In an interview with the Miami Herald, Rashkind explained that his client’s psychological problems were “so severe” that he had “arranged to bring a civilian psychiatrist to the base to work with him” — although this had not happened by the time of his death. “I have no doubt it was a suicide,” Rashkind also said, adding, “This is really a sad mental health case … starting from childhood.”In his discussion with the AP, Rashkind also explained that he was “not permitted to provide details” about either of his client’s two previous suicide attempts, “except to say both were serious,” although he did explicitly state, “He was close to death the first time.” The Miami Herald also noted that “legal sources familiar with the case” had explained that he “had spent long stretches in the psychiatric ward at Guantánamo,” although Rashkind was at pains to point out that the authorities in Guantánamo “treated him pretty humanely, I’d have to say,”Disturbingly, however, Rashkind also claimed that, as well as failing to recognise that his client’s mental health issues had made suicide a strong possibility, the US authorities had seized the wrong man. More Here.
Obama's failure to support the Arab revolutions until they were all but over lost the US most of its surviving credit in the region. Obama was silent on the overthrow of Ben Ali, only joined in the chorus of contempt for Mubarak two days before his flight, condemned the Syrian regime – which has killed more of its people than any other dynasty in this Arab "spring", save for the frightful Gaddafi – but makes it clear that he would be happy to see Assad survive, waves his puny fist at puny Bahrain's cruelty and remains absolutely, stunningly silent over Saudi Arabia. And he goes on his knees before Israel. Is it any wonder, then, that Arabs are turning their backs on America, not out of fury or anger, nor with threats or violence, but with contempt? READ MORE HERE.
The corrupt grotesque Mubarrak is sorry. Sorry for ratting out his people to the US/Israeli axis for 3 decades. There is a special place in the infernal depths, Hosni. Make the most of the billions you bilked while you can. He's 'sorry', aw bless.
Posted by TONY on 30.5.11
Posted by TONY on 27.5.11
Posted by TONY on 27.5.11
|Scene in Fallujah in 2007|
US, Israeli and British flags were painted on the pavement to be stomped on by the marching protesters, and Iraqi military helicopters buzzed overhead while soldiers stood guard to keep peace if needed.
The rally was a message to prime minister Nouri al-Maliki about the staunch opposition by Iraq’s most devout Shiites – the ones who grudgingly helped him clinch a second term in office last year – to a continued US military presence in 2012.
Under a security agreement between Washington and Baghdad, the 46,000 combat troops still in Iraq are required to leave by December 31. But Iraq’s widespread instability has led US and Iraqi leaders to reconsider the deadline for the sake of the country’s security.
Mr al-Sadr had not appeared nearly two hours after the start of the march, and his top aide, Salah al-Obeidi, said the cleric was unlikely to. Adoring crowds surged at a convoy of more than 10 white sports utility vehicles that was believed to be carrying Mr al-Sadr, but it drove away without stopping.
Though the rally was billed as a peaceful demonstration, Mr al-Obeidi said threats against the US still stand if the troops stay. “We will be obliged to fight and do our best to liberate our country,” he said.
American forces in Baghdad and southern Iraq have seen an increase in rocket and mortar attacks as well as roadside bombs in recent months. US officials have blamed the upturn on Shiite militias backed by Iran who are trying to take credit for driving American forces from Iraq.
Mr al-Obeidi said the point of the rally was to show that Iraqis are disciplined and can protect the country. A statement by parliament Speaker Osama al-Nujaifi, a Sunni, called the march “clear proof of Iraq’s unity”.
US officials counted more than 300 busloads – each carrying up to 70 passengers - who travelled from Iraq’s south for the rally, and were joined by some of the roughly two million who live in Baghdad’s north-east Sadr City neighbourhood where it was held.
An estimated 18,000 militiamen wore matching T-shirts bearing the Iraqi flag as spectators burned American and Israeli banners.
Read more: http://www.breakingnews.ie/world/major-iraq-rally-against-us-troops-506485.html#ixzz1NRqR8DLi
My eyes are filled with tears, my lips are dry
If I catch my opponents ever sleepin'
I'll just slaughter them where they lie
Through the world mysterious and vague
Heart burnin', still yearnin'
Walking through the cities of the plague.'
Posted by TONY on 21.5.11
Posted by TONY on 19.5.11
...the chaos and death that followed, the political recriminations that continue to this day, and the poisonous effect it all had on international relations, seems to have ensured that the government would rather not dwell on the official end to this most controversial of military campaigns.The withdrawal was announced today by the secretary of state for defence, Dr Liam Fox, in a written statement to the House of Commons published just after noon, just as Prime Minister's Question Time was under way.The title of the statement - one of 10 published today - was 'End of UK-Iraq Bilateral Agreement', which is true enough, but disguises the real significance.David Cameron didn't think to mention the withdrawal during the weekly bait between him and Ed Miliband at Prime Minister's Question Time.The UK troops who were stationed in Basra spent their last year banged up in the airport bribing the militias not to attack them. I wonder if anyone will mention that in the House of Commons.
Posted by TONY on 18.5.11
|UK soldiers circling in a complex military manoeuvre|
If anyone doubted that Liam Fox is just a Neocon with a Scottish (Scoddish?) accent, they need to look no further than this. When he says that the Overseas Aid budget could be used for 'something else' I wonder what he could possibly have in mind.
Posted by TONY on 17.5.11
Christopher Hill, a former a US assistant secretary of state for east Asia who was ambassador to Iraq – and usually a very obedient and obsequious American diplomat – wrote the other day that “the notion that a dictator can claim the sovereign right to abuse his people has become unacceptable”. Unless, of course – and Mr Hill did not mention this – you happen to live in Bahrain. On this tiny island, a Sunni monarchy, the al-Khalifas, rule a majority Shia population and have responded to democratic protests with death sentences, mass arrests, the imprisonment of doctors for letting patients die after protests and an “invitation” to Saudi forces to enter the country. They have also destroyed dozens of mosques with all the thoroughness of a 9/11 pilot. But then, let’s remember that most of the 9/11 killers were Saudis.
Posted by TONY on 14.5.11
Posted by TONY on 14.5.11
An unusual(for this site) right-wing view that America is going round the U-bend. Some of this stuff is actually true.'The culture is awash in the raw sewage of vulgarity and avarice. The family is shattered. The average American cannot articulate why marriage is not a unisex institution. One baby in three is born out of wedlock. Another million per year are snuffed out in the womb. We are bound by no common faith or culture. Mass immigration, much of it illegal, without accompanying assimilation may deprive us of a common language.'
Posted by TONY on 10.5.11
To make him relevant again may encompass the multitude of reasons to pull the trigger now. By positioning bin Laden on the opposite side of American values, the Obama administration is acting as though it has fully supported all democratic uprisings in the Middle East. Then, by creating the perception of an active bin Laden, ever-expanding military operations are justified.Now was the perfect time - 2012 would have been too obvious to the masses.
Posted by TONY on 10.5.11
Posted by TONY on 9.5.11
The other security contractor is the British firm Global Strategies Group, which won a task order to provide both protective and static security for diplomats at the Consulate General in the southern city of Basra. That contract is worth up to $401 million over five years.Global is something of a jack of all trades in the defense contracting world. In Afghanistan, it guards the Kabul airport and worked to screen the movement of cash through it, an anti-corruption measure that appears to have earned it the ire of President Hamid Karzai. But it’s also held contracts spanning from engineering ($358 million, with the Naval Research Laboratory) to providing vehicle transponders ($285,000, with the Army ) to lots of security-guard duties for the U.S. Army in Afghanistan. In full HERE
Posted by TONY on 8.5.11
|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.
'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.
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.
Posted by TONY on 4.5.11
Via Reality Zone.
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.
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.
Posted by TONY on 3.5.11