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Revisiting the 1950s: A military round-up * Latest Posts At Ground Level Commentary Contributions 

Revisiting the 1950s: A military round-up

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star In a single day, military intelligence operatives rounded up over 50 suspected “subversives” in Manila, herded them inside a military camp’s officers’ clubhouse, and subjected each one to prolonged interrogation. Those who resisted answering or wouldn’t provide the desired information were physically tortured. A present-day happening? Or a typical occurrence during the 14-year Marcos martial-law dictatorship? It could have been either one, but wasn’t. The incident happened on January 26, 1951. That round-up followed the arrest in September 1950…

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Torture by any other name * Latest Posts Commentary Contributions Streetwise 

Torture by any other name

By Carol Pagaduan-Araullo Streetwise | BusinessWorld A day before International Human Rights Day, a long-delayed US Senate Intelligence Committee report on the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” (EITs) — or simply put, torture — on post-9/11 suspected “terrorists” held in “black sites” or secret detention sites hosted by certain US allies was finally made public. But only a 500-page redacted summary was released, with 6,000-plus pages of the complete report still classified on the grounds that these could compromise US national security. While human rights groups…

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Impunity will persist on CIA torture, killings * Latest Posts At Ground Level Commentary 

Impunity will persist on CIA torture, killings

By Satur C. Ocampo At Ground Level | The Philippine Star Somehow it comes as a surprise, if not a let-down. Reacting to the US Senate intelligence committee report which condemns the CIA’s extensive use of torture in interrogations of Al Qaida suspects and concludes that such didn’t produce convincingly positive results – 51% of Americans surveyed by Pew Research thought the CIA methods were justified. Only 29% said the CIA methods weren’t justified; 20% expressed no opinion. Moreover, 56% said they believed – contrary to the Senate committee conclusion…

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Dispatches: CIA torture report, a disturbing read * Latest Posts Human Rights Human Rights - Front Other Stories 

Dispatches: CIA torture report, a disturbing read

The report summary is a very disturbing read. Will the full 6,000-page committee report be declassified? Will it push the Obama administration to prosecute those responsible for torture as international law requires? Unless criminal acts carry criminal penalties, there is little to prevent a future president from using torture again.

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Torture as official policy * Latest Posts Bulatlat Perspective Commentary 

Torture as official policy

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Reading through the 500-page Executive Summary of the report of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, one could not help but feel revulsion and alarm at the official, systematic, and brutal application of torture on detainees the US suspected of having links with Al-Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden. Worse, the CIA’s total disregard for the lives, much less rights, of these detainees and the arbitrariness of these acts are manifested by the fact that it does not…

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