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The Truth About Diego Garcia: 50 Years of Fiction About an American Military Base


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The Truth About Diego Garcia: 50 Years of Fiction About an American Military Base

David Vine

First, they tried to shoot the dogs. Next, they tried to poison them with strychnine. When both failed as efficient killing methods, British government agents and U.S. Navy personnel used raw meat to lure the pets into a sealed shed. Locking them inside, they gassed the howling animals with exhaust piped in from U.S. military vehicles. Then, setting coconut husks ablaze, they burned the dogs’ carcasses as their owners were left to watch and ponder their own fate.


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Truth is the first casualty of war, as the old saw goes. Our nation is at perpetual war. Let's do the math...


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Where is MSM, NPR and other so-called news outlets on this important story? NPR is busy with cute "fluff" stories while MSM is round the clock "election" bs on an election still well over a year away!
What has happened in Diego Garcia is nothing short of cultural geonocide and extreme cruelty to animals to say the least, both serious crimes with jail terms upon conviction. As we can see, the U.S. has been on the down slide for a very long time. The only difference today is the rate of descent and the overall cruelty exhibited by those in "power." How long the people of the world continue to tolerate the bullying by th likes of the US and Great Britain is anyone's guess. One thing for sure, though, is nature is getting pretty fed up!


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And again I am ashamed to be an Amerikkkan!


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I'm not saying that the article is wrong but how is it that I heard about this in the 1970s? Someone was reporting on this, whether I. F. Stone or Wilfred Burchett or someone else, I can't recall but the information was available and I really want to know why this is the first time I've seen the Chagos mentioned on this site in the past five years.

Off the Diego Garcia topic but on the topic of not getting the news on Common Dreams, why are we not reading reports on the recent coup attempts, one earlier in Venezuela and now right-wing efforts to oust Correa in Ecuador? These US machinations are a lot more important than the absurdity of the so-called election campaign and yet a search shows nothing.


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Maybe because these atrocities happened 50 years ago?


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But yes, Commondreams does do a very poor job of providing world news of interest to the left. Thanks for telling me about the ongoing coup attempt - in the guise if a Maidan-style uprising of course - against Correa. I'ts the first I've heard of it.

Commondreams seems to be trapped and that sphere if insular pet-issues that US liberals tend to get themselves caught in. It is hard to stay informed in a place like Portland, Maine and no, the internet can only help you so much - one needs to physically live an area of diversity in nationality and ideology to stay on top of things. They should seek out news (not opinion) contributors based in New York, London, Toronto, or other places.


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Another thing the MSM is not reporting on is the recent investigations carried out in Colombia regarding the US Military and US Military contracters. It was an 800 page report.

50 Plus rapes committed by US Military personel against girls as young as 12 years old and no charges ever laid because of the immunity the US Military insists on for its members. These are just the rapes committed against children and do not count all of the others those soldiers committed. In fact US Military contracters were filming these rapes and than selling the video to entities that marketed pornographic material.

Colombians that were subjected to rapes by the same then received death threats gainst their families if they reported the same to authorities and those brave enough to ignore those warnings than had to see the persons accused flown out of the country.

Perhaps the people of Diego Garcia that were removed all those years ago recieved some sort of mixed blessing in that they do not have to see their children become targets of brutes "defending freedom and liberty".


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More a boot heel than a "footprint"


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Do you need any more evidence of just how disgusting the US government is, just read this article. And even more degenerate is the British government's acquiescence in this injustice. So much for humanitarian ideals. When Cameron tells the president of Argentina that the Malvinas are British because the people that live there have voted to remain under British rule, I would just love her to say and what about the Chagossians? They also wanted to remain on their island home, but in that case you just ran them off as if they were some sort of animal. Both the US and British governments are beyond redemption, they are evil and demented!


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You're welcome. One thing that helps, is CD, Counterpunch, Znet and Telesur English pinned to my browser and I check them most days along with the local SCMP, and the weather. Occasionally I go to RT, Press TV and Al Manar for different alternatives.