Mar. 12, 2005

Torture FOIA

Torture FOIA

March 7, 2005

Government Documents on Torture
Freedom of Information Act

The ACLU filed a request on Oct. 7, 2003 under the Freedom of Information Act demanding the release of information about detainees held overseas by the United States. A lawsuit was filed in June 2004 demanding that the government comply with the October 2003 FOIA request.

Below are documents the government did not want the general public to read -- including an FBI memo (pdf) stating that Defense Department interrogators impersonated FBI agents and used 'torture techniques' against a detainee at Guantanamo.

The public has a right to know.

(These documents can be viewed using Acrobat Reader)
> Department of Defense, agencies agree on 'ghost' detainees (3/9/05) | Press
> Army and Navy records, investigations of detainee abuse in Iraq (3/7/05) | Press
> Defense Department Documents (2/18/05) | Press
> Army records (1/24/05) | Press
> FBI, e-mails of McCraw inquiry into detainee abuse in Guantanamo (1/5/05) | Press
> Army, investigations of detainee abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan (12/21/04) | Press
> FBI, e-mails of FBI agents witnessing the use of 'torture techniques' in Guantanamo (12/20/04) | Press
> Navy, investigations of detainee abuse in Iraq and Afghanistan (12/14/04) | Press
> Defense Intelligence Agency, State Department and FBI, detainee abuse by Task Force 626 in Iraq is reported, e-mails express concern about interrogation methods. (12/7/04) | Press
> Defense Department, Taguba report (10/19/04) | Press
> Office of Information and Privacy, Defense Department, Army and FBI, the Ryder Report (10/15/04) | Press

Careful review of these documents demonstrates that many other critical records have not been released. We will continue to fight for the public's right to know what the government's policies were, why these abuses were allowed to take place, and who was ultimately responsible"


NAOMI project (Heroin Trials)

Just in case some of you still have questions about and haven't seen the official website regarding this clinical trial, you can find it here:

Username- naomi1
password- health

there are a number of short video as well as some .pdf's describing the initiative. The "background" PDF is particularly informative.

Gary Williams

Mar. 11, 2005

CBC News: Spanish clerics issue fatwa against bin Laden

Spanish clerics issue fatwa against bin Laden

CBC News
The edict by the Islamic Commission of Spain, which represents about 70 per cent of the approximately 300 mosques in the country, called bin Laden an apostate and asks Muslims to denounce him."


Mar. 10, 2005

Free Speech Impediment

Free Speech Impediment

By Rory O'Connor, AlterNet. Posted March 10, 2005.

This Sunday's episode of ABC's Boston Legal focusing on censorship was itself censored, purged of all references to Fox and Bill O'Reilly. And nobody's talking.

David E. Kelley – the Emmy Award-winning creator of such memorable series' as Picket Fences, Doogie Howser M.D., Ally McBeal, Boston Public, The Practice, and its current spin-off, Boston Legal – is probably the most prolific and successful writer/producer now working in television. Coupled with the fact that he is married to film star Michelle Pfeiffer, Kelley’s talent makes him one of the most influential people in the entertainment world. But apparently even Kelley’s power pales before the might of Disney and the MausHaus.

Case in point: the next episode of Boston Legal, to be broadcast Sunday March 13 on the Disney-owned ABC network. AlterNet has acquired both the original and the revised script for this episode from a source who prefers to remain anonymous. The original penned by Kelley focused in large measure on Fox News and its loofah-loving star Bill O'Reilly. The script also featured substantial excerpts from the independent film Outfoxed, which documents how the allegedly 'fair and balanced' cable channel acts as a propaganda arm for the Republican Party and other conservative interest groups."


Mar. 9, 2005

Torture by Proxy

March 8, 2005
Torture by Proxy

One of the biggest nonsecrets in Washington these days is the Central Intelligence Agency's top-secret program for sending terrorism suspects to countries where concern for human rights and the rule of law don't pose obstacles to torturing prisoners. For months, the Bush administration has refused to comment on these operations, which make the United States the artner of some of the world's most repressive regimes.

But a senior official talked about it to The Times's Douglas Jehl and David Johnston, saying he wanted to rebut assertions that the United States was putting prisoners in the hands of outlaw regimes for the specific purpose of having someone else torture them. Sadly, his explanation, reported on Sunday, simply confirmed that the Bush administration has been outsourcing torture and intends to keep doing it.

For years before the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the C.I.A. had occasionally engaged in the practice known in bureaucratese by the creepy euphemism "extraordinary rendition." But after the attacks in New York and Washington, President Bush gave the agency broad authority to export prisoners without getting permission from the White House or the Justice Department. Rendition has become central to antiterrorism operations at the C.I.A., which also operates clandestine camps around the world for prisoners it doesn't want the International Red Cross or the American public to know about.

According to the Times article, the C.I.A. has flown 100 to 150 suspected terrorists to countries like Egypt, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Pakistan - each a habitual offender when it comes to torture. It's against American law and international convention to send prisoners to any nation where they are likely to be tortured, so the official said no prisoner is sent to another country without assurances from that government that they will be treated humanely. He said that C.I.A. officials "check on those assurances, and we double-check."

Those assurances are worthless, and the Bush administration surely knows it. In normal times, the governments of these countries have abysmal standards for human rights and humane treatment, and would have no problem promising that a prisoner won't be tortured - right before he's tortured. And these are not normal times. The Bush administration has long since made it clear that it will tolerate torture, even by men and women in American uniforms. And why send prisoners to places like Syria and Saudi Arabia, if not for the brutal treatment Americans are supposed to abhor? The senior official said it saved manpower and money, compared with keeping them in the United States or at American-run prisons abroad. The idea that this is a productivity initiative would be comical if the issue were not so tragically serious.

No rational person would deny the need to hunt down terrorists, to try to extract lifesaving information from them and to punish them, legally. But the C.I.A. has sent prisoners to countries where they were tortured for months and then either disappeared or were released because they knew nothing. The guilty ones can never be brought to justice - not after they have been illegally imprisoned and even tortured.

American officials have offered pretzel logic to defend these practices. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales has said that if the United States sends a prisoner abroad, then our nation's constitution no longer applies.

This is just the sort of thinking that led to the horrible abuses at prisons in Iraq, where the Army is now holding more Iraqi prisoners than ever: nearly 9,000. The military says it's doing a better job of screening these prisoners than in the days when a vast majority of Iraqi prisoners were, in fact, innocent of any wrongdoing. But there is still a shortage of translators to question prisoners, the jails are dangerously overcrowded, and there's never been a full and honest public accounting of the rules the American prison guards now follow.

Let's be clear about this: Any prisoner of the United States is protected by American values. That cannot be changed by sending him to another country and pretending not to notice that he's being tortured.

Mar. 8, 2005

AlterNet: Ill-will Ambassador

He choooses the man that right-wing bigot Jesse Helms described as his choice for a leader during Armeggedon. How much more proof does one need that Bush is mad, and that he is looking for a "final showdown"?


Ill-will Ambassador

By Jim Lobe, Inter Press Service. Posted March 8, 2005

. John Bolton is a man best known for sabotaging international treaties and alienating entire nations. That's why he's been picked to be our ambassador to the United Nations."


Mar. 7, 2005

White House: U.S. didn't target journalist - Mar 7, 2005

More bullshit pouring out of the WH. It would appear that the WH is taking a page from Hitker, in that they are doing things so outragous that people will say to themselves that no government could be as corrupt, as murderous, and as callous towards human life and suffering as they are. Beluidve it folks. The US of A, under Bush, has become a rogue nation.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The White House on Monday said it was 'absurd' for a former hostage in Iraq to charge that U.S. military forces may have deliberately targeted her car as she was being rushed to freedom.


Mar. 6, 2005

Italian journalist, shot by US troops in Iraq, rejects U.S. version of events

That's IT!!! America has now shown itself to be a TERRORIST NATION. I feel that it is incumbent on all the civilized nations of the world to immediately withdraw their embassies until the US either explains this incident satisfactorily or, barring that, rids itself of its current government and brings to trial the group, known collectively as the "neocons", that is responsible for initiating these deplorable, criminal actions.

Gary Williams

"Italian journalist, shot by troops in Iraq, rejects U.S. version

Last Updated Sun, 06 Mar 2005 18:58:01 EST
CBC News

ROME - The Italian journalist who was wounded by American troops in Baghdad has rejected the U.S. version of how the car she was in came under fire by U.S. troops.