The U.S. continues to help the dictatorship of Saudi Arabia—as a key ally—even after the horrific homicide of Jamal Khashoggi and the horrendous five-year bombing marketing campaign on Yemen.
(CN) — Killing shouldn’t be new for Saudi Arabia. Whereas the world’s media has been centered on the horrific homicide and dismemberment of Saudi defector Jamal Khashoggi within the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul the Saudi’s horrendous five-year bombing marketing campaign on Yemen has been overshadowed.
This bombing has killed over 16,000 folks, destroyed water and sewage infrastructure, left a million folks with cholera and created a naval blockade that has starved 13 million of essentially the most weak: kids and the aged. America facilitates the bombing by promoting weapons to Saudi Arabia, refueling Saudi bombers and offering intelligence reportedly to lower the variety of civilian casualties, which it seems it has not carried out.
Exterior the Crime Scene
On Oct. 13, simply after midnight, after the closing ceremonies of the convention I used to be attending in Istanbul, I travelled to the Saudi Consulate to face in vigil for the disappearance and, believed at the moment to be the possible homicide of Khashoggi. I used to be additionally there to acknowledge the catastrophic Saudi battle on Yemen and U.S. complicity in that battle.
The barricades arrange by police have been shining within the lights from the road lamps and from the highlight that the Saudi Consulate had exterior its now-infamous entrance door.
No Istanbul police nor consulate safety guards have been seen. The road was eerily silent. Barricades blocked visitors. “POLIS” indicators held on the barricades. Not one of the daytime exercise from home and worldwide tv crews or print journalists was taking place. The Saudi consul-general’s house, subsequent door to the consulate (the place it has now been reported Khashoggi’s physique could also be buried), was darkish.
New associates from Istanbul whom I met on the convention, accompanied me. That they had been to many vigils on the consulate prior to now 10 days.
As we stood on the barricades, lights from a automotive in an alley flashed on, and a number of other males emerged. I believed that we have been going to have some kind of interplay with consulate guards or Istanbul police, however when TV cameras adopted the lads out of the automotive, we realized they have been journalists. They stated they’ve a 24-hour stakeout on the door of the consulate.
The journalists got interested that I used to be a former U.S. diplomat and requested my opinion of what was taking place. I advised them that I knew what the journalists have been reporting in regards to the disappearance of Khashoggi.
Nevertheless, I discussed violent actions have been related to diplomatic amenities prior to now. U.S. authorities personnel assigned to U.S. embassies, or utilizing a U.S. embassy as diplomatic cowl, had been part of rendition, torture and deaths of individuals the U.S. alleged have been a part of terrorist actions after Sept. 11, 2001. Six days after the 9/11 assaults, President George W. Bush signed a covert memorandum that licensed the Central Intelligence Company (CIA) to grab, detain and interrogate suspected terrorists all over the world.
The CIA Connection
U.S. Embassy personnel organized for the flights of U.S. authorities or non-public plane to choose individuals up from one nation and “render” them to different international locations the place they have been tortured in “black websites.” Not too long ago, a citizen’s fee in North Carolina printed its report, “Torture Flights: North Carolina’s Role in the CIA Rendition and Torture Program,” that documented the usage of non-public, U.S.-government contracted jet plane owned by Aero Contractors. Their flights originated from small, non-public airports in North Carolina with locations all around the world to ship alleged suspects. The report says the CIA kidnapped and imprisoned at the least 119 people earlier than the observe was formally ended and repudiated by Presidential govt order in 2009 through the Obama administration.
Based on the report:
Most of the prisoners have been taken to CIA “black websites,” the place they skilled beatings, extended stress positions, temperature extremes, long-term isolation, varied water tortures, mock executions and sexual abuse. In violation of worldwide regulation, the CIA transported some prisoners to overseas custody the place they have been topic to torture and abuse. Kidnapping, torture and secret detention occurred with out respect for victims’ innocence or guilt and absent any authorized course of for them to contact their abductions.
One of many U.S. authorities workers who was deeply concerned within the rendition and torture throughout this era was CIA station chief Gina Haspel, now the director of the CIA. She flew to Istanbul on Oct. 22 ominously to signify the Trump administration through the Turkish investigation into the dying of Khashoggi.
A number of days earlier than she arrived, on Oct. 19, the Saudi authorities lastly acknowledged that Khashoggi died within the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, claiming his dying was the results of a combat that broke out between him and the 15 Saudi authorities officers, together with 4 members of the Royal Guard and members of the Saudi Air Drive and Military, who had flown into Istanbul on Oct. 2 and who left later within the day.
The audio that the Turkish authorities says it has consists of recorded cries of Khashoggi as he was dismembered whereas nonetheless alive. The audio, which has not be launched, reportedly captured the phrases of Salah Muhammad A. Tubaigy, chief of forensic proof within the safety division of the Saudi inside ministry, who was reducing him aside. He supposedly heard to inform the others within the room, the consul’s examine, to “Placed on earphones and hearken to music.”
The most recent info leaking from the Turkish authorities signifies that the dismemberment of Khashoggi was filmed and Skyped to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s senior aide, Saud al-Qahtani, who has since been reportedly sacked from his position. Al-Qahtani was reportedly Mohammad bin Salman’s right-hand adviser/enforcer within the kidnapping and interrogation of Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri and of the detention and shakedown of many rich Saudi elite within the Ritz-Carlton Resort in Riyadh.
Aside from providing delicate condolences to Jamal Khashoggi’s household, the Trump administration has slowly indicated concern about what occurred within the Saudi diplomatic compound. However in a current marketing campaign cease, Trump applauded the actions of an official who “body-slammed” a journalist, and recall that in a Feb. 17, 2017, tweet, President Trump known as the media “the enemy of the folks.”
Journalists I spoke with in Istanbul cited President Trump’s feedback on the U.S. press as one of many causes of the impunity of authoritarian governments to jail important journalists, although such arrests actually predate Trump’s presidency. Turkey has had extra imprisoned journalists than every other nation, in keeping with the Committee to Shield Journalists.
Istanbul is full of journalists who’re exiled from their international locations for his or her views on authoritarian regimes—Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Yemen. Journalists that I spoke with in Istanbul are fearful that the authoritarian governments from which they fled might try to silence their dissent by violent means such because the Saudi authorities used towards Jamal Khashoggi.
Istanbul lets Center Jap-exiled journalists report from Turkey, however it’s ironic that because the failed coups in July 2016, the Turkish authorities has jailed greater than 150 Turkish journalists on expenses of terrorism offenses for articles or social media posts. President Erdogan’s administration has shut down greater than 180 media shops, placing round 2,500 journalists and media staff out of labor. On the World Press Freedom index, Turkey is 157 out of 180 international locations. Of all of the imprisoned journalists worldwide, one-third are in Turkish prisons.
The Committee to Protect Journalists states that worldwide in 2018, 44 journalists have been killed. In 2017, 262 journalists disappeared, and 61 are lacking globally. From 1992 to 2018, 1,323 journalists have been killed.
Some members of the U.S. Congress are calling for the Trump administration to distance itself from the Saudi regime as a result of homicide of Khashoggi and take critical steps, together with stopping weapons gross sales and sanctions. Little connection is made to the horrific variety of deaths in Yemen from Saudi and U.S. bombings, except Sen. Bernie Sanders’ reintroduction of Senate Joint Resolution 54, which requires the top of refueling and intelligence sharing after Congress reconvenes (and a whole lot extra Yemenis have been killed).
Because the Saudi regime murders in its personal nation, its diplomatic missions in Turkey and thru its proxy militias in Syria, Iraq, and different international locations, the U.S. wrongly continues to help this dictatorship—as a key ally of america.
Ann Wright served 29 years within the U.S. Military/Military Reserves and retired as a colonel. She was additionally a U.S. diplomat and was in U.S. embassies in Nicaragua, Grenada, Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan and Mongolia.
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