Thursday, November 27, 2008

December 9, 2008 Demand Action: Maher Arar’s attorneys return to the U.S. Court of Appeals

Demand action by the U.S. government on December 9, 2008, when Maher Arar’s attorneys return to the U.S. Court of Appeals seeking justice for his rendition to torture.
More info at:

While the black cloud of George W. Bush is finally lifting, the crimes perpetuated by his administration will not be undone or erased in January. Join us to hold high levels of the Bush administration—former Attorney General John Ashcroft, former Deputy Attorney General Larry Thompson, and FBI Director Robert Mueller, as well as numerous U.S. immigration officials—accountable for the torture and rendition.


Friday, November 21, 2008

Canadian Torture - a Real Account by Torture Survivor Abdullah Almalki

- Torture Program in Canada - Government Complicity and non-Accountability

- The Participation in torture by :
- RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) and
- CSIS (Canadian Secret Inteligence Service)

Designed Torture, KUBARK Manual)

Abdullah Almalki, Canadian Engineer tortured in Syria & Kerry Pither, author of "Dark Days: the story four Canadians Tortured in the name of Fighting Terror"
(Ahmad El Maati, Abdullah Almalki, Maher Arar and Muayyed Nureddi

Sunday, November 16, 2008

A MUST READ - "Enhanced Tecniques" Documented - Drugs and the "Nuts & Bolts" of the American Torture (click here)

Book: "American Torture" by Michael Otterman

The "Chart of Coercion" - What are these techniques? (details at:

1. Isolation: This deprives the prisoner of all social support and "ability to resist". While turning the prisoner upon his own resources, it "makes victim dependent upon interrogator" (quotes are from the SERE version). Furthermore, isolation can be complete, semi, or "group isolation".

2. Monopolisation of Perception: This means again "physical isolation. Darkness or bright light. Barren environment. Restricted movement. Monotonous food." The goal? To fixate the prisoner upon his "immediate predicament", the technique also "eliminates stimuli competing with those controlled by captor," frustrating all action "not consistent with compliance."

3. Induced Debilitation and Exhaustion: This is what it seems to be, i.e., a method to weaken a prisoners' "mental and physical ability to resist." Techniques include: "Semi-starvation. Exposure. Exploitation of wounds. Induced illness. Sleep deprivation. Prolonged constraint. Prolonged interrogation" and "over-exertion", among other practices (tortures!)

4. Threats: Which "cultivates anxiety and despair", including threats of death, non return, "endless interrogation and isolation", threats against family, and "mysterious changes of treatment".

5. Occasional indulgences: To provide positive motivation for compliance, it also has the effect of hindering "adjustment to deprivation."

6. Demonstrating "Omnipotence" and "Omniscience": The purpose of this is said to suggest to the prisoner the "futility of resistance". How is this done? By "demonstrating complete control over victim's fate". (And this, by the way, is a crucial way that the ban on habeas corpus for these prisoners, recently overturned by the Supreme Court, fed into the military's torture program, by demonstrating that there was no appeal to anyone.)

7. Degradation: This is where one finds the prevention of personal hygiene, the insults, taunts, "demeaning punishments" and "denial of privacy". The goal was to damage prisoner self esteem, making "capitulation" a lesser evil. It also "reduces the prisoner to 'animal level' concerns."

8. Enforcing Trivial Demands: Again the point is to develop compliance in the captive, and takes place through "enforcement of minute rules."

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Abdullah Almalki's
first-hand account and his response to the
Iacobucci Inquiry Report:

Canada’s complicity in torturing Canadian citizens

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 19th , 2:30-4:30 pm
101 Azrieli Theatre,
Carleton University, Ottawa