Iran Publishes Pictures of Captured U.S. Sailors Crying…

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BY ADAM KREDO

Iran has released new photographs in which at least one of the recently captured U.S. sailors is crying, according to a series of the pictures posted on social media.

The pictures, as well as an accompanying video, were released by Iranian state-controlled news outlets and disseminated on Twitter by Iranian reporters early Wednesday.

The new photographs come on the heels of another set of pictures that showed Iranian military forces detaining the U.S. sailors at gun point and forcing them to place their hands upon their heads while kneeling on a ship.

Iran captured the 10 U.S. sailors earlier this year after they drifted into Iranian territorial waters.

The U.S. military disclosed after the incident that the sailors were held at gunpoint and that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps removed SIM cards and other technology from them.

The Obama administration, including Secretary of State John Kerry, has praised and thanked Iran for the way it treated the captured sailors, who were released by Iranian authorities the following morning.

‘You created ISIS!’ Press conference scandal mars Kerry’s visit to Italy

US Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Italy was disrupted by a cry of protest at his joint press conference with Italian foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni, when a woman in the audience shouted, “it’s you who created Daesh!”

The press conference was coming to an end, when the woman stood up from the public, her head covered up by a black veil.

“It’s you who created Daesh!” she shouted at the two ministers, using another name for the terror group Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL), reported the Italian state-owned television channel RAI.

The woman was dragged away from the conference by the Carabinieri.

After meeting with Gentiloni, Kerry said he was convinced that the US-led international coalition would“crush ISIS” eventually. His Italian counterpart expressed much more caution.

“There have been steps forward on the ground with respect to the Paris summit. But no triumphalism is warranted, we must continue the armed effort in Iraq,” Gentiloni said.

He added that in the fight against ISIS “important progress has been made,” although “we are faced with a very resilient organization and therefore we must not underestimate it.”

The protester in Italy is not the first to accuse Washington of midwifing the rise of IS. One former US Marine has blamed the self-proclaimed caliphate on the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.

“I knew what I was seeing was wrong, I knew it was immoral, I knew it was unjust, I knew it was illegal,” Vincent Emanuele told RT in December 2015,“ and I knew that we would pay severe consequences in the form of the blowback as we are seeing with groups like ISIS.”

In 2012, the US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) warned the government that “there is the possibility of establishing a declared or undeclared Salafist principality in eastern Syria… and this is exactly what the supporting powers to the opposition want, in order to isolate the Syrian regime.”

The Obama administration made a “willful decision” to ignore the warning, former DIA Director Lieutenant General Michael Flynn told Al Jazeera in August of last year.

 

John Kerry: ‘You can’t just buy a bomb’

Published on Jan 18, 2016

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry reacts to Saudi Arabia’s opposition to America’s nuclear deal with Iran.

Great interview CNN. You cut him off after two sentences, I feel so much more informed now.

JOHN KERRY IS A MEMBER OF YALE SKULL&BONES ,John set his wrist watch 10 minutes faster to pull one over on you , trust me you cannot trust a Devil Satan Worshiper !

this guy so full of s*** its not even funny man cant buy a bomb that by f**** governments come on we are not retard you left pillar mother fucker

Sure You can, at the “Bombs “R” Us” store, ours is located beside the Home depot..

Would we really punish SA? They basically control OPEC.

*(THANK YOU OBAMA!)* – Western-imposed sanctions against Tehran to be lifted Saturday – Iranian FM

International sanctions against Iran are due to be lifted Saturday, according to Tehran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. The move will take effect when the International Atomic Energy Agency has issued its final report concerning Iran’s nuclear program.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is expected to release a final report in the Austrian capital of Vienna, which will confirm that Iran has stuck to its end of the bargain in regard to honoring the nuclear deal, which was struck between Tehran and six world powers last year.

“Today with the release of the IAEA chief’s report the nuclear deal will be implemented, after which a joint statement will be made to announce the beginning of the deal,” Zarif was quoted as saying by state news agency ISNA, as cited by Reuters.

The nuclear deal, which was signed on July 14, 2015, saw Iran agree to shrink its atomic program. In return, the US, EU and UN said they would lift sanctions that have hampered Tehran’s economic growth.

“Today is a good day for the Iranian people as sanctions will be lifted today,” the ISNA cited Zarif as saying. The Iranian foreign minister is also due to meet US Secretary of State John Kerry later Saturday.

Oil majors Total and Shell have already sent senior executives to Tehran ahead of the expected lifting of sanctions, Iran’s Mehr news agency reports. They are set to meet with officials from Iranian state oil companies on Sunday.

On Wednesday, Iranian and US officials confirmed that Tehran’s Arak heavy water reactor had been disabled after its core was removed and concrete was poured into its central vessel.

“Yesterday we finished the central part and the openings have been filled with cement,” Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization spokesman, Behrouz Kamalvandi said, as quoted by AFP.

The reactor core was capable of producing plutonium and its fate was a major point of disagreement during the negotiations between six leading world powers and Iran.

According to the agreement, the reactor is to be retrofitted with the help of foreign specialists to be used for research projects and the production of medical radioactive isotopes.

The long-awaited green light for Tehran also comes just days after two US Navy boats were seized by Iran after straying into the country’s territorial waters, after one of them suffered a mechanical failure. Ten US Navy troops were briefly held, before being released by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps.

Commenting on the resolution of the conflict situation, Kerry thanked Iran for the prompt return of the sailors.

“I want to express my gratitude to Iranian authorities for their cooperation in swiftly resolving this matter,” he said in a statement. “That this issue was resolved peacefully and efficiently is a testament to the critical role diplomacy plays in keeping our country safe, secure and strong.”

Obama Admin Defends Iran: No Geneva Convention Violation

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BY JOEL B. POLLAK

The Obama administration announced on Thursday that Iran had not violated the Geneva Convention on prisoners of war when it published photographs of captured U.S. Navy sailors, forced them to appear on television and make an apology for the circumstances of their capture, and compelled a female sailor to wear a hijab (head covering).

Under Article 13 of the Geneva Convention, prisoners must not be subjected to “insults and public curiosity.”  Under Article 14, they must be treated with honor, and female prisoners must not suffer worse treatment.

On Wednesday, the State Department would not say if Iran had violated the Convention, but on Thursday, spokesperson John Kirby said definitively that it had not.

“…[T]he Geneva Convention applies for wartime,” Kirby said. “We’re not at war with Iran, so it’s a moot question….I’m not a lawyer, but it’s very clear, if you read the conventions, they are for wartime, and we’re not at war with Iran.”

Kirby is wrong, as the text of the Geneva Convention makes clear.

Article 1 says: “The High Contracting Parties undertake to respect and to ensure respect for the present Convention in all circumstances.” The phrase “all circumstances” applies to peacetime as well as war, as noted by Article 2.

Article 2 states clearly: “In addition to the provisions which shall be implemented in peace time, the present Convention shall apply to all cases of declared war or of any other armed conflict which may arise between two or more of the High Contracting Parties, even if the state of war is not recognized by one of them.”

Article 5 notes: “Should any doubt arise as to whether persons, having committed a belligerent act and having fallen into the hands of the enemy, belong to any of the categories enumerated in Article 4, such persons shall enjoy the protection of the present Convention until such time as their status has been determined by a competent tribunal.”

So the Geneva Convention–to which Iran and the U.S. are both parties–applies, at least partly, to peacetime, and to conflicts that fall short of declared war. Furthermore, it applies even in the presence of doubts as to whether prisoners qualify for its protections, until the status of those prisoners can be determined by a court.

Clearly, the U.S Navy sailors that Iran captured–and abused–came under the protections of the Geneva Convention. Kirby, and Obama, are wrong.

Ironically, President Obama made adherence to the Geneva Convention a cornerstone of his foreign policy. In a speech in 2007, candidate Obama promised: “As President, I will…adhere to the Geneva Conventions.” In accepting the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009, President Obama declared: “…I have reaffirmed America’s commitment to abide by the Geneva Conventions. We lose ourselves when we compromise the very ideals that we fight to defend.”

What Obama meant, however, was that he would uphold the Geneva Convention for terrorists, who are illegal combatants and are explicitly not covered by the convention.

On the very same day that his administration told Americans that the Geneva Convention did not apply to sailors captured by Iran, Obama freed ten dangerous Guantánamo Bay terror detainees to Oman.

Americans, in Obama’s view, do not deserve the same rights as terrorists.

This article has been updated.