6 days after the 911 attacks George Walker
Bush authorized a novel range of covert action, including renditions,
campaigns and cyber attacks against those identified as
Counter Terrorist Center, relies on its Rendition
Group to kidnap people:
dressed head to toe in black, including masks,
they blindfold and cut the clothes off captives, administer an enema and
they transport victims to a detention facility operated
by coconspirators, including
one of the CIA'
covert prisons, a "black site."
Poland feels sting of betrayal over CIA 'black
After the 911 attacks, the staff of the Counter Terrorist
Center, directed by J. Cofer Black, went from 300 to 1,200 nearly
J. Cofer Black embraced a "Talmudwood model" in which the
president kept a scorecard of
captured and killed terrorists.
Mamdouh Habib, an Egyptian-born
Australian citizen seized in
Pakistan in October
2001 was sent to Egypt for 'interrogation' where he was burned by cigarettes,
given electric shocks and beaten.
Slahi, a Mauritanian and former Canada resident, turned himself in to the
Mauritanian police 18 days after the 911 attacks as Mohamedou Oulad Slahi heard
the Americans were looking for him.
Mohamedou Oulad Slahi was spirited
to Jordan, where he spent eight months undergoing interrogation.
Muhammad Saad Iqbal Madni, an Egyptian imprisoned by Indonesia
authorities in January 2002, is
flown to Afghanistan for interrogation.
Muhammad Saad Iqbal Madni is
tortured for 13 months in Afghanistan.
Khaled el-Masri, a German,
"I saw seven or eight men with black clothing and
They beat me from all sides, from everywhere, with hands and feet.
With knives or scissors they cut and tore away my clothes in
The beating was
just to humiliate me, to
make me silent.
They stripped me naked. I was terrified. They tried to take off my
I tried to stop them so they beat me again. I was
And when I was naked I heard a camera."
night Khaled el-Masri was kicked and beaten and warned:
"You are here
in a country where no one knows about you, in a country where there is no law.
If you die, we will bury you, and no one will know."
passport analysis by Office of Technical Services concluded
the passport was genuine.
The CIA had imprisoned the
A reverse rendition was suggested.
el-Masri to Macedonia and release him.
There would be no trace. No
airplane tickets. Nothing.
No one would believe him.
The day of
his release, the prison director who Khaled el-Masri believed was an American,
told him he "had a suspicious name."
A Macedonia bus driver has
confirmed that Khaled el-Masri was taken away by border guards on the date he
analysis of Khaled el-Masri's hair showed he was malnourished during the
period he says he was in the prison.
Flight logs show a plane
registered to a CIA front incorporation flew out of Macedonia on the day Khaled
el-Masri says he was flown to Afghanistan.
A Boeing subsidiary,
Jeppesen Dataplan Inc., provided flight planning and logistical support
with the full knowledge it was profiting from what one senior corporate
official openly described as "torture flights."
lawsuit against the
federal government was first thrown out of court in May 2006 and finally by
the Supreme Court in October 2007.
Supreme Court justices honor the
request to dismiss the lawsuit on grounds that
trying the case
would reveal secret classified information about actions in the 'war on
terror' and provide
material support to the terrorists.
"The more I heard about the
imprisonment of Khaled el-Masri, abducted, tortured and imprisoned for over
five months by the CIA, the more sick to my stomach I became.
happened to justice, honor
If you wonder why people
hate us, this is it.
George Walker Bush
administration is refusing to allow justice to take place by hiding behind "
It makes me embarrassed to call myself an American." -
Cpl. Robert A. Pratt, Marine Corp
"It is incredible that
Khaled el-Masri was kidnaped by US government agents, abused and transported to
Afghanistan for torture in a secret prison, then dumped on an Albanian hillside
five months later when agents realized he was not the right person.
This sounds like the
behavior of Nazi Germany
or Chile under
The US has become a rogue nation, one that believes it
alone has the right to disregard legal norms and the rights of other nations.
State secrets defense,
born solely out of the military's desire to cover up its lies and ineptitude in
States vs Reynolds case, has been allowed by courts to become
an easy way for the
government to avoid accountability." - Alex Murray
ordeal received front-page media coverage throughout the world and has been the
subject of criminal and intergovernmental investigations in Europe.
allegations are supported by eyewitness testimony and physical
We brought suit against
CIA Director George Tenet
seeking compensation for the brutal treatment of El-Masri,
the Bush administration
insisted the case be dismissed as any
litigation of the claims
would reveal state
That argument prevailed and the
Supreme Court declined to
As the law stands, the US can engage in torture,
declare it a state
secret and, by virtue of that designation alone, avoid any accountability
for conduct that violates the
Constitution and universal human rights
A broad range of
executive misconduct has
been shielded from judicial review under this doctrine." - Ben Wizner
"Extraordinary rendition is inconsistent with the
broader foreign policy goal of
promoting democracy and the
rule of law -
foundations of civil society.
These practices brought America universal condemnation and frustrated
efforts to work in a concerted way with allies in fighting terrorism.
They also yield no good
By November 2007 over a hundred people had experienced "extraordinary"
renditions and not a single one has been convicted of a
Renditions undermine our commitment to
fundamental American values.
American values are what define us a people.
Khaled El-Masri, an
innocent man, was kidnapped, brought to Afghanistan by the
CIA, brutally interrogated
and dumped in the Albanian countryside." - Congressman William
"No good intelligence is going to come from abusive
practices."- Lt. Gen. John F. Kimmons, Army Deputy Chief of Staff for
George Tenet, told
the 911 Commission that even before 911
the US had abducted more than 70 foreigners it considered terrorists - a
John Yoo declared legal in a memo.
"I helped run the
CIA's rendition program. Simply and callously put,
covert forces cannot kill the number of enemies that require killing. Although
the covert services can
successfully eliminate the enemy leaders, its
foot soldiers and civilian
supporters are not being wiped out." - Michael F.
"You can get anyone to confess to anything if the
torture is bad enough." - Bob Baer, CIA officer
adopted the posture of a doctor or surgeon and imagine that their
other torments are
therapeutic - that they are administering medicine to their
prisoners - dirty diseased
Captain Ian Fishback, of the Army's 82nd Airborne Division,
witnessed detainees in Fallouja being tortured.
A sergeant reported to
Human Rights Watch that "we would give them blows to the head, chest,
legs and stomach, pull them down and kick dirt on them."
sergeant witnessed a soldier tell a
prisoner "to grab a pole and to bend over" and then he "broke the guy's leg
with a mini Louisville Slugger."
As well all three
witnessed kicks to
prisoner's faces, chests and abdomens as well as chemical compounds poured onto
eyes and skin.
Captain Ian Fishback stated that torture was being meted
out at the behest of military intelligence to soften prisoners up for
interrogation while Donald
Henry Rumsfeld was telling the Congressional Armed Services
Committee that the military was obeying the rules of the Geneva
"I was immediately concerned that the army was
taking part in a lie to the Congress, which would have been a clear violation
of the Constitution.
"Enhanced" interrogation technique that violated
the Geneva Convention
found their way into army systems.
The problem was systemic, and it was
widespread." - Captain Ian Fishback
2001 Parents Television Council estimates, there are 102 torture
scenes on televison.
2002 to 2005 Parents
Television Council estimates there are 624 torture scenes on televison;
torturers are increasingly heroes rather than villains.
The hit Fox
action drama "24" featured 67 torture scenes in the first 5 seasons most of
which depict torture being used by "heroic" American counter-terrorist
Alberto Gonzales, as attorney general,
publicly promotes the use
The Torture Memos, 10 Years Later
"I'm at a complete
loss to see how any society that considers itself to be evolved and civilized
can entertain the thought of any sort of torture of another human being." -
Eleanor Jackson 10/06
2001 George Walker Bush
signs a secret unnumbered Executive Order on September
17, 2001, on the advice of Alberto Gonzales, that authorized the use of
'enhanced interrogation techniques'.
Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi, an alleged
high-ranking al-Qa`ida official, is captured in Pakistan and interrogated by
George Tenet, director of the
Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi is 'water-boarded' then forced to
remain standing overnight in a cold
cell, where he was repeatedly soaked with icy water.
interrogators threatened to kill his family.
Under torture, Ibn
al-Shaykh al-Libi, 29 , finally breaks.
Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi claimes
to be a "senior terrorist operative" who was offered
training for al-Qa`ida associates in Iraq.
Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi
was desperate to stop the water-boarding torture so he imagined
A Defense Intelligence Agency memo warned that Ibn
al-Shaykh al-Libi 's information was "misleading as he may be describing
scenarios that he knows will retain interrogators interests."
2004 "We have long since made clear that a state of war is not
a blank check for the president when it comes to the rights of American
citizens." - Sandra Day O'Connor, Hamdi vs. Rumsfeld
2008 CIA director
Michael Hayden, during a Senate intelligence hearing on Feb. 5, 2008,
admits waterboarding was used in 2002 and 2003.
"It was used on Khalid
Sheikh Mohammed. It was used on Abu Zubaydah. And it was used on (Abd al-Rahim
al-) Nashiri." - Michael Hayden
Justice Department releases 2005 legal
memos that detailed the use of waterboarding in 2002 and 2003.
Waterboarding was used on Khalid Sheikh Mohammed 183 times and on
Zubaydah at least 83 times.
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed claims he gave false
information to the CIA even after undergoing punishing bouts of enhanced
"I make up stories." - Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
Khalid Sheikh Mohammed "admitted" to US Navy Commander Alphonso Doss'
team at Guantanamo
that he was one of the masterminds behind the Sept. 11,
2001, terrorist attacks.
"The self-incrimination of Khalid Sheik
Mohammed stands today as the only evidence the US government has that Muslim
terrorists pulled off 911.
Khalid Sheik Mohammed outwitted all 16 US
intelligence agencies along with those of all US allies or
Mohammed outwitted the NSC,
NORAD, US Air Force and Air Traffic Control.
Khalid Sheik Mohammed caused Airport Security to fail four times in one
Khalid Sheik Mohammed caused the state-of-the-art air defenses
of the Pentagon to fail, allowing a hijacked airliner, which was off course all
morning while the US Air Force, for the first time in history, was unable to
get aloft intercepter aircraft, to crash into the Pentagon.
Sheik Mohammed has these superhuman capabilities, how
did the incompetent Americans catch him?
This guy is a patsy tortured
into confession in order to keep the American naifs believing
the governments conspiracy theory. What is
going on here is that the US government has to bring the 911 mystery to an
end." - Paul Craig Roberts, The Road to Armageddon: The Insane Drive for
American Hegemony Threatens Life on Earth
Sheik Mohammed is the man found to be officially responsible by the US
governmnet for the planning and execution of 911, not
Saddam Hussein or
Usamah bin Mohammad bin
Alphonso Doss is found dead by
a maid of the Astoria Hotel at 150
Park Avenue, Orange Park who found the body about 8:45 a.m. Feb. 12, 2014.
Media reports of his death, which appeared two weeks later, suggested
Alphonso Doss had substance abuse problems.
Six months later Yolinda
Doss, 44, Anthony Washington, Yolandas business partner at Elite
Distinctions, 29, and Ronnie Wilson, 33, are indicted and Washington is found
guilty of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison.
plead guilty to being an accessory to murder; a four-year sentence.
Prosecutors lacked sufficient evidence to convict Yolinda for murder-for-hire.
She plead guilty to manslaughter and was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
"I was a big supporter of waterboarding. I was a big supporter of the
enhanced interrogation techniques. I signed off on it; others did, as well." -
Richard Bruce Cheney personally authorized the torture of 33
suspected terrorist detainees and approved the waterboarding of
On March 8, 2008, George Walker Bush vetoed
legislation that called for a specific ban on waterboarding and other
abusive "enhanced" interrogation technique, including
stripping prisoners naked, subjecting them
to extreme cold and staging mock
"Yeah, we waterboarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed." -
Japanese soldiers were prosecuted for the war crime of
waterboarding American soldiers during World War II.
been referred to as "simulated drowning."
Since the technique involves
filling a person's lungs with water, it is plainly no simulation but is in fact
This particular form of torture sometimes results in death,
and the cause of death is drowning, not simulated drowning.
Victims do not simulate death. They die, pure
and simple." - James Caufield
"Consistent with previous historical
prosecution of torture as a war crime, any member of the Bush administration
who has either participated in or facilitated waterboarding should be
prosecuted to the full extent of the law." - Stephen Burns
Abu Ghraib prison
torture scandal sheds light on the common reality of American incarceration.
Abu Ghraib mirrors
the American prison system -
underfunded, inadequately supervised, lacking civilian oversight, unaccountable
and tolerant of inmate abuse.
2009 FOIA request
reveals at least 92 "enhanced interrogations" had been videotaped.
of the 'enhanced interrogation techniques' is the
The results are nearly the same
as crucifixion, Jesus' fate.
Another 'enhanced interrogation
technique' is 'water boarding', used in the
Spanish Inquistion, were the victim is
repeatedly dunked under water and his/her lungs are filled with water to the
point of drowning.
Lawrence Wilkerson, a top aide to former secretary of
state Colin L. Powell, claimed the office of Dick Cheney, aides of Don Rumsfeld
and others argued "the president of the United States is all powerful and as
commander in chief the president of the United States can do anything he damn
|In July 2008 Sweden agreed
to pay a $502,000 in compensation to Muhammed Alzery. Sweden handed over
Muhammed Alzery to CIA agents who transported him to Egypt where he was
tortured at the CIA's behest.
Jose Padilla, an American born
citizen of Puerto
Rican descent, is held in solitary confinement for three years without charges
Jose Padilla, injected with what he identified as
cocktail, ends up spending 1,307 days under sensory deprivation
Jose Padilla had no history of
when ordered detained as a enemy combatant by
Padilla's lawyers claimed that interrogation methods included the use of
psychotropic drugs and other
forms of torture.
'treatment' has been classified as a state secret.
"I can't talk
about what happened because it is classified." - Jose
Psychological tests suggest Jose Padilla suffered brain
damage and he exhibits symptoms of
"Mr. Padilla shows
extreme anxiety. He is
fearful of his time in the brig. Everything that he talks about is with regard
to the time at the brig, no other time point." - Patricia Zapf,
"People who have known Jose Padilla and loved him before
his military detention don't feel they can even bear to see him because he is
so clearly mentally ill."- Stuart Grassian, psychiatrist
strategy used was designed to make it possible to suspend the Constitutional
Rights of American citizens by presidential decree.
A precedent was set
that future presidents can use to suspend the Constitutional Rights of any
Three purposeful constitutional violations
The writ of
habeas corpus was suspended even though America was not being
invaded nor was a rebellion taking
Jose was denied a speedy
Jose suffered cruel and unusual punishment.
Jose' crime ?
arrested for 'plotting' to
detonate a radioactive 'dirty bomb'.
Then Jose 'plotted' to blow up
apartment complexes with natural gas.
Finally Jose was indicted and
convicted of conspiracy to 'murder, kidnap and maim' people overseas after a
"The jury did seem to be an oddly cohesive group. On the
last day of trial before the Fourth of July holiday, jurors arranged to dress
in outfits so that each row in the jury box was its own patriotic color "red,
white or blue."- Washington
Good Jurors Nullify Bad Laws
FOIA request finds the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) cannot
locate recording of the final interrogation of Jose Padilla which includes his
opinion of nation state citizens in regard
|| Against all torture*
|| Some degree permissible*
|| Neither/Don't Know
| *27,000 respondents in 25 countries were asked which
position was closer to their own views:
Source: BBC/Globescan/PIPA 2006
majority of Jewish respondents in Israel, 53%, favor allowing governments to
use some degree of torture to obtain information from those in custody, while
39% want clear rules against it. The Islamic and Christian respondents skew the
overall Israel number down.
"Various sources report that methods of
torture in Israeli prisons include: Prisoners are forced to stand for long
periods of time. Prisoners are refused toilet privileges. Prisoners have thick
bags put over their heads and their arms are tied behind their backs with
handcuffs designed so that any movement increases the pressure on their wrists.
Prisoners have their stomachs stomped on and are repeatedly kicked like
animals. Prisoners' testicles are squashed and they are beaten upon their
genitals. Prisoners' hair are pulled; their heads beaten against the wall; and
they are left hanging heads down. A stick is pushed up the anus of a prisoner.
Cigarette butts are put out on a prisoner's bare skin. Relatives are brought
in, subjected to abuse and even threatened with
rape in front of prisoners. Ball point pens are forced into the penis of
prisoners. Prisoners are kept in cells 28 inches wide by 6 feet long for weeks
at a time." - Jack Berstein
"I was the chief prosecutor for the military
tribunals at Guantanamo.
I concluded that full, fair and open trials
were not possible under the current system.
I resigned because I
believe even the most perfect trial in history will be
viewed with skepticism,
if it is conducted behind closed
doors." - Colonel Morris D. Davis
"As an American with more than 25 years of
commissioned military service, I am absolutely astounded at the dearth of
leadership shown by the military throughout its
chain of command.
The inability of these enlisted personnel and officers to follow long
established guidelines and the service's own code of conduct is an insult to
every person who has ever worn the American uniform.
To the officers
especially I say, "Whatever happened to the simple notion of just doing the
As citizens we must not allow this type of misconduct." -
"I am writing from the darkness of the US detention
camp at Guantanamo in the hope that I can make our voices heard.
picked up in Pakistan,
blindfolded, shackled, drugged and loaded onto a plane flown to Cuba.
When we got off the plane in Guantanamo, we did not know where we
They took us to Camp X-Ray and locked us in cages with two buckets
- one empty and one filled with water.
We were to urinate in one and
wash in the other.
At Guantanamo, soldiers assaulted me, placed me in
solitary confinement, threatened to kill me and threatened to kill my daughter.
They told me I will stay
in Cuba for the rest of my life.
17, 2006 Military
Commissions Act of 2006, also known as HR-6166, is an Act of Congress
signed by President George W. Bush.
It was drafted following the Supreme
Court's decision on Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, which ruled that the
Combatant Status Review Tribunals (CSRT), as established by the
Department of Defense, were procedurally flawed and unconstitutional,
and did not provide protections under the Geneva Conventions.
prohibited detainees who had been classified as enemy combatants or were
awaiting hearings on their status from using habeas corpus to
petition federal courts.
deprived me of sleep, forced me to listen to extremely loud music and
shined intense lights in my face.
They placed me in cold rooms for hours without food, drink or the
ability to go to the bathroom and wash for
wrapped me in the Israel
flag and told me there is a holy war between the
Cross and the
Star of David on
one hand and the
Crescent on the other;
and beaten me unconscious.
Once, in Camp Delta, a soldier apologized to me and offered me
hot chocolate and
What I write here is not what my imagined fancies or my
These are verifiable facts witnessed by other
detainees, representatives of the Red Cross, interrogators and
translators." - Jumah al-Dossari
During the course of the continuous
war on terror at least 780
prisoners have now been incarcerated at Guantanamo.
2007 David Hicks, an Australian, plead guilty to
providing material support to
the terrorists in exchange for being released to Australia.
February 2015 an appeals court threw out his conviction.
found that the activity for which Hicks was convicted was not an offense
triable by military commission at the time he was caught.
2011 Noor Uthman Mohammed plead guilty to providing material
support for terror in exchange for his potential testimony against other
captives and certain release from Guantánamo.
He admitted to
being a small-arms and artillery
weapons instructor at an Afghan
training camp in the '90s.
Marine Maj. Gen. Vaughn A. Ary, threw
out the case "in the interests of justice and under the rule of law."
Civilian courts have ruled that providing material support for terror
was not a legitimate war crime for actions that occurred before the adoption of
the Military Commissions
Act of 2006.
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