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Gilani: U.S. Drones Attacks “Counter-Productive”

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23 May 09 | PTV

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani says attacks by U.S. drones on Pakistani territory were “counter-productive” because they undermined Islamabad.


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24 May 2009 at 12:09 pm

Did White House OK Earliest Detainee Abuse?

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by Ari Shapiro

20 May 09 | NPR

It is clear that increasingly abusive interrogation techniques were used on Abu Zubaydah, the first high-value detainee, in the months between his capture and the first Justice Department memo authorizing harsh interrogations. But the legal guidance that authorized those early interrogations remains shrouded in secrecy. Read the rest of this entry »

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21 May 2009 at 8:57 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

CIA Chief: Torture Debate in a ‘Nation at War’ a Distraction

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19 May 09 | LAT

Speaking at the Pacific Council on International Policy, Panetta calls on lawmakers not to be distracted by the debate over Nancy Pelosi and waterboarding. ‘We are a nation at war,’ he says. Read the rest of this entry »

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19 May 2009 at 6:42 pm

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

Israel Vows Not to Surprise U.S. With Strike on Iran

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14 May 09 | Ha’ aretz and PTV

Israel has acceded to American demands by pledging to coordinate its moves on Iran with Washington and not surprise the United States with military action. Read the rest of this entry »

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14 May 2009 at 8:28 pm

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 »

Accountability for Torture: Questions and Answers

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13 May 09 | HRW

After the attacks of September 11, 2001, U.S. officials approved various interrogation methods that were illegal under both U.S. and international law. Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

From the Inquisition to Us: A History of Torture

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by James Mandrell

9 May 09 | LAT

The release of Bush administration torture memos proves one thing at least: When those at the highest levels of our government discussed “enhanced interrogation,” they neglected to consider the sordid history of torture. Read the rest of this entry »

Pentagon Seeking More Weapons Spending: Afghanistan Costs Will Eclipse Iraq

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8 May 09 | AWC News and Wired

Budget was originally presented as abandoning wasteful weapons spending, seeks increase. Read the rest of this entry »

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8 May 2009 at 11:34 am

Obama Justice Dept. Won’t Prosecute Bush Lawyers Who Authored Torture Memos

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6 May 09 | LAT

In a draft report, Justice Department investigators are said to recommend against charges for Bush administration lawyers, instead advocating possible state disciplinary action against 2 of them. Read the rest of this entry »

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6 May 2009 at 3:16 pm

Major Defeat for Bush/Obama Position on Secrecy

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by Glenn Greenwald

28 Apr 09 | Salon

The first sign that the Obama DOJ would replicate many of the worst and most radical arguments of the Bush DOJ was in the Jeppesen case, a lawsuit brought by five victims of the CIA’s rendition and torture program (including Binyam Mohamed). Read the rest of this entry »

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28 April 2009 at 11:25 pm

President Obama’s First 100 Days on Counter-Terrorism Detention Measures in Numbers

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28 Apr 09 | AI

Three executive orders and one memorandum were signed by President Barack Obama on 22 January 2009, ordering the closure within a year of the US detention centre in Guantánamo; an end to the CIA’s long-term secret detention programme and the banning of “enhanced” interrogation techniques; a review of detention and detainee transfer policy, and a review of the case of Ali al-Marri, the one “enemy combatant” held on the US mainland at the time of inauguration. Read the rest of this entry »

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28 April 2009 at 12:52 pm

Guard Against the Guardians

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by Tom Porteous

28 Apr 09 | HRW

President Obama visited the CIA headquarters this week to try to reassure staff that their intelligence-gathering work would not be compromised by the release of the so-called ‘torture’ memos. But the revelations cast a shadow over the work of the US intelligence service and its allies. Read the rest of this entry »

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28 April 2009 at 12:25 pm

CIA Declined to Closely Evaluate Harsh Interrogations

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26 Apr 09 | LAT

Current and former U.S. officials say the failure to carefully examine the value of ‘enhanced’ methods such as waterboarding — despite calls to do so as early as 2003 — was part of a broader trend. Read the rest of this entry »

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26 April 2009 at 1:10 pm

U.S. Military Agency: Harsh Interrogation Methods are ‘Torture’ and ‘Unreliable’

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25 Apr 09 | Raw Story and AWC News

The US military agency which runs the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) program — from which the enhanced interrogation techniques used on detainees were derived — warned as early as July 2002 that those techniques constituted “torture” and would produce “unreliable information.”


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25 April 2009 at 6:05 pm

Dozens of CIA “Ghost Prisoners” Missing

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Analysis by William Fisher

24 Apr 09 | IPS

At least three dozen detainees who were held in the CIA’s secret prisons overseas appear to be missing — and efforts by human rights organisations to track their whereabouts have been unsuccessful. Read the rest of this entry »

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24 April 2009 at 6:41 pm

FBI: Key Sept. 11 Leads Obtained Without Torture

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24 Apr 09 | NPR

One of the critical questions in the debate over the CIA’s use of harsh interrogation tactics is this: Did they work? Read the rest of this entry »

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24 April 2009 at 5:45 pm

Cheney Pushed Torture Techniques to Find Iraq, al-Qa’ida Tie

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22 Apr 09 | Raw Story and AJE

At the urging of Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the Bush administration used torture techniques against suspected terrorists in part of an effort to establish a tie between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda, according to a report Wednesday.


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22 April 2009 at 2:24 pm

‘Same People Defending Torture’ Ignored 9/11 Warnings

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by Larisa Alexandrovna

21 Apr 09 | Raw Story

Marc A. Thiessen, President Bush’s former speechwriter, is defending torture in the Washington Post. Apparently, this is the level of clout Dick Cheney and George Bush have, when the only people out defending them are speechwriters and people who are implicated in torture. Read the rest of this entry »

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21 April 2009 at 3:56 pm

Obama Reassures CIA After Torture Memos’ Release

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20 Apr 09 | AWC

“That’s how we learn.” President insists.

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20 April 2009 at 9:55 pm

Power, Humiliation and Torture

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by Paul Woodward

20 Apr 09 | War in Context

In the wake of 9/11, no phrase more succinctly projected the upwelling of popular jingoism across the United States than the words “Power of Pride.”


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20 April 2009 at 7:42 pm

Proponents of Torture May Yet Face Universal Justice

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Analysis by William Fisher

20 Apr 09 | IPS

Human rights advocates who were critical of President Barack Obama’s decision not to prosecute Central Intelligence Agency operatives who tortured war-on-terror prisoners are hailing a Spanish judge’s order to pursue a criminal investigation into the actions of six Bush administration lawyers for providing legal cover for torture – despite a recommendation from his prosecutors that the case not go forward. Read the rest of this entry »

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20 April 2009 at 4:00 pm

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