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Guantanamo: Omar Khadr

Khadr trial will be a window into America's war on terror

08.07.10 - GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba -- Across his eight years in U.S. custody, Americans have seen Canadian Omar Khadr grow from a child found near dead in a war zone in Afghanistan to a brooding, weeping teenager and more recently a defiant young man spurning a guilty plea deal at Guantanamo.

They've seen him cast as, alternately, a child of jihad who hurled a grenade that killed a U.S. soldier in battle in Afghanistan in 2002 or a 15-year-old captured far from his native Toronto and then tortured into confessing to a crime he now denies.

Prosecutors say Khadr, now 23, was an ``unprivileged enemy belligerent'' when he joined elders on a night mission in Afghanistan, planting mines. They call it a war crime.

END THE TORTURE STATE. SILENCE IS COMPLICITY.

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."

Torture Memo: Eight Years On

All from a Country that is based on it's Laws and Constitution to hold it together, was and is the major architect of International Laws and Condemns those who fail to uphold Human Rights and those same International Laws, not to mention that torturing of others for so called intelligence doesn't work but those ordering and those doing get a perverse joy out of carrying out these acts!

Eight years after the torture memo, Obama should take a hard look back

The AP’s “Most Complete Published Account” that Leaves Out Torture

The AP’s DOJ and intelligence writers have a story out on the Durham investigation that purports to be “the most complete published account” of the destruction of the torture tapes. Only, it ignores key details that have already been published which paint a much more damning picture of the tapes and their destruction.

READ THE REST at Emptywheel.

Just 19years for Thousands of Lives in Massive War Crimes!!

Khmer Rouge jailer faces 19 years for 16,000 dead

26 July 2010 Cambodia – A war crimes tribunal convicted and sentenced the Khmer Rouge's chief jailer Monday for overseeing the deaths of up to 16,000 people, in the first verdict involving a senior member of the "killing fields" regime that devastated a generation of Cambodians.

Victims and their relatives burst into tears after hearing that a 35-year sentence given to Kaing Guek Eav — also known as Duch — had been whittled down to just 19 after taking into account time already served and other factors. That effectively means the 67-year-old could one day walk free.

The Horrific Nature of Abu Zubaydah's Story Stands Out

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.

Three Decades Later

Verdict due in Comrade Duch Khmer Rouge trial

25 July 2010 After a wait of more than three decades, some kind of justice is at last in sight for the victims of the Khmer Rouge.

As many as two million Cambodians died because of the policies of Pol Pot's government. They included the evacuation of cities, forced labour in the rice fields and the summary execution of those considered "enemies of the revolution". Continued

Long haul for Cambodia's genocide court

25 July 2010 Cambodia's UN-backed genocide court has taken four years to conclude its first case

Marooned in the dusty outskirts of Phnom Penh, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia are hardly in the most auspicious of locations.

Known as “the Bulldog,” “the Star Judge,” the “Superjuez,”

The ‘Superjuez’ under fire

July 22, 2010 Crusading judge Baltasar Garzón faces charges for opening the wounds of the Fascist past

He’s inspired tens of thousands of Spaniards to protest on his behalf—and support his efforts to uncover the crimes of Spain’s Fascist past. In 2008, Spanish judge Baltasar Garzón opened the historical floodgates, announcing an official investigation into 114,000 disappearances during Spain’s bloody 1936-1939 civil war, and the subsequent years of Gen. Francisco Franco’s rule. And he did more than strike against the unofficial pacto del olvido, or pact of silence, that has existed since the dictatorship ended in 1975. He charged Franco and his associates with crimes against humanity, for the first time, and vowed to exhume Franco-era mass graves.

"the rank amateurs of the 'World' public"

The millions of "rank amateurs" have yet, sadly, to be proven wrong in anything said before and through all these years of two destructive occupations, From the abandonment of Afghanistan in their much needed help to rebuild after decades of others trying to control them by focussing all attention on an innocent country and people in Iraq and reeking destructive terror on same, to today!

Manningham-Buller was right about the Iraq war

22 July 2010 Tony Blair ignored the MI5 boss's advice, as he did the public's protests, but history has proved her fears to be uncannily accurate

Eliza Manningham-Buller, former head of MI5. Photograph: Graeme Robertson/Getty Images

Chosen Brit Torture Judge Coming Under Question

Torture inquiry judge urged to quit over bias claims

21 July 2010 The judge probing torture claims against the security services is facing calls to disqualify himself from the investigation.

A human rights group said Sir Peter Gibson's links to intelligence chiefs meant he should be a witness to the inquiry rather than its chairman.

It claimed the High Court judge's previous posting as the official watchdog over the security services had made him too close to agents, ministers and officials.

David Cameron set up the inquiry earlier this month to discover whether MI5 and MI6 turned a blind eye to the abuse of terrorist suspects in U.S. custody.

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.
http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/War-Criminals-Watch/61460980748?ref=search

Torture Psychologist and War Criminal Dr. James Elmer

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.

http://warcriminalswatch.org/index.php/news/98-6-9-10-complaint-against-...

Protest John Yoo in Sacramento Wednesday -- Or Arrest Him

Guest speaker John Yoo, author of the legal opinions known as the Torture Memos, will address: "Is waterboarding torture or permissable?"

Press Club Luncheon
meetup Wednesday, July 21 11:00am
at Capitol Plaza Halls
1025 Ninth St. Suite 201, Sacramento, CA

The Berkeley Law professor continues to defend Torture, out in public, frequently. Bedecked with UC faculty status, and brazenly espousing his discredited theories on torture, fighting terrorism, and the miracles of the "unitary executive" (the president can do whatever he wants during wartime, including the power to torture) - Yoo continues to play a powerful role in rendering torture acceptable to the American people, long after Bush and Cheney have gone.

How Jay Bybee Has Approved the Prosecution of CIA Operatives for Torture

 

By Andy Worthington

Last Thursday, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.), the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee, released the previously undisclosed testimony of Jay S. Bybee, delivered to the Committee on May 26 as part of its investigations into advice given by Justice Department lawyers to the Bush administration regarding the use of torture in the “War on Terror.” Bybee, now a judge in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, was the Assistant Attorney General in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (the department that is supposedly obliged to deliver impartial legal advice to the Executive branch) on August 1, 2002, when two notorious memos — commonly known as the “torture memos” — were issued, largely written by OLC lawyer John Yoo, but ultimately signed off by Bybee.

The first memo (PDF), which sought to redefine torture, was leaked in the wake of the Abu Ghraib scandal in 2004, and remains shocking for its attempt to claim that the definition in the US anti-torture statute (an act “specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering … upon another person within his custody or physical control”) could be redefined as the infliction of physical pain “equivalent in intensity to the pain accompanying serious physical injury, such as organ failure, impairment of bodily function, or even death,” or the infliction of mental pain which “result[s] in significant psychological harm of significant duration e.g. lasting for months or even years.”

Join the FAT (Fast Against Torture) on August 1, 2010

Please consider participating in a 24 hour Fast Against Torture in memory of all those illegally, unethically tortured around the world, including, most importantly, those tortured and waterboarded by the Bush-Cheney Administration.

Baha Mousa inquiry:

Commander accused of lying

19 July 2010 Counsel for Iraqi civilian who died in British custody questions evidence given by officer in charge

Colonel Jorge Mendonca, whose evidence to the Baha Mousa inquiry has been called into question. Photograph: Barry Batchelor/PA

The commanding officer of the regiment in whose custody an Iraqi civilian died was accused today of misleading an official public inquiry about what he knew of the treatment meted out by his soldiers.

Colonel Jorge Mendonca of 1st Battalion the Queen's Lancashire Regiment (1QLR) said he saw nothing out of the ordinary when he checked on hotel worker Baha Mousa and a number of other Iraqi civilians after their arrest in Basra, southern Iraq, in 2003.

High Court to Investigate: Torture

And you thought that meant the U.S. courts I'll bet {we don't do accountability of top officials representing us}, nope it's the British high courts and a Brit Government Inquiry into torture is also setting to begin. But they both will bring out the U.S. participation in that which we condemn those we occupy and are fighting of doing.

After a 5 year delay, Guantanamo Prisioner's Trial Set to Start This Fall in NYC

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:

http://warcriminalswatch.org/index.php/news/40-recent-news/585-7-15-10-j...

Bybee Reveals that He Approve Torture Tecniques That Were Unauthorized

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.

Read more at:
http://warcriminalswatch.org/index.php/news/40-recent-news/587-7-15-10-b...

WATERBOARDING IS A CRIME. See a dramatic presentation of waterboarding

Go to: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TsbQxdCDBQ
to see a demonstration of the Waterboarding Torture tactic used by the United States Government. For more
information goto www.worldcantwait.org and www.warcriminalswatch.org

Torture of Iraqis to Judicial Review

British army's alleged torture of Iraqis goes to judicial review

16 July 2010 High court victory for 102 men claiming systemic abuse while in detention may lead to public inquiry

Lawyers representing 102 Iraqi prisoners say they have documented hundreds of allegations of torture. Photograph: Mohammed Sawaf/AFP/Getty Images

The high court today gave permission for a judicial review of the government's failure to hold a public inquiry into the British army's detention policies in Iraq amid allegations that large numbers of civilians were tortured.

US Employs Its Laws Against Torture, Court Rejects Memos Purporting to Authorize It

Of course this is being done to punish a non-American. But it establishes some important points.

Argentina: Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon

Argentina treats embattled Spanish judge as hero

Natacha Pisarenko / AP Spain's Judge Baltazar Garzon, left, embraces Taty Almeida, a member of the Human Rights organization Mother's of Plaza de Mayo, during a ceremony in support of Garzon at the former Argentine Navy School of Mechanics (ESMA) in Buenos Aires, Thursday, July 15, 2010. The ESMA was a torture center during the 1976-83 dictatorship.

July 16, 2010 Fourteen years ago, a group of Argentine women wearing white kerchiefs with the names of their missing children flew to Madrid and entered the chambers of Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon. He says they changed his life.

Did Britain Care? {We Know Here There's Little Concern!}

And that lack of will come back to haunt us in the coming decades, it is already!

Iraqi Civilian Deaths: Did Britain Care?

 

July 16, 2010 Of all the controversies that surround the Iraq war and its aftermath, the most troubling is the number of civilians who died.

The figure varies depending on which source you choose to believe... but they're all staggering.

50,000? 200,000? 400,000? One survey even puts the figure at over a million.

The attitude of the US commander who led the invasion of Iraq in 2003 goes some way to explaining why no one really has any idea of the number.

USAG HOLDER: "We will not tolerate wrongdoing by those who are sworn to protect the public."

Translation: "We will not tolerate wrongdoing by small fry (just forget Bush/Cheney, etc., etc., etc.)."

Six more policemen charged in Katrina killings

5:14pm EDT
By Jeremy Pelofsky

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Six more New Orleans police officers have been indicted in connection with the shooting deaths of two people and the wounding of four others who were walking on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina devastated the city in 2005, the Justice Department said on Tuesday.

U.S. prosecutors unsealed a 27-count indictment that charged three current officers and one former officer with the killing, and subsequent cover-up, of James Brissette, a 17-year-old city resident, and Ronald Madison, a 40-year-old man who suffered disabilities and was shot in the back.

Torture Inquiry: Cameron Agrees to Terms

PM agrees terms to torture inquiry

July 14, 2010 Judge-led investigation would examine claims of British complicity in abuse and rendition of terrorism suspects

David Cameron and the foreign secretary, William Hague, are understood to have agreed the terms of a judge-led inquiry into claims that British security services were complicit in torture of terrorism suspects.

The inquiry is expected to offer compensation in cases, where necessary, and is likely to be held in private. A judge-led inquiry or commission may have the advantage of bringing together the 13 separate compensation cases currently going through the courts.

Rep. Nadler: Investigate torture or face road to ‘tyranny’

By Sahil Kapur, Raw Story

WASHINGTON – A New York Democrat argued that failing to prosecute former Bush administration officials complicit in the use of torture would create a dangerous precedent and place America on a path to "tyranny."

In an interview with Raw Story, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) invoked a "supremacy of laws" when critiquing President Barack Obama’s decision to "look forward and not backwards" on his predecessor’s abuses of power.

"Those who misuse government power to break the law and subject people to improper pressure or torture ought to be prosecuted," said Nader, chairman of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties. "That’s why we have laws."

Interrogation Guidelines Facing Their First Legal Challenge

New interrogation policy faces early legal challenge

12 July 2010 Lawyers acting for Iraqi civilians threaten judicial review over failure to ban hooding

The government's interrogation guidelines for intelligence officers are facing their first legal challenge, less than a week after they were published as part of David Cameron's attempt to signal a break with the counter-terrorism practices of the Labour administration.

Lawyers representing dozens of Iraqi civilians who were detained and allegedly mistreated by British troops are threatening to begin judicial review proceedings because the policy fails to outlaw the practice of hooding.

Torture Complicity

Torture Complicity Under the Spotlight in Europe (Part Two): Germany and France

Rendition Map

Jul 9th, 2010 Last week, in the first of two articles examining how “War on Terror”-related complicity in torture is under intense scrutiny in Europe, I ran through the history of Britain’s post-9/11 involvement in US torture, and its extensive forays into holding people without charge or trial in the UK, attempting to send foreign nationals back to countries where they face the risk of torture, using information derived from torture in other countries (sometimes with direct British involvement) and subsequently using this information operationally and even in judicial hearings.

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