05/04/2011

Omar Suleiman and the torture of Pakistanis

Omar Suleiman, who was Egypt’s vice-president for a short time,  was Mubarak’s intelligence chief and close confidant of nearly two decades.

Suleiman graduated from Egypt’s prestigious Military Academy but also received training in the Soviet Union. Under his guidance, Egyptian intelligence has worked hand-in-glove with the CIA’s counterterrorism programs, most notably in the 2003 rendition from Italy of an al-Qaeda suspect known as Abu Omar.
The Norweigan newspaper Aftenposten, Maj.-Gen. (res.) Amos Gilad, head of the Israeli Defense Ministry’s Diplomatic-Security Bureau, secretly visited Suleiman in September 2005. Gilad then reported on the visit to US diplomats in Tel Aviv.  The US embassy in Tel Aviv wrote that Suleiman opposed Hamas because of fears that Islamic leadership in Gaza would strengthen the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt.
In 2009, Foreign Policy magazine ranked Suleiman as the Middle East’s most powerful intelligence chief, ahead of Mossad chief Meir Dagan.
Shortly after 9/11, Australian citizen Mamdouh Habib was captured by Pakistani security forces and, under US pressure, tortured by Pakistanis. He was then rendered (with an Australian diplomat watching) by CIA operatives to Egypt, a not uncommon practice. In Egypt, Habib merited Suleiman’s personal attention.
As related byRichard Neville, based on Habib’s memoir: ‘Habib was interrogated by the country’s Intelligence Director, General Omar Suleiman … Suleiman took a personal interest in anyone suspected of links with Al-Qaeda. As Habib had visited Afghanistan shortly before 9/11, he was under suspicion. Habib was repeatedly zapped with high-voltage electricity, immersed in water up to his nostrils, beaten, his fingers were broken and he was hung from metal hooks.
That treatment wasn’t enough for Suleiman, so:
To loosen Habib’s tongue, Suleiman ordered a guard to murder a gruesomely shackled Turkistan prisoner in front of Habib — and he did, with a vicious karate kick.

Well researched article by Andy Worthington on Omar Suleiman:
http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/2011/01/30/as-egyptians-...

Photo: Omar Suleiman, Ehud Barak - May 12, 2008

04/07/2011

Political refugees Belgium: Arbi Zarmaev needs urgent hospitalization and medical care

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GOOGLE WILL DELETE OUR ACCOUNT

2011/4/7 Gmail info@gmail.com

Dear Email Client, 
you are required to register all your accounts in our data base before the end of this month to prevent your account from been suspended, 
please click on link here and follow the instructions. We are sorry but we are deleting all dormant account, we are trying to give you the best services. Thanks

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Brussels, 2011.4.7

Dear Sir, 

This IS not a 'dormant acount' and you know it.

We repeatedly wrote you but you didn't reply. 

As human rights activists, we have a lot of problems with Belgian Justice who is tapping our emails and phones because of our activities. 
As we wrote you, Belgian Justice who want cover up the Zandvoort childporn case (88.539 victims), has set by court ruling, to one of our board members of our association, a ban to speak with the press and the other board members of our association.

We are working actuallly about Arbi Zarmaev, a political refugee who was tortured in the prisons of Bruges and Hasselt (Belgium). 
Russia asked for his extradition and the Belgian minister of Justice Stefaan De Clerck, who contacted the Russian embassy, had previously signed because 'there is no risk of torture in a Russian or Chechen prison'. 
Arbi Zarmaev weighs only 100 pounds (50 kilo) and is since 14 days enclosed in a darkened isolation cell of 2 x 3 meters of the special security department of the prisons. He was given no drinking during 4 days so he might have kidneyproblems. 
He is awakened every 15 minutes during his sleep. He is completely isolated from his family and his friends. He can not make phone calls. He can not correspond. His situation is worse than that of the prisoners at Guantanamo.
They have appointed a psychiatrist who gives him neuroleptics. Yesterday his wife could look for some minutes through the window of the isolation cell. She saw him motionless on the ground with various medications and a white powder around him. His family was totally panicked. 
He's so sick that there is also a high risk for suicide. 
A few days ago we visited with the family the office of the Belgian minister of Justice and the secretary-general of the Belgian prison system in Brussels. 
We have explained the situation there and they 'would investigate the case'. We also wrote to the minister of Justice and the Belgian MPs. But nothing seems to change and we have the impression that they will let him die in prison. 
Various human rights organizations (Pax Christi, Amnesty International,) have written about the case. There are also some European parliamentarians who have tried to do something.
We are asking for an urgent hospitalization and medical care of Arbi Zarmaev who has also serious wounds that are infected. The wounds were caused by the iron shackles.

We hope that you can understand why we are afraid of phishing practices whereby someone's code is used for closing blogs and e-mail accounts. 
And we are asking you to look for a solution of this problem.

We will publish your message and my reply on Facebook, titled 'GOOGLE WILL DELETE OUR ACCOUNT'.

Regards,

Jan Boeykens

PS. I will send you a copy of my post of Facebook

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05/30/2010

ISRAEL SUBVERTS HUMAN RIGHTS FOR A KEY CRITIC


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The Shin Bet security service will thwart the activity of any group or individual seeking to harm the Jewish and democratic character of the State of Israel, even if such activity is sanctioned by the law.

 

Letter sent by Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, on behalf of Shin Bet, 2007

On Thursday, prominent political activist Ameer Makhoul, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, was indicted with serious charges of espionage and ‘aiding an enemy’.

As General Director of NGO-network Ittijah, Makhoul’s arrest and detention is attracting international attention as concern mounts about the increasing crackdown on dissent in Israel.

A second man, natural medicine expert and political activist Omar Said, was also indicted, and both men face a lengthy legal process.

As Ittijah described, the arrests and interrogations of Said and Makhoul “were conducted in gross violation of their fundamental rights to due process”.

Once the gag order was lifted this week, more details emerged:

His hands were cuffed to the back of the chair in a way that stretched his arms and shoulders sharply backward. His legs were folded backwards flanking the chair, with his knees turned toward the floor.

When, after hours of being bound in this stress position while under intense interrogation, Makhoul complained of being in excruciating pain, the GSS interrogators proceeded to cuff his legs to the chair. They also threatened that he would be permanently crippled from the interrogation.

While Israel’s security services have issued denials, there is a track record here. The kinds of techniques used against detainees by the GSS were documented in a joint B’Tselem/Hamoked report in 2007. The annual report for 2009 published [PDF] by the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) mentions how “interrogations carried out by the General Security Services are always exempt from the requirement of video documentation”.

A December 2009 report by The Public Committee Against Torture in Israel (PCATI) described how “investigations of complaints of torture against General Security Service (GSS) interrogators” are prevented and that “the system enjoys the acquiescence and encouragement of the law enforcement system for torture that occurs in GSS interrogations”.

The targeting of leaders in Palestinian society in Israel should not come as a surprise.

In 2007, the Shin Bet made it clear – like in the quotation above – that it believes it to be “within its charter” to go after “individuals deemed as ‘conducting subversive activity against the Jewish identity of the state,’ even if their actions are not in violation of the law”.

Meanwhile, a ‘citizenship loyalty’ bill has recently passed its first reading in the Knesset, which “calls on Israel to revoke citizenship or permanent status from any person convicted of terrorist activity or of espionage on behalf of a terrorist organization”.

In January 2009, Ameer Makhoul was briefly detained and interrogated by the Shin Bet, as Palestinians in Israel protested the Israeli attacks on Gaza.

In a press release at the time, Ittijah described how one officer leading the questions said that “next time he will be pleased to see Makhoul imprisoned, that Makhoul’s file is ready”, and that Makhoul “will have to say goodbye to his family since he will leave them for a long time”.


May 29, 2010 - By Ben White
http://liberalconspiracy.org/2010/05/29/israel-subverts-human-rights-for-a-key-critic/

 


 

Israel est un Etat démocratique gouverné par des bandits...

'Le service de sécurité Shin Bet contrecarrer l'activité de tout groupe ou individu qui cherchent à nuire au caractère juif et démocratique de l'État d'Israël, même si cette activité est sanctionnée par la loi.'


liberalconspiracy.org
The Shin Bet security service will thwart the activity of any group or individual seeking to harm the Jewish and democratic character of the State of Israel, even if such activity is sanctioned by the law.- Letter sent by Israeli Prime Minister’s Office, on behalf of Shin Bet, 2007

Jan Boeykens on Junior Nell'ombra (http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000775626261)

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27.6.201 - The picture of this Skynet-message seems, like a number of 30 other images, to see again.  Title and structure of the blog are normal. Blog seems OK.  It seems possible again to publish images. Hacking of this blog seems almost to be over.

04/10/2010

'WAR ON TERROR': THE TRAGIC STORY OF MOHAMEDOU OULD SLAHI



Guantánamo and Habeas Corpus: The Torture Victim and 
the Taliban Recruit - Read the tragic story of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, tortured to admit a 9/11 connection that didn't exist, and my reflections on why the whole "War on Terror" detention policy remains ill-conceived:http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/2010/04/10/guantan...


 

02/24/2010

OPR Report: Torture whitewash

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Torture Whitewash: How “Professional Misconduct” Became “Poor Judgment” in the OPR Report - Here's my take on the DoJ report into how John Yoo and Jay Bybee deliberately twisted the law in an attempt to redefine and justify torture, and how one man - David Margolis - shamefully overruled the damning and accurate findings. Don't let this be the end of the story!
http://www.andyworthington.co.uk/2010/02/23/torture-whitewash-how-professional-misconduct-became-poor-judgment-in-the-opr-report/

www.andyworthington.co.uk
The long-awaited report by the OPR (the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility) into the conduct of the lawyers in the OLC (Office of Legal Counsel), regarding their role in approving the use of torture, has finally been published (PDF).

 

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