Monday, February 11, 2013

The gun report

Isaiah's The World Today Just Nuts "Flatter Than A Ken Doll" went up last night.


So today I was cleaning the barrel of my trusty Winchester 73 -- I am joking.  I do not own a gun.  But I believe Jimmy Stewart starred in a film with that title or something similar.  I used to love the Westerns when I was little. My brother and I watched them all.  The TV Westerns and the movie Westerns.  Favorite TV one?  The Lone Ranger, of course.  Films?  Probably Shane.

At the Center for Global Research, James F. Tracy has an important story:

Never mind the facts, however. The public has been repeatedly told by corporate news media that the December 14, 2012 incident was exclusively carried out by the awkward 20-year-old man with virtually no firearms or military training.
“The debate over gun violence gained urgency after a gunman killed 20 first-graders and six adults on December 14 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut,” Reuters observed as recently as February 7. “The killer, 20-year-old Adam Lanza, used a Bushmaster AR-15 type assault rifle to shoot his victims before killing himself.”[1]
Over the past seven weeks mainstream media have spoken in one earsplitting voice to drive home the now familiar “lone gunman” storyline ostensibly proffered by law enforcement while dismissing a multitude of important evidence indicating a far more complex scenario.
Indeed, as information recently pointed to by Digital Journal indicates,[2] in a widescale rush to judgment major news media have neglected vital information and statements from Connecticut state authorities suggesting that Lanza may have had accomplices.
In a December 26 court plea to postpone release of contents yielded through five search warrant, Connecticut State Attorney General Stephen Sedensky argued that unsealing such findings might “seriously jeopardize” the investigation by divulging evidence heretofore known only to other “potential suspects.”

Fine, I will go there.  It was U.S. House Rep. Steve Israel, Alan Grayson, or someone similar who declared that the reason T.A.R.P. passed was because there would be rioting in the streets if it did not -- meaning the system would go under.   It was U.S. House Rep. Brad Sherman and he says, in this video, that there would be martial law declared if T.A.R.P. did not pass.

So if the still un-recovered economy was never going to recover, you would need to begin disarming the people.  So that they did not become suspicious and revolt, you would need a cover story. 

The same government that attempted the Bay of Pigs and planned Operation Chaos could very easily set up a series of 'random' shootings to push for the first step in removing guns and tracking all guns that are left in circulation.

Here is a section of the legendary Mae Brussell's writing about Operation Chaos:

 American and British pop/rock music during the 60's created an art form that has been described as one of the most important cultural revolutions in history.
    Within a few years, between 1968 and 1976, many of the most famous names associated with this early movement were dead. Mama Cass Elliott (earlier with the Mamas and Papas), Jimi Hendrix, Otis Redding, Brian Jones (helped form the Rolling Stones with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards), Janis Joplin were all at the Monterey Pop celebration, summer 1967.
    Duane Allman Berry Oakley (helped form Allman group with Duane and Gregg Allman), Tim Buckley, Jim Croce, Richard Farina, Donald Rex Jackson (road manager for Grateful Dead) Michael Jeffery (Jimi Hendrix' personal manager), Brian Epstein (Beatles manager), Al Jackson (drummer for Wilson Pickett, back-up drummer for Otis Redding), Vinnie Taylor (Sha-Na-Na) Paul T. Williams (choreographer for the Temptations, and one of the original Temptations), Clarence White (Byrds), Robbie McIntosh (drummer Average White Band), Jim Morrison (Doors), Pamela Morrison (Jim's wife), Rod McKernan "Pig Pen" (Grateful Dead), Phil Ochs, Gram Parsons (Byrds, Flying Burritos, International Submarine Band, singing with Emmylou Harris), Sal Mineo, Meredith Hunter (victim of ritual killing at Altamont Festival), Steve Perron (lead singer of Children, wrote hit songs for ZZ TOP), and Jimmy Reed (influenced many groups, combined harmonica with guitar) were a few possible victims.
    Family and friends accepted the musicians depressions or accidents as having to do with alcohol, drug usage, or both. Was anything added to their beverages or drugs to cause personality changes and eventual suicides?
    Almost every death was shrouded with unanswered questions and mystery.
    Persons around the musicians had strange backgrounds and were often suspect.
    All of these musicians were at the peak of a creative period and success at the time they were offered LSD. Their personalities altered drastically. Optimism and gratification were replaced with doubt and misery.
    Why would young people with so much talent and influence as Phil Ochs, Janis Joplin, Gram Parsons, or Brian Jones wallow in suffering, self doubt, and despondency? They were all loved, doing important contributions to their concerts and compositions, cutting new records, recognized for their talent. It just doesn't make sense.
    Jimi Hendrix, Mama Cass Elliott, Steve Perron choking from their vomit? I doubt it!!
    Phil Ochs just happened to be touring Africa when a native "robber" jumped after him and cut his throat so that it affected his singing? The most political symbol of protest against the war in Vietnam, songwriter for Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and many others, is selected from millions of U.S. tourists for assault to his vocal chords. Incredible!!
    Way back in 1966 the American Broadcasting Co. was planning to merger with International Telephone and Telegraph Co.(ITT). ABC had put aside $100,000 advance for the first television special by writer-poet Bob Dylan. The production was to climax the season.
    On Saturday, July 30, 1966, Bob Dylan had a motorcycle accident. Dylan never got on the air, and ABC never merged with ITT. The merger required a lack of protest from the Antitrust Division of the Justice Department. No comment. By now you know what I am thinking!!!
    In addition to Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, and the Dave Mason band, many others suffered near fatal accidents.
    The nine years in which the musicians allegedly overdosed, drank themselves to death, drove over cliffs, hung themselves, choked, crashed their motorcycles, went insane, or freaked out without any reasonable explanation, were the same years that the FBI and CIA waged a domestic war against any kind of dissent.
    Was Lennie Bruce the first victim? How about Jack Kerouac? Did Bruce pay his dues for comparing United States police to Hitler's Gestapo. Was all the fuss about dirty words only a cover story?
    An important part of neutralizing any group is to kill or discredit the leaders.
    Monterey Pop set the combined Government agencies in motion.
"Never again was there a festival such as the one that took place that weekend of 1967. Never was there another event where over thirty rock groups were inflated by no more that the joy of an enraptured audience and the gorgeous pleasure of performance itself. There were eight, nine, ten times as many people running rock festivals taking place only two years later. There was never another Monterey! The weekend was too intoxicating, too radiant, too pure."
"Janis Joplin, Buried Alive"
Myra Friedman
    By 1968, the FBI's Counterintelligence Program, and the CIA's Operation Chaos, had included among their long list of domestic enemies "Advocates of New Lifestyles," "New Left," "Apostles of Non-Violence and Racial Harmony" and "Restless Youth."
    Justification for indexing 300,000 law abiding citizens into files, and wiretapping, bugging, or burglarizing offices was rationalized on the basis that violence was prevalent, the cities were burning.
    Now we find out that being "non-violent" and wanting "racial harmony," according to recent Congressional investigations, was also a crime.
    The meeting place for this social, economic, and soon to become political, revolution was at the folk festival, rock concerts, free park love-ins, at the FM radio stations, or home with favorite records.
    In the music there were many messages.
    American youth were provided with a wide variety of radio stations to manage, alternative news sources, and new ways to learn what was going on in the world.
    For the first time, young Americans found themselves with enough space and time to communicate.
    The space was the entire continent, then the globe. They wandered. Many left homes in large numbers, seeking contacts from strangers in distant communities.
    The time was often twenty four hours each day. They dropped out from established institutions. Clocks disappeared.
    Musicians were bringing these young people together from far away places.

"I see a great deal of danger in the air. Teenagers are not screaming over pop music anymore, they're screaming for much deeper reasons. We're only serving as a means of giving them an outlet. Pop music is just the superficial tissue. When I'm on the stage I sense that the teenagers are trying to communicate to me, like by telepathy, a message of some urgency. Not about me or my music, but about the world and the way they live. I interpret it as their demonstration against society and it's sick attitudes. Teenagers the world over are weary of being pushed around by half-witted politicians who attempt to dominate their way of thinking and set a code for their living. This is a protest against the system. And I see a lot of trouble coming in the dawn."
Mick Jagger
    Everything was beautiful until the insanity began.
    The CIA got into the business of altering human behavior in 1947.
    "Project Paperclip," an arrangement made by CIA Director Allen Dulles and Richard Helms, brought one thousand Nazi specialists and their families to the United States. They were employed for military and civilian institutions.
    Some Nazi doctors were brought to our hospitals and colleges to continue further experimentations on the brain.
    American and German scientists, working with the CIA, then the military, started developing every possible method of controlling the mind.
    Lysergic Acid Diethylmide, LSD, was discovered at the Sandoz Laboratories, Basel, Switzerland, in 1939 by Albert Hoffman. This LSD was pure. No other ingredients were added.
    The U.S. Army got interested in LSD for interrogation purposes in 1950. After May, 1956, until 1975, the U.S. Army Intelligence and the U.S. Chemical Corps "experimented with hallucinogenic drugs."
    The CIA and Army spent $26,501,446 "testing" LSD, code name EA 1729, and other chemical agents. Contracts went out to forty-eight different institutions for testing. The CIA was part of these projects. They concealed their participation by contracting to various colleges, hospitals, prisons, mental hospitals, and private foundations.
    The LSD I will refer to is the same type of LSD that the CIA used because of the similarity of symptoms between their reports and what happened to musicians or hippies after 1967. We shall be speaking of CIA-LSD, not pure LSD.
    Government agents and the ability to cause permanent insanity, identical to schizophrenia, without physician or family knowing what happened to the victim.

"No physical examination of the subject is required prior to the administration of LSD. A physician need not be present. Physicians might be called for the hope they would make a diagnosis of mental-breakdown which would be useful in discrediting the individual who was the subject of CIA interest. Richard Helms, CIA Director, argued that administering drugs, including poisonous LSD, might be on individuals who are unwitting as this is the only realistic method of maintaining the capability considering the intended operational use to influence human behavior as the operational targets will certainly be unwitting."
"Senate Report to Study Governmental Operations with Respect to Intelligence Activities"
Book I, page 401, April 1976.
    When the first reports came out that the CIA could administer a tasteless substance into the beverage of one of their most responsible co-workers, and drive that man into a mental institution, or cause him to jump out of a window to his death, all existing CIA records were destroyed.
    Hippies and musicians, previously normal and creative, with families and loved ones identical to Dr. Frank Olson, responded in the same manner as Dr. Olson after their introduction to the same drugs.
    Valuable documentation of LSD experiments should not have been in the hands of CIA Director Richard Helms. January 31, 1973, one day before he retired from the CIA, he removed some possible answers as to the fate of persons minds the past ten years.
    Helms had been behind all the types of experimentations since 1947.
    Mind altering projects went under the code names of Operation Chatter, Operation Bluebird/Artichoke, Operation Mknaomi, Mkultra, and Mkdelta.
    By 1963, four years before Monterey Pop, the combined efforts of the CIA's Directorate of Science and Technology, Department of U.S. Army Intelligence, and U.S. Chemical Corps were ready for any covert operations that seemed necessary.
    U.S. agents were able to destroy any persons reputation cause by inducing hysteria or excessive emotional responses, temporary or permanent insanity, suggest or encourage suicide, erase memory, invent double or triple personalities inside one mind, prolong lapses of memory, teach and induce racism and hatred against specific groups, cause subjects to obey instructions on the telephone or in person, hypnotically assure no memory remains of the assignments.
    The CIA has poison dart guns to kill from far away, tranquilizers for pets so the household or neighborhood is not alerted by entry or exit.
    While pure LSD is usually 160 micrograms, the CIA was issuing 1600 micrograms. Some of their LSD was administered to patients at Tulane University who already had wired electrodes in their brain.
    Was being crazy an occupational disease of being a musician? Or does this LSD, tested and described in Army documents, explain how a cultural happening that was taking place in 1967-68 could be halted and altered radically?

Janis used to say that her speed experience was induced by a man. He had been the cause of it. He had brought her lower than she had ever been in her life. Her involvement with the young man started in the spring of '65.
    He was a very sharp brain and questionable character, engaged in some rather odd activities. Neither his history or his name was his own. He set up a fraudulent international pharmaceutical company in Canada to obtain drugs. He was also a methadrine addict. Janis was an exceptionally vulnerable girl. It had taken Janis about seven months from the time she returned from New York to degenerate into a vegetable, an eighty pound spastic speed-freak.

"Buried Alive, Janis Joplin"
Myra Friedman

So is it possible that the government is behind this?  Sure.   

Is it happening?  I have no idea.  But we certainly do seem in a rush -- or rather the White House does -- to 'do something.' 

Did I miss the creation of a gun committee?'  That is what President Barack Obama does, right?  Creates a committee to study an issue and come up with solutions?

So where was the gun committee?

I am just asking a question.                                                  

This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot" for today:

Monday, February 11, 2013.  Chaos and violence continue, another suicide car bomber, over the weekend Camp Liberty is attacked, former US House Rep Patrick Kennedy calls for UNAMI head Martin Kobler to step down, Nouri blocks access into Baghdad, and more.

Last week was the tenth anniversary of then-Secretary of State Colin Powell lying to the United Nations because lying was the only way to sell the illegal war.  His guy pal Lawrence Wilkerson worked hard to spin for Powell last week.  But, as Third noted,  Norman Solomon repeatedly countered the revisionary spin: "turned out a column of truth, went on Democracy Now! and debated Larry (Amy was so supportive of Larry, wasn't she?) and then discussed Powell's presentation on CounterSpin."  Today, he has a new column about the refusal, all this time later, for officials to be honest or accountable.  Excerpt. 

The illustrious and sturdy bow on the entire political package is immunity — a reassuring comfort to retired and present war leaders alike. Former Bush officials and current Obama officials have scant reason to worry that their conduct of war might one day put them in a courtroom dock. They’ve turned their noses up at international law, lowered curtains on transparency and put some precious civil liberties in a garbage compactor with the president’s hand on the switch.
Normalizing silence and complicity is essential fuel for endless war. With top officials relying on their own exculpatory status, a grim feedback loop keeps spinning as the increasingly powerful warfare state runs roughshod over the principle of consent of the governed. Top officials dodge responsibility — and pay no penalty — for lying the country into, and into continuing, horrendous wars and other interventions.
Without an honest reckoning of what did and didn’t happen in the lead-up to the Iraq war, a pernicious message comes across from Wilkerson, Powell and many others: of course we stuck it out and followed orders, we had private doubts but fulfilled our responsibilities to maintain public support for the war.
It’s a kind of role modeling that further corrodes the political zeitgeist. The upshot is that people at the top of the U.S. government — whether in 2003 or 2013 — have nothing to lose by going along with the program for war. In a word: impunity.

In addition, Norman Solomon also appeared last week on Danny Schechter's News Dissector Radio which airs Thursdays on the Progressive Radio Network at 5:00 pm EST. You can stream it here (Media Channel).  I haven't had time to listen yet -- and only know about it because of Media Channel's mailing.  We'll note it today and we'll excerpt it tomorrow.  Media Channel is back up and running, FYI.

On Iraq, Ramzy Baroud ( observes:

When the last US combat brigade had reportedly left Iraq in Dec. 2011, this was meant to be an end of an era. Historians know well that conflicts do not end with a presidential decree or troop deployments. Iraq merely entered a new phase of conflict and the US, Britain, and others, remain integral parties of that conflict. 
One post-invasion and war reality is that Iraq was divided into areas of influence based on purely sectarian and ethnic lines. In western media’s classification of winners and losers, Sunnis, blamed for being favored by former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, emerged as the biggest loser. While Iraq’s new political elites were divided between Shiite and Kurdish politicians (each party with its own private army, some gathered in Baghdad and others in the autonomous Kurdistan region), the Shiite population was held by various militant groups responsible for Sunni unfortunates. On Feb. 8, 2013, five car bombs blew up in what was quickly recognized as “Shiite areas,” killing 34 people. A few days earlier, on Feb. 4, 22 people were also killed in a similar fashion.
The sectarian strife in Iraq, which is responsible for the death of tens of thousands, is making a comeback. Iraqi Sunnis, including major tribes and political parties are demanding equality and the end of their disfranchisement in the relatively new, skewed Iraqi political system under Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Massive protests and ongoing strikes have been organized with a unified and clear political message.
However, numerous other parties are exploiting the polarization in every way imaginable: to settle old scores, to push the country back to the brink of civil war, to amplify the mayhem underway in various Arab countries, most notably Syria, and in some instances to adjust sectarian boundaries in ways that could create good business opportunities.

Iraq is a failed state.  Owen Jones' "What a tragedy that we couldn't stop the war in Iraq despite marching in our thousands" (Independent) lays out that case:

All this blood, and for what? In 2005, Ayad Allawi – a former CIA agent originally installed as Iraqi Prime Minister – argued that “people are doing the same as [in] Saddam’s time and worse”. Human Rights Watch warns that “the Iraq people today have a government that is slipping further into authoritarianism”, listing “draconian measures against opposition politicians, detainees, demonstrators, and journalists, effectively squeezing the space for independent civil society and political freedoms in Iraq”. Iraq is now 150th out of 179 countries in the World Press Freedom Index, worse than Russia or Zimbabwe; and the US government-funded Freedom House rates Iraq 6 for civil liberties and 6 for political rights, with 7 being the worst. No wonder Tony Dodge, an Iraq expert at the LSE, warns that “Maliki is heading towards an incredibly destructive dictatorship”.
Easy for me to berate, you might think: I didn’t live through the horror of Saddam. Listen to the Iraqi people, then. A detailed poll by Zogby at the end of 2011 revealed that just 30 per cent of Iraqis felt the invasion left them better off; 23 per cent felt things were just the same, and 42 per cent said they were worse. Among the Shia, 70 per cent felt things were worse or just as bad as under Saddam; it was 79 per cent among Sunnis. Winning hearts and minds indeed.

And in the failed state today?   UPI reports that Nouri al-Maliki's government refused to let a Turkish plane land -- the plane was supposed "to land in Kirkuk and pick up some of the 75 Kurdish victims of a Jan. 23 assault by Arabs in the Iraqi city of Tuz Khurmatu."  The plane's landing isn't the only thing Nouri's blocking.  Kitabat reports today that Nouri's forces are preventing the residents of Salahuddin Province and Nineveh Province from entering Baghdad and that traffic is stopped as i.d.s are checked and security forces turn people away.  Alsumaria also notes that people are being prevented from entering Baghdad and adds that there are rumors that Nouri plans to impose a curfew starting Thursday.  What's got Nouri in a panic?

From Saturday:

Kitabat reports that yesterday some protesters in Anbar Province announced their intent to march to Baghdad next Friday.  All Iraq News notes National Alliance MP Qasim al-Araji is calling out the plan to stage a sit-in in Baghdad.  The Ministry of Interior (run by Nouri al-Maliki since he never nominated anyone to head it) had its own announcement.  Alsumaria reports that today it was declared their intent to crack down on any protest -- anywhere in the country -- that they felt was a threat or lacked a permit.  Al Mada notes that the spokesperson for the Anbar protests, Sayad Lafi, states that the protesters have written Baghdad seeking permission to pray in the city on Friday and return the same day. 

Al Mada reports that the Anbar protesters state they have still not received a reply to their request.  The reply is most likely "no" judging by events taking place currently.  Al Jazeera, the Chrisian Science Monitor and PRI's Jane Arraf Tweets on the vehicles being prevented from entering Baghdad.

army security checks from /Fallujah to blocking traffic for miles days ahead of Friday protest in Baghdad.

  1. army closing roads from for the night. 'Don't you know what the situation is like?' soldier says.

In other protest news,  Alsumaria notes that Diyala Province officials have formed a committee to convey the demands of the protesters to the federal government.  In addition, Vice President Khudair Khuzaie told US Ambassador to Iraq Stephen Beecroft that the federal government will be "flexible" when it comes to the protesters demandsAlsumaria notes Iraqiya issued a statement noting their continued solidarity with protesters and their legimate demands.  Deputy Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaq met with Anbar Province Governor Qassim Fahdawi to discuss ways to implement the demands of the protesters.  al-Mutlaq is a member of Iraqiya.     All Iraq News speaks with Iraiqya MP Raad Danielle who states there has been too much procrastination and foot dragging.  He cites an example of the protesters calls for detainees to be released and how these are words in the media but they are not acted upon by the government. 

Martin Kobler is the Special Enovy in Iraq for United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.  Karin Laub (AP) interviews Kobler today

Martin Kobler, the U.N. envoy to Iraq, said that while he believes the head of the committee, Deputy Prime Minister Hussain al-Shahristani, is taking the Sunni concerns seriously, "there is more the government could do" to deal with the protesters' demands.
"We have the impression that a lot of the problems (raised by the demonstrators) are rule of law, human rights problems, the situation in detention centres. And these are all problems the government can solve tomorrow," Kobler told The Associated Press.

Violence continues in Iraq.  Iraq Body Count notes that through Sunday 139 people have died from violence in Iraq so far this month.  That's 139 violent deaths in 10 days.  AFP's Prashant Rao Tweets his organization's catch.

After a couple late-confirmed deaths last night, we are now up to 110 dead, 273 wounded this month in Iraq - :

Today?  Sufyan Mashhadani, Isabel Coles and Kevin Liffey (Reuters) report a Mosul suicide car bombing has claimed 12 lives (in addition to the driver of the car) and left at least eighteen injure.   Alsumaria notes that an attack on a Thar Thar checkpoint (outside of Ramadi) resulted in the deaths of 2 Iraqi soldiers and two more injures.  All Iraq News adds that a Baghdad sticky bombing has left the Dean of the Ministry of the Interior injured.  UPI reports that Sahwa commander in Diyala Province Khaled al-Lahibi has been assassinated in Baquba.  The assassination of al-Lahibi was the third assassination attempt of a high profile figure in as many days.  Alsumaria notes that a Sunday Mosul bombing targeted Speaker of Parliament Osama al-Nujaifi's convoy (no one is reported harmed and al-Nujaifi wasn't in the convoy despite his being expected to have been).    Focus Information Agency noted Saturday that the Polish Ambassador to Iraq, Lech Stefaniak, was targeted by a roadside bombing in Baghdad but no one was hurt. 

Dropping back to last night, Dale McEwan (Press TV) reports, "The Kurdistan Region’s Nalia Radio and Television - NRT - is reeling following a bomb attack on Saturday night. The small device on NRT’s roof did not claim any casualties but was enough to send a warning. The previous day a member of the public phoned in to a live show and blasted Kurdistan’s ruling Barzani family. NRT, based in Kurdistan’s Sulaymaniyah city, has called on Kurdistan’s semi-autonomous government for protection."

Saturday there was an attack on Camp Liberty.  Prensa Latina reports, " A rain of self-propelled Katyusha missiles hit a provisional camp of Iraqi opposition Mujahedin-e Khalk, an organization Tehran calls terrorists, causing seven fatalities plus 50 wounded, according to an Iraqi official release."  CNN explained, "The rocket and mortar attack occurred at Camp Hurriya, a onetime U.S. base formerly known as Camp Liberty, which is now the home of the Iranian exile group Mujahedin-e-Khalq. Accounts of the number of people killed and wounded in the attack vary."

Approximately 3,400 people were at Camp Ashraf when the US invaded Iraq in 2003.  They were Iranian dissidents who were given asylum by Saddam Hussein decades ago.  The US government authorized the US military to negotiate with the residents.  The US military was able to get the residents to agree to disarm and they became protected persons under Geneva and under international law.

Despite that legal status and the the legal obligation on the part of the US government to protect the residents, since Barack Obama was sworn in as US president, Nouri has ordered not one but two attacks on Camp Ashraf resulting in multiple deaths.  Let's recap.  July 28, 2009 Nouri launched an attack (while then-US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was on the ground in Iraq). In a report released this summer entitled "Iraqi government must respect and protect rights of Camp Ashraf residents," Amnesty International described this assault, "Barely a month later, on 28-29 July 2009, Iraqi security forces stormed into the camp; at least nine residents were killed and many more were injured. Thirty-six residents who were detained were allegedly tortured and beaten. They were eventually released on 7 October 2009; by then they were in poor health after going on hunger strike." April 8, 2011, Nouri again ordered an assault on Camp Ashraf (then-US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates was again on the ground in Iraq when the assault took place). Amnesty International described the assault this way, "Earlier this year, on 8 April, Iraqi troops took up positions within the camp using excessive, including lethal, force against residents who tried to resist them. Troops used live ammunition and by the end of the operation some 36 residents, including eight women, were dead and more than 300 others had been wounded. Following international and other protests, the Iraqi government announced that it had appointed a committee to investigate the attack and the killings; however, as on other occasions when the government has announced investigations into allegations of serious human rights violations by its forces, the authorities have yet to disclose the outcome, prompting questions whether any investigation was, in fact, carried out." Mohammed Tawfeeq (CNN) observes that "since 2004, the United States has considered the residents of Camp Ashraf 'noncombatants' and 'protected persons' under the Geneva Conventions."

Under court order, the US State Dept evaluated their decision to place the MEK on the terrorist list and, September 28th, took the MEK off the terrorist list.   A statement Saturday from the office of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon noted, "The Secretary-General calls on the Government of Iraq, which is responsible for the safety and security of residents of both Camp Liberty and Camp Ashraf, to promptly and fully investigate the incident and bring perpetrators to justice."  A statement from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees quoted High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres stating, "I strongly condemn this attack.  This is a despicable act of violence. I call on the Iraqi Government to do everything it can to guarantee security to the residents.  The perpetrators must be found and brought to justice without delay."  KUNA notes today that France's Foreign Ministry issued a statement condemning the attack and that "We bring our support to the United Nations plan to transfer people in the camp to third countries.  This plan is in the process of being implemented and we are ready to participate in it, through coordination with the UN High Commission for Refugees."   Saturday night, the US State Dept issued the following:

Press Statement
Victoria Nuland
Department Spokesperson, Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
February 9, 2013

The United States condemns in the strongest terms the vicious and senseless terrorist attack that took place this morning at Camp Hurriya killing 6 people and injuring dozens more. We offer our condolences to the families of the victims and hope for the swift recovery of those who were injured.
We understand the Government of Iraq has undertaken to promptly investigate the attack. We call on it to earnestly and fully carry out that investigation and to take all appropriate measures to enhance the security of the camp consistent with its commitment and obligation to the safety and security of the camp's residents. The terrorists responsible for this attack must be brought to justice.
We are consulting with the Government of Iraq and the United Nations Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) on the circumstances surrounding this tragedy, and we remain committed to assisting the Government of Iraq and UNAMI in their efforts to implement the December 25, 2011 agreement.

Of course, Nuland had nothing to say today at the US State Dept press briefing. 

Someone who's not silent?  Former US House Rep Patrick Kennedy (disclosure, I know Patrick).  He was in DC over the weekend for a conference of Iranian-Americans.  Click here for the video of his speech.  Excerpt.

Patrick Kennedy:  We need the United States to come out today and say they are for protecting -- as they promised -- the people of Camp Liberty and that we're not going to let them have any more people die at the hands of the Iranian secret police and their collaborators in the Iraqi government.  Let's not make any mistake about it, this cannot be laid off on the United Nations.  We're in Washington, DC.  The United States has a responsibility to those six people who were killed.  We have our word that we're going to protect them.  And here we have two documents.  We know about these documents, all of us now.   Now that Mr. [Tahar] Boumedra [former adviser to UNAMI's Martin Kobler] left the United Nations and exposed -- exposed the fact that in the draft survey of whether Liberty was suitable for humanitarian purposes, this draft said categorically was not suitable, was not safe.  And in this document signed on by people like Martin Kobler, the UN Representative in charge of the protection of Camp Liberty, he verifies, the UN verifies, that Liberty is safe.  We know -- we know now that the blood of those innocent martyrs that were killed last night are on Martin Kobler's hands today.  Today -- Today -- Today Martin Kobler ought to resign his position at the United Nations in disgrace and the United States ought to take every step necessary today to ensure the protection of the people they promised to protect -- whether that means returning them to a safe location in Camp Ashraf which has an 80 mile protective barrier because no longer can it be said that Liberty is safe after what happened last night.

Yesterday, Chana Ya'ar (Israel National News) reported, "Iraq allegedly has agreed to allow 50,000 Iranian Basij militia troops into the country to help suppress riots against the government and seize Arab and other foreign embassies, including that of the United States."

A statement Saturday from the office of the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon noted, "The Secretary-General calls on the Government of Iraq, which is responsible for the safety and security of residents of both Camp Liberty and Camp Ashraf, to promptly and fully investigate the incident and bring perpetrators to justice."  A statement from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees quoted High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres stating, "I strongly condemn this attack.  This is a despicable act of violence. I call on the Iraqi Government to do everything it can to guarantee security to the residents.  The perpetrators must be found and brought to justice without delay."  KUNA notes today that France's Foreign Ministry issued a statement condemning the attack and that "We bring our support to the United Nations plan to transfer people in the camp to third countries.  This plan is in the process of being implemented and we are ready to participate in it, through coordination with the UN High Commission for Refugees."  Saturday, Jane Arraf (Al Jazeera) spoke with the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy to Iraq, Martin Kobler, who stated, "We want to avoid bloodshed and that's why we entered into the agreement with the government of Iraq -- because there was immediate violence in December 2011.  That's why I'm so shocked what happened today because these people have to be protected."
Today Ala Talabani

Turning to London where there was an incident last week.  We covered it Sunday at Third with "Bremer and smelly shoes:"

Wednesday, L. Paul Bremer [. . .]  showed up in England hoping to take a victory lap.  Rather astounding because no US official -- not even Bully Boy Bush -- was harshly criticized more in the hearing for the Iraq Inquiry.
But there was Bremer, the original US bwana in Iraq, when Yasser al-Samarani stood and hurled not one but two shoes at him.
"You have to improve your aim if you want to make such a move," Bremer smugly declared as the first shoe missed him and he himself missed in his attempt to catch the second shoe.
Yasser al-Samarani tells Bremer, "You f**ked up my country, you destroyed the country!  F**k you and f**k your democracy!"
And Bremer's reply?
He insisted, "If he had done that while Saddam Hussein was alive, he would be a dead man by now."
That's a pleasing tale, just not an honest one.  Were Saddam Hussein alive or were al-Samarani to have thrown the shoes at Bremer in 2002 when Hussein was alive, we seriously doubt Hussein would have any problem with Yasser al-Samarani's actions.
December 14, 2008, Iraqi journalist Muntadhar al-Zeidi threw two shoes at Bully Boy Bush when he and Nouri al-Maliki had a staged photo op in Baghdad as they signed the Strategic Framework Agreement and the Status of Forces Agreement.

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Today at Salon, Murtaza Hussain offers what passes for truth and bravery at Salon:

In a legitimately meritocratic society governed by the rule of law, it would be reasonable to expect that after presiding over an unmitigated strategic and humanitarian calamity such as the Iraq War neoconservatives such as Bremer would face legal charges or at least devastating career repercussions that would exclude them from taking part in public discourse — but regrettably this has not happened to a great degree. While it is true that former Bush administration figures such as Donald Rumsfeld, John Yoo and Dick Cheney have been subject to criminal charges in countries around the world from Germany to Malaysia, many of those most prominently associated with the neoconservative movement in America are still making an impact pushing the same policies of aggressive military action and disregard for the rule of law that they were a decade ago. Figures such as John Bolton, Elliot Cohen and Bremer’s former spokesman, Dan Senor, can still be found in the public sphere peddling the same criminally disastrous political ideology that killed and made refugees out of millions in Iraq while costing the United States trillions of dollars, thousands of soldiers’ lives, and much of its moral and political legitimacy in the Middle East. The stated refusal of the Obama administration to “look back” at past transgressions has in many ways made possible the repetition of such crimes at a particularly crucial moment as the U.S. crafts a policy to confront an alleged nuclear program in Iran. In what would seem to be a case of history repeating as farce, the same neoconservative hawks who cynically pushed claims about weapons of mass destruction are publicly singing the exact same tune today about Iran and trying to resurrect the same aggressively militaristic ideology.

Only at Salon -- and other craven sites -- would they pretend that Bully Boy Bush's cadre of criminals are out of the government.  Dick Cheney's Principal Deputy National Security Advisor has a very high profile position in the Barack Obama administration, for example, she's the State Dept spokesperson.  Yes, Victoria Nuland and her neo-con husband Robert Kagan is an adviser to Barack and, as we were most recently again noting in the January 3rd snapshot, Barack's State of the Union address last year built around Kagan's The World America Made -- so much so that even Kagan's publisher, Random House, noted it.  When Salon finds the guts to note those kind of things, it may have the maturity to sit at the grown ups table.  Until then, it's all paper plates and plastic forks for them.