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How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power

How Bush's grandfather helped Hitler's rise to power | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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His business dealings, which continued until his company's assets were seized in 1942 under the Trading with the Enemy Act, has led more than 60 years later to a civil action for damages being brought in Germany against the Bush family by two former slave labourers at Auschwitz and to a hum of pre-election controversy.

The evidence has also prompted one former US Nazi war crimes prosecutor to argue that the late senator's action should have been grounds for prosecution for giving aid and comfort to the enemy.

The debate over Prescott Bush's behaviour has been bubbling under the surface for some time. There has been a steady internet chatter about the "Bush/Nazi" connection, much of it inaccurate and unfair. But the new documents, many of which were only declassified last year, show that even after America had entered the war and when there was already significant information about the Nazis' plans and policies, he worked for and profited from companies closely involved with the very German businesses that financed Hitler's rise to power. It has also been suggested that the money he made from these dealings helped to establish the Bush family fortune and set up its political dynasty...

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...a family of Terrorists....
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The Prison Industry in the United States: Big Business or a New Form of Slavery? | Global Research

The Prison Industry in the United States: Big Business or a New Form of Slavery? | Global Research | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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Top U.S. Terrorist Group: the FBI

Top U.S. Terrorist Group: the FBI | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

...Here's how U.S. District Judge Colleen McMahon understood a case that seems all too typical:

"The essence of what occurred here is that a government, understandably zealous to protect its citizens from terrorism, came upon a man both bigoted and suggestible, one who was incapable of committing an act of terrorism on his own.  It created acts of terrorism out of his fantasies of bravado and bigotry, and then made those fantasies come true. . . . I suspect that real terrorists would not have bothered themselves with a person who was so utterly inept." 

When we hear on television that the FBI has prevented a plot to blow up a crowded area of a big U.S. city, we either grow terrified and grateful, or we wait for the inevitable revelation that the FBI created the plot from start to finish, manipulating some poor fool who had zero contact with foreign terrorists and more often than not participated unwittingly or for the money offered him...

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American terrorism under the guise of colonialism and protectionism....Iraq unveiled!

American terrorism under the guise of colonialism and protectionism....Iraq unveiled! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
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Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Rice are heinous war criminals and must be brought before the ICC!  The deaths of 100,000's of people are on their hands...

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Anonymous Operation Last Resort

USSC.GOV HACKED!!! --- This time there will be Change or there will be Chaos. #WarHead1 --- Download Encrypted Files ThePirateBay: http://pirateproxy.net/tor...
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You gotta love anonymous! True Cyber freedom fighters!
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Revealed: America's arms sales to Bahrain amid bloody crackdown

Revealed: America's arms sales to Bahrain amid bloody crackdown | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Human rights advocates question whether US-manufactured ammunition and helicopters were used against civilian protesters



A Bahraini protester holds a molotov cocktail during a clash with riot police in a Shiite suburb of the Manama in April 2012. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Despite Bahrain's bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, the US has continued to provide weapons and maintenance to the small Mideast nation.

Defense Department documents released to ProPublica give the fullest picture yet of the arms sales: the list includes ammunition, combat vehicle parts, communications equipment, Blackhawk helicopters, and an unidentified missile system. (Read the documents.)

The documents, which were provided in response to a Freedom of Information Act request and cover a yearlong period ending in February 2012, still leave many questions unanswered. It's not clear whether in each case the arms listed have been delivered. And some entries that only cite the names of weapons may in fact refer to maintenance or spare parts.

Defense Department spokesman Paul Ebner declined to offer any more detail. "We won't get into specifics in any of these because of the security of Bahrain," said Ebner.

While the US has maintained it is selling Bahrain arms only for external defense, human rights advocates say the documents raise questions about items that could be used against civilian protesters.

"The US government should not be providing additional military equipment that could make matters worse," said Sunjeev Bery, Middle East advocacy director for Amnesty International USA.

There have been reports that Bahrain used American-made helicopters to fire on protesters in the most intense period of the crackdown. Time magazine reported in mid-March 2011 that Cobra helicopters had conducted "live ammunition air strikes" on protesters.

The new Defense Department list of arms sales has two entries related to "AH-1F Cobra Helicopters" in March and April 2011. Neither the exact equipment or services being sold nor the delivery timetable are specified. ....

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Pakistan receives $688 million from US under CSF | MSN Pakistan

Pakistan receives $688 million from US under CSF  | MSN Pakistan | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

KARACHI: Pakistan has received $688 million from the United States under the Coalition Support Fund (CSF). Under the CSF, Pakistan is reimbursed by the US for expenses incurred in the war of terror. According to the Minister of State for Finance Salim Mandviwalla , $688 million was received by Pakistan and this figure was also confirmed by a spokesperson from the State Bank. In August 2012, Pakistan had received $1.12 billion from the US under the fund. 60 percent of the fund is allocated to the army while the remaining amount is used to meet the fiscal deficit.

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With budegetary crises arising here in the US, why is this money sent abroad.  There is extensive corruption in Pakistan and it is a harborer of terrorism.  This money is not for expenses incurred in the war ON terrorism, it is for the US fostering terrorism through Pakistan as a surrogate.  How many Baloch will this kill, how many Kashmiri?  How many Shia?

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When U.S. drones kill civilians, Yemen’s government tries to conceal it

When U.S. drones kill civilians, Yemen’s government tries to conceal it | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Their bodies were burning,” recalled Sultan Ahmed Mohammed, 27, who was riding on the hood of the truck and flew headfirst into a sandy expanse. “How could this happen? None of us were al-Qaeda.”

More than three months later, the incident offers a window into the Yemeni government’s efforts to conceal Washington’s mistakes and the unintended consequences of civilian deaths in American air assaults. In this case, the deaths have bolstered the popularity of al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the terrorist network’s Yemen affiliate, which has tried to stage attacks on U.S. soil several times. ....

Since the attack, militants in the tribal areas surrounding Radda have gained more recruits and supporters in their war against the Yemeni government and its key backer, the United States. The two survivors and relatives of six victims, interviewed separately and speaking to a Western journalist about the incident for the first time, expressed willingness to support or even fight alongside AQAP, as the al-Qaeda group is known. ....

On extremist Web sites and Facebook pages, grisly pictures of the attack’s aftermath, with bodies tossed like rag dolls on the road, have been posted, coupled with condemnations of the government and the United States. In Sabool and Radda, youths have vowed to join al-Qaeda to fight the United States.

“The drone war is failing,” Berman said. “If the Americans kill 10, al-Qaeda will recruit 100.” ...

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Partnership for Civil Justice Fund - FBI Documents Reveal Secret Nationwide Occupy Monitoring

Partnership for Civil Justice Fund - FBI Documents Reveal Secret Nationwide Occupy Monitoring | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

FBI documents just obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF) pursuant to the PCJF’s Freedom of Information Act demands reveal that from its inception, the FBI treated the Occupy movement as a potential criminal and terrorist threat even though the agency acknowledges in documents that organizers explicitly called for peaceful protest and did “not condone the use of violence” at occupy protests.

The PCJF has obtained heavily redacted documents showing that FBI offices and agents around the country were in high gear conducting surveillance against the movement even as early as August 2011, a month prior to the establishment of the OWS encampment in Zuccotti Park and other Occupy actions around the country. 

“This production, which we believe is just the tip of the iceberg, is a window into the nationwide scope of the FBI’s surveillance, monitoring, and reporting on peaceful protestors organizing with the Occupy movement,” stated Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, Executive Director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF).  “These documents show that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security are treating protests against the corporate and banking structure of America as potential criminal and terrorist activity.  These documents also show these federal agencies functioning as a de facto intelligence arm of Wall Street and Corporate America.”

“The documents are heavily redacted, and it is clear from the production that the FBI is withholding far more material. We are filing an appeal challenging this response and demanding full disclosure to the public of the records of this operation,” stated Heather Benno, staff attorney with the PCJF. ...

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Israel’s Holy War: Triggering the Palestinian Exodus?

Israel’s Holy War: Triggering the Palestinian Exodus? | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

....As Michel Chossudovsky notes, the U.S. not only supported Israel, the attack on Gaza, from a Command and Control point of view, was a joint US-Israeli military operation:

While reports acknowledge that president Obama, in the wake of the November 6 elections, had granted a “Green Light” to Tel Aviv, the central issue does not pertain to Washington’s support but rather to the direct involvement of the US government and military in the planning and implementation of the attack on Gaza.

There is evidence that Operation “Pillar of Cloud” was implemented in close liaison with Washington in the context of the broader process of allied military planning. Senior US military officials were on location in Israel working with their IDF counterparts in the days leading up to the attack. http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-us-israeli-attack-on-gaza/5312383.....

 

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U.S. House OKs Russia trade bill with human rights slap

U.S. House OKs Russia trade bill with human rights slap | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S.House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Friday to name and shame Russian human rights violators as part of a broader bill to drop Cold War-era trade restrictions,...
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U.N. investigator urges U.S. to pursue Bush-era abuses

U.N. investigator urges U.S. to pursue Bush-era abuses | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - A United Nations investigator called on the United States on Monday to publish its findings on the CIA's Bush-era program of rendition and secret detention of terrorism suspects.

Ben Emmerson, U.N. special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism, voiced concern that while President Barack Obama's administration has rejected Central Intelligence Agency practices conducted under his predecessor George W. Bush, there have been no prosecutions.

"Despite this clear repudiation of the unlawful actions carried out by the Bush-era CIA, many of the facts remain classified, and no public official has so far been brought to justice in the United States," Emmerson said in a report to the U.N. Human Rights Council, which he will address on Tuesday....

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US Double Standard on Bahrain | Interview with Brian Dooley

Published on Feb 21, 2013

Abby Martin interviews Brian Dooley, Director of Human Rights Defenders program at Human Rights First, about the ongoing political crisis in Bahrain and the lack of US government and media attention on the issue.

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Destroying a Nation State: US-Saudi Funded Terrorists Sowing Chaos in Pakistan | Global Research

Destroying a Nation State: US-Saudi Funded Terrorists Sowing Chaos in Pakistan | Global Research | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Quetta, the capital of Pakistan’s southwest Baluchistan province, bordering both US-occupied Afghanistan as well as Iran, was the site of a grisly market bombing that has killed over 80 people.According to reports, the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi has claimed responsibility for the attack. Billed as a “Sunni extremist group,” it instead fits the pattern of global terrorism sponsored by the US, Israel, and their Arab partners Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

The terrorist Lashkar-e-Jhangvi group was in fact created,according to the BBC, to counter Iran’s Islamic Revolution in the 1980′s, and is still active today. Considering the openly admitted US-Israeli-Saudi plot to use Al Qaeda and other terrorist groups across the Middle East to counter Iran’s influence, it begs the question whether these same interests are funding terrorism in Pakistan to not only counter Iranian-sympathetic Pakistani communities, but to undermine and destabilize Pakistan itself......

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Spencer Haskins's comment, February 21, 2013 8:26 PM
Us foreign policy is two-faced and Machiavellian. It wages war on terrorism and also fosters terrorism when it satisfies their end goals. The ends justify the means......American foreign policy hypocrisy! America now stands for nothing on values and principles.....
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Tell Obama: Urge Bahrain to Release Jailed Dissidents

Dear President Barack Obama: 

In May 2011, you told the Bahraini regime that “the only way forward is for the government and opposition to engage in a dialogue, and you can’t have a real dialogue when parts of the peaceful opposition are in jail.” We agree. 

Now that the dialogue in Bahrain has restarted, we urge you to tell the King of Bahrain to release dissidents jailed under politically motivated charges and allow them to join the dialogue. This includes human rights leaders who called for democratic reforms in the country and medics who were jailed after treating wounded protestors and telling the international media the truth about the Kingdom’s abuses. 

Despite the United States’ muted criticism of the violations committed by the Bahraini regime, human rights defenders and pro-democracy leaders in Bahrain continue to look to the United States for support. If the United States truly wants to be a beacon for democracy in the region, it must match words with action. In the case of Bahrain, this means helping negotiations move forward by urging the Kingdom to release its prominent dissidents. 

Sincerely,

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CIA was lying about torture even to its own staff - CIA veteran Kiriakou — RT

CIA was lying about torture even to its own staff - CIA veteran Kiriakou — RT | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
President Obama adopted most of President Bush’s counter-terrorism policies, argues John Kiriakou - the former CIA official who blew the whistle on the agency's torture practices and is now set to go behind bars for it.
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The US Sold A Bunch Of Weapons To Bahrain During Its Brutal Crackdown

The US Sold A Bunch Of Weapons To Bahrain During Its Brutal Crackdown | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The U.S. has been selling arms to Bahrain amid the small Mideast nation's increasingly repressive crackdown on pro-democracy protesters, Justin Elliot of ProPublica reports.

 

The sales, combined with allegations of censorship by U.S. media, seems to corroborate claims that America has turned a blind eye to the bloody repression inside the country.

The Bahraini uprising — which initially called for greater political freedom and equality for the majority Shia population — began peacefully in February 2011. It was met with a harsh response by the U.S.-backed Sunni ruling party as unarmed protesters were allegedly detained, tortured, targeted by "live ammunition air strikes from Cobra helicopters" and thrown in jail for life.

Defense Department documents released to ProPublica reveal that between February 2011 and February 2012 the U.S. sold the Sunni kingdom items relating to ammunition, combat vehicle parts, communications equipment, Cobra and Blackhawk helicopters, and an unidentified missile system.

Elliot notes that it's unclear whether the arms have been delivered or if the names of the weapons listed may refer to maintenance or spare parts. 

The State Department told ProPublica that the U.S. has only been selling Bahrain items "related exclusively to external defense, counter-terrorism, and the protection of U.S. forces.”

The circumstances surrounding Bahrain led Al-Jazeera to describe the uprising as "the Arab revolution that was abandoned by the Arabs, forsaken by the West and forgotten by the world."...



Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/us-selling-bahrain-weapons-during-crackdown-2013-1#ixzz2IBjU5VQG

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'Forsaken by the West': Obama and the Betrayal of Democracy in Bahrain

'Forsaken by the West': Obama and the Betrayal of Democracy in Bahrain | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
With the world watching other Middle East hotspots, the country's monarchy has continued suppressing anti-authoritarian dissidents -- and the White House has let it happen.
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US spy frenzy continues: Judge orders release of Obama’s seventh Espionage Act prisoner — RT

US spy frenzy continues: Judge orders release of Obama’s seventh Espionage Act prisoner — RT | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Spy fever with US federal prosecutors is passing McCarthy-era levels, as the Obama administration's seventh Espionage Act case charges an American with mishandling classified documents. The case is notable for its total lack of evidence of espionage......

The Obama administration has promised to enhance “whistle-blower laws to protect federal workers.” With this seventh case, the administration is now better described as a record-breaker when it comes to silencing and prosecuting such people. 

Among the most noted cases being tried under the Espionage act include Bradley Manning, who is accused of passing classified material to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks; and John Kiriakou, a former CIA officer suspected of leaking information to journalists about colleagues involved in "enhanced" interrogation programs, commonly known as torture.  

The Espionage Act of 1917 was created to charge Americans who helped the country's enemies. Prior to Obama's time in office, it had only been used three times, to prosecute government officials who had leaked classified material.

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Bahrain Opinion: "A Regime Trampling Human Rights" --- Detained Zainab AlKhawaja in The New York Times

Bahrain Opinion: "A Regime Trampling Human Rights" --- Detained Zainab AlKhawaja in The New York Times | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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But despite all these sacrifices, the struggle for freedom and democracy in Bahrain seems hopeless because Bahrain’s rulers have powerful allies, including Saudi Arabia and the United States.

For Bahrainis, there doesn’t seem to be much of a difference between the Saudis and the Americans. Both are supporting the Khalifa regime to preserve their own interests, even if the cost is the lives and rights of the people of Bahrain.

The United States speaks about supporting human rights and democracy, but while the Saudis send troops to aid the Khalifa government, America is sending arms. The United States is doing itself a huge disservice by displaying such an obvious double standard toward human rights violations in the Middle East. Washington condemns the violence of the Syrian government but turns a blind eye to blatant human rights abuses committed by its ally Bahrain.

This double standard is costing America its credibility across the region; and the message being understood is that if you are an ally of America, then you can get away with abusing human rights.

If the United States is serious about protecting human rights in the Arab world, it should halt all arms sales to Bahrain, bring Bahrain’s abuses to the attention of the United Nations Security Council, support a special session on Bahrain at the United Nations Human Rights Council, and begin a conversation about potential diplomatic and economic sanctions. The Obama administration should also demand that high-level Bahraini officials be held accountable for human rights abuses, and that nongovernmental organizations, United Nations human rights investigators and journalists be allowed to enter the country and investigate abuses.....

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NYT: When Bahrain Said: Get Lost

NYT: When Bahrain Said: Get Lost | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

BAHRAIN, one of America's more repressive allies, tries to keep many journalists and human rights monitors out. I recently tried to slip in anyway.

The jig was up at the Bahrain airport when an immigration officer typed my name into his computer and then snapped to attention. "Go back over there and sit down," he said, looking at me in horror and keeping my passport. "We'll call you."

The Sunni monarchy in Bahrain doesn't want witnesses as it tightens its chokehold over a largely Shiite population. Almost every evening, there are clashes between the police and protesters, with both sides growing more enraged and violent.

Around 100 people have been killed since Arab Spring protests began in Bahrain in February 2011. I was in Bahrain then as troops opened fire without warning on unarmed protesters who were chanting "peaceful, peaceful."

The oppression has sometimes been nothing short of savage. Police clubbed a distinguished surgeon, Sadiq al-Ekri, into a coma - because he tried to provide medical aid to injured protesters. By all accounts, torture has been common.

In the larger scheme of things, Bahrain is a tiny country and maybe doesn't matter much to the United States. What nags at me is that this is a close American ally - assaulting people in some cases with American equipment - yet the Obama administration mostly averts its eyes. This is a case not just of brutal repression, but also of American hypocrisy. ...

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The United Nations Defends NATO’s Premeditated Genocide in Syria | Global Research

The United Nations Defends NATO’s Premeditated Genocide in Syria | Global Research | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

The Brookings Institution in their “Middle East Memo #21: Saving Syria: Assessing Options for Regime Change (.pdf),” openly stated they sought to “bleed” Syria in purposefully protracted violence:

“The United States might still arm the opposition even knowing they will probably never have  sufficient power, on their own, to dislodge the Asad network. Washington might choose to do so simply in the belief that at least providing an oppressed people with some ability to resist their oppressors is better than doing nothing at all, even if the support provided has little chance of turning defeat into victory. Alternatively, the United States might calculate that it is still worthwhile to pin down the Asad regime and bleed it, keeping a regional adversary weak, while avoiding the costs of direct intervention.” -pages 8-9, Assessing Options for Regime Change, Brookings Institution.

Such documents completely contradict the public statements issued by the West, which attempt to portray their involvement in Syria as motivated by “humanitarian concerns,” “moral imperatives,” and the “promotion of democracy.” In reality, the goal is to prolong the violence as long as possible, expedite the loss of life, and to destroy the nation by fueling violent militants – just as it was the plan in 2007 when Hersh penned “The Redirection.” The sectarian component of the current conflict is not an unexpected result of violence that began only in 2011, it was an integral part of the West’s foreign policy since 2007.

The sectarian genocide in Syria was purposefully engineered by Western policy makers, and now is willfully covered up, spun, and excused by the UN and the Western mass media alike.

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Why Americans Don't Understand Palestine |

Why Americans Don't Understand Palestine | | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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This is not to say that media coverage of the Israel Palestine issue has not improved. Now, perhaps for the first time, Palestinians appear on network talk programs (Chris Hayes) and major radio outlets (NPR). It is important that Yousef Munayyer can be heard telling Democracy Now radio host Amy Goodman that to claim Israel is not occupying Gaza is like saying your goldfish are not under your control if you are not actually in the tank swimming with them.

The internet also has transformed the U.S. media landscape, on no issue more than Israel-Palestine. Nevertheless, most Americans do not seek news from specialized platforms. At a time when American politicians labor under all the constraints discussed above, the media’s omission of critical contextual information violates its mission to inform and educate.

In the very recent past, Americans paid a heavy price for ignorance about the Arab world—many of its leaders having been led to believe that an Iraq invasion force would be welcomed with rose petals. There are now ample reasons to fear that they are being misled again.

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