Welcomed release of Shaker Aamer from Guantanamo


Reprieve welcomes release of Shaker Aamer from Guantanamo 

Commenting, Clive Stafford Smith, Shaker Aamer's lawyer, said:

"This is great news, albeit about 13 years too late. But they only just gave notice to congress, so that means that without robust intervention Shaker and his family have to wait until October 25th at the earliest for their reunion. The UK must demand of President Obama that he should be on a plane tomorrow, so that Shaker’s family do not have to endure more of the agony of waiting, uncertain every time a phone rings.

British politicians may bombasticate about our 'robust and effective systems to deal with suspected terrorists’ but Shaker is not and never has been a terrorist, and has been cleared by the Americans themselves for 8 years. I hope the authorities will understand that he has been tortured and abused for more than a decade, and what he wants most is to be left alone with his family to start rebuilding his life."

1. For further information, please contact Reprieve's press office: + 44 (0) 207 553 8161 or in the USA 00 (1) 917 855 8064 

The Coming War With Russia

The Coming War With Russia

By David Pugliese

September 02, 2015  - "Ottawa Citizen " -  A couple of months before he retired in July, the head of Canada’s air force provided a blunt assessment of what might emerge from the current military mission to Ukraine.

“We pray that our ongoing NATO mission isn’t accompanied by the escalation of deadly force and the shedding of blood,” Lt.-Gen. Yvan Blondin wrote in the magazine RCAF Today. “We have everything to lose and nothing to gain through a show-down with our former Eastern Bloc foes.”

It was an unusual and candid observation from a veteran Canadian officer about the increased tensions and worsening situation in Ukraine. But Blondin’s warning also reflects an increasing concern among some in the United States and Europe about the possibility that the standoff in eastern Europe between Russia and the West could somehow end in war.

Political and military analysts don’t believe that either side would deliberately start such a war. But with large numbers of military forces operating in such close proximity, anything could happen, they warn.

Bloodshed could be spurred by something as simple as miscommunication between military units, for instance.

Judge orders US Government to prepare Guantánamo force-feeding tapes for public release

Judge orders US government to prepare Guantánamo force-feeding tapes for public release

A federal judge today ordered the Obama Administration to prepare secret videotapes of a Guantanamo detainee's treatment for release to the public. 

In a ruling this afternoon in Washington DC, Judge Gladys Kessler ordered the US Government to complete all national security-related redactions to the first eight tapes - which show Abu Wa'el Dhiab being forcibly removed from his cell and tube-fed -- by August 31, and to complete other key redactions by September 30.

The tapes were first filed to court as classified evidence in a legal challenge to prison conditions at Guantanamo Bay, Dhiab v Obama. 16 press organizations, including Associated Press, the Washington Post and the New York Times, intervened seeking the videos' release to the public on First Amendment grounds. Judge Kessler ordered them to be released; the Obama Administration then appealed in what Judge Kessler called "as frivolous an appeal as I've seen.'

Reprieve attorney for Abu Wa-el  Dhiab Cori Crider said:

"This is a great win for the US press, and for the First Amendment. The Obama Administration has been kicking and screaming to avoid processing even one minute of this footage, and never wanted to have to give a specific reason for keeping it secret. That is because the real reason for trying to hide Mr Dhiab’s face is that what he suffered is a scandal and an embarrassment to the Administration that allowed it.

"The Government has been rightly chided by the judge and now will be made to give real reasons for every frame of this footage that they want to keep hidden from the public. 

US Continues Involvement Despite Concern Over Saudi War Crimes in Yemen

US Continues Involvement Despite Concern Over Saudi War Crimes in Yemen

US Trying to Keep a Low Profile as Facilitator of Saudi War

by Jason Ditz, July 06, 2015

As all of this attracts more attention to what the Saudis are doing, it will inevitably draw attention to the US military involvement in the war, something that’s been ongoing from the start, but not something the Obama Administration has been eager to talk about.

When the war began in March, the Pentagon was immediately providing in-air refueling for Saudi warplanes bombing Yemen. They’ve also provided surveillance flights over Yemen, helping to pick targets in a war which has disproportionately hit civilian populations.


27/04/2015 - 12:00
28/04/2015 - 00:00


The US Ambassador to Ireland, Kevin O’Malley, will be met by a peace protest in Galway tomorrow, Monday 27th April, at noon where he is due to address a Galway Chamber business lunch in the Meyrick Hotel. The protest is being organised by the local peace group the Galway Alliance Against War (GAAW).

In a press release GAAW’s spokesperson Niall Farrell stated:

“We are holding this peace event in solidarity with the millions of people whose lives have been lost or devastated due to the warmongering policies of Washington over the past 14 years.

“Recent research has shown that 1.3 million have been killed in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan due to Washington’s “war on terror”. And the present refugee crisis that has seen civilians perish in the Mediterranean stems directly from US militarism in Libya and the Middle East.

“Our peace event is also in solidarity with TDs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace, who ultimately face a prison sentence, because they dared to oppose Ireland’s support for this slaughter via Shannon airport. Deputies Daly and Wallace have committed no crime.  War is the crime and US Ambassador O’Malley is the political representative in Ireland of those war criminals. The ambassador should not be feted, he should be ostracised.” 

Forgiving Al-Qaeda in Pursuit of a New Enemy

Forgiving Al-Qaeda in Pursuit of a New Enemy

By Jim Naureckas
March 20, 2015 "ICH" - "Fair" -
The New York Times had a story (3/14/15) about CIA money ending up in the hands of Al-Qaeda, an incident the paper described as

just another in a long list of examples of how the United States, largely because of poor oversight and loose financial controls, has sometimes inadvertently financed the very militants it is fighting.

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