Prisoners Tortured to Death - Terrorist threat “exploited to curb civil liberties”

By Stephen C. Webster

The American Civil Liberties Union has released previously classified excerpts of a government report on harsh interrogation techniques used in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. These previously unreported pages detail repeated use of "abusive" behavior, even to the point of prisoner deaths.

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New Torture Memos Outline Black Sites, Ghost Prisoners

Three human rights groups released more than a thousand pages of Department of Defense and CIA documents Thursday that outline how closely the two agencies worked in rendering terrorism suspects to black sites, keeping detainees' identities secret, and tempering bad publicity for inmate treatment at Guántanamo Bay.

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Revealed: Pentagon's secret prisons, legal loopholes and CIA 'ghost' detainees

Three major human rights organizations have declared the Department of Defense was running secret prisons at Bagram and in Iraq, actively sought ways around the terms of the Geneva conventions and cooperated with the CIA's "ghost detention" program which saw prisoners hidden from Red Cross oversight.

//tinyurl.com/aeayct



Defence Role in CIA's Secret Jails

By The Age

THREE human rights groups have obtained documents that confirm US Department of Defence involvement in the CIA's "ghost" detention program, and the existence of secret prisons at Bagram air base in Afghanistan and in Iraq.

//informationclearinghouse.info/article21989.htm



US: Lawsuit Sheds More Light on Terror War Abuses

Three human rights groups have released documents that they say reveal close cooperation between the U.S. Defence Department and the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in rendering terrorism suspects to secret prisons, creating 'ghost prisoners' by concealing their identities from the Red Cross, and delaying their release to counter negative publicity about their treatment at Guántanamo Bay.

//ipsnews.net/wap/news.asp?idnews=45778



Briton to sue for MI5 torture claim

A British man who was detained in Bangladesh has threatened legal action against the UK government, saying its security services were complicit in his torture.

//english.aljazeera.net/news/europe/2009/05/20095279342633925.html


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Terrorist threat “exploited to curb civil liberties”

Independent [UK]

02/17/09

Dame Stella Rimington, the former head of MI5, has accused the Government of exploiting public fear of terrorism to restrict civil liberties. Her comments came on the same day as a report published by international jurists suggested that Britain and America have led other countries in ‘actively undermining’ the rule of law and ‘threatening civil liberties’ in the guise of fighting terrorism. In an interview with the Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia, Dame Stella said that a series of increasingly draconian policies have led British citizens to ‘live in fear and under a police state.’ The 73-year-old said: ‘Since I have retired I feel more at liberty to be against certain decisions of the Government, especially the attempt to pass laws which interfere with people’s privacy. It would be better that the Government recognised that there are risks, rather than frightening people in order to be able to pass laws which restrict civil liberties, precisely one of the objects of terrorism: that we live in fear and under a police state’...

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