Information Clearing House Archive Part 6 29-30 September 2005

30 September 2005 — Information Clearing House

[I’ve been archiving ICH digests since early 2003. Unfortunately, an unknown number of the links are now dead, so I can’t guarantee that the link will take you where you want to go. WB]

Information Clearing House Digest
29-30 September 2005
Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2005

Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 145 Days
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10223.htm
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Who Did You Torture During The War, Daddy?

Or, We Are All Torturers Now By Ted Rall

Never miss the Saturday paper. Because it’s the skimpiest and least-circulated edition of the week, it’s the venue of choice for lowballing the stories the government can’t completely cover up. September 24’s New York Times, for example, contained the bombshell revelation that the U.S. government continues to torture innocent men, women and children in Iraq.
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Statewatch News Online, 28 September 2005 (34/05)

28 September 2005 — Statewatch

Full contents see: www.statewatch.org/news

1. EU: The UK presidency has drawn up draft Council conclusions on regional protection
2. EU: Terrorist recruitment: a Commission’s Communication
3. EU: Civil society letter to MEPs on data retention proposals
4. EU: Final text of the European Commission proposals on the mandatory retention
5. Data Protection: 27th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners
6. Spain/France/Italy: Joint expulsion flight to Romania:
7. Spain/Germany: Spain annuls German European Arrest Warrant’s:
8. UK: Racial violence after 7 July – week 11 by IRR News Team
9. EU: The lower EU court ruled in two judgments on sanctions concerning alleged terrorists,
10. EU Lawyers Slam Data Retention Proposal Draft would have public pay for state surveillance
11. EU: Data retention
12. UK: Protect our rights – joint analysis from UK’s leading civil society organisations
13. EU: EU Data protection working party criticise proposals on VIS (Visa Information System):
14. EU: COSI – Standing Committee on Internal Security rescued from the debris of the EU Constitution

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Information Clearing House Archive Part 5 22-28 September 2005

28 September 2005 — Information Clearing House

[I’ve been archiving ICH digests since early 2003. Unfortunately, an unknown number of the links are now dead, so I can’t guarantee that the link will take you where you want to go. WB]

Information Clearing House Digest
22-28 September 2005
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005

Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 143 Days
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10223.htm
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The coup that wasn’t

By Scott Ritter

Scott Ritter, reveals how the CIA plotted to use a UN weapons inspection to overthrow the Iraqi regime – and how fiasco turned to tragedy when it failed
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‘Green slime’ invades Iraq By William Bowles

26 September 2005 — InvestigatingImperialism

This month Geoff Hoon, the Defence Secretary, announced the establishment of a new regiment, the Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR), to provide covert surveillance expertise for operations by the SAS and the Special Boat Service. Although he did not specify which experts he had in mind, the new regiment is largely based around the surveillance specialists of the 14th Intelligence Company, also known as “the Det” (Detachment), which has operated in Northern Ireland for many years. (The Times, April 2005)

This is Brigadier Gordon Kerr, identified as being involved in the deaths of at least fifteen Irish Republicans during his tenure as head of the FRU or the Force Reconnaissance Unit in Northern Ireland. Promoted from Lt. Colonel to Brigadier for his efforts, Kerr was given the job as military attaché in Beijing, largely to keep him out of the way of an investigation into the activities of the FRU in the assassination of human rights lawyer Pat Finucane and as many as fourteen other people.

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Media Lens: Immediate Withdrawal from Iraq – The Guardian Blanks Public Opinion

22 September 2005 — Media Lens

We do not know whether Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger wrote yesterday’s leader on “Britain’s post-invasion commitment to Iraq”, but we assume that he approved it. (’Signposting the Exit,’ The Guardian, September 21, 2005)

“No one is arguing for an immediate pull-out”, the editorial claims.

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Iraq: Agents Provocateurs? By William Bowles

21 September 2005

SAS

SAS

Fascinating. No really, the ‘evolution’ of state disinformation has probably never been better displayed than in the case of the two (more than likely) SAS soldiers who were ‘liberated’ after being arrested by the Iraqi police on 19 September by a phalanx of tanks and helicopter gunships that stormed the police station where the two undercover soldiers were being held after they allegedly failed to stop at an Iraqi police roadblock and subsequently opened fire on the Iraqi police, killing one and wounding another. Continue reading

Information Clearing House Archive Part 4 17-21 September 2005

21 September 2005 — Information Clearing House

[I’ve been archiving ICH digests since early 2003. Unfortunately, an unknown number of the links are now dead, so I can’t guarantee that the link will take you where you want to go. WB]

Information Clearing House Digest
17-21 September 2005
Date: 21 September 2005

Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 136 Days
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10223.htm
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Pentagon Blocks Testimony at Senate Hearing on Terrorist

By PHILIP SHENON

The Pentagon said today that it had blocked a group of military officers and intelligence analysts from testifying at an open Congressional hearing about a highly classified military intelligence program that, the officers have said, identified a ringleader of the Sept. 11 attacks as a potential terrorist more than a year before the attacks.
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Information Clearing House Archive Part 3 12-16 September 2005

16 September 2005 — Information Clearing House

[I’ve been archiving ICH digests since early 2003. Unfortunately, an unknown number of the links are now dead, so I can’t guarantee that the link will take you where you want to go. WB]

Information Clearing House Digest
12-16 September 2005
Date: Fri, 16 Sep 2005

Charge Him or Release Him

Jose Padilla : U.S. Citizen Imprisoned Without Trial or Charges for 3 Years and 131 Days
www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10223.htm
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Too much military ˆ Too little humanity:

What we are watching today, I believe, is a culmination of 10-15 years of mounting barbarism of the American culture the world over, crowned by the achievements of science and technology as a major weapon of mass destruction.
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Statewatch News Online, 15 September 2005 (33/05)

15 September 2005 — Statewatch

Full contents see: www.statewatch.org/news

1. EU: Data protection and data retention proposals: full-text
2. Council of Europe report on use of biometrics
3. Schengen: Joint Supervisory Authority (JSA) report on the use of Article 96 “alerts”
4. SIS-Denmark: Danish Data Protection Agency letler on Article 96 “alerts”
5. EU Presidency: UK paper on: Liberty and security, striking the right balance
6. EU: Data retention
7. EU: Court of Justice annulls Framework Decision on environmental crime
8. CIA: human rights fears over CIA flights – Snatched suspects tell of torture
9. UK: Head of MI5 warns of the need to erode civil liberties in the fight against terrorism
10. Spain: Supreme Court upholds complaint against immigrant detention centre regulation
11. UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke lambasted by Council of Europe President
12. UK-EU: Speech by Charles Clarke, UK Home Secretary, to the European Parliament
13. Spain: Guardia Civil accused of cover-up in death in custody case: report
14. EU: European Commission releases proposals on migration, integration, asylum and expulsion
15. EU-US: Documents reveal hidden EU cooperation with US

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The Gulf of Disbelief By William Bowles

14 September 2005

‘We have been abandoned by our own country,’ Mr Broussard told NBC’s Meet the Press programme. ‘It’s not just Katrina that caused all these deaths in New Orleans. Bureaucracy has committed murder here in the greater New Orleans area, and bureaucracy has to stand trial before Congress now.’
Aaron Broussard, the president of Jefferson parish, south of New Orleans

Bush FishMr Broussard has almost got it right but it’s not simply the state bureaucracy that has abandoned the people of Mississippi but the state itself. What used to be called the social contract between the governed and those who govern has been cast aside, surplus to requirement in this age of rapacious and crisis-ridden capitalism.

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