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Polls, Conspiracies, Denials, Admissions & Crimes

According to a new poll, most Canadians believe US foreign policy is the root cause of the September 11 attacks.

Forty-three percent of Americans still believe Saddam Hussein had direct, personal involvement in 9/11, even though Bush has said Saddam had “nothing” to do with it. “One of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror,” Bush admitted, in a September 6 interview with Katie Couric at CBS News.

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Another poll, this time of Britons, says that most British people think that the best defence against terrorism is a split from the US and a withdrawal from Iraq. After months of criticism, and endless ridicule for his close ties to President Bush, UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has announced his retirement.

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Many Americans believe conspiracy theories that purport US involvement in the September 11 attacks, and recently declassified documents “show how in 1962, the top US military leaders planned an operation to create terror attacks against its own cities and kill US citizens” in order to build support for a war against Cuba.

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Bush has now acknowledged the existence of secret CIA prisons across the globe, set up to hold top terror suspects. These suspects were subjected to interrogation methods that were “tough,” said Bush, as well as “safe and lawful and necessary”.

The admission of the prisons is a vindication for reporter Seymour Hersh, who broke the story in May 2005. The Bush administration denied it. Hersh has also reported that the US is planning an attack on Iran. The Bush administration denies it.

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The Bush administration has proposed new laws that will make many harsh interrogation techniques that are rejected by the US military and forbidden by the Geneva Conventions accepted as normal practice, including “stress positions, sleep deprivation and extreme temperatures”.

This follows the administration’s drafting of revisions to the US War Crimes Act that will “eliminate the risk of prosecution for political appointees, CIA officers and former military personnel” for using or approving these techniques. The revisions are seen necessary because foreigners are using accusations of US criminal behaviour as a way to rein in American power, according to a US official.

The United States has sought and received guarantees from dozens of nations that they will never extradite Americans for prosecution by the International Criminal Court in The Hague, and has plans in place to do whatever is necessary to prevent such prosecutions from occurring, including invading The Netherlands.

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Meanwhile, hearings were held on charges against two soldiers among eight who are accused of “premeditated murder, kidnapping, assault and other crimes in the April 26 death of Hashim Ibrahim Awad in Hamdaniya, Iraq”. The soldiers are accused of kidnapping the 52-year-old man, “shooting him and leaving an AK-47 and shovel near his body to suggest he was an insurgent burying a roadside bomb”.

[tags]9/11, CIA, war crimes, Iran[/tags]

6 Responses to “Polls, Conspiracies, Denials, Admissions & Crimes”
  1. Ade:

    The weekend’s 9/11 horror-fest will do Osama bin Laden’s work for him

  2. RobLove:

    The title of this post is fitting. The US government is fast approaching the realm of Fascism. I used to laugh at people who suggested this to me. Now it is hard for me to argue with the facts. The US government knows more about 9/11 then they lead on, even most American would agree with that statement. The Bush administration is running full steam into a brick wall; it is the American public who will end up suffering for it.

    In the age of the information it is very difficult to maintain an extensive campaign of fear and propaganda as the Bush administration has since 9/11. This blog is a testimate to that.

    In regards to the US attacking Iran, I think that is a long shot now. Iran is geographically a difficult country to engage in conventional warfare. The only possibility of the US claiming victory over Iran would be to open the nuclear option. A possibility which would be meet with harsh opposition (even from within the presidents own administration; http://thinkprogress.org/2006/04/08/hersh-joint-chiefs-opposed-to-iran-nuke-attack-members-of-congress-gung-ho/).

    Early this year began selling oil in currencies other than the US dollar. This means that countries buying oil from Iran would no longer have to buy money from the United States. The solution to this problem for the US is imposing sanction on Iran through the UN.

    After years of bilateral/unilateral action in the middle east I don’t think the US will find much support for this option (especially since China, one of the veto holder in the UN, imports a great deal of oil from Iran).

    With the exhaustion of Military and Economic avenues in the Middle East the US, in my opinion, is basically F***ed.

  3. RobLove:

    correction to the 4th paragraph *Early this year IRAN began*

    Also an article on Iran/oil/Us currency

    http://www.despardes.com/articles/feb06/20060201-iran-real-crime.asp


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