Posts Tagged ‘torture’

U.S.A. Accused of Torture by European Court of Human Rights

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

khaled-el-masriAccording to a decision by the European Court of Human Rights, the German citizen, above, was shackled, beaten, tortured and sodomized by the C.I.A. as part of their so-called “war on terror”. The man, Khaled el-Masri, was illegally seized in Macedonia, and “rendered” for torture in Afghanistan.

It is the first time the court has described CIA treatment meted out to terror suspects as torture. However, it has long been understood that the United States has a predilection for cruel and unusual punishment as portrayed in the graphic photographic evidence from the United States’ exploits in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo.

In 2003, the United States kidnapped a man, Abu Omar, in broad daylight on the streets of Milan and took him to be tortured in Egypt. 22 CIA illegal combatants are still wanted by the Italian authorities in connection with this crime.



Bradley Manning – 2012 Person of the Year

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

The readers of the Guardian overwhelmingly voted for Bradley Manning as their person of the year for 2012. The American soldier who is accused of releasing embarrassing government truths to Wikileaks has been repeatedly tortured while in military custody.

Wanted for Torture – Jose Rodriguez

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

The former Chief Torturer of the Bush regime has slithered out of the undergrowth and is attempting to make money from the victims that he abused. Mr. Rodriguez, whose official title was Director of the National Clandestine Service (CIA) has published an account of his crimes in which he acknowledges violating the Geneva Convention.

The War Crimes Act of 1996 (18 U.S.C. § 2441) makes it a criminal offense for U.S. military personnel and U.S. nationals to commit war crimes as specified in the 1949 Geneva Conventions. That includes Common Article 3, which prohibits “…violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment, and torture; . . . [and] outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment.”

Rodriguez, appearing on CBS show 60 Minutes, admitted to organizing, ordering, and destroying evidence of “enhanced interrogation techniques” (torture).

If you believe Mr. Rodriguez should be prosecuted, call the Attorney General, Eric Holder at 202-353-1555 and urge him to arrest the bastard.

If you’d prefer to support Mr. Rodriguez’ comfy retirement and don’t believe he should be haunted by the plaintiff wails of tortured foreign souls, then why not buy his book – 34% off at Amazon – a company that wouldn’t sell the Satanic Verses, but will sell the confessions of a state-sponsored, water-boarding nutter.

Obama U-Turn on American Abuse

Thursday, May 14th, 2009

usa-war-crimesIn a policy shift that has surprised and disappointed many observers, President Obama has decided to fight publication of a new set of photos showing American torture activities in Abu Graihb prison, Iraq. It is not clear why Obama would choose to whitewash Bush era war crimes.

He now finds himself in a legal battle with the American Civil Liberties Union who have taken the issue to the courts to get full disclosure. As the first black president, it is ironic that Obama should pick a conflict with the ACLU, a group so influential in the civil ri so early in his tenure. Not only has Obama’s promise of a transparent government been tainted, but he is also open to charges of “flip-flopping” from Republicans.

“…a most cruel and racist regime”

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

No, the headline does not refer to the United States who tortured individual suspects hundreds of times each using “waterboarding”. The speaker was referring to Israel, a country that in the past has even legalized torture.

The video above shows the Israeli army carrying out a Government policy of breaking the bones of Palestinian children. In defence of its racist policies, an Israeli spokesman commented, “…while it true that we don’t always respect human rights or International law, and that we have killed thousands of unarmed civilians, our regime is only cruel with respect to the Arab lowlife that litter the lands we occupy. With regard to normal human beings we follow the law precisely.”

VP of Torture Clarifies 35 Second Claim

Monday, April 20th, 2009

dick-cheneyDick Cheney, the former Vice President of Torture and part-time shotgun assailant, has been explaining the apparent contradictions evident in the CIA’s waterboarding documentation. According to the new administration, waterboarding is torture. Mr. Cheney and other Republicans, typically short on facts but long on rhetoric, had claimed that one of their victims, Abu Zubaydah, had spilled the beans after being waterboarded for only 35 seconds. This “fact” was repeated over and over again in large part to justify the use of torture. It now emerges, according to a Justice Department memo, that Mr. Zubaydah was tortured 83 times during August 2002 alone.

According to Mr. Cheney, there have been no lies or cover-up. When he stated 35 seconds this was merely a slight exaggeration. Speaking to UN242 over the telephone, Dick said, “…if you consider some of the embelishment one finds in the Bible, which of course is a factual document, these numbers are more or less in line. For example, God says he created heaven and earth in 6 days. It turns out that it took him 14 billion years. So I would say that our little fibs are not even worth printing.”