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February 15, 2015

NYT Commits Orange Jumpsuit Trademark Infringement

A New York Times piece about new Islamic State offshots infringes on the U.S. military's trademark of using orange jumpsuit when torturing prisoners by assigning that trademark to the Islamic State:

A publication released by the central group last week included a photograph of fighters in Libya with its affiliate there parading 20 Egyptian Christian captives in the Islamic State’s trademark orange jumpsuits, indicating at least a degree of communication.

This is like saying the Statue of Liberty is a trademark of the Islamic State because some of its propaganda videos depicts the Statue as falling down.

It is obvious that the orange jumpsuit trademark is fully owned by the U.S. military and has been used  by it for at least a decade now. Here is some photographic proof.

The Times suggests that the use of orange jumpsuits for prisoners by Jihadi groups is "indicating at least a degree of communication" with the Islamic State. As the trademark attribution by the NYT is wrong the correct conclusion in the NYT's logic is that the Libyan Jihadists have "at least a degree of communication" with the U.S. military.

That conclusion would also be supported by the historic fact that the U.S. in 2011 actively supported the Libyan Jihadist in overthrowing the Libyan government.

But the NYT would like you to forget that. Just like it wants you to forget that the NYT itself propagandized for the war in Iraq and that the U.S. military used the orange jumpsuits for torturing prisoners there, many of whom turned out to be not guilty of anything.

The trademark infringing NYT article itself is a shill piece to propagandize for more global war of terror and for Obama's requests to Congress to give him limitless authority to wage it. But the NYT will conveniently forget that too when the guaranteed blowback will hit home.

Posted by b on February 15, 2015 at 17:42 UTC | Permalink


i knew the usa was shipping arms around the world to terrorist groups, but i didn't know they were also shipping their orange jump suits too.. when do we get to put obama, bush, cheney and the rest of them in one of them?

Posted by: james | Feb 15 2015 18:08 utc | 1

Orange Jumpsuits, the preferred style of"US global pacification" nutters... Available in all sizes..

Posted by: Steve | Feb 15 2015 18:11 utc | 2

@1 Perhaps a designer model for the ladies.

Posted by: dh | Feb 15 2015 18:30 utc | 3

TNYT, mouthpiece of the US ruling class, is first and foremost in line of The Clash of Civilization. That narrative can be seen all over, in major and minor media outlets, when you read a comments conclusion is that the narrative has mass appealing. That's the national narrative and that's where true hate is

Second role would be to obfuscate reality of the US foreign policy which is naked to bone. Although, the White Man doesn't give dam about the West Asian Christians (brown skinned), who are precisely in precarious position because of the Western policies, they want us to believe they do care for them. Or, they want to portray “them” as a they wish, i.e. in accordance to the ruling Identity politics.

Thirdly, in light of Senate (partially published) torture report and consequences of horrific crimes, they are trying to say "they" are worst who does beheading, immolating, shot-gun executing etc.

But one thing is dealing with CG images and effect and PsyOps, and different is the Shock and Awe of Iraq and real destruction of life in Islamic world.

Posted by: neretva'43 | Feb 15 2015 19:00 utc | 4

"Just like it wants you to forget that the NYT itself propagandized for the war in Iraq."

As did Netanyahu here in 2002 (just listen to the first three min): Which he is about to do with Iran in 16 days before Congress, and the NYT will, once again, fail to report accurately, or in the interest of the American people.

Posted by: MRW | Feb 15 2015 19:08 utc | 5

A comment on the NYT this past week about Netanyahu's appearance said, and I paraphrase, my son is not going to die to get you re-eleted, Mr. Netanyahu.

Posted by: MRW | Feb 15 2015 19:10 utc | 6

John Kiriakou, supposed whistleblower and darling of the Liberal media was the CIA thug that filled most of those US orange jumpsuits, those that weren't killed, that is and we know now that most of them were innocent.

Upon his release from prison he is spouting claims that the torturers and their directors should be prosecuted but nothing about his illegal kidnapping, rendition and murder in Pakistan.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Feb 15 2015 19:12 utc | 7

b. wrote: "A New York Times piece about new Islamic State offshots .. "

Lead paragraph:

"WASHINGTON — The Islamic State is expanding beyond its base in Syria and Iraq to establish militant affiliates in Afghanistan, Algeria, Egypt and Libya, American intelligence officials assert, raising the prospect of a new global war on terror"

Two significant but utterly predicable things about this article. The sources are anonymous and unnamed U.S. officials and therefore their unsupported claims are both self-serving, and open to question. In other words, blatant propaganda, with no attempt to corroborate a single claim. I mean, they never lied to us before, did they?

And there is no note of the fact that after almost 15 years of war al Qaeda has morphed into ISIS, something an order of magnitude more deadly, as top US officials have openly declared. Only plans for more violence.

As the saying goes - to a moron with a hammer, every problem looks like a nail.

Posted by: gersen | Feb 15 2015 19:16 utc | 8

I don't understand: doesn't everybody know by now that NYT is to news/opinion as Bernie Madoff is to investment.

Posted by: rjj | Feb 15 2015 19:56 utc | 9

"Then I realized that Jews (like everyone else) tend to project their cultural symptoms on others."

from Gilad Atzmon interview.

This is key sentence. This is what the Empire is doing. But, bestiality of “exceptional nation” is unprecedented in its sickness, both internally and externally.

Posted by: neretva'43 | Feb 15 2015 20:47 utc | 10

"Fascism is an open terrorist dictatorship of the most reactionary, the most chauvinistic, the most imperialistic elements of the financial capital... Fascism is neither the government beyond classes nor the government of the petty bourgeois or the lumpen-proletariat over the financial capital. Fascism is the government of the financial capital itself. It is an organized massacre of the working class and the revolutionary slice of peasantry and intelligentsia. Fascism in its foreign policy is the most brutal kind of chauvinism, which cultivates zoological hatred against other peoples."

Posted by: neretva'43 | Feb 15 2015 20:50 utc | 11

Interpreter for 9/11 defendants at Guantanamo Bay was a CIA agent

On Monday, the military trials of five alleged 9/11 conspirators at Guantanamo Bay came to a temporary pause when it came to light that a court-appointed defense interpreter and linguist had previously worked at CIA “black sites” where the defendants had been detained and tortured.

According to the Associated Press, defendant Ramzi Binalshibh told the presiding judge that the interpreter seated next to him was someone that he and other defendants recognized from their earlier incarceration at secret CIA prisons before their transfer to the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Defense attorney Cheryl Bormann of Chicago represents Walid bin Attash, another 9/11 defendant who was present at the hearing Monday. She told the AP that Attash was “visibly shaken” to see an individual who “participated in his illegal torture” in the courtroom today.

The CIA, the NSA ... the whole alphabet soup of unconstitutional agencies need to receive the death penalty. Not the slaves who work for them but the agencies themselves.

They are monstrous, totalitarian organizations that serve no human purpose and must meet their end if democracy is to be instituted in the US and, given their reach, anywhere else in this world.

'So far' the only steps taken 'against' the CIA for its monstrous, ongoing program of tortures and preemptive assassinations is the imprisoning of John Kiriakou, the one officer who gave public notice of its crimes.

The POTUS is a CIA agent and its main protector. Does the Nihilist Nobel Peace Prize Laureate himself don his orange jumpsuit when he retires to the 'family quarters' in the Whitehouse?

Posted by: jfl | Feb 15 2015 21:13 utc | 12

"indicating at least a degree of communication"

Look at thew words the NYT uses. "Indicating" & "a degree of communication". Is there no more solid proof ?

Is the US (+ Nato)preparing for attacks on "ISIS rebels" in Libya & Egypt ?

Posted by: Willy2 | Feb 15 2015 21:26 utc | 13

Lighten up for a moment ...

Hitler finds out about Brian Williams downfall ...

Posted by: Alberto | Feb 15 2015 21:27 utc | 14

Did the propaganda posters of General Otto Perez Mollina promote the orange shirt in his "Mano Dura"election material that were symbolically connected to the Guatemalan death squads of the 1980s "and is understood to represent the [unlawful]elimination of 'undesirables' " (quote Victoria Sandford - Social cleansing in Guatemala.)?

Posted by: Jocelyn Braddell | Feb 15 2015 22:47 utc | 15

It's really the global war of terror--not by any means a war on terror. And actually, state-sponsored terror is the real "hydra-headed monster".

The sudden proliferation of Islamic State affiliates and loyalist fighters motivated the White House’s push to give Mr. Obama and his successor new authority to pursue the group wherever its followers emerge
Yes, the plan is to provide Obama, his successor, and his successor's successor, with the mother-of-all-carte blanche,--until such time as there will be a plurality of terrorists everywhere, unless (or until) the moment arrives when we are all living under a radioactive shroud.

Posted by: Copeland | Feb 15 2015 22:57 utc | 16

jfl @ 12

The CIA, the NSA ... the whole alphabet soup of unconstitutional agencies need to receive the death penalty. Not the slaves who work for them but the agencies themselves.

I agree but your statement hasn't delved deeply enough to the corrupt soul and source of these monsters. i.e. Industrial capitalism and the myth of unlimited growth in a finite universe and egoic selfishness as the moral ideal to subdue, conquer and then dominate universally. I also agree that the slaves are but deluded and brainwashed dupes who shouldn't be so sentenced.

I'm wouldn't be so generous with the conscious agents of the engines of domination and would extend the same retribution to them as was meted out at Nuremberg.

Posted by: juannie | Feb 15 2015 23:03 utc | 17

Alberto | Feb 15, 2015 4:27:48 PM | 14

Thanks for that Alberto. Maybe no longer original but those take offs on that scene continue to amuse.

Posted by: ToivoS | Feb 15 2015 23:48 utc | 18

@Alberto #14:

I had a feeling that you were referring to that clip. But the best Downfall spoofs are the geek ones. Still, that video does have some great lines, for example: "That's like confusing whether or not you were ever mauled by a tiger!" Of course, a principal aspect of the humor in these spoofs is that Hitler actually comes across as sounding more reasonable than the contemporary mainstream.

But that spoof also shows how deep down Obama has sunk America. Republicans actually have a better sense of humor now than Democrats.

Here is what I take to be the canonical Downfall spoof, because it actually refers to the movie and its copyright owner objecting to the spoofs:

Hitler, as "Downfall" producer, orders a DMCA takedown

Lock down the TVs. Lock down all the computers
My producer, that would shut Linux and all the real innovators out of media.
Screw them. If they don't run Windows, who cares?

And here's a video I ran across as I was searching for that one:

Hitler Windows 7 Upgrade Installation Rant - switches to Linux Desktop

Posted by: Demian | Feb 16 2015 0:10 utc | 19


'... the corrupt soul and source of these monsters. i.e. Industrial capitalism and the myth of unlimited growth in a finite universe and egoic selfishness as the moral ideal to subdue, conquer and then dominate universally '

Yeah, I forgot to mention that. Thanks for amending the rant. Except hold the 'dominate'. Has bad connotations. Same with the Nuremberg nooses.


I haven't seen many of these but this one is good. Get's one's attention, doesn't it? "Slate? and Salon?' too.

ISIL releases video, claims execution of 21 Egyptian Christians

The picture on this one gets one's attention, as well. Wait! ... is that Guantanamo?! ... oh ... no, its 'just' Libya.

I guess the CIA has orange jumpsuits for all. Terror is the color of the orange revolution.

Posted by: jfl | Feb 16 2015 0:18 utc | 20

US threatens military intervention as UN warns of “disintegration” in Yemen

“Yemen is collapsing before our eyes. We cannot stand by and watch. The current instability is creating conditions which are conducive to a reemergence of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP),” Moon said.

“The bottom line is increased danger to the United States homeland,” House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, a Republican, said in comments cited by Fox News. The Houthi takeover “makes it easier for them [AQAP] to plot and plan against us,” Thornberry said.

A C-5-full of devastation, death, and orange jumpsuits for the surviving Houthi of Yeman is on the way. It'll all fall under the new!, improved!! now more purposefully under-specified!!! AUMF that all the Congress stooges are going to 'hold their noses' and ratify.

"It's increased danger to the United States homeland." 'Homeland' is a NAZI term, now part of the US official lexicon for a decade and a half. Now the 'homeland' has eaten Europe and the Middle East and Central Asia and is opening wide to swallow Russia.

Makes me want to puke every time I hear it. When it comes to Lebensraum 'my' USA has become NAZI Germany on steroids.

Posted by: jfl | Feb 16 2015 0:36 utc | 21

Drone Strikes and the Sanitization of Violence

According to Reprieve, a stunning 28 innocent people have been killed for every known terrorist or militant felled by a drone strike. The report echoes recent data of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism (BIJ), which managed to identify 704 of the 2,904 drone victims who were killed before October 2014 and found that just 10 percent were members of an armed group.

Yellow jumpsuits are not the only items trademarked by the USA that are routinely described as having another provenance ... terror itself is number 1.

Posted by: jfl | Feb 16 2015 6:16 utc | 22


For those of you who haven't enjoyed living next to one of USA's apparently 1000 now overseas military bases, armories, forts and FOBs, or haven't moved into a small service community around the military bases inside the US, wow, have they got a surprise for you!!

Sold to local authorities as a Homeland Depot public messaging system, Giant Voice™ are just that, giant speakers on top of towers arrayed around the community. Now again, these are sold as public address systems, in the event of an emergency, but here's what you get.

Every morning at 08:00, all around the world, even if you're inside your home with all the windows shut, you hear this gynormous 'clik'. Then you can almost see the needle drop into the grooves, and if you're on the base, that's your clik signal to turn towards WADC-NOVA, stand stock-still as a post, and place your hand over your heart, because, you know, you are showing allegiance to your OberFuehrers.

Then it begins, like Ring of the Valkyrie, echoing across the sleepy village communities:

"Ohhhhhhh, Say Can You Seeeeeeeeeee, Seeeeeeeeeeeee, Seeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, ...
By the Dawn's Early Liiiiiiiiiight, Liiiiiiiiiight, Liiiiiiiiiight, ..."

That's the Sound of Freedom™, my friends, even on a Sunday when folks are all in church,
because the Islamic Jihadis don't recognize Sunday. They're Fridayists of the worst kind.

Now this is all at just $650B a year bleed. Imagine what they'll do when they get to a $T?!
Because you can never be too thin, too good looking, or too parrotidiotic in the USA. " )

Posted by: ChipNikh | Feb 16 2015 9:30 utc | 23


The 'myth of unlimited growth in a finite universe' is a trope used by the wreckers. It's not real. The 'unlimited growth' engine is just the symptom of the underlying disease, the same as an over-reving engine is the symptom of the hidden jackboot. Their goal is unlimited and never-ending growth of perpetual debt, and the Vampire are doing very well there, thank you.

Posted by: ChipNikh | Feb 16 2015 10:08 utc | 24

#24 "They're Fridayists of the worst kind."

What that mean??
Sixth Day Adventists, or something sinister-er?

Posted by: Hoarsewhisperer | Feb 16 2015 14:10 utc | 25

Trivia dpt. not on orange, but on black.

Orange is an extremely special color, not to be treated without deep thought, caution, and ponderous analysis ;) Takes time..

On the side of the dominators:

Hugo Boss was Hitler’s couturier. He designed for ex. the SS black uniform, the Hitler youth gear (muted colors), amongst other creations. Nazi propaganda and media, cultural control and invention was extremely sophisticated and modern and is copied by everyone. Leni Riefenstahl is but a high-class and trivial example. Wiki potted history:

Today (one pic, hope it works, it’s the top flag on the EU site today):

Yesterday (one pic via deviant art, google will provide many others):

There must be a lesson there.

Posted by: Noirette | Feb 16 2015 20:13 utc | 26

The "Syrian activists" have made a picture of a great taste, showing exactly where they stand in matter of political opinion. Having kids in a cage wearing orange jumpsuits to cry on their own date, how insane.

Posted by: Mina | Feb 16 2015 21:56 utc | 27

Orange jumpsuits are not limited to US Army or IS, they are the most popular color of jail/prison wear in the US which explains why they are so easy to get. Now if we could only get the previous administration into them! They don't even need to bring their tailor's for a fitting - only 2 sizes - too large and too small.

WOW @ 7 - ?? link? supporting info? I haven't heard about that one.

Posted by: sillybill | Feb 16 2015 22:23 utc | 28


Look up his wiki or his recent appearance on Democracy Now, he is quite proud of his work in Pakistan. If you can find it go listen or read his supposed whistleblowing interview from 2007 where he claimed it took only 30 seconds and one waterboarding to break the AQ fellow who was actually WBed 83 times.

He did say the US had tortured prisoners, which many people were saying, but he revealed he never witnessed any torture.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Feb 16 2015 22:48 utc | 29

jfl #20

Except hold the 'dominate'. Has bad connotations.

I'm not sure just what those connotations are jfl. I know that we are dominated (subjugated) by those real rulers/dominators (top .001%) who, at the top of the financial and economic pyramid, control most all the subsistence resources on the planet right now. If you are so inclined (if not that's ok), please educate me as to what your thoughts are around this. I'll let the "Nuremberg nooses" rest as I can surmise the sense of your admonition.

ChipNikh # 17

The 'myth of unlimited growth in a finite universe' is a trope used by the wreckers. It's not real. The 'unlimited growth' engine is just the symptom of the underlying disease, the same as an over-reving engine is the symptom of the hidden jackboot. Their goal is unlimited and never-ending growth of perpetual debt,
I think I get your gist Chip. I also see the underlying and facilitating disease as the perpetual debt foisted upon the world by those who create money with accounting entries in their books and then reap usury from the phantoms they have created in the form of loans. But the usury has to be paid back from real wealth whether from human production or on drains from planetary resources. Those resources are finite and their debt-Ponzi-schemes drain those resources in the payback. The unlimited growth in a finite universe is still real even if used as a trope.

Posted by: juannie | Feb 16 2015 23:16 utc | 30

thanx, I should have done that first

Posted by: sillybill | Feb 17 2015 0:47 utc | 31


If you look closely at Kiriakou's 2007 interview especially its timing and effects it becomes clear that it was a CIA authorized limited hangout. Two weeks before its airing the Rodrigues Torture Tapes story was plastered across the MSM and KIriakou's story provided the perfect diversion and talking points for both sides of the torture debate. The Liberal press got a hero whistleblower while torture supporters got proof that torture works neither of which were valid. Kiriakou only rejected torture because it was bad for US/CIA PR not that it was illegal or evil and he still makes that point.

Posted by: Wayoutwest | Feb 17 2015 16:47 utc | 33

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