Jul 12 2009

Get Active!

Let your voice be heard.  Write:

Whitehouse: http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/

U.S. Senate: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

U.S. House of Representatives: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

U.S. Department of Justice:  http://www.usdoj.gov/ag/ 

American Civil Liberties Union:  http://www.aclu.org/

Get involved:   http://www.aclu.org/safefree/torture/index.html

Submit evidence of torture: http://www.aclu.org/accountability/action.html

 Petitions against torture:



ACLU:  http://action.aclu.org/site/PageServer?pagename=FJ_donationhome

Info and activism: www.IndictBushNow.org

Jun 22 2009

SCOTUS hates accountability regarding CIA Leak Case

Today we learn that the Supreme Court of the United States will not hear the appeal filed by Valerie Plame and Joseph Wilson in their case against Dick Cheney, Scooter Libby, Richard Armitage, and others. The decision marks yet another example of the unaccountable government you live under in the United States. The illusion of “checks and balances” is gone. The President can do no wrong, this is the tacit approval of the SCOTUS decision.
Continue reading

Jun 11 2009

Whitehouse Condemns Nation's "Descent into Torture" During Bush Years

Sheldon Whitehouse laid the truth on the Senate floor the other night:

Full text from Sen. Whitehouse site at Senate.gov

June 9, 2009

Mr. WHITEHOUSE. Mr. President, I wish to now change the subject and speak about an incident that is not part of anybody’s proud heritage and that is the evidence we have recently heard about America’s descent into torture. I know it is an awkward subject to talk about, an awkward subject to think about. On the one hand, we, as Americans, love our country, we hate the violence that has been done to us, and we want more than anything to protect our people from attacks. On the other hand, torture is wrong and we have known it and behaved accordingly in far worse circumstances than now.

Continue reading

May 18 2009

The Truth About Richard Bruce Cheney

(Thanks to our friends’ site: NoQuarterUSA.net for heads up on this.  Thank you to Steve Clemons for allowing us reprint the full text with Col. Wilkerson’s and Steve Clemons’ express permission from The Washington Note.)

This is a guest post exclusive to The Washington Note by Col. Lawrence B. Wilkerson, who is former chief of staff of the Department of State during the term of Secretary of State Colin Powell. Lawrence Wilkerson is also Pamela Harriman Visiting Professor at the College of William & Mary.

Last night I was on Rachel Maddow’s show on MSNBC at the top of the hour. But before I came on, through the earpiece I listened to the five minutes that Rachel sketched as a lead-in. Most of it was videotape from the last few days of former Vice President Dick Cheney extolling the virtues of harsh interrogation, torture, and his leadership. I had heard some of it earlier of course but not all of it and not in such a tightly-packed package.
Continue reading

Apr 17 2009

Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon continues inquiry

Reuters is reporting that Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon is going to continue with investigation of the Cheney/Bush Administration officials involved with torture at Guantanamo. Earlier in the day, the Spanish Attorney General moved to dismiss the charges.

This is on the heels of the Obama Administration’s grand failure to keep the promise of accountability and his legal obligations to investigate crimes. He’s placed political expediency above the law again. Eric Holder announced that the administration would not seek to charge CIA officers who engaged in the “enhanced torture techniques” so long as they were doing so in “good faith” to the legal opinions rendered by the OSC.

Can you imagine how defense lawyers can utilize this sort of formula now for their rape and murder cases? If they can just find various areas where “moving forward” is more valuable than “dwelling on the past” they’ll be able to get any of their defendants off. Further, they could always go for an equal protection claim that shows their client received a greater sentence than Officers who tortured and killed detainees.

Let us not forget we have accusations of deaths in custody including the accusation of murder committed at Bagram Air Base.

Did the United States ever really have integrity? Was it an illusion to begin with? Or is this just an aberration and an anomaly the US character?

Apr 16 2009

Secret Torture Memos released

Secret Torture Memos have been released by the Obama Administration. These memos show the administration did willfully violate U.S. law and international laws and treaties by seeking to give legal cover for interrogation techniques that clearly cross the line into illegal treatment of detainees.

Here are the memos by Jay Bybee and Steven G. Bradbury

Memo One

Memo Two

Memo Three

Memo Four

The repeated calling of detainees as “terrorists” does not finalize their legal path. They have not been adjudicated and thus are simply suspects. Torturing suspects is a violation of our fundamental standards of law.

Now the Obama Administration is telling the CIA that they will not be prosecuting the officers who were “just following orders”. Apparently Obama’s constitutional law background doesn’t understand this change in legal standards. From now on, anyone who is given an illegal order can simply hope to have a memo stating it was legal.

This muddying of the legal waters isn’t only a US problem. The Spanish chief prosecutor has said he would not recommend proceeding with prosecution of US officials. The nature of the investigation isn’t in the hands of the prosecutor but the judge and it will be a couple more days before we hear what he will recommend. Stay tuned…

Mar 20 2009

Larry Wilkerson on Rachel Maddow covering the Cheney Administration

Larry Wilkerson appeared on Rachel Maddow with up close insight to the Bush/Cheney administration:

Mar 17 2009

Mark Danner's appearance on Washington Journal

Mark Danner appeared on Washington Journal. Unfortunately I didn’t know until he was about half way through. He’s a solid reporter and knows his beat.

But one of the key sections was responding to a caller who rattled off the pablum of the Bush apologists regarding the Geneva Conventions.

Here’s Mark Danner’s recent article

and Continue reading

Mar 17 2009

Will Canada arrest George Bush when he visits today?

Will Canada arrest George Bush when he visits Calgary today?

Canada has laws regarding people suspected of war crimes visiting their country.
Stay tuned to see if they’ll act on them with war criminal suspect George W Bush.

Mar 13 2009

Italian Court Dismisses Evidence in CIA Rendition Trial citing "State Secrets"

The Italian Constitutional Court has ruled that prosecutors violated “state secrecy laws” in building their case against Italian and U.S. agents who are accused of extraordinary rendition of Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr, aka Abu Omar.

Though the case has not been thrown out it has set back the case which resumes hearing on March 18, 2009. The case claims that the CIA led team kidnapped Abu Omar in Milan and took him to US bases in Italy and Germany before they flew him to Egypt in 2003. Abu Omar says he was tortured there and held without being charged.

The court ruled that the prosecutors improperly used classified secrets to prepare their case. Much of the indictment rests on the “secrets”, and no word has come as to how the lawyers will be able to make their case without being able to rely upon these materials.

From Berlisconi till now, Italy maintains it had no role in the Nasr rendition.

The case involves twenty six American agents and several Italian agents.

We will keep you posted.