Report Says American Psychological Association Collaborated on Torture Justification

by James Risen, New York Times

The American Psychological Association secretly collaborated with the administration of President George W. Bush to bolster a legal and ethical justification for the torture of prisoners swept up in the post-Sept. 11 war on terror, according to a new report by a group of dissident health professionals and human rights activists.

The report is the first to examine the association’s role in the interrogation program. It contends, using newly disclosed emails, that the group’s actions to keep psychologists involved in the interrogation program coincided closely with efforts by senior Bush administration officials to salvage the program after the public disclosure in 2004 of graphic photos of prisoner abuse by American military personnel at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

“The A.P.A. secretly coordinated with officials from the C.I.A., White House and the Department of Defense to create an A.P.A. ethics policy on national security interrogations which comported with then-classified legal guidance authorizing the C.I.A. torture program,” the report’s authors conclude.

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Extraordinary Double Standard: West Silent Over Murders of Kiev’s Opponents

by Alexander Mercouris, Sputnik International

The silence of the West over the deaths of Kiev’s opponents – in contrast to the outcry following Russian politician Nemtsov’s death – yet again shows extraordinary double standard and its complicity in the destruction in Ukraine of the very standards of law and morality it claims to believe in.

The murder of the Russian liberal politician Boris Nemtsov in Moscow on 27th February 2015 was an international media sensation.

The story of his murder was extensively covered by all mainstream Western media. Few held back from speculations about who was responsible. Though evidence was completely lacking, the Western media had no hesitation pointing the finger at the Russian government.

The murders in Ukraine of the Ukrainian opposition politician Oleh Kalashnikov and of the Ukrainian opposition journalist Oles Buzina have attracted no such attention.

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Ukrainian analysis by the Saker: no hope for peace left

(As usual, when it comes to questions of Ukraine, the Saker seems to be right on the money. Two days ago, US ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey Pyatt, tweeted a pic of Russian missile launchers claiming “This is the highest concentration of Russia air defense systems in eastern Ukraine since August,” though it turns out, the image was from a Russian defense show two years ago… in Moscow. Knowing full well the press agencies that follow his tweets would not fact check him, Pyatt was deliberately posting a lie in order to turn up the heat in the area. Pyatt also knows the MSM back here at home won’t hold him accountable for his “mistakes”. I doubt the idea is to bring Russia into the fight. The US cannot maintain such a large scale operation as that as well as all the little regime change wars we are waging at the time. However, you can never overestimate the depths of perversion these warmongers are capable of, so you never know. It’s a very good article over at the Saker’s place. You should check it out.)

from Vineyard of the Saker

There is very little doubt left in anybody’s mind that the junta will resume a full-scale attack on Novorussia.  Likewise, it appears that any hopes for a weakening of the US and/or European support for the Nazi junta are now dead.  If the long string of murders of political opponents including a well-known and iconic figure like Oles Buzina shocked *nobody* (least of all the millions of European “Charlies”!) then probably nothing will.  Furthermore, there are no signs of another “Maidan” which could topple the junta.  Yes, there are protests here and there, but nothing which could seriously threaten the regime.  To the contrary, all the signs are that the US is holding the Ukraine in a very firm grip and that the predictable US plan is to restart a full scale war between the Nazi-occupied Ukraine and Novorussia with the option to involve Russia (which has been the plan all along).

The regime is clearly “going for broke” and not even pretending to solve any of the innumerable problems of Nazi-occupied Ukraine.  Both Poroshenko and the Ukie Rada apparently are spending all their time and efforts into further provoking Russia by seriously discussing a law to nationalize all Russian assets in the Ukraine, re-writing history books, adopting resolutions saying that Russia has invaded the Ukraine, etc.  Nazi death squads, now trained by the USA, are now crucifying and burning “separatists” alive, while the US Gauleiter in Kiev tweets photos of Russian air defense system taking in Moscow in 2013 as proof of a Russian invasion of the Ukraine.

In the meantime, the US is doing exactly what it always does: it sends in US forces to train local deathsquads while building a “coalition of the willing” (US+UK+Canada+Poland) to do with no form of mandate or permission that which it could not get approved legally (by the UN or even by NATO!).  It appears that the debate inside the US “deep state” about the risks of the current strategy is over and that the Neocons have prevailed.

In practical terms this means that we are back to “square 1″: the question is now “can Novorussia withstand the Nazi onslaught alone with only the help of the “Voentorg” and “Northern Wind” or will Russia be forced to intervene?

Honestly?  I don’t know.  And neither does anybody else.

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Maidan Massacre Documentary (video)

(Unfortunately, there was a lot left out of this documentary as is illustrated by the director’s own statement published below. Of course, there is the video of Oleg Tsarev saying in parliament that the protest itself was funded and started by the US due to Ukraine turning away from the EU to sign a trade deal with Russia while the bought-off opposition members in the room tried to shout him down. There was also an interview done with a “protester” who clearly states he was one of two snipers firing from the roof of the Conservatory building, controlled by the opposition at the time. He claims he wasn’t shooting to kill but the body count dispels that story. The Tsarev video is posted after the documentary.)

from Global Research

John Beck-Hoffman acknowledges that his film was censored, without going into details. It was initially 90 minutes, important sections pertaining to US sponsorship of the Coup d’Etat were removed. In the words of John Beck Hoffman, in response to comments on his youtube channel;

Comment: On the basis of examining the issues of the Maidan snipers a decent documentary. However, more background to the events that led these “protests” would have been welcomed e.g. Oleg Tsarev’s claims of US NGOs funding regime change in Ukraine. The events in the attempted Macedonian coup shows that the US still up to its tricks.

Beck-Hoffman: “all that was in my original cut of the film which was closer to 90 mins. I went into great detail of USAID, NED, Nuland/Pyatt, corporate interests and the history of how this has happened many times before – I unfortunately had to cut it out for reasons I can’t go into, but I will eventually release the full “directors cut” of the program.”

Beck-Hoffman: [in response to another comment] A Russian language version was released first, as well on youtube. I had also originally made a longer version of the film which went into detail as to “who would benefit” from such an atrocity. It unveiled a lot of what was going on behind the scenes, but that segment ended up being cut from the final film. I would like to release that someday but I have no idea if and when that would be possible. If I do, I will put it on my youtube channel. But please, pass along this film to whomever you think would enjoy it. It needs to get more exposure as so many people have no idea what really happened over there. thanks you again. JBH

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Richard Engel 2012 Kidnapping was a Staged Fabrication According to Richard Engel

by Scott Creighton

Back in December of 2012, The “All Obama All the Time” network, NBC, staged a little fake news story designed to ramp-up hatred for the legitimate government in Syria in order to help President Obama’s push for military action in the country that had done nothing to us or their neighbors.

The storyline was simple: a popular foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, and 5 others were “taken hostage” by a group loyal to Bashar al-Assad and held hostage during the end of the first year of Obama’s attempted regime change operation.

They claimed after their dramatic, made for Hollywood “big shootout” rescue that they had been tortured and made to endure mock executions regularly during their 5 day captivity.

It was a big story for NBC as the “hostages” pleaded with the cameras from their confinement for the US and all other countries to do whatever it took to free them.

Of course, it was all a lie.

Who says so? Richard Engel and NBC news.

NBC News on Wednesday revised its account of the 2012 kidnapping of its chief foreign correspondent, Richard Engel, saying it was likely that Mr. Engel and his reporting team had been abducted by a Sunni militant group, not forces affiliated with the government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria. New York Times

According to Richard Engel’s new accounting of what really happened during those 5 days, he was recently “shocked” to discover that his captors were really an FSA militia (the “moderates”) who Richard was there to glorify in the early days of the regime change operation. He went there to document the heroic “freedom fighters” in an attempt to garner support for them with the US population and what ended up happening was… they staged a kidnapping in order to make the Assad regime look sinister… thus ginning up even more support for the FSA terrorists working for the Obama administration.

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West tries to use extremism for color revolutions in Russia — Federation Council speaker

from TASS News

The West uses political, ethnic and religious extremism as a geopolitical instrument, including for trying to organize “color revolutions” in Russia, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko said on Wednesday.

“Extremism is used as a geopolitical instrument, for reshaping the spheres of influence, overthrowing regimes undesirable for some countries by the means of organizing ‘color revolutions’,” Matviyenko said. “The West makes attempts to organize them [‘color revolutions’] in Russia as well,” she added. These efforts are directed at “discrediting the authorities and destabilizing the situation in Russia, and using both extremist elements and opposition for that,” the speaker noted.

“The Russian government does not plan to embark on a course of ‘tightening screws’ and suppressing ‘dissent’,” Matviyenko stressed. “The authorities are ready for dialogue with the opposition, they will continue to develop partnership with the civil society. Such dialogue and such partnership are important,” she said. However, “it is useless to start discussions with those who works on orders from abroad, in the interests of a foreign country or foreign countries,” Matviyenko added.

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Pro-Kiev subversive group detained in east Ukraine

from TASS News Agency

The Security Ministry of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) has detained members of a subversive and reconnaissance group from the pro-Kiev Aidar battalion, the ministry’s press office reported on Friday.

“The State Security Ministry has detained a subversive and reconnaissance group from the Aidar battalion, one of the cruelest Ukrainian battalions,” the local news agency LuganksInformCenter reported, citing the ministry’s statement.

The persons detained by the LPR State Security Ministry admitted they had been plotting terrorist attacks in crowded places, the ministry’s press office said.

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