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Good Bye and Thank you for the Fish…

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on March 24, 2008


Stalwart Service for U.S. in Iraq Is Not Enough to Gain Green Card

By Karen DeYoung

Washington Post Staff Writer

Sunday, March 23, 2008; A01

During his nearly four years as a translator for U.S. forces in Iraq, Saman Kareem Ahmad was known for his bravery and hard work. “Sam put his life on the line with, and for, Coalition Forces on a daily basis,” wrote Marine Capt. Trent A. Gibson.

Gibson’s letter was part of a thick file of support — including commendations from the secretary of the Navy and from then-Maj. Gen. David H. Petraeus — that helped Ahmad migrate to the United States in 2006, among an initial group of 50 Iraqi and Afghan translators admitted under a special visa program.

Last month, however, the U.S. government turned down Ahmad’s application for permanent residence, known as a green card. His offense: Ahmad had once been part of the Kurdish Democratic Party, which U.S. immigration officials deemed an “undesignated terrorist organization” for having sought to overthrow former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Ahmad, a Kurd, once served in the KDP’s military force, which is part of the new Iraqi army. A U.S. ally, the KDP is now part of the elected government of the Kurdish region and holds seats in the Iraqi parliament. After consulting public Web sites, however, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services determined that KDP forces “conducted full-scale armed attacks and helped incite rebellions against Hussein’s regime, most notably during the Iran-Iraq war, Operation Desert Storm and Operation Iraqi Freedom.”

Ahmad’s association with a group that had attempted to overthrow a government — even as an ally in U.S.-led wars against Hussein — rendered him “inadmissible,” the agency concluded in a three-page letter dated Feb. 26.

But of course. The US has never given anything to anyone without first sucking them dry. Saman Kareem Ahmad is no difference. Oh, no. It is a wonder that so many Americans are shocked that so many non-Americans dislike America. To most of us America is synonymous with the American Government who would “reward” their allies by calling them “terrorist” even though they have spent years and risked their life to help the US.

An unconditional Green Card should be the least of this man’s rewards. It doesn’t matter that individual Americans are good people – America Stinks to high heaven

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Waterboarding a “needed” practice…

Posted by Henric C. Jensen on March 8, 2008


WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush said Saturday he vetoed legislation that would ban the CIA from using harsh interrogation methods such as water-boarding to break suspected terrorists because it would end practices that have prevented attacks.
Waterboarding Step One
Have a look at this series of pictures – they are real. The American soldier dressed in the Orange Coverall is about to undergo a practice that George W. Bush calls a practice “that have a proven track record of keeping America safe”.
Waterboarding Step Two
It has been out-lawed by the military, but according to George W. Bush it’s to be practiced by the CIA, as “one of the most valuable tools in the war on terror…”
Waterboarding Step Three
Note that this practice may not be used on US Citizens. Not even if they are suspected of being terrorists. But then non-US citizens are not human, so why bother respecting their rights not to be “subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.” UDHR Article 5.
Waterboarding Step Four
This guy, Joe Tougas, US Navy veteran, isn’t faking – it’s all real.
Waterboarding Step Five
It takes quite a while for him to recover.
Waterboarding Step Six
Then imagine that had he been “a suspected terrorist”…knowing that the moment he is sitting up it will all start over again. Death by drowning, is what it is meant to feel like. And it does.
Waterboarding Step Seven
This practice, George W. Bush claims is needed in his self-declared war on terror. The thing is, it is exclusively used on the prisoners at the Guantanamo Bay facility. How long have those prisoners been isolated from the out-side? SIX YEARS. Which means that any intelligence any of them might be able to divulge is hopelessly out-dated. Of absolutely no use…you draw the conclusion of that.
One thing’s for sure – Joe Tougas is one hell of a soldier and well worth a standing ovation.

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