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America's Christian Identity Myth
A  MISREPRESENTATION  WITH  SERIOUS  CONSEQUENCES  FOR  CHRISTIAN  MISSIONS  INTERNATIONALY
In principle no nation is ever 'Christian', except in terms of a majority of it's population being that, for
political nationhood involves coercive authority which in itself may not ever be part of Christian identity.
Faith  can  NEVER  be  forced!
The Lord Jesus said "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
" (Matthew 7:14-15)

It has become common in Christian circles in the United States of America to assert that the country
was founded on Christian principles and is therefore a Christian nation,
— though after the 1930's anti-Semitism in 'Christian' Germany, it is sometimes defined as being a Judeo-Christian nation. —
 
The non-conformist religious origin of many of America's early settlers, such as the 41 Pilgrim Fathers who signed the Mayflower Compact, the Quaker religious background to the founding of Pennsylvania, the Calvinism of Massachusetts, etc.
have been material used in the development of this deceptively damaging myth.
See Myth:
'One Nation Under God'
Sentiment aside however, the eventual formation of the United States of America and its founding leaders held a very different position.
26 May, 1647, In Hartford, Connecticut – 47-year-old Alse Young is executed on the accusation against her of practicing witchcraft.
1692– In Salem Village (now Danvers), Salem Town, Ipswich, and Andover, Massachusetts –
The 'Salem Witch Trials' result in the execution of twenty people (14 of them woman) and two dogs,
all but one by hanging by the neck, and the death of five others in prison (two of them being infants).
Executing dogs
for witchcraft!
In 1797, an international treaty of twelve articles, known as the Treaty of Tripoli, which had been negotiated under George Washington, was ratified by the American Senate on June 7, and then proclaimed by President John Adams on June 10 of that year, which stated rather hypocritically in its Article Eleven
"
• As the Government of the United States of America is not in any sense founded on the Christian Religion;
• as it has in itself no character of enmity, against the laws of religion, or tranquillity of Musselmen
[Muslims]; and
• as the said States never have entered into any war or act of hostility against any Mehometan
[Mohammedan] nation,
it is declared by the parties that no pretext arising from religious opinions shall ever produce an interruption of the harmony existing between the two countries."
(emphasis mine).
This article was part of a Treaty negotiated in an attempt to stop piracy on American ships along the Barbary coast of North Africa.
This particular
article of the Treaty of Tripoli, entitled Religious Liberty, was dishonestly omitted from the Arabic version of the Treaty for obvious reasons in a Muslim dominated religious state.
 
As a
consequence, some in opposing the actions of the United States Supreme Court in 1947 (Everson school bus case) and 1948 (McCollum 'released time' case) concerning America as a secular state have dishonestly also tried to cast doubt on the existence of the above article in the agreement ratified by the US Senate in 1797, by pretending that the Arabic version was the true version.
 
But the
religious liberty reflected in this Article simply expresses a national doctrine formulated by Roger Williams and later championed by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison (so-called 'Father of the Constitution') –
that the American government has no competence in matters of religion
and must preserve a strict neutrality toward persons of all faiths and of none.
 
  This therefore became the essence of the First Amendment to the US Constitution.  
When
Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson wrote that the slave trade was an "execrable commerce ...this assemblage of horrors," a "cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights of life & liberties." Yet when he himself had the opportunity in 1817 due to a bequest from Revolutionary War hero Thaddeus Kosciuszko, he did not free his own slaves.
 
 
Jefferson owned more than 600 slaves in his lifetime and at any given time approximately 100 slaves lived on Monticello.
 
 
In 1792, Jefferson calculated that he was making a 4% profit per year on the birth of black children.
Jefferson's nail boys alone produced 5,000 to 10,000 nails a day, for a gross income of $2000 in 1796 ($35,000 value in 2013).
Jefferson's
Hypocrisy
Recently,
some of these myth-makers have denigrated President Obama's consistency with this as a 'betrayal' of America's past.
 
 
The myth-makers of modern America therefore, no matter how religiously sincere their zeal may be, are simply not truthful,
and if God meets mankind anywhere – it is always only at the point of honesty.
 
Therefore
it is written to Christians as a precondition that –
 "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 
This precondition is not because God needs to be informed, for He knows all things, but simply to be honest before Him.
1 John 1:9 ESV.
 
The current Christian-sounding US national motto of "In God we trust" was simply an ideological reaction (in 1956) to atheistic communism during the Cold War, and so replaced the original US national motto of "E Pluribus Unum" (From Many, One).
 
1659
October 27: in Boston, Mary Dyer and three others are hanged by the neck until dead for being a member of the Religious Society of Friends, commonly known as the Quakers.
Persecution of
non-conformist Christians
1849
May 10: In New York City, American troops fire into a crowd of protesters outside the Astor Place Opera House, protesting against British actor Charles Macready for his scorn of American vulgarity, killing 22 and injuring 56.
 
1876
January 31: All American 'Indians' (First Nations) are ordered to move on to reservations.
 
1929
Deciphered secret Japanese messages are given to the Hoover administration Secretary of State Henry Stimson, to which he responds –
"Gentlemen do not read each other's mail".
Consequently, Stimson shuts down the cryptographic service that was cracking Japanese codes. (Fortunately the US military continues code-breaking efforts).
 
1942


See: FBI,
the American
'Secret Police'
Eight saboteurs are secretly landed in the United States from two German submarines (George Dasch who had married an American citizen during his earlier days in the US, and Ernest Burger a naturalized American, at Amagansett beach, Long Island; the others at Jacksonville, Florida).
Dasch and Burger decide to defect, contact the FBI but are not believed, so on June 18 they go to FBI headquarters and demand to see J,Edgar Hoover, then show him the cash with which they had been supplied ($82,350), and give the FBI all information on the German sabotage operation.
Insanely criminal, they are then charged with High Treason and tried before a secret military tribunal and sentenced to death.
(The FBI lie and pretend that they were arrested June 22, four days after they defected, to gain credit).
German saboteurs
defect to the US,
but are
treated as criminals,
charged with treason
and executed.
 
June 30: Two days after the arrests are announced in the newspapers, US Attorney General Biddle receives a note from US President Roosevelt, which reads as follows (Biddle's personal comments, which he added to the note, are shown in italics in square brackets) –
   "I have not had an opportunity to talk with you about the prosecution of the eight saboteurs landed from two German submarines nor have I recently read all the statutes which apply [Note the Rooseveltian touch, as if to say: I know all about law, and anyway I don't have to read the statutes: this is War.]"
   It is my thought, however:
   1. That the two American citizens are guilty of high treason. This being war-time, it is my inclination to try them by court-martial. I do not see how they can offer any adequate defense. Surely they are as guilty as it is possible to be and it seems to be the death penalty is almost obligatory.
   2. In the case of the other six, who I take it are German ...I can see no difference" [i.e. don't split hairs, Mr Attorney General].
F.D.R. 
Roosevelt immediately signs an executive order creating the military commission. The following week their secret trial begins in a closed chamber on the fifth floor of the Justice Department, with seven army generals presiding. The seven generals left it to the President to pass sentence. The six Germans are executed by electric-chair, but Biddle persuades the President to commute Burger's sentence to life-imprisonment and Dasch's to 30-years imprisonment.
So defection in war, and
confession of intention,
are not relevant to
American 'justice'.

What morality is this!
Between 1964
and 1973, during the Vietnam War, the US military dropped more than 2 million tons of explosive ordnance over Laos – the equivalent of a planeload of bombs every 8 seconds, round the clock, for nine years. The covert operation was designed to cut North Vietnamese supply routes along the Ho Chi Minh Trail, which ran through eastern Laos to southern Vietnam. It left Laos with the unwanted tag of being the world's most heavily bombed country in history, on a per capita basis. The “land of a million elephants” has since been referred to as the “land of a million bombs”. The ordnance dropped includes more than 260 million submunitions released from cluster bombs, each filled with hundreds of metal shards designed to inflict maximum damage on enemy troops. An estimated 30 percent failed to explode, often cushioned by damp soil, turning large swathes of the country into a deadly minefield. These “Bombies”, as they are referred to in Laos, have caused more than 20,000 casualties since the end of the war, and continue to maim and kill to this day. Almost half the accidents have involved children, who are attracted by the munitions’ bright colours and interesting shapes.
US crimes
against
the people
of Laos.
 
The photo below is only a small sample of the US crimes committed against civilians in Vietnam.

Company C of the 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 11th Brigade of the 23rd (American) Infantry Division was here!
(Photo taken by United States Army photographer Ronald L. Haeberle on March 16, 1968)
The mainstream US media choose to ignore this story until is finally exposed by Hersch through the alternative Dispatch News Service.
 
1970
May 4: In Ohio, at Kent State University, US National Guardsmen fire into an unarmed crowd of antiwar protesters, killing 4 and wounding 9, after President Nixon sends US troops into Cambodia.
Two more students are shot dead at Jackson State University in Mississippi during protests.
 
1984-1994
The United States, through the University of Nebraska at Omaha's (UNO) Center for Afghanistan Studies program, funded by USAID, develops and radicalises the Taliban as an Islamic instrument against the Soviet Cold War occupation of Afghanistan.
See: The Taliban
Jimmy Carter tried

Please Note!
9/11 had a background
apart from
American supported
Zionist hostilities
in Palestine
to be honest, when he stated in 1989 –
"We sent Marines into Lebanon and you only have to go to Lebanon, to Syria or to Jordan to witness first-hand the intense hatred among many people for the United States because we bombed and shelled and unmercifully killed totally innocent villagers – women and children and farmers and housewives – in those villages around Beirut...
As a result of that...we became kind of a Satan in the minds of those who are deeply resentful.
That is what precipitated the taking of our hostages [in Iran] and that is what has precipitated some of the terrorist attacks – which were totally unjustified and criminal."
New York Times,
March 26,1989, p.16
(emphasis mine).
1985-86
during the Reagan administration, Reagan officials illegally sell missiles to Iran (under an arms embargo) then secretly funnel the money to support the Nicaraguan Contras (expressly forbidden by Congress by the Boland Amendment.).
Oliver North, a key figure in the scandal, later admitted to lying to Congress while a military officer.


  Behaviour Demonstrates True Identity
As the Lord
Jesus Christ said that "by their fruit you will know them" (Matthew 7:20), behaviour attests spiritual identity, the outward (international) behaviour of the United States thus expresses its national spiritual identity.
See: America's CIA
'Hypocrisy Unlimited'
For instance:
1. 
The American veto (in the United Nations Security Council) of all appeals by its peace keeping force in Rwanda for reinforcements to prevent the resulting genocide of 800,000 men women and children; and the subsequent refusal by the White House spokesperson to even define the horrific mass killings as 'genocide'
"acts of genocide have taken place but we would not call it genocide"
simply in order to avoid it becoming necessary for the UN to take action if it were defined as 'genocide'.
2.
The hypocrisy of the American claim to an international commitment to democracy is exposed whenever it is perceived that the consequence of a democratic election may produce a government which does not suite American interests.
This was adequately demonstrated in the Middle East in Iran with the US engineering the 1953 unseating of its democratic government and installation of a dictatorship of the Shah to protect US oil interests.
This was adequately demonstrated in the West in the US helping engineer the 1973 fall of the democratically elected communist government in Chile and installation of brutal dictator Augusto Pinochet, and the CIA support of his murderous international Condor campaign;
and a number of other examples...
3.
The US opposition to the International Criminal Court (ICC) founded in 2002 to investigate and prosecute individuals suspected of having committed – genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.
One
month after the International Criminal Court (ICC) officially came into existence on July 1, 2002, the US President signed the American Service members’ Protection Act (ASPA), which –
  limits U.S. government support and assistance to the ICC;
  curtails certain military assistance to many countries that have ratified the Rome Statute establishing the ICC;
  regulates U.S. participation in United Nations peacekeeping missions commenced after July 1, 2003; and then, most controversially among its European allies,
  authorizes the President to use “all means necessary and appropriate to bring about the release” of certain U.S. and allied persons who may be detained or tried by the International Criminal Court.
SEE PDF
&
"Rogue State"
by William Blum
a damning indictment
The provision
withholding military assistance under the programs for Foreign Military Financing (FMF) and International Military Education and Training (IMET) from certain States Parties to the ICC Rome Statute came into effect on July 1, 2003.
 
The
US Prisoner Torture and
Abuse at Bagram Prison
2002
A sketch by Thomas V. Curtis, former sergeant in the Reserve United States Army Military Police, showing how a prisoner was routinely chained to the ceiling of his cell at Bagram.
 
See:
Stanford
prison experiment
and its similarity
to Abu Ghraib
109th Congress re-authorized the Nethercutt Amendment as part of the FY2006 Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.R. 3057/P.L. 109-102). Unless specifically waived by the President, it bars Economic Support Funds (ESF) assistance to countries that have not agreed to protect U.S. citizens from being turned over to the ICC for criminal prosecution.
The Bush Administration firmly opposed the ICC and renounced any U.S. obligations under the treaty.

Congress
Criminal Collusion




US Prisoner Torture and
Abuse at Abu Ghraib Prison
2003–2004
Article 5 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (1998) reads –
"1. 
The jurisdiction of the Court shall be limited to the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole. The Court has jurisdiction in accordance with this Statute with respect to the following crimes:
(a)  The crime of genocide;
(b)  Crimes against humanity;
(c)  War crimes;
(d)  The crime of aggression.
2. 
The Court shall exercise jurisdiction over the crime of aggression once a provision is adopted in accordance with articles 121 and 123 defining the crime and setting out the provisions under which the Court shall exercise jurisdiction with respect to this crime. Such a provision shall be consistent with the relevant provisions of the Charter of the United Nations." (Emphasis mine)

The case of Neuroscientist Dr. Aafia Siddiqui deserves special mention as symptomatic of moral sickness in US practice:
Mrs. Aafia Siddiqui, a Pakistan citizen educated in the United States as a neuroscientist,
was suspected of the 'attempted' assault and killing of U.S. personnel in Afghanistan.
She mysteriously disappeared in 2003 with her three children, and was detained for five years by the US at Bagram
(Prisoner '650'); she was the only female prisoner.
She kept prisoners awake at night "with her haunting sobs and piercing screams".
In 2005 the male prisoners were so agitated by her plight that they went on hunger strike for six days.
Siddiqui's family maintains that she was also sexually abused. (What mockery of Justice!)
(The need to arrest her pre-teen children and then remove them has never been explained).

2011
December 31: See: President Obama's official statement on his own failure to protect civil liberties and democracy in the US.
"I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists." (Emphasis mine) This legislation now authorises the US military to detain US citizens indefinitely without trial, as they did to Dr Siddiqui and her children.
Note:
Guardian Article.
It must be
understood then that, for communities in foreign nations who have suffered at the hands of the US military machine either deliberately or by accident, to identify the United Sates to them as 'Christian' is to blaspheme Christ and the essential nature of Christianity.
Separation of Church and State is more than a principle.
 
The
consequence of this in 2012 alone in the –
 'inadvertent' Qur'an burning in Afghanistan (when up to 100 Qur'ans and other religious texts were incinerated at Bagram Air Field, a US air base north of Kabul);
 the video of US troops urinating on the corpses of dead Afghans;
 the merciless killing of Afghan civilians, including children shot dead as they slept, by a US soldier/soldiers,
is then understandably associated with Christianity because of this US Christian Identity Myth.
These incidents give some credence to the suspicions as to why the US gives no recognition to the International Criminal Court.
The serious
repercussions for Christian missions are adequately expressed below in the cross to be burnt in an Afghanistan public protest held on Tuesday 13 March 2012.

See Table Below


See also:
US creation of
the Taliban!
Tuesday
21 August 2013, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal dismisses the South Africa Apartheid Lawsuit filed in 2002. The basis of the dismissal was the argument that “the Alien Tort Statute does not reach the extraterritorial conduct in this case”, a judgment of the US Supreme Court of Appeals in the Kiobel v Royal Dutch Petroleum Co. case, handed down in April 2013. After this Kiobel judgment –
US-based companies may no longer be held accountable for their human rights violations
that did not take place within the United States itself.
US companies are
thereby apparently
free to commit
atrocities abroad.
Justice?
Monday 9
September 2013, George Monbiot comments appropriately in the UK Guardian
"For 67 years successive US governments have resisted calls to reform the UN security council. They've defended a system which grants five nations a veto over world affairs, reducing all others to impotent spectators. They have abused the powers and trust with which they have been vested. They have collaborated with the other four permanent members (the UK, Russia, China and France) in a colonial carve-up, through which these nations can pursue their own corrupt interests at the expense of peace and global justice."
SEE:
US Pressure for
War Crimes Immunity


 

Below are some
examples of US atrocities against non-American peoples and nations of the world whom GOD really Loves!
κόσμος/kosmos John 3:16.
After
the Second World War, appropriately, Germany did what it could to compensate for atrocities committed in its name against civilians.
 
  The first factor of any 'Christian' identity is the acceptance of responsibility, which is why repentance always precedes any spiritual restoration.
This has not
happened with the United States of America, and is a further reason why it therefore should not in any sense be regarded as a 'Christian' nation,
though it may contain many very sincere Christians, as many other countries also do...                                        
                  IN MEMORY OF THE MANY THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN SLAUGHTERED IN THE ATOMED CITIES OF HIROSHIMA AND NAGASAKI                  
  Some... United States Moral Crimes   Which Were Responsible For –
1
Friday night March 9, 1945 – 334 American B-29 bombers dropped thousands of tonnes of incendiary bombs on Tokyo's crowded wooden residential neighbourhoods. The American bombs start a fire storm that burns at over 1,000 degrees and kills more than 100,000 civilians.
2
US Nuclear Bombing of civilian areas in Japan (August 1945) with the intention to continue nuclear attacks:
   153,000 dead, and more than 100,000 subsequent radiation-deaths and deformities in the following years. Objections to these numbers are based on those who calculate these deaths of the remaining four months of the attack–year only, which is a 'little' dishonest.
General Thomas Farrell, who was directing the US post-bomb 'official studies', held a press conference and categorically denied (rhymes with 'lied') reports of –
(a) 70,000 to 100,000 killed in the atomized cities and (b) any kind of lingering radiation sickness. (See: 'Hiroshima and a new era of nuclear censorship begins'.)
3
US Germ Warfare* Bombs used on rural civilian areas in North Korea (see note detail below):
   Bubonic plague leading to many many deaths . . . Doctor Shiro Ishii of Japan developed Bubonic plague bombs for the United States in the laboratory provided by America's CIA, and they were tested duting the Korean war by bombing rural villages with Bubonic plague in North Korea which had nothing to do with the war!
(Dr Ishii's earlier work for Japan had led to the Bubonic plague bombing of the Chinese cities of Chuhsien and Ningpo on October 4, 1940, using wheat, rice and fleas. In Ningpo a hundred people died of Bubonic plague). (Baker 2008:237)
4.
US Agent Orange (dioxin) defoliant/herbicide sprayed over civilian areas in Vietnam (1962 to '71):
   More than 150,000 infant deformities; cancer. In 1970 the US Senate reports: "The US has dumped on Vietnam a quantity of toxic chemical (dioxin) amounting to six pounds per head of population."
5.
US Forces in Vietnam, March 16, 1968, rape, massacre and mutilate several hundred (about 400) unarmed old men, women, children, and infants in the South Vietnamese rural village of Mỹ Lai.
   This war-crime atrocity is committed by Company C of the 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 11th Brigade of the 23rd (American) Infantry Division. But later, although 26 soldiers are initially charged, only Lieutenant William Calley, a platoon leader in C Company, is convicted, and then, although sentenced to 'life imprisonment', he only serves 3½-years of this, and even then only under house arrest (such is their devaluing of human life!).
The slaughter goes on so long that the US soldiers interrupt their killing and raping to take lunch and cigarette breaks. Not a single round had been fired at US Troops.
This slaughter is only halted by Hugh Thompson landing his helicopter between rampaging US soldiers and fleeing Vietnamese civilians.
He reports:"They were butchering people. The only thing they didn't do is cook 'em and eat 'em" (Appy, Patriots 348-349).
This atrocity is so covered up by the complicity of at least fifty US military officers, including generals, that,
if it were not for the persistence of Vietnam veteran Ron Ridenhour, it would never have been known.
6. 
US Cluster Munitions used in civilian areas in Laos (1964 to '73) and Cambodia:
   Deaths and injuries – beyond number . . .
7. 
US Depleted Uranium Munitions used in civilian areas in Iraq:
   Many infant deformities; cancer (Basra, Iraq, has seen an extremely high rate of birth defects, still births and cancers since the U.S. invasion of their country in 2003).
8. 
US Mosque Bombing after public prayers in Beirut, Lebanon (March 8, 1985, specially authorized by CIA Director William Casey):
   80 dead (mostly girls and women) and 256 wounded. The ferocity of the blast "burned babies in their beds"; "killed a bride buying her trousseau"; "blew away three children as they walked home from the mosque"; and "devastated the main street" of the densely populated city suburb.
9. 
US Napalm Bombing of civilian infrastructure in Iraq:
   Destroying bridges, etc...
*Imperial Japan had experimented with germ warfare in its invasion of China. Today this is a museum in Pingfang, on the edge of Harbin in northeast China, about the medical atrocities committed by Japan’s Unit 731 in Manchuria during World War II. The US, after its conquest of Japan, took the Japanese scientist responsible for this germ-warfare program (Dr. Shiro Ishii of Unit 731 for Human Experimentation in China) back to the US to assist in the development of a similar germ warfare program for the US, which was then subsequently used (experimentally?) in the bombing of rural North Korea, which is the root of much of its bitterness toward the US. (Specially infected insects and shell-fish were used as vectors packed into bomb-casings which were then dropped into rural North Korea by the US air-force). Unit 731 had bred plague microbes, then deliberately infected thousands of men, women and children. It conducted vivisection and frostbite and air pressure experiments, transfused prisoners with horse blood and studied the effect of weapons on the body, among many things.
US official denials, and the hoax-theory, have no merit among honest people. (See also special report).
 Note Also: Unethical Human Experimentation in the United States 
Sadly John Pilger wrote (UK Guardian, 10 September 2013): "Behind their beribboned facade, more former US soldiers are killing themselves than are dying on battlefields.
Last year (2012) 6,500 veterans took their own lives. Put out more flags."
However, figures released by the Department of Defense are: In calendar year 2012 – 319 deaths by suicide among active component service members
and 203 deaths by suicide among reserve component service members (73 in the reserve and 130 in the National Guard).
The preliminary 2013 total deaths by suicide were 261 among active duty service members, and 213 deaths in the reserve component.
In its 2010 Nuclear Posture Review Report, the United States declared that "the long-term goal of U.S. policy is the complete elimination of nuclear weapons"
but in February 2014 published the first images of the Air Force’s new enhanced guided B61-12 nuclear bomb.
As at 2014 the United States now has an estimated 4,650 nuclear warheads available for delivery by more than 800 ballistic missiles and aircraft (US Nuclear Scientists).
(Russia has an estimated 4,300 nuclear warheads, with 1,600 deployed on missiles and bomber bases. Another 700 strategic warheads in storage
along with about 2,000 non-strategic. A large number (est. 3,500) retired but still intact warheads await dismantlement. source: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists)
The United States of America is also the world's most prolific user of Chemical Weapons, White Phosphorous explosives, and Weapons of Mass Destruction.
The United States currently has 4,804 nuclear warheads (4,717 as at September 2014, according to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry),
450 of which are located on Air Force bases in Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota.
These 450 Minuteman-3 Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (icbms) are supposedly in constant battle-ready mode.
Worryingly, the equipment used to secure these missiles was built in the 1960s.
The bases are still using computers that require eight-inch floppy disks.
As one missileer stated, she had not seen such “technology” until she started working in the command centre.
One would think the world’s superpower would use the latest state-of-the-art technology to safeguard its deadliest weapons.
See: Fact Sheet on U.S. Nuclear Force Structure under the New START Treaty, April 8, 2014
The Marshall Islands, which suffered 67 American nuclear tests over a 12-year period, with lasting health and environmental impacts,
has now (April 2014) instituted a lawsuit against the United States in the International Criminal Court in the Hague.

"Our people have suffered the catastrophic and irreparable damage of these weapons, and
we vow to fight so that no one else on earth will ever again experience these atrocities"
the country's foreign minister, Tony de Brum, said in a statement announcing the lawsuits
against the United States and eight other nuclear armed countries.
Today (2017),
there are only
9 countries with
nuclear weapons.

These are –
1. USA;
2. France;
3. UK;
4. Russia;
5. China;
6. India;
7. Pakistan;
8. North Korea;
9. Israel
(with more
than France).
See:
UK Nuclear
Information Service
   
On Thursday, 22 December 2016, US President-elect Donald Trump tweets that
"The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capabilities until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes."
(U.S. arms control experts say the US and Russia possess roughly the same number of weapons in their nuclear arsenals – more than 7,000 each).
2017
January 28: Donald Trump tells Vladimir Putin of Russia in a phone call that he does not want to renew a 2010 arms control treaty that limits the number of strategic nuclear weapons the US and Russia can deploy. The phone call began with a friendly exchange, with both leaders stressing their own popularity and complimenting each other on their domestic support.
Then
when Putin brought up two issues on which their countries had cooperated, New Start and the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran,
Trump lost his temper, dismissing both as strategic losses for the US given away by Barack Obama.
The New START treaty set limits on both countries’ deployed strategic warheads to no more than 1,550 each. But it does not limit non-deployed warheads.
See:
Vladimir Putin
US official
s have now confirmed that the U.S. military, despite vowing not to use depleted uranium weapons on the battlefield in Iraq and Syria, fired thousands of rounds of the such munitions during two high-profile raids on oil trucks in Islamic State-controlled Syria in late 2015. Depleted uranium munitions cause birth mutations in the civilian population of the conflict area.
 
The US nuclear

The U.S. Navy nuclear submarine force's new warhead super-fuze both increases its hard-target kill capability and threatens U.S.-Russia strategic stability.
forces modernization program has been portrayed to the public as an effort to ensure the reliability and safety of warheads in the US nuclear arsenal, rather than to enhance their military capabilities. In reality, however, that program has implemented revolutionary new technologies that will vastly increase the targeting capability of the US ballistic missile arsenal. This increase in capability is astonishing—boosting the overall killing power of existing US ballistic missile forces by a factor of roughly three—and it creates exactly what one would expect to see, if a nuclear-armed state were planning to have the capacity to fight and win a nuclear war by disarming enemies with a surprise first strike.
The revolutionary increase in the lethality of submarine-borne US nuclear forces comes from a "super-fuze" device that since 2009 has been incorporated into the Navy’s W76-1/Mk4A warhead as part of a decade-long life-extension program. It is estimated that all warheads deployed on US ballistic missile submarines now have this fuzing capability. Because the innovations in the super-fuze appear, to the non-technical eye, to be minor, policymakers outside of the US government (and probably inside the government as well) have completely missed its revolutionary impact on military capabilities and its important implications for global security.
The first of the new MC4700 AF&F super-fuzes for the W76-1 were completed at the Kansas City Plant in 2007. Delivery of the W76-1/Mk4A warhead to the Navy began in 2009.
Russia's
military stockpile currently contains approximately 4,300 nuclear warheads,
with 45% (˜1,950 warheads) currently deployed on ballistic missiles and/or heavy bomber bases.
Nuclear Notebook
bulletin of the
Atomic Scientists
So, the
Bible's instruction to all real Christians is –
 "Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the Law." 
 
 But please then note:  The US Debt Clock          See Also: Some Sins of American Imperialism (under Construction)

CONCERNING CONTINUING DETENTION WITHOUT TRIAL – IT WAS THE US CONGRESS WHICH MADE IMPOSSIBLE OBAMA's PROMISE TO HIS ELECTORATE
See:
The
Guantánamo
Files


The FBI have attempted to turn a legal defence team member into a 'confidential informant'.
Fifteen years have passed since the 9/11 crime and some say it will take another 15 before the case is fully litigated.


See:
Guantánamo
Diaspora

by the
International
Consortium of
Investigative
Journalists
ARTICLE II
of February 23, 1903 between the United States of America and the Republic of Cuba for the lease (subject to terms to be agreed upon by the two Governments) to the United States of lands in Cuba for coaling and naval stations.
"The grant of the foregoing Article shall include the right to use and occupy the waters adjacent to said areas of land and water, and to improve and deepen the entrances thereto and the anchorages therein, and generally to do any and all things necessary to fit the premises for use as coaling or naval stations only, and for no other purpose."
America's
Dishonesty
Some US officials would like you to believe that water-boarding, “rectal rehydration,” and days of sleep deprivation are nothing more than “enhanced interrogation techniques.” But no matter what they choose to call it – or how they try to justify it – such brutal acts amount to one undeniable truth: TORTURE. See: PDF 580-page
Summary of
Senate Torture Report
Shaker
Aamer, the last British inmate to be held at Guantanamo Bay, has been there for 13 years without charge or trial – but he was cleared for release last month (September 2015) and is expected to be back in Britain 'soon'.
 
    ENTRANCEDECLARATION
WHAT A LIE!

PRISONERS  DEAD  IN  'CHRISTIAN'  US  HANDS
Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif   Guantánamo   Sept. 8, 2012;
Inayatullah   Guantánamo   May 18, 2011;
Gul, Awal   Guantánamo   Feb. 2, 2011;
al Hanashi, Mohammad Ahmed Abdullah Saleh   Guantánamo   June 1, 2009;
Hekmati, Abdul Razzaq   Guantánamo   Dec. 30, 2007;
al Amri, Abdul Rahman Ma'ath Thafir   Guantánamo   May 30, 2007;
al Zahrani, Yasser Talal   Guantánamo   June 10, 2006;
al Tabi, Mana Shaman Allabardi   Guantánamo   June 10, 2006;
Ahmed, Ali Abdullah   Guantánamo   June 10, 2006.
From July
2003: While ‘assigned’ to the US military base at Guantánamo Bay, longtime Chicago detective and US Naval reservist Richard Zuley leads one of the most brutal interrogations ever conducted at the prison. Inmates later said they confessed untruthfully to try and stop their pain/abuse by Zuley. Zuley designs a plan so brutal it receives personal sign-off from then-US defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld.
"I’ve never seen anyone stoop to these levels," a former Marine Corps prosecutor later says of Zuley.
 

On June 10,
2006, three men die here in separate cells on the same day under questionable circumstances.
 
Seton Hall University
School of Law
Center for Policy and Research Report
"Three detainees die in a maximum security section of the Guantánamo Bay Detention facility. The military‘s initial press releases reports not only that the detainees were 'found hanging' in their cells but also that their actions were a conspiracy as part of "asymmetrical warfare" against the United States. At the same time, the military orders all media off the 'island' and prevents all lawyers from visiting their clients. ...
See:
full report
There is no explanation of how the supposed acts of 'asymmetrical warfare' could have been coordinated by the three detainees, who had been on the same cell block fewer than 72 hours with occupied and unoccupied cells between them and under constant supervision."
"The
Note:
clues concerning
'disappearance' of
Malaysian airliner
MH370.
investigation into their deaths results in more questions than answers. It is unclear how such a reputable investigative service produces such an incompetent investigation. The Center for Policy and Research is unable to resolve whether the facts led to the investigation or the investigation led to the facts. What is clear is that the true circumstances surrounding the detainees‘ deaths cannot be discerned from the investigative file or the statement of findings. Without a proper investigation, it is impossible to determine the circumstances of three detainees‘ deaths."
Just Another
Gitmo Cover-up

Military
personnel at Guantánamo Bay vastly outnumber captives.
The annual cost to US taxpayers of maintaining this camp was $454 million in 2013.
Since 2009, Obama has sought to transfer detainees to detention facilities in the U.S., but congressional Republicans have repeatedly blocked those attempts, passing legislation that prohibits the use of government funds to transfer prisoners to American soil and the construction of facilities to house them. Top Republican lawmakers and foreign-policy hawks, including Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, say 30% of freed detainees become terrorists. But Congress-mandated reports from the administration’s intelligence officials show the rate of confirmed recidivism is about 17%.
Obama has said Guantánamo serves as a “recruiting tool” for other extremist militant groups, like the Islamic State/Da'esh.
 

September
2015: On Tuesday 22, Saudi citizen Abdul Shalabi is sent home. He had been hunger-striking for 10 years of his more than 13 years held at the US naval prison in Cuba.
Moroccan Younous Chekkouri was repatriated last week, though it is unclear if he's a free man back home. But remaining are 52 men approved for transfer, and there are countries willing to except them. All but a handful of those 52 prisoners have been cleared since 2009.
Shaker Aamer, the last British resident in Guantanamo, was cleared then and previously in 2007 by the George W Bush administration. The refusal by the United States to send home Aamer, who suffers from chronic psychological and physical conditions, is perhaps the biggest contradiction in the US administration's stated commitment that it wants to close the infamous detention facility.
The British government has repeatedly requested that the US allow Aamer to return to the UK to rejoin his British wife and four children – including a child born the day he arrived at Guantanamo.
(See September 25 below).
"He has been cleared for release for longer than President Obama has been president," noted UK Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn earlier this year, and questioned if Aamer was being held because "he knows too much and has seen too much – the hunger strikes, the torture and the brutality" [by this pseudo-Christian country].
Of the 18 Guantanamo prisoners who have appeared before the review board, decisions are pending in four cases. But 11 men have been cleared for transfer, including most recently the last Kuwaiti prisoner, Fayiz al-Kandari, and a Libyan, Omar Khalif Mohammed, whose right leg is missing below the knee, has metal pins in his left leg, and is blind in one eye.
See:
Guantanamo
2016 Report
by the
Congressional
Research
Service

25
Friday: The US informs the UK that Shaker Aamer will be released, after a Congress 30-day notice period (i.e. October 25), although cleared for release twice since 2002 and never tried. Former Guantanamo detainee Moazzam Begg states that Mr Aamer is probably the "most well-known prisoner there" because "he has been fighting and advocating for the rights of the prisoners from inside the prison".
Mr Begg said "no amount of therapy" would replace the years Mr Aamer has spent (unjustly) imprisoned.
Probably embarrassed
by Corbyn's comments
October
2015: Shaker Aamer (cleared twice since 2002) is eventually released to the UK. Aamer (48) was born in Saudi Arabia and settled in the UK in the mid 1990s where he married his British wife, Zin Siddique. Before that he lived and studied in the US and acted as a translator for US personnel during the first Gulf War (a verifiable statement). After coming to the UK he was granted indefinite leave to remain and was applying for British citizenship when he was captured by bounty hunters and handed to the US. Aamer had taken his family to Afghanistan soon after the terrorist attacks on the US in 2001. He says he was working for an Islamic charity. The US insists he was a senior terrorist with links to top ranking al-Qa’ida figures including its former leader Osama bin Laden. But he says he was carrying out humanitarian aid work when he was picked up by bounty hunters and passed to US forces.
13-years of
US 'Justice'

For
those who decry the current US President's use of Executive Orders as being 'imperial' (because his program does not suite the Republican Party agenda) it needs to be remembered that, in contrast to Obama's current 193 Executive Orders, –
Republican George W Bush issued 291 executive orders and
FD Roosevelt issued 3,721 Executive Orders. (more than 307 per year)
See:
Comparison List of All
February
2016: The Pentagon has proposed transferring the remaining 91 detainees at its Guantánamo Bay prison on south eastern Cuba to their home countries, or to US military or civilian prisons.
But the US Republican controlled Congress is deeply opposed (such as Representative Mike Pompeo of Kansas) and expected to block the move, as it did previously.
 
  See: al-Jazeera warning on America's behaviour, after the election of Donald Trump, as it seems to the rest of the world!  
President Obama and a series of other US officials, including former CIA Director David Petraeus, have called the prison a propaganda tool for terrorists.
January 2017
US president-elect Donald Trump’s tweet January 3 that everyone held at Guantanamo Bay is “extremely dangerous” is ill-informed. What’s worse, his proposed course of action – stopping all releases – shows a lack of understanding about the danger of keeping Guantanamo open poses to US National Security.
 
The vast
majority of the 720 men released from Guantanamo, many after years of wrongful detention and torture, have been getting on with their lives around the world without incident. A total of 59 men remain there; most have been held without charge or trial for close to 14 years. Only 10 have been charged with a crime, most notably the five charged for their role in the September 11 attacks.
 
March 27:
Negotiations on a treaty to outlaw nuclear weapons have begun in New York, but have been publicly condemned by the United States, which is leading a coalition of more than 40 countries – including Australia – boycotting the talks. At least 113 countries are part of the negotiations which have begun at UN headquarters in New York this week, aiming to negotiate a
"legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination".
 
 
 
More than any other single factor, to turn the tide, the United States as a whole needs to learn humility in its relation to the rest of humanity.
See: Anti-Empire Report pdf by William Blum (Nov. 2010)     and the     Citizen Four video of Glen Greenwald and Assange, etc.

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