Monday, July 23, 2012

Iraq:Gunmen kill 13 soldiers on Iraqi base; death toll rises to 82 in bloodiest day of year, police confirm -

 @AP


 

Iraq:Death Toll In Iraq Bomb Attacks Reaches 39.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The death toll in a string of bomb attacks in Iraq on Monday rose to 39, with at least 118 wounded, police and hospital sources said.
The explosions included a car bomb and a suicide attack, in and around the Iraqi capital Baghdad, as well as four car bombs in the northern oil city of Kirkuk.
(Reporting by Baghdad newsroom; writing by Rania El Gamal in Dubai, editing by Diana Abdallah)



 

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Iraq: U.S. Covers Up Womans Murder And Gets Caught.

Iraq:U.S.Wasted $8 Billion On Iraq Reconstruction.

Source RT


AFP Photo/Ali Al-Saadi
AFP Photo/Ali Al-Saadi


Billions of taxpayer dollars are vanishing in Iraq as the government fails to properly monitor its spending. The U.S. has wasted an estimated $6 to $8 billion in its reconstruction effort in Iraq, largely due to poor reviews of contractor invoices.

In its final audit report, the Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction Funds (SIGUR) said that of the $51 billion effort to reconstruct Iraq,“the precise amount lost to fraud and waste can never be known,”largely due to poor record keeping by the Pentagon and the Department of State.
Inspector general Stuart Bowen, whose office spent more than $200 million tracking the reconstruction funds and producing reports, said a significant sum was wasted on inaccurate or inefficient service costs charged by contractors.

In many cases, invoices were checked months after they had been paid. Additionally, the withdrawal of U.S. forces in Iraq, together with violence around the capital, made visits to check on reconstruction projects dangerous and expensive.

“To make a movement outside the embassy grounds requires 48 hours of notice, three hardened vehicles and a couple of shooters in each vehicle, and limited time on site to carry out your mission,”the inspector general said.

As a typical example of inefficient spending, one contractor charged the government $80 for a pipe fitting that could be purchased elsewhere for $1.41.

Large funds were also squandered on a $35 million project to construct an international airport in Baghdad. Four years into the project, Bowen’s office estimated that half of the budget was“at risk of being wasted.”

The inspector general found that too few contracting officers were in charge of validating large sums of money. In one instance, a single contracting officer was in charge of authorizing $2.5 billion in spending on a DynCorp contract for Iraqi police training.

DynCorp contractors were previously overpaid, and the State Department was once required to recover more than $60 million from the company.

But the problem is rooted deeper than just the reconstruction effort.

In 2011, the Associated Press reported that up to $60 billion had been wasted in Afghanistan and Iraq, which it predicted would increase as the U.S. withdraws its troops.

“Much of the contingency-contract waste and fraud could have been avoided,”stated a 2011 report by the Commission on Wartime Contracting in Iraq and Afghanistan.“Unless changes are made, continued waste and fraud will undercut the effectiveness of money spent in future operations, whether they involve hostile threats overseas or national emergencies here at home requiring military participation and interagency response.”

Nearly a third of the funds spent on contracting were fraudulently used or wasted, said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) in 2011.

Contracting was out of control,”the senator said last August, after a trip she took to Iraq.“It was the wild, wild West. There was no competition. There was money being wasted. There were pallets of money disappearing. There were things being built that weren’t even functioning.”

One year later, taxpayer dollars continue to be wasted. Although SIGIR investigated $635 million in spending since its founding in 2004, much of the $51 billion Iraqi reconstruction budget may continue to disappear undocumented and unverified.

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

“Dodgy Dossier” to Newspaper “Editor”: Tony Blair Re-invents Himself.

We came and turned the native Arabs into tragic refugees. And still we dare to slander and malign them, to besmirch their name. Instead of being deeply ashamed of what we did and trying to undo some of the evil we committed … we justify our terrible acts and even attempt to glorify them…
— Erskine Childers, 1870-1922
Even by the standards of a seemingly increasingly partisan British media, the decision to invite Tony Blair to Guest Edit the London Evening Standard on June 27th, the fifth anniversary of his leaving office, was, well, bizarre.

The Standard (established1827) gained early eminence for its detailed foreign news. Within little over forty years of its founding, reporters had covered the American Civil War, the Austro-Prussian War and the Franco-Prussian War.

Fast forward to the turn of this century when well grounded fact-checking had apparently become less relevant. The last time Blair “edited” The Standard (or apparently detonated all editorial scrutiny and detachment) was on September 24th, 2002, when the newspaper’s bannered page one read: 45 Minutes from Attack with a picture of Saddam Hussein and: “Dossier reveals Saddam is ready to launch chemical war strikes.” The full front page was taken up by the then Prime Minister’s “revelations” of the (first) “Dodgy Dossier.”

Blair’s current editing foray was heralded by a breathless interview with him by Sarah Sands, the actual Editor, in his offices “with a view of the American Embassy from the window”, the room adorned with photographs of him including with “… Arnie Schwarzenegger, and crowds of laughing African children.”
Tony Blair’s stated global vision includes his “Africa Governance Initiative.”
Further: “Whether in the Middle East, faith, Africa, climate change … my focus is on devising long term solutions to some of the world’s most difficult problems”, he states modestly.

The mass graves and apocalyptic destruction in the Balkans and Iraq, the near world beating corruption in Kosovo – where streets and children are named after him – Iraq’s despotic, nepotistic US-UK choice “Prime Minister” — whose improbity and inability to restore or to halt the collapse of even basic services, burdens under which the population stagger daily — hardly reflect beacons of hope for his messianic, megalomanic, planetary “long term solutions.”
Back to The Standard interview. Incredibly, he cites Iraq’s growing economy and falling infant mortality rate: “It will end up with a happy ending but it has to go through what the whole region has to go through which is to put religion in its proper place and to realise democracy isn’t just a technical system but an attitude of mind”, opined the man of whom George W. Bush said: “We pray together” and who, of course, joined that chilling “Crusade”.

However, infant mortality in Iraq “dropping” from the death-dealing embargo years? Iraq, with the second largest oil reserves, is now a shocking nine places below Zimbabwe in neo-natal deaths on the world scale.

Moreover, Doctors in the 2004 bombarded city of Falluja have been “overwhelmed” by birth defects, including babies with two heads, Cyclops eyes, no eyes, no brain, no limbs, paralysis and a cancer epidemic.
Iraqi children being born with birth defects has been devastating families for years. A July 2010 study showed that increases in infant mortality, cancer and leukaemia in Falluja surpass those of the atomic bomb devastated cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945......read more

http://dissidentvoice.org/2012/07/dodgy-dossier-to-newspaper-editor-tony-blair-re-invents-himself/#more-45091

War Criminal Blair :Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War has been delayed for another year because officials are refusing to allow Tony Blair's private messages to George W. Bush to be released. - Could It Be To Do With Giving The OK To Use Nepalm In Fallujah ?


    The publication of the final report from the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War has been delayed for another year because officials are refusing to allow Tony Blair's private messages to George W. Bush to be released.
    The delay was announced today by inquiry chairman Sir John Chilcot in a letter to David Cameron.
    It means the committee's final judgement will not be delivered until at least a decade after the war.


     
    Secret relationship: The publication of the final report from the Chilcot Inquiry into the Iraq War has been delayed for another year because officials are refusing to allow Tony Blair's private messages to George W. Bush to be released

    Sir John complains that the inquiry team's ability to publish 'a balanced, fair and accurate' report is being undermined by the refusal of Whitehall officials to let them publish the documents on which their conclusions are based.
    Intelligence papers relating to MI5, MI6, the listening post GCHQ and the deliberations of the Joint Intelligence Committee are understood to be among the messages being held back.
     

    But in his letter, Sir John also makes clear he wants the government to release Mr Blair's private letters to President Bush, which are understood to show that he committed in principle to support a US war in Iraq long before he came clean with the public.
    He also wants to be able to show the public details of deliberations in Cabinet over the war, which are likely to expose the true nature of the discussion over the legality of the conflict and the degree to which ministers were in the dark about the intelligence case for war.
    In a letter to Mr Cameron, Sir John says there are unresolved disputes over 'a number of particularly important categories of evidence, including the treatment of discussions in the cabinet and cabinet committees and the UK position in discussions between the prime minister and heads of state or government of other nations.'
    Sir John explicitly says issues around Mr Blair's evidence 'will need to be resolved'.


    Facing questions: Tony Blair addressing the Chilcot Iraq Inquiry in January 2010. Sir John Chilcot wants the government to release Mr Blair's private letters to President Bush

    Facing questions: Tony Blair addressing the Chilcot Iraq Inquiry in January 2010. Sir John Chilcot wants the government to release Mr Blair's private letters to President Bush

    He also refers to the inquiry's desire to publish 'transcripts from a small number of private hearings' - understood to include testimony from intelligence officers.
    Mr Blair has already discussed his letters widely in his evidence and his spin doctor Alastair Campbell reveals elements of the discussions in his diaries.
    Yet Cabinet Office officials, led by Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood and his predecessor Lord O'Donnell, have argued that publication of the letters would undermine future candour between leaders if there was a prospect of them being published.
    Sir John's letter will pile pressure on Mr Blair to grant a one-off exemption to the rules to allow publication of his correspondence with President Bush.

    Report author: Sir John fears the inquiry team's ability to publish 'a balanced' report is being undermined

    Report author: Sir John fears the inquiry team's ability to publish 'a balanced' report is being undermined

    Gus O'Donnell told the Chilcot panel that releasing Blair's notes would damage Britain's relations with the US and would not be in the public interest.
    'We have attached particular importance to protecting the privacy of the channel between the prime minister and president,' he said.
    But Sir John has emphasised that the protocols were 'put in place to protect national security, international relations and the personal security of individuals.
    'They are not there to prevent embarrassment.'
    The inquiry held 18 months of public hearings between the end of 2009 and early 2011 and was originally expected to publish by the summer of 2011.
    But Sir John Chilcot has now revealed that he will not even begin approaching witnesses the report will criticise for their comments before the middle of next year.
    That means the final report will not be published until the autumn of 2013 and potentially into 2014.
    It is expected to criticise Mr Blair's use of intelligence about Saddam Hussein's weapons of mass destruction in making the case for war - in particular through the creation of the so-called 'dodgy dossier'.
    Sir John is on record as saying that Mr Blair's claim that MI6 established 'beyond doubt' that Saddam had weapons of mass destruction was 'not possible to make on the basis of intelligence'.
    He reveals that the report is expected to exceed one million words in length, though it will also come with a more digestible summary for the public.


    Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2174488/Block-Tony-Blairs-letters-George-W-Bush-delays-Iraq-war-report-publication.html#ixzz20sC15JmC

    Saturday, July 14, 2012

    Iraq:Torture And Terror American-Style - U.S. forces used mustard gas, nerve gas and other burning chemical weapons against Iraqi civilians in their November assault on the city of Falluja.

    By Sharon Smith | March 18, 2005 | Page 5


     
    ON MARCH 1, Dr. Khalid ash-Shaykhli of Iraq's Ministry of Health made a startling revelation at a Baghdad press conference:
     
    U.S. forces used mustard gas, nerve gas and other burning chemical weapons against Iraqi civilians in their November assault on the city of Falluja.
     
    Ash-Shaykhli added, "[A]ll forms of nature were wiped out in that city. I can even say that we found dozens, not to say hundreds, of stray dogs, cats and birds that had perished as a result of those gasses."
     
    Yet only Arab journalists were present to report this news, which has yet to appear in the mainstream U.S. media.
     
    Il Manifesto journalist Giuliana Sgrena--now in a Rome hospital recovering from bullet wounds from U.S. troops--described the November assault on Falluja as a "massacre." She reported charred bodies, indicating the possible use of napalm, buried by the dozens in mass graves. "The sad story of common graves, which started at Saddam's times, is not yet finished," Sgrena commented.
     
    In addition, Sgrena reported on the torture of ordinary Iraqis at the hands of U.S. forces, including the gruesome experiences of Mithal al-Hassan, detained for 80 days and tortured at Abu Ghraib.
     
    Al-Hassan described women prisoners forced to separate feces from urine with their hands and to drink water from a toilet bowl.
     
    When asked whether there were cases of rape, she replied that there were, but refused to discuss them, citing cultural customs. From her cell, she could hear children screaming as they were being tortured with dogs.
     
    Al-Hassan's description of child torture offers a new dimension to Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski's testimony during the investigation of torture at Abu Ghraib last May. Karpinski described an 11-year-old boy at Abu Ghraib who told her "he really wanted to see his mother, could he please call his mother. He was crying."
     
    As it turns out, the troops who fired on Sgrena's vehicle on March 4 were from the 3rd Infantry Brigade--accused of committing various war crimes last year, "from rape to hog-tieing and beating up an Iraqi detainee," according to Britain's Guardian newspaper. The Army investigation, launched in April, was concluded in July without charges filed, because "there was insufficient evidence to prove or disprove the allegations."
     
    But the Army's inability to discover evidence of war crimes is apparently from its own lack of effort. The American Civil Liberties Union has made public 1,200 pages of abuse investigations obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, noting that none of the 13 cases of suspected abuse--including numerous instances of U.S. troops firing on civilians at military checkpoints--resulted in charges.
     
    The Army's investigation into the rape accusation against four 3rd Infantry Brigade soldiers, for example, was halted due to "lack of evidence"--without even interviewing the two alleged Iraqi rape victims.
     
    Another case contained in the documents involves a DVD made by members of a Florida National Guard unit while serving in Iraq last year.
     
    The DVD can no longer be viewed online at the Palm Beach Post Web site. Called "Ramadi Madness and the Haj Files," it shows a soldier holding up the hand of a dead Iraqi to wave "hi" to the camera; another soldier kicking a wounded Iraqi prisoner; and a soldier taking the butt of his rifle to a detainee. The Army's internal investigation, however, cleared the soldiers of wrongdoing.
     
    Perhaps most disturbing about "Ramadi Madness" is its "day in the life" exposure of occupied Iraq--including a scene of soldiers joyriding down a Ramadi street, whooping and hollering at Iraqi pedestrians to "get out of the way" as their vehicle swerves threateningly close.
     
    Two years ago, the U.S. invaded Iraq, using the claim that Saddam Hussein had "gassed his own people" and buried them in mass graves, while the torture of ordinary Iraqis was widespread. Now the U.S. can claim the same.
     
    The war on Iraq is not merely a war based on lies and hypocrisy. It is an imperialist invasion of a sovereign nation, aimed at humiliating its population. And imperial arrogance, apparently, knows no bounds.


    http://socialistworker.org/2005-1/535/535_05_Torture.shtml

    Dispatches: London - Washington And Iraqs Missing 20 Billion Dollars.

    Friday, July 13, 2012

    #Pentagon: #Gitmo drugged prisoners for their sake…then interrogated'

    Detainees in orange jumpsuits sit in a holding area under the watchful eyes of military police during in-processing to the temporary detention facility at Camp X-Ray of Naval Base Guantanamo Bay  (Reuters / Stringer / Files) 
     
    Detainees in orange jumpsuits sit in a holding area under the watchful eyes of military police during in-processing to the temporary detention facility at Camp X-Ray of Naval Base Guantanamo Bay (Reuters / Stringer / Files)

    A recently-released Pentagon report admits to interrogating Guantanamo Bay prisoners after administering mind-altering treatments to them - often forcibly against their will - but stresses it was not done for the purposes of interrogation.

    The report by the inspector general of the US Department of Defense obtained by truth-out.org  under the  Freedom of Information Act, found that some Gitmo inmates were questioned while receiving prescribed psychoactive treatments.

    The Pentagon has tried to justify the facility staff’s actions, saying that “nowhere in the medical records did we find any evidence of mind-altering drugs being administered for the purpose of interrogation,” as the report states on page 13.

    “The detainees were not given drugs as a means to facilitate interrogation,” insisted Pentagon spokesman Army Lt. Col. Todd Breasseale. 

     
    But the report does admit that “certain detainees, diagnosed as having serious mental health conditions being treated with psychoactive medications on a continuing basis, were interrogated.”

    The inspector general also notes that “numerous” inmates have complained of being medicated against their will, but adds that wardens have used treatments known as “chemical restraints” to quell the aggressive individuals.

    “Some detainees were involuntarily medicated to help control serious mental illnesses,” says a former commander of the Joint Medical Group at Guantanamo.

     
    The report further admits that drugs administered "could impair an individual's ability to provide accurate information."

    The medication under question, known as Haldol, has been used for over 50 years, and is often administered in psychiatric wards. Several side effects including depression, suicidal behavior and heart attacks are known to exist.

    The Pentagon spokesman has refused to comment about how often such substances are used at the detention center, where the US has locked up nearly 170 men, writes the Washington Post.

    Being drugged-up changes nothing?

    After reviewing the report, David Remes, an attorney of one of the detainees, sounded an alarm saying that there is a vast possibility that statements and evidence obtained from those using psychoactive medication cannot be used in order to justify charging detainees held at the base.

     
    The revelations in the study have raised numerous concerns among human rights activists.
    "The inspector general's report confirms that detainees whose mental deterioration and suffering was so great as to lead to psychosis and attempts at self-harm were given anti-psychotic medication and subjected to further interrogation,” Leonard Rubenstein, a medical ethicist at Johns Hopkins Center for Public Health and Human Rights, told truth-out.org
    .
    However, some stipulate that evidence obtained through these methods would hold up in court.
    Shayana Kadidal, from the Center for Constitutional Rights says that under the system set up by the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, any statements detainees made during these interrogations would be presumed accurate “even if detainees took medication that could produce unreliable information."

    Kadidal added that "the burden ends up falling upon the detainee to prove what was said wasn't accurate if they were challenging their detention in habeas corpus proceedings.”

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    Fallujah :Victims of the white phosphorus chemical weapon used by the Americans.


    Falluja white phosphorus female victim
    Fallujah white phosphorus chemical weapon victims
    Falluja white phosphorus victim
    Iraq skeleton

    Iraq: Dead U.S. Soldier - Dead Because Bush & Blair Sent Him To Iraq On A Lie.

    Iraq bone exposed
    Bone exposed from charring

    Iraq: Dead U.S. Soldier - Died With A Hole So Deep In His Body You Can See His Heart - Dead Because Blair And Bush Lied On WMD's

    coffins


    hole in body
    Dead American soldier with a hole in the side of the body.

    Iraq: Dead U.S. Soldier - His Eye And Part Of His Face Shot Away - This Soldier Is Dead Because Blair And Bush Lied About WMD's.

    missing eye

    Iraq: U:S: SOLDIER - This WAS Someones Son - His Face Blown Away - Had Bush And Blair Not Lied About WMD's This Young Man May Well Be Alive Today Married With Children Of His Own.

    missing face
    Dead American soldier with face blown off.

    True Crimes:The Untold Story Behind The Devastation Of Iraq.

    Monday, July 9, 2012

    Wikileaks 'Claim' Iraq Had WMD's - A Blatant Lie.




    Numerous sources are reporting that secret US documents released by Wikileaks have revealed that George W. Bush was right about Iraq having WMDs prior to invasion by US forces. However, the documents cited by the reports are not directly obtainable from the Wikileaks web site because of denial of service and domain shutdowns in the ongoing cyber war between US intelligence and DOD sources and the Wikileaks hackers and supporters.

    Until now, any evidence of WMD and yellow cake Uranium has been explained away as low grade and in small quantities or just not pickled up by the mainstream media. However, Brian Murphy of the Associate Press reported in July of 2008 that the US secretly shipped 550 metric tons (1.2 million pounds) of yellowcake as part of a sale to Canada in an effort to keep it out of the hands of insurgents.

    The Yellowcake was explained away as being left over from an Iraqi nuclear reactor that was bombed by the Israelis in 1981 and had been later was documented and inspected by UN inspectors. It was stored in aging drums and containers since before the 1991 Gulf War. However, it was after the fall of Saddam in the second Gulf War and looters started stealing the drums for drinking water that US forces seized the yellow cake and kept it under guard until the shipment.....read more


    http://www.examiner.com/article/wikileaks-confirms-other-ignored-reports-about-iraq-wmds



    Saturday, July 7, 2012

    Wikileaks: Americans Handed Over Captives To Iraqi Torture Squads.

    The documents appear to show that US commanders passed detainees over to the “Wolf Brigade”, a feared unit controlled by the ministry of the interior.
    In files seen by The New York Times, a US interrogator told the prisoner that: “He would be subject to all the pain and agony that the Wolf battalion is known to exact upon its detainees.”
    In Samarra, 75 miles north of Baghdad, log entries in 2004 and 2005 describe repeated raids by US soldiers, who then handed their captives over to the Wolf Brigade for “further questioning”.
    New York Times writer Peter Maass, who was in Samarra at the time, told The Guardian that "US soldiers, US advisers, were standing aside and doing nothing," while members of the Wolf Brigade beat and tortured prisoners.
    Mr Maass interviewed the Wolf Brigade's American military adviser, Col James Steele, at the unit's improvised detention centre in Samarra, housed inside an old library.

    The reporter claims that the 2005 interview was interupted by screams from a prisoner.
    Wikileaks files released over the weekend showed that the US military gave a secret order not to investigate torture by Iraqi authorities.

    But Sunday’s disclosure that the US forces actively handed over captives to known Iraqi torturers will increase calls for a full investigation.

    Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, on Sunday backed calls for a possible investigation into the claims.

    "I think anything that suggests that basic rules of war, conflict and engagement have been broken or that torture has been in any way condoned are extremely serious and need to be looked at," he said.


    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/middleeast/iraq/8084720/Wikileaks-Americans-handed-over-captives-to-Iraq-torture-squads.html

    Wikileaks: Baghdad Ron Paul Reveals Secret Baghdad Embassy Cable to Congress.

    #Iraq:Suicide bomber kills 7 of his own family in Iraq

    Source Yahoo

    BAGHDAD (AP) — A suicide bomber detonated an explosives-rigged belt at a gathering of his own family in western Iraq, killing his pro-government cousin and six other relatives, officials said Saturday.

    The blast targeting a leader in the Sahwa militias in the city of Ramadi is a reminder of how extremism still divides Iraq's Sunni Muslim minority, with some working with al-Qaida-linked insurgents against others who support the Shiite-led government.

    The killing is part of a surge in violence six months after the last American troops withdrew.
    The bomber entered the home of his cousin, the local Sahwa leader, on Friday night as the extended family was gathered for a meal, said a police official in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar province, 115 kilometers (70 miles) west of Baghdad.

    He approached the militiaman and detonated his explosives, killing his target as well as his wife, three of their teenage children, his brother and another relative, said the official. He could provide no other details including the number of wounded.

    A hospital worker in Ramadi confirmed the deaths. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

    Anbar is the province where Sunni tribes first revolted against al-Qaida in late 2006 and 2007, joining U.S. troops to fight the insurgency.

    The movement was called Sahwa, or Awakening, and helped turned the tide of the war, although deadly attacks remain a grim fact of life for Iraqis. The Sahwa militia members are a favorite target of the Sunni insurgency, which sees them as traitors.

    The last American troops left Iraq on Dec. 18, nearly nine years after leading an invasion to oust dictator Saddam Hussein. Immediately after the withdrawal, al-Qaida unleashed a bloody wave of bombings and targeted killings.

    Attacks had slightly decreased since January, but starting in early June, major bombings have come at a rate of every few days instead of every few weeks, killing at least 300 people.
    The sustained level of attacks suggests the insurgents are emboldened by Iraq's protracted political crisis, which pits Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki against Sunni, Kurd and rival Shiite politicians who say they are being sidelined.

    Experts say the crisis in neighboring Syria may also be fanning the Iraqi insurgency, as some weapons intended for rebels fighting forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad could be falling into the hands of Iraqi militants as they cross the country.


    Friday, July 6, 2012

    George Bush Should Be Criminally Investigated For Torture.



    ITS OFFICIAL : Geroge Bush Is A War Criminal.
    http://iraqatrocities.blogspot.com.es/2012/07/iraqits-official-george-w-bush-is-war.html


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    War Criminals : Blair And Bush On WMD's - WORDS OF MASS DECEPTION.

    Iraq:Police -11 dead, 37 Wounded In Iraq Blast.

    Baghdad (CNN) -- A suicide bomber blew up his car in central Iraq on Friday, killing 11 people including himself, and wounding 37 others, police officials said.
    The Friday night violence took place in Ramadi, which is about 62 miles (100 kilometers) west of Baghdad. Ramadi is a predominately Sunni city in Anbar province.
    The car was parked at a house where people had gathered to celebrate the first day of a friend's marriage, said the officials, who were not authorized to speak to reporters.
    The groom is a police officer, they said. It was not immediately clear whether he was among the victims.
    In June, at least 240 people were killed in militant attacks in Iraq, according to CNN estimates.
    And while the violence has dropped since the peak of sectarian strife between 2005 and 2007, Iraqi residents continue to express concerns over the stability of the country and the efficacy of its security forces.
    The recent carnage coincides with an emerging political crisis in the war-torn Middle Eastern nation, which faces a fractious legislature as Iraq's Shiite, Sunni and Kurdish political blocs seem increasingly at odds....read more


     

    Thursday, July 5, 2012

    Iraq:IT’S OFFICIAL - George W Bush is a war criminal.


    By Yvonne Ridley

    May 11, 2012 "
    Information Clearing House" -- Kuala Lumpur -- IT’S OFFICIAL - George W Bush is a war criminal.

    In what is the first ever conviction of its kind anywhere in the world, the former US President and seven key members of his administration were today (Friday) found guilty of war crimes.

    Bush, Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld and their legal advisers Alberto Gonzales, David Addington, William Haynes, Jay Bybee and John Yoo were tried in absentia in Malaysia.
    The trial held in Kuala Lumpur heard harrowing witness accounts from victims of torture who suffered at the hands of US soldiers and contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    They included testimony from British man Moazzam Begg, an ex-Guantanamo detainee and Iraqi woman Jameelah Abbas Hameedi who was tortured in the notorious Abu Ghraib prison.
    At the end of the week-long hearing, the five-panel tribunal unanimously delivered guilty verdicts against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and their key legal advisors who were all convicted as war criminals for torture and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment.
    Full transcripts of the charges, witness statements and other relevant material will now be sent to the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, as well as the United Nations and the Security Council.

    The Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission is also asking that the names of Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Gonzales, Yoo, Bybee, Addington and Haynes be entered and included in the Commission’s Register of War Criminals for public record.
    The tribunal is the initiative of Malaysia's retired Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who staunchly opposed the American-led invasion of Iraq in 2003.

    He sat through the entire hearing as it took personal statements and testimonies of three witnesses namely Abbas Abid, Moazzam Begg and Jameelah Hameedi. The tribunal also heard two other Statutory Declarations of Iraqi citizen Ali Shalal and Rahul Ahmed, another British citizen.

    After the guilty verdict reached by five senior judges was delivered, Mahathir Mohamad said: “Powerful countries are getting away with murder.”
    War crimes expert and lawyer Francis Boyle, professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law in America, was part of the prosecution team.

    After the case he said: “This is the first conviction of these people anywhere in the world.”
    While the hearing is regarded by some as being purely symbolic, human rights activist Boyle said he was hopeful that Bush and Co could soon find themselves facing similar trials elsewhere in the world.

    “We tried three times to get Bush in Canada but were thwarted by the Canadian Government, then we scared Bush out of going to Switzerland. The Spanish attempt failed because of the government there and the same happened in Germany.”

    Boyle then referenced the Nuremberg Charter which was used as the format for the tribunal when asked about the credibility of the initiative in Malaysia. He quoted: “Leaders, organizers, instigators and accomplices participating in the formulation or execution of a common plan or conspiracy to commit war crimes are responsible for all acts performed by any person in execution of such a plan.”

    The US is subject to customary international law and to the Principles of the Nuremberg Charter said Boyle who also believes the week-long trial was “almost certainly” being monitored closely by both Pentagon and White House officials.
    Professor Gurdial Singh Nijar, who headed the prosecution said: “The tribunal was very careful to adhere scrupulously to the regulations drawn up by the Nuremberg courts and the International Criminal Courts”.

    He added that he was optimistic the tribunal would be followed up elsewhere in the world where “countries have a duty to try war criminals” and he cited the case of the former Chilean dictator Augustine Pinochet who was arrested in Britain to be extradited to Spain on charges of war crimes.

    “Pinochet was only eight years out of his presidency when that happened.”

    The Pinochet case was the first time that several European judges applied the principle of universal jurisdiction, declaring themselves competent to judge crimes committed by former heads of state, despite local amnesty laws.

    Throughout the week the tribunal was packed with legal experts and law students as witnesses gave testimony and then cross examination by the defence led by lawyer Jason Kay Kit Leon.
    The court heard how
    · Abbas Abid, a 48-year-old engineer from Fallujah in Iraq had his fingernails removed by pliers.
    · Ali Shalal was attached with bare electrical wires and electrocuted and hung from a wall.
    · Moazzam Begg was beaten, hooded and put in solitary confinement.
    · Jameelah was stripped and humiliated, and was used as a human shield whilst being transported by helicopter.

    The witnesses also detailed how they have residual injuries till today.

    Moazzam Begg, now working as a director for the London-based human rights group Cageprisoners said he was delighted with the verdict, but added: “When people talk about Nuremberg you have to remember those tried were all prosecuted after the war.

    “Right now Guantanamo is still open, people are still being held there and are still being tortured there.”

    In response to questions about the difference between the Bush and Obama Administrations, he added: “If President Bush was the President of extra-judicial torture then US President Barak Obama is the President of extra judicial killing through drone strikes. Our work has only just begun.”

    The prosecution case rested on proving how the decision-makers at the highest level President Bush, Vice-President Cheney, Secretary of Defence Rumsfeld, aided and abetted by the lawyers and the other commanders and CIA officials – all acted in concert. Torture was systematically applied and became an accepted norm.
    According to the prosecution, the testimony of all the witnesses exposed a sustained perpetration of brutal, barbaric, cruel and dehumanising course of conduct against them.
    These acts of crimes were applied cumulatively to inflict the worst possible pain and suffering, said lawyers.

    The president of the tribunal Tan Sri Dato Lamin bin Haji Mohd Yunus Lamin, found that the prosecution had established beyond a “reasonable doubt that the accused persons, former President George Bush and his co-conspirators engaged in a web of instructions, memos, directives, legal advice and action that established a common plan and purpose, joint enterprise and/or conspiracy to commit the crimes of Torture and War Crimes, including and not limited to a common plan and purpose to commit the following crimes in relation to the “War on Terror” and the wars launched by the U.S. and others in Afghanistan and Iraq.”

    President Lamin told a packed courtroom: “As a tribunal of conscience, the Tribunal is fully aware that its verdict is merely declaratory in nature. The tribunal has no power of enforcement, no power to impose any custodial sentence on any one or more of the 8 convicted persons. What we can do, under Article 31 of Chapter VI of Part 2 of the Charter is to recommend to the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission to submit this finding of conviction by the Tribunal, together with a record of these proceedings, to the Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, as well as the United Nations and the Security Council.
    The Tribunal also recommends to the Kuala Lumpur War Crimes Commission that the names of all the 8 convicted persons be entered and included in the Commission’s Register of War Criminals and be publicised accordingly.
    “The Tribunal recommends to the War Crimes Commission to give the widest international publicity to this conviction and grant of reparations, as these are universal crimes for which there is a responsibility upon nations to institute prosecutions if any of these Accused persons may enter their jurisdictions”.

    British journalist Yvonne Ridley is also a patron of Cageprisoners

    http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article31297.htm

    War Criminal George Bush : U.S. Policy On Iraq.

    War Criminal Tony Blair Feigned Surprise On Hearing The Death Of Dr. Kelly ALREADY Knowing The Inquiry Would Be A Whitewash.

    Tony Blair : The 45 Minute Claim.

    Blair Fabricated - Dr.David Kelly Assassinated Claim SIX Doctors.

    Remembering Dr.David Kelly AND All Those Who Try To Expose The Truth No Matter What The Cost.




    Uploaded by on 13 Apr 2010

    So transient . So precious. But I really don't think we realise how precious.

    This video stars the human race. The glowing potential... the diabolical iniquity and the folly of the as yet inglorious human race. Inglorious because we still allow perverse injustices and cruel depravation to co-exist with vulgar opulance, careless gratification, smug self-agrandisement and self preservation. The video alludes to some of the regrettable particulars leading up to the Iraq war. Particularly the grubby and still unexplained Dr Kelly mystery.

    Many people are highly suspicious that Dr Kelly's intention to expose a lethal and immoral anthrax/bio-weapons project (at Fort Detrick and Porton Down) may have lead to his bizarre and tragic death.

    More than six qualified doctors are convinced Dr Kelly could not (and would not) have killed himself by making a smallish cut on one wrist with a tiny, very unsuitable kitchen knife and taking a handful of pills that he would have known to be non-lethal.

    Paramedics at the scene were baffled to find no pool of blood (just a tiny bit the size of a 10p coin) - making it unlikely or damn near impossible that he bled to death from the cut to his wrist. The doctors want an inquest, but what they got instead was the using of a little used law to lock up all information about Kelly's death for at least 70 years... for reasons of 'national security'.

    Dr Kelly was about to 'ghost write' a book exposing disgusting things that are going on inside the bio-weapons industry that are, shall we say, not in humanity's best interests.

    Contemplating the implications of bio-weapons mafia thugs and unsavoury race targeted bioweapons crimes of past and future. Briefly alluding to the 'you couldn't make it up' untimely deaths of more than fifteen bio-weapon expert scientists.


    The old footage is of beloved Delft in Holland... and many of those streets haven't changed that much! Such beautiful spirits... There are a few glimpses of modern Delft too skating on ice canals and frozen lakes last winter. If only we could remember how beautiful we are and can be - and hold that thought - enough to stand up to the covert tyranny that threatens the air we breathe and the food we eat in the name of filthy greed.

    We are many.

    There's so much we could do, were we not divided.

    More than anything, this song to me is a prayer to us. Let's remember how special we are and give the arseholes a run for their blood money. I think the word is "enough".

    My heart aches for those who want to make a difference but are chopped down by unseen forces, without a trace of remorse. My heart aches for those who lack the courage to speak out against such crimes. For those who pretend everything in the garden's rosy, when in fact, the garden stinks.


    Welcome to England in the 21st century.

    Iraq: Images - The Unseen War.

    Media Blackout On - Wait For It - Tony Blair Middle East Peace Prize From Tel Aviv - OR More Like Thank-You Mr. Blair For Killing All Of Those Dirty Muslims For Us.

    tel aviv Tony Blair accepts Middle East Peace Prize silvan shalom

    Source Max Farquar.

    What? You didn’t know?

    That’ll be because the unbiased (sic) British press did not report it.
    I’m so angry … I’ve been rendered speechless.

    On both counts.

    Full story HERE....... what a surprise they have deleted the page !!!!!

    http://www.maxfarquar.com/2011/09/tony-blair-news-blackout/

    40 Killed In Attacks Across Iraq.

    Market bombings and other attacks across Iraq killed at least 40 people, and one senior intelligence figure said he could not rule out that guards may have taken bribes to allow terrorists to penetrate security during a Shiite pilgrimage.
    The latest attacks added to fears that Iraq is descending further into violence after the last American troops withdrew late last year. More than 275 people have died in attacks over the past month, the bloodiest period since immediately after the US withdrawal....read more




    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news/40-killed-in-attacks-across-iraq-16180725.html

    #Iraq: 3 Killed In #Baghdad House Bombing.

    BAGHDAD (AP) — Police say the house of an Iraqi government official has been bombed and his wife and two daughters have been killed.

    Authorities believe the early Thursday attack targeted the home of Ali Abdul-Amir, a Shiite who is a senior official in Baghdad's local government. Abdul-Amir and his two sons were wounded in the strike on their home in western Baghdad's Sunni-dominated neighborhood of Ghazaliyah.

    Officials at Yarmouk hospital confirmed the deaths. All officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to release the information.

    Though violence has dropped across Iraq, government employees and security forces are still regularly targeted by insurgents.

    Tuesday, July 3, 2012

    Dispatches : Iraq's Secret War Files - What America Does Not Want You To Know That It Is A Rogue State With Complete Disregard For Human Life. (Videos 1 - 5)

    Uploaded by on 26 Oct 2010
    Dispatches, Channel 4's flagship current affairs strand, exposes the full and unreported horror of the Iraqi conflict and its aftermath, revealing the true scale of civilian casualties and allegations that even after the scandal of Abu Ghraib, American soldiers continued to abuse prisoners; and that US forces did not systematically intervene in the torture and murder of detainees by the Iraqi security services. The programme also features previously unreported material of insurgents being killed while trying to surrender.

    With descriptions and scenes of killings, torture and bloodshed which may disturb some viewers.








    Uploaded by on 10 Nov 2010
    The only TV documentary to have advance access to the biggest WikiLeaks release ever. This is what really happened during the Iraq war, not what the US PR machine of the time wanted us to believe. The reality behind the civilian death count; al-Qaeda's fictitious presence; torture, torture and more torture. A wall of truth revealing unprecedented levels of unwarranted aggression.

    Dispatches, Channel 4's flagship current affairs strand, exposes the full and unreported horror of the Iraqi conflict and its aftermath, revealing the true scale of civilian casualties; and allegations that after the scandal of Abu Ghraib, American soldiers continued to abuse prisoners; and that US forces did not systematically intervene in the torture and murder of detainees by the Iraqi security services. The programme also features previously unreported material of insurgents being killed while trying to surrender.

    Channel 4 is the only UK broadcaster to have been given access to nearly 400,000 secret military significant activities reports (SIGACTS) logged by the US military in Iraq between 2004 and 2009. These reports tell the story of the war and occupation which the US military did not want the world to know.

    Initially, the Americans claimed that they were not recording casualty figures and President Bush stated that America would do its utmost to avoid civilian casualties. In the files, Dispatches found details of over 109,000 deaths; 66,000 of these were civilians; 176,000 civilians and others were reported as wounded.

    Under rules of engagement, known as escalation of force, anyone approaching the US military was warned to slow down and stop. The analysis reveals more than 800 people were killed in escalation of force incidents: 681 (80%) of these were civilians; a further 2,200 were wounded. Thirteen coalition troops were killed during these incidents. Dispatches found 30 children had been killed when shots were fired near civilians by US troops at checkpoints.

    Over a six-year period, the data records the imprisonment of 180,000 Iraqis: one in 50 of the adult male population. Dispatches found more than 300 reports alleging abuse by US forces on Iraqi prisoners after April 2004.

    The Americans effectively ignored the torture and murder of many detainees by Iraqi security forces. Dispatches has found evidence of more than 1,300 individual cases of the torture and abuse of Iraqi prisoners by Iraqis in police stations and army bases: witnessed or reported on by American troops. Dispatches reveals that US troops were ordered not to investigate Iraqi-on-Iraqi violence.

    The data shows that the Americans were aware of the horrific level of violence inflicted by Iraqi sectarian militias: over 32,500 murders; more than 10,000 shot in the head; nearly 450 decapitated; over 160 were children.

    One of the reasons given for the invasion of Iraq was the suggestion of links between Iraq and Al Qaeda. The US told the UN Security Council in 2003 that Iraq 'harboured' the terrorist network. However, in the leaked data there are only seven reports mentioning Al Qaeda in 2004, and none of these refer to Al Qaeda killing anyone. By 2008, there are 8,208 reports mentioning Al Qaeda attributing to it the deaths of 45 coalition soldiers, 486 members of the Iraqi Security Services and 1,291 civilians.
    http://warlogs.wikileaks.org/

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    Video Courtesy Of Channel 4 - Dispatches

    FOR NON-PROFIT, EDUCATIONAL USE ONLY

    *FAIR USE*
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