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"The situation on our planet is so disastrous in so many ways that I feel I have to do something to try to change the direction in which we're going. A good place to start is to build a stronger and more visible political movement to end the ever-expanding wars of occupation, which began, this latest round, in Iraq an...d Afghanistan," says War Criminals Watch coordinator.
Fayiz al-Kandari, a Kuwaiti citizen, has been a detainee in Guantanamo since 2002 after being captured by Pakistani forces and sold into US custody. Despite over 400 interrogations, suffering through endless hours of torture, including but not limited to beatings, sleep deprivation, threats and forced stress positions, the US government has failed to gather any of the coveted information that this treatment was ostensibly designed to garner. Furthermore, the US government has not produced any evidence against Fayiz al-Kandari aside from hearsay accusations of other Guantanamo prisoners and unidentified Afghanis, evidence which, under any other circumstances, would not be allowed in court.
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George W. Bush's new memoir is getting lots of press buzz as he and other family members rehabilitate their reputations. Which is why it's important that people arm themselves with the truth about the Bushes and the damage they have done -- a reality best explained in our three-book set: Lost History, Secrecy & Privilege and Neck Deep. Order this set by Robert Parry
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By Jason Leopold and Jeffrey Kaye
From Truthout | Original Article
The Defense Department forced all "war on terror" detainees at the Guantanamo Bay prison to take a high dosage of a controversial antimalarial drug, mefloquine, an act that an Army public health physician called "pharmacologic waterboarding."
The US military administered the drug despite Pentagon knowledge that mefloquine caused severe neuropsychiatric side effects, including suicidal thoughts, hallucinations and anxiety. The drug was used on the prisoners whether they had malaria or not.
In a speech that is believed to have taken place in February, 1970, William Kunstler talks about what he believes to be the "terrible myth" of organized society. He says that because people trust in the established legal system, they tend to accept outcomes without much consideration. This blind trust has given governments the opportunity to use the law to put people to death throughout history, because the "aura of legality" is a very powerful thing and "all tyrants learn that it is far better to do this thing through some semblance of legality than to do it without that pretense."
Join the NYC Coalition to Stop Islamophobia on Friday, Dec.10th from 7-9pm at 239 Thompson St. Washington Sq. Park, for an eye-opening panel presentation and open discussion about how and why fear and anti-Muslim bigotry are mobilized.
Sponsored by the Coalition to Stop Islamophobia in America.
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By Jason Leopold
From Truthout | Original Article
Nearly three years after he was appointed to investigate the destruction of at least 92 interrogation videotapes, a dozen of which showed two high-value detainees being subjected to waterboarding and various other torture techniques by CIA interrogators, Special Prosecutor John Durham has determined that he does not have enough evidence to secure an indictment against anyone responsible for the purge.
Department of Justice (DOJ) spokesman Matthew Miller said in a statement Tuesday that Durham, a US Attorney from Connecticut, has "concluded that he will not pursue criminal charges for the destruction of interrogation videotapes."
By Amy Davidson
From The New Yorker | Original Article
“Just make up your mind,” Laura Bush told her husband. “You’re ruining this for everyone.” Which decision, of the many described in “Decision Points,” George W. Bush’s memoir—it comes out next week, but Reuters and the Times have copies—would that be about? On drinking, war, whether and how to respond to Katrina or the economic crisis? No—it’s about pardoning Scooter Libby, who had been convicted of various charges in the Valerie Plame case. Dick Cheney really wanted him to do it—“I can’t believe you’re going to leave a soldier on the battlefield”—Bush, for one reason or the other, couldn’t get his mind around it, though he did commute the sentence. He thought the incident might spoil his relationship with Cheney, but they’re on good terms now, for what that’s worth to anyone.
By Dr. V. G. Venturini
Chances that we may learn the truth on this subject from the 'debate'now progressing through Parliament are very slim. A proper sense of history would have indicated the impossibility of'winning' a war in the tribal world of Afghanistan. But even little knowledge would have demanded a familiarity with Cyrus, Darius, Alexander and the British Raj.
Knowledge of events only 30 years ago would have explained how a world power was humiliated by bands of raggedy partisans, some of them armed and organised by American 'intelligence'. A modest knowledge of the law would have been decisive.
The United States invaded Afghanistan on 7 October 2001, ostensibly to pursue Al Qaeda, held responsible for the outrages in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania. The invasion was an act of misdirected
revenge, because the majority of the plane hijackers were Saudis, and the nervous centre of the operation was Hamburg, Germany.
By Ralph Nader
George W. Bush is on a roll—a money roll with a $7 million advance for his book Decision Points and a rehabilitation roll to paint his war crimes as justifiable mass-slaughter and torture.
His carefully chosen interviewers—NBC’s Matt Lauer and Oprah Winfrey—agreed to a safe pre-taping to avoid demonstrations and tough questions. Requests for him to speak are pouring in from business conventions and other rich assemblages willing to pay $200,000 for “the Decider’s” banalities. This is “Shrub’s” month in
Download Bush War Criminal and Bush Torturer posters here. Bring them when you protest Bush at your local bookstore.
By Curt Wechsler
From Fire John Yoo | Original Article
About 15 protesters wearing black bags over their heads sat silently through professor John Yoo's lecture forum yesterday at Baker Center Theater. The lecture, which is part of the Washington Forum, is titled "Crisis and Command" after Yoo's most recent book. Pat Holmes reports.
Students say 'Torture' official is the wrong choice for George Washington Forum.
There is an attempt to rebrand war criminal George W. Bush images as he tours the country touting his new memoir, "Decision Points." Starting Nov.9, Bush will be in Texas, Wisconsin, Ohio, Florida, California & Tennessee. Join in protesting Bush's appearances.
(Note these are appearances except where noted)
Nov. 9 on - On TV, live and taped from various locations
Nov. 9 – Dallas TX – Appearance & Protest
Nov. 10 – Milwaukee WI
Nov. 11 – Dayton OH
Nov. 13 – The Villages FL
Nov. 14 – Dallas TX
* Interfaith Service - People’s Response to George W. Bush Library & Policy Institute
* “The People’s Response” Reception
* Accountability for the Past; Democracy for the Future
Nov. 14 – Miami FL - Appearance & Protest
Nov. 15 – Dallas TX
* “The People’s Response” Press Conference & opening of “Eyes Wide Open”
* Symposium on Truth and Democracy
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International Law & the US - Principles & Practice: Options to Strengthen Accountability & Justice
When: 11.09.2010 7pm - 9pm. 6:30pm Food & Beverages served
Where: Brooklyn Law School, Student Lounge, 1st floor, 250 Joralemon St. Brooklyn
Directions: #2, 3 and 4 to Borough Hall; M and R to Court St; A, C and F to Jay St/Borough Hall.
The last of a three-part series co-sponsored by War Criminals Watch, Brooklyn for Peace, the Brooklyn Law School and New York City chapters of the National Lawyers Guild and the Brooklyn Law School International Law Society : Options for Strengthening Accountability & Justice - Organizing Strategies.
Debra Sweet, Director of World Can't Wait
Ann Wright, Retired Colonel and former US State Dept official
Charlotte Dennert, author
Pam Spiess, Center for Constitutional Rights attorney
By Debra Sweet
World Can't Wait joined a protest against drone warfare. Activists made a predator drone with an 8 foot wingspan, symbolizing those the US uses, at a cost of $13 million each, on people in Pakistan and Afghanistan. We were in Greenwich, CT, because Steven Loranger, CEO of ITT Corporation, lives there in a gated community.
The Bridgeport Post called us "peaceniks." Many of the locals were curious, some friendly, and at least one citizen driving an SUV threatened to run us over if we weren't out of Greenwich by 5:00 pm. I guess we hit a nerve, with 40 of us marching in determined fashion past mansions and Ferrari dealers.
By Chris Floyd
From Empire Burlesque | Original Article
Many, many years ago, I noted in the Moscow Times that shortly after the 2003 invasion, the United States had begun hiring some of Saddam's old torturers as the invaders sought to quell the then-nascent "insurgency" -- i.e., the opposition to foreign occupation that when carried out by white men, such as the French during World War II, goes by the more ringing name of "resistance." Here's part of that report, from August 29, 2003:
Here's a headline you don't see every day: "War Criminals Hire War Criminals to
Hunt Down War Criminals."
Perhaps that's not the precise wording used by the Washington Post this week,
but it is the absolute essence of its story about the Bush Regime's new
campaign to put Saddam's murderous security forces on America's payroll.
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By Glenn Greenwald
From Salon.com | Original Article.
From Project Censored / Original Article
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has become history’s first global army. Never before have soldiers from so many states served in the same war theater, much less the same country. At the eighth anniversary of the United States’ invasion of Afghanistan, the world is witness to a twenty-first-century armed conflict waged by the largest military coalition in history.
With recent announcements that troops from such diverse nations as Colombia, Mongolia, Armenia, Japan, South Korea, Ukraine, and Montenegro are to join those of some forty-five other countries serving under the command of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF), there will soon be military personnel from fifty nations and five continents serving under a unified command structure.
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Introduction by H. Candace Gorman
From The Guantanamo Blog | Original Article
The article discusses a little known directive by then deputy defense secretary Wolfowitz allowing for experimentation on some of the prisoners at Guantanamo. One of the many disturbing points about this article is how the Government turned the humane treatment of prisoners as a "privilege" to be afforded only those who were considered "lawful combatants." Of course one of the many ironies is that the Government never could get its terminology consistent so the men at Guantanamo were never found to be "unlawful combatants" but were instead found to be "enemy combatants." I know....picky picky.
Little by little the war crimes are coming to the surface. Wolfowitz has moved up on my list.
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Most of what General McChrystal has done over a 33 year career remains classified, including service between 2003 and 2008 as commander of the JSOC, a special operations commando unit of the Navy Seals and Delta Force so clandestine that the Pentagon for years refused to acknowledge its existence.
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By Jeff Kaye
From FireDogLake | Original Article
Last week, George Soros’s Open Society Foundations (OSF) published an important policy brief, "Confinement Conditions at a U.S. Screening Facility on Bagram Air Base." The report has been widely described in the press, as in this article by AFP:
The US military is mistreating detainees — and violating its own rules — at a secret prison in Afghanistan, a US think tank said Friday in a report.
The 16-page report by the Open Society Foundation said Afghans call the secret site "Tor Jail," or "Black Jail," and that consistent accounts from detainees refer to being kept without adequate shelter or food or other basic rights.
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"The one thing I couldn't live without in Iraq was my own humanity," says Iraq veteran Ethan McCord, who came home from dropping his children off at school to find a video of himself rescuing an child from a bombed-out van. That was the now-infamous Wikileaks video, and McCord has been collecting his own video and stories from his fellow veterans,
speaking out about what he saw at war and what his friends lived through.
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Heads up, NY fans! Come to a very special performance of "The Reckoning," dramatic readings of detainees’ statements and the Torture Memos. Thurs., 10/28, 7-9PM at John Jay College, 899 Tenth Ave, Manhattan.
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As part of "Berkeley Says No to Torture" Week, Oct. 10-16, 2010, Andy Worthington spoke regarding the ongoing illegal detention of those held in Guantanamo and the use of torture to extract dubious and false information. His book, The Guantanamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America's Illegal Prison.
Hear what he said on the link showing Worthington on a video.
By Dennis Loo
From World Can't Wait | Original Article
"[T]hat principle of habeas corpus, that a state can't just hold you for any reason without charging you and without giving you any kind of due process -- that’s the essence of who we are. I mean, you remember during the Nuremberg trials, part of what made us different was even after these Nazis had performed atrocities that no one had ever seen before, we still gave them a day in court and that taught the entire world about who we are but also the basic principles of rule of law.”
-- Candidate Barack Obama, June 14, 2008, ABC News
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