Friday, June 19, 2015

9/11 Detainees May Sue Ashcroft and Others for Rights Violations

Opening the door - albeit slowly - for war crimes trials for Bush/Cheney criminals  

By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq.

Muslim and Arab men who were wrongfully detained can sue former attorney general John Ashcroft and other Bush-era officials for violating their constitutional rights, the Second Circuit ruled yesterday. 

Bush long overdue for his court date at The Hague
War Crimes Tribunal
The class action lawsuit, filed by former 9/11 detainees, alleges that Ashcroft and others established a discriminatory policy of arresting and detaining Muslim and Arab men following the attacks and keeping them in abusive conditions.

In a lengthy ruling, Second Circuit said that under the alleged facts, based largely on a government investigation, the Department of Justice and FBI put in place policies which violated the detainees civil rights and took no steps to stem the abuse when they knew detainees were not terrorism suspects. 

The development means that the Bivens suit, which has dragged on for over 13 years and which targets officials in their individual capacity, can go forward.

Harsh Conditions for Detainees

Following the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on September 11th, 2001, the FBI, INS, and DOJ initiated a sweeping investigation. According to a lawsuit, that investigation resulted in a "hold-until-cleared" policy where any non-citizen Muslim or Arab man who had violated his visa and was "encountered during the investigation of a tip," would be arrested and detained, regardless of whether he was a legitimate suspect or not.

The eight men who filed the class action were detained for three to eight months but were never considered serious suspects. 

The detention center where the men were kept was made of "tiny cells," where detainees were confined for 23 hours a day, with "meager and barely edible" food, bright lights, and degrading conditions. 

There is no statute of limitations on war crimes

According to 9/11 detainees, they were often subject to abuse from guards, including being kept from sleeping and regularly strip searched.

National Security Doesn't Protect Against Suit

The Court explicitly rejected the government's national security defences. 

All Bush administration accomplices will be subject 
to prosecution, including Rove and then CIA scumbag
Kofer Black
While national security concerns may have motivated the government's actions, they do not prevent the 9/11 detainees from suing over those actions. 

As the Second Circuit wrote, "the suffering endured by those who were imprisoned merely because they were caught up in the hysteria of the days following 9/11 is not without a remedy." If the facts are as alleged, the 9/11 detainees' conditions were "punitive and unconstitutional" and a result of the decisions of high level government officials. 

The court notes, however, that discovery could prove otherwise.

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Bush crime family continues attempt to spread their tentacles back into the White House just as GW is about to be indicted for war crimes

By Andrew Kreig

As Jeb Bush announced his presidential bid June 15, an investigative reporter revealed that the CIA provided the future candidate with a high-level briefing in 1977 that helped launch his career.

Jeb Bush CIA ties exposed
Reporter, author and former Navy intelligence officer Wayne Madsen published a CIA document disclosing Bush’s briefing by the agency as Bush prepared in 1977 to become the Venezuela branch manager and a vice president for the influential Texas Commerce Bank.

Published on the Wayne Madsen Report (WMR), Madsen wrote: 

A June 7, 1977 letter on Texas Commerce Bank stationery from "Jeb Bush" of the bank's International Banking Division, using post office box 2558 in Houston, to Robert W. Gambino, director of security for the CIA, thanks Gambino, who was in charge of issuing clearances for CIA official cover and NOC agents alike, for "arranging such a comprehensive and informative briefing" for Bush during his recent trip to Washington.

The Justice Integrity Project has independently confirmed that the document is authentic.

Madsen used the briefing and his sources to portray the banking job as a gateway to power for the younger Bush in the family tradition. 

Madsen noted also that Gambino resigned from the agency to support the George Bush for President campaign in 1980, and subsequently received political patronage jobs from the Reagan and Bush administrations that extended into the Clinton administration.

Gambino's career progress helps underscore the wild card advantage the Bush family holds over virtually all competitors, Republican and Democratic: Their embedded loyalists, often with a national security background, who constitute a core of the nation's hidden government. More on that below.

The Texas Commerce Bank, co-founded by an ancestor of Bush family ally James Baker, has a long history of sensitive operations, including help in funding the 1950s CIA-front business operations of Jeb Bush’s father, George H.W. Bush.

Bush "Dynasty"

The elder Bush became a covert CIA operative in the early 1950s while also a businessman co-founding Zapata Petroleum in 1953. 

Its affiliate Zapata Offshore was formed in 1954 with the help of funding from Texas National Bank, a major predecessor of the Texas Commerce Bank, according to the bank history But Also Good Business, co-authored in 1986 by professors Walter L. Buegner and Joseph A. Pratt.

The Bush family, Baker, their allies virtually never talk about such matters even though research indicates that all recent U.S. presidents have established secret relationships with the CIA or FBI before they entered politics. 

This enables politicians on the way up to establish strong bonds with the agencies and the powerful backers of the agencies on Wall Street and in such key sectors as energy, agri-business, mining, munitions, and media. 

Details are provided in Madsen's book The Manufacturing of a President  (2010) and our own Presidential Puppetry (2013), among other accounts.

Regarding the media, Operation Mockingbird was the CIA's secret program to coordinate agency-friendly messaging among the nation's top broadcast networks, magazines and newspapers. Author Deborah Davis first revealed the program in her 1979 book Katharine the Great: Katharine Graham and Her Washington Post Empire, whose 20,000-copy first edition publisher Harcourt Brace Jovanovich pulverized under pressure from the Post and CIA. Davis was able find another publisher for the book in 1987 after winning a lawsuit settlement.

To understand Operation Mockingbird and its successors, it's vital to appreciate that the program was a cooperative effort sustained by media owners, many of whom had advanced in precisely the same CIA, Office of Strategic Services (OSS, the CIA's World War II predecessor organization), Harvard-Yale-Princeton, and Wall Street circles of inherited wealth as the OSS and CIA first leaders, most notably OSS leader William "Wild Bill" Donovan and longtime CIA Director Allen Dulles.

One of the most prominent press lords was, for example, Washington Post Publisher Philip Graham, the Harvard Law-educated husband of Katharine Meyer Graham and an enthusiastic supporter of Operation Mockingbird. 

Carl Bernstein, Katherine Graham, Bob Woodward

Graham and his wife dined weekly with the operation's onetime leader Frank Wisner, who succeeded Dulles in running the propaganda program after Dulles won the CIA's top job.

We provide here further perspective on the tight ties between intelligence, banking, media and politics that are never described in mainstream news coverage of political campaigns:

Eugene Meyer, Philip Graham's father-in-law and the founder of the modern Post, had been a chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank and separately the World Bank. Meyer had been a friend of the Bush family since their overlapping work together during World War I in managing U.S. armaments purchases (Bush's core area) and financing (Meyer's).

Upon the graduation of George H.W. Bush from Yale College, Meyer offered him a job.

George Bush chose instead to seek his fortune in Ohio and then Texas, and soon landed the CIA and banking connections that enabled Zapata's founding. Zapata became the CIA code word for the Bay of Pigs invasion, a not so subtle coincidence given Zapata's expertise in ocean mapping.

George H.W. Bush served only 357 days as the agency director under President Ford until January 1977. But his varied services, far more lengthy and important than standard news and academic accounts report, caused headquarters to be named in his honor in 1999 as the George H.W. Bush Center for Intelligence

Agency loyalists credit him with helping turn the tide against reformers who sought to cut back the agency's powers after scandalous revelations in the Post-Watergate era.

Ties That Bind

Thus, a Jeb Bush candidacy has many hidden strengths not readily reportable in standard news accounts. Jeb Bush's letter to Robert Gambino may be simply a clue to a larger pattern but it comes in an environment where many of the players achieve success without producing any documents whatsoever, only a subjective assertion of memory.

Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell, for example, published last month a memoir, The Great War of Our Time, drawing on his 33 years of CIA work. His tenure included serving as daily briefer for President George W. Bush and twice serving as acting director. 

Morell is now senior analyst for CBS News and intelligence consultant for private clients. 

Morell, as we have previously reported, said he did not know the reasons for the CIA's actions regarding all three of our questions, two of which involved fights against disclosure of documents regarding the Kennedy assassination and funding of 9/11 terrorists. 

Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell
He did volunteer, interestingly, that the CIA has a 70 percent success rate in funding new ventures through its investment arm, In-Q-Tel. Morell's memoir has no endnotes or appendix whatsoever describing his sources. In that, his is similar to many similar works. But the same standard should apply to independent analysts, who can hardly be expected to produce documentation of every matter when establishment authors fail to do so either.

It's particularly striking how the relationship between the Washington Post and the Bushes extends back for nearly a century.

True, founder Jeffrey Bezos bought the Post from the Graham family two years ago for $250 million.

But Bezos has retained most of the top editors and columnists. Additionally, obtained a $700 million contract from the CIA that, in a sense, arguably exceeds even the agency's ties of yore with the Graham family.

The importance of such relationships is seldom obvious to readers, or even to the vast majority of Post journalism employees. Understandably, many would argue that they have no knowledge of such relationships and incentives and simply perform their jobs to the best of their ability. That is an argument can has parallels throughout the media as many of its practitioners, made confident by years of access to the powerful and spheres of conventional wisdom, can point to many specifics to justify what are regarded as adherence to high professional standards.

These two have much to answer for

For one thing, any defenders of the Post or other mainstream organizations regarding the Bush history can undoubtedly point to vast numbers of editorials and news articles opposing various policies of the dynasty through the years, or even their election. Yet such visible indications of open debate are only part of the story. 

Remember Robert Gambino? He was the CIA director of security who gave Jeb Bush the "comprehensive" briefing in 1977 and went on to become a Bush campaigner and political appointee until his retirement in 1994 as Director of the U.S. Selective Service.

More generally, creation of political advocacy groups comprised of former intelligence agents and then special forces veterans is a political event even more momentous. It arose during the mid-1970s era when George H.W. Bush was CIA director and its continuing importance has been virtually unreported by the mainstream.

David Atlee Philips
The late David Atlee Philips, shown in an autographed photo, was a key figure in the CIA's Latin American propaganda, regime change and assassination programs for many years.

He founded the Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) in the mid-1970s just as a post-Watergate nation was investigating agency abuses via the Rockefeller Commission and Church Committee, which reported massive global initiatives regarding assassinations, regime change, and propaganda.

AFIOS, many of whose members were like Philips expert in covert methods, helped provide both visible and invisible resistance to civic reform efforts aimed at the CIA's vast and uncontrolled programs that had prompted its presidential creator, Harry Truman, to call for its curtailment in a column published a month after Kennedy's assassination.

Yet the CIA effectively thwarted investigation and reform via pressure on Congress, including obstruction of the House Select Committee on Assassinations to mount credible investigations of President Kennedy's murder. That campaign has now been well documented, as reported by our Readers Guide series on the JFK killing.

One example occurred at a conference last fall by the Assassination Archives and Records Center (AARC).

One of the highlights virtually unreported by the mainstream media, except for the Boston Globe, was the confession by former anti-Castro assassination squad leader Antonio Veciana that:

1) there would not have been an anti-Castro resistance if not for CIA support, led by Philips; and 2) that he saw accused JFK assassin Lee Harvey Oswald meet with Philips in Dallas six weeks before Kennedy was murdered Nov. 22, 1963.

AARC has recently posted videos of conference speakers, including Veciana, other witnesses and scholars. Included is this editor's remarks on why the declassified documentation and witness testimony regarding the Kennedy murder provides a unique window into still-hidden dimensions of current politics.

As a technical matter, AFIOS and similar new veterans groups are non-partisan politically. But in practice their leaders have proven to be reliable supporters of Republican themes and Bush candidacies in particular.

Thus, the group Swift Boat Veterans for Truth provided vital cover for President George W. Bush's re-election campaign in 2004 by attacking Democratic rival John Kerry's Vietnam War record, thereby also diverting attention from Bush's service record. In mid-2012, a newly formed organization of special forces veterans using some of the same Republican-funded web tools as the Swift Boat Veterans, surfaced to attack Obama's foreign policy record.

Broad-based veterans groups such as the American Legion have long helped conservative candidates. 

A Legion leader even helped an unsuccessful attempt in 1933 by Wall Street financiers to overthrow President Roosevelt, according to congressional testimony. 

The whistleblowing Marine Major Gen. Smedley Butler, in his day the most decorated Marine in U.S. history, testified that he was offered a fortunate to lead a Wall Street-financed coup against Roosevelt. 

But the advent of specialized groups trained in advanced propaganda measures is relatively new and, of course, almost unreported.

Summing Up

For obvious reasons, reporters and authors with access to the Bushes and other major politicians of their status tend to focus through the years on traditional political themes that avoid sensitive matters, especially regarding the kinds of hidden relationships with intelligence and banking companies that are important to media owners.

Bottom line: There will never be any absolution or redemption for Jeb Bush or his family

Acceptable fare for publication thus includes candidate statements, the competitive “horse race” between candidates, donors, candidate personalities, and such non-controversial topics as the Bush announcement June 14 of a campaign logo, exemplified by the Washington Post story June 14 On the eve of a presidential run, Jeb Bush becomes just ‘Jeb!

Madsen, however, cited sources and his long experience in similar investigations to assert that Jeb Bush’s banking work involved him in covert and at times sinister CIA operations in Venezuela to advance CIA priorities and his own career.

Andrew Kreig

Andrew Kreig, Esq.
Andrew Kreig is Justice Integrity Project Executive Director and co-founder with over two decades experience as an attorney and non-profit executive in Washington, DC.

An author and longtime investigative reporter, his primary focus since 2008 has been exploring allegations of official corruption and other misconduct in federal agencies. He has been a consultant and volunteer leader in advising several non-profit groups fostering cutting-edge applications within the communications industries.
As president and CEO of the Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI) from 1996 until 2008, Kreig led its worldwide advocacy that helped create the broadband wireless industry. Previously, he was WCAI vice president and general counsel, an associate at Latham & Watkins, law clerk to a federal judge, author of the book Spiked about the newspaper business and a longtime reporter for the Hartford Courant.

Listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World from the mid-1990s and currently, he holds law degrees from the University of Chicago School of Law and from Yale Law School. Reared in New York City, his undergraduate degree in history is from Cornell University, where he was a student newspaper editor, rowing team member, and Golden Gloves boxer.

You’ve Been Warned – Calls for Mandatory “National Service” for Americans Aged 18-28 Has Begun

The 5th Estate has been warning of this coming to pass since 2005

By Michael Krieger

War is a Racket

WAR is a racket. It always has been.

It is possibly the oldest, easily the most profitable, surely the most vicious. It is the only one international in scope. It is the only one in which the profits are reckoned in dollars and the losses in lives.

A racket is best described, I believe, as something that is not what it seems to the majority of the people. Only a small “inside” group knows what it is about. It is conducted for the benefit of the very few, at the expense of the very many. Out of war a few people make huge fortunes.

– From Major General Smedley Butler, USMC War is a Racket

This is one of the most important articles I will write all year. The statists are coming for your kids, and the conditioning has already begun.

Last night, I came across one of the most horrifying articles I have ever read, which is saying a lot. Before I get into it, take a look at the title and the tagline:

If you think the title is bad, wait until you read the article. What becomes evident is that this grotesque concept of forced “national service” is being actively discussed at the highest levels of government. 

What Ron Fournier is doing in his National Journal article is conditioning the public to accept something that is completely unacceptable.

Before we get to that, who is Ron Fournier? National Journal provides a bio:

Ron Fournier is the Senior Political Columnist and Editorial Director of National Journal. Prior to joining NJ, he worked at the Associated Press for 20 years, most recently as Washington Bureau Chief. A Detroit native, Fournier began his career in Arkansas, first with the Hot Springs Sentinel-Record and then with the Arkansas Democrat and the AP, where he covered the state legislature and Gov. Bill Clinton. In January 1993, Fournier moved to Washington, where he covered the White House and presidential campaigns for the AP. 

MSM fraud and government mouthpiece Ron Fournier: American parents and military families can print, clip and save this image and those of the other "mainstream media" warmongers as a reminder when their family members come home in cheap metal caskets who is responsible and accountable

So basically, this guy covered Bill Clinton in Arkansas, moved to the District of Criminals after he was elected President, and now wants to convince you to subject your innocent children into mandatory service to a nation provably run by corrupt criminals and oligarchs.

It sure is some twisted notion of “shared sacrifice,” when those who had nothing to do with the disastrous choices made by the oligarchy are the ones who have to suffer the consequences.

Let’s now take this piece of Nazi-esque propaganda apart piece by piece. From the National Journal:

I know a better way to fight ISIS. It starts with an idea that should appeal the better angels of both hawks and doves: National service for all 18- to 28-year-olds.

"ISIS" is a CIA trained and funded Obama creation
Require virtually every young American—the civic-minded millennial generation—to complete a year of service through programs such as Teach for America, AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps, or the U.S. military, and two things will happen: First of all, he confidently proclaims that this scheme will appeal to both hawks and doves. Based on what evidence? Let me provide some evidence against his argument based on a recent Rasmussen poll that 45% of U.S. Voters Concerned Government Will Use Military Training Exercises for Power Grab

Here’s an excerpt from the findings:

Just 20% of voters now consider the federal government a protector of individual liberty. Sixty percent (60%) see the government as a threat to individual liberty instead. Only 19% trust the federal government to do the right thing all or most of the time.

Does the guy on the left look familiar?

So the American public has no confidence in government, but somehow they are going to gladly line up to serve the corrupt oligarchy? Of course not, which is why people like Ron Fornier want to make it mandatory. Now back to the piece…

1. Virtually every American family will become intimately invested in the nation’s biggest challenges, including poverty, education, income inequality, and America’s place in a world afire.

2. Military recruiting will rise to meet threats posed by ISIS and other terrorist networks, giving more people skin in a very dangerous game.

This may seem like a radical plan until you compare it with two alternatives: the status quo, which clearly isn’t working, or a military draft, which might be the boldest and fairest way to wage the long war against Islamic extremists.

Notice how he offers us only three options, as if that is all the imaginative well of humanity is capable of coming up with. Forced national service, the status quo or a draft. Nowhere does he offer the logical alternative of say: stop preemptively invading and destroying countries for no reason (Iraq, Libya to name a few). Perhaps then idiotic foreign policy decisions won’t create ISIS in the first place.

This is an important lesson in how statists operate. They only offer you statist choices. Kind of like being forced to choose between a Clinton and a Bush for President.

The Draft Act is highly unlikely to be law, given the nation’s post-Vietnam resistance to the mandatory military service and the relative success of an all-volunteer armed forces.

Which leads me to the year-of-service plan: It stops far short of a draft while drawing on the ethos of communal sacrifice.

Notice how he cleverly started the piece by mentioning the Peace Corps, Teach for America, etc, and only listed the military at the end? Pure smoke and mirrors. 

His entire point is to push for mandatory military service. 

No one wants to fight any more unnecessary wars to boost corporate profits, and any statist worth his or her salt knows full well mandatory conscription will be necessary in order to maintain the power position and wealth of the status quo going forward. 

Finally, just in case you think this is merely some hack journalist mouthing off, Mr. Fournier makes it clear that this is being discussed at the highest levels of government.

I spoke about the concept with retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who commanded forces in Afghanistan and Iraq and now chairs the Franklin Project, part of the Aspen Institute that is trying to position a year of full-time national service—a service year—as a “cultural expectation, a common opportunity, and a civic rite of passage for every young American.” His logic tracks with mine.

Second, if this president or his successor gets serious about ISIS, McChrystal said the effort would require an international coalition and more U.S. troops. “Even if we didn’t need a draft” to drum up the required troops, McChrystal said, “I would argue we need a draft, because it forces national commitment.”

Obama criminals, JCS, MSM seem to have forgotten about 
THIS and just how close the U.S. military is now to MUTINY
Forced national commitment to a government nobody believes in. Can’t wait to see how that works out. “A problem in America is we’ve let the concept of citizenship diminish into a series of gripes,” McChrystal told me. “One of the ways we can rebuild that sense of ownership, sense of shared ownership, is through experience, and so I believe that every young person deserves—I don’t think this is an onerous thing—deserves the experience of being part of something bigger than themselves.”

No General McChrystal, we have let the concept of democracy diminish into a corrupt, thieving oligarchy. 

Furthermore, you don’t “rebuild ownership” by forcing citizens to serve an oligarchy they hate, you “rebuild ownership” by dismantling the oligarchy.

Bowing to political realities in risk-averse Washington, the Franklin Project aims to make a service year a social expectation rather than a legal requirement. I would mandate it. So would McChrystal—if he had his way.

While ISIS and other terrorist groups are having no trouble recruiting suicide bombers, McChrystal said, Americans are struggling to redefine their national identity for the 21st century. “A year of service for young Americans would be a step,” he said. “Not a panacea, a step.”

This paragraph unintentionally says a lot. You want to fight an army of radical volunteers created by your own foreign policy crimes by forcing people who have no trust in their government to join the military? It’s an idea so stupid and destructive, only a rabid statist could conceive it.

War shilling frauds, hacks and traitors like Fournier can forget about simply walking away from their crimes this time around, as Independent Media will publicly identify them to the families of the murdered military personnel and their lives along with their ill-gotten gains will be forfeit - they WILL BE HELD RESPONSIBLE AND ACCOUNTABLE

Before concluding, I want to emphasize how dangerous this line of thinking is. It is precisely because I see these sorts of things coming down the road, that I do what I do with this website. The only way to stop statist plans like these is to win the war of ideas before they have a chance to dazzle you with their next bit of propaganda.

Stay vigilant and keep fighting.

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