Torture

Talking Point: Lessons in brutality and terror

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ELEVEN years ago I was standing outside of the Abu Ghraib prison about 60km west of Baghdad. The Mercury – JOHN MARTINKUS * I was there to get a story about what was happening inside. It was a story that had been floating around journalism circles in Baghdad. Western journalists worked with Iraqi drivers, translators and fixers. They all insisted that there ... Read More »

Henry Kissinger or CODEPINK: Who’s the “Low Life Scum”?

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A very angry Senator John McCain denounced CODEPINK activists as “low-life scum” for holding up signs reading “Arrest Kissinger for War Crimes” and dangling handcuffs next to Henry Kissinger’s head during a Senate hearing on January 29. Common Dreams – Medea Benjamin ** McCain called the demonstration “disgraceful, outrageous and despicable,” accused the protesters of “physically intimidating” Kissinger and apologized profusely to his ... Read More »

Prison Dispatches From The War On Terror: Ex-CIA Officer John Kiriakou Speaks

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John Kiriakou is the only CIA employee to go to prison in connection with the agency’s torture program. Not because he tortured anyone, but because he revealed information on torture to a reporter. The Intercept – BY ANDREW JERELL JONES @sluggahjells Kiriakou is the Central Intelligence Agency officer who told ABC News in 2007 that the CIA waterboarded suspected al-Qaeda prisoners after the ... Read More »

The CIA Torture Report: The Elephant In Australia’s Foreign Policy Room

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The recent revelations that the United States – our ally in the ‘War on terror’ – engaged in torture should cause Australians to stop and take stock, writes Jason Andrews. * New Matilda - Jason Andrews  If, in order to defend Australia, we do not believe that members of our defence forces and intelligence agencies should become the facilitators and accomplices ... Read More »

Watchdog who queried CIA’s handling of torture report is to resign

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CIA inspector general David Buckley, who investigated a dispute between the agency and Congress over the handling of records of the CIA’s detention and interrogation activities, is resigning effective January 31, the CIA said on Monday. The agency said in a statement that Buckley, who has served as the agency’s internal watchdog for more than four years, was leaving the ... Read More »

Prosecute Torturers and Their Bosses

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The Editorial Board The New York Times Since the day President Obama took office, he has failed to bring to justice anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects — an official government program conceived and carried out in the years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.He did allow his Justice Department to investigate the C.I.A.’s destruction of videotapes ... Read More »

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 »