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Links 28/01/2014: Recent News About Militarism, Violence

Posted in News Roundup at 9:43 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: Death by flying robots, torture disguised as “interrogation”, intervention by proxy, and a lot more in this Brave New World

Death by Machines

Torture

  • Poland to probe secret CIA prisons
  • Ownership of WaPo by CIA Contractor Puts US Journalism in Dangerous Terrain
  • The hidden history of the CIA’s prison in Poland (by WaPo)

    On a cold day in early 2003, two senior CIA officers arrived at the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw to pick up a pair of large cardboard boxes. Inside were bundles of cash totaling $15 million that had been flown from Germany via diplomatic pouch.

    The men put the boxes in a van and weaved through the Polish capital until coming to the headquarters of Polish intelligence. They were met by Col. Andrzej Derlatka, deputy chief of the intelligence service, and two of his associates.

  • Blood Brothers (also published by WaPo)

    It’s a history that the U.S. government knows all too well — because, at times, it has exploited the Assad regime’s brutality for its own ends. Arar was sent to Assad’s prisons by the United States: In September 2002, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) detained him during a layover at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. U.S. officials believed, partially on the basis of inaccurate information provided by Canada, that Arar was a member of al Qaeda. After his detention in New York, Arar was flown to Amman, Jordan, where he was driven across the border into Syria.

CIA Intervention

  • US expands reach of clandestine Special Ops

    The US military is expanding secretive Special Forces at an ever faster rate. Few know the exact reach of these Special Ops, but there are thought to be 11,000 officers on active missions in 80 countries at any one time.

  • CIA: Maybe Dennis Rodman Works For Us, Maybe He Doesn’t

    If you were curious whether or not America’s primary international intelligence organization asked a rather unstable former athlete to conduct a surveillance mission inside one of the most dangerous countries on Earth, we have bad news for you: It is slightly possible that they did.

  • Robert Levinson’s Family Confirms Missing American Worked For CIA

    In an interview with CNN on Tuesday, the family of Robert Levinson urged the U.S. government to admit that the missing American worked for the CIA.

  • BOOK REVIEW: ‘America’s Great Game’

    Too, there was a surge of Arab nationalism at the end of the World War II, personified by Gamal Abdel Nasser, a military officer who emerged as the replacement to the remarkably corrupt King Farouk (known jokingly to the CIA station in Cairo as “the FF,” initials for something you must go elsewhere to read).

    President Eisenhower’s intended policy was stated in a 1953 national security directive, that U.S. policy should be “to guide the revolutionary and nationalistic pressures throughout the region into orderly channels not antagonistic to the West, rather than attempt to preserve the status quo.”

  • Truman approves CIA precursor, Jan. 22, 1946

    “That included espionage,” Troy added. “Time [magazine] approvingly observed that the president ‘had put the U.S. in the business of international espionage. Almost alone as a dissenter was [Commerce Secretary and former Vice President] Henry Wallace, who thought spying ‘hellish.’ Truman was pleased with what he had accomplished. He also thought the problem of intelligence was solved.”

  • Otis G. Pike tackled allegations of CIA abuse

    Otis G. Pike, a long-time congressman from New York who spearheaded an inquiry in the 1970s into accusations that the intelligence establishment had abused its power, died Monday in Vero Beach, Fla. He was 92.

  • CIA-Connected Terror Group Issues Threat Ahead of Russian Olympic Games

    Vilayat Dagestan, a Salafist terror group loyal to Shamil Basayev, has taken credit for the Volgograd bombing in late December that claimed the lives of 34 people. A video posted on the group’s website shows two men, identified as the suicide bombers it says are responsible for the Russian attack, wearing explosive belts and posing with assault rifles.

  • Probing CIA’s murky role in Arab world

    The U.S. has a complicated relationship with the Middle East.

  • Syria and Diplomacy

    The inability of the British left to understand the Middle East is pathetic. I recall arguing with commenters on this blog who supported the overthrow of the elected President of Egypt Morsi on the grounds that his overthrow was supporting secularism, judicial independence (missing the entirely obvious fact the Egyptian judiciary are almost all puppets of the military) and would lead to a left wing revolutionary outcome. Similarly the demonstrations against Erdogan in Istanbul, orchestrated by very similar pro-military forces to those now in charge in Egypt, were also hailed by commenters here. The word “secularist” seems to obviate all sins when it comes to the Middle East.

  • Syrian Crisis: A paradigm of the Western complicity

    The fourth leg of Arab awakening or spring, when arrived inside the hinterland of Syria, was narrated jointly by the United States (US) and the European Union (EU) as a revolution against the four decades of autocratic rule of Baath Party, controlled by the Alawai/Nuseyri, an offshoot of Shiet Islam, to which Al-Assad family belongs. It was fervently hailed by the top echelons in the US and European capitals, and who consecutively asked and advised and even threatened Bashar Al-Assad to step down and pave the way for democratic transition in the country. However, Al-Assad did not budge to the demands and open threats of the western powers– thanks to Russia and Iran for their material support and to China for its moral support.

Police (Domestic)

  • Man Subjected To Multiple Rectal Searches And Enemas By Police Officers Receives $1.6 Million Settlement

    Every search was nonconsensual and Eckert was detained for a total of 14 hours by the police, who also apparently mocked him before, during and after the medical procedures. The “justification” for these searches was one officer’s “observation” that Eckert stance when he exited his vehicle was a bit “too erect” for an innocent man. The drug dog alerted on Eckert’s car seat and at that point, the “evidence” was apparently too much to be ignored. When everything was said and done, the Gila Regional Medical Center presented Eckert with a bill for the procedures performed on him against his will and sent collection agencies after him when he refused to pay.

  • City, county settle in controversial anal probing case
  • Indiana police chief accidentally shoots himself for the second time

    An Indiana police chief’s day ended with a bang when he accidentally shot himself in the leg on Saturday – the second time in his career that he’s turned his own gun on his body.

    David Councellor is running to become Fayette County’s new sheriff, but he chose the wrong way to make headlines when he unintentionally discharged his 40-caliber Glock handgun while perusing other firearms at a local gun shop.

    A 33-year veteran of the Connersville Police Department, Councellor had taken his Glock out to compare it to another gun in the store. When he tried putting the gun back into his holster, he found himself shooting his own thigh.

  • Teargas, fire, smoke as clashes erupt between police and protesters in Kiev

    Ukrainian protesters clashed with police in central Kiev after at least 10,000 people took to Independence Square for an anti-government demonstration. Police retaliation was prompted by an attempt to storm the government quarter.

    What started as a peaceful demonstration on the city’s Independence Square, or Maidan, with heated anti-government slogans being shouted and the announcement that the opposition was creating a “people’s assembly,” turned into violent clashes with the police later Sunday.

  • The Ukrainian Nationalism at the Heart of ‘Euromaidan’

    Coverage focused on the call for European integration has largely glossed over the rise in nationalist rhetoric that has led to violence.

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