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CIA threatened to kill suspect’s children

Posted by kelliasworld on August 24, 2009

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Inspector general’s report says CIA agents threatened to kill suspects’ children

America’s torture debate is nowhere near over.

“Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has decided to appoint a prosecutor to examine nearly a dozen cases in which CIA interrogators and contractors may have violated anti-torture laws and other statutes when they threatened terrorism suspects, according to two sources familiar with the move,” Carrie Johnson reports in The Washington Post.

The appointment comes on the same day the Obama administration released a less-redacted version of an inspector general report detailing CIA abuses.

“The report says one interrogator threatened to kill the children of a Sept. 11 suspect, and another may have threatened to [sexually] assault a suspect’s mother in front of him,” the Associated Press reported.

The revelations are an echo of an August, 2002 memo that showed the Bush administration’s initial approval of using insects as a means of torturing Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s children. A second leaked memo later claimed the technique was never applied. However, at a military tribunal in 2007, the father of a Guantanamo detainee alleged that Pakistani guards had confessed that American interrogators used ants to coerce Mohammed’s children into revealing their father’s whereabouts.

According to the Post, “John Durham, a career Justice Department prosecutor from Connecticut,” is being tapped “to lead the high-stakes inquiry, added the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the process is not yet complete.”

The New York Times added: “President Obama does not intend to voice his preference for whether anyone is prosecuted from prisoner abuse cases, a White House spokesman said Monday, and will allow Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. to make the decision.”

Deputy White House press secretary Bill Burton told reporters Monday that the president had complete faith in Holder and that the decision whether to launch an investigation was the attorney general’s sole prerogative.

“The White House supports the attorney general making the decisions on who gets prosecuted and investigated,” Deputy White House press secretary Bill Burton said, according to the Post.

Durham is no stranger to hard-slog prosecutions. A 30-plus-year veteran, he was most recently appointed by former Attorney General Michael Mukasey to investigate the CIA’s destruction of terror war interrogation tapes.

When Mukasey selected Durham, Talking Points Memo posted a brief outline of his work history, quoting the Associated Press as saying that he’s “one of the nation’s most relentless prosecutors.”

Durham’s investigation of the missing or destroyed CIA interrogation tapes is ongoing, and several high-ranking officials have testified before a federal grand jury in Virginia. That investigation is ongoing.

“Mr. Durham has shrouded his investigation in a level of secrecy rare even by the normally tight-lipped standards of special prosecutors, and after 18 months it is still difficult to assess either the direction or the targets of his investigation,” The New York Times reported in July.

The Post’s report is the first confirmation that the Justice Department will open a formal investigation into the CIA’s alleged torture of terror war prisoners.

“Responsibility for the torture program cannot be laid at the feet of a few low-level operatives,” read a Center for Constitutional Rights statement on the matter. “Some agents in the field may have gone further than the limits so ghoulishly laid out by the lawyers who twisted the law to create legal cover for the program, but it is the lawyers and the officials who oversaw and approved the program who must be investigated.”

The watchdog group added: “We call on the Obama administration not to tie a prosecutor’s hands but to let the investigation go as far up the chain of command as the facts lead. We must send a clear message to the rest of the world, to future officials, and to the victims of torture that justice will be served and that the rule of law has been restored.”

DEVELOPING…

– Stephen Webster

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But while this is being reported, word is also out that the Obama Adminstration will continue the Bush policy of extraordinary rendition, even though Obama said in January that such would be illegal under his administration.  K.R.

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National Guard drill at high school to prepare for possible H1N1 riot

Posted by kelliasworld on August 14, 2009

From the Lewiston, ME Sun Journal
By Leslie H. Dixon, Staff Writer
Published: Aug 13, 2009 1:46 am
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PARIS — Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School will be the site of a National Guard riot control drill Thursday morning to prepare in the event of a panic over distribution of serum to treat the swine flu.

The school on Route 26 at the Paris-Norway town line has been designated by state officials as a distribution site for the H1N1 flu vaccine. The drill is to prepare for a worst-case scenario should the serum have to be transported from Augusta and people rush to get it.

On Thursday morning, four or five National Guard Humvees will travel from Augusta to Paris with vials of fake serum. The National Guardsmen will take on the roles of panicked citizens and military police and practice what they would do, such as using tear gas, in the case of a riot.

“This is just a component of moving the stuff from point A to B,” said Oxford County Emergency Management Agency Director Scott Parker. The plan will be put into place only if needed, he said.

Plans were developed in April to have vials of serum sent from the federal government to Augusta, Parker said. From Augusta, the supplies will be transported to designated distribution centers.

During the April conference, concerns were raised about a possible out-of-control rush on the serum, Parker said. Because of that concern, Gov. John Baldacci and Gen. John Libby, adjutant general of the Maine National Guard, agreed that a plan should be devised to quell such a disturbance.

Local police chiefs have also been involved in the planning, Parker said. In a real event, local police would be in charge of security once the serum arrives in Paris. “We own it. We’re in charge of providing security,” he said.

As of Aug. 5, the Maine Center for Disease Control said there had been 323 confirmed cases of H1N1 in Maine, of which 176 are Maine residents and the rest out-of-staters diagnosed in Maine. A total of 19 people required hospitalization. Sixty percent of the victims were under the age of 25.

On Tuesday, health authorities reported Maine’s first death from the H1N1 virus. Dr. Dora Anne Mills, director of the Maine Center for Disease Control, said a York County man in his 50s was hospitalized for three weeks and died last week of underlying conditions complicated by H1N1.

The drill will take place behind the school and will not affect the day-to-day activities within the school. Access to the school building will be available through the main entrance, Parker said.

ldixon@sunjournal.com

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Note that serum to treat the flu is different from a vaccine to prevent the flu. Note also that Maine’s first death related to H1N1 was a York County man in his 50s was hospitalized for three weeks and died last week of underlying conditions complicated by H1N1. This has been typical of deaths related to swine flu and flu in general. So why is the government (and its stenographers in the media) getting all hot under the collar about swine flu? Why is the National Guard getting ready for a riot? Could it be the billions of dollars Big Pharma stand to make worldwide from mandatory vaccination programs?

Could it be, as one commenter to this article said:
ritamd says

We’re all going to be stampeding for WHAT?
The title should read’
“NATIONAL GUARD DRILL AT HIGH SCHOOL TO PREPARE FOR POSSIBLE H1N1 MANDATORY VACCINATION REFUSAL”

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