- C.I.A. Baghdad chief was ‘sacked’ after two detainees died in custody
- 2009 already deadliest year of the Afghan War
- Israel ‘unwilling to negotiate’ an East Jerusalem withdrawal
- I.A.E.A. diplomats say Iran has not expanded uranium enrichment
- Bernanke reappointed to second term as FED head
- U.K. wants to disallow internet service for those who participate in ‘illegal’ file sharing
The C.I.A.’s Baghdad station chief was reassigned just weeks after two Iraqis died in custody — Manadel al-Jamadi and Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush — while being interrogated in November 2003 (McClatchy). I posted an analysis of the C.I.A. Inspector General’s report released yesterday here that it was heavily redacted, most notably 23 consecutive pages following the section reporting of “Specific Unauthorized or Undocumented Techniques”. I worked really hard to not speculate on the redactions and will continue to do so. That said, I’ve found a lot of educated analyses of credible others doing so and will compile them in a post tomorrow. That said, we know over 100 detainees died in U.S. custody. Only one was specified in the report and the killer wasn’t a C.I.A. agent, but a private contractor who was unnamed. (Little Alex)
Lithuania President Dalia Grybauskaite ‘is launching an inquiry into allegations that it hosted a secret C.I.A. prison for al-Qaeda suspects.’ Lithuania, along with poland and Romania have been accused of hosting “black sites” for the C.I.A. All three countries have denied the allegations (BBC).
The Pakistani Taliban (T.T.P.) has confirmed the death of its leader, Baitullah Mehsud, on Sunday after being wounded by an Aug. 5 U.S. airstrike. Hakimullah Mehsud is reported to be the new T.T.P. leader (AJE).
At least 31 people were killed and 56 wounded by a bomb in Kandahar, Afghanistan. The area has a cluster of international aid agencies (NYT).
22 dead bodies of ‘suspected militants’ were found in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The Human Right commission of Pakistan says it has “credible reports of numerous extra-judicial killings and reprisals carried out by security forces”. The bodies have not been identified and were found to have been killed execution style — blindfolded with their hands tied behind their backs (BBC).
2009 is already the deadliest year in Afghanistan for U.S.-led coalition soldiers after four were killed Monday in Afghanistan, putting this year’s total at 295 (AP).
West Bank Palestinians have called for an international probe into Israeli soldiers stealing body organs from Palestinians, as reported by Sweden’s most widely circulated newspaper, Aftonbladet (AJE). Read more details on the article on Israeli government reaction here.
At least three Palestinians were killed in an Israeli airstrike on an Egyptian-Gazan tunnel (AJE). Israel’s blockade on Gaza makes these tunnels the only way for food, medical supplies, and other aid to enter after the Gaza Massacre committed by Israel in December and January that killed over 1,400 and caused ‘wanton destruction’.
Israel is ‘unwilling to negotiate’ on relinquishing its occupation of East Jerusalem in the Palestinian West Bank (AJE).
A young man claims he was raped and tortured by his Iran jailers, according to the party web site of opposition candidate Mehdi Karroubi. The young man was kidnapped by the Iran gov’t after the disputed June elections. “I was in prison, I was blindfolded and my hands were tied,” the young man told Mr. Karroubi (NYT). “I was beaten nearly to death, and worse than all of that, they did something to me which even unbelievers and idol worshipers would denounce.”
International Atomic Energy Agency diplomats report that Iran has not expanded uranium enrichment, keeping Iran within compliance of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (Ha’aretz). In six years of inspections, there has been no evidence of an Iranian nuclear weapons program. “Western officials leaked stories to the Associated Press and Reuters last week aimed at pressuring the outgoing chief of the International Atomic Energy Agency, Mohamed ElBaradei, to include a summary of intelligence alleging that Iran has been actively pursuing work on nuclear weapons in the IAEA report due out this week,” writes Gareth Porter (IPS).
Federal [sic] Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke was unanimously reappointed by Pres. Obama to a second term. “Since the day Ben Bernanke was appointed … the U.S. economy has not grown by a single dollar in real terms. The average price of a house has fallen by almost a third. Stocks are down 20 per cent, having halved this year from their peak. Unemployment is approaching a 10th of all Americans seeking work…. Hardly an inspiring record for anyone heading an institution whose official objectives are ‘maximum employment, stable prices and moderate long-term interest rates’,” comments the FT Lex team. “He may go down in history as the man who tripled the size of the Fed’s balance sheet attempting to support undeserving financial institutions, thereby igniting inflation and destroying the dollar and America’s reputation for solid finances in the process.”
AFL-CIO President Denis Hughes was named chairman of the New York Federal [sic] Reserve (TBR).
A Chinese official says he has no information of trials to begin for hundreds detained in July’s riots against repressive gov’t policy, contrary to yesterday’s reports. “On Tuesday, Global Times, a newspaper published by the Communist Party’s main news organization, reported that the government had not yet set a date for the trial and that the number of suspects remained at 83″ (NYT).
The U.S. health insurance racket will profit from “reform”, at taxpayers and those indebted in the future. The top healthcare “reform” proposals will issue massive subsidies to health insurers. “The Great Myth is that business dislikes regulation,” writes Sheldon Richman (FEE). We’ve stayed out of the so-called “healthcare debate” because it’s so nauseatingly stupid that you can’t even have a serious discussion on the topic. Mr. Richman’s provided some great criticisms, but Wendy McElroy sums up my frustrations better than I could and I can’t argue with Gary Chartier’s analysis of steps toward a truly just healthcare system. Unfortunately, nothing in the mainstream “debate” comes close to resembling these rational analyses.
The U.K. government is proposing to cut off internet service from people who download copynazi’d material. Politicians are actually split on this (BBC). Seriously, what the fuck?