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Globalizing Torture

CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition

More than 10 years after the 2001 attacks, Globalizing Torture makes it unequivocally clear that the time has come for the United States and its partners to definitively repudiate these illegal practices and secure accountability for the associated human rights abuses.

Anti-war soldiers



Sir, No Sir!

War is not inevitable

Agent Orange victim in Upshur County WV

How many nuclear explosions have their been?

Many more than you think.

General Richard Secord

The Iranian Hostage Rescue Mission, and the 1980 Presidential Election

8 helicopters, 6 C-130 transport planes, and 93 Delta force commandoes secretly invaded Iran. They were to rendezvous at a place in Iran they called Desert One, move out to another point called Desert Two, and then go on to Tehran to rescue the hostages. But Delta force never made it to Desert Two or Tehran. The mission was aborted after three of the eight helicopters failed, on the way to Desert One. The operation was a miserable failure, resulting in an accident that caused the loss of 8 American lives. Later investigation revealed a surprising level of negligence. [4] [7] [13]

Just before the rescue mission took place, several other countries had finally agreed to level economic sanctions on Iran. Some of them agreed to the sanctions because they thought that if they did, the U.S. would not take any military action. They were quite irate when they heard about the rescue mission after the fact.

At least three central figures in the Iran-Contra Scandal were involved with the Iranian hostage rescue mission: Secord, Hakim, an North.

General Richard Secord helped to organize the abortive rescue mission. After the first mission failed, he was the head of the planning group that eventually decided against another rescue attempt.

Jim Webb, still opposed to civil rights

Is anyone surprised? This guy is the author of Women Can’t Fight. He used to write anti-affirmative action screeds for the American Enterprise Institute. He has spent the whole of his adult life trying to limit opportunities for people who are not white heterosexual men. Why did anyone think that was ever going to change?

Let’s stop pretending that he is anything but what he has always been, a bigot.

Edit – Webb isn’t chicken, he is doing what he wants to do, hold back progress. Why did anyone think that Webb was ever going to lift a finger in defense of civil rights?


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