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17 years ‘War on Terror’

Seventeen years after the September 11 terror attacks, German government advisors are calling for a re-evaluation of the ongoing “War on Terror.” Continue reading

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Chile’s top media mogul conspired with CIA to carry out 1973 coup, documents reveal

The role of the monopoly media to disinform

El Mercurio coverage often praised the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet and denied human rights abuses such as forced disappearances.

El Mercurio coverage often praised the military dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet and denied human rights abuses such as forced disappearances | EFE / teleSUR

The CIA paid a major Chilean newspaper to discredit President Allende and support the Pinochet dictatorship.

Agustin Edwards Eastman, the owner of the largest media conglomerate in Chile who died Monday, and his conservative media establishment were crucial to the CIA-backed operation to oust socialist President Salvador Allende in a coup in 1973 and install a military dictatorship, declassified documents have revealed.  Continue reading

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New York Times publishes article on torture in Guantánamo prison

It continues, asserting: “A disturbingly high number of these men were innocent, or were low-level fighters who posed so little threat that they were eventually released without charge. Yet despite assurances from lawyers in the Department of Justice that “enhanced interrogation techniques” should have no negative long-term effects, The Times found that many of the men still suffer from paranoia, psychosis, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder related to their abuse. They have flashbacks, nightmares and debilitating panic attacks. Some cannot work, go outside, or speak to their families about what they went through.

“One doctor compared the psychiatric disorders he saw among the former detainees to what military doctors observed in former American prisoners of war after they came home from Vietnam, Korea and the Second World War.

“Suleiman Abdullah Salim, one of the men profiled by The Times, was an itinerant Tanzanian laborer whose only crime was being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He spent five years in American custody, during which he was hung from chains for days, slammed against a wall, waterboarded with ice water, placed in a coffin-size box — all to extract information that he never possessed.
“They always asked the same questions,” he said. “I say, ‘I don’t know.’ They say, ‘You know.’ Same question, same answer, and two guys would beat you, and same question, and they beat you.”
“It’s no surprise that this sort of treatment — whatever euphemisms are used to hide its true nature — would result in such long-term harm.
“The question now is whether anyone will be held to account for the damage wrought by one of the most depraved periods in American history. For years, the government successfully thwarted lawsuits by claiming the state-secrets privilege. But after the Senate issued its 2014 report on the C.I.A.’s use of torture, confirming that many of the worst brutalities had in fact occurred, Mr. Salim, together with another former detainee and the family of a third, filed a lawsuit against the two psychologists, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, who were contracted by the C.I.A. to develop and run the interrogation programs.”

The editorial concludes by noting that “In April, a federal judge in Washington State refused to throw out the lawsuit, and allowed the plaintiffs to depose top C.I.A. officials who held high-ranking positions when the “enhanced interrogation” program was carried out. This case could provide the first-ever opportunity for the justice system to reckon directly with the brutal legacy of the government’s torture policies.”

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Anniversary of introduction of Bill C-51, Anti-Terrorism Act 2015

Liberals’ defence of secret police powers, privilege and impunity does not bode well. Renewal Update

Just over one year ago on January 30, 2015 the Harper government introduced Bill C-51, legislation which sanctions black ops and state terror against Canadians as well as other peoples abroad. The bill was acknowledged by broad sections of Canadian society, from workers, Indigenous peoples, intellectuals and experts as being in contempt of the rule of law. It generated broad discussion among all sections of the people as to its meaning and what could be done. Continue reading

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An exposé of Israeli war crimes in Lebanon: impunity

One Norwegian officer left Lebanon with a typed report on torture taped to his chest, ROBERT FISK recounts in a commentary on Odd Karsten Tveit’s latest book, Goodbye Lebanon: Israel’s First Defeat. Continue reading

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Obama’s unfulfilled Gitmo promise

Five years after his election, the U.S. President has not closed the prison on the illegally held Guantánamo Naval Base Continue reading

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St. John’s Telegram on MacKay’s double-dealing

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” — George Orwell

Massive protest against closure of Marine Rescue Coordination Centre, St. John’s, NFLD, June 26, 2011.

Massive protest against closure of Marine Rescue Coordination Centre, St. John’s, NFLD, June 26, 2011.

Editorial entitled ‘A rebuttal’ published on May 10, 2013

THE editorial in this space last Friday (“To the rescue,” May 3) questioned whether any meaningful changes to search and rescue services can be expected from Defence Minister Peter MacKay. The reason? MacKay has a tendency to say one thing and do another.

The minister’s communications director, Jay Paxton, responded with a letter in which he described said editorial as “partisan drivel.” It is not unusual for a person charged with partisan duties to see all contrary argument as partisan in itself. It matters not which foot the shoe is on. Continue reading

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Harper dictatorship: More sweeping powers for security agencies to engage in black ops and act with impunity

100630-WindsorG20PoliceBrutalityDemo-01Combating Terrorism Act receives Royal Assent. The alleged ‘Via Rail plot’ or the so-called U.S.-Canadian Operation Smooth “served to divert attention from the sweeping arbitrary and secret powers the Harper dictatorship has given Canadian and U.S. security authorities,” notes the TML Weekly Information Project in a special edition exposing state terrorism.

ON APRIL 24 Bill S-7, An Act to Amend the Criminal Code, the Canada Evidence Act and the Security of Information Act, also known as the Combating Terrorism Act, was passed by the Harper government with the support of the Liberals by a vote of 183 to 93. Because it was first introduced in the Senate rather than the House of Commons, it was not required to return to the Senate for review. The next day it received Royal Assent and became law.

The final reading debate on the legislation on April 22 was accompanied by the Harper dictatorship’s announcement that Canadian authorities, working closely with the FBI, had arrested two men suspected of conspiring to derail a Via Rail train on a section of train track between Toronto and New York. In this way the stage was set for a debate in the media on the obvious coincidence of the timing of the alleged plot and to justify the legislation. All of it has also served to divert attention from the sweeping arbitrary and secret powers the Harper dictatorship has given Canadian and U.S. security authorities. Continue reading

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Hunger strikers at U.S. concentration camp now number 100

Citizens for Legitimate Government – THE official number of hunger strikers in its detention centre in the illegally-occupied Guantánamo Naval Base reached 100 on Saturday — three more than the day before. Twenty of the detainees are receiving enteral feeds, five of whom are being observed in a detainee hospital. Lawyers for the detainees contest the official numbers, saying that some 130 prisoners are actually taking part in the protest. The hunger strike began around February 6, when detainees claimed prison officials searched their copies of the Koran for contraband, according to their attorneys. Prisoners are also protesting their extrajudicial incarceration at the prison.

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Hunger strike in U.S. concentration camp

BBC – EIGHTY-FOUR of the 166 prisoners held at the U.S. detention centre in the illegally-occupied Guantánamo Naval Base are now on hunger strike, U.S. military officials admit. “The prisoners are protesting against their indefinite detention. Most are being held without charge. Sixteen of the 84 prisoners are being force-fed and five are being treated in hospital. None has a life-threatening condition, according to the military. The hunger strike started in February and has grown rapidly in recent weeks. The number of strikers last Wednesday was 52 and by Friday had reached 63.”

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UN criticizes U.S. concentration camp on Guantánamo Naval Base

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UN criticizes U.S. concentration camp on Guantánamo Naval Base

100222-USDCWitnessAgainstTorture-01cropUNITED NATIONS.— The United Nations has criticized the U.S. government for maintaining its detention centre in the illegally-occupied Guantánamo Naval Base, despite assurances it would be closed. In addition, it called on Washington to allow a UN Human Rights Commission delegation to visit the prison, with free and open access and the possibility of speaking in private with the prisoners. Continue reading

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Obamacare: Another torture prison

Solitary Watch – THE Obama Administration’s 2014 budget request for the Department of Justice, released this week, confirms that the federal government will open a second ultra-secure supermax prison within the next two years. Continue reading

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Obama has charged more people under Espionage Act than all former U.S. presidents combined

President Obama has now charged seven people with violations of the Espionage Act. All previous presidents in American history combined only charged three people with violating the Espionage Act. And the Espionage Act is a WWI-era act that was meant to deter German saboteurs during that First World War. And now it is being used to silence critics of the government.

But so far all seven of these cases that have made their way into a courtroom have either collapsed of have been dismissed, including mine. All of the three espionage charges against me were dropped.

So, I think frankly the Obama administration is cheapening the Espionage Act. The Espionage Act should be used to prosecute spies and traitors, not to prosecute whistleblowers or people who are exercising their first amendment right to free speech.

From an interview in Russia Today with John Kiriakou, a former CIA agent and torture whistleblower. Kiriakou is now awaiting a summons to start a prison sentence. One of the first to confirm the existence of Washington’s waterboarding program, he was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in jail for revealing the name of an undercover agent. The first person to be convicted with regards to the torture program is the man who shed light on it.

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The significance of Obama’s second presidency: Obama’s outlaw state

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Can the world survive the Obama drone war doctrine?

ONE OF THE MAIN FEATURES of Obama’s second term in office will be the unfettered promotion of his so-called drone war doctrine. This is the reliance of U.S. imperialism on drones to conduct targeted assassinations, coupled with use of black ops to foment civil wars, mayhem and chaos. This is a desperate hope born out of anarchy that the U.S. can prevail over its rivals, including both competitors amongst the imperialist powers and against developing nations’ intent on making a way for themselves and against the peoples of the world fighting for their right to be.

The Obama drone war doctrine contends that the security of the United States and its empire-building project can be achieved through the destruction of individual and collective rights at home and abroad. This conception is false and doomed to failure as it runs counter to the trend of history towards the affirmation of individual and collective rights. The security of any modern nation lies in the fight for the rights of all both nationally and internationally. Continue reading

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The war on Palestinian soccer: Free Mahmoud Sarsak

On June 10, Palestinian national soccer team member Mahmoud Sarsak completed 8y days of a grueling hunger-strike. He had sustained the strike despite the fact that nearly 2,000 Palestinian inmates had called off their own 28-day hunger strike weeks ago. See article posted on the Friendship First, Competition Second Amateur Sport website, http:/amateursport.wordpress.com

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The massive Palestinian hunger strike

Heroic Palestinian hunger strikers win concessions on unjust detention and ill-treatment of prisoners. As of May 1 there were 4,635 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, including 308 on administrative detention, seven women, 218 children and some two dozen members of the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC).

Protest outside Ramleh prison in support of hunger striking prisoners, May 3, 2012.

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Valiant resistance of Palestinian prisoners condemned to indefinite detention

ON APRIL 17, on Palestine Prisoners Day and at the very moment the Israeli Zionist occupation regime in the West Bank released the Palestinian administrative detainee and hunger striker Khader Adnan (as agreed back in February), hundreds of other Palestinians held by the occupier in administrative detention launched an open-ended mass hunger strike. NATHAN J. FREEMAN in TML Daily reports that this mass action is aimed against the Israeli occupier, against its fascist policy of administrative detention and against the collaboration of the Palestinian National Authority (PA) in handing “wanted persons” in the West Bank over to the occupier.

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Did Hillier’s ‘murderers and scumbags’ comment encourage Canadian arrests of innocent Afghans?

Reporting from the inaugural Halifax International Security Forum, BRUCE WARK* reports that Canadian General Rick Hillier avoided questions of his personal responsibility for the alleged torture of prisoners. Imperialist conferences such as this do solve problems but only contribute to the insecurity faced by the peoples. They lower the norms of human conduct that now pervades international relations. In line with the warmongering agenda of the conference, both Hillier and US Senator John McCain advocated that “US President Obama sends in thousands more troops to establish security.” Continue reading

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