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Anonymous Questions Barack Obama

In Anonymous, Bradley Manning, WikiLeaks on January 25, 2011 at 11:39 PM

SUBMIT QUESTIONS HERE

On January 27th President Barack Obama will attend an interview with YouTube. YouTubers are allowed to ask the President Obama questions on his policies and actions, and what he might or might not do.

I encourage any Anonymous to post a question or video response for President Obama to answer. Some topic ideas for you are WikiLeaks and government transparency, calls for the assassination of Julian Assange, and the imprisonment of Bradley Manning without trial. These are just a few suggestions. Come up with your own questions to unsettle the president.

We have until before midnight of January 26th EST to submit our questions.

SUBMIT QUESTIONS HERE

Please spread this info!

We are Anonymous.
We are Legion.
We do not forgive.
We do not forget.
Expect us.

Egyptian Discontent…Mubarak Out!

In Egypt, World Revolution on January 25, 2011 at 2:17 PM

The seeds of discontent sewn so deeply over decades of hate and torture have borne the impetus to act directly if any “real” change is to occur in the Arab region.

Puppet governments put in place during post cold war settings  by US power lobbying and muted embargos, creating a false security for the Industrialized nations oil supply, the torture killings and corruption were all too well known by the US and European Union.

Every sector of the Arab nations is purging…..the old guard is being given early retirement!

Related Links:

From Tiananmen Square to Liberation Square (Midan Tahrir)

Egypt Revolution Facebook Page

Jesse “The Body” Ventura Sues TSA Over Pat-Down

In NWO on January 25, 2011 at 11:11 AM

Former governor Jesse Ventura never shied away from a battle during his one term as Minnesota’s chief executive.

Now, as a “television performer,” as he describes himself in a new lawsuit, the former pro-wrestler is trying to launch a legal smackdown against the agencies that are supposed to protect the flying public.

In a complaint filed Monday morning in the U.S. District Court for Minnesota, Ventura is suing the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and its secretary, Janet Napolitano, as well as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), and its administrator, John Pistole.

Ventura accuses the agencies of violating his “basic rights to privacy and dignity, and his right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures,” after he received a pat-down by a TSA agent at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in November 2010.

Ventura, who said he has a titanium implant after hip replacement surgery in 2008, alleges the pat-down included “warrantless, non-suspicion-based offensive touching, gripping and rubbing of the genital and other sensitive areas of his body,” which, the lawsuit contends, met “the definition for an unlawful sexual assault.”

More: http://kstp.com/news/stories/s1940324.shtml

Related Link: Ventura Lawsuit: TSA Patdowns Classify As “Unlawful Sexual Abuse”

Dasht-i-Leili Massacre Cover-Up

In Afghanistan, NWO, Other Leaks on January 25, 2011 at 9:38 AM

WikiPedia:

The Dasht-i-Leili massacre occurred in December 2001 during the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan where between 250 and 3,000 (depending on sources) Taliban prisoners were shot and/or suffocated to death in metal truck containers, while being transferred by U.S. and Northern Alliance soldiers from Kunduz to Sheberghan prison through the Dasht-i-Leili desert in Afghanistan.

According to all sources, many of the prisoners died from suffocation inside the containers and some witnesses claim that those who survived were raked with gunfire. The dead were buried in a mass grave under the authority of Commander Kamal.

The allegations have been investigated since 2002 by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR). PHR conducted two forensic missions to the site under the auspices of the UN in 2002.

In 2008, PHR, working with the UN, documented that the grave had been tampered with.

The first allegations that dozens of prisoners had suffocated in the containers appeared in a December 2001 New York Times article.

A 2002 documentary named Afghan Massacre: The Convoy of Death by Jamie Doran produced testimony from eyewitnesses alleging hundreds or even thousands of prisoners had died, either during transport in the containers or being shot and dumped in the Dasht-i-Leili desert after arriving at hopelessly overcrowded Sheberghan prison. Witnesses presented in the documentary also alleged that wounded and unconscious survivors of the container transports had been executed in the desert under supervision of U.S. soldiers. Doran’s documentary, which was viewed by the European and German parliaments, caused widespread concern in Europe and among human rights advocates. It was not reported on in the United States mass media.

In 2002, Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) carried out preliminary investigations of alleged mass gravesites at Mazar. A UN forensic team found fifteen recently deceased bodies in a six-yard trial trench dug at a 1-acre (4,000 m2) grave site and performed an autopsy on three of them, concluding that they had been the victims of homicide, the cause of death being consistent with suffocation, as described by the eyewitness reports featured in Doran’s film. A major Newsweek article on the massacre appeared in August 2002, raising questions about America’s responsibility for the war crimes committed by its allies. It quoted Aziz ur Rahman Razekh, director of the Afghan Organization of Human Rights, asserting “with confidence” that “more than a thousand people died in the containers.

On July 10, 2009, an article on the massacre by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist James Risen appeared in the New York Times. Risen stated that human rights groups’ estimates of the total number of victims “ranged from several hundred to several thousand” and that U.S. officials had “repeatedly discouraged efforts to investigate the episode”.

In December 2009 Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) renewed its call for the Obama administration’s Department of Justice to investigate why the Bush administration impeded an FBI criminal probe in the wake of the July 10, 2009 front page article in The New York Times. On December 26, 2009, the Asian Tribune published the full transcript of a video interview given by the officials of Physicians for Human Rights, detailing nearly eight years of advocacy and investigation.

In June 2006 PHR filed a Freedom of Information Request to the Department of Defense and other government agencies, with the assistance of the law firm Ropes & Gray. After the failure of the US government to reply, PHR filed suit on February 19, 2008. The following documents are from the Department of Defense, the Department of State and the Central Intelligence Agency.

Dasht-i-Leili FOIA Documents Part 1

Dasht-i-Leili FOIA Documents Part 2

Related Links:

AfghanMassGrave.org

PhysiciansForHumanRights.org

Harassed, Detained, and Prevented from Delivering Petition to Bradley Manning

In Bradley Manning, Manning, WikiLeaks on January 25, 2011 at 5:43 AM

Sign the Petition Here: Stop the Inhumane Treatment of Bradley Manning

Statement of Events: Bradley Manning’s Primary Visitor Detained at Quantico

Today, activist David House and Jane Hamsher, publisher of firedoglake, were detained, harassed, and ultimately prevented from delivering the petition to Stop the Inhumane Treatment of Bradley Manning.

David House reported from his twitter feed:

  • Detained for 40 minutes now upon entering base. Advised that cannot leave.
  • Meanwhile visiting hours are expiring… Hopeful that I get to see Brad today. These visits are his only reprieve from solitary.
  • I am on approved visitation list; have been visiting since September. Was planning on asking Brad about his conditions today.
  • Vehicle being searched and impounded.
  • I am not being allowed to move on-base to see Bradley. The petition is in my lap in a tow-truck surrounded by MPs. Welcome to Quantico.
  • - MPs still not letting us leave. To clarify I am authorized to be on base; have been on approved visitation list + visiting for 5 months.
  • Quantico Marine brass don’t want Manning to have sole visitor now. Isolation & enforcement of solitary confinement complete.
  • Finally released, right as visiting hours conclude. What’s going on in the brig?

In a development which may cast new light on yesterday’s incidents at Quantico military prison, NBC reports that “U.S. military officials” indicated that Bradley Manning was placed on suicide watch last week by Brig Commander James Averhart, in a violation of procedure.

NBC:

The officials told NBC News, however, that a U.S. Marine commander did violate procedure when he placed Manning on “suicide watch” last week.

Military officials said Brig Commander James Averhart did not have the authority to place Manning on suicide watch for two days last week, and that only medical personnel are allowed to make that call.

The official said that after Manning had allegedly failed to follow orders from his Marine guards. Averhart declared Manning a “suicide risk.” Manning was then placed on suicide watch, which meant he was confined to his cell, stripped of most of his clothing and deprived of his reading glasses — anything that Manning could use to harm himself. At the urging of U.S. Army lawyers, Averhart lifted the suicide watch.

Jane Hamsher and David House were prevented from delivering to the Quantico facility a petition with 42,000 signatures in support of Bradley Manning. Hamsher and House related the incident live via Twitter. Military police detained both at the main entrance to the Quantico facility on the pretext of dealing with formalities arising from an out-of-date auto insurance card. They were not allowed to leave the base until after visiting hours had expired, preventing David House from resuming his customary visits to Bradley Manning in the brig.

As FDL describes, the incident is highly irregular for the Quantico facility, which House has been visiting since September 2010. House’s last tweet about the incident last night expressed a question that was being asked across the web: “What’s going on in the brig?” The news that Manning had been placed on suicide watch provides possible context for the irregular behaviour at Quantico yesterday. Marcy Wheeler notes on her blog that last night’s incident might be explained with reference to the information that Manning had been unjustly treated.

emptywheel:

This certainly puts the events from Quantico yesterday in a different light. According to MSNBC, government lawyers realized last week Manning had been improperly treated. By preventing David House from visiting Manning yesterday, they made sure that he wouldn’t have confirmation of that from Manning directly. But since Jane and David’s comments said they’d be back next week, DOD realized they’d need to ‘fess up themselves.

We are told that the anonymous “military officials” quoted as a source on the article also informed NBC that the U.S. attempt to substantiate a connection between Bradley Manning and Julian Assange has not thus far been fruitful.

NBC:

The officials say that while investigators have determined that Manning had allegedly unlawfully downloaded tens of thousands of documents onto his own computer and passed them to an unauthorized person, there is apparently no evidence he passed the files directly to Assange, or had any direct contact with the controversial WikiLeaks figure.

No indication is given in the article that the untoward treatment of Manning is connected to the reported failure of the U.S. investigation against Julian Assange. Human rights advocates and supporters of Manning will be particularly attentive to the possibility of the coercion of evidence from detainees, given the recent history of judicial decisions to throw out prosecution evidence in cases against Guantanamo detainees, on the basis that it had been obtained through the use of cruel and inhumane treatment, or of torture.

The identities of the “U.S. Marine and Army officials” responsible for the information are not disclosed by NBC.

Sign the Petition Here: Stop the Inhumane Treatment of Bradley Manning

Related Links:

Bradley Manning Supporters Turned Away Over Minor Traffic Violation

Former Commander of Headquarters Company at Quantico Objects to Treatment of Bradley Manning

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