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Posted by marisacat in Afghanistan War, Culture of Death, DC Politics, Democrats, Divertissements, Inconvenient Voice of the Voter, WAR!.
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Guardian reader photos for:   Most beautiful and most wonderful | Darwin photographic competition. 

Young person category, commended: Urban Mother by Katya Schouvaloff: ‘I was on a cycle ride with my family when I spotted this swan sitting on her nest. Her nest was beautifully constructed out of bits of rubbish. Suddenly she stood up and revealed seven pale blue eggs. It was amazing!’      [Katya Schouvaloff]

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The Telegraph has this on the suicide bomber at the CIA base:

[A] former senior intelligence official told the Associated Press that the man was being courted as an informant and that it was the first time he had been brought inside the camp.

The official said a senior and experienced CIA debriefer came from Kabul for the meeting, suggesting that the purpose of the session was to gain intelligence.

That official and another former intelligence officer with knowledge of the attack spoke to the news agency on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to speak publicly.

The CIA would not confirm the details, and said it was still gathering evidence.

“It’s far too early to draw conclusions about something that happened just yesterday,” said spokesman George Little.  snip

And that information sure is not in the FP article in the NYT on the bombing… which still flails around.

[T]he use of an army uniform raised the possibility that the uniform was stolen or that the Afghan National Army ranks had been infiltrated by insurgents, a potentially more serious and pervasive problem.

The attack happened close to dusk, when some people on the base were finishing their daily work and relaxing or taking a break before dinner or before returning to their offices for the evening.

A NATO official said the bomber managed to elude security and reach an area near the base’s gym. Among other questions raised was whether the bomber worked at the base and had clearance, or if a security slip allowed him to gain entry. snip

Such fun…

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1. marisacat - 31 December 2009

A comment of catnip’s moving it forward from the tag end of the last thread:

The Independent: Exclusive: Secret Army squad ‘abused Iraqis’

A secret army interrogation unit accused of being responsible for the widespread abuse of Iraqi prisoners is being investigated by the Ministry of Defence.

Fourteen fresh claims of torture against the British Army include detailed accounts of a shadowy team of military and MI5 interrogators who are alleged to have authorised the physical and sexual abuse of Iraqi detainees.

The new allegations bring the total number of cases being investigated by the Government to 47.

Many of the Iraqis allege they were abused after they were sent to a unit called the Joint Forward Intelligence Team (JFIT) based at the Army’s Shaibah Logistics Base, 13 miles from Basra, between 2004 and 2007. Nearly all the men say they were beaten, denied sleep and then dragged around the prison compound before facing multiple interrogations.

In one account the interrogators are accused of creating an image superimposing a suspect’s head on the body of a man who is sexually abusing a child, and then threatening to disseminate the image throughout Basra.

In another, a detainee, held in solitary confinement for 36 days, alleges that interrogators threatened to rape his wife and kill his children.

Many of the detainees’ witness statements appear to corroborate each other by referring to named soldiers responsible for their alleged torture.

According to the Iraqis’ solicitors, Public Interest Law (PIL), the men were all held in solitary confinement in a “compound within a compound” guarded by a specialist detachment of soldiers. The lawyers claim that the JFIT interrogators were a mix of members of the military, MI5 and civilian staff and that they took their orders directly from London.

In 2003 the Americans raised concerns that the British were failing to secure intelligence from Iraqi prisoners held at the UK/US Camp Bucca in southern Iraq who were suspected of having close links with extremist militias. They urged their British counterparts to take a tougher line.

etc…

Rasmussen: 58% Favor Waterboarding of Plane Terrorist To Get Information

Fucked up world.

2. marisacat - 31 December 2009

hmm Try nto to trip over the Keystone Kops.. they appear to be on the loose.

The US embassy in Indonesia today issued a warning of a possible attack in the popular tourist destination of Bali tonight, saying it was based on information from the island’s governor.

A message on the US embassy website carried what it said was a statement from the Bali tourism board.

The statement read: “The governor of Bali, Mangku Pastika, wishes to share a message with all of us: ‘There is an indication of an attack to Bali tonight’ … please don’t panic, but put your security system to full alert.”

However, Putu Suardika, the head of public relations at the Bali governor’s office, denied that Pastika had made such a statement.

“No, he never said that, either in writing or verbally,” Suardika told Reuters. “We never put out any warning, either written or spoken.

“Of course we in Bali, because we have had two bombs in the past, have to remain on alert.”…..

GOOD LUCK!!

3. marisacat - 31 December 2009

NYT has a new post up about the killings at the CIA FOB

4. marisacat - 31 December 2009

VERY SORRY! :oops: One of BHHM’s that sat in SPAM from the last thread. It is tossing everyone into spam off and on…

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Hopefully correct HTML here…

Judge Drops Charges From Blackwater Deaths in Iraq

New Years Eve the Judge hands it down.
I wonder how much he got paid.
So who is this Judge Ricardo M. Urbina ?

Get this…
Less than two weeks ago he signed a habeus corpus for a kid from Yemen , they say- Saeed_Hatim, who was rendered out of Afghanistan to Gitmo in 2002 at the age of 16. 7 and a half years…

This stinks like shit, the whole thing…
– the Habeus ruling – (Hatim still isn’t released and the order is sealed- ) gives Obie and the Hawks some post Peace Prize Herk Jerky Headline COVER as they escalate the War…
– so this Urbina – who heretofore has made NO impact whatsoever on the Federal Bench since Bill – let’s be blunt, shall we?
– — > handed him the slot to appease the affirmative action villagers of DC.

So This Urbina has the one substantial decision the other week over a long miscarriage of Justice resulting in NOTHING for the detainee, while he gets his liberalish lackey street cred to let Blackwater walk…and they can call the whole thing “Jurisprudence”, ~
~“See Heeyah, Judge Urbina actually ruled in favor of a detainee He’s all ABOUT rule of law…” ETC. The guy – ANOTHER FOUNDLING- was more invisible on the bench throughout his career than Clarence Thomas.

Satim is still in limbo, Still in GITMO, Judge Urbina’s order sealed, leaving Obie and HIS Masters to diddle whither they shall appeal while already having received the much needed PR benefit for Obama, the Peace Prize Winning War Whore.

and Blackwater walks for massacring civilians…

5. marisacat - 31 December 2009

hmm Ray McGovern in interview with Press TV:

[I]n a reference to Wednesday’s attack against a US military base in eastern Afghanistan which killed seven CIA operatives, McGovern said that the CIA operatives should not have been there because the Taliban do not pose any security threats to United States.

The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that Forward Operating Base Chapman, which was hit by an attack on Wednesday, was used by US spies.

It added the US sources confirmed that all the dead and injured were probably CIA employees or contractors.

McGovern said the CIA employees and contractors are in Afghanistan mainly because of the natural gas fields in Turkmenistan and the oil pipeline that needs to pass through Afghanistan. …….

BooHooHooMan - 31 December 2009

and with that American brokered secured and built pipedream slipping away – one of the biggest rippoffs in world history –

the Cheneyite end game carried on by ObamaRahma ..

is to destroy Iranian Pakistani and Indian efforts to proceed with their own oil and LNG pipelines without us…Our assholes might actually think they can still force rational actors to buy through their thug trade route when an Ir/Pak/Indian accord can get the energy far more efficiently via a far shorter, more economically built, more easily secured route along the Arabian Sea coast between all three…

I was just revisiting this tonite with an old friend and a piece I did two years ago the day Bhutto was assassinated. remember that was 2 weeks after the near miss bombing and Cheney and Bush encouraged her to go back and go through with the election.

Well Get this , after two years of being up on youtube just sitting there, @ 5300 views there was a comment on the vid – again – vid is two years old now – that was a solitary comment dropped in a month ago that said simply…”Death to India” ….Hmm.
Fuckin War spammers…

Happy New Year?
Looks like it’s neither New or Happy for some time to come…

marisacat - 1 January 2010

I am sure full body scanners every where will take care of everything.

marisacat - 1 January 2010

HA! One more report that OFA has withered. Maybe water could help. Luv the last lines:

By the time next fall’s elections come around, this OFA group is going to be a laughingstock. But nobody there, or at the White House, will realize it until it’s too late. [reader comment]

The last bit, of course, is the actual danger: That OFA is training supporters to delete its e-mails.

6. catnip - 1 January 2010

catnip (2+ / 0-)

is a democrat-hating, Naderite troll. Has been for years.

starfuckers

by taylormattd on Wed Dec 30, 2009 at 10:36:13 AM MST

marisacat - 1 January 2010

Gee I can’t even remember stuff about “taylormattd”…. no doubt a suckophant.

catnip - 1 January 2010

Troll patrol looser.

marisacat - 1 January 2010

Do any of those people have lives? At all… ???? :roll:

I mean, presumably these are people between 18 and 40… in good health. I may have radio – TV – blasting opera AND the internet, all on at once… but then… I use it all as diversion…

catnip - 1 January 2010

Poor babies are still pouting about a 10 year-old election that they lost thanks to Clinton’s triangulating while falling right behind the newest triangulator and thinking this will turn out differently. Insanity – doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results.

BooHooHooMan - 1 January 2010

LOL
catnip is a democrat-hating, Naderite troll.
– taylormattd

Of course, far be it for me to “label”, – let’s not label now –
but IIRC, isn’t “taylor” the once-trendy
cocksucking jewish lawyer who……etc. irony much etc…
Think a latter day Dem version of Roy Cohn ~if he blogged.
Shipwrecked and devoid of Rolodex, too..

What can you say?
The guy is such a frivolous fanboy he thinks reductio ad absurdum is a new piece of body sculpting equipment he should have for the home.

Oh , but he’s got a “troll rate” button tho…
~So there’s THaat.

marisacat - 1 January 2010

Another out of spam! Sorry!

:oops:

catnip - 1 January 2010

he thinks reductio ad absurdum is a new piece of body sculpting equipment

rofl ;)

Madman in the Marketplace - 1 January 2010

I knew there was a reason I love you!

catnip - 1 January 2010

Naderites of a feather… ;)

7. catnip - 1 January 2010

Happy new year and all of that…

8. catnip - 1 January 2010

[A] former senior intelligence official told the Associated Press that the man was being courted as an informant and that it was the first time he had been brought inside the camp.

The official said a senior and experienced CIA debriefer came from Kabul for the meeting, suggesting that the purpose of the session was to gain intelligence.

Another major fuckup by the CIA but let’s continue to pretend that they’re doing a bang up job with zero accountability. Heckuva job, Panetta.

Madman in the Marketplace - 1 January 2010

CNN is suggesting that a “civilian contractor” may have let him in.

marisacat - 1 January 2010

ABC national news carried the “let in”, “came to be an intel source” etc last night…

while most USA outlets were still saying .. oh how did he get in.. wore a uniform.. gee got all the way to the gym.. how’d that happen. Etc.

Think Telegraph was the first, but it is in more than just the Telegraph in the UK.

I also notice that for a few days they centered on mentioning two CIA officers (on the station chief) who died, each of hwom had three small children. Othrs were not mentioned individually.

Well their mistake to be there in a dirty filthy war.

9. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 January 2010
catnip - 1 January 2010

It’s cold up here! (What can I say??) lol

10. BooHooHooMan - 1 January 2010

In Yemen,
Al Qaeda ‘most dangerous’ arrested

You know what that means don’cha?
The guy voted
“354th Most Dangerous in His Class and Likely to Succeed” moves up.

marisacat - 1 January 2010

:ooops:

It threw you in Spam again… and I slept until after 2PM (my time) Sorry!

11. catnip - 1 January 2010

Just going through some pens while I wait for my turkey to cook (my life is THAT exciting) and found a guy to donate the duds to: The Pen Guy. And I’m saving up some old toothbrushes for this guy. I’ll also be recycling numerous commie talking points this year in an effort to do my bit for humanity.

marisacat - 1 January 2010

ooo turkey.

I am one of the people who actually loves turkey.

catnip - 1 January 2010

Me too. It was cheap and now I’ll be eating turkey for at least a week but hey… :)

12. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 January 2010

some happy news:

Gays rush to marry at New Hampshire statehouse

“I feel fabulous. It was wonderful, and it was historic,” said Linda Murphy, 50, a college administrator from southern New Hampshire who married Donna Swartwout, her partner of 19 years.

They were among 150 people gathered in the state capital of Concord, in temperatures of about 21 degrees Fahrenheit (-6 Celsius), to witness the marriages of about a dozen gay or lesbian couples by a justice of the peace as the New Year dawned.

New Hampshire passed its law in June amid an emotional national debate. President Barack Obama opposes gay marriage while supporting other gay rights.

13. Madman in the Marketplace - 1 January 2010

Boo Boo wants the nihilists to shut their pie holes

There is a place for both, but if you are waking each morning to blog about what a bunch of corporate whores the Democrats and the president are, you haven’t really adjusted your style to the new situation in Washington. In fact, you are effectively denying that there is a new situation in Washington. You just brought over what you were doing during the Bush administration and turned your guns on the Obama administration. And, remember, I am talking about motivation here, not discrete posts. I’m talking about themes and focus. Is this first thing you do in the morning to look for ways to talk about how the president has disappointed you? How Congress sucks? Then you aren’t interested in keeping the Republicans out of power any more. You are fighting a different battle. And if you don’t have a plan for how your reinforcement of Republicans memes is going to help lead to better outcomes, you aren’t really a Democrat anymore, and your activism can’t necessarily be considered progressive even if uses progressive terms and angles. That’s fine. No one is compelled to support the Democrats over the Republicans or to support policies they disagree with. But we should call this kind of blogging what it is, which is anti-Obama, and anti-Democratic Party…and anti-government, really.

catnip - 1 January 2010

you haven’t really adjusted your style to the new situation in Washington.

Style adjustment in aisle 4!

One poor kossack was practically crucified yesterday because he wrote that he was “disappointed” in Obama. You’d think he’d poked his eyes out with a stick.

marisacat - 1 January 2010

Is this first thing you do in the morning to look for ways to talk about how the president has disappointed you?

Poor Boomation. Obama did not disappoint me.

But we should call this kind of blogging what it is, which is anti-Obama, and anti-Democratic Party…and anti-government, really.

Fine with me.

Is Boomlet the smallest little wanna-be shit kicker on earth?
:lol: ………………. :roll:

catnip - 1 January 2010

I think I’d have to go on meds if Obamalama was the first thing I thought about in the morning.

Who’s your daddy, Booboo?

marisacat - 1 January 2010

first thing i think about is something hot to drink…………….

14. marisacat - 1 January 2010

:lol:
.

It’s the Telegraph again. Hey! I think they broke the story of how the suicide bomber got on the CIA FOB… I instatnly think more of them then I ever did!

Barack Obama ends Hawaii holiday looking tired

Don’t miss the photo… they scored there too. I am guessing with a cig is next.

(Oh what would wee BooBoo say………. )

15. marisacat - 1 January 2010

Highly selective releases from the Vatican secret archives.

[while i am at the very Tory Telegraph, LOL]

16. marisacat - 1 January 2010

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