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'Inhumane' CIA Terror Tactics Spur Criminal Probe


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Dee
- 3463 days ago - news.yahoo.com
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration launched a criminal probe Monday into "unauthorized ... inhumane" interrogations of terror suspects during President George W. Bush's war on terrorism, spurred by newly declassified revelations of CIA tactics----



   

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Dee C (23)
Monday August 24, 2009, 4:15 pm
"nhumane" interrogations of terror suspects during President George W. Bush's war on terrorism, spurred by newly declassified revelations of CIA tactics including threats to kill one suspect's children and to force another to watch his mother sexually assaulted.

At the same time, President Barack Obama ordered changes in future questioning of detainees, bringing in other agencies besides the CIA under direction of the FBI and supervised by his own national security adviser. The administration pledged questioning would be controlled by the Army Field Manual, with strict rules on tactics, and said the White House would keep its hands off the professional investigators doing the work."

Read more and see video at site..
 

Carrie B (306)
Monday August 24, 2009, 7:25 pm
I would like to see some justice, but doubt that I will.
 

Steve Howard (45)
Monday August 24, 2009, 8:26 pm

We have lost this country to a bunch of murderous goons folks and we need to stand up and DEMAND a return to the rule of law and FULL accountability.

We need TOP level CIA thrown in jail for life with no parole.

There are a number of news items on here and groups you can go to where you can send letters, petitions and call and fax to push for a FULL investigation and prosecution.

Here's are a couple,

http://www.care2.com/news/member/276942576/1220761

http://www.care2.com/news/member/276942576/1230118

http://www.care2.com/news/member/471046224/1228690

Here's the Attorney General's phone number:


Office of the Attorney General - 202-353-1555

Speak up or give up.

And giving up is NOT an option.

Peace,
NotSilent
 

. (0)
Tuesday August 25, 2009, 2:56 am
Let justice prevail and truth... there definitely needs to be accountability in all issues good or bad, even if it comes down to acts of terrorism..
 

Karen S (106)
Tuesday August 25, 2009, 3:35 am
Thanks Dee. It's time for some transparency. Why do I get the feeling this is going to lead them to the highest levels of the past Administration?
 

Steve Howard (45)
Tuesday August 25, 2009, 3:11 pm

This from IndictBushNow.org

**Please circulate widely to friends and on social-networking sites**

It is Bush and Cheney who gave the orders and
it is they who must be held responsible

Washington Post masthead (transparent bk)

“The real culprits in this sordid story are those higher-ups, starting with former president George W. Bush and former vice president Richard B. Cheney, who led America down the degrading path of state-sanctioned torture and left the next administration to cope with the fallout.”

Help the IndictBushNow movement grow
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Dear
Every member of IndictBushNow should feel proud. The announcement that a Special Prosecutor has been appointed to investigate Bush-era crimes was the direct result of the massive, grassroots movement from below. It was the action taken by you and people all around the country that made this possible.

The investigation must and will lead back to the high officials who ordered their subordinates to carry out the most heinous crimes. Now we must keep up the pressure. In fact we must increase it a hundred fold with newspaper ads, street demonstrations, media outreach and more.

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As it was stated by the Washington Post lead editorial today:

“The real culprits in this sordid story are those higher-ups, starting with former president George W. Bush and former vice president Richard B. Cheney, who led America down the degrading path of state-sanctioned torture and left the next administration to cope with the fallout.”

What does the report that Attorney General Eric Holder released yesterday reveal? That Cheney, Bush and Rumsfeld’s torture tactics included:

* Mock executions
* Repeatedly choking detainees carotid artery until unconsciousness
* Threatening sexual attacks against the children and parents of detainees
* Detaining the children of detainees and threatening to kill the children
* “Hard takedowns” meaning repeatedly smashing prisoners into the floor
* Head smashing inmates into walls
* Water dousing, pouring freezing water on naked inmates strapped to plastic sheets followed by holding the still naked inmates in bitterly cold cells for days
* Sleep deprivation lasting for 11 days
* Violent shaking of prisoners
* Waterboarding (mock drowning) 183 times in the case of one detainee
* Hanging prisoners form their wrists for up to three days
* “Scrubbing” the bodies of detainees with metal brushes

More than one hundred prisoners may have died in these torture centers according to Col. Lawrence Wilkerson who served as Colin Powell’s chief of staff during the Bush Administration.

The IndictBushNow movement is now in high gear for the next phase of this critical struggle to save the Constitution. Every elected official and the mass media must know that the people will not accept finding a few low-level scapegoats to punish.

Members of Congress are echoing this call and we can create an avalanche of public support for the indictment of Cheney, Bush and Rumsfeld.

Jerome Nadler, the House Judiciary Constitution Subcommittee Chairman said yesterday: “The gruesome acts described in today's report did not happen in a vacuum ... it is vital that this special counsel be given a broad mandate to investigate these abuses, to follow the evidence where it leads, and to prosecute where warranted.”

Now that the investigation has begun all efforts to limit it will fail. Each step of the investigation will inevitably point to those who gave the orders in the chain of command. It is Bush and Cheney who gave the orders and it is they who must be held responsible.

IndictBushNow.org
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 25, 2009, 9:44 pm
The more I read, the more I don't want to know. I just want it to stop and will sign any petition I can find to support accountability for this horrendous abuse. Thanks Dee.
 

Dee C (23)
Wednesday August 26, 2009, 4:28 pm
You cannot currently send a star to NotSilent because you have done so within the last week.
 

Steve Howard (45)
Friday August 28, 2009, 2:09 pm

Demand Accountability for those at the top who ordered the torture & abuse!

Send a message to Attorney General Eric Holder

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/424/t/4589/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=27821

and let him know we support his first step, but that it must lead to real justice, where the rule of law is upheld against those at the top rungs of political power, not just those at the bottom and where the false claims of national security do not trump the clear requirements of the constitution.

The appointment of a Special Prosecutor is an important breakthrough, ending years of impunity for the systematic torture and brutalization of detainees. Let's remind Holder that this is a very important beginning, but still only a beginning.

Send a letter to the Attorney General and tell him not stop at the interrogators--he must hold those at the top accountable! We will add you to our Citizen’s Arrest Action Team to keep you in the loop about war criminals whereabouts and opportunities to slap pink cuffs on them!

Once you send the letter you will be redirected to a page where you can get the fabulous "Torture Team" cards made by CREDO Action and Center for Constitutional Rights!

Stand with CODEPINK and other organizations thanking Attorney General Eric Holder for his first step but that we want to see those at the top held accountable!

After you sign the letter, you can get the free tortue cards (and as they mention, they can help start a conversation on the issue and get more people aware).

You get a set free, but can order more, I ordered 5 sets and if you do that you can pass them out or whatever you feel will gte the word out to the most people.

They say this about the cards:

Want the torturers prosecuted? Tired of the "few bad apples" line? The Center for Constitutional Rights has partnered with CREDO to distribute Torture Team trading cards to spark the conversation about responsibility for torture at the highest levels. Get one pack of 10 cards for free. $5 for a complete set of all 20 cards; $20 for five sets. All money will go to CCR. The cards may take 3-7 weeks to arrive.

http://salsa.democracyinaction.org/o/424/t/4589/campaign.jsp?campaign_KEY=27821
 
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