That the "war on terror" is a matter of situational ethics cannot be more clearly demonstrated by the decision of the US State Department yesterday to remove the Marxist-Islamist death and murder cult, Mujahedeen Khalq (MeK), from the US terror list.
As Glenn Greenwald pointed out earlier this year, the MeK is jointly funded and trained by Israeli and US intelligence to carry out murder and mayhem inside Iran against civilian targets. It is the murderous and violent vanguard of the US and Israeli war against Iran. It launders money from Israel and the US through US politicians who on one side of their mouths scream about the need to fight terrorism while on the other they accept millions to lobby for one of the most brutal and bizarre terrorist cults on earth.
Many do not realize that the MeK was not always opposed to those currently ruling Iran and their revolutionary forebears. In fact they fought alongside the current regime to overthrow the Shah and seize the US embassy in Tehran. As often happens with revolutions, the MeK was formed after a falling out among the revolutionaries. In many ways they have become more fanatical than the group who eventually took charge in Iran. It appears the only arrow in Washington's foreign policy quiver is to support the most radical and extremist elements in hopes they will overthrow the "bad guys" and not afterwards turn against us. Ambassador Stevens' untimely end is just one recent bit of evidence of the success of that strategy.
How are politicians who promote the MeK -- paid handsomely or not -- not "providing material support for terrorism"? Perhaps they should be subject to some of the laws they pass on the matter. I wonder how many MeK backers voted for NDAA...
For more background, please see this excellent piece by my favorite Iran-watchers, Leverett & Leverett.
See this from the Leveretts piece:
"...once the MEK is formally off the FTO list—a legally defined process that will take a few months to play out—Congress will be appropriating money to support the monafeqin as the vanguard of a new American strategy for regime change in Iran. In the 1990s, similar enthusiasm for Ahmad Chalabi and the Iraqi National Congress—who were about as unpopular among Iraqis as the MEK is among Iranians—led to President Clinton’s signing of the Iraq Liberation Act, which paved the way for George W. Bush’s decision to invade Iraq in 2003. The chances for such a scenario to play out with regard to Iran over the next few years—with even more disastrous consequences for America’s strategic and moral standing—got a lot higher today."
Muslim Brotherhood and US Policy
Former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy provided new details about the Obama Administration’s alleged ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups. The details, including new information about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s aide Huma Abedin, are to be revealed at an event in Washington hosted by the Center for Security Policy. The allegations that had come to light against Ms. Abedin had been rejected by House Speaker John Boehner, Arizona Republican Senator John McCain and others. McCarthy was an attorney in New York’s southern district and led the court trial against the Brotherhood figure known as the Blind Sheik, the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center Bombing.
Rule of law abandoned for Bradley Manning
Bradley Manning’s critics need to be more careful if they want to accuse him of breaking the law. The real outrage is the way prosecutors and the military more broadly have handled his case: the Marines and Army have violated their own code of justice in several ways, for several months, precluding a fair trial and making a mockery of the rule of law.
The complaints of critics reveal the fundamental hypocrisy in Manning’s case — the rule of law is not applied evenly. While war criminals, torturers, and known murderers walk freely, the military is aggressively punishing the messenger who exposed heinous crimes and rampant abuse. Prosecutors go beyond disciplining a soldier for stepping out of line, attempting to associate whistle-blowing with terrorism by charging Manning with “aiding the enemy.”
The most prominent injustice is what drew many to Manning’s plight in 2011: his abusive, brutal, and illegal treatment at the Quantico Marine Brig. Against nine months of recommendations of brig psychiatrists, Bradley saw sunshine only 20 minutes each day, was kept in solitary confinement, was put on prevention of injury watch, and was forced to stand nude nightly. The military says these conditions were in Manning’s best interest, that he was a suicide risk and without this treatment he would’ve harmed himself.
Read on here
Vet Says His Superiors Tried to Silence Him
SACRAMENTO (CN) - An Iraq war veteran claims in court that his superiors drugged and kidnapped him to keep him from telling the press about Abu Ghraib prison abuses - and that Saddam Hussein's still-missing WMDs were made in the U.S.A. Those are just two of the disturbing claims Frank Ford makes in a federal complaint, which mirrors a lawsuit he filed earlier this year in Sacramento Superior Court. His attorney said the state complaint will be dismissed soon, in favor of the federal case. In the federal complaint, Ford accuses the defendants - including the California Army National Guard, the United States of America and fellow soldiers Victor Artiga, Merle Madera, Timothy Ryan and Thomas Pappas - of violating the Constitution, the Whistleblower Protection Act, and of torture, false imprisonment and medical malpractice.
Ford claims he served with the 203rd Military Intelligence Battalion, through the California Army National Guard, and went to Iraq as a counterintelligence noncommissioned officer in 2003. While in Iraq he was under the command of the 205th Military Intelligence Brigade.
He claims that in April 2003 and during the course of his duties as a counterintelligence agent he "personally observed weapons of mass destruction (hereafter 'WMD') to wit: [Classified], in an Iraqi underground storage bunker at Balad Air Force Base, with markings on them indicating that they were manufactured in the United States of America. Plaintiff Ford promptly notified his higher command, defendants herein," according to his complaint. (Parentheses and brackets in original.)
In a declaration filed in his state case, Ford identifies the WMDs as "twenty-nine P400-VX weapons of mass destruction." "According to [U.N. weapons inspector] Hans Blix, the WMDs were made in the United States and brokered and shipped by the Carlyle Group and shipped from Houston, Texas to Iraq for use on the Anfal Kurds and the Iranian armed forces," Ford claims. VX is a nerve agent whose production and stockpiling was outlawed by the Chemical Weapons Convention of 1993. Full report here
Barrett Firearms CEO: "We will NOT sell nor service ANY of our Products" to any CA Govt Agency!
Ronnie Barrett, the CEO of the world-renowned Barrett M82/M107A1 .50BMG semi-auto sniper rifle, in an act of open protest vs. California's rabidly anti-gun legislature, has now openly refused to sell or service his .50BMG rifle to LA SWAT or ANY Californian govt agency!!!
He's now joined the ranks of true American Patriots in my book!
Now, Glock, Sig-Sauer, Colt, and Federal Ammo, high time you stopped selling and servicing your products to NYPD!
The following are the words of a true patriot; talk about bold!
An Open Letter From Ron Barrett - Barrett Firearms Manufacturing
Barrett cannot legally sell any of its products to lawbreakers. Therefore, since California's passing of AB50, the state is not in compliance with the US Constitution's 2nd and 14th Amendments, and we will not sell nor service any of our products to any government agency of the State of California.
Dear Fellow Citizens,
In the never-ending battle to destroy our constitution, more "big lie" propaganda is being dumped on our elected officials. The rhetoric given forth by the Violence Policy Center (VPC) so easily deceived the legislators of California, resulting in the banning of fifty caliber rifles because they are powerful and their bullets punch holes when they strike. Even single shot .50 cal rifles were banned. It's hard to believe we live in such a dark time that someone has actually banned a single shot rifle. But as you will see, this is the cleverest of all gun bans, and the end goal is civilian disarmament, the confiscation of your tools of liberty, your rifles.
What lies before us is the continuation of the misinformation campaign, trying to coax yet another state to infringe upon the U.S. Constitution as California did. The anti-freedom/anti-gun movement has discovered how transparent they appear when they propose sweeping gun bans and now are successful by biting off a little at a time. Ever so small, many politicians are trading off your rights without you recognizing their violations.
First we had the "Saturday Night Special" which was all affordable handguns, then "sniper rifles" which were any scoped deer rifles. Those were obvious, too big a scam to go unnoticed, but with the creation and demonization of the term "assault weapon," the Clinton's Crime bill produced a wasted 10-year setback on your freedoms and safe gun design. Now comes another scam. This time they are shocked to discover that rifles are "accurate and powerful."
UN Small Arms Treaty Passes While Media Sleeps
Concluding its two-week session today, the second United Nations conference to review the 2001 Programme of Action on trafficking in small arms and light weapons adopted a consensus outcome document that highlighted the international community’s renewed commitment to preventing, combating and eradicating the illicit trade.
The document’s adoption represented a major achievement for delegations, who had failed to agree on a final outcome at the first review conference, held in 2006. “We accomplished something great today,” said U. Joy Ogwu ( Nigeria), President of the Conference, formally known as the United Nations Conference to Review Progress Made in the Implementation of the Programme of Action to Prevent, Combat and Eradicate the Illicit Trade in Small Arms and Light Weapons in All Its Aspects.
According to the text, Member States renewed their pledge to rid the world of the scourge brought upon it by the illicit manufacture, transfer and circulation of small arms and light weapons, and their excessive accumulation and uncontrolled spread in many parts of the world. They also committed to mobilizing the necessary political will and resources to implement the Programme of Action and the International Tracing Instrument, with the aim of achieving clear and tangible results over the next six years, through 2018.
Further by the text, States emphasized that the illicit trade in small arms and light weapons continued to sustain conflicts, exacerbate armed violence, undermine respect for international humanitarian law and international human rights law, aid terrorism and illegal armed groups, and facilitate increasing levels of transnational organized crime, as well as trafficking in humans, drugs and certain natural resources.
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September 18, 2012
This week I had my share of checkpoints, even more than usual. But the events that transpired at the Qalandiya and Bethlehem checkpoint made me look further than my usual "hurry up, I need to get home attitude". This was a far more daunting wake-up call.
After a wonderful, fun-filled wedding in Bethlehem, my husband and I began the drive home. A non-stop direct drive from Bethlehem to the village of Bir Nabala, northwest of Jerusalem should take no more than half an hour. That was in the days of yore, obviously when Israeli checkpoints did not plague our entire lives. That night, we left the wedding hall and arrived at the infamous "Rachel’s Tomb" checkpoint about 10 minutes later. Even though it was after midnight, there were still at least 15 cars waiting to cross. Twenty minutes later, it was our turn. I confidently handed my and my husband’s ID cards to the Israeli soldier and waited for the nonchalant flick of his wrist, indicating that we could pass. I am a veteran checkpoint goer obviously, so I figured I know the ropes.
"You can’t cross in the car. You must walk through the checkpoint," the soldier informed me. After I ranted and raged for a while explaining that I cross Qalandiya all the time in the car he simply said, "The rules are different here and the rule here is that you must get down." I pushed him further as to the rationale behind making me get down when I was in the car with my husband, in the middle of the night with a valid residency permit to Jerusalem. "I didn’t make the rules, I just enforce them," he said calmly and turned away. So, without further ado, I climbed out, walked the winding, empty checkpoint until I reached the bored Israeli soldier in the booth, took off all my "metal" and passed through, green West Bank ID and Israeli permit in hand.
Cut to last night and I was in the car again, with my father this time at the Qalandiya checkpoint. I know this checkpoint like the back of my hand, bane of my existence that it might be. Anyway, as we approached the Israeli soldiers, my heart dropped. The female soldier on our lane had the look of a hard criminal – cold, stony, hateful. I knew we were in for a little wait. After my father handed her his US passport (with the word "Palestine" typed in the slot for "place of birth") she began her interrogation of me. Where is your ID? Whose children are these? Where are their birth certificates? Open the trunk. Not once did she look me in the eye until she gave me the look of death when she realized she could do nothing more to stop me from passing. "Those are the rules" aren’t they? But when my father decided to give her a piece of his mind, asking her what kind of system would question a child, she glared at him and said one line. "If you don’t like it, don’t come to Israel."
That’s the bottom line isn’t it? Israel’s system of checkpoints is not about the security of Israel as much as it is about solidifying its military occupation for one, and heightening the misery of the occupied people secondly. They are there to remind us, day in and day out that Israel’s occupation is alive, in control and wielding its ultimate power over our lives. If this were not the case, why then would a 10-year old child have to show her birth certificate just in order to get home? Why would men and women have to take off shoes, belts, watches, hairbands and anything else that "beeps" before going through a metal detector even when the soldiers know that these things are hardly threatening. "It’s your wedding band," one soldier insisted when I beeped back and forth for the 10th time trying to get across Qalandiya. At first I tried to argue that gold does not "beep" but after her insistence I decided to go for the challenge. "So if it’s my wedding band, why did you make me take it off?" insinuating that this had nothing to do with Israel’s so-called security. "We have to do this, you know why," she answered. When I played dumb, said no I didn’t actually understand these ridiculous measures she just replied, "Well, maybe you should go and find out."
I don’t need to "find out." Israel does not want Palestinians in Jerusalem, it is a plain as day. To that end, it cuts people out in one way or the other. We are the lucky ones, only slightly inconvenienced at checkpoints. Others have their IDs revoked, their homes demolished, their land confiscated and their sons and daughters imprisoned, all towards the same goal of emptying Jerusalem of its Palestinian residents. Making me (or others) get down and walk through a checkpoint is not about security, it is about making our lives that much more difficult so we might think twice about making Jerusalem our permanent home. And hopefully, according to the stone-faced soldier at Qalandiya, if we get fed up enough, we take her advice. "Don’t come back to Israel," she told us. Little does she know that it will take more than that to deter us. We are not in Israel, I wanted to tell her. We are in Palestine; we are home.
Joharah Baker is a Writer for the Media and Information Department at the Palestinian Initiative for the Promotion of Global Dialogue and Democracy (MIFTAH). She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
23 CIA Spies' Kidnapping Convictions Upheld by Italy's Highest Court
September 21, 2012
The convictions of 23 Americans who kidnapped an Egyptian terrorism suspect during the George W. Bush administration’s extraordinary rendition program has been upheld by Italy’s highest court.
The Americans, 22 Central Intelligence Agency spies and one Air Force officer (Lt. Col. Joseph Romano), were convicted last year of helping abduct Abu Omar (Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr) from Milan in February 2003. The cleric was transferred to U.S. military bases in Italy and Germany and eventually shipped to Egypt, where he says he was tortured. “You cannot imagine,” he told Human Rights Watch. “I was hung up like a slaughtered sheep and given electric shocks,” “I could hear the screams of others who were tortured too.” Abu Omar was later released; Read on here
Open Air Germ Warfare Experiments On Civilian Populations
This is a partial list!
In order to expose unethical medical experiments that provoke psychotic relapse in schizophrenic patients, the Boston Globe publishes a four-part series entitled "Doing Harm: Research on the Mentally Ill."
Researchers give 26 veterans at a VA hospital a chemical called Yohimbine to purposely induce post-traumatic stress disorder ("Testimony of Adil E. Shamoo, Ph.D.").
In order to create a "psychosis model," University of Cincinnati researchers give 16 schizophrenic patients at Cincinnati VA amphetamine in order to provoke repeats bouts of psychosis and eventually produce "behavioral sensitization."
National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) researchers give schizophrenic veterans amphetamine, even though central nervous system stimulants worsen psychotic symptoms in 40 percent of schizophrenics ("Testimony of Adil E. Shamoo, Ph.D.").
In an experiment sponsored by the U.S. government, researchers withhold medical treatment from HIV-positive African-American pregnant women, giving them a placebo rather than AIDS medication.
Researchers give amphetamine to 13 schizophrenic patients in a repetition of the 1994 "amphetamine challenge" at New York VA Hospital. As a result, the patients experience psychosis, delusions and hallucinations. The researchers claim to have informed consent ("Testimony of Adil E. Shamoo, Ph.D.").
On Sept. 18, victims of unethical medical experiments at major U.S. research centers, including the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) testify before the National Bioethics Advisory Committee.
Adil E. Shamoo, Ph.D. testifies on "The Unethical Use of Human Beings in High-Risk Research Experiments" before the U.S. House of Representatives' House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, alerting the House on the use of American veterans in VA Hospitals as human guinea pigs and calling for national reforms ("Testimony of Adil E. Shamoo, Ph.D.").
Doctors at the University of Pennsylvania inject 18-year-old Jesse Gelsinger with an experimental gene therapy as part of an FDA-approved clinical trial. He dies four days later and his father suspects that he was not fully informed of the experiment's risk.
During a clinical trial investigating the effectiveness of Propulsid for infant acid reflux, nine-month-old Gage Stevens dies at Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh (Sharav).
The Department of Defense begins declassifying the records of Project 112, including SHAD, and locating and assisting the veterans who were exposed to live toxins and chemical agents as part of Project 112. Many of them have already died.
President Clinton authorizes the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Act, which compensates the Department of Energy workers who sacrificed their health to build the United States' nuclear defenses.
The U.S. Air Force and rocket maker Lockheed Martin sponsor a Loma Linda University study that pays 100 Californians $1,000 to eat a dose of perchlorate -- a toxic component of rocket fuel that causes cancer, damages the thyroid gland and hinders normal development in children and fetuses -- every day for six months. The dose eaten by the test subjects is 83 times the safe dose of perchlorate set by the State of California, which has perchlorate in some of its drinking water. This Loma Linda study is the first large-scale study to use human subjects to test the harmful effects of a water pollutant and is "inherently unethical," according to Environmental Working Group research director Richard Wiles (Goliszek, Envirnomental Working Group).
Healthy 27-year-old Ellen Roche dies in a challenge study at Johns Hopkins University in Maryland.
On its website, the FDA admits that its policy to include healthy children in human experiments "has led to an increasing number of proposals for studies of safety and pharmacokinetics, including those in children who do not have the condition for which the drug is intended."
During a tobacco industry-financed Alzheimer's experiment at Case Western University in Cleveland, Elaine Holden-Able dies after she drinks a glass of orange juice containing a dissolved dietary supplement.
Learn more: naturalnews.com
U.S. Missile Defense Strategy Is Flawed, Expert Panel Finds
After two years of study, a panel of top scientists and military experts working for the National Research Council has concluded that the nation’s protections against missile attacks suffer from major shortcomings, leaving the United States vulnerable to some kinds of long-range strikes.