TORTURE/WAR CRIMES

Nov 26 06:53

BDS movement claims victory as U.S. county drops Israeli security firm

Durham County, North Carolina, has dropped an Israeli security company under fire from the BDS movement, prompting anti-occupation activists to claim victory. However, county officials were less equivocal about their reasons for searching for a new security provider, according to local newspaper The Herald-Sun.

Nov 26 06:40

Israeli bus hits Palestinians in West Bank

One Palestinian has been killed and two others injured after they were run over by a bus with an Israeli number plate in the occupied West Bank, Al Jazeera’s correspondent reported.

The incident took place on Tuesday evening near an Israeli military checkpoint at the entrance on the village of Bartaa, which lies on the Green Line between Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Nov 25 23:07

Israel’s Worst Fear

The problem of Hamas and Fatah moderation likewise has presented itself today as Israel’s greatest threat. Any excuse to shift the focus from political negotiations and reaching a permanent settlement are a welcome reprieve to Netanyahu’s government, as they have been to Israeli governments for decades.

Nov 25 23:04

After Gaza: Europe scrambles to end its complicity

This growth of the BDS movement is starting to turn the tide against Israel’s regime of occupation, settler-colonialism and apartheid, even among decision makers. Israel may soon be facing its South Africa moment.

Nov 25 16:56

U.S. Drone Strike Math – 41 Terrorists Targeted, 1,147 People Killed

A lot of Americans have an impression that drone strikes are less damaging to civilian populations that conventional airstrikes. This would be false. In fact, earlier this month I highlighted an article from the Guardian that demonstrated how in reality drone strikes are 10x more likely to harm civilians per incident. Now, thanks to a recently leaked document we find that many more civilians including children have been killed in these strikes than many of us would like to admit. In fact, of the 746 people killed in drone strikes in Pakistan from 2006-2009, an incredible 20% were civilians and 94 (13% of the total) were children.

Nov 25 13:49

US to help Ukraine torture POWs with impunity

The United States is opening “Guantanamo branches” in Ukraine in exchange for financial assistance.

Nov 25 13:21

Tony Blair, “Infanticide Endorser” is Rewarded by “Save The Children”

When the Orwellian “Middle East Peace Envoy” Tony Blair was named “Philanthropist of the Year” by GQ Magazine in September for “his tireless charitable work” (tell that to the dismembered, dispossessed, traumatized of Iraq, Afghanistan) there was widespread disbelief.

Nov 25 07:20

Open Mic: Israel has failed to outlaw torture

Israel Social TV gave a microphone and a camera to Dr. Ishai Menuchin, executive director of the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCABI), and asked him to speak about Israel’s obligations under international treaties, its failure to outlaw torture, and its abysmal record of investigating allegations of torture by state agents.

Nov 25 06:28

Israeli Authorities Prevent 100 Tons of Vegetables from Exporting out of Gaza

The dispute is preventing the trucks and their cargo to pass, and to be exported to Saudi Arabia and West Bank, according to Al Ray Palestinian Media Agency.

Israeli website Walla reported, on Monday, that allowing the export of the agricultural products comes in the framework of " facilities" granted for Gaza residents in the wake of the last summer's assault on the region, by Israel.

Nov 24 13:34

Déjà Vu in Jerusalem?

If even the Shabak, the organization responsible for torturing and assassinating Palestinians during forty-seven years of occupation, thinks the Israeli leadership has gone too far, then matters are becoming really scary. Yes, there is a sense of déjà vu, only this time it seems that Israel’s political entourage has already fallen into the abyss.

Nov 24 06:38

"Firewall: Israel Legitimacy Hackathon"

The assault on Israel's legitimacy gained momentum during the 2014 Gaza war (see photos). Israel and Jewish communities around the world have confronted escalating attacks from movements and organizations driven by an agenda of seeking to negate Israel's right to exist or of the right of the Jewish people to self-determination.

Nov 23 11:20

Prosecute Israel – or let the people decide

Jamal Kanj says the Palestinian Authority must use the momentum of European recognitions of Palestine as a state to take Israel to the International Criminal Court for its violations of international law.

Nov 23 11:18

Jerusalem: The Unholy City

Uri Avnery says Israeli policies in Jerusalem – ethnic cleansing, neglect, oppression, provocation – have created an explosive situation in the city, which is now a hostile environment for inhabitants and tourists.

Nov 23 10:49

U.S. Celebrates 500th “Targeted Killing” Since 2002: 3,674 Dead including 473 Civilians

Another milestone has been reached in the ongoing war against suspected terrorists in the Middle East and elsewhere—the United States has launched 500 attacks, or “targeted killings” in governmentspeak.

Nov 23 10:25

A VIDEO BECOMES A WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION

A sophisticated and compelling analysis of video and other evidence has pinpointed the Israeli occupation soldier who shot and killed seventeen-year-old Nadim Siam Nuwara six months ago.

Nov 22 08:52

The nightmare we called the “Arab Spring"

Nureddin Sabir says the “Arab Spring” had been misunderstood from the start and, at least in Syria and Libya, what were said to be pro-democracy revolutions were in fact Islamist insurrections.

Nov 21 17:18

White House, C.I.A. Working Together to Thwart Release of Agency's Torture Report

In a tense confrontation with President Obama’s closest adviser on Thursday, a group of Senate Democrats accused the White House of trying to censor significant details in a voluminous report on the use of torture by the Central Intelligence Agency.

Nov 21 09:43

Senator: White House simply doesn’t “want public to know” scope of CIA torture

MEMBERS OF INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE SAY WHITE HOUSE IS STALLING RELEASE OF TORTURE REPORT AS HIGH-LEVEL DISAGREEMENT OVER WHAT AMERICAN PEOPLE CAN KNOW ABOUT ABUSES BY CIA REACHES BOILING POINT; TRANSPARENCY ADVOCATES TELL LAWMAKERS WITH ACCESS TO REPORT, ‘JUST READ IT INTO THE RECORD.’

Nov 21 08:13

Israel's top news channel: Gov't asked us to show more Gaza devastation

During this summer’s Gaza war officials in the Prime Minister’s Office and Defense Ministry contacted Israel’s Channel 2 News, asking why they were not broadcasting more images of destruction caused by the army’s bombing in Gaza.

Speaking at a panel discussion at Netanya College last week, Arad Nir, the company’s foreign news editor, said the news channel did not comply with the government’s request, instead decided to show what its viewers demanded.

Nov 21 06:59

More Judges Question Use of Fake Drugs in Sting Cases

The three men gathered in a Los Angeles warehouse, bringing a 12-gauge shotgun, a .38 revolver, zip ties for handcuffs and a duffel bag to carry the 20 to 25 kilograms of cocaine, worth more than $500,000 wholesale, they expected to steal.

Nov 20 09:16

The West's Ignorance of Ukraine Atrocities is an Outrage

For somebody like me who vividly remembers the loud and indignant protests of western human rights NGOs, media and governments over human rights violations in Chechnia, Bosnia or Kosovo (including plenty of completely fictional ones!), it is amazing to see how "for some mysterious reasons" the Ukrainian atrocities seem to go unnoticed in the West.

The very same West who is absolutely outraged about the arrest of Pussy Riot activist and who seems to seriously believe that organizing a "gay pride parade' in Moscow is a human right is apparently totally indifferent to the gang rape of 12-14 year old girls.

What does this say about the West, it's values, it's leaders, media and people?

Nov 20 06:47

How the Israel lobby protected Ukrainian Neo-Nazis

An amendment to the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that would have forbidden US assistance, training and weapons to neo-Nazis and other extremists in Ukraine was kept out of the final bill by the Republican-led House Rules Committee. Introduced by Democratic Representative John Conyers, the amendment was intended to help tamp down on violent confrontations between Ukrainian forces and Russian separatists. (Full text of the amendment embedded at the end of this article).

Nov 20 06:43

Princeton debates profs’ divestment call

Some 60 tenured professors at Princeton University have signed a petition asking that the university divest from companies doing business in lands “occupied” by Israel.

The petition has opened up a debate in the campus Jewish community, with dueling petitions and op-eds and disagreement over what if anything represents the pro-Israel “consensus” on campus

Nov 19 09:18

More than 350 Survivors and Descendants of Survivors and Victims of the Nazi Genocide Condemn Israel’s Assault on Gaza

327 Jewish survivors and descendants of survivors and victims of the Nazi genocide published this letter written in response to Elie Wiesel’s manipulation of the Nazi Genocide in the Saturday, August 23rd edition of the New York Times. Since then several more have signed on.

Nov 19 08:07

Self-Described “Dirty” Deputy Yanks Woman Out of Car for Recording him Illegally Searching her Car

Los Angeles sheriff’s deputy pulled a woman over for a minor traffic violation, yanking her out of her car and throwing her into the back of a patrol car after she attempted to video record a deputy attempting to search her car without consent.

The incident, which took place in Temple City on November 6, left Veronica Tomas-Castro traumatized where she tries to avoid the Los Angeles municipality during her daily commutes.

Nov 19 07:08

UCLA Students Vote 8-2 for Israel Divestment Bill

The UCLA undergraduate student government passed a resolution that calls for the University of California to divest from American companies that are accused of abusing Palestinian human rights.
The student government passed the divestment resolution by a vote of 8 to 2, with two abstentions on Tuesday night.

The passing vote comes nine months after the student government rejected a similar resolution by a vote of 7-5, which came amid threats to student representatives and accusations that the campus Jewish community was not consulted on the resolution

Nov 19 06:09

High Court will hear case of UK torture and rendition victim

A High Court judge has said that a victim of UK rendition and torture can proceed with his claims against the British Government.

In a judgment handed down today, Mr Justice Leggatt found that the court would be “failing in its duty” if it did not deal with the claims of Yunus Rahmatullah, from Pakistan. Mr Rahmatullah was seized by UK forces in Iraq in 2004 and tortured before being handed over to the US and rendered to Bagram prison in Afghanistan, via the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. He suffered a further decade of secret US detention before he was finally released in June this year.

The UK long denied any involvement in rendition, before being forced to correct the record in Parliament in 2008, when then-Defence Secretary John Hutton publically admitted that the rendition of Mr Rahmatullah and another man, Amanatullah Ali, had taken place.

Nov 18 10:04

New Documentary Proves Israel Knew USS Liberty was American

• American-Jewish cover-up proved U.S.-Israeli relationship stronger than killing and injuring of more than 200 Americans.

Last month, the American arm of the Arabic news network Al Jazeera produced and ran on cable networks across the country, a 51-minute special program called The Day Israel attacked America, where they investigated “the shocking truth behind a deadly Israeli attack on a U.S. naval vessel,” the USS Liberty.

In it they produce audio tapes, never before broadcast, that prove Israel knew all along they were attacking an American ship. The program also shows how little the Israelis who planned and carried out the attack thought of their sole benefactor, savior and ally, the United States of America.

Nov 18 08:23

"Illegitimate and corrupt governments," State-Sponsored Violence & "Perceptions Of Criminality" Top Influences In Rise Of Terrorism

The newly released 'Global Terrorism Index 2014' spawned plenty of fear-mongering headlines by the corporate mainstream media, but the extensive report actually includes some very revealing & seldom-mentioned facts about the actual causes & remedies of terrorism. "Lack Of Political Legitimacy" & "Powerful external actors upholding corrupt regimes" were cited as causes of terrorism in the prestigious annual report. Also cited as causes of terrorism were Inequality in power, Repression by foreign occupation or colonial powers, torture, and "state sponsored violence such as extrajudicial killings, political terror scale and poor human rights." To put an end to terrorism, the report explains that "longer term approaches are essential. These longer term priorities include the need to address group grievances, ending gross physical rights abuses by the state and improving access to justice and the rule of law."

Nov 17 14:06

Rampant Use of Solitary Confinement in the US Constitutes Torture

George Ruiz is 72 years old. For the past 30 years, he has spent every day alone — locked in a cramped, windowless cell inside the Security Housing Unit (SHU) first at California’s Pelican Bay State Prison, then at Tehachapi prison. He is allowed out for only one hour per day to exercise – also alone – in another concrete cell.

Ruiz is in the SHU not for any rule violation, but because other prisoners claimed he was affiliated with a prison gang.

Nov 17 08:31

Hilary Mantel: Coalition government more brutal to poor and immigrants than Thomas Cromwell was

Hilary Mantel has claimed that the Coalition’s policies towards the poor and immigrants are more brutal than the measures introduced by Thomas Cromwell, during an interview in which she attacked a “mood of harshness” which has taken hold in Britain.

Cromwell To Ebenezer Pratt of the Mulheim Synagogue in Amsterdam, 16th June 1647:

— “In return for financial support will advocate admission of Jews to England: This however impossible while Charles living. Charles cannot be executed without trial, adequate grounds for which do not at present exist. Therefore advise that Charles be assassinated, but will have nothing to do with arrangements for procuring an assassin, though willing to help in his escape.” —

To Oliver Cromwell From Ebenezer Pratt, 12th July 1647:

Nov 17 06:32

Israeli Troops Shoot 10-Year-Old Palestinian in Neck for ‘Loitering’

Israeli military officials are tonight defending the attack and potentially fatal wounding of a 10-year-old Palestinian civilians at the Kissufim checkpoint, after troops shot him in the neck for “loitering.”

Nov 17 06:09

Israeli control of Palestinian water: Gaza Desalinated Drinking water leading to cancer, Osteoporosis and other fatal illnesses

Iyad Salman was terribly shocked to find out that his son, Mohammad (9), has Osteoporosis, an illness that became hugely spread between the children of Gaza. Iyad assured that he was always keen that his children have a healthy lifestyle.

However, his son became ill after buying and drinking desalinated water from carts that sell it in Tal-Sultan neighborhood in Rafah where he lives.

Nov 17 05:55

Parents Upset Over School’s Unannounced Lockdown Drill

Parents of children who attend a Winter Haven, Florida school are upset that a police officer with an assault rifle entered a classroom during school lockdown drill. At the time the drill was happening at Jewett Middle Academy, just three people knew it was a drill.

Nov 16 15:19

Do Wars Really Defend America’s Freedom?

U.S. politicians and pundits are fond of saying that America’s wars have defended America’s freedom. But the historical record doesn’t bear out this contention. In fact, over the past century, U.S. wars have triggered major encroachments upon civil liberties.

Nov 16 10:56

“We Are Now In The Longest Continuous Period of War In American History”

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Pulitzer-prize winning reporter James Risen reminds us:

We are now in the longest continuous period of war in American history. And yet there is remarkably little debate about it.

Many Americans assume “because 9/11?.

But regime change in Iraq, Lybia, Syria and Afganistan (and see this) was planned before 9/11.

Nov 16 00:02

Flashback: Photos of US soldiers' alleged rape, sexual abuse in Iraq

May 29, 2009 ... Photos obtained by Press TV

Nov 15 07:32

Israel bans Colombian FM from entering West Bank

BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli authorities have banned the foreign minister of Colombia from traveling to the West Bank after they found out she was not planning to visit Israel as well, the Colombian foreign ministry has revealed.

According to a statement on the ministry's website, foreign minister Maria Angela Holguin submitted to the Israeli government -- which controls all crossings in and out of the West Bank -- to travel to Ramallah to meet with Palestinian foreign minister Riad al-Malki as part of a tour of the region.

Nov 15 06:52

Declassified Israeli cables add evidence USS Liberty no accident

A Special Report by the Chicago Tribune details declassified cables, from the Israeli State Archive, which add further evidence that Israel knew it was attacking an American ship as it attacked the USS Liberty.

The cables obtained by the Tribune are were published in a 2007 special report, and detail exchanges between the Israeli ambassador in Washington and the Israeli foreign minister in Tel Aviv. Five days after the attack, Israeli Ambassador Avraham Harman worried that the deliberate nature of the attack had been uncovered, and cabled Foreign Minister Abba Eban that a source code-named "Hamlet" had told him that the Americans had:"clear proof that from a certain stage the pilot discovered the identity of the ship and continued the attack anyway."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Don;t you hate a government that will allow Americans to be killed to placate a foreign nation?

Nov 15 06:17

Israeli forces shoot 10-year-old Palestinian in the head in Shufat

RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- A Palestinian child was severely injured after Israeli forces opened fire on a car she was traveling in with family near the Shufat refugee camp checkpoint on Friday.

The shooting comes on a day of clashes with Israeli forces across the West Bank and follows the blinding of an 11-year-old Palestinian boy the day before in clashes in the nearby East Jerusalem village of al-Issawiya.

Nov 14 19:00

WHAT WE TRULY LEARNED FROM THE GREAT WAR AND THE ABSURDITY OF REMEMBRANCE DAY

by John Chuckman

The real reason for the ceremonies and parades and speeches is to keep young men keen to go and kill and die, there being no group of humans more subject to cheap emotional appeals about glory and heroism than young men, as we see, ad nauseam, generation after generation.

As I’ve written before, humans are little more than chimpanzees with larger brains, those larger brains enabling us to magnify immensely the power of our murderous instincts, a fact we seem determined proudly to display every Remembrance Day.

Nov 14 15:09

Israeli politicians inciting murder and mayhem

Uri Avnery argues that the actions of irresponsible Israeli politicians – from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to Minister of Home Security Yitzhak Aharonowitz – is paving the way for a Palestinian uprising.

Nov 14 13:13

The United States Admits It "Crossed a Line" on Torture. That’s the Least of It

On Wednesday, the United Nations Committee Against Torture began its review of the United States’ record on torture—not only at the infamous Guantánamo Bay but closer to home, in our prisons, police forces, and immigration facilities.

Nov 14 11:24

Media Blackout as U.S. Sponsors Genocide in Southeastern Ukraine

Here’s a typical example of what’s being blacked-out:

This is a photo of a Ukrainian soldier guiding a truck-full of prisoners toward a ditch, to which the prisoners are then dragged one-by-one, and thrown in, and shot — then covered over with dirt after all the corpses (and perhaps some living bleeding survivors) are piled in it.

Nov 14 07:49

Vast majority of Israeli-on-Palestinian crime routinely unsolved – rights group

Israeli police have proven vastly inept at solving crimes against the Palestinian population: a staggering 92 percent of complaints end up closed with no justice served, according to a report by the Yesh Din human rights group.

The organization, which also took part in assisting many of the victims, oversaw the status of some 1,045 complaints filed to the Samaria & Judea (SJ) District Police in the period between 2005 and 2014, and came to the conclusion that only 7.4 percent had actually led to criminals being caught – 1 percent less than in previous reports

Nov 14 07:38

U.N.: Obama Takes Torture Seriously? Give Us A Break

America, the Obama administration says, takes its history of torture seriously. President Barack Obama outlawed the harsh practices of the Bush era days after taking office. The government has released documents, attempting to demonstrate accountability. There’s a 6,300-page Senate report that has been given to the White House and even a Justice Department investigation into abuses of the Bush years.

The United Nations doesn’t buy it.

“We are not fully satisfied with that answer,” said torture committee Chairman George Tugushi. “In our view, any investigation into possible ill treatment by public officials must comply with the criteria of thoroughness. And actually to be considered credible, it must be capable of leading to a determination of whether force or other methods used were or were not justified under the circumstances, and to the identification of the appropriate punishment of those concerned.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

This was simply sound and fury, signifying nothing; a "good show", but nothing more.

And the most morally troubling part of the entire issue is, that the US government and military are still torturing.

As reported at theguardian.com on 25 January, 2014:

he United States Army Field Manual (AFM) on interrogation (pdf) has been sold to the American public and the world as a replacement for the brutal torture tactics used by the CIA and the Department of Defense during the Bush/Cheney administration. On 22 January 2009, President Obama released an executive order stating that any individual held by any US government agency "shall not be subjected to any interrogation technique or approach, or any treatment related to interrogation, that is not authorized by and listed in Army Field Manual 2 22.3." But a close reading of Department of Defense documents and investigations by numerous human rights agencies have shown that the current Army Field Manual itself uses techniques that are abusive and can even amount to torture. Disturbingly, the latest version of the AFM mimicked the Bush administration in separating out "war on terror" prisoners as not subject to the same protections and rights as regular prisoners of war. Military authorities then added an appendix to the AFM that included techniques that could only be used on such "detainees", ie, prisoners without POW status. Labeled Appendix M, and propounding an additional, special "technique" called "Separation", human rights and legal group have recognized that Appendix M includes numerous abusive techniques, including use of solitary confinement, sleep deprivation and sensory deprivation.

And force-feeding Gitmo inmates through naso-gastric tubes on a hunger strike because even if some of them have been cleared for release or have no charges brought against them, to punish them for their hunger strike?!?

Inhumane, and immoral.

And why will some of these guys never get released?!/

Because water boarding was not the worst torture done to them, in order to get them to "confess."

Nov 14 06:13

Israel bans Norwegian doctor from Gaza for life, report says

Israel has reportedly imposed a life ban on doctor and activist Mads Gilbert from entering the Gaza Strip.According to The Local news website's Norway edition, the Israeli government cited security reasons for banning Gilbert from the Hamas-run enclave.

Gilbert, a leading Norwegian physician known for being severely critical of Israel, worked as a doctor at Shifa Medical Center during the recent war between Israel and militants in the Strip. He also worked there during the previous round of Israel-Gaza fighting, in 2008-2009

Nov 13 11:27

US words on Gitmo torture ‘laughable’ without release of force feeding tapes

The US has announced that it will this week tell the United Nations that it now considers a ban against torture to apply to US prisoners held overseas – including those 148 men held without charge or trial at Guantanamo Bay. The US had previously only considered the U.N. Convention Against Torture to apply within US borders.

Nov 13 11:01

Obama and the Convention Against Torture

On November 12—thirteen years after the onset of George W. Bush’s dirty underground war against “unlawful combatants”—the Obama administration finally told the United Nations Committee Against Torture that the United States believed, in the words of Assistant Secretary of State Tom Malinowski, “that torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment and punishment are forbidden in all places, at all times, with no exceptions.” Finally! Not so fast.

Nov 13 10:03

U.S. Tells U.N. Panel of Steps to Revise Interrogation Policy

In its presentation Wednesday, the Obama administration stopped short of saying that the treaty also barred cruelty in overseas prisons where the United States had a detainee in its effective control but was not a governing authority. Such places appeared to include former secret prisons where the Central Intelligence Agency tortured suspects during the Bush administration and detention centers in Iraq and Afghanistan during wars there.

Still, the American officials stressed that domestic statutes and an executive order issued by Mr. Obama filled any gaps. Ms. McLeod and Mr. Malinowski said that there was no place the United States considered itself free to use torture or cruelty.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, force feeding hunger strikers, many of whom either have not been charged with a crime, or have been cleared to go, but have not yet been released...is somehow NOT torture?!?!?

To anyone who has had this done, even by the most sympathetic and skilled medical practitioner, you know it is uncomfortable at best; but to have it done as punishment for a hunger strike?!?

Immoral in the extreme.

And I will tell you why these people will never be released, which is the source of their overwhelming frustration to begin with; and that is because waterboarding was not the worst atrocity which was done to them.

Nov 13 09:48

Adelson and Saban Try To Out-Hawk Each Other

What do you get when you put two of the largest pro-Israel donors — Sheldon Adelson and Haim Saban — on one stage?

(These are desperate and dangerous men. A threat to world peace.)

For participants at the Israeli American Council’s inaugural conference, this meeting of Jewish finance titans produced several historical insights about the roots of the Palestinian people (Adelson: they have none); a bit of advice on how to deal with Iran (Saban: “bomb the sons of bitches”); and some media criticism (Adelson: “I don’t like journalism” — especially not the Forward.)

Nov 13 06:16

The ICC Prosecutor did not decide Gaza is occupied (or anything else of substance)

The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court announced last week that she would not be proceeding with an investigation of Israel regarding the Gaza Flotilla incident (Mari Marvara) in 2010. The basis for the dismissal was jurisdictional – the case did not meet the Court’s statutory requirement of gravity. In other words, the crimes alleged, even if true, did not rise to the necessary level of badness to warrant the attention of a court designed to deal with mass atrocities.

Nov 12 15:44

US: 'No Nation Is Perfect.' 'We Crossed the Line.' (But Don't Expect Accountability for Legacy of Torture)

The Obama administration indicated on Wednesday that it will back away from a position held by the previous administration that claimed the United States is not obligated to abide by the UN Treaty Against Torture when operating on foreign soil. That's the good news.

Nov 12 14:22

U.N. Presses U.S. on Torture Policies

Appearing today before the United Nations Committee Against Torture, U.S. representatives acknowledged that the country’s legal obligations under a major anti-torture treaty apply to certain places outside the United States.

The position is a departure from the Bush administration’s, which said that the treaty only applied inside the United States. Tomorrow, U.N. Committee members are expected to press the United States to further clarify its position.

Nov 12 13:10

DOES ISRAEL HAVE ANYTHING TO HIDE?

Jerusalem refuses to cooperate with members of the Schabas Commission, appointed to investigate conduct of Israel, Hamas during Operation Protective Edge.

Nov 12 10:40

Zero-Hour In Geneva: Will Obama Seal His Legacy On Torture?

A U.S. delegation will be asked by a United Nations panel on Wednesday if it believes the international Convention Against Torture applies to actions conducted by U.S. personnel outside of the nation’s borders.

And nobody knows what the U.S. delegation is going to say.

Wednesday will mark the first U.S. appearance before the Committee Against Torture since the Obama Administration took office in 2008 and swore to put the abuses of the Bush White House’s post-9/11 torture program behind it. Despite its firm stance against the operation, though, lawmakers and advocates are concerned that Wednesday could see the Obama White House nudge open the door for such a program to happen again.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

I frankly wouldn't bet against the US delegates refusing to take a stand on this, one way or the other, because under the current administration, the US government is still torturing prisoners of war.

As reported in the guardian.com on 24 January, 2014:

The United States Army Field Manual (AFM) on interrogation (pdf) has been sold to the American public and the world as a replacement for the brutal torture tactics used by the CIA and the Department of Defense during the Bush/Cheney administration. On 22 January 2009, President Obama released an executive order stating that any individual held by any US government agency "shall not be subjected to any interrogation technique or approach, or any treatment related to interrogation, that is not authorized by and listed in Army Field Manual 2 22.3." But a close reading of Department of Defense documents and investigations by numerous human rights agencies have shown that the current Army Field Manual itself uses techniques that are abusive and can even amount to torture. Disturbingly, the latest version of the AFM mimicked the Bush administration in separating out "war on terror" prisoners as not subject to the same protections and rights as regular prisoners of war. Military authorities then added an appendix to the AFM that included techniques that could only be used on such "detainees", ie, prisoners without POW status. Labeled Appendix M, and propounding an additional, special "technique" called "Separation", human rights and legal group have recognized that Appendix M includes numerous abusive techniques, including use of solitary confinement, sleep deprivation and sensory deprivation. According to Appendix M, sleep can be limited to four hours per day for up to 30 days, and even more with approval. The same is true for use of isolation. Theoretically, sleep deprivation and solitary confinement could be extended indefinitely.

And what about the force feeding of hunger-striking prisoners of war at Gitmo, particularly if they have been cleared for release, or have not been charged, but will never see the light of day in their home country?!?

Any of you out there who have experienced being fed through a nasal gastric tube know that at best, it is a thoroughly uncomfortable procedure. At worst, it can cause serious pain and horrific side effects.

And to use it as punishment against those on a hunger strike, as the US military is doing at Gitmo?!?

Immoral and unconscionable in the extreme, in my view.

Nov 12 07:33

Am I Supposed to be Afraid of This?

When there are no successes to point towards as a reason to be confident in one’s government, the Great Father can be counted on to use fear of a scary enemy to rally the people. A lie can go around the world twice before the truth has even tied its shoes. The Great Father knows this and he also knows that it’s best to have a few enemies waiting in the wings to distract the American people. To be sure, certain among the American people (the species Ovis aries americanus) will fall for this every time. Which is why it remains effective and American foreign policy infomercials succeed in selling wars without genuine objectives. In fact, were U.S. foreign policy a product, it would be sold on late-night infomercials along with spray-on “hair”, vegetable slicers, and compilation CDs of 1970s hits. And if you purchased it, you would get a few wars, absolutely free. Let’s have a look at some of the Great Father’s latest products.

Nov 11 14:33

Albuquerque Agrees To Justice Dept Deal, Will Overhaul Troubled Police Force

Albuquerque has agreed to overhaul its police department, following a lengthy Justice Department investigation that found systemic problems involving reckless officers and excessive uses of force.

For context, let us rewind seven months. Albuquerque was the site o fchaotic, frenzied protests and calmer protests in March over police-involved shootings. This outcry was sparked after police officers shot and killed two men that month, which pushed the number of people shot and killed by Albuquerque police to nearly two dozen over a period of a little more than four years, according to records kept by the Albuquerque Journal.

Nov 11 07:57

Massive Explosion Reported Off Ukraine Coast Near Contested Mariupol

Moments ago, according to local press, the simmering east Ukraine conflict just escalated substantially following what are reports of a massive explosion off the Ukraine coast near heavily contested Mariupol - the key city which stands in Russia's way to make a land bridge from Russian territory to the recently "Russianized" Crimea.

Nov 11 07:00

Liberty sailor honored despite bitterness over attack

DES MOINES — Jerry Converse will be publicly honored Tuesday, more than 47 years after he was killed aboard the USS Liberty alongside 33 of his fellow sailors, with 174 more of them wounded.

He got caught up in one of the most controversial attacks in American history. The furor has come at the expense of paying proper tribute to those who died in service to their country.

In time for this Veterans Day, however, Converse's name has been added to Iowa State University's Gold Star Hall in the Memorial Union, which honors former students who have died in military service in a war zone.

Nov 10 08:57

Nazi NATO, but No War Crimes Tribunal? Why?

A friend who lives in Ukraine sent me this message a few hours ago:

I got a call from Donestsk the other day asking me if I knew anything about a bomb that sucks the air out of a room or building and tears people up in the process. Granted it was only part of what happened. A fireball followed.

Nov 10 08:52

Military Personnel Trained by the CIA Used Napalm Against Indigenous People in Brazil

For the first time in the history of Brazil, the federal government is investigating the deaths and abuses suffered by Indigenous peoples during military dictatorship (1964-1985). The death toll may be twenty times more than previously known.

Nov 10 08:45

US government sees off legal challenge over Guantánamo force-feeding

The Obama administration has prevailed in the first court challenge to its controversial force-feedings of detainees at Guantánamo Bay, even as the judge ruling in the government’s favor criticized its lack of “common sense and compassion”.

Gladys Kessler, a federal judge in Washington DC, denied Abu Wa’el Dhiab’s request to significantly change the manner in which the US military transfers, restrains and forcibly feeds detainees on hunger strike to protest their confinement. Kessler’s ruling, siding with the government in nearly every particular, is the denouement of a courtroom drama that in May saw a civilian judge ordering the military to briefly halt Dhiab’s forced feeding.

Nov 10 08:08

Israel’s environment minister quits

Tel Aviv: Israeli Environment Minister Amir Peretz said on Sunday he is resigning over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's social policies, in a potentially major blow to the stability of the coalition government.

Speaking at the weekly cabinet meeting, Peretz said the state was undergoing "an earthquake in all fields—diplomatic, social and financial," and accused Netanyahu of acting irresponsibly, a statement from his spokeswoman said.

Nov 10 07:51

Israel to Seize Over 3,000 Acres From West Bank Palestinians

Villagers from Beit Iksa, on the outskirts of occupied East Jerusalem, reportedly have received notice from the Israeli military that they intend to seize 3,176 acres of land from the villages “for military purposes.”

The details of the seizures are scant at the moment, and the military is refusing all comment, but the villagers reportedly received a preliminary warning about the plan back in 2012, and today’s notice reiterated the plans, with orders to vacate by the end of 2017.

Nov 09 21:47

Canada’s ‘Remembrance Day’: righteous or rancorous?

With Canada’s annual “Remembrance Day” just around the corner, it would be wise to broach the issue of “remembering” those Canadians who fought and died in the two bloodiest conflicts in world history with some humility and skepticism.

With all things considered, “Remembrance Day” amounts to little more than a glorification of war and an exercise in jingoism and self-aggrandizement. It re-enforces the insulting myth of the “good” and “necessary” wars. It encourages the refusal to recognize the wrongs committed by “our side” in those bloody conflicts. This‘day of reverence’ for our soldiers acts as a mind control mechanism to deceive the public into believing that our government has always acted benevolently and in the interests of the people, when in fact the opposite is true.

Nov 09 11:51

911 – Israel Calling John Hamer/Chris Spivey/The Chimp

“September 11, 2001 served as pretext to consolidate power, destroy civil liberties and human rights and wage permanent wars against invented enemies for global dominance over world markets, resources, and cheap labour – notably at home and throughout Eurasia, Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia at the expense of democratic freedoms and social justice.” Stephen Lendman, ‘The Business of America is War’, June 2011

In mid-2000, the now sadly deceased film-maker Aaron Russo was invited to meet the Zionist Nicholas Rockefeller, an invitation which he accepted and they quickly became friends. After a few meetings, Rockefeller confided in Russo that ‘next year there is going to be an event’.

When Russo quizzed him about this ‘event’, Rockefeller told him that this event would give America and its allies an excuse to invade Iraq and Afghanistan in order that they could construct pipelines through to the Caspian Sea and also to take over the Iraqi oil fields and also that the ‘bogeyman’ Osama bin Laden would be blamed.

This then he said, would lead to soldiers looking for non-existent enemies in caves in Afghanistan and Pakistan and that there would be an endless ‘war on terror where there is no real enemy and the whole thing is a gigantic hoax’. It would also lead to further stringent restrictions and controls over the American people which they would accept for their own ‘safety’.

http://chrisspivey.org/911-israel-calling/

Nov 09 11:18

Intelligence Committee lacks powers to get to the truth on UK renditions, say boycotting NGOs

Nine leading human rights NGOs have today warned that Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) is “not…adequate” to the task of investigating the UK’s involvement in rendition and torture, and said they will boycott its inquiry into the issue as a result.

Nov 09 08:30

Congress Utilizes Myth of "Human Shields" to Justify War Crimes

No Gaza eyewitnesses found evidence of Hamas using human shields during the last conflict. Israel's murder of civilians would have been a crime anyway, yet Congress seeks to undermine international law.

On November 5, Amnesty International released another report on this summer's fighting between Israeli and Hamas forces report, revealing "A pattern of frequent Israeli attacks using large aerial bombs to level civilian homes, sometimes killing entire families." The report also exposed "A pattern of attacks on civilian homes by Israeli forces which have shown a shocking disregard for the lives of Palestinian civilians, who were given no warning and had no chance to flee."

Nov 09 08:04

Israeli Soldiers Fire at Agricultural Land in Central Gaza

TEHRAN (FNA)- Israeli forces opened machinegun fire at agricultural land lots in Central Gaza Strip on Sunday morning.

Eyewitnesses said that Israeli troops stationed on the Gaza borders opened their machineguns at land lots to the Southeast of Breij refugee camp in Central Gaza. Medical sources said that the machinegun attack caused no casualties.

Nov 08 06:30

Hollywood gala raises a record $33 million for IDF

ollywood A-list actors, politicians and tech moguls came together Thursday to raise a record-breaking $33.5 million for the IDF at a Los Angeles gala fundraiser.

Barbra Streisand, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Pamela Anderson were among the 1,200 guests who attended the annual Friends of the Israel Defense Forces event at which the unprecedented sum was raised.

“It is incredibly touching to see how advocacy for the FIDF has grown in Los Angeles,” said Haim Saban, the American-Israeli philanthropist who chaired the gala

Nov 07 11:09

If America is going to reveal the truth about torture, Obama must end Gitmo’s cover-up court

At last, the report on Bush-era secrets is coming – and it’s the perfect chance for Obama to finally keep his promise about justice at Guantánamo Bay

When President Bush created the military commissions, their purpose was to ensure the conviction of detainees on the basis of evidence obtained through torture. The due process enshrined in our constitution was essentially replaced by a kangaroo court: the military obstructed defendants’ access to counsel; it restricted their ability to see the evidence against them; and prosecutors were allowed to introduce hearsay evidence as well as statements obtained through coercion and torture.

Nov 07 10:40

After 13 years imprisoned without charge, man released from Guantanamo

The globalist controlled Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) have called on the U.S. to work more closely with Canada and Mexico to build a new North American partnership for the future.

Nov 07 07:17

CIA Rendition, Detention and Interrogation: Senate Committee Face-Off with Obama, CIA on Constitutional Crisis

Now that the 2014 Congressional mid term election has ceded Senate control to the Republicans, President Barack Obama may assume that any further investigation into the CIA’s rendition, detention and “enhanced interrogation” (RDI) program and its efforts to block release of the Select Senate Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) report will be stifled – unless that rare individual of conscience steps forward.

Nov 07 07:00

G4S stonewalls questions over involvement in Guantánamo Bay

British security company G4S is refusing to address concerns over its involvement in the running of the US prison at Guantánamo Bay.

Human rights charity Reprieve submitted a complaint to the UK government earlier this year, arguing that G4S has breached OECD Guidelines because of its contract to supply ‘base support operating services’ at Guantánamo Bay.

Nov 07 06:28

Dempsey: US sent team to Israel to learn war tactics

The top US military commander says the United States is learning from Israel’s tactics on how to limit civilian casualties in a war, despite the international outcry over the regime’s brutality in Gaza.

General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Thursday that the Pentagon has sent a team to see what lessons could be learned from the recent Israeli invasion of Gaza on how to limit civilian casualties.

Dempsey said the Pentagon had sent the team of senior officials and non-commissioned officers three months ago "to include the measures they took to prevent civilian casualties and what they did with tunneling" in US military operations.

Nov 07 05:48

Cops: Mom and boyfriend bound 3-yr-old, hung him upside down, beat him to death

Police in Pennsylvania are reporting an horrific tale of torture and abuse of a 3-year-old boy that has resulted in the child's death. Authorities responding to a report of an unresponsive child quickly learned that little Scott McMillan had endured three days of beatings, whippings and other abuses before dying. To add to the horror, his mother had participated in the abuse

Nov 06 19:31

POLITICAL BUNRAKU

For those who are not familiar, Bunraku is an old form of Japanese puppet theater, its distinctive characteristic being that the puppeteers are on the stage with their puppets, dressed in black so that the audience can pretend not to see them.

Bunraku, as it happens, offers a remarkable metaphor for some contemporary operations of American foreign policy. So many times – in Syria, Ukraine, Libya, Venezuela, Egypt – we see dimly the actors on stage, yet we are supposed to pretend they are not there. We can’t identify them with precision, but we know they are there. Most oddly, the press in the United States, and to a lesser extent that of its various allies and dependents, pretends to report what is happening without ever mentioning the actors. They report only the movements of the puppets.

Nov 06 10:22

Heading Toward a Constitutional Crisis on Torture

Now that the 2014 Congressional mid term election has ceded Senate control to the Republicans, President Barack Obama may assume that any further investigation into the CIA’s rendition, detention and “enhanced interrogation” (RDI) program and its efforts to block release of the Select Senate Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) report will be stifled – unless that rare individual of conscience steps forward.

Nov 06 06:07

Gaza flotilla raid: Israel not charged over Mavi Marmara

The International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor says she will not take action over Israel's deadly commando raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla in 2010.

Fatou Bensouda said this was despite a "reasonable basis to believe that war crimes... were committed on one of the vessels, the Mavi Marmara". But she said the ICC had to prioritise war crimes committed on a large scale.

Nine Turkish activists were killed on the ship as it attempted to breach a blockade of the Palestinian territory. In total there were six ships in the flotilla that was boarded in international waters, about 130km (80 miles) from the Israeli coast on 31 May 2010.

Nov 05 14:16

Jonathan Sacks, preacher of Israeli hasbara

Stuart Littlewood explains why a recent speech made by former British Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks has left him wondering whether he's an instrument of God or just another preacher of Israeli hasbara.

Nov 05 10:37

Evidence Is Now Conclusive: Two Ukrainian Government Fighter-Jets Shot Down Malaysian Airlines MH17. It was Not a ‘Buk’ Surface to Air Missile

Other readers have responded to my news-report about Haisenko’s article, by saying that shrapnel from a Buk missile could similarly have caused those holes into the side of the cockpit. However, that objection ignores another key feature of Haisenko’s analysis. Haisenko said there: “You can see the entry and exit holes. The edge of a portion of the holes is bent inwards. These are the smaller holes, round and clean, showing the entry points most likeley that of a 30 millimeter caliber projectile. The edge of the other, the larger and slightly frayed exit holes showing shreds of metal pointing produced by the same caliber projectiles. Moreover, it is evident that … these exit holes of the outer layer of the double aluminum reinforced structure are shredded or bent — outwardly!”

What this means is that in order to have some of those holes frayed inwardly and the other holes frayed outwardly, there had to have been a second fighter-jet firing into the cockpit from the airliner’s right-hand side.

That’s critically important, because no ground-based missile (or shrapnel therefrom) hitting the airliner could possibly have produced firing into the cockpit from both sides of the plane.

Nov 05 08:52

America's Insane Policy of Committing War Crimes in the Name of Preventing Other War Crimes

Post-Cold War U.S. war policy can be roughly divided into two periods. From 1990 until 1998, in a rational response to the end of the Cold War, the U.S. military budget was gradually cut by 30% over 9 years. In January 1993, Defense Secretary Dick Cheney signed off on a defense strategy that would cut military spending to pre-WWII levels as a percentage of GNP. After 1991, only 55 U.S. troops died in overseas deployments: 19 in the Khobar Towers bombing in Saudi Arabia; 19 in Somalia; 14 on 2 helicopters mistakenly shot down by a US warplane over Iraq; 2 in Kenya; and 1 in Haiti.

Nov 04 07:02

Are The Central Bankers Pushing Ukraine To Start The War Again?

Euro zone manufacturing is in decline. US manufacturing declined. GM is channel stuffing once again to boost sales. US construction is down, showing housing is imploding on itself. First time home buyers collapsed to a 27 year low. Spain wants to impose a Google tax. Those who purchased a policy last year from Obamacare do not want to signup again because of the higher premiums. Canada is banning visas from West Africa. FEMA drill scheduled for Nov for Ebola. Morocco on high alert over terrorist attacks from al-Qaeda. Central bankers pushing Ukraine back into war with the South Eastern people. The Islamic State flowing into Lebanon which allows the US to bomb in this region.

Oct 31 08:12

9/11 Was NATO’s License to Expand Globally

The 9/11 attacks on the United States undoubtedly benefited a number of actors, including the American military-intelligence complex, Israel, and most definitely, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The Cold War-era, the area of responsibility for which had long been confined to Europe and North America, used the provisions of Article 5 of the NATO Charter – which states that an attack on one member is an attack on all – to extend NATO’s power deep into Eurasia, particularly in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Kyrgyzstan.

After engaging in out-of-area invasions and occupations of Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Libya, and Syria and, again in Iraq, against the «Islamic State,» the «North Atlantic» military bloc has transformed itself from a Cold War defensive alliance into a global offensive axis of nations that acts with or without United Nations authorization.

Oct 30 11:57

Libyan torture victim wins right to sue British government in open court

A Libyan exile, who was allegedly tortured with the complicity of the British intelligence services, has won the right to have his case heard in open court, despite government attempts to prevent the case being heard in public.

Abdel Hakim Belhaj, and his wife Fatima Bouchar, accuse the British government of allowing the regime of former Libyan President Muammar Gaddafi to torture them in 2004, with MI6 and former Labour Foreign Secretary Jack Straw complicit in US-led rendition programs.

Oct 30 08:17

Remembering The 54th Anniversary Of The Israeli Massacre In Kafr Qasim

On the evening of October 29, 1956 Israeli troops shot and killed 49 unarmed Palestinian civilians in the village of Kafr Qasem, 20 km east of Tel Aviv near the green line.

Now the village has a population of 18,100 Palestinians, some of whom marched today alongside neighboring Arab villages to commemorate those killed 1956. People marched from the village center to the memorial site and placed candles for those killed; village leaders made speeches in commemoration.

Oct 29 07:42

CIA refuses to make torture report readable, blames Senate for delay

The Central Intelligence Agency is firing back at allegations that it is responsible for delaying the release of the Senate report on the controversial post-9/11 interrogation program, insisting that lawmakers themselves are to blame.

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Oct 27 09:24

Nobel Peace Prize Winners Urge Obama To Release CIA Torture Report

Twelve Nobel Peace Prize winners penned an open letter to President Barack Obama urging his administration to release a U.S. Senate report on the CIA's use of torture.

In the letter, released Sunday night on TheCommunity.com, the laureates asked for "full disclosure to the American people of the extent and use of torture and rendition by American soldiers, operatives, and contractors, as well as the authorization of torture and rendition by American officials." The letter also pushed for a clear plan for the closing of Guantanamo Bay and other international sites where the U.S. has engaged in torture.

The letter was signed by José Ramos-Horta, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, F.W. De Klerk, Leymah Gbowee, Muhammad Yunus, John Hume, Bishop Carlos X. Belo, Betty Williams, Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Jody Williams, Oscar Arias Sanchez and Mohammad ElBaradei.

The laureates spoke out sharply against any use of torture, but said that the U.S.' tactics were particularly troubling.

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A short memo to those who signed this petition: what you are asking for will only happen when pigs fly.

At the end of the day, the US President Obama is no less a complete tool of the banks and the corporations which put him into office than was his Republican predecessor.

Banks and corporations love war, because war is profitable. And if it takes torture elicit confessions with which to justify wars, US leadership is certainly not morally opposed to torturing.

We have known, since the time of the Catholic Inquisition, that torture simply gets the tortured person to say what the torturer wants them to say in order to get the torture to stop; it rarely produces actionable intelligence, if at all.

Oct 27 08:18

Obama administration continues to obstruct release of CIA torture report

The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Obama administration are attempting to censor key facts from a long-delayed Senate report on the agency’s illegal torture program. Secret negotiations between the Senate Intelligence Committee and the CIA regarding the censorship of the report, which has remained unpublished for nearly two years, continue to delay its release with no end in sight.

Oct 26 07:32

Israel's internment regime

Every so often some smug liberal will ask the annoying question, Where is the Palestinian Gandhi? Why do the Palestinians not try non-violent resistance to Israeli occupation? And so on, in monotonous fashion.

Those same smug liberals do not bother to inform themselves about the basic realities of Israel's West Bank imprisonment regime.

Palestinian activists, human rights defenders, journalists and academics are frequently picked up off the streets, out of their homes in the middle of the night, in front of their families – Israel's thug soldiers take them off to jail and intern them without trial, often in conditions of torture and isolation.

Military courts then rubber-stamp the actions of Israel's military and spy agencies.

Oct 24 05:11

Sen. Wyden slams CIA for trying to censor torture report

A US senator has criticized the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) for censoring an upcoming Senate report on the spy agency’s torture techniques.

Oct 23 10:02

CIA Apparently 'Impersonated' Senate Staffers To Gain Access To Documents On Shared Drives

According to sources familiar with the CIA inspector general report that details the alleged abuses by agency officials, CIA agents impersonated Senate staffers in order to gain access to Senate communications and drafts of the Intelligence Committee investigation. These sources requested anonymity because the details of the agency's inspector general report remain classified.

"If people knew the details of what they actually did to hack into the Senate computers to go search for the torture document, jaws would drop. It's straight out of a movie," said one Senate source familiar with the document.

Oct 22 12:54

US-Backed Ukraine Army Used Cluster Bombs Against Its Own People: Reports

The Ukraine Army, backed by both the U.S. and NATO throughout its military campaign against rebel factions in eastern regions of the country over recent months, appears to have fired cluster munitions on the city of Donetsk earlier this month, according to a Human Rights Watch investigation and independent reporting by the New York Times.

Citing the HRW report, physical evidence and its own interviews with both witnesses and victims, the Times reports:

Sites where rockets fell in the city on Oct. 2 and Oct. 5 showed clear signs that cluster munitions had been fired from the direction of army-held territory, where misfired artillery rockets still containing cluster bomblets were found by villagers in farm fields.

The two attacks wounded at least six people and killed a Swiss employee of the International Red Cross based in Donetsk.

Oct 21 08:01

Is The US Government The Master Criminal Of Our Time?

UPDATE: As I read this notice from ClinicalTrials.gov, a service of the US National Institutes of Health, the US Government and Pharmaceutical corporations have been conducting ebola tests on humans. http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT02041715

This is official confirmation of Dr. Boyle and Dr. Broderick’s reports that the US government has conducted ebola experiments. Perhaps the vaccine was not effective, and those on whom the experiment was conducted came down with ebola and perhaps also employees in the US bio-warfare laboratories located in Africa where the experiment was conducted.

It appears that the test consists of giving an ebola vaccine and then exposing the unaware person to ebola, apparently an engineered version for bio-warfare. Whatever the tests are, it is clear that Boyle and Broderick in their articles below are correct that experimentation with ebola by the US government is underway.

Oct 21 06:42

Obama considers [officially] allowing torture overseas

In Sunday’s report, Savage wrote that Obama, then a US senator, spoke out adamantly against Pres. Bush when it was revealed in 2005 that his administration had been interpreting the UN treaty in a manner that they argued made it acceptable for CIA and Pentagon officials to disregard the prohibitions against torture if they weren’t on American soil.

Obama the president later condemned that reasoning with an executive order “ensuring lawful interrogations,” Savage added, although next month’s meeting may change that.

Oct 20 12:06

The torture secrets are coming

The government is holding back as many as 2,100 never-released images from Abu Ghraib and other detention centers overseas. The ACLU first sued for their release 10 years ago, and in August, District Court Judge Alvin Hellerstein ruled that the government must publish the photos unless it can defend withholding them on an individualized basis.

Tomorrow the government will appear in court and tell Judge Hellerstein and the ACLU what it plans to do.

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"The photos were being stored on Lois Lerner's hard drive. Honest!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Oct 19 08:50

Gitmo force-feeding manual reveals gruesome practices

Last week the U.S. government submitted to the District Court in Washington, D.C., the most recent standard operating procedures (SOPs) for force-feeding in the Guantánamo Bay detention facility. What remains of the documents, after redactions, is a shameful exercise in doublespeak that attempts to disguise what is really happening in the prison.

The SOPs were submitted in a case brought by Abu Wa’el Dhiab, an inmate represented by Reprieve, the international human rights organization that I head. Dhiab is a 43-year-old Syrian and father of four who has been held without trial or charge in Guantánamo for 12 years. The U.S. government told Dhiab four years ago that he was cleared for release, and yet to this day he remains behind bars. In a last resort to get back to his wife and children, he, along with many others, embarked on a hunger strike. His case concerns the manner in which that entirely legitimate hunger strike has been brutally opposed by the prison authorities.

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That this is being done to prisoners of war cleared for release, but have not been released, as they are protesting their status through hunger strikes, is horrifically inhumane.

I will tell you the reason many of these men, cleared for release, have not been released, and will not be released: there have been far worse things done to them than waterboarding. As reported at thinkprogress.org, on 9 February, 2009:

Last week, two British High Court judges ruled against releasing documents describing the treatment of Binyam Mohamed, a British resident who is currently being held at Guantanamo Bay. The judges said the Bush administration “had threatened to withhold intelligence cooperation with Britain if the information were made public.” But The Daily Telegraph reported over the weekend that the documents actually “contained details of how British intelligence officers supplied information to [Mohamed's] captors and contributed questions while he was brutally tortured.” In fact, it was British officials, not the Americans, who pressured Foreign Secretary David Miliband “to do nothing that would leave serving MI6 officers open to prosecution.” According to the Telegraph’s sources, the documents describe particularly gruesome interrogation tactics: The 25 lines edited out of the court papers contained details of how Mr Mohamed’s genitals were sliced with a scalpel and other torture methods so extreme that waterboarding, the controversial technique of simulated drowning, “is very far down the list of things they did,” the official said. Another source familiar with the case said: “British intelligence officers knew about the torture and didn’t do anything about it.”

Your tax dollars at work, folks: doesn't it make you feel PROUD?!?!?

Oct 16 18:49

Senate’s inquiry into CIA torture sidesteps blaming Bush, aides

A soon-to-be released Senate report on the CIA doesn’t assess the responsibility of former President George W. Bush or his top aides for any of the abuses of the agency’s detention and interrogation program, avoiding a full public accounting of one of the darkest chapters of the war on terror.

“This report is not about the White House. It’s not about the president. It’s not about criminal liability. It’s about the CIA’s actions or inactions,” said a person familiar with the document, who asked not to be further identified because the executive summary – the only part to that will be made public – still is in the final stages of declassification.

Oct 15 09:25

New Evidence Links CIA to APA’s “War on Terror” Ethics

“The position of the American Psychological Association is clear and unequivocal: For more than 25 years, the association has absolutely condemned any psychologist participation in torture.”

– Statement by the APA, November 2013

“The American Psychological Association, the largest professional organization for psychologists, worked assiduously to protect the psychologists who did get involved in the torture program.”

–James Risen, Pay Any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War, October 2014

Oct 11 07:45

Roberts vows to ‘shut down the Senate’ if Obama empties Gitmo

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) on Friday vowed to block all legislation in the Senate with a prolonged filibuster if President Obama tries to transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay to the United States.

A day after Tea Party hero Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) campaigned with him in Wichita, Roberts threatened to wage a marathon talk session similar to the one Cruz held last year to protest the implementation of ObamaCare.

“I stopped him once from trying to send a Gitmo terrorist to Leavenworth. I shall do it again, I shall do it again and if he tries it again I will shut down the Senate,” Roberts said, referring to the military prison located sixty miles east of his campaign headquarters in Topeka where he spoke to campaign volunteers.

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Here's the deal.

As reported at defenseone.com in June of this year:

Here are the facts about the status of the detainees at Gitmo. The administration has already cleared 78 of the 149 remaining prisoners for transfer. Having never been charged with a crime, these detainees have since been deemed to pose no national security threat by defense and intelligence officials and could be set for departure at any time.

So over what precisely does Senator Roberts have his knickers in a twist about?!?

IS it perhaps that water-boarding is not the worst thing that was done to them to get them to confess, in the very midieval US-created, or sponsored torture?!?

Is it perhaps that moral questions would be asked, about why the Bush administration encouraged torture, when it has been known, since the Catholic Inquisition, that torture only gets the tortured person to say just what his torturer wants to hear to get the torture to stop?!?

In a report from thinkprogress.org,dated 9 February, 2009, the following was reported to have been done to Binyam Mohamed, a British resident:

Source: Think Progress Gitmo Detainee’s ‘Genitals Were Sliced With A Scalpel,’ Waterboarding ‘Far Down The List Of Things They Did’ Last week, two British High Court judges ruled against releasing documents describing the treatment of Binyam Mohamed, a British resident who is currently being held at Guantanamo Bay. The judges said the Bush administration “had threatened to withhold intelligence cooperation with Britain if the information were made public.” But The Daily Telegraph reported over the weekend that the documents actually “contained details of how British intelligence officers supplied information to (Mohamed’s) captors and contributed questions while he was brutally tortured.” In fact, it was British officials, not the Americans, who pressured Foreign Secretary David Miliband “to do nothing that would leave serving MI6 officers open to prosecution.” According to the Telegraph’s sources, the documents describe particularly gruesome interrogation tactics: The 25 lines edited out of the court papers contained details of how Mr Mohamed’s genitals were sliced with a scalpel and other torture methods so extreme that waterboarding, the controversial technique of simulated drowning, “is very far down the list of things they did,” the official said. Another source familiar with the case said: “British intelligence officers knew about the torture and didn’t do anything about it.”

I would really like to press Senator Roberts about how justified he beleived this treatment was of this man, and if he would be willing to undergo such a procedure to see for himself just how it feels.

The use of torture by the US government (or outsourced to another government) does two things.

First, it lets the world know that those values US politicians love to publicly embrace, like justice, human rights, and democracy, are not observed here in the slightest, when it comes to prisoners of war.

Secondly, it gives carte blanch to those countries which do not very much like the US to torture both US civilians and our millitary.

Those with family and friends in the military, please chew on that last one for awhile.

Oct 09 10:51

CIA didn't know it had Senate 'torture' report

It's a report that's been the talk of Washington's intelligence community for months, yet lawyers for the nation's premier intelligence agency — the CIA — improbably maintained it didn't have a copy.

That claim evaporated Tuesday as a Justice Department lawyer said the government was wrong when it told a federal judge that the Central Intelligence Agency did not have a copy of the unabridged version of a Senate committee report on treatment of detainees. In fact, the CIA does have a copy of the 6,300-page report, DOJ attorney Vesper Mei said.

"There was a miscommunication over at the agency as to what we were looking for," Mei told U.S. District Court Judge James Boasberg at a court session Tuesday. "They didn't realize that they had it."

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"MISCOMMUNICATION", MY ASTROLABE!!!

The CIA doesn't want the taxpaying American public to know how horrifically they tortured - or outsourced torture - on American held prisoners of war.

And this is precisely the reason we should know.

Oct 08 06:36

Gitmo Force-Feeding Trial: 'A Cry of Humanity from Person with No Choice Left'

Though cleared for release, prisoner says he should not be brutalized by U.S. for protesting indefinite detention

Oct 06 12:50

Cancer, New Gift of Israeli War on Gazans

A specialized community active in treating cancer patients in the Gaza Strip strongly criticized Israel for impeding treatment of Palestinian cancer patients, and said the Zionists' wars on Gazans have caused a sudden growth in the spread of cancerous patients in the besieged population.

Oct 04 09:37

Judge orders release of Guantanamo videotapes

A federal judge on Friday ordered the public release of 28 videotapes of a hunger-striking Guantanamo Bay prisoner strike being forcibly removed from his cell and force-fed.

Lawyers for the prisoner, Abu Wa'el Dhiab, have challenged his treatment as abusive.

Numerous news media outlets, including The Associated Press, had asked the court on June 20 to unseal the videotapes, which are classified "secret."

Oct 03 09:55

‘Obama to be remembered as someone who betrayed his supporters’

President Obama has turned out to be another failed big government president, who put America into a new war, spied on its own citizens, and made a disastrous health care reform, Executive Director of the Libertarian Party Carla Howell told RT.

RT: The US strikes on ISIS have already cost it around $780-930 million, which is not pleasant news for the American taxpayers but makes a profit for the industries involved. Does President Obama even know about discontent among his citizens?

Carla Howell: I’m sure he is fully informed; he has got an enormous staff to keep him informed of what is going on. Clearly, what he is trying to do is take credit for ending the war in Iraq, and yet at the same time he is beholden to the military industrial complex in America, their special interests, that want more military funding regardless of whether our Generals even want it or not. So he is trying to walk that line.

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This President has been an epic fail on everything in which he has intervened.

On immigration; wars in the Middle East; Obamacare; Ebolagate; IRSgate, APgate, and NSAgate, he continues to to undercut working Americans, and makes life worse for most American people.

But you have to understand that such behaviour is completely predictable for a man beholden to the large corporations (including the banks) which have funded the election cycles in which he was (allegedly) elected and re-elected.

Large corporations love illegal immigration, because it cuts the cost of doing business; large corporations love wars, because wars mean profit, for so many companies; and large pharmaceutical corporations love illness, because treatments - rather than cures - are far more profitable.

His faux populism is just an act, and not a terribly convincing act at that; no more, no less.

At the end of the day, this man is a slave to all those who put him in power for one reason, and one reason only; profit.

And he has, and continues, to deliver that for them.

Oct 03 09:17

Netanyahu: Postpone Probe Into Attacks on UN Facilities in Gaza

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu got into a heated argument with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday night, according to Israeli officials, over the planned UN investigation into Israel attacking UN sites in the Gaza Strip.

Netanyahu had demanded Ban postpone the probe into the attacks indefinitely, pending Israel releasing its own inquiry results. He also accused Ban of “discriminating” against Israel by wanting to probe the attacks on UN sites full of civilians at all.

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A memo to Ban Ki-Moon: don't listen to this bully.

Do these investigations, and do them NOW.

The shelling of schools and hospitals,and the murder of innocent women and children, where GPS coordinates were given to the IDF to protect those sheltering there from harm, is a war crime, period, end of discussion, and the IDF and the Israeli government should be held legally responsible.

Sep 30 10:31

U.S. judge signals he may order more Abu Ghraib photos released

A federal judge signaled on Wednesday he may order the U.S. government to release as many as 2,000 photographs depicting the alleged harsh treatment of detainees in U.S. custody at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and other sites.

U.S. District Judge Alvin Hellerstein in New York ruled the U.S. Department of Defense had failed to show why releasing the photographs would endanger the lives of American soldiers and workers abroad.

Sep 30 09:24

US wants Guantanamo force-feeding hearing to stay secret

Attorneys for the United States government say that an upcoming court hearing concerning the force-feeding practices used on a Guantanamo Bay detainee should be held almost entirely behind closed doors.

The motion, filed by US attorneys on Friday in District Court for the District of Columbia, asks that the preliminary injunction hearing for Gitmo detainee Abu Wa’el Dhiab scheduled for early next month be conducted largely in secret over supposed national security concerns.

“As an initial matter, the hearing should be closed in order to prevent any unauthorized disclosure of classified or protected information,” the motion reads in part. “Furthermore, the hearing should be closed because, although portions of the materials in the record in this case are unclassified, conducting an open hearing in this case would impose significant burdens on the parties and the Court.”

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There are NO valid "national security concerns" only "deep embarrassment concerns."

Anyone whose doctor has prescribed this process in their convalescence from an illness understands that even in the most competent and compassionate hands, it is still uncomfortable as hell.

To use this as a punishment for a hunger strike (as it has been primarily practiced at Gitmo, in a restraint chair) is both immoral and inhumane.

I would very strongly suggest that this is being done to prevent these hunger strikers from dying to prevent autopsies being leaked, which may well show the extent to which these men had been tortured in order to get them to confess to whatever their torturers wanted to hear.

Sep 29 12:13

Jesse Ventura battles a Jewish reporter on Fox

Sep 29 08:59

Victims found in mass graves in Ukraine lack internal organs

Prime Minister of the People's Republic of Donetsk Alexander Zakharchenko told the Russian News Service that there were three burials of civilians found - about 40 dead bodies of civilians, prisoners of war and Ukrainian militia soldiers.

According to Zakharchenko, an examination of the bodies showed that the victims lacked internal organs. However, he noted, it remains unclear whether the organs had been harvested at the time when the victims were alive or dead.

Sep 27 07:16

US criticizes Abbas' speech at UN General Assembly

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement on Friday that Mahmud Abbas’ speech, in which he said Israel conducted a “war of genocide” in Gaza, was “offensive”.

Israel unleashed aerial attacks on Gaza in early July and later expanded its military campaign with a ground invasion into the Palestinian territory. Over 2,130 Palestinians lost their lives and some 11,000 were injured.

"Abbas' speech today included offensive characterizations that were deeply disappointing and which we reject," read the statement.

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Yeah, and Mussolini rejected accusations that the Nazis were committing atrocities, too! Didn't change the reality, did it?

Sep 25 08:06

Report: U.S. Air Strike in Syria Kills Six Children, Zero ISIS Members

According to a report by Al-Jazeera, which is aligned with Qatar, a vehement supporter of the U.S. military campaign against ISIS, missiles targeting the town of Kafr Diryan destroyed two residential areas, killing 27 people, most of whom were civilians.

“The locals say that this is the first time that they were attacked by missiles since the outbreak of Syrian revolution. The paradox, they say, is they were bombed not by the Syrian regime, but by an international coalition which killed and wounded many of them under the pretext of fighting terrorism,” states the report.

One of the locals interviewed for the report asserted that no ISIS militants were even active in the area.

Sep 24 14:20

US drone kills 10 in northwest Pakistan

A suspected US drone fired four missiles at a vehicle carrying Uzbek and local militants in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region near the Afghan border on Wednesday, killing 10 of them, two Pakistani intelligence officials said.

The missiles hit the moving vehicle when it was about 500 meters (yards) away from the Afghan border in the Pakistani border town of Datta Khel in North Waziristan, the officials said.

Both Uzbek and local militants were among the 10 men killed, the officials said, adding that authorities were trying to get more details. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

Sep 24 08:18

Senate Torture Report Vanishes

Since a “forgive and forget” forward-looking White House has already indicated that no one will ever be punished for illegal actions undertaken in the wake of 9/11, why is the torture issue important beyond the prima facie case that a war crime that was authorized by the highest levels of the federal government? It is important because of its constitutional implications and its impact on rule of law in the United States, which is again being flouted by the Administration in its rush to “destroy” ISIS, which is little more than a terrorist group du jour being exploited to terrify the American public. The constitutional issue, in its simplest terms, is that the CIA works for the president and when it operates without legally mandated oversight by the legislative branch and judiciary it does so in defiance of separation of powers, making the Agency little better than a secret army run by POTUS.

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This stinks to high heaven; and until and unless this is released, and the accusations of real torture are addressed to their root, the country of the United States of America has absolutely no moral authority whatsoever, period, end of discussion.

Sep 22 09:03

Restoring humanity: US-tortured victims of Abu Ghraib gain faces in photo project

A New York-based photographer has put faces to the Iraqi detainees tortured by the US military in Abu Ghraib prison, helping to restore their dignity after humiliation and brutal mistreatment.

Sep 20 08:04

America Created Al-Qaeda and the ISIS Terror Group

Much like Al Qaeda, the Islamic State (ISIS) is made-in-the-USA, an instrument of terror designed to divide and conquer the oil-rich Middle East and to counter Iran’s growing influence in the region.

The fact that the United States has a long and torrid history of backing terrorist groups will surprise only those who watch the news and ignore history.

Sep 19 11:53

New Details Emerge on Palestinian Prisoner Who Was Beaten to Death by Israeli Guards

The cellmate of 37-year-old Raed Abdul-Salaam al-Ja’bari, who died on September 9th while in Israeli custody, has spoken out about Raed's death, telling a lawyer that Israeli prison guards took his cellmate by force and, within 15 minutes, came back and told him that Raed was dead.

Sep 16 09:17

THE OTHER GITMO

The Palestinian Center for Human rights said Tuesday that its lawyers confirmed that at least four Palestinians who were arrested during Israel’s assault on Gaza were subjected to “torture” during their detention period.

Sounds like Gitmo to me …

Sep 16 08:59

PCHR: Gaza detainees underwent ‘torture’ in Israeli custody

The Palestinian Center for Human rights said Tuesday that its lawyers confirmed that at least four Palestinians who were arrested during Israel’s assault on Gaza were subjected to “torture” during their detention period.

Sep 11 11:28

Israel committed genocide in Gaza: EU delegation

An official European Parliament delegation that visited the besieged Gaza Strip after the recent Israeli onslaught on the blockaded area says Israel has committed “genocide” against the defenseless Palestinians, Press TV reports.

The delegation, which includes 13 members of the European Parliament, has called on the EU to break diplomatic ties with Israel and implement sanctions against Tel Aviv because of the war crimes it has committed against the Palestinian people.

“I don’t think it is too strong a word, not when you think of how genocide is described; it’s described as the partial or the whole destruction of people; and what we are seeing happen in Gaza, in Palestine, is the destruction of Palestinians,” Martina Anderson, an Irish member of the European Parliament, told Press TV.

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Sep 11 08:46

Israel likely to have committed Gaza war crimes: HRW

Israel is likely to have committed war crimes in Gaza, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday, a day after the Army announced five criminal investigations into incidents involving its forces.

The 50-day Gaza war between Israel and Hamas-led militants ended on August 26 after killing more than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, and 73 people on the Israeli side, 67 of them soldiers.

The New York-based rights watchdog said in a statement that in three cases it examined, Israel caused "numerous civilian casualties in violation of the laws of war".

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And every sitting member of Congress is an accessory to those war crimes.

Sep 10 11:41

The strange saga of Jose Padilla: Judge adds four years

Convicted Al Qaeda supporter Jose Padilla received a new prison sentence on Tuesday, adding four years to his existing 17-year sentence in response to a federal appeals court ruling that his initial sentence was too lenient.

Mr. Padilla was convicted in 2007 of involvement in a terror conspiracy and has been serving his sentence in a solitary confinement cell at the US government’s supermax prison in Florence, Colo.

His case has attracted international attention because prior to entering the criminal justice system, Padilla was designated an enemy combatant and held incommunicado without charge at a naval prison in Charleston, S.C.

Sep 10 08:29

Ridden Hard and Put Away Dead.

Tomorrow is the anniversary of Israel's attack on the USA, in conjunction with compromised and corrupt intelligence services. It was a true day of infamy and all of the terrible changes that have made life such a labor and a burden, instead of a joy, have come out of this event. In fact, the event was designed for this very purpose. For some reason, they haven't managed to create their desired police state, or their dream module, an American gulag similar to what they did in Russia when they killed tens of millions of Russian Christians. Then...typical of their relentless disinfo campaign upon those they consider lower life forms, they turned that truth around and into a loathsome charade about saving the poor Russian Jew. Until people wake up they are going to be the perpetual victims of this professional victim industry. I choose not to live in ignorance. I choose to accept the responsibility of knowing, when it is possible to know.

Sep 09 08:24

Three ways Palestinians can hold Israel accountable for Gaza war crimes

Since the first Israeli bombs destroyed Palestinian homes as part of the military’s recent attack on Gaza, accusations of Israeli war crimes have been aired by numerous human rights groups.

Human Rights Watch, for instance, has documented Palestinian civilians’ testimony of being fired on and killed while fleeing Khuza’a, a village near the line separating Israel from Gaza. The United Nations Human Rights Council has established an inquiry to look into claims of war crimes on both sides.

Sep 09 06:33

CIA 'tortured al-Qaeda suspects close to the point of death by drowning them in water-filled baths'

The CIA brought top al-Qaeda suspects close “to the point of death” by drowning them in water-filled baths during interrogation sessions in the years that followed the September 11 attacks, a security source has told The Telegraph.

The description of the torture meted out to at least two leading al-Qaeda suspects, including the alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, far exceeds the conventional understanding of waterboarding, or “simulated drowning” so far admitted by the CIA.

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1/3 of the people being held at Guantanamo have been cleared for release by the military tribunal in charge of their cases. Yet they are not being released. The most likely reason is that worse things were done to them than waterboarding and the US Government dares not let them into the public for fear of what they will say and what scars their bodies carry.

Sep 07 09:08

Warning to the World: Washington and its NATO & EU Vassals are Insane — Paul Craig Roberts

Herbert E. Meyer, a nutcase who was a special assistant to the CIA director for a period during the Reagan administration, has penned an article calling for Russian President Putin’s assassination. If we have “ to get him out of the Kremlin feet-first with a bullet hole in the back of his head, that would be okay with us.” http://www.americanthinker.com/2014/08/how_to_solve_the_putin_problem....

As the crazed Meyer illiustrates, the insanity that Washington has released upon the world knows no restraint.

Sep 06 10:12

Up to 2,100 Photos of US Soldiers Abusing Prisoners May Soon Be Released

Would the release of 10-year-old detainee abuse photographs, such as one depicting US soldiers pointing a broom handle at a hooded detainee's rectum, incite terrorist organizations and threaten national security?

That's a question government attorneys will have to answer next week when they explain to a federal court judge why as many as 2,100 unclassified photos of US soldiers abusing Iraqi and Afghan captives should continue to be concealed from the public.

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The American taxpaying public deserves the right to know precisely what their money bought, and the governmental culture of evil which supported this torture so that it bloody never, ever is allowed to happen again in the US's military chain of command.

We have known since the time of the Catholic Inquisition, that torture is simply about getting the tortured individual to confess to specific charges, just to get the torture to stop. It is rarely about actionable intelligence.

One of the best interregators in World War II was a guy named Hanns Scharff. As reported at knowledenuts.com:

Scharff was the friendliest interrogator of World War II. Fluent in English, Scharff grilled pilots who were shot down over Germany. Unlike the notorious Barbie, Scharff had a much more positive approach to interrogations. This Luftwaffe officer was a master of mind games. Before he quizzed a prisoner at the Dulag Luft camp, Scharff dug up as much background information on his subjects as possible. Even if he could only find basic info, he fooled prisoners into thinking he already knew all about their objectives. Since he was already aware of their activities, they might as well talk about them, right? Next, Scharff disarmed his prisoners by becoming their best bud. He often took them on trips to the local zoo, and he even let one prisoner take a ride in a German plane. After building a rapport with a POW, Scharff would take him on walks through the Oberursel forest. Together, the Nazi and the Allied pilot would stroll through the pine trees, observing the birds and chatting about America or England. The whole time, Scharff was listening for little slip-ups that would reveal information vital to the German war machine. Prisoners might inadvertently mention something about bomb sights or causally say something about operational plans. They might tell a story about their training or talk about the planes they used to fly. Scharff was such a smooth talker, such a friendly guy, that the prisoners had no idea they were being conned. They were just glad they weren’t being electrocuted. Many of them signed his guestbook before leaving the camp. In fact, after the war, he was invited to many POW reunions because he was such a gentleman.

But the instigators of this cultural climate condoning torture is that unholy trio of Bush, Rusmfeld, and Cheney. Instead of living comfortably, as though they had done nothing wrong by signing off of these practices, they should be cooling their heels at the International Court of Justice in the Hague, charged with war crimes for what they allowed to happen.

Unfortunately, that will not take place until pigs fly,because President Obama is highly complict through his "looking forward, not looking back" stance on this moral nightmare into which the Bush admnistration plunged this nation.

In taking this stand, he demonstrated, clearly and unoquivically, that in terms of having any kind of morality whatsoever, he has none.

So yes, these pictures are necessary for the American public to see what price prisoners of war paid in pain, suffering, and death, in the midieval practice of extracting "confessions" their handlers wanted to hear.

In fact, because the American people believe themselves to be a moral people, they need to have their noses collectively rubbed in the immorality of these practices, and figure out how in heaven's name they elected a government so completely comfortable with inflicting horrific pain on POWS, many of whom were simply at the absolutely wrong place at the absolutely wrong time, or got "sold" into American captivity for a bounty.

This is the reason so many Gitmo prisoners of war, who have never been charged with any crimes, will never, ever be released; their bodies bear witness to the unbelievable physical abuse they have endured...frequently for nothing other than the pleasure derrived by the people who tortured them.

Sep 06 08:59

Up to 2,100 Photos of US Soldiers Abusing Prisoners May Soon Be Released

Would the release of 10-year-old detainee abuse photographs, such as one depicting US soldiers pointing a broom handle at a hooded detainee's rectum, incite terrorist organizations and threaten national security?

That's a question government attorneys will have to answer next week when they explain to a federal court judge why as many as 2,100 unclassified photos of US soldiers abusing Iraqi and Afghan captives should continue to be concealed from the public.

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They are not worried about terrorists or National Security. They are worried about 330 million Americans outraged at a government openly committing war crimes marching into Washington DC with barrels of tar and crates of feathers!

Sep 04 14:18

Amnesty International: Torture still rife in Mexico

Torture is still rife in Mexico and is routinely used to extract confessions, according to a new report by human rights organisation Amnesty International.

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"Hey, if the Americans can do it, we figured it was okay for us!"

Sep 01 09:16

Perpetual war, indefinite detention, and torture: The U.S. and Israel’s shared values

The United States and Israel have "shared values" but not when it comes to upholding democracy and the rule of law. Their shared values are perpetual war, torture, indefinite detention, and military courts. Guantanamo is a perfect example of this. Both states have been in a state of perpetual war for quite some time with Israel against the Palestinians since its founding in 1948 while the U.S. can trace back its war to its founding in 1776 and the colonization of Native American lands. Today's global war on terror is the latest chapter in that saga. Under perpetual war, the United States and Israel can justify a litany of draconian policies, such as indefinite detention, torture, and extrajudicial killing.

Aug 28 11:26

Cable collaborator: BT accused of aiding US drone strikes

The British government has been asked to investigate whether the country’s major provider of telecommunications networks and services, BT, is aiding US drone strikes.

According to a complaint filed by the charity group Reprieve, BT has built a military internet cable connecting US air force facilities in Northamptonshire to a base for unmanned craft in Djibouti on the Horn of Africa.

The human rights group alleges that the $23 million (£13 million) fiber-optic circuit built by BT in 2012 was installed to facilitate air strikes in Yemen and Somalia by US Air Force drones.

Aug 27 09:44

In Senate-CIA fight on interrogation report, another controversy

The background of a key negotiator in the battle over a Senate report on the CIA’s use of interrogation techniques widely denounced as torture has sparked concerns about the Obama administration’s objectivity in handling the study’s public release.

Robert Litt, the general counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, is a former defense lawyer who represented several CIA officials in matters relating to the agency’s detention and interrogation program. Now he’s in a key position to determine what parts of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s 6,300-page report will be made public.

Litt’s involvement doesn’t appear to be an ethics issue, at least by the legal definition. But experts say that while it may be acceptable on paper, his involvement in the review should have been a red flag.

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The entire report should be released, completely unredacted, so that Americans know just precisely what was done to these prisoners of war.

Of course, that will happen when pigs fly.

Aug 26 10:35

Gaza Under Siege: Israel Destroys Hospitals, Denies Entry to Doctors and Medical Aid

Dr. Swee Ang Chai: All the authors and signatories fear the worse at the beginning of this crisis which erupted in early July based on their previous experience. However the situation has got much worse since the publication of the letter. Gaza has already been declared a disaster area by the UK government. Despite the destruction of infrastructure, doctors and healthcare workers in Gaza continued to work despite severe conditions and their personal circumstances. Their own homes are being destroyed and families killed, and to be landed with more than 12,000 wounded is simply overwhelming for any medical system. That this is why Swee and her surgical colleagues wanted to assist by volunteering to go to Gaza.. As of yesterday (22 August 2014) the death toll reached 2083, with 50% women and children. Eighty five families were annihilated, and 12,656 injured.

Aug 21 18:33

Things cannot stay the same after Israeli genocide in Gaza

After every bloody episode of violence perpetrated by Israel, media spin doctors are often deployed with one grand mission: to absolve Israel of any responsibility in their acts of carnage.

Not only do these apologists demonize Palestinians, but anyone who dares to take a stand on their behalf. The main staple of this Israeli strategy has been blaming the victim. Such a tactic is nothing new in the way the so-called "Arab-Israeli conflict" has been presented in Western media, whose narrative has been much closer to that of Israeli official and media discourses than that of Palestinians. This continued despite the decades-long military occupation, successive wars, and countless massacres.

Aug 20 16:01

ISRAEL IS KILLING THE FAMILY OF JESUS

So here is the deal. Some of the people walking around Palestine, Gaza, and the West Bank are blood relatives of Jesus. Distant blood relatives, but still blood relatives. Given 2000 years, it is possible that the vast majority of present day Palestinians are remote relatives of Jesus.

Israel is killing them.

And YOU are paying for it, which means you share the guilt. YOU are paying for the weapons used to kill the modern day family of Jesus. The moment you sign that 1040 form, you sign a confession, admitting before all the world that you are an accessory in the murder.

Think you are going to get into heaven after an insult like that?


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By using your money to buy weapons for Israel's war crimes, the US Government has made you all accessories to those war crimes. And you cannot get off the hook by saying, "I am only obeying the government." The Nuremberg trials at the end of WW2 established the principle that simply following the orders of your superiors does not exonerate you of guilt. Only by openly opposing Israel's war crimes will history regard you as blameless for what is being done to Gaza.

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Aug 15 09:28

Pentagon Hands Lucrative Guantanamo Bay Deal to Notorious Private Security Company g4s

A British private security company that has been accused of numerous human rights violations has been handed a $118 million deal by the Pentagon to provide "operating support services" for the Guantanamo Bay naval base that houses the U.S. military's notorious prison.

The Department of Defense announced earlier this week that G4S has been granted the contract to provide services that include "family housing, facility management, facility investment, other (swimming pools), custodial, pest control, integrated solid waste management, grounds maintenance and landscaping, base support vehicles and equipment, electrical, wastewater, water, and limited facilities support functions." The statement did not mention any duties relating to the Guantanamo Bay prison, which currently holds 149 men without charge or trial.

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"Hey, we HAD to contract these services out to a firm which embraces human rights violations; otherwise, the contract just wouldn't have worked out!! (Official DOD Souse)

But seriously, this company's penchant for violently handling prisoners is well-documented. As reported at huffingtonpost.com on 29 April, 2014:

More than 100 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli prisons launched a mass hunger strike last week against Israel's policy of administrative detention, a draconian practice whereby Palestinians are detained on "secret evidence" and without being charged. According to Randa Kamel, an advocacy officer for Addameer, a group that monitors Israel's arrests and imprisonment of Palestinians, many of these hunger strikers are being held in prisons using surveillance and security equipment provided by the controversial British security firm G4S. Earlier this month, Palestinian human rights organizations launched a campaign calling on the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to divest from G4S, which they say is "at the heart of [Israel's prison] system, installing and running security systems at Israeli jails." Across the Israeli-occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, G4S also provides security services at many Israeli military checkpoints that control Palestinian movement. The petition is being spearheaded by Addameer and the Palestine Boycott Divestment and Sanctions National Committee. It was also endorsed by an additional 121 Palestinian and international organizations. The Gates Foundation is a global development organization that works in the areas of global health, global development, and betterment in the United States. Despite its public record as a force for global betterment, the Gates Foundation solicited widespread criticism when it purchased $172 million in G4S shares.

Aug 12 10:31

Israel furious as UN Human Rights Council unveils Gaza probe team

Israel lashed out on Tuesday after the UN Human Rights Council named the man who will be running an inquiry into its Gaza offensive.

Canadian international lawyer William Schabas, who will head the commission, is widely regarded in Israel as being hostile to the Jewish state over reported calls to bring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the International Criminal Court.

“This commission’s anti-Israeli conclusions have already been written, all it needs is a signature,” railed foreign ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor.

“For this commission the important thing is not human rights but the rights of terrorist organisations like Hamas,” he told AFP.

But in a series of interviews with the Israeli media, Schabas defended himself against allegations of bias against the Jewish state.

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For all the dead and maimed innocent Palestinians, ISRAEL HAS ONLY ITSELF TO BLAME.

And to paraphrase General Sheridan's horrific statement that "The only good Indian is a dead Indian", for many in the Knesset and the IDF, "the only good Palestinian is a dead Palestinian."

Then they work like crazy to make death the most certain outcome for as many innocent Palestinians as they can, and get upset when the international community calls them on it?!?

Sorry, Israeli leadership; those crocodile tears have been turned on once too often in the 21st century for them to have any real effect.

Aug 11 07:52

Israeli army uses Gaza children as human shields

Since the assault on Gaza began, Israeli leaders and their supporters have repeatedly accused Hamas of using Palestinian civilians as human shields in an attempt to absolve Israel of responsibility for deliberately killing more than 1,600 Palestinian civilians in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Despite there being no evidence to prove this libelous claim, it has been unquestioningly echoed in major media outlets and invoked by US officials to blame Palestinians for their own slaughter. It has even been used to justify genocide against Palestinians in a newspaper ad created by anti-Palestinian extremists Shmuley Boteach and Elie Wiesel.

But the available evidence demonstrates that it is the Israeli army, not Hamas, that has been using Palestinians as human shields in Gaza.

Aug 09 17:45

Israel PM fears war crime charges: Analyst

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is afraid of a possible international lawsuit by Palestinians against the Zionist regime to face war crime charges, an analyst tells Press TV.

Aug 08 14:20

CIA waterboarding is torture: International Red Cross

The International Committee of the Red Cross has broken its silence on the use of waterboarding employed by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) on terror suspects, calling it torture and violation of the Geneva Conventions.

Aug 08 07:49

Israel accused of war crimes (UK Parliament)

Aug 07 10:03

Israel deliberately attacks Gaza health workers: Amnesty

Amnesty International has accused the Israeli regime of conducting “deliberate attacks” on hospitals and health workers in the Gaza Strip, calling for an immediate investigation into Tel Aviv’s aggression.

The international human rights body on Thursday published testimonies from health workers and ambulance personnel who had worked in the besieged enclave while “bombs and bullets were killing or injuring their colleagues.”

Aug 07 09:28

Israeli Army Summarily Executed Fleeing Civilians In Southern Gaza

Even before a short-lived ceasefire allowed journalists to enter the besieged southern Gaza strip town of Khuzaa on 1 August, desperate reports of an Israeli massacre — including execution-style shootings — had emerged from survivors who had escaped to nearby Khan Younis.

Once journalists were able to enter the choked-off village, they found slain bodies and the stench of decay. Journalist Jesse Rosenfeld described one scene, among several, that appeared to be the site of a summary execution

Aug 06 12:57

America’s Immune System Has Failed … So the Cancers of War and Corruption are Spreading

And as Darrel Vandeveld – former prosecutor in the Guantanamo military commissions, and current Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserve – wrote:

Torture is a crime and the United States engaged in it. Those are two indisputable facts…

The process of self-examination and accountability has been, and remains, the only way to move forward and regain our moral and legal grounding…

We have a Department of Justice for a reason, and now it’s up to Attorney General Holder, the nation’s top law enforcement officer, to do his job and appoint an independent prosecutor to follow the evidence where it may lead…

It is critical that we hold accountable those who authorized, those who legally sanctioned and those who implemented the torture policies of one of the darkest periods in our nation’s history. What is at stake is nothing less than our democracy.

Aug 06 07:51

IDF-Embedded Reporter Says It Fired Guided Missile at UNWRA School, Killing 15 Civilians

An Israeli reporter for Maariv, Aviram Zino, has been embedded with an IDF unit during the current invasion. Noam R writes in his Israeli political blog about Zino’s fawning enthusiastic response to being given the chance of a lifetime to be a reporter in the middle of the “action.” His reporting comes across as cheerleading rather than objective journalism. But in spite of himself, Zino reveals a damning fact that impeaches the IDF’s credibility regarding its denial of deliberately targeting UN buildings housing Palestinian civilian refugees.

Zino reports that the unit commander, Nadav, ordered the firing of a $100,000 Tamuz (aka Spike) heat-seeking anti-tank missile on a UNWRA school in Beit Hanoun on July 24th:

Aug 05 07:18

US Cluster Bombing Legacy Continuing To Cost Lives In Laos

The Vietnam War era’s dark legacy of pervasive cluster bombing is still costing lives in Laos, nearly 40 years after the end of all hostilities in Southeast Asia. In this documentary feature, Journeyman Pictures meets the brave women who are trying to clear the bomb fields.

Laos has the notorious reputation for being the most heavily bombed country in the world. During the Vietnam War, the US dropped 2 million tonnes of explosives on Laotian territory. Even today, there is estimated to be up to 80 million unexploded munitions scattered across the countryside. Removing them is job that will likely take more than a lifetime to complete.

Aug 05 07:12

"We Tortured Some Folks" and We Will Do Nothing About It

Someone's gonna have to fuckin' explain this to the Rude Pundit. Someone's gonna have to fuckin' explain how Barack Obama, the President of this damn nation, can go before the press, the TV cameras, the world, and declare, "[I]n the immediate aftermath of 9/11 we did some things that were wrong...we tortured some folks" and not follow that up with "And we're going to prosecute those who did it and those who ordered it."

Aug 05 07:11

THE POINT OF NO RETURN

The people of the United States stand at that point right now. That the US Government is using torture on POWs (just as Hitler did) is beyond argument. One can either stand up and denounce that torture and demand the firing of all who took part in it (and the end of the war), or one is by default complicit, an accessory after the fact, seen by all to condone such barbarism.

Anyone who steps across that line is trapped. Unable to look at what they themselves have become they will refuse to look at what the government has become, indeed will create or accept any justification, no matter how thin and transparent, rather than question that government. And indeed this web site gets email from people who have already crossed that point, and are trying to explain why torture is really necessary "this time".

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Aug 05 07:10

THE MORALITY OF AMERICANS

The United States tortures prisoners. Obama just admitted it on TV. The excuse was the necessity to find Iraq's weapons of mass destruction. But now we know there were no weapons of mass destrution, and that the US Government has been torturing innocent people to death.

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Aug 04 12:37

"Obliterate them completely"

Genocide directed against Palestinians has become a “New Normal” according to the Times of Israel.

Under certain circumstances –according to the Times of Israel article–“Genocide is Permissible” because it is directed against Palestinians who are “terrorists” and who should be “obliterated”.

Implementing a policy of genocide against terrorists including innocent civilians is permissible to ”achieve responsible goals” as formulated by the Netanyahu government.

“What other way then is there to deal with an enemy of this nature other than obliterate them completely? …

Aug 04 10:25

'Texas Stands with Gaza' rally draws thousands to Capitol

"Texas Stands with Gaza" -- it's a declaration that was also the name of Saturday's rally at the State Capitol attended by thousands who later marched down Congress to City Hall.

"From here at the Capitol building to City Hall with our signs and with our voices to tell the world that we are not complicit with Israel's massacres in Gaza," said organizer Ahmad Kaaki.

Aya Ayaquvi and her husband Monther Abusultan moved from Gaza a couple of years ago.

"It was really hard. We expected anytime to be killed there," she said.

Just weeks ago, Aya learned her pregnant sister Sumar was killed in an air strike along with her children and other family members in the center of the Gaza Strip.

"It's supposed to be the safest place but they were killed in an air strike. They didn't do anything, they were innocent. They didn't receive any warning before they were killed. I don't know what's happening there. They just want to kill people," Ayaquvi said.

Aug 04 10:02

Britain 'attempts to censor' US report on torture sites

The government stands accused of seeking to conceal Britain's role in extraordinary rendition, ahead of the release of a declassified intelligence report that exposes the use of torture at US secret prisons around the world.

The Senate report on the CIA's interrogation programme, due to be released in days, will confirm that the US tortured terrorist suspects after 9/11. In advance of the release, Barack Obama admitted on Friday: "We tortured some folks. We did some things that were contrary to our values."

Now, in a letter to the human rights group Reprieve, former foreign secretary William Hague has confirmed that the UK government has held discussions with the US about what it intends to reveal in the report which, according to al-Jazeera, acknowledges that the British territory of Diego Garcia was used for extraordinary rendition.

Aug 04 08:43

US Senator Defends CIA Interrogation, Torture Techniques

The CIA’s harsh interrogation and torture techniques banned after President Barack Obama took office in 2009 helped foil a number of terrorist plots and capture terrorists, including Osama bin Laden, a senior Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee said Sunday.

“The information gleaned from these interrogations was in fact used to interrupt and disrupt terrorist plots, including some information that took down [Osama] bin Laden,” Georgia Senator Saxby Chambliss said on CBS's "Face the Nation”.

Aug 03 08:51

CIA Torture Was Unnecessary, Senate Report To Conclude

A U.S. Senate committee report will conclude that the CIA's use of harsh interrogation after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks yielded no critical intelligence on terrorist plots that could not have been obtained through non-coercive methods, U.S. officials familiar with the document said.

Foreshadowing the impending release of a report expected to suggest that the "enhanced" techniques were unnecessary and also to accuse some CIA officers of misleading Congress about the effectiveness of the program, President Barack Obama said on Friday that the CIA "tortured some folks." He had banned the practices soon after taking office in 2009.

Officials said the Senate Intelligence Committee was unlikely to release the report to the public without some additional review.

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This report will most likely NEVER see the light of day.

Humankind has known, since the Catholic Inquisition, that torture simply gets the tortured person to say whatever their torturer wants them to say to get the torture to stop.

And those who "get off" on this one way or another (even from a standpoint of ordering/ allowing it to be done)are deeply psychologically disturbed individuals who need immediate, and possibly, involuntary mental evaluation.

That Obama would not allow the unholy trinity whose faces appear at the top of this article to be tried for torture indicates that the US government is immoral, illegitimate, and cannot be trusted in any way.

Aug 03 08:30

Foreign Affairs Minister Baird under fire for Hamas comments

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird has come under fire from Human Rights Watch over comments that “Hamas will be solely to blame for any further loss of life” after a Gaza ceasefire quickly unravelled Friday. In a statement , Mr. Baird said Hamas had violated the ceasefire and that Israel was forced to defend itself. “Hamas has lost all credibility, and we must continue to work to isolate this terrorist organization that values death over peace,” Mr. Baird said.

Human Rights Watch issued its own statement, saying Mr. Baird’s comments amounted to a “green light for more unlawful Israeli attacks that kill civilians.”

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Israel broke the cease fire 9 minutes after it started with a missile attack into Gaza. The soldiers "decommissioning" a tunnel inside Gaza were another violation. That Baird is unaware of this only proves his incompetence at his job.

Time to take all these politicians who love Israel so much and ship them over there so our nations can have leaders who serve their own nations first!

Aug 02 16:42

State Department acknowledges widespread torture in leaked memo

In an internal State Department memo inadvertently leaked to the press, the United States government acknowledges that it orchestrated an international program of torture, the limits of which extend far beyond what is already known to the public.

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"Yes, we did torture people to death to find Saddam's nuclear weapons, which, as it turned out, never existed ... but we had to be SURE, and that makes it okay, right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right? Right?" -- Official White Horse Souse

Aug 02 09:56

Citing redactions, Feinstein delays release of report on CIA interrogations

The Obama administration censored significant portions of the findings of an investigation into the CIA’s use of harsh interrogation methods on suspected terrorists, forcing the chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee to delay their release “until further notice.”

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They had to cut out the parts where the people being tortured confessed to sinking the Titanic, shooting down the Hindenburg, and nailing Jesus to the cross, as these were viewed as likely to damage the credibility of the whole torture program.

Aug 02 09:20

Video of CA guards dousing mentally ill inmates with pepper spray prompts rule change

California on Friday announced court-ordered policy changes aimed at curbing the use of force against thousands of mentally ill inmates after video footage showed prisoners screaming as guards doused them in pepper spray.

The changes follow on from an April ruling by U.S. District Judge Lawrence K. Karlton in a long-running case brought by aggrieved prisoners.

Karlton found that the California prison system’s use of force policies had violated the constitutional rights of mentally ill inmates.

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Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, that mentally ill patients in a prison could get hit with chemicals which can cause respiratory arrest and even death.

Aug 02 08:47

Bush: We Don't Torture People

Aug 02 08:47

Obama: 'We tortured some folks'

Aug 01 15:06

Obama: 'We Tortured Some Folks'

In remarks made during a White House briefing on Friday, President Obama summarized the history of CIA abusive practices in the wake of the 9/11 attacks by asking people to remember "how afraid people" were at the time after he acknowledged plainly, "We tortured some folks."

The comments come amid growing anticipation and new controversy surrounding the upcoming—though only partial and highly redacted—findings of a Senate investigation into CIA abuses during the Bush years.

"I have full confidence in John Brennan," Obama said in response to questions by reporters who noted that leading Senators in his own party have called for the CIA chief's resignation over admissions that his agency did, in fact, spy on the investigative panel tasked to explore CIA torture practices following September 11th, 2001 and during the crucial leadup to the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

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"I have full confidence..." -> He'll be gone in three months!

Jul 30 07:42

Please Do Not Look Away From Israel’s Wholesale Slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza – Funded By U.S. Taxpayers!

Israel commits genocide and crimes against humanity. The UN and US turn blind eyes. And why not when the United States slaughters black males, children and the mentally ill for profit, sex and experimentation. The enforcers of these atrocities the United States government.

In the United States, genocide and crimes against humanity are condoned, encouraged and rewarded.

Why would the United States care about Palestinians when the it doesn’t give a sh*t about its own citizens?

Jul 28 10:39

Ukraine. Donetsk. Kiev applies the phosphorus bombs, as US in Vietnam.Tomorrow will be the napalm?

Jul 27 09:54

Hamas not complicit in teens’ kidnap: Israeli police

The Israeli Police Foreign Press Spokesman, Micky Rosenfeld, appears to have falsified the Israeli government’s claim that Hamas was responsible for the killing of three Israeli settler teens in June, by saying responsibility lies with a lone cell that operated without the complicity of Hamas’ leadership.

The kidnapping and subsequent killing of three Israeli settler teens last month is considered to be a flashpoint for the escalated violence in Gaza -- that as of day 19 of the conflict has left 926 Palestinians, mostly civilians, dead.

At the time Israeli authorities placed the blame squarely on Hamas, with Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu saying "They were kidnapped and murdered in cold blood by animals in human form. Hamas is responsible and Hamas will pay."

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Let's review the timetable.

Last month, three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped and killed in an IDF-controlled region of the West Bank, not Gaza. ISIS has taken credit and even the Israeli media admits that the two suspects named by the Israeli government are not part of HAMAS, but of a group known for disobeying HAMAS and trying to cause trouble for them.

But Netanyahu declares HAMAS, the legally elected government of Gaza, responsible and launches bombing raids into Gaza using the very latest high-tech weapons provided by the US Government and paid for by the US taxpayers.

To put Israel's actions into perspective, let us recall that over the July 4th weekend, 8 people were killed in Chicago. Using Netanyahu's logic, the Democratic party should be blamed and all of Illinois bombed and invaded!

The Palestinians, who have been attacked without provocation, fight back with their home-made rockets, which so far have mostly knocked a few roof tiles loose.

But to Israel's supporters, we should all forget that Israel attacked Gaza without a valid reason, and view Palestine's attempts to defend themselves as the crime, so that Israel can go on pounding the Palestinians with their superior weapons.

I want to point something out. The Israelis sit in their tanks, or the drone operations centers, or fly high above Gaza in their US-supplied warplanes, dropping the latest in US-supplied high tech lethal munitions, and imagine themselves the heroes they read about in the Torah. The Israelis, clearly unafraid of HAMAS rockets, line the hills overlooking Gaza and cheer the carnage, much as the Romans at the Colosseum cheered as the Christians were thrown to the lions. The Palestinians huddle in their giant open-air prison, without an army, a navy, or an air force, and fight back with home-made rockets made out of plumbing supplies.

Not since Thermopylae has the world seen such courage in the face of overwhelming odds. The Palestinians have balls the US and Israel can only dream of, and the world will remember their courage against the tyrants, and the lies by the corporate media's presstitutes and whorespondents trying to protect Israel's aggression!


Jul 27 07:22

Federal Judge Says U.S. Government Can Steal Unlimited Money From Anyone At Any Time Under The U.S. Patriot Act – 27 July 2014

He was held at Guantanamo Baby for more than 10 years without being charged before being released to his home country Dec. 5, 2013. He had opposed transfer to Algeria, because he feared persecution there, according to court papers.

The Pentagon, however, refused to return his money, based on what government lawyers claimed to be a policy “based on a strong national security interest in preventing these funds from being used in a manner that would adversely impact the safety and security of the United States.” The justification was drawn from provisions in the USA Patriot Act, reports said.

Some human rights groups have argued that the policy constitutes a “war crime,” specifically in that it is in violation of an international prohibition of wartime “pillage,” according to Vice News.

Jul 27 06:42

Survivors of massacre in Khuza’a say Israeli forces used Palestinians as human shields

Ayman Abu Toaimah, 32, a resident of Khuza’a recalls, “As Israeli invading troops advanced to the village they besieged it and used residents as human shields. When the Israeli army arrested people and then released some of them, they were told they are free to go back to the village, but as they were fleeing they came under fire and some of them shot dead. These people were used as human shields.”

Abu Saleem, 56, a resident of Khuza’a echoed Abu Toaimah, “Israelis claim that Hamas is using us as human shields– how? This is a lie, we do not see fighters in the streets. It’s them, the Israelis who used us as human shields in Khuza’a and Shuja’iyeh. They turned our houses into military posts, terrified residents in the houses. They attacked innocent civilians with their bombs, and missiles, they attacked chicken farms, they burned our crops, they have no mercy.”

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This is not the first time the Israelis have been caught using Palestinians as human shields.

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Jul 26 11:08

'Phosphorus' reports: Ukraine military 'dropped incendiary bombs' on Slavyansk

Jul 26 09:41

Ex-Chief of C.I.A. Shapes Response to Detention Report

Over the past several months, Mr. Tenet has quietly engineered a counterattack against the Senate committee’s voluminous report, which could become public next month. The effort to discredit the report has set up a three-way showdown among former C.I.A. officials who believe history has been distorted, a White House carefully managing the process and politics of declassifying the document, and Senate Democrats convinced that the Obama administration is trying to protect the C.I.A. at all costs.

The report is expected to accuse a number of former C.I.A. officials of misleading Congress and the White House about the program and its effectiveness, but it is Mr. Tenet who might have the most at stake.

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The people who engineered this torture program should not have the luxury of living comfortably, writing their memoirs; they should be cooling their heels at the International Court of Justice at the Hague, awaiting trials for war crimes.

Humankind has known, from the time of the Catholic Inquisition, that torture only makes the tortured individual confess to anything their torturers want to hear to get the torture to stop. Torture does not produce actionable intelligence, is immoral, and should be illegal.

Because when the US tortures, or outsources torture, it gives carte blanche to any foreign government to torture American civilians or military personnel.

Please, those of you in the military, or with family and friends in the military, chew on that one for awhile.

Jul 26 07:55

Israeli sniper killing wounded civilian

UPDATED 22/7/14: The young man who was murdered in Shajiya after being wounded by an Israeli sniper, has been confirmed as Salem Khalil Salem Shammaly, 23-years-old, resident of Shajiya (http://palsolidarity.org/2014/07/woun...).

20/7/14: International and Palestinian volunteers accompanied Civil Defense and other rescue crews, as well as family members, into Shajiya, in an attempt to locate survivors of overnight and ongoing shelling by the Israeli army. A young Palestinian man, in a green t-shirt, who hoped to reach his family's home, was shot by an Israeli soldier while crossing an alley between buildings. Two additional rounds struck him as he lay injured on the ground.

Jul 25 10:03

Israeli Lawyer Doesn’t Deny Nuremberg Crimes on Palestinians

I spoke with the head military lawyer for the IDF, Joel Zinger. And I said … “It’s clear you people are inflicting Nuremberg crimes on the Palestinians. Exactly what the Nazis did to the Jews. What’s your explanation?”

He said: “Military necessity.”

Notice, he didn’t disagree with me.

I said: “That argument was rejected at Nuremberg when the lawyers for the Nazis made it.”

And then he said: “Well, we have public relations people in the United States … and they handle these matters for us.”

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And they are clearly doing a wonderful job! :)

Jul 19 20:28

Khalilah Sabra: Israel Is Using Banned Weapons against the People of Gaza

As the Tel Aviv regime continues its deadly campaign of airstrikes against the densely populated Gaza Strip, where some 1.6 million people are living in an area of 360 km2 under critical conditions exacerbated by continuous water shortage, power blackout and lack of access to foodstuff and medicine, conscious activists across the world are raising their voice in protest against the inhumane measures adopted by Israel in Gaza, which has been under siege for more than 7 years now.

Jul 19 06:28

Israel Firing Experimental Weapons at Gaza’s Civilians, Say Doctors

Doctors treating patients in Gaza have accused Israel of using experimental weapons on Palestinian civilians.

Addressing reporters at a press conference on Sunday, Youssef Abul Resh, undersecretary of the health ministry in Gaza said, “Medical teams have registered injuries consistent with those caused by DIME [dense inert metal explosives] and other banned weapons.”

He added, “Israel has mercilessly targeted Palestinian civilians leaving many of them with life-threatening injuries and future handicaps.”

Jul 19 06:03

Israel targets hospitals in Gaza assault

Israel shelled the Beit Hanoun hospital in northern Gaza on Friday, damaging the top floors and causing panic among patients and staff, employees said.

A nurse in the hospital told Ma'an that Israel fired a drone missile at the roof and third floor, damaging water supplies.

Jul 18 09:55

NY grandma jailed for violating protection order used to ‘quell dissent’ outside drone base

A New York grandmother was sentenced to a year in jail for violating a protection order filed by an Air National Guard commander against anti-war protesters.

Mary Anne Grady-Flores violated the protection order filed by Col. Earl Evans, prosecutors said, when she stepped on the grounds of Hancock Air Base to photograph a peaceful protest against the use of drones.

The judge imposed the maximum sentence July 10 for criminal contempt of court because the 58-year-old Grady-Flores had failed to pay fines and surcharges imposed by the court in a prior case.

Grady-Flores – the daughter of “Camden 28? Vietnam War protester John Grady — knew she was under court order to stay off base property, so she stood on a nearby roadway to photograph about 20 activists at the Ash Wednesday protest.

Her sister admits Grady-Flores briefly stepped onto a driveway on base property so another protester could show her how to take photos with an iPhone.

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"...Disorderly conduct for blocking the the roadway."?!?!? ARE YOU FLIPPING KIDDING ME?!?!?

I so hope this gets appealed and thrown out of court.


Apparently, grandmothers who are completely peaceful scare the excrement out of Col. Earl Evans, and the peaceful expression of opinions contrary to war, more war, and extrajudicial assassinations is not to be tolerated on his watch.

It also is a very informative window on Obama's mindset that one of his most favorite ways to wage war is with drone attacks, which not only take out the alleged "bad guy" with no due process, but also takes out scores of innocent people, either killing them outright, or maiming them for life.

Jul 18 07:48

Mommy, Why Was Grandma Jailed For Protesting Drones?

Well, dear, it seems drone masters don't appreciate hearing, seeing or allowing protests from citizens who foot the bill.

Jul 16 22:47

See How Israeli War Criminals Massacre Children On Gaza Beach

Israel war criminals have continued their bloody aggression on the children of the besieged Gaza on the ninth day.

The Israeli naval boats monitored four children having fun like butterflies on the beach of Gaza in front of a Hotel assesses a number of journalists. The naval decided to kill them for making fun.

The children were helping their father to provide the juice to the reporters when the naval boats shelled the beach. The naval have targeted the children with the full intention to kill them without mercy.

Jul 14 08:19

Israel airstrike bombs major water line, sewage station and water wells in Gaza

Israeli airstrikes bombed a major water line and sewage plant west of Gaza City, last Wednesday afternoon, which provides water to tens of thousands of citizens and is regarded as the main water line for al-Shati refugee camp west of the city.

Jul 14 07:33

UK police have details of CIA torture flights despite past denials of logs

Crucial logs that confirm the British overseas territory Diego Garcia was involved in the CIA’s black site rendition program as a secret prison have been passed to the UK police for further investigation, despite earlier claims that there were no logs.

Jul 14 07:25

'Israel drops cancer-inducing bombs on Gazans'

A Norwegian doctor in the besieged Gaza Strip has strongly criticized Israel for using cancer-inducing bombs against Palestinian civilians.

Dr. Erik Fosse told Press TV that the majority of patients hospitalized in Gaza are civilians injured in attacks on their homes and about thirty percent of them are children.

Dense Inert Metal Explosive, known as DIME, is an explosive device developed to minimize collateral damage in warfare.

Experts say it has a relatively small but effective blast radius and is believed to have strong biological effects on those who are hit by the bomb’s micro-shrapnel.

Fosse, a department head at a university hospital in Oslo, also says some Palestinian in the besieged enclave have been wounded by a new type of weapon that even doctors with previous experience in war zones do not recognize.

Jul 12 11:58

ISRAEL PINPOINTS THE INNOCENT IN GAZA

Israel ‘Pinpoint’ Strikes Kill Mostly Gaza Innocents — Entire Families Wiped Out

Jul 12 06:26

List of the 124 Palestinians, Including Whole Families, Killed Since Tuesday

The following is a list of the 124 Palestinians killed by Israeli air bombardment since Tuesday, July 8th. These are the names that have been confirmed by medical sources in Gaza. An estimated 900 Palestinians have also been wounded, with some losing limbs and others disabled for life. The majority of the wounded are children, according to the Ministry of Health. All of the casualties listed below are victims of Israeli bombs dropped on Gaza since Tuesday July 8th.

Jul 10 10:41

Files on UK role in CIA rendition accidentally destroyed, says minister

The British government's problems with missing files deepened dramatically when the Foreign Office claimed documents on the UK's role in the CIA's global abduction operation had been destroyed accidentally when they became soaked with water.

In a statement that human rights groups said "smacked of a cover-up", the department maintained that records of post-9/11 flights in and out of Diego Garcia, the British territory in the Indian Ocean, were "incomplete due to water damage".

Jul 08 07:19

Zionist Media Confirms Palestinian Youth was Force-Fed Petrol, Then Roasted Alive

As described by R. Silverstein in his blog Tikum Olam the rabid, extremist Zionist Jews responsible for the high crime against Muhammad Abu Khdeir didn’t merely burn his body, for example, after killing him. They burned him while he was alive.

It is not merely this. As first published, here, the hideous Mahyudi monsters force-fed the youth gasoline, then set him on fire. This created a trapped cavity of petrol and its fumes, causing his body not only to ignite but also to explode.

Jul 01 07:48

Federal Court: No Impunity for Abu Ghraib Torturers

In a ruling that "affirms that U.S. corporations are not entitled to impunity for torture and war crimes," a federal appeals court Monday overturned a lower court's decision that had prevented accountability sought by Iraqi victims of torture at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison.

World outrage followed photo evidence of brutality at the prison between 2003 and 2004, and a leaked, internal Army report noted "sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses" at the hands of interrogators at the facility.

Jun 30 09:15

‘BREAKING THE SILENCE’ GOING VIRAL INTERNATIONALLY

Israeli soldiers speak out on abuse of Palestinians
Yehuda Shaul says disturbing images represent norm in occupied territories

Jun 29 09:37

A Thin Rationale for Drone Killings

Under orders from a federal appeals court, the Justice Department made public a 2010 memo explaining why the drone strike was legal. Considering how long the administration fought the release, which was sought by The New York Times and the American Civil Liberties Union, one might have expected a thoughtful memo that carefully weighed the pros and cons and discussed how such a strike accords with international and Constitutional law.

Instead, the memo turns out to be a slapdash pastiche of legal theories — some based on obscure interpretations of British and Israeli law — that was clearly tailored to the desired result. Perhaps the administration held out so long to avoid exposing the thin foundation on which it based such a momentous decision.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Barry

This is not Great Britain. We fought a war back in 1776 not to BE Great Britain.

This is not Israel. Not yet, at any rate.

While maritime law follows the principle of Jus gentium, the laws of sovereign nations do not. That slavery is legal in one nation does not compel any other nation to legalize slavery within their own borders. Hence, whatever Great Britain and Israel may do is not a valid precedent for actions undertaken by the United States government.

That this drone memo tries to use the laws of foreign nations in its justification for drone assassinations of American citizens sends a clear message that no such legal justification can be found under United States law, and I rest assured the White House staff bent every effort to find one. Hence, the drone strikes are illegal, unconstitutional, and clearly immoral.

Everyone involved in the drone program, from Obama down through the chain of command to the operators clutching those remote control joysticks in their grubby little hands, is guilt of Premeditated First Degree homicide. That multiple parties are involved in these murders adds a charge of conspiracy to commit Premeditated First Degree homicide.

Legally there is no difference between Obama ordering a drone attack on an American and a mafia boos ordering his competition to be "rubbed out." Both are cold-blooded murders committed by organized crime operations.

Jun 29 09:11

PHOTO ESSAY ~~ NEW YORKERS WALK AND TALK TO END ISRAELI AGGRESSION

The photos speak for themselves …. no commentary needed

Jun 28 09:59

UK urged by human rights groups to tell all on U.S. rendition flights to Diego Garcia

Human rights groups seeking to confirm the use of a British overseas territory as a US secret prison have uncovered evidence previously undisclosed to the government confirming that more planes were involved in the extraordinary rendition of terrorist suspects around the world than had been admitted.

Based on assurances from the US, the British government has consistently denied the claims. However, experts believe ministers’ denials do not square with the testimonies of several of those held by the US, including an opponent of Colonel Gaddafi, Abdul-hakim Belhadj, and his pregnant wife, Fatima Boudchar, who claim they were detained on Diego Garcia in March 2004.

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Memo to all world leaders: in light of the fact that the US government routinely lies to its own people (even from one department of the government, the IRS, lying to another, Congress), please be assured that you have been - and will be - lied to consistently by the US government.

"Assurances" mean nothing to these people; if you do not have the ability to verify what they are saying, don't believe those assurances.

Agents of the US government will say whatever they say to get whatever they want, then gloat secretly that they have pulled the wool over the eyes of their allies yet again.

Will there be blowback by the UK when this knowledge becomes public?!? Absolutely.

But what is worse, is that the United States of America tortures, which is absolutely immoral, illegal, by our own legal statutes, and demonstrates to the world that the US government defiles the Constitution and Bill of Rights when it tortures prisoners of war.

Such torture also demonstrates that the rule of law; the values of democracy; and morality are only observed when these values do not "get in the way of doing business."

But I would like to hope that those precious few adults in the bowels of power in DC understand the following; when the US tortures, it gives carte blanche for other countries around the world to torture both American military members, and civilians.

To those of you who have family or friends in the military, please chew on that for awhile, won't you?!?

Humankind has known, since the time of the Inquisition, that torture only gets the tortured person to "confess" to whatever the torturer wants to hear, just to get the torture to stop, but rarely achieves actionable information.

So if the American military and intelligence personnel understand this, why do they still indulge in this barbaric behaviour?!?

Because they can hurt people, and get away with it with impunity, which has to be one gigantic "rush" for those very psychologically maimed individuals who enjoy it.

Jun 28 06:40

Israeli interrogators sexually harass Palestinian children in detention

A number of Palestinian children who were detained in different circumstances have reported their exposure to abuse and maltreatment by Israeli soldiers and interrogators.

In some cases, the interrogators sexually harassed the children and on other occasions they threatened to rape them if they did not cooperate or make certain confessions, according to the children’s testimonies.

Jun 25 05:52

Secrecy Inc: Activists Sue CIA Over Spying On Classified Report On Covert Torture Program

Because no one has yet been held accountable for U.S. torture practices widely deemed "sadistic and terrifying," two open-government advocates known as Freedom of Information Act warriors are suing the CIA for its continued secrecy about its alleged spying on Senate lawmakers investigating Bush-era torture.

Jun 20 07:55

U.S. forces used depleted uranium rounds in civilian areas in Iraq, reports finds

US forces fired depleted uranium (DU) weapons at civilian areas and troops in Iraq in breach of official advice meant to prevent unnecessary suffering in conflicts, a report has found.

Coordinates revealing where US jets and tanks fired nearly 10,000 DU rounds in Iraq during the war in 2003 have been obtained by the Dutch peace group Pax. This is the first time that any US DU firing coordinates have been released, despite previous requests by the United Nations Environment Programme and the Iraqi government.

According to PAX’s report, which is due to be published this week, the data shows that many of the DU rounds were fired in or near populated areas of Iraq, including As Samawah, Nasiriyah and Basrah. At least 1,500 rounds were also aimed at troops, the group says.

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The US military and chain of command, right up to the White House didn't care how many Iraqis (and our own troops) would suffer from horrific cancers, and birth defects, because of the use of these weapons.

This is why that unholy trio of Bush Cheney, and Rumsfeld, should collectively be cooling their their heels at the International Court at the Hague, facing charges of crimes against humanity.

These monsters, and the corporations which own them, and profit handsomely from these immoral and illegal pre-emptive wars, should never, ever have power in this country again, period, end of discussion.

Jun 17 08:21

Judge Finds Courts Cannot Protect US Citizens Tortured by US Government Officials Abroad

A federal district court dismissed a case that was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a United States citizen and against US government officials who allegedly tortured, abused and subjected him to rendition and incommunicado detention in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. The dismissal was another stark example of how it is nearly impossible for torture victims to push for justice in an American court of law.

Jun 10 09:15

PALESTINIAN TEEN SURVIVOR DESCRIBES THE SHOOTINGS ON NAKBA DAY BY ISRAELI SOLDIERS

Despite widespread media attention and calls for investigations from international and local human rights organizations, Israel continues to cover up and guarantee the impunity of the occupation soldiers responsible for the Nakba Day Beitunia killings.

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