Permalink ​CIA lied about torture’s effectiveness, according to unreleased Senate report

A Senate report found that CIA officials lied to the government and public about its post-9/11 torture program, most notably by distorting intelligence gleaned from traditional interrogations as that attained by far more brutal methods. The Washington Post reported Monday that the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report outlines a long list of “unsubstantiated claims” from CIA officials in the agency’s pursuit of a global torture regime that resulted in little, if any, substantive intelligence, according to US officials who have reviewed the document. “The CIA described [its program] repeatedly both to the Department of Justice and eventually to Congress as getting unique, otherwise unobtainable intelligence that helped disrupt terrorist plots and save thousands of lives,” said one US official briefed on the report. “Was that actually true? The answer is ‘no’.”

PressTV: CIA misled US government, Americans over interrogation program: Report
Washington Post: CIA misled on interrogation program, Senate report says



Permalink Ukrainian leadership to hire US mercenaries to suppress eastern regions

[Kick-starting World War III:] A private military company will be in charge of suppressing protest movements in Eastern Ukraine, said a source in the country's Security Service. According to him, the name of the company is Greystone Limited. According to a source cited by ITAR-TASS, Ukrainian authorities believe that the Security Service is not able to suppress the protest mood and neutralize the leaders and activists of the pro-Russian movement in the eastern regions. According to publicly available information Greystone Limited is a structural part of Blackwater, that was later renamed into Academi [formerly Xe Services/Blackwater USA]. According to military experts, the company is associated with the CIA and the US Defense Department.

Permalink The Most Popular Show In America Is Basically NSA Propaganda

Gregg Easterbrook NCIS and its sibling NCIS: Los Angeles are the top-rated dramas on television, a distinction they have held for several years. Next season there will be a third iteration, which ones hopes will be titled NCIS: Spinoff. As Quartz’s Jason Lynch notes, viewers love these formulaic procedurals—while critics ignore them. But what exactly are so many Americans watching—and rooting for—when they tune in for these TV shows? A closer look reveals that both series are uncomfortably akin to a cheering section for the NSA: The shows depict a world in which terrorists planning mass slaughter are under every bed, in which viewers root for the good-looking, wisecracking agents to smash down doors without warrants; in which super-advanced electronic surveillance is used exclusively to protect the public. In the NCIS version of reality, we’ll all die unless powerful government agencies treat the United States Constitution like a big joke.


Permalink The Truthseeker: Media 'staged' Syria chem attack (E36)

BBC 'total fabrication from beginning to end' of Syria 'atrocity'; call to revoke visas for intel agents posing as reporters in NATO targets; CIA caught infiltrating CNN, and Operation Mockingbird is back.


Permalink Details of Illegal Torture That the CIA Doesn't Want You to Know About

Senate staffers say the agency tortured prisoners in ways that went beyond what the Bush-era DOJ approved, according to an Al-Jazeera America report. The Senate report on CIA torture is still being suppressed. But details are leaking out, according to a report by Jason Leopold. Citing Intelligence Committee staffers, he writes that "at least one high-value detainee was subjected to torture techniques that went beyond those authorized by George W. Bush's Justice Department." In addition, "harsh measures authorized by the Department of Justice had been applied to at least one detainee before such legal authorization was received." The notion that Bush-era interrogations were lawful has always been highly dubious. This latest news plucks away even the fig leaf afforded by Bush Administration attorneys. Some say it would be unfair to prosecute anyone told that a tactic was permitted. Will they call for a criminal investigation of these incidents?


Permalink U.S. Drone Intercepted 12,000 Feet Above Crimea: Russian Report

A U.S. attack drone was intercepted in the sky over Ukraine's Crimea region on Friday, according to Russian state-owned holding company Rostec. The drone was reportedly about 12,000 feet in the air when someone broke the link between the drone and its operator, causing it to perform an emergency landing. The report is unconfirmed, but Voice of Russia reports that the drone appeared to be "part of the 66th U.S. brigade of military intelligence with the main location in Bavaria," which is what Rostec allegedly determined from the writing on the side of the drone. Rostec is a science and technology company owned by the Russian government, and part of its focus is on aviation research. It also works with various organizations — not just Russian ones — that build various aircrafts.

VoR: US drone intercepted in Crimean airspace - Russia's state corporation
Business Insider: Russia Says It Intercepted A US Drone Over Crimea
Yahoo: Russia says intercepted US drone over Crimea: arms group
RT.com: US, Germany inspectors to fly over Russia amid Ukraine tensions

Permalink Ukraine: U.S. Pulls Back, Agrees To Russian Demands

Moon of Alabama As it looks now Obama has given up. The U.S. plot to snatch the Ukraine from Russia and to integrate it into NATO and the EU seems to have failed. Russia taking Crimea and having 93% of the voters there agree to join Russia has made the main objective of the U.S. plans, to kick the Russians out of Sevastopol and thereby out of the Middle East, impossible.

The Russian (non public) threat to also immediately take the eastern and southern provinces from the Ukraine has pushed the U.S. into agreeing to the Russian conditions mentioned above. The only alternative to that would be a military confrontation which the U.S. and Europeans are not willing to risk. Despite the anti-Russian campaign in the media a majority of U.S. people as well as EU folks are against any such confrontation. The U.S. never held the cards it needed to win this game.

RIA Novosti: Russia Urges Ukraine to Adopt Federal Constitution
John Robles: Congratulation to Crimea, condolences to Americans on Obama
Paul Craig Roberts: Obama Declares Self-Determination To Be A "Threat" To US National Security


Permalink Kiev snipers shooting from bldg controlled by Maidan forces – Ex-Ukraine security chief

Former chief of Ukraine’s Security Service has confirmed allegations that snipers who killed dozens of people during the violent unrest in Kiev operated from a building controlled by the opposition on Maidan square. Shots that killed both civilians and police officers were fired from the Philharmonic Hall building in Ukraine’s capital, former head of the Security Service of Ukraine Aleksandr Yakimenko told Russia 1 channel. The building was under full control of the opposition and particularly the so-called Commandant of Maidan self-defense Andrey Parubiy who after the coup was appointed as the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Yakimenko added. Furthermore the former security chief believes that Parubiy has been in contact with US Special Forces that could have coordinated the assault.


Permalink Senate Intelligence head accuses CIA of undermining US “constitutional framework”


Barry Grey In an extraordinary speech delivered Tuesday on the floor of the US Senate, the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Dianne Feinstein, accused the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) of spying on committee staff members conducting an investigation into the agency’s program of detention, interrogation and torture under President George W. Bush. || Feinstein’s speech was all the more remarkable since she is one of the most slavish defenders of the intelligence agencies and is herself, along with the congressional leadership of both parties and the Obama White House, complicit in the criminal and anti-democratic practices she claimed to be opposing. Feinstein has unreservedly defended mass spying by the National Security Agency and joined in the official witch-hunt against whistle-blowers such as Edward Snowden, Julian Assange and Bradley Manning. The fact that she felt obliged to go to the floor of the Senate and charge CIA leaders with impeachable offenses testifies to the increasingly naked manner in which the US security agencies are dispensing with even the trappings of democracy and asserting dictatorial control. [...] What Feinstein did not mention was the Obama administration’s exoneration in 2012 of CIA officials responsible for destroying the tapes. Nor did she note the suppression in 2004 of Abu Ghraib photos by the Pentagon, with the support of both parties in Congress; Obama’s reneging in 2009 on his pledge to release the suppressed photos; or her own refusal to pursue charges against Director of National Intelligence James Clapper for lying to her committee last March when he was asked if the NSA was collecting private data on millions of Americans.

Independent.ie: CIA hacked into Senate computers to conceal 'brutal details of torture'
The Guardian: Feinstein accuses CIA of 'intimidating' Senate staff over torture report


Permalink Sen. Feinstein: CIA Hacked Congress and Possibly 'Violated' Constitution

The Senate Intelligence Committee leader accused the CIA of interfering with its investigation into the agency's old interrogation programs. The powerful chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee charged the CIA on Tuesday morning with covertly removing key documents from computers used by her panel's staff to investigate the government's interrogation practices. In an impassioned 40-minute speech on the Senate floor accusing the intelligence agency of possibly violating the Constitution, Dianne Feinstein lacerated the CIA for accessing in January the computer files used by committee staffers to review the CIA's now defunct interrogation programs. By doing so, the intelligence agency violated a clear agreement that it had made with Feinstein's committee that it would refrain from monitoring its review.

VoR: CIA accused of spying on US Congress
RT.com: CIA accused of spying on Congress over torture report
The Guardian: Snowden accuses Senate intelligence chair of hypocrisy over CIA disclosures || NSA whistleblower accuses Dianne Feinstein of double standards, pointing out her lack of concern about widespread surveillance of ordinary citizens

Permalink "Two US drones shot down in Crimea"

The drone was allegedly surveilling Crimean troop positions over the Turetsky Val block-post, the newspaper quotes a Cossack source as saying. The unsanctioned aircraft had been spotted by Crimean self-defense forces and Berkut policemen. Another, heavier, two-engine drone, has been allegedly shot down and fell outside the block-post’s area.

VoR: NSA fails to get iron grip on Crimea, surveillance agencies shamed


Permalink Order Out of Chaos: Gladio Snipers Behind Killings in Kyiv

‘Blackwater’ footage: Who are the mercenaries in Ukraine?

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NATO Gladio Operation in Ukraine - On Monday, researcher and journalist F. William Engdahl said a “secretive neo-nazi military organization reported linked to NATO played a decisive role in targeted sniper attacks and violence that led to the collapse of the elected government.” “The question unanswered until now is who deployed the snipers? According to veteran US intelligence sources, the snipers came from an ultra-right-wing military organization known as Ukrainian National Assembly – Ukrainian People’s Self-Defense (UNA-UNSO),” Engdahl writes.

Intelligence sources quoted by Engdahl say UNA-UNSO “is part of a secret NATO ‘Gladio’ organization, and not a Ukraine nationalist group as portrayed in western media.” UNA-UNSO members are NATO mercenaries fighting “dirty wars” in Lithuania, Abkhazia, Khazar, Chechnya, and Kosovo. They were behind the Soviet coup d’etat in the summer 1991. “These people are the dangerous mercenaries used all over the world to fight NATO’s dirty war, and to frame Russia because this group pretends to be Russian special forces. THESE ARE THE BAD GUYS, forget about the window dressing nationalists, these are the men behind the sniper rifles,” Engdahl’s sources insist.

In 1991 Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti revealed the existence of a NATO “stay behind army” organized at the conclusion of the Second World War. Dubbed “Gladio,” the Italian word for sword, the secret terrorist organization, maintained by the CIA and MI6, killed hundreds of innocent civilians as a fear tactic designed “to force… the public to turn to the state to ask for greater security,” said Italian neo-fascist activist Vincenzo Vinciguerra.

RT.com: ‘Blackwater’ footage: Who are the mercenaries in Ukraine?
Daily Mail: Has Blackwater been deployed to Ukraine?
SOTT.net: Ukraine 'revolution' followed leaked CIA regime change manual to the letter [29 Dec 2013 ]


Permalink Coupcraft

Xymphora An issue first raised by Engdahl, I think, was the identity of the snipers who attacked on February 22, after the constitutional deal had been concluded (the sniper attacks led to the right-wing attacks on the political structure of the country which ended the possibility of a peaceful deal, and ended in the coup): "After hard talks, all major parties including the majority of protesters, agreed to new presidential elections in December, return to the 2004 Constitution and release of Julia Tymoshenko from prison. The compromise appeared to end the months long chaos and give a way out for all major players. The diplomatic compromise lasted less than twelve hours. Then all hell broke loose. Snipers began shooting into the crowd on February 22 in Maidan or Independence Square. Panic ensued and riot police retreated in panic according to eyewitnesses. The opposition leader Vitali Klitschko withdrew from the deal, no reason given. Yanukovich fled Kiev. The question unanswered until now is who deployed the snipers? According to veteran US intelligence sources, the snipers came from an ultra-right-wing military organization known as Ukrainian National Assembly – Ukrainian People’s Self-Defense (UNA-UNSO)." Now we have more details described by Estonia’s Foreign Minister Urmas Paet to EU foreign affairs chief Catherine 'Tits on a Bull' Ashton (from another secretly recorded phone call from February 25). [AWIP]

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Tony Cartalucci BBC Now Admits: Armed Nazis Led “Revolution” in Kiev, Ukraine

F. William Engdahl Secretive Neo-Nazi Military Organization Involved in Euromaidan Sniper Shootings

Permalink Snowden leaks cost billions to NSA, CIA - top US military official - Good!

The top US military officer says it will take two years of study and billions of dollars to overcome the loss of security to military operations and tactics that were revealed in the massive stash of documents taken by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey tells the House Armed Services Committee the Pentagon set up a task force to determine how the documents could be used and how to mitigate the problem. He says the task force will take two years due to the "magnitude of this challenge."

Al-Manar News: Dempsey: Snowden’s Leaks to Cost Pentagon Billions


Permalink The Road to World War 3: Ukraine, Russia and American Imperialism

Stefan Molyneux speaks with Dr. Paul Craig Roberts about the violent protests in Ukraine, evidence that the United States is fueling the conflict with taxpayer dollars and the dangerous game that is being played in the attempt to install military and missile bases on the Russian border. Dr. Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy under Ronald Regan and is a former associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Roberts is the author of "How America Was Lost: From 9/11 to the Police/Warfare State"

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RT.com: Russia prepares bill on foreign asset freeze in reply to sanctions – senator
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Permalink "Behind The Kiev Snipers It Was Somebody From The New Coalition"

The last time a leaked phone call out of Ukraine was released about a month ago ostensibly by the Russian NSA equivalent, one between US assistant sec state Victoria Nuland and the US envoy to the Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt, it was revealed that the real puppet masters behind the Maidan movement, and the true instigators of the Ukraine "revolution" were none other than the "developed" world superpowers, lead by the US. Also revealed were tensions between the US and EU strategies on how to overthrow the current government, culminating with the infamous "Fuck the EU." Needless to say the US, which implicitly confirmed the recording, was angry at Russia and accused it of using dirty tricks. That's ironic, because when it comes to "dirty tricks" what is about to be presented, blows the top off anything Russia may or has done to date. Earlier today an even more shocking recording has been "leaked" this time one between the always concerned about human rights EU foreign affairs chief Catherine Ashton and Estonian foreign minister Urmas Paet, in which it is revealed on tape that all those photos of horrifying deaths of Ukrainians by snipers during the last days of the Median stand off, were in fact caused not by Snipers controlled by Yanukovich, but that the snipers shot at both protesters and police in Kiev were allegedly hired by Maidan leaders!

RT.com: Estonian Foreign Ministry confirms authenticity of leaked call on Kiev snipers
RT.com: Kiev snipers hired by Maidan leaders - leaked EU's Ashton phone tape
Secretive Neo-Nazi Military Organization Involved in Euromaidan Sniper Shootings
AWIP: Intercepted Phone Call: Snipers Were Hired by Insurgents!
Robert Parry: What Neocons Want from Ukraine Crisis


Permalink NATO helping boost Afghan heroin production: Russia

The head of Russia’s Federal Drug Control Service has blamed the US-led NATO forces for the surge in Afghanistan's drug production. On Wednesday, Russia’s drugs tsar accused the US and its NATO allies of helping a surge in Afghanistan's heroin production. Viktor Ivanov from the Russian Drug Control Service says NATO forces are directly responsible for a boost in narcotic cultivations in Afghanistan. He also noted that US-led troops have in fact helped create a catastrophic surge, while refusing to check on farmers there.

Alfred W. McCoy: Can Anyone Pacify the World's Number One Narco-State?

Permalink Probe Sought of CIA Spying on Senate Computers

The CIA Inspector General’s Office has asked the Justice Department to investigate allegations of malfeasance at the spy agency in connection with a yet-to-be released Senate Intelligence Committee report into the CIA’s secret detention and interrogation program, McClatchy has learned. The criminal referral may be related to what several knowledgeable people said was CIA monitoring of computers used by Senate aides to prepare the study. The monitoring may have violated an agreement between the committee and the agency. The development marks an unprecedented breakdown in relations between the CIA and its congressional overseers amid an extraordinary closed-door battle over the 6,300-page report on the agency’s use of waterboarding and harsh interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists held in secret overseas prisons. The report is said to be a searing indictment of the program. The CIA has disputed some of the reports findings.


Permalink Armed men seize two airports in Ukraine's Crimea, Russia denies involvement

Armed men took control of two airports in the Crimea region on Friday in what Ukraine's government described as an invasion and occupation by Russian forces, raising tension between Moscow and the West. Russia's Black Sea fleet, which is based in the region, denied its forces were involved in seizing one of the airports, Interfax news agency reported, while a supporter described the group at the other site merely as Crimean militiamen. Amid the confusion over the men's identity, acting president Oleksander Turchinov called an emergency session of his security chiefs, while parliament urged Moscow to halt any action that might encourage separatism and asked the United Nations Security Council to discuss the crisis. Tensions have been rising on the Black Sea peninsula, the only Ukrainian region that has an ethnic Russian majority and the last major bastion of resistance to the overthrow of Viktor Yanukovich as president almost a week ago.

The Guardian: Crimean parliament seized by unknown pro-Russian gunmen
BBC: Ukraine crisis: 'Russians' occupy Crimea airports
RT.com: Movement of Russian armored vehicles in Crimea fully complies with agreements - Foreign Ministry
RT.com: Watch LIVE on RT: Yanukovich to hold press-conference in Southern Russia

Permalink Former Guantánamo inmates urge French judge to probe ‘systematic torture’

Two former Guantánamo Bay prisoners have asked a French judge to open a probe into claims of torture at the US prison. The allegations pertain to a retired commander of the facility accused of “war crimes and acts of torture inflicted on detainees.” French citizens Nizar Sassi and Mourad Benchallali, who were held in Guantánamo for late 2001 to 2004, have urged a French judge to issue a subpoena against former base commander Geoffrey Miller for torture. The two men submitted an expert report along with Khaled Ben Mustapha, another former Guantánamo inmate to the Criminal Court in Paris. The document is backed by rights groups The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) and details “an authorized and systematic plan of torture and ill-treatment on persons deprived of their freedom without any charge and without the basic rights of any detainee.”


Permalink Paul Craig Roberts Connects the Dots on the Ukrainian Revolution - Audio

Dr. Paul Craig Roberts of PaulCraigRoberts.org joins us to discuss his take on recent events in Ukraine. We examine the historical roots of the crisis and look at the risks of further escalation in the current situation. We also take on the reluctance of those inside the beltway to point out the self-evident truths about the increasingly reckless actions of the American Empire.

Ukraine crisis portends apocalypse, by Dr Paul Craig Roberts (Notes and Comments by Lasha Darkmoon)
The Crisis In Ukraine
Democracy Murdered By Protest — Ukraine Falls To Intrigue and violence
Ukraine: Sleepwalking Again
Is Ukraine Drifting Toward Civil War And Great Power Confrontation?
US and EU Are Paying Ukrainian Rioters and Protesters
Washington Orchestrated Protests Are Destabilizing Ukraine
Washington Destabilizes Ukraine

Permalink McFaul Leaves U.S. Ambassador Post Amid Ukraine Turmoil

Michael McFaul officially relinquished his position as U.S. ambassador to Russia on Wednesday morning, leaving one of the U.S.' most vital diplomatic posts empty amid political upheaval in neighboring Ukraine. McFaul, known for his active presence on Twitter, wrote goodbyes to Russian users of the microblogging service throughout the morning and tweeted a photo of himself with Sheila Gwaltney, the deputy chief of mission in Moscow, who will head the U.S. Embassy until McFaul's successor is appointed. The Kommersant report said that a decision on McFaul's successor could be made within the "next few days" but that the approval process for the new ambassador could take up to several months given that the candidate must be approved by the U.S. Senate.


Permalink Stones, bottles thrown as pro-, anti-Russian protesters clash in Crimea

Bottles, stones and flags flew in the air as thousands of pro- and anti-Russian demonstrators clashed in front of the parliament building in Simferopol, the capital of Ukraine's autonomous Crimea region. Tension between the rival groups rallying next to one another intensified after hours of demonstrating, with people wielding Russian, Ukrainian, Crimean and Crimean Tatar flags getting involved in clashes. Demonstrators slammed each other with flags and threw stones as leaders on both sides urged their followers to avoid provocations. The rival groups are protesting for and against the new national authorities in Kiev. Part of the residents proclaimed that Crimea are not going to obey Kiev, while the local Muslim community of Crimean Tatars expressed support for the new Ukrainian authorities. Two separate rallies, consisting of several thousands of protesters, are facing each other. Russians are shouting “Russia-Russia!” and “Berkut!”, the name of the special police task force disbanded yesterday by the new Ukrainian authorities, who blame them for heavy-handed policing of opposition activists in recent months in central Kiev. The Muslim community protesters are shouting “Ukraine-Ukraine!” and “Crimea is not Russia!” Pro-Russian demonstrators are holding Russian flags, while Tatars are holding Ukrainian flags and flags of their own nationalist organizations. Video footage from the scene appears to show that both sides are preparing for a clash. The police officers who temporarily left the scene have now returned to the square and are attempting to separate the two sides.

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Permalink Western Powers Back Neo-Nazi Coup in Ukraine

EIR FACT SHEET Western nations, led by the European Union and the Obama Administration, are backing an outright neo-Nazi regime-change coup in Ukraine. If the effort succeeds, the consequences will extend far beyond the borders of Ukraine and neighboring states. For Russia, such a coup would constitute a casus belli, coming as it does in the context of NATO missile defense expansion into Central Europe and the evolution of a U.S.-NATO doctrine of "Prompt Global Strike," which presumes that the United States can launch a pre-emptive first strike against Russia and China and survive the retaliation. The events in Ukraine constitute a potential trigger for a global war that could rapidly and easily escalate to a thermonuclear war of extinction. At this weekend's Munich Security Conference, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov had a heated public exchange with NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen, in which the latter accused Russia of "bellicose rhetoric" and Lavrov responded by citing the European missile defense program as an attempt to secure a nuclear first-strike capability against Russia. In his formal remarks at Munich and a week earlier at the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland, Lavrov also assailed Western governments for supporting neo-Nazi terrorist organizations in their zeal to place Ukraine under European Union and Troika control to tighten the NATO noose around Russia. If anything, Lavrov understated the case.

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