Obama Reverses Position on Release of Photos of Detainee Abuse

May 13th, 2009
Categories: News, Afghanistan, War

Link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/05/13/AR2009051301751.html?hpid=topnews

President Obama will oppose the release of several dozen photos depicting abuse of detainees held in U.S. military custody abroad, reversing his previous position on the grounds that the pictures could inflame anti-American sentiment and endanger U.S. troops. In announcing the shift today, the White House said in a statement that Obama strongly believes that the release of these photos, particularly at this time, would only serve the purpose of inflaming the theaters of war, jeopardizing US forces, and making our "job" more difficult in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. [Cheney & Bush couldn't have said it better. Obama would have opposed the release the old ones too and for the same phoney reasons...] WikiPedia: Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse. The National Expositor/The People's Voice: Obama to Ignore CIA War Crimes.

Obama prepares to resume military commissions of Guantánamo Bay prisoners

May 13th, 2009
Categories: War, Police State

Link: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2009/may2009/trib-m13.shtml

The administration’s apparent decision to resuscitate the military commissions is based on its fear that should the trials be heard in civilian court, many would result in the dismissal of charges. This is because the evidence against the accused is based largely on torture and forms of hearsay inadmissible in normal proceedings. The proposed changes aim to lend an air of legitimacy to the military tribunals—which legal experts and human rights groups have criticized for failing to meet minimum norms of judicial fairness and which have damaged the credibility of the US internationally—while still controlling the court process to secure guilty verdicts where it is deemed politically necessary. The People's Voice: Guantanamo Under Obama.

93 children killed in US terror ("airstrikes")

May 13th, 2009
Categories: Afghanistan, Middle East, War

Link: http://uk.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUKTRE54C1R920090513

Ninety-three children and 25 adult women are among a list of 140 names of Afghans who villagers say were killed in a battle and U.S. air strikes last week, causing a crisis between Washington and its Afghan allies. The list, obtained by Reuters, bears the endorsement of seven senior provincial and central government officials, including an Afghan two-star general who headed a task force dispatched by the government to investigate the incident. Titled "list of the martyrs of the bombardment of Bala Boluk district of Farah Province", it includes the name, age and father's name of each alleged victim. Yahoo: Probe finds 140 Afghan civilians killed in strikes. Lew Rockwell: Barack Obama – Mass Murderer.

Pentagon changes Afghanistan commander as military’s crisis deepens

May 13th, 2009
Categories: Afghanistan, Middle East, War

Link: http://www.wsws.org/articles/2009/may2009/mili-m13.shtml

Touting the abilities of McChrystal, Gates spoke of his “unique skill set in counterinsurgency.” These “unique” skills consist largely of deploying assassination squads to behead insurgencies opposing US occupation. He directed such a program as an essential part of the so-called “surge” initiated by the Bush administration in Iraq. Also included in the “skill set” employed by the units under McChrystal’s command in Iraq was torture. A Special Operations unit known as Task Force 6-26 ran a detention center in which prisoners were subjected to Abu Ghraib-style abuse that was so extreme that the CIA ordered its personnel not to enter the facility. It appears that the Obama administration wants to replicate these methods in Afghanistan, launching its own “surge,” which will entail a dramatic escalation in the bloodshed there.

The hidden hand of Dick Cheney

May 13th, 2009
Categories: News

Link: http://www.salon.com/opinion/feature/2009/05/13/cheney/

Out of office, he continues to push his tortured version of reality -- and his vision of an imperial presidency -- and there are signs he is succeeding. Dick Cheney is out there. He is defending torture, dissing Colin Powell, and genuflecting before radio personality Rush Limbaugh as the high priest of what's left of conservatism. His refusal to go quietly, unlike his much-reviled boss, is risky. He was a laugh line more than once at Saturday's White House Correspondents' Dinner. But the media's focus on the sheer spectacle of the ex-veep's antics, and on the Republican vs. Democrat feud he's stoking, underestimates the way Cheney's principles still inform many of the country's most crucial policies.

The Federal Reserve Can Not Account For $9 Trillion In Off-Balance Sheet Transactions

May 13th, 2009
Categories: Economic

Link: http://zerohedge.blogspot.com/2009/05/federal-reserve-can-not-account-for-9.html

This video is a must watch for anyone who wants to understand just how "effective" the Fed is at safeguarding taxpayer money. Apparently nobody at the Federal Reserve has any clue where the trillions of dollars that have come from the Fed's expanded balance sheet have gone. Additionally, nobody there seems to have any idea what the losses on the Fed's $2 trillion portfolio really are. As for the pittance of $9 trillion in Fed off-balance sheet transactions over the past 8 months, well, yeah, that's also somewhere out there... Just don't ask the Federal Reserve where. Rep. Alan Grayson summarizes it best "I am shocked to find out that nobody at the Federal Reserve is keeping track of anything."

(P.S. Zero Hedge uses the term "anyone" generically, with the presumption that the Fed's Inspector General should traditionally receive most memos on memorandum items that deal with a dollar sign and +/- 12 zeros after it). [High Quality Video HERE]

MARINES = LAB RATS (Video)

May 13th, 2009
Categories: News

Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cI4Z65qa7mY

More proof vaccines are dangerous as all get out. I would advise you NOT to VACCINATE your children. Pentagon uses Marines as lab rats. Ohhhh the government loves you soo much.

Iraq wants more water from neighbors

May 13th, 2009
Categories: News, Environment

Link: http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=94534&sectionid=351020201

The Iraqi parliament is urging the cabinet to ask Turkey, Syria, and Iran for a larger share of water from the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Water levels have fallen to dangerous levels. The three countries are using up much of the water from the two rivers and their tributaries leaving very little for Iraq.

Israel Finally Supplies Maps of Cluster Bomb Sites

May 13th, 2009
Categories: News, Middle East

Link: http://news.antiwar.com/2009/05/12/israel-finally-supplies-maps-of-cluster-bomb-sites/

Nearly three years after the end of Israel’s 2006 invasion of Lebanon, the Israeli military is finally providing the United Nations with maps and technical data regarding locations which were attacked with cluster munitions. The data has been requested essentially since the war ended. Israel’s use of the munitions in populated areas was roundly condemned by human rights groups, as was the United States for expediting the shipment of bombs to Israel so they could be used in the waning hours of the war.

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