March 2009

By William Fisher IPS 3/24/09

NEW YORK – A British court ruled Monday that U.S. authorities had asked a Guantanamo Bay detainee to drop allegations of torture in exchange for his freedom. (more…)

ANSWER March to the Pentagon, March 21, 2009 (more…)

Carl Strock The Daily Gazette, Schenectady 3/15/09

Here is a suggestion for President Obama: If you’re going to close Guantanamo, close the Communication Management Unit at Terre Haute prison in Indiana also. (more…)

The Real AIG Conspiracy

By MICHAEL HUDSON Counterpunch 3/18/0

It may seem odd, but the public outrage against $135 million in AIG bonuses is a godsend to Wall Street, AIG scoundrels included. How can the media be so preoccupied with the discovery that there is self-serving greed to be found in the financial sector? Every TV channel and every newspaper in the country, from right to left, have made these bonuses the lead story over the past two days.

What is wrong with this picture? (more…)

by Stephen Lendman

In February 2007, it was learned that Washington had a secret new facility for so-called “high-security risk” Muslim and Middle Eastern prisoners in violation of federal law that prohibits severely limiting or cutting them off entirely from other inmates as well as outside contacts and communications. (more…)

The West should feel shame over its collusion with torturers

I want to know why those complicit in Almalki’s ordeal are not tried in court

I invited Abdullah Almalki to breakfast in Ottawa but he only took coffee. And while I wolfed down my all-English breakfast in the Chateau Laurier Hotel (beloved of Churchill and Karsh of Ottawa fame), he sipped gingerly at his cup with much on his mind. Snooped on by the Canadian secret service and then tortured in Syria while the Canadian authorities did nothing for him — save supplying his perverted torturers with questions — he had much to think about. A carbon copy of Binyam Mohamed, the British resident who had his penis cut up while the Brits sent questions to his perverted Moroccan torturers.(more…)

By William Fisher The Public Record 3/16/09

Human rights activists and Constitutional law experts were virtually unanimous in their condemnation of the positions taken on prisoner detention and treatment in Federal Court last week by President Barack Obama’s Department of Justice, which one group described as “a case of old wine in new bottles.” (more…)

Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country. Herman Goering, Interview at Nuremburg Trials, April 14, 1946

The Patriot Act was used against me in total contradiction to its stated purpose. Or perhaps it was the most logical use of the law, since it establishes a legal framework to crush free thinking and interrupt individual questioning of the government. It is the beginning of all dictatorship in America. Susan Lindauer, March 9, 2009 (more…)

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