Thursday, December 30, 2010

The War You Don't See - Full Documentary

By John Pilger - UK release Dec 12, 2010
YouTube introduction:
From the award-winning director of The War on Democracy comes John Pilger's latest wor, The War You Don't See. This hard-hitting exposé and scrutinizes the effects of the media during wartime, asking what is the role of the media in rapacious wars.
When symbols are separated from facts and the facts don't matter, could the media be accused of conspiring to play down the carnage and of using 'embedded journalism' to amplify the lies? This documentary unveils the war you don't see and allows you to make up your own mind.


Wednesday, December 22, 2010

United Nations Statement on Wikileaks

Joint Statement:

UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection
the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression

December 21, 2010

http://www.cidh.oas.org/relatoria/showarticle.asp?artID=829&lID=1

Life in Prison for torture and murder for former Argentina leader

December 22, 2010

Jorge Videla, 85, was Argentina's president from 1976 to 1981 and was considered the architect of the so called "Dirty War" , the war the regime said to be against subversive terrorism .

He was found guilty of torture and murder among other crimes. The 31 prisoners he was convicted of killing were pulled from civilian jail cells and "shot while trying to escape".

During Videla's regime, an estimated 5,000 prisoners were held incomunicado, most of them were tortured and their bodies "disappeared" . It was later revealed that they were dumped , dead or drugged, into the River Plate from aircraft.

After the sentence Videla remained unrepentant and told the court that Argentine society had demanded the crackdown on dissents.

As judge Maria Elba Martinez handed down the sentence she said:

"Videla ... is a manifestation of state terrorism."

Another leader in Argentina's 1976-1983 military junta, Emilio Massera, died on Monday at age 85.

Massera was head of the Navy and operated one of Argentina's most notorious political prison and torture centre, the Naval Mechanics School in Buenos Aires, or ESMA.

Germany, Spain, Italy and France sought Massera over the killings of their citizens during the torture regime in Argentina. They had suspended arrest orders after Argentine courts had declared him unfit to stand trial on health grounds.

MORE AT:

MACLEANS:
Ex-Argentine dictator Jorge Videla gets life sentence for torture, murder of prisoners in 1976
December 22, 2010 - Michael Warren, The Associated Press
http://www.macleans.ca/article.jsp?content=w5477444



The New York Times:
Ex-Dictator Sentenced in Murders
December 23, 2010 - By ALexei Barrionuevo
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/23/world/americas/23briefs-EXDICTATORSE_BRF.html?src=twrhp

The Telegraph UK

Former Argentine dictator Jorge Videla sentenced to life in prison
December 23, 2010 - By Robin Yapp
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/southamerica/argentina/8220713/Former-Argentine-dictator-Jorge-Videla-sentenced-to-life-in-prison.html


CNN

Former Argentine dictator sentenced to life
December 22, 2010
http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americas/12/22/argentina.human.rights.trial/

Saturday, December 18, 2010

WikiLeaks Cables: Pfizer non consentual drug tests on Nigerian children

WATCH:

http://www.democracynow.org/2010/12/17/wikileaks_cables_pfizer_targeted_nigerian_attorney


"Diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks show the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer hired investigators to find evidence of corruption against the Nigerian attorney general to pressure him to drop a $6 billion lawsuit over fraudulent drug tests on Nigerian children."

"Eleven children died, and others suffered disabling injuries including deafness, muteness, paralysis, brain damage, loss of sight, slurred speech."




Update: BBC News- June 29 2010 - "US Supreme Court rejects Pfizer Nigeria lawsuit appeal"

Friday, December 17, 2010

Enhanced torturers, Enhanced deals


The USA Justice Department prosecutor is still investigating whether any CIA "enhanced interrogation expert", including Torture psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, should face criminal charges.

But just in case the last two ones are not above the Law, the CIA has agreed to cover at least $5 million in legal fees for the architects of the agency’s "interrogation" program.

The full article at :
http://psychoanalystsopposewar.org/blog/2010/12/17/cia-paying-5-million-to-defend-torture-psychologists/

Extract:

Officials: CIA gave Waterboarders $5M Legal Shield

By Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo
WASHINGTON (AP) – The CIA agreed to cover at least $5 million in legal fees for two contractors who were the architects of the agency’s interrogation program and personally conducted dozens of waterboarding sessions on terror detainees, former U.S. officials said.
The secret agreement means taxpayers are paying to defend the men in a federal investigation over an interrogation tactic the U.S. now says is torture. The deal is even more generous than the protections the agency typically provides its own officers, giving the two men access to more money to finance their defense.
It has long been known that psychologists Jim Mitchell and Bruce Jessen created the CIA’s interrogation program. But former U.S. intelligence officials said Mitchell and Jessen also repeatedly subjected terror suspects inside CIA-run secret prisons to waterboarding, a simulated drowning tactic.
The revelation of the contractors’ involvement is the first known confirmation of any individuals who conducted waterboarding at the so-called black sites, underscoring just how much the agency relied on outside help in its most sensitive interrogations.

More about these guys at PHYSICIANS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS BLOG: ( click on title)

Psychologists Who Devised US Torture Program Had No Interrogation Experience, Were Paid $1000/Day by CIA


Or visit:

http://phrblog.org/blog/2009/05/01/psychologists-who-devised-us-torture-program-had-no-interrogation-experience-were-paid-1000day-by-cia/

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The War You Don't See - Documentary

The Movie was released in UK on December 12, 2010 - trailer

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

“Collateral Murder" - The Video

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Saeculum Obscurum Antidote

Wikileaks - Its History and what has been made public:

"Wiki Rebels" documentary - 57 minutes



"SECRECY is a basic component of the Policy of Torture: It is essential to the structure of torture that everything takes place in secret, in the dark, beyond consideration of shame or account. When the torturer assures his victim ' no one will ever know' , he is at once working to break the victim's spirit and bolster his own".
From "Settling accounts with torturers"-Lawrence Welsher

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Crush


Shell's grip on Nigerian state revealed
GUARDI AN UK - by David Smith, 8 December 2010

"US embassy cables reveal top executive's claims that company 'knows everything' about key decisions in government ministries"

The company's top executive told US diplomats that it had seconded employees to every relevant department and so knew "everything that was being done in those ministries.

Article at:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2010/dec/08/wikileaks-cables-shell-nigeria-spying

Cable gate - Wiki revelation of the past 12 days - by Joe Sabia of Get Whirled

Sunday, December 5, 2010

New Standards on the making: Assassins and the deep hole of amorality

On death threats: "We have hundreds of specific death threats from US military militants. That is not unusual, and we have become practiced from past experiences at ignoring such threats from Islamic extremists, African kleptocrats and so on. Recently the situation has changed with these threats now extending out to our lawyers and my children. However it is the specific calls from the elites of US society for our assassination, kidnapping and execution that is more concerning. These range from a US senate bill by John Ensign which seeks to declare us a "transnational threat" to assassination calls from former Bush speechwriters such as Marc Thiessen in The Washington Post and Bill O'Reilly of Fox News."


El Pais interview with Julian Assange in the December 5, 2010 - Full interview HERE

http://www.elpais.com/articulo/internacional/Julian/Assange/Geopolitics/will/be/separated/into/pre/and/post/Cablegate/elpepuint/20101205elpepuint_3/Tes

Friday, December 3, 2010

US Republican Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) on WikiLeaks:

Ron Paul, writing to his 19,000 followers on Twitter:



"Re: Wikileaks - In a free society, we are supposed to know the truth. In a society where truth becomes treason, we are in big trouble."

The New York Times - Nov 3, 2010
http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/03/latest-updates-on-leak-of-u-s-cables-day-6/?src=twt&twt=thelede#ron-paul-defends-wikileaks

Judges, Law, Criminal Investigations - Spain

"The Madrid Cables"
By Scott Horton - HARPER'S Magazine - No Comment
December 1, 2010

http://harpers.org/subjects/NoComment

In Spain, the revelations that U.S. diplomats sought out and communicated directly with judges and prosecutors , in a large-scale coordinated effort by the State Department to obstruct the criminal investigations in several cases in that country have dominated the news in Spain for the last three days now.

Spain Newspapers:
El País - http://www.elpais.com/global/
Público - http://www.publico.es/

Scott Horton is an adjunct professor at Columbia Law School and New York attorney known for his work in human rights law and the law of armed conflict.

Thursday, December 2, 2010