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TORTURE/WAR CRIMES

Dec 22 10:13

FLASHBACK - Boston Legal Season 2 Episode 19 - Stick It

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Start watching at the 28 minute mark.

Dec 22 09:00

Scottish orphans used in ‘military experiments’

The allegations centre on at least four institutions where thousands of children are said to have been experimented upon in conditions described as “like something out of Auschwitz”. It is alleged that Porton Down, the top secret military facility in Wiltshire, was involved in trialling drugs for use in the Cold War on youngsters who were regarded as “feeble-minded”.

Dec 22 08:06

Obama Signs Bill That Forbids Closing Gitmo, Insists He Will Ignore Provision

On Friday, President Obama signed yet another annual defense bill which explicitly forbids closing the detention center at Guantanamo Bay, leaving a pledge to close the site, made on his first day in office, unresolved.

Despite this, President Obama insisted that he will “do everything I can” to close the site, which apparently did not include not signing anything that bans closing the site.

Obama did accompany the signing with a statement insisting that anything he views as violation of his constitutional powers, which includes the Gitmo provision, would be ignored.

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And if you believe THAT one...

Dec 22 08:00

Obama vows 'do everything I can' to close Guantanamo: CNN interview

U.S. president Barack Obama said in a TV interview set for broadcast on Sunday that he will do "everything I can" to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after four Afghan detainees held there were sent home.

Obama promised to shut the internationally condemned prison when he took office nearly six years ago, saying it was damaging America's image around the world. But he has been unable to do so, partly because of obstacles posed by the U.S. Congress.

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Obama said this on CNN just two days after signing a bill to keep Guantanamo open!

Dec 22 07:20

Israel – America’s torture consultant

I watched painfully former Vice-President Dick Cheney on NBC television’s “Meet the Press” programme trying to defend and redefine his role in the “authorised” CIA torture. Whenever he was asked about a specific torture case, Cheney always referred back to the “tortured” Americans who lost their lives in 9/11.

Dec 22 07:08

CCR Joins Criminal Complaint in Germany Against Bush-Era Architects of Torture

Germany's Chief Federal Prosecutor must investigate former CIA boss Tenet, former Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld and others - and should not wait until they are on German soil.

Dec 22 06:55

Four Afghans Released From Guantánamo Bay

The United States transferred four detainees from the Guantánamo Bay prison to Afghanistan late Friday, the Defense Department announced Saturday, fulfilling a request from the new Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, in what officials here characterized as a show of good will between the United States and the government in Kabul.

Dec 22 06:12

New York Times calls for Cheney, Bush officials to be investigated and prosecuted for torture

In a blistering editorial published in the Monday edition of the New York Times, the editorial page editors are calling upon the Justice Department to open an investigation into the torture practices committed during the administration of President George W. Bush with an eye towards prosecuting those who “committed torture and other serious crimes,” along with former Vice President Dick Cheney and other major administration officials.

Under a headline reading, “Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses,” the board criticizes the administration of current President Barrack Obama for failing “to bring to justice anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects,” during the period following the attack on 9/11.

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Unfortunately, as well intentioned as this op ed may be, it will only happen when pigs fly.

And the reason I say this is that the monied and corporate interests wanted Iraq's oil to be sold only in US dollars; that has not changed, and will not change, at least in the short term.

They still want wars, with which to attach and purchase, assets around the world; assets in which neither they nor their children will fight, get tortured, or be maimed for life or die.

For them, it is always completely acceptable that other people's children fight, die,get maimed for life, or get tortured to enhance their corporation's private profits.

Dec 22 04:23

Abolishing the CIA

The shock resonating from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s CIA torture report isn’t due so much to the revelations themselves, grotesque as the details are, but to the fact that they’re now officially public. National spokespersons (except for Dick Cheney) can no longer deny, quite so glibly, that the United States is what it claims its enemies to be.

Dec 22 04:17

Season of Goodwill… West Delivers Sanctions, Suffering and Conflict

It’s the Season of Goodwill – and Western governments are showering us with a medley of their «gifts». Sanctions, austerity, lethal military aid and red-hot coals of conflict.

Dec 21 18:54

911 False Flag - American Traitors & Mossad - Where are the Oath Keepers? - Ken O'Keefe

This is the updated version (as of December 2014) of my 911 production originally broadcast on The Peoples Voice in January 2014. It has additional footage and commentary, improved graphics and is a direct response to David Cameron's rediculous speech at the UN General Assembly in 2014. - Ken O'Keefe

Dec 21 18:28

Scottish orphans used in ‘military experiments’

The allegations centre on at least four institutions where thousands of children are said to have been experimented upon in conditions described as “like something out of Auschwitz”. It is alleged that Porton Down, the top secret military facility in Wiltshire, was involved in trialling drugs for use in the Cold War on youngsters who were regarded as “feeble-minded”.

Dec 21 13:13

Wars’ Cost to U.S. Since the Sept. 11 Attacks: $1.6 Trillion

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and counterterrorism operations have cost the U.S. a combined $1.6 trillion since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, according to a new Congressional Research Service analysis.

Dec 21 09:00

The True Atrocity of the Fire Bombing of the German City of Dresden

Between the nights of February 13th and 14th, 1945, there began the most controversial and DEADLY bombing-raids of World War II (and of all history at that !), which dwarfed the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki combined !!

This event was the “Allied” fire-bombing of the German city of Dresden, which was a city of great works of art and architecture.., and had no military manufacturing at all within the city !! It had become a city FAR over-crowded with refugees, as the war was all but virtually over.

Dec 21 06:42

Meet Alfreda Bikowsky, the Senior Officer at the Center of the CIA’s Torture Scandals

NBC News yesterday called her a “key apologist” for the CIA’s torture program. A follow-up New Yorker article dubbed her “The Unidentified Queen of Torture” and in part “the model for the lead character in ‘Zero Dark Thirty.’” Yet in both articles she was anonymous.

Dec 21 01:51

The European powers and CIA torture

The real concerns of European state leaders regarding the report’s findings are two-fold.

First, there is the personal fate of individuals, such as Britain’s Tony Blair. Manfred Nowak, a former UN special rapporteur who helped draft the 1984 UN Convention against Torture, told Bloomberg News that the report could lead to “a flood of litigation.”

Second, the political elite is worried that even the limited exposure of the crimes perpetrated will arouse resistance domestically and internationally to future predatory actions by the major powers.

Dec 20 14:48

Israel – America’s torture consultant

Jamal Kanj notes that the similarity in torture techniques described in the Senate’s report and those used by the Israelis on Palestinians points to an Israeli role in America’s practise of torture.

Dec 20 13:59

Jesus Was Tortured And Killed, Today Most Christians Are Highly Supportive Of Torture

Let's get this straight, Jesus who was interrogated, tortured and then killed has modern followers who actually support government sanctioned torture. If they are Christians and are familiar with his history then they would know what happened and reject such savage methods. Today so-called terrorists are picked up on the street and hurt severely without even being put before a judge and jury. These people are the antithesis of Jesus and have nothing in common with him. Their pathetic excuse is that we are in a time of war. There is no war because Congress has not said so, but far beyond that every human being on earth has a natural moral compass inside themselves and unless you are a complete psychopath it tells you what is right and wrong.

Dec 20 11:39

French ex-airline boss claims cover-up on MH370

Former airline boss and famous French author Marc Dugain argued Thursday that there had been a cover-up in the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, speculating that the passenger jet could have been hacked and then shot down by the US.

Dugain, a well-respected French author, argues that the Boeing 777 carrying 239 people crashed near Diego Garcia, a British island in the middle of the Indian Ocean used as a strategic air force and intelligence base by the US military, in the six-page article in Paris Match.

The US has always officially denied that flight MH370 came anywhere near Diego Garcia.

The latest theory into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 on March 8, 2014 has all the ingredients of a spy thriller and has grabbed the French public’s attention.

Dec 20 10:19

Tomgram: Rebecca Gordon, The Torture Wars

snip: The other part, also a CIA operation authorized at the highest levels, was “rendition” or “extraordinary rendition” as it was sometimes known. This was a global campaign of kidnappings, aided and abetted by 54 other countries, in which “terror suspects” (again often enough innocent people) were swept off the streets of major cities as well as the backlands of the planet and “rendered” to other countries

Dec 20 10:11

US sees a torturer in the mirror By Ramzy Baroud

hear me screaming: 38,000 citations based on the review of 6 million pages!

Dec 20 10:08

The CIA Experimented on Human Beings

Human experimentation was a core feature of the CIA’s torture program. The experimental nature of the interrogation and detention techniques is clearly evident in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s executive summary of its investigative report, despite redactions (insisted upon by the CIA) to obfuscate the locations of these laboratories of cruel science and the identities of perpetrators.

At the helm of this human experimentation project were two psychologists hired by the CIA, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen. They designed interrogation and detention protocols that they and others applied to people imprisoned in the agency’s secret “black sites.”

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"...derived from experiments on dogs..."?!?!?

Sorry, will you run that one by me just one more time please?!?

How can dogs provide actionable intelligence, to be "extracted", after they have become totally submissive, through the process of "learned helplessness"?!?

Where is the moral outrage, please, in this country, that such a thing should be allowed to come to fruition?!?

And I say this because humankind has known, since the Catholic Inquisition, that torture only gets the person to say what the torturer wants them to say in order to get the torture to stop.

Torture produces no actionable intelligence; only confessions, period, end of discussion.

And IF the US was in fact a moral country, these men, alongside that unholy trinity of Bush, Cheney, and Rumsfeld, would be cooling their heels in a prison, awaiting a trial for torture, and crimes against humanity.

And until and unless that happens, the US will simply sink deeper into the morass of dictatorship, more unwinnable wars, and the persecution, and jailing, of whistle blowers and the independent media, working hard to tell the truth, and not for financial gain.

A harsh wind blows across this country, and there is a collective shiver up and down the collective spine of every thinking American.

And the reason for that is a very clear understanding of the Biblical injuction about "That which you sow, you shall also reap."

This country has sown the seeds of death, torture, and war for private financial gain.

And what do we see this December, just days away from a celebration of Christmas?!? More wars, and rumors of wars, both fiscal (as in the agreement with the Saudi government to keep oil prices artificially low to destroy Russia's economy), and shooting wars as well.

I care very deeply about the future of this country, but feel that we are moving in absolutely the wrong directions, in both domestic and foreign policies.

And unfortunately, one of the key prerequisites for working for the last several administrations has been a pathological, intellectually myopic inability to think any action through to its logical conclusion.

Looking at the current situation in Iraq; in Afghanistan; in Libya; and in Yemen, one can very clearly see the outcome of this kind of thinking.

Dec 20 08:46

US elite has gone far beyond Hitler's impudence and cruelty

Brutal and bloody provocations are a tool of choice of USA's politics. US intelligence greyhounds have taken a hand in white powder from Iraq, in September 11 attacks and torture. These are not conspiracy theories - this is real politics, President of the Academy of Geopolitical Problems and military analyst Konstantin Sivkov believes.

"They have recently published the torture report in the United States, even though those tortures were not happening on the territory of the United States. Only 500 pages of the 6,000-page report have been published. It is unthinkable what US special services were doing to those suspects after the attacks of the Twin Towers. State Department officials said that no one would be punished for any of those tortures. Do you think that the world community will turn a blind eye on that again and continue to admire American democracy?"

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Nope!

Dec 20 08:22

Dog Torture at Bottom of CIA Scandal

In Part 1 of Seligman and Steve Maier’s experiment, three groups of dogs were placed in harnesses. Group 1 dogs were simply put in the harnesses for a period of time and later released. Groups 2 and 3 consisted of “yoked pairs.” A dog in Group 2 would be intentionally subjected to pain by being given electric shocks, which the dog could end by pressing a lever. A Group 3 dog was wired in series with a Group 2 dog, receiving shocks of identical intensity and duration, but his lever did not stop the electric shocks. To a dog in Group 3, it seemed that the shock ended at random, because it was his paired dog in Group 2 that was causing it to stop. For Group 3 dogs, the shock was apparently “inescapable.” Group 1 and Group 2 dogs quickly recovered from the experience, but Group 3 dogs learned to be helpless, and exhibited symptoms similar to chronic clinical depression.

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"Well, yeah, it might be okay to torture Muslims, BUT NOW YOU TORTURED DOGS AND YOU ARE IN DEEP KIMCHEE, fella! We have animal cruelty laws in this nation! Just ask Michael Vick!" -- Official White Horse Souse

Dec 20 07:49

CLG Exclusive: CIA Torture Queen Bought $825K House While Torturing Her Way to the Top

The redacted (525 of 6,700 pages) C.I.A. torture report has revealed possible war crimes and violations of the Nuremberg ban on human experimentation by C.I.A. agents and U.S. military contractors. On December 19, 2014, journalists Glenn Greenwald and Peter Maass revealed the name of the C.I.A. senior officer at the center of the C.I.A.'s torture scandals: Alfreda Frances Bikowsky.

Now, CLG can report that Alfreda Bikowsky purchased (and likely still lives in) a well-appointed ranch house in Mclean, Virginia. Nestled in a wooded lot at 1437 Brookhaven Drive, the well-concealed house is a short 19-minute, 12-mile commute to the Central Intelligence Agency in Reston, Virginia. Formerly owned by Michael E. Geltner, the property was sold to Bikowsky for a mere $825,000 by realtor Michael Chang in April of 2012.

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Bikowsky was a senior staff member at the Bin Laden Issue Station in January 2000.[14] She was the direct supervisor of Michael Anne Casey, a CIA staff operations officer who was assigned to track future 9/11 hijacker Khalid al-Mihdhar at an al-Qaeda operatives' meeting in Malaysia in early January 2000.[8] Casey blocked a draft cable written by Doug Miller, a FBI agent detailed to the Bin Laden Issue Station, to the FBI warning that al-Mihdhar had a multiple-entry visa for travel to the U.S.[15][16](p240) Mark Rossini, another FBI agent first assigned to the Bin Laden Issue Station in 1999,[16](p233) testifies that Casey also verbally ordered him to not share information with FBI headquarters about al-Mihdhar or Nawaf al-Hazmi, who was traveling with al-Mihdhar.[1][17] Rossini further states that Bikowsky told congressional investigators in 2002 that she hand-delivered al-Mihdhar's visa information to FBI headquarters. This was later proven false by FBI log books.[1] The CIA shared some details about al-Mihdhar with the FBI at that time, but not that he had a valid visa to enter the U.S.[16](pp244–7)

Interrogation of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Bikowsky has been identified as "the redheaded former Soviet analyst who had been in the Bin Laden Unit during Michael Scheuer's supervision"[7](p273) in Jane Mayer's book, The Dark Side.[8] After Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was captured in March 2003, Mayer writes of Bikowsky:

Despite the CIA's insistence on the professionalism of its interrogation program, according to two well-informed Agency sources, one particularly overzealous female officer had to be reprimanded for her role. After Mohammed was captured, the woman, who headed the Al Qaeda unit in the CTC, was so excited she flew at government expense to the black site where Mohammed was held so that she could personally watch him being waterboarded. ... Coworkers said she had no legitimate reason to be present during Mohammed's interrogation. She was not an interrogator. "She thought it would be cool to be in the room," a former colleague said. (p. 273)[7]

Dec 20 01:46

No punishment for CIA espionage on Senate enquiry

A CIA panel has decided not to consider punishment for the agency’s officers who spied on the US Senate's computer inquiries into the use of torture, according to current and former officials.

Dec 19 16:22

Israel Breaks Cease-Fire by Bombing Gaza

Israel’s airstrikes violate the cease-fire that followed the country’s “Protective Edge” military attacks on Gaza earlier this year.

Israeli warplanes launched two airstrikes in eastern Al-Qarara - Khanyounis city, teleSUR’s correspondent in Gaza Noor Harazeen reported.

She said the rocket fire, a “violation of the truce” following Israel’s Protective Edge bombing campaign earlier this year, “is one of the most serious attacks on Gaza.”

Other people in the area have reported that there are blackouts in part of Gaza, such as Khan Younis.

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You need to ask yourself if Palestine would fire a single rocket into Israel just as the resolutions on Palestine are about to go before the Security Council. And a moment's thought suggests that Palestine is not that stupid and this is another Israel false-flag.

John Kerry already indicated the US would veto all Palestinian Resolutions, but this is uncomfortable for the US Government as it underscores that they are slaves to Israel. Better for the US and better for Israel if the resolutions are "interrupted."

Hence an Israeli collaborator in Israel fires a fireworks rocket into an empty lot in Israel and Israel uncorks a new major military offensive as their "Final Solution to the Palestinian Question."

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Dec 19 10:58

Oklahoma, Nebraska ask Supreme Court to overturn Colorado marijuana law

This is the second time I'm puttin this up. I made a mistake and put up 2 https in the url and for months now I can't edit my mistakes. I have complained about this to no avail. I've been a loyal reader and poster(5 YEARS) for goin on 17 years and I'm tired of not being able to edit a post when I make a mistake on the url or spelling! IT SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dec 19 10:08

America and the forgotten futility of torture

Lawrence Davidson says showing once more that torture is futile will not stop it from recurring in the USA, and that the only deterrence is to hold the politicians responsible to account.

Dec 19 10:04

Torture and State Power

In his book ‘Discipline and Punish’ Michel Foucault placed the relation of physical torture to subsequent non-violent strategies of social coercion, ‘scientific’ social control like Jeremy Bentham’s ‘reformist’ prison and highly structured schooling. In Foucault’s telling sovereign / state torture developed as a mode of social suasion, as the relation of particular acts to state / sovereign prerogative. As expression of political power social coercion, including torture, defines the relation of sovereign to subjects, state to citizens, torturer to the tortured and controller to the controlled. ‘Official’ torture is one aspect of the physical expression of the state’s relation to those in its realm of control. This view relates police repression and mass incarceration in the U.S. to treatment of those tortured and murdered at U.S. direction overseas.

Dec 19 08:16

Imperialism and the Politics of Torture

The CIA officials frequently cited the Israeli ‘ticking bomb’ justification for torture in 2007, at Congressional hearings in 2005, and earlier in 2001 and 2002. The CIA knows that the US Congress, under the control of the Zionist power configuration, would be favorably disposed to any official behavior, no matter how perverse and contrary to international law, if it carried an Israeli mark of approval or ‘logo’.

Dec 19 08:13

US rebuked foreign governments for using the same torture methods as the CIA was using

So the CIA doesn’t consider “waterboarding” — mock execution by near drowning — to be torture, but the U.S. State Department does.

State Department reports from 2003 to 2007 concluded that Sri Lanka’s use of “near-drowning” of detainees was among “methods of torture.” Its reports on Tunisia from 1996 to 2004 classified “submersion of the head in water” as “torture.” In fact, the U.S. military has prosecuted variants of waterboarding for more than 100 years — going back to the U.S. occupation of the Philippines in the early 1900s.

Dec 19 07:15

Brandon Martinez: “Don’t believe the mainstream media”

Geopolitical analyst Brandon Martinez was interviewed by Bulland Awaaz of Vancouver Co-op Radio today. He talked about his analysis of geopolitics and history, principally his discoveries regarding Zionist political intrigue in the 20th and 21st centuries which he outlines in his books Hidden History and Grand Deceptions.

Dec 19 07:12

Claims that Aleppo’s Synagogues have been destroyed are false

In February of 2011, coincidentally the month before of the beginning of the current Syrian crisis, President Assad signed an executive order to repair the Al-Raqi Synagogue in the old Jewish quarter of Damascus by the end of the month as the renovation of 10 other synagogues in Syria’s major cities continued.

Dec 18 16:32

Leaked Internal CIA Document Admits US Drone Program “Counterproductive” … Obama Did It ANYWAY

Obama Knew Drone Strikes Were Counter-Productive, But Did It Anyway

Previously-leaked documents showed that the CIA warned Obama that funding rebels doesn’t work … but Obama decided to fund the Syrian rebels anyway for cynical political gain.

Top CIA officers say that drone strikes increase terrorism (and see this). Indeed, virtually all aspects of the American “war on terror” strategy creates more terrorists and weakens our national security. And see this.

Now, a leaked internal CIA memo shows that the Agency told Obama that drone strikes might be counter-productive.

Dec 18 16:22

‘UK govt betrayed us,’ say Al-Sweady soldiers cleared of Iraqi murder, torture

British soldiers recently cleared of accusations including torture, murder and mutilation of Iraqi detainees say they were “betrayed” by the government for having to endure “five years of hell.”

The Al-Sweady Inquiry ruled on Wednesday the troops were guilty of mistreating nine Iraqi detainees in contravention of the Geneva Convention, but that allegations of torture, murder and mutilation were “shocking and completely baseless.”

Dec 18 14:31

The Folks Guide to Enhanced Interrogation Techniques

Now that the CIA’s infamous “torture report” has finally gone public, it’s time to speak of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (EIT) and what folks need to know about it.

First of all, EIT is actually the sound folks make when trying to breathe on the waterboard. It’s an inside joke. Yeah, they tortured some folks… but not to gain intelligence, since they know torture doesn’t work for that. Getting some poor devil to confess under torture is not that hard, heck, they got folks to confess to the murder of Elvis and even had one guy who swore he had been laden (haven’t we all?). You see, when someone is shoving a tube up folk’s asset for Enhanced Rectal Interrogation while choking them to death, chances are folks will say pretty much anything at all to end the torture. That’s not intelligence, that’s despair. And the officials who ordered and carried out the torture are quite aware of this fact.

Dec 18 12:12

Equal Time for Torturers? Networks grant CIA time to spin report

snip: That's a mild characterization; in fact, as the Washington Post (12/9/14) showed, Hayden's 2007 Senate testimony about CIA torture was revealed to be full of distortions and evasions--from the number of prisoners held by the CIA to his claims that "punches and kicks...have never been employed" and that the "most serious injury" was bruising.

Dec 18 11:16

COMIC STRIP OF THE DAY ~~ TORTURED LOGIC

Dec 18 10:42

Torture in Israeli Prisons by Stephen Lendman

snip: Washington and Israel replicate each other's worst crimes. A previous article discussed a UN Committee Against Torture report.

Citing grave US civil and human rights abuses. Including systematic use of torture. Senate Intelligence Committee members confirmed it. In highly redacted form.

Constituting appalling breaches of fundamental rule of law principles. At home and abroad. In US prisons. Global black sites. Out of sight and mind.

Israel operates the same way. Brutalizing Palestinians horrifically. The Middle East Monitor discussed a UN report. Covering around 200 torture methods.

B'Tselem lists around half this number. Including against children. Torture and other forms of abuse reflect the worst of occupation harshness.

Dec 18 08:27

Peshawar Attack – The Empire Strikes Again

Typically, imperial powers depend on the inability of oppressed local populations to muster a unified resistance, and the most successful occupiers are skilled at exploiting the differences among the occupied. Certainly that was the story of the British Empire’s success, and its legacy of nurtured local hatreds can be seen wherever the Union Flag flew, from Muslim-Hindu hatred in Pakistan and India, to Catholic-Protestant hatred in Ireland, to, yes, Jew-Arab, hatred in modern Israel. Ancient Rome was as good at encouraging internecine resentments among the occupied as Britain ever was. - Constantine’s Sword: The Church and the Jews – A History by James Carroll

Dec 18 07:50

Criminal complaint against Bush era architects of torture

The German Federal Prosecutor must investigate former CIA Director Tenet, former Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld and others - and should not wait until they are on German soil

Dec 18 07:47

Napoleon vs. Cheney: 'Interrogation That Actually Works'; Icing on the 'Hate-Cake'

Not only is torture against international law, it also produces no useful intelligence. Common sense is enough to prove that statement.

If someone threatened to rape your sister, kill your mom, or shackled you until you were half-dead while feeding you up your anus, you would say nearly anything to ease the pain. So would I, and so would everyone else. Anyone who disagrees is either a liar or a fool.

Even Napoleon recognized that fact.

Dec 17 19:46

Star Trek: TOS Errand of Mercy

Where's the Organians when you need them. My kinda folks!

The Organians: "super-evolved" and completely pacifistic.

Dec 17 19:22

Israeli role in Syrian conflict brought into the open

Israel is also capitalising on the war on the IS to misleadingly portray it as identical with the Palestinian “Islamic” resistance movements because of their Islamic credentials. “When it comes to their ultimate goals, Hamas is ISIS and ISIS is Hamas,” Netanyahu told the UN General Assembly on September 29.

Dec 17 15:07

Americans Support Torture … Because They Don’t Know THIS

What Americans STILL Don’t Know…

New polls show that – even after the Senate torture report showed that torture is unnecessary and doesn’t work – Americans still think torture is necessary and works.

Why?

Dec 17 13:20

Mike Gravel to Sen. Mark Udall: Make Full Torture Probe Public Like I Did With Pentagon Papers

On the Senate floor last week, outgoing Democratic Sen. Mark Udall called for a purge of top CIA officials implicated in the torture program and cover-up, including current Director John Brennan. But as he enters the final days of his Senate term, Udall is facing calls to take action of his own. The Senate findings released last week amount to only a fraction of the full report — 480 heavily redacted pages out of more than 6,000 pages total. The White House has blocked the report's full release in deference to the CIA's wishes. That's sparked demands that Udall invoke a rarely used congressional privilege and make the report public. There is precedent for him to follow: In 1971, then-Alaska Senator Mike Gravel entered more than 4,000 pages of the 7,000-page Pentagon Papers into the Senate record, insisting the public had a right to know the truth behind the Vietnam War.

Dec 17 12:37

Defenders of the CIA Torture Program Are Driving America to Moral Suicide

The release of the Senate Select Committee report on CIA torture of detainees has exposed America to great peril. But the danger of publication lies not in the threat of some sort of violent backlash from the Muslim world. The real peril is that Americans will dismiss the devastating revelations, falling into line with an official narrative that seeks to whitewash the practice of torture as the country drifts towards a complete moral collapse.

Dec 17 12:02

I saw British agents at secret torture sites, says boss of CIA's brutal interrogation programme

The man at the centre of the CIA’s brutal interrogation regime has revealed British agents were present at torture sites around the world where detainees were questioned.

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Dec 17 11:25

UK drone net got torture-grade CIA comms

A computer network that the US Central Intelligence Agency began using a decade ago to conduct the kidnap and torture of terrorist suspects has become an integral part of the system now operating drone strikes in the Middle East and Africa.

Dec 17 11:19

The US feels the heat on Palestine vote at UN

The Israeli election’s one certain outcome is that, whoever wins, the next coalition will, actively or passively, allow more of the same: a slow, creeping annexation of what is left of a possible Palestinian state, as the US and Europe bicker.

Dec 17 10:56

WHITEWASHING CIA TORURE

“This is not who we are. This is not how we operate,” were the words of President Barack Obama commenting on the grisly findings of a long-awaited congressional report on the use of torture by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

But what if this is exactly who we are?

The report is difficult to read, not just because it is awfully long – hundreds of pages of a summary of a nearly 6,000-page investigation, including 38,000 citations based on the review of six million pages – but because it was most disturbing. Parts of it resemble the horror of an extremely dark Hollywood movie. But it was all real: fromrectal feeding (as in putting hummus in detainee’s rectums), to rape, to torturing prisoners to death, to blinding prisoners, to forcing them to stand on broken feet, for days. It is beyond ghastly.

Dec 17 09:27

Jon Stewart Rips Dick Cheney on Torture : Is He ‘Righteous Warrior or a Psychopath?’

Dec 17 07:50

Obama Admits He Banned Only “Some” Of CIA’s Torture Techniques By Jeffrey Kaye

snip: The failure to take on the entire torture apparatus is one reason accountability for U.S. torture cannot get sufficient traction. The argument remains shackled by what the Establishment deems reasonable dialogue about torture. So one can criticize the embrace of euphemism to describe torture, or argue why waterboarding is torture, or shout loudly why the redacted portion of the SSCI’s Executive Summary of their years-long investigation should be released, but evidently it is not reasonable, that is, establishment-sanctioned via the New York Times or other media or political authority, to bring up torture beyond the terms already established.

Dec 17 07:45

Britain’s MoD uses torture systematically

Britain’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) has decided to shake off allegations of systematic abuse at any cost, as hard evidence corroborates the British Army’s use of torture techniques.

Dec 17 07:40

Zabludowicz Foundation Boycotted Over Arms Dealing Connection

The online magazine Mute is "hosting" a call for the boycott of the Zabludowicz Foundation, set up by London tycoon Poju Zabludowicz and his wife Anita.

According to Mute, the document was initially published in the wake of the 2014 Israel-Gaza conflict, which killed over 2,000 Gazans and over 70 Israelis. It also caused the displacement of an estimated half-million Gaza Strip inhabitants.

Dec 17 07:31

Blair Whitewash? Ex-PM Prepared To Face CIA Torture Inquiry Into UK Complicity

Tony Blair will face an inquiry into British complicity in the CIA’s torture of terror suspects. The former prime minister’s decision came to light following Home Secretary Theresa May’s announcement that the probe would not be judge-led.

Dec 17 07:05

SILENCED Official Trailer 2014

Dec 17 07:01

'ISRAEL MIGHT BE FORCED TO ATTACK GAZA AGAIN': ISRAEL’S DEFENSE MINISTER

JERUSALEM — The Israeli army might be forced to attack Gaza again, said the Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on Tuesday, according to the army's radio channel.

Ya'alon came together with the Israeli soldiers and told them that they need to be ready for another war in Gaza anytime, the Israeli news radio reported. Ya'alon reportedly said, "The army might be forced to attack Gaza with all its power."

Dec 17 06:42

They are terrified of the consequences: man who waterboarded 9/11 mastermind slams CIA interrogation report

The man who waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the so-called mastermind of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, told Megyn Kelly on Tuesday that the CIA's program of using enhanced interrogation techniques did not amount to torture, despite recent accusations in a Senate-issued report.

"If it was torture, I would be in jail," James Mitchell said on "The Kelly File." "This thing was investigated over and over. I was told by the highest law enforcement agency in the land that we were going to walk right up to the edge of the law, and that all of the things we had included in that list were legal."

Dec 17 01:36

flashback: MIT to Pay Victims $1.85 Million in Fernald Radiation Settlement

Wednesday, January 7, 1998
MIT and Quaker Oats Co. agreed last week to pay $1.85 million to children at the Walter E. Fernald State School who were subjects of nutrition studies during the 1940s and 1950s as part of an out of court settlement. The students were fed breakfast cereals laced with minute amounts of radioactive iron and calcium tracers. Children were encouraged to take part in the testing with promises of gifts or trips to Red Sox games.

Fernald had been officially designated as a school for retarded children, although some of the residents at the time of the experiment were not retarded.

Following the declassification of federal records on post-war radiation experiments in 1993, a state task force investigating postwar radiation experiments throughout Massachusetts found children at Fernald were used in experiments without the informed consent of parents. A class action suit against MIT and Quaker Oats was filed by former students in December 1995.

(*Torture in the United States is nothing new .)

Dec 16 19:08

International Court OK's Trial of Auschwitz Guard for Early 2015

A German court says a 93-year-old man charged with 300,000 counts of accessory to murder for serving as an SS guard at the Nazis’ Auschwitz death camp will go on trial early next year.

Dec 16 18:37

Israel is occupied Palestine

Those of us who care and indeed struggle for justice in Palestine would do well not to fall for the old colonial tricks. Rather we should demand recognition that Israel is occupied Palestine, that all Israeli towns and cities are illegal settlements, and that it is time to free Palestine and its people from the illegitimate colonialist regime known as Israel.

Dec 16 13:59

America’s Ironic Sanctioning of Venezuela

Irony is the difference between what is expected and what is realized. I want to be able to say that it is incredibly ironic that, on the eve of the Senate Intelligence Committee condemnation of America’s abuse of human rights, President Obama, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the incoming Senate Intelligence Committee itself all declared that they would leave the torture in the past and not follow up on the report, while the U.S. Congress voted to sanction Venezuela, a leader of one of the few regions in the world that did not help or accommodate America’s human rights abuses, for human rights abuses.

Dec 16 13:52

The 3 Things the Media Gets Wrong When It Covers Torture

It’s the political story of the week in Washington. At long last, after the endless stalling and foot-shuffling, the arguments about redaction and CIA computer hacking, the claims that its release might stoke others out there in the Muslim world to violence and “throw the C.I.A. to the wolves,” the report -- you know which one -- is out. Or at least, the redacted executive summary of it is available to be read and, as Senator Mark Udall said before its release, “When this report is declassified, people will abhor what they read. They’re gonna be disgusted. They’re gonna be appalled. They’re gonna be shocked at what we did.”

Dec 16 13:37

U.S. Torture: Old Wine, New Bottles

“The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?”

Dec 16 13:14

Advocates of CIA Torture Victims Demand: 'Charge Them, Or Let Them Go'

In the wake of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee's bombshell report last week, advocates for those who were victims of the CIA's brutal torture program have taken up a renewed call: "Charge them or let them go."

In a piece published on Monday, Helen Duffy, attorney for Abu Zubaydah, who was held and tortured at a CIA black site in Poland and is now imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, argues that since the rendition and torture of detainees has now been brought to light, it's time for "truth, justice, and accountability."

Dec 16 08:33

UN rights watchdog accuses Kiev forces of torture, inhumane treatment of civilians

Kiev-controlled volunteer battalions and the Ukrainian Security Service are involved in an increasing number of human rights violations including torture and forced disappearances of those suspected of “separatism,” according to a UN OHCHR report.

The report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says that Kiev's actions in eastern Ukraine to “restore order” have led to “arbitrary detentions, torture, and enforced disappearances of people suspected of ‘separatism and terrorism’. Most of such human rights violations appear to have been perpetrated by certain voluntary battalions or by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).”

The eighth OHCHR report on the human rights situation in Ukraine released on Monday added that the procedural rights of people have not always been observed, with reports of ill-treatment and reprisals upon release.

Dec 16 08:27

Army Cancels Gitmo Hearing on FBI Infiltration

The US Army today announced that it has cancelled the two-day pretrial hearing at Guantanamo Bay related to FBI infiltration of the defense teams for detainees. They provided no reason for the cancellation.

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But we can guess!

Dec 16 08:20

The Most Gruesome Moments in the CIA ‘Torture Report’

The CIA’s rendition, interrogation, and detention programs were even more nightmarish than you could imagine.

Interrogations that lasted for days on end. Detainees forced to stand on broken legs, or go 180 hours in a row without sleep. A prison so cold, one suspect essentially froze to death. The Senate Intelligence Committee is finally releasing its review of the CIA’s detention and interrogation programs. And it is brutal.

Dec 16 08:12

Feds’ fight to withhold CIA torture photos may soon end

For a decade now, a legal back-and-forth has continued to brew between lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union intent on having the photos released, and government attorneys operating under first President George W. Bush, then President Barack Obama, to keep the images from public eyes. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals said in 2008 that a 21-photo subset of the images should be released, but President Obama argued that doing as much would “further inflame anti-American opinion and...put our troops in greater danger.” Soon after, the Protected National Security Documents Act (PNSDA) was passed, allowing the Pentagon to withhold certain images should a court agree with whatever rationale is argued.

Dec 16 08:03

Manning tortured like terrorist, Welsh relatives say

US authorities tortured Chelsea Manning with barbaric CIA techniques, which posed a threat to her psychological health, the Welsh aunt of the jailed whistleblower revealed to local media. Before her trial for providing WikiLeaks with the largest cache of classified information in US history, Chelsea Manning was humiliated in a similar way that terrorist suspects were, her Welsh relatives told WalesOnline on Sunday. “What really hurt me was the treatment Chelsea received in Quantico two years before the trial: stripped naked, kept in solitary confinement, made to stand in a corner, everything taken away,” said Sharon Staples, Manning's aunt. Her revelation echoed the 2012 report of UN special rapporteur Juan Mendez, who ruled that “the alleged prolonged solitary confinement … was…a violation of Manning's right to physical and psychological integrity,” as well as of presumption of innocence.

Dec 16 07:26

Torture in Israeli prisons: 200 methods used against Palestinian prisoners

Hundreds of torture methods used against Palestinian prisoners during interrogations conducted in Israeli prisoners have been observed by human rights organisations and prisoners’ rights associations.

A report by the United Nations lists around 200 methods of torture. The Israeli rights group B’Tselem listed around 105 torture methods. Regardless of the number, all these reports indicate a grave level of violations perpetrated against Palestinians following their arrest.

Dec 16 03:47

Hell on Earth

Hell on Earth: The American Eugenics Movement and the Fernald Boys Home

As boys, they were confined to the Fernald State School in Waltham, Mass. during the 1940s into the 1970s, often on the basis of a single faulty intelligence test. With no possible way of being released, they were considered “morons” or “imbeciles”… less than human. They were completely at the mercy of the state run institution. Torture and sexual abuse was rampant.

(*Submitted for anyone who thinks American sponsored 'torture' is something new .
This article subdivides into;
-The American Eugenics Movement
-Indiana Committee on Mental Defectives
-American Scientific Racism
-Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Involuntary Sterilizations
-The Eugenics Sterilization Program
-American Funding of Germany’s Eugenics Programs
More on the Fernald Center>>> http://www.city.waltham.ma.us/sites/walthamma/files/file/file/fernald_... which was founded in 1848 , Waltham MA USA)

Dec 15 22:52

CIA torture details are appalling

The global ‘war on terror,’ conceived by the Israelis and launched by their American lackeys shortly after the false-flag attacks of 9/11, is nothing short of a cruel hoax on the world. The sadists and megalomaniacs who have executed this comical ruse may well evade justice in this lifetime, but history will record their foul deeds so that future generations will rightly view them as the monstrous villains that they have proven to be.

Dec 15 18:17

`Christopher Bollyn: Why Solving 9-11 is Our Most Urgent Task

One sure way to get a grasp of our political predicament is to logically analyze what the political leadership has done – and what it has failed to do – about the terror atrocity of 9-11.

Since September 11, 2001, four successive administrations and fourteen Sessions of Congress have utterly failed to conduct a proper criminal investigation of 9-11, a criminal atrocity that profoundly affected the course of the nation. Rather than investigate the mass murder of 3,000 people on 9-11, successive U.S. administrations have engaged in a criminal deception, using lies to take us into foreign wars while imposing police state measures at home.

The government’s egregious failure to conduct a proper criminal investigation into the events of 9-11 is exactly like the failure by the newly-installed president, Lyndon B. Johnson, to investigate the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. In both cases, rather than conducting proper criminal investigations, the government appointed commissions that produced seriously flawed reports that were simply meant to support the official, but false, version of events.

Dec 15 17:34

Propaganda Works: According to the American people, torture is justified, and effective

Following the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA interrogation practices in the period following the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, 51% of the public says they think the CIA methods were justified, compared with just 29% who say they were not justified; 20% do not express an opinion. The new national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted Dec. 11-14 among 1,001 adults, finds that amid competing claims over the effectiveness of CIA interrogation methods, 56% believe they provided intelligence that helped prevent terrorist attacks, while just half as many (28%) say they did not provide this type of intelligence.

Dec 15 17:28

Dick Cheney on Torture: the Report Is “Full of Crap” and “I’d Do It Again in a Minute”

Dick Cheney, the man who says his job it was to get the torture program put in place during the Bush, Jr. years, has gone on record to say he thinks the newly released Senate torture report (which he hasn’t even read) is “full of crap.”

In some ways, Mr. Cheney (or, maybe I'll call him DICK), might be literally right considering that the report details one of the "enhanced interrogation techniques" was something called "rectal rehydration," which, like every other disgusting and dehumanizing method used in that report, was ultimately deemed ineffective and totally unjustifiable.

What's rectal rehydration? Well, in case you haven't heard, the Washington Post summed it up pretty well:

Dec 15 16:30

The Congressional report on torture confirms that Al Qaeda was not involved in the attacks of September 11

President Barack Obama announced that he would not pursue any of the perpetrators of these crimes, while defenders of human rights are fighting to have the perpetrators brought to justice. It’s the least we can do.

However, the real issues are elsewhere: Why did the CIA committed such crimes? Why did it fabricate confessions to link al-Qaeda artificially to the attacks of September 11? And therefore, al-Qaeda being unrelated to the attacks of Sept. 11, who has the CIA therefore sought to protect?

Dec 15 14:24

Dick Cheney on Torture: the Report Is “Full of Crap” and “I’d Do It Again in a Minute”

Dick Cheney, the man who says his job it was to get the torture program put in place during the Bush jr. years, has gone on record to say he thinks the newly released Senate torture report (which he hasn’t even read) is “full of crap”:

- See more at: http://www.thedailysheeple.com/dick-cheney-on-torture-the-report-is-fu...

Dec 15 13:03

John Yoo Says CIA Maybe Went Too Far

s former Vice President Dick Cheney argued on Sunday that the CIA's aggressive interrogation of terrorism suspects did not amount to torture, the man who provided the legal rationale for the program said that in some cases it had perhaps gone too far.

Former Justice Department lawyer John Yoo said the sleep deprivation, rectal feeding and other harsh treatment outlined in a U.S. Senate report last week could violate anti-torture laws.

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Slicing up a man's penis with a scalpel is over the line, I think.

Dec 15 11:36

Uruguay, 1964 to 1970: Torture—as American as apple pie

“The precise pain, in the precise place, in the precise amount, for the desired effect.”

The words of an instructor in the art of torture. The words of Dan Mitrione, the head of the Office of Public Safety (OPS) mission in Montevideo.

Officially, OPS was a division of the Agency for International Development, but the director of OPS in Washington, Byron Engle, was an old CIA hand. His organization maintained a close working relationship with the CIA, and Agency officers often operated abroad under OPS cover, although Mitrione was not one of them.

Dec 15 11:32

Cheney Calls Torture Report a Crock, Says He’d ‘Do It Again in a Minute’

Former vice president Dick Cheney defended the CIA’s actions claiming it “worked” to help keep the country safe. If some innocent people were tortured, it doesn’t matter because Cheney believes it had successful results.

Dec 15 10:15

HERE'S THE PLAYLIST USED BY THE CIA TO TORTURE DETAINEES

According to declassified reports, video evidence and testimony from whistleblower guards and soldiers, the US government used music to torture detainees in a number of different ways.? In some cases, songs would be played in repetition for hours or days on end, as to drive the prisoner to insanity. Music was also used to prevent detainees from sleeping, which is another way of creating delirium and vulnerability in the detainees. Some songs were chosen because they were annoying, while others were chosen because they may have been offensive to the prisoner’s culture or religion.

Dec 15 08:32

Cleared in release in 2009... but still in jail: Guantanamo inmate tells how he is subject to horrific treatment including rape threats and being drugged

A Guantanamo Bay inmate has described how he is still being subjected to horrific treatment at the notorious jail despite being cleared for release four years ago.

Samir Naji told how he had been drugged, threatened with rape and forced to watch videos of other detainees being abused at the prison in Cuba which Barack Obama has promised – but so far failed – to close down.

The Yemeni has been imprisoned for nearly 13 years after being accused of serving in Osama bin Laden’s security detail. He was cleared for release in 2009 but remains in the US detention facility with 135 other inmates.

Mr Naji released a first-person account of his experience inside Guantanamo through his lawyers.

Dec 15 08:17

Calls for ‘torture team’ prosecutions persist as Cheney brags “I’d do it again”

Former vice president of the United States Dick Cheney told NBC’s Chuck Todd on Sunday that he’d “do it again in a minute.”

Dec 15 07:08

Diego Garcia guards its secrets even as the truth on CIA torture emerges

The publication last week of a long-awaited US Senate intelligence report has raised fresh questions about what the UK knew about the CIA’s torture programme – and in particular the role played by an obscure overseas British territory.’

Dec 15 06:56

THE OTHER TORTURE REPORT: U.S. TAUGHT TORTURE TECHNIQUES TO BRAZIL DICTATORSHIP

The United States wasn’t the only country releasing information about past human rights abuses last week. A report released by the Brazilian Truth Commission found that some members of that country’s military came to the United States for a special kind of education—to learn how to torture dissidents in their country. More than 300 Brazilians came to the School of the Americas, located at Fort Benning, Georgia, where instructors “recommended interrogation techniques like torture, execution, blackmail and arresting the relatives of those being questioned,” according to a Pentagon manual released in 1996.

Dec 15 06:52

CIA torture is reason for France to exit NATO – Le Pen

The shocking revelations of CIA torture techniques give France a reason to exit NATO, National Front party leader Marine Le Pen said on Saturday. The report on the CIA’s former interrogation practices has drawn wide criticism since its release.

“If indeed everyone is outraged by the tortures used by the US then, let’s leave NATO,” Le Pen said during an interview with Europe 1 radio channel. She wrote the same statement on her Twitter account.

Dec 15 06:33

Robert Fisk on the CIA 'torture report': Once again language is distorted in order to hide US state wrongdoing

Long before I knew him, undergraduate Fisk laboured at his university linguistics course, where Chomsky’s work first alerted me to the pernicious use of language. Hence I condemn at once the vile semantics of the Pentagon and the CIA. Not just that old, wolfish, obscene phrase “collateral damage”, but the language of torture.

Or, as the lads who torture on our behalf call it, “enhanced interrogation techniques”. Let’s take a closer look at that. “Enhanced” is a word of improvement. It suggests something better, more learned, even less costly. For example, “enhanced medicine” would presumably involve a more streamlined way of improving your health. Just as “enhanced schooling” would suggest a more worthy education for a child. “Interrogation” at least gives a hint of what this is all about. Asking questions and getting – or not getting – a reply. But “techniques” beats the lot. A technique is a technical skill, is it not? Usually, so my dictionary tells me, in artistic work.

Dec 15 04:16

Letters to the New World Order: Dear Torture-Loving War Criminal Dick Cheney

Hello everyone, and welcome back to Truthstream’s original series “Letters to the New World Order.” Letter #5 goes out to former Vice President DICK Cheney.

One time Aaron had a dream that saying the word “torture” five times resurrected Dick Cheney as every movie villain in the history of cinema combined like Voltron possessed by John McCain’s mother to single-handedly continue fighting the fictitious war on terror using war crimes to save the Middle East from the specter of peace.

Did I say dream? It was more like a nightmare of a nightmare that had a nightmare about a nightmare. On nightmare juice.

Five down, only 8,738 left to go.

~Mel

Dec 14 18:19

Romania agreed to host CIA ‘black sites’ to be accepted into NATO – ex spy chief

Romania allowed the CIA to use a number of sites on its territory, a former head of the country’s intelligence confessed. He added that Bucharest’s bid to join NATO at the time prevented it from asking the US about the purposes of the sites.

The sites in question were called “transit centers” and Romania was unaware of whether they were used for detention, Ioan Talpes, who headed Romania’s Foreign Intelligence Service from 2000 to 2004, told the daily Adevarul in a video interview posted online on Saturday.

"The Romanian side was not interested in what the Americans were doing, purposely to show them that they could trust us," said Talpes.

Dec 14 16:07

Forget The Torture Report, When Will The False Flag Terror Report Come Out?

The release of the Torture Report was a political act, and the report itself is a whitewash.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney and others have given a pathetic and predictable defense of torture. By leaning on the false flag 9/11 events to morally, intellectually, and politically justify torture they have yet again revealed the emptiness of their arguments. They are using one crime to justify another one.

Dec 14 15:26

Whitewashing a Palestinian minister’s murder

Jamal Kanj examines the murder by Israeli Wehrmacht soldiers of Palestinian minister Ziad Abu Ein and the subsequent propaganda blitz by Israel and its Western stooges and nincompoops to whitewash the murder.

Dec 14 14:22

17 Disgraceful Facts Buried In The Senate’s 600 Page Torture Report

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s extensive use of torture reveals that the agency regularly misled the White House and Congress about the information it had obtained from detainees and used techniques that are far more brutal than it — or former Bush administration officials — had previously acknowledged.

Dec 14 14:14

Moazzam Begg On CIA Torture Report

Following on from a damning report on "harsh interrogation techniques" used by the CIA, CAGE's Moazzam Begg, talks to Sky News Tonight about his experiences of torture at the facility.

Dec 14 14:03

CIA & Torture – All Americans Are Now At Risk When Captured

Lost in all the defense of uncivilized and unethical behavior that should be criminally punished in the CIA Torture scandal, is the simple fact that human beings with a conscious do not act that way. It was agreed among nations that torture would be outlawed and the bottom-line is rather clear – no American is now safe for when captured they will be tortured in retaliation. The people who authorized this should be criminally prosecuted and the two psychologists in Spokane, Washington should stand trial for violating international and US law.

Dec 14 12:40

THE CHANUKAH MIRACLE AND CIA TORTURE

Guardian editors chose the photo of Bush in front of a menorah (from a 2008 White House Hanukkah ceremony) despite the absence of any references to Jews in the text, and the fact that the media group no doubt has countless other photos of the former president – which don’t include eye-catching symbols evoking one particular religion which isn’t the focus of the editorial – that they could have used instead.

Dec 14 11:50

UK torture inquiry could summon Blair and Straw

ony Blair and his former foreign secretary Jack Straw could be summoned before a parliamentary inquiry in an attempt to determine the extent of any British involvement in torture of terror suspects.

The two senior figures from the last Labour government may be asked to give evidence to the intelligence and security committee (ISC) in the wake of the publication of a US Senate report confirming that the CIA used brutal and ineffective methods after 9/11.

However, pressure is growing on the government to announce a separate, judge-led inquiry, amid concerns that the ISC is too closely associated with the Westminster establishment.

Dec 14 10:46

NarcoNews: Torture Report Reveals CIA’s Manipulation of US Media

Press-titutes and whore-respondents (as Gerald Celente calls them)

Dec 14 10:05

Top Dems in Congress knew of interrogation tactics in 2002, fmr. CIA official says

Some Democrats who have criticized the actions described in the Senate report on torture were aware of each of the techniques — including waterboarding and sleep deprivation — as far back as 2002, a former top CIA official said Sunday.

Dec 14 09:00

Argentina

Argentina, a brief summary:

until 1950, Argentina was 5th power on this planet. Everything worked perfect, there was infrastructure, and raw materials to feed the planet. With 1.5 metres top-soil average in the Pampa region, this is the most fertile and commercially viable place on the planet.
It was a paradise, and lots of fortunes were made there.

Enter WW2. In 1948, Argentina hadn't declared war on Germany yet. Why ? well, cuz they knew who was behind it. That is right, the Rothschild banksters, who had bankrolled Hitler.
So, the "World Bank" (now IMF) set up a blockade of Argentina. No more beef exports, no more Sorgum/Wheat/Corn/Milk exports.
After 2 years, the "World Bank" gave Argentina an ultimatum: either you install our puppet as a "democratic" ruler (Peron), and get rid of the Military gob-our-mint (until then not called a Junta).

Dec 14 08:29

The U.S. Spent Decades Teaching Torture Techniques To Brazil

The Latin American country’s National Truth Commission just produced its own torture report, which among other things documents the way American teachers taught Brazilian officers the theory and methods of torture.

Dec 14 07:58

Torture, Gitmo, War on Terror caused more terrorism – ex UN Rapporteur

The US Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the use of torture in the post 9/11 period shocked the world and dealt a serious blow to America's moral authority. Is torture ever justified, and will its perpetrators be brought to justice? Oksana is joined by Manfred Nowak, a former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, to flesh out these issues.

Dec 14 07:55

Waterboarding

Waterboarding is a form of torture, more specifically a type of water torture, in which water is poured over a cloth covering the face and breathing passages of an immobilized captive, causing the individual to experience the sensation of drowning. Waterboarding can cause extreme pain, dry drowning, damage to lungs, brain damage from oxygen deprivation, other physical injuries including broken bones due to struggling against restraints, lasting psychological damage, and death.[1] Adverse physical consequences can manifest themselves months after the event, while psychological effects can last for years.[2]

Dec 14 07:51

You fly over foreign lands, maybe kill people, then drive home for dinner

It's an odd quirk of modern warfare than when a bomb falls in Yemen or Iraq, the person who dropped it might be able finish her mission and be back home for dinner — in Nevada.

But that is reality for operators of the American drones that spy on, and sometimes kill, potential terrorists all over the world.

"Taylor" is one of those long-distance soldiers. She doesn't want us to use her real name, knowing that some people aren’t happy about what she does for a living. She fears they’ll target her for protests.

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Taylor is a murderer, killing innocent people in other countries with which we are not actually at war. For every terror "suspect" (who in many cases are innocent people named only for the reward money) some 20-30 innocent bystanders are killed.

Dec 14 07:46

Diego Garcia guards its secrets even as the truth on CIA torture emerges

It was July 2005 and Jack Straw was in combative mood. During a parliamentary debate, the then foreign secretary insisted that there was no need for a judicial inquiry into the UK’s role in extraordinary rendition – “unless we all start to believe in conspiracy theories and that the officials are lying, that I am lying, that behind this there is some kind of secret state which is in league with some dark forces in the United States”.

But the publication last week of a long-awaited US Senate intelligence report has raised fresh questions about what the UK knew about the CIA’s torture programme – and in particular the role played by an obscure overseas British territory.

Dec 14 07:44

CIA morale 'deeply hurt' following Senate report

"The CIA is going through a huge morale problem," said US security expert Harlan Ullman in an interview with DW, commenting on the recent US Senate report on the CIA's interrogation methods, which has made serious torture allegations against the secret service. "CIA employees believed they were doing what they were supposed to be doing. They find this to be a devastating critique."

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Awwwwwww ... Let's all feel; bad for the poow widdle torturers over at the Central Intelligence Agency, who are apparently not intelligent enough to remember the Nuremberg principle that torturing innocent people to find weapons of mass destruction that don't exist is not what they are "supposed to be doing" no matter what their superiors say. So in point of fact I do not feel any sympathy because they have low morale right now. They should be facing war crimes trials!

Dec 14 07:35

Torture Report Reveals CIA’s Manipulation of US Media

Agency Used Classified Information As Currency For Deception The recently released Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report pillorying the CIA’s Bush-era detention and interrogation program is replete with lurid details of what would commonly be called torture, if those practices were carried out on you or me. Waterboarding, rectal feeding, sleep deprivation, coffin-size cells and forcing detainees to stand in stress positions, even with broken bones, is the stuff of a horror movie. But there is another revelation in the long-awaited, and controversial, Senate committee report that so far seems to have slipped past much examination in the public spotlight.

Dec 14 07:11

Now put Blair and Straw on trial for torture, says diplomat who was fired when he warned Labour Government of UK collusion with US abuse

In the summer of 2004, I warned Tony Blair’s Foreign Office that Britain was using intelligence material which had been obtained by the CIA under torture. Two months later I was sacked as the British Ambassador to Uzbekistan on the orders of Downing Street, bringing to an end my 20-year diplomatic career.

When I then went public with the news that Uzbek territory was part of a global CIA torture programme, I was dismissed as a fantasist by Mr Blair’s henchmen. Now finally, a decade later, I have been vindicated by last week’s shocking Senate Intelligence Committee report.

Over 500 pages it details the CIA’s brutal abuse of Al Qaeda suspects, who were flown around the world to be tortured in a network of secret prisons. One of these was in Uzbekistan, where the US had an air base.

Dec 14 07:07

Now put Blair and Straw on trial for torture, says Craig Murray, diplomat fired for reporting toture.

By Craig Murray, Former British Ambassador To Uzbekistan

In the summer of 2004, I warned Tony Blair’s Foreign Office that Britain was using intelligence material which had been obtained by the CIA under torture. Two months later I was sacked as the British Ambassador to Uzbekistan on the orders of Downing Street, bringing to an end my 20-year diplomatic career.

When I then went public with the news that Uzbek territory was part of a global CIA torture programme, I was dismissed as a fantasist by Mr Blair’s henchmen. Now finally, a decade later, I have been vindicated by last week’s shocking Senate Intelligence Committee report.

Over 500 pages it details the CIA’s brutal abuse of Al Qaeda suspects, who were flown around the world to be tortured in a network of secret prisons. One of these was in Uzbekistan, where the US had an air base.

Dec 14 06:58

Outsourcing Atrocity: The School of the Americas and the C.O.I.N. Fundamentalists

Since its founding in 1946, the School of the Americas has trained tens of thousands of police and military personnel in Latin America and the Caribbean. Not by coincidence, its graduates were involved in some of the worst atrocities of the 20th century – from filling the ranks of Haiti’s brutal Tonton Macoutes to training the founders of Mexico’s paramilitary narco-cartel Los Zetas. It’s no exaggeration to say that the School of the Americas has painted an entire region in blood.

While the School left a permanent mark on countries throughout the hemisphere, the doctrine it expounded has also metastasized into an intellectual cancer infecting the way NATO countries in the post-Soviet era fight the Wars on Drugs and Terror. This is a story of studied incompetence, torture and murder. And judging by the militarized response of American police departments, from Occupy Wall Street to Ferguson, the trend isn't just going global: it's also coming home.

Dec 14 06:54

The Military and CIA Interrogation Program Has Not Stopped

The Senate report on torture created a tsunami of media coverage this week. The American public hasn’t been so shocked by evidence of the U.S. torture program since the Abu Ghraib photos of 2004. The program is far worse than previously disclosed. Greater numbers of victims have been tortured for longer periods and in ways that rival the most infamous tortures in history (“rectal feeding”). But one falsehood gets repeated as fact by even in the most serious reporters, namely, that the torture program stopped years ago. It has not. The Appendix M of the 2006 Army Field Manual on interrogation methods allows military and CIA interrogators to continue torturing detainees, and the current force feeding of Guantanamo hunger strikers is so brutal it rises to the level of torture.

Dec 14 03:25

Brennan’s defense of CIA torture

CIA Director John Brennan’s televised press conference Thursday at the agency’s headquarters, an unprecedented event, marked a new threshold in the collapse of American democracy and the erection of a police state.

Dec 13 23:25

CIA cites Israeli model to justify torture

This is no joke. The United States relied on Israeli precedents and Tel Aviv’s violation of human rights to justify the torture of detainees by its own intelligence agencies, as was revealed in a report issued by the US Senate Intelligence Committee. Israeli media outlets have published highlights of the report.

Dec 13 12:35

The Military and CIA Interrogation Program Has Not Stopped

The Senate report on torture created a tsunami of media coverage this week. The American public hasn’t been so shocked by evidence of the U.S. torture program since the Abu Ghraib photos of 2004. The program is far worse than previously disclosed. Greater numbers of victims have been tortured for longer periods and in ways that rival the most infamous tortures in history (“rectal feeding”). But one falsehood gets repeated as fact by even in the most serious reporters, namely, that the torture program stopped years ago. It has not. The Appendix M of the 2006 Army Field Manual on interrogation methods allows military and CIA interrogators to continue torturing detainees, and the current force feeding of Guantanamo hunger strikers is so brutal it rises to the level of torture.

Dec 13 08:37

Obama under fire for castigating Bush-era torture program and claiming moral high ground all while his administration kills 'thousands of innocents' during droning of terrorism suspects

President Barack Obama is under fire this week for the way his White House has excoriated the previous administration for employing tactics it would categorize as torture all the while launching drone strikes on terrorism suspects abroad.

The enhanced interrogation techniques used by the CIA during the George W. Bush administration on 39 detainees resulted in just one death, Obama's critics have pointed out. Drone strikes conducted by the current occupant of the White House have killed more than 2,400 people.

After claiming all week that the release of a Senate Intelligence Committee report detailing the brutal tactics employed by the Bush administration to elicit information from terrorists was necessary in order for the U.S. to reassert it's 'moral authority,' the White House was forced on Friday to state on record that it doesn't believe its drone policy erodes the moral high ground on which it thinks it stands when it comes to human rights.

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This man is seriously, and dangerously, out of touch with the carnage his drone strike policy has caused, and the damage it has done to world perception of American jurisprudence.

Torture is absolutely wrong, and the only people who defend it are sick, twisted pieces of work who probably belong in an institution.

But extrajudicial assassinations are completely contrary to both the spirit, and literal interpretations, of the Constitution, and Bill of Rights. They are un-American in the extreme, in a society where presumption of innocence is the basis upon which all suspected criminals are to be judged by a jury of their peers.

It is an interesting psychological insight into our President that this is his preferred method of killing people he deems "dangerous".

Dec 13 08:30

Criticism of US drone programme lands activist in prison

US peace activist Kathy Kelly has been sentenced to 3 months prison for her criticism of the US drone programme in Afghanistan on the 10th December.

Considered to be Human Rights Day, peace activist Kathy Kelly was sentenced on the 10th December to 3 months prison by the US Federal court.

According to the Centre for Global Research the defence said that “The punishment for our attempt to speak on behalf of trapped and desperate people, abroad, will be an opportunity to speak with people trapped by prisons and impoverishment here in the U.S”

Dec 13 07:52

God, Country and Torture

snip: “You get a burning in your stomach, a rush, a feeling of hot lead running through your veins, and you get a sense of power,” said another soldier. “Imagine wearing point-blank body armor, an M-16 and all the power in the world, and the authority of God. That power is very addictive.”

America and God … Bush, Cheney, and other eminences of the imperial mafia know well how to invoke these feelings; with the help of the rest of flag-wavin’ and bible-wavin’ America the proper emotions can be easily imparted down to the ranks. The American part — the mystique of “America” — can also be exported, and has been for decades.

Dec 13 07:44

Bush fully authorised torture programme!

"CIA official says former U.S. President George Bush was fully in formed of the intelligence agency's torture programme and Identified a number of Washington officials who were aware of programme." click here

Have we had enough yet? Are we ready to grab some courage and face the facts?

The information above comes from the British newspaper the Dailymail.co.uk

The Times.co.uk leads with the headline: "Bush knew all about torture, insists CIA" click here

Has any U.S. mainstream paper provided this information?

Dec 13 07:42

Ray McGovern: What’s the Next Step to Stop Torture?

snip: Yet, the trouble with Cheney’s defense is that one can no more “authorize” torture than rape or slavery. Torture inhabits that same moral category, which ethicists label intrinsic evil, always wrong – whether it “works” or not.

In other words, torture is not wrong because there are U.S. laws and a UN Convention prohibiting it. It’s the other way around. The legal prohibitions were put in place because it is – or used to be, at least – widely recognized that humans simply must not do such things to other humans. For instance, after World War II, Japanese commanders were tried for war crimes because they used waterboarding on captured U.S. soldiers.

Dec 13 07:41

Mallick: The torture twins behind the U.S. CIA report

The censored summary of the U.S. Senate report on American torture released this week is a visceral document, despite efforts by Republicans to present what it describes as a distant dry bloodless thing about which there are “no easy answers.” CIA director John Brennan used management speak when he asked, post-report, that his audience “put aside this debate and move forward to focus on issues that are more relevant to our current national security challenge.”

He sounds like a CEO caught padding his expense reports, but the fact is, the U.S. is now the country most associated with “rectal feeding” and torturing prisoners to the point where they moved obediently to the waterboarding table after hearing two finger snaps. Pavlov’s dogs weren’t as well-trained. You say “CIA,” I say “Hieronymus Bosch,” who was notorious for anal stabbing. That was in the 15th century, so the CIA went retro out of purest revenge.

Dec 13 07:39

US Defense Bill, Passed by Congress, Bans Transfer of Guantanamo Prisoners

The National Defense Authorization Act, passed by the US Senate 89-11 on Friday, would fund the US Department of Defense through fiscal year 2015, but it prohibits the department from transferring prisoners from the notorious Guantanamo Bay prison, despite US President Barack Obama's promises to close down the detention facility.

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How bloody convenient.

Innocent men who will NEVER be released from Gitmo, because water boarding was not the worst of what was done to them, languishing behind bars for the rest of their lives.

Apparently, this has become "The American Way" of treating prisoners of war; and it is not all that dissimilar from the way alleged "law enforcement officers" treat the American general public.

Would I, as a law-abiding citizen, minding my own business, EVER call the police right now if I thought something criminal was going on in my neighborhood?!?

I rather think not. Innocent people in this country are getting slaughtered in this country, just for being at the wrong place at the wrong time. And before you criticize that outlook, please consider the following, as reported yesterday at blacklistednews.com:

Acting on a bogus tip about methamphetamine from a car thief, the Laurens County Sheriff’s office obtained a search warrant for the home of devoted husband, loving father and grandfather, David Hooks. An hour after the judge signed the warrant police raided Hooks’ house and took the life of this innocent grandfather. An attorney representing David Hooks’ widow says that the September 24, shooting did not go down as law enforcement authorities stated in initial news releases, and the “true facts of this tragedy are in stark contrast” to official accounts. At approximately 11:00 pm on September 24, Laurens County Sheriff’s deputies barged unannounced into the home of Hooks. The sheriff’s office claims Hooks was shot after he got out a firearm and started showing aggression. Hooks was met with 17 shots from SWAT officers. Since the Free Thought Project initially reported on this killing by police in October, recent revelations show that not only were no shots fired, but the shotgun wasn’t even loaded. Even if the shotgun would have been load and Hooks would have shot at the officers, he had every right, as he was protecting his wife and home from, who he perceived to be unannounced intruders, who obviously meant him harm. Police, adamant on trying to justify their breaking and entering and subsequent murder, searched the home for 44 straight hours and didn’t find one single shred of contraband. Mitchell Shook is the attorney for the family and he is asking for the FBI to investigate, citing that the raid was illegal. According to WMAZ, the family’s attorney says Hooks had four wounds, two of which he says are very problematic. Shook says that’s according to the Laurens County EMS records. He says the same information is found in the medical records from Fairview Park Hospital. “One was to the side of the head, the other, was in his back, the back of his left shoulder, based on the evidence we see, we believe that David Hooks was face down on the ground when he received those last two shots,” says Shook. Teresa Hooks who is still experiencing a nightmare inflicted upon her by those sworn to protect and serve, recalls that horrid night.

I would like to be able to even think that this raid, and other ones like it, where there is no true vetting of the information to begin with, are abberations in law enforcement; unfortunately, they are becoming much more standard.

Dec 13 07:26

UK spies 'may have seen' CIA torture: Shock admission by former Labour security minister as Blair aide calls for Royal Commission into Britain's role

British spies may have been aware of torture carried out by the CIA, a former security minister admitted last night.

In the most frank official acceptance yet of potential complicity, Lord West of Spithead accepted there may have been the ‘odd case’ where UK agents knew of mistreatment and may even have been in the building when it happened.

Dec 13 07:19

CIA torture report sparks renewed calls to prosecute senior US officials

A UN expert on human rights has repeated his call for the US to live up to its international legal obligations and prosecute senior officials who authorised the use of torture.

Ben Emmerson, the UN special rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism, said Eric Holder, the US attorney general, is under an international obligation to reopen inquiries into senior officials alleged to have breached human rights.

Asked whether George W Bush should be prosecuted, Emmerson told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme that as a head of state he enjoyed special immunity, but other senior officials should face charges.

“Certainly those at higher levels involved in the commitment of an international crime, a crime of universal jurisdiction, are liable to be charged,” he said.

Dec 13 07:18

CIA torture: Homeland and 24 make great TV, but they’re no way to govern

Even a public reared on Homeland, 24 and Zero Dark Thirty were shocked by what they read. Viewers who had flinched at Jack Bauer’s brutal approach to interrogation learned this week that that was hardly the product of an over-active Hollywood imagination. On the contrary, it turns out the screenwriters underdid it.

Dec 13 06:59

Brazil Released Its Own Torture Report This Week, And The U.S. Is Implicated

As Americans learned about the deeply disturbing tactics of the CIA's post-9/11 torture program this week, the government in Brazil released a report filled with its own history of systemic abuses. The nearly-2,000-page report by Brazil's National Truth Commission detailed a pattern of killings and torture during a period of military dictatorship from 1964 to 1985.

The report not only shed light on the brutal methods of Brazilian interrogators, but also showed that the United States and the United Kingdom had trained some of the perpetrators in torture techniques.

Dec 13 06:51

New calls for return of Guantanamo Brit, after 13 years of torture

In the wake of a new report on US abuses post-9/11, calls have been renewed for the return of a British resident held without charge or trial at Guantanamo Bay for the past 13 years.

Shaker Aamer, a Londoner with a British wife and four British children, was captured and tortured by US forces in Afghanistan in 2001 before his rendition to Guantanamo Bay in 2002. His ordeal has included a litany of abuses similar to those described in the US Senate report on CIA torture, a portion of which was released this week. The details of CIA torture revealed in the report have provoked widespread condemnation.

As one of the first five prisoners taken to Bagram Air Force Base in late December 2001, Mr Aamer was forced to stay awake for nine days, beaten, denied food, and tied up in such a way as to risk strangling himself if he moved. Other times, he was forced to stand up for over 16 hours a day.

Dec 13 06:48

The Canadian torture state

Whipping with cables. Prolonged solitary confinement. Other unspeakable acts, committed against citizens with official blessing. Use of "information" gathered by torture considered legitimate.

No, no, I don't mean the Torture Report. I'm talking about Canada.

Let the other sordid drama play itself out in America. We've now learned more about "rectal feeding" (read: medically unjustified anal rape) than we ever wanted to know, and that's just for starters. Did the authorities raid every prison for the criminally insane to swell CIA ranks? Far worse, we're watching a desperate attempt to frame this whole series of vile acts as a period in (recent) history now thankfully ended. Don't you go believing that fairytale, now.

Dec 12 20:52

Former Minister Denies Torture Report Lobbying

David Cameron's spokesman admits Britain asked for redactions - but a former minister denies involvement.

Dec 12 17:41

Outsourcing Atrocity: The School of the Americas and the C.O.I.N. Fundamentalists

America’s recent wars have been fought based on a doctrine tested throughout the Western Hemisphere in the second half of the 20th century and taught at the controversial School of the Americas. It may have changed its name to the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHISC), and added a patina of human rights training, but a pig wearing lipstick is still a pig, as the 2009 coup in Honduras led by alumni of the school shows.

Dec 12 14:46

FLASHBACK 2005 - 'One of them made cuts in my penis. I was in agony'

They cut off my clothes with some kind of doctor's scalpel. I was naked. I tried to put on a brave face. But maybe I was going to be raped. Maybe they'd electrocute me. Maybe castrate me.

They took the scalpel to my right chest. It was only a small cut. Maybe an inch. At first I just screamed ... I was just shocked, I wasn't expecting ... Then they cut my left chest. This time I didn't want to scream because I knew it was coming.

One of them took my penis in his hand and began to make cuts. He did it once, and they stood still for maybe a minute, watching my reaction. I was in agony. They must have done this 20 to 30 times, in maybe two hours. There was blood all over. "I told you I was going to teach you who's the man," [one] eventually said.

Dec 12 13:12

CIA Psychological Torture Is Still Torture

Eidelson is a clinical psychologist and the president of Eidelson Consulting, where he studies, writes about, and consults on the role of psychological issues in political, organizational, and group conflict settings. He is a past president of Psychologists for Social Responsibility, associate director of the Solomon Asch Center for Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict at Bryn Mawr College, and a member of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology.

Bond is a counseling psychologist in independent practice in Toledo, Ohio. She is a member of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology and on the steering committee of Psychologists for Social Responsibility.

Dec 12 11:33

How Not To Cover Torture

Dec 12 09:16

EXCLUSIVE: CIA Psychologist's Notes Reveal True Purpose Behind Bush's Torture Program

Bush administration officials have long asserted that the torture techniques used on “war on terror” detainees were utilized as a last resort in an effort to gain actionable intelligence to thwart pending terrorist attacks against the United States and its interests abroad.

But the handwritten notes obtained exclusively by Truthout drafted two decades ago by Dr. John Bruce Jessen, the psychologist who was under contract to the CIA and credited as being one of the architects of the government’s top-secret torture program, tell a dramatically different story about the reasons detainees were brutalized and it was not just about obtaining intelligence.

Rather, as Jessen’s notes explain, torture was used to “exploit” detainees, that is, to break them down physically and mentally, in order to get them to “collaborate” with government authorities. Jessen’s notes emphasize how a “detainer” uses the stresses of detention to produce the appearance of compliance in a prisoner.

Dec 12 09:09

Revelations from the Torture Report – CIA Lies, Nazi Methods and the $81 Million No-Bid Torture Contract

After initially helping to devise the “enhanced interrogation” efforts, they were designated as the only two contractors allowed to oversee these interrogations at sites around the world. In 2005, they formed a company to receive contracts from the CIA. According to the Senate report, the base value of their contract in 2006 was in excess of $180 million.

By the time the CIA terminated their contract in 2009, the consulting firm founded by the two men had collected $81 million in taxpayer money. In May of that year, ProPublica reported, the firm abruptly gave up the lease on its Spokane, Washington, headquarters and disconnected the phone.

Still, according to the Senate report, the CIA will provide $5 million in indemnity costs to the firm to cover all legal expenses for potential criminal prosecution and investigations through 2021.

Dec 12 09:03

Indigenous Leader Tortured And Killed Days Before UN Testimony

For centuries, Indigenous people in various corners of the world have been thrown off of their property so their land and resources could be taken for aristocrats in far away lands. It was a war that began hundreds of years ago, and that war is still being waged today.

Just this week, it was announced that an indigenous leader from Ecuador was tortured and killed in the midst of a controversial fight against foreign mining companies who have unjustly taken land that has been claimed by indigenous people for centuries.

José Isidro Tendetza Antún, a former vice-president of the Shuar Federation of Zamora, had been missing since November 28th, and turned up dead just days ago, with some close to him saying that he was tortured.

Dec 12 09:03

Dick Cheney Says CIA Torture Report Is 'Full Of Crap' -- Then Admits He Hasn't Read It

It won't surprise anyone, really, that Cheney will defend the torture program that he oversaw. But his comments here are sickening and should be quite eye-opening about the level of cognitive dissonance from the powerful people who were responsible for this incredibly shameful period in US history.

Dec 12 08:40

May in secret US visit as UK 'tried to hush up its role': Home Secretary among string of diplomats who lobbied to keep Britain out of damning CIA report

Home Secretary Theresa May made a secret visit to a US committee, it emerged last night – amid claims the Government has been frantically ‘lobbying’ to keep Britain out of the damning report on CIA torture.

She was among a string of UK politicians and diplomats who held 24 meetings with the Senate intelligence committee as it investigated the barbaric techniques inflicted on terror suspects.

William Hague, then foreign secretary, and spy agencies MI5 and MI6 also held discussions with the committee about any redactions that might be needed to protect ‘national security’.

In the end, there was not a single mention of any of the UK security and intelligence services when the explosive document was published on Tuesday.

Dec 12 08:39

How mired in torture was Britain? As it emerges UK made 24 bids to suppress evidence, demands grow for judge-led inquiry into UK’s complicity

Demands were growing last night for a judge-led inquiry into Britain’s complicity in torture after a day of drama at Westminster.

Three days after a US Senate report revealed details of the CIA’s barbaric interrogation techniques, MPs demanded answers to disturbing questions about the UK’s role.

Senior figures from all major parties said the full truth must be known about the role played by British agents – and what the Blair Government knew about it.

In a significant development, Nick Clegg broke ranks to say a full judicial inquiry may be needed.

Dec 12 08:35

‘CIA HQ ordered torture of prisoners, but only low-level staff may face prosecution’

The Senate’s report into CIA torture activities is facing criticism for lacking testimonies from the agency’s staff and the victims, professor Ben Davis told RT. He said that prosecuting low-level staffers isn't enough, as torture orders came from above.

Professor at the University of Toledo College of Law and member of Advocates for US Torture Prosecutions, Ben Davis, called for everyone responsible for torture to be held accountable.

Dec 12 07:31

“Verschärfte Vernehmung” (Yes, that’s Nazi for ‘enhanced interrogation’)

After listening to CIA director John Brennan’s long-winded attempt at community relations today, only three words come to mind…

Ya vol Commandant!

And then maybe these two words, “Verschärfte Vernehmung”. As it happens, those two German words are straight out of the Gestapo’s own manual on torture. Translated from German to English, it means, ‘enhanced interrogation’ - you get that fancy term we keep hearing about this week, you know, that thing that’s ‘keeping America safe’.

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Nazis using stress positions.

Dec 12 06:01

Palestine... RIP

Snag this video while it's available. Dawson had it removed a couple of times already.

Dec 12 05:14

Why The Torture Report Matters

Dec 11 23:40

Sending troops to protect dictators threatens all of us

... with its new commitment to station troops in Bahrain, we can have no doubt where the British government stands: behind autocracy and “enduring interests”. Just as the refusal to hold previous US governments to account for terror and torture laid the ground for what happened after 9/11, the failure of parliament even to debate the decision to garrison the Gulf is an ominous one. Britain’s new base isn’t in the interests of either the people of Britain, Bahrain or the Middle East as a whole – it’s a danger and affront to us all.

Dec 11 23:31

The First Step is Admitting That It’s Torture

The US Senate’s minimal, partial, heavily redacted summary of its report on the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program is out. That report’s reception by establishment media turns out to be at least as demonstrative of the problem it addresses as the report itself.

As any recovering addict will helpfully inform you, the first step is admitting the problem. The US government and American media (and presumably following them, the America public) still resolutely refuse to do that.

Dec 11 23:24

Obama CIA director defends “enhanced interrogation” torture program

CIA Director John Brennan gave an extraordinary press conference from CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia on Thursday, aggressively defending the agency and the “enhanced interrogation” torture program exposed in a recently-released Senate Intelligence Committee report.

Brennan, who was a top official in the CIA when the torture program was planned and implemented by the Bush administration, echoed many of the comments made by Obama himself in a prepared statement released on Tuesday.

Dec 11 19:13

The Unmitigated Gall Of Dick Cheney’s Utter Lack of Contrition

Darth Cheney: so vile human hearts can't survive in him!

Dec 11 18:00

Sheriff Beauford T. Justice speak on Warcrimes

Note: This is from Maddow's video "We Used To Execute People For Waterboarding War Crimes." But it's been deleted. This video was posted instead under a different name.

Dec 11 15:20

I Can’t Be Forgiven for Abu Ghraib

I SPENT this semester teaching creative writing at Lehigh University. I’ve been a soldier, a police officer and an interrogator. So hearing students call me “Professor” and assigning homework was a significant change of pace.

But the course’s title, Writing War, kept me from straying too far from the memories that have haunted me over the last decade. I am grateful to Lehigh for the opportunity to teach the course. The school’s willingness to put a veteran in the classroom is the very thing this country needs to be doing in order to collectively process what the last 13 years of war have wrought. But teaching a class about war reminded me daily that I am no college professor.

I was an interrogator at Abu Ghraib. I tortured.

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Cue the crocodile tears!

Dec 11 15:19

CNN's Anderson Cooper compares CIA report to Nazis, Khmer Rouge atrocities

CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday compared U.S. operatives who employed enhanced interrogation techniques on suspected terrorists to Nazis and the dreaded Khmer Rouge.

“It is shocking,” Cooper said, referring to a report released Tuesday by Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats that detailed the CIA’s and government contractors’ treatment of suspected terrorists.

"When you read this, if you envision Nazis doing this, and I even hate to say this, if you envision the Khmer Rouge doing this, it all – you can imagine that,” Cooper said.

Dec 11 15:05

FLASHBACK - Israeli Troops Shoot Palestinian Point Blank Range.

The incident took place on July 7 near the village of Nil'in which has been the scene in recent weeks of almost daily violent demonstrations against the construction of the West Bank security fence nearby.

According to the videotape, which the military said was reviewed by Judge Advocate General Brig.-Gen. Avichai Mandelblit, a Palestinian demonstrator - Ashraf Abu Rahma - is seen handcuffed and blindfolded and being led to a jeep by a high-ranking IDF officer

The video clip shows a soldier aim his weapon at the demonstrator's legs from about 1.5 meters away and then fire a rubber bullet at him. Abu-Rahma said the bullet hit his left toe and that he received treatment from an army medic and was then released by the soldiers.

Dec 11 13:54

Who’s Right … Torture Defenders Or Critics?

The Senate says that torture didn’t produce any actionable intelligence.

The CIA and a handful of those who ordered torture say that it was necessary.

Who’s right?

We don’t have to guess, get in a personality conflict, or engage in a partisan fight.

There is an overwhelming consensus among top interrogation experts of all stripes …
Torture INTERFERES With Our Ability to Fight Terrorism, Obtain Intelligence Information and Protect Our National Security

Dec 11 13:02

Democracy Shredded – Torture and America

When will America be cleansed of its fascistic rot? Never, because its institutional core not only protects but generates this rot. The rot? Today, revelations of torture, but torture is merely the excremental if not also logical product of a structural-historical nightmare long in the making. It would be fashionable to pin the blame on capitalism, but this is capitalism in extremis, capitalism beyond its recognizable path of imperialism, alienation, workers’ exploitation, and widening class differentiation in wealth and power. Structural-economic concentration does not reach at some stage a magical tipping point, a qualitative shift to full-blown fascist social organization, tempting as such analysis may be in light of the German and Italian experience of business monopolization and the regimentation of the labor force preparatory to nationalistic expansion. For the US, that already goes without saying.

Dec 11 12:45

Evangelical Christian Leaders Rush to Defend CIA Torture

Justifying torture under the auspices of winning an argument is bad enough. But attempting to justify torture in Jesus’ name? That’s simply medieval... literally.

Dec 11 12:35

Gitmo Military Officer: "Whatever we do gets blown out of proportion; anything that happens over there, the whole world finds out about it"

Three military commanders in charge of American servicemen guarding Guantanamo Bay detainees were quoted in an obscure military press release last month, making some interesting observations. The group was reflecting upon their redeployment after completing "detainee internment and resettlement operations mission in Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba."

"They did an amazing job in terms of providing very professional care to the detainees there...so now they have something to build off of in the future, both in their civilian and military lives," one said.

Dec 11 12:21

CIA boss says 9/11 attacks justified CIA enhanced interrogations

CIA Director John Brennan recounted the horrors of the 9/11 attacks in defending his agency’s use of enhanced interrogations.

Mr. Brennan made the remarks in a rare press conference in the wake of a Senate report released earlier this week the outlined aggressive tactics used by CIA officers to extract information from suspected terrorists.

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Mr. Brennon

Do you remember the Israelis arrested after being seen celebrating the collapsing Trade Center buildings? Do you remember that 3 of them were identified as Mossad agents?

Do you remember that just before 9-11, a massive Israeli spy ring, the largest foreign spy ring in US history was uncovered? Do you remember how Carl Cameron's four-part FOX News story on that Israeli spy ring included a quote from a US Government official that there was evidence linking those arrested Israeli spies to 9-11, but that this evidence was classified by the US Government?

Do you remember the Israelis stopped in New York on 9-11 whose truck tested positive for explosives?
Israelis stopped on 911 in New York with trucks showing signs of explosives?

Do you remember that every airplane used on 9-11 departed from an airport gate whose security was managed by an Israeli company?

Do you remember how Netanyahu stated that 9-11 was good for Israel?

do you recall Israel's long history of false-flag operations such as the Lavon affair and the attack on the USS Liberty?

So before you go any further with this bovine excrement about how 9-11 justified the torture of Muslims, tell us all how many Israelis were tortured to find the truth about 9-11?

Dec 11 12:08

Senate Torture Report Ignores CIA’s Most Brutal Crimes

On November 9, 2005, CIA Director of National Clandestine Service Jose Rodriguez, Jr. authorized the burning of 92 videotapes depicting the harsh interrogations of Abu Zubaydah and ’Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. In response to the destruction of those tapes, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence voted to review the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation program on March 5, 2009. With access to over six million pages of CIA documents, the Committee merely provided a superficial summary without bothering to interview any participants or victims of the RDI program.

Dec 11 11:50

U.S. ARMY BUILDS DRONE AIRPORT IN TEXAS

An airport designed for only two kinds of drones is set to be built in the US State of Texas. At $33 million cost, the project demonstrates America’s unprecedented drive toward the use of unmanned aerial systems. A 150-acre drone launch and recovery complex, which will be “fenced and secured,” is to be built only for two drones – ‘Gray Eagle’ and ‘Shadow’ – at Fort Bliss, the Defense Systems website reported on Wednesday.

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