Should we expect U.S. or UK troops in Nigeria?
Or just more military aid to Nigeria? From the BBC
A Nigerian militant commander in the oil-rich southern Niger Delta has told the BBC his group is declaring "total war" on all foreign oil interests.
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta has given oil companies and their employees until midnight on Friday night to leave the region.
It recently blew up two oil pipelines, held four foreign oil workers hostage and sabotaged two major oilfields.
Sorry, we're too guilty to allow a trial.
Ah, good old "national security!" You can perpetrate almost any act of evil inder its name. From Democracy Now!
A U.S. federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a Canadian citizen against the U.S. government for detaining him and sending him to Syria where he was jailed and tortured. Maher Arar was the first person to mount a civil suit challenging the U.S. government policy known as extraordinary rendition. In October 2002, he was detained at JFK airport while on a stopover in New York. He was then jailed and secretly deported to Syria. He was held for almost a year without charge in an underground cell not much larger than a grave. Charges were never filed against him. The federal judge, David Trager, said he could not interfere in the case because it involves crucial national security and foreign relations issues. In Canada, Arar called the decision "very disappointing [and] emotionally very hard to digest." Barbara Olshansky of the Center for Constitutional Rights said the law group would still try to proceed with the case. She said "How can this Administration argue before a Federal Court Judge that its practice of outsourcing for interrogation under torture constitutes a state secret? This is a dark day indeed."
This is really scary. What next?
Found! The Saddam - Terror Connection.
Apart from the Mujahedeen-e Khalq [terrorist] Organistion, which doesn't count because the U.S. and UK support them, the connection between Saddam Hussein and terrorist organistaions may have been found: Saddam warned the U.S. of possible terrorist attacks - there's the connection. From the AP
Saddam Hussein told aides in the mid-1990s that he warned the United States it could be hit by a terrorist attack, ABC News reported Wednesday, citing 12 hours of tapes the network obtained of the former Iraqi dictator's talks with his Cabinet.
One of Saddam's son-in-laws also explained how Iraq hid its biological weapons programs from U.N. inspectors, according to the tapes from August 1995.
The coming terrorist attack Saddam predicted could involve weapons of mass destruction.
"Terrorism is coming. I told the Americans," Saddam is heard saying, adding he "told the British as well."
"In the future, what would prevent a booby trapped car causing a nuclear explosion in Washington or a germ or a chemical one?" Saddam said.
But he insisted Iraq would never launch such an attack. "This story is coming, but not from Iraq," he said.
Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz told Saddam on the tape that "the biological (attack) is very easy to make. It's so simple that any biologist can make a bottle of germs and drop it into a water tower and kill 100,000."
"This is not done by a state. No need to accuse a state. An individual can do it," he said.
'Apart from the Mujahedeen-e Khalq [terrorist] Organistion, which doesn't count because the U.S. and UK support them, the connection between Saddam Hussein and terrorist organistaions may have been found: Saddam warned the U.S. of possible terrorist attacks - there's the connection.'
Oh well, there you go then.
But I guess even now some people will stick to their belief that Sadam and Osama were really great friends, planning to take over the world.
Anonymous appears to forget the posting policy here.
I dont fully understand? Saddam warned Britain and America, therefore he is connected to terrorism?
By that logic, the CIA, SIS, foregn governments and many NGOs are terrorist related organisations
I think you will find the title is one of sarcsm Anonymous
I am unfortunately unwell at the moment which means I am unable to post. I suspect it will be 3 or 4 days before I am able to return.
Due to being unable to monitor and respond to comments I have decided to temporarily turn on comment moderation to prevent the site from being spammed whilst I recover. Moderation will be removed as soon as I return. My colleague Djeb may well pass through and post or he might take a well earned rest as well.
Either way I will be back later in the week.
I should use the opportunity to catch up on a few things...
This just in: Cheney shoots man in face and chest
The Texas Longhorn NCAA Championship team in lieu of wearing the traditional suit and tie will be wearing their bright orange jerseys to the White House when meeting the president...
just in case Dick Chaney will be there.
i think most people (if they had to choose) would rather hunt with cheney, than go driving with ted kennedy... :)
If you really want to believe that...
Comedian Robert Newman: "Apocalypso Now"
Robert Newman addresses peak oil in a brilliant comedy skit. Listen here.
Why We Fight (Film)
What are the forces that shape and propel American militarism? This award-winning film provides an inside look at the anatomy of the American war machine. Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life?
Watch the whole film for yourself here
( Real player required ) 1 Hour 39 Min's.
McCain's words at the beginning remind me of the claims to noble intend made by the Japanese as they were trying to explain their growing Asian empire before WWII.
Nice explanation of blowback by Chalmers Johnson...
Great part at 7 minutes, ten seconds in: "There was a moment when the entire world was behind us. There was a million people demonstrating in the streets of Tehran in favour of the United States. We had the world behind us. Now kids are dying. Billions are being spent every month. Animosity against the United States is stronger now than it ever has been in history."
Infuriating conflation of prevention and preemption by Richard Perle... (That's what the "big fuss [is] about.")
Chalmers Johnson is wrong about Feb 15, 2003. There were 15 million, not 10 million.
Regarding the retired NYPD officer, not all of use who have had a murder in our families (speaking from personal experience) are out for blood. (He did call himself "insane" in reference to his desire for revenge.) Ironically, he has supported the creation of more terrorists, not reduced them in any way. He knows now he was duped, but he found out he had been duped already in the Vietnam War. "Governments Lie." - I. F. Stone
Too much to comment on... Great video.
Rogue British soldiers filmed in new Iraq abuse scandal (Video)
TODAY we expose a rogue squad of British soldiers who savagely attacked a defenceless bunch of Iraqi teenagers —and with 42 brutal blows brought shame on our nation and its proud army.
The horrifying scenes on these pages will shock the world and ignite a huge military scandal. They were captured on a secret home video — apparently filmed for "fun" by a corporal—and show at least eight of his hulking comrades cruelly:
DRAGGING four weedy rioters—all apparently in their early teens—off the street and behind the high walls of a secluded army compound,
BEATING them senseless with vicious blows from batons, boots and fists,
IGNORING their pitiful pleas for mercy, until the incident climaxes with what appears to be an NCO delivering a sickening full-force kick in the genitals of a cringing lad pinned to the ground.
All the while the callous cameraman delivers a stomach-churning commentary urging his mates on, cackling with laughter and screaming: "Oh yes! Oh yes! You're gonna get it. Yes, naughty little boys! You little f***ers, you little f***ers. DIE! Ha, ha!"
The video —later shown to the corporal's pals at their home base in Europe—was exposed to the News of the World by a disgusted whistleblower. He told us the unit and regiment involved but for security reasons we are not publishing the details. Our informant said: "These Iraqis were just kids. Most haven't even got shoes on.
"Those eight soldiers were pumped up and out of control. They're an insult to the thousands of soldiers who have worked so hard in Iraq with courage and dignity for so long.
"They're nothing but a gang of thugs, a disgrace to themselves, their regiment and country."
You can watch part of the Video Here
(windows media player required)
This snip was taken from an exclusive article by the News of the World
. Also worth reading is a article by Chris Ryan
(ex British SAS) on the video shown above.
Monsters on the ground and a monster behind the camera. This time they were caught, but how many times haven't they been?
These Iraqis kids are trained at a very young age on how to use weapons, trained is a word I use loosely, as I don’t believe they have a standard to achieve before they are allowed to carry a gun, or any other weapon.
What is not highlighted on the news and in the papers are the scenes that our soldiers have to witness every day, scenes to which they will have to live with in their head for the rest of their life, scenes that are thrown in their face to which they have no control over, Iraqis also destroy their own children’s childhoods, remember there are two sides to every story, not just the side that the journalist wants to highlight to sell more papers.
Having made this point, I am totally against the way these people were treated by these soldiers, but just flip the coin and think how the soldiers would have been treated.
These kids were throwing rocks, not using weapons.
As for the por, poor soldiers, they should not have followed illegal orders by participating in an illegal invasion.
Finally, how the soldiers would have been treated is irrelevant. Look up tu quoque ad hominem. That is what you are making here.
'Bush is certainly not welcome in India'
NEW DELHI: Seven political parties, including CPI, CPI(M) And Samajwadi Party, on Friday decided to oppose the forthcoming visit of US President George W Bush to the country.
"Under President Bush, the US continues to occupy Iraq and oppress its people. It threatens Syria and has targeted Iran on the issue of its nuclear programme. It backs the naked oppression of the Palestinian people by Israel.
"He is certainly not welcome in India," a joint statement of CPI, CPI(M), RSP, AIFB, CPI(ML) Liberation, JD(S) and SP said after a decision in this regard was taken at a meeting on Thursday.
"We have constituted a broad-based committee against Bush's visit and decided to organise under its banner a massive peoples march and rally to protest against his visit," it said, calling the American leader an "enemy of sovereign nations".
The protest would begin on March two from Ramlila Maidan, the statement said.
Intel pros say Bush is lying about foiling 2002 terror attack
Outraged intelligence professionals say President George W. Bush is "cheapening" and "politicizing" their work with claims the United States foiled a planned terrorist attack against Los Angeles in 2002.
"The President has cheapened the entire intelligence community by dragging us into his fantasy world," says a longtime field operative of the Central Intelligence Agency. "He is basing this absurd claim on the same discredited informant who told us Al Qaeda would attack selected financial institutions in New York and Washington."
Within hours of the President’s speech Thursday claiming his administration had prevented a major attack, sources who said they were current and retired intelligence pros from the CIA, NSA, FBI and military contacted Capitol Hill Blue with angry comments disputing the President’s remarks.
“He’s full of shit,” said one sharply-worded email.
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Did anyone believe Bush???
Ex-CIA Official Faults Use of Data on Iraq
The former CIA official who coordinated U.S. intelligence on the Middle East until last year has accused the Bush administration of "cherry-picking" intelligence on Iraq to justify a decision it had already reached to go to war, and of ignoring warnings that the country could easily fall into violence and chaos after an invasion to overthrow Saddam Hussein.
Paul R. Pillar, who was the national intelligence officer for the Near East and South Asia from 2000 to 2005, acknowledges the U.S. intelligence agencies' mistakes in concluding that Hussein's government possessed weapons of mass destruction. But he said those misjudgments did not drive the administration's decision to invade.
"Official intelligence on Iraqi weapons programs was flawed, but even with its flaws, it was not what led to the war," Pillar wrote in the upcoming issue of the journal Foreign Affairs. Instead, he asserted, the administration "went to war without requesting -- and evidently without being influenced by -- any strategic-level intelligence assessments on any aspect of Iraq."
"It has become clear that official intelligence was not relied on in making even the most significant national security decisions, that intelligence was misused publicly to justify decisions already made, that damaging ill will developed between [Bush] policymakers and intelligence officers, and that the intelligence community's own work was politicized," Pillar wrote.
Pillar's critique is one of the most severe indictments of White House actions by a former Bush official since Richard C. Clarke, a former National Security Council staff member, went public with his criticism of the administration's handling of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and its failure to deal with the terrorist threat beforehand.
It is also the first time that such a senior intelligence officer has so directly and publicly condemned the administration's handling of intelligence.
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Billions Wasted In Iraq?
Some $8.8 billion dispersed for reconstruction efforts in Iraq is unaccounted for, says the U.S. official in charge of tracing it.
Stuart Bowen, special inspector general for Iraq reconstruction, says $8.8 billion is unaccounted for because oversight on the part of the Coalition Provisional Authority, the entity governing Iraq after the war, "was relatively nonexistent."
The former No. 2 man at the Coalition's transportation ministry, Frank Willis, concurs. "I would describe (the accounting system) as nonexistent." Without a financial infrastructure, checks and money transfers were not possible, so the Coalition kept billions in cash to pay for its multitude of projects. "Fresh, new, crisp, unspent, just-printed $100 bills. It was the Wild West," says Willis.
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