Destroying Sacred or Sentimental Things as Free Speech — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)
|By: normanb Friday September 10, 2010 2:03 am|
|By: EdwardTeller Monday August 23, 2010 8:10 am|
Freelance journalist Nicholas John Meade posted a blog diary on the Swedish charges against Wikileaks founder Julian Assange early this past weekend. Soon afterward, the comments thread exploded, much of it in Swedish. The comments seem to have outpaced even Glenn Greenwald’s and Justin Raimando’s abilities to keep up on emerging information.
|By: Synoia Friday July 23, 2010 2:24 pm|
What are the 850,000 people in the new, enlarged intelligence community doing?
Be afraid, be very afraid. Especially gun owners & those with foreign houses or offshore bank accounts.
|By: Tony Collings Tuesday July 20, 2010 8:50 am|
The Washington Post’s great investigative series on the top-secret network of govt. and contractors has enraged rightwingers but deserves journalism’s highest prize.
|By: Rayne Sunday July 18, 2010 2:29 pm|
On Monday it’s expected that the Washington Post will debut a series by Dana Priest on military contractors, with an emphasis on intelligence contracting. We’ve known for some time there are far more contractors than troops, that we don’t know the exact number — which makes for a lot of interesting questions.
|By: normanb Thursday June 17, 2010 3:56 am|
Director of National Intelligence Appointee Clapper Betrayed Our Country BIG TIME on Gulf Oil Spew — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)
|By: Leen Wednesday May 12, 2010 7:23 am|
|By: Jim White Wednesday April 28, 2010 6:15 am|
Special Operations, in its battle to stop terrorism, relies on “find, fix, finish and follow-up”. The problem is that “find” is not working, perhaps due to turf battles between CIA and DoD.
|By: Rayne Thursday February 25, 2010 12:49 pm|
Baby Dick posted a message on her group’s Facebook page asking her peeps to help whip votes against legislation going to vote today in the House which would institute criminal penalties for torture. Will nothing stop the Cheneys’ thirst for human suffering?
|By: Bill Egnor Wednesday February 10, 2010 7:00 am|
One of the reasons I have always argued for a full investigation of the treatment of prisoners by the U.S. government is that the truth is going to come out sooner rather than later. For those who want to hide from accountability under the law later is always the better goal. The longer it takes for the abuses of the Bush Administration torture program to come to light the less likely there is to be an outcry and the more likely those who ordered and carried out torture are to elderly or dead.
“Originally posted at Squarestate.net”
Today the British government lost its appeal and was forced to disclose a new piece of the torture puzzle. In 2002 a British subject by the name of Binyam Mohamed was arrested in Pakistan. He claims he was tortured there, then sent to Morocco where he was also beaten and finally in 2004 sent to Guantanamo Bay. If Mr. Mohamed’s name seems familiar to you, it should. He is the man who claims he was tortured by a scalpel slicing his genitals.
What makes Mr. Mohamed’s case particularly galling (as if genital slicing was not enough) is that he has been released without ever being charged either by the British or the U.S.
Mr. Mohamed is one of seven British subjects who are suing their government for its complicity in torture. This new information came from a summary that a judge wrote after reviewing intelligence reports from the United States.
Here are the seven paragraphs, from the Guardian:
It was reported that a new series of interviews was conducted by the United States authorities prior to 17 May 2002 as part of a new strategy designed by an expert interviewer.
v) It was reported that at some stage during that further interview process by the United States authorities, BM had been intentionally subjected to continuous sleep deprivation. The effects of the sleep deprivation were carefully observed.
vi) It was reported that combined with the sleep deprivation, threats and inducements were made to him. His fears of being removed from United States custody and “disappearing” were played upon.
vii) It was reported that the stress brought about by these deliberate tactics was increased by him being shackled in his interviews