The head of the Central Intelligence Agency defended his office’s past use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” on Thursday, two days after a Senate panel published a grim account of the torture tactics used on detainees under the Bush administration.
UN special rapporteur on counterterrorism and human rights Ben Emmerson: The US is legally obliged to prosecute all high-level government officials involved in organizing the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) torture programs. The torture programs violated international law.
George Washington was against torture. Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, George Mason and the Other Framers Made It Clear Torture Is Never Permissible. Bill of Rights of the US Constitution is full of prohibitions on torture. 5th and the 8th amendments forbid torture. Fascists argue the Constitution does not apply to captured foreign prisoners of war.
Former US vice president Dick Cheney has defended the use of torture by the Central Intelligence Agency, said the program was “the right thing to do, and if I had to do it over again, I would.
Obama administration charged former CIA official John Kiriakou for leaking classified information related to the torture program to reporters. Threatened with decades in prison, Kiriakou was forced to plead guilty, accepted a 30-month prison sentence.
Detainees were forced to stand on broken limbs for hours, kept in complete darkness, deprived of sleep for up to 180 hours, sometimes standing, sometimes with their arms shackled above their heads. Prisoners were subjected to “rectal feeding” without medical necessity. Rectal exams were conducted with “excessive force.”
The UN and prominent human rights groups have demanded justice for CIA torture victims, urging to prosecute the responsible US officials listed in the Senate’s report. The Justice Department says it will not pursue charges, even after seeing the report.
Among the report’s findings: CIA justification for the use of such tactics rested on inaccurate claims of their effectiveness; interrogations and conditions of confinement of detainees was “far brutal and far worse” than claimed; CIA avoided or impeded congressional oversight of the program.”
Two psychologists were paid $81 million by the CIA to advise on and help implement its brutal interrogation program targeting detainees in the war on terror, according to the Senate torture report summary released Tuesday.
A Florida sheriff asked state police on Monday to open a criminal investigation into one of his own deputies — a white sergeant who shot and critically wounded an unarmed black auto theft suspect overnight.
Former Polish president, Aleksander Kwasniewski, acknowledged Wednesday Poland had let the CIA run a secret prison on its territory but insisted Polish officials did not authorize the harsh treatment or torture of its inmates.
Rep. Peter King :"we’re not talking about anyone being burned or stabbed or cut or anything like that. We’re talking about people being made to stand in awkward positions, have water put into their nose and into their mouth.
CIA contractors who helped develop and operate the "enhanced interrogation techniques" the agency used on terror suspects, including waterboarding, paid more than $80 million, according to Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the CIA's interrogation program.
Thousands of cellphone users in Kentucky were surprised to receive an “emergency alert” from the federal government warning them to “prepare for action,” a message local authorities later blamed on “human error” during testing.
A new law will come into effect in Sweden after Christmas 2014, that will allow people to be prosecuted for criticizing immigration or politician’s unwillingness to tackle the issue.
People are judged negatively by police, media and the general population if they belong to a subculture that does not conform with the status-quo, or if they decide to express their individuality in a way that makes them seem different to others. People who belong to the hip-hop culture, the hippie culture, bikers, ravers, skaters, punks, goths, gun owners, activists and even people with a few tattoos, are singled out and targeted by police regularly profiled for unwarranted searches and random harassment.
Social media anger exploded after footage was released of a female Arizona police officer putting a 15-year-old girl in a chokehold, as the teenager shouted that she was unable to breathe and her mother was begging to stop. Second police officer standing nearby said that his colleague’s actions were in accordance with the procedure and that if she’d wanted, the officer “could have shot her dead.”
A new law will place restrictions on scientists with clear knowledge on GMO dangers, and create room for experts with overt financial ties to the biotech and pharmaceutical industries affected by EPA regulations. EPA can no longer be advised on their own research regarding GMOs or pharmaceutical drugs like antibiotics or vaccines.
Protests against police brutality have turned violent in Berkeley, California, as officers are resorting to rubber bullets, flash bang grenades and tear gas in a tense standoff with demonstrators demanding justice.
The legal system no longer functions to protect ordinary Americans. It serves our oligarchic, corporate elites. These elites have committed $26 billion in financial fraud. They loot the U.S. Treasury, escape taxation, drive down wages, break unions, pillage pension funds, gut regulation and oversight, destroy public institutions including public schools and social assistance programs, wage endless and illegal wars to swell the profits of arms merchants, and—yes—authorize police to murder unarmed black men.
New report extensively documents the routine criminal activity of one police department in northern Ohio, finds the Cleveland Department of Police (CDP) regularly employs unnecessary and lethal force against suspects and innocent civilians.
Greek police used tear gas and water cannons to disperse crowds during clashes in the capital. Athens was gripped with protests marking six years since police shot dead an unarmed teenager during an anti-austerity rally.
French city Marseille forced to scrap system of yellow triangles intended to help spot homeless people after it was accused of employing Nazi-style tactics. The cards, given to homeless people, detail their health issues, are yellow in order to be easily spotted. Identifies the person with photograph, name and date of birth, details a person’s illnesses or allergies.
Officially called "The Ministry of Information Policy," Ukraine government established a department critics are calling the 'Ministry of Truth,' a dystopian reference to George Orwell's 1984. Ukraine's government is clearly frustrated by lack of success in disseminating its messages.
Authorities in San Jose have cleared out “The Jungle,” considered one of the largest homeless encampments in the nation, as high rents and tough economic times have hit many in California’s Silicon Valley, a region where the tech industry dominates.
“A Grand Jury Did Indict One Person Involved In Eric Garner’s Killing — The Man Who Filmed It.”
Rep. Peter King:defended a New York City grand jury decision not to indict Daniel Pantaleo, white NYPD officer, in the chokehold death of Eric Garner, an unarmed black man, during an arrest on Staten Island in July. If he had not had asthma, a heart condition and was so obese, almost definitely he would not have died from this."
According to a Wall Street Journal report, national statistics provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation do not report 25 percent or more of police killings in the US, tallied at least 1,800 police killings, compared to only 1,242 reported to the FBI.
Congress is poised to give a foreign mining company 2,400 acres of national forest in Arizona that is cherished ancestral homeland to Apache natives. Controversially, the measure is attached to annual legislation that funds the US Defense Department.
A video showing three Sydney police officers brutally beating a young woman has gone viral, with over 750,000 views on Facebook. During the clip, the victim is repeatedly hit with a police baton and appears to be kicked in the head by a male officer.
Protests are already brewing in New York City and around the country following the Grand Jury ruling that police officer Daniel Pantaleo will not be charged in the choking death of Eric Garner. The incident went viral after a video taken by someone who witnessed the killing was posted online. Eric Garner was killed over suspicion of selling untaxed cigarettes.
ONE week after violence in Ferguson, New York bracing for a grand jury decision in another racially charged case involving white police officer and death of an African-American. Eric Garner, 43-year-old father-of-six, died after being placed in a chokehold by New York Police Department officer Daniel Pantaleo while being arrested on suspicion of selling illegal, untaxed cigarettes in Staten Island July 17.
Retired Philadelphia Police Captain, Ray Lewis demonstrated in full uniform at Occupy Wall St. protests, arrested. “You should, If you’re not protecting somebody there’s no need to use force.” System is corrupt, Police really are oppressing the black community,also the whites.”
Urgent issue is frequency police in USA shoot suspects, guilty or not. The difference in the number of killings in the U.S. and rest of the world is startling. In the U.S. hundreds killed by law enforcement every year. All ethnic groups have become victims, minorities getting shot in numbers much greater than their proportion in population. Nobody knows exact number, something that is itself disturbing
Police shot innocent man 23 times while surrounded by a half dozen officers. Those officers attempted to plant evidence, tamper with crime scene, make false statements and stage a massive cover up for a murder. Tried to plant multiple knives on his body and claim that he “had a knife.
David Hinkson discovered and manufactured mineral replacement health products that combine with vitamins to rebuild the body’s own natural disease fighting immune system. A mineral is not a drug; and, since David kept the minerals in their pure form, the FDA and “Big Pharma” could not stop him from selling them. But it was within their power to falsely accuse him of mislabeling his products – a felony.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency; plans to allocate additional funding for National Guard occupation of St. Louis. Tripled the number of troops in St. Louis region last week, from 700 to 2,200. Performing roving patrols, carried out arrests at demonstrations. Providing security at 100 locations in region, including police, fire, utility stations, hospitals, shopping malls, stadiums,
British police have uncovered a huge factory unit filled with cannabis plants right next to their South Wales headquarters in the town of Bridgend. According to police the plants were grown in insulated boxes so that they would not be detectable by thermal imaging.
An African-American man, out for a walk on a cold Michigan day, was stopped by police after a caller reported that he looked suspicious because he had his hands in his pockets. Well, you were making people nervous,” the officer explained, replied that he had to check it out.
A pregnant St. Louis woman is now blind in one eye after St. Louis County Police shot a bean-bag round at a vehicle she was riding in as the car drove away from a gas station near Ferguson, Missouri early Tuesday.
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