Posted by: quiscus | August 8, 2010

August 8, 2010

1.  “CIA whisked detainees from Gitmo

The transfer allowed the U.S. to interrogate the detainees in CIA “black sites” for two more years without allowing them to speak with attorneys or human rights observers or challenge their detention in U.S. courts. Had they remained at the Guantanamo Bay prison for just three more months, they would have been afforded those rights.”

2.  “Ex-Pakistan spy chief: Afghanistan war ‘lost cause’ [and pre-planned, w/o evidence of Bin Laden 9/11 role]

There was no legitimate reason for the United States to attack Afghanistan, Gul said, because the FBI had no solid evidence that Osama bin Laden was involved in the attacks on New York and Washington. “Why has not a single individual connected to 9/11 been caught in America so far, and why hasn’t Osama bin Laden been charged?” With no evidence anyone in Afghanistan was involved, there is no way to legitimize the U.S. occupation, Gul said.

The hunt for al-Qaeda does not justify the almost 9-year-old war either, because the global terrorist movement has moved on, Gul said. “The American strategists, the military thinkers, have got to wake up to the reality that al-Qaeda has succeeded in exhausting, drawing out into the wrong direction, to the wrong place, all the allied forces,” Gul said, citing Yemen, Somalia and Africa. “For al-Qaeda the center of gravity all along was the Middle East.”

The United States and its allies won’t win the war in Afghanistan, said Gul, who referred to U.S. NATO allies as “pallbearers.” Supply lines through Pakistan are shaky, said Gul, who blamed U.S. ally India for contributing to his country’s destabilization. Combined with what Gul termed poor U.S. intelligence and a home-field advantage for the Taliban, it all adds up to a losing combination for the United States in his estimate. “Time is on the side of the resistance,” he said.

“In such a situation, to hope to win would be absolutely hare-brained,” Gul said. He expressed concern the U.S. military would never be willing to admit defeat. “I would advise President Obama – please, do not listen to your military, because militaries have [the] unfortunate tendency never to accept their defeat. They will say if we receive more proceeds, if we receive more logistics, if we receive more funds, then we will be able to overcome. This is a psychological problem.”

3.  Good:

“Plugging the WikiLeak: What can the government do?

US government faces hurdles as it looks to plug WikiLeaks release of secret documents

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An online whistle-blower’s threat to release more classified Pentagon and State Department documents is raising difficult questions of what the government can or would do, legally, technically or even militarily to stop it.

Constrained by the global reach of the Internet, sophisticated encryption software and the domestic legal system, the answer seems to be: Not much.”

4.  “Tony Judt, historian and critic of Israel, dies at 62

But he soured on his adopted country, later concluding “that most Israelis were not transplanted latter-day agrarian socialists but young, prejudiced urban Jews who differed from their European or American counterparts chiefly in their macho, swaggering self-confidence, and access to armed weapons,” he wrote in 2010.

In a 1983 article for The New York Review of Books, Judt labeled Israel a “belligerently intolerant, faith-driven ethno state.”

5.  “Another Nuremberg in the Making: Intelligence Agencies Employ Physicians to Torture Detainees

Americans seem largely unaware that their country, founded upon principles of due process and individual rights, now appears to have been overthrown by this Gestapo-like faction of government that uses trained physicians to carry out torture in the supposed defense of its nation.  Although what has been uncovered does not yet approach the scale of Nazi Germany or the Soviet Gulags, the methods are similar.  State-sanctioned torture is a hallmark of tyranny, and inevitably leads to the collapse of the country that legitimizes it.”

6.  “Can You Pass the Terrorism Quiz?

Misconceptions about terrorism, regularly promoted by the mainstream media, have  facilitated harmful US government actions—two wars, domestic legislation that curtailed civil liberties, excessive national security spending. That basic, factual information about terrorism is so rarely reported thus serves to reinforce the power of those who benefit from a fearful population.

It should be banal to read in the mainstream media that the US not only engages in terrorism but often aggravates it; that if the current crop of terrorists in, say, the Middle East were killed, new terrorists would simply arise if the underlying political and social conditions remained unchanged; and, that if a particular country is perceived as actively supporting dysfunctional political and social conditions in a part of the world, it will become the target of anger and, possibly, violence. Yet, instead of such obvious conclusions about terrorism, we are daily exposed to much bias and distortion.”

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