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By the government's own admission, Zubaydah was waterboarded 83 times while in captivity, and has been passed off as an important asset in the War on Terror by Bush administration apologists, who've long contended that if onlyÂ we knewÂ what they knew -- the things that have been kept behind a firewall of classification -- we'd see the virtue of their actions. But as we see with this declassified filing, the charges are changing, the hype is diminishing and the fact that we once considered Zubaydah a detainee so valuable that we had to torture him is being glossed over...
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Sent: Mar 24, 2010 5:57 PMÂ
Subject: Report: Protest John Yoo Irvine March 24Â
I registered for the debate between Bob Barr and Yoo, but when someone saw the John Yoo wanted poster, asked me if I was going to be disruptive. I said, No, not since I forgot my handcuffs to make a citizen arrest on Yoo, at which point I was asked to leave, but not before I gave Yoo his wanted poster, and handed out some of the 25 posters and 50 flyers on innocent victims of Yoo. I also gave a flyer to Mr. Barr, and shook his hand. In addition, Dean stood outside with his "Torture is Immoral" banner from National Religious Campaign Against Torture. After I joined him, we chanted John Yoo is a War Criminal, America Bless God Stop Torture, and I recited the crimes of John Yoo: instrumental in forging the illegal war against Iraq which killed one million Iraqis, including 500,000 children. Etc.
Kicking myself for missing a photo op of Yoo next to his Wanted Poster.
Thanks for Everyone's Support! Next time, we'll be really prepared. Nuremberg wants you, Mr. Yoo!
March 25 Â Â 10:00 a.m.Â Â Â
Courtroom 1, 3rd FloorÂ
James R. Browning US CourthouseÂ
United States Court of Appeals - 9th CircuitÂ
95 Seventh St,Â San Francisco
05-50170 United States v. Aguila-Montes De OcaÂ
"Torture Judge" Should be Impeached and Prosecuted Jay Bybee, the former head of the Office of Legal
Counsel, justified and authorized clear acts of torture by the CIA during the
Bush Era. Bybee was confirmed as a federal judge to the Ninth Circuit Court of
Appeals in March 2003, well before his now infamous torture memos came to
light. A lifetime appointment, he sits in a deciding position on the bench when
there is clear evidence that his judgment is tainted... see also Quid Pro Quo
"Torture Judge" Should be Impeached and Prosecuted
Jay Bybee, the former head of the Office of Legal Counsel, justified and authorized clear acts of torture by the CIA during the Bush Era. Bybee was confirmed as a federal judge to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in March 2003, well before his now infamous torture memos came to light. A lifetime appointment, he sits in a deciding position on the bench when there is clear evidence that his judgment is tainted...
see also Quid Pro Quo
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Domestic Military Mission: "Operation Noble Eagle": US Air Force New Jersey Air National Guard KC-135 Tankers from the 108th Air Refueling Wing refuel US Air Force Air National Guard F-16 Fighter Jets on Combat Air Patrol over Washington, D.C. as part of Operation Noble Eagle, America's Homeland Defense campaign. 12 December 2001 Byline: Â©2001 Allan Tannenbaum.
A controversial person from the George W. Bush administration is touring the University of Virginia. John Yoo, author of the infamous "torture memos", started off his day just as he ended it;Â surrounded by a sea of protesters.Â
His day began at the Miller Center and wrapped up on UVA Grounds with a speech at Minor Hall, and the protesters were with him every step of the way.Â Yoo wasn't able to get out a single word before protesters began challenging his views. Two people had to be removed by UVA police, while several others left on their own.Â
During his talk, Yoo spoke about broad presidential powers and the torture memos he penned under the Bush administration. Yoo says, "In a normal war where people fight by the rules we never have to think about these questions. But with this kind of terrible enemy who carried the kind of surprise attack on civilians, defenseless civilians on 9-11, the government had to figure out what to do."Â
Protester David Swanson says, "He authorized torture which is a crime. He authorized warrantless spying which is a crime. He authorized lawless imprisonment."Â
A much larger group of people rallied against Yoo in front of Minor Hall on grounds. As for the protesters, Yoo says what he was doing in government was protecting the right of people to exercise their right to speak out, even if it is against him.
Guantanamo is about the body
"Ultimately, the body in extremis must speak.Â For the lawyers, ourÂ challenge is to listen and to amplify, to beÂ
in conversation, to speak when our clients cannot, and sometimes to be in silence, so that the clients'Â
assertion of humanity might be heard.Â The prisoners' resistance thus underscores a far more basic valueÂ
of the lawyers' rights assertion: it, too, is resistance and it, too, can help to keep the prisoners human."
Yesterday's presentation by Muneer I. Ahmad, Clinical Professor of Law at Yale, wasÂ
see Appeals Court Denies Ashcroft Immunity
The United States ratified the Convention, subject to certain declarations,Â
reservations, and understandings, including that the Convention was not self-Â
executing, and therefore required domestic implementing legislation to take effect.Â
In accordance with CAT Article 3, the United States enacted statutes and regulationsÂ
to prohibit the transfer of aliens to countries where they would be tortured, includingÂ
the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998, section 2340A of theÂ
United States Criminal Code, and certain regulations implemented and enforced byÂ
the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Justice (DOJ), andÂ
the Department of State.Â These authorities, which require the withholding or deferralÂ
of the removal of an alien to a country where he is more likely than not to be tortured,Â
generally provide aliens already residing within the United States a greater degree ofÂ
protection than aliens arriving in the United States who are deemed inadmissible onÂ
security or related grounds such as terrorism.Â Further, in deciding whether or not toÂ
remove an alien to a particular country, these rules permit the consideration ofÂ
diplomatic assurances that an alien will not be tortured there.Â Nevertheless, underÂ
U.S. law the removal or extradition of all aliens from the United States must beÂ
consistent with U.S. obligations under CAT.Â - Overview of U.S. Implementation Policy Concerning the Removal of Aliens
|By:Â Jeff KayeÂ Tuesday March 16, 2010Â |
The North CarolinaÂ News ObserverÂ reports in a March 15 article that the co-founder ofShannonWatch, Edward Horgan, a well-known Irish activist and former Irish Defense Force officer, has had his 10-year, multiple-entry U.S. visa revoked without explanation. Horgan and others believe it is because of his principled stand against the U.S. use of renditions, and in particular, the use of Shannon Airport in western Ireland as a stopover for U.S. rendition flights. ShannonWatch has documented the use of the airport as a stopover for CIA rendition flights (seeÂ their page documenting such flights).
As the NO article by Christina Cowger and Robin Kirk notes, Horgan is no long-haired radical, or bomb-making terrorist. He has been a UN peace keeper, and monitored "elections in places like Ghana, Armenia, Zimbabwe, East Timor and Ukraine." According to his online resume, he has worked with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and the European Union. He is getting his Ph.D. in international relations at the University of Limerick. He is also nowpersona non grataÂ in Barack Obama's supposedly more open and transparent United States...
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