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Aftermath of US Wars

Aftermath of US wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

 

Jan 9, 2011 - Author and journalist Nir Rosen has written a book titled "Aftermath: Following the Bloodshed of America's Wars in the Muslim World" which provides an in depth look at the consequences of the US invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Press TV interviewed Nir Rosen regarding his views on the US-led Iraq and Afghan invasions and his travel experiences in both countries.

 

The April Glaspie Cable: "Green Light" to Gulf War One

While we've known about this now for years, rarely reported on by the media, the cable, like the growing list of proof of Gulf War One to Operation Iraqi Freedom, is now out of the dark and into the light of day.

A message from Veterans for Common Sense about the cable:

Revisionist History of Wanat Afghanistan

Surprised? Not!! Revisionist history as to War is a constant, can't ruin the upward movement of ranking officers, their military futures and possible comfortable, and highly profitable, retirements after in the defense industry, politics and other! After all they're not in the fire-base's, running the wars from miles away and in these modern times thousands of miles away!

 

Army edits its history of deadly battle of Wanat

 

COLUMBIA JOURNALISM SCHOOL STAFF STATES THAT WIKILEAKS PROSECUTION "WILL SET A DANGEROUS PRECEDENT"

By Jim Romenesko
From Poynter | Original Article

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism faculty and officers tell President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder that “while we hold varying opinions of Wikileaks’ methods and decisions, we all believe that in publishing diplomatic cables Wikileaks is engaging in journalistic activity protected by the First Amendment” and that “as a historical matter, government overreaction to publication of leaked material in the press has always been more damaging to American democracy than the leaks themselves.”

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They're 'Slow Torturing' Bradley Manning Right Under Our Noses

By John Grant

On December 18, David House, an MIT researcher, visited Bradley Manning at the Quantico, Virginia, military prison where he is being held in solitary confinement. Other than Manning’s attorney, House is the rare person allowed to visit him.

House’s report is quite thorough in pointing out instances where the military authorities are lying -- or to use philosopher Harry Frankfurt’s formulation, “bullshitting” -- about how the 23-year-old Army intelligence worker is being treated.

Here’s some of psychologist Dr. Jeffrey Kaye’s comment on House’s report:

CA Nurses Strike Billion-Dollar Felon, HCA

by Linda Milazzo

Registered Nurse Estella Chavez
Registered Nurse Estella Chavez (photo by Linda Milazzo)

Japans Investigation into Iraq War

Japanese Politician Wants to Accelerate Investigation into Iraq War

December 24, 2010 - TOKYO- (PanOrient News) A group of lawmakers from all of Japan's political parties – with the notable exception of the conservative Liberal Democratic Party and its former government allies New Komeito – have established a committee to investigate Japan's involvement in the Iraq War and is asking the government of Prime Minister Naoto Kan to "accelerate the investigation progress."

Tsuyoshi Saito, the chairman of the committee and a member of the House of Representatives for the ruling Democratic Party of Japan, told PanOrient News that his group submitted numerous requests to the government earlier this month after it had held its first formal meeting.

Dec. 24th '92 Iran/Contra Boys Pardons

Otto Reich /Elliott Abrams /John Poindexter/Edwin Meese George H.W. Bush/Casper Weinberger/Oliver North/Robert McFarlane

December 24, 1992 - President George Herbert Walker Bush pardoned six Reagan administration appointees in the Iran-Contra case, among them former Secretary of Defense Casper Weinberger, and Robert McFarlane, the President’s former national security advisor.

He did so with less than one month to go in his presidency, and one week before Weinberger’s trial on four felony charges was to begin.

These people and others were responsible for selling arms to the revolutionary government of Iran in hope of the release of hostages held in Lebanon, despite then-Pres. Ronald Reagan’s repeated pledge not to negotiate with hostage-takers.

HANDS OFF WIKILEAKS! PROSECUTE WAR CRIMES, NOT THOSE WHO LEAK THEM

STATEMENT BY WORLD CANT WAIT

Wikileaks Published Nothing But the Truth About Your Government
“The truth is in your hands now.”
-Julian Assange, Founder of Wikileaks

Over the past months, hundreds of thousands of confirmed U.S. military and State Department documents and video have been published on the internet by Wikileaks, a not-for-profit media organization, under the headings Collateral Murder, Afghan War Diary, Iraq War Logs, and Cablegate.

Both victims and opponents of the U.S. wars and occupations, and innumerable others who value and demand freedom of the press, freedom of speech, welcome and support the publication of the classified documents by Wikileaks and other media outlets such as The Guardian and The New York Times, which are also publishing the Cablegate documents.

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http://warcriminalswatch.org/index.php/take-action/73-speeches-and-publi...

US TRIES TO BUILD A CASE FOR CONSPIRACY BY WIKILEAKS

From The New York Times | Original Article

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors, seeking to build a case against the WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange for his role in a huge dissemination of classified government documents, are looking for evidence of any collusion in his early contacts with an Army intelligence analyst suspected of leaking the information.

Justice Department officials are trying to find out whether Mr. Assange encouraged or even helped the analyst, Pfc. Bradley Manning, to extract classified military and State Department files from a government computer system. If he did so, they believe they could charge him as a conspirator in the leak, not just as a passive recipient of the documents who then published them.

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U.S. Renditions Program: Sentences in CIA Grab

Italy adds to Americans' sentences in CIA grab

December 16 2010 - An Italian appeals court Wednesday increased the sentences against 23 Americans convicted in the kidnapping of an Egyptian terror suspect involved in the CIA's extraordinary renditions program.

In upholding the convictions, the court added one year to the eight-year term handed down to former Milan CIA station chief Robert Seldon Lady and two years onto the five-year terms given to 22 other Americans convicted along with him, defense lawyers said.

They were never in Italian custody and were tried and convicted in absentia. But they risk arrest if they travel to Europe as long as the convictions stand. {continued}

Afghan conditions worst in 30 years

Red Cross says Afghan conditions worst in 30 years

Dec 15, 2010 - Spreading violence in Afghanistan is preventing aid organizations from providing help, with access to those in need at its worst level in three decades, the Red Cross said on Wednesday.

"The proliferation of armed groups threatens the ability of humanitarian organizations to access those in need. Access for the ICRC has over the last 30 years never been as poor," said Reto Stocker, Afghanistan head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), which rarely makes public comments.

Sex, Espionage, Bail, and Oh Yeah: War Crimes

If the U.S. press corpse ever lets up on the let's-lynch-the-whistleblower angle, here are some leads it could start looking into on the what's-this-all-about angle (via The Guardian):

The British government promised to protect US interests during the Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war.

• The president of Yemen secretly offered US forces unrestricted access to his territory to conduct unilateral strikes against al-Qaida terrorist targets [and anyone nearby].

Saudi Arabia put pressure on the US to attack Iran. Other Arab allies also secretly agitated for military action against Tehran.

WAR. WIKILEAKS. PROTEST: WHY NEW EVIDENCE DEMANDS END TO WARS

While only a tiny fraction of the U.S. diplomatic cables scheduled for publication by Wikileaks have thus far been made available, some conclusions can already be drawn. These cables and the Iraq and Afghan War Diaries provide an opportunity for Americans to see our government for what it is.

Our government is seen here as controlling a global military and espionage empire that impacts every region of the globe and deceives its own population. Secrecy, spying, and hostility have infected our entire government, turning the diplomatic corps into an arm of the CIA and the military, just as the civilian efforts in Afghanistan are described by Richard Holbrooke, who heads them up, as "support for the military." Secret war planning, secret wars, and lies about wars have become routine.

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http://warcriminalswatch.org/index.php/take-action/73-speeches-and-publi...

US RESPONSE TO WIKILEAKS: DIPLOMACY AS ANOTHER MEANS OF WARFARE

By Debra Sweet

From World Can't Wait | Original Article

World Can't Wait has put a big part of our efforts in 2010 to promoting the revelations brought forth by wikileaks.ch (note url change) as a means of exposing the illegitimate US occupations of Iraq & Afghanistan. The latest "Cablegate" release is so important in understanding how the US uses diplomacy as a means of global domination, that the wrath of the US and all its allies has come down on Julian Assange & Wikileaks.

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Information "revealed without injury to the public interest.”

WikiLeaks Spurs Defensive Nationalism

WikiLeaks Headquarters — Cold War Bunker in Sweden, Supporters in UK, Servers inside the Bunker, Inside the Bunker and Inside Bunker 2 {for bigger view click photo}
"This legislation springs from one of our most successful principles. Democracy works best when people have access to all information that the security of the nation permits.

LET'S GET THE TRUTH OUT ON THE BUSHES

George W. Bush's new memoir is getting lots of press buzz as he and other family members rehabilitate their reputations. Which is why it's important that people arm themselves with the truth about the Bushes and the damage they have done -- a reality best explained in our three-book set: Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep. Order this set by Robert Parry
here.

More information at:
http://www.consortiumnews.com/2010/112410a.html

Brit Iraq War Inquiry: Recalling Witnesses

Tony Blair To Appear Before Iraq War Inquiry Commission

12/8/2010 - The independent commission probing the reasons for Britain joining the Iraq war announced Wednesday that it has asked former British Prime Minister Tony Blair to appear before the panel for a second time to give additional evidence.

Blair, who was the Prime Minister when Britain joined the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, is one among several witnesses summoned to reappear before the Chilcot committee. Those recalled include former Foreign Secretary Jack Straw and former chief of defense staff Admiral Michael Boyce.

Obama's Grand Betrayal

Michael Collins

Previously, I reported the startling news - Obama to Change Party. That was satire, at least on November 14. Just three weeks later, satire becomes reality. In the past few days, President Obama has traded away $620 billion in tax revenues in order to get a $56 billion, 13 month extension of unemployment benefits. Of course, the lost $620 billion will make any further unemployment benefits, or for that matter, any other productive social programs pipe dreams as the deficit explodes over the next two years. (Image: Banksy)

The Asymmetrical Info War

It's too bad all this didn't start during the previous administration, there are so many questions and just think of the added proof as to the War Crimes and much more we would have!! Though in this country we don't do Accountability and allow our extremely wealthy walk around free with the blood wealth they gained, and we don't even tax them nor their corporations!!

 

Why WikiLeaks Is Winning Its Info War

 

Legislating Accountability for Arlington's Graves

It really is sad that this Country has to have it's legislators pass a binding legislation for issues such as this, especially as in many cases those running are appointed, mostly based on political affiliation, and/or are contracted out to the private sector when they should stay in Government hands!

Legislation would hold Army accountable for Arlington's graves

December 5, 2010 - The Senate passed legislation Saturday that would require the Army to give a full accounting of every grave at Arlington National Cemetery and fix any errors found at one of the nation's most sacred military burial grounds.

FINALLY: VooDoo Economics!!

It's about Damn Time somebody not only talks about but uses the label of the failure of this so called capitalist system that did what it was long forecast it would Collapse!!!!!

 

GOP tax bonus for rich ignores failure of Reaganomics

 

Dec. 3: Rachel Maddow looks back at the consequences of Ronald Reagan's trickle-down voodoo economic policy that left the rich richer, the poor poorer and the national debt exploded.

 

‘Torture Is Forbidden’

And how is the now not secret use of by the U.S. and other countries, especially those during the past decade and the CIA rendition program, any different then the charges pointed at Iran or any country we and others condemn! And how are the so called leaders of Nations who ordered the policies and than walk around freely bragging about the use of any less guilty then those other so called leaders widely condemned for doing same though not bragging about!

Torture: Past Time to Clean House

Done "In Our Names!", against what we say we are and stand for and against our Laws and the International Law we helped write! We are already, and have been, paying the high price for this past decade, which will continue!

 

Time to clean house on torture

 

Get Over It! WikiLeaks is Good for America

By John Grant

“The problem here is to define ... a form of life that would not depend on an unsustainable relation of domination over the rest of the world.” 
Jean Bricmont

We live in a time of incredible change, and to have any say at all in the direction that change will take requires a respect for reality. Right now, the United States is losing this battle as it tries mightily – and wastefully -- to sustain its post-WWII legacy as the world’s undisputed Top Dog.

The key to this disaster here in the US is a greater and greater restriction of information in conjunction with what can only be called a top down enforced blindness among the population.
If you think this is only the view of a disgruntled leftist, read Thomas Friedman’s latest column in The New York Times, where he imagines WikiLeaks revealing a gleeful cable from the Chinese ambassador in Washington to his bosses in Beijing:

Tale Of A Pissed-Off Peace Activist

By Dede Miller

Best Practices
Photo by Linda Milazzo

On Monday, November 29th, I attended an event at Saddleback Church, or, as I now call it, Sodom and Gomorrah, in Lake Forest California. George Bush was the guest Philistine. Sodom and Gomorrah is located deep in the heart of VERY conservative Orange county California. I, and my fellow defenders of good and justice, were literally in the belly of the beast..

You Don’t Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantánamo.

Khadr story gets documentary airing

 

Nov 25 2010 - DOXA Documentary Film Festival launches its 2010/2011 Film Series Motion Pictures by introducing Luc Côté and Patricio Henriquez’s documentary You Don’t Like the Truth: 4 Days Inside Guantánamo.

Based on seven hours of recently declassified security camera footage from the Guantanamo prison, the film captures a series of interrogations of Omar Khadr by CSIS agents. What is revealed is the personal story of a child caught up in the larger forces of political action and the global war on terrorism. {read rest}

 

WikiLeaks: 'Exposing Corruption Between Allies'

U.S. warns Britain over new WikiLeaks revelations that will 'expose corruption between allies'

 

* 3 million documents set to go online

* Bombshell leak thought to include U.S. assessments of Gordon Brown

* Secret talks on return of Lockerbie bomber to Libya may also be leaked

* Allegations 'include U.S. backing of Kurdish terrorists'

* U.S. diplomats face being kicked out of countries in backlash

* Corrupt politicians expected to be named and shamed

27th November 2010 - David Cameron was warned last night by America that damaging secrets of the ‘special relationship’ are about to be laid bare.

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