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CIA report: It's not just my body that America has tortured, but the truth as well

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But at least the world now knows what happened to me and so many others at the hands of the US

The world is busy expressing outrage and disbelief after revelations by the US Senate that the CIA used brutal torture methods against prisoners, allegedly to prevent further attacks on the USA in the wake of September 11.

In reality everything that's been admitted in the CIA torture report has already been described by us, the victims of America - whether free or still imprisoned - in excruciating detail to our lawyers, to the media, academics, politicians and even to the police, from the day we were released. The greatest revelation to me at least is that this report was released at all.

As an exercise in openness at least it appears there has been some progress. While it must be noted that the report only details abuses carried out by CIA agents (without mentioning the US military or FBI), there has been far more transparency compared to the countries that were co-opted into the CIA torture programme. In fact, these countries' complicity is even more sinister, considering 25 of them were from Europe. Yet none have made similar confessions. Britain's complicit role in US torture, and the outsourcing of terror suspects to dictatorships in Libya, Egypt and Syria remains woefully unreported, and that was main reason I visited these countries following the so-called Arab spring.

Maybe the leaders of the 54 countries which facilitated the torture can't remember that the Bush administration was committing these crimes on their soil, with their intelligence agencies, with their permission and full cooperation. But those of us who were the recipients of 'American justice' can never forget.

Comment: A "conspiracy nut" might be tempted to think the creation of a fanatical new terrorist group led by torture survivors was a deliberate act.

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Defense bill passes, giving sacred Native American sites to mining company

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Washington-- The U.S. Senate passed a measure authorizing the nation's defense programs Friday, and along with it managed to give lands sacred to Native Americans to a foreign company that owns a uranium mine with Iran.

The $585 billion National Defense Authorization Act of 2015 is one of the must-pass pieces of legislation that Congress moves every year. But like they did in attaching extraneous riders to the must-pass government funding bill, lawmakers used the defense bill as a vehicle to pass a massive public lands package.

The bill sailed through on a vote of 89 to 11.

Many of the land measures were popular. But one, the Southeast Arizona Land Exchange and Conservation Act, had twice failed to win support in the House of Representatives, blocked both by conservationists and conservatives.

The deal gives a subsidiary of the Australian-English mining firm Rio Tinto 2,400 acres of the Tonto National Forest in exchange for several other parcels so it can mine a massive copper deposit.
2 + 2 = 4

Paying down U.S. debt is now almost mathematically impossible

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Exactly 199 years ago, in 1815, a "temporary" committee was established in the US Senate called the Committee on Finance and Uniform National Currency.

It was set up to address economic issues and the debt accrued by the US government after the War of 1812.

Of course, because there's nothing more permanent than a temporary government measure, the committee became a permanent one after just one year.

It soon expanded its role from raising tariffs to having influence over taxation, banking, currency, and appropriations.

In subsequent wars, notably the American Civil War, the Committee was quick to use its powers and introduced the union's first income tax. They also detached the dollar from gold to help fund the war.

This was all an indication of things to come.

Over the subsequent decades there was a sustained push to finally establish the country's central bank that will control money and credit, as well as institute a permanent income tax to feed the expanding aspirations of government.

They succeeded in 1913 when the Federal Reserve Act was passed and the 16th Amendment ratified, binding the country in the shackles of central banking and taxation of income.

Over the century that followed, the US has gone from being the biggest creditor in the world to its biggest debtor.

Comment: 10 Things That We Can Learn About The Economic Collapse In Greece

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Switzerland: Rioters clash with police in downtown Zurich, rampage through city center


Massive scenes of violence were reported in Zurich, one of the world's most quiet and prosperous cities. Some 200 masked left-wing radicals clashed with police and set streets in the city center ablaze. Seven policemen were injured in the incident.

Comment: Zurich is Switzerland's largest city and a major financial hub hosting several banking corporations. The city is also one of the wealthiest in Europe. Are the riots false-flags intended to discredit #ReclaimTheStreets?

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The man behind top Islamic State Twitter account

The most influential pro-Islamic State Twitter account to be followed by foreign jihadis - Shami Witness - is shut down after a Channel 4 News investigation uncovers the identity of the man behind it


He spent his mornings, afternoons and evenings sending thousands of tweets of propaganda about the Islamic State militant group, acting as the leading conduit of information between jihadis, supporters, and recruits.

His tweets, written under the name Shami Witness, were seen two million times each month, making him perhaps the most influential Islamic State Twitter account, with over 17,700 followers.

Comment: Meanwhile, India arrested the man behind the Twitter account:
Police in southern India said they have arrested a man who has admitted to running a popular pro-ISIS group Twitter account, but added that he appears to have no direct links to the militant group. Mehdi Masroor Biswas, a 24-year-old engineer, was being questioned by authorities, Bangalore's top police official, M.N. Reddy, told reporters on Saturday . He said police have no evidence so far that shows that Biswas had any direct links to militants of the Islamic State or any other radical Muslim extremist group.

"He appears to have been only majorly active in the virtual world," Reddy said.
ISIS is created and supported by the United States. In another interesting news, Pakistan arrested an Indian national who is suspected of being a South Asian al Qaeda commander

Does this have anything to do with India's stance as a BRICS member nation?

US 'Troubled' by Reports of Crimean Leader's India Visit

Only time will tell.

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Vladimir Putin: Nuclear projects core of cooperation between Russia and India


When President Putin makes his lightning one-day visit to India, the main thing on his mind will be power. He'll be discussing nuclear cooperation and energy when he meets Prime Minister Modi.

"Nuclear energy cooperation is one of the pillars of our strategic partnership. We concluded two inter-governmental agreements in this field in 2008 and in 2010," Putin said in an interview with Indian PTI news agency.

There are two key Russian-India nuclear projects underway. The Kudankulam nuclear power plant is the only nuclear power plant which meets all the "post-Fukushima" safety requirements. The second is awaiting a decision by the Indian government on where it wants to build a new Russian-designed nuclear power plant.

"Our resources enable us to build up to 25 power plants in India. According to experts, however, even these units may not meet the needs of a dynamically developing economy like India," Putin said.

Comment: While Western nations arm twist developing nations for business investments, Putin uses "honest business rationality" to build mutually beneficial relationships with other countries.

The United States has tried to woo India with large investments over the last two decades. But Indians still seem to prefer Russia:
How can India be BFFs with both Russia and the United States?
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New Delhi and Moscow maintained strong ties during the cold war, united in part by suspicions of the West. More recently relations experienced some rough patches, especially when Russia decided to sell attack helicopters to Pakistan, India's cross-border rival. Russia was also miffed when India opted to buy some defense hardware from the US and France.

But at a July summit of the emerging-economy BRICS - Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa - Modi assured Putin that their two countries' bonds were as strong as ever. Any Indian child asked to name his country's "best friend" would answer "Russia," he [Modi] said, "because Russia has been with India in times of crisis."

By comparison, US-India relations have been more of a roller-coaster, even over the past decade and despite a high-profile re-launching of ties under President Bush that included the lifting of a three-decade moratorium on civilian nuclear deals with India.
Modi to Putin: Russia to stay India's top defence partner
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The tension over Ukraine intruded on the choreographed visit when it emerged that the Russian-backed leader of Crimea had travelled as part of Putin's delegation.

"We highly appreciate the friendship, trust and mutual understanding with Indian partners," said Putin, who chiefly touched on bilateral issues in his statement to journalists. No questions were allowed.

VISION


The two leaders presided over the signing of a "vision" document setting out a roadmap for cooperation in the sphere of nuclear power. Putin said Russia could eventually supply India with 20 nuclear reactors.

In the event, Rosatom said that it would supply 12 nuclear energy reactors for India over 20 years.

A 1,000-megawatt reactor is operating at the Russian-built Kudankulam power station in Tamil Nadu, with a second due on-stream in 2015.

Indian officials said a total of six reactors will be built at Kudankulam. A further six will follow at a site to be determined.

Other strategic deals covered oil supply, infrastructure and an increase in direct diamond sales to India by Russian state monopoly Alrosa (ALRS.MM).

On defence, the two sides will seek to move ahead with long-delayed projects to develop a joint fifth-generation fighter jet and a multi-role transport aircraft, in addition to the chopper deal.

A spokesman for India's foreign minister said he was not officially aware of the visit by Crimean leader Sergey Aksyonov, who is subject to Western sanctions.

But Gul Kripalani, a Mumbai businessman who met the Crimean leader at a New Delhi hotel, told Reuters the talks were unofficial and Aksyonov had travelled to India as part of Putin's delegation.


Flashlight

Was CIA torture report release planned by the CIA?

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CIA: keeping the world safe from democracy for generations!
Recently released CIA report casts doubt on the main arguments that were used by the administration of US President George Bush to justify the invasion of Iraq in 2003. However, according to the Doctor of Political Sciences, Professor Andrew Manoilo, such leak could be planned in the bowels of the Central intelligence Agency. And the chief editor of the analytical publication Geopolitics, political scientist Leonid Savin believes that this exposure will not result in serious political consequences.

The secret CIA report, in particular, talks about Mohammed Atta. This is one of the immediate leaders of the radical islamists who carried out the attacks on New York and Washington on September 11, 2001. According to the White House version, in April 2001, a few months before the attacks, Atta allegedly met in Prague with a senior agent of then Iraqi authorities. This is how in 2003 Washington tied Baghdad and the attacks, which became another reason for the beginning of the war.

However, as it turned out, the report of the secret service tells quite a different story. CNN has published excerpts from a letter of then-CIA Director John Brennan addressed to one of the senators. The letter talks about intelligence. "No employee of the Department for combating terrorism and no expert of FBI could find evidence that Atta was in Prague. However, the conclusion was just the opposite," - wrote Brennan.

Comment: The CIA will never be held to account for all the torture, murder, and chaos they have created over the past 13 years. That's a given. So what is the real result of this report on CIA torture? One, it shows that they tried their best to stop those morons in office from going to war based on bad intelligence, and two, it shows that they no longer torture people. Wrong on both counts.

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Agence France Press: Putin most influential person on planet

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Russian President Vladimir Putin before delivering State of the Nation address, 2014.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has topped the list of "most influential people of 2014," according to Agence France Presse news agency. About 380 journalists took part in compiling the list of most outstanding personalities of the outgoing year that the agency published on Friday.

"Vladimir Putin tops the chart of most important and influential people of 2014," Agence France Presse said in its comment.

The list of influential people according to the French news agency also includes Pope Francis and a young Pakistani human rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yusufzai; the leader of the protesters in Hong Kong Joshua Wong; schoolgirls from Nigerian district CIBC kidnapped as a result of the attacks attributed to members of the radical Islamist group Boko Haram; parents of executed American journalist James Foley - Diane and John.

Agence France Press is publishing its list of influential people of 2014 for the second consecutive year. The leader of 2013 ratings was a former U.S. intelligence employee Edward Snowden who found shelter in Russia; Iranian Leader Hassan Rouhani and Pakistani human rights activist Malala Yusufzai who remained on the list in 2014.

Comment: Good choice, AFP! The opinion-makers see it (Forbes, AFP), and the people see it. Unfortunately, leaders and the West see it, too, which is why they're trying their best to destroy Putin, his accomplishments and plans for the future of Russia, and his vision of a world not ruled by a pathological elite in the West.

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Operation "Trident Lance" - Is Kaliningrad NATO's real target?

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Rick Rozoff's vitally informative site, Stop NATO, just forwarded a Stars and Stripes report on "NATO's largest training exercise since the end of the Cold War".

The forces that took part in the exercise, called "Trident Lance", mostly came from the Joint Multinational Training Center in Grafenwöhr, Germany. Command elements from Poland, Greece and Turkey also took part, while U.S. Army in Europe provided a hefty logistical contribution, the Army newspaper said.

NATO land forces commander Lt. Gen. John Nicholson said that the exercise showed that NATO's Allied Land Command (LANDCOM) has finally reached full operational capacity.

Ready to go!

To go where?
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The neoconservatives, a small group of warmongers strongly allied with the military/industrial complex and Israel, gave us Granada and the Contras affair in Nicaragua. President Reagan fired them, and they were prosecuted, but subsequently pardoned by Reagan's successor, George H.W. Bush.

Ensconced in think tanks and protected by Israeli and military/security complex money, the neoconservatives reemerged in the Clinton administration and engineered the breakup of Yugoslavia, the war against Serbia, and the expansion of NATO to Russia's borders.

Neoconservatives dominated the George W. Bush regime. They controlled the Pentagon, the National Security Council, the Office of the Vice President, and much else. Neoconservatives gave us 9/11 and its coverup, the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq, the beginning of the destabilizations of Pakistan and Yemen, the U.S. Africa Command, the invasion of South Ossetia by Georgia, the demise of the anti-ABM Treaty, unconstitutional and illegal spying on American citizens without warrants, loss of constitutional protections, torture, and the unaccountability of the executive branch to law, Congress, and the judiciary. In short, the neoconservatives laid the foundation for dictatorship and for WW III.

The Obama regime held no one accountable for the crimes of the Bush regime, thus creating the precedent that the executive branch is above the law. Instead, the Obama regime prosecuted whistleblowers who told the truth about government crimes.
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