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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.

US AMBASSADOR TO FACE PEACE PROTEST IN GALWAY

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

US AMBASSADOR TO FACE PEACE PROTEST IN GALWAY

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.

The Road to Torture - It's All-American

The Road to Torture - It's All-American By Philip Giraldi

Guantanamo force-feeding is illegal, says UN body

Guantanamo force-feeding is illegal, says UN body: Reprieve comment

A United Nations panel has said that the force-feeding of hunger-striking detainees at Guantanamo Bay is a violation of the UN Convention Against Torture.

The report, released today by the UN Committee Against Torture, said that the practise "constitutes ill-treatment", and called on the US to halt it. The Committee also noted that "detainees’ lawyers have argued in court that force feedings are allegedly administered in an unnecessarily brutal and painful manner" - an apparent reference to US litigation brought by international human rights NGO Reprieve on behalf of cleared Syrian detainee Abu Wa'el Dhiab.

As part of those legal proceedings, the Obama Administration has until Tuesday (December 2) to appeal a recent court order to release over ten hours of classified footage showing the force-feeding of Mr Dhiab.

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