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socialuprooting:

Dear President Obama,

I find it hard to believe that you meet with your team on “Terror Tuesdays” to put together a kill list. I am heartbroken that you - a constitutional lawyer and Nobel Peace Prize winner - have taken on the role of prosecutor, judge, jury and executioner. I find this drone warfare illegal and immoral, and I am filled with anguish at the thought of the innocent civilians who have been killed by your actions. I know that this strategy is not making us safer, that it is simply radicalizing people in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia; increasing anti-American sentiment; and perpetuating an endless cycle of violence that must stop.

Please, stop the kill list. Ground the lethal drones. Use your skills to negotiate, to protect us here at home, and to empower local people to build their own democracies. That’s the kind of president we want to vote for and have representing us in the White House.

Sincerely, [your name]

This is important. If you have the time, please sign and spread the word.

verbalresistance

verbalresistance:

anticapitalist:

According to a diplomatic cable published by WikiLeaks, U.S. troops willfully massacred an Iraqi family in the town of Ishaqi in 2006, handcuffing and then shooting 11 people in the head including a woman in her 70′s and five children ages five and under.

McClatchy is reporting that the soldiers then called in an air strike on the house to cover up evidence of the killings.

This account differs sharply from an official version of the 2006 incident, which indicated that coalition forces captured an al Qaeda in Iraq operative in the house, which was destroyed in a firefight. The WikiLeaks cable, however, corroborates accounts by Ishaqi townspeople and includes questions about the incident by Philip Alston, the U.N.’s special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.

The cable is dated twelve days after the incident, which took place March 15, 2006. In it, Alston says that autopsies performed in Tikrit on bodies pulled from the wreckage of the farmhouse indicated that all of the dead had been handcuffed and shot in the head.

If true, this action, although not as egregious as the My Lai massacre of March 16, 1968, wherein 347-504 unarmed civilians were shot to death by U.S. forces during the Vietnam conflict, still speaks volumes about war and the atrocities committed for war’s sake.

Read the original article (Warning: Graphic Images)

I guess war crimes and crimes against humanity, cease to be of importance when you’re the USA (and when Obama’s got your back, ensuring your immunity).

Nearly any other developed country in the world - Bush (and Blair) would be at the International Criminal Court right now.

But hey, I guess ‘democracy’ has it’s perks.

This and many more human rights violations by USA

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vsthepomegranate:

theneighbourhoodsuperhero:

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His eyes well up and a tear slides down his cheek when Feroz Abbasi, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, is asked what he would say to the other Guantanamo Bay detainees he was incarcerated with and “left behind” when he was released as a result of diplomatic arrangements between the US and the UK and after accusations that he was an “enemy combatant” could not be proven due to insufficient evidence.
“Uhibbuka fillah,” he mumbles, his voice trembling, his lip quivering as he tries to hold back tears, “means I love you for the sake of Allah. That’s when you love someone you tell them, tell them that. It’s very hard to see your friends in that situation, you know, still there after all these years, it’s not easy.”

Torture and humiliation methods used on/against the detainees by US forces include (but are not limited to) physical abuse, forced nudity, sexual humiliation, mock executions, sexual assault, forced injections, sleep deprivation, long and short shackling for hours on end, environmental manipulation, violent dogs, use of phobias as torture, extreme cold, cultural humiliation, religious humiliation, hours of interrogations, sensory bombardment, stress positions, sensory deprivation, isolation, and music torture.
(s/o to a-restless-being for linking the video on his tumblr)

And rape. We shy away from naming the sexual torture of Arabs and Muslims at Guantanamo “rape” because A) the victims are male and B) we do not want to think of the United States as a country that uses rape as a tool of war— but it is and we do. 

To learn more about the horrendous torture methods used in Gitmo, check out Wikileaks’ Gitmo Files. I’ll give a warning here though: The details, footage, interviews are extremely disturbing. Other cases of innocent individuals detained in Gitmo include:
Shaker Aamer who has been detained for more than ten years. His gradual mental, emotional and physical deterioration is ignored by the American government and majority of the public.
“For 160 days his only contact was with the interrogators,” said Crawford, who personally reviewed Qahtani’s interrogation records and other military documents. “Forty-eight of 54 consecutive days of 18-to-20-hour interrogations. Standing naked in front of a female agent. Subject to strip searches. And insults to his mother and sister.”
Lakhdar Boumediene was held in Gitmo for seven years without explanation or charge. “During that time my daughters grew up without me. They were toddlers when I was imprisoned, and were never allowed to visit or speak to me by phone. Most of their letters were returned as “undeliverable,” and the few that I received were so thoroughly and thoughtlessly censored that their messages of love and support were lost.”
14-year-old Mohammed El-Gharani, a Chadian national. He was seized in a raid on a mosque in Pakistan.
Behavioral science teams consisting of psychologists have explained the extreme nature of interrogation at Gitmo and its effects on innocent detainees. Doctors at Gitmo hide evidence of torture on prisoners. Psychologists were employed to introduce new methods of torture in interrogation. Obama has done little, if nothing at all, to stop the atrocities occurring in Gitmo that was started by Bush in his notorious War on Terror plan.
How is he any better?

vsthepomegranate:

theneighbourhoodsuperhero:

(gif goes on for about 5 seconds)

His eyes well up and a tear slides down his cheek when Feroz Abbasi, a former Guantanamo Bay detainee, is asked what he would say to the other Guantanamo Bay detainees he was incarcerated with and “left behind” when he was released as a result of diplomatic arrangements between the US and the UK and after accusations that he was an “enemy combatant” could not be proven due to insufficient evidence.

“Uhibbuka fillah,” he mumbles, his voice trembling, his lip quivering as he tries to hold back tears, “means I love you for the sake of Allah. That’s when you love someone you tell them, tell them that. It’s very hard to see your friends in that situation, you know, still there after all these years, it’s not easy.”

Torture and humiliation methods used on/against the detainees by US forces include (but are not limited to) physical abuse, forced nudity, sexual humiliation, mock executions, sexual assault, forced injections, sleep deprivation, long and short shackling for hours on end, environmental manipulation, violent dogs, use of phobias as torture, extreme cold, cultural humiliation, religious humiliation, hours of interrogations, sensory bombardment, stress positions, sensory deprivation, isolation, and music torture.

(s/o to a-restless-being for linking the video on his tumblr)

And rape. We shy away from naming the sexual torture of Arabs and Muslims at Guantanamo “rape” because A) the victims are male and B) we do not want to think of the United States as a country that uses rape as a tool of war— but it is and we do. 

To learn more about the horrendous torture methods used in Gitmo, check out Wikileaks’ Gitmo Files. I’ll give a warning here though: The details, footage, interviews are extremely disturbing. Other cases of innocent individuals detained in Gitmo include:

Behavioral science teams consisting of psychologists have explained the extreme nature of interrogation at Gitmo and its effects on innocent detainees. Doctors at Gitmo hide evidence of torture on prisoners. Psychologists were employed to introduce new methods of torture in interrogation. Obama has done little, if nothing at all, to stop the atrocities occurring in Gitmo that was started by Bush in his notorious War on Terror plan.

How is he any better?

Then there’s Bradley Manning, who’s currently serving a life term in solitary confinement with no possibility of parole. He is forcibly stripped naked every night, subjected to sleep deprivation, and searched every five minutes, just in case he tries to injure himself of course. What was his crime? He’s the courageous young soldier who leaked US documents, including footage of US copters strafing civilians, to WikiLeaks. Poor Bradley. If he had just killed some Afghan and Iraqi children instead of airing the US’ dirty linen, he’d probably be free right now. If someone bothered to report him in the first place, that is.

Currently reading Brown Skin, White Masks by Hamid Dabashi. Words cannot describe how utterly helpless and torn I felt when I read the opening:

In memory of:

Abeer Qassim Hamza al-Janabi (1991-2006) The 14-year old Iraqi girl who was gang-raped and murdered by the US Marines on March 12, 2006.

… and in hope of a future full of love and peace for:

Moshe Holtzberg

The two-year old Jewish boy whose parents Rabbi Gavriel Holtzberg and Rivka Holtzberg were murdered by militant Muslims in Mumbai on November 27, 2008.


Time for the US to Investigate Torture

There’s overwhelming evidence of torture by the Bush administration. The Obama administration has a legal obligation to investigate. Jessie Graham reports.

"The widespread abuse across three continents was not the result of low ranking soldiers who broke the rules. It was the result of high administration officials who cast the rules aside to shape their own desires.
[…]
When the United States refuses to investigate American officials for their involvement in torture and ill treatment, it undermines the global effort to press for accountability for human rights abuses in other countries. The US is right to call for justice in places like Darfur, Libya or Sri Lanka but there can’t be double standards.”
For the uninitiated, a few links below have been provided to give you an idea of how the Bush regime not only administrated torture methods on detainees but also justified each and every one of them:
George W Bush recounted in his memoir, Decision Points, that when he was asked in 2002 if it was permissible to waterboard a detainee held in secret CIA custody outside the United States, he answered “damn right”. This “decision point” led to the waterboarding of that person 183 times in one month. More here and here.
Bush administration acknowledges and defends use of torture technique.
Insects, sleep deprivation and waterboarding among approved techniques by the Bush administration.
Appalling, to say the least.

Time for the US to Investigate Torture

There’s overwhelming evidence of torture by the Bush administration. The Obama administration has a legal obligation to investigate. Jessie Graham reports.

"The widespread abuse across three continents was not the result of low ranking soldiers who broke the rules. It was the result of high administration officials who cast the rules aside to shape their own desires.

[…]

When the United States refuses to investigate American officials for their involvement in torture and ill treatment, it undermines the global effort to press for accountability for human rights abuses in other countries. The US is right to call for justice in places like Darfur, Libya or Sri Lanka but there can’t be double standards.”

For the uninitiated, a few links below have been provided to give you an idea of how the Bush regime not only administrated torture methods on detainees but also justified each and every one of them:

Appalling, to say the least.

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TW for Rape, War Crime:

lootinjusttogetby:

A jury in Kentucky convicted a former US soldier of raping a 14-year-old lraqi girl and killing her and her family, Reuters reports. Former Private 1st Class Steven Green faces the death penalty when the sentencing phase of his trial begins Monday. Green, 24, was the leader of a group of five US soldiers who took part in the 2006 assault in Baghdad.

Green shot the girl’s parents and her 6-year-old sister while other soldiers raped the girl. He then raped the teenager himself before killing her. The other four men have been imprisoned, though they all could be paroled. Green’s defense team said he suffered from combat stress, though he later described the assault—which triggered international scorn—as “awesome.”

If I were the one to deliver justice here, and I say this with no regard for anyone’s ‘humanitarian’ ‘compassion’ and ‘restrain’, I would undoubtedly skin this man alive in public.

And then throw him on a pile of salt. Let him die like that.

verbalresistance
The New America Foundation estimates there were 118 drone attacks in Pakistan in 2010, up from 53 the previous year. The number of people killed in 2010 is thought to be between 607-993. Of those, the foundation suggests only 2% were senior Taliban or al-Qaeda figures.

Article: US Drone Attacks failing to Kill Many Militant Leaders (Read: US Drone attacks kill civilians 98% of the time)

"Most victims of the attacks are low level militants so the question is, do those people really represent a threat to the United States or its allies, and in my opinion they don’t.

verbalresistance

verbalresistance:

Netanyahu’s military secretary skips UK visit fearing arrest

NAZARETH, (PIC)— The Israeli Prime Minister’s military secretary, Gen. Yohanan Locker, decided not to accompany Benjamin Netanyahu on his trip to London fearing arrest, according to Israeli army radio.

Pro-Palestinian groups have filed a suit in Britain against Locker for his involvement in  war crimes committed by the IOF during the war against the Gaza Strip in 2008-2009.

Locker was deputy chief of the Israel Air Force at the onslaught, in which some 1,400 Palestinians were killed, including 300 children, 115 women and 85 people  over 50 years of age.

During the onslaught, the IOF used prohibited weapons such as white phosphorus and targeted schools, mosques, homes, hospitals, cemeteries, ambulances and ambulance crews.

Several senior Israeli defence officials and politicians have stayed clear of the UK since the Gaza operation, among them opposition leader Tzipi Livni and Avi Dichter, the former director of the Shin Bet security agency.

P-I.co.uk

Smart move, Locker. If I had the blood of innocent children on my hands, I’d do the exact same. Shame on your existence, you degenerate.