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As the World, especially those at the receiving end of the carnage, still wait for some Accountability, the Bristish Iraq War Inquiry will soon be released.

We Americans moved quickly away from as the bushco were leaving to their comfortable lives. Especially those who like using terms like 'Obamabots', quickly brought into the language with the carrying of them tea buckets, as they ignore their responsibility. Why they even helped bring the Congressional House back into control of the bushco war and more rubber stampers, adding even more extremists, and to make things even better turned a number of states over to control of same.

The seemingly last hurdle holding up the final Iraq Inquiry public release has been cleared, the private conversations between the bush and the blair

If you're taking book a sure bet is that they will be heavily redacted and probably being done right now.

Here's a reminder of, oh so many, issues of the bushco regime and it's congresses, while we wait:

Assad’s prisons were CIA’s dumping ground
2014-01-25 - As Secretary of State John Kerry delivered his opening remarks at the Syria peace talks in Switzerland on Wednesday, he expressed outrage at new revelations of the brutal tactics perpetrated by President Bashar Assad’s regime.

Evidence of the execution of thousands of Syrians in Assad’s prisons, Kerry said, represented “an appalling assault, not only on human lives, but on human dignity and on every standard by which the international community tries to organise itself.”

Kerry was referring to a report released this week based on the testimony of a defector within the Syrian military police, which seems to provide evidence of the systematic torture of thousands of detainees in Assad’s prisons.

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Maher Arar, a Syrian-born Canadian telecommunications engineer, has not been able to look at these images, or the other pictures and videos streaming out of his native country over the past three years.

They brought with them flashbacks from his own experience: in 2002 and 2003, he was Prisoner No. 2 in an underground cell at Syrian military intelligence’s Palestine Branch in Damascus, where he was beaten and whipped with two-inch thick electrical cables until he gave into his interrogators’ demands and falsely confessed to having been trained at a terrorist camp in Afghanistan.

The only mystery for Arar is why Americans are shocked at reports of torture in Syrian prisons. “What surprises me is the reaction of some people in the West, as if it’s news to them,” he told Foreign Policy. “As far back as the early 1990s ... the State Department reports on Syria have been very blunt — the fact is, Syria tortures people.”

It’s history that the US government knows all too well — because, at times, it has exploited the Assad regime’s brutality for its own ends. Arar was sent to Assad’s prisons by the US: in Sept 2002, the US Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) detained him during a layover at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport. US officials believed, partially on the basis of inaccurate information provided by Canada, that Arar was a member of Al Qaeda.    read more>>>

Canadian Maher Arar sees hypocrisy in U.S. outrage

And as the American public, the Government, continues ignoring any and all accountability as well as the fact they left everything on the table used by that previous administration, thus their equal guilt in, the British continue, on many fronts, trying to cleanse their souls, with their politics being played in obstruction of that cleansing.

British HC pooh-poohs international inquiry
26 January 2014 - When substantial evidence surfaced on systematic torture against detainees of war in Iraq, British High Commissioner in Colombo yesterday flatly ruled out the possibility of any International Criminal Court (ICC) Investigation.
“Allegations relating to Iraq that have been brought to our attention are subjected to thorough examination – including through the Iraq Historic Allegations Team, independent Public Inquiries, and in the UK and European courts. If approached by the ICC, we will take the opportunity to explain the very extensive work underway to deal with historic allegations of abuse,” a spokesperson from the British High Commission told ‘The Nation’.

A devastating 250-page dossier, detailing allegations of beatings, electrocution, mock executions and sexual assault, has been presented to the International Criminal Court, and could result in some of Britain’s leading defence figures facing prosecution for “systematic” war crimes, Britain’s The Independent reported.   read more>>>


What did the British troops do in Iraq?

Al Sweady Inquiry is trying to determine if civilians were tortured   read more>>>

The World still waits as those policies caused the spread and growth of the al Qaeda style criminal terrorism the innocent are living with!

But a tad of good news, as seems we only get from the Administration because of the total obstruction being played in Congress on many fronts but they are still accomplishing as they try and find ways around that total obstruction, this:

Guantanamo review boards to become partly public

25 January 2014 - A prisoner's case will be heard this week under a new program aimed at helping empty the prison   read more>>>
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  •  Tip Jar (12+ / 0-)

    "If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too; not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

    by jimstaro on Sun Jan 26, 2014 at 07:40:22 AM PST

  •  Thanks (3+ / 0-)
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    jimstaro, marina, Johnny Q

    ... I think my generation needs to have our collective faces continually rubbed into the evil that we have allowed... I hope the next generation of humanity finds a moral compass

    Dudehisattva...

    "Generosity, Ethics, Patience, Effort, Concentration, and Wisdom"

    by Dood Abides on Sun Jan 26, 2014 at 07:55:37 AM PST

    •  Almost any chance I can, (3+ / 0-)
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      marina, Dood Abides, Johnny Q

      For I'm as guilty because like all we couldn't not only stop it we certainly couldn't cleanse as most everyone quickly moved on, the pols and powerful understand that and use it as the sheep follow!!

      Early on I was worried as I didn't see many signs that those behind were paying attention. That was quickly resolved as the young came out, but as before the noise machine grew louder to drown them out and that continues while, once again, many who were once a voice join that noise in downing out, refusing blame, accountability and the guilt shared!!

      "If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too; not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

      by jimstaro on Sun Jan 26, 2014 at 08:06:14 AM PST

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  •  It's a racket the U.S. / the West keeps pulling. (6+ / 0-)

    Give Iraq chemical weapons to use against Iran, sweep it under the rug, who cares about a few Kurds? Block Tehran's efforts to call the world's attention to the atrocities. Then a few years later, OMG! Saddam used poison gas!

    Support Noriega in Panama (, <name of dictator> in <name of country> )* . . . Then a few years later, OMG! the guy's a thug!

        * computer syntax notation for an arbitrary number of repetitions

    Kidnap random suspects after 9/11, "extraordinary rendition" them, outsource torturing to Syria and a raft of other places (when we're not doing it ourselves in Bagram, Gitmo, or Diego Garcia) . . . then a few years later, OMG! Assad tortures people!

    The Dutch kids' chorus Kinderen voor Kinderen wishes all the world's children freedom from hunger, ignorance, and war. ♥ ♥ ♥ Forget Neo — The One is Minori Urakawa

    by lotlizard on Sun Jan 26, 2014 at 08:36:33 AM PST

    •  As to Noriega (2+ / 0-)
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      lotlizard, protectspice

      He stepped on the wrong drug dealing U.S. suits so he had to go, same with pretty much many others, he was a thug jr officer when I was stationed there across from Panama city, '68-'69, as well as a drug kingpin!

      That what happens to them at the top of the food chain or power chain, you don't mess with the others just the masses!!

      "If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too; not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

      by jimstaro on Sun Jan 26, 2014 at 08:58:34 AM PST

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  •  Jim, Your writing has improved greatly (1+ / 0-)
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    over your yrs here. I remember when you posted your first diary and this one is impressive from then to now. ihmo

    "the government's role should be to uplift, enlighten, educate and ennoble the citizen, not oppress them with taxation and intrusive laws," Gatewood Galbraith, Historic Marijuana Advocate, aka "The Last Free Man In America," RIP 1-3-12

    by SmileySam on Sun Jan 26, 2014 at 09:08:39 AM PST

    •  I have my moments (0+ / 0-)

      But with this technology many seek answers to something not added as they try and disrupt whatever points being made. When all they'd need to do, these are computers, is do a google instead of trollin for whatever. And when not a writer but one that has, and uses, the abilities of many thoughts going on, really great in my professions as a construction tradesman, one tries to head them off with any answers they don't pay attention to!!

      "If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too; not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

      by jimstaro on Sun Jan 26, 2014 at 09:37:52 AM PST

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  •  Assad is starving and torturing (0+ / 0-)

    his own people

    The report needs a trigger warning.

    •  Duhhh, (2+ / 0-)
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      Horace Boothroyd III, Musial

      That's a known, who else would he be, unless catching some against him that are in country fighting, you miss the point!! He's willing to do so to any and we are willing to let him 'in our names' as we do with other's, think of the bush bud once of Libya who is no more!!

      "If military action is worth our troops' blood, it should be worth our treasure, too; not just in the abstract, but in the form of a specific ante by every American." -Andrew Rosenthal 10 Feb. 2013

      by jimstaro on Sun Jan 26, 2014 at 09:40:42 AM PST

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  •  begot (2+ / 0-)
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    jimstaro, Toyotabob7

    Striving for cheap oil, the US begot the shah--which begot the Ayatollah.  Fighting the Soviet Union in Afghanistan begot al Qaida.  Maybe we'd be better off begotting less often.  Maybe the world would be better off also.
    That doesn't means hands off--it means no ulterior motive.  Helping prevent genocide is good, helping businesses is bad.  Helping the victims of invasion good, helping all enemies of our enemies is bad.

    Actions speak louder than petitions.

    by melvynny on Sun Jan 26, 2014 at 10:07:26 AM PST

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