Thursday, May 21, 2015

Meanwhile--- Abu Zubaydah continues to be ignored....

Abu Zubaydah is one of those names that many people recognize-- they recognize it because the Bush government claimed he was the number 3 in al- Qaeda and they water boarded him over 100 times...Oops on that one-- turns out he was not connected to A-Qaeda or the Taliban. So what happens to Abu Zubayda--- we ignore him.... and I guess hope that he just disappears from the world conscience. There is a good chance of that since the judge in his habeas corpus petition has been ignoring that petition for years.... Read more about that particular forgotten detainee here.

British Members of Parliament head to DC to demand return of Shaker Aamer

The ongoing battle to get Shaker Aamer back to Britain continues today with the help of some members of parliament... Read more here

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Poor Poland....

Seems the Poles do not want to pay for their sins....
Can't blame them as the US has never been held accountable.... but still?
Read more here.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Pete Townshend sings new song "Guantanamo" UPDATED

You can hear it here..

Rolling Stone has more here.

Monday, May 18, 2015

United Nations looks at the U.S. Human Rights Record...

And it is not a pretty picture!
The periodic review was last monday and the report has not been issued yet but from all accounts the U.S. received a scathing review... Police violence and racism were some of the issues but there is also the ongoing problem of the U.S. not allowing a full investigation of Guantanamo. Which is not too surprising since even our politicians are not allowed access to the place...
You can look at some of the concerns here.... and some of the questions here...
I will post the report when it is released.

CIA investigates its use of drugs in interrogation....not

Two interesting reports on the so-called investigation by the CIA into its use of drugs in the interrogation of detainees. One from Jeff Kaye here. The other from Jason Leopold here. Not surprising but the investigation by the CIA was quite limited......



Thursday, May 14, 2015

A Little Bit of Good News...

It is actually a sorry state of things when what passes for good news is that a nurse who refused to force feed the detainees will NOT be discharged from the military. I am not suggesting this is not good news but WTF- it never should have been an issue.
Anyway you can read more about this nurse who refused to violate medical ethics by force feeding detainees here.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Omar Khadr speaks after his release on bail.......

Center for Constitutional Rights is Reading the Summary of the Torture Report to the Department of Justice--- because the Justice Department refuses to read it....

If DOJ won’t read the torture report, CCR will read it to them

Five months after the release of the executive summary of the Senate CIA Torture Report, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has yet to open an investigation of the government officials who authorized and covered up the heinous crimes detailed in it. This is not surprising given that, apparently, they haven’t even read the full report as doing so would make it subject to Freedom of Information Act requests seeking its declassification. The DOJ is abdicating its duty to investigate and prosecute these crimes, and we must not stand for it. To prevent future state-sponsored torture, it is imperative that the DOJ prosecute government torturers. Last week, CCR joined Amnesty International and other allies to demand that the DOJ read the report as a first step towards justice. The report shows unequivocally that the CIA tortured men like our client Majid Khan, whose name is mentioned hundreds of times, and lied repeatedly to Congress about the effectiveness of the program. If the DOJ won’t read the report, we'll read it to them, one page at a time, as a reminder of the state crimes they are willfully ignoring. In this video, CCR's Wells Dixon reads page 115, which concerns the rape of Majid Khan.

Friday, May 8, 2015

And a word or two from Khadr's attorney

I will not try to paraphrase. You can read his words here.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Mr. Khadr you are free to leave....


And so, with those words Omar Khadr finally became a free man....well so to speak... he is out on bail.
congrats to Khadr and his legal team.
Read more here.

And Harper.... I hope you lose this coming election.....big time.

While we wait....

Today we will find out if Mr. Khadr will be allowed out of prison on bail. A psychological assessment of the young man discusses his attitudes and fears.

 "The statements from Mr. Khadr, now 28, are contained in an assessment by a prison psychologist that paints an unprecedented portrait of his inner life, often in his own words. A judge is to rule Thursday on whether the Canadian citizen can be set free after 13 years of incarceration in Afghanistan, the United States and Canada."

Read more about that assessment here.

I of course do not know what will happen today but I will say that the Canadian courts have generally been fair to Mr. Khadr-- it is the Harper administration that continues to cause the problems.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Thursday

That is the new date for the Canadian judge to decide whether to release Khadr on bail.
Read more here.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

AND ACROSS THE POND IN ENGLAND

Seems that British lawmakers have finally figured out why British resident Shaker Aamer has been held so long- despite being cleared for release for approximately 7 years. Many of us have long suspected it was because of torture that he witnessed. Maybe even the death of the three men whom the military claimed committed suicide at the same time. A story that has never rung true.
Anyway, maybe now British lawmakers will demand the return of Aamer.
Read the rest here.