Friday, 30 October 2009

USUK made use of Uzbek torture
Former British ambassador, Craig Murray, says UK and USA sent prisoners to Uzbekistan to be tortured

Here Craig Murray describes the US ally, Uzbekistan, as a totalitarian dictatorship left over from the former Brezhnev, Soviet regime which holds over ten thousand political prisoners. "They still operate the old, Soviet gulags."

"Torture in Uzbekistan isn't unusual. It happens to several thousands of people every year ... The intelligence from these torture sessions was being received by the CIA and passed onto MI6 because MI6 and the CIA share all their intelligence."

"When people were being tortured they were being told to confess to membership of Al Qaeda. They were being told to confess to have been in training camps in Afghanistan and told to confess to have met Osama Bin Laden in person. And the CIA intelligence constantly echoed these themes. They spoke of Uzbeks having been in Al Qaeda, in training camps and meeting Osama Bin Laden. In fact we were now in 2002-2003 when we didn't know where Osama Bin Laden was and the way he managed to see thousands of Uzbeks every year it would have been easier to track him down I felt!"

"It wasn't hard to put two and two together and work out the fact that every political prisoner I knew of in Uzbekistan was tortured and the fact that we knew of what they were being forced to confess under this torture and the CIA material came up with the same, rather dodgy narrative. It wasn't hard to put two and two together and realise that the intelligence material was coming from torture."

"Before I did anything I wanted to make sure I was on safe ground so I asked my deputy to go to the American Embassy and say to them, 'My ambassador is worried because he thinks your intelligence is coming from torture.' She came back and reported to me the reply from the CIA head in the station at Tashkent [which] was, 'Yes, of course it's coming from torture, We don't see that as a problem in the context of the war on terror.'"

"I did see that as a problem, particularly when I discovered that the CIA were bringing in people, flying in people to Uzbekistan and handing them over to the Uzbek security services ... I falsely presumed that these people they were bringing in and handing over to the security services were Uzbeks who had been captured elsewhere and brought back to Uzbekistan. I did not realise that they were of many other nationalities being handed over to be tortured."

"But they were being tortured, I knew, [but] that Uzbekistan was a destination for the extraordinary rendition system from all over the world I really didn't quite realise at the time. We now know, following for example the Council of Europe's investigation that 90% of the aeroplanes that stopped at the famous secret prison in Poland had Tashkent as their next destination."

"I complained back to London. I said we're getting this evidence from torture. It's illegal, it's immoral and it's unreliable. It's vastly exaggerating the strength of Al Qaeda in Central Asia ... I got called back to London and I expected there to have a sensible talk about the merits and demerits of intelligence and how much evidence I had that it was obtained under torture. I was absolutely stunned, genuinely stunned --it changed my whole world-view in an instant-- to be told that London knew that it was coming from torture, that it wasn't illegal because our legal advisers thought that under the United Nations' convention against torture it is not illegal to obtain or use intelligence gained from torture as long as we didn't do the torture ourselves."

Murray's first-hand evidence clearly illustrates how Blair and the British government were complicit in Bush's brutal, fake war on terror.

More at The Real News

Craig Murray's Blog

Thursday, 29 October 2009

The War Criminals Vote: Blair or Karadzic for EU President?

EU President? Where I come from decent people wouldn't walk on the same side of the street as Tony Blair.


Tuesday, 27 October 2009

The Military-Industrial-Congressional Cabal, Part Two

"The Japanese and Chinese and others are paying for our wars. How much longer will they continue to do that? I'd submit that they won't continue very much longer at all."

"So we're coming to a fiscal crisis point that will not only stop these two wars, regardless of what we think about them. It will probably stop us being able to do just anything overseas. You will probably see forces beginning to come home from Germany, from Korea and from other places where we have extended them to protect the peripheries of our empire. What I'm talking about, ladies and gentlemen, is the end of the American empire."

Wilkerson then goes onto confirm that the occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan is really about oil.

"So if there is a strategic reality for our being in that region, if that strategic reality is one that Cheney and Bush, and now apparently some members of the Obama administration, believe essential to the future of our allies -- and yet our fiscal condition is going to compel us to retrench, where does that leave us?"

"Maybe you're happy that we're coming home, maybe you're happy that the military is going to have to confront this fiscal situation? I am because I see a silver lining to this. I see a gradual movement away from being, shall we say, primus inter pares [first among equals] to being pares inter pares [equals among equals]. I see us moving away from being the hegemon of the world which was clearly the decision of the Bush administration when it published its national security strategy --look at section five-- in 2001 and 2002 to being a cooperating, consulting, reasonably powerful and willing to lead when leadership is required, country."

"Wow! Does that sound like America pre-WWII maybe, in a certain way? Does that sound like America living up to what it's supposed to be, a democratic republic?"

More at The Real News

Monday, 26 October 2009

The Military-Industrial-Congressional Cabal

Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, describes the origins of the US Military-Industrial-Congressional complex and how it has bankrupted the republic. "This country is the greatest debtor nation in human history."

"In 1947 a constellation of world leaders --and principally US leaders-- revealed that there had been a massive change of power in the world. Let's just sum it up simply by saying that the United States looked at being not the rather democratic republic it had been for the 150 plus years prior but the New Rome ... what we looked at in 1947 was being Imperial Rome."

"Until 2000 I would maintain that most presidents had done a fair or good or not-so-good-but-average job of the tension between these two fundamental sides of us [ie. democratic republic versus imperial Rome], the past, the present and the future. When we got to 2000 we decided that that's no longer the way we're going to do things ..."

"In 1961, probably the most capable man to assume the presidency in the Twentieth Century, in his Farewell Address, warned us what was happening with regard to the tension between what we had had and what we had created. I'll call it a national security state ... and I'll call it a well-governed democratic republic on the other hand ... that tension that Eisenhower described [was] a real, sneaking, insidious, powerful problem. It was called a Military-Industrial-- and he wanted to say but was advised against saying -- Congressional complex."

"The Military-Industrial-Congressional complex is not an insidious force out there, sneaking up on us a riding down Pennsylvania Avenue to take over Washington. It is an enormous power, basically undetected, not overseen adequately and in a particular sense of the Cold War when contractors have moved together to become primes and subs and colluded and [become] monopolistic, it has become a real and constant danger for this country, certainly to the democratic republic that we like to think we are."

"When war is as profitable as it was to Lockheed Martin who leads this clan of defense consortiums where share prices go up by 25-and-three-quarter on March 19, 2003 to a year later about $126 0r $127 a share, when war is that profitable you're going to have more of it ... the war instrument is the instrument of choice for US presidents ... it's got us to bankruptcy ... this country is the greatest debtor nation in human history."

More at The Real News

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Uzbek Terror and the USUK

Ex-ambassador Craig Murray exposes the horrific tortures taking place in Uzbekistan and the reasons why the USUK are secretly complicit in them.

"Anyone interested in hydrocarbon resources needs to be in Uzbekistan," he observes. He highlights two incidents of torture after which he began to realize that greatly exaggerated CIA intelligence reports were resulting from them. He reports that the CIA were flying in people to be tortured.

"I knew the CIA people who were doing it," he claims.

"When Bush came into power the relationship between the US and Uzbekistan became very cosy" Now Obama is planning to warm up the relationship and to beef up the Uzbek dictator, Karimov.

"To find out that respect for international law and human rights had gone out of the window and that people I knew and worked with were prepared to justify torture and that people knew we were using torture to beef up the terrorist scare ... when something like that hits you it really does plunge you into questioning everything you ever believed in."

More at The Real News

Friday, 16 October 2009

The Dirty Fuckin' Hippies were Right

Al-Qaeda are pawns of the U.S. Military-Industrial Complex
Sunni terrorist groups armed, funded, and moved around the global chessboard to suit geopolitical agenda of Anglo-American establishment

All over the Middle East and the Balkans, from Afghanistan, to Bosnia, to Serbia, to Pakistan, to Iraq and to Iran, the United States, through black budget programs, has funded and armed Sunni Al-Qaeda terrorist groups to destabilize and topple regimes targeted by the Anglo-American establishment.

This documented fact debunks the "war on terror" as a cruel hoax and exposes how current events in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iran are being carefully orchestrated while the media sells the public on the belief that manufactured sock-puppet enemies, and not geopolitical domination and control of resources and the global drug trade, are why these wars are being fought, when in reality groups like Al-Qaeda and the Taliban are firmly in the pocket of the U.S. military-industrial complex.


Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Who is a Jew?

As embarrassing as it may seem, in just three moves Ahmadinejad manages to expose the current deceptive Western mode of discussion. He, in fact identifies the holocaust as the core of our hypocritical stand, a tendency that has managed to shatter our ethical judgment. The holocaust was there to divert the attention from the colossal crimes committed by the allies. Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Dresden are just brief examples of institutionalised genocide at the hands of the English speaking empire.


Monday, 12 October 2009

Che: A Musical Tribute – Carlos Puebla, Jahmila, and Manu Chao

I meant to put out this post last Friday, October 9, the 42nd anniversary of the death of Che Guevara.

After Che’s death, Cuba’s most popular folk singer, Carlos Puebla, wrote a song, “Hasta Siempre, Comandante,” (Farewell Comandante) to honor him. It is a very beautiful and compelling song. Below are two versions: the first is sung by Carlos Puebla and includes several pictures of Che and the second is a rockin’ kickass version sung by a band called “Jahmila.”

In addition, last weekend in Havana, Manu Chao performed in tribute to Che. The third video shows the last 10 minutes of their concert.


Hasta siempre, Comandante!

Honduras Oye!

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Federalists welcome Irish Completion of Democratic Treaty Process

The Irish people have given their decisive backing to the Lisbon treaty. This vote does credit to all those political forces in Ireland which have had to combat, over many months, the lies and distortions about the European project peddled by nationalists and europhobes.

The vote means that Irish voices will continue to be influential in the politics of the EU. The common interest of all Europe will always have an Irishness about it.

Ireland has clearly and decisively added its weight to the building of a stronger, more effective and more democratic European Union.

Now all 27 countries have taken their own democratic decisions to back EU reform. No further delay can be tolerated in bringing the treaty into force as quickly and efficiently as possible. It would be the height of folly for Mr Vaclav Klaus to block the entry into force of the treaty. One does not expect the President of the Czech Republic to behave like a vexatious litigant.

The world waits while the European Union concludes its internal constitutional controversies. Lisbon in force will make the EU strong in world affairs and provide Europe’s states and citizens with good government of a federal character. Let’s get on with the job.

UEF Belgium

Saturday, 3 October 2009

America's Controlled Economic Implosion

What is going on with our economy and who is really responsible?

You Have The Right To Remain Silent.
But We Hope You Won't.

America's Controlled Economic Implosion from PuppetGov on Vimeo.