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'Major Setback' for Justice as Supreme Court
Rejects Torture Report Lawsuit

"Prisons are built to house people that are a threat to society, not to be houses of torture." - Ann Logan

"You can get anyone to confess to anything if the torture is bad enough." - Bob Baer, CIA officer

Many torturers adopted the posture of a doctor or surgeon and imagine that their electroshocks and other torments are therapeutic - that they are administering medicine to their prisoners - dirty diseased golem.

Captain Ian Fishback, of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division, witnessed detainees in Fallouja being tortured. A sergeant reported to Human Rights Watch that "we would give them blows to the head, chest, legs and stomach, pull them down and kick dirt on them." Another sergeant witnessed a soldier tell a prisoner "to grab a pole and to bend over" and then he "broke the guy's leg with a mini Louisville Slugger." As well all three witnessed kicks to prisoner's faces, chests and abdomens as well as chemical compounds poured onto eyes and skin.

Captain Ian Fishback stated that torture was being meted out at the behest of military intelligence to soften prisoners up for interrogation while Donald Henry Rumsfeld was telling the Congressional Armed Services Committee that the military was obeying the rules of the Geneva Convention.

"I was immediately concerned that the army was taking part in a lie to the Congress, which would have been a clear violation of the Constitution. "Enhanced" interrogation technique that violated the Geneva Convention found their way into army systems. The problem was systemic, and it was widespread." - Captain Ian Fishback



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From 1996 to 2001, the Parents Television Council estimates, there were 102 torture scenes on televison. From 2002 to 2005 the Parents Television Council estimates there were 624 torture scenes on televison, and the torturers were increasingly heroes rather than villains. The hit Fox action drama "24" featured 67 torture scenes in it's first 5 seasons and most of those depicted torture being used by "heroic" American counter-terrorist agents.

Alberto Gonzales, as attorney general, publicly promoted the use of torture.

2001 George Walker Bush signes an executive order on September 17, 2001, on the advice of Alberto Gonzales, that authorized the use of 'enhanced interrogation techniques'.

Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, an alleged high-ranking al-Qa`ida official, is captured in Pakistan.

George Tenet director of the CIA took over Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi interrogation.

Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi was 'water-boarded' then forced to remain standing overnight in a cold cell, where he was repeatedly soaked with icy water.

Then interrogators threatened to kill his family.

Under torture, Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, 29 , finally broke.

Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi claimed to be a "senior terrorist operative" who was offered chemical/biological weapons training for al-Qa`ida associates in Iraq.

Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi was desperate to stop the water-boarding torture so he imagined "information." A Defense Intelligence Agency memo warned that Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi 's information was "misleading as he may be describing scenarios that he knows will retain interrogators interests."

2004 "We have long since made clear that a state of war is not a blank check for the president when it comes to the rights of American citizens." - Sandra Day O'Connor, Hamdi vs. Rumsfeld

2008 CIA director Michael Hayden, during a Senate intelligence hearing on Feb. 5, 2008, admits waterboarding was used in 2002 and 2003.

"It was used on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. It was used on Abu Zubaydah. And it was used on (Abd al-Rahim al-) Nashiri." - Michael Hayden


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Justice Department releases 2005 legal memos that detailed the use of waterboarding in 2002 and 2003. Waterboarding was used on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed 183 times and on Zubaydah at least 83 times. Khalid Shaikh Mohammed claims he gave false information to the CIA even after undergoing punishing bouts of enhanced interrogations.

"I make up stories." - Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed "admitted" to US Navy Commander Alphonso Doss' team at Guantanamo that he was one of the masterminds behind the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.



"The self-incrimination of Khalid Sheik Mohammed stands today as the only evidence the U.S. government has that Muslim terrorists pulled off 911.

Khalid Sheik Mohammed outwitted all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies along with those of all U.S. allies or puppets, including Mossad.

Khalid Sheik Mohammed outwitted the U.S. National Security Council, Dick Cheney, the Pentagon, the State Department, NORAD, the U.S. Air Force, and Air Traffic Control.

Khalid Sheik Mohammed caused Airport Security to fail four times in one morning.

Khalid Sheik Mohammed caused the state-of-the-art air defenses of the Pentagon to fail, allowing a hijacked airliner, which was off course all morning while the U.S. Air Force, for the first time in history, was unable to get aloft intercepter aircraft, to crash into the Pentagon.

If Khalid Sheik Mohammed has these superhuman capabilities, how did the incompetent Americans catch him?

This guy is a patsy tortured into confession in order to keep the American naifs believing the governments conspiracy theory. What is going on here is that the U.S. government has to bring the 911 mystery to an end." - Paul Craig Roberts, The Road to Armageddon: The Insane Drive for American Hegemony Threatens Life on Earth



Khalid Sheik Mohammed was the man found to be officially responsible by the US governmnet for the planning and execution of 911, not Saddam Hussein or Usamah bin Mohammad bin Laden.

Alphonso Doss was found dead by an employee of the Astoria Hotel at 150 Park Avenue, Orange Park who found the body about 8:45 a.m. Feb. 12, 2014. Media reports of his death, which appeared two weeks later, suggested Alphonso Doss had substance abuse problems.

"I was a big supporter of waterboarding. I was a big supporter of the enhanced interrogation techniques. I signed off on it; others did, as well." - Richard Bruce Cheney

Richard Bruce Cheney personally authorized the torture of 33 suspected terrorist detainees and approved the waterboarding of three.

On March 8, 2008, George Walker Bush vetoed congressional legislation that called for a specific ban on waterboarding and other abusive "enhanced" interrogation technique, including stripping prisoners naked, subjecting them to extreme cold and staging mock executions.

"Yeah, we waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed." - George Walker Bush

Japanese soldiers were prosecuted for the war crime of waterboarding American soldiers during World War II.

"Waterboarding as been referred to as "simulated drowning." Since the technique involves filling a person's lungs with water, it is plainly no simulation but is in fact drowning. This particular form of torture sometimes results in death, and the cause of death is drowning, not simulated drowning. Victims do not simulate death. They die, pure and simple." - James Caufield

"Consistent with previous historical prosecution of torture as a war crime, any member of the George Walker Bush administration who has either participated in or facilitated waterboarding should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law." - Stephen Burns

The Abu Ghraib prison torture scandal sheds light on the common reality of American incarceration. Abu Ghraib mirrors the American prison system - underfunded, inadequately supervised, lacking civilian oversight, unaccountable and tolerant of inmate abuse.

2009 FOIA request reveals at least 92 "enhanced interrogations" had been videotaped. One of the 'enhanced interrogation techniques' is the 'Palestine hanging' were the victim is hung from the wall or ceiling by his wrists which are hand cuffed behind his back. This results are nearly the same as crucifixion, Jesus' fate. Another 'enhanced interrogation technique' is 'water boarding', first used in the Spanish Inquistion, were the victim is repeatedly dunked under water and his/her lungs are filled to the point of drowning.

Lawrence Wilkerson, a top aide to former secretary of state Colin L. Powell, claimed the office of Richard Bruce Cheney, aides of Donald Henry Rumsfeld and others argued "the president of the United States is all powerful and as commander in chief the president of the United States can do anything he damn well pleases."

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Jose Padilla would testify himself - if it wasn't classified !

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Dick Cheney Approves of Torture

ABC Cheney Admits Torture Guilt!!

Richard Bruce Cheney: I'd Order Torture Again

George Walker Bush admits to authorizing torture

George Walker Bush admits to authorizing torture

7 Key Points From the C.I.A. Torture Report

The Money Behind The CIA's Torture Program

Like an Evil Witch, CIA Tortured Prisoners in Polish Forest

The CIA Didn't Just Torture, It Experimented on Human Beings

CIA paid two ex-military psychologists $81 million to design and run torture program

US Psychologist Met with James Mitchell in Days Before Zubaydah Torture

Psychologist in Terror War Is Subject of Complaint

State Secrets Privilege Invoked to Block Testimony in CIA Torture Case

In July 2008 Sweden agreed to pay a $502,000 in compensation to Muhammed Alzery. Sweden handed over Muhammed Alzery to CIA agents who transported him to Egypt where he was tortured at the CIA's behest.


opinion of nation state citizens in regard to torture

Country Against all torture* Some degree permissible* Neither/Don't Know
Israel 48% 43% 9%
Iraq 55% 42% 1%
Indonesia 51% 40% 8%
Philippines 56% 40% 5%
Nigeria 49% 39% 12%
Kenya 53% 38% 9%
China 49% 37% 13%
Russia 43% 37% 19%
America 58% 36% 7%
Brazil 61% 32% 8%
India 23% 32% 45%
S Korea 66% 31% 3%
Ukraine 54% 29% 18%
Poland 62% 27% 12%
Egypt 65% 25% 9%
Great Britain 72% 24% 4%
Mexico 50% 24% 27%
Turkey 62% 24% 14%
Australia 75% 22% 3%
Canada 74% 22% 4%
Chile 62% 22% 16%
Germany 71% 21% 7%
France 75% 19% 6%
Spain 65% 16% 19%
Italy 81% 14% 6%
Average 59% 29% 12%
*27,000 respondents in 25 countries were asked which position was closer to their own views:
  • Clear rules against torture should be maintained because any use of torture is immoral and will weaken international human rights standards against torture.
  • Terrorists pose such an extreme threat that governments should now be allowed to use some degree of torture if it may gain information that saves innocent lives.
Source: BBC/Globescan/PIPA 2006

A majority of Jewish respondents in Israel, 53%, favour allowing governments to use some degree of torture to obtain information from those in custody, while 39% want clear rules against it. The Islamic and Christian respondents skew the overall Israel number down.

"Various sources report that methods of torture in Israeli prisons include: Prisoners are forced to stand for long periods of time. Prisoners are refused toilet privileges. Prisoners have thick bags put over their heads and their arms are tied behind their backs with handcuffs designed so that any movement increases the pressure on their wrists. Prisoners have their stomachs stomped on and are repeatedly kicked like animals. Prisoners' testicles are squashed and they are beaten upon their genitals. Prisoners' hair are pulled; their heads beaten against the wall; and they are left hanging heads down. A stick is pushed up the anus of a prisoner. Cigarette butts are put out on a prisoner's bare skin. Relatives are brought in, subjected to abuse and even threatened with rape in front of prisoners. Ball point pens are forced into the penis of prisoners. Prisoners are kept in cells 28 inches wide by 6 feet long for weeks at a time." - Jack Berstein


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Guantanamo Bay

Guantanamo prosecutors apologize for comparing Indians to al Qaida

"As an American with more than 25 years of commissioned military service, I am absolutely astounded at the dearth of leadership shown by the military throughout its chain of command. The inability of these enlisted personnel and officers to follow long-established guidelines and the service's own code of conduct is an insult to every person who has ever worn the American uniform. To the officers especially I say, "Whatever happened to the simple notion of just doing the right thing?" As citizens we must not allow this type of misconduct to continue." - Carl Schellenberg

"I am writing from the darkness of the US detention camp at Guantanamo in the hope that I can make our voices heard. In January 2002, I was picked up in Pakistan, blindfolded, shackled, drugged and loaded onto a plane flown to Cuba. When we got off the plane in Guantanamo, we did not know where we were. They took us to Camp X-Ray and locked us in cages with two buckets - one empty and one filled with water. We were to urinate in one and wash in the other.

At Guantanamo, soldiers have assaulted me, placed me in solitary confinement, threatened to kill me, threatened to kill my daughter and told me I will stay in Cuba for the rest of my life. They have deprived me of sleep, forced me to listen to extremely loud music and shined intense lights in my face; placed me in cold rooms for hours without food, drink or the ability to go to the bathroom or wash for prayers; wrapped me in the Israeli flag and told me there is a holy war between the Cross and the star of David on one hand and the Crescent on the other; and beaten me unconscious.

Once, in Camp Delta, a soldier apologized to me and offered me hot chocolate and cookies. What I write here is not what my imagination fancies or my insanity dictates. These are verifiable facts witnessed by other detainees, representatives of the Red Cross, interrogators and translators." - Jumah al-Dossari

During the course of the war on terror at least 780 prisoners have been incarcerated at Guantanamo.

In 2007 David Hicks, an Australian, plead guilty to providing material support to the terrorists in exchange for being released to Australian authorities. In February 2015 an appeals court through out his conviction. The court found that the activity for which Hicks was convicted was not an offense triable by military commission at the time he was caught.

In 2011, Noor Uthman Mohammed plead guilty to providing material support for terror in exchange for his potential testimony against other captives and certain release from Guantánamo. He admitted to being a small-arms and artillery weapons instructor at an Afghan training camp in the '90s. Marine Maj. Gen. Vaughn A. Ary, threw out the case "in the interests of justice and under the rule of law." Civilian courts have ruled that providing material support for terror was not a legitimate war crime for actions that occurred before the adoption of the Military Commissions Act of 2006.
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