Irish Anti War Movement

Free my dad from Guantanamo, 12-year-old asks Brown

By Robert Verkaik
Monday, 11 January 2010

Afghanistan - the graveyard of US power?

Afghanistan - the graveyard of  US power?
By Marnie Holborow

Afghanistan toll
· There have been major losses of civilian lives since the invasion in 2001 – possibly  as many as 7,500. A UN mission recorded  1,013 in the first six months of 2009 alone which was a 24% increase on the same period the year before.
· Tens of thousands of Afghan civilians are also thought to have been killed indirectly as a consequence of displacement, starvation, disease, exposure, lack of medical treatment and crime and lawlessness resulting from the war.
· There have been 1,151 deaths of coalition troops in Afghanistan since 2001. 942 US soldiers have been killed, 242 British, 134 Candadian, 30 Danish, 36 French and 34 German. Irish soliders serving with the British troops have also been killed.  
· Seven members of the Irish Defence Forces are currently deployed in Kabul as part of the International Security Assisitance (ISAF) which is a back up force to the NATO led invasion. Ireland is also contributing to the deadly technology employed in Afghanistan with a Dublin  company, Acra Control Ltd, supplying material for the US drones which have killed  civilians in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Amnesty: Irish Government failing on renditions/ 8 years of Guantánamo

Marking the eighth anniversary of the opening of Guantánamo Bay detention centre Amnesty International Ireland has criticised the Government’s lack of progress in carrying out a promised review of the law on searching suspected renditions flights. However the organisation welcomed again the decision last September to accept two former Guantánamo detainees.

Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland said: “In November 2008 the Government announced it was setting up a Cabinet committee to review the law and ensure Gardaí had the power to board and search suspected rendition flights. At the time the Government said this was an indication that it was, “taking human rights seriously”.
“Over a year later however there is still no sign of this review and the committee has only met twice. Last month activists at Shannon announced that five planes previously connected to renditions flights had used Shannon Airport since March 2009, some of them on multiple occasions. There is a widespread belief that President Obama ended the practice of renditions. This is not the case. The CIA is still permitted to carry out rendition operations.

Lebanon Daily Star "At eight, Guantanamo allows little hope"

By Andy Worthington

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


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One year ago, as President George W. Bush prepared to leave office, there were high hopes that Barack Obama would move swiftly to undo his administration’s ruinous legacy of torture, “extraordinary rendition” and indefinite detention without charge or trial. The most potent icon of the Bush administration’s overreaction to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, was the “war on terror” prison in the US naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, which opened on January 11, 2002. 


GUANTANAMO aged 8 years 11th January 2010- updated prisoner list

The following article is from:- 
by Andy Worthington - 2010-01-04
Global Research, January 5, 2010

Back in March, I published a four-part list identifying all 779 prisoners held at Guantánamo since the prison opened on January 11, 2002, as “the culmination of a three-year project to record the stories of all the prisoners held at the US prison in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.” Now updated (as my ongoing project nears its four-year mark), the four parts of the list are available here: Part One, Part Two, Part Three and Part Four.

As I explained at the time, the first fruit of my research was my book
The Guantánamo Files
in which, based on an exhaustive analysis of 8,000 pages of documents released by the Pentagon (plus other sources), I related the story of Guantánamo, established a chronology explaining where and when the prisoners were seized, told the stories of around 450 of these men (and boys), and provided a context for the circumstances in which the remainder of the prisoners were captured.

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