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  • 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...
  • The Interrogation of Abu Anas al-Libi

    10/09/2013 7:08:11 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 4 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 10-09-13 | Wordsmith
    This image from the FBI website shows Anas al-Libi. Gunmen in a three-car convoy seizedNazih Abdul-Hamed al-Ruqai, known by his alias Anas al-Libi, an al-Qaeda leader connected to the1998 embassy bombings in eastern Africa and wanted by the U.S. for more than a decade outside hishouse Saturday in the Libyan capital, his relatives said. (AP Photo/FBI) In a time when the current administration appears to favor kills over capture as well as "catch and release", last Saturday Abu Anas al-Libi (Zawahiri's man in Libya) survived President Obama's kill list to be captured instead of droned upon: Since President Obama stepped...
  • Republicans Reach Deal on Detainee Bill

    09/21/2006 7:49:24 PM PDT · by nj26 · 7 replies · 543+ views
    NY Times ^ | 9/22/06 | KATE ZERNIKE
    The Bush administration and Congressional Republicans reached agreement Thursday on legislation governing the treatment and interrogation of terror suspects after weeks of debate that divided Republicans heading into the midterm elections. Under the deal, President Bush dropped his demand that Congress redefine the nation’s obligations under the Geneva Conventions, handing a victory to a group of Republicans, including Senator John McCain... “There is no doubt that the integrity and the letter and the spirit of the Geneva Conventions have been preserved,” said Mr. McCain, who was tortured during more than five years as a prisoner in North Vietnam... On another...
  • Obama's Government Report: Guantanamo is Humane and Abides by Geneva Conventions

    02/20/2009 12:52:43 PM PST · by Syncro · 50 replies · 3,955+ views
    Friday, February 20, 2009 Posted By:Catherine MoyPermalinkObama’s Government Report: Guantanamo is Humane and Abides by Geneva Conventions President Obama in one of his first actions in office ordered the closure of the terrorist prison at Guantanamo Bay. He also ordered an in-depth study of the prison camps to decipher whether the terrorists and alleged terrorists at Gitmo are properly treated and that U.S. troops are abiding by the Geneva Conventions. The report, part of which was leaked today, shows that Gitmo “complies with the humanitarian requirements of the Geneva conventions” and that the prisoners are treated with dignity. A Pentagon...
  • Respecting the Geneva Convention

    08/06/2008 2:41:33 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 2 replies · 154+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-06-08 | Wordsmith
    Why is it, that the impression the media leaves me with, is that Hamdan is "just a driver" and a victim of circumstances? Just another tragic pawn and casualty in the illegal and immoral war instigated by the imperialistic, oil-grubbing, human-rights/U.S. Constitution-violating Bush regime? Well, he's been found guilty of supporting terrorism, but acquitted on charges of conspiracy to commit acts of terror. Anyway... Jonathan Mahler writing last Sunday for the NYTimes Magazine: The men in the dock might very well be war criminals, the argument goes, but what about the policy makers and interrogators who violated their rights...
  • Severed fingers of 5 hostages delivered to U.S. officials in Iraq

    03/12/2008 4:02:15 PM PDT · by atomic conspiracy · 159 replies · 5,906+ views
    McClatchy Newspapers via Yahoo ^ | 3-12-08 | Hannah Allam
    <p>BAGHDAD _U.S. authorities in Baghdad have received five severed fingers belonging to four Americans and an Austrian who were taken hostage more than a year ago in Iraq , U.S. officials said Wednesday.</p> <p>The FBI is investigating the grisly development, and the families of the five kidnapped contractors have been notified, American officials said on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to discuss the case publicly.</p>
  • The Psychological Asymmetry of Islamist Warfare

    03/05/2008 9:41:39 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 22 replies · 248+ views
    http://www.meforum.org/article/1867 ^ | Irwin J. Mansdorf and Mordechai Kedar
    How to balance military needs, international humanitarian law, and the reality of facing an enemy whose tactics are not restrained by accepted conventions are challenges to which Israel and other Western nations need to devote serious thought. The asymmetry of battle that Israel faces requires a rethinking of strategy to deal with threats from forces whose ideologies allow them not just to frustrate many Western military advantages but to use the openness of Western societies—especially their print and image media, and the organizations through which the Western penchant for self-criticism is expressed—to their own advantage. Ideology, including the perception of...
  • (From 2005) Former Hostages Allege Iran's New President Was Captor

    09/23/2007 8:09:15 PM PDT · by khnyny · 50 replies · 656+ views
    CNN ^ | June 30, 2005
    NEW YORK (CNN) -- The White House said Thursday it is taking seriously the allegations by former hostages that Iran's hardline president-elect, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, was one of their captors at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran a quarter century ago. President Bush told foreign reporters he has "no information, but obviously his involvement raises many questions." "As soon as I saw the face, it rang a lot of bells to me," Don Sharer, who served as the embassy's naval attache at the time, told CNN. "...Take 20 years off of him. He was there. He was there in the background, more...
  • The Geneva Conventions For Jihadis

    06/11/2007 4:08:37 AM PDT · by theothercheek · 2 replies · 414+ views
    At a Town Hall meeting in Des Moines, IA, on June 1st, John McCain was asked about his views on torture, and he repeated just about word-for-word what he said in the second Republican debate (video link): Every retired and active duty military officer that I know says we shouldn't torture people. General Colin Powell, all of these others who have had the responsibility of leadership because they fear that if we torture people what happens to their soldiers when they are captured. We don't want that to happen to men and women serving in the military. The Stiletto has...
  • Double Tap

    05/25/2007 7:50:25 PM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 37 replies · 1,545+ views
    My E-mail inbox
    In response to the news blurb about the Marine who put two rounds ("double tap") in a wounded insurgent's head in Fallujah, here's a response from a Marine: "It's a safety issue, pure and simple. After assaulting through a target, we put a security round in everybody's head. Sorry al- Reuters, there's no paddy wagon rolling around Fallujah picking up "prisoners" and offering them a hot cup a Joe, falafel, and a blanket. There's no time to dick around on the target. You clear the space, dump the chumps, and move on. Are Corpsman expected to treat wounded terrorists? Negative....
  • Al-Qaeda Torture Manual Found & Released by DoD (***Warning Graphic***)

    05/24/2007 9:18:59 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 135 replies · 9,388+ views
    The Smoking Gun ^ | 24 MAY 07 | dcbryan1
    Torture, Al-Qaeda StyleDrawings, tools seized from Iraq safe house in U.S. military raid MAY 24--In a recent raid on an al-Qaeda safe house in Iraq, U.S. military officials recovered an assortment of crude drawings depicting torture methods like "blowtorch to the skin" and "eye removal." Along with the images, which you'll find on the following pages, soldiers seized various torture implements, like meat cleavers, whips, and wire cutters. Photos of those items can be seen here. The images, which were just declassified by the Department of Defense, also include a picture of a ramshackle Baghdad safe house described as an...
  • FReeper Canteen ~ Geneva Convention Protocols & Unlawful Enemy Combatants ~ April 30, 2007

    04/29/2007 5:04:35 PM PDT · by StarCMC · 420 replies · 2,993+ views
    Linked in thread
    Our troops rock!  Thank you for serving! The Freeper Canteen    The Protocols to the Geneva ConventionsandUnlawful Enemy Combatants     Protocol IProtocol I is an amendment to the Geneva Conventions.Adopted on June 8, 1977 by the Diplomatic Conference on the Reaffirmation and Development of International Humanitarian Law applicable in Armed Conflicts presided over by Pierre Graber of Switzerland. The protocol entered into force on December 7, 1979 (six months after its adoption by the conference) and is binding for a country six months after it has ratified it. As of 14 January 2007 it had been ratified by...
  • Shame on the Liberals for their Afghan policy

    Shame on the Liberals for their Afghan policy By PETER WORTHINGTON Regardless of what they say for public consumption, the federal Liberals really do not like the military, especially the soldiers. This is apparent in their efforts to mortify the Harper government over claims of torture and abuse of Taliban prisoners captured by the Canadians in Kandahar and turned over to the Afghans. There's even the suggestion that our soldiers could be nailed for war crimes if abuses are committed against these prisoners by Afghans -- a concern echoed by Liberal allies in the private sector. The ludicrous alternative is...
  • Look Past the Tortured Distortions (yeah, for a tortured explanation)

    10/02/2006 6:12:26 AM PDT · by OESY · 5 replies · 418+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 2, 2006 | JOHN W. WARNER, JOHN MCCAIN and LINDSEY O. GRAHAM
    Negotiating a complicated piece of legislation with wide-ranging implications is always a difficult endeavor, and the Military Commissions Act of 2006 was no exception. We worked with the administration to achieve a fair system for the prosecution and conviction of suspected terrorists. The proposed legislation also reaffirms and underscores our nation's commitment to the Geneva Conventions, which we must uphold as a matter of principle and to protect our service members in this and future wars. We believe that we have succeeded in this effort. We also believe that the American people deserve to have this important legislation properly described....
  • Wisdom and Judgment Deficiency

    09/19/2006 4:08:03 AM PDT · by Molly Pitcher · 5 replies · 378+ views
    Townhall ^ | 9/19/06 | Cal Thomas
    And now for the definition-impaired, the meaning of the word "naive": "deficient in worldly wisdom or informed judgment." There was plenty of that on display last week in Pittsburgh and in Washington. At the annual National Conference of Editorial Writers Convention in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania governor and former general chair of the Democratic National Committee, Ed Rendell, addressed a group of pundits on the subject, "Will the Real Democratic Party Please Stand Up?" After running through standard Democratic boilerplate issues - increase the minimum wage, raise taxes (except property taxes), spend more on education (as if too much is not already...
  • Playing nice: A luxury we can't afford

    09/17/2006 4:13:13 AM PDT · by billorites · 44 replies · 1,150+ views
    Manchester Union Leader ^ | September 17, 2006 | Editorial
    JUST WHAT WAR do Sens. John McCain, John Warner, Lindsey Graham and Susan Collins think the United States is fighting? Last week these four Republicans joined Democrats on the Senate Armed Services Committee in voting to prevent CIA officers who interrogate terror suspects from being any rougher on said suspects than Mary Poppins would be. The four argued that allowing U.S. operatives to be rough with terrorists during questioning would put our own forces in danger of being subjected to the same treatment. They were joined by former Secretary of State Colin Powell, who wrote in an open letter that...
  • A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE LAWS OF WAR

    09/15/2006 7:56:47 PM PDT · by BMC1 · 27 replies · 720+ views
    Attempts to put limits on wartime behavior have been around since the beginning of recorded history and there have been numerous attempts to codify the rules of appropriate military conduct. In the sixth century BCE, Chinese warrior Sun Tzu suggested putting limits on the way that wars were conducted. Around 200 BCE, the notion of war crimes as such appeared in the Hindu code of Manu. In 1305, the Scottish national hero Sir William Wallace was tried for the wartime murder of civilians. Hugo Grotius wrote "On the Law of War and Peace" in 1625, focusing on the humanitarian treatment...
  • Powell Opposes Efforts to 'Redefine' Geneva Provision

    09/14/2006 4:12:11 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 142 replies · 2,119+ views
    WashPost ^ | 9-14-06 | William Branigin
    Former Secretary of State Colin L. Powell came out in opposition today to White House-sponsored legislation to create special military commissions that would try terrorist suspects, saying he rejects efforts to "redefine" a key provision of the Geneva Conventions. Powell, a retired Army general who formerly headed the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stated his position in a letter to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), one of three Republican senators who are blocking President Bush's plan for military tribunals. The three -- who also include Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and Sen. Lindsey O. Graham...
  • Blog Pimp Admits to Nonexistent "High Crimes"; Zotted in Sep 2006

    09/06/2006 1:48:05 PM PDT · by jbamb · 47 replies · 2,284+ views
    Part-Time Pundit ^ | 9/6/06 | John Bambenek
    Bush has admitted to the requisite "high crimes and misdemeanors" to allow for impeachment. It doesn't matter that these supposed crimes aren't truly crimes; he has effectively admitted to them being illegal and makes it impossible to claim otherwise. He has shown fundamental weakness leading up to the election that makes Congressional Republicans that much more vulnerable. Ultimately, the Democrats will gain control of the House, will successfully impeach the President, and he will likely be thrown out of office by a weak Senate Republican majority. It is no secret that many Democrats (and certainly left-wing activists) want to impeach...
  • NY Times Glossary

    08/09/2006 7:08:49 PM PDT · by Jack Wilson · 173+ views
    Openly Non-Liberal ^ | 8/9/2006 | Ricky Nonlib
    OpenlyNonLiberal has put together a glossary to help in translating your NY Times and other liberal publications: Cease Fire: Terrorist re-armament opportunity Containment: Appeasement of terrorist dictators in order to defer solving the problem until the next administration