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Archive for August 2009

Excuses for the toll of civilian deaths during war

August 31, 2009

The repeated excuse for [the toll of civilian deaths during] war is that terrorists hide among civilians. Therefore the killing of innocent people is “accidental” (ie U.S. in Iraq or Afghanistan) whereas the deaths caused by terrorists are “deliberate”. This is a false distinction. If a bomb is deliberately dropped on a house or a […]

Archbishop Tutu: Arabs paying the price of the Holocaust

August 30, 2009

The lesson that Israel must learn from the Holocaust is that it can never get security through fences, walls and guns,” says Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of South Africa. Commenting on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement in Germany Thursday that the lesson of the Holocaust is that Israel should always defend itself, Tutu noted that […]

Torture by “a nation that takes the moral high ground”

August 29, 2009

At his hearing, Attorney General nominee Michael Mukasey was asked to state his opinion on whether or not waterboarding constitutes torture. Veteran Illinois Senator Dick Durbin asked Mukasey: “Is waterboarding torture? Waterboarding simulates drowning, and involves constraining a person, restricting their breathing and pouring water on all or part of their face.” After declining a […]

Will Attorney General Eric H. Holder follow through on torture investigation?

August 29, 2009

William Pfaff, longtime International Herald Tribune columnist, writes, “Thus far in the CIA torture controversy, as in the torture debate that has gone on in the United States since 2001, I can think of only one high American government figure, holding current office, taking a stand on torture in terms of justice, honor, and national […]

U.S. interrogators’ psychological and physical assaults on detainees

August 28, 2009

CIA interrogators had grown adept at using sleep deprivation, stress positions and sometimes multiple methods to create a “state of learned helplessness and dependence.” “Certain interrogation techniques place the detainee in more physical and psychological stress and, therefore, are considered more effective tools,” according to a CIA memo, released under a Freedom of Information Act […]

CIA interrogation guidelines

August 28, 2009

As the session begins, the detainee stands naked, except for a hood covering his head. Guards shackle his arms and legs, then slip a small collar around his neck. The collar will be used later; according to CIA guidelines for interrogations, it will serve as a handle for slamming the detainee’s head against a wall. […]

How the Lockerbie bomber appeal threatened Scottish justice

August 28, 2009

The Daily Mail reveals new and compelling evidence which convicted and just-released Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Al Megrahi says would have proved his innocence. In a submission to the Court of Appeal running to thousands of words, Megrahi’s lawyers list 20 grounds of appeal which include: Details of a catalogue of deliberately undisclosed evidence at the […]

The ones who sold us the Iraqi war now bring us the news

August 27, 2009

A public relations firm that organized the opposition to Saddam Hussein during the 1990s, and “coerced” journalists during the run-up to the Iraq war is now working to keep out of war zones any journalists who have a history of writing negative stories about the US military, a new report claims. “Any reporter seeking to […]

12-year-old does 7 years in Guantanamo

August 27, 2009

One of the youngest people to be held at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay has finally been released and taken back to his native Afghanistan, his lawyer has said. The now-19-year-old,  Mohammed Jawad, “was released and returned to Afghanistan today, ending nearly seven years of illegal detention by the United States,” Jonathan Hafetz, […]

The CIA’s Post-Torture Profits

August 26, 2009

Monday’s release of the long-awaited CIA report on the agency’s role in torture and interrogation is the official word on the Bush-Cheney “war on terror”. In gruesome detail, it shows how untrained CIA interrogators and private contractors, blessed by their superiors, inflicted detainees captured in the Middle East with “enhanced interrogation techniques”. CIA director Leon […]