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ISIS leader: the group’s rise would not be possible without US prisons


A former jaildbird at Camp Bucca, a US-run prison in southern Iraq, says the rise of the ISIS would not be possible without the US prisons.

In an exclusive interview to the Guardian, Abu Ahmed, now a senior official within ISIS, reveals how ISIS might never have formed if US detention centers hadn’t existed.

Abu Ahmed said that he along with other prisoners quickly realised that far from their worst fears, the US-run prison provided an extraordinary opportunity. “We could never have all got together like this in Baghdad, or anywhere else.” But at the Camp Bucca “we were not only safe, but we were only a few hundred metres away from the entire al-Qaida leadership.”

He added that the Abubakr Al-Baghdadi was respected very much by the US army. “If he wanted to visit people in another camp he could, but we couldn’t. And all the while, a new strategy, which he was leading, was rising under their noses, and that was to build the Islamic State.

“If there was no American prison in Iraq, there would be no IS now. Bucca was a factory. It made us all. It built our ideology.”

“We had so much time to sit and plan,” he continued. “It was the perfect environment. We all agreed to get together when we got out. The way to reconnect was easy. We wrote each other’s details on the elastic of our boxer shorts. When we got out, we called. Everyone who was important to me was written on white elastic. I had their phone numbers, their villages. By 2009, many of us were back doing what we did before we were caught. But this time we were doing it better.”

The first thing he did when he was safe in west Baghdad was to undress, then carefully take a pair of scissors to his underwear. “I cut the fabric from my boxers and all the numbers were there. We reconnected. And we got to work.” Across Iraq, other ex-inmates were doing the same. “It really was that simple,” Abu Ahmed said, smiling for the first time in our conversation as he recalled how his captors had been outwitted. “Boxers helped us win the war.”

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Activist guilty of kiddie porn

A Time magazine poster boy for immigration reform was convicted Wednesday of child pornography charges and faces deportation after serving a lengthy term in prison.

Roy Naim
Roy Naim, 30

A Time magazine poster boy for immigration reform was convicted Wednesday of child pornography charges and faces deportation after serving a lengthy term in prison.

Roy Naim, 30, was featured in a June 2012 cover story under the headline “We are Americans,” and the Israeli national portrayed himself as an activist.

Federal agents uncovered evidence that the activist purchased at least three illicit videos from another pervert in Louisiana of a 15-year-old boy performing a sex act.

Naim was convicted of attempted exploitation and possession of child pornography, which calls for a term of at least 15 to 30 years in prison when he is sentenced by Judge Nicholas Garaufis. The pervert showed no reaction to the verdict as family members wept and moaned in the courtroom.




Moazzam Begg was in contact with MI5 about his Syria visits, papers show

Defence case corroborated as documents revealed agency told Begg he could continue work for opposition in Syria ‘unhindered’
Moazzam Begg
Documents handed to the CPS show Moazzam Begg was in contact with MI5 before and after his trips to Syria. Photograph: Rob Stothard/Getty Images

The terrorism case against former Guantánamo inmate Moazzam Begg collapsed after MI5 belatedly gave police and prosecutors a series of documents that detailed the agency’s extensive contacts with him before and after his trips to Syria, the Guardian has learned.

The documents included minutes of meetings that MI5 officers and lawyers held with Begg, at which he discussed his travel plans and explained he was assisting opposition fighters in their war against Bashar al-Assad’s regime.

On seeing the material, Crown prosecutors realised it corroborated Begg’s defence case: he insists he was always perfectly candid with MI5, and says the agency assured him no attempt would be made to hinder him if he wanted to return to Syria.

Begg’s lawyers had disclosed that the meetings had taken place earlier this year during a hearing in open court during which they made an unsuccessful attempt to secure Begg’s release on bail.

On Wednesday prosecutors told an Old Bailey judge they had “recently become aware of relevant material”, and would be offering no evidence against Begg.

The judge formally entered not guilty pleas on all seven of the terrorism charges that Begg was facing, and he was freed from Belmarsh high-security prison in south London a few hours later.

While Begg and his lawyers were not told anything about the contents of the previously secret material that secured his release, it is now clear that police and prosecution lawyers involved with the case are angry that the documents were disclosed to them after Begg had spent several months in prison on remand. A source with knowledge of the affair said they believed the material should have been handed over at the start of the investigation.

The Crown Prosecution Service says that had it possessed the material, Begg would not have been charged. Begg’s assets remain frozen, however, and he has no access to his bank account, as a result of an order issued by the Treasury after he had been charged with terrorism offences.

Similar orders have been imposed on Cage, the London-based pressure group through which Begg campaigned on behalf of terrorism suspects who have been denied legal rights.

Treasury sources indicated on Thursday that the order would not automatically be lifted as a result of his acquittal.

Begg, 46, spent Thursday with his family in Birmingham and consulting with his lawyers. Associates say he is considering whether to bring legal action against MI5. He has suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of his three-year incarceration without charge in Bagram Prison and Guantánamo after 9/11, during which time he was tortured. His time in Belmarsh is understood to have exacerbated this condition.

After the Syrian civil war broke out in March 2011, Begg made several trips to the country, most recently in December 2012.

While there he investigated reports of US and UK rendition operations and interviewed former prisoners of the Assad regime.

However, he maintains that during this time he had been in close contact with the intelligence services, keeping them abreast of his plans. The contacts began after he alleged in a blog on Cage’s website that during a trip to Syria in July 2012 he had uncovered MI5’s role in intercepting a phone call by a British Libyan dissident who lived in Syria. British spies were alleged to have then informed Assad’s secret police, which led to the man being rendered to Libya.

In a subsequent blog, Begg said a few months after he had made this allegation, he had been approached by an MI5 officer “who said they wanted to talk to me about my views on the situation in Syria”.

“I told them that they must be aware that I was investigating several leads regarding British and American complicity in rendition and torture in Syria. They called back after consulting with their lawyers and said they understood that and would still like to meet. I agreed to speak to them and meet at a hotel in East London. Both MI5 and me had our lawyers present.”

In the meeting Begg said MI5 were concerned about “the possibility of Britons in Syria being radicalised and returning to pose a potential threat to national security. I told them that Britain had nothing to worry about, especially since British foreign policy, at the time, seemed in favour of the rebels.”

Begg then says he was “assured by MI5” that he could return to Syria and continue his work “unhindered”. However a year later the situation in Syria – and the UK’s position – had become more complicated with Islamic fighters eclipsing the secular Free Syrian Army in the battle against Assad.

Begg’s passport was seized when he was stopped at Heathrow last December on returning from a trip to South Africa. “It was assessed my previous visits to Syria had constituted involvement in terrorism,” he wrote. “No explanation other than that was given.” Two months later he was arrested and charged with terrorism offences.

Amandla Thomas-Johnson, spokesperson for Cage, said: “Moazzam has been clear and transparent about his trip to Syria and the events surrounding it and even wrote about his meeting with MI5 months before he was arrested. It’s important we understand why this evidence came to light in the last couple of months. British security services have already played a part in his detention and torture. Has their late disclosure now led to him languishing unnecessarily in jail for months?”

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“It Wasn’t The CIA Just Doing It By Themselves

By Tom Finn









On Tuesday Mozzam Begg, a British Pakistani citizen and former Guantanamo bay detainee, was asked by a journalist from Sky News for his reaction to revelations about CIA torture documented in a new US Senate report.

“Do you feel any sense of vindication by what’s been revealed in this report?” asked the journalist. 

“No,” said Begg, looking straight at the camera.“It’s something we’ve been talking about for the past thirteen years. When I was held [at Bagram detention center] guns were put to my head, I was kicked and punched on the floor, my clothes were sliced off with a knife by US soldiers… The US has admitted wrongdoing but what doesn’t happen is accountability,” said Begg.

Then he changed tack: “What about the outsourcing of torture? Syria, Egypt, Libya under Qaddafi, these are places where Britain and the United States of America were sending people to be tortured. It wasn’t just the CIA doing it by themselves, they couldn’t have done it by themselves, there had to be lots of accomplices.”

In addition to its own interrogation program, run out of “black sites” – secret detention centres outside the US – the Senate report has raised questions about the ways in which the CIA used a vast network of other countries – many in the Middle East – to help capture, detain, transport and torture detainees.

That network is shown in the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program – officially ended by president Obama in 2008 – under which the CIA could detain and interrogate foreign suspects without bringing them to the US or charging them with any crimes.

54 foreign governments supported the CIA’s program of extraordinary rendition, according to a 2013 report by the Open Society Foundation (OSF).

Of those 54, eleven were Middle Eastern states (Algeria, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen).

Infographic: CIA torture in the Middle East #HumanRights

— Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) December 10, 2014

The degree to which those governments were involved in actual torturing of suspects varied, according to Sam Raphael, a lecturer in international relations at Kingston University. He is also co-founder of the Rendition project, which investigates US-led rendition and detention since 2001.

Some Arab states, such as Egypt, captured suspects on the CIA’s behalf and handed detainees over to the agency as well as permitting use of airports and airspace for flights associated with extraordinary rendition operations.

Others, like Jordan, which received several Pakistani citizens between 2001 and 2005, violently interrogated detainees on the CIA’s behalf, said Raphael.

“This is what hasn’t been written into the Senate’s report: an account of how detainees were treated by foreign security forces… In many cases they were treated far more brutally than they were inside the CIA program,” said Raphael.

‘Coffin-sized cells’

The most common destinations for rendered suspects, according to the OSF report, were Egypt, Morocco, and Jordan, all of which have been cited for human-rights violations by the State Department, and are known to torture suspects.

The Syrian government was also one of the “most common destinations for rendered suspects”. In a prison known as “The Grave”, due to its coffin-sized cells, some U.S.-provided detainees were subjected to “torture involving a chair frame used to stretch the spine (the ‘German chair’) and beatings.”

Iran, typically considered an American foe, also participated in the CIA’s programme by handing over 15 individuals to Kabul shortly after the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, in the full knowledge that they would fall under US control.

#CIA threatened to send me to Mubarak’s #Egypt or Asad’s #Syria for failing to cooperate with them in Bagram prison 2003. #TortureReport

— Moazzam Begg (@Moazzam_Begg) December 9, 2014

One reason Arab governments assisted the CIA in its interrogation program, analysts said, was to dent America’s moral authority.

“Why would the Mubarak regime cooperate with the CIA? Principally because the United States would then be in no position to criticize them for their poor human rights record,” said Chris Doyle, director of the Council for Arab-British Understanding.

“It’s basically an insurance for them in terms of criticism from the US and a confirmation that they can conduct these brutal practises themselves,” he said.

The word ‘rendition’ appears 159 times in the declassified 525-page summary of the Senate report released on Tuesday.

One passage describes photographs of detainees in the process of being transported into U.S. military custody at Guantanamo Bay:

Detainees transported by the CIA by aircraft were typically hooded with their hands and feet shackled. The detainees wore large headsets to eliminate their ability to hear, and these headsets were typically affixed to a detainee’s head with duct tape that ran the circumference of the detainee’s head. CIA detainees were placed in diapers and not permitted to use the lavatory on the aircraft. Depending on the aircraft, detainees were either strapped into seats during the flights, or laid down and strapped to the floor of the plane horizontally like cargo.

Extraordinary rendition

One detainee whose story is frequently cited as an example of “extraordinary rendition” and who is not mentioned in the Senate report is Canadian engineer Maher Arar.

In 2009 Arar – who also has Syrian nationality – was on his way home to Canada from a family vacation in Tunisia when he was apprehended by authorities in New York. He was sent back to Syria where he endured months of brutal interrogation, including torture.

When Arar, who was later cleared by Canada of all links to terrorism, described his experience in an interview with the New Yorker he invoked an Arabic expression: the pain was so unbearable, he said, that “you forget the milk that you have been fed from the breast of your mother.”

In 2009 an executive order by President Obama’s administration established an interagency task force to review interrogation and transfer policies and issue recommendations on “the practices of transferring individuals to other nations.”

The interagency task force report continues to be withheld from the public.

“It appears that the U.S. intends to continue to rely on anti-torture diplomatic assurances from recipient countries,” said Doyle, of the Council for Arab-British Understanding.

“But those methods were not effective safeguards against torture for Maher Arar, who was tortured in Syria.”


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Nazi Torture-Pride March

In an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” on Sunday, former Vice-President Racist Zionist Dick Cheney told host Chuck Todd that he was “sick and tired of Americans being ashamed of our beautiful legacy of torture” and that he was organizing the first “National Torture-Pride March” to take place in Washington in January.

“This is a chance for all of us torturers to say, ‘Look at us, this is who we are,’” Cheney, who will be the Grand Marshall of the parade, said.

The former Vice-President said that he was organizing the march to inspire “the millions of American kids who want to be torturers when they grow up but are afraid they’ll catch hell for it.”

“We’ll be there to say, ‘We’re torturers and we’re damn proud of it—join us,’” Cheney said.

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Racist Jewish Giuliani Blames African Americans For Police Killings


Rudy Giuliani Finds A Way To Blame African Americans For Police Killings


Rudy Giuliani Finds A Way To Blame African Americans For Police Killings

Rudolph W. Giuliani 

Responding to a grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for killing 18-year-old Michael Brown, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said on Sunday that the black community is more responsible for the deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police than the officers themselves.

“I do believe that there is more interaction and more unfair interaction between police officers, white and black,” he admitted during an appearance on Fox News Sunday. “But I think just as much, if not more, responsibility is on the black community to reduce the reason why the police officers are assigned in such large numbers to the black community. It’s because blacks commit murder eight times more per capita than any other group in our society.”

Giuliani gave this answer in reaction to a Pew poll showing 70 percent of African Americans saying that they are treated less fairly by police. Only 37 percent of whites made the same complaint.

Last week, the former mayor made headlines for claiming that black-on-black crime was “the reason for the heavy police presence in the black community” and arguing that “the danger to a black child…is another black.”

But in these comments, Giuliani seems to be going further, implying that police are justified in assuming that all black people are criminals because of the high crime rates in their communities. During the show, Giuliani also claimed that Darren Wilson was justified in killing Brown and that prosecutors shouldn’t have even tried to indict him in front of a grand jury.

“I don’t see how this case normally would have even been brought to a grand jury,” he said. “This is the kind of case — had it not had the racial overtones and the national publicity — where a prosecutor would have come to a conclusion that there is not enough evidence to present to a grand jury.”

Later in the program, Marc Morial, the president of the National Urban League, pushed back against the argument that protests in Ferguson are ignoring the real problem of so-called black-on-black crime.

“About 84 percent of whites are murdered by other whites and the concern about violence in the black community is pervasive,” he said. “But the protests are directed as a response to the system of the killings of unarmed black men and the lack of accountability when those events take place.”

Some have pointed out that there is no such thing as black-on-black crime, arguing that crime is driven by proximity, not race. As the Daily Beast’s Jamelle Bouie has explained, “If African-Americans are more likely to be robbed, or injured, or killed by other African-Americans, it’s because they tend to live in the same neighborhoods as each other.” In fact, “crime rates among African-Americans, and black youth in particular, have taken a sharp drop.”

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TRNN Exclusive: The man that “shoed” Bush



Muntadhar Al-Zaidi from Beirut: I expected to be killed the day I threw my shoes at Bush –   May 22, 2010


Muntadhar al-Zaidi (Arabic: منتظر الزيدي‎ Muntaẓar az-Zaydī) was an Iraqi broadcast journalist who served as a correspondent for Iraqi-owned, Egyptian-based Al-Baghdadia TV. Al-Zaidi’s reports often focused on the plight of widows, orphans, and children in the Iraq War. On November 16, 2007, al-Zaidi was kidnapped by unknown assailants in Baghdad. He was also previously twice arrested by the United States armed forces. On December 14, 2008, al-Zaidi shouted “this is for the widows and orphans” and threw his shoes at then-US president George W. Bush during a Baghdad press conference. Al-Zaidi suffered injuries as he was taken into custody and was tortured during his initial detention. There were calls throughout the Middle East to place the shoes in an Iraqi museum, but the shoes were later destroyed by American and Iraqi security forces. Al-Zaidi’s shoeing inspired many similar incidents of political protest around the world. On February 20, 2009, al-Zaidi received a 90-minute trial by the Central Criminal Court of Iraq. On March 12, 2009, he was sentenced to three years in prison for assaulting a foreign head of state during an official visit. On April 7 the sentence was reduced to one year from three years. He was released on 15 September 2009 for good behaviour, after serving nine months of the sentence.

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Jawbar:  It’s been a long time coming, but, when it rains,  it pours.  If you want to know why ‘Alloosh is so anxious to join the winners, here it is in black and white:  He has lost Jawbar to the SAA.  SyrPer predicts that all Jawbar will be under the total and unchallenged control of the SAA within less than a week.  This was an amazing operation involving a choreographed tank-artillery-infantry raid on all fortified positions of the demonic rodent cannibals.  It all happened in one hour with the terrorists screaming into their walkie-talkies demanding help or some divine intercession to slow down the Syrian Army onslaught that would put an end to their reign of terror.  It is now final: the Syrian Army has 90% fire control over this area with Zibdeen in the crosshairs followed by ‘Ayn Turmaa which is, also, about to fall to the SAA.

Zamraani Crossing in the Qalamoon:  At an illegal pathway from Lebanon to Syria, ISIS and FSA had a meeting of their leaders to coordinate assaults on the SAA and to organize a push out of Lebanon’s wintry warrens.  All this sounds so organized and bureaucratic until one remembers that the SAA knew about the meeting and informed the SAAF which took off from Mazza Airbase and kapowed the huddled vultures.  All scavengers at the meeting were killed with one perfectly aimed air-to-ground missile.







The encirclement of Aleppo and attendant choke-off of all supply and reinforcement pathways is now complete. Unlike the situation before when the encirclement was by virtue of artillery control, Aleppo is now hermetically sealed with the presence of the army at every artery serving this northern capital.  South and West Handaraat are firmly under the control of the SAA where our soldiers found a huge Turk-supplied arsenal of weapons in cleverly concealed locations defended by die-hard, suicidal degenerates.  The number of rodents killed has not been announced yet, but, it promises to be quite large.  Rat communications demonstrate desperation as their one last claim to fame has disappeared.

Al-Mallaah Farms and Properties:  Completely under control of SAA.  The remnant rats have headed to the north for the security of Erdoghan’s Kingdom of Murder.

Handaraat:  Very important. And the most important parts are the south and west which fell to the SAA yesterday after the virulent plague-carrying rodents abandoned their sinking ship and headed north.  The Al-Kindi Hospital is also now under the control of the SAA although it has been pillaged by the scavenging heretics of Nusra rendering it useless for the treatment of human beings.

To find the Al-Mallaah Farms scroll to the northwest of Handaraat and you’ll see it.

Jaraabulus:  ISIS has reportedly executed 21 young men for blasphemy and “collaboration with the government”.

Manbij:  Once controlled only by rival gangs fighting for territory, this town is now infested with something even worse: English and German terrorists bent on murdering their way to Paradise.  For some time, the SAA had exercised partial control over the town in agreement with the gangs we mentioned, however, the troops were need elsewhere leaving the citizens with little protection from Erdoghan’s cockroaches.  If you think English soccer fans are a drag, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet.

De Mistura’s efforts to “freeze” fighting in Aleppo was exposed as motivated by a desire to preserve some terrorist control of the city for the purposes of negotiating.  All sources we have and to whom we have listened are saying the same thing: De Mistura, like Kofi Annan and Lakhdar Brahimi, is nothing more than a Saudi/Zionist/Erdoghani/NATO catamite hardly worth the time the Syrians have given him.   Let him freeze fighting now.


Egypt: 600 minors detained in CSF camp: Al-Nadeem Center


By: عمر سعيد

The Nadeem Center for the management and rehabilitation of victims of violence and torture reported the incarceration of 600 children between the ages of 14 and 17 in a Central Security Forces camp in Banha.

Lawyer at the center, Halim Heneish, told Mada Masr on Sunday that they had received more than 20 reports from families claiming their children had been held at the camp for more than eight months. After thorough investigation, the center discovered 600 children at the camp, some of whom they say are injured and have not received medical care.

A report was sent to the prosecutor general on Tuesday demanding visiting rights for the families while the detained children await trial, Heneish said.

The lawyer met with four mothers: Mostafa Osama Mohie El-Din’s mother — a 17- year-old who was shot in the left eye and has been detained since September; Islam Salah’s mother — 17, locked up since August and injured as a result of torture whilst at National Security headquarters in Shubra al-Kheima, and Ahmed Sayed Youssef’s mother — also 17, jailed since February and suffering from a broken leg, according to the center’s report

Brigadier-General Reda Abdel Atty, head of the Human Rights and Social Outreach division at the Interior Ministry, told Mada Masr that the information is false and that if anyone has proof that minors are being illegally detained, they should present it to the authorities.

Independent rights group, “Free the Children,” claims that at least 1000 minors have been detained in Egypt’s prisons over the last year and a half. Marwa Arafa, the group’s coordinator, says most of these minors have been randomly arrested during clashes between protesters and police across the country.

She adds that many of them face flagrant violations inside prisons and detention centers, against Egypt’s Child Law.

The detained children, according to Arafa, are as young as 11 years old, many of whom have been handed harsh prison sentences.

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