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September 2012

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-CIA agents lost their appeal in Italy.   Twenty-two CIA agents were convicted of kidnapping (rendition) and torture, and sentenced to 7 years in jail.   They can never go to Italy or the rest of Europe because they will be arrested.   The US might not care about kidnapping and torture, but the rest of the world sure does.

-The "green-on-blue' violence in Afghanistan caused the US to stop working with the Afghan military that they were training.

-Eight women/girls were killed and 10 more injured by NATO bombings in Afghanistan.   They were collecting firewood, early in the morning. NATO bombers don't know the difference between sticks and weapons or men from women/girls.   They don't know whom they are bombing.    

-Twenty-nine people were killed in 8 days of drone bombings in Yemen.   Four of them were children.

-Obama offered up his justifications for drone bombings on a CNN interview this month. One of the excuses was the claim that these "terrorists" cannot be safely caught. This is a flat-out lie, since one victim of a drone bombing in Pakistan in 2011 was at a meeting in Islamabad just 72 hours before he was killed. He could have been arrested at the meeting. He was 16 years old. His 12-year-old cousin was killed by the drone strike too.  

-The US sent 200 Marines to Guatemala this month.

-We have Special Forces in over 120 countries currently.

-Over in Somalia, there is reportedly a flotilla of 30 ships supporting regional operations, a multi-pronged military and CIA campaign against militants in Somalia.   This includes training of Somali agents and secret prisons and commando raids.   Oh, and helicopter attacks. No "troops on the ground" so no one is calling it war on Somalia.

-There has been a huge increase in cash for "counterterrorism" in east Africa.

-There are special operations forces in Uganda, South Sudan, DR Congo, and Central African Republic supposedly looking for Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army. US Special Forces have a new base in CAR.

-A report from Stanford and New York universities' law schools (called "Living under drones") showed the terror and horror and illegality of US drone strikes in Pakistan.   The report claims that that drone strikes are mainly killing civilians, causing widespread psychological trauma, and are violations of international law. This report is repeated by some print media (like the LA Times) but ignored by the cable TV "news".

-Some anti-war activists are going to Pakistan to document the effects of drone strikes. Pakistan claims 90% of people killed by drones are innocent civilians.

-Outrage at the "double-tap" drone attacks (where the US goes after rescuers and people at funerals for prior victims) are documented in the "Living under drones" report. Pakistan Foreign Minister says drones inflame anti-American feelings.   Report also states the drone bombings are counter-productive in reducing terrorism.   I am confident the Obama administration knows all this.

-The government of Pakistan "categorically rejects" claims that it allows US drones to operate in their country.

-FOIA requests show that Julian Assange is listed as an "enemy of the state".  All he did was journalism.

-An innocent man dies at Guantanamo -- he was cleared for release years ago, and spent one-third of his life in the prison there even though he was never found guilty of anything.

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Let me know what you think - or if I left anything... by Susan Oehler on Thursday, Oct 4, 2012 at 11:50:55 AM