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COINTELPRO: FBI Director Hoover let Killer of Omaha Policeman get Away with Murder 40 Years Ago

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Michael Richardson
Examiner.com | August 19, 2010

One of J. Edgar Hoover’s least known dirty tricks was his order to let the killer of an Omaha, Nebraska policeman get away with murder in order to convict the two leaders of the local Black Panther group, Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa (formerly David Rice).

Officer Larry Minard, father of five young children, was murdered with a suitcase bomb at a vacant house on August 17, 1970, while responding to an anonymous call about a woman screaming.

The day of the bombing, Douglas County assistant prosecutor Sam Cooper listened to a recording of the killer’s voice at the 911 call center while the Special Agent in-Charge of the Omaha field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation met with Glen Gates, the Omaha Police assistant chief heading the murder investigation.

Cooper made a copy of the 911 tape as plans were made to send the recording to Washington, D.C. for analysis at the FBI crime laboratory. The official version of the story was “Voiceprint in Bombing to FBI Lab” as told in newspaper headlines. The “voiceprint” would be a “good investigative tool” a police spokesman assured the public.

However, the FBI was working on a secret agenda of the clandestine Operation COINTELPRO and wanted to convict the Black Panther leaders for the bombing. The day of Minard’s death a plan was hatched in Omaha to withhold the lab report of the recording so the messy business of an unknown killer would not interfere with COINTELPRO actions against the two leaders.

The director of the crime lab was told by secret memo, “The results of any examination will not be furnished directly to the Police but orally conveyed through the SAC of Omaha.”

When Ivan Willard Conrad got the COINTELPRO memo two days later, the crime lab boss called Hoover, the dictatorial director of the FBI, to verify Conrad was really to withhold a report on the killer of a policeman.

Hoover was adamant that only an informal, oral report be given to the Omaha office–nothing that could turn up in court– and told Conrad to do it. Conrad scrawled on his copy of the COINTELPRO memo, “Dir advised telephonically & said OK to do” followed by his initials and the date.

Conrad followed orders and the jury never saw or heard the tape recording of Larry Minard’s killer.
The significance of the tape was discussed in a COINTELPRO memo from FBI headquarters to the Omaha office. The memo explained, “use of this call might be prejudicial to the police murder trial.”

Larry Minard was buried on what would have been his 30th birthday.

Hoover was never found out about his role in the conviction of the Omaha Two. The dirty secret only emerged years after Hoover’s death in Freedom of Information requests about COINTELPRO files.

Ed Poindexter and Mondo we Langa are sre serving life sentences in the Nebraska State Penitentiary.

Larry Minard’s killer, the 911 caller, got away with murder.

http://www.examiner.com/cointelpro-in-national/fbi-s-director-hoover-let-killer-of-omaha-policeman-get-away-with-murder-40-years-ago

By Lee Fang | Think Progress

Fred Koch

This morning, the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer published an explosive investigative piece detailing the role of the Koch family in orchestrating not only the Tea Party movement, but much of the modern right-wing infrastructure. The brothers David and Charles Koch, heirs to the oil and chemical conglomerate Koch Industries, have founded or funded dozens of conservative or libertarian publications, think tanks, and attack groups. Their father, Fred Koch, similarly fueled the paranoid right-wing movements of the fifties and sixties through his financing of the John Birch Society.

 Mayer’s piece builds off the original reporting conducted by ThinkProgress since the very beginning of the Tea Party movement. Here’s a review of what we’ve reported:

– In April 2009, ThinkProgress revealed that Americans for Prosperity, a group founded by David Koch, was helping to plan dozens of the first national Tea Party rallies. Americans for Prosperity staffers organized events, from making reservations, to providing talking points and signs, to calling activists to encourage them to participate.

– In August 2009, ThinkProgress obtained an exclusive memo from a Tea Party group supported by Koch’s Americans for Prosperity. The memo outlined various ways for Tea Party activists to intimidate Democratic lawmakers and disrupt their town hall meetings on health reform. ThinkProgress published half a dozen articles exposing the role of Koch-funded groups like “Patients United” in encouraging opposition to health reform. For instance, in Virginia, a Koch-funded operative Ben Marchi assisted a birther who followed Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA) around, yelling at him at town hall meetings.

– In May 2009, the Wonk Room published a detailed history of Tim Phillips, an astroturf lobbyist Koch appointed to run his Americans for Prosperity front. Phillips had served as a business partner to Jack Abramoff and Ralph Reed.

– Writing in the Boston Globe, ThinkProgress commented on the similarities between David and Charles’ Tea Party movement to their father’s efforts to attack President John Kennedy through the John Birch Society.

– The Wonk Room reported on thirty years of Koch Industry environmental front groups. The timeline showed how Koch tried desperately to smear the cap and trade system set up to address acid rain with a “grassroots” group without a single grassroots member.

– At Rep. Michele Bachmann’s (R-MN) “House Call” rally, ThinkProgress produced a video report exposing Koch for paying for dozens of buses for anti-health reform activists to reach DC. We also captured the picture of a large banner comparing health reform to the Holocaust.

– The Wonk Room investigated Koch Industries’ role in the effort to repeal AB 32, the landmark California climate change clean energy law. The Wonk Room’s video report revealed how Koch Industries’ reliance on high-carbon Canadian crude would become less profitable if similar laws like AB 32 are enacted around the country.

– ThinkProgress reported how a variety of right-wing fronts supported by the Koch family and its political deputies not only helped overturn nearly a hundred years in campaign finance law in the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, but also is lobbying aggressively against the DISCLOSE Act, which would provide transparency into the campaign spending for plutocrats like the Koch family.

– The Wonk Room’s Brad Johnson reported extensively on the multiple climate-denying campaigns orchestrated by the Koch family. Johnson has lampooned some of the Koch family’s more ridiculous attempts at billionaire populism.

– ThinkProgress partnered with Climate Progress to investigate David Koch’s funding of the Smithsonian Institute. We spoke to the Smithsonian director, who continued to express gratitude to Koch, and whitewashed Koch’s role in distorting public knowledge of climate science. Similarly, we have long chronicled the “Swift Boat” style attack campaign conducted by Koch’s various anti-science fronts.

– The Wonk Room reported on how Koch-backed groups and media outlets spread the myth that the so-called “Climategate” e-mails showed that scientists had concealed climate data from the public.

Mayer’s article sheds light on many other ways in which the Koch family has intertwined its business interests with its investment in right-wing groups. She also exposes a serious conflict of interest with David Koch’s position as a board member to the National Cancer Institute, an honor granted to him by President Bush. Mayer notes that while David Koch has been “casting himself as a champion in the fight against cancer, Koch Industries has been lobbying to prevent the E.P.A. from classifying formaldehyde, which the company produces in great quantities, as a ‘known carcinogen’ in humans.”

http://thinkprogress.org/2010/08/23/david-charles-koch/

By SHASHANK BENGALI
Kansas City Star | Aug. 22, 2010

In June, the Supreme Court refused to hear the case of a Canadian man who contends that U.S. authorities mistook him for an al-Qaida operative in 2002 and shipped him to a secret prison in Syria, where he was beaten with electrical cables and held in a gravelike cell for 10 months.

Four years earlier, however, the Canadian government had concluded an exhaustive inquiry and found that the former prisoner, Maher Arar, was telling the truth. Canada cleared Arar of all ties to terrorism and paid him $10 million in damages, and his lawyers say he’s cooperating with an investigation into the role of U.S. and Syrian officials in his imprisonment and reported torture.

Arar’s case illustrates what lawyers and human rights groups call a shameful trend: While U.S. courts and the Obama administration have been reluctant or unwilling to pursue the cases, countries that once backed former President George W. Bush’s war on terrorism are carrying out their own investigations of the alleged U.S. torture program and the role that their governments played in it.

Judges in Great Britain, Spain, Australia, Poland and Lithuania are preparing to hear allegations that their governments helped the CIA run secret prisons on their soil or cooperated in illegal U.S. treatment of terrorism suspects. Spanish prosecutors also have filed criminal charges against six senior Bush administration officials who approved the harsh interrogation methods that detainees say were employed at U.S. military prisons in Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantanamo Bay and other sites.

Another former prisoner whose case the Supreme Court dismissed, Khaled El-Masri of Germany, has sued the government of Macedonia for handing him over to CIA agents, who he charges tortured him in Afghanistan. His case is pending in the European Court of Human Rights, in France.

“As a result of the passage of time and the frustration of victims … there’s a movement to see what legal options exist outside the United States,” said James Goldston, the executive director of the Open Society Justice Initiative, a legal project of George Soros’ Open Society Institute, who’s helped represent El-Masri.

The trend, although it’s slow-moving and involves disparate plaintiffs, forums and legal strategies, could represent the end of a reviled chapter of the U.S.-led war on terrorism, which ensnared hundreds of detainees with the clandestine cooperation of dozens of countries. Now, some of those countries, led by new governments or under pressure from their citizens, are trying to pry open those secrets.

“This is the remarkable thing: Other countries are reckoning with the legacy of the Bush administration’s torture program, and meanwhile the United States is not,” said Jameel Jaffer, the director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s national security program.

“That’s part of why we’re so concerned. The Obama administration, rather than investigate the abuses of the last eight years, has increasingly become an obstacle to accountability.”

A spokeswoman for the Justice Department, Tracy Schmaler, didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Detainees already have won one victory in a foreign court: Last November, an Italian judge convicted a CIA station chief and 22 other Americans – nearly all CIA officers and contractors – in the 2003 kidnapping of a Muslim cleric who ended up in a secret prison in Egypt. The victory was largely symbolic, however; the Americans were tried in absentia and aren’t expected to serve jail time.

The Obama administration, which said it was “disappointed” with the Italian ruling, has declined to cooperate with the investigations, making it difficult for lawyers in some cases to question witnesses or gather evidence, according to experts involved in the inquiries.

In Lithuania, a criminal investigation of a former intelligence chief who allegedly helped the CIA operate secret prisons is stalled partly because U.S. officials haven’t revealed the identities of detainees who were held there.

President Barack Obama’s approach, from his earliest days in office, has been that “we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards.”

Although Obama outlawed the harsh interrogation techniques the Bush administration had approved, he’s resisted prosecuting individuals who might have practiced them. He also opposed creating a commission to investigate the interrogation methods. His Justice Department, like Bush’s, has fought to keep wrongful-imprisonment and torture cases out of court on the grounds that they would jeopardize national security, as government lawyers successfully argued in the Arar case.

Lawyers say that the Bush and Obama administrations’ efforts to maintain executive power have swayed federal courts.

“The government is arguing that the president has a lot of leeway in foreign policy and that Congress ceded a lot of ground when it gave the authority to use military force” in the war on terrorism, said Larry Siems, author of “The Torture Report,” an online project of the ACLU. “That seems to be the framework the courts have been ruling under.”

In the Obama administration’s strongest action on torture to date, Attorney General Eric Holder said in June that a special prosecutor was close to completing a preliminary review into whether there’s enough evidence to bring criminal charges against a limited number of CIA officers and contractors. The prosecutor, John Durham, was reviewing whether those individuals had exceeded the interrogation methods the Bush administration approved in fewer than a dozen cases, some of which ended in detainees’ deaths.

Schmaler told McClatchy Newspapers that she had no information on when Durham’s review would be made public. However, experts say the inquiry is too narrow in scope and ignores the role of senior Bush administration officials.

“It’s not that we don’t think they shouldn’t be held accountable,” Jaffer said of the interrogators. “It just seems indefensible to focus solely on the interrogators when the problems stemmed from leading officials.”

Arguing that “accountability for serious violations is neither a priority nor even a preference of the current administration,” the Center for Constitutional Rights, a nonprofit group in New York that’s represented many detainees, filed a brief in Spanish court in April supporting Spain’s authority to proceed with a major criminal investigation into the alleged U.S. torture program.

The case charges that six senior Bush administration officials – including former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo and David Addington, a former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney – broke international laws by promulgating harsh interrogation tactics.

A separate case is pending that involves four Spanish citizens who were held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where they say they were subjected to sexual assault, forced nakedness, death threats, severe beatings and constant interrogations without lawyers.

Judges in both cases sent letters last May asking U.S. government lawyers whether they’re investigating these allegations; if they were, any U.S. cases probably would supersede the Spanish ones. To date, according to the center, the U.S. hasn’t responded.

“As much as they’re moving slowly, these are cases that have a pretty good shot of proceeding, particularly in face of inaction in the U.S.,” said Katherine Gallagher, a senior staff attorney with the center.

The prosecutions would mark a turnaround for Spain, which under a conservative government earlier in the decade was one of the staunchest European supporters of the Bush administration’s war on terrorism.

Lithuania and Poland – where prosecutors are considering bringing war crimes charges against the country’s former president and former prime minister over allegations of secret prisons – are part of what former Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld famously called the “new” Europe. It was Rumsfeld’s way of distinguishing traditional powers such as France, which opposed the war on terrorism, from the continent’s younger democracies, which were among Bush’s early backers.

“They were strong allies, and the obstacles were very strong in the beginning,” said Wolfgang Kaleck, a civil rights attorney and the general secretary of the nonprofit European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights. “At a certain point, important people within those countries made the decision to start these investigations. This is already a big step.”

Last month, the new British prime minister, David Cameron, announced a judicial inquiry into whether British intelligence services had participated in the abuse of terrorism suspects. Cameron’s decision followed a public outcry over the case of Binyam Mohamed, an Ethiopian national living in Britain who charges that British authorities knew that CIA agents were torturing him in Pakistan, Morocco, Afghanistan and Guantanamo and did nothing to stop it.

“Our reputation as a country that believes in human rights, justice, fairness and the rule of law … risks being tarnished,” Cameron said.

Months earlier, when the British government bowed to a court ruling and published classified details about how Mohamed was treated, U.S. intelligence officials had said that the decision was “not helpful, and we deeply regret it.”

As a result, Cameron said that British courts wouldn’t disclose such evidence during the inquiry and suggested that foreign witnesses – such as current and former CIA officers – won’t be called to testify.

“There are foreign-policy and diplomacy considerations in how far they’re willing to push this,” said Siems of the ACLU.

However, Siems said, the cases weren’t toothless, particularly if they result in arrest warrants for U.S. officials, as they did in Italy’s conviction of the CIA officers.

“Ultimately, that’s what you could end up with: an international map with various judgments against U.S. officials which are subject to enforcement if they travel,” Siems said. “That would put us in pretty dubious company.”

http://www.kansascity.com/2010/08/22/2166252/detainee-torture-cases-proceed.html#ixzz0xURMgc37

Mother of Pat Tillman, Michael Moore, speak out about Gen. McChrystal’s appointment to teach at Yale

By Gatecrasher | NY Daily News | August 20th 2010

The mother of Pat Tillman and filmmaker Michael Moore have something to say about Yale University’s hiring of Gen. Stanley McChrystal.

Mary Tillman, whose discovery that McChrystal orchestrated the cover-up of her son’s death by friendly fire in Afghanistan, is depicted in Amir Bar-Lev’s documentary “The Tillman Story” tells us the Ivy League institution’s hiring of the general that President Obama fired is “insulting.” And Moore wonders if university administrators would re-think their offer after seeing some of the jaw-dropping information in the film.

This week, Yale announced that McChrystal had been appointed a Senior Fellow at Yale’s Jackson Institute for Global Affairs and will be teaching a graduate course on the complexity of leadership at the university this fall. The general retired this year after the president relieved him of command after he made disparaging remarks to interviewer Michael Hastings in Rolling Stone magazine.

But even before he was fired, McChrystal had become the subject of controversy thanks, in large part, to Mary Tillman’s dogged investigation into the military’s cover-up of the death of her son, which is covered in “The Tillman Story,” which opens today.

When asked Tillman if she had any comment on McChrystal’s hiring, she released the following statement: “McChrystal showed poor judgment and he exercised little restraint during his interview with Michael Hastings. His involvement in the tortures at Camp Nama and in the cover-up of Pat’s death has never been satisfactorily scrutinized. The House Armed Services Committee failed to vet him properly in the spring of 2009. The fact that Yale wants to employ him to instruct courses on leadership is extremely insulting and unsettling.”

Meanwhile, Moore says the film is “one scene after another where you’re sitting there with your jaw opening, wondering, ‘How come I don’t know this.’” And the filmmaker adds, “You see that McChrystal and his office were coordinating the big lie that was put out about how Pat Tillman was killed, when, in fact, they knew the truth.” The military initially sold a story about Tillman’s heroic death fighting Afghan forces when, in reality, he’d been killed by friendlies. …

More: http://www.nydailynews.com/gossip/2010/08/20/2010-08-20_mother_of_pat_tillman_michael_moore_speak_out_about_gen_mcchrystals_appointment_.html#ixzz0xTietQH4

The billionaire head of the private equity giant which owns Center Parcs and the London Eye has likened US President Barack Obama’s plans to raise taxes on the private equity industry as being akin to Adolf Hitler’s invasion of Poland.

By James Quinn
The Telegraph | Aug 16, 2010

The comments, made by Blackstone chairman and co-founder Steve Schwarzman in what he thought was a private meeting, reflect the strength of feeling among Wall Street’s private equity chiefs who are being threatened with paying the same levels of tax on their income as ordinary Americans.

In an appearance before the board of an unnamed charity, Newsweek reported that Mr Schwarzman, who is estimated by Forbes to be worth $4.7bn (£3bn), said: “It’s war. It’s like when Hitler invaded Poland in 1939.” The Daily Telegraph has verified that the comments were made and are accurate.

It follows the Obama administration’s consideration of raising the tax on “carried interest” – the share of profits private equity managers receive from the portfolio companies they manage – from 15pc to 35pc.

His remarks are even more noteworthy given that Mr Schwarzman is a practising member of the Jewish faith.

It is not the first time Mr Schwarzman has attacked the Obama administration, and what he appears to increasingly believe are its anti-Wall Street policies. In a comment piece in The Washington Post in February, he wrote that bank-bashing could destroy the US economy’s fledgling recovery, as banks may become too scared – “under siege”, as he put it – to start lending again.

His new comments caused consternation among the American media, with The New York Times referring to it as his “unfortunate war analogy”, while Salon quipped about “Obama’s invasion of Poland”.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/newsbysector/banksandfinance/7949062/Blackstone-chief-Schwarzman-likens-Obama-to-Hitler-over-tax-rises.html

By Raw Story | August 21st, 2010

The second largest shareholder in News Corp. — the parent company of Fox News — has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to causes linked to the imam planning to build a Muslim community center and mosque near Ground Zero in Manhattan, says a report from Yahoo!News.

According to the report from Yahoo!’s John Cook, Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal, who owns seven percent of News Corp., “has directly funded [Imam Feisal Abdul] Rauf’s projects to the tune of more than $300,000.”

Cook reports that Prince Al-Waleed’s personal charity, the Kingdom Foundation, donated $305,000 to Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow, a project sponsored by two of Rauf’s initiatives, the American Society for Muslim Advancement and the Cordoba Initiative, which is building the Manhattan mosque.

That Fox News’ second-largest shareholder, after Rupert Murdoch, has financial links to the “Ground Zero mosque” will be seen as ironic by critics of the news network, who have watched with chagrin as the network’s talking heads attempt to link the mosque to radical Islamism.

Last week, Daily Show host Jon Stewart lambasted Fox panelist Eric Bolling’s attempt to link the Cordoba Initiative to Hamas and Iran. Stewart used News Corp.’s connections to Prince Al-Waleed, and the prince’s connections to the Carlyle Group and Osama bin Laden to make a tongue-in-cheek argument that Fox News may be a “terrorist command center.”

“Stewart didn’t need to take all those steps to make the connection,” Cook writes.

Cook also reports that Prince Al-Waleed has in the past funded a number of Islamic organizations that have been maligned by Fox News commentators:

Al-Waleed donated $500,000 to the Council on American-Islamic Relations — which has been repeatedly denounced on Fox News’s air by Geller and others as a terror group — in 2002. Indeed, Rauf’s “numerous ties to CAIR” alone have been cited by the mosque’s opponents as a justification for imputing terrorist sympathies to him, yet few people seem to be asking whether Murdoch’s extensive multi-billion business collaboration with the man who funds both Rauf and CAIR merits investigation or concern.

Other beneficiaries of Al-Waleed’s largess include the Islamic Development Bank, a project designed to “foster the economic development and social progress of [Muslims] in accordance with the principles of Shari’ah.” The IDB funds the construction of mosques around the world, and has been implicated by frequent Fox News guest Stephen Schwartz in an attempt to spread radical Wahhabism (a fundamentalist branch of Islam) throughout the United States.

Cook notes that it was none other than News Corp.’s New York Post that reported on Prince Al-Waleed’s donation to Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow. He reports that Fox News had no comment for his article, and emails to the prince’s Kingdom Foundation were not returned.

Prince Al-Waleed owns an estimated $2.5-billion-worth of News Corp. Majority shareholder Rupert Murdoch recently took a stake in the prince’s Middle East-based media conglomerate, Rotana Group. Murdoch and Prince Al-Waleed are reportedly working on launching an Arabic news network that will compete with existing pan-Arabic networks Al-Jazeera and Al-Arabiya.

(Editor’s note: Original article’s headline incorrectly referred to Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal as co-owner rather than the second largest shareholder.)

http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0821/fox-shareholder-funded-mosque-imam/

Hey Fox Fans, Your Favorite Network Is Part-Owned By a Saudi Prince Whose Family Rules By Sharia Law

This post first appeared on Hullabaloo. Printed from speakeasy: http://blogs.alternet.org/

Maybe Newtie could persuade Rupert Murdoch to have his partners build some synagogues and churches and end all this unpleasantness.

The stridency with which Fox News personalities attack the downtown Islamic center — red meat for the millions who tune in each night — is an example of the often uneasy relationship and occasionally diverging interests between many of News Corp.’s properties, in this case Fox News and its parent corporation.

For example, News Corp.’s second-largest shareholder, after the Murdoch family, is Prince Alwaleed bin Talal (pictured above ), the nephew of Saudi Arabian King Abdullah, and one of the world’s richest men. …

Saudi Arabia, which is ruled by Alwaleed’s uncle King Abdullah, is, of course, an authoritarian petro-monarchy that actually is governed by Sharia law and is known as one of the top global sponsors of terrorism. A spokesperson for the Saudi embassy in Washington says that while Alwaleed is part of the royal family, he isn’t a member of the government, but rather a private citizen.

I doubt all those Fox news patriots know that the same News Corp that’s owned by a Wahhabist Saudi prince just donated a million dollars to the Republican party. Of course they’ll never find out because the only network they watch is the same terrorist funded network that’s doing it.

But if they were to hear about it, considering that they all seem to be so worried about the terrorists coming to kill them in their beds, I would imagine they’d be uncomfortable about getting all their news from a network that’s partially owned by one of “them.” And I’d be very surprised if they were sanguine about a scary Muslim donating to their patriotic political party. Why next thing you know they’ll be trying to build community centers near Ground Zero.

At the very least, this whole thing is very insensitive, don’t you think? After all, some people really hate Muslims and it’s very unpleasant for them to have to watch news networks that are owned by them and be asked vote for a Party that’s funded by them. I’m not saying that Murdoch should be forced to stop donating millions to Republicans or partnering with Saudi princes who believe in Sharia law. I just think it’s common sense that he wouldn’t do it in the first place.

http://blogs.alternet.org/speakeasy/2010/08/17/hey-fox-fans-your-favorite-network-is-part-owned-by-a-saudi-prince-whose-family-rules-by-sharia-law/

An apologist for Nazism: How Nick Griffin and the BNP backed Hitler’s Nazis

The British National Party and its leader Nick Griffin try to portray themselves as patriots, nationalists and the defenders of our country. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Time and again Griffin and other key BNP leaders have defended, promoted and excused Hitler’s Nazis.

Why? Because they share many of the same views.

The BNP leaders might wear snappy suits and tone down their public message but their real politics are the same as they have always been. The BNP is racist and nazi and must be exposed as such.

Here are 10 examples of how BNP leaders are apologists for Hitler:

1 In November 1986 Griffin headed an NF march to the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday, desecrating the memory of those who fought and died in the struggle against Nazism by marching ahead of a banner which bore the legend “No More Brothers Wars” a key rallying cry for post-war fascists who claim Britain was dragged into a “Jews war” against the Third Reich with whom it should have been forged an alliance.

Nick Griffin (insert centre) leads 500 NF nazi saluting thugs to the Cenotaph in December 1986

2 Griffin has described the Nazis as “a movement that aimed to give a voice to the deepest aspirations of a nation”.

3 In 1996 Griffin picketed Coventry Cathedral in protest at a service being held to commemorate the Nazis’ destruction of Coventry in the Second World War. Griffin did not think the Nazis had anything to apologise for and described the service as a “guilt trip”.

4 Griffin has described British RAF pilots as war criminals and murderers. He wrote an article in The Rune, the antisemitic journal he edited, praising the “courage and sacrifices” of the Waffen-SS soldiers while claiming in another piece that “the Waffen-SS were undoubtedly no worse than the troops of other nations … ” including Britain!

5 Griffin loathes the British wartime leader Winston Churchill. The Rune featured articles claiming that Churchill was a tool of the Jews who deliberately prolonged the war against Nazi Germany in order to lead Europe down a road to “racial suicide.”

6 Griffin is a notorious Holocaust denier. He said: “I am well aware that the orthodox opinion is that six million Jews were gassed and cremated or turned into lamp shades. Orthodox opinion also once held that the earth is flat … I have reached the conclusion that the ‘extermination’ tale is a mixture of Allied wartime propaganda, extremely profitable lie and latter witch-hysteria.”

7 Griffin’s chief lieutenant between 1999 and 2007, Tony Lecomber, branded Winston Churchill “a drunken, warmongering slob”.

8 The BNP is trying to make money from selling a CD called The White Cliffs of Dover, which includes several songs by the forces sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn. Yet Griffin proclaimed on the front cover of The Rune: “SS Special! Sick of Vera Lynn? See pages 18, 19, 20, 21, 24, & 88”. The last number was not a page number at all; “8” denotes the eighth letter of the alphabet “H” and in fascist parlance “HH” means “Heil Hitler”.

9 Mark Collett (pictured right), the BNP’s director of publicity, said of Winston Churchill: “Churchill was a f***ing c**t who led us into a pointless war with other whites [ie the Nazis] standing up for their race”. He was speaking on a Channel 4 documentary entitled Young, Nazi and Proud, in which he praised the Third Reich stating that “Hitler will live forever; and maybe I will”.

Oswald Mosley and fascist leader Benito Mussolini in Italy

10 Griffin has repeatedly praised the British Union of Fascists, the prewar group led by Oswald Mosley, many of whose members were rounded up and detained during the war because of their support for the Nazis. “There is a strong, direct link from Oswald Mosley to me,” Griffin boasted.

” … Reports on the Wikileaks documents show how the special forces of Task Force 373 failed attempt to kill al Qaeda leader Abu Laith al-Libi, which ended in the deaths of seven children. Al-Libi was believed to have been a leading training ground for al-Qaida and the Taliban, and appeared in a series of videos featuring al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri. … ” – “Task Force 373” | http://usspost.com/task-force-373-13679/

 

Afghan War Logs Reveal U.S. Death Squad’s Crimes

By Gene Clancy | Workers World | Aug 13, 2010 10:07 AM

A top secret unit of U.S. Special Forces called Task Force 373 set out on June 17, 2007, in the Patika province of Aghanistan to purposely commit a war crime. Task force 373 is a death squad organized by the NATO coalition in Afghanistan to hunt down targets for death or detention without trial. Details of more than 2,000 alleged leaders of the Taliban and al-Qaida are held on a “kill or capture” list, known as Jpel for Joint Prioritized Effects List.

On that occasion, the target was a man named Abu Laith al-Libi. Task Force 373 believed he was hiding in a remote village in Patika province. The unit was armed with a new weapon known as HIMARS — High Mobility Artillery Rocket System — a pod of six missiles on the back of a small truck.

According to Pentagon war logs recently released by WikiLeaks, TF 373’s plan was to launch five rockets at targets in the village of Nangar Khel where Libi was supposedly hiding and then send in ground troops. The rockets failed to find Libi but killed six men TF 373 claimed were Taliban fighters.

Then, when troops approached the rubble that was once a school, they recorded “initial assessment of 7 x NC KIA,” which translates as “seven non-combatants killed in action.” All of them were children. One of them was still alive: “The Med TM immediately cleared debris from the mouth and performed CPR.” After 20 minutes, the child died. (WikiLeaks War Logs quoted in The Guardian, July 25)

The U.S.-led coalition issued a press release claiming that troops “had surveillance on the compound all day and saw no indications that there were children inside the building.” The release also claimed that Taliban fighters, who supposedly were in the compound, had used the children as human shields.

The bodies of the six “Taliban” were in a completely different building than the school where the children were found. The release suggested that coalition forces had attacked the compound because of “nefarious activity” there, when the reality was they had gone there to kill or capture Libi.

The press release made no mention at all of Libi, nor of the failure of the mission (although that was revealed later by NBC News). Crucially, it failed to record that TF 373 had fired five rockets, destroying the school and other buildings and killing seven children, before anybody fired on them. This was a mission to murder.

The internal report was marked not only “secret” but also “Noforn,” that is, not to be shared with non-U.S. members of the coalition. The wording of the report was very specific: “The knowledge that TF 373 conducted a HIMARS strike must be protected.” And it was. That is, until the recent release of 91,000 secret Pentagon cables by a whistleblower inside the U.S. intelligence establishment.

‘Sources and methods’ of imperialist occupation

Both the Obama administration and the Pentagon have opened a virulent attack on those who released the Afghan War Logs. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, used a Pentagon press conference on July 29 to vilify WikiLeaks and its editor, Julian Assange, while vowing to crack down on anyone involved in making the documents public.

Additional charges have been filed against SPC Bradley Manning, who is already accused of releasing a video showing a massacre in Iraq. The Army recently moved Manning from Kuwait to Quantico, Va., where it is holding him in prison.

According to the Pentagon brass, the Afghan war logs’ release has endangered NATO troops and Afghan collaborators because they reveal the “sources and methods” of U.S. intelligence units. The generals don’t seem to worry that using death squads against the people of a country that they illegally occupy is a direct violation of the Geneva Conventions and international law. Or that the Afghan people already know from bitter first-hand experience how these horrific war crimes have been committed — and by whom.

What the brass really worry about is that the leaks will undercut political support for the war at home and around the world.

Another slaughter, followed by torture

Another potential war crime was the slaughter of Jan. 12, 2008. After tracking the movements for 24 hours of the man ranked seventh on the Jpel list, Qari Baryal, the coalition established that he was holding a large meeting with other men in a compound in Pashkari. The command sent planes that dropped 500-pound bombs, then ran five strafing runs to shoot those fleeing the scene.

The report records that some 70 people ran to the compound and started digging into the rubble on which there were “pools of blood.” Subsequent reports suggest that the targeted Baryal survived. There was no mention of how many people died or had been wounded.

Numerous logs show Jpel targets captured and transferred to a special prison, known as Btif, the Bagram Theatre Internment Facility. No logs indicate that prisoners were charged or tried. Previous press reports suggest that prisoners have spent years with no legal process in communal cages inside vast old airplane hangars.

Considering how the U.S. ran intelligence operations at Abu Ghraib, Iraq and Guantanamo, it’s likely that detainees are tortured. By December 2009, a total of 4,288 prisoners, some as young as 16, had been held at Btif, with 757 still in custody.

Who are TF 373?

The leaked war logs show that Task Force 373 uses at least three bases in Afghanistan: in Kabul, Kandahar and Khost. Although TF 373 operates alongside Special Forces from Afghanistan and other coalition nations, it appears to be drawing its own troops from the 7th Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, N.C. It travels on missions in Chinook and Cobra helicopters flown by the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, based at Hunter Army Airfield, Ga.

The release of the Afghan war logs can help mobilize anti-war forces, but it’s important to seize the opportunity it presents. We must redouble our efforts to stop the illegal war and occupation in Afghanistan and bring the troops home. It is encouraging that on Aug. 8 more than 100 anti-war demonstrators gathered outside the Quantico base demanding “Free Bradley Manning” and that the war criminals, especially those at the highest level, be held accountable.

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