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Guantanamo Bay USA torture camp marks 12 years today 11th January

Guantanamo Bay marks 12 years
 
Today, January 11th, marks 12 years since the first men were taken to the US prison at Guantanamo Bay. 155 men remain, 77 of whom have been cleared for release.
 
In 2009 President Obama pledged to close the prison yet he has so far failed to fulfill that promise. Of the 779 men known to have been held there to date, 624 have been released. More men have died in the prison than have been put on trial.
 
Shaker Aamer, a British resident who remains imprisoned without charge or trial, has been cleared for release under both the Bush and the Obama administrations. The UK government has said that it is British policy for him to be returned to his British wife and their four children in London. David Cameron has raised Mr Aamer’s case with President Obama, yet he remains imprisoned.

A government minister said last month in response to questions in Parliament, that: “The British Government continues to note reports regarding the hunger strike at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay. We maintain an active dialogue with the US Government regarding humanitarian issues at the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay and remain committed to assisting the US in its aim to close the facility.”
 
Shaker made the following statement to his lawyer about Guantanamo’s 12th anniversary:
 
“It will soon be 12 years that I have been in Guantánamo. I arrived on the day my youngest child Faris was born (February 14th, 2014). Even then, I had already spent some two months in US captivity, undergoing terrible mistreatment. Those are twelve years that are lost to me forever.
 

LINDSEY GERMAN ON WW1 CENTENARY

A Generation of US and UK War Veterans Are Being Silenced by Joe Glenton

A Generation of US and UK War Veterans Are Being Silenced

by Joe Glenton, photos: Merle Jothe

Chris Vassey (right)

After the Remembrance Day parade, I repaired to a central London boozer with fellow veterans to stew my brain in ale. Pinned to chests all around us were glinting banks of medals.  A statistically improbable number of airborne maroon and commando green berets were on display. Groups of veterans bunched together, slurring war stories.

The soldierly clique is cultural. While trained to be aggressive we are also taught to be quiet, keeping dark deeds and informed opinions “in-house”. If spoken aloud our stories would make us appear mad and for some, leaving the heroic fantasy intact allows one to continue living at the centre of it. To break that tribal silence carries risks.

War fans say we have fought for freedom and democracy. Given this consensus one might think veterans are as entitled as anybody to contribute to the political discourse, as serving senior officers regularly do. Not so.

Torture inquiry 'finds UK intelligence officers knew of mistreatment'

Torture inquiry 'finds UK intelligence officers knew of mistreatment'

Gibson report, published next week, reportedly calls for further investigation of how far British ministers were responsible
Guantanamo

Intelligence officers were aware detainees were being mistreated at US-run facilities in Afghanistan and Guantánamo Bay (pictured). Photograph: Virginie Montet/AFP/Getty

Book review. The uselessness and ineffectiveness of bombing in WW2. IT 091113.

The uselessness and ineffectiveness of bombing. And that's in WW2 - http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/books/wreaking-havoc-from-the-skies-over-europe-1.1585978

Yemeni drones victim to visit Washington DC for meetings with Congress and activists

Yemeni drones victim to visit Washington DC for meetings with Congress and activists
 
A Yemeni civilian who lost his nephew and brother in law – respectively a local policeman and an imam who preached against Al Qaeda – to a US drone strike in 2012 is to visit Washington DC for meetings with Congress and US human rights activists.
 
Faisal bin ali Jaber, who is represented by legal charity Reprieve, is visiting the US capital from Thursday 14 to Wednesday 20 November in order to meet members of Congress and their staff, and to address a drones conference organised by peace group Code Pink.
 
Mr Jaber’s relatives were killed in a covert drone strike on Hadhramout in August 2012.  His brother in law, Salim bin Ali Jaber, was a preacher who, just days before his death, had used his sermon at Friday prayers to criticise Al Qaeda for targeting non-Muslim civilians, saying:  “I challenge al-Qaida to show me one piece of evidence in Islam that says killing is justified.”
 
The same strike – which may have been aimed at three strangers who had visited the village demanding to speak to Salim following his sermon – also killed Waleed bin ali Jaber, a local police officer who was with Salim at the time.
 
Mr Jaber, who will be accompanied by Reprieve Strategic Director Cori Crider, hopes to raise awareness of the impact of the drone programme on civilians, and the counter-productive nature of the campaign.

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