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  • ICC claims US may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan

    11/14/2016 7:32:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.15.2016 | jm/bw (Reuters, dpa)
    The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor has suggested the US may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan. An investigation would expose US forces to ICC scrutiny for the first time. Delivering her annual report to members of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague on Monday, chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said she would decide “imminently” whether to ask judges for permission to launch a full-blown investigation as to whether US military forces and CIA operatives may have committed war crimes in Afghanistan through the “cruel or violent” interrogation of detainees. Bensouda said the Taliban, Afghan government forces and US...
  • Obama taps veteran of Clinton investigations for chief counsel

    04/22/2014 7:45:53 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 22, 2014 | Justin Sink
    President Obama on Monday said he has selected W. Neil Eggleston to become chief counsel, adding the expertise of a veteran attorney who was involved in some of the most heated legal battles of the Clinton administration. Eggleston, a white-collar defender who is now at Kirkland & Ellis, will replace departing White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler in mid-May. "Neil brings extraordinary expertise, credentials, and experience, to our team," Obama said in a statement. "He has a passion for public service, is renowned for his conscientiousness and foresight, and I look forward to working closely with him in the coming years."...
  • MI5 and MI6 'cleared' over torture claims [UK -- Gitmo detainee]

    01/11/2012 10:54:53 PM PST · by Hunton Peck
    BBC ^ | 11 January 2012 Last updated at 23:00 ET | unattributed
    British spies will be cleared in a number of cases of alleged complicity in the torture of detainees abroad, the BBC understands. Scotland Yard and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) are to issue a joint statement on Thursday. It follows an investigation into the conduct of officers from MI5 and MI6. Although it is expected that no charges will be brought in some cases it is understood the statement will contain other significant information. The BBC's home affairs correspondent, Danny Shaw says the fact that the statement has been prepared by the DPP, together with Scotland Yard, is highly...
  • Did US Ally Qatar Free Imprisoned Americans in Exchange for Al Qaeda Terrorist?

    01/29/2015 8:05:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 01/29/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    Problematic, in a very big way even if the offer was made.Qatar’s ties to Al Qaeda and ISIS aren’t news. They’ve effectively served as intermediaries in everything from ransom exchanges for hostages to Taliban negotiations. But actually trying to secure terrorist swaps for prisoners on their own behalf would have been a new frontier. Before he was released from a U.S. maximum-security prison last week, a confessed al Qaeda sleeper agent was offered up in a potential prisoner swap that would have freed two Americans held abroad.According to two individuals with direct knowledge of the case, the proposition was...
  • Holt calls for immediate withdrawal of troops (who thinks they shouldn't vote)

    11/04/2006 3:37:46 PM PST · by PghBaldy · 8 replies · 478+ views
    East Brunswick Sentinel ^ | November 2 | Chris Gaetano
    Incumbent U.S. Rep. Rush Holt (D-12) says that America needs to get the troops out of Iraq right now and develop more diplomatic ties, and that alternative energy sources must be found before it's too late. The former rocket scientist from Hopewell is currently campaigning to defend the seat that he won in the House of Representatives in 1998. According to Holt, the war in Iraq, and how the U.S. can carefully extricate itself from it, is the most pressing issue in the country at the moment. According to Holt, the country needs to immediately withdraw all troops from Iraq,...
  • How the F.B.I. Can Detain, Render and Threaten Without Risk

    11/03/2015 8:41:50 AM PST · by Theoria · 27 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 03 Nov 2015 | Patrick G. Eddington
    At exactly 5 p.m. on March 13, 2007, just as I was preparing to leave my cubicle in Washington for the day, I got a phone call from the journalist Jonathan Landay of McClatchy Newspapers. To this day, I remember his exact words. 'One of your congressman’s constituents is being held in an Ethiopian intelligence service prison, and I think your former employer is neck-deep in this.' The congressman was Rush Holt, then a Democratic representative from New Jersey, for whom I worked for 10 years starting in 2004. The constituent was Amir Mohamed Meshal of Tinton Falls, N.J., who...
  • Fenstermaker Not Credentialed To Speak For Guantanamo Terrorists

    11/24/2009 3:03:54 PM PST · by Biggirl · 6 replies · 440+ views
    http://www.radioviceonline.com ^ | November 24, 2009 | Stever McGough
    Who gave this jihadi chasing lawyer the a-ok to speak for the Gitmo terrorists? Scott Fenstermaker has been on a publicity tour acting as though he is authorized to speak for the terrorists scheduled to make an appearance in federal criminal court. Fifteen months ago, Fenstermaker lost privileges and was removed from the military commissions civilian defense counsel pool. Ed Morrissey at Hot Air has the exclusive story with information from a Pentagon source including a copy of the letter Fenstermaker received from Steven David, the chief defense council of the collection of attorneys who represented detainees at Camp Delta...
  • Dem Congressional Candidate Thinks 9/11 Was 'One of the Greatest Events in Human History’

    07/15/2016 4:07:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 14, 2016 | Leah Barkoukis
    There are always long-shot candidates in any political race, but Democrat Scott Fenstermaker may take it to a whole new level, and I’m not talking about in a “the rent is too damn high” kind of way. Fenstermaker, a criminal defense and tax litigation attorney, made recent comments about 9/11 in a “Humans of New York” profile that has the New York Daily News referring to him as “deranged.” In the profile piece, Fenstermaker argued that the U.S. “got what it deserved” on September 11. "I think the people in those towers died as representatives for the rest of us,...
  • CIA Director Says He Would Resign If Ordered To Resume Waterboarding

    07/13/2016 6:39:13 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 127 replies
    OANN ^ | July 14,2016 | By Jonathan Landay
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – CIA Director John Brennan said on Wednesday he would resign if the next president ordered his agency to resume waterboarding suspected militants, an apparent reference to comments by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump embracing the banned interrogation method.”I can say that as long as I’m director of CIA, irrespective of what the president says, I’m not going to be the director of CIA that gives that order. They’ll have to find another director,” said Brennan, who did not mention Trump by name. Brennan, who has been director since 2013, tacked his comment to the end of his...
  • Russian Taliban Suspect Sues United States

    06/28/2005 1:46:55 PM PDT · by lizol · 9 replies · 396+ views
    Moscow News ^ | 28.06.2005 | Alexandra Zaitseva
    Russian Taliban Suspect Sues United States Created: 28.06.2005 18:10 MSK (GMT +3), Updated: 18:10 MSK, 6 hours 31 minutes ago Alexandra Zaitseva Gazeta.ru A former Guantanamo prisoner who is a Russian national filed a lawsuit against the U.S. government. This Tatarstan resident, Airat Vakhitov, issued a statement Tuesday that is capable of sparking a new wave of anti-American protests in Muslim countries. In his lawsuit, which is being examined in a U.S. civil court, Vakhitov not only demands that the authorities admit to inhumane treatment of prisoners at the Guantanamo camp, but insists that they acknowledge that a majority of...
  • State Department: Gitmo Detainees Are "Refugees"

    A Republican sends over this video of the State Department press briefing today, in which Assistant Secretary P.J. Crowley calls Gitmo detainees "refugees" at about the 24-minute mark. QUESTION: Talk to us a little bit about response and talks and any commitments that you may have gotten from our European and other friends in the international community about taking in Guantanamo detainees as the camp in Guantanamo is expected to close at some point in the near future. Have you gotten any commitments from our European friends and anybody else? CROWLEY: Ambassador Dan Fried continues his efforts to resettle, you...
  • Punching Holes Through The Left’s Talking Points On The Zubaydah Interrogation

    04/26/2009 3:18:03 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 1 replies · 377+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-26-09 | Curt
    Lots of good posts lately from the authors about the interrogation of Zubaydah, the latest being Word's post on the book The Terrorist Watch: Inside the Desperate Race to Stop the Next Attack by Ronald Kessler. To add a few more cents Tom Maguire at Just One Minute has noticed an interesting discrepancy in the tall tale coming from Ali Soufan, a former FBI agent, in which he says: It is inaccurate, however, to say that Abu Zubaydah had been uncooperative. Along with another F.B.I. agent, and with several C.I.A. officers present, I questioned him from March to June 2002,...
  • Olympic Countdown: Al Qaeda Terrorist Released from Gitmo to Uruguay Sneaked into Brazil..

    06/28/2016 4:02:56 PM PDT · by PROCON · 15 replies
    judicialwatch.org ^ | June 28, 2016
    With the summer Olympics just a few weeks away in Brazil, a veteran Al Qaeda operative released from Guantanamo to Uruguay has gone missing and authorities in Latin America believe he sneaked into Brazil after being denied legal entry. The Islamic terrorist’s name is Jihad Ahmad Diyab an in late 2014 President Obama sent him to Uruguay along with five fellow Gitmo inmates as part of a misguided plan to shut down the U.S. military prison at the Naval base in southeast Cuba. Now officials from Uruguay, Brazil and the United States are scrambling to find Diyab, according to news...
  • Obama nominates CIA watchdog to fill long vacancy

    06/16/2016 7:47:43 PM PDT · by Fedora · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 06/16/2016 | Julian Hattern
    President Obama on Thursday nominated a former CIA officer and longtime lawyer who examined missteps in U.S. intelligence to be the spy agency’s next inspector general, hoping to fill a position at the watchdog office that’s been vacant for more than a year. If confirmed by the Senate, Shirley Woodward would fill the role left empty since David Buckley stepped down from in January 2015, on the heels of a landmark determination that CIA officials had gained unauthorized access to Senate computer files. Lawmakers called the episode a potential violation of constitutional separation of powers, and the spat led to...
  • American Taliban lawyer appointed to third-highest Justice Department position

    09/20/2012 3:43:42 PM PDT · by Mortrey · 16 replies
    FoxNation ^ | September 19, 2012 | Adam Kredo
    A lawyer who came to prominence for his full-throated defense of a subsequently convicted terrorist was quietly promoted to the No. 3 slot at the Department of Justice last month, a post that puts him in charge of the administration’s policy regarding Guantanamo Bay detainees.
  • Italian Court Levies Judgment on U.S. Rendition Program (CIA employees sentenced)

    11/04/2009 3:27:45 PM PST · by STARWISE · 19 replies · 1,211+ views
    ABC News ^ | 11-4-09 | Jake Tapper
    ABC News' Rachel Martin reports: The US intelligence gathering program known as “extraordinary rendition” was essentially put on trial for the first time - in Italy - and this week the court rendered a guilty verdict. Italian Judge Oscar Magi convicted 23 Americans of the 2003 kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric on a street in Milan, Italy. The cleric, known as Abu Omar, alleged that he was abducted by CIA operatives who then shuttled him between US bases in Europe and then moved him to Egypt where Omar says he was tortured. The Italian judge tried the Americans, all but...
  • Ex-CIA Officer Facing Imprisonment Says Hillary Clinton Is Partially to Blame

    06/13/2016 2:21:06 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 13 replies
    Vice News ^ | 13 June 2016 | Katie Engelhart and Jason Leopold
    A former CIA counterterrorism officer who is set to be extradited to Italy where she faces a four-year prison sentence in connection with the rendition of a suspected terrorist that took place in Milan in 2003 said Hillary Clinton is partially to blame for her ordeal. Sabrina De Sousa, two-dozen other CIA officers, and an Air Force colonel were convicted in absentia in 2009 in Italy on kidnapping and other charges in connection with the abduction of Osama Mustapha Hassan Nasr, better known as Abu Omar, a radical Egyptian cleric whose fiery anti-American speeches in the immediate aftermath of 9/11...
  • Goldsmith (UK) Warns US On Detainees

    09/17/2006 6:52:51 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 379+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9-18-2006 | Joshua Rozenberg
    Goldsmith warns US on detainees By Joshua Rozenberg, Legal Editor (Filed: 18/09/2006) Terrorist suspects detained at Guantanamo Bay should not be subject to humiliating and degrading treatment, the Attorney General, Lord Goldsmith, warned the US government at the weekend. Speaking in Chicago, Lord Goldsmith told the Bush administration that it should not try to water down the standards in Common Article 3 of the Geneva Conventions. This provision, he said, "prohibits outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment" of those detained in combat. It was "an international standard of very considerable importance and its content must be...
  • Conflict Over Spying Led White House to Brink

    09/14/2008 7:49:44 PM PDT · by An American! · 22 replies · 299+ views
    Washington Post ^ | September 14, 2008 | Barton Gellman
    This is the first of two stories adapted from "Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency," to be published Tuesday by Penguin Press. EXCERPT: "The United States was at war with al-Qaeda, intelligence-gathering is inherent in war, and the Constitution appoints the president commander in chief. But they had not been asked to give their own written assessments of the legality of domestic espionage. They based their answer in part on the attorney general's certification of the "form and legality" of the president's orders. Yet neither man had been allowed to see the program's codeword-classified legal analyses [5], which were prepared by...
  • Liz Cheney: 'Fantasies' being spread about former VP

    05/17/2009 8:37:16 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 13 replies · 995+ views
    Politico ^ | 5-17-09
    Liz Cheney said Sunday that some of the stories in print about her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, were "fantasies" cooked up by some of his old Bush administration rivals. Responding to a question about Dick Cheney's role in pushing for aggressive interrogations, Liz Cheney pointed to Lawrence Wilkerson, the chief of staff to then-Secretary of State Colin Powell, for spreading inaccurate information about her father. Wilkerson "has made a cottage industry of fantasies about the vice president," she said on ABC's "This Week." "It's important to look at the source" of media reports, Cheney said. "Nobody talking about...
  • President Obama has chosen Merrick Garland to replace Supreme Court Justice Scalia

    03/16/2016 7:04:20 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 88 replies
    CNN.com ^ | March 16 2016
    Video only so far
  • Supreme Court Rejects Appeal of Abu Ghraib Inmates Claiming War Crimes Violations

    06/27/2011 3:54:04 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 11 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...
  • ISIS Built Own 'Guantanamo' to Mentally Torture Captives With Mock Executions by 'Jihadi John

    03/16/2015 7:19:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/16/2015 | Anugrah Kumar
    A former Islamic State hostage revealed Sunday that ISIS held a group of Western hostages in a compound near Aleppo in northern Syria where its British militant "Jihadi John" staged mock executions to replicate the prison in Guantanamo, Cuba, for jihadist combatants. The ISIS terror group, also known as ISIL, held about 22 European, American and Latin American journalists and humanitarian workers in a village north of Aleppo and repeatedly subjected them to mock executions by three militant guards, former hostage Javier Espinosa, a Spanish journalist, wrote in El Mundo newspaper Sunday. The trio included "Jihadi John," who has appeared...
  • Afghan Taliban leader Mansour 'wounded in gunfight

    12/02/2015 8:03:32 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/2/2015
    Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour has been wounded in a gunfight at a meeting of militants in the Pakistani city of Quetta, reports say.
  • Italy orders arrest of CIA agents over Imams abduction

    06/24/2005 7:22:28 PM PDT · by JustTheTruth · 9 replies · 523+ views
    Al Jazeera on-line edition (English) ^ | 6/24/2005 10:45:00 PM GMT | Al Jazeera
    Italy orders arrest of CIA agents over Imams abduction 6/24/2005 10:45:00 PM GMT Italian authorities ordered the arrest of 13 CIA agents accused of kidnapping a Muslim leader Italian authorities ordered the arrest of 13 agents of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) accused of kidnapping a Muslim leader in northern Italy, an Italian newspaper reported on Friday. The arrest warrants were issued by Italian Judge Chiara Nobili at the request of the anti-terrorist division of the state prosecutor's office, the Corriere della Sera said. The 13 agents are suspected of kidnapping Osama Mustafa Hassan, also known as Abu Omar,...
  • I was tortured in cell after kidnap by CIA, says Muslim cleric

    11/09/2006 11:22:53 PM PST · by MadIvan · 43 replies · 1,121+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | November 10, 2006 | Malcolm Moore
    A Muslim cleric has claimed to have been tortured with electric shocks, left in a cell where rats crawled on him and threatened with rape after he was allegedly kidnapped from a Milan street by CIA agents three years ago.The claims of Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, also known as Abu Omar, appeared in an affidavit provided to Milan prosecutors investigating his alleged abduction in February 2003, the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported yesterday. Prosecutors say that the cleric, who was formerly suspected of links to terrorism, was driven to the Aviano military air base and flown via Germany to...
  • Early Iraq Abuse Accounts Met With Silence

    05/08/2004 12:53:22 PM PDT · by johnb838 · 22 replies · 87+ views
    AP on Yahoo!News ^ | 5/8/04 | CHARLES J. HANLEY, AP Special Correspondent
    Detailed allegations of psychological abuse, deprivation, beatings and deaths at U.S.-run prisons in Iraq (news - web sites) were met by public silence from the U.S. Army last October — six months before shocking photographs stirred world outrage and demands for action. AP Photo At the time, one ex-prisoner sensed that words might count for little. Instead, Rahad Naif told a reporter, "I wish somebody could go take a picture of Camp Bucca." These early accounts by freed prisoners, reported by The Associated Press last fall, told of detainees punished by hours lying bound in the sun; being attacked by...
  • CBS to Air U.S. Soldier's Video Diary of Iraq Abuse

    05/12/2004 11:14:43 AM PDT · by NYC Republican · 20 replies · 262+ views
    myway.com ^ | 5/12/04 | Giles Elgood
    An American soldier's video diary showing her disdain for Iraqi detainees who died in her charge is to be broadcast by a U.S. network on Wednesday in a further escalation of the prisoner abuse scandal that has shaken the Bush administration and provoked world outrage. CBS, which two weeks ago broadcast the first pictures of Iraqi prisoners being abused in Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad, said on Tuesday its "60 Minutes II" program would show video footage depicting conditions there and at another U.S.-run prison in southern Iraq called Camp Bucca. Photographs of Iraqi prisoners being sexually humiliated, threatened by...
  • Obama allows short-term CIA sites

    01/28/2009 1:53:54 AM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies · 630+ views
    WASHINGTON TIMES.com ^ | Wednesday, January 28, 2009 | Eli Lake
    SNIPPET: "The detentions would be temporary."
  • The CIA Probably Had The Authority To Hold Prisoners At The Secret Benghazi Annex

    11/19/2012 1:08:20 PM PST · by maggief · 25 replies
    Business Insider ^ | November 19, 2012 | Michael Kelley |
    In October Paula Broadwell told an audience that the CIA in Benghazi "had taken a couple of Libyan militia members prisoner" at its secret annex. The CIA flatly denied the claim, saying that the agency "has not had detention authority since January 2009, when Executive Order 13491 was issued. Any suggestion that the Agency is still in the detention business is uninformed and baseless." Marc Thiessen of the American Enterprise Institute points out that the denial is factually incorrect because while Obama ordered the closure of all CIA detention facilities (i.e. “Black Sites”), the order states that it "does not...
  • The Deadly Disgrace of Obama's Pro-Terrorist Lawyers

    10/12/2012 1:35:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 12, 2012 | Michelle Malik
    October 12 marks the 12th anniversary of the bombing of the USS Cole. The grim milestone comes as President Obama faces mounting questions about his administration's dereliction of duty during the murderous attack on our consulate in Benghazi, Libya. And it comes just a day after resurgent al-Qaida thugs pulled off the drive-by assassination of a top Yemeni security official who worked at the U.S. embassy in Sanaa. These are not "bumps in the road." These are gravesites on the blood-spattered path to surrender. Seventeen U.S. sailors died in the brutal suicide attack on the guided Navy missile destroyer as...
  • 'Waterboarding broke al Qaeda captive in 35 seconds,' says former CIA agent defending torture

    12/12/2007 6:37:32 AM PST · by UKrepublican · 200 replies · 1,115+ views
    'Waterboarding broke al Qaeda captive in 35 seconds,' says former CIA agent defending tortureUse of the interrogation technique known as "waterboarding" was approved by the White House and gets results, a former CIA agent admitted yesterday. The technique - which simulates drowning - was used against Al Qaeda captives with success, John Kiriakou told a U.S. TV network. The one-time CIA interrogator is the first to speak out about the "torture" methods that have earned President George Bush's administration worldwide condemnation. The White House has denied torture is used on terror suspects, but Mr Kiriakou said waterboarding "broke" one stubbornly...
  • Al-Qaeda chief commits suicide in Libyan prison, report says

    05/11/2009 11:54:49 PM PDT · by bruinbirdman · 33 replies · 1,102+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 5/11/2009 | Duncan Gardham
    Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi, whose real name was Ali Mohammed al-Fakheri, 46, took his own life in his prison cell, according to the Libyan newspaper Oea. Information gained from the interrogation of al-Libi was cited on several occasions by the Bush administration as justification for the war in Iraq. He told his CIA interrogators that al-Qaeda had sent two men to Iraq to seek training in chemical and biological weapons in December 2000. Classified documents added that the men did not return, so al-Libi did not know whether the training took place, and that, in any case, he was probably "intentionally...
  • Subcommittee Examines Lawyers Who Approved Harsh Methods (Senate- LIVE THREAD- 10 AM)

    05/13/2009 6:30:40 AM PDT · by SE Mom · 58 replies · 4,595+ views
    C-span ^ | 13 May 2009
    A Senate Judiciary Subcmte. looks into the legal conduct of Justice Dept. lawyers who approved harsh interrogation techniques. One of the witnesses, fmr. FBI agent Ali Soufan, interrogated Guantanamo detainee Abu Zubaydah.
  • Source: Aide told Pelosi waterboarding had been used

    05/12/2009 9:50:04 PM PDT · by freespirited · 37 replies · 1,653+ views
    CNN ^ | 05/12/09 | Deirdre Walsh
    A source close to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi now confirms that Pelosi was told in February 2003 by her intelligence aide, Michael Sheehy, that waterboarding was actually used on CIA detainee Abu Zubaydah. ... This appears to contradict Pelosi's account that she was never told waterboarding actually happened, only that the administration was considering using it.... Some Republicans have called for Pelosi to testify at congressional hearings. The number two House Democrat -- Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland -- said Tuesday, "I think the facts need to get out" regarding what members of Congress had been told about harsh interrogations....
  • US Torture: Voices from the Black Sites (Left Gearing Up for "War Crimes" Trials)

    03/31/2009 3:56:39 PM PDT · by mojito · 22 replies · 695+ views
    New York Review of Books ^ | April 9, 2009 | Mark Danner
    ....With the help of the American trauma surgeon, Abu Zubaydah's captors nursed him back to health. He was moved at least twice, first, reportedly, to Thailand; then, he believes, to Afghanistan, probably Bagram. In a safe house in Thailand the interrogation began: "I woke up, naked, strapped to a bed, in a very white room. The room measured approximately [13 feet by 13 feet]. The room had three solid walls, with the fourth wall consisting of metal bars separating it from a larger room. I am not sure how long I remained in the bed. After some time, I think...
  • Former CIA officer charged in alleged leaks

    01/23/2012 6:42:19 PM PST · by oldernittany · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/23/2012 | Greg Miller
    Kiriakou, 47, was a source for stories by The New York Times and other news organizations in 2008 and 2009 about some of the agency’s most sensitive operations after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. ......... that the information Kiriakou supplied to journalists ... enabling defense attorneys there to obtain photographs of CIA operatives suspected of being involved in harsh interrogations. Some of the pictures were subsequently discovered in the cells of high-value detainees.
  • Classified CIA Docs Found In Gitmo Prison Cells

    01/25/2012 2:09:22 PM PST · by OPS4 · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Judicalwatch ^ | 1/24/12 | Judicialwatch
    Classified U.S. government information was found in the cells of high-value detainees at the Guantanamo Bay military prison that houses the world’s most dangerous terrorists, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ).
  • John Kiriakou, ex-spy and media darling

    01/29/2012 11:16:58 AM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies
    SFGate: Token Conservative ^ | 1/29/12 | Debra J. Saunders
    In his Loyal Opposition blog, New York Times ed page editor Andrew Rosenthal goes after the Justice Department’s decision to prosecute former CIA officer, former Democratic Senate staffer and Huffington Post blogger John Kiriakou for leaking classified information — including the names of CIA operatives — to journalists. Rosenthal writes, That may seem simple: CIA officer, classified information disclosed, prison. But take a closer look. He’s been charged with revealing that two men accused of organizing the Sept. 11 attacks, Abu Zubaydah and Khalid Sheikh Mohamed, were tortured. So the man who blew the whistle on torture may go to...
  • Lawyers for 9/11 ‘20th hijacker’ Mohammed Al-Qahtani sue to release Gitmo torture tapes

    01/11/2012 5:36:03 AM PST · by SJackson · 24 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | 1-11-12 | Philip Caulfield
    Attorneys call videos ‘sickening’ Lawyers for the man known as the "20th hijacker" of 9/11 are suing the U.S. government to release "sickening" videotapes they say show Guantanamo Bay interrogators torturing their client. The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan Federal Court on Monday by the Center for Constitutional Rights, said Mohammed Al-Qahtani was a victim “of torture and other profoundly cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment." "The American public should now be permitted to see what occurred for itself," the lawsuit said. Between 2002 and 2003, Al-Qahtani suffered through marathon interrogation sessions and was subjected to severe temperatures, sleep deprivation and other...
  • Ex-Army chaplain cleared in Gitmo spy case is Obama delegate

    05/20/2008 9:54:54 AM PDT · by AmericanMade1776 · 26 replies · 507+ views
    A former Army Muslim chaplain at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, who was cleared of spy accusations is now a Democratic National Convention delegate pledged to Sen. Barack Obama. Former Capt. James J. Yee was among the delegates who were elected by precinct representatives Saturday at the party's 9th Congressional District convention at North Thurston High School. Others chosen at the gathering were Zach Smith, a former supporter of ex-Sen. John Edwards who is now pledged to Clinton, and Natalie Stevens, an alternate pledged to Obama. Yee, a West Point graduate, was accused in 2003 of being part of a spy ring...
  • CIA chief challenges Senate torture report

    12/11/2014 8:07:00 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 11, 2014 10:38 PM EST | Ken Dilanian
    CIA Director John Brennan threaded a rhetorical needle in an unprecedented televised news conference at CIA headquarters Thursday, acknowledging that agency officers did “abhorrent” things to detainees but defending the overall post-9/11 interrogation program for stopping attacks and saving lives. At the heart of Brennan’s case is a finely tuned argument: that while today’s CIA takes no position on whether the brutal interrogation tactics themselves led detainees to cooperate, there is no doubt that detainees subjected to the treatment offered “useful and valuable” information afterward. …
  • Is Wackenhut a good company?

    05/11/2010 4:45:58 PM PDT · by Soothesayer · 6 replies · 350+ views
    My brother is thinking about working for the Wackenhut security corporation in Arizona. I'm wondering if any of the controversy surrounding this company and its prisons are substantiated or simply exaggerated. There have been claims of prison abuse and neglect as well as instances of guards raping female prisoners. I simply don't know if these claims/cases are true. Can anybody add to this?
  • Ex-Clinton aide didn't write Benghazi memos [but one who did is known to Hillary]

    06/17/2015 1:56:59 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 16, 2015 | Martin Matishak
    Hillary Clinton's close adviser Sidney Blumenthal did not personally author or verify any of the memos he sent her about Libya or the Benghazi siege, according to the head of a House panel investigating the 2012 attacks. "What we learned today is he’s not the author of a single one of those memos. He was passing on information authored by someone else and he has no idea about the credibility or reliability of any of the sources," House Select Committee on Benghazi Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) told reporters on Tuesday. "So, the information passed on to the secretary of State,...
  • Senate passes amendment to ban torture as US policy

    06/16/2015 4:19:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 16, 2015 5:13 PM EDT | Deb Riechmann
    The Senate on Tuesday reaffirmed a ban against torturing detainees and moved ahead on a more than $600 billion defense policy bill that is entangled in a broader fight in Congress about caps on Pentagon and non-military spending. The Senate overwhelmingly voted 78 to 21 to approve an amendment that bolsters current law and makes the U.S. Army Field Manual on interrogations the standard for all interrogations conducted by the U.S. government. It also gives the International Committee of the Red Cross access to every detainee held by the U.S. The vote comes just months after the Senate intelligence committee...
  • Al Qaeda chief urges Westerner kidnappings

    04/26/2014 9:34:26 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 26, 2014 | by Rania El Gamal
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    The Hill ^ | May 18, 2015 | Martin Matishak
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    Fox Nation ^ | Sept. 19, 2012
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    05/16/2015 9:07:19 PM PDT · by Second Amendment First · 82 replies
    Politico ^ | May 16, 2015 | TOM KEANE
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