Stay Informed: Who is John Yoo?
He is the young Justice Department lawyer — thirty-four at the time — who wrote the Bush administration's first decisions on prisoner detention, interrogation, habeas corpus, military commissions, and the Geneva Conventions. He is the man who defined torture as pain equivalent to "death or organ failure," who said that the president could crush the testicles of a child to make his father talk, who picked the lock on Pandora's box and unleashed the demons of Abu Ghraib. (Source: Esquire)
From this PDF obtained by The Washington Post I have transcribed a portion of an Iraqi detainees testimony to a Titan Corp translator detailing horror in Abu Gharib.
I saw REDACTED fucking a kid, his age would be about 15 - 18 years. The kid was hurting very bad and they covered all the doors with sheets. Then when I heard the screaming I climbed the door because on top it wasn't covered, and I saw REDACTED who was in military uniform putting his dick in the little kids ass.
They put the sheets again on the door. Grainer and his helper they cuffed one prisoner in room #1, named REDACTED, he was an Iraqi citizen. They tied him to the bed and they were inserted the phosphoric light in his ass and he was yelling for God's help.
The web address on that PDF is media.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/world/iraq/abughraib/151108.pdf. How long they have had this info and neglected to report on it I cannot guess.
How much of a failure for our Democracy is it when the media covers up these war crimes, and instead gives us Dick and Liz Cheney to defend themselves and claim without opposition that these crimes were just fine and even necessary.
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Stay Informed: U.S. Has Detained 2,500 Juveniles as Enemy Combatants
By Walter Pincus Washington Post
The United States has detained approximately 2,500 people younger than 18 as illegal enemy combatants in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay since 2002, according to a report filed by the Bush administration with the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child.
Although 2,400 of the juveniles were captured in Iraq after the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003, only 500 are still held in detention facilities in that country. The administration's report, which was made public yesterday by the American Civil Liberties Union, says that most of the detained Iraqi youths were "engaging in anti-coalition activity."
As of last month, 10 juveniles were still being held in Bagram, Afghanistan, out of 90 that had been captured in that country since 2002, according to the report. (Source: Washington Post)
While General Hamid Zabar was being questioned in Iraq, his interrogators decided to arrest his frail 16-year-old son in order to produce a confession. After soldiers found the boy, he was stripped, drenched with mud and water, and exposed to the cold January night while bound and driven about in the open back of a truck. When presented naked to his father, he was shivering due to hypothermia, clearly needing medical attention.
What better way to get someone to admit to anything, anything, no matter how false, than to make them endure the torture and suffering of their own children.
After researching this diary, my attitude has changed. I say fuck these soldiers who committed these crimes. There should be no immunity for those who were just "following orders". If they did this on their own they should be severely punished. But Bush and Cheney ordered American soldiers to rape and torture and no God will ever have mercy on us. (Source: Obama releases Bush torture memos Insects, sleep deprivation and waterboarding among approved techniques by the Bush administration.)
And Cheney has said that he'd like to do it again.
So, how do you manufacture an insurgency that justifies the need to "fight the war on terror there, instead of here"? How do you justify staying no matter how long to finish the job?
Well, for starters, imprisoning, beating and raping a nations sons and daughters will do the trick. Imagine if these were Americas children. How would you react if this was your kids.
You'd probably want revenge.
From jailing children together with adults in prisons where they were raped to failing to notify their parents of their arrest, the U.S. committed numerous war crimes against children in Afghanistan and Iraq, a new book on President Bush states.
~snip~ "American guards videotaped Iraqi male prisoners raping young boys but took no action to stop the offenses (and) children in Abu Ghraib were deliberately frightened by dogs," writes political scientist Michael Haas in his new book, "George W. Bush, War Criminal?"(Praeger), a question he answers in the affirmative.
Children tortured before parents, raped, all covered up by Bush/Cheney and our media
Perhaps the worst incident at Abu Ghraib involved a girl aged 12 or 13 who screamed for help to her brother in an upper cell while stripped naked and beaten. Iraqi journalist Suhaib Badr-Addin al-Baz, who heard the girl’s screams, also witnessed an ill 15-year-old who was forced to run up and down with two heavy cans of water and beaten whenever he stopped. When he finally collapsed, guards stripped and poured cold water on him. Finally, a hooded man was brought in. When unhooded, the boy realized that the man was his father, who doubtless was being intimidated into confessing something upon sight of his brutalized son.
They did it brazenly in front of other prisoners. Nothing but a sheet separated the sound of screaming and the torment of children. This is how you create your own insurgency.
According to the bipartisan Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan, the level of corruption by defense contractors may be as high as $60 billion. Disciplined soldiers that would traditionally do many of the tasks are commissioned by private and publicly listed companies.
I was in Iraq 2004-2005 and traveled a bit. I was shocked at the size and scope of the KBR footprint. They were into everything, feeding the troops, rebuilding infrastructure etc. I remember thinking that if the average tax payer saw what I saw, they would be pissed...I was.
Cheney's Halliburton Made $39.5 Billion on Iraq War
By Angelo Young, International Business Times
The accounting of the financial cost of the nearly decade-long Iraq War will go on for years, but a recent analysis has shed light on the companies that made money off the war by providing support services as the privatization of what were former U.S. military operations rose to unprecedented levels.
Private or publicly listed firms received at least $138 billion of U.S. taxpayer money for government contracts for services that included providing private security, building infrastructure and feeding the troops.
The No. 1 recipient?
Houston-based energy-focused engineering and construction firm KBR, Inc. (NYSE:KBR), which was spun off from its parent, oilfield services provider Halliburton Co. (NYSE:HAL), in 2007.
The company was given $39.5 billion in Iraq-related contracts over the past decade, with many of the deals given without any bidding from competing firms, such as a $568-million contract renewal in 2010 to provide housing, meals, water and bathroom services to soldiers, a deal that led to a Justice Department lawsuit over alleged kickbacks, as reported by Bloomberg.
The Bush Administration attempted to redefine the meaning of "child" by stating that a child by U.S. standards is 16 years old or younger, not the 18 years or younger mandate required by Geneva law. Much like the attempt to redefine "Prisoner of War" by calling captured people on or near battlefields as "enemy combatants", the Bush Administration insisted on making up the rules as they went along. Even then, by their own new standard of what is legal the Bush Administration was still acting outside even their own newest version of the law.
According to American political Scientist Michael Hass at least 800 children between the ages of 10 and 15 years old were captured in Afghanistan, of which 64 were sent to Guantanamo bay.
Haas notes that Protocol 1 of the 1977 Geneva Convention states "No Party to the conflict shall arrange for the evacuation of children, other than its own nationals, to a foreign country" unless written consent of the parents is obtained.
And yet Iraqi never took part in the attacks on 9/11 and no Iraqi ever attacked America or committed any crimes against America. We tortured innocent civilian women, children and men for no other reason than to create more terrorist to justify our over bloated military budgets.
Ronald Reagan Hosted Taliban 'Freedom Fighters' At The Oval Office (picture above right)
Before 9/11, you're either a criminal or a soldier. What the government said was, We want a third category where the black shade is drawn, where there are no protections whatsoever, where there is no law.
What Yoo should have done was look at the Eighth Amendment, which forbids cruel and unusual punishment. He should have considered international treaties against torture and cruelty and civil rights along with a host of domestic laws and statutes. But Yoo wasn't acting as an honest lawyer. As the Padilla lawsuit states, he was "a key member of a small, secretive group of executive officials who exerted tremendous influence over antiterrorism policy and who were known as the 'War Council.' So he bent the law to justify a course of action he was already determined to take.
Everyone reviewed his war memo. Ashcroft signed off. And Congress passed the Authorization to Use Military Force with only one opposing vote.
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Americans will be sent to Gitmo
By Christopher R Rice
In 2008, the Bush administration opened a criminal inquiry into whether the CIA destroyed videotapes of interrogations. After taking office in 2009, the Obama administration expanded the inquiry to include whether the interrogation program’s activity involved criminal conduct.
In 2012, the Obama administration closed the criminal inquiry. Then Attorney General Eric Holder said that not enough evidence existed for criminal prosecution, including the death of two detainees.
And back in 2009 I wrote that if we didn't prosecute Bush and Co. for war crimes that future presidents would have powers outside the US Constitution. And would still have the right to kidnap, torture, hold indefinitely, without bail or charges anyone, even US citizens. And that every country to use torture eventually uses it on their own citizens. Now, we have a President who publicly, wants to torture not just the alleged terrorist but also their wives and children. So I will ask you again, if the US can flagrantly disregard international laws then what good are they? (Source: Trump's impending executive order heralds 'dangerous' return to torture, official warns)
Explain this, Al Qaeda has no army, no navy, no air force and no military budget and we are expected to believe that the best equipped military in the world can not defeat a bunch of goat herders in fourteen fucking years. And has the war-on-terror made us any safer? Do you feel safe? Let's look at the facts shall we?
THE WAR ON TERROR IS FAKE FOLLOW THE MONEY
Dick Cheney knew that Saddam and Osama Bin Laden were ideological enemies and there were no connections between them.
Saddam ran a secular regime and had to suppress Islamic Extremism within Iraq (and the wider Muslim world) in order to remain in power.
Osama Bin Laden's stated aim was to set up a Global Caliphate and institute Sharia Law.
Dick Cheney knew there was no evidence to connect Saddam with 9/11.
Dick Cheney knew there are two main ways of producing false information by getting people to tell lies.
You can bribe people to tell lies.
You can threaten people into telling lies. Torture is a very good way of threatening people - it causes them actual physical harm and they will say whatever they think the torturers want to hear in order to stop the torture.
Cheney used both methods to obtain false statements on Iraq. He used bribery on people like Chalabi (with promises of future power) and bribes on potential sources within Saddam's regime about Saddam's non-existent WMD programs.
He used torture on the prisoners the US had recently captured in Afghanistan and elsewhere.
U.S. spy agencies have built an intelligence-gathering colossus since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but remain unable to provide critical information to the president on a range of national security threats, according to the government’s top-secret budget. (Read more: CIA's Black budget
Spending by the CIA has surged past that of every other spy agency, with $14.7 billion in requested funding for 2013. But the CIA couldn't even keep the Russians from meddling in our elections, so what are they doing with all that money?
AMERICA (the CIA) CREATED THE TERRORIST GROUP AL QAEDA in 1979
Interview with Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Jimmy Carter's National Security Adviser
By Le Nouvel Observateur, Paris, 15-21 January 1998
Question: The former director of the CIA, Robert Gates, stated in his memoirs ["From the Shadows"], that American intelligence services began to aid the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan 6 months before the Soviet intervention. In this period you were the national security adviser to President Carter. You therefore played a role in this affair. Is that correct?
Brzezinski: Yes. According to the official version of history, CIA aid to the Mujahadeen began during 1980, that is to say, after the Soviet army invaded Afghanistan, 24 Dec 1979. But the reality, secretly guarded until now, is completely otherwise. Indeed, it was July 3, 1979 that President Carter signed the first directive for secret aid to the opponents of the pro-Soviet regime in Kabul. And that very day, I wrote a note to the president in which I explained to him that in my opinion this aid was going to induce a Soviet military intervention.
Q: Despite this risk, you were an advocate of this covert action. But perhaps you yourself desired this Soviet entry into war and looked to provoke it?
B: It isn't quite that. We didn't push the Russians to intervene, but we knowingly increased the probability that they would.
Q: When the Soviets justified their intervention by asserting that they intended to fight against a secret involvement of the United States in Afghanistan, people didn't believe them. However, there was a basis of truth. You don't regret anything today?
B: Regret what? That secret operation was an excellent idea. It had the effect of drawing the Russians into the Afghan trap and you want me to regret it? The day that the Soviets officially crossed the border, I wrote to President Carter.
We now have the opportunity of giving to the USSR its Vietnam war. Indeed, for almost 10 years, Moscow had to carry on a war unsupportable by the government, a conflict that brought about the demoralization and finally the breakup of the Soviet empire.
Q: And neither do you regret having supported the Islamic fundamentalism, having given arms and advice to future terrorists?
B: What is most important to the history of the world? The Taliban or the collapse of the Soviet empire? Some stirred-up Moslems or the liberation of Central Europe and the end of the cold war?
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This statement was made by Kasim Mehaddi Hilas, who abused by Charles Grainer at Abu Ghraib and witnessed many photos being taken by soldiers in Abu Gharib. Many of those photos, I believe, that detail violent rape and torture are among those the Obama Administration refuses to make public. (Source: In Reversal, Obama Seeks to Block Abuse Photos)
Hilas, who was himself threatened with being sexually assaulted in Abu Graib, then describes in horrific detail how the soldier raped "the little kid".
Why would we want to drag out the war in Iraq? Why would we fuel the insurgency by raping and abusing Iraqi's right in front of other Iraqi's?
The overtime, of course. If the job dries up, so does the money, and that makes military defense contractors cry.
These horrors were covered up by Bush/Cheney and ignored by our lapdog corporate right wing press. Sure they ran stories about torture, but I must have just missed their Sunday Child Detainee Rape and Torture Edition. Who benefits from a prolonged invasion of Iraq? The military contractors who charged the U.S. government whatever they felt like on their no-bid contracts, of course. That is cost plus, mind you. Follow the money...
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