What Do You Do When You No Longer Need Your Slaves?

With the introduction of Privatized prisons and the ever increasing invasive powers of the state here is something you might want to ponder! By Thom Hartman What does America do when she no longer needs her slaves or surplus workers? The 1880’s reconstruction era was the first time in our history that America had seen […]

On Greece, Austerity Or Why Privsatisation Really Is A Very Bad Idea

Here is a one and a half hour Greek documentary about the privatization and the “soft” coup in Greece by the same people who supported the Military Junta which brought misery to millions of Greeks in times not so long past. It is subtitled in English if you push the subtitle button!

Torture? What Torture? Torture Not Relevant!

Alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded 186 times. His child was tortured in front of him and a military judge thinks that this is not relevant in the case against him and Walid bin Attash, Mustafa Ahmad al-Hawsawi, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali. Stalinist Russia, Maoist China and other assorted totalitarian countries come to […]

On The Right Of Silence, Torture and the Slippery Slope to Hell on Earth.

According to a report from the Coroner who investigated the Kahui case the father Chris Kahui was solely responsible for the death of his two young sons. I’ll take his worth for it because as the situation stands we will never hear it from Chris himself. It should come as no surprise that Sensible Sentencing […]

War Crimes: Insanity Of The Sane

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has been stripped of legal immunity for acts of torture against US citizens authorized while he was in office.   The 7th Circuit made the ruling in the case of two American contractors who were tortured by the US military in Iraq after uncovering a smuggling ring within an […]

Bush brags about torture and nobody gives a damn

Another tidbit the Mainstream media in NZ is schtum about. Last week Bush started to advertise his “Memoirs”. Not that he actually wrote the book but his whole live has been one big lie so far so why not chuck in a book full of lies written by someone who actually knows how to string […]

9/11 Mastermind: “During … My Interrogation I Gave A Lot Of False Information In Order To Satisfy What I Believed The Interrogators Wished To Hear”

The Red Cross is the organization charged with deciding what is torture and what isn’t. The International Committee of the Red Cross interviewed Khalid Shaikh Mohammed – the alleged 9/11 mastermind – at Guantanamo Bay. Here’s what KSM told the Red Cross: During the harshest period of my interrogation I gave a lot of false […]

The Torturer’s Apprentice

Australia’s role in the American Inquisition. The revelations of a once secret 2006 report by the International Committee of the Red Cross on the use of torture and “cruel, inhuman, or degrading punishment” on prisoners at Guantánamo and secret CIA jails came as a shock to many. This is odd, because anyone with a keyboard, […]

Churchgoers more likely to back torture of suspected terrorists: poll

Somehow I don’t think this is what Jesus had in mind when he told us to turn the other cheek. Churchgoers are more likely to back torture of suspected terrorists, according to a new survey by Pew. Per CNN: More than half of people who attend services at least once a week — 54 percent […]

When the President Does It, That Means It is Not Illegal

Just in case you were wondering whether we have mysteriously travelled back in time and gone back to those good old Nixon days think again. Condoleezza Rice was recently speaking at Stanford when students asked her an excellent question on waterboarding and torture.This is what she had to say. [vodpod id=ExternalVideo.818292&w=425&h=350&fv=%26rel%3D0%26border%3D0%26] more about “When the […]

UN torture investigator: Obama has broken International law

UN official suggests US courts can still try accused torturers The United Nation’s top torture investigator has suggested it is illegal under International law for President Barack Obama to announce that the United States government has no intention of prosecuting low-level CIA officers who carried out torture sanctioned by the Bush Administration. President Barack Obama’s […]

Bush memos parallel claim 9/11 mastermind’s children were tortured with insects

I can honestly say that I am not anti American in the normal lefty sort of way. I know many honest to god great American people and I know that most American people like us just want to live a decent life. But when a government, any government thinks it’s OK to torture children it […]

9/11 Commissioner Bob Kerrey: It Might Take “A Permanent 9/11 Commission” to End the Remaining Mysteries of September 11

Some of us have been writing for years (see this and this) that the 9/11 Commission Report was unreliable because most of the information was based on the statements of tortured detainees. As I wrote in March 2007: In fact, the 9/11 Commission Report was largely based on a third-hand account of what tortured detainees […]

Cheney: Obama responsible for next 9/11

US President Barack Obama’s decisions against Bush’s “war on terror” policies would cause another 9/11, says former vice president Dick Cheney. “President Obama campaigned against it all across the country,” Cheney told CNN on Sunday. “And now he is making some choices that in my mind will, in fact, raise the risk to the American […]

A Torture Report Could Spell Big Trouble For Bush Lawyers

While those tasked with the actual torture are speaking out and telling us what they had to do reports are appearing about those who told those kids what to do. it turns out that it wasn’t a few bad apples but a whole rotten tree. So when our government decides to send more of your […]

Gitmo: Conditions worsening since election

What strikes me a so sad is the fact that these poor souls are hungerstriking because of hope. That’s what Obama gave these people. He told them about the “audacity of hope”.  Well they are hoping and they are giving it their all. They are dying of hunger in the hopes of finally being heard […]

Panetta: No prosecution for CIA interrogators

Just in case you still thought that Obama was going to deliver real change: Intel nom retracts words linking Bush admin to torture WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration will not prosecute CIA officers who participated in harsh interrogations that critics say crossed the line into torture, CIA Director-nominee Leon Panetta said Friday. Asked by […]

Obama’s orders leave torture, indefinite detention intact

The USA continues to be a Nazi state, under its new president. Torture and imprisonment without trial will continue. Obama’s orders leave torture, indefinite detention intact Tom Eley, at WSWS, 23 January 2009, points out: Extract: “The orders signed by Obama do not undo the Bush administration’s attacks on constitutional and international law. 1. “They […]

Torture trail seen starting with Bush

A bipartisan congressional report traces the U.S. abuse of detainees at Guantanamo Bay and Abu Ghraib to President George W. Bush’s Feb. 7, 2002, action memorandum that excluded “war on terror” suspects from Geneva Convention protections. The Senate Armed Services Committee’s report said Bush’s memo opened the door to “considering aggressive techniques,” which were then […]

More than 10.000 bone fragments found in detention centre

This is what torture and murder authorised by the government means and we are aiding and abetting the US government to do the same in blackhole detention centres all over the world. BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (CNN) — More than 10,000 charred bone fragments were found buried at the site of a former Argentine government detention […]

Tortured by hits on high rotation

Blaring from a speaker behind a metal grate in his tiny cell in Iraq, the blistering rock from Nine Inch Nails hit Prisoner No 200343 like a sonic bludgeon. “Stains like the blood on your teeth,” Trent Reznor snarled over distorted guitars. “Bite. Chew.” The auditory assault went on for days, then weeks, then months […]

The Making of an Unpeople; from Paradise to Torture hell.

by John Pilger I went to the Houses of Parliament on 22 October to join a disconsolate group of shivering people who had arrived from a faraway tropical place and were being prevented from entering the Public Gallery to hear their fate. This was not headline news; the BBC reporter seemed almost embarrassed. Crimes of […]

Bin Laden Driver to Be Sent to Yemen

Remember the big bad terrorist chauffeur of Osama bin Laden? It turns out that the judges even in the Kangaroo courts inside the American torture dungeon Guantanamo could not find anything on Mr. Hamdan and after a detention of more some seven years in which he has been tortured, isolated and held captive without a […]

Rice admits Bush officials held White House talks on CIA interrogations

Condoleeza Rice confesses to war crimes. Email Picture Craig Ruttle / Associated Press United States Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice signs a Memorandum of Understanding on the WEST (Work, English Study and Travel) Program Monday, Sept. 22, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York. Her written statement to Senate investigators is the first official high-level […]

US accused of war crimes over torture methods

The use of torture by the US Government in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in New York on September 11, 2001 has come under increasing criticism. In 1863 at the height of the US civil war, president Abraham Lincoln set the principles for interrogation of prisoners with a famous instruction “military necessity does not […]

Saudi Arabia prisons to replace Guantanamo bay

Ok, now explain it to me again? Osama bin Laden send 19 young Muslim fanatics with a penchant cocaine, booze and lap dances to their deaths while perpetrating the worst atrocities against American and world citizens on American soil ever. As a result of that Afghanistan and Iraq are destroyed and we are teetering on […]

Another proud moment for our partner the USA

Omar Khadr 15 years interrogated in Guantanamo. No representation and in total isolation. A 15 year old kid. For shame. Omar Kahdr’s Interrogation Video From Guantanamo. Kahdr held in Concentration Camp for 5 years without charge. A Canadian citizen born in Toronto, he is the youngest prisoner held in extrajudicial detention by the United States […]

China Inspired Interrogations at Guantanamo

Washington – The military trainers who came to Guantánamo Bay in December 2002 based an entire interrogation class on a chart showing the effects of “coercive management techniques” for possible use on prisoners, including “sleep deprivation,” “prolonged constraint,” and “exposure.” What the trainers did not say, and may not have known, was that their chart […]

White House Sex Crimes

NEW YORK – Sex crime has a telltale signature, even when those directing the outrages are some of the most powerful men and women in the United States. How extraordinary, then, to learn that one of the perpetrators of these crimes, Condoleezza Rice, has just led the debate in a special session of the United […]

US General Accuses Bush Administration of War Crimes

Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba (now retired) served as the deputy commanding general for support for the Third Army for ten months in Kuwait during the early days of the Iraq occupation. In a statement released today, he bluntly accuses the Bush administration of war crimes and lays down a challenge for prosecution. In 2004, Taguba […]