“I never thought I’d see the United States-champion of human rights and rule of law-legislating torture and Soviet-style kangaroo tribunals. I never thought I’d see Congress and a majority of Americans supporting such police state measures.” U.S. gets ‘Sovietized’ By Eric Margolis 24 Sep 2006 Prisoners taken in the dead of night to Lubyanka [Moscow’s prison] were systematically beaten for days with rubber hoses and clubs. Prisoners taken in the dead of night to Lubyanka were systematically beaten for days with rubber hoses and clubs. There were special cold rooms where prisoners could be frozen to near death. Sleep deprivation was a favourite and most effective Cheka technique. I recall these past horrors because of what this column has long called the gradual “Sovietization” of the United States… We have seen America’s president [sic] and vice president [sic], sworn to uphold the Constitution, advocating some of the same interrogation techniques the KGB used at the Lubyanka. They apparently believe beating, freezing, sleep deprivation and near-drowning are necessary to prevent terrorist attacks. So did Stalin. The White House insisted that anyone Ã· including Americans Ã· could be kidnapped and tried in camera using “evidence” obtained by torturing other suspects.
GOP Upbeat on Terror-Trial Bill [GOP Upbeat on Torture] 23 Sep 2006 A few liberal Democratic lawmakers attacked the bill yesterday, but none signaled all-out plans to try to kill it… Caroline Fredrickson, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Washington legislative office, called the legislation a “get out of jail free” card for the administration’s “top torture officials.” She said it would render the Geneva Conventions’ protections “irrelevant and unenforceable.”
Specter Objects to Part of Detainee Bill 24 Sep 2006 The chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee said Sunday he has a problem with the Republican agreement on rules for the interrogation and trial of suspects in the war on [of] terror. Dictator Bush is pushing Congress to put the agreement into law before adjourning for the midterm elections, but Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., said Sunday he “vigorously” disagrees with the habeas corpus provision of the bill.