Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Opposition to the 'just do it' mentality.

A powerful image has impacted on my mind this week. Readers of Scotlands Sunday Herald will know the art work of Harry Horse. He is always hard hitting and nightmarish. This weeks image is unforgetable. Look around the Harry Horse archive. It's worth the effort.

Last weekend there were demonstrations in Scotland and England against the torture flights. The BBC reported, initially, that they were poorly attended or not attended at all. This was later corrected as people contacted the BBC pointing out that their report was wrong.

Visit Indymedia Scotland for an account.

Craig Murray was at the Edinburgh protest and he has posted his account of the Edinburgh demo on his blog. Read the comment below Craigs post. Bliar is determined to curb citizens rights to protest. The Vice President of CND and Nobel peace prize nominee, Helen John is facing a jail term of up to one year for stepping inside the perimeter of the US spy base in Menwith Hill during a peaceful demonstration on April 1st this year.

Check out Craigs recommended reading list.

The BBC has covered the latest pronouncements from the Council of Europe regarding the torture flights.

A video was played at the Council of Europe. You can watch it on the Witness site. It's hard viewing.

From the Information Clearing House.

Here's a report from a Canadian site commenting on the Marty findings. One from Ireland.

More abuses in US run camps in Iraq and Afghanistan are coming to light. This article also reports that there is disagreement between the US departments of State and Defense concerning the Geneva convention.

Not content with eavesdropping on their own citizens the CIA and the treasury have also been monitoring international financial transactions including those going in and out of Switzerland. The Swiss government have known.

This powerful piece written by Jason Miller should not be missed. He warns about the assault on civil liberties and how the US state is sliding towards Fascism.

I thik that I have posted the link to the article from the US Army War College Quarterly, Constant Conflict. It's worth re reading. It reminds us that the wars for oil and territorial, political, economic, social and cutural domination were already envisaged and prepared for, long before the Iraq war began. Combine this with The Project for the New American Century and there can be no doubt left.

Friday, June 09, 2006

Torture Flights and Spiders Webs

Senator Marty has had a big challenge trying to fit together, information his team have gathered concerning Extra ordinary Renditions.

He doesn't have all the answers, the covert actions of the agencies involved make a complete revelation difficult, maybe impossible, but he recommends that the investigation should be continued, and he has requested the resources that would allow this to happen.

The Report can be read on the Council of Europe site.

The US has not only had to deal with the report Senator Marty presented yesterday, but also with the highly critical views, loudly expressed, yesterday in the UN by the Deputy Secretary General.

There is also the transcript of his meeting with the press afterwards. He makes no apologies and he has the support of Secretary General.

Needless to say the US spokespersons for the Bush administration are more than a trifle unhappy.

There seems to be no good news for the US hawks.

The Times on line have just published a poll about UK support for the war in Iraq.

Army desertions are escalating according to this report from the BBC.

Campaigns to reach out to the young in the US are building. An example is the Not Your Soldier site.

Check out the short preview of the film, 'Sir, No Sir'.

From the ICH site today I've picked John Pilgers article, The Last Taboo.

Blackwater security are furiously recruiting mercenaries according to the article in the Malaya newspaper.

Craig Murray has posted the Financial Times cover of the Marty report.

An excellent site I encountered this morning can be found here at the Index research blog.

This article about Task force 121 caught my attention.

Physicians for Human Rights is also worth looking at.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Part 2

Dick Marti presents his findings today to the Council of Europe.

His findings are based on the flight logs of CIA planes which criss crossed Europe.
He has no doubts at all that 14 European countries are complicit in the practise of Extraordinary Rendition. Including the British state.

Newsnight ran an item based on the report which they had access to.

You can see it again for up to 24 hours. Just click the Newsnight Player.

Check out the short item on Rumsfeld while you're there.

Check out Craig Murray for more information on Extra ordinary Rendition. Which is still only a fancy name for torture flights.

From the Information Clearing House I recommend the article by Charles Sullivan concerning the basic incompatibilty of capitalism and the care of our planet.

Another site to visit is one set up by Friends of Craig Murray

Monday, June 05, 2006

War crimes 'r us Inc.

Obscenity heaps upon obscenity.


Women, children, old, infirm, at prayer.

Then the denials, lies and cover ups.

Read Neil MCKay in the Herald.

It's what we have come to expect in this dirty, bloody, murderous, illegal war.

Read Cindy Sheehan
on the Information Clearing House site.

In the UK meantime Military families Against the War are petitioning Tony Blair to get their sons, daughters and other loved ones out of Iraq. See the Independent

Sign their petition you will find it here.

The UN has declared June 26th International Day in Support of Survivors and Victims of Torture.

This site is useful to visit for ideas on how to show your solidarity with the survivors and victims.

Find out more here.

Dont forget to keep visiting Craig Murrays site. Read his post of May 26th on the Torture flights.

Whilst visiting the ICH site I watched the Panorama video on Climate Change and how the White House has lied again. They suppressed scientific evidence concerning the scale of the problem. They gagged scientists, and doctored their findings.

Have a look at the Reprieve site, particularly the section on Guantanamo. Clive Stafford Smith fights on for the release of prisoners there.

Omar Deghayes has been there 4 years .

Stop the War Coalition are having their annual conference at the end of the week. Amongst the speakers is Craig Murray. Tony Benn and Rose Gentle will also be speaking.