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Obama’s justice department grants final immunity to Bush’s CIA torturers | Glenn Greenwald, guardian.co.uk

The Obama administration’s aggressive, full-scale whitewashing of the “war on terror” crimes committed by Bush officials is now complete. Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the closing without charges of the only two cases under investigation relating to the US torture program: one that resulted in the 2002 death of an Afghan detainee at a secret CIA prison near Kabul, ...

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9/11 hearings: Hear no evil | Opinion, Al Jazeera

By Lisa Hajjar, professor of sociology at the University of California The challenge the government faces is how to prosecute people who have been tortured without putting the torturers and those who authorised them on trial, too. Of course, no one responsible for CIA torture has actually been put on trial, but these 9/11 defendants are a weak link in ...

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UN investigator condemns Corrie court ruling | JPost

A UN investigator condemned an Israeli court on Thursday for clearing the military of blame for the death of American activist crushed by an army bulldozer, calling it a “victory for impunity”. The ruling handed down on Tuesday on the civil suit brought by the family of Rachel Corrie was part of a pattern of decisions exonerating Israeli military actions ...

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Apple Rejects App That Tracks U.S. Drone Strikes | Wired.com

It seemed like a simple enough idea for an iPhone app: Send users a pop-up notice whenever a flying robots kills someone in one of America’s many undeclared wars. But Apple keeps blocking the Drones+ program from its App Store — and therefore, from iPhones everywhere. The Cupertino company says the content is “objectionable and crude,” according to Apple’s latest ...

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Owen Jones: Getting rid of George W. B7ush wasn’t enough. The US remains a bully | The Independent

How easy it was to scrutinise US power when George W. Bush was in office. After all, it was difficult to defend an administration packed with such repulsive characters, like Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, whose attitude towards the rest of the world amounted to thuggish contempt. Many will shudder remembering that dark era: the naked human pyramids accompanied by ...

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Rachel Corrie and human rights violations in the media | Popular-Resistance

blogged at http://popular-resistance.blogspot.com/2012/08/rachel-corrie.html It is hard to believe that we lost Rachel Corrie in March 2003. Our pain makes it feel like only yesterday especially now that a consistently biased lying Israeli judge justified exonerating her killers by vilifying the International Solidarity Movement (see links below). As a Palestinian who happens to also hold a US passport and most importantly ...

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Cindy Corrie on verdict: Sad day for Israel | Ynetnews

By Ahiya Raved “We are upset and saddened by the verdict. This is a sad day not only for our family, but also for human rights, for the legal system and for the State of Israel,” said Cindy Corrie, after a Haifa District Court rejected on Tuesday accusations that Israel was at fault over the death of American activist Rachel ...

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Cover-Up of Civilian Drone Deaths Revealed by New Evidence | Gareth Porter, TruthOut

Editors Note: “The New America Foundation (NAF) pages showing purported numbers for civilian drone casualties that are linked to and discussed in this article were previously public (see cached version). As of August 22, a few days after the publication of this article, these pages on the NAF website are no longer available. Gareth Porter has repeatedly contacted various NAF ...

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Former Israeli soldiers disclose routine mistreatment of Palestinian children | guardian.co.uk

More than 30 former Israeli soldiers have disclosed their experiences of the treatment of Palestinian children during military operations and arrests, pointing to a pattern of abuse. A booklet of testimonies, published by Breaking the Silence, an organisation of former Israeli soldiers dedicated to publicising the day-to-day actions of the army in the occupied territories, contains descriptions of beatings, intimidation, ...

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