|Rwanda Genocide top|
Report "French anti-terrorism judge
Jean-Louis Bruguiere is expected to issue international arrest warrants for
nine Rwandan government officials close to the pro-U.S. Rwandan President
Paul Kagame for the 1994 missile attack on the presidential aircraft that
killed the Rwandan and Burundian Presidents, members of their cabinets and
staff, and the French crew. Although Bruguiere also said Kagame should be
brought to trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in
Arusha, Tanzania on charges of ordering the attack on the aircraft, an act
of international terrorism that resulted in the mostly Hutu on Tutsi
genocide in Rwanda that led to the deaths of some 800,000 people. As a
sitting head of state, Kagame has immunity from prosecution under French
law, but he can be prosecuted by the ICTR under international law.
Kagame was trained by the US Army in 1990 and was a U.S. client when he executed the terrorist attack on the "Rwanda One" aircraft. Kagame has also been a frequent visitor to the Bush White House, a supporter of Bush's invasion and occupation of Iraq, and has become a celebrity among certain sectors of the human rights community, having attended several Washington, DC events sponsored by non-profit think tanks and even the Holocaust Museum. Unbelievably, at a 2005 appearance at a Woodrow Wilson Center function chaired by Lee Hamilton, an official of the Holocaust Museum actually praised Kagame, now a wanted international terrorist, as a man of vision.
Members of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), including their top operatives in Rwanda, Uganda, and the then-Zaire, were aware of the plans for the attack and actually helped train Kagame's Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) forces in the use of Soviet-made SAM-16 missiles captured by US forces during Operation Desert Storm in the attack on the aircraft. MORE BELOW
|Rwanda genocide, U.S. complicity|
Madsen Report continued: Bruguiere's determination
that Kagame and his US-supported forces were responsible for the missile
attack on the aircraft mirror the conclusions found in two books written
by this editor: Genocide and Covert Operations in Africa 1993-1999 and
Jaded Tasks: Brass Plates, Black Ops & Big Oil. The arrest warrants
against Rwandan government officials include Rwandan Armed Forces Chief
James Kaberebe (alias Kabare) and Army Chief of Staff Charles Kayonga. The
editor has also testified before the US Congress on official US backing
for Kagame and America's role in the terrorist attack on Rwanda One.
The Bush administration's special ambassador for war crimes, Richard Prosper, intervened twice with the ICTR to prevent the testimony of this editor on the US involvement in Kagame's RPF attack on Rwanda One. One cancellation came from Arusha as the editor was en route to Dulles International Airport and after being inoculated against cholera and yellow fever and being on anti-malaria medication for two weeks. A third invitation to Arusha, one cleared by Prosper and the Bush State Department, was issued only after the editor's personal safety could not be guaranteed by the United Nations authorities in Tanzania. US-trained client Paul Kagame of Rwanda: named by French terrorism judge as culprit in 1994 attack on Rwandan presidential aircraft.
Under pressure from both the Clinton and Bush administrations, the ICTR has avoided prosecuting the perpetrators of the attack on the Rwandan presidential plane. Successive ICTR chief judges, including Louise Arbour of Canada and Carla Del Ponte of Switzerland, under pressure from Washington and London, have maintained their mandates did not include investigating the attack on the Rwanda One aircraft. Del Ponte regretted that she left "unfinished business" in Arusha. That "unfinished business" clearly included investigating Kagame and the current US-backed Rwandan government.
It was clear then and remains clear now that the Bush administration did not want the issue of US support for an act of international terrorism over the skies of Kigali on April 6, 1994 to be brought up before an international tribunal by this editor or any other special or expert witnesses. In fact, Prosper and chief UN prosecutor Hassan Bubacar Jallow of Gambia have been aided and abetted in their cover up of Kagame's crimes by US military Judge Advocate General lawyers seconded to the ICTR prosecutor's office in Arusha and on loan from the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia in The Hague. The actions Judge Bruguiere in prosecuting a US-client state for terrorism, especially after considering the same judge successfully prosecuted Carlos the Jackal and Corsican terrorists and investigated Muammar Qaddafi and Zacarias Moussaoui, point to the fact that the US government can now be counted among the other state sponsors of global international terrorism."
|Imam Anwar al-Awlaki White House Seeks to Dismiss Suit Filed for Radical Cleric Published September 25, 2010|
|AP This October 2008 file photo by Muhammad ud-Deen
shows Imam Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen. The Obama administration on
Saturday invoked the state secrets privilege which would kill a lawsuit
on behalf of U.S.-born cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, an alleged terrorist said
to be targeted for assassination under a U.S. government program.
... In a court filing, the Justice Department said that the
issues in the case are for the executive branch of government to decide
rather than the courts. ... The department
also said the case entails information that is protected by the military
and state secrets privilege. ... The
courts have sufficient grounds to throw out the lawsuit without
resorting to use of the state secrets privilege, the Justice Department
said in its filing. ... "The idea that
courts should have no role whatsoever in determining the criteria by
which the executive branch can kill its own citizens is unacceptable in
a democracy," the American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for
Constitutional Rights said in a statement. "In matters of life and
death, no executive should have a blank check."
.... Al-Awlaki's father, through the CCR and the ACLU, filed the case in
federal court in Washington. ... The
father has demanded that the government disclose a wide variety of
classified information which could harm U.S. national security, Justice
Department spokesman Matthew Miller said in a statement.
."It strains credulity to argue that our laws require the government to
disclose to an active, operational terrorist any information about how,
when and where we fight terrorism," said Miller. Believed to be hiding
in Yemen, al-Awlaki has become the most notorious English-speaking
advocate of terrorism directed at the United States. E-mails link
him to the Army psychiatrist accused of the killings at Fort Hood,
Texas, last year. Al-Awlaki has taken on an increasingly operational
role in al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, the Justice Department filing
said, including preparing Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab in his attempt to
detonate an explosive device aboard a Northwest Airlines flight from
Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day 2009. ...
Regarding the Christmas bomb attempt, al-Awlaki said in a May 23
interview with the media arm of AQAP that "No one should even ask us
about targeting a bunch of Americans who would have been killed in an
airplane," James Clapper, the director of national intelligence, said in
a declaration accompanying the Justice Department papers.
... "Our unsettled account with America includes, at the
very least, one million women and children. I'm not even talking about
the men," Clapper's declaration quotes al-Awlaki as saying. The lawsuit
filed on the cleric's behalf seeks to have a court declare that the
Constitution and international law bar the government from carrying out
targeted killings; seeks to block the targeted killing of al-Awlaki; and
seeks to force the U.S. government to disclose the standards for
determining whether U.S. citizens can be targeted for death.
... What al-Awlaki's father is seeking would be
"unprecedented, improper, and extraordinarily dangerous," said the
Justice Department filing, which neither confirmed nor denied the
existence of a targeted killings program. ...
The lawsuit would necessarily and improperly inject the courts into
decisions of the president and his advisers about how to protect the
American people from the threat of armed attacks, including imminent
threats, posed by a foreign organization against which the political
branches have authorized the use of necessary and appropriate force,
said the Justice Department filing. ... If
al-Awlaki were to surrender to the proper authorities, legal principles
with which the United States has traditionally and uniformly complied
would prohibit using lethal force or other violence against him, the
department filing added.