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U.S. Soldiers Murder Unarmed, Shouting Iraqi Man

U.S. Soldiers Murder Unarmed, Shouting Iraqi Man

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHpXVL054eM

 



Police Brutality: Cop Relentlessly Beats Unarmed Driver

Police Brutality: Cop Relentlessly Beats Unarmed Driver

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1joImpo4l0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DiWTmG-2ySg

UPDATE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81pLXTHRcCQ

Lawsuit: Drunk cop ran over woman, then supervised investigation

Family calls police to help their father who was suicidal because he couldn’t find work – Police respond by killing him instead

State Trooper kills 2 girls, gets probation

 



Microsoft’s Chinese Workers Only Make $0.52 an Hour

Microsoft’s Chinese Workers Only Make $0.52 an Hour

Daily Mail
April 18, 2010


The image Microsoft doesn’t want you to see: Too tired to stay awake, the Chinese workers earning just 34p an hour

Showing Chinese sweatshop workers slumped over their desks with exhaustion, it is an image that Microsoft won’t want the world to see.

Employed for gruelling 15-hour shifts, in appalling conditions and 86f heat, many fall asleep on their stations during their meagre ten-minute breaks.

For as little as 34p an hour, the men and women work six or seven days a week, making computer mice and web cams for the American multinational computer company.

This photo and others like it were smuggled out of the KYE Systems factory at Dongguan, China, as part of a three-year investigation by the National Labour Committee, a human rights organisation which campaigns for workers across the globe.

The mostly female workers, aged 18 to 25, work from 7.45am to 10.55pm, sometimes with 1,000 workers crammed into one 105ft by 105ft room.

They are not allowed to talk or listen to music, are forced to eat substandard meals from the factory cafeterias, have no bathroom breaks during their shifts and must clean the toilets as discipline, according to the NLC.

The workers also sleep on site, in factory dormitories, with 14 workers to a room. They must buy their own mattresses and bedding, or else sleep on 28in-wide plywood boards. They ‘shower’ with a sponge and a bucket.

And many of the workers, because they are young women, are regularly sexually harassed, the NLC claimed.

The organisation said that one worker was even fined for losing his finger while operating a hole punch press.

Microsoft is not the only company to outsource manufacturing to KYE, but it accounts for about 30 per cent of the factory’s work, the NLC said. Companies such as Hewlett-Packard, Samsung, Foxconn, Acer, Logitech and Asus also use KYE Systems.

Microsoft, which exports much of the hardware made at the factory to America, Europe and Japan, said that it is taking the claims seriously and has begun an investigation.

One employee told the NLC: ‘We are like prisoners. It seems like we live only to work – we do not work to live. We do not live a life, only work.’

The NLC’s report included an account from one worker whose job consisted entirely of sticking self adhesive rubber feet to the bottom of Microsoft computer mice.

But the monotony of sitting or standing for 12 hours, applying foot after foot to mouse after mouse, was not the worst of the worker’s testimony.

It was the militaristic management and sleep deprivation that affected the worker most. ‘I know I can choose not to work overtime, but if I don’t work overtime then I am stuck with only 770 Chinese yuan (£72.77p) per month in basic wages,’ the worker said.

‘This is not nearly enough to support a family. My parents are farmers without jobs. They also do not have pensions.

‘I also need to worry about getting married, which requires a lot of money. Therefore, I still push myself to continue working in spite of my exhaustion.

‘When I finish my four hours of overtime, I’m extremely tired. At that time, even if someone offered me an extravagant dinner, I’d probably refuse. I just want to sleep.’

Charles Kernaghan, executive director of the NLC, said: ‘It sounded like torture – the frantic pace on the assembly line, same motion over and over for the 12 hours or more of work they did.’

Microsoft said it was committed to the ‘fair treatment and safety of workers’. A spokesman added: ‘We are aware of the NLC report and we have commenced an investigation.

‘We take these claims seriously and we will take appropriate remedial measures in regard to any findings of misconduct.’

Microsoft’s Chinese Workforce: “We Are Like Prisoners”

 



U.S. Army Teaching Trainees to Kill Kids and Women

U.S. Army Teaching Trainees to Kill Kids and Women



Press TV

April 18, 2010

A former US Army specialist, who was part of the same unit that killed Iraqi civilians from a helicopter in 2007, says dehumanization is part of basic US army training.

In an interview with Press TV, Josh Steiber explained the three years he spent in the US Army before he asked to be released as a conscientious objector.

Steiber said “the dehumanizing of people from other countries” was the main reason that he quit the Army.

“As far back as basic training, we were singing songs as we were marching around, joking about killing women and children,” he told the Press TV correspondent in Washington.

The whistle-blower website, WikiLeaks, released a shocking video earlier this month showing US soldiers in an Apache helicopter killing dozens of Iraqi civilians, including two Reuters employees, in cold blood.

Steiber noted that he sang the following song together with other members of his unit:

    I went down to the market where all the women shop
    I took out my machete and I began to chop

    I went down to the park where all the children play
    I pulled out my machine gun and I began to spray

Steiber pointed out that he did not personally know the pilot in the video because they were attached to his unit only on that one fateful day.

However, the former US Army specialist was not surprised by what was on the tape.

“You’re focused on the physical aspect, but all along there is a psychological aspect.”

“I think it would be wrong to put all [the blame] on the individual soldier. I think it’s very telling that the secretary of defense, [Robert Gates], came out over the weekend and said there is no wrongdoing in the video.”

“And so if you’re only adjusting a few soldiers when the secretary of defense is putting his stamp of approval on this, then the system is not gonna change.”

Steiber concluded that there are other soldiers and veterans who are as disillusioned and war-weary as he is.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH9xSHcFreY
U.S. Troops Apologize For Wikileaks Massacre Video

 



Uzbekistan ordered forced sterilization of women

EUGENICS

Activists claim Uzbek government has ordered forced sterilization of women to lower birth rate

AP
March 2, 2010

A human rights group and a think-tank alleged Tuesday that Uzbekistan’s government has instructed health workers to surgically sterilize women as part of a campaign to reduce the birth rate of the authoritarian ex-Soviet nation.

Uzbek health officials did not answer repeated telephone calls from The Associated Press to seek their comment about the allegation.

However, previous human rights, United Nations and U.S. State Department reports also have alleged that women in the central Asian country have been forced or duped into sterilization.

Uzbekistan’s government retains strict Soviet-style control over health institutions in the predominantly Muslim nation of 27 million, whose population has been growing quickly.

The Expert Working Group, an independent think-tank based in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent, said Tuesday that a Health Ministry decree issued in mid-February orders district doctors to recommend hysterectomy as an “effective contraceptive.” The procedure requires partial removal of the uterus and makes women irreversibly sterile.

Uzbek law does not prohibit forced sterilization or removal of reproduction organs.

The decree orders each district physician to persuade “at least two women” a month to have the procedure, the group’s coordinator, Sukhrobdzon Ismoilov, told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. Physicians who don’t follow the decree face reprisals and fines from their superiors, he added.

“We’re talking about at least tens of thousands of women,” Ismoilov said.

Uzbekistan has an estimated 80,000 physicians, each overseeing several hundred patients in cities, towns and villages across the nation.

Ismoilov said his group reached its conclusion after interviewing dozens of health workers throughout Uzbekistan in the weeks following the publication of the decree.

A human rights group in western Uzbekistan supported the claim.

Khaitboy Yakubov of the Najot group in the Khoresm region told the AP that his group learned about “numerous” cases of forced sterilization even before the decree was issued.

The group said in a report in 2009 that doctors in hospitals often sterilize women after their second child without their consent. Many women, alarmed by rumors about the procedure, opt to give birth at home, the group said.

Sometimes, the group said, doctors force women to have the surgery, alleging they have serious gynecological pathologies.

The Expert Working Group and Najot have both faced official pressure amid a perennial crackdown on government critics and opposition in Uzbekistan.

Their claims reflect similar allegations made in 2005 by Gulbakhor Turayeva, an Uzbek human rights activist and medical doctor. He claimed surgeons were instructed to secretly perform hysterectomies on women treated for minor gynecological disorders in the densely populated Ferghana Valley in eastern Uzbekistan.

Turayeva was later convicted of anti-government actions and possession of banned literature, and he spent six months in jail.

In 2006, a U.S. State Department report on Uzbekistan said: “Torture and abuse were common in prisons, pretrial facilities, and local police and security service precincts. Several cases of medical abuse were reported, including forced psychiatric treatment on political grounds and alleged sterilization of women without notification or medical need.”

In 2007, the U.N. Committee Against Torture reported a “large number” of cases of forced sterilization and removal of reproductive organs in Uzbek women, often after cesarean sections. Some women were abandoned by their husbands as a result, it said.

Most of the Uzbek population is concentrated in impoverished rural areas, where inefficient economic reforms, official pressure on farmers, and deterioration of Soviet-built irrigation systems have contributed to widespread unemployment and a mass exodus of Uzbek labor migrants to neighboring countries.

The practice of forced sterilization dates back to 1999, said Ismoilov of the Expert Working Group, when Uzbek President Islam Karimov expressed his dissatisfaction with high birth rate of about 4 to 5 children per woman and ordered measures to curb it.

Ismoilov claimed the ministry suspended the practice in 2003 after independent media reports and spreading rumors, but the February decree allegedly renews it.

In 2008, Uzbekistan reported the birth rate of 2.3 children per woman. Demographers say a fertility rate of only 2.1 children per woman is needed to maintain the existing population of developed countries.

 

Global Warming: A New Tool for Eugenics

Luke R.
We Are Change
April 19, 2010


Luke R.

Originally, eugenics in America was primarily focused on African-Americans and other non-white populations. This movement started around the time slavery ended and immigration began to increase.

The American Birth Control League created in 1921 was established by Margaret Sanger, a well-known racist and advocate for eugenics. Many articles published by Sanger include “The Purpose of Eugenics,” “The Eugenics Conscience,” “The Eugenic Value of Birth Control Propaganda” and many more. She has been quoted stating she would like to “exterminate the black population.”

With funding from John D. Rockefeller III, American Birth Control League changed it’s name in 1942 to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Strategically locating many of its centers in slums and ghettos, allowing their main target, African-American women, easy access to birth control and “family planning.”

Sanctioned by the US government in the early 1900’s, African-Americans were to receive sterilization. Many were told if they did not become sterile, they would be stripped of their benefits, forced to abort unborn children, find new doctors and other manipulative techniques to force sterilizations. African- American and non-white men were spared time in jail if they agreed to be sterilized.

President Richard Nixon was also a supporter of population control, especially among the African-American community, as he said in this phone conversation with a unknown White House staffer, “…a hell of a lot of people want to control all the Negro bastards… We’re talking really – and what John Rockefeller really realizes look, the people in what we call the “our class” control their populations. Sometimes they’ll have a family of 6, or 7, or 8, or 9, but it’s exception….People who don’t control their families are people in – the people who shouldn’t have kids…”

Today, many Planned Parenthood facilities are still located in lower-income neighborhoods. The three New York City locations are in Manhattans’ Lower East Side, Downtown Brooklyn and the South Bronx, all lower income areas.

Hitler did not originate the idea of eugenics and creating a superior Aryan race, it was indeed an American concept. Hitler adopted the American eugenic ideals and implemented them throughout his Nazi regime. He even received funding from the Rockefellers and the Carnegies to further his research and experiments, such as the Kaiser Wilhem institute in Germany.

After World War II, America recruited top German eugenics scientists during Operation Paperclip. They would work for the American government and would not face trials for their crimes.

Population control is not about race anymore. It is about survival of the fittest, about preserving and supporting a “superior elitist class.”

Constant propaganda through commercial campaigns, movies, TV, news, even clothing lines are all informing us that our daily activities such as driving to work, buying non-local produce, even breathing are contributing to the ever increasing C02 and greenhouse gases. Through fear and guilt we are being urged to take steps in reducing our carbon emissions. Higher populations = increased carbon emissions = global warming. World politicians, scientists, philanthropists and climatologists alike are all crying out for a demand in population control in hopes of debilitating “global warming.”

Described in a UN report “Women, Population and Climate” states placing more women in the workforce is important step to reducing the global population. Instead of planning families, women will be more focused on careers.

Also stated in the disturbing report, if the needs for contraceptives and abortions are met in third world countries, over time, population control would happen naturally and would not have to be forced on the people.

Optimum Population Trust is a UK organization that is offering services to people who support the green movement, they can donate to provide contraceptives and abortions in lower income countries in Africa and Haiti in turn offsetting their carbon footprint.

Ex Vice Pres. Al Gore stated in Copenhagen that expanding birth control, family planning and abortion programs in third world countries will help reduce the environmental threat.

Many of these programs have been spread throughout the third world by the UN, IMF, World Bank and other institutions. Now, it is easier for a woman in Kenya to receive an abortion then proper care for an infection that may lead to her death.

The American eugenics movement used the hate and racism towards African Americans to fuel and justify the start of their eugenics project. The Nazi regime had to create propaganda campaigns against Jewish persons in order to carry out their program of eugenics. What we have to understand is, due to racism not being as popular and socially acceptable, the elite have moved on to an new updated technique for eugenics and its called climate change.

The elite need global warming in order to pursue their reduction in population goals. They pay scientists and researchers in the top institutions to come up with models and reports to prove their theory correct.

What we don’t see is, Al Gore decreasing his emissions. Especially while flying in private jets and driving SUVs to attend global warming events. If he truly believes in climate change, wouldn’t you think he would arrive riding a bicycle to his press event? What about flying in an commercial airliner? His estate consumes more the 20 times the national average in natural gas. Also, produces a gas and electric bill which exceeds $2400 monthly. This is the man leading the global warming movement, which is today’s new and improved eugenics movement.

 

Population Control: The Eugenics Connection

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PVhE3Muh3co

World told to adopt China’s one child policy

Genocidal Climate Change Policy is Killing Third World Nations

Obama Science Advisor Advocates Forced Abortions

Hillary Clinton Links Over-Population to Global Warming

Eco-Nazis Call For Limiting Amount Of Children

Henry Kissinger’s 1974 Plan for Food Control Genocide

 



Crime Prediction Software Is Here and It’s a Very Bad Idea

Crime Prediction Software Is Here and It’s a Very Bad Idea

GIZMODO
April 14, 2010

There are no naked pre-cogs inside glowing jacuzzis yet, but the Florida State Department of Juvenile Justice will use analysis software to predict crime by young delinquents, putting potential offenders under specific prevention and education programs. Goodbye, human rights!

They will use this software on juvenile delinquents, using a series of variables to determine the potential for these people to commit another crime. Depending on this probability, they will put them under specific re-education programs. Deepak Advani—vice president of predictive analytics at IBM—says the system gives “reliable projections” so governments can take “action in real time” to “prevent criminal activities?”

Really? “Reliable projections”? “Action in real time”? “Preventing criminal activities”? I don’t know about how reliable your system is, IBM, but have you ever heard of the 5th, the 6th, and the 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution? What about article 11 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights? No? Let’s make this easy then: Didn’t you watch that scientology nutcase in Minority Report?

Sure. Some will argue that these juvenile delinquents were already convicted for other crimes, so hey, there’s no harm. This software will help prevent further crimes. It will make all of us safer? But would it? Where’s the guarantee of that? Why does the state have to assume that criminal behavior is a given? And why should the government decide who goes to an specific prevention program or who doesn’t based on what a computer says? The fact is that, even if the software was 99.99% accurate, there will be always an innocent person who will be fucked. And that is exactly why we have something called due process and the presumption of innocence. That’s why those things are not only in the United States Constitution, but in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights too.

Other people will say that government officials already makes these decisions based on reports and their own judgement. True. It seems that a computer program may be fairer than a human, right? Maybe. But at the end the interpretation of the data is always in the hands of humans (and the program itself is written by humans).

But what really worries me is that this is a first big step towards something larger and darker. Actually, it’s the second: IBM says that the Ministry of Justice in the United Kingdom—which has an impeccable record on not pre-judging its citizens—already uses this system to prevent criminal activities. Actually, it may be the third big step, because there’s already software in place to blacklist people as potential terrorist, although most probably not as sophisticated as this.

IBM clearly wants this to go big. They have spent a whooping $12 billion beefing up its analytics division. Again, here’s the full quote from Deepak Advani:

    Predictive analytics gives government organizations worldwide a highly-sophisticated and intelligent source to create safer communities by identifying, predicting, responding to and preventing criminal activities. It gives the criminal justice system the ability to draw upon the wealth of data available to detect patterns, make reliable projections and then take the appropriate action in real time to combat crime and protect citizens.

If that sounds scary to you, that’s because it is. First it’s the convicted-but-potentially-recidivistic criminals. Then it’s the potential terrorists. Then it’s everyone of us, in a big database, getting flagged because some combination of factors—travel patterns, credit card activity, relationships, messaging, social activity and everything else—indicate that we may be thinking about doing something against the law. Potentially, a crime prediction system can avoid murder, robbery, or a terrorist act.

It actually sounds like a good idea. For example, there are certain patterns that can identify psychopaths and potential killers or child abusers or wife beaters. It only makes sense to put a future system in place that can prevent identify potential criminals, then put them under surveillance.

The reality is that it’s not such a good idea: While everything may seem driven by the desire to achieve better security, one single false positive would make the whole system unfair. And that’s not even getting into the potential abuse of such a system. Like the last time IBM got into a vaguely similar business for a good cause, during the 1930s. They shipped a lot of cataloguing machines to certain government in Europe, to put together an advanced census. That was good. Census can improve societies by identifying needs and problems that the government can solve. At the end, however, that didn’t end well for more than 11 million people.

And yes, this comparison is an extreme exaggeration. But one thing is clear: No matter how you look at it, cataloguing people—any kind of people—based on statistical predictive software, and then taking pre-empetive actions against them based on the results, is the wrong way to improve our society. Agreeing with this course of action will inevitably take us into a potentially fatal path. [Yahoo!]

Obama Implements ‘Precrime’ ‘Prolonged Detention’ for Detainees

 



Afghans in secret jail ‘made to dance’ to use bathroom

Report: Afghans in secret jail ‘made to dance’ to use bathroom

Raw Story
April 15, 2010

Bagram prisoners ‘moved around in wheelchairs with goggles and headphones on’

The US military is operating a “secret jail” at an Afghan airbase where prisoners are deprived of sleep and “made to dance” by US troops whenever they want to use the toilet, a BBC report states.

The BBC interviewed nine people who say they were held at the facility, known as the “black hole,” at the site of the Bagram air base. The prison appears to be separate from the main Bagram prison, which the US established after the 2001 invasion and which continues to be the target of human rights complaints.

A man identified only as “Mirwais” who says he spent 24 days at the facility told the BBC that prisoners are routinely subjected to sleep deprivation.

“I could not sleep, nobody could sleep because there was a machine that was making noise,” said Mirwais. “There was a small camera in my cell, and if you were sleeping they’d come in and disturb you.”

“Mirwais said he was made to dance to music by American soldiers every time he wanted to use the toilet,” the BBC reports.

Witnesses said the lights were kept on in their cells at all times; that the Red Cross had no access to the facility; and most had been beaten by US troops before they were brought there. The BBC report does not address under what circumstances the witnesses found themselves there, or whether any of them were insurgents.

This is not the first time that allegations have been made of a secret facility at Bagram. Last November, Raw Story reported on claims of a secret site at Bagram that was still in operation as of late last year, apparently in contravention of President Obama’s order, upon taking office, to shut down the CIA’s “black sites” around the world.

Three people claiming to be former inmates of the facility told the New York Times “of being held for months after the intensive interrogations were over without being told why. One detainee said he remained at the Bagram prison complex for two years and four months; another was held for 10 months total.”

The secret site appears to be separate from the main prison facility at Bagram, which itself has been the target of complaints from human rights activists. Unlike the Guantanamo Bay facility, prisoners at Bagram aren’t given access to lawyers.

“To this date, no prisoner has ever seen a lawyer in Bagram,” lawyer Tina Foster told the BBC.

The news organization was given a rare peek inside the main Bagram prison complex, a new facility that replaced an aging one earlier this year:

    In the new jail, prisoners were being moved around in wheelchairs with goggles and headphones on. The goggles were blacked out, and the purpose of the headphones was to block out all sound. Each prisoner was handcuffed and had their legs shackled.

    Prisoners are kept in 56 cells, which the prisoners refer to as “cages”. The front of the cells are made of mesh, the ceiling is clear, and the other three walls are solid. Guards can see down into the cells above.

    The BBC was told by the military to wear protective eye glasses whilst walking past the mesh cells as prisoners sometimes throw excrement or semen at the guards.

Faced with a lawsuit from the ACLU, the US military earlier this year released a long-secret list of prisoners at Bagram. The list showed some 645 prisoners being held at the facility, but the BBC now reports that number to be closer to 800, thanks to an increase in prisoner intake likely linked to the increased military effort in Afghanistan in recent months.

“The US military itself has admitted that about 80% of those at Bagram are probably not hardened terrorists,” the BBC reports.

In March, the Times of London reported that the Bagram facility could be expanded and used as a replacement for the Guantanamo Bay detention center. The idea is “being considered as US officials try to find an alternative to Guantánamo Bay,” the Times said.

Last year, former CBS anchorman Dan Rather said “there is a school of thought” that Bagram is already replacing Guantanamo as the site where terrorist suspects from around the world are to be held.

“Some of the contentions that were made about Guantanamo are starting to be made about Bagram,” Rather told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. “The critical thing is, there is no transparency.”

 

The Guantanamo Guidebook

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rh4mp_WiXGE

U.S. abuse of detainees was routine at Afghanistan bases