Rebecca Gordon, author of the new book Mainstreaming Torture, says
"There are several important reasons why the resurgence of torture remains a possibility in post-Bush America:
* Torture did not necessarily end when Obama took office.
* We have never had a full accounting of all the torture programs in the "war on terror."
* Not one of the senior government officials responsible for activities that amounted to war crimes has been held accountable, nor were any of the actual torturers ever brought to court.
And further, "The U.S. has a long history of involvement with torture -- from its war in the Philippines at the dawn of the twentieth century on. It has also, as in Latin America in the 1960s, trained torturers serving other regimes. But until 9/11 top officials in this country had never publicly approved of torture...That consensus no longer exists today. After 9/11 those 'gloves' came off."
Guantanamo nurse refused to participate in "criminal" force-feedings
c/o www.reprieve.org.uk, with special thanks to Carol Rosenberg at the Miami Herald
For immediate release: Tue July 15, 2014
A military medical professional at Guantanamo Bay recently refused to force-feed detainees after witnessing the suffering it caused detainees, it has been revealed.
The incident is thought to be the first case of 'conscientious objection' to force-feeding at Guantánamo since a mass hunger-strike began at the prison last year. Cleared Syrian Abu Wa'el Dhiab related the news on a phone call last week with his Reprieve lawyer, Cori Crider. Dhiab explained that a military nurse recently told him he would no longer participate in force-feedings, saying: "I have come to the decision that I refuse to participate in this criminal act."
A Department of Defense spokesperson confirmed the basics of this account in an email to Miami Herald journalist Carol Rosenberg. The Spokesman wrote: "There was a recent instance of a medical provider not willing to carry out the enteral feeding of a detainee." The nurse in question has apparently been assigned elsewhere; Mr. Dhiab said that after the man made his decision known, he never saw him again.
The nurse also related to Mr Dhiab the discrepancy between military descriptions of force-feeding and the reality: "before we came here, we were told a different story. The story we were told was completely the opposite of what I saw." Other nurses have voiced their concern about the practice, according to Mr Dhiab, but said they had no power to object. Mr. Dhiab says he often heard comments to the effect of: "Listen, we have no choice. We are worried about our job, our rank."
Force-feeding has been ongoing at the prison since men started hunger striking in peaceful protest at their detention without charge or trial. Last year more than 100 men participated in a mass hunger strike at worsening conditions and indefinite detention after President Obama closed the office charged with closing the prison. That office has since reopened but 149 men, the majority of whom have been cleared for release, remain imprisoned.
Mr Dhiab is currently engaged in a high-profile court battle against force-feeding, winning the first-ever disclosure of videotapes of the practice. Mr Dhiab's security-cleared lawyers have been able to watch the tapes - which they said were so disturbing they had trouble sleeping - but are banned from disclosing their contents to the public or even, in unprecedented censorship, to other security-cleared Guantanamo lawyers. Sixteen major media organizations have intervened in the litigation, seeking to have the force-feeding tapes made public.
Cori Crider, Reprieve's strategic director and attorney for the detainees, said: "This is a historic stand by this nurse, who recognized the basic humanity of the detainees and the inhumanity of what he was being asked to do. He should be commended. He should also be permitted to continue to give medical care to prisoners on the base but exempted from a practice he rightly sees as a violation of medical ethics."
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Ode to My Colleague and Friend Frank Newman
Way to go Berkeley Law!
Deeming Yourselves above The Law
Your Dean Frank Newman now crying in Heaven
Berkeley Law can go to Hell!
Law Prof Carl Schmitt would be proud of You All
The Nazis had Their Law Schools too
Replete with John Yoo
Into the Ashcan of History You All go
Good Riddance to Cal's Neo-Nazi Rubbish!.
What have we become?
American Law Professors for torture!
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and the 505th day of the Guantanamo hunger strike.
"..the deliberate and systematic scourge of torture continues to be used by brutal and repressive regimes to control populations, extract information, stifle dissent, and suppress emerging movements... Countries who are parties to the Convention Against Torture, including the United States, should be urged to fulfill their legal and moral obligations to provide survivors "as full a rehabilitation as possible" and to fully and promptly investigate all credible allegations of torture and cruel treatment."
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