Posted by: quiscus | July 16, 2010

July 16, 2010

1.  “UK Sought Rendition of British Nationals to Guantánamo; Tony Blair Directly Involved

These reveal, shockingly, how the Labor government was happy for British nationals and residents seized in Afghanistan and Pakistan to be rendered to Guantánamo by the Bush administration, and how, in one case — that of Martin Mubanga, seized in Zambia — Tony Blair’s office intervened to prevent attempts by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) to have him returned to the UK, leading to his imprisonment in Guantánamo for two years and nine months. ”

http://original.antiwar.com/worthington/2010/07/15/uk-sought-rendition-of-british-nationals-to-guantanamo-tony-blair-directly-involved/

2.  “US Envoy Vows to Shield Israel, Militarily and Diplomatically

US Commitment ‘Spans Generations’

Speaking today at a reception for her Israeli counterpart, US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice vowed that the United States would remain eternally committed to ensuring Israel’s regional military superiority and promised that they would continue to shield Israel from diplomatic fallout for its behavior at the United Nations.”

http://news.antiwar.com/2010/07/15/us-envoy-vows-to-shield-israel-militarily-and-diplomatically/

3.  “No one is going to jack with the CIA — not the Justice Department, not the Congress, not the federal judiciary, and certainly not the mainstream press.

This is the agency that wields and exercises unlimited power on behalf of the U.S. government, including the power to kidnap, torture, assassinate, rendition, incarcerate, and execute people anywhere in the world. With its omnipotent power to initiate force against anyone with impunity, the CIA is at the core of the U.S. Empire, and all other federal departments and agencies effectively operate in support of it.


We also shouldn’t forget the arrogance and supremacy that CIA officials have long shown toward the Iranian people. It was the CIA that initiated a coup that succeeded in ousting the democratically elected prime minister of Iran, Mohammad Mossadegh. It then installed into power the Shah of Iran, who proceed to use his CIA (the Savak) to torture and terrorize his own people for the next 25 years, with the full support of the CIA, until the Iranian people ousted the Shah from power in 1979.


Is it possible that U.S. officials are telling the truth about Amiri? Of course it is. Simply because they’ve lied in the past and simply because they will always lie in the interests of national security doesn’t automatically mean that they’re lying in this case.


But the only way to really get to the bottom of this is with a full criminal investigation or congressional investigation, with subpoenas issued directly to the CIA.


But we all know that that’s just not likely to happen. There is no moral outrage whatsoever within the Justice Department or Congress over the likelihood that the CIA has done to Amiri what the CIA has been doing for years — kidnapping, incarcerating, torturing, executing, and assassinating people. It’s all just par for the course in a lawless regime of unlimited government in post-9/11 America.”
http://www.fff.org/blog/jghblog2010-07-15.asp

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