Wednesday, February 25, 2009

more on torture

I'm still in a lot of pain. Sitting over this keyboard hurts like hell. I've been wanting to do more on torture, prisons and the Obama administration. Here's a rough star of what I was working on before I was injured......

You people who have welcomed this filthy practice of torture have disgraced our flag, our ancestors' sacrifices and the dust of their bones. This is a war crime and all those involved should be prosecuted all the way up to the head torturer in chief, George W. Bush, a traitor to ‘mom apple pie and the American way’.

Torture Documents Released Under FOIA

Rachael Maddow did a great job of highlighting torture on her program last night. Hats off to Neely.

from The UC Davis Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas (CSHRA)
Testimony of Spc. Brandon Neely

Why can't this be solved tomorrow?

Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri, Qatari student

Document - USA: Incommunicado detention/detention without charge/legal concern, Ali-Saleh Kahlah al-Marri (m)

Whitehall devised torture policy for terror detainees

MI5 interrogations in Pakistan agreed by lawyers and government

Randi Rhodes: Time to investigate the Bush administration

I put the above video on just because it was nice to hear her. But, you know she's right.

There's been some friction about releasing Bush/Cheney era emails. I suspect that has to do with presidential power, but it flies in the face of openness.

He unequivocally pronounces that the "United States does not torture". Welcome, long desired words to the credit of the man. Some abuses continue. President Obama needs to put on his 'Commander in Chief hat and insure that those serving under him perform as he has determined they should.

There's also a question as to whether prisoners (Bush's detainees) in Iraq and Afghanistan should have access to American courts.

The Obama administration says that they do not.

If they are prisoners of war handled properly under the Geneva Convention and allowed Red Cross visits, no; if on the other hand they suffered under Bush/Cheney rules of imprisonment, YES.

Senate to announce investigation of torture under Bush, senators say


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