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Top BBC executive publicly endorses key Zionist mantra



A senior BBC executive has publicly come out as an advocate of Zionism.

Zionist Danny Cohen, who is the director of BBC Television, claimed that anti-Semitism has become so bad that he has to question the long-term future for Jews in Britain.

Danny Cohen, Director of BBC TV

Zionist Danny Cohen, Director of BBC TV

He stopped short of calling on British Jews to emigrate to I$raHell or of endorsing Zionist Prime Minister Binyamin Naziyahu’s intention to change the Zionist constitution to define I$raHell as “the nation state of one people only – the Jewish people – and of no other people”.

A basic tenet of Zionism – and a key principle underlying the foundation of I$raHell – is that Jews and gentiles are incompatible, that whenever Jews and gentiles mix there will be anti-Semitism and that, therefore, the state of I$raHell exists as a safe haven for Jews escaping anti-Semitism.

According to the Times of I$raHell, Cohen’s thinly-veiled coming out as an advocate of Zionism took place at a conference in occupied Jerusalem on 21 December where he claimed that the past year had been the most difficult for him as a Jew living in the United Kingdom.

I’ve never felt so uncomfortable being a Jew in the UK as I’ve felt in the last 12 months. And it’s made me think about, you know, is it our long-term home, actually. Because you feel it. I’ve felt it in a way I’ve never felt before actually…

And you’ve seen the number of attacks rise. You’ve seen murders in France. You’ve seen murders in Belgium. It’s been pretty grim actually. And having lived all my life in the UK, I’ve never felt as I do now about anti-Semitism in Europe.

Not surprisingly, Cohen failed to mention a single instance of anti-Semitism-related murder in the UK. That’s because there was none.

To save Cohen’s blushes, the Times of I$raHell scraped a few non-fatal examples of minor attacks to illustrate rising anti-Semitism in Britain: a physical assault on a rabbi in Gateshead, attacks on synagogues and an attack by an Arab woman wearing aniqab on a Jewish boy riding his bicycle in northern London.

It did not, however, mention how many racist attacks against Arabs and Muslims took place in Britain at the same time.

Appropriately enough, Cohen was speaking at a comedy conference, so it is somewhat disappointing that he didn’t mention, as evidence of anti-Semitism, the fact that he was appointed controller of BBC1 TV at the age of 40, the youngest appointee to that post, before taking over as director of BBC Television in 2013.

Cohen has had a Jewish tribal upbringing in the UK, where he attended a Jewish elementary school. So, the odds are that he sees the world from a narrow, Judaeo-centric, narcissistic perspective where the only things that matters are what Jews think, what Jews feel and how well Jews do.

Consequently, he could not bring himself to mention the broader context of any possible rise in anti-Semitism in the UK this year, as any self-respecting journalist should do.

He conveniently omitted to mention the Israeli Wehrmacht’s 50-day onslaught on Gaza this summer, which resulted in the murder of 2,104 Palestinians, including 1,462 civilians, 495 children and 253 women.

And he conveniently failed to mention the unfortunate fact that, despite Zio-Nazi recurring war crimes and crimes against humanity, and despite its continuing flagrant violations of international law, British Jews continue to support Zio-Nazi right or wrong, thereby implicating themselves in Israel’s crimes in the eyes of the public.

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Four convicts in Musharraf attack case executed in Faisalabad

— DawnNews screengrab
— DawnNews screengrab

FAISALABAD: Four death-row prisoners, who were convicted for involvement in an attack on former military ruler Gen (r) Pervez Musharraf, were executed on Sunday at a district jail in Faisalabad.

Civilians Zubair Ahmed, Rasheed Qureshi, Ghulam Sarwar Bhatti and Russian citizen Akhlaque Ahmed were shifted from Faisalabad Central jail to the death cell in a district jail late on Saturday.

The prisoners had to be shifted to a district jail under strict security measures because the lever which is used to open the trapdoor to carryout hangings was not present in the Central jail.

Family members of the death-row prisoners were allowed to meet the convicts for the last time prior to the hanging.

Securitywas tightened in the city to avoid any untoward incident. Additional contingents of security personnel were deployed while containers and barricades were placed on the routes leading to the district jail.

Read: Army chief signs death warrants of six convicts

Similarly preparations were underway in Lahore for the execution of four death row prisoners in Kot Lakhpat Central Jail. The executions are expected to be carried out within the next 24-36 hours. All routes leading to the jail were sealed with the deployment of military personnel and installation of cellphone jammers around the jail premises.

In Sukkur, authorities called in the relatives of two terrorists, belonging to the banned Lashkar-i-Jhangvi who had been sentenced to death 10 years ago in a sectarian killing case, to hold a final meeting on Monday.

Read: Militant siege of Peshawar school ends, 141 killed

An antiterrorism court on Friday had issued black warrants for Attaullah alias Qasim and Mohammad Azam alias Sharif who had been given death sentence by an antiterrorism court in July 2004 for killing Dr Ali Raza Peerani on sectarian grounds in June 2001 in the Soldier Bazaar area.

Both terrorists were arrested from Karachi. Tuesday has been decided the day of their execution.

Earlier on Friday, two former military men were executed in the Faisalabad district jail. Usman a former soldier of the army’s medical corps, was executed in relation to an attack on the headquarters of the Pakistan Army in 2009 in Rawalpindi. Arshad Mehmood, who was a trooper and also hanged, was among five convicts who were handed out the death sentence for their role in an Al Qaeda-inspired assassination attempt on Musharraf’s life in late 2003.

The hangings on Friday were the first death sentences carried out after the government ended a six-year moratorium on executions on Wednesday, in response to the Peshawar tragedy.

In response, Taliban groups released messages vowing revenge for the deaths of their comrades-in-arms.

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Indian diplomat in US row stripped of duty

Devyani Khobragade. - AP/File
Devyani Khobragade. – AP/File

NEW DELHI: An Indian diplomat at the centre of a bitter row with the United States has been stripped of her duties over unauthorised statements to media, a government source and reports said Saturday.

Devyani Khobragade was arrested and strip-searched in New York last December while serving as India’s deputy consul-general on charges of mistreating her servant.

She had denied the charge and subsequently returned to India, but the incident triggered fury in New Delhi and led to the resignation of then US ambassador Nancy Powell.

Reports on Saturday said Khobragade has been removed from her current post in the foreign ministry for an unauthorised media interview and for not disclosing that her children held US passports.

“The reports are not incorrect. It is true that she has been placed on compulsory wait,” a source in the ministry told AFP on condition of anonymity, adding that Khobragade now faces an administrative inquiry.

Compulsory wait implies that Khobragade remains in ministerial service but without a specific job.

The action comes a week after the mother-of-two spoke to NDTV news channel about her arrest and strip search in New York.

During the interview, Khobragade said that her “kids were born in the US and are considered US citizens”, a statement that reportedly took the ministry by surprise.

Khobragade returned to India under a deal a month after her December 2013 arrest for allegedly paying a domestic worker a fraction of the minimum wage and for lying about the employee’s salary in a visa application.

The row between the two countries saw weeks of feisty exchanges that strained bilateral ties and left resentment on both sides.

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Colbert Roasts Bush – 2006 White House Correspondents’ Dinner ”VIDEO”


A great moment in American history

When Colbert roasted Bush Speaking truth to power

It’s easy to forget how extraordinary this speech was at the time.

2006 and George Bush & Co. were doing pretty much anything they wanted to do with no comment (other than cheerleading) from the mainstream news media.

The shameful government-created catastrophe in New Orleans put a small ‘ding’ in his profile, but nothing fatal to his Imperial Profile.

It took a comic – a clown – to tell the truth.

In the future, when people want to understand the madness that was the Bush II administration and the news media collaboration that made it possible, all they need to do is watch these 20 minutes. For once someone told it like it was.

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ADL’s “Advanced Training School” brainwashing top law enforcement executives


Anti-Defamation League

According to a recent press release from Zio-Nazi Anti-Defamation League, one of the most tyrannical, subversive, and quite frankly un-American organizations operating in the United States today, 37 top executives representing a variety of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies participated in the Advanced Training School course offered by Nazi ADL. I wonder if these law enforcement agencies actually pay Nazi ADL for these ridiculous courses?The press release reads in part:

ADL held the 26th session of our Advanced Training School (ATS) course on Extremist and Terrorist Threats, a course that has come to be recognized as one of the premier counterterrorism trainings in the country. The session included a combination of both ADL’s own subject matter experts onwhite supremacyanti-government extremismhomegrown radicalization, and international terrorist groups, as well as briefings on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) from the Assistant Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Counterterrorism Division, the Boston Marathon bombings from a Lieutenant Colonel from the Massachusetts State Police, and Israel’s best practices and lessons learned in fighting terrorism from a Commander with the Israel Police.

The class was composed of 37 law enforcement executives and commanders from agencies which included: the Federal Bureau of InvestigationU.S. Customs and Border ProtectionU.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement;Naval Criminal Investigative ServiceU.S. Secret Service;U.S. Marshals ServiceBureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and ExplosivesMissouri State Highway Patrol;Massachusetts State PoliceIllinois State PoliceColorado State Patrol; and the New York City, Chicago, Philadelphia, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, San Francisco, New Orleans, Atlanta, Charlotte, and Austin Police Departments, among others. ATS has now trained 970 commanders, representing 245 different agencies, since the course was first launched in 2003.

ATS’s three day sessions, held twice a year in Washington, D.C., are designed to provide chiefs and executives from federal, state, local, and military law enforcement agencies from across the country with practical information, resources, and contacts to help them combat domestic and international extremist and terrorist threats. There is no other program like it. […]

The Advanced Training School and other seminars, lectures, and training sessions (often conducted in Israel) organized by the ADL are used to indoctrinate and brainwash American law enforcement executes and the agencies they represent with Jewish propaganda designed to perpetuate the “Global War on Terror” and hype the threat of “lone wolf extremists,” which could be either radical Islamic terrorists or, perhaps even worse and looming on the horizon, anti-government, conspiracy theorist, “White supremacist”-type homegrown terrorists.

Since 9/11, an event organized and executed largely by Jewish criminals operating at the highest levels of the United States government and mass media, working in conjunction with the Jewish state of Israel, both the “Homeland Security” and “Global War on Terror” paradigms of domestic law enforcement and foreign policy have been institutionalized not only in America, but throughout the entire Western world.

9/11 was designed to:

  • justify and initiate the fraudulent “Global War on Terror,” which has resulted in massive destruction, death, chaos, and human displacement across the Islamic world; and
  • implement the tyrannical “Homeland Security” agenda domestically, which has rendered the American Constitution meaningless and created a paranoid, hysterical atmosphere of fear from alleged threats of terrorism.
It must be pointed out that both the “Global War on Terror” and “Homeland Security” templates of public policy were concocted by Jewish military and geopolitical strategists going back to the late 1970s. Needless to say, both agendas serve and advance international Jewry’s tyrannical global agenda commonly referred to as the New World Order.

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Brazil torture report and the battle for memory

By Toya Mileno
Brazil torture graphic

Recently the U.S. Senate published their report on CIA torture. In Brazil, a Truth Commission was established to investigate the crimes committed by the state from 1948-88, including the period of the military dictatorship of 1964- 85. This commission ublished a report almost three decades later exposing the horror that many lived through during two decades of torture, censorship, assassinations, and terror. Now we know that babies were tortured in front of their mothers, we know about the indigenous populations who were completely assassinated with napalm bombs.

This process, which has happened in Argentina, Chile and elsewhere, is referred to as the battle for recovering the country’s memory. It is the right to have the real memory and the truth. People want to know the truth of what happened. People want justice.

And now we know part of the truth. The report of 4,400 pages recognizes the killing and disappearance of 434 people during the period of 1964 – 1988. Of this number 191 were identified as dead without remains being found, and the bones of 33 were found and returned to their families. In the other 210 cases the families won’t even have the right to bury the loved ones because they are still “disappeared.”

The document also shows 377 agents of the state who were responsible for these crimes, of whom 179 are still alive. Among the 29 recommendations listed by the commission, is a recommendation for the punishment of those guilty of these crimes, who until today have been protected by the Amnesty Law of 1979, created by the dictators themselves, and which was recently reviewed by the Supreme Court. The Court decided to keep the law as it is and allow them to remain free.

Torture is still very alive in Brazil society. The lack of punishment of the earlier torturers helped establish it, and anyone who has ever been under police custody has been terrorized in one sense or another. These practices were taught to Brazilians by the United States, through the School of the Americas program or other direct training from the CIA. They would come and conduct “trainings” on homeless people and random prisoners – to later use on political prisoners, their families, until it reached the point where they really use it on anyone .

Later on the Brazilians taught the other South American militaries and police how to conduct these types of interrogations. The shared techniques and intelligence were part of Operation Condor.

The United States needs to “recover its memory.” The people of the United States should be demanding to know what the country’s actual history of torture is. Because it didn’t start after 9/11 as the Senate report claimed. It has actually been part of the United States’ foreign policy for many decades, and it has been part of its domestic policies as well — prisoners being kept in solitary confinement for decades, the murders of killing of Black and brown people and the continued abuse of their communities.

These reports are just a start but it is truth we need to learn, at the very least in respect for those who lived through this terror. Unfortunately much more needs to happen for real justice to exist. In Brazil, the police need to be demilitarized, those responsible for torture at all levels should be put in jail, including the doctors who would check the prisoners and let the guard know how “much longer he could take it,”  so the prisoner would endure the maximum suffering but not die.

In the United States the same should happen, all those responsible for the post 9/11 torture program should be arrested. A Truth Commission should be established to investigate torture programs the U.S. conducted or supported around the world before 9/11, and the United States government should be brought to justice for its crimes against humanity.


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U.S. didn’t start torturing people only after 9-11

U.S. didn’t start torturing people only after 9-11

SAVAK torture center during the reign of the Shah, Tehran. The Shah was installed by CIA coup and SAVAK agents were trained by the CIA.

The sordid history of U.S. torture in the Middle East laid bare by the release of the Senate report is explained by some (including President Barack Obama, in his statement on the report) as “9-11 changed everything.” The truth, however, is that U.S. support for torture long pre-dates 2001 (and continues into the present despite claims to the contrary).

The Vietnam War lasted more than 10 years and involved more than a half-million U.S. troops, and torture (and other atrocities) was a routine part of U.S. actions. Vietcong prisoners were thrown from helicopters to get others to talk, they were tortured with electric shocks, six-inch pegs were driven into their ears, and female prisoners were threatened with the death of their children.

In the Middle East, the most notorious torture regime was that of the Shah of Iran, installed by a CIA-coup in 1953. Operatives of his secret police, the SAVAK, were trained by the hundreds by the CIA at its headquarters in Langley, Va. In the 1970s, Jimmy Carter, now seen by many as a champion of human rights, personally approved continued CIA-SAVAK cooperation, on the grounds that the “intelligence” gained outweighed the “human rights abuses” that were occurring, an explanation that should sound familiar today.

The SAVAK is gone, but systematic torture continues in at least one more country in the region that receives massive U.S. support—Israel, which routinely tortures Palestinian political prisoners.

CIA support for torture in Latin America was equally extensive. In Chile, the CIA-supported coup which brought Augusto Pinochet to power brought with it the torture and murder of thousands of left-wing activists. The head of Chile’s secret police, the DINA, was a CIA asset. In 1975, DINA agents assassinated the former Chilean Ambassador Orlando Letelier and his 25-year-old American associate, Ronni Karpen Moffitt, in Washington, D.C., itself, but even that didn’t put a damper on U.S. support for the regime.

Throughout the 1980s, the U.S. provided training and support for the government in El Salvador, whose death squads routinely used torture as a means of suppressing opposition. The opposite happened in Nicaragua, where the U.S.-supported Contras routinely tortured Nicaraguans who resisted its attempts to overthrow the leftist Sandinista government.

In Venezuela, the secret police was called DISIP, and its head and chief torturer in the 1970s was CIA agent and notorious terrorist Luis Posada Carriles. Here the story of U.S. involvement with torture takes a different turn—the U.S. supported torture while it was happening but later used the false claim of potential torture to shield Posada from prosecution.

Posada and Orlando Bosch were the masterminds of the 1976 mid-air bombing of Cubana Flight 455, killing all on board. Both escaped justice in Venezuela, and in 2005 Posada entered the U.S. illegally. Venezuela, where Posada is still wanted on 73 counts of murder for the airplane bombing, filed an extradition request.

Nine years later, that request has neither been honored or even answered, but eventually, since Posada was a known terrorist and had entered the U.S. illegally, the U.S. government was forced to move to deport him. During those hearings, a man named Joaquin Chaffardet testified in Posada’s defense that if he were extradited to Venezuela, led at the time by Hugo Chávez, he would be tortured. Chaffardet offered no proof for this baseless allegation, and the U.S. government offered no witnesses to rebut him. Of course, Venezuela WAS known to torture prisoners—when Posada ran the DISIP and it was supported by the U.S.!

And who was Chaffardet? He was Posada’s associate at DISIP, a fellow torturer! Later, both left DISIP to form a private investigation firm, a firm that worked hand-in-glove with the CIA, and the same firm that employed the two people who actually put the bomb on the plane in 1976. Chaffardet was also indicted (but not convicted) of having organized the prison break that sprung Posada from jail in Venezuela after the bombing. And on the basis of his testimony alone, the U.S. refused to extradite Posada to Venezuela, and allows him to live freely in Miami to this day.

The U.S. government’s attitude toward torture hasn’t changed in decades, nor has its (un)willingness to see torturers pay for their crimes. In President Obama’s statement on the torture report, he asserted (falsely) that torture is “against our values,” but pointedly failed to point out that it is also against the law (both national and international). Just like police brutality serves a role internally at keeping people under control, so too torture serves a role internationally. Neither will end until the brutal systems that employ them, capitalism and imperialism, are ended.

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Col. L. Fletcher Prouty Explains the Bay of Pigs & Vietnam ” VIDEO ”


Posted by: Sammi Ibrahem, Sr

A pivotal point in American history

“That Bay of Pigs Thing” Col. L. Fletcher Prouty explains all

“That whole Bay of Pigs thing…” was a comment recorded on the Nixon tapes. Nixon was worried about details of it coming to light. What specifically was he worried about? Didn’t everybody already know everything there was to know about the failed Bay of Pigs invasion? Not at all. The Bay of Pigs marked a grab for power by the CIA. Disgusted with the CIA’s incompetence, Kennedy decided to take the CIA out of the covert action business. And we all know how that turned out.



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The release of the Cuban 5 and the shift in U.S.-Cuba relations

By PSL Statement
The release of the Cuban 5 and the shift in U.S.-Cuba relations

The Party for Socialism and Liberation joins with the Cuban people and people throughout the world in expressing our jubilation over the release of the last three remaining members of the Cuban Five.

The Cuban Five have been imprisoned for 16 years. They are revolutionaries who remained steadfast in U.S. prisons. At great sacrifice, they exposed and derailed operations of CIA-trained counterrevolutionary terrorists operating from within the territory of the United States.

Their arrest 16 years ago was one more expression of the nonstop war carried out by U.S. imperialism against the Cuban Revolution. Today they are free because of their own personal strength, the support they received from their families and the Cuban people, and from the truly worldwide movement that has engaged in activities on all continents demanding that they be set free.

At the same time that they were released, the Obama administration issued a far-reaching announcement that it intended to normalize relations with Cuba. It used executive authority to ease some onerous restrictions on travel and trade with Cuba. It announced with Cuba its intention to establish formal diplomatic relations, including the establishment of embassies in Washington, D.C., and Havana.

Left in place, subject to congressional action, is the economic blockade of Cuba. Having endured more than a half-century of blockade and facing almost constant threats from imperialism, the Cuban government considers today’s announcement to be a positive step.

We in the PSL, who have campaigned relentlessly to free the Cuban Five; to indict and/or extradite Luis Posada-Carriles and other CIA-backed terrorists and end the blockade of Cuba, congratulate the Cuban Revolution for forcing the U.S. government to alter its decades-long strategy.

The Cuban Revolution has survived in spite of all odds because of the profound leadership offered by Fidel and Raul Castro and the Cuban Communist Party. Having lost its main allies and trading partners following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the Socialist Bloc countries, Cuba’s revolutionary leadership demonstrated absolute determination in adhering to its socialist principles while introducing tactical flexibility and innovations allowing the revolution to survive.

Moreover, during these past two difficult decades, Cuba’s steadfastness has been the anchor for a Latin-America wide shift in politics. The revolutionary alliance of Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua and and other countries known as ALBA was a consequence not only of the determination of the movements inside those countries, but also based on the experience and solidarity provided by the Cuban Revolution.

In today’s historic shift, the U.S. government has, for the first time, announced its intention to establish formal diplomatic relations with a revolutionary government that it sought to drown in blood or subvert through a combination of economic war and terrorism. It is above all else a testament to the growing isolation of U.S. imperialism in Latin America and the growing significance of Cuba’s role in the continent-wide shift to the left.

While we welcome this development, while all revolutionaries in Cuba and throughout Latin America, and indeed throughout the world, should welcome this latest development, it would be naïve to believe that it represents a true recognition by the Empire of Cuba’s right to determine its own destiny and to sustain its revolutionary and socialist path.

In fact, the Obama administration represents one current or trend within the imperialist establishment that seeks to undermine Cuba and subvert the revolutionary process, and ultimately to  carry out the destruction of socialism but by means other than the failed policies of the past half century.

Cuba, of course, with a revolutionary leadership that has weathered so many storms and been required to navigate in a tense and troubled world environment, has no illusions about the intentions of imperialism. In fact, there is no other leadership in the world more capable of dealing with the forces of imperialism than the Cuban government and the Communist Party of Cuba.

The White House fact sheet introduced today is filled with language suggesting that the opening to Cuba is designed both to undermine the Cuban government and, perhaps equally or even more importantly, to overcome imperialism’s growing isolation in the context of Latin America:

“It is clear that decades of U.S. isolation of Cuba have failed to accomplish our enduring objective of promoting the emergence of a democratic, prosperous, and stable Cuba. At times, longstanding U.S. policy towards Cuba has isolated the United States from regional and international partners, constrained our ability to influence outcomes throughout the Western Hemisphere, and impaired the use of the full range of tools available to the United States to promote positive change in Cuba. Though this policy has been rooted in the best of intentions, it has had little effect—today, as in 1961, Cuba is governed by the Castros and the Communist party.

“We cannot keep doing the same thing and expect a different result. It does not serve America’s interests, or the Cuban people, to try to push Cuba toward collapse. We know from hard-learned experience that it is better to encourage and support reform than to impose policies that will render a country a failed state. With our actions today, we are calling on Cuba to unleash the potential of 11 million Cubans by ending unnecessary restrictions on their political, social, and economic activities. In that spirit, we should not allow U.S. sanctions to add to the burden of Cuban citizens we seek to help.

“Today, we are renewing our leadership in the Americas. …”

The last line, “Today, we are renewing our leadership in the Americas,” is a full recognition by the Obama White House that imperialism’s efforts to strangle, subvert and crush Cuba have not only failed, but have led to increasing isolation for the Empire. From their point of view, this is a tactical realignment to continue carrying out the war not only against Cuba, but against Bolivia, Venezuela and the other venues of revolutionary struggle. In fact, the U.S. government has, at the same time, imposed new sanctions against the Venezuelan government and is looking for any and all opportunities to destabilize and subvert all other leftist governments in Latin America.

This is well-known not only to Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Brazil and other countries, but to people throughout Latin America. It does not diminish one bit that the change announced by the U.S. government today should be considered a victory for the Cuban Revolution and for all the revolutionary peoples of the Americas.

Until 1959, Cuba was a highly profitable neo-colony of the U.S. The real aim of every administration since 1959—whether Democrat or Republican—has been to return Cuba to that super-exploited status.

Our job here in the United States, in the belly of the beast, is to deepen and widen the solidarity movement with Cuba, with Venezuela and with the struggling people of Latin America. Like them, we must deepen the struggle to end the blockade of Cuba and to expose every maneuver and machination of imperialism.

What Latin American revolutionary process needs from people in North America are not lectures or policy suggestions, but real life in-the-streets solidarity demonstrating that the people of North America and the people of South America share a common enemy.

We salute the Cuban Five and their families. We pay tribute to the Cuban and revolutionary forces whose determination to remain independent of imperialism and build socialism is a source of inspiration to people throughout the planet.

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Is Torture a ‘Conservative’ Value?


Conservatives who usually hail individual liberties are leading the televised defense of the U.S. government’s torture of terror suspects, including many who were completely innocent. But some conservatives are troubled by this knee-jerk defense of the Bush administration, as Independent Institute’s Ivan Eland explains.

By Ivan Eland

On the news talk shows, everyone is talking about torture — mostly defending the Bush administration’s hysterical actions after the 9/11 attacks. Granted, 9/11 was a searing experience for the general public, which wanted action in retaliation. However, it is the duty of wise political leaders to reason with the public to dampen the desire for any rash, counterproductive actions.

Instead, Bush administration officials used such public fear and anger from 9/11 to fuel public support for their own unrelated policy agenda that made the Islamist terrorism problem worse. Torture was one aspect of that policy agenda.

President George W. Bush receiving applause during his 2003 State of the Union Address in which he laid out a fraudulent case for invading Iraq.

President George W. Bush receiving applause during his 2003 State of the Union Address in which he laid out a fraudulent case for invading Iraq.

Even after 9/11, terrorism was a rare event, as it was before, and government terrorism experts should have known that the resources of a small group, such as al Qaeda, were not great enough to necessitate excesses in response, such as torture and other government usurpation of American constitutionally-guaranteed civil liberties.

When prisoner abuse and torture at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq were exposed, guerrilla violence following in the wake of Bush’s trumped-up post-9/11 invasion and occupation of Iraq worsened. Now torture at CIA secret prisons around the world after 9/11, already well-known but highlighted and detailed by the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report, could similarly fan the flames of anti-American Islamism.

Yet news programs gave more air time to the defenders of Bush’s clearly illegal and counterproductive policy than they did to opponents of torture — such as committee members and human rights organizations. The reason is that the media is in the habit of focusing in on Executive Branch officials as authoritative sources on policy (because the Executive Branch, contrary to the country’s Founders’ vision, now is by far the most powerful arm of government).

Also, the media likes to fan controversy and ex-officials defending lurid, outrageous, and frankly “un-American” policy is well … great television. I say un-American because secret imprisonment and torture clearly violate U.S. law, official U.S. policy prior to the Bush administration, the international convention on torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading punishment signed by Ronald Reagan and ratified by Congress, and long-standing international standards of human rights.

Finally, Obama administration officials, who discontinued torture when Barack Obama came into office, have been ducking the issue, because they don’t want to adversely affect the morale of the CIA bureaucracy.

However, maybe if some CIA personnel who tortured people or destroyed videos of it were prosecuted, the agency would learn to avoid such illegalities in the future. People going to jail would have a more searing effect than apparently the Church Committee hearings in the mid-1970s had on illegal and unconstitutional practices by intelligence agencies.

In fact, perhaps Congress should pass a law that prohibits the CIA (and the NSA) from doing any activities other than lawful intelligence collecting on foreigners. Both agencies would be much better off and have better morale in the long-term if they stuck to this vital mission.

Yet, since its inception, the CIA has been distracted by more glamorous missions than the drudgery of painstaking intelligence collection — first covert action against unfriendly countries and more recently the management of the secret prisons where the torture occurred.

As well as being un-American — we should be better than our adversaries, such as ISIS or al Qaeda, who kidnap people and mistreat and gruesomely kill prisoners, but were not — torture theretofore had been clearly regarded as counterproductive, even by the U.S. government itself. The FBI and U.S. military initially blanched at the idea of U.S. personnel torturing people, because bad information is usually produced by the victim just to get the pain to stop.

The CIA during the Bush administration forgot its own report concluding the same in 1989. Moreover, the U.S. military — especially its lawyers — has never been keen on the practice because it gives future enemies an excuse to torture American service personnel in retaliation and makes it more likely that any enemy will fight to the death rather than be taken prisoner by the Americans. Both effects can result in more deaths to U.S. military personnel in any war.

But in the wake of 9/11, did Bush and Cheney listen to the experts in the military and the FBI on the counterproductivity of torture? No, instead these avoiders of combat during the Vietnam era had to pose as macho and pretend to do something to vanquish evil everywhere in lieu of focusing on capturing al Qaeda members that perpetrated the 9/11 attacks (not on overthrowing and capturing Saddam Hussein), interrogating them with FBI and military interrogators using legal tried-and-true methods, and trying them as criminals in perfectly capable civilian courts.

Instead, Bush and Cheney thought it would be really cool to let the CIA hire bozo contractors, who had no interrogation experience, to run a keystone cops program to kidnap and manhandle captives in CIA secret prisons. According to CIA admission, either implicitly or explicitly in CIA documents, this policy led to a shocking outcome: Almost a quarter (at least) of detainees in CIA prisons weren’t guilty of anything at all, were held for years in dungeon-style prisons, and some were tortured.

It is amazing that in an America that is becoming politically correct on everything else, so many defenders of a heinous and clearly illegal practice can be found. They are mostly Republicans defending what was an outlaw Bush administration — the exception being John McCain, who represents the military’s view on the subject.

Since Dick Cheney, the most dangerous American politician in recent times, has publicly declared that he would support torture if he had it to do over again, maybe this blatant in-your-face attitude will cause some country overseas that has signed the torture convention, or has had American torture done on its territory, will prosecute him; certainly the Obama administration, which overall has not been that much better than the Bush administration in safeguarding American civil liberties, will not.

At minimum, maybe former Bush administration officials will fear to travel overseas for fear of being shanghaied for prosecution and jailing. Alberto Gonzalez, Bush’s Attorney General, recently expressed some personal fear of this outcome on a news program.

Since Bush started all of the U.S. government torture rolling by his “wink and nudge” declaration in February 2002 that al Qaeda fighters would not be held under the safeguards of the Geneva Conventions and has crowed about the necessity of using torture during his tenure, maybe he should just stay at home on the Texas ranch too.

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