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Italy’s CIA crackdownWhy would U.S. ally Italy convict 22 CIA operatives for nabbing a Muslim cleric off the streets of Milan? November 5, 2009... Italy’s CIA Terrorists Crackdown
Italy’s CIA crackdownWhy would U.S. ally Italy convict 22 CIA operatives for nabbing a Muslim cleric off the streets of Milan?

November 5, 2009
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An Italian court sentenced 22 CIA operatives, including former Milan station chief Robert Lady, and one U.S. Air Force colonel in absentia for the 2003 abduction of Muslim cleric Hassan Moustafa Osama Nasr (or Abu Omar) in Milan. Nasr was flown to Egypt, where he claims he was tortured. Why would Italy, a U.S. ally, threaten to jail CIA agents for nabbing a suspected terrorist?

Italy is laying down the law: Why did the CIA use “extraordinary rendition” in an allied nation like Italy? asks Annie Lowrey in Foreign Policy. The “somewhat queasy” answer is: because it could. “At the time, the CIA operated in extralegal channels with impunity.” But times have changed, and the Italian court is “ensuring the CIA knows there’s no impunity now.”
“Italian court convicts CIA agents in absentia”

No impunity for Americans—but for Italians? The Italian prosecutor certainly spun this as a victory for “Italian laws,” says Kevin Drum in Mother Jones. But then why did three high-ranking Italians implicated in the case get off scot-free? Count me unimpressed. “Convicting a bunch of foreigners is easy. It’s holding your own people to account that’s hard.”
“Italy’s rendition trial”

The CIA gets off easy, too: The verdict is also “where the damage ends for the CIA,” says Jeff Stein in Foreign Policy. None of the agents are likely to see the inside of an Italian jail cell—although, with European arrest warrants out for their arrest, they “can forget about spending the summer in Provence.” But the last laugh may go to Nasr: for compensation, he could be awarded the “title to an Italian country house that Lady bought for retirement.”
“Rendered guilty”

Ex-CIA spy admits to kidnapping Muslim cleric
July 1, 2009

Former US CIA agent Robert Seldon Lady has confessed to his role in the abduction of a Muslim Egyptian cleric for questioning.In an interview with the Italian Il Giornalenewspaper, the former CIA operative admitted to his involvement in the 2003 kidnapping of Egyptian cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr known as Abu Omar under the suspicion that he had links to ‘terror’ groups.The former US spy said that Abu Omar was temporarily held in US bases in Italy and Germany before being transferred to Egypt for interrogation.

He acknowledged that Abu Omar had been tortured as part of CIA’s ‘rendition program’ in Egypt before being released.

The CIA launched the scheme in the aftermath of 9/11 in a bid to arrest dissidents viewed by the US as ‘terrorists.’

In his telephone interview from an undisclosed location, however, the former agent pleaded not guilty for the operation, which has prompted an Italian court to press charges against him in absentia.

“I am not guilty. I am only responsible for following an order I received from my superiors,” Lady said. “It was not a criminal act. It was a state affair.”

However, the ex-CIA operative conceded to having committed illegal acts, “I have worked in intelligence for 25 years, and almost none of my activities in these 25 years were legal in the country in which I was carrying them out,” Il Giornale quoted him as saying.

Lady and 25 of his accomplices are now being prosecuted in Milan for their role in the abduction of Abu Omar.

The prosecution of a US spy is an unprecedented incident as no previous trials involving an American secret agent have been held before.

The CIA has not commented on the latest development in the case.


McChrystal was Cheney’s chief assassin
May 15, 2009
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   Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal and Dick Cheney

Seymour Hersh says that Dick Cheney headed a secret assassination wing and the head of the wing has just been named as the new commander in Afghanistan.

In an interview with GulfNews on May 12, 2009 Pulitzer prize-winning American investigative journalist, Seymour Hersh, said that there is a special unit called the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) that does high-value targeting of men that are known to be involved in anti-American activities, or are believed to be planning such activities.

According to Hersh, the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) was headed by former US vice president Dick Cheney and the former head of JSOC, Lieutenant General Stanley McChrystal who has just been named the new commander in charge of the war in Afghanistan.

McChrystal, a West Pointer who became a Green Beret not long after graduation, following a stint as a platoon leader in the 82nd Airborne Division, is currently director of Staff at the Pentagon, the executive to Joint staff to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Most of what General McChrystal has done over a 33-year career remains classified, including service between 2003 and 2008 as commander of the Joint Special Operations Command, an elite unit so clandestine that the Pentagon for years refused to acknowledge its existence.

On July 22, 2006, Human Rights Watch issued a report titled “No blood, no foul” about American torture practices at three facilities in Iraq. One of them was Camp Nama, which was operated by the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), under the direction of then Major General Stanley McChrystal.

McChrystal was officially based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina, but he was a frequent visitor to Camp Nama and other Special Forces bases in Iraq and Afghanistan where forces under his command were based.

An interrogator at Camp Nama known as Jeff described locking prisoners in shipping containers for 24 hours at a time in extreme heat; exposing them to extreme cold with periodic soaking in cold water; bombardment with bright lights and loud music; sleep deprivation; and severe beatings.

When he and other interrogators went to the colonel in charge and expressed concern that this kind of treatment was not legal, and that they might be investigated by the military’s Criminal Investigation Division or the International Committee of the Red Cross, the colonel told them he had “this directly from General McChrystal and the Pentagon that there’s no way that the Red Cross could get in.”

In the July 2, 2006 report, When Human Rights Watch asked whether the interrogator knew whether the colonel was receiving orders or pressures to use the abusive tactics, Jeff said that his understanding was that there was some form of pressure to use aggressive techniques coming from higher up the chain of command; however neither he nor other interrogators were briefed on the particular source.

“We really didn’t know too much about it. We knew that we were only like a few steps away in the chain of command from the Pentagon, but it was a little unclear, especially to the interrogators who weren’t really part of that task force.”

The interrogator said that he did see Gen. Stanley McChrystal, commander of US Joint Special Operations forces in Iraq, visiting the Nama facility on several occasions. “I saw him a couple of times. I know what he looks like.”

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is the international body charged under international law with monitoring compliance with the Geneva Conventions, and it, therefore, has the right to inspect all facilities where people are detained in a country that is at war or under military occupation.

To hide prisoners or facilities from the ICRC or to deny access to them is a serious war crime. But many US prisons in Iraq have held “ghost” prisoners whose imprisonment has not been reported to the ICRC, and these “ghosts” have usually been precisely the ones subjected to the worst torture. Camp Nama, run by McChrystal’s JSOC, was an entire “ghost” facility.

The decision by Obama’s administration to appoint General McChrystal as the new commander in charge of the war in Afghanistan and retaining the military commission for the US war-on-terror detainees held in the Guantanamo Bay prison are the latest examples of the new US administration walking in Bush’s foot steps with regards to torture and denial of habeas corpus.

 

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                      EXHIBIT – A
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                              In the Exhibit – A – picture above you can see a barefoot
blindfolded man being taken hostage by the United States.

                      EXHIBIT – B
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In the Exhibit – B – picture above you can see the same barefoot and blindfolded hostage from Exhibit – A – being interrogated by an American. Look at the hostage being interrogated in Exhibit – B -, see the sleeve of his right arm with blood stains on it? Now look at Exhibit – A – again, do you see any blood stains on the sleeve of the hostage?

The United States government says the American interrigator “Jack Idema” in Exhibit – B – does not work for or represent the United States of America. Then who in the hell do the United States Soldiers in Exhibit – A – taking the man hostage work for? Bull Crap after Bull Crap from the United States Government.

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                         EXHIBIT – (C)
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                         EXHIBIT – (D)
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This is another example of a secret prison and a Interrogation room being operated by The United States Armed Forces. Exhibit (C) and (D) Pictures are very disturbing because it is obvious that that the thick blood stains on the wall are human brains. Look at the corner wall, do you see how there is thick blood stains and thick human tissues in the corner of the wall? The hostages were probably hanged in that corner, while the CIA and Zionist Mossad mercenaries were torturing and murdering the hostages. I can only assume that the CIA and Mossad mercenaries paint the walls often and they have the floors covered.

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The pictures above is Nicholas Berg sitting on a white plastic chair for interrogation just before his execution in Iraq. Look at the color of the wall in the background.


The picture above are U.S. soldiers torturing hostages in Iraq (Abu Ghraib Prison). Look at the color of the walls, and look at the the top of the picture off center to the right, there is a white plastic chair.


The pictures above was taken at Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq. Look at the color of the walls.


The pictures above are U.S. soldiers sitting on white plastic chairs in Iraq (Abu Ghraib Prison). You do the math.


The picture above is Nicholas Berg being executed. Common sense says he was murdered at Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq.

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From a Yahoo message board…

Word is spreading around Kodak Park here in Rochester NY. And will break on national News tonite that Kodak film experts have analyzed the Nick Berg video and some of the Abu Grhaib Prison videos comparing them for certain encrypted recording signatures.

Each video camera leaves a certain signature mark, much like a fingerprint or striation markings on bullets in gun barrels. Same goes for CD-ROM Burners, they leave a trace or type of Cookies on the finished product.

These are tested by computer and not visible by the naked eye. Experts here after lunch have concluded that one of the 2 video cameras used in the Nick Berg “beheading” was also used to film US troop abuses of Iraqi detainees.

THIS is BAD news for BushCorp., Military, and CIA.

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Report: Kodak Experts Say Beheading And Torture Video Taken With Same Camera!

The Hal Turner Show | 25 May 2004 | Hal Turner

REPORT: KODAK EXPERTS SAY BEHEADING AND TORTURE VIDEO TAKEN WITH SAME CAMERA!
Posted on Tuesday, May 25 @ 14:04:52 EDT by Hal_Turner

THE HAL TURNER SHOW HAS RECEIVED A REPORT WHICH SAYS THE NICHOLAS BERG BEHEADING VIDEO WAS TAKEN WITH THE SAME DIGITAL CAMERA AS THE ABU GHRAIB PRISON TORTURE VIDEOS!

Apparently, digital camera manufacturers install a “digital watermark” on each digital imaging device, which is as unique as a fingerprint. Experts have reportedly analyzed the videos and compared the digital watermarks and determined that the same imging device took the Nicholas Berg beheading video and the Prison torture videos!

The exact text of the report is as follows:

Today new pictures were released of prison torture at Abu Ghraib prison.

But not just still pictures. Today video was released showing prisoners being tortured by Americans.

Aparently Kodak film experts at Kodak Park in Rochester New York have compared the digital watermarks of the torture video and the beheading video and have determined that one of the cameras used in the Nick Berg beheading is THE SAME CAMERA that took the prison torture video.

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Gates blocks abuse photos release

November 15, 2009
news.bbc.co.uk

The US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has blocked the publication of further images of US soldiers abusing foreign detainees.

The US administration filed a request with the Supreme Court late on Friday preventing the release of the photos.

The order refers to some 40 images, including some of prisoners being abused in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Last month, Congress gave Mr Gates new powers to prevent their release under a law signed by the US president.

A Pentagon spokesman said that the order covers images related to investigations into allegations of abuse carried out outside the US between 11 September 2001 and 22 January 2009.

Accountability

He suggested that releasing the pictures would put US soldiers at risk.

“Public disclosure of these photographs would endanger citizens of the US, members of the US armed forces, or employees of the US government deployed outside the US,” Mr Gates said in the order filed with the court.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) had sued for the release of 21 of the images.

The group says it will continue to press for the release of the images, arguing they represent “an important part of the historical record”.

“They are critical to the ongoing national conversation about accountability for torture,” ACLU’s director Jameel Jaffer said.

Initially, Mr Obama had suggested that he would not attempt to block the release of the photographs but he reversed this decision in May.

He said then that the release of such images would be “of no benefit” and might inflame opinion against the US.

CIA death squads ‘copied Mossad’
July 15, 2009
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Former US officials claim CIA was to hire assassination teams modeled after the Israeli intelligence agency Mossad’s targeted killing specialist squads.

On Tuesday, Newsweek quoted some former senior officials as saying that in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks, the former administration approached the Central Intelligence Agency to form the teams.

The officials, requesting anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue, said the White House broached the issue with CIA’s espionage wing, the Directorate of Operations.

The program was recently exposed by the agency’s director Leon Panetta, who claimed that he had stopped it last month upon hearing about it.

On Monday, The Wall Street Journal quoted intelligence sources as saying that the program also included capturing or killing al-Qaeda operatives.

“There was some initial involvement by the CIA in this program early on and it was described to me by US intelligence officials as a modern-day Phoenix program that was during the Vietnam War. The CIA and US military special forces cooperated to assassinate (the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam) Viet Cong leaders,” investigative journalist Wayne Madsen told Russia Today earlier on Wednesday.

The Israeli model for the brigades were Mossad’s infamous ‘Wrath Of God’ teams who employed themselves in taking down the suspects for the killing of Israeli athletes during the 1972 Munich Olympics. The summer event witnessed the capture and murder of the members of the Israeli Olympic team.

Accusing Palestinians of committing the murders, the Mossad men trawled through Europe for suspects, killing an innocent Moroccan man by mistake in one surge.

Pete Hoekstra on the House Intelligence Committee claims little money was spent on the project that allegedly never became fully operational.

Newsweek concluded that the plans, however, never completely hit cold storage and continued to be refurbished so the president can use them when necessary.

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‘US planted Taliban in Pakistan’
June 17, 2009
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The US has interfered in Afghanistan since 1960s and increased its role in 1980s after the former Soviet Union invaded the country in 1979, a Pakistani journalist says.

“The US will pursue its plans for Afghanistan with the help of Taliban and al-Qaeda until 2012 in order to achieve its objectives against interests of China and Iran. The US will unveil its [ultimate] plans only when it achieves its objectives,” Jang Daily’s Javid Rashid told IRIB.

He claimed that the US and Pakistan would continue their cooperation in Afghanistan in the future. “I see Afghanistan’s future as very dim.”

According to Rashid, the US and the Pakistani army jointly organized pro-Taliban militants in Pakistan because they want Pakistan under the current government to retain its chaotic situation.

“As they have introduced al-Qaeda as an emblem of terror in the Muslim world, they have also established Taliban in an effort to weaken Pakistan,” Rashid noted.


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Taliban defectors: US, Israel funding militants
June 19, 2009
presstv.irTwo militants’ leaders who defected from notorious Taliban chief in Pakistan have revealed that their comrade was pursuing a US-Israeli agenda across the country.A prominent militant leader, Turkistan Bittani, who broke away from Baitullah Mehsud, called him “an American agent”.

Mehsud, a warlord in his late 30s, has claimed responsibility for dozens of devastating string attacks on both civilians and security forces throughout the feared region.

Moreover, Baetani emphasized that Mehsud was being funded by US and Israeli intelligence services for brainwashing innocent youths.

The insurgents’ chief has recruited several teenagers who have carried out dozens of suicide attacks on Pakistani mosques and educational institutes over some past months.

Baetani also noted that al-Qaeda and Taliban’s leadership was never targeted in the dozens of US drone strikes in the country’s troubled north-west region.

Another defector, Qari Zainuddin, said that Mehsud had established strong links with Israeli intelligence services which were destabilizing the nuclear armed country. “These people (Mehsud and his men) are working against Islam.”

Insurgents have stepped up their attacks on civilian and religious centers in major cities across Pakistan which has fueled anti-Taliban sentiments among the Pakistani people.

The US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 has prompted militants to focus their attention across the border in Pakistan, turning the restive tribal belt between the two neighbors into a scene of daily violence.

The US invaded Afghanistan more than seven years ago to allegedly eradicate insurgency and arrest Taliban and al Qaeda leaders.

 

Mossad-Taliban whistleblower killed in Pakistan
June 23, 2009
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Qari Zainuddin (centre), surrounded by his armed guard in northwestern Pakistan

A tribal leader who earlier defected from Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud and revealed the militants group’s ties with the US and Israel has been shot dead.

The assassination of Qari Zainuddin comes days after he revealed that their comrade was pursuing a US-Israeli agenda across the violence-wracked country.

Zainuddin, a 26-year-old rising tribesman who had called Mehsud “an American agent” was killed by a gunman in northwestern town of Dera Ismail Khan on Tuesday.

Zainuddin, who broke away from Mehsud, was also increasingly critical of Mehsud’s use of suicide bombings targeting civilians.

In an interview with local media the defector said that Mehsud had established strong links with Israeli intelligence services, which were destabilizing the nuclear armed country. “These people (Mehsud and his men) are working against Islam.”

Mehsud, a warlord in his late 30s, has claimed responsibility for dozens of devastating string attacks on both civilians and security forces throughout the feared region.

Insurgents have stepped up their attacks on civilian and religious centers in major cities across Pakistan, which has fueled anti-Taliban sentiments among the Pakistani people.

The US invaded Afghanistan more than seven years ago to allegedly eradicate insurgency and arrest Taliban and al Qaeda leaders.

The US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 has resulted in the spread of violence into neighboring Pakistan. Taliban militants have turned the restive tribal belt between the two neighbors into a scene of daily

violence.

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