America’s Death Pornography Culture

Celebrating brutal deaths of Muammar Qaddafi and Saddam Hussein.

by Wayne Madsen
Strategic Culture Foundation
November 2, 2011

The United States government and military revel in death and pornographic intimidation. The videos and photographs of howling Iraqis celebrating the hanging of Iraqi president Saddam Hussein after his U.S.-administered kangaroo court trial in Iraq and the physical abuse, alleged sodomizing, and execution of Libya’s Muammar Qaddafi by NATO-armed and directed rebels after his convoy in Sirte was reportedly struck by a U.S. drone-launched missile, exemplify America’s fixation with pornographic death scenes…

The George Walker Bush and Barack Hussein Obama administrations share a fascination for displaying the dead bodies of their vanquished enemies. For Bush, it was the gruesome stone-slabbed corpses of Qusay and Uday Hussein, Saddam’s sons, after they were killed in a firefight with U.S. troops in. That was followed by the body of Saddam after his hanging in.

Of course, it did not suit President Obama to broadcast a photograph of Osama Bin Laden, allegedly killed while resisting arrest in Abbotabad, Pakistan. In the case of Bin Laden, there is a strong reason to believe that Osama’s body could not be shown because there was no body of Osama. Whether an Osama Bin Laden look-a-like was killed or not may never be known, but what is certain is that the Obama administration’s explanation for ”Osama’s” burial at sea from a U.S. aircraft carrier appears dubious.

There was also the curious designation of the operation to kill Bin Laden as “Geronimo.” President Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates were in the White House Situation Room when they heard the news from the strike team: “We’ve ID’d Geronimo,” followed by “Geronimo EKIA” or “Geronimo enemy killed in action.”

There was outrage among Native Americans over the designation of Bin Laden as Geronimo. But the code name has its own ghastly history. In 1918, in another macabre display of ghoulishness by America’s political elite, Prescott Bush, the future U.S. senator and father and grandfather of two future presidents, allegedly dug up the grave of the famed Apache leader Geronimo and stole his skull and some bones. The remains are said to be among the prized possession of Yale’s elite and secretive Skull and Bones society, along with the skull of former President Martin van Buren, the only president of the United States who was not in the blood line, close or distant, of the British royal family.

As Qaddafi’s body, along with those of his son, Mo’tassim, and the former Libyan army commander, Abu Bakr Yunis, rotted in a meat freezer in Misrata – for the whole world to see — more details emerged about Qaddafi’s last hours in Sirte. On October 19, at around 8:00 am in Sirte, a convoy of 70 vehicles departed the heavily-bombed out city, heading west. There were also Twitter messages coming out of Sirte reporting that several white flags of surrender were seen in the city at day break. However, a CIA Predator drone tracking the convoy passed its coordinates on to NATO. French and other NATO jets pounded the convoy, incinerating many of the drivers and passengers. Many of those killed were black Libyans. There are now reports of mass graves in Sirte containing the bodies of scores of Qaddafi supporters and fellow tribal members.

There have been some reports that a truce and a surrender by Qaddafi and his forces was worked out between some rebel leaders and Qaddafi’s entourage through the auspices of the Qaddadfa (the tribe to which Qaddafi belonged) tribal leaders in Sirte. After the convoy was on the highway heading west, with reported white flags from some of the vehicles, the motorcade, which was not engaging in fire with rebel or NATO forces, was set upon by NATO forces. Witnesses to the surrender and/or safe passage negotiations will be hard to come by, since one of those murdered in his home in Sirte by Libyan rebels was reportedly the chief of the Qaddadfa tribe who was part of the negotiations for surrender and safe passage.

Reports that Qaddafi and his group were trying to make a dash through the offensive lines around Sirte make no sense since the convoy left after sun up and in broad daylight, when white flags could clearly be seen by the belligerents, and the Twitter messages out of Sirte indicated that rebels, pro-Qaddafi forces, and neutral observers could all see the white flags. If Qaddafi wanted to make a break for it, he would have done so at night with headlights out.

One of the last things Qaddafi is heard asking his captors is “Do you know right from wrong?” If the rebels or NATO reneged on a promise of safe passage and ignored the universally-recognized white flag signifying truce and surrender, it would constitute a gross violation of the Hague Conventions of 1899 and 1907, and would, therefore, be a war crime. Under the conventions, the white flag is protected as a sign that an approaching party intends to surrender or negotiate the terms of surrender. Those displaying a white flag may not fire or be fired upon.

If NATO and the rebels violated the white flag in Sirte, it would represent one of the first major violations of a practice that began with the Eastern Han dynasty in China in the year 25, and was recognized by the Roman Empire, armies during the Middle Ages, and every major and minor nation since. A violation by NATO of the flag of truce would represent a flagrant return to barbarism by the “collective defensive” organization.

Hillary Clinton reacted to news of Qaddafi’s death by chortling like a school girl. Preparing for an interview with CBS News, Clinton, who had just paid a visit to Libya, joked, “We came, we saw, he died.” Other NATO leaders, including Obama, David Cameron, Nicolas Sarkozy, and Anders Fogh Rasmussen, as well as UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who all self-identify themselves as Christians, expressed relief and joy at the news of Qaddafi’s death, a very “un-Christian” trait.

The brutal treatment of Qaddafi and his forces matches the treatment meted out by American forces to detainees in Iraq, including the pornographic abuse of prisoners, including minors, at Abu Ghraib and other prisons. In the report by U.S. Army General Antonio Taguba, there are instances of U.S. guards forcing male and female prisoners into naked and explicit positions, including human piles, and taking photographs and video shots, forcing male prisoners to wear women’s underwear, forcing male prisoners to masturbate while being photographed and videotaped, and sodomizing detainees with broom sticks and chemical lights. One prisoner murdered by U.S. forces, Manadel al-Jamadi, was kept on ice to prevent decomposition and spirited away from investigators to cover up his suffocation by U.S. prison guards.

The abuse at Abu Ghraib continues to have ramifications and has resulted in a lawsuit in California, Ford v. CAARNG (California Army Reserve National Guard). The suit charges that “retired Sergeant Frank G. Ford who, in 2003, was assigned to Iraq with the 223 Military Intelligence Unit under the 205 Military Intelligence Brigade as a Counter Intelligence Agent and Medic, was strapped to a gurney against his will and kidnapped. He was then sent from a war zone [Iraq] to Germany . . . because he reported the torture going on at Abu Ghraib prison as well as the death by torture of a prisoner while in custody.” The suit also alleges that “Ford cared for and treated, as an onsite medic, numerous victims of torture.”

A video currently circulating of a Libyan rebel sodomizing Qaddafi with what appears to be a rifle barrel brings back the scenes of the U.S. house of horrors at Abu Ghraib. Obama’s decision to become judge, jury, and executioner in the death sentences (“targeted killings”) carried out by a CIA drone flying over Yemen on September 30, on U.S. citizens Anwar al Awalaki (a former Islamic confidante of the Pentagon), and Samir Khan, and an additional October 14 drone strike in Yemen that killed Awlaki’s teenage son, Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, also a U.S. citizen, reinforces a growing belief that Obama lords over a voodoo-like death cult that has taken over U.S. military and foreign policy.

By word and action, the U.S. military and its NATO underlings have discarded thousands of years of chivalric military tradition, common practices, and law against a backdrop of ghoulish and pornographic behavior.

Invasão Militar Resulta em Mais Terrorismo

Rep. Ron Paul
Candidato presidencial
13 de setembro de 2011

Dez anos atrás, ações chocantes e terríveis de terrorismo foram realizadas em território dos EUA que resultaram na morte de 3.000 americanos inocentes. Sem dúvida, esta ação demanda vingança e retaliação. No entanto, muito tem sido feito em nome de proteger o povo americano contra o terrorismo que reduziu a nossa liberdade, prosperidade e até mesmo nos fez menos seguros. Isso é irônico e triste, considerando que a linha muitas vezes repetida sobre o raciocínio por trás dos ataques é que eles nos odeiam pelo que somos – um povo livre, próspero – e que não devemos, sob nenhuma circunstância deixar que os terroristas ganhem.

Ron Paul, Candidato Presidencial Republicano

Embora seja difícil para muitos acreditar, estudos mostram que a verdadeira motivação por trás dos ataques terroristas do 11 de setembro e a grande maioria dos outros casos de terrorismo suicida não é que os nossos inimigos se incomodam com o nosso modo de vida. Nao é nossa religião ou nossas riquezas. A razão é a ocupação que EUA faz de suas terras. Imagine por um momento como você se sentiria se um país invade o seu pela força e instala bases militares e soldados nas cidades. Você pode começar a entender por que a ocupação estrangeira incomoda tanta gente. Robert Pape investigou extensivamente o assunto e fala longamente em seu livro “O corte dos fusíveis:. A explosão do terrorismo suicida global e como para-lo”. Na verdade, de 2.200 incidentes de ataques suicidas que tem sido estudados em todo o mundo desde 1980, 95% foram em resposta à ocupação estrangeira.

Pape notas que antes da invasão do Iraque, apenas 10% do terrorismo suicida foi direcionado para os americanos ou os interesses americanos. Desde então, porém, não só o terrorismo suicida tem aumentado consideravelmente, mas agora 91% é feito contra os Estados Unidos.

Sim, os ataques de 11/09 mereciam uma resposta. Mas a maneira como respondemos permitiu os radicais do mundo muçulmano, agredir com uma narrativa muito ameaçadora sobre nós e nossa motivação na ocupação de suas terras. Osama bin Laden se refere a nós como “conquistadores” com uma agenda religiosa para converter muçulmanos, ocidentalizar a sua cultura e assumir o controle de seus recursos. Se tivéssemos voltado nossa  resposta para os bandidos e criminosos que nos atacaram, e nós tivéssemos abstido de invadir países que não tinham nada a ver com isso, essa caracterização pareceria menos plausível para o desesperado e deslocado. Culpar somente o Islã é muito enganador.

Em vez disso, optamos por um curso de ação que levou à perda de mais de 8.000 vidas americanas, deixou 40 mil feridos e tem centenas de milhares de pessoas que procuram ajuda por meio da Administração de Veteranos. Nós estamos três a quatro bilhões de dólares mais pobres. Nossas forças armadas estão espalhadas ao redor do mundo perigosamente à custa da protecção que poderiam realizar aqui em casa. Não só isso, mas temos permitido que a nossa liberdade seja ameaçada e minada desde dentro. O Patriot Act, as buscas e escutas telefônicas sem habeas corpus, as buscas desnecessárias e humilhantes nos aeroportos são apenas alguns exemplos de como temos permitido que os terroristas “ganhem” e como nosso país é menos livre.

Não existia terrorismo suicida no Iraque antes que os EUA chegaram lá. Agora há. Não há casos conhecidos de terrorismo suicida cometido por iranianos. Se o Irã é invadido e ocupado, podemos esperar que isso aconteça também.

As vezes pode ser muito desconfortável ouvir ou fazer perguntas e encarar a verdade. Quando um político habilidoso chega e dá uma versão muito mais suave de eventos, é tentador acreditar apenas o que nós gostamos. Mas ouvir as mentiras não nos torna mais seguros, embora possa nos fazer sentir melhor sobre nós mesmos.

A verdade é que pôr fim a estas guerras e ocupações vai nos fazer mais seguro, mais prósperos e mais livres.

Tradução em Português Luis R. Miranda

Ocupación Militar Resulta en Más Terrorismo

Rep. Ron Paul
Candidato Presidencial
13 de septiembre 2011

Hace diez años acciones chocantes y horribles de terrorismo fueron llevadas a cabo en territorio de EE.UU., las cuales resultaron en la muerte de 3.000 estadounidenses inocentes. Sin lugar a dudas, esta acción exige venganza y retribución. Sin embargo, mucho se ha hecho en nombre de proteger al pueblo estadounidense contra el terrorismo que ha reducido nuestra prosperidad, la libertad e incluso nos ha hecho menos seguros. Esto es irónico y triste, teniendo en cuenta que la línea tantas veces repetida sobre el razonamiento detrás de los ataques es que nos odian por lo que somos – un pueblo libre, próspero – y que no debemos dejar, bajo ninguna circunstancia que los terroristas ganen.

Ron Paul, Candidato Presidencial Republicano

Aunque es difícil para muchos creerlo, los estudios muestran que la verdadera motivación detrás de los atentados del 11 de septiembre y la gran mayoría de otros casos de terrorismo suicida no es que a nuestros enemigos les molesta nuestra forma de vida. Tampoco es nuestra religión, o nuestra riqueza, La razón es la ocupación estadounidense de sus tierras. Imagine por un momento cómo se sentiría si un país ocupara Estados Unidos por la fuerza e instalara bases militares y soldados armados en nuestras ciudades. Es posible empezar a entender por qué la ocupación extranjera molesta tanto a la gente. Robert Pape ha investigado extensamente este tema y habla en profundidad en su libro “El corte de los fusibles: La explosión del terrorismo suicida global y cómo detenerlo”. De hecho, de 2.200 incidentes de ataques suicidas que ha estudiado en todo el mundo desde 1980, el 95% fueron en respuesta a la ocupación extranjera.

Pape señala que antes de la invasión de Irak, sólo el 10% del terrorismo suicida estaba dirigido a los estadounidenses o los intereses estadounidenses. Desde entonces, sin embargo, no sólo ha aumentado el  terrorismo suicida en gran medida, sino que el 91% de ahora es realizado contra Estados Unidos.

Sí, los ataques del 9 / 11 merecían respuesta. Pero la manera en que hemos respondido ha permitido que los radicales en el mundo musulmán avancen con una narrativa muy amenazante sobre nosotros y nuestra motivación en la ocupación de sus tierras. Osama bin Laden se refiere a nosotros como “conquistadores” con una agenda religiosa para convertir a los musulmanes, occidentalizar su cultura y tomar el control de sus recursos. Si hubiéramos dirigido nuestra respuesta sólo a los matones y criminales que nos atacaron, y nos hubieramos  abstenido de invadir países que no tenía nada que ver con ello, esta caracterización parecería menos plausible a los desesperados y desplazados. Culpar al Islam por sí solo es muy engañoso.

En su lugar, se optó por un curso de acción que llevó a la pérdida de más de 8.000 vidas estadounidenses, dejó 40.000 heridos y tiene cientos de miles de personas que buscan ayuda a través de la Administración de Veteranos. Nos tienen de tres a cuatro billones de dólares más pobres. Nuestras fuerzas armadas se extienden peligrosamente en todo el mundo, a expensas de la protección que podrían realizar aquí en casa. No sólo eso, sino que hemos permitido que nuestra libertad sea amenazada y socavada desde dentro. La Ley Patriota, los allanamientos y escuchas telefónicas abusivas sin hábeas corpus, las búsquedas inútiles y humillantes en aeropuertos son sólo algunos ejemplos de cómo hemos permitido que los terroristas “ganen” y que nuestro país sea menos libre.

El terrorismo suicida no existía en Irak antes de que Estados Unidos llegara allí. Ahora existe. No hay casos conocidos de los iraníes cometiendo terrorismo suicida. Si invadimos y ocupamos Irán, podemos esperar que eso suceda también.

A veces puede ser muy incómodo hacer o escuchar las preguntas adecuadas y enfrentar la verdad. Cuando un político hábil se acerca y da una forma mucho más suave versión de los hechos, es muy tentador creer simplemente lo que nos gusta. Pero escuchar las mentiras no nos hace más seguros, a pesar de que podría hacer que nos sintamos mejor con nosotros mismos.

La verdad es que poner fin a estas guerras y ocupaciones equivocadas nos hará más seguros, más prósperos y más libre.

Traducción en Español Luis R. Miranda

Foreign Occupation Leads to More Terror

Rep. Ron Paul
U.S. Presidential Candidate
September 13, 2011

Ten years ago shocking and horrific acts of terrorism were carried out on US soil, taking over 3,000 innocent American lives.  Without a doubt, this action demanded retaliation and retribution.  However, much has been done in the name of protecting the American people from terrorism that has reduced our prosperity and liberty and even made us less safe.  This is ironic and sad, considering that the oft-repeated line concerning the reasoning behind the attacks is that they hate us for who we are – a free, prosperous people – and that we must not under any circumstances allow the terrorists to win.

U.S. Presidential Candidate Ron Paul

Though it is hard for many to believe, honest studies show that the real motivation behind the September 11 attacks and the vast majority of other instances of suicide terrorism is not that our enemies are bothered by our way of life.  Neither is it our religion, or our wealth.  Rather, it is primarily occupation.  If you were to imagine for a moment how you would feel if another country forcibly occupied the United States, had military bases and armed soldiers present in our hometowns, you might begin to understand why foreign occupation upsets people so much.  Robert Pape has extensively researched this issue and goes in depth in his book “Cutting the Fuse:  The Explosion of Global Suicide Terrorism and How to Stop It”.  In fact, of 2,200 incidents of suicide attacks he has studied worldwide since 1980, 95% were in response to foreign occupation.

Pape notes that before our invasion of Iraq, only about 10% of suicide terrorism was aimed at Americans or American interests.  Since, then however, not only is suicide terrorism greatly on the rise, but 91% of it is now directed at us.

Yes, the attacks of 9/11 deserved a response.  But the manner in which we responded has allowed radicals in the Muslim world to advance a very threatening narrative about us and our motivation in occupying their lands.  Osama bin Laden referred to us as “crusaders” with a religious agenda to convert Muslims, westernize their culture and take control of their resources.  If we had targeted our response to only the thugs and criminals who attacked us, and refrained from invading countries that had nothing to do with it, this characterization would seem less plausible to the desperate and displaced.  Blaming Islam alone is grossly misleading.

Instead, we chose a course of action that led to the further loss of 8,000 American lives, left 40,000 wounded and has hundreds of thousands seeking help at the Veterans Administration.  We are three to four trillion dollars poorer.  Our military is spread dangerously thin around the globe, at the expense of protection here at home.  Not only that, but we have allowed our freedoms to be greatly threatened and undermined from within.  The Patriot Act, warrantless searches and wiretapping, abuse of habeus corpus, useless and humiliating searches at airports are just a few examples of how we’ve allowed the terrorists to “win” by making our country less free.

Suicide terrorism did not exist in Iraq before we got there.  Now it does.  There are no known instances of Iranians committing suicide terrorism.  If we invade and occupy Iran, expect that to change, too.

Sometimes it can be very uncomfortable to ask the right questions and face the truth.  When a slick politician comes along and gives a much more soothing, self-congratulating version of events, it is very tempting to simply believe what we would like to hear.  But listening to lies does not make us safer, even though it might make us feel better about ourselves.

The truth is that ending these misguided wars and occupations will make us safer, more prosperous and more free.

Intelligence Agency Rejects Osama Murder in Pakistan

Stratfor disputes OBL killing in Abbottabad

The Nation
August 22, 2011

Globally recognised intelligence and forecast STRATFOR has rejected the US Central Intelligence Agency claim that the man killed in Abbottabad’s compound by US Naval SEALs was al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. This was one of the reasons the CIA kept Pakistan’s premier intelligence agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) in dark.

The STRATFOR says: “The possibility that bin Laden was already dead and in terms of his impact on terrorist operations, he effectively was. That does not mean, however, that he was not an important ideological leader or that he was not someone the United States sought to capture or kill for his role in carrying out the most devastating terrorist attack in the US history.”

In its latest intelligence gathering, the STRATFOR claims that aggressive US intelligence collection efforts have come to fruition, as killing of Osama bin Laden was perhaps the top symbolic goal for the CIA and all those involved in the US covert operations. Indeed, President Obama said during his speech on May 1 that upon entering the office, he had personally instructed CIA Director Leon Panetta that killing the al-Qaeda leader was his top priority. The logistical challenges of catching a single wanted individual with Bin Laden level of resources were substantial and while 10 years, the United States was able to accomplish the objective it set out to do in October 2001.

Because of bin Laden’s communications limitations, since October 2001 when he fled Tora Bora after the US invasion of Afghanistan, he has been relegated to a largely symbolic and ideological role in al-Qaeda. Accordingly, he issued audiotapes on a little more than a yearly basis, whereas before 2007 he was able to issue videotapes.
The growing infrequency and decreasing quality of his recorded messages was the most notable when al-Qaeda did not release a message marking the anniversary of 9/11 in September 2010 but later followed up with a tape on January 21, 2011.

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