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  • Wartime Bosnian commander arrested for crimes by Islamic fighters

    12/09/2015 6:42:40 PM PST · by Dragonfly · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | December 8, 2015 | Maja Zuvela
    Bosnian police arrested a wartime Muslim army commander on Tuesday on charges of failing to prevent crimes committed by foreign Islamic fighters against captive Bosnian Serb soldiers during a 1992-1995 war. The arrest of 63-year-old retiree Sakib Mahmuljin was carried out on orders of the state war crimes prosecutor, the prosecutor's office said in a statement. "The suspect is under investigation for acting in contravention of international humanitarian law and the Geneva Conventions while serving as a commander of the 3rd Corps of the Army of BiH," it said. Mahmuljin has denied the charges during earlier proceedings. Many Islamic fighters,...
  • Hearing today for MP's charged with abusing Iraqi Prisoners

    08/27/2003 8:36:33 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 1 replies · 213+ views
    Times Leader (Wilkes-Barre) ^ | 8/27/2003 | Lauren Roth
    Ashley-based soldiers face hearing today Supporters of troops accused of beating Iraqis gripe about camp where probe started. By LAUREN ROTH As four Ashley-based military police officers head to a hearing today on charges they assaulted Iraqi prisoners, the soldiers' supporters describe disorder, incompetence and mistakes by commanders at Camp Bucca. "Those that initiated this ridiculous investigation and those that perpetuated the volatile circumstances will feel the burden of responsibility that this series of injustices command," wrote David Girman, brother of one of the reservists, in an eight-page letter to congressmen and media. From phone calls and e-mails between...
  • Former CIA officer charged in alleged leaks

    01/23/2012 6:42:19 PM PST · by oldernittany · 11 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/23/2012 | Greg Miller
    Kiriakou, 47, was a source for stories by The New York Times and other news organizations in 2008 and 2009 about some of the agency’s most sensitive operations after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. ......... that the information Kiriakou supplied to journalists ... enabling defense attorneys there to obtain photographs of CIA operatives suspected of being involved in harsh interrogations. Some of the pictures were subsequently discovered in the cells of high-value detainees.
  • ISIS burns 4 hog-tied men alive in new video

    09/04/2015 12:17:28 PM PDT · by marthemaria · 56 replies
    ISIS set four captured Iraqi men on fire by hog-tying them upside down, hanging them from a pole, then burning them alive. Once again, the savage execution was captured on video and shared on social media accounts friendly with the terror group as part of its propaganda and fear campaign. The four men in orange jumpsuits introduce themselves on camera and are made to watch videos of other ISIS executions before they’re marched out to the desert, with chains around their wrists and ankles, to their fate. After a man wearing camouflage and a mask explains how the men must...
  • Report: The Chinese Government Is Stealing 10,000 Organs From Live Political Prisoners Every Year

    04/09/2015 6:26:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 4/9/15 | Josh Fatzick
    A Canadian documentary has alleged that the Chinese state is aware and approves of the removal of organs from live political prisoners, often without anesthetic. Some 10,000 political prisoners are reportedly killed each year, and at least one former worker is willing to testify to atrocities. The documentary, produced by Australia’s SBS Dateline, purports to show the gruesome details of the multi-billion dollar “organs-on-demand” transplant program, and how these Chinese hospitals remove organs from live patients, in some cases putting the people in incinerators before they had even died. The filmmaker, Leon Lee, in an interview with Australia’s, described...
  • Inside the hell of Saddam's torture chambers

    04/08/2003 2:55:08 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 135 replies · 3,755+ views
    The Times ^ | April 9, 2003 | Daniel McGrory
    ABID HUSSAN took one step inside the foul-smelling prison cell and began to shake. Beads of sweat ran down his forehead and behind his gold-rimmed spectacles. The 45-year-old shopkeeper pointed to the electric cables hanging from the ceiling where President Saddam Hussein’s security police would torture him three times a day. People tried to elbow their way inside this impossibly small 6ft by 4ft torture chamber. They were anxious to sift through the documents carpeting the floor to see if it gave a clue as to what became of a loved one, or friend, who had been dragged inside here...
  • ISIS executed 600 prison inmates in Mosul says Human Rights Watch

    10/31/2014 10:45:55 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 38 replies
    Iraqi News ^ | October 31, 2014 | Abdelhak Mamoun
    ( Today Human Rights Watch reported that gunmen from the so-called the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria carried out the systematic execution of about 600 male inmates from a prison on the outskirts of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq on June 10 according to accounts of the survivors. The overwhelming majority of the dead were Shiites. After seizing Badush prison near Mosul, the militants ISIS separated the Sunnis inmates from the Shiites, and then forced the latter to kneel at the edge of a valley and shot them from assault rifles and automatic weapons, according to what...
  • Saudi blogger Badawi 'flogged for Islam insult'

    01/09/2015 9:59:59 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 32 replies
    A Saudi Arabian blogger has been publicly flogged after being convicted of cybercrime and insulting Islam, reports say. Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail, was flogged 50 times. The flogging will be carried out weekly, campaigners say. Mr Badawi, the co-founder of a now banned website called the Liberal Saudi Network, was arrested in 2012. Rights groups condemned his conviction and the US appealed for clemency. On Thursday state department spokeswoman Jen Psaki urged the Saudi authorities to "cancel this brutal punishment" and to review his case. In addition to his sentence, Mr...
  • Obama’s Amazing Achievements: His military intervention prompted some stunning reversals. (VDH)

    03/31/2011 12:50:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    NATIONAL REVIEW ONLINE ^ | March 31, 2011 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Obama’s Amazing AchievementsHis military intervention prompted some stunning reversals. By bombing Libya, President Obama has accomplished some things once thought absolutely impossible in America:(a) War-mongering liberals: Liberals are now chest-thumping about military “progress” in Libya. Even liberal television and radio commentators cite ingenious reasons why an optional, preemptive American intervention in an oil-producing Arab country, without prior congressional approval or majority public support — and at a time of soaring deficits — is well worth supporting, in a sort of “my president, right or wrong,” fashion. Apparently, liberal foreign policy is returning to the pre-Vietnam days of the hawkish “best...
  • [from 2004] Editor sacked over 'hoax' photos (Piers Morgan)

    12/20/2012 9:24:46 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 29 replies
    BBC ^ | Last Updated: Friday, 14 May, 2004, 22:10 GMT 23:10 UK | BBC
    The Mirror board said Morgan would be stepping down immediately Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan has been sacked after the newspaper conceded photos of British soldiers abusing an Iraqi were fake.
  • Gadhafi Loyalists Still Battling New Western-backed Rulers in Libya

    10/24/2012 6:22:15 PM PDT · by robowombat · 2 replies
    New American ^ | Monday, 22 October 2012 09:31 | Alex Newman
    Gadhafi Loyalists Still Battling New Western-backed Rulers in Libya Written by Alex Newman A year after the execution of former Libyan despot Moammar Gadhafi at the hands of Western-backed rebels, forces opposed to the new Tripoli-based regime ruling parts of Libya are still fighting on. According to news reports, assorted Libyan militias supposedly aligned with the embattled new government have been shelling the Gadhafi-loyalist stronghold of Bani Walid all weekend in a bid to quash the late dictator’s remaining die-hard supporters. Officials with the new government said the fighting reflected the fact that not all of Libya had been “liberated”...
  • Hitler's Muslim Nephew Comes to New York

    09/24/2007 5:49:09 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 16 replies · 319+ views
    FrontpageMag ^ | September 24, 2007 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Hitler's Muslim Nephew Comes to New York September 24, 2007 Kenneth R. Timmerman What was New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg thinking? Apparently the former Democrat believed that escorting Iran’s Hitler-wannabe president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to the site of the September 11 memorial at Ground Zero would generate a terrific photo op. “Here I am with world leaders,” that type of thing. After all, Bloomberg has already made his appearance at the “World Leaders Forum” at Columbia University, so he was in the zone. And last year, U.S. News & World Report crowned him as one of America’s “best leaders.” But...
  • Mali Rebels Merge, Plan to Create Islamic State

    05/27/2012 12:20:38 PM PDT · by Theoria · 3 replies
    Voice of America ^ | 27 May 2012 | Anne Look
    BAMAKO - Tuareg rebels and Islamist militants have joined forces in northern Mali and say they will create an independent Islamist state. The groups took advantage of a military coup in Bamako to seize control of the territory in early April. Resistance is growing in the north to the efforts to introduce Islamic law. In the northern Malian town of Gao, court is in session. Commissioner Abdoulaye Maiga begins by reading from the Quran in the roadside courtyard outside the former police station. Once an area businessman, Maiga is a member of the militant Islamist sect Ansar Dine that residents...
  • This Week’s Birthday Boy—“Cuba’s Elvis!” Fidel Castro

    08/18/2012 2:30:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | August 18, 2012 | Humberto Fontova
    “Fidel Castro could have been Cuba’s Elvis!” (Dan Rather.) “Fidel Castro is one hell of a guy! “You people would like him!” (Ted Turner to a capacity crowd at Harvard Law School during a speech in 1997.) “Fidel Castro is old-fashioned, courtly—even paternal, a thoroughly fascinating figure!” (Andrea Mitchell.) “Castro has brought very high literacy and great health-care to his country. His personal magnetism is powerful, his presence is commanding.” (Barbara Walters.) “Viva Fidel! Viva Che!” (Jesse Jackson while arm in arm with Fidel Castro himself in 1984.) "Fidel Castro is very shy and sensitive, I frankly like him and...
  • The suicide of a great Iranian intellectual shames the Islamic regime

    05/06/2011 12:16:55 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 6 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | May 6, 2011 | Michael Weiss
    While Britons celebrated the royal wedding last Friday, one of Iran’s greatest intellectuals willingly fell to his death from the sixth-floor balcony of his Tehran apartment. Siamak Pourzand, aged 80, had held out long enough against the Islamic Republic..... Pourzand was an already prominent cultural commentator and foreign correspondent long before Ayatollah Khomeini boarded a plane from Paris, full of big ideas, in 1979.... Secular and cosmopolitan to the core, Pourzand had no time for the guardianship of the sadists and made a point of saying so, especially in the late 1990s when he began writing for various opposition newspapers...
  • When Ross Perot Calls.....

    01/17/2008 7:33:22 AM PST · by rface · 47 replies · 500+ views
    NewsWeek ^ | 01.17.08 | Jonathan Alter
    The phone rang and it was Ross Perot, who hasn't given an interview in years. Perot, who won 19 percent of the vote in the 1992 presidential election, making him one of the strongest third-party candidates in American history, got straight to the point. "Remember what you wrote about John McCain in the March 13, 2000, NEWSWEEK?" "Sure," I lied. "When McCain called Perot 'nuttier than a fruitcake'?" The Texas billionaire, now 77, still has some scores to settle from the Vietnam era, and his timing is exquisite. Just days before the South Carolina GOP primary, he wants me to...
  • Niger found guilty of slavery allegations

    10/28/2008 10:56:00 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 18 replies · 569+ views
    Houston Chronicle/NYT ^ | Oct. 27, 2008 | Lydia Polgreen
    SENEGAL — A West African regional court found the government of Niger guilty on Monday of failing to protect a young woman who was sold into slavery at the age of 12. The landmark ruling, which was delivered by a regional tribunal sitting in Niamey, Niger's capital, ordered the government to pay about $19,000 in damages to the woman, Hadijatou Mani, who is now 24. Slavery is outlawed in Niger and the rest of Africa, but it persists in pockets of Niger, Mali and Mauritania. Anti-slavery organizations estimate that 43,000 people are enslaved in Niger alone, where nomadic tribes have...
  • CIA staff face new investigation as full details of prisoner abuse released

    08/24/2009 4:43:59 AM PDT · by Schnucki · 24 replies · 841+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | August 24, 2009
    America's Justice Department said it would reopen an investigation into the role of CIA employees in torturing terrorist suspects, including an incident in which a detainee was subjected to a mock execution. The Justice Department's ethics office recommend an inquiry in a report presented to Attorney General Eric Holder that will be released on Monday. Details of prisoner abuses that were gathered in 2004 by the agency's inspector general have never been released but when the CIA first referred to the inspector general's findings, it decided that none of the cases merited prosecution. "With the release of the details on...
  • McCain Backs Obama on Blocking Abuse Photos

    05/14/2009 10:02:10 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies · 714+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 2009-05-14 | Brian Knowlton & Thom Shanker
    WASHINGTON — Senator John McCain on Thursday welcomed President Obama’s decision to oppose the release of photographs documenting prisoner abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan by United States military personnel, even as criticism continued from groups of the left. “We are still in a war,” said Senator McCain, the Arizona Republican who is a member of the Armed Services Committee. “The publication of those photographs would have given help to the enemy in the psychological side of the war we are in. I applaud the president’s decision." The former Republican presidential candidate made his remarks during a hearing of the armed...
  • Obama's plans for probing Bush torture(Barf)

    11/14/2008 7:04:26 PM PST · by Red Steel · 33 replies · 1,028+ views
    Salon ^ | Nov. 13, 2008 | Mark Benjamin
    President Bush could pardon officials involved in brutal interrogations -- but he may also face a sweeping investigation under the new president. WASHINGTON -- With growing talk in Washington that President Bush may be considering an unprecedented "blanket pardon" for people involved in his administration's brutal interrogation policies, advisors to Barack Obama are pressing ahead with plans for a nonpartisan commission to investigate alleged abuses under Bush. The Obama plan, first revealed by Salon in August, would emphasize fact-finding investigation over prosecution. It is gaining currency in Washington as Obama advisors begin to coordinate with Democrats in Congress on the...
  • Former Terror Detainee Recalls Captivity (on 60 Minutes, of course)

    03/28/2008 11:43:59 AM PDT · by RDTF · 27 replies · 943+ views ^ | March 28, 2008 | not specified
    (CBS) A German resident held by the U.S. for almost five years tells 60 Minutes correspondent Scott Pelley that Americans tortured him in many ways - including hanging him from the ceiling for five days early in his captivity when he was in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Even after determining he was not a terrorist, Murat Kurnaz says the torture continued. Kurnaz tells his story for the first time on American television this Sunday, March 30, at 7 p.m. ET/PT. Kurnaz, an ethnic Turk born and raised in Germany, went to Pakistan in late 2001 at age 19 to study Islam and...
  • 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>
  • US Forces Rescue 41 Iraqis from AQ

    05/27/2007 7:34:32 AM PDT · by NordP · 57 replies · 3,660+ views
    Fox News Alert to my E-Mail ^ | May 27, 2007 | Associated Press
    U.S. forces rescued 41 Iraqi civilians Sunday from an al-Qaida hide-out northeast of Baghdad, including some who showed signs of torture and broken bones, a senior U.S. official said.
  • Pentagon: Top al-Qaida operative escaped

    11/01/2005 6:22:54 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 32 replies · 1,207+ views
    ap on Yahoo ^ | 11/01/05 | Alicia A. Caldwell - ap
    FORT BLISS, Texas - A man once considered a top al-Qaida operative escaped from a U.S.-run detention facility in Afghanistan and cannot testify against the soldier who allegedly mistreated him, a defense lawyer involved in a prison abuse case said Tuesday. Omar al-Farouq was one of Osama bin Laden's top lieutenants in Southeast Asia until Indonesian authorities captured him in the summer of 2002 and turned him over to the United States. A Pentagon official in Washington confirmed Tuesday evening that al-Farouq escaped from a U.S. detention facility in Bagram, Afghanistan, on July 10. The official spoke on condition of...
  • Russian Diplomats Executed

    06/25/2006 8:46:25 AM PDT · by Sally'sConcerns · 110 replies · 10,161+ views
    CNN Wolf Blitzer ^ | 062506 | self
    During the discussion of the 'amnesty' announcement it was announced the 4 diplomats from Russia had been executed. Now posted as breaking banner on headline.
  • Ottawa Pushes for Arrest of Iran Chief Prosecutor (Harper asked Germans to arrest Mortazavi)

    06/23/2006 6:29:49 PM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 718+ views
    Canadian Press ^ | Jun. 23 2006
    Ottawa pushes for arrest of Iran chief prosecutor Canadian Press Updated: Fri. Jun. 23 2006 GENEVA — Canada's diplomatic battle with Iran reached a new intensity Friday as the federal government said it is seeking the arrest of a senior Iranian official implicated in the death of a Canadian. The government wants charges brought against Iran's hardline chief prosecutor, who has been tied to the arrest of Zahra Kazemi, a Canadian photojournalist tortured and killed in Tehran in 2003. Prime Minister Stephen Harper confirmed Friday that the government asked German authorities this week to arrest Saeed Mortazavi if he stopped...
  • BBC: US soldiers' bodies found in Iraq ~ Bodies Booby Trapped,...Zarqawi successor killed....

    06/20/2006 1:13:20 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 74 replies · 5,094+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 20 June 2006, 19:13 GMT 20:13 UK | BBC Staff
    US soldiers' bodies found in Iraq Kristian Menchaca and flags raised at Thomas Tucker's Oregon home Two US soldiers missing in Iraq since Friday have been found dead south of Baghdad, the US military has said.The bodies were found in the Yusifiya area on Monday. An Iraqi defence ministry spokesman said the bodies had shown signs of torture. An insurgent group linked to al-Qaeda in Iraq, which claimed it abducted the men, has now said that it killed them. The missing men have been named as Kristian Menchaca and Thomas Tucker, both from the 101st Airborne Division. Another US...
  • The Fate of Kuwaiti POWs During Operation Iraqi Freedom

    04/05/2006 8:45:06 AM PDT · by genefromjersey · 6 replies · 649+ views
    The Morning Paper | 04/05/06 | vanity
    Translated Text of an Iraqi Document Concerning Kuwait POWs As the opening date of Operation Freedom neared, Qusai Saddam Hussein-one of Saddam’s bloodthirsty sons, made arrangements to move captured Kuwaiti prisoners into critical locations, to serve as “human shields”. There were 448 Kuwaitis, captured during the First Gulf War ,when Saddam made his infamous incursion into Kuwait. By the terms of the UN Cease Fire agreements –signed by Iraq on 3/03/91- all Kuwaitis were supposed to have been freed and repatriated without delay. Clearly,this never happened ; and sadly,the ultimate fate of these 448 helpless captives is unknown. CMPC-2003-012666 Republican...
  • How Iraq hostages were freed [US-captured terrorist "talked"]

    03/23/2006 12:57:40 PM PST · by aculeus · 54 replies · 2,061+ views
    BBC News on line ^ | March 23, 2006 | Unsigned
    Briton Norman Kember and his Canadian colleagues James Loney and Harmeet Singh Sooden were freed after a multinational military raid acting on information provided by a detainee, the US military says. The rescue was completed without any shots being fired and with no kidnappers present, suggesting the operation was carefully planned and carried out. But the crucial bit of intelligence that enabled the rescue came only after two men were captured by US forces on Wednesday night. One of the suspects had the information which led officials to the Baghdad house where the hostages were four months into their ordeal....
  • Italian journalist executed

    08/26/2004 3:54:46 PM PDT · by IamHD · 14 replies · 583+ views ^ | 8/27/04 | unknown
    Italian journalist executed 27/08/2004 00:06 - (SA) Doha - An Islamist group has executed Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni in Iraq, Arabic-language satellite news channel Al-Jazeera reported on Thursday. Baldoni's captors, a group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq, had on Tuesday threatened to kill their hostage unless Italy withdrew its 3 000 troops from Iraq within 48 hours.
  • China: Exposing Shocking Horrors Inside Sujiatun Concentration Camp(w/ Crimatorium)

    03/14/2006 11:46:41 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 38 replies · 2,963+ views
    The Epoch Times ^ | 03/11/06 | Ji Da
    Exposing Shocking Horrors Inside Sujiatun Concentration Camp By Ji Da Epoch Times Staff Mar 11, 2006 A reporter from China who worked for a Japanese television news agency and specialized in Chinese news recently escaped to the United States after being wanted in China for reporting on controversial issues. (The Epoch Times) High-res image (1200 x 900 px, 72 dpi) [ Warning: graphic photos below ] Falun Gong Practitioners a Cheap Source of Black Market Organs In recent years, international organ buying and selling markets have had extreme shortages. As the world's most populous country with the death penalty, China...
  • N.Y. Times' Iraq Detainee Story Challenged (Hooded Guy)

    03/14/2006 11:04:18 AM PST · by ChuckShick · 29 replies · 950+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/14/06 | Staff
    Tue Mar 14, 9:22 AM ET NEW YORK - The New York Times is investigating questions raised about the identity of a man who said in a Page 1 profile that he is the Abu Ghraib prisoner whose hooded image became an icon of abuse by American captors. The online magazine challenged the man's identity, based on an examination of 280 Abu Ghraib pictures it has been studying for weeks and on an interview with an official of the Army's Criminal Investigation Command. The official says the man the Times profiled Saturday, Ali Shalal Qaissi, is not the detainee...
  • Citizen's Tribunal Indicts Bush Administration for War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity(barf)

    01/11/2006 6:30:25 AM PST · by finnman69 · 13 replies · 873+ views
    US newswire ^ | 1/9/06
    To: Assignment Desk, Daybook Editor Contact: Connie Julian, 917-449-9064, Janet Yip 212-941-8086 or News Advisory: From: International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration WHEN: January 10, 2006 at 1:30 p.m. WHERE: The White House, Walk-in Gate, across from Lafayette Park WEBSITE: An unprecedented series of indictments alleging war crimes and crimes against humanity, in five separate areas, on moral, political, and legal grounds, will be delivered by a citizens' tribunal to President Bush at the front gate of the White House this Tuesday, January 10th. Named in the indictments are: President of...

    11/02/2004 12:36:18 AM PST · by kattracks · 11 replies · 666+ views
    New York Post ^ | 11/02/04 | AMIR TAHERI
    AMERICANS will certainly have 9/11 in mind when they vote today. But they should keep another date in mind, too — one almost exactly a quarter-century ago: Nov. 4, 1979. A clear path runs to 9/11 from the day of the raid on the U.S. embassy in Tehran and the seizure of American hostages. The 1979 embassy attack came at a time when the administration of President Jimmy Carter was trying to prop up the new Khomeinist regime in Tehran. Carter had decided to support Khomeini in the context of the so-called "Green Belt" strategy developed by National Security...
  • Time in POW Camp Still Difficult to Talk About

    07/30/2003 8:38:59 PM PDT · by Mean Daddy · 20 replies · 266+ views
    Council Bluff Daily Nonpareil ^ | July 30, 2003 | Greg Jarret
    Perhaps the most difficult tour of duty is not done on the battlefield as we know it from films and documentaries. Facing the enemy in combat, the American soldier has always had at least a fighting chance. But what about the soldiers captured or surrendered by their commanders on the battlefield? Frank DeVivo doesn't like to talk about it, but he knows what it means to be a POW. DeVivo was serving in the U.S. Army on Corregidor when the Japanese attacked. The tiny, fortified island guarding the entrance to Manila Bay was a key, strategic site and had been...
  • Video shows execution of N.D. man [hostage, former Marine], Islamic Army of Iraq claims

    12/19/2005 10:36:59 AM PST · by wallcrawlr · 38 replies · 5,498+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 12.19.05 | Chuck Haga
    A video showing the execution of an American hostage was posted on a website today, and the Islamic Army of Iraq claimed the victim was Jamestown, N.D., native Ronald Schulz. The video did not show Schulz’s face, the Associated Press reported, and it was impossible to identify him conclusively. The man was blindfolded, kneeling, with his hands tied behind his back and facing away from the camera when he was purportedly shot in the back of the head. As the execution was aired on the website, a separate piece of film on a split screen showed the footage of Schulz...
  • Iraq Insurgents Claim to Kill U.S. Hostage

    12/08/2005 8:44:08 AM PST · by SmithL · 104 replies · 5,045+ views
    AP ^ | 12/8/5
    CAIRO, Egypt -- An Iraqi insurgent group said Thursday in an Internet posting that it killed a U.S. security consultant it had taken hostage. The claim's authenticity could not be immediately verified. The Islamic Army in Iraq said it had killed "the American security consultant for the Housing Ministry,"
  • Senate Approves Limiting Rights of U.S. Detainees (Graham Redeeming Some)

    11/11/2005 12:08:46 AM PST · by indianrightwinger · 19 replies · 615+ views
    Senate Approves Limiting Rights of U.S. Detainees By ERIC SCHMITT Published: November 11, 2005 WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 - The Senate voted Thursday to strip captured "enemy combatants" at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, of the principal legal tool given to them last year by the Supreme Court when it allowed them to challenge their detentions in United States courts. The vote, 49 to 42, on an amendment to a military budget bill by Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, comes at a time of intense debate over the government's treatment of prisoners in American custody worldwide, and just days after the...
  • Democrats push prisoner abuse probe (Outrageous RATS)

    11/07/2005 10:17:30 PM PST · by indianrightwinger · 14 replies · 629+ views
    CNN ^ | November 7, 2005
    Democrats push prisoner abuse probe Leading GOP senator dismisses call for 9/11-style commission Monday, November 7, 2005; Posted: 11:24 p.m. EST (04:24 GMT) WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Senate Democrats stepped up their attacks on the Bush administration's handling of the war on terrorism and the war in Iraq with calls Monday for an independent probe into the treatment of prisoners in U.S. custody. Republicans fired back, accusing Democrats of trying to score political points off American losses in Iraq and of undermining support for U.S. troops. Leading Senate Democrats, arguing that the chamber's GOP leadership has not pursued investigations on those...
  • Soldier Cleared in Afghan Abuse Trial

    11/04/2005 2:06:36 PM PST · by radar101 · 7 replies · 296+ views
    AP ^ | Nov 4, 2005 | ALICIA A. CALDWELL,
    military jury cleared an Army sergeant Friday of charges he abused a mentally retarded detainee at a U.S. detention facility in Afghanistan. The jury took a half-hour to find Sgt. Duane M. Grubb not guilty. He is the third soldier from the Cincinnati-based 377th Military Police Company to be acquitted of striking and otherwise abusing detainees at the Bagram prison. Grubb, 30, fought back tears and hugged his crying wife after hearing the verdict. "I'm just glad that it is over," said his wife, Violeta. Six soldiers from the company have been charged in an abuse investigation prompted by the...
  • Key figure (Lynndie England) in Abu Ghraib case to fight charges

    09/19/2005 4:02:38 PM PDT · by proud_yank · 19 replies · 690+ views
    AP via ^ | Sept. 19, 2005 | AP
    SAN ANTONIO - Army Pfc. Lynndie England will abandon her earlier courtroom strategy and fight charges that she was a key participant in prisoner abuse by guards at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, her lawyer said. The 22-year-old reservist, made infamous by a series of graphic photos taken inside Abu Ghraib, goes on trial Tuesday at Fort Hood, Texas, on seven counts of mistreating prisoners. She will be the last of a group of junior enlisted soldiers charged with Abu Ghraib abuses to have their cases resolved. Two have been convicted at trial, while six others made plea deals and received...
  • Tell Media & Entertainment- No More Political Bias; Threaten To Write & Boycott Sponsors

    09/07/2005 3:42:21 PM PDT · by jscottdavis_for_48th_district · 21 replies · 609+ views
    Have you had enough of entertainers and the liberal bias news media bashing President George W. Bush, our military operations, and veterans simply because the Democrats have lost power? Have you tired of the over-reporting of Cindy Sheehan who is destroying her own son's military legacy? Is it time for Sean Penn to stay in acting with his high school diploma instead of trying to be a politician? Are you sick of the mainstream news media reporting bogus liberal bias poll results to attempt to swing public opinion their way? Are you angry at the over-reporting of the military prisoner...
  • Debunking Three Years of Media Lies: Part II(Repost; Must See! Great Pics!)

    08/27/2005 10:21:50 AM PDT · by digger48 · 14 replies · 1,661+ views ^ | August 25, 2005 | Rusty Humphries
    In my last column, I discussed the media’s manipulation of facts and photos to describe the United States detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This time, we’ll take a look inside the maximum security facilities at Gitmo. Camps 2 and 3 - The most dangerous terrorists, and radio talk show hosts, are housed here. First, a common question: Are there some people here who shouldn’t be? Probably, but I’m convinced the U.S. is doing everything possible to keep those numbers to a minimum, while keeping dangerous terrorists locked up. After all, it’s not easy to become a detainee here. During...
  • Debunking Three Years of Media Lies: Part II

    08/26/2005 3:43:34 PM PDT · by digger48 · 13 replies · 639+ views ^ | August 25, 2005 | Rusty Humphries
    In my last column, I discussed the media’s manipulation of facts and photos to describe the United States detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This time, we’ll take a look inside the maximum security facilities at Gitmo.
  • Bill Gertz: N. Korea defector seeks help from Bush

    07/19/2005 12:18:47 PM PDT · by QQQQQ · 6 replies · 411+ views
    Washington Times ^ | July 19, 2005 | Bill Gertz
    A North Korean defector who survived 10 years in a prison labor camp said he told President Bush last month that the United States should do more to help those who flee the communist regime. Mr. Kang said about 200,000 North Koreans are in the prison labor camp system throughout the country. All in the camps are malnourished, and unless their will is strong, they eventually die, he said. Mr. Kang said he agreed to meet the president after a White House National Security Council official told him that Mr. Bush had read his book and became interested in the...
  • The man behind the attack on Guantanamo (traitorous b*st*rd Michael Ratner)

    06/16/2005 3:28:17 PM PDT · by doug from upland · 75 replies · 2,383+ views
    front page mag ^ | 6-16-05 | DiPippo
    The Man Behind the Attack on Guantanamo By Rocco DiPippo | June 16, 2005 The general leading the force to free the captive enemy from the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, and inflict a humiliating defeat on the United States is so-called “civil rights” and “Constitutional” attorney Michael Ratner. It was Ratner who led the way in recruiting elite lawyers to defend the enemy combatants being interrogated at Gitmo. But Ratner is a long-time leader of two pro-Communist and anti-American organizations who have for decades have lent aid and comfort to America's enemies in the Cold War and...
  • Rescued Australian hostage 'forced to listen to executions'

    06/26/2005 10:29:07 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 12 replies · 593+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | June 27, 2005 | MIKE CORDER
    AN AUSTRALIAN engineer rescued from militant kidnappers in Baghdad had to listen as his captors murdered two Iraqi hostages next to him, he said yesterday.Douglas Wood, 64, said his kidnappers also killed two of his Iraqi assistants and dumped their bodies at a Baghdad garbage tip. "I feel absolutely rotten," Mr Wood said. "I was the ultimate cause of it." He said he planned to send money to the families of the dead men. Mr Wood was freed earlier this month after 47 days in captivity in a joint operation involving Iraqi and US troops in a dangerous Sunni neighbourhood...
  • Gitmo Commission Gambit

    06/24/2005 12:31:12 AM PDT · by txradioguy · 14 replies · 431+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 23 June 2005 | NR Editors
    The flap over Sen. Dick Durbin’s vile comments behind them, Democrats are moving on to their next Guantanamo Bay gambit of pushing for an independent commission to investigate practices there. A common thread runs through Durbin’s comparisons and this call for a commission: an urge for national self-flagellation. The underlying premise is that we have been bad, very bad, in daring to hold enemy combatants, never mind that doing so is intrinsic to the act of warfare. The 9/11 Commission did some worthy work, but it also created a politicized circus around its investigation thanks to its partisan Democrats and...
  • An American Traitor: Guilty As Charged [Jane Fonda]

    06/10/2005 5:48:00 AM PDT · by SJackson · 34 replies · 5,491+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 6-10-05 | Henry Mark Holzer and Erika Holzer
    An American Traitor: Guilty As Charged By Henry Mark Holzer and Erika | June 10, 2005For three decades Jane Fonda obfuscated, distorted and lied about virtually everything connected with her wartime trip to North Vietnam: her motive, her acts, her intent, and her contribution to the Communists’ war effort.  With the aid of clever handlers, she so successfully suppressed and spun her conduct in Hanoi that many Americans didn’t know what she had done there, and, more important, the legal significance. Three years ago, our book, “Aid and Comfort”: Jane Fonda in North Vietnam (McFarland & Co.), laid bare...
  • Arms cache found at Iraq embassy in London -police

    06/08/2005 10:50:04 AM PDT · by jmc1969 · 46 replies · 1,667+ views
    LONDON (Reuters) - A cache of guns, bugging devices and equipment that may have been used for torture has been discovered at Iraq's abandoned embassy in Britain, the country's newly appointed ambassador said on Wednesday. Scotland Yard confirmed "a number of firearms" had been recovered from the embassy in an upmarket area of southwest London but declined to say when. Dr Salah Al Shaikhly told BBC radio the arms haul, which dates to Saddam Hussein's period in power, included four machine guns, several Uzis and 10 handguns with silencers and had been found in one of the 20-odd safes at...