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AMERICAN SECRET GULAG EXPANDING
CIA 'Severely Torturing' Al Qaeda 'Suspects' in JORDAN
MIDDLEEAST.ORG - MER - Washington - 13
CIA has greatly expanded its activities throughout the Middle East
including in Jordan and Egypt as well as Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and
other countries throughout the region. Of course the CIA
and the Mossad are working more closely together than ever to control
the region and enforce what is now essentially the militarily imposed
'new world order' first announced during the current President father's
days in the White House. Before President Bush I became President
he was in fact the Director of the CIA, whose main headquarters is now
named after him.
As for the country of Jordan, the
Hashemite regime still in control was originally installed in
'TransJordan', and an associated regime in Iraq, by the British after
World War I. In the 1958 revolution the Hashemite Regime in
Baghdad was overthrown and most of the members of the family
killed. In Jordan, despite many attempts to
assassinate the King and overthrow the regime there, it has been kept
in power largely by CIA support, funding, and covert
actions. The current king, Abdullah, was in reality
installed because of a CIA plot that quite literally forced a change in
the Jordanian Constitution and pushed aside the former Crown Prince who
was deemed not sufficiently compliant.
Report: CIA Holds Top Al Qaeda Suspects in
JERUSALEM (Reuters - 13
The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency
is holding top al Qaeda suspects in a secret Jordanian jail
where they are subjected to interrogation methods banned in the
United States, an Israeli newspaper said Wednesday.
Haaretz daily said at least 11
men held incommunicado in
Jordan include Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind
of the hijacked airliner attacks on New York and Washington,
and Hambali, accused of being al Qaeda's ally in southeast
There was no immediate comment
from U.S. officials or
Jordan, which is seen as a key ally in the U.S.-led war on
Haaretz, citing international
intelligence sources, said:
"Their detention outside the U.S. enables CIA interrogators to
apply interrogation methods that are banned by U.S. law, and to
do so in a country where cooperation with the Americans is
particularly close, thereby reducing the danger of leaks."
International human rights
groups have accused the United
States of circumventing guidelines on interrogation by shipping
al Qaeda suspects to allied states where such legal scrutiny is
Washington insists its
interrogators operate within the
law. U.S. officials say incommunicado detentions in secret
locations are essential for security and that many suspects
held have provided valuable intelligence that has foiled
In "Rumsfeld's War," a book
drawing on declassified
Pentagon documents, Washington Times correspondent Rowan
Scarborough said that Jordanian interrogators have helped U.S.
counterparts in handling al Qaeda suspects held at Guantanamo
"U.S. interrogators are known to
threaten some detainees
with shipping them off to Jordan if they don't cooperate,"
Scarborough said. "Like other Middle Eastern countries, Jordan
uses physical means to coerce confessions and vital
holding Al-Qaida suspects in secret Jordanian lockup
By Yossi Melman
Haaretz - 13
The Central Intelligence Agency runs a top-secret interrogation
facility in Jordan, where at least 11 detainees who are considered
Al-Qaida's most senior cadre are being held, Haaretz has learned from
international intelligence sources.
the war in Afghanistan ended three years ago, reports spoke of these
special detainees being held outside the United States, but no location
was mentioned. A report on these prisoners issued Tuesday by the Human
Rights Watch organization claims they are being held somewhere so
secret that U.S. President George Bush asked the CIA heads not to
report it to him.
The international intelligence sources who
spoke to Haaretz are considered experts in surveillance and analysis of
Al-Qaida and are involved in interrogating the detainees. Most of the
Al-Qaida detainees who were arrested in Afghanistan in the course of
the war or its aftermath were transfered to the American base in
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. A minority were held in Pakistan, where some had
been picked up, and were later moved to Jordan.
It is not known
where precisely in the Hashemite kingdom they are being held, but they
are thought to be at a secret facility belonging to Jordanian
intelligence or at a secret base. Their detention outside the U.S.
enables CIA interrogators to apply interrogation methods that are
banned by U.S. law, and to do so in a country where cooperation with
the Americans is particularly close, thereby reducing the danger of
According to the Human Rights Watch report, the CIA was
granted special permission by the U.S. law enforcement authorities to
operate "other laws" at the secret facility with regard to
interrogation methods. Detainees are subjected to physical and
psychological pressure that includes the use of simulated drowning,
loud music, sleep deprivation, and sensory deprivation. Some of these
methods were exposed with the revelation of torture techniques used by
American interrogators at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
CIA's prisoners at the facility in Jordan include Khalid Sheikh
Mohammed, considered Al-Qaida's head of operations and number three in
the Al-Qaida hierarchy after Osama bin Laden and Aiman al-Zawahiri, who
have eluded capture. Mohammed, of Kuwaiti origin, was captured in a
safe house in Pakistan in 2002, along with the Yemeni Ramzi bin
al-Shibh, considered a close bin Laden associate who was kept from
being one of the 9/11 pilots because he was denied a U.S. visa. The two
men were interrogated for awhile in Pakistan by Pakistanis and
Americans and later flown to the undisclosed facility.
the secret facility are Abu Zubaydah, described as Al-Qaida's
"recruitment officer," and Riduan Isamuddin, also known as Hambali, who
was captured in Thailand a year ago. The Indonesian Hambali was the
only non-Arab Muslim participant in Al-Qaida's supreme military
council. He served as the operations chief for Jemaah Islamiya, which
was behind attacks in the Philippines before 9/11 and for the attack on
the Bali night club in October 2002 that killed over 200 people.
Haaretz was unable to obtain the identities of the other detainees in
46-page Human Rights Watch report levels harsh criticism at the U.S.
administration for using "undisclosed locations" and "disappearing"
prisoners. The report charges that the U.S. thereby is in breach of all
international conventions, including the Geneva Convention on prisoners
of war, by refusing prisoners access to the Red Cross or their families.
report contends that American operatives detained Khalid Sheikh
Mohammed's children to serve as "hostages" through which to pressure
their father into cooperating.
The prisoners were subjected to severe torture, the report states.
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Iran Next - Part 1
(October 31, 2004)
In a few days the American election itself will be history. The likelihood is the Bush/Cheney/neocon regime will remain in power; hard as that still is for so many to imagine and understand. Should the Democrats win the White House Middle East policies will be largely in the hands of the neoliberals and the super money-men like Haim Saban who when it comes to the Middle East and Israel have far more in common with the neocons than has yet been realized by many who will vote for them. Whatever happens on Tuesday next the build-up to attacking and if at all possible regime changing Iran is well underway and the showdown increasingly imminent.
Osama, Bush, Kerry - Past, Present, Future
(October 30, 2004)
Few Middle East realities have been heard during this long grueling American election campaign. Most of the rhetoric has been extraordinarily self-righteous and self-serving, disingenuous and dishonest. Sad and tragic as it is to have to say, for many in the Middle East and around the world beyond American shores, tactics aside, the words of Osama Bin Laden ring more true to their experience and perspective regarding U.S. foreign policy than those of either George Bush or John Kerry.
Fahrenheit 9/11 - Watch It On Your Computer This Weekend
(October 30, 2004)
Who would have imagined on 9/11 more than three years ago now that the top front-page story in the Washington Post Saturday before the 2004 election would be a picture of Osama Bin Laden addressing the American people! Reality keeps trumping fiction time after time in our era!
Escalating War Against the World after November 2nd?
(October 29, 2004)
Whether the Americans are lead by Bush and the neocons, or by Kerry and the neoliberals, the reality is that both of the great American political parties are today dominated by their super-hawkish Israeli-connected elements and that both are heavily mortgaged to major, however competing, segments of the Israeli-Jewish lobby in Washington.
ARAFAT - Pathetic Symbolism for the 'Grand Old Man' of the Palestinians
(October 29, 2004)
There is often such pathetic symbolism surrounding Yasser Arafat even as many of his people cling to his legacy as the 'symbol of Palestinian nationalism' -- itself nearly as tattered and frail as the Grand Old Man has himself become.
Bush Uncensored; Cheney Unauthorized
(October 28, 2004)
MAKE SURE TO WATCH THESE TWO VIDEOS
ABOUT GEORGE BUSH and DICK CHENEY
Gaza Scam + Dem Party Emails American Jews
(October 27, 2004)
The price for the past political trickery has already been very high. The poison of the Israeli-Arab conflict has spread continually for decades now and played a substantial role in bringing about today's 'Clash of Civilizations' whose end is yet in sight. The eventual future price for what is happening these days threatens to be higher yet, potentially catastrophic.
IRAN Attack Imminent?
(October 24, 2004)
Though few in the world may fully realize it, international society is now at a historic moment and the future, even a potential World War III, is in the balance. Hence the leaks coming from Washington from those trying to warn, and to prevent, what the top neocons and Israeli operatives are pushing hard to bring about. Hence last month's extremely unusual 'Israeli Spy Scandal' which had officials in the FBI charging people working on the Iranian attack in coordination with the Israeli-Jewish lobby with espionage for Israel. Hence, as this article by a former National Security Council operative suggests: "Intelligence circles report that both intelligence agencies (CIA and Pentagon) are in open revolt against the Bush White House." It appears to have been quickly written and then quickly internet published using LebanonWire in the Middle East.
Cheney Uncovered - An Unauthorized Documentary by the CBC
(October 23, 2004)
Reporter Jean Heller presented Soviet satellite photos which did not show Iraqi troops amassed on the Saudi border to the Pentagon.
"It's what it (the photos) didn't show that's more important. What you expected to see were tanks on the border. There was none that we could see.
I said, look, if you can prove to me that our story isn't true, we won't run it. And they just ignored it.
They have never shown those (U.S. satellite images) photos. Not then and not since."
New CIA 'Shocking' Cover-Up
(October 22, 2004)
Completed in June, mandated by Congress nearly
two years ago, the CIA Report that names names
is being suppressed until after the election.
"What all the other reports on 9/11 did not do is point the finger at individuals, and give the how and what of their responsibility. This report does that," said the intelligence official. "The report found very senior-level officials responsible."
Talk about American Imperialism and Chutzpah!
(October 22, 2004)
The reaction in many quarters must be 'Oh My God'. Bill, Hillary, and Tenet all seek higher office! Talk about American Imperialism and Chutzpah!
The WARLORDS of AMERICA
(October 21, 2004)
Regardless of what happens on 2 November in the U.S. election, one group or another of "the Warlords of America" will be in power in Washington. And the years now immediately ahead, regardless if the President is named Kerry or Bush, are quickly shaping up as likely to be the most dangerous in modern history.
America on the Edge
(October 20, 2004)
The amazing thing about this American election is that in view of what has happened in the U.S. and in the world the Democrats should be running away with it -- and yet they are struggling everywhere and likely to go down to defeat.
Israel on Road to being Pariah State
(October 15, 2004)
Indeed Israeli policies and attitudes have for some time now seriously poisoned political relations throughout the Middle East, substantially helped bring about the era of the 'Clash of Civilizations', and through the powerful Israeli/Jewish lobby in Washington pushed the United States into the invasion of Iraq and other militarist isolated policies whose dangerous and destructive ramifications will be felt for many years to come
The Next Generation of Palestinians
(October 13, 2004)
If what has happened in Gaza in recent years would have happened in the USA (adjusted for population size) more than 100,000 Americans would have been killed and more than a quarter million homes destroyed by a foreign occupying army using battle tanks and attack helicopters against small resistance groups in cities and towns.
AMERICAN SECRET GULAG EXPANDING
(October 14, 2004)
THE CIA has greatly expanded its activities throughout the Middle East including in Jordan and Egypt as well as Iraq, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and other countries throughout the region. Of course the CIA and the Mossad are working more closely together than ever to control the region and enforce what is now essentially the militarily imposed 'new world order' first announced during the current President father's days in the White House. Before President Bush I became President he was in fact the Director of the CIA, whose main headquarters is now named after him.
AOL Censors MER
(October 20, 2004)
AOL -- one of the largest internet service providers -- is blocking and censoring MER. Persons who subscribe to MER using an AOL email address can not receive MER -- it is being secretly censored from their mailboxes by AOL without notice of any kind. It is believed persons working for AOL may be censoring MER in coordination with Jewish Zionist groups. It may be that AOL has a special relationship with Jewish.com and other Israeli-connected groups in some way. It is all being done in secret with no notice of any kind to either AOL users or MER.
A few of the messages we have received from AOL subscribers to MER follow:
Major Iraq Attacks on Hold Until After U.S. Vote
(October 11, 2004)
The Pentagon chief Donald Rumsfeld made an unannounced visit to Iraq in recent days. And soon after the American election the superpower military will be much more fully unleashed throughout the country preparing to push the U.S.-appointed strong-man Iyad Allawai forward in the carefully staged 'election' that will proceed if 'conditions are right'. In other words, just as Hamid Karzai was U.S. -installed and then essentially U.S.-elected in Afghanistan, the same template is now planned for Iraq.
U.S. Forces IMF into secret Iraqi debt 'forgiveness' scheme
(October 11, 2004)
But maybe most of all in the longer run, and unspoken now for all of these reasons by the powers that be, once Iraq's prior debt to other countries is 'off the books', the new U.S.-installed and CIA-controlled government in Baghdad is free to sign agreements with the Americans -- secret or otherwise -- that will essentially mortgage Iraq's future oil revenues to the U.S.A. and those it approves.
Chomsky on American Force and Pre-emption
(October 10, 2004)
"Bush planners know as well as others that the
resort to force increases the threat of terror,
and that their militaristic and aggressive posture
and actions provoke reactions that increase
the risk of catastrophe."
IRAN - Targeted by U.S. and Israel
(October 9, 2004)
You would think after the Iraq debacle that the ability of the U.S. to blackball, sanction, and then attack, occupy and regime-change another country would be considerable reduced. Not so however as this article in Z Magazine helps explain with regard to Iran. Indeed, soon after the American election the situation will quickly escalate.
The Debates - Fixed and Controlled
(October 8, 2004)
The moderators -- both from the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) -- could have, and should have, asked hard, probing, unexpected questions like this:
Israeli AIPAC Spy Scandal - Update
(October 7, 2004)
It was just a month ago that the latest Washington spy scandal involving the very heart of the Israeli-Jewish Lobby had everyone buzzing. Then it faded from view as the corporate media moved on, as CBS News which originally broke the story found itself under assault, and as the election campaign and debates took center stage. Interesting, not one question from the PBS moderators about Israeli spying, nor even about the U.S. veto of the Security Council resolution condemning Israel, nor the International Court of Justice decision doing the same. Here's an update -- however inadequate -- from yesterday's L.A.Times. Though the real heart of the story should be AIPAC and the influence, tactics, and status of the Israeli-Jewish lobby; instead they focus on just the individual and not as they should on the large group of support persons and organizations. This should especially include, of course, the current cabal of largely Jewish neocons in top positions...including the one who hired Larry Franklin (Douglas Feith), and the ones who hired him (Paul Wolfowitz and Richard Perle).
AOL Blocks and Censors MER Articles
(October 6, 2004)
AOL is blocking and censoring MER articles because of pressures originating with Jewish and Israeli groups.
Emergency U.N. Security Council Meeting on Israel
(October 4, 2004)
The Springsteen 'Vote For Change' Concerts
(October 5, 2004)
"The press has let the country down. It's taken a very amoral stand, in that essential issues are often portrayed as simply one side says this and the other side says that. I think that Fox News and the Republican right have intimidated the press into an incredible self-consciousness
about appearing objective and backed them into a corner of sorts where they have ceded some of their responsibility and righteous power." - Bruce Springsteen
Israel's Peacenik - Uri Avneri: Realities
(October 5, 2004)
"Uri Avneri, along with many Israelis and Jews, rightly fears that at some point Israel will be the direct target of blame for it's major contribution to having brought about such terrorism in the world and pushing the U.S.
into invading Iraq. It is an understandable fear;
for it is to a significant degree true."
Iraq is a "disaster...that will haunt the U.S. for decades" - Wall Street Journal Reporter
(October 2, 2004)
Iraq is a "disaster" that has deteriorated "into a
raging barbaric guerilla war" that will haunt the
United States for decades.
The Passion of the Bush
(October 2, 2004)
As the modern-day American-Israeli led Christian-Jewish crusade to remake the Middle East in the name of 'democracy and freedom' proceeds, this new documentary is telling indeed. It was first shown at the Republican Convention in New York a few weeks ago; and now, as a kind of Bush-loving counter to Fahrenhite 9/11, the DVD is being rushed out in advance of the upcoming election.
U.S. and Israel Prepare for Iran +
(October 1, 2004)
Even as the two branches of the American political establishment semi-debated last night who would fight the new wars better than the other, even as U.S. and Israeli battle tanks and attack aircraft bombed and killed in Iraq and Palestine worse than ever, preparations to either force compliance or attack Iran, Syria, Hezbollah (Lebanon), Hamas (Palestine), and North Korea soon after the American election are fast proceeding at the Pentagon and the CIA.