Monday, February 10, 2014

FINALLY THE DRONES !!! And hopefully A LOT MORE to come about them !

First Look Media:

The // Intercept - LAUNCHED February 10, 2014

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/

Feb 10, 2014 - Article By and

The NSA’s Secret Role in the U.S. Assassination Program

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/article/2014/02/10/the-nsas-secret-role/

More:

Death by Metadata - Feb 10, 2014

 

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Monday, September 2, 2013

RAPE AS A POLICY OF STATE POWER

Colonialist powers and acts of a sexualized violence, such as rape by institutions, enacted through individuals :

The Case of Djamila Boupacha:

Torturers statements to Djamila before they "gave her pleasure" :
  "You won’t be raped, you might enjoy it"


Documentary: "Pour Djamila"  by Caroline Huppert

The documentary is about  Djamila's  account of the then "good technology" ( the technology that is so good that "it looks like magic" )

Trailer at   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X17BYuY1STA



More on rape as a State Policy:

" the intention is that of objectifying one human being, "treating them merely as things, or body-objects with no legitimate access to the future” (Marso, 2012).

See also:
Rape and Colonial State Power: Simone de Beauvoir and the Case of Djamila Boupacha
http://www.academia.edu/1774645/Rape_and_Colonial_State_Power_Simone_de_Beauvoir_and_the_Case_of_Djamila_Boupacha


PICASSO's Cover for the Book:


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Unsuitable "monarchs": Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake



(Billy's Elliot (the 2000 movie) ends with Billy finnally taking the stage to perform the lead in Matthew Bourne's Swan Lake).

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The Torture Doctors - PLoS Medicine journal Report by psychiatrist and retired Brig. Gen. Stephen Xenakis and Vincent Iacopino (Medical adviser)

Neglect of Medical Evidence of Torture in Guantánamo Bay: A Case Series

Citation: Iacopino V, Xenakis SN (2011) Neglect of Medical Evidence of Torture in Guantánamo Bay: A Case Series. PLoS Med 8(4): e1001027. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001027

Extract:
... " In reality, the implementation of EITs included “unauthorized” acts of torture, were inflicted over prolonged periods of time, and resulted in severe and prolonged physical and mental pain. The abuses reported in this case series could not be practiced without the interrogators and medical monitors being aware of the severe and prolonged physical and mental pain that they caused." ...

Full Report at:
http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1001027


More at:

Gitmo Doctors Hid Evidence of Torture - by Spencer Ackerman - April 26, 2011

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/04/gitmo-docs-torture/

TORTURE PROGRAM - US

No Wonder Congress Wants to Hide the Gitmo Detainees - The Atlantic, April 26, 2011 - by Andrew Cohen

Whatever else the latest Wikileaks dump says about our nation's inapt (and inept) handling of the terror-law detainees at Guantanamo Bay, the newly-revealed documents remind us again of the wide gulf between what Bush administration officials consistently told us about the prisoners and what was actually happening on the ground in Cuba.

President Bush called the men "the worst of the worst" when he knew they weren't. An attorney general of the United States, Alberto Gonzales, called the detainees "killers" when the clear and compelling evidence indicated otherwise. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld went even further. He called the men "among the most dangerous, best-trained, vicious killers on the face of the earth." That we've known about these and many other risible contradictions for at least the past five years makes them no more acceptable today.

We were told these lies so that we would support the political and ideological priorities of the men who told them. We were told these lies so that we would not sooner start asking good questions about the legal justification for the way the Gitmo prisoners were being treated. In the words of Andy Worthington of The Guardian, "it was important to dehumanise the men held at Guantanamo, to give life to the myth that the prison held 'the worst of the worst.'"

The truth about Gitmo is that it was always a messy concept in theory and an unwieldy proposition in practice. It was (and obviously continues to be) full of ambiguities and contradictions itself. That's what the new Gitmo revelations say to me. It all makes you wonder where we'd be today -- how much lighter the stain would be -- if our elected officials and their subordinates had simply leveled with the American people right from the start.

As part of its comprehensive coverage of the leaked documents, The New York Times offered up a great piece Monday from Scott Shane and Benjamin Weiser. They wrote:

Read the rest at:

No Wonder Congress Wants to Hide the Gitmo Detainees - The Atlantic

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Old news from the south come North: criminals for hire

"You Are an Idiot" - Familiar faces



Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"Preachers of the world", just a piece of the story

Why I called Bradley Manning's treatment 'stupid

by PJ Crowley - Guardian UK - March 29, 2011

Full piece at:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/mar/29/bradley-manning-wikileaks


"As a public diplomat and (until recently) spokesman of the departmente od state, I was responsible for explaining the national security policy of the United States to the American people and populations abroad. I am also a retired military officer who has long believed that our civilian power must balance our military power."....

"Based on 30 years of government experience, if you have to explain why a guy is standing naked in the middle of a jail cell, you have a policy in need of urgent review. The Pentagon was quick to point out that no women were present when he did so, which is completely beside the point. "

Monday, March 28, 2011

Andy Worthington and the connections: James Mitchel, Bruce James, CIA architects of the torture program, propaganda and more

The Dark Desires of Bruce Jessen, the Architect of Bush’s Torture Program, As Revealed by His Former Friend and Colleague

by Andy Worthington - March 28, 2010


"Jessen’s template for the “full exploitation” of prisoners, rather than just their interrogation, was designed to be used for propaganda purposes, “or other needs [of] the detaining power, such as the recruitment of informers and double agents.” As he added, “Those aspects of the US detainee program have not generally been discussed as part of the torture story in the American press.”

Full article at:


http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/2011/03/28/the-dark-desires-of-bruce-jessen-the-architect-of-bushs-torture-program-as-revealed-by-his-former-friend-and-colleague/

Former SERE Instructor Capt. Michael Kearns on the rush rush doing torture, Bruce Jessen, Air Force psyc ( CIA contractor) and more

Former SERE Instructor Capt. Michael Kearns About The Bush Administration’s Torture Program

(full article)
http://www.truth-out.org/cia-psychologists-notes-reveal-bushs-torture-program68542

James Mitchel and Brice James are both psychologists who, under contract to the CIA, are credited as being the architects of the government's top-secret torture


Jason Leopold is the Deputy Managing Editor at Truthout. He is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller, "News Junkie," a memoir. Visit jasonleopold.com for a preview.
Jeffrey Kaye, a psychologist living in Northern California, writes regularly on torture and other subjects for Firedoglake. He also maintains a personal blog, Invictus. His email address is sfpsych gmail dot com.