Posts Tagged: the war against torture

Photographer Freed

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“The U.S. military freed a Reuters photographer in Iraq on Wednesday, almost a year and a half after snatching him from his home in the middle of the night and placing him in military detention without charge.” The military has yet to explain why they detained the photographer and locked him away for so long, […]

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Trickle Down

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“Tabor, a soldier at the Lewis-McChord base in Tacoma, Wash., told police he held the little girl’s head backward in a sink of water, Yelm Police Chief Todd Stancil told the the local newspaper, the Nisqually Valley News.” U.S. Soldier waterboards his daughter, age 4, for not learning the alphabet.

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Emails From Gitmo, Read With a Drawl

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At the website for the PEN American Center they’ve posted the audio and a transcription of Jonathan Ames reading FBI emails from Guantanamo Bay. There is something strangely enlightening about Ames’ drone. It’s almost judgement-less, allowing the listener to listen to the emails and receive them in a personal, individual, way—as if they were sent […]

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Lynndie England Sues Tortured Biographer

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Former Army reservist Lynndie England, the international face of the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, is suing her biographer for seizing control of what was intended to be a shared copyright. In July, writer Gary S. Winkler abruptly resigned from the limited liability corporation established to handle finances and formed his own.

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Books Behind Bars

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“All these people would be sitting in their cells doing nothing,” said Kay Allison, 78, the program’s director and owner of Quest Bookshop in downtown Charlottesville. Officials, she contends, “are not looking long-term.” The Virginia Department of Corrections closes books for prisoners non-profit. (via @mathitak)

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Better Late Than Never

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“Driving along the fence line and seeing the Cuban flags and watchtowers, I was struck by the relative peace and quiet that both sides maintain at the one spot where they deal with each other most. In a way, when flag officers and staff from both sides meet each month at the base’s east gate, […]

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The Torture Report

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“When it comes to torture, it is not what we did but what we are doing. It is not what happened but what is happening and what will happen. In our politics, torture is not about whether or not our polity can ‘let the past be past’—whether or not we can ‘get beyond it and […]

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Can John Walker Lindh Go Home Now?

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“After he was captured in 2001, fighting alongside Taliban forces in Afghanistan, John Walker Lindh became the most hated man in America. He was beaten, vilified, and then—in a strange plea bargain orchestrated by the U.S. government—sentenced to twenty years in a federal prison. Now, in an exclusive interview, his parents break their long silence […]

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Private Sector Detention

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Last week Pennsylvania judge Mark A. Ciavarella Jr. plead guilty to illegally prosecuting minors, in order to get kickbacks from privately-run juvenile detention centers. Children were sentenced to three months incarceration for making fun of their teachers on MySpace. The judge had closed down a public detention facility in order to make way for his private business […]

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Morning Coffee

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Coffee linked to lower dementia risk. In an effort to strangle San Francisco’s tourist industry, the House GOP suggests transferring Guantanamo prisoners to Alcatraz. (via Angela) Build your  own squid. The Paris Review interview with Truman Capote. The world’s best passenger complaint letter? Starbucks to stop brewing decaf coffee after noon, which is funny, but […]

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Shoe-thrower Super Link

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Until last night Muntader al-Zaidi, the reporter who threw a shoe at President Bush, had not been allowed visitors for almost a month. There was evidence that he had been beaten and tortured by the security detail of Iraqi prime minister Maliki. “Two medical reports conducted by government physicians within a week of Mr. Zaidi’s […]

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Thinking About Torture

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From Ross Douthat: “I keep waiting, I think, for somebody else to write a piece about the subject that eloquently captures my own inarticulate mix of anger, uncertainty and guilt about the Bush Administration’s interrogation policy, so that I can just point to their argument and say go read that. But so far as I […]

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Bush Shoe-thrower Tortured?

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From Al Jazeera English: An Iraqi journalist arrested after throwing his shoes at the US president has been tortured during his detention, his brother has said. Muntazer al-Zaidi, who called  George Bush “a dog” during his attack, was beaten by security guards after his arrest, Durgham al-Zaidi told Al Jazeera on Tuesday. “We know that [Muntazer] has been tortured and his hand was broken. I asked […]

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How Western Pop Music is Being Used as ‘Touchless Torture’ by the American military

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From Frieze Magazine: “As reported by the BBC, the Guardian, the Associated Press, Newsweek, The Nation, Mother Jones, SPIN and others (while mocked by right-wing columnists from the Chicago Tribune and The New York Sun), Western pop music has been employed to disorient, ‘prolong capture shock’ and ‘break’ detainees into confession, often through a strategic […]

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