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Article: An Open Letter to Cuba

Haneul Na’avi
21 Nov. 2015

Old flags are flying and embassies have reopened since August 14th. On the surface, it seems as if US President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro’s nascent motions for diplomacy were a step in the right direction to reconcile the two countries’ tattered past. To date, a new commission has opened as a platform to discuss key, strategic plans for cooperation and increase dialogue.

A third round of negotiations have also begun, with Cuba firmly resolute to uphold its end of the talks after releasing 53 political prisoners, former American spy Alan Gross, and 3,522 political prisoners prior Pope Francis’s visit. However, in order to make further concessions, Obama must in turn resolve the following grievances: to “leave Guantanamo detention camp; end the blockade; end the “wet-foot-dry-foot” law encouraging Cubans to pursue residency in the U.S.; and end anti-government radio and television transmissions into the island”. Further memorandums of understanding were signed for the preservation of wildlife and marine biodiversity as a measure of good faith.

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The Obvious Cyber False Flag

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Dear TLD Readers,

I am posting this article from Yahoo.com because I was almost speechless in how blatantly obvious this is. If you haven’t heard, the latest rounds of hacking attacks including the ones blamed on North Korea and ISIS can be traced back to Maryland, home of the NSA, that report is here…

Could they make it any more obvious? I mean it’s like they don’t care anymore, they (the media and elites) are making little or no effort to revise their tactics, they are just repeating the same formulas and hoping maybe some small sect of the public might actually still buy into it.  Someone agree or disagree in the comments below huh?

Sincerely,

Mike B

Obama seeks enhanced cybersecurity laws to fight hackers

Reuters By Roberta Rampton and Alina Selyukh 6 hours ago

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama on Tuesday renewed a push to beef up U.S. cybersecurity laws after recent headline-grabbing hacking attacks against companies like Sony Pictures <6758.T>, Home Depot and Target .

During a tour of a “war room” at the Department of Homeland Security’s cybersecurity nerve center, Obama said the recent attacks have highlighted the threat faced by financial systems, power grids and healthcare systems that run on networks connected to the Internet.

“We’ve got to stay ahead of those who would do us harm. The problem is that government and the private sector are still not always working as closely together as we should,” Obama said.

Congress has tried and failed for years to pass legislation to encourage companies to share data from attacks with the government, and each other, but grappled with liability issues raised by companies and privacy concerns from civil liberties groups.

But Obama proposed legislation, due to be sent to Congress on Tuesday, that seeks a balance. It would offer liability protection to companies that provide information in near-real-time to the government, but require them to strip it of any personal data.

Obama has elevated cybersecurity to the top of his 2015 agenda, seeing it as an area where cooperation is possible with the Republican-led Congress.

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REPORT TO U.N. CALLS BULLSHIT ON OBAMA’S ‘LOOK FORWARD, NOT BACKWARDS’ APPROACH TO TORTURE

BY MURTAZA HUSSAIN | 

Months after President Obama frankly admitted that the United States had “tortured some folks” as part of the War on Terror, a new report submitted to the United Nations Committee Against Torture has been released that excoriates his administration for shielding the officials responsible from prosecution.

The report describes the post-9/11 torture program as “breathtaking in scope”, and indicts both the Bush and Obama administrations for complicity in it – the former through design and implementation, and the latter through its ongoing attempts to obstruct justice. Noting that the program caused grievous harm to countless individuals and in many cases went as far as murder, the report calls for the United States to “promptly and impartially prosecute senior military and civilian officials responsible for authorizing, acquiescing, or consenting in any way to acts of torture.”

In specifically naming former President George W. Bush, Department of Justice lawyer John Yoo and former CIA contractor James Mitchell, among many others, as individuals who sanctioned torture at the highest levels, the report highlights a gaping hole in President Obama’s promise to reassert America’s moral standing during his administration. Not only have the cited individuals not been charged with any crime for their role in the torture program, Obama has repeatedly reiterated his mantra of “looking forward, not backwards” to protect them from accountability.

Needless to say, you shouldn’t try that defense in court if you’re an ordinary American on trial for, say, a drug crime.

It’s also worth remembering that, horrific as it was, the torture regime described in the report was only a tiny part of the wide-ranging human rights abuses the United States committed after 9/11. It doesn’t even account for the network of prisons where hundreds of thousands of people were detained in Iraq and Afghanistan – many of whom suffered beatings, rape and murder at the hands of U.S. soldiers.

The environment that allowed such treatment was again authorized at the highest levels, but just as with the CIA program the only people to receive any legal sanction for these actions have been low-level soldiers who’ve essentially been used as scapegoats for the crimes of their superiors.

By refusing to prosecute Bush-era officials for their culpability in major human rights abuses such as the CIA program and Abu Ghraib, President Obama is not just failing to enforce justice but is essentially guaranteeing that such abuses will happen again in the future. His administration has demonstrated that even if government officials perpetrate the most heinous crimes imaginable, they will still be able to rely on their peers to conceal their wrongdoing and protect them from prosecution. This not only erodes the rule of law, it also helps create a culture of impunity that will inevitably give rise to such actions once again.

The UN report cites former Yale Law School Dean Harold Koh as describing the Bush administration’s legal definition of torture as, “so narrow that it would have exculpated Saddam Hussein.” To his credit Barack Obama has finally called a spade a spade and identified Bush officials actions for what they were: torture. Having done so, it’s now incumbent on him to stop protecting the officials who authorized this crime from legal scrutiny.

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