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Macedonia's role in the CIA's extraordinary rendition

European Court Will Review Macedonia's Role in Extraordinary Rendition

U.S. Must Hold Government Officials Accountable for Bush-Era Torture, Says ACLU

October 14, 2010 - The European Court of Human Rights announced it will review Macedonia's role in the CIA's extraordinary rendition and torture of innocent German citizen Khaled El-Masri. As part of a case brought by the Open Society Justice Initiative, the Macedonian government will be called on to answer questions about its involvement in the abuse of El-Masri, who was kidnapped from Macedonia and transported to a secret prison in Afghanistan where he was held for several months and tortured before being dumped on a hillside in Albania.

Boeing defines us

Boeing should make amends for its link to CIA torture case

Plaintiffs in the case say Boeing jets were used to transport prisoners for interrogation. As the case winds through the federal appeals process, can the company continue hiding behind the argument that it was merely carrying out a client's wishes?

October 14, 2010 - From William Boeing's 1916 B&W Bluebill to Rosie the Riveter and the B29 Superfortress. From Tex Johnston's 1955 barrel roll to the the Boeing Bust inspiring the infamous billboard, "Would the last person who leaves Seattle please turn out the lights?" From the 2001 move-to-Chicago sucker punch to the more recent Air Force tanker competition:

Boeing defines us.

Wolfowitz Directive Gave Legal Cover to Detainee Experimentation Program

By Jason Leopold and Jeffrey Kaye, t r u t h o u t | Investigative Report

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(Illustration: Lance Page / t r u t h o u t)

In 2002, as the Bush administration was turning to torture and other brutal techniques for interrogating "war on terror" detainees, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz loosened rules against human experimentation, an apparent recognition of legal problems regarding the novel strategies for extracting and evaluating information from the prisoners.

Wolfowitz issued his directive on March 25, 2002, about a month after President George W. Bush stripped the detainees of traditional prisoner-of-war protections under the Geneva Conventions. Bush labeled them "unlawful enemy combatants" and authorized the CIA and the Department of Defense (DoD) to undertake brutal interrogations.

Despite its title - "Protection of Human Subjects and Adherence to Ethical Standards in DoD-Supported Research" - the Wolfowitz directive weakened protections that had been in place for decades by limiting the safeguards to "prisoners of war."

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Brit Iraq War Inquiry Report

London sets 2011 for Iraqi inquiry report

Oct. 13, 2010 - There are gaps remaining in a London inquiry into the Iraq war that need to be filled before findings are released in 2011, the head of the panel said.

London is examining its role in the Iraq war from the planning stages to the departure of British forces in 2009. Inquiry director John Chilcot said he would lead a team to Iraq to examine the war first hand.

Five members of the inquiry panel interviewed several Iraqi leaders during a September visit to Baghdad, including former interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi and Ammar al-Hakim, the leader of the Shiite movement Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council.

Canon Andrew White, the so-called vicar of Baghdad, described his talks with the inquiry panel as helpful.

Better Late Than Never: LA Times Getting Disturbed By Obama's Protecting of Torturers

"President Obama came to office promising to end torture, close down the secret prisons in which it occurred and send the Al Qaeda terrorists — including Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the self-proclaimed 9/11 mastermind and boastful murderer of journalist Daniel Pearl — into federal court, where they belong. This week, we saw just how difficult that process will be and, more disturbing, how ambivalent the Obama administration really is about the process."

READ THE REST AT THE LA TIMES.

Afghan Call to Release Gitmo Prisoners

U.S. asked to release Guantanamo detainees to help Afghan talks

AP Photo Afghan President Hamid Karzai prays with members of Afghanistan's new peace council during the inaugural session Thursday in Kabul.

Oct 13, 2010 - Releasing Taliban figures detained at Guantanamo Bay and scratching scores of others off the U.N. sanctions list would jump-start peace talks aimed at ending the 9-year-old war, members of Afghanistan's new peace council said Tuesday.

The council members, who hold their first business meeting on Wednesday, said goodwill gestures from the U.S. and international community could spur reconciliation talks - perhaps at a neutral location in Saudi Arabia, Turkmenistan, Egypt or Turkey.

Tonight: Anti-Torture GIANT JOHN YOO DEBATE

Today: Protest Rally and March

EVENT: Giant John Yoo Debate

WHEN: Oct. 12, 7-8:30 PM

WHERE: UC Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall), Bancroft at College, Berkeley

The controversial legal issues posed by John Yoo’s professional work as an administration lawyer who wrote crucial legal memos enabling torture, will be examined in a debate format.

Yoo will appear 20 feet high in video recordings drawn from his speeches, Congressional testimony, public lectures, and self-promotional book appearances. His opponents will then respond. This debate over the controversial issues which have made John Yoo infamous, and which go to serious legal system issues of national and international law, will be presented tonight by.

“No Torture” debate team: Anne Weills, Shahid Buttar, Cindy Sheehan, Larry Everest, Boalt Hall law students, Dan Siegel, Sharon Adams.

"Criminal Standard of Proof"

"Criminal Standard of Proof" of CIA Torture in Poland

10 October 2010 - The U.S. CIA engaged in torture in its secret prison in Poland with a “criminal standard of proof,” the British Broadcasting Corporation reported October 6. The remarks represent the view of former jurist and Swiss Senator Dick Marty, a the former Council of Europe Rapporteur on Torture who has investigated the case.

Another Torture Victim Sues

Torture victim sues Obama administration over `Kafkaesque nightmare'

A detainee is shown resting inside his cell in Camp Delta at Guantanamo in June 2004.
ANDRES LEIGHTON / ASSOCIATED PRESS

10.09.10 - In a first for a former Guantánamo captive freed by a federal judge, a Syrian man now living in Europe is suing the U.S. government for damages from what he calls a ``Kafkaesque nightmare.''

The 44-page lawsuit by Abdul Razak al Janko, 32, described a decade-long odyssey of detention -- first in Taliban-era Afghanistan, where he was tortured as an alleged pro-American Israeli spy, and later in U.S. military prisons that ignored or misdiagnosed his history as a torture victim.

Poland Investigating CIA Black Site Prisons

Polish prosecutors to investigate CIA black site torture allegations

{The CIA allegedly detained and tortured suspects in Europe}

07.10.2010 - The public prosecutor's office in Poland has opened an investigation into claims by a Saudi national that he was tortured in a CIA secret prison in Poland. The Polish government maintains the prison never existed.

Polish prosecutors have accepted requests by a Saudi national to investigate his claims that he was tortured by the CIA on Polish territory, Polish media reported this week. {Documents appear to show some CIA-operated flights from Poland to Romania}

The Secret CIA Prisons

What happened in Europe's secret CIA prisons?

6 October 2010 - The CIA used a secret prison in Poland to detain and torture its most important 9/11 suspect, a former top human rights official alleges in a new BBC documentary.

On 7 March 2003 a CIA Gulfstream Jet landed at a remote airstrip in north-eastern Poland. Human rights officials and campaigners are convinced that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, one of the most senior al-Qaeda suspects, was on board.

American agents took him to a secret facility where, he says, he was tortured before being eventually transferred to Guantanamo Bay.

The secret transfer of CIA prisoners is said to have taken place in both Poland and Lithuania - a region where, only a generation ago, people were subject to arbitrary detention and torture at the hands of Communist secret police.

Coercion-Tainted Evidence

Exclusion of Coercion-Tainted Evidence Echoes Other Gitmo Cases

In a decision delivered Wednesday, Judge Lewis Kaplan blocked the government from calling one of their key witnesses against Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, inset, whose trial is now slated to start next week at the federal courthouse in Manhattan. (Daniel Barry/Getty Images)

6 October 2010 - A federal judge's decision today -- excluding key testimony from the first civilian trial of a Guantanamo detainee -- is the latest, and potentially most significant, in a series of government losses in Gitmo-related cases that relied on evidence gained during coercive interrogations [1].

"No Torture" Week

"No Torture" Week Brings Top Experts to Berkeley To Denounce Torture

photo: redstarphoto.net
Statue honoring Berkeley’s history of protest and rebellion, on the pedestrian overpass on I-80 at University Avenue, Berkeley

NSARCHIVE: THE IRAQ WAR -- PART III

Shaping the Debate

 

U.S. and British Documents Show Transatlantic Propaganda Cooperation

Joint Drafting & Editing of White Papers “Fixed the Facts”

National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Book No. 330

Posted - October 4, 2010

 

“No Torture” Week Brings Top Experts to Berkeley To Denounce Torture

A grassroots campaign in Berkeley is drawing national attention to an upcoming week of public educational events, art events and political protests to take place. Now declared the official “Berkeley Says No to Torture” Week by the Berkeley City Council, the week-long series of panels, debates, and cultural events will bring together in one program for the first time:

Al-Zahrani v. Rumsfeld

No Regard for Human Life

D.C. Court Rules That U.S. Officials Can Torture and Murder “Enemy Combatants,” Cover It Up, and Get Away With It

October 1st, 2010 - On September 30, Judge Ellen Huvelle affirmed the D.C. District Court’s decision to dismiss Al-Zahrani v. Rumsfeld, a civil lawsuit brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and co-counsel concerning three men who died in detention at Guantánamo in June 2006. Her decision came despite new evidence from four soldiers stationed at the base, which strongly suggests the three men were murdered at a secret site at Guantánamo and that the government worked hard to cover up the true cause and circumstances of the deaths. The government reported the three men committed suicide by hanging themselves in their cells.

A lost war-crimes documentary

"Nuremberg": A lost war-crimes documentary lives again

Why Stuart Schulberg's film of the famous Nazi trial was destroyed -- and what it can tell us now

Justice Robert H. Jackson, chief U.S. prosecutor at the Nuremberg trial

Stone-Walled by Obama Justice Department, Anti-Torture Activists Demand to be Heard

Demonstrate at Justice Department on Friday, October 1, 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. — After meeting with the Justice Department’s Office of
Intergovernmental and Public Liaison on June, 15 2010 to discuss the
Obama administration’s controversial record on detention issues, a
coalition of human rights advocates were promised further dialogue with
the Department. That commitment has not been honored.

Coalition members will rally at the Justice Department on Friday,
October 1 at 2:30 pm to demand that the Obama administration answer to
public outrage at its continuation of Bush-era policies, such as
indefinite detention and the use of the states-secrets defense to
dismiss lawsuits of men kidnapped by the United States and tortured.

“After a fruitful meeting in June, during which we were promised
meaningful follow up by Office of Public Liaison Director Portia
Roberson, we have written many letters and made many phone calls, to no

National Religious Campaign Against Torture

Opinion: IT'S TIME FOR OUR CONGRESSIONAL LEADERS TO INVESTIGATE THE ALLEGED MEDICAL EXPERIMENTATION ON U.S.-HELD DETAINEES

09/27/2010 - Over the past several years, the American people have been confronted with mounting evidence of the use of torture by the previous U.S. administration. People of good will, across the nation and across political lines, have been deeply troubled by each new revelation. As faith leaders, we have felt keenly the need to add our voices to the many calling for a Commission of Inquiry that would investigate U.S. torture practices since 9/11.

A recent discovery of new horrors has only sharpened that sense of responsibility.

Not Winning Hearts and Minds!

With the added Atrocities of War and Occupation: How to get more of your fellow soldiers killed and maimed and in these times, of the past couple of decades, innocent civilians, anywhere, targets of international criminal terrorist attacks!

Army restricts access to photos of soldiers with Afghan corpses

The Army is strictly controlling access to several grisly photos of U.S. soldiers holding up Afghan corpses, images that were uncovered as part of an investigation into alleged war crimes.

September 25, 2010 - Earlier this month, Army prosecutors at Joint Base Lewis-McChord turned over the photos to a military representative of civilian attorneys representing five soldiers accused of murdering three Afghan civilians and other crimes.

They Wanted A Perpetual War

And they made sure they created enough of the 'ghost enemy', international criminal terrorist, to give them their wealth and power producing War for themselves and theirs, done in our names and using our sons and daughters, fathers and mothers, relatives and friends!

US unable to document any payments for Abu Ghraib

26 September 2010 - Fending off demands that he resign over the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told Congress he had found a legal way to compensate Iraqi detainees who suffered "grievous and brutal abuse and cruelty at the hands of a few members of the United States armed forces."

The 'CIA Torture' in Poland

Prosecutors to investigate 'CIA torture' in Poland

24th September 2010 - Poland has launched an investigation to establish whether a Saudi man accused of terrorism was tortured at a “secret CIA prison” reportedly located in Poland.

The man in question, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, is suspected of planning the 2000 USS Cole bombing.

Earlier this week, Mr al-Nashiri's attorney in Poland, Mikolaj Pietrzak, requested that Polish prosecutors investigate his client's detention and treatment by the CIA.

Prosecutor Jerzy Mierzewski informed the Associated Press that al-Nashiri's treatment would indeed be probed, but under the aegis of a broader investigation into Poland's role in America's now-defunct global network of secret detention camps.

Questions Before Charge

Blair's Journey: Questions Before Charge

Global Research, September 18, 2010 Evidence of Extensive War Crimes Committed by a British Prime Minister

Your 'Journey' has been long on miles but absent of humanity, reason and law. 'It can only get better'. Could it have got any worse?

Afghan Torture: Danish military investigates

Everyone but the U.S.!

Danish military investigates allegations of torture in Afghanistan

September 16, 2010 - COPENHAGEN, Sep. 16, 2010 (Xinhua News Agency) -- The Danish military is currently investigating allegations of torture committed against prisoners in Danish custody by American troops in Afghanistan, Danish state television DR1 reported on Thursday.

The investigation comes after a meeting where Danish minister of defense, Gitte Lillelund Bech, informed the Danish foreign committee that there is a computer disk with pictures allegedly showing the torture scenes.

Effective UK Torture Inquiry

Everywhere but here in the U.S.!

NGOs call for effective UK torture inquiry

14 September 2010 - Amnesty International and eight other NGOs have urged the UK government to ensure that its forthcoming inquiry into torture and ill-treatment of detainees held abroad during ongoing counter-terrorism operations is independent, thorough and transparent.

"Sand Trap 2"

Everybody but Us, the United States!

 

Inquiry into Canada special forces in Afghanistan: report

 

14 September 2010 - Canada's Defense Ministry is conducting a "major inquiry" into the conduct of its special forces in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2008, CBC public television reported Tuesday.

Dubbed "Sand Trap 2," the investigation follows the narrower "Sand Trap 1" inquiry, which ended after several months but did not result in any charges being filed, Navy Captain David Scanlon told the station.

Contacted by AFP, a spokesman for Defense Minister Peter MacKay declined comment.

Scanlon told CBC that Sand Trap 2 began in 2008 after a Canadian commando raised concerns about the behavior of his colleagues.

Judgement Day

Cambodia's judgment day in photos

 

September 15, 2010 - A man who ran a notorious Cambodian torture prison where more than 14,000 people died during the Khmer Rouge regime was found guilty of war crimes in late July and sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Despite the sentence, Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, will serve no more than 19 years.

The judge took off five years for the time Duch was illegally detained before the United Nations-backed tribunal was established, and another 11 years for the time he has already served behind bars. {read rest and view slide show}

The New Lookin More and More Like the Old

No surprise here, we helped install and than supported the Old. We then totally destroyed the country, this time, and brought in and support the New!!

 

Amnesty International slams Iraq over prison torture

 

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