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Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material for your mid-week reading.- Lucy Shaddock offers a response to the Institute for Fiscal Studies’ report on poverty and inequality in the UK, while McKinsey finds that hundreds of millions of people in advanced economies are seein… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Wednesday Morning Links

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Afghan Torture Scandal

For years there have been rumours that Stephen Harper knew that some of our soldiers in Afghanistan were torturing the prisoners they captured. Or did nothing to stop others torturing them.But didn't do anything about it, because he just didn&#3… . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Afghan Torture Scandal

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week.- George Monbiot discusses how neoliberal ideology has managed to take over as the default assumption in global governance – despite its disastrous and readily visible effects:(T)he past four decades have been characte… . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Things Are Good: White House Planning to Close Guantanamo Bay’s Infamous Torture Centre

Guantanamo Bay on the beautiful island of Cuba sounds like a great place if you don’t know anything about it.

We do know what happens there and it’s immoral and likely illegal (probably even worthy of investigation by the International Criminal Court which the USA hasn’t ratified). The USA has been operating a prison there . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: White House Planning to Close Guantanamo Bay’s Infamous Torture Centre

Dead Wild Roses: I missed International National Torture Day?

No one tells me ‘nuthin anymore. We missed the UN international torture day, it happened on June 26th and of course I hear about it after it happens. Our media coverage was, underwhelming, as torture must not bring us down from the elation felt in the US for the SCOTUS SSM decision.

I’m not even . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: I missed International National Torture Day?

Montreal Simon: The Freedom of Omar Khadr and the Shame of the Con Regime

I wrote my first post on Omar Khadr eight years ago, and called it The Guantanamo Kid and Canada's Shame.And nothing that has happened since has ever changed my view. For what was done to that child soldier has been one of the most shameful episodes in modern Canadian history, and an absolute travesty . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: The Freedom of Omar Khadr and the Shame of the Con Regime

Accidental Deliberations: On constitutional questions

Most of the analysis surrounding the Cons’ terror bill so far has assumed that CSIS’ powers will be interpreted based on a plain reading of the legislation. Under this reading of C-51, any action which could violate the Charter or other Canadian law would only be authorized by a warrant, meaning that deprivations of rights . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On constitutional questions

Accidental Deliberations: On oversight

Since one of the main issues talked about so far in relation to the Cons’ terror bill is the question of oversight, I’ll point back to what I said the last time we were told that the way to split the difference between abuses of power and a desire for secrecy was to allow only . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: On oversight

BigCityLib Strikes Back: Break The Law And Aussie Cops Will Make You Listen To Nickelback!

Oi Oi Oi Indeed. 

Bill Longstaff: Americans OK with torture

The Pew Research Centre recently released the results of a survey of Americans about the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA interrogation practices, a report which revealed the agency has engaged in torture. One might expect that the citizens of a nation known for its attention to civil rights would strongly censure crimes against both . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: Americans OK with torture

A. Picazo: Of Torture And Tortured Logic

This op-ed appeared in The Ottawa Citizen on December 18, 2014 The executive summary of a nearly 7,000 page report into the C.I.A.’s Detention and Interrogation program under the Bush administration confirmed not only what has long been public knowledge – that America did, in fact, engage in torture – but also revealed that, despite . . . → Read More: A. Picazo: Of Torture And Tortured Logic

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading.

– Jordon Cooper rightly argues that we should move away from forcing people to rely on homeless shelters and other stopgap measures when we can afford to provide permanent homes: We fill a bus for the hungry while ignoring that the reason for it is that social service . . . → Read More: Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

The Disaffected Lib: Reflections on a Nation Brought Low From Within

Salon.com pundit Andrew O’Hehir looks at the week’s revelations on American torture and sees in it the demise of American democracy.  O’Hehir asks, “Can we quit pretending torture is some huge aberration?  It fits into a larger pattern of America’s imperial decay.”  He says it’s convenient to blame this on Cheney and his consorts . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Reflections on a Nation Brought Low From Within

Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Torture Cons

We have all read the horrifying stories about the CIA's torture campaign. The systematic brutality, the mechanical cruelty, the monstrous depravity.And a lot of Americans are finally understanding how they got from 911 to Ferguson. When hijacked airliners slammed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and an empty Pennsylvania field in 2001 . . . → Read More: Montreal Simon: Stephen Harper and the Torture Cons

Bill Longstaff: America and the torture chronicles

So the U.S. has finally and formally confessed its sins. Good for the Americans. All nations sin, the better ones own up. That the CIA ran a torture regime isn’t really news but it’s important for the U.S. to officially get the nasty business out on the table, discussed and debated. This is the best . . . → Read More: Bill Longstaff: America and the torture chronicles

The Canadian Progressive: International Human Rights Day: 50 civil society groups urge Harper to oppose torture

On International Human Rights Day, 50 civil society organizations urge Harper government to ratify the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture.

The post International Human Rights Day: 50 civil society groups urge Harper to oppose torture appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

The Cracked Crystal Ball II: _THIS_

I was never a fan of Bush II and his malicious sidekick Cheney, and even less so of their misadventures in Afghanistan and Iraq.  Yesterday’s revelations of CIA Torture are crimes.  These people abused prisoners in ways that all Western powers should be horrified by, and they knew damn good and well what they were doing.

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Dead Wild Roses: Secure Housing Unit Psychosis – A Window into the World of Torture

Have you ever wondered about some of the shared traits of humanity? One could prosaically think of Love, Compassion and Happiness and one would be correct. If the similarities ended there, I wouldn’t be writing, nor would you be reading about the prevalence of torture across the globe.

“The report titled Torture in 2014 . . . → Read More: Dead Wild Roses: Secure Housing Unit Psychosis – A Window into the World of Torture

Dead Wild Roses: The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice – Is Christianity Moral

You can bet your bottom dollar it is not, but let’s allow DarkMatter2525 illustrate yet another putrid facet of the glory of christianity.

Mmm…sweet sweet torture symbols for the winz!

 

 

 

 

Filed under: Religion Tagged: christian “morality”, DarkMatter2525, Morality, Religion, The DWR Sunday Religious Disservice, Torture

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Art Threat: Skinny Puppy bills US military for music use in torture

The U.S. military is using a Vancouver band’s music to torture prisoners at Guantanamo Bay — and the artists are working to make sure they pay for it.

Electro-industrial act Skinny Puppy has learned through a former guard at Gitmo that inmates would be drowned in their unsettling sounds for up to twelve hours . . . → Read More: Art Threat: Skinny Puppy bills US military for music use in torture

The Canadian Progressive: Canada must arrest Dick Cheney for torture, war crimes: Lawyers

A group of lawyers has asked Canada to arrest former US Vice President Dick Cheney for torture and war crimes when he visits Toronto later this week.

The post Canada must arrest Dick Cheney for torture, war crimes: Lawyers appeared first on The Canadian Progressive.

Dead Wild Roses: Guantánamo Bay: The Hunger Strikes

Shutdown this, markets crashing that. Hey, if the Americans want to self-destruct their country maybe they should start with Guantanamo Bay.

Filed under: Politics Tagged: Force Feeding, Guantanamo Bay, Human Rights, Hunger Strikes, Institutional Evil., Torture

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Peace, order and good government, eh?: Why should CSIS have all the fun?

We learned recently that the policy framework which allows CSIS to trade in information that might be the result of torture, or might lead to torture, or both, was actually a collaborative effort involving several federal agencies and departments. Now we have confirmation that CSEC is playing by the same rules.

The Harper government has . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: Why should CSIS have all the fun?

The Disaffected Lib: Why Not Just Waterboard Them?

One of the dirty little tricks American interrogator/torturers adopted during the War on Terror has made it to the homeland.  It is subjecting the prisoner to the prolonged stress of intense cold.   That, according to lawyers, is a method being used against hunger-striking prisoners by California prison guards.

Prison guards are trying to break . . . → Read More: The Disaffected Lib: Why Not Just Waterboard Them?

Peace, order and good government, eh?: A group effort

A year ago last March, I took Vic Toews to task for granting CSIS the authority to trade in information derived from torture. In that post, I described a scenario in which the torture of one, possibily innocent, person of interest could easily lead to the torture of additional, possibly innocent, persons of interest. And . . . → Read More: Peace, order and good government, eh?: A group effort