10 June 2005
On the back Bush’s noisy dissembling came today’s announcement by US Secretary of Defence, Donald Rumsfeld, confirming that Guantanamo Bay will NOT be closed.
A review of the original joint statement made by the Carter Center & Human Rights First demonstrates how easily the media hares are outwitted by the political hounds.
‘With regard to the United States, despite President George W. Bush's bold reminder that America is determined to promote freedom and democracy around the world, the U.S. continues to suffer terrible embarrassment and a blow to our reputation as a champion of human rights because of reports concerning abuses of prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantánamo.
To demonstrate clearly our nation's historic commitment to protect human rights, our government needs to:
· Close down Guantánamo and the two dozen secret detention facilities run by the United States as soon as practicable;
· Reaffirm the United States' commitment to fundamental principles of due process and to international law and give unequivocal assurances that all provisions of the Geneva Conventions on the treatment of prisoners and the Convention Against Torture and Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment, including during interrogations, will be strictly enforced;
· Assure that no detainees will be held incommunicado and that all will know the charges against them and be insured of international standards for fair trials;
· Terminate the policy of "extraordinary rendition" (the transfer of detainees to foreign countries where torture has been reported);
· Establish an independent, blue ribbon commission with authority to investigate places where terrorism suspects are held in U.S. custody and make a full report to the world, as called for by bipartisan congressional leaders, and
· In its policies towards other nations, the United States should look to multilateral mechanisms when seeking to advance freedom and democracy, especially the U.N. Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, which is a willing partner in this endeavour.
It is not fair to single out the United States for sole criticism because there are many serious abuses in other countries. All free nations should unite in condemnation of those countries guilty of such abuses, with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the standard.’
The Carter Center
June 7, 2005
Recommendations from The Carter Center and Human Rights First
the place is called ChafeBros.....let me explain a bit about it via a post I made asking for participants :
This project is called " ChafeBros. UnLimited. "http://www.dave-so2.com/chafebros.htm
here's the RUB :CHAFE : to feel irritation or discontent to rub and thereby cause wear or irritation
Yes...it's a project in freedom of speech....I would love to have some of you vocal folks on this list to participate ... who know, if things start looking good and we have some meat, we can advertise and get this baby really going :) NATIONAL ...Anyway ... the rudementary beginnings are taking shape....I would love to have "guest speakers" ..... speak your mind on whatever you feel like..kinda like a blog...but with basically no holds barred....other than I would love not to go to jail for being subversive or something along those lines ....but you can submit as much material as you can send my way...each day I will pop one topic up....so if you submit 27 fantastic thoughts, we will have 27 days worth of chafing diction.Also...each day I would like a quote ...about freedom, democracy, equality, etc etc....from someone great like today's quote by voltare : "I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it".and a daily rub .... something that bothers you...just a short blurp., such as today's ....rude people ...This project can spread into many directions....freedom, democracy, war, good stuff, bad stuff, whatever...but the theme is to rub up and cause some irritation ... and who knows, being democratic, we may even have some chafing against us :)
So....I put the beginnings up at this link:http://www.dave-so2.com/chafebros.htmlet me know what you think...the idea...anything that needs changing..the wording, etc. I don't mind a few vulgar words, but I don't want it to be nasty ... i want it so someone from Moveon would go there and tell their friends...maybe Michael Moore would visit daily ....that's what I want.....and you know...we're now global...so you folks not in the US, feel free to help as shine a light...you guys see things from a different perspective....and its a very important one for us shielded, unworldy Americans.
BACK AGAIN REAL : I think the name should include the sisters as well....so Chafe-Brothers and Sisters Unlimited is the title now ...
ALSO...the site you may see at this moment will change...hopefully to have the new deal up tonight yet...otherwise I will be gone until Sunday
08 June 2005
Paul Roberts exposes the FBI’s response to the dearth of terrorist threats in the US since September 11, 2001 – fabricate them.
07 June 2005
‘Well I'm afraid I'm an advocate of the great Dr Johnson, the English man of letters who said that patriotism was the last refuge of the scoundrel.
He didn't mean, of course, the patriotism that is a noble, genuine love for what's best about your country & its beauty & its achievements & so on, but those who wrap themselves in flags & blow the tinny trumpet of patriotism as a means of fooling the people.
As a means of getting them to fall in behind the colours & march off to ignoble wars: wars of conquest, wars of aggression & wars of exploitation. And that's what I think this Patriot Act is all about.
It's about fooling the American people into believing that if you just arm the state with enough fly swats you'll be able to whack away all the beasts that are coming your way.
But the truth is, these mosquitoes are coming out of a swamp: a very real swamp of grievance, of bitterness & hatred at our injustice & at the policies that we are following.
And unless we drain that swamp by reversing the policies of injustice that have germinated this threat then it doesn't matter how many Patriot Acts you pass, it doesn't matter how many fly swats you hand out, how many mosquito nets you wrap yourself in, you're not going to be able to stop them hurting us again.’
Hear the radio interview by Thom Hartmann on AM 620 KPOJ in Portland:
George Galloway MP
05 June 2005
The Bush Butcher’s Bill: Officially, 84 US Military Deaths in Iraq from 2 through 28 May, 2005 – Official Total of 1,747 US Dead to date (and rising)
U.S. Military Personnel who died in German hospitals or en route to German hospitals have not previously been counted. They total about 6,210 as of 1 January, 2005. The ongoing, underreporting of the dead in Iraq, is not accurate. The DoD is deliberately reducing the figures. A review of many foreign news sites show that actual deaths are far higher than the newly reduced ones. Iraqi civilian casualties are never reported but International Red Cross, Red Crescent and UN figures indicate that as of 1 January 2005, the numbers are just under 100,000.
by Brian Harring, Domestic Intelligence Reporter
Note: There is excellent reason to believe that the Department of Defense is deliberately not reporting a significant number of the dead in Iraq. We have received copies of manifests from the MATS that show far more bodies shipped into Dover AFP than are reported officially. The educated rumor is that the actual death toll is in excess of 7,000. Given the officially acknowledged number of over 15,000 seriously wounded, this elevated death toll is far more realistic than the current 1,400+ now being officially published. When our research is complete, and watertight, we will publish the results along with the sources In addition to the evident falsification of the death rolls, at least 5,500 American military personnel have deserted, most in Ireland but more have escaped to Canada and other European countries, none of whom are inclined to cooperate with vengeful American authorities. (See TBR News of 18 February for full coverage on the mass desertions) This means that of the 158,000 U.S. military shipped to Iraq, 26,000 either deserted, were killed or seriously wounded. The DoD lists currently being very quietly circulated indicate almost 9,000 dead, over 16,000 seriously wounded and a large number of suicides, forced hospitalization for ongoing drug usage and sales, murder of Iraqi civilians and fellow soldiers , rapes, courts martial and so on – Brian Harring
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