Tag Archives: torture

UN Says Assange Tortured: Watch the Webcast

Julian Assange was “psychologically tortured” by four nations ganging up on him, said the UN special rapporteur on torture. Watch the replay with Pentagon Papers whistle blower Dan Ellsberg, and other guests. Note: Included below after the video is the article “UN Torture Report: ‘Demonized’ Assange Has Faced ‘Psychological Torture’” by Consortium News Editor-in-Chief Joe […]

The Murderous Saudi Regime, by Ann Wright

Journalists I spoke with in Istanbul cited President Trump’s comments on the U.S. press as one of the causes of the impunity of authoritarian governments to jail critical journalists.

NYT’s New ‘Reader Center’ Already Proving a Step Backward in Accountability

Even among the two items that did raise coverage concerns, the degree to which this new Reader Center pales in comparison to a dedicated public editor was clear.

Banality of Evil Redux

IMAGINE ADOLF EICHMANN was never prosecuted for his war crimes. Instead, he wrote a book.

Henry A. Giroux | America’s Addiction to Terrorism

Giroux discusses torture, militarisation, surveillance, racism, education and austerity … and draws the links to the military-industrial-academic complex.

GTMO 2016: Special Report (Video)

RT America’s Simone Del Rosario went to Guantanamo Bay to investigate how and if the prison will be soon shut down, and to see what conditions those detainees are living in.

VIDEO | Chris Hedges, Days of Revolt: Why the Brutalized Become Brutal

Chris Hedges and two US veterans lament the brutality of the American military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, which fuels the conditions for terrorism, and speak out about the painful struggle of coping with PTSD in this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt. Click here to read the transcript. TheRealNews Uploaded on Apr 2, 2016 Media […]

CCR: Beyond awareness, accountability for torture – and action

Center for Constitutional Rights: June is Torture Awareness Month, and June 26 is International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. Center for Constitutional Rights  June 22, 2015 CCR is marking these occasions with a week of blog content focusing on our anti-torture work in a variety of cases and several events in Washington, DC as […]

Amidst Republican Opposition, Senate Passes Amendment To Ban Torture As US Policy

From the article: Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California, who introduced the amendment with Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona, said it was important because the presidential executive order banning torture could one day be lifted by a future president.

▶ Democracy Now! Remembering Eduardo Galeano, Champion of Social Justice & Chronicler of Latin America’s Open Veins

We have a memory cut in pieces. And I write trying to recover our real memory, the memory of humankind, what I call the human rainbow, which is much more colorful and beautiful than the other one, the other rainbow. But the human rainbow had been mutilated by machismo, racism, militarism and a lot of […]

Karen J. Greenburg | Visiting the Torture Museum: Barbarism Then and Now

From the article: “Unless you have been strapped down to the board, have endured the agonizing feeling of the water overpowering your gag reflex, and then feel your throat open and allow pint after pint of water to involuntarily fill your lungs, you will not know the meaning of the word.

▶ Global Day of Action Against Torture and Drone Assassination, Minneapolis & Columbus, OH | So I Was Waterboarded

The summary of the torture report was released, and the dutiful US media did everything it could to change the story. The reasoning behind this was simple: it was in the best interest of the United States government to conceal the fact that 1 out of 4 people that were sodomized, waterboarded, or otherwise tortured by the US government were completely innocent.

▶ 21 Arrested | Witness Against Torture members confront state violence at the Capitol

21, including Voices’ [for Creative Nonviolence] Brian Terrell, Arrested for Protest at US Capitol Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook! Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this blog and more! “Like” our page today. Rise Up Times is also on  Pinterest, Google+ and Tumblr. Find us on Twitter at Rise Up Times (@touchpeace).  […]

Evergreene Digest: “No civilization would tolerate what America has done”

(We) have … been programmed into cruelty and apathy by (our) schools, churches, families, politics, and pop culture(.) Institutional racism. Rampant income inequality. A broken justice system. America may never be a great society. Torture Is Who We Are David Masciotra, AlterNet / Salon Monday, Dec 29, 2014 | It seems police can get away with […]

Evergreene Digest: Revelations in Senate torture report demand prosecutions

Take Action. Join CCR and demand that the Department of Justice act now.  Please take action, share these materials widely, and help us build a groundswell of support for prosecuting those who torture and those who protect torturers! 10 appalling findings in the Senate’s torture report The Center for Constitutional Rights <http://www.ccrjustice.org/&gt; (CCR) Subscribe or […]

WAMM’s T3 Press Release on Torture Report & NYT Editorial Statement

WAMM’s “Tackling Torture at the Top” Committee is gratified to finally witness today’s release of a redacted summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Report. Media Release   December 9, 2014  (Direct to Rise Up Times) From:  Tackling Torture at the Top (T3) Committee of WAMM (Women Against Military Madness) Contact:  Coleen Rowley, 952 393-0914 or Tom Dickinson, 612 822-9520 Re:  […]

Obama: America “Exceptional” So We Don’t Prosecute Torturers

Legal experts and human rights advocates says prosecutions must follow Senate’s report on CIA torture as president says grave violations of domestic and international law should be kept “where they belong—in the past” By Jon Queally, staff writer  Common Dreams  December 10, 2014 Despite executive summary of Senate panel’s report on Tuesday, President Obama is still unwilling to […]

▶ Naomi Klein and Stephen Zunes “Taking On The Empire”

Editor’s Note: This is an amazing panel. It draws together what Zunes calls “messianic militarism” in our times and looking back in history to worldwide colonialism/imperialism (and to the Doctrine of Discovery and native rights in this country although they are not mentioned directly) and the “settler states” that withdrew from the Durban conference led […]

UN Review Cites Torture & “Ill Treatment” in U.S. Army Field Manual’s Appendix M

Within the context of the world of diplomacy, the UNCAT findings belie the US insistence that it abides by the Convention Against Torture treaty (CAT), or that it is an adequate model for humane treatment of prisoners.    By Jeff Kay  FireDogLake.com   November 28, 2014 The United Nations Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) has released their “Concluding […]

Jody Bolz: BLACK SITE

By Jody Bolz  BlogThisRock  November 7, 2014 BLACK SITE “It’s one of the most sophisticated, refined programs of torture ever,” an outside expert familiar with the protocol said.   —The New Yorker First, take away light. Leave time-but make it dark, disordered. Make it sleepless. Not day, not night. Leave space-but make it small. Make it […]