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Obama Iraqi photos show rape and sex abuse

Posted by terres on May 28, 2009

Victims were sexually abused with a phosphorescent tube, use of wire and a policeman’s “stick.”

As the Egyptian translator raped a male prisoner, female U.S. soldier took photos.

Rape and sexual abuse photos are among the Iraqi prisoner abuse images which U.S. President Barack Obama does not want released, Britain’s Daily Telegraph newspaper reported today.

“At least one picture shows an American soldier apparently raping a female prisoner while another is said to show a male translator raping a male detainee.

“Further photographs are said to depict sexual assaults on prisoners with objects including a truncheon, wire and a phosphorescent tube.

“Another apparently shows a female prisoner having her clothing forcibly removed to expose her breasts.

Detail of the content emerged from Major General Antonio Taguba, the former army officer who conducted an inquiry into the Abu Ghraib jail in Iraq.

“Allegations of rape and abuse were included in his 2004 report but the fact there were photographs was never revealed. He has now confirmed their existence,” the Daily Telegraph reported.

“The graphic nature of some of the images may explain the US President’s attempts to block the release of an estimated 2,000 photographs from prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan despite an earlier promise to allow them to be published.” More …

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BORN TO KILL [anyone!]

Posted by terres on May 12, 2009

Ticking Time Bombs

See if you can work out the logic flow

i. Intelligent humans don’t kill other people
ii. Unintelligent people can and do kill
iii. Training and arming unintelligent people to kill turns them into assassination machines. They become a deadly threat to everyone!

A US soldier shot dead five of his colleagues at Camp Liberty, a base near the Iraqi capital Baghdad yesterday.

The US President Barack Obama was said to be “shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news from Camp Victory this morning.”

A U.S. Army soldier from Killer Troop, Third Squadron, Third Armored Cavalry Regiment works out with a barbell made from spare car parts at Combat Outpost Rabiy in Mosul, 360 kilometers (225 miles) northwest of Baghdad, Iraq on Saturday, March 22, 2008. AP photo. Image may be subject to copyright.

But why? Did he expect a different outcome in Iraq and Afghanistan?

“Any time we lose one of our own, it affects us all,” Colonel John Robinson, a US army spokesman reportedly said.

[Them ragheads don’t mean a thing to any of “us!”]

a soldier at work
A soldier at work.

This news came just a few days after a jury in Kentucky found former US soldier, Steven Green, 24, guilty of rape and murder of a 14-year-old Iraqi girl, Abeer Qassim al-Janabi, and murder of her parents and younger sister.

Three of the 4 other soldiers who were involved in the rape and murder orgy had admitted holding down their victim, raping her and then murdering the family the family’s home in Mahmudiya before torching the building.

Of the other reported cases that spring to mind was the case of another soldier who killed two officers and wounded 14 others at a camp in Kuwait in 2005.

Of course these are just the tip of the iceberg. There are dozens, possibly hundreds, of other cases of murder and rape of not just the Iraqis and Afghans, but of own “comrades in arms,” that remain unreported.

Soldiers at work
Operation Iraqi Freedom!

Here’s a sobering reminder of the illegal Iraqi occupation:

  • Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of Iraq:  “1,320,110
  • Number of U.S. Military Personnel perished in U.S. War And Occupation Of Iraq:  4,292
  • Up to 500,000 cases of brain injury suffered by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Wounded in action: 31,245 [DoD stats for March 19, 2003 Through May 2, 2009]
  • No of Afghans killed since 2001: 50-100,000 [Who’s counting?]
  • “Coalition of the willing” military fatalities in Afghanistan: 1,145

In January, the more-intelligent-than-his-predecessor President Barack Obama ordered an additional 17,000 American troops into Afghanistan.

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The Slick “O”

Posted by terres on April 30, 2009

Obama’s 100 days – the mad men did well

By John Pilger
30 Apr 2009

In his latest column for the New Statesman, John Pilger describes the power of advertising – from the effects of smoking to politics – as he reaches behind the facade of of the first 100 days President Barack Obama.

“Walk to any major fast food chain outlet and you’ll get almost exactly the same stuff you got the last time. … The manager and staff at your nearest McDonald’s burger joint change regularly, for example, but a Big Mac is a Big Mac; it would taste like the one you got there the last time.” Source: Obsessed with Obama’s McWhitehouse?

The BBC’s American television soap Mad Men offers a rare glimpse of the power of corporate advertising. The promotion of smoking half a century ago by the “smart” people of Madison Avenue, who knew the truth, led to countless deaths. Advertising and its twin, public relations, became a way of deceiving dreamt up by those who had read Freud and applied mass psychology to anything from cigarettes to politics. Just as Marlboro Man was virility itself, so politicians could be branded, packaged and sold.

It is more than 100 days since Barack Obama was elected president of the United States. The “Obama brand” has been named “Advertising Age’s marketer of the year for 2008”, easily beating Apple computers. David Fenton of describes Obama’s election campaign as “an institutionalised mass-level automated technological community organising that has never existed before and is a very, very powerful force”. Deploying the internet and a slogan plagiarised from the Latino union organiser César Chávez – “Sí, se puede!” or “Yes, we can” – the mass-level automated technological community marketed its brand to victory in a country desperate to be rid of George W Bush.

No one knew what the new brand actually stood for. So accomplished was the advertising (a record $75m was spent on television commercials alone) that many Americans actually believed Obama shared their opposition to Bush’s wars. In fact, he had repeatedly backed Bush’s warmongering and its congressional funding. Many Americans also believed he was the heir to Martin Luther King’s legacy of anti-colonialism. Yet if Obama had a theme at all, apart from the vacuous “Change you can believe in”, it was the renewal of America as a dominant, avaricious bully. “We will be the most powerful,” he often declared.

Perhaps the Obama brand’s most effective advertising was supplied free of charge by those journalists who, as courtiers of a rapacious system, promote shining knights. They depoliticised him, spinning his platitudinous speeches as “adroit literary creations, rich, like those Doric columns, with allusion…” (Charlotte Higgins in the Guardian). The San Francisco Chronicle columnist Mark Morford wrote: “Many spiritually advanced people I know… identify Obama as a Lightworker, that rare kind of attuned being who… can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet.”

In his first 100 days, Obama has excused torture, opposed habeas corpus and demanded more secret government. He has kept Bush’s gulag intact and at least 17,000 prisoners beyond the reach of justice. On 24 April, his lawyers won an appeal that ruled Guantanamo Bay prisoners were not “persons”, and therefore had no right not to be tortured. His national intelligence director, Admiral Dennis Blair, says he believes torture works. One of his senior US intelligence officials in Latin America is accused of covering up the torture of an American nun in Guatemala in 1989; another is a Pinochet apologist. As Daniel Ellsberg has pointed out, the US experienced a military coup under Bush, whose secretary of “defence”, Robert Gates, along with the same warmaking officials, has been retained by Obama.

All over the world, America’s violent assault on innocent people, directly or by agents, has been stepped up. During the recent massacre in Gaza, reports Seymour Hersh, “the Obama team let it be known that it would not object to the planned resupply of ‘smart bombs’ and other hi-tech ordnance that was already flowing to Israel” and being used to slaughter mostly women and children. In Pakistan, the number of civilians killed by US missiles called drones has more than doubled since Obama took office.

In Afghanistan, the US “strategy” of killing Pashtun tribespeople (the “Taliban”) has been extended by Obama to give the Pentagon time to build a series of permanent bases right across the devastated country where, says Secretary Gates, the US military will remain indefinitely. Obama’s policy, one unchanged since the Cold War, is to intimidate Russia and China, now an imperial rival. He is proceeding with Bush’s provocation of placing missiles on Russia’s western border, justifying it as a counter to Iran, which he accuses, absurdly, of posing “a real threat” to Europe and the US. On 5 April in Prague, he made a speech reported as “anti-nuclear”. It was nothing of the kind. Under the Pentagon’s Reliable Replacement Warhead programme, the US is building new “tactical” nuclear weapons designed to blur the distinction between nuclear and conventional war.

The day the world should have known there was a problem:

Importing orchids from New Zealand: An immoral act of ecological recklessness, economic extravagance and social hubris!


Ordering orchids from New Zealand for the presidential inauguration is a callous disregard for the environment; it also rates high, “Scale F,” on the Adolescents Social Insensitivity scale

From: Obama Inauguration Carbon Footprint

Perhaps the biggest lie – the equivalent of smoking is good for you – is Obama’s announcement that the US is leaving Iraq, the country it has reduced to a river of blood. According to unabashed US army planners, as many as 70,000 troops will remain “for the next 15 to 20 years”. On 25 April, his secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, alluded to this. It is not surprising that the polls are showing that a growing number of Americans believe they have been suckered – especially as the nation’s economy has been entrusted to the same fraudsters who destroyed it. Lawrence Summers, Obama’s principal economic adviser, is throwing $3trn at the same banks that paid him more than $8m last year, including $135,000 for one speech. Change you can believe in.

Much of the American establishment loathed Bush and Cheney for exposing, and threatening, the onward march of America’s “grand design”, as Henry Kissinger, war criminal and now Obama adviser, calls it. In advertising terms, Bush was a “brand collapse” whereas Obama, with his toothpaste advertisement smile and righteous clichés, is a godsend. At a stroke, he has seen off serious domestic dissent to war, and he brings tears to the eyes, from Washington to Whitehall. He is the BBC’s man, and CNN’s man, and Murdoch’s man, and Wall Street’s man, and the CIA’s man. The Madmen did well.

Copyright: John Pilger

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