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The Interrogation Psychologists Come Home to Roost
Post Date: 2023-10-03 21:41:47 by Charles_Byrd
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Roy Eidelson’s Doing Harm: How the World’s Largest Psychological Association Lost Its Way in the War on Terror is essential reading for understanding the cultural and political world we now inhabit. Eidelson writes from the perspective of an outraged psychologist, who expected much better from his profession than support for a detention and interrogation program that had torture at its core. He provides detailed documentation of the efforts of his fellow psychologist “dissidents” to bring accountability to the American Psychological Association (APA). Full disclosure: As a former president of Psychologists for Social Responsibility, I am one of these dissidents. The APA ...

US Refuses to Acknowledge Systemic Use of Torture by Its Armed Forces in Iraq
Post Date: 2023-09-30 00:52:21 by Charles_Byrd
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Hundreds of Iraqi prisoners kept in US detention centers in Iraq, including the largest facility Abu Ghraib, endured various forms of torture and abuse by the US armed forces between 2003 and 2009. However, even after two decades, none of these Iraqis have been given any kind of redressal or compensation. The first major evidence was the leak of photographs from Abu Ghraib in April 2004, within a year of the occupation in March 2003 and the establishment of this detention facility in Baghdad. The photos as well as victims’ testimonies confirmed that various techniques of torture were used by US soldiers, including forcing detainees to remain naked, using dogs to attack them, as well ...

Biden Rejects Some Proposed Plea Conditions for 9/11 Defendants
Post Date: 2023-09-08 00:06:22 by Charles_Byrd
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The Biden administration said Wednesday it would not guarantee several plea deal conditions proposed by the alleged perpetrators of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. A new court document, currently undergoing a security review, revealed that the administration will leave it to military prosecutors and defendants to organize possible pre-trial agreements, at least for the time being. Click for Full Text!

43 Firefighters' Names Added to 9/11 Memorial Wall
Post Date: 2023-09-07 23:58:09 by Charles_Byrd
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The names of 43 firefighters who died from 9/11-related illnesses have been added to the New York City Fire Department's World Trade Center Memorial Wall ahead of next week's 22nd anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. The names were unveiled at a ceremony Wednesday in Lower Manhattan. Click for Full Text!

What Ever Happened to Gary Cooper?
Post Date: 2023-09-07 22:46:54 by Charles_Byrd
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I have a few confessions to make: After almost eight years of off-and-on war in Afghanistan and after more than six years of mayhem and death since "Mission Accomplished" was declared in Operation Iraqi Freedom, I'm tired of seeing simple-minded magnetic ribbons on vehicles telling me, a 20-year military veteran, to support or pray for our troops. As a Christian, I find it presumptuous to see ribbons shaped like fish, with an American flag as a tail, informing me that God blesses our troops. I'm underwhelmed by gigantic American flags -- up to 100 feet by 300 feet -- repeatedly being unfurled in our sports arenas, as if our love of country is greater when our flags are ...

Unveiling Shadows: Guantánamo Prisoners and the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances
Post Date: 2023-09-01 23:25:44 by Charles_Byrd
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Despite the fact that the United States has routinely and openly violated the human rights of its own citizens as well as communities across the globe, the government rarely has any qualms about condemning the violations of other countries. These condemnations, almost always hypocritical, however, often do more to shine light on its own abuses and the lack of accountability. Like clockwork each year, the United States issues statements commemorating various human rights days highlighting particular abuses. Last year, for example, Secretary of State Antony Blinken released a statement through the State Department on the occasion of the International Day of the Victims of Enforced ...

WHAT PRISON?
Post Date: 2023-09-01 23:18:25 by Charles_Byrd
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THE ROCKY CLIFFS of Cuba split the ocean from the sky as our flight descended toward the tarmac at the Guantánamo Bay Naval Base. It was a clear afternoon in late June, and the first thing we were told before boarding the flight from Joint Base Andrews was not to photograph from the tarmac or plane. It was the start of a week at America’s most notorious military base, where absurd restrictions would dictate what I, and other journalists, could and could not see. One misconception about Guantánamo was cleared up before I ever got off the plane. In my mind, everything was the prison. For so long, I associated this place with concertina wire, guard towers, and orange- clad ...

Gitmo’s Permanent Chains
Post Date: 2023-07-21 23:36:35 by Charles_Byrd
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Now comes yet another little-noted report on the continuing excesses and inhumanity at Guantánamo Bay, the post-9/11 American military prison that only two decades ago set the standard for war crimes—a standard that is now being eclipsed by the war in Ukraine. The report’s author is Fionnuala D. Ní Aoláin, the United Nations special rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism, a law professor at the University of Minnesota and the Queens University in Belfast, and an experienced human rights investigator. She based her report on a four-day visit to the island prison last February. She was given extraordinary access to ...

RELEASED GUANTÁNAMO DETAINEES ARE STILL BEING DENIED HUMAN RIGHTS, U.N. REPORT WARNS
Post Date: 2023-06-28 18:05:20 by Charles_Byrd
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THE UNITED NATIONS special rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights, Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, published an exhaustive investigation this week into human rights abuses at Guantánamo Bay. Following a historic visit to the detention center and interviews with current and former detainees, victims of the 9/11 attacks, and human rights lawyers, the report details delayed justice for the victims of terrorist attacks and ongoing injustice for the victims of torture. At the core of the report is the problem of inexplicable indefinite detention. “Arbitrariness pervades the entirety of the Guantánamo detention infrastructure — rendering detainees vulnerable ...

Senators Introduce “End Endless Wars Act” to Repeal 2001 AUMF
Post Date: 2023-06-27 18:10:54 by Charles_Byrd
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Members of Congress are seeking to enact legislation that would repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), which has been used to unconstitutionally mire the United States in several foreign military conflicts. S. 1872, the “End Endless Wars Act,” is sponsored by U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and cosponsored by Senators Mike Lee (R-Utah), J.D. Vance (R- Ohio), and Mike Braun (R-Ind.). If enacted, this bill would repeal the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF), enacted by Congress one week after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Click for Full Text!

Iraq war: How US campuses became militarised and forgot the war on terror
Post Date: 2023-03-31 00:31:15 by Charles_Byrd
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The US invasion of Iraq in 2003 made several things about the American political system abundantly clear. First, there was a remarkable consensus between the two political parties. While Americans, eager to individualise the follies of empire, typically blame George W Bush for the devastation visited upon Iraq, it was Democrat Joe Biden who, as then head of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, agitated for the invasion and Democrat Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker who refused to bring articles of impeachment against Bush for falsifying reasons for the invasion. Click for Full Text!

Criminals at Large: The Iraq War Twenty Years On
Post Date: 2023-03-29 22:03:54 by Charles_Byrd
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The arrest warrant from the International Criminal Court for Russian President Vladimir Putin came at an opportune moment. It was, if nothing else, a feeble distraction over the misdeeds and crimes of other leaders current and former. Russia, not being an ICC member country, does not acknowledge that court’s jurisdiction. Nor, for that matter, does the United States, despite the evident chortling from US President Joe Biden. Twenty years on, former US President George W. Bush, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Australia’s own John Howard, the troika most to blame for not just the criminal invasion of a foreign country but the regional and global cataclysm consequential to ...

The Invasion of Iraq Wasn’t a “Mistake.” It Was a Crime.
Post Date: 2023-03-29 21:34:26 by Charles_Byrd
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Twenty years ago today, US and allied ground troops invaded Iraq. The “shock and awe” bombing campaign had started the day before. What happened on March 20, 2003 wasn’t a “mistake.” It wasn’t well- intentioned but “unwise.” It was a calculated, premeditated crime perpetrated on a massive scale. Thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis died in a war premised on transparently nonsensical lies. Click for Full Text!

The 20th anniversary of the Iraq war also marks a colossal failure of the mainstream media
Post Date: 2023-03-27 21:57:38 by Charles_Byrd
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Twenty years ago, President George W. Bush ordered the invasion of Iraq, toppling the despot Saddam Hussein and fomenting a kind of hell that Iraq is still grappling with today. Twenty years ago, this country’s mainstream media — with one notable exception — bought into phony Bush administration claims about Hussein’s stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction, helping cheerlead our nation into a conflict that ended the lives of thousands of Americans and hundreds of thousands of Iraqis. The war — along with criminally poor post-war planning on the part of Bush administration officials — also unleashed horrible sectarian strife, led to the emergence of ISIS and ...

AFTER TIDE OF MEMOIRS FROM AMERICANS, AN IRAQI JOURNALIST OFFERS INSIDE ACCOUNT OF WAR’S DESTRUCTION
Post Date: 2023-03-27 21:36:36 by Charles_Byrd
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AMERICAN JOURNALISTS AND soldiers have published countless memoirs about their experiences in the Iraq War. But a new book by Ghaith Abdul-Ahad provides a radically different perspective: that of an ordinary Iraqi who witnessed firsthand the decimation of his country. “The occupation was bound to collapse and fail,” Abdul-Ahad writes of the U.S. invasion in his remarkable memoir, “A Stranger in My Own City: Travels in the Middle East’s Long War.” As Abdul-Ahad goes on to explain, “A nation can’t be bombed, humiliated and sanctioned, then bombed again, and then told to become a democracy.” Click for Full Text!

A million lives later, I cannot forgive what American terrorism did to my country, Iraq
Post Date: 2023-03-24 21:29:13 by Charles_Byrd
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In early 2003, I was living in Cairo and carrying out research for my doctoral dissertation on a famous Iraqi poet who lived in my hometown, Baghdad, in the 10th century. But I was increasingly anxious about the Baghdad of the 21st century. Like millions of people across the world’s major cities, I took part in the massive protests against the then imminent invasion of Iraq. Tahrir Square, the centre of the revolution that toppled the Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, eight years later, swelled with tens of thousands of angry Cairenes. We headed to the nearby US embassy, but the riot police pushed us back with batons. Click for Full Text!

HOW IRAN WON THE U.S. WAR IN IRAQ
Post Date: 2023-03-22 23:52:04 by Charles_Byrd
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IN JANUARY 2015, as Islamic State militants were waging an offensive across Iraq and Syria, an Iranian intelligence officer known among his colleagues by the code name Boroujerdi sat down for a meeting with an important official: then-Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi. The meeting, held at Abadi’s office in Iraq’s presidential palace in Baghdad, took place “without the presence of a secretary or a third person,” according to a report about the discussion contained in a leaked archive of cables from Iran’s shadowy Ministry of Intelligence and Security. Click for Full Text!

Symposium: Aside from Bush & Cheney who is at fault for the Iraq War?
Post Date: 2023-03-21 19:00:14 by Charles_Byrd
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Much has been said about the Iraq war and its failures over the last 20 years, including the roles of key decision makers like President Bush and Vice President Cheney. But what is perhaps not as well known is just how many people were involved in making it a reality. From White House staffers and senior officials, to allied think tank “experts” and prominent media figures, the Iraq war had many, many authors. We asked nearly two dozen experts, journalists, former government officials, and others, which individual — outside of Bush or Cheney — was the underrated architect and promoter of the war in Iraq, and why. It’s important that we understand just how this ...

Bush-Era Neocons Should Shut Up About Iraq (And Everything Else)
Post Date: 2023-03-19 16:21:08 by Charles_Byrd
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David Frum and Max Boot, two neoconservatives who helped grease the wheels for the invasion of Iraq, have some thoughts they’d like to share with us as we approach the 20th anniversary of that horrific and unforgivable war. Both of these perspectives can be read in widely esteemed mainstream publications, because everyone who was responsible for inflicting that war upon our species has enjoyed mainstream influence and esteem to this very day. Both men concede in their own ways that the war was a mistake, while simultaneously cheerleading the US proxy war in Ukraine that has brought humanity closer to nuclear armageddon than it has been at any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis. Both ...

It was 20 years ago but the Iraq War folly could be our fate
Post Date: 2023-03-17 19:07:39 by Charles_Byrd
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Twenty years after the United States under the administration of George W. Bush invaded Iraq, it is undeniable that the war was one of the biggest blunders in the history of U.S. foreign policy. The war was entirely one of choice; Iraq was not posing any significant threat to the United States and U.S. interests. The costs were huge. Estimates by academic experts of the war’s long-term monetary cost to the United States — covering everything from bullets to medical care for disabled veterans — are on the order of two to three trillion dollars. The human costs have included more than 4,400 U.S. military personnel killed and another 32,000 wounded, many of them grievously. The ...

Enemies of all mankind: U.S. government’s torture regime
Post Date: 2023-03-07 19:01:13 by Charles_Byrd
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Last week in a federal courtroom at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, an American physician hired by the Pentagon testified about the CIA‘s use of rectal “feeding” tubes on prisoners it detained and tortured in Thailand from 2001 to 2006. The physician, Dr. Sondra S. Crosby, an expert on torture and other trauma, described the painful repeated insertion of plastic tubes into the anal cavity of the defendant in the case, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, over a period of four years. Al-Nashiri is on trial for conspiracy to bomb the USS Cole in October 2000. Click for Full Text!

Democrats Praise Bush, Want More Small-Business War Profiteers
Post Date: 2023-02-27 16:39:54 by Charles_Byrd
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Well it’s another big day for Democrats doing Democraty things. At a Friday event commemorating the 20th anniversary of the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) hosted by the George W Bush Institute, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke glowingly of the president who instituted the program in 2003 at the same time he was preparing to launch an invasion which would inflict unfathomable horrors upon our world which continue to unfold to this day. Click for Full Text!

The Legacy of George W. Bush and His Torturers
Post Date: 2023-02-02 23:13:00 by Charles_Byrd
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In the days and months following the attacks of 9/11, the government laid the blame for orchestrating the attacks on Osama bin Ladin. Then, after bin Ladin was murdered in his home in Pakistan in 2011, the government decided that the true mastermind of 9/11 was Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. By the time of bin Ladin’s death, Mohammed had already been tortured by CIA agents for two years in Pakistan and charged with conspiracy to commit mass murder, to be tried before an American military tribunal at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Click for Full Text!

I survived Guantánamo. Why is it still open 21 years later?
Post Date: 2023-01-13 02:15:08 by Charles_Byrd
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The US prison at Guantánamo Bay opened 21 years ago this Wednesday. For 21 years, the extrajudicial detention facility has held a total of 779 men between eight known camps. In two decades, Guantánamo grew from a small, makeshift camp of chainlink cages into a maximum-security facility of cement bunker-like structures that costs close to $540m a year to operate. Twenty-one years is a long time – a generation was born and came of age in that time. Four American presidents have served. The World Trade Center was rebuilt. Click for Full Text!

The First Gulf War – A Catastrophic Error
Post Date: 2023-01-03 16:22:48 by Charles_Byrd
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Confronted with the greatest opportunity for global peace in nearly a century, George H. W. Bush did not hesitate: Upon the advice of his retainers, he immediately elected the path of war in the Persian Gulf. This endeavor was hatched by Henry Kissinger’s economically illiterate protégés at the National Security Council and Bush’s Texas oilman secretary of state, James Baker. They falsely claimed that the will-o’- the-wisp of "oil security" was at stake, and that 500,000 American troops needed to be planted in the sands of Arabia. Click for Full Text!

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