Friday, September 07, 2012

STRATFOR : U.S. Naval Update Map 08/29/2012

Worldwide U.S. Carrier Strike Groups and Amphibious Ready Groups


STRATFOR*
09/06/2012

The Naval Update Map shows an approximation of the current locations of U.S. Carrier Strike Groups and Amphibious Ready Groups, based on available open-source information. No classified or operationally sensitive information is included in this weekly update. CSGs and ARGs are the keys to U.S. dominance of the world’s oceans. A CSG is centered on an aircraft carrier, which projects U.S. naval and air power and supports a Carrier Air Wing. The CSG includes significant offensive strike capability. An ARG is centered on three amphibious warfare ships, with a Marine Expeditionary Unit embarked. An MEU is built around a heavily reinforced and mobile battalion of Marines.


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CARRIER STRIKE GROUPS

  • The USS Enterprise CSG with Carrier Air Wing 1 embarked is under way in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR) conducting missions supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
  • The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower CSG with Carrier Air Wing 7 embarked is under way in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR conducting missions supporting Operation Enduring Freedom, maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts.
  • The USS George Washington with Carrier Air Wing 5 embarked is under way in the U.S. 7th Fleet AOR to continue its 2012 patrol. 
  • The USS John C. Stennis with Carrier Air Wing 9 embarked is under way in the Pacific Ocean for a surge U.S. 5th Fleet AOR deployment.

Amphibious Ready Groups/Marine Expeditionary Units
  • The USS Iwo Jima ARG with the 24th MEU embarked is in the U.S. 5th Fleet AOR supporting maritime security operations and conducting theater security cooperation efforts.
  • The USS Bonhomme Richard ARG with 31st MEU embarked is under way in the U.S. 7th Fleet AOR conducting Amphibious Integration Training and Certification Exercise.
  • The USS Boxer is underway in the Pacific Ocean for flight deck certification.
  • The USS Wasp is under way in the Atlantic Ocean conducting routine training.

 
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U.S. Torture and Rendition to Gaddafi’s Libya

New Accounts of Waterboarding, Other Water Torture, Abuses in Secret Prisons; yet more evidence for Bush/Cheney/Rice/Rumsfeld et. al War Crimes trials

Human Rights Watch
09/06/2012

Not only did the U.S. deliver Gaddafi his enemies on a silver platter but it seems the CIA tortured many of them first. The scope of Bush administration abuse appears far broader than previously acknowledged and underscores the importance of opening up a full-scale inquiry into what happened - Laura Potter, Counterterrorism Advisor

Washington –

The United States government during the Bush administration tortured opponents of Muammar Gaddafi, then transferred them to mistreatment in Libya, according to accounts by former detainees and recently uncovered CIA and UK Secret Service documents, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. One former detainee alleged he was waterboarded and another described a similar form of water torture, contradicting claims [LIES] by Bush administration officials that only three men in U.S. custody had been waterboarded.


Bush won't be smiling at his War Crimes trial
The 154-page report, “Delivered into Enemy Hands: US-Led Abuse and Rendition of Opponents to Gaddafi’s Libya,” is based on interviews conducted in Libya with 14 former detainees, most of whom belonged to an armed Islamist group that had worked to overthrow Gaddafi for 20 years. Many members of the group, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), joined the NATO-backed anti-Gaddafi rebels in the 2011 conflict. Some of those who were rendered and allegedly tortured in U.S. custody now hold key leadership and political positions in the country.

“Not only did the U.S. deliver Gaddafi his enemies on a silver platter but it seems the CIA tortured many of them first,” said Laura Pitter, Counterterrorism Advisor at Human Rights Watch and author of the report. “The scope of Bush administration abuse appears far broader than previously acknowledged and underscores the importance of opening up a full-scale inquiry into what happened.”


CIA scumbag Cofer Black also headed to the Hague
The report is also based on documents – some of which are being made public for the first time – that Human Rights Watch found abandoned, on September 3, 2011, in the offices of former Libyan intelligence chief Musa Kusa after Tripoli fell to rebel forces.

The interviews and documents establish that, following the September 11, 2001 attacks, the U.S., with aid from the United Kingdom (UK) and countries in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, arrested and held without charge a number of LIFG members living outside Libya, and eventually rendered them to the Libyan government.

The report also describes serious abuses that five of the former LIFG members said they experienced at two U.S.-run detention facilities in Afghanistan, most likely operated by the CIA. They include new allegations of waterboarding and other water torture. The details are consistent with the few other first-hand accounts about the same U.S.-run facilities.

Other abuses reported by these former detainees include being chained to walls naked –sometimes while diapered – in pitch black, windowless cells, for weeks or months; restrained in painful stress positions for long periods, forced into cramped spaces; beaten and slammed into walls; kept indoors for nearly five months without the ability to bathe; and denied sleep by continuous, very loud Western music.


Rice and Cheney will also be sitting beside their master, head torturer and murderer Bush at their War Crimes trials

“I spent three months getting interrogated heavily during the first period and they gave me a different type of torture every day. Sometimes they used water, sometimes not.… Sometimes they stripped me naked and sometimes they left me clothed,” said Khalid al-Sharif, who asserted he was held for two years in two different U.S.-run detention centers believed to be operated by the CIA in Afghanistan. Al-Sharif is now head of the Libyan National Guard. One of his responsibilities is providing security for facilities holding Libya’s high-value detainees.


Rumsfeld also headed for prison, along with Powell, Rove, Franks, Petraeus, Feith, Wolfowitz, Perle, Perino and the rest of Bush's criminal administration

The Libyan detainee accounts in the Human Rights Watch report had previously gone largely undocumented because most of those returned to Libya were locked up in Libyan prisons until last year, when Libya’s civil unrest led to their release. And the U.S. government has been unwilling to make public the details about its secret CIA detention facilities. The accounts of former detainees, the CIA documents found in Libya, and some declassified U.S. government memos have shed new light on U.S. detention practices under the Bush administration but also highlighted the vast amount of information that still remains secret.

Despite overwhelming evidence of numerous and systematic abuses of detainees in U.S. custody since the September 11 attacks, the U.S. has yet to hold a single senior official accountable. Only a few low-ranking enlisted military personnel have been punished.


Laughable, bogus "Peace" medal given to Blair by Bush will not save him from his own War Crimes trial
 
On August 30, 2012, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced that the only criminal investigation the Department of Justice had undertaken into alleged abuses in CIA custody, headed by special prosecutor John Durham, would be closed without anyone being criminally charged. Holder had already narrowed the scope of Durham’s investigation on June 30, 2011, limiting it from the original investigation into the 101 people believed to have been in CIA custody to the cases of only two individuals.

In both cases, the detainees had died, one in Afghanistan and another in Iraq. The inquiry was also limited in that it looked only into abuses that went beyond what the Bush administration had authorized. It could not cover acts of torture, such as waterboarding, and other ill-treatment that Bush administration lawyers had approved, even if the acts violated domestic and international law.


Smile for your mug shot Holder:  Attorney General along with his master Obama will be charged with accessory after the fact and criminal conspiracy, among other charges, for attempting to cover-up Bush War Crimes
 
“The stories of the Libyans held by the U.S. and then sent to Libya make clear that detainee abuse, including mistreatment not necessarily specifically authorized by Bush administration officials, was far-reaching,” Pitter said. “The closure of the Durham investigation, without any charges, sends a message that abuse like that suffered by the Libyan detainees will continue to be tolerated.”

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) has spent three years researching the CIA’s detention and interrogation program and is nearing completion of a report. Human Rights Watch called on the SSCI to promptly release its report upon completion with as few redactions as possible, and to recommend that an independent, non-partisan commission investigate all aspects of U.S. policy relating to detainee treatment.

“The U.S. government continues to demand, and rightly so, that countries from Libya to Syria to Bahrain hold accountable officials responsible for serious human rights abuses, including torture,” Pitter said. “Those calls would carry a lot more weight if it wasn’t simultaneously shielding former U.S. officials who authorized torture from any form of accountability.”

Since the fall of the Gaddafi government, U.S. diplomats and members of Congress have met with some of the former CIA prisoners now in Libya, and the U.S. has supported efforts by the Libyan government and civil society to overcome the legacy of their country’s authoritarian past. Human Rights Watch urged the U.S. government to acknowledge its own past role in abuses and in helping Gaddafi round up his exiled opponents, to provide redress to the victims, and to prosecute those responsible for their alleged torture in U.S. custody.

One previously reported case for which Human Rights Watch uncovered some new information is that of Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi. The Bush administration had helped to justify the 2003 Iraq invasion by relying on statements that al-Libi made during his abuse and mistreatment in CIA custody. The CIA has acknowledged that these statements were unreliable. Years later, the U.S. rendered al-Libi to Libya, where he died in prison in May 2009. Accounts from al-Libi’s fellow detainees in Afghanistan and Libya, information from his family, and photos seen by Human Rights Watch apparently taken of him the day he died, provide insight into his treatment and death, which Libyan authorities claim was a suicide.

Scores of the documents that Human Rights Watch uncovered in Libya also show a high level of cooperation between the Gaddafi government in Libya and U.S. and the UK in the renditions discussed in the report.


Obama also neck-deep in assisting Gaddafi, Bush and Holder in covering-up War Crimes; another reason Gaddafi had to die in addition to planned resource theft and despite all the mutual ass-kissing and medal giving in the end it will make no difference as the truth is now being exposed

The U.S. played the most extensive role in the renditions back to Libya. But other countries, notably the UK, were also involved, even though these governments knew and recognized that torture was common during Gaddafi’s rule. Countries linked to the accounts about renditions include: Afghanistan, Chad, China and Hong Kong, Malaysia, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Sudan, Thailand, and the UK. Interviewees alleged that personnel in some of these countries also abused them prior to transferring them back to Libya.


Blair personally responsible for Libya prisoner deaths
International law binding on the U.S. and other countries prohibits torture and other ill-treatment in all circumstances, and forbids transferring people to countries in which they face a serious risk of torture or persecution.

“The involvement of many countries in the abuse of Gaddafi’s enemies suggests that the tentacles of the U.S. detention and interrogation program reached far beyond what was previously known,” Pitter said. “The U.S. and other governments that assisted in detainee abuse should offer a full accounting of their role.”

*A previous version of this press release incorrectly stated that the SSCI had completed its report.  The report is nearing completion.



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WAYNE MADSEN SPECIAL REPORT : Retaliation Against Siegelman Has Roots In Bush 41 Crimes

Bush crime family murders, assassinations now being fully exposed

WAYNE MADSEN REPORT
By Wayne Madsen
09/05/2012

The re-imprisonment of former Alabama Democratic Governor Don Siegelman by George W. Bush-appointed U.S. Judge Mark E. Fuller is part of a political retaliation process that has its roots in the Iran-contra scandal, according to a high-level WMR source.


Assassination of Barry Seal
After being freed on bond while his trumped up political corruption conviction was being appealed, Fuller has ordered Siegelman to return to federal prison on September 11.

While he served as Alabama Attorney General from 1987 to 1991, Siegelman. according to our well-placed source, was actively pursuing a criminal investigation of several key Alabama players in the Iran-contra scandal. The time period coincided with the investigation of the Iran-contra scandal by independent special counsel Judge Lawrence Walsh, appointed special counsel on December 19, 1986, less than a month before Siegelman became Alabama Attorney General. 


From 1979 to 1986, Siegelman was Alabama Secretary of State, a position in which he had access to the corporate filings of the various Iran-contra related firms that had been incorporated in the state. Walsh managed to get convictions of two of the chief Iran-contra figures, National Security Adviser Admiral John Poindexter and his subordinate Lt. Col. Oliver North. Poindexter's and North's convictions were later reversed but Walsh also indicted Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and implicated George H. W. Bush as an un-indicted co-conspirator in the Iran-contra affair.


What happens to those who cross the Bush crime family: the body of CIA pilot and DEA informant Barry Seal after his plea agreement with the government. Vice President George H W Bush's personal phone number was found in the trunk of Seal's car after his gangland-style murder by alleged Medellin cartel gang members. After Seal was murdered, Siegelman, as Alabama Attorney General, began investigating the criminal operations of the Bushes in Alabama and their cronies, including a small town Alabama lawyer named Mark Fuller. Fuller, now a federal judge, tried Siegelman in a trumped up corruption case and has ordered him back to prison -- on September 11


Walsh, a former federal judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and deputy Attorney General in the Eisenhower administration and who is still alive today at the ripe old age of 100, issued his final report on Iran-contra in 1993. But what has not been known, up until now, is the role that Siegelman, as the chief law enforcement officer for Alabama, played in the aspects of the Iran-contra investigation. The investigation touched on the roles of leading Alabama Republican officials in facilitating the smuggling of weapons to the Nicaraguan contras and Iran in return for illegally imported money and drugs from Latin American criminal cartels in Colombia and Panama.

Siegelman's investigation centered on the town of Enterprise in Coffee County, southeast Alabama, a nexus for covert CIA aviation operations that were networked across the Gulf coast from Florida to Louisiana. Republican U.S. Representative Terry Everett, who lived in Enterprise, was a principal of Doss Aviation, a firm that provided aviation logistics services to planes that ferried weapons to Latin America and returned to non-descript airfields in the deep South laden with cocaine. Eventually, Everett turned over control of Doss Aviation to Fuller, then an Enterprise attorney. Fuller continued to maintain 43.75 percent ownership of Doss shares after he was appointed as the U.S. judge for the Middle District of Alabama until last December when he sold the shares to the New York investment firm owned by former Secretary of the Navy John Lehman. Fuller may continue to hold shares in another CIA proprietary firm, Oceaneering International, Inc., which operates out of Houston and Panama City, Florida and has been linked to the Bush family's transport of gold bars from the Philippines after the overthrow of that nation's long-time dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The gold has been used since to covertly fund a number of CIA and Bush operations, including the nationwide vote rigging that resulted in the re-election victory of George W. Bush in 2004.


Former Alabama Democratic Governor Don Siegelman

One of the banks that laundered funds for Iran-contra was American Bank and Trust of Pensacola. The bank was involved in a major financial fraud involving Topsail Development Limited of Pensacola. On August 10, 2012, WMR reported on the connections between the scandal, the assassination of Judge Vance, and Fuller -- information that would have been certain to be knowledgeable to then-Attorney General Siegelman: "the FBI team investigating VANPAC [the murder of Vance and threats against other federal judges] set up shop in the vacant Citizen's Bank building in Enterprise, Alabama. 

The bank, according to [investigative journalist John] Caylor, was intimately involved in the money laundering activities of Parker Brown Refueling and Doss Aviation and the accountants of Barr, Brunson & Bowden, which helped cook the books for the firms and the banks based in Enterprise, including Doss Aviation, Parker Brown Refueling, and gambling interests in Alabama, the latter the subject of a recent major bribery investigation by the Justice Department. The accountants were, in turn, linked to a firm in Houston, Development Group Inc. (DGI), and another firm, Topsail Development, Ltd., which were connected to the Bush family and the CIA. In addition, Fuller, was, while District Attorney for the 12th Circuit of Alabama, for a period of time, the deed holder of the Colonial Bank of Birmingham, Alabama, which was, on April 15, 2011, ordered closed as a failed bank by the federal Office of Thrift Supervision." American Bank and Trust of Pensacola eventually collapsed after over-extending itself on Iran-contra related loans. It also didn't help that the bank was owned by the soon-to-collapse CIA global money laundering operation, the Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI).


George H.W. Bush
It should be noted that Lehman served as Navy Secretary from 1981 to 1987, leaving just as Walsh's and Siegelman's investigation of their respective leads in the Iran-contra affair began in earnest. "The Enterprise" involved the covert logistical use of Pensacola Naval Air Station by CIA contract airlines like Southern Air Transport, the former Air America of Southeast Asia infamy, to ferry arms to Latin America from U.S. government armories, via Pensacola and civilian airports like the one in Crestview, Florida, the home base of CIA contract airline Tepper Aviation, and Vigie and Hewannora airports in St. Lucia, the home bases of CIA proprietary airline St. Lucia Airways. 


Another CIA proprietary airline was Vortex Air International, Inc. of Miami, which flew weapons and drug missions for the Iran-contra conspirators from New Orleans to San Andres, a Colombian island in the Caribbean, and San Salvador, El Salvador. Vortex, owned by Michael Palmer, one of the largest smugglers of marijuana into the United State, was under contract to the Nicaraguan Humanitarian Aid Office, a CIA cut-out that was run by North and Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs Elliott Abrams. Abrams was later convicted for the Iran-contra conspiracy but was, along with fellow convicted conspirators, pardoned by President George H W Bush. In 1985, the Pentagon provided cover for the Boland Amendment-violating arms shipments to the contras by conducting a number of "training exercises" in the Central American region, including Operation Kindle Liberty '85 at Fort Sherman, Panama.

Lehman is a former member of the now totally discredited 9/11 commission. A Doss subsidiary, Professional Aviation Training Service LLC, was, as previously reported by WMR, involved in the training of Saudi, Iranian, and Egyptian pilots, including one Mohammed Atta, an Egyptian Air Force Lieutenant Colonel who would later be accused of flying American Airlines flight 11 into the North Tower of the World Trade Center. Fuller, in ordering Siegelman to report back to prison on September 11, 2012, is fully aware of the importance of that date and Fuller's subliminal message serves as a stark warning to anyone who may think about pursuing criminal investigations of what was called "The Enterprise" by Oliver North.


George W. Bush
"The Enterprise," named for the ostensibly sleepy Alabama town, links Iran-contra to 9/11. Fuller's mere presence on the federal bench in Montgomery, Alabama was engineered by individuals like Karl Rove to ensure that federal judicial benches in the South were void of Democrats who were in a position to jail the principal players in Iran-contra and 9/11. Although the statute of limitations would now prevent any prosecutions involving Iran-contra, there are no statutes of limitation for capital crimes, including murder. 


And "The Enterprise" has enough dead bodies to fill a small stadium.

The dead include U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals judge and former Siegelman law partner and mentor Robert Vance, assassinated by a mail bomb in 1989. The mail bomb that killed Vance was part of an attempt to intimidate and drive from the federal bench Democratic judges who posed a threat to "The Enterprise." Dozens of judges across the South, in states heavily involved in the CIA's and "The Enterprise's" smuggling of weapons to and drugs from Latin America -- Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, South Carolina, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Georgia -- were threatened in the mail bombing campaign. In addition, CIA Iran-contra pilot and Drug Enforcement Administration informant Barry Seal, who was prepared to provide evidence about the involvement of senior White House officials in drug and weapons smuggling, was gunned down at a Baton Rouge halfway house after his arrest in a drug sting.

Although the assassination of Seal was blamed on members of the Medellin drug cartel, there is ample evidence that Seal's cooperation with the authorities endangered then-Vice President George H W Bush. The "hit men" were not dispatched by the Medellin cartel but were former employees of Southern Air Transport likely dispatched by the Iran-contra conspirators to eliminate Seal as a potential witness against them. The vice president's personal phone number was found in the trunk of Seal's car after his brutal murder. Seal was no stranger to Enterprise, Alabama and knew all the principal players involved in the CIA's off-the-books operation: Everett; Bush operative Alabama Air National Guard General and real estate businessman Bowen Ballard; Alabama Republican Representative Bill Dickinson; and Fuller.


Jeb Bush
Although the much-politicized FBI and the top leadership of the DEA could not be relied upon to carry out an investigation of Iran-contra and its links to politicians and businessmen in Alabama, Judge Walsh's team of investigators that fanned out across the country and around the world to pin down leads in the investigation of the scandal, was supplemented by investigators working for the chairman of the U.S. Senate subcommittee on Narcotics, Terrorism and International Operations, Senator John Kerry (D-MA). 


Whether or not Walsh's or Kerry's investigators received evidence on the covert Alabama operations from Siegelman is not known, however, as Alabama's chief prosecutor, Siegelman would continue to be bound by laws governing the non-disclosure of evidence in criminal cases in which charges were never filed.

It is known that North considered an offer by the Medellin cartel to supply $1.5 million to the Nicaraguan contras. The arms smuggling operations, which were partly based among the officer corps at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Fort Rucker, near Dothan, and Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville and which involved members of the Alabama National Guard with retired Air Force General Richard Secord acting as a liaison, may have become known to Siegelman's investigators. Kerry's files include a diary entry from North that noted a phone call from Secord to North that discussed the purchase of weapons by the contras from a Honduran warehouse. The money for the weapons came from Saudi Arabia, which was then involved in the program that saw Doss Aviation and its subsidiary training Saudi pilots. Secord also dealt with Miami businessman Jeb Bush to facilitate the shipments of weapons out of and drugs into Opa-Locka Airport near Miami using Southern Air Transport corporate partners and his own personal connections to his father, the Vice President.

North's operations had the full support of his Panamanian interlocutor, General Manuel Noriega. An August 23, 1986 email from North to Poindexter stated, You will recall that over the years Manuel Noriega in Panama and I have developed a fairly good relationship." Noriega told North that if the Bush administration would help clean up the Panamanian leader's tarnished image in the United States, he, in turn, would ensure the contras were victorious over the Nicaraguan Sandinista government. Noriega offered to sabotage Nicaragua's key infrastructure and North wanted to pay the general $1 million from "Project Democracy" funds garnered for the illegal sale of U.S. weapons to Iran. North met Noriega in London on September 22, 1986, and Noriega offered to sabotage Managua area airports, an oil refinery, the electric system, and telecommunications network. As a sweetener, Noriega threw in the offer of using his own Panamanian commandos, assisted by Israeli special operations officers, to train the contras and Afghan mujaheddin in Panama. The plan collapsed after the exposure of the Iran-contra conspiracy.

The assassination and intimidation of those who were in a position to bring down The Enterprise, including members of the Bush family, particularly then-Florida businessman Jeb Bush -- who was heavily involved with the Contras and Central American death squads through his business deals with Cuba's gusano expatriate businessmen in Miami -- were all of keen interest to the Democratic Attorney General of Alabama. His incarceration is another example of the Bush crime family, using bag men like Fuller and Rove, to carry out their political vendettas and score settling.

Ever since the Bush family's links to Iran-contra were exposed, there has been a concerted effort to erase their complicity in the operation. As President, Bush 41 launched Operation Just Cause to remove Noriega from power in Panama and Operation Nifty Package to force him from diplomatic asylum in the Vatican embassy in Panama City. But they were not the only operations that sought to eliminate Noriega as a potential source of embarrassing information about the Bush family and their criminal colleagues. Operation Acid Gambit freed from prison in Panama CIA agent Kurt Muse who was imprisoned by Noriega in Carcel Modelo prison and who risked exposing the CIA's clean-up operation regarding Noriega and his government.

After the exposure of Iran-contra and before and after he became president, Bush authorized a number of covert U.S. military and CIA operations to get rid of Noriega. They included Operations Blue Spoon, Elaborate Maze, Eloquent Banquet, Gable Adder, Klondike Key, Nimrod Dancer, Prayer Book, and Purple Storm.

Post-U.S. invasion Operation Promote Liberty also saw covert CIA and Special Operations teams scouring Panamanian military, intelligence, banking, and corporate files to eliminate any traces of the past weapons, training, and drug deals between Noriega and the Reagan-Bush Iran-contra conspirators. But the clean-up did not end with Panama. After the fall of the Soviet Union, a Southern Air Transport C-130 was sent to Moscow to bring back to the United States the bulk of the KGB's intelligence archives, including files that implicated Bush and his cronies in every major covert operation from the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963 to their conspiracies to oust Richard Nixon in Watergate, sell weapons of mass destruction and components to Saddam Hussein, and to trade weapons for hostages and weapons for drugs in the Iran-contra scandal.

One of Muse's CIA bosses was Jose Rodriguez, the man who became the head of CIA clandestine operations, including the torture of detainees and rendition flights, and who destroyed the tapes of CIA post-9/11 torture sessions. One of the Rodriguez's rendition airlines was Summit Aviation, based in Middleton, Delaware, which was also linked to Vortex, the airline that flew weapons and drugs to and from Central America during Iran-contra.

The fact that President Obama has failed to pardon Siegelman or, at least, commute his prison sentence, is more evidence of Obama's past ties to the CIA and his continuing service to the agency's agenda. Obama's Justice Department recently decided not to prosecute anyone from the CIA for the kidnapping, rendition, and torture program, including Rodriguez. The Obama administration has been as committed to giving the CIA a pass for illegal activities as it has in ensuring Siegelman goes back to prison. Obama is as much a product of the CIA's tangled web of deception and mire of muck as is Fuller and Mr. Obama will do anything necessary to protect his longtime employer and benefactor. And if that includes allowing guilty men to walk free and innocent men like Siegelman to waste away in prison, so be it. 

Wayne Madsen (USA)

Investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist, Madsen has over twenty years experience in security issues. As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. 


Wayne Madsen
Madsen has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and MS-NBC. He has been invited to testify as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government. A member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the National Press Club, Madsen is based and reports from Washington, D.C. 




Bipartisan Budget Cuts, Genocide of U.S. Population : Analyst

Americans continue to fiddle as Obama criminal regime gears up for the Final Solution to the poor, homeless, middle class "problem" 

PRESS TV
09/06/2012

The bipartisan campaign to slash the public spending is a genocidal scenario against the American population to salvage the bankers and Wall Street mafia in the US, an American author tells Press TV.


Obama determined to finish off poor and homeless, kill middle class
“This is a bipartisan effort in favor of Wall Street and really to inflict, I call it ‘genocidal budget cuts’ on the American people,” said Webster Griffin Tarpley in a Wednesday interview.

Tarpley argued that the traditional method to boost recovery is to inject credit into the banking system; however, “The problem is that we have zombie banks that are all bankrupt. They are all wards of the US Federal Government.”

The remarks come as the latest figures by the US Treasury indicate the America’s national debt has swelled to more than USD 16 trillion.

When US President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the US debt stood at USD 10.6 trillion, but the figure has soared despite his pledge to cut it by half by 2012.


Millions of  U.S. children now facing starvation
House Speaker John Boehner described the news as "another sad reminder" of Obama's broken promise to cut spending.

“The problem with the increase in the public debt is it is not being used for the right things. It has been used to bail out zombie banks, which is a hopeless task because those zombie banks are full of derivatives,” he added.

Tarpley warned that the US is “headed towards a kind of an emergency here at the end of the year, where, I think, if the Republicans get control of the government, the presidency, the House and the Senate, their plan would be to cut the already depressed standard of living in the United States about minus one third or minus one quarter; something along those lines.”
The analyst also censured the flawed US taxing system where the public are taxed for every trivial matter, while the Wall Street cartels easily evade the rule.

“When Wall Street zombies and hyenas, when they do their high frequency trading, flash trading, a million transactions per second, they do not pay anything on that,” Tarpley pointed out.

ASH/SS/IS

 

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Gerald Friedman : 'Inequality Causes Food Insecurity in US' - Videos

In the richest, most productive country in the world where farmers are paid taxpayer money not to grow crops hunger and starvation stalks the poor and homeless on American streets; farmers and the genocidal Obama regime now claim drought is responsible for skyrocketing food prices while farmers file insurance claims for crop losses - so if the farmers didn't lose any money and are having one of the most profitable years on record, why the food price increase "crisis" and the need to bail them out:  This is nothing more than yet another gigantic swindle and rip-off of the American public

PRESS TV
09/06/2012

A new report is saying that food insecurity is becoming a major problem in the United States. The number of poor Americans who repeatedly ran short of food shot up by 800,000 in 2011 to nearly 17 million compared with 2010 according to The Huffington Post.


Gerald Friedman, UMass-Amherst Professor says the U.S. produces and exports a great amount of food but the problem is unequal distribution of wealth.

“It’ a problem of distribution. There’s plenty of food in the U.S. Food prices in general are not high, it’s that poor people don’t have enough to buy even minimum nutrition because of the lack of jobs, low wages and cutbacks in social programs. That’s what’s making food insecurity a problem throughout the affluent world.”

Speaking to the U.S. Desk, he said he believes the reason many people are hungry in the U.S. is that “the working class in America is getting a shrinking share of our total income. And those are the bottom of the working class, the ones doing the worst, the lowest-wage workers.”

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U.S. to Retain Role as a Jailer in Afghanistan

So much for Obama's promise to leave Afghanistan, it has always been and continues to be a filthy lie

New York Times
By Charlie Savage and Graham Bowley
09/05/2012

WASHINGTON —

The United States military will maintain control over dozens of foreign detainees in Afghanistan for the indefinite future, even as the two countries prepare to ceremonially mark the hand-over of detention operations to the Afghan government, officials from both countries say.


Afghan prisoners in Parwan near Bagram AFB
Further, although thousands of Afghan detainees have already been turned over, the United States will continue to hold and screen newly captured Afghans for a time, ensuring continued American involvement in detention and interrogation activities.

The hand-over deal, signed on March 9 at President Hamid Karzai’s demand, set a six-month transfer schedule and was a reflection of rising Afghan assertions of sovereignty at a time of extreme tensions over American troops’ burning of Korans.

The persistence of American-operated prison buildings, in a section of the main Parwan complex at Bagram Air Base, underscores the complexity of relinquishing control over detainee operations while American troops are still in the field conducting raids and making arrests — including the risk that detainees could be freed only to come back and stage attacks.

Some of the difficulties raised by the non-Afghan detainees, moreover, echo problems that have slowed the Obama administration’s efforts to close the prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. It is illegal to repatriate prisoners to countries where they are likely to be tortured or killed, for example, and American officials have also wanted to ensure that other governments are willing and able to keep tabs on any released detainees.


US soldiers stand guard beside prison cells during a media tour of Bagram prison, north of Kabul, on November 15, 2009. A human rights group is calling on the United States to develop a new detention policy with Kabul for a US military prison in Afghanistan dubbed the "Afghan Guantanamo." The detention center located at Bagram Air Base north of Kabul holds some 600 detainees captured by US forces in Afghanistan. (Massoud Hossaini/Getty Images)

Still, Afghan guards now operate most of the cellblocks at Parwan, and they have taken custody of most of the roughly 3,000 Afghans who were already being held as suspects in the insurgency when the allies signed the transfer agreement. There are many fewer inmates — about 50, officials say — from Pakistan and other countries, while more than 600 Afghans have been taken into custody since the March 9 deal. A major unresolved issue is how quickly newly arrested Afghans should be turned over.

William K. Lietzau, the Pentagon’s top detainee policy official, said in a recent interview that the United States was “on a trajectory to be able to comply” with the Sept. 9 “milestone” in the transfer agreement — he rejected the word deadline. Compliance, he said, meant having transferred all Afghan citizens who were already in custody when the agreement was signed.

So far, Mr. Karzai, who early this year demanded the immediate transfer of prison operations, has not publicly objected to that narrow interpretation of the agreement. He has announced plans for a ceremony on Monday to mark the “full transfer” of the detention center.


In this March 23, 2011 photograph, a U.S. Army medic hands medicine to Afghan detainees inside the Parwan detention facility near Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan. “Black sites,” the secret network of jails that grew up after the Sept. 11 attacks, are gone. But suspected terrorists are still being held under hazy circumstances with uncertain rights in secret, military-run jails across Afghanistan, where they can be interrogated for weeks without charge, according to U.S. officials who revealed details of the top-secret network to The Associated Press. The Pentagon has previously denied operating secret jails in Afghanistan, although human rights groups and former detainees have described the facilities. U.S. military and other government officials confirmed that the detention centers exist but described them as temporary holding pens whose primary purpose is to gather intelligence

Some Afghan officials signaled that the continuing American role was understood and, to a degree, acceptable. “The priority for Afghanistan is Afghan citizens,” said Janan Mosazai, the Foreign Ministry spokesman. “When it comes to third-country nationals, that will be a matter we decide with our international partners at some point down the road.”

In an interview last week, the Afghan official who runs the Afghan-controlled portions of Parwan, Gen. Ghulam Farouk, acknowledged that the Afghan guards were still “in the process of building our capacity.” Three American officials sat in on the interview at his office at Parwan, while in a dusty yard outside his window, a graduation ceremony for about 100 guards unfolded. Behind them, a bus delivered detainees’ families for visits.

While General Farouk said the process of transferring the initial group of Afghan detainees was almost complete, because of delicate relations with a “neighboring country” — a reference to Pakistan — he said it would be best if the United States kept the foreign detainees for now.


The main U.S. run prison is the Parwan hellhole next to Bagram AFB outside Kabul, where riots broke out over the burning of Korans
 
“If we keep these people with us in this current situation and deal with them, this will create more problems for us,” he said. “Therefore it is better for the Americans to keep them.”

When transferred, prisoners leave their cells in one of the remaining American-controlled buildings and are taken to new cells in a building controlled by Afghans, but where American personnel will still be present in an advisory role until at least March, under the agreement. An Afghan committee sorts the detainees into two groups: so far, General Farouk said, 1,638 have been approved for criminal prosecution, and 963 have been referred to a review board, which evaluates them and recommends whether to keep holding them without trial as wartime detainees.


While the Bales case magically dropped off the radar...
The agreement calls on Afghanistan to consult the United States and “consider favorably” its assessment of whether a detainee poses a continuing security threat or should be released, but it is ambiguous about which country has final say. As a practical matter, the United States military still controls the perimeter of the base around the prison complex. To date, officials of both countries say, there have been no disagreements between General Farouk and his American counterpart, Lt. Gen. Keith M. Huber.



There are early signs, however, that the Afghans may be more inclined to release detainees than not. General Farouk said that so far the review board had finished evaluating about 600 men and recommended that he release 374. None have yet been freed, and he was vague about how many might be, but suggested it could be a majority.

A major task for American officials has been to declassify as much evidence as possible showing that each detainee may be an insurgent. The dossiers, given to the Afghans when each detainee is transferred, can be used by the Afghan court or its review boards.

To protect intelligence sources, the United States has sometimes withheld information or allowed Afghan officials only to view documents but not take copies. Mr. Lietzau of the Pentagon said that if the United States objected to an Afghan recommendation to release a detainee, the Americans would re-examine the full, still-classified file to see whether there was a way to show the review board more information.


..."Diplomats" at the U.S. Embassy Afghanistan were told to cut down on their boozing

“The bottom line is, we’re not in a war by ourselves against an enemy that is just our enemy,” he said. “We’re in a war where the only way to win is with our alliance.”

Domestic politics are a factor as well. Congress has imposed steep restrictions on transfers from Guantánamo, and the military does not want its hands to be similarly tied in Afghanistan. Republican lawmakers have criticized a decision to turn over to Iraqi custody a detainee accused of helping to kill American troops in the Iraq war. After a report that Iraq may soon release him, they warned the administration “to extend all efforts to ensure that this tragic mistake is not repeated with terrorists currently in U.S. custody in Afghanistan.”


And American military personnel continue to arrive home in the U.S. in cheap metal caskets - that is the ones that don't wind up in garbage dumps, U.S. military mortuary officials have been under fire for what the Air Force termed “gross mismanagement” for losing the body parts of two service members in 2009, repeated failures of command, doing little to change sloppy practices and sawing off the protruding arm bone of a dead Marine without informing his family

But any sweeping declarations by the United States that it will not allow the release of anyone it deems too risky would undermine Mr. Karzai’s ability to show that Afghans now exercise sovereign control over prisons on their soil. The Obama administration also does not want to provoke American courts into revisiting a 2010 ruling declining to extend the same habeas corpus rights that Guantánamo detainees have to detainees in Afghanistan.

The prisoner transfer policy could also face legal and political pressures inside Afghanistan. The United States insisted, when negotiating the agreement, that the Karzai administration embrace a system of no-trial detention for wartime prisoners deemed too difficult to prosecute but too dangerous to release. Afghan lawmakers, however, did not ratify the agreement.

Gul Rahman Qazi, the chairman of the independent commission for overseeing the carrying out of the Afghan Constitution, which he helped write, contended that a no-trial detention system “is not acceptable to us” and is “in confrontation with the national Constitution.”

But the Afghan government maintains that such detention is legal. And Mr. Lietzau said that while the war continues, it is lawful and necessary to detain people without trial, both to gain intelligence and to avoid creating any incentive for troops in combat to elect killing over capturing.

“An administrative detention regime is necessary for any morally responsible country in an armed conflict,” he said. “In this case, it was a prerequisite for our agreement with the Afghan government, at least the way combat operations are going right now. That’s something we’re going to have to be watching very carefully as we go forward with this transition.”

Charlie Savage reported from Washington, and Graham Bowley from Bagram, Afghanistan.


 
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