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A sobbing Canadian teenager begs for help as he is interrogated at the US "war on terror" camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the very first video glimpse of any such questioning showed on Tuesday.
The video was released by attorneys for terror suspect Omar Khadr, who is shown being questioned at the prison by Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) agents in February, 2003.
Khadr is the youngest detainee at Guantanamo, accused of killing a US soldier in a firefight in Afghanistan.
He has been held at the US facility naval since his arrest in 2002, when he was 15 years old, and faces an upcoming US military commission on terrorism charges.
"Help me, help me, help me," Khadr says in the video, weeping, holding his head in his hands.
The footage covers seven and a half hours of questioning over three days. It depicts a dejected young man, tense from the pang of injuries suffered in a brush with US soldiers six months earlier.
In one excerpt, Khadr tugs at his hair, and pulls his orange prisoner suit over his head to show his interrogator his battle scars.
"I lost my eyes. I lost my feet. Everything," he says.
"You look like you're doing well to me," the interrogator replies, his face blurred in the images. "I'm not a doctor but I think you're getting good medical care."
"You say this is healthy?" Khadr asks. "I can't move my arm."
"No, you still have your eyes, and your feet are still at the ends of your legs," his interrogator replies, urging him to cooperate.
"You don't care about me," Khadr tells the interrogator. "Nobody cares about me."
In the video, apparently shot through the flaps of a ventilation shaft, Khadr is asked what he knows about Al-Qaeda and questioned about his Islamic faith.
At one point, an interrogator tries to calm Khadr, who is clearly distraught, saying he needs to get a "bite to eat" and adding: "I understand this is stressful."
When Khadr complains his compatriots have not helped his case, the interrogator replies: "We can't do anything for you."
The video shows no beating or physical abuse of Khadr.
According to files from the Foreign Intelligence Division of Canada's Foreign Affairs department, Khadr was forcibly sleep deprived and placed in isolation for three weeks before being interviewed again.
Human rights groups have also demanded Khadr be released from Guantanamo, saying his age at the time of capture precludes any war crime proceeding.
The US government alleges Khadr was the lone survivor of a four-hour US bombardment of an Al-Qaeda compound in Afghanistan in 2002, who rose from the rubble and killed a US sergeant with a grenade.
Khadr's US lawyer Lieutenant-Commander Bill Kuebler instead described him to a Canadian Commons committee as a "frightened, wounded, 15-year-old boy, a boy like other children wrongfully involved in armed conflict who had no business being there, who sat slumped against a bush while a battle raged around him."
Khadr was then shot at least twice in the back by US soldiers and was about to be executed when another soldier intervened, Kuebler said.
Khadr is said to have no vision in one eye, and sight in the other is deteriorating because of shrapnel embedded in the eye membrane.
There are no words. What are our so-called 'civilised' countries doing?
A sobbing Canadian teenager begs for help as he is interrogated at the US "war on... more
For the first time ever, a videotaped interrogation of a Guantanamo Bay terror suspect has been released to the public.
Omar Khadr was captured as a 15-year-old after being accused of throwing a grenade that killed a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan in 2002. Now his lawyers have released excerpts of a video showing their client being questioned by Canadian officials at Guantanamo Bay prison. The video is said to provide insight into the effects prolonged interrogation and detention had on Khadr.
The video was shot in 2003 over four days of interviews and is seven hours long in total. It was originally marked "Secret/No Foreign".
For the first time ever, a videotaped interrogation of a Guantanamo Bay terror suspect... more
WASHINGTON — The military trainers who came to Guantánamo Bay in December 2002 based an entire interrogation class on a chart showing the effects of “coercive management techniques” for possible use on prisoners, including “sleep deprivation,” “prolonged constraint,” and “exposure.”
What the trainers did not say, and may not have known, was that their chart had been copied verbatim from a 1957 Air Force study of Chinese Communist techniques used during the Korean War to obtain confessions, many of them false, from American prisoners.
The recycled chart is the latest and most vivid evidence of the way Communist interrogation methods that the United States long described as torture became the basis for interrogations both by the military at the base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and by the Central Intelligence Agency.
Some methods were used against a small number of prisoners at Guantánamo before 2005, when Congress banned the use of coercion by the military. The C.I.A. is still authorized by President Bush to use a number of secret “alternative” interrogation methods.
Several Guantánamo documents, including the chart outlining coercive methods, were made public at a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing June 17 that examined how such tactics came to be employed.
But committee investigators were not aware of the chart’s source in the half-century-old journal article, a connection pointed out to The New York Times by an independent expert on interrogation who spoke on condition of anonymity.
The 1957 article from which the chart was copied was entitled “Communist Attempts to Elicit False Confessions From Air Force Prisoners of War” and written by Alfred D. Biderman, a sociologist then working for the Air Force, who died in 2003. Mr. Biderman had interviewed American prisoners returning from North Korea, some of whom had been filmed by their Chinese interrogators confessing to germ warfare and other atrocities.
Those orchestrated confessions led to allegations that the American prisoners had been “brainwashed,” and provoked the military to revamp its training to give some military personnel a taste of the enemies’ harsh methods to inoculate them against quick capitulation if captured.
In 2002, the training program, known as SERE, for Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape, became a source of interrogation methods both for the C.I.A. and the military. In what critics describe as a remarkable case of historical amnesia, officials who drew on the SERE program appear to have been unaware that it had been created as a result of concern about false confessions by American prisoners.
Senator Carl Levin, Democrat of Michigan and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said after reviewing the 1957 article that “every American would be shocked” by the origin of the training document.
“What makes this document doubly stunning is that these were techniques to get false confessions,” Mr. Levin said. “People say we need intelligence, and we do. But we don’t need false intelligence.”
A Defense Department spokesman, Lt. Col Patrick Ryder, said he could not comment on the Guantánamo training chart. “I can’t speculate on previous decisions that may have been made prior to current D.O.D. policy on interrogations,” Colonel Ryder said. “I can tell you that current D.O.D. policy is clear — we treat all detainees humanely.”
WASHINGTON — The military trainers who came to Guantánamo Bay in December... more
Guantanamo Bay interrogators were told to destroy handwritten notes in case they were called to testify on detainee treatment, a military lawyer alleges.
The lawyer, Lt-Cmdr William Kuebler, said the instructions were contained in a Pentagon operations manual.
He said this apparent destruction of evidence at the prison camp stopped him from challenging alleged confessions in the case of his client, Omar Khadr. He would use the document to seek a dismissal of the charges, he said. Mr Khadr - a Canadian - is the only Westerner still held at the jail.
He faces a maximum sentence of life in prison if convicted.
Two weeks ago, Canada's Supreme Court ruled the Canadian government had acted illegally by handing over documents from an interview with the suspect by its own intelligence services a year after his capture. Guantanamo Bay interrogators were told to destroy handwritten notes in case they were... more
eyewitness accounts of the occupations - Winter Soldiers testify
From March 13th-16th 2008 nearly 300 Veterans assembled outside Washington DC to share searing accounts of the occupations.Organized by Iraq Veterans Against the War, the soldiers
testified to the brutality, torture, murder, and widespread mistreatment of Iraqi civilians at the hands of the U.S. military.
They call it Winter Soldier - Iraq and Afghanistan - eyewitness accounts of the occupations
Featured interview: Dahr Jamail , author of Beyond the Green Zone and an UNEMBEDDED journalist in Iraq.at the Winter Soldier hearings, March 15, 2008.
Iraq Veterans Against the War has over 1000 members in 49 states, Washington DC, Canada, and on military bases abroad.
Filmed by Paul Hubbard and Robert Malin eyewitness accounts of the occupations - Winter Soldiers testify From March... more
Let us not forget that on March 8, 2008, President Bush announced his veto of legislation to ban the use of harsh interrogation methods, such as waterboarding. Remember what our government continues to do. Rather than depict it as an "enhanced" interrogation technique, let us call it by its proper name: Torture.
Photographs and a truly frightening video are included.Let us not forget that on March 8, 2008, President Bush announced his veto of... more
A film the CIA doesn't want you to see. Amnesty's The Stuff of Life shows the disgusting reality of half-drowning a person then calling it 'enhanced interrogation'.
'Waterboarding' - the practice of torturing prisoners by partially drowning them - is used by the CIA to extract information from detainees in the ‘war on terror’. President George Bush thinks it's a 'necessary tool'. We think it's torture.
Unsubscribe from human rights abuses in the 'war on terror' - www.unsubscribe-me.orgA film the CIA doesn't want you to see. Amnesty's The Stuff of Life shows... more
In this amazing article, published this weekend, a military lawyer from the infamous detention centre reveals that TV drama 24 formed the basis of new and controversial interrogation techniques for use on suspected terrorists.
The new torture methods (detailed in full the article) included 'water-boarding' and stress positions such as standing for a maximum of four hours and were signed off by Donald Rumsfield who added a comment at the bottom of the official document: "I stand for eight to 10 hours a day. Why is standing limited to four hours?"
The new techniques raised concern amongst some of those who witnessed them. FBI agents went on record with their concerns, as did various psychologists and investigators who reviewed the site.
The Supreme Court later overturned President Bush's Geneva decision (that none of the detainees at Guantanamo, whether Taliban of al-Qaida, could rely on the protections granted by the Geneva conventions), ruling that it was unlawful. By that time, however, a number of new, disputed interrogation techniques, inspired by a fictional counter-terrorism agent, had already been used on a number of detainees.
Ironically, last year the US military criticised the award-winning series, saying it encouraged soldiers to see torture as a justifiable weapon against terror suspects. In this amazing article, published this weekend, a military lawyer from the infamous... more
In Condoleeza Rice's own words. "Torture or the conspiracy to commit torture is a crime in the United States."
Don't you think it is time for this lying person to be asked to resign from her job? She has lied more than many people say Hillary Clinton has lied.
Frankly I am sick and tired of her lying about and denying that the United States of America, under the leadership of George Bush and Dick Cheney, has "not willfully engaged in torture or any act that would cause physical or psychological abuse to any detainee."
Boy they must have a whole cadre of Soothsayer Lawyers telling them "Oh of course you can do that, but we're gonna call it by a more respectable name" like instead of calling it torture, we are gonna call it HARSH INTERROGATION TACTICS.
Poor Colin Powell was forced to resign and leave public service almost entirely in DISGRACE to SAVE FACE for the horrible LIES that he told to the UNITED NATIONS, with faked up SATELLITE PHOTOS of WMDs.
Colin perhaps was duped into telling those lies with false intelligence. But he was disgraced nonetheless. How much more does Condi deserve to be disgraced? I would say a lot!
What do you think about what should happen to this lying (insert expletive here)?
Now when you watch the video, at the end there is a call to action asking you to sign the petition. You can if you want to, But I am more interested in having a discussion about Ms. Rice's job performance; lets call it a performance review.In Condoleeza Rice's own words. "Torture or the conspiracy to commit torture... more
This memo gave the White House the ability to justify torture of terrorist suspects. What about all that talk about us being better than our enemies and being a better people than our enemies? If we resort to torture, don't we lose the moral high ground?
This is a very interesting article, read more at the associated link. This memo gave the White House the ability to justify torture of terrorist suspects.... more
WASHINGTON - The White House says President Bush will veto legislation on Saturday that would have barred the CIA from using waterboarding — a technique that simulates drowning — and other harsh interrogation methods on terror suspects.
Bush has said the bill would harm the government's ability to prevent future attacks. Supporters of the legislation argue that it preserves the United States' right to collect critical intelligence while boosting the country's moral standing abroad.
"The bill would take away one of the most valuable tools on the war on terror, the CIA program to detain and question key terrorist leaders and operatives," deputy White House press secretary Tony Fratto said Friday.
So tell me again why impeachment is off the table? This is SHAMEFUL.
WASHINGTON - The White House says President Bush will veto legislation on Saturday... more
Yep, you read that title right. Acting head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel Steven G. Bradbury will offer this statement in testimony at a House of Representatives hearing: "there has been no determination by the Justice Department that the use of waterboarding, under any circumstances, would be lawful under current law."
Now, that's not to say that the Justice Department could not "find" or determine that the practice is legal, but they have not done so yet...and they'd need to do so before waterboarding could be used again.
The Senate is trying to nail down the issue by voting last night to ban the practice, but our "compassionate" President has promised to veto the measure.Yep, you read that title right. Acting head of the Justice Department’s Office... more
Democrats in the US Senate have demanded a criminal investigation into waterboarding by government interrogators after the Bush administration admitted for the first time that the tactic was used on three terror suspects.
In a testimony to Congress, CIA director Michael Hayden became the first US official to publicly acknowledge the agency carried out waterboarding interrogation on detainees following 9/11.
Waterboarding has been traced back to the Spanish Inquisition and has been condemned by Amnesty International and nations around the world.
"We used it against these three detainees because of the circumstances at the time," Mr Hayden told the Senate Intelligence Committee.
"There was the belief that additional catastrophic attacks against the homeland were inevitable. And we had limited knowledge about al Qaida and its workings. Those two realities have changed."
The Pentagon has banned its employees from using waterboarding and Human Rights Watch, which has been calling on the US government to outlaw waterboarding as a form of illegal torture, called Mr Hayden's testimony "an explicit admission of criminal activity". The above picture depicts a protest against waterboarding.Democrats in the US Senate have demanded a criminal investigation into waterboarding... more
Why is waterboarding such a big problem to people? In my opinion if any type of criminal is hideing information from any police or govement agent and they know he's hideing something they need to do want ever it takes to get the infor and protect the crounty I live in.Why is waterboarding such a big problem to people? In my opinion if any type of... more
A federal judge has given the Bush administration three weeks to explain why the tapes that showed harsh interrogation tactics by CIA officers, like waterboarding, were destroyed in 2005 and also to say whether other evidence was destroyed. The judge believes the tapes may have been relevant to the court case (uhm, yeah?) and now he and others involved are wondering what else may have been destroyed. A federal judge has given the Bush administration three weeks to explain why the tapes... more
The US Justice Department is launching its own criminal investigation into the interrogation tapes that allegedly provide evidence of the harsh interrogation methods used by the United States in its pursuit of terror suspects.
Hundreds of hours of footage and images recorded in 2002 may have been destroyed. Authorities believe that the tapes contained images of waterboarding, an interrogation technique that simulates drowning.
Former CIA official Jose Rodriguez ordered the tapes to be destroyed in 2005 because they no longer had "intelligence value" and could compromise the identity of agents.
In a statement, current US Attorney General Michael Mukasey said, "The department's national security division has recommended, and I have concluded, that there is a basis for initiating a criminal investigation of this matter." US President George W Bush claims that the US does not use torture.The US Justice Department is launching its own criminal investigation into the... more
CIA director Michael Hayden has closed door hearings on the interrogation tape destructions today with the Senate Panel, tomorrow with the House Committee.
I expect his case got a lot more tricky to make given an ex-CIA agent's interview with ABC saying waterboarding was "authorized from the top, and effective to boot" (not a direct quote, but that was the jist of it).
Ugh.CIA director Michael Hayden has closed door hearings on the interrogation tape... more
An ex-CIA agent seems to consider the procedure torture and says he did not perform it himself, though he did witness it. He said that practice was authorized at the top levels, by the White House, the National Security Council and the Justice Department, and was most often carried out by "retired commandos under contract to the CIA."
And he says it works - that in one instance it took only 35 seconds before a suspect began providing valuable information he says prevented dozens of attacks.
If it works...does that change anyone's mind on the topic?An ex-CIA agent seems to consider the procedure torture and says he did not perform it... more