Reverse the decision to grant immunity to George W Bush and the members of his administration who planned the Iraq War

We ask the Obama administration to reverse its decision to grant Westfall immunity to George W Bush. The Bush administration committed serious war crimes and needs to be brought to justice in a court of law. The Obama Administration should be aiding the plaintiffs in this case, not trying to obstruct justice. Instruct Attorney General Holder to reverse this decision immediately.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Long Past Time For Truths On Iraq War and Terror War

It is time to stop hiding the truth about why we went to war in Iraq
Apr 22, 2014 - Tony Blair's former Attorney General Lord Morris says the unacceptable delay in publishing the findings of Sir John Chilcot's inquiry is a national scandal

It has been four years and nearly five months since the inquiry into the Iraq War was launched.

Yet two years after Sir John Chilcot was due to deliver the results of his £7.5 million probe, nothing has been heard.

Last week Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg hinted that former Prime Minister Tony Blair had been delaying its publication.

Today Lord Morris, ex Labour MP and Attorney General in Mr Blair’s Government from 1997 to 1999, calls for its immediate publication... read more>>>

Judge Orders Release Of Information On CIA Prisons
04/22/2014 - Prosecutors must turn over never-revealed details about the time a Guantanamo Bay detainee spent in secret CIA prisons after his arrest in connection with the deadly attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, according to a military judge's order released Tuesday.

The five-page order was a victory for defense lawyers representing Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, accused of orchestrating the Oct. 12, 2000, bombing of the USS Cole in the Yemeni port of Aden. The attack killed 17 U.S. sailors, injured 42 others and tore a massive hole into the side of the guided-missile destroyer based in Norfolk, Va.

Al-Nashiri, who was born in Saudi Arabia, has been held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, since 2006, after being held in a series of secret CIA prisons. read more>>>

Opinion: Senate torture report needs full disclosure
April 22, 2014 - WHEN MY students use their cellphones to text during class, they always do so furtively, hands beneath a desk or hidden (they think) behind a strategically positioned purse or backpack. Thus they affirm this very human principle: When we’re doing something we know we’re not supposed to be doing, we usually try to hide it.

Accordingly, despite an 11-3 vote this month by the Senate Intelligence Committee to declassify the results of its four-year investigation into the use of “harsh interrogation techniques,” that is, torture, after 9/11, resistance from CIA officials and some Republicans is predictable.

According to McClatchy and other media organizations, the committee’s review of millions of CIA documents revealed little evidence that torture produced much useful information, and it appears that the “enhanced interrogation techniques” were more “enhanced” than we’ve been led to believe. read more>>>

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Monday, April 21, 2014

The Horrifying Condition We Left Iraq In

What We Left Behind
An increasingly authoritarian leader, a return of sectarian violence, and a nation worried for its future.

April 28, 2014 - On Christmas Day last year, Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki appeared on Iraqi television to wish his country’s Christian minority—which has been fleeing by the thousand since the American invasion, in 2003—a happy holiday. Maliki, who is sixty-three, wore a dark-blue suit and a purple tie, and stood almost perfectly still at a lectern flanked by Iraqi flags. His long face conveyed, as it almost always does, a look of utter joylessness. Having spent much of his life hunted by assassins, Maliki gives the impression of a man who learned long ago to ruthlessly suppress his feelings. “He never smiles, he never says thank you, and I’ve never seen him say, ‘I’m sorry,’ ” a longtime associate of Maliki’s told me. For Maliki, the holiday greetings were a pretext. What he really wanted to talk about was protests unfolding in Anbar Province, west of Baghdad. “Thank God, the truth has been revealed,” he said.

When the last American soldiers left Iraq, at the end of 2011, the bloody civil war between the country’s Sunni and Shiite sects had been stifled but not resolved. Now the sectarian violence had returned, with terrifying intensity. For more than a year, thousands of Iraqis, nearly all of them members of the Sunni Arab minority, had been gathering to rail against Maliki’s Shiite-dominated government. Although the protests were mostly peaceful, security forces responded harshly, detaining thousands of Sunni men without charges and, in one encampment, touching off a spasm of violence that left hundreds of civilians dead. Across the Sunni heartland, north and west of Baghdad, the town squares filled with angry crowds, and the rhetoric grew more extreme. In Ramadi, protesters raised black jihadi flags, representing the extremist Al Qaeda offshoot that had dominated the city during the American occupation. “We are a group called Al Qaeda!” a man shouted from a stage in the protesters’ camp. “We will cut off heads and bring justice!” The crowd cheered. read more>>>

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

"CIA Turn Over Data on Secret Prisons"

Guantánamo judge to CIA: Disclose ‘black site’ details to USS Cole defense lawyers
GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- 04.17.14 -- The military judge in the USS Cole bombing case has ordered the CIA to give defense lawyers details — names, dates and places — of its secret overseas detention and interrogation of the man accused of planning the bombing, two people who have read the still-secret order said Thursday.

Army Col. James L. Pohl issued the five-page order Monday. It was sealed as document 120C on the war court website Thursday morning and, according to those who have read it, orders the agency to provide a chronology of the overseas odyssey of Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, 49, from his capture in Dubai in 2002 to his arrival at Guantánamo four years later.

The order sets the stage for a showdown between the CIA and a military judge, if the agency refuses to turn over the information to the prosecution for the defense teams. The order comes while the CIA fights a bitter, public battle with the Senate on its black site torture investigation. read more>>>

Gitmo judge orders CIA to detail journey of detainee
April 19, 2014 - The CIA is facing continued scrutiny over its black sites abroad for interrogating suspects under its "extraordinary rendition" program. read more>>>

Perplexing delay in Iraq inquiry report
Probe body chairman Chilcot’s conclusions should and could be published soon, but there are still some political obstacles to overcome

April 18, 2014 - Who wants to see the Iraq inquiry report published sometime soon? And who does not? Last week, the Independent reported that the fraught process of getting the government to declassify documents that will support the report’s findings is still “stalled”.

That may see the report come out very close to next year’s general election, which could harm Labour and suit the Tories. But Nick Clegg clearly is not happy and says things should be accelerated. His comments have been read as blaming Tony Blair for the hold-up, but Blair says he wants the report out there.

If you are confused, you are entitled to be. The inquiry and the Cabinet Office cannot even agree on how close they are to an agreement. As the Independent’s Nigel Morris wrote: “Sources close to Sir John and his four colleagues say they now regard the Cabinet Office’s attitude towards their requests as ‘ridiculous and intransigent’”. But the Cabinet Office is saying it “has been in a constructive dialogue with the inquiry team over recent months, with a clear view to meeting their declassification requests. That process should be concluded shortly.” read more>>>

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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Moving Towards Justice, The Iraq Commission

International Lawyers Seek Justice for Iraqis
19 April 2014 - International lawyers and activists converged at a conference titled The Iraq Commission, in Brussels, Belgium, April 16 and 17, with the primary aim of bringing to justice government officials who are guilty of war crimes in Iraq.

"Within a few days of this, a lawless atmosphere developed within my unit,” Ross Caputi, a former marine who took part in the brutal November 2004 siege of Fallujah told the Iraq Commission. "There was a lot of looting going on. I saw people searching the pockets of the dead resistance fighters for money. Some people were mutilating corpses."

The conference represents the most powerful and most current organized attempt in the world to bring justice to those responsible for the catastrophe in Iraq, and included powerful international lawyers like International Court of Justice lawyer Curtis Doebbler and Louie Roberto Zamora Bolanos, a lawyer from Costa Rica who successfully sued the government of his country for supporting the war in Iraq.

Their goal for the conference was to begin taking concrete steps toward international lawsuits that will bring former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair and former US President George W. Bush, along with those responsible in their administrations, to justice for the myriad war crimes committed in Iraq. read more>>>

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Abu Ghraib Prison No More

Iraq closes notorious Abu Ghraib prison
April 15, 2014 - Iraq's justice minister says authorities have closed down a notorious prison west of Baghdad over security concerns.

Hassan al-Shimmari said Tuesday that 2,400 inmates have been transferred from Abu Ghraib to other prisons in safer areas of the country. He says it was a precautionary measure because the Abu Ghraib facility is located in "a restive area."

The prison is at the edge of the Sunni-dominated Anbar province, which has been engulfed in clashes between an al-Qaida-splinter group and government forces. read more>>>

Blair Responds on Recent Chilcot Iraq War Inquiry Reports

Iraq Inquiry: Time to publish findings, says Nick Clegg
15 April 2014 - It is time to "get on" with publishing the findings of the Iraq Inquiry, which began its work almost five years ago, Nick Clegg has said.

The panel, under Sir John Chilcot, has become involved in arguments with Whitehall officials over which documents can be disclosed.

The deputy prime minister said Sir John would like to finish his work "as soon as possible".

The Cabinet Office said discussions over documents should end "shortly".

The inquiry was set up in June 2009 and heard from final witnesses in February 2011.

It examined the background to the war, the conduct of military operations, post-war planning and the UK's role in post-war security and governance until British troops left in 2009. read more>>>

Tony Blair strikes back at Nick Clegg over Chilcot report into Iraq war
14 April 2014 - Tony Blair hit back at Nick Clegg on Monday after the Deputy Prime Minister condemned the delays dogging publication of Sir John Chilcot’s Iraq inquiry report.

The former Labour Prime Minister also took a swipe at the Coalition’s “inaction” over the three-year-long civil war in Syria.

The Independent disclosed that the Iraq report will not be published until 2015 at the earliest, six years after the Chilcot inquiry was ordered.

That could mean the next general election being fought against the backdrop of heavy criticism of the Blair government’s support for the US-led invasion of Iraq.

Mr Clegg wanted those who faced criticism in the long-awaited document to accept that “it is just time to get this report published”.

He said: “This was one of the most momentous, in my view one of the most catastrophic decisions in British foreign policy - I would say the most catastrophic decision - since Suez.

“It is quite right that as a country we learn the lessons, we understand the truth and that those who might not like to be subject to further scrutiny subject themselves to the further scrutiny which will be included in the Chilcot report”. read more>>>

Monday, April 14, 2014

Chilcot’s Iraq inquiry Final Release Pushed Into 2015

And you can bet there's pressure coming from here in the States, politically from the right, to lock the release from this year as recently reported it would finally be released!

Iraq inquiry deadlock leaves Labour fearing report ahead of 2015 election
13 April 2014 - Labour faces the prospect of seeing Sir John Chilcot’s Iraq inquiry published in the year of the election, which Lord Mandelson has warned would be a “very difficult minefield” for Ed Miliband.

The political tug-of-war over classified documents is now so entrenched that the earliest publication date for the £9m inquiry has spilled over into 2015, The Independent has learnt.

The increasing prospect of the report on Iraq, six years after it was ordered, being published in the period before official campaigning begins ahead of next May’s general election is unnerving key advisers to the Labour leader, Ed Miliband.

The Independent has been told that discussions between the inquiry and the Cabinet Office remain deadlocked, and a year-long stand-off is now unlikely to be resolved before the current parliamentary session ends. Even if a deal were reached over the summer recess, legal protocols and procedures would push the Iraq report’s publication into the spring of next year.

Last year, Lord Mandelson, a leading figure in the Labour governments of Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, warned that the Chilcot report would be a “very difficult minefield” for Mr Miliband to navigate his way through. He accepted the Iraq war remained a “very sensitive issue” for many in the Labour Party. read more>>>

Red Hot Chili Peppers Drummer -- "I'm Disgusted the CIA Used Our Music"

Red Hot Chili Peppers sick over torture news
4/13/2014 - As more information is leaked from a controversial Senate report regarding how the Central Intelligence Agency conducted "enhanced interrogation techniques" on high value prisoners during the War on Terror, the Red Hot Chili Peppers found they may have been unwittingly involved.

According to a report on Al Jazeera, terror suspect Abu Zubaydah was the only prisoner to be subjected to all 10 enhanced interrogation methods in what is now known as the 2002 Justice Department "torture memos." The officials familiar with the Senate report who spoke with Al Jazeera reporter Jason Leopold, said Zubaydah was not only waterboarded, but "was stuffed into a pet crate (the type used to transport dogs on airplanes) over the course of two weeks and routinely passed out, was shackled by his wrists to the ceiling of his cell and subjected to an endless loop of loud music...the music used to batter the detainee's senses was by the Red Hot Chili Peppers." read more>>>

Sunday, April 13, 2014

CIA used Diego Garcia as black site

UK govt pressed over allegations CIA used Diego Garcia as black site
April 10, 2014 - The British government faced renewed questions Thursday over whether the CIA has used the island of Diego Garcia, a leased U.K. territory in the Indian Ocean, to detain high-value suspects.

Prompted by an Al Jazeera report that published information from a classified U.S. Senate report, London-based human rights group Reprieve called on U.K. Foreign Secretary William Hague to release more information on the issue.

On Wednesday, it was reported that a Senate Intelligence Committee paper confirms that U.S. intelligence agents detained suspects on Diego Garcia, an island about 1,100 miles off the southern tip of India. The article cited two unnamed U.S. officials with knowledge of the classified document, which is set for declassification after an Intelligence Committee vote last week.

British authorities were in "full cooperation" with U.S. intelligence to use the island as a "black site" prison, secretly operated by the CIA, sources told Al Jazeera. read more>>>

UK urged to admit that CIA used island as secret 'black site' prison
12 April 2014 - Human rights group representing Gaddafi opponent rendered to Libya via Diego Garcia says Britain must 'come clean' over role read more>>>

Friday, April 4, 2014

Honesty About Iraq From Any bushco Member??

Inside or outside of government, with outsiders extremely close, to that administration and all it's policies, those republican controlled congresses often only ones meeting with or much of the media that carried their beating louder and louder war drums far and wide?! Extremely quickly Abandoning the Missions and Military sent to Afghanistan to Accomplish after 9/11?!

04/03/14 - Is America ready for honesty about Iraq?

Errol Morris, Oscar-winning filmmaker talks with Rachel Maddow about his new documentary “The Unknown Known,” examining Donald Rumsfeld’s perspective on the war in Iraq, and the rewriting of history by former Bush staffers.

The British Iraq War Inquiry
In the above link, soon to be released and with redacted bush/blair private conversations which have been holding up the release, is the site of the often called 'Chilcot Inquiry', you will find these:

24 November 2009 - Even before Bush's administration came to power an article written by his then national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, warned that "nothing will change" in Iraq until Saddam was gone

27 November 2009 - But there was a 'sea change' in attitude after the atrocities, with former national security adviser Condoleezza Rice targeting Iraq on the very day of the outrage.

30 November 2009 - George Bush tried to make a connection between Iraq and al-Qaida in a conversation with Tony Blair three days after the 9/11 attacks, according to Blair's foreign policy adviser of the time.

1 December 2009 - There was "a touching belief [in Washington] that we shouldn't worry so much about the aftermath because it was all going to be sweetness and light".

3 December 2009 - Boyce mentions the "dysfunctionalism" of Washington. He says that he would find himself briefing his American counterparts on what was happening in different parts of the US administration. Rumsfeld was not sharing information

Written Transcripts by Date of each session.

Oral Evidence by Date

Witnesses who have given oral evidence in public

Declassified Documents

And much much more, we still have nothing on what went on behind closed doors in testimony during the hearings and may or may not with the final report, if and when it's released.

Erroll Morris Makes Rumsfeld Story Film Friendly
April 04, 2014 - The latest documentary from filmmaker Errol Morris is called The Unknown Known. It is an interview with former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Morris also directed Fog of War.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

CIA's Thai Black Site

CIA 'misled' on Thai black site
1 Apr 2014 - A damning US Senate report concluded that the CIA misled Congress and the American public by downplaying the severity of its interrogations and overstating intelligence gleaned from the sessions, The Washington Post said Monday.

Several officials familiar with the classified 6,300-page document, years in the making, said it detailed the brutality of an enhanced interrogation program that yielded little actionable intelligence beyond what was already obtained from detainees before they were subjected to the objectionable techniques.

"The CIA described (its program) repeatedly both to the Department of Justice and eventually to Congress as getting unique, otherwise unobtainable intelligence that helped disrupt terrorist plots and save thousands of lives," a US official briefed on the document told the daily.

"Was that actually true? The answer is no."

Officials also spoke of the abuses undertaken within the vast system of secret detention sites to which terror suspects were taken and interrogated.

The abuse often took place under brutal conditions, including the previously undisclosed method of repeatedly dunking suspects in ice water -- until President Barack Obama ordered the system dismantled in 2009. read more>>>

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

CIA Misled Public: In Torture Report For Years

03/31/14 - Senate study rips CIA torture report: leak

Rachel Maddow reports breaking news of a leak to the Washington Post that the Senate report on concludes that the CIA was misleading in its report on its use of torture and the effectiveness of their tactics.

CIA misled on interrogation program, Senate report says
March 31 2014 - A report by the Senate Intelligence Committee concludes that the CIA misled the government and the public about aspects of its brutal interrogation program for years — concealing details about the severity of its methods, overstating the significance of plots and prisoners, and taking credit for critical pieces of intelligence that detainees had in fact surrendered before they were subjected to harsh techniques.

The report, built around detailed chronologies of dozens of CIA detainees, documents a long-standing pattern of unsubstantiated claims as agency officials sought permission to use — and later tried to defend — excruciating interrogation methods that yielded little, if any, significant intelligence, according to U.S. officials who have reviewed the document.

“The CIA described [its program] repeatedly both to the Department of Justice and eventually to Congress as getting unique, otherwise unobtainable intelligence that helped disrupt terrorist plots and save thousands of lives,” said one U.S. official briefed on the report. “Was that actually true? The answer is no.” read more>>>

'Torture was not essential to find bin Laden’, US Senate report will find
A still-secret US Senate report into the use of “enhanced interrogations” in the wake of 9/11 will find that torture was not necessary or effective, it has been claimed

31 Mar 2014 - Water-boarding and other harsh interrogation techniques provided no key evidence in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, a new senate report into the use of torture by the CIA in the years after the September 11 attacks is expected to claim.

If confirmed, the finding in the 6,200-page senate report will directly challenge assertion by former members of the George W. Bush administration that the CIA’s so-called “enhanced interrogation” techniques were an essential tool in prosecuting the war on terror.

Congressional aides familiar with the still-secret report told the Associated Press that a review of some 6 million classified documents had led them to conclude there was no benefit derived from treatment that the United Nations and rights groups say amounted to torture. read more>>>

Us Vietnam Vets got the answers, at least a few, of why that occupation conflict lasted so long, why I was sent into in '70 and left in '71, I got waterboarded then roughed up in S.E.R.E., after already years of and more years to come, with the bush administration. After so quickly abandoning the missions and troops after 9/11 to invade another country, it was because of the interrogation and torture information gleaned that worked so well. Just ask all the supporters of, mostly GOP, they watched the popular TV drama '24' and like everything else today TV is reality and torture worked great in the show. So it must of been the torture from the North Vietnamese and information from that greatly extended and prolonged that war, they were getting the information needed from the POW's like McCain. So it's time to come clean John, and the others still alive, how much information and what type did you all give up. Been years from and we might understand now, after all it can't just work because we Americans do it any better then anyone else that we've always, and still do, condemn for doing!!

Monday, March 31, 2014

Brit Held in Guantanamo Drops Torture Claims

Briton held in Guantanamo for 12 years withdraws his torture claims in the hope that objections to his release will be dropped
29 March 2014 - The last Briton held in Guantanamo Bay has dropped his torture case against MI6 in a move which could pave the way for his return to the UK.

Shaker Aamer has been imprisoned at the US naval base in Cuba for 12 years after he was arrested by Afghan militias working for the Americans shortly after the 2001 invasion of Afghanistan.

For the past three years, Scotland Yard detectives have been investigating claims that he was tortured in Afghanistan and that British interrogators working for MI6 were present. read more>>>