Permalink Obama decision to withhold 'thousands' of pictures of prisoner torture abuse to be challenged in court

Photos allegedly depict soldiers raping and sexually abusing prisoners. Thousands of images depicting U.S. soldiers abusing prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan may be released this week following the Senate's 'torture report'. The images, part of a collection from 203 investigations into detainee abuse by U.S. military, are said to depict horrifying methods of torture. One photo reportedly shows an American soldier raping a female prisoner, while other pictures allegedly depict sexual assaults on prisoners with truncheons, wire and a phosphorescent tube. Some of the photographs were initially set to be released in 2009, but were blocked after President Obama backtracked, stating that it could pose a safety risk to troops on the ground. In May 2009, Obama claimed publishing the pictures would inflame anti-American feeling in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Permalink Edward Snowden lawyer calls on Europeans to prosecute US torture architects

‘They need to know that they’ll run into severe trouble’ if they enter Europe. Wolfgang Kaleck represented Khaled El Masri, who was tortured by the CIA. A leading German human rights lawyer has called on prosecutors across Europe to “get active” and prepare to seize any CIA agents and US officials involved in torture who enter their territories. Wolfgang Kaleck said the US Senate committee report on CIA torture was giving new impetus to European resolve to hold those in positions of power responsible for the use of unacceptable interrogation techniques. “We’re preparing reams of dossiers, and demanding of prosecutors that they do the same for those who are named in the report and those known as the higher-ups who directed and conducted this system,” said Kaleck, the director of the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) in Berlin. “If these people enter European territory, they need to know that they’ll run into severe trouble,” he told the Guardian. The Senate intelligence committee concluded that the CIA misled the White House, the Justice Department, Congress and the public over a torture programme, launched in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, which was both ineffective and more brutal than the agency disclosed.

The BRussells Tribunal Torture: Accountability - YES. Impunity - NO (Petition)
Matthew Schofield Yet no apology: CIA’s mistaken detention destroyed German man’s life
RT.com: Cheney defends CIA torture, calls interrogators heroes
PressTV: UK parliament inquiry mulls summoning Blair, Straw
The Daily Mail: Now put Blair and Straw on trial for torture
Patrick Martin Cheney on CIA torture: “I’d do it again in a minute
Washington's Blog US Government Officials Admit: We’ll Torture Again, Unless You Prosecute Us
Robert Fisk Once again language is distorted in order to hide US state wrongdoing
RT.com: 'Stripped naked, kept in solitary': Manning tortured like terrorist


Permalink Secret surveillance detected in Oslo

Norway’s prime minister and members of parliament may be subject to secret surveillance by means of fake mobile base stations in the centre of Oslo. Investigations made by Norwegian daily Aftenposten during the past weeks have revealed a number of fake base stations on several locations, in and around the Norwegian capital. They were detected around the parliament building Stortinget, near several ministries and the prime minister’s residence in Parkveien. Conversations and data may be monitored - The fake mobile base stations, known as IMSI-catchers, may be used for listening in on conversations and monitoring all kinds of mobile activity in the areas affected. The person running the equipment may in principle register anyone entering parliament or the government offices. The operator can easily select certain persons for eavesdropping. National Security Authority also found «something» - After being alerted by Aftenposten the Norwegian National Security Authority (NSM) started their own investigation. On Friday they confirmed that they had found traces of «something».

Aftenposten: Stortinget og statsministeren overvåkes - Video

Permalink French neo-fascist National Front defends CIA torture

Alex Lantier The defense of CIA torture by Marine Le Pen, the president of France’s neo-fascist National Front and 2017 French presidential hopeful, testifies to the bankruptcy and criminality of Europe’s political establishment. Asked about the US Senate’s torture report on BFM-TV, she said the United States should stop “giving morality lessons to the whole world,” but defended the CIA: “I am not going to condemn this ... On such subjects, it is pretty easy to come on television and say ‘Oh my God, that’s awful.’” Asked if one could use torture, she replied: “Yes, yes, of course, it has been used historically. I think people who take care of terrorists and therefore of getting information out of them that saves civilian lives are responsible people.”

Le Monde: Torture: les propos de Marine Le Pen, dans la lignée de son père
DW: CIA morale 'deeply hurt' following Senate report
Malaysia Insider: US may have had ‘black site’ in Romania, says ex spy chief
The Guardian: US hid UK links in CIA torture report at request of British spy agencies
Wayne Madsen U.S. Senate Torture Report Exposes Eastern European Torture Lackeys of Washington
Melvin A. Goodman Torture Report Exposes Sadism and Lies
Scott McPherson Torture Report Reveals Brutality, Dishonesty


Permalink CIA Enhanced Interrogation Techniques Horrific but "Legal": Senator

Legality - The Last Resort of A Scoundrel: Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr has stated that the CIA's interrogation methods are legal and the recent Senate report does not offer the American people any new knowledge. The enhanced interrogation techniques, used by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and described in a recent Senate report, may be alarming to US citizens, but are justifiable from the legal perspective, incoming Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr has told Sputnik. "We may look back and say we should never do this again, that is fine. But it was legal, it was directed by the [US] president and the individuals were cleared by the Justice Department," Burr said Thursday. The senator added that the new report on CIA activities, released by the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday, does not offer the American people any new knowledge.

Xymphora The CIA: Deep torture
Paul Craig Roberts The CIA’s Torture Program
Igor Volsky 17 Disgraceful Facts Buried In The Senate’s 600 Page Torture Report
CIA chief challenges torture report claims, defends Bush-era tactics (RT.com)
Former CIA directors defend waterboarding, rectal rehydration (RT.com)
10 most shocking facts we found in CIA torture report (RT.com)

Permalink Stortinget og statsministeren overvåkes

Utenfor Stortinget, regjeringskontorene og boligen til statsminister Erna Solberg befinner det seg avansert spionutstyr som kan overvåke alle mobiltelefoner i området. Spørsmålet er: Hvem står bak? De falske basestasjonene kan overvåke bevegelsene til statsråder, politikere, embetsmenn og vanlige mennesker som går inn, ut og rundt sentrale bygninger i Oslo. Om det er kriminelle, utenlandsk etterretning eller andre som står bak, er ukjent. orges største hemmeligheter forvaltes her. Innenfor en radius på én kilometer i Oslo sentrum ligger Statsministerens kontor, Forsvarsdepartementet, Stortinget og Norges Bank. Statsråder, statssekretærer, stortingspolitikere, embetsmenn, næringslivstopper og andre samfunnsviktige personer som arbeider med landets sikkerhet, vårt forsvar eller vår oljeformue på over 6000 milliarder kroner, jobber i dette området. Men de som går forbi, vet trolig ikke dette: Flere steder står små, hemmelige sendere som høyst sannsynlig opptrer som falske basestasjoner. De er såkalte IMSI-catchere, som kan overvåke all mobilaktivitet i området. De som styrer overvåkingsutstyret, vil i prinsippet kunne finne ut hvem som beveger seg forbi og inn i Stortinget, regjeringskontorene eller andre steder i området. De kan også plukke ut bestemte personer for avlytting og tapping av data fra mobiltelefonen.

Aftenposten: NSM jakter spionutstyr etter Aftenpostens avsløringer


Permalink Iran calls Senate report on CIA torture ‘shocking’

The content of this shocking report shows violence, extremism, and secrecy as institutionalized in the US security system,” Afkham said in a statement on Wednesday. She voiced concerns that the “illegal processes and inhumane measures” presented in the report “still continue and there has been no guarantee from the US government to prevent the repetition of such disasters.” The report has drawn harsh criticism from the United Nation and prominent rights groups, which have called for prosecution of those responsible for the use of torture during the George W. Bush administration.

PressTV: Russia slams CIA torture revelations as ‘shocking’
HuffPo: More Than A Quarter Of The World's Countries Helped The CIA Run Its Torture Program
CNN: World reacts to U.S. torture report
PressTV: CIA operates outside law, without oversight: Barry Grossman
ABC.net.au: Poland hosted CIA 'black sites'; China joins countries condemning US actions
"U.S. Tortured and Killed Innocent People for the Specific Purpose of Producing False Propaganda"
Chris Floyd Obama and the Senate Report: Torture is Good?

Permalink US agency infiltrated Cuban hip-hop scene to spark youth unrest

Investigation finds USAid recruited musicians ‘to break information blockade’ as part of covert social Project. Hip-hop has emerged as the latest covert weapon in the US government’s hapless attempts to unseat Cuba’s communist government. Like its previous efforts, including exploding cigars, Cuban Twitter and the botched Bay of Pigs invasion, the attempt to co-opt rappers ended in ignominious failure, new documents have shown. For more than two years, the American development aid organisation USAid has been secretly trying to infiltrate Cuba’s underground hip-hop movement, according to records obtained by the Associated Press. The idea was to use Cuba’s rappers “to break the information blockade” and build a network of young people seeking “social change” to spark a youth movement against the government of President Raul Castro.


Permalink Bush Team Approved C.I.A. Tactics, but Was Kept in Dark on Details, Report Says Claims

For four years, according to Central Intelligence Agency records, no one from the agency ever came to the Oval Office to give President George W. Bush a full briefing on what was happening American officials did in the dark dungeons of Afghanistan and Eastern Europe. For four years, interrogators stripped, slammed and soaked their prisoners without the president’s being told exactly what was going on. By the time the C.I.A. director came in April 2006 to give Mr. Bush the agency’s first briefing about the interrogation techniques it had been using since 2002, more than three dozen prisoners had already been subjected to them. And when told about one detainee being chained to the ceiling of his cell, clothed in a diaper and forced to urinate and defecate on himself, even a president known for his dead-or-alive swagger “expressed discomfort,” according to a report released Tuesday.

Barry Grey CIA torture and the crimes of the state || The Intelligence Committee Democrats, led by Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, do not name a single top Bush administration official, limiting their exposé to former high-ranking CIA officials. There are no formal proposals or calls for criminal prosecutions or other actions to hold those responsible for these heinous actions accountable. The report seeks to maintain the absurd fiction that the torture program was an isolated aberration, involving only a handful of operatives. In fact, the program of CIA torture was planned, implemented and monitored at the highest levels of the state.

Threatened to sexually assault the wife of one detainee and cut the throat of another prisoner's mother
Hypothermia, Broken Limbs, and Rectal Feeding: Details from the CIA Torture Report
The Nazis Used the Same “Enchanced Interrogation” Techniques the U.S. Did
RT.com: Facing justice: UN, HRW, Amnesty call for prosecuting US officials for torture
Le Monde: Tortures de la CIA : la complicité des pays européens
New York Times: Report Portrays a "Broken C.I.A." [nonsense] Devoted to a Failed Approach
CNN: Senate report: CIA misled public on torture
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey CIA files: Can pigs fly?
Eric London Brutal torture detailed in Senate report on CIA interrogation


Permalink CIA braces for impact of torture report inquiry as release date nears

The CIA is bracing for what could be one of the most damaging moments in its history: a public airing of its "post-9/11" embrace of torture. The Senate intelligence committee is poised to release a landmark inquiry into torture as early as Tuesday, after the Obama administration made a last-ditch effort to suppress a report that has plunged relations between the CIA and its Senate overseer to a historic low point. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday the administration welcomed the release of the report, but warned US interests overseas were at risk of potentially violent reactions to its contents. Despite months of negotiation over how much of the 6,000-page report will be declassified, most of its findings will never see the light of the day. But even a partial release of the report will yield a furious response from the CIA and its allies.

RT.com: Senate accuses CIA of torturing prisoners, overstepping legal boundaries
HuffPo: With CIA Torture Report Set For Controversial Release, Washington Braces For Fallout


Permalink ‘Assange case - a witch-hunt by Swedish govt pressed by US’

The US, the UK, and Sweden feel threatened by the WikiLeaks data release in 2010, so they work in tandem to keep Julian Assange locked up in London in fear of being sent to the US to face a grand jury, social campaigner Clark Stoeckley told RT. It is four years since WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was accused of rape and sexual assault and two years since he fled into Ecuador's embassy in London.


Permalink Nine people killed in US drone strike in Yemen

At least nine people have been killed in yet another US drone strike in Yemen’s southern province of Shabwa. Local officials said on Saturday that the victims were al-Qaeda militants. "Several drone strikes have targeted al-Qaeda positions in Nusab [in Shabwa province], killing nine members of the network," a Yemeni security source said. Last month, a similar airstrike killed at least six militants in the same province. The Saturday drone strike came two days after Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) threatened that it will execute a US journalist Luke Somers who was kidnapped more than a year ago in Sana’a. Some sources say he has been released. The US carries out targeted killings through drone strikes in several Muslim countries, such as Yemen, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Somalia.


Permalink What was Nasa's experimental research plane doing at a US military base in Africa?

One of Nasa's experimental research craft has been spotted on an African runway amid claims it is being used to create high resolution 3D maps "to fight terrorism". Satellite images confirm the WB-57 aircraft was on an American military airstrip in eastern Africa a few weeks ago. However, officials have refused to reveal what it was doing there.


Permalink Ukrainian General reveals the Zionist control of Ukraine

Ukrainian General-Colonel Yan Kazemirovich from Kiev reveals CIA, Masons, Judaic Oligarchs, and ultimately, Hasidic rabbis, primarily Chabad behind overthrow of Ukraine. English subtitles.


Permalink UN Damns Washington As World’s Worst Violator Of Human Rights

Paul Craig Roberts UN Torture Report Condemns US Government As The Leading Violator Of Human Rights. A report on the UN document is available HERE. The text of the UN report on the US is available HERE.


Permalink Barrett: ISIL Israeli mercenary army

An outspoken American author and Islamic studies expert says the Takfiri ISIL terrorist group is advancing the agenda of the Israeli regime. Dr. Kevin Barrett told Press TV from Madison that the ISIL is a “mercenary army,” which has been organized by the Zionists. The ISIL has been fighting on behalf of Zionism in order to “destabilize Syria” and “cripple the anti-Israeli resistance” across the region, Barrett said. He also said that the ISIL ideology is similar to the Israeli forces committing crimes against the Palestinians in East Jerusalem al-Quds and elsewhere across the occupied Palestinian territories. He strongly criticized the “Zionist-dominated” Western media for demonizing Muslims by attributing the ISIL atrocities to Islam. The analyst said that the Saudi-backed Wahhabi fanatics and ISIL terrorists were contributing to the Zionists’ global war against Islam.


Permalink 41 men targeted but 1,147 people killed: US drone strikes – the facts on the ground

New analysis of data conducted by human rights group Reprieve shared with the Guardian, raises questions about accuracy of intelligence guiding ‘precise’ strikes. The drones came for Ayman Zawahiri on 13 January 2006, hovering over a village in Pakistan called Damadola. Ten months later, they came again for the man who would become al-Qaida’s leader, this time in Bajaur. Eight years later, Zawahiri is still alive. Seventy-six children and 29 adults, according to reports after the two strikes, are not. However many Americans know who Zawahiri is, far fewer are familiar with Qari Hussain. Hussain was a deputy commander of the Pakistani Taliban, a militant group aligned with al-Qaida that trained the would-be Times Square bomber, Faisal Shahzad, before his unsuccessful 2010 attack. The drones first came for Hussain years before, on 29 January 2008. Then they came on 23 June 2009, 15 January 2010, 2 October 2010 and 7 October 2010. Finally, on 15 October 2010, Hellfire missiles fired from a Predator or Reaper drone killed Hussain, the Pakistani Taliban later confirmed. For the death of a man whom practically no American can name, the US killed 128 people, 13 of them children, none of whom it meant to harm.

RT.com: 50 civilians dead in US-led airstrikes against ISIS in Syria – UN


Permalink Ecuadorian President Says His Accounts Under Cyber Attacks From US

Ecuadorian President reportedly announced that his accounts have been a target of cyber attacks that came from the United States. According to the president, these attacks were aimed at gaining access to personal data. He noted that the attacks targeted the computers of the people closest to him. The newspaper added that back in October Correa said that "organized networks" carried out several cyber attacks from Colombia trying to extract information from the government. In September, Ecuadorian authorities announced plans to set up a Cyber Defense Command, which is to be established by mid-2015. The $8 million of funding was to be used to recruit staff and provide necessary software and hardware.


Permalink America’s 500th Drone Strike Launched in Pakistan

A US drone destroyed a house in Mada Khel village of North Waziristan today, killing six people and wounding three others. None of the slain were identified, but all were labeled “suspects.” If that story sounds awfully familiar, it’s because it is. Today’s attack marks the 500th confirmed US drone strike outside of actual warzones, with just about 10 years worth of strikes. The strikes were extremely rare at first, a couple a year in Pakistan during the waning years of the Bush Administration. Now the attacks are increasingly common, not just in Pakistan but in Yemen as well. The 500 attacks have killed some 3,674 people, and while only 473 are listed as confirmed civilians, the vast majority of the others slain have never been conclusively identified, remaining forever “suspects.”

Permalink CIA Should Send Lethal Military Aid to Ukraine: Former Bush Advisor

Former US President George W. Bush's National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley said stated that US should provide lethal military assistance to the Ukrainian government. The United States should provide lethal military assistance to the Ukrainian government via the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), former US President George W. Bush's National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley said. "If I were in my old job I would be thinking of lethal assistance [to Ukraine], yes. But this is why you have a CIA. This is why you have covert action. I would be thinking: do we want to do it explicitly and send a message to [Russia's President Vladimir] Putin? Or do we want to do it covertly? I think we tend now to talk too much and act too little," Hadley said during a panel discussion "Dialogue on the Crisis with Russia" at the Aspen Institute on Friday when asked if the US should provide lethal aid to Kiev. The United States was not employing the type of "integrated and vicious strategy" that was required in Ukraine, Hadley lamented.


Permalink Twenty-six Things About the Islamic State (ISIL) that Obama Does Not Want You to Know About

Michel Chossudovsky The US led war against the Islamic State is a big lie. Going after ” Islamic terrorists”, carrying out a worldwide pre-emptive war to “Protect the American Homeland” are used to justify a military agenda. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) is a creation of US intelligence. Washington’s “Counter-terrorism Agenda” in Iraq and Syria consists in Supporting the Terrorists. The incursion of the Islamic State (IS) brigades into Iraq starting in June 2014 was part of a carefully planned military-intelligence operation supported covertly by the US, NATO and Israel. The counter-terrorism mandate is a fiction. America is the Number One “State Sponsor of Terrorism”. The Islamic State is protected by the US and its allies. If they had wanted to eliminate the Islamic State brigades, they could have “carpet” bombed their convoys of Toyota pickup trucks when they crossed the desert from Syria into Iraq in June.


Permalink Israel in Mexico: Murdered Students and the Failed State - Joaquin Flores

US-Israel in Mexico: Murdered Students and the Failed State


Permalink 50 Civilians Killed in US-led Airstrikes in Syria

Attacks in Syria by the US-led coalition have killed more than 860 people, including at least 50 civilians. The so-called Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) said on Wednesday that at least 50 civilians, including eight children and five women, were killed by US-led coalition airstrikes since mid-September. The UK-based group added that 746 ISIL militants and 68 al-Nusra Front terrorists had also been killed. This comes as the US-led coalition carried out three fresh airstrikes against ISIL positions near the Syrian city of Kobani on Tuesday, killing a number of militants.

Jason Ditz US Air War on ISIS Killing Civilians, But How Many?


Permalink Opium poppy harvest in Afghanistan at record high in 2014

The total area of the cultivation has increased from 209,000 hectares to 224,000 hectares, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime said in a report. The cultivation of opium poppy in Afghanistan has risen by 7% reaching a record high in 2014, Afghan media reported on Wednesday citing UN experts. The total area of the cultivation has increased from 209,000 hectares to 224,000 hectares, which means that opium poppy farming that provides funding for the Taliban is booming in all parts of the country, the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said in a report quoted by the Afghan media. The UNODC said in its 2014 Afghanistan Opium Survey that opium production could "potentially increase 17%, with yields estimated to reach 6,400 tons in 2014 compared to the previous year's total of 5,500 tons." According to the UNODC, Afghanistan produces some 90% of the world's illicit opiates worth some $850 million, or 4% of the country's estimated GDP. The Unites States has spent $7.6 billion [allegedly] to combat opium production in the war-torn country since 2001.

Michel Chossudovsky The Spoils of War: Afghanistan’s Multibillion Dollar Heroin Trade
Alfred W. McCoy Can Anyone Pacify the World's Number One Narco-State?


Permalink Germans Abandon Major News Sites in Anger Over Slanted Russia Coverage

Daniele Pozzati What's going on in the German media is huge. It is one of the most popular subjects on our site. The US and UK media have been hugely biased in their coverage of Russia, but German media has been far, far, worse, to the point which strains credulity. Now it turns out that part of the reason is CIA fiddling with German media outlets. Coming on the heels of the Snowden revelations, this has Germans seriously ticked-off. Here's the latest revelation from our correspondent in Germany. They call it the Ulfkotte-effect. And it's beginning to resemble an avalanche. Since the publication of Udo Ulfkotte's “Gekaufte Journalisten“ in September – now a #1 Amazon bestseller, in which he charges that the CIA regularly bribes top German journalists, himself included, – German readers' disaffection towards their mainstream media appears to have crossed a point of no return. Granted, sales of newspapers and magazines have fallen everywhere, not just in Germany. But this is different. This is a boycott that is affecting web traffic. Germans are steering clear of mainstream media websites. (This article originally appeared at VZ.ru. It was translated by Oriental Review)

Eric van de Beek The CIA Owns the German Media
Yaroslav Turov German Editor Turned CIA Whistleblower: "Democracy in Germany Is an Illusion"

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