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
From The Pessoptimist:
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.
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.
To read more, click: http://snipurl.com/1fnd9s
Story cross-posted at:
Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/andrew-kreig/justice-probe-of-cia-tort_b_781920.html http://snipurl.com/1fn936
War Is A Crime, http://warisacrime.org/content/justice-department-probe-cia-torture-evidence-another-whitewash http://snipurl.com/1fn96b
OpEd News, http://www.opednews.com/articles/Justice-Probe-of-CIA-Tortu-by-Andrew-Kreig-101111-174.html http://snipurl.com/1fn95j
Daily Censored: http://dailycensored.com/2010/11/10/justice-department-probe-of-cia-torture-evidence-another-whitewash/ http://snipurl.com/1fn97u
Connecticut Watchdog http://ctwatchdog.com/2010/11/11/justice-probe-of-cia-torture-evidence-a-whitewash http://snipurl.com/1fnd4r
The Agonist, http://agonist.org/botchedjob
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.
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?
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:
From War in Context:
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, […]
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»