ICH 12 December 2012: Judge Censors US Torture Testimony

12 December 2012 — Information Clearing House


Open Declaration of War?

US Recognizes Syrian Opposition Body


Russia is “surprised” by the US move, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov commented on Wednesday.



Navigating Egypt‘s Revolutionary Crisis

By Shamus Cooke

Things are about to get worse under the Muslim Brotherhood government.



US Agrees To Replenish Israeli Bullets/Bombs That Killed Palestinians

By Stephen Manual

Under the deal, the US is going to provide Israel with 10,000 bombs of numerous kinds.



Picking Up a $170 Billion Tab

By David Vine

How U.S. Taxpayers Are Paying the Pentagon to Occupy the Planet.



A Mother’s “Last Chance” at Justice:

José Padilla Torture Case Brought Before Human Rights Tribunal

By Deborah Francois, Sheng Li, and Alaina Varvaloucas

Padilla is the only American citizen to have been seized on U.S. soil, detained as an enemy combatant, kept in incommunicado military detention, and tortured.



Manning Was Treated Like an ‘Animal’ Attorney Says

By Julie Tate

“The fact that Manning’s spirit is not broken is amazing,” Coombs said. “Being treated as a zoo animal for that period of time has to weigh heavily on the psyche.”



Why We Torture

By Gareth Peirce

The worst excesses of the last ten years, should have sounded loud alarms.



Judge Rules Torture Testimony Can Be Censored

By Kevin Gosztola

A military judge has ruled that statements made by defendants on trial for their involvement in the September 11th attacks could be censored if they make statements about how they were tortured or abused.



Washington’s Utter Hypocrisy?

By Paul Craig Roberts

How can Washington pass a law punishing Russian government officials for allegedly doing once what we know for an absolute fact Washington does every day?



HSBC, Too Big to Jail

The New Poster Child For US Two-tiered Justice System

By Glenn Greenwald

The US is the world’s largest prison state, imprisoning more of its citizens than any nation on earth.



Economists and the One-Percent

Reality Economics

By Michael Hudson

High finance has become the modern mode of warfare. – It is cheaper to seize land by foreclosure than by armed occupation, and to obtain rights to mineral wealth and public infrastructure by hooking nations on debt.



US Government’s Foreclosure Scam Is Ignored By ‘Lamestream’ Media

By Ted Newcomen

The media has been both conspicuously and curiously lax at explaining how the US government buys up bailed-out bank’s toxic assets. – For readers benefit this is how the scam works.



At least 125 people killed in Alawite village in Syria:

A series of explosions in the Syrian village of Aqrab has left at least 125 people dead. Those killed come from the Alawite minority, which is loyal to the country’s President Bashar Assad.



Rebel bombs kills 7 in Syrian:

Three bombs at the Syrian Interior Ministry building in Damascus have killed at least five people, as rebels fighting to overthrow President Bashar Assad edged closer to the capital, the symbol of his power..



Syrian rebels defy US and pledge allegiance to jihadi group:

Rebel groups across Syria are defying the United States by pledging their allegiance to a group that Washington will designate today a terrorist organization for its alleged links to al-Qaeda.



Syrian opposition urges US to ‘re-examine’ blacklisting of ‘terrorist group’:

The leader of Syria’s new opposition group, the National Coalition, says Washington “must reconsider” its decision to blacklist one of the alliance’s members. It comes as the US agrees to accept the coalition as Syria’s official opposition group.



U.S. recognition of Syrian rebels draws protests:

Russia and China have rejected the U.S. move to recognise the Syrian opposition, mostly based abroad, and reiterated that the prolonged crisis can be resolved only by Syrians themselves, based on an inclusive internal dialogue.



Engineering Consent For An Attack On Syria?

U.S.: Assad Forces Fired Scud Missiles Inside Syria:

Chemical weapons could be loaded onto Scuds, but there is no evidence that Mr. Assad was testing the missiles for that purpose, the official said.



Stalemate stokes anger at rebels in Aleppo:

Many Syrian residents are fed up with rebel fighters as the conflict drags on in the once-thriving commercial centre.



Iraq attacks kill seven, inmate detonates:

Shootings and bombings have killed seven people in Iraq, while an unsuccessful suicide bombing inside a prison left five injured.



Four killed in Yemen clashes:

At least four people were killed during clashes between Al Qaida-linked militants and pro-government tribesmen in Marib province, east of the Yemeni capital Sana’a, a tribal source said early on Wednesday.



U.N. upset by Yemen’s execution of a child:

A U.N. rights commissioner said Wednesday he was appalled that Yemeni authorities in Sanaa executed what was believed to be a 15-year-old girl.



Israeli occupation force kill Palestinian teenager:

Clashes reported in Hebron’s Old City after Israeli security forces kill seventeen year old at a checkpoint.



Palestinians aren’t getting “one cent,” says Israel:

Israel says Palestinians will not get tax revenues before at least March, after having already confiscated the Palestinian Authority’s December funds. The decision comes as part of Palestine’s “punishment” for last month’s United Nations bid.



For Europe, Israel’s destruction is ‘a matter of course,’

Liberman charges: Foreign minister launches scathing attack on EU, also warns that next missile attacks will lead Israel to send in ground forces and ‘take complete control of Gaza’



15 killed in Nigeria shoot-out with radical sect:

The shootings took place in the city of Potiskum, which has increasingly become the scene of violent attacks by the sect known as Boko Haram.



Egypt opposition calls off referendum boycott, seeks “no” vote:

Egypt‘s liberal and secular opposition said on Wednesday it would back a “no” vote in a referendum on a divisive new constitution promoted by Islamist President Mohamed Mursi, calling off a boycott as long as safeguards are in place for a fair vote.



Egyptian army abruptly postpones “unity” talks:

Efforts to resolve Egypt‘s rapidly worsening political crisis suffered a blow on Wednesday when the army abruptly postponed “unity” talks that the opposition had minutes earlier said they would attend.



Mali names new PM after predecessor was placed under house arrest:

Longtime civil servant Diango Cissoko was chosen late Tuesday as the new prime minister in Mali’s transitional government, first set up after the military coup in March.



Four Libyan policemen wounded in blast:

A bomb exploded in front of a police station in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi on Wednesday, wounding four officers, the force said.



UN says convoy fired at in Libya:

Unknown attackers fired at a convoy transporting United Nations personnel east of the Libyan capital yesterday, a UN spokeswoman told AFP, adding that no one was hurt



Libya ex-leader accused of power abuse in murder case prosecution:

Libyan military prosecutors accused ex-interim leader Mustafa Abdel Jalil of abusing power on Tuesday after grilling him over the death of a general who led rebels last year, a prosecution official said.



Afghanistan: 4 ANA Troops, Several Taliban Killed in Kapisa Raid:

Four Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers and several Taliban insurgents have been killed in a clash in northeastern Kapisa province on Tuesday morning, local officials said.



Taliban popular where US fought biggest battle:

They say corrupt police and government officials bully them into paying bribes. After 11 years of war, many here long for a return of the Taliban.



Ron Paul Joins Dennis Kucinich to Demand Obama Drone Documents:

Paul and Kucinich, both of whom will be leaving Congress within weeks, have introduced a resolution designed to force the Obama administration to release legal documents that are being used to justify the use of drones to undertake targeted killings



Russia to blacklist American human rights abusers:

The Russian parliament is set to debate a draft law that will see visa and economic sanctions imposed on the Americans involved in violating rights of Russian citizens.



Chavez cancer surgery in Cuba ‘successful’:

Vice president says the Venezuelan leader’s fourth cancer operation was “complicated” but a complete success.



UK unemployment falls dramatically:

Jobless rate decreases by biggest quarterly amount in a decade, but many households remain under financial pressure.



Michigan lawmakers OK anti-union bills as thousands protest:

 As House members voted, “Shame on you!” echoed across the Capitol lawn among a crowd that had swelled to more than 10,000, the largest public protest that the seat of state government has ever seen.



Cost Of War


Number Of Iraqis Slaughtered In US War And Occupation Of Iraq “1,455,590


Number of U.S. Military Personnel Sacrificed (Officially acknowledged) In America’s War On Iraq: 4,883


Number Of International Occupation Force Troops Slaughtered In Afghanistan : 3,238


Cost of War in Iraq & Afghanistan

Total Cost of Wars Since 2001





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