Crime Without Punishment: A News Roundup

There are many stories out there that I would like to be writing about in greater detail, but for the moment, time and circumstances are still telling against me. So here's a brief look at some important pieces. Check them out for yourself.

Patrick Cockburn on the recent emergence of opium-growing in Iraq, where warlords and militias in the pay of the United States and the oh-so-sovereign Iraqi "government" are turning Diyala province into a mini-narcostate, with the attendant murder, corruption, and violence. Isn't it very, very strange that America's oh-so-humanitarian interventions seem to spawn vast expansions in the drug trade, as in Vietnam and southeast Asia, Latin America, Afghanistan and now Iraq? Isn't it odd that the drug trade has been used so often to fund and help run covert ops by American intelligence agencies? Isn't it just weird how this keeps happening over and over? Quite a coincidence, isn't it?

A follow-up to an earlier post on Sibel Edmonds: new revelations of the FBI cover-up to bury credible allegations that American officials (and their crony outriders) peddled nuclear secrets for profit on the black market. The Sunday Times is on the case once again. I wanted to write on this, but Bradblog, Winter Patriot and Luke Ryland got there first with plenty of good stuff.

Juan Cole on the war crime of collective punishment that the Israeli government has perpetrated against Palestinian civilians in Gaza, cutting off fuel supplies that power Gaza City's only electrical plant.

Tim Shorrock at CorpWatch tells another tale of terror-profiteering by Bushist apparatchiks: this time, it's Rumsfeld minion Stephen Cambone making millions from the fear and blood he helped foment while in government. Cambone now shills for QinetiQ, the insider pork-funnel created with Tony Blair sold off half of Britain's public defense research agency to the Carlyle Group for chump change, in a deal worthy of Boris Yeltsin in the heyday of the oligarchs. But this kind of thing (as well as the nuke peddling for profit) is to be expected from a political class which is so well exemplified by the Bush Family and its grubby philosophy.

Sara Robinson writes of one of the most significant -- and hidden -- historical processes that have shaped modern America: the decades-long ethnic cleansing of communities across the country in the "sundown towns" phenomenon.

Scott Horton on the Bush Faction's private militia, the Blackwater mercenary group, and its corrupt, bloodstained symbiosis with the United States government.

And finally, Jon Schwarz on the luck of white folks, forever blessed with enemies who are always less than human.