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VIOLATION OF ARTICLE 3 OF GENEVA CONVENTIONS BAN ON TORTURE IS A WAR CRIME UNDER U.S. LAW

VIOLATION OF ARTICLE 3 OF GENEVA CONVENTIONS BAN ON TORTURE IS A WAR CRIME UNDER U.S. LAW

Transcript: http://www.torturingdemocracy.org


CONSPIRACY TO COMMIT TORTURE IS A WAR CRIME UNDER THE U.S. CODE PUNISHABLE BY UP TO 20 YEARS IN PRISON

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/18/2340A



Just a reminder...

Senate Report Rejects Torture Contribution in Bin Laden Hunt Strongly implied in 'Zero Dark Thirty'

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/12/10/world/senate-report-raises-doubts-about-cia-claims-on-hunt-for-osama-bin-laden.html

Senate Report Rejects Claim on Hunt for Bin Laden

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But in page after page of previously classified evidence, the Senate Intelligence Committee report on C.I.A. torture, released Tuesday, rejects the notion that torturing detainees contributed to finding Bin Laden — a conclusion that was also strongly implied in “Zero Dark Thirty,” the popular 2012 movie about the hunt for the Qaeda leader.

“The vast majority of the intelligence” about the Qaeda courier who led the agency to Bin Laden “was originally acquired from sources unrelated to the C.I.A.'s detention and interrogation program, and the most accurate information acquired from a C.I.A. detainee was provided prior to the C.I.A. subjecting the detainee to the C.I.A.'s enhanced interrogation techniques,” the Senate report said.

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Bush on 2007 Red Cross Torture Report: Haven’t Seen It, We Don’t Torture’

http://thinkprogress.org/politics/2007/08/09/15364/bush-on-torture-report-havent-seen-it-we-dont-torture/

Bush On Torture Report: ‘Haven’t Seen It, We Don’t Torture’

BY MATT CORLEY POSTED ON AUGUST 9, 2007 AT 1:21 PM UPDATED: AUGUST 9, 2007 AT 2:22 PM

During President Bush’s press conference this morning, The Washington Post’s Peter Baker asked him if he “had read” a highly confidential report by the International Committee of the Red Cross that “has found an interrogation program in CIA detention facilities, (that) used interrogation techniques that were ‘tantamount to torture.’” Details of the Red Cross report were revealed recently by the New Yorker.

“Haven’t seen it; we don’t torture,” Bush bluntly responded before moving on to another question. Watch it:
flv http://video.thinkprogress.org/2007/08/HaventSeenDontTorture.320.240.flv
Bush’s ignorant denial of torture is hardly convincing, considering he is apparently unaware of the allegations coming from the Red Cross, “which is known for its credibility and caution.” The report alleges “that American officials responsible for the abusive treatment” at CIA “black sites” may have committed “grave breaches” of the Geneva Conventions:

16 Awful Abuses From the CIA Torture Report: "Rectal Feeding," Threats to Children, and More:

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/12/cia-torture-report-abuses-rectal-feeding

1. The CIA used previously unreported tactics, including "rectal feeding" of detainees (p. 100, footnote 584):

2. CIA officers threatened the children of detainees (p. 4):

3. Over 20 percent of CIA detainees were "wrongfully held." One was an "intellectually challenged" man who was held so the CIA could get leverage over his family (p. 12):

4. One detainee, Abu Hudhaifa, was subjected to "ice water baths" and "66 hours of standing sleep deprivation" before being released because the CIA realized it probably had the wrong man (p. 16, footnote 32):

5. The CIA, contra what it told Congress, began torturing detainees before even determining whether they would cooperate (p. 104):

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10. The CIA torturers told CIA leadership that torture wasn't producing good information from KSM. But CIA leaders didn't relay that information to Congress (p. 212):

11. A detainee was tortured for not addressing an interrogator as "sir"—and for complaining about a stomach ache (p. 106):

REST OF THE HORRORS AT LINK

Nation’s Gay Straw Men March On Washington For Right To Marry Animals

http://www.theonion.com/articles/nations-gay-straw-men-march-on-washington-for-righ,37619/

Nation’s Gay Straw Men March On Washington For Right To Marry Animals

NEWS IN BRIEF • Marriage • Government • Gay & Lesbian • Law • News • ISSUE 50•49 • Dec 8, 2014

WASHINGTON—In an effort to advance what they have repeatedly stated is the key element of their agenda, the nation’s gay straw men marched on the nation’s capital Monday to advocate for the right to marry animals, sources confirmed. “If men can marry men, and women can marry women, then why shouldn’t I be allowed to enter into holy matrimony with a member of the animal kingdom?” said a straw man from Falmouth, MA, who explained that he should be permitted to wed whomever or whatever he pleases given that the legislative gates have been opened, a sentiment expressed by thousands of his fellow straw men as they hoisted signs that read “Equal Rights For Interspecies Partners” and “Marriage For All Mammals Now.” “In the years since my state legalized same-sex marriage, I’ve discovered that my emotional and physical needs cannot be fulfilled by another human, and it is clear that lying with either a cat, dog, or sheep is what I now want. We believe gay marriage has set an irrefutable legal precedent for this behavior, and we intend to act on it.” At press time, demonstrators were reportedly shouting that they wouldn’t simply settle for the right to marry their siblings or any number of partners, noting that their ultimate goal was to marry an animal of their choosing or, perhaps, an inanimate object.

7 Most Shocking Things in the CIA Torture Report (It's Even Worse Than We Thought)

http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/7-things-we-learned-new-report-cia-torture

NEWS & POLITICS
AlterNet / By Cliff Weathers comments_image 34 COMMENTS

7 Most Shocking Things in the CIA Torture Report
It's even worse than we thought.


December 9, 2014 |

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However, this is not the final report, but a redacted 480-page executive summary. The complete report totals more than 6,000 pages. The Senate Republicans also released a counter-assessment. While some critics say that there is the possibility of retaliation from terrorist groups, others are saying that the fallout over the report will be mostly political.

"Did we torture people? Yes. Did it work? No.," Sen. King, the Maine independent told CNN.

"The greatness of this country is that we can examine mistakes and remedy them and that is the hallmark of a great and just society" Sen. Diane Feinstein, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said to CNN moments before the report's release. Here are the most shocking findings from the report:

1. Some detainees died as a result of interrogation.

In November 2002, an otherwise healthy detainee who had been held partially nude and chained to a concrete floor died from suspected hypothermia at the facility. The CIA's leadership acknowledged little knowledge of advanced interrogation techniques at the detention site where he was held.

2. The techniques were far more brutal than previously known.

Multiple CIA detainees subjected to the techniques suffered from hallucinations, paranoia, insomnia and tried to mutilate themselves, the report says. On one occasion, a high-value al Qaeda suspect named Abu Zubaydah became completely unresponsive after a period of intense waterboarding. He had "bubbles rising through his open full mouth," the report says.

Additionally, detainees were subjected to forced “rectal feeding” or “rectal hydration" even if they did not have medical need for them.


4. The CIA's use of its enhanced interrogation techniques was not an effective means of acquiring intelligence or gaining cooperation from detainees.

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For example, seven of the 39 CIA detainees known to have been subjected to the CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques produced no intelligence while in CIA custody. Other detainees provided significant, accurate intelligence prior to, or without having been, subjected to these torture.

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7. Those who were not suspects were interrogated.

Of the 119 known detainees, at least 26 were wrongfully held and did not meet the detention standard. These included an "intellectually challenged" man whose CIA detention was used solely as leverage to get a family member to provide information, two individuals who were intelligence sources for foreign liaison services and were former CIA sources, and two individuals whom the CIA assessed to be connected to al-Qa'ida based solely on information fabricated by a CIA detainee subjected to the CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques. These detainees, however, often remained in custody for months after the CIA determined that they did not meet the MON standard. CIA records provide insufficient information to justify the detention of many other detainees.

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http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/12/cia-torture-report-abuses-rectal-feeding

"Rectal Feeding," Threats to Children, and More: 16 Awful Abuses From the CIA Torture Report

1. The CIA used previously unreported tactics, including "rectal feeding" of detainees (p. 100, footnote 584):

2. CIA officers threatened the children of detainees (p. 4):

3. Over 20 percent of CIA detainees were "wrongfully held." One was an "intellectually challenged" man who was held so the CIA could get leverage over his family (p. 12):

4. One detainee, Abu Hudhaifa, was subjected to "ice water baths" and "66 hours of standing sleep deprivation" before being released because the CIA realized it probably had the wrong man (p. 16, footnote 32):

5. The CIA, contra what it told Congress, began torturing detainees before even determining whether they would cooperate (p. 104):

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10. The CIA torturers told CIA leadership that torture wasn't producing good information from KSM. But CIA leaders didn't relay that information to Congress (p. 212):

11. A detainee was tortured for not addressing an interrogator as "sir"—and for complaining about a stomach ache (p. 106):

REST OF THE HORRORS AT LINK

CIA Deceived White House, Public Over '(Far More) Brutal' Interrogations: Report

Source: Reuters

CIA deceived White House, public over 'brutal' interrogations: report

WASHINGTON | Tue Dec 9, 2014 3:10pm EST

By Mark Hosenball

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The CIA routinely misled the White House and Congress over its harsh interrogation program for terrorism suspects and its methods, which included waterboarding, were more brutal than the agency acknowledged, a Senate report said on Tuesday.

The program, devised by two agency contractors to squeeze information from suspects after the Sept. 11 2001 attacks, was ineffective and never led to the disruption of a single plot, the report by the Senate Intelligence Committee said.

The program ran from 2002 to 2006 and involved questioning al Qaeda and other captives in secret detention facilities in various countries, including Afghanistan, Poland, Romania and Thailand.

The report, which followed a five-year investigation, found the techniques used were "far more brutal" than the CIA told the public or policymakers. Its release prompted a boost of security at U.S. facilities abroad.

"This document examines the CIA's secret overseas detention of at least 119 individuals and the use of coercive interrogation techniques - in some cases amounting to torture," committee chair Dianne Feinstein said.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN0JM24I20141209



http://graphics.thomsonreuters.com/14/CIA-detainees/index.html

What I've Learned from Two Years Collecting Data on Police Killings

I've been lied to and delayed by state, county and local law enforcement agencies—almost every time. They've blatantly broken public records laws, and then thumbed their authoritarian noses at the temerity of a citizen asking for information that might embarrass the agency.


http://gawker.com/what-ive-learned-from-two-years-collecting-data-on-poli-1625472836

What I've Learned from Two Years Collecting Data on Police Killings

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D. Brian Burghart
Filed to: POLICE BRUTALITY
COPS
DEATHS
PROJECTS
8/22/14 1:25pm

A few days ago, Deadspin's Kyle Wagner began to compile a list of all police-involved shootings in the U.S. He's not the only one to undertake such a project: D. Brian Burghart, editor of the Reno News & Review, has been attempting a crowdsourced national database of deadly police violence. We asked Brian to write about what he's learned from his project.

It began simply enough. Commuting home from my work at Reno's alt-weekly newspaper, the News & Review, on May 18, 2012, I drove past the aftermath of a police shooting—in this case, that of a man named Jace Herndon. It was a chaotic scene, and I couldn't help but wonder how often it happened.

I went home and grabbed my laptop and a glass of wine and tried to find out. I found nothing—a failure I simply chalked up to incompetent local media.

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I started to search in earnest. Nowhere could I find out how many people died during interactions with police in the United States. Try as I might, I just couldn't wrap my head around that idea. How was it that, in the 21st century, this data wasn't being tracked, compiled, and made available to the public? How could journalists know if police were killing too many people in their town if they didn't have a way to compare to other cities? Hell, how could citizens or police? How could cops possibly know "best practices" for dealing with any fluid situation? They couldn't.

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Database & Last Name Check
Read more fatalencounters.​org
The biggest thing I've taken away from this project is something I'll never be able to prove, but I'm convinced to my core: The lack of such a database is intentional. No government—not the federal government, and not the thousands of municipalities that give their police forces license to use deadly force—wants you to know how many people it kills and why.

It's the only conclusion that can be drawn from the evidence. What evidence? In attempting to collect this information, I was lied to and delayed by the FBI, even when I was only trying to find out the addresses of police departments to make public records requests. The government collects millions of bits of data annually about law enforcement in its Uniform Crime Report, but it doesn't collect information about the most consequential act a law enforcer can do.

I've been lied to and delayed by state, county and local law enforcement agencies—almost every time. They've blatantly broken public records laws, and then thumbed their authoritarian noses at the temerity of a citizen asking for information that might embarrass the agency. And these are the people in charge of enforcing the law.

The second biggest thing I learned is that bad journalism colludes with police to hide this information. The primary reason for this is that police will cut off information to reporters who tell tales. And a reporter can't work if he or she can't talk to sources. It happened to me on almost every level as I advanced this year-long Fatal Encounters series through the News & Review. First they talk; then they stop, then they roadblock.

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Breaking: Durham NC Protesters Shut Down Durham Freeway

Source: WRAL-TV

NEWS
PROTESTERS BLOCK SOME DOWNTOWN DURHAM STREETS

Updated 1 min ago
DURHAM (WTVD) -- Protesters upset by recent grand jury decisions in New York and Ferguson are blocking some streets and highways in Durham.

First, protesters blocked Mangum Street in downtown Durham.

The group then marched toward and onto the Durham Freeway, which prompted police to close the highway in both directions for about an hour.

Protesters are also blocking intersections of Duke and Chapel Hill Streets, and, at last report, were in front of the Durham Performing Arts Center.

Read more: http://abc11.com/news/protesters-block-some-downtown-durham-streets/424487/

Ukrainian PM Reports Accident at Nuclear Power Plant

Source: Reuters

Ukrainian PM reports accident at nuclear power plant

Wed Dec 3, 2014 5:59am EST

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Wednesday an accident had occurred at the Zaporizhye nuclear power plant (NPP) in south-east Ukraine and called on the energy minister to hold a news conference.

"I know that an accident has occurred at the Zaporizhye NPP," Yatseniuk said, asking new energy minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn to make clear when the problem would be resolved and what steps would be taken to restore normal power supply across Ukraine.

News agency Interfax Ukraine said the problem had occurred at bloc No 3 - a 1,000-megawatt reactor - and the resulting lack of output had worsened the power crisis in the country. Interfax added that the bloc was expected to come back on stream on Dec. 5.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKCN0JH0ZV20141203
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