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Guantanamo and Habeas Corpus: 2 Years, 50 Cases, 36 Victories for the Prisoners

Guantanamo and Habeas Corpus: 2 Years, 50 Cases, 36 Victories for the Prisoners

For the first two and a half years that the “War on Terror” prison at Guantánamo was open, the men held there had no recourse to justice if, as many of them claimed, they had been seized by mistake, as part of a largely indiscriminate dragnet involving substantial bounty payments to the Bush administration’s allies in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Did Bush Officials Hide Depth Of AIG Problems?

Did Bush Officials Hide Depth Of AIG Problems?

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Eyewitness To The Israeli Assault On The Mavi Marmara

Eyewitness To The Israeli Assault On The Mavi Marmara

Kevin Neish of Victoria, British Columbia, didn’t know he was a celebrity until he was about to board a flight from Istanbul to Ottawa. “This Arab woman wearing a beautiful outfit suddenly ran up to me crying, ‘It’s you! From Arab TV! You’re famous!’” he recalls with a laugh. “I didn’t know what she was talking about, but she told me, ‘I saw you flipping through the Israeli commando’s book! It’s being aired over and over!’”

Global War Racket Exposed: Trillions in Resources & Funding Our Enemies

Global War Racket Exposed: Trillions in Resources & Funding Our Enemies

Building on my Af-Pak War Racket report, a few recent news items help expose the true drivers of current wars around the world. #1) Wherever there is a war, look for CIA/IMF/private military war profiteers covertly funding and supporting BOTH sides in order to keep the wars raging and the profits rolling in. As former CIA Station Chief John Stockwell explained: “Enemies are necessary for the wheels of the US military machine to turn.

BP’s Alaska Oilfield Plagued By Same Safety Issues that Led To Gulf Disaster

BP’s Alaska Oilfield Plagued By Same Safety Issues that Led To Gulf Disaster

Nearly 5,000 miles from the oil-spill catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, BP and its culture of cost-cutting are contributing to another environmental mess. According to internal BP documents obtained by Truthout, and after interviewing more than a dozen employees over the past month, the Prudhoe Bay oil field, in a remote corner of North America on Alaska’s north shore, is in danger.

Tax Dollars Used To Fund ‘Preemptive Drugging’

Tax Dollars Used To Fund ‘Preemptive Drugging’

Tax dollars are being used to fuel the American epidemic of mental illness by promoting the preemptive drugging of persons supposedly at risk of developing mental disorders, to the great benefit of the pharmaceutical industry. In March 2010, the US Department of Health & Human Services Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration Center for Mental Health Services announced $16.5 million in funding for “Mental Health Transformation Grants,” one of SAMHSA’s services grant programs.

UN Human Rights Council Discusses Secret Detention Report

UN Human Rights Council Discusses Secret Detention Report

On June 3, largely unnoticed in the Western media, the UN Human Rights Council held an interactive dialogue to discuss the “Joint Study on Global Practices in Relation to Secret Detention in the Context of Counter-Terrorism,” prepared by Martin Scheinin, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism, Manfred Nowak, the Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, Shaheen Ali, the vice-chair of the Working Group on arbitrary detention, and Jeremy Sarkin, the chair of the Working Group on enforced or involuntary disappearances.

Winning The Peace In Kandahar

Winning The Peace In Kandahar

Earlier last month, the Obama administration and Karzai ironed out some bends, but unfortunately, the United States has chosen to take the easy way out of the Afghan dilemma, by showing to the world that Karzai and his Warlords are able to march Afghanistan on the right path toward a democratic and pluralistic society. This type of grandiloquence and discounting Karzai’s unpopularity back home- in single digits even with his Popalzai sub-tribe- is not only cosmetic, but demonstrates insufficient respect to Afghans. In the end, that will not safeguard America’s national security interests nor the objective of helping to secure a peaceful and stable Afghanistan.

‘R’ Oil Indignation

‘R’ Oil Indignation

The British are upset with the United States. That’s not too unusual. There was this revolution thing a couple of centuries ago. But America’s Number 1 ally is upset that Americans are blaming BP for that nasty little oil spill in the Gulf. You know, the one where as much as 1.7 million gallons of crude oil a day has given us new species of no-flight pelicans and black-skinned dolphins.

Murders at Guantanamo: The Cover-Up Continues

Murders at Guantanamo: The Cover-Up Continues

Sometimes the truth is so sickening that no one in a position of authority — senior government officials, lawmakers, the mainstream media — wants to go anywhere near it.
This appears to be the case with the deaths of three men at Guantánamo on June 9, 2006. According to the official version of events, Salah Ahmed al-Salami (also identified as Ali Abdullah Ahmed), a 37-year old Yemeni, Mani Shaman al-Utaybi, a 30-year old Saudi, and Yasser Talal al-Zahrani, a Saudi who was just 17 when he was seized in Afghanistan, died by hanging themselves, in what Guantánamo’s then-Commander, Rear Adm. Harry Harris, described as an act of “asymmetric warfare.”

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