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From AndrewSullivan.com

Gitmo and Afghanistan Interrogation Tactics Exposed

In a new book, a medical ethicist has compiled a list of interrogation techniques documented at U.S. detention centers in Guantanamo and Afghanistan. They include: external electric shocks; beating; punching with fists; use of truncheons; stretching or suspension (to tear ligaments or muscles to cause asphyxia) ...
UPDATE: An L.A. Times reporter writes that the barring of U.S. reporters from Gitmo “make[s] us all the more determined to question, probe and illuminate the actions of our government being waged in the country’s name.”

Posted on Jun 19, 2006 READ MORE


Kabul Riot
AP / Fraidoon Pooyaa

Anti-U.S. Riots in Kabul Show Mission Unaccomplished

A traffic incident in the Afghan capital led to rumors of an American-on-Afghan massacre. Massive riots ensued. Bitter resentment of occupying U.S. forces has been laid bare. “Today has set us back 10 years,” said a NATO-employed Afghani security worker.

Posted on May 29, 2006 READ MORE


U.S. Hasn’t Curbed Torture: Report

Amnesty International’s report says the U.S. has failed to eradicate “widespread” torture in its jails in Iraq, Afghanistan and Cuba. Also, no senior U.S. officials have been held accountable for the practices.

Posted on May 3, 2006 READ MORE


Bush Cleveland
AP/Mark Duncan

Bush Bombs in Cleveland

On the third anniversary of the beginning of his Iraq catastrophe, President Bush yet again dealt in denial, but this time the carefully screened audience at the Cleveland City Club wasn’t buying it.

Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


Condeleezza Rice
From pravda.ru

The Making of the Boogeyman, 2006

As part of Bush & Co.‘s campaign to turn Iran into the next imminent threat, Condoleezza Rice calls Tehran a “central banker for terrorism.”
So, just to get this straight: Iran is the new Iraq, which was the new Afghanistan, which was the new Russia?

Posted on Mar 16, 2006 READ MORE


Bush the Internationalist

“It’s hard to keep up with George W. Bush’s shuttles between internationalism and isolationism. You may recall ... he couldn’t even be bothered to learn the names of the Grecians and Kosovians.”

Posted on Mar 14, 2006 READ MORE


pat_tillman_fratricide

‘They tried to attach themselves to his virtue; then they wiped their feet with him.’—Mary Tillman

With the Pentagon’s inspector general suggesting criminal negligence in the killing of former NFL star and Army Ranger Pat Tillman, it is time to demand congressional hearings into the way the Bush administration cynically spun the story to serve its political purposes at the expense of the truth.

Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


House Moves Toward Scuttling Ports Deal

Breaking with Bush, House Republicans will allow a vote that could prevent a UAE company from gaining control over six major U.S. ports.

Posted on Mar 7, 2006 READ MORE


pat_tillman
From the U.S. Army

Army Plans Criminal Investigation into Tillman’s Death

The military originally said the former NFL player was killed by enemy fire, but it turned out he was shot by his fellow Rangers. Now a lawmaker is alleging a possible coverup by the Army.

Posted on Mar 5, 2006 READ MORE


Taliban in Afghanistan Stronger Than Ever

A New York Times reporter writes: “Four years after the Taliban were ousted from power by the American military, their presence is bigger and more menacing than ever, say police and government officials, village elders, farmers and aid workers across southern Afghanistan.”

Posted on Mar 3, 2006 READ MORE


The Prison Death Tally

Almost 100 prisoners have died in U.S. custody in Iraq and Afghanistan since August 2000, with homicide suspected or confirmed in 34 deaths, concludes a report fom Human Rights First.

Posted on Feb 21, 2006 READ MORE


Budget Terror
Illustration by Karen Spector

Take From the Poor, Give to the Military

Where would the Bush administration be without terrorism?  The sweeping rationale for irrational governance has wrought yet another outrage: the $2.77-trillion budget the president proposed to Congress on Monday.

Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE


Feeding the Cartoon Furor in Afghanistan

Look past the cartoons, writes Christian Parenti of The Nation. The violence in Afghanistan stems from grievances over four years of occupation by U.S. and NATO troops and ineffectual foreign aid schemes. | story

Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE


Pentagon Requests Billions More for War

Remember when that genius Paul Wolfowitz told Congress that Iraqi oil would more than cover the cost of the occupation? Oops, we need $120 billion more just to get through this year. And Bush made this guy the head of the World Bank? | story

Posted on Feb 3, 2006 READ MORE


Gore Vidal’s State of the Union

The famed novelist, playwright and social activist continues his 30-year-old tradition of delivering his own State of the Union address. | streaming media and transcript at Democracy Now!

Posted on Feb 1, 2006 READ MORE


Army troops from Fort Riley, Kan., listen to President Bush deliver a speech about the war on terror
Charlie Riedel / AP

Army Stretched to the Breaking Point, Study Finds

Whoa, whoa, whoa, dock those Swift Boats! It’s not a liberal Democratic senator making the charge. It’s a retired Army officer working for the Pentagon. | story

Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


Meanwhile, Back in Afghanistan

With Al Qaeda and the Taliban on the rise in a country we supposedly “liberated,” Bush is cynically hoping Afghanistan will once again recede from the global stage into unseen anarchy.

Posted on Jan 17, 2006 READ MORE


Al Qaeda, Taliban on Rise in Afghanistan: Report

Remember the “other” country we liberated? The Independent reports that it’s going back to hell in a handbasket. | story

Posted on Jan 17, 2006 READ MORE


Pakistanis: “Death to U.S.”

Thousands take to the streets of Karachi to protest a deadly air attack that killed at least 17. | story
The airstrike’s target, Al Qaeda’s top deputy,  Ayman al-Zawahiri, reportedly had been invited to dinner at the raid site but decided not to go.

Posted on Jan 15, 2006 READ MORE


Pakistani tribal villagers view damage caused by airstrikes in the northwestern village of Damadola, near the  Afghan border in Pakistan, where 17 people were killed Jan. 14.
Mohammad Zubair / AP

Pakistan Condemns ‘Zawahiri’ Strike

A purported CIA airstrike aimed at the top Al Qaeda deputy turns out to be another screw-up; 17 reported dead. | story

Posted on Jan 14, 2006 READ MORE


High School Teacher Beheaded in Afghanistan

Suspected Taliban insurgents targeting educated community leaders | more

Posted on Jan 4, 2006 READ MORE


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