New Documents Show the US Called Waterboarding Torture During World War II

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When Japanese soldiers did it to GIs, the United States prosecuted them for war crimes. Mother Jones – Luke Whelan * Decades before it started waterboarding terrorism suspects, the US government had dramatically different standards for what it considered torture, particularly when it was being done to our soldiers in World War II. Recently released documents detail how the the United States ... Read More »

Dick Cheney insists ‘rectal feeding’ was for medical reasons, not torture in defence of CIA

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Dick Cheney, the former US vice-president who was at the forefront of the post-9/11 push towards aggressive interrogation techniques since denounced as torture, has defended the use of “rectal feeding” of terror suspects, claiming it was done for “medical reasons”. The Guardian – Ed Pilkington in New York Dick Cheney Refuses to Call Forced Rectal Feeding Torture – ABC.News Former US vice-president ... Read More »

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

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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. Daily Mail – By Craig Murray, Former British Ambassador To Uzbekistan 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 ... Read More »

Churchill’s point reinforced by release of torture report

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Torture, Sir Winston Churchill observed in The World Crisis,  is, like cannibalism, an expedient of “doubtful utility”. The Canberra Times – Editorial His point has been soundly reinforced by the release of, and subsequent debate over, a US Senate report on CIA interrogation and detention programs in the wake of the September 11 attacks. While the extent of the abuses, ... Read More »

The road from torture to shame

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Learned helplessness. The phrase has a benign harmlessness to it, yet it has come into focus this past week in the most depraved sense. That is, of torture. The Age – Editorial  Last Tuesday, the veil was lifted on a recent episode in American history that brings neither glory, honour nor vindication. The report – or more precisely the 500-page ... Read More »

Manus Island asylum seekers put in solitary confinement at a rate of three a week

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Human rights advocates describe notorious ‘Chauka’ unit as a secret punishment cell and say the long-term effects of solitary confinement are similar to torture The Guardian – Ben Doherty and Nick Evershed Guards on Manus Island are locking asylum seekers in solitary confinement at a rate of nearly three a week, and holding them without any means of communication for up ... Read More »

Torture is never the right thing to do

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Editorial Torture does not work. Worse, it encourages extremists and damages the moral credibility and international authority of those using it. Societies such as Australia and the United States are founded on ideals and principles that are reflected in law. Governments that exploit grey areas and loopholes in law to torture and abuse people ignore these beliefs and undermine the ... Read More »

David Hicks heckles George Brandis at human rights event

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Attorney-General George Brandis has been heckled offstage by former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks following an address on human rights in Sydney. Stephanie Anderson – SBS Habib, Hicks seeking justice in light of CIA torture report Appearing at an awards ceremony hosted by the Australian Human Rights Commission, Attorney-General George Brandis was heckled by a lone man as he walked offstage ... Read More »

Senate intel panel: CIA’s interrogations vicious, ineffective

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WASHINGTON — The CIA held at least 119 people in secret overseas prisons –some of whom were innocent – and subjected many to gruesome interrogations that didn’t lead to any high-level terrorists – including Osama bin Laden – and were more vicious than the agency disclosed to policymakers and the public, said a long-awaited Senate report released Tuesday. JONATHAN S. ... Read More »

Sri Lankan asylum-seeker in second ‘torture’ case

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A FORMER returned Sri Lankan asylum-seeker, whose claims of torture by authorities there prompted Amnesty International to make a direct appeal for his safety, is again in custody and alleg­ing torture, after his second attempt at asylum was foiled this week and his boat turned back by Australian authorities. Amanda Hodge, South Asia Correspondent, New Delhi ( The Australian ) Indika Mendis, ... Read More »