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WSJ Says CIA Chief Wouldn’t Do Anything ‘Inappropriate’—Despite Record of Torture and Coverup | FAIR

Posted by M. C. on June 11, 2019

The War Street Journal

https://fair.org/home/wsj-says-cia-chief-wouldnt-do-anything-inappropriate-despite-record-of-torture-and-coverup/

A Wall Street Journal report (5/25/19) by Warren Strobel whitewashed CIA Director Gina Haspel’s career and put a positive spin on the CIA’s insulation from public accountability with its turn towards its greatest opacity “in decades.”

While one might expect CIA officials to support greater secrecy around the organization, it’s odd that ostensibly independent journalists—with a mission to hold official organizations accountable by informing the public—would treat less information coming from the agency as a positive development.

Yet that’s exactly what the Journal report did, depicting Haspel’s strategy of avoiding backlash from the Trump administration by not publicly contradicting its dubious claims as “protecting the agency” from “the domestic threat of a toxic US political culture.”

“She and her agency have adopted their lowest public profile in decades,” Strobel writes—just before summing her up as a “CIA director who has been warmly received by the workforce she has spent her life among.”

In other words, for the Journal, a public intelligence agency sharing its intelligence with the public is a bad thing, unless it supports US foreign policy by agreeing with whatever the Trump administration is saying. This position is echoed in the piece by official sources, like former CIA official and staff director of the House Intelligence Committee Mark Lowenthal, who assures us, “It’s not going to be any good for her [Haspel] to be out there attracting lightning bolts.”

However, the most egregious part of Strobel’s report is its whitewashing of Haspel’s disturbing record in the CIA by uncritically transmitting glowing endorsements by other CIA officials:

Former CIA Deputy Director Michael Morell said he is absolutely confident that Ms. Haspel will push back if policy makers ask the agency to do something it shouldn’t.

“I was told that somebody asked that the agency do something that was inappropriate. Her response was, ‘No. And don’t ask again,’ ” said Mr. Morell, who hosts the Intelligence Matters podcast. He said he did not have details of the incident.

Strange: That’s precisely the opposite of what Haspel did when she was asked to violate domestic and international law by torturing post-9/11 prisoners (euphemized by Strobel as “controversies” over “treatment of detainees”), and peddling lies about torture’s effectiveness (National Security Archives, 4/26/18)…

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‘Grave Concerns’ – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on June 1, 2019

Assange is in the land of the worshiped NHS.

There should be no excuse for complete recovery. Unless he has contracted cancer or some such while in the Ecuadorian embassy.

Or unless death while in custody is the plan. That would be very convenient.

But would the torture be forgotten?

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2019/06/no_author/grave-concerns/

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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been moved to the hospital wing of the Belmarsh prison in the UK, prompting concerns about his health pending the hearing on his extradition to the US.

Assange’s health had already “significantly deteriorated” during the nearly seven years he spent inside the Ecuadorian embassy in London, and has continued to get worse over the seven weeks he has spent in Belmarsh, WikiLeaks said in a statement on Wednesday.

“The decision of prison authorities to move him to the health ward speaks for itself,” said WikiLeaks, adding that Assange has lost a lot of weight and was barely able to speak to his Swedish lawyer last week…

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Saudi 16-year-old tortured with electricity and BEHEADED – LewRockwell

Posted by M. C. on April 28, 2019

A heads up from our Middle East partners.

https://www.lewrockwell.com/political-theatre/saudi-16-year-old-tortured-with-electricity-and-beheaded/

SAUDI SAVAGERY

Saudi Arabia mass execution – Lad, 16, tortured with electricity and BEHEADED just for sending WhatsApp messages about protests

Abdulkareem al-Hawa was put to death in front of a baying crowd along with 36 other men who were executed this week in the barbaric desert kingdom

A YOUNG lad was tortured with electricity and beheaded in Saudi Arabia because he sent WhatsApp messages about a protest aged 16.

Abdulkarim al-Hawaj, 21, was a schoolboy when he was detained and accused of being a “terrorist” for sending texts online about an anti-government demonstration.

 Abdulkareem al-Hawaj was just 16 when he was arrested

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Abdulkareem al-Hawaj was just 16 when he was arrested

He was a Shiite Muslim – which is a persecuted minority group in Sunni-dominated Saudi – living in the troubled Eastern province.

Abdulkarim was beaten and tortured with electricity while his hands were chained above his head when he “confessed” to his crimes, human rights charity Reprieve said.

According to Amnesty International, his trial was a farce because he was denied access to a proper defence lawyer and convicted on the forced confession.

Aside from torture, the charity also claims that his captors threatened to kill his family if did not confess to the crimes.

This week, he had his head cut from his body in front of a baying, bloodthirsty crowd along with 36 other men in the medieval country.

BUTCHERED FOR SENDING TEXT MESSAGES

Sentencing a person to death who is aged under 18 is banned under international law.

Another victim, Mujtaba al-Sweikat, was a teenager who was set to start a new life in the US, studying at Western Michigan University, when he was arrested for attending an anti-government protest.

The then-17-year-old – who had enrolled in English language and finance – was badly beaten including on the soles of his feet before he “confessed” to crimes against the state.

Human rights charities claim he was also tortured into confessing and convicted in a “sham trial.”

Despite his university protesting his sentence, insisting he had “great promise,” Mujtaba was also beheaded this week.

 Mujtaba al-Sweikat was beheaded this week for spreading information about a protest in Saudi Arabia when he was 17

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Mujtaba al-Sweikat was beheaded this week for spreading information about a protest in Saudi Arabia when he was 17

 A majority of executions in Saudi Arabia are carried out by public beheading

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A majority of executions in Saudi Arabia are carried out by public beheading

Reprieve Deputy Director Harriet McCulloch insists both men were sharing information about “peaceful” demonstrations.

She said: “Many things can be used to justify a death sentence in Mohammed Bin Salman’s Saudi Arabia, including ‘disobedience against the King’, ‘preparing banners with anti-state slogans’ and ‘incitement via social media’.

“Mujtaba al-Sweikat and Abdulkarim al-Hawaj were teenagers sharing information about peaceful protests on their mobile phones…

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CNN’s Don Lemon on Chicago Torture Video: ‘I Don’t Think It Was Evil’ – Breitbart

Posted by M. C. on January 6, 2017

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/01/05/cnns-don-lemon-on-chicago-torture-video-i-dont-think-it-was-evil/

The voice of CNN. 

Torturing white people is a lark. It’s OK to hate if it’s a white president.

Do all the people passing by an airport TV screen count toward Neilson ratings?

Trump has already done more towards a peace prize in two months than Obama has done in a lifetime. Not that the Nobel committee has any credibility. 

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CIA Torture-The Real Reason

Posted by M. C. on December 21, 2014

The torture report is pretty bad both for the victims and US.

What was released is the executive summary. The least of the worst. Can you imagine what was left out. It is likely beyond the imagination of the non-sociopath.

One thing that was left wanting is the real reason for the torture program, at least in the beginning.  That would be trying to find the slightest excuse to pin Al Qaeda support and the 9/11 attacks on Iraq. See Justin Raimondo here. Read the rest of this entry »

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