Democracy And Corruption: Germany Files War Crimes Charges Against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld And Other CIA Officials

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Courtesy of Tiffany Willis @ Liberal America:

The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights has filed a criminal complaint against U.S. torture program architects and members of the Bush Administration. The organization has accused CIA director George Tenet and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld of war crimes and they’ve called for a German prosecutor to conduct an immediate investigation.

This move follows the release of the damning Senate report on CIA torture that includes the case of German citizen Khalid El-Masri, who was captured in 2004 by CIA agents in a case of mistaken identity. The report revealed the shocking contrast of democracy and corruption.

Bizarrely, the only person involved with the CIA torture program who has been charged with a crime is the man who exposed the war crimes — whistleblower John Kiriakou.

The relevant parties in this case have given an extensive interview to Democracy Now. Some of…

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Renaming Afghan War, Renaming Murder

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By David Swanson
December 29th, 2014
Dissident Voice

The U.S.-led NATO war on Afghanistan has lasted so long they’ve decided to rename it, declare the old war over, and announce a brand new war they’re just sure you’re going to love.

The war thus far has lasted as long as U.S. participation in World War II plus U.S. participation in World War I, plus the Korean War, plus the Spanish American War, plus the full length of the U.S. war on the Philippines, combined with the whole duration of the Mexican American War.

Now, some of those other wars accomplished things, I will admit — such as stealing half of Mexico. What has Operation Freedom’s Sentinel, formerly known as Operation Enduring Freedom, accomplished, other than enduring and enduring and enduring to the point where we’re numb enough to completely overlook a new name as Orwellian as Freedom’s Sentinel (what —…

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New Snowden Docs Reveal Wider Net of NATO ‘Kill List’ Targets

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Reporting by Der Spiegel shows low-level suspected Taliban, drug traffickers targeted for killing

By Andrea Germanos
December 30, 2014
Common Dreams

Apache helicopters flying in Afghanistan in 2011. (Photo: DVIDSHUB/flickr/cc)

Newly revealed documents show that NATO’s “kill list” for Afghanistan operations included not just senior Taliban leaders but those suspected of being low- and mid-level operatives as well as drug traffickers, Der Spiegel has reported.

Some of the secret documents, which are from 2009 to 2011, are from the trove released by Edward Snowden, the German paper states.

“The documents show that the deadly missions were not just viewed as a last resort to prevent attacks, but were in fact part of everyday life in the guerrilla war in Afghanistan,” Der Spiegel reports.

As part of a strategy the White House called “escalate and exit” that started in 2009, NATO troops would start with a “cleansing” phase—killing insurgents. The…

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Kiev Regime’s Official Policy for East Ukraine is Starvation, Torture, Rape, and Murder

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By George Eliason
December 30, 2014
Global Research

Save-Donbass-People-From-Ukrainian-ArmyImagine a sign pinned to the podium on the floor of the US Senate that reads Ferguson will be ours! Pictured on it is an armored personnel carrier with the United States flag driving over a mountain of corpses. This picture shown below says just that about Donbass. This is Kiev’s official statement on mass murder for the area. This was pinned to the podium on the floor of the Ukrainian Senate (Verkhovna Rada).

President Petro Poroshenko and his government have run out of wiggle room to deflect charges of genocide any more.

On December 18th the newly appointed Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Senate) deputy Semen Semenchenko, formerly commander of the battalion “Donbass” warned that Ukraine intends to pursue terrorists from Donbassanywhere in the world. The terrorists from Donbass Semenchenko wants to pursue is anyone that did not leave when the…

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US drone strike against Somalia

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By Bill Van Auken
December 31, 2014
World Socialist Web Site

drone_strikeA US pilotless drone carried out an attempted assassination Monday night of a leading member of Somalia’s Al Shabab, an Islamist militia opposed to the country’s US puppet government.

Pentagon spokesman Adm. John Kirby issued a statement acknowledging that the target of the strike, which took place in the vicinity of Saccaw, about 100 miles north of the port city of Kismayo, was a senior Al Shabab leader, but he did not name the intended victim.

Kirby said the Pentagon did not “assess” that there were civilian casualties from the missile strike, adding, “We are assessing the results of the operation and will provide additional information, when appropriate.” Based on this account, there is no way of knowing whether the strike claimed the life of its target or how many others died in the missile attack.

Such tight-lipped statements…

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Ukrainian Nazis Pay Private Military Company Academi (formerly Blackwater) for Training, Russian Report

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By Eric Zuesse
January 03, 2015
Global Research

ukraine-nazi-helmetThe Russian Government’s Tass ‘news’ agency is alleging that “The US private military company Academi (formerly known as Blackwater) … has confirmed to the Kiev authorities its readiness to start training an experimental battalion of 550 men as of January at the request of Ukraine’s General Staff,” according to an unnamed source, which source is probably one of the few remaining anti-nazi bureaucrats still remaining in the Ukrainian Government. The reported price of this Blackwater (a.k.a. “Xe,” a.k.a. “Academi”) training contract is $3.5 million.

Furthermore, “‘Ukraine has said it is ready to pay the money on the condition of assistance from the Ukrainian association Patriot, providing technical and financial support for the project,’ the source said.”

That organization is Patriot of Ukraine. If this report in Tass is true, then the Ukrainian Government, which now is being funded almost entirely by U.S…

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Hundreds of Odessa Residents Honour Memory of Dom Profsoyuzov Arson Victims

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On Friday, a rally to honour the memory of the Dom Profsoyuzov arson victims was held in Odessa. Hundreds of locals gathered on the Kulikovo Pole square near the Dom Profsoyuzov. They cleared the snow, mounted posters with photos of the dead, lit candles, and laid flowers at an improvised memorial. Social activists delivered speeches. They noted that the junta didn’t punish those guilty of the arson. Many of them, despite evident proof of their crime, are at large and live without fear of trial. Besides, those who gathered noted with indignation that official propaganda often portrays the arson as a heroic event carried out by “patriots” who defended the city from “separatists”. The rally participants chanted, “We must bring the criminals to account” and “We won’t forget or forgive!”

Riots occurred in Odessa on 2 May… pro-junta football ultras, Right Sector extremists, and so-called “Maidan Self-Defence” terrorists from…

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