Posts Tagged ‘Guantanamo’

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].

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

DN! interview with Cherif Bassiouni, professor at DePaul University: College of Law, president emeritus of the International Human Rights Law Institute, former United Nations human rights investigator in Afghanistan. In 2005 he was forced out of the United Nations under pressure from the US just days after he released a report criticizing the US for committing human rights abuses. (more…)

Keith Olbermann’s 6 Feb 09 Special Comment on Fmr. VP Dick Cheney’s fearmongering ‘diatribe’, the hypocrisy in his claims, and its cynical motives. (more…)

UN Special Rapporteur and Special Investigator on Torture Manfred Nowak said on CNN the US has an “obligation” to investigate the Bush administration for war crimes and that there is already enough evidence to prosecute former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. (more…)


10,000 people are detained in Iraq without evidence.

Sure, the sexy topic of the day are the 250 or so detainees in Guantantano (GTMO) and the argument now is that there’s no place for the GTMO population. What’s left out of these arguments is that over 500 people have already been released and by the ratio of those released to those who’ve been tried, experts estimate that around 230-240 of the current GTMO detainees are being held without enough evidence to go to face trial?

The sexy topic of torture is related to GTMO, while the bulk of the “enhanced interrogation techniques” to be investigated have occured overseas.

We all remember Abu Ghraib and were outraged by the conditions.

What about the 10,000+ currently detained in Iraq? If human rights will be protected by the incoming Obama administration, what about Mr. Obama’s Zionism, establishment-cabinet, and pledged support for Israel detaining 10,000+ Palestinians?

Why are the human rights of the 250 in Cuba more worth discussing than the 20,000+ detainees in Israel and Iraq?



The New York Times editorial from last week, “The Torture Report,” is a must-read for some back-story.

The Real News Network:

Last week, outgoing US Vice-President Dick Cheney made a series of remarkable comments in his exclusive interview with ABC. Cheney admitted to playing a role in the authorization of the use of waterboarding and other ‘aggressive interrogation techniques’, defended the decision to listen-in on domestic phone calls, and essentially provided broad approval for all the actions taken by his government over his tenure. In the first part of our interview with Michael Ratner, Michael gives his analysis of both the significance of the interview, and what he believes are Cheney’s motivations for such an uncharacteristic offering of information from the notoriously secretive VP.

BIO:

Michael Ratner is President of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) in New York. He has taught at Yale Law School, lectured at Columbia Law School, and was President of the National Lawyers Guild.

Part One (8:24):

Part Two (13:13):

Democracy Now! – “Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) Calls for Independent Counsel to Investigate Cheney and Rumsfeld for Violating Torture Laws”:

Democratic Congressman Jerrold Nadler of New York has urged Attorney General Michael Mukasey to appoint an independent counsel to investigate Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, and other senior Bush administration officials for violations of the law relating to the torture of prisoners in US custody. Nadler is the chair of the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Part One (10:37):

Part Two (10:42):

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