Guess Who Else Tortured People Like the CIA Did—Soviets and Nazis — War Is Boring — Medium

Torture has once again pitted the neocons against humans……..there will be those that feel it was a good thing and then those that feel it is a desperate act of barbarity….

There have been some prime examples of how torture worked and its desired effects…….

First let me say…..If you have never experienced torture then your opinion is NOTHING!

 

Guess Who Else Tortured People Like the CIA Did—Soviets and Nazis — War Is Boring — Medium.

A History of the C.I.A.’s Secret Interrogation Program – NYTimes.com

Years ago the subject of torture was a hot button issue and then like all other hot button issues it fell be the wayside to make room for something m,ore important….like the Kardashians or something equally as mind numbing….

And then the debate was resurrected with the torture report out of the Senate.

Just to help people catch up there is a historical timeline that can help those that want to understand….

 

A History of the C.I.A.’s Secret Interrogation Program – NYTimes.com.

Another One Bites The Dust

After so many years since the end of WW2 you would think that most of the “bad guys’ were dead and gone…..well most are but there are still a few that few still at large waiting their demons to catch up with them…..and another bites the dust…..Alois Brunner is dead, dead, dead………

The world’s most-wanted Nazi is dead, and he died without regrets about his role in the murder of thousands of Jews. That’s according to Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff, who says a German secret service agent recently revealed that Alois Brunner, Adolf Eichmann’s “best man,” died in Syria four years ago at the age of 98, the Times of Israel reports. Brunner handled the deportation of more than 128,000 Jews to Nazi death camps, but he evaded capture and landed in Syria, where he’s said to have advised President Hafez al-Assad on torture methods he honed during his SS tenure, the Daily Express reports. “He was involved in the harsh treatment of the Jewish community of Syria and was an expert in terror and torture,” Zuroff, head of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Israeli office, tells the Express. “He said himself his one regret was he did not kill more Jews. He was unrepentant.”

Brunner was able to flee because authorities mistakenly hanged SS member Anton Brunner for crimes Alois committed. He then claimed he got paperwork from “American authorities” under an assumed name and served as a US Army driver, Arutz Sheva reports. In 1954, he used a fake Red Cross passport to travel to Rome, then Egypt (where the New York Times reported he rented a room from a Jewish family he described as being “quite nice people, really”) before heading to Syria. Per the Times of Israel, the late Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal wrote in his memoirs, “In my eyes, he was the worst [Third Reich criminal] ever. While Adolf Eichmann drew up the general staff plan for the extermination of the Jews, Alois Brunner implemented it.” Zuroff says the center will now take Brunner’s name off the “wanted” list to concentrate on nabbing other surviving Nazis. (The US hired “at least a thousand” Nazis after WWII, per a new book.)

Personally…..good riddance!  The world is a better place without this son-of-a-bitch!

The First Computer?

Saturday and Lived through Black Friday…..now move on to other important stuff…..but first, the Macy’s Parade….ever notice that those inflated nightmares are a symbol of the inflated egos of most Americans?

The first computer?  A device found in the Aegan many years ago is a complex mechanism from an era that may not have had such knowledge (according to mainstream archeologists)…….there has been a wealth of opinions on just what it is……and the research has continued…..

(Newser) – The incredible Antikythera Mechanism, an astronomical calculator unlike anything else that appeared for the next 1,000 years, is a “device out of time,” experts say—and they now have a better idea what time it is out of. The mechanism, which was apparently able to accurately predict eclipses and the positions of the planets, was initially believed to have been built around 100BC. But researchers analyzing the device’s own calendar and comparing it to Babylonian eclipse records discovered that it begins more than a century earlier, in 205BC, reports the New York Times. The machine found on an ancient shipwreck appears to use Babylonian arithmetical methods known to the Greeks instead of trigonometry, the researchers write in the journal Archive for History of Exact Sciences.

The finding means that the mysterious device was already pretty ancient by the time it went down some time around 70BC to 60BC with a ship carrying a bride and her dowry, io9 reports. Researchers have long speculated that great Greek thinkers like Archimedes, Hipparchus, or Posidonius must have been involved in the construction of the dazzlingly advanced mechanism, but they say the new date makes an Archimedes connection unlikely. The new research also offers some clues to the place where it may have been made: An inscription on part of the device used to date the Olympic Games refers to a competition held on the island of Rhodes. (A new excavation that finished last month found that the wreck the mechanism came from was much bigger than thought, leading researchers to call it the “Titanic of the ancient world.”)

Of course this does not take in account the “Ancient Alien Theory”……that is a whole other post after I have been heavily medicated…….

If you have a thought please share!

Western Sahara–Will Violence Return?

We all have places that mean more top us than others……mine is Western Sahara…..,..for haters the desert is a hot, unforgiven landscape of muted brown colors…..but for me it is a wealth of colors……tans, purples, light blues…..it is a fascinating place that the sand and dunes talk at night and even sings at times……a place I still miss to this day.

This post may not be that interesting to most but since my time in the region I keep an eye on the doings and report what I find..Western Sahara holds a special place in my heart and memories…..I am pleased to see the rest of the world see the damage Morocco is doing by their heavy handed actions against the country…….Today I will post several articles on Western Sahara to help my readers understand the situation.

For my new followers let me explain…..in the late 70’s and early 80’s I worked in the Middle East and North Africa….I was employed by a Spanish newspaper as a researcher/analyst.

During this time I was sent to Western Sahara after the annexation by Morocco after Spain pulled out of its former colony……a war, a guerrilla war broke out because the people of Western Sahara wanted their independence. I was sent to try an establish contact with the Polisario, the group leading the opposition to Morocco.  I was to try and get their side of the story.

What I found was a people that were warm, friendly, giving and most of all determined.

For years there has been a ceasefire while both sides try to hammer out a solution……and that is where I pick it up today….as reported in Middle East Monitor…….

The Polisario Front yesterday threatened to “return to the armed struggle” against Morocco, in reaction to the Moroccan King Mohammed VI’s statement that the Western Sahara will remain under his sovereignty.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Polisario Front separatist movement, Mohamed Salem Ould Salek, issued a statement in Algeria which confirmed: “The Polisario Front’s commitment to peaceful resolution to this issue despite the Sahrawi pressure to return to armed resistance in the struggle for freedom and independence.

“In the event that international community and Morocco fail to comply with international regulations and legitimate resolutions, the Saharawi people will have no option but to return to armed struggle,” Salek confirmed.

King Mohammed VI warned on Thursday that the Western Sahara will remain under Moroccan sovereignty “until God inherits the earth and everything within it”, stressing that “the autonomy initiative is the most that Morocco can provide” to resolve this conflict.

This tension could reignite hostilities that have been smoldering for years……

The Saharawis, the people of Western Sahara,  want independence and not some self-governing region of Morocco…..this situation could get ugly quick…..my feeling is that they deserve their independence and the world should be behind their fight 100%.

Please check out the country profile….it will give you an excellent look at the history and conditions…..and help explain what the situation is all about…..

 

BBC News – Western Sahara profile.

 

Western Sahara has my support and I will do what I must to help them in the struggle for independence.

Why Do We Trust Israel?

Opinion from the desk of the Editor:

 

How about a change of pace?  By now most Americans are so confused that they will turn to snack food as a diversion………and the war goes on.

The other day I was doing what I always do…….reading the international news looking for info that would make good posts for this site……and I came across a story about Israel and the US Congress……

I know that Israel is pulling out all stops to try and prevent any actions for their devastating assault on Gaza…..there has even been rumblings of taking them in front of the international courts for their actions.  The story I reads was a letter sent by that Israel owned senator Kelley Ayotte….it seems this broad has put together a letter and got a wealth of her buds to sign on and mailed it to John Kerry…..but my fave part was this line…….

U.S. Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Bob Casey (D-PA), a member of the National Security Working Group, announced that they’ve led a letter signed by 88 senators to Secretary of State John Kerry urging the Administration to take steps to ensure that no assistance is diverted to Hamas, support the Palestinian Authority’s effort to govern in Gaza, and discourage Palestinian unilateral measures at the United Nations and International Criminal Court that bypass direct negotiations and undermine the resumption of Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

You can read the rest of this con job here……

Sounds like they are running scared and are begging the US to pull their butts out of an international fire……after all Israel pays good money for these Americans to do their bidding.

This got me to thinking of past incidents that would make anyone suspicious of their intentions……..

The first incident that I question is the unprovoked attack on a Navy ship, the USS Liberty…..Israel attack the American sigint ship in 1967 killing 34 American sailors and wounding 171……and they got away with it….basically a “oops, my bad”…….Strike One

Next was the Beirut bombing of the Marine barracks in 1983……..the Marines were sent to Beirut by the Reagan admin as a peacekeeping force…….two truck bombs were detonated by a group calling itself “Islamic Jihad” killing 299 soldiers, American and French.

The US spent a couple of years trying to identify the culprits…..we were having little success and the US turned to its only ‘friend’ in the region, Israel.  Their intel service, the Moussad, had people in the region and provided intel to the US…..they said that a shi’a cleric named sheikh Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah was the head of Hezbollah and authorized the bombs.  The CIA formed a plan to kill this person with a truck bomb……which was detonated killing 80 people and injuring about 200 and none of them was the target……shortly there after the CIA learned the Fadlallah had little to no connection to Hezbollah what so ever.  Strike two

The next occasion to use Israeli intel was after the Berlin bombing of the bar La Belle in 1986…..a Libyan agent detonated a bomb in the night club killing and wounding Americans…once again the CIA was tasked into taking out Qaddafi who they identified as the person ordering the hit on Americans.  The US came up with a plan to take out the leader at the same time as it was punishing the country for the attack……again the problem was that the CIA had no assets on the ground in Tripoli and they once again turning to their buds at Moussad for help.  The day of the attack the Israelis were watching Qaddafi’s compound to make sure he would be working when the hit came….they reported that Qaddafi was working in his tent….with confirmation 3 minutes later the bombs landed on his compound.  The raid was a success but Qaddafi was not in his tent at the time.  Strike Three.

Those are three strikes against Israel for being a ‘friend’ and ally to the US.  Also there have been numerous spies that were Americans working for Israel……

Their, Israel’s, biggest bullshit situation is the one of Iranian nukes……since the early 80’s according to Israeli intel Iran has been from a couple of months to as much as 3 years away from acquiring a nuke weapon…..and so far they still do not have such a weapon.  But that does not stop Israel from spreading fear…..recently at the UN BiBi said that Iran was more threatening that ISIS….same old tired lament.

I do not understand the utter acceptance by Americans of Israel….they have proven over and over that they care less about us as a people…….it is time for the US to break its addiction to all things Israeli.

Israel is NO friend…all they see is a wallet stuffed with cash when they look at the US.

Why to we Americans continue to trust a country with a proven track record contrary actions.  But America like the good little lap dog that we are and do whatever master Israel wants us to do……..they are GUILTY to crimes against humanity in their war on Gaza.

Americans demanded action for the death of two Americans at the hands of ISIS….but gave Israel a pass for killing 34 Americans….where is the logic there?

The United States needs to STOP trusting anything that Israel says….their contempt for the US is well documented…….