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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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War Criminals Watch is having an exciting contest – we’ll post all appropriate videos on WarCriminalsWatch.org in September with the top four and winner specially highlighted.
And, if cartoons or comic strips are your thing, we are accepting that genre of entry as well!
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?
You can find some facts we have collected about a few of these culprits at www.warcriminalswatch.org. Use your creativity and produce a five-minute or shorter video on one or more of these planetary criminals.
* George W. Bush
* Richard Cheney
* Robert Gates
* William J. Haynes
* Condoleeza Rice
* And more
Posters of some of the above are also available.
Background on the Case of Heroic Bradley Manning Who, it appears, Released the "Collateral Murder" Video.
By Glenn Greenwald
From Salon.com | Original Article
On June 6, Kevin Poulsen and Kim Zetter of Wired reported that a 22-year-old U.S. Army Private in Iraq, Bradley Manning, had been detained after he "boasted" in an Internet chat -- with convicted computer hacker Adrian Lamo -- of leaking to WikiLeaks the now famous Apache Helicopter attack video, a yet-to-be-published video of a civilian-killing air attack in Afghanistan, and "hundreds of thousands of classified State Department records." Lamo, who holds himself out as a "journalist" and told Manning he was one, acted instead as government informant, notifying federal authorities of what Manning allegedly told him, and then proceeded to question Manning for days as he met with federal agents, leading to Manning's detention.
he US Army has Bradley Manning in custody, in a prison in Kuwait, reportedly without access to legal counsel. The Army says he's responsible for leaking the video footage which was named "Collateral Murder" and sent around the world by wikileaks.org. They will likely court martial him.
Needless to say, the soldiers in the video -- not to mention the commanders who trained the troops for and ordered the massacre -- are under no arrest, no scrutiny, not even investigation?
World Can't Wait has projected "Collateral Murder" onto buildings and before large groups of people and high school classrooms. Every instance, even among those who "know" how bad the US occupation is, brought renewed outrage and dedication to end the wars. It's impossible to overestimate the role of courageous people in the military who blow the whistle, and of principled media like wikileaks.org that get the truth out to the public.
Andy Worthington,British Journalist & War Criminal Watch advisior's, two-part article on Obama and Torture in Bagram
What is Obama Doing at Bagram? (Part 1) Torture and the "Black Prison
By Andy Worthington
For eight and a half years, the US prison at Bagram airbase has been the site of a disturbing number of experiments in detention and interrogation, where murders have taken place, the Geneva Conventions have been shredded and the encroachment of the US courts — unlike at Guantánamo — has been thoroughly resisted.
In the last few months, there have been a few improvements — hearings, releases, even the promise of imminent trials — but behind this veneer of respectability, the US government’s unilateral reworking of the Geneva Conventions continues unabated, and evidence has recently surfaced of a secret prison within Bagram, where a torture program that could have been lifted straight from the Bush administration’s rule book is still underway.
Second part of Andy Worthington's article that deals with Executive Detention, Rendition and Review Boards
What is Obama Doing at Bagram (Part 2).
By Andy Worthington
by Kenneth J. Theisen
On June 7th Amnestey International (AI) released a report and of a U.S.-manufactured cruise missile that carried cluster munitions.
The remnants of the cruise missile pictured in the AI report are what was on the ground after a savage December 17, 2009 strike on an alleged ‘terrorist” training camp in Yemen. The attack killed 55 people, including 14 women and 21 children.
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Yoo and Card will be appearing in a Panel Discussion at 5pm, June 15 about Shakespeaer's Henry V in a free event at Boston's Cutler Majestic Theater.The panel will be preceded by a reading of excerpts from Henry V by numerous Republican figures.
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Karl Rove additional major speaking appearances in June. On the 17th in Chicago and on the 24th he'll be at a resort in Cabazon CA.
Andrew Card will be honored by Common Cause on June 12th in Boston.
John Yoo and Andrew Card will be part of a Federalist Shakespearean Spectacle in Boston on June 15th.
George W. Bush will be hitting the speaking circuit as well. On June 2nd he'll be in Grand Rapids MI, on the 7th in Houston TX and on the 24th in New Orleans.
Condoleeza Rice will be presenting at a conference in DC on the 7th and 8th, in Anaheim CA on the 24th and keynoting at a conference in New Orleans remembering Hurricane Katrina from 6/28-7-6.
US Defence Dept. Arrests the Person Accused of Leaking Information in Helipcoter Attack and Not the Guilty
Army Leak Suspect Is Turned In, by Ex-Hacker
By Elisabeth Bumiller
From The New York Times
WASHINGTON — It was only last month that a 22-year-old Army intelligence analyst in Iraq, Specialist Bradley Manning, reached out to a former computer hacker who apparently seemed like a kindred soul.
In a single intense week in late May, Specialist Manning and the former hacker, Adrian Lamo, traded instant messages about what Mr. Lamo described as Specialist Manning’s personal troubles with the military.
But over the course of those exchanges, Mr. Lamo said in a telephone interview on Monday, Specialist Manning also took credit for leaking a classified, explosive video of an American helicopter attack in Baghdad that left 12 people dead, including two employees of the Reuters news agency, which the Web site Wikileaks.org posted in April.
This US Mengele type program is so shocking that even The New York Times is calling for an investigation.
6-7-10 NYT Editorial: Doctors Who Aid Torture
From The New York Times
Disturbing new questions have been raised about the role of doctors and other medical professionals in helping the Central Intelligence Agency subject terrorism suspects to harsh treatment, abuse and torture.
The Red Cross previously documented, from interviews with “high-value” prisoners, that medical personnel helped facilitate abuses in the C.I.A.’s “enhanced interrogation program” during the Bush administration. Now Physicians for Human Rights has suggested that the medical professionals may also have violated national and international laws setting limits on what research can be performed on humans.
To read the full report, Evidence of Human Subject Research & Evaluation in the "Enhanced" Interrogation Program - A White Paper by Physicians for Human Rights, go to:
Follow directions to download a PDF version of the report
Physicians for Human Rights Issued the Press Release Denouncing the Horrendous Breach of Ethics and Morality.
A broad coalition of human rights, health, and religious groups filed a formal complaint today with the US Department of Health and Human Services Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) against the Central Intelligence Agency. This action is in response to new revelations by Physicians for Human Rights that the CIA allegedly engaged in illegal human subject research and experimentation on detainees as part of Bush-era interrogation practices. The CIA has denied the allegations and has refused to investigate evidence of experimentation presented by Physicians for Human Rights in a report entitled Experiments in Torture: Evidence of Human Subject Research and Experimentation in the “Enhanced” Interrogation Program. The report is available at http://phrtorturepapers.org/?p=430
The following groups have joined the OHRP complaint so far:
Listen to Ann Wright, Gaza Freedom Flotilla participant & War Criminals Watch Advisor, on her Freedom Flotilla experience
Flotilla Passengers Huwaida Arraf of Free Gaza Movement and Retired Army Col. Ann Wright Respond to Israeli Claims on Deadly Assault
From Democracy Now.
Interview with Ann Wright at website below, starts at 34:05 marker on the video
By Ray McGovern
From World Can't Wait
Casualty figures are still arriving in the wake of Israel’s Sunday night-Monday morning commando attack on an unarmed flotilla trying to bring relief supplies to the 1.5 million Palestinians crowded into Gaza.
Already, at least nine civilian passengers aboard the ships are reported killed, and dozens wounded.
Yet, seldom has an act of aggression been so well advertised in advance. Israel had made clear that it would use force to prevent the ships from reaching Gaza and heard no stern protest from President Obama, who apparently could not overcome his fear of Israel’s legendary political clout.
Earlier this year, Obama did criticize Israel’s continued settlement of Palestinian areas and Netanyahu’s resistance to hold meaningful peace talks, but the President has failed to back up his words with firm action or resolve.
By Robert Parry
From Consortiumnews.com | Original Article
Hawks in the United States and Israel appear set on “regime change” in Iran, pursuing a game plan similar to the run-up to war in Iraq, ratcheting up tensions while frustrating opportunities for a peaceful settlement.
In the latest example, the New York Times on Tuesday published a leaked account of an order signed by U.S. Central Command chief, Gen. David Petraeus, expanding “clandestine military activity in an effort to disrupt militant groups to counter threats in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and other countries in the region.”
In most of those countries, the secret U.S. military operations would be intended to help U.S. allies combat anti-government militants. However, in Iran, the goal would be to make contact with opposition forces, according to the Times article by Mark Mazzetti.