Terminator Planet: Launching the Drone Wars - By Tom Engelhardt (10/4/09) PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 April 2009 08:30

8 April, 2009 TomDispatch.com

In 1984, Skynet, the supercomputer that rules a future Earth, sent a cyborg assassin, a "terminator," back to our time. His job was to liquidate the woman who would give birth to John Connor, the leader of the underground human resistance of Skynet's time. You with me so far? That, of course, was the plot of the first Terminator  movie and for the multi-millions who saw it, the images of future machine war -- of hunter-killer drones flying above a wasted landscape -- are unforgettable.



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Obama, the ICRC Report and Ongoing Suppression - By Glenn Greenwald (9/4/09) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 April 2009 20:39

7 April, 2009 Salon.com

Following up on the latest extremist Cheney/Addington/Yoo arguments advanced by the Obama DOJ in order to shield Bush lawbreaking from disclosure and judicial review -- an episode I wrote about in detail yesterday, here  -- it's worthwhile to underscore the implications of Barack Obama's conduct.  When Obama sought to placate his angry supporters after he voted for the Bush/Cheney FISA-telecom immunity bill last June (after vowing  the prior December to support a filibuster of any such legislation), this is what he said  (h/t notavailable ):



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Full ICRC Report Further Underscores Extent Of Torture And Abuse By U.S. Officials - Justice Department Should Appoint Independent Prosecutor And Turn Over Torture Memos, Says ACLU (9/4/09) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 April 2009 20:33

ACLU – 7 April, 2009

NEW YORK - April 7 -  A full report from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) made public late Monday on the treatment of detainees in U.S. custody further underscores the extent of the systemic and far-reaching use of torture by American personnel and provides further evidence of the need for accountability for government officials who broke the law.



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CIA Medics Joined In Guantánamo Torture Sessions, Says Red Cross - Leaked ICRC Report Claims Medical Staff Monitored Terror Suspects During Waterboarding - By Mark Tran (9/4/09) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 April 2009 20:25

7 April, 2009 Guardian UK

Medical personnel committed a "gross breach of medical ethics" by taking part in torture in Guantánamo, a leaked International Committee of the Red Cross document has revealed.

The 40-page confidential report, written in 2007, describes how medical staff working for the CIA monitored prisoners' vital signs to make sure they did not drown while being subjected to waterboarding, during which water is poured over a cloth placed over a person's nose and mouth.



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Hisham B. Sharabi Memorial Lecture: Apartheid and Occupation under International Law (8/4/09) PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 April 2009 07:41

Edited Transcript of Remarks by Professor John Dugard
Transcript No. 311 (30 March 2009)

While international law tolerates military occupation, it does not approve it, specifically one that has continued for over 40 years as in the case of Israel's occupation of Palestinian territory. Furthermore, during that time, Israel has introduced two other elements-colonialism and apartheid. Although there are many similarities between apartheid as it was applied in South Africa and Israel's policies and practices in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the systems are not identical. There are features of the Israeli regime in the occupied territory that were unknown to South Africans. This year's Hisham B. Sharabi Memorial Lecture was delivered by Professor John Dugard.



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