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Posts Tagged ‘Abu Ghraib

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 […]

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) […]

The Very Dark Side of U.S. Military History, Part 2

October 12, 2010

Under the pioneering strategies of the CIA‘s Maj. Gen. Edward G. Lansdale, psy-war was a new spin to the old game of breaking the will of a target population. The idea was to analyze the psychological weaknesses of a people and develop “themes” that could induce actions favorable to those carrying out the operation. Following […]

America has left its mark in Iraq

August 22, 2010

[The U.S. is] leaving behind 50,000 men and women in Iraq – a third of the entire US occupation force – who will be attacked and who will still have to fight against the insurgency. So say it out loud: we are not leaving. Up to a million Iraqis are dead.  The Americans also stamped […]

Why does the U.S. refuse to probe Bush era torture?

August 20, 2010

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case of a Canadian man who contends that U.S. authorities mistook him for an al Qaeda operative and shipped him to a secret prison in Syria, where he was beaten with electrical cables and held in a grave-like cell for 10 months. And this despite the fact […]

Britain’s Abu Ghraib

July 4, 2010

An inquiry into the death of Baha Mousa will detail how Mousa died in Iraq in September 2003, allegedly brutalized by British soldiers in a “free for all”; and how it was that he and nine other men in the same incident were allegedly hooded, forced into painful stress positions, and deprived of sleep, food […]

Bush Torture Program included Human Experimentation

June 9, 2010

In a 27-page report, “Experiments in Torture: Human Subject Research and Evidence of Experimentation in the ‘Enhanced’ Interrogation Program” (available here), the organization Physicians for Human Rights has brought into sharp focus the role played by US medical personnel in torture and human experimentation. As the introduction states, this is “the first report to reveal […]

The new Iraq democracy: Shades of Abu Ghraib

April 29, 2010

Detainees in a secret Baghdad detention facility were hung upside-down, deprived of air, kicked, whipped, beaten, given electric shocks, and sodomized, Human Rights Watch said today.  Human Rights Watch interviewed 42 of the men in the Al Rusafa Detention Center on April 26, 2010, after the existence of the secret prison was revealed by the […]