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News Round-Up: American Police State at Home and Imperialism Abroad

AT HOME

UN report cites US Human Rights abuses

Whistleblower: Coast Guard Implementing Martial Law

VIDEO: Martial Law: U.S. Army Prepares to Invade the U.S.

Why Is Indiana Putting Armed Security Guards Into 36 Unemployment Offices Across The State?

Private Security Continues to Invade American Towns

Government Trains Troops To Run American Cities

Towards Martial Law in America: Authority to Deploy Troops Domestically during ‘National Emergencies’

Earlier this month, the United States Coast Guard upheld its self-declared status as a ‘special’ branch of the military with the ability to prosecute civilians in military tribunals. This startling declaration, unreported in the media, came in a Decision on Appeal related to the case of Lieutenant Eric Shine, a commissioned Naval officer in the Merchant Marines and a graduate of Kings Point Military Service Academy, and was penned by the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard.

Police State Update: Random Searches of Clothing, Pockets, Bags and Vehicles

Police Abuse is the Rule, Not the Exception

Torture Inc.: America’s Brutal Prisons

Secret Tape Has Police Pressing Ticket Quotas

Random Pat-Downs Turn PATCO Into Police State

96 Taser-Related Deaths in the United States

Cutbacks Forcing Police Stations Around The Country To Curtail Calls For Some Crimes

Federal court: 4th Amendment standard does not always apply to mobile phone location data

Dead Souls: The Pentagon Plan to Create Remorseless ‘Warfighters’

Video: The Chipping of America: Secret RFID Implants

‘About 90% of Americans are walking around with a portable tracking device all the time, and they have no idea’

Google CEO: “We Know Where You Are. We Know Where You’ve Been. We Can More Or Less Know What You’re Thinking About.”

Secretive Executive Order Establishes ‘Big Brother’ Health Bureaucracy

Executive Order 13544, Establishing the National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council is a short document outlining the goals and scope of the order. The title gives the appearance that it only creates a Council, but buried within are detailed plans to carry out the “goals” of the Executive Order.  Let’s take a closer look at the order.

Worth reposting: Inside Top Secret America

A major investigation reveals the extent of America’s vast and heavily privatized military-corporate-intelligence establishment.

Georgia Man Fined $5000 for Growing Vegetables

Police Harassing Citizens Who Film Them

Homeland Security works for the oil companies

The US Department of Homeland Security has been spying on people who don’t like gas drilling and handing on the data to the oil companies.

FBI Forwards Letters to Political Prisoners to Local Law Enforcement Agencies

LAPD Creates “Pre-Crime” Database for “Predictive Policing”

Marshals: Innocent People Placed On ‘Watch List’ To Meet Quota

The air marshals, whose identities are being concealed, told 7NEWS that they’re required to submit at least one report a month. If they don’t, there’s no raise, no bonus, no awards and no special assignments.

Veterans sue CIA, Army for Involuntary Mind Control Experiments

The Green Police

Is someone out behind your house digging through your trash? Don’t worry, it is probably just the government. When Audi ran their now famous “Green Police” commercial during the Super Bowl last year, most Americans laughed it off and thought that nothing like that could ever happen in America…In 2009, the city of Cleveland has issued 2,900 tickets for trash violations,  which was almost five times more tickets than in 2008. In 2010, the city of Cleveland is on track to issue over 4,000 tickets for trash violations.

US Courts Legalize CIA Abduction, Overseas Detention, Torture Of Innocent American Citizens

It has also ruled that innocent civilians tortured and detained, even after release, have no rights for recourse against the CIA or corporations involved because litigation would jeopardize state secrets and top secret classified information critical to National Security.

Executive Order on “Controlled Unclassified Information”

President Obama’s new Executive Order on “Controlled Unclassified Information” {four page pdf} issued today builds on recommendations from open government groups and the findings of the National Security Archive’s 2006 audit of “Pseudo-Secrets” that uncovered 28 different and uncoordinated policies on marking and restricting official unclassified information.

 

ABROAD

Ongoing Iran War Preparations? Arabian Sea: Center Of West’s 21st Century War

A quarter of the world’s nuclear aircraft carriers will soon be in the Arabian Sea.

NPR Confirms 3,000 Man CIA Army Conducts Operations In Pakistan

Weaponizing The World: From 2006-2009, the United States made $68.7 billion in conventional arms transfers to developing nations

140,000 U.S. soldiers diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries after Iraq, Afghan tours

77,000 Iraqis killed from 2004 to August 2008, U.S. military says

Obama ramping up CIA infiltration of Pakistan: report

Hellfire from the Sky: Targeting of Innocent Civilians by Unmanned Drones

CIA lawyer: U.S. law does not forbid rendition

Norway Probing Reports of Mass US Surveillance in Oslo

Labor Rights in Occupied Lands: US Busting Labor Unions in Iraq

Poisonous US weapons in Iraq kill thousands and mar generations

‘Child cancer skyrocketing in Iraqi city’

US DEPT. OF DEFENCE DIRECTIVE ALLOWS EXPERIMENTATION ON PRISONERS AT GUANTANAMO

9 million Afghans live in extreme poverty

“Underground” Group of Cadets Say Air Force Academy Controlled by Evangelicals



US War Of Terror Update: Iraq & Afghanistan

US Announces Second Fake End to Iraq War

“Days after the U.S. officially ended combat operations and touted Iraq’s ability to defend itself, American troops found themselves battling heavily armed militants assaulting an Iraqi military headquarters in the center of Baghdad on Sunday. The fighting killed 12 people and wounded dozens.”

Deconstructing the Official Narrative on the U.S. Withdrawal from Iraq

More Troops Head to Iraq as Obama Declares Mission Accomplished

Privatizing the Occupation: The Mercenaries and the NGOs

Iraq War Continues under a New Name: “Operation New Dawn.” U.S. Troops Still Fighting and Dying in Iraq

Karzai: Private contractors ‘looting and stealing,’ working with terrorists

Iraq War Vet Camilo Mejía: US Withdrawal Plan Marks “Privatization of Military Occupation”

The World From Berlin: ‘The Invasion of Iraq Was Wrong, Unjust and Damaging’

U.S. to Double Mercenary Forces in Iraq After 2011 Military Pullout

Five myths about the Iraq troop withdrawal

Germany gave assassination list to secret US unit

The US isn’t leaving Iraq, it’s just rebranding the occupation

Obama says withdrawal is on schedule, but renaming or outsourcing combat troops won’t give Iraqis back their country

Alarms sound over trash fires in war zones of Afghanistan, Iraq

Former U.S. Soldiers Describe Indiscriminate Military Violence in Iraq

Iraqi army chief: We need US military until 2020

US Military Brass Urge Soldiers To Kill Indiscriminately

July is deadliest month of Afghan war for US

Afghan Blogger Films Survivors of Massacre, Contradicts NATO Denial

In an experiment in citizen journalism, Greenwald, of RethinkAfghanistan, has trained dozens of intrepid local Afghan interns in film reporting and armed them with simple camcorders. One of these brave souls entered the area and and has released footage of interviews with the survivors.

Hans Blix Offers Harsh View of Iraq Invasion

Document Reveals Military Was Concerned About Gulf War Vets’ Exposure to Depleted Uranium

For years, the government has denied that depleted uranium (DU), a radioactive toxic waste left over from nuclear fission and added to munitions used in the Persian Gulf and Iraq wars, poisoned Iraqi civilians and veterans.

But a little-known 1993 Defense Department document written by then-Brigadier Gen. Eric Shinseki, now the secretary for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), shows that the Pentagon was concerned about DU contamination and the agency had ordered medical testing on all personnel that were exposed to the toxic substance.

The VA, however, never conducted the medical tests, which may have deprived hundreds of thousands of veterans from receiving medical care to treat cancer and other diseases that result from exposure to DU.

The Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center recently reported that ten years of data confirm that service members tend to have higher rates of certain cancers compared to civilians, according to the Army Times. While researchers suspected that service members are diagnosed with cancer more often and at a younger age because they have guaranteed access to health care and mandatory exams, the data does not explain the disparities in diagnosis among branches of the military. For example, the rate of lung cancer among sailors is twice that of other branches, while Marines have much lower cancer rates across the board.

State Dept. faces skyrocketing costs as it prepares to expand role in Iraq

Broken Laws, Broken Lives–Proof of American War Crimes

In PHR’s new report, Broken Laws, Broken Lives, we have for the first time medical evidence to confirm first-hand accounts of men who endured torture by US personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantánamo Bay. These men were never charged with any crime.



Update on The War of Terrorism: Iraq – 1,000,000 innocent civilians killed, the horrors of Fallujah and more

Former IAEA chief: Iraq war killed “a million innocent civilians”

Briton Who Led MI5 Disputes Reasons to Invade Iraq

Soldier’s Shocking Allegation: Troops Ordered to Engage in ‘360 Rotational Fire’ Against Civilians

Menzies Campbell: Iraq was always wrong. Now we have proof

Before Chilcot, we had to rely on leaked documents such as telegrams from diplomats, accounts of meetings held round the sofa at No 10, and, for lawyers, the crown jewels of the Attorney General’s written advice to the Prime Minister. The Hutton and Butler inquiries helped to fill in some of the blanks, though qualified by their restricted remits and security considerations. But slowly and with only occasional fanfare the whole sad, sorry story is being systematically laid out in evidence before the Chilcot inquiry. Chilcot has not been about surprises but rather about confirmation, less about revelation and more about corroboration of what we thought we knew.

State Dept Wants Own ‘Combat Force’ for Iraq

Tenuous though it may be, the Obama Administration maintains that it still intends to complete the Iraq military pullout by the end of December 2011. Even that won’t be the end of combat operations, however.  Now the US State Department is looking to get into the war fighting business in its own right, saying it needs its own combat force to meet the “extreme security challenges in Iraq.”

Humanitarian Disaster In Fallujah: Unprecedented Numbers of Birth Defects, Miscarriages and Cancer Cases

Fallujah: Anatomy of an Atrocity

Photos Iraq babies born deformed depleted uranium — US Veterans becoming sick with DU — Children living lives with DU

In September 2009, Fallujah General Hospital, Iraq, had 170 new born babies, 24% of whom were dead within the first seven days, a staggering 75% of the dead babies were classified as deformed.  This can be compared with data from the month of August in 2002 where there were 530 new born babies of whom six were dead within the first seven days and only one birth defect was reported.  Doctors in Fallujah have specifically pointed out that not only are they witnessing unprecedented numbers of birth defects but what is more alarming is: “a significant number of babies that do survive begin to develop severe disabilities at a later stage.”

Fallujah children’s ‘genetic damage’

“Falluja Worse Than Hiroshima “

As some of you know, Falluja is a forbidden city. It was subjected to intense bombardments in 2004, with DU bombs and White phosphorus, and since it has become a no go zone – meaning that both the Iraqi puppet authorities and the U.S invading/occupying forces do not allow anyone to conduct any real study in Falluja. Falluja is basically under siege.  Obviously both the Americans and the Iraqis know something and are hiding it from the public. And this is where Prof. C.Busby comes in the picture. He was/is adamant to get to the bottom of what took place in Falluja in 2004.

US War Crimes: Cancer Rate in Fallujah Worse than Hiroshima

Law Suit against 4 US Presidents & 4 UK Prime Ministers for War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity & Genocide in Iraq

Witness: Secret Iraq prison for women and children

‘US Army sent ‘hardcore’ neo-Nazi troops to Iraq and Afghanistan’

Gordon Brown on Saddam Hussein: “This New World Order That We Were Trying to Create Was Being Put at Risk”

Hexavalent chromium case: Iraq contractor cut deal for lawsuit immunity

American taxpayers — and not KBR– will likely pay if the war contractor is found to have harmed Oregon Army National Guard veterans who say they were exposed to cancer-causing chemicals in Iraq. The startling details emerged in documents related to a U.S. District Court hearing Monday that illuminate the secretive world of defense contracting.  Documents show that within days of the 2003 Iraq invasion, Kellogg, Brown and Root delivered an ultimatum to the Pentagon: Either the Army cover the potential cost of any soldier or civilian killed or harmed on a KBR project – or the defense contractor would not carry out its no-bid contract restoring Iraqi oil.