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jeudi 14 février 2008

Émission de L'Autre Monde du 14 février 2008: Kosovo. torture, mercenaires privés, Moyen-Orient




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L'Autre Monde 14 février 2008
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- Tour du monde avec Les Nouvelles Internationales.

- On fait le point sur la situation au Kosovo.

- Aussi au menu: dossier torture, mercenaires privés, Moyen-Orient



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


George Bush's grandfather, the late US senator Prescott Bush, was a director and shareholder of companies that profited from their involvement with the financial backers of Nazi Germany. The Guardian has obtained confirmation from newly discovered files in the US National Archives that a firm of which Prescott Bush was a director was involved with the financial architects of Nazism.



Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2007

Washington, DC –Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and prosecutes government corruption, today released its 2007 list of Washington’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians.” The list, in alphabetical order, includes:

1. Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY): In addition to her long and sordid ethics record, Senator Hillary Clinton took a lot of heat in 2007 – and rightly so – for blocking the release her official White House records.

2. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI)

3. Senator Larry Craig (R-ID)

4. Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA)

5. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R-NY)

6. Governor Mike Huckabee (R-AR):

7. I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby

8. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL): A “Dishonorable Mention” last year, Senator Obama moves onto the “ten most wanted” list in 2007. In 2006, it was discovered that Obama was involved in a suspicious real estate deal with an indicted political fundraiser, Antoin “Tony” Rezko. In 2007, more reports surfaced of deeper and suspicious business and political connections .

9. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA):

10. Senator Harry Reid (D-NV)

Judicial Watch is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Judicial Watch neither supports nor opposes candidates for public office. For more information, visit www.judicialwatch.org.


Hillary Clinton: A Bilderberg Presidency

While President Bush's approval rating falls to record lows, the torch is being prepared to pass on to Hillary Clinton, with full endorsement from the global elite. With support from European nobility, Clinton has been selected as the candidate of choice for the continuation of globalist policies.

... the same globalist policies that require Americans to lower their standard of living to match the rest of the world. You know, like Mexico.


Four More American Drug Planes Seized

Four more American-registered drug planes have been seized from the 50-plane fleet of drug running aircraft amassed by Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.


Inner Harbor incident hits Internet

A Baltimore police officer was suspended yesterday after a YouTube video surfaced on the Internet showing him berating and manhandling a teenage skateboarder at the Inner Harbor.


Why kids don't respect cops





Florida Deputies Dump Quadriplegic Man From Wheelchair

A veteran Florida sheriff's deputy is in hot water after she was caught on video dumping a quadriplegic man out of his wheelchair while he was being booked on Jan. 29, MyFOXTampaBay.com reported.

To protect and to serve.


(no name)">’Blair Government under police investigation for war crimes.’ Press Conference

John McDonnell MP, Chris Coverdale: International War Law Expert and Annie Machon of the Campaign to Make War History brief MPs and the media on allegations of war crimes committed against the people of Iraq by Britain’s former Prime Minister and former Attorney General.


Pioneering Blackwater Protesters Given Secret Trial and Criminal Conviction

It's not unusual for a judge to clear a courtroom when there is a disruption by the public. Nor is it rare for judges to try to prevent activists from turning the tables and attempting to put the government -- or in this case a mercenary company -- on trial. But witnesses that day report that there was no disruption -- and the defendants say they were immediately cut off when they strayed from the narrow scope of the trespass charge to discuss Blackwater's actions or the war. So why clear the courtroom? That may be a question for Judge Barnes in the end, but it's hard not to view his conduct through the same veil of secrecy that shrouds all of Blackwater's actions -- and the seemingly endless lengths to which the Bush administration will go to protect Blackwater.

It appears that Blackwater has some very good friends in very high places to engineer such an outcome of this trial.


Showdown in Blackwater's Backyard

Adame's recent public criticism of the private security industry's role in Iraq has caused him to become the target of a political attack from Blackwater. It all began in mid-January when Adame participated in a live question-and-answer forum on a North Carolina progressive blog called BlueNC. "People were writing in, and I was answering the questions," he says. "It just so happened that the first one was about Blackwater." He didn't mince words. "There is no place in the American force structure, or in American culture for mercenaries," he wrote on the blog. "They are guns for hire; No more, no less… Private Armies represent the very things we despise as a people. Servants to the highest bidder with true allegiance to no-one."

Adame is very fortunate that all he has received so far is hate mail for daring to question the use of contract mercenaries to augment US forces.


Waterboarding should be prosecuted as torture: U.N.


White House defends interrogation method

The White House on Wednesday defended the use of the interrogation technique known as waterboarding, saying it is legal — not torture as critics argue — and has saved American lives.

President Bush could authorize waterboarding for future terrorism suspects if certain criteria are met, a spokesman said.

So, there you have it: we torture, consider it legal, and the president believes he has the right to order it be done again.

The US should immediately unilaterally withdraw from any human rights treaty it has ever signed, just to be clear about the US position on torture.

And for all those who steadfastly claim that this practice is not torture, why don't you give it a try at one the US's "secret sites", and just get a real perspective on the process?


Waterboarding is legal, White House says

Everything Hitler did was legal, too.

Did that make it right?

Does the fact that Hitler declared everything he did to be legal grant absolution to the Germans of Nazi Germany who went along with what Hitler did ... because it was legal?

So, when George Bush says that torture is now legal in the United States, and you go along with that, what does that make you?


Justice Dept. 'Cannot' Probe Waterboarding, Mukasey Says

Testifying before the House Judiciary Committee, Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey said Justice Department lawyers concluded that the CIA's use of waterboarding in 2002 and 2003 was legal, and therefore the department cannot investigate whether a crime had occurred.

Everything Hitler did was legal too.


Bush administration acknowledges and defends use of torture technique

The White House publicly acknowledged on Wednesday that President Bush has authorized the use of waterboarding, and that he may do so again in the future.

"If it's good enough for the Nazis and the Inquisition, it's good enough for us! Also, it's very effective at washing away the blood from those, umm, other things." -- Official White Horse Souse


Cheney: 'Damn right' I back Bush use of waterboarding

Cheney said that he supported President Bush's national security decisions, which included the approval of waterboarding along with other harsh interrogation tactics. "I've been proud to stand by [Bush], by the decisions he's made," said Cheney, who then asked aloud, "Would I support those decisions today?"

"You're damn right I would," he answered himself, to loud cheers.


OK, it's out in the open: we torture.

The US has just joined the despicable ranks of such "human rights' espousing states" as Egypt, Syria, Kazakhstan, and Saudi Arabia.

So Vice President, let's take this all the way to its logical conclusion.

The executive branch of the government should now, immediately, withdraw from any human rights treaty we have ever signed.

Just get them out of the way, pronto, so the entire world can know just where we stand.

And by the way; by doing this, it means that any military of any country on the planet absolutely doesn't have to play by any humanitarian rules of engagement if they capture any of our military.

They now have an absolutely free pass to torture any captured member of our armed forces, because you have stated, very clearly, that this country tortures, and you endorse that.


White House pushes waterboarding rationale

After years of refusing public comment on a particularly harsh CIA interrogation method, top Bush administration officials have suddenly begun pressing a controversial argument that it was legal for the CIA to strap prisoners to a board and pour water over their face to make them believe they were being drowned.

Waterboarding, as we have known from the time of the Inquisition, doesn't really produce the truth: it produces whatever confession the torturer wants to hear.

After World War II, the practice was considered so heinous a violation of human rights that Japanese soldiers who waterboarded American soldiers were executed.

There is nothing which does not make this a heinous violation of human rights today. Not only has this practice tarred us morally; it has also destroyed the reputation of this country around the world.

It will be decades before this damage can be undone.



Hayden Admits: Contractors Lead 'Enhanced Interrogations' at CIA Black Sites

In testimony before the Senate Select Intelligence Committee, Director of Central Intelligence Mike Hayden admitted to using contractors for "enhanced interrogation" at the CIA's secret prisons, the so-called black sites.

"Hell, we outsource darn near everything else these days: why not torture, using the services of folks who REALLY know how to make it work?" - Official White Horse Souse.


CIA Likely Let Contractors Perform Waterboarding

The CIA's secret interrogation program has made extensive use of outside contractors, whose role likely included the waterboarding of terrorist suspects, according to testimony yesterday from the CIA director and two other people familiar with the program.

Well, I wonder how THAT looks on a resume!


US admiral confirms secret camp at Gitmo

Somewhere amid the cactus-studded hills on this sprawling Navy base, separate from the cells where hundreds of men suspected of links to al-Qaida and the Taliban have been locked up for years, is a place even more closely guarded — a jailhouse so protected that its very location is top secret.

You have to wonder just what is being done to these men, (and what the true circumstances of their incarceration are) that the military doesn't want anyone to know.


U.S. Troops Asked If They Would Shoot American Citizens

U.S. troops are being trained to conduct round-ups, confiscate guns and shoot American citizens, including their own friends and family members, as part of a long-standing program to prepare for the declaration of martial law, according to a soldier who recently returned from Iraq.


DHS Singles Out "Pregnant Women" As Likely Terrorists

The Department of Homeland Security has embarked on its latest bold move to eliminate terrorists from our midst and keep America safe, by advising law enforcement officials about a deadly new threat - pregnant women.

"The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is reminding law-enforcement officials of the increased use of female suicide bombers worldwide, and warning that women terrorists might hide explosives in devices “that mimic the look of a pregnant woman," reports NBC News.

This, obviously from the Department of......"You Can't This Stuff Up!"

But I can bet that it will make air travel for truly pregnant women that much more unpleasant than it already is, courtesy of the goons at TSA.


Haiti’s poor resort to eating mud as prices rise

With food prices rising, Haiti's poorest can't afford even a daily plate of rice, and some take desperate measures to fill their bellies.

Join Nato and we'll target missiles at Kiev, Putin warns Ukraine


Israel to destroy mosque because it doesn't have a buiding permit. It was erected - 700 years ago

The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Sheikh Muhammad Hussein has condemned a decision by Israeli authorities to demolish the Al-Omari mosque in the village of Umm Tuba near Jerusalem under the pretext that the building had been built without a license on Sunday.

Under this pretext, Israel could claim a "legal" right to demolish all the buildings on the Temple Mount.

By the way, can I see the Building Permit for the Wailing Wall?


Egypt threatens to break the legs of Gaza infiltrators

Egypt said on Thursday it would no longer tolerate Palestinians infiltrating the country from the Gaza Strip, and threatened to break the legs of anyone crossing the Rafah border illegally.

Egypt is the second largest recipient of United States military aid after Israel.

Put the two statements below together, and you understand the degree to which the US pulled Egypt's financial "choke chain" to get Egypt to take these measures.

Tel Aviv must be quite pleased with itself right now.

Gaza is back in the cage, just where Israel wants them.


Putting Gaza Back in the Cage

The all-too-brief moment of liberation for Gaza is over. The cage doors have been slammed shut, elopers shot, and air strikes on the captive population resumed. Israel's collective punishment having been sanctified by the Jerusalem-based Supreme Court last week (the reduction of power to Gaza begins today), and its past war crimes officially denied, the IDF can rampage through its open air prison at liberty. As often as it likes. The IDF are also looking at ways to stop anything like the breach of that wall ever happening again - bad example, you see.

Warning: VERY graphic slide show at the top of this article, depicting death, wounding, and devastation what little is left of shelter in Palestinian Gaza.

But please don't turn away: this is daily life for these people.

And the country that's doing this to the tune of 30 billion (that's billion with a b, folks) dollars' worth of American taxpayer aid?

Israel.

You have to wonder how just much of your tax dollars is going to support these kind of actions, if you are a thinking and moral person.


IDF to step up Gaza assassinations s

The Israel Defense Forces and the Shin Bet internal security service are preparing to step up assassinations against key Hamas figures in the Gaza Strip in response to the continued Qassam rocket attacks against Sderot. The renewed campaign of targeted killings is not likely, at this stage, to include members of the Hamas political leadership.

Translation: expect a whole lot of "collateral damage" in the not too distant future in Gaza.


Congress, using disinfo from MEMRI, set to cut Egypt's aid

Why would Israeli Lobby-controlled Congress cut aid to Egypt? The likely reason is explained in the following,"Egypt rejected an American-Israeli proposal to re-settle 800,000 Palestinians in Sinai." This also explains why Egypt's internet cable was cut.


Israel is holding 365 Palestinian children captive in its prisons

The Palestinian Center for Detainees’ Studies issued a press release on Monday revealing that Israel is currently holding more than 365 Palestinian children captive in its prisons, including 100 children who are 13-15 years old.


Israeli planes violate Lebanese airspace

Israeli fighter jets and scouting planes violated Lebanese airspace on Thursday and flew over a number of areas, according to the Lebanese Army.


Is the US Getting Ready to Strike Pakistan?

“Pakistan rejected on Saturday a U.S. official’s assertion that al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Omar are operating from Pakistani territory.“A senior U.S. administration official told reporters in Washington Bin Laden, his deputy Ayman al-Zawahri and others were operating out of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas bordering Afghanistan.

Man, that dead guy (bin Laden) sure gets around!

This accusation may be infinitely more for American domestic consumption (as if we have not been fed enough lies already) to prepare them for some kind of a military attack inside Pakistan, whether the Pakistani government wants it or not.

Right now, the question appears to be more "when" than "if" such a attack will take place.


New Paris Hilton Movie Not So 'Hottie'

Paris' film made just $25,000 in its opening weekend. I think "Plan 9 From Outer Space" just lost the "worst movie of all time" crown.

Normally, I would not waste precious WRH space on Paris, but I think this box office bomb underscores a point. Paris was a celebrity only insofar as the mainstream media made her one. The mainstream media in its usual arrogance assumed that if they declared Paris to be important to America, Paris would BE important to America.

On that score, both Paris and the mainstream media have utterly failed. Nobody is buying what the media is selling. $25,000 for an opening weekend, even for February (when the worst movies are released) is a disaster no matter how you look at it. Despite the opening paragraph of this article, the fact is that America is NOT buying Paris, or little of anything with Paris' brand on it.

In the age of the internet, people have realized that they decide for themselves what concerns them, and Paris and Brittney and Lindsey are nowhere near as important as a President who lied us all into a war and along the way trashed the economy. The girls cannot jiggle us out of that mess, therefore they are in the greater scheme of things, irrelevant.


ElBaradei reports "good progress" on settling Iranian nuclear dispute

The IAEA chief urged "confidence-building" talks between the West and Iran.

He stressed confidence could only be restored through "direct talks."


Iran has capacity to produce nuclear arms: US intelligence

Notice the timing: this gentleman's testimony comes just a couple of weeks before ElBaradei's IAEA report.

This means that no matter how thorough, thoughtful, and correct ElBaradei's report will be, the US has set in motion a tactic by which to repudiate it completely.

One has to wonder if this is the justification Bush will use to order a pre-emptive attack on Iran.


Biofuels make greenhouse gases worse, scientists say

Almost all biofuels used today cause more greenhouse-gas emissions than conventional fuels if the full emissions costs of producing these "green" fuels are taken into account, two studies published Thursday have concluded.


Hydrogen ship soon to set sails

n a few weeks time, the Icelandic whale watching ship Elding will become the world’s first hydrogen-powered commercial ship, transporting Iceland one step further from fossil fuels.

Hydrogen will initially only be used to power the vessel’s lighting system, but it marks an important first step in Iceland’s goal of converting their entire transportation system to hydrogen by the year 2050.

Well done, Iceland.

It's nice to know that there are some countries out there with a "can-do" attitude about getting away from fossil fuels.

And notice that it was a public/private venture which made this happen.


RIAA Plans to Cut Artist Royalties

The rather loathed RIAA, most recently infamous for pressuring Congress to pass the PRO-IP Act, has now turned its unwanted attention upon the very people the group ostensibly exists to protect. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The RIAA is now pressing to lower the royalty payments made to musicians and artists for music tracks sold via digital distribution. Though the actual artists who make the music are presently entitled to just 13% of wholesale, the RIAA thinks they should receive only 9%.


RIAA chief calls for copyright filters on PCs


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