"Now, after four years in captivity, life and death are the same."
(Abdurrahman Shalabi, Guantanamo detainee on hunger strike)



FREE AT LAST!



Last week, as Muslims around the world celebrated Eid ul-Fitr, a number of prisoners were released from US custody in Guantanamo and Iraq.



Bahraini 3 - Abdullah Al Nuaimi, Adel Kamel Al Hajj, Salman Ibrahim Al Khalifa (Guantanamo)

Wife Tells of Husband's 'Miracle' Return
Bahrainis Reunited At Last!
Bitter-Sweet Joy For Salman's Relatives
We'll Never Let Abdulla Out of Sight Says Family
Rehabilitation of Guantanamo Bay Three Begins



Kuwaiti 5 - Saad Al Azmi, Mohammad Al Daihani, Adel Al Zamel, Abdullah Al Ajmi and Abdulaziz Al Shimmari
Five Kuwaitis Head Home From Guantanamo
Five Released Kuwaitis Return Home Unrecognisable



Majed Afas Al Shammari, Saudi (Guantanamo)
Family Members Meet Shammari in Riyadh Jail
Lawyer Names Saudi Detainee



Arwad Al Baloushi, Syrian (Rendition)
Syria Releases Last of Five Canadians



Ahmad Aziz Rafiq, Australian (Camp Bucca, Iraq)
Australian Freed By US At Last



Interviews



Attorney Tells Why Guantanamo Detainee Attempted Suicide in Front of Him
More than twenty detainees in the Guantanamo Bay prison have attempted suicide and UN investigators continue to press for visits at the prison camp despite refusals from the Bush administration. Democracy Now spoke with lawyer Joshua Colangelo-Bryan, who recently witnessed a clients suicide attempt during a visit, about the ongoing desperation of prisoners and the militarys reporting of the events.



Events



Habib and Hicks: Terror Law Victims Speak Out in Melbourne!
Worried about Howard's new terror laws? Hear the accounts of two of the most prominent people targeted in the name of security -- and join the campaign against the new legislation. Featuring Terry Hicks and Mamdouh Habib.



Lecture on Doctors at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo
Should doctors in wartime prisons blow the whistle on abuse, or refuse to let officials use their records to devise new interrogation techniques? A free public lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at the University of Michigan will address these issues.



Legal Issues



The Shocking Trial of American Citizen Ahmed Abu Ali
by Elaine Cassel
Statements Procured Under Duress in a Saudi Prison Are Now Being Used by U.S. Prosecutors in a U.S. Court



The New CIA Gulag of Secret Foreign Prisons: Why it Violates Both Domestic and International Law
by Jennifer Van Bergen
The Washington Post recently reported that there now exists a secret overseas network of CIA-run prisons - called "black sites." According to the Post, "several former and current intelligence officials and other U.S. government officials" claim the network was created in order to avoid U.S. laws that prohibit such detentions. But the law, it turns out, cannot be so easily avoided.



Railroading the Good Doctor: United States of America v Rafil A.Dhafir
by Katherine Hughes
Are we a society that now calls this justice? Dr. Rafil A. Dhafir was sentenced to 22 years in federal prison on Thursday, October 27th, 2005 for sending humanitarian aid to starving Iraqi civilians through his charity Help the Needy. Dr. Dhafir is an esteemed member of the Muslim community here in Syracuse, New York, and he is respected nationally and internationally.



Islamic Focus



Imam Jamil's Ramadan Message
by Imam Jamil Al Amin
We live in a land that has said that freedom is the pinnacle of its moral argument that life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness its banner of moral authority, that there is free speech, but I am still gagged and prevented from declaring my innocence. They speak to me of religious freedom, but I am not allowed to pray according to my faith.



Downloads



Video: CIA Secret Prisons
A panel discusses some of the moral and legal questions being raised about a covert prison system set up by the CIA after 9/11. Guests include David Cole, professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center; Senator Carl Levin, Michigan, Dem; Dana Priest, intelligence correspondent for "The Washington Post"; David Rivkin, attorney in private practice and former Justice Department official during the Reagan administration; Michael Scheuer, former CIA analyst who served as chief of the Bin Laden Counter Terrorist Center from 1996 to 1999.



Statement from UK Security Service on Effectiveness of Using Evidence Gained By Torture
Statement from Director General of UK Security Service, Eliza Manningham-Buller, on the effectiveness of using evidence gained by the torture of detainees in foreign jurisdictions, made in the House of Lords, 20th September 2005.



Concluding Observations of the Committe on Canada's Human Rights Record
U.N. Human Rights Committee Report, October 28, 2005 (DOC).



Strengthening Canada's Compliance With It's International Human Rights
Amnesty International Report, October 18, 2005 (PDF).



Articles



Yemen: Secret Detention in CIA "Black Sites"
by Amnesty International
"Brother, what is your name, what village are you from?" It was distinctive Yemeni Arabic that greeted Muhammad al-Assad as he stumbled, still hooded and shackled, from the plane at Sanaa.



Don't Be Duped By Yet Another Dodgy Dossier
by Gareth Peirce
MPs should resist the stampede to allow 90-day detentions and look at what police did or did not do to stop the 7/7 attacks



The Dangers of Detention
by Louise Christian
Those Labour MPs who think they are securing an acceptable compromise by voting for an amendment to increase detention without charge to 28 days (or any other longer period) should think again.



A Deadly Interrogation: Can the CIA Legally Kill A Prisoner?
by Jane Mayer
The house belongs to Mark Swanner, a forty-six-year-old C.I.A. officer who has performed interrogations and polygraph tests for the agency, which has employed him at least since the nineteen-nineties. (He is not a covert operative.) Two years ago, at Abu Ghraib prison, outside Baghdad, an Iraqi prisoner in Swanners custody, Manadel al-Jamadi, died during an interrogation. Swanner has not been charged with a crime and continues to work for the agency.



Family of Suicidal Guantanamo Detainee Plead for his Healthy Return
by CCR
For the first time, the family of Jumah Al-Dossari has made an impassioned plea to the American people for information regarding their beloved sons condition and to ask why he has been held for so long.



The Media are Minimising US and British War Crimes in Iraq
by George Monbiot
The reporting of the Iraqi death toll - both in its scale and account of who is doing the killing - is profoundly dishonest



The Reality of Britain's Reliance on Torture
by Craig Murray
The Government has been arguing before the House of Lords for the right to act on intelligence obtained by torture abroad.



The Police Are Not Our Rulers. This is the Politics of Fear
by Michael Mansfield
Before we ratchet up the terror laws, we should ask how the 7/7 bombers escaped detection



Families Deliver Eid Card to Downing Street Expressing Opposition to Deportations
by Families of the Deportees
The families of the 10 men detained on the 11th August 2005 pending deportation to Algeria and Jordan, including eight previously interned without charge under anti-terrorism laws, delivered a card to the Prime Minister today on the Muslim festival of Eid carrying a message opposing the deportation and torture of their relatives. The Eid card was signed by 1000s of people over the month of Ramadan.



Statement on Behalf of the Families of the Deportees
by Josephine
I would like to thank all those who have shown their support to our loved ones not just today but over the last few years.



Letter To Tony Blair
by Families of the Deportees
We are the families of the men currently detained pending deportation to countries such as Algeria and Jordan where they are certain to be tortured and may be killed. These past few years have been extremely difficult and traumatic for us. Our lives have been torn apart.



The Consequences of Covering Up: Washington Post Withholds Info on Secret Prisons at Government Request
On November 2, the Washington Post carried an explosive front-page story about secret Eastern European prisons set up by the CIA for the interrogation of terrorism suspects. While the Post article, by reporter Dana Priest, gave readers plenty of details, it also withheld the most crucial information--the location of these secret prisons--at the request of government officials.



Mark Thomas is Sickened By Guantanamo
by Mark Thomas
Guantanamo prisoners describe the pain of force-feeding as unbearable: so do not read this while you are eating



In the Name of Democracy: American War Crimes in Iraq and Beyond
by Jeremy Brecher and Jill Cutler and Brendan Smith
What if the U.S. operation in Iraq is "nothing more than an act of aggression?" What if it indeed constitutes "criminal activity"? What, then, is the culpability of President George W. Bush, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, and other top U.S. officials? And what is the responsibility of ordinary Americans?



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News



GUANTANAMO



Canada Wants Assurance That Guantanamo Teen Won't Be Executed



Five More Guantanamo Detainees Charged



Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Case on Military Tribunals



40 Saudis Likely to Be Freed From Guantanamo Soon



Agony For Guantanamo Bahraini Families



Attorneys for Suicidal Gitmo Detainee File for Immediate Access to Client



UK



PM Looks To Tory Benches To Secure 90-day Extension



[b]Police Investigate Claim That Officer Threw Qur'an Into Rubbish Bin



Men Remanded Over Terror Offences



PM Humiliated As Terrorism Bill Scrapes Through



GHOST



Canadian Describes 'Barrage of Lashes' in Syrian Jail



CIA Prison Claims 'To Be Probed'



Swiss To Investigate CIA Secret Jails Claims



Report Warned Bush Team About Intelligence Suspicions



Iraq Prisoner Abuse Witnesses 'Disappear' in US Custody



Arrested Syrian May Be 'Al-Qaida Chief



EU To Investigate Secret CIA Jails



Eastern Europe Denies Housing Secret U.S. Prisons



Red Cross Seeks Access To CIA Prison



Bublan Confirms U.S. Request To Secretly Send Guantanamo Prisoners To Czech Republic



MISCELLANEOUS



Defense Document Bans Detainee Torture



Sydney Police Make Further Raid



US Troops Accused of Iraq 'Abuse'



Judge Rules Paracha Can Use Statements From al-Qaida Prisoners In His Defense



Testimony on Saudi Torture Banned From Trial



Australia Terror Suspects Charged



Cheney Seeks CIA Exemption to Torture Ban



Treatment of Prisoners 'A Disgrace,' Carter Says



Reservist on Trial for Prisoner Abuse



Australia Terror Bill Introduced



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