Monday, April 30, 2018

Another Syria False Gas Attack Risks Wider Repercussions

CIA sponsored "White Helmets" exposed  

NEW EASTERN OUTLOOK
By James O'Neill
04/29/2018

It is difficult to overstate the dangers posed by the latest escalation of tensions in Syria over the alleged gas attack in the Syrian town of Douma. The tensions are not eased by the inflammatory rhetoric emanating from the White House, with the usual echoes of support from American allies such as France and Australia.


The reports of a gas attack came from the Al Qaeda linked White Helmets, a dubious group funded by the United States and the United Kingdom. They have the invariable ability to come up with yet another alleged atrocity at precisely the time when the situation is looking bad for the various terrorist groups seeking to overthrow the Syrian government.

The White Helmets first appeared in 2013. They were founded and trained by a former British Army officer James Le Mesurier. 


They masquerade as a civil defence organisation. In fact, their main role is to create a series of largely fake videos to serve as propaganda. The object is to create the conditions that would encourage greater military action against the Syrian government and its allies by the United States. Hence their periodic prominence when the United States gives any signal, however weak and unreliable, that it might abandon its role in Syria.

Before this latest incident, the White Helmets created a media furore over an alleged Sarin gas attack in the Syrian town of Kahn Sheikhoun. This led to President Trump ordering a barrage of missiles to be fired at the Syrian air base of Al Shayrat. Notwithstanding the number of missiles fired, damage was minimal and casualties were light.

A highly regarded chemical weapons expert, Theodore Postol of Massachusetts Institute of Technology, produced a series of reports that conclusively debunked the White Helmet’s version of events. The mainstream media ignored his reports.




We see a similar pattern emerging with the alleged Douma attacks. Again the source is the White Helmets. A preliminary investigation by Russian analysts indicated that there was no evidence that there had ever been an attack.

The OPCW have been invited to send an investigative team to conduct further analysis. The day the OPCW inspectors work due to arrive in Syria, the US, UK and France launched a missile attack. The targets appeared to be Syrian airfields and buildings that were alleged to be where chemicals were either stored or illicitly used for chemical weapons manufacture.

The Syrian defence system, using primarily Russian weaponry, prevented any of the missiles from reaching military targets. Some of the alleged chemical storage buildings were hit. If they had in fact been chemical weapons facilities, there that would in all probability have caused a toxic cloud, killing and injuring many more persons then were killed in the original alleged Syrian government attack.

The careful avoidance of any targets where Russians might have been killed, and the essentially valueless nature of the missile attack from a military point of view, strongly suggests that this attack was intended to serve a political rather than a military purpose. This view is reinforced by the political posturing of Trump, May and Macron that was clearly designed for domestic consumption.

The Russian findings prior to the attack, and the absence of evidence that an attack even took place, have been ignored. The western media are almost unanimous in treating the alleged Syrian chemical attack as a given fact, and echoing the chorus that the Assad government must be “punished.” The Iranians and Russians, as allies of Syria, are similarly held responsible.

It is not difficult to see the parallels with the alleged poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, England. There is a similar rush to judgement; a similar absence of anything resembling proof of what was done, by whom and with what; and absurd rhetoric against the Russian government.

A further parallel between Skripal and Douma is the absence of any plausible motive for why the Russian and Syrian governments respectively would engage in such reckless behaviour, which would inevitably be linked back to them.

In the Skripal case, President Putin was heading to an easy and convincing re- election, and about to host the World Cup football finals.

In Syria, the terrorists have effectively being routed with only pockets of resistance remaining. They cling to their diminishing territory only with the active assistance of the US led so-called coalition. That territory happens to be Syria’s main oil fields and the strategic highway that links Syria with Iran via Iraq.

The other aspect of the latest actions by the Americans and their allies is that their actions are directly contrary to international law. It bears repeating because the message is either willfully misunderstood or ignored by the politicians of those countries who have chosen to ally themselves with the Americans.

The UN Charter enjoins all nations not to threaten others and to resolve all disputes by peaceful means. It prohibits military action against another state other than when (a) authorised by the Security Council; or (b) in self-defence under article 51 of the Charter, itself a severely limited option.

Manifestly, neither situation applies here. There is no concept known to international law of “punishing” a sovereign government, regardless of how it behaves. Even if it were possible to “punish” a nation for its alleged transgressions, then ordinary principles of law would require that their guilt must first be proved. Here, the exact opposite has been applied: sentence first, evidence later.

The other significant difference with the present crisis compared to the previous ones is that the Russians have repeatedly and explicitly made it clear that any such attack upon Syria would be met with retaliation, not only against the missiles, but also their source. That necessarily includes aircraft and their sea or land bases, submarines or any land based missile source. That these warnings had an effect on the nature of the missile attack is again obvious. The western media have studiously avoided drawing attention to this fact and discussing its implications.

Trump’s Twitter responses to the Russian warnings and his bombastic claims after the attacks were over have further demonstrated either his tenuous grasp of reality or that he is saying one thing but doing something else that is prudent. The dangers associated with an ill-considered and illegal military action by the United States and its allies were further underlined by the explicit support being given to Russia by China. Addressing the Baoa Forum in Hainan, Southern China earlier in April, President Xi said:

”The cold war and zero sum mentality looks out of place in today’s world. Arrogance and only focusing on one’s own interests will get nowhere.”

This was followed by an article in the Global Times; an English language outlet that reliably reflects Chinese government thinking, warning Trump to “act prudently to avoid serious consequences in Syria.” It went on to say “if forcible actions were taken (in Syria) there would be no justice at all, and they would only reflect Washington’s political hegemony and military arrogance.”

Both the Skripal and Douma matters are linked. They both represented desperate attempts by the Anglo Americans and their allies to hold back and thwart the tectonic shifts occurring in the Eurasian geopolitical scene. The question of whether or not the Americans and their allies, including Australia, would accept China’s advice to “think twice before deciding to attack Syria,” has been answered in the negative.

Russia and China will certainly retaliate for the US coalition’s latest display of arrogance, hubris and disregard for international law. The response will not necessarily be military, although some action against US military assets within Syria cannot be ruled out.

Although Russian military technology is certainly superior to that of the US S and its allies, that superiority cannot be exercised pre-emptively without risking catastrophic consequences. The more likely response will be economic, utilizing the enormous power of the Chinese economy to bring about long overdue changes to the American dominated unipolar world there has wrought so much death and destruction since 1945.

In that sense, 2018 is likely to be a watershed year. In retrospect, Skripal and Douma will be seen as markers along the road to a multipolar world.



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Possible Missile Strikes On Syrian Army Arms Depots Results In Fires

Paving the way to WWIII

SPUTNIK
04/30/2018

DAMASCUS - 

Several Syrian military bases have been struck by missiles in the Hama and Allepo provinces, according to a report by local television.


"The arms depot of the 47th brigade of the Syrian army was attacked near Hama. Powerful explosions and major fire have occurred as a result," a source in Syria law enforcement told Sputnik.

The Syrian Sana news agency reported earlier that explosions had been heard near the cities of Hama and Aleppo.

According to the Surya TV channel, Syrian army positions have been attacked in a missile strike, conducted at approximately 19:30 GMT.


​Earlier, state television reported that successive blasts were heard in the rural Hama province and that authorities were investigating the cause.

Israel might be responsible for the attack, according to a report by Haaretz.

Earlier Sunday, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman stated that Israel would continue to maintain that it had freedom of operation in Syria, cited by Haaretz.

“We have no intention to attack Russia or to interfere in domestic Syrian issues,” Lieberman said at an annual Jerusalem Post conference. “But if somebody thinks that it is possible to launch missiles or to attack Israel or even our aircraft, no doubt we will respond and we will respond very forcefully.”

Earlier this month, Israeli jets struck a Syrian air base, killing seven Iranian military advisers. Israel has warned it could hit Iranian bases in war-torn Syria should tensions with Tehran escalate, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Local residents in the Hama area told Reuters that the attacked bases were used by Iranian-backed forces.



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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Clapper Busted Leaking Dossier Details To CNN's Jake Tapper, Lying To Congress About It

Tapper, CNN fake news exposed for NSA collusion in clear-cut RICO case  

ZERO HEDGE
By Tyler Durdin
04/28/2018

Former Director of National Intelligence (DNI) turned CNN commentator James Clapper not only leaked information related to the infamous "Steele dossier" to CNN's Jake Tapper while Clapper was in office - it appears he also lied about it to Congress, under oath.


Clapper was one of the "two national security officials" cited in CNN's report -published minutes after Buzzfeed released the full Steele dossier.The revelation that Clapper was responsible for leaking details of both the dossier and briefings to two presidents on the matter is significant, because former Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director James Comey wrote in one of four memos that he leaked that the briefing of Trump on salacious and unverified allegations from the dossier was necessary because “CNN had them and were looking for a news hook.” -The Federalist.


So Comey said that Trump needed to be briefed on the Dossier's allegations since CNN "had them" - because James Clapper, the Director of National Intelligence at the time, provided that information to the same network he now works for.

And who's idea was it to brief Trump on the dossier? JAMES CLAPPER - according to former FBI Director James Comey's memos: 

“I said there was something that Clapper wanted me to speak to the [president-elect] about alone or in a very small group,” Comey wrote. 


Comey, Clapper, Brennan

The revelations detailing Clapper's leak to CNN can be found in a 253-page report by the House Intelligence Committee majority released on Friday - which also found "no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded, coordinated, or conspired with the Russian government."

As Sean Davis of The Federalist bluntly states: "Clapper leaked details of a dossier briefing given to then-President-elect Donald Trump to CNN’s Jake Tapper, lied to Congress about the leak, and was rewarded with a CNN contract a few months later."




From Clapper's Congressional testimony: 

MR. ROONEY: Did you discuss the dossier or any other intelligence related to Russia hacking of the 2016 election with journalists?

MR. CLAPPER: No.

Clapper later changed his tune after he was confronted about his communications with Tapper: 

“Clapper subsequently acknowledged discussing the ‘dossier with CNN journalist Jake Tapper,’ and admitted that he might have spoken with other journalists about the same topic,” the report reads. “Clapper’s discussion with Tapper took place in early January 2017, around the time IC leaders briefed President Obama and President-elect Trump, on ‘the Christopher Steele information,’ a two-page summary of which was ‘enclosed in’ the highly-classified version of the ICA,” or intelligence community assessment. 




As Jack Posobiec adds, "To be clear: CNN's Jake Tapper participated in a leak of highly classified information from James Clapper and knowingly participated in a cover-up of it that has gone on for months, during which time CNN hired Clapper as a paid contributor."

The Daily Caller's Chuck Ross notes that Clapper also denied speaking to the media in a March conversation with CNN's Don Lemon. 




And let's not forget, Jake Tapper has been participating in the lie.







Indeed it is Don - as The Federalist's Mollie Hemmingway wrote in January - Comey's account of Trump's briefing on the dossier suggested that it was a setup from the beginning - and that it was only done in order to legitimize the story and justify leaking the unverified and salacious details to journalists.




Let's bring it home with Mollie Hemmingway's summary from January which hits the nail on the head: 

"So Comey, at Clapper’s expressed behest, told Trump that CNN was “looking for a news hook” to publish dossier allegations. He said this in the briefing of Trump that almost immediately leaked to CNN, which provided them the very news hook they sought and needed.

This briefing, and the leaking of it, legitimized the dossier, which touched off the Russia hysteria. 

That hysteria led to a full-fledged media freakout. During the freakout, Comey deliberately refused to say in public what he acknowledged repeatedly in private — that the President of the United States was not under investigation. 

He even noted in his memos that he told the president at least three times that he was not under investigation. Comey’s refusal to admit publicly what he kept telling people privately led to his firing. - The Federalist




We look forward to James Clapper talking his way out of this on CNN during carefully scripted conversations with fellow talking heads.



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Gina Haspel’s CIA Torture File

Mass murdering psychopath should be the first prosecution for CIA torture and illegal "rendition," followed by every CIA director and agent still alive    

NATIONAL ARCHIVES
04/26/2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. -

The Trump administration’s nominee to be CIA director, Gina Haspel, personally supervised the torture of a CIA detainee in 2002 leading to at least three waterboard sessions, subsequently drafted the cable that ordered destruction of the videotape evidence of torture, and served as a senior CIA official while the Agency was lying to itself, Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, the Congress, and the public about the effectiveness of torture in eliciting useful intelligence, according to declassified documents posted today by the National Security Archive at George Washington University.


Bush/Obama can no longer avoid responsibility
The documents include a new and less-redacted version of the CIA Inspector General’s report from 2004, repeated references in the declassified Senate Intelligence Committee torture report to Ms. Haspel’s tenure as chief of base of the CIA black site (“Detention Site Green” in Thailand) in 2002, and other CIA documents on the shyster shrinks, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, whose torture program Ms. Haspel supervised in November 2002 and supported through multiple senior CIA positions until President Obama ended the torture program in 2009.


As a senior officer in the CIA Counterterrorism Center and then at the National Clandestine Services (where she was chief of staff in 2005), Ms. Haspel played a leading role in the creation and perpetuation of the CIA’s false claims that torture uniquely produced actionable intelligence that saved lives. 

The exhaustive Senate Intelligence Committee torture report reviewed over 6 million pages of the CIA’s own documents and proved these justifications “rested on inaccurate claims of their effectiveness” and were “wrong in fundamental respects.”[1]


Haspel with Secretary of Defense James Mattis, who would do well to re-think his association with this Satanic CIA monster

For the 20 major and minor claims CIA has put forward for its torture having thwarted terrorist plots or led to the capture of terrorists, the Senate Intelligence Committee report documents that in every case the actionable intelligence actually did not come from torture, but CIA officials – including Ms. Haspel – deluded themselves into believing so.[2]

In each of the 20 cases, the Senate report shows, the key intelligence came from either non-coercive interrogation (as in the FBI’s interviews of Abu Zubaydah prior to his 83 waterboard sessions, or Dubai’s interrogation of Al-Nashiri before Mitchell and Jessen put him on the waterboard), or from other sources that the CIA quickly and secretly appropriated to claim credit for the torture sessions (as in the false claim that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s torture led to the identity of the “courier” who then led the U.S. to Osama Bin Laden – in fact it was a combination of signals intelligence, a separate CIA source, and a law enforcement investigation, not torture).[3]


Torture at Abu Ghraib

The CIA’s rebuttals, including multiple published books co-authored by former CIA propaganda chief Bill Harlow,[4] continue to rely on false CIA talking points dating back to the shyster shrinks’ evaluations of their own work, along with the CYA memos written by the CIA counterterrorism officials who hired the shrinks and covered for them. Yet the CIA’s refusal to declassify Ms. Haspel’s name in CIA documents, much less her specific role in producing the false claims, means that outsiders – including the U.S. Senate – cannot understand or assess her willingness to forward false intelligence to the highest levels of the U.S. government.


The documents include a listing of 12 specific cables Ms. Haspel authored or authorized as chief of base at Detention Site Green in Thailand that, according to the CIA Inspector General report, accurately describe the torture sessions that were documented on the now-destroyed videotapes. The National Security Archive has filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the CIA for the Gina Haspel torture cables, under the FOIA provisions that call for expedited review in conditions of urgent public interest. 


Using the waterboard on prisoners is torture. So are most of the Mitchell/Jessen techniques, such as sleep deprivation, forced nudity, wall-slamming, and facial slap. Torture is a crime under both international conventions and the U.S. Constitution prohibiting “cruel and unusual punishments.” 

For example, the U.S. prosecuted multiple Japanese military personnel after World War II for waterboarding American prisoners of war. The Yokohama B and C War Crimes Trials in 1947 sentenced four Japanese to hard labor sentences of between 15 and 25 years apiece for waterboarding American prisoners whom the Japanese considered to be terrorists since the U.S. Army Air Corps was at that time firebombing Japanese cities, killing tens of thousands of civilians.[5]


The only way for America to remove this stain is to prosecute the Bush/Cheney/Obama war criminals, prosecute and disband the CIA mass murderers and torturers 

Ms. Haspel herself may or may not have appeared on the waterboarding videotapes that she helped order destroyed, since an October 25, 2002 cable from CIA headquarters commanded the re-use of a single videotape, thus overwriting the previous day’s torture session.[6]

The new instructions against keeping videotapes, issued at about the same time that Ms. Haspel took over command of the black site, may or may not have been drafted by Ms. Haspel herself – the CIA’s redactions to date prevent any independent assessment of her role in this matter as well as in most of the rest of the torture program.

According to the documents, the CIA established Detention Site Green on March 31, 2002 to house Abu Zubaydah, the first “high value detainee” captured by the CIA, which mistakenly assumed Zubaydah was a high-ranking Al-Qaeda operative. Zubaydah did provide extensive information not under torture, including the identification of Khalid Sheikh Muhammed as the mastermind of 9/11 during rapport-building interrogation led by FBI agent Ali Soufan, who subsequently withdrew from the black site after the CIA contract shrinks Mitchell and Jessen took over.[7]


The Haspel torture cables

The Zubaydah case provides the most explicit repudiation of the purported “ticking time bomb” argument CIA has made in support of torture, since Mitchell and Jessen’s first move in Zubaydah’s torture was to place him in solitary confinement – with no questioning whatsoever – for 47 days. Mitchell and Jessen would waterboard Zubaydah 83 times in August 2002, before finally concluding he had no imminent threat information.[8]

According to “senior intelligence officials” quoted in The New York Times and by ProPublica,[9] Ms. Haspel did not arrive at Detention Site Green as chief of base until “late October” 2002 – after numerous complaints from CIA personnel there about the torture.[10]


"The heat from destoying [sic] is nothing compared to what it would be if the tapes ever got into the public domain."

The CIA has not released any specific dates of Ms. Haspel’s assignments at the black sites or at the Counterterrorism Center, so the record is not clear whether she was sent to rein in those complaints and enforce her boss Jose Rodriguez’s admonition not to include such language in the cable traffic, but accepting assignment (or even volunteering) to the black site after such complaints appeared in the cable traffic strongly suggests this was the case.

Ms. Haspel became chief of base at Detention Site Green just in time to welcome Al Nashiri on November 15, 2002. The alleged “mastermind” of the USS Cole bombing in 2000 that killed 17 U.S. sailors had been captured in Dubai in October and interrogated there, during which time he gave up significant intelligence, according to the Senate report.[11] Haspel’s subsequent boss and head of CIA’s Clandestine Service, Jose Rodriguez, in his memoirs characterized Nashiri as hardly a mastermind and echoed another interrogator’s description of him as “the dumbest terrorist I have ever met.”[12]




According to both the CIA IG report and the Senate Intelligence report, upon arrival at the black site in Thailand that at that moment was commanded by Ms. Haspel, Nashiri immediately underwent torture supervised by Mitchell and Jessen. Some 12 days after his arrival (ie. circa November 27, 2002), Nashiri survived at least three waterboard sessions administered by Mitchell and Jessen. Ms. Haspel was their superior, as chief of base, and according to the CIA’s own description of the chief’s duties, would have authored or authorized the cables to headquarters describing the torture sessions.[13]

According to the documents, the CIA closed the Green site on December 4, 2002 because of the risk of media exposure and ongoing tensions with the host Thai government, in which numerous officials knew of the black site. CIA headquarters ordered the Green site staff to sanitize the base but to preserve the torture videotapes. According to flight records gathered and analyzed by the Rendition Project and the Bureau for Investigative Journalism, the two detainees at the Green site, Nashiri and Zubaydah, were rendered from Thailand to Detention Site Blue, located at Stare Kiejkuty in Poland.[14]


John Brennan: A place reserved at The Hague War Crimes Tribunal

CIA documents cited by the Senate report express a “real concern” on the part of then-CIA general counsel Scott Muller that circa December 2002, “cable traffic reporting was becoming thinner” thus preventing CIA from monitoring the situation.[15]

Classification and redaction still cover key facts in the Gina Haspel torture story.

* Was she still the chief of base when the Green site closed on December 4, 2002?

* Did she supervise the November 27, 2002 waterboarding sessions of Nashiri?

* What was her specific role in perpetuating the false claim that Nashiri’s information had come from torture (what the CIA euphemistically called “enhanced interrogation techniques”) rather than the Dubai interrogations? 

* Did she ever ask any questions about the qualifications and motivations of the shyster shrinks, Mitchell and Jessen, to whom the CIA outsourced the entire torture program to the tune of $81 million in contracts? (Apparently not, because they still had their sole source contracts when Ms. Haspel served as chief of staff to the head of the CIA National Clandestine Service in 2005.)

* Did she volunteer, or just accept assignment, to command the Green site starting in October 2002?

* Did she review the cable traffic from the Green site in August 2002 before she took command, in which CIA officers complained about the brutality of the torture of Zubaydah and raised questions about the legality? Was she aware of the complaints?

* Did she ever object to the torture, or express any qualms?

* Did she ever review the CIA cables reporting on the torture sessions, compared to the CIA’s disseminated intelligence and the timing of information collected, to judge whether the claims of torture’s effectiveness were true or false – as the Senate Intelligence Committee did?

* What was her role in reducing the amount of information in cables from the black sites circa December 2002?

READ THE DOCUMENTS:


CIA Inspector General, Special Review, Counterterrorism Detention and Interrogation Activities (September 2001 – October 2003) (2003-7123-IG), 7 May 2004, pp. 33-37.

The IG report, which has reached the public in three different versions (with less and less redacted each time) in 2008, 2009, and 2016, details the detention of Al-Nashiri, his arrival date at the Thailand black site (November 15, 2002, a date that CIA redacted from the Senate Intelligence report), and the duties of the chief of base. Gina Haspel arrived at the site as chief of base in late October 2002. “The COB oversaw interrogations and released operational and intelligence cables and situation reports. The COB coordinated activities with the Station and Headquarters and reported to the CTC Chief of Renditions Group.” The IG report says torture began immediately upon Nashiri’s arrival at the site, and on his 12th day there, Mitchell and Jessen administered the waterboard twice. (The Senate report says three times.) The IG also concludes that Mitchell and Jessen’s use of the waterboard was different from that approved by the Justice Department’s torture memos. This section of the IG report was withheld in full by the George W. Bush administration in 2008, released with significant redactions by the Obama administration in 2009, and released with fewer redactions in 2016.


U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, “Committee Study of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program,” Approved December 13, 2012, Updated for Release April 3, 2014, Declassification Revisions December 3, 2014, pp. 23-24.

This section of the Senate report describes the tensions with host country Thailand, the many Thai officials who knew of the black site, and the ultimate decision in November 2002 – when Gina Haspel was chief of base – to close the site because “a major U.S. newspaper knew that Abu Zubaydah was in” Thailand.


U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, “Committee Study of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program,” Approved December 13, 2012, Updated for Release April 3, 2014, Declassification Revisions December 3, 2014, pp. 66-67.

This section of the Senate report describes the capture of Al-Nashiri in Dubai, the extensive intelligence he provided before being tortured, and the triple waterboarding of Nashiri at Detention Site Green. Footnotes 336 and 337 provide the cable numbers of 12 specific cables likely authored or authorized by Gina Haspel. Note that the CIA compelled the Senate report to use the pseudonyms Swigert and Dunbar instead of the real names James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen.


U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, “Committee Study of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program,” Approved December 13, 2012, Updated for Release April 3, 2014, Declassification Revisions December 3, 2014, pp. 121-122.

This section of the Senate report describes significant deficiencies in the CIA’s detention program, the lack of screening for black site personnel, and the continuing pressure from CIA headquarters to use torture on detainees despite on-site personnel concluding the detainee had no more information to offer.


U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, “Committee Study of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program,” Approved December 13, 2012, Updated for Release April 3, 2014, Declassification Revisions December 3, 2014, pp. 473-475.

This section of the Senate report quotes directly from CIA emails during the waterboarding of Abu Zubaydah in August 2002 complaining of “futility (and legality)” and that personnel were “likely to elect transfer” if the torture continued. Their boss Jose Rodriguez promptly admonished them not to use “speculative language as to the legality of given activities” in CIA cable traffic. These complaints on the record raise the question of whether Haspel was sent to Detention Site Green as an enforcer against such complaints. As the incoming chief of base in October 2002, she would likely have been briefed on the complaints.


U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, “Committee Study of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program,” Approved December 13, 2012, Updated for Release April 3, 2014, Declassification Revisions December 3, 2014, pp. 443-444.

This section of the Senate report describes the CIA decision to destroy the waterboarding videotapes, and refers to specific cables and emails, including one reportedly drafted by Ms. Haspel (see footnote 2490). CIA destroyed the videotapes just after Senator Carl Levin proposed an independent commission to investigate detentions and torture.


CIA cable, “Eyes Only – Disposition of videotapes,” 251945Z OCT 02.

This cable from October 25, 2002 apparently came to the Thailand black site just as Ms. Haspel was arriving as the new chief of base. The cable orders the destruction of the previous videotapes of the Zubaydah waterboarding (an order overridden by Headquarters)[16] and the re-use of a single videotape to record future torture sessions, thus overwriting the previous day’s record. The cable makes the CIA’s claim that the tapes were a security risk for CIA officers present, and for all Americans.


CIA email from [redacted] to Dusty Foggo, “Subject: short backgrounder,” 11/10/2005 05:48 PM 

This CIA email lets the Agency’s executive director Foggo know that clandestine services chief Jose Rodriguez ordered destruction of the torture videotapes and “if there was any heat he would take it.” Then CIA-director Porter Goss “laughed and said that actually, it would be he, PG, who would take the heat.” Rodriguez commented, “the heat from destoying [sic] is nothing compared to what it would be if the tapes ever got into public domain – he said that out of context, they would make us look terrible, it would be ‘devastating’ to us.” The ACLU obtained this email through its FOIA litigation in federal court in New York.


CIA memo, circa 23 January 2009, “1. How much has the CIA paid Mitchell and Jessen since 2002?” Salim v. Mitchell – United States Bates Stamp #001906, 12/20/2016

This two-page memo was obtained by the plaintiffs in the civil litigation Salim v. Mitchell, brought by the ACLU representing victims of torture against the psychologist James Mitchell who with his partner Bruce Jessen, sold the CIA on the torture program. The document seems to have been produced by the CIA in response to questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee about payments and any current contracts held by Mitchell and Jessen. As of 23 January 2009, the memo reports $1.4 million paid to Mitchell individually, $1.2 million paid to Jessen individually, and nearly $72 million paid to their company. The second page lists five “key captures” and four “major plots disrupted” as a result of Mitchell and Jessen’s interrogations – none of which stood up to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s review of the underlying CIA documentation.[17]

This is the first in a series of Web publications on the Gina Haspel CIA torture record. Part two will cover the CIA’s successful effort, each time President George W. Bush claimed the U.S. was treating detainees “humanely,” to get a White House meeting to correct that statement, and gain approval for the torture program from senior officials ranging from national security adviser Condi Rice to attorney general John Ashcroft – a form of the “get out of jail free” card in the board game Monopoly.

NOTES

[1] U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, “Committee Study of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program,” Findings and Conclusions, pp. 2-3, released December 2014. For the full text, click here.

[2] The Senate report finds that the CIA never conducted a credible comprehensive analysis of effectiveness, and instead, CIA’s “internal assessments” of the torture program “were conducted by CIA personnel who participated in the development and management of the program, as well as by CIA contractors who had a financial interest in its continuation and expansion.” Senate report p. 13 of Findings and Conclusions.

[3] The Senate report details each of the 20 cases and the evidence that contradicts CIA’s claims of torture’s effectiveness on pages 172 through 400 of the final report.

[4] CIA torture supervisors who have employed Harlow to paper over their torture with lucrative book advances include George Tenet, Michael Morell, Jose Rodriguez, and James Mitchell. For a sample of Harlow’s misrepresentations, click here

[5] See Glenn Kessler, “Cheney’s claim that the U.S. did not prosecute Japanese soldiers for waterboarding,” Fact-Checker column, Washington Post, December 16, 2014. Kessler gave former vice president Cheney three Pinocchio’s for the falsehood. Kessler cites an authoritative law review article, by Judge Evan Wallach, “Drop by Drop: Forgetting the History of Water Torture in U.S. Courts,” Columbia Journal of Transnational Law (2007).

[6] CIA cable 251945Z Oct 02. The same cable urged destruction of the previous videotapes, but CIA headquarters overrode that action at least temporarily.

[7] See Ali H. Soufan, The Black Banners (2011), pp. 373-426. Soufan reports that CIA director George Tenet was “furious” that FBI was obtaining good information from Zubaydah and insisted that CIA “take over” the interrogation (p. 378).

[8] See Senate report, p. 31. “Zubaydah’s inability to provide information on the next attack in the United States…. served as the basis for CIA representations that Abu Zubaydah was ‘uncooperative’” and needed to be tortured. “CIA officers later concluded this was information Abu Zubaydah did not possess.”


[10] See Senate report pp. 473-474 for quotations from CIA emails in August 2002 including “strong feelings of futility (and legality) of escalating or even maintaining the pressure.” Counterrorism chief Jose Rodriguez quickly emailed back to warn against using “speculative language as to the legality of given activities.”

[11] See Senate report pp. 66-67.

[12] See Jose Rodriguez with Bill Harlow, Hard Measures (2013), p. 83.

[13] See Senate report, p. 67.

[14] See Matt Apuzzo, Sheri Fink, James Risen, “U.S. Torture Leaves a Legacy of Detainees With Damaged Minds,” The New York Times, October 9, 2016, p. A1, pp. 18-20; see also The Rendition Project, Nashiri profile.

[15] See Senate report p. 474.

[16] See for example, CIA cable 032345Z DEC 02.

[17] For the “key captures,” on Hambali see Senate report pp. 301-310; on Barot see Senate report pp. 258-275; on Badat see Senate report pp. 284-293; on Padilla see Senate report pp. 225-238; on Faris see Senate report pp. 276-283. On “major plots disrupted,” on West Coast airliner plot see Senate report pp. 246-257; on Heathrow plot see Senate report pp. 294-300; and on Karachi plots see Senate report pp. 239-245.



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Thursday, April 26, 2018

U.S. Senators Blast CIA Blackout Of Director Nominee "Bloody Gina" Haspel’s Career

Defiance of U.S. Senators confirms CIA murderers are completely out of control, lawmakers need to introduce legislation to dissolve the CIA and hold all agents past and present accountable for their crimes against U.S. citizens and humanity  

SPUTNIK
04/25/2018

The CIA will allow the US Senate to review some classified information pertaining to Gina Haspel, the current deputy director of the agency and the Trump administration’s nominee for its next director, following blowback from Democrats over a lack of information about her professional past.


The CIA informed lawmakers on Tuesday that the agency is "actively working towards sharing additional information with the public to the greatest extent possible."

On Wednesday, three Democrats on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence — Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) — still weren't satisfied by the CIA's response and issued a scathing joint statement


"We find the CIA's response to requests for information about Gina Haspel to be wholly inadequate. Ms. Haspel is not an undercover operative, she's the deputy CIA director seeking a cabinet-level position," the statement said. "It's unacceptable for the CIA to hide her behind a wall of secrecy, particularly when such secrecy is unnecessary to protect national security."

"Concealing her background when no sources and methods are at stake shows nothing but contempt for the Senate and the public," the lawmakers said.


Haspel: Murdering, torturing psychopath

"[The CIA] remains committed to transparency with the full Senate by providing a complete picture of Deputy Director Haspel's 33-year career at CIA, to include her time working in the Counterterrorism Center, to help Senators fulfill their constitutional responsibility of providing advice [sic] and consent on her nomination," the agency said in their letter. "This transparency is especially critical in light of her serving undercover for the bulk of her career." 

Haspel's confirmation process is extraordinary for US politics. While former CIA directors have served in clandestine roles, they've also been experienced in public office, while Haspel spent 32 of her 33 years with the agency entirely undercover.




In late 2002, Haspel took over the operation of Cat's Eye, a CIA extraordinary rendition blacksite in Thailand under the agency's Rendition, Detention and Interrogation (RDI) Program, and it is known that under her watch a suspect was waterboarded three times. Haspel later oversaw the destruction of videotapes documenting torture undertaken there before and after she arrived, including that of Abu Zubaydah, who was waterboarded 83 times and is currently held in Guantanamo Bay.

According to a 2014 report led by Sen. Feinstein, Zubaydah was left by the torture "completely unresponsive, with bubbles rising through his open, full mouth." It was originally believed Haspel also oversaw the torture of Zubaydah, however that information has been retracted by the newspaper that published it.


Brennan: Evil personified

"Although a large amount of information about the former RDI Program has already been publicly acknowledged, CIA still protects information regarding CIA personnel involved in the RDI Program as well as information about the operation and location of any overseas detention facilities," the agency said in its letter to the senators. "This includes the name of any country in which the detention facility was located."

The CIA's letter came in response to an April 13 joint letter from the same three senators. They reminded the agency that it was the "fifth time" they had asked CIA Director Mike Pompeo to declassify information related to Haspel. "To date, we have received no responses to letters written by one or more of us," the letter said. 


"I wholeheartedly support this nomination!" - McCain

"In the absence of any meaningful declassification of her career, this public campaign on behalf of Ms. Haspel does a great disservice to the American people, who expect and deserve to understand the backgrounds of their government's leaders," the Democrats lamented in the mid-April letter. "Indeed, the more we review the classified facts, the more disturbed we are, both by the actions she has taken during her career and by the CIA's failure to allow the public the opportunity to consider them."



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Thursday, April 19, 2018

U.S. Ambassador To UN Lives In Her Fantasy World

Haley devolves further into desperate neocon anti-Russia insanity as Skripal, Douma false flags fall flat    
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By Alex Gorka
04/18/2018

Washington appears to believe that if one wishes something strongly, it will come true. That’s what makes it harp on the same string, telling the world stories about Russia’s “isolation." 


Cornered, isolated, Haley becomes unhinged
US Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, did her best to portray Russia as an ostracized state after the UN Security Council did not support the Moscow-submitted draft resolution on Syria on April 15. 8 countries out of 15 voted no, four abstained and three supported the document. “They don't have very good friends,” she said happy about the fact that Kazakhstan abstained. “The friends that they do have are causing them harm," she added. Was there any reason to say so? The resolution was backed by Russia, Bolivia and China, the economic giant with huge global influence.


China as well as Russia is a member of BRICS – a group of five leading nations coordinating their activities and implementing joint projects. The group will hold a summit in July.

Kazakhstan is Russia’s CSTO ally and EAEU partner. It’s not a member of NATO or the EU. The country hosts the Astana peace process and traditionally plays the role of mediator. It did so again to go between the West and Russia. Its vote was not decisive anyway. But in his speech, the Kazakhstan UN ambassador stressed that his country is frustrated by the use of force in Syria. According to him, there was no approval of the April 13 air strikes by the UN Security Council to make the action unjustified.


Look and sound familiar? 

The SCO is a large international group America is not a member of but Russia is. It brings together 8 members, 4 observers and 6 dialogue partners. They are all Moscow friendly countries united by common interests in many spheres.

Russia has many friends in Latin America, including Bolivia, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Cuba, among others. It enjoys good working relationship with the continent’s leaders, such as Brazil, a BRICS partner, Chile and Argentina. The list can go on.

Unlike the US, Russia’s role in the Middle East is growing. Moscow’s Middle East and North Africa policy is a success story. Its influence is increasing in Asia-Pacific.


Hollande "Little Napoleon" with successor "Little Napoleon Lite"

Turkey voted against the Russia-submitted draft resolution and Western media rushed to the conclusion it is swaying from Russia back to the West. French President Macron jumped the gun saying, "With those strikes, we have separated Russia from Turkey on this. Turkey condemned the chemical weapons." Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu wasted no time to reply that the relations with Moscow were too strong for the French president to break them. Turkey showed it enjoys more independence than France.

The US ambassador to the UN forgot too soon the events of 2003 when Germany and France, the closest NATO allies, sided with Russia, refusing to support the invasion of Iraq. Today, NATO is far from being united as it seems at first glance. Cracks appear throughout the EU. Not all member states click their heels upon getting orders from the US. Some elements of “America First” policy alienate old friends.




Looks like the relationship with Italy, an old ally, will be a big headache for the US after the country forms a new coalition government, which appears to be more friendly to Russia than America. This is the time when Europe’s once-positive worldview of America is slipping. With rifts and discords tearing it apart, the West is losing out to Russia and China, with the US leadership questioned and on the wane.

The US faces big challenges to its influence in Latin America. Fewer people in the region view America favorably. It loses ground in the Middle East and Asia. US influence has plummeted in many regions of the world recently. It has problems in the relations with Canada, its ally and neighbor.




America’s brand is tarnished. Its foreign policy is widely disapproved. According to Gallup, only 30% of people in 134 countries held a favorable view of the US in 2018, a drop of almost 20 points compared to the presidency of Barack Obama. Globally, the number of people who see America as a major threat is on the rise

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has outranked US President Donald Trump in worldwide favorability. Last year, the world trusted Putin more than Trump on foreign affairs.




“You are misguided if you think you have friends,” Russia’s UN Ambassador, Vassily Nebenzia, told the US counterpart at April 9 Security Council meeting on Syria. One may agree or disagree. It’s hard to define what is exactly meant by the term ‘friendship” in international affairs. There are allies, partners and fellow travelers. The US still enjoys significant clout but it is being diminished as new poles of power appear. Russia’s global standing is obviously on the rise. Like it or not, one can’t change the reality. It’s sad that the US Ambassador to the UN lives in her fantasy world.



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The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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