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  • U.S. court revives Abu Ghraib detainees' torture case

    06/30/2014 10:14:38 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 30, 2014 | BY JONATHAN STEMPEL
    A federal appeals court has revived a lawsuit against CACI International Inc that accused the defense contractor's employees of directing the torture of detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia, said a lower court judge had erred in concluding he lacked jurisdiction to hear claims by four Iraqi plaintiffs because the alleged incidents occurred in Iraq. Monday's decision has the potential to expand legal liability for contractors who work with and undertake sensitive tasks on behalf of U.S. troops outside the country.
  • Celebrities join prison hunger strikers in protesting isolation

    07/29/2013 11:15:39 PM PDT · by KingofZion · 27 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | July 29, 2013 | Paige St. John
    Gloria Steinem, Jesse Jackson, Bonnie Raitt and Jay Leno have joined prison hunger strikers in calling for an end to California's use of solitary confinement to control prison gang violence. The civil rights crusaders, singer and late-night comedian are among those who signed a letter sent Monday to Gov. Jerry Brown. The letter calls isolation units "extensions of the same inhumanity practiced at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay." The letter to Brown, to be followed by a demonstration Tuesday at the Capitol, was arranged by the National Religion Campaign Against Torture and local supporters of the prison protesters. The organization,...
  • Al Qaeda Is Back

    07/27/2013 8:47:18 AM PDT · by equaviator · 19 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 7/26/2013 | Bruce Riedel
    Two spectacular al Qaeda prison breaks in Iraq, freeing over 500 of its members in two separate prisons simultaneously this week, demonstrate the group is back with a vengeance. Al Qaeda’s Iraq branch is also the moving force behind the jihadist success in Syria. The resurgence of al Qaeda in Iraq has sobering implications for what is likely to follow the drawdown of NATO forces in Afghanistan for the al Qaeda mother ship in Pakistan. The double jailbreaks at Abu Ghraib and Taji prisons were massive attacks. Suicide bombers, teams of attackers using mortars and small arms, and two dozen...
  • The Great Escape

    07/23/2013 1:35:43 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 2 replies
    John Batchelor Show ^ | July 23,2013 | John Batchelor
    Thomas Joscelyn, Long War Journal senior editor, and Bill Roggio, Long War Journal and FDD, in re: 500 prisoners or more released from Abu Ghraib, the most secure prison in Iraq. Global al Qaeda: Affiliates, objectives, and future challenges Testimony to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, on al Qaeda, the nature of the group's central command and its relationship with its affiliates, and the future challenges the West faces in battling the terror organization. [more] Are the Iraqi police incapable of contesting al Q? Yes, rhe reality is that they needed our support...
  • Al-Qaeda branch in Iraq claims jailbreak (100's freed from Abu Ghraib)

    07/23/2013 5:13:07 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, July 23, 11:22 AM | Jabbar Yaseen and Liz Sly
    BAGHDAD — Iraq’s al-Qaeda affiliate claimed responsibility Tuesday for a jailbreak from the infamous Abu Ghraib prison that unleashed hundreds of militants into an already unstable region and boosted the group’s resurgent fortunes in Iraq and Syria. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant said in a statement that hundreds of prisoners were freed late Sunday in two coordinated assaults in which fighters used suicide bombs and mortars to storm the two top security prisons on Baghdad’s outskirts at Abu Ghraib and Taji. Both were once run by the U.S. military and housed the country’s most senior al-Qaeda detainees....
  • Al Qaeda militants flee Iraq jail in violent mass break-out

    07/23/2013 12:29:05 AM PDT · by Java4Jay · 10 replies
    BAGHDAD/MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - Hundreds of convicts, including senior members of al Qaeda, broke out of Iraq's Abu Ghraib jail as comrades launched a military-style assault to free them.
  • AP Exclusive: Soldier to admit Afghan massacre

    05/29/2013 5:10:32 PM PDT · by Java4Jay · 27 replies
    The Army staff sergeant charged with slaughtering 16 villagers in one of the worst atrocities of the Afghanistan war will plead guilty to avoid the death penalty in a deal that requires him to recount the horrific attack for the first time, his attorney told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
  • Murphy's Law: Terrorists in the Courtroom

    12/03/2006 6:15:07 AM PST · by Valin · 4 replies · 479+ views
    Strategypage ^ | 12/3/06 | Harold C. Hutchison
    December 3, 2006: In the United States, a federal judge has ruled that the President does not have the authority to designate certain organizations as terrorist groups. This ruling is the latest round of lawfare against the war on terror. In this case, two foreign terrorist organizations, the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elan (LTTE), were the beneficiaries of this suit. Why is this case, filed on behalf of the Humanitarian Law Project, important? After all, a number of human rights groups have still been waging lawfare, largely on behalf of al Qaeda. This suit...
  • Obama’s Amazing Achievements: His military intervention prompted some stunning reversals. (VDH)

    03/31/2011 12:50:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | March 31, 2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Obama’s Amazing AchievementsHis military intervention prompted some stunning reversals. By bombing Libya, President Obama has accomplished some things once thought absolutely impossible in America:(a) War-mongering liberals: Liberals are now chest-thumping about military “progress” in Libya. Even liberal television and radio commentators cite ingenious reasons why an optional, preemptive American intervention in an oil-producing Arab country, without prior congressional approval or majority public support — and at a time of soaring deficits — is well worth supporting, in a sort of “my president, right or wrong,” fashion. Apparently, liberal foreign policy is returning to the pre-Vietnam days of the hawkish “best...
  • Flashback: Abu Ghraib Front Page of NY Times 47 Times

    09/21/2012 2:16:37 AM PDT · by Bon mots · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 21, 2012 | Bon Mots
    The New York Times ran 47 front page stories on Abu Ghraib - including 32 days in a row on the front page, only burying the 'story' when it was proven that the GI's involved did not act on orders. BUSH's FAULT! ...buried on page seven ... was a Times article entitled "At Abuse Hearing, No Testimony That G.I.'s Acted on Orders." Contrast that with Benghazi. 1 time the story was on the front page (2 days later). 1 time the story was 'referred to', almost as a historical reference. A FILM's Fault! See the thread on FR
  • Dallas Target: Texas Resident Arrested on Charge of Attempted Use of Weapon of Mass Destruction

    02/24/2011 8:55:02 AM PST · by fightinJAG · 50 replies
    KDAF ^ | Feb. 24, 2011 | DOJ
    Khalid Ali-M Aldawsari, 20, a citizen of Saudi Arabia and resident of Lubbock, Texas, was arrested late yesterday by FBI agents in Texas on a federal charge of attempted use of a weapon of mass destruction in connection with his alleged purchase of chemicals and equipment necessary to make an improvised explosive device (IED) and his research of potential U.S. targets. The arrest and the criminal complaint, which was unsealed in the Northern District of Texas, were announced by David Kris, Assistant Attorney General for National Security; James T. Jacks, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas; and Robert...
  • US Soldier 'Kills 16' Afghans In Their Homes

    03/11/2012 5:35:47 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 207 replies
    Sky News ^ | 12:14pm GMT, UK, Sunday March 11, 2012 | Sky News Staff
    A US soldier has killed 16 Afghan civilians, including nine children, after entering their homes in Kandahar. Sky sources said the Afghan victims also included women and elderly men. Minister of Border and Tribal Affairs Asadullah Khalid, who is investigating the incident, said the soldier entered three homes, killing 11 people in the first one. The Nato-led International Security Assistance Force (Isaf) coalition confirmed the incident but did not release the number of killed or injured. Sky defence reporter Mark Stone said: "Details are still sketchy and various death tolls have emerged. "It appears to be an isolated incident and...
  • NATO Commander Recalls All Personnel From Afghan Ministries After Killing of 2 Americans

    02/25/2012 7:38:18 AM PST · by kristinn · 55 replies · 1+ views
    AP via The Washington Post ^ | Saturday, February 25, 2012
    KABUL, Afghanistan — The commander of NATO and U.S. forces says that all NATO personnel are being recalled from Afghan ministries following an attack at the Interior Ministry in Kabul.
  • Sarah Palin Demands Apology From Afghanistan for Murder of U.S. Soldiers

    02/23/2012 1:00:29 PM PST · by kristinn · 249 replies
    Sarah Palin via Facebook ^ | Thursday, February 23, 2012 | Sarah Palin
    Obama apologizes for the inadvertent Koran burning this week; now the U.S. trained and protected Afghan Army can apologize for killing two of our soldiers yesterday.
  • Two Americans shot dead in Afghan Interior Ministry

    02/25/2012 5:36:49 AM PST · by tobyhill · 53 replies · 7+ views
    reuters ^ | 2/25/2012 | Hamid Shalizi
    Two members of the U.S. military were shot dead on Saturday inside the heavily barricaded Interior Ministry in the centre of the Afghan capital, Afghan security sources said, as anti-Western protests raged for a fifth day across the country. It was not immediately clear who killed the Americans, said one Afghan security source. They were gunned down during a scuffle, another source said. "American and Afghan troops were present at the time of the shootout, but we are unsure who killed them," a senior Afghan security source told Reuters on condition of anonymity. A spokesman for NATO's International Security Assistance...
  • Gingrich first to hit Obama for Afghanistan apology

    02/23/2012 3:15:06 PM PST · by Lakeshark · 197 replies · 1+ views
    CNN Politics ^ | 2/23/12 | Kevin Liptak
    Newt Gingrich emerged Thursday as the first Republican White House hopeful to criticize President Barack Obama for apologizing after Muslim holy books containing extremist language were burned by NATO soldiers. Gingrich told a crowd in Spokane, Washington, "President Obama surrendered twice today and I think that deserves to be brought to the country's attention." **snip** He continued, "The president apologized for the burning, but I haven't seen the president demand that the government of Afghanistan apologize for the killing of two young Americans." Gingrich said Obama was ignoring the treat of radical Muslims intent on harming Americans. "There seems to...
  • John McCain rips GOP presidential candidates Herman Cain, Michele Bachmann on waterboarding

    11/15/2011 12:50:46 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 41 replies
    The Arizona lawmaker—who was tortured himself while a prisoner of war in Vietnam — said the controversial practice was both illegal and ineffective. BY ALIYAH SHAHID Republican Sen. John McCain is ripping presidential candidates in his party who insist waterboarding is an effective technique for interrogating suspected terrorists. The Arizona lawmaker—who was tortured himself while a prisoner of war in Vietnam — said the controversial practice was both illegal and ineffective on Monday evening. “Very disappointed by statements at SC GOP debate supporting waterboarding,” he tweeted. “Waterboarding is torture.” McCain, who ran for President in 2008, elaborated on CNN later,...
  • McCain: Torture hurt us

    09/12/2011 8:26:04 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 77 replies
    Politico ^ | 2011-09-11 | Abby Phillip
    Sen. John McCain, a critic of President George W. Bush's use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” in the war on terror, reflected on the “issue of torture” a decade after the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. “Abu Ghraib and the torture of prisoners hurt us a great deal and did provide a propaganda tool for our enemies including Al Qaeda,” the Arizona Republican said on "Fox News Sunday." Noting that on the 10th anniversary of those attacks he did not want to dwell on his differences with the current and previous administration, McCain applauded both Bush and President Barack Obama for...
  • Abu Ghraib abuse ringleader released

    08/06/2011 3:20:47 PM PDT · by Beaten Valve · 31 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | August 5, 2011 | DAVID DISHNEAU
    The convicted ringleader of detainee abuses at Abu Ghraib was released Saturday from a military prison, an Army spokeswoman said. Charles Graner Jr., 42, was released from the U.S. Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., around 10 a.m. Saturday after serving more than 6 1/2 years of a 10-year sentence, spokeswoman Rebecca Steed said. Graner will be under the supervision of a probation officer until Dec. 25, 2014, she said. Steed said she could not release any information about Graner's whereabouts or his destination after release. Neither Graner nor his wife — who was a fellow Abu Ghraib defendant —...
  • Obama administration reviving Abu Ghraib scandal

    08/02/2011 2:17:22 PM PDT · by antidemoncrat · 16 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 8/1/11 | Michael Carl
    The Obama administration is reviving the Abu Ghraib prison scandal eight years after the fact, with a pending determination about whether a former leader of the CIA interrogation team at the facility will be charged with war crimes.
  • Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of Abu Ghraib Inmates Claiming War Crimes Violations

    06/27/2011 3:54:04 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 27, 2011 | Lee Ross
    Seven years after the release of shocking images of tortured prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, the Supreme Court has turned back the appeal of 26 inmates from that infamous facility who wanted to sue two military contractors for damages. The military's official investigation revealed "numerous incidents of sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses" committed by military personnel and civilian contractors who provided support services at the prison. More than two dozen soldiers were reprimanded or court-martialed for their conduct. But those who were tortured want to sue two firms that hired the civilians who helped the military with...
  • Rape Factories; Why is the government doing so little to end sexual assault in prisons?

    06/25/2011 3:41:56 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 41 replies · 1+ views
    Reason Magazine ^ | 06/24/2011 | Lovisa Stannow
    In 1984 the photographer Tom Cahill smashed a plate-glass door in a fit of fury at the San Francisco Chronicle. He had just unsuccessfully attempted to get the paper’s reporters to write about rape in America’s jails and prisons. Cahill was a desperate man at the time, tormented by flashbacks and nightmares, his personal and professional life in ruins. Cahill’s story began in 1968, when he was arrested in Texas during a peaceful antiwar protest. An Air Force vet who opposed the Vietnam War, he did not prove popular among jail staff in the heavily military town of San Antonio....
  • Rape Factories - Why is the government doing so little to end sexual assault in prisons?

    06/20/2011 5:05:27 PM PDT · by TheDingoAteMyBaby · 44 replies
    Reason ^ | 6/20/2011 | Lovisa Stannow
    In 1984 the photographer Tom Cahill smashed a plate-glass door in a fit of fury at the San Francisco Chronicle. He had just unsuccessfully attempted to get the paper’s reporters to write about rape in America’s jails and prisons. Cahill was a desperate man at the time, tormented by flashbacks and nightmares, his personal and professional life in ruins. Cahill’s story began in 1968, when he was arrested in Texas during a peaceful antiwar protest. An Air Force vet who opposed the Vietnam War, he did not prove popular among jail staff in the heavily military town of San Antonio....
  • Report: Grand jury probing possible CIA war crimes in Iraq

    06/14/2011 11:23:28 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 15 replies
    politico.com ^ | 6/14/11 7:58 AM EDT | REID J. EPSTEIN
    A federal prosecutor has launched a secret grand jury to investigate possible CIA war crimes at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, Time magazine reported. Federal prosecutor John Durham, who was first appointed to probe the destruction of CIA interrogation videotapes by Attorney General Michael Mukasey in 2008, is now working on an expanded probe authorized by the Obama Justice Department that includes cases of alleged abuse of terror suspects in U.S. custody. Time reported on Monday that one Durham-issued subpoena said the federal grand jury “is conducting an investigation of possible violations of federal criminal laws involving War Crimes...
  • Report: Grand jury probing possible CIA war crimes in Iraq

    06/14/2011 11:20:14 AM PDT · by Abathar · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/14/11 | Reid Epstein
    A federal prosecutor has launched a secret grand jury to investigate possible CIA war crimes at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, Time magazine reported. Federal prosecutor John Durham, who was first appointed to probe the destruction of CIA interrogation videotapes by Attorney General Michael Mukasey in 2008, is now working on an expanded probe authorized by the Obama Justice Department that includes cases of alleged abuse of terror suspects in U.S. custody. Time reported on Monday that one Durham-issued subpoena said the federal grand jury “is conducting an investigation of possible violations of federal criminal laws involving War Crimes...
  • Federal Grand Jury Investigates War Crimes and Torture in Death of 'the Iceman' at Abu Ghraib

    06/13/2011 10:11:57 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 4 replies
    time.com ^ | June 13, 2011 | Adam Zagorin
    It has been nearly a decade since Manadel al-Jamadi, an Iraqi prisoner known as "the Iceman" — for the bungled attempt to cool his body and make him look less dead — perished in CIA custody at Abu Ghraib. But now there are rumbles in Washington that the notorious case, as well as other alleged CIA abuses, could be returning to haunt the agency. TIME has learned that a prosecutor tasked with probing the CIA — John Durham, a respected, Republican-appointed U.S. Attorney from Connecticut — has begun calling witnesses before a secret federal grand jury in Alexandria, Va., looking...
  • Osama bin Laden dies, torture thrives (Barf Alert)

    05/05/2011 3:27:07 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 12 replies
    Politico ^ | 5/5/2011 | By WILLIAM YEOMANS
    The unity and pride inspired by the killing of Osama Bin Laden has quickly deteriorated into a nasty debate over the effectiveness of torture. The administration is reportedly upset by this diversion. But President Barack Obama has nobody to blame but himself. While President George W. Bush took the nation down the dark path to torture, Obama ensured that it remained part of our national debate by failing to investigate and hold to account those who tortured. His failure to do so means that we now debate publicly whether or not to torture based on assessments of whether or not...
  • Will Liberals Learn to Love Ricardo Sanchez? (Fmr Abu Ghraib General as Dem Senate candidate)

    04/17/2011 9:32:04 AM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 16 replies
    NRO ^ | 04/17/2011 | Jim Geraghty
    Democrats think they have a candidate who can win Texas’ open Senate seat: Retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez. Democrats appear to have recruited retired Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez to run for the U.S. Senate in Texas, setting the stage for the party to field a well-known candidate in the 2012 race to replace retiring Republican Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Former Texas Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes, a Democrat, confirmed that Democratic Senate campaign chief Patty Murray, D-Wash., was referring to Sanchez on Thursday when she said Democrats were close to announcing a candidate in Texas. Sanchez, reached by phone at his...
  • Poppy-burning Muslim protesters mar Armistice Day commemorations

    11/11/2010 10:22:32 AM PST · by 1066AD · 60 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11/11/2010 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Islamic protesters sparked fury today after they burned a model of a poppy and deliberately broke the silence at Armistice Day commemorations in central London. As millions of Britons fell silent to remember those who have died in war, members of a group called Muslims Against Crusades clashed with police during an 'emergency demonstration' in Kensington, west London. As the clock struck 11am, the Islamic protesters burned a model of a poppy and chanted 'British soldiers burn in hell'. They held banners which read 'Islam will dominate' and 'Our dead are in paradise, your dead are in hell'. The Muslims...
  • New claims of inmate abuse surface [ NY Times & DNC now silent on inmate abuse issues ]

    10/16/2010 1:49:42 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 10 replies
    rt.com ^ | Oct 15,2010 | rt.com
    Afghan prisoners taking part in a US study have claimed they were abused at a secret jail inside the main American military base in Afghanistan. Share Yahoo StumbleUpon Google Technorati del.icio.us Digg Reddit Mixx Propeller Former inmates told the Open Society Institute they were subjected to sleep deprivation, extended periods of isolation and a lack of food and blankets. Some of the claimed abuses date from this year, despite President Barack Obama's pledge to overhaul prison practices. Former CIA officer Philip Giraldi said this does not surprise him because “the Obama administration is many respects worse than the Bush administration.”...
  • PROMISES, PROMISES: No amends yet for Abu Ghraib? (barf)

    09/26/2010 9:21:55 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    AOL News ^ | 26/10/10 | Pete Yost
    WASHINGTON -Fending off demands that he resign over the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, then-Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld told Congress in 2004 that he had found a legal way to compensate Iraqi detainees who suffered "grievous and brutal abuse and cruelty at the hands of a few members of the United States armed forces." "It's the right thing to do," Rumsfeld said. "And it is my intention to see that we do." Six years later, the U.S. Army is unable to document a single payment for prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib. Nor can the more than 250 Iraqis or their...
  • Torture And Rapes Now Alleged In al Maliki's Secret Prison - Haven't We Read This In Iraq's Past?

    04/19/2010 9:02:21 AM PDT · by JLWORK · 30 replies · 876+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsRealBlog ^ | April 19, 2010 | John L. Work
    Today’s Los Angeles Times is featuring a report by Ned Parker that reveals the existence a secret prison under the jurisdiction of Prime Minister Nuri al Maliki (L.A. Times photo above). Sunni Muslim prisoners and others there-in were allegedly tortured by beatings, electrical shocks, and anally raped. I am not surprised by this report. I have long believed that an invading Infidel army would never be able to broker a truce, ameliorate, assuage, mitigate, tranquilize, becalm, or otherwise call a halt to the centuries-old war between Shiite Muslims and Sunni Muslims over the lawful ascension to leadership of the Muslim...
  • Fort Leonard Wood gets first military policeman as commanding general

    01/12/2010 5:48:36 AM PST · by darrellmaurina · 7 replies · 441+ views
    Pulaski County Daily News ^ | 1/12/2009 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. (Jan. 12, 2009) — Department of Defense personnel announced Monday that Maj. Gen. David E. Quantock, who currently heads American prison facilities in Iraq, will succeed Maj. Gen. Gregg Martin as Fort Leonard Wood’s commanding general. Quantock, a career military policeman who previously served as the commandant of the Military Police School at Fort Leonard Wood, is known as the American commander brought in to repair the damage caused by the 2004 detainee abuse scandal at the Abu Ghraib prison in which several American soldiers abused Iraqi detainees and photographed them in various sexually humiliating positions....
  • Clubbing Our Seals

    11/27/2009 5:09:19 PM PST · by raptor22 · 18 replies · 1,652+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | November 27, 2009 | IBD edirorial staff
    War On Terror: As Khalid Sheikh Mohammed receives the benefits of U.S. justice, three Navy SEALs face court-martial for allegedly punching a captured terrorist who hanged Americans from a bridge in Fallujah. Apparently our efforts to impress the world about the marvels of our criminal justice system require us to give foreign terrorists such as Khalid Sheik Mohammed, the man who invented the manned cruise missiles that flew into the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and plowed into a Pennsylvania field on its way to the Capitol Building, the full rights and protections of the American citizens he conspired...
  • Navy SEALs Face Assault Charges for Capturing Most-Wanted Terrorist

    11/24/2009 11:45:09 AM PST · by Terrence DoGood · 638 replies · 27,028+ views
    Fox News ^ | Tuesday, November 24, 2009 | By Rowan Scarborough
    Navy SEALs have secretly captured one of the most wanted terrorists in Iraq — the alleged mastermind of the murder and mutilation of four Blackwater USA security guards in Fallujah in 2004. And for their trouble, three of the SEALs, members of the Navy's elite commando unit, are now facing criminal charges, sources told FoxNews.com. The three have refused non-judicial punishment — called an admiral's mast — and requested a trial by court-martial. Ahmed Hashim Abed, whom the military code-named "Objective Amber," told investigators he was punched by his captors — and he had the bloody lip to prove it....
  • Gitmo North

    11/18/2009 5:48:30 PM PST · by Kaslin · 17 replies · 1,143+ views
    Investors.com ^ | November 18, 2009
    War On Terror: Sen. Dick Durbin calls a plan to transfer 100 Guantanamo detainees to northwest Illinois "a dream come true." It would paint a bull's-eye on America's heartland in time for the 2012 Iowa caucuses. It seems the question of where to put the Guantanamo detainees is being settled as we speak, with liberal Democrats in the very blue state of Illinois welcoming them with open arms and outstretched hands for the federal dollars that will come with them. Federal officials last Friday inspected the Thomson Correctional Center in Thomson, Ill., a town of 500 on the Iowa border,...
  • Documents say McCain OK'd CIA interrogation methods [McCain caught lying?]

    09/01/2009 3:46:15 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 20 replies · 2,350+ views
    The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Ariz. | 2009-09-01
    Link only, per FR copyright and excerpt rules
  • McCain condemns Bush-era torture [McCain attacks Bush...again] [Iran applauds] [barf]

    08/31/2009 8:51:59 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 46 replies · 2,873+ views
    Republican Senator John McCain has denounced the use of torture on terrorism suspects during the administration of former president George W. Bush. "I think the interrogations were in violation of the Geneva Conventions and the convention against torture that we ratified under President Reagan," said McCain. In an interview with CBS News on Sunday, the Arizona senator said that the enhanced interrogation techniques also helped al Qaeda recruit additional members. "I think these interrogations, once publicized, helped al Qaeda recruit. I got that from an al Qaeda operative in a prison camp in Iraq,” said McCain, who added that he...
  • McCain Denies Giving OK to a CIA Torture Tactic [attacks Bush]

    08/30/2009 12:12:38 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 49 replies · 3,632+ views
    Time/CNN ^ | 2009-08-30 | Michael Scherer & Bobby Ghosh
    WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator John McCain, a torture survivor from his days as a captive during the Vietnam War, says his private comments about harsh interrogation methods were misrepresented by the Bush Administration in a recently released legal document intended to justify a six-day-long course of sleep deprivation for one CIA detainee in November of 2007. The newly declassified memo by the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel mentions a secret briefing McCain and other members of Congress received sometime before October 17, 2006. The memo says the lawmakers were told about six CIA interrogation techniques, including prolonged sleep deprivation....
  • McCain: CIA Abuse Probe "Serious Mistake" [says U.S. violated Geneva Convention, tortured detainees]

    08/30/2009 10:46:59 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 57 replies · 4,410+ views
    Says Abuse of Detainees Helped al Qaeda Recruit Terrorists, But Opposes Investigation into "Enhanced" Interrogations. BY MICHELLE LEVI Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) said he thinks it is a "serious mistake" for the administration to focus on the past when investigating the interrogation techniques of the CIA under President Bush on "Face the Nation" Sunday. "For us now to go back, I think, would be a serious mistake. "I believe that the president was right when he said we ought to go forward and not back. I worry about the morale and effectiveness of the CIA. I worry about this thing...
  • With Ted Kennedy's Death, The Health-Care Battle is Over! And the ZOT is On!

    08/26/2009 4:33:26 AM PDT · by Adamnuke · 120 replies · 5,602+ views
    Adam Kirur ^ | 08/26/09 | Adamnuke
    And the Democrats have won. President Obama will use the emotional capital of the Senator's passing to push through--via reconciliation--legislation that SHALL include the public option that the Pelosi wing of the party wants. Any Republicans who dare to speak against this will be portrayed as heartless demagogues, spitting on the grave of a liberal legend.
  • Event on Abu Ghraib soldier canceled over threats

    08/15/2009 3:45:54 AM PDT · by ThreePuttinDude · 17 replies · 1,750+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo ^ | Sat Aug 15, 1:51 am ET | By BRETT ZONGKER, Associated Press Writer
    WASHINGTON – A lecture by the woman who became the public face of the Abu Ghraib scandal was canceled Friday at the Library of Congress after threats led to concerns about staff safety. Former Army reservist Lynndie England had been scheduled to discuss her biography as part of a veterans forum on Capitol Hill. The book by author Gary S. Winkler is called "Tortured: Lynndie England, Abu Ghraib and the Photographs That Shocked the World." Members of the Library of Congress Professional Association, the employee group holding the talk, received an e-mail from president Angela Kinney saying the event was...
  • Abu Ghraib Torture Was "Like Nothing" (Lynndie England Unrepentant)

    08/14/2009 3:24:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 40 replies · 2,768+ views
    CBS News ^ | August 13, 2009
    Five years after the infamous Abu Ghraib torture photos came to light, Lynndie England says the government's "softening up tactics" are acceptable ways to get information from prisoners. In an interview with the BBC, England defends herself and fellow soldiers who posed Iraqi prisoners in degrading positions for photographs in 2004. "Compared to what they do to us, that's like nothing," England says in the BBC video, referring to instances where Americans were decapitated, burned, dragged through the streets or hung from a bridge by insurgents. She likens the physical degradation that appears in the Abu Ghraib photos to the...
  • America must reclaim moral standing, McCain says [don't torture terrorists]

    07/16/2009 2:29:32 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 41 replies · 2,349+ views
    CNN ^ | 2009-07-16 | Greg Clary
    WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Sen. John McCain said Thursday the United States must recover from the "moral failures" of human rights abuses and called for Americans to stand on the "right side" of history as a leader of the free world. "I believe American leadership in opposition to human rights abuses, not silence, is the truest expression of our national character," McCain said in a speech to the Junior State of America, a civics education organization for high school students. "The United States since its founding has embraced a set of moral duties, among which I believe is the obligation to...
  • Abu Ghraib scandal haunts W.Va. reservist

    07/04/2009 2:17:37 PM PDT · by Rodebrecht · 40 replies · 3,021+ views
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 6/29/09 | P.J. Dicjerscheid and Vicki Smith
    KEYSER, W.Va. – More than two years since leaving her prison cell, the woman who became the grinning face of the Abu Ghraib prisoner abuse scandal spends most of her days confined to the four walls of her home. Former Army reservist Lynndie England hasn't landed a job in numerous tries: When one restaurant manager considered hiring her, other employees threatened to quit.
  • Why the hell should I feel sorry, says...(Lynndie England) who abused Abu Ghraib prisoners..

    06/13/2009 12:11:53 PM PDT · by Big_Monkey · 169 replies · 6,950+ views
    Mail Online ^ | June 13, 2009 | David Jones
    In this deeply disturbing interview, the trailer trash torturer who appalled the world by appearing in shocking 'souvenir' photographs remains utterly unrepentant and says she has 800 MORE torture photos that could rock the White House Normally, not much happens in Keyser, West Virginia, but today the folks in this quaint little railroad town, nestling in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, are spoilt for choice. Either they can whoop and holler along to fiddle music at the annual Strawberry Festival or head down to the bookshop, where a local 'celebrity' - as her agent-cum-lawyer describes her - is signing...
  • Abu Ghraib abuse photos 'show rape'

    05/28/2009 8:29:52 AM PDT · by South Hawthorne · 88 replies · 7,026+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 28 May 2009 | Duncan Gardham and Paul Cruickshank
    At least one picture shows an American soldier apparently raping a female prisoner while another is said to show a male translator raping a male detainee. Further photographs are said to depict sexual assaults on prisoners with objects including a truncheon, wire and a phosphorescent tube.
  • Obama Flip-Flops (On "Torture" Photos)

    05/14/2009 8:09:22 AM PDT · by DakotaRed · 17 replies · 1,659+ views
    The Columbian ^ | May 14, 2001 | Editorial Staff
    In our view May 14: Obama Flip-Flops By trying to hide truth about prisoner abuse, president abuses public's right to know Thursday, May 14 | 1:00 a.m. Much of President Barack Obama's success in last year's election was based on his promise to foster open government, transparency and accountability. Now he has reversed that course as he tries to block the release of hundreds of photos showing prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan being abused. How many more times will Obama reverse or abandon positions that he articulated in his campaign for the presidency? His reasons for changing his mind in...
  • Obama says detainee abuse photos not 'sensational' (peddling backward faster than a 4-legged midget)

    05/13/2009 2:03:02 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 1,872+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/13/09 | Jennifer Loven - ap
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama says the detainee abuse photos he wants to block from release are "not particularly sensational" and would do no good if published. He said he will not tolerate abuse of prisoners. But he also said Wednesday he had directed his legal team to fight the court-ordered release of the photos because he was concerned about how they might affect the safety of U.S. troops. Obama spoke on the South Lawn of the White House, not long after his decision to fight in court to block the photos' release was made public by aides.
  • In reverse, Obama seeks to block abuse photos

    05/13/2009 12:53:45 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 25 replies · 2,272+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/13/09 | Jennifer Loven - ap
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will try to block the court-ordered release of hundreds of photos showing U.S. troops allegedly abusing prisoners, reversing his position after military commanders warned the graphic images could stoke anti-American sentiment and endanger soldiers. ... The White House announced Obama's decision Wednesday, after top military commanders in the two wars expressed fears that showing the pictures could put their troops at higher risk. ...