You can’t make this shit up.
I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism.
A U.S. soldier in Vietnam supervises the waterboarding of a captured North Vietnamese soldier. Bettmann/Corbis. Jan. 21, 1968, The Washington Post. Via Larry Johnson NoQuarter.
As I’m sure you know, waterboarding was a common practice used by the Marines in the Philippines during the war 1898-1902 when thousands were killed. I recall seeing photos as well as drawings of it among the military records in the National Archives. But now, they are spinning waterboarding as a practice the U.S. only used to show our people what to expect from the enemy.
Oh yeah and tapes can be destroyed, that doesn’t mean there are no copies, does it?
So when the tapes are destroyed abroad, even though electronic copies exist domestically – yet another buried part of the flatland story – it was again the CIA acting alone, while the very people who advised them to act in violation of Geneva Conventions got promoted. Are we to believe that no word came from the White House on this issue? A White House who had supported the Bybee interpretation simply ignored CIA requests on how to handle the damaging evidence?
Watch how the crime family works-
The Bush administration was under court order not to discard evidence of detainee torture and abuse months before the CIA destroyed videotapes that revealed some of its harshest interrogation tactics.
Normally, that would force the government to defend itself against obstruction allegations. But the CIA may have an out: its clandestine network of overseas prisons.
While judges focused on the detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and tried to guarantee that any evidence of detainee abuse would be preserved, the CIA was performing its toughest questioning half a world away. And by the time President Bush publicly acknowledged the secret prison system, interrogation videotapes of two terrorism suspects had been destroyed.
So who’s going to impeach the criminals, the dems who acquiesced? To torture as old and practiced as mom & apple pie. The most dangerous idea a nation can hold is that it is exceptional, superior with a manifest destiny, that we are the good guys, that God is on our side. All nations do this and they become terrible when a large enough number of their citizen’s are seduced by this, Empires only more so, while Bush has certainly corrupted America his prime role has been to reflect it.
I spent 33 years and four months in active military service and during that period I spent most of my time as a high class muscle man for Big Business, for Wall Street and the bankers. In short, I was a racketeer, a gangster for capitalism. I helped make Mexico and especially Tampico safe for American oil interests in 1914. I helped make Haiti and Cuba a decent place for the National City Bank boys to collect revenues in. I helped in the raping of half a dozen Central American republics for the benefit of Wall Street. I helped purify Nicaragua for the International Banking House of Brown Brothers in 1902-1912. I brought light to the Dominican Republic for the American sugar interests in 1916. I helped make Honduras right for the American fruit companies in 1903. In China in 1927 I helped see to it that Standard Oil went on its way unmolested.- Major General Smedley Butler USMC
The junta is not best pleased with UN special rapporteur Paulo Sergio Pinheiro-
Wunna Maung Lwin, Myanmar’s U.N. ambassador in Geneva, said there was no need for a wider inquiry into its response to the popular uprising, which he called “a daunting challenge.”
“Exercising its sovereign right to handle a violent situation should not be construed as a violation of human rights,” he told a meeting of the U.N. Human Rights Council.
In a report prepared for the 47-member Council, U.N. special rapporteur Paulo Sergio Pinheiro said that at least 31 people were killed when Myanmar’s military rulers tried to suppress the demonstrations. Official media have said only 10 people died. Lwin told the Council his country was disappointed in the U.N. report, and denied Pinheiro’s allegation that 1,000 of the 4,000 people arrested after the clashes were still behind bars.
On Friday, the Council will consider a resolution presented by the European Union calling for Pinheiro to return to Myanmar by March to assess the situation in greater detail.
A ‘violent situation’? erm, well it was once you started being violent you wanker. Really quite special how their violence somehow justifies…erm…their violence. What a genius, he’s rewriting cause and effect for the 21st century, what next torturers suing their victims for emotional distress, ‘they kept screaming and weeping and begging for mercy, it was really upsetting for me’.
And Bush rattles the sanctions cage, frankly Bush is only doing this to distract from his own criminal shenanigans, to look like someone concerned with human rights and to create bargaining chips to use in the game with China. I mean a man who seized power via a judicial coup, wiped out a million Iraqis and uses torture is not actually to be trusted, plus y’know...Chevron.
“I call on all members of the international community to condemn the atrocities detailed in Mr Pinheiro’s report in the strongest possible terms,” Bush said on Tuesday, calling for the release of all political detainees, including opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
“Should the regime continue to ignore calls for a true democratic transition and the release of Aung San Suu Kyi and other political prisoners, the United States is prepared to lead international efforts to place more sanctions on the regime,” Bush said.
Funny to see him backing the UN where it suits, what help the empire may be to Burma is much like the story of the man carrying a snake across a river after it begged him and promised not to bite, of course it bites him- I’m a snake, that’s what I do. Take what help is useful, but make no deals, Burma threw off one empire, it doesn’t need another.
Update: No sooner said than done, the world proves my point, the US attacks the UN for its human rights report on Gitmo-
A United Nations human rights investigator said his visit to the U.S. military facility in Guantanamo Bay last week left him wondering whether it would be possible for detainees’ lawyers to mount an adequate defence.
He added they “confirmed the difficulties or even impossibility of the defence to provide evidence, as neither witnesses from abroad or high-value detainees from the Guantanamo facility next door could be heard, at least in this particular occasion.”
“I still hope that a further follow-up visit will be possible for the purpose of conducting unmonitored interviews with detainees at places of detention, including Guantanamo Bay, despite the government’s current position that it objects to such a request,” he told the Council. The United States responded by saying it was “disappointed” Scheinin had declined an offer to view the base on the same terms offered to other international observers, but did not specify what those terms were.
“We believe such a tour would have enabled him to provide the Council with a valuable perspective on the facility,” Melanie Khanna, a U.S. legal adviser, told the Geneva session. Khanna said Scheinin’s remarks were “in part misleading about the facts of the process” and included “unfair and oversimplified criticisms of the United States.”
Compare to the Burmese junta reacting to the UN, not a hairs breadth of difference.