of a Muslim prisoner, who was “incensed” by the tactic, according to an FBI agent.

On another occasion, an agent was asked by a “civilian contractor” to come and see something.

“There was an unknown bearded longhaired d (detainee) gagged w/duct tape that had covered much of his head,” the FBI document said.

When the FBI officer asked if the detainee had spit at interrogators, the “contractor laughingly replied that d had been chanting the Qur’an non-stop. No answer how they planned to remove the duct tape,” the report said.

After an erroneous report of Qur’an abuse prompted deadly protests overseas in 2005, the US military conducted an investigation that confirmed five incidents of intentional and unintentional mishandling of the book at the detention facility.

It acknowledged that soldiers and interrogators had kicked the Qur’an, had stood on it and, in one case, had inadvertently sprayed urine on a copy.

An FBI agent called W also heard that female interrogators would sometimes wet their hands and touch detainees’ faces in order to disrupt their prayers. Such actions would make some Muslims consider themselves unclean so they would stop praying.

The detention of terrorist suspects at Guantánamo Bay has been strongly criticised by human rights groups. In a rebuff for the Bush administration, the US supreme court last year rejected its claims that detainees at the facility were not entitled to the protection under the Geneva convention.

The department of defence consequently issued a memo stating that prisoners would in the future be entitled to such protection. As of November 2006, out of 775 detainees who have been brought to Guantánamo, approximately 340 had been released, leaving 435 detainees.

Of those 435, 110 have been labelled as ready for release. Of the other 325, only about 70 will face trial by military commissions, criminal courts run by the US armed forces. That leaves about 250 who may be held indefinitely.

source:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/guantanamo/story/0,,1981955,00.html

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FBI report details Guantanamo torture

An FBI report details harsh conditions and techniques witnessed

An FBI report details harsh conditions and techniques witnessed by agents at Guantanamo Bay. (Reuters)

An internal FBI report appears to contradict assurances by US President George W Bush that prisoners are treated humanely at Guantanamo Bay.

Released under Freedom of Information laws, the report details the harsh conditions and techniques witnessed by some FBI employees at the detention centre.

Several staff reportedly witnessed detainees with their hands and feet chained to the floor in cells without a chair, food or water.

In another reported incident, a detainee had his head wrapped in sticky tape for chanting verses from the Koran.

There are also reports of detainees being kept awake days on end with strobe lighting and loud music.

The FBI says none of its agents have been involved in the abuse.

The documents were released in response to a request by the American Civil Liberties Union.

President Bush has repeatedly stated that America does not condone torture and treats prisoners humanely.

Enemy combatants

The US Government is holding hundreds of what it describes as enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay, including Australian David Hicks.

Mr Hicks, originally from Adelaide, has been held at Guantanamo Bay since 2002.

The convert to Islam was captured in Afghanistan where he allegedly fought alongside the ruling Taliban against US-led forces who invaded after the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001.

The US charged him with conspiracy, attempted murder by an unprivileged belligerent and aiding the enemy.

But the charges were dropped earlier this year, after the US Supreme Court ruled it was unlawful for the US military commission to try Mr Hicks.

BBC/ABC

source:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200701/s1821091.htm

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FBI cites cruelty to detainees

Associated Press

WASHINGTON – The FBI says its employees witnessed more than two dozen cases of military officials and civilian contractors possibly mistreating detainees at the Guantanamo Bay military base.

Documents released Tuesday described a contractor who covered much of a detainee’s head in duct tape for chanting the Koran, a female prison guard who allegedly handled a detainee’s genitals and wiped menstrual blood on his face, and contractors who left a detainee in a sweltering, unventilated room until he pulled out his own hair and nearly passed out.

The documents were released to the American Civil Liberties Union, which is suing former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on behalf of former military detainees who say they were abused. Many of the incidents have already been reported and are summarized in the lawsuit.

The records were gathered as part of an internal FBI survey in 2004.

The agency asked 493 employees whether they witnessed aggressive treatment that was not consistent with the FBI’s policies. The bureau received 26 affirmative responses.

The agency’s reports did not say whether any laws were broken. They said nothing employees observed rose to the level of abuse seen at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

FBI spokesman Richard Kolko said all the information in the reports were passed on to the Pentagon’s inspector general.

source:
http://www.fortwayne.com/mld/journalgazette/news/nation/16373167.htm

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Saddam Hussein becomes an Arab folk hero

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 4, 2007


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

=== News Update ===

Saddam Hussein becomes an Arab folk hero


by Helen & Harry Highwater, Unknown News

Dec. 30, 2006

Obviously and of course, Saddam Hussein belongs in the lowest circle of Dante’s Hell, and now, that’s where he is. And most of the awful things we’ve been told about his years in power were true. But what haven’t we been told?

Simply put, Saddam Hussein’s brutal reign was made by the USA. He worked for the CIA before be became politically prominent in Iraq. He was one of America’s closet Mideast allies during the 1980s, and received substantial US military and financial aid.

When you hear references to his tyranny, his cruelty, the accounts are generally true — he was one hell of a bastard. The ‘unknown news’, though, is that at the peak of Saddam’s tyranny and cruelty, the Reagan administration didn’t just tolerate having Saddam in charge of Iraq, they funded and armed his regime. He was America’s ally, just like several of the world’s most despotic bastards are America’s allies now.

When he said Iraq had disarmed, it was true.

When the Americans and Brits attacked and occupied Iraq, it wasn’t necessary. As thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis have been killed, it’s been nothing but a waste of life.

And once captured, Saddam could have faced justice in an international tribunal, but if he had, there were all sorts of true stories he could have told about American complicity in his crimes. So instead he was given an obviously rigged trial in an Iraqi court, surrounded by American soldiers and overseen by American authorities, and then he was executed — on the first day of the Islamic holy days Eid ul-Adha, for a little added insult to Muslims around the world.

And of course, now that Saddam Hussein is dead, his tyranny becomes irrelevant. What’s been accomplished by the war and occupation of Iraq, and the trial and execution of Saddam Hussein, is only this: We’ve made a madman into a folk hero. A tyrant has been re-cast as a victim.

It won’t be long before Saddam’s crimes will be forgotten by most in Iraq and the Middle East — but songs will be sung, legends told, movies made about his American-controlled kangaroo trial and execution, and future generations of angry insurrection will be inspired.

[]

© by the author.
source:
http://www.unknownnews.org/061230a-hh.html

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Saddam can never be allowed a fair trial

by Eric S. Margolis, Toronto Sun

July 31, 2003

If put on public trial, Saddam Hussein would have a field day revealing the embarrassing alliance between his brutal regime and Washington:

CIA’s role in bringing the Ba’ath Party to power in a 1958 coup, opening the way for Saddam to take control.

US, Israeli, Iranian destabilization of Iraq during the 1970’s by fueling Kurdish rebellion. Washington’s egging on the aggressive Shah of Iran in the Shatt al-Arab waterway dispute, a primary cause of the Iran-Iraq War.

US secretly urging Iraq to invade Iran in 1980 to overthrow that nation’s revolutionary Islamic government.

Covert supply of Saddam’s war machine by the US and Britain during the eight-year Iran-Iraq conflict: biological warfare programs and germ feeder stocks, poison gas manufacturing plants and raw materials. Billions in aid, routed through the US Department of Agriculture, Italy’s Banco del Lavoro, and the shady bank, BCCI. Heavy artillery, munitions, spare parts, trucks, field hospitals, and electronics.

Equally important, the US Defense Intelligence Agency and CIA operated offices in Baghdad that provided Iraq with satellite intelligence data on Iranian troop deployments that provided decisive in the war’s titanic battles at Basra, Majnoon, and Faw.

The murky role played by Washington just before Iraq’s 1990 invasion of Kuwait. The US Ambassador told Saddam `the US takes no position in Arab border disputes.’ Was this a trap to lure Saddam to invade Kuwait, then crush his army, or simple diplomatic bungling? Saddam could supply the awkward answers.

In short, Saddam was one of America’s closet Mideast allies during the 1980’s, a major recipient of US military and financial aid. Saddam’s killing of large numbers of Kurds and Shia rebels occurred while he was a key US ally. Washington remained mute at the time. When Bush I called on Kurds and Shia to revolt in 1991, the US watched impassively as Saddam slaughtered the poorly-armed rebels.

Better a bullet-riddled Saddam, or one executed by a military kangaroo court in Guantanamo, or hanged by the new, American- installed `Vichy’ Iraqi regime in Baghdad.

Saddam should be handed over by the US to the UN War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague that is currently trying Serbia’s Slobodan Milosevic and other accused Balkan war criminals. After all, it was Washington that engineered Milosevic’s delivery to the Hague, an act for which the US deserves high praise. What applies to Milosevic applies equally to Saddam Hussein.

In fact, it would be better for the Iraqi leader to stand trial at the newly constituted International War Crimes Tribunal in the Hague. But the Bush Administration, in one
of its most shameful acts, has refused to join this tribunal or cooperate with it.

Published by
Toronto Sun

source:
http://www.canoe.ca/Columnists/margolis_jul31.html

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Saddam Hussein execution: A sectarian lynching

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 4, 2007

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

=== News Update ===

Saddam Hussein execution: A sectarian lynching

 

Patrick Martin


3 January 2007

A video of the final minutes of Saddam Hussein, released to the Arab media late Saturday and widely broadcast around the world, demonstrates that the execution of the former Iraqi president was an act of sectarian vengeance by the Shiite Muslim groups placed in power by the US invasion of the country.

The video, apparently made using the cell phone of one of the guards or official witnesses in the death chamber, records the last fragments of conversation between Hussein and his hooded executioners, who were apparently loyal to the Shiite radical clergyman Moqtada al-Sadr, head of the most powerful militia force in Iraq, the Mahdi Army.

Several of the executioners and witnesses began chanting the name of the Shiite leader, “Moqtada, Moqtada, Moqtada,” as the noose was slipped around Hussein’s neck. He responded with surprise, and then a scornful retort, “Moqtada? Is this how real men behave?”

Other onlookers chanted the name of Moqtada al-Sadr’s father­a co-founder of the Dawa Party, one of the backers of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki­and one shouted, “Go to hell,” to which Hussein responded that those responsible for his execution had erected a “gallows of shame.”

Even the judge who had ratified the death sentence, Munir Haddad, reproached the sectarian outburst by the Shiite guards, telling them, “Please no! The man is about to die.” The video then concludes with grisly footage of the trapdoor opening and Hussein plunging to his death, his neck broken and his body swinging.

Beyond the events recorded on the video, the very fact that Mahdi Army loyalists were among the guards in the death chamber and could record the proceedings without hindrance has enormous political significance. It demonstrates the extent to which the US-backed Iraqi regime has become the instrument of factions in the sectarian conflict raging throughout much of Iraq.

For nearly a year, Sunni Muslims, Christians, secular Iraqis and others targeted by Shiite death squads have been hunted down, tortured and murdered. Most of these atrocities have begun with the seizure of the victims by armed members of the Iraqi police and military­the very forces the Bush administration claims it has been training to fight “terrorism.”

By Monday, with the digital recording circulating throughout Iraq and the entire Arab and Muslim world, it was clear that for the Maliki government and the US occupation regime the execution had become a political debacle. Thousands of Sunnis marched in protest demonstrations in Tikrit, Mosul and cities and towns throughout Anbar province. In Samarra, where the bombing of the Shiite Golden Mosque last February touched off the sectarian warfare, Sunnis marched through the shattered structure with a coffin representing Saddam Hussein’s.

The Maliki government, in a belated effort to distance itself from the images of Shiite triumphalism, ordered an investigation into how the video was shot in the death chamber and how it was distributed. But at least one eyewitness, one of the prosecutors in Hussein’s trial, said that the cell phone was brought in by a top government official, whom he would not name, not by a guard, and that the recording of the final altercation between the guards and Hussein was done quite openly.

Detailed reports in the US media conceded that the execution had backfired on the Bush administration. An account published in the New York Times Monday observed that it would be difficult for the White House to disassociate itself from the rushed execution of the former president, since the hanging took place at a US-controlled military facility in Baghdad, and Hussein remained in US custody until he was handed over to the executioners.

The article, co-authored by John Burns, the Times bureau chief in Baghdad and one of the most avid apologists for the war, noted that “Iraq’s new Shiite rulers . . . seemed bent on turning the execution and its aftermath into a new nightmare for the Sunni minority privileged under Mr. Hussein.”

The Times reported that US officials in Iraq were “privately incensed at the dead-of-night rush to the gallows,” and had repeatedly urged the Maliki government to delay the execution by a few weeks in order to conform to provisions in the Iraqi constitution and legal code, requiring approval of the hanging by the three-member Iraqi presidency, and barring executions during the celebration of Id al-Adha, a Muslim religious holiday.

The timing was perhaps the most brazenly sectarian aspect of the execution, since Saturday is the first day of Id al-Adha, according to the Sunni practice, while the holiday begins on Sunday for Shiites. One official effectively declared the Shiite observance to be the law of the land, and, as the Times revealed, the Shiite clergy were given final decision-making power, not the elected government.

The Times reported that the Maliki government had debated objections from US officials and Sunni politicians over conducting the execution on Saturday, then decided to refer the decision to the marjaiyah, the council of ayatollahs in the Shiite holy city of Najaf, which is the highest body of the Shiite clergy. According to the Times, “The ayatollahs approved. Mr. Maliki, at a few minutes before midnight on Friday, then signed a letter to the justice minister, ‘to carry out the hanging until death.’”

The Times concluded with the remarkable admission, “None of the Iraqi officials were able to explain why Mr. Maliki had been unwilling to allow the execution to wait. Nor would any explain why those who conducted it had allowed it to deteriorate into a sectarian free-for-all that had the effect, on the video recordings, of making Mr. Hussein, a mass murderer, appear dignified and restrained, and his executioners, representing Shiites who were his principal victims, seem like bullying street thugs.”

A second article in Monday’s Times reinforced this picture by reporting the reaction among Sunni Arabs in Baghdad: “the grainy recording of the execution’s cruel theater summed up what has become increasingly clear on the streets of the capital: that the Shiite-led government that assumed power in the American effort here is running the state under an undisguised sectarian banner.”

The Associated Press, in a report on the Sunni response to the execution, noted that the hanging was followed by a US military raid on the Baghdad offices of a prominent Sunni politician, in which six Iraqis were killed, and warned, “The current Sunni protests, which appear to be building, could signal a spreading militancy.”

Rizgar Mohammed Amin, the Kurdish judge who presided over the first trial of Saddam Hussein until he was forced to resign by official pressure from the ruling Shiite bloc, condemned the timing and manner of the execution. The hanging violated a clear legal prohibition (enacted under Hussein’s rule and still in force) stating that “no verdict should be implemented during the official holidays or religious festivals,” Amin told Associated Press.

The cell phone video of the execution of Hussein demonstrates the reality of the “democracy” which the US invasion has brought to Iraq. The invasion has destroyed the framework of the Iraqi state, exacerbated social tensions, and provoked an explosion of sectarian violence at the cost of hundreds of thousands of lives. The continuing US occupation­in which American and British troops continue to kill thousands of Iraqis even as murder squads operate on both sides of the Sunni/Shiite divide­has brought about not the flowering of “freedom,” but the virtual dissolution of Iraqi society.

source:
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2007/jan2007/sadh-j03.shtml

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US Terrorize The World – 14 Dhul-Hijjah 1427 H (4.1.07)

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 4, 2007


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

=== News Update ===

Fox News on Bush: He snorts, the cocaine decides


http://mparent7777.blogspot.com/2007/01/fox-news-on-bush-he-snorts-cocaine.html


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Fox News reporter says Bush admitted using cocaine, then retreats, citing, ‘questions’

As political media buzzed about whether or not Senator Barack Obama’s admission eleven years ago that he used cocaine as a teenager would hurt his political prospects, Fox News ran a segment on “Obama’s Cocaine Confession.” Their conversation took an unusual turn, however, when Fox reporter Kirian Chetry said President Bush had also admitted to using cocaine.
http://www.rawstory.com/news/2006/Fox_News_reporter_stumbles_on_Bushs_0103.html

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Ellison will Take Oath on Thomas Jefferson’s Copy of the Koran

Rep.-elect Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, found himself under attack last month when he announced he’d take his oath of office on the Koran — especially from Virginia Rep. Virgil Goode, who called it a threat to American values.

Yet the holy book at tomorrow’s ceremony has an unassailably all-American provenance. We’ve learned that the new congressman — in a savvy bit of political symbolism — will hold the personal copy once owned by Thomas Jefferson.

Suck it, all you hate mongering neo-cons!
http://www.teambio.org/2007/01/ellison-will-take-oath-on-thomas-jeffersons-copy-of-the-koran/

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US will be defeated in Afghanistan: former CIA hand

A former senior CIA operative who tracked Osama bin Laden for 10 long years foresees “an apparent American defeat in Afghanistan”.

Michael Sheuer said the way ahead in Afghanistan and along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border “ultimately would lead to the defeat of US and NATO forces and the demise of the Karzai government”.
http://www.hindustantimes.com/news/181_1884520,00050001.htm

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The Americans Can Never be Trusted

The mendacious mutual recriminations between US officials and the rulers of Baghdad, regarding the way former President Saddam Hussein was executed, condemns and holds Washington culpable for the timing, the way the barbaric act was carried out, and the fact that it was shown to the people. Washington could have adhered to the implementation of the new Iraqi Constitution, which stipulates that three persons ratify the death sentence, and which prohibits the execution of the sentence during holidays, but it condoned the way the Constitution was adopted, in the sense that ‘we did not order it and it does not harm us’, and replaced the Constitution, justice and humanitarian senses with dependence on the opinion of the religious authorities and intolerance.
http://english.daralhayat.com/opinion/OPED/01-2007/Article-20070103-e7e1a4d2-c0a8-10ed-0095-49af774131a7/story.html

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Saddam Hussein becomes an Arab folk hero

Obviously and of course, Saddam Hussein belongs in the lowest circle of Dante’s Hell, and now, that’s where he is. And most of the awful things we’ve been told about his years in power were true. But what haven’t we been told?

Simply put, Saddam Hussein’s brutal reign was made by the USA. He worked for the CIA before be became politically prominent in Iraq. He was one of America’s closet Mideast allies during the 1980s, and received substantial US military and financial aid.

When you hear references to his tyranny, his cruelty, the accounts are generally true — he was one hell of a bastard. The ‘unknown news’, though, is that at the peak of Saddam’s tyranny and cruelty, the Reagan administration didn’t just tolerate having Saddam in charge of Iraq, they funded and armed his regime. He was America’s ally, just like several of the world’s most despotic bastards are America’s allies now.

When he said Iraq had disarmed, it was true.
http://www.unknownnews.org/061230a-hh.html

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Hussein — terrorist or terrorized?

SOMEONE has to say it: The hanging of Saddam Hussein was an act of barbarism that makes a mockery of President Bush’s claim it was “an important milestone on Iraq’s course to becoming a democracy.”

Instead, the rushed, illegal and unruly execution of a former U.S. ally after his conviction in a kangaroo court blurred the line between terrorist and terrorized as effectively as Hussein’s own evil propaganda ever did.
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2007/01/03/EDGC7N745G1.DTL

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Saddam Hussein execution: A sectarian lynching

A video of the final minutes of Saddam Hussein, released to the Arab media late Saturday and widely broadcast around the world, demonstrates that the execution of the former Iraqi president was an act of sectarian vengeance by the Shiite Muslim groups placed in power by the US invasion of the country.

The video, apparently made using the cell phone of one of the guards or official witnesses in the death chamber, records the last fragments of conversation between Hussein and his hooded executioners, who were apparently loyal to the Shiite radical clergyman Moqtada al-Sadr, head of the most powerful militia force in Iraq, the Mahdi Army.
http://www.wsws.org/articles/2007/jan2007/sadh-j03.shtml

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Was Saddam The Scapegoat Or The ‘Sacrificed Sheep’ Of The Bush Administration?

Had not Israel and Iran both, surprisingly enough, extolled the hanging of Saddam his execution could, despite its World-wide controversy, have gained some credibility somehow. As such, most Arabs and Muslims, see (specifically) in Israel’s approval or disapproval of an Arab or a Muslim leader, as a ‘benchmark’, by which this leader or that, can be weighed up, as good or bad, right or wrong.
http://www.aljazeerah.info/Opinion%20editorials/2007%20Opinion%20Editorials/January/3%20o/Was%20Saddam%20The%20Scapegoat%20Or%20The%20%5C’Sacrificed%20Sheep%5C’%20Of%20The%20Bush%20Administration%20By%20Ali%20Al-Hail.htm

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BREAKING NEWS – From the Italian daily Corriere della Sera

Moqtada al-Sadr would have been among the the executioners of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein

Shia cleric Moqtada al-Sadr would have been present at the execution of Saddam Hussein, in al-Qadhimiya neighborhood of Baghdad. The Italian daily writes that this is what the Saudi press report. (…) Two daily newspapers «al-Riadh» and «al-Watan» quote as source some eyewitnesses. “I saw al-Sadr wearing the black hoods inside the room – the eyewitness said – and there was also Abdulaziz al-Hakim [leader of the Supreme Council for Islamic Revolution in Iraq – SCIRI]. They were among the six men wearing hoods that one can see in the images aired by the TV”.

To see personally the killing of Saddam Hussein before the end of the year would have been, according to the Riyadh’s newspaper, the al-Sadr’s condition to the Iraqi PM Nuri al-Maliki to keep staying inside the government. Other testimonies tell about men wearing hoods praising Moqtada al-Sadr, as it appears from the mobile phone’s images. These men would have arrived on the place of the execution accompanied by a high political figure. According to «al-Watan» that quotes as sources some internet websites close to the Iraqi resistance, al-Sadr would be the man in the video wearing the hood right behind Saddam Hussein just before he was put the hangman’s noose. Asked by the same newspapers about these testimonies, the al-Sadr movement’s leaders deny any involvement in Saddam Hussein’s execution and say that the Moqtada chants were the personal initiative of the prison’s guards.
http://www.corriere.it/Primo_Piano/Esteri/2007/01_Gennaio/03/saddam.shtml

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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Tuesday, 2 January 2007.

  • Two US troops killed in Resistance ambush in ar-Ramadi Tuesday morning.
  • Resistance fighters repulse US incursion into al-Karmah, clearing town of Americans.
  • Resistance bombards US camp in al-Fallujah with heavy mortars.
  • Two US troops reported killed in Resistance bomb attack in as-Saqlawiyah near al-Fallujah Tuesday morning.
  • Resistance battles puppet troops in al-Fallujah Monday evening.
  • Resistance fighters gun down Peshmergah gunmen in Baghdad.
  • Resistance bomb kills puppet “Iraqi National Guards” Monday afternoon.
  • Resistance bombs blast puppet police in Baghdad’s Bab ash-Shaykh area.
  • Resistance fighters kill two pro-American Badr Brigade commanders in Baghdad.
  • Resistance fighters attack pro-Iranian Jaysh al-Mahdi gunmen, killing three.
  • Resistance bomb targets puppet police patrol in southern Baghdad suburb Tuesday noon.
  • Resistance bomb destroys US Humvee killing all aboard in Baghdad’s ar-Ridwaniyah disrict midday Tuesday.
  • Three US troops reported killed in Resistance bomb attack in al-Yusufiyah.
  • Resistance pounds joint US-Iraqi puppet army camp with heavy mortars.
  • Resistance bomb damages US vehicle in Rawah.
  • Tikrit, Resistance bomb damages American Abrams tank Tuesday morning.
  • Resistance fighters kill Badr Brigade commander in Ba‘qubah Tuesday morning.

http://www.albasrah.net/pages/mod.php?mod=art&lapage=../en_articles_2007/0107/iraqiresistancereport_020107.htm

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9/11 : FBI report details Guantanamo torture

An internal FBI report appears to contradict assurances by US President George W Bush that prisoners are treated humanely at Guantanamo Bay.
http://www.abc.net.au/news/newsitems/200701/s1821091.htm

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9/11 : FBI files detail Guantánamo torture tactics

Captives at Guantánamo Bay were chained hand and foot in a fetal position to the floor for 18 hours or more, urinating and defecating on themselves, an FBI report has revealed.

The accounts of mistreatment were contained in FBI documents released yesterday (pdf) as part of a lawsuit involving the American Civil Liberties Union, a civil liberties group.

In the 2004 inquiry, the FBI asked nearly 500 employees who had served at Guantánamo Bay to report possible mistreatment by law enforcement or military personnel. Twenty-six incidents were reported, some of which had emerged in earlier document releases.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/guantanamo/story/0,,1981955,00.html

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Bush declares war on Democratic Congress

The Wall Street Journal prints a long letter from George Bush to Congress this morning – where he is as defiant as ever.

The short version:
* get ready to take the blame for Iraq and everything else I did
* the mid-term elections were about earmarks, so you should no longer do these (yeah, he really writes this – and he wants a line item veto)
* I’ll do my thing on Iraq. You can support me or take the blame for dividing us
* tax cuts are good. Don’t even think of touching these. Don’t even think of implementing any kind of policy I don’t like.
http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2007/1/3/51935/98666

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Robertson says God told him of ”mass killing” in U.S. in 2007

VIRGINIA BEACH – Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson cited communications with God in predicting Tuesday that horrific terrorism aimed at the United States will result in “mass killing” during the second half of 2007.

“The Lord didn’t say nuclear, but I do believe it’ll be something like that – that’ll be a mass killing, possibly millions of people, major cities injured,” Robertson said.

“There will be some very serious terrorist attacks,” he said. “The evil people will come after this country, and there’s a possibility – not a possibility, a definite certainty – that chaos is going to rule.” Robertson did not say where the attacks would occur.
http://content.hamptonroads.com/story.cfm?story=116941&ran=154733&tref=po

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