Posts Tagged ‘torture’

David Corn – WikiLeaks Cables Reveal Obama and GOPers Worked Together to Kill Bush Torture Probe

December 2, 2010 Leave a comment

From AlterNet:

WikiLeaks Cables Reveal Obama and GOPers Worked Together to Kill Bush Torture Probe

In its first months in office, the Obama administration sought to protect Bush administration officials facing criminal investigation overseas for their involvement in establishing policies the that governed interrogations of detained terrorist suspects. A “confidential” April 17, 2009, cable sent from the US embassy in Madrid to the State Department—one of the 251,287 cables obtained by WikiLeaks—details how the Obama administration, working with Republicans, leaned on Spain to derail this potential prosecution.    Read more

By David Corn | Mother Jones
Posted on Thursday, December 2, 2010 @ 08:25 AM

The Pessoptimist – Alexandria police again tortures youth to death

November 19, 2010 Leave a comment

From The Pessoptimist:

Alexandria police again tortures youth to death

Meet the late Ahmed Shaaban. This 19-year old student of tourism from Alexandria in Egypt is the second youth to have been tortured to death by the police of the Sidi Gabr police station in Alexandria in less than a year after Khaled Said was killed by police of the same station.

Ahmed Shaaban was reportedly killed at the station, but his body was then thrown into the Mahmoudia Lake near Alexandria, where it was found some days later. The official report says that Ahmed committed suicide. His family and friends say that he was tortured to death.

For more on this story go to Egyptian Chronicles of blogster Zeinobia.

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Close the SOA

November 16, 2010 Leave a comment

Andrew Kreig – DOJ Probe of CIA Torture Evidence: Another Whitewash?

November 12, 2010 Leave a comment

From News From Underground:

DOJ Probe of CIA Torture Evidence: Another Whitewash?

by Andrew Kreig

Here’s why the Justice Department’s halt to its probe of CIA obstruction of justice involving torture looks like another whitewash.

The DOJ compromised its probe from the beginning in 2008 by assigning it to Connecticut federal prosecutor John Durham, whom courts have twice implicated in suppressing evidence. In one of those cases, a federal judge rebuked him also for what she described as “severe misconduct” during cross-examination.

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Story cross-posted at:

Huffington Post
War Is A Crime,
OpEd News,
Daily Censored:
Connecticut Watchdog
The Agonist,


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AMERICAblog – British says Bush’s ‘torture saved lives in UK’ is nonsense

November 10, 2010 Leave a comment

From AMERICAblog:

British says Bush’s ‘torture saved lives in UK’ is nonsense

by Chris in Paris on 11/10/2010 03:30:00 AM
Much like other ridiculous claims that Bush has made, this one also appears to be fiction. Add it to WMD and 9/11 was linked to Saddam stories that were garbage. Bush and his crowd are serial liars, but we knew that already.

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Morgan Stanley wealth manager avoids hit-and-run charges

by Chris in Paris on 11/09/2010 12:34:00 PM
This makes me sick to my stomach. It’s a mystery why so many people think this crowd is so valuable to society, because they are consistently a disgrace. Why is Wall Street so often above the law?


The reason for using Core Inflation for inflation analysis

by Gaius Publius on 11/09/2010 02:50:00 PM
While we’re all counting down the hours until Olbermann returns, I thought I’d answer a question that keeps coming up. Why use Core Inflation (inflation less food and energy) when talking about inflation? Why not use “real” inflation?

After all, aren’t energy and food both critical to how we live? And in the case of energy, isn’t that price so important that we really need to be watching it?

Well, here’s the answer, courtesy of the Professor. It turns out the “which chart to watch” problem isn’t one of logic, but of smoothing the graph. By way of illustration, Krugman presents this chart:

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War in Context – Britain’s Abu Ghraib

November 9, 2010 Leave a comment

From War in Context:

Britain’s Abu Ghraib

Posted: 09 Nov 2010 02:35 AM PST

The Guardian reports: Evidence of the alleged systematic and brutal mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners at a secret British military interrogation centre that is being described as “the UK’s Abu Ghraib” emerged yesterday during high court proceedings brought by more than 200 former inmates. The court was told there was evidence that detainees were starved, deprived of sleep, […]

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Peter Hart – NYT: It’s Still Not Torture If Bush Did It

November 4, 2010 Leave a comment

From FAIR:

NYT: It’s Still Not Torture If Bush Did It

Posted by Peter Hart on 11/03/10 at 9:31 am

Back in June, a study by Harvard students (echoing earlier work in Extra!–5-6/08) found that media outlets like the New York Times consistently called things like waterboarding torture when they reported on them–that is, until the Bush administration’s torture came to light. The study sparked a lot of discussion, with the Times responding that it didn’t […] Read more»

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The Guardian – Frago 242: a licence to torture?

October 27, 2010 Leave a comment
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Democracy Now! – WikiLeaks Iraq War Logs Expose US-Backed Iraqi Torture, 15,000 More Civilian Deaths, and Contractors Run Amok

October 25, 2010 Leave a comment

From Democracy Now!:


WikiLeaks Iraq War Logs Expose US-Backed Iraqi Torture, 15,000 More Civilian Deaths, and Contractors Run Amok

The online whistleblower WikiLeaks has released some 390,000 classified US documents on the Iraq war—the largest intelligence leak in US history and the greatest internal account of any war on public record. The disclosure provides a trove of new evidence on the violence, torture and suffering that has befallen Iraq since the 2003 US invasion. Despite US government claims to the contrary, the war logs show the Pentagon kept tallies of civilian deaths in Iraq. The group Iraq Body Count says the files contain evidence of an additional 15,000 previously unknown Iraqi civilian casualties. The number is likely far higher as the war logs omit many instances where US forces killed Iraqi civilians, including the US assault on Fallujah in 2004. The war logs also show the US imposed a formal policy to ignore human rights abuses committed by the Iraqi military. Under an order known as “Frago 242” issued in June 2004, coalition troops were barred from investigating any violations committed by Iraqi troops against other Iraqis. Hundreds of cases of killings, torture and rape at the hands of the Iraqi troops were ignored. To help analyze the documents, we hold a round table discussion with three guests, including David Leigh, the investigations editor at The Guardian newspaper of London, and investigative journalists Pratap Chatterjee and Nir Rosen.

From ThisBoyTV | October 25, 2010

Iraq war logs: UN demands Obama investigate torture

October 23, 2010 Leave a comment
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October 23, 2010 Leave a comment

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Iraq war logs: secret files show how US ignored torture

• Massive leak reveals serial detainee abuse
• 15,000 unknown civilian deaths in war
Full coverage of the Iraq war logs

Nick Davies, Jonathan Steele and David Leigh, October 2010 21.26 BST

Iraq, Rawa. Operation Steel Curtain
Insurgent suspects are led away by US forces. Some of those held in Iraqi custody suffered appalling abuse, the war logs reveal. Photograph: Sean Smith for the Guardian

A grim picture of the US and Britain’s legacy in Iraq has been revealed in a massive leak of American military documents that detail torture, summary executions and war crimes.

Almost 400,000 secret US army field reports have been passed to the Guardian and a number of other international media organisations via the whistleblowing website WikiLeaks.

The electronic archive is believed to emanate from the same dissident US army intelligence analyst who earlier this year is alleged to have leaked a smaller tranche of 90,000 logs chronicling bloody encounters and civilian killings in the Afghan war.

The new logs detail how:…

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WikiLeaks Iraq files allege torture

October 22, 2010 Leave a comment

From AlJazeeraEnglish | October 22, 2010

For the past 10 weeks, working with the Bureau of Investigative Journalism in London, Al Jazeera has analysed tens of thousands of documents, sourced through WikiLeaks, which cover six years of war – in the biggest leak of US military secrets in history.

The secret files reveal extensive abuse at Iraqi police stations, army bases and prisons.

According to the files, coalition troops reported the allegations to their superiors on more than 1,300 occasions.

Sabah al-Mukhtar, lawyer and president of the Arab Lawyers Association in London, spoke to Al Jazeera about the allegations of “torture”.

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Firedoglake – Soros’ Foundation Links Army Field Manual’s Appendix M to US Torture in Afghanistan

October 19, 2010 Leave a comment

From Firedoglake:

Soros’ Foundation Links Army Field Manual’s Appendix M to US Torture in Afghanistan

By: Jeff Kaye Tuesday October 19, 2010 6:07 am

photo: Leo Reynolds via Flickr

Last week, George Soros’s Open Society Foundations (OSF) published an important policy brief, “Confinement Conditions at a U.S. Screening Facility on Bagram Air Base.” The report has been widely described in the press, as in this article by AFP:

The US military is mistreating detainees — and violating its own rules — at a secret prison in Afghanistan, a US think tank said Friday in a report.

The 16-page report by the Open Society Foundation said Afghans call the secret site “Tor Jail,” or “Black Jail,” and that consistent accounts from detainees refer to being kept without adequate shelter or food or other basic rights.

The independent investigation by OSF is consistent with news reports of torture and abuse at secret black sites run by JSOC in Afghanistan, including articles by the New York Times and Washington Post. Last May, BBC reported that they received confirmation on the existence of the black site from a Red Cross spokesman, while Marc Ambinder of The Atlantic described the JOSC black site as being “manned by intelligence operatives and interrogators who work for the DIA’s Defense Counterintelligence and Human Intelligence Center (DCHC)… [performing] interrogations for a sub-unit of Task Force 714, an elite counter-terrorism brigade.” The spate of news articles led Physicians for Human Rights to opine last May whether it was “possible that officials were relying on Appendix M of the 2006 Army Field Manual on Human Intelligence Collector Operations (AFM),” noting that the “appendix authorizes the use of two of the tactics — sleep deprivation and isolation — allegedly being applied to detainees.”

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