Pro-Israel Judge Reverses Decision, Recuses Himself from Case Involving Palestinian American

By: Tuesday August 12, 2014 3:40 pm

A federal judge in Detroit has reversed his decision issued nearly two weeks ago and recused himself from a case involving a Palestinian American woman, who allegedly committed immigration fraud. She is accused of neglecting to disclose on naturalization forms that she had been imprisoned by Israelis in Palestine for decades for terrorism-related offenses.

 

Amnesty International Report Details Crimes by US/NATO Forces in Afghanistan

By: Monday August 11, 2014 11:05 am

Thousands of Afghan civilians have been killed by United States and NATO military forces since 2001, but, according to Amnesty International, there have been only six cases in which the US military has “criminally prosecuted” officers for “unlawfully killing civilians.”

An Excerpt From Barrett Brown’s Keep Rootin’ for Putin: Richard Cohen Chapter

By: Thursday August 7, 2014 1:00 pm

Certain things are obvious, or at least seemingly obvious after having been pointed out. The implications of these obvious things, though, tend towards obscurity.

In April of 2009, Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen expressed some concern over America’s ongoing debate on the subject of torture, a discussion he worried had been “infected with silly arguments about utility: whether it works or not.” Those silly-billies who believe that it does not work, we are told, are simply being gloomy gusses. “Of course it works—sometimes or rarely, but if a proverbial bomb is ticking, that may just be the one time it works,” he hypothesized, or something.

Fair enough; there are quite a few commentators who believe likewise, and Cohen is certainly entitled to his opinion. In fact, he is apparently entitled to two of them.

White House’s Censorship of Senate Report on CIA Torture Continues US Indignity Toward Victims

By: Tuesday August 5, 2014 1:15 pm

United States senators involved in producing a more than 6,000-page report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s rendition, detention and interrogation program are upset with significant redactions the White House made to the report. One of the key issues is that the White House censored “pseudonyms” from the report used to protect covert CIA agents and foreign countries, according to a report from McClatchy Newspapers.

Obama Admits He Banned Only “Some” of the CIA’s Torture Techniques

By: Sunday August 3, 2014 4:00 pm

There was a cascade of coverage of the President’s August 1 remarks concerning John Brennan and his defense of his embattled CIA chief, as Obama was also widely derided for his seeming defense of those who tortured “some folks” after 9/11. (Obama did not mention that the order to torture came from the Oval Office.)

“Well, at least he called the crimes out as ‘torture,” some observers noted. Others, including some in the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI), called for John Brennan’s resignation as CIA director after he admitted the CIA had spied on Congressional investigators who were writing a thousands-of-pages-long report on the CIA Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation program.

An Executive Summary of that report, in a censored version produced by the CIA itself, is now back in the hands of the SSCI, who may or may not release it soon. The Committee has already decided the full 6000 or so page report itself will not be released for years (if ever), a cover-up of immense proportions.

Obama Condemns But Also Rationalizes CIA Torture During Press Conference

By: Friday August 1, 2014 3:09 pm

President Barack Obama told reporters during a press briefing that America had “tortured some folks.” But, rather than stop with that statement, he proceeded to rationalize why law enforcement and national security teams, particularly the CIA had engaged in torture.

The comments came in response to the upcoming release of a redacted summary from the Senate intelligence committee’s 6,300-page report on the rendition, detention and interrogation (RDI) program the CIA operated after the September 11th attacks.

“I understand why it happened,” Obama stated. “I think it’s important when we look back to recall how afraid people were after the Twin Towers fell and the Pentagon had been hit and the plane in Pennsylvania had fallen and people did not know whether more attacks were imminent.”

Judge With Israeli Military Ties Won’t Recuse Himself from Immigration Fraud Case Against Palestinian American

By: Thursday July 31, 2014 3:49 pm

A federal judge in Detroit has refused to recuse himself from a case involving a Palestinian American woman who allegedly committed immigration fraud and neglected to disclose on naturalization forms that she had been imprisoned by Israelis in Palestine for decades for terrorism-related offenses. The defense had argued his support for the Israeli military made it impossible for him to fairly hear the case.

Rasmea Odeh is an organizer in Chicago. She has been a naturalized citizen in the US since 1995. But, on October 22, 2013, the Department of Homeland Security suddenly had her arrested.

Internal CIA Investigation Confirms CIA Hacked Into Senate Computers Being Used for Torture Report

By: Thursday July 31, 2014 10:13 am

An investigation by the CIA inspector general has confirmed CIA employees hacked into computers being used by the Senate intelligence committee to produce a 6,300-page torture report, according to McClatchy Newspapers.

Journalists Jonathan Landay and Ali Watkins obtained a statement from CIA spokesman Dean Boyd, who indicated, “Findings of the investigation by the CIA Inspector General’s Office ‘include a judgment that some CIA employees acted in a manner inconsistent with the common understanding reached between SSCI (Senate Select Committee on Intelligence) and the CIA in 2009.”

Panthers in the Hole: French Angola 3 Book Illustrates US Prison Crisis –An interview with Nicolas Krameyer of Amnesty International France

By: Sunday July 27, 2014 6:00 pm

Amnesty International France and La Boîte à Bulles have published a 128-page French language graphic novel entitled Panthers in the Hole. The book’s co-authors David Cénou and Bruno Cénou present with visual art what Amnesty France describes as “la tragique histoire des Trois d’Angola” (the tragic story of the Angola 3).

CIA Intercepted Whistleblower Communications in Senate Torture Investigation

By: Saturday July 26, 2014 7:52 am

The inspector general for the CIA obtained a “legally protected email and other unspecified communications” between whistleblower officials and lawmakers related to alleged whistleblower retaliation. The CIA inspector general allegedly failed to investigate claims of retaliation against an agency official for helping the Senate intelligence committee with the production of their report on torture.

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