May 28, 2005

Torture and Murder of "wrong guy" by FBI

The FBI, the Torture and Murder of Kenneth Trentadue and Advanced Knowledge of the Oklahoma City Bombing Uncovering a DOJ Coverup

By PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS

In 1995 Kenneth Trentadue was murdered by federal agents in a federal prison in Oklahoma City. A coverup immediately went into effect. Federal authorities claimed Trentadue, who was being held in a suicide-proof cell, had committed suicide by hanging himself, but the state coroner would not buy the story.

Prison authorities tried to get family consent to cremate the body. But Trentadue had been picked up on a minor parole violation, and the story of suicide by a happily married man delighted with his two-month old son raised red flags to the family.

When the Trentadue family received Kenneth's body and heavy makeup was scraped away, the evidence (available in photos on the Internet) clearly shows a person who had been tortured and beaten. His throat was slashed and he may have been garroted. There are bruises, burns and cuts from the soles of Trentadue's feet to his head, wounds that obviously were not self-inflicted."

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Amnesty International Wants U.S. Officials Arrested and Investigated

Amnesty International Wants U.S. Officials Arrested and Investigated

By Bob Dart

05/26/05 'Cox News' - - WASHINGTON - Amnesty International USA urged foreign governments Wednesday to use international law to investigate Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and other alleged American 'architects of torture' at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo Bay and other prisons where detainees suspected of ties to terrorist groups have been interrogated.

If those investigations support prosecution, the governments should arrest any official who enters their territory and begin legal proceedings against them,' said William Shulz, executive director of the U.S. branch of the international human rights agency.
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"Individuals have international duties which transcend the national obligations of obedience√É‚…therefore [individual citizens] have the duty to violate domestic laws to prevent crimes against peace and humanity from occurring." -Nurembergg War Crime Tribunal, 1950

What this means is that Americans, as well as the united people of the world, have the legal right to use force against those who are committing war crimes in order to bring them to trial for their crimes. Torture is only one of the crimes committed by the Bush administration. that fall under this heading. Arrest them!

Mycos, 2005

May 26, 2005

If you liked the Iraq WMD Intelligence, You'll love Bolton

AlterNet: Goodbye To Intelligence: "Goodbye To Intelligence By Ray McGovern, AlterNet. Posted May 26, 2005 If John Bolton is confirmed, honest intelligence analysts may flee by Ray McGovern (CIA Intelligence Analyst: 27 yrs)

Few have more at stake in the expected Senate approval of John Bolton to be U.S. representative at the U.N. than the remnant group of demoralized intelligence analysts trained and still willing to speak truth to power. What would be the point in continuing, they ask, when--like so many other policymakers--Bolton reserves the right to 'state his own reading of the intelligence' (as he wrote to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee)?

Given his well-earned reputation for stretching intelligence beyond the breaking point to 'justify' his own policy preferences, Bolton's confirmation would loose a hemorrhage of honest analysts, while the kind of malleable careerists who cooked intelligence to 'justify' the administration's prior decision for war on Iraq will prosper. I refer to those who saluted obediently when former CIA director George Tenet told them, as he told his British counterpart in July 2002, that the facts needed to be 'fixed around the policy' of regime change in Iraq."

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Tom Delay:Wingnut-In-Waiting' Says Dems Are "Weird"

"Saddam Hussein – it is universally accepted by the international intelligence community – had weapons of mass destruction. " Tom Delay - 2003

Academic Union in Wisconsin Vote For Divestment

Lets hope the action spreads........

Mycos
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Academic Union in Wisconsin Vote For Divestment
The Grassroots Palestinian Anti-Apartheid Wall Campaign, April 29th, 2005

The Association of University of Wisconsin Professionals (TAUWP) has passed a resolution calling on the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents to divest from companies involved in supplying the Occupation Forces with the tools, resources and materials used in the colonization of the Palestinian people and the brutal occupation which they endure.

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Boycott Israeli Universities

The Palestinian Agricultural Relief Committees (PARC) with its six affiliated associations and 400 hundred community-based organizations and grassroots committees in the West Bank and Gaza Strip would like to express their full support to the proposal of the largest British Association of University Teachers (AUT) to boycott two Israeli universities (Haifa and Bar Ilan) passed on April 22, 2005. We wish to stress our respect and high appreciation of this courageous and moral position, which signaled the globally rejected racist and colonial policies of the State of Israel towards the native Palestinian people with which some Israeli academic institutions identify themselves."
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Report 2005: A dangerous new agenda - news.amnesty - Amnesty International

Report 2005: A dangerous new agenda" Amnesty International finds the U.S. and other nations guilty of human rights violations

May 25, 2005

War Crime at Dashte-e-Leili

Killing of uncoscious and seriously wounded prisoners at Dashte-e-Leili

At Dasht-e-Leili , seriously injured and unconscious 500-600 Taliban prisoners and foreign fighters were killed by shooting , their hands were bound ; the evidence in Prosecution document Ex�1 not been contradicted ; it is established that there were 30 to 40 US soldiers present who observed the shooting and execution of these prisoners ; this evidence conclusively proves that the Defendant as Commander-in-Chief of US forces , was guilty for the execution of prisoners of war at Dashte-e-Leili who had surrendered and were seriously injured and that US soldier were present when the shooting took place ; against all rules and norms of warfare of the Geneva Convention (III ) of 1949 and the Additional Protocol I of 1977"

Red State "Values", Blue State Facts

Interesting site here. I've pulled a few of my favourites, but I strongly recommend checking out the rest.

For instance; Did you know that the most educated states are blue, and that these states are paying the most per capita into federal welfare, food banks and other crises management funds that go back out to predominately red states?

In short, the red states are bleeding the blue states. Not exactly the hard-working, self-sufficient image that the red-necks..er'... states, would have you believe.

Births to Teen Moms -- All 10 of the 10 states with the highest rates of teen pregnancy are Red States. 9 of the 10 states with the lowest rates of teen pregnancy are Blue States.

Child Abuse. 8 of the 10 states with the highest reported incidence of child abuse are Red States.

College and Advanced Education -- All 10 of the 10 states with the lowest percentages of citizens with college and/or advanced degrees are Red States. 8 of the 10 states with the highest percentages of citizens with college and/or advanced degrees are Blue States.

Divorce -- All 10 of the 10 states with the highest rates of divorce are Red States. 7 of the 11 states with the lowest rates of divorce are Blue States (there is a statistical tie in the 7th spot among 5 states).

Execution of Minor Offenders -- Only 6 states, all Red States, have executed a person for an offense committed while a minor since 1990. The only other countries where such executions have occurred since 1990 are China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iran, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen.

Federal Money Consumed -- 8 of the 10 states consuming the highest per capita amounts of federal funds are Red States. 6 of the 10 states consuming the lowest per capita amounts of federal funds are Blue States.

Federal Taxes Paid -- 9 of the 10 states paying the lowest per capita amounts of federal income taxes are Red States. 7 of the 10 states paying the highest per capita amounts of federal income taxes are Blue States.

Infant Mortality 2001 -- 9 of the 10 states with the highest rates of infant mortality are Red States. 8 of the 12* states with the lowest infant mortality rates are blue "

*statistical ties

Tokyo War Crimes indictment against George W. Bush

Interesting. Well worth the read. It also contains a number of facts I had previously been unaware of.

Mycos

"INDICTMENT

The Prosecution has presented a formidable Indictment against the Defendant, George Walker Bush, President of the United States and Commander -in-Chief of US military forces for serious crimes ; waging a war of aggression on Afghanistan, war crimes and crimes against humanity against the Afghan people, against prisoners of war ; and the use of radioactive depleted uranium weapons of mass destruction , against the people of Afghanistan ; with serious fall out effects on the military personnel of the United States ,UK and other forces deployed ; and on countries, in and around the region .

Relevant for the trial, is the profile of the Defendant , elected as the 43rd President of the United States, and sworn in as President in January 2001 ; the year of the military attack on Afghanistan ; after an election which received international focus , in view of the issues involved , resolved by the Supreme Court. The Defendant's past history, of close association, with the Corporate sector in the United States of America, has been highlighted in the indictment by the prosecution ,in particular with the Oil and Energy sector ; the Defendant formed an oil company, the Arbusto Energy Inc in 1978, which was unsuccessful ; after which Spectrum 7 Energy of Ohio was formed in 1984 with the Defendant as CEO ; thereafter the Defendant was a Consultant to Harken Energy from 1986 , prior to being elected as Governor of Texas in 1994 and re-elected in 1998."

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May 24, 2005

Democracy. Going..Going.....

"A democracy can die of too many lies."

I'll insert here the observation that, given the mountain of lies that the 'cons have already fed to the compliant media, democracy should be near collapse. And so it is.....

Mycos

Television journalist Bill Moyers blasts flag-wearing phonies, reporters who parrot the government line, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting's 'dangerous' campaign to silence dissenting voices."

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Mothers in chains.... or Bush's America

....an America where what is good for business is good for the nation. And if you are foolish enough to believe that the featured article is for the good of us all, then you deserve to be in prison yourself, convicted of Gross Human Rights Violations.

Prison is an industry. An Industry that has paid Washington lobbiests and all the power that comes with the employment of hundreds of thousands of people. It is of no consequence that some of these people will say that they only do it because they need to put food on their tables. This is the best that can be said of any of them and this is simply a variation of the Nurembereg defense, the defence of last resort for those who know that they have committed grave injustices against their fellow human beings.

MY WARNING TO YOU ALL! Don't get smug in a belief that such thinking will always be the case in America. Your own man in Washington is pushing the envelope so far that there is bound to be a backlash against him and the beliefs he stands for, this backlash originating from the decency that lies under the surface of humanity and has only now been suppressed by the continous pandering to your sense of greed by the corporations who's profittyeering agenda is behind the commercials that all... at least subliminally... define success as the obtainment of money to spend on their products. This agenda is a betrayal of the heart, of human nature... and as such will be corrected with enough force.... if neccesary... to destroy it's ugly face, should that be the only recourse left to us by those who are now profiting from human misery.

Mycos

- - - - - - - - - - - - Mothers in chains
Why keeping U.S. women prisoners in shackles during labor and delivery is the real crime against society.

By Ayelet Waldman

May 23, 2005 | Anna (not her real name), a prisoner at Valley State Prison for Women in Chowchilla, Calif., spent the last two weeks of her pregnancy in preterm labor, shackled to a hospital bed. If she needed to use the bathroom, or even turn over, she had to beg permission of the officer on duty. Given these strict security arrangements, you might assume that Anna was a terrorist, a murderer, some kind of hardened criminal at risk for escape. No. Anna is a minimum-security prisoner currently serving an approximately 18-month sentence for drug possession and probation violation, and according to Karen Shain, administrative director of Legal Services for Prisoners With Children, the treatment she received was routine. Whether they are violent offenders or not -- and approximately 66 percent of incarcerated women in the United States are not -- pregnant prisoners are subject to the same dehumanizing treatment."
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May 23, 2005

Corporate Media Unhappy with Recent Developments In News-Reporting

"Strike disrupts BBC TV, radio broadcasts"
Mon, 23 May 2005 11:17:55 EDT

LONDON - There was little news or other live programming on BBC television or radio Monday as thousands of journalists and technicians went on a 24-hour strike."

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Wingnut Bush Just Doesn't Get It

Karzai strikes out with Bush (Why? Because he's sane!!!) Believe it or not this asshole has the sheer audacity to make the following statement today in response to the Afghan Leaders dewsire to handle it's own prisoners in an effort to stop the US torture of same. Idiot Said: "we will consult with Afghanistan if it perceives its territorial integrity, independence or security is at risk." folowed shortly by:"It's important for the Afghan people to understand we have a strategic vision for Afghanistan," Bush said.

Fallujah Atrocity On Tape

Eyewitness in Iraq: Dahr Jamail, an Unembedded Report

Dahr Jamail, American independent journalist, has an important story to tell. Recognizing that Americans were being fed a sanitized, propagandistic view of the US occupation of Iraq, he went to Iraq to find the truth. This is his report. After being unembedded in Iraq totaling over 8 months, he returned to the States to tell what he discovered. In this video, created in Seattle by PepperSpray Productions after his most recent return from Baghdad, Dahr Jamail speaks of the horrors of occupation; the use of illegal weapons by American forces; the rip-off of American taxpayers by Bechtel and other US corporations; the shabby coverage of the whole situation by US lapdog media, and of the resilient determination of the Iraqi people to be free from foreign occupation.

A portion of the price of this video goes to support Dahr in his ongoing efforts.

Learn more about Dahr Jamail and Iraq at dahrjamailiraq.com "

Canadian Military Base In Persian Gulf

The Globe and Mail: The worst-kept secret in the Persian Gulf
"By PAUL KORING and BORZOU DARAGAHI

Saturday, May 21, 2005 Page A14

WASHINGTON, DUBAI -- Camp Mirage, the Canadian Forces forward logistics base in the Persian Gulf, is real.

Only the notion that it can be kept under wraps, cherished in some Ottawa quarters, is an illusion.

Officially, Camp Mirage is 'somewhere in the Gulf region' and the location is 'top secret' because Canada's hosts have been assured it will not be disclosed.

'We do not say where we are out of respect for the host nation,' is the official line delivered by several Canadian Forces spokesmen. 'We do not talk about the location of Camp Mirage.'"

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May 22, 2005

Credibility matters little to Brits, Americans

Credibility matters little to Brits, Americans: "Friday, May 13, 2005 Credibility matters little to Brits, Americans By HELEN THOMAS HEARST NEWSPAPERS WASHINGTON -- Funny thing about the United States and Great Britain. I once thought their people cared about the credibility -- and accountability of their leaders -- especially when it comes to war and peace. But now I note with regret that the voters in both nations have other priorities. We're talking about the fact that the leaders of both nations chose to invade Iraq for flimsy reasons that were deliberately drummed up to convince their people that a Third World country was a threat to them. Didn't the Brits say Saddam Hussein could attack in 45 minutes? The historic election of Britain's Prime Minister "

Congress moves to restrict court rulings on Separation of Church and State

Congress moves to restrict court rulings on God

05/18/05 'Vermont Guardian'

WASHINGTON — Conservatives balk at accusations that the current Congress and the Bush administration are intent on turning the United States into a theocracy. Yet, a bill sponsored by 28 members of the U.S. House and Senate looks like a move in that direction.

According to the text of the bill, the proposed Constitution Restoration Act of 2005 would remove the Supreme Court's jurisdiction over 'any matter to the extent that relief is sought against an entity of Federal, State, or local government, or against an officer or agent of Federal, State, or local government (whether or not acting in official or personal capacity), concerning that entity's, officer's, or agent's acknowledgment of God as the sovereign source of law, liberty, or government.'

Commenting on the general trend, Bill Moyers noted in a March article for the New York Review of Books that the religious right backs nearly half the members of Congress. 'Forty-five senators and 186 members of the 108th Congress earned 80 to 100 percent approval ratings from the most influential Christian Right advocacy groups,' he noted.

If passed, the bill also would limit the ability of judges to interpret the Constitution if it involved 'any constitution, law, administrative rule, Executive order, directive, policy, judicial decision, or any other action of any foreign state or international organization or agency, other than English constitutional and common law up to the time of the adoption of the Constitution of the United States.'

Judges who fail to comply could be impeached or prosecuted.

Project Censored award-winning journalist W. David Kubiak charges that the bill would divorce U.S. jurisprudence from 'our hard-won secular history and international norms.' The Conservative Caucus has called it an important step that would prevent the U.S. Supreme Court "

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