By PIERRE TRISTAMAmerica's Own Chronicle of Its Hellish DescentSat Dec 17, 2005 17:28
America's Own Chronicle of Its Hellish Descent
By PIERRE TRISTAM
"Iraq, Ourselves" traces the descent of American values into various circles of hell. The lust and gluttony for power, the greed for cheap and easy profit from Iraq's ruins, the wrath of our terrified military, of our mercenary "private security" goons, and now of Iraq's government-backed death squads and their hunt for heretics: All of it combines into a three-ring circus of violence with the Tigris for a River Styx and the Potomac for a Rubicon. Our imperial president crossed that one three years ago, with fraud on his lips and hubris in his plastic laurels.
Number of U.S. Military Personnel Slaughtered In Bush's War 2154
Cost of America's War in Iraq
The interrogation camp that turned prisoners into living skeletons
By Ian Cobain
Last week, Foreign Office files which have remained closed for almost 60 years were opened after a request by the Guardian under the Freedom of Information Act. These papers, and others declassified earlier, lay bare the appalling suffering of many of the 372 men and 44 women who passed through the centre during the 22 months it operated before its closure in July 1947.
Fun Bits About American Torture
In many ways, the U.S. is now just as inhumane and brutal as any Third World regime. Oh well?
By Mark Morford
Oh my God, yes, yes we do torture, America that is, and we do it a lot, and we do it in ways that would make you sick to hear about, and we're doing it right now, all over the world, the CIA and the U.S. military, perhaps more often and more brutally than at any time in recent history and we use the exact same kind of techniques and excuses for it our numb-minded president cited as reasons we should declare war and oust the dictator of a defenseless pip-squeak nation that happened to be sitting on our oil.
Kidnap and Torture American Style
Video : Chanel 4 Investigation
Kidnap and Torture American Style follows the stories of terror suspects. Some of them are British residents, who have been snatched from streets and airports throughout the world before being flown to the Middle-East and Africa. In countries such as Syria and Egypt, they undergo agonising ordeals before being incarcerated, without ever facing an open trial.
Watch it here.
Seven family members killed:
Seven family members are killed when gunmen burst into their house in town near Hilla, 100 km (62 miles) south of Baghdad, and open fire, police say. They know of no motive.
Shiites, Kurds Lead in Polls:
The Shiite religious coalition is leading in the polls in Iraq’s five southern provinces, the Kurdish Alliance looks set to win the north and a Sunni coalition leads in a central province, unofficial results showed yesterday after millions of Iraqis voted in elections.
Iraq’s election a victory for Iran, says Rafsanjani:
Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran’s influential former president, on Friday called Iraq’s parliamentary elections a “victory” for Iran and said the vote had shattered any US expansionist ambitions in the Middle East.
George Galloway: Audio: "oday London declared peace on the world."
George Galloway, Respect MP for Bethnal Green and Bow, speaking on Dec 10th at the International Peace Conference in London.
In case you missed it:
Revealed: US dirty tricks to win vote on Iraq war :
Secret document details American plan to bug phones and emails of key Security Council members
So, just who is Christian Bailey? :
A 30-year-old Oxford graduate with no public relations experience has been handed a $100m contract by the Pentagon - to plant false stories in Iraqi papers.
Lawmakers Back Use of Evidence Coerced From Detainees :
House and Senate negotiators agreed Friday to a measure that would enable the government to keep prisoners at Guantánamo Bay indefinitely on the basis of evidence obtained by coercive interrogations.
Torture Ban May Include a Backdoor:
Tom Wilner, a lawyer who represents a group of Kuwaiti detainees at Guantanamo Bay, told the Washington Post that the Graham amendment would make McCain's prohibition against torture essentially unenforceable, by giving U.S. troops an incentive to engage in coercive interrogations of detainees, without fear of being held liable.
Landmark Torture Ban Undercut :
Congress Would Allow Evidence Obtained by Torture : Even as the U.S. Congress has passed a prohibition against the use of torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment, it is set to adopt legislation that would strip the judiciary’s ability to enforce the ban, Human Rights Watch warned today.
German abduction case gets murkier - did U.S. pay?:
German politicians expressed surprise on Thursday at reported U.S. comments that Washington had apologized and paid money to a German citizen it abducted to Afghanistan and held for months as a terrorist suspect.
Iran Warns Israel Of "Destructive" Response To Any Attack :
The defense minister , Gen. Mostafa Mohammad Najjar, said that Iran's defenses were strong enough to thwart any attack, but were Israel to try, "the answer of the Iranian armed forces to any attack would be quick, sharp and destructive."
Iran's President Threatens To Block Nuclear Inspections :
The new law requires the government to stop all voluntary and non-legally binding measures if Iran is referred to the UN Security Council. Fars reported that Ahmadinejad signed the law on 13 December.
British MP: Iran entitled to peaceful nuclear activity:
"Why should Iran be denied the right to nuclear activities for peaceful purposes, if other countries are given such a right?"
Iran May Buy Russian Surface-to-Air Missile Complex — Report: I
ran and Russia have prepared and approved an agreement project on the purchase of the Russian surface-to-air missile complex Pechora-2A in the second half of 2006.
Iran seeks to sign key oil deal with China by Jan:
he deal could draw fire from the United States. Washington has already penalised Chinese firms for working in Iran, which it accuses of seeking nuclear arms and funding anti-Israeli militia. Tehran denies the charges.
Israel wiped out the face of the map? Ya; Sure! :
Is the man delusional, suicidal, or a shrewd poker player?
Two killed as gunmen open fire on Afghan school:
Men on a motorcycle have opened fire on students leaving school in volatile southern Afghanistan, killing a pupil and a janitor, a provincial official said.
Two killed as police clashes with afghan villages :
Hundreds of villagers clashed with police near Afghanistan's capital to demand the release of six men they said were ordinary mullahs but whom police suspected were Taliban fighters, authorities said Saturday
Gunmen Kill Cleric in Southern Afghanistan :
Unidentified gunmen riding motorcycles yesterday shot dead a well-known pro-government Islamic cleric in Afghanistan’s volatile southern city of Kandahar, police said
Kabul Suicide Car Bomb Kills At Least One :
A car bomb exploded in the Afghan capital, Kabul, today, killing the driver.
Taliban kills Afghan teacher for educating girls:
Taliban insurgents in southern Afghanistan have executed a school teacher in front of his pupils for refusing to comply with warnings to stop educating girls.
Bush Acknowledges Approving Eavesdropping :
President Bush said Saturday he has no intention of stopping his personal authorizations of a post-Sept. 11 secret eavesdropping program in the U.S., lashing out at those involved in revealing it while defending it as crucial to preventing future attacks
Bush has approved secretive eavesdropping in U.S. dozens of times:
The disclosure follows angry demands by lawmakers earlier in the day for a congressional inquiry into whether the monitoring by the highly secretive National Security Agency violated civil liberties.
New York Times admits it held domestic spying story for a full year:
The Times also reveals that senior members of Congress from both parties knew about Bush's decision to spy on Americans who were making international calls or emails, without warrants.
An Incredible Day in America, Indeed—
But, Will We Seize the Day, Or Let It Pass?
Agents' visit chills UMass Dartmouth senior :
A senior at UMass Dartmouth was visited by federal agents two months ago, after he requested a copy of Mao Tse-Tung's tome on Communism called "The Little Red Book."
Fraud trial will hit heart of American Right:
Abramoff, is at the centre of political storm that is capable of sweeping the Republican majority from Congress next year. The implications for the Right's ambitious plans to remake America in its own image are profound.
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