Court Docs Reveal CIA Director Gina Haspel May Have Run ‘Black Site’ at Guantanamo Bay
TEHRAN (FNA)- CIA Director Gina Haspel, confirmed by the Senate last year amid accusations of involvement in torture, may have run a so-called ‘black site’ at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, as she did not mention this role in her confirmation hearing.

Haspel’s apparent involvement in the site was revealed in the partially redacted transcript of a secret hearing held at Guantánamo last November. Haspel’s name was mentioned in court by a terror suspect’s defense lawyer, who argued that the CIA Director must testify before the court on classification guidelines for reports from the apparent black site, RT reported.

Torture allegedly took place at the site, and the defense lawyer noted that the prosecution was “not trying to cover up the torture… But the one thing that they're not willing to talk about is the names of the people involved in the torture”, thanks to Haspel’s classification guidelines.

Haspel’s guidelines, the lawyer continued, “make it impossible for people at Guantánamo, who may have seen her when she was here as chief of base, to identify her and talk about it”.

‘Chief of base’ is CIA-speak for the officer in charge of one of the agency’s secret foreign outposts, including the clandestine prisons known as ‘black sites’. The site in question here could refer to one of two such prisons at Guantánamo, code named ‘Maroon’ and ‘Indigo’. The existence of these sites - separate from the main ‘Camp Delta’ naval base and prison - was revealed by the 2014 Senate torture report.

Both sites were operated by the CIA between September 2003 and April 2004, and captives there were ‘interrogated’ before being passed into US military custody at the main prison. While the names of the officers in charge of the main prison are public, the names of the CIA spooks running the ‘Maroon’ and ‘Delta’ sites are not.

If Haspel was indeed in charge of one of these sites, the position would fill one of the many blank spots in her 30 year career at the CIA. She was reticent to talk about these blank spots during her confirmation process last year, and her official CIA resumé notes that these assignments were short-term, covert assignments that remain classified.

Her time at the helm in Guantánamo would have most likely been short, former CIA counterterrorism officer-turned-whistleblower John Kiriakou told McClatchy.

“Nobody wanted the job,” he said, adding, “So they resorted to sending people on temporary duty assignments ranging from six weeks to nine months.”

The revelation could leave another black mark on Haspel’s career with the agency. Her confirmation last summer was met with intense opposition from former military and intelligence personnel, who accused her of being “intimately involved in torture”; and from some Democratic lawmakers, who pressed her on whether or not she would continue the CIA’s post-9/11 shady practices of torture and detention.

California Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) asked the CIA to declassify documents relating to Haspel’s involvement in the agency’s torture program, which was described by Kiriakou as “the greatest recruiting mechanism for our enemies”. The CIA agreed to declassify some of Haspel’s history, but kept the bulk of her covert assignments under wraps to protect its agents.

Haspel had managed a secret prison in Thailand, codenamed ‘Cat’s Eye’, one year before the court documents put her in Guantánamo. Months before Haspel took over the reins in Thailand, a suspect was tortured almost to death at the facility. Abu Zubadayah, incorrectly believed to have been an Al-Qaeda operative, was waterboarded to unconsciousness, physically assaulted by CIA officers, and forced to spend over 11 days in a coffin-sized “confinement box”.

Other detainees at the facility were subjected to similar treatment, in a facility that one officer likened to “a dungeon”.

After finishing her stint in Thailand, Haspel returned to the US, where she drafted an order authorizing the destruction of 92 videotapes of interrogations that took place at the site, including those of Abu Zubadayah. A subsequent CIA review found that Haspel acted appropriately when she ordered the tapes shredded, with the agency’s Deputy Director Michael Morell calling Haspel a “good soldier” for doing so.

Some former agents have cast doubt on whether Haspel actually ran either of the sites at Guantánamo. Ali Soufan, a former FBI agent who also conducted interrogations at Guantánamo told McClatchy that the chief of base at that time was a man, but that Haspel may have visited briefly, while managing another black site.

Meanwhile, in the court case outlined in the transcript, the suspect, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, is facing the death penalty for allegedly plotting the 9/11 attacks. Mohammed has been in detention since he was captured in Pakistan in 2003, and after three years in CIA detention and over 180 rounds of waterboarding, confessed to being “responsible for the 9/11 operation --- from A to Z”. Four other men have been charged in the same case.
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Syrian Dissident Blasts Persian Gulf Arab States for Betrayal
TEHRAN (FNA)- A prominent Syrian dissident figure lashed out at the Persian Gulf Arab countries for betraying the opposition front after the Syrian army's great victories.

"As many people foresaw, the [Persian] Gulf Arab states threw us out like a piece of dirty tissue paper," he was quoted by the Arabic-language al-Akhbar newspaper as saying on Saturday.

According to the Lebanese paper, the dissident figure said that the Persian Gulf Arab countries have emphasized that they no more need the opposition after their failure to overthrow the government of President Bashar al-Assad in the war.

"When we received news about the UAE's willingness to reopen its embassy in Damascus, I immediately went to the mediators between us and the UAE, but they did not give me a clear response," the dissident said.

The UAE reopened its embassy in Damascus late in December after a seven-year break, making it the first Arab embassy to start working again in Syria after closing as a result of the war.

The UAE closed its embassy soon after the Syrian conflict erupted in 2011, and Abu Dhabi was long considered a sponsor of the many militant groups that poured into the Arab country from across the region and beyond to fight to bring down the government of President Assad.
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トゥルシギャバード大統領選出馬表明 米国外の反応


※ Sarah Abdallah @sahouraxo氏の2019/1/12のツイート
Welcoming news! Tulsi Gabbard has been a powerful critic of US regime change wars, especially in Syria, and a consistent voice against the arming of Al-Qaeda terrorists and Saudi Arabia’s genocidal war in Yemen.
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米国政界は本当にパニック トゥルシギャバード大統領選出馬表明

‘Putin puppet’ vs ‘Assad shill’: Dems & Reps unite in panic over Gabbard challenging Trump in 2020
With Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) entering the 2020 presidential fray, establishment figures on both Right and Left are scrambling to smear the anti-war congresswoman with impeccable identity-politics bona fides.

Ever since her 2017 visit to Syria, Gabbard has been condemned for daring to seek firsthand accounts rather than blindly trusting the MSM narrative, so on Friday the pundits were again off to the races, with fresh accusations of Assad-sympathizing.

“Assad apologist” seems to be the Tulsi equivalent of “Putin puppet,” judging from the early tweets, though she was accused of being one of those too.

Gabbard certainly poses a thorny problem for the neocon-neoliberal axis, as she checks all the identity politics boxes – the first Hindu member of Congress, a woman, a veteran – and she has undeniable populist appeal, given her anti-establishment record. While Gabbard is a Democrat, she was emphatically not a Clinton supporter, resigning as vice chair of the Democratic National Committee in February 2016 to endorse Bernie Sanders in the primary.

But Republicans, too, felt the need to speak up against her. “Liberals think she’s too conservative, conservatives think she’s too liberal, and just about everyone thinks her coziness with Bashar al-Assad is disturbing,” Republican National Committee spokesman Michael Ahrens said, also mentioning the congresswoman’s “lack of experience.”

The RNC released a “cheat sheet” of talking points following the news of Gabbard’s pending announcement, though some took that as a sign of weakness.

The Israel-first crew made its opinion known, though no one really asked them.

Others didn’t even bother with “issues” or “facts,” preferring guilt by association and personal insults.
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西洋版 春の七草?


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スズキメソードに幸福の科学も? 引っ張りだこ 時代の寵児!

※ sivad @sivad氏の16:04 - 2016年4月5日のツイート
早野氏、ついに幸福の科学媒体へ… / 他3コメント http://b.hatena.ne.jp/entry/the-liberty.com/article.php?item_id=11150#tw?u=sivad … “福島の被ばくは心配したほどではなかった(1) 物理学者・早野龍五(はやのりゅうご)氏に聞く | ザ・リバティweb”


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posted by ZUKUNASHI at 15:20| Comment(0) | 福島原発事故


なかなかきれいな花畑ですが、無骨なお兄さんは引き立て役? ごめんね。カショギ事件の印象が強すぎて。女性は顔を隠しますのでね仕方ありませんね。


それに次の画像では花見の場が作られています。酒は飲みませんから歌を歌う? 楽器のようなものがあります。花が咲いたらそこでこういう催しをする習慣があるのではないでしょうか。



Massive swarm of locusts plagues Mecca


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※ 桑ちゃん @namiekuwabara氏の2019/1/12のツイート

※ ろ @mknteaerrs氏の22:05 - 2019年1月11日のツイート

※ ろ @mknteaerrs氏の22:05 - 2019年1月11日のツイート

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※ 衆議院議員 長尾たかし認証済みアカウント @takashinagao氏の13:10 - 2019年1月11日 のツイート

※ 時事ドットコム2019年01月11日12時30分


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※ JUMPILIKEYOU @jumpilikeyou氏の2019/1/10のツイート


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木々と知り合う ジンチョウゲ



Birmingham Botanical Gardens UK バーミンガムの植物園の方のツイートです。

これも沈丁花ではないでしょうか。Daphne Jacqueline Postillとあります。Daphneは上と同じです。

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