ISIS torture based on Guantanamo torture


This video from the USA is called STILL Think Waterboarding Isn’t Torture? Try it Bush.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

“James Foley waterboarded by ISIS

Update: Thursday 28 Aug 2014, 23:29

ISIS fighters in Syria have tortured at least four prisoners by waterboarding, The Washington Post reports. One of the victims was the American journalist James Foley, who was later beheaded.

In waterboarding someone gets a cloth over one’s face, then water is thrown over it. This leads to a feeling of drowning. The United States used the method often in Guantánamo Bay, until President Obama banned it.

ISIS has copied more Guantánamo techniques. Eg, ISIS prisoners also wear orange overalls and they are sometimes subjected to mock executions.

What to Do About ISIS: here.

Pentagon Confirms ISIS Leader Was Held by U.S. at Abu Ghraib in 2004: here.

Bush-Gadaffi joint venture torturing


This video from the USA is called ACLU Challenges Jeppesen Dataplan and CIA Rendition.

From Human Rights Watch in the USA:

Libya: U.S. – Torture and Rendition to Gaddafi’s Country – New Accounts of Waterboarding, Other Water Torture, Abuses in Secret Prisons

Press release

Washington — The United States government during the Bush administration tortured opponents of Muammar Gaddafi, then transferred them to mistreatment in Libya, according to accounts by former detainees and recently uncovered CIA and UK Secret Service documents, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. One former detainee alleged he was waterboarded and another described a similar form of water torture, contradicting claims by Bush administration officials that only three men in US custody had been waterboarded.

The 154-page report, “Delivered into Enemy Hands: US-Led Abuse and Rendition of Opponents to Gaddafi’s Libya,” is based on interviews conducted in Libya with 14 former detainees, most of whom belonged to an armed Islamist group that had worked to overthrow Gaddafi for 20 years. Many members of the group, the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), joined the NATO-backed anti-Gaddafi rebels in the 2011 conflict. Some of those who were rendered and allegedly tortured in US custody now hold key leadership and political positions in the country.

“Not only did the US deliver Gaddafi his enemies on a silver platter but it seems the CIA tortured many of them first,” said Laura Pitter, counterterrorism advisor at Human Rights Watch and author of the report. “The scope of Bush administration abuse appears far broader than previously acknowledged and underscores the importance of opening up a full-scale inquiry into what happened.”

The report is also based on documents – some of which are being made public for the first time – that Human Rights Watch found abandoned, on September 3, 2011, in the offices of former Libyan intelligence chief Musa Kusa after Tripoli fell to rebel forces.

The interviews and documents establish that, following the September 11, 2001 attacks, the US, with aid from the United Kingdom (UK) and countries in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, arrested and held without charge a number of LIFG members living outside Libya, and eventually rendered them to the Libyan government.

The report also describes serious abuses that five of the former LIFG members said they experienced at two US-run detention facilities in Afghanistan, most likely operated by the CIA. They include new allegations of waterboarding and other water torture. The details are consistent with the few other first-hand accounts about the same US-run facilities.

Other abuses reported by these former detainees include being chained to walls naked -sometimes while diapered – in pitch black, windowless cells, for weeks or months; restrained in painful stress positions for long periods, forced into cramped spaces; beaten and slammed into walls; kept indoors for nearly five months without the ability to bathe; and denied sleep by continuous, very loud Western music.

“I spent three months getting interrogated heavily during the first period and they gave me a different type of torture every day. Sometimes they used water, sometimes not…. Sometimes they stripped me naked and sometimes they left me clothed,” said Khalid al-Sharif, who asserted he was held for two years in two different US-run detention centers believed to be operated by the CIA in Afghanistan. Al-Sharif is now head of the Libyan National Guard. One of his responsibilities is providing security for facilities holding Libya’s high-value detainees.

The Libyan detainee accounts in the Human Rights Watch report had previously gone largely undocumented because most of those returned to Libya were locked up in Libyan prisons until last year, when Libya’s civil unrest led to their release. And the US government has been unwilling to make public the details about its secret CIA detention facilities. The accounts of former detainees, the CIA documents found in Libya, and some declassified US government memos have shed new light on US detention practices under the Bush administration but also highlighted the vast amount of information that still remains secret.

Despite overwhelming evidence of numerous and systematic abuses of detainees in US custody since the September 11 attacks, the US has yet to hold a single senior official accountable. Only a few low-ranking enlisted military personnel have been punished.

See also here.

The 156-page report produced by Human Rights Watch (HW) is based upon interviews with 14 Libyans subjected to “extraordinary rendition” and torture by the CIA and then forcibly returned to Libya, where they were imprisoned and in some cases tortured again by the government of Col. Muammar Gaddafi. Substantiating their testimony are classified documents—communications between the CIA and Libyan intelligence—found in the abandoned offices of former Libyan intelligence chief Musa Kusa after Tripoli fell to NATO-backed rebels in September 2011: here.

The European Parliament today strongly condemned the role of Britain and other EU states in the CIA torture and rendition programme: here.

British waterboarding torture scandal


From the New Statesman in Britain:

Police accused of “waterboarding” suspects

Published 10 June 2009

Six Metropolitan Police officers suspended after allegedly torturing suspects in a drugs raid

Six Metropolitan Police officers have been accused of using “waterboarding”-the controversial torture technique-against four suspects in a drugs raid in north London last November.

The officers concerned have all been suspended and an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission(IPPC) has been launched.

Police were said to have repeatedly pushed the heads of four suspects into buckets of water in an attempt to obtain information on the hidden drugs.

The technique, euphemistically described by the CIA as “enhanced interrogation”, has been widely used on Guantanamo Bay detainees but was outlawed in January by President Obama.

Through forced suffocation and inhalation of water, the practice can lead to permanent mental and physical damage or, if uninterrupted, death.

The torture allegations emerged from a corruption investigation into Enfield police accused of fabricating evidence and stealing suspects’ property.

It would be far too easy to blame just those few police individuals as “rotten apples”. The George W. Bush administration in the USA, the big brothers of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown in Britain, made waterboarding and other torture crimes government policy. The scandal now in London should be seen in this context.

The claims come as Scotland Yard continues to investigate allegations that MI5 colluded with US agents in the torture of former Guanatanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed.

See also here.

David Miliband says policy at heart of MI5 torture collusion row will not be made public: here.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is investigating two cases involving the way Metropolitan Police Officers have dealt with reports of rape: here.

CCTV shows police aggression against man who died of heart failure in police station: here.

The [British] government has told a Palestinian man he was free to return home, having kept him detained in Britain for eight years as a terror suspect without ever laying charges: here.

Britain: A senior police officer tonight said his force was concerned by complaints that children were injured by CS spray during an arrest: here.

A central feature of the assault on democratic rights in Britain, carried out by the Labour government in the name of the “war on terror,” is its effort to criminalise political activity: here.

Keith Ewing’s latest offering is an insightful analysis of the continuing erosion of civil liberties under the new Labour project: here.

While the Obama administration continues its efforts to suppress documentation of the Bush administration’s extensive torture regime, a number of Freedom of Information Act lawsuits threaten to bring more evidence of torture to light: here.

Canada’s Federal Court has ruled that the Canadian government has repeatedly violated Abousifian Abdelrazik’s constitutionally-guaranteed right to return to Canada and ordered the Canadian government to repatriate him within 30 days: here.

Waterboarding in the Netherlands: here.

Video about US Bush’s administration’s torture policy


This is a video about the United States Bush’s administration’s torture policy; especially about waterboarding.