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USA Dictatorship: New Pentagon detainee manual could lead to executions based on ‘hearsay evidence’

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 19, 2007


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In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

USA Dictatorship:

New Pentagon detainee manual could lead to executions based on ‘hearsay evidence’

David Edwards and Ron Brynaert

Published: Thursday January 18, 2007

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According to a breaking report on MSNBC, a new Pentagon detainee manual could allow executions based on “hearsay evidence.”

“We have learned that the Pentagon has just completed a manual for the coming detainee trials that would allow suspected terrorist to be imprisoned or executed using hearsay evidence or coerced testimony,” said Nora O’Donnell, the chief Washington correspondent for NBC News’ 24-hour cable news network. “In other words, could be put to death on hearsay evidence…”

“According to a copy of the manual obtained by The Associated Press, a terror suspect’s defense lawyer cannot reveal classified evidence in the person’s defense until the government has a chance to review it,” Anne Flaherty writes for the Associated Press.

NBC News correspondent Pete Williams added that “the big question before Congress is ‘should we allow these two types of evidence?'”

“The handbook conforms with the law,” Williams said.

Excerpts from AP article:

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The manual, sent to Capitol Hill on Thursday and scheduled to be released later by the Pentagon, is intended to track a law passed last fall by Congress restoring President Bush’s plans to have special military commissions try terror-war prisoners. Those commissions had been struck down earlier in the year by the Supreme Court.

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The Pentagon manual is aimed at ensuring that enemy combatants – the Bush administration’s term for many of the terrorism suspects captured on the battlefield – “are prosecuted before regularly constituted courts affording all the judicial guarantees which are recognized by civilized people,” according to the document.

As required by law, the manual prohibits statements obtained by torture and “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment” as prohibited by the Constitution.

However, the law does allow statements obtained through coercive interrogation techniques if obtained before Dec. 30, 2005, and deemed reliable by a judge.

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FULL AP ARTICLE AT THIS LINK

source:
http://www.rawstory.com/news/2007/MSNBC_New_Pentagon_detainee_manual_could_0118.html

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Claim: Bin Laden Told Hamza Al-Qaeda Not Behind 9/11

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 19, 2007


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

=== News Update ===

Claim: Bin Laden Told Hamza Al-Qaeda Not Behind 9/11


Statement dovetails with Osama’s previous attempts to distance himself from attack responsibility


Paul Joseph Watson

Prison Planet

Thursday, January 18, 2007

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A claim attributed to a friend of one of the six men accused of plotting to detonate bombs on London’s underground tube system on July 21 2005, suggests that Osama bin Laden personally told hook handed cleric Abu Hamza that Al-Qaeda was not behind the attacks of September 11, 2001.

The London Independent today reports that Steven Bentley, a school friend of accused would-be suicide bomber Yassin Omar, was told by Omar that he did not think Bin Laden was behind 9/11. Omar based his conclusion on what he was told by extremist London cleric Abu Hamza, currently serving a seven-year prison sentence for soliciting murder and inciting racial hatred, who had personally met Bin Laden.

Bin Laden’s apparent attempt to distance himself from involvement in 9/11 dovetails with statements made shortly after the event in which he told a Pakistani newspaper that he was not involved in the attacks.

“I have already said that I am not involved in the 11 September attacks in the United States,” Bin Laden told Ummat, “As a Muslim, I try my best to avoid telling a lie. I had no knowledge of these attacks, nor do I consider the killing of innocent women, children and other humans as an appreciable act. Islam strictly forbids causing harm to innocent women, children and other people. Such a practice is forbidden even in the course of a battle.”

The supposed Osama “confession video” in which the terrorist leader discusses how the attacks were carried out has been widely debunked as a hoax. On closer analysis, the individual in the tape is clearly not Bin Laden and he makes statements completely inconsistent with Bin Laden’s previous public comments. Other so-called Al-Qaeda tapes have been directly traced back to the Pentagon and Donald Rumsfeld.

Though the information provided by Bentley is third or fourth hand, it makes interesting reading nonetheless when compared with previous statements from individuals with close ties to Bin Laden

The White House regularly intones that critics of President Bush are in some way aiding the enemy but it was not until recently that the media picked up on a similar tack in trying to smear anyone who questions the official version of 9/11 as being sympathetic with Al-Qaeda or even a recruiting aid for terrorists.

One day after the alleged liquid bomb plot to simultaneously blow up ten transatlantic airliners, CNN reporter Christiane Amanpour blamed alternative documentaries about 9/11 for radicalizing many Muslims in England and around the world, and leading them to ‘succumb to conspiracy theories.’

source:
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/january2007/180107notbehind.htm

Related Link:

1. FBI says, it has “No hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11”
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article13664.htm

2. Fake Al Qaeda The Phony (Mossad) – Al Qaeda Cell in Palestine
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/fakealqaeda.html

3. The Fake bin Laden Video Tape – YOU ARE LOOKING AT A US GOVERNMENT LIE
http://whatreallyhappened.com/osamatape.html

4. The Fake bin Laden – Audio Tape
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/binladen_audio.html

5. 9/11 : The Fake 2004 Bin Laden Video Tape
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/osamatape2.html

6. Al Qaeda Tapes: Direct Link To Military Psyops And Donald Rumsfeld
http://infowars.net/articles/October2006/051006Rumsfeld.htm

7. U.S. Government Caught Red-Handed Releasing Staged Al-Qaeda Videos
http://prisonplanet.com/articles/october2006/051006redhanded.htm

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The War Becomes More Unholy : USA Criminal in Iraq

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 19, 2007

bismi-lLahi-rRahmani-rRahiem

In the Name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

=== News Update ===

The War Becomes More Unholy


by Dahr Jamail

with Ali al-Fadhily

FALLUJAH – A stepped up military offensive that targets mosques, religious leaders and Islamic customs is leading many Iraqis to believe that the US-led invasion really was a “holy war.”

Photographs are being circulated of black crosses painted on mosque walls and on copies of the Quran, and of soldiers dumping their waste inside mosques. New stories appear frequently of raids on mosques and brutal treatment of Islamic clerics, leading many Iraqis to ask if the invasion and occupation was a war against Islam.

Many Iraqis now recall remarks by US President George W. Bush shortly after the events of Sep. 11, 2001 when he told reporters that “this crusade, this war on terrorism, is going to take a while.”

“Bush’s tongue ‘slipped’ more than once when he spoke of ‘fascist Islamists’ and used other similar expressions that touched the very nerve of Muslims around the world,” Sheikh Abdul Salam al-Kubayssi of the Association of Muslim Scholars (AMS), a leading Sunni group, told IPS in Baghdad. “We wish they were just mere slips, but what is going on repeatedly makes one think of crusades over and over.”

Occupation forces claim that mosque raids are being conducted because holy places are being used by resistance fighters.

A leaflet distributed in Fallujah by US forces late November said mosques were being used by “insurgents” to conduct attacks against “Multinational Forces,” and that this would lead to “taking proper procedures against those mosques.”

The statement referred to daily sniper attacks against occupation forces in Fallujah in which many US soldiers have been killed.

Local people refute these claims made by coalition forces.

“Fighters never used mosques for attacking Americans because they realize the consequences and reactions from the military,” a member of the local municipality council of Fallujah told IPS on condition of anonymity. “Nonetheless, US soldiers always targeted our mosques and their minarets.”

During Operation Phantom Fury of November 2004, scores of mosques in Fallujah were damaged or destroyed completely. Fallujah is known as the city of mosques because it has so many.

Many of these are Sunni mosques. AMS leaders are now enemy number one for US occupation forces as well as the Shi’ite-dominated government.

Through continuous arrests of its members and the raids against mosques all over the Sunni areas of the country, including their headquarters on the outskirts of Baghdad, the AMS has often expressed feelings of persecution.

On the other hand, the occupation forces have been supportive of clerics who took part in the political structure that the US coalition created in Iraq. These include Shi’ite clerics and political leaders like current Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki of the Dawa Party. Maliki has called AMS leader Dr. Harith al-Dhari a “terrorist leader” and a murderer.

Many Sunnis who are more secular also feel persecuted by the occupation.

“I am not a follower of al-Dhari or any other leader,” Prof. Malik al-Rawi of the National Institute for Scientific Research of Baghdad told IPS. “In fact most Sunnis do not literally follow any leader for religious reasons. Yet after we found Americans targeting our religious symbols, we had to stand together around the man who did not sell us to the occupation.”

Dr. Rawi, avowedly a secular Sunni, told IPS that the number of Iraqis who believe the occupation is waging a “religious war” increased dramatically after the 2004 attacks on Fallujah.

“Those sieges, along with all the events that followed in Samarra, al-Qa’im, Haditha and now Siniya have led people to think of the crusades,” he added. “Americans do hate us for some reason and we do not find any reason but religion.”

It is not just Sunni Iraqis who claim that their mosques are not respected by occupation forces. The mostly Shi’ite city of Najaf was exposed to massive US military assaults during August 2004. Many attacks came dangerously close to the sacred Imam Ali shrine, damaging its outer walls.

Other US raids on Shi’ite mosques in Baghdad have infuriated Iraq’s Shi’ite population.

Some Iraqi analysts say the perceived religious conflict seems to have expanded as the occupation has progressed.

“The world must be aware that this US administration is pushing the situation to the black hole of a new religious conflict by giving the green light to their soldiers to attack mosques and arrest clerics whenever they feel like it,” Kassim Jabbar, an Iraqi political analyst from Baghdad University told IPS.

“Even people with the highest education standards are wondering why US leaders have not restricted attacks upon religious symbols in our country.”

Ali al-Fadhily is our Baghdad correspondent. Dahr Jamail is our specialist writer who has spent eight months reporting from inside Iraq and has been covering the Middle East for several years.

source:
http://www.antiwar.com/jamail/?articleid=10347

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“Psst… Mr. President. That’s not your heart!”

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 19, 2007


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

=== News Update ===

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“Psst… Mr. President. That’s not your heart!”

http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/

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Genocide in Gaza, Ethnic Cleansing in the West Bank

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 19, 2007


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

=== News Update ===

Genocide in Gaza, Ethnic Cleansing in the West Bank


By Ilan Pappe

01/18/07 “Electronic Intifada” On this stage, not so long ago, I claimed that Israel is conducting genocidal policies in the Gaza Strip. I hesitated a lot before using this very charged term and yet decided to adopt it. Indeed, the responses I received, including from some leading human rights activists, indicated a certain unease over the usage of such a term. I was inclined to rethink the term for a while, but came back to employing it today with even stronger conviction: it is the only appropriate way to describe what the Israeli army is doing in the Gaza Strip.

On 28 December 2006, the Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem published its annual report about the Israeli atrocities in the occupied territories. Israeli forces killed this last year six hundred and sixty citizens. The number of Palestinians killed by Israel last year tripled in comparison to the previous year (around two hundred). According to B’Tselem, the Israelis killed one hundred and forty one children in the last year. Most of the dead are from the Gaza Strip, where the Israeli forces demolished almost 300 houses and slew entire families. This means that since 2000, Israeli forces killed almost four thousand Palestinians, half of them children; more than twenty thousand were wounded.

B’Tselem is a conservative organization, and the numbers may be higher. But the point is not just about the escalating intentional killing, it is about the trend and the strategy. As 2007 commences, Israeli policymakers are facing two very different realities in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. In the former, they are closer than ever to finishing the construction of their eastern border. Their internal ideological debate is over and their master plan for annexing half of the West Bank is being implemented at an ever-growing speed. The last phase was delayed due to the promises made by Israel, under the Road Map, not to build new settlements. Israel found two ways of circumventing this alleged prohibition. First, it defined a third of the West Bank as Greater Jerusalem, which allowed it to build within this new annexed area towns and community centers. Secondly, it expanded old settlements to such proportions so that there was no need to build new ones. This trend was given an additional push in 2006 (hundreds of caravans were installed to mark the border of the expansions, the planning schemes for the new towns and neighborhoods were finalized and the apartheid bypass roads and highway system completed). In all, the settlements, the army bases, the roads and the wall will allow Israel to annex almost half of the West Bank by 2010. Within these territories there will be a considerable number of Palestinians, against whom the Israeli authorities will continue to implement slow and creeping transfer policies — too boring as a subject for the western media to bother with and too elusive for human rights organizations to make a general point about them. There is no rush; as far as the Israelis are concerned, they have the upper hand there: the daily abusive and dehumanizing mixed mechanisms of army and bureaucracy is as effective as ever in contributing its own share to the dispossession process.

The strategic thinking of Ariel Sharon that this policy is far better than the one offered by the blunt ‘transferists’ or ethnic cleansers, such as Avigdor Liberman’s advocacy, is accepted by everyone in the government, from Labor to Kadima. The petit crimes of state terrorism are also effective as they enable liberal Zionists around the world to softly condemn Israel and yet categorize any genuine criticism on Israel’s criminal policies as anti-Semitism.

On the other hand, there is no clear Israeli strategy as yet for the Gaza Strip; but there is a daily experiment with one. Gaza, in the eyes of the Israelis, is a very different geo-political entity from that of the West Bank. Hamas controls Gaza, while Abu Mazen seems to run the fragmented West Bank with Israeli and American blessing. There is no chunk of land in Gaza that Israel covets and there is no hinterland, like Jordan, to which the Palestinians of Gaza can be expelled. Ethnic cleansing is ineffective here.

The earlier strategy in Gaza was ghettoizing the Palestinians there, but this is not working. The ghettoized community continues to express its will for life by firing primitive missiles into Israel. Ghettoizing or quarantining unwanted communities, even if they were regarded as sub-human or dangerous, never worked in history as a solution. The Jews know it best from their own history. The next stages against such communities in the past were even more horrific and barbaric. It is difficult to tell what the future holds for the Gaza population, ghettoized, quarantined, unwanted and demonized. Will it be a repeat of the ominous historical examples or is a better fate still possible?

Creating the prison and throwing the key to the sea, as UN Special Reporter John Dugard has put it, was an option the Palestinians in Gaza reacted against with force as soon as September 2005. They were determined to show at the very least that they were still part of the West Bank and Palestine. In that month, they launched the first significant, in number and not quality, barrage of missiles into the Western Negev. The shelling was a response to an Israeli campaign of mass arrests of Hamas and Islamic Jihad activists in the Tul Karem area. The Israelis responded with operation ‘First Rain’. It is worth dwelling for a moment on the nature of that operation. It was inspired by the punitive measures inflicted first by colonialist powers, and then by dictatorships, against rebellious imprisoned or banished communities. A frightening show of the oppressor’s power to intimidate preceded all kind of collective and brutal punishments, ending with a large number of dead and wounded among the victims. In ‘First Rain’, supersonic flights were flown over Gaza to terrorize the entire population, succeeded by the heavy bombardment of vast areas from the sea, sky and land. The logic, the Israeli army explained, was to create pressure so as to weaken the Gaza community’s support for the rocket launchers. As was expected, by the Israelis as well, the operation only increased the support for the rocket launchers and gave impetus to their next attempt. The real purpose of that particular operation was experimental. The Israeli generals wished to know how such operations would be received at home, in the region and in the world. And it seems that instantly the answer was ‘very well’; namely, no one took an interest in the scores of dead and hundreds of wounded Palestinians left behind after the ‘First Rain’ subsided.

The bar set continually higher: Palestinians pass by a pool of blood after the Israeli shelling of a residential area in Beit Hanoun in the northern of Gaza Strip in which at least 18 people were killed, 8 November 2006. (MaanImages/Wesam Saleh)

And hence since ‘First Rain’ and until June 2006, all the following operations were similarly modeled. The difference was in their escalation: more firepower, more causalities and more collateral damage and, as to be expected, more Qassam missiles in response. Accompanying measures in 2006 were more sinister means of ensuring the full imprisonment of the people of Gaza through boycott and blockade, with which the EU is still shamefully collaborating.

The capture of Gilad Shalit in June 2006 was irrelevant in the general scheme of things, but nonetheless provided an opportunity for the Israelis to escalate even more the components of the tactical and allegedly punitive missions. After all, there was still no strategy that followed the tactical decision of Ariel Sharon to take out 8,000 settlers whose presence complicated ‘punitive’ missions and whose eviction made him almost a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize. Since then, the ‘punitive’ actions continue and become themselves a strategy.

The Israeli army loves drama and therefore also escalated the language. ‘First Rain’ was replaced by ‘Summer Rains’, a general name that was given to the ‘punitive’ operations since June 2006 (in a country where there is no rain in the summer, the only precipitation that one can expect are showers of F-16 bombs and artillery shells hitting people of Gaza).

‘Summer Rains’ brought a novel component: the land invasion into parts of the Gaza Strip. This enabled the army to kill citizens even more effectively and to present it as a result of heavy fighting within dense populated areas, an inevitable result of the circumstances and not of Israeli policies. With the close of summer came operation ‘Autumn Clouds’ which was even more efficient: on 1 November 2006, in less than 48 hours, the Israelis killed seventy civilians; by the end of that month, with additional mini operations accompanying it, almost two hundred were killed, half of them children and women. As one can see from the dates, some of the activity was parallel to the Israeli attacks on Lebanon, making it easier to complete the operations without much external attention, let alone criticism.

From ‘First Rain’ to ‘Autumn Clouds’ one can see escalation in every parameter. The first is the disappearance of the distinction between civilian and non-civilian targets: the senseless killing has turned the population at large to the main target for the army’s operation. The second one is the escalation in the means: employment of every possible killing machines the Israeli army possesses. Thirdly, the escalation is conspicuous in the number of casualties: with each operation, and each future operation, a much larger number of people are likely to be killed and wounded. Finally, and most importantly, the operations become a strategy — the way Israel intends to solve the problem of the Gaza Strip.

A creeping transfer in the West Bank and a measured genocidal policy in the Gaza Strip are the two strategies Israel employs today. From an electoral point of view, the one in Gaza is problematic as it does not reap any tangible results; the West Bank under Abu Mazen is yielding to Israeli pressure and there is no significant force that arrests the Israeli strategy of annexation and dispossession. But Gaza continues to fire back. On the one hand, this would enable the Israeli army to initiate more massive genocidal operations in the future. But there is also the great danger, on the other, that as happened in 1948, the army would demand a more drastic and systematic ‘punitive’ and collateral action against the besieged people of the Gaza Strip.

A source of satisfaction for Israel: Palestinians inspect a burnt vehicle belonging to Colonel Mohammad Ghareeb, the deputy chief of preventive security in Jabalia refugee camp in the northern Gaza Strip. The vehicle was burnt during factional clashes between Fatah and Hamas. (MaanImages/Wesam Saleh)

Ironically, the Israeli killing machine has rested lately. Even relatively large number of Qassam missiles, including one or two quite deadly ones, did not stir the army to action. Though the army’s spokesmen say it shows ‘restraint’, it never did in the past and is not likely to do so in the future. The army rests, as its generals are content with the internal killing that rages on in Gaza and does the job for them. They watch with satisfaction the emerging civil war in Gaza, which Israel foments and encourages. From Israel’s point of view it does not really mater how Gaza would eventually be demographically downsized, be it by internal or Israeli slaying. The responsibility of ending the internal fighting lies of course with the Palestinian groups themselves, but the American and Israeli interference, the continued imprisonment, the starvation and strangulation of Gaza are all factors that make such an internal peace process very difficult. But it will take place soon and then with the first early sign that it subsided, the Israeli ‘Summer Rains’ will fall down again on the people of Gaza, wreaking havoc and death.

And one should never tire of stating the inevitable political conclusions from this dismal reality of the year we left behind and in the face of the one that awaits us. There is still no other way of stopping Israel than besides boycott, divestment and sanctions. We should all support it clearly, openly, unconditionally, regardless of what the gurus of our world tell us about the efficiency or raison d’etre of such actions. The UN would not intervene in Gaza as it does in Africa; the Nobel peace laureates would not enlist to its defense as they do for causes in Southeast Asia. The numbers of people killed there are not staggering as far as other calamities are concerned, and it is not a new story — it is dangerously old and troubling. The only soft point of this killing machine is its oxygen lines to ‘western’ civilization and public opinion. It is still possible to puncture them and make it at least more difficult for the Israelis to implement their future strategy of eliminating the Palestinian people either by cleansing them in the West Bank or genociding them in the Gaza Strip.

Ilan Pappe is senior lecturer in the University of Haifa Department of political Science and Chair of the Emil Touma Institute for Palestinian Studies in Haifa. His books include, among others, The Making of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (London and New York 1992), The Israel/Palestine Question (London and New York 1999), A History of Modern Palestine (Cambridge 2003), The Modern Middle East (London and New York 2005) and his latest, Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine (2006).

source:
http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article6374.shtml

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US Terrorize The World – 29 Dhul-Hijjah 1427 H (19.1.07)

Posted by musliminsuffer on January 19, 2007


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

=== News Update ===

Genocide in Gaza, Ethnic Cleansing in the West Bank


A creeping transfer in the West Bank and a measured genocidal policy in the Gaza Strip are the two strategies Israel employs today. From an electoral point of view, the one in Gaza is problematic as it does not reap any tangible results; the West Bank under Abu Mazen is yielding to Israeli pressure and there is no significant force that arrests the Israeli strategy of annexation and dispossession.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article16216.htm

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Terror and starvation in Gaza

Pilger on the genocide that is engulfing Palestine as bystanders silently look on.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article16210.htm

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9/11 Torture and the Future : Perspectives from the Humanities

This series of events addresses the critical issues surrounding the use of torture by the most powerful democracy in the world. The series will focus on four areas: the devastating effects of torture conducted by democratic societies on the concept and practice of democracy; the consequences of state-sanctioned torture on the principles and practices of scholarship and education; the role of mass media in the increasing acceptability of the use of torture; and the relationship between torture used in US-run prisons abroad, and human rights violations on American soil. The series features scholars whose work on torture and human rights effectively crosses the disciplinary gap between the humanities and social sciences, as well as artists, activists and lawyers whose work is committed to an ethics and politics of response and resistance.
http://www.complit.ucsb.edu/projects/tortureandthefuture/index.html

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9/11 Strange Bedfellows: Torture & Democracy

cover_torture.jpgIn April 2004, vivid photographs of American military and intelligence personnel torturing Iraqi detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison facility were leaked to the press. Instantly iconic, the images became political rallying flags for terrorist recruitment throughout the Arab world, and within the United States they inspired shock and disgust.

Yet for all their brutal immediacy—or perhaps because of it—the Abu Ghraib photographs occupied only an isolated place in the American discussion of torture. Today, despite documented evidence of other American-ordered torture, Abu Ghraib is not just the signal scandal of the Bush administration’s extraordinary interrogation practices, but the only scandal. Journalist Mark Danner, who wrote what is now—and will likely remain—the authoritative account of Abu Ghraib in his book Torture and Truth: America, Abu Ghraib, and the War on Terror, described this curious fact in a recent essay
http://mparent7777.blogspot.com/2007/01/strange-bedfellows-torture-democracy.html

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9/11 : New Pentagon detainee manual could lead to executions based on ‘hearsay evidence’

According to a breaking report on MSNBC, a new Pentagon detainee manual could allow executions based on “hearsay evidence.”

“We have learned that the Pentagon has just completed a manual for the coming detainee trials that would allow suspected terrorist to be imprisoned or executed using hearsay evidence or coerced testimony,” said Nora O’Donnell, the chief Washington correspondent for NBC News’ 24-hour cable news network. “In other words, could be put to death on hearsay evidence…”
http://www.rawstory.com/news/2007/MSNBC_New_Pentagon_detainee_manual_could_0118.html

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Claim: Bin Laden Told Hamza Al-Qaeda Not Behind 9/11

Statement dovetails with Osama’s previous attempts to distance himself from attack responsibility

A claim attributed to a friend of one of the six men accused of plotting to detonate bombs on London’s underground tube system on July 21 2005, suggests that Osama bin Laden personally told hook handed cleric Abu Hamza that Al-Qaeda was not behind the attacks of September 11, 2001.

The London Independent today reports that Steven Bentley, a school friend of accused would-be suicide bomber Yassin Omar, was told by Omar that he did not think Bin Laden was behind 9/11. Omar based his conclusion on what he was told by extremist London cleric Abu Hamza, currently serving a seven-year prison sentence for soliciting murder and inciting racial hatred, who had personally met Bin Laden.

Bin Laden’s apparent attempt to distance himself from involvement in 9/11 dovetails with statements made shortly after the event in which he told a Pakistani newspaper that he was not involved in the attacks.
http://www.prisonplanet.com/articles/january2007/180107notbehind.htm

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Dictatorship : Gonzales live, “The Constitution does not say that every citizen has the right to habeas corpus.”

gonzales : Are you shitting me?

Je repete: “[GONZALES:] The Constitution does not say that every citizen has the right to habeas corpus.”

Quote transcribed, live from the hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which you should be listening to, if you aren’t (when it resumes at 2:00PM)

Gee, who decides when they don’t?

I like the expression that the guy in the background has. It’s one that I share (that is, when I’m not screaming or pounding my head on the desk).
http://www.correntewire.com/gonzales_live_the_constitution_does_not_say_that_every_citizen_has_the_right_to_habeas_corpus

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War Criminal : The War Becomes More Unholy

FALLUJAH – A stepped up military offensive that targets mosques, religious leaders and Islamic customs is leading many Iraqis to believe that the US-led invasion really was a “holy war.”

Photographs are being circulated of black crosses painted on mosque walls and on copies of the Quran, and of soldiers dumping their waste inside mosques. New stories appear frequently of raids on mosques and brutal treatment of Islamic clerics, leading many Iraqis to ask if the invasion and occupation was a war against Islam.
http://www.antiwar.com/jamail/?articleid=10347

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Death Squads : USA Crime in Iraq

Digby has been talking about the fact that the US probably trained Shia death squads. Her particular article is from a year ago, but my take is that the accelerating use of death squads dates from Negroponte’s appointment. This is what I wrote just before his appointment, in April 2004, and while parts are wrong, the core holds up well:

The problem, of course, is that they’ve lost control of the death squads. Or… have they? People get all worked up about ethnic cleansing (as they should) but in this sort of warfare it’s very effective – if you know the Sunni insurection’s base of support is in Sunni neighbourhoods then getting rid of Sunni neighbourhoods in your strongholds – whether through straight cleansing or by example killings, makes perfect military sense. As Mao pointed out – guerillas swim amongst the people like fish in water – remove the water and they are easily dealt with or must themselves flee.
http://agonist.org/ian_welsh/20070117/death_squads

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Al-Douri to increase resistance operations

For sure when I say Shiites, I don’t mean the real honest Iraqi Shiites, but I mean those who loyal to Iran and installed by the US occupation forces, so i don’t want to repeat this every time.

– Almalaf reported that Izzat Al-Douri, gave an order to former Iraqi army officer to escalate their operations against the occupiers and the traitors.

He also sent a letter offering a “truce” with Washington and reduce the armed operations against the American forces if the Americans crackdown Shiite militia supported by Iran
http://www.roadstoiraq.com/2007/01/18/al-douri-to-increase-resistance-operations/

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An Impartial Interrogation of George W. Bush

My question, Mr. President: If God asked you to bombard, invade and occupy Iraq for four years, why did he send an opposite message to the Pope? Did you not know that your father, George Bush, Sr., his Secretary of State James Baker and his National Security Advisor General Scowcroft were all opposed to your invasion? Wouldn’t you, our troops, the American people and the Iraqis all be much better off if you had listened to your more experienced elders including your earthly father? Instead of blaming God for the awful catastrophe you have unleashed in Iraq.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article16219.htm

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Return to Arab survival

Will the deception of historical progression — or the irony of fate — manifest itself in this region with the collapse of Arab nationalism, not at the hands of pan-Arab or pan-Islamic movements but by force of local kin and sectarian groupings, which had originally inspired the ideology of pan-Arab statehood in the colonialist mandate era? It seems that these forces, with the help of some petit politicians, are incapable of tearing down the edifice on their own. However strong the ambitions of their leaders are to free themselves from the constraints of ideology and to mobilise popular bases behind them, not on the basis of a political calling, but on the basis of blood ties and cries for vengeance without going so far as to exact revenge, not all countries are Somalia.
http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2007/828/op41.htm

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Western Complicity In The Halabja Massacre

Shocking clip from a French documentary exposing how governments and corporations in the west knowingly aided and abetted Saddam’s most ruthless crimes.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article16217.htm

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(SADDAM HUSSEYN) CONDOLENCE AND CONGRATULATION

Legitimate head of Iraq, Saddam Hussein who was enslaved by zionist occupiers, was executed and reach to the martry level in the first day of Eid al-Adha (the Feast of the Sacrifice) as a result of an illegitimate court process while defending his native country.

His dignified, glorious and virile posture during the execution of death sentence, annihilated the plans of Zionists to degrade all muslims with executing valiant and brave guy of Iraq and Islam and He became the symbol of courage, patriotism and jihadism even on the way of death.
http://dogustrateji.blogspot.com/2007/01/saddam-husseyn-condolence-and.html

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Iraqi Resistance Report for events of Wednesday, 17 January 2007

  • US erects spy cameras along Euphrates Riverbank near ‘Anah to try to curb increasing attacks on US gunboats.
  • US helicopter gun ships back Shi’i sectarian death squads in attack on Hayfa Street in Baghdad Wednesday evening, sparking fierce battle with Iraqi Resistance.
  • US soldier reported killed in bomb attack in al-‘Amiriyah early Wednesday.
  • Resistance ambushes, wipes out eight foreigners – some of them Americans – in afternoon ambush in Baghdad.
  • Resistance marksman reportedly kills US soldier in Baghdad’s al-Jami’ah district.
  • Resistance bomb kills puppet “Shock Troops” and bomb disposal expert in Baghdad Wednesday.
  • US troops raid Sudanese embassy, detain guards for five hours Tuesday.
  • Resistance sharpshooter kills driver of truck in American supply convoy south of Baghdad Tuesday.
  • US soldier reported killed south of Baghdad Wednesday morning.
  • Resistance bombing in at-Tarimiyah leaves US Marine reported killed.
  • US arrests Brigadier General in puppet forces for distributing arms to Iraqi Resistance in Ba’qubah. General now accused of “treason” to US-imposed regime.
  • Resistance sharpshooter reportedly kills US soldier in southwest al-Mawsil Wednesday morning.
  • Shi’i sectarians murder Sunni youth trying to save his family from sectarian violence in al-Basrah.

http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m29850&hd=&size=1&l=e

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Suicide attack kills one soldier, wounds 3 in occupied Afghanistan
A suicide bomber targeted a convoy of Afghanistan National Army (ANA) in the country’s eastern Paktika province Thursday, leaving one soldier dead and wounding three others, military sources said.
http://english.people.com.cn/200701/18/eng20070118_342581.html

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Zionism keeps Israelis, Palestinians apart

In hundreds of presentations we did at middle schools, high schools, colleges, universities and elsewhere, Andover was only the second time we were “disinvited.” We want to thank the teachers who invited us and the hundreds of students who worked diligently to make sure they hear us. The events went well at the classes and we received countless positive emails from students, teachers, parents and community members.

The Wheels of Justice brings eyewitness accounts to occupations in Iraq and Palestine. Our speakers come from various political backgrounds; the only requirement is that they support the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and support nonviolence as an alternative to war and injustice. We also recognize that to achieve peace anywhere in the world, the root causes of injustice, racism and oppression must be addressed. We also have speakers who are Jewish and even Holocaust survivors (e.g. 80 year-old Hedy Epstein).
http://plus.eagletribune.com/cgi-bin/searchstory.pl?fzgpmzbzbtltmvf08090705060402O3010305+fzgpmzbzbtltmvf0809070506040203010305+fzgpmzbzbtltmvf08090705060402O3010305+fn-fn-fn-fn-fn-qumsiyeh.0116-20070116-fn+e/archive/200701.t++page%3D0

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Rattling the cage: The racism of Israeli youth

Consistently, a majority of Jewish teenagers in this country is found to view Arabs as dangerous, to dislike them, to consider them unworthy of equal rights as Israeli citizens, and to wish many of them, most of them or all of them, gone.
http://tinyurl.com/2e6cwe

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Israel’s ‘invisible hand’ in Gaza

Although Israel withdrew from Gaza more than a year ago, its control over the lives of Palestinians there is in some ways even tighter than before, a new report by an Israeli human rights organisation says.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6270331.stm

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Israel occupation forces kill Palestinian resistance fighter in Nablus
A Palestinian member of al-Awda Brigades linked to Fatah has been shot dead by Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Nablus.
http://tinyurl.com/2csklt

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Israel hands Abbas frozen funds

Israel has transferred to the Palestinians $100m (77.2m euros, £50.7m) of tax revenues withheld since Hamas won elections last year. The money has been paid directly to the Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and not the Hamas-led government.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/6276355.stm

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Is Energo-Fascism In Your Future? The Global Energy Race and Its Consequences
It has once again become fashionable for the dwindling supporters of President Bush’s futile war in Iraq to stress the danger of “Islamo-fascism” and the supposed drive by followers of Osama bin Laden to establish a monolithic, Taliban-like regime — a “Caliphate” — stretching from Gibraltar to Indonesia.
http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article16211.htm

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Dictatorship : Pentagon ‘detainee” manual may lead to executions based on ‘hearsay evidence’

“We have learned that the Pentagon has just completed a manual for the coming detainee trials that would allow suspected terrorist to be imprisoned or executed using hearsay evidence or coerced testimony,” said Nora O’Donnell, the chief Washington correspondent for NBC
http://tinyurl.com/2onkkn

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Dictatorship : Gonzales warns judges not to meddle

Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Wednesday warned federal judges not to meddle in cases involving national security, following a string of judicial rebukes of the Bush administration’s anti-terrorism initiatives.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2007/01/18/MNGNINKGA91.DTL

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Dictatorship : 2 U.S. Attorneys Quit, Critics Say Bush Forced Them Out

Two U.S. Attorneys in California announced they are stepping down, as critics alleged political pressure from the Bush administration was pushing them and others out of their jobs.
http://abclocal.go.com/kfsn/story?section=state&id=4944075

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Dictatorship : ACLU Report Shows Widespread Pentagon Surveillance of Peace Activists

The American Civil Liberties Union today released a new report revealing that the Pentagon monitored at least 186 anti-military protests in the United States and collected more than 2,800 reports involving Americans in an anti-terrorist threat database.
http://www.aclu.org/safefree/spyfiles/28024prs20070117.html

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Atheist Richard Dawkins on ‘The God Delusion’

In the last few years, Americans have seen the harm that results when political decisions are made in the name of religion. Now, the non-believers are fighting back.

In the last few years, Americans have seen the dark side of religion. The events of 9/11 brought home the extremes to which some radical Muslims would go to defeat infidels and attain virgins. At home, we’ve seen assaults on the separation of Church and State and attacks on the teaching of evolution and the distribution of life-saving condoms. And now, it appears the godless are fighting back.
http://www.alternet.org/stories/46566/

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Prophets, Apostles, and Mental Illness

I remember going with a minister to a home in Idaho once where the woman heard the voice of God often in her head. She had a young baby so the minister asked me to tend to the baby while he talked to her about her visions and voices. The baby had not had a diaper change in a pretty long time, so I took care of that in the kitchen while the minister tried to help her. Seems she was killing chickens on the farm and trying to resurrect them…without much luck. We never made any connection to the danger and I doubt either of us understood the symptoms of schizophrenia, but I do now. After that, I returned to Ambassador for my last year and was reading the LA Times in the lounge before breakfast. My eye fell on a small article about a woman in a small town in Idaho who was found sitting in her car on a Mountain top waiting for Jesus to return. I knew the name. They found the baby dead on the farm. Or should I say, still dead.

From the Bible we find a man once laid on his right side for 390 straight days and then flipped over for another 40 because the voice in his head told him to. He built little models of Jerusalem in the sand and laid siege to a stone with a pot (Ez. 4). He even cooked his food with human waste (Ez. 4:9) and dug a hole in his own home and squeezed himself through it with his possessions on his back (Ez. 12). His name was Ezekiel. Maybe he was traumatized by the captivity or the destruction of the symbol of all that was holy and stable to him, the temple. He died forever ago and lots of the stuff he said was going to happen never really did far as we can tell. I hear a lot of minister types quoting him 2500 years later as if you can read the newspaper and immediately see what Ezekiel was talking about. I guess if they lay siege to a rock, lay on their sides for a year or more and give up charcoal for human waste at cookouts, …well…ewwww. Time to find another church. I know most will say that God told him to do these things….but think about what you are saying. Would you say that about Andrea Yates who God told to drown her kids or Mijailo Mijailovic who killed the Swedish Foreign Minister, Anna Lindh, saying when asked who told him to do it, “I think it was Jesus. That he has chosen me”?
http://www.whatreallyhappened.com/prophets.php

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