Posts Tagged ‘Bagram’

News and views from around the web posted to the Wonderland Wire:

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The heroic Andy Worthington—leading journalist on the Kafka-esque U.S. military prisons at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba and Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan; the Bush-Obama Administrations’ policy and standard operating procedures regarding kidnapping, rendition and torture; and the ensuing legal processes—has outstandingly posted excerpts from the February report conducted by the U.N. Human Rights Council, “Joint Study on Global Practices in Relation to Secret Detention in the Context of Counter-Terrorism” [.pdf].

Read the series at his blog:

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At Omar Khadr’s military tribunal, one of his interrogators testified to threatening the boy with rape—adding to never-ending tragic story of the U.S. government war of terror.

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Angola 3 News interviewed Jeanne Theoharris who wrote an article this April at The Nation on the arrest, imprisonment and legal battles of Syed Hashmi, a U.S. citizen imprisoned in New York City prison with “Guantánamo-like conditions”.

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On al Jazeera’s (AJE) “The Riz Khan Show”, leading journalist on Guantánamo Bay Andy Worthington and former Reagan and Bush I Administration U.S. Attorney David Rivkin discuss the U.S. detention center at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Bagram has been routinely referred to as “The Other Guantánamo”. Mr. Worthington comments on this appearance at his blog (22:31):

Part One (12:09):

Part Two (10:22):

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  • Teenage detainee released from Gitmo
  • C.I.A. report details new torure abuses including mock executions
  • Holder appoints special prosecutor to investigate torture in a limited limited probe
  • Obama was create a new rendition policy, continuing the Bush policy
  • McChrystal wants 45,000 more troops in Afghanistan
  • Israel increasing West Bank settlements
  • Pittsburgh wants 4,000 for the G-20 Summit in September (more…)

Obama ‘sinking $200m into upgrading The Other Guantanamo’; Rape in Congo escalates with U.S. operations; Gold should break 2008 high in 2009… (more…)

Jeremy Scahill, leading journalist on Blackwater, broke the story at The Nation of two Blackwater employees’ sworn statements, under the penalty of perjury, alleging the founder of Blackwater — now known as “Xe” (pronounced “zee”) — committed some of the highest of high crimes as the Bush Administration’s private mercenary firm in the Middle East.

An analysis of the affidavits filed by John Doe #1 [.pdf] and John Doe #2 [.pdf]. (h/t: Democracy Now!)

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Anthony Gregory discusses civil liberties under Obama — the Supreme Court, domestic spying, indefinite detention — ‘philosophical defects’ of the American political culture, and the economy (41:50):

http://dc159.4shared.com/download/123423564/144bb65f/_Civil_Liberties_in_the_Summer_of_Ob.mp3?tsid=20090806-193817-9eb5a4b5

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Interview with a recently released Bagram detainee; U.S. military possibly broke Posse Comitatus spying on activists for two years; The sheep are begging for the Police State; 96% of risk in the hands of five banks; and more… (more…)

Acquitted detainees could fall under Obama’s ‘indefinite, prolonged detention’ executive order; U.K. outsourced torture to Pakistan; Report: Obama OK’s more Israel settlements; Obama Administration says Iran should be attacked and not attacked… at the same time; Uighurs could face death penalty for demonstrations in China; Cop tasers a epileptic girl 14-year-old girl, sending 50k volts to her head; Documents show Robert McNamara deceived LBJ on the Gulf of Tonkin attack; and more… (more…)

John Pilger interviewed by Amy Goodman at Democracy Now!, discussing coverage of the coup in Honduras in contrast with that of the Iran election, the Gaza Massacre, Obama’s warfare stimulus to expand the American Empire. (more…)

One of the most informed journalists on Guantanamo Bay and those kidnapped by the Bush Administration in its “War on Terror”, Andy Worthington, interviewed by Democracy Now (DN!) and AntiWar Radio. (more…)

The BBC interviewed 27 former detainees of the U.S. that were held at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan, almost all described being tortured. (more…)

al Jazeera made the accusation that U.S. soldiers were acting as Christian missionaries in Afghanistan. The Pentagon said, ‘Prove it!al Jazeera did. Oh boy, they did. al Jazeera‘s (AJE) “Inside Story” and Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! (DN!) report on what’s just the tip of the iceberg. (more…)