Nearly all of the Pentagon’s counter-insurgency warfare doctrine has been based on distortions of the pirated theories of former president of the American Psychological Association, Prof. Martin Seligman. Now we learn that post traumatic stress disorder (PTS) treatments for war veterans have been developed from his work as well. The US military has totally embraced Seligman’s controversial theories, twisting them to suit their deadly purposes, basing their computer-modeled psyops plans, plans for homeland security, even their recruitment strategies, upon his theories of “learned helplessness,” looking for ways to bring-about its most debilitating form, learned hopelessness. Every one of these programs is geared towards finding and exploiting the human breaking point.
The appointment of a federal prosecutor to probe CIA abuses while interrogating terror suspects is exposing deep divisions in the US. While conservatives oppose the plans, liberals say it doesn't go far enough. German commentators think the Bush administration must be brought to account.
With the United States already split down the middle by the Obama administration's attempts to introduce health care reform, the opening up of an investigation into alleged CIA abuse of prisoners looks likely to put an end once and for all to the president's hopes of healing the country's deep divisions. The announcement by US Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday that he had appointed a federal prosecutor to look into possible abuses by CIA interrogators in the war on terror has unleashed attacks from both the conservative right and those to the liberal left who feel the probe will not go far enough.
A CIA report from 2004 newly declassified and released on Monday by the Obama administration revealed some of the harsh tactics used by CIA interrogators on captured terror suspects. One detainee, accused of involvement in the Sept. 11 attacks, was threatened with the murder of his child. Another was told he would be forced to watch his mother raped. The method of waterboarding, or simulated drowning, often went beyond what was authorized, prisoners were slapped and handguns and power drills were used to threaten detainees. The People's Voice: "We're going to kill your children". AfterDowningStreet: No More Bad Apple-ism. Prosecutions Without Immunity for Big Whigs. Release the OPR Report.
The Obama administration’s release of a 2004 internal CIA report on torture and the announcement by the Justice Department of an extremely limited investigation into actions by individual interrogators is part of an elaborate attempt to cover up the scale of the crimes carried out under the Bush administration, while shielding its top figures from prosecution. While compelled by court order to release the CIA inspector general’s report in a case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Obama administration substantially censored the document, blacking out 36 pages entirely and heavily redacting another 30 pages on the grounds of “national security.” Daily Dish: The American Way Of TortureIt's bizarre the media in this country are second to the ACLU in demanding information from the government.
Despite the carefully contrived optics — the cell-phone videos of deranged Tea-Baggers, Birthers and Deathers disrupting town hall meetings; the armed “right wing terrorists” posing menacingly outside the meeting halls; and signs depicting Pres. Obama as Hitler — and in spite of Republican propaganda about death panels and the rest, a new poll finds that huge majorities of American voters of all ages* remain solidly behind the Democrats’ two primary goals for health-insurance reform: insuring everyone and offering the public access to the same coverage available to elected officials, federal employees, the military and veterans.
US and Afghan forces attacked a clinic in eastern Afghanistan where a Taliban leader was being treated for injuries he sustained last week, Nato has said. They were fired upon when they neared the clinic in the Sar Hawza district of Paktika province, and responded by ordering helicopter strikes. The troops "first made sure there were no civilians inside", Nato claimed. Reuters: Wounded Taliban commander captured in Afghan clinic. MSNBC: U.S. helicopter blasts Afghan medical clinic. Mail & Guardian (South Africa): "Afghan forces" kill 12 Taliban in clinic siege.
Watching CNN News last night report on the passing of Senator Edward Kennedy gave me the impression that a very great man has left the stage…. Looking back on his life’s work, one might get the impression that the man will soon be nominated for Sainthood. CNN even bothered to find the former, disgraced, wife of Nelson Mandela who spoke of Kennedy’s support of the anti-apartheid movement of South Africa.
[From RussiaToday via URUKNET:] The US is not going to stop the production of drugs in Afghanistan as it covers the costs of their military presence there, says Gen. Mahmut Gareev, a former commander during the USSR's operations in Afghanistan.
Of course, it is impossible for Afghanistan now to hold adequate elections that would, on top of that, reflect the real declaration of the will of the people. The situation is as follows. The Pushtuns are the people that mainly form the state. The Taliban threatened people to stop them voting and promised severe punishments for those who might want to participate. The intelligentsia is scared stiff too. The only people able to vote in the elections would be those from regions that are not controlled by the Taliban, but protected by NATO troops. Those will be the people who’ll vote, whereas others may not be able to. So, there will be no adequate and fully-fledged declaration of the people’s will. On the other hand, you can’t bring the country’s leadership over from the States and tell those people that this person would rule. Courtesy demands to at least say that that person was elected. At least on the surface, the election should appear legitimate and one could always refer to it saying that the leader was elected. How he was elected – that’s another chapter of the story. No one asks questions like this in our time anymore. Everyone knows exactly how things are done. Of course, the Americans would like Karzai, who they established there, to remain in power – or Abdullah, who has already been the Foreign Minister twice. They are fine with either. But, 10 percent of the population are Uzbeks. There are also Tajiks, Turkmen and others. In such unstable circumstances, a lot will depend on their choice. So, Americans are now making moves to attract the votes of those people to support Karzai. The worst case scenario for them will be if other candidates come together and put forward someone to oppose Karzai. Then, quite different forces could come to power and will gradually move away from obeying the Americans. FromTheWilderness: CIA, Drugs, and Wall Street. Global Research: Afghanistan: Drug Addiction Lucrative for Neolib Banksters, CIA. BearCave: The CIA's role in heroin trafficking in Southeast Asia (Interview with Alfred McCoy).
A new law just passed in Massachusetts imposes fines of up to $1000 per day and up to a 30 day jail sentence for not obeying authorities during a public health emergency. So if you are instructed to take the swine flu vaccine in Massachusetts and you refuse, you could be facing fines that will bankrupt you and a prison sentence on top of that. This YouTube video is of a news report about this disturbing new law. In particular, pay attention at the 1:40 mark when the anchor and reporter discuss the new penalties for not obeying the health authorities during an emergency.....
Imagine controlling machines, typing text or juggling balls using nothing but the power of thought. What sounds like far-fetched science fiction is gradually becoming possible, providing hope for disabled patients -- and new gimmicks for the computer gaming industry.
The next-generation surveillance package for the Air Force's MQ-9 Reaper drones, named for Medusa's stoney glare, will provide an unprecedentedly broad view of the battlefield spanning time and space
In December 2002, when he
says he was only 12, he was arrested on suspicion of throwing a grenade into a Jeep carrying US special forces soldiers through Kabul, wounding two of them and an interpreter. He was taken first to an airbase north of Kabul, then to the US prison in Guantánamo Bay, where he remained until his release a few days ago after a ruling by a US judge that his confession had been obtained by force.
One commenter: "Now if we could just talk God into taking Arlin Spector, Harry Reid,and Nancy Pelosi America would be Eutopia!"
Karadzic’s war crimes trial is likely to start within a few weeks. He is accused of genocide and crimes against humanity during the Bosnian war, during which more than 100,000 people were killed. In written responses to questions, Karadzic said he has asked several countries for documents that will support his contention they violated the U.N. arms embargo during the 1992-95 conflict.
Four British soldiers die for the sake of 150 votes. Just 150 Afghan voters dared to go to the ballot box in the area of Helmand province where British soldiers sacrificed their lives  to secure a safe election day, it was revealed yesterday.
"We would expect there to be a British presence here (Afghanistan) ... trying to bring this country up for at least a generation," Sedwill said on Wednesday, adding that they would be active in the "training and mentoring" role for many years. However, he expressed hope that the British military would no longer be in a combat role within the next three to five years.
The new measure allows police officers to sneak into unlocked parked vehicles and take away objects of value left incautiously in the cars, British media quoted a new Scotland Yard statement as saying.
"China" [claims] [she] is "trying" to move away from the use of executed prisoners as the major source of organs for transplants. According to the China Daily newspaper, executed prisoners currently provide two-thirds of all transplant organs. The Scotsman: Most of China's donor organs come from prison death-rows.
Israeli forces reportedly "seized" 10 Palestinians in overnight raids in the West Bank on Thursday. According to Ynet, the so-called “wanted” Palestinians were taken from Jenin, Qalqilya, Nablus and Ramallah. They were taken for "questioning” at an unknown location . Ha'Aretz: Israel Medical Association: Bill would encourage organ trafficking: Under the bill, people who donate a kidney or a liver lobe - regardless of whether they donate to a relative or a stranger - would receive a fixed sum of NIS 17,000-18,0000 from the state to cover the costs of "activities connected with removing the organ." In addition, they would receive variable compensation for loss of income and higher health insurance premiums.
Thirty Palestinians killed. Women and children caught in the crossfire. Missiles fired at a Mosque. Muslim prisoners 'executed' in cold blood. A massacre. Media restrictions. A familiar tale? Indeed. International outrage and demonstrations in the streets of London? Nope. And why might that be? Why it's simple. The Palestinians were were killed by Palestinians and, it would appear from the lack of reaction that in those circumstances their lives are cheap, but when they are killed by Israelis it is an outrage.
Muslim leaders have said the law is an attack on Islam and traditional values. Some of the provisions that have proved controversial give more rights to women. For example, under the new law women are no longer required to obey their husbands, instead husbands and wives owe each other loyalty and protection.
The moonstone which is in the possession of the Rijksmuseum (Amsterdam Holland) did not came from the moon. Geologists from the Free University examined the object and say it's a piece of petrified wood.
In 1969 former Prime Minister Drees received the stone from the hands of the American Ambassador Middendorf. That was because [of] the visit to the Netherlands of the astronauts of Apollo 11, in 1969 when humans first landed on the moon.
The Rijksmuseum had the rock insurance for 100,000 guilders. Experts say that the piece of petrified wood at most 50 euros worth.
Top Russian officials admitted Wednesday that a cargo ship hijacked under murky circumstances in the Baltic Sea may have been carrying a suspicious cargo, after initially playing down such reports. Speculation has been raging that the Arctic Sea -- a ship that was seized by pirates near Sweden last month and vanished for weeks before being recaptured by the Russian navy -- may have held weapons or even nuclear materials. Asia Times: The truth is adrift with the Arctic Sea. RT: What will search of the Arctic Sea reveal? -Video.
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