Know them by their fruit
words attributed to Jesus speaking in Aramaic
Circus of Killing — 2004
      Falluja, nothing to come back to      
      Georgia — expansion into Nato      
      — consequences for Iraq     
      US air strikes and bombings over Iraq — Fallujah and Sadr City photos      
      Thailand Buddhist Muslim conflict continues    
      Nobel Peace Prize Lecture Wangari Maathai — Tree Planter      
      Nicaraguan contra cocaine drug war and the CIA      
        Press killed Gary Webb career — remarkable exposé by Counterpunch       
      Media using race — the dog whistle     
      Shia and Sunni      
      Uzbekistan — tight government control and torture      
      Rest in Peace America — Part Two — The Empire      
      Fallujah photos — War — lunacy, bewilderment, panic, fear invading body, then death.      
       Fallujah Iraq photos — The War Culture — Enemy called Satan      
      Bhopal      
      Children      
      — Death injury of children      
       — American appetite for ever-expanding       
      array of products and goods      
       — The War Culture      
      'I told myself I wouldn't be killed'      
      US nation — bickering about smoking      
      Depleted Uranium — November 2004 study      
      Columbus, Cortez, Indians, and the scam known as American civilization      
      Kevin Sites - his excuses for showing the world a person being shot by a marine      
      Storm clouds from heaven     
US once great nation transformed into a neo fascist nightmare      
Inside Fallujah — A family speaks of the terror      
Fallujah attacked by 10,000-15,000 occupying soldiers      
Florida election tapes thrown out      
Beslan, music and children      
The Empire
Yasser Arafat — I shall not look upon his like again 
NASA scientist shows Bush wired in debate
U.S. Soldier Injury
Fallujah    
Vietnam, Palestine, Taba, Iraq — October photos of the Third World War   
Depleted Uranium — its use in Afghanistan, Iraq, Balkans — October images   
Iraq — the only way to liberate my country 
U.S. to Israel:
— An apocalypse of Evil being created
— 500 'bunker buster' bombs  
U.S. destructive, psychotic fantasy:    The War On Terror
Third World War — Chechnya, Iraq, Palestine, Afghanistan, and Death 
U.S. Supreme Court appoints a president  — death in Iraq — September/October pictures     
Robertson warns Bush not God's wish     
Popularity of U.S.A.     
Vote count that will never be believed — U.S. election November — death and decimation, October pictures     
Election stolen for Bush
U.S. Bombing of Fallujah
— Chechnya, North Ossetia, Ingushetia — Third World War continued
Men fit to be slaves
Japan changes its history
Kofi Annan:  Iraq war illegal
Najaf, Basra, Sadr City — War and Death in Iraq — August 2004 photos
Aid agencies compromised by US actions
Dimona Reactor threat
Iran tests missile — Israel postures
Ronald Reagan to now
Prison Bitch
Army medics and doctors aided torture
      US soldiers sent to Iraq committing suicide      
      NSA coverup - Vietnam - Kerry      
       Afghanistan - Terror, Torture, Poppy cultivation, Opium       
       He was a young boy       
       and he spent three days in the detainee facilities       
Aral Sea loss, Anthrax, Uzbekistan, Muslims, and the U.S.
      Venezuela       
       The elections of Hugo Chávez        
Ford destroying environment cars
Hiroshima, Nagasaki — the bombs that incinerated 200,000 people — George Weller report
The misery of Iraq July 2004:
The House of Saud and Bush
All with U.S. Money:
More on the building of the wall.        US and Israel's use of chemical agents
'Suicide bombings,' the angel said, 'and beheadings.'
'And the others that have all the power — they fly missiles in the sky.
They don't even look at the people they kill.'
Israeli Atrocities
FBI knocking on door
All with U.S. Money:
Israel agents stole identity of New Zealand cerebral palsy victim
(IsraelNN.com   July 15, 2004)   The Foreign Ministry will take steps towards restoring relations with New Zealand.   New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark today announced she was implementing diplomatic sanctions after two Israelis were sentenced on charges of attempting to obtain illegal passports.   Despite Israeli refusal to respond to the accusations, the two are labeled in the New Zealand media as Mossad agents acting on behalf of the Israeli intelligence community.
Foreign Ministry officials stated they will do everything possible to renew diplomatic ties, expressing sorrow over the “unfortunate incident”.
Tom Delay's tainted Ethics committee
Antoine de Saint-Exupery death
Suicide now top killer of Israeli soldiers
Kill ratio Korea, Vietnam, Iraq: World War Two soldiers did not kill
Rally at Karl Rove's house
Hip Hop Convention
       The real Ronald Reagan       
       — America        I
       The real Ronald Reagan       
       — Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, South Africa        
U.S. debt
Should the dam break, as attempts are being made in Saudi Arabia.
        When you talk with God        
         were you also spending your time, money and energy, killing people?         
       Are they now alive or dead?       Follow the torture trail...
“But here's a revealing fact:  In early 1968, the Boston Globe conducted a survey of 39 major U.S. daily newspapers and found that not a single one had editorialized in favor of U.S. withdrawal from Vietnam.    While millions of Americans were demanding an immediate pullout, such a concept was still viewed as extremely unrealistic by the editorial boards of big daily papers — including the liberal New York Times and Washington Post.
Yes, some editorials fretted about a quagmire.    But the emphasis was on developing a winnable strategy — not ending the war.    Pull out the U.S. troops?    The idea was unthinkable.”
Bush - two-decade-long drinking problem and possible thought disorders
Broke the spell of Mongol invincibility
Blair:   The most dangerous person in the world.
Moore film Fahrenheit 9/11 not politics, best film
General Myers and this pretense of a 'civilized' army
In an interview with French weekly Le Journal du Dimanche, released before publication on Sunday, Turki said he had warned US administrator Paul Bremer of the abuse in November 2003.
Pan-Iraqi group formed to oppose occupation of Iraq
al-Sadr city
In their sickness they do this
Ahmed and Asma, story of two children dying
Ambulances blown up      US troop snipers      Co-ordinated plan by US Military
Iraq — photos one year later
US missiles — US money — and Palestine
The pretense being forced upon us of eradicating terrorism is as ridiculous as a concept as the idea of eradicating the wish for freedom
Independent on Sunday May 23, 2004 — http://news.independent.co.uk
By Raymond Whitaker in London and Justin Huggler in Baghdad
...chunks of flesh and hanks of women's hair scattered across a scene of devastation.   Among the few recognisable objects are musical instruments.
...Footage of flesh, hair and musical instruments was filmed by a video crew that reached the location of what local people say was a wedding party attacked without warning by the Americans, killing women and children.
The instruments belonged to the band of Hussein Ali, one of Iraq's most famous wedding singers, whose relatives buried him in Baghdad last week....
Click here for more pictures and story
Ahmed and Asma, story of two children dying
Cost of Iraq war
"History," he said.   "We won't know.   We'll all be dead."
Ronald Reagan
Falluja siege April, 2004

Small child killed as part of the mass killings by coalition occupation forces.

Photo: Al-Jazeera, aljazeera.net
Al-Jazeera photo of small child killed as part of the mass killings by coalition occupation forces April, 2004
Photo: Al-Jazeera, aljazeera.net
Deaths of what reliable studies now put at multi-thousands of people: civilians and mostly conscript Iraqi soldiers
War images
I must be insane?       Images of the start of the war
     Iraqi rebels turning to defeat United States     
      I am ready to sacrifice the rest of my family to defeat America. 
  And God willing we will defeat her      
The Madness of Tony Blair - Paranoia, Apocalyptic, Delusional
— his false belief strongly held in spite of invalidating evidence.
Nuclear Hypocrisy
Japan blasts Koizumi
The stovepipe
Al Gore — Former Vice President of the United States
Excerpts from foreign policy address given at New York University May 26, 2004:
George W. Bush promised us a foreign policy with humility. Instead, he has brought us humiliation in the eyes of the world.
He promised to "restore honor and integrity to the White House."   Instead, he has brought deep dishonor to our country and built a durable reputation as the most dishonest President since Richard Nixon.
Honor?   He decided not to honor the Geneva Convention.   Just as he would not honor the United Nations, international treaties, the opinions of our allies, the role of Congress and the courts, or what Jefferson described as "a decent respect for the opinion of mankind."   He did not honor the advice, experience and judgment of our military leaders in designing his invasion of Iraq.   And now he will not honor our fallen dead by attending any funerals or even by permitting photos of their flag-draped coffins.
...More disturbing still was their frequent use of the word "dominance" to describe their strategic goal, because an American policy of dominance is as repugnant to the rest of the world as the ugly dominance of the helpless, naked Iraqi prisoners has been to the American people.   Dominance is as dominance does.
Dominance is not really a strategic policy or political philosophy at all.   It is a seductive illusion that tempts the powerful to satiate their hunger for more power still by striking a Faustian bargain.   And as always happens — sooner or later — to those who shake hands with the devil, they find out too late that what they have given up in the bargain is their soul.
...How dare they blame their misdeeds on enlisted personnel from a Reserve unit in upstate New York. President Bush owes more than one apology.   On the list of those he let down are the young soldiers who are themselves apparently culpable, but who were clearly put into a moral cesspool.   The perpetrators as well as the victims were both placed in their relationship to one another by the policies of George W. Bush.
...David Kay concluded his search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq with the famous verdict:  "we were all wrong."   And for many Americans, Kay's statement seemed to symbolize the awful collision between Reality and all of the false and fading impressions President Bush had fostered in building support for his policy of going to war.
Now the White House has informed the American people that they were also "all wrong" about their decision to place their faith in Ahmed Chalabi, even though they have paid him 340,000 dollars per month.   33 million dollars and placed him adjacent to Laura Bush at the State of the Union address.   Chalabi had been convicted of fraud and embezzling 70 million dollars in public funds from a Jordanian bank, and escaped prison by fleeing the country.   But in spite of that record, he had become one of the key advisors to the Bush Administration on planning and promoting the War against Iraq.
And they repeatedly cited him as an authority, perhaps even a future president of Iraq.   Incredibly, they even ferried him and his private army into Baghdad in advance of anyone else, and allowed him to seize control over Saddam's secret papers.
...One of the Generals in charge of this war policy went on a speaking tour in his spare time to declare before evangelical groups that the US is in a holy war as "Christian Nation battling Satan."   This same General Boykin was the person who ordered the officer who was in charge of the detainees in Guantanamo Bay to extend his methods to Iraq detainees, prisoners.
...The testimony from the prisoners is that they were forced to curse their religion.   Bush used the word "crusade" early on in the war against Iraq, and then commentators pointed out that it was singularly inappropriate because of the history and sensitivity of the Muslim world and then a few weeks later he used it again.
...In my religious tradition, I have been taught that "ye shall know them by their fruits.   Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?   Even so, every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit... Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them."
The Sunday Times - World
November 27, 2005
Rumsfeld’s Al-Jazeera outburst
Sarah Baxter
THE Middle Eastern news network Al-Jazeera was accused by Donald Rumsfeld, the American defence secretary, of broadcasting “vicious, inaccurate and inexcusable” reports about the war in Iraq the day before President George W Bush met Tony Blair at the White House and apparently suggested bombing the station’s headquarters.
Rumsfeld denounced the satellite television station at a Pentagon briefing on April 15, 2004 after Al-Jazeera had reported that America’s assault on the insurgent stronghold of Falluja was terrorising civilians.   “They are simply lying,” Rumsfeld said.
It was on April 16 that Bush reportedly said during talks with Blair that he wanted to bomb Al-Jazeera’s offices in Doha, Qatar, although it is not known whether he was joking.
A report last week that was said to be based on a transcript of the conversation claimed that Blair had talked the president out of a raid, but Lord Goldsmith, the attorney-general, has banned newspapers from publishing details under the Official Secrets Act.   The White House dismissed the report as “outlandish”.
The Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad detailed 34 instances of alleged hype and distortion by the television station from April 8-13, ranging from reports of a helicopter and fighter plane being shot down to stories about American soldiers killing and mutilating Iraqi citizens.
In 2001, after the September 11 attacks, the Pentagon awarded the Rendon Group, a public affairs firm, a $16.7m contract to monitor media in the Islamic world.   It was assigned to track “the location and use of Al-Jazeera news bureaux, reporters and stringers”, and was asked to “identify the biases of specific journalists and potentially obtain an understanding of their allegiances”.
The firm says that it did not go on to monitor Al-Jazeera.   But the original contract suggests the Pentagon was interested in targeting the station and its journalists.
In 2002 Al-Jazeera’s bureau in Kabul was hit by a US missile and five months later a missile struck its Baghdad office and killed a reporter.   Both were said to be accidents.
Frank Gaffney, head of the Center for Security Policy, a Washington-based think tank, last week described Al-Jazeera as “fair game” on the grounds that it promoted beheadings and suicide bombings.
Wadah Khanfar, director- general of Al-Jazeera, delivered a letter to Downing Street yesterday urging Blair to clarify reports that Bush had suggested bombing the station.
“We have regularly been accused of showing beheadings of hostages, but Al-Jazeera has never shown any material of this nature,” Khanfar said.
Britain
November 24, 2005
Analysis
US sees al-Jazeera as voice of terror
By Richard Beeston
PRESIDENT BUSH’S threat to bomb the headquarters of al-Jazeera, reportedly made during a conversation with Tony Blair last year, could have been dismissed as a tasteless joke were it not for the deep antagonism between Washington and the Qatar-based Arabic satellite news channel.
Ever since the 9/11 attacks, al-Jazeera has been the target of criticism by US authorities, who regard the channel as the mouthpiece of al-Qaeda.
Al-Jazeera carries exclusive interviews with senior al- Qaeda figures such as Osama bin Laden.   Most recently it broadcast an interview with Ayman al-Zawahiri, bin Laden’s deputy, in which he claimed responsibility for the July 7 attacks in London and threatened further violence against Britain and America.
The television scoops have brought al-Jazeera fame and notoriety in equal measure.
During the US-backed overthrow of the Taleban in Afghanistan, al-Jazeera broadcast footage of civilian casualties of US bombing and regular interviews with al-Qaeda and Taleban leaders.   During one air strike the al-Jazeera bureau in Kabul was knocked off the air by a US smart bomb.
During the invasion of Iraq in 2003, al-Jazeera broadcast footage of captured and dead US soldiers.   The Pentagon accused the channel of breaking the Geneva conventions on the treatment of prisoners of war.   When US forces entered Baghdad the al-Jazeera bureau was again hit by American fire and one of its reporters, Tareq Ayyoub, was killed.   The Pentagon insisted that neither attack was deliberate, but al-Jazeera was sceptical, particularly as it had given the co-ordinates of its Baghdad office to the US military to avoid being hit.
But al-Jazeera also has some explaining to do about its links with terrorist organisations.   One of its cameramen has been held at the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay since 2002 and Taysir Alouni, its star correspondent in Kabul and Iraq, was sentenced to seven years in prison in Madrid last month after he was found guilty of collaborating with al-Qaeda.
Last year al-Jazeera’s office in Baghdad was closed by the US-backed Iraqi authorities after it was accused of biased reporting in favour of the insurgency.   Since then it has continued to broadcast exclusive footage provided by insurgent groups of attacks against coalition and Iraqi forces and the execution of hostages.
Al-Jazeera has had similar run-ins with the authorities in Algeria, Bahrain, Canada, Jordan, Kuwait, Iran, Tunisia and Saudi Arabia.   But it shows no signs of changing its approach to broadcasting and is planning to expand its operations with the introduction next year of an English language television news channel.
Copyright 2005   Times Newspapers Ltd.
Photos April 2004
www.aljazeera.net April 7, 2004
Mordechai Vanunu and Israel's nuclear arsenal
Falluja siege April, 2004

Baby killed as part of the mass killings by coalition occupation forces 

Photo: Al-Jazeera, aljazeera.net
Baby killed as part of the mass killings by coalition occupation forces April, 2004
Faith Fippinger
Poor paying for war on terror
Your hearts and minds, or else
Instead, it effectively explodes inside a body, ravaging tissue in all directions, "creating untreatable wounds."
Someone has probably just been maimed or killed
Small boy killed as part of the mass killings by coalition occupation forces

Falluja siege April, 2004

Photo: Al-Jazeera, aljazeera.net
Small boy killed as part of the mass killings by coalition occupation forces April, 2004
“Orryvoyer” whispered the urchin.   “Orryvoyer.”
Why I would not kill in war
Senator we did not clear the document
Bush claim revives al-Jazeera bombing fears
Wednesday November 23, 2005
John Plunkett
Claims that George Bush planned to bomb the Arabic TV news station al-Jazeera have fuelled concerns that an attack on the broadcaster's Baghdad offices during the war on Iraq was deliberate.
An international journalists group today demanded "complete disclosure" from the British and American governments over reports that the US considered attacking the al-Jazeera HQ in the Qatar capital, Doha.
The International Federation of Journalists claimed that 16 journalists and other media staff have died at the hands of US forces in Iraq, adding that the deaths had not been properly investigated.
Al-Jazeera cameraman Tarek Ayoub was killed when the station's Baghdad office was bombed during a US air raid on April 8 2003.   On the same day a US tank shelled the Palestine hotel in the Iraqi capital, killing two other journalists.
"Reports that George Bush and Tony Blair discussed a plan to bomb al-Jazeera reinforce concerns that the US attack in Baghdad on April 8 [2003] was deliberate targeting of the media," said Aidan White, the general secretary of the IFJ.
"If that is the case then the US is guilty of a gross violation of international humanitarian law and on the face of it the murder of an innocent journalist.
"The evidence is stacking up to suggest that the US decided to take out al-Jazeera in Baghdad, as a warning not only to them but to other media about their coverage.   If true, it is an absolute scandal that the US administration can regard the staff of al-Jazeera as a bunch of terrorists and a legitimate target."
Under the front page headline "Bush plots to bomb his ally", the Daily Mirror claimed yesterday a leaked memo revealed that the US president last year discussed plans to attack al-Jazeera's Qatar HQ with Mr Blair.
The Baghdad bombing of 2003 was the second attack by American forces on the offices of al-Jazeera.   In 2001 the station's Kabul office was hit by two "smart" bombs in an attack that almost wrecked the nearby BBC bureau.
Al-Jazeera said it had given the location of its offices in both Kabul and Baghdad to the authorities in Washington, but it had still been attacked.
"We have been campaigning vigorously for an independent inquiry into what happened in Baghdad on April 8 [2003].   Now is the time for the US to take responsibility and tell the world what actually happened," said Mr White.
"The public has a right to know whether politicians would seriously consider killing journalists in order to stifle independent or critical voices.   In this particular case the family, friends and colleagues of the victim also have a right to justice.
"Incidents in which journalists are killed by combatants in conflict zones have to be properly and independently investigated.   Investigations that are carried out by the military do not consider the full extent of the evidence and in almost every single case lead to the exoneration of the military involved.   At best there is a shrug of regret about the consequences."
Both the US and UK governments declined to comment on the Mirror's allegations.
"We are not going to dignify something so outlandish with a response," a White House official said.
A Downing Street spokesman added: "We have got nothing to say about this story.   We don't comment on leaked documents."
The attorney general last night threatened newspapers with the Official Secrets Act if they revealed the contents of a document allegedly relating to a dispute between Mr Blair and Mr Bush over the conduct of military operations in Iraq.  
Guardian Unlimited © Guardian Newspapers Limited 2005
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Editor and Publisher   May 26, 2004
By William E. Jackson Jr.
New York Times admits errors:
...Did Times journalists wonder why they were so favored with "misinformation"?   Could the newspaper of record not admit culpability until the Bush Administration admitted it had been had, and the number-one informer Ahmad Chalabi of the INC dropped from the government payroll?   Who is flashing the green light for whom?
Consider:  "The problematic articles shared a common feature.   They depended at least in part on information from a circle of Iraqi informants, defectors and exiles bent on 'regime change' in Iraq, people whose credibility has come under increasing public debate in recent weeks."   Weeks?   How about months?   Even years?
...Now, the paper, in a note buried on Page 10A (without even a teaser on Page One) admits, "It looks as if we, along with the Administration, were taken in.   And until now we have not reported that to our readers."   Those two things were already painfully obvious..
There were examples, of course, in which the Times and the White House were synchronizing their pitch.   On Sunday, Sept. 8, 2002, the Times led with  "U.S. Says Hussein Intensified Quest for A-Bomb Parts."   According to the editors' note, the claim came not from defectors but "from the best American intelligence sources available at the time" (a patented Condoleezza Rice phrase).  
Referring to the speculations of government officials, Judith Miller and Michael Gordon wrote:  "The first sign of a "smoking gun," they argue, may be a mushroom cloud."   Both the Vice President and the National Security Adviser cited the front-page blockbuster on that morning's talk shows as evidence of an imminent threat.
As first pointed out by E&P's Greg Mitchell last night, Miller wrote or co-wrote four of the six most egregious articles cited by the Times today.   Yet there is no mention of Miller by name in the Times' note, nor any of the editors at fault. 
The question begs to be asked:  Which top official at The Times continues to shield her from direct criticism, even by the paper's columnists (not one swipe at her so far) or in the letters to the editor?
The articles most closely dissected in the mea culpa were written by Miller, or co-authored with Gordon.   Why not say so?   She is a big girl, a veteran, a Pulitzer star reporter.  
She should have protected the Times from glaring conflicts of interest, and bad judgment — as revealed in her May 1 e-mail to Baghdad bureau chief, John Burns:  "I've been covering Chalabi for about 10 years, and have done most of the stories about him for our paper ... He has provided most of the front page exclusives on WMD to our paper."
Arguably, the Times was "had" by the INC more than any other national newspaper.
No editor is to blame for Miller's notorious conduct in the field while embedded with the military task force charged with searching for unconventional weapons.
She is the one who was in the desert, throwing her weight around by invoking her ties to high-up Pentagon officials, claiming to have a "secret" clearance, losing all objectivity by referring to the task force as "my unit" and pinning medals on soldiers.
She made the reader think there was no doubt WMD were in Iraq before the war, were being discovered during the war, or were about to be found in the immediate aftermath of the invasion.
How to forget the preposterous claims in her "baseball cap" (worn by a fake scientist walking around in the desert) story of April 21, 2003, as American weapons-hunters followed American troops into Iraq?   It will go down in the comic annals of journalism.
Strikingly absent from the editors' note is any flat-out admission that the Times as an institution allowed the line to become indistinct between the Bush Administration's claims and the newspaper's own reporting.
There is no admission that the nation's leading print outlet bears some responsibility for the march to war.
New pain-inducing weapon introduced by USA
Northern Pakistan: "We have arranged suicide squads"
US Press: "We did not know that defense department was taking photographs of US soldiers coffins arriving home."
Ehtnic cleansing in Beduin desert
Small child killed as part of the mass killings by coalition occupation forces

Falluja siege April, 2004

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Small child killed as part of the mass killings by coalition occupation forces April, 2004
The beating of the drum
Iraq's real war crime — depleated uranium and the unborn
The Book of Merlyn — “Perhaps it will be necessary to limit private incomes on a generous scale, for fear that very rich people might become a kind of nation in themselves”
They asked us to stop filming
Falluja siege April, 2004

Baby killed as part of the mass killings by coalition occupation forces

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Baby killed as part of the mass killings by coalition occupation forces April, 2004
Independent on Sunday May 23, 2004 — UK Independent Newspaper — http://news.independent.co.uk
By Raymond Whitaker in London and Justin Huggler in Baghdad
Second Reuters employee to be killed
...After an award-winning cameraman, Mazen Dana, became the second Reuters employee to be killed, the agency hired a security company and carried out an exhaustive inquiry which found few differences of fact with the military investigation, but which differed radically on the conclusions.
The soldier who shot Mr Dana claimed he had made "sudden movements" which made him think the cameraman was about to fire a rocket-propelled grenade, that he was blinded by the sun at the time, and that he could not distinguish at a distance of 75 metres between an RPG and a television camera.
Despite pages of evidence proving the sun was not in the position claimed, and photographs demonstrating the visible difference at 75 metres between a camera and a large weapon, the US military is sticking to its finding that the journalist's death was "justified based on the information available ... at the time".
If an organisation with the international clout of Reuters cannot get the Pentagon to admit an error might have been made, the survivors of last week's slaughtered wedding party have even less chance that their version of events will prevail.
..."The philosophy is almost that of the wagon train, and tends to lead to the 'spray and slay' behaviour we have seen," said the analyst.
"It is hard to over-estimate the lack of awareness of most American soldiers in Iraq," said a military source.   "Many, perhaps most, have never been abroad before.   They see their mission as giving democracy to the Iraqis and enforcing stability, and find it very difficult to understand why the Iraqis aren't grateful.   They have no idea that they are seen as arrogant and aggressive."
Baby killed as part of the mass killings by coalition occupation forces

Falluja siege April, 2004

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Baby killed as part of the mass killings by coalition occupation forces April, 2004
9/11 as springboard for Bush re-election
Pentagon short — $401 Military Billions does not include Iraq, Afghanistan
7,000,000,000.000.00 US debt
Senator we did not clear the document
BBC
Tuesday May 18, 2004
US troops 'abused Iraq reporters'
Fresh allegations have emerged in Iraq regarding the alleged mistreatment of Iraqi detainees by US troops.
The Reuters news agency says three of its local staff were subjected to sexually degrading treatment after being detained in January.
Reuters said it was unveiling the ordeal of its employees because the US military had concluded there was no evidence they had been abused — and in the wake of the scandal involving the mistreatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison.
The Reuters employees were allegedly abused at two US military bases, after being detained for covering the shooting down of a US helicopter near the flashpoint city of Falluja.
Baghdad-based cameraman Salem Ureibi, Falluja-based freelance TV journalist Ahmad Mohammad Hussein al-Badrani and driver Sattar Jabar al-Badrani were held for three days before being released without charge.
They said they were forced to make demeaning gestures as soldiers laughed, taunted them and took photographs.
Among other things, they were allegedly deprived of sleep, had bags placed over their heads, were kicked and hit and forced to remain in stress positions for long periods.
“When I saw the Abu Ghraib photographs, I wept,” Mr Ureibi said on Tuesday.   “I saw they had suffered like we had.”
He said soldiers told him they wanted to have sex with him, and he was afraid he would be raped.
The detainees said they were never questioned during their time in detention and officials threatened to move them to the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
In its report, the US military said there was no evidence the Reuters staff had been tortured or abused.
Where your income tax money really goes
Iraq Power plants - electricity not restored
Shia and Sunni suffer the violence
Unspeakable grief — as part of the mass killings by coalition occupation forces

Falluja siege April, 2004

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Unspeakable grief — as part of the mass killings by coalition occupation forces April, 2004
When you bury a person, the pain is that it is the last moment when you have that person next to you
The loved ones who have gone

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          The loved ones who have gone
Murder, though it hath no tongue.
Bush in 30 seconds
Atrocities files - graphic images
Channel NewsAsia International
Wednesday 19 May 2004
US tried to curtail Red Cross access to Iraqi prisons: senior officer
WASHINGTON: The US military delayed investigating for two months reports of prisoner abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison and tried to curtail Red Cross access to sensitive cellblocks, a senior US army officer says.
Brigadier General Janis Karpinski, who was in charge of military police guards at Abu Ghraib last year and has been disciplined in the affair, told the New York Times that senior US officers generally disbelieved a report the Red Cross submitted in November on abuses it saw during two unannounced visits to the prison a month earlier.
Karpinski said senior officers treated the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) report, which described prisoners held naked in dark cells for days at a time or paraded and photographed wearing women's underwear on their heads, in "a light-hearted manner".
She told The Wall Street Journal in a separate interview that the report drew laughs and jokes at a meeting in November.
Military intelligence officers at the meeting argued that they wanted the ICRC to give advance warning of visits to two sensitive cellblocks where interrogations were taking place, said Karpinski.
She said she was told at the meeting not to worry about the response to the report, which was being handled by legal advisors to Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez, the top US commander in Iraq.
Pay me, I was not a criminal
Ayatollah Ali Sistani
Some countries to pursue weapons of mass destruction
Drugs could destroy Afghanistan
Iraq today - April 2004

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Iraq today
May 20, 2004, issue of Workers World newspaper
Folk in the Pentagon talking about wrong morons
The main difference between the incidents of brutality that have been recently exposed, the hundreds reported on by the ICRC and the thousands that undoubtedly took place, is that these recent incidents at Abu Ghraib were photographed.   There is a huge split in the U.S. ruling class over the decision by the occupation to allow the photographs to come out.
Recent news about growing anger in the higher ranks of the military directed at those commanding the war and occupation — Secretary of Defense Donald Rums feld, his deputy Paul Wolfowitz, and Gen. Richard B. Myers, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — sheds a great deal of light on the decision of CBS, Seymour Hersh of the New Yorker magazine, and the capitalist media in general to expose the torture regime at Abu Ghraib....
The May 9 Washington Post revealed that there are "deep divisions ... emerging at the top of the U.S. military over the course of the occupation of Iraq, with some senior officers beginning to say that the United States faces the prospect of casualties for years" without achieving its objectives.
An unnamed "senior general at the Pentagon said he believes the United States is already on the road to defeat."   He was quoted as saying:  "Had someone like Colin Powell been the chairman [of the Joint Chiefs of Staff], he would not have agreed to send troops without a clear exit strategy.   The current OSD [Office of the Secretary of Defense] refused to listen or adhere to military advice."
A highly significant editorial appeared in the May 17 edition of the Army Times virtually calling for the resignation of Rumsfeld and Myers.
"Around the halls of the Pentagon, a term of caustic derision has emerged for the enlisted soldiers at the heart of the furor over the Abu Ghraib prison scandal: the six morons who lost the war."
"Indeed," continued the editorial, "the damage done to the U.S. military ... by the horrifying photographs of U.S. soldiers abusing Iraqi detainees at the notorious prison is incalculable."
"But the folk in the Pentagon are talking about the wrong morons."
However many whitewashing law lords Blair pulls out of his hat
Forces of darkness
‘I suppose you will learn some day,’ Merlyn said,  ‘but God knows it is heartbreaking, uphill work.’
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Part of the mass killings by coalition occupation forces April, 2004
Shirin Ebadi Nobel Peace Prize winner 2003
And the bewildered herd is still believing everything we've been told from our birth
White House officials, surprised by what they call "the hysteria" over Bush's war record
Just like the Nazis — it must be re-incarnation.
UK Guardian March 17, 2004: US guards 'filmed beatings' at terror camp
Dozens of videotapes of American guards allegedly engaged in brutal attacks on Guantanamo Bay detainees have been stored and catalogued at the camp, an investigation by The Observer has revealed.
The disclosures, made in an interview with Tarek Dergoul, the fifth British prisoner freed last March, who has been too traumatised to speak until now, prompted demands last night by senior politicians on both sides of the Atlantic to make the videos available immediately.
Dergoul tells of one assault by a five-man ERF in shocking terms:  'They pepper-sprayed me in the face, and I started vomiting.   They pinned me down and attacked me, poking their fingers in my eyes, and forced my head into the toilet pan and flushed.
'They tied me up like a beast and then they were kneeling on me, kicking and punching.   Finally they dragged me out of the cell in chains, into the rec[reation] yard, and shaved my beard, my hair, my eyebrows.'
After their release last March, Shafiq Rasul, Asif Iqbal and Ruhal Ahmed, the so-called Tipton Three from Staffordshire, told of similar ERF attacks.
'To Be ERFed'
Rasul said they led to a new verb being coined by detainees: 'to be ERFed'.   That, he said, meant being slammed against a floor by a soldier wielding a riot shield, pinned to the ground and beaten up by five armed men.
However, it is Dergoul who now reveals that every time the ERFs were deployed, a sixth team member recorded on digital video everything that happened.
Lieutenant Colonel Leon Sumpter, the Guantanamo Joint Task Force spokesman, confirmed this last night, saying all ERF actions were filmed so they could be 'reviewed' by senior officers.   All the tapes are kept in an archive there, he said.   He refused to say how many times the ERF squads had been used and would not discuss their training or rules of engagement, saying:  'We do not discuss operational aspects of the Joint Task Force mission.'
Senator Patrick Leahy, the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who has been an outspoken critic of the Abu Ghraib abuse, said he would demand that Rumsfeld must produce the videos this week.
'I have asked the Pentagon for sufficient information to allow Congress to evaluate the effectiveness and propriety of the treatment of those in our custody.   Pentagon officials owe the Congress a comprehensive response.   I have made clear that compliance must include any tapes or photos of the activities of the ERF or any other military or intelligence units there.'
In London, Menzies Campbell, the Liberal Democrat deputy leader, said:  'The Government must demand that these videos be delivered up, and the truth of these very serious allegations properly determined once and for all.
by David Rose and Gaby Hinsliff
The Observer
Sunday May 16, 2004
Guardian
China EU countries Russia Japan lending money to US to the tune of $2 billion (2,000,000,000.00) daily
Bush approves $400bn ($400,000,000,000.00,) defence bill
American media at service of state
              Iraqi mass graves of Paul Bremer  
                              Those of Saddam Hussain
Classified spending on the rise
Americans would invade gulf during oil crisis
       Cluster bombs killing injuring, Iraq, Lebanon        
        US new generation of landmines called Spider        
Bush lies:  Economy, Tax cuts, Public schools, Patriot Act, Afghanistan, Iraq people free
Ike was right
Samarra Firefight
The day Saddam Hussein was captured
Falluja siege April, 2004

Unspeakable grief and horror.

Aljazeera satellite television station photos

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Unspeakable grief and horror
Iraqi bomb boy's anger at pilot
This is the cost - the trickery used to create a threat.     Daily Mirror article by John Pilger March 13, 2003, at the beginning of the war.
Pilger: WMD's pretext for planned war
The events of September 11 exploited to break law says 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi
Bush has a plan
Washington Post:   May 21, 2004
Mohanded Juma Juma, detainee No. 152307, said he was stripped and kept naked for six days when he arrived at Abu Ghraib. One day, he said, American soldiers brought a father and his son into the cellblock. He said the soldiers put hoods over their heads and removed their clothes.
Then, they removed the hoods.
"When the son saw his father naked he was crying," Juma told the investigators. "He was crying because of seeing his father."
...He said one soldier continued to abuse him by striking his broken leg and ordered him to curse Islam. "Because they started to hit my broken leg, I cursed my religion," he said. "They ordered me to thank Jesus that I'm alive."
The detainee said the soldiers handcuffed him to a bed.
"Do you believe in anything?" he said the soldier asked. "I said to him, 'I believe in Allah.' So he said, "But I believe in torture and I will torture you.' "
Bush, Karl Rove, and re-election
Death toll rising
Relentless fight to block tortured GI compensation
South Africa — Story of South African political emancipation
Falluja siege April, 2004

Aljazeera satellite television station photos

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Unspeakable grief — as part of the mass killings by coalition occupation forces April, 2004
The armed power of the state will always go as far as you let it
Those attacked were victims of physical and verbal abuse by guards, the Justice Department's inspector general said
Unspeakable grief and horror

Falluja siege April, 2004

Aljazeera satellite television station photos

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Unspeakable grief and horror
Uncensored Gore Vidal
Helen Thomas
New US bomb detonated
They threw her away like a piece of trash
Gulf war vets sue companies
Newsweek:   May 24 Edition.
...Toward the end of 2002, orders came down the political chain at DOD that the Geneva Conventions were to be reinterpreted to allow tougher methods of interrogation.  
“There was almost a revolt” by the service judge advocates general, or JAGs, the top military lawyers who had originally allied with Powell against the new rules, says a knowledgeable source.   The JAGs, including the lawyers in the office of the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Gen. Richard Myers, fought their civilian bosses for months—but finally lost.  
In April 2003, new and tougher interrogation techniques were approved.   Covertly, though, the JAGs made a final effort.   They went to see Scott Horton, a specialist in international human-rights law and a major player in the New York City Bar Association's human-rights work.   The JAGs told Horton they could only talk obliquely about practices that were classified.   But they said the U.S. military's 50-year history of observing the demands of the Geneva Conventions was now being overturned.  
“There is a calculated effort to create an atmosphere of legal ambiguity” about how the conventions should be interpreted and applied, they told Horton.  
And the prime movers in this effort, they told him, were DOD Under Secretary for Policy Douglas Feith and DOD general counsel William Haynes.  
There was, they warned, “a real risk of a disaster” for U.S. interests.
Wounded troops may return from war to find themselves in a different kind of battle
US servicemen injured
        Several steps closer to Armageddon        
        Harpoon missiles, German-built submarines, nuclear capability threat        
         — Dreams of Greater Israel        
And the gap grows wider
Why am I here?
Unspeakable grief and horror

Falluja attack by U.S. forces April, 2004

Aljazeera satellite television station photos

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Unspeakable grief and horror
Now we are the Iraq extremists
The Irish republic, the United States, and the Iraq war
Why are the Democrats being so military?
kewe note:
The US and UK says it will leave Iraq if asked
This has to be a classic in subterfuge and obfuscation
Both political parties in the UK and US looks as if they will go under if the war continues.    Extreme pressure is being placed on Blair and Bush to withdraw before elections.
Deficit spending of taxpayer money and petroleum prices that affect everybody is becoming an embarrassing issue.
Wasn't it oil that was behind all this in the beginning?    Oil and war lust.
As the wheel turns, irony shows its face.
So: Nothing to do but to turn it over to the governing body that we appointed.
A governing body that (even in the Oxford Research International UK Ltd survey [nothing to do with Oxford University] — with questions asked that might be criticised as having been framed so that they they have a positive bias towards the Western Powers) even in this survey only 12% of Iraqis polled say they have strong confidence in the governing body, and 27% say that no confidence at all.
A governing body that introduced a new flag weeks ago, which has been torn up and stomped on by so many Iraqis it is uncountable.    (An indication of how much in touch the governing body is with the people the US has asked them to govern)
The US say they will leave, if, this governing body asks them.   Do they mean they want it out of the mouth of Chalabi?
In the survey that the US authority themselves have taken, before the eruption of the prison disclosures, 82% of those surveyed say they disapprove of the U.S. and allied militaries in Iraq.
How many times can you be asked?
Leave!
And through all this, through the arrogance and deceit, Iraqi people continue to get blown up.
Continue to have their limbs amputated.
Continue to weep for their lost ones.
In a poll conducted for the occupation authority before the prison scandal came to light, 82 percent of Iraqi people polled said they disapprove of the U.S. and allied militaries in Iraq
Survey taken by Oxford Research International on occupied Iraq, way back in February
    Haiti     
    —   Aristide   Preval   Privatization   Poor   —     
    UN troops and Massacre          
As in every other nation under the IMF whip
We have to bring our troops home
Iraq faces severe health crisis
Iraq war images
Unspeakable grief — as part of the mass killings by U.S. army and military forces April, 2004
In your name
Seven questions for you Mr Bush!
MI6 ran an operation to gain public support for the use of military force in Iraq 
The badge of democracy is not awarded by arresting terrorists but by showing deep respect for the rights of the suspects
Aljazeerah.info images
Iraq wrongful death claims
New Statesman — May 2004
America's Gulag
Stephen Grey uncovers a secret global network of prisons and planes that allows the US to hand over its enemies for interrogation, and sometimes torture, by the agents of its more unsavoury allies.
The airline's operations are embarrassing because they highlight intense co-operation with regimes of countries such as Egypt, Syria and Pakistan, which are criticised for their human rights record.
The movements of these planes expose a vast archipelago of prison camps and centres where America can carry out torture by proxy.
The operations are illegal, in that they violate the anti-torture convention promoted by George W Bush which prohibits the transfer of suspects abroad for torture.
...The former CIA agent Bob Baer, who worked covertly for the US across the Middle East until the mid-1990s, describes how each Middle Eastern country has a purpose in the archipelago.
He says:
“If you want a serious interrogation, you send a prisoner to Jordan.
If you want them to be tortured, you send them to Syria.
If you want someone to disappear — never to see them again — you send them to Egypt.”
...In Uzbekistan, a maverick British ambassador, Craig Murray, was put on sick leave after he publicly exposed human rights abuses, including execution of Islamist dissidents by boiling alive.
Uzbekistan is one of Britain's and America's closest allies in central Asia because it has provided bases that have enabled operations into Afghanistan.
The US is settling in for a long-term presence in return for tolerating human-rights abuses.
UPDATE:  November 17, 2004      www.DemocracyNow.org
The Sunday Times of London has obtained evidence that the US government is leasing a special Gulfstream Jet to transport detained suspects to other nations that routinely use torture in their prisons.
Logs for the airplane show the Pentagon and CIA have used the plane more than 300 times and dropped off detainees in Syria, Egypt and Uzbekistan.
The Gulfstream and a similarly anonymous-looking Boeing 737 are hired by American agents from Premier Executive Transport Services, a private company in Massachusetts.
Analysis of the plane's flight plans, covering more than two years, shows that it always departs from Washington DC.
It has flown to a total of 49 destinations outside the US, including the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba and other US military bases, as well as Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Morocco, Afghanistan, Libya and Uzbekistan.
Witnesses have claimed that the suspects are frequently bound, gagged and sedated before being put on board the planes, which do not have special facilities for prisoners but are kitted out with tables for meetings and screens for presentations and in-flight films.
The US plane is not used just for carrying prisoners but also appears to be at the disposal of defense and intelligence officials on assignments from Washington.
AMY GOODMAN:    We're joined by Stephen Grey, who is a journalist with the Sunday Times, who exposed the story this week, how the U.S. is operating these secret flights.  Welcome to Democracy Now!
STEPHEN GREY:    Hi.
AMY GOODMAN:    Can you tell us further about these flights, who the people are, and how you found out about them?
STEPHEN GREY:    Well, first of all, it has remained something of a mystery, the whole story.
Obviously, bit by bit, the whole — this kind of secret world is unraveling.
And we are getting more and more information about the individual cases, where these planes are being used.
What it exposes is the tentacles of a wider system whereby prisoners are being taken in the war on terror, not only to Guantanamo, but to many other place and those places include the prisons of so-called allies of the U.S. and Britain, around the world.
Those countries which are allies of the U.S. include countries where torture is routine.
Obviously, the concerns that many people have are that these kind of transfers basically allow the U.S. to pass prisoners into the hands of the secret police of other countries to do the kind of interrogation, torture in fact, of prisoners that the U.S. is not allowed to do itself.
Kind of torture by proxy.
AMY GOODMAN:    The company, can you talk about that?
STEPHEN GREY:    Yeah. I mean, I think the company is not that important in a sense.
These are private planes.
They're being leased.
They're not marked.
That's the point about them.
They can appear anywhere, and you have, you know, innocent-looking, if you like, executive jets parked on the runways of airports around the world.
No one is to know they're actually planes run by the U.S. military and intelligence services.
So, they have a perfect cover, if you like.
But it's — what's happening is that — I mean, they're hired from a company that operates in Massachusetts, and others.
But you know, they're probably just a normal, private company.
What they're doing is leasing it out.
They only work for the government.
As I say, the plane is not just used for carrying prisoners.
It's also used for transferring of interrogators and also regular V.I.P. and defense and intelligence officials from Washington.
But what we have found is at least four cases which have emerged where this plane has been seen actually picking up prisoners, and in the first case which we discovered, the prisoner was — the two prisoners were taken from Sweden to Egypt, and at the time — this has happened just after September 11, and it's been going on since, but in this case, just after September 11, two prisoners were taken on board.
The Swedish government never mentioned the U.S. at the time.
They said they were just sending — extraditing two prisoners.
What actually happened was that the U.S. was there with the secret plane.
They stripped these men of their clothes, handcuffed them, put them in diapers, gave them sedatives against their will, put them on the plane, and took them to Egypt.
And since then, we have discovered these planes — these prisoners complained of being very seriously tortured with electric shocks all over their bodies as a result of being taken to Egypt.
That's the consequence of this kind of process which we know is rendition.
AMY GOODMAN:    Stephen Grey, I want to thank you for being with us, the Sunday Times of London, exposing the U.S. torture flights.
kewe note:   Amnesty has done an extensive report on prison conditions in Uzbekistan.   See below.
     Torture and death in Uzbekistan     
kewe note:   Canadian/Syrian Maher Arar is one of those shipped by this global network to Syria.
Stephen Grey includes the story of Maher Arar in his article.
     Photograph of Maher Arar as he returns to Canada     
Unspeakable grief and horror
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