Michael Ratner: Zero Dark Thirty, Manhunt and Obama Admin. Justify Use of Torture + Globalizing Torture: Ahead of Brennan Hearing, International Complicity in CIA Rendition Exposed

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TheRealNews·Feb 4, 2013

Michael Ratner: Recent films and Obama’s lack of prosecution of CIA and Bush Cheney for torture is creating conditions for its public acceptance.


Globalizing Torture: Ahead of Brennan Hearing, International Complicity in CIA Rendition Exposed

democracynow·Feb 7, 2013

DemocracyNow.org – As counter-terrorism czar John Brennan appears on Capitol Hill for his confirmation hearing to head the CIA, a new report provides a detailed look at global involvement in the agency’s secret program of prisons, rendition and torture in the years after 9/11. In “Globalizing Torture,” the Open Society Justice Initiative says 54 countries helped the CIA detain 136 people, the largest tally to date. The report’s author, Amrit Singh, joins us to discuss her findings, and Brennan’s role in the expansive program she’s documented.

From the archives:

Daniel Ellsberg: NDAA Indefinite Detention Provision is Part of Systematic Assault on Constitution + Kill List Exposed

America’s Indefinitely Detained + Close GITMO Protest

CIA: World’s Biggest Terrorist Organization

Michael Ratner: Obama Orders Assassinations with No Oversight

Ten Years of Torture: On Anniversary of Abu Zubaydah’s Capture, Poland Charges Former Spy Chief Over “Black Site” by Andy Worthington

By One Vote, US Court OKs Torture and “Extraordinary Rendition”


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http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/jan/29/obama-guantanamo-pentagon-cyber-yemen (Glenn Greenwald)





15 thoughts on “Michael Ratner: Zero Dark Thirty, Manhunt and Obama Admin. Justify Use of Torture + Globalizing Torture: Ahead of Brennan Hearing, International Complicity in CIA Rendition Exposed

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  10. Mr Ratner , the director of ”Zero Dark 30” has made it clear that torture is reprehensible . this is from her own words . I personally am against torture and all war. But i am also an artist that defends the right for another artist to speak their mind . in this case i happen to agree with her , that it is reprehensible .
    She has made it crystal clear where she stands , and yet people ignore her words and print what they want about her .
    there is a word for this sir : SLANDER .

    As someone who has made a living as a musician most of my life this is yet another bit of evidence on how a utilitarian society seeks to either suppress or control the freedom of the artist . or , even worse ..lie about their intentions . Manipulate their work for there own view. They have tried to do this for decades with the work of Bob Dylan . But he is wise enough to not get caught up in that web . He ramains an artist –always as Blake says ”in a state of becoming ”.

    let us speak frankly =–art is a threat . why ? becuase it is ambigiuos , and it puts the viewer in a place where they have to make up their own mind . the artist never spoon feeds his or her audience . that is why our society opposes it .

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  14. I just don’t get it; if Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is the alleged “master-mind” and “architect” of the Twin Towers attack, what does that make Sheikh bin Laden? Was he just their Saudi paymaster, casually sowing his African diamonds left, right and centre?

    Shouldn’t we hear more of 49 year-old KSM’s version of events? I mean from the Arab horse’s mouth so to speak? Now, whilst he’s unlikely to be subjected to anymore suffocating jugs of American H2O whilst under cross examination?

    That little red button (x 2) mystery, seems to me to signal some covert concern that too much Mohammed-talk might spill inconvenient ISI beans, not just compromise sensitive classified US security protocols.

    Since the deft sleight-of-hand performance of Jose Rodriguez and his disappearing torture video trick, it makes me wonder whether Opus Dei is really big in Puerto Rico?

    • Brennan is yet another obnoxious disposable altar-boy attending to the liturgical rites of the empire of abuse.

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