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Claims Gaddafi Given “Clean Bill of Health” Debunked

 

By Gordon Duff, Senior Editor

(Full Amnesty International Links Below)

It isn’t often I find myself in line with Newsweek or the New York Times but Libya is just such an occasion.

This is a complex issue, one few understand, least of all many of those who believe they are reporting on Libya for the alternative press.  They simply aren’t doing the work, they don’t have the resources, people on the ground there.  We do, on both sides.

Libya, under Gaddafi, is a 42 year old dictatorship run by the equivalent of the worst trade union in the world, petty thugs and secret police, armies of busybodies and informants, who spy and snitch while those who speak up disappear, end up in prison, “lost in the desert” or are butchered in the streets.

A real discussion is needed simply to get some of the liberal left back to earth. Well meaning people are being hoodwinked into taking the wrong side.  The Libya “sideshow” has been used to end any effective antiwar movement to stop Afghanistan, a very real slaughter.  This isn’t by accident.  There are certainly ways to defend Gaddafi, especially when worse is happening in Syria and Bahrain, Israel and Gaza, also, and nothing is being done.

Instead, members of sectors of the press have gone “over the top” and are peddling fantasies about Libya.  We tracked down Gaddafi’s public relations slush fund, and long ago found him to be firmly entrenched in the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party.

One of the protocols of the recent budget deal was an assurance that no military aid be given to rebels in Libya or the US would be pushed into debt default.  This was put forward by the same group of right wing extremists that demand an immediate invasion of Iran.  Who’s hand is visible in this?

This is how CNN put a spin on it:

Boehner, R-Ohio, said last week that cutting funding for the mission was an option that the Republican-controlled House will consider when it takes up a defense appropriations bill this week. He contended that President Barack Obama has failed to comply with the War Powers

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Resolution, and that the main tool Congress has to respond is to control the spending.

Boehner, Gaddafi’s “monkeyboy” in congress is also Netanyahu’s “monkeyboy” in congress.

Gaddafi, years ago, became a neocon, aligning himself with big oil, Bush and Blair.  Gaddafi is a fascinating person, so is Hannibal Lector, but he is fictional.

People who, under any honest circumstance, would be calling for Gaddafi’s removal and free elections are now inventing wild plots, telling bizarre “Al Qaeda” scare stories, and doing hasty paraphrasing jobs of press releases.  Their new rhetoric, of course, is pure neocon bunkum.

I have two issues.  One is “spontaneous demonstrations.”  Our people inside Libya, not hotel guests eating lobster and drinking “Dom” by the magnum, put us straight long ago.  When Gaddafi wants a crowd in the streets, his thugs arrange it and anyone who doesn’t attend pays for it dearly.  The least that is done is family members are beaten.  “Journalists” who provide cover for these brutalities are not excused.

This is a real report from Libya:

Debbie, Gordon, Jim,

You have to understand how things work in Libya, Syria and other countries with similar regimes. When I was living in Libya, and many years after I stopped supporting Gaddafi, I used to go on pro-Gaddafi demonstrations and rallies. In fact, I never missed one.
That’s a fact.
The reason is simple. Every state employee (i.e. 100 per cent of the working population) had no choice but to go on these or else go to prison instead.  Here’s how it worked: you arrive at work in the morning, only to find loads of coaches parked outside. Upon entering your work premises, you will find armed security agents outside asking you to submit your work ID.
They take the ID and give you a permit to the demo in its place. You are directed to the coaches, the coaches take you to the demo and they bring you back to your work premises. Upon returning, the piece of paper you were given in lieu of your work ID is stamped and taken away, and your ID is returned to you.  If you manage to circumvent this process, one of two things will happen:
(1) You get a visit from the internal security organization (Al-Amn al-Dakhili) during the night and you are taken away. If you’re lucky, they’d beat the hell out of you and release you in a few days. If you’re unlucky, you vanish. And some people, including former work colleagues, friends and two neighbours of ours, have vanished and have never been seen again. Their only crime was not to go on a demo.
(2) You go to work the very next day and, upon arrival, you are bundled away and suffer the same fate as No. 1 above.
And what about at the pro-Gaddafi demos themselves. What happens there? From my own personal experience, when you get there you find the whole damn gathering is infested with secret police. Everyone is listening, observing, some taking notes and pictures.
If you are seen to “lack enthusiasm”, i.e. not shout slogans for hours on end, then hell is your destiny. You can guarantee — and it has happened to me three times in the late 1990s — you will get visited, again in the dead of night, questioned, questioned again and again, warned and threatened that you will be watched, and then released.
If you are married or have children, insinuations will be made about what could hypothetically happen to them.
There you have it! I am talking from my own personal, direct experience.
Regards,

(Name Withheld)

This is hardly “anecdotal,” has long been verified and all members of the media know of this.  Why would anyone cover for this kind of brutality?  This is no different than the Israeli abuses, in some ways it is even more insidious.  It is the same in Syria, it was the same in Iran under the Shah, in East Germany under the Stasi, who actually trained Gaddafi’s security forces in the first place, and it goes on around the world.  Gaddafi isn’t unique as a brutal dictator and thug, not by a long shot, but lying, lying when documentation is so easily available, who would do that?

The other is that some journalists claim Amnesty International has given Gaddafi a “clean bill of health.”  To check for yourself, this is the Libya page there: http://www.amnesty.org/en/region/libya

As a simple clarification, we will link all recent stories on Libya and we can all look for that “clean bill of health” I have read about so many times.  Perhaps on their main page there is an apology to Colonel Gaddafi.  I have yet to find it.  All articles are included, the list is, as you can easily verify, unedited.  Hundreds of charges are made and investigations are demanded.  Not all are proven true, only the vast majority.

Mispreporting such things as some have done is very suspicious.  Facts tend to totally debunk claims that Amnesty international has now rescinded its charges against Gaddafi.  In fact, a review of the documents linked below will be very enlightening.  Unless every charge made has been formally rescinded in writing, each and every one, we have journalists whose broad statements now appear to be purposefully misleading in service of an agenda very much in favor of money, power and brutality.  Nothing new there.

Libya: Renewed rocket attacks target civilians in Misratah
24 June 2011

Forces loyal to Libyan Colonel Mu’ammar al-Gaddafi are once again targeting civilians in Misratah by firing rockets, some containing ball bearings, into the city’s …

Press Release

African Union must prioritize the protection of civilians in
23 June 2011

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL. PUBLIC STATEMENT. 23 June 2011. AI Index: IOR 63/002/2011. African Union m ust p rioriti z e t he p rotection …

Public Statement IOR 63/002/2011

Qatar deportation of Eman al-Obeidi violates international law
3 June 2011

Al-Obeidi, who publically accused Libyan soldiers of rape, has been deported to eastern Libya against her will.

Story

Amnesty International team from Libya available for interview
1 June 2011

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL. MEDIA ADVISORY. Date: 1 June 2011. Index: MDE 19/023/2011. Amnesty International team from Libya available for interview. …

PressItem MDE 19/023/2011

Libya: Campaign of enforced disappearances in Nafusa region must
27 May 2011

Scores of people have vanished from Libya’s Nafusa Mountain area, apparently at the hands of forces loyal to Colonel al-Gaddafi.

Report Abstract

Libya: Disappearances in the besieged Nafusa Mountain as thousands
27 May 2011

LIBYA DISAPPEARANCES IN THE BESIEGED NAFUSA MOUNTAIN AS THOUSANDS SEEK SAFETY IN TUNISIA. Amnesty International Publications First …

Report MDE 19/020/2011

Amnesty International report on Libya’s Nafusa Mountain released
27 May 2011

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL MEDIA ADVISORY Date: 27 May 2011 AI Index: MDE 19/022/2011. Amnesty International report on Libya’s Nafusa Mountain released today. …

PressItem MDE 19/022/2011

Libya: Civilians at risk amid new mine threat | Amnesty
25 May 2011

The discovery of over twenty highly explosive anti-personnel mines in Misratah raises fears of more mines being discovered in the city.

Story

G8 leaders urged to champion human rights in the Middle East and
25 May 2011

Human rights should be at the core of the G8’s engagement with governments in the Middle East and North Africa.

Story

Al-Gaddafi arrest warrant ‘a step towards justice’ | Amnesty
16 May 2011

The International Criminal Court Prosecutor’s request for an arrest warrant for Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi is a step towards justice for the victims of human rights …

Press Release

Al-Gaddafi arrest warrant ‘a step towards justice’ | Amnesty
16 May 2011

International Criminal Court arrest warrants are set to be issued for Libyan leader Colonel Muammar Al-Gaddafi for crimes against humanity.

Story

Amnesty International Report 2011: State of human rights in the
13 May 2011

People first called for fundamental change in Tunisia at the end of 2010, the year covered by Amnesty International’s latest annual worldwide survey of human rights …

Report POL 10/012/2011

Report 2011: Amnesty International at 50 says historic change on
13 May 2011

Amnesty International’s annual report details how the rise of social media is fuelling a new activism that repressive governments are struggling to control.

Story

Al-Gaddafi’s forces carry out indiscriminate attacks in Misratah
8 May 2011

Amnesty International today corroborated claims about the use of anti-vehicle mines in Misratah’s port by forces loyal to Colonel al-Gaddafi, as indiscriminate …

Press Release

Libya: Attacks against Misratah residents point to war crimes
6 May 2011

Attacks by forces loyal to Colonel al-Gaddafi on civilian and residential areas of Misratah may amount to war crimes, Amnesty International said today in a new …

Press Release

Libya: Misratah – under siege and under fire
6 May 2011

The 300000 residents of Misratah, Libya’s third largest city have been living under siege and under fire since March 2011 when forces loyal to Colonel al-Gaddafi …

Report MDE 19/019/2011

Libya: Attacks against Misratah residents point to war crimes
5 May 2011

New Amnesty International report reveals bleak situation in city besieged by forces loyal to Colonel al-Gaddafi.

Report Abstract

Libya: Further information: Four men released in Libya
26 April 2011

Four men, Zeyad Ramadan, Ghazi Ramadan, Khaled Sury and another unnamed man, were released at 9:30pm on 25 April 2011. They had been held incommunicado from 19 …

Urgent Action MDE 19/017/2011

Libya: Further information: Syrian journalist released in Libya
26 April 2011

Rana al-Aqbani, detained incommunicado since 28 March 2011, was released at 3:30am on 17 April. Her brother Hani al-Aqbani was released several days earlier. They …

Urgent Action MDE 19/018/2011

Libya: International community must urgently increase aid to
19 April 2011

The international community must immediately step up humanitarian aid to the Libyan city of Misratah, Amnesty International said today, as many of its residents …

Press Release

Libya: International community must urgently increase aid to
19 April 2011

Much of Misratah remains without communications, power or water as civilians are caught up in a worsening humanitarian crisis.

Story

Killing of captives points to war crimes by Libyan government
11 April 2011

Amnesty International has today revealed fresh evidence of extrajudicial executions apparently committed by Colonel Mu’ammar al-Gaddafi’s forces near the town of …

Press Release

Killing of captives points to war crimes by Libyan government
11 April 2011

Amnesty International reveals fresh evidence of extrajudicial executions apparently committed by Colonel Mu’ammar al-Gaddafi’s forces.

Story

Libya: Four men held incommunicado in Libya
5 April 2011

Four men, Zeyad Ramadan, Ghazi Ramadan, Khaled Sury and another unnamed man, were arrested on 19 March in Tripoli, Libya. They are held incommunicado and as such …

Urgent Action MDE 19/016/2011

Libya: Further information: Woman detained after rape claims is
4 April 2011

A Libyan woman, Eman al-Obaidi, who was detained after alleging that she was raped by members of Colonel Mu’ammar al-Gaddafi’s forces, has been released. She is …

Urgent Action MDE 19/015/2011

Libya: Syrian journalist and brother held in Libya
4 April 2011

A Syrian journalist and her brother have been detained incommunicado in Libya since 28 March and are at risk of torture or other ill-treatment. She is accused of …

Urgent Action MDE 19/014/2011

Wire, April/May 2011. Vol. 41, issue 02
1 April 2011

1) Death and injury the order of the day 2) LiveWire: Libya; Romania; Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories; Egypt 3) Time to demand a bullet-proof Arms …

Newsletter NWS 21/002/2011

Detained female journalist interrogated on Libyan television
1 April 2011

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Detained female journalist interrogated on Libyan television
1 April 2011

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Libya: Woman detained after alleging rape in Libya
1 April 2011

A Libyan woman has been detained, mostly incommunicado, after alleging that she was raped by members of Colonel Mu’ammar al-Gaddafi’s forces. She is at serious …

Urgent Action MDE 19/013/2011

The Wire, April/May 2011. Vol. 41, issue 02
1 April 2011

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Newsletter NWS 21/002/2011

Libya: End campaign to discredit Eman al-Obeidi | Amnesty
31 March 2011

The Libyan authorities have been carrying out a smear campaign against Eman al-Obeidi, who is now being sued by those she says raped her.

Story

Libya: End campaign to discredit Eman al-Obeidi | Amnesty
31 March 2011

The Libyan authorities must end their campaign to discredit Eman al-Obeidi after the government said she was being sued by the security officials who she says raped …

Press Release

Thousands stranded in ‘appalling’ conditions on Italian island
30 March 2011

Amnesty International reveals situation facing people fleeing North Africa unrest as Silvio Berlusconi pledges to “clear Lampedusa within 48-60 hours”.

Story

Libya: Campaign of enforced disappearances must end | Amnesty
29 March 2011

A new briefing paper reveals how Libyan security forces have carried out a campaign of disappearances in an attempt to crush opposition.

Report Abstract

Libya: Detainees, disappeared and missing
29 March 2011

In this briefing Amnesty International expresses its concern for the safety of those currently being held by forces loyal to Colonel al-Gaddafi. Many people have …

Document MDE 19/011/2011

Libya: Campaign of enforced disappearances must end | Amnesty
29 March 2011

Libyan forces loyal to Colonel Mu’ammar al-Gaddafi have carried out a campaign of enforced disappearances in an attempt to crush growing opposition to his rule, …

Press Release

Thorough investigation urged over Libya rape case | Amnesty
28 March 2011

The Libyan authorities must thoroughly investigate the case of a woman who said she had been raped by forces loyal to Colonel Muammar al-Gaddafi, Amnesty International …

Press Release

Thorough investigation urged over Libya rape case | Amnesty
28 March 2011

Libyan authorities must investigate Eman al-Obeidi’s rape allegations, reveal her whereabouts and guarantee her safety.

Story

Libya: Journalists detained and at risk in Libya
22 March 2011

Four Al Jazeera journalists working in western Libya have been held incommunicado since they were detained while trying to leave the country two weeks ago. They …

Urgent Action MDE 19/008/2011

Libya: Q&A: Human rights and war in Libya
21 March 2011

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS. 21 March 2011. AI Index: MDE 19/009/2011. Q&A: Human rights and war in Libya. Following …

Questions And Answers MDE 19/009/2011

Al Jazeera journalists missing in Libya must be released | Amnesty
21 March 2011

Amnesty International has called on the Libyan authorities to release four Al Jazeera journalists held incommunicado since they were detained while trying to leave …

Press Release

Al Jazeera journalists missing in Libya must be released | Amnesty
21 March 2011

Four journalists held incommunicado since being detained while trying to leave the country two weeks ago.

Story

Civilians must be protected during Libya military action | Amnesty
18 March 2011

Amnesty International has today urged all parties to make the protection of civilians in Libya their top priority, after the passing of UN Security Council Resolution …

Press Release

Civilians must be protected during Libya military action | Amnesty
18 March 2011

Amnesty International calls on any forces that may become involved in the Libya conflict to respect fully the laws of war.

Story

UN urged to put human rights first in Middle East | Amnesty
15 March 2011

Amnesty International has asked the UN Secretary-General to do more to help combat violations in Libya and support human rights in Egypt and Tunisia.

Story

Killing of Al Jazeera journalist condemned | Amnesty International
13 March 2011

Amnesty International warns of a campaign of attacks and harassment against journalists reporting from Libya after an Al Jazeera cameraman is shot dead.

Story

Killing of Al Jazeera journalist condemned | Amnesty International
13 March 2011

Amnesty International has today condemned the killing of Al Jazeera cameraman Ali Hassan Al Jaber in Libya and warned of a campaign of attacks and harassment on …

Press Release

Libyan paramedics targeted by pro-Gaddafi forces | Amnesty
4 March 2011

Libyan medical teams tell Amnesty International how they came under fire from pro-Gaddafi security forces while carrying out their work.

Story

Libyan paramedics targeted by pro-Gaddafi forces | Amnesty
4 March 2011

Libyan medical teams have told Amnesty International how they came under fire from pro-Gaddafi security forces yesterday while carrying out their medical work.

Press Release

Fears grow for Libya migrants as thousands flee | Amnesty
2 March 2011

Amnesty International has warned of a growing humanitarian crisis as thousands of migrants flee Libya during continuing unrest.

Press Release

Suspension of Libya from Human Rights Council welcomed | Amnesty
2 March 2011

The UN General Assembly unanimously voted for the suspension following a crackdown on protesters in the country which has reportedly led to the deaths of hundreds …

Story

Unanimous Security Council vote a crucial moment for international
28 February 2011

Council refers Libya to the International Criminal Court after a plea from the country’s own UN delegation, which says it no longer represents Col al-Gaddafi.

Story

Unanimous Security Council vote a crucial moment for international
27 February 2011

Saturday’s Security Council referral of Libya to the International Criminal Court marks a historic moment in accountability for crimes under international law, …

Press Release

Security Council must refer Libya to International Criminal Court
25 February 2011

Amnesty International urges the UN to act now to stop the outrageous abuses taking place on the streets of Tripoli and elsewhere in the country.

Story

Middle East and North Africa: Stop supply of arms used in protest
25 February 2011

The violence in Libya, where hundreds have been killed, including protesters exercising their right to freedom of expression, association and assembly, has escalated …

Action Document

Security Council must refer Libya to International Criminal Court
25 February 2011

Amnesty International has today called on the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Libya to the International Criminal Court and impose an immediate arms …

Press Release

Security Council and African Union failing Libyan people | Amnesty
23 February 2011

Amnesty International has today accused the international community of failing the Libyan people in their hour of greatest need as Colonel Gaddafi threatened to …

Press Release

African Union must back up condemnation with action | Amnesty
23 February 2011

Amnesty International has welcomed news reports that the African Union plans to send a mission to Libya, and called for the mission to include a specific investigation …

Press Release

Review: ‘Paranormal Activity’ is abnormally scary.(A & E)

Seattle Post-Intelligencer October 14, 2009 We live in a world of reality TV, YouTube, digital cameras, and cell phones with access to the Internet and video capabilities. But ten years ago, before our ties to everyday home recorders, a little independent horror flick called The Blair Witch Project came out and scared the pants off people by providing something we hadn’t seen before: “real” video footage of scary stuff happening to “real” people. But can the same “real footage” angle still produce scares today? Director Oren Peli and his Paranormal Activity proves that yes, yes it can. go to site paranormal activity 2 online

Movie Trailers TV News Celebrity News Photos More from film.com Interview: Director Spike Jonze Talks Where the Wild Things Are Megan Fox’s Next Project: Underwear Ads Children’s Book Adaptations That Failed Dancing With The Stars Results: Chuck Liddell Is Counted Out The Pitch Meeting for Showgirls 2 Live-in boyfriend and girlfriend (Micah and Katie) videotape their everyday lives living in their house where Katie has reportedly experienced out of the ordinary occurrences. Over the course of three weeks, the two determine that some sort of presence is definitely in the house. But what? And why? And maybe most importantly, what can they do about it? Armed with only a camera and some computer software, the couple tapes their experience while attempting to figure out what to do.

What makes Paranormal Activity so darn effective is how real the whole thing feels. They didn’t try and pull a Blair Witch and claim that the events really took place — we live in the Internet age where any sort of white lie like that could be debunked in a matter of minutes. But everything from the couple — their relationship, the house they live in, their reactions to what’s going on around them — feels so real during even the mundane and normal parts of their lives that when the freaky stuff kicks in, it’s that much scarier.

The leads were key in making this movie work, and both Micah and Katie put their all into their roles. They hit the right emotional chords when they needed to, and when the terror kicks in for them, it kicks in for the audience as well. Only a few times did I feel their performances were fake, mostly due to some of the dialogue that was likely scripted in certain areas to steer the “plot” in the proper direction; otherwise, they felt like genuine people.

The house was also vital in making or breaking the film’s scare factor as the whole movie takes place in the couple’s house. The house felt like a real house, a house that you’ve probably been in at one time or another, or maybe even live in now. It’s an ordinary house with ordinary stuff. Again, what could possibly be scarier than freaky stuff happening in the woods? How about your own home? Provoking a fear of the unknown in the middle of the woods is easy to induce, but fear inside your everyday suburban house? That’s no easy task.

But the big question remains: Is it scary? By using sound effects, gaining night vision-style video, and an eerie premise, Paranormal Activity managed to produce a genuinely scary and downright creepy little horror flick. What may be the scariest tactic of all was the anticipation of what was going to happen each night the couple spent in the house. There’s so much focus and concentration on waiting to see something happen, that when something as simple as a door moving by itself does happen, it makes your hair stand on end. While the movie does pull a few cheap boo-scares, I can’t say they weren’t welcome — the sudden loud noises were jolting, but the reasons behind those noises were what made them scary. The use of the handheld camera also added to the scare factor, only showing you pieces of what’s going on at a time. in our site paranormal activity 2 online

Paranormal Activity is a terrifying movie experience, done through strategic storytelling devices, off-camera sound effects, and only the most primitive, basic special effects. By creating the fearful anticipation of what might happen each night, the film reaches heights in horror that haven’t been touched in a while. Micah and Katie were relatable and, best of all, they were real, making the events that unfold around them that much more intense and unbearable. While I thought the ending took an uncharacteristic turn from the rest of the movie, the film as a whole still provided a frightening experience and delivered what audiences everywhere have been asking for for years: a reason to sleep with the lights on for awhile, and just in time for Halloween to boot.

Grade: A- Ammon Gilbert covers the latest in horror weekly for Film.com.

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