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  • 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
  • 'Immediate' ceasefire essential after Qana: Russia (Russia condemns Israel's attack)

    08/01/2006 12:39:19 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 28 replies · 541+ views
    AFP ^ | July 31, 2006
    MOSCOW: The deadly Israeli bombing of Qana in southern Lebanon was a "gross violation" of international norms that confirms the need for an immediate ceasefire, Russia's foreign ministry said on Monday. The Qana bombing "clearly confirms the need to immediately end military activities, bloodletting and violence in Lebanon", foreign ministry spokesman Mikhail Kamynin said. "We have repeatedly expressed our condemnation... of activities that make the civilian population suffer. Such 'mistakes' are a gross violation of fundamental norms of international humanitarian law," Kamynin added. Israel has faced widespread condemnation since its bombing raid that killed at least 52 people, including 30...
  • Cease-fire with Hezbollah wouldn't bring Mideast peace

    07/20/2006 6:59:57 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 9 replies · 298+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | July 20, 2006 | STEVE HUNTLEY
    When I visited Israel nearly five years ago, I heard much about the perversity of suicide bombings, the treachery of Yasser Arafat and the threats of terrorism from the Gaza Strip and West Bank. But one Western diplomat turned my attention in another direction. The Israel-Lebanon border, he told me, "could be a more serious flash point than the West Bank or Gaza Strip. What happens if Hezbollah, Syria, Iran or all three decide to stir the pot?" A few days later as I toured the border region with its Israeli army outposts, Hezbollah encampments, electronic fences and barbed wire,...
  • Arithmetic of Pain (Can't believe Dershowitz agrees with me!) stresses the Geneva Conventions

    07/20/2006 7:07:33 AM PDT · by AFPhys · 33 replies · 1,315+ views
    Gamla ^ | July 20, 2006 | Alan M. Dershowitz
    There is no democracy in the world that should tolerate missiles being fired at its cities without taking every reasonable step to stop the attacks. The big question raised by Israel's military actions in Lebanon is what is "reasonable." The answer, according to the laws of war, is that it is reasonable to attack military targets, so long as every effort is made to reduce civilian casualties. If the objectives cannot be achieved without some civilian casualties, these must be "proportional" to the civilian casualties that would be prevented by the military action. This is all well and good...
  • Gonzales: Congress can approve tribunals

    07/18/2006 8:56:03 PM PDT · by La Enchiladita · 1 replies · 369+ views
    UPI ^ | July 18, 2006 | Staff
    WASHINGTON, July 18 (UPI) -- U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales suggested Congress could ratify the administration's military tribunal procedure for trying Guantanamo detainees. Gonzales made the point in an exchange with Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the New York Times reported. "The question is very specific," Leahy said. "Is it the administration's position, as one of your assistants suggested, that we should simply ratify the military-commission procedures that the president designed and the Supreme Court struck down in Hamdan?" "That would certainly be one alternative that Congress could consider, Senator Leahy," Gonzales answered. The attorney general also told Sen. Arlen Specter,...
  • Boston Globe Cartoon: Only Court Decision Prevents W From Ordering Torture

    07/14/2006 8:48:21 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 23 replies · 931+ views
    Boston Globe/NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    by Mark Finkelstein July 14, 2006 - 11:28. Somebody please tell me what is funny or - more importantly - true about this cartoon. Is this really the view of Dan Wasserman and by extension the paper he works for - the Boston Globe? Do Wasserman and the Globe really believe that, in his heart, President George W. Bush is a torture-master of medieval proportions? Do they truly think that only international agreements and court decisions stand between him and the barbarous flaying of prisoners? Just what is the point, other than to express hatred and contempt for the sitting...
  • (Menchaca) Slain soldier's brother skeptical of group's claim (al-Qaida-linked group)

    07/13/2006 6:41:16 AM PDT · by weegee · 11 replies · 579+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 12, 2006, 11:36AM | By JAMES PINKERTON
    Slain soldier's brother skeptical of group's claim He doubts that Menchaca, a 2nd soldier could have been linked to rape suspects HARLINGEN - The brother of slain Army Pfc. Kristian Menchaca said Tuesday that he is skeptical of an al-Qaida-linked group's claim that it killed Menchaca and another U.S. soldier more than three months after troops from their unit allegedly raped and killed a young Iraqi woman. Julio Cesar Vasquez, the older brother of Menchaca, said he does not think the suspected al-Qaida insurgents could have linked the two slain soldiers to the rape suspects. ''It could be, but how...
  • Reagan Rejected Geneva Conventions For Terrorists

    06/30/2006 1:47:56 PM PDT · by Sam Hill · 42 replies · 1,099+ views
    Sweetness & Light ^ | June 30, 2006 | N/A
    Less than twenty years ago there was an attempt to explicitly expand the Geneva Conventions to cover terrorists. It was rejected by the United States and its then President, Ronald Reagan: Message to the Senate Transmitting a Protocol to the 1949 Geneva ConventionsJanuary 29, 1987To the Senate of the United States:I transmit herewith, for the advice and consent of the Senate to ratification, Protocol II Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, concluded at Geneva on June 10, 1977. I also enclose for the information of the Senate the report of the Department of State on the Protocol.The...
  • The Gitmo Prisoners’ Case:What the Supreme Court Really Did, And How the Press Blew the Story

    06/29/2006 3:50:16 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 200 replies · 7,980+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 29 June 2006 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Because the Hamdan case was not up on my favorite research site at Cornell Law School early this morning, I read the press coverage first and the decisions afterward. The press has only a superficial understanding of the case, and missed the most important aspect of the decision. The case is Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, No. No. 05–184, June 29, 2006. Source: http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/05-184.ZS.html The Christian Science Monitor gets the facial decision correctly: The court ruled 5-to-3 Thursday that Mr. Bush acted outside his authority when he ordered Al Qaeda suspects to stand trial before these specially organized military commissions. The ruling...
  • The Savages: A barbaric enemy disqualified from the Geneva Conventions

    06/22/2006 10:56:38 AM PDT · by baseball_fan · 33 replies · 1,639+ views
    WSJ OpinionJournal ^ | June 22, 2006
    snip…Privates Tucker and Menchaca were not simply ambushed, taken prisoner and killed. "The torture was something unnatural," said Major General Abdul Azziz Mohammed Jassim of Iraq's Defense Ministry, hinting at the state of the soldiers' remains. The corpses were so mutilated that they could be positively identified only through DNA testing. Here, then, is the enemy we face in Iraq: not nationalists or extremists or even fanatics, but something like a band of real-life Hannibal Lecters for whom human slaughter is both business and religious fulfillment. Following the killing, an Internet statement said to be from the Mujahadeen Shura Council...
  • Captured Terrorists Vs. Prisoners of War - (Lee Ellis, WWII vet; retired CBS VP; straight talk)

    05/05/2005 8:45:27 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 29 replies · 862+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | MAY 5, 2005 | LEE ELLIS
    In reading Letters to the Editor in many newspapers, I find that there are many people who try to compare the Terrorist war with WWII and want us to treat captured terrorists the same way we treated German POWs in the 40s. As a WWII combat veteran, I can state that with all previous wars, we had national, uniformed nations fighting each other. Even with bombings, civilians had sufficient warnings so that they could escape to bomb shelters whether in London or Berlin. Prisoners of war were treated with the Geneva accords in mind. Today none of this “gentlemen’s war”...
  • Swiss revisit rules of war - look at updating the Geneva Conventions to take account of terrorism

    10/10/2002 12:04:32 AM PDT · by chance33_98 · 149+ views
    Swiss revisit rules of war swissinfo October 8, 2002 11:27 AM The status of prisoners held in Guantanamo Bay has fuelled debate over humanitarian law (Keystone Archive) Switzerland is to convene an international conference aimed at updating the Geneva Conventions to take account of terrorism. But the depositary state of the conventions has made it clear that the principles of international humanitarian law are not open to negotiation. Reaffirming the principles does not mean reforming them. Peter Maurer, Swiss Foreign Ministry Swiss authorities said that the conference – set for January 27 - would examine the application of the...
  • (Canadian) Troops told Geneva rules don't apply to Taliban

    05/30/2006 11:18:28 PM PDT · by West Coast Conservative · 15 replies · 712+ views
    Globe and Mail ^ | May 30, 2006 | PAUL KORING
    Canadian troops in Afghanistan have been told the Geneva Conventions and Canadian regulations regarding the rights of prisoners of war don't apply to Taliban and al-Qaeda fighters captured on the battlefield. That decision strips detainees of key rights and protections under the rules of war, including the right to be released at the end of the conflict and not to be held criminally liable for lawful combat. “The whole purpose of those regulations is to know if Geneva applies,” said Amir Attaran, a law professor at the University of Ottawa who has been pressing the Defence Department for details of...
  • Syria demands humanitarian access to Golan

    12/06/2005 6:26:34 PM PST · by Alouette · 14 replies · 400+ views
    YNet News ^ | Dec. 7, 2005
    Syria demands humanitarian access to Golan Damscus says it will oppose emergency service emblem agreement unless it can send 'humanitarian workers' to Golan The approval of a new emblem allowing Israelis to join the Red Cross movement was held up Tuesday by Syria's demand that Israel allow its humanitarian workers into the Golan Heights. The move could delay until at least Wednesday a decision by the 192 signatories of the Geneva Conventions on a "Red crystal" Emblem that Israeli paramedics could use in place of the red cross or Muslim red crescent. Israel's Magen David Adom - or Red Shield...
  • Slouching Toward Pampering the Enemy

    11/08/2005 4:01:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 445+ views
    NRO ^ | November 08, 2005 | Mark R. Levin
    E-mail Author Author Archive Send to a Friend Version November 08, 2005, 6:19 p.m. Slouching Toward Pampering the Enemy Military tribunals are nothing new. I would not have thought that four short years after 9/11, two branches of the federal government would be taking what are historically extraordinary measures to grant unprecedented due-process rights to unlawful enemy combatants held overseas. In 1950, in Johnson v. Eisentrager, the Supreme Court held it did not have the authority to take up a challenge by 21 German nationals held in China, who were tried and convicted by U.S. military tribunals. In 2004,...
  • It's Geneva Conventions Time !

    10/20/2005 6:31:13 PM PDT · by genefromjersey · 3 replies · 389+ views
    The Morning Paper - Late Edition | 10/20/05 | vanity
    It’s Geneva Conventions Time ! CNN – and any newsreader who can find a microphone and camera – is about to have a cow ! Oooh ! Ooooh !! Oooooh !!! (Newsreader looks shocked ) The Geneva Conventions have been violated (newsreader looks stern) by American Troops - (newsreader frowns) In Afghanistan !!! (Newsreader bites lip,pretends to look reluctant.) Let’s go to the video ! (Studio camera catches newsreader’s triumphant smile just before tape begins.) Let’s see what all the fuss – and newsroom joy – is about , okay ? On October 1st, troops who were part of a...
  • It's Geneva Conventions Time !

    10/20/2005 6:30:54 PM PDT · by genefromjersey · 1 replies · 318+ views
    The Morning Paper - Late Edition | 10/20/05 | vanity
    It’s Geneva Conventions Time ! CNN – and any newsreader who can find a microphone and camera – is about to have a cow ! Oooh ! Ooooh !! Oooooh !!! (Newsreader looks shocked ) The Geneva Conventions have been violated (newsreader looks stern) by American Troops - (newsreader frowns) In Afghanistan !!! (Newsreader bites lip,pretends to look reluctant.) Let’s go to the video ! (Studio camera catches newsreader’s triumphant smile just before tape begins.) Let’s see what all the fuss – and newsroom joy – is about , okay ? On October 1st, troops who were part of a...
  • Doctors and Interrogators at Guantanamo Bay

    07/11/2005 11:56:27 AM PDT · by Axhandle · 39 replies · 1,061+ views
    The New England Journal of Medicine ^ | 7 July 2005 | M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D., and Jonathan H. Marks, M.A., B.C.L.
    Mounting evidence from many sources, including Pentagon documents, indicates that military interrogators at Guantanamo Bay have used aggressive counter-resistance measures in systematic fashion to pressure detainees to cooperate. These measures have reportedly included sleep deprivation, prolonged isolation, painful body positions, feigned suffocation, and beatings. Other stress-inducing tactics have allegedly included sexual provocation and displays of contempt for Islamic symbols.1 The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and others charge that such tactics constitute cruel and inhuman treatment, even torture. To what extent did interrogators draw on detainees' health information in designing and pursuing such approaches? The Pentagon has persistently...
  • US suspected of keeping secret prisoners on warships: UN official

    06/28/2005 1:55:49 PM PDT · by USAfearsnobody · 72 replies · 1,694+ views
    AFP ^ | 05.28.05
    The UN has learned of "very, very serious" allegations that the United States is secretly detaining terrorism suspects in various locations around the world, notably aboard prison ships, the UN's special rapporteur on terrorism said. While the accusations were rumours, rapporteur Manfred Nowak said the situation was sufficiently serious to merit an official inquiry. "There are very, very serious accusations that the United States is maintaining secret camps, notably on ships," the Austrian UN official told AFP, adding that the vessels were believed to be in the Indian Ocean region. "They are only rumours, but they appear sufficiently well-based to...
  • The Left's Indecent "Dissent"

    06/16/2005 3:25:40 PM PDT · by flightleader · 6 replies · 690+ views
    With all of the caterwauling over the U.S. prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, it seems necessary to visit the facts for just a moment. If you have ever read Alice in Wonderland, you are familiar with the following exchange between Alice and Humpty Dumpty concerning the obvious meaning of words: “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.”“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”“The question is,” said Humpty Dumpty, “which is to be master—that’s...
  • WSJ: The Red Cross and Congress (and the U.S. taxpayer)

    06/15/2005 5:48:06 AM PDT · by OESY · 5 replies · 418+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 15, 2005 | Editorial (full text)
    The International Committee of the Red Cross gets special access to prisons around the world as the neutral observer body designated by the Geneva Conventions. But for more than three years now the ICRC has abused that position of trust to wage an unprecedented propaganda war against the United States. Leaked ICRC reports have described conditions at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as "tantamount to torture" because indefinite detention is stressful. And just last month the ICRC's Washington office broke its confidentiality agreement with the U.S. government to fan the flames created by Newsweek's false Quran-abuse story. Fortunately, Capitol Hill is starting...
  • Gitmo In, Gitmo Out?

    06/13/2005 7:24:30 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 79 replies · 2,367+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 17 June 2005 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    I first wrote about the Gitmo prison, four years ago. I laid out facts the MSM have yet to discover. Here’s another dose: 1. If Gitmo is closed, the prisoners, AND the complaints, will go elsewhere. (Is Senator Mel Martinez really that clueless?) 2. The Geneva Conventions do NOT apply to anyone captured in plain clothes, behind the lines, hiding among civilians (and also killing civilians). Anyone can read the Geneva Conventions for themselves. Fighters/soldiers must meet four conditions to be covered. Terrorists fail to meet at least three of those. These are not “insurgents.” Insurgents are people who disagree...
  • U.S. Pledges to Share Evidence as 9/11 Retrial Begins in Germany

    08/10/2004 3:07:48 PM PDT · by OESY · 2 replies · 588+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 10, 2004 | MARK LANDLER
    HAMBURG, Germany, Aug. 10 — A German court today began a retrial of Mounir el-Motassadeq, the only person convicted of involvement in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, with the disclosure that the United States will for the first time share evidence about the plot. Mr. Motassadeq's conviction was thrown out in March by an appeals court, which said that critical evidence had been withheld by American authorities. After having been sentenced to 15 years in prison, Mr. Motassadeq was freed in April. The decision by the United States to offer limited cooperation to the Germans introduces a combustible element to...
  • A Case For Torture - (Hard to refute this powerful argument!)

    02/12/2005 1:30:17 PM PST · by freeholland · 11 replies · 1,770+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | FEBRUARY 11, 2005 | RAYMOND S. KRAFT
    The opposition to the President’s nomination of Alberto R. Gonzales as Attorney General focused the attention of Congress, and America, on allegations that Mr. Gonzales’ authored an advisory memorandum for the president that at least implicitly approved the torture of prisoners in the War on Terror for the purpose of obtaining information. The broad claims of Democrats who opposed his nomination were that any opinion supporting the use of psychological or physical pain or duress for the purpose of eliciting information from a prisoner, or detainee, i.e., torture, mild or severe, is wrong, and should have disqualified Mr. Gonzales from...
  • Burmese regime carrying out genocide claims new report

    12/15/2004 6:06:56 PM PST · by ZayYa · 7 replies · 340+ views
    Boxun News Network ^ | Dec. 16, 2004 | Burma's Chinese
    (Dec. 16, 2004)(Boxun Received Burma's News Published by Burma's Chinese) SHAN-EU:London, 15 December, (Asiantribune.com): A joint delegation from Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) and the Humanitarian Aid Relief Trust (HART) has returned from a visit to ethnic groups on the Thai-Burmese border with evidence of a campaign of genocide perpetrated by the ruling State Peace and Development Council (SPDC). The report includes first-hand testimonies of forced labour from new Karen and Karenni refugees, as well as details of the situation facing IDPs. It concludes with a brief analysis of the case for genocide and crimes against humanity, and also covers the...
  • White House Questioned on Gonzales Memos

    01/05/2005 2:43:02 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies · 596+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | January 5, 2005 | Bobby Eberle
    WASHINGTON (Talon News) -- The nomination of White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales to become the next U.S. attorney general continues to draw scrutiny from Democrats and members of the media. At Tuesday's White House press briefing, Press Secretary Scott McClellan was asked why the White House hasn't released opinions drafted by Gonzales regarding detainees in the war on terror. A reporter questioned McClellan on a statement issued on Tuesday by a group of former officers which called on the White House "to release documents regarding the decisions that Mr. Gonzales has made in his role as legal counsel of the...
  • Ansar al-Sunna claims attack on US base in Mosul: website (a martyrdom-seeking (suicide) operation)

    12/21/2004 9:07:21 AM PST · by Destro · 97 replies · 8,149+ views
    turkishpress.com ^ | 12/21/2004 | AFP
    Ansar al-Sunna claims attack on US base in Mosul: website AFP: 12/21/2004 DUBAI, Dec 21 (AFP) - The Al-Qaeda linked Army of Ansar al-Sunna group claimed responsibility for an attack against a US military base Tuesday in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which reportedly killed at least 22 people, in a statement attributed to it on an Islamist website. "One of the mujahedeen of the Army of Ansar al-Sunna carried out a martyrdom-seeking (suicide) operation in a restaurant of the infidel occupation forces at the Ghazlani camp in Mosul," said the statement, whose authenticity could not be independently confirmed. US...
  • Photo Sequence Shows Rebels Executing Electoral Workers

    12/19/2004 4:25:05 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 52 replies · 2,132+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 12-19-04 1750EST | Slobodan Lekic
    BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A brazen daylight attack in the heart of Baghdad with rebels executing election workers in cold blood served as a chilling reminder Sunday of the deteriorating security situation in the Iraqi capital with just more than a month before crucial parliamentary elections. A series of pictures taken by an AP photographer show three pistol-wielding gunmen, who had earlier stopped a car carrying the election officials and dragged them into the middle of Haifa Street in the midst of morning traffic. The busy, traffic-clogged street has been the scene of almost daily gunfights between the insurgents and...
  • NYT: Israeli Soldier Is Killed as Palestinian Agent Sets Trap

    12/07/2004 4:42:38 PM PST · by West Coast Conservative · 36 replies · 1,329+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 7, 2004 | GREG MYRE
    Israeli Soldier Is Killed as Palestinian Agent Sets Trap By GREG MYRE Published: December 7, 2004 ERUSALEM, Dec. 7 - An Israeli soldier was killed and four were wounded today when a Palestinian double agent lured the troops into a booby-trapped chicken coop in Gaza City, the Hamas movement said.In the fighting that followed, Israeli forces killed four Palestinian militants in the bloodiest single clash since the Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat died near four weeks ago, Hamas said. The Israeli military declined to comment on the Hamas statement. Fighting in the Gaza Strip had become less frequent recently as Israelis...
  • WSJ: Red Double-Crossed Again -- The ICRC betrays America--and the Geneva Conventions

    12/02/2004 5:45:15 AM PST · by OESY · 10 replies · 642+ views
    opinionjournal.com ^ | December 2, 2004 | Editorial
    ...[T]he ICRC is alleging that the psychological conditions faced by Guantanamo detainees are "tantamount to torture."... Because--we kid you not--prisoners are being held for indefinite periods, and the uncertainty is stressful. And because some prisoners are subjected to psychological pressure techniques during interrogations aimed at thwarting further terrorist attacks. ...The basic idea behind granting POW status is that soldiers who surrender or are captured are not to be punished so long as they have behaved according to certain rules--such as fighting in uniform and doing their best to direct their own attacks at enemy soldiers rather than civilians. Part of...
  • Violence sweeps Baghdad; Insurgents fire on US troops in Fallujah after waving white flag

    11/20/2004 4:29:31 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 18 replies · 1,100+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | November 20, 2004 | ROBERT H. REID
    Insurgents ambushed a U.S. patrol, killing a soldier, gunned down four government employees and clashed with American troops in neighborhoods across Baghdad on Saturday. Nine Iraqis died in fighting west of the capital -- another sign the insurgency remains potent despite the fall of its stronghold, Fallujah. In Fallujah, where U.S. Marines and soldiers are still battling pockets of resistance, insurgents waved a white flag of surrender before opening fire on U.S. troops and causing casualties, Marine spokesman 1st Lt. Lyle Gilbert said Saturday without elaborating.
  • GRISLY FALLUJAH FIND

    11/15/2004 12:13:51 AM PST · by kattracks · 59 replies · 5,344+ views
    New York Post ^ | 11/15/04 | Neil Graves
    Marines searching for holdout guerrillas in Fallujah yesterday discovered the mutilated body of a blond woman lying in the street under a blood-soaked cloth — and officials believe it could be one of two Western women kidnapped last month. The body could not be immediately identified, but Margaret Hassan, 59, a Briton who runs Iraq's division of CARE International, and Polish-born Teresa Borcz Khalifa, 54, are the only kidnapped women who remain unaccounted for. As U.S. and Iraqi troops pushed deeper into devastated Fallujah, other kidnappers who last week snatched relatives of the prime minister announced that they had...
  • Report: CIA Took Detainees Out of Iraq

    10/23/2004 8:53:31 PM PDT · by TexKat · 29 replies · 811+ views
    Reuters ^ | 10/23/04
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. intelligence officials have transferred detainees out of Iraq for interrogation, a move that experts say violates international law, The Washington Post reported in its Sunday edition. The CIA has invoked a confidential memo written by the Justice Department to justify secretly transferring as many as a dozen detainees out of Iraq in the last six months, the Post said. The CIA has hidden the detainees from the International Red Cross and other authorities, the Post said, citing an unnamed intelligence official. In a March 19, 2004, memo the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel said the...