War on Terror

Wikileaks CIA Release - Say What?

Michael Collins

Wikileaks offered its first release since the controversial distribution of documents related to the United States effort in Afghanistan.

The current leak was posted to their web site on August 25. It is titled CIA Red Cell Memorandum on United States "exporting terrorism", 2 Feb 2010.

The leak describes Red Cell as a CIA unit created by the Director to develop "out-of-the-box" analysis offering "alternative viewpoints" on key intelligence issues.

This document doesn't disappoint in being out-of-the-box.

CIA Perception Management - How the World Sees the United States

CIA Red Cell starts out by stating, "This report examines the implications of what it would mean for the US to be seen increasingly as an incubator and exporter of terrorism." Don't hold your breath. There's nothing there about the School of the Americas, the shock and awe invasion of Iraq and the carnage that entailed, or 300 dead Panamanians and United States soldiers as a result of the 1981 manhunt for General Manuel Noriega, a former US asset.

Bagram Detainnee Abuse


Ex-detainees allege Bagram abuse

Wednesday, 24 June 2009 Allegations of abuse and neglect at a US detention facility in Afghanistan have been uncovered by the BBC. Former detainees have alleged they were beaten, deprived of sleep and threatened with dogs at the Bagram military base. The BBC interviewed 27 former inmates of Bagram around the country over a period of two months. The Pentagon has denied the charges and insisted that all inmates in the facility are treated humanely. All the men were asked the same questions and they were all interviewed in isolation.......

Veterans Begin 250 mile walk to San Antonio & "Two Wars"

Int'l Cssn of Jurists Issues Report on US-UK"War on Terror"

The Geneva, Switzerland based International Commission of Jurists today issued a comprehensive, 213 page report on a three year long investigation into what the US and British have called the "Global War on Terrorism" and what the consequences of that war have been for legal systems and human rights world-wide.

This BBC news story from tonight featured the publication of the report and provided a link to the PDF file of the whole document.

The BBC story reports that

Guantánamo Reports: Research Of

Promoted. -- GH

Those spreading or falling for the cheney/bush administration spin on the Released Guantanamo Prisoners going directly back into the Guerilla/Insurgent conflict and or Criminal Terrorism might want to educate themselves on the studies exposing that the government numbers just don't Tell The Truth, not surprising!!

On the Rachel Maddow show last night, 1-16-09. she had a discussion with Professor Mark P. Denbeaux, Director of Seton Hall Law Center for Policy and Research, who supervises a group of talented Seton Hall students in preparing a series of Reports concerning the United States Navy Station at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

 

Memorials

Today, as many know or should know, is Veterans Day, or actually many who observe call it what it was intended to be called, Armistice Day.
On this day in a U.S. occupation of anothers country, that seems so long ago but isn't, and which I served '70-'71, the following happened:
November 11, 1972
 

I'm Home, but Still Haunted by Guantanamo

Originally posted Sun, 08/17/2008 - 07:50, giving it a little bump to the top - standingup

So many times in history policy and the inability to deviate from policy has often led to disastrous consequences. World War 1 where for reasons known only to themselves the various governments of Europe believed they fully understood their counterparts when they did not. The Domino Theory and Vietnam is just another example of this. People want to believe that we learn from our mistakes yet governments do not.

Given recent revelations it would seem the Bush administration was incapable of learning histories lessons. How does this relate to Guantanamo Bay and the detention center there currently holding almost 500 people without any realistic judicial recourse. Because in both conflicts there were humanitarian abuses that the world supposedly learned from but did not. World War II is the best example. Governments should have learned from the atrocities of Nazi Germany. One could argue that in most cases they did but of course there are many examples where they did not. Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia come to mind.

War on Terror? Criminal Terrorism!! The Rand Report

On the 29th of July an extremely important think tank report, paid for by the government, came forth from the Rand Corporation, a favorite of the Pentagon on National Security matters.

I heard the report early that morning on a news blip on NPR and went over to the Rand Site and found the report. I then posted about it on a number of sites as well as sent it out, all with back links.

"True Crimes: The Untold Story Behind the Devastation of Iraq."

Join many others online, or if in New York city at the event, tomorrow evening:

On Tuesday, June 3, join the Center for Constitutional Rights for an exciting live webcast of the event "True Crimes: The Untold Story Behind the Devastation of Iraq."

"We Are Your New Winter Soldiers" - IVAW Winter Soldiers 2008

Back on March 19th I placed a post, on my site, as well as a few others. I also sent that out to a small e-list I maintain to a few site boards, mostly Veteran, and individuals. I will give you the link and part of that post shortly, but first I would like you to view these closing remarks, from the Winter Soldiers 2008 Testimonies, by Camilo Mejia of Iraq Veterans Against The War.

From The Real News Network

Sunday Review: Past Pieces

On Saturday, 9 September 2006, a tireless ePluribus Media researcher named Avahome brought an article to the attention of one of our editors, standingup. They discussed the possibility of a story and secured a writer -- me -- to pull together the fantastic slew of research that Avahome had produced on the topic, and shortly after 11:00 pm that evening we'd posted Symbol Susan -- "Though this be madness...".

The piece called attention to the case of Susan Lindauer, who the Department of Justice sought to prosecute for "conspiracy, acting as an unregistered agent of the government of Iraq, and engaging in illegal financial transactions" -- the charges very carefully avoided accusing her of espionage. When Lindauer was declared "unfit to stand trial" the prosecution tried to get a court order to have her forcibly medicated -- that is, drugged against her will -- so that she could be declared fit to stand trial and they could proceed with the prosecution.

Still working on that 'Successful Surge'!

We all know the Why for the 'Surge', we all know the spin of the Success stories of that 'Surge', which seem to always overlook the 'Why'.

Well here's another example of why the 'Why' still hasn't been achieved, even with the many Walls built around Ethnically Cleansed Neighborhoods

A suicide bomber has killed eight Iraqis, including soldiers, in an attack on Army Day celebrations.