CIA torture report cover-up


This video from the United States Senate says about itself:

Feinstein: CIA Spied on Intelligence Committee (Full Speech)

11 March 2014

Senate Intelligence Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein on Tuesday accused the CIA of spying on her committee’s computers without authorization — in possible violation of the law and the Constitution — and suggested the CIA may have also tried to engage in an effort to intimidate her staff.

Read the full story here.

From the Huffington Post in the USA:

Torture Report Fight Erupts In Chaos

Posted: 11/20/2014 6:11 pm EST Updated: 11/20/2014 6:28 pm EST

WASHINGTON — Before White House chief of staff Denis McDonough came to brief Senate Democrats on Thursday afternoon, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) had a little pep talk with his flock. Every Tuesday, during the weekly caucus lunches, he said, you all gripe and moan about the White House. But then when the White House comes by, there’s never a peep.

The talk may not have been necessary. The White House’s briefing to Democrats on immigration Thursday erupted instead into a confrontation over the Senate’s classified torture report, Senate sources told The Huffington Post.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, waited for the immigration discussion to end and then pulled out a prepared speech that she read for five or six minutes, making the case for the release of the damning portrayal of America’s post-9/11 torture program. …

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), who served as intelligence committee chair before Feinstein, was furious after the meeting, and accused the administration of deliberately stalling the report.

“It’s being slow-walked to death. They’re doing everything they can not to release it,” Rockefeller told HuffPost.

“It makes a lot of people who did really bad things look really bad, which is the only way not to repeat those mistakes in the future,” he continued. “The public has to know about it. They don’t want the public to know about it.”

As negotiations continue, Rockefeller said Democrats were thinking creatively about how to resolve the dispute. “We have ideas,” he said, adding that reading the report’s executive summary into the record on the Senate floor would probably meet with only limited success. “The question would be how much you could read before they grabbed you and hauled you off.”

Besides Rockefeller, Sens. Martin Heinrich (N.M.), Ron Wyden (Ore.), Mark Udall (Colo.) and Mark Warner (Va.) all spoke up in defense of Feinstein, a source with knowledge of the situation said.

Senate Democrats have for years been pursuing an accounting of the acts committed in the name of the United States after the Sept. 11 attacks. Having finished preparing a 6,000-page report, Democrats are now locked in a struggle with the White House over releasing even a redacted summary.

Feinstein had hoped to release the summary during the summer, but has clashed with the White House over the use of aliases for CIA officials mentioned in the report. …

Rockefeller said the administration’s unwillingness to use aliases reflects a broader contempt for congressional oversight.

“The White House doesn’t want to release this. They don’t have to. And all we do is oversight, and they’ve never taken our oversight seriously,” he said. (He then added that he did allow for one exception, the Church Committee.) “Under Bush there was no oversight at all. Remember the phrase, ‘Congress has been briefed’? What that meant was that I and our chairman [...] and two comparable people in the House had met with [former Vice President Dick] Cheney in his office for 45 minutes and given a little whirley birdie and a couple charts.”

“They had a specialty for being unforthcoming in our efforts at oversight,” he added, “and therefore there is no incentive for them to change their behavior.”

Democrats aren’t the only ones who want to see the report released. A number of Republicans, most of whom opposed the so-called “enhanced interrogation” techniques used at Guantanamo Bay and other facilities, also say America needs to come clean in order to restore its moral standing. …

Rockefeller said that the administration itself is the one doing harm to the nation. “They’re doing enormous damage to the country,” he said.

British nazis say vote UKIP


This video from London, England says about itself:

Neo-Nazi group Britain First ‘invade’ East London Mosque

19 May 2014

Sloppy Britain First members not only trampled all over our mosque’s prayer areas without removing their shoes, they also jumped a red light and parked illegally (before scarpering when a traffic officer arrived). Well, given the number of arrests Paul Golding is wracking up recently, perhaps no surprise there …

From the BBC in Britain today:

UKIP has its second elected MP at Westminster after Mark Reckless won the Rochester and Strood by-election.

Mr Reckless took 16,867 votes, 2,920 more than Conservative Kelly Tolhurst’s 13,947, with Labour’s Naushabah Khan on 6,713 – ahead of the Green Party.

The Lib Dems came fifth with their lowest vote total in a by-election.

Mr Reckless, whose defection from the Tories to UKIP triggered the contest in Kent, travelled soon after to London to take his seat in Parliament.

See also here.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Racist Britain First tells supporters to vote Ukip today

Friday 21st November 2014

Fascists back Farage’s mob

Racist party Britain First urged its supporters yesterday to vote for Ukip candidate Mark Reckless in the Rochester and Strood by-election.

In a polling day post on its Facebook page, the far-right group ordered fellow racists to “vote Ukip today.”

The post went on to explain that Mr Reckless had the best chance of winning the election for the right and claimed credit for his expected victory.

Britain First activists attempted to stage a second divisive march through Rochester on Saturday – but were faced down by some 300 local people.

Mr Reckless won enthusiastic support from the street gang just a day after declaring that immigrant workers could be deported if Britain left the EU.

Some United States cities even worse than Ferguson


This video from New York City in the USA is called Black Man KILLED After NYPD Cop Puts Him In CHOKEHOLD For Breaking Up a FIGHT.

From the Capital Times in Madison, Wisconsin, USA:

Black people more likely to get arrested in Madison than Ferguson, Mo.

21 hours ago • BRYNA GODAR

In Madison, black residents are arrested at a rate more than three times that in Ferguson, Missouri, according to an interactive tool created by USA Today.

The fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson by a white police officer this August sparked protests and unrest across the city. It has since become a focal point for critiques of racial disparities in policing.

USA Today’s searchable map compiles FBI arrest records across the country and found nearly 1,600 police departments where the racial disparity in arrests is more pronounced than Ferguson‘s. The Madison Police Department is one of them.

In Madison, the 2012 arrest rate per thousand residents for black people was 593.1. That’s nearly six arrests for every 10 black residents. For non-black residents, it was 61.9, or less than one arrest for every 10.

In Ferguson, those rates were 186.1 for black residents, and 66 for non-black residents.

The USA TODAY article says the country-wide disparities are easier to measure than they are to explain:

“They could be a reflection of biased policing; they could just as easily be a byproduct of the vast economic and educational gaps that persist across much of the USA — factors closely tied to crime rates. In other words, experts said, the fact that such disparities exist does little to explain their causes.”

The results are clear, however, that black people are much more likely to get arrested in most cities than any other racial group.

The majority of Wisconsin police departments included in the data also had greater disparities in arrests than Ferguson.

Milwaukee Police Department had an arrest rate of 312.3 for black residents and 64.6 for non-black residents, a disparity far lower than Madison’s but still higher than in Ferguson.

Middleton Police Department, meanwhile, had even higher disparity than Madison, with 810.2 for black residents and 83.6 for non-black residents.

In all, only 173 of the 3,538 police departments USA Today analyzed had arrest rates for black people equal to or lower than non-black people.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has expressed concerns privately to Missouri officials this week about their recent actions in advance of a grand jury’s decision in the Michael Brown case. A top aide to Holder called the office of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) earlier this week to express Holder’s displeasure and “frustration” that the governor had declared a state of emergency at a news conference and activated the National Guard in advance of the grand jury decision in the Ferguson shooting, expected to be announced in the next few days, according to a Justice Department official: here.

Ferguson people arrested again for protesting


A protester, who was among dozens demanding the criminal indictment of a white police officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in August, holds a U.S. flag upside down outside the Ferguson Police Station in Missouri, November 20, 2014. Credit: Reuters/Adrees Latif

From Reuters news agency:

Fri Nov 21, 2014 1:46am EST

Riot police arrested at least two demonstrators in Ferguson, Missouri, for a second night running as tensions simmer ahead of a grand jury decision in the case of a white officer who shot dead an unarmed black teenager in August.

The grand jury is deciding whether to charge officer Darren Wilson in the slaying of 18-year-old Michael Brown in the St. Louis suburb in a case that has exposed fresh strains in often-troubled race relations in the United States.

About a dozen protesters gathered again outside the police station in Ferguson in frigid conditions, sometimes blocking vehicles as they waved placards and chanted “Whose streets? Our streets!” and “Killer cops have got to go!”

Officers in helmets and shields were deployed after a commander told protesters not to block traffic. Brief scuffles broke out and at least one woman and a man were handcuffed and taken away.

The grand jury could continue meeting into January but a decision on the Brown case is expected by the end of November.

Activists wearing Guy Fawkes masks block traffic while protesting the shooting of Michael Brown, outside the Ferguson Police Station in Missouri, Nov. 19, 2014. Photo: Reuters

Darren Wilson doesn’t think he will face criminal charges in the death of Michael Brown, the Associated Press reports. Wilson, the white police officer who fatally shot 18-year-old Brown on Aug. 9, igniting a furor over race relations in Missouri and across the nation, could be indicted by a grand jury at any time: here.

DARREN WILSON CONTEMPLATING RESIGNATION Sources say the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in August is in talks to resign from the force. Many believe his final decision will hinge on whether he is indicted. Brown’s father released a video yesterday calling for peaceful protests in light of the upcoming verdict. [CNN]

Spanish military, war against Spanish people?


This video says about itself:

Spain and the Holocaust

9 October 2008

Maureen Tobin Stanley, associate professor of Spanish language, literature, and culture at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, spoke at Vanderbilt University Oct. 23 as part of the Holocaust Lecture Series.

Maureen Tobin Stanley has spent her career examining Spanish voices of resistance, exile and deportation. Though 10,000 to 15,000 Spaniards were imprisoned in Nazi camps with the implicit endorsement of Francisco Franco‘s regime, their experience in concentration camps has been largely suppressed. As part of contemporary Spain’s critical, literary, and current legislative drive to recover its democratic past and renounce Franco‘s totalitarianism, Stanley’s research seeks to demonstrate the cultural relevance of these frightening realities. Supporting contribution by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese.

By Vicky Short:

Spanish military prepares for domestic repression

20 November 2014

In response to the socially explosive conditions resulting from high unemployment, attacks on living standards and rising inequality, Spanish military units are being prepared for use in internal repression.

The Spanish digital daily, Público, recently revealed that around 200 soldiers from the Light Armoured Cavalry Regiment Lusitania No.8, based in Valencia, have been receiving special crowd control training, including the use of anti-riot equipment, by the military police.

One of the participants said that “they never explained what mission we needed this training for”. Another said, “People think that a lot of tension can be seen in the streets every day, that there is a lot of unrest … they tell us in the barracks that the National Police are overwhelmed, that it doesn’t have the means or the personnel.”

Sources at the barracks described the training as “strange and absolutely unprecedented,” but added, “We have to be prepared for everything, especially in these current times.”

“We do not remember the PM (military police) training soldiers before from other units to act as ‘anti-riot military police’ against civilians. … We believe that the military police are also doing this type of training in other barracks,” another said.

The sources reported that the training exercise became so violent and out of control, with several casualties, that it had to be stopped.

The Ministry of Defence sought to downplay the revelations, stating that training of the army in riot control was routine and had been going on for years. However, this attempt at reassuring the public was belied by further reports that about 50 soldiers had been interrogated for hours by officers demanding that they reveal the names of those who had made the revelations. At least one of the soldiers is facing expulsion from the army.

The training of army units in crowd control is based on the assumption that insurrectionary struggles are inevitable, because of the intolerable level of suffering the Spanish ruling class has imposed on the working class. The latest developments add to the series of counterinsurgency measures already adopted by the Popular Party (PP) government, including the purchase of new anti-riot equipment.

The new Citizens Security Law going through parliament and expected to be in force early next year will severely restrict the right to protest. Judges will be able to impose huge fines on protesters, particularly those outside Congress and other state institutions, and to fine anyone who distributes photographs of police brutality. The police will receive extra powers to enter and search property, demand identification papers and restrain those who refuse to produce them. The names and details of those penalised can be made public and if they are foreigners they can be deported.

Politicians from the main opposition Socialist Workers Party (PSOE) have been virtually silent about the Público reports, limiting themselves to putting down a question to the government asking for clarification. PSOE defence spokesman, Eduardo González, would not be drawn into any further comments other than stating, “What we need is to know more details and have some clear explanations”.

The historic role of the army in Spain, which in the 1936-1939 Spanish Civil War killed hundreds of thousands in a counterrevolutionary uprising led by General Francisco Franco, is well documented. The Spanish establishment is riddled with the heirs of the fascist regime that followed the Civil War. A few old surviving fascists even continued to hold the same positions in the armed bodies of the state.

Madrid is not alone. Throughout Europe the ruling class is once again preparing dictatorial forms of rule. In Greece, for example, the New Democracy/PASOK coalition government of Antonis Samaras, on three separate occasions, has placed striking workers under martial law and has repeatedly used police against strikers and has banned demonstrations.

In France, the unpopular Socialist Party government under President François Hollande launched a savage crackdown on protests sparked by the police murder of Rémi Fraisse, a 21-year-old environmental activist.

Greek demonstrators remember military dictatorship


Greek demonstrators last Monday

From daily News Line in Britain:

Thursday, 20 November 2014

35,000 MARCH ON 41 ANNIVERSARY OF ATHENS POLYTECHNIC UPRISING! – MASSES CALL TO OVERTHROW GOVERNMENT

OVER 35,000 university and school students, youth and workers joined the 41st Anniversary March of the Athens Polytechnic Uprising in Athens on Monday.

They were chanting slogans against NATO, the EU and the Greek coalition government, against imperialism and war, for the victory of Palestine, and for occupations to fight the government’s savage austerity policies.

Tens of thousands took part in rallies and marches held in all Greek cities. But the marches in all the major Greek cities were viciously attacked with tear-gas by the armed riot police squads, MAT, and the DIAS riot police on motorcycles.

Many demonstrators were injured and there were over 100 people arrested in Athens in a major police operation involving at least 5,000 police of all kinds.

The Athens city centre was saturated by police literally on every corner, with armed riot police in paramilitary brown or blue uniforms, ordinary police, plus plainclothes police in groups of four, checking youth searching their bags.

Despite the previous week’s MAT attacks on university and school students and the build up of an atmosphere of fear by the police and government, this year’s Polytechnic March in Athens attracted tens of thousands who kept on chanting anti-imperialist and anti-government slogans throughout the march.

At the front of the march the large Athens Polytechnic banner proclaimed: ‘Youth will live free – against oppression and terror – on November’s road we are fighting for Academic Asylum – Democracy – Rights – BreadEducation – Freedom – We are overthrowing the government – European Commission and IMF!’

Behind the large banner a smaller one stated: ‘The Army murders in war and in peace – We are not fighting for USA-European Commission-Greek Oligarchy’.

Behind the students’ contingents marched large contingents of school teachers, university lectures, university administrative workers and technicians, sacked teachers and school guards, a delegation of the sacked women cleaners, delegation of the sacked ERT radio and TV workers, and then ministries and local government employees.

These were followed by contingents of private section trades unions, political exiles, refugees‘ and migrants‘ organisations and political parties.

At the main Athens Syntagma square the march had to pass through a corridor with hundreds of riot police on both sides along with police buses.

But marchers were not intimidated and shouted ‘MAT and the police out of the march’, ‘MAT must be disbanded’ and ‘MAT you are pigs and murderers’.

When the head contingents of the march reached the dark American Embassy compound, the MAT riot police unleashed a co-ordinated attack with noise and lighting bombs, tear-gas canisters and their truncheons against contingents about half a mile away from the American Embassy.

According to eye witnesses, broadcast on radio and television, MAT attacked, shouting obscenities, making indecent signs with their hands, threatening with death women, truncheon hitting and kicking everyone in sight.

The march was broken into two, but demonstrators regrouped and marched to the US Embassy despite suffering from the tear-gas.

Once past the US Embassy the students’ contingents, about 10,000 people, turned to march back to the Polytechnic.

They were once again attacked by MAT riot police and they had to set rubbish bins on fire to protect themselves against the tear-gas and the DIAS riot police motorcycle attacks.

When students reached the Polytechnic area they were attacked again by MAT riot police who had also surrounded the Polytechnic campus so that no-one could enter.

As students tried to make their way into the Polytechnic the whole district was transformed into a battleground as MAT and DIAS squads went wild.

They hit anyone around with their truncheons, including a German stranded student, and smashed their way into shops and apartment blocks.

Tens of thousands gathered in Athens and in cities throughout Greece on Monday to commemorate the anniversary of the student uprising at the Athens Polytechnic in 1973. The uprising was brutally crushed on November 17, 1973, by the military junta ruling Greece 41 years ago: here.