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"They took out their knives and stuck them under his fingernails.
After they took his fingernails off, then they broke his elbows.
Afterwards they gouged out his eyes.
Then they took their bayonets and made all sorts of slices in his skin all around his chest, arms, and legs.
They then took his hair off and the skin of his scalp.
When they saw there was nothing left to do with him, they threw gasoline on him and burned him.
The next day they started the same thing with a 13 year old girl.
They did more or less the same, but they did other things to her too.
First, she was utilized, raped by all the officers.
They stripped her and threw her in a small room, they went in one by one.
Afterwards they took her out tied and blindfolded.
Then they began the same mutilating, pulling her fingernails out and cutting off her fingers, breaking her arms, gouging out her eyes and all they did to the other fellow.
They cut her legs and stuck an iron rod into her womb.
Rosa had her breasts cut off.
Then they cut into her chest and took out her heart.
The men had their arms broken and their testicles cut off and their eyes poked out.
They were then killed by slitting their throats and pulling the tongue out through the slit." These are but two of the hundreds of documented eyewitness accounts of the kind of brutal and sadistic rapes, sodomies, kidnappings, tortures and murders committed by the Contra forces in Nicaragua in the 1980's — Contras that were clothed, fed and armed by the illegal efforts of Oliver North.
Terror, you see, is most effective and intimidating when viewed publicly.
In all, over 30,000 civilians were killed in Nicaragua by the Contras, mostly peasants, rural doctors and health care workers, teachers, clergy, and civil administrators trying to afford social services to the poorest in the land.
This is our government's most recent legacy in Central America.
      Dr. John Bomar      A Catholic Lay Minister      U.S. Citizen    December 16, 2005      
Innocent people, indeed, always suffer
Harold Pinter — Nobel Lecturer
But before I come back to the present I would like to look at the recent past, by which I mean United States foreign policy since the end of the Second World War.
I believe it is obligatory upon us to subject this period to at least some kind of even limited scrutiny, which is all that time will allow here.
Everyone knows what happened in the Soviet Union and throughout Eastern Europe during the post-war period: the systematic brutality, the widespread atrocities, the ruthless suppression of independent thought.   All this has been fully documented and verified.
But my contention here is that the US crimes in the same period have only been superficially recorded, let alone documented, let alone acknowledged, let alone recognised as crimes at all.
I believe this must be addressed and that the truth has considerable bearing on where the world stands now.
Although constrained, to a certain extent, by the existence of the Soviet Union, the United States' actions throughout the world made it clear that it had concluded it had carte blanche to do what it liked.
Low intensity conflict
Direct invasion of a sovereign state has never in fact been America's favoured method.
In the main, it has preferred what it has described as 'low intensity conflict'.
Low intensity conflict means that thousands of people die but slower than if you dropped a bomb on them in one fell swoop.
It means that you infect the heart of the country, that you establish a malignant growth and watch the gangrene bloom.
When the populace has been subdued — or beaten to death — the same thing — and your own friends, the military and the great corporations, sit comfortably in power, you go before the camera and say that democracy has prevailed.
This was a commonplace in US foreign policy in the years to which I refer.
The tragedy of Nicaragua was a highly significant case.
I choose to offer it here as a potent example of America's view of its role in the world, both then and now.
Sir, I am in charge of a parish in the north of Nicaragua
I was present at a meeting at the US embassy in London in the late 1980s.
The United States Congress was about to decide whether to give more money to the Contras in their campaign against the state of Nicaragua.
I was a member of a delegation speaking on behalf of Nicaragua but the most important member of this delegation was a Father John Metcalf.
The leader of the US body was Raymond Seitz (then number two to the ambassador, later ambassador himself).
Father Metcalf said:
'Sir, I am in charge of a parish in the north of Nicaragua.
My parishioners built a school, a health centre, a cultural centre.
We have lived in peace.
A few months ago a Contra force attacked the parish.
They destroyed everything: the school, the health centre, the cultural centre.
They raped nurses and teachers, slaughtered doctors, in the most brutal manner.
They behaved like savages.
Please demand that the US government withdraw its support from this shocking terrorist activity.'
Raymond Seitz had a very good reputation as a rational, responsible and highly sophisticated man.
He was greatly respected in diplomatic circles.
He listened, paused and then spoke with some gravity:
'Father,' he said, 'let me tell you something.   In war, innocent people always suffer.'
There was a frozen silence. We stared at him.   He did not flinch.
Innocent people, indeed, always suffer.
Finally somebody said:
'But in this case “innocent people” were the victims of a gruesome atrocity subsidised by your government, one among many.
If Congress allows the Contras more money further atrocities of this kind will take place.
Is this not the case?
Is your government not therefore guilty of supporting acts of murder and destruction upon the citizens of a sovereign state?'
Seitz was imperturbable.   'I don't agree that the facts as presented support your assertions,' he said.
As we were leaving the Embassy a US aide told me that he enjoyed my plays.   I did not reply.
I should remind you that at the time President Reagan made the following statement:
'The Contras are the moral equivalent of our Founding Fathers.'
The United States supported the brutal Somoza dictatorship in Nicaragua for over 40 years.
The Nicaraguan people, led by the Sandinistas, overthrew this regime in 1979, a breathtaking popular revolution.
The Sandinistas weren't perfect.
They possessed their fair share of arrogance and their political philosophy contained a number of contradictory elements.
But they were intelligent, rational and civilised.
They set out to establish a stable, decent, pluralistic society.
The death penalty was abolished.
Hundreds of thousands of poverty-stricken peasants were brought back from the dead.
Over 100,000 families were given title to land.
Two thousand schools were built.
A quite remarkable literacy campaign reduced illiteracy in the country to less than one seventh.
Free education was established and a free health service.
Infant mortality was reduced by a third.
Polio was eradicated.
Dangerous example was being set
The United States denounced these achievements as Marxist/Leninist subversion.
In the view of the US government, a dangerous example was being set.
If Nicaragua was allowed to establish basic norms of social and economic justice, if it was allowed to raise the standards of health care and education and achieve social unity and national self respect, neighbouring countries would ask the same questions and do the same things.
There was of course at the time fierce resistance to the status quo in El Salvador.
I spoke earlier about 'a tapestry of lies' which surrounds us.
Taken generally by the media
President Reagan commonly described Nicaragua as a 'totalitarian dungeon'.
This was taken generally by the media, and certainly by the British government, as accurate and fair comment.
But there was in fact no record of death squads under the Sandinista government.
There was no record of torture.
There was no record of systematic or official military brutality.
No priests were ever murdered in Nicaragua.
There were in fact three priests in the government, two Jesuits and a Maryknoll missionary.
El Salvador and Guatemala
The totalitarian dungeons were actually next door, in El Salvador and Guatemala.
The United States had brought down the democratically elected government of Guatemala in 1954 and it is estimated that over 200,000 people had been victims of successive military dictatorships.
Six of the most distinguished Jesuits in the world were viciously murdered at the Central American University in San Salvador in 1989 by a battalion of the Alcatl regiment trained at Fort Benning, Georgia, USA.
That extremely brave man Archbishop Romero was assassinated while saying mass.
It is estimated that 75,000 people died.
Why were they killed?
They were killed because they believed a better life was possible and should be achieved.
That belief immediately qualified them as communists.
They died because they dared to question the status quo, the endless plateau of poverty, disease, degradation and oppression, which had been their birthright.
Poverty stricken once again — 'Democracy' had prevailed
The United States finally brought down the Sandinista government.
It took some years and considerable resistance but relentless economic persecution and 30,000 dead finally undermined the spirit of the Nicaraguan people.
They were exhausted and poverty stricken once again.
The casinos moved back into the country.
Free health and free education were over.
Big business returned with a vengeance.
'Democracy' had prevailed.
But this 'policy' was by no means restricted to Central America.
It was conducted throughout the world.
It was never-ending.
And it is as if it never happened.
December 17, 2005
Defeated in Iraq, Bankrupt at Home, Despised Around the Globe (And That's Just the Good News)
The Decline of the American Empire
By Gabriel Kolko
Rich elite of world gaining control of food so rich elite can profit from rise in price of food
T he dilemma the US has had for a half-century is that the priorities it must impose on its budget and its imperial plans have never guided its actual behavior and action.   It has always believed, as well it should, that Europe and its control would determine the future of world power.   But it has fought in Korea, Vietnam, and now Iraq — the so-called "Third World" in general — where the stakes of power were much smaller.
A very big place
The American priorities were specific, focused on individual nations, but they also set the United States the task of guiding or controlling the entire world — which is a very big place and has proven time and again to be far beyond American resources and imperial power.   In most of those places in the Third World where the US massively employed its power directly it has lost, and its military might has been ineffective.   The US's local proxies have been corrupt and venal in most nations where it has relied upon them.   The cost, both in financial terms and in the eventual alienation of the American public, has been monumental.
The Pentagon developed strategic airpower and nuclear weapons with the USSR as its primary target, and equipped itself to fight a massive land war in Eastern Europe.   Arms makers much preferred this expensive approach, and they remain very powerful voices in shaping US foreign and budgetary policy.
Largely useless
But the Soviet enemy no longer exists.   The US dilemma, and it is a fundamental contradiction, is that its expensive military power is largely useless as an instrument of foreign policy.   It lost the war in Vietnam, and while it managed to overthrow popular regimes in Brazil, Chile, and elsewhere in Latin America, its military power is useless in dealing with the effects of larger social and political problems — and Latin America, the Middle East, and East Asia are more independent of American-control than ever.
Food bank
Strategically, also, the US is far worse off in the oil-rich Middle East because it made every mistake possible.   It supported Islamic fundamentalism against Communism but also against secular nationalism, Iraq against Iran in the 1980s, and it is not simply losing the war in Iraq militarily but also alienating most of its former friends in the region.   And Iran is emerging as the decisive power in the area.
Illusion its great military power allows it to define political and social trends
The basic problem the world today confronts is American ambition, an ambition based on the illusion that its great military power allows it to define political and social trends everywhere it chooses to do so.   When the USSR existed it was somewhat more inhibited because Soviet military power neutralized American military might and there was a partial equilibrium — a deterring balance of terror — in Europe.   Moreover, the USSR always advised its friends and nations in its orbit to move carefully not to provoke the US, an inhibition that no longer exists.
On the other hand, just as the Warsaw Pact has disappeared, NATO is well along in the process of breaking up and going the way of SEATO, CENTO, etc.   The 1999 war against Serbia made its demise much more likely but the US-led alliance disagreed profoundly over the Iraq War and now is likely to dissolve in fact, if not formally.   The Bush Administration produced a crisis with its alliance and has created profound instability in Iraq, which was always an artificial state since the British created it after World War One resulted in the end of the Ottoman Empire.
US refuses to recognize the limits of its power
Eight nations have nuclear weapons already, but the UN says another 30 or so have the skill and resources to become nuclear powers.   The world is escaping the US, but it is also escaping the forms of control which were in place when the USSR existed and states were too poor to build nuclear weapons.   The world is more dangerous now, in large part because the US refuses to recognize the limits of its power and retains the ambitions it had 50 years ago.   But the spread of all kinds of weapons also has its own momentum-one that US arms exports aids immeasurably.
Iraq was not at the top of the Bush Administration's agenda when it came to power in 2001.   Bush was committed, however, to a "forward-leaning" foreign policy, to use Rumsfeld's words, and greater military activism.   Had September 11 not occurred, it is more likely that the Bush administration would have confronted China, which has nuclear weapons.   This administration deems China a peer competitor in the vast East Asia region.   It still may do so, although Iraq has been a total disaster for the administration — militarily and geopolitically — and greatly alienated the US public (faster than Vietnam did).
The US military is falling apart: its weapons have been ineffective, politically Iraq is likely to break up into regional fiefdoms (as Afghanistan has), and perhaps civil war — no one knows.   From the Iraqi viewpoint the war was a disaster, but it also repeated the failures the Americans confronted in Korea, Vietnam, and elsewhere.
School building damaged by US airstrike
Two killed, 16 wounded
Iraq great trauma
That the Iraq resistance is divided will not save the US from defeat.   Few believe Iraq will be spared great trauma.   In fact, many American officials predicted this before the war began and they were ignored — just as they were ignored when they predicted disaster in Vietnam in the 1960s.
We live in a tragic world and war is considered more virtuous than peace — and since arms-makers profit from wars and not peace, conventional wisdom is reinforced by their lobbies and by preaching the cult of weaponry.
The US may explore how to end its predicament in Iraq but only Iran can help it.   Ironically, Iran has gained most geopolitically from Saddam Hussein's defeat and has no incentive to save the Bush Administration from the defeat now staring at it — both in Iraq and in future elections in the US.
The world is escaping American control, and Soviet prudence no longer inhibits many movements and nations.   World opposition is becoming decentralized to a much greater extent and the US is less than ever able to control it — although it may go financially bankrupt and break up its alliances in the process of seeking to be hegemonic.
This is cause for a certain optimism, based on a realistic assessment of the balance-of-power in the world.   I think we must avoid the pessimism-optimism trap but be realistic.   Although the Americans are very destructive, they are also losing wars and wrecking themselves economically and politically.   But for a century the world has fought wars, and while the US has been the leading power by far-in making wars since 1946, it has no monopoly on folly.
But it is crucial to remember that the US is only a reflection of the militarism and irrationality that has blinded many leaders of mankind for over a century.
The task is not only to prevent the US from inflicting more damage on the hapless world — Iraq at this moment — but to root out the historic, global illusions that led to its aggression.
Gabriel Kolko is the leading historian of modern warfare.   He is the author of the classic Century of War: Politics, Conflicts and Society Since 1914 and Another Century of War?.   He has also written the best history of the Vietnam War, Anatomy of a War: Vietnam, the US and the Modern Historical Experience.   His latest book, The Age of War, will be published in March 2006.
The child died when U.S. forces attacked with 200-pound (90-kilogram) guided rockets that crushed buildings in the densely packed district
Birth of Illusions
The American people absolutely do not know what their military does behind closed doors.
This blind spot in their sense of morality, greatly clouds their sense of reality.
' What they do not know won't hurt them,' becomes an impregnable line of defense that protects them from ever knowing the truth.
Mike Hastie
U.S. Army Medic
Vietnam 1970-71
April 29, 2008
From the video 'Holes in Heaven' — Brooks Agnew, Earth Tornographer
In 1983 I did radio tornography with 30 watts looking for oil in the ground.
I found 26 oil wells over a nine state area.
100 hundred percent of the time was accurate, which is just 30 watts of power beaming straight into solid rock.
HAARP uses a billion watts beamed straight into the ionosphere for experiments.
Picture these strings on the piano as layers of the Earth, each one has its own frequency.
What we used to do is beam radio waves into the ground and it would vibrate any 'strings' that were present in the ground.
We might get a sound back like ___ and we would say, that's natural gas.
We might get a sound back like ____ and we'd say that's crude oil.
We were able to identify each frequency.
We accomplished this with just 30 watts of radio power.
If you do this with a billion watts the vibrations are so violent that the entire piano would shake.
In fact the whole house would shake.
In fact the vibrations could be so severe under ground they could even cause an earthquake.
Download or watch movie on HAARP — Advanced US Military research weapon on behaviour modification
weather change, ionesphere manipulation — click here
Download or watch audio of Dr. Nick Begich talking on HAARP
— The 2006 update to 'Angels Don't Play This HAARP'.
'Angels Still Don't Play This HAARP: Advances In Tesla Technology'.
Planet Earth Weapon by Rosalie Bertell
ozone, HAARP, chemtrails, space war — click here
HAARP/Chemtrails/Alien aircraft/Illuminati involvement
1 hour video — click here
(has 30 second lead in with blank screen and silence)
Angels Dont Play This HAARP weather manipulation
1 hour 36 minutes video — click here
(poor quality to watch but well worth listening)
Dr. Nick Begich, his book and his articles can be found here      
Article on Chemtrails — unusual cloud formations in the US.
Afghanistan US military abuse of tribal people.

'After that I was so humiliated I couldn't see for my pain'

What I find is that the US Marines act with impunity.

They are conducting cordon and search operations designed to humiliate and terrorise the local community into compliance.

This is a rare and damning insight into what US forces are doing in that other “war on terror.”

Away from the eyes of the media, humiliation and brutalisation tactics similar to those used at Abu Ghraib are practiced here with impunity.

This documentary on Afghaistan by Carmela Baranowska that won the Walkley Award is a unique and unprecedented look at the sharp edge of the war on terror in one of the most remote and inaccessible places on earth.
Winner of the Walkley Award   Australian filmmaker   Carmela Baranowska.
What I find is that the US Marines act with impunity.  They are conducting cordon and search operations designed to humiliate and terrorise the local community into compliance.
This is a rare and damning insight into what US forces are doing in that other “war on terror.”
Away from the eyes of the media, humiliation and brutalisation tactics similar to those used at Abu Ghraib are practiced here with impunity.
This documentary is a unique and unprecedented look at the sharp edge of the war on terror in one of the most remote and inaccessible places on earth.
Unspeakable grief and horror
                        ...and the circus of deception continues...
Most recent Kewe blog   click here
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Circus of Torture   2003 — now
He says, "You are quite mad, Kewe"
And of course I am.
Why, I don't believe any of it — not the bloody body, not the bloody mind, not even the bloody Universe, or is it bloody multiverse.
"It's all illusion," I say.   "Don't you know, my lad, my lassie.   The game!   The game, me girl, me boy!   Takes on interest, don't you know.   T'is me sport, till doest find a better!"
Pssssst — but all this stuff is happening down here
Let's change it!
       Afghanistan — Western Terror States: Canada, US, UK, France, Germany, Italy       
       Photos of Afghanistan people being killed and injured by NATO     

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