General convicted in the strange case of USS Cole

Yesterday, Carol Rosenberg reported in the Miami Herald:

The USS Cole case judge Wednesday found the Marine general in charge of war court defense teams guilty of contempt for refusing to follow the judge’s orders and sentenced him to 21 days confinement and to pay a $1,000 fine.

Air Force Col. Vance Spath also declared “null and void” a decision by Marine Brig. Gen. John Baker, 50, to release three civilian defense attorneys from the capital terror case. The lawyers resigned last month over a covert breach of attorney-client privilege involving something so secretive at the terror prison that the public cannot know.

Apparently the military judge wants the three defence attorneys be forced to participate in show trials to “provide unethical legal services to keep the façade of justice”, as one of them puts it in the Miami Herald.

“The military commissions are willing to put people in jail for defending the rule of law,” Jay Connell, who represents another Guantanamo detainee facing a military commission, told The Daily Beast.

Earlier, the governments of Iran and Sudan have been found liable. A few defendants have also been convicted in Yemen, but all of them escaped or were freed, according to an article by Kevin Ryan published 2012 in the Foreign Policy Journal: The USS Cole: Twelve years later, no justice or understanding. Perhaps the title of that article is the most accurate summary, now seventeen years after the bombing of USS Cole.


The photo shows the USS Cole towed away from the port city of Aden, Yemen, into open sea, after the bombing that killed 17 crew members and injured 39 others on 12 October 2000. Photo source: Wikipedia, Sgt. Don L. Maes.

Impunity – a global problem

Santiago Maldonado was recently found dead at a river in southern Argentina, close to where he was last seen being detained by the federal police. This appears to be a case of “forced disappearance” where the government tries to prevent things from being clarified. Argentina is a country with a sad history of impunity, that unfortunately seems to repeat itself.

However, don’t make the mistake to think that impunity is a problem that just occurs in Argentina. We actually need to face that it may be happening in our own country, as pointed out in the article Murder with impunity in Russia … and the U.S.

When impunity even happens in a country like Sweden (see for example the Swedish book Spår, by Lena Sundström), we must realize that impunity is a global problem.

If you want to join our protests against impunity, we can be contacted at

The cover-up of the murder of Olof Palme

Gunnar Wall is an award-winning Swedish journalist, who has written several books about the murder of Olof Palme on Sveavägen in Stockholm, 1986. On Gunnar Wall’s blog, you can read the remarkable story (in Swedish) of how a man named Ebbe Carlsson strived to establish a sham solution to the unsolved murder and how this cover-up was tied to the highest authorities – even to Olof Palme’s successor.

Many people in Sweden have heard about Ebbe Carlsson. In 1988 he was designated “the Swede of the year”. He died in 1992 after explaining on TV that he had AIDS. However, not so many have understood what his role really was regarding the murder investigation and the implications of that. The recent Swedish Television documentary about the Ebbe Carlsson affair did not help much to bring any real understanding either. On the contrary, the documentary appears to have tried to obfuscate and gloss over.

That is why Gunnar Wall’s comments on the documentary are so important. His conclusion is:

Much points to that if the deed on Sveavägen had been investigated without preconceptions, it had been found that Olof Palme became a victim of the Cold War because, by the end of his life, he so unambiguously chose to work for disarmament instead of secret cooperation with the military alliance NATO. And such a possible background to the murder was not even allowed to be hinted.

The way the murder investigation has been handled is a strong indication that Gunnar Wall is correct.

There is more information about Ebbe Carlsson pointing in the same direction on the web page of Anders Jallai (in Swedish), where you can also watch a discussion with Olof Frånstedt, who was a chief at the Swedish Security Service SÄPO.

Does Swedish military participate in illegal arms exports?

Today Hans Andersson published an article in Swedish about suspected arms trafficking to Iraq during recent years. If that is true, it would probably not be the first time the Swedish government/military is involved in serious crime. Other cases include for example alledged complicity in outsourced torture and war of aggression in Libya. As usual with such cases, it seems impossible for anyone to be held accountable.

In some cases, the Swedish police is even suspected of covering up the crimes. The author Anders Jallai has written about one such case, where the journalist Cats Falck and her friend Lena Gräns were found dead in 1985. When the women disappeared in 1984, Cats Falck was investigating arms trafficking from Sweden. Read more on the web site of jallai and the background material part 1, 2, 3 and 4 (links to content in Swedish). Jallai’s books are fiction, but it is widely believed that his writing actually contains much truth.