Thursday, December 18, 2014

WAYNE MADSEN : U.S. Senate Torture Report Exposes Eastern European Torture Lackeys Of Washington

War crimes trials for Bush, Cheney, Rice, Rumsfeld, et al along with their "mainstream media" mouthpieces  

By Wayne Madsen

The recently-released U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation [torture] Program reveals that three NATO nations in Eastern Europe hosted CIA detention and interrogation centers, also known as "black sites." The three countries identified as hosting DETENTION SITES BLUE, BLACK, and VIOLET are Poland, Romania, and Lithuania, respectively. A fourth "black site", DETENTION SITE GREEN, was located in Thailand.

Detention Site Cobalt near Kabul
Details of the brutal torture tactics employed by the CIA at the Eastern European sites were revealed after successive governments in Poland, Romania, and Lithuania obfuscated about the presence of the facilities in their respective countries and their actual use.

Former leaders of the torture-acquiescent countries all ran for political cover upon the release of the Senate report. Chief among them was former Polish President Aleksandr Kwasniewski who originally denied that the CIA maintained a "black" torture facility in his nation. 

When a facility at Stare Kiejkuty, near Szymany, Poland was identified in the media as DETENTION CENTER BLUE in the torture report, Kwasniewski gave a mealy-mouthed response similar to those from those Nazis charged at the Nuremberg trials for committing war crimes. Kwasniewski claimed that Poland "took steps to end the activity at this site and the activity was stopped at some point." Kwasniewski’s vagueness about what he personally did and when he did it to stop the torture speaks volumes about his culpability in violating European Union human rights law.

Kwasniewski claims Poland shut down the Szmany facility at some point in time. He also avers that he asked the Americans to treat those held at the facility as prisoners of war, that is, as humanely as possible, according to the Geneva Conventions. The brutal interrogation methods carried out by the CIA were far from humane, as the Senate report starkly reveals.

Former Prime Minister Leszek Miller joined Kwasniewski in condemning the release of the report. However, their consternation about the release appeared to have more to do with the report’s revelation that a large number of banknotes from the CIA were delivered into Polish hands by the U.S. ambassador in Warsaw. At least a million dollars were paid by the CIA to line the pockets of complicit Polish leaders. 

According to the Senate report, after initially rejecting the transfer of high-level detainees, including alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Muhammad, to Stare Kiejkuty, the Polish leaders became more "flexible" after the U.S. ambassador delivered CIA cash to the Warsaw leadership. Kwasniewski and Miller claim to be shocked by the report’s revelations and the information contained in it. However, these two obvious "coin-operated" Polish leaders appear to be as "shocked" as was Inspector Reynaud in the movie Casablanca when he discovered gambling in Rick’s Café just before collecting his envelope of cash winnings.

Kwasniewski also used the occasion of the report’s release to infer that it somehow affects the West’s relations with Russia. Relying on a totally non sequiter-based argument, Kwasniewski stated that the torture report exposed America’s weakness, especially in the eyes of Russia. The former Polish president stated that "with this publication the Americans lose their potential as an ally." It is a dubious stretch of the imagination to suggest that the exposure of America’s torture of prisoners in Poland somehow strengthens Russia. 

Former Polish president Lech Walesa said that Kwasniewski and Miller should face repercussions for allowing the CIA center to operate in Poland. 

Dick Marty, the Council of Europe’s chief investigator of CIA black sites in Europe, has charged that Kwasniewski; Marek Siwiec, the chief of the national security office, Marek Siwiec, the head of Poland’s national security office; former Defense Minister Jerzy Szmajdzinski, and Marek Dukaczewski, the former chief of Polish military intelligence, were all fully aware of the purpose of the CIA facility in Poland.

Marty’s investigation has also pointed to former Romanian President Ion Iliescu, the outgoing President Traian Basescu, presidential national security adviser Ioan Talpes, former Defense Minister Oran Mircea Pascu, a former defense minister, and former chief of Romanian military intelligence Segiu Tudor Medar as being fully apprised of the purpose of the CIA site, called DETENTION CENTER BLACK in the Senate report, at the Mihail Kogalniceanu Air Base (known as the "MK air base"), located 25 miles northwest of the Black Sea port of Constanta.

Iliescu claimed that he had no knowledge of the CIA interrogation center, echoing similar claims of innocence and ignorance from other leaders of Eastern European NATO countries. Michael Guest, the openly-gay U.S. ambassador in Bucharest at the time DETENTION CENTER BLACK was in operation, denied being informed about the interrogation center. However, Guest’s counterpart in Warsaw, Christopher Hill, was paying off Polish government officials some one million dollars in return for Poland’s "flexibility" on DETENTION CENTER BLUE.

Valdas Adamkus, the President of Lithuania at the time the CIA torture center was in operation near the capital of Vilnius, said he was not aware of its presence. Adamkus, a former member of U.S. Army intelligence during the Cold War, is hardly a person who should be believed when it comes to secret U.S. operations at the Vilnius site. Even when confronted with overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Adamkus said with a straight face, "I am still convinced that there had been no jails and no prisoners" in Lithuania. 

Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius called on the United States to reveal to Lithuania whether it was operating what the Senate report called DETENTION CENTER VIOLET near Vilnius. However, Butkevicius need only consult with Lithuanian parliamentarian Arvydas Anusauskas who headed up a parliamentary inquiry which determined that the CIA ran rendition flights in and out of Vilnius. Lithuania’s President, Dalia Grybauskaite, said Lithuania would take some sort of «responsibility» for the CIA’s torture if the Senate report’s information turned out to be true. Grybauskaite, who accepts prima facie every iota of propaganda from the Ukrainian regime in Kiev, wants to set a higher standard on carefully researched information from the Senate Intelligence Committee.

It does appear that Washington did consult with leaders of four of the five countries mentioned as hosts for the CIA black sites before the release of the report. Thailand, the location of DETENTION CENTER GREEN, issued a blanket denial that the CIA maintained a secret detention center in Thailand. Suwaphan Tanyuvardhana, an aide to the military-appointed prime minister and head of the Thai National Intelligence Agency, said that because "Thailand" was not mentioned by name in the Senate report, no CIA base existed in Thailand. It was a comment worthy of a military-installed fascist government. 

It is ironic that the leaders of Poland, Romania, and Lithuania, nations where international "human rights" multi-billionaire advocate George Soros has built huge political and "civil society" infrastructures, would deny the presence of CIA torture centers. However, such hypocrisy is patently a part of the Soros machine’s dirty work on behalf of the CIA. The Russian Foreign Ministry’s human rights ombudsman Konstantin Dolgov rightly called for an investigation of the CIA’s human rights abuses likening them to the worst torture practices of the Spanish Inquisition.

However, CIA director John Brennan, a major architect of the CIA’s rendition and interrogation program, remains unrepentant as he continues to lethally arm some of the world’s worst human rights abusers in Syria, Iraq, and other countries.

Wayne Madsen

Wayne Madsen
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. Madsen has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC 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.

Alan Gross Released From Cuban Prison

More Obama distraction from CIA torture scandal as Sydney fades from front pages; bungling, geriatric CIA dupe Gross gets a rare second chance    


The United States will restore diplomatic relations it severed with Cuba more than 50 years ago, a major policy shift ending decades of hostile ties with the communist-ruled island, President Barack Obama said on Wednesday.

Announcing the end of what he called a "rigid" policy of isolation of Cuba that had been ineffective, Obama said the United States would move toward normal ties and would open an embassy in Cuba. 

Obama discussed the changes with Cuban President Raul Castro on Tuesday in a nearly hour-long telephone call. 

Castro spoke in Cuba as Obama made his announcement on a policy shift made possible by the release of American Alan Gross, 65, who had been imprisoned in Cuba for five years.

Cuba is also releasing an intelligence agent who spied for the United States and was held for nearly 20 years, and the United States in return freed three Cuban intelligence agents held in the United States.

Bush packed USAID with CIA dirtbags
Gross' case had been a block to any movement by Washington toward improved ties. 

Obama said Pope Francis had played an active role in pressing for his release. Francis congratulated both countries on their forging of diplomatic ties.

The policy shift will mean a relaxation in some aspects of commerce and transportation between the United States and Cuba, but it does not mean an end to the longstanding trade embargo, which needs congressional approval that Obama may face a struggle getting.
And while travel restrictions that currently make it hard for most Americans to visit will be eased, the door will not yet be open for broad U.S. tourism on the Caribbean island.

Cuba and the United States have been ideological foes since soon after the 1959 revolution that brought Raul Castro's older brother, Fidel Castro, to power.

Obama's CIA mother Stanley Ann Dunham worked for USAID in Indonesia targeting individuals for assassination

They have not had diplomatic relations since 1961 and the United States has maintained its trade embargo on the island, 90 miles south of Florida, for more than 50 years. Obama said he would ask Congress to lift the embargo.

Obama will likely face resistance on this.

Although a growing number of U.S. lawmakers favor more normal ties with Cuba, those lawmakers are still mostly Democrats, and after big midterm election gains in November, Republicans will control both houses of Congress in the new year.

Senator Marco Rubio, a Cuban American Republican, said he would use his role as incoming chairman of a key Senate Foreign Relations Committee to try to block the plan and was committed to doing all he could to "unravel" it.


News of the changes rippled fast through the 1.5 million-strong Cuban American community in the United States, hailed by some who are keen to see closer ties with the island and condemned by others who have opposed any warming while either of the Castro brothers is in power.

Somebody finally woke up and realized what a farce the policy was. Only an idiot like Marco Rubio would oppose it

"It's amazing," said Hugo Cancio, who arrived in Miami in the 1980 Mariel boatlift and runs a magazine with offices in Miami and Havana. "This is a new beginning, a dream come true for the 11.2 million Cubans in Cuba, and I think it will provoke a change of mentality here too in this community."

Flashpoints in U.S.-Cuba hostilities included the Cuban missile crisis of October 1962 that brought the world to the brink of nuclear war. Washington's policy has survived the demise of Soviet communism and the end of the Cold War as the United States pushes for democratic reform in Cuba.

In his remarks, Obama said Cuba still needed to make changes. He said Havana needed to make economic reforms and improve human rights.

Cuba arrested Gross on Dec. 3, 2009, and sentenced him to 15 years in prison for importing banned technology and trying to establish clandestine Internet service for Cuban Jews. Gross had been working as a subcontractor for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

The payoff for Obama was the release of Gross, whose lawyer and family have described him as mentally vanquished, gaunt, hobbling and missing five teeth.

Gross's case raised alarm about USAID's practice of hiring private citizens to carry out secretive assignments in hostile places. Cuba considers USAID another instrument of continual U.S. harassment dating back to Cuba's 1959 revolution.

Fidel Castro retired in 2008, handing power to his brother, who has carried out some economic reforms but maintained a one-party political system.

The three Cuban intelligence agents, jailed since 1998, are Gerardo Hernandez, 49, Antonio Guerrero, 56, and Ramon Labanino, 51. 

Two others had been released before on completing their sentences - Rene Gonzalez, 58, and Fernando Gonzalez, 51. The three arrived in Cuba on Wednesday, Castro said.

For Obama, the abrupt shift in Cuba policy adds a foreign policy milestone to his presidential legacy as he enters the last two years of his eight years in office. He will be able to say he turned the page from a policy that Democratic President John Kennedy began in 1961.

At home, Obama's move may bolster Democratic hopes of retaining the support of Latino voters as the party looks ahead to the presidential election in 2016. Republican candidates seeking to carve out some of the Latino vote may have difficulty arguing against the Cuba move.

Despite their animosity, the two countries have long been engaged on a host of issues such as immigration, drug interdiction and oil-spill mitigation.

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ISIS’ Bloody Footprints Lead From NATO Territory

Sooner rather than later, the cover story that U.S. military weapons and munitions "fell" into the hands of "ISIS" from the retreating Iraqi army will be blown as more and more American servicemen and women are killed and maimed by them and public demands for answers can no longer be ignored  

By Tony Cartalucci

It was reported recently that Germany’s broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) investigated what turned out to be hundreds of trucks a day carrying billions of dollars in supplies, flowing into Syria and directly into the hands of the so-called “Islamic State” (ISIS). 

Turkey, a NATO member since 1952, has played a pivotal role in the destabilization and destruction of neighboring Syria. Since 2011, Turkey has allowed its territory to be used as a transit and staging point for sectarian terrorists flowing from around the world and into Syria in what could be described as a defacto NATO invasion by proxy. 

In 2011, after the Libyan conflict drew to an end in favor of NATO, terrorists it had armed and provided air cover for in North Africa were promptly shipped to Turkey where they then slipped into Syria to engage the Syrian government and its military. 

Since then, an untold number of terrorists have used not only Turkey as a staging ground, but also Lebanon and Jordan.

In addition to literal terrorists being harbored in NATO territory, security agencies of NATO members including the US and UK, have been active along the Turkish-Syrian border arming, funding. and equipping what they call “moderate rebels.” These moderate rebels have recently been revealed as affiliates of or organized directly organized beneath both Al Qaeda and ISIS.

WHY is the USAF having such a difficult time targeting and destroying U.S. armor - in broad daylight and piloted by illiterate CIA/ISIS goat-ropers?

DW’s report does not implicate merely Turkey in aiding and abetting ISIS, but exposes the fact that ISIS’ supply lines lead from within NATO itself – in other words, ISIS is a creation, perpetuation, and agent of NATO.

Contrary to Western propaganda, Al Qaeda was intentionally organized and directed by the US, Saudi Arabia, and Israel to engage in a regional confrontation aimed at Iran and its powerful arc of influence. 

Exposed by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Seymour Hersh in his 2007 article, “The Redirection: Is the Administration’s new policy benefiting our enemies in the war on terrorism?” it was stated explicitly that (emphasis added):

To undermine Iran, which is predominantly Shiite, the Bush Administration has decided, in effect, to reconfigure its priorities in the Middle East. In Lebanon, the Administration has coöperated with Saudi Arabia’s government, which is Sunni, in clandestine operations that are intended to weaken Hezbollah, the Shiite organization that is backed by Iran. The U.S. has also taken part in clandestine operations aimed at Iran and its ally Syria. 

A by-product of these activities has been the bolstering of Sunni extremist groups that espouse a militant vision of Islam and are hostile to America and sympathetic to Al Qaeda. 

Clearly, ISIS is the verbatim fulfillment of Hersh’s 2007 warning.

And while some may question what took place between 2007 and the current disposition of ISIS today, those documenting the ongoing conflict in Syria starting in 2011 have noted substantial and continued state sponsorship of militants fighting in the Syrian conflict, many of which are now confirmed to be operating under the banner of ISIS. Headlines over the past 3-4 years including, “C.I.A. Said to Aid in Steering Arms to Syrian Opposition,” “First Syria rebels armed and trained by CIA ‘on way to battlefield’,” “Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With Aid From C.I.A.,” and “Official says CIA-funded weapons have begun to reach Syrian rebels; rebels deny receipt,” reveal ongoing Western support, bridging the gap between the conspiracy exposed by Hersh in 2007 and the current torrent of supplies flowing to ISIS via NATO territory.

It is clear that the ISIS threat was NATO all along, the culmination of a conspiracy spanning at least two US Presidential administrations, and resulting in a regional conflict marked by some of the most horrific barbarism documented in modern history.

With NATO feeding the ISIS threat directly, no serious attempt to destroy ISIS in either Syria or Iraq can be attempted without first cutting its supply lines leading from NATO territory. Clearly the United States, NATO, or regional partners like Israel, Qatar, or Saudi Arabia have any intention of doing so. As indicated by DW’s report, Kurds operating on both sides of the Turkish-Syrian border are attempting to seal off the flow of supplies leading from NATO territory.

The Syrian Arab Army, the Iranian forces supporting anti-ISIS fighters in Syrian territory, and the allies of both countries must insist that strict resolutions are passed to secure the border and stem the flow of ISIS’ lifeline.

A clearly worded resolution, if voted down by the likes of the US and its NATO accomplices, will expose further the true nature ISIS and the misanthropic agenda of the West it is a manifestation of.

If the West capitulates and the resolution is passed, further steps toward arming and aiding the Syrian and Iranian governments and their various allies in the securing of the Turkish-Syrian border can be made. From there, the proxy war engineered and executed by the West which has engulfed the region for years, may finally be brought to an end.

Tony Cartalucci, Bangkok-based geopolitical researcher and writer, especially for the online magazine New Eastern Outlook”.

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