Ministers said they could not know if US planes in Shannon moved prisoners to torture areas
Dec 22, 2014 - The government received assurances directly from US president George W Bush and his national security adviser Condoleeza Rice that Shannon Airport was not used as a refuelling stop on so-called CIA rendition missions, a former minister has said.
Another minister from that time said, however, that it would have been impossible for the government to ensure that no US planes landing in Shannon were later used to transport prisoners around torture centres.
Dermot Ahern, who was minister for foreign affairs from 2004 to 2008, a period covering the US torture of al-Qaeda suspects, said that he raised the issue of renditions directly with Ms Rice at a meeting and that taoiseach Bertie Ahern brought up the issue with Mr Bush at the White House during their St Patrick’s Day meetings.
Dermot Ahern told The Irish Times this week that Ireland was one of the first countries to raise concerns with the Americans about whether Shannon was being used as a refuelling stopover by CIA-leased aircraft to transfer al-Qaeda suspects and other detainees around secret prisons in eastern Europe and Asia and to Guantánamo in America’s so-called “war on terror”. read more>>>
22 December 2014 - The ACLU and Human Rights Watch say the offences amount to ‘a vast criminal conspiracy’ and are ‘shocking and corrosive’ to US democracy and credibility read more>>>
22.12.2014 - Marek Biernacki, head of the Sejm Special Services Committee, stated that it is necessary to investigate where the money allocated for CIA "black sites" in Poland has gone. read more>>>
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."
"And when you add up to the Department of Defense, Department of State, CIA, Veterans Affairs, interest on debt, the number that strikes me the most about how much we're committed financially to these wars and to our current policies is we have spent $250 billion already just on interest payments on the debt we've incurred for the Iraq and Afghan wars." 26 September 2014
December 22 2014 - American taxpayers have shelled out roughly $1.6 trillion on war spending since 9/11, according to a new report from Congress’ nonpartisan research arm. That’s roughly $337 million a day -- or nearly a quarter million dollars a minute -- every single day for 13 years. read more>>>
Chris Hayes MSNBC: "If you can run a deficit to go to war, you can run a deficit to take care of the people who fought it" In response to Republican opposition to expanding Veterans' benefits on fiscal grounds
Neither of these recent wars have yet been paid for, let alone the results from, including the long ignored or outright denied existence of, till this Administrations Cabinet and Gen Shinseki, only Government branch consistent for the past six years, issues! 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!