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  • bluebutterfly commented on the diary post Unreality Is Becoming the New Reality by Isaiah 88.

    2014-12-20 01:40:46View | Delete

    “Proof that all news is scripted..”

  • Maher Arar has lots of great comments on his twitter page. This one was LOL worthy.

    “If an apology 4 torture victims can’t be extracted willingly from Cheney & Co how about a session of enhanced interrogation technique?”

  • A lot of Canadians are ignorant re Arar. A lot are ignorant about Omar Khadr. He was only 15 years old when shot by Americans and subsequently tortured at Bagram and then sent to the hell hole..aka..Guantanamo. This oped by Omar tells it like it is. It is from the Free Omar Khadr Now site so I am not worried about copyright issues.

    “Ten years ago the Canadian government established a judicial inquiry into the case of Maher Arar. That inquiry, over the course of more than two years of ground-breaking work, examined how Canada’s post-Sept. 11 security practices led to serious human rights violations, including torture.

    At that same time, 10 years ago and far away from a Canadian hearing room, I was mired in a nightmare of injustice, insidiously linked to national security. I have not yet escaped from that nightmare.

    As Canada once again grapples with concerns about terrorism, my experience stands as a cautionary reminder. Security laws and practices that are excessive, misguided or tainted by prejudice can have a devastating human toll.

    A conference Wednesday in Ottawa, convened by Amnesty International, the International Civil Liberties Monitoring Group and the University of Ottawa, will reflect on these past 10 years of national security and human rights. I will be watching, hoping that an avenue opens to leave my decade of injustice behind.

    I was apprehended by U.S. forces during a firefight in Afghanistan in July 2002. I was only 15 years old at the time, propelled into the middle of armed conflict I did not understand or want. I was detained first at the notorious U.S. air base at Bagram, Afghanistan; and then I was imprisoned at Guantánamo Bay for close to 10 years. I have now been held in Canadian jails for the past two years.

    From the very beginning, to this day, I have never been accorded the protection I deserve as a child soldier. And I have been through so many other human rights violations. I was held for years without being charged. I have been tortured and ill-treated. I have suffered through harsh prison conditions. And I went through an unfair trial process that sometimes felt like it would never end.

    I am now halfway through serving an eight-year prison sentence imposed by a Guantánamo military commission; a process that has been decried as deeply unfair by UN human rights experts. That sentence is part of a plea deal I accepted in 2010.

    Remarkably, the Supreme Court of Canada has decided in my favour on two separate occasions; unanimously both times. Over the years, in fact, I have turned to Canadian courts on many occasions, and they have almost always sided with me. That includes the Federal Court, the Federal Court of Appeal and the Alberta Court of Appeal.

    In its second judgement, the Supreme Court found that Canadian officials violated the Charter of Rights when they interrogated me at Guantánamo Bay, knowing that I had been subjected to debilitating sleep deprivation through the notorious ‘frequent flyer’ program. The Court concluded that to interrogate a youth in those circumstances, without legal counsel, “offended the most basic Canadian standards about the treatment of detained youth suspects.” That ruling was almost five years ago.

    I had assumed that a forceful Supreme Court ruling, coming on top of an earlier Supreme Court win, would guarantee justice. Quite the contrary, it seemed to only unleash more injustice.

    Rather than remedy the violation, the government delayed my return from Guantánamo to Canada for a year and aggressively opposed my request not to be held in a maximum security prison. It is appealing a recent Alberta Court of Appeal decision that I should be dealt with as a juvenile under the International Transfer of Offenders Act.

    No matter how convincingly and frequently Canadian courts side with me, the government remains determined to deny me my rights.

    I will not give up. I have a fundamental right to redress for what I have experienced.

    But this isn’t just about me. I want accountability to ensure others will be spared the torment I have been through; and the suffering I continue to endure.

    I hope that my experience – of 10 years ago and today – will be kept in mind as the government, Parliament and Canadians weigh new measures designed to boost national security. Canadians cannot settle for the easy rhetoric of affirming that human rights and civil liberties matter. There must be concrete action to ensure that rights are protected in our approach to national security.

    National security laws and policies must live up to our national and international human rights obligations. I have come to realize how precious those obligations are.

    That is particularly important when it comes to complicity in torture, which is unconditionally banned.

    I have also seen how much of a gap there is in Canada when it comes to meaningful oversight of national security activities, to prevent violations.

    And I certainly appreciate the importance of there being justice and accountability when violations occur.

    I want to trust that the response to last week’s attacks will not once again leave human rights behind. Solid proof of that intention would be for the government to, at a minimum, end and redress the violations I have endured.”

  • bluebutterfly commented on the blog post The Roundup for December 19th, 2014

    2014-12-19 22:45:29View | Delete

    “The United Nations General Assembly expressed concern on Thursday at digital spying and said unlawful or arbitrary mass surveillance and the interception and collection of online data are “highly intrusive acts” that violate privacy rights.

    Metadata is communications detail such as which telephone numbers were involved in a call, when calls were made, how long they lasted, when and where someone logged on to email or the Internet, who was emailed and what Web pages were visited.”;_ylt=AwrTcdzHGZVUPtkAJZwPxQt.

  • Bikowsky is responsible for the horrendous life that Dr. Aafia Siddiqui has endured since March 2003. Khalid Sheikh Mohammend allegedly gave her name. What we do know is that both Mohammend and Dr. Siddiqui were disappeared in March 2003. Obama continues to keep Dr. Siddiqui in the US. On August 1/2014 the White House received a petition with 100,012 signatures requesting that she be returned to Pakistan.

  • bluebutterfly commented on the blog post Torture and the Company Which Americans Keep

    2014-12-18 17:51:47View | Delete

    Of course they were. Along with their good buddy Israel. Until the masses wake up to that fact nothing is going to change for the better. In the six million original documents that the summary of torture was created from I betcha not one person ever connected 911 to al-cia-duh. If they had we would have heard about it.

  • bluebutterfly commented on the blog post The Roundup for December 16th, 2014

    2014-12-17 08:34:25View | Delete

    “The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas should be removed from the European Union’s terrorist list, an EU court ruled on Wednesday, saying the decision to include it was based on media reports not considered analysis.”

  • bluebutterfly commented on the blog post The Roundup for December 16th, 2014

    2014-12-17 08:12:37View | Delete

    “The United States and Cuba will start talks on normalizing full diplomatic relations..The three Cubans released in exchange for Gross are part of the so-called Cuban Five.”

  • “Conditioning sessions were performed in fifty secret prisons under the responsibility of “Alec Station”, the unit of the CIA responsible for following Osama bin Laden. Infrastructure, staff and transport were the responsibility of the “Group of surrender and detention” of the CIA. The sessions were designed and built under the supervision of two contracting psychologists who formed a firm in 2005. The conditioning techniques employed were authorized at the highest level, without specifying that these tortures were intended to condition and not to extract information.

    Let’s be clear: the Senate Committee does not say that the confessions of CIA detainees are legally incorrect because they were obtained under torture, it states that the CIA did not question the detainees, but it conditioned them to confess to acts of which they knew nothing. The Commission states that the CIA agents did not even look to see what the detainees had confessed during previous interrogations with the authorities who arrested them. In other words not only has the CIA not investigated whether al Qaeda was involved in the attacks or not, but its action had no other purpose than to generate false evidence attesting to the involvement of al-Qaeda in the attacks of September 11.”

    The Commission does not write that information on al-Qaeda in these confessions is fabricated, but notes that it all was verifiably false. In doing so, the Commission explicitly refutes the arguments that were used to justify torture and implicitly cancels the testimonies which were used to link al-Qaeda to the attacks of Sept. 11.

    However, the real issues are elsewhere: Why did the CIA committed such crimes? Why did it fabricate confessions to link al-Qaeda artificially to the attacks of September 11? And therefore, al-Qaeda being unrelated to the attacks of Sept. 11, who has the CIA therefore sought to protect?

    Finally, the CIA program involved only 119 human guinea pigs, what do we know about the 80,000 secret prisoners of the US Navy?”

  • bluebutterfly commented on the blog post At least Operation Paperclip

    2014-12-16 01:05:01View | Delete

    “During a phone interview from prison with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Monday, Kiriakou also made a distinction between CIA interrogators in the field who were told by superiors that techniques used on detainees were legal and those who knowingly went beyond what was authorized by the Justice Department.The latter group, Kiriakou said, should face criminal charges.”

  • Warren bows to Israel. “Warren argued that Israel’s use of force was justified by the violence in the region. “America has a very special relationship with Israel,” she said. “Israel lives in a very dangerous part of the world, and a part of the world where there aren’t many liberal democracies and democracies that are [...]

  • “Responding to calls that the nation’s grand jury system is broken when police are investigated for the killing of civilians, Rep. Hank Johnson (GA-04) today introduced the “Grand Jury Reform Act, H.R. 5830.”

    This bill would require the appointment of a special prosecutor charged with conducting a probable cause hearing, open to the public, when reasonable grounds exist to believe that criminal charges should be considered (a crime was committed) by the officer/s involved. Passage of this bill would help restore trust in our justice system, while ensuring a fair process for all parties.”

  • bluebutterfly commented on the diary post Live: BlacKOut Collective has shut down the Oakland Police Department by wendydavis.

    2014-12-15 15:21:09View | Delete

    Saying “fuck the police” is legal. “She had been shouting “Cobb police suck” and “(Expletive) the police” and raising her middle finger while riding her bicycle past two officers questioning an African-American man outside a convenience store on Easter Sunday 2012. On Tuesday, the county commission authorized a $100,000 settlement in the civil lawsuit, said [...]

  • bluebutterfly commented on the diary post Live: BlacKOut Collective has shut down the Oakland Police Department by wendydavis.

    2014-12-15 12:42:07View | Delete

    The Smoking Gun says that this is witness #40. “The grand jury witness who testified that she saw Michael Brown pummel a cop before charging at him “like a football player, head down,” is a troubled, bipolar Missouri woman with a criminal past who has a history of making racist remarks and once insinuated herself [...]

  • bluebutterfly commented on the blog post At least Operation Paperclip

    2014-12-15 03:51:23View | Delete

    “On the same day a Senate committee released its report detailing a decade of abuse within the CIA’s detention and interrogation program, a man cited in the report as one of the first people subjected to the agency’s torture techniques was released from the detention center at Bagram Airfield, near Kabul, into Afghan custody.

    Redha al-Najar, a Tunisian man identified by the CIA as a former bodyguard of Osama bin Laden, was handed over to the Afghans on Tuesday, but his whereabouts and condition remain unknown, one of his lawyers told VICE News.”

  • bluebutterfly commented on the blog post Late Night FDL: Everybody Hurts

    2014-12-14 21:36:01View | Delete

    Only her nephews and one other person have remembered her on her obituary page. That is sad considering what an impact for all Americans her stand against the police had.

  • bluebutterfly commented on the blog post Late Night FDL: Everybody Hurts

    2014-12-14 20:41:27View | Delete

    Dollree Mapp died on October 31st.

    “On May 23, 1957, three police officers arrived at a house in Cleveland and demanded to enter. They wanted to question a man about a recent bombing and believed he was hiding inside. A woman who lived there, Dollree Mapp, refused to admit them.

    It was a small gesture of defiance that led to a landmark United States Supreme Court ruling on the limits of police power.”

  • What US forces protect. Must be the reason that yields are the highest ever.

  • Peace for the dead and prosperity for the MIC that killed them.

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