Doctors Accuse White House Of Lying

Doctors Accuse White House Of Lying To Justify “Collateral Damage” In Kabul Hospital Bombing

Submitted by Tyler Durden on 10/04/2015

By way of excuse for what President Obama called “a tragic incident,” (and The UN called a ‘war crime’) US officials have claimed that the Taliban were fighting from within the Kabul hospital (which was destroyed by a US air strike yesterday killing at least 19 including 3 children) using aid workers as “a human shield.” However, this justification for the ‘collateral damage’ has been vehemently denied by Medecins Sans Frontier (MSF) who have issued a statement dismissing the US claims, “the gates of the hospital compound were closed all night so no one that is not staff, a patient or a caretaker was inside the hospital when the bombing happened…” but, the US strike has done one thing, as one local health official concluded, “this city is no longer for the living.”

In a statement, President Barack Obama offered condolences to the victims of what he called “the tragic incident” where as we detailed previously, the aid group MSF has said an air strike, probably carried out by U.S.-led coalition forces, killed 19 staff and patients on Saturday in a hospital it runs in Kunduz, leaving 37 wounded. The ‘reason’ offered by US officials, as Reuters reports,

The U.S. military said it conducted an air strike “in the vicinity” of the hospital, as it targeted Taliban insurgents who were directly firing on U.S. military personnel.

In Kabul, the Afghan Ministry of Defense said Taliban fighters had attacked the hospital and were using the building “as a human shield”.

But the medical aid group denied this.

“The gates of the hospital compound were closed all night so no one that is not staff, a patient or a caretaker was inside the hospital when the bombing happened,”Medecins Sans Frontieres said in a statement on Sunday.  “In any case, bombing a fully functioning hospital can never be justified.”

Witnesses said patients were burned alive in the crowded hospital after the airstrike. Among the dead were three children being treated.

Frantic MSF staff telephoned military officials at NATO in Kabul and Washington after the attack, but bombs continued to rain down for nearly an hour, one official of the group said. The medical charity that was a lifeline for thousands in the city said it was pulling most of its staff out of the area because the hospital was no longer functioning. Some staff had gone to help treat the wounded at other hospitals, it added.

Taliban fighters in Kunduz were still holding out against Afghan troops, despite government claims to have taken control of the area.

The Afghan defense ministry on Sunday congratulated residents over the victory and military helicopters dropped 6,000 leaflets urging people to cooperate with the army.”If you see abandoned military vehicles or equipment anywhere turn them over to security forces,” the leaflets read.

A coalition military official in Kabul, who asked not to be named, said, “Our understanding is that the whole area is still contested.”

Corpses lie in the streets and people are too afraid to leave their homes, said one resident, Gulboddin. “You can hear the sound of gunfire all over the city,” said Gulboddin, who has only one name. “Some of the bodies are decomposing.

“Hospitals running out of medicine are struggling to treat growing numbers of patients, said public health official Sayed Mukhtar. “There is no electricity and hospital laboratories are not working,” he added. “This city is no longer for living.”

Which explains why the group has decided to leave the city… International medical charity Doctors Without Borders said Sunday that it has withdrawn from the northern Afghan city of Kunduz

Kate Stegeman, the group’s communications manager, said some staff are working in other health facilities in the city, where troops have been battling Taliban insurgents.

“All critical patients have been referred to other health facilities and no MSF staff are working in our hospital,” she said, using the French abbreviation for the organization.

“Some of our medical staff have gone to work in two hospitals where some of the wounded have been taken,” she said.

*  *  *

The U.S. government promised a full investigation into the incident as the U.N. human rights chief said the bombing could amount to a war crime.

As Glenn Greenwald points out“it’s impossible to fathom what the U.S. media would be saying and doing if Russia did something like this in Syria. By contrast, the reaction to this airstrike by their own government will be muted and filled with apologia, ironically quite similar to the widely vilified caricature of Jeb Bush’s comments about the Oregon shooting spree: stuff happens.”

A Refugee Crisis Made In America

A Refugee Crisis Made In America

Submitted by Philip Giraldi via TheAmericanConservative.com,

On April 29th, 2008 I had a Saul on the Road to Damascus moment. I had flipped open theWashington Post and there, on the front page, was a color photo of a two year old Iraqi boy named Ali Hussein being pulled from the rubble of a house that had been destroyed by American missiles. The little boy was wearing shorts and a t-shirt and had on his feet flip-flops. His head was hanging back at an angle that told the viewer immediately that he was dead.

Four days later on May 3rd a letter by a Dunn Loring Virginia woman named Valerie Murphy was printed by the Post. Murphy complained that the Iraqi child victim photo should not have been run in the paper because it would “stir up opposition to the war and feed anti-US sentiment.” I suppose the newspaper thought it was being impartial in printing the woman’s letter, though I couldn’t help but remember that the neocon-dominated Post had generally been unwilling to cover anything antiwar, even ignoring a gathering of 300,000 protesters in Washington in 2005. Rereading the woman’s complaint and also a comment on a website suggesting that the photo of the dead little boy had been staged, I thought to myself, “What kind of monsters have we become.” And in truth we had become monsters. Bipartisan monsters wrapped in the American flag. Bill Clinton’s Secretary of State Madeleine Albright once said that killing 500,000 Iraqi children through sanctions was “worth it.” She is now a respected elder statesman close to the Hillary Clinton campaign.

I had another epiphany last week when I saw the photo of the little Syrian boy Aylan Kurdi washed up on a Turkish beach like a bit of flotsam. He was wearing a red t-shirt and black sneakers. I thought to myself that many Americans will shake their heads when looking at the photo before moving on, more concerned about Stephen Colbert’s debut on the Late Show and the start of the NFL season.

The little boy is one of hundreds of thousands of refugees trying to get to Europe. The world media is following the crisis by focusing primarily on the inability of unprepared local governments to deal with the numbers of migrants, asking why someone somewhere can’t just “do something.” This means that somehow, as a result, the vast human tragedy has been reduced to a statistic and, inevitably, a political football.

Overwhelmed by thousands of would-be travelers, Hungary suspended train service heading towards Western Europe while countries like Serbia and Macedonia deployed their military and police along their borders in a failed attempt to completely block refugees. Italy and Greece have been overwhelmed by migrants arriving by sea. Germany, to its credit, is intending to process up to 800,000 refugee and asylum applications, mostly from Syria, while Austria and Sweden have also indicated their willingness to accept many more. Immediate neighbors of the zone of conflict, notably Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan are hosting more than three million of those who are displaced, but the wealthy Arab Gulf countries and Saudi Arabia have done little or nothing to help.

Demands for a European unified strategy to deal with the problem are growing, to include sealing borders and declaring the seas off of preferred departure points in North Africa and Asia to be military zones where undocumented ships and travelers will be intercepted and turned back. One also has to suspect that the refugee crisis might be exploited by some European politicians to justify NATO “humanitarian” intervention of some sort in Syria, a move that would have to be supported by Washington. But while the bickering and maneuvering goes on, the death toll mounts. The recent discovery of 71 dead would-be migrants who suffocated in the back of a locked truck found in Austria, to include five children and a toddler, horrified the world. And that was before the dead three year old on the Turkish beach.

Many of the would-be migrants are young men looking for work in Europe, a traditional enterprise, but most of the new arrivals are families escaping the horrors of war in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Yemen. Their plight has been described in the media in graphic terms, families arriving with nothing and expecting nothing, fleeing even worse conditions back at home.

The United States has taken in only a small number of the refugees and a usually voluble White House has been uncharacteristically quiet about the problem, possibly realizing that allowing in a lot of displaced foreigners at a time when there is an increasingly heated debate over immigration policy in general just might not be a good move, politically speaking. But it should perhaps be paying some attention to what caused the problem in the first place, a bit of introspection that is largely lacking both from the mainstream media and from politicians.

Indeed, I would assign to Washington most of the blame for what is happening right now. Since folks inside the beltway are particularly given to making judgements based on numerical data they might be interested in the toll exacted through America’s global war on terror. By one not unreasonable estimate, as many as four million Muslims have died or been killed as a result of the ongoing conflicts that Washington has either initiated or been party to since 2001.

There are, in addition, millions of displaced persons who have lost their homes and livelihoods, many of whom are among the human wave currently engulfing Europe. There are currently an estimated 2,590,000 refugees who have fled their homes from Afghanistan, 370,000 from Iraq, 3,880,000 million from Syria, and 1,100,000 from Somalia. The United Nations Refugee Agency is expecting at least 130,000 refugees from Yemen as fighting in that country accelerates. Between 600,000 and one million Libyans are living precariously in neighboring Tunisia.

The number of internally displaced within each country is roughly double the number of those who have actually fled and are seeking to resettle outside their homelands. Many of the latter have wound up in temporary camps run by the United Nations while others are paying criminals to transport them into Europe.

Significantly, the countries that have generated most of the refugees are all places where the United States has invaded, overthrown governments, supported insurgencies, or intervened in a civil war. The invasion of Iraq created a power vacuum that has empowered terrorism in the Arab heartland. Supporting rebels in Syria has piled Pelion on Ossa. Afghanistan continues to bleed 14 years after the United States arrived and decided to create a democracy. Libya, which was relatively stable when the U.S. and its allies intervened, is now in chaos, with its disorder spilling over into sub-Saharan Africa.

Everywhere people are fleeing the violence, which, among other benefits, has virtually obliterated the ancient Christian presence in the Middle East. Though I recognize that the refugee problem cannot be completely blamed on only one party, many of those millions would be alive and the refugees would for the most part be in their homes if it had not been for the catastrophic interventionist policies pursued by both Democratic and Republican administrations in the United States.

It is perhaps past time for Washington to begin to become accountable for what it does.The millions of people living rough or in tents, if they are lucky, need help and it is not satisfactory for the White House to continue with its silence, a posture that suggests that the refugees are somehow somebody else’s problem. They are, in fact, our problem. A modicum of honesty from President Barack Obama would be appreciated, perhaps an admission that things have not exactly worked out as planned by his administration and that of his predecessor. And money is needed. Washington throws billions of dollars to fight wars it doesn’t have to fight and to prop up feckless allies worldwide. For a change it might be refreshing to see tax money doing some good, working with the most affected states in the Middle East and Europe to resettle the homeless and making an honest effort to come to negotiated settlements to end the fighting in Syria and Yemen, both of which can only have unspeakably bad outcomes if they continue on their current trajectories.

Ironically, American hawks are exploiting the photo of the dead Syrian boy to blame the Europeans for the humanitarian crisis while also demanding an all-out effort to depose Bashar al-Assad. Last Friday’s Washington Post had a lead editorial headlined “Europe’s Abdication,” and also featured a Michael Gerson op-ed urging immediate regime change in Syria, blaming the crisis solely on Damascus. The editorial railed against European “racists” regarding the refugee plight. And it is not clear how Gerson, an evangelical neoconservative former speech writer for George W. Bush, can possibly believe that permitting Syria to fall to ISIS would benefit anyone.

We Americans are in something approaching complete denial about how truly horrible our nation’s recent impact on the rest of the world has been. We are universally hated, even by those who have their hands out to receive their Danegeld, and the world is undoubtedly shaking its head as it listens to the bile coming out of the mouths of our presidential candidates. Shakespeare observed that the “evil that men do lives after them,” but he had no experience of the United States. We choose to dissimulate regarding the bad choices we make followed up with lies to justify and mitigate our crimes. And still later the evil we do disappears down the memory hole. Literally.

In writing this piece I looked up Ali Hussein, the little Iraqi boy who was killed by the American bomb. He has been “disappeared” from Google, as well has the photo, presumably because his death did not meet community standards. He has likewise been eliminated from the Washington Post archive. The experience of Winston Smith in George Orwell’s 1984 immediately came to mind.

Obama traces origin of ISIS to Bush-era Iraq invasion

‘Unintended consequences’: Obama traces origin of ISIS to Bush-era Iraq invasion

Human Wrongs Watch

17 March 2015 (RT)* — President Barack Obama traced the origins of Islamic State militants back to the presidency of George W. Bush and the invasion of Iraq back in 2003, arguing that its growth was an “unintended consequence” of the war.

**Photo: President George W. Bush and President-elect Barack Obama meet in the Oval Office of the White House Monday, November 10, 2008. Author: White House photo by Eric Draper

**Photo: President George W. Bush and President-elect Barack Obama meet in the Oval Office of the White House Monday, November 10, 2008. Author: White House photo by Eric Draper

In an interview with Vice News, President Obama said the rise of Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS/ISIL) can be directly linked to America’s excursion into Iraq under Bush.

“Two things: One is, ISIL is a direct outgrowth of Al-Qaeda in Iraq that grew out of our invasion,”Obama said in an interview with VICE News. “Which is an example of unintended consequences. Which is why we should generally aim before we shoot.”

Source: RT

Obama stated that he is “confident” a coalition consisting of 60 nations “will slowly push back ISIL out of Iraq,” but added that the challenge of stopping extremism won’t stop unless there is a political solution to the internal strife affecting so many countries in the Middle East.

“What I’m worried about” he said, “is even if ISIL is defeated, the underlying problem of disaffected Sunnis around the world – but particularly in some of these areas including Libya, including Yemen – where a young man who’s growing up has no education, has no prospects for the future, is looking around and the one way he can get validation, power, respect, is if he’s a fighter.”

“That’s a problem we’re going to have, generally. And we can’t keep on thinking about counterterrorism and security as entirely separate from diplomacy, development, education.”

The president dismissed concerns that the US spends too much on foreign aid, noting that just over one percent of the federal budget goes to other nations. He argued that “we should be thinking about making investments” overseas that will prevent America from sending troops to engage in military operations.

Obama’s comments regarding ISIS mark the first time he has framed the extremist group’s existence as a consequence of American foreign policy decisions. The president’s opponents have often argued that his withdrawal of US troops from Iraq in 2011 left space for groups like ISIS to grow.

At the same time, the Shia-dominated central government of Iraq failed to effectively bring the country’s Sunni minority into the governing process, leaving ISIS with a disaffected ethnic group more willing to join its cause.

When reports of Al-Qaeda-linked militants causing violence in Iraq first burst onto the scene, Obama also characterized the group as a “JV team,” or a small-time operation.

“The analogy we use around here sometimes, and I think is accurate, is if a jayvee team puts on Lakers uniforms that doesn’t make them Kobe Bryant,” Obama told the New Yorker in early 2014.

“I think there is a distinction between the capacity and reach of a bin Laden and a network that is actively planning major terrorist plots against the homeland versus jihadists who are engaged in various local power struggles and disputes, often sectarian.”

Read more:

Criminal Charges Filed Against Maliki

Criminal Charges Filed Against Nouri Kamel Al Maliki 3/10/2015.


National Center for Legal & Judicial Research and Studies

In the Name of Allah the Most Gracious and Most Merciful

The Honorable President of the Public Prosecution of Iraq …

Re. / Complaint

Request to Process Complaint: The National Center for Legal and Judicial Research and Studies, an Iraqi non-governmental organization registered according to the law, and as represented herein by its Secretary-General, the former Judge Raheem Hassan Al Igeeli, and by its Deputy-Secretary-General, the Attorney Kamel El Hassani, with its address at Haifa Street, Baghdad, Iraq.

Defendant: Nouri Kamel Al Maliki, Former Prime Minister of the Council of Ministers and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, current Iraqi Vice- President, with his address at Al Dustur Street, Baghdad International Zone, Iraq.

Jurisdiction of Complaint: Defendant “Nouri Kamel Al Maliki” assumed the post of Prime Minister of the Council of Ministers and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Iraq between the years 2006-thru-2014, and during the period of his governance committed numerous of egregious violations and crimes.

And whereas the post of Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces is a civilian post pursuant to the provisions of Article 9 (First) (A) of the Constitution, which states:

“The Iraqi armed forces and security services will be composed of the components of the Iraqi people … [and] they shall be subject to the control of the civilian authority….”

Therefore, there does not exist any legal basis for stating that the charges against the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces fall within the jurisdiction of military justice; because it is a civilian post and such jurisdiction is exercised over internal security forces and military tribunals for crimes committed exclusively by the military.

And whereas the Constitution states in its Article 93 (Sixth) that the Federal Supreme Court shall have jurisdiction over: “Settling accusations directed against the President, the Prime Minister and the Ministers …,” to assert that the charges against the Defendant, which include high treason, fall within the jurisdiction of military justice would constitute a disclaimer by the Judiciary of its performance of its constitutional responsibilities and hence amount to an attempt to abandon its confrontation of the people’s causes.

Thus, we request the institution of legal procedures and processing of criminal charges against the Defendant for the following crimes:   (http://thejusticenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Complaint-Presented-to-Iraqi-Public-Prosecutor-1.pdf)

First: His Crimes by Virtue of his Assumption of the Post of Commander-in- Chief of the Armed Forces:

-1 High Treason: For the fall of one-third of Iraq in the hands of a terrorist organization “Da’ash” and for causing the arming of such a criminal organization with the sophisticated equipment and weapons of the Iraqi Army, valued at more than fifteen billion dollars, that were left behind by the Army when it abandoned its defenses of the land of the stricken governorates; which resulted in the death, injury, displacement and diaspora of millions of citizens, the violation of their right to their lives, belongings and assets, and the capture of their women and their sale in the slave markets of the Da’ash.

-2 Speicher Massacre: When he embroiled thousands of “untrained” youth by recruiting them for perverted electoral purposes and located them in a camp in Salahuddin Governorate, whence he left them without any training or weapons to defend themselves devoid of any military justification for their presence there; which rendered them easy prey for a terrorist organization that killed all of them in the most horrific crime in the modern history of Iraq. Proof: The investigation files of the Central Criminal Court of Baghdad.

-3 Committing great massacres against the Iraqi people constituting genocide and crimes against humanity, whereupon he killed hundreds of children, women and demonstrators; as he did in Zarka’a, Al Huwaija, Fallujah and Al Ramadi. Proof: The cases of such massacres in the police, medical and judicial centers and public prosecution departments of those areas; assuming their examination by Your Presidency pursuant to the Public Prosecution Law No. 159for Year .1979

-4 Committing the great massacre in Karbala’a against Nasar Al Sayyed El Hassani in .2014Proof: The files of the police directorate and the investigative and criminal tribunals of Karbala’a.

-5 Causing the tragedies that “Christian and Yazidis” minorities suffered and failing to protect or save them or provide for their minimum needs. Proof: The files of the Council of Representatives and those of the national and international civil and religious organizations.

-6 Spreading corruption in the military and security institutions by the systematic embezzlement, through ghost payrolls and payment of commissions on armament contracts and on the provisioning of the army and internal security forces, and the sale of unmerited positions and ranks and receiving illegal fees. Proof: The closed and open investigation files in the offices of the Inspectors General in the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Interior and Public Integrity Commission.

-7 Leveraging the Ba’athists over the leaderships of the military, security and judicial institutions, and leveraging their eradication to ensure their loyalty and obedience for purposes of accomplishing his illegal and unconstitutional agendas. Proof: The lists of those eradicated and excluded from the security agencies without the prior approval of the Council of Representatives, in violation of the Justice and Accountability Law No. 10for Year .2008

-8 Unilaterally appointing military leaders without first nominating their names to the Council of Representatives for their confirmation, in accordance with the provisions of Article 61(Fifth) (C) of the Constitution, in order to ensure the removal of whomever disobeyed him at any time he wished to do so.

-9 Creating security and military entities and dirty squads without constitutional or legal justification for purposes of manipulating and controlling, and to exclusively control and militarize, the civil society and thereby accomplish political agendas; such as the Office of the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and the apparatus for combatting terrorism, on which he wasted hundreds of millions of dollars and which contributed greatly to weakening the army and spreading corruption within it; and by receiving illegal fees, selling unmerited positions and ranks and spreading corruption on a regular and systematic basis, as well as by causing divisions within the formations of the armed forces and by covering up such infringements and violations from legal and judicial accountability by virtue of orders directly from the Defendant. Proof: The present reality of the institutions and the official decisions of the Government, Council of Representatives and International Coalition on the need to rebuild them professionally and nationalistically.

10-His dereliction in forming the army on a sectarian and exclusionary basis and in implicating it in political battles and using it against the people. Proof: The military units deployed throughout the capital Baghdad and the rest of Iraq’s cities, amongst which were directed against the Iraqi Kurdish Region, in violation of Article 9(First) (A) and Article 110(Second) of the Constitution that limit the role of the army to the defense of Iraq and the protection of Iraqi borders from external aggression, and caution against its use to suppress the people and prohibits it from interfering in political affairs.

11-Exercising states of emergency without authorization from the Council of Representatives, governing the nation on the basis of crises, taking over public and private assets and roads, blocking roads, restricting the movement of persons and searching them daily, and carrying out random detentions and human rights violations, all in contravention of Article 61 (Ninth) of the Constitution that regulates the declaration of the state of emergency.

12-Executing prisoners and those detained in prisons and detention facilities before and after the occupation of Mosul, Salahuddin and Diyala by Da’ash; and the sectarian liquidation of prisoners and detainees by ambushing them on public roads to kill them, following their release from prisons with the excuse of transporting them. Proof: The files of cases on the killing of prisoners registered in the registers of the Ministry of Justice; assuming their examination by Your Presidency pursuant to the Public Prosecution Law.

13-Carrying out random detentions without judicial orders in numerous Iraqi governorates, such as the group detention incident prior to the Arab Summit in Baghdad; and the detention of more than three thousand men on the occasion of the Defendant’s visit to Mosul before its occupation, according to his admission during one of his televised appearances.

14-Committing crimes of enforced disappearance on an systematic basis against thousands of Iraqis by means of the security agencies attached to him, or the militias supported by him, and their execution and the discarding of their corpses in the streets or rivers, or hiding them for …

(Full Statement of Claim: 
http://thejusticenews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/Complaint-Presented-to-Iraqi-Public-Prosecutor-1.pdf)

New York Times editorial: Prosecute Torturers and Bosses

The Opinion Pages | EDITORIAL

Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses

 

Since the day President Obama took office, he has failed to bring to justice anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects — an official government program conceived and carried out in the years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

He did allow his Justice Department to investigate the C.I.A.’s destruction of videotapes of torture sessions and those who may have gone beyond the torture techniques authorized by President George W. Bush. But the investigation did not lead to any charges being filed, or even any accounting of why they were not filed.

Mr. Obama has said multiple times that “we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards,” as though the two were incompatible. They are not. The nation cannot move forward in any meaningful way without coming to terms, legally and morally, with the abhorrent acts that were authorized, given a false patina of legality, and committed by American men and women from the highest levels of government on down.

Americans have known about many of these acts for years, but the 524-page executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report erases any lingering doubt about their depravity and illegality: In addition to new revelations of sadistic tactics like “rectal feeding,” scores of detainees were waterboarded, hung by their wrists, confined in coffins, sleep-deprived, threatened with death or brutally beaten. In November 2002, one detainee who was chained to a concrete floor died of “suspected hypothermia.”

 Dick Cheney. CreditWin McNamee/Getty Images

These are, simply, crimes. They are prohibited by federal law, which definestorture as the intentional infliction of “severe physical or mental pain or suffering.” They are also banned by the Convention Against Torture, the international treaty that the United States ratified in 1994 and that requires prosecution of any acts of torture.

So it is no wonder that today’s blinkered apologists are desperate to call these acts anything but torture, which they clearly were. As the report reveals, these claims fail for a simple reason: C.I.A. officials admitted at the time that what they intended to do was illegal.

In July 2002, C.I.A. lawyers told the Justice Department that the agency needed to use “more aggressive methods” of interrogation that would “otherwise be prohibited by the torture statute.” They asked the department to promise not to prosecute those who used these methods. When the department refused, they shopped around for the answer they wanted. They got it from the ideologically driven lawyers in the Office of Legal Counsel, who wrote memos fabricating a legal foundation for the methods. Government officials now rely on the memos as proof that they sought and received legal clearance for their actions. But the report changes the game: We now know that this reliance was not made in good faith.

No amount of legal pretzel logic can justify the behavior detailed in the report. Indeed, it is impossible to read it and conclude that no one can be held accountable. At the very least, Mr. Obama needs to authorize a full and independent criminal investigation.

The American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch are to give Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. a letter Monday calling for appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate what appears increasingly to be “a vast criminal conspiracy, under color of law, to commit torture and other serious crimes.”

The question everyone will want answered, of course, is: Who should be held accountable? That will depend on what an investigation finds, and as hard as it is to imagine Mr. Obama having the political courage to order a new investigation, it is harder to imagine a criminal probe of the actions of a former president.

But any credible investigation should include former Vice President Dick Cheney; Mr. Cheney’s chief of staff, David Addington; the former C.I.A. director George Tenet; and John Yoo and Jay Bybee, the Office of Legal Counsel lawyers who drafted what became known as the torture memos. There are many more names that could be considered, including Jose Rodriguez Jr., the C.I.A. official who ordered the destruction of the videotapes; the psychologists who devised the torture regimen; and the C.I.A. employees who carried out that regimen.

One would expect Republicans who have gone hoarse braying about Mr. Obama’s executive overreach to be the first to demand accountability, but with one notable exception, Senator John McCain, they have either fallen silent or actively defended the indefensible. They cannot even point to any results: Contrary to repeated claims by the C.I.A., the report concluded that “at no time” did any of these techniques yield intelligence that averted a terror attack. And at least 26 detainees were later determined to have been “wrongfully held.”

Starting a criminal investigation is not about payback; it is about ensuring that this never happens again and regaining the moral credibility to rebuke torture by other governments. Because of the Senate’s report, we now know the distance officials in the executive branch went to rationalize, and conceal, the crimes they wanted to commit. The question is whether the nation will stand by and allow the perpetrators of torture to have perpetual immunity for their actions.

 

ISIS IS A COMPLETE FARCE – Says Former CIA-NSA Contractor

“ISIS IS A COMPLETE FARCE.  A COMPLETELY FABRICATED ENEMY FUNDED BY THE UNITED STATES AND IT’S ALLIES.” FORMER CIA and NSA CONTRACTOR Stephen D. Kelley.

WORLD WAR III FOR DUMMIES: A step by step guide to understanding the current world situation

This exceptionally well written article on WWIII has gone viral.  Keep it going!   Because the organized crime syndicate that has seized power in the western world DO NOT WANT YOU TO KNOW THIS.

Open the link below, and read and study.  Make sure you get to the bottom of the page

http://www.tomatobubble.com/id686.html

Iraqi Dinar Revaluation

How the U.S. Plans to Make Trillions Off the Revaluation of the Iraqi Dinar

By Greg McCoach
Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

U.S. national debt will exceed $14.5 trillion by the end of the summer.

The government has been underwater so long, it has gills…

But despite their desperate condition, the Feds still have a few tricks up their sleeve that will allow them to keep “kicking the can” down the road.

One of the gimmicks they’ve cooked up to stave the wolves off is becoming more and more evident: Iraqi Dinar Revaluation.

The dinar collapsed after the United States invaded Iraq and toppled Saddam. Prior to U.S. invasion, the Iraqi currency was trading over USD3 to one Iraqi dinar on the strength of the country’s massive oil industry.

After the collapse, the dinar was trading significantly lower. At one point, a single dollar purchased one thousand Iraqi dinar.

Speculators began to take positions in 2004 hoping someday, the dinar would recover and the UN economic sanctions would be lifted, allowing the currency to be revalued. Since then, there has been much speculation regarding how and when that would occur.

But here’s the really interesting part…

The U.S. Government is the Largest Holder of Iraqi Dinar Outside of Iraq

Does that really come as a surprise?

The U.S. Treasury does not officially list the Iraqi dinar as part of the country’s forex reserves.

New Iraqi Dinar
july 2011 new iraqi dinar
see detail of 50 dinar bill

However, the Treasure does say it did an initial currency swap with Iraq to fund their government and Ministries…

Exactly how many dinars were traded is not mentioned, but it does make reference to “billions of U.S. dollars” traded to Iraq.

About two months ago, Iraqi dinars could no longer be purchased; the recent Dodd Frank bill appears to have legislation related to the revaluation of a foreign currency and preventing mass hysteria.

From what I have been able to gather, it sounds like this plan was originally put together by George Bush, Dick Cheney, Alan Greenspan, and others years ago as a way for the U.S. government to be repaid (read: get kickbacks) for their efforts in Iraq.

Experts speculate the U.S. government received nearly 4 trillion Iraqi dinars at an exchange rate of 4,000 dinar to USD1.

If this is even close to true — and the UN allows Iraq to revalue their currency up to USD1: one Iraqi dinar — the U.S. government would stand to profit in trillions… as would anyone else who speculated on the dinar over the years.

Bush’s statement, “This is a war that will pay for itself,” will be true 10 times over.

Check out how the House of Saud got taken for $267 billion of their own crude oil.

NEW DINARS HAVE IMPROVED ANTI-FORGERY FEATURES

By John Lee. 

Iraq is introducing new Iraqi Dinar notes with improved security features, such as guarantee ribbons and the internationally used SPARK feature.

The Central Bank of Iraq treasury director Ihsan Shamran al-Yasseri announced the move, noting that this was a positive step forward that would help strengthen the currency.

The new notes, to be used alongside the old until they are phased out, will include 250, 500 and 1,000 Iraqi dinar denominations as well as larger denominations of 5000, 10,000 and 25,000 dinars. Al-Yasseri said of the move:

“The new currency, of which the small value ones have been offered for circulation, is not much different in form from the notes currently being used by the public. But these are infused with safer and more effective technical specifications containing security symbols and many technical characteristics that will give the notes longer life and make it difficult or almost impossible to counterfeit. Many of the present currency notes have become overused and it was necessary to renew them with the addition of features that would make the notes more able to effectively resist the constant circulation as well as attempts at forgery.”