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Iran has signed the NPT. As a signatory to the NPT, Iran may rightfully, legally, use nuclear technology for peaceful energy purposes. Iran has submitted to and passed repeated IAEA inspections. The US intelligence community (NIE) does not consider Iran a nuclear threat. Israel refuses to sign the NPT. Israel has an estimated several hundred undeclared nuclear weapons. Russia and China have warned that an attack on Iran will have global consequences. That's the situation in a nutshell. Where to next, people? Where to?

Have I now become your enemy by telling you the truth? - Galatians 4:16

11.27.2009

philippines - what kind of thinking concludes that killing 57 people can be covered up, in any way, even with a backhoe?

1. witness: we just followed orders

A man who says he was a witness to Monday’s massacre in the southern Philippines has told Al-Jazeera how he was ordered to kill members of a rival political clan—including women and children—and to make sure no evidence was left behind. The witness, who identified himself only as “Boy,” said he was among more than 100 armed men who held up a convoy of political campaigners and journalists before taking them to a remote mountainous area where they were then killed. Speaking to Al-Jazeera’s correspondent Marga Ortigas, “Boy” said the orders had come directly from Andal Ampatuan Jr., a local mayor and a member of a politically powerful clan with close ties to the Philippines president.

“Datu Andal himself said, he said to us: Anyone from the Mangudadatu clan—women or children—should be killed … We don’t ask why, we just followed orders.” At least 57 people died in the massacre, believed to be the worst ever politically related killings in the Philippines. “Boy,” who is now in hiding fearing his life is in danger, said all of the women in the group had been raped before being killed. Their bodies were then dumped in mass graves that had already been dug out in advance using an excavator. He said that Ampatuan Jr. had also ordered that the reporters accompanying the convoy should also be killed to cover-up what had happened.

Soldiers coming

“That too was ordered by Datu Andal … because they didn’t want any evidence left behind,” he said. “Boy” said the whole process had lasted little more than an hour before the gunmen had to abruptly abandon the scene following a warning that members of the military were nearby. “We didn’t get to finish, which is why the excavator was left there,” he said.“Someone called and said soldiers were on their way. I feel they have connections among the soldiers.”

‘Up to my conscience’

Speaking with his face covered to conceal his identity, “Boy” said he was supposed to have been an active participant in the massacre but did not actually kill any of the victims. He said he would have been shot if he had tried to intervene. “I was just standing there,” he said “I was all alone… I could only leave it up to my conscience.”

source: inquirer



2. ombudsman wants to know why a govt backhoe at massacre scene


MANILA, Philippines—What was a government-owned backhoe doing in that killing field?

The Office of the Ombudsman in Mindanao wants to know and is coordinating with the National Bureau and Investigation and other law enforcement agencies probing the massacre, Assistant Ombudsman Jose De Jesus said Wednesday when sought for comment.

Military and police investigators found a backhoe, owned by the Maguindanao provincial government, in the area where victims of the Maguindanao massacre were found. It was apparently used to dig the mass graves.

De Jesus, quoting the Ombudsman's Mindanao office, said: "We really want to find out exactly why a government property is there at the time of the massacre?"

The Ombudsman is tasked to probe and prosecute cases against government officials.

However, before it could step in, the agency had to confirm first that government officials were indeed involved in the brutal killings.

De Jesus said the deputy ombudsman in Mindanao was "aware of the situation."

He said the fact-finding investigators in Mindanao "are interested in this matter," especially in finding out why a piece of government property was found in the crime scene.

He said that if the police investigation would reveal that government officials were behind the massacre, the Ombudsman would mobilize a fact-finding investigation.


source: inquirer


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