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17 years ‘War on Terror’

Seventeen years after the September 11 terror attacks, German government advisors are calling for a re-evaluation of the ongoing “War on Terror.” Continue reading

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New York Times publishes article on torture in Guantánamo prison

It continues, asserting: “A disturbingly high number of these men were innocent, or were low-level fighters who posed so little threat that they were eventually released without charge. Yet despite assurances from lawyers in the Department of Justice that “enhanced interrogation techniques” should have no negative long-term effects, The Times found that many of the men still suffer from paranoia, psychosis, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder related to their abuse. They have flashbacks, nightmares and debilitating panic attacks. Some cannot work, go outside, or speak to their families about what they went through.

“One doctor compared the psychiatric disorders he saw among the former detainees to what military doctors observed in former American prisoners of war after they came home from Vietnam, Korea and the Second World War.

“Suleiman Abdullah Salim, one of the men profiled by The Times, was an itinerant Tanzanian laborer whose only crime was being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He spent five years in American custody, during which he was hung from chains for days, slammed against a wall, waterboarded with ice water, placed in a coffin-size box — all to extract information that he never possessed.
“They always asked the same questions,” he said. “I say, ‘I don’t know.’ They say, ‘You know.’ Same question, same answer, and two guys would beat you, and same question, and they beat you.”
“It’s no surprise that this sort of treatment — whatever euphemisms are used to hide its true nature — would result in such long-term harm.
“The question now is whether anyone will be held to account for the damage wrought by one of the most depraved periods in American history. For years, the government successfully thwarted lawsuits by claiming the state-secrets privilege. But after the Senate issued its 2014 report on the C.I.A.’s use of torture, confirming that many of the worst brutalities had in fact occurred, Mr. Salim, together with another former detainee and the family of a third, filed a lawsuit against the two psychologists, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, who were contracted by the C.I.A. to develop and run the interrogation programs.”

The editorial concludes by noting that “In April, a federal judge in Washington State refused to throw out the lawsuit, and allowed the plaintiffs to depose top C.I.A. officials who held high-ranking positions when the “enhanced interrogation” program was carried out. This case could provide the first-ever opportunity for the justice system to reckon directly with the brutal legacy of the government’s torture policies.”

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Obama’s unfulfilled Gitmo promise

Five years after his election, the U.S. President has not closed the prison on the illegally held Guantánamo Naval Base Continue reading

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Hunger strikers at U.S. concentration camp now number 100

Citizens for Legitimate Government – THE official number of hunger strikers in its detention centre in the illegally-occupied Guantánamo Naval Base reached 100 on Saturday — three more than the day before. Twenty of the detainees are receiving enteral feeds, five of whom are being observed in a detainee hospital. Lawyers for the detainees contest the official numbers, saying that some 130 prisoners are actually taking part in the protest. The hunger strike began around February 6, when detainees claimed prison officials searched their copies of the Koran for contraband, according to their attorneys. Prisoners are also protesting their extrajudicial incarceration at the prison.

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Hunger strike in U.S. concentration camp

BBC – EIGHTY-FOUR of the 166 prisoners held at the U.S. detention centre in the illegally-occupied Guantánamo Naval Base are now on hunger strike, U.S. military officials admit. “The prisoners are protesting against their indefinite detention. Most are being held without charge. Sixteen of the 84 prisoners are being force-fed and five are being treated in hospital. None has a life-threatening condition, according to the military. The hunger strike started in February and has grown rapidly in recent weeks. The number of strikers last Wednesday was 52 and by Friday had reached 63.”

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UN criticizes U.S. concentration camp on Guantánamo Naval Base

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UN criticizes U.S. concentration camp on Guantánamo Naval Base

100222-USDCWitnessAgainstTorture-01cropUNITED NATIONS.— The United Nations has criticized the U.S. government for maintaining its detention centre in the illegally-occupied Guantánamo Naval Base, despite assurances it would be closed. In addition, it called on Washington to allow a UN Human Rights Commission delegation to visit the prison, with free and open access and the possibility of speaking in private with the prisoners. Continue reading

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Obamacare: Another torture prison

Solitary Watch – THE Obama Administration’s 2014 budget request for the Department of Justice, released this week, confirms that the federal government will open a second ultra-secure supermax prison within the next two years. Continue reading

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Analysis of US military contracts in Latin America and Caribbean

Role of Honduras grows as Pentagon hub in Central America, reports JOHN LINDSAY-POLAND. Continue reading

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Behind TV analysts, Pentagon’s hidden hand

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The abolition of military bases – ending imperialist intervention

The International Conference on the Abolition of Foreign Military Bases – 95 per cent of which belong to the United States

Protest of Puerto Rican fishermen against U.S. Vavy base, Vieques Island

BY NIDIA DIAZ, Granma International*

HAVANA (8 March 2007) – THE fact that the United States has military bases all over the world is not news; neither is its news that it uses them to back its imperialist geopolitical strategies. What is new is that what until now was accepted as the unavoidable “right” of a large power is beginning to be questioned by a growing movement committed to peace and the survival of those of us who inhabit the Earth. Continue reading

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