Wednesday, August 29, 2012

UK's Post-Imperial Policing and Detainees 'Deadly' Dilemma

U.K., U.S. coward coppers continue to terrorize those that dare speak out, label patriots "domestic terrorists"

World News
By Dallas Darling
08/27/2012

Death is always an extreme event. It becomes even more severe and excessive for dying empires, their most vulnerable citizens, and their local power structures sworn to serve and protect. This "tragedy of the commons" is now being played out across the UK. According to the Independent Police Complaints Commission, in the last several years at least 333 individuals (some groups claim almost 6,000!) are known to have died while in police custody. Even more disturbing is that 16 of 87 people that had been restrained by police, or physically held down, died as a direct result of "positional asphyxia." Surprisingly, no police officers have been successfully prosecuted and convicted for the tragic deaths of these individuals, many who suffered from either mental health problems, psychological and emotional disorders, or drug and alcohol abuse.


Fascist UK pigs target dissenters instead of real "terrorists"
Keith Vaz, MP Home Affairs Select Committee, announced that, "What we will have to do is have a proper thorough inquiry into this matter." But an inquiry will not be enough to stem the tide of the detainee's deadly dilemma and police brutality. As empires collapse, there is always the tendency to implement imperial actions against the most vulnerable of citizens. For centuries, the UK has fought perpetual wars, practiced ongoing militarism, and used killing as an exalted tool for punishment and control in trying to maintain global pre-eminence. These policies are now being reversed and used against the most marginalized citizens living in the UK. A majority of those who have been killed in police custody were considered to be dispossessed and disposable, or poor, deformed, mentally ill, physically sick, or fiercely independent and pro-reform.

Relatives of those killed claim the UK's top-down policing system, its law enforcement militancy, and preemptive police strikes resembles domestic imperialism, high-tech militancy, and the autonomization of law enforcement, all of which leads to an increase in police "accidents." They speak of an "environment of fear" and loved ones dying due to their disabilities, whether it is epilepsy, mental retardation, or schizophrenia. Since policing institutions consist mainly of powerful and wealthy individuals, backed by major corporations and the military establishment, it is rationalized that sacrificing a few innocent people is necessary in preserving a way of life and law and order. Predatory policing also criminalizes dissent, poverty, and minorities. Free speech advocates, people of color, and the homeless have died in police custody, some while in cages.


Coward UK pigs go for "soft target" dissenters in order to justify existence as going after real "terrorists" much too dangerous

Unlike the Prisoners' Dilemma, in which two men are arrested on suspicion of committing a crime and during questioning are confronted with several options, such as keeping silent or confessing and receiving a lesser sentence, in the UK it appears the Detainee's Dilemma has only one option: death! Instead of dismissing such findings as "minor" or of merely being "inherent in the system," as some officials have claimed, it would be better if the UK addressed a carefully designed system that discriminates against the marginalized and dispossessed and those individuals considered disposable. At the same time, severe austerity measures and ever increasing economic disparity, which has caused severe poverty and enormous emotional and mental stressors to occur, should be confronted, including the militarization of policing.

The paradox of post-imperial policing and the detainee's dilemma is that in the ardent and often sincere desire to combat what is thought to be "evil" or "criminal behaviour," they instead generate evil and criminal behaviour on a grander scale. Criminal behaviour and the desire to hurt others can even become a part of powerful institutions and organizations established to protect and serve others. The real criminals, then, are the very authorities, or those in power. There is no place for "creative cruelty" in a civilized society. In a democracy, there is no place for shedding the blood of a few innocent and vulnerable citizens to maintain law and order and to preserve a way of life. Neither should killing ever be exalted as tool for punishment. Even in the Prisoners' Dilemma, death is considered too extreme. There must be other options for the UK's post-imperial policing.

Dallas Darling (darling@wn.com)

Dallas Darling is the author of Politics 501: An A-Z Reading on Conscientious Political Thought and Action, Some Nations Above God: 52 Weekly Reflections On Modern-Day Imperialism, Militarism, And Consumerism in the Context of John's Apocalyptic Vision, and The Other Side Of Christianity: Reflections on Faith, Politics, Spirituality, History, and Peace. He is a correspondent for www.worldnews.com. You can read more of Dallas' writings at www.beverlydarling.com and wn.com//dallasdarling



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AP Reports "Insurgents" Behead 17 Afghan Civilians at Party

Blood-letting continues by CIA murderers as AP attempts to pin blame on Taliban; Obama desperately seeks invitation to stay in Afghanistan by killing civilians to prove U.S. still "needed:"  AP "reporter" Patrick Quinn headed for War Crimes trial of his own for spreading this propaganda garbage

Associated Press
By Patrick Quinn
08/27/2012

KABUL, Afghanistan -

Insurgents beheaded 17 people at a party in a Taliban-controlled area, and an Afghan soldier killed two U.S. troops, bringing the two-day death toll Monday to about 30.


Obama, CIA dupe Karzai tries to pin blame on "insurgents"
Near-daily attacks by militants and increasingly frequent deadly violence against NATO troops by their Afghan allies highlight an embarrassing failure of Western policy: After nearly 12 years of military intervention, the country is not pacified. Once the United States and other countries pull out their troops, chaos seems almost certain to return and Taliban domination in large parts of the country is hardly implausible.

The beheadings occurred in southern Helmand, the same province where more than 100 insurgents attacked an Afghan army checkpoint and killed 10 soldiers.

Helmand was the centerpiece of President Barack Obama's surge, when he ordered 33,000 additional U.S troops to Afghanistan to help the military with a counterinsurgency plan. That plan hoped to turn the tide in Helmand and neighboring Kandahar and establish the governmental institutions that would allow the Afghan government to take control of the Taliban heartland.

Two years later, however, Helmand is still so lawless that Afghan government officials couldn't even go to the Taliban-controlled town where the beheadings were reported. Many Afghans in the south, the Taliban's birthplace and the home of the country's Pashtun speaking population, are leery of a government that many consider to be corrupt and ineffective.

The problem is compounded by a rapid reduction in American and international aid, which fueled most of the growth in the south in recent years. Afghanistan, one of the world's 10 poorest countries, has received nearly $60 billion in civilian aid since 2002. Now it stands to receive $16 billion, or about $4 billion a year, in the next four years. By comparison, the U.S. alone spent that much in 2010.


Murdering cowards Panetta and Dempsey neck-deep in killings
Analysts also say that a public worn down by a war that began just a month after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks no longer cares about Afghanistan, and that the war has slipped off the radar screens and is now considered by many to be over.

"The problem with this attitude is that Afghanistan - or whatever the crisis may be - has a life of its own. Men and women keep dying, and U.S. policies keep accelerating the centrifugal forces that are driving the country toward civil conflict, which may have profound implications for future regional and international security," said Sarah Chaynes, a senior associate with the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, in a commentary published Sunday.

"Choosing to ignore problems is rarely a good way to solve them," said Chaynes, who spent nearly a decade in Afghanistan and served as an adviser to the U.S. military.

Most of the problems are likely to surface in Helmand and the south, where most of the surge troops will be removed as part of a drawdown that will reduce U.S. forces in Afghanistan from a peak of nearly 103,000 last year to about 68,000 in October. Other nations, including Britain, are also drawing down in the south, and nearly all foreign military forces are to leave the country by the end of 2014.


As scumbag Taliban re-take Afghanistan piece-by-piece it clearly does not serve their interest to kill civilians before acquisition is complete:  Obama and his murdering swine CIA RESPONSIBLE FOR ALL AFGHAN CIVILIAN DEATHS

The forces are to be replaced by Afghan army and police units, but many have questioned the effectiveness of a force that has high desertion rates, is often poorly disciplined, and is supposed to reach a high of about 350,000 at the end of the year.

Another growing concern is the loyalty of the Afghan troops that the U.S. has spent more than $22 billion to train in recent years.

Insider attacks have been a problem for the U.S.-led military coalition for years, but they recently have become a crisis. There have been at least 33 such attacks so far this year, killing 42 coalition members, mostly Americans. Last year, there were 21 attacks, killing 35; and in 2010 there were 11 attacks with 20 deaths.

In the latest such attack, two American soldiers were killed in eastern Laghman province.

There were conflicting reports about whether the attack was intentional or accidental.

In Washington, a U.S. Defense Department official said the Afghan soldier fired a rocket-propelled grenade at the Americans, and that this seemed to indicate that it was an intentional act. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because an investigation is under way, said he was unaware of any indications that the shooting was accidental.

Noman Hatefi, a spokesman for the Afghan army corps in eastern Afghanistan, said a group of U.S. and Afghan soldiers came under an insurgent attack in Laghman province. He said the two Americans were killed when an Afghan soldier fell and accidentally discharged his weapon.

"He didn't do this intentionally. But then the commander of the (Afghan) unit started shouting at him, `What did you do? You killed two NATO soldiers!' And so he threw down his weapon and started to run," Hatefi said.

The U.S. troops had already called in air support to help with the insurgent attack and the aircraft fired on the escaping soldier, killing him, Hatefi said.

The chief spokesman for NATO forces in the country said coalition forces were not pulling back from collaborating with the Afghans because of the attacks.

"We are not going to reduce the close relationship with our Afghan partners," Brig. Gen. Gunter Katz told reporters in the capital.

There were also conflicting reports about the other violence.

In the beheadings, a local government official initially said the victims were civilians at a celebration late Sunday involving music and dancing in Helmand's Musa Qala district. The official, Neyamatullah Khan, said the Taliban killed the partygoers for flouting the extreme brand of Islam embraced by the militants.

But a provincial government official said later that those killed were caught up in a fight between two Taliban commanders over two women, who were among the dead. Daoud Ahmadi, a spokesman for the provincial government, said shooting broke out during the fight. He said it was unclear whether the music and dancing triggered the violence and whether the dead were all civilians or possibly included some fighters.

Ahmadi said all of the bodies were decapitated, but it was not clear if they had been shot first.

The Taliban denied any responsibility for the attack, which was condemned by President Hamid Karzai, by the head of the U.S.-led NATO coalition, by the U.N. and by the European Union.

"No Talib have killed any civilians. Neither were Taliban commanders fighting each other. We don't know about this thing. Whether it happened or not, we were not involved," said Taliban spokesman Qari Yousef Ahmadi.

The Taliban have controlled large parts of Musa Qala, a district encompassing more than 100 villages, since 2001. They enforce the same strict interpretation of Islamic law that was imposed during Taliban rule of Afghanistan from 1996-2001.

U.S. Marines have battled the Taliban since they arrived in the region about two years ago. Although U.S. and foreign forces made significant gains in the south, insurgents still wield significant power in the area, and it is expected to increase as the Marines and other forces withdraw.

As a consequence, many Afghans and international observers have expressed concerns the Taliban will try to re-impose strict Islamic justice. Under the Taliban, all music and film was banned as un-Islamic, and women were barred from leaving their homes without a male relative as an escort.

Another sign that the Taliban may be returning in strength is the attack that killed 10 Afghan soldiers. The attack occurred late Sunday at a checkpoint in Helmand's Washir district, said provincial spokesman Daoud Ahmadi.

On Monday, a truck bomb in Kandahar, the south's largest city, killed two civilians and wounded the provincial police chief.

Kandahar provincial spokesman Jawed Faisal said the police chief, Gen. Abdul Raziq, was "slightly injured" but did not provide further details. He said the bomb appeared to have targeted Raziq, one of the most powerful men in Kandahar.

Faisal said 16 civilians were wounded in the blast.

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Associated Press writers Heidi Vogt, Amir Shah, Rahim Faiez and Kay Johnson contributed from Kabul. Mirwais Khan reported from Kandahar, Afghanistan and Robert Burns from Washington.


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Big Radiation Risk Unlikely if Israel Strikes Iran : Experts

"Experts" turn out to be Obama, CIA dupes; Reuters shills for war with Israel and will be held responsible for this sycophantic "report" in event Israel DOES STRIKE IRAN and deaths occur from radiation poisoning:  Doyle and Dahl may just wind up charged with War Crimes for publishing this propaganda piece designed to desensitize U.S., Israel sheep to eventual Iran strike

Reuters
By Alister Doyle and Fredrik Dahl
08/29/2012

OSLO/VIENNA (Reuters)
 
Any Israeli attacks on Iran's nuclear facilities are unlikely to cause a Fukushima-scale disaster unless a Russian-built reactor is destroyed, experts say. 
 
 
Madmen Obama and Netanyahu believe they can survive nuclear war
They could, however, release toxic chemicals - rather than high levels of radiation - causing local contamination affecting health and the environment. That was also the case from U.S.-led strikes on nuclear facilities in Iraq during the Gulf Wars.

"I doubt that the radiation effects would be great," said Hans Blix, a former head of U.N. nuclear watchdog the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Iran says all its facilities are for peaceful purposes. Israel, which in 1981 bombed Iraq's Osirak nuclear reactor before it came online, has led international accusations that Tehran is secretly developing atomic bombs. 
 
 
Any Iran strike by Israel and Obama would escalate to engulf the Middle East and dwarf Fukushima catastrophe

"There could be some chemical hazard (from an Israeli attack on Iran's uranium refining plants) but I'd think it would be limited to any nearby communities," said Edwin Lyman, a nuclear expert at the Union of Concerned Scientists in Washington.

The Vienna-based IAEA and Iran failed on Friday to strike a deal aimed at allaying concerns about Tehran's nuclear program. Diplomatic sources say Iran has installed many more uranium enrichment centrifuges at Fordow, a fortified underground site and a likely target in any attack. 
 
 


Bellicose rhetoric from some Israeli politicians has fanned speculation that Israel might hit Iran's nuclear sites before the November U.S. presidential vote. Washington has said there is still time for diplomatic pressure to work, but it might be drawn into any war between the two Middle East foes.

Most experts contacted said that Israel would not target the Bushehr nuclear reactor on Iran's Gulf coast, which started providing electricity to the grid last September. Such an attack could release a Fukushima-style radioactive plume that could spread to the entire region - including Israel. 
 
 
Contrary to Reuters propaganda piece, any strike by Israel and Obama would turn Israel into Middle East's newest parking lot - albeit a radioactive one

"An attack against Bushehr nuclear power plant would probably be a violation of international law," Blix said.

Attacks on Iran's other nuclear sites - such as the Natanz and Fordow enrichment plants and a uranium conversion facility east of the city of Isfahan - may have a localized health and environmental impact on a similar scale caused by the bombing of Iraqi nuclear sites Tuwaitha and Al Qaim in the Gulf Wars. 
 
 


MELTDOWN


"Uranium is a very heavy metal, chemically and physically," so it would not be transported far on the wind if Iranian enrichment facilities were attacked, said Malcolm Grimston, of Imperial College, London.

"It is about as poisonous as lead ... the issue would be in the immediate area trying to prevent people from ingesting it for its chemical poisonous properties," he said.
 
Uranium before it is introduced into a nuclear power plant is also much less radioactive than fissile reactor material.

"It is not like a reactor where you got the volatile fission products - the iodines and caesiums - which can be carried in principle all around the world by wind," Grimston said. 
 
 


Iraqi plants have not become global bywords for disaster, unlike the 1986 Chernobyl reactor explosion in what is now Ukraine and the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan that suffered a meltdown after an earthquake and tsunami last year.

"The health effects (in Iraq) were very localized," said Robert Kelley, of the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute and a former director of IAEA inspections in Iraq.

Others say health risks linger in Iraq, and estimates of long-term health risks near the sites are difficult because of a lack of monitoring of cancer rates. 
 
 


"In Tuwaitha, they have never seen full decontamination," said Mike Townsley of environmental group Greenpeace. He and colleagues found a ruptured container of raw uranium "yellowcake" near the plant in 2003.

About 1,000 people live near the Tuwaitha reactor complex south of Baghdad, the former site of Saddam Hussein's nuclear research program destroyed by U.S.-led forces in 1991 and 2003. Al Qaim, where uranium was extracted at a fertilizer factory, was bombed in 1991.

Paul Sullivan, a professor of economics and adjunct professor of security studies at Georgetown University in the United States, said there were double standards in judging risks. 
 
 


"If there were a chance of an attack on such facilities in France, Germany, the U.S., Japan and the like there would be constant and very loud cries about the potential environmental and human health impacts," he said.

Iran says it needs to refine uranium as a fuel for nuclear power. But extra refinement can make uranium for a bomb.

POISONING

The other main way to build a bomb is to use plutonium, from the waste of spent nuclear fuel rods from power plants. But experts say Bushehr is ill-designed for such uses, and that would also require a separate reprocessing plant. 
 
 
Insane cowards Netanyahu, Panetta, Obama, Clinton believe they will survive nuclear war in luxury taxpayer-financed bunkers to emerge and rule over Middle East oil fields

"Iran's plutonium program is thought to be less advanced than its uranium program," said Karl Dewey, a nuclear analyst at IHS Jane's in England.

Any attack on Bushehr, perhaps to cripple nearby buildings without rupturing the reactor, would involve big risks, he said.

Israel would probably want to destroy the Arak heavy water research reactor, which is not yet online but which experts say is more suited to producing plutonium than Bushehr.

The United Nations said in 2005 that the main impact of the 1986 disaster at Chernobyl would be up to 4,000 thyroid cancer deaths. About 30 people died at the plant, mainly from radiation exposure. Some environmentalists project far more deaths.

A Stanford University study in July estimated that radiation from Fukushima Daiichi might eventually cause anywhere from 15 to 1,300 deaths.

Radiation poisoning can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headaches and fatigue in lower doses. In bigger doses, it can cause burns, hemorrhages, cancer and death.

Radiation can also damage plants and animals, poisoning food for human consumption. A type of butterfly near Fukushima has been found with high rates of mutation, such as deformed wings and eyes.

Part of the risks of enrichment is that the process involves heating uranium to a gas form, Dewey said.

The process frees uranium hexafluoride (UF6), which is both toxic and radioactive and can cause kidney damage. When UF6 comes in contact with moisture it converts to uranyl fluoride and toxic hydrofluoric acid, in a gas form.

Among accidents, in 1986 the rupture of a cylinder at a uranium enrichment facility run by Sequoyah Fuels Corp. in the United States released a cloud of UF6, killing one worker and injuring 31 others. None of the 31 suffered lasting kidney damage.

Additional reporting by Marcus George in Dubai; Editing by Pravin Char.


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The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

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The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

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By Robert S. Finnegan

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