Archive for ‘July, 2012’

Accused USS Cole Bomber Excluded From His Own Military Commission Hearing Because He Does Not Have Top Secret Clearance

Accused USS Cole Bomber Excluded From His Own Military Commission Hearing Because He Does Not Have Top Secret Clearance

Gunatanamo Bay, Cuba—Last week, press, NGOs and even the defendant, Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri—facing the death penalty in this case as the alleged mastermind of the USS Cole Bombing– were excluded from the hearings before the Military Commission. Regarding the defendant’s absence from the closed hearing, Army Brig. Gen. Mark Martins told reporters that al-Nashiri “does […]

World Silent As Muslim Massacre Goes On In Myanmar

World Silent As Muslim Massacre Goes On In Myanmar

Mohammad Hossein Nikzad, a close personal friend and a senior student of political science called me, worriedly talking about the dire situation of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar and the atrocities the Buddhist Rakhines are committing in the East Asian nation. He called my attention to the mainstream media’s flagrant inattention to the heartrending genocide […]

FBI Changes FOIA Policy In Response To Investigative Reporter Jason Leopold’s FOIA Lawsuit

FBI Changes FOIA Policy In Response To Investigative Reporter Jason Leopold’s FOIA Lawsuit

Over at Truthout, investigative reporter Jason Leopold reports on a victory he and the public interest law firm, National Security Counselors, scored in their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the FBI and two other government agencies that led the bureau to change its policy and practice: Nearly four years after changes to the […]

Guantanamo Judge’s Rulings, Comments Favor Prosecution In USS Cole Bombing Case

Guantanamo Judge’s Rulings, Comments Favor Prosecution In USS Cole Bombing Case

Guantanamo Bay, Cuba — In the first of three days of military commissions this week at Guantanamo, Judge James Pohl made quick work of the defendant, accused terrorist Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri’s motions. Al-Nashiri, waterboarded while detained at a CIA black site prison and, according to an investigation conducted by the CIA’s inspector general, interrogated at […]

FOIA Exposes Forceful Drugging Of Detainees: Investigative Journalist Jason Leopold Discusses Latest Exclusive He Co-Wrote

FOIA Exposes Forceful Drugging Of Detainees: Investigative Journalist Jason Leopold Discusses Latest Exclusive He Co-Wrote

For years, current and former detainees from Guantanamo and other US military sites, as well as their attorneys, have argued that they were forcibly given pills and injected with unknown medications. Often, they alleged that this happened during or immediately prior to interrogation sessions. And now, thanks to a Freedom of Information Act Request filed by […]

Revealed: Detainees Routinely Interrogated While Drugged With Powerful Antipsychotic Medication

Revealed: Detainees Routinely Interrogated While Drugged With Powerful Antipsychotic Medication

Jeffrey Kaye and Jason Leopold’s latest exclusive on the treatment of detainees in custody of the Department of Defense. Detainees in custody of the US military were interrogated while drugged with powerful antipsychotic and other medications that “could impair an individual’s ability to provide accurate information,” according to a declassified Department of Defense (DoD) inspector […]

Pennsylvania Politics Continues To Trump Health And The Environment

Pennsylvania Politics Continues To Trump Health And The Environment

Politics continues to threaten the health and welfare of Pennsylvanians. The latest is how the Republican-dominated legislature and Gov. Tom Corbett separated one of the wealthiest and more high-tech/industrial areas of the state from the rural areas. Less than a week before the 2011–2012 fiscal year budget was scheduled to expire, June 30, the majority […]

Kuwait’s Weak Position On Guantanamo Continues: Business as Usual

Kuwait’s Weak Position On Guantanamo Continues: Business as Usual

Based on recent statements made by Kuwait Ambassador Sheikh Salem Abdullah Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, it is clear that the Government of Kuwait is accepting of the US position that they can hold any Kuwaiti for however long and for any reason or for no reason at all. On June 29, 2012, the United States dismissed allegations […]

Forgotten Casualties Of The Vietnam War

Forgotten Casualties Of The Vietnam War

Charging a man with murder in this place was like handing out speeding tickets in the Indy 500. – Apocalypse Now Over the past ten years, I’ve developed a friendship with Commer Glass, a 67-year-old African American man serving his 37th year of a life-without-parole sentence at Graterford State Prison outside Philadelphia. Glass fought as […]

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