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    Please send as far and wide as possible. Thanks, Robert Sterling Editor, The Konformist http://www.konformist.com Friday, Nov. 10, 2006 Exclusive: Charges
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      Please send as far and wide as possible.

      Thanks,
      Robert Sterling
      Editor, The Konformist
      http://www.konformist.com

      Friday, Nov. 10, 2006
      Exclusive: Charges Sought Against Rumsfeld Over Prison Abuse
      A lawsuit in Germany will seek a criminal prosecution of the
      outgoing Defense Secretary and other U.S. officials for their
      alleged role in abuses at Abu Ghraib and Gitmo
      By ADAM ZAGORIN
      Time.com

      Just days after his resignation, former Defense Secretary Donald
      Rumsfeld is about to face more repercussions for his involvement in
      the troubled wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. New legal documents, to
      be filed next week with Germany's top prosecutor, will seek a
      criminal investigation and prosecution of Rumsfeld, along with
      Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former CIA director George Tenet
      and other senior U.S. civilian and military officers, for their
      alleged roles in abuses committed at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison and at
      the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

      The plaintiffs in the case include 11 Iraqis who were prisoners at
      Abu Ghraib, as well as Mohammad al-Qahtani, a Saudi held at
      Guantanamo, whom the U.S. has identified as the so-called "20th
      hijacker" and a would-be participant in the 9/11 hijackings. As TIME
      first reported in June 2005, Qahtani underwent a "special
      interrogation plan," personally approved by Rumsfeld, which the U.S.
      says produced valuable intelligence. But to obtain it, according to
      the log of his interrogation and government reports, Qahtani was
      subjected to forced nudity, sexual humiliation, religious
      humiliation, prolonged stress positions, sleep deprivation and other
      controversial interrogation techniques.

      Lawyers for the plaintiffs say that one of the witnesses who will
      testify on their behalf is former Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, the
      one-time commander of all U.S. military prisons in Iraq. Karpinski —
      who the lawyers say will be in Germany next week to publicly address
      her accusations in the case — has issued a written statement to
      accompany the legal filing, which says, in part: "It was clear the
      knowledge and responsibility [for what happened at Abu Ghraib] goes
      all the way to the top of the chain of command to the Secretary of
      Defense Donald Rumsfeld ."

      A spokesperson for the Pentagon told TIME there would be no comment
      since the case has not yet been filed.

      Along with Rumsfeld, Gonzales and Tenet, the other defendants in the
      case are Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Stephen Cambone;
      former assistant attorney general Jay Bybee; former deputy assisant
      attorney general John Yoo; General Counsel for the Department of
      Defense William James Haynes II; and David S. Addington, Vice
      President Dick Cheney's chief of staff. Senior military officers
      named in the filing are General Ricardo Sanchez, the former top Army
      official in Iraq; Gen. Geoffrey Miller, the former commander of
      Guantanamo; senior Iraq commander, Major General Walter Wojdakowski;
      and Col. Thomas Pappas, the one-time head of military intelligence
      at Abu Ghraib.

      Germany was chosen for the court filing because German law
      provides "universal jurisdiction" allowing for the prosecution of
      war crimes and related offenses that take place anywhere in the
      world. Indeed, a similar, but narrower, legal action was brought in
      Germany in 2004, which also sought the prosecution of Rumsfeld. The
      case provoked an angry response from Pentagon, and Rumsfeld himself
      was reportedly upset. Rumsfeld's spokesman at the time, Lawrence
      DiRita, called the case a "a big, big problem." U.S. officials made
      clear the case could adversely impact U.S.-Germany relations, and
      Rumsfeld indicated he would not attend a major security conference
      in Munich, where he was scheduled to be the keynote speaker, unless
      Germany disposed of the case. The day before the conference, a
      German prosecutor announced he would not pursue the matter, saying
      there was no indication that U.S. authorities and courts would not
      deal with allegations in the complaint.

      In bringing the new case, however, the plaintiffs argue that
      circumstances have changed in two important ways. Rumsfeld's
      resignation, they say, means that the former Defense Secretary will
      lose the legal immunity usually accorded high government officials.
      Moreover, the plaintiffs argue that the German prosecutor's
      reasoning for rejecting the previous case — that U.S. authorities
      were dealing with the issue — has been proven wrong.

      "The utter and complete failure of U.S. authorities to take any
      action to investigate high-level involvement in the torture program
      could not be clearer," says Michael Ratner, president of the Center
      for Constitutional Rights, a U.S.-based non-profit helping to bring
      the legal action in Germany. He also notes that the Military
      Commissions Act, a law passed by Congress earlier this year,
      effectively blocks prosecution in the U.S. of those involved in
      detention and interrogation abuses of foreigners held abroad in
      American custody going to back to Sept. 11, 2001. As a result,
      Ratner contends, the legal arguments underlying the German
      prosecutor's previous inaction no longer hold up.

      Whatever the legal merits of the case, it is the latest example of
      efforts in Western Europe by critics of U.S. tactics in the war on
      terror to call those involved to account in court. In Germany,
      investigations are underway in parliament concerning cooperation
      between the CIA and German intelligence on rendition — the
      kidnapping of suspected terrorists and their removal to third
      countries for interrogation. Other legal inquiries involving
      rendition are underway in both Italy and Spain.

      U.S. officials have long feared that legal proceedings against "war
      criminals" could be used to settle political scores. In 1998, for
      example, former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet — whose military
      coup was supported by the Nixon administration — was arrested in the
      U.K. and held for 16 months in an extradition battle led by a
      Spanish magistrate seeking to charge him with war crimes. He was
      ultimately released and returned to Chile. More recently, a Belgian
      court tried to bring charges against then Israeli Prime Minister
      Ariel Sharon for alleged crimes against Palestinians.

      For its part, the Bush administration has rejected adherence to the
      International Criminal Court (ICC) on grounds that it could be used
      to unjustly prosecute U.S. officials. The ICC is the first permanent
      tribunal established to prosecute war crimes, genocide and other
      crimes against humanity.

      ***

      Figureheads On The Chopping Block
      Big oil interests have had enough of being bashed over Iraq,
      Rumsfeld sacrificed, 'Democratic Revolution' a good cop/bad cop
      smokescreen, Two factions emerge, Is Cheney next?
      Steve Watson
      Infowars.net
      Wednesday, November 8, 2006

      Donald Rumsfeld's sacrifice has been a done deal for weeks and is
      the first scene of what insiders have dubbed a Shakespearean like
      play that will characterize the final years of the George W Bush
      administration.

      As usual all the main players have their parts, yet we are about to
      witness the implosion of the Neoconservative movement and a possible
      vicious battle for power between America's corporate elite.
      The 'Democratic Revolution' is little more than a subplot to the
      greater story, the events of which have always been dictated by
      globalist power structures.

      Alex Jones was joined on air briefly today by BBC and ABC
      investigative journalist Greg Palast who laid out the real reason
      for the demise of Donald Rumsfeld.

      "Don Rumsfeld is not Commander in Chief. Don Rumsfeld did not stand
      up in front of the United Nations and say Saddam had WMD...If
      anybody is to be fired over Iraq it's the Commander in Chief" Palast
      fumed.

      Palast asserts that Rumsfeld had already lost all his power and was
      simply a figurehead, a lightening rod to absorb all the ammo of the
      opposition. According to Palast's sources he had allied himself
      against the oil company forces controlling the administration, and
      he had crossed Dick Cheney. Greg Palast maintains that this was the
      information he received around a year and a half ago, and since then
      Rumsfeld has been simply a figurehead.

      "Rummy's the puppet — but the problem is the puppeteer." Palast
      states in his latest article.

      Palast went on to reveal that the big oil companies have taken as
      much as they can handle with regards to the Iraq war and are calling
      the shots on who stays and who goes. Rumsfeld's axing is mainly down
      to the "Independent" Iraq study group, run by uber elitist James
      Baker who represents the oil cartels in taking back complete control.

      "This is now saying that James Baker will have complete control over
      the Iraq policy. And if you don't know James Baker, he is the lawyer
      for Exxon mobil Corporation, he is the lawyer for the Kingdom of
      Saudi Arabia, another great democracy. The oil companies have now
      said that they can't even have Rumsfeld in as a figurehead." Palast
      declared.

      James Baker has never been 'independent' or 'bipartisan', he is
      heavily involved with long term elite corporations such as the
      Carlyle Group and law firm Baker Botts, and is a staunch Bush ally,
      having served as Secretary of State under HW Bush and being the
      official family lawyer. He was an architect of the first gulf war
      and has been intimately involved in the current Iraq war. He also
      personally stole the 2000 election for George W Bush whilst acting
      as his chief legal advisor and overseeing the Florida recount. All
      these facts are simply taken from his Wikipedia bio.

      Palast's analysis seems spot on the money when factored in with
      former NSA officer Wayne Madsen's predictions of late October. On
      October 24, Wayne Madsen Report wrote the following:

      "There is something afoot, in a very Shakespearean way, in the White
      House. Preparing for a post-election massacre of the GOP and the
      resignation of Donald Rumsfeld as Defense Secretary, two factions
      are emerging within the White House. One is the neo-con faction
      surrounding potential scapegoat Vice President Dick Cheney. This
      faction includes Cheney's own staffers and his and Rumsfeld's
      sympathizers in the Pentagon, National Security Council, State
      Department, and media and think tanks. The other is the faction
      coalescing around the other potential scapegoat -- George W. Bush.
      This is the most interesting faction as it consists of George H. W.
      Bush and his closest friends -- James Baker III, Lee Hamilton,
      former CIA Director Robert Gates, Alan Simpson, Sandra Day O'Connor,
      and other past luminaries of the George H. W. Bush administration."

      Bush's choice to replace Rumsfeld is one of his new inner-circle
      advisers, Robert Gates. The circling of the wagons in the pending
      Bush-Cheney battle has begun. Many neocons, including Richard Perle
      and Ken Adelman, sensing that Cheney and the neocon cause is in
      trouble, have recently backed down from their early cheerleading for
      the Iraq war.

      Madsen was bang on the money, Robert Gates is Rumsfeld's
      replacement, and it seems daddy has stepped in to save Georgie
      junior from the consequences of his actions one more time. Cheney's
      neocon buddies, the prime example being "the prince of darkness"
      Richard Perle, have jumped ship like the hideous infested rats that
      they have always been. Scuttling off back into the shadows to wait
      until its safe to re-emerge again and feed.

      Will Cheney be next? He has said that he will not testify before
      Congress if he was subpoenaed. The reason he gave was that in his
      world "The Vice President and President and constitutional officers
      don't appear before the Congress." This could be swiftly solved and
      Cheney made to take the fall if the Baker/Bush faction ejects him.

      We are staring the New World Order in the face on this one. Think of
      the years and years of loyalty Rumsfeld has given to them, and try
      to remember for how long we despised his actions and perhaps forgot
      that he is fodder to them, he is the dog dirt on their shoes and
      they have simply flicked him off in one swift motion in order that
      they can carry on raping, pillaging and destroying the country for
      everything it is worth.

      And if you thought Rumsfeld was bad, check out his replacement,
      Robert Gates. He served for 26 years in the CIA and the National
      Security Council. Under President George H.W. Bush, he served as
      Director of Central Intelligence and is of course firmly in the camp
      as he served as a member of the 'bipartisan' Iraq commission headed
      by James A. Baker III.

      Like Baker, Gates was deeply involved in the Iran/contra affair. His
      testimony has been proven to be made up of lies and untruths, yet at
      the time it was not proven "beyond a reasonable doubt that Gates was
      deliberately not telling the truth" and he got off scott free, a
      good benchmark when taking up a position under a Bush family member.

      Whilst half the country is running around ecstatically declaring a
      major victory, the elite power-mongers are tightening their
      stranglehold on America and preparing to bring out the big guns.

      Gates has to be confirmed by the Senate - and if Democrats win it,
      this will be the first test of their supposed check and balance on
      Bush's Decidership.

      With Nancy Pelosi firmly within the Bush faction who would bet
      against Gates becoming Secretary of Defense?

      Greg Palast further explained why a Democratic Congress will still
      suit the Bush power faction:

      "There are too many skeletons in the Democrats' closets and the last
      thing they want to do is start opening up investigations. We are
      going to see the new Whitewash Commission with James Baker. If you
      take out the President and impeach him for lying, you're gonna take
      out a third of the Democrat Senators with him."

      ***

      Elections & Voting
      Rumsfeld replacement (Robert Gates) was director of voting company
      By Bev Harris
      Founder, Black Box Voting
      Nov 10, 2006

      Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld will resign, reportedly to be
      replaced by former CIA director Robert Gates. Did you know that
      Robert Gates was involved in the voting machine industry?

      Gates was on the Board of Directors of VoteHere, a strange little
      company that was the biggest elections industry lobbyist for the
      Help America Vote Act (HAVA). VoteHere spent more money than ES&S,
      Diebold, and Sequoia combined to help ram HAVA through. And HAVA, of
      course, was a bill sponsored by convicted Abramoff pal Bob Ney and K-
      street lobbyist buddy Steny Hoyer. HAVA put electronic voting on
      steroids.

      I first became acquainted with VoteHere when I met a source, Dan
      Spillane, who is the wonderful guy that identified the Diebold
      source code modules for me after I found the Diebold files. He is
      the person who introduced me, and subsequently everyone else, to the
      odd role of The Election Center and R. Doug Lewis in the elections
      industry.

      Spillane filled me in on The Livingston Group, VoteHere lobbyists,
      run by Bob Livingston -- the fellow that Hustler publisher Larry
      Flynt outed during the Bill Clinton blow job days. Larry Flynt
      offered a million dollars to anyone who could out a Republican
      congressman for adultery, and out popped peccadillos by Livingston.

      Livingston couldn't live that one down, so he resigned his post as
      House Speaker-elect and became a lobbyist -- but that's not all! He
      also launched a group called "Center for Democracy" which was going
      to "monitor elections." This group also featured several good old
      boys from the tobacco industry and some mining companies.

      Former VoteHere test engineer Dan Spillane was looking into all this
      because he had been fired after he questioned the certification
      process on a touch-screen system in which he had identified 250
      flaws. It was way back in November 2002 that Spillane told me, "The
      voting machine industry is a house of cards. And the certification
      and testing process is the bottom card in the house of cards."

      But don't run out of the room to take a shower yet. There's more.

      VoteHere, a company shilling cryptographic solutions and filled with
      NSA types (another director was Admiral Bill Owens), for some reason
      claims they were unable to prevent themselves from being hacked. In
      this alleged hack, VoteHere claims that someone stole their source
      code. Said source code was offered to me, an obvious attempt at
      entrapment which I refused to touch with a 10-foot pole.

      Nevertheless, VoteHere claimed to the newspapers that they had
      supposedly "tracked" the hacker and had identified the hacker as an
      activist in the election reform community.

      For some reason, it was decided that I should be investigated for
      this "hack" of VoteHere -- nevermind that I can't remember how to
      change the password on my own laptop. Therefore I was interviewed by
      the Secret Service several times about this. Curiously, they never
      seemed to ask any questions about VoteHere, only my role in finding
      the Diebold files and publishing the Diebold memos.

      This nonsense eventually culminated in a gag order and a letter from
      the U.S. attorney to appear in front of a federal grand jury with
      information on all the visitors to the Black Box Voting Web site.
      (As if they couldn't get that in less dramatic ways in post-PATRIOT
      Act America).

      Attorney Lowell Finley went to bat for me on this. A reporter named
      George Howland from the Seattle Weekly got wind of it. When it hit
      the press, the investigation stopped.

      VoteHere never sold any voting machines that I can find, but
      apparently did set up some deals to embed its cryptography into some
      voting systems. We found memos in the Diebold trash about VoteHere's
      crypto-crap, and Maryland Director of Elections Linda Lamone shows
      up in VoteHere-related letters. Sequoia Voting Systems signed an
      agreement with VoteHere, but it's not clear to me whether they ever
      did anything about it.

      Robert Gates stepped away from VoteHere shortly before he showed up
      in Chapter 8 of my book, Black Box Voting, in a short bit about the
      VoteHere company history.

      I don't know about you, but I'd rather use a paper, pencil, and
      count by hand at the polling place than have former CIA director
      Robert Gates fooling around with my vote.

      But that's just me.
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