Saturday, October 23, 2010

Evil, Unchallenged Superpower


Picture [found here]

Would American taxpayers agree with all the international law breaking of the US Government if it were taken to a referendum vote? Would Americans vote for the two ground wars of illegal occupation if a vote were taken? If there is no honest investigations, policing, courts are rigged, and if there is no real representation for our taxation, this is what we get:

'WikiLeaks exposed US, British govt lies about Iraq casualties'


Text with video:
RussiaToday | October 23, 2010

U.S. commanders in Iraq ignored evidence of torture and often failed to investigate the killing of civilians. These are the major findings from the leak of 400,000 secret American military files from the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks. For more insight, RT talks to Craig Murray, a former British ambassador to Uzbekistan who's alleged his country's complicity in human rights abuse.

More videos wikileaks and other videos in this post:

http://starkravingviking.blogspot.com/2010/04/wikileaks-release-10-17.html

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What type of choices do Americans get in an election? Well in Connecticut you get a lying lawyer Connecticut Attorney General Richard "Dick" Blumenthal against a WWE executive willing to spend 10 million dollars, or so, to buy the US Senate seat now held by bankster enabler and international criminal, Connecticut US Senator Chris Dodd.

[click here] for:

The WWE and Connecticut Senate Race


Vince McMahon, CEO of the Worldwide Wrestling Entertainment franchise, the WWE.

Blumenthal allegedly awarded former law partners millions of dollars in no bid contracts. He calls himself "the people's lawyer" in his official Connecticut Attorney General's webpage but ignores or blocks lawsuits and investigations against publicly corrupt official Connecticut, the entity he really protects, not the people. Blumenthal also lied about his military service and then got caught.


[click here] for:

Pedicure or Toenail Painting?


Richard "Dick" Blumenthal, the Connecticut Attorney General.

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My core complaint with the US and "justice system":
http://thegetjusticecoalition.blogspot.com/2010/07/anatomy-of-blacklisting-in-usa-and-uk.html

This blogger's email: stevengerickson AT yahoo Dot Com

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The below is re-posted [from Opednews.com here]

Wikileaks documents confirm Tom Fox died for our sins

By Henry Porter (about the author)

The latest Wikileaks documents reveal that over a thousand Iraqis were tortured and America turned a blind eye. We knew this years ago and turned a blind eye. Now we are reminded, and again America turns a blind eye. I wish I could say I was shocked. But I'm not.

Almost five years ago I wrote "Christian Hostages, Death Squads, and Deja Vu".

In December, 2005, I wrote

Christian Peacemaker members, including some of those who have been taken captive, had been investigating abuses at the hands of special police and military groups months before the Nov. 15 discovery of 173 detainees in the basement of an Interior Ministry building. American soldiers who liberated the prisoners said some appeared to have been tortured by their Iraqi government captors.

At the time I knew the quote was too kind. At the time I knew US trained Death Squads were active in Iraq. The 173 liberated hostages did not "appear to have been tortured" as the American press so delicately put it. The BBC was much more honest:

The return to torture and killing by the security forces is another embarrassment for the American and British governments

The list compiled by Human Rights Watch includes beating detainees with cables, hanging them from their wrists for long periods and giving electric shocks to sensitive parts of the body.

From a video given to the BBC by the Association of Muslim Scholars (a Sunni Muslim organisation), it seems another particularly brutal form of torture can also be added - drilling into the knees, elbows and shoulders of victims

When I wrote Tom Fox, Death Squads and the Dogs of War, and named names... again the call fell on deaf ears.

By 2006, Tom Fox was murdered and the crime scenes were sanitized. At that point it was safe to let the media report on this. Even then, they buried the story. I wrote We found one of the death squads. They're part of the police force.

and opened that piece by saying:

That quote used in the title is not some lefty peacenik talking. That is Major General Joseph Peterson. He heads the training of Iraqi police forces for the US Army.

I then went on to note this was important for the following reasons:

  1. This is the first official confirmation by the US of Death Squad activity in Iraq.
  1. Death Squad activity has been alleged for over a year now.
  1. The "Police Commando Units" you read about are Death Squads.
  1. Those "Police Commando Units" were trained by US and UK contractors with the full knowledge of John Negroponte and the Pentagon.
  1. The policy is colloquially known as "The Salvador Option"
  1. This story has been reported before, but every one of the reporters covering it was killed.(UPDATED LINKS BELOW)
  1. This is why the Christian Peacemaker Team went to Iraq.
  1. This represents proof positive that the insurgents are not the only ones with competing factions.
  1. This marks a shift in US military strategy.
  1. The men who built these operations need to be brought to justice.

The last point was the most important. It never happened. America turned a blind eye. A few years later, David Petraeus, like Brutus, was labeled an honorable man. The truth was otherwise, but even Ted Westhusing's suicide note was not enough to convince a wilfully blind America.

Now the bodies and the stories behind the bodies are buried. The Wikileaks documents have surfaced belatedly, like the bones of victims in a mass grave silently clawing their way towards the light. But even now America still turns a blind eye.


Tom Fox may have died for our sins, but his death didn't absolve us of anything.

Most of the links in my original pieces have been wiped away and all of this criminal activity -- done in our name, with our money, by our government, enabled by our silence, and pardoned by our indifference -- is washed down the memory hole like blood from a crime scene after they hose down the sidewalk.

Even President Obama enables this whitewash when he plays the role of America's Lot and tells us "...we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards." I'm sorry Mr. President, but I can't take that journey with you. I have not mastered Umberto Ecco's Ars Oblivionalis, the Dark Art of Forgetting. I cannot ignore the bitter taste memory leaves in my mouth. I know it will never go away as long as we shut our eyes to the fact we are covered in blood.

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ADDENDUM: Some may find this claim hard to swallow. When these stories were hot topics in 2005, all three of the reporters who covered it were murdered.

Steve Vincent (New York Time), Yasser Salihee (Knight Ridder) and Fakher Haider (New York Times).

All three journalists have this in common: That was the last story these journalists covered before they were shot to death in Iraq in 2005.

All the links have been wiped clean. In response to a comment questioning this claim, I used the Way Back Machine to find the original stories and offer them to anyone else who doubts the veracity of this claim. Here they are:

  1. Steve Vincent's story
  1. Yasser Salihee's story

and

  1. Fakher Haider's story


About the author:
For starters, I am not the Henry Porter who writes for the Observer in Britain. I'm a native New Yorker living in Maryland. I used to believe knowledge was power. Now I know knowledge translated into action is power.

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I visit the Kenny's Sideshow blog regularly. I figured he would post on this subject too. He did.

The Kenny's Sideshow blog take on the above subjects:
http://kennysideshow.blogspot.com/2010/10/no-coincidence-assange-and-gadahns-new.html


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FBI: Bureau of Frame-Ups, Bullying, and Intimidation

Calling Card of the Surveillance State.

"We're going to make this much more difficult for you if you don't cooperate."

This stereotypically thuggish threat issued from a stereotypical thug named Vincent, an FBI agent who was among a half-dozen Feds and local police who descended on the Santa Clara home of 20-year-old Yasir Afifi earlier this month. A few days before that visit, Afifi had discovered a government-issue GPS tracking device attached to his car during an oil change.

A few days later, one of Afifi's friends posted a photo of the unit (an Orion Guardian ST820 tracking device, which is sold exclusively to law enforcement agencies) to an on-line file-sharing site. This sent the Stasi scurrying to Afifi's home to reclaim the surveillance gear it had surreptitiously planted on his car. They also took the opportunity to bully and brow-beat the college student, whom they had pestered several months before following an anonymous tip that the natural-born U.S. citizen was a "threat to national security." [more from source]

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