Robert FiskTortures out. Now they call it abuseMon Nov 14, 2005 21:2126.96.36.199
Tortures out. Now they call it abuse
By Robert Fisk
American journalists now refer to "abuse laws" rather than torture laws. Yes, abuse sounds so much better, doesnt it? No screaming, no cries of agony when youre abused. No shrieks of pain. No discussion of the state of mind of the animals perpetrating this abuse on our behalf. And its as well to remember that the government of Lord Blair of Kut al-Amara has decided its quite all right to use information gleaned from this sadism. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article10992.htm
This isn't the real America
By Jimmy Carter
The U.S. has repudiated the Geneva accords and espoused the use of torture in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, and secretly through proxy regimes elsewhere with the so-called extraordinary rendition program. It is embarrassing to see the president and vice president insisting that the CIA should be free to perpetrate "cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment or punishment" on people in U.S. custody.
Revealed: UK wartime torture camp
By Ian Cobain
The British government operated a secret torture centre during the second world war to extract information and confessions from German prisoners, according to official papers which have been unearthed by the Guardian.
CIA allegedly hid evidence of Iraqi detainee's torture and murder - report
By AFX News
The death of secret detainee Manadel al-Jamadi was ruled a homicide in a Defense Department autopsy, Time reported, adding that documents it recently obtained included photographs of his battered body, which had been kept on ice to keep it from decomposing, apparently to conceal the circumstances of his death.
Iron Fisted America
By Charles Sullivan
Understanding the collective American psyche is no easy task. To those living in other lands we Americans are an enigma. Indeed, we are an enigma unto ourselves. To others we appear foolish, dim-witted, cowardly and morally bankrupt. To allow the rise of a fascist regime to take power is compelling evidence for those views. Let me try to explain why.
U.S. Bombing Kill 37:
After a series of air strikes, U.S. and Iraqi troops moved into the town of Ubaydi, on the banks of the Euphrates river, 20 km (12 miles) from the border with Syria, as part of Operation Steel Curtain which began last week.
Iraq bombs kill 12;
Six civilians died when a road side bomb hit two passenger coaches in Ramadi
Police find 10 civilian bodies near borders with Iran:
Iraqi Police Sunday discovered bodies of 10 Iraqi civilians in a remote area near Badra town near the Iraq-Iran borders and the body of a police officer in Al-Nabi Younis Area in Mosul.
Three foreigners dead in Baghdad Blast,:
Three foreign security contractors were killed and two others were injured in the blast near the Iranian Embassy in Baghdad's Green Zone Monday
2 Marines Killed in Assault on Small Iraqi Town :
Military officials offered no details on the American casualties except to say the majority were caused by hidden bombs that detonated as troops were searching streets and buildings while simultaneously responding to small-arms fire and rocket-propelled grenade attacks.
CIA Accused of Using Airport in Mallorca :
Diario de Mallorca said more than a dozen CIA flights had used Palma airport. It said that in one case, a CIA plane involved in the alleged kidnapping of a German-born Lebanese national, Khaled al-Masri, in Macedonia early last year had taken off from Palma airport en route to Macedonia.
US refuses to rule out use of torture:
Mr Hadley elaborated on the Bush policy, making clear the White House could see situations where the promise not to torture might not apply.
Justice detained at Guantanamo:
People are trying to kill themselves to get out of custody, because they have no legal recourse. "They won't let us live, but they won't let us die," one of our clients explained.
America's prisoners in paradise:
Some prisoners, or illegal combatants, are on hunger strike: there are allegations of men being shackled and force fed with a brutality that amounts to torture.
Policymakers on torture take note -- remember Pinochet:
Before embarking on international travels, David Addington and others who are said to be closely associated with the crafting of the Bush administration's policy on the interrogation of detainees would do well to reflect on the fate of Augusto Pinochet.
Dahr Jamail: Fallujah Revisited :
Nearly a year after they occurred, a few of the war crimes committed in Fallujah by members of the US military have gained the attention of some major media outlets (excluding, of course, any of the corporate media outlets in the US).
The Road from Fallujah to Amman :
There is a war going on and the Jordanian government is a party to this war. The masses should be forcing their government to retreat from supporting the US-led war in Iraq.
Iraqi Patsy Confesses on TV :
Have a look at this image of a blown-out drop ceiling in the Amman Hyatt (or this image taken at the Radisson) and tell me the damage was the result of a suicide bomber wearing a vest strapped with explosives, as claimed.
German Soldier Among 3 Killed In Afghan bombings:
At least three people, including one German soldier from the Nato-led peacekeepers, have been killed in two car bomb attacks by Taliban fighters in the Afghan capital, officials and witnesses say.
Israeli Soldiers kill wounded militant during patrol in Jenin :
Israel Occupation Forces troops shot and killed a Palestinian militant while he lay wounded in a yard in the West Bank city of Jenin on Saturday, according to a military report released Sunday.
Clinton prostitutes herself for Zionist votes:
Sen. Clinton: I support W. Bank fence:
>From the lookout, Clinton could see the barrier change from a concrete wall around parts of Jerusalem to an electrified fence on the approach to the West Bank town of Bethlehem.
Hillary Clinton: 'This [Wall] is Not Against Palestinians':
I am sure that the Palestinians are reassured by Ms. Clinton's gibberish that the wall is not against them. And I am sure that they are duly edified that they must 'change their attitudes about terrorism.' I'd like to know what other ethnic group Clinton could stereotype so callously and get away with it. What craven, self serving claptrap:
Church leader accuses Israel of theft:
The moderator of the Church of Scotland's General Assembly has accused the Jewish state of "theft."
Gilad Atzmon : The case of Amir Peretz :
Amir Peretzs appearance is such a big revolution that Sharon and the Likud party are in a real state of panic. But the Likud isnt alone, Shas, the Orthodox Sepharadic party is mighty concerned as well. For the first time, a secular Sepharadic man is leading one of the two biggest parties.
Israeli envoy to U.K. questioned in money-laundering probe :
Israeli Ambassador to Britain Zvi Hefetz was questioned Friday by the police international investigations unit over suspicions he was involved in money laundering of the Bank Hapoalim accounts of businessman Vladimir Gusinsky.
War pimp alert:
Sharon blasts Syria-Iran 'axis of evil':
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has lumped Syria and Iran in his own "axis of evil" and urged stepped-up international efforts to contain the two regimes.
Iran denies claims about nuclear plan :
Conscious of US intelligence failures that falsely projected weapons of mass destruction inside Iraq, the Bush administration has kept the information secret but has briefed IAEA officials, including the agency's director, Mohamed ElBaradei, as well as the British, French and German governments, in an effort to turn up the heat on Tehran.
Who knows on Padilla:
The world has known many nations where soldiers could jack people off the streets and dump them into a black hole of incarceration without charges or trials. It has seen woeful places where people could be branded traitors and denied an opportunity to fight the accusation that officials need never prove. Proudly, for 226 years the United States wasn't one of those nations. Now it is.
Detainees Deserve Court Trials:
Habeas corpus is older than even our Constitution. It is the right to compel the executive to justify itself when it imprisons people. But the Senate voted to abolish it for Adel, in favor of the same "combatant status review tribunal" that has already exonerated him. That secret tribunal didn't have much impact on his life, but Graham says it is good enough.
Autumn of Discontent:
The latest NEWSWEEK poll shows serious political trouble for President Bush.
John Cusack: On Bush:
How depressing, corrupt, unlawful and tragically absurd the administration's world view actually is...how low the moral bar has been lowered...and (though I know I'm capable of intellectually lazy notions of collective guilt) how complicit our silence as citizens is
Secretive firm helps U.S. wage information war abroad :
Contracts list such activities as tracking foreign reporters; "pushing" news favorable to U.S. forces; planting television news segments that promote American positions; and creating a grass-roots voting effort in Puerto Rico on behalf of the U.S. Navy, according to Pentagon records.
Australia: Putting a muzzle on the media:
The Anti-Terrorism Bill 2005, now pending in the Senate, further entrenches severe risks for the operation of a free press in this country. We cannot preserve our democracy if we destroy institutions that serve it.
Did Former Marine Jimmy Massey Lie About U.S. Military Atrocities in Iraq?
A Debate Between Massey and Embedded Reporter Ron Harris
Powerful Government Accountability Office report confirms key 2004 stolen election findings:
As a legal noose appears to be tightening around the Bush/Cheney/Rove inner circle, a shocking government report shows the floor under the legitimacy of their alleged election to the White House is crumbling.
The Army Digs a Trench in Spanish Harlem:
Residents of East Harlem are outraged over an Army recruiting station that will soon open in their neighborhood. They say that the U.S. Army is stepping up efforts to over-target neighborhoods with high concentrations of Blacks and Latinos.
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