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Sergei Magnitsky’s death continues to be defiled by the West

11 November 2012, 13:47  

Sergei Magnitsky’s death continues to be defiled by the West

In this media-bias piece we take a look at a typical right-wing attack on Russia and Obama by someone who is supposed to be an “expert” on Russia. Once again the pompous, sanctimonious, self-righteous, holier-than-thou, hypocritical right-wing conservative view is filled with tired clichés, factually challenged, completely biased and filled with half truths and outright lies presented as fact.

This week’s biased-media report focuses on an article by right-wing conservative Ilan Berman the Vice President of the conservative right-wing American Foreign Policy Council in the right-wing conservative propaganda rag the Washington Times. According to what I have dug up he is supposedly a respected expert, or was, and the “think tank” the American Foreign Policy Council provides information to members of US Congress, the Executive Branch, and the US policymaking community, as well as world leaders outside the US (particularly in the former USSR). I suppose you could call them a mini-CIA then, as it is usually a function of the CIA to provide intelligence to officials.

Apparently the “expert” must not be making enough as the vice president of the right-wing think tank and if judging by his article in the Washington Times, the information he provides is of the same caliber, the reason is obvious. Why someone in that position would resort to writing fact-starved, vitriolic hate speech masked as anti-Russian propaganda pretending to be another sanctimonious self-serving call for justice is beyond me.

The fact that he published his vitriol in the Washington Times almost says it all. This is a paper that gave a column to Ted Nugent, an American “patriot”, who was scared and avoided being drafted and sent to fight for America in Vietnam. That’s right “Reverend” Sun Myung Moon and the Unification Church which owns the Washington Times gave him a column.

Back to the matter at hand, Ilam Berman’s anti-Russia piece, which was published on November 6th, on the eve of the US elections. Perhaps he thought Romney would win and wanted to become an advisor for the Romney administration and was showing what he was made of? Just speculation, but who knows?

Let’s start looking at Berman’s bias with his subject choice. The tragic case of Sergei Magnitsky, a sensitive topic and another straw man argument by the West so that it can continue to demonize Russia. The right-wing sponsors of the Magnitsky bill need people to support it, they need people to believe their mis-characterizations and shameful self-serving mis-representations so that they can continue to demonize Russia for their own self-interests, and they oh so need the Magnitsky Bill so they can look righteous and throw up another threat against Russia and seize assets or whatever other machinations they have up their sleeves.

Paragraph one of the Berman piece: We will start with the word “languishing”. Sergey Magnitsky was in jail for 11 months in pre-trial detention for rather serious charges. I will not say anything bad about Magnitsky as he is no longer with us, bless his soul, and can not defend himself, but I will say any lawyer, and this includes US based attorneys use their knowledge to benefit their clients and sometimes that includes using the system to their own advantage, meaning bending the law.

If we want to talk about jail terms, as the word languishing implies, perhaps we can bring up millions of US cases, right now the NATO 5 comes to mind, already in jail for almost 9 months with perhaps more than a year to go before their trial begins. Guantanamo anyone?

Mr. Magnitsky’s death was tragic, he was improperly diagnosed and was not treated on time, but to characterize the case as being denied medical attention is incorrect. However Berman can attack people who can not defend themselves as they are Russians, do not read rags like the Washington Times and many have lost their jobs who were anywhere near the case, but I can defend them and I will.

Bill Browder the co-founder of Hermitage Capital Management was most likely guilty of tax-evasion and bribing officials, there is no other likely explanation as to how Mr. Magnitsky “uncovered” corruption and tax fraud, and as Browder’s lawyer it would have been up to him to be in the middle of it, he was doing his job and made the fall guy by Bowder.

Back to Berman’s twisted article. Berman states the case and the circumstances surrounding Magnitsky’s death are “fraught with absurdity”, I wonder if all of the police officers and people involved who have lost their jobs and prosecuted would say the same thing. My Berman’s article however, is in fact filled with absurdities, as in the next sentence he brings out that tired and worn cliché “Soviet”, he says “in time-honored Soviet tradition” the lawyers have not seen the case files. Maybe someone should tell Berman the Soviet Union has not existed for over 2 decades. Maybe not as a trip to the Soviet Union is his “think tanks” only claim to fame. We wouldn’t want to burst his bubble now would we?

Berman continues his rant and with uncharacteristic restraint for a right-wing hack, waited until paragraph 4 to attack Obama. Saying Obama has tried to ignore the Magnitsky case to appease Russia. He then characterizes Russia’s permission to allow for limited use of Russian airspace to allow the US to supply troops in Afghanistan as acquiescence, after the US pleaded with Russia for Russian assistance.

Berman next unbelievably attempts to transpose right-wing “Russia is geopolitical enemy #1” rhetoric onto the Russian people. He cites Russia’s independent position on Iran and Russia’s calls for an internal resolution in Syria to its own sovereign problem as “strongly suggesting that Moscow still sees Washington as the “main enemy”. Wrong again Berman, your right wingers openly and stupidly state this repeatedly, no Russian official has ever stated such nonsense. Another strike for you. In the same paragraph he says “the government of Russian President Vladimir Putin is capricious, unaccountable and deeply anti-democratic”.

Hold on a minute! Capricious, unaccountable and deeply anti-democratic? Again Berman must be suffering from overload spinning America’s failure as virtuous. Capricious, shall we mention US arbitrary laws and the stripping away of civil liberties? Unaccountable? Shall we mention George Bush, Dick Cheney, Condeleezza Rice and everyone who was instrumental in committing and continuing all of the war crimes and crimes against humanity the US has been guilty of in the last decade, not to mention torture, extra-judicial executions, indefinite detention and droning. Anti-Democratic? Ask the thousands of Occupiers, third party followers and leaders, and any non-white non-Christian in the US about that.

Should I continue? Berman then cites “a punk band” I guess he couldn’t remember what they were called and Sergey Udaltsov as examples of Russian authoritarian rule. First if you want to know what I think of P-Riot follow this link (P-Riot: provocation against church and state) as for Udaltsov, he may be tried for treason, he is guilty of organizing illegal rallies and attempting to subvert the government in my opinion, and is a traitor in the pay of the west as I see it.

These are two examples of how almost anything is allowed to take place in Russia, not authoritarianism Berman. If similar deeds were committed in America would you be so defensive Berman? Of course you wouldn’t. They would probably get the death penalty. Should I mention Manning? Assange? Jeremy Hammond?

Berman did say one thing almost truthful in his pre-penultimate paragraph about the Obama Administration’s position on the Magnitsky Act, “They also fear that Moscow might make good on threats of retaliatory measures if the act is actually signed into law.” That would mean Moscow could go and ban everyone involved in any illegal prosecution in the US, anyone associated with an “accidental” execution of an innocent man (happens all the time in the US), anyone involved in prosecuting whistleblower Bradley Manning, in persecuting WikiLeaks, in illegally kidnapping and prosecuting Victor Bout and Konstantin Yaroshenko, in carrying out and ordering extra-judicial executions, torture, violations of the Geneva Conventions, aggressive wars, the list goes on and on.

If the Government of the Russian Federation decided to try to make America bend to its will or give it a black eye by making such a list as the Magnitsky List or passing a law like the Magnitsky Act, the names on it would be in the millions.

Berman closes with “The road to a true “reset,” therefore, cannot lie in keeping silent about the Kremlin’s criminalized domestic conduct.” I would say the same thing for Washington.

As for Sergey Magnitsky, his death was tragic, the way he was manipulated and made the fall guy by his Western employer was despicable, and everyone directly involved in his death has already been punished. In case you did not know that Berman.

Answer to Magnitsky Act: “War on Terror List”

20 November 2012, 10:48  http://www.jar2.com/Topics/Russia_Terror_List.html

Answer to Magnitsky Act: “War on Terror List”

While the US continues to demonize the Russian Federation, this time with a draconian bill called the Magnitsky Act, a list compiled of people they claim were responsible for the tragic death of Sergei Magnitsky, official Moscow has stated that they will not let the provocative attempt to interfere in the internal affairs of Russia go unanswered. Many see this as a thinly veiled attempt to continue anti-Russian discrimination that was supposed to be gotten rid of with the abolition of the Jackson Vanik Amendment. I propose the following list as a good place to start in formulating a proper answer. Most of the people on my list are in one way or another responsible for the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people.

The US has decided to attempt to punish the Russian Federation and again obtain some sort of political and propaganda victory over Russia by enacting the Magnitsky Bill.

We know the US cares nothing about human rights or rule of law. They only do so for their own interests. So I have compiled a list of people I think should be sanctioned for crimes that have gone unpunished but that have caused untold death and suffering.

I propose the following list, as a start, in response to the “Magnitsky List”. Let’s call it the “War on Terror List”. Remember this is only a start. This list details people guilty of War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity, crimes much more serious than not improperly diagnosing a patient leading to death. As a member of humanity I think they should be prosecuted.

Thank you to CodePink for helping with this.

Barrack Hussein Obama US President makes the list for continuing Bush’s war crimes and for his extra-judicial drone executions and his daily kill list. Other people on the list could include the following.

For war crimes and crimes against humanity:

George Walker Bush former president, Richard Cheney former US VP, John D. Ashcroft former US Attorney General, Colin Powell former US Secretary of State, Tommy Franks former US Army General, Donald Rumsfeld former US Secretary of Defense, Doug Feith former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, Stanley McChrystal former ISAF Commander, Erik Prince former CEO/Chairman of Prince Group/Blackwater Worldwide, Condoleeza Rice former US National Security Adviser and Secretary of State, George Tenet former Director of Central Intelligence, John Negroponte former US Deputy Secretary of State/Ambassador to UN, John Bolton former US Ambassador to the UN, Paul Wolfowitz former President of World Bank and Michael Chertoff former Secretary of Homeland Security, Stephen Hadley former US National Security Advisor.

For formulating, carrying out and otherwise taking part in or enabling illegal torture programs, as well as crimes against humanity:

Col. Louie Banks, chief of the Psychological Applications Directorate at the U.S. Army’s Special Operations Command, Dr. James Mitchell torture architect, Dr. John Jessen from Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape program (SERE), Jonathan Fredman CIA Lawyer, Judge Jay Bybee US Federal Judge, Timothy Flanigan former deputy to Alberto Gonzales, Elliot Abrams former Assistant Sec of State for Human Rights, William J. Haynes former General Counsel of US Department of Defense, Kyle D. "Dusty" Foggos former US Intelligence Officer, Lynndie England and all the staff at Abu Ghraib including the command structure, Paul Burney torture program architect, John Leso torture program designer and Robert Delahunty - war crimes and crimes against humanity.

For profiteering and promoting aggressive wars and war crimes:

Rex Tillerson CEO/Chairman, Exxon Mobil Corporation, David Lesar CEO/Chairman, Halliburton Company, David O’Reilly CEO/Chairman, Chevron Corporation, Robert J. Stevens Lockheed Martin CEO, Nicholas E. Calio former Citigroup Executive Vice President, Paul Bremer former Director of Reconstruction/Humanitarian Assistance,

For seeking and formulating ways to circumvent international laws conventions and standards with regards to aggressive wars, the Geneva Conventions, torture, assassinations, indefinite detention and other crimes:

I. Lewis Libby former Assistant to GW Bush and Chief of Staff to Cheney, John Bellinger former Legal Adviser to US Secretary of State, Steven Bradbury former head of Office of Legal Council, Andrew Card former White House Chief of Staff, David Addington former legal counsel and chief of staff to Dick Cheney, Mary Matalin former assistant to GW Bush and counselor to Cheney, John Rizzo former General Counsel for CIA, Jonathan Fredman CIA lawyer, Michael Mukasey former US Attorney General, Joe Lieberman Senator from Connecticut, John Yoo Office of Legal Counsel - war crimes and crimes against humanity (OLC).

Special mention to Karl Rove former White House Deputy Chief of Staff and one of the architects of the War on Terror, guilty of all of the above as well as treason to the US for “outing” a CIA agent.

Eric Holder Former Attorney General for whitewashing for Bush and ensuring no one would ever be held accountable. 

Many of these people are internationally wanted and may not travel outside of the US for “their own safety” but many carry on as if nothing has happened and have been responsible for, what could be in the final count, millions of deaths, acts of aggressive war, torture, illegal detention, kidnapping across international lines, war profiteering, and countless violations of the Geneva Conventions and international as well as US law.

The following are officials and people who have been involved in the execution of innocent people when there was a preponderance of evidence pointing to innocence and who allowed innocent people to be executed. Why not? We could do an unjust execution list.

Corpus Christi Texas Judge Jack Blackmon, prosecutors involved in the case and all detectives who knew Carlos DeLuna was innocent yet did nothing to stop his execution, Antonin Gregory Scalia an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States for his rulings on death penalty issues.

Cameron Todd Willingham was also an innocent man executed in George Bush’s state of Texas by the justice system Justice Scalia insists works properly, in this case we could also add everyone involved in sending an innocent man to death such as Douglas Fogg and Manuel Vasquez incompetent investigators whose claims sent Cameron to die. James P. Grigson (Dr. Death), a forensic psychiatrist who helped send many people to the electric chair in Texas, including Willingham. Governor Rick Perry (250 executions) who ignored evidence of innocence, prosecutor John Jackson, Judge Charlie Baird and the presiding judge in the case .

Other innocent people executed for whom lists could be made include, Johnny Frank Garret, Wayne Felker (Georgia), Ruben Cantu (Texas), Larry Griffin (Missouri), Joseph O'Dell (Virginia), David Spence (Texas), Gary Graham (Texas), Claude Jones (Texas), Troy Davis (Georgia), Jesse Tafero (Florida), Lionel Herrera (Texas, evidenced to clear him dismissed by court before execution), Timothy Cole (Texas) innocent man who died in prison and the list goes on and on.

A list might also be compiled of everyone involved in the Victor Bout case, an innocent Russian man who was kidnapped, taken to the US and sentenced for crimes he had never committed.

Why not a list regarding everyone involved in persecuting Julian Assange, Bradley Manning, Jeremy Hammond, the NATO 5 or Constantin Yaroshenko? Most people outside the US, and with very good reason, believe they are innocent too.

So you see it is completely ludicrous, pompous, sanctimonious, hypocritical, and self-righteous for the US to come up with something like the Magnitsky List and Act. They have one case they harp on and on about, while refusing to look at themselves in the mirror.

If Russia begins making lists in response, the names on them will not number approximately 60, but will climb into the hundreds of thousands. On a daily basis people are dying all over the US and the world due to the illegal actions of corrupt US officials, a corrupt racist system and an arbitrary, corrupt, racist and archaic judiciary.

Self-righteous indignation, vilification of Russia and any country the US does not like, pompous rhetoric, hollow grandstanding, aggressive threats and the perpetual need to kill and control are things that may impress the voters back home, but in reality the world has had enough of the most criminal, racist country in the world attempting to dictate to it how to behave, especially when their own home is in such an obviously pathetic and disgraceful state, beneath the contempt of even a mere list, or lists, as the case may be.

The Magnitsky Act is an attempt at manipulating the inner workings of a sovereign nation. It is ridiculous to believe that a country with the most abysmal human rights record in the world, a country that commits extra-judicial executions and crimes against humanity whenever it pleases, a country that tortures and murders at will with the most cowardly and despicable weapon (drones), a country which is so criminally negligent and morally bankrupt that it rewards and protects killers and thugs and torturers and scoffs at any criticism, actually cares about a poor Russian lawyer who died of complications in custody.

Every day in the US miscarriages of justice and crimes by officials occur on a scale far outweighing anything that may have occurred to poor Mr. Magnitsky so the US is no position whatsoever to dictate to anyone how to conduct their own affairs.

Let them prosecute even one person on the above list, for committing crimes that cost millions of people unspeakable pain and misery or their very lives because until they do they have no right to even speak the words “human-rights” or "rule-of-law".

The official version of the events of 9-11 were a lie which the US government hides and every war crime and crime against humanity that has happened since then has completely stripped the US of any right to dictate anything to anyone. It is a criminal regime where criminals protect and cover for each other, a criminal regime which is completely delusional in its idea of its own splendor and righteousness and which is rotten through to the very core with black cancerous evil.

The US government and the demons running it make a mockery of the motto on their very currency (In God We Trust), not only the high-crimes do so but the aggressive wars, the bloodshed and terror they spread throughout the world and the fact that any country that institutionalizes and promotes sex between men as a sign of moral superiority while at the same time attempting to control women's bodies and ignoring: institutionalized racism, police brutality, economic inequality, lack of healthcare, the problem of homelessness, an education system that is only accesible to the elites, rampant gun violence, an inordinate number of the population in prison, a government controlled by corporations, an archaic an undemocratic election system, unification of church and state, the continued reliance on fossil fuels and the ensuing destruction of the planet and crimes against children has long ago lost sight of any god, unless God for them, is the Devil.

 

 

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