New detainee transferred to Guantanamo Bay- and of course he is Muslim

March 27, 2007

The Raw Story published this article yesterday. The article is of course about another detainee transferred to Guantanamo Bay. Before I even talk about it, I want to advice the detainee to plead guilty and say whetever they want him to say and save himself the torture he will be subjected to.

I also knew before reading the subject that it is going to be another Muslim detainee because they always look for a Muslim sacrifice. Well, the article said that the Pentagon  confirmed that a terror suspect had been transferred from Kenya to Guantanamo Bay during the weekend, according to the Associated Press.

Defense Department spokesman Bryan Whitman told the AP that “Due to the significant threat this terror suspect represents, he’s been transferred to Guantanamo.” Whitman was referring to Abdul Malik, who is said to have admitted to involvement in attempted attacks against an Israeli-owned hotel and an El Al airliner in 2002.

Malik is the first new detainee at Guantanamo Bay since September 2004.

So, if you want to know more about this, please refer to the Raw Story link because I am too angry to even continue this post. Period.


UAE will not be used in any Iran strike

March 27, 2007

DUBAI, March 27 (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates, a key U.S. ally, said on Tuesday it would not be involved in any military strike on Iran, but urged the Islamic Republic to avoid regional tensions.

“The UAE is an independent and sovereign state that rejects the use of its territories, air or regional waters to attack any country, especially if it is a neighbour and Muslim,” President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan told Arab newspaper al-Hayat.

“We have informed the Iranian brothers … that we are not party to its conflict with the United States and will not allow our territories to be used for any military, security or spy activities against it.”

In January the UAE denied reports that the United States had set up an office in the UAE city of Dubai to monitor Iran which fuelled concerns over ties between the two neighbours.

The United States has a large military base in nearby Qatar and its Fifth Fleet is stationed in Bahrain.

The U.N. Security Council tightened sanctions on Iran on Saturday over its refusal to halt uranium enrichment which the West suspects is aimed at developing nuclear weapons.

Iran immediately rejected the measure, saying its nuclear programme was peaceful. But the standoff between the Islamic Republic and the international community has raised fears among many Gulf Arabs of a military escalation in region.

Sheikh Khalifa urged Iran to show flexibility in its relations with the West to avoid tensions in the region.

He also called on the United States and other powers to pursue diplomatic channels and avoid military action.

“We repeat our call to (Iran) to be flexible and realistic and to respect international demands and implement (Saturday’s) resolution 1737 to avert any more tension in the region,” he said.

The UAE and Iran have full diplomatic ties and strong trade links despite a three-decade dispute over three islands in the Gulf.

The UAE and its fellow Gulf Arab states agreed in December to start planning their own peaceful nuclear programme.

Gulf Arab states say they are planning for when their oil and gas reserves begin to run out but analysts are concerned about an atomic arms race with non-Arab Shi’ite Iran.

You can find this news story at Reuters.com


Rumsfeld “Deserted His Post” On Morning Of 9/11

March 27, 2007

By Darryl MasonThere was a time when it was socially unacceptable, in the United States at least, to say anything bad about then defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The man who once flew over Iraq and declared the terrorism-smashed country didn’t look so bad, from the air, was widely perceived to be a cross between a witty genius, an American hero and a war-time leader of Patton and Churchillian credibility and vision. From September 11, 2001 to late 2004, Rumsfeld was all but untouchable. But the ‘Generals Revolt’ of 2005 and 2006, proved to be right on the money. Rumsfeld was a lying, insidious propagandist, who okayed and encouraged the use of torture by the military in Iraq and the United States, who ignored the sexual torture of Abu Ghraib until confronted with it by the media, who played down the strength of the Iraqi insurgency for years while thousands of American soldiers died, and he was the one who regularly blasted anyone who said things might not actually be going America’s way in Iraq as being like “Henny Penny”, crowing about how “the sky is falling in…”Rumsfeld is a fallen American icon now. The gloves are well and truly off and the head-kicking boots are on. It sounds like there are plenty of former Rumsfeld colleagues from the White House and Pentagon who are now ready to tell the truth about America’s most dangerous defence secretary, and even Rumsfeld’s behaviour on the morning of September 11, 2001, is coming into renewed and revelatory focus.So what exactly was former defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld doing on the morning of September 11, 2001?

We know Rumsfeld was in his office in the Pentagon, we know he was seen helping at least one of the wounded after the Pentagon was smashed by the third hijacked plane, and we know that he was the one who fronted the cameras hours before President Bush and “impressed viewers” with his “calm demeanour”.

But according to a new book. ‘Rumsfeld’ by Andrew Cockburn, the then defence secretary was so unconcerned, and unsurprised, after learning that two jet airliners had crashed into the World Trade Centre towers that he continued with regular CIA briefing.He only got moving when another plane slammed into the Pentagon. When Rumsfeld refused to follow security advice and chose instead to head out in front of the media cameras at the Pentagon, a senior White House official, with him that morning, says Rumsfeld “deserted his post”. When he picked up a piece of the destroyed American Airlines jet from the lawn of the Pentagon, he was “inteferring with a crime scene”.

Rusmfeld also chose to ignore “anxious pleas” from the military to go immediately to the operational command centre. America was clearly under attack, but where was the defence secretary?When he finally arrived at the command centre, the United States had been under attack for than two hours and the last hijacked airliner, United 93, had already crashed into a field.The defence secretary took no part in US military operations on the morning of the most destructive attacks ever launched against the United States.

You can read the first chapter of the new book ‘Rumsfeld‘ here.


Russian intelligence sees U.S. military buildup on Iran border

March 27, 2007

MOSCOW, March 27 (RIA Novosti) – Russian military intelligence services are reporting a flurry of activity by U.S. Armed Forces near Iran’s borders, a high-ranking security source said Tuesday.

“The latest military intelligence data point to heightened U.S. military preparations for both an air and ground operation against Iran,” the official said, adding that the Pentagon has probably not yet made a final decision as to when an attack will be launched.

He said the Pentagon is looking for a way to deliver a strike against Iran “that would enable the Americans to bring the country to its knees at minimal cost.”

For more details visit Ria Novosti.


US launches show of force in Persian Gulf

March 27, 2007

According to the IrelandOn-Line, the US Navy today began its largest demonstration of force in the Gulf since the 2003 invasion of Iraq, deploying two aircraft carriers and conducting simulated aerial attacks.Manoeuvres involving 15 US warships and more than a hundred planes were certain to increase tension with Iran, which has frequently condemned the US military presence off its coastline.The exercises began only four days after Iran captured 15 British sailors and marines whom it accused of straying into Iranian waters near the Gulf. Britain and the US Navy have insisted the British sailors were operating in Iraqi waters.

Aboard the carrier USS John C. Stennis, F/A-18 fighter jets rocketed off the deck in one of a dozen rapid-fire training sorties against enemy shipping and aircraft.

“These manoeuvres demonstrate our flexibility and capability to respond to threats to maritime security,” said US Navy Lt. John Perkins as the Stennis cruised about 80 miles off the United Arab Emirates.

“They’re showing we can keep the maritime environment safe and the vital link to the global economy open.”

At US 5th Fleet headquarters in Bahrain, US Navy Cmdr. Kevin Aandahl said the US manoeuvres were not organized in response to the capture of the British sailors – nor were they meant to threaten the Islamic Republic, whose navy operates in the same waters.

He declined to specify when the Navy planned the exercises, but added they would last several days.Aandahl said the US warships would stay out of Iranian territorial waters, which extend 12 miles off the Iranian coast.A French naval strike group, led by the aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, was operating simultaneously just outside the Gulf. But the French ships were supporting the Nato forces in Afghanistan and not taking part in the US manoeuvres, Aandahl said.

Overall, the exercises involve more than 10,000 US personnel on warships and aircraft making simulated attacks on enemy aircraft and shipping, hunting enemy submarines and finding mines.

“What it should be seen as by Iran or anyone else is that it’s for regional stability and security,” Aandahl said. “These ships are just another demonstration of that. If there’s a destabilising effect, it’s Iran’s behaviour.”

The US drills were the latest in a series of American and Iranian war games. Iran conducted naval manoeuvres in November and April, while in October the US Navy led a Gulf training exercise aimed at blocking nuclear smuggling.


Iran’s Detention of British marines legitimate, says Former UK Envoy

March 27, 2007

According to Press TV,

in a speech sent on craigmurray.co.uk website on Monday, former London’s ambassador to Uzbekistan has defended the Islamic Republic of Iran’s action to detain 15 British marines and has described it as legitimate and within international regulations.Craig Murray stated “By law, Iran has the right to detain any foreign military personnel who trespasses its territorial waters. British marines should bear in mind that in a region which abounds with allegations and border clashes, they should demarcate their activity zone 3 miles away from registered borders of other countries.”“According to international law, British sailors can only enter Iran’s territorial waters in case of possible terrorist threats, detection of pirates’ activities or slave merchants’ activities. But at the time they were detained, none of afore-mentioned cases had occurred,” Murray added. Craig Murray is now a prominent critic of London’s foreign policies toward the Middle East.MP/IS


Another Detainee Pleads Guilty To Escape Inhumane Guantanamo Bay gulag

March 27, 2007

Of course we all heard about Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM) who pleaded guilty to terrorism and also heard that he was held at Guantanamo Bay. Many have said that KSM confessed committing and particiapating in so many terrorist attacks and plots just to flee the torture he was subjected to in Guantanamo Bay. Many others did not believe that. To those who do not believe, here is another person who did the same thing just to get out of Guantanamo Bay.

According to a Press TV  piece, Australian lawmakers have said Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks has pleaded guilty to terrorism charges to speed up his return home and escape a flawed system of U.S. military justice.


“His guilty plea is simply a plea for release for exit from the inhumane Guantanamo Bay gulag. That’s a human response,” Reuters reported Greens Senator Bob Brown as saying.“His urge to get home to Australia almost under any circumstances has overtaken him. There is no way that this can be seen as a genuine guilty plea,” he said.“Hicks has been brought before a kangaroo court. He’s found his escape was to plead guilty. Who wouldn’t do that after the torture and the hell-hole conditions in Guantanamo Bay? But the injustice of it remains,” Brown added, stressing that guilty plea would not end the political debate in Australia about Hicks and his treatment.
So, I think it is so obvious now. The only way to get out of Guantanamo Bay, which is hell on earth, is to plead guilty.

My advice to anyone who is going to be a future Guantanamo Bay detainee, plead guilty and save yourself all the torture even if you are innocent.


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