Latest Articles: Bush Wars
Death Toll Spikes For Iraqis And U.S. Troops
Post Date: 2011-07-01 11:30:51 by Brian S
BAGHDAD Violence killed more Iraqis last month than at any time since September, figures showed Friday after the US reported deaths that also made June the deadliest month for its troops in Iraq for three years. The Baghdad government blames Al-Qaeda for most of the 271 deaths of its citizens last month, while the US military accuses Iranian-backed Shiite insurgent groups for the attacks that killed 14 Americans. Data compiled by the health, interior and defence ministries showed that 155 civilians, 77 policemen and 39 soldiers died in attacks last month, 34 percent more than the 177 killed in May. Last month's toll was the highest monthly figure for the number of Iraqis ...
Two Of CIA's Biggest Mistakes Made Under President Bush Are Coming Under Fresh Scrutiny
Post Date: 2011-06-14 11:54:15 by Brian S
Two of the CIA's biggest mistakes made under President George W. Bush are coming under fresh scrutiny. The CIA's inspector general has reopened its investigation into a botched 2003 operation in which a vacationing German citizen was snatched and sent to a secret prison. He was the wrong man and the operation became a diplomatic embarrassment for the U.S. The inspector general's investigation had been dormant for years. Meanwhile, a prosecutor investigating CIA misconduct has opened a torture and war crimes investigation into the 2003 death of Manadel al-Jamadi, who died under CIA interrogation at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. That investigation was first reported by Time ...
Non-Speechwriting Iraq War Interrogator: Torture Hurt And Delayed Hunt For Bin Laden
Post Date: 2011-05-10 12:58:17 by war
We dont know all the details, Alexander began. One of the things that people arent talking about is the fact that one of the people that was confronted with this information that bin Laden had a courier is Skaykh al-Libi, who was held in a CIA secret prison and was tortured and who gave his CIA interrogators the name of the courier as being Maulawi Jan. And the CIA chased down that information and found out that person didnt exist, that al-Libi had lied. And nobody is talking about the fact that al-Libi caused us to waste resources and time by chasing a false lead because he was tortured. The other thing thats being left out of this ...
CIA operative says Bush, military leaders let bin Laden escape
Post Date: 2011-05-09 17:39:49 by war
The top CIA counterterrorism officer who tracked Osama bin Laden through the mountains of Afghanistan says the United States could have captured the terrorist leader if President George W. Bush and the American military had devoted the necessary resources to the hunt and capture. In addition, says Gary Bernsten, a decorated espionage officer, the post-Cold War downturn in recruitment and attention to espionage has left a crippled spy agency that will need a decade or more to build up its clandestine service for the U.S. war on terrorism. Berntsen led a paramilitary unit code-named "Jawbreaker" in the war that toppled the Taliban after the September 11 attacks. He says his ...
Boy Blunder/Bumstead Said "Nyet" To 86'ing AQ #2 in 2005.
Post Date: 2011-05-09 14:01:40 by war
On several occasions, senior CIA officials at agency headquarters had to intervene to dampen tensions between the dueling CIA outposts. Other intragovernmental battles raged at higher altitudes, most notably over the plan in early 2005 for a Special Operations mission intended to capture Ayman al-Zawahri, Bin Ladens top deputy, in what would have been the most aggressive use of American ground troops inside Pakistan. The New York Times disclosed the aborted operation in a 2007 article, but interviews since then have produced new details about the episode. As described by current and former government officials, Zawahri was believed by intelligence officials to be attending a meeting ...
How Boy Blunder Lost bin Laden Several Times
Post Date: 2011-05-09 13:57:29 by war
By spring 2002, less than a year after the initial U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, President George W. Bush decided to pull most of Americas Special Operations Forces and CIA paramilitary operatives off the hunt for Osama bin Laden so they could be redeployed for a possible war in Iraq. Ive written about this before, but I did not know the extent to which the war in Iraq contributed to our loss of bin Laden until I read this piece from the Washington Post: The American campaign [in Afghanistan] was conducted primarily from the air. Despite the pleas from CIA operatives, U.S. officials were reluctant to send in ground troops to flush out bin Laden. They told officers on the ground ...
Torture May Have Slowed Hunt For Bin Laden, Not Hastened It [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2011-05-06 22:02:39 by war
Torture apologists are reaching precisely the wrong conclusion from the back-story of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, say experienced interrogators and intelligence professionals.
Defenders of the Bush administration’s interrogation policies have claimed vindication from reports that bin Laden was tracked down in small part due to information received from brutalized detainees some six to eight years ago.
But that sequence of events -- even if true -- doesn’t demonstrate the effectiveness of torture, these experts say. Rather, it indicates bin Laden could have been caught much earlier had those detainees been interrogated properly.
"I think that without a doubt, torture and enhanced ...
New Detail On How Bush Effed Up Hunt FoForr Bin Laden - Bush Turns Deaf Ear To Commander's Plea For Troops
Post Date: 2011-05-06 09:27:48 by war
Excerpt: When the bombing around Jalalabad intensified, bin Laden fled into the fortified caves of Tora Bora, about 35 miles south of the regional capital. Bin Laden knew the territory; as a young man, he had driven bulldozers there as Afghan resistance fighters excavated miles of tunnels. In late November, probably within days after bin Laden had arrived in the area, Berntsen's team tracked him to a mountainous area called Milawa, just below the peaks of Tora Bora. Berntsen's men called in airstrikes - a barrage from B-52s, F-15s and plenty more - that lasted nearly 60 hours. "Our guys were exhausted; they had been hammering Osama for days," Berntsen said. ...
Bush Apologists Just One Question
Post Date: 2011-05-05 11:50:36 by war
IF Bush43 gathered all of this information that led to the killing of OBL...why didn't HE use it to kill OBL?
"John Kerry Was Right About EVERYTHING!"
Post Date: 2011-05-05 09:59:10 by Ferret Mike
Rumsfeld Exclusive: There Was No Waterboarding of Courier Source Read more on Newsmax.com: Rumsfeld Exclusive: There Was No Waterboarding of Courier Source Important: Do You Support Pres. Obama's Re-Election? Vote Here Now!
Post Date: 2011-05-03 22:52:17 by war
Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld tells Newsmax the information that led to the killing of Osama bin Laden was obtained through normal interrogation approaches and says the notion that terrorist suspects were waterboarded at Guantanamo Bay is a myth. Rumsfeld also claims that elements of Pakistani intelligence could have been complicit in hiding the terrorist mastermind, asserts that his killing exonerates George W. Bushs approach to fighting terrorism, and warns that terrorists will likely try to avenge bin Laden's death with new attacks against America or its allies. Rumsfeld was Secretary of Defense under Gerald Ford from 1975 to 1977, then ...
"George Bush Squandered My Son's Life": A Father's Lost Hope for Justice
Post Date: 2011-04-11 19:28:42 by Ferret Mike
On the first of December in 2005 Sergeant First Class Brent Adams was killed in Ramadi, Iraq. Ramadi is situated along the Euphrates River, founded in 1869 by the Ottoman Empire, home to heavy fighting in both the first and second world wars and was a deadly part of the Sunni Triangle in America's second longest war. Bill Adams, Brent's father, has never been a fan of war. "I was in the peace camp during Vietnam. Brent didn't play with guns as a kid. He was born and bred into a peace loving household." He said that around age eleven Brent developed a love for military strategy games and morphed his opinion of conflict to become a, "peace through superior ...
Bush senior chief to serve 6 months, lose rank
Post Date: 2011-04-11 19:16:28 by Ferret Mike
NORFOLK A military jury sentenced a Navy senior chief petty officer accused of abusing subordinates to 179 days of confinement and reduction in rate to petty officer 3rd class after finding him guilty of six charges in a general court-martial Friday. Senior Chief Petty Officer Kevin M. Curtis had faced a maximum punishment of seven years' confinement and a bad conduct discharge. The jury found him not guilty of dozens more charges that could have put him behind bars for more than 50 years. Curtis, formerly the head of the security department aboard the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush, was convicted of fraternization, disrespecting a superior officer and cruelty toward and ...
Colin Powell Demands Answers Over False Iraq Intel: Reports
Post Date: 2011-02-17 12:16:29 by Brian S
LONDON Ex-secretary of state Colin Powell called on the CIA and Pentagon to explain how he was given unreliable information which proved key to the US case for invading Iraq, the Guardian reported Wednesday. Powell's landmark speech to the United Nations on February 5, 2003, cited intelligence about Iraq leader Saddam Hussein's bioweapons programme gained from a defector, codenamed Curveball. But he has now admitted that he lied to topple the dictator, in an interview with the Guardian. "It has been known for several years that the source called Curveball was totally unreliable," Powell told the British newspaper. "The question should be put to the CIA and ...
Baghdad Wants U.S. To Apologize, Pay $1 Billion For Damage To City
Post Date: 2011-02-17 12:11:38 by Brian S
BAGHDAD (Reuters) Iraq's capital wants the United States to apologize and pay $1 billion for the damage done to the city not by bombs but by blast walls and Humvees since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein. The city's government issued its demands in a statement on Wednesday that said Baghdad's infrastructure and aesthetics have been seriously damaged by the American military. "The U.S. forces changed this beautiful city to a camp in an ugly and destructive way, which reflected deliberate ignorance and carelessness about the simplest forms of public taste," the statement said. "Due to the huge damage, leading to a loss the Baghdad ...
Iraqis Attack Government Offices
Post Date: 2011-02-16 16:53:18 by Brian S
Three people have been killed and dozens wounded in clashes between security forces and protesters in a southern Iraqi province, after around 2,000 people attacked government offices in protest over poor services. Protesters took threw rocks and took over a provincial council building in Kut in Wasit province, about 160km southeast of Baghdad, on Wednesday. Three government buildings were set on fire, including the governor's official residence. A police source in Kut said three protesters were killed in clashes and about 30 wounded, including 15 policemen. A hospital source said one of the dead was a 16-year-old boy who suffered a bullet to the chest. Punishment pledged Officials ...
Iraqi: I'm proud my WMD lies led to war in Iraq
Post Date: 2011-02-16 13:57:20 by Skip Intro
LONDON An Iraqi man whose testimony the United States used as a key evidence to build a case for war in Iraq says he is proud that he lied about his country developing mobile biological warfare labs. The Guardian newspaper published an interview Wednesday with Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi, who has been identified as the informer called "Curveball," whose claims about weapon labs formed part of then-U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell's speech to the U.N. Security Council in 2003, shortly before the war began. The Guardian quoted al-Janabi as saying: "I had the chance to fabricate something to topple the regime. I and my sons are proud of that." Although ...
Iraq Protesters Demand Electricity, Jobs
Post Date: 2011-02-15 12:04:50 by Brian S
KIRKUK, Iraq Hundreds of demonstrators took to the streets of Iraqi cities on Tuesday, inspired by popular protests around the Arab world, to demand job-creation programmes and better electricity supplies. The biggest turnout was in Fallujah where about 800 protesters marched through the city of western Iraq that a bastion of the insurgency after the US-led invasion of 2003. Groups of around 200 demonstrated in the ethnically-mixed city of Kirkuk in northern Iraq and the poor Shiite district of Sadr City in northeast Baghdad. "We are calling today for better basic services and more jobs," said Sattar Omar, a jobless 27-year-old in Fallujah. "We have been suffering ...
Iraqi Defector ‘Curveball’ Admits To WMD Lies That Led To War
Post Date: 2011-02-15 11:22:14 by Brian S
An Iraqi defector, codenamed Curveball, who allegedly helped convince the Bush administration that Saddam Hussein had a secret stash of biological and chemical weapons, has admitted for the first time that he made it all up. Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi told The Guardian that he invented the stories to help topple Saddam Hussein, but was shocked when the US used tales as an excuse to go to war. "I did that for a number of reasons," he said. "Firstly because of my people, the Iraqi people. The old regime was a dictatorship and that caused a lot of problems for our country." "I had to do something for my country. So I did this and I am satisfied, because there is no ...
Jihadi who helped train 7/7 bomber freed by US after just five years: Release prompts claim Islamist was US informant while assisting London terrorist (Jihad Terrorism is a false flag)
Post Date: 2011-02-14 16:14:30 by Godwinson
Jihadi who helped train 7/7 bomber freed by US after just five years Exclusive: Release prompts claim Islamist was US informant while assisting London terrorist Shiv Malik guardian.co.uk, Sunday 13 February 2011 22.00 GMT An American jihadist who set up the terrorist training camp where the leader of the 2005 London suicide bombers learned how to manufacture explosives, has been quietly released after serving only four and a half years of a possible 70-year sentence, a Guardian investigation has learned. The unreported sentencing of Mohammed Junaid Babar to "time served" because of what a New York judge described as "exceptional co-operation" that began even before ...
The War Nerd On Af-Pak: Losing the Long War, One Man at A Time
Post Date: 2011-02-14 01:13:20 by Godwinson
The War Nerd / February 10, 2011 The War Nerd On Af-Pak: Losing the Long War, One Man at A Time By Gary Brecher Want to see how we lose men in Afghanistan? Are you sure? Well, if you really want to, you can, thanks to this clip from French TV (scroll down to view it ). I warn you though, its pretty nasty stuff. It starts out boring, the way most patrols in guerrilla territory always do. The French crew is filming a US soldier, Sgt. Allen, standing by the mud wall of some compound or old fort. Allens doing his job, calling for more radio contact. Hes probably done this ten times a day for his whole tour. He says something like, Theyre gonna be passing ...
Last Christians Ponder Leaving a Hometown in Iraq
Post Date: 2011-01-20 12:21:34 by Brian S
HABBANIYA CECE, Iraq The last Christian man in town goes to church each morning to clean the building and to remember the past. Romel Hawal, 48, was born in this town in Anbar Province back when most of the population was Christian. Now, he said, his 11-year-old son knows no other Christians and has no memory of attending a church service. When my son swears, it is on the Koran, not the Bible, Mr. Hawal lamented. His wife wants to leave town or leave the country, joining what is becoming an exodus of Christians from Iraq and throughout the Middle East. But Mr. Hawal said he felt an obligation to stay. And he found support from an unlikely source. What gives me ...
Suicide Blast At Iraq Police Centre Kills 50
Post Date: 2011-01-18 11:46:28 by Brian S
TIKRIT, Iraq (AFP) A suicide bomber blew himself up among a crowd of police recruits in the Iraqi city of Tikrit on Tuesday, killing 50 people in the bloodiest attack in more than two months. The blast, which also wounded 150, was the first major strike in Iraq since the formation of a new government on December 21 and recalled an August attack against an army recruitment centre in Baghdad that also killed dozens. "I have been trying for hours to call my brother, he was in the queue to join the police but his phone is off," said Mohammed Aiseh, who was standing at a checkpoint set up to bar family members from entering the city's hospital, which was already filled ...
Officials: 2 US Soldiers Killed In Iraqi Training Drill; Another Slain In Unrelated Incident
Post Date: 2011-01-15 12:29:19 by Brian S
BAGHDAD Two U.S. troops were killed Saturday by an Iraqi soldier who apparently smuggled real bullets into a training exercise and opened fire, raising fresh concerns about insurgents worming into the nation's security forces as the Americans prepare to leave by the year's end. A U.S. military official said the shooter was immediately killed by American soldiers who were running the morning drill at a training centre on a U.S. base in the northern city of Mosul. The U.S. official said the exercise was not meant to involve live ammunition, and an Iraqi army officer said the shooting appeared to have been planned. Both officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they ...
How The US Let al-Qaida Get Its Hands On An Iraqi Weapons Factory (then tried to cover it up)
Post Date: 2011-01-07 12:12:28 by Brian S
In an exclusive extract from his new book, A History of the World since 9/11, Dominic Streatfeild explains how despite expert warnings, the US let al-Qaida buy an arsenal of deadly weapons then tried to cover it upThe soldier held out his AK-47. "Take it." He indicated the webbing around his waist, stuffed full of charged magazines. "Take them all. I don't want them. But I need a dishdasha or a robe. Anything that isn't a uniform." Then the soldier started to undress.The Mohammeds were indeed good Arabs. They fetched a dishdasha and the man slipped it on. Then, without warning, he flung the ammunition and the rifle down and ran off into the desert. ...
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