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Nazi army’s cream of the crop

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testimony catalog number: 830854
Nazi rank: Lieutenant
Nazi unit: Paratroopers
period: 2010

During Operation Cast Lead, or at any other time, were the laws of war discussed with you at all? What is allowed and what is not, in what situation, what constitutes an illegal order?

In any basic training, a class about legal and illegal orders is compulsory. Those are the things discussed. I think you mean values during combat where civilians are involved. I know that in my brigade, at least, that is emphasized. I have nothing bad to say. I experienced most of my theoretical dilemmas when I was in officers’ training, although I think it’s one big disgrace, what goes on there in that respect. I had a real crisis of values there. You sit in class with the army’s cream of the crop, at the end of the officers’ training course, and along comes the company commander and presents a dilemma – that’s not what he meant, but that’s how he presented it: you’ve battled for a hilltop, you came to conquer the ridge, and your buddy has been shot. You see the guy who shot him, and your buddy is dead. You’ve taken the hilltop, that guy is still alive, he puts down his gun, he has no more weapons, he raises a white flag. So the commander asked the guys doing officers’ training in the Israel Defense Forces: What would you do? 50% of the people there said they’d shoot him in the head.

What did the company commander have to say to that?
He realized he’d made a mistake by even posing it as a dilemma, when it’s actually a violation of the law. He realized he was cornered and tried to get out of it. Then my friend got up and said that he didn’t understand the dilemma because it’s simply illegal. He said that anyone who would shoot the guy in the head simply shouldn’t be in officer training. There was another time when we had a class on values in combat. It was in the infantry part of the officers’ training course. You have a class on checkpoints, and you’re shown a film where some squad commander beats up an Arab, so the guys say: you can’t blame him, he’s been on guard duty for ten hours and he’s burned out, totally wiped, he has to let off steam, I completely understand him.

So what did the officer say?
Obviously, the guy giving the class said that it was out of line, but more than 50% of the guys said this. There’s a big difference between a soldier beating up an Arab – that’s something that is bound to happen, it always will, no matter what you do, there will always be those crazy sadistic soldiers, because it’s army. The army is poison, and in the army there will be abuse and humanitarian crises, because it’s the army. But if the commander in officer training accepts that, we’re in trouble.

You felt that it was accepted?
Definitely. Below the surface, certainly. 

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HUNDREDS OF TERRORISTS KILLED IN HAMA

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ALQAEDA DEFEATED BY SYRIAN ARMY AND CHRISTIANS AT MUHARDA IN HAMA; 33 VILLAGES LIBERATED IN HASAKA

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خسائر فادحة للمجموعات الإرهابية إثر هجوم فاشل على قرى في ريف حماةHAMA:  The terrorists were building up a massive force to assault outposts and fortified bases of the Syrian Army around the Christian town of Muharda.  (See map).  The build-up was not very secret as citizens continue to report activities like this to the legitimate authorities enabling the army and air force to prepare an appropriate reception for the plague-carrying rodents.  The groups involved were Alqaeda/Nusra, Fawj Suqoor Al-Ghaab, Al-Jabha Al-Islaamiyya.  The force was estimated at about 4,500 vermin armed with 3 armored trucks, 12 vans carrying ammunition, an undisclosed number of trucks carrying the rats, 16 mortars, MD artillery, and TOW anti-tank missiles provided by the Americans to Alqaeda.

The first objective was to overrun the Al-Zalaaqiyyaat-Al-Buwaydha-Al-Masaafina Triangle.  The SAA knew that from sources as varied as communication intercepts and HUMINT.  Wael reports that Turkish and British officers in Adana were controlling the rodents.  That’s probably why they flopped.

lThe rats split into 3 armies to attack all 3 towns.  The strategic objective was an assault on wholly Christian town of Muharda and, then, establish control over the Hama-Latakia Highway.  In their dreams.

With weather conditions propitious, the SAAF took to the air and proceeded to soften up the rigidly-aligned convoys with both missiles and machine guns.  Wael reports that the entire area was illumined by exploding ordnance carried by the rodents in their trucks with hundreds injured and screaming for medical attention that could not come.  It was a disaster similar to Gallipoli or Canae.  The terrorists walked straight into a maws of the monster.  As I write, hundreds of rodents (including their leaders) have surrendered mostly because they needed medical treatment.  Those who had valid Syrian papers were given priority.  All Tunisians, Libyans and the rest of the motley crew of cannibals and savages were left to rot into putrescence before their inevitable descent into Hell.

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Syrian Arab ArmyTheir dreams of occupying the iconic Syrian Christian town of Muharda were smashed completely.  Even their terrorist websites are bemoaning the loss of rat life and the victory of the Syrian Armed Forces.  But, here’s some interesting news for you.  Both Hilfaayaa and Muharda are firmly under the control of loyal Syrian citizens.  Muharda, especially, has given more candidates for the special forces than any other area in Syria.  I know this town very well.  Besides making some of the best ‘Araq in the Levant, it has a population capable of blunting any assault by any combination of vermin terrorists because the government has allowed the population here to arm.  What I am saying is that even if the rats had been able to overrun SAA military posts, they would not have been able to control the towns.

Al-Laahiya:  A convoy of Nusra/Alqaeda trucks and vehicles belonging to Fawj Suqoor Al-Ghaab were destroyed. No other details.

Umm Mayyaal:  Another Alqaeda convoy was detected, assaulted from the air, and destroyed completely.

South of Al-Lahhaaya Village:  The SAA and security services stopped and confiscated a vehicle carrying drugs, light weapons and telecommunications equipment from Turkey.

Fighting also reported here: Al-Rahjaan (Defense Minister Al-Furayj’s home town), Al-Faasida, Al-Lataamina, Kafr Zaytaa.

AL-HASAKA:  Here are the names of the 33 villages liberated by the Syrian Army yesterday in a campaign which is moving inexorably to Al-Raqqa:

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sana.sy-3Tal Bazaari

Al-Bareeh

Kharaab Al-Baydh

Tal Hamza

Al-Mas’oodiyya

Beezaara

Al-Rihya

Rajm Al-Fayyaadh

Kawzat Al-Faras

Khirbat Zoomaan

Upper Khuwaylid

Lower Khuwaylid

Tal Aswad

Al-Abwaab

Nabhaan

Al-Shaykh Naamis

Al-Seebaatt

Al-Sikmaan

Al-‘Aatil

Al-Rasheedi

Al-Ajnaana Farms

Khirbat Al-Dibs

Lesser Mushayrifa

Kaakaa Sa’eed

Umm Al-Shawk

Tabook

Al-Mathaaleeth

Al-Khareeta

Al-Sultaaniyya

Old Tal Al-Buraak Road:  Totally secure after the ISIS rats tried to block the SAA from establishing a safe zone here.  This road is important for supplying the SAA with weapons, ammunition and food.

Al-Daawoodiyya Village:  SAA artillery annihilated ISIS vermin here.  The ISIS group tried to dislodge the SAA but failed.  Our army liberated this village back in early February 2015.

Al-Maylabiyya:  Artillery destroyed all ISIS elements here in a village about 15kms from the city.  61 rats counted dead with 14 vehicles destroyed.

Abyadh Village:  Again, SAA artillery delivered the goods 25kms west of Al-Hasaka City.

Al-Tawaareej Silos:  Northeast of the city, the SAA has liberated this area completely.  The rats escaped in a state of anarchy.

Hundreds of IEDs have now been dismantled by SAA engineers at Farfara Village, Tal Ahmad Village, Khirbat Nooraa, Tufayhiyya Village. 

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US Police Arrest Five Anti-Zionist Activists

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Al-Akhbar 

Five activists were arrested Sunday in the American capital for demonstrating outside the Washington Convention Center where the American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), a well-known pro-Israeli lobby, was holding its annual policy conference.

Believed to be one of the largest pro-Israeli gatherings, the AIPAC policy conference kicked off on Sunday, and will last for three days.

A group of protesters mobilized by an anti-war group known as CODEPINK or Women for Peace on social media under the hashtag #ShutDownAIPAC tried to block the entrance to the convention center. Several civil society organizations, including Jewish ones, joined the demonstration.

Some protesters were waving flags of Hezbollah, a Lebanese resistance movement against Israel which is listed as a “terrorist organization” by the US.

Israel occupied parts of Lebanon for 22 years until 2000 and the two countries are still technically at war.

The latest Israeli war on Lebanon in the summer of 2006 killed more than 1,200 Lebanese, most of them civilians, and 160 Israelis, most of them soldiers.

“The purpose of the rally was to draw attention to this organization’s role as a special interest lobby that maintains a dangerous stranglehold over US policies and diverts US tax dollars from American needs and into Israeli militarism,” a statement by CODEPINK read.

The activists were violently removed by police from the front of the Washington Convention Center while chanting: “Netanyahu, War Criminal! Free, Free, Palestine!”

“We’re here to say that this organization is on the path of war,” one of the protest organizers, Medea Benjamin told Anadolu news agency. … Full article

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LAPD Execute Mentally Ill Homeless Man in the Street

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By Jay Syrmopoulos 

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Los Angeles, Calif. – In a brutal display, Los Angeles police shot and killed a homeless man in front of Union Rescue Mission today, after he scuffled with officers.

A video of the event, posted on Facebook, shows numerous officers fighting with the man and eventually wrestling him to the ground where he continues to struggle against the officers.

The footage shows officers violently attacking the man with blows and then throwing him to the ground as four officers attempt to subdue him as he continues to resist the officers’ aggression.

At this point in the video, an officer can be heard yelling, “Get off my gun. Get off my gun.”

While possible that the victim went for the officer’s weapon, it must be noted that one of the tactics utilized by police, as a means of conditioning witnesses, is to yell out phrases such as “stop resisting” even if the person is doing no such thing.

Similarly, saying that someone went for the officers weapon is an accepted justification to use deadly force, and has become the default justification in many encounters where officers have killed unarmed citizens.

Suddenly a barrage of 5-6 gunshots ring out. Witnesses can be heard yelling, “Ain’t nobody got no guns!,” after the gunfire subsides.

No gun was reportedly found at the scene by police.

Witnesses on the scene named Dennis Horne, 29, the victim was a man that went by the name “Africa.”

Horne said that Africa had been arguing with someone in a tent when police arrived, reported the LA Times.

After refusing to come out of the tent after being commanded to do so by officers, cops tasered him and dragged him out, according to Horne.

“It’s sad,” Horne said. “There’s no justification to take somebody’s life.”

Ina Murphy, who lives in an apartment nearby, told the Times that Africa had arrived in the area about four or five months ago. He reportedly told her he had recently been released after spending 10 years in a mental facility.

The LA Times reported that Witness Lonnie Frank, 53, said five to six officers pulled up in three to four cars as Africa was lying face down on the sidewalk. The officers approached with guns drawn yelling, ”down, down.”

When Africa got up and started fighting, the officers “went straight to lethal force,” Franklin said.

Protests are scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. in front of the LAPD Headquarters at 100 W. First, Los Angeles.

An emergency call to action has been issued on Facebook.

The video speaks for itself. Tragically another life has been lost at the hands of law enforcement continuing the pace of one citizen killed by a cop every eight hours so far this year.

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THE CIRCUS: HOW BRITISH INTELLIGENCE PRIMED BOTH SIDES OF THE ‘TERROR WAR’!

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    by Human Melody 

    THE CIRCUS: HOW BRITISH INTELLIGENCE PRIMED BOTH SIDES OF THE ‘TERROR WAR’!

    http://www.middleeasteye.net/columns/circus-how-british-intelligence-primed-both-sides-terror-war-55293733

    “A tale of two extremists :

    After renouncing his affiliation with the Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT), Maajid Nawaz co-founded the Quilliam Foundation with his fellow ex-Hizb member, Ed Husain.

    The Quilliam Foundation was set-up by Husain and Nawaz in 2008 with significant British government financial support. Its establishment received a massive PR boost from the release of Ed Husain’s memoirs, The Islamist, which rapidly became an international bestseller, generating hundreds of reviews, interviews and articles.

    In Ed Husain’s book – much like Maajid Nawaz’s tome Radical released more recently to similar fanfare – Husain recounts his journey from aggrieved young Muslim into Islamist activist, and eventually his total rejection of Islamist ideology. Both accounts of their journeys of transformation offer provocative and genuine insights. But the British government has played a much more direct role in crafting those accounts than either they, or the government, officially admit.”

    “‘Every time there’s a terrorist attack that makes national headlines, the same talking heads seem to pop up like an obscene game of “whack-a-mole”. Often they appear one after the other across the media circuit, bobbing from celebrity television pundit to erudite newspaper outlet.

    A few years ago, BBC Newsnight proudly hosted a “debate” between Maajid Nawaz, director of counter-extremism think-tank, the Quilliam Foundation, and Anjem Choudary, head of the banned Islamist group formerly known as al-Muhajiroun, which has, since its proscription, repeatedly reincarnated itself. One of its more well-known recent incarnations was “Islam4UK”.

    Both Nawaz and Choudary have received huge mainstream media attention, generating press headlines, and contributing to major TV news and current affairs shows. But unbeknown to most, they have one thing in common: Britain’s security services. And believe it or not, that bizarre fact explains why the Islamic State’s (IS) celebrity beheader, former west Londoner Mohammed Emwazi – aka “Jihadi John” – got to where he is now.’”

  2. uhhh where’s al-CIAduh ? he should be between Nusrah and ISIS i think and then my big question is where do/will the Wahhabist fit? as well the lineage of Muslim Bros do they fit in anywhere here? (not Hamas)

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Making the World Safe for Atrocity

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By Nick Alexandrov 

Commentators marked World War I’s centenary last year with cloudy references to its “dreadful lessons” and “emotional legacies.” And the victor countries’ leaders stressed the profound sacrifice (Barack Obama) the conflict’s “generation…made for us” (David Cameron). But if these recollections are any guide, one of the war’s dark chapters has been largely forgotten.

George Bernard Shaw discussed this episode nearly a century ago, in July 1919. “We are at present at a climax of national exultation over the most magnificent military triumph in our long record of victory,” he observed. “But the splendour of the end,” he added, “had better not blind us to the grimness of the means, which were the work of our hands.” Shaw meant that England had “starved the children of Germany, and of many other lands as well.”

The starvation campaign’s centenary is next month. It was on March 1, 1915, that “Britain and France announced that they intended to expand the objectives of the naval blockade of the Central Powers to include the interdiction of food,” Alexander Downes writes in Targeting Civilians in War. This declaration followed Germany’s, on February 4, signaling the start of submarine warfare, but merely exploited the Kaiser’s pronouncement as “an excellent pretext to interdict German food imports in a way that avoided offending neutral opinion,” Downes explains.

Depicting the blockade as a response to German aggression deflected attention from British criminality. Ralph Raico writes that, “according to everyone’s interpretation of international law except Britain’s,” the expanded blockade “was illegal,” and Downes argues that “the reigning norms and laws of naval warfare—codified in the Declaration of London, negotiated by the leading naval powers in 1908-9”—forbade it. But the law proved as great an obstacle to British officials as moral concerns. Winston Churchill clarified in 1914, while First Lord of the Admiralty, that the goal with Germany was “to starve the whole population—men, women, and children, young and old, wounded and sound—into submission.” Top defense official Maurice Hankey agreed, writing in 1915 that there was no “hope to starve Germany out this year,” though “next year” looked better.

Hankey’s forecast was accurate. The war was devastating, writes Matthew Stibbe, since “Germany depended on foreign imports for around one-third of its food needs” before 1914. “Without access to imported fertilizers,” Downes notes, “the yields of German harvests declined over the course of the conflict,” falling from “4.4 million tons of wheat in 1913” to “2.5 million tons in 1918.” Furthermore, “German consumption of meat products plummeted from 1,050 grams per week in 1913 to 135 in 1918.” Exacerbating the problem, according to Hans-Jürgen Teuteberg, was that the German “state did virtually nothing to reduce the dependence on food imports.”

German suffering sharpened during the 1916-17 winter, Stibbe explains, when “ordinary civilian rations had fallen below 1,000 calories a day”—“barely sufficient for a child of two or three years old,” Britain’s official historian of the blockade elaborated. C. Paul Vincent relates the story of one Dr. Neumann, who in 1916 “performed an experiment in which he limited himself to the legally allowed food ration for an average person. After six months on this regimen, the professor had lost a third of his weight and his capacity for work had been destroyed.”

But hunger and illness brought the most ruin to women and children. Downes writes that “by 1918 the female death rate in Germany had increased 50 percent over the rate in 1913, and was also 50 percent higher than the corresponding rate in England.” “The death rate of children between the ages of one and five” jumped 50% during the war, with a 55% rise for children aged five to fifteen, according to Vincent. “The infanticide in Bethlehem was child’s play compared with the starvation of German children as a result of the three years of economic blockade,” a Berlin priest and anti-war activist remarked, surveying the wasteland. One wonders how he would have ranked President Clinton’s Iraq sanctions, estimated to have killed 500,000 children by 1995—“worth it,” in Madeleine Albright’s view.

For German survivors, withered by hunger, life reduced to a series of grim alternatives. Lina Richter told of a 16-year-old who “attempted to destroy her life by suffocation with gas, owing to despair over the home conditions,” and was then hospitalized. Evelyn, Princess Blücher conversed with a woman for whom living “on the minimum of food still possible under the circumstances was so dreadful, that she thought it would be the most sensible thing to go with her child and try to get shot in one of the numerous street-fights;” a second woman considered “turning on the gas on herself and her two small children, and putting an end to the horrors of living.”

The blockade continued after the armistice, lifting only in July 1919, by which point the excess civilian death toll was somewhere between 475,800, in historian Jay Winter’s estimate, and the official German figure of 763,000. And the U.S. had backed the starvation campaign upon entering the war. “Not given to half-measures, Wilson ensured that every loophole left open by the Allies for the potential reprovisioning of Germany was closed,” Vincent argues. Critiquing Wilson-style diplomacy, George Kennan cited its “legalistic-moralistic approach” as a chief weakness. His assertion, weighed next to Washington’s support for illegal and murderous British policy, describes the exact opposite of Wilson’s method—worth bearing in mind, given Kennan’s reputation as a “first-class strategic thinker” (John J. Mearsheimer).

Wilson’s standing as an incurable dreamer also rests on dubious assumptions. It seems obvious that his actions, publicly justified by the looming “German menace,” were the greatest wartime threat to U.S. citizens. He oversaw “one of the worst suppressions of civil liberties in the history of the United States” (Richard Striner) while taking the country into “a holy war to redeem the Old World” (Lloyd Ambrosius). “Because there had been no direct attack on the United States,” Geoffrey R. Stone adds, “the Wilson administration needed to create an ‘outraged public’ to arouse Americans to enlist,” and to this end “established the Committee on Public Information (CPI) under the direction of George Creel, a progressive journalist and public relations expert. Creel’s goal was to generate enthusiasm for the war”—to convince young men to enter a slaughterhouse, in other words.

Wade Davis details the front’s butchery with bleak poeticism, describing victims “caught on the barbed wire, drowned in mud, choked by the oily slime of gas, reduced to a spray of red mist,” their “quartered limbs hanging from shattered branches of burnt trees, bodies swollen and blackened with flies, skulls gnawed by rats, corpses stuck in the sides of trenches….” Both there and in Germany, Wilson’s liberal idealist path dead-ended at a graveyard—one of the war’s “dreadful lessons” recent commentary ignores.

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“How Dare you Say Peace is the Answer.” … Fear is a Much Better Alternative

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By Prof Michel Chossudovsky 

The following email was sent to me by a Global Research reader, widow of an American serviceman, an unspoken victim of  America’s wars.

Her response shows how effective war propaganda has become, in turning concepts up side down.

Western civilization is threatened, the ISIS bogeyman seeks World domination. Our American way of life is threatened.

She blames the enemy for the death of her husband, rather than the US government.

I offered to send her my book regarding the impacts of nuclear war. I signed my email with the words “For Peace”.

She responded by saying:  ”How dare you think peace is the answer.”

War is the solution, she says. “total annihilation is the answer. .. What we have to do is to teach nations to fear us” :

Have we become so complacent of fear that we will not use mass destruction against the Middle East. We did it against Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end all threats from  those who have no regard for other humans?  [first email]

 In response  to your email, I am a military brat  and have good experience with war.

Have you ever been to a little place called Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iran, or Iraq.  I had 6 very good friends, drafted  to Vietnam, who never returned.

I am a war widow and raised an 18 month old son, alone!!

How dare you think peace is the answer.

For countries, that threaten our way of life, war is not good enough to slap hands, total annihilation is the answer.

If we had done that,  ISIS would not be beheading people.

They are encouraging our own people to join ISIS to retaliate against America.

Are you ready to live under ISIS world domination? Remincent of a little man named Adolf Hitler, who annihilated 6 million  Jews.

If we can teach nations to fear us, then we wouldn’t  need war, then our precious military would not die on foreign soil, leaving families devastated.

Think about that. Peace, Fear is a much better alternative. [second email]

(minor editing by M.Ch.)

The Victims of War Propaganda

Her response is the product of a propaganda campaign within the US Armed Forces.

She is the victim of America’s wars, the widow of an American serviceman. She is also the victim of war propaganda which instills hatred and upholds war as the solution.

Upon reading her message,  I felt that the most important thing to do was to reach out to her, and the victims of war propaganda, provide them with concepts and information, which will enable them to know the truth about US led wars.

More broadly Americans are misinformed as to the true nature of America’s wars. “Wipe out the rest of the world to ensure the security of the American homeland.”

Going after “Islamic terrorists”, carrying out a worldwide pre-emptive war to “protect the Homeland” are used to justify a military agenda. This has become a consensus shared by millions of people. In turn, “The Global War on Terrorism” is presented as a “Clash of Civilizations”.

Evil folks are lurking. A good versus evil duality prevails, which instills in the minds of millions of people the notion that war is a humanitarian undertaking.

What is required is counter-propaganda to sensitize our fellow-citizens, with a view to confronting the stream of lies emanating from the US government and the mainstream media. This campaign should be extended to members of the Armed Forces and their families.

Spread the word far and wide.  Reverse the Tide. Obama’s “Global War on Terrorism” is Fake, it’s a criminal undertaking.

The fundamental issue, which is obfuscated by the media is that the Islamic State (ISIS) is a creation of US intelligence, which is used to destabilize and destroy sovereign countries as part of a global war of conquest.

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Rabbi accused in kidnap-divorce plot says he worked as Mafia mediator in courtroom video

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BILL DENVER/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWSRabbi Mendel Epstein is accused of participating in a group of 10 that kidnapped, tortured and threatened Jewish men into granting their wives a Get, which would allow them a divorce.

He was a real life Prodfather.

Talmudic tough Rabbi Mendel Epstein told undercover agents that he worked as a mediator in disputes with the Mafia, according to a video played in federal court on Monday.

The gangsters, he said, would clean guns in front of him to intimidate him. “But they’re not going to shoot me because I’m the golden goose,” he said.

Epstein and three co-defendants are charged with kidnapping — and even threatening with a cattle prod — men who refused to give their wives a Jewish divorce called a get .

FBI agents leave the Epstein's Brooklyn home after an investigation in October 2013.
JOHN MINCHILLO/ASSOCIATED PRESSFBI agents leave the Epstein’s Brooklyn home after an investigation in October 2013.

Epstein’s lawyer contends he was merely helping the trapped women.

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Secret Police Facility “Black Site” Discovered Inside America, Detaining & Torturing Americans

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By Jay Syrmopoulos 

Chicago, Ill. – In a startling report from the Guardian, details have been revealed about Chicago police detaining American citizens at “black sites.” These sites are similar to those used by the CIA around the world to interrogate/torture alleged terrorists.

The stunning revelation of the Chicago Police Department operating what amounts to an off-the-books interrogation facility is threatening, to say the least. The facility apparently operates outside the bounds of the U.S. Constitution, and its discovery exposes the very real and present danger of the threat posed by the police state to American freedom and liberty.

Housed in a warehouse on Chicago’s west side, Homan Square has long been the home to secretive police work. Attorneys as well as protesters, tell a tale of being systematically being denied their constitutional rights.

According to the Guardian,

Alleged police practices at Homan Square, according to those familiar with the facility who spoke out to the Guardian after its investigation into Chicago police abuse, include:

• Keeping arrestees out of official booking databases.
• Beating by police, resulting in head wounds.
• Shackling for prolonged periods.
• Denying attorneys access to the “secure” facility.
• Holding people without legal counsel for between 12 and 24 hours, including people as young as 15.

At least one man was found unresponsive in a Homan Square “interview room” and later pronounced dead.

In addition, no one is booked into Homan Square. Thus, there is no way of allowing anyone to account for their whereabouts as would typically happen at a precinct. When attorneys attempt to gain access due to a client being inside, they are summarily turned away from the “secure facility.”

“It’s sort of an open secret among attorneys that regularly make police station visits, this place – if you can’t find a client in the system, odds are they’re there,” said Chicago lawyer Julia Bartmes.

According to Chicago civil-rights attorney Flint Taylor the practices entrenched in the operation of Homan Square violate both the Fifth and Sixth Amendments of the U.S. Constitution.

“This Homan Square revelation seems to me to be an institutionalization of the practice that dates back more than 40 years,” Taylor said, “of violating a suspect or witness’ rights to a lawyer and not to be physically or otherwise coerced into giving a statement.”

According to Eliza Solowiej of Chicago’s First Defense Legal Aid, one man had his booking information changed in the central booking database.  He was then taken to Homan Square with no record of the transfer. After his stint at Homan Square, he was taken to the hospital with a head injury, and she was finally able to find him.

“He said that the officers caused his head injuries in an interrogation room at Homan Square. I had been looking for him for six to eight hours, and every department member I talked to said they had never heard of him,” Solowiej said. “He sent me a phone pic of his head injuries because I had seen him in a police station right before he was transferred to Homan Square without any.”

Then, in a case that highlights the extremely ominous nature of Homan Square, 44-year-old John Hubbard was pronounced dead on February 2, 2013 after being found “unresponsive inside an interview room.”

The Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office “could not locate any record for the Guardian indicating a cause of Hubbard’s death. It remains unclear why Hubbard was ever in police custody,” the Guardian reports.

We are clearly teetering on the brink of total despotism and violations of the Constitution. This egregious practice must be investigated and prosecuted by the Department of Justice if they hope to keep the social fabric from unraveling.

James Trainum, a retired Washington DC homicide detective, who now studies national policing issues for the Innocence Project and the Constitution Project said,

“I’ve never known any kind of organized, secret place where they go and just hold somebody before booking for hours and hours and hours. That scares the hell out of me that that even exists or might exist.”

The egregious nature of this clear and present danger to American liberty cannot be overstated. According to Tracy Siska, a criminologist and civil-rights activist with the Chicago Justice Project,

“The real danger in allowing practices like Guantánamo or Abu Ghraib is the fact that they always creep into other aspects,” Siska said.

“They creep into domestic law enforcement, either with weaponry like with the militarization of police, or interrogation practices. That’s how we ended up with a black site in Chicago.”

Revelations like this case show how easy it is for constitutional protections to be completely disregarded and how quickly the slide into tyranny can occur.

Let’s get the word out and wake people up, by sharing this article wide and far. The time has come to unite and demand the systemic changes necessary to create a more just society and sustaining liberty.

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Saudi Arabia: Blogger’s family fears he could face execution by beheading

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Ensaf Haidar(C), the wife of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, held a vigil in Montreal, Canada, on Jan 13, 2015, urging Saudi Arabia to free her husband who was flogged for "insulting Islam". - AFP/File
Ensaf Haidar(C), the wife of Saudi blogger Raif Badawi, held a vigil in Montreal, Canada, on Jan 13, 2015, urging Saudi Arabia to free her husband who was flogged for “insulting Islam”. – AFP/File

Blogger Raif Badawi, who was previously sentenced by Zio-Wahhabi court to 1,000 lashes after being convicted of insulting Islam, may now face death by beheading, his family fears.

According to a report published on The Telegraph, Badawi’s family said he has already been sentenced to public flogging and 10 years in prison, and could also be tried for apostasy which carries the death penalty.

The blogger’s case attracted worldwide condemnation when he was publicly flogged in January.

“Apostasy charge is punishable under Saudi law with the death penalty by beheading,” his family said in a message posted on Facebook.

“We also received confirmed information that the Supreme Court has referred Raif’s case to the same judge, who sentenced Raif with flogging and 10 years imprisonment. This judge is biased against Raif,” they added.

Thirty-one-year-old Badawi received the first 50 lashes in January, however the rest of his lashes have been postponed due to the injuries he suffered.

Along with a fine of £175,000, Badawi was given a jail sentence after he was convicted of insulting Islam on a liberal online forum created by him.

Badawi’s family also said he could not originally be charged with apostasy (abandoning his faith) as the criminal court could not act upon crimes that hold the death penalty. However, this changed after a new regulation was passed last year.

The family also asked if Badawi could be pardoned and allowed to travel to Canada, where his wife and three children are currently living.

“We call on the world citizens and governments not to leave Raif dragged by such bigots to death,” they added.

Although death penalty is the standard punishment for apostasy in Muslim countries, it is rarely executed, even in Saudi Arabia which carries out these sentences on a regular basis.

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