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'The Invisibiles' Gives Voice to Brutalized Migrants

By Brenda Norrell

Photo: The Invisibles

TUCSON -- The women and children are raped. They are kidnapped. Those who can not remember the names of their relatives in the United States with money, have the tips of their tongues cut off. Those who can not pay the kidnappers are tortured, chopped into pieces and their bodies burned in boiling pots of diesel oil. Some are still alive when they are thrown in.

The Mexican government knows this, but does nothing to stop it.

These are the “Invisibles.”

These are the stories of migrants traveling on foot from southern Mexico, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. They are traveling north through Mexico, risking their lives to help their families.

U.S. threatened to kill members of the Uruguayan Tupamaros guerrilla group if they didn't release torturer Dan Mitrione

Declassified documents from the Nixon government reveal the tactics used to free one of its officials

Yesterday the National Security Archive, an independent organization devoted to shining a light on information related to national security in the United States, released a series of declassified documents from the Richard Nixon administration, which show the strategy that was was used to try and avoid the death of its United States Agency for International Development (USAID) director Dan Mitrione in Uruguay, by threatening to kill guerrilla leaders of the Uruguayan National Liberation Movement -Tupamaros (MLN in Spanish initials).

Mitrione had been kidnapped by the MLN on July 31, 1970. The guerillas accused him of training the  Uruguayan police and military in counterinsurgency warfare, which the South American country had lived through since the late 1960s. That day, the guerrillas kidnapped him at his home while pretending to be workers with the telephone company who had come to repair a phone line. In exchange for the liberation of  Mitrione, the MLN demanded the release of 150 of their own prisoners.

Los EEUU amenazaron con matar a miembros de la guerrilla uruguaya Tupamaros si no liberaban al torturador Dan Mitrione

Son desclasificados documentos en donde el gobierno de Nixon revela la táctica usada para la liberación de su agente

12 de agosto de 2010

El día de ayer, el Archivo en Seguridad Nacional (NSA, por sus siglas en inglés), organización independiente que se dedica a esclarecer información sobre seguridad nacional en los Estados Unidos, dio a conocer en  una serie de documentos desclasificados del gobierno de Richard Nixon (1969-1974) donde se revela  la estrategia utilizada para tratar de evitar la muerte del director de la Oficina de Seguridad Pública de la Agencia para el Desarrollo Internacional de los Estados Unidos (USAID, por sus siglas en inglés), Dan Mitrione, en Uruguay, mediante la amenaza de matar a dirigentes de la guerrilla uruguaya Movimiento de Liberación Nacional- Tupamaros (MLN)

Mitrione había sido secuestrado por el MLN el 31 de julio de 1970. La guerrilla uruguaya lo acusaba de entrenar a la policía y militares uruguayos en la guerra contrainsurgente que el país sudamericano vivía desde fines de los años 60. Ese 31 de julio la guerrilla lo secuestró en su hogar fingiendo ser trabajadores de la compañia telefónica que venían a reparar la línea telefónica. A cambio de la liberación de Mitrione, el MLN pedía la excarcelación de 150 presos tupamaros.

Border Patrol Looking To Expand Unmanned Air Drone Operations With Department of Defense

While a recent Narco News report states that the Central Intelligence Agency may be using faulty “hacked” programming code made for operating its unmanned Predator drone aircraft, there's also the matter of the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency, which is seeking to strengthen its partnership with the Department of Defense (DOD) to better monitor the US-Mexico border with surveillance drones.

Retired Air Force Major General Michael C. Kostelnik, who is now assistant commissioner to the Border Patrol's Air and Marine office, stated before a House of Representatives subcommittee last month that three specific DOD programs “are being tested or adopted” by the Border Patrol to enhance homeland security operations.

The first program, according to Kostelnik, “would provide CBP with a radar capability with active, near-real time vehicle and dismounted change detection, to support border ground operations, especially in areas subject to high levels of border violence.” In other words, the agency would be able to use DOD radar for its drone aircraft to better see what's happening on the ground.

Al Gore's 7 Simple Rules For Blocking Media Access

Al Gore went to great lengths to avoid the press when he traveled to Mexico to give a speech last week—so much so that journalists trying to cover the event were given a memo with 7 commandments drafted—reporters were told—by Gore's representatives to block the media from getting anywhere near the lecture.

The speech took place in the state of Mexico's capital city of Toluca, where Gore was invited by state Governor Enrique Peña Nieto, a main contender in Mexico's 2012 presidential elections and a member of the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI in Spanish initials), which until 2000 had ruled the country for 7 decades.

The Narco News Team was in the press room in Toluca, and obtained the memo, which was originally written in Spanish and included in press packets given to journalists trying to cover the event.

Tech Firm Claims Its Software “Hacked” in CIA’s Quest for Drone Code

Litigation pits trade secrets against alleged government-contracting abuses

 

A lawsuit pending in Suffolk County Superior Court in Boston offers a detailed snapshot of a facet of the CIA’s operations inside the United States, specifically what appears to be Agency contracting practices that make veracity the victim of subterfuge.

The litigation involves a breach of contract dispute between two high-tech companies — one a publicly traded computer hardware firm called Netezza Corp. and the other a small, privately owned software firm called Intelligent Integration Systems Inc., or IISI. Both are based in Massachusetts.

The litigation, pending since November 2009, is complex, and has received scant media attention, other than from an online financial publication called thestreet.com, which published a story [link here] last month about the case.

The lawsuit revolves around a series of claims and counterclaims related to a sophisticated, analytical software program developed by IISI that is capable of integrating at high speeds spatial data, such as maps and visual images, with non-visual data, such as names and phone numbers.

A thousand rages, one heart: the Zapatista communities live!

Proposal for a campaign against the harassment of the Zapatista communities:

Campaign "A thousand rages, one heart: the Zapatista communities live! " 

Since the armed uprising of the Zapatista National Liberation Army, the Zapatistas have been the recipients of attacks, harassment and assaults in an attempt by the bad government to put an end to those who have announced the existence of another possible world. However, the resistance and struggle of the Zapatista communities, along with men and women from Mexico and the world, have succeeded not only in thwarting the attacks of the bad government, but also in highlighting the progress made by the compas in building their autonomy. This experience has been, and continues to be, an example to follow for the different struggles of those from below (los de abajo). 

 The Sixth Declaration of the Lacandon Jungle grew out of the organisation of the EZLN, which again and again has built bridges of contact with those from below. The callout
 transcends those in solidarity with the Zapatistas and convenes all to organize together in a national struggle against capitalism.

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U.S. federal agents nationwide bilked by brazen Ponzi scheme

Law enforcement agencies actually paid crook to sponsor “seminars” used to hook his marks

 

Investment broker Kenneth Wayne McLeod was found dead, Vince Foster-style, inside his SUV in a park in southeast Jacksonville, Fla., on June 22.

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Department said he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to media reports. A rumor now popular among some federal law enforcement agents casts a bit of bitter irony over McLeod’s fate, indicating that he killed himself with a pistol given to him by the DEA to commemorate his years of service to the agency.

Whether that rumor has any basis in reality is not clear, but it speaks volumes about how some law enforcers feel about what McLeod did to a number of DEA agents, as well as dozens of other former and retired federal agents.

McLeod’s death came only some five days after he confessed to Securities and Exchange Commission investigators that he had been operating a 22-year-long Ponzi scheme that had victimized hundreds of government employees, primarily federal law enforcement agents.

Racism, irony and censorship: Trademarks of the US media

Photo by Garrett Brandon StewartBy Brenda Norrell

Photos: Church Rock Uranium Spill Commemoration by Garrett Brennan Stewart, Navajo

The Los Angeles Times, while allowing one of its bloggers to ramble and speculate, has insulted the ancient language of the O'odham people, accused them of criminal behavior without any knowledge of the subject and exposed racism and ignorance at the Los Angeles Times.

"Mystery Language on a Border Sign," does not refer to a mystery language, but to the language of the O'odham people who have lived here in the Sonoran Desert since time immemorial. The O'odham live on both sides of what today is known as the US/Mexico border, with O'odham villages on both sides.

DOJ drops the dime on CIA, State Department wrongdoing

Congress made aware of agencies’ alleged deceptions

Attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice have filed a motion in federal court indicating that Congress has been notified officially of corruption allegations involving the Central Intelligence Agency and the State Department.

The motion further substantiates a prior report by Narco News published July 4 that revealed at least one Congressional committee has launched an investigation into alleged CIA and State Department deceptions that surfaced in a lawsuit accusing officials from those agencies of spying on a DEA agent.

From the Narco News report:

“The CIA and State Department’s OIGs [Office of Inspector Generals] gave notice to the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency and they also notified the appropriate [Congressional] committees about the corruption allegations raised in [former DEA agent] Horn’s litigation,” says the Congressional source, who asked not to be named. The source adds that an investigation is now underway by the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and possibly additional committees, that is focused not only on the corruption charges that surfaced in Horn’s lawsuit, but also some “bigger issues.”

The plaintiff in the case, now-retired DEA agent Richard Horn, earlier this year struck a deal with government attorneys to settle a 16-year-long legal battle in which Horn accused CIA and State Department officials of spying on him and sabotaging his anti-narcotics mission in Burma — now known as Myanmar. The lawsuit was hidden from public view for more than a decade because the CIA invoked the “state secrets privilege,” claiming the litigation implicated national security.

Increase in army patrols and paramilitary activity in La Garrucha

JBG La Garrucha reports:

- increase in army patrols and helicopter overflights
- government-backed paramilitary activity in the communities

- attempts to take back land recuperated by the Zapatistas in 1994

- government attempts to buy loyalty with building materials

- government intention to divide communities
- government intention to provoke Zapatista supporters to retaliate and thus provide a justification for military intervention

- evictions of communities in Montes Azules to make way for luxury tourism and biopiracy - plans for a hydroelectric dam on the Jatate River

"Hiding behind environmental pretexts, they clear the way for the entry into the jungle of the big investors, the exploitation of the area for luxury tourism, and the appropriation of biological resources for patenting".

Showdown: Will Obama recognize Indian Nation sovereignty and Haudenosaunee passports

UPDATE: Britain refused to honor the Haudenosaunee passports of the Iroquois Lacrosse team. In the end, after running up enormous hotel bills staying in New York and waiting, the team was denied visas by Britain to the Lacrosse world championships and then returned home as heroes.

Mohawk artist Tracy Thomas said, "To the Nationals, who are coming home, this is not a defeat. You have gained respect, honor and instilled pride to our children, to be who we are. We all have a piece of the Creator's heart in all of us, you have shown the world, what Lacrosse means to us, its more than a trophy, its our spiritual connection to the Creator's Game and you will play again another time."

The Mohawk Nation News said in an editorial that the refusal to honor the passport was part of the continual genocide and theft of land and resources of Indigenous peoples. Britain's demand for the Iroqouis team members to obtain US or Canadian passports was not an option.

"We are not immigrants. Being forced to carry the passports of illegal foreign corporations is blackmail," said Mohawk Nation News. Read column: http://bsnorrell.blogspot.com/2010/07/lacrosse-passport-standoff-is-about.html

Read more about the team at:
http://iroquoisnationals.org/

Earlier, the US State Department issued a last minute, one-time waiver for the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team to travel on their Haudenosaunee passports, but the UK rejected it. The team was unable to board their rescheduled flight that would have placed them in England just in time for the game.

US Rep. Dan Maffei, D-NY, brought the issue to Congress twice Wednesday. Rep. Maffei demanded that Britian issue the visas, stating that it will be an international embarrassment if the team is not allowed to compete.

On Saturday, July 17, the team said in a statement that the passports reamin under review by the UK.

Mitzitón: God’s Army Must Leave Now

“They are guilty of the crimes of murder, torture, kidnapping, rape, illegal felling of trees, and trafficking in migrants. We demand the government relocates the criminal delinquent paramilitaries”

Mitzitón is a small Tzotzil community, located in woodland near to San Cristóbal de Las Casas. The majority of the inhabitants are adherents to the Other Campaign, and grow and care for the local trees. There have been problems in this community for the past thirteen years, since members of an evangelical group, Alas de Aguila, Eagle Wings, part of a larger paramilitary organisation, Ejército de Dios, the Army of God, or God’s Army, came to live in Mitzitón. They have, since 1997, the year of the Acteal massacre, refused to take part in any of the collective work of the community or to contribute to its costs. To the great concern of the majority, members of the organisation have been indiscriminately cutting down the trees which are loved and nurtured by the rest of the inhabitants.

The community say that the aggressive actions of the Eagle Wings have been getting worse and more frequent. As well as squandering the scarce timber and water resources, they operate with complete impunity within the community, issuing threats, kidnapping, beating, raping, using high velocity firearms, and wearing military uniforms. They are basically living off the profits they make from trafficking illegally in timber and in migrant people from Central America.

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