Try to imagine what has happened to America when Harvard and Berkeley law professors create legal justifications for torture and extra-judicial murder, and when US presidents engage in these heinous crimes.  Clearly America is exceptional in its immorality, lack of human compassion, and disrespect for law and its founding document...

see Rise of the Inhumanes by Paul Craig Roberts

Guantanamo Can't Wait

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"If a prosecutor can't put together a case against someone who has been sitting in prison for as long as 13 years, there is no reason that person should continue to sit in prison, whether in Guantánamo or someplace else." -- American Civil Liberties Union counsel Chris Anders

President Obama's plan to close Guantánamo does not entail shutting down the entire base or rejecting the policies of indefinite detention and military commissions. While marketed as "change," the United States' plan to shut down the Guantánamo prison - and even its new diplomatic rapprochement with Cuba - are a continuation of US hegemony in the region...

see US Imperial History in Guantánamo

2003 Memo Released

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Debate over where to locate criminal enterprise of indefinite detention misses the point. Extrajudicial punishment represents a gross violation of human rights by politically repressive regimes -- and defies centuries old practice of habeas corpus. 

"There are decades when nothing happens; there are weeks when decades happen." -- V.I. Lenin

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Despite demonization, criminalization, and murder sanctioned by American apartheid, black lives find power in protest.   

For the youth - excluded from the American economy by inferior, substandard education; targeted by the malevolence of the fake drug war and mass incarceration; stopped and frisked for Walking While Black - were given front-row seats to the national security state at Ferguson after a friend was murdered by police in their streets...

Ferguson is a wake-up call, writes Mumia Abu-Jamal. A call to build social, radical, revolutionary movements for change.

Let's talk about the prisoners who were killed - murdered - by CIA officers during questioning and why those officers were never brought to trial. Let's talk about the sexual assault perpetrated against prisoners by CIA officers, but described as "rectal rehydration." Let's talk about the CIA's secret prisons around the world. Let's talk about the CIA's doctors involved in the torture program who violated their Hippocratic oaths to "first do no harm." Let's talk about the targeting and murder of US citizens overseas without the benefit of trial...

Let's Talk About Torture

No Justice, No Peace

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The United States Institute of Peace Chairman Stephen Hadley is a "relentless hawk whose advocacy for greater military intervention often dovetails closely with the interests of Raytheon, a major defense contractor that pays him handsomely as a member of its board of directors" writes U.S. journalist Lee Fang.

"The call to flood Ukraine with weapons not only contrasts sharply with the stated mission of the Institute, but many scholars believe doing so would provoke more conflict." Hadley has urged European governments to boost their military spending substantially...

U.S. Neocons Urge Washington to Flood Ukraine With Weapons

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Long-term hunger striker Tariq Ba Odah, held at Guantanamo Bay for more than 13 years, has never been charged with a crime. Medical experts find the prisoner "gravely malnourished and in danger of catastrophic physical and neurological impairment and even death." President Obama must prevent what would be the first forced-feeding death at America's most notorious prison camp -- release Ba Odah today.

"Ba Odah's suffering is as unnecessary as it is unforgivable," writes Center for Constitutional Rights attorney Omar Farah.

The media in Maine continue to act as if the Navy's SERE [Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape] "torture school" in the mountains northeast of Rangeley doesn't exist... Having exposed the ways SERE training of our defenders led to the torture of our supposed "enemies," it's time we examined the root of the problem -- and one of those roots is firmly planted in our backyard.

-- Chris Busby, Bangor Daily News

APA + DOD = HumRRO

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A new publication recounts the American Psychological Association's collaboration with the Department of Defense and the Central Intelligence Agency. "It's long been known that health professionals played a key role in legitimizing and implementing the CIA's and Defense Department's interrogation programs" writes Rupert Stone.  

Wikipedia documents the history of systemic abuse by psychologists. A year after the establishment of Human Resource Research Organization by the U.S. military, CIA began funding numerous psychologists (and other scientists) in the development of psychological warfare methods under the supervision of APA treasurer Meredith Crawford. Donald Hebb, the APA president in 1960 who was awarded the APA Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award in 1961, defended the torture of research subjects, arguing that what was being studied was other nations' methods of brainwashing. Former APA president Martin Seligman spoke upon the invitation of the CIA on his animal experimentation where he shocked a dog unpredictably and repeatedly into total, helpless passivity. Former APA president Joseph Matarazzo designed a new CIA interrogation regimen and supervised the torture of Abu Zubaydah at a secret CIA detention site in Thailand. Former APA president Ronald F. Levant, upon visiting Guantanamo Bay, affirmed that psychologists were present during the torture of prisoners, arguing that their presence was to "add value and safeguards" to interrogations.

American Psychological Association Director of the Office of Ethics Stephen Behnke has been "removed from his position as a result of the report." Prosecution of torture architects and central perpetrators must follow.

I hear the war in Afghanistan is over. 

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This war was supposedly the reason I remained trapped, rotting in this endless horror at Guantanamo Bay. I write this letter today to ask, if this war has ended, why am I still here? Why has nothing changed?

Amid falling bombs and mass hysteria, I fled Afghanistan for safety when the US launched its military operations in 2001. I was abducted despite never fighting against the United States, was sold into US military custody, and then imprisoned, tortured, and abused at Guantanamo since 2002 without ever being charged with a single crime.

I protest this injustice by hunger striking, refusing food and sometimes water.One of Guantanamo's long-term hunger strikers, I am a frail man now, weighing only 96 pounds (44kg) at 5'5" (1.68m).

Recently, my latest strike surpassed its second year. My health is deteriorating rapidly, but my intention to continue my strike is steadfast. I do not want to kill myself. My religion prohibits suicide. But despite daily bouts of violent vomiting and sharp pain, I will not eat or drink to peacefully protest against the injustice of this place. My protest is the one form of control I have of my own life and I vow to continue it until I am free.

I remain on lockdown alone in my cell 22 hours a day. Despite my condition, prison authorities unleash an entire riot squad of six giant guards to forcibly extract me from my cell, restrain me onto a chair and brutally force-feed me daily. They push a thick tube down my nose until I bleed, after which I vomit.

This gruesome procedure may not be written about so much any more, but it remains my everyday reality. It is painful. And it is bewildering. How can I possibly resist anyone, let alone these men? Hunger striking is a form of peaceful and civil disobedience. It is not a crime. So why am I being punished? Why not humanely tube-feed me instead?

My time here has been ridden with unanswered questions. Two years ago, as I attempted to pray, a sudden raid was ordered and a guard deliberately shot me without warning or provocation. Once again, I was not resisting. So why did he shoot? My clothes, torn, were soaked in my own blood. I want the government to ask the guard who shot me to account for his actions.

I began to wonder if shooting without any provocation is legal in the US. But now I realise that US police officers get away with ruthlessly killing black people all the time.

I wonder now if the US follows any rule of law at all: the Geneva Conventions or even its own Constitution. Where is the freedom and justice for all that it so proudly boasts to the world?

For us at Guantanamo, this place is not fit for any living, breathing, human being. The US seems to want to smother us, to kill us slowly as we are left in a vacuum of uncertainty wondering if we will ever be free.

I have lived the past 13 years in this despair, at the cost of my dignity, paying the price for the US government's political theatre. Meanwhile, little has changed for the 122 men remaining at Guantanamo.

The world may turn a blind eye and find this number small. But for each of us here, the cost of our indefinite and unfair imprisonment is beyond immeasurable. Our families have lost fathers, brothers, husbands, and sons to this hell on earth. Many of us have unnecessarily lost over a decade of our already short time in this world, yearning to be free again.

Moath Hamza Ahmed al Alwi

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"Worse than letting a guilty person go free is keeping an innocent person behind bars. Guantanamo is an extra-legal prison that operates outside that rule of law, and I feel strongly as a journalist and citizen that this demands exploration. The movie isn't a referendum on Guantanamo as much as a look at a man who wrote an incredibly moving, humorous, humane book, a stunning thing to come out of Guantanamo," says scriptwriter Michael Bronner

Movie Deal For 'Guantanamo Diary'

ACLU's Jamil Dakwar marks the date with a call for independent criminal investigation of the U.S. torture program:

..100 organizations from around the world delivered a statement [Wednesday] to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva calling for accountability for the CIA torture program and reparations to its victims. In September the council will adopt a report on the United States' human rights record as part of the Universal Periodic Review process. The statement urges the council to demand that the United States "take measures to meet the full spectrum of its obligations under international law to ensure accountability, transparency, reparations and non-repetition, including declassification of the full Senate report on the CIA detention program, independent comprehensive criminal investigation, and the issuing of apologies and compensation to victims."

see Accountability for CIA Torture

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