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2005 – The Year in Review

Krugman: Bush’s Year

Liberated from behind the pay wall, this is a great column.

Uzbekistan Tortures Children for US and UK

Since I received no comments for these memos I am posted them again.

15. At the Khuderbegainov trial I met an old man from Andizhan. Two of his children had been tortured in front of him until he signed a confession on the family’s links with Bin Laden. Tears were streaming down his face. I […]

Torture to Death – Burn the Bodies

Washington Post

The CIA has stuck with its overall approaches, defending and in some cases refining them. The agency is working to establish procedures in the event a prisoner dies in custody. One proposal circulating among mid-level officers calls for rushing in a CIA pathologist to perform an autopsy and then quickly burning the body, […]


The ACLU ran this ad in the New York Times yesterday, full page:

UK Torture Memos Published Despite Blair Ban

Many people are publishing these British Foreign Office memos on the web in order to help the former UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan reveal the truth about the use of torture with the knowledge and encouragement of the UK and US, committed by Uzbeks, who have been known to boil prisoners.

Kurdish Soldiers Prepare for All-Out Civil War

Knight-Ridder story in Miami Herald.

KIRKUK, Iraq – Kurdish leaders have inserted more than 10,000 of their militia members into Iraqi army divisions in northern Iraq to lay the groundwork to swarm south, seize the oil-rich city of Kirkuk and possibly half of Mosul, Iraq’s third-largest city, and secure the borders of an independent Kurdistan.


At least 10 Innocent People “Rendered” For Torture

CIA Inspector General is investigating.


We already knew that bugs were found at the offices of certain UN Security Council members in 2003; now we have two former NSA officials saying that Rice gave the order.


Wife Told of Husband’s Death on Christmas

20-year-old Tony Cardinal is dead. He was killed in Iraq.

Tony Cardinal’s wife said two soldiers came to her door in Fort Stewart, Ga., on Christmas and told her he had died earlier in the day. His death had not been officially announced by the Pentagon on Monday.