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From The Socialist newspaper, 22 April 2009
THE US Justice Department revealed last week detailed memos describing barbaric interrogation techniques used by CIA operatives on suspected terrorists.
The techniques, which were approved by the Bush administration, were used between 2002 and 2005 in CIA secret overseas prisons. The tortures involved keeping detainees awake for up to eleven straight days, placing them in a dark, cramped box and putting insects into the box to exploit their fears. Another well-documented torture is 'waterboarding', where the prisoner is immobilised and subjected to the sensation of drowning without causing death.
President Obama, under CIA pressure, was reluctant to reveal the memos. It was only because of an impending court case brought by the American Civil Liberties Union that he did so. But he reassured the agency that its operatives involved would not be prosecuted.
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In The Socialist 22 April 2009:
Fight the cuts!
Environment and socialism
New Labour's environmental ploy: How green are electric cars?
Visteon workers stand up to bosses
Taking the Visteon struggle forward
Basildon workers picket Ford showrooms
Solidarity with the Visteon Workers
Enfield workers say: "Do a Visteon!"
Disbelief at Visteon bosses' offer
Socialist Party election campaign
European elections: a workers' alternative to New Labour takes shape
No2EU - yes to democracy
Socialist Party youth and students
Youth Fight for Jobs
Socialist Party campaigns
G20 Summit death: Independent inquiry into police violence, now!
Tesco: Every billion helps
International socialist news and analysis
Tamil action to stop the war continues
Ireland: Budget savages workers
Marxist analysis: history
Betrayals that led to Thatcher's victory
Hillsborough - 20 years on
Socialist Party workplace news
Stead McAlpin: Protesting in London
Unison: a fighting and democratic union needed
Postal workers' solidarity action
Wales FE funding: Victory, but keep the champagne on ice
National Shop Stewards Network conference
Saturday 27 June
The Socialist 22 April 2009 |
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