February 14, 2010

Documents show detainee was abused in US custody

By JILL LAWLESS (AP) (source1, source2)

LONDON — A British resident was beaten, shackled and threatened while in U.S. custody in Pakistan in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, according to a newly published summary of intelligence reports sent from the CIA to Britain's MI5 spy agency.

The information, released by a court Wednesday over the objections of the British government, shows that British officials knew as early as 2002 about the treatment of Ethiopian-born Binyam Mohamed — one of hundreds of young Muslim men scooped up around the world at the time.

The White House said the ruling would make intelligence sharing with Britain more difficult in the future.

The summary adds to growing evidence of Mohamed's mistreatment during his seven years in American custody. In November, a U.S. district judge in Washington found evidence of even harsher abuse while Mohamed was held in Morocco for two years before he was eventually moved to Guantanamo Bay and charged with plotting with al-Qaida to bomb American apartment buildings....

In a ruling in the District Court for the District of Columbia in November, Judge Gladys Kessler said Mohamed had been tortured over a period of two years while being interviewed by FBI and CIA agents.

She said Mohamed was beaten with a leather strap, subjected to mock execution, kept in darkness, deprived of sleep, drugged, hung by his wrists and "cut on the chest and then on the penis and the testicles with a scalpel (about once a month for over a year)."

She said the U.S. government "does not challenge or deny the accuracy of (Mohamed)'s story of brutal treatment."

February 11, 2010

9/11 Monthly Update - February

Major Milestone Reached at AE911Truth: 1,000+ Architects & Engineers demand new 9/11 WTC investigation!

Press Conference Scheduled February 19th

As of January 2010, over 1,000 architects and engineers have signed our petition demanding a real investigation into the destruction of the three World Trade Center skyscrapers on 9/11. This petition, along with AE911Truth literature and DVDs, will also be presented to every Member of Congress.

To underscore the importance of this milestone achievement, AE911Truth is launching a massive publicity campaign nationwide and holding a Press Conference in San Francisco, California on February 19, 2010 followed by an exclusive Keynote Luncheon to include David Ray Griffin, Steven Jones and others. We will also host an exclusive A/E Conference in honor of our AE911Truth petition signers – many of whom will be flying in to San Francisco to join us. Mark your calendars now! This will be a day of events that you won’t want to miss!

  • DATE: February 19, 2010

  • TIME: 11am – 6pm

  • PLACE: Marines' Memorial Club & Hotel,
    609 Sutter St.
    San Francisco, CA

Thank you again for all of your efforts in the past and for being there for us at this crucial moment. I hope to see you in San Francisco!


Richard Gage, AIA
and the dedicated volunteers at AE911Truth

(petition signatures)
(Forbes News Report)

February 9, 2010

US Forces Can Assassinate Americans Believed to Be Involved in Terrorist Activity

The Obama administration has acknowledged it’s continuing a Bush-era policy authorizing the killing of US citizens abroad. The confirmation came from Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair in congressional testimony last week. Blair said, “Being a US citizen will not spare an American from getting assassinated by military or intelligence operatives overseas if the individual is working with terrorists and planning to attack fellow Americans.” (source)

February 2, 2010

America’s Secret Afghan Prisons

Investigation Unearths New US Torture Site, Abuse Allegations in Afghanistan

A new investigation by journalist Anand Gopal reveals harrowing details about US secret prisons in Afghanistan, under both the Bush and Obama administrations. Gopal interviewed Afghans who were detained and abused at several disclosed and undisclosed sites at US and Afghan military bases across the country. He also reveals the existence of another secret prison on Bagram Air Base that even the Red Cross does not have access to. It is dubbed the Black Jail and is reportedly run by US Special Forces. (source)