Tag Archives: Torture

CIA torture and the U.S. President

clive-2The declared intention of the CIA comes under the protocol of protecting the American homeland, but how? One is morally alarmed when one reads that American troops have, according to an article by Mia De Graaf for Mail on line & Associated Press (8 December 2014) that we could be facing a sharp rise in terrorism and associated violence because of American CIA torture tactics, which many reports and acres of research record that such abhorrent tactics do not generally work, besides being illegal according to international law. It is immoral and unethical.

Clive Hambidge Global News Centre

(LONDON) America is so alarmed by the CIA technique writes Graaf that. “Troops have been deployed at American posts across the world ahead of the release of a report into CIA torture tactics “ This still to be de-classified 6,000 page long report will inform the world about how Al Qaeda suspects are held in covert locations “across Europe and Asia.” And there violated in the most abhorrent manner.

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.

d animals for sport.  

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.

Before saying “Thank you for your service” to the next US combat vet, make sure you are not thanking one of these guys

Photo from: http://www.commondreams.org/author/tom-engelhardt

Photo from: http://www.commondreams.org/author/tom-engelhardt

Things aren’t always how they seem.  Many US combat veterans are sadistic murderers without question.

By Gary G. Kohls, MD

(DULUTH)  And also try to not thank any of the Viet Nam veterans that testified in 1971 at the Viet Nam Veterans Against the War’s Winter Soldier Investigation in Detroit, Michigan (which the pro-war mainstream media blacked-balled). You will probably get an earful (unless the “thankee” happens to be Secretary of State John Kerry).

The notorious ‘white van’ surfaces on the eve of Sri Lanka’s elections

white_van“White vanning” is a historic practice of the Sri Lanka government.  Political opponents disappear after white vans are seen, the same vans often are used to deposit decapitated bodies generally near the homes of the victims.

Global News Centre

(COLOMBO The Citizen)  The nascent rejuvenation of institutions since the change of government was demonstrated in an unexpected manner with the apprehension of a white van.

These vehicles have obtained a notoriety that peaked during the last years of the war with the LTTE. The circumstances under which this particular white van came to light had all the classic features that made the white van an object of fear and intimidation during the previous decade. It had false number plates. It had army personnel in it. It was being driven in a manner that caused the policemen on duty to decide to stop it, and the occupants had behaved in a sufficiently suspicious manner to prompt the police to thereafter search the vehicle. This led them to find a pistol that belonged to none of the occupants of the van.

The latest on closing Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp

mail.google.comOpponents of normalization argue that Cuba has a repressive regime with a poor human rights record.

Ralph E. Stone Global News Centre

(SAN FRANCISCO)  On July 20, 2015, the U.S. and Cuba reopened embassies in each other’s countries that had been closed since 1961.  As the freeze between the two countries thaws, I would expect the the commercial, economic, and financial embargo imposed by the U.S. on Cuba since 1960 will be ended in due time.  However, normalization of relations between the U.S. and Cuba will not be complete until the Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp is closed and Guantánamo is returned to Cuba.

President Obama: support African Civil Society during upcoming visit to Sub-Saharan Africa

obama_nIn April 2014, six Ethiopian bloggers and three journalists associated with the Zone 9 blogging collective were accused of “creating serious risk to the safety or health of the public” and arrested under the country’s vague anti-terrorism law.

William Nicholas Gomes, Global News Centre Human Rights Ambassador

(LONDON) Ethiopia and Kenya face grave and worsening human rights challenges.  In this letter to US President Barack Obama, Wiliam Gomes asks the US political leader to keep these issues at the forefront of your discussions. The longstanding crackdown on human rights groups and journalists in Ethiopia and the use of so-called “anti-terror” laws to stifle the legitimate work of civil society actors in both Kenya and Ethiopia underscore their overall failure to adhere to democratic principles and international human rights standards.

Quotes by Global News Centre Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes

William Nicholas Gomes

William Nicholas Gomes

William Nicholas Gomes has worked closely with Global News Centre founder Tim King for many years, reporting Human Rights abuse around the world and seeking answers.

Global News Centre

(SALEM) William Nicholas Gomes was raised in Bangladesh, a nation that rejects its own so-called values with respect to freedom of speech and human rights. Our Human Rights Ambassador, William Nicholas Gomes, has worked tirelessly over the years writing articles and petitions to ease the suffering of human beings.

“Islamic Sharia should be enforced for peace in Pakistan” - Protestant Bishop of Lahore




The statement of the Lahore Bishop has endorsed the demand of TTP and Extremists clerics who also seek to enforce the Islamic Sharia.

Global News Centre

(LAHORE)  National Peace Conference held on Monday, 19 January in which Bishop of Lahore Rt. Rev. Irfan Jamil stated that we should have to enforce Islamic Sharia for the establishment of peace in Pakistan.

The statement is published in daily Urdu Jang News Paper.

Normalization of US-Cuba relations begins

cuba-usThe current Cuban government considers the U.S. presence in Guantánamo to be illegal and the Cuban-American Treaty to have been procured by the threat of force in violation of international law.

Ralph E. Stone Global News Centre

(SAN FRANCISCO)  President Obama’s move to normalize relations with Cuba deserves applause. Normalization, however, will not be complete until the U.S. ends its economic embargo and returns Guantánamo Bay to Cuba.

Normalization, as announced by President Obama includes, among other things, establishing diplomatic relations with Cuba, expansion of travel to Cuba, raising remittance levels from $500 to $2,000, expanding commercial exports/sales from the U.S. to Cuba, allow U.S. citizens to import additional goods from Cuba, U.S. credit and debit cards will be permitted to be used by travelers to Cuba, initiating efforts to increase Cubans’ access to communications, and U.S. review of Cuba’s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism.

Senate Torture Report released but does the American public really care?

senate-torture-reportThe release of the Report should have reminded Americans that human torture is not only morally unacceptable – it is also a crime.

Ralph E. Stone Global News Centre

(SAN FRANCISCO)  I, for one, applaud the release of the Senate Torture Report and urge those responsible be held accountable. Kudos to Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif), Chairman of the Select Committee on Intelligence, for getting the executive summary released to the public.

The Report is available online. The print version is available for purchase at GPO’s retail and online bookstore.

On Torture: The American Malaise

Senate report on CIA torture ‘full of crap’, says Dick Cheney www.irishtimes.com

Senate report on CIA torture ‘full of crap’, says Dick Cheney www.irishtimes.com

“Torture” means an act committed by a person acting under the color of law specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering (other than pain or suffering incidental to lawful sanctions) upon another person within his custody or physical control …” (Wikipedia)

Clive Hambidge Global News Centre

Why CIA Interrogators Unlikely to Be Prosecuted For Torture – ABC News abcnews.go.com

Why CIA Interrogators Unlikely to Be Prosecuted For Torture – ABC News abcnews.go.com

(LONDON)  BBC London: “Former US President George W Bush was “fully informed” about CIA interrogation techniques condemned in a Senate report, his vice-president says. Speaking to Fox News Dick Cheney said Mr Bush “knew everything he needed to know” about the programme, and the report was, “full of crap”. Well he would, wouldn’t he! When combined to hubris there are no limits to  ‘known unknown knowns’.

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