The U.S. military is using a Vancouver band’s music to torture prisoners at Guantanamo Bay — and the artists are working to make sure they pay for it.
Electro-industrial act Skinny Puppy has learned through a former guard at Gitmo that inmates would be drowned in their unsettling sounds for up to twelve hours at a time — or until they literally crapped their pants.
Skinny Puppy co-founder cEvin Key spoke to CBC’s As It Happens about the situation, which the band is strongly opposed to. They plan on sending the American government a bill for $666,000 — an (Read more…)
A group of lawyers has asked Canada to arrest former US Vice President Dick Cheney for torture and war crimes when he visits Toronto later this week. The post Canada must arrest Dick Cheney for torture, war crimes: Lawyers appeared first on The Canadia…
Shutdown this, markets crashing that. Hey, if the Americans want to self-destruct their country maybe they should start with Guantanamo Bay. Filed under: Politics Tagged: Force Feeding, Guantanamo Bay, Human Rights, Hunger Strikes, Institutional Evil….
An American man wanted on child-pornography charges in Tennessee fled to Canada earlier this year with his parents and sought refugee protection, claiming that he faces the possibility of persecution back home because of his affiliation with the online hacking group […]
Im/migration myth busting week happened in the Springtime of this year, on March 18-22 at the University of Guelph campus. In light of the continued and growing closing off of opportunities for migrating people to live and stay in our communities with full-on paper rights, the campaign commenced with a speakers event about Canada’s system of deportation of poor and working-class racialized im/migrants. Matthew Behrens spoke at the event, and Migrant Matters Radio recorded this representation of the knowledge and experience of allies. Behrens is a long-time community organizer and has worked closely with the targets of Canadian and U.S. “national security” profiling for many years.
by Ken Ritter
As originally posted on: The Big Story
August 22, 2013
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A sting operation stopped a plot to abduct, torture and kill police officers to bring attention to the antiauthority sovereign citizen movement, Las Vegas police said Thursday.
David Allen Brutsche and Devon Campbell Newman were arrested at an apartment a few miles off the Vegas Strip before they could carry out a plan to snatch officers, “put them on trial” and execute them in a vacant house, Las Vegas police Lt. James Seebock said.
Federal authorities regard sovereign citizen extremists as domestic terrorists. Authorities have linked sovereign citizens groups with violent confrontations in recent years, including deadly shootings in Louisiana and Arkansas.
Brutsche, 42, and Newman, 67, wanted to draw attention to the group’s rejection of governmental authority, making the case a domestic terror plot, Seebock said.
“They were furthering their ‘sovereign citizen’ ideology by committing criminal acts toward law enforcement,” he said.
Brutsche and Newman were held in Clark County jail pending court appearances on charges including conspiracy to commit murder and attempted kidnapping. It was not immediately clear whether they had lawyers.
The investigation began when an unidentified undercover officer befriended Brutsche and Newman in April, police said.
The three participated in meetings and training sessions about sovereign citizen philosophy and later shopped for guns and discussed plans to track and videotape police officers to determine whom to abduct, according to a 10-page arrest report.
They found a vacant house and rigged it with bolts drilled into wall supports, creating a makeshift jail where they planned to bind captive officers to cross beams for interrogation, police said.
Authorities haven’t released video evidence, but the report states that Brutsche and Newman recorded videos about their actions and ideology to post following the planned abductions.
Hundreds of hours of conversation were recorded over the course of 30 meetings with the undercover officer, police said.
“We need to arrest the police and take them to our jail and put them in a cell and put them on trial in a people’s court,” Brutsche said on July 9, according to the arrest report. “If we run into the position that they resist, then we need to kill them.”
During a tour of gun stores the next day, Brutsche said that what they were planning was going to be big, “and that they would really get a large following once they started because of the publicity,” the report said.
Police said that when Brutsche was arrested, he denied that police had authority to hold him.
Police identified Brutsche as a six-time convicted felon and child sex offender from California. Authorities did not detail a further criminal background for Newman.
In Louisiana last year, police linked a sovereign citizen group to shootout that left two deputies dead and two others wounded. At least some of the seven people arrested were identified as sovereign citizen members.
In Arkansas in 2010, a father and son identified as members of the group shot and killed two police officers before being killed by authorities in a separate shootout.
Associated Press writer Hannah Dreier contributed to this report.
We learned recently that the policy framework which allows CSIS to trade in information that might be the result of torture, or might lead to torture, or both, was actually a collaborative effort involving several federal agencies and departments. Now we have confirmation that CSEC is playing by the same rules.
The Harper government has quietly given Canada’s electronic eavesdropping agency approval to exchange information with foreign partners even when it may put someone at risk of torture.
Communications Security Establishment Canada is following a federal policy on the risks of ill-treatment when sharing information with other countries, says Ryan (Read more…)
OTTAWA – The Harper government has quietly given Canada’s electronic eavesdropping agency approval to…
One of the dirty little tricks American interrogator/torturers adopted during the War on Terror has made it to the homeland. It is subjecting the prisoner to the prolonged stress of intense cold. That, according to lawyers, is a metho…
One of the dirty little tricks American interrogator/torturers adopted during the War on Terror has made it to the homeland. It is subjecting the prisoner to the prolonged stress of intense cold. That, according to lawyers, is a method being used against hunger-striking prisoners by California prison guards.
Prison guards are trying to break a hunger strike involving thousands of prisoners in California by blasting cells with cold air, confiscating legal documents and, in one case, banning lawyers, according to legal representatives and relatives.
Authorities have taken the action, it is alleged, in retaliation for a strike which (Read more…)
A year ago last March, I took Vic Toews to task for granting CSIS the authority to trade in information derived from torture. In that post, I described a scenario in which the torture of one, possibily innocent, person of interest could easily lead to the torture of additional, possibly innocent, persons of interest. And all that could happen on the authority of the CSIS Director or a deputy minister and with no accountability.
It turns out that Toews didn’t dream up that policy all on his own.
Canada’s highly secretive electronic eavesdropping agency helped develop a federal directive that (Read more…)
On July 8, 2013, Public Safety Minister Vic Toews announced his resignation from Stephen Harper’s government, as well as his departure from politics altogether. He mentioned personal reasons for this move. We still don’t know if his torture legacy came back to haunt him, or if the recently publicized American spying program PRISM quietly affected his political career.
To virtually no one’s surprise, scientists are increasingly finding that solitary confinement induces a host of psychological and physiological problems in prisoners. The time has come, say a growing number of concerned citizens, to call it for what it…
I really questioned whether I should put the following video on my blog, so graphic is it in its depiction of the forced feeding that 40 of the detainees in Guantanimo are currently being subjected to. Rapper Mos Def volunteered to undergo the procedur…
Richard Hughes Political Blogger
The ‘Truth Seeker’ is revealing legal efforts to arrest and prosecute George W. Bush and Barack Obama for illegal wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Further charges for illegal surveillance, war crimes including torture, genocide, drone attacks world wide are being pursued against President Obama as well.
It is unlikely that any country or court would arrest a sitting president but the fact that George Bush has been advised not to leave the US is noteworthy.
Rumours state that in 2006 Bush bought very large land holdings in Paraguay, South America.
This video from RT-Russian Television may (Read more…)
Richard Hub Hughes-Political Blogger
It is becoming hard to keep track of all the ‘Whistleblowers’ and the tunes that they are whistling. It is clear that many countries spy, snoop and infiltrate. It has been going on for centuries but accelerated during World War 2 and the Cold War that followed.
What seems to have changed is the surveillance over citizens on such a widespread level. Our emails, and phone calls are being systematically captured and stored on massive computers. Our media has been corporatized with fewer and fewer owners resulting in a homogenized and predictable product that renders much (Read more…)