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2010 October 1 | Activist News
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Daily Archives: October 1, 2010

Afghan war crimes case reopens scrutiny of Iraq killings

McClatchy
September 30, 2010
By Hal Bernton

Staff. Sgt. Calvin Gibbs, a central figure in the Afghanistan war-crimes case against Western Washington-based soldiers, talked about killing a family while he served in Iraq, according to a sworn statement from a fellow soldier obtained by The Seattle Times.

When Gibbs arrived in Afghanistan, he began talking to other soldiers about “getting away with some of these things,” according to Spc. Jeremy Morlock, 22, a soldier who is accused of helping Gibbs murder three civilians in Afghanistan.

Morlock told Army investigators that Gibbs told some platoon members he had developed a plan to kill Iraqis driving in a car, and looked for a chance to carry it out.
The opportunity arrived while he was crossing a road carrying a Squad Automatic Weapon, a powerful machine gun, according to Morlock.

Gibbs told the soldiers he “turned around and sprayed down the vehicle” that carried the family and covered up the slayings by telling his commanders the car had failed to stop, according to Morlock’s statement.

The Army has charged Gibbs with committing three killings of civilians in Afghanistan, possessing body parts and other crimes while serving in the southern province of Kandahar. He is being held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Full Article Here – http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2010/09/30/101425/afghan-war-crimes-case-reopens.html#ixzz115TIXleo

Afghan war crimes case reopens scrutiny of Iraq killings

McClatchy
September 30, 2010
By Hal Bernton

Staff. Sgt. Calvin Gibbs, a central figure in the Afghanistan war-crimes case against Western
Washington-based soldiers, talked about killing a family while he served in Iraq, according to a sworn
statement from a fellow soldier obtained by The Seattle Times.

When Gibbs arrived in Afghanistan, he began talking to other soldiers about “getting away with some of these things,” according to Spc. Jeremy Morlock, 22, a soldier who is accused of helping Gibbs murder three civilians in Afghanistan.

Morlock told Army investigators that Gibbs told some platoon members he had developed a plan to kill Iraqis driving in a car, and looked for a chance to carry it out.

The opportunity arrived while he was crossing a road carrying a Squad Automatic Weapon, a powerful machine gun, according to Morlock.

Gibbs told the soldiers he “turned around and sprayed down the vehicle” that carried the family and covered up the slayings by telling his commanders the car had failed to stop, according to Morlock’s statement.

The Army has charged Gibbs with committing three killings of civilians in Afghanistan, possessing body parts and other crimes while serving in the southern province of Kandahar. He is being held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
 

Australian Activists Demand Severing of Ties with Indonesian Military

Jakarta Globe
October 1, 2010

Jakarta. The Australian government has again been urged to sever ties with the Indonesian Military following joint exercises between elite units from both countries in Bali.

Joe Collins of the Australia West Papua Association, in a news release, queries the claim by Australian Special Air Services Comr. Maj. Gen. Tim McOwan “that Kopassus was a professional outfit” citing a report by Human Rights Watch report titled “What Did I Do Wrong?”  in Merauke Face Abuses by Indonesian Special Forces,” which documents a number of cases of West Papuans who were allegedly tortured by Kopassus troops.

He says AWPA was concerned that special forces will always be used in conflict areas and that any training given to the Indonesian Special Forces (Kopassus) will be used against the West Papuan people who are struggling for their right to self determination.

Full Article Here – http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home/australian-activists-demand-severing-of-ties-with-indonesian-military/399099

British Police Offer Apology to Muslims for Spy Cameras

Associated Press
October 1, 2010

LONDON (AP) — The British police on Thursday apologized for a counterterrorism program that featured surveillance cameras that were installed in predominantly Muslim neighborhoods. Police officials said that even though the cameras had never been switched on, the initiative had damaged trust and caused anger in the community.

Under the program, more than 200 closed-circuit television cameras and license plate recognition devices were placed in parts of the city of Birmingham in central England. The effort was conceived in 2007 after a series of terrorist plots were uncovered in Birmingham.

Residents complained that they had not been consulted about the program, and civil liberties groups protested that the measures were heavy-handed.

Protests from human rights groups led the police to decide not to begin using the cameras after they had been installed. Some have been covered with plastic bags to reassure people that the cameras are not in use.

Full Article Here – http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/01/world/europe/01britain.html?_r=1&partner=rss&emc=rss