Articles tagged with the keyword: ‘barack obama’

Blue Ribbon Task Force Says Army Field Manual On Interrogation Allows Torture, Abuse

Blue Ribbon Task Force Says Army Field Manual On Interrogation Allows Torture, Abuse

A report by a multidisciplinary task force, made up largely of medical professionals, ethicists and legal experts, has called on President Obama to issue an executive order outlawing torture and other abusive techniques currently in use in the military’s Army Field Manual on interrogations. The Task Force, which wrote the report for The Institute on […]

Where’s the “Pathway” For Closure Of Guantanamo?

Where’s the “Pathway” For Closure Of Guantanamo?

Last Friday, November 9, Elisa Massimino, President and CEO of Human Rights First (HRF), hosted a press call with retired Rear Admiral Don Guter. HRF, along with a number of other human rights and legal groups, are calling upon President Barack Obama to fulfill his January 2009 pledge to close Guantanamo’s detention facility. Admiral Guter […]

If Obama Withdrew Yoo, Bradbury Torture Memos, What Goverment Opinion Now Covers The AFM And Appendix M?

If Obama Withdrew Yoo, Bradbury Torture Memos, What Goverment Opinion Now Covers The AFM And Appendix M?

An article in the July-Sept. 2004 edition of the journal Military Intelligence (PDF) sheds further light on the origins of the Army Field Manual (AFM) on interrogation, FM 2-22.3, HUMINT Collector Operations (PDF), that became operational in September 2006. The AFM became the de jure standard for government interrogations in the “Global War on Terror” […]

Deranged Senate Votes for Military Detention Of All Terror Suspects And A Permanent Guantanamo

Deranged Senate Votes for Military Detention Of All Terror Suspects And A Permanent Guantanamo

The shameful dinosaurs of the Senate — hopelessly out of touch with reality, for the most part, and haunted by specters of their own making — approved, by 93 votes to 7, the passage of the National Defense Authorization Act (PDF), which contains a number of astonishingly alarming provisions — Sections 1031 and 1032, designed […]

Guantanamo: Military Commissions And The Illusion Of Justice

Guantanamo: Military Commissions And The Illusion Of Justice

When something is irredeemably broken, the sensible course of action is to get rid of it. However, when it comes to military trials for terror suspects in the Bush administration’s “war on terror,” however broken the system is, government officials and lawmakers have repeatedly gathered round to put it back together again, and continue to […]

Unemployment Is Killing People

Unemployment Is Killing People

When considering the effects of unemployment, and the desultory, really uncaring response of the current Democratic administration, as well as Republicans in Congress, to the human devastation of joblessness, it is important to consider the terrible emotional and psychological effects of such unemployment. Such effects are well-documented, but rarely mentioned in articles or blog postings. […]

The Audacity Of Hate: Birthers, Deathers, Deniers, And Barack Obama

The Audacity Of Hate: Birthers, Deathers, Deniers, And Barack Obama

The latest garbage spewing hate as it circles the Internet in a viral state of panic continues a three year smear against Barack Obama. The attacks had begun with the extreme right wing spitting out Obama’s full name—Barack HUSSEIN Obama, as if somehow he wasn’t an American but connected to the Iraqi dictator who, despite […]

New Grand Jury Investigation On Torture, Or DOJ Smokescreen?

New Grand Jury Investigation On Torture, Or DOJ Smokescreen?

News certainly travels fast, sometimes. While it took the U.S. government two years to reply to a request by a Spanish judge regarding whether or not the U.S. has instigated any investigations or proceedings against six high-level Bush administration figures named in a complaint by the Association for the Dignity of Spanish Prisoners (see PDF), […]

How The Supreme Court Gave Up On Guantanamo

How The Supreme Court Gave Up On Guantanamo

Last Monday, on the very same day that the Obama administration gave up on Guantánamo, so too did the Supreme Court. As far as we know, it was not a choreographed climbdown — nor had money been offered by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney to rehabilitate their legacies — but the effect was the […]

Holder, Obama And The Cowardly Shame Of Guantanamo And The 9/11 Trial

Holder, Obama And The Cowardly Shame Of Guantanamo And The 9/11 Trial

Since May 2009, when President Obama first bowed to Republican pressure on national security issues, and abandoned a plan by White House Counsel Greg Craig to rehouse on the US mainland a couple of cleared prisoners at Guantánamo who were at risk of torture if repatriated, it has been apparent that no principles are sufficiently […]

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