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Archive for the ‘Abu Ghraib’ Category

America the beautiful is an illusion

March 19, 2012

In all theaters of war, slaughter, sadism, and other atrocities are institutionalized. Rape becomes a weapon of war. On June 19, 2008, the Security Council agreed, adopting Resolution 1820. It demanded an “immediate and complete halt to acts of sexual violence against civilians in conflict zones.” It said: “Women and girls are particularly targeted by […]

US Marine who massacred 24 women and children gets 3 months

March 14, 2012

A Marine accused of killing unarmed Iraqi women and children pleaded guilty Monday to dereliction of duty in a deal that will mean a maximum of three months confinement and end the largest and longest-running criminal case against U.S. troops to emerge from the Iraq War. Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich of Meriden, Conn., led the […]

US Marine who killed women and children gets 3 months

January 24, 2012

A Marine accused of killing unarmed Iraqi women and children pleaded guilty Monday to dereliction of duty in a deal that will mean a maximum of three months confinement and end the largest and longest-running criminal case against U.S. troops to emerge from the Iraq War. Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich of Meriden, Conn., led the […]

Whistle-blowing WikiLeaks provides much needed accountability of those in power

May 12, 2011

As Julian Assange wins the Sydney Peace Prize for “exceptional courage in pursuit of human rights,” NPR reports that “a federal grand jury in Virginia is scheduled to hear testimony on Wednesday from witnesses” in the criminal investigation of his whistle-blowing group, as “prosecutors are trying to build a case against [the] WikiLeaks founder whose […]

So what happened to closing Guantánamo?

April 4, 2011

The 172 men still held at Guantánamo are treated with scorn by the administration of Barack Obama, the standard bearer of “hope” and “change,” who promised to close Guantánamo and to do away with “the dark halls of Abu Ghraib and the detention cells of Guantánamo, [where] we have compromised our most precious values.” Last […]

Gruesome photos courtesy US Kill Team in Afghanistan

March 29, 2011

During the first five months of last year, a platoon of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan went on a shooting spree, killing at least four unarmed civilians and mutilating several of the corpses. The “kill team” – members of the 5th Stryker Brigade stationed near Kandahar – took scores of photos chronicling their kills and their […]

George W Bush canceling out on Geneva due to Geneva Conventions

February 10, 2011

As the news broke that former President George W. Bush had abruptly canceled his scheduled appearance in Geneva to avoid the risk of arrest on a torture complaint, my first thought was — how humiliating, not only for Bush but, by extension, for all Americans. However, those who might have expected Bush to be down […]

What TSA full body scanners, searches and patdowns are really all about

November 28, 2010

The TSA and all relevant officials tell us that they’re really for our own protection. But are they? In truth, the searches have virtually nothing to do with increased airport security. Several years ago, my four year-old daughter was pulled aside in one such screening because she happened to be the Nth person in the […]

Why George W. Bush and cohorts should worry

November 12, 2010

In his memoir George W. Bush admitted that he authorized that detainees be waterboarded, tortured, a crime under US and international law. Where is the accountability for these crimes? Bush and other criminals will be brought to justice if the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) […]

Amnesty International urges probe of American officials after WikiLeaks release

October 24, 2010

Whistle-blower website WikiLeaks released nearly 400,000 classified military documents from the Iraq war, the largest classified military leak in history. The New York Times says the documents disclosed “many previously unreported instances in which American soldiers killed civilians — at checkpoints, from helicopters, in operations” and it said there were at least four cases of […]