Saturday, May 15, 2004

Rumsfeld Approved IraqI Interrogation Torture

Yahoo! News - Rumsfeld Approved Iraq Interrogation Plan -Report:

Rumsfeld personally threw out the Geneva Convention and the standards of human decency upon which our country was founded. This is not a minor step. The logical argument used to defend sexually and physically abusing prisoners is not far removed from the ones used to justify the holocaust in Germany. JBOC

The New Yorker said the CIA, which approved using high-pressure interrogation tactics against senior al Qaeda leaders after the 2001 attacks, balked at extending them to Iraq and refused to participate.

"Such secret methods were used extensively in Afghanistan but more sparingly in Iraq -- only in the search for former President Saddam Hussein (news - web sites) and weapons of mass destruction. As the Iraqi insurgency grew and more U.S. soldiers died, Rumsfeld and Defense Undersecretary for Intelligence Stephen Cambone expanded the scope to bring the interrogation tactics to Abu Ghraib, the article said.
The magazine, which based its article on interviews with several past and present American intelligence officials, reported the plan was approved and carried out last year after deadly bombings in August at the U.N. headquarters and Jordanian Embassy in Baghdad. "

Syria, Iran boosting industrial cooperation

Syria, Iran for boosting industrial cooperation:

"Syria and Iran on Thursday agreed to launch two joint industrial projects in Syria the first is to establish car manufacturing near Damascus and the second is to produce glass.

This came in frame of an understanding memorandum signed by Ministers of Industry in both countries at the end of a five - day visit to Iran made by Minister of Industry Mohammed Safi Abu Dan."

Moscow welcomes the continuation of Iran's cooperation with the IAEA

Description of Selected News: "Russia welcomes the continuation of Iran's constructive cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), said a Russian official here on Friday.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander Yakovenko made these remarks in an interview with RIA Novosti news agency.
Moscow wants the IAEA issues concerning Iran's nuclear programs be cleared, RIA Novosti quoted the Russian official as saying on the eve of visit of Iran's Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi to Russia."

Iran, Shiites warn that Iraqi holy cities are -red line-

: "Iran, Shiites warn that Iraqi holy cities are 'red line'

TEHRAN, May 14 (AFP) - Iran and Shiite Muslim leaders warned the United States on Friday that the Iraqi holy cities of Najaf and Karbala were 'red lines' not be crossed.

'We are concerned at the intensification of the fighting in Iraq especially in Najaf and Karbala, and we condemn the killing of innocent Iraqis,' said Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi.

'The responsibility for the insecurity in Iraq falls on the occupiers, and we want the occupying forces to leave Iraq as soon as possible and give authority back to the Iraqis,' he added.

Najaf was shaken by explosions and gunfire Friday as US forces sought to crush an insurgency by renegade Shiite cleric Moqtadar Sadr ahead of the June 30 return of sovereignty."

Iran's Khatami congratulates Congress Party after Indian vote

: "Iran's Khatami congratulates Congress Party after Indian vote

TEHRAN, May 14 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has congratulated the Congress Party of India for its surprise election victory, the official IRNA news agency reported Friday.

'I sincerely congratulate you on the triumph of the Congress Party in the parliamentary elections, and hope that during your term in the office our existing friendly relations deepen more,' Khatami said in his message to Congress chief chief Sonia Gandhi.

India's outgoing prime minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, resigned on Thursday after the shock defeat of his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP, Indian People's Party).

Italian-born Gandhi is set to become India's first foreign-born leader and the fourth member of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty to hold the country's top job.