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TORTURE/WAR CRIMES

Jan 14 10:44

Complaint against John Howard to the International Criminal Court

Australia’s former Prime Minister John Howard has been accused of war crimes before the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Jan 13 08:30

U.S. airstrike in Syria may have killed 50 civilians

Central Command spokesman Ryder said the failure to list the Dec. 28 airstrike was an administrative oversight.

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And if you believe THAT one, I have some of Saddam's nuclear weapons to sell you!

Jan 12 07:24

Police asked to investigate G4S over Guantanamo role

British security firm G4S could be criminally liable for its involvement in Guantanamo Bay, according to a new complaint filed with the Metropolitan Police.

Legal charity Reprieve, which represents several Guantanamo detainees, has reported the UK company to police after learning of a $113 million (£71 million) contract for G4S to supply ‘base services’ at the US prison through its US subsidiary, G4S Government Solutions (G4S GS). The exact nature of the services to be provided under the contract is unclear, prompting concerns that the company could be complicit in rights abuses under way at the prison, such as force-feeding.

Jan 06 10:53

UN Finds 3,000 Civilians Killed in Afghanistan in 2014

According to the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, UNAMA, 2014 was the deadliest year for Afghan civilians since the organization began keeping records in 2009. Over 3,000 civilians were killed this year, in 2014. It was also reported that Afghan forces trained by the U.S. killed over two dozen people at a wedding party on New Year's Eve.

Jan 06 08:21

Obama poised to free two more Gitmo inmates

President Obama is due to release two more Guantanamo Bay inmates in the coming days, Fox News reported early Tuesday.

The overnight announcement from the White House comes on the heels of a similar decision made by Mr. Obama just a few days ago to free five Gitmo prisoners. Those five were arrested in Pakistan after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks on U.S. soil, but never charged.

Jan 05 19:47

CIA inspector general to resign this month

The internal watchdog for the Central Intelligence Agency, David Buckley, will resign at the end of January. Buckley was the key figure behind a report on allegations that the CIA spied on senators trying to investigate its post-9/11 torture techniques.

Jan 05 11:33

Israel won’t allow soldiers to appear at ICC: Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the Tel Aviv regime will not permit its soldiers to appear at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and face potential war crime charges.

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"We are above the laws of men!" -- Nodding Yahoo

Jan 04 11:22

‘Torture - a policy choice of the US’

While torture is illegal under domestic and international law, without any accountability there is no guarantee that future US administrations won’t pursue the same kind of policy, Andrea Prasow, deputy Washington director at Human Rights Watch, told RT.

Jan 03 07:40

Leaked ‘Kill List’ Shows They Knew Kids Were Dying

Jan 02 21:02

What would Happen if the Int’l Criminal Court Indicted Israel’s Netanyahu?

If the International Criminal Court takes up Israeli government actions in the occupied Palestinian territories, it could well find specific officials guilty of breaches of the Rome Statute of 2002. Article 7 forbids “Crimes against Humanity,” which are systematically repeated war crimes. Among these offenses is murder, forcible deportation or transfer of members of a group, torture, persecution of Palestinians (an “identifiable group”) and “the crime of Apartheid.”

Jan 01 10:19

There Are Several Thousand Secret Photos of America's Horrific Torture Program. Should Obama Release Them?

You may recall, from the dark days of Abu Ghraib, that there was a batch of photos that was never released—images the Pentagon deemed so inflammatory that they needed to stay under wraps. The ones we saw were disturbing enough: the piles of naked Iraqi prisoners, the soldier giving a thumbs up next to an ice-packed corpse, the prisoners being menaced by dogs. And who can forget that iconic shot of a hooded man (his name is Ali Shalil Qaissi), standing on a box in a shower with wires attached to his fingers—a mock execution. There are as many as 2,100 additional images, according to the ACLU, which sued the government in 2004 demanding their release. President Obama has resisted the legal efforts, noting in a statement that to make the photos public would "impact the safety of our troops."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Actually, release of the photos will impact the safety of our leaders who ordered the use of these methods, and frankly I see that as a good thing! So yes, release them all. We The People have a right to know what the government has been doing with our money and in our name. And if it is war crimes, which seems to be the case, We The People have a moral obligation to crate up these leaders ourselves and ship them to the Hague for trial.

Jan 01 08:08

CIA may have committed war crimes, physician group says

Physicians for Human Rights called on President Obama and Congress to create a panel to examine the participation of CIA and private medical personnel in the interrogation program, including possible breaches of domestic and international laws

Dec 31 14:19

Even CIA Admits Torture Doesn’t Work

Seton Hall Law School Professor Jonathan Hafetz made an important point today :

CIA director, John O Brennan, admitted that the agency “has not concluded that it was the use of EITs that allowed us to obtain useful information from detainees”.

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The [CIA] – unlike its loudest defenders – is not endorsing torture as a means of gaining intelligence or keeping the country safe.

Dec 31 11:49

US Allocates a Whopping $65 Million for New Guantanamo School

The base with the most expensive prison on earth is getting one of the world's priciest schools -- a $65 million building with classroom space for, at most, 275 kindergarten through high school students.

Dec 31 11:42

FLASHBACK JULY - Reporter Breaks Down while Reporting on Israeli Killing of Palestinian Children? in Gaza

Dec 31 07:03

BREAKING: Obama releases five more Gitmo prisoners overnight

President Obama released five more prisoners from Guantanamo Bay Naval Base overnight, Fox News reported. They were held for more than a decade and were sent to resettle in Kazakhstan.

The men were arrested in Pakistan following the terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001, but were never charged, The Daily Mail reported. Three of the men were from Yemen and identified by The Daily Mail as: “Asim Thabit Abdullah Al-Khalaqi, who is about 46; Muhammad Ali Husayn Khanayna, who is about 36; and Sabri Mohammad al Qurashi, about 44.”

Dec 31 06:47

Ken O'keefe on PressTv exposes Obama, Bush, ISIS, Bankers, Syria

Dec 30 07:27

Desmond Tutu: ‘Put Tony Blair in the dock for war crimes’

Groomed by the intelligence services from his early college days, he didn’t bat an eyelid while lying to his electorate – and to the world about fictional WMD’s in Iraq, and he dazzled George W. Bush with his alluring pillow talk, used his cozy globalist-appointed positions and high-flying (albeit meaningless) titles to broker deals for JP Morgan investment elite, while he creates wonderous business opportunities on the backs of the world’s poor – he is the world’s most hated man, and he doesn’t drink Dos Equis (but he does drinks Cristal).

Certainly, it’s a charmed life for the man with the fake smile. Recently, 21WIRE reported how he caused a PR meltdown at the international children’s charity, Save the Children, after someone tried to him a “Global Legacy Award” (spooky). The charity are now deeply regretting that move, calling the whole affair ‘a painful experience’.

Dec 29 15:32

Senior U.S. Government Officials: Release the Full Torture Report

Senior U.S. Intelligence Officers Call on Senator Udall to Release the Torture Report

Dec 29 09:28

“It’s Just A Matter of Time Before [Torture] Spills Back Into Domestic Territory. Historically, It Always Has”

War always comes home.

The cost of our torture program — and the failure to prosecute a single official for it (or the destruction of evidence and false statements revealed in its aftermath) will continue to cost this country dearly. Countries like Iran, North Korea, and China have already cited our use of waterboarding to defend against their own abuses. When our soldiers or citizens are waterboarded in the future, countries will play back Cheney’s words and others to say that such abuse is not torture. When we demand that officials in other countries be prosecuted for torture, they will mock our hypocrisy and own history.

Dec 29 07:18

Leaked documents raise new questions over UK complicity in secret US drone strikes

Previously secret documents obtained by Der Speigel – including a ‘Kill List’ that included both Pakistani and Afghan targets – have raised new concerns about British complicity in the US’s covert drone war in Pakistan.

The documents, detailed in an article published yesterday evening, show that NATO and British forces in Afghanistan planned to target and kill individuals that were located across the border in Pakistan. The UK government has consistently denied that it has taken strikes outside of Afghanistan and has refused to confirm whether and to what extent it is involved in the CIA’s covert drone war in Pakistan.

Dec 28 08:59

No charges for Bush-era torturers under Obama

Despite injustices committed by the Bush administration after the September 11th attack, Obama refuses to hold the wrong-doers accountable.

Though he admits the practices were torturous, and therefore criminal, he chooses to remain "agnostic" about whether or not the tactics worked and does not plan to pursue the issue further.

His reasoning for not taking appropriate actions in response to the recent release of the torture report may have something to do with his close ties to the CIA director.

Dec 27 11:11

UN Security Council Prepares to Lynch North Korea. Manipulation to Justify Aggressive War?

On December 18, and in the subsequent December 22 Security Council meeting, the double standards within the United Nations are shockingly visible, and one can only gasp at the arrogance of the blatantly biased and politically motivated resolution A/69/488/Add.3 which “condemns the long-standing and ongoing systematic, widespread and gross violations of human rights in the DPRK.” The resolution condemning the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is clearly an attempt to eviscerate the socialist government of North Korea.

The use of allegations of human rights abuses by the United States, the world’s most powerful country, and the powerful country whose own documented record of criminal human rights abuses has just been published, causing revulsion and horror throughout the world, constitutes an assault on justice which so dishonors the United Nations that the adoption of this resolution condemning the DPRK can only be described as shameful.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

The short answer posed by the title of this article is, "HELL, yes!".

And why?!? Because war with North Korea will translate into a war against China, which has both a national currency and military capabilities on the ascendent.

It is a war the US government and military may well lose; but just because an action is the most pig-headedly, ham-fistedly wrong thing the US government could possibly do is, unfortunately, absolutely no guarantee that it will not do such a thing.

Dec 27 08:57

Bush & Cheney Should Be Charged with War Crimes: Richard Clarke, Col. Wilkerson

It's a miracle that the reality bubble created by the evil faction who hijacked our government may actually burst, after over a decade of fake news and cover-ups about the deeply criminal nature of the people who launched the war in Iraq.

Calls are increasing for the prosecution of George W. Bush administration officials tied to the CIA torture program. On Monday, the American Civil Liberties Union and Human Rights Watch called on Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor who would investigate the crimes detailed in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the program.

On Monday, The New York Times editorial board called for a full and independent criminal investigation. We put the question about prosecution to Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, who served as chief of staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell from 2002 to 2005.

Dec 26 08:57

How The CIA's Torture Program Is Destroying The Key Foreign Power The US Had: The Moral High Ground

Over a year ago, we wrote about a wonderful piece in Foreign Affairs by Henry Farrell and Martha Finnemore, noting that the real "danger" of the Snowden and Manning revelations was that it effectively killed off the US's ability to use hypocrisy as a policy tool. Here was the key bit (though the whole article is worth reading):

The deeper threat that leakers such as Manning and Snowden pose is more subtle than a direct assault on U.S. national security: they undermine Washington’s ability to act hypocritically and get away with it. Their danger lies not in the new information that they reveal but in the documented confirmation they provide of what the United States is actually doing and why. When these deeds turn out to clash with the government’s public rhetoric, as they so often do, it becomes harder for U.S. allies to overlook Washington’s covert behavior and easier for U.S. adversaries to justify their own.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

So, here is the heart and soul of the US government at this point in its history; it will lie, cheat, jail, torture, extrajudicially assassinate, and wage war against people who get in the way of the country's (and world's) monied interests.

To all those countries which have natural resources the US government wants, be very aware that it will do everything in its power to destabilize your government, and put in a US-centric government that will do its bidding; failing that, the US government will wage outright war to get those resources.

And to its citizens: you have become completely expendable, because your alleged representatives only represent those corporations which so lavishly fund their election cycles. You and your needs and issues have become irreverent, because it is only the needs and issues of those major corporations which are addressed.

Your jobs will continue to be offshored, outsourced, reducing you to working several minimum wage jobs just to survive, if you can find them.

You will be taxed into poverty, thrown out on the streets when you can't pay the rent, and your homelessness will become criminalized, at which point you will most likely languish in a for-profit prison, as a slave laborer there.

That is a painfully, bleakly honest portrait of this government going into 2015.

Dec 26 08:36

Public won’t let Washington sweep CIA torture under the rug – Russian diplomat

The Obama administration won’t be able to throw the torture issue under the table, as the US Senate report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program has sparked a global public outcry, the Russian Foreign Ministry's human rights ombudsman told RT.

“It’s to be continued. If you wish, this report is to be continued against the will of those who would like to hush it down,” Konstantin Dolgov stressed.

The Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture following 9/11 will be “discussed in the international forum, including, hopefully, in the UN Council of Human Rights and in some other international formats,” he added.

Dec 24 11:48

Michael Ratner: Dick Cheney Is Lying by Saying that the Torture Program Has Worked

According to Michael Ratner, Dick Cheney has lied to the American people by saying that the Detention and Interrogation Program was effective and helped with the progress of the Global War on Terror.

“Cheney is lying when he said the program worked. The Senate report studied 20 claims by the CIA of stopping terrorist plots. None of the information used to stop those plots was elicited from torture,” said Michael Ratner in an interview with Fars News Agency.

Mr. Ratner, who has been the President of the Center for Constitutional Rights, tells Fars News Agency that President Obama’s failure to stop the torturing and persecuting of the Guantanamo bay prisoners was one of the “disgusting chapters” in his presidency.

“He [Obama] ran a campaign in 2008 with the promise he would close Guantánamo. He has been a weakling on this issue, caving to the national security establishment,” he said.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Just because someone has held high office in this country is absolutely no guarantee of their credibility or truthfulness. Quite the contrary!!

And the reality about those Gitmo prisoners of war cleared for release, but who remain imprisoned, is that they will be incarcerated for life, because water-boarding was not the worst thing done to them, and the scars will be there for life.

With the complete anger and disgust I am feeling about this dark, immoral, and illegal chapter of this country's history, I can almost feel an ad hominem attack against Cheney coming on; I will resist the temptation, and simply ask: was this the best American Republicans could come up with as a vice-presidential candidate when Bush was running?!?

The sad, and insurmountable truth here was that,for the money junkies, particularly those making money through the military industrial complex, Cheney was a god, incredibly capable of making incredible money for them through the waging of wars.

And very frankly, the options with which American will be presented in 2016 will be no better, no matter if it is Republicans or Democrats who are victorious in the national election.

Americans are under the illusions that their voting, in national elections, actually makes a difference.

The ugly truth is, in 21st century America, it does not.

And that is because Congressional "representatives" only represent the corporations which fund their election cycles, which is why legislation is always great for corporations, and generally lousy for We the People. Any candidates truly interested in what is good for the nation as a whole are culled from the process long before we enter a voting booth.

We have become expendable to this government. We no longer matter; only the goals and financial aims of the large corporations matter.

And when those goals and financial aims of those corporations align with wars, then wars they shall have.

It does not matter to these corporations how many Americans will have to die, or be maimed for life, in these military conflicts for private corporate profit; after all, it is nearly never the children of chairmen or chairwomen of the board who are tapped to die or languish with unspeakable injuries.

It is just other people's children, and they (read: our sons and daughters, husbands and wives) are certainly completely and thoroughly expendable to the monied class.

Dec 24 08:14

Israeli soldiers take pictures of themselves abusing wounded youth

A video, captured by Rami Alarya of the Alqods Independent Media Center, showed a number of Israeli soldiers assaulting a Palestinian child, on Friday evening [February 4 2014], after shooting him with a rubber-coated metal bullet in the leg, and photographing themselves abusing him.

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Degradation of prisoners is a war crime.

Dec 24 07:31

War Crimes Case Filed in Germany

A human rights group in Berlin, Germany, has filed a criminal complaint against the architects of the George W. Bush administration’s torture program. The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights has accused former Bush administration officials, including CIA Director George Tenet and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, of war crimes, and called for an immediate investigation by a German prosecutor.

Dec 23 15:18

Obama offers $5 mil for recapture of al-Qaida fighter released from Gitmo

Although President Barack Obama and his administration continue to aggressively push to closedown the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detention center for terrorist prisoners, they might wish to review their own files on released detainees and where they are today. For example, according to the government watchdog Judicial Watch on Monday, an al-Qaida terrorist who was released from the military prison at Guantanamo, Cuba, is now wanted by the United States government for his jihadist activity and he's on a global terrorist list that offers $5 million for information about his location.

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He is on planet Earth.

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Dec 23 14:19

Torture Report Epilogue: No Punishment for CIA Staff Who Spied on Senate

Well, if we’re not going to punish CIA officials for torturing people and misleading leaders about it, we’re certainly not going to punish CIA officials for snooping on Senate staff and misleading leaders about it, right? Right. After a nasty fight over the Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report led to a group of CIA officials snooping on the computers Senate staff were using to put the report together, it seems that a panel is going to recommend no disciplinary action

Dec 23 10:44

US moves to block distribution of graphic photos of military’s brutal detainee abuse. Again.

The government is withholding nearly 2,100 images that show the military's brutal treatment of detainees at various prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan. While the previously disclosed pictures from Abu Ghraib are the stuff of nightmares- piles of naked bodies, detainees being led on leashes, and US soldiers giving a thumbs up as it happens- these photographs are siad to be even more disturbing. One image reportedly shows a female soldier pretending to sodomize a naked prisoner with a broom, while others allegedly depict US troops pointing guns at detainees' heads.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A memo to the US government: release the photos. And then create the climate in the US military and CIA, along with clear guidelines, which will absolutely insure that this dark chapter in America's history will never, ever repeat itself against US-held prisoners of war.

When the US tortures, or outsources torture, the following happens.

The world comes to see that those values the US government alleges that it holds dear (humanity, decency, and human rights) are simply words, with absolutely no true meaning.

This alone should stop the US government from torturing prisoners of war, if we ever wish to be viewed as a moral nation again.

And when the US tortures, it gives carte blanche for governments which don't particularly like the US to do precisely the same to our military and civilian personnel.

To those of you with family or friends in the military, please think about that for awhile.

Humankind has known since the time of the Catholic Inquisition that torture only gets the tortured person to confess to whatever the torturer is accusing him of doing to get the torture to stop.

Torture is about getting confessions; not about procuring actionable intelligence.

So why, in the 21st century, did the US government sign off on torture, under the watch of that unholy trinity of Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld?!?

First, as reported at islandbreath.blogspot.com:

Comment by editor Mike Slavo at SHTF Plan concerning the article below: As this article makes quite clear, while the debate over the use of torture by the CIA and other entities against enemies and terrorists is important, the framing of the report sidesteps the pertinent question of why torture was being used during the Bush Administration’s prosecution of the War on Terror. And the answer was pointed out by the 2009 Armed Service Committee report – that torture has been used historically to produce false confession. FALSE confessions. Why? To produce bogus and sensational stories to support pro-war, pro-torture, pro-clandestine propaganda. Cheney, Rumsfeld and others in the Bush Administration were trying to justify and goad on the war in Iraq by linking Saddam Hussein to Osama bin Laden and 9/11. The rhetoric is in countless media clips from the time, but the factual case was not there. Torture victims were pressed to provide the links the administration needed to open the door to endless war, and to stir fear in the minds of the American population.

And secondly, there are some monumentally twisted pieces of work, allegedly human, who get off on torturing, and they understood, under the previous administration, that torturing never meant having, ultimately to say, "you're sorry"; it was all emotional pleasure for them in this process, and no moral responsibility whatsoever.

I sometimes wonder if, emotionally, signing off on these horrific practices, in order to obtain false confessions, made Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld feel butch.

Hell, if someone passed out from the pain, a medic could, usually, bring them back to consciousness again, and the "fun" would start all over for them.

I am strongly reminded of a World War II German interrogator who absolutely never, ever used harsh treatment to get information. The guy's name is Hanns Scharff, and he learned English as a businessman in South Africa before the war. here is his story:

The Scharff method, if so it may be called, relied on the initial premise that it was better for a flier to co-operate with the Luftwaffe, instead of being regarded as a spy and handed over to the Gestapo. Even though there were a few prisoners who remained button-lipped, Scharff resolutely refused to descend to using physical coercion. Instead of using pliers to squeeze information out of prisoners, Scharff got what he and his superiors wanted by playing on a prisoner's sense of isolation and psychological insecurity. Carefully deploying what were sometimes meagre scraps of data, Scharff sought to create the illusion of total knowledge about a prisoner's activities. Misled into believing that the interrogator knew just about everything anyway, the latter could then be bamboozled into disclosing military secrets. Scharff appeared to reverse the overtly adversarial relationship between interrogator and prisoner by adopting a subtle, softly-softly approach.

What this man did was discover actionable intelligence without ever resorting to violence.

One would think that the US government would be able, perhaps, to learn from history; unfortunately, in recent years, it has proven itself pathologically incapable of doing so.

Dec 23 10:26

Israel violates Gaza ceasefire nearly every day

After Israeli warplanes bombed Gaza on Friday, the BBC described the air strike on “a Hamas facility” as “the first such action since the declaration of a truce in August.”

The short BBC News item, essentially a repackaged Israeli army press statement, added that the strike was “in response” to a rocket fired earlier from Gaza.

The casual reader would understand this to mean that Israel has held its fire since the August ceasefire which ended the intensive bombing this summer that claimed more than 2,200 Palestinian lives.

However, the reality is that Israel has fired on Palestinians in Gaza nearly every day since the 26 August truce.

Dec 23 10:25

CIA Agents Reportedly Impersonated Senate Staffers While Torture Report Was Being Produced

CIA agents “impersonated Senate staffers” while the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence was producing its report on the agency’s rendition, detention and interrogation program, according to Huffington Post.

“According to sources familiar with the CIA inspector general report that details the alleged abuses by agency officials,” journalists Ali Watkins and Ryan Grim reported, “CIA agents impersonated Senate staffers in order to gain access to Senate communications and drafts of the Intelligence Committee investigation.”

A source “familiar” with the inspector general report, which remains classified, told Huffington Post, “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.”

Dec 23 07:57

Democracy And Corruption: Germany Files War Crimes Charges Against Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld And Other CIA Officials

The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights has filed a criminal complaint against U.S. torture program architects and members of the Bush Administration. The organization has accused CIA director George Tenet and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld of war crimes and they’ve called for a German prosecutor to conduct an immediate investigation.

This move follows the release of the damning Senate report on CIA torture that includes the case of German citizen Khalid El-Masri, who was captured in 2004 by CIA agents in a case of mistaken identity. The report revealed the shocking contrast of democracy and corruption.

Bizarrely, the only person involved with the CIA torture program who has been charged with a crime is the man who exposed the war crimes — whistleblower John Kiriakou.

Dec 22 16:06

Yet no apology: CIA’s mistaken detention destroyed German man’s life

Khalid al Masri is a broken man today. A decade after the CIA snatched him by mistake, flew him half way around the world in secret, and questioned him as part of its detention and interrogation program, he’s yet to recover.

He’s abandoned his home. He no longer is part of the lives of his wife or children. Friends can’t find him. His attorneys can’t find him. German foreign intelligence will say only that he’s “somewhere in a western-leaning Arab nation.”

When his Ulm attorney and confidant Manfred Gnjidic last saw him, he was broke, unkempt, paranoid and completely alone. He’d been arrested twice and sent once to a psychiatric ward, once to jail. He was in deep need of psychological counseling but with no hope of the extensive help he needed.

Dec 22 15:46

Federal Court Gives “Early Christmas Present” to War Criminals Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Others, Immunizing Them From Civil Inquiry Regarding Iraq War

Late Friday, a federal judge dismissed a civil claim filed against George W. Bush and other high-ranking officials regarding their conduct in planning and waging the Iraq War, and immunized them from further proceedings.

“This is an early Christmas present to former Bush Administration officials from the federal court,” Inder Comar of Comar Law said. Comar brought the claim on behalf of an Iraqi refugee and single mother, Sundus Shaker Saleh. “This was a serious attempt to hold US leaders accountable under laws set down at the Nuremberg Trials in 1946. I am very disappointed at the outcome.”

Dec 22 10:13

FLASHBACK - Boston Legal Season 2 Episode 19 - Stick It

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Start watching at the 28 minute mark.

Dec 22 09:00

Scottish orphans used in ‘military experiments’

The allegations centre on at least four institutions where thousands of children are said to have been experimented upon in conditions described as “like something out of Auschwitz”. It is alleged that Porton Down, the top secret military facility in Wiltshire, was involved in trialling drugs for use in the Cold War on youngsters who were regarded as “feeble-minded”.

Dec 22 08:06

Obama Signs Bill That Forbids Closing Gitmo, Insists He Will Ignore Provision

On Friday, President Obama signed yet another annual defense bill which explicitly forbids closing the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, leaving a pledge to close the site, made on his first day in office, unresolved.

Despite this, President Obama insisted that he will “do everything I can” to close the site, which apparently did not include not signing anything that bans closing the site.

Obama did accompany the signing with a statement insisting that anything he views as violation of his constitutional powers, which includes the Gitmo provision, would be ignored.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

And if you believe THAT one...

Dec 22 08:00

Obama vows 'do everything I can' to close Guantanamo: CNN interview

U.S. president Barack Obama said in a TV interview set for broadcast on Sunday that he will do "everything I can" to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after four Afghan detainees held there were sent home.

Obama promised to shut the internationally condemned prison when he took office nearly six years ago, saying it was damaging America's image around the world. But he has been unable to do so, partly because of obstacles posed by the U.S. Congress.

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Obama said this on CNN just two days after signing a bill to keep Guantanamo open!

Dec 22 07:20

Israel – America’s torture consultant

I watched painfully former Vice-President Dick Cheney on NBC television’s “Meet the Press” programme trying to defend and redefine his role in the “authorised” CIA torture. Whenever he was asked about a specific torture case, Cheney always referred back to the “tortured” Americans who lost their lives in 9/11.

Dec 22 07:08

CCR Joins Criminal Complaint in Germany Against Bush-Era Architects of Torture

Germany's Chief Federal Prosecutor must investigate former CIA boss Tenet, former Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld and others - and should not wait until they are on German soil.

Dec 22 06:55

Four Afghans Released From Guantánamo Bay

The United States transferred four detainees from the Guantánamo Bay prison to Afghanistan late Friday, the Defense Department announced Saturday, fulfilling a request from the new Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, in what officials here characterized as a show of good will between the United States and the government in Kabul.

Dec 22 06:12

New York Times calls for Cheney, Bush officials to be investigated and prosecuted for torture

In a blistering editorial published in the Monday edition of the New York Times, the editorial page editors are calling upon the Justice Department to open an investigation into the torture practices committed during the administration of President George W. Bush with an eye towards prosecuting those who “committed torture and other serious crimes,” along with former Vice President Dick Cheney and other major administration officials.

Under a headline reading, “Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses,” the board criticizes the administration of current President Barrack Obama for failing “to bring to justice anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects,” during the period following the attack on 9/11.

Webmaster's Commentary: 

Unfortunately, as well intentioned as this op ed may be, it will only happen when pigs fly.

And the reason I say this is that the monied and corporate interests wanted Iraq's oil to be sold only in US dollars; that has not changed, and will not change, at least in the short term.

They still want wars, with which to attach and purchase, assets around the world; assets in which neither they nor their children will fight, get tortured, or be maimed for life or die.

For them, it is always completely acceptable that other people's children fight, die,get maimed for life, or get tortured to enhance their corporation's private profits.

Dec 20 10:08

The CIA Experimented on Human Beings

Human experimentation was a core feature of the CIA’s torture program. The experimental nature of the interrogation and detention techniques is clearly evident in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s executive summary of its investigative report, despite redactions (insisted upon by the CIA) to obfuscate the locations of these laboratories of cruel science and the identities of perpetrators.

At the helm of this human experimentation project were two psychologists hired by the CIA, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen. They designed interrogation and detention protocols that they and others applied to people imprisoned in the agency’s secret “black sites.”

Webmaster's Commentary: 

"...derived from experiments on dogs..."?!?!?

Sorry, will you run that one by me just one more time please?!?

How can dogs provide actionable intelligence, to be "extracted", after they have become totally submissive, through the process of "learned helplessness"?!?

Where is the moral outrage, please, in this country, that such a thing should be allowed to come to fruition?!?

And I say this because humankind has known, since the Catholic Inquisition, that torture only gets the person to say what the torturer wants them to say in order to get the torture to stop.

Torture produces no actionable intelligence; only confessions, period, end of discussion.

And IF the US was in fact a moral country, these men, alongside that unholy trinity of Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld, would be cooling their heels in a prison, awaiting a trial for torture, and crimes against humanity.

And until and unless that happens, the US will simply sink deeper into the morass of dictatorship, more unwinnable wars, and the persecution, and jailing, of whistle blowers and the independent media, working hard to tell the truth, and not for financial gain.

A harsh wind blows across this country, and there is a collective shiver up and down the collective spine of every thinking American.

And the reason for that is a very clear understanding of the Biblical injuction about "That which you sow, you shall also reap."

This country has sown the seeds of death, torture, and war for private financial gain.

And what do we see this December, just days away from a celebration of Christmas?!? More wars, and rumors of wars, both fiscal (as in the agreement with the Saudi government to keep oil prices artificially low to destroy Russia's economy), and shooting wars as well.

I care very deeply about the future of this country, but feel that we are moving in absolutely the wrong directions, in both domestic and foreign policies.

And unfortunately, one of the key prerequisites for working for the last several administrations has been a pathological, intellectually myopic inability to think any action through to its logical conclusion.

Looking at the current situation in Iraq; in Afghanistan; in Libya; and in Yemen, one can very clearly see the outcome of this kind of thinking.

Dec 20 08:46

US elite has gone far beyond Hitler's impudence and cruelty

Brutal and bloody provocations are a tool of choice of USA's politics. US intelligence greyhounds have taken a hand in white powder from Iraq, in September 11 attacks and torture. These are not conspiracy theories - this is real politics, President of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems and military analyst Konstantin Sivkov believes.

"They have recently published the torture report in the United States, even though those tortures were not happening on the territory of the United States. Only 500 pages of the 6,000-page report have been published. It is unthinkable what US special services were doing to those suspects after the attacks of the Twin Towers. State Department officials said that no one would be punished for any of those tortures. Do you think that the world community will turn a blind eye on that again and continue to admire American democracy?"

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Nope!

Dec 20 08:22

Dog Torture at Bottom of CIA Scandal

In Part 1 of Seligman and Steve Maier’s experiment, three groups of dogs were placed in harnesses. Group 1 dogs were simply put in the harnesses for a period of time and later released. Groups 2 and 3 consisted of “yoked pairs.” A dog in Group 2 would be intentionally subjected to pain by being given electric shocks, which the dog could end by pressing a lever. A Group 3 dog was wired in series with a Group 2 dog, receiving shocks of identical intensity and duration, but his lever did not stop the electric shocks. To a dog in Group 3, it seemed that the shock ended at random, because it was his paired dog in Group 2 that was causing it to stop. For Group 3 dogs, the shock was apparently “inescapable.” Group 1 and Group 2 dogs quickly recovered from the experience, but Group 3 dogs learned to be helpless, and exhibited symptoms similar to chronic clinical depression.

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"Well, yeah, it might be okay to torture Muslims, BUT NOW YOU TORTURED DOGS AND YOU ARE IN DEEP KIMCHEE, fella! We have animal cruelty laws in this nation! Just ask Michael Vick!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Dec 20 07:49

CLG Exclusive: CIA Torture Queen Bought $825K House While Torturing Her Way to the Top

The redacted (525 of 6,700 pages) C.I.A. torture report has revealed possible war crimes and violations of the Nuremberg ban on human experimentation by C.I.A. agents and U.S. military contractors. On December 19, 2014, journalists Glenn Greenwald and Peter Maass revealed the name of the C.I.A. senior officer at the center of the C.I.A.'s torture scandals: Alfreda Frances Bikowsky.

Now, CLG can report that Alfreda Bikowsky purchased (and likely still lives in) a well-appointed ranch house in Mclean, Virginia. Nestled in a wooded lot at 1437 Brookhaven Drive, the well-concealed house is a short 19-minute, 12-mile commute to the Central Intelligence Agency in Reston, Virginia. Formerly owned by Michael E. Geltner, the property was sold to Bikowsky for a mere $825,000 by realtor Michael Chang in April of 2012.

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Bikowsky was a senior staff member at the Bin Laden Issue Station in January 2000.[14] She was the direct supervisor of Michael Anne Casey, a CIA staff operations officer who was assigned to track future 9/11 hijacker Khalid al-Mihdhar at an al-Qaeda operatives' meeting in Malaysia in early January 2000.[8] Casey blocked a draft cable written by Doug Miller, a FBI agent detailed to the Bin Laden Issue Station, to the FBI warning that al-Mihdhar had a multiple-entry visa for travel to the U.S.[15][16](p240) Mark Rossini, another FBI agent first assigned to the Bin Laden Issue Station in 1999,[16](p233) testifies that Casey also verbally ordered him to not share information with FBI headquarters about al-Mihdhar or Nawaf al-Hazmi, who was traveling with al-Mihdhar.[1][17] Rossini further states that Bikowsky told congressional investigators in 2002 that she hand-delivered al-Mihdhar's visa information to FBI headquarters. This was later proven false by FBI log books.[1] The CIA shared some details about al-Mihdhar with the FBI at that time, but not that he had a valid visa to enter the U.S.[16](pp244–7)

Interrogation of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Bikowsky has been identified as "the redheaded former Soviet analyst who had been in the Bin Laden Unit during Michael Scheuer's supervision"[7](p273) in Jane Mayer's book, The Dark Side.[8] After Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was captured in March 2003, Mayer writes of Bikowsky:

Despite the CIA's insistence on the professionalism of its interrogation program, according to two well-informed Agency sources, one particularly overzealous female officer had to be reprimanded for her role. After Mohammed was captured, the woman, who headed the Al Qaeda unit in the CTC, was so excited she flew at government expense to the black site where Mohammed was held so that she could personally watch him being waterboarded. ... Coworkers said she had no legitimate reason to be present during Mohammed's interrogation. She was not an interrogator. "She thought it would be cool to be in the room," a former colleague said. (p. 273)[7]

Dec 19 16:22

Israel Breaks Cease-Fire by Bombing Gaza

Israel’s airstrikes violate the cease-fire that followed the country’s “Protective Edge” military attacks on Gaza earlier this year.

Israeli warplanes launched two airstrikes in eastern Al-Qarara - Khanyounis city, teleSUR’s correspondent in Gaza Noor Harazeen reported.

She said the rocket fire, a “violation of the truce” following Israel’s Protective Edge bombing campaign earlier this year, “is one of the most serious attacks on Gaza.”

Other people in the area have reported that there are blackouts in part of Gaza, such as Khan Younis.

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You need to ask yourself if Palestine would fire a single rocket into Israel just as the resolutions on Palestine are about to go before the Security Council. And a moment's thought suggests that Palestine is not that stupid and this is another Israel false-flag.

John Kerry already indicated the US would veto all Palestinian Resolutions, but this is uncomfortable for the US Government as it underscores that they are slaves to Israel. Better for the US and better for Israel if the resolutions are "interrupted."

Hence an Israeli collaborator in Israel fires a fireworks rocket into an empty lot in Israel and Israel uncorks a new major military offensive as their "Final Solution to the Palestinian Question."

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Dec 19 08:13

US rebuked foreign governments for using the same torture methods as the CIA was using

So the CIA doesn’t consider “waterboarding” — mock execution by near drowning — to be torture, but the U.S. State Department does.

State Department reports from 2003 to 2007 concluded that Sri Lanka’s use of “near-drowning” of detainees was among “methods of torture.” Its reports on Tunisia from 1996 to 2004 classified “submersion of the head in water” as “torture.” In fact, the U.S. military has prosecuted variants of waterboarding for more than 100 years — going back to the U.S. occupation of the Philippines in the early 1900s.

Dec 18 16:32

Leaked Internal CIA Document Admits US Drone Program “Counterproductive” … Obama Did It ANYWAY

Obama Knew Drone Strikes Were Counter-Productive, But Did It Anyway

Previously-leaked documents showed that the CIA warned Obama that funding rebels doesn’t work … but Obama decided to fund the Syrian rebels anyway for cynical political gain.

Top CIA officers say that drone strikes increase terrorism (and see this). Indeed, virtually all aspects of the American “war on terror” strategy creates more terrorists and weakens our national security. And see this.

Now, a leaked internal CIA memo shows that the Agency told Obama that drone strikes might be counter-productive.

Dec 18 14:31

The Folks Guide to Enhanced Interrogation Techniques

Now that the CIA’s infamous “torture report” has finally gone public, it’s time to speak of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (EIT) and what folks need to know about it.

First of all, EIT is actually the sound folks make when trying to breathe on the waterboard. It’s an inside joke. Yeah, they tortured some folks… but not to gain intelligence, since they know torture doesn’t work for that. Getting some poor devil to confess under torture is not that hard, heck, they got folks to confess to the murder of Elvis and even had one guy who swore he had been laden (haven’t we all?). You see, when someone is shoving a tube up folk’s asset for Enhanced Rectal Interrogation while choking them to death, chances are folks will say pretty much anything at all to end the torture. That’s not intelligence, that’s despair. And the officials who ordered and carried out the torture are quite aware of this fact.

Dec 18 11:16

COMIC STRIP OF THE DAY ~~ TORTURED LOGIC

Dec 18 07:50

Criminal complaint against Bush era architects of torture

The German Federal Prosecutor must investigate former CIA Director Tenet, former Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld and others - and should not wait until they are on German soil

Dec 18 07:47

Napoleon vs. Cheney: 'Interrogation That Actually Works'; Icing on the 'Hate-Cake'

Not only is torture against international law, it also produces no useful intelligence. Common sense is enough to prove that statement.

If someone threatened to rape your sister, kill your mom, or shackled you until you were half-dead while feeding you up your anus, you would say nearly anything to ease the pain. So would I, and so would everyone else. Anyone who disagrees is either a liar or a fool.

Even Napoleon recognized that fact.

Dec 17 13:20

Mike Gravel to Sen. Mark Udall: Make Full Torture Probe Public Like I Did With Pentagon Papers

On the Senate floor last week, outgoing Democratic Sen. Mark Udall called for a purge of top CIA officials implicated in the torture program and cover-up, including current Director John Brennan. But as he enters the final days of his Senate term, Udall is facing calls to take action of his own. The Senate findings released last week amount to only a fraction of the full report — 480 heavily redacted pages out of more than 6,000 pages total. The White House has blocked the report's full release in deference to the CIA's wishes. That's sparked demands that Udall invoke a rarely used congressional privilege and make the report public. There is precedent for him to follow: In 1971, then-Alaska Senator Mike Gravel entered more than 4,000 pages of the 7,000-page Pentagon Papers into the Senate record, insisting the public had a right to know the truth behind the Vietnam War.

Dec 17 12:02

I saw British agents at secret torture sites, says boss of CIA's brutal interrogation programme

The man at the centre of the CIA’s brutal interrogation regime has revealed British agents were present at torture sites around the world where detainees were questioned.

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Dec 17 10:56

WHITEWASHING CIA TORURE

“This is not who we are. This is not how we operate,” were the words of President Barack Obama commenting on the grisly findings of a long-awaited congressional report on the use of torture by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

But what if this is exactly who we are?

The report is difficult to read, not just because it is awfully long – hundreds of pages of a summary of a nearly 6,000-page investigation, including 38,000 citations based on the review of six million pages – but because it was most disturbing. Parts of it resemble the horror of an extremely dark Hollywood movie. But it was all real: fromrectal feeding (as in putting hummus in detainee’s rectums), to rape, to torturing prisoners to death, to blinding prisoners, to forcing them to stand on broken feet, for days. It is beyond ghastly.

Dec 17 09:27

Jon Stewart Rips Dick Cheney on Torture : Is He ‘Righteous Warrior or a Psychopath?’

Dec 17 07:45

Britain’s MoD uses torture systematically

Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided to shake off allegations of systematic abuse at any cost, as hard evidence corroborates the British Army’s use of torture techniques.

Dec 17 07:31

Blair Whitewash? Ex-PM Prepared To Face CIA Torture Inquiry Into UK Complicity

Tony Blair will face an inquiry into British complicity in the CIA’s torture of terror suspects. The former prime minister’s decision came to light following Home Secretary Theresa May’s announcement that the probe would not be judge-led.

Dec 17 07:05

SILENCED Official Trailer 2014

Dec 16 08:33

UN rights watchdog accuses Kiev forces of torture, inhumane treatment of civilians

Kiev-controlled volunteer battalions and the Ukrainian Security Service are involved in an increasing number of human rights violations including torture and forced disappearances of those suspected of “separatism,” according to a UN OHCHR report.

The report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says that Kiev's actions in eastern Ukraine to “restore order” have led to “arbitrary detentions, torture, and enforced disappearances of people suspected of ‘separatism and terrorism’. Most of such human rights violations appear to have been perpetrated by certain voluntary battalions or by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).”

The eighth OHCHR report on the human rights situation in Ukraine released on Monday added that the procedural rights of people have not always been observed, with reports of ill-treatment and reprisals upon release.

Dec 16 08:27

Army Cancels Gitmo Hearing on FBI Infiltration

The US Army today announced that it has cancelled the two-day pretrial hearing at Guantanamo Bay related to FBI infiltration of the defense teams for detainees. They provided no reason for the cancellation.

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But we can guess!

Dec 16 08:20

The Most Gruesome Moments in the CIA ‘Torture Report’

The CIA’s rendition, interrogation, and detention programs were even more nightmarish than you could imagine.

Interrogations that lasted for days on end. Detainees forced to stand on broken legs, or go 180 hours in a row without sleep. A prison so cold, one suspect essentially froze to death. The Senate Intelligence Committee is finally releasing its review of the CIA’s detention and interrogation programs. And it is brutal.

Dec 16 08:12

Feds’ fight to withhold CIA torture photos may soon end

For a decade now, a legal back-and-forth has continued to brew between lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union intent on having the photos released, and government attorneys operating under first President George W. Bush, then President Barack Obama, to keep the images from public eyes. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals said in 2008 that a 21-photo subset of the images should be released, but President Obama argued that doing as much would “further inflame anti-American opinion and...put our troops in greater danger.” Soon after, the Protected National Security Documents Act (PNSDA) was passed, allowing the Pentagon to withhold certain images should a court agree with whatever rationale is argued.

Dec 16 08:03

Manning tortured like terrorist, Welsh relatives say

US authorities tortured Chelsea Manning with barbaric CIA techniques, which posed a threat to her psychological health, the Welsh aunt of the jailed whistleblower revealed to local media. Before her trial for providing WikiLeaks with the largest cache of classified information in US history, Chelsea Manning was humiliated in a similar way that terrorist suspects were, her Welsh relatives told WalesOnline on Sunday. “What really hurt me was the treatment Chelsea received in Quantico two years before the trial: stripped naked, kept in solitary confinement, made to stand in a corner, everything taken away,” said Sharon Staples, Manning's aunt. Her revelation echoed the 2012 report of UN special rapporteur Juan Mendez, who ruled that “the alleged prolonged solitary confinement … was…a violation of Manning's right to physical and psychological integrity,” as well as of presumption of innocence.

Dec 16 07:26

Torture in Israeli prisons: 200 methods used against Palestinian prisoners

Hundreds of torture methods used against Palestinian prisoners during interrogations conducted in Israeli prisoners have been observed by human rights organisations and prisoners’ rights associations.

A report by the United Nations lists around 200 methods of torture. The Israeli rights group B’Tselem listed around 105 torture methods. Regardless of the number, all these reports indicate a grave level of violations perpetrated against Palestinians following their arrest.

Dec 15 16:30

The Congressional report on torture confirms that Al Qaeda was not involved in the attacks of September 11

President Barack Obama announced that he would not pursue any of the perpetrators of these crimes, while defenders of human rights are fighting to have the perpetrators brought to justice. It’s the least we can do.

However, the real issues are elsewhere: Why did the CIA committed such crimes? Why did it fabricate confessions to link al-Qaeda artificially to the attacks of September 11? And therefore, al-Qaeda being unrelated to the attacks of Sept. 11, who has the CIA therefore sought to protect?

Dec 15 13:03

John Yoo Says CIA Maybe Went Too Far

s former Vice President Dick Cheney argued on Sunday that the CIA's aggressive interrogation of terrorism suspects did not amount to torture, the man who provided the legal rationale for the program said that in some cases it had perhaps gone too far.

Former Justice Department lawyer John Yoo said the sleep deprivation, rectal feeding and other harsh treatment outlined in a U.S. Senate report last week could violate anti-torture laws.

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Slicing up a man's penis with a scalpel is over the line, I think.

Dec 15 11:36

Uruguay, 1964 to 1970: Torture—as American as apple pie

“The precise pain, in the precise place, in the precise amount, for the desired effect.”

The words of an instructor in the art of torture. The words of Dan Mitrione, the head of the Office of Public Safety (OPS) mission in Montevideo.

Officially, OPS was a division of the Agency for International Development, but the director of OPS in Washington, Byron Engle, was an old CIA hand. His organization maintained a close working relationship with the CIA, and Agency officers often operated abroad under OPS cover, although Mitrione was not one of them.

Dec 15 11:32

Cheney Calls Torture Report a Crock, Says He’d ‘Do It Again in a Minute’

Former vice president Dick Cheney defended the CIA’s actions claiming it “worked” to help keep the country safe. If some innocent people were tortured, it doesn’t matter because Cheney believes it had successful results.

Dec 15 06:52

CIA torture is reason for France to exit NATO – Le Pen

The shocking revelations of CIA torture techniques give France a reason to exit NATO, National Front party leader Marine Le Pen said on Saturday. The report on the CIA’s former interrogation practices has drawn wide criticism since its release.

“If indeed everyone is outraged by the tortures used by the US then, let’s leave NATO,” Le Pen said during an interview with Europe 1 radio channel. She wrote the same statement on her Twitter account.

Dec 15 06:33

Robert Fisk on the CIA 'torture report': Once again language is distorted in order to hide US state wrongdoing

Long before I knew him, undergraduate Fisk laboured at his university linguistics course, where Chomsky’s work first alerted me to the pernicious use of language. Hence I condemn at once the vile semantics of the Pentagon and the CIA. Not just that old, wolfish, obscene phrase “collateral damage”, but the language of torture.

Or, as the lads who torture on our behalf call it, “enhanced interrogation techniques”. Let’s take a closer look at that. “Enhanced” is a word of improvement. It suggests something better, more learned, even less costly. For example, “enhanced medicine” would presumably involve a more streamlined way of improving your health. Just as “enhanced schooling” would suggest a more worthy education for a child. “Interrogation” at least gives a hint of what this is all about. Asking questions and getting – or not getting – a reply. But “techniques” beats the lot. A technique is a technical skill, is it not? Usually, so my dictionary tells me, in artistic work.

Dec 14 18:19

Romania agreed to host CIA ‘black sites’ to be accepted into NATO – ex spy chief

Romania allowed the CIA to use a number of sites on its territory, a former head of the country’s intelligence confessed. He added that Bucharest’s bid to join NATO at the time prevented it from asking the US about the purposes of the sites.

The sites in question were called “transit centers” and Romania was unaware of whether they were used for detention, Ioan Talpes, who headed Romania’s Foreign Intelligence Service from 2000 to 2004, told the daily Adevarul in a video interview posted online on Saturday.

"The Romanian side was not interested in what the Americans were doing, purposely to show them that they could trust us," said Talpes.

Dec 14 12:40

THE CHANUKAH MIRACLE AND CIA TORTURE

Guardian editors chose the photo of Bush in front of a menorah (from a 2008 White House Hanukkah ceremony) despite the absence of any references to Jews in the text, and the fact that the media group no doubt has countless other photos of the former president – which don’t include eye-catching symbols evoking one particular religion which isn’t the focus of the editorial – that they could have used instead.

Dec 14 10:05

Top Dems in Congress knew of interrogation tactics in 2002, fmr. CIA official says

Some Democrats who have criticized the actions described in the Senate report on torture were aware of each of the techniques — including waterboarding and sleep deprivation — as far back as 2002, a former top CIA official said Sunday.

Dec 14 08:29

The U.S. Spent Decades Teaching Torture Techniques To Brazil

The Latin American country’s National Truth Commission just produced its own torture report, which among other things documents the way American teachers taught Brazilian officers the theory and methods of torture.

Dec 14 07:55

Waterboarding

Waterboarding is a form of torture, more specifically a type of water torture, in which water is poured over a cloth covering the face and breathing passages of an immobilized captive, causing the individual to experience the sensation of drowning. Waterboarding can cause extreme pain, dry drowning, damage to lungs, brain damage from oxygen deprivation, other physical injuries including broken bones due to struggling against restraints, lasting psychological damage, and death.[1] Adverse physical consequences can manifest themselves months after the event, while psychological effects can last for years.[2]

Dec 14 07:51

You fly over foreign lands, maybe kill people, then drive home for dinner

It's an odd quirk of modern warfare than when a bomb falls in Yemen or Iraq, the person who dropped it might be able finish her mission and be back home for dinner — in Nevada.

But that is reality for operators of the American drones that spy on, and sometimes kill, potential terrorists all over the world.

"Taylor" is one of those long-distance soldiers. She doesn't want us to use her real name, knowing that some people aren’t happy about what she does for a living. She fears they’ll target her for protests.

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Taylor is a murderer, killing innocent people in other countries with which we are not actually at war. For every terror "suspect" (who in many cases are innocent people named only for the reward money) some 20-30 innocent bystanders are killed.

Dec 14 07:46

Diego Garcia guards its secrets even as the truth on CIA torture emerges

It was July 2005 and Jack Straw was in combative mood. During a parliamentary debate, the then foreign secretary insisted that there was no need for a judicial inquiry into the UK’s role in extraordinary rendition – “unless we all start to believe in conspiracy theories and that the officials are lying, that I am lying, that behind this there is some kind of secret state which is in league with some dark forces in the United States”.

But the publication last week of a long-awaited US Senate intelligence report has raised fresh questions about what the UK knew about the CIA’s torture programme – and in particular the role played by an obscure overseas British territory.

Dec 14 07:44

CIA morale 'deeply hurt' following Senate report

"The CIA is going through a huge morale problem," said US security expert Harlan Ullman in an interview with DW, commenting on the recent US Senate report on the CIA's interrogation methods, which has made serious torture allegations against the secret service. "CIA employees believed they were doing what they were supposed to be doing. They find this to be a devastating critique."

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Awwwwwww ... Let's all feel; bad for the poow widdle torturers over at the Central Intelligence Agency, who are apparently not intelligent enough to remember the Nuremberg principle that torturing innocent people to find weapons of mass destruction that don't exist is not what they are "supposed to be doing" no matter what their superiors say. So in point of fact I do not feel any sympathy because they have low morale right now. They should be facing war crimes trials!

Dec 14 07:11

Now put Blair and Straw on trial for torture, says diplomat who was fired when he warned Labour Government of UK collusion with US abuse

In the summer of 2004, I warned Tony Blair’s Foreign Office that Britain was using intelligence material which had been obtained by the CIA under torture. Two months later I was sacked as the British Ambassador to Uzbekistan on the orders of Downing Street, bringing to an end my 20-year diplomatic career.

When I then went public with the news that Uzbek territory was part of a global CIA torture programme, I was dismissed as a fantasist by Mr Blair’s henchmen. Now finally, a decade later, I have been vindicated by last week’s shocking Senate Intelligence Committee report.

Over 500 pages it details the CIA’s brutal abuse of Al Qaeda suspects, who were flown around the world to be tortured in a network of secret prisons. One of these was in Uzbekistan, where the US had an air base.

Dec 14 06:58

Outsourcing Atrocity: The School of the Americas and the C.O.I.N. Fundamentalists

Since its founding in 1946, the School of the Americas has trained tens of thousands of police and military personnel in Latin America and the Caribbean. Not by coincidence, its graduates were involved in some of the worst atrocities of the 20th century – from filling the ranks of Haiti’s brutal Tonton Macoutes to training the founders of Mexico’s paramilitary narco-cartel Los Zetas. It’s no exaggeration to say that the School of the Americas has painted an entire region in blood.

While the School left a permanent mark on countries throughout the hemisphere, the doctrine it expounded has also metastasized into an intellectual cancer infecting the way NATO countries in the post-Soviet era fight the Wars on Drugs and Terror. This is a story of studied incompetence, torture and murder. And judging by the militarized response of American police departments, from Occupy Wall Street to Ferguson, the trend isn't just going global: it's also coming home.

Dec 14 06:54

The Military and CIA Interrogation Program Has Not Stopped

The Senate report on torture created a tsunami of media coverage this week. The American public hasn’t been so shocked by evidence of the U.S. torture program since the Abu Ghraib photos of 2004. The program is far worse than previously disclosed. Greater numbers of victims have been tortured for longer periods and in ways that rival the most infamous tortures in history (“rectal feeding”). But one falsehood gets repeated as fact by even in the most serious reporters, namely, that the torture program stopped years ago. It has not. The Appendix M of the 2006 Army Field Manual on interrogation methods allows military and CIA interrogators to continue torturing detainees, and the current force feeding of Guantanamo hunger strikers is so brutal it rises to the level of torture.

Dec 13 08:37

Obama under fire for castigating Bush-era torture program and claiming moral high ground all while his administration kills 'thousands of innocents' during droning of terrorism suspects

President Barack Obama is under fire this week for the way his White House has excoriated the previous administration for employing tactics it would categorize as torture all the while launching drone strikes on terrorism suspects abroad.

The enhanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA during the George W. Bush administration on 39 detainees resulted in just one death, Obama's critics have pointed out. Drone strikes conducted by the current occupant of the White House have killed more than 2,400 people.

After claiming all week that the release of a Senate Intelligence Committee report detailing the brutal tactics employed by the Bush administration to elicit information from terrorists was necessary in order for the U.S. to reassert it's 'moral authority,' the White House was forced on Friday to state on record that it doesn't believe its drone policy erodes the moral high ground on which it thinks it stands when it comes to human rights.

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This man is seriously, and dangerously, out of touch with the carnage his drone strike policy has caused, and the damage it has done to world perception of American jurisprudence.

Torture is absolutely wrong, and the only people who defend it are sick, twisted pieces of work who probably belong in an institution.

But extrajudicial assassinations are completely contrary to both the spirit, and literal interpretations, of the Constitution, and Bill of Rights. They are un-American in the extreme, in a society where presumption of innocence is the basis upon which all suspected criminals are to be judged by a jury of their peers.

It is an interesting psychological insight into our President that this is his preferred method of killing people he deems "dangerous".

Dec 13 08:30

Criticism of US drone programme lands activist in prison

US peace activist Kathy Kelly has been sentenced to 3 months prison for her criticism of the US drone programme in Afghanistan on the 10th December.

Considered to be Human Rights Day, peace activist Kathy Kelly was sentenced on the 10th December to 3 months prison by the US Federal court.

According to the Centre for Global Research the defence said that “The punishment for our attempt to speak on behalf of trapped and desperate people, abroad, will be an opportunity to speak with people trapped by prisons and impoverishment here in the U.S”

Dec 13 07:44

Bush fully authorised torture programme!

"CIA official says former U.S. President George Bush was fully in formed of the intelligence agency's torture programme and Identified a number of Washington officials who were aware of programme." click here

Have we had enough yet? Are we ready to grab some courage and face the facts?

The information above comes from the British newspaper the Dailymail.co.uk

The Times.co.uk leads with the headline: "Bush knew all about torture, insists CIA" click here

Has any U.S. mainstream paper provided this information?

Dec 13 07:41

Mallick: The torture twins behind the U.S. CIA report

The censored summary of the U.S. Senate report on American torture released this week is a visceral document, despite efforts by Republicans to present what it describes as a distant dry bloodless thing about which there are “no easy answers.” CIA director John Brennan used management speak when he asked, post-report, that his audience “put aside this debate and move forward to focus on issues that are more relevant to our current national security challenge.”

He sounds like a CEO caught padding his expense reports, but the fact is, the U.S. is now the country most associated with “rectal feeding” and torturing prisoners to the point where they moved obediently to the waterboarding table after hearing two finger snaps. Pavlov’s dogs weren’t as well-trained. You say “CIA,” I say “Hieronymus Bosch,” who was notorious for anal stabbing. That was in the 15th century, so the CIA went retro out of purest revenge.

Dec 13 07:39

US Defense Bill, Passed by Congress, Bans Transfer of Guantanamo Prisoners

The National Defense Authorization Act, passed by the US Senate 89-11 on Friday, would fund the US Department of Defense through fiscal year 2015, but it prohibits the department from transferring prisoners from the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison, despite US President Barack Obama's promises to close down the detention facility.

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How bloody convenient.

Innocent men who will NEVER be released from Gitmo, because water boarding was not the worst of what was done to them, languishing behind bars for the rest of their lives.

Apparently, this has become "The American Way" of treating prisoners of war; and it is not all that dissimilar from the way alleged "law enforcement officers" treat the American general public.

Would I, as a law-abiding citizen, minding my own business, EVER call the police right now if I thought something criminal was going on in my neighborhood?!?

I rather think not. Innocent people in this country are getting slaughtered in this country, just for being at the wrong place at the wrong time. And before you criticize that outlook, please consider the following, as reported yesterday at blacklistednews.com:

Acting on a bogus tip about methamphetamine from a car thief, the Laurens County Sheriff’s office obtained a search warrant for the home of devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, David Hooks. An hour after the judge signed the warrant police raided Hooks’ house and took the life of this innocent grandfather. An attorney representing David Hooks’ widow says that the September 24, shooting did not go down as law enforcement authorities stated in initial news releases, and the “true facts of this tragedy are in stark contrast” to official accounts. At approximately 11:00 pm on September 24, Laurens County Sheriff’s deputies barged unannounced into the home of Hooks. The sheriff’s office claims Hooks was shot after he got out a firearm and started showing aggression. Hooks was met with 17 shots from SWAT officers. Since the Free Thought Project initially reported on this killing by police in October, recent revelations show that not only were no shots fired, but the shotgun wasn’t even loaded. Even if the shotgun would have been load and Hooks would have shot at the officers, he had every right, as he was protecting his wife and home from, who he perceived to be unannounced intruders, who obviously meant him harm. Police, adamant on trying to justify their breaking and entering and subsequent murder, searched the home for 44 straight hours and didn’t find one single shred of contraband. Mitchell Shook is the attorney for the family and he is asking for the FBI to investigate, citing that the raid was illegal. According to WMAZ, the family’s attorney says Hooks had four wounds, two of which he says are very problematic. Shook says that’s according to the Laurens County EMS records. He says the same information is found in the medical records from Fairview Park Hospital. “One was to the side of the head, the other, was in his back, the back of his left shoulder, based on the evidence we see, we believe that David Hooks was face down on the ground when he received those last two shots,” says Shook. Teresa Hooks who is still experiencing a nightmare inflicted upon her by those sworn to protect and serve, recalls that horrid night.

I would like to be able to even think that this raid, and other ones like it, where there is no true vetting of the information to begin with, are abberations in law enforcement; unfortunately, they are becoming much more standard.

Dec 13 07:26

UK spies 'may have seen' CIA torture: Shock admission by former Labour security minister as Blair aide calls for Royal Commission into Britain's role

British spies may have been aware of torture carried out by the CIA, a former security minister admitted last night.

In the most frank official acceptance yet of potential complicity, Lord West of Spithead accepted there may have been the ‘odd case’ where UK agents knew of mistreatment and may even have been in the building when it happened.

Dec 13 06:59

Brazil Released Its Own Torture Report This Week, And The U.S. Is Implicated

As Americans learned about the deeply disturbing tactics of the CIA's post-9/11 torture program this week, the government in Brazil released a report filled with its own history of systemic abuses. The nearly-2,000-page report by Brazil's National Truth Commission detailed a pattern of killings and torture during a period of military dictatorship from 1964 to 1985.

The report not only shed light on the brutal methods of Brazilian interrogators, but also showed that the United States and the United Kingdom had trained some of the perpetrators in torture techniques.

Dec 13 06:51

New calls for return of Guantanamo Brit, after 13 years of torture

In the wake of a new report on US abuses post-9/11, calls have been renewed for the return of a British resident held without charge or trial at Guantanamo Bay for the past 13 years.

Shaker Aamer, a Londoner with a British wife and four British children, was captured and tortured by US forces in Afghanistan in 2001 before his rendition to Guantanamo Bay in 2002. His ordeal has included a litany of abuses similar to those described in the US Senate report on CIA torture, a portion of which was released this week. The details of CIA torture revealed in the report have provoked widespread condemnation.

As one of the first five prisoners taken to Bagram Air Force Base in late December 2001, Mr Aamer was forced to stay awake for nine days, beaten, denied food, and tied up in such a way as to risk strangling himself if he moved. Other times, he was forced to stand up for over 16 hours a day.

Dec 13 06:48

The Canadian torture state

Whipping with cables. Prolonged solitary confinement. Other unspeakable acts, committed against citizens with official blessing. Use of "information" gathered by torture considered legitimate.

No, no, I don't mean the Torture Report. I'm talking about Canada.

Let the other sordid drama play itself out in America. We've now learned more about "rectal feeding" (read: medically unjustified anal rape) than we ever wanted to know, and that's just for starters. Did the authorities raid every prison for the criminally insane to swell CIA ranks? Far worse, we're watching a desperate attempt to frame this whole series of vile acts as a period in (recent) history now thankfully ended. Don't you go believing that fairytale, now.

Dec 12 14:46

FLASHBACK 2005 - 'One of them made cuts in my penis. I was in agony'

They cut off my clothes with some kind of doctor's scalpel. I was naked. I tried to put on a brave face. But maybe I was going to be raped. Maybe they'd electrocute me. Maybe castrate me.

They took the scalpel to my right chest. It was only a small cut. Maybe an inch. At first I just screamed ... I was just shocked, I wasn't expecting ... Then they cut my left chest. This time I didn't want to scream because I knew it was coming.

One of them took my penis in his hand and began to make cuts. He did it once, and they stood still for maybe a minute, watching my reaction. I was in agony. They must have done this 20 to 30 times, in maybe two hours. There was blood all over. "I told you I was going to teach you who's the man," [one] eventually said.

Dec 12 11:33

How Not To Cover Torture

Dec 12 09:09

Revelations from the Torture Report – CIA Lies, Nazi Methods and the $81 Million No-Bid Torture Contract

After initially helping to devise the “enhanced interrogation” efforts, they were designated as the only two contractors allowed to oversee these interrogations at sites around the world. In 2005, they formed a company to receive contracts from the CIA. According to the Senate report, the base value of their contract in 2006 was in excess of $180 million.

By the time the CIA terminated their contract in 2009, the consulting firm founded by the two men had collected $81 million in taxpayer money. In May of that year, ProPublica reported, the firm abruptly gave up the lease on its Spokane, Washington, headquarters and disconnected the phone.

Still, according to the Senate report, the CIA will provide $5 million in indemnity costs to the firm to cover all legal expenses for potential criminal prosecution and investigations through 2021.

Dec 12 09:03

Indigenous Leader Tortured And Killed Days Before UN Testimony

For centuries, Indigenous people in various corners of the world have been thrown off of their property so their land and resources could be taken for aristocrats in far away lands. It was a war that began hundreds of years ago, and that war is still being waged today.

Just this week, it was announced that an indigenous leader from Ecuador was tortured and killed in the midst of a controversial fight against foreign mining companies who have unjustly taken land that has been claimed by indigenous people for centuries.

José Isidro Tendetza Antún, a former vice-president of the Shuar Federation of Zamora, had been missing since November 28th, and turned up dead just days ago, with some close to him saying that he was tortured.

Dec 12 08:35

‘CIA HQ ordered torture of prisoners, but only low-level staff may face prosecution’

The Senate’s report into CIA torture activities is facing criticism for lacking testimonies from the agency’s staff and the victims, professor Ben Davis told RT. He said that prosecuting low-level staffers isn't enough, as torture orders came from above.

Professor at the University of Toledo College of Law and member of Advocates for US Torture Prosecutions, Ben Davis, called for everyone responsible for torture to be held accountable.

Dec 12 07:31

“Verschärfte Vernehmung” (Yes, that’s Nazi for ‘enhanced interrogation’)

After listening to CIA director John Brennan’s long-winded attempt at community relations today, only three words come to mind…

Ya vol Commandant!

And then maybe these two words, “Verschärfte Vernehmung”. As it happens, those two German words are straight out of the Gestapo’s own manual on torture. Translated from German to English, it means, ‘enhanced interrogation’ - you get that fancy term we keep hearing about this week, you know, that thing that’s ‘keeping America safe’.

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Nazis using stress positions.

Dec 11 15:20

I Can’t Be Forgiven for Abu Ghraib

I SPENT this semester teaching creative writing at Lehigh University. I’ve been a soldier, a police officer and an interrogator. So hearing students call me “Professor” and assigning homework was a significant change of pace.

But the course’s title, Writing War, kept me from straying too far from the memories that have haunted me over the last decade. I am grateful to Lehigh for the opportunity to teach the course. The school’s willingness to put a veteran in the classroom is the very thing this country needs to be doing in order to collectively process what the last 13 years of war have wrought. But teaching a class about war reminded me daily that I am no college professor.

I was an interrogator at Abu Ghraib. I tortured.

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Cue the crocodile tears!

Dec 11 15:19

CNN's Anderson Cooper compares CIA report to Nazis, Khmer Rouge atrocities

CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday compared U.S. operatives who employed enhanced interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists to Nazis and the dreaded Khmer Rouge.

“It is shocking,” Cooper said, referring to a report released Tuesday by Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats that detailed the CIA’s and government contractors’ treatment of suspected terrorists.

"When you read this, if you envision Nazis doing this, and I even hate to say this, if you envision the Khmer Rouge doing this, it all – you can imagine that,” Cooper said.

Dec 11 15:05

FLASHBACK - Israeli Troops Shoot Palestinian Point Blank Range.

The incident took place on July 7 near the village of Nil'in which has been the scene in recent weeks of almost daily violent demonstrations against the construction of the West Bank security fence nearby.

According to the videotape, which the military said was reviewed by Judge Advocate General Brig.-Gen. Avichai Mandelblit, a Palestinian demonstrator - Ashraf Abu Rahma - is seen handcuffed and blindfolded and being led to a jeep by a high-ranking IDF officer

The video clip shows a soldier aim his weapon at the demonstrator's legs from about 1.5 meters away and then fire a rubber bullet at him. Abu-Rahma said the bullet hit his left toe and that he received treatment from an army medic and was then released by the soldiers.

Dec 11 13:54

Who’s Right … Torture Defenders Or Critics?

The Senate says that torture didn’t produce any actionable intelligence.

The CIA and a handful of those who ordered torture say that it was necessary.

Who’s right?

We don’t have to guess, get in a personality conflict, or engage in a partisan fight.

There is an overwhelming consensus among top interrogation experts of all stripes …
Torture INTERFERES With Our Ability to Fight Terrorism, Obtain Intelligence Information and Protect Our National Security

Dec 11 12:21

CIA boss says 9/11 attacks justified CIA enhanced interrogations

CIA Director John Brennan recounted the horrors of the 9/11 attacks in defending his agency’s use of enhanced interrogations.

Mr. Brennan made the remarks in a rare press conference in the wake of a Senate report released earlier this week the outlined aggressive tactics used by CIA officers to extract information from suspected terrorists.

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Mr. Brennon

Do you remember the Israelis arrested after being seen celebrating the collapsing Trade Center buildings? Do you remember that 3 of them were identified as Mossad agents?

Do you remember that just before 9-11, a massive Israeli spy ring, the largest foreign spy ring in US history was uncovered? Do you remember how Carl Cameron's four-part FOX News story on that Israeli spy ring included a quote from a US Government official that there was evidence linking those arrested Israeli spies to 9-11, but that this evidence was classified by the US Government?

Do you remember the Israelis stopped in New York on 9-11 whose truck tested positive for explosives?
Israelis stopped on 911 in New York with trucks showing signs of explosives?

Do you remember that every airplane used on 9-11 departed from an airport gate whose security was managed by an Israeli company?

Do you remember how Netanyahu stated that 9-11 was good for Israel?

do you recall Israel's long history of false-flag operations such as the Lavon affair and the attack on the USS Liberty?

So before you go any further with this bovine excrement about how 9-11 justified the torture of Muslims, tell us all how many Israelis were tortured to find the truth about 9-11?

Dec 11 12:08

Senate Torture Report Ignores CIA’s Most Brutal Crimes

On November 9, 2005, CIA Director of National Clandestine Service Jose Rodriguez, Jr. authorized the burning of 92 videotapes depicting the harsh interrogations of Abu Zubaydah and ’Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. In response to the destruction of those tapes, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence voted to review the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation program on March 5, 2009. With access to over six million pages of CIA documents, the Committee merely provided a superficial summary without bothering to interview any participants or victims of the RDI program.

Dec 11 11:08

YOU’LL NEVER GUESS WHO THE CIA USED TO JUSTIFY TORTURE

The newly-released report by the US Senate Intelligence Committee on the CIA’s use of torture says that CIA lawyers used Israel as a justification for building a legal case for torture of Al-Qa’ida suspects after the 9/11 attacks.

Dec 11 11:07

FLASHBACK AUGUST - Captives held by Islamic State were waterboarded

Critics of waterboarding have said for years that the practice endangered Americans, putting them at risk of being subjected to the same brutal treatment at the hands of the enemy.

“Waterboarding dates to the Spanish Inquisition and has been a favorite of dictators through the ages, including Pol Pot and the regime in Burma,” Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.) said in an op-ed in 2008. “Condoning torture opens the door for our enemies to do the same to captured American troops in the future.”

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Which is exactly what has happened.

Dec 11 11:04

FBI Counter-Terror Expert: ISIS Is Putting American Hostages In Orange Jumpsuits Because U.S. Put Tortured Guantanamo Detainees In Orange Jumpsuits

“Imagine if we didn’t go down that road [of using torture]. Imagine. We played into the enemy’s hand,” said Ali H. Soufan, a former F.B.I. agent who clashed with the C.I.A. over its interrogation tactics. “Now we have American hostages in orange jumpsuits because we put people in orange jumpsuits.”

In other words, ISIS is putting American hostages in orange jumpsuits because the U.S. put Muslim detainees in Guantanamo in orange jumpsuits.

And because the U.S. waterboarded Arab detainees, ISIS is waterboarding Western hostages.

Dec 11 10:59

"Corrupt, toxic & sociopathic"

Glenn Greenwald tells Salon how the torture report exposes true evil — and a nation drowning in hypocrisy

Dec 11 10:53

FALSE FLAG WARNING - Chicago A Top Terror Target; Ominous Tweet Connects ISIS Threat In City

Over the past six years, Chicago has become a top potential target for international terrorists, a top security expert said Friday, making the posting of a veiled threat by Islamic radicals on Twitter a higher cause for concern.

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Right now Washington DC is in a corner and desperate. The official confirmation of the use of torture on innocent victims has destroyed the moral authority of the United States. Foreign nations, who knew all along what was happening, but stayed silent for political reasons, are now free to vent their disdain openly.

DC needs a distraction. They need to refocus the public attention on war. They need, like Israel, to regain the victim status.

The defenders of the torture regime justify their actions on the basis of 9-11, and nothing would serve them better than a repeat right now in these last weeks before Christmas.

Hence, we are suddenly seeing all these stories about ISIS is already in America and ready to strike. FOX News ran a poll in which they reported 81% of Americans say ISIS will attack on US soil soon. No American actually knows what ISIS will do, outside of those US officials conducting this clandestine operation. But while prudent minds might balk at a new false-flag operation in a world where the public already distrusts the official story on anything, DC is desperate, and desperate animals take desperate chances!

Dec 11 10:25

FLASHBACK 2008 - Condoleezza Rice denies US uses torture

Dec 11 10:07

FLASHBACK 2011 - We Did Execute Japanese for Waterboarding

"McCain is referencing the Tokyo Trials, officially known as the International Military Tribunal for the Far East. After World War II, an international coalition convened to prosecute Japanese soldiers charged with torture. At the top of the list of techniques was water-based interrogation, known variously then as 'water cure,' 'water torture' and 'waterboarding,' according to the charging documents. It simulates drowning." Politifact went on to report, "A number of the Japanese soldiers convicted by American judges were hanged, while others received lengthy prison sentences or time in labor camps."

Dec 11 10:05

Are Rush Limbaugh And Fox News Still Laughing About Torture?

Last spring, Palin appeared before an NRA convention crowd and laughed about how liberals supposedly coddle America's mortal adversaries. "Oh, but you can't offend them, can't make them feel uncomfortable, not even a smidgen," said Palin. "Well, if I were in charge, they would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists," The NRA audience roared with approval, but even some conservative commentators who saw the tape of Palin's wisecrack took offense, upset that she had linked bodily torture with a Christian sacrament. ("It's disgusting.")

Palin, of course, hardly stands alone among conservative media commentators who have spent years not only downplaying the grievous practice of torture adopted by the Bush administration, but who have routinely made light of the cruel tactic previously banned by the United States.

Dec 11 09:57

MEGA BEX ALERT - CIA Director: Enhanced Interrogations 'Helped Thwart Terrorist Attacks, Save Lives'

The CIA director said that enhanced interrogation techniques (EITs), condemned in a Senate Intelligence Committee report as ineffective, did help thwart terrorist attacks against the United States, capture terrorists, and save lives.

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The CIA made that claim to the Senate Intelligence Committee, but failed to provide any proof to back up their assertions.

And let us face the reality that we are dealing with the CIA, an institution that enshrines the very worst of immoral and unethical behavior and is on the record demanding their employees lie to Congress.

If Brennon told me it was a sunny day I would feel compelled to wear a raincoat!

Dec 11 09:52

Obama Accepts Decision Not to Prosecute CIA Officers: White House

White House spokesperson Josh Earnest announced that US President Barack Obama shares the US Department of Justice decision that no prosecutable crime had been committed by the CIA officers.

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Imagine my shock. But then, everything the Nazis did was the letter of the law. And we all know how than worked out in the end for them!

The real danger now is that DC feels boxed in. They have started a global war and know full well that if they lose, they will wind up doing the rope dance (or worse), which means they will be even more likely to resort to nuclear arms when they realize that a conventional war is unwinnable.

Dec 11 09:47

Udall urges CIA chief to resign for stifling torture probe

Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colorado) blasted both the CIA and the White House on Wednesday over what the lawmaker considers to be complicity with regards to propagating long-standing lies about the United States’ use of torture against foreign detainees.

Speaking on the Senate floor merely 24 hours after the chamber’s Intelligence Committee released its long-awaited report on the CIA’s past use of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques,” Udall – an adamant critic of the torture program described in detail within this week’s report – called on CIA Director John Brennan to resign from his role, while also urging US President Barack Obama to ensure that the full truth about the agency’s past policies be officially acknowledged.

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Including the drug smuggling!

Dec 11 09:46

Poland admits to hosting CIA black site prisons on its soil after U.S. Senate torture report

Dec 11 09:34

Medical group calls CIA’s use of rectal rehydration ‘sexual assault’

The CIA’s claim that there was medical need to rectally feed detainees in the aftermath of 9/11 came under withering criticism Wednesday as “sexual assault masquerading as medical treatment.”

New York-based Physicians for Human Rights, taking aim at the evident complicity of health professionals in procedures inflicted upon at least five terror suspects in CIA custody, said the antiquated practice of rectal rehydration or feeding amounted to wilful torture.

“Contrary to the CIA’s assertions, there is no clinical indication to use rectal rehydration and feeding over oral or intravenous administration of fluids and nutrients,” said Dr. Vincent Iacopino, PHR’s senior medical adviser.

Dec 11 09:31

ToRTuRiNG JuSTiCe...

After a review of the Senate Intelligence Committee's full report, the Justice Department is not expected to initiate any criminal charges against any CIA officers who participated in or authorized the Retention, Detention and Interrogation (RDI) program.

This means the Justice Department is standing by its earlier decision not to pursue criminal charges.

Its investigators also reviewed the Committee's full report and did not find any new information that they had not previously considered in reaching their determination.

The admissible evidence, the Justice Department concluded would not be sufficient to obtain and sustain convictions beyond a reasonable doubt.

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Let's waterboard them until they confess. Sauce for the goose...

Dec 11 09:30

The Role of 9/11 in Justifying Torture and War: The Criminalization of the US State Apparatus. Senate Report on CIA Torture is a Whitewash

The words “possible criminal actions” by CIA employees is used in the report.

The terms unethical and immoral are mentioned. The criminality of those who ordered these actions at the highest levels of government, however, is not acknowledged.

The actions directed against alleged jihadists are categorized as ineffective in the process of revealing intelligence. This in itself is a red herring. The objective of torture was not to reveal intelligence.

What of course is not acknowledged is that the alleged terrorists who were tortured were framed by the CIA.

Dec 11 09:13

The 5 Most Damning Revelations From The CIA’s Report On Bush-Era Torture

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s extensive use of torture reveals that the agency regularly misled the White House and Congress about the information it had obtained from detainees and used techniques that are far more brutal than it — or former Bush administration officials — had previously acknowledged.

For instance, President George W. Bush insisted that “[t]his government does not torture people” and claimed that the intelligence it produced was instrumental to preventing terrorism on American soil and capturing high-value targets, including Osama bin Laden. But the Committee’s five year investigation — and examination of more than six million CIA documents — reveals all of those assertions to be false.

Dec 11 09:12

FLASHBACK 2012 - UN report condemns Canada for complicity in torture of citizens detained abroad

The UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) [official website] released a report [text, PDF] on Friday finding that Canada was complicit in rights violations against three Canadians who were held prisoner in Syria, and against Omar Khadr, who is currently detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. All four of the detainees are Arab-Canadians who were detained post-9/11. The committee condemned Canada for refusing to apologize and give compensation to the individuals who were tortured in Syria, and recommended that the country do so immediately.

Dec 11 09:07

UN: ‘We won’t take ‘no’ for an answer, CIA torture must be investigated’

The release of the so-called CIA torture report will likely create momentum that will lead to justice, UN special rapporteur for torture Juan Mendez told RT. He said the UN will not “take no for an answer” and that each torturous act must be investigated.

The damning report on CIA torture has forced Poland to finally admit that it hosted a secret American prison, with former President Aleksander Kwasniewski coming forward with the revelation. However, Kwasniewski claimed that Polish officials were not informed of the torture tactics being used in the secret jail.

Dec 11 08:38

Israel teaches brutality to your security agencies

Early this year, in Denver (Colorado) ex-Israeli soldier Eran Efrati, explained how Israel Occupation Force (IOF) have militarized foreign law enforcement agencies in countries like the US, UK, Canada, France, Germany, Australia, Brazil, Turkey, Bahrain, Azerbaijan, Nigeria, India, etc. “Israeli soldiers are intensely trained for a war, whilst their actual military duties are to subdue and control Palestinians,” he said.

Dec 11 08:30

CIA Torture Could Be Revenge For 9/11 – But, Was 9/11 An Inside Job ???

US officials are compiling what one called “growing” evidence that other hijackings may have been planned for September 11. Officials from both the government and the airline industry tell TIME Magazine that a knife-like weapon was found on each of two separate Delta Airlines aircraft later that day, although neither plane took off due to the nationwide grounding after the World Trade Center and Pentagon attacks on hijacked United and American airlines planes.

Investigators are not yet certain how these weapons came to be on board the aircraft. But they increasingly believe that the weapons may have been prepositioned by accomplices for use by others. As one US official told TIME, “These look like inside jobs.”

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The defenders of US torture are trying to sell the idea that 9-11 justified torture of Muslims, legal or not. But remember that Israelis were arrested for cheering and dancing as the towers fell. Israelis were also arrested driving a truck that tested positive for explosives and may have been arrested with actual explosives (which was reported just once then vanished from the media). Just prior to 9-11, the largest foreign spy ring ever found in the United States was discovered, operated by Israel.

So if the torture was a response to 9-11, how many Israelis were tortured?

The fact is that the torture program was never intended to identify the culprits behind 9-11 but to force Muslims to accept the blame, to justify wars. Khalid Sheik Mohammed has been declared the mastermind of 9-11 based on a confession wrested after 183 waterboardings and the torture of his children before his eyes.

Dec 11 08:25

Rep. Peter King: Senate Report Not Torture, Just People Having “To Stand In Awkward Positions”

“We’re not talking about anyone being burned or stabbed or cut or anything like that. We’re talking about people being made to stand in awkward in positions, have water put into their nose and into their mouth. Nobody suffered any lasting injuries from this.”

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Okay, Peter; just lie down on this board for a little experiment and I hope that nice suit you are wearing is waterproof!

Dec 11 08:19

CIA torture report 'full of crap,' says former VP Cheney

The CIA and several of its past leaders, along with former vice-president Dick Cheney, are stepping up a campaign to discredit a five-year U.S. Senate investigation into the CIA's harrowing interrogation practices after 9/11, concerned that the historical record may define them as torturers instead of patriots and expose them to legal action around the world.

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Cheney and his cohorts are faced with defending the indefensible, which is why the only arguments they have are pejorative!

Dec 11 08:16

CIA agents and Bush minions should be prosecuted for torture: Report

A United Nations "expert" on human rights on Wednesday stated that Sen. Dianne Feinstein's Senate report on torture by the CIA coincides with what he and others at the U.N. suspected for years: that Bush Administration allowed the use of interrogation methods that reached the level of torture, according to reports on Wednesday. The U.N. expert is also calling for criminal charges to be filed against all involved.

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Those who carried out, authorized, or condoned the use of torture on innocent victims need to be tarred, feathered, hanged, drawn, quartered, burned, and their ashes pissed on by a rabid wombat!

Be my guest!

Dec 11 08:13

Nuremberg Trials

Held for the purpose of bringing Nazi war criminals to justice, the Nuremberg trials were a series of 13 trials carried out in Nuremberg, Germany, between 1945 and 1949. The defendants, who included Nazi Party officials and high-ranking military officers along with German industrialists, lawyers and doctors, were indicted on such charges as crimes against peace and crimes against humanity. Nazi leader Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) committed suicide and was never brought to trial. Although the legal justifications for the trials and their procedural innovations were controversial at the time, the Nuremberg trials are now regarded as a milestone toward the establishment of a permanent international court, and an important precedent for dealing with later instances of genocide and other crimes against humanity.

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So, when do we start?

Dec 11 08:07

In the original German

The term “enhanced interrogation” was coined by the Nazis…or Verschärfte Vernehmung, in the original German.

You know what was done with the Nazis who supported these kinds of evil acts after the war, right? So when is the Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/etc. trial before an international tribunal?

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My family lost a great many men and boys in the war against Nazi Germany. Probably most of you reading these words did as well. I wonder what all those who died thinking they were cleansing the world of such evil would think today about what their sacrifice has created.

Dec 11 08:07

It’s official: Americans are the baddies now

We might as well start wearing black and putting skulls on our caps. The Senate Torture Report (it’s chilling that we even have to have a “torture report”) has been released, and it’s just full of the evil crap the CIA has been doing.

Detainees were deprived of sleep for as long as a week, and were sometimes told that they would be killed while in American custody. With the approval of the C.I.A.’s medical staff, some C.I.A. prisoners were subjected to medically unnecessary “rectal feeding” or “rectal hydration” — a technique that the C.I.A.’s chief of interrogations described as a way to exert “total control over the detainee.” C.I.A. medical staff members described the waterboarding of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the chief planner of the Sept. 11 attacks, as a “series of near drownings.”

Dec 11 08:02

FLASHBACK 2009 - Rice dismisses torture claims

Condoleezza Rice, the former US secetary of State, has rejected claims she approved the use of torture when she was US national security adviser.

Rice, who held the positions under the administration of George Bush, the former US president, triggered controversy recently when she said at Stanford University that if torture techniques including waterboarding were authorized by Bush, then they were not illegal.

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Richard Nixon echoed that same sentiment; that if the President does something it is not a crime. That is, of course, contrary to the intentions of the Founding Fathers when they limited the authority of the Executive Branch to executing the will of the Congress, which in turn was supposed to represent the will of the people.

The President is not above the law. If any candidate does not like that, seek another form of employment!

Dec 11 07:45

Does Torture Actually Work?

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"Short answer; No. But it's so much FUN!" -- Cocaine Importation Agency

Dec 10 18:02

Nazi Designed Torture Instrumental for Maintenance of CIA’s Terror War Charade

The Nazis called it “Verschärfte Vernehmung,” German for “enhanced interrogation.”

“It’s a phrase that appears to have been concocted in 1937, to describe a form of torture that would leave no marks, and hence save the embarrassment pre-war Nazi officials were experiencing as their wounded torture victims ended up in court. The methods, as you can see above, are indistinguishable from those described as ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ by the president,” The Atlantic wrote in 2007.

Considering the early history of the CIA and its post-war collaboration with Nazi party members, including Gestapo butchers, this similarity should not be surprising.

According to author and researcher Annie Jacobsen, former Nazis were at the forefront of developing torture techniques for the United States government.

Dec 10 18:01

It’s time.

Dec 10 16:46

FLASHBACK - Israeli high court decision enables widespread torture of Palestinian detainees

When human rights workers, lawyers and doctors get a chance to speak with Palestinian detainees about their treatment in Israeli prisons, the standard response is ‘?di, meaning “as usual.” After a little prodding, sometimes they will get the details of what exactly is “usual.” (See Bana Shoughry-Badarne’s “Torture in Israel – A Question of Getting Away With It.”)

One man tells of being violently beaten for 80 hours while being told his mother was dying.

Another man was allowed to sleep for two hours every three days for a total of 40 days, while interrogators shouted directly into his ears. (Examples from Shoughry-Badarne’s article.)

When the brutal “interrogation” is exhausted, officers may send the prisoners to a foul-smelling cell, where mold lines the walls and there is a hole in the floor to use as a toilet.

Dec 10 16:30

Death Becomes Him: Top 5 Obama War Crimes Since His Nobel Peace Prize

In the aftermath of the US Senate Intelligence Committee’s bombshell Torture Report, both Democrats and Republicans are now jockeying for position to occupy the moral high ground. On one side you have apologists for CIA torture, and on the other are half-hearted partisan Democrats desperate to protect their own administration’s sins overseas – and in the middle is a small minority who still believe in doing what’s right to preserve America’s integrity internationally.

Dec 10 16:06

Snowden on CIA torture report: US commited inexcusable crimes

Dec 10 16:03

Abu Ghraib abuse photos 'show rape'

At least one picture shows an American soldier apparently raping a female prisoner while another is said to show a male translator raping a male detainee.

Further photographs are said to depict sexual assaults on prisoners with objects including a truncheon, wire and a phosphorescent tube.

Another apparently shows a female prisoner having her clothing forcibly removed to expose her breasts.

Detail of the content emerged from Major General Antonio Taguba, the former army officer who conducted an inquiry into the Abu Ghraib jail in Iraq.

Allegations of rape and abuse were included in his 2004 report but the fact there were photographs was never revealed. He has now confirmed their existence in an interview with the Daily Telegraph.

Dec 10 15:18

US closes Bagram detention center in Afghanistan

The US Defense Department announced it has closed the Bagram detention center and now has zero detainees in its custody in Afghanistan, Reuters reported.

Dec 10 15:17

The Missing Photos From the Senate Report on CIA Torture

However, the 528-page "summary version" of the report's "Findings and Conclusions" has, by the admission of Feinstein herself, been heavily redacted and is focused only on CIA torture. It reports only one prisoner death and does not include more damning information and photographic evidence on US torture and prisons operated by the US Army, US Navy and other Department of Defense (DOD) agencies.

For example, in March 2005, CBS's "60 Minutes" reported that 108 prisoners had already died in US custody in Iraq and Afghanistan prisons. A July 5, 2005, follow-up review of government documents on torture from multiple DOD agencies and the CIA, including the results of criminal investigations by the US Army and Navy, was conducted by Steven H. Miles, M.D., under the joint auspices of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), National Library of Medicine (NLM) and National Institutes of Health (NIH). Under the heading, "How Many Detainees Died of Homicide by Torture?"

Dec 10 15:04

UN counterterrorism expert says U.S. officials must be prosecuted for CIA torture

Senior U.S. officials who authorized and carried out torture as part of former President George W. Bush's national security policy must be prosecuted, a top United Nations special investigator said Wednesday.

Ben Emmerson, the UN's special rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights, said in addition that all CIA and other U.S. officials who used waterboarding and other torture techniques must be prosecuted.

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The UN should kick the US out, thereby stripping Israel of their shield.

Dec 10 14:47

Sen. Graham: US enemies are 'bastards'

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has defended the CIA’s torture program, describing enemies of the United States as “bastards.”

“We have a lot going for us that our enemy doesn’t. We’re actually good people, and they’re bastards,” Graham told Fox News on Tuesday.

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"And their mothers dress them funny. And their dogs smell bad. And they won't live like we do!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Lindsey, it is the government of the United States that are the bastards and you are one of them.

Dec 10 14:31

CIA Torture Report Incomplete as Key Documents Remain Withheld

Well, I think some of the details of who were mistaken identity detainees, for example Gul Rahman, who was frozen to death on the floor of a prison in Afghanistan in 2002, this report acknowledges that he was a case of mistaken identity. There was another guy named /d??n?t?gu?l/, who was the subject of a 2005 Steven Bradbury memo. Again, we had no reason to hold him. He was hallucinating. We made him crazy. So not just that they shouldn't have been detained, but the people we kept and killed and tortured, incredibly, were among those we kept.

Dec 10 13:32

Timeline: The Tortured History of the Senate’s Torture Report

President-elect Barack Obama tells George Stephanopoulos he's not interested in a broad investigation of Bush-era intelligence programs, saying, "We need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards."

Dec 10 13:22

Torture Report Shows Need for Accountability

After the recent release of six long-term detainees in indefinite detention from the Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp to Uruguay and the release of the CIA Torture Report, we are reminded once again of the abuses that our own government has committed in the so-called "War on Terror."

Dec 10 13:10

RT exclusive: John Pilger talks CIA torture and media complicity

RT’s Harry Fear spoke to the iconic filmmaker John Pilger about the damning revelations of the Senate’s CIA torture inquiry.

Pilger said the report will not fulfill its purpose if no one is held culpable for the actions of torturous CIA officials.

“We have crimes laid out in for us,” he says, “but where are the prosecutions? That’s all that matters now, where are the prosecutions?”

Pilger says knowledge of the torture methods was widespread, but that people were never held responsible for the “disgusting things they’ve done.”

Dec 10 12:56

CIA paid two ex-military psychologists $81 million to help design and run torture program

Included in the hideous details of the executive summary version of the torture report released Tuesday is the news that the company founded by two former military psychologists who urged waterboarding and other coercive methods against suspects secretly imprisoned by the CIA and Department of Defense was paid $81 million for work with the agency's interrogation program from 2005 until 2009.

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The United States War Crimes Act of 1996, a federal statute set forth at 18 U.S.C. § 2441, makes it a federal crime for any U.S. national, whether military or civilian, to violate the Geneva Convention by engaging in murder, torture, or inhuman treatment.

The statute applies not only to those who carry out the acts, but also to those who ORDER IT, know about it, or fail to take steps to stop it. The statute applies to everyone, no matter how high and mighty.

18 U.S.C. § 2441 has no statute of limitations, which means that a war crimes complaint can be filed at any time.The penalty may be life imprisonment or — if a single prisoner dies due to torture — death.

Book 'em, Dan-o!

Dec 10 12:43

GLOBALIZING TORTURE

CIA SECRET DETENTION AND EXTRAORDINARY RENDITION

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The recently released Senate Torture Executive Summary reports only on torture committed directly by the CIA, and does not address the issue of the US sending of prisoners to other countries to be tortured.

Dec 10 12:41

The Founding Fathers Were Strongly Opposed to Torture … and Enshrined a Torture Ban In the Constitution

George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, George Mason and the Other Framers Made It Clear that Torture Is Never Permissible

The Founding Fathers were strongly opposed to torture.

For example, George Washington – the father of our country – was against torture.

And he wasn’t the only one …

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Everyone who committed torture, authorized it, or covered it up, is a traitor to the nation.

Dec 10 11:48

FLASHBACK - Concentration Camps in America:Are They For You?

The Halliburton subsidiary KBR (formerly Brown and Root) announced on Jan. 24 that it had been awarded a $385 million contingency contract by the Department of Homeland Security to build detention camps. Two weeks later, on Feb. 6, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff announced that the Fiscal Year 2007 federal budget would allocate over $400 million to add 6,700 additional detention beds (an increase of 32 percent over 2006). This $400 million allocation is more than a four-fold increase over the FY 2006 budget, which provided only $90 million for the same purpose. [Pacific News 2/21/06]

Dec 10 11:45

UN Expert Calls For Prosecution Over U.S. Torture

All senior U.S. officials and CIA agents who authorized or carried out torture like waterboarding as part of former President George W. Bush's national security policy must be prosecuted, top U.N. officials said Wednesday.

It's not clear, however, how human rights officials think these prosecutions will take place, since the Justice Department has declined to prosecute and the U.S. is not a member of the International Criminal Court.

Dec 10 11:44

TIMELY SPOOFS ~~ SENATE REPORT CONDEMNS CIA TORTURE

On CIA torture horrors – note that the report does not include torture by groups other then by the CIA! It doesn’t include rendition to black sites where torture took place by others. It doesn’t include what goes on at Guantanomo (still). Who are these psychopaths that do this? And who orders it done? I once asked what the profile of a torturer is and the answer was, your next door neighbor if he is convinced you are a threat. That is probably true but the answer is incomplete. I think there are sadists out there who do wind up in the military. And, it is a tool of terror which makes many very hesitant to join the opposition. Today many aren’t opposing anything – they were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. And the scum in power that ordered all this are free to lead lives in luxury, no legal action against them, while innocent Black men in America die in the hands of police at the rate of about 2 a week.

Dec 10 11:40

FLASHBACK 2012 - Torture -The Guantanamo Guidebook

Dec 10 11:04

The REAL Reason Guantanamo Is Being Kept Open

In other words, Guantanamo is being kept open – and innocent detainees imprisoned forever – in order to try to cover up the torture of innocents. Prosecuting – instead of covering up for – the torturers would allow the innocents to be released … thus taking away one of the main causes of terrorism: indefinite detention.

Evidence for this theory is contained in the following passage from the Senate’s torture report:

One interrogator told another detainee that he would never go to court, because “we can never let the world know what I have done to you.”

Dec 10 10:56

Rectal rehydration and standing on broken limbs: the CIA torture report's grisliest findings

While parts of the programme had been known – and much more will never be revealed – the catalogue of abuse is nightmarish and reads like something invented by the Marquis de Sade or Hieronymous Bosch.

Detainees were forced to stand on broken limbs for hours, kept in complete darkness, deprived of sleep for up to 180 hours, sometimes standing, sometimes with their arms shackled above their heads.

Prisoners were subjected to “rectal feeding” without medical necessity. Rectal exams were conducted with “excessive force”. The report highlights one prisoner later diagnosed with anal fissures, chronic hemorrhoids and “symptomatic rectal prolapse”.

The report mentions mock executions, Russian roulette. US agents threatened to slit the throat of a detainee’s mother, sexually abuse another and threatened prisoners’ children. One prisoner died of hypothermia brought on in part by being forced to sit on a bare concrete floor without pants.

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Dec 10 10:54

The Most Gruesome Moments in the CIA ‘Torture Report’

‘Well Worn’ Waterboards

The CIA has previously said that only three detainees were ever waterboarded: Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Abu Zubaydah, and Abd Al Rahim al-Nashiri. But records uncovered by the Senate Intelligence Committee suggest there may have been more than three subjects. The Senate report describes a photograph of a “well worn” waterboard, surrounded by buckets of water, at a detention site where the CIA has claimed it never subjected a detainee to this procedure. In a meeting with the CIA in 2013, the agency was not able to explain the presence of this waterboard.

Near Drowning

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And remember, this is just the part they let you see!

Dec 10 10:53

Coming Face to Face with Torture

I came across sketches made by former prison inmates of interrogations conducted by the Gestapo and was stunned to see two scenes in particular that resembled the enhanced interrogation techniques approved by the Bush administration for use on suspected terrorists.

In the first picture a prisoner lies huddled in a ball on the floor of an office while two dogs tear at his clothes, a third dog is being held back in reserve by a uniformed Nazi. The image irresistibly calls to mind Abu Ghraib:

Dec 10 10:51

How Was The CIA Formed?

Millions of pages have been released but very little information has trickled down to the broad public. And this trickle has been presented in a way calculated to minimize public awareness of the extent to which the Nazi apparatus was recruited in order - literally - to *become* the US covert operations and intelligence apparatus (the CIA etc.)

Dec 10 10:49

FLASHBACK - Emerging Kakistocracy

“In fact, Comey repeatedly approved Bush-era surveillance and torture operations, including waterboarding.The surveillance program he refused to sign off on was continued in a slightly different form under Bush and expanded under Obama.”

Dec 10 10:45

Recriminations divide Washington in wake of CIA torture report

Some call Bush-era tactics a “stain” on U.S., while others say release of long-awaited report will endanger American lives.

Dec 10 10:33

What the Torture Report Kept Hidden

Despite more than 500 pages of excruciating, awful detail, there’s much about the CIA’s interrogation, rendition, and detention programs that the Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report doesn’t address.

None of the interrogators were interviewed. The roles of dictatorships like Syria and Libya in the CIA rendition programs were left unexplored—or least hidden behind layers of confounding redactions that make many passages of the report incomprehensible. There’s no concrete answer about who really gave the torture orders. And the role of the Obama administration, which slow-rolled the release of the report for five years, was all but ignored.

The Senate report is also filled with redaction after redaction, with the names of many CIA officers entirely blacked out rather than described by pseudonyms.

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A TOM CLANCY BOOK WE ARE NEVER LIKELY TO SEE!

Dec 10 10:26

The Five Dancing IsraelisArrested On 9-11

A Mossad surveillance team made quite a public spectacle of themselves on 9-11.
The New York Times reported Thursday that a group of five men had set up video cameras aimed at the Twin Towers prior to the attack on Tuesday, and were seen congratulating one another afterwards. (1)

Police received several calls from angry New Jersey residents claiming "middle-eastern" men with a white van were videotaping the disaster with shouts of joy and mockery. (2)

"They were like happy, you know … They didn't look shocked to me" said a witness. (3)
[T]hey were seen by New Jersey residents on Sept. 11 making fun of the World Trade Center ruins and going to extreme lengths to photograph themselves in front of the wreckage. (4)

Witnesses saw them jumping for joy in Liberty State Park after the initial impact (5). Later on, other witnesses saw them celebrating on a roof in Weehawken, and still more witnesses later saw them celebrating with high fives in a Jersey City parking lot. (6)

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FOX News (among others) are trying to defend the commission of war crimes by the US Government by claiming that 9-11 justified the torture. So here is my question: Just how many ISRAELIS did the CIA torture to try to find the truth about 9-11?

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Dec 10 10:08

The One Man Jailed For CIA Torture Tried To Expose It

The Justice Department is unlikely to prosecute anyone connected to the brutal torture techniques outlined in a Senate report released on Tuesday, but the one man already sitting in jail in connection with the CIA's interrogation program tried to draw public attention to it.

In an interview with ABC News in 2007, former CIA agent John Kiriakou was one of the first to acknowledge the existence of the CIA's torture program. Federal authorities brought criminal charges against him in 2008 for revealing the name of a covert agent to a reporter. Kiriakou pleaded guilty to those charges in 2012 and is currently serving a 30-month federal prison sentence.

"I believe I was prosecuted not for what I did but for who I am: a CIA officer who said torture was wrong and ineffective and went against the grain," Kiriakou said last year. Federal authorities say Kirakou had caused a security breach by leaking the name of another agent.

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In light of the current revelations on CIA torture, this man should be fully pardoned and compensated for time spent in prison.

However, in the current political atmosphere, that will only happen when pigs fly.

Dec 10 09:59

Int'l Criminal Court Complaint Filed Against Bush et al.

Please accept my personal compliments. I have the honor hereby to file with you and the International Criminal Court this Complaint against U.S. citizens George W. Bush, Richard Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, George Tenet, Condoleezza Rice , and Alberto Gonzales (hereinafter referred to as the "Accused") for their criminal policy and practice of "extraordinary rendition." This term is really a euphemism for the enforced disappearancesof persons, their torture, severe deprivation of their liberty, their violent sexual abuse, and other inhumane acts perpetrated upon these Victims. The Accused have inflicted this criminal policy and practice of "extraordinary rendition" upon about one hundred (100) human beings, almost all of whom are Muslims/Arabs/Asians and People of Color. I doubt very seriously that the Accused would have inflicted these criminal practices upon 100 White Judeo-Christian men.

Dec 10 09:55

Former Rep. Joe Walsh applauds torture: Rectal feeding is ‘job description’ of an ‘American hero’

Radio host and former Republican Rep. Joe Walsh suggested on Wednesday that anyone who participated in torture techniques like rectal forced feedings or chaining prisoners naked to the floor were “American heroes.”

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A short memo to Joe Walsh: sir, your amazingly studied lack of understanding of what the use of torture does to the perception of what this country is, both at home and abroad, is, to put it mildly, stunning.

When America either tortures prisoners of war, or outsources it to some third world thugs, the following happens.

1. People understand that, at the top levels of US government, those very values that used to put us in a unique place as a people and a country, those values including human rights, human dignity, and decency are simply discarded.

2. That there are some really emotionally twisted pieces of work at the highest levels of US government, who get off on doing/watching this kind of torture being done. I would suspect, sir, that you may well be one of those people.

Humankind has known, from the time of the Catholic Inquisition, that torture only gets the tortured individual to say what the torturer wants them to stay in order to get the torture to stop.

One of the master interrogators of World War II was the German Hans Scharff. Instead of using torture, he used what information he could gather from the POW's backgrounds. as reported at worldwarhistoryonline:

Hanns Scharff (left) always made sure he knew about the personal circumstances of prisoners of war before interrogating them Much of the debate about the interrogation of suspected terrorists has been about whether the methods used, such as waterboarding, could be described as torture. Historian Julian Putkowski examines how a German Luftwaffe interrogator used persuasion rather than punishment to get prisoners of war to talk. During the latter part of World War II lots of allied fliers got shot down over Germany. Many of the survivors - or terrorfliegers as they were termed by the Nazis - got rounded up and were dispatched to Luftwaffe's interrogation unit at Dulag Luft POW Camp, near Oberursel. After being marched into the camp, they were placed in solitary confinement and in spite of the provisions of the Geneva Convention, they anticipated rough handling, possibly having their fingernails torn off by Nazi torturers. Aircrew who anticipated a Gestapo-style battering were in for a surprise when they encountered Obergefreiter Hanns Scharff, who had acquired fluent English when working as a businessman in pre-war South Africa. Although his inscrutability secured him the nick-name Stone Face, he was otherwise a genial fellow. He was a self-taught interrogator who used persuasion rather than punishment as a strategy for getting Allied prisoners of war to disclose more than the customary name, rank and number, permitted by the Geneva Convention. Scharff always began by doing his homework thoroughly. Before commencing an interrogation session, he checked all available data, generally acquainting himself with whatever was known about the pilot's service and personal circumstances. The Scharff method, if so it may be called, relied on the initial premise that it was better for a flier to co-operate with the Luftwaffe, instead of being regarded as a spy and handed over to the Gestapo. Even though there were a few prisoners who remained button-lipped, Scharff resolutely refused to descend to using physical coercion. Instead of using pliers to squeeze information out of prisoners, Scharff got what he and his superiors wanted by playing on a prisoner's sense of isolation and psychological insecurity. Carefully deploying what were sometimes meagre scraps of data, Scharff sought to create the illusion of total knowledge about a prisoner's activities. Misled into believing that the interrogator knew just about everything anyway, the latter could then be bamboozled into disclosing military secrets. Scharff appeared to reverse the overtly adversarial relationship between interrogator and prisoner by adopting a subtle, softly-softly approach.

3. And Joe, I would like to strongly caution you on your mindless cheerleading of CIA torture: when the US tortures, it gives some bad guys who don't necessarily like us very much carte blanche to torture both American military members, and American civilians. Did that notion ever cross your mind?!?

Thought not

Remember: Hitler praised the Gestapo and the SS as "heroes".

Dec 10 09:21

Eisenhower's Rhine-Meadows Death Camps - Documentary

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Another US Government atrocity you were never supposed to find out about!

Dec 10 09:19

FLASHBACK 2009 - Rights groups criticize CIA immunity on interrogations

Human rights organizations reacted angrily Thursday to the Obama administration's announcement that CIA officials would not be prosecuted for past waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics.

Dec 10 09:18

FLASHBACK 2002 - US demands total impunity on war crimes

With the Bush administration gearing up for a “preemptive” war against Iraq, Washington this week dispatched a senior US diplomat, Marisa Lino, to Europe to demand that the governments of the European Union (EU) agree to a blanket exemption of all US citizens from the jurisdiction of the newly formed International Criminal Court.

Dec 10 09:17

FLASHBACK 2013 - Obama’s DOJ Seeks Immunity for Bush, Cheney, Rice and Others over Iraq War

So, because every other problem in America has been resolved, Obama’s Department of Justice requested that the Bush Gang be granted procedural immunity. DOJ claims that in planning and waging the Iraq War, the Bushies acted within the legitimate scope of their employment and are thus immune from suit. This is the “Westfall Act Certification,” defense, submitted pursuant to the Westfall Act of 1988. The Act permits the Attorney General, at his or her discretion, to substitute the United States as the defendant and essentially grant absolute immunity to individual government employees for actions taken within the scope of their employment.

Dec 10 09:15

Obama Gives Final Immunity To Bush-Cheney Torturers -- And, He Hopes, To Himself

Just as President Barack Obama has refused to prosecute any of the bankers and swindlers responsible for the 2007-08 financial collapse, he has likewise refused to prosecute any of the Bush-Cheney Administration officials responsible for the torture and abuse of prisoners carried out in Iraq and Afghanistan—even though, in the past, the United States has always treated such practices as war crimes.

Columnist Glenn Greenwald, now writing in Britain's Guardian, notes that Obama's "aggressive, full-scale whitewashing of the 'war on terror' crimes committed by Bush officials is now complete" with Attorney General Eric Holder's announcement last week that the last two torture-death cases from the Bush-Cheney era have been closed without prosecution.

Dec 10 09:15

FLASHBACK 2007 - Bush: We Don't Torture People

Dec 10 09:04

Dancing with the Broomsticks of the Sorcerers Apprentice.

The big news of the moment is the Torture Papers; which has mostly to do with Bushligula but… of course, Howdy Doody factors in. The heat of the inferno is doing a wax job on the back of the neck of the Bozo of the moment. The word is that he’s drunk and angry. When that happens to a man in his position it means; pressure. Yes, it means pressure and pressure translates into stress and it comes from down below. It’s not something you can easily get away from because it is coming from inside and its hard to know what to do about that. If it’s from outside you can react on it or call in your chief of staff and instruct him to go to the military and have them bomb the shit out of someone. These things he is doing but… it ain't helping. You can chalk it up to Mr. Apocalypse because everyone, infernal and supernal, has to integrate with him because he is the atmosphere in the enveloping phase in which we find ourselves.

Dec 10 08:42

Britain and the US have always used torture

The problem wasn’t carrying out torture. It was that releasing a report into torture might increase the chance of terrorism.

That was the deliberately obtuse response from the media to a report examining the CIA’s use of torture.

Dec 10 08:35

CIA Spent $40 million, Hacked Senate Computers to Suppress Torture Report

Struggling to control the CIA’s crumbling torture narrative, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, attempted to derail US Senator Diane Feinstein today live on CNN, by interrupting the Senator repeatedly, insinuating that the report was wrong, almost acting as an apologist for Washington’s 13 year-long torture boondoggle. What followed in their exchange is some of the most explosive revelations yet…

Dec 10 08:25

Britain joins international outcry over CIA torture report

British Prime Minister David Cameron has expressed dismay over a US Senate report describing CIA torture methods of al-Qaeda suspects.

"Let us be clear: Torture is wrong. Torture is always wrong," AFP quoted Cameron as saying at a press conference in Ankara, Turkey, on Tuesday.

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Cameron is trying to act like the good guy here, but Britain was complicit in the torture as well.

Dec 10 08:08

Coming Clean, With Bloodstained Hands

Why the release of the damning, horrific Senate torture report could be a bright spot for American democracy.

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I agree that this report represents the US pulling back from the edge of dictatorship, oh ... say... half an inch. But while the government is trying to act like they did the right thing, the reality is that WE THE PEOPLE, and in particular the independent media, forced Congress' hand on this. Obama is claiming that he stopped the torture program upon becoming President in 2009, but the Senate Torture Summary makes it clear that the torture stopped in 2006 in response to the global outrage sparked when the torture whistleblowers went public, ignored by the corporate media, but reported on by the independent media.

Dec 09 18:39

UN human rights expert: US legally obliged to prosecute senior Bush officials for torture crimes

A U.N. human rights expert said a report that the U.S. Senate released on Tuesday revealed a “clear policy orchestrated at a high level within the Bush administration” and called for prosecution of U.S. officials who ordered crimes, including torture, against detainees.

Ben Emmerson, United Nations special rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, said senior Bush administration officials who planned and authorized crimes must be prosecuted, along with as CIA and other U.S. government officials who committed torture such as waterboarding.

“As a matter of international law, the U.S. is legally obliged to bring those responsible to justice,” Emmerson said in a statement issued in Geneva. “The U.S. Attorney General is under a legal duty to bring criminal charges against those responsible.”

Dec 09 18:39

The Nazis Used the Same “Enchanced Interrogation” Techniques the U.S. Did .. and Even CALLED IT the Same Thing

Nazis Called Their Torture “Enhanced Interrogation” Too

Just ran across an older piece documenting that the CIA and crew did the exact same things the Nazis did to torture people … and even called it the exact same thing.

The Nazis’ “enhanced interrogation” – just like America’s – included:

Sleep deprivation
Cold
Blows
Hard surfaces

Sadly, American officials apparently took a page from the Nazis … and the Communists.

Dec 09 15:16

President Obama Praises "Patriotic" Torturers, Says USA "Greatest Force For Human Dignity The World Has Ever Seen"

Throughout our history, the United States of America has done more than any other nation to stand up for freedom, democracy, and the inherent dignity and human rights of people around the world. As Americans, we owe a profound debt of gratitude to our fellow citizens who serve to keep us safe, among them the dedicated men and women of our intelligence community, including the Central Intelligence Agency. Since the horrific attacks of 9/11, these public servants have worked tirelessly to devastate core al Qaeda, deliver justice to Osama bin Laden, disrupt terrorist operations and thwart terrorist attacks. Solemn rows of stars on the Memorial Wall at the CIA honor those who have given their lives to protect ours. Our intelligence professionals are patriots, and we are safer because of their heroic service and sacrifices.

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Pass me a bucket: I think I’m gonna hurl!!

And Obama is lying when he says he stopped the torture when he took office, because the Senate report makes it clear that the torture program was stopped in 2006 in response to the public outcry from the revelations of torture in the independent media.

Dec 09 15:12

Bring those involved in CIA torture to justice: UN

The United Nations and human rights groups have called for prosecution of those involved in torture committed by the CIA as shows a Senate report about “brutal” torture techniques conducted by the spy agency.

Dec 09 12:41

U.S. Tortured and Killed Innocent People for the Specific Purpose of Producing False Propaganda

According to NBC News:

Much of the 9/11 Commission Report was based upon the testimony of people who were tortured

At least four of the people whose interrogation figured in the 9/11 Commission Report have claimed that they told interrogators information as a way to stop being “tortured.”

The 9/11 Commission itself doubted the accuracy of the torture confessions, and yet kept their doubts to themselves

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