M.R.D. Foot on the impact of the resistance

If you who read this can say, I am not under fire; I am not under torture; I am not on the run; if I hear a noise at six in the morning, I know it is a neighbour or a milkman, not the secret police; no one in my country is arrested and held without prompt charge and trial; I can read newspapers, see and hear broadcasts, of several different views; within the laws of libel, I can say what I like about anybody; then you owe it, in a larger degree than most historians have so far allowed, to the resistance that occupied Europe put up to Hitler.

There is a Dutch saying worth recall: only dead fishes float down the stream, live ones swim against it.

—M.R.D. Foot, Resistance, (London: Biteback Publishing Ltd, 2016), 499-500.

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UK government and military accused of war crimes


The UK government and armed forces have been accused of covering up the killing of civilians by British troops in Afghanistan and Iraq.

An investigation by BBC Panorama and the Sunday Times has spoken to 11 British detectives who said they found credible evidence of war crimes.

Soldiers should have been prosecuted for the killings, say insiders.

The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said it rejected the unsubstantiated allegation of a pattern of cover-ups.

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Holocaust Memorial

Remember those who departed from this place.

All of the exhibits here are very static. Remember the dead, those who sat in this theater for an hour, for a day, a week, before being transported to a deportation camp and from there to a concentration or extermination camp. Remember those who did what they were told and were murdered.

It’s quite different from a resistance monument. I have less feeling for these people who obediently waited. I remember more those who died escaping, shot in the back, who died under torture screaming anything but the names of their fellows, those who died with weapons in their hands returning fire, who died with axes, with shovels, trying to split a fascist’s skull, who died on the guillotine, shouting Es lebe die Freiheit. Freedom doesn’t obediently wait to be murdered.

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February 1941 Strike Monument

The man’s robust, a dock worker. I like his stance. This is a man saying “No!”.

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Kamp Schoorl

Deze boom maant ons, die strijd in woord en daad voort te zetten.

The monument and the tree are at the junction of two paths separating a park from large single family homes. This early Sunday morning several people come by walking dogs. Two women were chatting on horseback. There are bicyclists.

I hear Ohringer’s message. How does one do this?

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A Nazi-type thing

Another witness to the shootings was Michael Terry, Orem, Utah, then a member of the C Platoon of Medina’s company and now a sophomore at nearby Brigham Young University. Interviewed at his home, Terry said he, too, came on the scene moments after the killings began.

“They just marched through shooting everybody,” he said. “Seems like no one said anything. … They just started pulling people out and shooting them.”

At one point, he said, more than 20 villagers were lined up in front of a ditch and shot.

“They had them in a group standing over a ditch — just like a Nazi-type thing.”

—Seymour Hersh, “GIs Call Viet Killings ‘Point-Blank Murder'”, Cleveland Plain Dealer, November 20, 1969.

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Sometimes they are five (and we have the news organizations to reinforce this)


Roger Stone: Trump adviser found guilty on all counts in WikiLeaks hacking case

Craig Murray:

The Mueller investigation has thus ultimately ended up prosecuting people for telling the same pack of lies that Mueller himself was pushing. The Clinton media, including CNN, the Washington Post and New York Times, are baffled by this. They follow the Stone trial assiduously from delight in seeing a long term Trump hanger-on brought down, and in the hope something will come out about Wikileaks or Russia. Their reporting, as that of the BBC, has been deliberately vague on why Stone is being charged, contriving to leave their audience with the impression that Stone’s trial proves Trump connections to Wkileaks and Russia, when in fact it proves the precise opposite.

Reading the BBC and Guardian can be, I don’t know, I was initially going to say “extraordinary” but that’s not accurate, as their reporting is, in fact, quite consistent in its lies, and so is ordinary. The headline in the Guardian is “WikiLeaks hacking” though the facts of the case, as Murray points out, are something far different. Friends and relatives fear Russia! Russia! Russia! and are angry at Trump! Trump! Trump!

I’m enjoying Hersh’s Reporter these days. Going in to pick up M. R. D. Foot’s volume on resistance today I think.

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Arthur Sylvester retired on February 1, 1967, after six years on the job as McNamara’s senior press aide. He published an essay in The Saturday Evening Post ten months later in which he brutally mocked the Pentagon press corps: “I don’t know a newsman who has served the government as an information officer in the Pentagon who hasn’t been dismayed at the evidence of shabby performance by what he used to think of with pride as his profession.… For six years I watched cover stories [promulgated by his office] go down smooth as cream, when I thought they would cause a frightful gargle.”

There was no learning curve among the men in the Pentagon running the war.

—Seymour Hersh, Reporter, (New York: Vintage Books, 2018), 62.

Note that Sylvester is describing a Pentagon press corps as unquestioningly swallowing lies throughout the Kennedy and Johnson administrations.

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Unbiased Truth

A “Facebook Friend” posted a link to this site, apparently in an unironic effort to be helpful. I’ve seen other friends do the same a number of times, with various sites. Here, in between Lifestyle and Videos, is something Free: Unbiased Truth. All one needs to do is to click on a link.

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CIA risks sliding back into illegal torture methods


The author of the Senate report on CIA torture, dramatised in a new film released on Friday, has said the failure to punish those responsible makes it more likely the US could again resort to illegal and ineffective interrogation techniques.

The Amazon movie, The Report, tells the story of what Jones (played by Adam Driver) and his colleagues found out about the torture programme: the systematic use of waterboarding, sleep deprivation and “stress positions”, and the extraordinary fact that the CIA itself had conducted a review that showed none of it was working. The programme did not provide useful intelligence – and yet the CIA hid that conclusion.

“The government wanted to use evidence rooted in those CIA torture sessions to quickly execute the defendants in the 9/11 case. We’re putting that evidence on trial first, to show how unworthy it is of a country that believes in the rule of law.”

Torture was supposed to protect Americans, but it ended up robbing the survivors of 9/11 of what they most craved, Jones argues. The use of torture made it impossible to try them in federal court and secure convictions.

“Nothing angers me so much as the lack of justice for the families of the victims,” he said. “Justice has been denied to them, because of this programme.”

The thrust of this article seems to be that torture is ineffective and the tragedy is those in Guantanamo without charge for 17+ years may not be convicted in federal court because they were tortured.

The US systematically tortured a large number of people over the course of years. No Americans have tried for this. The woman who called for the destruction of CIA videotapes of torture now heads the CIA.

The US has been holding people in prison without charge for over a decade.

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