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Sunday, August 1st, was the 8th anniversary of the writing of the torture memos by John Yoo and Jay Bybee. Cheers to Coleen Rowley, the former FBI official, for protesting in Minneapolis, calling for prosecutions of those who have authorized and implemented torture. Read her call to action and see more photos here.
Along with this anniversary comes the expiration of the 8 year statute of limitations for prosecuting the torturers. Rowley called for immediate action in response, and wrote: "Obama's insane slogan and policy about 'looking only forward' makes no sense as it would entail overlooking all crimes committed in the past."
From Center for Constitutional Rights
August 3, 2010, Washington, DC and New York – The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the American Civil Liberties Union today filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Treasury Department and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to challenge their refusal to grant a license that would allow the groups to file a lawsuit challenging the government’s asserted authority to use lethal force against U.S. citizens located far from any battlefield without charge, trial, or judicial process of any kind.
Group Releases 18-Month Review Of President's National Security Policies And Civil Liberties
NEW YORK – The Obama administration has repudiated some of the Bush administration's most egregious national security policies but is in danger of institutionalizing others permanently into law, thereby creating a troubling "new normal," according to a new report released today by the American Civil Liberties Union.
By Michael Santo
From examiner.com | Original Article
If anyone has doubts that the U.S. government has begun taking Wikileaks seriously, this news will change all that. Sources told C|Net that security researcher Jacob Appelbaum was detained by U.S. agents at the border for three hours and questioned about Wikileaks as he entered the country on Thursday to attend the hacker conference Defcon.
For War Criminals Watch fans who are protesting Judge Jay Bybee, we have a new leaflet that you might use.
Large numbers of Iraqi children are being born with horrendous birth defects due to the use of chemical weapons.
By Chris Floyd
From Empire Burlesque
Years ago, I wrote about the use of chemical weapons in the American assault on the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2004. I was attacked at the time for my "wild accusations" by many people, across the political spectrum, even by stalwart dissidents, who felt that such "exaggerations" undermined the "effectiveness" of the anti-war movement, preventing it from being taken "seriously" by the "serious" players in the power structure. Later, of course, American military officials -- and serving soldiers -- admitted using white phosphorus and other chemical weapons in the assault.
World Can't Wait Present a National Webcast of Anti-war Leaders & Veterans Responding to the WikiLeaks Revelations.
Sun. 8/1, 4:30-7pm EST. CALL: 866-973-4463
featuring Josh Stieber, veteran of Bravo Company 2-16 Collateral Murder via Skype: Cindy Sheehan, anti-war veteran Matthis Chiroux & journalist Dahr Jamail & others to be announced.
NYC supporters: Be part of the live audience discussion in cool comfort
Asian American Writers Workshop 112 West 27, near 6th Avenue, 6th floor, Manhattan
100 Days 100 Portraits Oil on Our Hands, Oil on Our minds, Oil Everywhere
Come to Union Square and take photos, be photographed covered in "oil", use the "oil" we have on hand to express your anger using your body (or paper ...and markers provided) as a canvas. Make your own poster there with your own words, speak out publicly. Join us in this happening! Express your outrage! Be creative! Be artistic!
We want 100 portraits or more so bring friends. See your photos up on our site later. There is no charge to be photographed (but donations are needed and welcomed).
Because the oil gusher may not be capped
Because 100-200 million gallons of oil & 2 million of dispersants still foul the Gulf
Because wetlands, shores, wild and marine life are still threatened
Because peoples' health still isn't protected
Because the truth is still not out
Because oil companies and government still want to "drill, baby, drill"
By Mark Mazzetti, Jane Perlez, Eric Schmitt and Andrew W. Lehren
From The New York Times
Americans fighting the war in Afghanistan have long harbored strong suspicions that Pakistan’s military spy service has guided the Afghan insurgency with a hidden hand, even as Pakistan receives more than $1 billion a year from Washington for its help combating the militants, according to a trove of secret military field reports made public Sunday.
The documents, made available by an organization called WikiLeaks, suggest that Pakistan, an ostensible ally of the United States, allows representatives of its spy service to meet directly with the Taliban in secret strategy sessions to organize networks of militant groups that fight against American soldiers in Afghanistan, and even hatch plots to assassinate Afghan leaders.
100 Days or Outrage - since the Gulf Oil Disaster Sarted. Let's Have Hundreds of Local Demos On July 30th!
The Emergency Committee to Stop the Gulf Oil Disaster is calling for July 30th as a day of actions worldwide actions to commemorate the 100th day of the Oil Volcano in the Gulf of Mexico. Demands 100 Actions! Cities, Towns, Communities, Globally because the environment has no borders!
Check out this youtube spot: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LB1jQenY74k
Also this website: http://StopGulfOilDisaster.org
A Member of the Unit that Carried Out the Mission Documented in Wilkleaks "Collateral Murder" Video Has Written an Account of it
By Ehan McCord
The smell was unlike anything I've smelled before, a mixture of feces, urine, blood, smoke, and something else indescribable.
That day started out much like many days in Iraq. We were woken up about 2:30 am to prepare for a mission, one of many that seemed pointless. Our Battalion commander called them “Ranger dominance”, but many of the soldiers such as myself dubbed them “Ranger dumbass”. These missions consisted of two companies walking through new Baghdad unprotected from snipers and IEDs. We dreaded them and despised our battalion commander because of them.
By Deb Weinstein
Ever-shifting rules, minders and a cloaked public record are some of the barriers Miami Herald reporter Carol Rosenberg said await those hoping to cover the military commissions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Speaking at the National Press Club Tuesday night at an event titled "Banned at Guantanamo: A Freedom of the Press Event," Rosenberg described an ever-tightening ring of access that has become even more onerous as of May, when she and three colleagues were banned from the military base for using publicly available information in their coverage. The reason: the military claims that she and her colleagues should not have identified one of the detainee's interrogators.
By Gina Kim
From The Modesto Bee
John Yoo didn't set out to become the face of torture.
But that's what happened after the former attorney in the George W. Bush administration wrote memos justifying the expansion of presidential powers – including how the government treats suspected terrorists – following the 9/11 attacks.
And it's a label that continues to stick to the 43-year-old Yoo, who has since returned to teaching constitutional and international law at the University of California, Berkeley.
About 10 protesters sporting orange ribbons in a nod to the jumpsuit color of Guantánamo Bay detainees crowded the sidewalk in front of Capitol Plaza Ballrooms on Ninth Street on Wednesday, forcing Yoo to enter through a side door to address a monthly luncheon of the Sacramento Press Club.
Find out what happened next at:
By Andy Worthington
In the history of the “War on Terror,” few stories are as disturbing as that of Abu Zubaydah. Seized in Pakistan in March 2002, Zubaydah was initially regarded as a “high-value detainee” of such significance that the Bush administration conceived its torture program specifically for use on him, but the case against him has steadily unraveled over the years, as officials — first in the Bush administration, and then under President Obama — have conceded that his significance was monstrously overstated, and that he was not a member of al-Qaeda, was not involved in planning any international terrorist attacks, and had no advance knowledge of the 9/11 attacks.
War Criminals Watch is having an exciting Video/Cartoon/Comic Strip Contest – we’ll post all appropriate videos, cartoons and Comic Strips on WarCriminalsWatch.org in September with the top four and winner specially highlighted.
We are in the midst of an absolutely horrendous oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico. At the same time, our major concern has been war criminals – who also happen to have a tremendous interest in oil. Well, well, what do you know?
We have some facts we have collected about some of these culprits. go to: http://warcriminalswatch.org Use your creativity and produce a five-minute or shorter video on one or more of these planetary criminals such as:
* George W. Bush
* Richard Cheney
* Robert Gates
* William J. Haynes
* Condoleeza Rice
Posters of some of the above are also available.
From Center for Constitutional Rights
New York – Today (7/19/2010), the Center for Constitutional Rights
(CCR) issued the following statement in response to the announcement by
the U.S. government that it forcibly repatriated a Guantánamo detainee to
“We condemn the forcible repatriation of Abdul Aziz Naji to Algeria.
Although Mr. Naji has long been cleared of any connection with terrorism,
we are deeply concerned that he will disappear into secret detention and
face the threat of persecution by terrorist groups in Algeria. He bears
no ill will toward the Algerian government, but fears that it will be
unable to protect him from extremists in Algeria.
Check out the complete statement at:
From Witness Against Torture
New York City — Three Christian activists from Witness Against Torture traveled to Bermuda on Friday, July 16, 2010 to meet with four Uyghur men who were detained in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba for more than seven years. (The Uyghur ethnic group primarily resides in western China.) The Bush administration conceded that the men are not “enemy combatants,” and in October 2008 a federal judge ordered their release. Eight months later, four Uyghurs were resettled in Bermuda. Other Uyghur detainees were resettled elsewhere while five Uyghurs remain in Guantánamo.
By Dana Priest and William M. Arkin
From The Washington Post | Original Article
In suburbs across the nation, the intelligence community goes about its anonymous business. Its work isn’t seen, but its impact is surely felt.
The brick warehouse is not just a warehouse. Drive through the gate and around back, and there, hidden away, is someone's personal security detail: a fleet of black SUVs that have been armored up to withstand explosions and gunfire.
Along the main street, the signs in the median aren't advertising homes for sale; they're inviting employees with top-secret security clearances to a job fair at Cafe Joe, which is anything but a typical lunch spot.
The new gunmetal-colored office building is really a kind of hotel where businesses can rent eavesdrop-proof rooms.
By Niamh Marnell
From DC Bureau | Original Article
Communications Management Units (CMUs), nicknamed “Little Gitmo” by the inmates for the resemblance to the Guantanamo Bay prison, are coming under criticism for their controversial policies, constitutionality, and secrecy. Prisoners assigned to these units cover a broad interpretation of the “War on Terror,” from Muslim men thought to have extreme leanings to radical environmental and animal rights activists.
Opened under the Bush administration, CMUs are designed to severely restrict prisoner communication for inmates. Under the proposed new rules, which are even more restrictive than those currently in place, prisoners would be limited in communication to: one three-page, double sided letter per week to one recipient; one 15-minute phone call per month to immediate family only; and a single one-hour visit per month with immediate family only which must be non-contact in nature.
More information at:
By Dana Priest and William M. Arkin
From The Washington Post | Original Article
The top-secret world the government created in response to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, has become so large, so unwieldy and so secretive that no one knows how much money it costs, how many people it employs, how many programs exist within it or exactly how many agencies do the same work.
These are some of the findings of a two-year investigation by The Washington Post that discovered what amounts to an alternative geography of the United States, a Top Secret America hidden from public view and lacking in thorough oversight. After nine years of unprecedented spending and growth, the result is that the system put in place to keep the United States safe is so massive that its effectiveness is impossible to determine.
Read the full story at:
Licensing complaint to the New York Board of Psychology against Torture Psychologist Dr. John Francis Leso
Noted New York Psychologist Steven Reisner filed a complaint and request
of disciplinary actions against torture psychologist Dr. John Francis
Leso who developed and implemented a series of psychologically and
physically abusive interrogation techniques applied against detainees
held by the U.S.
Check out the attached link for details.
To learn what people are doing in the struggle against war crimes
Who are the true U.S. war criminals?
Download Materials to use in you actions
Check out: www.WarCriminalsWatch.org.
Read the detailed Complaint to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists Against Torture Psychologist Dr. James Elmer who directed various extreme torture methods among prisoners included Abu Zubaydah who was waterboarded 83 times.
To ensure that the country's most sensitive duties are carried out only by people loyal above all to the nation's interest, federal rules say contractors may not perform what are called "inherently government functions." But they do, all the time and in every intelligence and counter-terrorism agency, according to a two-year investigation by The Washington Post.
What started as a temporary fix in response to the terrorist attacks has turned into a dependency that calls into question whether the federal workforce includes too many people obligated to shareholders rather than the public interest -- and whether the government is still in control of its most sensitive activities. In interviews last week, both Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and CIA Director Leon Panetta said they agreed with such concerns.
By Kenneth J. Theisen
From World Can't Wait | Original Article
Most people have some vague notion that the Constitution guarantees a speedy trial. But when it comes to the U.S. war of terror the Constitution has been repeatedly lost in our so-called system of justice. It was lost again on July 13th, when a federal judge rejected the claim that a five year delay in being brought into court violated a defendant’s rights to a speedy trial.
The case is that of Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani. He is the first detainee formerly held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, to be brought before the civilian court system for trial.
Read more at:
By Charlie Savage and Scott Shane
From The New York Times | Original Article
WASHINGTON — A former Bush Justice Department official who approved brutal interrogation methods by the C.I.A. has told Congress that he never authorized several other rough tactics reportedly inflicted on terrorism suspects — including prolonged shackling to a ceiling and repeated beatings.
In closed-door testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on May 26, the former official, Judge Jay S. Bybee, said the Central Intelligence Agency never sought approval for some practices detainees later said had been used on them, including dousing them with cold water to keep them awake and forcing them to wear diapers or soil themselves.
“Those techniques were not authorized,” he said, according to a transcript released Thursday by the committee.
By Tom Turnipseed
From CommonDreams.org | Original Article
Successful professionals enjoy their work. The Obama administration has picked a successful and happy warrior in Marine Corps Gen. James N. Mattis to head the US Central Command. The command includes all US forces in Afghanistan, Iraq, the entire Middle East and Central Asia. Mattis has gloated that it is "fun to shoot some people" and "have a plan to kill everybody you meet".
Killing is the key to success in military actions. Killing enough insurgents by invading and occupying US forces enables the winners to subdue and subjugate the survivors. The real winners in the Middle East are the US based corporations who seek to exploit the resources of energy and mineral rich countries like Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran.....
Join weekly protests against the militarization of youth. Every Wednesday: 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm Protest & Flyering outside Army Recruiters 143 Chambers Street @ West Broadway Bring your own sign, or use those provided. 866-973-4463 for more information.
Check out the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=miUfJ87sulg