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The Pardu
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Showing posts with label Independent UK. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Independent UK. Show all posts

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

100 Days Of An American Occupation


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When hypocrisy is so embarrassing it oozes into shameful. 

When lying is revealed as not just an inclination to cover something the person wishes to hide, the viewer has to surmise it is a "first thought" obsession which is more appropriately called an indication of pathology. Simply stated: a pathological liar. The Independent UK recently published a piece regarding comments from psychiatric experts and Trump's pathology. Nonetheless, his supporters do not seem to have interest. 

When supporters chose to overlook Trump's abnormal behavior and continue to support Trump at the 96% level, it doesn't say much about large swaths of the American public. 


Also in his first 100 days, Trump committed yet another egregious personal exhibition. Let's first take a peep at a campaign fumble from the man who really does seem to have entered early stages of mental diminution.

"7/11" VS "9/11"?  

Speaking of 9/11, what sort of human being would take their personal narcissism to a low level of comparing a TV appearance to the tragedy laid upon the nation in 2001? During an interview with the AP Trump reached to that very lowest of levels. Doesn't Trump also realize millions who despise him may also have watched viewed the appearance?

Trump mentioned an interview with CNN's Wolf Blitzer which garnered according to Trump, 9.2 million viewers.
It had 9.2 million people. It’s the highest they’ve ever had. On any, on air, [CBS’s John] Dickerson had 5.2 million people.
“It’s the highest for ‘Face the Nation’ or as I call it, ‘Deface the Nation’. It’s the highest for ‘Deface the Nation’ since the World Trade Center. Since the World Trade Center came down. It’s a tremendous advantage.

...so embarrassing it oozes into shameful. 

How did we get here? We traveled a path of political operatives, accommodating (and facilitating) media, a bit of Russian tampering, and FBI Director who obviously had a stake in the outcome and gullible "social voters."

And then there were the "social voters." and a flawed electoral (college) system which doesn't allow for any consideration of the popular vote.


                        


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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Bush's CIA Black Ops Torture Chambers in 54 Countries!

        
 Iraq War a personal vendetta, that cost the nation so much!

Huffington Post is reporting the Bush Administration in response to the 9/11 attacks interwove a spider web like network of torture facilities in 54 countries across the globe. Unbelievable as it is, some countries that housed CIA Black Ops "extraordinary rendition" torture chambers include Syria, Libya  and Egypt. 


An IKONOS satellite image  
of a facility near Kabul, 
Afghanistan taken on July
 17, 2003. A Washington 
Post on November 2, 2005 
refers to this facility as the 
largest CIA covert prison in
 Afghanistan, code-named 
the Salt Pit (Reuters / Space 
Imaging Middle East)
Am I mistaken or has the US become a willing supporter of overthrowing governments in all three countries.  The US may not have initiated the Arab Spring (as far as we know), but the US has without question provided overt support to rebels in each country.  I recall a time when The Reagan Administration shared chemical weapons know-how with Saddam Hussein.  
Canadian Maher Arar holds up a shirt that he says he wore during his detention in Syria as he addresses a European Parliament hearing on allegations that the CIA used European countries for the transport and illegal detention of prisoners, in Brussels, March 23, 2006. Arar was sent to Syria for interrogation after being arrested at a New York airport in 2002 (Reuters / Francois Lenoir)
The "Geo-political" enemy during that period was Iran. Just over a decade later, Bush "W" was perpetrating Shock and Awe behind a fabricated WMD war crusade. Why is our government seemingly more often than not on the wrong side of international conflict?

The Bush Administration has no historic match for being on the wrong side of international conflict and of late International Law. The Reagan Administration comes close, but Reagan may have redeemed his legacy via his work with Gorbachev and the Soviet leader's  dismantling the Soviet Union. Recent reports of US activities against Al Qaeda includes details of the Bush CIA "Black Ops" operations. An astounding number of countries provided facilities, possibly torture perpetrators, and covered for US violations of International Law. Our government violated International Laws it used to conduct war-crimes trials and executions in World War II.


Yesterday's Huffington Post piece evolves around a recently released Open Society Foundation (OSF) Report. Before perusing the report, should you so chose, let's take a journey down George Bush's personal crusade to war.  Wars that provided no-bid contracts to Dick Cheney's former Halliburton while wasting thousands of lives and ruined our economy. Cheney, via his Halliburton holdings, may have earned millions ($) from the wars? The Iraq War, the War in Afghanistan and Bush's 'give-away' tax cuts for the nations wealthy, drove the nation to the edge of financial collapse. A really quick look at our staggering deficit and its  contributing factors tells all.


You must look very close towards the bottom of the chart to find any GREEN color. You must also look very  close towards the top of the chart to find the GOLD indicator . The salient point is all that sits between the two indicators. If you look at all between the gold and green, you have eight years of George Bush.
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March 18, 2003 ABC News...

Is Bush's Iraq Stance Rooted in Revenge?
Just one month after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — and only five days after the war in Afghanistan had begun — President Bush signaled his determination to confront Saddam Hussein next 

"There's no question that the leader of Iraq is an evil man. After all, he gassed his own people. We know he's been developing weapons of mass destruction. … And so we're watching him very carefully. We're watching him carefully," Bush said in an Oct. 11, 2001, address. 
But the administration had its eye on Iraq long before 9/11.
Read more link in title above 

 
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The Independent.co.uk   ....in 2012 reported on an Iraq Engineer who eventually admitted that Saddam did not have WMD. His words were reported to have been written off by George Bush as follows, "We are going in".
Defector tells how US officials 'sexed up' his fictions to make the 
case for 2003 invasion
JONATHAN OWEN SUNDAY 01 APRIL 2012


 

Excerpt 

"Curveball", the Iraqi defector who fabricated claims about Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, smiles as he confirms how he made the whole thing up. It was a confidence trick that changed the course of history, with Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi's lies used to justify the Iraq war 

He tries to defend his actions: "My main purpose was to topple the tyrant in Iraq because the longer this dictator remains in power, the more the Iraqi people will suffer from this regime's oppression." 

The chemical engineer claimed to have overseen the building of a mobile biological laboratory when he sought political asylum in Germany in 1999. His lies were presented as "facts and conclusions based on solid intelligence" by Colin Powell, US Secretary of State, when making the case for war at the UN Security Council in February 2003. 

But Mr Janabi, speaking in a two-part series, Modern Spies, starting tomorrow on BBC2, says none of it was true. When it is put to him "we went to war in Iraq on a lie. And that lie was your lie", he simply replies: "Yes." 

US officials "sexed up" Mr Janabi's drawings of mobile biological weapons labs to make them more presentable, admits Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, General Powell's former chief of staff. "I brought the White House team in to do the graphics," he says, adding how "intelligence was being worked to fit around the policy".
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February 2003 Colin Powell presenting lies, embellishments and "sexed up" information and images to the United Nations 

  

The crusade for personal revenge took the United States and the world to the brink of economic catastrophe. And, led to 4500 US dead and 100,000 Iraqis dead. The number of maimed, disabled, and displaced for life, is still not an agreed upon statistic. _________________________
September 2007 Salon Dot Com

Bush knew Saddam had no weapons of mass destruction

Salon exclusive: Two former CIA officers say the president squelched top-secret intelligence, and a briefing by George Tenet, months before invading Iraq.

Secretary of State Powell, in preparation for his presentation of evidence of Saddam’s WMD to the United Nations Security Council on Feb. 5, 2003, spent days at CIA headquarters in Langley, Va., and had Tenet sit directly behind him as a sign of credibility. But Tenet, according to the sources, never told Powell about existing intelligence that there were no WMD, and Powell’s speech was later revealed to be a series of falsehoods. 
Both the French intelligence service and the CIA paid Sabri hundreds of thousands of dollars (at least $200,000 in the case of the CIA) to give them documents on Saddam’s WMD programs. “The information detailed that Saddam may have wished to have a program, that his engineers had told him they could build a nuclear weapon within two years if they had fissile material, which they didn’t, and that they had no chemical or biological weapons,” one of the former CIA officers told me.  
On the eve of Sabri’s appearance at the United Nations in September 2002 to present Saddam’s case, the officer in charge of this operation met in New York with a “cutout” who had debriefed Sabri for the CIA. Then the officer flew to Washington, where he met with CIA deputy director John McLaughlin, who was “excited” about the report. Nonetheless, McLaughlin expressed his reservations. He said that Sabri’s information was at odds with “our best source.” That source was code-named “Curveball,” later exposed as a fabricator, con man and former Iraqi taxi driver posing as a chemical engineer. 
The next day, Sept. 18, Tenet briefed Bush on Sabri. “Tenet told me he briefed the president personally,” said one of the former CIA officers. According to Tenet, Bush’s response was to call the information “the same old thing.” Bush insisted it was simply what Saddam wanted him to think. “The president had no interest in the intelligence,” said the CIA officer. The other officer said, “Bush didn’t give a fuck about the intelligence. He had his mind made up.” 
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 "He had made up his mind"!!!!
Globalizing Torture
Huffington Post February  5, 2013

Extraordinary Rendition Report Finds More Than 50 Nations Involved In Global Torture Scheme

Posted:   |  Updated: 02/05/2013 11:24 am EST 
Excerpt
Although Bush administration officials said they never intentionally sent terrorism suspects abroad in order to be tortured, the countries where the prisoners seemed to end up -- Egypt, Libya and Syria, among others -- were known to utilize coercive interrogation techniques.
Extraordinary rendition was also a factor in one of the greatest intelligence blunders of the Bush years. Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, a Libyan national and top al Qaeda operative who was detained in Pakistan in late 2001, was later sent by the U.S. to Egypt. There, under the threat of torture, he alleged that Saddam Hussein had trained al Qaeda in biological and chemical warfare. He later withdrew the claim, but not before the U.S. invaded Iraq in part based on his faulty testimony.
Read more via linked title 
The secondary entrance of Romania's National Registry Office for Classified Information (ORNISS) headquarters is seen in Bucharest, December 9, 2011. International media reported that between 2003 and 2006, the CIA operated a secret prison from the building's basement. (Reuters / Stringer)
The OSF Report is a must read for any student of US History.   It is comprehensive, reads as unbiased, and most assuredly depicts a state of mind and of governance that forever changed perception of the United States (both internal and external perceptions). It is broken into detailed sections. Section IV (Page 29 through page 60) lists captives who were tortured throughout the course of the Black Ops program. Once he took office ,President Obama publicly declared the programs discontinued. We can only hope that is the case.

“ We also have to work, through, sort of the dark side, if you will. We’ve got to spend time in the shadows in the intelligence world. A lot of what needs to be done here will have to be done quietly, without any discussion, using sources and methods that are available to our intelligence agencies, if we’re going to be successful. That’s the world these folks operate in, and so it’s going to be vital for us to use any means at our disposal, basically, to achieve our objective.”

U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney, September 16, 2001
   
Information Sources:
Black Ops images above from: Defense Dot lk ; Huffignton Post,
Open Society Foundation: Link A, Link B;   Assembly Coe Dot Int

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." 
George Santayana, Reason in Common Sense, The Life of Reason, Vol.1, 
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