Posts Tagged ‘war crimes’

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Wikileaks published a secret CIA study that makes a liar out of the drone program’s defenders (including Obama). CIA, in secret, sounds a lot like Robert Greenwald!

The 2009 CIA study lends support to critics of US drone strikes in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Somalia and Yemen by warning that such operations “may increase support for the insurgents, particularly if these strikes enhance insurgent leaders’ lore, if non-combatants are killed in the attacks, if legitimate or semi-legitimate politicians aligned with the insurgents are targeted, or if the government is already seen as overly repressive or violent”.

Drone strikes counterproductive, says secret CIA report

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For more than two centuries it was understood that torture corrupts everything it touches. It allows sadistic psychopaths to coerce false testimony, getting “suspects” to say whatever they want said. That’s why this abomination is banned right in the US Constitution, 8th Amendment. It is a serious crime, one of the most serious there is, and not to be misunderstood or casually dismissed.

This conspiracy has broken the Republic, perhaps beyond repair.

“The vice president was recklessly disregarding the truth, and he did so in a way calculated to maintain support for the administration’s decision to go to war in Iraq.” -Sen. Carl Levin

Not just torture: Senator says CIA stalling over bogus intelligence that led to Iraq war

In the draft of his remarks, Levin asserted that there was other “critically relevant information” in the cable that had been “denied to the public in order to protect those in the Bush White House who are responsible” for “playing games with intelligence.”

Sort of what I’ve been saying for the past decade…

UN Officials Demand Prosecutions for US Torture

Zeid Raad al-Hussein, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, said it’s “crystal clear” under international law that the United States, which ratified the U.N. Convention Against Torture in 1994, now has an obligation to ensure accountability.

“In all countries, if someone commits murder, they are prosecuted and jailed. If they commit rape or armed robbery, they are prosecuted and jailed. If they order, enable or commit torture ? recognized as a serious international crime ? they cannot simply be granted impunity because of political expediency,” he said.

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon hopes the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques at secret overseas facilities is the “start of a process” toward prosecutions, because the “prohibition against torture is absolute,” Ban’s spokesman said.

Ben Emmerson, the U.N.’s special rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights, said the report released Tuesday shows “there was a clear policy orchestrated at a high level within the Bush administration, which allowed (it) to commit systematic crimes and gross violations of international human rights law.”

Executions by the US partner fascists from Kiev (GRAPHIC).

WAR CRIME

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If half this article is true then America may be exiting the empire business a lot quicker than the Romans or the British before them. So many tears from the CIA recruiters, although questioning the policy of aggressive, illegal war against other nations is beyond their pay grade.

The background info on these fighters is next to nothing and misleading, especially in Syria, where we don’t have a liaison relationship, and so the vast majority of even check-the-box vetting is by third parties [who are] out-of-the-country players with a stake in the game.”

Looks a lot like knowingly giving material support to terrorists. I don’t believe there is an exception clause for your motivation for doing so. These are conspiracies, crimes, war crimes, crimes against the peace: Nuremberg violations. And of course they are directly on the wrong side of the bogus “war on terrorism.” Welcome to the CIA.

It’s like running a want-ad that says, ‘Only Moderates Show Up for Free Weapons and Paid Training,’ and believing that is effective screening.”
Inside the CIA’s Syrian Rebels Vetting Machine

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Crimes against Humanity: Ukraine Military Shelling of School in Donetsk

The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) confirms the shelling of school in Donetsk was made from the side of Ukraine’s military, and the Ukrainian side is trying to fabricate proofs of non-involvement, Russia’s ambassador to OSCE Andrey Kelin told TASS on Saturday.

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These innocents are mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, grandmas, old, young, and they are NOT terrorists.

The US drone policy by all evidence is not making us safer. The opposite is happening: anti-American sentiment fuels terrorism.

A year ago for the first time drone survivor families from Pakistan came to the United States to testify before Congress. Conversations have since changed on Capitol Hill and more members of Congress are paying attention and asking the right questions. The number of US airstrikes in Pakistan has been declining in volume every year but there is still much more work to be done**. We need to continue to ramp up the public pressure against drone strikes.

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In Unmanned: America’s Drone Wars, the eighth full-length feature documentary from Brave New Foundation, director Robert Greenwald investigates the impact of U.S. drone strikes at home and abroad through more than 70 separate interviews, including a former American drone operator who shares what he has witnessed in his own words, Pakistani families mourning loved ones and seeking legal redress, investigative journalists pursuing the truth, and top military officials warning against blowback from the loss of innocent life.

Throughout Unmanned, Greenwald intersperses in-depth interviews with never-before-seen footage from the tribal regions in Pakistan to humanize those who have been impacted by our drone policy. This footage, alongside interviews with Pakistani drone survivors, describes the brutal reality of drone attacks ordered during the Obama Administration. The film highlights the stories of 16 year old Tariq Aziz, killed by a drone a mere week after he participated in a public conference in Islamabad in 2011, and a school teacher, Rafiq ur Rehman, grappling with the loss of his elderly mother and the hospitalization of his children due to a drone strike last year, showing how delicate life can be in this virtual war where no one is accepting responsibility for the casualties.

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