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Archive for the Month of August, 2005.
Viewing War on Terrorism NEWS articles 1 through 49 of 49.
- It’s all part of plan to drive average people bonkers and extract their consent for the imposition of a draconian police state, for nothing builds fascist character—the neocons over here like to call it “stomach,” i.e., no hesitation to kill large numbers of brown-skin people in far away lands and no girly-man guilt after the fact—like a “boot stamping on a human face—for ever,” as Orwell presciently summed up.
- Critics say the fears raised by the Pentagon are being used as a justification for the military to conduct wider, more intrusive surveillance on American citizens.
- Lindsey German, convener of the Stop the War Coalition, said the ruling meant police could now decide who was allowed to demonstrate, which was "totally unacceptable".
- First Torture Them, Then Rig Their Trials
- 600 Arrests, But Only 76 Charged
- Benyam Mohammed travelled from London to Afghanistan in July 2001, but after September 11 he fled to Pakistan. He was arrested at Karachi airport on April 10 2002, and describes being flown by a US government plane to a prison in Morocco. These are extracts from his diary.
- Two Yemeni men claim they were held in secret, underground US jails for more than 18 months without being charged, Amnesty International has said.
- In keeping with the fish story of villainous terrorists—who are, the corporate media tells us, nothing but wicked nihilists and depraved serial murderers—every so often we need to be reminded (lest we forget) that the minions of Osama and al-Zarqawi are still out there plotting mass murder and malicious carnage against the Good and Righteous, i.e., citizens of the Best Damn Country in the World.
- The International Association of Chiefs of Police, which represents the heads of police departments in the United States and across the world, has issued new guidelines saying that officers who confront a suicide bomber should shoot the suspect in the head.
- The American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado today released new documents that it says confirm that the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) is inappropriately treating people who engage in peaceful protest as potential terrorists.
- NBC News and other corporate media broadcast a Pentagon-inspired story on the Aug. 4 evening news broadcasts suggesting that the recent bombings of U.S. armored personnel carriers were accomplished with the use of deadly armored-piercing "shaped charges" from Iran and possibly, Syria.
- No doubt the big-wig editors at the Washington Post and the New York Times pull down good salaries. However, when it comes to investigating stories they are no better or apparently qualified than first year journalism majors at a third-rate community college.
- The struggles to stop drug abuse and terrorism have striking similarities. They have both abjectly failed to achieve their publicly stated goals, and they have both brought tremendous profits to the United States.
- Six separate experiments are planned over the next three weeks, with specific dates dependent on the weather, and the subway portion planned for the final three release dates.
- The Justice and the Homeland Security departments submitted several proposals to the FCC in May and July seeking authority to monitor the electronic communications of airline passengers. The proposals would allow Justice to record all electronic activity without a court order, identify any user by seat number, and automatically interrupt or shut down any communication.
- The Electronic Frontier Foundation, joined by several civil liberties organizations and online service providers, filed a friend-of-the-court brief yesterday in the case of Doe v. Gonzales arguing that National Security Letters (NSLs) are unconstitutional. NSLs are secret subpoenas for communications logs, issued directly by the FBI without any judicial oversight. These secret subpoenas allow the FBI to demand that online service providers produce records of where their customers go on the Web, as well as what they read and with whom they exchange email. The FBI can even issue NSLs for information about people who haven't committed any crimes.
- Medical ethics have been corrupted because doctors and medical bodies have taken direct and indirect part in abusing prisoners detained as part of what U.S. and other officials call the ''war on terror,'' a senior British Medical Association (BMA) official said...
- New grounds for deportation published by the Home Office included fostering hatred, advocating or justifying violence, or active engagement with extremist websites, bookshops and networks
- With Congress in recess and Bush on vacation, the exact conditions preceeding the 9/11 attacks are now being replicated. The attack would also be used to further legitimate the building of the genocidal wall in Jerusalem and possibly even an expansion of, rather than a pullout from, the settlements in Gaza and the West Bank in furtherance of total Israeli dominance in the Middle East.
- Domestic Effort Is Big Shift for Military
- this afternoon police arrested another five protestors under draconian new legislation that bans any protest not agreed with police in advance. the ban applies to just one or more people in a large exclusion zone around parliament and government buildings. a prospective protestor is supposed to apply to police a week before the demo, and they have the right to ban the protest, or enforce all sorts of restrictions on it without any independent judge, effectively giving them political power over citizens in this area.
- Secret, judge-only courts where the accused has no access to the "evidence"? Changes to the law will include making it illegal to advocate violence to further a person’s belief, justifying or validating such violence, or fostering hatred.
- We should not expect the Bush administration to make a rational choice; that would be a dramatic departure from every preceding decision of consequence. The President of the United States always has the option of unleashing Armageddon if he so chooses. Normally, however, sanity prevails. When the bombs hit the bunkers in Iran; World War 3 will be underway.
- If George Bush were no longer President, it would add to the power of the PNAC crew. If you think they assumed great power because 3,000 anonymous Americans died, just imagine how much more power they can assume after claiming that terrorists are a great enough threat to get to an American president.
- According to sources within the German Federal Intelligence Service (Bundesnachrichtendienst - BND), the Bush administration has drawn up plans to hit Iran's nuclear, other WMD, and military sites with heavy saturation bombing using bunker buster bombs and tactical nuclear weapons. The attack will be coordinated with urban and rural critical infrastructure sabotage carried out by elements of the People's Mujaheddin (MEK), Pentagon Special Operations units, and other Iranian dissident groups.
- Canadian troops could stay in Afghanistan for at least 20 years, predicted one of the top generals amidst public criticism of the government decision to expand troops deployment from the Afghan capital to other regions.
- Canada is developing a no-fly list in an effort to prevent terrorist attacks and make air travel safer, the federal transport minister has announced.
- Foreign citizens who change planes at airports in the United States can legally be seized, detained without charges, deprived of access to a lawyer or the courts, and even denied basic necessities like food, lawyers for the government said in Brooklyn federal court yesterday.
- Chertoff is the perfect "guy in charge" come the day Bush and his coterie of chickenhawk Straussian neocons declare martial law in the wake of a staged terror attack. It doesn’t matter if Chertoff sits in a DHS office or one in the Pentagon.
- Guantanamo Detainee Says Beating Injured Spine
- Turkish intelligence specialists agree that there is no such organization as al-Qaeda. Rather, Al-Qaeda is the name of a secret service operation.
- ...15) U.S. air defenses functioned according to protocols on September 11, 2001...
- The US Justice Department's inspector-general has said a federal detention centre in New York City failed to turn over hundreds of videotapes to investigators probing the treatment of detainees taken into custody after the September 11 attacks.
- Prominent neo-conservatives urge the Bush administration to criminalize speech -- and even private thoughts -- that supposedly "encourage" terrorists.
- The United States has issued a tender for up to 80 million doses of a smallpox vaccine to guard against terrorist attack, worth over $1 billion, vaccine-makers said on Tuesday.
- An Afghan detainee who died in military custody was injured so severely that has leg muscles were split apart, an Air Force medical examiner testified Tuesday in the trial of a soldier accused in the beating.
- A situation of instability is takiing hold of the military like it did in the Cold War. Two more retired generals now warn the world is on the verge of nuclear war and terrorist attacks on the homeland are only weeks away.
- Up To Six Accused Of Assault, Torture
- Countries that rely on "diplomatic assurances" that other countries will not torture transferred prisoners "are either engaging in wishful thinking or using the assurances as a figleaf to cover their complicity," charges a new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW).
- The Bush administration declared more than two years ago that major combat in Afghanistan was over, but despite this claim for the past four months, the U.S. paratroopers and other American units have been fighting a war thousands of feet up in the sun-blasted peaks and boulder-strewn defiles of one of history's most grueling battlefields.
- "In its strategic context, MindWar must reach out to friends, enemies, and neutrals alike across the globe—neither through primitive "battlefield" leaflets and loudspeakers of PSYOP nor through the weak, imprecise, and narrow effort of psychotronics [the relationship between matter, energy, and consciousness]—but through the media possessed by the United States which have the capabilities to reach virtually all people on the face of the Earth."
- Complaint Provides First Look at Isolation and Abuse
- Shortly before his death, Juan Torres Jr. had called his father from Bagram Air Force Base. Juan Jr. was overwhelmed with fear. He was distraught because of rampant drug abuse, drug dealing, and trafficking among officers and enlisted men inside of Bagram. He was especially upset that officers, as high up as Captains, were involved with this drug trafficking and their superior officers were doing nothing to put a stop to it.
- 15 Muslims, Cleared of Terrorism Charges, Remain at Guantanamo With Nowhere to Go
- The Pentagon said about 505 remain at the prison for terrorist suspects
- Detainees say US military broke July pact
- Since Fox News wrongly identified a La Habra home as that of a terrorist, its five- member family has faced an angry backlash.
- So we have been warned, yet again. Terrorism is the logical consquence of American and British "foreign policy" whose infinitely greater terrorism we need to recognise, and debate, as a matter of urgency.
- Turkish Professor and Former Intelligence Officer: There is No Such Terror Organization as Al-Qaeda; Al-Qaeda is Code Name for a CIA Operation; The U.S. Government is Behind 9/11 and JFK's Assassination
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