Tag Archives: Guantanamo

Why There Must be A ‘Truth Commission’ – Former Army Soldier, Guantanamo Bay Guard, Describes Torture Ordered by Former President Bush

Former Gitmo Guard Tells All February 15, 2009 – Army Private Brandon Neely served as a prison guard at Guantánamo in the first years the facility was in operation. With the Bush Administration, and thus the threat of retaliation against … Continue reading

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Yes, Bush’s Torture Policies Resulted in Murder

February 11, 2009 – Newly declassified Defense Department documents describe a pattern of “abusive” behavior by U.S. military interrogators that directly led to the deaths of several suspected terrorists imprisoned at a detention center in Afghanistan in December 2002. The … Continue reading

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Blog: Senator Feingold Hits Obama Administration Over Extraordinary Rendition Decision

February 10, 2009 – Senator  Russ Feingold is sharply criticizing the Obama administration over its  controversial decision to maintain the Bush administration’s position in a closely watched lawsuit involving alleged victims of extraordinary rendition, a decision that generated a storm … Continue reading

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Jan 29: Alternet Interviews VCS About National Security, Civil Liberties, and Veterans

January 29, 2009 – Paul Sullivan is a veteran of the 1991 Gulf War, serving in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Iraq as a Cavalry Scout with the Army’s 1st Armored Division. As executive director of the National Gulf War Resource … Continue reading

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Gates: Afghan War is ‘Greatest Military Challenge’

January 27, 2009 – Afghanistan is America’s “greatest military challenge” and coordination of the fight against the insurgency has been “less than stellar,” Defense Secretary Robert Gates is telling Congress. In testimony prepared for delivery to Congress Tuesday, Gates said … Continue reading

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Obama Tackles Afghanistan and Mideast Conflict

January 23, 2009 – Taking on two of his toughest foreign policy challenges, President Barack Obama pledged to find a new course in Afghanistan and to help Israel achieve a broad peace with the Arab world. On his second full … Continue reading

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Jan 21, Civil Liberties Update: UN Special Torture Rapporteur – Try Bush for Torture War Crimes

January 21, 2009 – The UN’s special torture rapporteur called on the US Tuesday to pursue former president George W Bush and defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld for torture and bad treatment of Guantanamo prisoners. “Judicially speaking, the United States has … Continue reading

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Editorial Column: Awards for the Year that Was

January 21, 2009 – Who’s On First Award? to U.S. intelligence for its analysis of al-Qaeda. According to CIA Director Michael Hayden, the organization is growing stronger and preparing to launch attacks in Africa, Europe and the Arabian Peninsula. He … Continue reading

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Detainee Tortured, Says U.S. Official

January 14, 2009 – The top Bush administration official in charge of deciding whether to bring Guantanamo Bay detainees to trial has concluded that the U.S. military tortured a Saudi national who allegedly planned to participate in the Sept. 11, … Continue reading

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President-Elect Obama Prepares to Issue Order to Close Guantanamo Bay Prison Camp

January 12, 2009, Washington – President-elect Barack Obama is preparing to issue an executive order his first week in office — and perhaps his first day — to close the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, according to two presidential … Continue reading

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