Obama Administration urged to shut down family
immigration detention following US Commission on Civil Rights Report
Human Rights First Media Release [18/9/15]:
Human Rights First today praised the 2015 Statutory Enforcement Report of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ comprehensive recommendations on the state of civil rights in immigration detention facilities.
The organization said the recommendations rightly recognized that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is not fully compliant with detention standards relating to health care, access to legal information and legal counsel, language access, and complaint procedures.
“Locking up children and their mothers in immigration detention is a cruel and misguided policy. This report makes clear that the administration’s detention of asylum seekers and immigrants, including families, violates their due process rights by impeding access to counsel,” said Human Rights First’s Olga Byrne.
“We urge DHS to heed the call of the Commission and many human rights organizations to immediately release all families from immigration detention. Detention has been proven to negatively impact the health of children. There is simply no reason to hold children and their parents who are seeking asylum in detention centers.”
The 2015 Statutory Enforcement Report of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights report found that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has failed to comply with the Flores Settlement Agreement by holding children in settings that do not meet the “least restrictive setting” requirement.
The report also found that DHS and its contractors often detain immigrants in a manner inconsistent with civil detention, instead holding adults in a manner that is similar to criminal incarceration and in violation of detained immigrants’ Fifth Amendment rights.
The Commission recommended that DHS act immediately to release all families from immigration detention, reduce the use of detention generally, work to implement a government-funded counsel program for detainees, improve the credible fear process so that those who fear persecution can exercise their right to seek asylum in the United States, and strengthen compliance with established detention standards to ensure humane treatment for all immigrants in detention.
In a report released last month, Human Rights First found that children and their parents detained in the family detention center in Berks County, Pennsylvania experience tremendous legal and health challenges, including detrimental effects on their mental health that may begin within days of incarceration.
The families also encounter delays in their immigration proceedings, lack of access to legal counsel, face obstacles and delays to release due to bonds that are too high for them to afford, and are suffering from symptoms of mental health problems.
Handpicked, non-muslim Syrian refugee family - who don't come by boat - to live with Kellie on Sydney's northern beaches [SBS - 19/9/15]
Still no word from the UNHCR about the Australian government's cruel Syrian refugees PR stunt which deliberately dehumanises and invisibilises refugees and asylum seekers detained on Manus, Nauru and onshore.
GM did the crime, drivers do the time: Ralph Nader on failure of US to prosecute car executives [Democracy Now - 18/9/15]
... Yet, what is often missed in analysis of political and civic illiteracy as the new normal is the degree to which these new forms of illiteracy not only result in an unconscious flight from politics, but also produce a moral coma that supports modern systems of terror and authoritarianism. Civic illiteracy is about more than the glorification and manufacture of ignorance on an individual scale: it is producing a nation-wide crisis of agency, memory, and thinking itself. ...
Donald Trump and the ghosts of totalitarianism [Counterpunch - 18/9/15]
Angry Black Lady Chronicles [7/10/11]
US librarians defy cops, Feds – and switch on their Tor exit node [The Register - 16/9/15]:
The first library in the US to host a Tor exit node has voted to turn it back on despite warnings by the cops that it could lead to criminal behavior.
A meeting late Tuesday of the board of trustees of the Kilton Public Library in West Lebanon, New Hampshire, saw it stand by its unanimous decision to embrace the anonymizing service.
The service was promptly turned back on.
In June, Kilton had agreed to be part of a pilot program called the Library Freedom Project, which aims to use spare bandwidth at the nation's public libraries to expand the Tor network, and so safeguard people's privacy online. It went live in July.
But soon after the library turned the service on, it got a visit from the cops, tipped off by Homeland Security, which warned library and city officials that the service could be used for criminal activity. They even suggested it could result in child abuse images being accessed.
After that meeting the box was turned off and the decision whether to turn it back on was moved to the next board meeting.
Tor – standing for The Onion Router – tries to make internet traffic anonymous by routing it through different nodes before it reaches its final destination. That anonymity has attracted criminal activity and as such has become a focal point for law enforcement, but it is also used by political activists and journalists who wish to avoid surveillance.
The two sides of the issue were debated at a meeting that attracted about 50 residents. The meeting was covered by local paper the Concord Monitor, which reported that chair Francis Oscadal said: "With any freedom there is risk. It came to me that I could vote in favor of the good ... or I could vote against the bad. I'd rather vote for the good because there is value to this."
The meeting also saw the officials who warned about the dangers of anonymous surfing speak. Deputy police chief Phillip Roberts said he had not intended to "strong-arm" the library board. "We simply came in as law enforcement and said, 'These are the concerns'," according to the Monitor.
Deputy City Manager Paula Maville, who had also warned about the service, said it wasn't an issue of freedom of speech, but simply about making an informed decision. Residents clearly felt strongly, and a number made impassioned pleas to keep the service, referencing the importance of freedom.
Shutting the service down because of what one person might do was, in the words of a visiting library trustee from nearby Reading, like a new teacher punishing the entire class for one student's bad behavior.
The Reading library will consider adding a Tor exit relay at its library next month, she revealed.
That is great news for the woman behind the Library Freedom Project, Alison Macrina, who was also at the meeting and spoke. She used the analogy that the city should not shut down its roads just because some people drive drunk.
If Tor shut down, criminals would find other ways to carry out their activities, she argued, but those seeking privacy online would not. She said she hoped the decision would lead to more libraries deciding to host Tor relays.
The need for regulatory data protection in the TPP: Why Australia’s got it all wrong [IP Watchdog - 17/9/15]
Scene from 'A Very British Coup': Brilliant insight into the skulduggery of British and international politics [VIDEO]
Ahead of International Day of Peace, UN chief appeals for cease-fire on 21 September [Media Release - 18/9/15]
Ahmed Mohamed’s clock was “half a bomb” says anti-muslim troup with ties to Trump, Cruz [The Intercept - 18/9/15]:
... The center is also funded by some of the largest defense contractors in the world, including Boeing, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and General Electric.
Jack London, the chairman of the board of CACI International, a major defense contractor that serves the National Security Agency, sits on the Center for Security Policy’s board. ...
The Governor of the Northern Marianas is calling for public submissions on a proposal by the US military to conduct live-fire training exercises on Tinian and Pagan. ... [RNZI - 19/9/15]
Putin, Netanyahu to discuss Middle East situation — Kremlin [TASS - 18/9/15]
Afghanistan: Four civilians killed, seven wounded in landmine explosion in Kabul’s Khak-e-Jabar [Khaama - 19/9/15]
Two civilians and as many militants have been killed in separate security incidents in eastern Kunar province, officials said on Saturday. One civilian and three more insurgents were wounded. ... [Pajhwok - 19/9/15]
United States, "allies" continue bombing Iraq and Syria
US Department of Defense [18/9/15]:
U.S. and coalition military forces have continued to attack Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists in Syria and Iraq, Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve officials reported today.
Officials reported details of the latest strikes, noting that assessments of results are based on initial reports.
Airstrikes in Syria
Fighter and remotely piloted aircraft conducted five airstrikes in Syria:
-- Near Hasakah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL cache, three ISIL fighting positions and one ISIL motorcycle.
-- Near Raqqah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL checkpoint.
-- Near Manbij, two airstrikes struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed an ISIL vehicle and an ISIL mortar tube.
-- Near Mar’a, an airstrike struck a large ISIL tactical unit.
Airstrikes in Iraq
Fighter, fighter-attack and remotely piloted aircraft conducted nine airstrikes in Iraq, coordinated with the Iraqi government:
-- Near Huwayjah, an airstrike was conducted with inconclusive results.
-- Near Beiji, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit and destroyed one ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Kirkuk, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Mosul, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units, and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions, one ISIL heavy machine gun.
-- Near Ramadi, an airstrike destroyed an ISIL vehicle.
-- Near Rawah, an airstrike struck an ISIL tactical unit.
-- Near Sinjar, two airstrikes struck two ISIL tactical units and destroyed two ISIL fighting positions and one ISIL excavator.
Aircraft from a Saudi-led coalition attacked Yemen's interior ministry in the capital, Sanaa, late on Friday and launched several other raids on sites in the heart of the city, residents and other sources there said.
The air raids by the coalition have intensified in recent weeks as a Gulf Arab ground force and fighters loyal to exiled President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi prepare a campaign to recapture Sanaa, seized by Houthi fighters in September 2014.
Residents said about 10 air strikes were launched on the ministry building in the north of the capital, a police camp close to it and a military building.
The health ministry issued an urgent appeal saying it did not have the capacity to treat all those injured as a result of the strikes on several areas of Sanaa, the official Houthi controlled news agency said on Saturday. ... [Reuters - 19/9/15]
BBC interview of a Saudi loyalist shows prime journalistic duty: Scrutiny of one’s own side [The Intercept - 16/9/15]:
... This superb interview by this BBC host is an excellent illustration of the virtues of adversarial journalism.
Even more significantly, it demonstrates why journalism is most valuable when it is devoted to what is most difficult: namely, focusing on the bad acts of one’s own side, holding accountable those who wield power in one’s own country and those of its closest allies, challenging the orthodoxies most cherished and venerated by one’s own society.
Hungary seizes refugee train arriving from Croatia [Al Jazeera - 19/9/15]
@MSF_Sea [19/9/15]: ... @moas_eu #Phoenix & @seawatchcrew completed the rescue of 104 ppl. Many present injuries suffered in Libya.
@guardiacostiera [18/9/15]: Sono complessivamente 1013 i migranti salvati oggi in 8 diverse operazioni coordinate dalla Centrale Operativa della @guardiacostiera
A five-year-old Syrian girl was found dead on Saturday and several other refugees were believed to be missing when their boat sank in an attempted crossing from Turkey to Greece, the state ANA agency reported.
The Greek coastguard said it had rescued 11 people and was looking for other survivors. ... [Yahoo - 19/9/15]
At least seven bodies were recovered, including a child, and four pregnant women were listed as missing, as an oil tanker rescued 102 migrants from the Mediterranean off Tripoli on Friday.
"We were some 22 nautical miles northeast of Tripoli when at around 9 am (0700 GMT) we spotted ... a group of people in the water," said Mohammed al-Kone, an officer on board a Libyan oil tanker.
"They were near a rubber boat which had deflated but was carrying seven bodies, including that of a small child," he told AFP, adding that the survivors had reported four pregnant women missing.
The tanker alerted the coast guard and took the survivors to Tripoli port, towing the inflatable.
At the port, a grief-stricken survivor recognized his child among the victims. ... [Naharnet - 18/9/15]
Senator ABETZ: Mr President, not knowing the full details of the situation of which the honourable senator speaks, let me just speculate that, if a person is in Nauru, chances are they engaged a criminal to advance their cause and we do not support— (Time expired)
Senate Hansard [10/9/15]
Refugee kiddies locked up #Nauru while Abbott & Shorten scramble to out compassion each other
Image: @KayeBernard [8/9/15]
Hungary continues emulating Australia's anti refugee policies - including propaganda ---> ... The video ends with Mr Toroczkai offering an ominous warning. "If you are an illegal immigrant and you want to get to Germany... Hungry is a bad choice. Asotthalom is the worst." ... [Independent - 18/9/15]
Minister Morrison's message to refugees on Nauru/Manus - English [VIDEO - ABF - 20/10/14]
Tweeted by @SandiHLogan - National Communications Manager, Department of Immigration and Citizenship, Canberra [19/7/13]
Left Behind [VIDEO - Australian Department of Immigration - June 2010]
Australia's multi million dollar refugee exile deal with Cambodia is no joke [BBC – 18/9/15]:
... When the first four refugees arrived in June, they were swiftly taken to a gated villa on a quiet street in southern Phnom Penh, where they have been sequestered ever since.
They have had limited contact with outsiders, including other people living in the neighbourhood.
Officials at the International Organization for Migration who are assisting the refugees will not be drawn on their daily activities, citing privacy concerns.
Sister Denise Coghlan, who heads up the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) in Cambodia, has extensive experience in welcoming refugees to the country, as well as assisting them in settling in to life here.
But she says by email: "We offered to welcome them and take them out, but received no response."
One Rohingya refugee in Phnom Penh says the refugee experience could be lonely, frightening and stressful, but that he and two other Rohingya there wanted to meet the new arrival to dissuade him from going back.
When he first arrived, he took refuge in a mosque. His own application for asylum took more than three years to process and he has lived, for the past five years, in a dank room in an underground alleyway.
During Cambodia's months-long rainy season, the room floods frequently.
"If I went back home, the government would kill me," says one Rohingya refugee, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he fears for the safety of his family in Myanmar.
"A few months ago, one of my uncles was killed in Rakhine state, but I didn't share this with anyone, because I want to keep my privacy.
"Cambodia is very, very hard to survive. We don't have any proper documentation.
"Rohingya are not educated persons. For them, finding a job in Cambodian society is very, very hard.
"For restaurant work, you earn less than $5 a day. How can you survive?"
He says Cambodians often yell "Indian, Indian" at him in a manner he feels is derogatory. "They don't like me - they hate us," he says.
He has also been forced out of the small space where he used to set up his roti cart.
A second Rohingya refugee, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, says he was unable to register the birth of his new daughter, because a village chief was demanding a $50 (£32) bribe to sign certain documents.
The refugees simply don't have that kind of money.
Voyage of the Damned: Fate of Rohingya refugee exiled by Australia and IOM from Nauru to Cambodia now in hands of Myanmar government [Phnom Penh Post - 8/9/15]
...The International Organization for Migration (IOM), which is providing initial accommodation for the refugees and some services, yesterday suggested that media access to the refugees would not be forthcoming.
“Media exposure could potentially jeopardise protection needs of refugees and carries high level of risk to their families at home,” an IOM spokesman said.
“While IOM can speak in general terms about what services will be available to refugees, IOM will not disclose any specific details about a refugee’s particular assistance.”
The group said last week that it had “villa-style” accommodation in Phnom Penh readied for the arrival of the four. ... [Phnom Penh Post - 28/5/15]
Voyage of the St. Louis [United States Holocaust Memorial Museum]
Turner Classic Movies:
Based on a chilling real-life incident from the early days of World War II, Voyage of the Damned (1976) told the dramatic story of a shipload of European Jews expelled from Hitler's Germany who sailed across the Atlantic in 1939 in a quest to gain asylum in Havana, Cuba, and eventually the United States.
What they found when they arrived was a shocking and ultimately deadly slap-in-the-face that still reverberates today, nearly seventy years later.
The ship was the SS St. Louis, out of Hamburg, and the voyage was actually a Nazi-crafted ruse straight from the warped mind of propaganda chief Joseph Goebbels.
The Nazis knew that the U.S. would be reluctant to offer sanctuary to the passengers, therefore the Nazi policy of persecution would be validated and the world would accept their heinous treatment of Germany's Jewish citizens. ...
With an eye on upcoming elections, Myanmar's president has ticked off a list of accomplishments under his administration - noting with apparent pride a number of anti-Muslim policies he hopes will help him win another five-year term.
In a video message posted on Facebook this week, Thein Sein said he repeatedly, and firmly, told the international community there were no Rohingya Muslims in the predominantly Buddhist nation. ... [Reading Eagle - 19/9/15]
IMF welcomes Myanmar currency reforms, says more needed [Reuters - 19/9/15]
No way out: Bangladesh arrests 20 “human smugglers” in fresh crackdown [Daily Star – 17/9/15]
“Fighting human trafficking is not just about law enforcement” – UN rights expert [Media Release - 30/7/15]:
Senator Hanson-Young asks Attorney-General George Brandis about the 8,000 stranded refugees in the Straits of Malacca.
His answer: "Thanks to this government, it isn't Australia's problem anymore". [VIDEO - May 2015]
With the new figure, the UNHCR estimates that over 1,100 people (Bangladeshis and/or Rohingyas of Myanmar) died between January 2014 and June 2015.
Additionally, there were reports of drowning while disembarking, and many remained missing, the UNHCR said in a quarterly report of April and June. ... [Jakarta Post - 28/8/15]
UNHCR urges region to establish search and rescue effort before next expected wave of refugees from Myanmar and Bangladesh [Media Release - 28/8/15]
India's National Human Rights Council (NHRC) issues notice to Chief Secretary, Police Commissioner re mistreatment of Myanmar refugees [The Hindu - 8/9/15]
NHRC notices to Government of Tamil Nadu over death of a Sri Lankan refugee in police custody in Chennai [Media Release - 8/9/15]
UN officials outraged at accounts of Sri Lanka war crimes, stress need for accountability [Media Release - 17/9/15]
Australia stopped accepting UNHCR refugees in October 2014.
Still no response from the UNHCR re Australia's 12,000 Syrian refugee "resettlement" PR stunt [Nine MSN - 11/9/15]:
... A spokesman from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection told ninemsn that partner agencies will then refer cases for permanent settlement on to Australian officials for further assessment.
"Departmental staff and other agencies, such as ASIO, will then carry out Australia’s screening," confirmed the spokesman.
"Candidates for resettlement will be required to meet all criteria for a protection visa, including health, character and security checks."
The 12,000 Syrian refugees will be processed in the same way the government has handled refugees since World War II, the spokesman said.
ninemsn tried to contact UNHCR to enquire about their processes and selection criteria but the Canberra-based office did not return calls. ...
Lebanese man cuts his throat in third suicide attempt at Australia's refugee concentration camp on Christmas Island
Sydney Morning Herald [19/9/15]:
A Lebanese man has slashed his throat in an attempted suicide at the Christmas Island detention centre, according to reports.
The man, believed to be in his 20s and previously living in Melbourne, made the attempt at about 8pm local time on Friday.
It is understood he was a criminal deportee staying at the centre's White Two high security compound.
Refugee Action Coalition spokesman Ian Rintoul said he believed it was the man's third suicide attempt in 10 days.
"You have a punitive regime [at the White compound] that is reminiscent of a penal colony," he said.
"The kind of brutality, the kind of submission and the kind of disciplinary [tactics] that are dealt out... it simply beggars belief."
Mr Rintoul said the man had lost a lot of blood, but the centre's officers had since taken him out of the compound and his condition was unknown.
The Immigration Department confirmed a "self-harm incident" had occurred at the North West Point Immigration Centre on Friday evening.
"The detainee is receiving appropriate medical and mental health support and care," a spokeswoman said.
She would not comment on the man's condition or where he had been transferred.
"It would be inappropriate to go into further detail about the incident or the individual circumstances of the detainee," she said.
Mr Rintoul said the detention centre was in lock down after the incident.
He said he believed the man was transferred from Melbourne about five months ago, but did not know what crime he had committed.
"Frankly, I think it's immaterial," he said.
"People can be 501s (criminal deportees) for a whole range of misdemeanours.
"The migration system allows for an extrajudicial form of punishment because people may be migrants or they may be asylum seekers or refugees."
Under section 501 of the Migration Act, a non-Australian citizen's visa may be cancelled and the person extradited or held in detention for a number of reasons, including failing a character test or receiving a jail term of at least one year.
Mr Rintoul said the incident came two days after an Iraqi asylum seeker sliced his hand in a self-harm incident at the centre.
"Detention centres are not the places where people can get real support, real treatment for mental health difficulties that plague [them]," he said.
Mr Rintoul called the conditions in the facility "inhuman" and not congruent with the criminal justice system.
"There needs to be a proper investigation," he said.
Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young said [BLURT BLURT BLURT .... TRANSPARENCY .... REVIEW .... BLURT ... POINTLESS BLURT .... EVERYTHING EXCEPT "CLOSE THE CAMPS" ...]
University of Newcastle staff and students outraged at Transfield contract [Herald – 17/9/15]
Deaths Since 2000: 1,955 [Beyond Foreignness] -----> This page collects and publishes information on deaths (including those missing at sea and presumed dead) connected with Australian border controls, Australia’s migrant prisons, or irregular travel to Australia by asylum seekers and migrants. ...
Our corrections system exists to uphold justice – not to house innocent refugees or feed the greed of corporate interests.
Sanders, house leaders introduce bill to ban private prisons [Media Release – 17/9/15]:
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) today introduced bills to ban private prisons, reinstate the federal parole system and eliminate quotas for the number of immigrants held in detention.
“We cannot fix our criminal justice system if corporations are allowed to profit from mass incarceration,” Sanders said.
“Keeping human beings in jail for long periods of time must no longer be an acceptable business model in America. We have got to end the private prison racket in America. Our focus should be on treating people with dignity and ensuring they have the resources they need to get back on their feet when they get out.”
Of the nearly 1.6 million people in federal and state prisons in 2013, 8.4 percent were in private prisons. That includes over 41,159 federal prisoners in private facilities and 91,885 state prisoners in private facilities.
The U.S. Marshal Service held 20 percent of its detainees in private facilities and Immigration and Customs Enforcement held 62 percent of its detainees in private facilities in 2014. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is mandated to detain an average of 34,000 individuals every day.
“Our corrections system exists to uphold justice – not to house innocent refugees or feed the greed of corporate interests,” Grijalva said.
“By treating prisoners and detainees as a means to a profit margin, we’re incentivizing jailors to lobby for ever more inmates, and for inmates to be denied even the basic staples they’re entitled to. The result is a corrections system collapsing under its own weight as the prison industry gets rich and countless innocent men, women and children are ensnared in their trap.”
“In a society dedicated to liberty and justice, for-profit prisons offend our bedrock principles. Depriving someone of their freedom is the most severe punishment the federal government can levy – the sole incentive must be justice, never profit,” Ellison said.
“Private prison corporations spend millions of dollars lobbying government for harsher sentencing laws and immigration policy that serves their bottom line, while taxpayers foot the $80 billion dollar a year bill to incarcerate 2.3 million people. Incarceration should be about rehabilitation, not profit. Now, more than ever, we need to restore confidence in our criminal justice system. Step one is taking the profit out of the punishment.”
“I have repeatedly expressed my concern over the exorbitant phone call rates from and to correctional facilities that are unjust and unreasonable,” Rush said.
“Many families have to pay an average of 300 to 400 dollars a month just to stay in touch with an incarcerated family member. Exorbitant phone rates harm the families and children of the incarcerated where studies have shown that consistent communication with loved-ones reduce recidivism. The ability to stay in touch with a family is a fundamental need, and one’s humanity does not perish when they enter the prison system.”
The Justice Is Not for Sale Act bars the federal government from contracting with private companies starting two years after the bill is passed. It reinstates the federal parole system, which was abolished in 1984 and increases the oversight over companies that provide banking and telephone services for inmates.
The legislation also ends the requirement that Immigration and Customs Enforcement maintain a level of 34,000 detention beds.
“The so-called ‘bed quota’ is costly and harmful,” Sanders said.
“Allowing the agency to utilize alternatives to detention would save taxpayers over $5 million per day, or around $1.4 billion per year.”
Over 3,000 sign open letter from Australian women to the Prime Minister and Opposition Leader:
... Enough is enough.
We are demanding the urgent and immediate removal of all asylum seekers and refugees from Nauru and Manus Island on the grounds that neither the Government of Nauru nor Manus Island can guarantee the effective protection of women, children and men.
Children behind bars [The Saturday Paper - 19/9/15]
September 30. We are in a huge prison, with razor wire everywhere. We have been examined and x-rayed and Claire and Toby have been given a lot of injections and tablets. Claire doesn't want to take the tablets. After the sailors shouted at us, she seemed to give up.
October 1. Toby just asked me, 'Are we bad?'
'Well, why are we in prison?'
'Home and Away', John Marsden and Matt Ottley [Lothian, 2008]
Yes, families & children are detained here, living w regular screening and check points behind this high wire. [Wickham Point]
Image: @DASSAN12 - Darwin Asylum Seeker Support Network
A dramatic picture book for older readers that poses the question: What would happen if a typical Australian family found themselves refugees?
... I didn't see anything directly, so I wasn't sure of how bad it actually was. ... [Good German Syndrome: Third World Traveller]
The Good Germans, John S. Hatch [ICH - 6/12/04]:
It is a commonplace that at the end of WWII scarcely a Nazi or Nazi sympathizer could be found, or even anyone with an inkling that a Holocaust had been taking place. Even as rocks flew through Jewish shop windows and homes were burned, the Good Germans didn't know.
Even when Jews began disappearing in huge numbers from right under their noses, the Good Germans weren't aware.
Later on, even amongst Holocaust deniers I used to wonder if there were a mitigating percentage, however small, who as otherwise decent human beings simply could not accept the horror that human nature can be so vile.
To admit the truth would be to recognize that life was essentially meaningless and insane, with suicide as the only logical course, a choice which the all-powerful instinct for self-preservation attempted to prevent.
Thus self-deception for self-preservation; an unhappy compromise.
It was the Nazi-exploited Nietzsche who pointed out (in the late 1800's remember) that one must first know the truth in order to bury it.
Everybody knew, in one way or another. Violence, after all, is what One-Thousand Year Reichs do, and they must start very early.
German people compelled by Allied forces to visit and view liberated concentration camps in Germany during World War II. ... [VIDEO - Critical Past]
Israeli fighter jets have struck two national security bases and an empty field in the Gaza Strip, after rockets were earlier fired into southern Israel from the besieged territory.
One air strike targeted a national security base east of the Jabalia refugee camp, in the north of the strip, moderately injuring one Palestinian, medical sources said on Saturday.
Another air strike hit a base east of Gaza City, in the Zeitoun neighbourhood, while a third hit an empty field in the north of the Gaza Strip in Beit Hanoun. ... [Al Jazeera - 18/9/15]
Egypt starts flooding Gaza tunnels [BBC - 18/9/15]
Why the capital of Iceland has decided to boycott Israeli goods [Fortune - 17/9/15]
Thanks for numbering every box and putting the LNP last! The team behind the Aquis Great Barrier Reef Resort project in Cairns have signed a Process Deed to re-enter the Integrated Resort Development (IRD) Process. ... [Media Release - 19/9/15]
New police for the Gold Coast as part of Palaszczuk Government commitment
[Media Release - 18/9/15]
Deception Bay man in stand-off with police.
Image: @KathLanders - journalist, Channel 9 [30/11/14]
QPS Media [30/11/14]:
The Ethical Standards Command will investigate the death of a man at Deception Bay this evening.
Police entered an Osborne Terrace home around 7.15pm this evening and located the body of a man.
Police had been outside of the residence negotiating with a 53-year-old man since early this morning after officers were called to a disturbance at the home.
The emergency declaration made under the Public Safety Preservation Act this afternoon has now been lifted.
A report with be prepared for the Coroner and the Crime and Corruption Commission have been informed.
Anyone with information which could assist with this matter should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day.
No it isn't. This is smoke and mirrors bullshit: Queensland is one step closer to a charter of human rights, with the Palaszczuk Government committing to holding a parliamentary inquiry into how the state could adopt its own bill of rights.
The call for a Human Rights Act grew louder during the Newman Government years, led by independent MP and Newman critic Peter Wellington in the wake of the then-controversial, now largely accepted, anti-association laws. ... [Brisbane Times - 16/9/15]
Vote Labour, get Tory [Wings Over Scotland - 17/9/15]
Handcuffed man punched in the face by Gold Coast police officer, video shows [ABC - 8/9/15]
Death in custody, Robina [QPS Media – 7/9/15]
#GCPolice reporting lots of party goers out in Broadbeach & Surfers. Having fun & well behaved
Image: @QPSmedia [28/9/13]
Calls for moratorium on use of police in removal of Aboriginal children
It comes after reports on NITV that NSW Police used riot gear to conduct a dawn raid to remove children from their home earlier this year.
The parents of the children told NITV News that they were held at gunpoint and handcuffed during the operation.
Aunty Hazel from Grandmothers Against Removals told SBS that police should not be used in the removal of Aboriginal children.
"It's traumatic enough for children to be taken. There is a more humane way, if children need to be taken there is another way it can be done. They can place these children with families so the trauma does not come on these children, and the parents more importantly to be involved in what's happening with their children."
Aunty Hazel says Grandmothers Against Removals is working the NSW Department of Family and Community Services to establish an Aboriginal Community Expert Committee, which would be staffed by Aboriginal elders, community members and psychologists and ensure that removing children is considered only as a last resort.
"There needs to be more working with families to keep (Aboriginal) kids in home or in communtiy. And it does not have to be that this is the last time that these parents have the opportunity to parent their children.
'We parent differently. We parent as a community, as a family network. That is being taken from us and our children.
"So this expert committee that we are looking to implement to me is the way to move forward in helping communities stay together with their children."
In a statement, New South Wales Police say there were acting on a warrant after the children were identified at being at risk. They say their presence was to ensure no breach of peace or public order.
Davis Cup: Australia's Bernard Tomic beats Britain's Dan Evans after Andy Murray's opening win
An exhausted Bernard Tomic has held off a tenacious fight-back by Britain's lowly-ranked Dan Evans to draw Australia level at 1-1 after the first day of their Davis Cup semi-final.
Australian number one Tomic won the day's second singles 6-3, 7-6 (7/2), 6-7 (7/4), 6-4 on Saturday morning but he looked out on his feet towards the end after being rocked on his heels by the dogged Evans.
World number three Andy Murray had given the hosts a dream start as they bid for their first Davis Cup final spot since 1978, playing sublimely to thrash teenager Thanasi Kokkinakis 6-3, 6-0, 6-3 in front of a packed house in Glasgow.
The winners will face Belgium or Argentina in the final.
Japan passes controversial security bills into law [Japan Today 19/9/15]:
… Outside the Diet, protesters, estimated at over 10,000, raised their voices louder as news of the decision spread through the crowd, chanting: “Protect the constitution.” One sign read: “Spread peace not war.”
“I’m ready to stay here all night. The government cannot ignore such a demonstration,” said 60-year-old farmer Yukiko Ogawa.
“It is vital that we make our opinion known, that we are here.”
Seiji Kawabe, 49, vowed the movement would live on, adding: “We have enough natural disasters, typhoons, earthquakes… we don’t need any man-made disasters.”
Organisers said more than 40,000 had gathered for Friday night’s rally, while police estimated the size of the crowd at some 11,000.
19 September 2015