Archive for January 8th, 2015

08/01/2015

'Washington buries the CIA torture report'

Human Wrongs Watch 

By Patrick Martin, 8 January 2015 (WSWS)*

One month ago, the Senate Intelligence Committee released the 500-page summary of its voluminous report on the torture of prisoners in secret CIA facilities overseas, conducted between 2002 and 2007. In grisly detail, the report documented such practices as waterboarding, systematic beatings, and hitherto unknown tortures like “rectal feeding.” 

 **Image: Waterboard on display at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum: prisoners’ feet were shackled to the bar on the right, wrists restrained by shackles on the left. Water was poured over the face using the watering can | 7 December 2007 | Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/waterboardingdotorg/2104419905 | Author: waterboardingdotorg | Wikimedia Commons.

**Image: Waterboard on display at the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum: prisoners’ feet were shackled to the bar on the right, wrists restrained by shackles on the left. Water was poured over the face using the watering can | 7 December 2007 | Author: waterboardingdotorg | Wikimedia Commons.

But in practice, the report has been buried, its evidence of government criminality ignored, the perpetrators and organizers of torture going scot-free.

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08/01/2015

‘Blair may face war crimes charges’ – Liberal Democrat peer

Human Wrongs Watch

By RT*, 8 January 2015 — Tony Blair may face war crimes charges arising from the findings of a public inquiry into the role Britain played in the 2003 Iraq war, the House of Lords has been informed.

**President George W. Bush applauds former Prime Minister Tony Blair after presenting him Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, with the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom during ceremonies in the East Room of the White House. | 13 January 2009 | Author: White House photo by Chris Greenberg | Source: whitehouse.gov, President Bush Honors Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients | Wikimedia Commons

**President George W. Bush applauds former Prime Minister Tony Blair after presenting him Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2009, with the 2009 Presidential Medal of Freedom during ceremonies in the East Room of the White House. |  White House photo by Chris Greenberg | whitehouse.gov, President Bush Honors Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipients | Wikimedia Commons

Lord Dykes of Harrow Weald, a Liberal Democrat peer, claimed the publication of the long-awaited findings of Sir John Chilcot’s inquiry into the Iraq war had been delayed to drag out the anguish of the ex-Labour Prime Minister.

Speaking in the House of Lords on Tuesday [6 Jan. 2015] , Dykes said the continued delay of Chilcot’s report was an “utter and total disgrace.”

“More and more people think it is some kind of attempt to prolong the agony for Mr Blair facing possible war crimes charges,” he added.

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08/01/2015

Defending Humanity by Reason or Force

Human Wrongs Watch

By Andre Vltchek*, 7 January 2015 – TRANSCEND Media Service

One more step, one more explosion of insanity, and all that humanity fought for, what it labored for and has been aiming at for years, centuries and millennia, may disappear in a monstrous series of blasts. Our planet might break into pieces, or it may get poisoned and become uninhabitable, forever.

Planets of the Solar System (Sizes to scale; distances and illumination not to scale) | Source: Planets2008.jpg | Author: WP | Wikimedia Commons

Planets of the Solar System (Sizes to scale; distances and illumination not to scale) | Source: Planets2008.jpg | Author: WP | Wikimedia Commons

Hyperbolic? Not at all, given the track record of the Empire: war after war, invasion after invasion, with hundreds of destabilized countries, murdered leaders, and overthrown governments.

The storyline may be similar to that of the famous novella by Gabriel Garcia Marquez: “Chronicle of a Death Foretold”. We can foresee what may soon happen, we are warning that carnage is likely to take place in a very near future and on a grand scale, but our warnings, while registering, are not propelling almost anyone to action. But this may soon change.

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