Who will Stand Up To America and Israel? by Paul Craig Roberts

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by Paul Craig Roberts
Global Research, May 29, 2009
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“No countries on earth rival the US and Israel for barbaric murderous violence”

“Obama Calls on World to ‘Stand Up To’ North Korea” read the headline. The United States, Obama said, was determined to protect “the peace and security of the world.”

Shades of doublespeak, doublethink, 1984.

North Korea is a small place. China alone could snuff it out in a few minutes. Yet, the president of the US thinks that nothing less than the entire world is a match for North Korea.

We are witnessing the Washington gangsters construct yet another threat like Slobodan Milosevic, Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, John Walker Lindh, Hamdi, Padilla, Sami Al-Arian, Hamas, Mahkmoud Ahmadinejad, and the hapless detainees demonized by the US Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld as “the 700 most dangerous terrorists on the face of the earth,” who were tortured for six years at Gitmo only to be quietly released. Just another mistake, sorry.

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Do Americans Have a Moral Conscience? By Paul Craig Roberts

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By Paul Craig Roberts
May 28, 2009 “Information Clearing House

Torture is a violation of US and international law. Yet, president George W. Bush and vice president Dick Cheney, on the basis of legally incompetent memos prepared by Justice Department officials, gave the OK to interrogators to violate US and international law.

The new Obama administration shows no inclination to uphold the rule of law by prosecuting those who abused their offices and broke the law.

Cheney claims, absurdly, that torture was necessary in order to save American cities from nuclear weapons in the hands of terrorists. Many Americans have bought the argument that torture is morally justified in order to make terrorists reveal where ticking nuclear bombs are before they explode.

However, there were no hidden ticking nuclear bombs. Hypothetical scenarios were used to justify torture for other purposes.

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Dr. Ron Paul: Torturing the Rule of Law

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By Paul Craig Roberts
May 26, 2009 “Information Clearing House

While Congress is sidetracked by who said what to whom and when, our nation finds itself at a crossroads on the issue of torture. We are at a point where we must decide if torture is something that is now going to be considered justifiable and reasonable under certain circumstances, or is America better than that?

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“Enhanced interrogation” as some prefer to call it, has been used throughout history, usually by despotic governments, to cruelly punish or to extract politically useful statements from prisoners. Governments that do these things invariably bring shame on themselves.

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Countdown: Jesse Ventura Interview

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May 28, 2009

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Jesse Ventura: The 9/11 Commission Didn’t Investigate NOTHING!

Jesse Ventura: You Give Me a Water Board, Dick Cheney and One Hour + Cheney hedges on memos

Abu Ghraib Abuse Photos ‘Show Rape’ + Was Rape an Enhanced Interrogation Technique?

Torture? What Torture? We Need More Torture! By Gary Corseri

Former Interrogator Rebukes Cheney for Torture Speech

Tortured Logic, Why ‘It Doesn’t Work’ Doesn’t Work by Steven Jonas, MD, MPH

Guantánamo And The Many Failures Of US Politicians by Andy Worthington

President Obama Meets with President Abbas of Palestinian Authority + Hamas’s exclusion from Middle East peace talks

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May 28, 2009
President Obama and President Mahmoud Abbas speak with reporters after their meetings together on May 28, 2009.
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Meeting with Abbas

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Thursday, May 28th, 2009 at 7:25 pm

This afternoon the President held a one-on-one meeting, and then an expanded meeting with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, read the President’s opening remarks when they spoke to the press together afterwards:

PRESIDENT OBAMA: Hello, everybody. Well, it is a great pleasure to welcome President Abbas to the Oval Office. We had — we just completed an extensive conversation, both privately as well as with our delegations, about how we can advance peace in the Middle East and how we can reaffirm some core principles that I think can result in Palestinians and Israelis living side by side in peace and security.

As I’ve said before, I’ve been a strong believer in a two-state solution that would provide the Israelis and Palestinians the peace and security that they need. I am very appreciative that President Abbas shares that view. And when Prime Minister Netanyahu was here last week I reiterated to him that the framework that’s been provided by the road map is one that can advance the interests of Israel, can advance the interests of the Palestinian people, and can also advance the interests of the United States.

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Defining Moments in US History and their Relevance Today By Charles Sullivan

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By Charles Sullivan
May 28, 2009 “”Information Clearing House

There are periods in the history of every nation that define its character and reveal who is really running the government and its social and financial institutions. In the US, one of those periods, of which there are so many, was the political witch hunt that occurred during the 1950s. Known as the era of McCarthyism, this was a time in which the civil rights of anyone with leftist political leanings were violated through a series of tormented public persecutions. During McCarthyism, thousands of law- abiding citizens were blacklisted and thus unable to find work. Among this group, numerous families were torn asunder, divorces sharply increased, and multiple suicides were reported.

The era of McCarthyism, one of many dark epochs of US history, clearly demonstrates that the political forces running the government were conservatism and right wing extremism. They are the very same elements that are tearing the nation and the world asunder today. Men like then Wisconsin Senator Joseph McCarthy, J. Edgar Hoover, and Ronald Reagan were manifestations of the syndrome of right wing extremism. Their fanatical neocon progeny are making the world a dangerous place today.

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US military in South Korea ‘pushing’ the North

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Some analysts argue that the US military presence in South Korea has pushed Pyongyang into an arms race.

Bruce Klingner, the former head of the CIA’s Korea branch, spoke to Al Jazeera about how the US presence affects the politics of the region.

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US Army moves to DEFCON 2 + Casey: Army would have to ‘shift gears’ for N. Korea battle

Donald Kirk on N Korea nuclear test + N Korea carries out nuclear test

US Army moves to WATCHCOM 2 + Casey: Army would have to ‘shift gears’ for N. Korea battle (updated)

Updated: May 30, 2009 Apparently the first story is not accurate.  The Army has moved to WATCHCOM 2.  See updated story below and US military in South Korea ‘pushing’ the North

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Thursday, 28 May 2009

Sources close to MiNa claim the US Army has moved their alert level to Defcon 2. This was initiated by the alarming situation in North Korea. The US Army has over 35,000 troops stationed in South Korea, well within reach of North Korean convential weapons.

North Korea has the largest artillery force can be equipped with nuclear warheads in the world, which adds more to the already tense situation.

Earlier today, N. Korea’s leader Kim Jong issued threaths to the South Korean and US Navy ships for coming too close to North Korea’s territorial waters. The South Koreans and the Americans, may be positioning themselves for a preemptive strike.

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via MINA Breaking News – Breaking: US Army moves to DEFCON 2.

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Casey: Army would have to ‘shift gears’ for N. Korea battle

By Jeff Schogol, Stars and Stripes
Pacific edition, Saturday, May 30, 2009

WASHIGTON – It would take the Army time to “shift gears” if it needed to fight against North Korea, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey said Thursday.

Right now, the Army is focused on the counterinsurgency efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan, but North Korea’s recent saber rattling has raised the prospect that the Army might be called upon to fight a conventional war.

“I have said publicly for some time that if we had to shift gears, it would probably take us about 90 days or so to shift our gears and to train the folks up that were preparing to go to Iraq and Afghanistan to go someplace else,” Casey said after a speech at a Washington think tank.

That doesn’t mean that it would take at least 90 days to send reinforcements to U.S. troops in South Korea, Casey said.

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via Casey: Army would have to ‘shift gears’ for N. Korea battle | Stars and Stripes.

h/t: CLG

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Updated

South Korea and U.S. Raise Alert Level

By CHOE SANG-HUN
http://www.nytimes.com
May 27, 2009

SEOUL, South Korea — One day after North Korea warned of a possible attack against the South, the United States and South Korea ordered their forces here to their highest alert for three years, increasing surveillance flights and satellite reconnaissance to counter what officials termed a “grave threat.”

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The South Korean Defense Ministry said allied troops, including, 28,000 U.S. soldiers based in South Korea, raised their Watch Condition, or Watchcon, to the second-highest level from Watchcon 3 to Watchcon 2.

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via South Korea and U.S. Raise Alert Level – NYTimes.com.

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Donald Kirk on N Korea nuclear test + N Korea carries out nuclear test

US military in South Korea ‘pushing’ the North

Jonathan Drori: Why we’re storing billions of seeds

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May 28, 2009

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http://www.ted.com In this brief talk from TED U 2009, Jonathan Drori encourages us to save biodiversity — one seed at a time. Reminding us that plants support human life, he shares the vision of the Millennium Seed Bank, which has stored over 3 billion seeds to date from dwindling yet essential plant species.

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Abu Ghraib Abuse Photos ‘Show Rape’ + Was Rape an Enhanced Interrogation Technique?

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By Duncan Gardham, Security Correspondent and Paul Cruickshank
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May 28, 2009 “The Telegraph

Photographs of alleged prisoner abuse which Barack Obama is attempting to censor include images of apparent rape and sexual abuse, it has emerged.

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Torture? What Torture? We Need More Torture! By Gary Corseri

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By Gary Corseri
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May 28, 2009

“What they regard as Tao is not Tao, and what they consider as right is often wrong.  [They] do not really understand Tao, but understand some of it. … They are able to worst others by argument, but do not convince people in their hearts, because they are just playing around with words. … [They get] lost in the bypaths.” — Chuang Tse

What’s all this nonsense about torture?

Now, I ain’t no Einstein, but it seems to me, if it makes us safer, it’s a no-brainer!

In fact, maybe what we gotta do is torture a whole lot more.

I’m not talkin’ about droppin’ bombs on people from Predator drones.  That’s a kind of torture if you get your limbs blown off or a beam thru your skull.  But, it ain’t personal enuf.  It’s what you call “collateral damage.”  What we gotta do is intentional damage—up close and personal.

And let’s not stop with the so-called “terr’ists.”  Let’s not pussy-foot.

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Former Interrogator Rebukes Cheney for Torture Speech

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May 25, 2009

Dick Cheney says that torturing detainees has saved American lives. That claim is patently false. Cheney’s torture policy was directly responsible for the deaths of hundreds if not thousands of American servicemen and women.

Matthew Alexander was the senior military interrogator for the task force that tracked down Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq and, at the time, a higher priority target than Osama bin Laden. Mr. Alexander has personally conducted hundreds of interrogations and supervised over a thousand of them.

“Torture does not save lives. Torture costs us lives,” Mr. Alexander said in an exclusive interview at Brave New Studios. “And the reason why is that our enemies use it, number one, as a recruiting tool…These same foreign fighters who came to Iraq to fight because of torture and abuse….literally cost us hundreds if not thousands of American lives.”

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