ArticlesSecret U.S. Endorsement of Severe Interrogations
By Scott Shane, David Johnston and James Risen
New York Times, October 4 2007
When the Justice Department publicly declared torture “abhorrent” in a legal opinion in December 2004, the Bush administration appeared to have abandoned its assertion of nearly unlimited presidential authority to order brutal interrogations. http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/04/washingt...gin&oref=sloginAnalysis: New Law Gives Government Six Months to Turn Internet and Phone Systems into Permanent Spying Architecture
But soon after Alberto R. Gonzales’s arrival as attorney general in February 2005, the Justice Department issued another opinion, this one in secret. It was a very different document, according to officials briefed on it, an expansive endorsement of the harshest interrogation techniques ever used by the Central Intelligence Agency...
By Ryan Singel
Wired, August 06, 2007
A new law expanding the government's spying powers gives the Bush Administration a six-month window to install possibly permanent back doors in the nation's communication networks. The legislation was passed hurriedly by Congress over the weekend and signed into law Sunday by President Bush. http://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/realityzone...wlaw6months.htmThe CIA's Torture Teachers
by Mark Benjamin
Global Research, June 26, 2007
SALON News & Politics - 2007-06-21
Close coordination between the CIA and the Pentagon is referred to in military lingo as "jointness." A retired high-level military official, familiar with the detainee abuse scandals, confirmed that such "jointness" requires orchestration at the top levels of government. "This says that somebody is acting as a bridge between the CIA and the Defense Department," he said, "because you've got the [CIA] side and the military side, and they are collaborating." Human-rights expert Scott Horton, who chairs the International Law Committee at the New York City Bar Association, also says that the cross-agency coordination "reflects the fact that the decision to introduce and develop these methods was made at a very high level." http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=6154Revealed: MI5's role in torture flight hell
..."The irony -- and ultimately the tragedy -- in the migration of SERE techniques is that the program was specifically designed to protect our soldiers from countries that violated the Geneva Conventions," says Brad Olson, president of the Divisions for Social Justice within the American Psychological Association. "The result of the reverse-engineering, however, was that by making foreign detainees the target, it made us the country that violated the Geneva Conventions," he says....
British source tells of betrayal to CIA
by David Rose
The Observer, July 29 2007
An Iraqi who was a key source of intelligence for MI5 has given the first ever full insider's account of being seized by the CIA and bundled on to an illegal 'torture flight' under the programme known as extraordinary rendition. http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/sto...2137144,00.htmlA voice from Guantanamo Hell
"I would rather die than stay here forever, and I've tried to commit suicide many times. The purpose of Guantanamo is to destroy people, and I've been destroyed," Jumah al-Dossari, a 33-year-old citizen of Bahrain, told his attorneys in a suicide note.
Aljazeera magazine (not connected with Aljazeera TV), Jan 13 2007http://www.aljazeera.com/cgi-bin/review/ar...ervice_ID=12761Hard Evidence of U.S. Torturing Prisoners to Death Ignored by Corporate Media
by Peter Phillips http://www.projectcensored.org/newsflash/HardEvidence.pdfCheney confirms use of waterboardingIn radio interview, Cheney calls use of tactic a 'no-brainer.'
by Tom Regan
csmonitor, October 26, 2006
"Would you agree that a dunk in water is a no-brainer if it can save lives?" asked Hennen.http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1026/dailyUpdate.html?s=mesduWhite House denies Cheney OK'd torture
"It's a no-brainer for me, but for a while there, I was criticized as being the vice president 'for torture.'...
by Terence Hunt, AP White House Correspondent
AP, Oct 27, 2006
Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International USA, said in a statement, "What's really a no-brainer is that no U.S. official, much less a vice president, should champion torture. Vice President Cheney's advocacy of water boarding sets a new human rights low at a time when human rights is already scraping the bottom of the Bush administration barrelhttp://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061027/ap_on_..._water_boardingCollection of Recent News on Detainment & Torture
Articles are short but informative, constantly updatedhttp://dir.salon.com/topics/torture/New maximum-security jail to open at Guantanamo BayFar from winding down, the controversial US detention centre is expanding
by Andrew Buncombe
The Independent, 30 July 2006http://news.independent.co.uk/world/americ...icle1204499.eceGitmo interrogations spark battle over tactics
The inside story of criminal investigators who tried to stop abuse
PART ONE OF TWO
By Bill Dedman
MSNBC, Oct. 24, 2006(Courtesy, batmanchester)
Speaking publicly for the first time, senior U.S. law enforcement investigators say they waged a long but futile battle inside the Pentagon to stop coercive and degrading treatment of detainees by intelligence interrogators at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15361458/Afghan detainees routinely tortured and humiliated by US troops
by Duncan Campbell and Suzanne Goldenberg
The Guardian, June 23, 2004
Detainees held in Afghanistan by American troops have been routinely tortured and humiliated as part of the interrogation process, in the same way as those in Iraq, a Guardian investigation has found. http://www.guardian.co.uk/afghanistan/stor...1245236,00.htmlTestimony helps detail CIA's post-9/11 reachSays Europeans aided abduction, transfer of radicals
Five detainees have died in custody, three of them in suspicious circumstances, and survivors have told stories of beatings, strippings, hoodings and sleep deprivation.
by Craig Whitlock
Washington Post, December 17 2006
@ Boston Globe
A few days after the Sept. 11 attacks, the CIA station chief in Rome paid a visit to the head of Italy's military intelligence agency, Admiral Gianfranco Battelli, to float a proposal: Would the Italian secret services help the CIA kidnap terrorism suspects and fly them out of the country? http://www.boston.com/news/world/europe/ar...post_911_reach/Donald Rumsfeld, A Real Stand-Up Guy
by Richard Leiby
Washington Post, June 24, 2004
In a just-revealed notation on a 2002 memo about interrogation tactics, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld indicated that making terrorism detainees stand for up to four hours was no biggie in the physical stress department. "I stand for 8-10 hours a day," Rummy scrawled. "Why is standing limited to four hours?" http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/artic...-2004Jun23.htmlRumsfeld Okayed Harsh Interrogation Techniques
Islam Online, June 23 2004
US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld approved the use of aggressive interrogation techniques, such as the use of stress positions, forced nudity and dogs in the infamous detention prison in Guantanamo Bay, de-classified White House documents unveiled. http://www.islamonline.net/English/News/20...article03.shtml