Monday, November 25, 2019

CIA Backed Terrorists Torturing and Murdering Civilians With Impunity

Sources: Ghastly night raids turn into nightmares for Afghans, Clandestine operations and CIA-backed forces endanger peace in Afghanistan

Even as civilian casualties continue to fall in the never ending war in Afghanistan, deaths caused by American and Afghan government forces have exceeded those attributed to the Taliban for the first time. This year, 305 civilian fatalities were attributed to American and Afghan forces, a 39% increase over the previous year, while only 227 were attributed to the Taliban and other insurgent groups. Of course, by American and Afghan forces the mockingbird media really means the CIA and their terrorist militias such as 02 Unit and the infamous Khost Protection Force. Similar to the moderate rebels in Syria, these militias are known to target civilians in their raids, under the pretense of fighting the Taliban, as well as kidnap and torture journalists or anyone who may expose their criminal activity. Sometimes they have killed entire families in their counter-terrorism operations, which usually take place at night.

Masehur Rehman, a 38-year-old refugee laborer returned home in July from neighboring Iran, to see his entire family blown-up in one such dreadful air raid in Maidan Wardak province.With obvious agony and powerlessness evident in his exhausted eyes, Rehman told Anadolu Agency his quest for justice continues. “I lost my whole life, my entire family, my wife, four daughters, three sons and nieces in an air raid by the security forces in July." Rehman said residents in his village are still haunted by the memories of the deadly night raids. All of these victims were minors, below 18 years of age, he said.
Similar to KPF operations, the 02 unit regularly kills civilians during its operations, as has happened many times during recent months.First, they attacked us with bombs. Then they entered the living room and started to shoot around,Jamal Khan, a local from Nangarhar's Rodat district, told me.They didn't care about who they were killing. They killed my uncle and his nine-year-old son. His wife and his other child were injured.The operation took place last October when the unit in a single night raided three different houses. By the end, 13 civilians were dead, including at least four children. Shortly after the raids, the Afghan government claimed that only Islamic State fighters were killed.

According to a UN report this year, “pro-government” forces killed 145 civilians in 43 drone strikes between January 1st and March 31st of this year. Like the various “pro-government” militias terrorizing Afghans during night raids, the drone program is also controlled by the CIA.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

FBI Conducting Warrantless Surveillance of Americans? Who Would Have Thunk it?

Source: New York Times

To no one’s surprise, unless you live under a rock, the FBI was found to have used section 702 of FISA to search through the emails of American citizens in a secret FISA court ruling that was declassified by Trump Admin recently. As I’ve already explained in a previous post, our “private” telecommunications and tech companies are little more than agents of the state for conducting dragnet warrantless surveillance on the American people. The FBI is notorious for violating constitutional law since its inception and they have many ways of doing this. The FBI also uses so called National Security Letters to obtain the communications of American citizens without even going through a secret court. Moreover, even when they do decide to obtain a warrant they can use one to conduct an indefinite number of searches and search the computers of people who aren’t even part of their criminal investigation. This NYT write up is a limited hangout of what is really going on behind the scenes in Washington. Don’t think for a second that this is being done in pursuit of justice or counterterrorism or whatever bullshit ad hoc alibi they decide to use. Historically, the purpose of any secret police, which the FBI certainly is, is to crack down on political dissent. During the civil rights movement and Vietnam war protests of the 60’s and 70’s it was COINTELPRO. In the early 2000s, the FBI used their new surveillance powers to spy on and harass anti-war protestors, animal rights activists, environmentalists, and anyone who vaguely harbored anti-government views. Today, the FBI considers anyone who talks about conspiracy theories (like COINTELPRO) to be a domestic terrorist threat.

California Court Destroyed Case Files of Criminal Cops

'The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them.’
- Patrick Henry
Source: The Appeal

This report details a court in Alameda County (Oakland, CA) using a state statute to destroy the case files of criminal cops charged with drug trafficking, soliciting prostitutes, making false arrests, planting drugs on suspects, and molesting women in the early 2000's. Some criminal cops, like those named in the infamous Riders case, got off scotch free while others, like officer Valerga who molested several Asian American women, received lenient sentences given the nature of their crimes. California state law only requires courts to retain misdemeanor criminal files for five years or three years if a case is dismissed. The statute in question potentially comes into conflict with the Brady rule (Brady v. Maryland) should any of these criminal cops be rehired in another precinct and repeat their criminal behavior. It is not uncommon for cops who were fired for misconduct in one department, and even criminally charged, to be reinstated or hired by another department. Of course, this also undermines police accountability in particular and government transparency in general since the public is precluded from knowing about these cases apart from old news articles. And citizens that are ignorant of the corruption and criminality of their public officials cannot be citizens in any meaningful sense.