Articles tagged with the keyword: ‘Obama administration’

‘A Child’s Soul Is Sacred’: Omar Khadr’s Touching Exchange With Canadian Professor’

‘A Child’s Soul Is Sacred’: Omar Khadr’s Touching Exchange With Canadian Professor’

Note: A detailed response to the 40-year sentence handed down by Omar Khadr’s military jury on Sunday will be published soon. Although largely symbolic, as Khadr’s plea deal involves an eight-year sentence instead, it nevertheless provided a suitably grim epitaph to a week of events in which the staggering injustices of the Bush administration’s “War […]

The Psychiatric Demonization Of Omar Khadr

The Psychiatric Demonization Of Omar Khadr

As the intense negotiations over a possible plea bargain for former child “soldier” Omar Khadr come to a head, “internationally acclaimed” forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Welner has given an exclusive interview to Steven Edwards of the Canadian National Post. Khadr, captured at age 15, has been imprisoned for eight years in U.S. custody, and tortured […]

Obama Administration Handed Over Detainees Despite Reports Of Torture

Obama Administration Handed Over Detainees Despite Reports Of Torture

President Barack Obama’s government handed over thousands of detainees to the Iraqi authorities, despite knowing there were hundreds of reports of alleged torture in Iraqi government facilities. Washington was warned by the United Nations and many human rights organisations that torture was widespread in Iraqi detention centres. But the Bureau of Investigative Journalism can reveal […]

Obama Weighs Releasing Innocent Yemenis from Guantanamo

Obama Weighs Releasing Innocent Yemenis from Guantanamo

Three weeks ago, I wrote a bitter commentary about the repeated failures of the US government to release an innocent Yemeni prisoner in Guantánamo — a student, Mohammed Hassan Odaini, now aged 26, but just 18 when he was seized — even though he was cleared for release by a military review board under President Bush in 2006, and, to the best of my knowledge, had also been cleared for release last year by President Obama’s Guantánamo Review Task Force.

Israel’s Security: What The Media Has Underreported

Israel’s Security: What The Media Has Underreported

There are six hugely important developments that have happened in the last month that will provide extraordinary help to protect Israel’s security. Unfortunately, these events have been underreported in the media:

What is Obama Doing at Bagram? (Part One): Torture and the “Black Prison”

What is Obama Doing at Bagram? (Part One): Torture and the “Black Prison”

For eight and a half years, the US prison at Bagram airbase has been the site of a disturbing number of experiments in detention and interrogation, where murders have taken place, the Geneva Conventions have been shredded and the encroachment of the US courts — unlike at Guantánamo — has been thoroughly resisted.

The Black Hole of Bagram

The Black Hole of Bagram

Last Friday, the Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. delivered a genuinely disturbing ruling (PDF) regarding prisoners in the US prison at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan, which has turned the clock back to the darkest days of the Bush administration, before prisoners seized in the “War on Terror” had any recourse to justice if they claimed they had been seized by mistake.

Prosecuting a Tortured Child: Obama’s Guantanamo Legacy

Prosecuting a Tortured Child: Obama’s Guantanamo Legacy

Since coming to power 15 months ago, promising to close Guantánamo within a year, and suspending the much-criticized Military Commission trial system for terror suspects, President Obama’s zeal for repudiating the Bush administration’s “War on Terror” detention policies has ground to a halt. The rot set in almost immediately, when the new administration invoked the “state secrets doctrine” last February, to combat a lawsuit brought by several men subjected to “extraordinary rendition” and torture, and was sealed last May, when Obama delivered a major national security speech in which he announced that the Military Commissions were back on the table, and also announced his intention to continue holding some prisoners at Guantánamo without charge or trial.

This Time It’s Pregnant Women: Another Atrocity In The Bush/Obama Afghanistan War

This Time It’s Pregnant Women: Another Atrocity In The Bush/Obama Afghanistan War

Another night-time raid on a housing compound in Afghanistan. Another bunch of innocent Afghans killed. Another round of lies by the US-led forces of the so-called International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). Only this time, among the dead are two pregnant mothers and a teenage girl. And once again the US media remain mute, accepting the official story, which was of ISAF forces responding to an attack which in reality appears never to have happened.

Government Labor Statistics: Lies and Damned Lies

Government Labor Statistics: Lies and Damned Lies

For months, the various government departments dealing with things economic–Treasury, Commerce, Labor and of course the Council of Economic Advisers and the Federal Reserve, have been issuing soothing words that the nation’s economy is headed back up from the Great Recession that allegedly began in December 2007. But now comes word from the Department of Labor that, whoops, we minsunderestimated, as former President George W. Bush would say, the number of jobs lost.

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