Investigate European leaders for crimes against humanity

A group of lawyers are asking the International Criminal Court to investigate the European Union for crimes against humanity, arguing that their policies are responsible for thousands of migrant deaths and widespread rape and torture. The lawyer Juan Branco,  who is a co-author of the refugee report, is also an adviser to WikiLeaks.

Juan Branco. Photo: Yale University [public domain] / Wikimedia Commons.

There are actually even more related issues to investigate European leaders for, not least their role behind the NATO-led attack on Libya in 2011, which included catching Muammar Gaddafi, who was then murdered. This is a root cause of many of the later problems. Gaddafi actually predicted the flow of migrants from Africa that would follow the bombing of Libya and tried to warn for it.

Only a few years before that, European and other leaders had been friendly with Gaddafi. Tony Blair eved agreed to train Gaddafi’s special forces.

A “family” photo at the G-8 summit in L’Aquila, Italy, 2009. First rank: Silvio Berlusconi, Giorgio Napolitano (president of Italy), Nicolas Sarkozy, Barack Obama, Meles Zenawi (second row), Lula, Hosni Mubarak (back) and Muammar Gaddafi. Photo: Pete Souza [public domain] / Wikimedia Commons.

Circle of the Golden Lion

One week ago, it was revealed in Swedish media that a group of Swedish reserve officers are part of a hidden organization together with foreign military personnel, with the purpose to  influence policies and decisions behind the scenes in the NATO area. The organization is called Circle of the Golden Lion (COGL). Watch the documentary on TV4 Play (in Swedish, only available in Sweden for a limited time). Otherwise, there is little reporting about other organizations working to influence policies and decisions behind the scenes. Why the focus on COGL but not on other organizations that may have larger influence?

Police raids against journalists in Australia

In Sydney and Canberra, police has raided journalists who have revealed allegations of unlawful killings and misconduct by Australian special forces in Afghanistan and that the government was considering giving spy agencies greater domestic surveillance powers. Alan Jones says many Australians would agree that the Australian Federal Police (AFP) mishandled these cases. The incident has also reminded him of other controversial decisions made by the AFP and brought back memories of whistleblower Richard Boyle, who is facing a maximum 161-year jail sentence after exposing abuses of power.

”Know that the police is involved”

Robert Gustafsson, a well known Swedish comedian and actor, recently spoke about the murder of Olof Palme. The following is a translation from a Swedish article in Newsner:
On February 28, 1986, he was just a short distance from Palme. Now he’s sure. The Palme murder was a commissioned work. “I know that the police is involved,” he says in the pod “Nemo meets a friend”, writes Aftonbladet. … There were also walkie-talkies everywhere. I heard it beep and that people talked to each other through these. … Then I heard after the murder that there was no surveillance at all and then I understood that something was not right, says Robert Gustafsson in the pod according to Aftonbladet. He also tells how he was called to testimony only three weeks after the incident. The interrogation was over the phone. But when he talked about his observations, he noticed that he was not listened to…

Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC stormed by police

Yesterday, the Venezuelan embassy in Washington DC was stormed by police and the Embassy Protection Collective was forcibly removed. In an earlier attempt, police had backed off after a lengthy discussion with the Embassy Protection Collective and their lawyer Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, who pointed out that entering the embassy would be a breach of the Vienna Convention. Collective members reminded police officers that following illegal orders does not protect them from being charged with criminal actions.

The total ignorance of international law that has been displayed of course increases risk of escalation. Lawrence Wilkerson warns for the consequences if the USA would invade Venezuela.

Peculiar way of treating suspected terrorists who have been active in Syria

Swedish media have been keen on reporting about the children of IS terrorists. Today there is also a report about Sweden hosting a meeting on a possible tribunal against suspected IS terrorists (link to Swedish content). However, none of the countries involved wants to cooperate with Syrian government on this, even if the crimes have been committed there. It is also peculiar how some of these western countries have ealier treated suspected terrorists. Mark Curtis wrote in Middle East Eye:

In 2015, a court case collapsed at the Old Bailey against a Swedish national, Bherlin Gildo, accused of attending a terrorist training camp to fight in Syria, when it became clear that British intelligence agencies were supporting the same opposition groups as he was. British media reported that Gildo was fighting either with Nusra or a linked jihadist group, the Kataib al-Muhajireen.

It has been claimed that also the Swedish Security Service (Säpo) helped this terroris suspect to be set free and that the suspect now lives under a different name in Sweden (links to articles in Swedish).

Can this have anything to do with the Swedish government’s earlier involvment with opposition groups in the Syrian conflict? Read more in Swedish about the “democracy support” claimed to have turned into terrorist support. For some reason, it’s very quiet about some of these topics.