US Bush administration directed torture

This video from the USA is called Olbermann-Dean on Bush Torture.

By Joe Kay:

Top Bush aides directed torture from the White House

12 April 2008

Senior Bush administration officials, including Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, participated in White House meetings to discuss and approve specific methods of torture of detainees in the custody of US security forces, according to media reports.

These reports are a further confirmation that those at the highest levels of the US government bear direct responsibility for war crimes committed over the past several years under the cover of Washington’s “global war on terror.”

Citing unnamed sources, ABC News reported on Wednesday that the National Security Council’s Principals Committee met in 2002 and 2003 to review the interrogation of several alleged Al Qaeda members held by the CIA.

ABC reported, “The high-level discussions about these ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ were so detailed, these sources said, some of these interrogation sessions were almost choreographed—down to the number of times CIA agents could use a specific tactic.” Among the “enhanced interrogation techniques”—a euphemism for torture—was waterboarding, a notorious method that involves the near drowning of the prisoner.

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  1. RP urged to ratify UN accords against torture, disappearances
    ABS-CBN News Online, 12 April 2008

    ABS-CBN Europe News Bureau

    GENEVA- International pressure is still hounding the Arroyo government.

    Some countries belonging to the 48-member United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) want the Philippines to approve two international treaties aimed at further addressing extra-judicial killings and summary executions.

    This was part of the Universal Periodic Review or UPR deliberation concerning the human rights record of the Arroyo government in Geneva Friday (Saturday in Manila).

    Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said it was a productive exercise as he led a 25-member Philippine panel in defending the human rights record of the Philippine government before the UNHRC member-states in Geneva, Switzerland.

    Ermita, who is also chairman of the Presidentiall Human Rights Committee, said it’s just a matter of time before the Philippines approves the Optional Protocol on the Convention Against Torture, and the Treaty on the Protection of Enforced Disappearances.

    “The next step would be just to get the actual approval by the President and then we will send it to the Senate for ratification, and then we will forward this to the United Nations,” Ermita said.

    In his presentation at the UNHRC, Ermita proudly reported an 83 per cent drop in the number of political killings in 2007.

    This, he said, could be attributed to certain institutional changes in the rules of court giving extra protection for witnesses and victims, and introducing bills further imposing harsher penalties against abusive men in uniform.

    No convictions yet
    Listening to Ermita were around 20 members of NGOs and militant organizations wearing a white pin with the message, “Stop the killings”.

    They also picketed outside the main entrance building of the UN headquarters despite the heavy downpour.

    They claimed there are 902 cases of extra-judicial killings and 180 enforced disappearances since Arroyo came to power in 2001.

    Bayan Muna Rep. Teddy Casino was one of those who spoke during the rally.

    While Casino admitted there was a drop in cases of political killings last year, there was never a conviction involving men in uniform.

    “Medyo bumaba ‘yong number of killings kasi sa totoo lang, may killings pa rin. Pero ang nakakatakot diyan, dahil walang nahuhuli, walang napaparusahan, we can expect that at sometime pwede na naman itong tumaas… And a number of countries raised that issue – this issue ng impunity and delivering justice,” Casino said.

    In the almost three-hour deliberation, more than 10 countries expressed concern over the status of political killings in the country, and they want more concrete steps to address the issue.

    In response, Ermita said: “Number one, we will consider this. Number two, when we report to the President, I will even suggest that we have a special Cabinet meeting on this so that everybody will know the significance that the world body such as the United Nations is giving to the issues on human rights. And number three, so that we can better prepare for June because in June, there will be a bigger meeting, which will include non-government organizations and other civil society groups,” Ermita said.

    June is expected to be a bigger UPR deliberation for the Philippines as NGOs and civil society society groups will get to take part.


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