5/05/2011

Bin Laden Assassination - Archbishop Slams White House

The heroes who shot the unarmed victims in Pakistan 

The Archbishop of Canterbury no less has added his voice to those expressing their disgust at the events in Pakistan. Most of his acolytes had  beaten him to it over the last 48 hours. The sleaze and lies continue to degrade into a fiasco of Bushite proportions.

Fallujah, Iraq 2004 - Misrata, Libya 2011

'A health centre was bombed, killing 60 patients and support staff. The Independent reported claims that 'a large number of people, including children, were killed by American snipers'. Refugees also accurately reported that the US had used cluster bombs and white phosphorus weapons. A Red Cross official estimated that 'at least 800 civilians' were killed in the first nine days of the assault. Dr Rafa'ah al-Iyssaue, the director of Fallujah's main hospital, said that more than 550 of 700 bodies recovered were women and children. Last year, the Independent reported:
'Dramatic increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in the Iraqi city of Fallujah, which was bombarded by US Marines in 2004, exceed those reported by survivors of the atomic bombs that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, according to a new study.' Contrast with media coverage in Libya and full story from Media Lens here.




Apache Tribe Fury At Obama



News about the code name for the assassination mission spread quickly across Indian Country and on social network sites, resulting in a groundswell of criticism against the US government. Several tribes and tribal leaders issued statements of disapproval, while many Facebook and Twitter posted angry comments, some using historical photos of the Apache leader for their profile pictures.

Geronimo is a legend among Indian tribes as a freedom fighter and champion against American expansionism, racism, bullying and massacres. Ring a bell?

5/04/2011

Death of Bin Laden - White House Spin Changes By The Hour

The president's assistant national security advisor John Brennan had used the facts he was giving out to add his and the Pentagon's moral message - this was the sort of man Bin Laden was, cowering behind his wife, using her as a shield. Nice narrative. Not true. In fact, according to Carney this unarmed woman tried to attack the heavily armed Navy Seal. In another circumstance that might even be described as brave.

Jay Carney said that Bin Laden didn't have to have a gun to be resisting. He said there was a great deal of resistance in general and a highly volatile fire fight. The latest version says Bin Laden's wife charged at the US commando and was shot in the leg, but not killed. The two brothers, the couriers and owners of the compound, and a woman were killed on the ground floor of the main building. This version doesn't mention Bin Laden's son, who also died.
Change by change, lie by lie - full story from the Guardian here.

5/03/2011

Osama Bin Laden's Useful Death - By Paul Craig Roberts

Via Reality Zone.
In a propaganda piece reeking of US Triumphalism, two alleged journalists, Adam Goldman and Chris Brummitt, of the Associated Press or, rather, of the White House Ministry of Truth, write, or copy off a White House or CIA press release that “Osama bin Laden, the terror mastermind killed by Navy SEALs in an intense firefight, was hunted down based on information first gleaned years ago (emphasis added) from detainees at secret CIA prison sites in Eastern Europe, officials disclosed Monday.”

How many Americans will notice that the first paragraph of the “report” justifies CIA prisons and torture? Without secret prisons and torture “the terror mastermind” would still be running free, despite having died from renal failure in 2001.
How many Americans will have the wits to wonder why the “terror mastermind”--who defeated not merely the CIA and the FBI, but all 16 US intelligence agencies along with Israel’s Mossad and the intelligence services of NATO, who defeated NORAD, the National Security Council, the Pentagon and Joint Chiefs of Staff, the US Air Force, and Air Traffic Control, who caused security procedures to fail four times in US airports in one hour on the same day, who caused the state-of-the-art Pentagon air defenses to fail, and who managed to fly three airliners into three buildings with pilots who did not know how to fly--has not pulled off any other attack in almost ten years? Do Americans really believe that a government’s security system that can so totally fail when confronted with a few Saudi Arabians with box cutters can renew itself to perfection overnight? How many Americans will notice the resurrection of the long missing bin Laden as “terror mastermind” after his displacement by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the Guantanamo prisoner who confessed to being the “mastermind of 9/11” after being water-boarded 183 times? Americans are too busy celebrating to think, a capability that seems to have been taken out of their education. Americans are so enthralled over the death of bin Laden that they do not wonder why information gleamed years ago would take so long to locate a person who was allegedly living in a million-dollar building equipped with all the latest communication equipment next to the Pakistani Military Academy. Allegedly, the “most wanted criminal” was not moving from hide-out to hide-out in desolate mountains, but ensconced in luxury quarters in broad daylight. Nevertheless, despite his obvious location, it took the CIA years to find him after claiming to have gained information of his whereabouts out of captives in secret prisons. This is the image of the CIA as the new Keystone Cops.
In an immediate follow-up to the announcement that the Navy SEALs and CIA mercenaries acted in an exemplary fashion following the rules of engagement while a cowardly bin Laden hid behind a woman shield when the gunfire erupted, we have from the pressitutes that “U.S. officials conceded the risk of renewed attack. The terrorists almost certainly will attempt to avenge bin Laden’s death, CIA Director Leon Panetta wrote in a memo. . . . Within a few hours, the Department of Homeland Security warned that bin Laden’s death was likely to provide motivation for attacks from ‘homegrown violent extremists’.”
John Brennan, White House counter-terrorism adviser, told reporters that “it was inconceivable that the terrorist fugitive didn’t have support in Pakistan where his hideout had been custom built six years ago in a city with a heavy military presence.”
So the claimed murder of bin Laden by the US in a sovereign foreign country with which the US is not at war, a crime under international law, has set up three more self-serving possibilities:
-Terrorists will avenge bin Laden’s death, says the CIA, setting up another false flag attack to keep the profits flowing into the military/security complex and the power flowing into the unaccountable CIA. -Homeland Security can extend the domestic police state, abuse of travelers, and arrests of war protestors.
-And Pakistan is under the gun of invasion and takeover (for India, of course) for shielding bin Laden.The Israel Lobby’s representatives in the US Congress quickly fell in with the agenda. Senator Carl Levin, Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, declared that the Pakistani Army and intelligence agency “have a lot of questions to answer, given the location, the length of time and the apparent fact that this was actually--this facility was actually build for bin Laden, and its closeness to the central location of the Pakistani army.”
The two reporters question nothing in the government’s propaganda. Instead, the reporters join in the celebration. Nevertheless they let slip that “officials were weighing the release of at least one photo taken of bin Laden’s body as part of what Brennan called an effort to make sure ‘nobody has any basis to try and deny the death.’”
As the Guardian and European newspapers have revealed, the photo of the dead bin Laden is a fake. As the alleged body has been dumped into the ocean, nothing remains but the word of the US government, which lied about Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and al Qaeda connections, about yellowcake, about Iranian nukes, and, according to thousands of experts, about 9/11. Suddenly the government is telling us the truth about bin Laden’s death? If you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I’ll let you have for a good price.
My initial interpretation of the faked bin Laden death was that Obama needed closure of the Afghan war and occupation in order to deal with the US budget deficit. Subsequent statements from Obama regime officials suggest that the agenda might be to give Americans a piece of war victory in order to boost their lagging enthusiasm. The military/security complex will become richer and more powerful, and Americans will be rewarded with vicarious pleasure in victory over enemies.

Robert Fisk On The Death Of Bin Laden

A middle-aged nonentity, a political failure outstripped by history – by the millions of Arabs demanding freedom and democracy in the Middle East – died in Pakistan yesterday. And then the world went mad.

Fresh from providing us with a copy of his birth certificate, the American President turned up in the middle of the night to provide us with a live-time death certificate for Osama bin Laden, killed in a town named after a major in the army of the old British Empire. A single shot to the head, we were told. But the body's secret flight to Afghanistan, an equally secret burial at sea? The weird and creepy disposal of the body – no shrines, please – was almost as creepy as the man and his vicious organisation.
The Americans were drunk with joy. David Cameron thought it "a massive step forward". India described it as a "victorious milestone". "A resounding triumph," Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu boasted. But after 3,000 American dead on 9/11, countless more in the Middle East, up to half a million Muslims dead in Iraq and Afghanistan and 10 years trying to find Bin Laden, pray let us have no more "resounding triumphs". Revenge attacks? Perhaps they will come, by the little groupuscules in the West, who have no direct contact with al-Qa'ida. Be sure, someone is already dreaming up a "Brigade of the Martyr Osama bin Laden". Maybe in Afghanistan, among the Taliban. Full article here.

5/02/2011

Death of Bin Laden - Role Of Pakistan

Whichever way the execution of OBL is viewed it is a complete humiliation for the Pakistani army and nation generally. How much did they know about OBL's presence and the latest violation of their sovereign territory and borders by the US?

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A Momentous Death

We have noted at Wolves In The City that a great figure of our times died yesterday. A man who packed a better left hook and could take a punch better than Osama Bin Laden. Henry Cooper RIP. A gentleman and a national hero. Good Old 'Enery.

Bin Laden Killed

Obama announced last night that Osama had been killed again by the US. How will he prove this if the body has been 'buried at sea'?
Will the birthers who doubted the validity of Obama's embarrassing birth certificate display and who produced the poster above buy it? Will anyone buy it? Will it make a difference even if it is true? Here at WITC we say 'NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO'

5/01/2011

Iraq Bans MEP's Investigating Camp Ashraf Massacre

By Toby Vogel - From European Voice.
Government denies group of MEPs access to Camp Ashraf, where security forces killed Iranian opposition supporters. The Iraqi government has denied a group of MEPs access to Camp Ashraf, where Iraqi security forces killed scores of Iranian opposition supporters earlier this month.
The United Nations confirmed that 34 people were killed on 8 April when Iraqi security forces moved into the camp, which is run by the People's Mujahideen Organisation of Iran. The group, which seeks to overthrow Iran's government, was removed from the EU's list of terrorist organisations in 2009 following a successful legal challenge.
Struan Stevenson, a British MEP from the group of European Conservatives and Reformists , said that the events of earlier this month were a “breach of fundamental human rights” and an expression of “contempt for the European Parliament”, which had adopted two resolutions on Camp Ashraf.
The Iraqi government has said that it wants to reassert its sovereignty over the base, which hosts around 3,400 unarmed Iranians.
Stevenson underlined that the delegation of four MEPs, which also held meetings with senior government officials, was prepared to broker a solution to the standoff between the Iranians and Iraqi security forces by arranging the resettlement of the camp's residents in Europe and the US.
“But we are not prepared to negotiate while staring down the barrel of a gun,” he said, calling on the government to withdraw its forces and to provide medical care for the wounded.
Catherine Ashton, the EU's foreign policy chief, said after the attack that the EU was “deeply disturbed” by the violence and called for independent international observers to be allowed into the camp.
The Iranian Mujahideen were granted refuge by Saddam Hussein, Iraq's late Sunni dictator who led a bloody war against Iran's Islamist regime. Since Saddam was overthrown by a US-led invasion in 2003, Iraq's Shia-controlled government has been seeking closer ties with Iran.

Obama and Guantanamo

From Die Zeit, via Reality Zone (full story).


'But these documents, compiled between February 2002 and January 2009, provide information on more than 700 prisoners and document the legal and moral dilemma of the United States. They bear witness to what was frequently blind persecution in a moment of extreme national shock. They describe the chaos, the hate-filled zeal, the lack of professionalism the sometimes the fatal lawlessness of the anti-terror campaign.
The documents report on the tensions between the guards and the guarded. They document methods of confessions exacted under torture. They document false accusations made by fellow detainees and often flimsy evidence. Terrible fates are revealed. For instance, the interrogators felt that after six years of torture and brutal interrogation, one prisoner still hadn't revealed all, and there were still, “possible areas of intelligence that could be further exploited.”