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Posts Tagged ‘waterboarding

George W. Bush fears torture charges

December 6, 2011

Former U.S. President George W. Bush has cancelled a visit to Switzerland over fears he could have been arrested on torture charges. Mr. Bush was due to be the keynote speaker at a Jewish charity gala in Geneva on February 12. But pressure has been building on the Swiss government to arrest him and open […]

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 […]

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 […]

Former CIA inspector general confirms Bush administration torture

September 24, 2009

The former CIA inspector general, John Helgerson, has confirmed that the Bush administration authorized the CIA to use a harsh interrogation method on terror suspect Abu Zubaydah before written legal clearance was given. This is politically explosive, because the Bush administration has always claimed that it used harsh interrogation techniques such as waterboarding only after […]

Judge gives U.S.-led contract mercenaries a shoot-to-kill pass

September 14, 2009

The Federal Appeals Court decision to toss a lawsuit claiming contractors tortured detainees in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison is what you’d expect from a tyranny. The new ruling brushes off the charges by 212 Iraqis who said they or their late husbands were abused by U.S. personnel at Abu Ghraib, and charged private security firm […]

Nudity stressed in Bush Admin interrogations

September 14, 2009

The CIA shared with George W. Bush’s Justice Department the details of how an interrogation strategy – with an emphasis on forced nudity and physical abuse – could train prisoners in “learned helplessness” and demonstrate “the complete control of Americans.” The 19-page document, entitled “Background Paper on CIA’s Combined Use of Interrogation Techniques” and dated […]

CIA doctors and psychologists participated in torture program

September 5, 2009

Doctors and psychologists the CIA employed to monitor its “enhanced interrogation” of terror suspects came close to, and may even have committed, unlawful human experimentation, a medical ethics watchdog has alleged. Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), a not-for-profit group that has investigated the role of medical personnel in alleged incidents of torture at Guantánamo, Abu […]