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The NYT’s nice, new euphemism for torture
In today’s New York Times, William Glaberson describes a proposal being circulated by the Obama administration to enable Guantanamo detainees to be put to death upon a mere guilty plea, i.e., without the need for a full-blown trial.  The article describes the purpose of the proposal this way:The proposal would ease what has come to be recognized as the government’s difficult task of prosecuting men who have confessed to terrorism but whose cases present challenges. Much of the evidence against the men accused in the Sept. 11 case, as well as against other detainees, is believed to have come from confessions they gave during intense interrogations at secret C.I.A. prisons. In any proceeding, the reliability of those statements would be challenged, making trials difficult and drawing new political pressure over detainee treatment.The primary reason to avoid trials upon a guilty plea is to prevent public disclosure of the details of the torture we inflicted on these detainees.  Despite that, the word “torture” never once appears in this NYT article.  Instead, according to the NYT, detainees in CIA black sites were merely subjected to “intense interrogations.”  That’s all?  Who opposes “intense interrogations”?
This active media complicity in concealing that our Government created a systematic torture regime — by refusing ever to say so — is one of the principal reasons it was allowed to happen for so long (though see Jake Tapper’s imperfect though still far superior formulation today on his ABC News blog about an Obama DHS appointee who just withdrew his nomination because of his possible “knowledge of and role in approving brutal interrogation techniques — some of which qualify under international law as torture — used by CIA officials against detainees”).
The steadfast, ongoing refusal of our leading media institutions to refer to what the Bush administration did as “torture” — even in the face of more than 100 detainee deaths; the use of that term by a leading Bush official to describe what was done at Guantanamo; and the fact that media outlets frequently use the word “torture” to describe the exact same methods when used by other countries — reveals much about how the modern journalist thinks.


June 8, 2009 Posted by | Torture and Rendition | Leave a comment

Rachel Maddow takes on Barack “Minority Report” Obama over Indefinite “Preventative” Detention

May 23, 2009 Posted by | High Treason and Corruption, Torture and Rendition | Leave a comment

Obama Even Worse than Bush on Extrajudicial Kangaroo Courts: Obama Sends Gitmo Suspect to NY for Trial (and Establishes Precident of Imprisoning and Trying “Enemy Combatants” within the US);_ylt=AmmRoeC0mgiWN17sI69OSnys0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTJuY2FnNHAyBGFzc2V0A2FwLzIwMDkwNTIxL3VzX2d1YW50YW5hbW9fZGV0YWluZWUEY3BvcwMxBHBvcwMyBHNlYwN5bl90b3Bfc3RvcnkEc2xrA29mZmljaWFsZ2l0bQ– WASHINGTON – A top al-Qaida suspect held at Guantanamo Bay will be sent to New York for trial, an Obama administration official said Wednesday, a major step in President Barack Obama‘s plan to close the detention center by early next year. Ahmed Ghailani would be the first Guantanamo detainee brought to the U.S. and the first to face trial in a civilian criminal court. An official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to disclose the decision, told The Associated Press the administration has decided to bring Ghailani to trial in New York. He was indicted there for the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa — attacks that killed 224 people, including 12 Americans. It was not immediately clear when the transfer would occur. Ghailani, a Tanzanian, was categorized as a high-value detainee by U.S. authorities after he was captured in Pakistan in 2004 and transferred to the detention center at the U.S. naval base in Cuba two years later.

May 21, 2009 Posted by | Northcom Designates all US Citizens Enemy Combatants, Torture and Rendition | Leave a comment

Former Navy Seal and Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura: If I Waterboarded Cheney, He’d Confess To Murders

May 13, 2009 Posted by | Torture and Rendition | Leave a comment

Waterboarding: An “Enhanced Interrogation Technique” Used by the US Military-Industrial-Banking Complex for at Least the Last 100 Years

Here is a cover of life magazine from 1902 depicting the waterboarding of a Panamanian prisoner.

May 7, 2009 Posted by | Torture and Rendition | Leave a comment

The CIA’s “Few Good Mengeles”: Psychologists Told CIA Waterboarding Was Safe
There is new scrutiny into the role of two psychologists who made an estimated $1,000 a day to oversee and advise the CIA’s interrogation of captured terrorists. Both men, doctors Jim Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, assured the CIA that their methods could ‘break’ a terrorist and would be safe, according to two former high-ranking CIA officials and a collection of recently declassified Bush administration memos. The major problem, according to those who knew the two retired military psychologists, was that neither Mitchell nor Jessen had ever conducted a real interrogation, or been involved in an intelligence operation.abc_waterboarding_090430_mn

May 1, 2009 Posted by | Torture and Rendition | Leave a comment

Jabba the Rush: Torture Works Because McCain Admitted He Was ‘Broken By The North Vietnamese’

…history has shown time and time again that the only thing torture is effective at accomplishing is coercing the victim to agree to any version of “truth” the torturer demands.

April 19, 2009 Posted by | Torture and Rendition | Leave a comment

“9/11 Mastermind” Khalid Sheikh Mohammed Was Waterboarded 183 Times in One Month
I’ve put this detail in a series of posts, but it really deserves a full post. According to the May 30, 2005 Bradbury memo, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded 183 times in March 2003 and Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded 83 times in August 2002.On page 37 of the OLC memo, in a passage discussing the differences between SERE techniques and the torture used with detainees, the memo explains:
The CIA used the waterboard “at least 83 times during August 2002” in the interrogation of Zubaydah. IG Report at 90, and 183 times during March 2003 in the interrogation of KSM, see id. at 91.

April 19, 2009 Posted by | Torture and Rendition | Leave a comment

Obama releases secret Bush anti-terror memos;_ylt=Aqd5rOytwO9qOU_yCJb3j2Ws0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTFoZ2lkM2lvBHBvcwMxMgRzZWMDYWNjb3JkaW9uX3RvcF9zdG9yaWVzBHNsawNvYmFtYXJlbGVhc2U-
WASHINGTON – The Obama administration threw open the curtain on years of Bush-era secrets Monday, revealing anti-terror memos that claimed exceptional search-and-seizure powers and divulging that the CIA destroyed nearly 100 videotapes of interrogations and other treatment of terror suspects. The Justice Department released nine legal opinions showing that, following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Bush administration determined that certain constitutional rights would not apply during the coming fight. Within two weeks, government lawyers were already discussing ways to wiretap U.S. conversations without warrants. The Bush administration eventually abandoned many of the legal conclusions, but the documents themselves had been closely held. By releasing them, President Barack Obama continued a house-cleaning of the previous administration’s most contentious policies. “Too often over the past decade, the fight against terrorism has been viewed as a zero-sum battle with our civil liberties,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a speech a few hours before the documents were released. “Not only is that school of thought misguided, I fear that in actuality it does more harm than good.”
Terror Memos

March 2, 2009 Posted by | 911 Truth vs. Government 911 Fantasy, Torture and Rendition | Leave a comment

More Change We Could Never Believe In: Obama preserves rendition two days after taking office
Two days after taking the helm of a country ready for change after eight years of George W. Bush, President Obama has allowed one controversial “War on Terror” tactic to remain in place: rendition. Despite frequent condemnation of the practice around the world, rendition — the secret capture, transportation and detention of suspected terrorists to foreign prisons in countries that cooperate with the U.S. — remains in the CIA’s playbook, thanks to a Jan. 22 executive order issued by President Obama. Other executive orders shuttered the CIA’s secret prisons and banned the harsh interrogation techniques that have been termed torture. And in his most widely noticed break with his predecessor, Obama signed an order to close Guantanamo Bay’s prison within one year.
…surprise, surprise, yet another fascistic move that occurs on a numerological 22 this year (the others being the 6/22/2009 operation blackjack terror threats from Western intelligence agencies and Israel’s exactly 22 day bloodbath in Gaza). Here, a CIA plane used for renditions crashes with 4 tons of uncut cocaine in the Yucatan.

February 2, 2009 Posted by | High Treason and Corruption, Torture and Rendition | Leave a comment