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The Other Torture Report: U.S. Taught Torture Techniques to Brazil Dictatorship

More than 300 Brazilians came to the School of the Americas, located at Fort Benning, Georgia, where instructors “recommended interrogation techniques like torture, execution, blackmail and arresting the relatives of those being questioned,” according to a Pentagon manual released in 1996. Among their victims was Dilma Rousseff, who was a political activist in the 1960s and is now Brazil’s president.   read more

Are U.S. Torturers Above the Law?

The U.S. is obligated under the International Convention on Torture to investigate any U.S. citizen accused of torturing someone, and the U.N. high commissioner for human rights said he welcomes the prosecution of CIA personnel who either ordered or carried out the torture against detainees. “The convention lets no one off the hook — neither the torturers themselves, nor the policy-makers, nor the public officials who define the policy or give the orders,” said the commissioner.   read more

Taliban Using Jihadist Textbooks…Supplied by the U.S.

As part of the U.S. campaign to undermine Soviet control over Afghanistan, USAID provided school books in local Afghan languages that taught children how to become jihadists. The books are “filled with talk of jihad and featured drawings of guns, bullets, soldiers and mines, [and] have served since then as the Afghan school system’s core curriculum,” said the Post in 2002. Not only did many of the books survive, but the Taliban is reprinting the books to help those who want to destroy the U.S.   read more

70 Years Later, France, under U.S. Pressure, Agrees to Compensate Jews Transported to Nazi Death Camps by French Railway

France will put $60 million into a fund to be administered by the United States that will go to survivors, their spouses and their estates who were transported via SNCF railway to German death camps. Between March 1942 and August 1944, SNCF transported about 76,000 Jews and others to the Nazi camps. Fewer than 3% survived.   read more

Afghanistan: Most Dangerous Place in the World for Independent Humanitarian Aid Groups

At first aid groups weren’t targeted by insurgents. But that’s changed in part because of “increased use by the American government and other foreign donors of private aid contractors...which blurred the lines" between independent and government aid groups. Life for independent aid workers in Afghanistan started getting worse after the Afghan military and U.S. Special Forces began showing up at their health clinics, which raised suspicions among residents over the workers’ impartiality.   read more

North Korea Suspected of Hacking Sony Pictures over New Comedy Film about Assassinating Kim Jong-un

The movie, "The Interview," stars Seth Rogan and James Franco as television reporters recruited by the CIA to kill Kim Jong-un. With a storyline like that, it may prove to be quite a Christmas gift from Sony to the North Korean leader, as it feeds right into the government’s propaganda machine aimed at its involuntarily captive domestic audience. But that doesn’t mean Kim was pleased to be mocked. When word of the movie first surfaced, North Korean officials “reacted furiously” to it.   read more

Sabra and Shatila Refugee Camps back in the News 32 Years after Christian Massacres

Memories of the massacre have not disappeared, nor have the camps themselves. They have become permanent urban slums that now are attracting another kind of refugee: Syrians fleeing their war-torn country. The influx from Syria has caused the populations of Sabra and Shatila to double in size to a combined 40,000 people in both camps. "More than a million people who have streamed from Syria into Lebanon...are radically reshaping neighborhoods like these,” wrote Anne Barnard.   read more

Pro-Assad Syrians Try to Teach Americans a Lesson…Hack into Sites of Betty Crocker, NHL and Association of Surfing Professionals

Some television news networks also were subjected to the intrusion, including the Canadian Broadcasting Network and NBC. Dell, Ferrari, National Geographic and Verizon Wireless were also among those attacked. The hackers left behind a pop-up screen that informed visitors to the websites that read: “You’ve been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army.”   read more

Growing Anxiety over U.S. Technology Seen in Europe’s Call for Breakup of Google

The Parliament on Thursday adopted a nonbinding resolution calling for the dissolution of Google. The vote was merely symbolic because the legislative body lacks the legal authority to force Google to divest portions of its empire. But it demonstrated just how fed up Europeans are with the growing might and invasive capabilities of American technology.   read more

U.S. and U.K. Spy Agencies Likely Source of Malware Attacks on EU, Russian and Saudi Computers

Cyberwarriors are at it again, this time with a malicious program called Regin that has infected computers in Russia, Saudi Arabia and other countries and is so complex that security experts say it probably came from the United States, Britain or another Western government.   read more

U.S. Bombing in Syria Said to Drive More Anti-Assad Rebels to Join or Support ISIS

FSA member Assam Murad said: “There’s no way we would fight ISIS after the U.S. military campaign against them.” An alliance is reportedly being formed between ISIS and four groups that were at war earlier this year. About a thousand al-Nusra Front fighters joined ISIS in just one week. Civilians are beginning to welcome ISIS as well for the group’s social measures and its tough-on-crime Sharia law.   read more

In a Classic Friday Afternoon News Release, Republican-Controlled House Intelligence Committee Admits No Wrongdoing by Pentagon and CIA in Benghazi

Late Friday, as many were heading out for the holiday week, the GOP-dominated House Intelligence Committee quietly announced what several other investigations had found: There was no wrongdoing by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the U.S. military or other high government officials in the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that resulted in the deaths of four Americans.   read more

Is Chinese Takeover of Waldorf Astoria Hotel a Threat to National Security?

The Waldorf-Astoria, built in 1931, is the permanent home of the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and hosts presidents and other top officials when they’re in New York. Now that it’s being sold by Hilton Worldwide Holdings for $1.95 billion to China’s Anbang Insurance Group, which reportedly has ties to the Communist party, U.S. officials fear the new owners could use their new property to gain intelligence information from their guests.   read more

U.S. Celebrates 500th “Targeted Killing” Since 2002: 3,674 Dead including 473 Civilians

Another milestone has been reached in the ongoing war against suspected terrorists in the Middle East and elsewhere—the United States has launched 500 attacks, or “targeted killings” in governmentspeak. The “targeted killings” aren’t as well targeted as they might be; 473 civilians are among the 3,674 who have died in the attacks.   read more

Images from Thousands of Americans’ Webcams are Streaming on Website in Russia

More than 4,000 American cameras are listed on the website. In all, the site has webcam footage from people in 152 nations. Voyeurs can watch everything from babies in their cribs to college campuses to the insides of small businesses. The site also reveals the GPS location of each webcam along with links to a map. “[They claim] what they’re doing is entirely legal because they’ve hacked into cameras where the owners didn’t change the default password," said CBS.   read more

Host of Soccer’s 2022 World Cup Accused of Harboring and Financing Terrorists

Two of al Qaeda’s top financiers are reportedly living with impunity in Qatar, according to U.S. treasury official David Cohen. Both men are on an international terrorism blacklist. They also have close ties to the country’s ruling elite. Meanwhile, the Qatari government insists it does not support terrorism, and it refuses to disclose any information about al-Subai and al-Nuaymi. Qatar is scheduled to host the 2022 World Cup.   read more
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U.S. and the World

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The Other Torture Report: U.S. Taught Torture Techniques to Brazil Dictatorship

More than 300 Brazilians came to the School of the Americas, located at Fort Benning, Georgia, where instructors “recommended interrogation techniques like torture, execution, blackmail and arresting the relatives of those being questioned,” according to a Pentagon manual released in 1996. Among their victims was Dilma Rousseff, who was a political activist in the 1960s and is now Brazil’s president.   read more

Are U.S. Torturers Above the Law?

The U.S. is obligated under the International Convention on Torture to investigate any U.S. citizen accused of torturing someone, and the U.N. high commissioner for human rights said he welcomes the prosecution of CIA personnel who either ordered or carried out the torture against detainees. “The convention lets no one off the hook — neither the torturers themselves, nor the policy-makers, nor the public officials who define the policy or give the orders,” said the commissioner.   read more

Taliban Using Jihadist Textbooks…Supplied by the U.S.

As part of the U.S. campaign to undermine Soviet control over Afghanistan, USAID provided school books in local Afghan languages that taught children how to become jihadists. The books are “filled with talk of jihad and featured drawings of guns, bullets, soldiers and mines, [and] have served since then as the Afghan school system’s core curriculum,” said the Post in 2002. Not only did many of the books survive, but the Taliban is reprinting the books to help those who want to destroy the U.S.   read more

70 Years Later, France, under U.S. Pressure, Agrees to Compensate Jews Transported to Nazi Death Camps by French Railway

France will put $60 million into a fund to be administered by the United States that will go to survivors, their spouses and their estates who were transported via SNCF railway to German death camps. Between March 1942 and August 1944, SNCF transported about 76,000 Jews and others to the Nazi camps. Fewer than 3% survived.   read more

Afghanistan: Most Dangerous Place in the World for Independent Humanitarian Aid Groups

At first aid groups weren’t targeted by insurgents. But that’s changed in part because of “increased use by the American government and other foreign donors of private aid contractors...which blurred the lines" between independent and government aid groups. Life for independent aid workers in Afghanistan started getting worse after the Afghan military and U.S. Special Forces began showing up at their health clinics, which raised suspicions among residents over the workers’ impartiality.   read more

North Korea Suspected of Hacking Sony Pictures over New Comedy Film about Assassinating Kim Jong-un

The movie, "The Interview," stars Seth Rogan and James Franco as television reporters recruited by the CIA to kill Kim Jong-un. With a storyline like that, it may prove to be quite a Christmas gift from Sony to the North Korean leader, as it feeds right into the government’s propaganda machine aimed at its involuntarily captive domestic audience. But that doesn’t mean Kim was pleased to be mocked. When word of the movie first surfaced, North Korean officials “reacted furiously” to it.   read more

Sabra and Shatila Refugee Camps back in the News 32 Years after Christian Massacres

Memories of the massacre have not disappeared, nor have the camps themselves. They have become permanent urban slums that now are attracting another kind of refugee: Syrians fleeing their war-torn country. The influx from Syria has caused the populations of Sabra and Shatila to double in size to a combined 40,000 people in both camps. "More than a million people who have streamed from Syria into Lebanon...are radically reshaping neighborhoods like these,” wrote Anne Barnard.   read more

Pro-Assad Syrians Try to Teach Americans a Lesson…Hack into Sites of Betty Crocker, NHL and Association of Surfing Professionals

Some television news networks also were subjected to the intrusion, including the Canadian Broadcasting Network and NBC. Dell, Ferrari, National Geographic and Verizon Wireless were also among those attacked. The hackers left behind a pop-up screen that informed visitors to the websites that read: “You’ve been hacked by the Syrian Electronic Army.”   read more

Growing Anxiety over U.S. Technology Seen in Europe’s Call for Breakup of Google

The Parliament on Thursday adopted a nonbinding resolution calling for the dissolution of Google. The vote was merely symbolic because the legislative body lacks the legal authority to force Google to divest portions of its empire. But it demonstrated just how fed up Europeans are with the growing might and invasive capabilities of American technology.   read more

U.S. and U.K. Spy Agencies Likely Source of Malware Attacks on EU, Russian and Saudi Computers

Cyberwarriors are at it again, this time with a malicious program called Regin that has infected computers in Russia, Saudi Arabia and other countries and is so complex that security experts say it probably came from the United States, Britain or another Western government.   read more

U.S. Bombing in Syria Said to Drive More Anti-Assad Rebels to Join or Support ISIS

FSA member Assam Murad said: “There’s no way we would fight ISIS after the U.S. military campaign against them.” An alliance is reportedly being formed between ISIS and four groups that were at war earlier this year. About a thousand al-Nusra Front fighters joined ISIS in just one week. Civilians are beginning to welcome ISIS as well for the group’s social measures and its tough-on-crime Sharia law.   read more

In a Classic Friday Afternoon News Release, Republican-Controlled House Intelligence Committee Admits No Wrongdoing by Pentagon and CIA in Benghazi

Late Friday, as many were heading out for the holiday week, the GOP-dominated House Intelligence Committee quietly announced what several other investigations had found: There was no wrongdoing by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the U.S. military or other high government officials in the September 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, that resulted in the deaths of four Americans.   read more

Is Chinese Takeover of Waldorf Astoria Hotel a Threat to National Security?

The Waldorf-Astoria, built in 1931, is the permanent home of the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations and hosts presidents and other top officials when they’re in New York. Now that it’s being sold by Hilton Worldwide Holdings for $1.95 billion to China’s Anbang Insurance Group, which reportedly has ties to the Communist party, U.S. officials fear the new owners could use their new property to gain intelligence information from their guests.   read more

U.S. Celebrates 500th “Targeted Killing” Since 2002: 3,674 Dead including 473 Civilians

Another milestone has been reached in the ongoing war against suspected terrorists in the Middle East and elsewhere—the United States has launched 500 attacks, or “targeted killings” in governmentspeak. The “targeted killings” aren’t as well targeted as they might be; 473 civilians are among the 3,674 who have died in the attacks.   read more

Images from Thousands of Americans’ Webcams are Streaming on Website in Russia

More than 4,000 American cameras are listed on the website. In all, the site has webcam footage from people in 152 nations. Voyeurs can watch everything from babies in their cribs to college campuses to the insides of small businesses. The site also reveals the GPS location of each webcam along with links to a map. “[They claim] what they’re doing is entirely legal because they’ve hacked into cameras where the owners didn’t change the default password," said CBS.   read more

Host of Soccer’s 2022 World Cup Accused of Harboring and Financing Terrorists

Two of al Qaeda’s top financiers are reportedly living with impunity in Qatar, according to U.S. treasury official David Cohen. Both men are on an international terrorism blacklist. They also have close ties to the country’s ruling elite. Meanwhile, the Qatari government insists it does not support terrorism, and it refuses to disclose any information about al-Subai and al-Nuaymi. Qatar is scheduled to host the 2022 World Cup.   read more
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