Sunday, May 10, 2009

Will the DOJ Bring Justice to The Iceman?

You have probably seen this picture before. This is Manadel al-Jamadi, also known as "The Iceman" and "Mr. Frosty" by his captors.

He was killed in 2003 in Abu Ghraib right after being questioned by CIA interrogator Mark Swanner, who to this day freely roams the streets of Virginia:
CQ Politics (April 8, 2009): Swanner's case has just been left to die quietly, without notice, a former CIA official involved in the matter observed, on condition of anonymity because it remains classified.

Reached on Tuesday, Swanner's lawyer Nina Ginsberg said she was not free to discuss any aspects of the case, except to say she had heard nothing further from the Justice Department about prosecuting him. link

Let's hope this case does not become part of the DOJ pattern of covering up the tracks of individuals suspected of committing crimes during the Bush years.


In the name of the "war on terror," the U.S. government has subjected people who have not been charged with or convicted of any crime to:

Torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment

• Abductions (known as extraordinary rendition), "disappearances", and secret detention

• Illegal and indefinite detention in Guantanamo, Bagram, other U.S. facilities, and secret CIA sites

• Denial of legal rights, including fair trials and habeas corpus--the right to challenge the legality of one's detention

Additionally, the U.S. government has employed companies that have been implicated in cases of killings, torture, and rape, and has failed to adequately investigate and prosecute abuses.

These practices are wrong.

They are illegal under U.S. and international law. They violate American principles of justice. Military and intelligence experts have said these practices are ineffective.

Amnesty International calls on the United States government to end these human rights violations immediately and hold accountable all those who authorized and implemented them. Detainees must be charged and given fair trials, or be released to countries where they will not be at risk of human rights abuse.

The U.S. government must respect and protect human rights, and counter terror with justice.

It’s up to people like us—people around the world who want justice, security, and human rights—to make sure it happens. Join us

-Amnesty International USA’s Counter Terror With Justice Campaign Team |



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