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Open Letter to the Ann Arbor Democratic Party

Open Letter to the Ann Arbor Democratic Party

Surely the right to enthusiastically applaud a political speech is Constitutionally protected speech; if not then there is no freedom of speech whatever left in this country.

We are a Democratic Party, and many of us would call ourselves Liberals; but where even the mildest and most socially unexceptionable forms of dissent such as applauding a political speech are suppressed then there is neither Liberty nor Democracy.

sincerely,

Henry Edward Hardy

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17 July, 2007 Posted by | Ann Arbor, censorship, democracy, democratic party, dissent, free speech, freedom, human rights, liberty, Michigan, scanlyze | Leave a comment

Human Rights Watch: Ghost Prisoner: Two Years in Secret CIA Detention

Human Rights Watch has compiled a comprehensive report about the case of one of the “disappeared”, Marwan Jabour. Most of the docile and pathetic British and US press have ‘reported’ on this publication without managing to link to it or even so much as mention the name of the report!

Here’s a bit from the Summary:

When Marwan Jabour opened his eyes, after a blindfold, a mask, and other coverings were taken off him, he saw soldiers and, on the wall behind them, framed photographs of King Hussein and King Abdullah of Jordan. He was tired and disoriented from his four-hour plane flight and subsequent car trip, but when a guard confirmed that he was being held in Jordan, he felt indescribable relief. In his more than two years of secret detention, nearly all of it in US custody, this was the first time that someone had told him where he was. The date was July 31, 2006.

A few weeks later, in another first, the Jordanians allowed several of Jabour’s family members to visit him. “My father cried the whole time,” Jabour later remembered.

Marwan Jabour was arrested by Pakistani authorities in Lahore, Pakistan, on May 9, 2004. He was detained there briefly, then moved to the capital, Islamabad, where he was held for more than a month in a secret detention facility operated by both Pakistanis and Americans, and finally flown to a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) prison in what he believes was Afghanistan. During his ordeal, he later told Human Rights Watch, he was tortured, beaten, forced to stay awake for days, and kept naked and chained to a wall for more than a month. Like an unknown number of Arab men arrested in Pakistan since 2001, he was “disappeared” into US custody: held in unacknowledged detention outside of the protection of the law, without court supervision, and without any contact with his family, legal counsel, or the International Committee of the Red Cross.

The secret prison program under which Jabour was held was established in the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, when US President George W. Bush signed a classified directive authorizing the CIA to hold and interrogate suspected terrorists. Because the entire program was run outside of US territory, it required the support and assistance of other governments, both in handing over detainees and in allowing the prisons to operate.

–from the Summary of Ghost Prisoner: Two Years in Secret CIA Detention

See also: BBC Report: ‘Sleaze alleged in CIA’
European Union: Report on the alleged use of European countries by the CIA for the transportation and illegal detention of prisoners

Copyright © 2007 Henry Edward Hardy

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1 March, 2007 Posted by | Afghanistan, archives, Central Intelligence Agency, CIA, covert operations, crime, detention, human rights, Human Rights Watch, international law, investigations, Jordan, kidnapping, law, law of nations, Marwan Jabour, memory hole, Middle East, military, news, Pakistan, peace, politics, prisoner, prisoners, rendition, report, repression, torture, war, war crimes | Leave a comment

BBC: More on Tal Afar Iraqi soldiers rape accusation

BBC quotes acting Tal Afar mayor Brig Gen. Nijm Abdullah with more information regarding the alleged rape and torture of a mother of 11 by Iraqi soldiers in northern Iraq:

Iraqi soldiers charged with rape

…Gen Abdullah said he had received a complaint from tribal leaders that a group of soldiers had entered the woman’s house “a few days ago” and raped her.

“One of the soldiers did not approve. His name is Mushtaq Taleb from Basra. He wanted to stop his comrades by threatening them with weapons because it is an immoral act, but the rape took place anyway,” Gen Abdullah added.

He said he had referred the troops to the judiciary for prosecution.

The woman is thought to be a 40-year-old married mother of 11 from Iraq’s Turkoman minority.

The defendants are identified as a lieutenant and three enlisted men.

If the BBC report is correct, then Mushtaq Taleb should be commended for trying to stop the rape and torture of this mother.

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22 February, 2007 Posted by | allegations, BBC, crime, human rights, Iraq, media, Mosul, mothers, news, Nijm Abdullah, peace, politics, radio, rape, repression, scanlyze, Tal Afar, television, torture, TV, war, war crimes | 1 Comment

Najaf Update: February 21, 2007

Interesting press release from the Multinational Forces in Iraq regarding Hilla, a town near An-Najaf, and the continuing suppression of heterodox Shia in the area. We must ask once again, what happened to the approximately 200 women and children captured near Najaf and Kufa in the “Battle of Najaf” on Jan 28, 2007?

Hilla SWAT captures 21 insurgent leaders
Saturday, 17 February 2007
Multi-National Corps – Iraq
Public Affairs Office, Camp Victory
APO AE 09342

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RELEASE No. 20070217-05
Feb. 17, 2007

Hilla SWAT captures 21 insurgent leaders
Multi-National Corps – Iraq PAO

BAGHDAD – Iraqi Special Weapons and Tactics Team members of Hilla SWAT arrested 21 suspected insurgent leaders during operations with Coalition advisers Feb. 16 southwest of Hilla. The suspects are believed to be Mahdawiyah leaders who are threatening the lives of Iraqi Security Forces and civilians in the area.

The Mahdawiyah group was involved in the battle against Iraqi Forces Jan. 28 in Najaf. Since the battle, the Mahdawiyah leadership has made death threats to Hilla SWAT policemen and their family members.

There were Iraqi arrest warrants for all the suspects. Hilla SWAT also detained 13 additional persons for questioning.

The operation by Hilla SWAT resulted in minimal damage to the objective. There were no Iraqi civilian, Iraqi forces or Coalition Forces casualties.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT MULTI-NATIONAL CORPS – IRAQ, PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICE BY E-MAIL AT MNCI-PAO-VICTORYMAINJOC@IRAQ.CENTCOM.MIL

See also: Keyword ‘Najaf’ on scanlyze

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22 February, 2007 Posted by | America, Army, detention, human rights, international law, Iraq, Islam, massacre, media, MNF, Najaf, national security, news, peace, politics, prisoners, propaganda, repression, scanlyze, war, war crimes | Leave a comment

European Union: Report on the alleged use of European countries by the CIA for the transportation and illegal detention of prisoners

The European Parliament has voted to endorse and publish a report strongly condemning the use of European facilities for the alleged kidnapping, torture, and illegal imprisonment allegedly carried out and facilitiated in EU states by alleged US persons. The resolution was passed on or about Feb 14, 2007 by a majority of 382 to 256 with 74 abstentions.

This news was ‘covered’ by the BBC, Financial Times, Radio Free Europe, Islamic Republic News Agency, Irish Times and others. However most (or all, seemingly) news accounts did not include the name of the report or a link to it. And it seems not to be easily searchable from the various EU institution sites or general search sites. Some legislative history and parliamentary questions were accessible by searching at europa.eu on on ‘rendition’.

Following are the header and conclusions from the full report.


EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT

2004 – 2009

Session document

FINAL

A6-9999/2007

26.1.2007

 

REPORT

on the alleged use of European countries by the CIA for the transportation and illegal detention of prisoners

 

(2006/2200(INI))Temporary Committee on the alleged use of European

countries by the CIA for the transportation and illegal detention of prisoners

Rapporteur: Giovanni Claudio Fava

 

[…]

 

Final conclusions

225. Stresses, in view of the powers it was provided with and of the time which it had at its

disposal, and the secret nature of the investigated actions, that the Temporary

Committee was not put in a position fully to investigate all the cases of abuses and

violations falling within its remit and that its conclusions are therefore not exhaustive;

226. Recalls the principles and values on which the European Union is based, as provided in

Article 6 of the Treaty on European Union, and calls on the EU institutions to meet their

responsibilities in relation to Article 7 of the Treaty on European Union and all other

relevant provisions of the Treaties, and to take all appropriate measures in the light of

the conclusions of the work of the Temporary Committee, the facts revealed in the

course of the Temporary Committee’s investigation and any other facts that may emerge

in the future; expects the Council to start hearings and commission an independent

investigation without delay, as foreseen in Article 7, and, where necessary, to impose

sanctions on Member States in case of a serious and persistent breaches of Article 6,

including where a violation of human rights has been declared by an international body

but no measure has been taken to redress the violation;

227. Believes that the principle of loyal cooperation enshrined in the Treaties -which requires

Member States and the EU institutions to take measures to ensure the fulfilment of their

obligations under the Treaties, such as the respect of human rights, or resulting from

action taken by the EU institutions, such as ascertaining the truth about alleged CIA

flights and prisons, and to facilitate the achievement of EU tasks and objectives – has

not been respected;

228. Recalls that in light of European Court of Human Rights case law, a signatory State

bears responsibility for the material breach of the provisions of the ECHR, and therefore

also of Article 6 of the Treaty on the European Union, not only if its direct

responsibility can be established beyond reasonable doubt, but also by failing to comply

with its positive obligation to conduct an independent and impartial investigation into

reasonable allegations of such violations;

229. Notes the reports by reputable media operators that extraordinary rendition, illegal

detention, and systematic torture involving many people is continuing, and considering

the declaration by the current US Government that the use of extraordinary rendition

and secret places of detention will be continued; therefore calls for an EU-US counterterrorism

summit to seek an end to such inhumane and illegal practices, and to insist

that cooperation with regard to counter-terrorism is consistent with international human

rights and anti-torture treaty obligations;

230. Instructs its Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, where necessary in

cooperation with the Committee on Foreign Affairs, notably its Sub-Committee on

Human Rights, to follow up politically the proceedings of the Temporary Committee

and to monitor the developments, and in particular, in the event that no appropriate

action has been taken by the Council and/or the Commission, to determine whether

there is a clear risk of a serious breach of the principles and values on which the

European Union is based, and to recommend to it any resolution, taking as a basis

Articles 6 and 7 of the Treaty on European Union, which may prove necessary in this

context;

231. Calls on its Secretary-General to publish, at least in compliance with Regulation

1049/2001, all the documents received, produced and examined, as well as the records

of the proceedings of the Temporary Committee on the Internet as well as in any other

appropriate manner and calls on the Secretary-General to ensure that the developments

in fields falling within the remit of the Temporary Committee after its disbandment are

monitored;

232. Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the

governments and parliaments of the Member States, of the candidate Member States

and the associated countries, and to the Council of Europe, NATO, the United Nations

and the Government and two Houses of Congress of the United States, and to request

them to keep Parliament informed of any development that may take place in the fields

falling in the remit of the Temporary Committee.

see also: Temporary Committee on the alleged use of European countries by the CIA for the transport and illegal detention of prisoners

Copyright © 2007 Henry Edward Hardy

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