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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, 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


Sunday, August 10, 2014

Miliband: "Iraq War Contributed to Current Crisis"

With the American lead and Propaganda, cheering on from some 70%plus support and the Media following the Conservative Politicians Beating the Drums Louder and Louder, in Abandoning so Quickly the Missions and those sent to Accomplish after 9/11 brought about the also quick growth and spread of the many, now, al Qaeda style criminal terrorism groups that attack any and all who don't follow their extremist views and wants!!

David Miliband: the Iraq war and its aftermath contributed to current crisis
Former foreign secretary accepts responsibility for leaving many people in the UK unwilling to support other military interventions

9 August 2014 - The 2003 invasion of Iraq contributed to the country's current disintegration and mounting crisis at the hands of Islamist militants, David Miliband has conceded, as he expressed fresh regret over Britain's involvement in the war.

As US president Barack Obama authorised potential US air strikes against Islamic State jihadists, who have seized control of swaths of the country, the former foreign secretary said that the outcome of the war in Iraq "induces a high degree of humility".

"It's clearly the case that the invasion of Iraq, or more importantly what happened afterwards, is a significant factor in understanding the current situation in the country," said Miliband, during a wide-ranging interview with the Observer in New York.

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Asked whether the chaos that it had unleashed made him regret supporting the war as a minister in Blair's government, Miliband said: "I regret it because I made a decision on the basis of upholding the norms of respect to weapons of mass destruction, and there were none."

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"You have to, you have to take responsibility," said Miliband. He added: "You can't press the rewind button."

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Miliband went on to say that the full extent of the CIA's use of British territory for the rendition of terrorism suspects should be made public, as he acknowledged for the first time the possibility that the US had misled ministers about the programme. read more>>>

Of course Tony Blair disagrees as would the Bush and especially the Cheney and at least one of his offspring!!

This: "that attack any and all who don't follow their extremist views and wants!!" describes the political atmosphere within America, only still using words and symbols so far, and led by the same who readily rubber stamped the policies that told the continuation of what was to follow and has!

* * * 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 9, 2014

The 'COALITION' Grows to 'AID' the Iraqi People

Following what President Obama has now engaged in, Humanitarian aid lifts and with Targeted Military Strikes against this ISIS, another growth and spread of criminal terrorism from the Failed policies of the Bush Administration their rubber stamping Conservative Congresses and buying a Coalition to support and invade/destroy Iraq after so quickly Abandoning the Missions and those sent to Accomplish after 9/11, other's are reaching out to help the Humanitarian Effort!! Hopefully to stop the genocide that has already started!

Australia preparing to join Iraq air campaign, says Tony Abbott
Prime minister indicates RAAF is ready to perform aid drops to displaced people as US jets strike Isis militants

9 August 2014 - Tony Abbott has offered Australia’s assistance to the US for humanitarian air drops over northern Iraq after the US military launched air strikes against Islamic State (Isis) forces.

The prime minister said he had spoken with US officials about the “potential humanitarian disaster” and that he had been asked to consider participation in humanitarian air drops.

“President Obama has already said that it has the potential to become a genocide and that’s why it’s important for Australia to join with our international partners in doing what we can to render humanitarian assistance,” Abbott said. read more>>>

British aid plane takes off for Iraq
9 August 2014 - A cargo plane has left RAF Brize Norton carrying British humanitarian aid to Iraq, the BBC understands.

The aid drops are part of an £8m package of aid announced by the UK government.

Members of the Yazidi community trapped on a mountainside in northern Iraq will be among those to receive assistance.

It comes as the government's emergency Cobra committee meets to discuss the response to the conflict in Iraq.

'Brutal persecution' read more>>>

Canada stops short of offering humanitarian aid to Iraq
Aug. 08 2014 - Foreign Minister John Baird is stopping short of pledging new military or humanitarian aid to Iraq, saying Canada will monitor the situation in the country as the United States began air strikes and supply drops to help civilians fleeing Sunni extremists.

In a statement Friday, Mr. Baird said Canada’s ambassador to Iraq, presently based in Jordan, is “working to determine how best to support the Iraqi people.” In the meantime, the federal government says it has not received a request for military help. read more>>>

The Iraqi Military has to come back reorganized, and fast, and help the Kurds, which is helping their own throughout the country, who have a long cause they're fighting for and the motivation to try and stop another attempt at controlling them and their resources. The Turks, despite their long suppression of the Kurds, need to step in and help as well!!

Who's condemning, and making fun of this present CiC, continued deadly tragic present events and demanding more robust military actions, some even comparing to the one night instant growth and deadly attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi:

The bushco's rubber stamping conservative congresses, with some 70%plus support of the country, in abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish so quickly after 9/11, destroyed that pandora's box and greatly enhanced the growth and spread of the al Qaeda, and like groups, type criminal terrorism!!

As said over and over before, the world, especially those in these area's, will be living, dying, with the results from for the next decades!!

Why those that fully supported and defended, still do, the extremely failed policies, every action and cost under, including much of the press, of the bushco and conservative controlled congresses!!

And neither war has yet to be paid for, DeJa-Vu, especially the long term results from, the people's responsibility the VA, two tax cuts especially for the wealthy, with No Demand To Sacrifice By Those Served!!

* * * 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


Wednesday, August 6, 2014

CIA interrogation centres known as ‘black sites’

The dark side
August 06, 2014 - In the aftermath of 9/11, CIA interrogation centres known as ‘black sites’ were set up outside the US to run a secret programme where suspected terrorists were subjected to ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’. Parallel to this, another practice called ‘extraordinary rendition’ was incorporated by means of which suspected terrorists were transferred into the custody of a foreign government for the purpose of ‘interrogation’. Both the secret detention and extraordinary rendition programme were highly classified. The purpose of conducting these programmes outside the US was to keep the interrogation process beyond the reach of US law. read more>>>

Top senator rejects CIA torture report redactions ahead of public release
Senate intelligence committee chair Dianne Feinstein threatens to delay release in an attempt to reverse deletion of ‘key facts’

5 August 2014 - The key senator behind a landmark congressional investigation into the CIA’s use of torture has rejected redactions made by the Obama administration ahead of a planned public release of the politically charged report.

In the latest struggle between senator Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who chairs the intelligence committee, and the CIA, Feinstein said she would delay a heavily anticipated disclosure of portions of the report in an attempt to reverse redactions that “eliminate or obscure key facts that support the report’s findings and conclusions”.

“Until these redactions are addressed to the committee’s satisfaction, the report will not be made public,” said Feinstein, who added that she intended to outline the committee’s desired disclosures in a private letter to President Barack Obama. read more>>>


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

With the talk as to the Senate Torture Report release, heavily redacted....

Iraq war logs: secret files show how US ignored torture
22 October 2010 - A grim picture of the US and Britain's legacy in Iraq has been revealed in a massive leak of American military documents that detail torture, summary executions and war crimes.

Almost 400,000 secret US army field reports have been passed to the Guardian and a number of other international media organisations via the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.

The electronic archive is believed to emanate from the same dissident US army intelligence analyst who earlier this year is alleged to have leaked a smaller tranche of 90,000 logs chronicling bloody encounters and civilian killings in the Afghan war.

The new logs detail how: read more>>>

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
All but those correspondence, bush/blair, and any still classified closed door testimony and reports!!

Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It


Saturday, August 2, 2014

America Closing Book on 2 Wars - DeJa-Vu

Neither yet paid for, after so quickly abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11, with flag waving, Poser Patriotic, cheers from some 70%plus!! That's how America floats it's boat, similar numbers with poll after 13 plus years!!

And, DeJa-Vu all over again, neither have the decades long results from, those served Responsibility the Veterans Administration, easier and cheaper, like using them Poser patriotic symbols, to follow the long conservative line and lay blame on the personal in the agency! Decades and wars from of ignoring and deny the issues of the few that served the 99%, with this past decade plus, two more wars, under two tax breaks, especially for the wealthy who also reaped more wealth from investments in, and No Demand to Sacrifice as is demanded by those who serve and their families!! Accountability for the policies, Done In Our Names, that spread the growth in and increased dangers from, None!!

AP-GfK poll: Public ready to close book on 2 wars
Aug. 01, 2014 - Three in four Americans think history will judge the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as failures, according to an Associated Press-GfK poll that shows that about the same percentage think it was right to pull forces from the two countries.

Americans surveyed in last month's poll were not optimistic about the chance that a stable democratic government will be established in either country. Seventy-eight percent said it was either not too likely or not at all likely in Afghanistan and 80 percent said the same about Iraq.

Roughly three out of four Americans polled think that in hindsight, each war will be deemed as an outright "complete failure" or "more of a failure than success." read more>>>

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
All but those correspondence, bush/blair, and any still classified closed door testimony and reports!!

Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It


CIA Torture: 'unnecessary'?

Use of words to soft pedal a horrendous, useless inhumane, crime!! It was 'illegal' by both domestic and international laws we helped write long ago! Reason they came about is not only because of it being an 'inhumane' violation against humans rights but it was useless with nothing to justify any of the actions done but self serving satisfactions by those doing and those knowing it's being done, watching the video's of after or within earshot of! Those doing should then never be surprised nor enraged when done on their own, nor in condemnation of others who use! Actions bring similar reactions that then are compounded in the spread of, and especially if no accountability comes to those who order done, in All Our Names, and approve of!! Actions bring retaliation and very quick growth and spread of that in blowback causing much more of what started that brought the use of about!! Those who do can't call themselves 'civil societies', not even close, and especially condemn others for doing same!!

CIA Torture Was Unnecessary, Senate Report To Conclude
08/01/2014 - A U.S. Senate committee report will conclude that the CIA's use of harsh interrogation after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks yielded no critical intelligence on terrorist plots that could not have been obtained through non-coercive methods, U.S. officials familiar with the document said.

Foreshadowing the impending release of a report expected to suggest that the "enhanced" techniques were unnecessary and also to accuse some CIA officers of misleading Congress about the effectiveness of the program, President Barack Obama said on Friday that the CIA "tortured some folks." He had banned the practices soon after taking office in 2009.

Officials said the Senate Intelligence Committee was unlikely to release the report to the public without some additional review.

"A preliminary review of the report indicates there have been significant redactions. We need additional time to understand the basis for these redactions and determine their justification. Therefore the report will be held until further notice and released when that process is completed," Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the committee's chair, said. read more>>>

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
All but those correspondence, bush/blair, and any still classified closed door testimony and reports!!

Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Iraq: False Statements Made by Top Bush Administration Officials

Iraq: The War Card
June 26, 2014 - As part of its investigation into the false statements made by top Bush administration officials leading up to the Iraq war, the Center for Public Integrity has just released an interactive database where you can search who said what, when.

The Center examined every public pronouncement by President Bush and seven top officials on the existence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and on the links between Iraq and Al Qaeda. They concluded that eight individuals — President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Colin Powell, National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz and White House Press Secretaries Ari Fleischer and Scott McClellan — made 935 false statements from September 11, 2001 to September 11, 2003. read more>>>

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
All but those correspondence, bush/blair, and any still classified closed door testimony and reports!!

Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It


Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Iraq: Projected to Cost America More than $2 trillion — The Country is Once Again in Crisis

Neither war, after so quickly abandoning the missions and those sent to accomplish after 9/11, have yet to be paid for nor, DeJa-Vu, the long term results from! As those who rubber stamped the war costs obstruct the budgets of the peoples responsibility the VA, DeJa-Vu all over again, and the flag waving 'Poser Patriots' like it that way!! Still no Accountability sought!!

FRONTLINE presents Losing Iraq — a 90-minute special report that The Baltimore Sun calls "stunning," adding that "no one on TV has done better investigative and long-form journalism on Iraq than FRONTLINE. Period."

Iraq: How Did We Get Here?
July 29, 2014 - Eleven years after the U.S. invasion, Iraq remains steeped in violence, with militant extremists gaining ground, civil war hanging in the balance and no clear resolution to the chaos.

What went wrong? How did we get here? From “shock and awe” to the rise of ISIS, we’ve traced the pivotal political moments of the Iraq war and its aftermath in the timeline below. read more w/timeline reports>>>

Frontline: Losing Iraq

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
All but those correspondence, bush/blair, and any still classified closed door testimony and reports!!

Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

CIA prisons in Europe, Russia urges EU to investigate

Russia urges EU to investigate secret CIA prisons in Europe
29/07/2014 - Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Special Representative for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law, has urged the EU countries to investigate the alleged operation of CIA-run torture facilities in Europe, often referred to as “black sites,” RIA Novosti announced on Monday.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled on July 24 that Poland violated human rights by allowing the CIA to bring two prisoners to Poland in 2002.

Poland was one of the European participants in the US “extraordinary rendition” program for detaining al Qaeda suspects. It housed a facility where the US interrogated suspected al Qaeda operatives arrested after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

It is alleged that the prisoners in the CIA-run secret network of European prisons were subjected to harsh questioning, mock executions, waterboarding and other torture, including threats that their families would be arrested and sexually abused. read more>>>

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
All but those correspondence, bush/blair, and any still classified closed door testimony and reports!!

Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It


Sunday, July 27, 2014

Torture Report 'will be the last chance for public accountability'

America doesn't do real 'accountability', we make sure we quickly forget our crimes, against laws we constructed and blame others of breaking, then politicize with revisionism history, extremely bad propaganda no matter how many times it's parroted! Blaming others also after the policies create what we and others will deal with for the following decades because of same: Iraq War Promoted Terrorism Rather Than Reducing It.

Some named in Senate's CIA torture report denied chance to read it
July 26, 2014 - About a dozen former CIA officials named in a classified Senate report on decade-old agency interrogation practices were notified in recent days that they would be able to review parts of the document in a secure room in suburban Washington after signing a secrecy agreement.

Then, on Friday, many were told they would not be able to see it, after all.

Some of them were furious, while Democratic Senate aides were angry that they were given the chance in the first place.

It's the latest chapter in the drama and recriminations that have been playing out behind the scenes in connection with what some call the Senate torture report, a summary of which is being declassified and is expected to be released in the coming weeks.

"I am outraged," said John Rizzo, one of the former officials who was offered, and then refused, a chance to see the summary report before publication. He retired in 2009 as the CIA's top lawyer after playing a key role in the interrogation program.

"They are accusing people of misleading Congress, of misleading the Justice Department, and they never even asked to talk to us," he said. "And now they won't let us read the report before it is made public." read more>>>

* * * The British Iraq War Inquiry * * *
All but those correspondence, bush/blair, and any still classified closed door testimony and reports!!