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US Muslim: I Was Tortured at FBI's Behest in UAE

US Muslim: I Was Tortured at FBI's Behest in UAE The Associated Press American Muslim blames the FBI, saying he was tortured at their behest in United Arab Emirates AP Yonas Fikre, a Portland, Oregon Muslim American talks to media at his lawyer's office in Stockholm, Sweden, April 18, 2012. After a 2010 trip to visit family in Khartoum, Sudan, Fikre claims to have been detained and tortured. Put on a FBI no-fly list, Fikre is now unable to return home to the U.S. (AP Photo / Claudio Bresciani) By MALIN RISING and STEVEN DUBOIS Associated Press 4/18/12, 1:15 PM EDT A Muslim American seeking asylum in Sweden claimed Wednesday he was detained at the U.S. government's request while in the United Arab Emirates last summer, tortured in custody and interrogated about the activities of a Portland, Oregon, mosque. Yonas Fikre told a news conference Wednesday that he was held for 106 days and was beaten, threatened with death and kept in solitary confinement in a frigid cell. The …

     Has Ron Paul Sold Out To Israeli Lobby?    : Information Clearing House

     Has Ron Paul Sold Out To Israeli Lobby?    : Information Clearing House
While there’s no evidence Israel’s attack prevented Iraq from acquiring a nuclear weapon, according to U.S. intelligence, it was likely an important factor that played into Saddam Hussein’s subsequent decision to move his nuclear program underground and seek to develop an Iraqi nuclear deterrent to further Israeli aggression. An interagency intelligence assessment on the consequences of Israel’s attack stated that it “could be a watershed event in the Middle East” by adding “new strains” to “US-Arab relations” and sparking an “arms race” in which “Arab leaders will intensify their search for alternative ways to boost their security and protect their interests” (much the same observation that Rafsanjani made in 2001). Israel’s own possession of nuclear weapons made its actions all the more destabilizing. Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan had “dispelled the ambiguity that surrounded Israel’s nuclear program …

  WikiLeaks Supporters Plan US Foundation to Restore Funding       : Information Clearing House

  WikiLeaks Supporters Plan US Foundation to Restore Funding       : Information Clearing House
WikiLeaks Supporters Plan US Foundation to Restore Funding

Whistleblowing website's backers look to break 'bank blockade' 500 days after Visa, MasterCard and PayPal blocked donations

By James Ball

April 21, 2012 "The Guardian" --   High-profile US supporters of WikiLeaks are planning to establish a foundation to break the 500-day "banking blockade" that has disrupted donations to the whistleblowing website.

WikiLeaks was forced to suspend many of its publishing operations in October last year after Visa, MasterCard and PayPal refused to process supporters' donations to the website, reducing its donation income by about 95%.

The move, which came after the US senator Joe Lieberman called on US companies to cut off services to WikiLeaks, was called a blockade by the organisation's editor-in-chief, Julian Assange, and came without any legal orders or acti…