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Documenting 8 Years of Torture

Posted on Mar 25, 2009
U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Jon Soucy

Mark Danner made headlines last week with his essay in The New York Review of Books on the CIA’s use of torture and a secret report from the International Committee of the Red Cross detailing such practices. Find out why he says, “Torture is for people with weak nerves.”

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By squirrel, June 25, 2010 at 11:30 pm Link to this comment

CDR Gary Hoyt of the Navy played a big role in torture procedures.  He is licensed
in the state of Virginia.  Encourage all to file complaints.

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By squirrel, June 25, 2010 at 11:28 pm Link to this comment

CDR Gary Hoyt of the Navy played a central role in applying torture to detainees. 
He is licensed in the state of Virginia.  Encourage to all to file complaints.

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By blogdog, March 27, 2009 at 9:51 am Link to this comment

that’s right - they can do it to anyone and that’s the point - terrorize the entire world - the GLBOAL WAR OF TERROR is orchestrated, provoked funded on every side by a CIA/MI6/MOSSAD nexus, employing thousands of mercenaries, all in service to the NEW WORLD OLIGARCHY - the purpose, essentially to fail all obstacle states - put their populations on their knees begging for protection - those state standing in the way of unfettered access to their regions’ mineral resources - the premise of this debate over THE TORTURE GULAG is false - the 9/11 coup is widely understood to be the most spectacularly heinous, false flag, provocation of all time - again the ultimate goal is to put everyone the world over on their knees begging for protection and trembling over the very real possibility that any one of us could be next - 2 things to never forget:

1. “Deception is a state of mind and the mind of the state.” - James Jesus Angelton - Director of CIA Counter Intelligence (1954-74)

2. “The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media.” - William Colby - Director of the CIA (1973-76)

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By diamond, March 26, 2009 at 1:36 pm Link to this comment

In chapter 1 of the U.S. army’s own field manual on interrogation it says this:

‘Therefore the use of force is a poor technique as it yields unreliable results, may damage subsequent collection efforts, and can induce the source to say whatever he thinks the interrogator wants to hear.’

Yet, seemingly, the 9/11 Commission based all of its pre-911 scenarios on such unreliable, tortured confessions. Only one staff member of the 9/11 investigative panel bothered to review records from the National Security Agency which conducts electronic surveillance and codebreaking for the US intelligence community. The 9/11 panel as a whole showed no interest whatever in any of this information as Phillip Shenon points out in his book The Commission: The Uncensored History of the 9/11 Investigation.

And anyone who thinks the CIA and ‘al Qaeda’ were separate entities and that the CIA was ‘hands off’ in its support of Islamic fighters would be mistaken:
‘John Cooley, a former journalist with the US ABC television network and author of Unholy Wars: Afghanistan, America and International Terrorism, has revealed that Muslims recruited in the US for the mujaheddin were sent to Camp Peary, the CIA’s spy training camp in Virginia, where young Afghans, Arabs from Egypt and Jordan, and even some African-American “black Muslims” were taught “sabotage skills”.’ 

This is why they made it a habit to only torture the innocent. The guilty could not be tortured because they ‘knew too much’.

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By 99jonny100, March 26, 2009 at 12:32 pm Link to this comment

Neat article; only 8 years too late! The Red Cross is known for this-The story
goes they visited Auschwitz when it was in full operational mode, and gave it
their blessing. Did anyone else read this?
Also of note, your grinning, shucking and jiving president is in cahoots…with
no plan, evidently to change the paradigm…renditions, secret detention, torture
of detainees—the list goes on, while Obama’s nose gets longer all the time.

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By NYCartist, March 26, 2009 at 9:26 am Link to this comment

The Red Cross gives reports to the country it investigates.  It’s been said, if not secret, they’d not get access to the prisoners.  For more on topic of US War Crimes, see Michael Haas website:  I heard him on Mon. on WBAI on Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights and others’ radio show, “Law and Disorder”.  It’s archived for 90 days, free at  I think they also have their own website.  The Center for Constitutional Rights also has a website.

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By Charles Ruffenach, March 26, 2009 at 6:07 am Link to this comment
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Why are these “secret” Red Cross reports.

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