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Psychopath Rove 'Proud' Detainees were Waterboarded

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A top aide to former US president George W. Bush has defended the use of harsh interrogation techniques, insisting he is "proud" of the methods and they had helped prevent terrorist attacks.

Karl Rove also told the BBC in an interview broadcast Thursday that he did not believe waterboarding -- a simulated drowning method -- amounted to torture.

"I'm proud that we used techniques that broke the will of these terrorists and gave us valuable information that allowed us to foil plots," he said.

"I am proud that we kept the world safer than it was by the use of these techniques. They are appropriate, they are in conformity with our international requirements and with US law," he added.

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Pope knew priest was paedophile but allowed him to continue with ministry

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Pope Benedict XVI

The Pope was drawn directly into the Roman Catholic sex abuse scandal for the first time tonight as news emerged of his part in a decision to send a paedophile priest for therapy. The priest went on to reoffend and was convicted of child abuse but continues to work as priest in Upper Bavaria.

The priest was sent from Essen to Munich for "therapy" in 1980 when he was accused of forcing an 11-year-old boy to perform oral sex. The archdiocese confirmed that the Pope, then a cardinal, had approved a decision to accommodate the priest in a rectory while the therapy took place.

The priest, identified only as "H", was subsequently convicted of sexually abusing minors after he was moved to pastoral work in nearby Grafing. In 1986 he was given an 18-month suspended prison sentence and fined 4,000 marks ($2,800 in today's money). There have been no formal accusations against him since.

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Video: The 9/11 Hijackers Are Alive? - Video Interview with Dr. David Ray Griffin

According to the chief of Japans Democratic Party who says that the 9/11 hijackers are alive and that 9/11 was a complete hoax. Dr. David Ray Griffin is a professor and author who wrote The New Pearl Harbor Revisited and he says that he agrees; the World Trade Center was a hoax.


Bad Guys

Rewriting History: Tortured logic of MI5 intelligence chief Manningham-Buller

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Alleged al-Qaida and Taliban detainees in orange jumpsuits kneel in a holding area at Camp X-Ray at Naval Base Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. This photo was released on 18 January 2002 by the US Department of Defense.
To be fair to Britain's security services, the gathering of intelligence can be the most difficult of jobs.

The claim on Wednesday from the former head of MI5, Eliza Manningham-Buller, that the US hid from the UK security services the torture they were meting out to the Muslim men they had labelled terrorists, comes as a bit of surprise.

Comment: MI5 and Manningham-Buller should have been reading SOTT!


Heart - Black

Pope's Brother: I Ignored Physical Abuse Reports

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Pope Benedict XVI, right, walks with his brother priest Georg Ratzinger in Regensburg, southern Germany, Sept. 13, 2006.
Berlin - The pope's brother said in a newspaper interview published Tuesday that he slapped pupils as punishment after he took over a renowned German boys' choir in the 1960s. He also said he was aware of allegations of physical abuse at an elementary school linked to the choir but did nothing about it.

The Rev. Georg Ratzinger, 86, said he was completely unaware of allegations of sexual abuse at the Regensburger Domspatzen boys choir, part of a string of charges of sex abuse by church employees across Europe in recent days.

Responding to accusations that its policies encouraged silence about the problem, the Vatican said that the sexual abuse scandals in Germany and other countries were cause for anguish but its response has been prompt and transparent

The scandal sweeping church institutions in many European countries kept widening Tuesday.

Star of David

Interpol issues 16 new warrants for Mossad murderers

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Interpol has issued arrest warrants for 16 new suspects identified by Dubai police for the January assassination of a Hamas commander.

The latest announcement brought to 27 the total number of suspects on Interpol's wanted list for the assassination of Mahmud al-Mabhouh, who was drugged before being suffocated in his hotel room, AFP reported.

"Investigative information provided by the authorities in Dubai bore out the international links and broad scope of the number of people involved, as well as the role of two 'teams' of individuals identified by the Dubai police as being linked to Al-Mabhouh's murder," Interpol said in a statement.

The statement added that the 16 new names make up the second of these "teams," in addition to the 11 for whom Interpol issued arrest alerts, known as Red Notices, on February 18.

USA

My "Relationship" With Tom Campbell -- A Wrench in the Israeli Gears

It's interesting to find myself a small factor in the California race for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate. But before I get to that, it's necessary to take a look at the campaigns themselves, and the system in which they're running.

An outside observer might be forgiven for being confused about which nation these candidates are seeking to serve. Rather than competing over who is the most loyal Californian and patriotic American, these would-be Senators seem often to be competing over who is the most supportive of a foreign regime.

Odder still, the regime being fervently endorsed has a record of taking actions that are deeply contrary to principles most Americans hold dear, and on top of that, has a track record of undertaking activities that are extremely damaging to the US, including:

Light Saber

ABC News Vs. Loose Change

At the Treason in America Conference on 3/6/2010, ABC News' Chris Wallace decided to drop by and attempt to entrap Dylan Avery and Corey Rowe, but the creators of the Loose Change documentaries were ready for them...


Eye 1

Dubai: Israeli premier faces arrest

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Tamim said he was 'almost certain' Israeli agents plotted the murder of al-Mabhouh
The head of the Dubai police is planning to seek the arrest of the prime minister of Israel and the head of the country's secret service, Mossad, over the killing of a Hamas leader.

Dhahi Khalfan Tamim told Al Jazeera he would ask the Dubai prosecutor to issue arrest warrants for Binyamin Netanyahu and Meir Dagan this week.

Tamim said he was "almost certain" Israeli agents were involved in the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a Hamas commander, at a Dubai hotel in January.

Israel has has neither confirmed nor denied involvement in al-Mabhouh's murder.

The police chief said Mossad had "insulted" Dubai and Western countries whose fraudulent passports were used by suspects in the assassination.

Eye 2

America's Darkest Secret: The Nine Stages of American Autogenocide


Comment: Martha Rose Crow died on March 1st, 2010, from a probable brain aneurysm. She was a close associate and contributor to SOTT.net, and her passing saddens us deeply. To commemorate her life, we revive this excellent editorial she wrote in 2006, in recognition of her dedication to truth and as a promise that her efforts and her life's work will live on and continue to help awaken others to the dark reality that surrounds us all.


Martha Rose Crow

Martha Rose Crow
Auto comes from the Greek reflexive pronoun while genocide comes from the Latin words gens meaning "race, tribe" and -cidere meaning "kill." (source)

American Autogenocide is the deliberate, systematic and legal murder of American citizens by socially-engineering the die-off of populations that are "problematic" for the interests of wealth and power. Most victims prematurely die from social forces targeted at them to cause them to wear out by stress. This process is called "Weathering Away" or "Attrition By Stress."

Although it has to be "legal," autogenocide is always committed under the radar so the media won't be compelled to report it and so the people won't see it or understand it. More, the genocide is blamed on the victims and their deaths are hidden-attributed-to other causes rather than the primary one of autogenocide.

What is different between this genocide and other genocides is that this unique genocide doesn't produce mass graves. Instead, the victims are spread over a large geographic area and buried singly, thereby hiding the body count. This keeps the deaths sanitized and homogenized. It also keeps the autogenocide surreal; thus enabling the village to deny It's existence when clues to It's existence are abundant and abundantly transparent.

Comment: Other articles by Martha Rose Crow can be found here:

Imaginary Gold Bullion: How Deep Does the Plunder of the World's Resources Go?
Behind Israel's Siege of Gaza: Palestinians Have Oil and Gas
The "Bin Laden Option" and the Missing Minot Nuke
The Orwell Peace Prize