#AceNewsServices – Featured Posts:WASHINGTON:Dec.30:The US Senate report on the CIA’s so-called enhanced interrogation techniques that was released on Tuesday said a firm identified only as "Company Y" was responsible for developing many of the tactics used during the questioning of terrorism suspects after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

After the release of the details of the Senate investigation, NBC News reported the company that worked to develop these techniques and received more than $80 million from the government for its work was a firm based in Spokane, Washington, called Mitchell, Jessen & Associates.

While much of the attention on Mitchell, Jessen & Associates has focused on the two owners of the company who gave it its name, the firm had seven co-owners. Documents exclusively obtained by Business Insider on Wednesday confirmed the names of these seven people as well as their roles at the company. The records also detailed when Mitchell, Jessen & Associates was first established.

According to a document filed with the state of Washington in 2008, the seven owners of Mitchell, Jessen & Associates were James Mitchell, John Bruce Jessen, David Ayers, Randall Spivey, James Sporleder, Joseph Matarazzo, and Roger Aldrich.

Records show Mitchell, Jessen & Associates became inactive in October 2009. However, four of the company’s owners appear to work at other firms that currently consult with the US government. Three of them — Spivey, Sporleder, and Aldrich — are still working together at a company called the Center For Personal Protection & Safety, which counts both the Department of Defense and the FBI among its clients.

Their company reportedly developed interrogation techniques the Senate report described as "brutal," including forced rectal feedings, waterboarding, sleep deprivation, mock executions, and intense psychological manipulation. Late Wednesday evening, a CIA representative said the agency would not be able to comment on this story until the following morning, at the earliest.



#central-intelligence-agencycia, #torture, #washington


#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON:Dec.10 – The Central Intelligence Agency repeatedly and falsely claimed that its use of torture had enabled it to stop attacks on London’s Heathrow Airport and Canary Wharf, according to the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The report into “enhanced interrogation techniques” published in Washington yesterday said that “thwarting of the Heathrow Airport and Canary Wharf plotting is one of the eight most frequently cited examples” that the agency gave to justify torture.

In reality, neither plot was advanced, and both had been effectively disrupted when the people the CIA tortured for the information were captured.



#terrorist-attacks, #torture


#AceNewsServices – WASHINGTON:Dec.10 – The CIA paid at least a million dollars to Poland for it to host secret prisons, where it incarcerated alleged 9/11 terror suspects, according to the recent US torture report which was released on Tuesday and that we reported.

' CIA secret prison ruling sees Poland appeal to European Human Rights Court-Screenshot from 2014-12-10 12:33:08 '

‘ CIA secret prison ruling sees Poland appeal to European Human Rights Court-Screenshot from 2014-12-10 12:33:08 ‘    

Warsaw had initially tried to halt the transfer of suspects, but after a generous offer, it suddenly became more “flexible.

Although redacted, the US torture report does not name Poland, calling it just the “Country”. Details such as the names of the detainees transferred to the country and the time they arrived at the CIA“black site” match the European Court of Human Rights ruling on the existence of a CIA “black site” in Poland.

#AceWorldNews – POLAND – July 25 -The European Court of Human Rights says Poland violated the European Convention on Human Rights by allowing terrorism suspects Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri and Abu Zubaydah to be secretly imprisoned on its territory between 2002 and 2003.

#AceWorldNews – POLAND – July 25 -The European Court of Human Rights says Poland violated the European Convention on Human Rights by allowing terrorism suspects Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri and Abu Zubaydah to be secretly imprisoned on its territory between 2002 and 2003.

“In December 2002, the two individuals then being detained by the CIA in [the] Country (Abu Zubaydah and ‘Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri) were transferred to [the] Country,” says the report.

According to the report, the agreement to host a CIA detention facility in the Country “created multiple, ongoing difficulties between [the] Country and the CIA.”

screenshot from CIA torture report

‘ Screenshot from CIA Torture Report ‘

Poland then proposed a “Memorandum of Understanding” covering the relative roles and responsibilities of the CIA, but the agency refused to sign the document.

“Four months after the site began hosting CIA detainees, [the] Country rejected the transfer,” says the document.

Warsaw rejected the transfer of Khalid Shaykh [Sheikh] Muhammad, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks. 

However Poland’s decision was “reversed” only after the US ambassador “intervened” with Warsaw.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill.(AFP Photo / T.J. Kirkpatrick)

Former U.S. Ambassador to Iraq Christopher Hill.(AFP Photo / T.J. Kirkpatrick)

“The following month the CIA provided $ X million to [the]Country’s [officials]” and the “political leadership, indicated that [the] Country was now flexible with regard to the number of CIA detainees at the facility,” says the report. The sum was redacted in the report.

The document states the detention facility was closed, as had been previously agreed, in 2003.

Years later, Polish officials were “extremely upset” at the CIA’s “inability to keep secrets.” Polish authorities were also “deeply disappointed” that they hadn’t been warned before President George W. Bush publicly acknowledged the program’s existence in 2006, says the document.

Warsaw has always denied the existence of such black sites on its territory, while the US acknowledged the presence of facilities outside US jurisdiction, but didn’t identify the exact locations of them.

Reuters tried to reach a Polish government spokeswoman by phone and email, but she didn’t respond.

The document doesn’t name the “US ambassador” to Poland who was mentioned in the report. But at the time Christopher Hill (2000–2004) was in the post. Mr Hill hasn’t yet commented on the report.

A spokesman for Leszek Miller, who was the Polish PM from 2001 to 2004, declined to comment. 


#incacerated, #torture


#AceNewsServices – DETROIT- Nov.26 – The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) has filed a motion to be admitted as amicus curiae in the case of Rasmea Odeh, to support the request by Rasmea Odeh’s attorneys that the Court reconsider its decision to deny her bond pending sentencing on March 12, 2015.

' Free Rasmea Odeh '

‘ Free Rasmea Odeh ‘

On November 10, 2014 the prominent 67-year-old Palestinian Chicago community leader was found guilty of an immigration violation for failing to disclose having been convicted of bombing charges by the Israeli military in occupied Palestine more than 40 years ago – her confession of which had been coerced through 45 days of brutal torture and rape during incarceration.

The Court had gutted Odeh’s defence – represented by a team of NLG attorneys – when it prohibited testimony about her torture, rape, and subsequent post-traumatic stress disorder from trial. Deeming Odeh a “flight risk,” the Court has denied her bond.

' Rasmea Odeah '

‘ Rasmea Odeh ‘

The NLG urges the Court to reconsider this decision so that Odeh may continue her award-winning community work in Chicago until sentencing.

' NLG Files Friend of the Court Support for Motion Requesting Rasmea Odeh’s Bond Pending Sentencing to Continue Social Work '

‘ NLG Files Friend of the Court Support for Motion Requesting Rasmea Odeh’s Bond Pending Sentencing to Continue Social Work ‘

Long time NLG attorney Barbara Harvey, who filed the November 20 motion on behalf of the Guild, stated: “The amicus brief brings together Palestinians and Jews, Christians and Arabs, lawyers and non-lawyers, from six major human rights groups in this country to express their sorrow and ask the Court to show compassion for a 67-year-old Palestinian American woman who has helped hundreds of Arab women immigrants assimilate into US life and culture; 261 of these women also ask the Court to release Rasmea Odeh from prison pending sentencing.”

The NLG, Jewish Voice for Peace, Center for Constitutional Rights, Palestine Solidarity Legal Support, National Students for Justice in Palestine, and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee attached a joint letter to Judge Drain to the amicus papers, supporting Ms. Odeh’s request for reconsideration of bond. NLG President Azadeh Shahshahani said, “Rasmea Odeh belongs with her friends and community, especially the Arab-American women she has been supporting and serving for the past decade.

Based on her deep bonds to Chicago and her exemplary character, she should be set free immediately.”

Odeh faces a sentence of up to 10 years in prison and immediate deportation upon release, which could not only threaten her safety, but also deprive the Chicago community of her outstanding leadership and support. 

As Harvey asks, “Is our legal system dedicated to justice or is it so vengeful that we cannot show mercy to a person such as Rasmea Odeh, who has been a law-abiding resident of this country for 20 years and peacefully transformed her personal suffering into the energy to serve others?”



#attorney, #bond, #rape, #sentencing, #torture


AceWorldNews – Nov.18 – A Pakistani man can sue the UK government over claims he was unlawfully detained and tortured by British soldiers in Iraq, the High Court has ruled the BBC reported.

' Yunus Rahmatullah '

‘ Yunus Rahmatullah ‘ 

According to Reprieve: Yunus Rahmatullah was captured in 2004, then sent from British to US custody and held for 10 years without charge.

The UK knew he may face unlawful detention and torture, lawyers said.

The Ministry of Defence said it should not face UK courts as the alleged behaviour was also conducted by the US.

The MoD also said it should have either state immunity or that the courts do not have jurisdiction over the acts of a foreign state, the US in this case.

Sapna Malik – who represents Mr Rahmatullah – said: “It is now high time for the British government to abandon its attempts to evade judicial scrutiny of its conduct in operations involving the US in Iraq and Afghanistan.”


#alleging, #detainment, #government, #soldiers, #torture


#AceWorldNews – BOSNIA – Nov.18 – Bosnian police on Monday arrested 12 Bosnian Serbs suspected of crimes against humanity over an attack in the 1992-95 war, in which 150 Muslim Bosniaks were killed with their bodies being dumped in mass graves, Reuters said.



The arrests were carried out near the town of Prijedor.

The charges include murder, torture, rape, as well as looting and destroying the property of Bosniaks in the village of Zecovi, the prosecutor’s office said.

An estimated 100,000 people are believed to have been killed in the war, the large majority of them Bosniaks.


#bosnian-serbs, #murder, #rape, #torture

Footage of Judge Rotenberg Center torturing a person with a disability aired in court (Graphic)

At LONG last we get to see the video that was oppressed from us for 8 years or so, sick, barbaric and wrong. Don’t watch if you don’t like bad things.

#disabled-kids-tortured, #in-court, #judge-rotenberg-center, #torture

” North Korea and even `Kim Jong-un’ should face `International Justice’ for `Human Rights’ Abuses”

#AceWorldNews says that `North Korean’ security chiefs and possibly even the countries supreme leader, Kim Jong-un himself, should face international justice for ordering systematic torture, starvation and mass killings bordering on genocide, UN investigators said Monday.

The UN Commission of Inquiry told Kim in a letter they were advising the UN to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC), to ensure any culprits “including possibly yourself” were held accountable,

Reuters reported. North Korea said it “categorically and totally” rejected the investigators’ report.

#genocide, #icc, #international, #justice, #kim-jong-un, #north-korea, #north-korean, #reuters, #security, #starvation, #torture, #un

“Independent Human Rights Experts Today Urged Spanish Government to Reconsider to Extradite Alexsandr Pavlov”

#AceWorldNews says “United Nations” independent “Human Rights” experts today urged the “Spanish Government” to reconsider its decision to extradite Alexsandr Pavlov, who oversaw security for a Kazakh businessman and prominent opposition leader, on grounds that he may be tortured or receive an unfair trial if extradited.

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner...

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“All countries must ensure that extradition does not put an individual at risk of persecution, torture, inhuman or degrading treatment,” the UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Juan E. Méndez, said. “Spain must adopt all necessary measures to safeguard Mr. Pavlov’s rights and physical integrity.”

In the same news release from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, François Crépeau, stressed that the human rights of foreigners are no less important than the rights of citizens in any country, “The question we should ask ourselves is: would we as confidently send a citizen to the same fate?”

Mr. Pavlov, who formerly worked for opposition figure Mukhtar Ablyazov, was detained by Spanish authorities in 2012 on an Interpol warrant requested by Kazakhstan, which accuses him of financial and terrorism-related crimes.

On 18 November 2013, Spain’s high court, the Audiencia Nacional, approved Mr. Pavlov’s extradition, but the decision now rests with the Council of Ministers.

The two UN experts have called on the Council to consider Mr. Pavlov’s appeal based on the substantial fears that he might be tortured or unfairly tried.

Since July 2013, the two human rights experts, together with the UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, have engaged with the Spanish Government concerning Mr. Pavlov’s case.


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