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    Banned in Washington - Where’s the Free Speech?

    "All of these prohibitions are because I stated in the US Congress that I am opposed to torture and that the Congress should not confirm a person associated with the Bush administration’s torture policy."

    Banned in Washington - Where’s the Free Speech?
    by Ann Wright


    So much for free speech in the nation’s capital and capitol. On July, 11, 2006 I was arrested for offering a citizen’s voice in the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing against the nomination of one of the Bush administration’s architects of torture, William Haynes, former Department of Defense General Counsel (chief civilian lawyer) for a life-time appointment to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.

    Yesterday, September 7, I appeared in the Criminal Division of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia on charges of “Disorderly and Disruptive Conduct on the United States Capitol Grounds on July 11, 2006.” During that appearance, I was ordered by the court to “Stay Away” from the US Capitol, all Senate and House Office Buildings and committee hearing rooms and the streets surrounding the Capitol area.

    The court papers state that I must abide by this order until my case is disposed of and that “any violation of this condition (order) could result in your prosecution for Contempt of Court, the revocation of your release and/or your detention pending final disposition of this case.” I was released on my personal recognizance but instructed in writing that “a warrant for your arrest will be issued immediately upon any violation of a condition of this release. And shall subject you to revocation of the release; an order of detention and prosecution for contempt of court (a fine of not more than $1000 or imprisonment not more than 6 months or both.)

    Another paragraph said that “if you are convicted of an offense committed while released, you shall be subject to the following penalties: imprisonment of not less than one year and not more than 5 years if convicted of committing a felony while released; and imprisonment of not less than 90 days and not more than one year if convicted of committing a misdemeanor while released; such to be consecutive to any other sentence of imprisonment.”

    All of these prohibitions are because I stated in the US Congress that I am opposed to torture and that the Congress should not confirm a person associated with the Bush administration’s torture policy. These court orders definitely curtail my ability to voice to the US Congress my concerns and the concerns of much of the American people about important issues they are considering, like the following the Congress will consider next week:

    Bush’s demand that Congress authorize greater warrantless wiretap authority;

    Bush’s demand that Congress agree to military tribunals where defendants can be tried and convicted without seeing the evidence; that classified evidence can be used with neither defendants nor their lawyers told about such information; that prosecutors could rely on hearsay or evidence obtained indirectly and evidence obtained by coercion if the panel’s chief deemed it reliable and directly related to the accusations;

    Bush’s demand that Congress agree to keep CIA secret detention sites in other countries operational;

    Bush’s demand that Congress confirm John Bolton as US ambassador to the United Nations;

    Don’t you believe these are issues that we the people must instruct our Congress on how we feel? Of course, you can call, write or email your Senators and Congresspersons.

    But I like to go into the committee rooms and look our elected officials in the eyes and tell them what I think. It doesn’t take long to tell them because the Capitol police officer in the hearing room usually arrives at your side quickly when you speak out. When you speak out in a committee room, our elected officials, those who serve us, are left with a succinct statement of concerns about the issue. Hearings would probably be a lot better if the Congresspersons had the same police at their elbows demanding shorter statements!

    I do understand that committees not take the time generally to hear from the public in their committee rooms; lobbying for an issue is done in the halls and offices. But, I think there is a role for a lightning comment—but it comes with the risk of being arrested for “disrupting” the hearing or at a minimum being escorted out of the hearing and later released.

    Now that I am banned from the Capitol area, I hope others will come to the Congress and express their views. We the people must tell the Congress to be brave and courageous in these perilous times—now of all times, we need strong character and moral courage from our Congress. We the people must give them courage.

    But tomorrow, Veterans for Peace is marching around the capitol area as a stop the war, treat our veterans right march. I am banned from the area. But what about peaceful, nonviolent marches? Are all rights withdrawn because one speaks out against torture?

    Well, this has been a “banner” week for being banned. Besides from being banned from the Capitol area, yesterday the Commanding Officer of Fort Myer, VA denied my request for reconsideration of a one-year ban from Fort Myer, VA and Fort McNair, DC, a ban he ordered in May, 2006 after I placed a few 3”X5” postcards on Fort McNair concerning the limited showing in Washington, DC of “Sir, No Sir,” the documentary about GI resistance to the Vietnam war.

    I had asked for a reduction to “time served” (two months that I had not been on the base-I didn’t know I had been banned as his letter went to my home in Hawaii and I only got the letter once I arrived there in June.). The Commander denied my request and commented that my conduct “clearly violated common standards of good order and discipline on a military installation.” As a US Army retired 29 year Colonel, I now am prohibited from entering the two military bases nearest to Washington, DC until May 25, 2007! I would say that’s quite remarkable treatment for a three decade veteran!

    I am now banned from the Capitol area and from two military bases in the DC area as well as also banned for life (along with Codepink Women for Peace Medea Benjamin) from the National Press Club. In April, 2006 we dared to question to a Press Club speaker and were banned for life for our questions. The speaker was Senator Hillary Clinton and we asked why in her 50 minute energy policy speech she never mentioned the war on Iraq and Iraqi oil.

    It surely seems that freedom of speech and the right to question our elected officials in our nation’s capital is a dangerously endangered right.

    But that’s what its all about. If we don’t stand up for our freedoms, they will be taken away.

    So in the spirit of they can’t take our country away from us, I will see you in Congress, the National Press Club and on the military bases---or in jail or detention camps!

    You can’t ban speech and thought.

    It is our country and they are our freedoms. Let’s take them back!

    Ann Wright is a 29 year retired US Army Colonel and a 16 year US diplomat who resigned in March, 2003 in opposition to the war on Iraq.
    Published on Sunday, September 10, 2006 by CommonDreams.org
    http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0910-24.htm

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    William Haynes II

    William James ("Jim") Haynes II, of Virginia, was nominated September 5, 2006, by President George W. Bush to be United States Circuit Judge for the Fourth Circuit, vice H. Emory Widener, Jr., who is retiring.
    CONT AT SITE
    http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php...liam_Haynes_II

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    Friday, Nov. 10, 2006
    Charges Sought Against Rumsfeld Over Prison Abuse
    A lawsuit in Germany will seek a criminal prosecution of the outgoing Defense Secretary and other U.S. officials for their alleged role in abuses at Abu Ghraib and Gitmo


    By ADAM ZAGORIN

    Just days after his resignation, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is about to face more repercussions for his involvement in the troubled wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. New legal documents, to be filed next week with Germany’s top prosecutor, will seek a criminal investigation and prosecution of Rumsfeld, along with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former CIA director George Tenet and other senior U.S. civilian and military officers, for their alleged roles in abuses committed at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison and at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

    The plaintiffs in the case include 11 Iraqis who were prisoners at Abu Ghraib, as well as Mohammad al-Qahtani, a Saudi held at Guantanamo, whom the U.S. has identified as the so-called “20th hijacker” and a would-be participant in the 9/11 hijackings. As TIME first reported in June 2005, Qahtani underwent a “special interrogation plan,” personally approved by Rumsfeld, which the U.S. says produced valuable intelligence. But to obtain it, according to the log of his interrogation and government reports, Qahtani was subjected to forced nudity, sexual humiliation, religious humiliation, prolonged stress positions, sleep deprivation and other controversial interrogation techniques.

    All this stuff that has been previously reported — but here is the extra interesting new bit:

    Along with Rumsfeld, Gonzales and Tenet, the other defendants in the case are Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Stephen Cambone; former assistant attorney general Jay Bybee; former deputy assistant attorney general John Yoo; General Counsel for the Department of Defense William James Haynes II; and David S. Addington, Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff. Senior military officers named in the filing are General Ricardo Sanchez, the former top Army official in Iraq; Gen. Geoffrey Miller, the former commander of Guantanamo; senior Iraq commander, Major General Walter Wojdakowski; and Col. Thomas Pappas, the one-time head of military intelligence at Abu Ghraib.

    Germany was chosen for the court filing because German law provides “universal jurisdiction” allowing for the prosecution of war crimes and related offenses that take place anywhere in the world.

    http://www.theponyexpress.org/wordpress/?p=132

    No tears for Donald Rumsfeld

    Obstinate and destructive, the former defence secretary was an object of scorn within British military and intelligence circles.
    http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/..._rumsfeld.html

    U.S. SENATOR PATRICK LEAHY
    CONTACT: Office of Senator Leahy, 202-224-4242
    VERMONT


    Statement Of Sen. Patrick Leahy,
    Ranking Member, Judiciary Committee,
    On The Nomination Of William J. Haynes II
    To The Fourth Circuit Court Of Appeals
    July 11, 2006

    William J. Haynes II has been renominated to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. I have met with Mr. Haynes twice and shared with him my questions and concerns about this nomination. Mr. Haynes has been General Counsel of the Department of Defense since 2001, and in that role has been a key player in some of the more controversial and questionable policies this Administration has issued relating to the treatment and detention of military detainees.
    http://leahy.senate.gov/press/200607/071106a.html

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    Mary A. Wright's resignation letter

    The following is a copy of Mary (Ann) Wright's letter of resignation to Secretary of State Colin Powell. Wright was most recently the deputy chief of mission at the U.S. embassy in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. She helped open the U.S. embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, in January 2002.

    U.S. Embassy
    Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
    March 19, 2003


    Secretary of State Colin Powell
    US Department of State
    Washington, DC 20521


    Dear Secretary Powell:


    When I last saw you in Kabul in January, 2002 you arrived to officially open the US Embassy that I had helped reestablish in December, 2001 as the first political officer. At that time I could not have imagined that I would be writing a year later to resign from the Foreign Service because of US policies. All my adult life I have been in service to the United States. I have been a diplomat for fifteen years and the Deputy Chief of Mission in our Embassies in Sierra Leone, Micronesia, Afghanistan (briefly) and Mongolia. I have also had assignments in Somalia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Grenada and Nicaragua. I received the State Department's Award for Heroism as Charge d'Affaires during the evacuation of Sierra Leone in 1997. I was 26 years in the US Army/Army Reserves and participated in civil reconstruction projects after military operations in Grenada, Panama and Somalia. I attained the rank of Colonel during my military service.


    This is the only time in my many years serving America that I have felt I cannot represent the policies of an Administration of the United States. I disagree with the Administration's policies on Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, North Korea and curtailment of civil liberties in the U.S. itself. I believe the Administration's policies are making the world a more dangerous, not a safer, place. I feel obligated morally and professionally to set out my very deep and firm concerns on these policies and to resign from government service as I cannot defend or implement them.


    I hope you will bear with my explanation of why I must resign. After thirty years of service to my country, my decision to resign is a huge step and I want to be clear in my reasons why I must do so.


    I disagree with the Administration's policies on Iraq


    I wrote this letter five weeks ago and held it hoping that the Administration would not go to war against Iraq at this time without United Nations Security Council agreement. I strongly believe that going to war now will make the world more dangerous, not safer.


    There is no doubt that Saddam Hussein is a despicable dictator and has done incredible damage to the Iraqi people and others of the region. I totally support the international community's demand that Saddam's regime destroy weapons of mass destruction.

    However, I believe we should not use US military force without UNSC agreement to ensure compliance. In our press for military action now, we have created deep chasms in the international community and in important international organizations. Our policies have alienated many of our allies and created ill will in much of the world.


    Countries of the world supported America's action in Afghanistan as a response to the September 11 Al Qaida attacks on America. Since then, America has lost the incredible sympathy of most of the world because of our policy toward Iraq. Much of the world considers our statements about Iraq as arrogant, untruthful and masking a hidden agenda. Leaders of moderate Moslem/Arab countries warn us about predicable outrage and anger of the youth of their countries if America enters an Arab country with the purpose of attacking Moslems/Arabs, not defending them. Attacking the Saddam regime in Iraq now is very different than expelling the same regime from Kuwait, as we did ten years ago.


    I strongly believe the probable response of many Arabs of the region and Moslems of the world if the US enters Iraq without UNSC agreement will result in actions extraordinarily dangerous to America and Americans. Military action now without UNSC agreement is much more dangerous for America and the world than allowing the UN weapons inspections to proceed and subsequently taking UNSC authorized action if warranted.


    I firmly believe the probability of Saddam using weapons of mass destruction is low, as he knows that using those weapons will trigger an immediate, strong and justified international response. There will be no question of action against Saddam in that case. I strongly disagree with the use of a "preemptive attack" against Iraq and believe that this preemptive attack policy will be used against us and provide justification for individuals and groups to "preemptively attack" America and American citizens.


    The international military build-up is providing pressure on the regime that is resulting in a slow, but steady disclosure of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). We should give the weapons inspectors time to do their job. We should not give extremist Moslems/ Arabs a further cause to hate America, or give moderate Moslems a reason to join the extremists. Additionally, we must reevaluate keeping our military forces in the Middle East, particularly in Saudi Arabia. Their presence on the Islamic "holy soil" of Saudi Arabia will be an anti-American rally cry for Moslems as long as the US military remains and a strong reason, in their opinion, for actions against the US government and American citizens.


    Although I strongly believe the time in not yet right for military action in Iraq, as a soldier who has been in several military operations, I hope General Franks, US and coalition forces can accomplish the missions they will be ordered do without loss of civilian or military life and without destruction of the Iraqi peoples' homes and livelihood.


    I strongly urge the Department of State to attempt again to stop the policy that is leading us to military action in Iraq without UNSC agreement. Timing is everything and this is not yet the time for military action.
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    CONT........

    I disagree with the Administration's lack of effort in resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict


    Likewise, I cannot support the lack of effort by the Administration to use its influence to resurrect the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. As Palestinian suicide bombers kill Israelis and Israeli military operations kill Palestinians and destroy Palestinian towns and cities, the Administration has done little to end the violence. We must exert our considerable financial influence on the Israelis to stop destroying cities and on the Palestinians to curb its youth suicide bombers. I hope the Administration's long-needed "Roadmap for Peace" will have the human resources and political capital needed to finally make some progress toward peace.


    I disagree with the Administration's lack of policy on North Korea


    Additionally, I cannot support the Administration's position on North Korea. With weapons, bombs and missiles, the risks that North Korea poses are too great to ignore. I strongly believe the Administration's lack of substantive discussion, dialogue and engagement over the last two years has jeopardized security on the peninsula and the region. The situation with North Korea is dangerous for us to continue to neglect.


    I disagree with the Administration's policies on Unnecessary Curtailment of Rights in America


    Further, I cannot support the Administration's unnecessary curtailment of civil rights following September 11. The investigation of those suspected of ties with terrorist organizations is critical but the legal system of America for 200 years has been based on standards that provide protections for persons during the investigation period. Solitary confinement without access to legal counsel cuts the heart out of the legal foundation on which our country stands. Additionally, I believe the Administration's secrecy in the judicial process has created an atmosphere of fear to speak out against the gutting of the protections on which America was built and the protections we encourage other countries to provide to their citizens.


    Resignation


    I have served my country for almost thirty years in the some of the most isolated and dangerous parts of the world. I want to continue to serve America. However, I do not believe in the policies of this Administration and cannot defend or implement them. It is with heavy heart that I must end my service to America and therefore resign due to the Administration's policies.


    Mr. Secretary, to end on a personal note, under your leadership, we have made great progress in improving the organization and administration of the Foreign Service and the Department of State. I want to thank you for your extraordinary efforts to that end. I hate to leave the Foreign Service, and I wish you and our colleagues well.


    Very Respectfully,


    Mary A. Wright, FO-01


    Deputy Chief of Mission
    US Embassy
    Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

    http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0303/032103wright.htm

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    INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION OF INQUIRY ON
    CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY
    COMMITTED BY THE BUSH ADMINISTRATION
    OF THE UNITED STATES


    VERDICT and Findings of Fact

    September 13, 2006
    Bush Crimes Commission
    305 West Broadway, #199
    New York, NY 10013
    www.bushcommission.org
    http://www.bushcommission.org/Findin...%20Verdict.pdf



    Ann Wright (regime defector)

    Statement by Retired US Army Reserves Colonel and US Diplomat Ann Wright Concerning International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity
    by the Bush Administration


    The 2006 International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity by the Bush Administration of the United States which will be held January 20-22, 2006 at Columbia University Law School and the Riverside Church in New York City is a vitally important conference where internationally recognized witnesses will provide their testimony concerning the indictments filed against the Bush administration.

    The indictments are serious allegations of criminal actions by the Bush administration. These indictments include committing wars of aggression, torture and indefinite detention of Americans and citizens of other countries, destruction of the global environment, failure to protect life during and after Hurricane Katrina and genocidal attacks on global public health and reproductive rights.

    Many witnesses will testify about their experiences concerning these indictments. Former United Nations former arms inspector Scott Ritter will speak of the administration's use of the theory of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq to justify a war in Iraq. Colonel Janis Karpinski will discuss the administration’s use of torture and prisoner abuses that occurred in US military prison operations in Iraq. Former British Ambassador to Iraq Craig Murray will talk about the administration’s encouragement of Uzbek authorities to obtain information by torture for the United States and the United Kingdom.

    In the past three months, government workers have revealed many actions of the administration that reflect a disdain for the law. We applaud the courage and patriotism of such government officials. Many other former and present government employees have information that will further expand the knowledge of the people of the United States We call on those who have knowledge of other actions of the government that may be illegal to ensure that this information gets into the public domain for the safety and security of our country. concerning possible crimes by the Bush administration.

    We put out an open call to any other workers in the United States government who have not been able to make their revelations until now and we offer them a forum to do so.



    Signed,
    Ann Wright

    Ann Wright is a Colonel, US Army Reserves (Retired) and US Diplomat who resigned in March, 2003 in opposition to the War on Iraq.

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    The World Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime


    Dear Friends,

    December 10th is Human Rights Day.

    Join me and others in taking action on Sunday, December 10th and Monday, December 11th to bring the U.S. sponsorship of torture into the public view and to demand that it be brought to a halt.

    "The United Nations has always condemned torture as one of the vilest acts a human being can perpetrate on another. Torture -- defined as the intentional infliction of severe physical or mental pain or suffering to obtain information or a confession, punish, intimidate or coerce -- seeks to annihilate the victim's personality and denies the inherent dignity of the human being.

    "Torture is a crime under international law. According to all relevant instruments, it is absolutely prohibited and cannot be justified under any circumstances. This prohibition forms part of customary international law, which means that it is binding on every member of the international community, regardless of whether a State has ratified international treaties in which torture is expressly prohibited. The systematic or widespread practice of torture constitutes a crime against humanity."

    -from the OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS FACT SHEET

    "Let us be clear: torture can never be an instrument to fight terror, for torture is an instrument of terror. The prohibition on torture is well established under international law. It is also unambiguous and absolute. It is binding on all States in all territories under their jurisdiction or effective control. It applies in all circumstances, in times of war as in times of peace. Nor is torture permissible when it is called something else: cruel and inhuman treatment is unacceptable and illegal, irrespective of the name we give it."

    -from the office of the UN General Secretary

    "In December of 2001, The Bush Administration implemented the Special Access Program that authorized the secret seizure, detention, and interrogation of persons and subjected them to torture. The torture included but was not limited to water boarding, beatings, the administration of electric shock. Extreme temperatures, denial of pain medication for injuries, severe burning, deprivation of food and water and threats of death and sexual assault of family members.

    "In January of 2002 the Bush Administration declared that Geneva Conventions protection will not be honored for the 'War on Terror.' In August 2002, the administration attempted to re-define torture to escape liability and/or insure immunity for those who authorized or committed torture.

    "Secret detention itself is a form of torture for the person detained and for the families who were faced with a situation that amounted to that of enforced disappearance of an individual."

    -From the Verdict and Finding of Fact of the International Commission of Inquiry on Crimes Against Humanity committee by the Bush Administration of the United States.

    In October of this year Congress passed the Military Commissions Act of 2006 that made legal and sanctioned all of the above. It mandated everything that were in the photos of Abuse at Abu Ghraib "photos that millions found abhorrent and that shocked the conscience of the world. Yet millions of people have learned to live with the knowledge that this is going on by their government, in their name, and have not taken the responsibility as citizens and people residing in the United States to stop it.

    Putting a stop to torture was not an election issue this fall and no leading Democrat or Republican since has stated that this will be immediately overturned and basic laws and standards of human rights and decency adhered to.


    If War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity are not reason enough to impeach the Bush Administration what is?

    Your Government is openly torturing people, and justifying it. Your Government is the most powerful purveyor of torture in the world today. History is already littered with examples of people passively hoping to wait it out, only to get swallowed up by a horror beyond what they every imagined. It is up to us - in our millions and each one of us - to take responsibility NOW to change the course of history. To bring TORTURE and the whole Bush program to a HALT. This Regime does not represent us and we - through mass protest and society wide repudiation - will drive it from office.

    On December 10th and 11th, bring the systematic and widespread practice of torture by the U.S. into the public view . Act up to bring this crime against humanity and the Bush Regime to a halt.

    Debra Sweet
    National Director
    World Can't Wait - Drive Out the Bush Regime

    http://www.worldcantwait.net/index.p...461&Itemid=223

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    Thom Hartmann, Speaks for World Can't Wait

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhhQSuvw6xI

    Thom Hartmann says in 3 minutes what every Congressman and Senator, Dem or Rep [ with very few exceptions ] absolutely refuse to even talk about.
    These sniveling a$$ kissing worms are so intent on preserving their own personal power , protecting Corp. Constituents and the Israeli lobby they will not speak out for the American People and defend the constitution and the freedoms we all cherish as Americans.
    It’s time they got the message and get off their dead moldy old buts and get the job done.

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    Exit Strategy: Will Pentagon GC Follow Rumsfeld Out the Door?

    Jason McLure
    Legal Times
    November 14, 2006

    In the wake of Donald Rumsfeld's resignation as secretary of defense last week, the rumor mill is churning about the future of William Haynes II, the Pentagon's general counsel.

    It's expected that President George W. Bush's chosen replacement for the job, former CIA Director Robert Gates, will want to bring in his own deputies. And Haynes, in particular, has been a lightning rod for criticism, given his key role in the authorization of the harshest and most legally questionable interrogation techniques of detainees at Guantánamo Bay and other Defense Department facilities.

    That role has already kept Haynes from getting one job he'd sought -- that of judge on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. First nominated to the bench in Bush's first term, Haynes has seen his nomination blocked repeatedly in the Senate; it was again returned to the White House this fall.

    If he goes, Haynes, a sometime racquetball partner of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, could land back at his former law firm, Jenner & Block. But it's perhaps more likely that he'll follow the path of former Deputy Attorney General James Comey (who is now at Lockheed Martin Corp.) and former 4th Circuit Judge J. Michael Luttig (at Boeing Co.) from public service to a high-powered legal job at one of the nation's top defense contractors.

    Haynes did not return a call, and a Pentagon spokesman said he had not heard whether Haynes would be staying.

    http://www.law.com/jsp/ihc/PubArticl...=1163449246989

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    This appears to be a new site with extensive detail on the issue and a list of criminals through out the globe that advocate, encourage and perform torture.

    About Us Torturers.net

    Note. Torturers.net is a brand new project and is under construction.

    Torturers.net aims to expose individuals who have been accused of committing torture, cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment, or other grave human rights violations. It also aims to provide information about torture, as well as opportunities for action.

    We invite our visitors to collaborate with the project by sending relevant information, helping us build the site or providing financial assitance to our sister organization Equipo Nizkor. We also appreciate your suggestions. You can e-mail us at [email protected]

    This project is coordinated by Margarita Lacabe.

    http://www.torturers.net/

    William J. Haynes II
    General Counsel Department of Defense


    As General Counsel of the Department of Defense, William Haynes spearheaded the effort to allow American agents to torture people. He authorized the use of torture in Guantanamo, arguing that the methods (most of which had previously been found to constitute torture by the UN Committee Against Torture) were not torture per se. He also organized a working group charged with coming out with even more ways to legally condone torture.

    Haynes' actions make him responsible for conspiracy to commit torture and he should be investigated and tried for his crimes.

    As a way to reward him for his efforts, Bush nominated Haynes as a judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.

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