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samedi 22 décembre 2007

Torture made in USA et destruction d'évidence par la CIA



Torture made in USA et destruction d'évidence par la CIA


Voici la suite de l'histoire sur la torture pratiqué par les États-Unis; sur la CIA qui a détruit des vidéos de quelques scéances "d'interrogation" musclées (torture) qui sont reliées aux informations sur lesquelles la Commission sur le 9/11 s'est basé pour faire son rapport (qui lui est une complète farce). Vous allez aussi trouver des articles sur McCain et Hillary Clinton qui protègent cette pratique barbare; et il se trouve que ces deux clowns sont en liste pour devenir candidats officiels de leur parti respectif dans la course à la présidentielle de 2008 aux É-U. De plus, vous trouverez des articles qui relatent les horribles histoires de quelques innocentes personnes qui eu la chance de sortir vivants de ces camps goulag, vivants mais traumatisés à vie.


Mise à jour 24/12/07:


CIA chief to drag White House into torture cover-up storm

THE CIA chief who ordered the destruction of secret videotapes recording the harsh interrogation of two top Al-Qaeda suspects has indicated he may seek immunity from prosecution in exchange for testifying before the House intelligence committee.

Jose Rodriguez, former head of the CIA’s clandestine service, is determined not to become the fall guy in the controversy over the CIA’s use of torture, according to intelligence sources.


The torture tape fingering Bush as a war criminal The torture tape fingering Bush as a war criminal
he Washington Post reported that “current and former officials” said the torture lasted weeks and even, according to some, months, and that the techniques included hypothermia, long periods of standing, sleep deprivation and multiple sessions of waterboarding. All these “alternative procedures”, as Bush described them, are illegal under US law and the Geneva conventions. They are, in fact, war crimes. And they were once all treated by the US as war crimes when they were perpetrated by the Nazis. Waterboarding has been found to be a form of torture in various American legal cases.

Hundreds of hours of videotape were recorded of Zubaydah’s incarceration and torture. That evidence would settle the dispute over the extremely serious question of whether the president of the United States authorised war crimes.

And now we have found out that all the tapes have been destroyed.


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Bush administration moves to block inquiries into CIA’s destruction of torture tapes

The Bush administration has taken aggressive steps to undermine congressional and judicial inquiries into the CIA’s destruction of videotapes showing the torture of at least two prisoners. The move is only the latest demonstration of the administration’s lawlessness and contempt for democratic and constitutional norms.


Congress will defy Justice Dept. on destroyed CIA tapes; Harman: 'We're in Constitutional crisis'

Despite the Justice Department's objections, a Congressional panel will press ahead with its investigation into destroyed CIA interrogation tapes, according to a key Republican on the panel.

"I think we will issue subpoenas," said Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI), the House Intelligence Committee's ranking Republican, on Fox News Sunday (video below). "And once these witness appear in front of the committee, then I think we'll have to make the decision as to whether we're going to provide them with immunity or not. But our investigation should move forward."

It will be interesting to see just how far this panel gets with their subpoenas, and what they are really willing to do if the CIA refuses to respond.

My guess would be more sound and fury (as has been the case with Waxman) signifying......not one heck of a lot.


New Attorney General stonewalls Senate over CIA tapes

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy said Friday he is disappointed at the Justice Department for its outright refusal to hand over any information about the interrogation videotapes destroyed by the CIA two years ago.

Memo to Senate Judiciary Chairman Pat Leahy: stop wringing your hands and stomping your feet on this.

You're the folks who confirmed this guy, even when he appeared unable to state whether water boarding was actually torture.

You kicked the wheels, sat behind the steering wheel, and took this man's judicial convictions for a spin.

You knew precisely what you were getting with Mucasey, and now you're experiencing "buyer's remorse"?

What you and your fellow Senators appear not to have the male attributes to do is subpoena the guy, and if he refuses, hit him with a Contempt of Congress charge.

But the spineless 110th congress just seems to collectively snivel, stomp their feet like cranky two year olds, and do.....absolutely nothing.


C.I.A. Destroyed Tapes of Interrogations

"Hey, who needs to keep tapes of heart-rending screams cased by soul-wrenching pain? You some kind of sick pervert?"-- Official White Horse Souse -Michael Rivero


Justice Dept.: Back Off on CIA Tapes

The administration argued it was not obligated to preserve the videotapes and told U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy that demanding information about them "could potentially complicate the ongoing efforts to arrive at a full factual understanding of the matter."

"We are above the law!" -- Official White Horse Souse


Mukasey Rebuffs Congress in Tape Inquiry

Attorney General Michael Mukasey refused Friday to give Congress details of the government's investigation into interrogations of terror suspects that were videotaped and destroyed by the CIA. He said doing so could raise questions about whether the inquiry is vulnerable to political pressure.

"It's nunyabidness." -- Official White Horse Souse

Judge Urged Not to Ask About CIA Tapest

In court documents filed Friday night, government lawyers told U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy that demanding information about the tapes would interfere with current investigations by Congress and the Justice Department.

It was the first time the government had addressed the issue of the videotapes in court.

This destruction of the tapes has nothing to do with the safety of the interrogators: it had everything to do with preventing thinking American citizens to witness what was - and still is - done with their tax dollars and in their name.


Guantanamo operating manual posted on Internet

(Reuters) - The U.S. military's operating manual for the Guantanamo prison camp has been posted on the Internet, providing a glimpse of the broad rules and tiniest minutia for detaining suspected terrorists.

The 238-page manual, "Standard Operating Procedures for Camp Delta," is dated March 27, 2003, and signed by Army Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, who was then the commander of the prison that still holds about 300 al Qaeda and Taliban suspects.

It appears to be an authentic copy of the rules as they existed at the time at the U.S. naval base in Cuba, a spokesman for the Guantanamo detention operation, Lt. Col. Ed Bush, said on Wednesday.

It says incoming prisoners are to be held in near-isolation for the first two weeks to foster dependence on interrogators and "enhance and exploit the disorientation and disorganization felt by a newly arrived detainee in the interrogation process."


Hersh: children raped at Abu Ghraib, Pentagon has videos

" Some of the worst things that happened you don't know about, okay? Videos, um, there are women there. Some of you may have read that they were passing letters out, communications out to their men. This is at Abu Ghraib ... The women were passing messages out saying 'Please come and kill me, because of what's happened' and basically what happened is that those women who were arrested with young boys, children in cases that have been recorded. The boys were sodomized with the cameras rolling. And the worst above all of that is the soundtrack of the boys shrieking that your government has. They are in total terror. It's going to come out."


Ex-CIA Agent: Waterboarding OK'ed at Top

At the White House, press secretary Dana Perino said the CIA interrogation program approved by the president is safe, tough, effective and legal. But she said that Hayden will not ``talk about techniques and explain to the enemy what we are doing'' during two days of questioning before closed sessions of the Senate and House intelligence panels.

``It's no secret that the president approved a lawful program in order to interrogate hardened terrorists,'' Perino said. ``We do not torture. We also know that this program has saved lives by disrupting terrorist attacks.''

Memo to Dana Perino: the US does torture: let's just get that straight.

And if, Ms. Perino, you do not believe that waterboarding is torture, you might ask to observe the process at Gitmo. That just might give you some insight as to what the process actually entails.


The Witnessing Of American Torture

The Brian Ross interview with former CIA interrogator, John Kiriakou, who tortured Abu Zubaydah, is well worth reading in full. You can download the transcript here and here.


UK Guantanamo detainee near suicide after years of torture, doctors warn

Mr Mohamed was born in Ethiopia and came to Britain in 1994, where he lived for seven years, sought political asylum and was given leave to remain while his case was resolved. But while travelling he was arrested in Pakistan on a visa violation and turned over to the US authorities. On 21 July 2002 Mr Mohamed was rendered to Morocco on a CIA plane. His lawyers claim he has endured years of torture in which has been physically abused, including having his genitals cut with a razor blade.

Mr Stafford Smith said: "Once he got to Guantanamo Bay, far from receiving the palliative care that this history of torture would call for, he has faced on-going mistreatment –held in solitary confinement in a Supermax prison, physically abused, and deprived of any meaningful treatment. Please do not let the US military public relations delude anybody, as the prison he is in is harsher than any of the many Death Row prisons I have visited in the past 25 years."

We cannot torture, then collectively turn to the world with straight face and talk about the high moral value of human rights.

These practices undermine precisely what this country is supposed to stand for.

Additionally, it will take decades to undo the damage to America's reputation abroad.


McCain: No Investigation Needed

Okay, McCain goes in the "owned" column.


The Raw Story | Secretly briefed, Pelosi did not object to waterboarding in 2002

Two senior Republicans and Democrats in Congress -- including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- were briefing on the CIA's program to use waterboarding on terror suspects in September 2002 and did not object, according to Sunday's Washington Post.

Secretly briefed, Pelosi did not object to waterboarding in 2002 John Byrne Published: Sunday December 9, 2007 del.icio.us del.icio.us Print This Email This Pelosi would later boot sole objector to program from chance to chair Intelligence Committee Two senior Republicans and Democrats in Congress -- including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi -- were briefing on the CIA's program to use waterboarding on terror suspects in September 2002 and did not object, according to Sunday's Washington Post. In the long-ranging article, which seemingly takes the lawmakers and the Bush Administration to task by discussing the practice's emergence in Nazi Germany and other totalitarian states, a Pelosi aide said the Speaker remembered discussion of "enhanced" interrogation techniques and "acknowledged that Pelosi did not raise objections at the time."

We've only got one party in congress right now: it's called the "War Party".


House speaker undermines Democrats' fight against torture

Few serious observers of Congress would deny that Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been a disappointing leader for House Democrats. But now she appears to be something more troubling: a serious hindrance to the fight against the use of crude and objectionable torture techniques.




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