We Got it Wrong, says Former Torturer
Sun Jun 10, 2007 17:24

We Got it Wrong, says Former Torturer

By Tim Shipman

A FORMER US Army torturer has described the traumatic effects of American interrogation techniques in Iraq - on their victims and on the perpetrators themselves.


Iraq: At least 23 killed as U.S. occupation grinds on: -

A suicide truck bomb killed 14 policemen and wounded 42 more at a police station near Tikrit, 175 km (110 miles) north of Baghdad, police said.


U.S. Occupation Troops Trapped in Iraqi Bridge Collapse :

An apparent suicide car bomber took aim at a U.S. convoy carrying demolition experts on Sunday, collapsing a major highway overpass south of Baghdad and trapping American soldiers in the rubble.


Military Envisions Longer Occupation of Iraq: -

U.S. military officials here are increasingly envisioning a "post-occupation" troop presence in Iraq that neither maintains current levels nor leads to a complete pullout, but aims for a smaller, longer-term force that would remain in the country for years.


Jim Lobe: A Neo-Conservative International Targets Iran:

A familiar clutch of U.S. hawks took part in the proceedings, including an all-star contingent from the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) consisting of Richard Perle, Michael Rubin, Michael Novak, Joshua Muravchik, and Reuel Marc Gerecht; Herb London, John O'Sullivan, and Anne Bayefsky from the Hudson Institute; Bruce Jackson a former director of the Project for the New American Century (PNAC)


Iran threatens to retaliate with Gulf blitz if US hits nuclear plants:

IRAN has threatened to launch a missile blitz against the Gulf states and plunge the entire Middle East into war if America attacks its nuclear facilities.


Iran to US: We can target your bases:

"All the American bases in the region are within the reach of our weapons," said the deputy interior minister, Mohammed Baqer Zolghadr, in charge of security issues. "If the United States attacked Iran, US interests would be in danger everywhere in the world," added Mr Zolghadr


Gideon Levy : Little Ahmadinejads :

Ram Caspi has written an article. From the heights of his apartment in Tel Aviv's David Towers, the prominent lawyer has suggested strangulating the Gaza Strip. In the financial daily Globes of May 25, he called for, "neither a land incursion nor an aerial attack, but the creation of a noose


General who helped redraw the borders of Israel says road map to peace is a lie:

The man who commanded Gaza and the West Bank from the last day of the Six Day War talks to Donald Macintyre in Tel Aviv


Why Israel does not engage with the Saudi initiative:

Israeli public discourse and national consciousness have never come to terms with the idea, accepted by historians of all venues today, that Israel actively drove 750,000 Palestinians from their homes in 1947/8 and hence has at least partial responsibility for the Palestinian Nakba.


US, Israel launch military exercise :

Dozens of aircrafts are taking part in the exercises in the southern Negev desert, the Israeli Army Radio said on Sunday.


1967: A birth in prison:

I was three months pregnant with Nour when the soldiers came to our house in Tulkarem refugee camp. There must have been 50 of them, all heavily armed. My three children were ordered out of the house. Ihab was nine and my daughter Nivine was six. While I was trying to shield and protect little Majid, they started beating me


'We will isolate them':

British academics' desire to boycott Israeli universities this week provoked the threat of legal action and counter-boycotts. Will it produce a fully-fledged international crisis?


DePaul denies tenure for controversial professor:

For a man who has just lost his job after a highly public battle, DePaul University assistant political science Professor Norman Finkelstein is calm and accepting.


Gunfights in Lebanon siege camp after 17 killed:

Lebanese soldiers and diehard Islamist militants entrenched in a refugee camp fought gunbattles on Sunday after at least 17 people were killed in an operation to storm rebel positions.


Fadlallah accuses US of trying to ruin Lebanon:

Senior Shiite cleric Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah lashed out at the US Sunday, accusing it of trying to ruin Lebanon politically and sow instability in the country.


Afghan operations kill 157 "insurgents":

Afghan army-led operations supported by NATO occupation troops killed 157 "Taliban militants" in the past 10 days, with six Afghan soldiers also dead, the defence ministry said Sunday.


Afghan police general shot dead:

The second most senior policeman in occupied Afghanistan's Kandahar province was shot dead late on Saturday, police said, in the latest in a series of assassinations in the city.


UK occupation force soldier dies in Afghan ambush :

"It is with deep regret that the Ministry of Defence must confirm the death of a soldier from the 1st Battalion The Grenadier Guards in Afghanistan on Saturday June 9.


Afghan President survives assassination attempt:

He came under rocket fire as he made a speech at a government building southwest of Kabul.


Iranian parliament warns against Putin's new missile shield project:

'Our diplomatic apparatus should harshly react to this new initiative and not allow Iran to become a tool for settling disputes between world powers,' the spokesman of the parliament's foreign policy and security commission told ISNA news agency.


Bush firm on missile shield plan :

George Bush, the US president, has thanked Poland for being ready to host the US missile shield and sent a clear signal he would not scrap the plan in the face of an alternative offer from Russia.


Show Russia more respect:

Iran won't be a threat to Europe for a long time, so there's no need for antimissile defense on Russia's doorstep.


For U.S. Base, Bush Finds Czech Enthusiasm, Polish Reserve:

U.S. President George W. Bush this week discussed a U.S. missile base in Eastern Europe with Polish and Czech officials, but the results were merely words, and the two European countries showed some naivety as international players.


Preacher seized by CIA tells of torture in Egypt:

AN EGYPTIAN preacher who was seized by the CIA in daylight on a Milan street has revealed the details of 14 months of torture to which he says he was subjected after his "extraordinary rendition" to Egypt.


The picture that proves 'torture flights' are STILL landing in the UK:

The row over CIA 'torture flights' using British airports has deepened following fresh evidence that a plane repeatedly linked to the controversial programme landed in the UK just days ago.


Torture is NEVER justified...and our spineless leaders must find the courage to tell that to Bush:

The tycoon who famously donated £5m to the Tories tells why he now feels compelled to give his money to a very different cause


In case you missed it:

Kidnap and Torture American Style: Video:

Kidnap and Torture American Style follows the stories of terror suspects. Some of them are British residents, who have been snatched from streets and airports throughout the world before being flown to the Middle-East and Africa. In countries such as Syria and Egypt, they undergo agonising ordeals before being incarcerated, without ever facing an open trial.


Cracks show in Pakistani leader Musharraf's regime:

Pakistan's military ruler President Pervez Musharraf is battling serious dissent within his own party, weakening a crucial cornerstone of the US-led "war on terror," analysts and party officials say.


Danny Schechter: Is There a 'Foxification' Underway at Al Jazeera Television?:

Sources inside Al Jazeera who are in a position to know what is going on now confirm to MediaChannel.org that there is an internal struggle underway that may dilute Al Jazeera's independence and steer it in a more pro-western, pro-US direction.


George Bush's Power Grap ... . Is martial Law Coming?

10 Minute C-Span Video


Senate cripples US immigration bill :

An immigration bill to legalise millions of illegal immigrants has suffered a setback in the US senate where it failed to win a majority in a vote to speed its passage.


Calderón seeks "Plan Colombia" for Mexico:

The government of Mexican President Felipe Calderón has issued a formal request to the US Congress for a huge increase in military aid to combat narco-gangs.


The Real Cost Of Offshoring :

New evidence suggests that shifting production overseas has inflicted worse damage on the U.S. economy than the numbers show. BusinessWeek has learned of a gaping flaw in the way statistics treat offshoring, with serious economic and political implications. Top government statisticians now acknowledge that the problem exists, and say it could prove to be significant.

Our country is not the only thing to which we owe our allegiance. It is also owed to justice and to humanity. Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong: James Bryce

Each man must for himself alone decide what is right and what is wrong, which course is patriotic and which isn't. You cannot shirk this and be a man. To decide against your conviction is to be an unqualified and excusable traitor, both to yourself and to your country, let men label you as they may: Mark Twain

A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle; and patriotism is loyalty to that principle: George William Curtis

It is not easy to see how the more extreme forms of nationalism can long survive when men have seen the Earth in its true perspective as a single small globe against the stars: Arthur C. Clarke

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Putin's Censored Press Conference

The transcript you weren't supposed to see

By Mike Whitney

The Bush administration has carried out an aggressive strategy to surround Russia with military bases, install missiles on its borders, topple allied regimes in Central Asia, and incite political upheaval in Moscow through US-backed "pro-democracy" groups. These openly hostile actions have convinced many Russian hard-liners that the administration is going forward with the neocon plan for "regime change" in Moscow and fragmentation of the Russian Federation. Putin's testimony suggests that the hardliners are probably right.


War Pimp Alert

U.S. Senator Says Military Action in Iran Possible

By Reuters

Sen. Joseph Lieberman, a long-time supporter of the Iraq war, said on Sunday military force might be necessary to stop Iran from training and equipping extremists who are killing U.S. troops.


Widespread Lies -- An American Woe

By Emily Spence

How could such a sizable portion of US citizens be so easily duped and what agents are responsible for such easy acceptance of erroneous conclusions? In other words, who created these bogus sets of facts and, equally important, were they deliberately crafted?



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