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National Security and Homeland Security Presidential Directive makes Bush dictator in event of a terrorist attack or disaster
 
Former Reagan official says "something's in the works" to trigger a police state (Held over)
 
False flag reminders from the POAC forum
 
Pentagon tells Bush: climate change will destroy us: Secret report warns of rioting and nuclear war, Britain will be 'Siberian' in less than 20 years, threat to the world is greater than terrorism
 
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Dateline 2002: "This is a memo that describes how we're going to take out seven countries in five years, starting with Iraq..."
 
 
 
United Sates human rights record

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 2.)  Disdain for the Recognition of Human Rights 
Because of fear of enemies and the need for security, the people in fascist regimes are persuaded that human rights can be ignored in certain cases because of "need." The people tend to look the other way or even approve of torture, summary executions, assassinations, long incarcerations of prisoners, etc.
The Frontline program "The Torture Question"  Watch it online
1 In Every 136 US Residents In Jail Or Prison.
Republicans kill defense spending bill because McCain Amendment prohibits "cruel, degrading and inhuman treatment" 
Bush threatens to veto $442b defense bill if Congress investigates detainee abuses.
"For Amnesty International to suggest that somehow the United States is a violator of human rights, I frankly just don't take them seriously.": Bush calls Amnesty International's "gulag" report absurd (three times in two sentences) 
US using Chemical weapons in the massacre of Fallujah: Watch the Full 30 minute programme here (dubbed into English)
Bush to veto CIA waterboarding ban bill
If Pentagon officials disagree with the result of a hearing on the legality of Gitmo detention, they order a second one, or even a third, until they approve of the finding,” a practice that critics label “do-overs.”
Federal appeals court rules that Guantanamo detainees can't challenge the legality of their detention
FBI Docs: Gitmo Detainee’s Head "Wrapped In Duct Tape For Chanting The Quran” ... a man left in a 100-degree room with no ventilation overnight ... literally been pulling his own hair out throughout the night."
UN passes a treaty against government sponsored kidnap. Rights experts said they did not expect Washington to ratify the pact.
Former U.S. Detainee in Iraq Recalls Torment: The detainee was a 29-year-old Navy veteran from Chicago.
State Dept: Gitmo Detainees Will Stay Regardless of Evidence [or lack thereof]
Marine Corps Issues Gag Order in Detainee Abuse Case: Military defense lawyers are being forced into retirement if they defend their suspects too vigorously.
Peace Activists Beware: Homeland Security May Be Reading Your E-Mail, and Passing it on to the Pentagon. Documents Reveal Scope of U.S. Database on Antiwar Protests
Bush's 'Dirty War' Amnesty Law: The United States is following the lead of “dirty war” nations, such as Argentina and Chile, in enacting what amounts to an amnesty law protecting U.S. government operatives, apparently up to and including President George W. Bush, who have committed or are responsible for human rights crimes.
Bush administration quietly circulating draft legislation to eliminate crucial parts of the War Crimes Act.
In 2002, Justice Department lawyers advised the White House that it  was acceptable to force detainees to ingest "mind-altering substances,"
Roll call of the Senate vote for the Torture Bill 9-29
Bush acknowledges secret CIA prisons
The Bush administration has drafted amendments to a war crimes law that would eliminate the risk of prosecution for political appointees, CIA officers and former military personnel
Amnesty International: Security agents in Jordan are torturing terrorism suspects on behalf of the United States in hopes of forcing confessions
Soldiers: The torture of prisoners in US custody in Iraq was authorised and routine even after the Abu Ghraib scandal came to light
State Dept. Lawyers Warned Bush In '02 Of Legal, Political Backlash Of Gitmo Detainee Policy.
Military Records Show Doctors Tortured Detainees
Guantanamo Bay doctors under fire: Doctors were "becoming involved in torture practices".
Khaled el-Masri: Tortured abroad by the CIA, abandoned in the U.S.
The US Central Intelligence Agency paid Pakistan millions of dollars for handing over more than 350 suspected al-Qaeda terrorists to the United States- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf The US government has strict rules banning such reward payments to foreign powers involved in the war on terror.
Judge Rules That US Has Broad Powers to Detain Noncitizens Indefinitely, on the basis of religion, race or national origin
The Pentagon has decided to omit from new detainee policies a key tenet of the Geneva Convention that bans "humiliating and degrading treatment," according to military officials.
US invokes "state secrets" privilege: Lawsuit against former CIA head's kidnap/torture of German citizen would harm to US security
Nearly two years ago, a top general urged a probe into illegal "ghost detainees" held at Abu Ghraib prison. But according to the Pentagon, it never happened -- and never will. 
CIA war crimes in Europe are now under official investigation there, but not here
Army Rules Put on Hold: New Army manual would allow torture
The names released on Thursday by the US Defence Department did not include a single senior figure from Al-Qaeda or other Islamic extremist groups, nor from Afghanistan's ousted Taliban regime, experts stressed.
Human Rights Watch.: More Than 600 Implicated in Detainee Abuse: New research shows that abuse of detainees in U.S. custody in Iraq, Afghanistan, and at Guantánamo Bay has been widespread, and that the United States has taken only limited steps to investigate and punish implicated personnel.
Rumsfeld allowed Guantanamo abuse
Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Negroponte was complicit in supporting Nicaraguan death squads during the Iran-Contra affair and supported the brutal military dictatorship of General Gustavo Alvarez Martínez in Honduras. 
Spy Chief: CIA Detainees Will Be Held Indefinitely
The Bush administration will oppose a U.N.-backed resolution calling for the creation of a council to expose the world's worst human rights abusers
White House: Senate torture ban does not apply to Gitmo
Pentagon Already Accused of Violating McCain Torture Ban
Former UN Human Rights Chief in Iraq Says US Violating Geneva Conventions, Jailing Innocent Detainees
UN says US guilty of torture.
UN inquiry demands immediate closure of Guantanamo
Film uses real account to tell of Guantanamo ordeal: The story of three friends who said they set off from Britain for a wedding overseas and ended up as terrorist suspects in Guantanamo Bay is the theme of a provocative and disturbing new film
House Committee Squashes Torture Queries : Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill., chairman of the House International Relations Committee, said Democrats who submitted the resolutions should "at least silently confess to themselves that their actions pose real dangers to our country."
Newly released records show Army stopped abuse probe even though no one was interviewed
Bush administration on Friday tried to convince a federal appeals court that the Supreme Court shouldn't review the government's decision to imprison a U.S. citizen for more than three years without charging him with a crime.
Bush Claims Right To Ignore New Law Banning Torture
U.S. oks evidence gained through torture
CIA agents have broken ranks to reveal the 'cruel and inhuman' interrogation techniques they are ordered to use at secret prisons around the world, including freezing and near-drowning.
Only PBS Frontline and Democracy Now! have dared to interview U.S. interrogator Tony Lagouranis, who reports widespread torture and abuse throughout Iraq.
The Council of Europe has opened an investigation into the allegations of secret U.S. prisons in Eastern Europe, which Washington has refused to confirm or deny.
US has detained up to 80,000 people in secret prisons across the globe.
UN report: Multinational forces violated international law: "Such actions are contrary to international law governing armed conflict and in any event they constitute a denial of the protection of international human rights law," the report said. 
Senate votes to bar foreign terror suspects at the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from filing lawsuits in American courts to challenge their detentions, despite a Supreme Court ruling last year that granted such access.
White House defends fight against torture ban: The White House on Tuesday defended its efforts to head off new restrictions on the U.S. treatment of war prisoners as the issue headed toward a showdown in Congress that has attracted worldwide interest.
Amnesty International: New Report Corroborates 'Black Sites'; Provides Details on Torture and Secret Facility Conditions from Three “Disappeared” Yemeni Nationals
former top official in the Bush administration is making new allegations that Vice-President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld approved the use of torture against al-Qaeda suspects and other foreign-held prisoners.
Bush Admin: Treaty Outlawing Torture Doesn't Apply Beyond US Soil
Guantanamo Judge: “I don’t care about international law. I don’t want to hear the words ‘international law’ again. We are not concerned with international law.”
Rumsfeld to approve new guidelines that will formalize the administration's policy of imprisoning without the protections of the Geneva Conventions and enable the Pentagon to legally hold "ghost detainees," 
Rumsfeld says no U.N. access to Guantanamo inmates. 
Washington had warned Mexico that if it ratified the International Criminal Court and refused to sign an accord exempting U.S. nationals from the court's jurisdiction, it would cut 11.5 million dollars in funding from aid programs
Bush Admin: Treaty Outlawing Torture Doesn't Apply Beyond US Soil
U.S. human rights groups have denounced before the U.N. Human Rights Committee that there are perhaps dozens of secret detention centres around the world where Washington is holding an unknown number of prisoners as part of its "war on terror".
US 'preparing to detain terror suspects for life without trial'
U.S. oks evidence gained through torture.  
July 1, 2003: U.S. Suspends Military Aid to Nearly 50 Countries: because they have supported the International Criminal Court and failed to exempt Americans from possible prosecution.
US has at least 9000 prisoners in secret detention
Despite repeated vows by the Pentagon to fully investigate the deaths of all detainees in U.S. custody in Iraq and elsewhere in the "war on terror", a major human rights group has found a pattern of "grossly inadequate and flawed investigations" that have made it difficult or impossible to hold perpetrators accountable.
Bush administration threatens to use first ever veto over proposed 'anti-torture' legislation
Guantanamo trials rigged and thin on evidence against the accused. Even the prosecution reckons the trials "are a fraud on the american people" 
US Ambassador John Bolton blocked UN envoy Mendez on Monday from briefing the Security Council on grave human rights violations in Sudan's Darfur region, despite pleas from Annan and 11 other council members that Mendez be heard.
The U.S. Defense Department yesterday said Pentagon investigators have dismissed complaints by two former military prosecutors about the fairness of trials for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay.
U.S. officials who discussed plans to ship terror suspects to foreign nations that practice torture could be prosecuted for conspiring to violate U.S. law 
Iraq's Child Prisoners: A Sunday Herald investigation has discovered that coalition forces are holding more than 100 children in jails such as Abu Ghraib. Witnesses claim that the detainees – some as young as 10 – are also being subjected to rape and torture
Remember the second round of photos and videos of Abu Ghraib torture that were supposed to be released at the end of last month? Defense Department Refuses to Turn Over Abuse Photographs as ordered by a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and other organizations.
The Bush administration has concluded for the first time that some non-Iraqi prisoners captured by American forces in Iraq are not entitled to the protections of the Geneva Conventions
Cheney comes out in favor of keeping Gitmo
Bush, Cheney Attack Amnesty International
The unreleased images show American soldiers beating one prisoner almost to death, apparently raping a female prisoner, acting inappropriately with a dead body, and taping Iraqi guards raping young boys, according to NBC News. 
US hides prisons on military ships. 6-29
Operating behind a wall of secrecy, the U.S. Department of Justice thrust scores of Muslim men living in the United States into a Kafkaesque world of indefinite detention without charge and baseless accusations of terrorist links, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union said in a report released today. 6-29
Bush refuses to support UN over anti-torture pact; America last night refused to back a United Nations protocol against torture because of fears that it could allow international monitors to visit terrorist suspects in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
US refuses to answer UN pleas to visit Gitmo 
The White House on Tuesday rebuffed Democratic calls for creation of an independent commission to investigate treatment of foreign terror suspects at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Guantanamo inmates can be held "in perpetuity" 
Lawyers claim that six minors are being held at Guantanamo Bay: a Saudi of Chadian descent, was not yet 15 when he was captured, beaten regularly and had an interrogator press a burning cigarette into his arm. 
The humiliating tactics were so harsh that Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld had to green-light them 
Amnesty Takes Aim at 'Gulag' in Guantanamo: Amnesty International branded the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay a human rights failure Wednesday, calling it "the gulag of our time" as it released a report that offers stinging criticism of the United States and its detention centers around the world.
A new report provides extensive evidence that psychological torture was systematic and central to the interrogation process of detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantánamo.
The officers who ran the Abu Ghraib prison, during the abuse scandal, are held blameless
Lt General Ricardo Sanchez authorised many of the techniques of torture employed in Abu Ghraib and lied to congress about it.
A CIA official testified he witnessed the "pummelling" of a detainee at a Navy Seal base in Baghdad in 2003, but a former Seal who beat the prisoner said he was acting on instructions from the CIA.
Former C-I-A operative accused of beating an Afghan prisoner who died in custody arguing he was acting under the authority of President Bush and former C-I-A Director George Tenet.
CIA's secret kidnappings
Bush’s pick for director of national intelligence once oversaw an Afghan-style sanctuary for terrorists every bit as nasty as Osama and al Qaeda 
Covert diplomacy : Dark past of Bush’s new national intelligence director recalled in Central America 
U.S. ambassador at large for war crimes issues: "We don't want to be party to legitimizing the International Criminal Court," 
A Sunday Herald investigation has discovered that coalition forces are holding more than 100 children in jails such as Abu Ghraib. Witnesses claim that the detainees – some as young as 10 – are also being subjected to rape and torture
White House Fought New Curbs on Interrogations
The Actual FBI Memo (pdf) Referring to the Exec. Order Authorizing Use of Torture
Congress Moves to Cut Aid to Allies That Support World Criminal Court
Bush administration pulls out of death penalty treaty that protects Americans abroad, just to execute Mexicans on Texas death row 
If the Senate confirms Alberto Gonzales as attorney general it will confirm that America is a country that supports and engages in torture of prisoners.
Ashcroft refuses to give Congress torture memo
Outsourcing Torture: Contractors act as interrogators: Defense Department turned to private sources to question prisoners for intelligence gathering.
al-Qaida Detainees 'Disappeared' : At least 11 al-Qaida suspects have "disappeared" in U.S. custody, and some may have been tortured, Human Rights Watch said in a report issued Monday.
Guantanamo Eyes Possible Execution Chamber
Bush Civil Rights report released: "...the administration has failed to exhibit leadership or define a clear focus, relegating civil rights to a low priority."
Congress Pushes Penalties For Those Who Support The International Criminal Court: "The fact is, most Republicans want to see the International Criminal Court killed and see this as another nail in its coffin," one aide said in an interview last week. 
Secrecy shrouds U.S. torture jet: The covert procedure, which must be authorized by a presidential directive, has gained little attention inside the United States. 
U.N. Human Rights Experts: 'U.S. Treatment of Detainees Inhuman and Degrading'
Group: US killed detainees: A US human rights group has alleged that at least 37 detainees died of torture in US detention centres at Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.
United States: trade in torture: This is a story of private jets flying out of Germany, of kidnappings on European streets, and of torture. It has a cast of lawyers, spies, suspected terrorists, innocent bystanders and an ex-CIA boss who believes that ‘human rights is a very flexible concept’. 
United States illegally held detainees in Europe but then hurriedly shipped out the last ones to North Africa a month ago when word leaked out.
Four men deprived of their liberty for four years on suspicion of being international terrorists disclose today that they have not once been questioned by police or security services since being arrested.
Chained to the wall, deprived of food and water and kept in total darkness for months with loud rap and heavy metal music blaring. That's freedom on the march!
While most media treatment of the McCain torture “ban” is repeating politicians’ spin, civil libertarians see compromise legislation has rendered it largely toothless and possibly added to the problem
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.
US policies in the war on terrorism are contravening international law on human rights, a top European investigator said today
Why the McCain Torture Ban Won't Work: The Bush Legacy of Legalized Torture
CIA chief sacked for opposing torture
How an internal effort to ban the abuse and torture of detainees was thwarted.
Amnesty International has claimed that use of torture by US-trained security forces in Iraq is increasing and that thousands of prisoners are being denied basic human rights.
No Habeas at Guantanamo? : US Executive Branch may have engaged in questionable acts and disseminated inaccurate information to encourage Senate passage of provisions in the Detainee Treatment Act.
Tom Engelhardt and Dahr Jamail: Tracing the Trail of Torture
Salon catalogs all 279 pix and 19 videos from Abu Ghraib
The CIA Paramilitary are not considered as ‘part of the armed forces,’ are therefore exempt from the Geneva conventions,” i.e. not governed by the laws of war. “The Special Activities Staff (SAS) is one of the least known covert units operating on behalf of the US Government.”
EU Investigation Accuses CIA of 1,000 Illegal Flights
The plan is the culmination and codification of an ad hoc array of progams and powers that Bush has doled out to Rumsfeld over the years, that turned the world into a "global free-fire zone" for the Pentagon's secret armies and proxy foreign militias, as a top Pentagon official told The New Yorker. "We're going to be riding with the bad boys.
SENIOR US officials silently condoned harsher methods at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison and one general urged guards to use dogs to the "maximum extent possible"
A human rights group claims that US forces held 60 children in the Guantanamo Bay camp for suspected terrorist activities 
Security firm cleared by US army after leaked video of war crimes
 

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