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Tag: torture
  • Hunger strike and force feeding at Guantanamo drowned out by media

    While many have been paying attention to the Zimmerman case, or even worse, the Paula Deen affair, a hunger strike that has been going on for months in the dark abyss that is Guantanamo Bay has come to a head. Since March, more than 160 of the detainees have participated in this strike, and around …

  • Americans Force Innocent Civilians into a Gruesome Death March

    NPR is reporting that U.S. and Afghan soldiers have allegedly forced innocent villagers into a gruesome Death March: Villagers from a violent part of southern Afghanistan say that Afghan troops, along with several American mentors, forced civilians to march ahead of soldiers on roads where the Taliban were believed to have planted bombs and landmines. …

  • Dick Cheney Boasts of War Crimes

    It is amazing and depressing that Dick Cheney can publicly boast of war crimes ahead of his book’s launch and there is minimal real outrage about it. And he can, because Barack Obama along with the help of a complicit corporate media has continued  “the evisceration of the rule of law for political elites,” according …

  • Obama-era FBI program that detained, tortured Americans uncovered

    Mother Jones’ Nick Baumann uncovers an FBI program that detained and tortured Americans in foreign countries outside U.S. law. Among the Americans caught in this was a teenager: Mohamed is one of a growing number of American Muslims who claim they were captured overseas and questioned in secret at the behest of the United States, …

  • Tortured Inertia

    Originally posted on my personal blog here. Al Jazeera reports that Human Rights Watch (HRW) has asked President Obama to prosecute his predecessor and many prominent members of the Bush Administration for torture of terror suspects in legal limbo at prisons like Guantanamo Bay.  “Instead of looking at isolated cases, Obama should probe those responsible …

  • Evidence Obtained by Threatening a Teenager with Being “Gang-Raped to Death” Permitted in U.S. Court

    The short version:  The US military arrested a Canadian kid for throwing a grenade which killed a soldier and put him in Gitmo for seven years.  He was 15 when he threw the grenade and is now 23.  He is being tried as a child in military court for war crimes using evidence obtained — …

  • Is anyone else Sick of seeing Cheney’s Face Plastered on TV 24/7?

    Here he is again, demanding that Biden and Obama take a healthy dose of “thank you George Bush” with regard to Iraq and demanding terrorist acts be treated not as crimes, but an “act of war” by the Obama Justice Department. A confident man would not repeatedly be making the talk show rounds to repeat the same point. This …

  • The Empire Caught With Its Clothes Off

    Bravo to the London court of appeals for standing up to both the US and UK. The court shot down an appeal by the British government that would forbid the disclosure of testimony by Binyam Mohamed, a victim of the CIAstapo. Among some of the no-big-deal, enhanced interrogation methods are having his penis cut with a …

  • “It is indisputable…that the Constitution [protects both] citizens and foreigners.”

    Many who favor the use of torture — er, enhanced interrogation techniques — on those suspected of terrorism attempt to bolster their arguments by claiming that it’s ok because, universal conceptions of human rights be damned, the Constitution only applies to U.S. citizens. To put it simply, they’re very, very wrong.  Glenn Greenwald explains this …

  • North Korean Camps

    Coming across this mini-documentary made me realize that  my idea of the brutality of the communist regime in North Korea was very inadequate.  It  covers just a few of the many terrible stories that are a part of daily life in  North Korea — stories of people eating rats( or whatever creature they can find …