Andrew McLemore – “Red Cross finds Bush administration guilty of war crimes”

Red Cross finds Bush administration guilty of war crimes

Andrew McLemore | July 13, 2008

In a secret report last year, the Red Cross found evidence of the CIA using torture on prisoners that would make the Bush administration guilty of war crimes, The New York Times reported Friday.

The Red Cross determined the culpability of the Bush administration after interviewing prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, according to the article.

Prisoner Abu Zubaydahwho said he had been waterboarded, “slammed against the walls” and confined in boxes “so small he said he had to double up his limbs in the fetal position.”


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Jeffrey Denning – “Want some torture with your peanuts?”

Want some torture with your peanuts?

Jeffrey Denning | July 8, 2008

Just when you thought you’ve heard it all…

A senior government official with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has expressed great interest in a so-called safety bracelet that would serve as a stun device, similar to that of a police Taser®. According to this promotional video found at the Lamperd Less Lethal website, the bracelet would be worn by all airline passengers.


Kurt Nimmo – “Cops to Use ‘Top Secret’ Weapons on Activists During Conventions”

Cops to Use “Top Secret” Weapons on Activists During Conventions

Kurt Nimmo | July 8, 2008

As CNN reports (see video), Congress is forking over $100 million for “security expenses” in Denver and St. Paul this summer. CNN’s Ed Lavendera says the types of weapons being purchased are “top secret” and this does not sit well with the ACLU, who is suing both cities to find out how the money is being spent. “In Minnesota where republicans are holding their convention, the ACLU says it’s trying to find out how security money is being spent but law enforcement agencies insist these weapons should be kept secret so they have the upper hand in keeping the convention safe,” explains Lavendera.

In other words, members of both factions of the globalist political party will be safe from agents provocateurs who are routinely dispatched to break a few windows and burn trash in the street in order to give the cops an excuse to attack peaceful demonstrators.


Kristin Bricker – “US Contractor Leads Torture Training in Mexico “

US Contractor Leads Torture Training in Mexico

Kristin Bricker | July 7, 2008

Exactly one day after George Bush signed the first year of the $1.6 billion Plan Mexico into law–giving Mexican military and police US training, armament, and resources–videos surfaced showing Mexican police undergoing torture training in León, Guanajuato. The torture training is directed by a British man from an unidentified US private security company.


Michael Hampton – “Electric shock for air passengers? “

Electric shock for air passengers?

Michael Hampton | July 5, 2008

You check in at the airline ticket counter. But instead of a boarding pass, you get shackled with an electronic bracelet which tracks your every move, contains all your personal information, and can shock you senseless. This vision of the future of air security is being floated around the Department of Homeland Security’s research and development office.

According to a video promoting the so-called EMD Safety Bracelet, all airline passengers would be required to wear it “until they disembark the flight at their destination.”


David Edwards and Muriel Kane – ” Chinese methods used to interrogate Gitmo detainees”

Chinese methods used to interrogate Gitmo detainees

David Edwards and Muriel Kane | July 3, 2008

The New York Times revealed on Wednesday that a chart of permissible interrogation techniques for detainees at Guantanamo Bay came directly out of a 1957 study of methods used by the Chinese to extract confessions from American prisoners during the Korean War.

The study by sociologist Albert D. Biderman was later used to train American soldiers in how to hold out against similar techniques. That training program was then drawn upon by the CIA and the military for the techniques used at Guantanamo.


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Paul Joseph Watson – “The Debate Is Over: Waterboarding Is Torture”

The Debate Is Over: Waterboarding Is Torture

Paul Joseph Watson | July 3, 2008

The U.S. government continually claims that it does not torture people, yet it admits to using “waterboarding” as a method of interrogation. If there was ever a debate about whether or not waterboarding was a form of torture then it has now been definitively answered.

Neo-Con author and journalist Christopher Hitchens, a former Trotskyite turned staunch Iraq war proponent, underwent the lightest form of waterboarding possible and at the end of it still concluded, “Believe Me, It’s Torture”.


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Jon Henley – “Want to know if waterboarding is torture? Ask Christopher Hitchens”

Want to know if waterboarding is torture? Ask Christopher Hitchens

Jon Henley | July 2, 2008

Late last year, the writer, polemicist and fierce proponent of the US-led invasion of Iraq Christopher Hitchens attempted, in a piece for the online magazine Slate, to draw a distinction between what he called techniques of “extreme interrogation” and “outright torture”.

From this, his foes inferred that since it was Hitchens’ belief that America did not stoop to the latter, the practice of waterboarding – known to be perpetrated by US forces against certain “high-value clients” in Iraq and elsewhere – must fall under the former heading.


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Kara Hopkins – “All Pain, No Gain”

All Pain, No Gain

Kara Hopkins | June 29, 2008

Things we learned from John Yoo and David Addington’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee yesterday:


Nick Juliano – “Poll: 44% of Americans favor torture for terrorist suspects”

Poll: 44% of Americans favor torture for terrorist suspects

Nick Juliano | June 24, 2008

Majority disapprove of torture, 1 in 10 favor in any instance

A new poll of citizens’ attitudes about torture in 19 nations finds Americans among the most accepting of the practice. Although a slight majority say torture should be universally prohibited, 44 percent think torture of terrorist suspects should be allowed, and more than one in 10 think torture should generally be allowed.


Published in: on June 25, 2008 at 8:01 AM  Leave a Comment  

John M. Peters – “‘You Can’t Handle the Truth!'”

‘You Can’t Handle the Truth!’

John M. Peters | June 23, 2008

The bellicosity was missing, but the spirit of Col. Nathan Jessup was alive and well at last week’s Senate Armed Services Committee’ hearing. The purpose of the hearing was to determine the origin of policies which legitimized the torture of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Torture at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba? Yeah, Jessup was definitely there. The hearing was spurred by revelations of previously classified documents which confirmed that the torture of those imprisoned by the military was not the spontaneous act of a few demented junior enlistees. The paper trail led all the way back to the White House, and the resulting program of abuse and torture led retired General Antonio Taguba, who investigated similar abuses at Abu Ghraib to conclude that the Bush Administration had engaged in “a systematic regime of torture.”


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Stephen Lendman – “The Supreme Court, Habeas, John Yoo And Murdoch’s”

The Supreme Court, Habeas, John Yoo And Murdoch’s

Stephen Lendman | June 23, 2008

Rupert Murdoch has a corrosive effect on whatever he touches, and this writer once tangled with him in an article called Lies, Damn Lies and the Murdoch Empire. Former Chicago columnist Mike Royko also did and remarked that “no self-respecting fish would (want to be) wrapped in a Murdock paper….His goal (isn’t) quality journalism (it’s) vast power, political power.”


Christopher Manion – “Does Haditha Sound Familiar?”

Does Haditha Sound Familiar?

Christopher Manion | June 23, 2008

There is a curiously triumphant story line emerging in the neocon blogosphere regarding the Haditha killings. It is curious because their story line begins by implying that the unarmed Iraqi men, women and children who died in the Haditha incident were not killed in cold blood, and that their killers were innocent because military Court Martial charges were being dropped in case after case. But each article daintily dances around the fact that the Iraqi victims were in fact innocent and unarmed, and each article winds up by implying, “so what? – after all, Iraq is a dangerous place, and sometimes you have to kill innocent, unarmed civilians to bring democracy to the Middle East.”


Published in: on June 23, 2008 at 10:41 PM  Leave a Comment  

Chris Floyd – “Torturegate”


Chris Floyd | June 23, 2008

This has been one of the most extraordinary weeks in modern American history. The many isolated streams of evidence about the Bush Administration’s torture system – and the direct responsibility of the Administration’s highest officials for this vast crime – have now converged into a mighty flood: undeniable, unignorable, pouring through the halls of Congress and media newsrooms, lashing at the walls of the White House itself. In the course of the past few days, a series of events has laid bare the stinking sepsis at the heart of the Bush Regime for all to see.


Published in: on June 23, 2008 at 10:20 PM  Leave a Comment  

Dave Lindorff – “Keeping America Safe: Prosecuting Children as Terrorists”

Keeping America Safe: Prosecuting Children as Terrorists

Dave Lindorff | June 23, 2008

President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and the rest of the warmongers and terror-pimps in the White House would have us believe that Omar Khadr is a monster. Khadr is the 21-year-old Canadian who is facing one of the first show-trials at Guantanamo.

But let’s just step back a minute and consider Mr. Khadr’s case.


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