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Washington, DC, Dec. 9 (UPI)
-- A senior CIA operative has filed suit
saying he suffered retaliation for refusing to falsify reports on
weapons of mass destruction, a report said Thursday.
The operative handled informants in Iraq.
The Washington Post said the operative remains under cover, but
alleges that in 2001 a co-worker warned him "that CIA management
planned to 'get him' for his role in reporting intelligence contrary
to official CIA dogma."
The Post said documents in the suit were
heavily redacted, with major portions blacked out.
The operative alleges agency managers began investigations into
whether he had sex with a female informant and whether he took money
meant for informants, solely in retaliation "against him for
questioning the integrity of the WMD reporting ... and for refusing
to falsify his intelligence reporting to support the politically
The Post said the suit is the first public forum in which a CIA
employee has charged directly that agency officials pressured him
to produce intelligence to support the administration's prewar position.
Attempts to restore the power
sharing assembly in Northern Ireland appear to have stalled over
the issue of a photograph.
leader Ian Paisley blamed Sinn Fein and the IRA for the deal's
The Rev Ian Paisley's Democratic Unionist Party wants photographic
evidence that the IRA has decommissioned its weapons.
But the nationalist party Sinn Fein says such a demand is "humiliating"
for the republican army.
The DUP and Sinn Fein are the provinces two main parties after
recent elections and would be expected to share power in the assembly
if it was restored.
Tony Blair and Ireland's Taoiseach Bertie Ahern are expected to
reveal the details of a plan they have been working on during a
meeting in Belfast later today.
Gerry Adams, president of Sinn Fein, which has approved the political
aspects of the governments' package, last night appeared to flatly
reject the idea of photographs.
The West Belfast MP said: "I recognise that some unionists
do have genuine concerns about verification of arms being put beyond
use, but Ian Paisley has to recognise also that the IRA will not
submit to a process of humiliation.
"I do not expect Ian Paisley or the DUP or the unionist paramilitaries
to submit to such a process of humiliation."
The IRA last night confirmed in a brief, one line statement that
it has been in talks with Canadian General John de Chastelain and
his American colleague Andrew Sens, of the Independent International
Commission on Decommissioning (IICD).
However there was no detail of what was discussed.
It is believed that republicans were prepared to have Protestant
and Catholic clergy join General de Chastelain to witness the putting
of IRA weapons beyond use.
But they viewed a photograph a step too far, that in the context
of recent comments from the Rev Paisley that the IRA must don sackcloth
and ashes, it was an attempt to humiliate them.
There were fears today that in the event of Sinn Fein and the DUP
failing to reach a comprehensive settlement, the IRA would withdraw
its contribution to the deal.
Sinn Fein has also argued that the DUP is risking losing the greatest
prize ever achieved by a unionist party - the end of violent republicanism
- by insisting on photographs.
I spent a frightening 45 minutes
listening to FOX military analyst Retired General Paul Vallely on
FOX News Live with Alan Colmes last night. It
was bad enough when he stated flatly that "we are not going
to permit" a Shia majority to win the upcoming election in
Iraq. He saw no hypocrisy in the US determining who should win an
election in a country that we claim to have liberated and democratized.
But then he advocated forming a coalition with Israel in a holy
war against Iran and Syria.
The subject arose when Alan Colmes mentioned the worrisome news
that Colin Powell says Iran is working on nuclear missiles and nuclear
missile delivery systems.
"Iran and Syria are next," Vallely decreed.
"It's easy to do.... Israel is (already) prepared to take Iran
It wasn't just what he said that was so alarming. The flat-out
certainty of his entitlement to cause death, destruction and mayhem
(not to mention the potential for a world war) was just as chilling.
He spoke of "taking down" Iran as if it were a pesky hornets'
nest, rather than a sovereign country filled with humanity.
Colmes questioned the wisdom of a Judeo/Christian
holy war against Muslims. "That's what's
going on," Vallely said. "If you don't understand that,
then you don't get it."
These were the words of a Fox analyst, not some obscure guest.
Presumably, Vallely is on the Fox payroll and his views are deemed
worth considering. Maybe so, but the callers to the program - generally
quite conservative - mostly disagreed with him. That was only slightly
"Colonel Vallely sent copies of it to
various governmental offices, agencies, commands and publications
involved or interested in PSYOP." [...]
In its strategic context, MindWar must
reach out to friends, enemies, and neutrals alike across the globe
[...] through the media possessed by the United States which have
the capabilities to reach virtually all people on the face of
the Earth. These media are, of course, the electronic
media -- television and radio. State of the art developments in
satellite communication, video recording techniques, and laser
and optical transmission of broadcasts made possible a
penetration of the minds of the worlds such as would have been
inconceivable just a few years ago. Like the sword Excalibur,
we have but to reach out and seize this tool; and it can transform
the world for us if we have the courage and the integrity to civilization
with it. If we do not accept Excalibur, then
we relinquish our ability to inspire foreign cultures with our
morality. If they then desire moralities unsatisfactory to us,
we have no choice but to fight them on a more brutish level.
MindWar has nothing to do with deception or even with "selected"
- and therefore misleading - truth. Rather it states a whole truth
that, if it does not now exist, will be forced into existence
by the will of the United States. [...]
For the mind to believe
in its own decisions, it must feel that it made those decisions
without coercion. Coercive measures
used by the operative, consequently, must not be detectable by
ordinary means. There is no need to resort to mind-weakening
drugs such as those explored by the CIA; in fact the exposure
of a single such method would do unacceptable damage to MindWar's
reputation for truth. [...] There are some
purely natural conditions under which minds may become more or
less receptive to ideas, and MindWar should take full advantage
of such phenomena as atmospheric electromagnetic activity, air
ionization, and extremely low frequency waves.
A commanding British police
officer came under investigations over anti-Muslim remarks he made
during an internal security meeting, according to a leading British
daily Thursday, December 9.
Superintendent David Keller, a sub-divisional commander based at
Longsight police station, south Manchester, called in an internal
police meeting November 24, for setting up machine guns to stop
the Muslims flowing into the city to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr, the
Sources told the daily that the remarks were made during a discussion
about arrests launched in the city during Muslim celebrations on
the occasion, marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
The internal affairs branch of Greater Manchester police (GMP)
will investigate Keller’s remarks that
machine guns should be put on the motorway to “shoot them
[Muslims] before they get a chance to come into our city center”.
Tom Moran, of the Police Superintendents' Association, a body supporting
the British officer, claimed that Keller did not believe his remarks
were anti-Islamic, according to the daily.
The Manchester force has been dogged by racial controversy. In
June, the Guardian revealed that the Manchester police authority
was one of 14 forces found by a Commission for Racial Equality investigation
to be breaking race laws.
British Muslims have repeatedly complained of maltreatment by the
police and the stop-and-search operations for no apparent reason
other than being Muslims.
A Syrian student lost an eye when he was accosted and beaten by
five British soldiers outside a London nightclub in an apparent
racist attack, London-based Al-Hayat newspaper reported Saturday,
Britain’s Open Society Institute said
in a report Monday, November 22, that various forms of Islamophobia
and racial discrimination, on the up swing since the 9/11 attacks,
were alienating the sizable Muslim community in Britain.
Sergant Massey claims his unit
killed ‘30 plus’ innocent Iraqi civilians within 48
hours while on checkpoint duty in Baghdad.
A former US Marine said Tuesday his unit killed more than 30 innocent
Iraqi civilians in just two days, in graphic testimony to a Canadian
tribunal probing an asylum claim by a US army deserter.
Marine Sergeant Jimmy Massey appeared as a witness to bolster claims
by fugitive paratrooper Jeremy Hinzman that he walked out on the
82nd Airborne Division to avoid being ordered to commit war crimes
Hinzman, 26, claims he would face persecution if sent home to the
United States, in a politically charged case which could set a precedent
for at least two other US deserters seeking asylum in Canada.
Massey told Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) that men
under his command in the 3rd battalion, Seventh Marines, killed
"30 plus" civilians within 48 hours while on checkpoint
duty in Baghdad.
"I do know that we killed innocent civilians," Massey
told the tribunal, relating the chaotic days after the US-led invasion
of Iraq in March 2003.
Massey said that in some incidents, Iraqi civilians
were killed by between 200 and 500 rounds pumped into four separate
cars which each failed to respond to a single warning shot and respond
to hand signals, at a Baghdad checkpoint.
At the time, US soldiers feared suicide bombers would try to ram
checkpoints, he said.
Searches found no weapons in the vehicles or evidence that those
killed were anything but innocent civilians, said Massey.
He also said marines killed four unarmed demonstrators, and more
Iraqis the next day during another spell of checkpoint duty in the
occupied Iraqi capital.
"I was never clear on who was the enemy and
who was not," said Massey.
"When you don't know who the enemy is, what are you doing
there?" asked the 12-year Marine, later honorably discharged
from the service with severe depression and post traumatic stress
Hinzman earlier argued in the tribunal which started on Monday
and was due to end Wednesday that he gradually realised after joining
the army in 2001 that he could not bring himself to kill another
"I was faced with being deployed to Iraq to do what the infantry
does, kill people, and I had no justification for doing so,"
Hinzman and his wife and two-year-old son arrived in Canada early
this year, after deserting from his unit, an action which carries
a maximum five-year term in jail.
The South Dakota-born soldier is claiming refugee status based
on his contention that he was right to refuse to fight in a war
which he says was illegal and violated human rights and the Geneva
He also claims he would face persecution if returned home to face
Hinzman first requested conscientious objector status in 2002 before
learning he was to be posted to Afghanistan, where he eventually
made 18 combat parachute jumps.
The following year, the request was rejected, and late in 2003
he learned he was to be deployed to Iraq, prompting his flight to
Odds against him winning the case are slim, as
no such verdict has ever been handed to a US soldier here or to
a combatant in a non-conscription army.
The IRB was set up to consider the merits of refugee claims at
arms length from the Canadian government.
Presiding member Brian Goodman signalled Tuesday he would ask for
written submissions from Hinzman's counsel, a government lawyer
and a refugee officer, thereby ruling out a judgement on the case
Goodman will decide whether Hinzman would face persecution if sent
back to the United States by dint of political or religious beliefs
or his status as an objector to US military action.
The judgement will also question whether
Hinzman will face "cruel and unusual" punishment, during
what would likely be a long prison term.
SAN DIEGO A Navy petty officer
opposed to the war in Iraq refused to board his ship Monday as sailors
and Marines deployed for the Persian Gulf.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Pablo Paredes, 23, said he has opposed
the war since its inception. Until recently, the weapons-control
technician said he did not feel he had a direct role in the war.
Two weeks ago, however, he said he was involuntarily transferred
to the amphibious transport USS Bonhomme Richard, which ferries
Marines to Iraq.
"I don't want to be a part of a ship that's taking 3,000 Marines
over there, knowing a hundred or more of them won't come back,"
he said. "I can't sleep at night knowing that's what I do for
Paredes of the New York City borough of the Bronx said he joined
the Navy in 2000 and has 20 months left on his six-year enlistment.
He said he was stationed previously in Japan.
He said he was young and naive when he joined the Navy and "never
imagined, in a million years, we would go to war with somebody who
had done nothing to us."
Paredes was at the ship's pier at Navy Base San Diego Monday as
Expeditionary Strike Group Five left for its tour in the Pacific
and Indian oceans.
Military officials did not immediately comment on his actions.
He could face a court-martial, a dishonorable discharge and possible
time in a military jail.
He said he hopes his protest might inspire other sailors, soldiers
and Marines! to refuse to take part in the war.
"I know other people are feeling the same
way I am, and I'm hoping more people will stand up," he said.
"They can't throw us all in jail."
"God does not make cowardly nations
free." -- Adolf Hitler, Mein Kampf
A couple weeks ago, while asserting that the Founding Founders
intended for the U.S. government to be infused with Christianity,
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said that the Holocaust was
able to flourish in Germany because of Europe's secular ways. "Did
it turn out that, by reason of the separation of church and state,
the Jews were safer in Europe than they were in the United States
of America?" Scalia asked a congregation at Manhattan's Shearith
Israel synagogue. "I don't think so."
One might expect regular citizens to be ignorant of history, but
a Supreme Court Justice? Does he imagine that the phrase "Gott
mit Uns" was a German clothier's interpretation of "Got
If photographic evidence of the Third Reich's Christian leanings
were not enough, Hitler's own speeches and
writings prove, at the very least, that he presented many of the
same faith-based arguments heard in America today. Religion
in the schools? Hitler was for it. Intellectuals who practiced "anti-Christian,
smug individualism"? According to Hitler, their days were numbered.
Divine Providence's role in shaping Germany's ultimate victory?
Who could argue? In other words, there is enough historical evidence
to color Scalia deluded. Writing for Free Inquiry, John Patrick
Michael Murphy explained:
"Hitler's Germany amalgamated state with church. Soldiers
of the vermacht wore belt buckles inscribed with the following:
"Gott mit uns" (God is with us). His troops were often
sprinkled with holy water by the priests. It was a real Christian
country whose citizens were indoctrinated by both state and church
and blindly followed all authority figures, political and ecclesiastical.
Hitler, like some of the today's politicians and preachers,
politicized "family values." He liked corporeal punishment
in home and school. Jesus prayers became mandatory in all schools
under his administration. While abortion was illegal in pre-Hitler
Germany, he took it to new depths of enforcement, requiring all
doctors to report to the government the circumstances of all miscarriages.
He openly despised homosexuality and criminalized it."
For anyone wanting even more proof, Mein
Kampf is chock full of the Fuhrer's musings on God. ("I believe
that I am acting in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator:
by defending myself against the Jew, I am fighting for the work
of the Lord," Hitler wrote). But
anti-Semitic rants aside, some of Hitler's religious musings are
interchangeable with Mr. Bush's.
Hitler was raised a Catholic and spoke of his faith in God, yet,
singling out his rants against religion, politicians and pastors
continue to characterize him as a pagan barbarian. Such distortions
are convenient -- particularly in an age where propaganda concerning
"moral values" is readily gobbled up and Christian nation
legislation waits in the wings -- but, to paraphrase the Bible,
overlooking the truth will not make us free.
Scalia, who also cited the Bible to claim that government "derives
its moral authority from God," is hardly alone in his assertions.
Leo Strauss, the philosopher who has influenced
neoconservativism, and by proxy, George Bush's America, felt that
religion, like deception, was crucial to maintaining social order.
Meanwhile, neoconservative kingpin Irving Kristol has argued
similar points -- bragging about how easy it is to fool the public
into accepting the government's actions while arguing that America's
Founding Fathers were wrong to insist on the separation of church
and state. Why? According to Jim Lobe, it's because religion, as
Strauss and his disciples see it, is "absolutely essential
in order to impose moral law on the masses who otherwise would be
out of control."
Saying that neoconservatives believe that secular society is undesirable
"because it leads to individualism, liberalism, and relativism,
precisely those traits that may promote dissent that in turn could
dangerously weaken society's ability to cope with external threats,"
Lobe explained why Kristol and other neocons have "allied themselves
with the Christian Right" and, in some cases, have also denounced
Darwin's theory of evolution. "Neoconservatives
are pro-religion even though they themselves may not be believers,"
Reason magazine's Ronald Bailey explained, pointing to publications
like Commentary which has espoused the virtues of religious fundamentalism
and has questioned evolutionary science.
(Hitler did the same. The book The German Churches Under Hitler
includes his assertion that secular schools should not be tolerated
while Hitler's Table Talk quotes him questioning the wisdom in teaching
children both creationism and the theory of evolution. "The
present system of teaching in schools permits the following absurdity:
at 10 a.m. the pupils attend a lesson in the catechism, at which
the creation of the world is presented to them in accordance with
the teachings of the Bible; and at 11 a.m. they attend a lesson
in natural science, at which they are taught the theory of evolution,"he
said. "Yet the two doctrines are in complete contradiction.
As a child, I suffered from this contradiction, and ran my head
against a wall.")
Professor Shadia B. Drury also noted the similarities between
the methods endorsed by Hitler and neoconservatives' favorite philosopher.
"Strauss loved America enough to try to save her from the
errors and terrors of Europe. He was convinced that the liberal
democracy of the Weimar Republic led to the rise of the Nazis.
That is a debatable matter. But Strauss did not openly debate
this issue or provide arguments for his position in his writings.
I am inclined to think that it is Strauss's ideas, and not liberal
ideas, that invite the kinds of abuses he wished to avoid. It
behooves us to remember that Hitler had the utmost contempt for
parliamentary democracy. He was impatient with debate and dispute,
on the grounds that they were a waste of time for the great genius
who knew instinctively the right choices and policies that the
people need. Hitler had a profound contempt for the masses - the
same contempt that is readily observed in Strauss and his cohorts.
But when force of circumstances made it necessary to appeal to
the masses, Hitler advocated lies,
myths, and illusions as necessary pabulum to placate the people
and make them comply with the will of the Fuhrer. Strauss's
political philosophy advocates the same solution to the problem
of the recalcitrant masses. Anyone who wants to avoid the horrors
of the Nazi past is well advised not to accept Strauss's version
of ancient wisdom uncritically. But this is exactly what Strauss
encouraged his students to do."
Although several others, including the legendary Seymour Hersh,
have noted the neoconservatives' belief that deception is essential,
the religious aspect of their philosophy is especially unnerving.
Religion may be the opium of the masses, but when zealots become
so certain of their own righteousness that they ignore their own
humanity, horror is the natural consequence. Islamic extremism offers
the most glaring recent example, and now that Osama bin Laden has
been granted permission to nuke America, the most extreme changes
within the U.S. could very well come from the outside world.
In the meantime, however, for those who have not yet noticed,
our own homegrown zealots -- those who advocate hatred in the name
of the Lord -- have made considerable headway, with gays and lesbians
currently at the center of legislation which, should it pass, will
alter this country forever.
When the Marriage Protection Act passed the House in July, the
New York Times called it "a radical assault on the Constitution.
"If it passes in the Senate, the bill could obliterate the
separation of powers and wipe out Constitutional protections for
all minorities, stripping the courts and possibly paving the way
for Christian nationhood. Other pieces of court stripping legislation
bills designed to topple the wall between church and state are also
This encroaching infusion of church and state, combined with recent
decrees concerning moral values, doesn't resonate with inclusive
tolerance. "When was the last time
a Western nation had a leader so obsessed with God and claiming
God was on our side? If you answered Adolph Hitler and Nazi Germany,
you're correct," Bob Fitrakis wrote. "Nothing can
be more misleading than to categorize Hitler as a barbaric pagan
or Godless totalitarian, like Stalin."
While many of us reserve a soft spot for true Christian generosity
and the warm teachings of Jesus, it's important to remember that
Christianity can be (and has been) distorted for darker purposes.
Whether you're talking about Nazi Germany, the pre-Civil War American
South, or the atmosphere in the U.S. these past few years, whenever
questions of conscience are vigorously denounced, you can bet there
is trouble ahead -- and the hijacking of faith and the manipulation
of religion should always arouse suspicion. Moral
values as a mandate? What better way to foster civil obedience and
"One nation Under God" unity in a time of preventative
war, suppressed liberty and sanctioned torture.
So, yes, despite tales of Hitler's atheism and Germany's Godlessness,
the list of Hitler's religious assertions and Nazi Christian affiliations
is long, and before Americans swallow more WMD-type baloney, it's
best to comprehend this history and understand that no nation, including
our own, is immune to faith-based fascism.
Substituting "America" for "Germany,"
many of Hitler's religious assertions could have been uttered by
Jerry Falwell or Pat Robertson -- with Hitler even asserting
that God punished Germany for turning away from Him -- before promising
that renewed piety would protect the Fatherland and make it prosperous
and successful once more. "Once the mercy of God shown upon
us, but we were not worthy of His mercy. Providence withdrew its
protection and our people fell, fell as scarcely any other people
heretofore. In this deep misery we again learned to pray,"
Hitler said in 1936, sixty-five years before Falwell and Robertson
blamed abortionists and feminists for the tragedies of Sept. 11.
Hitler's religious phrases could have also
come from the lips of George W. Bush. "Our
prayer is: Lord God, let us never hesitate, let us never play the
coward, let us never forget the duty which we have taken upon us,"Hitler
said in March, 1933, sounding much like our president, who believes
that God wants him to liberate the people in Middle East -- even
if he has to torture, maim and kill tens of thousands in the process.
"I believe we have a duty to free people," Bush told Bob
Woodward. "I would hope we wouldn't have to do it militarily,
but we have a duty.. . . Going into this period, I was praying for
strength to do the Lord's will. . . ."
Speaking in Berlin in March, 1936, Hitler said something remarkably
similar. "I would like to thank Providence and the Almighty
for choosing me of all people to be allowed to wage this battle
for Germany," he said, before launching the preventive war
heard round the world.
Both leaders also promised peace while planning for war. "We
seek peace. We strive for peace. And sometimes peace must be defended,"
Bush said, in his State of the Union address in Jan. 2003, two months
before launching a preventative war in Iraq. "Never in these
long years have we offered any other prayer but this: Lord, grant
to our people peace at home, and grant and preserve to them peace
from the foreign foe!"Hitler said in Nuremberg on Sept. 13,
Yes, many of Hitler's faith-based comments could have come from
George Bush himself, and are undoubtedly the kinds of sentiments
many Americans not only agree with -- but take comfort in. This
is not to say that Bush is Hitler or that religion is evil, but
to serve as a reminder that things are not always what they seem.
Christianity was used to justify everything from the Salem witch
trials to slavery in America, and facilitated group-think in Germany
-- when individuality and questions of conscience were needed the
most. These are but a few of the Fuhrer's assertions:
• "Secular schools can never be tolerated because
such a school has no religious instruction and a general moral
instruction without a religious foundation is built on air; consequently,
all character training and religion must be derived from faith."
(The German Churches Under Hitler, p.241)
• "We must turn all the sentiments of the Volk, all
its thinking, acting, even its beliefs, away from the anti-Christian,
smug individualism of the past, from the egotism and stupid Phariseeism
of personal arrogance, and we must educate the youth in particular
in the spirit of those of Christ's words that we must interpret
anew: love one another; be considerate of your fellow man; remember
that each one of you is not alone a creature of God, but that
you are all brothers! This youth will, with loathing and contempt,
abandon those hypocrites who have Christ on their lips but the
devil in their hearts." (Hitler: Memoirs of a Confidant,
• "It will be the Government's care to maintain honest
cooperation between Church and State; the struggle against materialistic
views and for a real national community is just as much in the
interest of the German nation as in that of the welfare of our
Christian faith." (At the Reichstag, March 23, 1933)
• "Without pledging ourselves to any particular Confession
[Protestantism or Catholicism], we have restored to faith its
prerequisites because we were convinced that the people need and
require this faith. We have therefore undertaken the fight against
the atheistic movement, and that not merely with a few theoretical
declarations: we have stamped it out." (Berlin, Oct. 24,
• "But there is something else I believe, and that
is that there is a God. . . . And this God again has blessed our
efforts during the past 13 years." (Munich, Feb. 24, 1940)
• "You [blue-collar workers] represent the most noble
of slogans known to us: "God helps those who help themselves!'
(Hitler: Speeches and Proclamations, Vol. 2, page 1147)
• "Fifteen years ago I had nothing save my faith
and my will. Today the Movement is Germany, today this Movement
has won the German nation and formed the Reich. Would that have
been possible without the blessing of the Almighty? Or do they
who ruined Germany wish to maintain that they have had God's blessing?
What we are we are, not against but with the will of Providence.
And so long as we are loyal, honest, and ready to fight, so long
as we believe in our great work and do not capitulate, we shall
also in the future have the blessing of Providence." (Rosenheim,
Aug. 11, 1935)
• "My feelings as a Christian points me to my Lord
and Savior as a fighter. . . As a Christian I have no duty to
allow myself to be cheated, but I have the duty to be a fighter
for truth and justice.... And if there is anything which could
demonstrate that we are acting rightly it is the distress that
daily grows. For as a Christian I have also a duty to my own people."
(Munich, April 12, 1922)
• "If positive Christianity means love of one's neighbor,
i.e. the tending of the sick, the clothing of the poor, the feeding
of the hungry, the giving of drink to those who are thirsty, then
it is we who are the more positive Christians. For in these spheres
the community of the people of National Socialist Germany has
accomplished a prodigious work." (Feb. 24, 1939)
• "We were convinced that the people needs and requires
this faith. We have therefore undertaken the fight against the
atheistic movement, and that not merely with a few theoretical
declarations: we have stamped it out." (Berlin, Oct. 24,
• "An educated man retains the sense of the mysteries
of nature and bows before the unknowable. An educated man, on
the other hand, runs the risk of going over to atheism (which
is a return to the state of the animal)." (Hitler's Table
Talk, 1941-1944, page 59)
In his book, They Thought They Were Free, Milton Mayer interviewed
Germans who discussed how their society changed right before their
eyes, and how, despite Hitler's rhetoric, God was nowhere to be
found. As one interviewee put it:
"The world you live in -- "your nation, your people"
-- is not the world you were in at all. The forms are all there,
all untouched, all reassuring, the houses, the shops, the jobs,
the mealtimes, the visits, the concerts, the cinema, the holidays.
But the spirit, which you never noticed because you made the lifelong
mistake of identifying it with the forms, is changed. Now you
live in a world of hate and fear, and the people who hate and
fear do not even know it themselves; when everyone is transformed,
no one is transformed. Now you live in a system which rules without
responsibility even to God. The system itself could not have intended
this in the beginning, but in order to sustain itself it was compelled
to go all the way."
Of course, America has hardly "gone
all the way" and is unlikely to become as psychotic as Nazi
Germany any time soon. But what do you suppose God thinks
of preventative war based upon deception? Or about the use of depleted
uranium? Or about dropping napalm on civilians? Are Iraqi insurgents
are any less certain that God is on their side than our own Evangelical
Yes, Saddam Hussein was a brutal thug, but why do so many insist
on forgetting that the U.S. helped him to power in the first place?
Does God see our role in all of this as lightly as we do? And how
many U.S. citizens do you know, who, mired in fear, readily dismiss
America's use of torture and rationalize our disregard for international
law? What else might they overlook?
In 1937, Hitler said that because of Germany's belief in God and
God's favoritism towards Germany, the country would prevail and
prosper. "We, therefore, go our way into the future with the
deepest belief in God. Would all we have achieved been possible
had Providence not helped us? I know that the fruits of human labor
are hard-won and transitory if they are not blessed by the Omnipotent.
Work such as ours which has received the blessings of the Omnipotent
can never again be undone by mere mortals,"he said.
While attempting to solidify his power, Hitler also denounced
those who denounced religion -- as if he were talking about Hollywood
or blue states or Noam Chomsky. "For eight months we have been
conducting a fearless campaign against that Communism which is threatening
our entire nation, our culture, our art, and our public morals,
"Hitler said in a speech in Oct. 1933. "We have made an
end of denials of the Deity and the crying down of religion."
There will be no more crying down of religion in George Bush's
America, either. Though oft-repeated assertions made by the media
in the immediate aftermath of the election have proven to be nothing
more than myth, propagandists would have you believe that the American
people have spoken: "Moral values" reign supreme.
But how can any one of us know God's desires -- especially when
our enemies claim to have God on their side as well? And doesn't
it seem that religious hubris -- believing that God sanctions one's
own inhumane treatment of others -- always invites a fall?
"I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just;
that his justice cannot sleep forever," Thomas Jefferson said,
of the price America would eventually pay for slavery. "Nations,
like individuals, are punished for their transgressions," Ulysses
S. Grant advised, describing karmic retribution without pointing
hateful fingers at lesbians.
And long before that, the poet John Milton tried to "justify
the ways of God to Man." But yet, the world, with its conflicting
visions of morality, ethics and truth, still struggles to comprehend.
Perhaps Truth, for want of a better definition, is what God sees
when he looks at any given situation. And perhaps it is ultimately
impossible for us to know God's mind. After all, it's obvious that
Hitler wasn't telling the truth when he spoke of God and country
-- and by the same token, it's difficult to look at Najaf or Fallujah
or Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo Bay and see God's hand in any of it.
After one of Bush's operatives promised to "export death
and violence to the four corners of the earth in defense of our
great nation" Bob Woodward wrote: "The president was casting
his mission and that of the country in the grand vision of God's
Master Plan." And sure enough, when Woodward asked Bush if
he had discussed the impending invasion of Iraq with his father,
President George H.W. Bush (who could have offered sage advice),
the President responded: "He is the wrong father to appeal
to in terms of strength; there is a higher father that I appeal
But, without knowing God's mind, most of us have only History
to help us judge. And the fact is, without
the benefit of History, some of the "moral values" Hitler
embraced sound eerily like those being peddled today.
George Bush is not Hitler. America is not Nazi
Germany. But buying into religious assertions or thinking that God
is on your side is not wise when it comes to matters of war -- particularly
when that war is an aggressive preventative war based on false premises
So, aside from Jerry Falwell, who speaks with hate-filled authority,
most of us do not know how God will judge us. We will have to settle
for History's imperfect record.
All of this begs the question, however. Given his assertions regarding
God's role in helping him decide policy ("I pray that I be
as good a messenger of His will as possible" Bush told Woodward.
. . "I felt so strongly that [invading Iraq] was the right
thing to do") how does Bush view the more mundane, secular
implications of his actions? When asked by Woodward how History
would judge the war in Iraq, Bush replied: "History. We don't
know. We'll all be dead."
I challenge anyone to find the moral value in that.
U.S. special forces
troops accused of abusing prisoners in Iraq threatened Defense Intelligence
Agency personnel who saw the mistreatment and confiscated photos
of a prisoner who had been punched in the face, according
to U.S. government memos released Tuesday by the American Civil
The troops also monitored e-mails sent by
defense personnel and ordered them "not to talk to anyone"
in the United States about what they saw, said one memo written
by the Defense Intelligence Agency chief, who complained to his
Pentagon bosses about the harassment.
Prisoners arriving at a detention center
in Baghdad had "burn marks on their backs" as well as
bruises and some complained of kidney pain, according to
the June 25, 2004, memo. [...]
According to the memo from the Defense Intelligence chief, Vice
Admiral Lowell Jacoby, a special forces task force in Iraq threatened
two Defense Intelligence Agency members who complained about abuses.
Some had their car keys confiscated and were
ordered not to leave "even to get a haircut."
The memos say a task force officer punched a prisoner in the face
"to the point he needed medical attention," failed to
record the medical treatment and confiscated photos made by a Defense
Intelligence Agency interrogator of the injuries.
The incident's date is unclear because the memo -- like others
released by the ACLU -- was heavily redacted to remove dates and
A veteran sergeant who told his commanding
officers that he witnessed his colleagues torturing Iraqi detainees
was strapped to a gurney and flown out of Iraq -- even though there
was nothing wrong with him.
- - - - - - - - - - - -
On June 15, 2003, Sgt. Frank "Greg"
Ford, a counterintelligence agent in the California National Guard's
223rd Military Intelligence (M.I.) Battalion stationed in Samarra,
Iraq, told his commanding officer, Capt.
Victor Artiga, that he had witnessed five incidents of torture and
abuse of Iraqi detainees at his base, and requested a formal investigation.
Thirty-six hours later, Ford, a 49-year-old with over 30
years of military service in the Coast Guard, Army and Navy, was
ordered by U.S. Army medical personnel to lie down on a gurney,
was then strapped down, loaded onto a military plane and medevac'd
to a military medical center outside the country.
Although no "medevac" order appears to have been written,
in violation of Army policy, Ford was clearly shipped out because
of a diagnosis that he was suffering from combat stress. After
Ford raised the torture allegations, Artiga immediately said Ford
was "delusional" and ordered a psychiatric examination,
according to Ford. But that examination, carried out by an Army
psychiatrist, diagnosed him as "completely normal."
A witness, Sgt. 1st Class Michael Marciello,
claims that Artiga became enraged when he read the initial medical
report finding nothing wrong with Ford and intimidated the psychiatrist
into changing it. According to Marciello, Artiga angrily
told the psychiatrist that it was a "C.I. [counterintelligence]
or M.I. matter" and insisted that she had to change her report
and get Ford out of Iraq.
Documents show that all subsequent examinations of Ford by Army
mental-health professionals, over many months, confirmed his initial
diagnosis as normal. [...]
|ROTTERDAM : The Dutch police said they had arrested
a man suspected of aiding former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein in committing
war crimes and genocide by supplying him with the materials to make
chemical weapons used in attacks in the 1980s.
"The suspect, a chemicals dealer, is suspected of supplying
the ingredients for chemical weapons to the regime of Saddam Hussein,"
Wim de Bruin of the national prosecutor's office told AFP on Tuesday.
The 62-year-old man, identified as Frans van Anraat by the media,
is the first Dutch national to be investigated on suspicion of complicity
in genocide, De Bruin said. He also faces charges of war crimes.
The chemicals dealer is notably suspected of supplying the materials
to produce the mustard gas used in the 1988 attack on the Kurdish
town of Halabja, near Iraq's border with Iran.
In July officials of the Iraqi Special Tribunal set up to try
deposed leader Saddam Hussein, said he faces seven charges of crimes
against humanity. One of the charges specifically relates to the
gassing of Kurds in Halabja during Iraq's bloody war against Iran.
According to the Dutch authorities Van Anraat supplied "thousands
of tonnes of base materials for chemical weapons between 1984 and
The chemicals he sold to Iraq could be used to make mustard gas
and nerve gases. The raw materials originally
came from the United States and Japan, according to the prosecution.
WASHINGTON - The U.S. House intelligence
bill negotiated Tuesday would double the number of border agents
and substantially increase the size of
immigrant detention facilities over the next five years.
House and Senate conferees broke a stalemate over legislation
containing recommendations from the 9/11 Commission, and final
congressional votes could come as early as Wednesday. President
Bush pushed for passage in recent days, but debate over authority
of a new national intelligence director and proposed immigration
restrictions threatened to kill it.
Although some say the bill doesn't go far enough to restrict
immigration, it authorizes the number of Border Patrol agents
to grow by 10,000 and the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement
agents by 7,500 by 2010. There are currently 11,200 Border Patrol
agents and 5,500 ICE agents.
The bill also proposes 4,000 more beds by 2010 for detaining immigrants,
up from about 21,000. [...]
[...] In an apparent reversal of decades
of U.S. practice, recent federal Office of Foreign Assets Control
regulations bar American companies from publishing works by dissident
writers in countries under sanction unless they first obtain U.S.
The restriction, condemned by critics as a violation of the
First Amendment, means that books and other
works banned by some totalitarian regimes cannot be published
freely in the United States, a country that prides itself
as the international beacon of free expression.
"It strikes me as very odd," said Douglas Kmiec, a
constitutional law professor at Pepperdine University and former
constitutional legal counsel to former Presidents Reagan and Bush.
"I think the government has an uphill struggle to justify
Several groups, led by the PEN American Center and including
Arcade Publishing, have filed suit in U.S. District Court in New
York seeking to overturn the regulations, which
cover writers in Iran, Sudan, Cuba, North Korea and, until recently,
Violations carry severe reprisals -- publishing
houses can be fined $1 million and individual violators face up
to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
"Historically, the United States has served as a megaphone
for dissidents from other countries," said Ed Davis of New
York, a lawyer leading the PEN legal challenge. "Now we're
not able to hear from dissidents."
Yet more than dissident voices are affected.
The regulations already have led publishers to scrap plans for
volumes on Cuban architecture and birds, and publishers complain
that the rules threaten the intellectual breadth and independence
of academic journals.
Shirin Ebadi, the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize winner, has joined
the lawsuit, arguing that the rules preclude American publishers
from helping craft her memoirs of surviving Iran's Islamic revolution
and her efforts to defend human rights in Iranian courts.
In a further wrinkle, even if publishers
obtain a license for a book -- something they are loathe to do
-- they believe the regulations bar them from advertising it,
forcing readers to find the dissident works on their own.
"It's absolutely against the First Amendment," fumed
Arcade editor Richard Seaver, who hopes to publish an anthology
of Iranian short stories. "We're not going to ask permission
(to publish). That reeks of censorship. And `censorship' is a
word that gets my hackles up very quickly."
Officials from the U.S. Treasury Department, which oversees
OFAC, declined comment on the lawsuit, but spokeswoman
Molly Millerwise described the sanctions as "a very important
part of our overall national security."
"These are countries that pose serious threats to the United
States, to our economy and security and our well being around
the globe," Millerwise said, adding that publishers can still
bring dissident writers to American readers as long as they first
apply for a license. [...]
Curt Goering, deputy executive director for the Amnesty International
human rights monitoring group, criticized the regulations as "a
violation of some fundamental human rights."
Goering said international covenants recognize the right of
people to receive and distribute information regardless of political
boundaries. "It's yet another example of the hypocrisy of
this administration on human rights," Goering said, adding
that while the United States defends its
role in Iraq as a defense of liberty at home it is "blocking"
publication of dissident voices.
Kmiec, who is not part of the legal challenge, said the First
Amendment -- and subsequent court rulings -- generally preclude
the government from restricting publications before they are made.
"It does allow for limitations where there are clear and
present dangers and compelling foreign policy or other interests
that can be tangibly and authentically demonstrated," Kmiec
said. "But short of that special application and very rare
circumstance, government censorship is properly off-limits. These
efforts to restrain in advance are almost sure to fail."
Bush wants 'pro-homosexual' drama banned. Gary Taylor meets
the politician in charge of making it happen
What should we do with US classics like
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof or The Color Purple? "Dig a hole,"
Gerald Allen recommends, "and dump them in it." Don't
laugh. Gerald Allen's book-burying opinions are not a joke.
Earlier this week, Allen got a call from Washington. He will
be meeting with President Bush on Monday. I asked him if this
was his first invitation to the White House. "Oh
no," he laughs. "It's my fifth meeting with Mr Bush."
Bush is interested in Allen's opinions because Allen is an elected
Republican representative in the Alabama state legislature. He
is Bush's base. Last week, Bush's base introduced a bill that
would ban the use of state funds to purchase any books or other
materials that "promote homosexuality". Allen does not
want taxpayers' money to support "positive depictions of
homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle". That's why Tennessee
Williams and Alice Walker have got to go.
I ask Allen what prompted this bill. Was one of his children
exposed to something in school that he considered inappropriate?
Did he see some flamingly gay book displayed prominently at the
No, nothing like that. "It was election day," he explains.
Last month, "14 states passed referendums defining marriage
as a relationship between a man and a woman". Exit polls
asked people what they considered the most important issue, and
"moral values in this country" were "the top of
"Traditional family values are under
attack," Allen informs me. They've been under attack "for
the last 40 years". The enemy, this time, is not al-Qaida.
The axis of evil is "Hollywood, the music industry".
We have an obligation to "save
society from moral destruction". We have to prevent
liberal libarians and trendy teachers from "re-engineering
society's fabric in the minds of our children". We have to
I ask him, again, for specific examples. Although heterosexuals
are apparently an endangered species in Alabama, and although
Allen is a local politician who lives a couple miles from my house,
he can't produce any local examples. "Go on the internet,"
he recommends. "Some time when you've got a week to spare,"
he jokes, "just go on the internet. You'll see."
Actually, I go on the internet every day. But I'm obviously searching
for different things. For Allen, the web is just the largest repository
in history of urban myths. The internet is even better than the
Bible when it comes to spreading unverifiable, unrefutable stories.
And urban myths are political realities. Remember, it was an urban
myth (an invented court case about a sex education teacher gang-raped
by her own students who, when she protested, laughed and said:
"But we're just doing what you taught us!") that all
but killed sex education in America.
Since Allen couldn't give me a single example of the homosexual
equivalent of 9/11, I gave him some. This autumn the University
of Alabama theatre department put on an energetic revival of A
Chorus Line, which includes, besides "tits and ass",
a prominent gay solo number. Would Allen's bill prevent university
students from performing A Chorus Line? It isn't that he's against
the theatre, Allen explains. "But why can't you do something
else?" (They have done other things, of course. But I didn't
think it would be a good idea to mention their sold-out productions
of Angels in America and The Rocky Horror Show.)
Cutting off funds to theatre departments that put on A Chorus
Line or Cat on a Hot Tin Roof may look like censorship, and smell
like censorship, but "it's not censorship", Allen hastens
to explain. "For instance, there's a reason for stop lights.
You're driving a vehicle, you see that stop light, and I hope
you stop." Who can argue with something as reasonable as
stop lights? Of course, if you're gay, this particular traffic
light never changes to green.
It would not be the first time Cat on a Hot Tin Roof ran into
censorship. As Nicholas de Jongh documents in his amusingly appalling
history of government regulation of the British theatre, the British
establishment was no more enthusiastic, half a century ago, than
Alabama's Allen. "Once again Mr Williams vomits up the recurring
theme of his not too subconscious," the Lord Chamberlain's
Chief Examiner wrote in 1955. In the end, it was first performed
in London at the New Watergate Club, for "members only",
thereby slipping through a loophole in the censorship laws.
But more than one gay playwright is at a stake here. Allen claims
he is acting to "encourage and protect our culture".
Does "our culture" include Shakespeare? I ask Allen
if he would insist that copies of Shakespeare's sonnets be removed
from all public libraries. I point out to him that Romeo and Juliet
was originally performed by an all-male cast, and that in Shakespeare's
lifetime actors and audiences at the public theatres were all
accused of being "sodomites". When Romeo wished he "was
a glove upon that hand", the cheek that he fantasised about
kissing was a male cheek. Next March the Alabama Shakespeare festival
will be performing a new production of As You Like It, and its
famous scene of a man wooing another man. The Alabama Shakespeare
Festival is also the State Theatre of Alabama. Would Allen's bill
cut off state funding for Shakespeare?
"Well," he begins, after a pause, "the current
draft of the bill does not address how that is going to be handled.
I expect details like that to be worked out at the committee stage.
Literature like Shakespeare and Hammet [sic] could be left alone."
Could be. Not "would be". In any case, he says, "you
could tone it down". That way, if you're not paying real
close attention, even a college graduate like Allen himself "could
easily miss" what was going on, the "subtle" innuendoes
So he regards his gay book ban as a work in progress. His legislation
is "a single spoke in the wheel, it doesn't resolve all the
issues". This is just the beginning. "To turn a big
ship around it takes a lot of time."
But make no mistake, the ship is turning. You can see that on
the face of Cornelius Carter, a professor of dance at Alabama
and a prize-winning choreographer who, not long ago, was named
university teacher of the year for the entire US. Carter is black.
He is also gay, and tired of fighting these battles. "I don't
know," he says, "if I belong here any more."
Forty years ago, the American defenders of "our culture"
and "traditional values" were opposing racial integration.
Now, no politician would dare attack Cornelius Carter for being
black. But it's perfectly acceptable to discriminate against people
for what they do in bed.
"Dig a hole," Gerald Allen recommends,
"and dump them in it."
Of course, Allen was talking about books. He was just talking
about books. He never said anything about pink triangles.
In an appearance before Congress in February,
when the controversy over Janet Jackson’s Super Bowl moment
was at its height, Federal Communications Commission chairman
Michael Powell laid some startling statistics on U.S. senators.
The number of indecency complaints had
soared dramatically to more than 240,000 in the previous year,
Powell said. The figure was up from roughly 14,000 in 2002, and
from fewer than 350 in each of the two previous years.
There was, Powell said, “a dramatic rise in public concern
and outrage about what is being broadcast into their homes.”
What Powell did not reveal—apparently because he was unaware—was
the source of the complaints. According to a new FCC estimate
obtained by Mediaweek, nearly all indecency
complaints in 2003—99.8 percent—were filed by the
Parents Television Council, an activist group.
This year, the trend has continued, and perhaps intensified.
Through early October, 99.9 percent of indecency complaints—aside
from those concerning the Janet Jackson “wardrobe malfunction”
during the Super Bowl halftime show broadcast on CBS— were
brought by the PTC, according to the FCC analysis dated Oct. 1.
(The agency last week estimated it had received 1,068,767 complaints
about broadcast indecency so far this year; the Super Bowl broadcast
accounted for over 540,000, according to commissioners’
The prominent role played by the PTC has raised concerns among
critics of the FCC’s crackdown on indecency. “It
means that really a tiny minority with a very focused political
agenda is trying to censor American television and radio,”
said Jonathan Rintels, president and executive director of the
Center for Creative Voices in Media, an artists’ advocacy
LAKE BROWNWOOD (Texas) -- As tornadoes go,
the one that hit the Thunderbird Bay area of Lake Brownwood Monday
afternoon was a small, short-lived twister -- about 75 yards wide
and 4 miles long, with wind speeds estimated at 70-80 mph, or
an F1 on the Fujita Scale.
But even weak tornadoes can be dangerous, Hector Guerrero of
the National Weather Service in San Angelo said.
"It's a weak tornado. Weak tornadoes kill people, too,"
Guerrero said. "Thank God we didn't have any injuries. We're
just grateful nobody got hurt." [...]
(Jackson, MS) - Violent storms and tornados
ripped through the state Tuesday morning leaving residents without
electricity. In worse cases, some people lost parts of their homes.
Tree removal companies, Entergy trucks, insurance adjusters
and residents worked together in the aftermath of Tuesday's storm.
Trey Proctor, an insurance adjustor with Farm Bureau surveyed
the damage in Edwards. He said, "When I got here it kinda
surprised me, I didn't know we had this much damage out here,
this is the first house I've been to all day. " He had five
more houses to visit in the area.
The Hinds County EOC said an F1 tornado hit a 14-mile radius
around Edwards. It damaged two barns on Newman road. The owner
said all of the animals were secured and no one was injured.
Just one street over on Puckett, a roof and yard was destroyed
Lois Christian, the homeowner, describes the scene. "The
sound was just crushing glass and roaring like a train, so we
had no doubt it was a tornado." [...]
PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY, December 8 (Itar-Tass)
- A strong cyclone, accompanied by gale-force winds and snowfall,
has hit southern Kamchatka, specialists from the local meteorological
service told Itar-Tass on Wednesday. A storm warning has been
issued in the region.
The cyclone has approached Kamchatka from the Khabarovsk region.
According to specialists, its influence on the region won’t
be long. The weather is expected to improve by Thursday morning,
when the cyclone will move north. Snowdrifts and strong wind are
expected in the north of the Kamchatka peninsula on Thursday.
Connie Clarke took about an hour to stop
shaking Tuesday after a large locust tree in her front yard was
uprooted and blew onto the top of her house in Kettering.
She and her husband, Steven, won't know the extent of the damage
to their one-story, vinyl-sided house until the tree is cherry-picked
from their roof today. They are simply happy no one was hurt.
One person in Bellbrook did suffer minor injuries during Tuesday's
episode with winds that the National Weather Service in Wilmington
said gusted from 45 to 57 mph.
A 47-year-old woman was taken to Miami Valley Hospital after
a large limb from a dead tree blew into and through her windshield
as she was driving in the 4400 block of Possum Run Road, Sugarcreek
Twp. police reported. The woman, whose name was not released,
lost control of her car and drove into another tree. The car ended
up on its side. Police and firefighters were dispatched, police
Power lines were downed by snapping branches or pulled loose
by the gales, representatives of Dayton Power and Light Co. and
Cinergy said. [...]
An elderly couple have been swept away by
swift floodwaters after their car became stranded in a swollen
creek in central-west NSW.
The 75-year-old man and 64-year-old woman were reported missing
about 10.30pm after their car was found in the middle of Caves
Creek, about 15km from Orange.
The creek had been hit by a flash flood after heavy rain.
It was believed the couple got out of the car when it became
stuck in the creek and were swept away, police said.
A search begun last night resumed this morning.
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