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Poll: Most Americans Against Closing Gitmo; Dems Fund Wars, IMF, Not Gitmo Closing

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2 Jun 09 | PTV and Raw Story

Two-thirds of Americans are against closing the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba with even more rejecting the idea of relocating its detainees to U.S. prisons. Read the rest of this entry »

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2 June 2009 at 9:56 pm

Eavesdropping Case Tests Obama Vows on Secrecy

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by William Fisher

1 Jun 09 | IPS

Despite President Barack Obama’s formation of a new task force to review government secrecy, and an ongoing investigation into use of the so-called “state secrets doctrine”, lawyers for the new administration refused last week to disclose information on the government’s use of warrantless wiretaps and backed legislation to block the release of photos of prisoner abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read the rest of this entry »

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1 June 2009 at 6:39 pm

Petraeus: U.S. Violated Geneva Conventions

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29 May 09 | Raw Story

The head of the U.S. Central Command, General David Petraeus, said Friday that the U.S. had violated the Geneva Conventions in a stunning admission from President Bush’s onetime top general in Iraq that the U.S. may have violated international law.

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29 May 2009 at 9:14 pm

Backlash Grows Against Obama’s Preventive Detention Proposal

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by Glenn Greenwald

25 May 09 | Salon

The backlash against President Obama’s extraordinary proposal for indefinite “preventive detention” — already widespread in the immediate aftermath of his speech — continues to grow. Read the rest of this entry »

President Obama Defends Guantánamo Closure, But Endorses Indefinite Preventive Detention

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22 May 09 | AI

In a major speech on national security on 21 May 2009, U.S. President Barack Obama restated his commitment to closing the Guantánamo detention facility and to ending the use of the so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” approved under the previous U.S. administration. Read the rest of this entry »

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23 May 2009 at 11:13 am

CCR Guantánamo Attorneys Comment After President’s Speech

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21 May 09 | CCR

Center for Constitutional Rights President Michael Ratner and Managing Attorney for CCR’s Guantanamo project Shayana Kadidal responded with disappointment to President Obama’s speech this morning. CCR represents the detainees at Guantánamo and is part of the key FOIA lawsuit surrounding the torture photo disclosures. Read the rest of this entry »

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21 May 2009 at 9:02 pm

Unexceptional Americans: Why We Can’t See the Trees or the Forest

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by Noam Chomsky

20 May 09 | LAW

The Torture Memos and Historical Amnesia

The torture memos released by the White House elicited shock, indignation, and surprise. The shock and indignation are understandable. The surprise, less so. Read the rest of this entry »

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20 May 2009 at 6:51 pm

Judge Says U.S. Can Hold Detainees Indefinitely

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20 May 09 | Raw Story

A Bush appointed judge ruled late Tuesday night that the United States can hold detainees for an indefinite period. Read the rest of this entry »

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20 May 2009 at 4:59 pm

Senate Democrats Reject Funding to Close Gitmo

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20 May 09 | RT and AJE

Barack Obama’s controversial decision to shut down Guantanamo Bay made headlines around the world. But while most Democrats initially supported the plan, now theyre refusing to finance the move. (2:50):

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20 May 2009 at 10:16 am

Supreme Court Tosses Former Detainee’s Lawsuit

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18-19 May 09 | LAT and CCR

The justices rule that Javaid Iqbal, a Pakistani Muslim arrested after Sept. 11, may not sue former Atty. Gen. John Ashcroft and FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III for abuses he says he suffered. Read the rest of this entry »

Death From Above, Outrage Down Below

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by David Kilcullen and Andrew McDonald Exum

17 May 09 | NYT

It would be in our best interests, and those of the Pakistani people, to declare a moratorium on drone strikes into Pakistan.

Imagine, for example, that burglars move into a neighborhood. If the police were to start blowing up people’s houses from the air, would this convince homeowners to rise up against the burglars? Wouldn’t it be more likely to turn the whole population against the police? And if their neighbors wanted to turn the burglars in, how would they do that, exactly? Yet this is the same basic logic underlying the drone war.

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17 May 2009 at 5:49 pm

Afghan Civilian Deaths: Who is to Blame?

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Analysis by Laura King

17 May 09 | LAT

Commanders and villagers give conflicting accounts of the attack that Afghan officials say killed 140 civilians, two-thirds of them children and teenagers, in what may prove the most lethal episode of civilian casualties since the U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 — a toll disputed by the U.S. But injured girls make clear the costs for two families.

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17 May 2009 at 4:15 pm

U.S. Drone Strike in North Waziristan Kills 40

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16 May 09 | AWC News

Missiles attacked village religious school. Read the rest of this entry »

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16 May 2009 at 7:13 pm

The Impotent President

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by Paul Craig Roberts

15 May 09 | Counterpunch

Who runs America?

What do you suppose it is like to be elected president of the United States only to find that your power is restricted to the service of powerful interest groups? Read the rest of this entry »

Boy Scouts Train in Post-9/11 Law Enforcement Methods

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14 May 09 | NYT

Ten minutes into arrant mayhem in this town near the Mexican border, and the gunman, a disgruntled Iraq war veteran, has already taken out two people, one slumped in his desk, the other covered in blood on the floor.

The responding officers — eight teenage boys and girls, the youngest 14 — face tripwire, a thin cloud of poisonous gas and loud shots — BAM! BAM! — fired from behind a flimsy wall. They move quickly, pellet guns drawn and masks affixed.

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16 May 2009 at 3:34 am

Obama’s 48-Hour Makeover

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by Jason Ditz

15 May 09 | AWC News

President departs from last vestiges of change mantra.

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16 May 2009 at 2:48 am

Obama’s Extra War Funding Wins House Approval

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15 May 09 | LAT and PTV

Many Democrats are wary but put aside their concerns to issue a vote of confidence in the president’s plans for military escalation in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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15 May 2009 at 8:03 pm

Rights Groups Slam Obama’s Restart of Guantanamo Military Commissions

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15 May 09 | AJE, HRW and CCR

Barack Obama, the U.S. president, has said military commissions for al-Qaeda suspects held at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp will be restarted.


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Rights Groups Slam President ‘Torturer Supporter’; U.N. Tells Obama to Stop Abuse

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13-14 May 09 | PTV, RT and LAT

Human rights groups have slammed President Barack Obama for opposing the release of photos showing the abuse of detainees by U.S. troops.


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Was Tortured CIA “Ghost Prisoner” Murdered?

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by Andy Worthington

13 May 09 | AlterNet

The suspicious death of Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, who was tortured into lying about an Iraq-al Qaeda connection, raises a series of troubling questions. Read the rest of this entry »

Libyan Whose “Confession” Facilitated Iraq War Dead

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13 May 09 | PTV

The United States says it is probing into the suspected suicide of a former Guantanamo detainee and alleged al-Qaeda operative in a Libyan prison.


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Obama Threatens the U.K. to Keep Torture Evidence Concealed

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by Glenn Greenwald

12 May 09 | Salon

Ever since he was released from Guantanamo in February after six years of due-process-less detention and brutal torture, Binyam Mohamed has been attempting to obtain justice for what was done to him. Read the rest of this entry »

I Want You (Not to Go Crazy in the U.S. Army)!

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12 May 09 | NYT and RT

An American Army sergeant has been charged with murder and aggravated assault in the fatal shooting of five fellow soldiers at a combat stress clinic at a Baghdad army base, an American official said Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry »

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12 May 2009 at 1:26 pm

Lawmakers Try to Block New Abuse Photos

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by William Fisher

11 May 09 | IPS

Civil libertarians are condemning a call by two influential U.S. senators for the White House to block the impending release of photographs showing detainees being abused by U.S. military personnel at the notorious Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and at other U.S. detention facilities in the Middle East and elsewhere. Read the rest of this entry »

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11 May 2009 at 4:59 pm

U.S. Accused of Illegal White Phosphorus Attack in Afghanistan

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10 May 09 | Raw Story

United States forces in Afghanistan are accused of illegally deploying white phosphorus against civilians following a firefight with Taliban militants, according to published reports. Read the rest of this entry »

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11 May 2009 at 1:22 am

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