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Oho! said the pot to the kettle;
You are dirty and ugly and black!
Sure no one would think you were metal,
Except when you’re given a crack!

Not so! said the kettle to the pot;
Tis your own dirty image you see;
For I am so clean – without blemish or blot –
That your blackness is mirrored in me!

-Maxwell’s Elementary Grammar

So, Obama admits “we tortured some folks” referring to Diane Feinstein’s Senate committee (in a recent spat with John Brennan’s CIA) will be releasing (a much redacted) report on ‘black site’ jails. So, what is wrong with this picture?

1) This a classic case of softening the narrative.

Firstly, Brennan had been up to his armpits (thank you Glenn Greenwald, for this 2008 article) in the Bush torture program, keeping in mind the mentioned Senate report had been completed prior to Feinstein voting to confirm John Brennan to Director of CIA:

MARGARET WARNER: “So is it — are you saying both in two ways — both in getting terrorists off the streets and also in the interrogation?

JOHN BRENNAN:Yes. The rendition is the practice or the process of rendering somebody from one place to another place. It is moving them and the U.S. Government will frequently facilitate that movement from one country to another. . . .

“Also I think it’s rather arrogant to think we’re the only country that respects human rights. I think that we have a lot of assurances from these countries that we hand over terrorists to that they will, in fact, respect human rights”

How absolutely unwise of Brennan to use the Egypt example (keep reading) in the cause of renditions he supports, because his CIA proxy interrogator (torture darling) in Egypt at the time was Omar Sulieman:

“Shortly after 9/11, Australian citizen, Mamdouh Habib, was captured by Pakistani security forces and, under US pressure, tortured by Pakistanis. He was then rendered (with an Australian diplomats watching) by CIA operatives to Egypt, a not uncommon practice. In Egypt, Habib merited Suleiman’s personal attention. As related by Richard Neville, based on Habib’s memoir:

Habib was interrogated by the country’s Intelligence Director, General Omar Suleiman…. Suleiman took a personal interest in anyone suspected of links with Al Qaeda. As Habib had visited Afghanistan shortly before 9/11, he was under suspicion. Habib was repeatedly zapped with high-voltage electricity, immersed in water up to his nostrils, beaten, his fingers were broken and he was hung from metal hooks.

“That treatment wasn’t enough for Suleiman, so:

To loosen Habib’s tongue, Suleiman ordered a guard to murder a gruesomely shackled Turkistan prisoner in front of Habib – and he did, with a vicious karate kick.

“After Suleiman’s men extracted Habib’s confession, he was transferred back to US custody, where he eventually was imprisoned at Guantanamo. His “confession” was then used as evidence in his Guantanamo trial”

Yeah, this is the guy [Brennan] who supports rendering to torture (with a wink and a nod called human rights ‘assurances’ by Brennan) Feinstein then voted to confirm as Director of CIA, the same CIA that she’d recently been in a spat with over release of a torture report compiled and completed by her own committee prior to her vote confirming Brennan.

Softening the narrative means (without saying) ‘we’ did not torture Mamdouh Habib, the Egyptians did.’ Obviously this case will not be in a report about CIA ‘black site’ jails because Omar Suliman’s medieval dungeon was not run by the CIA and limited to stress positions, beatings, wall slamming, water-boarding, loud music and sleep deprivation. We merely delivered the material to Sulieman so he could deliver the product; ‘evidence’ for Guantanamo trials.

And when Brennan went on (in the previously linked, at paragraph 3, Greenwald article) to state:

“And there are different ways to gain those assurances. But also let’s say an individual goes to Egypt because they’re an Egyptian citizen and the Egyptians then have a longer history in terms of dealing with them, and they have family members and others that they can bring in, in fact, to be part of the whole interrogation process”

Do you suppose Brennan’s cynically referring to this statement in a Human Rights Watch report?

“…[Egyptian] techniques include threats to inflict torture or sexual abuse on detainees’ female family members, including wives, threats to arrest family members, exposure to screams…’

John Brennan is the very same man Obama has met with on ‘kill list Tuesdays’ for years and they decide together who will be subjected to extra-judicial assassinations. Sort of like the Christmas song lyrics ‘he knows when you are sleeping, he knows when you’re awake, he knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake.’ That’s what happens when you don’t put evidence in front of a competent court, a value judgment. Only now it’s beyond torture, it’s about killing people.

Who did Feinstein vote to confirm to the Federal Appeals court? David Barron, author of Obama’s ‘murder is legal’ theory. Nothing quite like putting people complicit in your crimes on the courts but that is what Obama has done with the generous support of Senator Feinstein:

“The most troubling issue in David Barron’s record is his role as the author of the legal opinion that justified what is rather coldly referred to as “extrajudicial killing” by the United States federal government. Put more plainly, David Barron concocted a legal justification for President Barack Obama, so that the President could order the U.S. military to execute American citizens, because of suspicion of criminal behavior, without any trial or due process”

Recalling Bush had nominated ‘torture is legal’ Jay Bybee to the Federal bench, let’s go to the thought Senator Feinstein never encountered a 1st, 4th or 5th Amendment FISA violation she did not like, until it was the CIA spying on her committee staff. Then, Feinstein changed the label, in her case these violations are not ok because they are suddenly ‘separation of powers’ violations. The clear indication, based on her record is, violations of the American peoples’ rights are ok, just don’t violate the rights of Feinstein. Reinforcing this would be, Feinstein voted to confirm Valerie Caproni as a federal judge; the very same woman [Caproni] who’d when the FISA Court had rejected a surveillance request, had gone ahead and authorized her FBI agents to target the victim regardless. In all, over the courts first thirty three years, the FISA court had granted 33,942 warrants, with only 11 denials. Let’s make that a de facto 10 denials, recalling the Bush FBI lawyer Caproni nominated to be a federal judge by Obama, with Feinstein voting in favor.

Softening the narrative is solely what’s happening with the ‘we tortured some folks’ confession of Obama, who has never brought a single prosecution, rather appointing, with the staunch support of Feinstein, the complicit criminals to power, Brennan to Director of CIA, as well Barron and Caproni to become Federal judges. The facts surrounding CIA delivering Mamdouh Habib to Omar Sulieman’s dungeon will not be delved into, nor will what must be the many cases more of delivering renditioned ‘detainees’ to 3rd party torture along the lines of slicing Binyam Mohamed’s penis and testicles:

“torture that included slicing his genitals with a scalpel after being rendered to foreign interrogators”

Nor will Brennan, Barron, Bybee or Caproni be prosecuted. Oh, and lest we forget, the few unredacted CIA ‘black site’ details that emerge will absolutely pale when compared to General Petraeus complicity in CIA ‘dirty wars’ style torture camps and death squads documented by the Guardian, and altogether ignored by Feinstein’s torture committee:

That’s your ‘hope and change’ folks. It’s called softening the narrative, a psychological ploy intended to assuage public sentiment with a minimal admission of crimes past, in midst of ongoing crimes spree .. all the while packing the federal judiciary with personalities complicit in the crimes, as well, consider this following (10 December 2014 update)

“119” renditioned ‘black site’ prisoners (the number given in the now released report) certainly can’t be squared with 11,000 (eleven thousand) flights by planes known to have flown CIA renditions, Feinstein’s ‘torture report’ is not credible because the disparity in the math is too great:

Reorganizing Murder Inc

Leopards don’t shed their spots, folks. What’s being covered-up prima facie is, a whole lot of ‘disappeared’ people along the lines of the South American juntas during the CIA’s Latin America ‘dirty wars’

Related: Square Pegs in Round Holes How the renditions math doesn’t add up

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A Sociopaths & Democracy project

Observation: So long as political lies are a protected form of speech as opposed to felonies, democracy is only as factual as any liar(s) controlling the apparatus of state-

When politicians serve up a platter of lies to the world, as Obama, Cameron and Hollande have presented what is happening in Syria, who then are we to think democracy is superior to a dictator? The soon to more than 100,000 dead Syrians and already over one million refugees, are by far more the work of western democracies paramilitary intelligence operations than Assad’s so-called Arab Spring ‘crackdown’ which would have been long over were it not for ‘democracies’ support for the ‘resistance.’ In fact, ‘democracy’ has already murdered more Syrians, by far, than Assad, left alone, ever would have. But first, a thumbnail sketch of what can only be described as an Arab Spring sandstorm, a literally blinding event.

Our fable begins with WikiLeaks and released diplomatic cables as the demiurge creating a universal movement for democracy in the Arab world. Meanwhile, Julian Assange has been the house guest of Miss Egypt, that nations number one corporate prostitute whose commercial sponsor (Pantene) ties directly to Procter and Gamble, a major supporter of FOX NEWS. Amy Goodman sucks up Assange’s story of Miss Egypt’s concerns for social justice and how he managed live with her literally wedged into American security, and what he was up to unbeknownst to them:

Amy Goodman: “You lived in Egypt for a time”

Julian Assange: “I lived in Egypt during 2007, so I’m familiar with the Mubarak regime and the tensions within the Egyptian environment. Actually, I was staying at the time, rather unusual circumstance, I was staying in Ms. Egypt’s house. And, Ms. Egypt’s house – other than having paintings of Ms. Egypt all throughout – was clustered right between the U.S. Embassy and the U.N. High Commission with a van outside fueled with 24 soldiers in front of my front door. So, for the type of work we were doing, this seemed to be the ultimate cover to be nested right amongst this”

NOT. You don’t live with neo-conservative Procter and Gamble’s premier Arab World corporate prostitute located between buildings crawling with American, United Nations, and Egyptian security & intelligence, other than with an official nod of approval. I think we’ll find out now who was ‘providing cover.’

How did Egypt’s ‘Spring’ pan out? Known CIA front ‘Freedom House’ (ever since rogue CIA officer Phillip Agee, among others, had fingered the agitators behind so-called ‘color revolutions’) and associated organizations such as the National Democratic Institute, had been training the leadership of the initial secular student and youth movement, with apple technology for revolutionary coordinating purposes. Meanwhile, the Mubarak regime had been provided all the necessary electronic snooping technology to analyze, identify and isolate the secular movement’s leadership, they were rounded up and sent off to USA torture darling Omar Sulieman’s jails. The Muslim Brotherhood stepped in and hijacked the revolution they had initially refused to support, together with taking over the new constitutional process, perfectly happy the secular movement had been marginalized for them. The Brotherhood now wrote the secular movement out of the ‘democratic’ process. The result being, the USA does business in Egypt with the Muslim Brotherhood as the ‘legitimate’ government. Meanwhile, the predecessor Mubarak regime’s CIA ‘renditions to torture’ darling Omar Sulieman falls ‘ill’ and is whisked away to the United States for treatment where he dies, silencing a seriously problematic witness. With friends like the CIA…

Now, let’s move over to Libya. Gaddafi is a problem for France and Britain because after his ‘rehabilitation’, he’s not buying high end weapons packages to enrich those nations armaments industries and after all, Gaddafi has maintained his relationships with Syria and Iran. Other than torturing CIA and British MI6 renditioned prisoners, the new business arrangement with Libya is not working out.

Gaddafi is not handing over his oil industry for thorough exploitation, he’s kept Libya out of debt to the IMF, so no leverage there. Libyans live in a society approaching the American middle class standard of living. If you’re not particularly political, you have no problems, there is freedom to travel abroad, free university , women’s emancipation that is radical by Arab world standards and Libya is stable. But it is ‘spring time’ in the Arab world and Gaddafi is not performing political fellatio on the western democracies. Suddenly there is armed resistance in the vicinity of the border with Egypt, France’s neo-con ‘moral conscience’, Bernard-Henri Lévy, gives Nicolas Sarkozy a political blow-job, claiming a failure to intervene in Libya for ‘humanitarian’ reasons “would be a stain on the flag of France.” Sarkozy calls Hillary Clinton and not long after, the cruise missiles are raining down.

The result? Libya is a collection of competing tribal militias, standard of living, free travel and women’s emancipation vanished, Christine Lagarde, at the International Monetary Fund, spontaneously orgasms her pants at the IMF’s prospective new bond servant, Libya’s arsenal is scattered with western intelligence agencies delivering the one half of Gaddafi’s surplus weapons to ‘rebels’ in Syria, the other half of the weapons have found their way into the hands of jihadis across North Africa and a direct result is the war in Mali and more to come across the region and with no end in sight. Oh, but the Pentagon apologizes for failing to instill any standard of human decency in the Malian army it had trained, as that army goes on a war crimes rampage. “We’re sorry.”

Meanwhile, in Bahrain, the majority Shia population is brutally repressed and the USA wrings its hands and sheds a crocodile tear for public consumption as doctors and nurses who’d dared to treat wounded protestors are jailed for decades and the USA’s 5th Fleet remains securely ensconced there. This is because there will be ZERO actual pressure brought to bear on the corrupt sheik’s ruling minority, when neighboring Wahabi Saudi Arabia is the western democracies enforcer, with weapons and intelligence supplied by, you might have guessed it, none other than the very same western democracies, propping up Bahrain.

Now we can arrive back at Syria where the three stooges, the USA, France and Britain, all have had ongoing paramilitary intelligence operations employed to foment revolution to overthrow Assad since the beginning of the so-called ‘Arab Spring.’ The result? The soon to be 100,000 dead Syrians, with one million refugees already, projected to swell to three million refugees within a year, sectarian civil war, atrocities on all sides and extreme jihadis are the most competent, disciplined and well armed of the so-called ‘rebel’ (actually mercenary) militias. These extreme Wahabi  ‘Salafi’ sect are drawn out of Al Qaida ranks in neighboring Iraq, and had been armed by the western democracies allies Qatar & Saudi Arabia. All initially organized via intelligence operations sourced in the USA, France and Britain.

Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Save the Children, all cheer this ‘humanitarian violence’ on with finger pointing at the Syrians and the Assad regime particularly, but nothing is said about the underlying cause and here is why; former Amnesty International (USA) board director Francis Boyle had stated:

My conclusion was that a high-level official of Amnesty International at that time, whom I will not name, was a British intelligence agent. Moreover, my fellow board member, who also investigated this independently of me, reached the exact same conclusion. So certainly when I am dealing with people who want to work with Amnesty in London, I just tell them, “Look, just understand, they’re penetrated by intelligence agents, U.K., maybe U.S., I don’t know, but you certainly can’t trust them

In fact these human rights agencies are shilling propaganda at the populace of the western democracies on behalf of the very people who’d initiated, and are largely responsible for, the travesty of Syria. How sorely these intelligence co-opted ‘humanitarian’ agencies need us to perceive Assad as the sole or at least primary responsible monster, because:

The western democracies having had already arranged for the ‘rebels’ to be armed and the result is Islamists empowered and now they have to find a way out of the  fine and deadly chaos the USA, France and Britain had created when it turns out Syria has not only been destroyed by their incompetent endeavors, but their by far more dangerous (than Assad ever was) enemy presently has the upper hand to gain control in the final outcome. But if you buy this line of patent BS that ‘secular rebels’ need strengthening, you not only assure the downfall of Assad, you also plunge Syria into a post Assad regime civil war with no end in sight. The Saudi (Wahabi) support for the Western democracies meddling in Syria has its own agenda, the Saudi alliance with the Western democracies is one of in bed together for self serving interests, and has nothing to do with common values. The western democracies militarily prop up a corrupt Saudi regime with medieval social values and the democracies are assured their addiction to oil is not threatened. Employing Qatar and the Saudis to launder weapons to Syrian ‘rebels’ was the leadership of the western democracies begging for an anal rape by a misogynist, gynophobic regime with a mentality firmly rooted in the dark ages.

Other than Wahabi jihadis, the winners in this wanton murder of the people of Syria are those corporate boards that sponsor the likes of Julian Assange’s liaison ‘Miss Egypt’ and FOX NEWS. ‘Christian Dominion’ corporate board personalities you commonly see at The Federalist Society, with names like Dick Cheney, Shannen Coffin, John Roberts and Condoleezza Rice. People like Blackwater’s ‘ethics advisor’ John Ashcroft, anywhere and everywhere profit from chaos enriching criminals believing in fascism, these people feel justified and blessed.

Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and Save the Children see the money pour in as highly placed officials in those organizations draw a second salary from intelligence agencies, and so they are blessed as well.

And not only neo-cons but neo-liberal serial-killers of nations Hillary Clinton and ‘middle east envoy’ Tony Blair who concealed his conversion to Catholic fundamentalism from the British people until he was out of office. He must be having wet dreams over Syria and wishing he could climb into bed with Cameron.

The armaments industry is blessed. The private security modern mercenary industry, employing ‘Christian Dominion’ commandos who are veterans of the western democracies special operations forces are blessed. Since Iraq, prospective business has never looked this good.

The nearly twenty thousand extreme ‘Christian Dominion’ fundamentalist members of the “Officers’ Christian Fellowship” whose senior members control the Pentagon, as documented by the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, are feeling exceedingly blessed. Their apocalyptic vision of Armageddon precipitating the literal return of Jesus seems within reach. The likes of American Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice, who never encountered a proposed intervention she did not approve and will go on to become ultra rich in the private/corporate security apparatus, are blessed. People who either believe in or would profit from literal Armageddon, feel blessed.

In the end, ‘Le grand canard’ is an interesting expression, possible translations from the original French could include; ‘a big duck’, ‘the great hoax’ or ‘a grand fable.’

The Arab Spring overall, meets the definition ‘great hoax’ and the present public posturing (political lies) of Barack Obama, David Cameron and Francois Hollande, claiming a sudden and urgent need to arm the ‘rebels’, as though they had not arranged this already, precisely meets the definition of a ‘grand fable.’ Or perhaps merely a collective insanity in a nuclear armed world led by mediocre mentalities whose claims to leadership are founded on little more than an incompetent and self-serving narcissism.

And the biggest ‘duck’ in all of this is WikiLeaks, the factual outcomes point to WikiLeaks as a criminal enterprise unleashing chaos. Who has actually profited from the actions of WikiLeaks? Neo-con corporate boards populated by personalities who proliferate weapons sales worldwide. Police state apparatus with renewed/accelerated geo-political instability justifying greater ‘security’ expenditures via rationale of social disorder and attending ‘terror’ fear-mongering. All of the preceding overlapping at “The Family” of “C Street” infamy, whose ‘Christian Dominion’ personalities are as insane as Hitler’s inner circle ever were, now more firmly entrenched than ever, and forever indebted to Julian Assange.

I would suppose the typical western mentality would normally, happily, imagine ‘Spring’ to be a time of blossoming landscapes. But they have failed to recognize any ‘Arab Spring’ is a season and geography of sandstorms.

C’est la vie –

Analysis by open source intelligence method with multiple confirming sources

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The Arab Spring for Dummies

Overview Egypt, Libya & Syria

Egypt Round Two The Generals take it back

Syria Part One Al Jazeera (Stooge TV)

Syria Part Two Chemical Madness

Syria Part Three  Obama-McCain-al Qaida alliance

Syria Part Four Syria, al Qaida & Iraq

The Islamic State for Dummies The K.I.S.S. principle

NATO, God & Military Mafia Islamic State for Dummies Part 2

 

 

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Ronald Thomas West is a former U.S. intelligence professional

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Related:

WikiLeaks and Spy Agencies

Recommended articles:

BBC pretends the west is not arming Al Qaida (political spin)

New York Times admits the USA armed Al Qaida (weapons laundered through Saudi Arabia)

Books:

“The Least Of All Possible Evils: Humanitarian Violence From Arendt to Gaza” by Eyal Weizman

“C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy” by Jeff Sharlet

“No Snowflake in an Avalanche” by Mikey Weinstein

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