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Reverse the decision to grant immunity to George W Bush and the members of his administration who planned the Iraq War

We ask the Obama administration to reverse its decision to grant Westfall immunity to George W Bush. The Bush administration committed serious war crimes and needs to be brought to justice in a court of law. The Obama Administration should be aiding the plaintiffs in this case, not trying to obstruct justice. Instruct Attorney General Holder to reverse this decision immediately.

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Sunday, September 14, 2014

Iraq War Inquiry Final Report ‘might be after {their} election’

Chilcot report on Iraq war ‘might be after election’
14 September 2014 - The Chilcot inquiry into the Iraq war is still making fresh requests for the release of classified government papers, suggesting that its report is unlikely to be published before the general election.

Government sources say Sir John Chilcot and his team are still filing a “steady stream” of requests asking civil servants to declassify documents that he wants to quote in his report – meaning it is still being written.

So far the inquiry has cost more than £9m including £1.5m in the last financial year, even though it was not sitting. Senior politicians and officials fear it will not be published before December at the earliest and warn that if it is not ready by the end of February it may have to be delayed until after the election.

A spokesman for the inquiry confirmed yesterday that the process of Maxwellisation, whereby Sir John will warn those he intends to criticise, has not started. That process is expected to take at least two months.

Civil servants had believed the report was close to being signed off and published at the end of May when Sir John struck a deal with Sir Jeremy Heywood, the Cabinet Secretary, to allow some cabinet papers and the “gist” of Tony Blair’s conversations with George W Bush before the war to be published. read more>>>

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
Released will carry private communications between GWBush and TBlair, like this already released: TB said there was a danger the Tories would see this as their chance to get rid of him … Bush said they would make it clear to the Tories that if they moved to get rid of TB "we will get rid of them".

* * * Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It * * *

24 April 2014 - Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War promoted terrorism rather than reducing it and was a “strategic failure”, according to a major new report which estimated the cost of all UK conflicts since the end of the Cold War.
The Royal United Services Institute said the UK could face a bill of nearly £65bn, once the cost of long-term care for injured veterans was factored in, with most of the money was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study, called Wars in Peace, said both conflicts were largely “strategic failures” for the UK, The Guardian reported."

Saturday, September 13, 2014

The 'chickenhawks' of Congress Who Represent the 'Poser Patriots'

Showing, once again, their True Concern, their special interests heavily financed jobs, especially conservatives!

Not those extremely very few who serve sent into harms way, as Military Personal, leaving Families behind, already taking deadly actions!

It's just so easy to use them tough hawkish words, especially for war rubber stamper bush conservatives, then stand up and fulfill their responsibility and show the wishes of those they represent, conservatives standard line "The American people want...........", attacking the Executive and Commander in Chief, this one especially, after dumping All the blowback onto them, in their continued total obstruction, like the Veterans Affairs budgets for decades and wars of, on everything!!

09/12/14 - US announces war without declaring it

Why the concern what it's called?!

Whatever they are you, the 99%plus served, get them for FREE, No Sacrifice nor No Demand For through your Representatives, everyone does!

Except the very very few sent into and their families, even if they come back alive!!!!

12 September 2014 - Rachel Maddow reports that the White House, Pentagon, and State Department are all using the word “war” to describe military operations against ISIS, despite insisting just a day ago that they are merely counterterrorism operations.

These recent long deadly occupations, which laid the foundation of what's followed, after the country cheered with the growing drum beats to abandon the missions and those sent to accomplish so Quickly after 9/11, have cost anyone anything, two tax cuts especially for the wealthy and All rubber stamped war costs on the credit card!!

Not only that but, DeJa-Vu all over again and for decades and wars of, the responsibility those 99%plus served hasn't been fully funded, actually extremely grossly underfunded, the Veterans Administration. As those served find it extremely easy to either ignore the costly issues from or outright deny many even exist and their representatives give them what they want so they son't have to Sacrifice as they wave the Poser Patriotic flags at parades and such!!!!!!

Oh and in these times and what's happening them reps are probably Not going to Vote, either House, till after the Elections, but till then they'll blame Obama and like you carrying them tea buckets comment from folks like 'Nam brother Kerry!!

Them VA Budgets, with the constant decades of conservative obstruction, are mostly borrowed, that's what deficits bring!!

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
Released will carry private communications between GWBush and TBlair, like this already released: TB said there was a danger the Tories would see this as their chance to get rid of him … Bush said they would make it clear to the Tories that if they moved to get rid of TB "we will get rid of them".

* * * Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It * * *

24 April 2014 - Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War promoted terrorism rather than reducing it and was a “strategic failure”, according to a major new report which estimated the cost of all UK conflicts since the end of the Cold War.
The Royal United Services Institute said the UK could face a bill of nearly £65bn, once the cost of long-term care for injured veterans was factored in, with most of the money was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study, called Wars in Peace, said both conflicts were largely “strategic failures” for the UK, The Guardian reported."

Effort to rescue Foley and Sotloff was larger than Bin Laden raid
September 12, 2014 - The fighting force deployed to rescue journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff was made up of roughly 70 to 80 U.S. commandos, a much larger group than the one which killed Osama Bin Laden. While it appears the two Americans had once been held at the raid location, they were apparently moved prior to the operation. David Martin reports.

"Other westerners, including Americans, are being held, complicating any strikes into Syria"

Sen. Bernie Sanders told Conservatives: “If you can’t afford to take care of your veterans, than don’t go war. These people are bearing the brunt of what war is about, We have a moral obligation to support them.” February, 26th, 2014
Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from! As well as under deficits most of the, grossly under funded, VA budget is still borrowed thus added, problem creating, costs that shouldn't exist!

“We are dealing with veterans, not procedures—with their problems, not ours.” —General Omar Bradley, First Administrator of the Veterans Administration

VA Needs “Tens of Thousands” More Personnel


Thursday, September 11, 2014

ISIS: If Boehner And McCain are serious, Demand A Vote!!

Today!! Not tomorrow or next week or next month, Today!!

No matter how much you miss being dictated to and readily rubber stamping All wanted, policies, lives and treasure, by the bushco, Congress is a separate branch of Government directly Representing All those you're elected to serve, whether they wanted to hire you or not, and you are charged in that job hired to perform is to speak and vote for All those you represent by actual majority of same, not the majority who voted for you but the majority as to the different issues faced, and stop this conservative 'the american people want!' crap as it shows you aren't listen or paying attention to the American people, not strictly political party, especially failed, policies!!

Obama to cautious?

Well lets see here, have yet heard Congress Demand the Country Served Sacrifice, i.e. haven't heard the 99plus% served who they represent demand same, and pay for any actions as well as the long term results from!!

President Obama: How We're Responding to the ISIL Threat
09/10/14 - Good evening,

I just addressed the nation about what the United States will do with our friends and allies to degrade and destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL.

Let’s be clear: While this group may call itself the "Islamic State," it is not "Islamic." No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL's victims have been Muslim. Nor is it a "state." It is not recognized by any government, nor by the people it subjugates.

This is nothing but a terrorist organization with no vision or goal other than to slaughter all who stand in its way. While we have not yet detected specific plotting against our homeland, these terrorists have threatened America and our allies. And the United States will meet this threat with strength and resolve.

Already, our military has conducted more than 150 successful airstrikes over the past month against ISIL targets in Iraq -- strikes that have protected American personnel and facilities, killed hundreds of ISIL fighters, and helped save the lives of thousands of innocent men, women, and children.

Going forward, our objective is clear: We will degrade, and ultimately destroy, ISIL through a comprehensive and sustained counterterrorism strategy.

Here is what that strategy looks like. read more>>>

Not expecting them war rubber stampers of bushco, with almost full media support,, especially conservatives, to do so. We haven't paid for anything after abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish so quickly after 9/11. As they also follow the long conservative lines of attacking and laying all blame on the mostly dedicated VA personal of not new 'scandals' Rep. Miller can drum up that have existed for decades, especially the still decade plus and two more wars of choice, with this Administration and it's Cabinet the only Government Branch consistently doing to help the grossly under funded VA!!

Do NOT Listen to Dick Cheney

Talk tough war drum beating got us into the present situations, and congress is a huge part of causing!!

Obama is doing almost exactly what the bushco should have done after 9/11 and the almost full support from around the planet.

Building a coalition of not only countries but the intel communities of same to work in concert and as a law enforcement/military body to take on the al Qaeda of the time with follow through if Pakistan was willing to go along as they should have done with bin Laden, to isolate them as well!

09/10/14 - Sen. Sanders urges caution, planning on ISIS
Senator Bernie Sanders reacts to President Obama’s address on the U.S. against ISIS, praising the president’s measured pace and cites the war in Vietnam and the Bush/Cheney administration’s war in Iraq as reasons to be cautious starting military ventures.

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
Released will carry private communications between GWBush and TBlair, like this already released: TB said there was a danger the Tories would see this as their chance to get rid of him … Bush said they would make it clear to the Tories that if they moved to get rid of TB "we will get rid of them".

* * * Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It * * *

24 April 2014 - Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War promoted terrorism rather than reducing it and was a “strategic failure”, according to a major new report which estimated the cost of all UK conflicts since the end of the Cold War.
The Royal United Services Institute said the UK could face a bill of nearly £65bn, once the cost of long-term care for injured veterans was factored in, with most of the money was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study, called Wars in Peace, said both conflicts were largely “strategic failures” for the UK, The Guardian reported."


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Infuriating Attempt to Rewrite, rovian revisionism, Iraq History

Bush apologist hits new low: An infuriating attempt to rewrite Iraq history
Washington Post's Marc Thiessen feels George W. Bush is owed an "I told you so" on Iraq. Nope, not even close

It seems that Washington Post columnist, former Bush speechwriter, and torture enthusiast Marc Thiessen is on a campaign to use the chaos in Iraq to score some cheap political points for his former boss. He’s written a piece arguing that George W. Bush was “prophetic” when he warned that withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq would lead to renewed violence in the country, and that the former president has earned himself an “I told you so.”

I can’t actually fathom the quantity of chutzpah necessary to make this argument with the expectation that it be taken seriously. But there it is in the pages of the Washington Post. So let’s dive in and plumb the depths of Marc Thiessen’s moral sub-basement, shall we?

He notes that in July 2007, Bush said the following: read more>>>

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
Released will carry private communications between GWBush and TBlair, like this already released: TB said there was a danger the Tories would see this as their chance to get rid of him … Bush said they would make it clear to the Tories that if they moved to get rid of TB "we will get rid of them".

Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It


Sunday, September 7, 2014

'Destroyed' Flight Logs in CIA Rendition Row

Diego Garcia: Heavy Rain That 'Destroyed' Flight Logs in CIA Rendition Row Wasn't So Heavy
September 3, 2014 - The UK government has never been decisive when it comes to Diego Garcia, the British Indian Ocean territory leased to the US which has been implicated in the CIA's torture and rendition programme. First extraordinary rendition flights weren't landing there, and then they were. Next a Foreign Office minister said flight logs detailing the CIA's global abduction operation had been destroyed by "extremely heavy weather", then they'd dried out.

Now the UK Foreign Office's own records, released last month under Freedom of Information laws, have confirmed that the "extremely heavy weather" amounted to 3.25 inches of rain.

That was actually a dry June for Diego Garcia, where that month sees an average of 5.4 inches of rain - again, according to the Foreign Office. It was also an exceptionally dry month of the year, given the atoll's annual average of about 100 inches of rainfall. read more>>>

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
Released will carry private communications between GWBush and TBlair, like this already released: TB said there was a danger the Tories would see this as their chance to get rid of him … Bush said they would make it clear to the Tories that if they moved to get rid of TB "we will get rid of them".

Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It


Friday, September 5, 2014

Bush-era Abuses, Bush-era Abuses Investigations

Up to 2,100 Photos of US Soldiers Abusing Prisoners May Soon Be Released
September 4, 2014 - Would the release of 10-year-old detainee abuse photographs, such as one depicting US soldiers pointing a broom handle at a hooded detainee's rectum, incite terrorist organizations and threaten national security?

That's a question government attorneys will have to answer next week when they explain to a federal court judge why as many as 2,100 unclassified photos of US soldiers abusing Iraqi and Afghan captives should continue to be concealed from the public.

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) case, which resurfaced last week, is part of the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) long-running lawsuit against the US government to obtain documents about the treatment of detainees in custody of the CIA and military.

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Barack Obama inherited dozens of George W. Bush-era open-records lawsuits pertaining to Bush's post-9/11 interrogation program involving CIA prisoners and the treatment of detainees by US military personnel at prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Obama, who signed an executive order — one of his first acts as president — promising to usher in a new era of transparency and open government, had to decide whether his administration would fight various federal court rulings ordering the release of highly sensitive documents that laid bare the brutality of the treatment of detainees.

He acted on that pledge. In April of that year, Obama released memos written after 9/11 by a young Justice Department attorney named John Yoo authorizing the CIA to subject high-value detainees to 10 so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques," a euphemism for torture. read more>>>

A reminder, these actions weren't only carried out by our Military personal and often orders for didn't come from Military personal, they were overseen by the extremely quickly built and extremely expensive private corp merc army, still not paid for like both wars and the results from! Who quickly morphed into another intelligence gathering arm of our Government, In Our Names! And the actions of same got our Military personal killed and maimed in these theaters of occupation. Those from these countries and regions know full well what went down, long before it was open knowledge within our borders!

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
Released will carry private communications between GWBush and TBlair, like this already released: TB said there was a danger the Tories would see this as their chance to get rid of him … Bush said they would make it clear to the Tories that if they moved to get rid of TB "we will get rid of them".

Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It

U.S. Forms Anti-ISIS Coalition at NATO Summit

This is exactly, especially with all the support initially after 9/11 and thus using the combined intelligence communities and much more to go after al Qaeda, what should have been done by the bushco regime and teapub congresses!!

Instead they led the cheering country to quickly abandon the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11, with the full support and help from the media, and buying a coalition for the Iraq total disaster, thus causing the spread and growth of these al Qaeda style criminal terror groups!! It'll take decades, if ever, to reign in what those policies created, and all for free for the cheering U.S. population! Wars are yet paid for and DeJa-Vu all over again so are the results from including their responsibility the VA for which have yet to Sacrifice and fully fund, again, DeJa-Vu!!


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Australia's First Iraq Widow and Australian Iraq War inquiry

Kellie Merritt, Australia's first Iraq widow, is an anti-war campaigner. Parliament should listen to her
Merritt, a social worker, anti-war campaigner and widow of Flight Lieutenant Paul Pardoel, wants an inquiry into the 2003 invasion, and a debate over further involvement

2 September 2014 - Kellie Merritt can’t be dismissed as some sort of na├»ve peacenik for trying to put a brake on Australia’s apparently escalating involvement in American-led military operations in Iraq.

She is part of the campaign for an Iraq War inquiry which also includes a range of notable academics, and respected former defence and intelligence officials. The group lobbies federal parliament for an independent inquiry into the reasoning behind Australia’s participation in the 20 March 2003 Iraq invasion.

She is also the widow of Flight Lieutenant Paul Pardoel, the first Australian serviceman to be killed in that military operation.

The political, executive and military reasoning behind Australia’s involvement in the 2003 invasion has never been independently examined in an official public capacity, although two federal government inquiries into the western intelligence preceding operations were conducted in 2004. Both criticised the veracity of the intelligence.

The allies justified the invasion with fallacious intelligence that Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein was producing weapons of mass destruction that might be provided to al-Qaida terrorists. read more>>>

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
Released will carry private communications between GWBush and TBlair, like this already released: TB said there was a danger the Tories would see this as their chance to get rid of him … Bush said they would make it clear to the Tories that if they moved to get rid of TB "we will get rid of them".

Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It


Monday, September 1, 2014

Ten Years Ago: "Mission Accomplished!!!"

President Bush declared Iraq a 'catastrophic success' ten years ago
Aug 31, 2014 - The disastrous U.S. invasion of Iraq wasn't just an American war of choice. As much as anything else, it was a war of talking points. Designed, as President Bush once explained, to "catapult the propaganda," the tried and untrue sound bites about "the smoking gun that could come in the form of mushroom cloud," about Saddam seeking uranium in Africa, about being "greeted as liberators," about an insurgency in its "last throes" in 2005, about the "ties going on between Al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein's regime" and so much more converted the Bush administration into a weapon of mass deception.

But it was ten years ago this weekend that George W. Bush vomited forth one of the more reprehensible defenses of his debacle in Iraq. Nineteen months after launching the invasion, 17 months after announcing "major combat operations in Iraq have ended" and 14 after declaring "bring 'em on" to the growing ranks of insurgents, President Bush offered this lone lament in an August 29, 2004 interview with Time magazine:

"Had we had to do it [the invasion of Iraq] over again, we would look at the consequences of catastrophic success - being so successful so fast that an enemy that should have surrendered or been done in escaped and lived to fight another day."

Fight another day, indeed. Eleven years after George W. Bush opened the Pandora's Box of sectarian conflict in Iraq and 10 after he proclaimed it a "catastrophic success," the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) has emerged with a vengeance. And ISIS owes its stunning battlefield victories to a deadly alliance of Al Qaeda fighters Bush admitted he attracted to Iraq, Sunni tribesmen alienated by his man in Baghdad Nouri al-Maliki and, it turns out, some of Saddam's former officers who "should have surrendered or been done in."

Continue reading about President Bush's "catastrophic success" in Iraq below. read more>>>

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
Released will carry private communications between GWBush and TBlair, like this already released: TB said there was a danger the Tories would see this as their chance to get rid of him … Bush said they would make it clear to the Tories that if they moved to get rid of TB "we will get rid of them".

* * * Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It * * *

24 April 2014 - Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War promoted terrorism rather than reducing it and was a “strategic failure”, according to a major new report which estimated the cost of all UK conflicts since the end of the Cold War.
The Royal United Services Institute said the UK could face a bill of nearly £65bn, once the cost of long-term care for injured veterans was factored in, with most of the money was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study, called Wars in Peace, said both conflicts were largely “strategic failures” for the UK, The Guardian reported."

Thursday, August 28, 2014

America's Private Corporate 'merc' Army and Iraqi Murders

Like both wars, quickly abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11, the private extremely costly 'merc' army has yet to be paid for, just a huge part of the huge costs, all rubber stamped with no bid contracts and off the countries books till executive administrations changed, of both long wars and occupations! Easy blood wealth from war investments helped by the huge tax cuts during these wars for the wealthy to squirrel away in other countries to hide from even those low tax rates!! Leading to no Sacrifice as well for the people served responsibility the VA and the now long term, DeJa-Vu all over again, results from the wars for the Veterans of, VA budget still mostly borrowed and totally conservative obstructed, that's the 'real scandal'!!!

Blackwater trial reaches emotional and legal climax as prosecution rests
Controversial case, which will go to jury next week, is one of few in which US forces have been tried for civilian deaths in Iraq

27 August 2014 - One of the darkest days of the US occupation of Iraq was relived in a Washington courtroom on Wednesday as the prosecution of four Blackwater security contractors accused of killing 14 civilians in a mistaken attack in Baghdad reached an emotional and legal climax.

Seven years after the bloody shooting in Baghdad’s Nisour Square that left a total of 17 Iraqis dead and more than 20 seriously wounded, jurors were told of the “shocking amount of death, injury and destruction” that saw “innocent men, women and children mowed down” by private guards working for the US State Department.

In closing arguments, assistant US attorney Anthony Asuncion claimed three of the four defendants were guilty of manslaughter and a fourth of murder for showing extreme disregard for human life in retaliating against what they mistakenly believed was a car bomb attack on their convoy.

But the defence summed up its case with a blistering attack on the government for ignoring evidence of alleged incoming machine gun fire at the convoy, which it also accused Iraqi police of helping to cover up.

The controversial case, which will go to the jury next week, is one of the few in which US forces have been tried for civilian deaths in Iraq and has already been abandoned once after an earlier judge questioned the way evidence was gathered.

But federal prosecutors pulled no punches on Wednesday as the closing stages of the second trial, which has lasted for 10 weeks, saw emotional scenes from attorneys on both sides.

Pointing at the four accused – Nicholas Slatten, Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard – Asuncion said: “These men took something that did not belong to them; the lives of 14 human beings ... they were turned into bloody bullet-riddled corpses at the hands of these men.” read more>>>

Blackwater, then Xe, now Academi, was quickly morphed into the CIA ranks of intelligence gathering, adding another to the growing lists of under the American flag. So you can bet the spending for the continued use of this corporate private entity is well hidden under top secret need to know eyes only, like the CIA budgets, with most coming directly from the countries treasury and given by congress who control the purse!!

All 'Done In Our Names'!!

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
Released will carry private communications between GWBush and TBlair, like this already released: TB said there was a danger the Tories would see this as their chance to get rid of him … Bush said they would make it clear to the Tories that if they moved to get rid of TB "we will get rid of them".

Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It


Sunday, August 24, 2014

Foreign courts crack down on US-led human rights abuses

Under international laws America led in crafting on the international policy scene and as civilized nations and readily accuse others when they are broken by them, even to use force! As we also placed in our domestic laws portfolio and adhere in prosecuting those who break with strict sentencing's!!

New light on black sites
August 17, 2014 - ‘We tortured some folks.”

President Obama’s words were all the more chilling for their casualness. He was speaking to reporters on Aug. 1 about a Central Intelligence Agency program that disappeared terrorism suspects into secret CIA prisons abroad for “enhanced interrogation.” That program was just one aspect of the post-9/11 global war on terror, an ongoing conflict that also includes the mass surveillance programs revealed by Edward Snowden over the last year. Both government initiatives share a common thread: They offshore massive human rights abuses.

It is well-documented that since 2001, American authorities have used overseas black sites and foreign data collection as legal gray areas for things that would clearly be illegal if done to US citizens on American soil. This practice increases the chances that officials who violate the spirit of the law — or even break its letter outright — will never be prosecuted in an American court.

But such a widespread global operation requires the participation of other governments, and that is where human rights advocates may find new inroads. Foreign leaders and international courts have increasingly begun to step in to inform the public and hold the United States accountable for abuses. It gives hope that the United States itself will re-examine these practices and put an end to them altogether. read more>>>

What the CIA is trying to hide
August 20, 2014 - Beginning in the 1990s, and accelerating after September 11, the CIA flew terrorism suspects to secret police custody in Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, and Libya. Many of them were tortured. Starting in 2002, the CIA began operating secret prisons all over the world: Thailand, Lithuania, Romania, Poland, Afghanistan, Djibouti, briefly Guantanamo Bay.

There, the agency subjected detainees to torturous “enhanced interrogation techniques,” in a program designed and implemented by two contractor psychologists named James Elmer Mitchell and Bruce Jessen. The Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) authorized a great deal of this brutality—but the CIA made false factual representations to OLC in order to obtain that authorization, and tortured detainees in ways that were never authorized. Two CIA detainees, Manadel al-Jamadi and Gul Rahman, died as a result. read more>>>

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
Released will carry private communications between GWBush and TBlair, like this already released: TB said there was a danger the Tories would see this as their chance to get rid of him … Bush said they would make it clear to the Tories that if they moved to get rid of TB "we will get rid of them".

Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Sought to Redact Link to Diego Garcia From CIA Rendition & Torture Report

UK ambassador 'lobbied senators to hide Diego Garcia role in rendition'
Rights groups claim that top-level talks were part of bid to redact link to Diego Garcia from report

16 August 2014 - Logs released under the Freedom of Information Act have reinforced claims that the UK lobbied to keep its role in the CIA's torture and interrogation programme out of what is expected to be a damning Senate report.

They show that the UK ambassador to the US met members of the Senate select committee on intelligence 11 times between 2012 and 2014 – as they were investigating the CIA's rendition programme. This included two meetings with the committee's chair, Diane Feinstein, which took place as crucial decisions were being made regarding how much of its report into the programme should be made public.

The revelation has prompted fresh concern that the government lobbied for key parts of the report referring to Diego Garcia, a British territory in the Indian Ocean leased to the US as a military base, to be redacted. Human rights groups believe that the territory played a key role in facilitating the CIA's extraordinary rendition programme – the movement of high-value terrorist suspects to "black sites" around the world without legal oversight. read more>>>

European Court Of Human Rights Delivers Powerful Condemnation Of US Torture Program And Poland’s Role Hosting CIA ‘Black Site’ – OpEd
August 17, 2014 - Last week there was some extremely important news for those of us who have spent many long years hoping to hold senior US officials — up to and including former President George W. Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney — accountable for approving and implementing a torture program in the “war on terror,” when the European Court of Human Rights unanimously condemned the US for implementing a program of extraordinary rendition and torture, and condemned Poland for its involvement in the program by hosting a secret torture prison — a CIA “black site” – on its soil in 2002-03.

The rulings were delivered in the cases of two men, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi national accused of masterminding the attack on the USS Cole in 2000, and Abu Zubaydah (a Saudi-born Palestinian whose real name is Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn), mistakenly described as al-Qaeda’s number 3 after his capture in March 2002. In its report on the rulings, the New York Times provided a more appropriate description of Zubaydah as someone who is “believed to have overseen the operation of guesthouses in Pakistan,” who vetted recruits and “provided letters of recommendation allowing them to be accepted for training at a paramilitary camp in Afghanistan” — which, it should be noted, was not affiliated with al-Qaeda. read more>>>

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
Released will carry private communications between GWBush and TBlair, like this already released: TB said there was a danger the Tories would see this as their chance to get rid of him … Bush said they would make it clear to the Tories that if they moved to get rid of TB "we will get rid of them".

* * * Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It * * *

24 April 2014 - Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War promoted terrorism rather than reducing it and was a “strategic failure”, according to a major new report which estimated the cost of all UK conflicts since the end of the Cold War.
The Royal United Services Institute said the UK could face a bill of nearly £65bn, once the cost of long-term care for injured veterans was factored in, with most of the money was spent on the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The study, called Wars in Peace, said both conflicts were largely “strategic failures” for the UK, The Guardian reported."

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Court: Poland culpable for CIA secret prisons

The European Court of Human Rights has ordered Poland to pay reparations to two Saudis being held in Guantanamo Bay
16 Aug 2014 - Haarlem, Netherlands - On July 24, seven judges on the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled against Poland in a landmark case, making it the first European Union country to be held accountable for its involvement in the United States' systematic, extrajudicial detention of suspects, known as the "extraordinary rendition" programme. Established by the George W Bush administration in the aftermath of September 11 attacks, the programme was run by the CIA, and designed to detain suspects deemed to be of "high value".

In the unanimous ruling, the judges stated that "Poland had cooperated in the preparation and execution of the CIA rendition, secret detention, and interrogation operations on its territory" and that it had failed in its duty under the European Convention on Human Rights to "ensure that individuals within its jurisdiction were not subjected to torture or inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment."

The ECHR ordered Poland to pay $175,000 to Saudi-born Palestinian Abu Zubaydah and $135,000 to Saudi national Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. Both applicants are currently being held in US custody in Guantanamo Bay, isolated from the outside world.

Pressure on Poland read more>>>

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
Released will carry private communications between GWBush and TBlair, like this already released: TB said there was a danger the Tories would see this as their chance to get rid of him … Bush said they would make it clear to the Tories that if they moved to get rid of TB "we will get rid of them".

Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It


Thursday, August 14, 2014

US Sought to Build Guantanamo-Style Prison on Diego Garcia

Offshoring the CIA torture further from the borders and prying eyes of the Country!

Britain 'discussed' US request to build Guantanamo-style prison on Diego Garcia after September 11 attacks, officials say
As Democrats fight for information about the CIA's secret kidnap and torture programme to be published in a landmark report, The Telegraph has learnt details of America's requests to use British territory of Diego Garcia in network of secret prison sites

13 Aug 2014 - Tony Blair's government discussed a US request for permission to use the British territory of Diego Garcia to house a Guantanamo Bay-style prison camp for up to 500 terrorist detainees, the Telegraph has learnt.

Britain quickly rejected the Bush administration's idea on the grounds that the plan was impractical, but documents suggest the CIA may have still used the island to fly terror suspects to secret "black site" prisons around the world.

The fresh details of US desire to use Diego Garcia in its counter-terror operations emerge as Britain faces renewed questioning over its own support for highly controversial CIA programmes in the years after September 11.

The Foreign Office is now under growing pressure to come clean over whether it knowingly turned a blind eye to the illegal use of Diego Garcia for rendition flights and even the interrogation of al-Qaeda suspects on the island. read more>>>

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
Released will carry private communications between GWBush and TBlair, like this already released: TB said there was a danger the Tories would see this as their chance to get rid of him … Bush said they would make it clear to the Tories that if they moved to get rid of TB "we will get rid of them".

Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It