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Tony Blair 'was fully aware' of CIA kidnap and torture program
April 06, 2014
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Tony Blair was fully aware of CIA kidnap and torture program.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair and British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw

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British Prime Minister Tony Blair
British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw
Former British PM Tony Blair was fully informed “every step of the way” about details of the CIA’s secret interrogation program, developed in the wake of the September 11 attacks, and “knew about everything” including torture, states a new report.
Blair and then-foreign secretary Jack Straw were repeatedly briefed by MI6 and took an ‘active interest’ in the program, according to an anonymous security source who spoke to the Telegraph.
The source said it was laughable to suggest any approval for UK security service cooperation with the CIA program was only approved by Straw:
“The politicians took a very active interest indeed.
They wanted to know everything.
The Americans passed over the legal opinions saying that this was now 'legal,’ and our politicians were aware of what was going on at the highest possible level.
The politicians knew in detail about everything — the torture and the rendition.
They could have said [to M16] 'stop it, do not get involved’, but at no time did they.”
This appears to contradict numerous previous statements made by UK officials.
54 countries cooperating in torture with US
After 9/11, the CIA launched its rendition program, involving global kidnap, detention and torture operations.
It emerged at the beginning of 2013 that at least 54 countries — many European — had acted in cooperation with the US and several of them were European.
Even in 2006 it was being reported that it was:
“Highly unlikely that European governments, or at least their intelligence services, were unaware of the 'rendition' of more than a hundred persons affecting Europe.”
Scotland Yard is continuing to investigate whether MI6 officers are to face prosecution over alleged complicity in renditions, including the cases of two Islamists from Libya who were sent back to the country in 2004 and were subjected to torture.
The investigation began in January 2012 after documents were unearthed suggesting that former MI6 head of counter-terrorism, Sir Mark Allen, was complicit in the rendition of one of the suspects, Abdel Hakim Belhadj.
Pursuing claims of torture damages UK-US relations
Belhadj sued Straw and MI6 but his case was thrown out last December.
While the High Court Judge noted that his claims were well founded, he also said that pursuing it could damage UK-US relations.
Belhadj reiterated his commitment to seeking an apology this week.
Since the Scotland Yard investigation began, MI6 has handed over top secret documents from the period to police.
It remains unclear whether Straw has been subjected to questioning over his role in the alleged extraordinary rendition of Islamists.
In January the same year, he told the Independent that:
“We [foreign secretaries] were opposed to unlawful rendition, opposed to torture or similar methods and not only did we not agree with it, we were not complicit in it, nor did we turn a blind eye to it.
No foreign secretary can know all the details of what intelligence services are doing at any one time.”
However, the Telegraph source added that:
“The understanding at SIS [Secret Intelligence Service] was it was acting in the 'national interest’ and with clear political approval.”
Policy to accept claims obtained from torture
In 2009, former ambassador to Uzbekistan and former Rector of the University of Dundee, Craig Murray, gave evidence to the Joint Committee on Human Rights that:
“When in early March 2003, at the meeting in London, I was told that it was now policy to accept intelligence that may have been obtained from torture I was very surprised.
I was told directly that that had been agreed, that it had the authority of the secretary of state and had come from Jack Straw.
I was told that he had discussed it at a meeting with Sir Richard Dearlove.”
MI6 cooperation with CIA rendition
However, he did state that while a CIA operative had been in attendance at an interrogation session and MI6 had received information via the CIA, there had “on occasion” been instructions not to use evidence obtained through torture.
Dearlove was head of MI6 from 1999-2004 and made comments in 2012 declaring that MI6 cooperation with CIA rendition was a political decision.
The Telegraph source stated.
“Tony Blair absolutely knew, Dearlove was briefing him all the time.
He was meticulous about keeping the politicians informed.
Whether there was anything in writing, well that is a different matter.”
While the UK government has never issued apologies to victims or shouldered responsibility for its complicity in rendition and torture, there have been numerous “no fault” payouts to rendition victims.
This week, members of the US Senate Intelligence Committee called for declassifying sections of a 6,300 page report on the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program.
The demands came days after contents of the report were leaked, showing the CIA lied about their tactics’ efficacy.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the committee’s chairman, said in a statement on Thursday:
“The purpose of this review was to uncover the facts behind this secret program, and the results were shocking.
The report exposes brutality that stands in stark contrast to our values as a nation.
It chronicles a stain on our history that must never again be allowed to happen.”
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UK soldier and veteran suicides 'outstrip Afghan deaths'
L/Sgt Dan Collins in army fatigues - Dan Collins killed himself.

Suicide rate among UK veterans is more than the number of UK soldiers killed in Aghanistan.

After serving in Afghanistan UK Lieutenant Sargent Dan Collins was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder
After serving in Afghanistan, L/Sgt Dan Collins was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder
BBC Panorama learned that 21 serving soldiers killed themselves last year, along with 29 veterans.
The Afghanistan death toll was 44, of whom 40 died in action.
Some of the soldiers' families say the men did not get enough support. The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said every suicide was a "tragedy".
The Panorama programme obtained the figure of 21 through a Freedom of Information request to the MoD.
The MoD said that rates of suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) within the serving military were lower than comparative rates in the civilian population.
Seven serving soldiers have been confirmed as having killed themselves last year, and inquests are pending for a further 14 deaths where suicide is suspected.
The British government, unlike its American counterpart, does not record the suicide rate among ex-soldiers.
But Panorama has independently established that at least 29 veterans took their own lives in 2012.
It wrote to every coroner in the country to ask for the names of soldiers and veterans who killed themselves last year and also analysed newspaper reports of coroners' inquests.
'Hell on earth'
One serving soldier who killed himself was L/Sgt Dan Collins, who had fought in Operation Panther's Claw in Helmand province, Afghanistan, in the summer of 2009.
Deana Collins - her son Dan Collins killed himself.

Suicide rate among UK veterans is more than the number of UK soldiers killed in Aghanistan.

Deana Collins, the mother of L/Sgt Collins, said her son was a victim of war
Deana Collins, the mother of L/Sgt Collins, said her son was a 'victim of war'
L/Sgt Collins, a Welsh Guardsman, twice survived being shot and was blown off his feet by a roadside bomb.
His friend, L/Cpl Dane Elson, was blown to pieces just yards away from him.
L/Sgt Collins's mother Deana had noticed a difference in her son during his time in Afghanistan.
"The phone calls changed and I remember him telling me, 'Mum, this place is hell on earth and I just want to get out of here'," she said.
After a six-month tour, L/Sgt Collins came home, returning to his girlfriend Vicky Roach's house.
Miss Roach said: "Obviously then I started noticing things. Nightmares were the main thing. It was pretty clear he was back there reliving everything."
Return to duty
The Army diagnosed L/Sgt Collins with PTSD.
After 10 months of intermittent treatment, the Army told L/Sgt Collins he had recovered and would soon be ready to return to duty.
Over the next three months, he twice tried to kill himself.
He started missing his weekly NHS appointments and told his girlfriend his flashbacks were getting worse.
"I wanted to help him but I didn't know what to do," said Miss Roach. "It takes a toll on your relationship and I just asked him to leave."
On New Year's Eve in 2011, L/Sgt Collins left her house, put on his Army uniform, and drove into the Preseli mountains in Pembrokeshire.
He recorded a farewell video on his phone and then hanged himself. He was 29. The inquest into his death is still to be held.
A 'natural response'
Clinical psychologist Dr Claudia Herbert said PTSD is the body's "natural response" to distressing events.
L/Sgt Dan Collins - Dan Collins killed himself.

Suicide rate among UK veterans is more than the number of UK soldiers killed in Aghanistan.

After serving in Afghanistan UK Lieutenant Sargent Dan Collins L/Sgt Dan Collins's name is not engraved on the wall at the National Memorial Arboretum
After serving in Afghanistan UK L/Sgt Dan Collins's name is not engraved on the wall at the National Memorial Arboretum
It can take years to emerge but is treatable if caught early. Symptoms include flashbacks, severe anxiety and depression.
The MoD said 2.9% of serving soldiers developed PTSD, which is lower than the general population.
The number of soldiers with PTSD has more than doubled in the past three years among those who served in Afghanistan, according to MoD figures obtained via Panorama's FOI request.
But Dr Herbert said: "Post-traumatic stress disorder in itself should not lead to suicide."
"PTSD is a condition that indicates something has deeply disturbed the system and is a warning that the system needs help and needs to regulate again."
Nobody can be sure how many of the 21 soldiers and 29 veterans who took their own lives in 2012 were suffering from PTSD as the reasons for suicide are complex.
"The evidence suggests there's more of a problem than the government and the MoD are admitting to," said Colonel Stuart Tootal, a former commander of 3 Para.
The former head of the British army, General Sir Richard Dannatt, wants the suicide rate among veterans to be monitored.
"It's pretty clear to me that it should be happening because once you have some statistics you can start to do something about it," he said.
'Victims of war'
The MoD said it was not prepared to talk about individual cases but has committed £7.4m to ensure there is extensive mental health support in place for everyone who needs it.
It said 134,780 soldiers have been deployed to Afghanistan since 2001.
The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire honours the military casualties of every conflict since WWII.
The names of soldiers who killed themselves in Afghanistan are engraved on the wall but those who took their own lives after returning home are not mentioned.
L/Sgt Collins was a serving soldier at the time of his death on 1 January 2012 but his name will not be on the memorial.
"It's heartbreaking because Daniel would have been so proud to have his name carved somewhere," said Mrs Collins.
"Soldiers with PTSD are exactly the same. They're victims of war and they should be treated exactly the same."
Number of suicides, open verdicts and suspected suicides awaiting inquests among serving soldiers
2010 — 7
2011 — 15
2012 — 21
Source: Ministry of Defence
Number of soldiers with initial diagnosis of PTSD who served in Afghanistan
2009 — 108
2010 — 180
2011 — 183
2012 — 231
Source: Ministry of Defence
Darren's story
Darren Booker, a Welsh Guardsman, was disturbed by what he had experienced in Afghanistan.
He said: "I went into camp one morning and I just broke down.  So they took me to the doctor's and he said you might have PTSD."
An appointment was arranged but he missed it because he was on paternity leave.  When he left the Army in January 2011, he had not been formally diagnosed with PTSD and then became chronically depressed.
"I'd feel suicidal every day," he said.  "I probably didn't leave the house properly for about a year."
He applied for compensation from the Army but it was refused because he had never been formally diagnosed with PTSD.
He has been unable to work since so his partner must support him and their three children.
UK military deaths in Afghanistan
BBC © 2013
Woolwich suspect tortured 'at behest of British intelligence'
— sexual abuse and harassment was 'ordered by MI5'
"Is it a coincidence that Abu Nusaybah was arrested yesterday at the BBC studios right after he gave an interview which described the MI5 harassment and torture in Kenya — which British intelligence knew about and quite possibly was complicit in — of Michael Adebolajo?"
Inexplicably not aired by BBC
Begg confirmed that Adebolajo had "approached us around the time about it and we referred him to lawyers as a result."
Now Begg's confirmation is supported with further details by Ibrahim Hassan's lawyer, Mohammed Akunjee of Soni & Kaur Solicitors in an exclusive interview with this author.
Akunjee said that his client told him that Michael Adebolajo had been tortured in Kenya under the orders of Britain's security services.
He added that this key claim put forth by Hassan and recorded during his BBC Newsnight interview was inexplicably not aired on the first programme.
Instead, Newsnight waited until the release of Hassan's letter to air the recording today, 28th May, 2013.
Akunjee said that:
"Abu Nusayba told me that 6 months ago Michael Adebolajo had turned up at his house distraught and explained to him that he was being harassed and hounded by MI5 officers.
They had been good friends for many years — since before each of them had converted to Islam — which is why Adebolajo confided in him.
Adebolajo told him that during his trip to Kenya to undertake an Islamic studies course, he had been arrested by Kenyan authorities on the pretext that he was trying to collaborate with al Shabaab.
He said that after being detained in a holding cell for hours, a number of Kenyan security officers turned up at his cell and beat him severely all over to interrogate him although he protested his innocence.
When Adebolajo demanded to have contact with the British embassy, the Kenyan officers laughed and told him, 'Who do you think asked us to do this to you?'
One of the officers then stripped him and grabbed his penis.
He told him, 'If you don't talk, I'm going to fuck you.'
As Adebolajo was innocent, there was nothing he could say.
According to my client, Adebolajo said to him that the Kenyan officers then proceeded to do 'unimaginable things to him which he couldn't bear talking about'."
Letter of House of Commons re Michael Adebolajo

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Former SAS soldier Ben Griffin blows apart Miliband denial of UK torture involvement.
Written by Stewart office
Monday, 25 February 2008
...The use of British Territory and airspace pales into insignificance in light of the fact that it has been British soldiers detaining the victims of Extraordinary Rendition in the first place.
Since the invasion of Afghanistan in the autumn of 2001 UKSF has operated within a joint US/UK Task Force.
Former SAS soldier Ben Griffin blows apart Miliband denial of UK torture involvement.

Picture: www.stopwar.org.uk
This Task Force has been responsible for the detention of hundreds if not thousands of individuals in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Individuals detained by British soldiers within this Task force have ended up in Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp, Bagram Theatre Internment Facility, Balad Special Forces Base, Camp Nama BIAP and Abu Ghraib Prison.
...These secretive prisons are part of a global network in which individuals face torture and are held indefinately without charge.
All of this is in direct contravention of the Geneva Conventions, International Law and the UN Convention Against Torture.
...Camp Nama at Baghdad International Airport during 2004... this facility was used to interrogate individuals captured by the joint US/UK Task Force.
In it are the details of numerous breaches of the Geneva Convention and accounts of torture.
These breaches were not the actions of rogue elements.
The abuse was systematic and sanctioned through the chain of command.
...Throughout my time in Iraq I was in no doubt that individuals detained by UKSF and handed over to our American colleagues would be tortured.
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At another time, Jeff saw a British SAS officer beat a detainee:
[It] was a beating in a kind of a bunker behind the main facility. . . .
this British guy actually who wasn’t supposed to be interrogating anybody — a British soldier.
SAS.   That’s all I know about him.   I don’t know his name or anything.
But we went back there and he gave the guy a pretty good pounding.
Nothing really in the face.
A lot of stomach shots, and I would say two or three groin shots, very harsh.
A knee to the abdomen.
Thrown against the wall and so forth.
Human Rights Watch — Soldiers’ Accounts
 

This, mind you, is kinder gentler Britain, whose exemplary interaction with the locals at Basra was held up as a model for American forces.
The new video shows this up for the nonsense it is; the Brits on tape are every bit as gung-ho and turned-on torturers...
A woman reads the front page of Britain's 'News of the World' newspaper in London, February 12, which features video footage showing British troops abusing Iraqi children - young teenage boys who were wearing no shoes.

Photo: AFP/File/Alessandro Abbonizio
A woman reads the front page of Britain's 'News of the World' newspaper in London, February 12, which features video footage showing British troops abusing Iraqi children - young teenage boys who were wearing no shoes.
British Troops Beat Up Barefoot Iraqi Young Teens A video shown on BBC TV on February 11, 2006 shows British soldiers savagely beating and kicking unarmed young Iraqi teenagers in an army compound.

Officials at the Ministry of Defense are said to have investigated and established beyond doubt the authenticity of the video.

Shot secretly “for fun” as a home movie from a rooftop in Basra in southern Iraq by a corporal and shown to friends at a home base in Europe, it was given to the News of the World later by an anonymous whistle blower.

The footage shows soldiers pulling four Iraqi boys in their early teens into their army base after a riot and beating them with batons, then punching and kicking them repeatedly on the body and head and between the legs.

Within the space of one minute, some 42 blows are rained on the four young teens whom the whistle blower said “were just kids” who did not even have on shoes.

Camp Breadbasket

On 15 May 2003 the 1st Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers captured Iraqis looting an aid camp in Operation Ali-Baba.

They were detained for a brief period during which they were beaten, forced to simulate oral and anal sex and suspended from a forklift truck.

Later that month, Fusilier Gary Bartlam, 20, of Tamworth, Staffordshire, took a film to be developed containing 22 photographs of abuse taking place.

This triggered a lengthy court martial at a British Army barracks in Osnabruck, Germany. Bartlam pleaded guilty to three charges of ill treatment of Iraqi prisoners.

Cpl Daniel Kenyon, 33, from Newcastle, denied six charges of abuse.

He was convicted of three, cleared of two charges and the remaining charge was dropped.

L/Cpl Mark Cooley, 25, from Newcastle, denied two charges of abuse but was found guilty of both. L/Cpl Darren Larkin, 30, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, admitted to one charge of assault but denied another.

The second charge was dropped.

Photo: BBC PANORAMA
In another torture situation in Basra, Britain's first convicted war criminal:
The hotel worker and son of an Iraqi police colonel died on 16 September 2003 while in custody of the Queen's Lancashire Regiment at a detention centre near Basra.
The Queen's Lancashire Regiment were the soldiers.

Outside the temperature was hitting the 40s.

The men had been in British custody for a day and a night with limited food and water.

'Payne picked granddad up by the back of his collar.

'He put him in the sitting position and told him to get his head up and hold his arms up.

'Then he struck the back of granddad's neck.

'Granddad let out a groan.

'It was like a karate chop.

'Granddad fell back over onto his side.

'Payne then said: 'You're pissing me off now.'

'He karate chopped him again and then he punched granddad a couple of times in his rib kind of area.

'Then I heard a bang, a clunk, a noise like something was colliding with something else.

'His head hit the floor.'

These are the soldiers who were not put on trial and yet the judge said it was from then on during their shifts that the violence intensified.

It was Lieutenant Rogers' men who were now on shift right to the end.

The jailer, Corporal Payne, was in and out too.

He'd taken a special disliking to the man they'd nicknamed 'granddad.'

On day two a young RAF man called Scott Hughes walked in, curious about the screams:

'Corporal Payne was standing behind granddad.

He kicked him in the lower back region where the kidneys are located.

He groaned in a pained groan.

Corporal Payne then put his hand, using his forefinger and his second finger into like the eye socket and yanked
his head up like trying to... it was as if he was gouging the eyes, like he was trying to pick his head up by his eye sockets.'

The facts are shocking, yet to read some of the coverage of the court-martial into the death of a prisoner you'd think the charges were somehow trumped up in an excess of political correctness.

There is nothing fabricated about the injuries to Baha Mousa or the fact that dozens of soldiers either joined in or witnessed the abuse.

So why is only one man facing punishment?

A scene of crime, there's a dead body.

There are men with internal bleeding, ruptured organs, broken bones.

They have sandbags over their heads, their hands are bound.

They're lying in their own excrement, semi-naked, semi-conscious, shaking, terrified.

They've been tortured for 36 hours.

Photo: Reconstruction based on witness testimony
BBC PANORAMA
Outside the temperature was hitting the 40s.
The men had been in British custody for a day and a night with limited food and water.
'Payne picked granddad up by the back of his collar.
'He put him in the sitting position and told him to get his head up and hold his arms up.
'Then he struck the back of granddad's neck.
'Granddad let out a groan.
'It was like a karate chop.
'Granddad fell back over onto his side.
'Payne then said: 'You're pissing me off now.'
'He karate chopped him again and then he punched granddad a couple of times in his rib kind of area.
'Then I heard a bang, a clunk, a noise like something was colliding with something else.
'His head hit the floor.'
Photo: Reconstruction based on witness testimony BBC PANORAMA
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The building had formerly been the secret service headquarters of Ali Majid (Chemical Ali).
Cpl Donald Payne, 36, became Britain's first convicted war criminal when he admitted inhumanely treating civilian detainees.
Six other soldiers were cleared by a military court in Bulford, Wiltshire, of abusing Mr Mousa and other detainees.
Camp Breadbasket
On 15 May 2003 the 1st Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers captured Iraqis looting an aid camp in Operation Ali-Baba.
They were detained for a brief period during which they were beaten, forced to simulate oral and anal sex and suspended from a forklift truck.
Later that month, Fusilier Gary Bartlam, 20, of Tamworth, Staffordshire, took a film to be developed containing 22 photographs of abuse taking place.
This triggered a lengthy court martial at a British Army barracks in Osnabruck, Germany. Bartlam pleaded guilty to three charges of ill treatment of Iraqi prisoners.
Cpl Daniel Kenyon, 33, from Newcastle, denied six charges of abuse.
He was convicted of three, cleared of two charges and the remaining charge was dropped.
L/Cpl Mark Cooley, 25, from Newcastle, denied two charges of abuse but was found guilty of both. L/Cpl Darren Larkin, 30, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, admitted to one charge of assault but denied another.
The second charge was dropped.
Civilian Death Toll in Iraq May Top 1 Million
September 14, 2007 by the Los Angeles Times
A British survey offers the highest estimate to date.
The figure from ORB, a British polling agency that has conducted several surveys in Iraq, followed statements this week from the U.S. military defending itself against accusations it was trying to play down Iraqi deaths to make its strategy appear successful.
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Estimated between 426,369 to 793,663 killed in Iraq since US Occupation
October 11, 2006
Since the 2003 American invasion, the figure breaks down to about 15,000 violent deaths a month.
The second study by researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health uses samples of casualties from Iraqi households to extimate an overall figure of 601,027 Iraqis dead from violence between March 2003 and July 2006.
US occupation for oil raid
Baghdad  July, 2007
The new study is more representative, its researchers said, and the sampling is broader.
The study surveyed 1,849 Iraqi families in 47 different neighborhoods across Iraq with the selection of geographical areas in 18 regions across Iraq baseded on population size, not on the level of violence.
In the last week of September, the government barred the central morgue in Baghdad and the Health Ministry — the two main sources of information for civilian deaths — from releasing figures to the news media.
In October a note was issued from the government instructing officials not to release death totals to the UN.
The study uses a method similar to that employed in estimates of casualty figures in other conflict areas like Darfur and Congo.   It sought to measure the number of deaths that occurred as a result of the war.
The figure is not exhaustive.   A police official at Yarmouk Hospital in Baghdad who spoke on the condition of anonymity said he had seen nationwide counts provided to the hospital that indicated as many as 200 people a day were dying.
“We found deaths all over the country,” Gilbert Burnham, the principle author of the study said.   Baghdad was an area of medium violence in the country, he said.   The provinces of Diyala and Salahuddin, north of Baghdad, and Anbar to the west, all had higher death rates than the capital.
 
Revealed: MI5's role in torture flight hell
· British source tells of betrayal to CIA
· 'I was stripped and hauled to US base'
David Rose
Sunday July 29, 2007
An Iraqi who was a key source of intelligence for MI5 has given the first ever full insider's account of being seized by the CIA and bundled on to an illegal 'torture flight' under the programme known as extraordinary rendition.
In a remarkable interview for The Observer, British resident Bisher al-Rawi has told how he was betrayed by the security service despite having helped keep track of Abu Qatada, the Muslim cleric accused of being Osama bin Laden's 'ambassador in Europe'.
He was abducted and stripped naked by US agents, clad in nappies, a tracksuit and shackles, blindfolded and forced to wear ear mufflers, then strapped to a stretcher on board a plane bound for a CIA 'black site' jail near Kabul in Afghanistan.
Occupation forces
question Bagdad citizen
He was taken on to the jail at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba before being released last March and returned to Britain after four years' detention without charge.
'All the way through that flight I was on the verge of screaming,' al-Rawi said.
'At last we landed, I thought, thank God it's over.
But it wasn't - it was just a refuelling stop in Cairo.
There were hours still to go ... My back was so painful, the handcuffs were so tight.
All the time they kept me on my back.
Once, I managed to wriggle a tiny bit, just shifted my weight to one side.
Then I felt someone hit my hand.
Even this was forbidden.'
He was thrown into the CIA's 'Dark Prison,' deprived of all light 24 hours a day in temperatures so low that ice formed on his food and water.
He was taken to Guantanamo in March 2003 and released after being cleared of any involvement in terrorism by a tribunal.
A report by Parliament's intelligence and security committee last week disclosed that, although the Americans warned MI5 it planned to render al-Rawi in advance, in breach of international law, the British did not intervene on the grounds he did not have a UK passport.
The government claimed he was the responsibility of Iraq, which he fled as a teenager when his father was tortured by Saddam Hussein's regime.
Nine people killed by US attack
23 people wounded
Kerbala, Iraq
The report confirmed that al-Rawi, 39, was only held after MI5 sent the CIA a telegram, stating he was an 'Islamic extremist' who had a timer for an improvised bomb in his luggage.
In reality, before al-Rawi left London, police confirmed the device was a battery charger from Argos.
The committee accepted MI5's claim, given in secret testimony, that it had not wanted the Americans to arrest him, in November 2002, concluding the incident had damaged US-UK relations.
But al-Rawi alleged that the CIA told him they had been given the contents of his own MI5 file - information he had given his handlers freely when he was working as their source.
He said an MI5 lawyer had given him 'cast iron' assurances that anything he told them would be treated in the strictest confidence and, if he ever got into trouble, MI5 would do everything in its power to help him.
When al-Rawi was in Guantanamo, he asked the American authorities to find his former MI5 handlers so they would corroborate his story but, because he did not know their surnames, MI5 said it could not assist.
The committee report cited MI5 testimony claiming that when al-Rawi was transported in December 2002, it could not have known how harsh his treatment might be.
Yet eight months earlier, Amnesty International had published a lengthy report on US detention in Afghanistan, quoting several ex-prisoners who described conditions very similar to those experienced by al-Rawi.
He had conveyed messages between the preacher Abu Qatada and MI5 when Qatada was supposedly in hiding in 2002.
At MI5's behest, he came close to arranging a meeting between the two sides.
Al-Rawi has now spoken out in an effort to help his friend Jamil el-Banna, who remains in Guantanamo.
A Jordan-ian who also lived in London for years, where his wife and five children are British citizens, he too has been cleared by the Americans.
However, he has been unable to leave Guantanamo because Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary, says she is reviewing his right of residence on national security grounds.
Sarah Teather, the Liberal Democrat MP for Brent East in London, where el-Banna lives, said his case revealed 'decrepitude at the heart of the government'.
The government had 'no regard for the welfare of his children'.
His lawyers have filed a statement from al-Rawi as part of a judicial review case.
In the action, they accuse MI5 of having a 'causative role' in both men's ordeals, stating it was 'complicit' in the illegal rendition and guilty of an 'abuse of power'.
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140,000 cases of cancer
Close to a million dead
4 million plus people displaced
23 July, 2007
Iraqis blame U.S. depleted uranium for surge in cancer
CAIRO, July 23 (RIA Novosti) — Iraq's environment minister blamed Monday the use of depleted uranium weapons by U.S. forces during the 2003 Operation Shock and Awe for the current surge in cancer cases across the country.
Opium Heroin harvest Afghanistan
As a result of "at least 350 sites in Iraq being contaminated during bombing" with depleted uranium (DU) weapons, Nermin Othman said, the nation is facing about 140,000 cases of cancer, with 7,000 to 8,000 new ones registered each year.
Speaking at a ministerial meeting of the Arab League, she also complained that many chemical plants and oil facilities had been destroyed during the two military campaigns since the 1990s, but the ecological consequences remain unclear.
"Our ministry is fledgling, and we need international support; notably, we need laboratories to better monitor air and water contamination," she said.
The first major UN research on the consequences of the use of DU on the battlefield was conducted in 2003 in the wake of NATO operations in Kosovo, Bosnia, and Montenegro.
The UN Environment Program (UNEP) said in its report after the research that DU poses little threat if spent munitions are cleared from the ground.
"Health risks primarily depend on the awareness of people coming into contact with DU," UNEP writes in its 2004 brochure "Depleted Uranium Awareness."
No major clean-up or public awareness campaigns have been reported in Iraq.
© 2007 RIA Novosti
British Troops Beat Up Barefoot Iraqi Young Teens A video shown on BBC TV on February 11, 2006 shows British soldiers savagely beating and kicking unarmed young Iraqi teenagers in an army compound.

Officials at the Ministry of Defense are said to have investigated and established beyond doubt the authenticity of the video.

Shot secretly “for fun” as a home movie from a rooftop in Basra in southern Iraq by a corporal and shown to friends at a home base in Europe, it was given to the News of the World later by an anonymous whistle blower.

The footage shows soldiers pulling four Iraqi boys in their early teens into their army base after a riot and beating them with batons, then punching and kicking them repeatedly on the body and head and between the legs.

Within the space of one minute, some 42 blows are rained on the four young teens whom the whistle blower said “were just kids” who did not even have on shoes.

Camp Breadbasket

On 15 May 2003 the 1st Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers captured Iraqis looting an aid camp in Operation Ali-Baba.

They were detained for a brief period during which they were beaten, forced to simulate oral and anal sex and suspended from a forklift truck.

Later that month, Fusilier Gary Bartlam, 20, of Tamworth, Staffordshire, took a film to be developed containing 22 photographs of abuse taking place.

This triggered a lengthy court martial at a British Army barracks in Osnabruck, Germany. Bartlam pleaded guilty to three charges of ill treatment of Iraqi prisoners.

Cpl Daniel Kenyon, 33, from Newcastle, denied six charges of abuse.

He was convicted of three, cleared of two charges and the remaining charge was dropped.

L/Cpl Mark Cooley, 25, from Newcastle, denied two charges of abuse but was found guilty of both. L/Cpl Darren Larkin, 30, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, admitted to one charge of assault but denied another.

The second charge was dropped.

Photo: BBC PANORAMA
www.counterpunch.org     Lila Rajiva
British Troops Beat Up Barefoot Young Iraqi Teens
The Axis of Child Abusers
British Troops Beat Up Barefoot Iraqi Young Teens A video shown on BBC TV on February 11, 2006 shows British soldiers savagely beating and kicking unarmed young Iraqi teenagers in an army compound.
Officials at the Ministry of Defense are said to have investigated and established beyond doubt the authenticity of the video.
Shot secretly “for fun” as a home movie from a rooftop in Basra in southern Iraq by a corporal and shown to friends at a home base in Europe, it was given to the News of the World later by an anonymous whistle blower.
The footage shows soldiers pulling four Iraqi boys in their early teens into their army base after a riot and beating them with batons, then punching and kicking them repeatedly on the body and head and between the legs.
Within the space of one minute, some 42 blows are rained on the four young teens whom the whistle blower said “were just kids” who did not even have on shoes.
British Troops Beat Up Barefoot Iraqi Young Teens A video shown on BBC TV on February 11, 2006 shows British soldiers savagely beating and kicking unarmed young Iraqi teenagers in an army compound.

Officials at the Ministry of Defense are said to have investigated and established beyond doubt the authenticity of the video.

Shot secretly “for fun” as a home movie from a rooftop in Basra in southern Iraq by a corporal and shown to friends at a home base in Europe, it was given to the News of the World later by an anonymous whistle blower.

The footage shows soldiers pulling four Iraqi boys in their early teens into their army base after a riot and beating them with batons, then punching and kicking them repeatedly on the body and head and between the legs.

Within the space of one minute, some 42 blows are rained on the four young teens whom the whistle blower said “were just kids” who did not even have on shoes.

Camp Breadbasket

On 15 May 2003 the 1st Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers captured Iraqis looting an aid camp in Operation Ali-Baba.

They were detained for a brief period during which they were beaten, forced to simulate oral and anal sex and suspended from a forklift truck.

Later that month, Fusilier Gary Bartlam, 20, of Tamworth, Staffordshire, took a film to be developed containing 22 photographs of abuse taking place.

This triggered a lengthy court martial at a British Army barracks in Osnabruck, Germany. Bartlam pleaded guilty to three charges of ill treatment of Iraqi prisoners.

Cpl Daniel Kenyon, 33, from Newcastle, denied six charges of abuse.

He was convicted of three, cleared of two charges and the remaining charge was dropped.

L/Cpl Mark Cooley, 25, from Newcastle, denied two charges of abuse but was found guilty of both. L/Cpl Darren Larkin, 30, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, admitted to one charge of assault but denied another.

The second charge was dropped.

Photo: BBC PANORAMA
Prices tenfold to meet
(The Wests)
International
Monetary Fund (IMF)
demands
HELEN THOMAS:    Dispatches from Iraq said that yesterday we killed 70 people in Iraq, near Ramadi, including 18 children.
I want to know what the President thinks of that.
MR. McCLELLAN:    Well, first of all, I think you need to talk to the military, because the military —
HELEN THOMAS:    No, I’m talking here.
MR. McCLELLAN:    Yes, and as I’m responding to you, the military has said otherwise at this point.
Now, the military has review mechanisms in place and when there are questions raised, they look into those matters, and so that’s something that, obviously, they will look into.
But, beyond that, you’d have to talk to the military about where that stands.
Now —
HELEN THOMAS:    Eighteen children —
MR. McCLELLAN:    In terms of our United States military, our military goes out of the way not to target —
HELEN THOMAS:    Why were 18 children killed?
MR. McCLELLAN:    Our military goes out of the way not to target innocent civilians.
HELEN THOMAS:    I’m not saying they were targeted —
MR. McCLELLAN:    Our military goes out of the way to target the enemy, and to —
HELEN THOMAS:    Why did they say 18 children?
      George Orwell 1984  White House Press   October 19th 2005      
British Troops Beat Up Barefoot Iraqi Young Teens A video shown on BBC TV on February 11, 2006 shows British soldiers savagely beating and kicking unarmed young Iraqi teenagers in an army compound.

Officials at the Ministry of Defense are said to have investigated and established beyond doubt the authenticity of the video.

Shot secretly “for fun” as a home movie from a rooftop in Basra in southern Iraq by a corporal and shown to friends at a home base in Europe, it was given to the News of the World later by an anonymous whistle blower.

The footage shows soldiers pulling four Iraqi boys in their early teens into their army base after a riot and beating them with batons, then punching and kicking them repeatedly on the body and head and between the legs.

Within the space of one minute, some 42 blows are rained on the four young teens whom the whistle blower said “were just kids” who did not even have on shoes.

Camp Breadbasket

On 15 May 2003 the 1st Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers captured Iraqis looting an aid camp in Operation Ali-Baba.

They were detained for a brief period during which they were beaten, forced to simulate oral and anal sex and suspended from a forklift truck.

Later that month, Fusilier Gary Bartlam, 20, of Tamworth, Staffordshire, took a film to be developed containing 22 photographs of abuse taking place.

This triggered a lengthy court martial at a British Army barracks in Osnabruck, Germany. Bartlam pleaded guilty to three charges of ill treatment of Iraqi prisoners.

Cpl Daniel Kenyon, 33, from Newcastle, denied six charges of abuse.

He was convicted of three, cleared of two charges and the remaining charge was dropped.

L/Cpl Mark Cooley, 25, from Newcastle, denied two charges of abuse but was found guilty of both. L/Cpl Darren Larkin, 30, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, admitted to one charge of assault but denied another.

The second charge was dropped.

Photo: BBC PANORAMA
Photo: Reconstruction based on witness testimony
BBC Panorama
A LEFTWING VIEW OF THE DAY'S NEWS AND THE WAY IT'S PRESENTED IN THE MEDIA
Sunday, April 01, 2007
McCain, Obama, and genocide
More than a half-million Iraqis have died because of the U.S. invasion in March, 2003; another million or so died in the decade before that thanks the U.S./U.K. ("U.N.") sanctions.
And in the light of all that, we can still, in this Alice-through the-looking-glass-world we live in, hear this from John McCain: "Failure is genocide."
And when asked by Wolf Blitzer to respond to that statement, here's the stone-racist response from Barack Obama:
BLITZER: What if he's right?
What if he's right, and what you're proposing and a lot of Democrats are proposing results in genocide in Iraq?
OBAMA: Well, look, what you have right now is chaos in Iraq.
After having spent hundreds of billions of dollars, after seeing close to 3,200 lives lost, what you now see is chaos.
That's what Barack Obama thinks has been lost in Iraq — hundreds of billions of dollars, and 3,200 lives.
The actual genocide that's taken place in the last 15 years?
Sorry, neither he nor McCain nor Wolf Blitzer even acknowledges that that has taken place.
The idea simply does not compute in their "the U.S. is a force for good in the world" brains.
British Troops Beat Up Barefoot Iraqi Young Teens A video shown on BBC TV on February 11, 2006 shows British soldiers savagely beating and kicking unarmed young Iraqi teenagers in an army compound.

Officials at the Ministry of Defense are said to have investigated and established beyond doubt the authenticity of the video.

Shot secretly “for fun” as a home movie from a rooftop in Basra in southern Iraq by a corporal and shown to friends at a home base in Europe, it was given to the News of the World later by an anonymous whistle blower.

The footage shows soldiers pulling four Iraqi boys in their early teens into their army base after a riot and beating them with batons, then punching and kicking them repeatedly on the body and head and between the legs.

Within the space of one minute, some 42 blows are rained on the four young teens whom the whistle blower said “were just kids” who did not even have on shoes.

Camp Breadbasket

On 15 May 2003 the 1st Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers captured Iraqis looting an aid camp in Operation Ali-Baba.

They were detained for a brief period during which they were beaten, forced to simulate oral and anal sex and suspended from a forklift truck.

Later that month, Fusilier Gary Bartlam, 20, of Tamworth, Staffordshire, took a film to be developed containing 22 photographs of abuse taking place.

This triggered a lengthy court martial at a British Army barracks in Osnabruck, Germany. Bartlam pleaded guilty to three charges of ill treatment of Iraqi prisoners.

Cpl Daniel Kenyon, 33, from Newcastle, denied six charges of abuse.

He was convicted of three, cleared of two charges and the remaining charge was dropped.

L/Cpl Mark Cooley, 25, from Newcastle, denied two charges of abuse but was found guilty of both. L/Cpl Darren Larkin, 30, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, admitted to one charge of assault but denied another.

The second charge was dropped.

Photo: BBC PANORAMA
Photo: BBC Panorama
 
CIA Obama the acting president
Every facial movement, gesture of the hand, word enunciated by the 44th president turns out to be a complete charade
The CIA — Obama — Illuminati
A long-term strategic CIA plan to recruit promising candidates
and steer these individuals and their families into positions of influence and power
Behavior modification
Phenomenological — structures of consciousness — programs
US policy has even less regard for human rights both abroad and at home
British Troops Beat Up Barefoot Iraqi Young Teens A video shown on BBC TV on February 11, 2006 shows British soldiers savagely beating and kicking unarmed young Iraqi teenagers in an army compound.

Officials at the Ministry of Defense are said to have investigated and established beyond doubt the authenticity of the video.

Shot secretly “for fun” as a home movie from a rooftop in Basra in southern Iraq by a corporal and shown to friends at a home base in Europe, it was given to the News of the World later by an anonymous whistle blower.

The footage shows soldiers pulling four Iraqi boys in their early teens into their army base after a riot and beating them with batons, then punching and kicking them repeatedly on the body and head and between the legs.

Within the space of one minute, some 42 blows are rained on the four young teens whom the whistle blower said “were just kids” who did not even have on shoes.

Camp Breadbasket

On 15 May 2003 the 1st Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers captured Iraqis looting an aid camp in Operation Ali-Baba.

They were detained for a brief period during which they were beaten, forced to simulate oral and anal sex and suspended from a forklift truck.

Later that month, Fusilier Gary Bartlam, 20, of Tamworth, Staffordshire, took a film to be developed containing 22 photographs of abuse taking place.

This triggered a lengthy court martial at a British Army barracks in Osnabruck, Germany. Bartlam pleaded guilty to three charges of ill treatment of Iraqi prisoners.

Cpl Daniel Kenyon, 33, from Newcastle, denied six charges of abuse.

He was convicted of three, cleared of two charges and the remaining charge was dropped.

L/Cpl Mark Cooley, 25, from Newcastle, denied two charges of abuse but was found guilty of both. L/Cpl Darren Larkin, 30, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, admitted to one charge of assault but denied another.

The second charge was dropped.

Photo: BBC PANORAMA
UK Torture and death
Photo: BBC Panorama
British Troops Beat Up Barefoot Iraqi Young Teens A video shown on BBC TV on February 11, 2006 shows British soldiers savagely beating and kicking unarmed young Iraqi teenagers in an army compound.

Officials at the Ministry of Defense are said to have investigated and established beyond doubt the authenticity of the video.

Shot secretly “for fun” as a home movie from a rooftop in Basra in southern Iraq by a corporal and shown to friends at a home base in Europe, it was given to the News of the World later by an anonymous whistle blower.

The footage shows soldiers pulling four Iraqi boys in their early teens into their army base after a riot and beating them with batons, then punching and kicking them repeatedly on the body and head and between the legs.

Within the space of one minute, some 42 blows are rained on the four young teens whom the whistle blower said “were just kids” who did not even have on shoes.

Camp Breadbasket

On 15 May 2003 the 1st Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers captured Iraqis looting an aid camp in Operation Ali-Baba.

They were detained for a brief period during which they were beaten, forced to simulate oral and anal sex and suspended from a forklift truck.

Later that month, Fusilier Gary Bartlam, 20, of Tamworth, Staffordshire, took a film to be developed containing 22 photographs of abuse taking place.

This triggered a lengthy court martial at a British Army barracks in Osnabruck, Germany. Bartlam pleaded guilty to three charges of ill treatment of Iraqi prisoners.

Cpl Daniel Kenyon, 33, from Newcastle, denied six charges of abuse.

He was convicted of three, cleared of two charges and the remaining charge was dropped.

L/Cpl Mark Cooley, 25, from Newcastle, denied two charges of abuse but was found guilty of both. L/Cpl Darren Larkin, 30, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, admitted to one charge of assault but denied another.

The second charge was dropped.

Photo: BBC PANORAMA
Kifah Mutairi — UK Torture and death
Photo: BBC Panorama
Friday, 17 February 2006
Tutu calls for Guantanamo closure
Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Archbishop Tutu says the camp is a
Archbishop Tutu says the camp is a "horrendous subversion" of the law
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has joined in the growing chorus of condemnation of America's Guantanamo Bay prison camp.
He said the detention camp was a stain on the character of the United States as a superpower and a democracy.
He also attacked Britain's 28-day detention period for terror suspects, calling it excessive and untenable.
His comments follow a UN report calling for the closure of the camp where some 500 "enemy combatants" have been held without trial for up to four years.
Speaking on the BBC's Today programme, Archbishop Tutu said he was alarmed that arguments used by the South African apartheid regime are now being used to justify anti-terror measures.
"It is disgraceful and one cannot find strong enough words to condemn what Britain and the United States and some of their allies have accepted," he said.
The respected clergyman said the rule of law had been "subverted horrendously" and he described the muted public outcry — particularly in America — as "saddening".
File picture of detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

Only a handful of the approximately 500 detainees have been tried.
Only a handful of the approximately 500 detainees have been tried
Archbishop Tutu also attacked Tony Blair's failed attempt to hold terrorist suspects in Britain for up to 90 days without charge.
"Ninety days for a South African is an awful deja-vu because we had in South Africa in the bad old days a 90-day detention law," he said.
Under apartheid, as at Guantanamo, people were held for "unconscionably long periods" and then released, he said.
"Are you able to restore to those people the time when their freedom was denied them? If you have evidence for goodness sake produce it in a court of law," he said.
"People with power have an incredible capacity for wanting to be able to retain that power and don't like scrutiny." International pressure
GUANTANAMO TIMELINE
Jan 2002:First "illegal combatants" arrive at Camp X-ray. Transferred to Camp Delta in April
Feb 2002:More than 100 out of nearly 600 detainees stage first of many hunger strikes
Oct 2002:First releases include four men returned to Afghanistan and Pakistan
Feb 2004:US officials announce the first charges against two detainees
Mar-May 2004:Dozens of detainees released
July 2004:First military tribunal
Jan 2005:US announces investigation into allegations of abuse
May 2005:US magazine report — later retracted — alleges copies of the Koran mishandled by guards, sparking worldwide protests.   US later confirms five cases of mishandling

Archbishop Tutu's comments add to the mounting international pressure on US President Bush to close the detention centre at Guantanamo Bay.
The UN Secretary General, Kofi Annan, said on Thursday that America must close the camp "as soon as is possible".
His comments backed a UN report recommending that the US try the approximately 500 inmates, or free them "without further delay".
A senior British minister has also called for the camp to be closed.
Speaking on the BBC television Question Time programme on Thursday, Peter Hain said he would prefer to see Guantanamo Bay close.
He also indicated that the UK Prime Minister, Tony Blair, agreed with him.
The US has dismissed most of the findings of the UN report which include allegations of torture.
White House spokesman Scott McClellan on Thursday rejected the call to close the camp, saying the military treated all detainees humanely.
"These are dangerous terrorists that we're talking about," he said.
Tutu:
The cost of the decision to rid Iraq of its by-all-accounts despotic and murderous leader has been staggering, beginning in Iraq itself.
Last year, an average of 6.5 people died there each day in suicide attacks and vehicle bombs.
Since 2003 millions have been displaced.
By the end of last year, nearly 4,500 American soldiers had been killed and more than 32,000 wounded.
It is not better in 2012
Tutu relies on the Iraqi Body Count project for statistics of deaths of Iraq people but this itself is one more propaganda tool of the West.
Close to a million people have been killed in Iraq due to Bush and Blair and the political parties in both countries who voted for such killing.
All have blood dripping from their bodies and their hearts and everything they are and stand for.
Kewe
Desmond Tutu calls for Blair and Bush
to be tried over Iraq
Destruction and Civilian Victims of the Anglo-American Aggression in Iraq
Instead of recognising that the world we lived in, with increasingly sophisticated communications, transportations and weapons systems necessitated sophisticated leadership that would bring the global family together, the then-leaders of the US and UK fabricated the grounds to behave like playground bullies and drive us further apart.
Over time I was increasingly shocked by the speed and ease with which many intelligent and seemingly competent members of the CFR [ Council on Foreign Relations ] appeared to eagerly justify policies and actions that supported growing corruption.
The regularity with which many CFR members would protect insiders from accountability regarding another appalling fraud surprised even me.
Many of them seemed delighted with the advantages of being an insider while being entirely indifferent to the extraordinary cost to all citizens of having our lives, health and resources drained to increase insider wealth in a manner that violated the most basic principles of fiduciary obligation and respect for the law.
In short, the CFR was operating in a win-lose economic paradigm that centralized economic and political power.
I was trying to find a way for us to shift to a win-win economic paradigm that was — by its nature — decentralizing.
Catherine Austin Fitts — Dillon Reid and Co. Inc.
And the Aristocracy of Stock Profits
Dead babies due to US and UK Bombing of Iraq 2003
British Troops Beat Up Barefoot Iraqi Young Teens A video shown on BBC TV on February 11, 2006 shows British soldiers savagely beating and kicking unarmed young Iraqi teenagers in an army compound.

Officials at the Ministry of Defense are said to have investigated and established beyond doubt the authenticity of the video.

Shot secretly “for fun” as a home movie from a rooftop in Basra in southern Iraq by a corporal and shown to friends at a home base in Europe, it was given to the News of the World later by an anonymous whistle blower.

The footage shows soldiers pulling four Iraqi boys in their early teens into their army base after a riot and beating them with batons, then punching and kicking them repeatedly on the body and head and between the legs.

Within the space of one minute, some 42 blows are rained on the four young teens whom the whistle blower said “were just kids” who did not even have on shoes.

Camp Breadbasket

On 15 May 2003 the 1st Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers captured Iraqis looting an aid camp in Operation Ali-Baba.

They were detained for a brief period during which they were beaten, forced to simulate oral and anal sex and suspended from a forklift truck.

Later that month, Fusilier Gary Bartlam, 20, of Tamworth, Staffordshire, took a film to be developed containing 22 photographs of abuse taking place.

This triggered a lengthy court martial at a British Army barracks in Osnabruck, Germany. Bartlam pleaded guilty to three charges of ill treatment of Iraqi prisoners.

Cpl Daniel Kenyon, 33, from Newcastle, denied six charges of abuse.

He was convicted of three, cleared of two charges and the remaining charge was dropped.

L/Cpl Mark Cooley, 25, from Newcastle, denied two charges of abuse but was found guilty of both. L/Cpl Darren Larkin, 30, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, admitted to one charge of assault but denied another.

The second charge was dropped.

Photo: BBC PANORAMA
Baha Malki — UK Torture and death
Photo: BBC Panorama
 US military attack, July 2007
Al-Maamel, Iraq
Weeps for loved one killed in US military raid, July 2007
Al-Maamel, Iraq
“Generally in wars, total casualties, which include wounded, crippled, and lost, are many times the number killed, often as high as ten times.
So while Americans, thirty years later, still weep at the Vietnam Memorial in Washington — a monument representing about sixty thousand deaths over ten years of war — they have inflicted on Iraq, in just three weeks, that same proportionate loss — all of them civilians.
With Iraq‘s population being less than ten percent that of the United States, such losses must be multiplied by ten to get some feel for their impact on the society.
Is this how a great power behaves in the early part of the 21st century?
Especially a power that enjoys reminding us at every opportunity — I suppose because it is so easy for the rest of the world, just watching its actions, to forget — that America stands for human rights and democratic principles?”
John Chuckman
 US military attack, July 2007
Al-Maamel, Iraq
Weep for loved one killed in US military raid, July 2007
Al-Maamel, Iraq
 
British Troops Beat Up Barefoot Iraqi Young Teens A video shown on BBC TV on February 11, 2006 shows British soldiers savagely beating and kicking unarmed young Iraqi teenagers in an army compound.

Officials at the Ministry of Defense are said to have investigated and established beyond doubt the authenticity of the video.

Shot secretly “for fun” as a home movie from a rooftop in Basra in southern Iraq by a corporal and shown to friends at a home base in Europe, it was given to the News of the World later by an anonymous whistle blower.

The footage shows soldiers pulling four Iraqi boys in their early teens into their army base after a riot and beating them with batons, then punching and kicking them repeatedly on the body and head and between the legs.

Within the space of one minute, some 42 blows are rained on the four young teens whom the whistle blower said “were just kids” who did not even have on shoes.

Camp Breadbasket

On 15 May 2003 the 1st Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers captured Iraqis looting an aid camp in Operation Ali-Baba.

They were detained for a brief period during which they were beaten, forced to simulate oral and anal sex and suspended from a forklift truck.

Later that month, Fusilier Gary Bartlam, 20, of Tamworth, Staffordshire, took a film to be developed containing 22 photographs of abuse taking place.

This triggered a lengthy court martial at a British Army barracks in Osnabruck, Germany. Bartlam pleaded guilty to three charges of ill treatment of Iraqi prisoners.

Cpl Daniel Kenyon, 33, from Newcastle, denied six charges of abuse.

He was convicted of three, cleared of two charges and the remaining charge was dropped.

L/Cpl Mark Cooley, 25, from Newcastle, denied two charges of abuse but was found guilty of both. L/Cpl Darren Larkin, 30, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, admitted to one charge of assault but denied another.

The second charge was dropped.

Photo: BBC PANORAMA
www.counterpunch.org     Lila Rajiva
British Troops Beat Up Barefoot Young Iraqi Teens
The Axis of Child Abusers
One soldier can also be seen kicking a dead Iraqi in the face.
The unidentified cameraman can be heard laughing and urging his colleagues on with vulgarities. (1)
This, mind you, is kinder gentler Britain, whose exemplary interaction with the locals at Basra was held up as a model for American forces.
The new video shows this up for the nonsense it is; the Brits on tape are every bit as gung-ho and turned-on torturers of detainees as the soldiers at Abu Ghraib were.
And underage detainees at that.
Nothing new there either, of course.
Despite all the breast-beating, the fact remains that the two worst crimes coming out of the prison scandal (assuming one can make a hierarchy of these things) — the abuse of children and the complicity of medical personnel — have yet to be given anything like serious examination by the fourth estate here.
So now Britain too is a paid-up member of the Axis of Child Abusers.
British Troops Beat Up Barefoot Iraqi Young Teens A video shown on BBC TV on February 11, 2006 shows British soldiers savagely beating and kicking unarmed young Iraqi teenagers in an army compound.

Officials at the Ministry of Defense are said to have investigated and established beyond doubt the authenticity of the video.

Shot secretly “for fun” as a home movie from a rooftop in Basra in southern Iraq by a corporal and shown to friends at a home base in Europe, it was given to the News of the World later by an anonymous whistle blower.

The footage shows soldiers pulling four Iraqi boys in their early teens into their army base after a riot and beating them with batons, then punching and kicking them repeatedly on the body and head and between the legs.

Within the space of one minute, some 42 blows are rained on the four young teens whom the whistle blower said “were just kids” who did not even have on shoes.

Camp Breadbasket

On 15 May 2003 the 1st Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers captured Iraqis looting an aid camp in Operation Ali-Baba.

They were detained for a brief period during which they were beaten, forced to simulate oral and anal sex and suspended from a forklift truck.

Later that month, Fusilier Gary Bartlam, 20, of Tamworth, Staffordshire, took a film to be developed containing 22 photographs of abuse taking place.

This triggered a lengthy court martial at a British Army barracks in Osnabruck, Germany. Bartlam pleaded guilty to three charges of ill treatment of Iraqi prisoners.

Cpl Daniel Kenyon, 33, from Newcastle, denied six charges of abuse.

He was convicted of three, cleared of two charges and the remaining charge was dropped.

L/Cpl Mark Cooley, 25, from Newcastle, denied two charges of abuse but was found guilty of both. L/Cpl Darren Larkin, 30, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, admitted to one charge of assault but denied another.

The second charge was dropped.

Photo: BBC PANORAMA
Baha Malki — UK Torture and death
Photo: BBC Panorama
“How will [Mr Bush] meet his god having slaughtered so many men and women?   He has committed so many crimes.”
“I want to defend my home.   If a stranger invades America and the people resist, does that mean they are terrorists?”
22-year-old Iraq Olympic football player Ahmed Manajid
One of the most effective ways I found was to follow the bulldozers and construction machinery.
Karradah neighborhood
Baghdad, Iraq
I was in Iraq to research the so-called reconstruction.
And what struck me most was the absence of reconstruction machinery, of cranes and bulldozers, in downtown Baghdad.
I expected to see reconstruction all over the place.
I saw bulldozers in military bases.
I saw bulldozers in the Green Zone, where a huge amount of construction was going on, building up Bechtel’s headquarters and getting the new U.S. embassy ready.
There was also a ton of construction going on at all of the U.S. military bases.
But, on the streets of Baghdad, the former ministry buildings are absolutely untouched.
They hadn’t even cleared away the rubble, let alone started the reconstruction process.
The one crane I saw in the streets of Baghdad was hoisting an advertising billboard.
One of the surreal things about Baghdad is that the old city lies in ruins, yet there are these shiny new billboards advertising the glories of the global economy.
British Troops Beat Up Barefoot Iraqi Young Teens A video shown on BBC TV on February 11, 2006 shows British soldiers savagely beating and kicking unarmed young Iraqi teenagers in an army compound.

Officials at the Ministry of Defense are said to have investigated and established beyond doubt the authenticity of the video.

Shot secretly “for fun” as a home movie from a rooftop in Basra in southern Iraq by a corporal and shown to friends at a home base in Europe, it was given to the News of the World later by an anonymous whistle blower.

The footage shows soldiers pulling four Iraqi boys in their early teens into their army base after a riot and beating them with batons, then punching and kicking them repeatedly on the body and head and between the legs.

Within the space of one minute, some 42 blows are rained on the four young teens whom the whistle blower said “were just kids” who did not even have on shoes.

Camp Breadbasket

On 15 May 2003 the 1st Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers captured Iraqis looting an aid camp in Operation Ali-Baba.

They were detained for a brief period during which they were beaten, forced to simulate oral and anal sex and suspended from a forklift truck.

Later that month, Fusilier Gary Bartlam, 20, of Tamworth, Staffordshire, took a film to be developed containing 22 photographs of abuse taking place.

This triggered a lengthy court martial at a British Army barracks in Osnabruck, Germany. Bartlam pleaded guilty to three charges of ill treatment of Iraqi prisoners.

Cpl Daniel Kenyon, 33, from Newcastle, denied six charges of abuse.

He was convicted of three, cleared of two charges and the remaining charge was dropped.

L/Cpl Mark Cooley, 25, from Newcastle, denied two charges of abuse but was found guilty of both. L/Cpl Darren Larkin, 30, from Oldham, Greater Manchester, admitted to one charge of assault but denied another.

The second charge was dropped.

Photo: BBC PANORAMA
UK Torture and death
Photo: BBC Panorama
www.counterpunch.org     Lila Rajiva
British Troops Beat Up Barefoot Young Iraqi Teens
The Axis of Child Abusers
Paid-up member two: The US.
In July 2004, Germany’s TV news magazine, Report Mainz, cited accounts by the International Committee of the Red Cross that there were over 100 children in US custody and that soldiers had abused children.
An eye-witness, Sergeant Provance, even described how interrogators molested a 15-year old girl and physically abused a 16-year old boy. (2)
More sensationally, in a taped lecture at the ACLU during the same summer, veteran investigative reporter, Seymour Hersh claimed that he had heard tapes of children screaming as they were being sodomized in front of their parents. (3)
Hersh was late on the story.
Buried in a Denver Post article a few months earlier was a brief but chilling reference to the rape of a young Iraqi boy by an American soldier. (4)
 
Militarism is promoted through the relentless manipulation of public opinion in all media
— Hollywood films aided by US department of war armament loans
TV, video games
Public relations US department of war
Newspapers, magazines
Parades
Many are directly employed by CIA, NASA, NSA, NED, USAID that work with our invasions and subversions
The rest of the US people:
All are in thrall — enslaved, held by economics or other means of bondage
January 25, 2006
Military Contractor Philanthropy
Why Some Stay Silent
By JOAN ROELOFS
The military-industrial complex is elephantine, yet it is rarely taken into account by political commentators.
Connected to almost everything, it is one reason why the home front sustains our aggressive, illegal, military interventions and occupations throughout the world.
Many good people are in thrall to the military-industrial complex, and consequently are silenced, unwilling to become active opponents.
These include liberals, social justice advocates, and even professional soldiers who question our illegal interventions.
There are, of course, some protesters in our nation, but not enough to make militarism the main issue in Congressional and Presidential elections, or to give the subject much visibility on a daily basis.
Militarism
Militarism is promoted through the relentless manipulation of public opinion in all media: Hollywood films (aided by DOD armament loans), TV, video games, the public relations army of the DOD, newspapers, magazines, parades, etc.
For the intellectuals, there are articles in "liberal" magazines alleging that violence is genetically implanted in humans, and a generally positive force.
This barrage normalizes violence and war.
Boy wounded US raid on families, Baghdad, May 2007
Actions widely accepted or ignored by liberals
Most people want to regard themselves as normal, and not fuzzy idealists or crackpots, so they increasingly view aggression as inevitable, and perhaps a good thing.
Bombing people into democracy (as in Yugoslavia) becomes a reasonable proposition; overthrowing governments (as in Haiti) just a routine world improvement activity.
Both these actions were widely accepted or ignored by liberals, among others.
Government harassment, discrimination, social penalties
Fear motivates human behavior; many people eschew protesting wars as they are afraid of being considered unpatriotic, and subjected to government harassment, discrimination in employment, social penalties, or beatings by local thugs.
Even those who suspect that war is not normal may be convinced that nothing they can do will change anything.
Yet the home front support is not based merely on psychological manipulation; there are interests served by the military-industrial complex.
US airstrike kills 3
Three people injured
Baghdad
Iraq
Kellogg, Brown & Root, Halliburton, Lockheed Martin, Boeing
Many people are directly employed by the military and its auxiliaries, which include CIA, NASA, NSA, and agencies such as NED and USAID that are not alternatives to force, but work with our invasions and subversions.
Those in the reserves or retired remain influential serving in local, state, and national governments, with few active dissenters among them.
Of course, it is not news that military contractors help many politicians get their jobs via campaign contributions.
The military industries include the "big ten" (Kellogg, Brown & Root, Halliburton, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics, United Technologies, General Electric, Dyncorp) and countless others involved in base construction worldwide, in armaments, protective gear, disorienting drugs, supplying mercenaries for contract operations, etc.
Many civilian industries (e.g., computer software) have substantial contracts; others have ones that reliably pay the rent.
The military buys or leases every kind of thing, including buttons, philosophy, toilet paper, and real estate.
War industries are spread throughout the country (and also have overseas branches and subsidiaries).  
US airstrike on families
Military bases, Universities, Research
They are crucial in providing employment in the many declining areas of our economy: the rust belt of the Midwest, the shoe belt of New England, the cotton belt of the South.
The corporations and their employees are major consumers in their communities, purchasing real estate, furniture, clothing, food, medical services, entertainment, tap dancing lessons, etc.
All these businesses know where their bread is buttered-with guns.
A similar multiplier effect occurs surrounding military bases, which is one reason why our bases overseas are often quietly accepted.
In the US, the notorious Fort Benning, GA SOA-WHISC is a local mainstay.
"Special" military training is also performed by contracts with universities, such as Norwich University in Vermont, or University of Kentucky.
Research grants and ROTC embed many academic institutions.
The military academies likewise radiate power in their communities, encouraging silence on militarism.
Greed?
"Greed" is often indicted as the source of war.
This may describe stockholders or highly paid executives, but many ordinary people are simply dependent on the military-industrial complex.
Often, our economy doesn't provide attractive or practical alternatives for employment or community survival.
Whatever the personal opinions of war industry employees, service workers, retailers, volunteers, or municipal employees in contractor territory, few will become anti-war activists or attempt to unseat their Congressperson for supporting invasions, occupations, and overthrows.
In addition, the military is deeply involved with disaster relief, which brings many more good people into its orbit: Red Cross volunteers, state and local government officials and staff, Vista workers, etc.
 Falluja
Unknown if US taxpayer paid black budget special operations money involved
US Terror State
Falluja
Long-term interests of rich
Yet another rampart is built from military contractor philanthropy.
Large corporations in every industry have established foundations that act like the large private foundations: Ford, Rockefeller, McArthur....
Traditional business charity has been used for public relations, community projects, and product-related benevolence, but today corporate philanthropy works with the general foundations to protect the long-term interests of capitalism and its access to resources, markets, and labor worldwide.
Essential dissidents distracted into discrete good works away from systemic challenges
In this process, it is essential that potential dissidents be distracted into discrete, yet important, good works, and away from systemic challenges.
Contractor philanthropy takes many forms and embraces a wide circle.
(Sources for the following discussion include Tax Form 990s accessed through the Foundation Center or Guidestar web sites, the database of the Capital Research Center, and the annual reports or web sites of the corporations. Most grants mentioned were given in recent years; a few in the late 1990s.)
There are the unsurprising grants to policy-planning think tanks, such as Boeing-McDonnell Foundation's to the Hudson Institute, Heritage Foundation, and the American Enterprise Institute.
Another conventional largesse is scholarship aid to aspiring engineers, who may then be predisposed to seek future employment with the benefactor.
US militarism
US warships
threatening
Iran
Benefits to poor, Grants, Education is a gifted field for militarism spending
Widely unremarked is the benevolence that touches many members of the general population: minorities, poor people, social justice activists, liberals, civic-minded volunteers, and those not in the elite or military minded.
In short, the good people, who, because of their own oppression, or their warm hearts, might have been likely recruits for an anti-war movement.
Education is a gifted field.
Of course, universities with large science and engineering faculties receive grants, but so does every kind of institution: liberal arts, Catholic colleges, public universities, community colleges, colleges with large minority enrollments.
For example, General Electric lists a grant (in 2002) to Barnard College, my alma mater.
Cooper Union, site of 1950s Pete Seeger hootenannies, benefits from Northrop Grumman.
Halliburton helps out the Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.
Northrop is very generous to career services offices in higher education.
Programs preparing disadvantaged students for college do well: GE has committed half a million to Brandeis University's College Bound, and $80,000 to CUNY's center (perhaps to forestall a repeat of the 1930s ruckus there).
Associations in minority higher education, such as American Indian college organizations, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and the United Negro College Fund, are supported generously.
 Response to US militarism
Iraq resistance
Kirkuk
Iraq
 
This week's cave-in on Capitol Hill — supplying a huge new jolt of funds for the horrific war effort in Iraq — is surprising only to those who haven't grasped our current circumstances.
Public opinion polls aren't the same as political leverage.   The Vietnam War went on for years after polling showed that most Americans opposed the war and even saw it as immoral.
Slick phrases about the need to bring our troops home can easily become little more than platitudes on wallpaper in media echo chambers.
No matter how many Democrats are in Congress, they won't end this war unless an antiwar movement develops enough grassroots strength to compel them to do so.
Progressive visionaries: Reps. Barbara Lee, Lynn Woolsey, Maxine Waters
Unfortunately — and unnecessarily — for years now the Internet powerhouse MoveOn.org has often functioned as a virtual appendage of the national Democratic Party.   That close relationship has largely squandered MoveOn's opportunities to help build strong deep independent activism for the long haul.   And, on crucial issues of the Iraq war, MoveOn has failed to back the positions of such gutsy progressive visionaries as Reps. Barbara Lee, Lynn Woolsey and Maxine Waters.
A statement issued Thursday by the national Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) pointed out that "the approach of the Democratic leadership has utterly failed — as they now prepare to give President Bush $95 billion more war funding through a bill that no longer has any timelines for troop withdrawal."
Asking a key question — "How can you oppose a troop escalation while funding it in full?" — PDA reiterated its longstanding position that Democrats in Congress should be "using the power of the purse to cut off funds to Iraq, except those needed to safely withdraw our troops (and for humanitarian/reconstruction aid to the Iraqi people)."   And legislators should be "using their investigative power to probe White House deceptions and distortions that propelled the Iraq invasion and occupation, and to impeach if necessary."
Memorial Day 2007 comes at a disastrous time.   Political power brokers and media elites insist on opting for a mix-merge of tragedy and farce.   A key reality is that we won't be able to change the militaristic direction of the country without effectively confronting the congressional Democrats who are fueling the engines of destruction.
'Self-evident wisdom'
When considering what to demand now, it's helpful to put the current moment in historical perspective.   The same basic arguments for keeping U.S. forces in Iraq have long been presented by reigning politicians and key media outlets as self-evident wisdom.
A cover story in Time magazine laid down the prevailing line:
"Foreign policy luminaries from both parties say a precipitous U.S. withdrawal would cripple American credibility, doom reform in the Arab world and turn Iraq into a playground for terrorists and the armies of neighboring states like Iran and Syria."
That was in April— 2004.
      Norman Solomon      www.counterpunch.org      March 24, 2007
 
US Terror State
Military Contractor Philanthropy — Why Some Stay Silent
By JOAN ROELOFS
A n even broader base of gratitude has been created by contractor grants to all types of high and elementary schools (private, public, parochial), e.g. Northrop's to Emmanuel Christian Academy and Melvin J Berman Hebrew Academy.
Very young are not neglected by US Militarism
The very young are not neglected; the Long Beach Day Nursery Newsletter, Fall 2004, features a photo of a Boeing representative handing over a $7,500 check for its Ready to Read program.
Raytheon reaches into the public schools with a national project:
MathMovesU is a program designed specifically to reach students at a time where studies show performance declines in math and science — middle school, grades six through eight.
The MathMovesU program combines student interest in celebrities with grant money and awards to generate new interest and excitement in math.
Raytheon has partnered with skateboard legend Tony Hawk, soccer star Mia Hamm, basketball greats Bill Russell and Lisa Leslie, and BMX champ Dave Mirra to promote the MathMovesU program and demonstrate how math plays a role in "cool" careers.
US Militarism
Falluja
No matter how small the grant, it may well be noted by the children, who are alert to brand names and corporate logos (sometimes incorporated into textbook exercises), and by teachers and parents, especially those active in PTAs and bake sales.
Gradually, they may come to accept that weapons of mass destruction are simply products like any others.
Community organizations
Support for community organizations is especially generous near contractor headquarters and facilities, which are widespread, yet the industries give grants everywhere, and to national organizations.
The NAACP has always had strong connections with major corporations.
The civil rights movement of the 1960s prompted new close links between activist organizations and business.
The Urban Coalition was formed, and thereafter, corporate philanthropy became more focused on defusing systemic threats.
Its goal was to challenge segregation and discrimination while discouraging the more radical suggestions of that era's activists.
(The same model was later applied to foundation intervention in South Africa, which aimed to end apartheid without furthering the ANC's socialist goals.)
Today, Lockheed, GE, and Boeing are important funders of the NAACP.
Minority organizations, religious groups, women's groups
Military contractors are attentive to every kind of minority organization: Asians Against Domestic Abuse and Vietnamese American Community (Halliburton); American Indian Science and Engineering Society and National Society of Black Engineers (Northrop Grumman); the Holocaust Museum and the Chinese Community Center (GE).
Boeing has funded the Congressional Black Caucus and the Urban League. Lockheed even contributes to the Sons of Norway, perhaps to deflect them from the socialistic policies of their homeland.
Religious groups of all kinds are grantees, not excluding the Benedictine Sisters and Zoroastrians. Women's organizations are well endowed.
US Militarism
Falluja
Boeing and BAE Systems (a prominent contractor in New Hampshire) sponsor an AAUW program encouraging women to enter science and engineering.
GE gives to the Center for Reproductive Law and Policy; Boeing to the National Women's Political Caucus, Lockheed to the National Museum of Women.
Children's groups
Children are nurtured.
Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, YWCAs, Little Leagues, UNICEF, Children's Defense Fund, etc., receive substantial grants, which aid many poor and minority children, and may impress them, their leaders, and their parents.
Lockheed Martin was a major sponsor of the Girl Scout 2005 National Council Convention, and supports a special program within the GSA organization: The Lockheed Martin Science Career Exploration Fund.
Organizations of ill and disadvantaged children are also beneficiaries: Child Abuse Network, Children's Brain Tumor Foundation, Make A Wish, Juvenile Diabetes, Special Olympics, Big Brothers Big Sisters, et al.
Those working in such heartbreaking fields, and the parents involved, rarely hesitate to take whatever help is offered from whatever source.
Private philanthropy may appear more desirable than the dreaded public taxation of many civilized nations.
Charities, Art institutions
Health and environmental organizations are not neglected: American Lung Association, Canine Companions, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, American Cancer Society, AIDs services, Clean Air Campaign, Audubon Society, Nature Conservancy, Brooklyn Botanic Garden....
Most major charities are included, e.g., Red Cross, Habitat for Humanity....
Arts of all kinds are funded by US Militarism
Arts of all kinds are funded, from major institutions such as the JFK Center for the Performing Arts to the Chicago Jazz Orchestra (Boeing), the Gilbert and Sullivan Society of Houston (Halliburton), the New York Public Library (GE) and Baltimore Shakespeare Festival (Lockheed Martin).
US Militarism
US Raid
Sadr City
Baghdad
Even organizations with pacifist connections receive contractor money: GE funds Peter Maurin House and the Hancock Shaker Village.
Civil liberties and human rights organizations also receive grants: Lockheed gives to the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights, GE to the American Civil Liberties Union.
Beyond grants, there are other links.
AI?   HRW?   AARP?   College teachers' retirement fund
Amnesty International USA has received hundreds of GE stock shares from individual donors.
Whether these have been sold or are being nurtured would require more sleuthing.
Human Rights Watch has 50 million invested in stocks and bonds; I know not where, except for $1.5 million in the Soros Quantum Fund.
Connections and revolving doors between contractors and citizen organization boards and top staff further cement bonds and promote a non-critical atmosphere.
In 2002, Chris Hansen, former chief lobbyist for Boeing, became the top lobbyist for the AARP.
John H. Biggs was a director of Boeing while he was Chairman, President and CEO of TIAA-CREF, the college teachers' retirement fund.
Around the world
What happens in the United States is also projected throughout the world: bases, military training, military contracts, military-civilian organization collaboration in disaster relief, and so too with philanthropy.
Boeing Employees Community Fund helps to support the Teenage Cancer Trust of London, England, and a Japanese residential center for mentally disabled children; GE gives grants in Hungary and to Peking University; BAE Systems funds programs in Australia and Saudi Arabia.
Reinforcing the corporate, general foundation, and government philanthropy abroad, NATO has its own considerable, and greatly understudied grant program.
This funds diverse organizations and projects, such as aid in environmental decision-making in Central Asia.
US Militarism
Arrestd by US forces
Sadr City
Philanthropy (often a joint project of private, corporate, government, and intergovernmental institutions such as the European Union, World Bank, and NATO) has attempted to fill the void created by the overthrow of communist governments, which had previously provided for industrial employment, social services, culture, research, and education.
NATO now supports scientists in Eastern Europe and Central Asia studying the arctic, toxicity in leather tanning, pesticides, deforestation, sustainable human development indicators, mating systems in conifers, antioxidant activity of beverages, biotechnology, women's reproductive choices, superstrings, and cancer detection.
Whatever anyone is doing; NATO is happy to help (and welcomes those focusing on leather tanning as the major environmental hazard).
Plenty of money to go around
How to estimate the influence of all this philanthropy?
We can listen carefully for rejections of grants by organization leaders and members; or resignations because of acceptance; or anti-war protest activity by all but the rare bird belonging to or benefiting from these organizations.
Then we can investigate further, using teams of interviewers financed somehow ­the other side has plenty of finances to show their favored results.
Historical evidence indicates that people serving on boards or staffs of civic, social service, or reformist organizations would be prime recruits for radical activism, were the opportunity structure different.
As it is, thousands of these potential leaders are tucked away in innumerable non-governmental organizations, funded by military contractors and other corporations and foundations friendly to US imperial policies.
They are doing good works on a small scale, but the larger picture may cause more deaths than the rare diseases that get so much attention and funding.
Everywhere self-censor
My personal experience, and anecdotal evidence from activists with whom I have discussed my research on foundations, indicates that most people self-censor.
Even I do sometimes, and when I haven't, I have often paid a price.
For example, I was on the board of a local environmental organization, and was asked about the propriety of applying for a GE grant.
US Militarism
Cries after son arrestd by US forces
Sadr City
I argued that the organization should not, because the military was the greatest threat to sustainability.
An important board member claimed that I was being silly, for it would never affect the decisions of the organization.
   I argued that it gave legitimacy to GE, which would be acknowledged in the annual report, and it would soften members' attitudes towards GE and the military.
The organization decided not to apply for the grant, but my popularity in the local non-profit world did not soar.
In another case, I decided that I was finally ready to join a sorority after resisting for so many years.
The best local one was the AAUW, where friends and associates belong.
However, I won't join any organization that I know has ties to military contractors, and will lose out.
It is easy to understand why so many good people are silent in the face of murderous policies.
They are in thrall.
Death and Pain
 
 
www.counterpunch.org     Lila Rajiva
British Troops Beat Up Barefoot Young Iraqi Teens
Paid-up member one:
Israel, whose soldiers routinely mow down Palestinian children in their homes and schools.
Just recently, nine-year-old Aya Astal was shot in the neck and had her stomach blown open when she wandered too close to Israel’s “security fence.” (5)
But a whole troupe of little ghosts go before her:
Fifth grader, Ghadir Mukheimer, a ten-year-old schoolgirl whom Israeli occupation troops shot in the chest and killed in October, 2004 while she was sitting at her desk inside a United Nations school in a Gaza refugee camp. (6)
And thirteen-year-old Iman al-Hams skipping to school, left to die in a pool of blood when ambulances were denied access.
Her body was riddled with 20 bullets — 5 to her head — most pumped into her body after death by Israeli soldiers. (7)
And four-month-old Iman Hajjour, killed at Khan Younis refugee camp in southern Gaza Strip by Israeli shelling that also left her mother and sister seriously injured. (8)
 
Protesters argue with Kurdish riot policeman during a demonstration condemning the Danish publication of contentious Prophet Muhammad caricatures in the center of Irbil, a city in the Kurdish controlled north 350 kilometers (217 miles) north of Baghdad, Tuesday, Feb 14. 2006.

Several thousand people rallied in front of the Iraqi Kurdistan regional parliament in solidarity with other Islamic country in condemnation of the controversial cartoons.

Picture: AFP/Safin Hamed
Protesters argue with Kurdish riot policeman during a demonstration condemning the Danish publication of contentious Prophet Muhammad caricatures in the center of Irbil, a city in the Kurdish controlled north 350 kilometers (217 miles) north of Baghdad, Tuesday, Feb 14. 2006.
Several thousand people rallied in front of the Iraqi Kurdistan regional parliament in solidarity with other Islamic country in condemnation of the controversial cartoons.
“He'll be tough with somebody else's blood, somebody else's kids.
www.democracynow.org       Amy Goodman       Headlines, Mon, Aug. 16, 2004
Harkin Calls for End to 'Backdoor Draft'
In Iowa, Democratic Tom Harkin has called on President Bush to end what he calls the “backdoor draft.” Harkin's call came after a Des Moines police officer who had already completed his eight year comittment was called up to serve in Iraq under the military's “stop loss” exemption, which can extend duty in wartime.
Harkin also lashed out at Vice president Dick Cheney who last week accused Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry of lacking the basic understanding of the war on terrorism to protect Americans.
Harkin said “When I hear this coming from Dick Cheney, who was a coward, who would not serve during the Vietnam War, it makes my blood boil.
Those of us who served and those of us who went in the military don't like it when someone like a Dick Cheney comes out and he wants to be tough.
Yeah, he'll be tough.
He'll be tough with somebody else's blood, somebody else's kids.
But not when it was his turn to go.”
[This is the report of the speech from www.woi-tv.com:]
WOI-TV DES MOINS IOWA     5 Eyewitness News. 
Sen. Harkin Calls On George Bush
Mon, Aug. 16, 2004
U.S. Senator Tom Harkin gathered with Iowa cops and firefighters at the Des Moines police department, to call on President Bush to end the 'back-door-draft'.
The 'back-door-draft' allows the Pentagon to call up soldiers who have already completed their service to the country.
Des Moines is in the spotlight because the Pentagon invoked a “stop-loss” policy to call up a Des Moines police officer for involuntary service in Iraq even though he had already completed his eight years of National Guard duty.
Last week Des Moines Police Chief Bill McCarthy responded by slamming the military, saying the military is lying and manipulating the troops.
 
www.counterpunch.org     Lila Rajiva
British Troops Beat Up Barefoot Young Iraqi Teens
The Axis of Child Abusers
Officials have deliberately withheld the name of the regiment to which the perps in the British video belong.
But maybe the public should demand it.
Here’s why.
In May 2004, when photos surfaced in the Daily Mirror (UK) of members of the Queen’s Lancashire Regiment beating up and urinating on a hooded Iraqi detainee, General Sir Michael Jackson, Chief of the General Staff, rushed to claim that they only showed an isolated incident caused by the "ill discipline of a few soldiers."
But as The Independent pointed out immediately, by May 2004, the QLR ( as well as the Royal Fusiliers and Black Watch) was already involved in six cases of death or severe abuse that the Royal Military Police had not yet completed investigated and that dated back more than a year.
In May 2004, it was also eight months since the killing of 26-year-old Baha Mousa, a hotel receptionist beaten to death in September 2003 by members of the same QLR. (9)
The QLR was at the time also facing a charge of having murdered an Iraqi detainee.
But in May 2004, the editor of the Mirror, Piers Morgan, was actually forced to resign over the abuse photos published in his paper.
A government investigation — never actually documented publicly — found that they were hoaxed.
The Mirror’s owners, Trinity Mirror, and several prominent US corporations which held shares in Trinity, had opposed the Mirror’s anti-war stance long before the publication of the photos and it was their pressure that led to Morgan’s sacking on May 14.
Whatever the merits of the hoax allegation — and mind you, it could plausibly have been a piece of government disinformation intended to muddy the whole business — what it effectively accomplished was to take the spotlight off the QLR and other British troops in Basra and distance them from the Abu Ghraib torture scandal which was at the time just breaking in the world press.
The new video shows just how important it was for the spotlight to be shifted somewhere else.
Should it turn out that the QLR was also involved in child abuse in Iraq, some one just might want to go back and check out the real story behind those “hoaxed” pictures.
There just might be more to it than what the government supposedly found.
And Piers Morgan just might be due an apology.
(1) “British troops videoed 'beating Iraqis',” Jo Revill and Ned Temko, The Observer, February 12, 2006.
See also “Blair Promises Iraq Abuse Probe,” BBC, February 12, 2006.
The cameraman is caught on tape gloating, "Oh yes!   Oh yes!   You're gonna get it.   Yes, naughty little boys!   You little f***ers, you little f***ers.   DIE! Ha, ha!"
(2) “Iraq’s Child Prisoners,” Neil Mackay, Sunday Herald, August 1, 2004.   “Iraqi Children Among Abused Prisoners at Abu Ghraib,” The Scotsman, May 7, 2004.
(3) “US Silent on Torture of Children,” Lisa Ashkenaz Croke, New Standard, August 16, 2004.   “Sy Hersh at ACLU Convention,” Linda Wymore, Mother Jones, July 16, 2004.
(4) “Sex Assault Cases in Iraq Often Stall,” Miles Moffeit, Denver Post, April 12, 2004.
(5) “Israel's shooting of young girl highlights international hypocrisy, say Palestinians,” Chris McGreal in Khan Yunis, The Guardian, January 30, 2006.
(6) “Israel Kills Palestinian Girl in Classroom: Doctors tried in vain to save fatally wounded Ghadeer,” Islam Online, October 13, 2004.
(7)“The Blood of Iman Al- Hams,” Amira Hass, Haaretz, February 9, 2005.
UK occupation for oil
Basra 2007, Iraq
Iraq resistance forces target SUV belonging to British 'security' company
(8)“3 more die in Mideast, Israel takes arms ship,” Dispatch Online, May 8, 2001.
(9) “Seven Iraqis die in British custody.
How many soldiers are charged?   None.
This is not the first incident to involve the Queen's Lancashire Regiment and allegations of brutality,” Andrew Johnson and Severin Carrell, The Independent, 2 May 2004
 
 
Wikileaks — Julian Assange — UK real police state
The UK has spent over $8 million on monitoring the Ecuadorian Embassy in London
knock-on effect on British taxpayers costing $16,000 a day
Making a Mockery of the Real Crime of Rape
Evidence of U.S. intent against Wikileaks
The official confirmed that in the absence of handover or destruction this was indeed the government's intention to close down the Guardian's reporting
David Miranda — Schedule 7 — all reporters now face
UK New Fascism
84-year-old Canadian man with Alzheimer’s disease died in handcuffs in UK custody after being held for almost two weeks by UK border police
UK police threaten Guardian editor with terrorism charges over Snowden leaks
Chancellor George Osborne spent £10.2m modernising Whitehall HQ
Essex County Council have demanded harsh new restrictions on the Press ability to report the case
     Prisons for profit      
      Bill to ban protests       
      State-backed RBS to hand out £500m in bonuses     
Danish scientist Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 on nano-thermite in the WTC dust.

911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

2,606 people lost their lives in the World Trade Center buildings on September 11, 2001.

125 people lost their lives at the Pentagon on 9/11.

246 people lost their lives on the four planes on 9/11.

Image: Danish TV2
Danish scientist Niels Harrit on nano-thermite in the WTC dust.

Niels Harrit, you and eight other researchers conclude in this article that it was nano-thermite that caused these buildings to collapse.

We have discovered distinctive red/gray chips in all the samples we have studied of the dust produced by the destruction of the World Trade Center.

One sample was collected by a Manhattan resident about ten minutes after the collapse of the second WTC Tower, two the next day, and a fourth about a week later.

The properties of these chips were analyzed using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC).

The red portion of these chips is found to be an unreacted thermitic material and highly energetic.

The carbon content of the red material indicates that an organic substance is present.

This would be expected for super-thermite formulations in order to produce high gas pressures upon ignition and thus make them explosive.

Photo: agenda911.dk
Danish scientist Niels Harrit on nano-thermite in the WTC dust
Transcript of interview with Niels Harrit on Danish TV2 News 6th April 2009.
Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe
Danish TV2   International researchers have found traces of explosives among the World Trade Center rubble.
911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

Explosives in World Trade Center - international researchers have found traces of explosives.

Image: Danish TV2
911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings.

Image: Danish TV2
911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings that cannot have come from the planes.

Image: Danish TV2
911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings that cannot have come from the planes.

The believe several tonnes of explosives were placed in the buildings in advance.

Image: Danish TV2
911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

Nano-thermite contains more energy than dynamite and can be used as rocket fuel.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings that cannot have come from the planes.

The believe several tonnes of explosives were placed in the buildings in advance.

Image: Danish TV2
911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

So you found nano-thermite in the World Trade Center buildings, why do you think it caused the collapses?

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings that cannot have come from the planes.

The believe several tonnes of explosives were placed in the buildings in advance.

Image: Danish TV2
A new scientific article concludes that impacts from the two hijacked aircraft did not cause the collapses in 2001.
We turn our attention to 9/11 — the major attack in New York.
Apparently the two airplane-impacts did not cause the towers to collapse, according to a newly published scientific article.
Researchers found nano-thermite explosive in the rubble, that cannot have come from the planes.
They believe several tonnes of explosives were placed in the buildings in advance.
Niels Harrit, you and eight other researchers conclude in this article, that it was nano-thermite that caused these buildings to collapse. What is nano-thermite?
Niels Harrit   We found nano-thermite in the rubble.
We are not saying only nano-thermite was used.
Thermite itself dates back to 1893.
It is a mixture of aluminum and rust-powder, which react to create intense heat.
The reaction produces iron, heated to 2500 °C.
This can be used to do welding.   It can also be used to melt other iron.
Nanotechnology makes things smaller.   So in nano-thermite, this powder from 1893 is reduced to tiny particles, perfectly mixed.
When these react, the intense heat develops much more quickly.
Nano-thermite can be mixed with additives to give off intense heat, or serve as a very effective explosive.
It contains more energy than dynamite, and can be used as rocket fuel.
Danish TV2   I Googled nano-thermite, and not much has been written about it.   Is it a widely known scientific substance?   Or is it so new that other scientists are hardly aware of it?
Niels Harrit   It is a collective name for substances with high levels of energy.
If civilian researchers (like myself) are not familiar with it, it is probably because they do not do much work with explosives.
As for military scientists, you would have to ask them.
I do not know how familiar they are with nanotechnology.
Danish TV2   So you found this substance in the WTC, why do you think it caused the collapses?
Niels Harrit   Well, it's an explosive.   Why else would it be there?
Danish TV2   You believe the intense heat melted the building?s steel support structure, and caused the building to collapse like a house of cards?
Niels Harrit   I cannot say precisely, as this substance can serve both purposes.
It can explode and break things apart, and it can melt things.
Both effects were probably used, as I see it.
Molten metal pours out of the South Tower several minutes before the collapse.
This indicates the whole structure was being weakened in advance.
Then the regular explosives come into play.
The actual collapse sequence had to be perfectly timed, all the way down.
Danish TV2   What quantities are we talking about?
Niels Harrit   A lot.   There were only two planes, but three skyscrapers collapsed.
We know roughly how much dust was created.
The pictures show huge quantities, everything but the steel was pulverised.
And we know roughly how much unreacted thermite we have found.
911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

Nano Thermite can explode and break things apart and it can melt things.

Explosives in World Trade Center - international researchers have found traces of explosives.

Image: Danish TV2
911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

Both effects were probably used by the use of Nano Thermite as I see it.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings.

Image: Danish TV2
911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

The use of nano thermite indicates the whole structure was being weakened in advance.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings that cannot have come from the planes.

Image: Danish TV2
This is the “loaded gun”, material that did not ignite for some reason.
We are talking about tonnes.   Over 10 tonnes, possibly 100 tonnes.
Danish TV2   Ten tonnes, possibly 100 tonnes, in three buildings?   And these substances are not normally found in such buildings?
Niels Harrit   No.   These materials are extremely advanced.
Danish TV2   How do you place such material in a skyscraper, on all the floors?
Niels Harrit   How you would get it in?
Danish TV2   Yes.
Niels Harrit   If I had to transport it in those quantities I would use pallets.   Get a truck and move it in on pallets.
Danish TV2   Why hasn't this been discovered earlier?
Niels Harrit   By whom?
Danish TV2   The caretakers, for example.     If you are moving 10 to 100 tonnes of nano-thermite around, and placing it on all the floors.     I am just surprised no-one noticed.
Niels Harrit   As a journalist, you should address that question to the company responsible for security at the WTC.
Danish TV2   So you are in no doubt the material was present?
Niels Harrit   You cannot fudge this kind of science.
We have found it.   Unreacted thermite.
Danish TV2   What responses has your article received around the world?
Niels Harrit   It is completely new knowledge for me.
It was only published last Friday.   So it is too early to say.
But the article may not be as groundbreaking as you think.
Hundreds of thousands of people around the world, have long known that the three buildings were demolished.
911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

Once the nano thermite was used then the regular explosives come into play.

Explosives in World Trade Center - international researchers have found traces of explosives.

Image: Danish TV2
911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

The actual collapse sequence had to be perfectly times, all the way down.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings.

Image: Danish TV2
911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

And we know roughly how much unreacted thermite we have found.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings that cannot have come from the planes.

Image: Danish TV2
911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

No.  These nano thermite materials are extremely advanced.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings that cannot have come from the planes.

The believe several tonnes of explosives were placed in the buildings in advance.

Image: Danish TV2
911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

Nano thermite in the buildings - almost ten years have passed.

Nano-thermite contains more energy than dynamite and can be used as rocket fuel.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings that cannot have come from the planes.

The believe several tonnes of explosives were placed in the buildings in advance.

Image: Danish TV2
911 Controlled Demolition - Thermite - Nano Thermite - Iron Microspheres Confirm Unexplained Extreme Temperatures.

Niels Harrit interview on Danish TV2 television.

So you found nano-thermite in the World Trade Center buildings, why do you think it caused the collapses?

It was by chance that someone discovered nano thermite two years ago.

Researchers found nano-thermite explosives in the dust and rubble of the World Trade Center buildings that cannot have come from the planes.

The believe several tonnes of explosives were placed in the buildings in advance.

Image: Danish TV2
This has been crystal clear.
Our research is just the last nail in the coffin.
This is not the 'smoking gun', it is the 'loaded gun'.
Each day, thousands of people realise that the WTC was demolished.
That is something unstoppable.
Danish TV2   Why has no-one discovered earlier that there was nano-thermite in the buildings?   Almost ten years have passed.
Niels Harrit   You mean in the dust?
Danish TV2   Yes.
Niels Harrit   It was by chance that someone looked at the dust with a microscope.
They are tiny red chips.
The biggest are 1 mm in size, and can be seen with the naked eye.
But you need a microscope to see the vast majority.
It was by chance that someone discovered them two years ago.
Danish TV2   It has taken 18 months to prepare the scientific article you refer to.
Niels Harrit   It is a very comprehensive article based on thorough research.
Danish TV2   You have been working on this for several years, because it didn't make sense to you.
Niels Harrit   Yes, over two years actually.
It all started when I saw the collapse of Building 7, the third skyscraper.
It collapsed seven hours after the twin towers.
And there were only two airplanes.
When you see a 47-storey building, 186m tall, collapse in 6.5 seconds, and you are a scientist, you think “what?”.
I had to watch it again… and again.
I hit the button 10 times, and my jaw dropped lower and lower.
Firstly, I had never heard of that building before.
And there was no visible reason why it should collapse in that way, straight down, in 6.5 seconds.
I have had no rest since that day.
Danish TV2   Ever since 9/11 there has been speculation, and conspiracy theories.   What do you say to viewers who hear about your research and say, “we?ve heard it all before, there are lots of conspiracy theories”.   What would you say to convince them that this is different?
Niels Harrit   I think there is only one conspiracy theory worth mentioning, the one involving 19 hijackers.
I think viewers should ask themselves what evidence they have seen to support the official conspiracy theory.
If anyone has seen evidence, I would like to hear about it
No-one has been formally charged.   No-one is 'wanted'.
Our work should lead to demands for a proper criminal investigation of the 9/11 terrorist attack.
Because it never happened.   We are still waiting for it.
We hope our results will be used as technical evidence when that day comes.
Danish TV2   Niels Harrit, fascinating, thanks for coming in.
Niels Harrit   My pleasure
We have discovered distinctive red/gray chips in all the samples we have studied of the dust produced by the destruction of the World Trade Center.

One sample was collected by a Manhattan resident about ten minutes after the collapse of the second WTC Tower, two the next day, and a fourth about a week later.

The properties of these chips were analyzed using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC).

The red portion of these chips is found to be an unreacted thermitic material and highly energetic.

The carbon content of the red material indicates that an organic substance is present.

This would be expected for super-thermite formulations in order to produce high gas pressures upon ignition and thus make them explosive.

Photo: Bentham-Open.org
Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe
Photo: Bentham-Open.org
Active Thermitic Material Discovered in Dust from the 9/11 World Trade Center Catastrophe
We have discovered distinctive red/gray chips in all the samples we have studied of the dust produced by the destruction of the World Trade Center.
One sample was collected by a Manhattan resident about ten minutes after the collapse of the second WTC Tower, two the next day, and a fourth about a week later.
The properties of these chips were analyzed using optical microscopy, scanning electron microscopy (SEM), X-ray energy dispersive spectroscopy (XEDS), and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC).
The red portion of these chips is found to be an unreacted thermitic material and highly energetic.
The carbon content of the red material indicates that an organic substance is present.
This would be expected for super-thermite formulations in order to produce high gas pressures upon ignition and thus make them explosive.
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