måndag, oktober 10, 2005

State terrorism , US, GrBr, Covert Action and Bush's longing for fascist martial law

Martial Law and the advent of the Supreme Executive (shortened)
by Mike Whitney about Bush´s longing for dictatorship

Every change that has taken place within the Bush government has been designed for one purpose alone; to increase the power of the president. They want haveing removed the last bit that protects the country from becoming a de facto military dictatorship, martial law

Bush now claims that he will need to deploy the military following a terrorist attack, a national disaster, or after the outbreak of a flu-epidemic. "Sending in the troops" has seemingly replaced "tax-cuts" as the one-size-fits-all answer for every question asked of any member of the hard-right administration.

Even before Katrina, Donald Rumsfeld had repeatedly expressed interest in using the military domestically. According to many reports the delay in getting relief to the victims of the hurricane was the result of a power-struggle between the administration and local officials over who would control the operation.

The choice was made to withhold aid until the governor capitulated. The Act of 1878 bans the military from participating in policing activities on US soil. It does not, however, prevent the military from helping out in national disasters.

This is what is so troubling about Bush's request to change the law; it shows a clear intention to assert military authority wherever the troops are deployed. A translation of all this is martial law

The use of the military "can result in serious damage to American life and liberty"

The National Security Service (NSS); a branch of the FBI that now works entirely under his authority. It is America's first secret police; no different than the East German Stasi or the Soviet Union's KGB. It operates completely beyond congressional oversight and is answerable to the president alone. It is Bush's personal Gestapo.

The president have the power to declare any American citizen an "enemy combatant" and summarily rescind all of his human and civil rights; including even the right to know the reason for which he is being he imprisoned. The ruling confers absolute authority on the president

In another shocking development, President Bush said he will veto the upcoming Pentagon budget of $435 Billion if the bill contains any provision that limits the "cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of prisoners".

The President's action implies that he has the right to torture and abuse according to his own judgment, a clear violation of the Geneva Conventions, the 1996 Treaty on Torture and the 8th amendment.

And, finally, the revised version of Patriot Act is quickly moving through the Congress. The new edition eviscerates the last feeble strands of the 4th amendment and paves the way for "administrative subpoenas", which allow law enforcement to carry out searches without judicial oversight.

Tony Blair and George Bush were compared to Nazi war criminals yesterday by Scott Ritter, the former UN chief weapons inspector (shortened)

"Both these men could be pulled up as war criminals for engaging in actions that we condemned Germany in 1946 for doing," he said.

He said the Prime Minister and the US President were "guilty of the crime of planning and committing aggressive warfare". Speaking in London at the Royal Institute of International Affairs, Mr Ritter said the two leaders would have been in a much stronger position if they had got a UN resolution explicitly authorising the invasion.

www.middle-east-online.com/english/?id=14713 (shortened) about Iran´s killing their own ayatollahs

Iraqi parliament speake "Hasani told the MPs that Iran saw that Hakim and Khoie did not serve its future interests in Iraq ... because of their firm position on Iraq being an Arab country."

Hakim, former leader of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq (SCIRI), was killed in a massive car bombing in late August 2003 in the Shiite holy city of Najaf that cost more than 80 lives.

Khoei, a moderate who had cooperated with the British and US governments while in exile, was stabbed to death in April 2003 in Najaf, another Shiite holy city. An Islamist MP who attended the meeting confirmed the Al-Anbaa report to AFP.

During the meeting, Hasani also charged that Iran was behind a number of bombings in Iraq aimed at escalating tension in the war-ravaged country, the paper said.

Iraq's Sistani distances himself from elections

Oct 8 (Reuters) - Iraq's top Shi'ite cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani, has told his closest followers not to run in December elections or support any candidates, aides said, suggesting no party stands to win his backing.

That could spell difficulties for parties in the already much criticised government coalition, who profited in January's poll from a wide perception that they had Sistani's blessing.

Sistani rarely speaks in public but he wants to maintain the distance from party politics -- in contrast to fellow Shi'ite clerics in Iran.

A statement from Sistani's office said any official of his clerical organisation who runs on a party list or openly supports candidates will "lose his status as a representative".

Jaafari's government has also proved unpopular with his Kurdish allies and, especially, with once dominant Sunni Arabs, who accuse it of condoning Shi'ite militia death squads.

10/06/05 "The Guardian" By Mark Curtis (shortened) about Iraq and Indonesia

Covert support of violence will return to haunt us. Unless we hold our government to account for murderous foreign policy, the innocent will continue to pay the price

As bloodshed mounts each day in Iraq, what prospect is there that British ministers will be held accountable for the illegal invasion and occupation that triggered this carnage? But the likelihood is that, as in London earlier this summer, it will be we who pay the price for that failure to hold our leaders to account.

This week is the 40th anniversary of one of the postwar world's worst bloodbaths, which took place in Indonesia. Yet British ministers and officials in the then Labour government have never been held accountable for the covert role they played, along with the US, in supporting this slaughter - and the 30-year dictatorship of General Suharto it brought to power.

The long-term blowback from that support was felt only last weekend in the bomb attacks on the Indonesian island of Bali, carried out by militant Islamist groups nurtured for years by Suharto and the Indonesian military.

In early October 1965, a group of army officers in Indonesia led by Suharto took advantage of political instability to launch a terror campaign against the powerful Indonesian Communist party (PKI).

Much of the killing was carried out by Islamist-led mobs promoted by the military to counter communist and democratic forces. Within a few months, nearly a million people lay dead, while Suharto removed President Ahmed Sukarno and emerged as ruler of a brutal regime that lasted until 1998.

"I have never concealed from you my belief that a little shooting in Indonesia would be an essential preliminary to effective change," Sir Andrew Gilchrist, the British ambassador in Jakarta, informed the Foreign Office on October 5 1965.The declassified files show that Britain wanted the Indonesian army to act and encouraged it to do so.

"it seems pretty clear that the generals are going to need all the help they can get and accept without being tagged as hopelessly pro-western, if they are going to be able to gain ascendancy over the communists". Therefore, "we can hardly go wrong by tacitly backing the generals" the British said

Yet propaganda operations were authorised from the MI6 base in Singapore, which planted fabricated stories about arms shipments from China in the international media. The purpose, one intelligence officer wrote, was to "blacken the PKI in the eyes of the army and the people of Indonesia".

But the foreign secretary Michael Stewart wrote that it was also the "great potential opportunities to British exporters" that were on offer from a new regime, so Britain should "try to secure a slice of the cake".

The year 1965 also marked an escalation in Vietnam - the US launched the Rolling Thunder campaign, the bombing of North Vietnam became routine policy and the number of US combat troops was doubled.

Britain's ambassador in Saigon welcomed the bombing as "a logical and inherently justifiable retort to North Vietnamese aggression" and said it provided a "tonic effect" in the south of the country.

As about 100 daily sorties were flown by 500 aircraft carrying 3,000 to 5,000 bomb loads, British officials were well aware that 80% of the victims were civilians, the files show. Yet no opposition was expressed.

British ministers were complicit in the deaths of millions of people in Vietnam and Indonesia 40 years ago, as they are now with perhaps more than 100,000 in Iraq.

In Iraq and Indonesia, these policies have rebounded on us, in the form of anti-western terrorism. Until secretive and unaccountable policy-making is democratised, disastrous foreign policies will continue to be conducted in our name, and our leaders will continue to get away with murder.


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