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British Troops Caught In Libya

In Britain, Libya, News, NWO, World Revolution on March 8, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Six British SAS soldiers landed by helicopter at the dead of night in eastern Libya. They were carrying passports from several countries, guns and explosives. They were detained by rebels. And during two days of negotiations for their release, Britain’s ambassador to Libya said they were there to “liaise” the opposition. But a lot of people aren’t convinced by this version of events.

 

NPR:

As we just heard, some anti-government fighters in Libya are torn. They want international help, but not troops. This weekend, rebels actually detained six members of the elite British special force known as the SAS. The men were held for two days before being released and have since left Libya.

The British tend to be proud of the SAS, or Special Air Service. It’s a special forces regiment with a special mystique and a special motto: Who dares wins. So if the SAS is humiliated, if its soldiers dare and lose, the British want to know why. That’s what’s happening now. Here’s what we know. Six British SAS soldiers landed by helicopter in rebel-held eastern Libya Friday near the city of Benghazi. It was nighttime. Two other British officials were apparently also there.

The group ran into some armed Libyan security guards who detained them. The negotiations for their release dragged on over much of the weekend. At one stage, the British ambassador to Libya, Richard Northern, called an unnamed Libyan rebel representative to request the team be freed.

Richard Northern (British Ambassador to Libya):

“We sent a small group just to find if there was a hotel, if everything was working and there was somewhere they could stay and work when we get our group organized.”

Reliable reports say the SAS had passports from a number of countries, plus explosives and guns. That’s hardly what you’d expect from people hunting for a hotel.

Mustafa Gheriani of Libya’s opposition interim transitional council told the BBC the fact that the British arrived secretly by helicopter also aroused suspicions.

The SAS could have sailed in on a British warship, as others have done, or traveled in by land like many foreign journalists. Today, in Britain’s parliament, the foreign secretary, William Hague, was peppered with questions. He confirmed the prime minister, David Cameron, knew in advance of the SAS operation. But Hague accepted personal responsibility for sending what he called a small diplomatic team to Libya. He said the mission was to make initial contacts with the rebel leadership. And added…

Wiliam Hague (Foreign Secretary, United Kingdom):

“They were withdrawn yesterday after a serious misunderstanding about their role, leading to their temporary detention.”

Hague said he’d be sending more diplomatic missions to eastern Libya soon.

Douglas Alexander, who holds the foreign portfolio for the opposition Labour Party, made fun of Hague.

Douglas Alexander (Member of Parliament, Labour Party):

“The British public are entitled to wonder whether if some new neighbors moved into the foreign secretary’s street, he would introduce himself by ringing the doorbell or instead choose to climb over the fence in the middle of the night.”

This episode’s a serious embarrassment for Britain’s government. It was already under attack for generally mishandling the Libyan crisis, nor is this over. More questions will surely be asked about the SAS and its strange, bungled mission to Libya.

Free Libya – March 2011

In Libya, World Revolution on March 8, 2011 at 11:12 AM

This video shows a similar human response to the inevitable, “head in sand” approach.

Libya is slowly breaking up into small factional wars between clans and the liberating forces.

Some villages get taken and then re-taken by opposition forces two or three times in a day.

This is leading to a tsunami of refugees as the local residents flee for safety between bullets and rocket propelled grenades.

But can a tipping point achieved, as in Egypt, with the iconic Gaddafi at the helm of the Libyan Peoples Republic and all its international interests.

If Gaddafi left right now, he would still be one of the richest men in the world.

It is ego and oil that is fueling the revolution backlash.

Tahrir4Gaza March Cement Into Gaza

In Egypt, Israhell, NWO, Palestine, World Revolution on March 8, 2011 at 1:19 AM

Ken O'Keefe carrying the first symbolic bag of cement

Today the Tahrir4Gaza march entered Gaza, two days after their proposed entry date, and successfully brought with them the first bag of cement (not approved by Israel), setting the stage for a massive shipment of cement & building materials.

This is a major step in taking down the blockade that denies Gaza entry to much needed commodities via the Rafah crossing. The march was supported by Egyptians, including post-Mubarak authorities, making clear the will of the people of Egypt is to see an end to the siege.

The march was postponed after it’s initial March 4th date due to complications with authorities, that included the barring of foreign nationals to al-Arish, and as a result the final delegation to enter Gaza was only 12 people in size.

There is still a lot of work to be done regarding the end of the siege, but with talk of another march and the possibly of a ship of cement following this up, you can be assured that there will be a steady flow of people and goods ready to challenge it until it’s end.

The Tahrir4Gaza delegation

Sexual Torture Used On Bradley Manning

In Bradley Manning, Manning, News, NWO, WikiLeaks on March 8, 2011 at 12:09 AM

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Brig officials have confirmed to The New York Times that Bradley Manning will be forced to be nude every night from now on for the indefinite future. Not only when he sleeps, but also when he stands outside his cell for morning inspection along with the other brig detainees.  They claim that it is being done “as a ‘precautionary measure’ to prevent him from injuring himself.”

Bradley Manning’s Lawyer David Coombs writes:

“The decision to strip PFC Manning of his clothing every night for an indefinite period of time is clearly punitive in nature.  There is no mental health justification for the decision.  There is no basis in logic for this decision.  PFC Manning is under 24 hour surveillance, with guards never being more than a few feet away from his cell.  PFC Manning is permitted to have his underwear and clothing during the day, with no apparent concern that he will harm himself during this time period.  Moreover, if Brig officials were genuinely concerned about PFC Manning using either his underwear or flip-flops to harm himself (despite the recommendation of the Brig’s psychiatrist) they could undoubtedly provide him with clothing that would not, in their view, present a risk of self-harm.  Indeed, Brig officials have provided him other items such as tear-resistant blankets and a mattress with a built-in pillow due to their purported concerns.

The Brig’s treatment of PFC Manning is shameful.  It is made even more so by the Brig hiding behind concerns for “[PFC] Manning’s privacy.”  There is no justification, and there can be no justification, for treating a detainee in this degrading and humiliating manner.”

Manning has been detained for the past nine months, under 23-hour/day solitary confinement. He’s barred from exercising in his cell, and has one hour total outside his cell per day where he’s allowed to walk around in circles in a room alone while shackled. He’s forced to respond to guards’ inquiries literally every 5 minutes, all day, everyday, and is awakened at night each time he is curled up in the corner of his bed or otherwise outside the guards’ full view.  Is there anyone who doubts that these measures, and especially this prolonged forced nudity, are punitive and designed to further erode his mental and physical, and force a false confession?

As The Guardian reported last year, forced nudity is almost certainly a breach of the Geneva Conventions. The Conventions do not technically apply to Manning, as he is not a prisoner of war, but they certainly establish the minimal protections to which all detainees, let alone citizens convicted of nothing, are entitled.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich has raised concern recently over Bradley Manning’s treatment, and is pressuring Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to allow him to visit Manning in Quantico Bay. Kucinich release a press statement titled “Is This Quantico or Abu Ghraib?“, and he says:

“Is this Quantico or Abu Ghraib? Officials have confirmed the ‘non-punitive’ stripping of an American soldier who has not been found guilty of any crime. This ‘non-punitive’ action would be considered a violation of the Army Field Manual if used in an interrogation overseas. The justification for and purpose of this action certainly raises questions of ‘cruel and unusual punishment,’ and could constitute a potential violation of international law,” said Kucinich.

The Army Field Manual,  2-22.3 (FM 34-52): Human Intelligence Collector Operations, Page 5-21, section 5-75 clearly states that: ‘If used in conjunction with intelligence interrogations, prohibited actions include, but are not limited to- Forcing the detainee to be naked, perform sexual acts or pose in a sexual manner.”

Robert Parry at Consortium News, documents how crucial forced nudity was to the Bush detention and interrogation regime:

The CIA shared with George W. Bush’s Justice Department the details of how an interrogation strategy – with an emphasis on forced nudity and physical abuse – could train prisoners in “learned helplessness” and demonstrate “the complete control of Americans.”

The 19-page document, entitled “Background Paper on CIA’s Combined Use of Interrogation Techniques” and dated Dec. 30, 2004, contains repeated references to keeping suspected al-Qaeda captives – called “high-value detainees” or HVDs – naked as part of the strategy for breaking down their resistance.

The first of several “specific conditioning interrogation techniques” lists “Nudity.” The HVD’s clothes are taken and he remains nude until the interrogators provide clothes to him.”

The CIA said the prisoner is kept nude (or occasionally dressed in a diaper) while being subjected to other “conditioning techniques,” sleep deprivation and a bland diet of Ensure. Nudity continues while interrogators apply other more aggressive techniques designed to emphasize a prisoner’s helplessness.

The background paper, which was prepared for the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel and released in August 2009 in response to an ACLU lawsuit, described in bureaucratic wording the process used to interrogate a suspected terrorist after his capture and “rendition” to a CIA-run “black site.”

David Rosen at SodaHead, describes the use of sexual torture used on detainees at Abu Ghaib and elsewhere:

The best single source on the use of sexual torture at Abu Ghraib remains the Taguba Report. In the report’s executive summary, the following “sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses” are identified as having been used at the prison:

* forcing detainees to remove their clothing and keeping them naked for several days at a time;

* forcing detainees to remove their clothing and keeping them naked for several days at a time;

* videotaping and photographing naked male and female detainees;

* forcibly arranging detainees in various sexually explicit positions for photographing;

* forcing naked male detainees to wear women’s underwear;

* forcing groups of male detainees to masturbate themselves while being photographed and videotaped;

* arranging naked male detainees in a pile and then jumping on them;

* positioning a naked detainee on a MRE [meals ready to eat] Box, with a sandbag on his head, and attaching wires to his fingers, toes, and penis to simulate electric torture;

* placing a dog chain or strap around a naked detainee’s neck and having a female soldier pose for a picture;

* sodomizing a detainee with a chemical light and perhaps a broom stick.

Why did this part of the Taguba report not appear in the Senate report? Its absence speaks to the way official reports are sanitized and an “inside the Beltway” history is written. [see "Sexual Terrorism: The Sadistic Side of Bush's War on Terror," CounterPunch, May 13, 2008]

To put things into perspective, a recent article was printed in the NYTimes. It was written by a death row inmate, imprisoned for murdering his wife and three children. He writes:

“I spend 22 hours a day locked in a 6 foot by 8 foot box on Oregon’s death row.”

A man on death row who admittedly murdered his family, is allowed more daily time outside his cell, than a U.S. Army whistleblower of war crimes.

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