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That's right. There are evil forces still working behind the scenes to try to cut the heart out of the anti-torture provision, which was passed 90-9 by the Senate, in the conference on the defense bill with the House. What part of NO TORTURE don't they get? They want to cut the CIA a blanket "get out of atrocity free" card, in actual effect, by omission, to AUTHORIZE torture by its worst offenders. Please contact all your members of the House and Senate at once and tell them this attempt to subvert the will of the people is a further outrage!

The fingerprints of shadowy "security agency" operatives are all over Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, extraordinary rendition, and all the other reprehensible conduct that the overwhelmingly supported McCain amendment was passed to address. And the worst culprits must NOT be allowed to escape the reach of its intent. In particular, leading the charge on the conference committee will be three of the only nine senators who voted FOR more torture, Ted Stevens (AK), Thad Cochran (MS) and Kit Bond (MO), so if you are from any of these states, your voices and those of all your friends are especially needed now.


This is all the more reason to oppose the appointment of Harriet Miers, who they want to install as yet another rubberstamp crony for the Bush imperial power grab. So greedy is the right wing for absolute power in every respect they want, there are some reactionary commentators who are complaining that they have not been assured that Miers is radical enough for them. This is our nomination to stop, and then we can move on to the REAL struggle which is to fight for a true moderate as the next appointee. Click on the link below also and you can submit both action pages with the same contact information.


We can take no satisfaction with someone just because they don't fulfill EVERYTHING on the wish list of the other side. We must stand up for what WE want and believe. Most of all we must build a national consensus that any new Supreme Court appointees must be true moderates at the worst. We can TAKE ADVANTAGE of the silly opposition of the neocon think tankers who are so intellectually greedy they will not settle for another clone vote like Thomas. Let them hold out for an "in our face" reactionary scholar. In the meantime we must all speak out on the absent merits of Miers and reject her OURSELVES as nothing more than a faith-based crony.


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We live in America and we see what happened to the poor in New Orleans. I cried for these people, our people, sitting on over passes with out food and water. Americens were horrified by the lack of our government "while on vacation" is as much horrific. I am mad at this country for allowing this government to be so irresponsable, I am mad at Americans who sit back and say they are not concerned at the level of corruption that is so profound in this administration. I am mad that we have knowledge of the PNAC AND THE MEDIA HIDES THE FACT THE THIS GOVERNMENT HAD PLANS BEFORE THE WAR TO INVADE THESE COUNTRIES. Look up project for the new American century. Penned by this administration in 1999.

Can you give me any validated instances of prisoners (either at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib or elsewhere) that the U.S. has transferred to other countries that do allow torture? I keep seeing remarks about that, but no specific instances. I brought the subject up at Rep. Trent Franks'Town Meeting in my area, and he denied any knowledge of such activity. He told me that if I could give him just one instance, he would investigate it! Can anyone help me?

One victim's story

By Neil Mackay

10/17/05 "sunday herald" -- -- ON each stage of his journey, as he descended further and further into the gulags and torture chambers of the war on terror, Benyam Mohammed al-Habashi was shadowed by British intelligence. The British were there in Karachi when Americans interrogated him and Pakistanis tortured him; they were feeding questions to the Moroccan torturers who took a scalpel to his penis; they stood back and watched as he was dragged to an American torture chamber in Afghanistan and then to the gulag of Guantanamo, where he languishes to this day.
Al-Habashi is a perfect example of what happens to a person who has been subjected to “extraordinary rendition

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