<$BlogRSDUrl$>

01 April 2006

from the cuckoo's nest ..... 


‘This is the news from Iraq according to Donald Rumsfeld and the Bush administration.

A week after the US Defence Secretary criticised the media for " exaggerating" reports of violence in Iraq, The Independent has obtained examples of newspaper reports the Bush administration want Iraqis to read.

They were prepared by specially trained American "psy-ops" troops who paid thousands of dollars to Iraqi newspaper editors to run these un-attributed reports in their publications. In order to hide its involvement, the Pentagon hired the Lincoln Group to act as a liaison between troops and journalists.

The Lincoln Group was at the centre of controversy last year when it was revealed the company was being paid more than $100m (£58m) for various contracts, including the planting of such stories.

John Pike, the director of GlobalSecurity.org, a Washington-based defence think-tank, who reviewed some of the Lincoln Group stories, said he found them unconvincing.

"Anybody who knows about propaganda knows the first rule of propaganda is that it should not look like propaganda," he said. "It's embarrassing enough that [the US military] got caught ... but then for their product to be so cheesy ... It's just embarrassing."

The US Propaganda Machine: Oh What A Lovely War


(0) comments

history can be a pain in the butt ..... 



Rice acknowledges 'thousands' of mistakes in Iraq …..

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has acknowledged that the United States has made "thousands" of tactical errors in Iraq.

But she pleaded that the US and British invasion of Iraq three years ago be judged on its strategic goal - the ouster of dictator Saddam Hussein to pave the way for democracy - as she defended Washington's policy in the region.

"I know we've made tactical errors, thousands of them, I'm sure," Dr Rice told a gathering of 200 foreign policy experts, local officials and journalists organised by the Chatham House foreign policy institute.

"This could have gone that way, or that could have gone that way. But when you look back in history, what will be judged is did you make the right strategic decision.

"If you spend all of your time trying to judge this tactical issue or that tactical issue, I think you miss the larger sweep."

Perhaps the "princess of darkness" would care to ask the 200,000+ inncocent Iraqis murdered by her evil coalition what they think of history's grand sweep?

It is of little consolation to those lost souls that Rice & Rumsfeld, along with the Rodent, "aussie blair" & "toy nero", will find themselves in history's dock, convicted as war criminals, liars & freebooters.


(0) comments

31 March 2006

“aussie tony’s” fractured fairytale ….. 

‘In his heart of hearts, Blair wouldn’t mind resurrecting the British Empire. He can’t get that, so next best is an alliance with the strongman named the U.S. in which Blair controls the action. Failing that comes a British-U.S. partnership in which the two nations either go it alone or create a cluster of satellites that remakes the world in the Western image. Spotted somewhere into this picture are the U.N., NATO, and other organizations like the World Bank and the IMF, all to be utilized whenever convenient for British ends.

Blair suggests that, "unless we articulate a global policy based on common values, we risk chaos threatening our stability, economic and political, through letting extremism, conflict or injustice go unchecked." It is hard to imagine a more exaggerated set of goals unless it is Bush’s hyperbolic aim to eliminate tyranny everywhere. Blair means to control extremism, conflict, and injustice through a "global policy." In practice this means a global military force under Western control. Blair has mailed an invitation signed by himself to himself asking himself to intervene anywhere in the world. He wants a standing international army, even if he never comes right out and says so. Like all unbridled neoconservatives, he wants benevolent global hegemony.’

Tony Blair’s Internationalism

"A patriot sets himself apart in his own country under his own flag, sneers at other nations and keeps an army of uniformed assassins on hand at heavy expense to grab slices of other people's countries and keep them from grabbing slices of his. In the intervals between campaigns he washes the blood off his hands and works for 'the universal brotherhood of man' - with his mouth."

Mark Twain,
The Lowest Animal


(0) comments

industrial scale killers ….. 


‘I sometimes remember these almost endearing fools when I find myself faced with another kind of war lover – the kind that has not seen war and has often done everything possible not to see it. The passion of these war lovers is a phenomenon; it never dims, regardless of the distance from the object of their desire. Pick up the Sunday papers and there they are, egocentrics of little harsh experience, other than a Saturday in Sainsbury’s. Turn on the television and there they are again, night after night, intoning not so much their love of war as their sales pitch for it on behalf of the court to which they are assigned. "There’s no doubt," said Matt Frei, the BBC’s man in America, "that the desire to bring good, to bring American values to the rest of the world, and especially now to the Middle East . . . is now increasingly tied up with military power."

Frei said that on 13 April 2003, after George W Bush had launched "Shock and Awe" on a defenceless Iraq. Two years later, after a rampant, racist, woefully trained and ill-disciplined army of occupation had brought "American values" of sectarianism, death squads, chemical attacks, attacks with uranium-tipped shells and cluster bombs, Frei described the notorious 82nd Airborne as "the heroes of Tikrit."’

The War Lovers


(0) comments

30 March 2006

out of control ..... 

‘President George Bush continues to openly and defiantly ignore the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) -- the 1978 statute prohibiting electronic inspection of Americans' telephone and email communications with people outside the United States without a court-authorized warrant. (According to U.S. News & World Report, the President may also have authorized warrantless break-ins and other physical surveillance, such as opening regular mail, in violation of the Fourth Amendment.)

Bush's position is that he does not need Congressional approval for his measures. Even he does not claim that Congress gave him express power to undertake them, but he does claim that Congress indirectly approved such measures when it authorized the use of force to go after those involved in the 9/11 terror attacks on the United States. He also argues that, in any event, approval was not necessary - for he argues that he has such authority under Article II of the Constitution, as the chief executive, and Commander in Chief, charged with faithfully executing the laws of the land and protecting the Constitution.

These arguments are hauntingly familiar to this observer.’

An Update on President Bush's NSA Program


(0) comments

"aussie tony's" human rights values ..... 

‘The tragedy for the United Kingdom is that its government has been seduced by the rhetoric of the "war on terror" into giving support to failed and inhuman US policies. In doing so it has undermined its own professed commitment to human rights and the rule of law. The case histories recounted in this report are appalling illustrations of brutal and inhuman treatment. If substantiated, they demonstrate an intolerable level of collaboration and collusion between UK and US authorities in the abuses which have taken place at Guantanamo and elsewhere through the "outsourcing" of torture. They also demonstrate a pathetic reluctance on the part of the UK government to stand up for the rights of its own citizens and permanent residents against illegal and unacceptable treatment.

It is nevertheless important to note that there have been encouraging signs of resistance both in the USA and in Britain to these misguided attempts to undermine the rule of law. At least some US judges are beginning to challenge the administration's efforts to deny access to the courts to prisoners at Guantanamo and to conceal its oppressive conduct from the public. In Britain it is heartening that there are courageous judges who have rejected the use of evidence obtained by torture and outlawed the indefinite detention of immigrants without trial in places such as Belmarsh.’

Fabricating Terrorism

(The full report is in a pdf file at the bottom of this article)


(0) comments

democracy is in the eye of the beholder ..... 


‘The US today banned its diplomats from having any contact with the Hamas-led cabinet as it was sworn in by the Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas.

The directive, issued to US officials in the region by email, bars them from communicating with Hamas-appointed government ministers, whether they belong to the militant Islamic group or not, US officials told Reuters.’

US Cuts Diplomatic Ties With Hamas Government


(0) comments

brush up on "aussie tony's" democratic values ..... 

‘A former head of the UK civil service has joined the parliamentary opposition to the government's proposed identity card scheme.

Lord Armstrong, the cabinet secretary during Tony Blair's first term, is leading a fresh Lords attempt to reject what many see as moves to make ID cards compulsory by stealth.

The intervention comes as the government and the Lords remain deadlocked over ministers' plans to force anyone who renews their passport to register on the planned national identity database at the same time. Opponents say the rule is effectively a backdoor way to make ID cards compulsory. Ministers dispute that, arguing that passports are voluntary documents.

The Lords have voted to strike out the rule four times; each time the government has used its Commons majority to reinstate the clause. Lord Armstrong has now tabled an amendment that would leave the passport link intact, but give applicants a chance to opt out of the ID register.’

Ex-Civil Service Chief Moves To End Stalemate In Row Over ID Cards


(0) comments

you've just gotta luuuuuve that US style democracy ..... 



‘Senior Shiite politicians said today that the American ambassador has told Shiite officials to inform the Iraqi prime minister that President Bush does not want him to remain the country's leader in the next government.

It is the first time the Americans have directly intervened in the furious debate over the country's top job, the politicians said, and it is inflaming tensions between the Americans and some Shiite leaders.

The ambassador, Zalmay Khalilzad, told the head of the main Shiite political bloc at a meeting last Saturday to pass a "personal message from President Bush" on to the prime minister, Ibrahim al-Jaafari, who the Shiites insist should stay in his post for four more years, said Redha Jowad Taki, a Shiite politician and member of Parliament who was at the meeting.

Ambassador Khalilzad said that President Bush "doesn't want, doesn't support, doesn't accept" Mr. Jaafari to be the next prime minister, according to Mr. Taki, a senior aide to Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, the head of the Shiite bloc. It was the first "clear and direct message" from the Americans on the issue of the candidate for prime minister, Mr. Taki said.’

Bush Wants Another Regime Change in Iraq


meanwhile …..

‘In the evolving debate on reforms, Arab intellectuals and common people continue to emphasise the need for culture and region-specific democratic reforms in the Middle East, and strongly oppose the imposition of Western models.

Highlighting the difficulty of implementing a Western tailor-made process without heeding local and regional circumstances, Omro Hamzawi, senior fellow at the Washington-based Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said: ''The availability of a democratic model that can be exported everywhere is nonsense and has no moral credibility because of the U.S. tragedies and disasters in Iraq.''

''Democracy,'' said Hamzawi, ''is a popular demand in some countries (but) not so in the Gulf region as the people don't suffer severe economic problems and have different concerns.'' ''The situation here is completely different and each case should be handled separately. Democracy is unacceptable if it affects the culture it is meant to govern in a negative way.''’

After Iraq, Arabs Wary of 'Western' Democracy

and finally, from cartoon corner …..

cub reporter, "junior nero", breathlessly informs us:

"In fact, much of the animosity & violence we now see is the legacy of Saddam Hussein. He is a tyrant who exacerbated sectarian divisions to keep himself in power.

Time To Get A Government


(0) comments

we've got 'em now ..... 


(0) comments

how could this possibly be true ……. 

‘Oil services company Halliburton Co. repeatedly overcharged taxpayers and provided substandard cost reports under a $1.2 billion contract to restore Iraq's southern oil fields, according to a new report by U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman.’

Halliburton Faces New Iraq Corruption Charges


(0) comments

latest update on “aussie tony’s” values …… 

‘The pressure on Tony Blair over Labour's finances intensified yesterday, with fresh calls for the Prime Minister to quit and a legal warning from an electoral watchdog.

Meanwhile, Scotland Yard confirmed that the continuing police inquiry into suggestions Labour exchanged loans for peerages could be broadened to include allegations of corruption in the awarding of government contracts.

A government aide yesterday became the most senior Labour figure to call for Mr Blair to quit over the loans, allowing "a smooth and rapid succession" to Gordon Brown, the Chancellor.

Alex Salmond, the SNP leader, also called for Mr Blair "to put the country out of its misery and resign now".

Blair Facing Fresh Blow Over Legal Status Of Party Loans


(0) comments

29 March 2006

from war criminals, liars, con artists & politicians ….. 

Addressing our federal Parliament this week, John Howard said:

“My job as Prime Minister of Australia is to represent the interests of my country and to interact with the leaders of other countries to the best of my ability. And in Tony Blair I have found a man of courage, of moral purpose, of high intelligence, of a capacity to articulate with great clarity the challenges of the contemporary world.”

Our little flatterer went on to quote Blair’s great friend, the Anglican priest, Peter Thomson, who allegedly said:

“The thing you have to understand about Tony Blair is that he is an Australian.”

Later in the day, Tony Blair offered the following lofty response:

“If we want to secure our way of life, there is no alternative but to fight for it.

That means standing up for our values not just in our own countries but the world over.

Britain & Australia were the only two nations to send troops to fight alongside US forces in the invasion of Iraq three years ago & both countries still have forces in the country & in Afghanistan fighting Taliban & al Qaida insurgents.

The struggle is not just against "those who hate us," but also against opponents who believe Britain & its allies fight for their values selectively.

This struggle is about justice & fairness as well as security & prosperity. And in truth today there is no prosperity without security & no security without justice. That is the consequence of an interconnected world."

The deceit & hypocrisy mouthed by these two war criminals is simply breathtaking.

For Howard’s part, in praising Blair, the little rodent cleverly sought to legitimise his own criminal deceit over Iraq whilst, by anointing him as “an Australian”, he effectively insulted us & our nation or made us complicit in their crimes.

Blair’s self-serving contribution was the stuff of even grander hypocrisy.

As the world knows, Great Britain has recklessly pursued its interests & ambitions in the middle-east for over a century. In the lead-up to the demise of the Ottomans, the British government conspired with the Zionists to eject the Arab peoples from their historic homeland: a pogrom that continues even to this day.

In the 50s, Eden conspired with Israel to create the Suez crisis, as a strategy to bring about the fall of Egypt’s Nasser & destroy that country’s fledgling attempts to achieve real independence from its colonial masters. The failure of this ill-conceived adventure marked the transfer of responsibility for gunboat diplomacy from the British to the Americans.

And the self-interested US intervention in the region rolled on from there: from the installation of US puppets such as the Shah of Iran & their good & loyal satrap, Saddam Hussein in Iraq, to the obscene funding of the local cats-paw, Israel.

But the British did not sit idly by in the face of US ascendency: quite to the contrary. With the blessing of their masters in Washington, they illegally conspired to assist Israel with its acquisition of nuclear weapons & ultimately, when Saddam had served his purpose & weakened the Shah’s successors in Iran, it was “Aussie Tony” who went to Washington & actively conspired with the “Toy Nero”, George W. Bush, encouraging him to mount an illegal war of aggression against Iraq: all based on a deliberate lie.

And throughout, the cesspit that has become Palestine remains as poisoned as ever, serving only the interests of Great Britain, the US & its local handmaiden, Israel.

And this is the same Tony Blair who talks about “values”; the importance of the “rule of law” & the world’s need for the involvement of Uncle Sam.

The rule of law Tony?

Maybe you should try selling that to the Palestinians, who have watched their homes & lives being shredded by the might of the US-funded & supplied Israel Defence Forces for half a century?

Maybe to the Iraqi people, 200,000 of whom have been butchered by the “coalition of the willing”, ostensibly to keep the world safe but then, in a gross insult to the intelligence of most of the people on the planet, to promote “freedom & democracy”?

Or perhaps to the victims of Abu Ghraib & Guantanamo Bay Tony? Or those languishing in Egyptian & Pakinstani prisons: anonymous, tortured & abandoned? Of course, their blood is conveniently on the hands of your surrogates & not your own, heaven forbid.

The rule of law Tony?

Would the family of Charles de Menezes, brutally gunned-down by your own incompetent plod, allegedly attempting to prevent an act of “terrorism”, buy your line Tony?

Perhaps the victims & families of those whose lives were destroyed in the bombings of 911, London, Madrid & yes, even Bali, where the terrorists sought to pay back our societies for their casual indifference to your brutal games of grand colonial imperialism, perpetrated against them for generations, will buy it Tony?

Would the families of British soldiers & police officers, murdered by the IRA in Northern Ireland with weapons secretly supplied by MI5, buy your government’s values Tony?

And what about the qualities of “courage” & “moral purpose” that our own bankrupt leader alleges you possess Tony?

How much courage does it take to send others to fight your dirty wars?

If you, along with your fellow travellers, little lapdog Johnnie & the deluded majesty occupying the façade that has become the modern American Republic, had an ounce of courage, you’d be leading from the front, rather than presiding over the sacrifice of others.

And “moral purpose” Tony?

How can a sociopath have a moral purpose?

How can anyone who dishonestly conspires to bring ruin on another nation & callously destroys the lives of hundreds of thousands of innocent people, including tens of thousands of children, have moral purpose?

You are deluded Tony; as are your little mates. And you deceitfully attempt to delude us & make us complicit in your crimes.

How dare you present yourself in my country, brimming with arrogance & conceit, given that your own electorate & your own party would rid themselves of you tomorrow if they had half the chance?

Your noisy hyperbole promises a noble vision but stands as empty & lifeless as a straw man against your real criminal behaviour. You malign & impugn without evidence; you deceive, distort & misrepresent; you oppose openness & transparency & trade in secrecy & distrust; you promote division, bigotry & conformity, rather than inclusion, tolerance & freedom; you peddle fear & pessimism, rather than hope & optimism; you blame the misfortunes of the world on the victims of your deeds & accuse them of terrorism when they resist; you are a purveyor of calumny.

You arrogantly stalk the lands of others, poking them in the eye & misappropriating their resources at every opportunity, expressing dismay that they would have the temerity to strike back. And you promote fear of terrorism whilst deliberately creating the conditions & context in which it must flourish.

You are correct when you say that there can be no security without justice, But the real problem is that it is you & your future cellmates who are responsible for denying justice to millions, including those in Iraq, Afghanistan & Palestine, whilst delivering only oppression in its place.

Your worldview is that of a tyrant: a black prince who would be king.

It is you & your coalition colleagues who represent the greatest threat to our security Tony: conspiring to usurp our sovereignty, whilst falsely promising to “keep us safe” from dangers that you have created.

You are & will remain a war criminal, a liar, a con artist & above all, a politician.


(0) comments

junior's insurance ..... 


(0) comments

real shock & awe ..... 

Depleted Uranium For Dummies

(0) comments

28 March 2006

embracing coalition values ..... 

‘Psychological torture, sleep deprivation, brutality, severe sexual humiliation, and murder summon visions of a dank dungeon in a remote region of pre-invasion Iraq, Iran, or North Korea, replete with evil inquisitors and hooded executioners. However, those manifestations of horror did not spring forth from the Axis of Evil. They are actually drawn from official post-9/11 US policy. Despite its fabled commitment to human rights, the United States government has been committing and enabling acts of torture for half a century. Not even Superman had the power to snatch “Truth, Justice and the American Way” from the crushing jaws of imperialistic ambition and avarice.


Ironically titled, Albert McCoy’s A Question of Torture probes and exposes the extent of “the Land of the Free’s” involvement in human torture over the years. Only a mainstream media 90% controlled by five major corporations (whose executives and major stockholders are amongst the de facto rulers of the America’s so-called republic) could so effectively maintain the illusion that the United States is the world leader in protecting human rights. Somewhere out there, David Copperfield is burning with envy. Rest easy, David. They are running out of magic. Destroying our Constitution and reversing the humanitarian gains achieved by millions of Americans with a social conscience throughout our nation’s history, the Bush Regime is extinguishing the candle of hope America once offered to humanity. Despite the exhaustive efforts of the media handmaidens, people are taking notice.’

Democratising The World: One Torture Victim At A Time


(0) comments

The Unification of Latin America 

Has Latin America ever had such a unifying figure?

At political rallies, his visage is held aloft as a beacon to regional independence and self-determination. He's helped forge new trade partnerships to spur economic growth and alleviate poverty. And his leadership has fanned a gale-force electoral trend that's sweeping the hemisphere to topple one pro-Washington government after the next.

Who is this grand inductor of Latin American leftism? Venezuelan fireball Hugo Chavez? Blue-collar Brazilian Lula Ignacio da Silva? Bolivia's coca-farmer president Evo Morales?



¡Epa! It's George W. Bush, the accidental revolutionary.

(0) comments

The Compasionate Country 

Hospital Sorry For Patient Dumping
March 24, 2006

LOS ANGELES -- A videocamera recorded a 63-year-old hospital patient dressed only in a gown and slippers being dumped onto a skid row street -- a controversial practice that has come under fire from police, politicians and homeless advocates.

Officials from Kaiser Permanente's Bellflower hospital apologized for the incident, which occurred Monday and was revealed by authorities during a Wednesday news conference.

Video Catches Hospitals Dumping Patients On Skid Row

(0) comments

27 March 2006

moral turpitude ..... 


(0) comments

forever tainted ..... 

Children of Abraham: Death in the Desert

(0) comments

26 March 2006

forever tainted ..... 


Children of Abraham: Death in the Desert

(0) comments

the evil sorcerer ..... 

‘Psychological torture, sleep deprivation, brutality, severe sexual humiliation, and murder summon visions of a dank dungeon in a remote region of pre-invasion Iraq, Iran, or North Korea, replete with evil inquisitors and hooded executioners. However, those manifestations of horror did not spring forth from the Axis of Evil. They are actually drawn from official post-9/11 US policy. Despite its fabled commitment to human rights, the United States government has been committing and enabling acts of torture for half a century. Not even Superman had the power to snatch “Truth, Justice and the American Way” from the crushing jaws of imperialistic ambition and avarice.


Ironically titled, Albert McCoy’s A Question of Torture probes and exposes the extent of “the Land of the Free’s” involvement in human torture over the years. Only a mainstream media 90% controlled by five major corporations (whose executives and major stockholders are amongst the de facto rulers of the America’s so-called republic) could so effectively maintain the illusion that the United States is the world leader in protecting human rights. Somewhere out there, David Copperfield is burning with envy. Rest easy, David. They are running out of magic. Destroying our Constitution and reversing the humanitarian gains achieved by millions of Americans with a social conscience throughout our nation’s history, the Bush Regime is extinguishing the candle of hope America once offered to humanity. Despite the exhaustive efforts of the media handmaidens, people are taking notice.’

Democratising The World: One Torture Victim At A Time

(0) comments

bad people ..... 

‘How three young men from the UK ended up in the world's most notorious prison.

Every American Should Be Required To Watch This Video.

This docudrama shows the sadism and stupidity of the US and British soldiers. The guards behave with the same cruelty you expect to see from SS officers in lurid second world war movies. It takes a moment or two to realize that these events reflect the reality of those held in America's notorious gulag.’

The Road To Guantánamo


(1) comments

This page is powered by Blogger. Isn't yours?