Department of Genocide, Torture, and Tyranny
Human rights violations at home and abroad.
I am presently traveling and visiting family out West and was intending to take a December moratorium from blogging. But the issue of the US torture program and the continuing "official" obscene rationalizations and minimizations of it pulled me back to at least post some excerpts from a blog I originally posted on correntewire 7/5/10 and re-posted on correntewire and open salon on 9/2/11 entitled “War Criminal Named Obama Smells Sweeter than One Named Bush?”
-------------------- Read more about Snipping Myself from 2010 on Torture
Here are some excerpts dealing with the plight of the Palestinians vs. the willful denial of their horror by the US politicians and too many propaganda-saturated US and global citizens.
“Obama Blasts Brutality and Bullying, But Not by Israel” by Thalif Deen: Read more about Genocide of Gaza Already Down 'Great' American Memory Hole?
Globalizing Gaza in both military and legal terms raises the slogan “we are all Palestinians” from one of political solidarity to literal accuracy. Its corollary also highlights a key element of international politics of which we must be keenly aware: our governments are all Israel. Jeff Halper
Why do the basic rules of international law continue to be forsaken?
Why have they been forsaken for so long now especially in relation to Israel? Read more about Globalizing Gaza: Israel (& US) vs. International Law
Israeli “self defense” is NOT what is going on, even though there is relentless 24/7 US mainstream media propaganda to camouflage the ruthless unleashing of the Israeli/US-paid-for mass killing war machine.
In "Eyeless in Gaza" Jonathan Cook calls out Netanyahu’s protests of waging a “necessary” war of self-defense against rockets and tunnels. He writes: Read more about Collective Punishment & Butchering Babies is Self-Defense?
“ethnic cleansing - n - the practice of removing or killing people who belong to an ethnic group that is different from the ruling group in a country or region”
“genocide - n- the deliberate and systematic destruction of a racial, political or cultural group”
Was there ethnic hatred at the bottom of the deaths of three innocent Israeli teens recently? A good chance of that.
Is that an excuse for ethnic hatred or politically and militarily empowered acts of mass murder or incarceration, the unleashing of even more of a vendetta program to perpetrate “ethnic cleansing” against an entire Palestinian population? Also a most convenient excuse at the same time to destroy the recent efforts for empowerment and social justice for Palestinians under a hyper-oppressive occupying Israeli governance? Read more about As Thousands Mourn Netanyahu Escalates Ethnic Cleansing
So two and a half years ago Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, US puppet, got a little too uppity and refused to make a SOFA (Status of Forces) Agreement with the US so the US could leave 10,000 troops indefinitely deployed in Iraq at “strategic bases”.
Bill Van Auken in “Washington escalates intervention in region-wide Middle East war” writes; Read more about US Violence & Iraq-Faux-Rescue Redux
It has now been 11 years since Colin Powell pitched preemptive total war against Iraq based on obvious fictions... and since the American media absolutely swooned for it, condemning millions to death, dismemberment, or displacement.
As I followed some stone steps leading through a pretty courtyard to the side entrance of the Unitarian Church of All Souls on the upper East side of New York last Thursday, I drew in a serious lungful of cold, crisp night air to help gird myself for what I was about to hear and see. Read more about Close Guantanamo Now/Doctors of the Dark Side
A commenter at DailyKos on my previous post on drawing the line in identifying whistle blowers said, among other things:
What I really find interesting is that Greenwald isn't even allegeding any wrong doing or illegal activity, just that the NSA 'has the capability' well no shit sherlock the government could do lots of things that doesn't mean it does or will.
About the recent continuing revelations on the scope of domestic spying, the drone attacks, and the many violations of civil rights and liberties we've seen since 9/11; we need to ask: “why don't we have any sense of proportion about terrorism?” OK, 9/11 was terrible. We lost more than 3,000 people. Read more about Who Are We and Why Don't We Have Any Sense of Proportion About Terrorism?
Ludwig Watzal in “U.S. Military Casualty Statistics Not the Senators’ Main Concern” calls out the Senate Armed Services' Committee hearing vetting former Republican Chuck Hagel for U.S. Secretary of Defense: Read more about Libby’s Political Stew: War-Torture-Drone Truthers & Liars
Why is this question even being honored in America?
Apparently it will be posed seductively soon in a theater near you.
Torture is wrong. It is evil.
“Two wrongs don’t make a right.”
The Golden Rule.
The Geneva Conventions.
Basic human decency.
A while back when I read Jacob Weisberg’s book, The Bush Tragedy, I learned that the main ego-armature for George W. Bush during his Yale University years was his participation in the fraternity culture.