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  • 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...
  • WH: Move Gitmo Detainees to US So They're Treated 'The Way That American Citizens Are Treated'

    02/24/2016 11:34:30 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | February 24, 2016 | 9:49 AM EST | Susan Jones
    Bringing dangerous Guantanamo Bay inmates to U.S. prisons would undermine a terrorist recruiting tool, White House spokesman Josh Earnest argued on Tuesday: "Well, their argument would be a lot tougher, because the detention that we would have in place would be cleanly in line with American values, right? That we would ensure that this is consistent with the way that American citizens are treated. That certainly is more consideration than these terrorists give to their adversaries, to say the least." ...
  • Obama Nominates Thief Who Stole Classified Documents

    12/29/2014 4:56:41 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 23 replies
    Red Statements ^ | December 25, 2014 | Steven Ahle
    Obviously as a reward for committing theft of classified documents for the democrats, Barack Obama has named Alissa Starzak to the legal department at the Pentagon. It’s a position she has never achieved on her own and is a large promotion over her previous jobs. But why put someone with a history of stealing classified secrets to a job where she could steal the country’s most guarded secrets? It’s a reward. Republicans in both houses of congress have accused her of making copies of documents and carrying them out of the Pentagon for use by Diane Feinstein and her committee...
  • Judge dismisses Guantanamo suit, but urges Obama to address ‘degrading’ force-feeding

    07/09/2013 9:27:16 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    Yahoo ^ | July 9, 2013 | Liz Goodwin
    A federal judge dismissed a suit from a Guantanamo detainee who argued that the government will infringe upon his religious freedom by force-feeding him during the Muslim holiday of Ramadan, which begins Tuesday. Jihad Dhiab, a Syrian detainee who was cleared for release by the Guantanamo Review Task Force in 2009 but has remained imprisoned, sued with three other detainees over the military's policy of forcibly feeding detainees who are on hunger strike and lose a certain amount of their body weight ... U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler ruled that the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia does...
  • Enemy Combatants in Boston, Was there a FISA order issued for Tamerlan Tsarnaev?

    04/22/2013 4:20:50 AM PDT · by quimby · 28 replies
    WSJ ^ | 4-21-13 | Opinion
    A row has broken out over whether the Obama Administration is violating the legal due process of Boston terror suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev by not reading him his Miranda rights before questioning. The more relevant question for the safety of the U.S. homeland is why the Administration has declined to designate him as a terrorist enemy combatant. With Dzhokhar wounded and in custody and his brother Tamerlan dead, the focus is shifting to how the brothers became radicalized and whether they had links to foreign or domestic terror networks. It's becoming clearer by the day that elder brother Tamerlan had become...
  • Taiba at Ground Zero?

    08/22/2010 7:39:56 PM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 21 replies
    Family Security Matters ^ | August 20, 2010 | Rael Jean Isaac
    In the furor over the proposed mosque at Ground Zero, the chief argument against it has been all but overlooked: it will be a huge security risk. Indeed “risk” is the wrong word: it is virtually guaranteed to become a potent engine for future attacks against this country.                How can we know this? From experience. Just as the experience of RomneyCare in Massachusetts (a sharp rise in health care costs) foretells that ObamaCare will have the same result because of the close similarities between the two, so the Taiba mosque and Arab-German cultural center in Frankfurt (closed down last week by German...
  • DOJ: Department Of Jihad?

    02/24/2010 4:26:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 595+ views ^ | February 24, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    War On Terror: The Justice Department employs nine lawyers previously involved in the defense of terrorist detainees. This is a colossal conflict of interest. Just whose side are they on? From the dropping of a voter-intimidation case against the New Black Panther Party to the decision to try 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheik Muhammed in a civilian court within blocks of where the World Trade Center once stood, the actions and attitudes of the Justice Department and Attorney General Eric Holder toward the thugs and terrorists who threaten us has grown curiouser and curiouser. We may now have a clue as...
  • H.R. 4127

    02/19/2010 11:47:20 PM PST · by Cindy · 6 replies · 394+ views - H.R.4127 ^ | November 19, 2009 | Rep. Louis Gohmert [R-TX1]
    Note: The following text is a quote: Congress > Legislation > 2009-2010 (111th Congress) > H.R. 4127 Text of H.R. 4127: To amend title 10, United States Code, to provide that alien unprivileged enemy belligerents may... Nov 19, 2009 - Introduced in House. This is the original text of the bill as it was written by its sponsor and submitted to the House for consideration. This is the latest version of the bill currently available on GovTrack. HR 4127 IH 111th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 4127 To amend title 10, United States Code, to provide that alien unprivileged...
  • Loose Lips

    02/05/2010 5:23:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies · 1,122+ views ^ | February 5, 2010 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Holder's decision to Mirandize the Christmas bomber was bad enough. Telling the world he was talking again waseven worse Security: The administration says the Christmas bomber is now cooperating with authorities. We thought they got all the information he had in a 50-minute chat. So just why are we letting our enemies know he's talking? In any war, it's vitally important that you know what your enemy is planning and doing, just as it's important that your actions and plans remain secret. And when you know about your enemy's plans it's important they don't know that you know. We were...

    02/03/2010 11:27:46 AM PST · by GYPSY286 · 10 replies · 641+ views
    Me | Feb. 3, 2010 | Gypsy286
    The Constitution of the United States, Art. III, defines treason against the United States to consist only in levying war against them, or in adhering to their enemies, GIVING THEM AID OR COMFORT. This offense is punished with death. By the same article of the Constitution, no person shall be convicted of treason, unless on the testimony of two witnesses to the same overt act, or on confession in open court.
  • Obama impresses 'educated class' but not terrorists (Michael Barone)

    02/01/2010 6:21:00 AM PST · by STARWISE · 22 replies · 646+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | 1-31-10 | Michael Barone
    Just whom are we trying to impress? That's a question that occurred to me when, on his second full day in the presidency, Barack Obama announced we would close the Guantanamo detainee facility within one year. It's a question that has kept occurring to me over the last year and nine days, even though Obama and his administration have proven unable to keep that promise. Whom are we trying to impress by ruling out enhanced interrogation techniques on unlawful combatants, techniques that produced valuable intelligence that saved American lives? Whom are we trying to impress by limiting questioning to the...
  • Ignorance and Good Intentions are No Defense

    11/14/2009 8:57:08 AM PST · by timesthattrymenssouls · 3 replies · 279+ views
    Constitutional Guardian ^ | 11/14/2009 | Nancy Tengler
    http://www.wiseandfrugalgovernment.blogspot I spent July in Prague studying literature and writing. Prague is a mystical, glorious, sad city of great writers and composers. And since the Velvet Revolution in 1989, a free society. But the remnants of Communism remain, like a bleak cloud hanging over the heart of the city. Before I stopped to consider the history of the place, the gloom irritated me. What not to be happy about? Anyone who has floated through the spires and frescoes or crisscrossed the River Vltava on the Charles or any one of the plentiful bridges would agree that if not the loveliest...
  • After visit, Forbes says he's convinced Gitmo shouldn't close

    07/21/2009 4:07:23 PM PDT · by csvset · 3 replies · 469+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | July 21, 2009 | Bill Sizemore
    U.S. Rep. Randy Forbes, just back from a fact-finding trip to the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, says the visit reinforced his opposition to closing the facility and moving the detainees held there to the United States. President Barack Obama has pledged to close the prison by January, pleasing human rights advocates who said reports of inhumane treatment there stained the nation’s reputation. But the White House said Monday that a task force studying how to do that has been given another six months to deliver its recommendations. That delay poses a “huge difficulty” for prosecutors building cases...
  • Reading Miranda Rights to Terrorists Is 'Crazy' and 'Stupid,' Say GOP Congressmen

    06/18/2009 3:46:35 AM PDT · by Man50D · 15 replies · 650+ views ^ | June 18, 2009 | Bridget Miller and Edwin Mora
    The Justice Department confirmed last week that FBI agents in Afghanistan are reading Miranda warnings to suspected terrorists captured there, a practice that Republican congressmen this week branded as "crazy" and "stupid." Miranda warnings were mandated by a U.S. Supreme Court decision that said domestic law enforcement agencies must inform criminal suspects arrested in the United States of their rights under the 5th Amendment. "You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law," says the typical Miranda warning. "You have the right to an attorney present during...
  • Padilla can sue Bush legal advisors says SF’s Northern District, ignores SCOTUS Iqbal decision

    06/14/2009 10:06:01 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 3 replies · 418+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-13-09 | Mataharley
    More from our screwed up judicial system that makes you go "huh"? Do these guy in lower federal district courts (or Circuits, for that matter) pay *any* attention whatsoever to the SCOTUS? Apparently not. On Friday, US District Judge Jeffrey S. White denied the Obama DOJ's motion to dismiss the suit of Padilla v Yoo, where Padilla accused Yoo rendering legal memos that led to his "severe abuse" in a Naval brig for over three years. (Read the original complaint) The "severe abuse", as defined in his complaint: .... For nearly two years, Mr. Padilla was held in complete isolation...
  • You Have The Right to Remain Silent, Al Qaeda

    06/11/2009 7:30:36 AM PDT · by SalAOR · 4 replies · 309+ views
    Axis of Right ^ | 6/11/2009 | Sal
    In the continued quest by the Obama Administration to cater to terrorists, dictators, and thugs, a new policy has been implemented by the Justice Department via the FBI which requires that any high-value terrorists captured in Afghanistan be Mirandized. For any lawyer, cop, or fan of Law & Order, the Miranda warning is read to suspects arrested by police, informing them of their Constitutional rights. The most common form of the Miranda warning, “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to...
  • Obama Declares Gitmo Detainees to be ‘Fetuses’

    05/22/2009 1:45:52 PM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 6 replies · 762+ views
    Scrappleface ^ | 5/22/09 | Scott Ott
    By: Scott Ott Examiner Columnist | 5/22/09 4:57 AM News fairly unbalanced. We report. You decipher In an effort to shut down the U.S. Naval Detention Center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, thereby restoring America's moral standing in the world, President Barack Obama today declared some 240 enemy combatants held at Gitmo to be 'human fetuses'. In an executive order, the president said, "Since I ordered Gitmo shut down, and people don't want us to bring the inmates here, the only way to extract them from the facility is to change their legal status to one that offers us more choices."...
  • BREAKING: White House Overrides FBI and DHS on Gitmo Release

    04/30/2009 10:32:10 AM PDT · by Blue Turtle · 307 replies · 17,497+ views
    Moving quickly to release Chinese Uighur terrorists into the United States, Obama administration officials have -- for the second time -- overridden objections of federal agencies responsible for national security. The first time -- as I reported on April 20 -- the White House overrode the inter-agency panel it created from all the national security agencies to review all the cases of the Guantanamo Bay prisoners. That panel found that the seventeen Uighurs -- members of the East Turkestan Islamic Movement captured at an al-Queda training camp in Pakistan -- were too dangerous to release in the United States.
  • Obama Overrides FBI and DHS on Gitmo Release

    04/30/2009 1:34:15 PM PDT · by Islaminaction · 11 replies · 584+ views
    Islam in Action ^ | April 30Th, 2009 | Christopher Logan
    A US federal appeals court, the FBI, and the Department of Homeland Security have all come out against the release of the Chinese Muslim Gitmo detainees due to obvious security concerns. But that does not matter to President Obama as he is more concerned with bringing our enemies here, than he is with protecting us.
  • Survival Optional (Thomas Sowell)

    04/27/2009 9:05:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 50 replies · 1,878+ views ^ | April 28, 2009 | Thomas Sowell
    It used to be said that self-preservation is the first law of nature. But much of what has been happening in recent times in the United States, and in Western civilization in general, suggests that survival is taking a back seat to the shibboleths of political correctness. We have already turned loose dozens of captured terrorists, who have resumed their terrorism. Why? Because they have been given "rights" that exist neither in our laws nor under international law. These are not criminals in our society, entitled to the protection of the Constitution of the United States. They are not prisoners...
  • Obama's Politically Correct War On Terror

    03/19/2009 8:40:26 PM PDT · by ADReditor · 5 replies · 499+ views
    American Daily Review ^ | 03/18/2009 | Jim Kouri
    President Barack Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder announced on Friday that the term enemy combatant will no longer be used by the federal government to describe enemy combatants captured on the battlefield during counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency military operations. To many law enforcement officers and military personnel, this action is the epitome of politically correct news speak. As time passes and the events of September 11th become more distant, the voices of America’s political-correctness orthodoxy have increased their volume and intensity. Click to read more ...
  • The Gitmo Waltz; The Obama Justice Department is dancing around the words 'enemy combatants'

    03/17/2009 3:52:09 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 6 replies · 501+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 17, 2009 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    At first you may think, “That sounds reasonable. After all, who can really predict the future?” But then read DOJ’s next sentence: “This position is limited to the authority upon which the Government is relying to detain the persons now being held at Guantanamo Bay.” Turns out it’s not about the future at all. It’s about the people about whom we’ve had the better part of eight years to develop a position on what “substantial” assistance is and which “associated forces” are eligible for indefinite detention. Obama doesn’t want to say he is relying on Article II — even though...
  • Guantanamo detainee Hambali is the mastermind of the Bali massacre and the attack against Christians

    03/16/2009 7:35:18 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 8 replies · 731+ views
    Asia News ^ | March 10, 2009 | Mathias Hariyadi
    Jakarta - Riduan “Hambali” Isamudin is the mastermind who planned the massacre in Bali in 2002, and the attacks against Christian churches and buildings in 2000. The accusation comes from Mubarok and Ali Imron, both members of Jemaah Islamiyah (JI), who say they are willing to testify against the operational chief of the Islamic fundamentalist movement in southeast Asia, who is being held in the detention center in Guantanamo. Mubarok and Ali Imron are being held in the prison in Jakarta, where they are serving a life sentence for their involvement in the attack against churches in the country. In...
  • Taking risks with terror: Naive U.S. justice system is turning terrorists loose

    03/16/2009 4:17:22 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 24 replies · 714+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | March 16, 2009 | Editors
    The "terrorists to the bone" taunting by five Al Qaeda architects of the 9/11 attacks was a painful reminder that more than seven years after the murders of 3,000 Americans, the U.S. has failed abysmally in the application of justice. Those who committed the unspeakable should no longer have the capacity to speak. They should be dead. But no. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and his fellow conspirators are shielded by lawyers who charge the government violated civil liberties by disclosing defiant declarations the terrorists themselves filed in court. This is the world turned disgracefully on its head. We ourselves are to...
  • Europe Hedges on Guantánamo Detainees

    03/15/2009 5:06:55 PM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 15 replies · 1,208+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 16, 2009 | Glaberson and Erlanger
    A senior State Department official conceded that there were some concerns in Europe about accepting Guantánamo detainees. But the official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not designated to speak publicly on the issue, argued: “It is really just a small effort to help us deal with a legacy of the past. This is something we inherited, too.” Among the host of questions, European officials said, was whether the former prisoners would need to be monitored, whether they would have full travel rights in Europe and whether detainees might entangle their countries’ courts in years of legal...
  • President Barack Obama - let's hope he knows what he's doing on Guantánamo

    03/14/2009 5:52:38 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 27 replies · 862+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | Mar 14, 2009 | Iain Martin
    President Barack Obama has announced that many of those held at the Guantánamo Bay facility will no longer be known as "enemy combatants". No word yet on what they will be called instead: "not entirely friendly imprisoned individuals" perhaps? ... Let's pray that there is not another attack on British or American civilian targets (it is bad enough that fundamentalist lunatics target our troops as they try to give the Afghans a chance to reconstruct their country). But if there is such an attack here or in the United States, and it subsequently emerges that one of the ring-leaders had...
  • The War Is Over: Federal courts have just surrendered in the war against radical Islam

    03/10/2009 4:20:57 AM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 33 replies · 1,632+ views
    National Review Online ^ | March 10, 2009 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    Last Friday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit dealt a crushing blow to national defense. The three-judge panel’s ruling in al Odah v. United States has gotten scarce media attention. Perhaps that’s understandable: It’s a mind-numbing technical dispute over “discovery” in litigation, vying for attention against the socializing of our economy and the consequent collapse of the stock market. But the discovery in question is the most vital kind, namely, that of classified national-defense information. What is in dispute is how much sensitive intelligence we must share with enemies bent on annihilating Americans ... It is one...
  • The War Is Over (Fed courts have just surrendered in the war against radical Islam)

    03/11/2009 5:03:44 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 5 replies · 763+ views
    National Review ^ | 3/10/09 | Andrew C. McCarthy
    The war is over. Our peerless armed forces took Tora Bora and, when we finally let them, Fallujah. But al-Qaeda won in Washington, and that has made all the difference. The War on Terror has radically altered the compact between the American people and their government by dramatically changing the nature of the U.S. courts. Until this new, unaccountable monster is caged, it will continue to devour our political community’s capacity to wage war and to defend itself. And that caging had better happen soon, because the word “war” in this context refers only to our nation’s forcible military response...
  • Supreme Court to Review Guantanamo Challenges

    06/29/2007 8:44:20 AM PDT · by kellynla · 2 replies · 862+ views
    WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court, reversing course, agreed Friday to review whether Guantanamo Bay detainees may go to federal court to challenge their indefinite confinement. The action, announced without comment along with other end-of-term orders, is a setback for the Bush administration. It had argued that a new law strips courts of their jurisdiction to hear detainee cases. In April, the court turned down an identical request, although several justices indicated they could be persuaded otherwise. The move is highly unusual. The court did not indicate what changed the justices' minds about considering the issue. But last week, lawyers for...
  • Draft order sees Guantanamo prison shut in a year

    01/21/2009 3:28:55 PM PST · by Polybius · 15 replies · 650+ views
    Yahoo via Associated Press Writers ^ | 21 JAN 2009 | LARA JAKES and DAVID ESPO
    In view of the significant concerns raised by these detentions, both within the United States and internationally, prompt and appropriate disposition of the individuals currently detained at Guantanamo and closure of the facility would further the national security and foreign policy interests of the United States and the interests of justice," the draft order said. At least three military prisons — in Fort Leavenworth, Kan., Camp Pendleton, Calif., and Charleston, S.C. — could house some of the Guantanamo detainees,.. Also under consideration, .. the Supermax prison Florence, Colo.
  • Judge Agrees With Bush in Ruling on 2 Detainees (NYTimes must've choked writing this)

    12/30/2008 11:26:13 PM PST · by STARWISE · 20 replies · 1,193+ views
    NY Times ^ | 12-30-08 | William Glaberson
    A federal judge in Washington ruled Tuesday that the government was properly holding two Guantánamo detainees as enemy combatants, the first clear-cut victories for the Bush administration in what are expected to be more than 200 similar cases. The ruling by a federal district judge, Richard J. Leon, followed his decision last month in a separate case declaring that five Algerians had been held unlawfully at the detention camp in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, for nearly seven years and ordering their release.
  • Owner: Missing Airplane Stolen by Fake Pilot, Illegal Immigrants (Or Enemy Combatants?)

    12/18/2008 4:56:35 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 13 replies · 1,040+ views
    FoxNews ^ | 12/18/08 | Rita Cant
    A Britten-Norman Trislander, the kind of small aircraft that disappeared off the Dominican Republic Monday with 12 on board. A small Caribbean airplane that vanished into thin air Monday was allegedly stolen by a fired Dominican Navy cadet who may have been trying to carry illegal immigrants to America, the plane’s owner told Luis Perez, the Puerto Rico-based owner of the aircraft charter company, said his twin-engine plane was stolen by an unlicensed pilot named Adrian Jimenez. Authorities told him Jimenez was a student of the Dominican Republic Armed Forces and a former Navy cadet. “They took his pilot’s...
  • Islamic extremists learning YouTube

    Militants are being encouraged to use the online site through postings on other Islamic forums on the Internet. Wednesday, December 3, 2008 WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Islamic extremists are being instructed on how to use the popular video-sharing site YouTube as a way to disseminate propaganda videos, a U.S.-based terrorism monitor said on Tuesday. Militants are being encouraged to use the online site through postings on other Islamic forums on the Internet, according to the SITE Intelligence Group. Last week, an extremist authored step-by-step instructions on posting video to YouTube, which he described as "one of the most famous and biggest...
  • YouTube bans 'suggestive' vids (Terrorist OK)

    12/03/2008 10:09:24 AM PST · by Sammy67 · 13 replies · 697+ views
    TheSun ^ | 12/3/08 | LEON WATSON
    YOUTUBE is cracking down on sexy videos in a bid to clean itself up. In a blog posting, the video-sharing website revealed it would be enforcing a "stricter standard for mature content". The popular site – which already bans porn – said it will be "tightening the standard for what is considered 'sexually suggestive'". "Videos with sexually suggestive (but not prohibited) content will be age-restricted, which means they'll be available only to viewers who are 18 or older," the Google-owned website said. "Our goal is to help ensure that you're viewing content that's relevant to you, and not inadvertently coming...
  • Nine things the police in Columbus, Ohio, need to know

    12/02/2008 5:28:27 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 7 replies · 839+ views
    Nine things the police in Columbus, Ohio, need to know being taught the police in Columbus, Ohio by members of CAIR] covered included the basic beliefs and practices of Islam, practical advice to help future law enforcement personnel develop cultural competency when interacting with the Muslim community." -- from this article What the police force in Columbus, Ohio and all over the country need to be taught is this: 1. They need to know what the texts of Islam -- Qur'an and Hadith and Sira -- inculcate in Believers about non-Muslims, and in particular, about the central notion that Islam,...
  • High court could give Obama early challenge [terrorist]

    11/23/2008 8:28:53 AM PST · by Hadean · 6 replies · 711+ views
    The State ^ | Nov. 23, 2008 | Mark Sherman and Meg Kinnard
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court could hand President-elect Barack Obama a delicate problem in the coming days: what to do with a suspected al-Qaida sleeper agent who is the only person detained in this country as an enemy combatant. Ali al-Marri has been held in virtual isolation in a Navy brig near Charleston for nearly 5½ years. He is challenging President Bush’s authority to subject a legal resident of the United States to indefinite military detention without being charged or tried. The justices are expected to consider al-Marri’s case when they meet in private Tuesday. If they agree to hear...
  • Phoenix Imam Tells Muslims To Disregard U.S. Laws

    11/19/2008 6:11:16 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 35 replies · 1,356+ views
    HumanEvents/JihadWatch ^ | 11/19/08 | Robert Spencer
    “A Muslim must try his best to abide by the rulings of Sharia [Islamic law] whenever possible as much as he can. He should not allow himself to be liable to those western laws that contradict the clear-cut Islamic rulings.” The rulings of Sharia, mind you, include stoning for adultery, amputation of the hand for theft, and institutionalized discrimination against women and non-Muslims. But the speaker was not some fanatic Wahhabi in Saudi Arabia; it was the Phoenix-based imam Omar Shahin, president of the North American Imams Foundation. This is probably one reason why, as The Arizona Republic reported Monday,...
  • US court orders release of prisoner abuse photographs

    09/24/2008 7:49:48 AM PDT · by BCW · 9 replies · 159+ views
    Iraqi Updates ^ | Sept 24, 2008 | Reuters
    A federal appeals court on Monday ordered the release of 21 photographs it said depicted prisoner abuse by US soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, which rights groups say prove abuse was widespread. The pictures, which have never been made public and are part of US Army investigative files, were first ordered released, with redaction, in 2006 by US District Judge Alvin Hellerstein after he reviewed them and ruled they were of critical public interest. Their release was held up while the US Department of Defence appealed, arguing the release would endanger US soldiers and result in an unwarranted invasion of...
  • Psychologists Vote to End Interrogation Consultations (of terrorists)

    09/18/2008 11:24:24 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 12 replies · 278+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 17, 2008 | Benedict Carey
    Members of the American Psychological Association have voted to prohibit consultation in the interrogations of detainees held at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, or so-called black sites operated by the Central Intelligence Agency overseas, the association said on Wednesday. The vote, 8,792 to 6,157 in a mail-in balloting concluded Monday, may help to settle a long debate within the profession over the ethics of such work. Psychologists have helped military and C.I.A. interrogators evaluate detainees, plan questioning strategy and judge its psychological costs. The association’s ethics code, while condemning a list of coercive techniques adopted in the Bush administration’s antiterrorism campaign, has...
  • America owes no quarter to unlawful combatants

    08/10/2008 12:15:44 PM PDT · by Sergeant Tim · 14 replies · 163+ views ^ | August 10, 2008 | Tim Sumner
    I am a former soldier, not a lawyer. I view the recent majority rulings of our Supreme Court concerning unlawful combatants such as in Hamdi, Rasul, Hamdan, and Boumediene as adding, not detracting, to the bloody chaos of war. In addition, the entire debate about using intelligence as evidence against the unlawful combatants, even that which was derived by coercive techniques, is flawed. Perhaps we should not pull the wings off flies like Salim Ahmed Hamdan and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed during this War on Terror but misery should be an unlawful combatants only lot in life. Beyond extending our Constitution...
  • Remembering Brainwashing

    07/10/2008 11:23:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies · 200+ views
    NY Times ^ | July 6, 2008 | TIM WEINER
    IT was a time of secrecy and fear. Fear of a strange enemy driven by an alien ideology, killing Americans abroad, threatening Americans at home. And it created a new terror. In the early 1950s, American troops were being killed and captured by the thousands in Korea. Panic spread that China’s Communists had learned how to penetrate and control the minds of American prisoners of war. The technique was called “brainwashing.” And suddenly it’s worth recalling what brainwashing was about. Because now we know, from an article in The New York Times last week, that in a new time of...
  • China Inspired Interrogations at Guantánamo

    07/02/2008 3:53:31 AM PDT · by steve-b · 7 replies · 183+ views
    NYT ^ | 7/2/08 | Scott Shane
    The military trainers who came to Guantánamo Bay in December 2002 based an entire interrogation class on a chart showing the effects of "coercive management techniques" for possible use on prisoners, including "sleep deprivation," "prolonged constraint," and "exposure." What the trainers did not say, and may not have known, was that their chart had been copied verbatim from a 1957 Air Force study of Chinese Communist techniques used during the Korean War to obtain confessions, many of them false, from American prisoners. The recycled chart is the latest and most vivid evidence of the way Communist interrogation methods that the...
  • Afghan Security Forces Lead Response to Taliban Prison Break

    06/24/2008 4:32:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 24+ views
    WASHINGTON, June 24, 2008 – Afghan national security forces led successful operations last week to counter the Taliban’s raid on a Kandahar city prison, a U.S. military official said yesterday. “The Afghan National Army -- much to the surprise of the Taliban -- deployed quickly, deployed in large numbers and deployed effectively and attacked them effectively and defeated the [enemy] forces and pushed them out,” U.S. Army Col. Thomas McGrath, commander of NATO’s Afghanistan Regional Security Command South, said in a teleconference with online journalists and bloggers. Afghan and coalition forces conducted aggressive operations in and around Kandahar after the...
  • US to carry on military trials at Guantanamo despite ruling

    06/24/2008 10:08:37 AM PDT · by mathprof · 19 replies · 103+ views
    afb via yahoo ^ | 6/24/08 | Fanny Carrier
    Hearings for terror suspects before US military tribunals in Guantanamo are going ahead despite a Supreme Court ruling that affirmed detainees have a right to challenge their detention in a civilian court. Legal experts had described the high court's decision as the death knell of the special tribunals created by President George W. Bush and his Republican allies in Congress to try "war on terror" suspects. But Justice Department chief Michael Mukasey said the controversial tribunals at the US naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba would continue their work and last week, two preliminary hearings were held as scheduled. The...
  • Abu Qatada: Radical cleric to be released 'in next 24 hours'

    06/17/2008 3:47:24 PM PDT · by K-oneTexas · 10 replies · 74+ views ^ | 17 June 2008 | <p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-top: 0pt; margin-bottom: 0pt;"> <span style="font-family: Verdana
    Abu Qatada: Radical cleric to be released 'in next 24 hours'   Radical cleric Abu Qatada (aka Omar Mohammed Othman), described as "Osama bin Laden's right hand man in Europe," is to be released in the next 24 hours.    Qatada, who is accused of giving advice and support to terrorists including the leader of the September 11 hijackers, has been described in official documents as a "truly dangerous individual" who was "heavily involved, indeed at the centre of terrorist activities associated with al-Qa'eda."    He has been convicted twice in Jordan in his absence for conspiracy to carry out bomb...
  • Jail Blast Frees Hundreds Of Taliban [estimated 1,150 prisoners fled when a Taliban suicide bomber]

    06/13/2008 2:44:49 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 91 replies · 183+ views
    Jail Blast Frees Hundreds Of Taliban Updated:22:34, Friday June 13, 2008 Hundreds of Taliban militants have escaped from a prison in Kandahar, Afghanistan, after a co-ordinated suicide bomb and rocket attack tore through the jail's defences. Nearly all of an estimated 1,150 prisoners fled when a Taliban suicide bomber blew open the main gate, officials said. Eyewitnesses reported that the fighters fired several rockets at various parts of the mud-built prison. "All the prisoners escaped. There is no one left," said Wali Karzai, the brother of President Hamid Karzai and the president of Kandahar's provincial council. Militants first exploded a...
  • Hundreds escape in Afghan prison attack

    06/13/2008 12:49:09 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 16 replies · 128+ views
    msnbc ^ | 6/13/2008 | staff
    KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Nearly all of an estimated 1,150 prisoners, including some 400 Taliban inmates, fled a prison in Kandahar on Friday after Taliban insurgents blew open the main gate, officials said.
  • McCain: Guantanamo Ruling One of the ‘Worst Decisions’ in History

    06/13/2008 12:09:36 PM PDT · by DCRoush · 293 replies · 159+ views
    Fox News ^ | June 13, 2008 |
    John McCain said Friday that the Supreme Court ruling on Guantanamo Bay detainees is “one of the worst decisions in the history of this country.” The presumptive GOP nominee said the decision, a 5-4 ruling Thursday that determined Guantanamo detainees have the right to seek release in civilian courts, would lead to a wave of frivolous challenges. “We are now going to have the courts flooded with so-called … habeas corpus suits against the government, whether it be about the diet, whether it be about the reading material. And we are going to be bollixed up in a way that...
  • Caption This: Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy

    06/13/2008 8:40:41 AM PDT · by weegee · 40 replies · 212+ views
    AP Via Yahoo ^ | Fri Jun 13, 10:20 AM ET | AP Photo/Charles Dharapak
    Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy arrives for a roundtable discussion titled 'Making Law Work for Everyone', Friday, June 13, 2008, at the Organization of American (OAS) in Washington. In writing for the court majority on the Supreme Court's decision on Guantanamo Bay on Thursday, Kennedy acknowledged the terrorism threat the country faces and the administration's justification for the detentions, but he declared, 'The laws and Constitution are designed to survive, and remain in force, in extraordinary times.' (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright arrive for a roundtable discussion titled 'Making...
  • Attorney general says detainee trials to go on

    WASHINGTON - Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Friday the Supreme Court ruling on Guantanamo detainees would not affect the trials of enemy combatants. A divided court ruled decided suspected terrorists have the right to go to federal court to seek their release from indefinite detention. He added: "I think it bears emphasis that the court's decision does not concern military commission trials, which will continue to proceed. Instead it addresses the procedures that the Congress and the president put in place to permit enemy combatants to challenge their detention."