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.

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.

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.  >>>>>

Gitmo Prosecutors Seeks Immunity For Testimony

September 26, 2008

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba (AP) — A U.S. military prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay who alleged his superiors suppressed evidence refused to testify in the war crimes case Thursday, one day after revealing that he quit over what he called ethical lapses.  >>>>>

Six Years in Guantanamo

September 25, 2008

Sami al-Haj, an Al Jazeera cameraman, was beaten, abused and humiliated in the name of the war on terror. He tells our correspondent about his struggle to rebuild a shattered life…

“We know you are innocent, you are here by mistake,” he says he was told in more than 200 interrogations. “All they wanted was for me to be a spy for them. They said they would give me US citizenship, that my wife and child could live in America, that they would protect me. But I said: ‘I will not do this – first of all because I’m a journalist and this is not my job and because I fear for myself and my family. In war, I can be wounded and I can die or survive. But if I work with you, al-Qa’ida will eliminate me. And if I don’t work with you, you will kill me’.”  >>>>>

Multiply Sami-Al Haj by at least tens of thousands.  These are those who suffered only because they were part of a population that Americans perceived to believe in a God, and just so happens to be in the way of a live ‘Stratego’ game — and of course, lived to tell about it.

How about those that reach over 1,000,000 worldwide who never got a chance to make a deal with the government because they were too busy catching bombs while in the middle of funeral processions or wedding festivities — or sleeping; or praying for world peace?  Probably even more sad is the mental and otherwise enslavement of the masses who think they have gotten away unscathed.

Soon enough, joining the enslaved, will be those who cheered for the destructive shock and awe; and gave all their support for these efforts based on a false or twisted sense of patriotism and lack of true understanding how their contribution to the conspiracy for these war crimes – no matter how insignificant – will come back to haunt them by the very same people sworn to protect them from living in an unjust society.  The U.S. used its own citizens to become the pep rally for world domination…it started long ago; when we were told to believe, “we are the No. 1 Super Power in the world.”

By the time this economic ‘bailout’ fiasco is signed; only then will it barely reach the outskirts of critical mass numbers that the U.S. citizenry were used as pawns for the same kind of in-house tyranny we swore to stand up against.  What did you think those founding forefathers meant when incorporating the term “…defend the Constitution and laws of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…”  Can we do some ‘real profiling’ to determine who our domestic enemies are?

Yemen Rejects Some U.S. Requests on Extremists

September 25, 2008

SANAA, Yemen — A growing number of attacks attributed to Islamist fighters, including last week’s assault on the U.S. Embassy here, appear to have ended Yemen’s immunity from such violence, but the country’s leaders say they have no intention of adopting some of the tougher security measures, as U.S. officials have urged.  >>>>>

Rice Admits She Led High-Level White House Talks About Torture

September 25, 2008

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has admitted for the first time that she led high-level discussions beginning in 2002 with other senior Bush administration officials about subjecting suspected al-Qaeda terrorists detained at military prisons to the harsh interrogation technique known as waterboarding, according to documents released late Wednesday by Carl Levin, the Democratic chairman of the Senate Armed Service Committee.  >>>>>

Disclosure of prisoner details would harm national security, says US

September 7, 2008

Jaffey told a packed court that there was “no movement on the central question – where was Mr Mohamed between 2002 and 2004.” He said that the offer to make the 44 documents available to convening authority was “consirably lacking in substance”. >>>>>

UK considers Guantanamo man move

August 30, 2008

The government has been given a further week by the High Court to consider its refusal to disclose material involving a UK resident held in Guantanamo Bay. Binyam Mohamed, who is facing terrorism charges, says the documents support his case that the evidence against him has been obtained through torture. >>>>>

The Breaking Point – A New Age of Torture

August 19, 2008

What went on inside the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq is truly horrific, with up to 50000 men, women and children kept there at a time. Pouring acid on captives, forcing them to remove their clothing, keeping them naked for days in low temperatures and pouring cold water on them, a military policeman having sex with a female detainee, arranging naked male prisoners in a pile and jumping on them, forcing them to wear women’s underwear, taking photographs of dead prisoners and threatening captives with rape – such ‘blatant, sadistic and wanton’ abuses of Iraqis were carried out by American soldiers in the prison. All this and more was done to them when, in many cases, their jailers did not even know their identities or the reasons for their detention. >>>>>

This is not old news – as expected in the minds of the supporters of the Iraqi occupation. If it is unseen on our television sets doesn’t mean torture is not taking place, in one form or another.  Don’t forget, these perpetrators will also become veterans walking the streets of the U.S. and will have few Iraqis, Arabs, or Muslims to pick on while here. The other potential victims are the American citizenry. Remember, we have about 400,000 service members there. What percentage is involved in this, we simply don’t know.

Siddiqui Says She Was Secretly Detained and Tortured For Years By US

August 8, 2008
Aafia Siddiqui, who is accused of being a key al-Qaida operative, disappeared five years ago. Now being detained in New York, she said she had been held elsewhere for years and was tortured.  >>>>>

Secret ‘torture memo’ gave legal cover to interrogators who acted in ‘good faith’

August 4, 2008

A Justice Department legal opinion issued in August 2002 advised the CIA that its interrogators would not be prosecuted for violating anti-torture laws as long as they acted in “good faith” while using brutal techniques to obtain information from suspected terrorists, according to a previously undisclosed memo released publicly last Thursday.  >>>>>

 I remember, as a former Marine, I had many discussions with younger Marines reminding them that they only had to follow “lawful orders.”  It’s a shame how those who disagreed used the argument that one was not patriotic enough, and the level of danger he would put other Americans if he chose to refuse orders.

Bush Will Issue a Mass Pardon

July 31, 2008

As George Bush signs the pardons and boards the helicopter to depart Washington as his presidency finally ends, even then, he and those pardoned will worry about the statute of limitations.  There is an important point to this, often not recognized in official Washington during the Bush years, where the unthinkable becomes a way of life, and acts have been done that have never been done by an American president or administration.Torture violates international law, domestic law, statutory law, customary law, American law, European law — the list goes on. >>>>>
This reminds me of Al Capone going down for tax evasion instead of the tangible horrors against humanity.  It’s a shame that this story, and the potential charges that have arise less so of the plight Muslims.  The victims of FISA and wiretapping, while true victims, should in no way measure their suffering to the millions who have been oppressed, murdered, maimed, kidnapped, raped, displaced, and “the list goes on.”  Those millions don’t seem to get recognized simply because their passport is not blue.
“When the will of man is raised above law it is always tyranny and despotism, whether it is the will of a bashaw or of bastard patriots.” – Noah Webster

O’Reilly, Ingraham: Saying That U.S. Tortures Is ‘One Of The Most Hateful Stereotypes About America

July 27, 2008

Last night on the O’Reilly Factor, host Bill O’Reilly and guest Laura Ingraham slammed Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) for declaring in Berlin yesterday that the U.S. will “reject torture and stand for the rule of law.” “Enough is enough with this torture nonsense,” O’Reilly whined, declaring it “rank anti-American propaganda” to claim the U.S. has tortured people.  >>>>>

If Iraqis fight a war of defense subsequently capture U.S. troops, and treat them only half as bad as the U.S. treats captured combatants, or even civilians who are not captured, would O’Reilly, Ingraham and all the other nay sayers then think it’s torture?

John Conyers and the Constitutional Clock

July 26, 2008

…From the outset, Conyers and the Democrats in control of the House of Representatives, where Barr served as a Republican from 1995 until 2003, have done all they can to make sure the judiciary committee hearing, ironically entitled “Executive Power and Its Constitutional Limitations,” result anything but an impeachment hearing. It is completely understandable why — because the reputations of Conyers, Pelsoi, and the Democrats are not only on the line, they also stand to be criminally indicted along with Bush and his perfidious neocons. Democrats are up to their eyeballs in criminality.  >>>>>

Even in the Western Media, a true conspiracy is unfolding — too slowly if you ask me, spoken above the heads of the masses, because both Republican and Democratic Leaders face charges of maybe [war crimes, crimes against humanity, hijacking the constitution?].  I am starting to believe that Western leaders are against wearing hijab because the eyes are uncovered.

If there were only a way to get the majority of the Americans to understand the news at this level; for most people – it’s the Islamic terrorists who are destroying our country.

O’Reilly falsely claimed “nobody died” at Abu Ghraib

July 26, 2008

Summary: On his radio show, Bill O’Reilly called prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib “pathetic,” “awful,” and said “[n]o one should justify that, ever,” then added, “But nobody died.” In fact, at least one detainee reportedly died at Abu Ghraib during an interrogation by CIA personnel.  >>>>>

Why is it that the more severe the lie, the bigger the megaphone and the more paid?  Who holds the responsibility of allowing this?