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Plus U.S. Policy on Torture
"Held Without Trial Indefinitely"
by K. Yurica
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The Major Reports
The Torture Report
The New York Times
December 18, 2008
Most Americans have long known that the horrors of
Abu Ghraib were not the work of a few low-ranking
sociopaths. All but President Bushs most unquestioning
supporters recognized the chain of unprincipled decisions
that led to the abuse, torture and death in prisons run by
the American military and intelligence services.Now, a bipartisan
report by the Senate Armed Services Committee has made
what amounts to a strong case for bringing criminal charges
against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld...
The Fay Report Leads to Indictments:
A newly released 177 page pdf file report. This is the Defense
Department report on the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison,
issued Wednesday, August 25,2004 which will almost
certainly give rise to criminal charges or disciplinary
action against many of the more than 50 people found
The Final Report of the Independent
Panel: Chaired by James Schlesinger. The report
is 126 pages and will take about 30 minutes to
download on a 56 k connection. There is an informative
appendix with a reference to a psychological study
revealing how responsibility is abdicated. Released
August 24, 2004.
The General's Report: Major General Antonio
Taguba's Report: It is fifty-three pages. It is professionally
written. It contains a shameful indictment of the Bush
Administration and points to a cover-up that leads
directly to the president. It's here in a PDF file.
The Red Cross Report: twenty-four pages
in a PDF file.
The Gonzales Memo on the
Geneva Convention in a PDF file.
The Powell Memo on the
Geneva Convention in a PDF file.
The Major Articles
Secret U.S. Endorsement of
By SCOTT SHANE, DAVID JOHNSTON
and JAMES RISEN
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.But soon after
Alberto R. Gonzaless arrival as attorney general in
February 2005, the Justice Department issued another
opinion, this one in secret.
General Taguba Says Prison Inquiry
Led to His Forced Retirement
By DAVID S. CLOUD
The Army general who investigated the Abu Ghraib
prison abuse scandal has said he was forced into
retirement by civilian Pentagon officials because
he had been overzealous.
Steven L. Jordan, Abu Ghraib Officer
The only U.S. military officer charged with a crime in
the Abu Ghraib scandal will be court-martialed on
eight charges, including cruelty and maltreatment
of prisoners, the Army said Friday.
At a Secret Interrogation,
Dispute Flared Over Tactics
By DAVID JOHNSTON
Abu Zubaydah, the first Osama bin Laden henchman
captured by the United States after the terrorist
attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, was bloodied and feverish
when a C.I.A. security team delivered him to a secret
safe house in Thailand for interrogation in the early
spring of 2002. Bullet fragments had ripped through
his abdomen and groin during a firefight in Pakistan
several days earlier when he had been captured. The
events that unfolded at the safe house over the next
few weeks proved to be fateful for the Bush administration.
Within days, Mr. Zubaydah was being subjected to coercive
interrogation techniques he was stripped, held in an
icy room and jarred by earsplittingly loud music
Administration Seeks to
Weaken War Crimes Law
Changes would end risk of prosecution
for political appointees, CIA officers
By R. Jeffrey Smith
The Bush administration has drafted
amendments to a war crimes law that
would eliminate the risk of prosecution for
political appointees, CIA officers and former
military personnel for humiliating or degrading
war prisoners, according to U.S. officials
and a copy of the amendments.
Army Charges Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan,
the Former Abu Ghraib Officer
WASHINGTON (AP) The Army on Friday charged
the former head of the interrogation center at Abu Ghraib
prison in Iraq with cruelty and maltreatment, dereliction
of duty and other criminal offenses for his alleged
involvement in the abuse of detainees at the notorious
prison in 2003 and for interfering with the abuse
investigation. Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan, was charged
with 12 counts of violations of the Uniform Code of
Military Justice for seven separate offenses.
Charges Sought Against Officer
at Abu Ghraib
Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan would be the
first to be held criminally liable in the
Iraq abuse scandal. His supervisor, granted
immunity, may testify.
By Richard A. Serrano and Mark Mazzetti
Shocking The Conscience Of America:
Bush And Cheney Call For The Right
To Torture And Are Decisively and
Correctly Rebuffed by the House
By JOHN W. DEAN
Friday, Dec. 16, 2005
If the events I am about to describe were taking
place in a movie, or novel, I would lose my ability
to suspend disbelief: Who could conceive of an
American President and Vice President demanding
that Congress give them authority to torture anyone,
under any circumstances?
U.S. Cites Exception in Torture
Ban -- McCain Law May Not Apply
to Cuba Prison
Bush administration lawyers, fighting a claim of
torture by a Guantanamo Bay detainee, yesterday
argued that the new law that bans cruel, inhuman
or degrading treatment of detainees in U.S. custody
does not apply to people held at the military prison.
Charges Sought Against
Officer at Abu Ghraib
Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan would be the
first to be held criminally liable in the
Iraq abuse scandal. His supervisor,
granted immunity, may testify.
By Richard A. Serrano and Mark
Mazzetti, Times Staff Writers
WASHINGTON Army investigators have
recommended that criminal charges be filed
against a supervising military officer in the
abuse of detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison,
according to Pentagon officials and legal
documents obtained Thursday.
Bush Could Bypass
New Torture Ban
By Charlie Savage
The Boston Globe
Wednesday 04 January 2005
Waiver right is reserved.
Washington - When President Bush last
week signed the bill outlawing the torture of
detainees, he quietly reserved the right to
bypass the law under his powers as
commander in chief.
CIA Holds Terror Suspects in
By Dana Priest
Wednesday 02 November 2005
Debate is growing within agency about
legality and morality of overseas system
set up after 9/11. The CIA has been hiding
and interrogating some of its most important
al Qaeda captives at a Soviet-era compound
in Eastern Europe, according to US and
foreign officials familiar with the arrangement.
Now with video
Uproar Over Secret Prisons
European and U.S. human rights
groups seek answers on alleged
CIA camps for terror suspects in
Poland and Romania.
By Nicholas Watt
Pressure was growing on the United States
and its new allies in eastern Europe Thursday
night amid allegations that the CIA has been
interrogating al-Qaida suspects at former
Soviet camps in Poland and Romania.
Cheney For Legalized Torture
Amid all the natural and political disasters it
faces, the White House is certainly tireless in
its effort to legalize torture. This week, Vice
President Dick Cheney proposed a novel solution
for the moral and legal problems raised by the
use of American soldiers to abuse prisoners and
the practice of turning captives over to governments
willing to act as proxies in doing the torturing. Mr.
Cheney wants to make it legal for the Central
Intelligence Agency to do this wet work.
The Dark Heart of Dick Cheney
by Georgie Anne Geyer
But this week, the vice president took a turn into
the deepest heart of human darkness. This week,
unprecedented in history, an elected vice president
of the United States of America proposed that
Congress legally authorize the torture of foreigners
by Americans. The Washington Post titled its
devastating editorial "Vice President for Torture."
I would say that the deceptive man from sunny
Wyoming has become the Marquis de Sade of
America. Think about it -- he is insistent upon
making torturers of many of our young soldiers --
Soldier Lifts Lid on
By Paul Harris
An American soldier has revealed shocking
new details of abuse and sexual torture of
prisoners at Guantánamo Bay in the first
high-profile whistleblowing account to emerge
from inside the top-secret base.
go-ahead for Abu Ghraib
tactics according to the
general in charge.
FBI Refers to Presidential Order
Authorizing Inhumane Interrogation
Techniques A document released for the
first time by the American Civil Liberties
Union suggests that President Bush issued
an Executive Order authorizing the use of
inhumane interrogation methods against
detainees in Iraq.
Emails Implicate Bush in Torture
A document released for the first time by the
American Civil Liberties Union suggests that
President Bush issued an Executive Order
authorizing the use of inhumane interrogation
methods against detainees in Iraq.
Also released by the ACLU are a slew
of other records including a December 2003
FBI e-mail that characterizes methods used
by the Defense Department as "torture" and
a June 2004 "Urgent Report" to the Director
of the FBI that raises concerns that abuse
of detainees is being covered up.
A Prescient N.Y. Times:
The Roots of Abu Ghraib
In response to the outrages at Abu Ghraib,
the Bush administration has repeatedly
assured Americans that the president
and his top officials did not say or do
anything that could possibly be seen
as approving the abuse or outright
torture of prisoners.
Disgraced by Silence
When will the president respond
to the cascading allegations of
prisoner abuse by the military?
Infiltrating the U.S. Military
Gen. Boykins Kingdom Warriors
On the Road to Abu Ghraib and Beyond
By Katherine Yurica
Red Cross Says U.S.
Abuses Prisoners in Guantanamo
The International Committee of the Red Cross
has charged in confidential reports to the
United States government that the American
military has intentionally used psychological
and sometimes physical coercion "tantamount
to torture" on prisoners at Guantanamo.
Abu Ghraib At Guantanamo
A New York Times Editorial
"Prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, where the
United States warehouses men captured in
Afghanistan, have been subject to unremitting
abuse that is sometimes 'tantamount to
torture.' This continued well after the Abu Ghraib
scandal came to light, and it may still be going
on." A must read.
Abu Ghraib, Whitewashed
A New York Times Editorial: "The only way
to learn why innocent Iraquis were tortured by
American soldiers is a formal Congressional
inquiry, with subpoena power."
New Book Says Bush Officials Were
Told of Detainee Abuse
A new book by Seymour Hersh reveals that
Bush Administration officials were repeatedly
warned that prisoners in military custody
were being abused.
Guantánamo Inmate Complains
of Threats and Long Isolation
By NEIL A. LEWIS A brief unsealed in a Seattle
courtroom this week contains an account by a
prisoner at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, alleging
that he was mistreated in several ways that
may have violated the Geneva Conventions,
including having his life threatened, being
beaten and being kept in prolonged isolation.
Decapitation Video a Fake
Anyone who saw the film Gosford
Park will know why the video decapitation
of Nick Berg is a fraud. If you haven't
a clue, click here.
And read medical experts,
and forensic death experts discussion.
New Evidence Connecting
Bush to Policy of Torture
Pentagon Report Set Framework for
Torture: Bush wasn't bound by laws
prohibiting torture, lawyers said. Last
year, attorneys for the president contended
government agents who might torture
prisoners at Bush's direction couldn't
face Justice Department prosecution.
Some Prisoners Exempted
From Geneva Conventions
The Los Angeles Times broke the story
that General Karpinski was asked by her superiors to
sign a letter dated December 24, 2003 addressed to
the Red Cross asserting that some prisoners at Abu
Ghraib were "not entitled to the full protections of the
Geneva Convention." The implication is clear:
the decision to exclude prisoners from the protection
of the Geneva Convention was made in the White House.
Army Whistle Blower Disciplined.
Sgt. Samuel Provance who reported the prison abuse and
torture to his superiors and spoke to the press has been
disciplined and is regarded as an outcast by fellow
Rumsfeld Bans Cameras
"Digital cameras, camcorders and cellphones with
with cameras have been prohibited in military
compounds in Iraq.
Seymour M. Hersh, "The Gray Zone."
in an explosive third article of a series, Hersh reveals
that Rumsfeld approved the program that instituted
the killing and torture techniques. The program had
Condi Rice's approval. And Bush was informed.
Michael Isikoff Reveals the Significance
of the legal memos drafted by the Justice Department's
lawyers urging the President to make a clear
presidential directive proclaiming the Geneva
Conventions did not apply, the President and
White House officials could be charged with
war crimes. Click on Gray Box #8.
Officer at Abu Ghraib
takes the Fifth An officer in
charge of interrogations refused
to testify during a secret
hearing on the grounds that he
might incriminate himself.
Seymour M. Hersh writes the
second report in a three part series
for The New Yorker, tracing the abuses
at Abu Ghraib prison, revealing the
Pentagon shielding itself, a blurred
chain of command, with no preparation
and rules and regulations for
Powell says Bush was
Informed of Red Cross
Concerns An important article
by Mark Matthews from the
Torturing Iraqi Prisoners:
The Abu Ghraib prison gives the terrorists
justification for their violence against the
the U.S. bad dream.
The Buck Stops...Where?
Stop blaming your henchmen,
Mr. President by Fred Kaplan.
"I too have misunderestimated
A Time for Truth
Patrick Buchanan takes aim
at the Neo-Conns and the
and hits a bull's-eye.
IMPORTANT: Neither Rumsfeld nor
pentagon officials know which Army
entity manages the contracts for
Torture and Abuse in Iraq
Red Cross was told Iraq
Abuse was 'Part of the Process'.
Maj. General Antonio Taguba
said abuse was caused by faulty leadership
with the possibility of CIA
and civilian contractor culpability .
Just Trust Us
It's the mantra of the Bush Admin-
istration. Paul Krugman asks
"Didn't you know, in your gut, that
something like Abu Ghraib would
come to light?
An Editorial onThe Torture
Photos The New York
Times calls for "some humility,
an apology to the abused men
and women and an immediate,
full and public accounting of what
happened and who was responsible.
Instead, the Bush administration
began one of its now-classic defensive
maneuvers." The administration's moral
road guide goes astray
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