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George W. Bush’s legacy – the “torture” president

Probably the most immature, vindictive and unqualified president in U.S. history

Probably the most immature, vindictive and unqualified president in U.S. history

After 9/11, the CIA was able to get George W. Bush and his administration to authorize the torture of detainees at secret sites across the world. It was a highly secret operation and once uncovered as the result of released photographs of detainee treatment at Guantanamo, the CIA and President continued to maintain that the program was producing valuable information.

About this time, the movie blockbuster, “Zero Dark Thirty,” was released. It was a movie based on CIA provided internal documents. In fact, the CIA initiated the release of information to the producers and director of the movie. The objective? To convince the American public that “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques” (EIT) worked and led to the capture and murder of Osama Bin Laden. This all in light of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into CIA interrogation techniques and their ineffectiveness.

Never mind that we were violating the Geneva Convention, or that virtually no valuable information was obtained by these techniques. As a matter of fact, it was recently discovered that information leading to Bin Laden’s capture and assassination was the result of information received from Pakistan’s intelligence agency, the ISI, not the CIA’s interrogation techniques. Obama mislead the public in his announcement that Bin Laden was dead due to U.S. efforts.

Here is a copy of a PBS video entitled “Secrets, Politics and Torture,” which effectively tells the story of how our government violated human rights (torture and death), lied and subsequently tried to cover up their use of brutality.

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CIA Director, John Brennan, defies Congressional inquiry, again

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Senator Diane Feinstein, Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee who is fighting to release documents that the Obama Administration does not want to release.

You may recall, Diane Feinstein, Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee which is charged with oversight of federal Intelligence agencies, made public her allegations that the CIA had stolen a special report, four years in the making, from Senate Intelligence Committee computers, this report being highly critical of the torture used at Guantanamo Bay during the George W. Bush Administration, an allegation that CIA Director John Brennan vehemently denied.

Both allegations, that torture ever occurred at Guantanamo (Brennan at the time was the man in charge of Guantanamo prisoner treatment) and that the report was illegally confiscated by the CIA shows the total disassociation this man has from democratic government. In his mind, he must think we are all fools, stupid and without a spine.

As it turned out, Brennan later apologized (political pressure, no doubt) for taking the sensitive documents from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s computers.

Wow!! Talk about blatant lies and getting away with it! It is as bad as Intelligence Director, James Clapper, telling a Congressional inquiry that no surveillance of millions of citizens was taking place. He also was not sanctioned or fired.

In rebutal, Feinstein sent Director Brennan a written request (you do this only if you are laying the groundwork for legal action) demanding to know who ordered the intrusions and under what legal authority they were conducted.

Wow, again! Double Wow! Who else can order the Director of the CIA to do anything? There is only one individual capable of doing this, his immediate supervisor, Barack Hussein Obama, the totally illegitmate President of the United States.

“Gese, Batman, the Joker is laughing his head off! What are we going to do?” (You may be too young to remember this TV series, but google it, you may find it entertaining what your parents watched as kids. I laugh it now.)

CIA Director John Brennan, February 7, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Pete Marovich/MCT)

CIA Director John Brennan, February 7, 2013 in Washington, D.C. (Pete Marovich/MCT)

I have to admit everytime I look at John Brennan’s face I see a bulldog that is slobbering from the mouth waiting for his master to say, “Attack, Boy! What are you waiting for?”

Of course, that is a highly prejudicial and unkind image of Mr. Brennan, but my forgiveness and understanding of these pro-war and greedy elite is wearing thin these days. Considering the the CIA is better than the Gestapo was on their best days in their conduct of Hitler’s genocide, false flag and subversive tactics one can only conclude we are in for a very troubled times.

Oh yes I almost forgot, in a special meeting in the midst of all this intrugue, Feinstein, Brennan and other key congressioinal and White House liaisons – Brennan had the audacity (in your face, Senator!) to raise his voice in anger toward Senator Feinstein.

Now, I happen to not like Senator Feinstein’s politics (especially on gun control), but neither do I feel her office should suffer the disrespect characteristic of the Obama Administration’s historical treatment of dissident congressmen and journalists (AP for an example).

If Congress had any balls, not that Feinstein qualifies, they would find this AH, (no, I’ll say it, this Ass Hole) in Contempt of Congress and send him to a federal prison for a few days (preferably months or even years) to meditate on his insubordination and disrespect of the institutions of Congress.

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/09/12/239712_new-sparks-fly-between-cia-senate.html?rh=1#storylink=cpy


Sadism is the only reason the CIA continued a program of torture after it was proven to be ineffective

McClatchy DC: Watching Washington and the World published a leaked summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s torture practices under the George W. Bush Administration. Of the 20 conclusions outlined in the article, there is only one that is worth noting.

picphpIt has to do with the fact that the CIA obtained NO actionable intelligence from torturing detainees. Of course, that did not did stop the practices or the agency’s “misrepresentation” of the benefits before Congressional oversight committees. The practices included water-boarding, sleep deprivation, physical abuse and dragging detainees behind vehicles.

Sadism is defined as the derivation of pleasure as a result of inflicting pain, cruelty, degradation, humiliation, or watching such behaviors inflicted on others.

That certain individuals were selected to implement these practices would not be surprising.  Nor would that these individuals suffered from sadistic personality disorder. The CIA has a culture of lawlessness, arrogance and total secrecy.  Psychopaths are in key positions and until the entire agency is dismantled it will continue to create anti-American sentiment world-wide. We are creating our own terrorism where none existed before.

The Committee’s findings follow:

  • The CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques did not effectively assist the agency in acquiring intelligence or in gaining cooperation from detainees.
  • The CIA repeatedly provided inaccurate information to the Department of Justice, impeding a proper legal analysis of the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program.
  • The CIA subjected detainees to interrogation techniques that had not been approved by the Department of Justice or had not been authorized by CIA Headquarters.
  • The CIA did not conduct a comprehensive or accurate accounting of the number of individuals it detained and held individuals who did not meet the legal standard for detention.
  • The CIA’s claims about the number of detainees held and subjected to its enhanced interrogation techniques were inaccurate.
  • The CIA inaccurately characterized the effectiveness of the enhanced interrogation techniques to justify their use.
  • The CIA’s use of enhanced interrogation techniques was brutal and far worse than the agency communicated to policymakers.
  • The conditions of confinement for CIA detainees were brutal and far worse than the agency communicated to policymakers.
  • The CIA impeded effective White House oversight and decision-making.
  • The CIA has actively avoided or impeded congressional oversight of the program.
  • The CIA impeded oversight by the CIA’s Office of Inspector General.
  • Numerous internal critiques and objections concerning the CIA’s management and use of the Detention and Interrogation were ignored.
  • The CIA manipulated the media by coordinating the release of classified information, which inaccurately portrayed the effectiveness of the agency’s enhanced interrogation techniques.

Contributed by: Tish Wells, McClatchy Washington Bureau


Senate Intelligence Committee authorizes release, in part, of a 6,300-page CIA torture report

The following information was derived from an article by Gordon Duff of the Veterans Today website. To view the entire article go to link on this line. I have added some bits of information for readers unfamiliar with this issue.

Americans are waiting to see if President Obama will order prosecutions based on the report’s findings, but the Obama Administration has clearly established precedence in issues of this nature and it is believed that few, if any, will face serious consequences, least of all John Brennan, Director of the CIA.

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When John Brennan took the Oath of Office on March 8, 2013, as administered by Vice President Joe Biden. Director Brennan then did something no other officer has done. Brennan was sworn in on an original copy of the Constitution which did not include a Bill of Rights. (Photo: David Lienemann/White House)

The few who have seen “the juicy parts,” read of mutilation, death squads, detainees being dragged behind vehicles until their bodies were unrecognizable. Current CIA director, John Brennan, now an “Obama insider,” was very much a part of this process.

Brennan was a major torture supporter during the Bush administration. Brennan, with no military or operational experience in intelligence, rose to his current position through “telling people what they want to hear.”

Americans are deeply concerned that Brennan, very much part of the CIA’s “cult of torture,” will be able to block needed reforms. You see, torture isn’t the only issue. The CIA, through Bush restructuring, “privatization and compartmentalization,” was recreated and “re-tasked.” The new CIA works for banks, oil companies, rigs American elections in addition to those “overseas” and is capable of acting as, not only a terrorist organization, as told of in the most recent torture report, but trafficking in drugs, human beings and weapons of mass destruction as well.

The real report, if ever released, would cite the CIA as “beyond Al Qaeda.”

BACKGROUND

There has been a constant battle over declassification, that is the release of information to the public, essentially real security issues versus cover-ups to hide illegal or unconstitutional activities.

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The Associated Press
Senate Intelligence Committee Chair Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. speaks after a closed-door meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, April 3, 2014, as the panel votes to approve declassifying part of a secret report on Bush-era interrogations of terrorism suspects puts the onus on the CIA and a reluctant White House to speed the release of one of the most definitive accounts about the government’s actions after the 9/11 attacks

The report, in itself, is one in a series, part of a process that began in 2006; four years after the secret concentration camps used as torture centers had opened. During those four years, responsible members of the US government tasked with overseeing these activities had been told nothing. Finally, after the CIA was found to have destroyed evidence in the form of torture videos, did the Senate Intelligence Committee under Senator Dianne Feinstein order an investigation into the CIA’s conduct and their failure to report the extent of the abuse to Congress.

Over 6 million pages of documents were given investigators. As the shock set in, so did the censorship. Documents given to congress soon disappeared. (For additional background you can go to previous posts, Report on Bush era torture “chilling” according to Feinstein, President Obama is protecting senior CIA officials and himself and Nazi-style influence within the CIA.)

As it currently stands, the most prosecutable criminal acts exposed aren’t for torture or CIA “ritual killings” but for a seemingly endless series of cover ups, destroyed documents, perjured congressional testimony and “obstruction.”

Senate committee OKs release of CIA torture report


Report on Bush era torture “chilling” according to Feinstein

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Senator Dianne Feinstein is trailed by reporters at the US Capitol in Washington on March 11, 2014. (Reuters/Jonathan Ernst)

Senator Dianne Feinstein had her peacock feathers ruffled by the disclosure that the CIA had searched through her committee’s databases and even removed some sensitive files that graphically described the interrogation techniques (torture) used by the CIA on “detainees” during the Bush Administration.

Please keep in mind that there is no evidence that these “techniques” are not still being used by the Obama Administration, as we have seen little change since the Bush years, in fact, it has become much worse with our own liberties being taken away through illegal wiretapping and phone metadata mining and drone attacks within sovereign countries who want the practice stopped but to no avail.  Now, journalists are tracked and recorded and if one believes the conspiracy theorists, killed by “suicide” to keep them from exposing government corruption and illegal practices.

I am reminded of German Chancellor Merkel’s indignation upon hearing she and her staff’s private phone calls were being listened to by NSA.  Merkel self-admittedly knew that NSA was spying on the German people as part of an intelligence agreement wherein the NSA conducted surveillance on individuals and organizations the German government considered ‘suspect.”  So its O.K. to spy on Germans, not just Merkel and her friends.

Well, as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Feinstein was fully aware that the government was spying on the American public from the beginning, again, self-admittedly.  She was an “insider” comfortable in her status as supporter of Obama’s growing network of surveillance just as she was of Bush’s questionable intelligence practices, just as long as she and her committee were exempt.  Well, guess what, little girl?  You are no match for the globalist whose plans include nothing less than dictatorial control of the planet and everyone who lives on it.

So what exactly was done by the CIA?  For that we need a little history.

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Michael Vincent Hayden (born March 17, 1945) is a retired United States Air Force four-star general and former Director of the National Security Agency and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

For years, members of the Senate Intelligence Committee were unaware of this program, save the chair and vice chair. The full committee was abruptly informed of the program by then-CIA Director Michael Hayden in September 2006, only hours before President Bush announced the existence of the program to the public. About a year later, The New York Times reported that the CIA was destroying videotapes of the first “enhanced” interrogations conducted by the agency.

By then, Democrats had taken control of the Senate and demanded answers. Hayden explained to the committee that the videotapes had to be destroyed, but that the CIA possessed paper records and operational cables that were “a more than adequate representation” of what was on the video tapes. He allowed committee investigators to review those documents, which they did over a period of years, culminating in 2009.

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Leon Edward Panetta (born June 28, 1938) is an American statesman, lawyer, and professor. He served in the Barack Obama administration as Director of the Central Intelligence Agency from 2009 to 2011 and as Secretary of Defense from 2011 to 2013.

What they found was “chilling,” in the words of Feinstein and were “far different and far more harsh” than what the CIA had been admitting. Feinstein then wanted a full review of the program by the Senate Intelligence Committee, which it approved by a 14-1 vote. Feinstein wanted the CIA to turn over all relevant documents to the committee in their usual offices, as had been done in the past. CIA Director Leon Panetta, who had been appointed by Barack Obama and confirmed just a month earlier, had other ideas.

Panetta wanted the review to take place at a secure CIA facility in Northern Virginia—something that would seem to undermine an independent congressional review. But, as Feinstein outlined in her speech Tuesday, an agreement was reached with agency officials in which the Senate review would take place on secure computers, but at the CIA facility.

It’s important to understand that this computer system in effect belonged to Congress, which was conducting crucial oversight of the executive branch as protected by the Constitution. It was this computer system that Feinstein alleges was infiltrated by the CIA.

In December 2012, the Intelligence Committee completed its 6,300-page review of the Bush administration’s torture programs. The public has not seen this report, as it remains classified, but it has been described as “searing” and highly critical of the CIA and the Bush administration. The CIA has reviewed the report and agrees with some of it, but disagrees strongly with other parts—generally the most damning ones. Over the course of the committee investigation, staffers discovered what has been come to be known as the internal “Panetta Review.” This was essentially a report ordered by the new CIA Director, Panetta to examine the documents that were being turned over to Congress, in an effort to get a grip on what exactly was being revealed. The committee has a partial version of this review on its computers, Feinstein said, as well as a printed-out, redacted hard copy in a secure location inside the Hart Senate Office building.

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Bush Administration memos released by the White House provide new insight into claims that American agents used insects to torture the young children of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.

By all accounts, the Panetta Review is damning. The public first learned of it last December, when Senator Mark Udall referenced it in an open confirmation hearing for CIA General Counsel Dianne Krass. “It appears that (the CIA’s internal detention and interrogation program review), which was initiated by former Director Panetta, is consistent with the Intelligence committee’s report, but amazingly it conflicts with the official CIA response,” Udall said during the hearing.  You can only conclude that the CIA was blatantly lying about the use of torture to Congress and the general public.

It is this review which was “repatriated” by the CIA.  They realized that this CIA internal document would irreparably damage the CIA’s reputation (as if it had a good one to begin with).

Feinstein has since gone on record as saying the CIA’s subversive removal of Senate Intelligence Committee documents (the committee is charged with oversight of the CIA) are a violation of the principles of the separation of powers under the United States Constitution, the integrity of congressional oversight of US intelligence agencies and may also have violated the Fourth Amendment, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, as well as Executive Order 12333, which prohibits the CIA from conducting domestic searches or surveillance.

Again, it is clear to see that this administration has not, will not and cannot tell the American public the truth.  To do so would clearly show its illegitimacy as our government and provide grounds for impeachment at the highest levels.

Senate Investigation of Bush-Era Torture Erupts Into Constitutional Crisis
CIA Search of Congressional Computer Sparks Constitutional Crisis
Binney: Sen. Feinstein “Hypocritical” For Blasting CIA For Spying
The Obama administration issued an Executive Order that effectively decriminalized torture when it determined to continue the official use of torture or “enhanced interrogation techniques.


The CIA and the new Imperialism

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Portrait of George Washington

The United States of America is really a misnomer.  A misnomer is a description or title that does not accurately reflect the true nature of an entity or organization.

The name, “United States of America,” in its historical context, means a group of states that banded together for mutual purposes of trade and protection.

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The Battle of Cowpens, painted by William Ranney in 1845. The scene depicts an unnamed black soldier (left) firing his pistol and saving the life of Colonel William Washington (on white horse in center).

Our founding fathers considered sacred our individual liberties, i.e., life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness and saw the role of government as one of limited power. A change in government leadership at the executive level would be orderly and through national elections as an expression of the will of the people, not the will of the wealthy and powerful. In essence, the states were sovereign bodies that by mutual agreements would work together to insure those liberties so eloquently expressed in the Declaration of Independence and Constitution of the United States of America would remain our guiding light.

The federal government was not intended to be large or influential, certainly not autonomous in actions of trade, war and international relations. Congress was to retain the power of the purse, approve all trade agreements, pass legislation and along with the Executive and Judiciary balance serve at the will of the people.

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Bush standing on the seal of the CIA at Langley

So if the term, the United States of America, is no longer reflective of our current government, what is the true name of our nation?  Based on the evolution of government since 1776, the term that most accurately describes our nation is The American Empire, with no reference to states or united.

President Obama along with his immediate predecessors believe that we are a nation destined to be “exceptional,” in its vulgar form not idealistic form, that our role is as the sole decision maker in matters of domestic and international policy. The will of the people does not exist, only the will of the wealthy and powerful – the exceptional.

The federal government has invaded our lives, even at the most intimate level of religious and family values such as birth control, abortion and the expressions of religious faith, even as our currency carries the phrase, “In God We Trust.”  Christianity is under attack in our schools and public places.  President Obama has acted unilaterally in aggressions against distant sovereign nations, justifying those actions as “pre-emptive” and in our “national interest.”  Our government has regressed to the days of the former British Empire, the very nation against which we rebelled due to its tyrannical hold on the American colonies.  The Persian Empire, the Roman Empire, the British Empire and now, the American Empire unfolds in the pages of history – unless, we the people deny their ambitions.

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James Clapper, John Brennan, James Comey, Michael Flynn, Mattew Olsen before the Senate Intelligence Committee

A recent story, appearing in a number of source publications has appeared with regard to the CIA spying on computers used by Congressional aides, but not just any aides – aides from the Senate Intelligence Committee which is charged with oversight of the CIA. The fox is now in the hen house.

Further, these aides were involved in developing a lengthy report on the CIA’s role in the torture of detainees during the Bush Administration.  The findings, thus far, are pending declassification, yet calls for President Obama to allow their disclosure are falling on deaf ears.  If previous efforts to declassify congressional investigative reports are any indication, Obama will not allow its declassification.  So much for transparency.

In a press release from one of the Senate Intelligence Committee members, Senator Martin Heinrich, states, “The Senate Intelligence Committee oversees the CIA, not the other way around.”

A recent development alleges President Obama knew about the CIA’s spying on the Senate Intelligence Committee, but said nothing to Congress or the committee. The following links will provide you with the details and I strongly urge you to read them.

However, my purpose in sharing this story with you is to prove to you that we are no longer a democracy. Our Founding Fathers knew this time could come and give us the tools to prevent the ugly head of tyranny from appearing once again.  The tools are still there, but without an informed citizenry, without your participation in the process, we are just deer in the headlights.  You saw it coming and yet you did nothing.

Obama knew CIA secretly monitored intelligence committee, senator claims

CIA Accused Of Spying On Senate Intelligence Committee Staffers

 


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