Archiv: Bush Administration 2001-2009


16.10.2021 - 03:16 [ ForeignPolicy.com ]

Only Congress Can End Washington’s Endless Wars

(07.10.2021)

The war on terror is a constitutional aberration. The U.S. legislature must reclaim its war powers from an overempowered executive branch.

29.09.2021 - 09:10 [ Mic.com ]

After a drone strike in Kabul killed 10 civilians, Democratic senators want Biden to scrap the practice

It’s hard to know exactly how many civilians have been killed by drones. One analysis by Airwars, a harm monitoring group, estimated that at least 22,000 civilians have been killed based off the U.S. military’s assertion that it has conducted 100,000 airstrikes since 2001. However, the same analysis noted that the number could be as high as 48,000.

23.08.2021 - 13:45 [ Barbara Lee, represents CA's new 13th Congressional District / Twitter ]

I’ve never regretted my NO vote, even with all the death threats. I knew it would be used to establish the framework for forever wars, and that’s not something members of Congress should ever tolerate.

21.08.2021 - 15:53 [ theAtlantic.com ]

This War Needed to End

The attacks of 9/11 were an enormous crime; they caused enormous human suffering. But they did not change the world. Bush’s words later that evening changed the world—when he said that he would answer this crime with a determination to “win the war against terrorism,” taking the world to war. Lee understood that danger, and her moral conscience, backed by the moral movement against war that took shape within hours of the attacks themselves, led her to stand up and reject war as an answer.

21.08.2021 - 12:20 [ Radio Utopie ]

McChrystal raus, Petraeus degradiert: Die „Warlord AG“ Afghanistan bekommt einen neuen Geschäftsführer

(23. Juni 2010)

Am Montag, den 22.Juni, veröffentlichte die Washington Post auf ihrer Webseite den neunundsiebzig Seiten langen Bericht des „Unterausschusses für Nationale Sicherheit und Auswärtige Angelegenheiten“ mit dem Titel „Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan“, für den der Leiter des Ausschusses, der Republikaner John F. Tierney (D-Mass.), verantwortlich zeichnete (1, 2).

Der „Unterausschuss für Nationale Sicherheit und Auswärtige Angelegenheiten“ ist ständiger Teil des „Ausschuss für Aufsicht und Reform der Regierung“ des Repräsentantenhauses.

Die Veröffentlichung des Berichts fällt mit den Machtkämpfen um die Kompetenzen der CIA, der Geheimdienste des US-Verteidigungsministeriums und den eigenmächtigen Spionagediensten des US-Militärs (wie diejenigen des General Petraeus) um die Kontrolle der Oberhoheit in den besetzten Gebieten zusammen, in denen sich Geschäfte mit Hilfe korrupter Politiker in mehrfacher Milliardenhöhe abwickeln lassen – die Möglichkeiten zum Geldverdienen reichen von der Opiumproduktion, den Rüstungsgeschäften und Waffenhandel, Lizenzen für die Ausbeutung der Rohstoffe, Aufträge für die Bauunternehmen bis hin in alle Bereiche des öffentlichen Lebens einer Gesellschaft. Es geht um die reine Ausbeutung eines Landes.

19.08.2021 - 18:50 [ Radio Utopie ]

Die „Authorization For Use of Military Force“ vom 14. September 2001 im Wortlaut

(29. August 2014)

Die nach den Attentaten vom 11. September in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika dem Präsidenten vom Kongress persönlich ausgestellte Vollmacht, der ein nun fast dreizehn Jahre andauernder weltweiter Terrorkrieg a.k.a. „war on terror“ folgte, ist in Deutschland immer noch weithin unbekannt.

Radio Utopie dokumentiert dieses in jeder Hinsicht verheerende historische Ermächtigungsgesetz im Wortlaut.

18.08.2021 - 14:16 [ Alexander McCoy / Twitter ]

A great way for Senate Democrats who are very mad about Afghanistan to stick it to Joe Biden would be for them to repeal the 2001 AUMF!

18.08.2021 - 14:14 [ RollCall.com ]

Senators worry time running out on updating 2001 military authorization

(03.08.2021)

Should lawmakers try to force the issue of updating the 2001 AUMF by establishing an expiration date, one of their best chances would be via an amendment to the must-pass fiscal 2022 defense policy bill that both chambers will take up this fall.

18.08.2021 - 13:56 [ Politico.com ]

Adios AUMF? Democrats press Biden for help in revoking old war powers

(21.01.2021)

In a letter Thursday to Biden, five House Democrats called on the new president to quickly work with Congress to kill the 2002 authorization for the Iraq War and hone the 2001 powers for the war on terrorism. The letter — signed by chairs of the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Rules committees — says any replacement authority must name mission objectives, adversaries and targeted countries, as well as include a sunset clause to ensure Congress regularly revisits the war powers debate.

“Congress has been missing in action, and President Joe Biden knows that,” said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who is spearheading the effort, in an interview.

18.08.2021 - 10:45 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

The U.S. Government Lied For Two Decades About Afghanistan

That is particularly true given how heavily the U.S. had Afghanistan under every conceivable kind of electronic surveillance for more than a decade. A significant portion of the archive provided to me by Edward Snowden detailed the extensive surveillance the NSA had imposed on all of Afghanistan. In accordance with the guidelines he required, we never published most of those documents about U.S. surveillance in Afghanistan on the ground that it could endanger people without adding to the public interest, but some of the reporting gave a glimpse into just how comprehensively monitored the country was by U.S. security services.

17.08.2021 - 13:16 [ Radio Utopie ]

McChrystal raus, Petraeus degradiert: Die „Warlord AG“ Afghanistan bekommt einen neuen Geschäftsführer

(23. Juni 2010)

Am Montag, den 22.Juni, veröffentlichte die Washington Post auf ihrer Webseite den neunundsiebzig Seiten langen Bericht des „Unterausschusses für Nationale Sicherheit und Auswärtige Angelegenheiten“ mit dem Titel „Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan“, für den der Leiter des Ausschusses, der Republikaner John F. Tierney (D-Mass.), verantwortlich zeichnete (1, 2).

Der „Unterausschuss für Nationale Sicherheit und Auswärtige Angelegenheiten“ ist ständiger Teil des „Ausschuss für Aufsicht und Reform der Regierung“ des Repräsentantenhauses.

Die Veröffentlichung des Berichts fällt mit den Machtkämpfen um die Kompetenzen der CIA, der Geheimdienste des US-Verteidigungsministeriums und den eigenmächtigen Spionagediensten des US-Militärs (wie diejenigen des General Petraeus) um die Kontrolle der Oberhoheit in den besetzten Gebieten zusammen, in denen sich Geschäfte mit Hilfe korrupter Politiker in mehrfacher Milliardenhöhe abwickeln lassen – die Möglichkeiten zum Geldverdienen reichen von der Opiumproduktion, den Rüstungsgeschäften und Waffenhandel, Lizenzen für die Ausbeutung der Rohstoffe, Aufträge für die Bauunternehmen bis hin in alle Bereiche des öffentlichen Lebens einer Gesellschaft. Es geht um die reine Ausbeutung eines Landes.

17.08.2021 - 13:08 [ Sueddeutsche.de ]

Krieg in Afghanistan: Warlord Inc. – freies Geleit gegen Geld

(23. Juni 2010)

Die USA verteilen in Afghanistan Milliarden Dollar an Firmen, damit schwerbewaffnete Söldner für Sicherheit sorgen. Die Dienstleister verdienen prächtig – und bestechen mit dem Steuergeld zwielichtige Kriegsfürsten und möglicherweise auch Taliban.

17.08.2021 - 12:53 [ Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform / Homeland Security Digital Library at NPS ]

Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan

(June 22, 2010)

To the Members of the Subcommittee:

Today I present to you a report entitled, Warlord, Inc.: Extortion and Corruption Along the U.S. Supply Chain in Afghanistan, which has been prepared by the Majority staff of the Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
After a six-month investigation, the report exposes the circumstances surrounding the Department of Defense’s outsourcing of security on the supply chain in Afghanistan to questionable providers, including warlords.

The findings of this report range from sobering to shocking. In short, the Department of Defense designed a contract that put responsibility for the security of vital U.S. supplies on contractors and their unaccountable security providers. This arrangement has fueled a vast protection racket run by a shadowy network of warlords, strongmen, commanders, corrupt Afghan officials, and perhaps others.

Not only does the system run afoul of the Department’s own rules and regulations mandated by Congress, it also appears to risk undermining the U.S. strategy for achieving its goals in Afghanistan.

17.08.2021 - 12:28 [ Radio Utopie ]

Afghanische Warlords stehen jährlich mit Hunderten von Millionen-Dollar-Margen auf NATO-Gehaltslisten

(4. November 2009)

Denn so lange die Warlords, Gebietsfürsten und Distriktgouverneure mit jährlichen Millionenbeträgen auf der Gehaltsliste der CIA und der NATO stehen, haben sie noch weniger Interesse an friedlichen Verhältnissen in der Region. Je mehr Krieg und Terror, umso besser – ansonsten würden diese hohen Einnahmen für sie wegfallen. Das Geld bekommen diese Führer dafür, dass sie private Sicherheitstruppen mieten, um die jeweiligen Basen der westlichen Allierten sowie die Transportwege vor terroristischen Überfällen zu schützen. Diese Kuh gilt es mit allen Mitteln zu melken.

Somit ist durchaus der Beweis erbracht, dass die NATO den Krieg in Afghanistan doppelt finanziert – nicht nur die eigenen Truppen sondern auch die der Gegenseite gleich mit.

17.08.2021 - 12:10 [ Center on International Cooperation (CIC) at New York University ]

The Public Cost of Private Security in Afghanistan

(Sept 9, 2009)

The private security industry in Afghanistan has grown apace with demand. As of August 2009, the total number of private security personnel employed by the US Department of Defense – the largest employer of private security in the country – increased 19 percent (from 4,373 to 5,198) in response to the deployment of additional military forces. Since 2001, a range of private security providers (PSPs) has emerged, including international and national PSCs operating with or without the required Afghan licensing permits, as well as militias hired as “armed support groups” (ASG) by international military forces. Many PSPs are controlled by prominent Afghan families, including Hashmat and Ahmed Wali Karzai, brothers of President Hamid Karzai; Hamid Wardak, the son of Defense Minister Rahim Wardak; Gul Agha Shirzai, the governor of Nangarhar province; and Hajji Jan Mohammad Khan, the former governor of Uruzgan.

The use of unregistered PSCs and militia groups by the NATO International Security Assistance Force and US military contingents is widespread. Many of these PSPs serve as ready-made militias that compete with state authority and are frequently run by former military com-manders responsible for human rights abuses or involved in the illegal narcotics and black market economies. Financing armed, alternative power structures fulfills security needs in the short-term at the cost of consolidating government authority in the long-term.

(…)

Drug trafficking and other criminal activities in which commanders may be involved – and for which their militias provide security – is a lucrative source of illegal revenue that can then be used to bribe government officials and strengthen shadow structures of authority. Illicit taxation of PSPs escorting convoys and other scams on private transport and security are also an important source of funding for corrupt police and insurgents. The Kandak Amnianti Uruzgan, for example, secures protection “by paying a hefty toll to the policeman in charge of the road.” Although it is transportation and construction companies, both international and national, who are the main source of “protection” revenue, private security escorts also pay Taliban not to be attacked. According to an Afghan intelligence official, there are examples of PSPs paying as much as 60 percent of their gross profits for convoy security to the Taliban and other insurgent-cum-criminal groups for “protection.

15.08.2021 - 12:46 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Escape from Kabul: Diplomats flee US Embassy in Chinook helicopters as Taliban fighters storm Afghan capital – in stark echoes of the Fall of Saigon

– Helicopter – believed to be US Air Force Chinook – seen flying over Kabul today from the US Embassy in Kabul
– It comes as Taliban closes in on the Afghan capital with shots heard on outskirts before fighters stormed city
– Around 3,000 US troops have been sent into city to aid with US evacuation, while British troops also deployed
– It is believed around 500 British staff needed to be evacuated and by Saturday the number was in ‚the tens‘

15.08.2021 - 12:26 [ NPR.org ]

Taliban Fighters Enter Kabul As Helicopters Land At U.S. Embassy

Taliban fighters entered the outskirts of the Afghan capital on Sunday and said they were awaiting a „peaceful transfer“ of the city after promising not to take it by force, but panicked residents raced to the leave, with workers fleeing government offices and helicopters landing at the U.S. Embassy.

14.08.2021 - 09:37 [ USA Today ]

Reports: US Embassy in Kabul directs staff to destroy sensitive documents as many diplomats prepare for evacuation

The memo to U.S. Embassy staff urged diplomats to destroy computers and other sensitive documents before they leave, as well as items featuring the American flag, embassy logos and other articles that „could be misused in propaganda efforts,“ according to CNN.

A State Department spokesperson said the notice was part of its „standard operating procedure“ for embassy drawdowns.

06.08.2021 - 15:00 [ Welt.de ]

Der Fall „Curveball“: Wie ein BND-Informant den Irak-Krieg auslöste

(28.8.2011)

Diese bis heute verbreitete Darstellung ist unangenehm für die Bundesrepublik. Deutschland steht da als ein Land, das ein Doppelspiel betrieben hat: nach außen den Pazifisten geben – und hintenherum über seinen Geheimdienst einen entscheidenden Grund für die militärische Intervention liefern. Der Bundesnachrichtendienst nahm die Vorwürfe schweigend hin.

06.08.2021 - 08:29 [ theHill.com ]

House Democrats call on Biden to close Guantánamo ‚once and for all‘

The letter was organized by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Reps. David Price (D-N.C.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn). Among the co-signers are several committee chairmen, including Foreign Affairs Chairman Gregory Meek (D-N.Y.), Armed Services Chairman Adam Smith (D-Wash.) and Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.)

06.08.2021 - 08:22 [ CNN ]

He is one of only 39 detainees left at Guantanamo. Once tortured, prisoner’s case is a test of larger political realities at play.

His quest for freedom is forcing the Biden administration to consider whether to release the 45-year-old man whose attorneys say is severely mentally ill battling schizophrenia, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of his torture or seek to hold him indefinitely without charging him with a crime.

Al-Qahtani’s case, experts say, stands as a litmus test for whether President Joe Biden is committed to his pledge to shutter the controversial facility — an enduring symbol of the George W. Bush administration’s global „war on terror“ that persisted through the Barack Obama and Donald Trump presidencies.

05.08.2021 - 07:18 [ Radio Utopie ]

Die „Authorization For Use of Military Force“ vom 14. September 2001 im Wortlaut

(29. August 2014)

Die nach den Attentaten vom 11. September in den Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika dem Präsidenten vom Kongress persönlich ausgestellte Vollmacht, der ein nun fast dreizehn Jahre andauernder weltweiter Terrorkrieg a.k.a. „war on terror“ folgte, ist in Deutschland immer noch weithin unbekannt.

Radio Utopie dokumentiert dieses in jeder Hinsicht verheerende historische Ermächtigungsgesetz im Wortlaut.

05.08.2021 - 07:09 [ obamawhitehouse.archives.gov ]

Remarks by the President at the National Defense University

(May 23, 2013)

So I look forward to engaging Congress and the American people in efforts to refine, and ultimately repeal, the AUMF’s mandate. And I will not sign laws designed to expand this mandate further. Our systematic effort to dismantle terrorist organizations must continue. But this war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises. That’s what our democracy demands.

05.08.2021 - 07:02 [ ABC News ]

Obama: ‚This War, Like All Wars, Must End‘

(23. Mai 2013)

Now, the speech:

The president who dramatically expanded the CIA secret drone war, ordered a troop surge in Afghanistan and aggressively prosecuted leakers made a forceful defense of his actions and an even more forceful case for winding down the war on terrorism.

The key line: „This war, like all wars, must end. That’s what history advises. That’s what our democracy demands.“

05.08.2021 - 06:30 [ RollCall.com ]

Senators worry time running out on updating 2001 military authorization

Should lawmakers try to force the issue of updating the 2001 AUMF by establishing an expiration date, one of their best chances would be via an amendment to the must-pass fiscal 2022 defense policy bill that both chambers will take up this fall.

05.08.2021 - 06:01 [ Middle East Monitor ]

US lawmakers approach crunch vote to restrain presidents from launching never-ending wars

(04.07.2021)

A near two-decade old act authorising US military intervention across the Middle East and beyond will appear before the Senate for a critical vote today, which could have a huge bearing on America’s capacity to launch wars in the future.

05.08.2021 - 05:56 [ New York Times ]

Biden Officials Open to Tightening Law Authorizing War on Terrorist Groups

Published Aug. 3, 2021 Updated Aug. 4, 2021, 8:46 a.m. ET

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is open to several potential ways to tighten a much-stretched 2001 law that serves as the domestic legal basis for the open-ended “forever war” against terrorists around the world, a senior State Department official told Congress on Tuesday.

01.08.2021 - 10:15 [ JustSecurity.org ]

Questions for Senators to Ask the Biden Administration at AUMF Hearing

On Tuesday, Aug. 3, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) is scheduled to hold a public hearing entitled, “Authorizations of Use of Force: Administration Perspectives.” The SFRC is the committee responsible for drafting and ostensibly also repealing Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMFs). Tuesday’s hearing comes the day before a markup by the SFRC of legislation to repeal the outdated 1991 and 2002 AUMFs.

01.08.2021 - 10:12 [ Brian Finucane / Twitter ]

The SFRC holds a hearing on 8/3 on „Authorizations of Use of Force.“ After 20 years of post-9/11 war, there’s a lot to talk about. In a new piece in @just_security , I lay out questions that Senators should ask the administration witnesses.

On Tuesday, Aug. 3, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (SFRC) is scheduled to hold a public hearing entitled, “Authorizations of Use of Force: Administration Perspectives.” The SFRC is the committee responsible for drafting and ostensibly also repealing Authorizations for the Use of Military Force (AUMFs). Tuesday’s hearing comes the day before a markup by the SFRC of legislation to repeal the outdated 1991 and 2002 AUMFs.

01.08.2021 - 09:46 [ Politico.com ]

‘A very dangerous precedent’: Democrats take aim at Biden’s Somalia airstrikes

(27.07.2021)

“I think President [Joe] Biden should submit a new authorization for the use of military force and should recognize that the 2001 AUMF should be terminated,” Cardin added.

Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), who has been working with the White House on a replacement for the 2001 AUMF that better aligns with the current terror threats, called on the Biden administration to brief Congress “expeditiously” on its “counterterrorism goals and the current threats.”

01.08.2021 - 09:19 [ jordan / Twitter ]

Moderate Dems are calling for a reevaluation of the 2001 AUMF after the Biden admin invoked it this month to justify multiple bombings in Somalia

(29.07.2021)

01.08.2021 - 08:26 [ Ynetnews.com ]

Netanyahu in 1993: Iran will have bomb by 1999

(04.03.2015)

The prime minister has been warning for over 20 years that Tehran is close to achieving its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

27.07.2021 - 07:34 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. Lawmakers Call for Punitive Measures Against Israeli NSO Over Spyware Allegations

Finally, the four House Democrats call to „investigate and assess the possible targeting of American journalists, aid works, diplomats and others’ with NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware, determine whether America’s national security was harmed, and take steps to protect all Americans, including federal employees, from the threat posed by the growing mercenary spyware industry.“

02.07.2021 - 15:35 [ CNN ]

US days from completing formal Afghanistan withdrawal but up to 1,000 troops could remain

(30.06.2021)

As many as 1,000 US troops could remain in the country after the formal withdrawal to assist in securing the US Embassy in Kabul and the city’s airport, a senior administration official told CNN, and it is now unclear how long NATO troops will remain.

02.07.2021 - 15:33 [ apnews.com ]

US hands Bagram Airfield to Afghans after nearly 20 years

Until a new agreement for the airport’s protection is negotiated between Turkey and the Afghan government, and possibly the United States, the Resolute Support mission would appear to have to continue in order to give international troops the legal authority.

The U.S. will also have about 650 troops in Afghanistan to protect its sprawling embassy in the capital. Their presence it is understood will be covered in a bilateral agreement with the Afghan government.

15.06.2021 - 12:44 [ Radio Utopie ]

NATO gegen SCO: die gewollte, neue Block-Konfrontation

(7. August 2007)

Was die Absichten der Neocons im Weissen Haus sind, haben sie immer deutlich gemacht: Krieg, Krieg, Krieg. Etwas Anderes interessiert sie nicht, etwas Anderes wollen sie nicht, etwas Anderes können sie nicht.
Die deutschen Neocons – gut verteilt über alle Parteien – versuchen ihr bestes den Anweisungen Folge zu leisten und die Deutschen in jeden Abgrund mit hinein zu quatschen, so sinnlos und absurd er auch ist.

Wir sind de facto Kolonialmacht am Hindukusch. Was hätten Sie jemandem an den Kopf geworfen, der Ihnen das vor 8 Jahren prophezeit hätte?

Diese militärische Endkonfrontation mit der uneinholbar aufstrebenden Wirtschaftsmacht China, dieser „Weltkrieg um Wohlstand“, wie es das NATO-Blatt Nr.1, der „Spiegel“ genannt hat, ist das Ziel der Kriegspolitik die uns seit dem 11.September 2001 aufgedrückt werden soll.
Die quasi automatische Verknüpfung von innerer und äusserer Kriegführung, die Transformation der westlichen Republiken und Demokratien in faschistische Polizeistaaten, ist dabei unabdingbarer Begleiteffekt, um kommende Armutsrevolten, Bürgerrechtsbewegungen, demokratische, legislative Kontrolle und vor allem die Verfassungen loszuwerden oder uneingeschränkt „neutralisieren“ zu können.

03.05.2021 - 04:08 [ Radio Utopie ]

Afghanische Warlords stehen jährlich mit Hunderten von Millionen-Dollar-Margen auf NATO-Gehaltslisten

(4. November 2009)

Denn so lange die Warlords, Gebietsfürsten und Distriktgouverneure mit jährlichen Millionenbeträgen auf der Gehaltsliste der CIA und der NATO stehen, haben sie noch weniger Interesse an friedlichen Verhältnissen in der Region. Je mehr Krieg und Terror, umso besser – ansonsten würden diese hohen Einnahmen für sie wegfallen. Das Geld bekommen diese Führer dafür, dass sie private Sicherheitstruppen mieten, um die jeweiligen Basen der westlichen Allierten sowie die Transportwege vor terroristischen Überfällen zu schützen. Diese Kuh gilt es mit allen Mitteln zu melken.

Somit ist durchaus der Beweis erbracht, dass die NATO den Krieg in Afghanistan doppelt finanziert – nicht nur die eigenen Truppen sondern auch die der Gegenseite gleich mit. Auf das der Krieg nicht zum Erliegen gebracht wird!

Welcher Provinz-Warlord könnte nicht in Versuchung kommen und lässt schnell mal ein Attentat inszenieren, dass dann immer die über die Grenze gekommenen Aufständigen waren? Seine Sicherheitskräfte brauchen schliesslich Arbeit, Lohn und Brot. Ohne Gefahr gibt es kein Geld – eine einfache Rechnung und ein fataler Teufelskreis. Die Ansicht der USA, dass, wenn man den Kriegsherren kein Geld mehr für ihre Dienste zur Verfügung stellt, dann eine Eskalation der Lage erfolge, kann man unterschiedlich bewerten. So wie jetzt die Lage in Afghanistan ist, hat diese bisherige Strategie nach acht Jahren keinen Erfolg für den ISAF- Einsatz gebracht und die meisten Anschläge erst hervorgerufen.

Alle gefallenen Soldaten, einschliesslich der deutschen Opfer, sowie die Toten und Verletzten der afghanischen Zivilbevölkerung oder der Hilfsorganisationen, sie alle sind gestorben in dem grausamen korrupten Machtspielen der Westmächte und den Führungskräften in Afghanistan.

Stellungnahmen der Bundesregierung, der Parteien und Medien zu dem Bericht des Zentrums für internationale Zusammenarbeit an der New York University waren bis heute in Deutschland nicht festzustellen.

03.05.2021 - 03:39 [ Center on International Cooperation (CIC) at New York University ]

The Public Cost of Private Security in Afghanistan

(9.September 2009)

The private security industry in Afghanistan has grown apace with demand. As of August 2009, the total number of private security personnel employed by the US Department of Defense – the largest employer of private security in the country – increased 19 percent (from 4,373 to 5,198) in response to the deployment of additional military forces. Since 2001, a range of private security providers (PSPs) has emerged, including international and national PSCs operating with or without the required Afghan licensing permits, as well as militias hired as “armed support groups” (ASG) by international military forces. Many PSPs are controlled by prominent Afghan families, including Hashmat and Ahmed Wali Karzai, brothers of President Hamid Karzai; Hamid Wardak, the son of Defense Minister Rahim Wardak; Gul Agha Shirzai, the governor of Nangarhar province; and Hajji Jan Mohammad Khan, the former governor of Uruzgan.

The use of unregistered PSCs and militia groups by the NATO International Security Assistance Force and US military contingents is widespread. Many of these PSPs serve as ready-made militias that compete with state authority and are frequently run by former military commanders responsible for human rights abuses or involved in the illegal narcotics and black market economies.

28.02.2021 - 10:11 [ US Congress ]

H.R.255 – Repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force

Shown Here:
Introduced in House (01/11/2021)

Repeal of the Authorization for Use of Military Force

This bill repeals the Authorization for Use of Military Force signed into law September 18, 2001.

28.02.2021 - 09:57 [ Geoff LaMear / Twitter ]

Barbara Lee has two bills in place to get rid of the 2001 AUMF and the 2002 AUMF. HR 255 and 256 if I recall correctly. Takes a 1 min call to your representative and as few as 8 constituents can be the factor in a rep’s vote.

28.02.2021 - 09:51 [ Newsweek ]

In Iraq, Joe Biden Haunted by Obama’s Foreign Policy Missteps

(26.02.2021)

The U.S. attempt to institute democracy in Iraq began with a thunderous roar nearly 18 years ago as Baghdad, already under siege by Washington’s sanctions, was bombarded by U.S. missiles in 2003. In less than a month’s time, former President George W. Bush would deliver a victory speech in front of a banner that read „Mission Accomplished.“

What exactly that mission was remains unclear to this day.

28.02.2021 - 09:41 [ Bloomberg ]

The White House Shouldn’t Get a Blank Check to Wage War

(12.02.2021)

For close to two decades, U.S. presidents have sent American troops into combat without requesting authorization from Congress. As it conducts a review of U.S. military operations around the world, the Biden administration should push to restore the legislative branch’s proper role in deciding when and where the country goes to war.

27.02.2021 - 11:18 [ Antiwar.com ]

Some Members of Congress Criticize Biden’s Syria Bombing

In the wake of President Biden’s bombing of eastern Syria, some members of Congress are speaking out and questioning the legality of the move,including Bidens Fellow Democrats

27.02.2021 - 10:44 [ Politico.com ]

Adios AUMF? Democrats press Biden for help in revoking old war powers

(21.01.2021)

In a letter Thursday to Biden, five House Democrats called on the new president to quickly work with Congress to kill the 2002 authorization for the Iraq War and hone the 2001 powers for the war on terrorism. The letter — signed by chairs of the House Foreign Affairs, Intelligence and Rules committees — says any replacement authority must name mission objectives, adversaries and targeted countries, as well as include a sunset clause to ensure Congress regularly revisits the war powers debate.

“Congress has been missing in action, and President Joe Biden knows that,” said Rep. Barbara Lee (D-Calif.), who is spearheading the effort, in an interview.

27.02.2021 - 10:29 [ theHill.com ]

Repealing the AUMF is Biden’s opportunity to end the ‚forever wars‘

(11.02.2021)

The 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUMF) is older than many of the Americans now sent to Afghanistan. Its corollary, the 2002 AUMF against Iraq, has also lived well beyond the Bush era. And despite four years of lambasting the “forever wars,” President Trump failed to bring an end to the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq. President Biden has a chance to correct that by scrapping and narrowing these military authorizations.

27.02.2021 - 10:25 [ CNN ]

Democrats question Biden’s legal justification for Syria strike

But some Democrats said that Congress has not passed an authorization for the use of military force specifically in Syria, and previous resolutions passed in 2001 and 2002 were designed for attacking those responsible for the September 11, 2001 attacks and to go into war with Iraq. Congress has not declared war since 1942.

„This makes President Biden the seventh consecutive US president to order strikes in the Middle East,“ said California Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna.

09.01.2021 - 15:19 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

26.12.2020 - 06:53 [ Marcy Winograd / Twitter ]

After CODEPINK Campaign & pressure from others, Torture Defender Mike Morell Bows Out for CIA. Now, we must ask the tough questions of #AvrilHaines, challenge her nomination & put the #drone program on trial!

26.12.2020 - 03:22 [ Marcy Winograd / Medium.com ]

Open Letter to President-Elect Biden & U.S. Senate from Torture Victims and their Advocates Opposed to Mike Morell for CIA and Avril Haines for National Intelligence.

(21.12.2020)

Morell has no place in a Biden-Harris administration. His nomination would send a chilling message to torture survivors and other victims of grave injustice that the United States government, including the Biden administration, does not uphold its own stated principles. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) from the Senate Intelligence Committee has said about Morell: “No torture apologist can be confirmed as CIA director. It’s a nonstarter.” We agree and urge the President-elect not to nominate Morell.

We also oppose Avril Haines, another toture apologist, as Director of National Intelligence. Since she has already been nominated, we ask Senators to oppose her confirmation.

26.12.2020 - 03:19 [ CodePink.org ]

No, Joe, Don’t Roll out the Red Carpet for Torture Enablers

(24.12.2020)

It was painful enough to live through the U.S invasion of Iraq that caused untold devastation and human misery for no justifiable reason.

Now we are again reminded of the grim Bush legacy with President-elect Biden’s nomination of Avril Haines for Director of National Intelligence.

26.12.2020 - 01:47 [ US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence ]

REPORT of the SENATE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE STUDY of the CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY’S DETENTION AND INTERROGATION PROGRAM

The Committee makes the following findings and conclusions:

#1: The CIA’s use of its enhanced interrogation techniques was not an effective means of acquiring intelligence or gaining cooperation from detainees.

(…)

#2: The CIA’s justification for the use of its enhanced interrogation techniques rested on inaccurate claims of their effectiveness.

(…)

#3: The interrogations of CIA detainees were brutal and far worse than the CIA represented to policymakers and others. (…)

At least five CIA detainees were subjected to „rectal rehydration“ or rectal feeding without documented medical necessity. The CIA placed detainees in ice water „baths.“ The CIA led several detainees to believe they would never be allowed to leave CIA custody alive, suggesting to one detainee that he would only leave in a coffin-shaped box. One interrogator told another detainee that he would never go to court, because „we can never let the world know what I have done to you.“ CIA officers also threatened at least three detainees with harm to their families— to include threats to harm the children of a detainee, threats to sexually abuse the mother of a detainee, and a threat to „cut [a detainee’s] mother’s throat.“

#4: The conditions of confinement for CIA detainees were harsher than the CIA had represented to policymakers and others.

Conditions at CIA detention sites were poor, and were especially bleak early in the program. CIA detainees at the COBALT detention facility were kept in complete darkness and constantly shackled in isolated cells with loud noise or music and only a bucket to use for human waste.10 Lack of heat at the facility likely contributed to the death of a detainee. The chief of interrogations described COBALT as a „dungeon.“11 Another senior CIA officer stated that COBALT was itself an enhanced interrogation technique.“ At times, the detainees at COBALT were walked around naked or were shackled with their hands above their heads for extended periods of time. Other times, the detainees at COBALT were subjected to what was described as a „rough takedown,“ in which approximately five CIA officers would scream at a detainee, drag him outside of his cell, cut his clothes off, and secure him with Mylar tape. The detainee would then be hooded and dragged up and down a long corridor while being slapped and punched.

26.12.2020 - 01:43 [ ZeroHedge.com ]

„We Tortured Some Folks“: CIA Lied To Congress, Senate Torture Report Reveals

(Dec 09, 2014)

The drilldown from Bloomberg:

– CIA provided inaccurate information about effectiveness and scope of interrogations of suspected terrorists, and mismanaged a program that was far more brutal than represented, according to 6-year investigation by Democrats on Senate Intelligence Cmte.
– Interrogation techniques weren’t effective, didn’t produce key information that led to killing of Osama bin Laden and were significantly different from procedures authorized by Justice Dept, report says
– CIA provided inaccurate information to White House, Congress, DOJ, CIA Inspector General, media and the public
– “This document examines the CIA’s secret overseas detention of at least 119 individuals and the use of coercive interrogation techniques – in some cases amounting to torture,” Senate Intelligence Cmte Chairman Dianne Feinstein says in statement

26.12.2020 - 00:16 [ theHill.com ]

Meet Biden’s pick to lead the US intelligence community

Haines is expected to withstand scrutiny during the Senate confirmation process for her role in the drone program, as well as her approval of a CIA review board decision in 2015 not to discipline agency personnel for intruding in computers used by the Senate Intelligence Committee when it was investigating the CIA’s enhanced interrogation program. Haines was also part of the team that redacted the committee’s report on the program.

07.12.2020 - 04:12 [ Welt.de ]

Der Fall „Curveball“: Wie ein BND-Informant den Irak-Krieg auslöste

(28.8.2011)

Diese bis heute verbreitete Darstellung ist unangenehm für die Bundesrepublik. Deutschland steht da als ein Land, das ein Doppelspiel betrieben hat: nach außen den Pazifisten geben – und hintenherum über seinen Geheimdienst einen entscheidenden Grund für die militärische Intervention liefern. Der Bundesnachrichtendienst nahm die Vorwürfe schweigend hin.

13.11.2020 - 11:28 [ theGuardian.com ]

‚They think they are above the law‘: the firms that own America’s voting system

(23.04.2019)

The result is a small network of companies that have near-monopolies on election services, such as building voting machines. Across the spectrum, private vendors have long histories of errors that affected elections, of obstructing politicians and the public from seeking information, of corruption, suspect foreign influence, false statements of security and business dishonesty. (…)

The party narrative is that Democrats are trying to use the federal government to take over state and local elections; the political angle is that recognizing vulnerabilities or flaws in the election system could raise doubts about the legitimacy of the party’s – and Donald Trump’s – victory in 2016.

Raskin’s bill could affect at least two of the largest election companies. Dominion Voting Systems, which is the second-largest voting machine vendor in the US, is based in both the US and Canada.

(…)

Due to that statement and a litany of other scandals – such as leaving an internet-facing server unprotected and revealing the source code for its machines or by installing unapproved software patches on its machines just before an election – that company, Diebold, sold off the election-machine portion of its company in 2009.

01.11.2020 - 07:50 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

22.10.2020 - 09:19 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

15.10.2020 - 05:55 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

03.09.2020 - 12:53 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

25.08.2020 - 14:26 [ theHill.com ]

Bush endorsing Biden? Don’t hold your breath

Behind the scenes, some Biden allies have been reaching out through backchannels to friends in the Bush universe to see if an endorsement would ever happen — or if it’s just a pipe dream.

“We tried a little unofficially to see if there was a way to make it happen but we couldn’t get there,” said one Biden ally. “And I do think it would make a difference because we’ve learned every vote counts.”

21.08.2020 - 16:39 [ Forbes ]

Over 70 Republican National Security Officials Endorse Biden, Deem Trump ‘Dangerously Unfit’ For President

Among the statement’s signees are officials who served under Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush and Donald Trump, some of whom have served in the country’s top defense and intelligence roles.

Former CIA head General Michael Hayden, former FBI and CIA chief William Webster, former National Intelligence director Michael Leiter and former Air Force secretary Mike Donley are among the officials now siding with Biden.

21.08.2020 - 14:08 [ Baltimore Sun ]

When a wave of torture and murder staggered a small U.S. ally, truth was a casualty.

(Jun 11, 1995)

* The CIA was instrumental in training and equipping Battalion 316. Members were flown to a secret location in the United States for training in surveillance and interrogation, and later were given CIA training at Honduran bases.

* Starting in 1981, the United States secretly provided funds for Argentine counterinsurgency experts to train anti-Communist forces in Honduras. By that time, Argentina was notorious for its own „Dirty War,“ which had left at least 10,000 dead or „disappeared“ in the 1970s. Argentine and CIA instructors worked side by side training Battalion 316 members at a camp in Lepaterique, a town about 16 miles west of Tegucigalpa.

* Gen. Gustavo Alvarez Martinez, who as chief of the Honduran armed forces personally directed Battalion 316, received strong U.S. support – even after he told a U.S. ambassador that he intended to use the Argentine method of eliminating subversives.

* By 1983, when Alvarez’s oppressive methods were well known to the U.S. Embassy, the Reagan administration awarded him the Legion of Merit for „encouraging the success of democratic processes in Honduras.“ His friendship with Donald Winters, the CIA station chief in Honduras, was so close that when Winters adopted a child, he asked Alvarez to be the girl’s godfather.

21.08.2020 - 13:53 [ theHill.com ]

Negroponte endorses Biden: He beats Trump on ‚character, compassion and life experience‘

John Negroponte, who served as director of national intelligence under former President George W. Bush, endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden in his race against President Trump on Thursday in an interview with the Daily Beast.

“All roads lead to Trump in a way,” Negroponte told the website. “I’m just not sure the country can withstand another four years of the presidency with a man who has shown such disregard to the office.”

18.08.2020 - 17:57 [ Mintpressnews.com ]

New Report Reveals US Special Forces Active in 22 African Countries

(10.08.2020)

The U.S. is not formally at war with an African nation, and the continent is barely discussed in reference to American exploits around the globe. Therefore, when U.S. operatives die in Africa, as happened in Niger, Mali, and Somalia in 2018, the response from the public, and even from the media is often “why are American soldiers there in the first place?”

23.07.2020 - 19:22 [ New York Times ]

How Powerful Is the President?

Powers like these have been deployed sparingly: A few days after the Sept. 11 attacks, a proclamation declaring a national emergency, followed by an executive order days later, invoked some presidential powers, including the use of National Guard and U.S. military forces.

What little we know about these secret powers comes from the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University Law School, but we believe they may include suspension of habeas corpus, surveillance, home intrusion, arrest without a judicial warrant, collective if not mass arrests and more; some could violate constitutional protections.

02.07.2020 - 12:05 [ Liz Cheney ]

Dick Cheney says WEAR A MASK. #realmenwearmasks

02.07.2020 - 11:39 [ DailyBeast.com ]

Hundreds of Ex-George W. Bush Staffers to Back Biden Over ‘Dangerous’ Trump

The new super PAC will launch on Wednesday, according to Reuters.

30.06.2020 - 18:12 [ Welt.de ]

Der Fall „Curveball“: Wie ein BND-Informant den Irak-Krieg auslöste

(28.8.2011)

Diese bis heute verbreitete Darstellung ist unangenehm für die Bundesrepublik. Deutschland steht da als ein Land, das ein Doppelspiel betrieben hat: nach außen den Pazifisten geben – und hintenherum über seinen Geheimdienst einen entscheidenden Grund für die militärische Intervention liefern. Der Bundesnachrichtendienst nahm die Vorwürfe schweigend hin.

29.06.2020 - 11:40 [ antikrieg.com ]

Kosovo-Anklage beweist Bill Clintons Gräueltaten im Krieg gegen Serbien

Werden die Amerikaner wieder leichtgläubig sein, wenn die politischen Entscheidungsträger in Washington und ihre Medienverbündeten das nächste Mal schwachsinnige Vorwände aushecken, um irgendein unglückliches fremdes Land in die Luft zu jagen?

27.05.2020 - 19:48 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

28.03.2020 - 08:55 [ Radio Utopie ]

„Executive Order“: Geheime Macht einer imperialen Präsidentschaft

(1. September 2014)

Das „Signing Statement“: Eine Aufhebung der Gewaltenteilung

Die Präsidenten der Vereinigten Staaten nehmen sich nicht nur die Jahrhunderte lang unhinterfragte Macht der Gewohnheit in Form von „Executive Orders“ in all ihren Varianten heraus, sondern auch noch das virtuelle Recht, vom Kongress beschlossene Gesetze ganz oder teilweise faktisch zu ignorieren, ohne ihr (verfassungsmäßiges) Veto einzulegen.

Dazu benutzen die Präsidenten seit Ronald Reagan eine bis dahin für zeremonielle Zwecke benutzte Prozedur, das „Signing Statement“, eine Erklärung des Präsidenten bei der Unterschrift von Gesetzen.

Laut Artikel 1 Sektion 7 der Constitution muss der verfassungsmäßige Gesetzgeber, der Kongress, jedes seiner Gesetze zuerst dem Präsidenten vorlegen. Dieser kann es dann entweder unterschreiben und so in Kraft setzen, oder es ablehnen zu unterschreiben (sein „Veto“ einlegen“) und an den Kongress zurückverweisen.

In diesem Falle aber hat der Kongress und seine beiden Kammern, Repräsentantenhaus und Senat, die Möglichkeit, das gleiche Gesetz noch einmal mit Zweidrittelmehrheit zu beschließen und es ohne Unterschrift des Präsidenten sofort in Kraft zu setzen, also den Präsidenten zu überstimmen. Im Falle des Falles für jede Demokratie eine wichtige Option.

Die nun seit der Reagan-Präsidentschaft – mit ex-C.I.A.-Direktor George Bush Senior als Vizepräsidenten, sowie einer ganzen Reihe von aufgestiegenen Neocons und „demokratischen Revolutionären“ (Michael Ledeen) in der Präsidialverwaltung des Weißen Hauses und seinen Behörden – von allen Präsidenten angewandte Taktik mit „Signing Statements“ unliebsame Gesetze vollständig lahmzulegen und zu sabotieren, funktioniert nun wie folgt:

Der Präsident unterschreibt zwar das Gesetz, erklärt aber gleichzeitig in einem „Signing Statement“, wie, ob und welche Teile des Gesetzes er durch seine ausführenden Behörden, also die Exekutive, umzusetzen gedenke; und dies obwohl eine teilweise Inkraftsetzung von Gesetzen bereits 1998 durch den Obersten Gerichtshof für verfassungswidrig erklärt wurde.

Durch diese perfide Taktik nimmt der Präsident zudem dem Kongress die Möglichkeit das Gesetz mit Zweidrittelmehrheit zu beschließen und so den Präsidenten verfassungsgemäß zu umgehen.

Am 24. Juni 2006 schließlich stellte eine Arbeitsgruppe der American Bar Association, in der fast die Hälfte aller Rechtsanwälte in den U.S.A. Mitglied sind, in einer Erklärung fest, dass „Signing Statements“ des Präsidenten in der Verfassung nicht einmal erwähnt werden und dass

„Präsident Bushs Signing Statements in Verletzung der wichtigen Doktrin der Teilung von Macht erfolgen und diese unterminieren.“

Des Weiteren erklärte die Arbeitsgruppe der American Bar Association, dass ihre Erläuterungen

„die Bedeutung der Doktrin der Teilung von Macht unterstreichen sollen und daher einen Aufruf an den Präsidenten und all seine Nachfolger repräsentieren, die Rechtstaatlichkeit („rule of law“) und unser Verfassungssystem der Teilung von Macht und Gewaltenteilung („checks and balances“) vollständig zu respektieren.“

Natürlich folgten weder der Präsident George Bush Junior, noch der Präsident Barack Obama irgendeinem „Aufruf“. Alles ging munter weiter wie bisher, bis heute.

Nur die Zahl der „Signing Statements“ schrumpfte unter der Obama-Präsidentschaft ein wenig. Was für ein gütiger Cäsar.

28.03.2020 - 08:41 [ Wikipedia ]

Signing statement

The Supreme Court has not squarely addressed the limits of signing statements.

23.03.2020 - 09:47 [ Radio Utopie ]

DER 11. SEPTEMBER: Langer Marsch eines Molochs

(10. September 2014)

Am 21 Oktober 1998 erlässt Bill Clinton „Presidential Decision Directive“ (PDD) 67. Sie bleibt bis heute geheim. Laut öffentlich vorliegenden Informtionen gibt der Präsidentenbefehl u.a. Anweisungen zur Gewährleistung der „Kontinuität der Regierung“ („Continuity of Government“) in Ausnahmesituationen, also z.B. im Falle von Katastrophen, Krieg und / oder Attentaten.

Im März 2002 berichtet die „Washington Post“ von einer „Schattenregierung von hundert hochrangigen zivilen Managern“, die unmittelbar nach 9/11 aktiviert worden sei und unter Leitung von Vizepräsident Dick Cheney außerhalb der Hauptstadt an einem geheimen Ort tage. Aktiviert worden sei ein „Plan zur Kontinuität von Operationen“ („Continuity of Operations Plan“), zuvor „Continuity of Government“, der sich auf eine in Kraft befindliche „Direktive“ berufe, die Bush von vorhergehenden Präsidenten „geerbt“ habe.

Die Zeitung erwähnt diesbezüglich oben beschriebene Executive Order 12472 von Ronald Reagan aus 1984, sowie weitere EOs von Ronald Reagan. Sie erwähnt nicht Bill Clintons PDD 67.

Wie die „Washington Post“ selbst schreibt, hatte sich die Zeitung im Vorfeld des Berichts mit der Bush-Regierung darauf geeinigt, weder den Aufenthaltsort der „Untergrundregierung“, noch die Namen von dessen „zivilen Kadern“ zu vermelden, von der die Zeitung schreibt dass diese ausschließlich die Exekutive repräsentieren, nicht Justiz oder Kongress. Die Zeitung erwähnt die Ausführung des „Plans“ als eine Erklärung, warum Cheney zu diesem Zeitpunkt (März 2002) seit 5 Monaten fast vollständig aus Washington abgetaucht ist.

Damals öffentlich dargestellte Rechtfertigung der Vorgänge: die angebliche Gefahr, „Al Kaida“ könnte ein tragbare Atombombe in Washington zünden. Daher müsse die Regierung – unter Anleitung von Dick Cheney – dafür Sorge tragen, dass im Falle des Falles eine „Backup-Regierung“ die Arbeit weiter führen könne.

Heute sind u.a. Executive Order 12472 (3. April 1984, Ronald Reagan) und PDD 67 (21. Oktober 1998, Bill Clinton) als Grundlage für das am 11. September 2001 aktivierte Programm „Continuity of Government“ bwz „Continuity of Operations“ benannt (der Unterschied wird erst viel später definiert).

Auffällig: bei der öffentlichen Umschreibung der ablaufenden Mechanismen, z.B. in der faktisch von der Bush Regierung selbst veranlassten Öffentlichmachung der „Washington Post“ im März 2002, oder in Wikipedia, wird meist der Begriff „Programm“ vermieden.

In Pro-Regierungs-Kontinuität

Die am 11. September unter „Continuity of Government“ bwz „Continuity of Operations“ aktivierten Mechanismen bzw Programme wurde bis heute nie abgeschaltet. Im Gegenteil.

Am 9. Mai 2007 veröffentlichte das Weiße Haus, ohne jeden weiteren Mucks in der Öffentlichkeit, auf seiner Webseite den Abschnitt einer neuen Präsidenten-Direktive mit der Kennzeichnung NSPD 51.

Diese hob die geheime „Continuity of Government“ betreffende PDD 67 von Bill Clinton aus 1998 auf.

Nicht nur war dies das erste Mal in der Geschichte der Vereinigten Staaten von Amerika, dass ein Befehl des Präsidenten (Executive Order, Direktive, Memorandum, ect) nur teilweise bekannt gemacht wurde (zuvor war er entweder öffentlich oder geheim). NSPD 51 verkündete, dass Er, Le Mois, das Ich, der Staat, Le President, das Recht habe effektiv die Gewaltenteilung auszuknipsen und Parlament und Justiz zu „koordinieren“, wenn sich ein „katastrophaler Notfall / Notstand“ („catastrophic emergency“) ereigne.

NSPD 51 defininierte denn auch gleich den bis dahin unbekannten Terminus „catastrophic emergency“ als

„jede Art von Ereignis, ungeachtet des Ortes, welches auf außerordentlicher Ebene massenhaft Opfer, Schaden, oder die US-Bevölkerung, Infrastruktur, Umwelt, Wirtschaft oder Regierungsfunktionen ernsthaft in Mitleidenschaft ziehende Störungen verursacht.“

Diese zynischerweise als „kontinuierliche verfassungsmäßige Regierung“ („Enduring Constitutional Government“) definierte Notstandsregierung wurde als neuer Rechtsbegriff definiert. Von diesem wird gleich noch die Rede sein.

Damit nicht genug. Der öffentlich gemachte Teil von Präsidentenbefehl NSPD 51 sagte nichts darüber aus, wer den „katastrophalen Notfall“ denn nun überhaupt ausrufen und wie er einmal aufgehoben werden könne. Auch verwies er auf die berühmten „anwendbaren Gesetze“ (s.o.), ohne ein einziges zu erwähnen. Des Weiteren definierte NSPD 51 einerseits „Continuity of Government“ und „Continuity of Operations“ mit abermals neuen Rechtsbegriffen wie „National Essential Functions“ und „Primary Mission-Essential Functions“.

Der vollständige Inhalt von Präsidentenbefehl NSPD 51 ist bis heute geheim.

13.03.2020 - 09:58 [ SocialistAlternative.org ]

Get the troops out now — “Generals lie, Soldiers die”

(September 18, 2007)

“Generals lie, Soldiers die,” chanted pro-testers when general David Petraeus appeared before a Congressional committee in Washington on 10 September.

Petraeus’s mission? To provide military cover for Bush’s cynical tactic of playing for time.

10.03.2020 - 09:17 [ Forbes ]

The Fed’s $16 Trillion Bailouts Under-Reported

(20.09.2011)

It is the first audit of the Fed in United States history since its beginnings in 1913. The findings verify that over $16 trillion was allocated to corporations and banks internationally, purportedly for “financial assistance” during and after the 2008 fiscal crisis.

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) amended the Wall Street Reform law to audit the Fed, pushing the GAO to step in and take a look around.

09.03.2020 - 07:52 [ Bundestag ]

Stenografischer Bericht 25. Sitzung Berlin, Donnerstag, den 13. Februar 2003

Dr. Angela Merkel: Sie machen sich Sorgen, ob wir, die Politiker – egal ob Regierung oder Opposition –, unser Land durch eine schwierige Zeit, insbesondere durch den Irakkonflikt und durch den Kampf gegen den Terrorismus mit Klugheit und Weisheit führen können. Die Menschen in diesem Lande wollen keinen Krieg.

(Hans-Werner Bertl [SPD]: Das ist wahr!)

Diejenigen, die in diesem Saale sitzen, wollen auch keinen Krieg.

(Lebhafter Beifall bei der CDU/CSU und der FDP)

Sehr geehrter Herr Bundeskanzler, wie sehr Sie innerlich unter Druck stehen, hat man schon an der Lautstärke Ihrer Stimme gemerkt.

(Lachen bei der SPD)

Dass Sie es aber nötig haben, die Opposition dieses Hauses als Kriegstreiber zu verleumden,

(Hans Michelbach [CDU/CSU]: Pfui!)

zeigt, in welcher Ecke Sie stehen. Aus dieser Ecke werden Sie nicht herauskommen können.

(Anhaltender Beifall bei der CDU/CSU und der FDP)

Wer als Bundeskanzler der Bundesrepublik Deutschland den Eindruck erweckt, irgendjemand würde sich die Entscheidung über Krieg und Frieden leicht machen und die letzte Chance aus der Hand geben, der, sehr geehrter Herr Bundeskanzler, hat nicht erfasst, worum es geht.

(Beifall bei der CDU/CSU und der FDP)

Ich sage Ihnen: Sie sind seit Wochen auf einem Irrweg. Das Schlimmste ist – das sage ich mit großem Ernst; das ist meine feste Überzeugung –, dass insbesondere Ihr Verhalten auf dem Marktplatz von Goslar den Krieg im Irak leider nicht unwahrscheinlicher, sondern wahrscheinlicher gemacht hat; denn Sie haben den Druck auf Saddam Hussein verringert.

(Beifall bei der CDU/CSU und der FDP – Lothar Mark [SPD]: Das ist unglaublich! – Weitere Zurufe von der SPD)

Im Gegensatz zu Ihnen war ich in München und weiß, was ich gesagt habe. Niemand hat behauptet, dass es aufgrund der Resolution 1441 einen Automatismus der Gewalt gibt.

07.03.2020 - 22:13 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

06.03.2020 - 11:32 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

Here’s Biden again – where a bust of the monstrous war criminal Dick Cheney was unveiled at the Capitol – where Biden stood by George W. Bush heaping more praise on Cheney: „I actually like Dick Cheney,“ Biden said, adding: (Biden was the critical Senate Dem for the Iraq War):

02.03.2020 - 21:01 [ ACLU / Youtube ]

Reform Our Surveillance Laws

Donald Trump must do right by Carter Page and all Americans by telling Congress to reform our surveillance laws to better protect civil liberties.

02.03.2020 - 20:58 [ theHill.com ]

ACLU, FreedomWorks urge Trump to reform ‚rogue FBI‘ as part of intel bill

The ad will air through Friday and is part of a six-figure, multistate TV and digital ad campaign to urge Trump and Congress to enact broader surveillance reforms.

Congress has until March 15 to reauthorize, reform or end three expiring provisions of the USA Freedom Act, a 2015 law that overhauled the post-9/11 Patriot Act.

29.02.2020 - 19:36 [ theHill.com ]

Trump upends controversial surveillance fight

Trump’s apparent support for including broader changes to the surveillance court associated with FISA comes as he’s railed repeatedly about his campaign being “spied” upon by the Obama-era FBI.

Progressives and libertarian-minded Republicans have long pushed to reform the court, arguing enough privacy protections and transparency aren’t given to individuals targeted for government surveillance.

29.02.2020 - 19:29 [ privateinternetaccess.com ]

Domestic phone surveillance program from the Patriot Act may finally see the grave

The Patriot Act was passed in the protectionist aftermath of 9/11, where the government decided to spy on its own citizens phone records under the guise of protecting against terrorism. When the Patriot Act was set to expire in 2015, Congress passed the USA Freedom Act which restored but barely modified several key surveillance provisions of the Patriot Act. Now that the USA Freedom Act is up for renewal, and data on just how ineffective the mass surveillance programs were in the first place, Congress may finally decide to end this heinous surveillance program.

29.02.2020 - 19:27 [ New York Times ]

N.S.A. Phone Program Cost $100 Million, but Produced Only Two Unique Leads

(25.02.2020)

The information surfaced as Congress was weighing whether to allow the law that authorizes the agency to operate the system — the USA Freedom Act of 2015 — to expire on March 15, or whether to accede to the Trump administration’s request that lawmakers extend the statute, so the agency could choose to turn the system back on in the future.

The House Judiciary Committee will meet on Wednesday to consider a draft bill that would adjust surveillance law in several ways, including terminating the program’s authority

27.02.2020 - 14:11 [ InTheseTimes.com ]

Bernie Sanders Is the Only Leading Presidential Candidate Publicly Opposing the Patriot Act

“I voted against the Patriot Act in 2001, 2006, 2011 and 2015. I strongly oppose its reauthorization next month,” he tweeted on February 11. “I believe that in a democratic and constitutional form of government, we cannot sacrifice the civil liberties that make us a free country.”

27.02.2020 - 13:40 [ USA Today ]

Congress has the chance to reform the Patriot Act. They should take it.

(21.02.2020)

While not billed as emergency powers, it was clear to us that the raft of legislation that followed 9/11 was in response to an emergency. What we viewed as immediate measures to protect American lives became a permanent framework that has governed American counterterrorism and counterintelligence for decades.

In the years since we passed the Patriot Act, many of my former colleagues and I, while remaining firm on the need to protect national security, have become increasingly skeptical — even concerned — those powers have been abused and contain potential for even greater abuse.

22.02.2020 - 18:47 [ theIntercept.com ]

Intercepted Bonus: Inside the Secretive Court at Guantanamo Bay as CIA Torture Architect Testifies

During this hearing, the architect of the CIA’s torture program, Dr. James Mitchell, was brought to the war court as a witness. This was the first time that Mitchell appeared in open court. Williams describes her reporting trip, Mitchell’s testimony, and how the legacy of CIA torture has impacted the 9/11 case for nearly eight years.

15.02.2020 - 13:03 [ Washington Post ]

The Republican Senate just rebuked Trump using the War Powers Act — for the third time. That’s remarkable.

Such votes are rare in part because, for the past two decades, presidents have relied on the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), which Congress passed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. But nearly 20 years later, presidents increasingly must resort to contorted interpretations of the law to argue that it covers new conflicts. That may be leading lawmakers to turn to the War Powers Act, because they are reluctant to rewrite the AUMF.

08.02.2020 - 12:35 [ Chris Bastian / Twitter ]

Isn’t that the approach that got Al Gore into trouble?

24.01.2020 - 23:02 [ AmericaMagazine.org ]

The Editors: Congress must limit the president’s war powers

When President Obama used a drone strike to kill 150 people in Somalia in 2016, he justified that action under the 2001 A.U.M.F., arguing that the targets were Islamist terrorists, part of the “associated forces” of Al Qaeda against whom Congress had authorized military force.

The problem is that such justifications have become largely pro forma because Congress has not provided itself with a mechanism to reject or limit them or even to regularly debate whether they have been misused.

24.01.2020 - 22:59 [ NPR.org ]

CIA Used Prisoner As ‚Training Prop‘ For Torture, Psychologist Testifies

She said six to eight CIA employees took part in al-Baluchi’s interrogation session.

One employee „explained his role as a student doing on-the job training.“ Another said that before al-Baluchi’s interrogation, he had felt he was falling behind „because he needed to practice interrogation techniques.“ Others said they were „trying to learn what they were doing and how to apply coercion.“ That’s according to a classified CIA report, portions of which defense attorneys were permitted by the government to read in open court.

22.01.2020 - 06:20 [ Radio Utopie ]

„Theorien der gelernten Hilflosigkeit“

(25.8.2009)

Unterstützt bei ihren Folterungen wurde die CIA durch angeheuerte Firmen wie „Mitchell, Jessen & Associates“. Die Betreiber der Firma, die ex-Militär-Psychologen James Mitchell und Bruce Jessen, hatten für die CIA-Verhöre Techniken namens „Theorien der gelernten Hilflosigkeit“ empfohlen, welche sie durch den Missbrauch von Hunden entwickelt hatten. Die Firma umfasste im Jahre 2007 einhundertzwanzig „Mitarbeiter“ und soll die brutalsten Verhörmethoden entworfen haben. Der Vertrag mit den Folterpsychologen wurde von der Obama-Regierung verlängert, noch Wochen nach dem Amtsantritt. CIA-Chef Leon Panetta hatte sich explizit zu dieser Firma geäussert:

„Wir haben auch Geld in dem Deal gespart.“

„Mitchell, Jessen & Associates“ bekamen vom „Geheimdienst einer Demokratie“ CIA für ihre Mühen ein bescheidenes Salär von täglich 1000 Dollar. Einer der Angestellten von „Mitchell, Jessen & Associates“ war Deuce Martinez, ehemaliger CIA-Verhörer in den weltweiten Geheimgefängnissen, die bekannterweise ab 2003 aus Deutschland heraus organisiert wurden – angeblich ohne Wissen irgendeines der deutschen Geheimdienste oder der Berliner Regierung (eine Aufklärung der CIA-Affäre in Deutschland wird zur Zeit durch die „Parteien“ SPD, CDU, CSU und FDP aktiv sabotiert, ein Untersuchungsausschuss verweigert). Ein anderer Angestellter von „Mitchell, Jessen & Associates“ war Joseph Matarazzo, ehemals Vorsitzender „American Psychological Association“.

22.01.2020 - 06:11 [ New York Times ]

Architect of C.I.A. Interrogation Program Testifies at Guantánamo Bay

Dr. Mitchell, a former contract psychologist for the C.I.A., expressed no regrets or contrition, tearfully saying he did it for the American people at a time when President George W. Bush’s administration feared a follow-on attack by airplane or nuclear bomb to the Sept. 11 hijackings that killed 2,976 people.

“I’d get up today and do it again,” he said.

12.01.2020 - 19:15 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

12.01.2020 - 19:10 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Consortium News ]

How Many People Has the U.S. Killed in its Post-9/11 Wars? Part 2: Afghanistan and Pakistan

(03.04.2018)

Combining my estimates for Afghanistan and Pakistan, I estimate that about 1.2 million Afghans and Pakistanis have been killed as a result of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in 2001.

Nicolas J.S. Davies is the author of Blood On Our Hands: the American Invasion and Destruction of Iraq. He also wrote the chapter on “Obama at War” in Grading the 44th President: a Report Card on Barack Obama’s First Term as a Progressive Leader.

12.01.2020 - 18:58 [ Medea Benjamin, Nicolas J.S. Davies / CommonDreams.org ]

The Iraq Death Toll 15 Years After the US Invasion

(15.03.2018)

Taking ORB’s estimate of 1.033 million killed by June 2007, then applying a variation of Just Foreign Policy’s methodology from July 2007 to the present using revised figures from Iraq Body Count, we estimate that 2.4 million Iraqis have been killed since 2003 as a result of our country’s illegal invasion, with a minimum of 1.5 million and a maximum of 3.4 million.

12.01.2020 - 15:53 [ theHill.com ]

Kerry defends Biden on Iraq War vote: Bush administration ‚broke their word‘

“The fact is that we were promised by a president, by an administration, that they were going to do it as a last resort after exhausting diplomacy, that if they have to go to war it would be with a coalition that they built broadly, and that they would do it only in conjunction with our allies,“ Kerry said Friday, according to NBC News.

“It was a mistake to have trusted them, I guess, and we paid a high price for it,” Kerry continued. “But that was not voting for the war.”

08.01.2020 - 15:34 [ LA Times ]

Commentary: When it comes to Iran, Trump wants it to be 2003. In media terms, that’s eons ago

Now the reality TV showman who used new media to bypass conventional campaign channels, rally a fan base and win the White House must confront those very same factors in a complicated world theater, and this time, they may turn against him.

07.01.2020 - 21:43 [ Alex Kotch / Twitter ]

Pelosi’s move to boost moderate Elissa Slotkin, who will „lead“ the House resolution to restrict Trump’s war powers, is a dismissal of progressives @RoKhanna, @BernieSanders & others who have already passed legislation to restrict Trump’s ability to go to war with Iran.

07.01.2020 - 21:38 [ thegatewaypundit.com ]

Pelosi to Introduce War Powers Resolution to “Limit the President’s Military Actions Regarding Iran”

„This week, the House will introduce and vote on a War Powers Resolution to limit the President’s military actions regarding Iran. This resolution is similar to the resolution introduced by Senator Tim Kaine in the Senate. It reasserts Congress’s long-established oversight responsibilities by mandating that if no further Congressional action is taken, the Administration’s military hostilities with regard to Iran cease within 30 days.

The House Resolution will be led by Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin. Congresswoman Slotkin is a former CIA and Department of Defense analyst specializing in Shia militias. She served multiple tours in the region under both Democratic and Republican Administrations.“

07.01.2020 - 19:06 [ Ilhan Omar, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

It’s no laughing matter ?

(05.01.2020)

31.12.2019 - 20:41 [ Elizabeth Warren, candidate for President / Twitter ]

Trump’s reckless decisions to walk away from the Iran Deal and now to launch airstrikes in Iraq without Iraqi government consent have brought us closer to war and endangered U.S. troops and diplomats. We should end the forever wars, not start new ones.

31.12.2019 - 20:24 [ Fox News / Youtube ]

Col. Macgregor: US airstrikes look like an attempt to drag us into a war

Retired Army Col. Douglas Macgregor reacts to U.S. airstrikes on Iran-backed militia.

31.12.2019 - 20:06 [ CNN ]

A proxy war between the US and Iran just moved a step closer

The angry demonstrations at the American embassy in Baghdad on Tuesday are just the latest installment in a deepening confrontation between the US and Iran for influence in Iraq.

It’s a struggle that dates back to the overthrow of Saddam Hussein in 2003 and the emergence of a Shia-dominated state in Iraq. But in light of the Trump administration’s campaign of maximum economic pressure against Iran, it has reached a new and potentially dangerous pitch.

10.12.2019 - 15:36 [ Washington Post ]

The Afghanistan Papers – A secret history of the war: Stranded without a strategy

By March 2007, the number of U.S. and NATO troops in Afghanistan had climbed to 50,000. Despite the increase, McNeill said nobody in charge was able to articulate a clear mission and strategy.

“I tried to get someone to define for me what winning meant, even before I went over, and nobody could. Nobody would give me a good definition of what it meant,” he told government interviewers.

09.12.2019 - 19:37 [ Washington Post ]

The Afghanistan Papers – A secret history of the war: At war with the truth

A confidential trove of government documents obtained by The Washington Post reveals that senior U.S. officials failed to tell the truth about the war in Afghanistan throughout the 18-year campaign, making rosy pronouncements they knew to be false and hiding unmistakable evidence the war had become unwinnable.

The documents were generated by a federal project examining the root failures of the longest armed conflict in U.S. history. They include more than 2,000 pages of previously unpublished notes of interviews with people who played a direct role in the war, from generals and diplomats to aid workers and Afghan officials.

09.12.2019 - 19:33 [ theHill.com ]

Documents show US leaders misled public on progress in Afghanistan War: report

Senior U.S. officials knowingly lied to the public about their progress throughout the 18-year war in Afghanistan, consistently painting a rosier picture of the state of the war than they knew to be true, according to a cache of documents obtained by the Washington Post.

In private interviews conducted by a watchdog that span the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations – which the Post obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request — U.S. officials frequently acknowledged a lack of understanding, strategy and progress in a war they regularly described publicly as being on the cusp of success.

28.11.2019 - 17:52 [ theIntercept.com ]

Michael Bloomberg’s Right-Wing Views on Foreign Policy Make Him a Perfect Candidate for the Republican Nomination

Remember: Biden, for all his sins, is a lifelong Democrat. Bloomberg, however, served as an elected Republican between 2001 and 2007. This was a period during which he enthusiastically endorsed the reelection of George W. Bush and also addressed the Conservative Party’s annual conference in the U.K.

Bloomberg is so right-wing that he makes Biden sound like Bernie.

01.11.2019 - 13:52 [ Tulsi2020.com ]

Tulsi 2020: Join me in demanding the truth

What was Saudi Arabia’s involvement in the 9/11 attack? Americans deserve an answer to this question. Join me in calling on the Trump Administration to declassify and release all information regarding the 9/11 attack. Add your name to our petition.

01.11.2019 - 13:50 [ apnews.com ]

Tulsi Gabbard: Release documents related to Saudis and 9/11

(29.10.2019)

“Our government should not be invoking secrecy to keep its own mistakes hidden from the American people and should certainly not be used to protect the Saudis from embarrassment or, worse yet, accountability,” said Terry Strada, a Sept. 11 widow and the chairwoman of 9/11 Families and Survivors United for Justice Against Terrorism. “Until there is an accounting, we will never go away.”

19.10.2019 - 12:31 [ Jimmy Dore / Twitter ]

By smearing & red baiting a soldier currently serving as a medic in the illegal wars she voted for & helped engineer, @HillaryClinton has erased any doubt that she is just as despicable & disgusting as GWB or Donald Trump could ever be. She is a cancer on America.

17.10.2019 - 18:59 [ USA Today ]

President Donald Trump moves to stop ‚endless wars.‘ I stand with him: Sen. Rand Paul

Then-candidate Trump said often that the Iraq War was a mistake, and that we were in too many places for too long. Fast-forward to 2019, and the president is now moving forward to stop the “endless wars.” I stand with him.

The idea that our president would make this decision from this perspective is refreshing and long-awaited. Virtually every president in my lifetime has ended up in a new conflict or extending and expanding the old ones.

In particular, in the past 18 years, from Iraq to Libya to Syria, past presidents went into one bad misadventure after another.

10.10.2019 - 06:52 [ Haaretz ]

Defending Syria Pullout, Trump Says U.S. Should Never Have Been Involved in ‚Stupid‘ Mideast Wars

Trump’s call for ending U.S. military involvement in the Middle East and bringing the troops home was a feature of his presidential campaign, but it flies in the face of many decades of bipartisan American policy, even as the Trump administration and its immediate predecessor have tried to give additional attention to what they see as long-term security threats elsewhere, including from China and Russia.

09.10.2019 - 19:01 [ Donald J. Trump, President of the United States / Twitter ]

Fighting between various groups that has been going on for hundreds of years. USA should never have been in Middle East. Moved our 50 soldiers out. Turkey MUST take over captured ISIS fighters that Europe refused to have returned. The stupid endless wars, for us, are ending!

09.10.2019 - 18:54 [ Daily Mail ]

Furious Donald Trump calls going into the Middle East ‚the worst decision ever made‘ and demands Turkey take responsibility for captured ISIS fighters – opening way for Erdogan’s forces to move into Kurdish Syria

Trump suggested that Republican predecessor George W. Bush, whose military invaded Iraq based on bad intelligence, was responsible for entangling the United States in a regional quagmire that has resulted in more 50,000 American casualties since 2001.

‚We went to war under a false & now disproven premise, WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION. There were NONE! Now we are slowly & carefully bringing our great soldiers & military home. Our focus is on the BIG PICTURE! THE USA IS GREATER THAN EVER BEFORE!‘ he proclaimed.

Trump said that religious clashes in the Middle East will never be resolved by an American military presence.

28.09.2019 - 04:14 [ Joseph C. Wilson 4th / The New York Times ]

What I Didn’t Find in Africa

(2003) Did the Bush administration manipulate intelligence about Saddam Hussein’s weapons programs to justify an invasion of Iraq?

Based on my experience with the administration in the months leading up to the war, I have little choice but to conclude that some of the intelligence related to Iraq’s nuclear weapons program was twisted to exaggerate the Iraqi threat.

28.09.2019 - 03:54 [ Radio Utopie ]

22 Millionen verlorene E-Mails der Bush-Regierung aus der Zeit des Irak-Krieges wieder aufgetaucht

(15.12.2009) Die E-Mails datierten von 2003 bis 2005 und waren „falsch beschriftet und galten als effektiv verloren“ teilte das National Security Archive nach Auskunft einer Forschungsgruppe der George Washington University mit…

2004 veröffentlichte Wilson sein autobiografisches politisches Buch „The Politics of Truth: Inside the Lies that Led to War and Betrayed My Wife’s CIA Identity: A Diplomat’s Memoir.“

26.09.2019 - 16:09 [ Bundestag ]

Stenografischer Bericht 25. Sitzung Berlin, Donnerstag, den 13. Februar 2003

Dr. Angela Merkel: Sie machen sich Sorgen, ob wir, die Politiker – egal ob Regierung oder Opposition –, unser Land durch eine schwierige Zeit, insbesondere durch den Irakkonflikt und durch den Kampf gegen den Terrorismus mit Klugheit und Weisheit führen können. Die Menschen in diesem Lande wollen keinen Krieg.

(Hans-Werner Bertl [SPD]: Das ist wahr!)

Diejenigen, die in diesem Saale sitzen, wollen auch keinen Krieg.

(Lebhafter Beifall bei der CDU/CSU und der FDP)

Sehr geehrter Herr Bundeskanzler, wie sehr Sie innerlich unter Druck stehen, hat man schon an der Lautstärke Ihrer Stimme gemerkt.

(Lachen bei der SPD)

Dass Sie es aber nötig haben, die Opposition dieses Hauses als Kriegstreiber zu verleumden,

(Hans Michelbach [CDU/CSU]: Pfui!)

zeigt, in welcher Ecke Sie stehen. Aus dieser Ecke werden Sie nicht herauskommen können.

(Anhaltender Beifall bei der CDU/CSU und der FDP)

Wer als Bundeskanzler der Bundesrepublik Deutschland den Eindruck erweckt, irgendjemand würde sich die Entscheidung über Krieg und Frieden leicht machen und die letzte Chance aus der Hand geben, der, sehr geehrter Herr Bundeskanzler, hat nicht erfasst, worum es geht.

(Beifall bei der CDU/CSU und der FDP)

Ich sage Ihnen: Sie sind seit Wochen auf einem Irrweg. Das Schlimmste ist – das sage ich mit großem Ernst; das ist meine feste Überzeugung –, dass insbesondere Ihr Verhalten auf dem Marktplatz von Goslar den Krieg im Irak leider nicht unwahrscheinlicher, sondern wahrscheinlicher gemacht hat; denn Sie haben den Druck auf Saddam Hussein verringert.

(Beifall bei der CDU/CSU und der FDP – Lothar Mark [SPD]: Das ist unglaublich! – Weitere Zurufe von der SPD)

Im Gegensatz zu Ihnen war ich in München und weiß, was ich gesagt habe. Niemand hat behauptet, dass es aufgrund der Resolution 1441 einen Automatismus der Gewalt gibt.

11.09.2019 - 08:50 [ Youtube ]

Sept. 20, 2001 – Bush Declares War on Terror

11.09.2019 - 08:39 [ OneVoicePAC / Youtube ]

Barbara Lee’s 9/14/01 Speech

Barbara Lee explains her rationale for voting against the Authorization to Use Military Force in Afghanistan, citing the overly broad nature of the bill.

11.09.2019 - 08:32 [ Federation Of American Scientists ]

Authorization For Use Of Military Force in Response to the 9/11 Attacks (P.L. 107-40): Legislative History

In response to the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001,the Congress passed legislation, S.J.Res. 23, on September 14, 2001, authorizing the President to “use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided theterrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizationsor persons….” The President signed this legislation into law on September 18, 2001(P.L. 107-40, 115 Stat. 224 (2001)).

08.09.2019 - 15:17 [ Intercept ]

Joe Biden Is Proud of His Record on Iraq, but His Plan to Segregate It Would Have Unleashed Chaos

As Biden acknowledged this week, the plan to divide Iraq along ethnic lines he cooked up with Gelb was criticized at the time as more likely to incite than tamp down sectarian violence and ethnic cleansing, as it had early in the war in Bosnia and following the partitioning of Ireland, India, and Palestine in the last century. In each of those prior cases, partition, which looked good on paper and was accepted enthusiastically by extreme nationalist/segregationist leaders in each place, had the same result in practice: It encouraged violent sectarian cleansing and the destruction of the multiethnic societies that had existed in those territories for centuries.

08.09.2019 - 15:11 [ CNN ]

Joe Biden says he opposed the Iraq War soon after it started. A check of his record shows otherwise

„Nine months ago, I voted with my colleagues to give the president of the United States of America the authority to use force and I would vote that way again today. It was the right vote then and would be a correct vote today,“ Biden said in a July 2003 speech at the Brookings Institution.

Of the 20 Democrats still running for president in 2020, only two — Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders — were in a position to vote on authorizing President George W. Bush to go to war in Iraq back in 2002.

08.09.2019 - 15:03 [ Slate.com ]

When Did Joe Biden Start Believing He Had Opposed the Iraq War?

(04.09.2019)

This version of events is so twisted that the very next sentence of the NPR story starts debunking the idea that Biden was antiwar. But it’s worth unpacking more fully. Let’s start from the beginning and work our way through:

08.09.2019 - 14:47 [ theHill.com ]

Joe Biden lying about Iraq shows why our nation has so many wars

Hillary Clinton engaged in the same kind of historical revisionism. She was a reliable hawk on military interventions, including the disastrous intervention in Libya, without even a resolution; regarding Iraq, she jumped on the popular bandwagon for war. When it became less popular, however, she claimed to have been misled, even though she and her colleagues ignored those of us opposing the original war resolution.

22.07.2019 - 21:04 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

Altogether, in the three parts of this report, I have estimated that America’s post-9/11 wars have killed about 6 million people. Maybe the true number is only 5 million. Or maybe it is 7 million.

13.07.2019 - 18:45 [ National Public Radio ]

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on the 2020 Presidential Race and Why We Should Break Up Homeland Security

It’s hard to recall a newly elected freshman representative to Congress who has made a bigger impact than Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Her primary victory for New York’s Fourteenth District seat—as a young woman of color beating out a long-established white male incumbent—was big news, and Ocasio-Cortez has been generating headlines almost daily ever since. Practically the day she took her seat in Congress, Ocasio-Cortez became the hero of the left wing of the Democrats and a favored villain of Fox News and the right.

13.07.2019 - 18:41 [ Washington Post ]

Ocasio-Cortez wants to ax Homeland Security. Some conservatives didn’t want it to begin with.

The usefulness of a Department of Homeland Security, however, wasn’t always taken for granted. President George W. Bush’s administration initially had “zero interest” in creating a new department to protect against terrorism, The Washington Post previously reported. Vice President Richard B. Cheney thought it would needlessly increase the size of government.

“Creating a Cabinet post doesn’t solve the problem,” White House spokesman Ari Fleischer said in March 2002, according to The Post.

13.07.2019 - 18:36 [ Democracy Now ]

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Wants to Dismantle Department of Homeland Security

In an interview with “The New Yorker Radio Hour,” Ocasio-Cortez repeated her call for the abolition of ICE—Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Host David Remnick asked Ocasio-Cortez if she would get rid of the Department of Homeland Security, as well.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: “I think so. I think so. I think we need to undo a lot of the egregious mistakes that the Bush administration did.

09.07.2019 - 06:01 [ Common Dreams ]

Dogs of War Howl for Blood in Iran While Americans Cheer US Bombers on July 4th

Last week’s display was a chilling reminder of the horrific deaths caused by successive administrations‘ propensity for war

28.06.2019 - 05:02 [ NBC News ‏/ Twitter ]

WATCH: @Maddow presses Biden on his Iraq War policy. #DemDebate2

27.06.2019 - 16:54 [ Tulsi Gabbard, candidate for President / Twitter ]

This president & his #ChickenhawkCabinet have led us to the brink of war w/ Iran. I served in the Iraq War that took over 4k of my brothers and sisters lives. War w/ Iran would be far more devastating and costly than the Iraq War. #TULSI2020 #DemDebate

22.06.2019 - 16:38 [ Spectator ]

WATCH: Tucker Carlson calls John Bolton a ‘bureaucratic tape worm’

„This is Washington in a nutshell: Blunder into obvious catastrophes, refuse to admit blame, and demand more of the same. That’s the John Bolton lifecycle. In between administration jobs, there are always cushy think-tank posts, paid speaking gigs, and cable news appearances. War may be a disaster for America, but for John Bolton and his fellow neocons, it’s always good business.“

05.06.2019 - 05:47 [ Welt.de ]

Der Fall „Curveball“: Wie ein BND-Informant den Irak-Krieg auslöste

(28.8.2011)

Diese bis heute verbreitete Darstellung ist unangenehm für die Bundesrepublik. Deutschland steht da als ein Land, das ein Doppelspiel betrieben hat: nach außen den Pazifisten geben – und hintenherum über seinen Geheimdienst einen entscheidenden Grund für die militärische Intervention liefern. Der Bundesnachrichtendienst nahm die Vorwürfe schweigend hin.

20.05.2019 - 05:40 [ CNN ]

Trump’s hardline advisers are weakening his position

Nearly 17 years later, and the Trump administration is still dealing with the fallout of George W. Bush’s charge to depose Saddam Hussein. And they are still dealing with it, and most other ongoing crises, with a familiar cast of people. The key difference: President Donald Trump has not made his position „eminently clear“ and instead has left foreign policy to be loosely squabbled over by a handful of career Republican hawks.

13.05.2019 - 18:41 [ Bundestag ]

Stenografischer Bericht 25. Sitzung Berlin, Donnerstag, den 13. Februar 2003

Dr. Angela Merkel: Sie machen sich Sorgen, ob wir, die Politiker – egal ob Regierung oder Opposition –, unser Land durch eine schwierige Zeit, insbesondere durch den Irakkonflikt und durch den Kampf gegen den Terrorismus mit Klugheit und Weisheit führen können. Die Menschen in diesem Lande wollen keinen Krieg.

(Hans-Werner Bertl [SPD]: Das ist wahr!)

Diejenigen, die in diesem Saale sitzen, wollen auch keinen Krieg.

(Lebhafter Beifall bei der CDU/CSU und der FDP)

Sehr geehrter Herr Bundeskanzler, wie sehr Sie innerlich unter Druck stehen, hat man schon an der Lautstärke Ihrer Stimme gemerkt.

(Lachen bei der SPD)

Dass Sie es aber nötig haben, die Opposition dieses Hauses als Kriegstreiber zu verleumden,

(Hans Michelbach [CDU/CSU]: Pfui!)

zeigt, in welcher Ecke Sie stehen. Aus dieser Ecke werden Sie nicht herauskommen können.

(Anhaltender Beifall bei der CDU/CSU und der FDP)

Wer als Bundeskanzler der Bundesrepublik Deutschland den Eindruck erweckt, irgendjemand würde sich die Entscheidung über Krieg und Frieden leicht machen und die letzte Chance aus der Hand geben, der, sehr geehrter Herr Bundeskanzler, hat nicht erfasst, worum es geht.

(Beifall bei der CDU/CSU und der FDP)

Ich sage Ihnen: Sie sind seit Wochen auf einem Irrweg. Das Schlimmste ist – das sage ich mit großem Ernst; das ist meine feste Überzeugung –, dass insbesondere Ihr Verhalten auf dem Marktplatz von Goslar den Krieg im Irak leider nicht unwahrscheinlicher, sondern wahrscheinlicher gemacht hat; denn Sie haben den Druck auf Saddam Hussein verringert.

(Beifall bei der CDU/CSU und der FDP – Lothar Mark [SPD]: Das ist unglaublich! – Weitere Zurufe von der SPD)

Im Gegensatz zu Ihnen war ich in München und weiß, was ich gesagt habe. Niemand hat behauptet, dass es aufgrund der Resolution 1441 einen Automatismus der Gewalt gibt.

13.05.2019 - 18:29 [ Spiegel.de ]

The Real Story of ‚Curveball‘: How German Intelligence Helped Justify the US Invasion of Iraq

(22.03.2008)

Five years ago, the US government presented what it said was proof that Iraq harbored biological weapons. The information came from a source developed by German intelligence — and it turned out to be disastrously wrong. But to this day, Germany denies any responsibility.

13.05.2019 - 18:12 [ Welt.de ]

Der Fall „Curveball“: Wie ein BND-Informant den Irak-Krieg auslöste

(28.8.2011)

Diese bis heute verbreitete Darstellung ist unangenehm für die Bundesrepublik. Deutschland steht da als ein Land, das ein Doppelspiel betrieben hat: nach außen den Pazifisten geben – und hintenherum über seinen Geheimdienst einen entscheidenden Grund für die militärische Intervention liefern. Der Bundesnachrichtendienst nahm die Vorwürfe schweigend hin.

05.05.2019 - 15:14 [ Emma Vigeland, @TheYoungTurks / Twitter ]

Joe Biden: „I actually like Dick Cheney… I get on with him. I think he’s a decent man.“ He adds that Cheney was „extremely helpful“ about the „legal parameters“ of the VP office. Without irony. Mondale then says his view of Cheney is „a little bit different.“ The crowd laughs

(02.05.2019)

05.05.2019 - 15:11 [ BusinessInsider.com ]

Joe Biden’s past praise for Dick Cheney is suddenly getting attention one week into his 2020 campaign

(03.05.2019) A clip of Biden’s flattering remarks about Cheney resurfaced on Twitter on Thursday and went viral, causing „Cheney“ to rise to the top five trends in the country by the early evening.

A number of media figures went after Biden for expressing warm feelings toward someone they regard as a „war criminal“ and expressed dismay that he’s the 2020 Democratic frontrunner at present.

03.05.2019 - 17:14 [ theGuardian.com ]

Venezuela coup linked to Bush team

(21. April 2002)

The Bush administration has tried to distance itself from the coup. It immediately endorsed the new government under businessman Pedro Carmona. But the coup was sent dramatically into reverse after 48 hours.

Now officials at the Organisation of American States and other diplomatic sources, talking to The Observer, assert that the US administration was not only aware the coup was about to take place, but had sanctioned it, presuming it to be destined for success.

03.05.2019 - 17:12 [ Wikipedia ]

2002 Venezuelan coup d’état attempt

The Venezuelan coup d’état attempt of 2002 was a failed coup d’état on 11 April 2002 that saw President Hugo Chávez ousted from office for 47 hours before being restored to power. Chávez, who had been elected in 2000, was aided in his return to power by overwhelming popular support and mobilization against the coup and assistance of loyalists in the military.[8][unreliable source?]

The situation began on 9 April, when a general strike was called by the trade union organization „National Federation of Trade Unions“, Confederación de Trabajadores de Venezuela (CTV). The proposed strike was in response to Chávez’s appointments to prominent posts in Venezuela’s national oil company, PDVSA.[9] Two days later in Caracas, up to one million Venezuelans marched in opposition to Chávez.[10][11] At one point during the march, opposition leaders redirected the protestors to the presidential palace, Miraflores, where government supporters and Bolivarian Circles were holding their own rally. Upon the opposition’s arrival, the two sides confronted each other. Gunshots rang out, and by that evening 19 people were dead, including both supporters and opponents of the government.[6] Then, the military high command started the coup at Miraflores and demanded that Chávez resign. President Chávez refused to resign, and he subsequently was arrested by the military.[12][13][14] Chávez’s request for asylum in Cuba was denied, and he was ordered to be tried in a Venezuelan court.[9]

03.05.2019 - 17:09 [ Fox News ]

Pompeo: The problems in Venezuela have been years in the making

May. 02, 2019 – 7:12 – Secretary of State Mike Pompeo responds to Rep. Omar claiming the U.S. is to blame for the turmoil in Venezuela on ‚The Ingraham Angle.

03.05.2019 - 17:02 [ Ilhan Omar, Abgeordnete im US Repräsentantenhaus / Twitter ]

Just as in interventions past, those who oppose war are labeled supporters of dictators and haters of “freedom.” We saw this playbook in Iraq. The situation in Venezuela is dire and the Trump Admin is making it worse. We must support diplomacy, not war.

21.04.2019 - 10:28 [ Youtube ]

Sept. 20, 2001 – Bush Declares War on Terror

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21.04.2019 - 10:18 [ Huffington Post ]

Watch Barbara Lee Predict 15 Years Ago That Congress Was OK’ing Endless War

(14. September 2016)

The congresswoman was the only “no” vote on a sweeping 9/11 war authorization that’s still in use.

21.04.2019 - 09:41 [ Rocketboom / Youtube ]

George Bush on September 11th

US President George Bush on September 11, 2001 being told the second World Trade Center tower had been hit and the five minutes that followed.

21.04.2019 - 09:18 [ theNation.com ]

When It Comes to War, We’re Just Getting Started

(15.4.2019)

The Global War on Terror has become the Pentagon’s greatest tool in waging endless military campaigns.