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Sep 18 14:16

Pentagon Admits They Drone-Striked 10 Afghan Civilians, Not 'ISIS-K' Fighters As They Claimed

The Biden regime's final act in Afghanistan was to drone-strike 10 innocent Afghan civilians, 7 of whom were children, then lie about it and claim they killed "ISIS-K" fighters who had bombs in their car.

Sep 17 14:43

Afghanistan: US admits Kabul drone strike killed civilians

The US has admitted that a drone strike in Kabul days before its military pullout killed 10 innocent people.

Sep 17 14:34

PENTAGON ADMITS AFGHAN MASSACRE…

"The US must now commit to a full, transparent, and impartial investigation into this incident. Anyone suspected of criminal responsibility should be prosecuted in a fair trial," said Brian Castner, a senior crisis adviser with Amnesty International's Crisis Response Program.

Sep 17 13:21

US Gen. McKenzie Admits Kabul Airstrike 'Was a Mistake', Killed Only Afghan Civilians

US Gen. Frank McKenzie, the commander of US Central Command (USCENTCOM), admitted Friday that no Daesh-Khorasan fighters were killed in the August 29 airstrike in Kabul. The attack killed 10 civilians.

McKenzie said the decision to order the airstrike "was a mistake" and took full responsibility for the "tragic outcome" of the attack.

Sep 16 06:05

Guantánamo Must Close

Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn has lost many things over the course of the disastrous US “war on terror.” As one of the thirty-nine remaining detainees in Washington’s extralegal prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, he has lost touch with the outside world for nearly two decades.

Presumably, too, he has lost some sense of well-being, and not merely for the psychological and physical distress that imprisonment provokes by design. He was the first prisoner to be subjected to the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program at an agency black site, making his legacy distinctly sinister among his cohort.

His case is thus notorious among the 780 men and children who have been held at Guantánamo. He was the first to be waterboarded, subjected to forced nudity, deprived of sleep for days on end, and held in a box no larger than a human coffin for long stretches of time.

Sep 15 06:35

Prisoners recaptured: lawyer visits denied, allegations of torture and mistreatment

After one of the most dramatic prison escapes in Palestinian history, four of the six political prisoners who escaped a maximum security Israeli prison last week were recaptured over the weekend.

The four prisoners, Zakaria Zubeidi, Mohammed Qassem Ardah, Mahmoud Abdullah Ardah and Yaqoub Mahmoud Qadri were all captured by Israeli forces over the weekend in and around the Nazareth area in northern Israel.

Mahmoud Ardah and Yaqoub Qadri were captured on Friday night in a neighborhood in Nazareth city, while Zakaria Zubeidi and Mohammed Ardah were captured just hours later hiding in a truck parking lot outside Nazareth.

The two remaining prisoners, Ayham Kamanji and Munadil Nfeiat, are still at large. Early reports claimed two prisoners escaped to Jordan, though recent reports from Palestinian media claimed that the two had made their way to the West Bank.

Sep 15 06:31

US-trained death squads are the dark legacy of the war on terror

There are relatively few truly world-changing events, but the 9/11 attack on New York's World Trade Centre in 2001 was one. Regardless of the numerous theories that have surrounded it or the obvious and undisputable fact that revenge has been taken against innocent people directly and indirectly worldwide, it set into motion a series of events which have shaped the world for the past two decades.

Increased securitisation, unprecedented state surveillance and a global shift in how Muslims are perceived are just a few of the results of that fateful day. Around the globe, and particularly in the "third world", however, those effects have included regime change – not entirely a bad thing for the regimes' many victims – in Afghanistan and Iraq. This has been deadly.

Sep 15 05:03

Shut Down the Drone War

The August 29 U.S. drone strike in Kabul that killed ten civilians, including seven children, demonstrates the bankruptcy of the war on terror. Like many other drone strikes, the strike in Kabul targeted innocent people and achieved nothing except to blow up civilians that had the misfortune to be in the vicinity. According to two recent investigative reports in The New York Times and The Washington Post, the vehicle targeted in the strike carried no explosives, and the car’s driver was Zemari Ahmadi, an aid worker who had spent the day delivering water to those in need. Hailed as a "righteous strike" by Gen. Mark Milley, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Kabul drone strike was an atrocity that should never have happened.

Sep 15 05:03

Pentagon Defends Deadly Drone Strike in Kabul

The Pentagon continued to assert on Monday that the last U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan was necessary to prevent an attack on American troops, despite a New York Times investigation that raises doubts about the military’s version of events, including whether explosives were in the vehicle that was blown up and whether the driver had a connection to the Islamic State.

The Pentagon press secretary, John F. Kirby, said that Central Command, which carried out the strike on Aug. 29 in the waning days of America’s 20-year war in Afghanistan, was investigating the results. But that inquiry, Mr. Kirby suggested to reporters, may be limited to what Central Command can glean from intercepts, video imagery and interviews with sources.

“I’m not going to get ahead of what Centcom is doing with their assessment of that strike,” Mr. Kirby said at a news conference. “I am not aware of any option that would put investigators on the ground in Kabul to complete their assessment.”

Sep 15 04:55

Will US contractor CACI finally be punished for Abu Ghraib torture?

Who could possibly forget the infamous dog leash photo? The human pyramid? The female soldier posing with a “thumbs up” in front of a dead Iraqi prisoner?

The names Lynddie England, Janice Karpinksi and Charles Granier became synonymous with the Abu Ghraib torture scandal. But we know now that those who directed the torture from the Pentagon, who set the conditions on the ground in that prison, were never held truly accountable. The only ones who did time were the low ranking National Guardsmen and intelligence officers. Then-Brigadier Gen. Karpinski (who didn’t go to jail but was relieved of her command and was demoted in rank) was clearly the scapegoat among the top brass.

Sep 15 04:53

Rand Paul grills Blinken on whether drone strike hit aid worker or ISIS-K: 'You'd think you'd kind of know before you off someone'

GOP Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky on Tuesday posed tough questions to Secretary of State Antony Blinken over a drone strike that killed 10 Afghan civilians, including seven children, pressing the top US diplomat on whether the Biden administration was fully aware of who was being targeted.

A recent New York Times report suggested that the strike, which the US military described as "righteous," mistakenly targeted an aid worker. Gen. Mark A. Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the strike took out an "imminent" ISIS-K threat.

"Was he an aid worker or an ISIS-K operative?" Paul asked Blinken.

"I don't know," Blinken said, adding that the strike was still being reviewed.

"You'd think you'd kind of know before you off someone with a predator drone," Paul said.

Sep 14 13:44

Joe Biden is a war criminal: MURDERED seven family members including children, just to change the news headlines

Shortly after an ISIS-K suicide bomber attacks Abbey Gate outside the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, just days ahead of the Aug. 31 withdrawal deadline, killing 13 U.S. military personnel, ‘General’ Joe Biden okayed a drone strike on a suspected terrorist operative in the capital city.

Because U.S. weaponry is lethal and precise, the target was obliterated. But because our intelligence isn’t so great on many occasions, it turns out that the man who was killed was actually an ally of the United States and an employee for a U.S. contractor.

But that targeted ‘suspect’ wasn’t the only casualty: In addition to him, six of his family members, including two small children, along with three others, were murdered as well, his vehicle and their dwelling decimated by a drone-fired missile.

Sep 14 06:44

Pentagon: No plans to send investigators to Afghanistan to scrutinize US drone strike

The Pentagon does not plan to put investigators on the ground to assess whether “an imminent ISIS-K threat” targeted during a U.S. drone strike in Afghanistan actually had ties to the terrorist organization, the Defense Department’s top spokesman said Monday.

“I don’t foresee an option at this point ... that would put investigators on the ground in Kabul to complete their assessment,” press secretary John Kirby told reporters at the Pentagon.

U.S. Central Command “is still assessing the results of that strike, and they have a variety of means to do that, and I’m just not going to get ahead of where they are in terms of the process,” he added.

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Sep 14 06:43

Recaptured Palestinian Gilboa escapees 'risk being tortured'

A Palestinian prisoners' rights group has sounded the alarm over the wellbeing of four Gilboa Prison escapees who were recaptured by Israel, amid reports of possible torture.

Six Palestinians broke out of Gilboa Prison in northern Israel last week after digging their way to freedom using a spoon. Two of the men remain free while the other four were captured by the Israeli army.

Qadoura Fares, the head of the Palestinian Prisoners Club, confirmed that fears are rising over the fate of the recaptured prisoners after reports emerged they may have been subject to torture.

Sep 14 06:02

Pentagon insists Kabul drone strike that ‘killed children & aid worker’ was about preventing ‘imminent attack’

The Pentagon has refused to comment on the revelation that its Kabul drone strike killed not a terrorist but an innocent Afghan aid worker and children, insisting it was taken to prevent an “imminent” attack on the US airlift.

The US military claimed to have killed three suspected members of Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K) terrorist group in Nangarhar province on August 27 and an ISIS-K “facilitator” in Kabul on August 29. The first strike was in reprisal for the August 26 suicide bombing at the Kabul airport, for which ISIS-K claimed responsibility, and the second was said to have taken out a car bomb intended for the airport.

On Monday, however, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said he could not confirm the identities of anyone killed in the strikes – or explain how the military was investigating the second strike without any presence on the ground.

Sep 13 13:07

‘Bungled’ Kabul Drone Strike: US Has a Long Record of Killing 'Wrong' Afghans, Observers Say

The US drone strike authorised by Joe Biden in the aftermath of the deadly Daesh-K* suicide bombing attack in Kabul, killed an innocent man and his family, according to the New York Times. CIA veteran Philip Giraldi and former Reagan administration official Dr. Paul Craig Roberts have discussed the NYT investigation.

The Pentagon drone operators struck a vehicle on 29 August, believing that it carried a Daesh-K* bomb and posed an imminent threat to troops at Kabul’s airport. Following the attack, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark A. Milley told reporters that secondary explosions which followed the strike backed the military’s conclusion that the car contained either suicide vests or a large bomb. The general asserted to the press that the attack was based on good intelligence and that all precautionary measures had been taken to reduce risks to civilians nearby.

Sep 13 07:04

Military Contractor Claims It's Not Liable in Abu Ghraib Case

A military contractor being sued for alleged complicity in the torture of inmates at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison argued Friday that recent Supreme Court cases make clear it can't be held liable for misconduct that occurred overseas, but a judge was skeptical.

CACI, a Virginia-based contractor that supplied interrogators at the infamous prison, is seeking to have the 13-year-old lawsuit dismissed. The most recent legal debate centers on the extent to which U.S. companies can be sued for international conduct.

In recent years, the Supreme Court has restricted corporations' potential liability. Most recently, the high court tossed out a civil suit against a subsidiary of chocolate maker Nestle after it was accused of complicity in child slavery on cocoa farms in Ivory Coast.

Sep 11 07:36

NYT Confirms Biden Murdered Innocent Family In Kabul Drone Strike

President Joe Biden murdered an innocent family when the US military conducted a "righteous strike" on Aug. 29 against a vehicle that American officials thought was an ISIS bomb that posed an imminent threat to thousands of people at the Kabul airport.

In a late Friday afternoon report, the New York Times reveals that "Military officials said they did not know the identity of the car’s driver when the drone fired, but deemed him suspicious because of how they interpreted his activities that day, saying that he possibly visited an ISIS safe house and, at one point, loaded what they thought could be explosives into the car."

In reality, they were filling water bottles.

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The gang that couldn't shoot straight!

Sep 11 07:18

Joe Biden Committed a War Crime by Drone Striking Civilian Aid Worker, Not ISIS, Evidence Reveals.

Analysis has revealed that Joe Biden’s last minute effort to salvage credibility during the Afghanistan withdrawal included a heinous war crime which murdered aid worker civilians, not the ISIS-K terrorists the Biden regime claimed.

On August 28th, Major General Hank Taylor told reporters during a press briefing that an “over-the-horizon” counterterrorism operation killed “two high profile” ISIS-K targets.

The move was lauded by America’s corporate news media, even as doubts as to the veracity of the claims were raised in the immediate aftermath.

Now, analysis from the New York Times reveals the driver of the vehicle targeted, Zemari Ahmadi, was in fact a long-time worker for a U.S. aid group. He appeared to be carrying water, not explosives.

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Sep 10 15:59

REVEALED: Biden Regime Drone-Striked U.S. NGO Aid Worker And 7 Children, Not 'ISIS-K' Terrorists

The Biden regime's drone strike last month that they claimed killed "ISIS-K" terrorists who helped organize the suicide bombing attack at Kabul Airport actually killed an innocent US NGO aid worker, 7 children and 2 others, according to an investigation from the New York Times.

Sep 10 06:47

The longstanding complicity of the Israeli Medical Association with torture in Israel

During the Middle Ages in Europe the practice of torture drew distinction from its association with confessed truth, repentance, and salvation, yet by 1874 Victor Hugo could write that “torture has ceased to exist.” However there has never been any doubt that torture would outlive its obituarists. In 2015 Amnesty International noted that 157 states had ratified the UN Convention of Torture, yet 141 states had used torture in the previous 5 years – this included Western supposedly liberal democracies. Torture is a form of terrorism.

Sep 10 06:09

US Airstrikes Have Killed Up To 48,000 Civilians Since 9/11

Airstrikes conducted by the United States have killed between 22,000 and 48,000 civilians since September 11, 2001, according to a report published Monday by Airwars, a military watchdog that monitors and seeks to reduce civilian harm in violent conflict zones.

The new analysis, released ahead of the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and the retaliatory launch of the so-called "War on Terror," came just days after a U.S. drone strike killed at least 10 members of a single family in Kabul amid the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

Most media accounts point out that more than 7,000 U.S. service members have died in post-9/11 wars, but only some go on to state the massive civilian death toll, and "almost exclusively in generalities," researchers lamented.

Sep 06 07:14

BBC ADMITS PROPAGANDA REPORT SMEARING OPCW SYRIA 'GAS ATTACK' WHISTLEBLOWER WAS FILLED WITH LIES

A BBC propaganda report from journalist Chloe Hadjimatheou that smeared an OPCW whistleblower, Wikileaks and columnist Peter Hitchens for questioning the alleged April 2018 "gas attack" in Douma was loaded with lies and disinformation, the BBC has admitted.

Sep 03 06:01

Afghanistan: US investigates civilian deaths in Kabul strike

The Pentagon says it can't yet dispute claims that a US drone strike on a suspected suicide bomber in Afghanistan killed a number of civilians.

The strike, near Kabul airport, killed 10 members of one family, including six children, relatives have told the BBC.

The US military said it was targeting a vehicle carrying at least one person associated with the Afghan branch of the Islamic State group.

The US was assessing and investigating reports of civilian deaths, it added.

American commanders said there were "significant secondary explosions" after the drone strike - implying there were explosives at the scene - which may have harmed people nearby.

The youngest child to be killed was two-year-old Sumaya, and the oldest child was 12-year-old Farzad, the family told the BBC.

Aug 31 05:27

British lawyers mount bid for war crimes inquiry into Saudi-led coalition 'massacres' in Yemen

British lawyers are leading moves for a war crimes inquiry into the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen on behalf of hundreds of victims killed in atrocities in the country.

Guernica 37, a London-based human rights chambers, is today submitting evidence to the International Criminal Court (ICC) of three alleged war crimes where more than 140 Yemenis including children were killed and in some cases tortured.

The lawyers are urging the ICC to launch an investigation into the alleged crimes and are exploring the possibility of issuing international arrest warrants against the military leaders of the six year war as well as bringing class actions against them in Britain and the US.

The evidence has been drawn from survivors, their relatives, and families of those murdered in three incidents which have already been investigated by international NGOs.

Aug 30 09:18

US Drone Attack Kills at Least 10 Afghan Civilians—Including 6 Children

By Jake Johnson

A U.S. drone strike purportedly targeting a suspected ISIS-K vehicle in a residential neighborhood of Kabul, Afghanistan killed at least 10 members of a single family—including six children—as they were getting out of their car on Sunday.

Relatives of the victims told the Washington Post that the strike—which was the second attack the U.S. carried out in Kabul over the weekend—”hit a nearby vehicle” that the Pentagon claims was an “imminent” threat.

The civilian victims of the U.S. strike were all “from a single extended family,” the Post reported.

Samim Shahyad, a 25-year-old journalism student, told the New York Times that the U.S. attack killed his father, his two brothers, four of his young cousins, his niece, and his sister’s fiancé. Shahyad added that three of the victims were girls who were just two years old or younger...

Aug 25 07:41

McBride on Afghanistan: Australian cover up of "a campaign of murders" by highly decorated soldiers

Aug 23 08:20

WikiLeaks Reviews Some Of Its 'Greatest Hits' Leaks On Afghanistan

Amid the total unraveling of Afghanistan in the wake of the Biden-ordered US troop withdraw and ongoing severely botched evacuation effort centered at Kabul's international airport, WikiLeaks has been republishing a few of its more interesting leaks related to the past Afghan war logs, a vast drove of classified US documents which first hit public view over a decade ago.

Also this past week a 2011 clip of Julian Assange breaking down what's behind America's longest ever war has resurfaced and is going viral: "The goal is to use Afghanistan to wash money out of the tax bases of the US and Europe through Afghanistan and back into the hands of a transnational security elite. The goal is an endless war, not a successful war," Assange said in the old interview footage.

Aug 23 06:01

CIA Stories: Death Squads in Afghanistan

Aug 21 05:31

Bolivia charges ex-President Anez with ‘genocide’ over death of protesters in 2019

Bolivia’s former interim president, Jeanine Anez, has been charged with genocide and other crimes over the deaths of 20 people who protested the ousting of the country’s longtime socialist leader, Evo Morales, in 2019.

The charges against Anez, who seized power in the Latin American nation for a year, have been “provisionally classified as genocide, serious and minor injury, and injury followed by death,” Attorney General Juan Lanchipa announced on Friday.

According to Bolivian law, the ex-president could face 10 to 20 years in prison if found guilty.

The accusations relate to two rallies in the town of Sacaba near the central Bolivian city of Cochabamba and the town of Senkata in the El Alto area outside the capital, La Paz in November 2019, in which 20 demonstrators were killed and dozens more injured in clashes with security forces.

Aug 20 12:51

UK's Manchester University humiliated by pro-Israel bullies: Art show criticising the Israeli regime's crimes against Palestinians is shut down, but re-opens by popular demand (and common sense)

Stuart Littlewood says UK Lawyers for Israel's (UKLFI) attempt to bully Manchester University into shutting down an art exhibition must be reported to the Law Society and the Solicitors Regulation Authority given UKLFI's links with Israeli bodies involved in war crimes against the Palestinians.

Aug 18 06:03

Ethnic Karen commanders in Myanmar admit killing 25 men

Two senior commanders of the Karen National Defence Organisation (KNDO) have admitted that security forces under their control detained and later killed 25 men in June in its territory near Myanmar’s border with Thailand, human rights group Fortify Rights has said.

General Ner Dah Bo Mya and Lieutenant Saw Ba Wah, who have been suspended from their posts, told Fortify Rights that their men were responsible.

Aug 04 06:57

George Soros’ Right Hand Man Accused By 6 Women of Running Human Trafficking Ring, Raping And Torturing Children & Women

Howard Rubin, billionaire George Soros’s right-hand man, has been accused of brutally beating, raping and enslaving women and children as part of a human trafficking operation, according to new testimony from six women who said he beat and assaulted them.

66-year-old Rubin, a high-profile Wall Street financier and former money manager for Soros, has been hit with new allegations he raped and attempted to murder multiple women in a “sex dungeon” at his Manhattan apartment.

According to six victims, the NYC property has been converted into a sickening “sex dungeon” to host rape and murder sessions.

The first accusations against Rubin were made public November 2017, but now a slew of new women have also come forward suing Rubin in a civil trial, scheduled for November, for $18 million.

Sickening details published by New York Post reveal that one woman was so badly beaten, her plastic surgeon was unable to operate on her after her right breast implant flipped.

Aug 04 06:38

Forgotten prisoners in the jail that shames America: The savagery at Guantanamo Bay appalled the world and led Barack Obama to vow to shut it down. Yet as the US pulls out of Afghanistan, DAVID ROSE reveals how dozens are STILL held without facing trial

A broiling Cuban evening, October 2003. Major General Geoffrey Miller, a squat, pugnacious artillery officer who is now commandant of the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, stands in the shade of a palm tree by his headquarters.

His interrogators, he tells me proudly, 'are developing enormously valuable intelligence' which has prevented terrorist attacks in both America and Britain: 'I think of Guantanamo as the interrogation battle lab in the war against terror,' he says.

Their methods, he assures me, are humane. Occasionally, dealing with a hardened suspect, they may have to become 'aggressive'. But usually they get their information by 'establishing a rapport' and the prisoners give up their secrets because they have come to admire the decent, civilised values that Guantanamo represents.

Aug 03 11:42

The mind-blowing history at Fort Detrick

After World War II, Fort Detrick became a site of horrifying scientific experiments conducted under a top-secret CIA quest to control the human mind, known as Project MK Ultra. After more than 20 years, the project ended in abysmal failure and led to an unknown number of deaths, including a scientist who participated in the project, and at least hundreds of American and Canadian victims subjected to mental and physical torture. The experiments not only violated international law, but also the agency's own charter which forbids domestic activity.

Aug 03 06:43

The Drone Program Whistleblower Problem

The concept of whistleblowing seems simple on its face: a government employee recognizes that crimes are being committed by the agency they work for and reports them so that the public is made aware that their tax dollars are being misused by those in charge. But what happens when large parts of the operations of an entire agency (such as the CIA), or even the entire executive branch of government, are grounded in immoral behavior? Is it possible to effectively “blow the whistle” on the entire sprawling apparatus? Or is that conceptually impossible, given that the government reserves for itself the prerogative to issue judgments on what it does?

Aug 02 05:48

Opinion | The Media Yawns at the Israeli Army's Death Squads

Israeli terror is at it again. The Israel Defense Forces’ death squads chalked up another successful week: four bodies of innocent Palestinians piled up between the two Fridays. There doesn’t seem to be a connection between the four incidents in which four sons were killed, but the link cannot be broken.

In all these cases, soldiers chose shooting to kill as the preferred option. In all four cases another way could have been chosen: Arrest them, aim for the legs, don’t do anything or simply don’t be there at all. But the soldiers chose to kill. It’s probably easier for them that way.

Jul 28 05:41

Read drone whistleblower Daniel Hale’s riveting letter to judge describing why he ‘came to violate the espionage act’

As the President Joe Biden winds down United States military involvement in Afghanistan, a conflict spanning nearly 20 years, the U.S. Justice Department seeks the harshest sentence ever for the unauthorized disclosure of information in a case against an Afghanistan War veteran.

Daniel Hale, who “accepted responsibility” for violating the Espionage Act, responded to the spitefulness of prosecutors by submitting a letter [PDF] to Judge Liam O’Grady, a judge for the district court in the Eastern District of Virginia. It could be construed as a plea for mercy from the court ahead of sentencing, but more than anything, it outlines a defense of his actions that the U.S. government and a U.S. court would never have allowed him to present before a jury.

Jul 28 05:27

Obama-Era Drone Program Whistleblower Given Stiff Prison Sentence Under Biden DOJ

A former Air Force intelligence analyst turned whistleblower who leaked America's drone secrets to the press was sentenced to 45 months behind bars in an Alexandria, VA federal court on Tuesday.

33-year old Daniel Hale is now widely understood to be the leaker of classified info to Intercept journalist Jeremy Scahill, who wrote a series of reports on the Obama administration's secretive drone program and the mounting civilian casualties - as well as the flimsy and dubious legal justifications offered based on 'war on terror' rationale.

Jul 27 18:32

Drone Whistleblower Daniel Hale Sentenced to 45 Months in Prison “For Exposing US War Crimes”

By Kenny Stancil

Human rights and press freedom advocates expressed dismay on Tuesday when whistleblower Daniel Hale, who pled guilty earlier this year to violating the Espionage Act, was sentenced to 45 months in prison for sharing with a journalist classified information about the U.S. military’s drone assassination program.

“Whistleblower Daniel Hale has just been sentenced to 45 months in prison for exposing U.S. war crimes,” said anti-war group CodePink. “While his sentencing isn’t the 10 years we feared, it is 45 months too long.”

Hale’s lawyers argued in court papers that his humanitarian motives, and the lack of harm resulting from his actions, warranted a lenient sentence...

Jul 27 04:46

Apparent war crimes committed during 11-day Israel-Gaza conflict, Human Rights Watch says, urging international probe

Human Rights Watch, an international NGO, has called on the International Criminal Court to launch an inquiry into apparent war crimes committed by Israeli and Palestinian armed forces during the 11-day war in May.

On Tuesday, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that forces from Israel and Palestine carried out attacks during the May 2021 conflict that violated the laws of war and “apparently amount to war crimes.”

In their report, which brings together data from 30 interviews with eyewitnesses of Israeli attacks, video footage, satellite imagery and their observations from site visits in Gaza, HRW delivered a damning inditement of Israeli conduct during the conflict. The organization said that a more in-depth assessment of Palestinian attacks is still to come.

Jul 26 07:31

Jan. 6 Prisoners Being Stripped, Hogtied, Sexually Abused, Brutally Beaten – One Prisoner Blinded: “It’s Worse Than Gitmo”

Prison guards are routinely stripping, sexually abusing, hogtying, and brutally beating the January 6 protestors currently incarcerated, according to a disturbing new report.

Ryan Samsel was leading the charge against Capitol Hill Police during the January 6 protests. Samsel pushed the flimsy bike racks and stormed the US Capitol that day.

Since his arrest, Samsel has been held indefinitely in Washington DC. On March 21, he was awakened by correctional officers, his hands zip-tied, then walked to an unoccupied cell and brutally beaten to a bloody pulp by the officers. The beating was so bad, Samsel lost one of his eyes.

But he was not alone.

Jul 26 05:50

Feature: Iraqi Ex-Detainee Recounts Torture By U.S. Troops

“The Americans have nothing to do with human rights. It is a concept they use to seek interests,” said Bedu al-Hamad, a former Iraqi detainee, who was jailed by the U.S. army for more than two years.

Al-Hamad, 59, who was head of the reconstruction committee of the Municipal Council of the town of Duluiyah, Salahuddin province, spent 26 months and 20 days in U.S. detention, despite not having committed any crimes.

The Sunni-dominated town of Duluiyah is a symbol of resistance to U.S. occupation, where U.S. troops were confronted with countless attacks and ambushed by armed groups in the town by the Tigris, in 2008, when the attacks reached their peak.

On Aug 21, 2008, U.S. troops accused al-Hamad of supporting terrorism and arrested him, weeks after al-Hamad attended a meeting at the Municipal Council in Duluiyah.

Jul 25 07:04

Bosnia’s peace envoy imposes ban on genocide denial

The top international official in Bosnia and Herzegovina has banned denial of genocide in the Balkan country to counter attempts by Bosnia’s Serbs to deny the scope of the 1995 massacre in Srebrenica, Europe’s only post-World War II genocide.

The killings of more than 8,000 Bosniaks by Bosnian Serb forces in Srebrenica was declared a genocide by the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court for Former Yugoslavia. But Bosnian Serb officials and neighbouring Serbia have refused to accept this.

Jul 23 14:33

In Pre-Sentencing Letter, Drone Whistleblower Daniel Hale Says Crisis of Conscience Motivated Leak

By Brett Wilkins

Attorneys for drone whistleblower Daniel Hale—who faces sentencing next week after pleading guilty earlier this year to violating the Espionage Act—on Thursday submitted a letter to Judge Liam O’Grady in which the former Air Force intelligence analyst says a crisis of conscience drove him to leak classified information about the U.S. targeted assassination program.

The 11-page handwritten letter begins with a quote from U.S. Admiral Gene La Rocque, who said in 1995 that “we now kill people without ever seeing them. Now you push a button thousands of miles away… Since it’s all done by remote control, there’s no remorse.”...

Jul 23 05:41

Rights Group: Israeli Authorities Tortured Palestinian Detainee to Death (VIDEO)

Palestinian institutions today accused the Israeli authorities of torturing a Palestinian detainee to death, Anadolu Agency reports.

Forty-three-year-old Abdo Al-Khatib was killed yesterday after being tortured during interrogation at the Al-Maskobiya interrogation center in occupied Jerusalem.

Amani Farahneh, the media official at the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, said that testimonies collected from Al-Khatib’s family and fellow inmates indicate that he was subjected to electric shocks and beatings, which caused him to have a heart attack, resulting in his death.

An autopsy has been requested in order to determine the causes of Al-Khatib’s death.

Jul 20 05:27

Guantanamo No More: Biden Admin Starts Quietly Transferring Inmates

The Biden administration made its first transfer of a Guantanamo Bay inmate to his home nation as the administration drives to shutter the facility.

The Department of Defense published on Monday morning the transfer of Abdul Latif Nasir back to Morocco.

In 2016, the Periodic Review Board process dictated that his detention “no longer remained necessary to protect against a continuing significant threat to the national security of the United States.”

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Jul 15 06:35

US would show no mercy to Assange if he’s extradited, but Bush & Blair will never face justice for their crimes

US assurances that Julian Assange will, or rather may, not be imprisoned under harsh conditions if he’s extradited from the UK cannot be taken seriously because the entire case is built on fabrications and is rife with foul play.

A key witness in the US prosecution against Assange has admitted to having fabricated his testimony. Icelandic newspaper Stundin revealed that Sigurdur Ingi Thordarson, nicknamed “Siggi the Hacker,” had lied in his witness testimony against Assange. This came a few days before the UK granted the US limited permission to appeal.

Jul 14 07:53

How Donald Rumsfeld Micromanaged Torture

When Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld boasted, as he did frequently, of his unrelenting focus on the war on terror, his audience would have been startled, maybe even shocked, to discover the activities that Rumsfeld found it necessary to supervise in minute detail. Close command and control of far away events from the Pentagon were not limited to the targeting of bombs and missiles. Thanks to breakthroughs in communications, the interrogation and torture of prisoners could be monitored on a real time basis also.

Jul 12 06:51

UN Official, Michael Lynk, Decries ‘War Crimes’ in Occupied Palestine

Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank amount to a war crime, a UN official said today, calling on countries to make clear to Israel that its “illegal occupation” cannot be cost-free, Reuters reported.

Michael Lynk, UN special rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, was addressing a session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, boycotted by Israel which does not recognize his mandate or cooperate with him.

Jul 04 08:36

The Palestinian Nakba and the Polish law

“During the 1948 war and shortly after, young Israel wiped out Palestinian cities and villages. It then used legislation to prevent Palestinians from returning to their homes and applied all possible means to plunder their properties, dispossessing those few Palestinians who clung to their land…

“The Israeli and Zionist institutions that were responsible for the 1948 crimes have never ceased to exist. They have never owned up to their crimes, let alone repented...” >>

Jul 01 12:17

Over 100 groups demand Biden end 'unlawful' drone strikes outside war zones

More than 100 organisations have urged US President Biden to end "unlawful" drone strikes and the use of other lethal force outside of traditional combat zones.

In a letter released on Wednesday, 113 activist groups framed the issue as a matter of racial justice, and said drone strikes had "exacted an appalling toll on Muslim, Brown and Black communities in multiple parts of the world".

"We appreciate your stated commitments to ending 'forever wars,' promoting racial justice, and centering human rights in US foreign policy," the groups said in the letter.

"Disavowing and ending the lethal strikes program is both a human rights and racial justice imperative in meeting these commitments.

Jul 01 09:18

Navy won’t investigate Eddie Gallagher after SEAL admits to nursing ISIS fighter to death on podcast

The Navy has decided not to investigate retired Navy SEAL Chief Eddie Gallagher for saying on a podcast that aired in May that he and other SEALs had “killed” a wounded fighter from the Islamic State terrorist group in 2017, said Navy spokeswoman Cmdr. Courtney Hillson.

“The Navy reviewed the matter and will not pursue further action,” Hillson said on Tuesday. “After a review conducted by the Navy, it was determined that Gallagher’s statements were not corroborated and no substantive information was found to merit an investigation based on those statements.”

In an interview for the finale of “The Line” podcast, Gallagher said that he and his teammates never tried to save the wounded man’s life. “Our intention was to kill him,” Gallagher said on the May 4 podcast episode. “Everybody was on board.”

When asked about Gallagher’s comments at a May 6 Pentagon news conference, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said “the Navy is looking into that issue.”

Jun 29 08:12

US Supreme Court Declines Appeal from Contractors in Abu Ghraib Prison Torture Case

The US Supreme Court, in an order list released on Monday, denied an appeal by CACI Premier Technology, the defense contractor who is alleged to have directed the torture of inmates at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

The company was appealing a 2019 decision by a lower court, asserting that it should be immune from legal action as a government contractor under certain circumstances. The Supreme Court, like the Fourth Circuit to whom it was initially brought, rejected CACI's appeal.

The three Iraqi men filing the lawsuit against CACI – Suhail Al Shimari, Salah Al-Ejaili and As'ad Al-Zuba'e – have testified under oath that they were imprisoned at Abu Ghraib before being released with no charges filed against them. They accuse CACI employees at Abu Ghraib of overseeing and covering up torture at the facility, which they claim occurred prior to the interrogation of inmates.

Jun 20 11:26

The Man Who Made Prohibition Happen After Being Stabbed In The Leg By A Drunk Person

You probably don't know Wayne Wheeler's name, but he was largely responsible for one of the most chaotic times in American history, all because of childhood resentment. That's right: Prohibition, and all the organized criminal insanity that came with it, was made possible because this sloppy, bookish Midwesterner got in the way of a drunkard.

That fateful knife
Wayne Wheeler was born on November 10, 1869, in rural Ohio, where he grew up on his family's farm. One night, when Wheeler was a child, one of the family's hired farmhands got drunk and tried to fight his boss and other farm workers, and in a scuffle, young Wayne was stabbed in the leg with a pitchfork. Although his wound healed quickly, Wheeler attributed the incident to alcohol consumption, as he would later tell legislators and the public to great effect.

Jun 15 11:39

The Lessons of Waco -- Ron Paul

Waco illustrates the dangers to our lives and liberties posed by a hyper-interventionist foreign policy. Eventually the deadly tools of the military-industrial complex will be brought home and used against US citizens. -- In the 28 years since Waco, the military-industrial complex’s role in domestic law enforcement has grown. This is largely thanks to the Section 1033 program that provides military-grade equipment to local law enforcement. The people will not be safe from militarized law enforcement until Section 1033 is repealed and the military-industrial complex is dismantled.

Jun 14 13:01

The curious case of the United States

Internationally, the United States has punished sovereign governments that have attempted to liberate themselves from the yoke of the petro/nuclear-backed dollar, by committing some of the most heinous war crimes the world has ever seen. From commandeering the U.S. military to murder at least a million Iraqi civilians following an effort led by Suddam Hussein to ditch the dollar for the Euro, to brutally murdering the head of state of Libya following his promises to help create an African currency (with the U.S. Secretary of State openly cackling about it on national television), to playing a pivotal role in an effort led by Saudi Arabia to starve millions of Yemenis in order to advance Saudi Arabian interests in the region, the U.S. government has enforced an empire abroad, maintaining more than a thousand (known) military bases in dozens, if not hundreds of countries.

Jun 11 08:09

Video footage shows Israeli jailers assaulting Palestinians in Negev prison

Israeli guards brutally assaulted Palestinian prisoners in a notorious desert prison in Israel's Negev, footage published by Haaretz on Thursday reveals.

Security cameras documented the assualt on 55 shackled Palestinian prisoners linked to the Hamas movement, which was reportedly carried out on 24 March 2019.

The footage shows several Israeli guards throwing prisoners, one by one, to the floor, while swarming around them, kicking, punching and beating them with batons.

Haaretz said that Palestinian prisoners’ hands were tied behind their backs, and they were commanded not to move or speak, and left tied on the ground for hours in a yard opposite a row of prisoners’ tents.

Jun 10 13:21

Torture Enters the Courtroom

...But the trial judge in this case did not follow American law and rejected American values and all sense of human decency when he authorized the government to introduce at trial a partial transcript of the statements al-Nashiri allegedly made under torture. He also broke with 230 years of precedent. He also gave judicial credibility to governmental barbarism and nihilism in the extreme, which holds that individual human beings are subject to the state and, since their rights come from the state, they and their rights exist at the pleasure of the state. -- The government lies, cheats, steals and kills; and it has written laws that permit it to do so and make legal recourse against it nearly impossible.

Jun 10 09:45

Torture Enters the Courtroom

By Andrew P. Napolitano

For the first time in American history, a federal judge last week authorized the government to admit as evidence in a criminal case in a public courtroom words uttered by the defendant that were obtained under torture.

The fruits of torture – which is any cruel or degrading or intentionally painful or disorienting behavior visited upon a person in captivity to induce compliance or to gratify the torturer – are not permitted in any court in the United States, and their inducement is criminal.

Here is the backstory...

Jun 10 07:48

Torture Enters the Courtroom

For the first time in American history, a federal judge last week authorized the government to admit as evidence in a criminal case in a public courtroom words uttered by the defendant that were obtained under torture.

Al-Nashiri’s lawyers told the court and the prosecutors at Guantanamo Bay that they intend to argue at trial to the jury that the government has the wrong man and that the true plotters have already been killed by US forces. The feds, in order to counter that argument, told the court that they have statements that al-Nashiri made during his torture that can arguably be used to question his defense.

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Dosne't this make you PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN?!?!?

And folks, these procedures were paid for by your tax dollars; doesn't that make you feel great?!?

DAMN, I wish we lived in a country which doesn't so routinely commit war crimes; unfortunately, Mike and I are too old and to broke to immigrate.

Jun 09 10:25

Trial of the century will reveal EXACTLY what Australian soldiers really got up to in Afghanistan

Ben Roberts-Smith’s defamation case in Sydney has it all – it’s a battle between two media giants, an extension of the culture wars and, crucially, a chance to learn more about Australian forces’ misconduct in Afghanistan.

The eyes of Australia are on an important defamation trial which got under way in the Federal Court in Sydney on Monday. The trial, which is to be heard by a judge alone without a jury, has been described in the media as “the defamation case of the century.”

That may be something of an exaggeration, but its outcome will no doubt have serious consequences for the reputation of Australia’s armed forces, the media landscape in the country, and the culture wars more generally.

Jun 09 06:31

Medhurst: Britain has legalised rape, torture and war crimes by the state

Across Britain people are protesting against a proposed bill which restricts that very right, but two other laws have already passed, allowing undercover agents to commit crimes, and giving British troops immunity from war crimes.

Jun 08 06:28

Adalah: What happened in the ‘torture room’ at Israel’s police station in Nazareth?

Lawyers from Adalah – The Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel have collected multiple sworn affidavits testifying to rampant, systemic Israeli police attacks and brutal beatings of Palestinian protesters, innocent bystanders, children, and even attorneys inside Nazareth’s police station during the period of protests in the city in May.

The graphic testimonies from victims, attorneys, and paramedics on the scene tell a story of systemic Israeli police brutality and physical, verbal, and psychological abuse of Palestinian citizens of Israel in the northern city, and indicate that Israeli officers ran a “torture room” inside the Nazareth police station – an informal term whose initial use may be traced to the recent detainees and lawyers on the scene.

Jun 08 05:58

Shiro Ishii, Head of Unit 731's Horrific Human Experiments, Was Never Punished

Medical scientists, on Ishii’s orders, drained the blood from POW’s bodies, replacing it with horse and monkey blood (in an effort to create “artificial” bloods). Japanese soldiers tied POWs to stakes and exploded germ bombs overhead, while timing their deaths with stopwatches. Medical examiners even dissected live POWs!

No abomination was indecent enough to halt the heightening fervor of experimentation. Prisoners-of-war and the surrounding population were deemed expendable by the Japanese who believed their loss wouldn’t be missed. The use of human guinea pigs was widely known within Japan’s medical community, but prompted no ethical outrage.

Jun 05 04:58

US Blames Houthis for Yemen’s Woes

State Dept falsely claims Houthis are refusing ceasefire.

ack from a visit to the Gulf area, State Department special envoy for Yemen Tim Lenderking returned to the US to push the narrative that the Shi’ite Houthi movement is mostly to blame for the ongoing problems in Yemen.

Yemen’s problems include large civilian casualties from the Saudi-led war and the borderline famine conditions as Saudi-enforced naval blockade has kept food imports far below pre-war levels. That lack of food and medicine, also because of the blockade, is an ongoing crisis.

It’s hard not to notice that the common denominator in all of these major humanitarian problems for Yemen is Saudi Arabia. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin reiterated earlier this week that the US remains committed to Saudi Arabia when it comes to regional security, and that clearly is the intent as Lenderking pointed the finger at the Houthis.

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More absolute total bovine excrement regarding this crisis, courtesy of Team Biden; lying with impunity, coupled with not being able to see a situation to its logical conclusion, seems to be the prerequiste for government work these days.

Jun 05 04:54

Infographic: What you need to know about Israel’s military

Last month, as Israel bombarded the besieged Gaza Strip for the fourth time in 12 years, the United States approved a $735m arms sale to Israel. The approval was criticised by legislators in Congress, and several Democrats introduced resolutions to block the sale of Boeing’s precision-guided missiles.

Israel’s 11-day military campaign killed at least 253 people, including 66 children, in Gaza. At least 12 people were killed in Israel by rockets fired by Palestinian armed groups in Gaza. The UN Human Rights Council has set up a panel to investigate both sides for possible war crimes and human rights group Amnesty International has renewed its call for a halt to US weapons sales to Israel.

Gaza has been described as the world’s largest open-air prison. Since 2006, Israel has imposed a land, sea and air blockade on its 2.1 million inhabitants. Israeli forces continue to militarily occupy East Jerusalem and the West Bank where they have built hundreds of illegal settlements.

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If Israel's weapons industry is thriving, why does it need so much military and financial support from the US, while the US infrastructure is crumbling around us?!?

THAT... appears to be the dreadedly unasked, and unanswerable question, for Congress, for which the US Congress must be held to account, by We the People.

Jun 02 04:52

US Atrocities in Korean War - Chem and Bio Weapons, Mass Civilian Bombing and Execution

With the world's press spending a great deal of its energy on the rather fractious relationship between the United States and North Korea, a look back in time gives us some fascinating insight regarding the geopolitical stresses that rule the region, particularly the stresses that occurred during the Korean War.

Thanks to the International Action Center and the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), a Non-Governmental Organization which was founded in 1946 and acts as a consultative group to UNESCO, we have an interesting document that outlines some of America's actions on the Korean Peninsula during the early 1950s.

May 28 06:03

Palestinians speak out about torture in PA prison

Palestinian journalist Sami al-Sai had been ordered released from the custody of the Palestinian intelligence services in Tulkarem in February, but just as he was about to leave, he was rearrested and transferred to Jericho prison.

There, he underwent 15 days of interrogation and torture, he told Al Jazeera.

May 24 06:50

Biden: End Your Co-Belligerent Backing of Israeli War Crimes

As Senator, Vice President, and now President, your self-promoted/displayed empathy has a problem. You can’t seem to connect the Israeli military powerhouse’s occupation to the oppression and destruction of innocent Palestinian civilians, illegal seizure of Palestinian land/water, and daily violations of U.S. and international law. Israel’s military is deliberately bombing these families, the offices of American media, international medical facilities, and many local hospitals and water and electricity facilities with fighter jets and missiles made in America.

To know about what is happening daily, you do not need to rely on the evidence compiled by the U.S. mainstream media or foreign reporters on the ground in Gaza or your own intelligence agencies, just take it from the Israeli media and Israelis themselves.

May 20 03:12

Gaza faces food and medicine shortages without ceasefire: UN official

Shortages of food, water, fuel and medicine are growing more dire in Gaza, and further fighting will make them dramatically worse, Matthias Schmale, the Gaza director for the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) told Axios in a Zoom interview on Tuesday evening.

The state of play: The most urgent problem is the displacement of Palestinians, including the around 50,000 who left their homes near the border with Israel, fearing a ground invasion, and are now taking shelter in 60 UNRWA schools.

“Parents here are mainly worried for the security of their children. People here say that they sleep in the same room with their children so that if they die in an airstrike they will be together. This is what I hear from people. They are terrified and traumatized."
— Matthias Schmale, UNRWA

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And now, not even schools are safe:

May 15 06:18

Israel is deliberately obliterating media buildings in Gaza to cover up the war crimes that will follow

The destruction of two important Gaza buildings housing 20 media outlets was both shocking and predictable. History shows that if the media aren’t around to document Israel’s war crimes, it’s a lot easier for it to commit them.

On Tuesday, Israel bombed the 10-storey Al-Jawhara Tower, causing it to collapse. Before doing so, it had ‘benevolently’ warned that the airstrikes were coming. The following day, it bombed the 14-storey Al-Shorouk Tower, also giving warning it was going to do so.

Most reports have the buildings as evacuated before being levelled. But without these media offices, reporting on Israel’s other war crimes will be left largely to what little media remain and citizen journalists.

May 13 04:10

Palestinian 'Lynched' In The Streets By 'Zionist Mob,' Beaten With Israeli Flags

"Zionist mobs" were filmed "lynching" Palestinians in the streets, smashing up their businesses and and chanting "Death to Arabs" during the third day of intensifying war between Israelis and Palestinians.

May 11 13:08

14 May 1948: the Zionists' day of infamy

Stuart Littlewood highlights the terrorist and racist foundations of the state of Israel, and the ongoing ethnic cleansing of the indigenous Palestinians – Muslims and Christians – and the theft of Palestinian land.>>

May 09 11:46

Israel: They really do shoot children, don’t they. So would you really holiday in a country that repeatedly commits such crimes with impunity?

Stuart Littlewood reminds would-be visitors to Israel of its murderous policy of intentionally killing Palestinian children – a policy which since 2008/09 has claimed the lives of 805 children as well as 342 women.>>

May 08 02:11

Jerusalem Protests: The Mob ‘Breaking Faces’ Learned From Israel’s Establishment

Dragged out of bed

What Human Rights Watch and other human rights groups have been documenting is equally visible to the gangs roaming Jerusalem. Israel’s official actions share a common purpose, one that sends a clear message to these youngsters about what the state – and Israel’s national ideology of Zionism – aims to achieve.

They see Palestinian land reclassified as Jewish “state land” and the constant expansion of settlements that violate international law. They see Palestinians denied permits to build homes in their own villages. They see orders issued to demolish Palestinian homes, or even entire communities. And they see Palestinian families torn apart as couples, or their children, are refused the right to live together.

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One would have thought.... that after the horror of being labeled "the other" in Germany before World War II,and became subject to horrific actions against them, that Jews who had experienced those kinds of degradation, frequently leading to death, would never, ever inflict such actions against any another human beings, when Israel was founded.

Unfortunately, the reality of 21st century Israel, is that it has become an apartheid theocracy, with nuclear weapons.

I have to wonder.... if this was really what the founders of this country actually wanted, because it has become, in the words of Casey Stengal, "deja vu, all over again."

Apr 27 09:49

As Yemen War Intensifies Biden Set To Resume Weapons Sales

By Robert Inlakesh

US President Joe Biden declared in February that the United States was seeking to end the Saudi-led coalition’s war on Yemen, which was promised to come with stopping offensive weapons sales to the Saudi Kingdom. Yet now it seems that this was all a facade...

Apr 23 04:54

Biden About To Declare US Recognition Of Armenian Genocide, Enraging Turkey

It's long been a Turkish 'red line' for which all the country's recent modern leaders have reacted fiercely at the mere suggestion, and which only thirty countries in the world officially acknowledge. It's being widely reported that President Joe Biden is preparing to declare the formal US recognition of the Armenian genocide, which was the mass systematic killing of over one million Armenians in Asia Minor from 1915-1917 at the end of the Ottoman Empire. Hundreds of thousands of Greek and Assyrian Christians were also slaughtered in the name of achieving 'Turkification'.

According to CNN on Thursday, "Two people familiar with the decision said the President was expected to make the declaration as part of an official statement on Remembrance Day, which falls on Saturday. Both said it was possible he would change his mind before then, and issue a statement merely recognizing the event without describing it as genocide."

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Israel will not want Biden to declare Armenia as a genocide. They like to claim a monopoly for the Holocaust.

Apr 22 07:47

UK pressing ahead with bill to protect soldiers from war crimes charges

The United Kingdom government is pressing ahead with proposed legislation that seeks to shield its soldiers from prosecution for any war crimes committed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In the face of widespread condemnation from human rights groups and retired officers, and amid stiff opposition in Parliament's upper chamber, the House of Lords, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government agreed to shelve plans to protect servicemen and women from prosecution for torture, genocide or crimes against humanity.

However, it wants to continue to protect them from being charged with a range of war crimes including wilful killing, cruel and inhuman treatment, hostage taking and rendition.

Apr 21 19:58

Key U.S. Air Base in Turkey Sits on Property Stolen from Armenians During the Genocide

Op-Ed by David Boyajian

This article first appeared in The Fresno Bee and is reproduced here with permission from the author.

Suppose the U.S. built and operated a military base in Germany on property confiscated from Jews during the Holocaust. America, Jewish Americans, Germany, and Israel would have reached a principled resolution years ago.

Now consider Incirlik (EEN-jeer-leek) Air Base in Turkey. American taxpayers and the Army Corps of Engineers built it 67 years ago. Its 3,320 acres are home to the U.S. Air Force’s 39th Air Base Wing, B-61 nuclear weapons, thousands of American military personnel, and American businesses...

Apr 15 04:03

Today's F-35As Not Worth Including In High-End War Games According To Air Force General

Asenior U.S. Air Force officer has said that there is no value in including the service's current fleet of F-35A Joint Strike Fighters in tabletop wargames simulating future high-end conflicts, such as one covering an American military response to a Chinese invasion of Taiwan. That same individual also called into question how relevant any of the service's existing examples of these fighter jets would be for conducting combat operations near or over the territory of a near-peer adversary, including China. This all comes at a time when the F-35 program, as a whole, is facing a new surge of scrutiny, including from members of Congress.

Apr 14 06:17

UK bill shielding soldiers from war crimes charges challenged in House of Lords

The British government’s attempts to shield its armed forces from prosecution for torture, war crimes and even genocide is facing stiff opposition in the upper house of the country’s parliament.

Its deeply controversial Overseas Operations Bill has enjoyed easy passage in the elected lower house, the Commons, partly because the government enjoys an 80-seat majority, and partly because the opposition Labour party had declined to oppose the measure.

In the unelected House of Lords, however - where the bill has been widely denounced as a dangerous and shameful measure - repeated attempts have been made to amend it to ensure serious crimes committed by the UK’s armed forces can still result in prosecution.

On Tuesday, an amendment moved by George Robertson, a former UK defence secretary and secretary-general of Nato, sought to remove torture, war crimes and genocide from the bill’s provisions, meaning these crimes would still be prosecuted.

Apr 14 06:09

Cold War on Trial: Truth Commission Details Horrible Crimes Akin to Native American Genocide and Slavery

With a new Cold War heating up between the U.S. and Russia and China, Witness for Peace Southwest, Addicted to War and CodePink organized a Truth Commission on the original Cold War on March 21st, which brought together the testimony of historians, activists and others who lived through the period.

Following a hearing three years ago, the Zoom event was hosted by Frank Dorrel, publisher of the popular anti-war text Addicted to War, and Rachel Bruhnke, a high school Spanish teacher and member of Witness for Peace Southwest.

In her opening remarks, Bruhnke emphasized that the Cold War should rank as one of three great crimes in U.S. history, the first two being the genocide of the native Americans, and enslavement of African-Americans.

Bruhnke said that the aim of the Truth Commission was to “expose U.S. illegal and immoral actions in the name of anti-communism” and “150-year drama of red-baiting,” and to “unravel the web of lies.”

Apr 14 05:32

Israel Rejects ICC Investigation: What Are the Possible Future Scenarios?

The Israeli government’s position regarding an impending investigation by the International Criminal Court of alleged war crimes committed in occupied Palestine has been finally declared by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

"It will be made clear that Israel is a country with rule of law that knows how to investigate itself," Netanyahu said in a statement on April 8. Subsequently, Israel "completely rejects" any accusations that it has committed war crimes.

But it won’t be so easy for Tel Aviv this time around. True, Israel is not a party to the Rome Statute, according to which the ICC was established, but it can still be held accountable, because the State of Palestine is a member of the ICC.

Apr 09 07:54

Israel tells International Criminal Court it doesn't have authority to investigate crimes in Palestinian territories

Tel Aviv has formally responded to the International Criminal Court (ICC)'s plans to investigate possible war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories, claiming the tribunal does not have jurisdiction over Israel.

"Israel has decided to respond to the notice sent by the ICC and make clear it is acting without having the jurisdiction to do so," the office of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, in a statement carried by Israeli media on Thursday.

"Moreover, it should be noted that Israel is a law-abiding country that is capable of carrying out its own investigation."

Israel had been given until April 9 to respond to an ICC notification letter sent on March 9 and was required to say whether it would launch its own investigation into potential war crimes in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip.

Apr 05 04:45

America’s coming robot Navy: What could go wrong?

Later this month, off the coast of San Diego, California, the U.S. Navy will be test-sailing what it sees as its destiny.

A single manned surface ship, the stealthy Zumwalt-class destroyer USS Monsoor, will be directing and coordinating a futuristic fleet of unmanned ships and aircraft in a weeklong exercise aimed at demonstrating how naval warfare is evolving.

Mar 20 06:47

ICC gives Israel a month to seek deferral of war crimes probe

The International Criminal Court confirmed on Thursday it has sent formal notices to Israel and the Palestinian Authority about its impending investigation into possible war crimes, giving them a month to seek deferral by proving they are carrying out their own investigations.

Earlier this month, the ICC announced it would investigate possible war crimes committed by Israel and Palestinians following a request by the Palestinians, who joined the court in 2015 after being granted nonmember observer status in the UN General Assembly.

Israel has fiercely condemned the investigation, accusing the ICC of bias, noting that it is demonstrably capable of investigating any alleged IDF crimes through its own legal hierarchies, and saying the ICC has no jurisdiction since the Palestinians do not have a state. Israel is not a member of the ICC, but its citizens could be subject to arrest abroad if warrants are issued.

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The ICC just opened an escape hatch for Israel!

Mar 19 08:28

Israeli settler attacks surge against Palestinians

Palestinian Saeed Alyan Awad was on the way to his land with his wife when 10 Israeli settlers attacked them near the illegal Mitzpe Yair settlement.

The Awads’ land lies east of the town of Yatta, south of Hebron, and the family goes there every Saturday in an effort to prevent the Israelis from expanding their outpost onto their property.

One of the attackers, wielding an iron pipe, cracked Saeed’s skull and broke his jaw on March 10, while his wife suffered severe bruises on her leg. With Awad’s children and nephews screaming in horror inside their vehicle, the settlers then moved towards them and smashed the windscreen and pelted it with rocks.

“The assault on my family and me lasted about seven minutes,” Awad, 49, told Al Jazeera. “My face was bleeding and I lost consciousness for a few minutes. I underwent an operation to re-attach my left jaw and heal the wounds on my face.”

Mar 19 08:08

Rivlin urges France to oppose ICC’s ‘legally, morally bankrupt’ war crimes probe

President Reuven Rivlin on Thursday called on France to reject the International Criminal Court’s “legally and morally bankrupt” decision to investigate Israel for war crimes in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and East Jerusalem.

Rivlin made the plea via op-ed in the Le Figaro French daily, hours before his planned meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris.

“Friends may not always agree, but I believe we are committed to hearing each other in order to better understand each other’s perspectives, motivations and decisions,” the president wrote, explaining why he would be raising his objection over the ICC probe with Macron. The ICC investigation will also examine alleged war crimes by Palestinian terror groups.

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Tête de merde!

Mar 19 06:45

Afghanistan: How Long Must This Go On?

The United States military and mercenary forces need to leave Afghanistan now.
Note: Does anyone remember why we are there in the first place!
The Cactus Moon is crying!

Mar 19 06:37

Defense Department Booklet Targets Holocaust Revisionism

American military service personnel are now being told that skepticism toward the official history of Europe's Jews during World War II is not permissible.
1. No forensic evidence of gas chambers.
2. No evidence of any order to exterminate Jews
3. Deny God ok, deny the holocaust go to prison.
What kind of truth is this.
The Cactus Moon is shining.

Mar 17 06:47

The ICC and Israel’s Charge of Anti-Semitism

We are at a critical historical juncture in which it is becoming increasingly difficult to criticize Israel without being branded an anti-Semite. You are an anti-Semite if you support the International Criminal Court’s recent ruling that it has jurisdiction to open a war crimes investigation against Israel. But you are also likely to be called an anti-Semite if you reject the logic informing the court’s decision.

Target List

The ICC is on Israel’s target list. This becomes clear when searching for the terms “ICC ruling” and “Israel” together; instantaneously, an ad pops up at the very top of Google’s list of 1,390,000 results: “ICC & Israel: No Standing. No Jurisdiction. No Case.” Clicking the ad, will take you to a slick blue and white website (i.e., the color of Israel’s flag) called “ICC Jurisdiction” with the large “No Standing….” slogan at the center of the page.

Mar 16 08:01

ICC war crimes probe in Palestine angers US and Israel

The ICC probe into war crimes committed by the United States and Israel in Palestine, headed by chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, has concluded war crimes were committed by Israel, the US and their allies.

In December 2019 Bensouda announced that such crimes have been, or were being committed in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. She named the Israeli military, which has for years unleashed a reign of terror on Palestinians, as a perpetrator of war crimes.

The ICC prosecutor further noted that there was a reasonable basis to launch a probe into Israeli military actions in the besieged Gaza Strip, as well as illegal settlements in the occupied West Bank.

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Mar 15 05:57

Video evidence of ‘massacre’ by UK special forces in Afghanistan mysteriously VANISHES – report

Video allegedly showing a “rogue” SAS unit committing war crimes in Afghanistan has supposedly disappeared, as an investigation into the squad’s alleged “massacres” has been plagued by missing evidence and silence from witnesses.

Saifullah Yar was just 19 when his family were shot dead in an SAS raid on their Afghan village in 2011. When British military investigators flew to Kabul in 2017 to investigate the raid, he told them he was handcuffed and led away from his father, brother and two male cousins. He heard two sustained bursts of gunfire, and when the Brits departed, his relatives were dead, their bodies riddled with bullets.

Mar 09 13:29

Blinken Criticized for Opposition to ICC Investigation into Israeli War Crimes

This week, Secretary of State Antony Blinken was met with criticism for his opposition to the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) announcement of its investigation into Israeli war crimes.

“The ICC has no jurisdiction over this matter. Israel is not a party to the ICC and has not consented to the Court’s jurisdiction, and we have serious concerns about the ICC’s attempts to exercise its jurisdiction over Israeli personnel,” read a press statement issued by Blinken’s office on the matter, which was titled: “The United States Opposes the ICC Investigation into the Palestinian Situation.”

Mar 08 08:01

ICC opens war-crimes probe; Netanyahu blasts it as ‘anti-Semitic’ and ‘hypocritical’

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in the Hague announced on Wednesday her intention to open an investigation into war crimes allegedly committed by Israelis and Palestinians since 2014.

The announcement was strongly denounced by Israel, but welcomed by the Palestinian Authority, which had requested the probe. It comes less than a month after the ICC ruled that it had jurisdiction to open an investigation.

“The investigation will cover crimes within the jurisdiction of the court that are alleged to have been committed in the situation since 13 June 2014, the date to which reference is made in the referral of the situation to my office,” said Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in a statement. “Any investigation undertaken by the office will be conducted independently, impartially and objectively, without fear or favor.”

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Mar 08 07:57

Kamala Harris voices US opposition to ICC probe during call with Benjamin Netanyahu

In her first call with Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu since taking office, US vice president Kamala Harris reiterated Washington’s opposition to the International Criminal Court's probe of alleged war crimes in Gaza and the West Bank.

They “noted their respective governments’ opposition to the International Criminal Court’s attempts to exercise its jurisdiction over Israeli personnel,” the White House said.

The ICC investigation, which covers events dating back to 13 June 2014, was lauded by Palestinians and heavily criticised by the US and Israel.

It was also condemned by some Jewish groups, with Board of Deputies president Marie van der Zyl warning it will “will only further polarise Israelis and Palestinians.”

Mar 08 07:54

'Sickening': Palestine advocates slam Biden administration for rebuking ICC

After denouncing the International Criminal Court's probe into alleged Israeli war crimes in the occupied Palestinian territories, US Department of State spokesman Ned Price struggled to answer a question over where Palestinians should seek accountability for abuses carried out by Israel.

"The United States is always going to stand up for human rights," Price said at a media briefing on Wednesday, before pivoting to a familiar declaration of Washington's support for the two-state solution.

Unsatisfied with the answer, Associated Press correspondent Matthew Lee kept asking while Price was delivering the generic lines: "Where do they go? Where? Where? Do they go to the Israeli courts? Where do they go? Where. Do. They. Go?"

Mar 08 07:53

Boris Johnson urged by CFI not to let the ICC's 'Israel war crimes' decision go unchallenged

Boris Johnson has been urged not to let the International Criminal Court’s controversial announcement of an investigation into alleged war crimes by Israel go unchallenged.

In a letter to Prime Minister, the Conservative Friends of Israel group also labelled this week’s confirmation of the ICC’s decision by the outgoing Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda a threat to UK interests.

CFI’s Parliamentary Chairmen, Rt. Hon. Stephen Crabb MP and Rt. Hon. The Lord Pickles and Honorary President Lord Polak wrote that the “dangerous precedent” raises the possibility that non-state actors will be able to “pursue vexatious claims against [the UK] and our brave armed forces”.

The letter emphasised that: “In our [the UK] own interests, we cannot afford to allow this to go unchallenged”.

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