Month: October 2014

Harvard Law School report: Bush and Cheney authorized USGovt torture and should be prosecuted

Everyone outside the United States, and most particularly residents of Islamic countries, knows that the USGovt has been involved in a massive program of  torture and kidnapping, that it has been the official policy of the USGovt, approved by the President, and that Britain and other allies of the USGovt have knowingly assisted the torture and kidnapping program.

FBI National Security Letters

“…The most consequential civil liberties case in years is being argued before three judges in California on Wednesday, and it has little to do with the NSA…” No, I had never heard of NSL’s either.  Apparently it is not just the CIA and the NSA “Big Brothering” us; the FBI is also in the act. Below is an extract from a piece by Trevor Timm published in the Guardian. Emphasis is mine. Details of the NSL are here and here.“

Canadian Broadcasting Corp vs US Main Stream Media

I watched a good deal of the CBC reporting of the Ottawa shooting event two days ago. I thought at the time that the coverage was astonishingly evenhanded. Below is a piece from “Mother Jones”, an alternative US Media news source, describing the CBC coverage. From Mother Jones Canada’s Coverage of the Ottawa Shootings Put American Cable News to Shame —By James West Wed Oct. 22, 2014 5:28 PM EDT The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation today gave a master class in calm, credible breaking-news reporting.

US MSM and USGovt: Two responses to two airline tragedies

In 1988 a US destroyer shot down an Iranian airliner in the Persian Gulf, killing 290 people. This year a Malaysian airliner was shot down  flying over Ukraine with the loss of 288 people. In the article below  Professor Gusterson compares: The US Govt, (Reagan Administration) lies, and the US  Main Stream Media echoing them, about the US military shooting down of Iranian airlines flight 655 in 1988 with The US Govt, (Obama Administration) probable lies, and the US  Main Stream Media echoing them, about the (as yet unknown) circumstances surrounding the shooting down of Malaysia Air lines flight 17 in 2014.

It is now “NYT and CIA official”: the US is a leading terrorist state

The NYT recently published an article (Study of  covert aid…) which, I am pretty sure, is the first time that a US MSM publication has officially referred to a (as yet secret) CIA report which acknowledges CIA terrorist acts and admits to the failures of CIA terrorist operations.

US Blockade of Cuba: An Assault on Humanity’s Conscience

From International Movement for a Just World THE BLOCKADE AGAINST CUBA — AN ASSAULT UPON HUMANITY’S CONSCIENCE. By Dr Chandra November 13, 2013 There are few other issues in international politics on which the nations of the world have been so totally united over so many years. On 29 October 2013, for the 22nd consecutive year, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) called for an end to the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba.  188 states supported the Resolution, 2 voted against it, namely the US and Israel, while 3 (Marshall Islands, Micronesia and Palau) abstained.

General Dynamics Loves ISIS

From Zero Hedge How General Dynamics Just Got A $600 Million Check From Uncle Sam, Courtesy Of ISIS  Submitted by Tyler Durden on 10/21/2014 18:20 -0400   Sometimes, in the fog of whatever is the Mideast war du jour started initially under a “humanitarian intervention” pretext then quickly morphing into yet another counter-Syria campaign to appease various Saudi and Qatari emirs and princes, it is easy to lose sight over just what the purpose of said war is.