Gun control advocates celebrate retailer’s “request” of gun owners.
Gun control advocates celebrate retailer’s “request” of gun owners.
An American intelligence expert says journalists in the United States “are in fear of losing their jobs” for gathering and sharing news because “the proper type of justice has disappeared” in the country.
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The US House of Representatives has approved a Republican plan to launch a lawsuit against President Barack Obama focusing on the failure to faithfully enforce his landmark healthcare law.
The upper floors of the World Trade Center burn, early September 11, 2001 after a plane crashed into the building. (Reuters/Reuters TV)
When the CIA first began using its controversial interrogation and detention methods after the September 11th attacks, it reportedly declined to tell the Secretary of State and other American ambassadors about its actions.
The revelation comes from the Senate’s still-unreleased report scrutinizing the United States’ post-9/11 interrogation techniques, and first came to the public’s attention Wednesday when the White House unintentionally emailed a document detailing the findings to an Associated Press reporter.
The report – parts of which could be declassified by the White House in the coming days – also apparently found that some of the ambassadors who were briefed on the CIA’s activity were told not to notify their superiors in the State Department. One congressional official confirmed to the AP that these findings are documented in the Senate’s report, while a former CIA official said then-Secretary of State Colin Powell may not have known about the agency’s techniques when they first started using them.
The White House document noted that the CIA employed slapping, humiliation, sleep-deprivation, exposure to cold temperatures, and waterboarding in its attempts to interrogate suspects. The document does not go as far as saying the methods are legally considered torture, but it does reportedly say the Senate report categorizes the techniques as “torture by a common definition.”
According to the AP, the White House document states that the State Department wishes to stand behind the report’s findings and harshly criticize the CIA.
“This report tells a story of which no American is proud,” the document says in a section labeled, “Topline Messages (as proposed by State).”
“But it is also part of another story of which we can be proud. America’s democratic system worked just as it was designed to work in bringing an end to actions inconsistent with our democratic values.”
The State Department also wants to maintain that the Senate report “leaves no doubt that the methods used to extract information from some terrorist suspects caused profound pain, suffering and humiliation. It also leaves no doubt that the harm caused by the use of these techniques outweighed any potential benefit.”
Additionally, the document features multiple questions that, presumably, the White House is preparing to answer if and when the findings of the Senate report becomes public. They include:
“Until now the (U.S. government) has avoided conceding that the techniques used in the RDI program constituted torture. Now that the report is released is the White House prepared to concede that people were tortured?”
“Doesn’t the report make clear that at least some who authorized or participated in the [CIA interrogation] program committed crimes? Will the Justice Department revisit its decision not to prosecute anyone?”
“Isn’t it clear that the CIA engaged in torture as defined in the Torture Convention?”
According to a Tuesday report from Reuters, the White House may very well declassify the Senate report’s 600-page summary within the next week or so. In addition to its conclusions on the CIA’s methods themselves, the report is believed to state that no significant counter-terror information was gained through the techniques, and that the CIA claimed greater, more beneficial results than the evidence supports.
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Three essential questions:
How are we certain US/UK/Israel current armed attacks are unlawful and lie-began Wars of Aggression?
How would arrests of “leaders” happen?
What can the average person do to help cause arrests of obvious criminals for obvious War Crimes?
How are we certain US/UK/Israel current armed attacks are unlawful and lie-began Wars of Aggression?
The short answer is because the two treaties that make a government’s armed attack upon another nation are so crystal-clear in letter and intent, and the US/UK/Israel wars are not even close to the definition of “self-defense” that makes war lawful.
Two world wars begat two treaties to end nations’ armed attacks: the Kellogg-Briand Pact (General treaty for renunciation of war as an instrument of national policy as official title), and the United Nations Charter. Article Six of the US Constitution defines a treaty as US “supreme Law of the Land;” meaning that US policy may only complement an active treaty, and never violate it.
War law can be safely summarized as unlawful in all cases except in direct self-defense from armed attack by another nation’s government (full explanation and documentation here).
US/UK/Israel violations of war law are “Emperor’s New Clothes” and “Big Lie” obvious, tragic-comic and Orwellian opposite of the laws won by all our families from two world wars. They are a mockery of anyone with an Oath to uphold the US Constitution.
We can be certain that US/UK/Israel wars violate war law as easily as a group of us would recognize a car speeding through a stop sign, or a baseball pitch ten feet over the batter’s head not being close to a strike. When we know the law, gross violations are just that obvious.
More helpful summary to recognize the big picture:
Since WW2, Earth has had 248 armed conflicts. The US started 201 of them.
These US-started armed attacks have killed ~30 million and counting; 90% of these deaths are innocent children, the elderly and ordinary working civilian women and men.
The US has war-murdered more than Hitler’s Nazis.
US official reports now confirm all “reasons” the US told for current armed attacks were known to be false as they were told.
US wars and rhetoric for more wars continue a long history of lie-began US Wars of Aggression. The most decorated US Marine general in his day warned all Americans of this fact of lie-started wars for 1% plunder.
The US Army’s official law handbook agrees with this legal summary in explaining the law (but then baldly states all current US military actions are “self-defense” without explanation).
In contrast to lie-started US/UK/Israel wars not even close to lawful; Americans would never allow a favorite sport to be destroyed by such outrageous fundamental rule violations.
The categories of crime for armed attacks outside US treaty limits of law are Wars of Aggression (the worst crime a nation can commit) and treason for lying to US military and causing thousands of US military deaths.
People around the world view the US as the greatest threat to peace; voted three times more dangerous than any other country.
The UK’s role in war on Iraq was found illegal by all 27 of their Foreign Affairs Department lawyers. Not even one self-serving lawyer hoping to gain favor in government could construct a legal argument that war on Iraq was lawful.
Israel has a hostile military siege on Gaza; an act of war. Its armed attacks are illegal because Hamas (government of Palestine) rejects any attack on its powerful neighbor and proposes peaceful coexistence. Israel attacks unlawful targets: hospitals, media, schools, water, power. Full details here; update on Israel destroying infrastructure here, and Israel bombing another school (the 6th one at this point) despite the UN telling Israel literally 17 times the school was sheltering civilians from Israel having earlier destroying their homes with bombs.
Importantly, we know for sure that US/UK/Israel openly lies that Iran threatens to “wipe Israel off the map;” directly refuted by the crystal-clear text in question by Iranian President Ahmadinejad in 2005 (more on Iran).
Israel attacked the USS Liberty in 1967, despite her clear markings, five by eight foot US flag, and 10 hours of close-range Israel multiple aircraft observation. After the attack, Israeli helicopters with machine guns observed, pulled back, and allowed another attack by Israel fighter jets with torpedos (apparently the helicopter mission was to kill survivors in the water after sinking the Liberty). Eventually, the US Navy responded with fighter jets forcing the abort of Israel sinking the USS Liberty with deaths of over 300 Americans (34 were killed, 171 wounded). The apparent motivation was for Israel to create a false flag attack, and blame Egypt to manipulate US support of their war.
Israel planted bombs to kill Americans in Egypt in 1954. This false flag operation, known today as the Lavon Affair, was to incite US alliance with Israel against a political enemy of Israel.
Israel soldiers dressed as Palestinians to hurl rocks at Israeli soldiers in 2005 to incite public opinion against Palestinians.
For more on Israel’s war on Gaza, I recommend here, here, here, here.
2. How would arrests of “leaders” happen?
First, a few important points for context:
Anyone can understand war law as clearly as stop sign law. War law is far easier to understand than what makes a punt legal in American football, the infield fly rule in baseball, or even how to call a ball out in tennis.
Clarity of the law will not matter if the law is intentionally unenforced by government who want war as a policy option. In addition, governments propagandize/lie, and corporate media repeats those lies in ongoing history to “cover” unlawful wars from public recognition.
Therefore, the context we find ourselves in on 2014 Earth is a history of empire, colonialism, and post-WW2 neocolonialism where “developed” nations’ governments use war to control territory and resources. This brutal history includes two world wars, proxy-wars in the Cold War, and now never-ending “wars on terror.”
The war-winners created the UN, and use it along with corporate media to “cover” their War Crimes in the present. They do this by lying about the facts, claiming their wars are always “self-defense” (the same argument as Imperial Rome) while having to destroy the meaning of that term, and never ever ever ever ever ever reminding the public of the crystal-clear law the public won that restricts armed attacks by government to a very narrow definition of “self-defense.”
This context means arrests of former colonial powers’ government leaders (and media) for unlawful Wars of Aggression would:
Have the power of war law and the facts to support arrests.
Have the power of everyone with Oaths to support the law for arrests.
Have to contrast with a history of empire without such arrests except for WW2’s winners finding the losers guilty of violating the Kellogg-Briand Treaty (link has helpful 2-minute video).
Have to contrast with a history of the UN doing nothing to stop the egregious history of post-WW2 Wars of Aggression. Again: since WW2, Earth has had 248 armed conflicts. The US started 201 of them. These US-started armed attacks have killed ~30 million and counting; 90% of these deaths are innocent children, the elderly and ordinary working civilian women and men. The US has war-murdered more than Hitler’s Nazis in these UN unopposed wars.
So how would arrests of say, US President Barack Obama and former President Bush, UK Prime Minister David Cameron and former PM Blair, and Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu happen?
Given such arrests would be an absolute reversal of history to-date, this means history provides no precedent to explain how this would happen. Given this lack of precedence, these are possible scenarios:
Federal law arrests for treason and/or other unlawful orders violating the US Constitution (consider Oath Keepers).
State arrests for murder of residents under the unlawful lies to send residents to their deaths via unlawful Wars of Aggression.
Military arrests for unlawful orders, Wars of Aggression.
International Criminal Court (under similar control as the UN to avoid the biggest War Crimes).
Those interested in taking the lawful course of arrests of OBVIOUS War Crimes would have the unique challenge to marshal strategy to use limited resources for the endgame result of removing War Criminals from power.
I don’t recommend this course (nor do I argue against it), despite the future whereby humanity will ask those with arrest powers, “Why didn’t you act to arrest these psychopaths?”
The risk of failure at the personal level is high, which includes consequences of death, injury, imprisonment, torture, and ridicule. The risk of failing to uphold one’s Oath to the US Constitution include deaths of millions or billions of humans, planetary disasters affecting trillions of non-human species’ members, tyranny, injury, poverty, debt-slavery, and being a pimp serving all of the above.
Predictably, any efforts for arrests would require unknown multiple failures before sufficient numbers of the public recognize arrests are rational and preferable to ongoing War Crimes that kill millions, harm billions, and loot trillions of our dollars.
3. What can the average person do to help cause arrests of obvious criminals for obvious War Crimes?
Again, this challenging strategy requires invention given zero historical record that seems very helpful. And that said, each of us has the power to think, speak, and take actions consistent with the future we most want.
If I had to bet, we’ll see this:
Continued awakening of people to what will be recognized as OBVIOUS crimes centering in war and money.
As people become bolder, we’ll hit an Emperor’s New Clothes moment whereby in a relative moment the criminal “leaders” are seen for what they are and removed from power.
The transition at this point is a literal apocalypse: Greek for uncovering with profound consequence. It could be destructive to the extent of the oligarchs unleashing every weapon they have, to relatively peaceful surrender. If you’re a person of religious faith and/or philosophical spirituality, here’s a strong opportunity to exercise it.
As I’ve suggested:
Relax and have fun ‘cuz we’re guests on Earth, not management: For the first part of my activist career, I operated to save human lives from poverty as quickly as possible. The hard truth is that I am insufficiently powerful to produce that outcome on my own; I am only able to offer this outcome (or any other) in networks for various groups’ consideration.
Israeli forces pounded Hamas symbols of control and Gaza’s only power plant in one of the heaviest bombardments in the three-week conflict, trying to raise pressure on the Islamist group to accept Israel’s terms for a cease-fire.
A few of former top “I-plead-the-fifth” IRS official Lois Lerner’s emails have surfaced, and MAN, does she sound bitchy.
Not PMS bitchy. More like “uppity country club soccer mom with a side of Häagen-Dazs watching pre-recorded soap operas on the couch and thinking about ways to politically screw people over for kicks” bitchy.
We might be “through” if there are that many “@ssholes,” she responded, referring to the “whacko wing of the GOP”. And apparently we don’t need to worry about “alien terrorists” because it’s “our own crazies” that will “take us down”.
Good to know she felt that way seven months before the scandal broke that for years under her watch, conservative groups were being unfairly targeted and discriminated against by the IRS.
The Daily Mail elaborated:
Former senior IRS official Lois Lerner had deeply held political biases while she was in a position of authority, according to Republican lawmakers who unveiled emails on Wednesday showing her referring to conservatives as ‘crazies’ and ‘a**holes.’
Michigan Rep. Dave Camp, who chairs the powerful House Ways and Means Committee, wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder to demand what he called ‘a serious investigation’ – something he said has been lacking.
He told the attorney general on Wednesday that the newly disclosed email correspondence ‘shows Ms. Lerner’s mistreatment of conservative groups was driven by her personal hostility toward conservatives.’
So Rep. Camp thinks Lerner had a few “deeply held political biases,” does he…and this “personal hostility toward conservatives” just may have somehow contributed toward her mistreatment of conservative groups?
Gee, you don’t say…
The emails were sent from her Blackberry to a colleague. Of course, we can’t read the rest of her day-to-day emails because the dog ate her official work hard drive.
But beyond that… man. Just reading those emails and trying to get a general sense of the person who wrote them, you’ve gotta admit. She sounds…well…pretty damn bitchy.
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