Wednesday May 22, 2013
Did a Ghost Crawl Inside My Laptop?Tim King Salem-News.com
Sri Lanka war crime victim's spirit seems restless over involuntary death pose.
(SALEM) - Having your life and dignity ripped away by heartless militant thugs with orders to kill kill kill... it is enough to make even the toughest people cringe, and yet that is exactly what happened right
A young Tamil woman I have written about in the past, named Isaipriya Veeravanakkam, (Sometimes spelled Isaipriya, Isaippiriya and also Issa Pria) suffered this same fate, and I think she dropped by this week to confirm that we hit the war crime evidence jackpot.
Do the dead sometimes pass along messages to us? Is it really possible? There is more to Isaipriya's visit and I will expand on that below.
I would say this much; that if anyone deserves the opportunity to reach out from the grave and make a point, it is this beautiful young woman who had nary a chance when the military force she belonged to surrendered to the Sri Lankan army.
They should have been arrested and held, instead they were abused with depravity and tortured and violated sexually and then murdered by a dishonest government intent on eliminating large numbers of people over their cultural and religious identity.
What needs to be understood by war crime investigators is that Isaipriya and her comrades were thrown to the dogs; raped and abused by immoral soldiers who could never have gotten away with so many crimes against both civilians and Prisoners of War (POW) which Isaipriya, the wife of a senior Tamil Tiger commander, was - had they not been both allowed and encouraged by their commanding officers.
It isn't just the behavior of the field soldiers, it is the attitude of the majority Sinhalese government toward Sri Lankan Tamils.
POW's have many rights under international law and the Geneva Convention, but Sri Lanka made a mockery of those laws with its treatment of the captured Tamil Tigers; so many of whom remain missing, their fates unknown. The story exemplifies the abuse toward humanity that accompanies the designation of 'terrorist' and even a cursory look at Sri Lanka's history shows that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) spent every day of their lives battling government terrorism.
The terrorist label encourages western funded governments to commit atrocities. In case after case, the so-called terrorists are simply minority populations battling heavily funded military organizations. One side kills from miles away, the other kills by transporting bombs with their bodies.
I think it is safe to conclude that if the average suicide bombers could afford jet fighters, they would not give their lives for their cause, at least not in direct suicide missions.
It is widely believed by humanitarians around the world that Sri Lanka is trying to abscond from justice and there is no question that the government has done everything in its power to discourage and downplay war crime proceedings in this very serious matter. Its pattern involves accusing reporters of harboring personal grudges toward Sri Lanka. Their accusations against Channel-4 softened after their second edition of 'Sri Lanka's Killing Fields' aired, removing any sign of doubt that the Vanni became a bloody mess as Rajapakse's forces pounded people in so-called 'safe zones' which were in reality, pre-made traps.
Civilians in particular areas were eliminated completely. There will never be a full accounting of Tamils killed in this war because Sri Lanka destroyed records and in many cases, bodies were burned to prevent the spread of disease.
As you will agree after seeing the evidence, there is no question that this particular incident is a war crime and that Isaipriya was staged to appear as a non combatant. It is my belief that she is not pleased with her role as a postmortem war crime 'prop' for Sri Lanka's military.
Images of her poor body stripped and murdered, with her hands tied behind her back, have been around for months. (We have only carried them in the past out of necessity. Those who want to see the graphic images can follow the links below.)
They obviously tell us she was bound, her pants are pulled down and her shirt is lifted to expose her breasts. She was clearly a victim of sex abuse; she almost certainly was raped, yet the trail ended there with the first images, and as hideous as the images were, they did not demonstrate conclusively that she was a war crime victim.
Now nobody can dispute it.
The key point is that the young woman's hands were tied behind her back when she was initially located and her remains recorded with a video camera and a still camera. The photos are separate items that arrived after the video. Both video and stills clearly confirm her tied hands.
The conclusive evidence surfaced several days ago: previously unseen video shot by the Sri Lankan army showing dead LTTE soldiers laid out in rows, and Isaipriya's body is among them with her hands untied.
The video clips contain dates and the new video with her hands untied is shot after the initial recordings of her dead body.
Isaipriya was a pawn both alive and dead in a political killing game, and she was not killed as a combatant, which Sri Lanka claimed, but as a captive prisoner of war.
It is slightly ironic that Sri Lankan officials accused Channel 4, our group and others, of doctoring photos and videos and misrepresenting them to falsely vilify their military in our accusations of war crimes. Sri Lanka's claims were all proven false; the UN confirmed that the images indeed tell a story of war crimes against Tamils. It looks like the Government of Sri Lanka is the only group doctoring evidence.
London Attorney Vasuki Muruhathas, made the clips available to Salem-News.com and other media, and it has blown the doors off Sri Lanka's attempt to cover up these heinous and very serious barbaric crimes.
Her hands have been untied and yet they are clearly tied in the tragic photos we first published several months ago. It is also clear in the early photos that she has not been dead for very long.
The new video unfortunately is in black and white, however there is no question that Isaipriya's body is among the others, and to erase any possible doubt, the person recording the video states in Sinhalese, "Tamil Tiger announcer" while taping her body, which shows that her status as a journalist with the LTTE, not a combatant, was well established.
Isaipriya, who was also known as Shoba, was tied up and murdered and then posed to appear as a combatant, this can now be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt.
And while this evidence has worked its way forward, we find odd collaboration to silence these war crimes. Google Earth, YouTube; others are working apparently on behalf of the Sri Lankan government to ban images and videos that show the world what happened to the Tamils, it is nothing short of amazing that these organizations would be complicit in helping hide war crimes from the public.
In the video below, K.P. Marikumar, Director of Spark Trust, says Isaipriya was a mother and a freedom fighter.
"When this particular incident was aired by British TV Channel 4, people hear the army in the Sinhalese force speaking in native Sinhala language, making remarks on the naked dead body of this woman. They are making filthy sexual remarks."
In the video below, he reads Homage To Isaipriya - Poem - My Sister, My Mother, My Comrade by Karthick Ramirez
The Fourth Geneva Convention (GCIV) is one of the four treaties of the Geneva Conventions. Sri Lanka became a signer of the Geneva Convention in 1959.
Adopted ten years earlier, GCIV defines humanitarian protections for civilians in a war zone, and outlaws the practice of 'total war' (see sidebar).
There are currently 194 countries party to the 1949 Geneva Conventions, including this fourth treaty but also including the other three.
By 1993, The Geneva Conventions passed into the body of customary international law, and it became binding on non-signatories to the Conventions whenever they engage in armed conflicts.
Article 3 states that even where there is not a conflict of international character the parties must as a minimum adhere to minimal protections described as: noncombatants, members of armed forces who have laid down their arms, and combatants who are hors de combat (out of the fight) due to wounds, detention, or any other cause shall in all circumstances be treated humanely, with the following prohibitions:
(b) taking of hostages;
- Fourth Geneva Convention - From Wikipedia
According to International Humanitarian Law - Treaties & Documents Convention (IV) relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War. Geneva, 12 August 1949:
Art. 147. Grave breaches to which the preceding Article relates shall be those involving any of the following acts, if committed against persons or property protected by the present Convention: willful killing, torture or inhuman treatment, including biological experiments, willfully causing great suffering or serious injury to body or health, unlawful deportation or transfer or unlawful confinement of a protected person, compelling a protected person to serve in the forces of a hostile Power, or willfully depriving a protected person of the rights of fair and regular trial prescribed in the present Convention, taking of hostages and extensive destruction and appropriation of property, not justified by military necessity and carried out unlawfully and wantonly.
Sri Lanka and World Conscience
The Sri Lankan government has consistently denied absolutely everything to do with war crimes against the Tamils, and was only drug to Geneva for war crimes charges several months ago under great protest.
They murdered journalists friendly to the wrong 'cause' like Isaipriya, trying desperately to prevent the outside world from seeing their deeds, and for a while it looked like they would get away with it, but then Channel 4 in London released 'Sri Lanka's Killing Fields' and the government of Majinda Rajapakse began watching the world slowly begin to realize what they had done.
The pogrom against Tamils dates back to the late 1940's when the British occupiers finally left. For 30 years the Tamils attempted to live in peace with the Sinhala Buddhist majority but all efforts failed and legislation spelled the end of the Tamil culture and language in Sri Lanka.
This is when the Tamil Tigers were born and the war was on.
The LTTE would eventually be dubbed as a 'terrorist' group under the Bush and Blair timeframe and this is what Rajapakse used to commit what truly is a Genocide against these people. The government's war on Tamils is ethnic cleansing and terrorism measured in blood trails and body counts.
But this new revelation marks a turning point for the Tamil Diaspora and the evidence is in the proper hands; we are reporting it but I think it is safe to say the U.S. government is very much up to speed and paying increasing attention to this abomination of the Rajapakse regime.
Three nights ago I was working late. I generally work what I call the vampire shift and often write and publish until the sun comes up in the morning. It gets quiet during these hours and I am often very productive.
Sometimes, depending on what I'm writing about, I get this odd sort of feeling that is like a wave of electricity passing through my chest, and a slight chill. It isn't always scary, more like solemn and I do not doubt that it is connected to the constant death reporting, death photos, video clips; the friends we have lost in this fight.
If we are the journalists and human activists that we claim to be, the first thing we have to know is that shielding the public from these images of death does no service to anyone. Sure, it is offensive, now that we are clear on that... you get the idea; truth comes in harsh doses, that is why we have to clean this world up.
On this occasion I didn't feel that ominous little chill, nor did I sense that anything was 'wrong'. I minimized my Internet browser to look for an item in a desktop file, and the photo of Isaipriya was filling the entire background. It is the image from video, in black and white with her hands untied.
Somehow, a photo in a file that had not been looked at or used for several days, had replaced a gorgeous sunset image I had on my desktop for the last several weeks. Was it a message from Isaipriya, letting me know that the image staring back at me would represent the tipping point for justice for the people of Tamil Eelam?
I asked long time Tamil activist Donald Gnanakone what he thought of the strange appearance of Isaipriya on my computer screen. He said it certainly was a spiritual message, without question. It is true that the pain from this event, called Genocide in many circles, is a powerful commodity. Other people I have discussed it with tend to agree, that the odds of it just happening from a computer malfunction or glitch didn't seem as likely, as something else.
I like the 'something else' theory, and it doesn't matter how, who or why... because I am already in the ring for this fight and need no convincing. But it makes me believe more than ever that paying attention to the details is the only thing one has to do and in time, the real evidence will show itself, and it has.
May-07-2012: Sri Lankan Buddhist Mobs Call for Mosque Demolition
Apr-10-2012: Sri Lanka: Genocide and Poor Toilet Training
Mar-18-2012: Is Google Earth Hiding Sri Lanka's Ghosts?
Mar-11-2012: War Crime Court and its Conflicting Interests
Mar-08-2012: Sex Abuse and Murder in Sri Lanka- New Photos Emerge
Feb-28-2012: Tweets from Tamil Eelam
Feb-24-2012: Two of Sri Lanka's Foulest War Crimes
Nov-24-2011: Fear, Genocide and Torture in Sri Lanka
Oct-15-2011: Genocide 101: World and Media Apathy
Oct-05-2011: War and its Aftermath... a Real Killer for Tourism
Oct-01-2011: Sri Lanka in the Crosshairs of Canadian Parliament
Sep-13-2011: Sri Lanka Recalls Diplomat Accused of War Crimes
Jun-20-2011: Sri Lanka's Violence Toward Tamil Minority Continues
Jun-02-2011: UN Experts: Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide Video is Real
May-31-2011: Sri Lanka Tamil Genocide: Killing the Messenger
May-03-2011: Confronting the Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka
Apr-27-2011: Tamil Genocide in Sri Lanka Emerges Into Public View
Tim King has more than twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. Tim is Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine.
Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from The Associated Press the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs, Electronic Media Association and The Red Cross In a personal capacity, Tim has written 2,026 articles as of March 2012 for Salem-News.com since the new format designed by Matt Lintz was launched in December, 2005.
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With almost 25 years of experience on the west coast and worldwide as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor, Tim King is Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. His background includes covering the war in Afghanistan in 2006 and 2007, and reporting from the Iraq war in 2008. Tim is a former U.S. Marine who follows stories of Marines and Marine Veterans; he's covered British Royal Marines and in Iraq, Tim embedded with the same unit he served with in the 1980's.
Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing from traditional mainstream news agencies like The Associated Press and Electronic Media Association; he also holds awards from the National Coalition of Motorcyclists, the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs; and was presented with a 'Good Neighbor Award' for his reporting, by the The Red Cross.
Tim's years as a Human Rights reporter have taken on many dimensions; he has rallied for a long list of cultures and populations and continues to every day, with a strong and direct concentration on the 2009 Genocide of Tamil Hindus and Christians in Sri Lanka. As a result of his long list of reports exposing war crimes against Tamil people, Tim was invited to be the keynote speaker at the FeTNA (Federation of Tamil Sangams of North America) Conference in Baltimore, in July 2012. This is the largest annual gathering of North American Tamils; Tim addressed more than 3000 people and was presented with a traditional Sri Lanka ‘blessed garland’ and a shawl as per the tradition and custom of Tamil Nadu
In a personal capacity, Tim has written 2,026 articles as of March 2012 for Salem-News.com since the new format designed by Matt Lintz was launched in December, 2005. Serving readers with news from all over the globe, Tim's life is literally encircled by the endless news flow published by Salem-News.com, where more than 100 writers contribute stories from 23+ countries and regions.
Tim specializes in writing about political and military developments worldwide; and maintains that the label 'terrorist' is ill placed in many cases; specifically with the LTTE Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka, where it was used as an excuse to slaughter people by the tens of thousands; and in Gaza, where a trapped population lives at the mercy of Israel's destructive military war crime grinder. At the center of all of this, Tim pays extremely close attention to the safety and welfare of journalists worldwide.
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