Posts Tagged ‘tribunal’

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NATO/US bombs the City of Belgrade, 1999

Genocide?

The US & NATO propaganda machines have gotten away with murder again. Milosevic was innocent; so says their own war crimes tribunal…

 

The final count of the dead in Kosovo was 2,788. This included combatants on both sides and Serbs and Roma murdered by the pro-Nato Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA).  There was no genocide. The Nato attack was both a fraud and a war crime.


Prime Minister Tony Blair said so, invoked the Holocaust and demanded action against “this new Hitler”.  David Scheffer, the US ambassador-at-large for war crimes [sic], declared that as many as “225,000 ethnic Albanian men aged between 14 and 59” may have been murdered by Milocevic’s forces.

 

From the start it has appeared the Kiev junta had deliberately shot down the airliner in order to demonize their opponents, the Russian-backed separatists in the east, those who reject their violent coup of February 2014. Plenty of evidence suggests the coup regime deliberately cooked up this atrocity, and the most glaring piece of the puzzle is an apparent PSYOP, one which appears at the NY Times:

Kiev’s evidence of militia’s responsibility for airliner crash faked – expert

A detailed reading of what was “faked” sheds light on what actually happened. It also points at premeditation and cold blooded mass murder. The NY Times and western corporate press claim that these audio clips are:

“phone calls between rebels and Russian officers after the downing of Malaysia Airlines 17.
-NY Times

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In fact audio analysis shows that the calls were not about MH-17 at all, but were recorded the previous day concerning the downing of an SU-25 fighter plane some 60 miles away…

“At the same time, the name of the town of Yenakiyevo is clearly heard in the tape. However, the town is located about 100 km (60 miles) from the settlement of Snezhnoye where the Malaysian Boeing-777 airliner crashed.

Bezler said the talk had really taken place but the he had talked about a Ukrainian attack aircraft shot down by the militia above Yenakiyevo a day before the Malaysian airliner crash.”
-Pravda

So in the case of Pravda vs. the New York Times the American public is obviously going to (mindlessly) side with the US propaganda organ and completely ignore the actual evidence: the recordings exist and are up for anyone to analyze. The US “intelligence community” (sic) has been conspicuously silent about this psyop.

I have called it a PSYOP because it was obviously used to confuse the rebels and broadcast to them so that they would believe this fabricated recording concerned MH-17. Rebels in the field were then interviewed with what seem to be incriminating statements. The rebels themselves fell for the PYSOP. However, the recording was never true in the first place. It concerned a different shoot down of a different plane!

Add to this the memorandum of understanding that the Dutch have signed with the Ukrainian coup regime–that the Nazi junta has veto power over releasing the final report to the public–and we have very suspicious circumstances indeed.

Russia vetoes MH17 tribunal draft at UN Security Council

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Wow. Just wow. CIA has torturers translating for detainees to ensure that they say nothing damaging (to US and Saudi Al Qaeda sponsors). This is beyond the point of ridiculousness.

9/11 trial on hold after Gitmo detainees accuse translator of being CIA torturer

 

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Julian Assange breaks down this assault on freedom, thought and accountable governance.  The US military is calling 24 witnesses to TESTIFY IN SECRET against US Citizen and whistleblower Bradley Manning.

As I was literally BLOCKED from reading this article at its original source “wikileaks.ch” in a Cyberwar that rages silently as we speak, I am posting Julian Assange’s statement in its entirety (mirror).

JULIAN ASSANGE, FOUNDER OF WIKILEAKS:

“As I type these lines, on June 3, 2013, Private First Class Bradley Edward Manning is being tried in a sequestered room at Fort Meade, Maryland, for the alleged crime of telling the truth. The court martial of the most prominent political prisoner in modern US history has now, finally, begun.

It has been three years. Bradley Manning, then 22 years old, was arrested in Baghdad on May 26, 2010. He was shipped to Kuwait, placed into a cage, and kept in the sweltering heat of Camp Arifjan.

“For me, I stopped keeping track,” he told the court last November. “I didn’t know whether night was day or day was night. And my world became very, very small. It became these cages… I remember thinking I’m going to die.”

After protests from his lawyers, Bradley Manning was then transferred to a brig at a US Marine Corps Base in Quantico, VA, where — infamously — he was subjected to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment at the hands of his captors — a formal finding by the UN. Isolated in a tiny cell for 23 out of 24 hours a day, he was deprived of his glasses, sleep, blankets and clothes, and prevented from exercising. All of this — it has been determined by a military judge — “punished” him before he had even stood trial.

“Brad’s treatment at Quantico will forever be etched, I believe, in our nation’s history, as a disgraceful moment in time” said his lawyer, David Coombs. “Not only was it stupid and counterproductive, it was criminal.”

The United States was, in theory, a nation of laws. But it is no longer a nation of laws for Bradley Manning.

When the abuse of Bradley Manning became a scandal reaching all the way to the President of the United States and Hillary Clinton’s spokesman resigned to register his dissent over Mr. Manning’s treatment, an attempt was made to make the problem less visible. Bradley Manning was transferred to the Midwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

He has waited in prison for three years for a trial — 986 days longer than the legal maximum — because for three years the prosecution has dragged its feet and obstructed the court, denied the defense access to evidence and abused official secrecy. This is simply illegal — all defendants are constitutionally entitled to a speedy trial — but the transgression has been acknowledged and then overlooked.

Against all of this, it would be tempting to look on the eventual commencement of his trial as a mercy. But that is hard to do.

We no longer need to comprehend the “Kafkaesque” through the lens of fiction or allegory. It has left the pages and lives among us, stalking our best and brightest. It is fair to call what is happening to Bradley Manning a “show trial.” Those invested in what is called the “US military justice system” feel obliged to defend what is going on, but the rest of us are free to describe this travesty for what it is. No serious commentator has any confidence in a benign outcome. The pretrial hearings have comprehensively eliminated any meaningful uncertainty, inflicting pre-emptive bans on every defense argument that had any chance of success.

Bradley Manning may not give evidence as to his stated intent (exposing war crimes and their context), nor may he present any witness or document that shows that no harm resulted from his actions. Imagine you were put on trial for murder. In Bradley Manning’s court, you would be banned from showing that it was a matter of self-defence, because any argument or evidence as to intent is banned. You would not be able to show that the “victim” is, in fact, still alive, because that would be evidence as to the lack of harm.

But of course. Did you forget whose show it is?

The government has prepared for a good show. The trial is to proceed for 12 straight weeks: a fully choreographed extravaganza, with a 141-strong cast of prosecution witnesses. The defense was denied permission to call all but a handful of witnesses. Three weeks ago, in closed session, the court actually held a rehearsal. Even experts on military law have called this unprecedented.

Bradley Manning’s conviction is already written into the script. The commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces, Barack Obama, spoiled the plot for all of us when he pronounced Bradley Manning guilty two years ago. “He broke the law,” President Obama stated, when asked on camera at a fundraiser about his position on Mr. Manning. In a civilized society, such a prejudicial statement alone would have resulted in a mistrial.

To convict Bradley Manning, it will be necessary for the US government to conceal crucial parts of his trial. Key portions of the trial are to be conducted in secrecy: 24 prosecution witnesses will give secret testimony in closed session, permitting the judge to claim that secret evidence justifies her decision. But closed justice is no justice at all.

What cannot be shrouded in secrecy will be hidden through obfuscation. The remote situation of the courtroom, the arbitrary and discretionary restrictions on access for journalists, and the deliberate complexity and scale of the case are all designed to drive fact-hungry reporters into the arms of official military PR men, who mill around the Fort Meade press room like over-eager sales assistants. The management of Bradley Manning’s case will not stop at the limits of the courtroom. It has already been revealed that the Pentagon is closely monitoring press coverage and social media discussions on the case.

This is not justice; never could this be justice. The verdict was ordained long ago. Its function is not to determine questions such as guilt or innocence, or truth or falsehood. It is a public relations exercise, designed to provide the government with an alibi for posterity. It is a show of wasteful vengeance; a theatrical warning to people of conscience.

The alleged act in respect of which Bradley Manning is charged is an act of great conscience — the single most important disclosure of subjugated history, ever. There is not a political system anywhere on the earth that has not seen light as a result. In court, in February, Bradley Manning said that he wanted to expose injustice, and to provoke worldwide debate and reform. Bradley Manning is accused of being a whistleblower, a good man, who cared for others and who followed higher orders. Bradley Manning is effectively accused of conspiracy to commit journalism.

But this is not the language the prosecution uses. The most serious charge against Bradley Manning is that he “aided the enemy” — a capital offence that should require the greatest gravity, but here the US government laughs at the world, to breathe life into a phantom. The government argues that Bradley Manning communicated with a media organization, WikiLeaks, who communicated to the public. It also argues that al-Qaeda (who else) is a member of the public. Hence, it argues that Bradley Manning communicated “indirectly” with al-Qaeda, a formally declared US “enemy,” and therefore that Bradley Manning communicated with “the enemy.”

But what about “aiding” in that most serious charge, “aiding the enemy”? Don’t forget that this is a show trial. The court has banned any evidence of intent. The court has banned any evidence of the outcome, the lack of harm, the lack of any victim. It has ruled that the government doesn’t need to show that any “aiding” occurred and the prosecution doesn’t claim it did. The judge has stated that it is enough for the prosecution to show that al-Qaeda, like the rest of the world, reads WikiLeaks.

“Liberty cannot be preserved without a general knowledge among the people,” wrote John Adams, “who have a right and a desire to know.”

When communicating with the press is “aiding the enemy” it is the “general knowledge among the people” itself which has become criminal. Just as Bradley Manning is condemned, so too is that spirit of liberty in which America was founded.

In the end it is not Bradley Manning who is on trial. His trial ended long ago. The defendent now, and for the next 12 weeks, is the United States. A runaway military, whose misdeeds have been laid bare, and a secretive government at war with the public. They sit in the docks. We are called to serve as jurists. We must not turn away.

Free Bradley Manning.

 

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Rigged Trials at Gitmo

 

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In The Nation Magazine — fake terrorism trials at Guantanamo.  Like nearly everything else about this bogus “war” on terrorism (by the greatest sponsor of terrorism in the world, the USG), the gulag trials at Guantanamo Bay are being rigged.

“…Pentagon general counsel William Haynes–the man who now oversees the tribunal process for the Defense Department…

“I said to [Haynes] that if we come up short and there are some acquittals in our cases, it will at least validate the process,” Davis continued. “At which point, [Haynes’s] eyes got wide and he said, ‘Wait a minute, we can’t have acquittals. If we’ve been holding these guys for so long, how can we explain letting them get off? We can’t have acquittals. We’ve got to have convictions.‘”

 

Anyone who’s studied the 9/11 cover-up should know that Khalid Sheikh Muhammad was repeatedly tortured to give the alleged account later printed as truth in the 9/11 Commission Report.  Now the government, probably using CIA torturers like those lionized in Zero Dark Thirty, is censoring the trial’s video feed.  Even the judge has made an issue of it and is investigating who is censoring out any and all information concerning KSM.  Apparently, as soon as the government’s Big Torture-Produced Lie is challenged in the courtroom, it will be censored from the American people.  No surprises there, as this has been the modus operandi since forever.

Isn’t this sort of false reality, torture/murder state, gulag system what we were against when the Soviets did it?

Wasn’t that why they were bad?

 

 

A prominent international lawyer says former US President George W. Bush, and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair stand guilty of crimes against peace, war crimes and torture, Press TV reports.

 

In November 2011, the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Tribunal, in which Francis Boyle, a professor of international law at the University of Illinois, led the prosecution team, convicted Bush and Blair of crimes against peace and humanity, and genocide over their roles in the Iraq war.

On May 11, 2012, the tribunal also found Bush, former US Vice President Dick Cheney and former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld guilty of the crime of torture.

“We will keep after Bush and Blair for sure for crimes against peace, war crimes and torture in general,” Boyle told Press TV in a recent interview.

“We got them both convicted of a Nuremberg crime against peace,” he added while referring to the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the principles of international law recognized in the Charter of the Nuremberg Tribunal.

According to Principles of the Nuremberg Tribunal, planning, preparation, initiation or waging of a war of aggression or a war in violation of international treaties, agreements or assurances are crimes “punishable” under international law.

In September, Archbishop Desmond Tutu said Blair and Bush should be taken to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague over their roles in the Iraq war.

“We are making efforts now to do this,” Boyle stated, adding, “We tried to get Bush in Switzerland, but his lawyers advised him not to go to Switzerland. I tried three times to get Bush in Canada, but unfortunately the Canadian government protected Bush.”

“The wheels of justice might turn slowly, but they do turn.”

Boyle also criticized the ICC for its failure to bring to justice US, UK and Israeli criminals.

“So far, they are just going after black thugs from Africa and not dealing with this wholesale mass murderers and criminals from the United States, Britain and Israel,” he said.

Boyle condemned the Israeli regime for “inflicting outright genocide on the Palestinians in Gaza,” adding that there will be hearings in November in Malaysia on the issue of Palestine.