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Letter to Jeb Bush: torture is never justifiable

Remember what went on at Abu Ghraib, at the Guantánamo Bay detention camp and our extraordinary rendition program (secret abductions and transfers of prisoners to other countries where torture was used)?

Republican candidate for president, Jeb Bush. Photo via Wikipedia  by Michael Vadon.

Republican candidate for president, Jeb Bush. Photo via Wikipedia
by Michael Vadon.

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Ralph E. Stone Global News Centre

(SAN FRANCISCO)   Mr. Bush — or Jeb if you don’t mind — I was greatly disturbed to hear that if you became president you won’t rule out the resumption of the use of torture arguing that brutal questioning methods might be justifiable and necessary in some circumstances.  Jeb, torture is never justifiable.

President Obama banned CIA torture by executive order in January 2009.  I urge you to reconsider your statement concerning torture and agree to leave President Obama’s executive order in place.  I don’t want a president who would use torture.

Neonconservatives—who promoted war with Iraq—are now promoting war with Iran



There has been much panic about Iran which seems in retrospect to have been mostly emotional hyperbole.

Allan Brownfeld Global News Centre

(WASHINGTON DC)   The  same neo-conservatives who successfully pushed the nation to war with Iraq, a country which never attacked us and which never possessed the “weapons of mass destruction” which the Bush administration promoted as a basis for war, are now back promoting war with Iran, a country more than three times the size of Iraq. The war in Iraq did not go well, defying the neoconservatives’ prediction that U.S. troops would be welcomed with open arms. This war had a series of unintended consequences, as wars always do.  One is the rise of ISIS.

Brian David Robinson, E4 Army 82nd Airborne, served his country in Iraq and Afghanistan - Hero

Brian David Robinson

Brian David Robinson

Marianne Skolek Global News Centre

(MYRTLE BEACH) This article is dedicated to the family of Brian David Robinson from Caro, Michigan who served his country and lost his life — not in Iraq or Afghanistan — but in the U.S. after numerous hospitalizations at Veterans Administration hospitals being treated for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and addiction.  Here is Brian’s story similar to tens of thousands of other veterans stories who have lost their lives after medical treatment at veterans hospitals with prescription opioids handed out like candy.

A Nation without a Conscience


Joseph Clifford Global News Centre

We are a nation without a conscience, and that friends, is a frightening thing. Far more frightening than any terrorist group could ever be to this nation. Recently I discussed with a friend, the folly of our 23 year war on Iraq. I cited the example of the US imposing the most brutal sanctions in the history of the world on an innocent people. Nothing was allowed into their country, and as the sanctions took their deadly toll the rest of the world pleaded with us to remove them, but to no avail.

Children and the elderly were the hardest hit by the sanctions, as the sick and the infirmed always suffer most in cases like this. In a 1996 famous interview on 60 Minutes, Lesley Stahl asked then Secretary of State Madeline Albright a powerful question. “We have heard that half a million children have died. I mean, that’s more children than died in Hiroshima. And, you know, is the price worth it?” Without blinking Ms. Albright answered, “Yes we think it is worth it.”

ISIS and Islam: The Ugly Truth

beheading-1-3“ISIS fundamentalist militants who are casting terror into the heart of the civilized world are but a copycat of the mujahideen of early Islam. Whether we like it or not this is the ugly truth”

Dr. Ashraf Ezzat Global News Centre

(ALEXANDRIA) The world has not seen such brutality and savagery in modern times. Horrible Stories were told about the Celts, the Aztecs and the Mongols; nevertheless they always remained stories of the remote past.   But what the militants of the so called “Islamic State in Iraq and Syria – ISIS” are doing is something else, what they are perpetrating defy any literary power to try and put it into words.

Driven by what they see as divine command and wreaking havoc and devastation only thought possible in Hollywood productions the Islamic militant group ISIS has pushed the definition of terrorism to a new and scary limit.

Why do good people become silent about 9/11? (Part ONE of TWO)

new-york-911Why do Good People Become Silent About the Documentable Facts That Disprove the Official White House Conspiracy Theory About 9/11? – Part ONE

Gary G. Kohls, MD  Global News Centre Guest Columnist

(DULUTH) “It is my firm belief that 9/11 skeptics—and true skeptics of any paradigm-shifting and taboo subject—who publicly expose lies and naked emperors are heroes who have come out of waiting, for we have suffered the ridicule and wrath of those emperors, their minions, and the just plain frightened.

US, like ISIL, unique in its brutality: Anna O’Leary

oleary-obama“He also accuses terrorists of enslaving (people) and raping them. Well we have cases where American soldiers have raped in some of these countries,” -Anna O’Leary

Global News Centre

(DUBLIN/TEHRAN) “He says that these terrorists that he is fighting now are unique in their brutality,” Anna O’Leary said in a phone interview with Press TV on Thursday. “What I say to Obama is America is unique in its brutality around the world.”

O’Leary likened ISIL kidnappings to the CIA’s rendition program in which terrorism suspects are secretly rounded up and transferred to secret prisons to be interrogated and tortured.

America’s problems, be a part of the solution

american-flag-2a2Without an income it’s almost impossible to relax and enjoy any day.  On Labor Day or any day, count your blessings if life is going well for you.

Glenn Mollette Global News Centre

(NEWBURGH, Indiana) While ISIS horrifically beheaded Steven Sotloff and James Foley, some Americans were being inconvenienced on airplanes. Most of us are spoiled and when we stop and think for a minute our inconveniences are small in comparison to so much else in the world.

Helping one people with “Humanitarian Bombing”, while helping kill another with bombs.

Yes for one but not the other

Not only did the President not bomb Israel in an attempt to break the siege of Gaza, when Israel was running out of bombs the US quickly agreed to re-arm the IDF with the necessary weapons to continue the killing, which makes the US an accomplis to murder and subject to “war crimes” at some point.

Joseph Clifford  Global News Centre

(JAMESTOWN, RI)  We are going to “break the siege of those who are starving”, said Mr. Obama of a group of people on a mountainside in Iraq who are denied the necessities of life. Mr. Obama has decided to break this siege of innocents by bombing those who are holding the innocents in effect prisoners, on the top of the mountain. The President took this action without consulting Congress, or as a matter of fact discussing it with anyone. Congress, being the usual lapdog, just rolled over and capitulated to the President, thus shirking their Constitutional duty to be the only one legally able to declare war.

Humanitarian Bombing will Insure Anarchy. Is that the intent?

"Helping Iraq Again"

Joseph Clifford Global News Centre

Gee whiz, I wonder what ever went wrong in Iraq? All those ungrateful crazy people running around killing in cruel horrible ways. What is wrong with them?? This is the common stupid narrative of US mainstream media. Well I’ll tell you what went wrong; we screwed that country up so bad it will never recover. What we?? The US government we! But how?? Great question.

What’s wrong with the breakup of Iraq?

Iraqi flag flying in a village near Ballad. Photo by Tim King Global News Centre

Iraqi flag flying in a village near Ballad. Photo by Tim King Global News Centre

President Obama is correct in not trying too hard to “fix” what is going on in Iraq and Syria.

Ralph E. Stone Global News Centre

(SAN FRANCISCO)  The unintended consequence of the U.S. Iraq war, the so-called Arab Spring, and the Syrian conflict is the collapse of the post-World War I partition of the Ottoman empire by the British and the French. Perhaps, we are now seeing the inevitable Balkanization of the middle east and maybe that is not such a bad thing.

Let’s look back.

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