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Harry Belafonte at Riverside Church in the ‘Final Hour’

Musician, actor and social activist Harry Belafonte issues a strident criticism of U.S. foreign policy at the Jan. 20 session of the International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity Committed by the Bush Administration.

Listen: icon: Audio Speech (4.6 MB)

Posted on Jan 29, 2006 READ MORE


President Jonah, Spoken by Gore Vidal

Internationally acclaimed essayist, novelist and playwright Gore Vidal argues that America under Bush is evincing characteristics of the post-fall-of-Rome Dark Ages: the triumph of faith over reason, the atrophy of education and critical thinking, and integration of the state, torture and religion.

Posted on Jan 27, 2006 READ MORE


Dick Marty, a Swiss senator, at a meeting of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, Tuesday, Jan. 24.
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Swiss Investigator Says U.S. ‘Outsourced’ Torture

The charge comes from the head of a European probe into alleged secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe. | story

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European MP’s Will Probe CIA Jails Claim

A committee will investigate whether the CIA operated secret prisons in Eastern Europe. | story
Also, documents show that the U.S. Army may have ended some detainee abuse probes prematurely. | story

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Fresh Torture Claims Arise at Guantanamo

Amnesty International renews its request for the prison to be shut. | story
Also, the U.S. general at the center of the detainee abuse scandal refuses to answer questions in a court-martial. | story

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Bush Could Bypass Torture Ban

After Bush signed the bill outlawing detainee torture, he “quietly reserved the right to bypass the law,” acccording to the Boston Globe. more

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UK Gov’t. Tries To Cover Up Its Use Of Torture-Stained Intel

As Daily Kos puts it, “The British government is trying to prevent the publication of memos which detail how information procured by torture in Uzbekistan is being used by the US and the UK.” The Independent has the story.

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The Wonderful World of Outsourced Torture

The more we learn of the Bush administration’s pervasive outsourcing of torture, the more sensible it seems as a policy. Evidently, our intelligence people, tainted as they are by the squeamish morality of Western civilization, are just not fully up to the task of getting prisoners to tell us what the administration wants us to hear.

Posted on Dec 14, 2005 READ MORE


Friends Don’t Let Friends Use Torture

Condi Rice is so tired of Old Europe and its human rights complaints. Big deal, so the CIA is using Soviet era torture camps in Eastern Europe to stash “war on terror” prisoners.  Don’t those fusspots in the EU understand that our use of torture is fundamentally different because we are the good guys and that Eastern Europe has been liberated?  That outmoded European slogan of “friends don’t let friends use torture” is so over.

Posted on Dec 4, 2005 READ MORE


Congress Should Probe U.S. Propaganda in Iraqi Press

Now that the Pentagon has admitted to subverting the fragile efforts to build democracy in Iraq, will Congress begin an investigation of how this happened? The first question should be who in the Pentagon decided that he or she had the right to put words in the mouth of the Prophet Muhammad.

Posted on Dec 2, 2005 READ MORE


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