UK provided more support for CIA rendition flights than thought – study | World news | The Guardian


UK provided more support for CIA rendition flights than thought – study | World news | The Guardian.

Here we have an issue which refuses to die; every time it raises it’s head it becomes somewhat more dangerous, both to the US and UK governments.

The UK’s support for the CIA‘s global rendition programme after the September 11 terrorist attacks on the US was far more substantial than has previously been recognised, according to a new research project that draws on a vast number of publicly available data and documentation.

Evidence gathered by The Rendition Project – an interactive website that maps thousands of rendition flights – highlight 1,622 flights in and out of the UK by aircraft now known to have been involved in the agency’s secret kidnap and detention programme.

While many of those flights may not have been involved in rendition operations, the researchers behind the project have drawn on testimony from detainees, Red Cross reports, courtroom evidence, flight records and invoices to show that at least 144 were entering the UK while suspected of being engaged in rendition operations.

While the CIA used UK airports for refuelling and overnight stopovers, there is no evidence that any landed in the UK with prisoners on board. This may suggest that the UK government denied permission for this. In some cases, it is unclear whether the airline companies would have been aware of the purpose of the flights.

Some 51 different UK airports were used by 84 different aircraft that have been linked by researchers to the rendition programme. Only the US and Canada were visited more frequently. The most used UK airport was Luton, followed by Glasgow Prestwick and Stansted. There were also flights in and out of RAF Northolt and RAF Brize Norton.

Big Oil: What are you hiding? – Oxfam America – Take action


Big Oil: What are you hiding? – Oxfam America – Take action.

Graphene-based ink could enable low-cost, foldable electronics


Graphene-based ink could enable low-cost, foldable electronics.

Strawscraper concept calls for a wind energy-harvesting toupee


 

The flowing fibers could also add to the buildings aesthetics, giving the appearance of rippling waves or grass fields, especially with colored lighting (image: Belatchew Arkitekter; courtesy gizmag)

The flowing fibers could also add to the buildings aesthetics, giving the appearance of rippling waves or grass fields, especially with colored lighting
(image: Belatchew Arkitekter; courtesy gizmag)

Strawscraper concept calls for a wind energy-harvesting toupee.

Acrobatic XRL robot takes cliffs and valleys in its stride


 

The UPenn XRL robot takes a running start to leap over a 60 cm (24 in) gap (Photo: UPenn; courtesy gizmag)

The UPenn XRL robot takes a running start to leap over a 60 cm (24 in) gap (Photo: UPenn; courtesy gizmag)

Acrobatic XRL robot takes cliffs and valleys in its stride.

‘Cast your minds back to some of the land based battle systems depicted in any of the Star Wars franchise to consider the difficulties involved’, he thought, very much tongue in cheek

China says constitutional rule is an empty dream of “misguided intellectuals”


China News

Chinese conservatives have come out to argue against the adoption of “constitutional rule”, a term increasingly used by liberals to demand the realisation of basic human rights guaranteed in the Chinese constitution.

The nationalistic Global Times in an editorial on Wednesday called such demands “empty political slogans” made by “a group of misled intellectuals”.

These intellectuals wanted to “change China’s course of development”, the paper argued.

“If the entire Western world together can’t muster the might [to change China’s course], then a small group of domestic dissenters will be even less able to do so.”

Even though the Chinese constitution in theory guarantees freedom of speech, the press and to demonstrate, and the right to elect and be elected, human rights organisations say such rights are consistently cracked down upon.

Many lament that courts cannot invoke the constitution to protect the civil and political rights of citizens. Nobel Peace…

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J Street’s pipe dreams of peace | The Electronic Intifada


J Street’s pipe dreams of peace | The Electronic Intifada.

The Secret Donors Behind the Center for American Progress and Other Think Tanks


In which the Nation blows the whistle on the Center for American Progress and other shadowy groups…

CAP is a strong proponent of alternative energy, so there’s no reason to doubt the sincerity of its advocacy. But the fact that CAP has received financial support from First Solar while touting its virtues to Washington policy-makers points to a conflict of interest that, critics argue, ought to be disclosed to the public. CAP’s promotion of the company’s interests has supplemented First Solar’s aggressive Washington lobbying efforts, on which it spent more than $800,000 during 2011 and 2012.

“The only thing more damaging than disclosing your donors and having questions raised about the independence of your work is not disclosing them and have the information come to light and undermine your work,” says Sheila Krumholz, executive director of the Center for Responsive Politics. “The best practice, whether required by the IRS or not, is to disclose contributions.”

Nowadays, many Washington think tanks effectively serve as unregistered lobbyists for corporate donors, and companies strategically contribute to them just as they hire a PR or lobby shop or make campaign donations. And unlike lobbyists and elected officials, think tanks are not subject to financial disclosure requirements, so they reveal their donors only if they choose to. That makes it impossible for the public and lawmakers to know if a think tank is putting out an impartial study or one that’s been shaped by a donor’s political agenda. “If you’re a lobbyist, whatever you say is heavily discounted,” says Kathleen Clark, a law professor at Washington University and an expert on political ethics. “If a think tank is saying it, it obviously sounds a lot better. Maybe think tanks aren’t aware of how useful that makes them to private interests. On the other hand, maybe it’s part of their revenue model.”

The Secular Jurist

Washington institutions esteemed for their independent scholarship don’t disclose donations from corporations and foreign governments.


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http://www.thenation.com/article/174437/secret-donors-behind-center-american-progress-and-other-think-tanks

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Fear of anti-Cockney backlash after Woolwich killers revealed as Londoners


Pride's Purge

(satire?)

The announcement that the murder of a young British soldier in Woolwich was the work of men police believe were British-born Londoners sparked fears of a backlash against cockneys and eastenders yesterday.

As the direction of the  investigation became clear, a parallel operation was launched by police chiefs to brief community leaders in the capital and prepare for reprisal attacks on anyone expressing a liking for jellied eels or looking like they were born within the sound of Bow bells.

Police say that since Wednesday’s horrific events, police have recorded 30 hate crime incidents against the cockney and mockney community, including an attack on a man wearing an I ♥ London T-shirt and criminal damage to a pie and mash shop.

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Well it’s just as ridiculous as blaming all Muslims for the tragic events in Woolwich, isn’t it?

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Please feel free to comment – you don’t…

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Sounds Like: A Bond Villain’s Evil Plot. Actually Is: America’s Secret Operations In The Middle East.


Sounds Like: A Bond Villain’s Evil Plot. Actually Is: America’s Secret Operations In The Middle East.