BBC show Spooks prepares to screen REAL waterboarding torture scenes

October 27, 2008

The BBC are preparing to screen scenes of an actor being subjected to a controversial form of torture – waterboarding. The scenes, starring actor Richard Armitage, will be shown during the new series of popular show Spooks, which starts tonight.  >>>>>

Just adding to the further desensitization of the public toward waterboarding and torturing of people not considered American, or are deemed a threat to the U.S.

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Bush Decides to Keep Guantánamo Open

October 21, 2008

WASHINGTON — Despite his stated desire to close the American prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, President Bush has decided not to do so, and never considered proposals drafted in the State Department and the Pentagon that outlined options for transferring the detainees elsewhere, according to senior administration officials.  >>>>>>


Bush White House ‘endorsed torture’

October 15, 2008

The Bush Administration explicitly endorsed torture techniques used by the CIA on al-Qaeda suspects, according to secret memos obtained by The Washington Post.  The Post has identified two documents sent by the White House to then CIA Director George Tenet in 2003 and 2004, endorsing controversial interrogation techniques such as ‘waterboarding’. >>>>>


Public At Last Guantánamo’s SERE Standard Operating Procedures

October 14, 2008

One of the most important documents of the U.S. torture program has just become publicly available for the first time. This is the JTF GTMO “SERE” Interrogation Standard Operating Procedure, now posted on the website of the new documentary, Torturing Democracy. This document clearly specifies that the abusive interrogation techniques to be used at Guantamo [JTF GTMO] are based upon the military’s Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape [SERE] program. The document is notable for its documentation of the extent to which abuse was bureaucratically standardized for routineuse. http://www.uruknet.de/?p=m47935&hd=&size=1&l=e


Guantanamo techniques applied on US soil: civil rights groups

October 9, 2008

The military documents, including regular emails between military officers, were obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, and detail the detention and interrogation at naval prisons in Virginia and South Carolina.

They focus on three “enemy combatants:” two US citizens, Jose Padilla and Yaser Hamdi, and a legal resident, Ali al-Marri.  >>>>>


The Dark Heart of the Guantánamo Trials

October 4, 2008

My ethical qualms about continuing to serve as a prosecutor relate primarily to the procedures for affording defense counsel discovery. I am highly concerned, to the point that I believe I can no longer serve as a prosecutor at the Commissions, about the slipshod, uncertain “procedure” for affording defense counsel discovery. One would have thought … six years since the Commissions had their fitful start, that a functioning law office would have been set up and procedures and policies not only put into effect, but refined.

Instead, what I found, and what I still find, is that discovery in even the simplest of cases is incomplete or unreliable. To take the Jawad case as only one example — a case where no intelligence agency had any significant involvement — I discovered just yesterday that something as basic as agents’ interrogation notes had been entered into a database, to which I do not have personal access … These and other examples too legion to list are not only appalling, they deprive the accused of basic due process and subject the well-intentioned prosecutor to claims of ethical misconduct. >>>>>


Defense contractor claims immunity in Iraq torture

September 27, 2008

Eleven low-ranking U.S. soldiers have been convicted of breaking military laws by abusing detainees whose degrading treatment, including being held naked on leashes, was revealed in widely seen photographs, but no contractors have been charged in the scandal.

In a memorandum filed Wednesday seeking to delay the proceedings, CACI lawyers J. William Koegel Jr. and John F. O’Connor said they would file a motion to dismiss the case. CACI “will assert a defense of absolute official immunity” stemming from its role as a contractor performing government work, the lawyers wrote.  >>>>>