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AG Denies Details in CIA Tapes Inquiry

By LARA JAKES JORDAN Attorney General Michael Mukasey refused Friday to give Congress details of the government's investigation into interrogations of terror suspects that were...

U.S. House passes bill to ban “waterboarding”

The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill on Thursday to prohibit the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) from using "waterboarding" and other harsh tactics...

Who is Jack kidding?

Liberty and the state: The erosion of our freedom is all about opinon polls and crass populism Helena Kennedy Ah, the boys are at it again....

Pelosi and Harman Aided and Abetted 9/11 Cover Up

George Washington's Blog House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi is blocking efforts to impeach Bush and Cheney, or to take any other real steps to...

Secret prisons may give CIA out in tape probe

Matt Apuzzo Federal courts had prohibited the Bush administration from discarding evidence of detainee torture and abuse months before the CIA destroyed...

CIA destroyed tapes despite court orders

CIA destroyed tapes despite court orders, but secret prison system could provide legal cover The Bush administration was under court order not to discard evidence...

CIA chief to appear before Congress

  General Michael Hayden, head of the CIA, is to appear before the US congress to explain why his agency destroyed video footage of interrogations. Hayden...

Pelosi did not object to waterboarding

Secretly briefed, Pelosi did not object to waterboarding in 2002 Pelosi would later boot sole objector to program from chance to chair Intelligence Committee John ByrneTwo...

White House clams up on CIA cover-up

The White House said Monday it would not answer questions about the CIA's destroying interrogation tapes of terrorism suspects, citing ongoing investigations into what...

U.S. Government Checking Amazon Customer Records

Big Brother U.S. Government Subpoenaed Amazon.com to Obtain Book Purchasing Records of Customers Mike Adams Newly unsealed court records have revealed that the U.S. government issued...

US: Immigration Detention Practices Endanger Life

The New York Times reported today that in 2005, the CIA destroyed at least two videotapes showing its operatives subjecting terror suspects to harsh...

Confessions of a Covert Agent

Psychological Operations are my specialty Global Research artofmentalwarfare.com The author of the text below claims to be highly experienced in covert intelligence programmes and psychological operations -...

Cops Taser Mentally Handicap Woman

Cops Now Taser an Unarmed Scared Mentally Handicap Woman into Submission Mentally Disabled Unarmed Woman Tortured and Shocked repeatedly with Taser Officer denied using weapon,...

Greens, Democrats And Impeachment

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2007/12/369504.shtml "Now the gloves are off." Let me explain that statement. First, on the issue of Impeachment, either you get it or you don't. Sadly, the Democratic Parties...

America is Going Fascist

Michael Nenonen Republic of East Vancouver The signs are all there for anyone to see, and time is getting short for action Reading Naomi Wolf’s The End...

They used us like rats and dogs at Guantanamo

Mamdouh Habib says he was beaten until his final days in the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and has accused Australian officials of...

Flight logs reveal secret rendition

Stephen Grey THE secret flight plans of American military planes have revealed for the first time how European countries helped send prisoners, including British...

Thanksgiving Reflections of an Anti-Capitalist

Institutionalized Glorification of our Greed and Gluttony: Thanksgiving Reflections of an Anti-Capitalist Gluttony and greed kill more than the sword. –Italian proverb Gluttony and surfeiting are no...

VIDEO: Driver Tased For Asking Why He Was Stopped

Man who refused to sign speeding ticket because he did not understand what it was is tased and arrested by officer who then refused...

Watchdog: War on Terrorism Leads to Rights Abuses

By Tim Cocks Kampala - Torture, beatings, executions, racist stereotyping and intrusive surveillance are among the abuses countries are committing in the name of fighting...

House deals blow to CIA rendition

House votes to end CIA rendition program, ACLU says RAW STORY A little noticed prohibition in the Democrats' $50 billion Iraq funding bill that passed the...

Confession of an American Thought Criminal

By Jason Miller RINF Alternative News “Thoughtcrime does not entail death: thoughtcrime IS death.” —Winston Smith from George Orwell’s 1984 If you needed more evidence that most of...

Bush Stands by His Dictator

By Robert Scheer "The war on terror” made me do it. That’s the excuse that works for George W. Bush to rationalize his assaults on...

Repugnant Republicans: Pro-God, Anti-Humanity

Repugnant Republicans: Anti-Abortion, Pro-Torture; Pro-God, Anti-Humanity  When it comes to the rabid right and torture, anything goes The WSJ argued that waterboarding doesn’t necessarily constitute “cruel, inhuman or degrading”...

Domestic spying inquiry restarted at DoJ

By DEVLIN BARRETT The Justice Department has reopened a long-dormant inquiry into the government's warrantless wiretapping program, a major policy shift only days into the...

Torturing Palestinian Detainees

By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News B'Tselem is the conservative Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories with a well-deserved reputation for accuracy....

More Gitmo flights over Spain in 2007

MADRID: Nearly 50 flights to or from the controversial US “war on terror” camp at Guantanamo Bay used Spanish air space between 2002 and...

Gangster Giuliani: The GOP’s Worst

By Margaret Kimberley If a potential Giuliani presidency in any way resembles a Giuliani mayoralty, then the country would be in for a truly awful...

Mukasey Confirmed as Bush’s Third Attorney General

By James Rowley Michael Mukasey, whose statements on torture and interrogation of suspected terrorists touched off a partisan Senate fight, has won confirmation to be...

Our Man in Islamabad

Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News The Islamic Republic of Pakistan was established in August,1947 when its majority Muslim population separated from British-controlled India and became a...

Knights Templar Secrets Revealed

The Vatican has published secret archive documents about the trial of the Knights Templar, including a long-lost parchment that shows that Pope Clement V...

House Panel Gets Earful On Waterboarding

In Spite Of Bickering In D.C., Experts Say Interrogation Method Is Torture, Must Never Be Used (CBS/AP) A hearing on torture opened today on Capitol...

David Ray Griffin Interview

David Ray Griffin Interview - DRG Answers Your Questions RINF members had the opportunity to put questions to one of the worlds most credible and...

So, what actually is Waterboarding?

By J A Blacker MSc IMI,  Science Correspondent RINF Alternative News As any good terrorist state knows all too well, the art of torture is to...

Congressional Shame and Duplicity

By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News The latest October Reuters/Zogby Index shows record low approval ratings for George Bush and Congress - 24% for the president...

Did the BBC Broadcast Fake News Reports?

David Miller A Spinwatch investigation has revealed that journalists working for the Services Sound and Vision Corporation (SSVC) have been commissioned to provide news reports...

‘When President does it, it’s not illegal’

By Nicole Belle Download (Windows) Download (Quicktime) BILL MOYERS: Remember “The Lives of Others” - the movie that won this year’s Academy Award for best foreign language...

Shouting at the Devil

By Jason Miller RINF Alternative News “America touts itself as the land of the free, but the number one freedom that you and I have is...

Appeals Court Shuffle Shields FBI Tactics Post 9/11

Kathy Gill It sounded good: Egyptian student helps 9-11 hijackers with airplane radio. Too good, in fact, because Abdallah Higazy is suing an FBI agent...

An Alternative to IMF and World Bank Dominance

The Bank of the South: An Alternative to IMF and World Bank Dominance  By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News In July, 2004, the IMF and World Bank...

Ruling By Decree

By Jacob Hornberger Immediately after he denounced Fidel Castro for being a dictator, President Bush unilaterally decreed new sanctions against Iran, moving the United States...

Rumsfeld flees France fearing arrest

Former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld fled France today fearing arrest over charges of "ordering and authorizing" torture of detainees at both the American-run...

Conversations with Castro

Aged 81, the world's longest-serving leader is turning his thoughts to his legacy and the succession. In an exclusive extract from his autobiography, Fidel...

Doctor: G Bush has symptoms of presenile dementia

It is an article of faith with millions of Americans, most of them on the left, that George W. Bush is stupid. Many reasonable...

Promised Social Change in Ecuador

By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News Raphael Correa was elected Ecuador's president last November and took office January 15 promising social change. He's the country's eighth...

9/11 And Other Optical Illusions

Peter Zaza There's a wonderful optical illusion which involves a graphic of a ballerina spinning around on one leg. It's called "The Spinning Silhouette Optical...

The Politics Of Absolute Power

The following commentary was written by Philip S. Golub and appears in the Le Monde diplomatique English-language edition for October 2007. Mr. Golub is...

Finally, Action! Ron Paul Introduces Bill to Defend Constitution!

It's not every day that there is something concrete you can do to save democracy in one powerful stroke and make sure your kids...

U.S. Asserts State Secrets, Seeks to Dismiss CIA Case

By Joel Rosenblatt The U.S. asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit claiming a Boeing Co. unit falsified flight plans to disguise the Central...

The War on Afghanistan Was Wrong, Too

By Jacob G. Hornberger While most Americans have turned against the Iraq War, many of them still think that the war on Afghanistan was morally...

Open Letter to the Government from an AWOL Soldier

By James Circello, Iraq Veterans Against The War To those Businessmen and women holding seats in Congress, To the Highest Court of America, To every Department within...

Claims of secret CIA jail for terror suspects on British island to be investigated

· Legal charity urges action on Diego Garcia claims · Prisoners may have been held in ships off coast Ian Cobain and Richard Norton-Taylor The Guardian Diego...

WAPO fear peddler sez itzashame to peddle fear while peddling it

Glenn Greenwald has written that pundit David Ignatius "vividly demonstrates the dishonesty and shallowness of our opinion-making elite." (Read it here.) At Salon, Greenwald has...

More evidence the CIA is a terrorist outfit

Mistaken identity leads to abuses that Congress should investigate In the 1985 film “Brazil,” anti-terrorist police in a grim industrialized society burst into a modest...

Who Watches the CIA Watchers?

Katrina vanden Heuvel In the cloak and dagger, smoke and hall of mirrors that is the CIA, we have more evidence that it's dangerous to...

Top 25 Censored Stories of 2008

#1 No Habeas Corpus for “Any Person” Sources: Consortium, October 19, 2006 Title: “Who Is ‘Any Person’ in Tribunal Law?” Author: Robert Parry http://consortiumnews.com/2006/101906.html Consortium, February 3, 2007 Title: “Still No...

New Evidence that the Official Story about 9/11 is Indefensible

David Ray Griffin Early in 2007, Interlink Books published my Debunking 9/11 Debunking: An Answer to Popular Mechanics and Other Defenders of the Official Conspiracy...

Reviewing James Petras’ “Rulers and Ruled in the US Empire”

By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News James Petras is Binghamton University, New York Professor Emeritus of Sociology whose credentials and achievements are long and impressive. He's...

The human cost of secrecy

Even if the Supreme Court turned away a torture victim's case, El-Masri deserves an apology and compensation With no explanation, the Supreme Court has denied...

Bush aide has denial down pat

Allegations of torture dismissed Sheldon Alberts Say this much for Dana Perino, the White House press secretary -- she faced the braying media hounds yesterday with...

“Capitalism and Freedom” Unmasked

By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News An era ended November 16, 2006 when economist Milton Friedman died. A torrent of eulogies followed. The Wall Street Journal...

Mauritanian in Guantanamo ‘abuse’

Mr Mohamed spent more than four years in captivity A Mauritanian man freed from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay says he suffered "physical...

The Bush administration’s ties to Blackwater

Blamed in the deaths of Iraqi civilians, the private security firm has long ties to the White House and prominent Republicans, including Ken Starr. By...

Seven CIA Veterans Challenge 9/11 Commission Report

Official Account of 9/11 a “Joke” and a “Cover-up” September 23, 2007 — Seven CIA veterans have severely criticized the official account of 9/11 and...

Report claims proof of secret CIA jails in Europe

A Council of Europe report made public June 9 said that investigators have found proof that the CIA ran clandestine prisons for terrorist suspects...

On return, veterans face financial ruin

Physical, mental injuries prove costly for families and loved ones By Jeff Donn and Kimberly Hefling TEMECULA - He was one of America's first defenders on...

Iran’s parliament votes to call CIA, U.S. Army ‘terrorist’ groups

Report from Xinhua: Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Sunday that he supported the recent Majlis (parliament) statement to brand the U.S. army and the...

A Culture of Violence

By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News What do you call a country that glorifies wars and violence in the name of peace. One that's been at...

The Bush-Aznar tapes: glimpse of a gangster preparing for war

By Bill Van Auken The transcript of February 2003 discussions between US President George W. Bush and Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar published Wednesday...

Guantanamo lawyers barred from visiting or writing prisoners

By Ben Fox    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Attorneys for at least 40 Guantanamo Bay prisoners have been barred from visiting or writing their clients because of...

Reviewing Naomi Klein’s “The Shock Doctrine”

By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News Naomi Klein is an award-winning Canadian journalist, author, documentary filmmaker and activist. She writes a regular column for The Nation...

“Unrecognized” Palestinians

By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News Israel's population today is about 7,150,000. About 5.4 million are Jews (76%) plus another 400,000 Jewish settlers in over 200...

The Greatest Story Never Told

By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News No issue is more sensitive in the US than daring to criticize Israel. It's the metaphorical "third rail" in American...

Guantanamo: “Ghost” Prisoners Speak At Last

The Guantánamo Transcripts: “Ghost” Prisoners Speak After Five And A Half Years, And “9/11 hijacker” Recants His Tortured Confession By ANDY WORTHINGTON In another resounding...

Senate Intelligence Panel Seeks CIA Nominee’s Withdrawal

By Joby Warrick Members of the Senate intelligence committee have requested the withdrawal of the Bush administration's choice for CIA general counsel, acknowledging that John...

Guantanamo Brit To Sue Security Services

A man who was held in Guantanamo Bay is to launch legal action for damages against MI5 and MI6. Detainee in Cuba prison Tarek Dergoul, 29,...

Bin Laden’s FBI Poster Omits Any 9/11 Connection

Typically, when someone commits a crime and the government wants to prove the fact, an indictment is written up, evidence is presented and the...

Cheney, the survivor without challengers

By Edward Luce and Andrew Ward Dick Cheney once jokingly referred to himself as Darth Vader - such was his dark reputation with the mainstream...

Marines Ordered To Execute Civilians In Nazi-Like Slaughter

Steve Watson Infowars.net Editorial With evidence having emerged that marines were ordered by superiors to massacre women and children in Haditha in Iraq two years...

Market Efficiency Hokum

By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News You know the story triumphantly heard in the West. Markets work best when governments let them operate freely - unconstrained...

America and Venezuela – Constitutional Worlds Apart

By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News Although imperfect, no country anywhere is closer to a model democracy than Venezuela under President Hugo Rafael Chavez Frias. In...

Why Rove and Cheney Really Are That Bad

By Don Williams Remember Scott Ritter, the US arms inspector and military man accused of being a traitor and much worse for reporting there were...

Psychologists group weighs ban on military interrogations

SUDHIN THANAWALA The nation's largest group of psychologists is set to decide what role, if any, its members can play in interrogating terror suspects at...

A “Slow Motion Train Wreck”

By Stephen Lendman RINF Alternative News  These days, financial/market punditry seems to follow two opposite lines of thinking. It ranges from the predominant view that world...

The Anti-Empire Report

Separation of oil and state On several occasions I've been presented with the argument that contrary to widespread opinion in the anti-war movement and on...

Bush Wants Microchipped Society

Newsbuster The Bush administration tells us the main reason for warrantless wiretapping and searches is, warrantless searches and spying are necessary in order to keep...

Chávez condemns U.S. protection of terrorist Posada Carriles

Chávez condemns U.S. protection of terrorist Posada Carriles Granma International flamesong The United States’ harboring of terrorist Luis Posada Carriles is one more example of how U.S....

Why Are So Many Americans in Prison?

Race and the transformation of criminal justice By Glenn C. Loury The early 1990s were the age of drive-by shootings, drug deals gone bad, crack cocaine,...

Abandoned by Britain

Read the letters in full here Britain was accused yesterday of abandoning 91 Iraqi interpreters and their families to face persecution and possible death...

CIA techniques cause serious mental damage

Granma International flamesong Interrogation techniques used by the CIA on alleged terrorists can cause serious mental damage and are illegal in the United States, according to...

Rumsfeld helped Al Qaeda establish a stronghold in Northwestern Pakistan

By Prof. Michel Chossudovsky The Bush administration is contemplating sending US Forces to Pakistan with a view to neutralizing Al Qaeda in its safe haven in...

“Another bacon burger, anyone?”

Jason Miller “If my competitor were drowning, I’d stick a hose in his mouth and turn on the water.”--Ray Kroc“….a funny, jowly, canny, barbarous guy...

Russia and US accused of abusing men freed from Guantanamo Bay

Andrew Osborn The Kremlin and the United States have been accused of flouting international law in areport which tells the little-known story of seven Russian...

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Rumsfeld

Former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld cannot be tried on allegations of torture in overseas military prisons, a federal judge said Tuesday in a...

Shssh! Don’t Tell Americans How We Treat “Enemy Combatants”

Jacob G. Hornberger The case of accused terrorist Jose Padilla is moving toward a jury trial on April 16 in U.S. District Court in Miami....

Why CIA abuse is medieval madness

SINCE medieval times, water-boarding, or forcing water into captives' lungs, has been used to compel prisoners to confess. During the Inquisition, water-boarded prisoners admitted...

7/7 and 21/7 began at al-Qaida camp, court told

- Failed attack's alleged chief admits Pakistan visit - QC claims direct link with London suicide bombings Sandra Laville Direct links were drawn for the first time...

The War Against Strawmen

by Harry Browne
by Harry Browne

The Bush Administration continues to maintain that its war in Iraq, and its adventures anywhere else, are aimed at ending worldwide terrorism.

But such a feat is not only impossible, it is absurd.

Terrorism is a crime, not a war. Terrorism is committed by gangs of criminals — not soldiers representing a sovereign government. And no one in his right mind can believe that our government can eliminate every criminal gang in the world.

If our government could do that, why wouldn’t it start with the drug gangs that terrorize areas of Washington, D.C.? What a perfect opportunity for the politicians to demonstrate their crime-fighting abilities.

On October 4, 2001, I wrote:

Because the September attacks were a crime, the government's job is to locate and bring to trial any perpetrators who didn't die in the attacks. If some of them are located in foreign countries, our government should request extradition — not threaten to bomb the foreign country if we don't get our way.

I was criticized by some people, who asked, "But what if all the ‘criminals’ aren’t caught"

And yet, here we are four years later, tens of thousands of people have died, and still not all the criminals have been caught regardless. Osama Bin Laden not only hasn’t been apprehended, he isn’t even talked about anymore. As I said in 2001:

If not all the criminals are found and brought to trial, it doesn't mean that bombing innocent people would have brought the criminals to justice.

So why do the politicians talk about a War on Terrorism that makes no sense?

Because it opens the door to all sorts of aggressions against foreigners and Americans.

And it allows the politicians — most notably the leading members of the Bush administration — to pose as noble warriors against enemies that are really only Strawmen.

Charley Reese, in a recent LewRockwell.com article, quoted Dick Cheney as claiming a U.S. pullout from Iraq would leave it in the hands of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Osama Bin Laden, and/or Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Charley points out that "Zarqawi is a Jordanian, not an Iraqi; he has been denounced by his tribe and his family; and he has killed more Iraqis than Americans. It is just a matter of time before some Iraqi drops a dime on him and he’s packed off to Islamic hell."

But he’s a worthy Strawman, a bogey man, whose name is worth a hundred million dollars or more in Congressional appropriations.

Charley goes on, "As for bin Laden and his Egyptian adviser, they are — assuming they’re still alive — hiding out in some cave or rat-infested village in the mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan. They could not control a small town, much less a country of 25 million people of which neither of them is a native."

As we all know, the U.S. government has since World War II been financing and arming various foreign dictators — such as Saddam Hussein, Manuel Noriega, the Shah of Iran, and others — only to denounce and attack them once they become wealthy and aggressive enough to be worthy Strawmen.

It’s also true that the U.S. government has financed and armed various opposition groups that supposedly represent the opportunity to topple the mean old dictators. Often these groups oppose each other, and engage in violence against one another. But no matter, the object of our government is to be doing something to fight a Strawman.

Robert Dreyfuss, in another excellent LewRockwell.com article, catalogs a number of the groups that opposed Saddam Hussein and are now battling for control of Iraq. There is far more than the Iraqi National Congress. The strongest groups are SCIRI (the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution), Al Dawa (The Islamic Call), SCIRI’s paramilitary arm, the Badr Brigade, the Muslim Brotherhood , represented by IIP (the Iraqi Islamic Party) — not to mention Al-Qaeda. The first three originated and are based in — guess where — Iran. In fact, SCIRI was founded in 1982 by Ayatollah Khomeini.

Today these groups are fighting each other as much as they’re fighting Iraqi insurgents, Americans, or Iraqi civilians. They regularly practice torture, assassinations, and other dastardly deeds upon one another. They are fighting to become the rulers of the new Iraq — the "democracy" that George Bush claims to be creating.

Is this what 2,000 Americans and tens of thousands of Iraqis have died for? Is this what $200 billion dollars has financed? Is this why we have given up so much of our freedom?

And whoever wins the battle to rule Iraq will eventually become Strawmen against whom the Bush administration can get on its horses and ride off to protect us.

There is no War on Terrorism. There is only a War on Strawmen, a War on Shadows, a War on Fantasies — allowing George Bush to do whatever he, or his advisors, choose to do.

It is time to quit pretending that the War in Iraq serves any purpose relating to world peace, democracy in the Middle East, the first line against terrorism, or any other salutary goal.

It is simply part of the War on Strawmen.

December 14 , 2005

Harry Browne [send him mail], the author of Why Government Doesn't Work and many other books, was the Libertarian presidential candidate in 1996 and 2000. See his website.

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