Thursday, April 28, 2011

Unsuitable "monarchs": Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake



(Billy's Elliot (the 2000 movie) ends with Billy finnally taking the stage to perform the lead in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake).

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Torture Doctors - PLoS Medicine journal Report by psychiatrist and retired Brig. Gen. Stephen Xenakis and Vincent Iacopino (Medical adviser)

Neglect of Medical Evidence of Torture in Guantánamo Bay: A Case Series

Citation: Iacopino V, Xenakis SN (2011) Neglect of Medical Evidence of Torture in Guantánamo Bay: A Case Series. PLoS Med 8(4): e1001027. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001027

Extract:
... " In reality, the implementation of EITs included “unauthorized” acts of torture, were inflicted over prolonged periods of time, and resulted in severe and prolonged physical and mental pain. The abuses reported in this case series could not be practiced without the interrogators and medical monitors being aware of the severe and prolonged physical and mental pain that they caused." ...

Full Report at:
http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1001027


More at:

Gitmo Doctors Hid Evidence of Torture - by Spencer Ackerman - April 26, 2011

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/04/gitmo-docs-torture/

TORTURE PROGRAM - US

No Wonder Congress Wants to Hide the Gitmo Detainees - The Atlantic, April 26, 2011 - by Andrew Cohen

Whatever else the latest Wikileaks dump says about our nation's inapt (and inept) handling of the terror-law detainees at Guantanamo Bay, the newly-revealed documents remind us again of the wide gulf between what Bush administration officials consistently told us about the prisoners and what was actually happening on the ground in Cuba.

President Bush called the men "the worst of the worst" when he knew they weren't. An attorney general of the United States, Alberto Gonzales, called the detainees "killers" when the clear and compelling evidence indicated otherwise. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld went even further. He called the men "among the most dangerous, best-trained, vicious killers on the face of the earth." That we've known about these and many other risible contradictions for at least the past five years makes them no more acceptable today.

We were told these lies so that we would support the political and ideological priorities of the men who told them. We were told these lies so that we would not sooner start asking good questions about the legal justification for the way the Gitmo prisoners were being treated. In the words of Andy Worthington of The Guardian, "it was important to dehumanise the men held at Guantanamo, to give life to the myth that the prison held 'the worst of the worst.'"

The truth about Gitmo is that it was always a messy concept in theory and an unwieldy proposition in practice. It was (and obviously continues to be) full of ambiguities and contradictions itself. That's what the new Gitmo revelations say to me. It all makes you wonder where we'd be today -- how much lighter the stain would be -- if our elected officials and their subordinates had simply leveled with the American people right from the start.

As part of its comprehensive coverage of the leaked documents, The New York Times offered up a great piece Monday from Scott Shane and Benjamin Weiser. They wrote:

Read the rest at:

No Wonder Congress Wants to Hide the Gitmo Detainees - The Atlantic

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Old news from the south come North: criminals for hire

"You Are an Idiot" - Familiar faces



Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"Preachers of the world", just a piece of the story

Why I called Bradley Manning's treatment 'stupid

by PJ Crowley - Guardian UK - March 29, 2011

Full piece at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/mar/29/bradley-manning-wikileaks


"As a public diplomat and (until recently) spokesman of the departmente od state, I was responsible for explaining the national security policy of the United States to the American people and populations abroad. I am also a retired military officer who has long believed that our civilian power must balance our military power."....

"Based on 30 years of government experience, if you have to explain why a guy is standing naked in the middle of a jail cell, you have a policy in need of urgent review. The Pentagon was quick to point out that no women were present when he did so, which is completely beside the point. "

Monday, March 28, 2011

Andy Worthington and the connections: James Mitchel, Bruce James, CIA architects of the torture program, propaganda and more

The Dark Desires of Bruce Jessen, the Architect of Bush’s Torture Program, As Revealed by His Former Friend and Colleague

by Andy Worthington - March 28, 2010


"Jessen’s template for the “full exploitation” of prisoners, rather than just their interrogation, was designed to be used for propaganda purposes, “or other needs [of] the detaining power, such as the recruitment of informers and double agents.” As he added, “Those aspects of the US detainee program have not generally been discussed as part of the torture story in the American press.”

Full article at:


http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/2011/03/28/the-dark-desires-of-bruce-jessen-the-architect-of-bushs-torture-program-as-revealed-by-his-former-friend-and-colleague/

Former SERE Instructor Capt. Michael Kearns on the rush rush doing torture, Bruce Jessen, Air Force psyc ( CIA contractor) and more

Former SERE Instructor Capt. Michael Kearns About The Bush Administration’s Torture Program

(full article)
http://www.truth-out.org/cia-psychologists-notes-reveal-bushs-torture-program68542

James Mitchel and Brice James are both psychologists who, under contract to the CIA, are credited as being the architects of the government's top-secret torture


Jason Leopold is the Deputy Managing Editor at Truthout. He is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller, "News Junkie," a memoir. Visit jasonleopold.com for a preview.
Jeffrey Kaye, a psychologist living in Northern California, writes regularly on torture and other subjects for Firedoglake. He also maintains a personal blog, Invictus. His email address is sfpsych gmail dot com.

The Motto: Agonizing over probability of getting caught...not over commiting the crime

The Kill Team

by Mark Boal - March 27, 2011

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/the-kill-team-20110327?


At the link bellow the photos Pentagon went to extraordinary measures to suppress and the full story of this specific American Kill Team:

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/photos/the-kill-team-photos -20110327/0602176

Photo #2:
Mudin was about 15 years old killed by two American soldiers – Cpl. Jeremy Morlock and Pfc. Andrew Holmes – who staged the killing to make it look like they had been
under attack

http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/photos/the-kill-team-photos-20110327/0543781


The Images were first published by Der Spiegel on March 24, 2011

http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-65981.html


Der Spiegel article at

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,752918,00.html

Thursday, March 24, 2011

March 24, 1980 - Conservative Archbishop Romero assassination

1977: Oscar Romero, a conservative priest, appointed Archbishop of San Salvador

1979: Bloodless coup by reformist army officers backed by the United States. Military-civilian junta installed in El Salvador. Torture, assassinations, kidnappings intensify.

Feb 1980: Romero visited Rome and argued that it was problematic to support the Salvadoran government because it legitimized terror and assassinations.
He urged US President Jimmy Carter to reconsider American support and aid to the junta. Carter refused.

23 Mar 1980: Romero tells soldiers they are killing their own people

24 Mar 1980: Romero shot dead as he celebrated Mass. The assassins were members of a death squad trained and funded by the United States.

No-one has ever been convicted in connection with Archbishop Romero's murder.


Wednesday, March 23, 2011

"Specials" and "ALL SCIENTISTS, ALL SCIENTISTS !!!"

About the "Torture Program", a very interesting post at Invictus Blog - March 22, 2011


"Means and Ends: Newly Published Notes of Bruce Jessen Reveal Real Purpose of Bush’s Torture Program"


http://valtinsblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/means-and-ends-newly-published-notes-of.html



Extracts:

"One of the primary reasons exploitation is used on prisoners is to produce false confessions. Indeed, it was the torture of Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi that was used to provide the false intelligence about Saddam Hussein seeking nuclear materials that was to provide a major casus belli for the United States for their war with Iraq. "

"Up until now, the primary narrative surrounding the torture scandal has been about the purported efficacy of using torture to produce intelligence in the "war on terror." But the new Jessen material demonstrates that the program used as the basis for the "reverse-engineering" of the SERE torture techniques was a full-blown exploitation program, whose aims went far beyond the mere elicitation of information, but included the physical and psychological pressures to produce absolute compliance in prisoners for the purpose of false confessions, show trials, recruitment of spies, and medical experimentation."

"My end of the bargain was that I had to verbally repeat my story, agreeing with anything they added, even when they dictated my thoughts, beliefs and actions incorrectly. They also fed me things to say about other detainees as well. I did so obediently, even though I knew they were all lies."

POST AT:


http://valtinsblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/means-and-ends-newly-published-notes-of.html


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By the way, where are the so brave, non ordinary, "special" "compliance scientists" who proudly embraced "interrogations" and who knows whatever else?
Shouldn't these powerful and righteous "all professionals" , all "scientists" be speaking about their achievements with pride?

George Bush did...

And since they are , or believe to be , "special" , non ordinary people and above all "having more power than Bush", they should step up to their "values" and proudly take responsibility for their "scientific achievements". Isn't that how it should be?

Or are they, men and women, soooooo brave in the shadows but cowards in the light ?

"...choose you this day whom ye will serve.." Joshua 24:15

Thursday, March 17, 2011

US spy operation that manipulates social media -

Military's 'sock puppet' software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda

guardian.co.uk,
by Nick Fielding and Ian Cobain

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2011/mar/17/us-spy-operation-social-networks



Related Post:
U.S. Chamber of Commerce plots against "opponents"

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has been working with “private security” and lobbying firms to attack and undermine "opponents".

The companies involved are, among others, Hunton and Williams, whose attorneys solicited private security firms HB Gary Federal, Palantir, and Berico Technologies (Team Themis collectively) to develop a sabotage campaign against certain "opponents".

The private spy company investigated members of the family, including children, of the so called U.S. Chamber of Commerce "opponents".

Aaron Barr, an executive at HB Gary Federal circulated emails and documents with personal lives details and even photos of the opponents' family including their children.

Details were revealed by one of the targets of the action - ThinkProgress.org.

In an email from Aaron Barr to Hunton & Williams attorney John Woods, he points out to the need of reducing exposure so that he won't be identified and shows how Woods and another fellow Hunton attorney Richard Wyatt are "vulnerable" in social media.

The three security companies - Palantir Technologies, HBGary Federal and Berico Technologies - were also implicated in a plot to target the online whistleblower WikiLeaks and some of its prominent supporters

Full Article at ThinkProgress.org

http://thinkprogress.org/2011/02/10/chamberleaks-target-families/

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

UK House of Commons’ Foreign Affairs Committeee - Foreign Secretary William Hague on the case of Bradley Manning

Full hearing at:
http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player.aspx?meetingId=7966&player=silverlight

Bradley Manning - at at 16:46:43 min

On YouTube:


Transcript :

Clwyd: I want to raise with you the question of Bradley Manning, the US marine, who at present is in a military prison – untried and unconvicted – and the treatment that has been given him. He has been kept in solitary confinement over the past ten months, he is denied access to the normal things that one has every day. He is made to stand naked outside his cell every morning and so on and so forth. And as you know, Hilary Clinton’s press spokesman has been forced to resign over the comments that he made over the treatment of Bradley Manning, calling it “counterproductive and stupid.”

Bradley Manning’s mother in Welsh, from Pembrokeshire. She has visited him recently and everyone is very concerned about his treatment. I wonder if you can raise it, or have raised it, because there is a lot of public interest in the treatment of Bradley Manning.

Hague: Well, on this particular case, Mr Manning’s lawyer apparently wrote on the 2nd February on his blog that “Mr. Manning does not hold a UK passport, nor does he consider himself a UK citizen.” Beyond that we can’t comment on an individual’s nationality without their consent. And in that situation, of course, our standing on this matter is limited. He is not asking for our help, nor considering himself British.

In general, conditions in US prisons do meet international standards. Solitary confinement is a procedure used in many countries. It is deemed to offer protection both to the inmate and those around them. It is for his legal representative to challenge his treatment, if they judge that his treatment fails to meet international standards.

The fact that it has been raised in this committee, of course, can be brought to the attention of the United States. So it can be, and will be. But our position, from a legal and a consular point of view is as I’ve just been describing.

Clwyd: Can I just say that his legal representative published an 11-page document a few days ago, which was a statement from Manning but also a complaint from his lawyer about his treatment. So as we are receiving letters from constituents on this particular subject, I will be coming back to you on this subject.

Hague: Well, do come back to me and of course I will write you a letter so you can correspond with your constituents.


Mathieu, "Torture Containers" and torturers who want to be funny... - "This is your break"

Do your kids watch CSI ??? Do you?? The truth about "death in american soil"

VISIT

POST MORTEM IN AMERICA at:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/post-mortem/

Friday, March 11, 2011

Kokomo Arnold - Blues Guitar Legend (1937)

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley calls treatment of Bradley Manning “ridiculous and counterproductive and stupid.” | The Cable

March 11, 2011 - by Josh Rogin

Article at:

http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/03/11/state_department_spokesman_calls_treatment_of_bradley_manning_ridiculous_and_counte


""I spent 26 years in the air force. What is happening to Manning is ridiculous, counterproductive and stupid, and I don't know why the DoD is doing it. Nevertheless, Manning is in the right place." There are leaks everywhere in Washington - it's a town that can't keep a secret. But the scale is different. It was a colossal failure by the DoD to allow this mass of documents to be transported outside the network. Historically, someone has picked up a file of papers and passed it around - the information exposed is on one country or one subject. But this is a scale we've never seen before. If Julian Assange is right and we're in an era where there are no secrets, do we expect that people will release Google's search engine algorithms? The formula for Coca Cola? Some things are best kept secret. If we're negotiating between the Israelis and the Palestinians, there will be compromises that are hard for each side to sell to their people - there's a need for secrets."

No more "shame" - SEXING TORTURE

Sexing in the "slow torture", "no-touch": The torturer’s psyche and "protected umpunity"

"… But stripping is also sexually laden. It transposes sexual gestures, acts and innuendo from a strip club to the torture chamber. Thus sex is always present in the torture chamber whether the victim is a man or a woman. The sexing of torture is deeply grounded in the recesses of the torturer’s psyche.

Marnia Lazreg, Torture and the Twilight of Empire: From Algeria to Baghdad

"From 1950 to 1962, the CIA became involved in torture through a massive mind-control effort, with psychological warfare and secret research into human consciousness that reached a cost of a billion dollars annually – a veritable Manhattan Project of the mind.” This research produced “a new approach to torture that was psychological, not physical, perhaps best described as ‘no-touch torture.’“ It has also been referred to as “slow torture".

Alfred McCoy - "A Question Of Torture: CIA Interrogation, From the Cold War To the War On Terror"

Sexing torture in the "stealth, "slow", "non touch" American Torture" hits the news and "SO WHAT?"

As torture, event after event, seems to be an integral part of American standard operating procedures and obviously goes unpunished in the United States, except for cases involving "few bad apples", an article on the "slow torture" of 22 year-old man accused of leaking documents:

The National Shame of the US Military's 'Slow Torture' of Bradley Manning

by John Grant - March 5 2011

http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/494

"... All right! Enough of the PR-flak Orwellian crap. Everyone with a modicum of sense knows why the Quantico jailers are stripping Bradley Manning. They are stripping him because they have the power to strip him and they want to strip him. And they know that the majority of Americans and the mainstream press don’t give a damn what happens to this young man.

A friend asked me, “Why don’t they just water-board him?” It’s simple: They would if they could, but they can’t. Manning is an American and he has advocates. They can’t get away with the sorts of torture we used in the past in places like the Philippines and Vietnam and that the French used during their war in Algeria. The French experience is broken down and analyzed by Marna Lazreg in her book cited above based on archival research, diaries and interviews with torturers.

But do not fear: Our very resourceful and secret CIA learned from the French and, over the years with your tax dollars, added their own research on the topic. Here’s Alfred McCoy from his great book A Question Of Torture: CIA Interrogation, From the Cold War To the War On Terror:..."


FULL ARTICLE AT:

http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/494


More on the case:




Monday, March 7, 2011

Egyptian Activists Expose Torture Tools and Files, Tied to US Renditions

Article by Siun , March 5, 2011 at:

http://firedoglake.com/2011/03/05/egyptian-activists-expose-torture-tools-and-files-tied-to-us-renditions/

On YouTube - Activists storm Egypt torture chambers

"Destroying the Evidence" ...in Egypt


Egyptian Protesters Seize Evidence of Torture after storming secret police office

Hundreds of Egyptians stormed the headquarters of the nation’s secret police, seizing secret documents and evidence of torture.

Activists say documents found inside the building contain evidence of phone tapping, election rigging and torture.


A full report by McClatchy newspaper:

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2011/03/05/109887/egyptian-protesters-storm-state.html

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Obscenity and Sadism Galore : CIA's formula to "learned helplessness"

In a 19-page document, entitled “Background Paper on CIA’s Combined Use of Interrogation Techniques and dated Dec. 30, 2004, the CIA describes the process they refer to as providing an "effective interrogation" methodology. It includes repeated references to keeping captives naked as part of the strategy for" breaking down their resistance."


Below, link to an article by Robert Parry published on March 4, 2011 (originally published September 12, 2009)

(Robert Parry broke many of the Iran-Contra stories in the 1980s for the Associated Press and Newsweek. He founded Consortiumnews.com in 1995 as the Internet's first investigative magazine.
)

Bush's Interrogators Stressed Nudity

"The CIA shared with George W. Bush’s Justice Department the details of how an interrogation strategy – with an emphasis on forced nudity and physical abuse – could train prisoners in “learned helplessness” and demonstrate “the complete control of Americans.”

Full article HERE:
http://www.consortiumnews.com/2011/030411b.html

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Interview with Birgitta Jonsdottir, Icelandic member of parliament and ex-WikiLeaks


"Birgitta Jonsdottir, ex-WikiLeaks, Crusades for Freedom of Information"

De Standaard Online [Belgian news outlet] - March 2, 2011 - by Dominique Deckmyn in Ghent, Belgium
OSC Translated Text [OSC is the CIA's Open Source Center.]
Icelander Birgitta Jonsdottir - poet, author, activist, and member of parliament - has now broken with WikiLeaks, but she is continuing to devote herself to making her country a haven for information, a Switzerland of the bytes. In the meantime, the American judicial authorities are trying to reach Julian Assange through her Twitter details.
Last week, Birgitta Jonsdottir was in our country for a while at Deburen's invitation in order to take part in an evening of debate on the state of the media today, partly organized by the Pascal Decroos Fund and the Investigative Journalists' Association. We met with her at the Vooruit (arts center) in Ghent. She immediately wrong-footed us: Instead of the eccentric Goth about whom we had read, we were welcomed by an elegant person with a captivating laugh. She talked in a soft voice but with a very great deal of passion about the importance of freedom of information. Although her "Movement" is not a real party and she surfed to parliament in 2009 on a wave of popular anger about the banking crisis, she has turned out to be a born politician who knows what she wants and how she is to achieve it.
Birgitta Jonsdottir is the driving force behind the Iceland Modern Media Initiative; the plan to provide Iceland with model laws on freedom of information. The laws are supposed to protect journalists and their sources and offer special protection for whistleblowers. It would also become much more difficult in Iceland to prevent the publication of articles or pursue media with claims for damages. Last June, Jonsdottir got a resolution through the Icelandic parliament, which now has to be translated into bills. "IMMI is much more important than WikiLeaks," she herself says. "We are trying to ensure that WikiLeaks is no longer needed."
But it was precisely her role in WikiLeaks which made the 43-year-old Jonsdottir a media figure and the subject of an investigation by the American Justice Department. She was one of the makers of the video showing how American servicemen fired on defenseless civilians. The video put WikiLeaks on the map in April 2010.
(Deckmyn) Are you still in touch with the WikiLeaks people?
(Jonsdottir) No, only with former WikiLeaks people. I am in touch with Daniel (Domscheit-Berg) and some others, although it is hard to define who does and does not belong to WikiLeaks now. Some people are semi-active or not at all active, and some people want never to talk to Julian Assange again.
(Deckmyn) The organization is identified with Assange personally in the media. Do you regret that?
(Jonsdottir) What is a pity is that the messenger has turned into the message. That means that the documents have not been paid the attention which they deserve. I no longer know how often I have refused to collaborate on yet another portrait of Julian Assange. It has come to revolve too much around one person, one hero, one messiah, even: That is what he is called on the fan page on Facebook. It is almost a new religion, but that is certainly partly the media's fault. They have decided to create this Icarus; they have blown a great deal of wind under his wings instead of focusing their attention on the real story - the contents of WikiLeaks. That has a great deal to do with the situation in which the media currently find themselves. They are seeking as many clicks as possible, and the stories which get the most clicks on websites are usually about sex scandals."
Misunderstandings
(Deckmyn) Do you believe in Daniel Domscheit-Berg's idea that there should be masses of WikiLeaks-like websites, such as his own new OpenLeaks?
(Jonsdottir) Well, WikiLeaks was originally supposed to go in that direction, but then it transformed itself into "MegaLeaks." I believe that it is a valuable experiment. I do not know whether it will be successful, but it should certainly be tried. We live in a world where secrecy is the norm, and no longer has to be justified. Secrecy around big companies, around politicians, and so forth. I am not in favor of complete openness; that is impossible, but I believe that what will remain secret should be decided on in a transparent manner.
(Deckmyn) Then what about the diplomatic cables which WikiLeaks published? Is there room for secrecy in diplomacy?
(Jonsdottir) Yes, of course. And also if an agreement is being drawn up: Drafts which leak out, that can create many misunderstandings. It is OK if a document is made public only when it is finished. Privacy is also important, but in every country there should be a debate on what should remain secret and what should not. Today, there are far too many secrets. If somebody in Iceland had leaked information from the banks before the banking system collapsed, maybe that collapse would not have been so serious.
(Deckmyn) The fact that the cables are being released only in dribs and drabs seems to be prompted more by the desire to achieve maximum media impact rather than the passion for openness.
(Jonsdottir) Precisely. And I do not necessarily agree with that, but that is just my personal opinion, and that is worth no more than anybody else's opinion.
Minefield
(Deckmyn) The American judicial authorities have demanded your Twitter use details. Are you surprised that you personally are in conflict with America - surely a free country with a progressive president?
(Jonsdottir) Yes and no. No, because I know how desperately they want to lay hands on Julian Assange. Nobody has embarrassed diplomats' entire bureaucratic machine more than WikiLeaks, and so they are seeking ways to pursue him. But they are entering an extremely dangerous minefield. I am a member of parliament, I sit on the Foreign Affairs Committee, and I have a seat in the NATO parliament. Suppose they lay hands on my Google accounts and Facebook information; channels through which I am in touch with other members of parliament! How can they then be critical if China, for instance, tries to lay hands on similar information about American senators who are working for Tibet? But I am not surprised. However, it is quite tiresome that I can no longer travel to the United States. I already could not go to China, so now I cannot go to the United States, either.
(Deckmyn) Then do you run a risk there?
(Jonsdottir) They could subject me to a very unpleasant interrogation. They are known for that. They accept soft torture, like they are now torturing Bradley Manning.
(Deckmyn) Do you believe that Bradley Manning - the serviceman who gave WikiLeaks the war documents - is being tortured?
(Jonsdottir) Of course that is happening. It is not a matter of belief; they admit what means they are using. Waking up somebody every five minutes, making him sleep on a kind of sheet which gives you burns if you move in your sleep, not allowing him any movement: That is torture. They are probably trying to break him in order to reach Julian Assange, while WikiLeaks is just an intermediary. It is crazy that they are going only after Julian Assange, because he worked together with a whole set of media, but he is an easy target.
(Deckmyn) You mean that they want to attack him as a symbol?
(Jonsdottir) Yes. I assume so. We will see what happens. Well, what is currently happening around Assange, that case in Britain; that has nothing to do with the United States.
Sexual Offenses Case
(Deckmyn) Assange himself is convinced that America is behind the attempts to have him extradited to Sweden in a sexual offenses case.
(Jonsdottir) Then what evidence is there for that?
(Deckmyn) You are working to make Iceland a kind of haven for freedom of information and freedom of expression. Where did that idea come from?
(Jonsdottir) It began with John Perry Barlow - one of the founders of the Electronic Frontier Foundation. He was in Iceland in 2008, and he talked at th e Digital Freedom Society conference about that idea of a "Switzerland of the bytes." The following year, that idea also formed the nub of the speeches which Julian Assange and Daniel Domscheit-Berg delivered at the DFS conference. When I heard them say that Iceland could make a difference in this sphere, I immediately thought: Yes! I know that in times of crisis very bad laws are often made, but I thought: Let us seize upon this time of crisis in order to make something good. So I brought together a number of people - Assange, Daniel, Rop Gonggrijp, and a number of others. We brainstormed and researched intensively for a month, and then we wrote the proposal. WikiLeaks's contribution was that it had practical experience as regards the question of which laws work and which laws do not work in order to keep information online, keep sources secret, and repel all judicial attacks.
(Deckmyn) What are the most important threats to freedom of information today?
(Jonsdottir) The first one is that all the media are in a very fragile state. More and more people are finding their news online and no longer buying newspapers, but the media have not yet found a way to make money online, so they are badly off financially. And who is then the first casualty? Investigative journalism, because it is expensive, while somebody who makes cut and paste reports about Britney Spears does not cost much and generates many clicks.
At the same time, the media are also exposed to another threat. Lawyers have found ways to block reports. Our historical archives are being changed and falsified every day. As BP chief, I can have a report of 10 years ago which I do not like removed from the historical archives.
There are also the super-injunctions which have developed in Britain, with which reports can be blocked. And then you have attempts to turn off the internet, as in Egypt and Libya. There is a bill in the American Senate nicknamed the internet kill switch which gives them the power to turn off the internet.
And the greatest danger for freedom of information is for people to be asleep. They do not understand that when telecom companies filter your internet, they filter out more than you want. In Iceland, the internet companies offer a filter to block porno, but it also blocks shareware websites. Australia has a very controversial filter. China has filters. But in that threat also lies an enormous opportunity, because, as we have seen in Egypt, Tunisia, and other countries; they tried to turn off the internet, but it backfired. The information which leaked out was paid extra attention.
(Deckmyn) How will history look back on WikiLeaks?
(Jonsdottir) Hard to say. I believe that they have changed the debate on freedom of information, lack of transparency, the need for stronger laws to protect sources, and so forth. They are the icebreaker. If you look at real icebreakers, they all look very dented, and you never know when they will be holed, but they have created space for others.
(Deckmyn) And how will history view Julian Assange?
(Jonsdottir) I do not know.
(Description of Source: Groot Bijgaarden De Standaard Online in Dutch -- Website of right-of-center daily; URL: http://www.standaard.be)
Former Head of MI6, the British Secret Intelligence Service, off-the-record speech ends up on YouTube - March 2, 2011

RAWREPLAY - March 3, 2011 - By Stephen C. Webster

http://www.rawstory.com/rawreplay/2011/03/former-mi6-chief-credits-wikileaks-with-revolutions/

Friday, February 25, 2011

My People - by Yusuf (Cat Stevens)

The song was recorded in a studio close to the Berlin Wall which fell in 1989 paving the way for the unification of Germany and the collapse of communism in Europe.

Yusuf interview with Riz Khan on Al Jazeera, Feb 24, 2011:



1976 - Live

STASI

Stasi - East Germany's Secret Police

More on STATSI

Documentary by Christian Gierke - 60 min
Film Europa - Released January 18, 2008
Ref: ASIN :B0012S6396

The documentary
"STASI" was the largest secret police in those days. One in 50 adults in East Germany were collaborators of the Stasi.
Notorius for torture of dissents, disguised isolation camps, hidden bunkers, reconnaissance planes, eavesdropping stations and East Germany's secret execution site.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Elected Officials - a target for the "Owners of the Weather"

Report: U.S. Army Ordered Psy-Ops to Sway Lawmakers on Backing Afghan War

First Published by
Rolling Stone Magazine -By Michael Hastings - February 23, 2011
"
Another Runaway General: Army Deploys Psy-Ops on U.S. Senators"

Read the Article at:
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/another-runaway-general-army-deploys-psy-ops-on-u-s-senators-20110223?page=2



FOR MORE:
Michael Hastings of Rolling Stone on the Story that Brought Down Gen. McChrystal and Exposed Widening Disputes Behind the US Debacle in Afghanistan



UPDATE : June 19, 2013
Journalist Michael Hastings Killed in Car Accident; A Look Back at His Interviews on Democracy Now!



Vigilants vs. Vigilants

SPIES AND ASSASSINS ANYWHERE, EVERYWHERE, ANYTIME.
Who is Raymond? The Raymond Incident (.. the one in Pakistan..)
On January 27, 2011, Raymond Allen Davis, a contractor with the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), killed two men in Lahore, Pakistan. A car coming to help him killed a third Pakistani man in a "hit and run" style.
THE TELEGRAPH
By Rob Crilly, Islamabad 4:33PM GMT 22 Feb 2011
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/8340999/Raymond-Davis-was-acting-head-of-CIA-in-Pakistan.html

"Raymond Davis 'was acting head of CIA in Pakistan' A US intelligence agent arrested after shooting dead two men was the acting head of the CIA in Pakistan and had been gathering intelligence for drone attacks, according to intelligence sources."

MORE ON THE CASE:
The Guardian UK
"US gives fresh details of CIA agent who killed two men in Pakistan shootout"
US reveals that CIA agent Raymond Davis worked for private security firm Xe, formerly known as Blackwater
By Ewen MacAskill and Declan Walsh
The Guardian, Monday 21 February 2011 21.48 GMT
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/feb/21/raymond-davis-pakistan-cia-blackwater


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Getting Used to it?

CIA Spy (contractor) from Colorado goes abroad, lies, deceits and even kills civilians and "so what?"
Raymond A. Davis' story is apparently very unique since it would be abhorrent, to say the least , that CIA spies (and contractors) are authorized and even protected to do anything they feel like doing to, for and in these "weak countries".
On January 27, 2011, Raymond A. Davis , US national, shot dead two Pakistani civilians, Mohammad Faheem and Faizan Haider, on a busy Lahore thoroughfare, whom he claims were were about to rob him.

(The Guardian UK - by Declan Walsh - Feb 20 2011
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/20/cia-agent-lahore-civilian-deaths?intcmp=239 )
As a vehicle from the US consulate in Lahore tried to rescue Davis, it hit and killed a third person, Ebadur Rehman.
Davis shot the two men through his windshield with his 9mm Glock pistol and he even admitted that he fired at Faizan from the back.
After the shooting, Davis is alleged to have exited his car to take pictures and videos of his victims with his cell phone.
Davis attempted to escape the scene of the shooting in his vehicle but was apprehended by two traffic wardens and handed over to police.
On February 6, 2011, CNN reported that  Shumaila, the widow of Muhammad Faheem, committed suicide after taking poisonous pills. 
Widow of man shot by American commits suicide in Pakistan
By Reza Sayah, CNN
February 6, 2011 8:44

http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/02/06/pakistan.us.shooting/index.html?_s=PM:WORLD
According to hospital sources, Shumaila said: - "I was under shock". And she stated that she took poison because she was not expecting justice in Raymond Davis case and she feared Davis could be released without trial. After taking the poison pills she was rushed to the hospital but died on the same day.
On April 30, 2012, CNN reported that relatives of man killed by Davis were found dead:
"Relatives of man killed by CIA contractor found dead"
From Shaan Khan, CNN
updated 9:20 AM EDT, Mon April 30, 2012
http://www.cnn.com/2012/04/30/world/asia/pakistan-cia-victim-family
On February 20, The Guardian UK broke the news that Raymond is a CIA spy.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/feb/20/us-raymond-davis-lahore-cia?INTCMP=SRCH
Raymond is not being charged with espionage. He has been charged with two counts of murder and one of illegal weapon possession.
At the end of the day, Raymond is a very fortunate man, a non ordinary one, for sure.
He has diplomatic immunity - American Diplomatic Immunity. And in these "weak countries" , it looks like that acts like his are just "international embarrassments" to overcome.
Fortunately, Canada, besides being no small mice, is not Pakistan! They would NEVER, EVER do such brutal unsophisticated kind of things here !

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American Raymond Davis' police interview after shooting two Pakistanis dead - The Telegraph - UK -Feb 10, 2011
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/pakistan/8316093/American-Raymond-Davis-police-interview-after-shooting-two-Pakistanis-dead.html

Monday, February 21, 2011

" Kids For Cash " - Pennsylvania Judicial kickbacks

KIDS FOR CASH

http://kidsforcashthemovie.com/

Trailer


More:

Kids For Cash: Inside One of the Nation’s Most Shocking Juvenile Justice Scandals - DemocracyNow.org

Feb 4, 2014 (update)

http://www.democracynow.org/2014/2/4/kids_for_cash_inside_one_of

Sunday, February 20, 2011

February 2010 - One Year Ago

Rapists and murderer Russel Willians interviewed by OPP Detective Sergeant Jim Smyth on February 7, 2010:


See also post October 20, 2010

Requiem For a Dream - The music - Frodo's Journey

"...choose you this day whom ye will serve.." Joshua 24:15

LORD of THE RINGS - The Movie

LOrd

Requiem For a Dream - The music - The journey as presented

"REQUIEM FOR A DREAM"- The Movie
Sara Goldfarb , the Red Dress and the Sadistic pathologic sick liers ...all kinds

Torture and destruction in a delusional sadistic context , as presented.
Performers, sadism, delusion, threats, death and more...all in one!

PRETTY WOMAN!!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Playing with Rape and walking away with it

"We are not in the business of rape !!" Really?

Friday, February 11, 2011

U.S. Chamber of Commerce plots against "opponents"

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, has been working with “private security” and lobbying firms to attack and undermine "opponents".

The companies involved are, among others, Hunton and Williams, whose attorneys solicited private security firms HB Gary Federal, Palantir, and Berico Technologies (Team Themis collectively) to develop a sabotage campaign against certain "opponents".

The private spy company investigated members of the family, including children, of the so called U.S. Chamber of Commerce "opponents".

Aaron Barr, an executive at HB Gary Federal circulated emails and documents with personal lives details and even photos of the opponents' family including their children.

Details were revealed by one of the targets of the action - ThinkProgress.org.

In an email from Aaron Barr to Hunton & Williams attorney John Woods, he points out to the need of reducing exposure so that he won't be identified and shows how Woods and another fellow Hunton attorney Richard Wyatt are "vulnerable" in social media.

The three security companies - Palantir Technologies, HBGary Federal and Berico Technologies - were also implicated in a plot to target the online whistleblower WikiLeaks and some of its prominent supporters

Full Article at ThinkProgress.org

http://thinkprogress.org/2011/02/10/chamberleaks-target-families/

Omar Suleiman the torturer and friend of torture regimes

(Omar Suleiman was appointed vice president by recently resigned Egypt Dictator Hosni Mubarak)

In his memoir, My Story: The Tale of a Terrorist Who Wasn’t, Egyptian-born Australian citizen Mamdouh Habib tells about his torture by Omar Suleiman himself.


More on the Topic:


Suleiman: The CIA's man in Cairo - Opinion - Al Jazeera English

Feb 7, 2011 - Al Jazeera English

http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/02/201127114827382865.ht

Torture Confessions: "Tell Me What the Thruth Is !"


GOYA - 1746-1828

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes
(30 March 1746 – 16 April 1828)



Guillotine
Goya -
1824-1828









Los Caprichos
Goya -
1799











Cannibals
- From the series "Disasters of War"
Goya - 1800-1805






"Qué hai que hacer mas? " (English: "What more can one do?" )
From the series "Disasters of War"

Goya - 1800-1805


Goya's Ghosts - The Movie


"TELL ME WHAT THE TRUTH IS! "

The Spanish Inquisition, the rape and torture of Ines, Goya's view on Torture: "People will confess to anything under torture"

Trailer

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

House of Commons Hearing: Briefing on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Canada - House of Commons

Hearing on Feb 8, 2011 - Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security (SECU) - Meeting 52

Briefing on the Royal Canadian Mounted Police

WATCH/LISTEN AT PARL VU:

Click on the title above or visit:

http://www2.parl.gc.ca/CommitteeBusiness/CommitteeMeetings.aspx?Language=E&Mode=1&Parl=40&Ses=3&Cmte=SECU#DT20110208SECUMEE52

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

"YOU ARE JUST A FLY!!!!!"

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Canadian News from Egypt - 1957

History:
Canadian Diplomat John Watkins Death under RCMP/CIA Interrogation - 1964
In 1964, under pressure from the chief of the American Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) counter-intelligence (CI) staff James Jesus Angleton, John Watkins, formerly Canadian Ambassador to the USSR, was secretly detained in a hotel in Montréal, Quebec by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the CIA under accusations of being an "agent of influence".
Watkins died during the interrogation but his official obituary, signed by an RCMP officer, claimed he suffered a heart attack during celebrations with friends.
It was only in 1980 that the RCMP, after continuous refusal to hand over the full report about Watkins death claiming "national security" reasons, finally admitted that Watkins had died under police interrogation in the Montréal hotel room. He was not an "agent of influence" and he was not a traitor.
Canadian Diplomat
Herbert Norman Death in Egypt - 1957
Previously, it was Watkins' fellow Canadian diplomat Herbert Norman who was accused by Americans of being a Communist and possibly a Soviet agent.

In 1957, while serving as Canada's ambassador to Egypt and under pressure by the accusations against him, Norman is said to have committed suicide.

The following CBC clip is the announcement of his death:

Canadian ambassador jumps to his death in Egypt

CBC Broadcast Date: April 4, 1957 - Canadian Diplomat Herbert Norman
http://archives.cbc.ca/on_this_day/04/04/

Friday, February 4, 2011

Woman Abuser gets "National Security" Tools to Play with

A woman got stranded in Pakistan for three years after a man decided to rid himself of her by simply placing her, his wife, on a terrorist watch list.

As an agent at an UK Border Agency’s headquarter, he had top security clearance and access to the terrorist watch list.

His act was only detected, looks like, because he could not secure the complicity necessary to keep it protected from scrutiny and his personal vendetta came to light accidentaly after he applied for a promotion and a background check revealed that his wife was on the terrorist watch list.

More at:

WIRED - Threat Level - by Kim Zetter - Feb 3, 2011
http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2011/02/uk-border-fired/


Mail Online - by Steve Doughty - January 30, 2011
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1351937/Immigration-officer-fired-putting-wife-list-terrorists-stop-flying-home.html#ixzz1CuSYu8eM

UK Immigration Matters - by Charles Kelly - February 1, 2011
http://www.immigrationmatters.co.uk/immigration-officer-sacked-after-abusing-his-position-by-putting-wife-on-terrorist-list-to-stop-her-entering-uk.html

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Jewish prayers for Egypt's uprising

Jewish prayers for Egypt's uprising
Many Jews from around the world support Egyptian self-determination because of Judaism's own historic past with Egypt.
Rabbi Michael Lerner - Tikkun Synagogue in Berkeley, California

Full text:
http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/opinion/2011/02/2011218490882163.html




Egypt Updates from Al Jazeera English: Live Stream


http://english.aljazeera.net/watch_now/

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Accomplices to Criminal activities Infiltrated in the Police Force .. in Texas

Crime Stoppers Coordinator: getting the calls, getting the tips, getting the money

Dallas Police Officer Charged With Stealing From Crime Stoppers « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

Sunday, January 30, 2011

"...choose you this day whom ye will serve.." Joshua 24:15

Egypt's intelligence chief Omar Suleiman is being reported as the possible next president of Egypt.

It also looks like that he is respected by US officials for his cooperation with the Torture Program, as Jane Mayer explains in her book "The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How The War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals"

"Each rendition was authorized at the very top levels of both governments….The long-serving chief of the Egyptian central intelligence agency, Omar Suleiman, negotiated directly with top Agency officials. [Former U.S. Ambassador to Egypt] Walker described the Egyptian counterpart, Suleiman, as “very bright, very realistic,” adding that he was cognizant that there was a downside to “some of the negative things that the Egyptians engaged in, of torture and so on. But he was not squeamish, by the way” (pp. 113).

Aljazeera commentators described him as a distinguished and respected man and also reported that in October 1981, his brother
Khalid Ahmed Showqi al-Islambouli arranged and carried out the assassination of president Mubarak's predecessor, Anwar Sadat, during a military parade.
http://english.aljazeera.net/Services/Search/?q=Omar%20Suleiman





No wonder "the dark cloud" persists.

A 2006 documentary: "American Inquisition"

"On September 11 terrorists tried to change America forever. Well, they succeeded."





Friday, January 28, 2011

Torture, Sadism, Suicide Orders, Impunity in Ancient Rome: Julian - Claudian's Ancestry

"Power over Life and Death - Don't be proud of it. Whatever they fear from you, you'll be threatened with." Seneca (the Younger)


Julio-Claudian Dynasty



http://education-portal.com/academy/lesson/emperors-of-the-julio-claudian-dynasty.html#lesson

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Torture Program - Australian Official (s) Participation

Australia joined Britain, Germany, Poland, Spain, and Italy in conducting formal investigations into American renditions to Torture Program operations on their soil or involving their government personnel


Published on Jan Jan 18, 2011 - Harper's Magazine : No Comment - by Scott Horton

Australia Opens Probe of CIA Rendition

http://harpers.org/archive/2011/01/hbc-90007921



Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Sunday, January 2, 2011

" The Game" (but watch out for the assassins after playing)


Via Jeux