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US intelligence agency uses Jordan for torture of prisoners :: from www.uruknet.info :: news from occupied Iraq - it

US intelligence agency uses Jordan for torture of prisoners :: from www.uruknet.info :: news from occupied Iraq - it: "December 8, 2007 The revelation that the CIA organized the destruction of videotapes documenting the interrogation of prisoners at secret CIA detention facilities abroad has focused attention on one aspect of the US torture program. Another important component is the policy of 'extraordinary rendition'—the transfer of prisoners to the control of other countries that specialize in torture. One of the countries that has been most frequently used by the CIA in this way is Jordan, a key US ally in the Middle East. An article in the Washington Post published on Saturday ('Jordan’s Spy Agency: Holding Cell for the CIA' by Craig Whitlock) documents the close relationship that has developed over the past seven years. According to the Post, 'The General Intelligence Department, or GID, is perhaps the CIA’s most trusted partner in the Arab world. The…

War on Islam and Muslims.

What Iowans Should Know About Mormons - WSJ.com: "A recent Pew poll shows that only 53% of Americans have a favorable opinion of Mormons. That's roughly the same percentage who feel that way toward Muslims. By contrast, more than three-quarters of Americans have a favorable opinion of Jews and Catholics. Whatever the validity of such judgments, one has to wonder: Why does a faith professed by the 9/11 hijackers rank alongside that of a peaceful, productive, highly educated religious group founded within our own borders?"

'Just World News' with Helena Cobban: Moqtada (and Petraeus) repositioning?

'Just World News' with Helena Cobban: Moqtada (and Petraeus) repositioning?: "This AP report meanwhile tells us that, back in Najaf today, Obeidi criticized the Sadrists' Shiite rival, IISC head Abdel-Aziz Hakim, for his current visit to the US, calling it an 'act of surrender.' It is hard to gauge and assess these developments from a distance-- except to note that the Sadrists seem to be treading a fine line between cooperating, de-facto and in some delimited spheres, with the Americans and not cooperating with them in others. It is also, certainly, significant that Obeidi-- whom we have no reason to doubt at this point is accurately representing Moqtada's views-- is trying to position the group as a firmly Arab Iraqi movement, in contrast to the Hakim/IISC (formerly known as SCIRI) crowd who have historically had much closer ties to Iran."