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June 14, 2009

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Posted by b on June 14, 2009 at 02:18 AM | Permalink


Feud, falsehoods sparked US Afghan attack

LONDON (AP) — A British television report to be broadcast on Monday says American forces who killed scores of people last August in Azizabad, western Afghanistan, attacked the village on the basis of false allegations inspired by a blood feud with a neighboring community.

An hour-long, in-depth documentary, previewed by The Associated Press and to be broadcast by Channel 4, includes scenes from a Herat provincial court trial in which a leader from the rival village was sentenced to death for murder for having given false information leading to the deaths of 91 innocent Azizabad civilians.

Despite that court ruling, the U.S. Central Command maintains its position that the Americans killed 22 Taliban fighters, along with only 33 civilians.

The British broadcaster will also report that U.S. Special Forces are not cooperating with local police seeking three men from Kalask, the rival village, in the torture death of an Azizabad man. The suspects are guards at the U.S. base in nearby Shindand.

The report's producer-director and narrator, Tom Roberts, says provincial officials believe U.S. forces have taken sides in the inter-village feud, which apparently stems from competition for Shindand base jobs.

Posted by: b | Jun 14, 2009 5:33:44 AM | 1

What Can You Do With Government Data? Bust Politicians, That's What

Go get em kids!

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Jun 14, 2009 6:59:35 AM | 2

John Yoo Ordered to Testify!

crushing the testicles of the person's child

John Woo was ordered to come up with a legal justification for torturing people, and rather than resign on the spot in total human disgust.... Not, "Hey John, is this legal?"... More like "John. Make this legal. Thanks, W."

Somebody revoke Cheney's passport before he mysteriously relocates to some country without extradition laws.

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Jun 14, 2009 7:23:04 AM | 3

McChrystal, Copper Green, Torture and Assassination

Check out this great Esquire article about the torture occupation of Iraq and new Afghan boss McChrystal’s role. How’d I miss this in ‘06?

Muriel Kane wonders whether McChrystal ran Cheney’s global assassination hit squads.>

Hersh: "…let's say Yemen, let's say Peru, let's say Colombia, let's say Eritrea, let's say Madagascar, let's say Kenya, countries like that…"

Thanks to Douglas Valentine.

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Jun 14, 2009 8:02:16 AM | 4

The Torture Trap: Can Obama Really Ease Up?

New US Commander in Afghanistan Assembles Team of Assassins

Another Bloody Holy Warrier given Special Dispensation to murder at-will on 'reasonable probability', which covers a MULTITUDE of real-world gray-zone highly 'iffy' Killshots more-or-less carte-blanc -- essentially, semi-formalizing the CIA/covert ops LONG history of waging death-and-murder waaaay behind-the-scenes throughout the world (including the contiguous North American Continent); Key feature of America's high-minded exceptionalism taken to its logical conclusion, along with the whole host of Secret Agent bag of tricks ie. torture with cattle prods, electric telephone generators, razors, 'heart failure @ 3500 feet', gunpowder enemas, semi-simulated drownings in water or excrement, dog bites, etc.

Waaay To Go, ObAmA!

Re: Pepsified thinker: CIA co-option of Human Rights Watch has numerous payolas, namely controlling WHICH crises get attention, how much, from which angle, allocation or resources, budgets, assignments, policies, etc. C'mon, you KNEW all that, right? Just like all those 'democracy building' agencies and like that, ie. NED, and how they 'facilitate' representative governments in 3rd world nations like Guatamala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras -- lest organized peasants challenge the perks and priveleges of the Status Quo. Clever, eh?

In fact, I guess THAT'S the genius (if ya' can call it that) of the US's Spook Agencies & State Dept, co-opting or infilitrating or creating/managing just about EVERY opposition group there is to one's vested-interest coalitions. Keeps one's fingers in EVERY pie, buying-off all the competition.

Talk about taking one's paranioa SERIOUSLY!!! Human Rights Watch is given just enough 'independence' and leeway to preserve an impression of objective credibility -- but the critique is seriously compromised and selective attention is Job One, followed by Damage Control.

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Jun 14, 2009 8:05:55 AM | 5

b @ 1
This happened repeatedly in Vietnam, where the military would be tipped off that there were Viet Cong hiding in this house or village and needed to be bombed, and it was really just a personal feud. What a way to get out of debt or to get even with a rival.

Posted by: ensley | Jun 14, 2009 10:04:47 AM | 6

War Porn! Get your war porn! (Shouted in the cadence of ball park franks at a ball game)

Tactical Corsets "Tactical gear is no longer an all boys club. Tactical Corsets bring female operators MILSPEC features like MOLLE modular pouch attachment webbing and self-adjustable quick-release buckles in a load-bearing carrier designed to support the female form."

Get your summer fashion! accessorize militarize* today!

I guess fascism is now sexy...

* [we] ..."have already been in a permanent state of war since the late 1930s. ~Anthropologist, Catherine Lutz

Posted by: Uncle $cam | Jun 14, 2009 10:22:16 AM | 7

Uncle @6
Wow! This is really going to appeal to the S&M crowd, which I guess is the focus market for the product.

Posted by: ensley | Jun 14, 2009 10:48:17 AM | 8

Netanyahu seeks 'demilitarised Palestine'

The US has put pressure on Mr Netanyahu to accept a "two-state" solution. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced he will back a Palestinian state - but only if it is completely demilitarised.

He said a Palestinian state must accept the existence of Israel and must have no army, no control of its air space and no way of smuggling in weapons.

I thought the two-state solution the UN ordered 40 years ago was for two viable states. Sorry, but a Palestine which cannot defend itself, have an airport or a maritime port is not a viable state, especially with an enemy bent on annihilating it right next door. This is what the Palestinians have right now. How is Netanyahu's position an improvement?

Posted by: ensley | Jun 14, 2009 2:20:15 PM | 9

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