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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Depressing Survey Results Show How Extremely Stupid America Has Become | Zero Hedge

Depressing Survey Results Show How Extremely Stupid America Has Become | Zero Hedge

Ten years ago, a major Hollywood film entitled “Idiocracy” was released, and it was an excellent metaphor for what would happen to America over the course of the next decade.  In the movie, an “average American” wakes up 500 years in the future only to discover that he is the most intelligent person by far in the “dumbed down” society that he suddenly finds himself in. 
Sadly, I truly believe that if people of average intellect from the 1950s and 1960s were transported to 2016, they would likely be considered mental giants compared to the rest of us.  We have a country where criminals are being paid $1000 a month not to shoot people, and the highest paid public employee in more than half the states is a football coach.  Hardly anyone takes time to read a book anymore, and yet the average American spends 302 minutes a day watching television.  75 percent of our young adults cannot find Israel on a map of the Middle East, but they sure know how to find smut on the Internet.  
What in the world has happened to us?  How is it possible that we have become so stupid?  According to a brand new report that was recently released, almost 10 percent of our college graduates believe that Judge Judy is on the Supreme Court…
The American Council of Trustees and Alumni publishes occasional reports on what college students know.
Nearly 10 percent of the college graduates surveyed thought Judith Sheindlin, TV’s “Judge Judy,” is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court. Less than 20 percent of the college graduates knew the effect of the Emancipation Proclamation. More than a quarter of the college graduates did not know Franklin D. Roosevelt was president during World War II; one-third did not know he was the president who spearheaded the New Deal.
It can be tempting to laugh at numbers like these until you realize that survey after survey has come up with similar results.
Just consider what Newsweek found a few years ago…
When NEWSWEEK recently asked 1,000 U.S. citizens to take America’s official citizenship test, 29 percent couldn’t name the vice president. Seventy-three percent couldn’t correctly say why we fought the Cold War. Forty-four percentwere unable to define the Bill of Rights. And 6 percent couldn’t even circle Independence Day on a calendar.
Even worse were the extremely depressing results of a study conducted a few years ago by Common Core…
*Only 43 percent of all U.S. high school students knew that the Civil War was fought some time between 1850 and 1900.
*More than a quarter of all U.S. high school students thought that Christopher Columbus made his famous voyage across the Atlantic Ocean after the year 1750.
*Approximately a third of all U.S. high school students did not know that the Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of speech and freedom of religion.
*Only 60 percent of all U.S. students knew that World War I was fought some time between 1900 and 1950.
Of course survey results can be skewed, and much hinges on how the questions are asked.
However, even studies that are scientifically conducted confirm how stupid America has become.  In fact, a report from the Educational Testing Service found that Americans are falling way behind much of the rest of the industrialized world.  The following comes from CBS News

ISIS 'Silk Road': Leaked document exposes antique loot trade via Turkey (RT EXCLUSIVE)

Why Smarter People Sometimes Have Fewer Friends

Why Smarter People Sometimes Have Fewer Friends

CoNN
March 30, 2016
(ANONHQIf you believe the class genius is a loner because he’s an arrogant know-it-all, or because he’s socially awkward, that’s not (necessarily) the case. Instead, it might be because he or she is honestly happier without the incessant inane prattling of mere mortals like you, or I.
New research published by the British Journal of Psychology in February, authored by evolutionary psychologists Norman Li from the Singapore Management University and Satoshi Kanazawa from the London School of Economics, suggests that smarter people may be happier going it alone.
According to them our roots in ancient hunter-gatherer society, in what they call “the savanna theory of happiness,”  explains our current perception of happiness. They use the theory to explain the outcome of a survey of 15,000 adults between the ages of 18 and 28.
Analyzing the statistics and demographics of the survey, they found that (unsurprisingly) people who lived in areas with more people per unit area were less happy. On the other hand, people with more social interactions (again no surprises here) said that they were happier.
Here’s the shocker though: smarter people were not as strongly affected by the above two factors. In fact, they might even be happier living in denser areas with less interaction with others.
“The effect of population density on life satisfaction was therefore more than twice as large for low-IQ individuals than for high-IQ individuals. More intelligent individuals were actually less satisfied with life if they socialized with their friends more frequently.”
Yes, you heard that right.
“Residents of rural areas and small towns are happier than those in suburbs, who in turn are happier than those in small central cities, who in turn are happier than those in large central cities,” they explain the obvious part 1 of their findings. “Our ancestors lived as hunter–gatherers in small bands of about 150 individuals. In such settings, having frequent contact with lifelong friends and allies was likely necessary for survival and reproduction for both sexes.”
So we are instinctively wired to work together and to thrive in relatively small communities. However, times have changed significantly since then … and according to the researchers, smarter people may have simply become more adept at dealing with the new normal.
“More intelligent individuals, who possess higher levels of general intelligence and thus greater ability to solve evolutionarily novel problems, may face less difficulty in comprehending and dealing with evolutionarily novel entities and situations.”
Remember, this conclusion was reached by individuals who are probably above-average in terms of intelligence to begin with. It is also just a theory, made up to explain their findings, and not a reason to avoid that guy who keeps dropping random factoids (he’s probably not really that bright anyway). Then there’s another theory: maybe some people just can’t stand conversations that consistently revolve around celebrity worship?

Presenting, "The Company That Bribed The World" | Zero Hedge

Presenting, "The Company That Bribed The World" | Zero Hedge

 
This won't exactly come as a surprise: the global oil industry is corrupt
We are, after all, talking about the most financialized commodity in the history of the world, and up until a few years ago, it was controlled by a cartel comprised entirely of nations run by caricatures and stereotypes that the Western public generally regarded as a kind of necessary evil in a world that revolves around fossil fuels.
More recently, we've seen how oil funds terrorism and how crude prices are manipulated by the Gulf monarchies to secure "ancillary diplomatic benefits" in the never-ending quest to perpetuate Sunni hegemony in the Arabian Peninsula.
In short, blood money and oil money are synonymous concepts and at the end of the day, any geopolitical dispute that can't be explained by sectarianism, tribalism, or some other ancient cultural rift, can very likely be explained by a dispute over energy. 
Given the above, we weren't at all shocked to learn that a heretofore obscue firm based in Monaco has made a killing by perfecting the art of oil market bribery and corruption. But even if the story isn't surprising, it is nonetheless intriguing and with that in mind we present below excerpts from "The Company The Bribed The World," a collaborative piece by Huff Post and Fairfax Media.
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From The Huffington Post
A massive leak of confidential documents has for the first time exposed the true extent of corruption within the oil industry, implicating dozens of leading companies, bureaucrats and politicians in a sophisticated global web of bribery and graft.
After a six-month investigation across two continents, Fairfax Media and The Huffington Post can reveal that billions of dollars of government contracts were awarded as the direct result of bribes paid on behalf of firms including British icon Rolls-Royce, US giant Halliburton, Australia’s Leighton Holdings and Korean heavyweights Samsung and Hyundai.
The investigation centres on a Monaco company called Unaoil, run by the jet-setting Ahsani clan. Following a coded ad in a French newspaper, a series of clandestine meetings and midnight phone calls led to our reporters obtaining hundreds of thousands of the Ahsanis’ leaked emails and documents.
The trove reveals how they rub shoulders with royalty, party in style, mock anti-corruption agencies and operate a secret network of fixers and middlemen throughout the world’s oil producing nations.
The leaked files expose as corrupt two Iraqi oil ministers, a fixer linked to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, senior officials from Libya’s Gaddafi regime, Iranian oil figures, powerful officials in the United Arab Emirates and a Kuwaiti operator known as “the big cheese”.
It is the Monaco company that almost perfected the art of corruption.
It is called Unaoil and it is run by members of the Ahsani family - Monaco millionaires who rub shoulders with princes, sheikhs and Europe's and America’s elite business crowd. At the head are family patriarch Ata Ahsani and his two dashing sons, Cyrus and Saman.

Amelia Raath - Radical AntiWhite Marxism in South Africa - Radio 3Fourteen

 



Amelia Raath is an Afrikaner of Dutch and German descent, born in South Africa and currently residing in Bloemfontein in the Free State. Amelia obtained a BA degree in Fine Arts at University of the Free State, specializing in Drawing and Painting, and then earned a certificate in Health Coaching from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. 

Amelia is with us to offer her perspective on the social climate of South Africa and illustrate the conditions that influenced her awakening to the White genocide agenda. We begin with a glimpse into Amelia’s upbringing at an Afrikaner Christian girls’ school and an all-girls university. She talks about her struggles with finding sustainable employment opportunities and how her derailed state of health led her to a major lifestyle change and the pursuit of a career in health coaching. Amelia discusses her “waking up” and the rediscovery of her ancient Germanic and Nordic roots, along with the realization of the deep brainwashing that teaches Afrikaners to hate their own race. We talk about the lies and double standards instilled at liberal universities that endorse ethnic cleansing of Whites and reinforce the distorted push for affirmative action. Amelia details some of the protests and chaos instigated by disgruntled blacks on campuses in South Africa, and she describes how the media continually portrays White supremacy as the culprit for the deficiencies of the African majority. Furthermore, we look at the culture clashing tactics of the Economic Freedom Fighters, along with the racially prejudiced policies of the African National Congress, which together yield an impossible climate for Afrikaners to defend their existence in post-Apartheid South Africa. At the end, Amelia shares some inspiration for Europeans to honor their diverse and remarkable cultures, and she highlights some key ingredients for strong and balanced health.

Guests website: https://ameliaraath.wordpress.com/

ISIS ‘Department of Artifacts’ document exposes antique loot trade via Turkey (RT EXCLUSIVE) — RT News

ISIS ‘Department of Artifacts’ document exposes antique loot trade via Turkey (RT EXCLUSIVE) — RT News

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‘Power or water?’: Nuclear leak heading towards aquifer near Miami

 



Elevated levels of ammonia, phosphorous and radioactive compounds have been detected in cooling canals connected to the Turkey Point Nuclear Plant south of Miami, Florida, and are approaching the Biscayne Aquifer. Environmentalists have threatened to sue the company responsible, citing violations of the Clean Water Act. RT America’s Marina Portnaya reports.

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Nick Cannon DESTROYS Everything We’re Told About the Election

Nick Cannon DESTROYS Everything We’re Told About the Election

Op-Ed by John Vibes
March 29, 2015
(ANTIMEDIA) Nick Cannon, the celebrity known best for his roles in television comedy shows, has released adeeply profound video about this year’s election cycle.
In the video embedded below, Cannon performs a spoken word rap poem outside of a polling station, where he rejects every major candidate and the electoral process as a whole. The poem is titled “Too Broke To Vote” and discusses how voting for any of the major candidates will not change poverty, war, or the system of corruption currently in place.
In the first few lines of his poem, Cannon seems to express the desire to have no “president” or “ruler” at all.
“Nobody for President. That’s my campaign slogan. We got money for wars but can’t feed our homeless. The government is hopeless. It’s like a reality show. The Real lives of the House Liars,” Cannon says.
He continues: “Voting for office is like picking out which gun you wanna get shot with.”
He makes it clear that all of the options are untrustworthy, despite their different marketing schemes. Cannon isn’t even “feeling the Bern.”
“But I ain’t feeling the Bern. And hell naw I’ll never get Trumped. The Clintons had they chance with me, they the reason my cousin still locked up,” he says. It is unclear whether this is in reference to the Clinton’s role in proliferatingmass incarceration, but nevertheless expresses a clear sentiment: presidents are not the solution to America’s problems.
He also makes it clear he does not support the Democrats or the Republicans, rejecting the two-party duopoly.
“They got y’all confused with these views from Republicans and Democrats, liberal or conservative, man I ain’t none of that,” Cannon declares.
The end of the poem is extremely powerful, revealing Cannon knows far more about global events than he has ever let on:
“Go for the gold cuz that’s who makes the rules. And all this pageantry is just designed for fools. They gonna give you the one they choose. Too big to fail, too rich to lose. And I’m still too broke to vote. So how do we fix it then? Give her away. In the End is where it begins. So I vote we return the country back to its original owners: the Native Americans.”
Hopefully, this is a new era in the work of Nick Cannon. More celebrities and others in the public eye must speak out with radical positions; for better or worse, their opinions carry an immense amount of weight with the average person. Instead of just endorsing a candidate, Cannon has made a bolder and more principled statement.
Unfortunately, Cannon’s groundbreaking poem was completely ignored by the mainstream media, who seemed more concerned with stirring up drama between him and his ex-wife Mariah Carey. Cannon shot back at the media, pointing out he is on great terms with his ex, and that news outlets were more concerned with a nonexistent fluff story than the political statement he made earlier in the week with “Too Broke To Vote.”

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Bush Official: Our Wars Are for Corporate Interests

Bush Official: Our Wars Are for Corporate Interests

Claire Bernish
March 29, 2016
(ANTIMEDIA) United States — “I think Smedley Butler was onto something,” Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former George W. Bush administration heavyweight, told Salon in an exclusive interview.
Major General Smedley Butler earned the highest rank in the U.S. Marine Corps, accumulating numerous accolades as he helped lead the United States through decades of war. He later became an ardent critic of such militarism and imperialism.
“War is a racket,” Butler famously said, and Wilkerson — who has also turned critical of U.S. imperialist policy — agrees with and admires the esteemed Marine.
Wilkerson, who served as chief of staff to former secretary of state, Colin Powell, has grown tired of “the corporate interests that we go abroad to slay monsters for.”
Of the profiteering scheme that wars have come to embody, Wilkerson quoted Butler:
“Looking back on it, I might have given Al Capone a few hints. The best he could do was to operate his racket in three districts. I operated on three continents.”
Noting Butler’s brief but accurate characterization of what Eisenhower called the military-industrial complex, Wilkerson added that today’s war machine “is more pernicious than Eisenhower ever thought it would be.”
The willingness of such weapons and military equipment corporations to excuse the transgressions of repressive and abusive regimes in the Middle East and Asia for the sake of profit, Wilkerson asserted, stands as evidence Eisenhower underestimated the extent the to which the problem would manifest.
“Was Bill Clinton’s expansion of NATO — after George H. W. Bush and [his Secretary of State] James Baker had assured Gorbachev and then Yeltsin that we wouldn’t go an inch further east — was this for Lockheed Martin, and Raytheon, and Boeing, and others, to increase their network of potential weapons sales?” Wilkerson asked.
“You bet it was,” he answered his own question.
“Is there a penchant on behalf of the Congress,” he continued, “to bless the use of force more often than not because of the constituencies they have and the money they get from the defense contractors?
“You bet.
“It’s not like Dick Cheney or someone like that went and said let’s have a war because we want to make money for Halliburton,” Wilkerson explained, describing such decision-making as “pernicious.”
Taking his description a step further, Wilkerson characterized those corporations flooding congressional elections and political PACs with cash as “another pernicious influence.”
Relating another ill of the U.S. war machine, Wilkerson repined the creep of privatization of “public functions, like prisons,” for which the former Bush official places greatest blame on Republicans — though Democrats appear as eager about the shift. Salon mentioned Hillary Clinton’s speech from 2011, during her tenure as Secretary of State, in which she stated, “It’s time for the United States to start thinking of Iraq as a business opportunity.”
Indeed, journalist Jeremy Scahill extensively reported and investigated the enormous army of private contractors operating in Iraq and Afghanistan — with a particular focus on Blackwater. Run by notorious mercenary Erik Prince — who recently became the subject of an investigation by the Dept. of Justice and other federal agencies — Blackwater appeared to operate so unpredictably as to essentially be a rogue organization.
Scahill penned an article for the Guardian in 2007, revealing the exact troubles with privatization Wilkerson referred to — there were 48,000 ‘private contractors’ working for 630 companies in varying capacities in Iraq.
“In many respects,” Wilkerson continued, “it is now private interests that benefit most from our use of military force. Whether it’s private security contractors, that are still all over Iraq or Afghanistan, or it’s the bigger-known defense contractors, like the number one in the world, Lockheed Martin.”
Contractors have arguably done the most to damage U.S.’ international relations and accountability than any other factor — except for the corporations paying them. All of this profit for belligerence has clearly benefited one de facto policy: American imperialism.
“We now dwarf the Russians or anyone else who sells weapons in the world,” Wilkerson noted. “We are the death merchant of the world.”
Now, Wilkerson worried, “We’ve privatized the ultimate public function: war.”

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Turkey ‘demands’ takedown of Erdogan-mocking video, German authors add subtitles instead — RT News

Turkey ‘demands’ takedown of Erdogan-mocking video, German authors add subtitles instead — RT News

Turkey aids ISIS while benefiting from the havoc the terrorists create


By Michael Rubin / Washington Free Beacon On March 18, European and Turkish diplomats signed off on a comprehensive deal on migrants pouring from Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere in the Middle East through Turkey and into the European Union. Under the terms of the deal, for every illegal migrant the E.U. returns to Turkey, Turkey would…

Israel urges citizens to leave Turkey, cites Daesh threat


Israel urged its citizens in Turkey on Monday to leave "as soon as possible" in an upgraded travel advisory predicting possible follow-up attacks to the March 19 suicide bombing in Istanbul blamed on Islamic State.Three Israeli tourists and an Iranian were killed in the Istanbul attack, which prompted the counter-terrorism bureau in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's…

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US evacuates southern Turkey as nation’s security deteriorates

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

'We don't condone war': Protesters rally against law allowing Japan to defend allies abroad (VIDEO) — RT News

'We don't condone war': Protesters rally against law allowing Japan to defend allies abroad (VIDEO) — RT News

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Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media | Technology | The Guardian

Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media | Technology | The Guardian

Cyprus: Hostages released from hijacked EgyptAir plane at Larnaca airport

 




An EgyptAir Airbus A320 passenger plane was hijacked during a domestic flight from Alexandria to Cairo, Tuesday, and forced to land at Larnaca airport in Cyprus.

Conflicting reports state that there were between 55 and 81 passengers along with seven crew members on board Flight MS181 when it was hijacked by a man who reports suggest claimed to be wearing an explosive belt.

After landing in Cyprus, the hijacker released most of the passengers, keeping four foreign nationals and the seven crew members on board the plane.

Authorities have identified the man as 27-year-old Egyptian national, Ibrahim Samaha. Police are currently negotiating with the hijacker, who has demanded a translator and political asylum in Cyprus, where reports suggest the man has a ex-wife and child.

Larnaca airport has been closed and all flights have been diverted while the negotiations continue.

Fidel Castro to Obama: "We Don't Need the Empire to Give Us Anything"

Fidel Castro to Obama: "We Don't Need the Empire to Give Us Anything"

Leader of the Cuban Revolution refutes the U.S. President’s account of their countries’ shared history.

Lauren McCauley
March 28, 2016
(COMMONDREAMS) Former Cuban President Fidel Castro had a few things to say about U.S. President Barack Obama’s recent visit to his island nation, writing in the state-run newspaper Granma on Monday, “We don’t need the empire to give us anything.”
The column, entitled “Brother Obama,” takes aim at statements made by Obama during his historic visit to Cuba last week.
“I have come here to bury the last remnant of the Cold War in the Americas,” the U.S. president said during a speechat Havana’s Grand Theater. “I have come here to extend the hand of friendship to the Cuban people.”
In the column, Castro offered alternative versions for some of the historic anecdotes that Obama recounted during his address — which the Communist leader referred to as “a deluge of concepts entirely novel for the majority of us.”
“My modest suggestion,” writes Castro, who did not visit with Obama during the trip, “is that he reflects and doesn’t try to develop theories about Cuban politics.”
Castro recounts half a century of U.S. aggression, including the 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion, which he describes as“a mercenary force with armored artillery and infantry, backed by aircraft, trained and accompanied by U.S. warships and aircraft carriers, attacked our country by surprise.” He adds, “Nothing can justify that perfidious attack which cost our country hundreds of losses, including deaths and injuries.”
Responding to Obama’s statement that Cuba and the U.S. both supported the effort to end apartheid in South Africa, Castro counters that “Reagan and Israel” were responsible for bringing nuclear weapons to “racist South Africa.”
At one point, Obama compared the two nations, telling the Cuban people, “We both live in a new world, colonized by Europeans. Cuba, like the United States, was built in part by slaves brought here from Africa. Like the United States, the Cuban people can trace their heritage to both slaves and slave-owners.”
Castro rebuked that statement, saying that “the native populations don’t exist at all in Obama’s mind,” and credits the Communist revolution with “[sweeping] away racial discriminations… before Mr. Barack Obama was 10 years old.”
Castro warns against the likely tide of tourism, which is expected to rise under the new diplomatic agreements, saying it “in large part, consists of viewing the delights of our landscapes and tasting exquisite delicacies from our seas, and is always shared with the private capital of large foreign corporations, whose earnings, if they don’t reach billions of dollars, are not worthy of any attention whatsoever.”
“Obama made a speech in which he uses the most sweetened words to express: ‘It is time, now, to forget the past, leave the past behind,'” writes the aging Cuban leader. But, he adds, after half a century of U.S. efforts to overthrow Cuba’s Communist leadership, “I suppose all of us were at risk of a heart attack upon hearing these words from the President of the United States.”
“After a ruthless blockade that has lasted almost 60 years, and what about those who have died in the mercenary attacks on Cuban ships and ports, an airliner full of passengers blown up in midair, mercenary invasions, multiple acts of violence and coercion?” he continues. “Nobody should be under the illusion that the people of this dignified and selfless country will renounce the glory, the rights, or the spiritual wealth they have gained with the development of education, science and culture.”
Promising “legal and peaceful” efforts, Castro concludes that the Cuban people “are capable of producing the food and material riches we need with the efforts and intelligence of our people. We do not need the empire to give us anything.”

3-28-2016 AD Serco's 8a Death Pool ISIS Bonus – Clinton 4 Minute Power

 



1. Abel Danger (AD) alleges that Serco shareholders have awarded a £1.1m ISIS bonus to Serco chief executive Rupert Soames for his successful use of 8(a) death pools to extort EU leaders into outsourcing the EU's Situation Centre and carbon-cap enforcement operations to Serco. 
2. AD claims that Serco has delegated its power over who gets a 4-minute warning of a death-pool betting opportunity to various Clinton Foundation donors including the ISIS sponsors in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar and SBA mentor companies such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin and UTC.
3. AD claims that Serco agents in the EU Situation Centre staged a reality TV show in Brussels on March 22nd 2016 when Survivor founder Mark Burnett apparently used the Navy onion router (Tor) to move production crews and decoy crisis actors through airport bombing crime scenes.
4. United States Marine Field McConnell http://www.abeldanger.net/2010/01/fie... invites FBI Director James Comey, former director of Serco's dirty banker HSBC, to investigate Serco's apparent 4-minute warning of ISIS attacks to a Clinton Foundation death pool and the subsequent catch and release of a Survivor crisis actor in Brussels.

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Over 50 militants cross Turkish border to join Al-Nusra in Syria – MoD — RT News

Over 50 militants cross Turkish border to join Al-Nusra in Syria – MoD — RT News

Text - H.Res.642 - 114th Congress (2015-2016): Recognizing magic as a rare and valuable art form and national treasure. | Congress.gov | Library of Congress

Text - H.Res.642 - 114th Congress (2015-2016): Recognizing magic as a rare and valuable art form and national treasure. | Congress.gov | Library of Congress

Hijacked Egyptian airliner with 81 onboard lands at Larnaka Airport, Cyprus — RT News

Hijacked Egyptian airliner with 81 onboard lands at Larnaka Airport, Cyprus — RT News

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CIA Photographed Detainees Naked and Bound Before Extraditing Them for Torture

CIA Photographed Detainees Naked and Bound Before Extraditing Them for Torture

Nika Knight
March 28, 2016
(COMMONDREAMSThe CIA took photographs of detainees naked, bound, and blindfolded—some with visible bruises—before extraditing them to other countries to be tortured, an investigation by the Guardian‘s Spencer Ackerman revealed on Monday.
“The naked imagery of CIA captives raises new questions about the seeming willingness of the U.S. to use what one medical and human rights expert called ‘sexual humiliation’ in its post-9/11 captivity of terrorism suspects,” Ackerman wrote. “Some human rights campaigners described the act of naked photography on unwilling detainees as a potential war crime.”
Ackerman also reported that “a former U.S. official who had seen some of the photographs described them as ‘very gruesome.'” The photos in question remain classified.
The detainees were photographed before being extradited to nations known to use more brutal forms of torture than that used in the U.S., Ackerman said, as part of the CIA’s so-called “extraordinary rendition” program.
The writer V. Noah Gimbel characterized that program in 2011 as “the outsourcing of interrogations to countries where torture could be employed without the legal barriers that exist within the U.S. military and civilian justice systems.”
Extraordinary rendition has been used by the CIA going back to Bill Clinton’s administration, and President Obama allowed the practice to continue after he was elected despite an earlier vow to end it. The European Human Rights Court found the program to be illegal under international law in 2012.
Details about the rendition program remain intensely protected by the U.S. government, and little is known about “how many people, overwhelmingly but not exclusively men, were caught in the CIA’s web,'” as Ackerman wrote. “It is also unclear how many of those rendition targets the CIA photographed naked.”
Ackerman went into detail regarding the secretive nature of the photographs:
In 2015, attorneys for the former black-site detainees now charged with war crimes at Guantánamo Bay learned of the existence of up to 14,000 photographs the CIA took and maintains of their former detainees. That cache is not believed to contain photographs of people the agency rendered to allied intelligence services. All of those photos remain undisclosed to the public.
The 500-page portion of the Senate’s landmark investigation into George W. Bush-era CIA torture that the government released in 2014 dealt overwhelmingly with the CIA’s detentions and interrogations, keeping the rendition program a secret. But the report’s 318th footnote reveals that the CIA photographed the people it captured and sent to other countries.
The Senate footnote reads: “There are also few CIA records detailing the rendition process for detainees and their transportation to or between detention sites. CIA records do include detainee comments on their rendition experiences and photographs of detainees in the process of being transported.” However, the Senate footnote does not go on to acknowledge that some of the subjects were naked when they were photographed.
This particular cache of photos is distinct from the detainee photos released by the Pentagon in February in response to a Freedom of Information Act request and nearly 12 years of litigation by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) seeking disclosures about the CIA’s detainee torture program, as Common Dreamsreported. None of these photos have been made public.
Ackerman observed that international human rights law forbids the photographing of prisoners “except in extremely limited circumstances related to their detention, to include anything that might compromise their dignity.”
In fact, none other than Bush’s Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld once stated that “the Geneva Convention indicates that it’s not permitted to photograph and embarrass or humiliate prisoners of war” when he condemned Iraqi forces for filming U.S. prisoners in 2003.
Nathaniel Raymond, a researcher at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and an expert on detainee abuse, told Ackerman, “Any evidence that the CIA or any other U.S. government agency intentionally photographed naked detainees should be investigated by law enforcement as a potential violation of domestic and international law.”
The revelation of forced, photographed nudity “is a stark reminder that the US continues to keep secret, to this day, some of the worst actions of the Bush administration,” wrote Guardian columnist Trevor Timm in response to the investigation. “And it’s all the more relevant given that after the tragic terrorist attack in Brussels, torture has once again become central to the U.S. political debate.”
Indeed, some GOP presidential contenders have made advocacy for torture a pillar of their campaigns. Ted Cruz has promised to reintroduce waterboarding, and Donald Trump vows to “bring back a hell of a lot worse than waterboarding.”
And yet, Timm argued, it’s important to keep in mind that because “the Obama administration shamefully refused to prosecute the architects of the torture program—and the Justice Department lawyers who gave them legal cover—war crimes are now merely portrayed as a policy dispute between the two political parties.”
“Stripping suspects, taking humiliating photographs of them, sending them around the world into the hands of torturers: these sound like the actions of a crazed dictatorship,” Timm observed. “They should be the stuff of nightmares. In fact, they’re the stuff of American policy in the 21st century.”