Tuesday, February 07, 2017

More e-mails

This is a press release from Judicial Watch:

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released 549 pages of new State Department records, including previously unreleased email exchanges in which Hillary Clinton top aide Huma Abedin secured an invitation to a 2009 State Department luncheon for Sant S. Chatwal, a businessman under investigation in two countries and was also a Clinton Foundation trustee and contributor.  The emails also contain an email to Clinton, shared with Abedin, divulging the classified names of intelligence agency employees.
The records contain 21 previously undisclosed Clinton emails – of a total of at least 259 that were not part of the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton turned over to the State Department – further appear to contradict statements by Clinton that, “as far as she knew,” all of her government emails were turned over to the State Department. Two of these emails are now available on the State Department’s website.
The records were obtained in response to a court order from a May 5, 2015, lawsuit filed against the State Department (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:15-cv-00684)) after it failed to respond to a March 18 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking:
  • All emails of official State Department business received or sent by former Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin from January 1, 2009 through February 1, 2013 using a non-“state.gov” email address.
In November 2009, Abedin secured and oversaw the invitation for Clinton Foundation donor Sant S. Chatwal to attend the State Department luncheon for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Vice President Joe Biden. Chatwal attended both the State lunch and dinner.
From: Deena Howard [Redacted]
To: Huma Abedin; abedin@state.gov
Sent: Thu Nov 12 17:41:21 2009
Subject: State Dinner
Dear Huma,
Long time no hear. I’ve been watching your travels on the news. Hope all is going well.
As you know, Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and President Obama are having a State Dinner. Any possibilities to include me and my wife for this dinner? If so, that would be really great! But, if not, that’s ok too I totally understand.
With Best Regards,
Sant Chatwal

From: Huma Abedin [mailto: Huma@clintonemail.com]
Sent, Friday, November 13, 2009 3:13 PM
To: santchatwal [Redacted]
Subject: Re: State Dinner
So nice to hear from you!
Was going to send you an email myself. We have no control over the white house state dinner. But, Hillary is hosting the state lunch for the prime minister with vice president biden at the state department and you should be receiving your invitation to that soon. Will be the same day, nov 24th. Hope all is well.
At the time Abedin oversaw the State Department luncheon invitation, Chatwal had a track record of legal troubles in the U.S. and abroad. Despite his record, in 2001, Chatwal was appointed a Clinton Foundation trustee, and reportedly raised millions of dollars for the operation.
Included is an unsecured email from Clinton to Abedin, which is also available on the State Department website, containing an analysis of the U.S. Afghanistan policy by Clinton confidant Sidney Blumenthal.  The email shows that names were redacted under laws that protect the names of individuals working with the Defense Intelligence Agency/National Reconnaissance Office/National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.
The Abedin emails also contain a message from Clinton Foundation executive and Teneo founder Doug Band, instructing Abedin on having Secretary of State Clinton appear at a Clinton Global reception in Davos. The November 16, 2009, message read: “Hosting a reception a at davos for cgi as we did the last few years. It’s the single to be at the event and will be jan 27 or whenever she would be there as having her drop by would help a lot.”  According to Clinton’s schedule, she did not attend the Davos meeting.
“These new emails provide further proof that Hillary Clinton used her official office to provide special treatment for donors to the Clinton Foundation and members of the Foundation staff,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “And the new national security material in these emails will increase pressure on the Trump administration to authorize a serious investigation of Clinton’s email practices.”

Follow Tom Fitton on Twitter: @TomFitton for breaking news and comments.

I wish, if nothing else, Donald Trump would order the release of the still unreleased e-mails.

The State Dept. has certainly been dragging its feet.

"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Tuesday, February 7, 2017.   Chaos and violence continue as a western media blackout ignores protests in Iraq as well as international law.

The media failure never ends.

Link to headline article

What is the purpose of this trash?

It's supposed to be journalism.

But it fails at every test.

Michael Gregory seems unaware that when 'reporting' for REUTERS it is his job to provide context.

If it's just a non-stop feed, it's not reporting.

The so-called Iraqi forces are yet again breaking the law but you'd never know that to read Michael Gregory's so-called report.

They are leaving the bodies of members of the Islamic State in the streets -- so dogs will eat the corpses, one helpfully explains.

In the long and useless article, Gregory finds time for this, "But a man who approached said the bodies should be buried because that is everyone's right."

And that's the closest to context Gregory ever gets.

It is everyone's right.

It is also -- a point Gregory fails to inform the readers -- the law.

From the International Committee of the Red Cross and Red Crescent:

Rule 115. Disposal of the Dead
Rule 115. The dead must be disposed of in a respectful manner and their graves respected and properly maintained.
State practice establishes this rule as a norm of customary international law applicable in both international and non-international armed conflicts.
International armed conflicts
The obligation to dispose of the dead respectfully was first codified in the 1929 Geneva Conventions.[1]  It is now dealt with in detail in the 1949 Geneva Conventions.[2] Many military manuals specify that the dead must be disposed of decently.[3]  This obligation is set forth in the legislation of most, if not all, States.[4]  It was upheld in 2002 by Israel’s High Court in the Jenin (Mortal Remains) case.[5] The above-mentioned treaty provisions also require that graves be respected and properly maintained. Additional Protocol I adds that the parties must conclude agreements to protect and maintain gravesites permanently.[6]  The requirement to respect and maintain gravesites is also laid down in numerous military manuals.[7] 
Non-international armed conflicts
The obligation to dispose of the dead decently in non-international armed conflicts is set forth in Additional Protocol II.[8]  In addition, this rule is contained in other instruments pertaining also to non-international armed conflicts.[9] A number of military manuals which are applicable in or have been applied in non-international armed conflicts specify that the dead must be disposed of decently.[10]  The legislation of most, if not all, States requires respect for this rule.[11]  It may be said that this rule reflects a general principle of law requiring respect for the dead and their graves.No official contrary practice was found with respect to either international or non-international armed conflicts. A reported case of the disrespectful disposal of dead civilians in Papua New Guinea was condemned by the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions.[12] 
It is also likely that further detailed rules supporting the requirement of decent disposal of the dead and respect and proper maintenance of their gravesites are contained in domestic legislation.
The Geneva Conventions specify that the dead must be buried, if possible, according to the rites of the religion to which they belonged and that they may only be cremated in exceptional circumstances, namely because of imperative reasons of hygiene, on account of the religion of the deceased or in accordance with the express wish of the deceased.[13]  The Geneva Conventions furthermore require that, in principle, burial should be in individual graves. Collective graves may only be used when circumstances do not permit the use of individual graves or, in case of burial of prisoners of war or civilian internees, because unavoidable circumstances require the use of collective graves.[14]  Lastly, the Geneva Conventions require that graves be grouped according to nationality if possible.[15]  These requirements are also set forth in numerous military manuals.[16] It is likely that some of these requirements also apply in non-international armed conflicts on the basis of national law. In 1995, for example, Colombia’s Council of State held that the deceased must be buried individually subject to all the requirements of the law, and not in mass graves.[17] 

It is a violation of the law.

In all the rah rah quotes (see the article) about how wonderful leaving bodies in the streets as a lesson is, Gregory never notes the law.

His job is to provide context.

The law is context.

When people complain that they were treated unfairly under the law, they are complaining because laws exist so that we ideally are all treated uniformly.  Mob mentality is not the law.  Vengeance is not the law.

What is taking place in Mosul right now is not the law.

It is yet another violation of the law.

And it shames not only the Iraqi military but the government that has allowed these travesties to take place.

The government of Iraq was put in place by an occupying power (the United States government).

It has failed to represent the Iraqi people which is why the Islamic State was able to get a hold in Iraq to begin with.

Now it fails to follow even the most basic recognized international laws.

And for Michael Gregory and REUTERS, that's not a story.

For them, a 'report' is a bunch of quotes about how great this is with one person quoted saying it's not right.

That's 'balance,' 'perspective' and 'context' to them?

This so-called report is hideous and doesn't meet the basics of journalism.

Again, they had a story: The violation of the laws, the disrespect of the dead.

But they didn't report that story -- they didn't report anything.

Michael Gregory's done the equivalent of grabbing quotes from a chat board, piecing them together with no context and calling it 'reporting.'

He should be ashamed.

And people should be calling out Iraqi prime minister Hayder al-Abadi.

This is a huge violation of international law.

If he's going to get away without any rebuke for this, understand what comes next.

Both Bully Boy Bush and Barack Obama played footsie with paranoid Nouri al-Maliki.

They fed his paranoia.

And his actions resulted in the rise of the Islamic State in Iraq.

Hayder al-Abadi is the head of state.

Iraq is publicly in violation of the law.

Hayder deserves to be called out and rebuked for that.

Instead, it's day 113 of The Mosol Slog and few are even aware of it judging by the lack of media coverage.

Mosul was seized by the Islamic State in June of 2014.

113 days ago, Hayder al-Abadi finally launched an operation to liberate or 'liberate' it.

113 days and counting.

If this was what 'planning' brought about, the world should fear what will take place in a post-Islamic State Iraq.

Sweden's Ambassador to the United Nations, Olof Skoog, tells RUDAW:

With the United Nations presence in Iraq, as the liberation goes forward, what comes next? And I think the United Nations Special Representative [to Iraq] has made a very strong appeal to all of us, not just countries that are on the security council, but the whole membership of the United Nations to come up now to sustain its effort to Iraq and to the people and the government to ensure that the next phases now of preparing for elections, reconstruction, in where there has been where there was destruction, helping to get the economy back on track, etc., so that this effort is sustained. But of course in the end, these things will only work if it’s led by the Iraqi people, themselves. But we are certainly there to back it up to keep on supporting Iraq.

Will the government become of and by the people in Iraq?

Hasn't so far.

Saturday, we noted:

Hundreds of Iraqis did useful things yesterday including the hundred who rallied in Baghdad's Tahrir Square.  ALSUMARIA reports they rallied to call for reforms in the government (corruption) and reforms in the election law and the Independent High Electoral Commission.  ALSUMARIA reports hundred also protested in Karbala with the same demands.

Though ignored by western media, those protests were called by Shi'ite cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr.

ANADOLU AGENCY reports today:

Firebrand Iraqi Shia cleric and politician Muqtada al-Sadr has called on followers to stage mass demonstrations in Baghdad on Wednesday to demand reform of Iraq's official electoral commission.

"We demand reform of the electoral commission, both in terms of its membership and its bylaws," read a statement issued by a committee tasked with organizing Sadrist rallies.

Wednesday's protest will be considered a "first step", the statement added, warning that "escalatory steps" would be taken if demonstrators' demands were not met.

Winding down, we'll note that Kurt Eichenwald takes a brief break from crusing the young males on Cedar Springs (don't worry, he understands) to Tweet this nonsense.

A reporter I worked with died in Iraq trying to bring news to America. And Donald "Heel Spurs" Trump claims we try and hide terror news.

Why is this kiddie porn fan allowed to be at NEWSWEEK or any periodical.

THE NEW YORK TIMES fired him for lying.


But among the lies that worried them was his story that makes no sense about being 'helpful' by giving the kiddie porn performer money (thousands of which he lied to NYT about).

He did not come across the kiddie porn while pursuing a story -- by his own admission -- and he did not plan to write a story -- by his own admission -- when he was forking over thousands to the young male.

He was unethical, absolutely.

But also alarming to the paper was his frequenting kiddie porn sites to begin with and doing so -- by his own admission -- when he wasn't even planning to write about the topic.

We shouldn't take people like him seriously.

But let's consider what the kiddie porn lover is saying: Donald Trump can't criticize the press because Kurt had a friend (shocking!) who died reporting in Iraq.

That is beyond insane.

Many people lied in Iraq in their reporting -- many continue to do so.

Many reported stories that did not pan out.

A loss of a friend is a sad thing.

Probably even sadder for Kurt since he's never had many.

But it doesn't mean that the press can't be called out.

And, by the way, not mentioning the name of the friend?

Yes, when you're a serial liar like Kurt that will cause many to wonder if the person ever existed.

But that's not my point.

The only thing larger than Kurt's waist is his ego.

How vain do you have to be to Tweet what he did without naming the dead?

Pretty damn vain.

Go back to your kiddie porn, Kurt, adults are talking.

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