IF CHARLIE HEBDO ATTACK WAS A STRIKE AGAINST FREE SPEECH, WHY IS THE RESPONSE MORE SURVEILLANCE?

LONDON GUARDIAN OPED

Jan 10, 2015

IF CHARLIE HEBDO ATTACK WAS A STRIKE AGAINST FREE SPEECH, WHY IS THE RESPONSE MORE SURVEILLANCE?

By Trevor Timm

Let’s not avenge the deaths of journalists by trying tTrevor-Timm-Ro curtail the very rights for which the world has praised them

Here are some excerpts from Mr Timm’s excellent column…

“the threat of terrorism has led to draconian laws all over the world over the last decade – but this time around, the speed and breadth by which politicians praised free speech out of one side of their mouths, while moving to curtail rights out of the other, has been quite breathtaking.”

“Former NSA director (and prolific liar) Michael Hayden went on national television to argue the NSA collecting the phone records of every single American “doesn’t look so scary now”, despite the reality that its decade-old mass surveillance program that violates the privacy of hundreds of millions of people every day has never having stopped a terrorist attack.”

“Similarly, the New York Post called on the NYPD to re-institute its suspicionless surveillance program that blanketed the city’s entire Muslim population, while forgetting to mention that in the years it was active, the program never produced a single promising lead, let alone stopped an attack.”

“And Fox News was wall-to-wall “more guns, more surveillance, more race profiling”.

READ MORE…
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jan/10/charlie-hebdo-attack-free-speech-surveillance?CMP=ema_565

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NO MORE…Free speech 3

HE HAD WARNED US…Free speech header

HE HAD DECEIVED US… Free speech header 2

AND THE BEAT GOES ON…

 

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CRIMINAL GOVERNMENT

Inside the CIA

CRIMINAL GOVERNMENT

IF JUSTICE IS REALLY BLIND, SENIOR BUSH AND OBAMA ADMINISTRATION OFFICIALS MUST NOW BE BROUGHT TO JUSTICE

What the world learned yesterday about the US government’s torture practices makes Watergate seem like a tempest in a teapot.

Impeachment? How about prosecution and imprisonment of those responsible for writing this dark chapter of American history. For, The CIA torture practices would have made Gestapo proud.

And not just the Bush administration officials are to blame. See below how Obama’s White House also stonewalled Senate Committees REPEATED requests for Information in 2013.

Which is why we need an independent Special Prosecutor to prosecute the criminals in our government. Several US and international agencies have already called for it, too.

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Human Rights Watch, for example, is one of them. They also called on Obama to appoint a special prosecutor.

“The Senate report summary should forever put to rest CIA denials that it engaged in torture, which is criminal and can never be justified,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “The report shows the repeated claims that harsh measures were needed to protect Americans are utter fiction.”

“Unless this important truth-telling process leads to prosecution of officials, torture will remain a ‘policy option’ for future presidents.” HRW said in its today’s release (see http://www.hrw.org/node/131091).

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Here’s an excerpt from the 500-page Executive Summary of the actual declassified Senate report:

“This Committee Study documents the abuses and countless mistakes made between late 2001 and early 2009… The Study describes the history of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program from its inception to its termination, including a review of each of the 119 known individuals who were held in CIA custody.”

Which means that as horrific and widespread the CIA’s torture practices have been, they are only a fraction of the criminal practices what the US government and its agents carried out.

Here’s a quote from the footnote of Page 9 of 299 of the Executive Summary:

“The report does not review CIA renditions for individuals who were not ultimately detained by the CIA, CIA interrogation of detainees in U.S. military custody, or the treatment of detainees in the custody of foreign governments, as these topics were not included in the Committee’s Terms of Reference.”

Bush Addams family

FORGET “THE ADDAMS FAMILY”… We now have a new “reality TV” version of it

SENATOR MCCAIN ALSO CONDEMNS CIA TORTURE

I can’t think of many times in recent memory that I agreed with John McCain on any subject. In fact, I can’t think of ANY time during the last 25 years that the former Republican presidential candidate and I were on the same side of a political issue. Not since I told off the Senator face-to-face for his role in the “Keating Five” scandal (S&L era corruption case – “the only honest politician is the one who stays bought” – see “McCain: Our Fraud Hero“, Mar 2000).

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Well, yesterday, McCain surprised me. His personal experiences as a prisoner of war in Vietnam outweighed his Republican party loyalties. Speaking on the Senate floor on Dec 9, McCain said those…

,,,(CIA) security policies “stained our national honor, did much harm and little good.”

Saying that “the truth is sometimes a hard pill to swallow,” an emotional Sen. John McCain, subjected to torture himself, praised the release on Tuesday of a report on CIA torture of terrorist suspects.

Check out this story, including a video of McCain’s speech, on USATODAY.com: http://usat.ly/1D4rwCk

OBAMA’S STONEWALLING

Nor were such criminal activities limited to just the Bush Administration.

Here’s another quote from the footnote of Page 9 of 299 of the Executive Summary about how Obama’s White House Also Stonewalled Senate Committees Repeated Requests for Information in 2013:

“The Committee did not have access to approximately 9,400 CIA documents related to the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program that were withheld by the White House pending a determination and claim of executive privilege. The Committee requested access to these documents over several years, including in writing on January 3, 2013, May 22, 2013, and December 19, 2013. The Committee received no response from the White House.”

lady-scales-of-justice-peeking Obama’s Miss Justice (left) Miss Justice

Nor did Obama take any action after a four-year investigation by his own Justice Department:

“From January 2, 2008, to August 30, 2012, the Department of Justice conducted a separate investigation into various aspects of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, with the possibility of criminal prosecutions of CIA personnel and contractors.”

NO SUCH CRIMINAL PROSECUTIONS TOOK PLACE

And since silence implies acquiescence, this makes Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder also culpable as accessories to CIA/Bush crimes.

READ MORE…

http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2014/dec/10/cia-torture-report-reaction-live#block-548851c2e4b05bb5eb71a9c1

UN report: http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=49560#.VIhrMWTF95k

You can download the full 500-page Executive Summary at this link: file:///Users/altzar/Downloads/249652086-Senate-Torture-Report.pdf