Archive for ‘December, 2010’

Ex-Guantanamo Official Was Told Not To Discuss Policy Surrounding Drug Used On Detainees

Ex-Guantanamo Official Was Told Not To Discuss Policy Surrounding Drug Used On Detainees

Military officials were instructed not to publicly discuss a decision made in January 2002 to presumptively treat all Guantanamo detainees with a high dosage of a controversial antimalarial drug that has been directly linked to suicide, hallucinations, seizures and other severe neuropsychological side effects, according to a retired Navy captain who signed the policy directive.

Unreported Detainee Deaths At Guantanamo?

Unreported Detainee Deaths At Guantanamo?

According to the transcript (PDF) of a February 19, 2002 meeting of the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board (AFEB), “[a] number of the detainees have died of the wounds that they arrived with” at Guantanamo. This statement came from Captain Alan “Jeff” Yund, a preventive medicine doctor and the Navy’s liaison officer to the AFEB, as […]

U.S. Senate: Double-Dip Roller-Coaster

U.S. Senate: Double-Dip Roller-Coaster

It was a bittersweet day in the US Senate Saturday. For some, it was a day of joy and high-fives. For others, it was a day of anger, frustration and disbelief. The anger and frustration came first, when the Senators deep-sixed a bill that would’ve provided a conditional path to citizenship for the children of […]

News Black-Out In DC: Pay No Attention To Those Veterans Chained To The White House Fence

News Black-Out In DC: Pay No Attention To Those Veterans Chained To The White House Fence

There was a black-out and a white-out Thursday and Friday as over a hundred US veterans opposed to US wars in Afghanistan and elsewhere around the world, and their civilian supporters, chained and tied themselves to the White House fence during an early snowstorm to say enough is enough. Washington Police arrested 135 of the […]

Is Bradley Manning Being Held As An ‘Enemy Combatant’?

Is Bradley Manning Being Held As An ‘Enemy Combatant’?

In disturbing reports from the US, it appears that Private First Class Bradley Manning, the former intelligence analyst accused of leaking the Afghan and Iraqi war logs, the US diplomatic cables and the “Collateral Damage” video, which have dominated headlines globally since WikiLeaks began making them available in April this year, is being held in […]

Report: Government Fails To Protect Terrorism Suspects From Being Tortured

Report: Government Fails To Protect Terrorism Suspects From Being Tortured

“Diplomatic assurances” — promises not to torture — are sought by a government when it is transferring a detainee to the custody of another government. In the past, such assurances have often proved worthless; they have come from countries that have a long history of brutality against prisoners. And, according to a new report from […]

Lawsuit Seeks Military Records On Sexual Trauma

Lawsuit Seeks Military Records On Sexual Trauma

Three prominent civil liberties advocates are suing the government to obtain records documenting tens of thousands of incidents of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment in the military. The Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN), the American Civil Liberties Union, and the ACLU of Connecticut are charging that military sexual trauma (MST) results from these kinds […]

Iraqi Refugees In Limbo

Iraqi Refugees In Limbo

This holiday season, thousands of Iraqi refugees are living in limbo in the Middle East. Iraqi Christians and other religious and sexual minorities, as well as U.S.- affiliated Iraqis are struggling to survive outside Iraq with limited ability to exercise their basic rights, obtain formal employment or access services such as education and heath care, […]

10 Thoughts About Julian Assange And WikiLeaks

10 Thoughts About Julian Assange And WikiLeaks

Since its founding in December 2006, WikiLeaks, which was established as, essentially, a secure information clearing house for whistleblowers around the world to provide sensitive information, some of which would then be released to the public, and which was reportedly set up by “Chinese dissidents, journalists, mathematicians and start-up company technologists, from the US, Taiwan, […]

Pay No Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain

Pay No Attention To The Man Behind The Curtain

It is the climactic scene. Dorothy and her friends stand before the great Wizard of Oz. Toto wanders off and yanks back a curtain to reveal a man busy manipulating levers. Whistles and smoke bombs go off, and the great Oz thunders: “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!” The federal government, the […]

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