12/18/14

Permalink The Congressional report on torture confirms that Al Qaeda was not involved in the attacks of September 11

Thierry Meyssan Publicly released excerpts of the report of the Senate Committee on the CIA’s secret torture program reveal a vast criminal organization. Thierry Meyssan has read for you the 525 pages of this document. He found evidence of what he has been saying for years. The declassified portion corresponds to only one-twelfth of the initial report. The report itself does not address the vast removal and sequestration system that the US Navy had put in place during the terms of President George W. Bush; a program that has led to worldwide kidnapping and sequestration of more than 80 000 people aboard 17 flat-bottomed boats stationed in international waters (these ships are: USS Bataan, USS Peleliu, USS Ashland, USNS Stockham, USNS Watson, USNS Watkins, USNS Sister, USNS Charlton, USNS Pomeroy, USNS Red Cloud, USNS Soderman, USNS Dahl MV PFC William B Baugh, Alex Bonnyman MV, MV Franklin J Phillips, MV Huage Louis J Jr, James Anderson Jr. MV). It is content to study 119 cases of human guinea pigs subjected to psychological experiments in Guantánamo and fifty secret prisons from 2002 to late 2009, a year after the election of Barack Obama. The extracts of the report do not indicate the criteria by which these human guinea pigs were chosen. They merely state that each prisoner denounced the following, while indicating that the confessions were not coerced but learned. In other words, the CIA sought to justify its choices by making denunciations post. In the initial report, the names of agents and contractors of the CIA involved have been replaced by pseudonyms. In addition, the declassified extracts were widely censored, mainly to clear the names of foreign accomplices of the CIA.


12/16/14

Permalink What is in the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on CIA torture: Part one

Tom Carter This is the first of three articles summarizing the contents of the unclassified executive summary of the US Senate Intelligence Committee’s 6,700-page report on the CIA torture program, released last week. The US Senate Intelligence Committee Report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s “enhanced interrogation program” exposes the CIA as a globe-spanning enterprise of criminality, deceit, and violence—as well as rank incompetence, petty intriguing, and porno-sadistic depravity.


Permalink Don't you know your queen?

xymphora There is almost nothing new in the Torture Report, except perhaps for demonstrating how obsessed the CIA is with the male butt. I wonder if they have some kind of 'fruit machine' to determine whether someone is qualified to join the CIA interrogation squad. Don't you know your queen? [...] We could even go further back to the Executive Intelligence Review News Service, 2005: "DIA Proof Of Cheney's Lies Released" (based on the CIA's President's Daily Briefing of September 21, 2001, before Ibn Shaykh al-Libi had been captured and interrogated by the Americans, and before his rendition to Egypt, where torture created his testimony of an Iraq-al Qaeda connection). This means that the intelligence community knew the stories they were creating using torture were lies. The newest revelation, separate from the Torture Report, is that Levin has details from the classified March 2003 - just before the American attack on Iraq started - CIA cable warning that the allegation that Mohamed Atta had met with an Iraqi intelligence officer in Prague was false. Ironically, it appears that Brennan has released this in order to attempt to protect the CIA's reputation by emphasizing that Bush/Cheney/Powell had been given due warning from the CIA that the propaganda basis for the American attack on Iraq was a lie.


12/15/14

Permalink Obama decision to withhold 'thousands' of pictures of prisoner torture abuse to be challenged in court

Photos allegedly depict soldiers raping and sexually abusing prisoners. Thousands of images depicting U.S. soldiers abusing prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan may be released this week following the Senate's 'torture report'. The images, part of a collection from 203 investigations into detainee abuse by U.S. military, are said to depict horrifying methods of torture. One photo reportedly shows an American soldier raping a female prisoner, while other pictures allegedly depict sexual assaults on prisoners with truncheons, wire and a phosphorescent tube. Some of the photographs were initially set to be released in 2009, but were blocked after President Obama backtracked, stating that it could pose a safety risk to troops on the ground. In May 2009, Obama claimed publishing the pictures would inflame anti-American feeling in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Permalink Edward Snowden lawyer calls on Europeans to prosecute US torture architects

‘They need to know that they’ll run into severe trouble’ if they enter Europe. Wolfgang Kaleck represented Khaled El Masri, who was tortured by the CIA. A leading German human rights lawyer has called on prosecutors across Europe to “get active” and prepare to seize any CIA agents and US officials involved in torture who enter their territories. Wolfgang Kaleck said the US Senate committee report on CIA torture was giving new impetus to European resolve to hold those in positions of power responsible for the use of unacceptable interrogation techniques. “We’re preparing reams of dossiers, and demanding of prosecutors that they do the same for those who are named in the report and those known as the higher-ups who directed and conducted this system,” said Kaleck, the director of the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) in Berlin. “If these people enter European territory, they need to know that they’ll run into severe trouble,” he told the Guardian. The Senate intelligence committee concluded that the CIA misled the White House, the Justice Department, Congress and the public over a torture programme, launched in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, which was both ineffective and more brutal than the agency disclosed.

The BRussells Tribunal Torture: Accountability - YES. Impunity - NO (Petition)
Matthew Schofield Yet no apology: CIA’s mistaken detention destroyed German man’s life
RT.com: Cheney defends CIA torture, calls interrogators heroes
PressTV: UK parliament inquiry mulls summoning Blair, Straw
The Daily Mail: Now put Blair and Straw on trial for torture
Patrick Martin Cheney on CIA torture: “I’d do it again in a minute
Washington's Blog US Government Officials Admit: We’ll Torture Again, Unless You Prosecute Us
Robert Fisk Once again language is distorted in order to hide US state wrongdoing
RT.com: 'Stripped naked, kept in solitary': Manning tortured like terrorist


12/13/14

Permalink French neo-fascist National Front defends CIA torture

Alex Lantier The defense of CIA torture by Marine Le Pen, the president of France’s neo-fascist National Front and 2017 French presidential hopeful, testifies to the bankruptcy and criminality of Europe’s political establishment. Asked about the US Senate’s torture report on BFM-TV, she said the United States should stop “giving morality lessons to the whole world,” but defended the CIA: “I am not going to condemn this ... On such subjects, it is pretty easy to come on television and say ‘Oh my God, that’s awful.’” Asked if one could use torture, she replied: “Yes, yes, of course, it has been used historically. I think people who take care of terrorists and therefore of getting information out of them that saves civilian lives are responsible people.”

Le Monde: Torture: les propos de Marine Le Pen, dans la lignée de son père
DW: CIA morale 'deeply hurt' following Senate report
Malaysia Insider: US may have had ‘black site’ in Romania, says ex spy chief
The Guardian: US hid UK links in CIA torture report at request of British spy agencies
Wayne Madsen U.S. Senate Torture Report Exposes Eastern European Torture Lackeys of Washington
Melvin A. Goodman Torture Report Exposes Sadism and Lies
Scott McPherson Torture Report Reveals Brutality, Dishonesty


12/12/14

Permalink CIA Enhanced Interrogation Techniques Horrific but "Legal": Senator

Legality - The Last Resort of A Scoundrel: Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr has stated that the CIA's interrogation methods are legal and the recent Senate report does not offer the American people any new knowledge. The enhanced interrogation techniques, used by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and described in a recent Senate report, may be alarming to US citizens, but are justifiable from the legal perspective, incoming Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr has told Sputnik. "We may look back and say we should never do this again, that is fine. But it was legal, it was directed by the [US] president and the individuals were cleared by the Justice Department," Burr said Thursday. The senator added that the new report on CIA activities, released by the Senate Intelligence Committee Tuesday, does not offer the American people any new knowledge.

Xymphora The CIA: Deep torture
Paul Craig Roberts The CIA’s Torture Program
Igor Volsky 17 Disgraceful Facts Buried In The Senate’s 600 Page Torture Report
CIA chief challenges torture report claims, defends Bush-era tactics (RT.com)
Former CIA directors defend waterboarding, rectal rehydration (RT.com)
10 most shocking facts we found in CIA torture report (RT.com)


12/11/14

Permalink Iran calls Senate report on CIA torture ‘shocking’

The content of this shocking report shows violence, extremism, and secrecy as institutionalized in the US security system,” Afkham said in a statement on Wednesday. She voiced concerns that the “illegal processes and inhumane measures” presented in the report “still continue and there has been no guarantee from the US government to prevent the repetition of such disasters.” The report has drawn harsh criticism from the United Nation and prominent rights groups, which have called for prosecution of those responsible for the use of torture during the George W. Bush administration.

PressTV: Russia slams CIA torture revelations as ‘shocking’
HuffPo: More Than A Quarter Of The World's Countries Helped The CIA Run Its Torture Program
CNN: World reacts to U.S. torture report
PressTV: CIA operates outside law, without oversight: Barry Grossman
ABC.net.au: Poland hosted CIA 'black sites'; China joins countries condemning US actions
"U.S. Tortured and Killed Innocent People for the Specific Purpose of Producing False Propaganda"
Chris Floyd Obama and the Senate Report: Torture is Good?


12/10/14

Permalink Bush Team Approved C.I.A. Tactics, but Was Kept in Dark on Details, Report Says Claims

For four years, according to Central Intelligence Agency records, no one from the agency ever came to the Oval Office to give President George W. Bush a full briefing on what was happening American officials did in the dark dungeons of Afghanistan and Eastern Europe. For four years, interrogators stripped, slammed and soaked their prisoners without the president’s being told exactly what was going on. By the time the C.I.A. director came in April 2006 to give Mr. Bush the agency’s first briefing about the interrogation techniques it had been using since 2002, more than three dozen prisoners had already been subjected to them. And when told about one detainee being chained to the ceiling of his cell, clothed in a diaper and forced to urinate and defecate on himself, even a president known for his dead-or-alive swagger “expressed discomfort,” according to a report released Tuesday.

Barry Grey CIA torture and the crimes of the state || The Intelligence Committee Democrats, led by Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein, do not name a single top Bush administration official, limiting their exposé to former high-ranking CIA officials. There are no formal proposals or calls for criminal prosecutions or other actions to hold those responsible for these heinous actions accountable. The report seeks to maintain the absurd fiction that the torture program was an isolated aberration, involving only a handful of operatives. In fact, the program of CIA torture was planned, implemented and monitored at the highest levels of the state.

Threatened to sexually assault the wife of one detainee and cut the throat of another prisoner's mother
Hypothermia, Broken Limbs, and Rectal Feeding: Details from the CIA Torture Report
The Nazis Used the Same “Enchanced Interrogation” Techniques the U.S. Did
RT.com: Facing justice: UN, HRW, Amnesty call for prosecuting US officials for torture
Le Monde: Tortures de la CIA : la complicité des pays européens
New York Times: Report Portrays a "Broken C.I.A." [nonsense] Devoted to a Failed Approach
CNN: Senate report: CIA misled public on torture
Timothy Bancroft-Hinchey CIA files: Can pigs fly?
Eric London Brutal torture detailed in Senate report on CIA interrogation


12/09/14

Permalink CIA braces for impact of torture report inquiry as release date nears

The CIA is bracing for what could be one of the most damaging moments in its history: a public airing of its "post-9/11" embrace of torture. The Senate intelligence committee is poised to release a landmark inquiry into torture as early as Tuesday, after the Obama administration made a last-ditch effort to suppress a report that has plunged relations between the CIA and its Senate overseer to a historic low point. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday the administration welcomed the release of the report, but warned US interests overseas were at risk of potentially violent reactions to its contents. Despite months of negotiation over how much of the 6,000-page report will be declassified, most of its findings will never see the light of the day. But even a partial release of the report will yield a furious response from the CIA and its allies.

RT.com: Senate accuses CIA of torturing prisoners, overstepping legal boundaries
HuffPo: With CIA Torture Report Set For Controversial Release, Washington Braces For Fallout


12/01/14

Permalink UN Damns Washington As World’s Worst Violator Of Human Rights

Paul Craig Roberts UN Torture Report Condemns US Government As The Leading Violator Of Human Rights. A report on the UN document is available HERE. The text of the UN report on the US is available HERE.


11/28/14

Permalink UN Committee against Torture condemns US human rights record

The United Nations harshly criticized the United States on Friday for torturing detainees in prison, the militarization of police and "numerous reports" of police brutality against minorities. A report by the UN Committee against Torture concluded that the US has failed to comply with international anti-torture treaties, citing police shootings of unarmed black youth, military interrogations, maximum security prisons and extensive use of solitary confinement among areas of concern. The UN Convention's first review of the US record on preventing torture since 2006 came amid high tensions and violent protests in the US against a grand jury's decision to exonerate a white police officer after he shot dead a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, last summer. The UN committee cited deep concern about the frequent sexual assault of inmates, shackling of pregnant women in some prisons, racial profiling, as well as the "excruciating pain and prolonged suffering” of prisoners during "botched executions."


11/22/14

Permalink Palestinian child seriously injured while being interrogated

The WAFA News Agency said the child, Khader al-‘Ajlouni, 16 years of age, was pushed down a flight of stairs at the police station, and suffered serious injuries to his neck, arms and back. It added that the child was transferred to a hospital in the city after becoming unable to move one of his arms and one of his legs. Also in Jerusalem, small groups of Israeli extremists invaded the yards of the Al-Aqsa Mosque through the al-Magharba Gate, under heavy Israeli military presence. Late on Tuesday at night, Israeli soldiers invaded a number of homes in the occupied city, and kidnapped several children, before taking them to an interrogation facility.

PressTV: Israel continues to abuse, torture Palestinian minors || The Palestinian Prisoners Club (PPC) said some 40 percent of Palestinian children are reportedly subjected to sexual abuse during interrogation. It said Israeli soldiers have arrested more than 600 Palestinian children in al-Quds (Jerusalem) since June 2013.


11/20/14

Permalink Report: 10,000 Palestinian children nabbed since 2000

More than 10,000 Palestinian children have served time in Israeli jails since 2000, PA Minister in charge of prisoners’ affairs Issa Qaraqaa said in a press release on Wednesday. The statement came on the anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 20 November 1989 and entered into force on 2 September 1990. 300 Palestinian children are currently held behind Israeli bars, according to the statement. Since June 2014, Israeli occupation forces arrested nearly 3,000 Palestinian citizens, 30% of whom were children. Most of the reported arrests were carried out in occupied Jerusalem, where 850 Jerusalemites were nabbed during the reporting period. 95% of the detained children were subjected to torture and severe beating during their arrest and investigation process as part of the Israeli policy to forcibly extract confessions from the detainees, Qaraqaa added. The minister for prisoners’ affairs called for cancelling the Israeli bill to impose additional penalties on Palestinian children, who throw stones at Israeli soldiers, that could reach 20-year imprisonment sentences. Israel does not provide any immunity for children and regularly violates international agreements on children's rights by humiliating and torturing them and denying them fair trials, the PA official concluded.


11/01/14

Permalink UN report condemns US government’s “international criminal program of torture”

Thomas Gaist A recent report to the UN Committee Against Torture concludes that the US presidential administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama are responsible for far-reaching violations of international law for directing and covering up a global torture program developed by the US Central Intelligence Agency in the years following the September 11, 2001 attacks. The report, prepared by the “Advocates for US Torture Prosecutions,” Dr. Trudy Bond, Prof. Benjamin Davis, Dr. Curtis F. J. Doebbler, and The International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School, states unequivocally that entire sections of the state apparatus are responsible for “breathtaking” crimes against international law.


10/29/14

Permalink Nobel Peace Prize Winners Push Obama for Release of Torture Report

Say American leaders have “eroded the very freedoms and rights that generations of their young gave their lives to defend”. Twelve winners of the Nobel Peace Prize asked President Barack Obama late Sunday to make sure that a Senate report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of harsh interrogation tactics is released so the U.S. can put an end to a practice condemned by many as torture. The release of the report, which is the most detailed account of the CIA’s interrogation practices in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, would be an opportunity for the U.S. and the world to come to terms with interrogation techniques that went too far, the laureates said in an open letter and petition. The release of the report by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has stalled as the Obama Administration the CIA, and lawmakers clashed over how much of it should be redacted.


10/22/14

Permalink Obama admin withholding 2,100 US military torture photos

The Obama administration has blocked the public release of disturbing torture photos out of concern they would endanger US troops. Now, a federal judge is giving the government until December to justify its actions. The US government has been blocking the release of US military torture photos from Iraq and Afghanistan out of concern they could endanger US troops. Now, a federal judge is giving the government until December to justify its actions. In addition to the disturbing Abu Ghraib photos released in 2004, an estimated 2,100 images of US military personnel torturing and degrading detainees – possibly even more disturbing – may soon be released into the public realm. Federal Judge Alvin Hellerstein [Yes, Hellerstein of the 911 settlement cases. -So we're not holding our breath...] has given the US Justice Department until December 12 to defend its rationale for withholding each photograph on an individual basis. Hellerstein will then deliver his ruling on the future fate of the photographs after he conducts a review of the government’s case.

Obama considers allowing torture overseas
Obama on CIA’s post-9/11 tactics: ‘We tortured some folks’


10/20/14

Permalink Obama Could Reaffirm a Bush-Era Reading of a Treaty on Torture

When the Bush administration revealed in 2005 that it was secretly interpreting a treaty ban on “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment” as not applying to C.I.A. and military prisons overseas, Barack Obama, then a newly elected Democratic senator from Illinois, joined in a bipartisan protest.
Mr. Obama supported legislation to make it clear that American officials were legally barred from using cruelty anywhere in the world. And in a Senate speech, he said enacting such a statute “acknowledges and confirms existing obligations” under the treaty, the United Nations Convention Against Torture.
But the Obama administration has never officially declared its position on the treaty, and now, President Obama’s legal team is debating whether to back away from his earlier view. It is considering reaffirming the Bush administration’s position that the treaty imposes no legal obligation on the United States to bar cruelty outside its borders, according to officials who discussed the deliberations on the condition of anonymity.


10/07/14

Permalink Doctor Calls Guantanamo Force-Feeding Video ‘Disturbing’

Attorneys for a longtime hunger-striker at Guantanamo Bay said today that refusing food is his only means of peaceful protest and asked a federal judge to stop his jailers from punishing him by being cruel in their application of force-feeding techniques. Abu Wa’el Dhiab’s court case is being carefully watched because U.S. District Court Judge Gladys Kessler ruled on Friday that videos of Dhiab’s force-feeding – which involves the repeated insertion and removal of a rubber tube up his nose – should be publicly released. But the only showing of the videos today was behind closed doors, as the Justice Department continues to wrangle over how and when to release them. In a short closed session, Sondra Crosby, a Boston University medical professor who examined Dhiab on behalf of his legal team, was shown a few minutes of footage and asked her medical opinion. Afterwards, all she would say was that the footage was “disturbing.”

Cora Currier Judge Rebukes Government, Keeps Gitmo Force-Feeding Hearing Open || A federal judge has knocked down the government’s attempt to hold a secret hearing in a case challenging the military’s practice of force-feeding Guantanamo detainees who are on hunger strike. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler called the government’s desire to close the proceedings “deeply troubling,” and chastised the Department of Justice for appearing to “deliberately” make the request “on short notice.”


10/02/14

Permalink Obama and the War Criminals

The Republicans and Democrats play for the same Corporate American team. It is all window dressing to keep us divided cheering for our 'Red' team wedge issue or our 'Blue' team wedge issue while they rob us blind. Sorry, there is no change. It is the same basic course of action only it is now delivered with a more eloquence. The players of each team will never enact any accountability on each other. It is the people of this country that must demand that. We encourage you to copy and repost this and any of our videos in the hope of educating more people. Every ripple counts.

Carl Herman Psychopaths: the perfect academic word for US political, economic “leadership”
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Permalink Cameron vows to scrap Human Rights Act, civil liberties groups outraged

Prime Minister David Cameron has vowed to scrap the Human Rights Act if the Conservatives are re-elected in Britain’s 2015 general election. The controversial proposal has stoked the ire of civil rights groups across the nation. Speaking on the final day of the Conservative Party’s four-day conference, Cameron pledged to do away with the Act and replace it with a British “bill of rights.” However, the prime minister did not explicitly confirm that a future Conservative government would withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights – a move that would have far-reaching repercussions for Britain’s relationship with Europe. Legal experts and civil liberties campaigners suggest the PM’s pledge to repeal the Act could radically transform Britain’s relationship with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Kate Allen, head of Amnesty International, denounced the PM’s proposal, emphasizing the Human Rights Act has historically been a bedrock of social, legal, and economic protection. “It’s disappointing to hear the PM vowing to scrap the Human Rights Act when it has done so much good. We should be defending it,” she said.


09/30/14

Permalink BREAKING NEWS! Makers of Cruel ‘Crush’ Videos Sentenced to Life Imprisonment

Earlier today, a Philippine court found La Union residents Vicente and Dorma Ridon—who have been in jail during their trial since June 2012—guilty of child abuse, animal welfare crimes, human trafficking, and wildlife-protection crimes for forcing girls to torture and kill puppies, rabbits, and other animals in “fetish” videos. PETA Asia worked with authorities to ensure that the Ridons were located, arrested, and prosecuted. The Ridons, who have been sentenced to life imprisonment, also received a fine totaling over 9 million pesos each for their part in making the videos.


09/29/14

Permalink Gitmo in Germany? Security guards abuse asylum seekers

Two asylum seekers have been severely beaten and abused by security guards in a German town. The police compared the brutal actions to those committed by US guards in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, against the prisoners. The seekers were abused in shelter home in a small community of Burbach, North Rhine-Westphalia, the most populous state of Germany, reported the country’s press. The alleged suspects filmed all the guards’ actions on smartphones. A local journalist received a DVD showing the abuse. Police authorities immediately opened investigation into the case. One video shows an asylum seeker lying on the floor and one of the members of security staff pinning his neck down with his boot. The other guard is sitting near-by, seeming posing to the camera.


09/24/14

Permalink Photo Exhibit Restores Dignity To Victims of U.S. Torture

“I want people to consider, what if that happened to your family member or daughter?” || The U.S. military used a camera as a torture device at Abu Grahib. To add further humiliation to detainees who were already put in cages, urinated on, stripped naked then stacked in macabre human pyramids, their photos were taken during these degrading acts. “I wanted to use the camera to restore these peoples’ humanity through beautiful portraiture,” says photographer Chris Bartlett, whose exhibition, “Iraqi Detainees: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Ordeals,” opens tonight in New York. When confronted with images of torture, Bartlett says, even the greatest liberal or humanist among us has the tendency to flinch and look away. “It’s such a disturbing and disgusting issue that people want to turn off from it.” Bartlett, who often works in high fashion photography, shooting subjects like candy colored Tory Burch handbags, said he wanted to take “very kind, respectful, beautiful, portraits to draw people into the subject and learn more about their stories.”


09/23/14

Permalink China exporting tools of torture to developing world

China has become a leading manufacturer of riot control and torture equipment and is exporting it to other authoritarian regimes. China is exporting its expertise in riot control and torture to other authoritarian regimes, selling everything from electric shock batons and leg shackles to armoured cars, according to a report.
The market for equipment to control crowds and interrogate detainees has boomed in the wake of revolutions across Europe and the Arab Spring, and Chinese companies have been quick to respond to demand. The number of Chinese companies manufacturing "policing and security equipment" has quadrupled in the past decade to 134, with 48 offering products for export, according to Amnesty International and the Omega Research Foundation, which tracks the global market.


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