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A Casual Relationship with the Truth at Guantanamo

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The US detention center at Guantanamo still houses 172 inmates, down from a one-time high of 779. Detainee assessments recently made public by the whistle-blowing site WikiLeaks reveals that US interrogators were not always rigorous in corroborating testimony.
Kafkaesque Machinery of Suspicion

The US prison at Guantanamo houses the worst of the worst of international jihad. But as the detainee assessments recently made public by WikiLeaks show, it is a description that can be applied to US evidence gathering as well.

There was a champagne brunch at the US military's Bayview Restaurant on Easter Sunday -- $14.95 a person, with a view of the bay included. Before the brunch, the soldiers' families met for an Easter egg hunt on the golf course, near the white officers' houses with their manicured front lawns. Inflatable castles were set up for the children.

On weekends like this, Guantanamo looks relatively normal. Residents can take snorkeling lessons or attend a picnic on Windmill Beach, which, like the 10 other beaches on the base, is equipped with volleyball nets, showers and barbecue stations.

It is a place that has become a symbol worldwide for the failure of a modern constitutional state -- and its weekend activities are reminiscent of a Mediterranean resort hotel. The military base has one of the best funded programs for "Morale, Recreation and the Common Good," including a range of activities more commonly found at a Club Med, like Pilates and belly-dancing lessons, angling, paintball and Ironman competitions.

Bad Guys

Israeli Occupation Forces Assault, Injure 60 Year Old American Woman

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Israeli forces injured an American activist and detained three other foreign nationals Sunday, as they attempted to stop Israeli bulldozers from razing Palestinian agricultural land east of Qalqiliya, witnesses said.

International solidarity activists gathered in Izbat At-Tabib in the northern West Bank on privately-owned Palestinian property, which Israel seeks to confiscate for the construction of a wall around Jewish-only settlements in the area.

Soldiers pushed over a 60-year-old American woman with the Michigan Peace Team, who fell and was taken to hospital with a suspected broken wrist, witnesses said.

They added that Israeli forces detained two British activists and one Swedish activist.

Propaganda

Administration Backs Off Tale Of Osama Bin Laden Using Wife As Human Shield

Osama + his house in Pakistan
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It was a fitting end for the America's most wanted man. As President Barack Obama's Deputy National Security Adviser John Brennan told it, a cowardly Osama bin Laden used his own wife as a human shield in his final moments. Except that apparently wasn't what happened at all.

Hours later, other administration officials were clarifying Brennan's account. Turns out the woman that was killed on the compound wasn't bin Laden's wife. Bin Laden may have not even been using a human shield. And he might not have even been holding a gun.

The narrative first unfolded in a televised briefing at the White House.

"Thinking about that from a visual perspective, here is bin Laden, who has been calling for these attacks, living in this million dollar-plus compound, living in an area that is far removed from the front, hiding behind women who were put in front of him as a shield," Brennan said. "I think it really just speaks to just how false his narrative has been over the years."

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The False Death of Osama bin Laden - a Perfect Psyop Propaganda to Promote the Gullibility of American Idiots

Jefferson


"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be." - T. Jefferson
"We are never deceived; we deceive ourselves." - Goethe

"All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident." - Schopenhauer


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What happens this week is pitiful and laughably absurd.

Following the September 11, 2001 inside job, there has been speculation on the whereabouts of Osama bin Laden.

According to research with the reported resources, such as the news media (Fox News and CBS-TV News), What Really Happened and Veterans Today chief editor Gordon Duff, Osama has been dead for a long time.

I can only speculate that the episode is a psyop exercise to provide the soothing peace of mind for the American public subject to full-throttle media propaganda, while continuing, unabatedly, one of the greatest, deadliest, and most expensive hoaxes of all time -- "The War on Terror."

Magic Hat

Osama bin Laden's Useful Death

Brooklyn bridge

Suddenly the government is telling us the truth about bin Laden's death? If you believe that, I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I'll let you have for a good price.
In a propaganda piece reeking of US Triumphalism, two alleged journalists, Adam Goldman and Chris Brummitt, of the Associated Press or, rather, of the White House Ministry of Truth, write, or copy off a White House or CIA press release that "Osama bin Laden, the terror mastermind killed by Navy SEALs in an intense firefight, was hunted down based on information first gleaned years ago (emphasis added) from detainees at secret CIA prison sites in Eastern Europe, officials disclosed Monday."

How many Americans will notice that the first paragraph of the "report" justifies CIA prisons and torture? Without secret prisons and torture "the terror mastermind" would still be running free, despite having died from renal failure in 2001.

Magic Hat

White House Struggles to Get Osama Death Script Right

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After giving contradictory versions of events for two days following the killing of terror mastermind Osama bin Laden, including misidentifying which of his sons was killed and wrongly saying bin Laden's wife died in gunfire, the White House Tuesday said bin Laden was unarmed when Navy SEALs burst into his room and shot him to death.

Over two days, the White House has offered contradictory versions of events, including misidentifying which of bin Laden's sons was killed and wrongly saying bin Laden's wife died in gunfire, as it tries to sort through what the president's press secretary called the "fog of combat" and produce an accurate account.

In latest twist to the events the White House Tuesday said Osama bin Laden was unarmed when Navy SEALs burst into his room and shot him to death, another change in the official account that raised questions about whether the U.S. ever planned to capture him alive.

Comment: For more on Obama's latest release be sure to see the new SOTT Report: US Government Psy-Ops - The 'Killing' of Osama Bin Laden


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US Urged to Recognise Palestinian State as Fatah and Hamas End Rift

Nabil al-Arabi
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Nabil al-Arabi made the appeal to a visiting US congressman
Egypt has urged the United States to recognise a united Palestinian state as warring factions Fatah and Hamas prepare to sign a landmark reconciliation pact in Cairo.

The appeal comes as the Palestinians indicated that they will ask the United Nations in September to recognise an independent state based on 1967 borders, a move condemned by both Israel and the United States.

Nabil al-Arabi, Egypt's Foreign Minister, told visiting US congressman Steve Chabot that recognising the state "would correspond with previous statements by the American administration supporting peace based on two states".

Chess

Leave Libya or We Will Bring You Down, Government Allies Tell Berlusconi

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Silvio Berlusconi arrives at the court in Milan. He is involved in three ongoing trials.
Northern League threatens to sink coalition as PM endures another day in court

Italy's belated decision to join the military campaign against Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi has brought fresh political woes for Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, with opposition to the bombing threatening to sink his fragile coalition.

Senior figures in the Northern League want an end to Italian air strikes only a week after they began following a personal plea by US President Barack Obama to Mr Berlusconi. Parliament will vote on the Northern League motion to this effect later today.

Hourglass

Propaganda: Did Latest WikiLeaks Revelations Force U.S. to Take Out Bin Laden

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Controversial: The Wikileaks site, founded by Julian Assange, has been attacked by countries for its publication of secret documents
WikiLeaks may have triggered the killing of Osama Bin Laden, it was suggested last night.

For although the CIA has thought since September that he was in hiding in Abbottabad, special forces stormed his fortress only days after the website published new secret documents.

These made reference to named 'couriers' carrying Bin Laden's message to his followers, and also to Abbottabad as a possible Al Qaeda bolthole.

America has already revealed that it was led to Bin Laden by tracking a man identified as his key courier.

When that courier was found in Abbottabad, the CIA began surveillance that led to the raid.

As a result, last night it was suggested the operation had to be launched before Bin Laden knew the game was up.

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9/11 Bin Laden At Rawalpindi Hospital September 10th 1 28 2002 CBS

A 2002 CBS report of where Osama bin Laden was the night before Sept. 11, 2001 "terrorist attacks". The report claims bin Laden was in Pakistan getting kidney dialysis treatment at Rawalpindi Hospital.