Mon Jan 30, 2006
Monitoring Human Rights in Iraq Newsletter - No.1, January 29 2006
I recieved the following very rough english translation of a newsletter from Muhamad T. Al-Deraji who is director of Monitoring Net of Human Rights in Iraq(MHRI). Deraji became a media source in discussing the U.S. use of chemical phosphorus in Fallujah and has been working to get the world to know the human rights violations that have been happening in Iraq.
So, I'm posting it here. It's been translated from arabic. I'm not offering any commentary on it. click 'read more' to go on.
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Thu Nov 10, 2005
Am I the only person who still checks out "Citizens"?
If not, here's something interesting for y'all:
FBI and CIA identified as helping Plan Venezuelan Prosecutor's Murder
Wednesday, Nov 09, 2005 Print format
By: Alessandro Parma - Venezuelanalysis.com
Almost exactly a year ago a car bomb killed prominent State Prosecutor Danilo Anderson on his way home.
Credit: Anibal Torres/El Universal
Caracas, November, 9 2005 – A key witness in the Danilo Anderson murder trial, Giovani Jose Vasquez De Armas, has identified FBI and CIA agents as being involved in the preparations to assassinate the Venezuelan State Prosecutor. Speaking on behalf of Vasquez De Armas, the Attorney General's office said that those planning the killing, "all discussed the plan with the help of the FBI and CIA."
Danilo Anderson was a Venezuela Prosecutor killed by a car bomb in Caracas on November 18, 2004. He was murdered while investigating those who were involved in leading and organizing the April 2002 coup that briefly overthrew President Chavez and abolished the constitution and the National Assembly. Vasquez De Armas, a member of Colombia's right wing paramilitary group called the United Self-Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC) has said that he was in charge of logistics for the plot to kill Danilo Anderson.
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Thu Sep 29, 2005
Meeting a family member of the victim of Luis Posada Carriles
A couple weeks ago I was in Perugia, Italy at the 'People's UN' conference, where about 200 people from around the world were invited to discuss the future of the UN, and the obligation of first world countries on meeting development goals of the third world, Iraq and a score of other issues. It was very ambitious, incredibly interesting, and I was very glad to take part.
Arriving in Italy, we had shared our car to the hotel from the airport with 3 men from Syria, Turkey and Bahrain and an older, woman who appeared to be in her 60's from Cuba. Groggy and jet-lagged, we didn't talk too much in the car with everyone.. but we learned the Cuban woman's name: Iraida.
That first night in the hotel in Perugia, we had dinner and invited the Cuban woman to sit with us. Our new friend Sheri at the table spoke spanish, so we were all able to converse a bit through her. We discussed small things, leading up to why we were there at this meeting, what we hoped to take away. Iraida mentioned that her son was a filmmaker, and she was there to be present at a screening of his movie. I mentioned that my brother was killed in 9/11, and part of why we were there in Perugia was to connect with other people who had also lost loved ones in terrorism and war who were invited to the conference. She immediately said 'I am like that, too', and said that her husband was an airline pilot who was killed in 1976 when the plane he was flying was bombed, which along with Iraida's husband 73 others were killed including the Cuban Olympic fencing team by a terrorist. She said that she was grateful that her children, although they did not have a father, had grown up without letting this get them down.
It hit me - the person who planted the bomb that killed her husband and her children's father was Luis Posada Carriles, who had been in the news this year for sneaking into the United States and seeking asylum here. He was apparently here for months and hired a lawyer to plead his case, and even then it took weeks for him to be arrested.
He was trained in the 60's by the CIA as a demolitions expert. Posada was convicted of engineering the Cuban airliner bombing along with Orlando Bosch in Venezuela - and escaped from prision in Venezuela a couple years later and fled to Honduras where he helped US covert operations run by Oliver North in supporting the contras in the 1980's. He is implicated in a car bombing on American soil in the killing of Chilean government minister Orlando Letelier and his associate Ronni Moffit. He is also claimed responsibility for a string of hotel bombings in the 90's in Cuba that killed an Italian tourist (in an interview with a NY Times reporter in 1998), as well as jailed in Panama for plotting an assasination of Fidel Castro by bombing the theater in which he was to be appearing - that bomb would have killed hundreds in the theater audience. This kind of skims the top of it. In 2000, he was pardoned by the current leader of Panama. This year he made his way to Miami.
To right now, a US judge has ruled that he is not going to be extradited to Venezuela, where he escaped prision for the 1976 airliner bombing that killed Iraida's husband - he will not be extradited to Venezuela because he may be tortured. Probably closer to the truth is that it would be a PR nightmare for the US government to hand him over for a trial, with all the associations with our own government coming under scrutiny. The 'torture' angle is utter hypocrisy coming from the United States which now routinely sends terrorism suspects to be 'rendered' (tortured) in other world countries and operates extra-judicial detention camps (Guantanamo is not the only one).
All I can say is that the actions of our government for being involved with this thug throughout his 'career' and the United States inability to own up to the CIA's own breeding of freedom fighters/terrorists (pick one depending on what side you are on - but I wonder what side the dead innocents are on?) and our current reluctance to recognize the soverignity of other countries legitimate concerns about this? And how with no legitimate exercise in bringing people like this to justice, does that legitimize violent acts of terrorism against the United States citizens?
If we want to be against terrorism, then we must be against terrorism across the board.
If this guy is somehow granted asylum in the United States then it's pure hypocrisy. But he probably will not be - because of his past associations with the CIA and FBI, officials who are currently in the Bush administration who were involved in Iran/Contra arms and narco-trafficing in support of the contras, and Bush-loving militant cuban-exiles who support Posada and his actions.
But apparently this kind of cronyism laden wet-kiss pardon to 'good' terrorists is common: fellow engineer of the 1976 airliner bombing Orlando Bosch got a 1992 pardon from George H. Bush. Posada himself got a pardon in 2004 from outgoing Panama president Mireya Moscoso apparently at the urging of right-wing Cubans - and Posada's co-conspirators in the bomb assasination immediately went to Miami.
Posada follows them here now, expecting asylum, too.
I quote from an article in which Iraida's filmmaker son, Juan Carlos Cremata is quoted:
Juan Carlos Cremata, whose father was one of the 73 people killed in the 1976 airliner bombing, bitterly denounced the prospect that a "terrorist can enjoy impunity and receive protection from the US administration," and added that "by harboring Posada [Bush] will lose all credibility."
For the declassified records of Luis Posada Carriles visit the George Washington University's National Security Archive.
US Representative Dennis Kuchinich on Posada - http://www.kucinich.us/floor_speeches/intl_posada18may.php
Why the US will not extradite Posade to Venezuela - http://narcosphere.narconews.com/story/2005/9/1/232838/8666
WA-PO article on the Panama pardon of Posada - http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A36924-2004Aug26.html
OR, just do a google search on him.
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Tue Aug 23, 2005
Thinking of Jacques...
Televangelist Calls for Assassination of Chavez
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Filed at 6:20 a.m. ET
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) -- Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson suggested on-air that American operatives assassinate Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to stop his country from becoming ''a launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism.''
''We have the ability to take him out, and I think the time has come that we exercise that ability,'' Robertson said Monday on the Christian Broadcast Network's ''The 700 Club.''
''We don't need another $200 billion war to get rid of one, you know, strong-arm dictator,'' he continued. ''It's a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with.''
Chavez has emerged as one of the most outspoken critics of President Bush, accusing the United States of conspiring to topple his government and possibly backing plots to assassinate him. U.S. officials have called the accusations ridiculous.
''You know, I don't know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it,'' Robertson said. ''It's a whole lot cheaper than starting a war ... and I don't think any oil shipments will stop.''
Robertson, 75, founder of the Christian Coalition of America and a former presidential candidate, accused the United States of failing to act when Chavez was briefly overthrown in 2002.
Electronic pages and a message to a Robertson spokeswoman were not immediately returned Monday evening.
Venezuela is the fifth largest oil exporter and a major supplier of oil to the United States. The CIA estimates that U.S. markets absorb almost 59 percent of Venezuela's total exports.
Venezuela's government has demanded in the past that the United States crack down on Cuban and Venezuelan ''terrorists'' in Florida who they say are conspiring against Chavez.
Robertson has made controversial statements in the past. In October 2003, he suggested that the State Department be blown up with a nuclear device. He has also said that feminism encourages women to ''kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism and become lesbians.''
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Tue Feb 15, 2005
WAR PORN (missing jacques)
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Fri Jan 28, 2005
Tell Them, 'Because our Fathers Lied'
by Gilbert Jordan
"The master class has always declared the wars;
the subject class has always fought the battles...."
- Eugene Debs
Almost two years after our invasion of Iraq - an occasion that was to be 'a piece of cake,' one that would be celebrated by Iraqis strewing flowers before our troops - it is well past the point when we should recognize that the Iraq War has become the Vietnam of the 21st Century. As in Vietnam, The Mexican War, the Spanish American War, the pretext for going to war was manufactured by misrepresenting facts and whipping up public fury, usually a simple task when that well known toxin - patriotism - is in the air.
Many years ago Rudyard Kipling wrote in his Epitaphs of the War:
'If any question why we died,
Tell them, because our fathers lied.' Read more...
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Tue Sep 14, 2004
After all, the practical reason why, when the power is once in the hands of the people, a majority are permitted, and for a long period continue, to rule is not because they are most likely to be in the right, nor because this seems fairest to the minority, but because they are physically the strongest. But a government in which the majority rule in all cases can not be based on justice, even as far as men understand it. Can there not be a government in which the majorities do not virtually decide right and wrong, but conscience?--in which majorities decide only those questions to which the rule of expediency is applicable? Must the citizen ever for a moment, or in the least degree, resign his conscience to the legislator? WHy has every man a conscience then? I think that we should be men first, and subjects afterward. It is not desirable to cultivate a respect for the law, so much as for the right. The only obligation which I have a right to assume is to do at any time what I think right. It is truly enough said that a corporation has no conscience; but a corporation on conscientious men is a corporation with a conscience. Law never made men a whit more just; and, by means of their respect for it, even the well-disposed are daily made the agents on injustice. A common and natural result of an undue respect for the law is, that you may see a file of soldiers, colonel, captain, corporal, privates, powder-monkeys, and all, marching in admirable order over hill and dale to the wars, against their wills, ay, against their common sense and consciences, which makes it very steep marching indeed, and produces a palpitation of the heart. They have no doubt that it is a damnable business in which they are concerned; they are all peaceably inclined. Now, what are they? Men at all? or small movable forts and magazines, at the service of some unscrupulous man in power? Visit the Navy Yard, and behold a marine, such a man as an American government can make, or such as it can make a man with its black arts--a mere shadow and reminiscence of humanity, a man laid out alive and standing, and already, as one may say, buried under arms with funeral accompaniment, though it may be,
"Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note, As his corse to the rampart we hurried; Not a soldier discharged his farewell shot O'er the grave where out hero was buried."
The mass of men serve the state thus, not as men mainly, but as machines, with their bodies. They are the standing army, and the militia, jailers, constables, posse comitatus, etc. In most cases there is no free exercise whatever of the judgement or of the moral sense; but they put themselves on a level with wood and earth and stones; and wooden men can perhaps be manufactured that will serve the purpose as well. Such command no more respect than men of straw or a lump of dirt. They have the same sort of worth only as horses and dogs. Yet such as these even are commonly esteemed good citizens. Others--as most legislators, politicians, lawyers, ministers, and office-holders--serve the state chiefly with their heads; and, as the rarely make any moral distinctions, they are as likely to serve the devil, without intending it, as God. A very few--as heroes, patriots, martyrs, reformers in the great sense, and men--serve the state with their consciences also, and so necessarily resist it for the most part; and they are commonly treated as enemies by it. A wise man will only be useful as a man, and will not submit to be "clay," and "stop a hole to keep the wind away," but leave that office to his dust at least:
"I am too high born to be propertied, To be a second at control, Or useful serving-man and instrument To any sovereign state throughout the world."
He who gives himself entirely to his fellow men appears to them useless and selfish; but he who gives himself partially to them in pronounced a benefactor and philanthropist.
From "Civil Disobedience"
By Henry David * Motherfuckin' * Thoreau
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Sun Sep 12, 2004
9/11 chat, continued.
For some reason I've been feeling very posty these last few weeks. So, I might as well keep this up while I'm into it. Because when I stop, I stop.
Barry, I appreciate your perspective. Really. More than you know. I've heard or read bits and pieces from you about this over the last few years, but its nice to read it in one sitting.
I do remember Craig's memorial pretty well. My only goal was to make sure I gave you a big hug (did I give you a big hug?). You'll have to take in on faith that I wasn't gulping down the urge to scream "Let's go kill the bastards who did this!" as I sat in the auditorium with my son. That's never really been my thing, that vengeance-bloody-vengeance thing. Obviously, I have and still do come across a lot of it, from the Jesus Hearts America crowd as well as the Little Green Footballs Secularists folks. But it really takes a quite a bit for me to get whipped up into any kind of frenzy, let alone a bloodletting, nationalist kind of frenzy. Hasn't happened yet. Probably won't. I do reserve the right to get whipped up into a nationalist frenzy if Kansas City "goes up in a bright white flash". Probably won't. Oh, by the way, the Jesus Loves Our Big Flag picture (above) is a joke. Okay? Ha ha.
That being said, I'm glad you think there is a military intervention, somewhere, that might be right, or at least not wrong. I'll leave it at that. You know where I stand on the subject; I get all my marching orders from the utopian Victor Davis Hanson. You may not know where I stand on non-violence, which I know a little about (but not nearly as much as you). I say: Bully! for Gandhi against the Crown, and well done. Martin Luther King? A giant of a man. But Peaceful Tomorrows versus The Fellows Who Drove A Plane Into Your Brother's Cubicle In The Pentagon? The absolute best I can do is "good luck".
Since I see we're using proper names now, I would like to add for the record that I believe that those who feel that The War On Terror (sorry, not my choice of terms) is essentially Christianity v. Islam, that those folks are numbingly stupid. Ignorant. Foolish. Insane. Dangerous. All of the above and in varying degrees.
Still, I do believe we are in a war, and that war is called "Islamists v. Everyone Else". Not Islamists versus The West, not Islamists versus The Great Satan. Islamists v. Everyone Else. Who are these Islamists? They are Sayyid Qutb. They may also even be anyone for whom "jihad" is not an 'inner struggle' but a decidedly messy outer struggle. A friend recently wrote on this subject, and I wholly agree with him:
"...those who argue that jihad should be an internal or spiritual struggle need to win the war for the heart and mind of Islam right now. A lurker mentioned to me that Islam needs another Mohammed, like we have Christ, but barring that, I'll settle for a generation of Muslims who internalize the language of the Koran instead of trying to kill us."Amen and godspeed you black emporer.
Barry, I what I said in my previous post wasn't window dressing: I didn't lose a brother in this. You did. Not that it should really matter what I think, but rather for the sake of clarity: That you became a Bona Fide Pacifist because of it is no stranger to me than if you were to have crawled into a sweat lodge for three years (um, actually, probably even less strange). If that is what it takes for you to have hope, then that's okay by me, because you're my friend and I'll walk ten miles in your moccasins before I tell you it's not okay. You said:
"At the end of the day, the end of your life, it's people that matter."Truly and amen.
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