Archive for the 'torture' Category

Mark Warner is an empty suit

Read about Mark Warner’s truly pathetic performance at Brennan’s confirmation hearing.

Globalizing Torture

CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition

More than 10 years after the 2001 attacks, Globalizing Torture makes it unequivocally clear that the time has come for the United States and its partners to definitively repudiate these illegal practices and secure accountability for the associated human rights abuses.

Today in misogyny

Fatwa demands isolation and 101 lashings for 16 year old rape victim

There are times to be eloquent, level headed, and respectful in our discussion of other cultures and religions. This is not one of those times. What the flying fuck?

Rape victim receives 101 lashes for becoming pregnant

A 16-year-old girl who was raped in Bangladesh has been given 101 lashes for conceiving during the assault. The girl’s father was also fined and warned the family would be branded outcasts from their village if he did not pay.

According to human rights activists, the girl, who was quickly married after the attack, was divorced weeks later after medical tests revealed she was pregnant. The girl was raped by a 20-year-old villager in Brahmanbaria district in April last year.

Bangladesh’s Daily Star newspaper reported that she was so ashamed following the attack that she did not lodge a complaint. Her rape emerged after her pregnancy test and Muslim elders in the village issued a fatwa insisting that the girl be kept in isolation until her family agreed to corporal punishment.Her rapist was pardoned by the elders. She told the newspaper the rapist had “spoiled” her life.

“I want justice,” she said.

If you wish to make a brief, courteous comment on this to the Embassy of Bangladesh, you can do so here.


A documentary and informational website about the controversial role of health care professionals in national security intelligence.

Doctors have contributed to the torture and abuse of detainees through their collaboration with interrogators at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib and CIA black sites. Doctors and Detainees, currently in production, will tell the inside story of this scandal and how “interrogation doctors” are at the forefront of disturbing new roles for psychologists, psychiatrists and physicians in national security intelligence.

The use of the airwaves to advocate a war crime is itself a war crime

NPR Check

I have to hand it to NPR’s ombudsman, Alicia Shepard, when she posts on her blog, she really knows how to put ugly out there. This was manifest in her June21, 2009 defense of not calling torture torture and her similarly enhanced defense of the same on June 30, 2009. If you’ve not read Glenn Greenwald’s critique of Shepard on this matter, it is well worth the read.

Maybe if everytime someone advocated war crimes over the air waves we filed a formal complaint with the FCC it would have an impact.

Obama reasserts authority to detain without charges

indefinite detention. I am so glad I did not campaign for this toad.

What Jane Hamsher said

NPR and Torture: Time to Revisit Publicly Funded Media

If you’re as sick of the pro-corporatist slant on NPR as I am, donate to a blogger – any blogger

Support a Truth & Reconciliation Commission

Senator Patrick Leahy

I have proposed the idea of a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate abuses during the Bush-Cheney Administration — so they never happen again.  These abuses may include the use of torture, warrantless wiretapping, extraordinary rendition, and executive override of laws.

Please sign this online petition, urging Congress to consider establishing a truth and reconciliation commission to investigate the Bush-Cheney Administration’s abuses.

Torturers still in power


Elena Kagan, Dean of Harvard Law School and nominee for Solicitor General, announced that she believes that the government has the authority to detain indefinitely terrorism suspects because the country is “at war” with Al Qaeda.

This is why we need war crimes trials, to show moral bankrupts like Elena Kagan that torture is wrong.

Obama kool aide

It is just sad when someone will excuse anything, up to and including torture. Sad. Just plain sad.