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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.

Guantanamo habeas cases

cheney and his puppet, Rendition, False Imprisonment, Possible Torture, with No Proof, possible outcome: Created more insurgent fighters as well as possible international criminal terrorist, with the expanding al Qaeda network and others, and not even those held but their countrymen!!

U.S. has now lost 75 percent of Guantanamo habeas cases

9 July 2010 A federal judge has ordered the release of another Yemeni captive at Guantanamo, the 37th time a war on terror captive in southeast Cuba has won his unlawful detention suit against the U.S. government.

Judge Paul Friedman's order in the case of Hussein Almerfedi at the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., instructs the Obama administration to "take all necessary and appropriate steps to facilitate the release of petitioner forthwith.''

Military Psychologists Face Complaints With Licensing Boards Over Roles at Guantanamo

Military Psychologists Face Complaints With Licensing Boards Over Roles at Guantanamo

Two U.S. military psychologists are facing complaints with their state licensing boards over their actions at Guantanamo Bay. The psychologists, Major John Leso and Col. Larry James, are accused of helping perpetrate the abuse and torture of prisoners in violation of standards of professional conduct. We speak with Dr. Steven Reisner, a New York psychologist who filed one of the complaints.[includes rush transcript]

A Cautious Welcome

A Cautious Welcome for British Torture Inquiry

8.7.10 Human rights campaigners have reacted with cautious optimism to the British government’s official announcement of a judicial inquiry into the involvement of the British security services — MI5 and MI6 — in torture and rendition since the 9/11 attacks, although many pressing questions are, as yet, unanswered.

Snip

In its most significant complaint, Reprieve asked why the inquiry will not be held under the Inquiries Act of 2005, noting that the Baha Mousa inquiry (into the murder, in British custody, of a hotel clerk in Iraq) was held under the Act and has been “a model of an inquiry functioning efficiently, including the hearing of secret evidence.” Continued

Brits Hague: "A Humane Nation"

Gee ya think! that's why we the Brits and others condemn other countries for their Human Rights and much more, then we joined that same gutter thrash and expect to be justified, because well we're the righteous!!

A humane nation is a safer nation

7 July 2010 William Hague is right to put human rights at the heart of the UK's foreign policy – for practical as well as ethical reasons

The foreign secretary William Hague said last week that human rights should be the "irreducible core" of the UK's foreign policy. But he did not spell out why, or what that would mean in practice.

Brit Torture Inquiry: "Authoritative" inquiry

Torture inquiry head to be scrutinised after Omagh

7 July 2010 David Cameron says there will be an "authoritative" inquiry, led by a judge, to settle once and for all whether MI5 and MI6 were complicit in the torture of terror suspects.

The inquiry is intended to resolve this vexed question, which, the prime minister said, had "overshadowed" the reputation of the security services for the past few years.

I can think of really only two occasions in the past 30 years when the authorities have allowed the failings and misdemeanours of the British intelligence services to be held up to the public light - warts and all.

Snip

In the year before the Iraq war, he concluded that two thirds of MI6's intelligence in Iraq had been coming from just two main sources. Continued

Confronting Rendition to Torture in North Carolina

By Clare Hanrahan, WarIsACrime.org

Despite what our leaders may profess, U.S. directed torture continues and efforts to obtain redress for victims and accountability from perpetrators are met with systematic obstruction. We know we cannot rely on government, at any level, to take the initiative for accountability.

But we must not be bystanders.

Six years have passed since the release of the gruesome photos of torture at Abu Ghraib, and it is well past the deadline President Obama set for closing the prison camps at Guantanamo. Yet this Administration has steadfastly refused to seek accountability for U.S.-sponsored torture—the murderous extent of which is still being revealed—and invokes the “state secrets” privilege to obstruct prosecution when torture victims, some released without charge, seek legal redress.

These issues are never easy to confront. They require us to break through our denial, take in the horror, and hold it in awareness while we organize for action.

Britain's dirty torture secrets

Britain's dirty torture secrets to be laid bare: Huge payouts for victims as PM orders inquiry into security services

7th July 2010

* Tony Blair and David Miliband could face public grilling

* Inquiry could strain relationship with U.S. to 'breaking point'

* Probe will focus on detention of UK nationals at Guantanamo Bay

Britain faces paying out millions to detainees who claim they were tortured with the complicity of the security services.

Compensation settlements may be made with up to a dozen former terror suspects ahead of an independent inquiry announced yesterday by David Cameron to help ‘restore Britain’s moral leadership in the world’.

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