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    US and UK: Partners in Rendition and Torture
    by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)
    International law is clear and unequivocal. The Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment prohibits the practice.
    Fourth Geneva's Article 27 states: Protected persons "shall at all times be humanely treated, and shall be protected especially against all acts of violence or threats thereof…"
    Articles 31 and 32 say: "No physical or moral coercion shall be exercised against protected persons."
    "This prohibition applies to torture (and) to any other measures of brutality whether applied by civilian or military agents."
    Fourth Geneva's Article 147 calls "willful killing, torture or inhuman treatment…grave breaches" under the Convention. They're considered "war crimes."
    Common Article Three of the four Geneva Conventions prohibits all forms of "violence to life and person," including cruel abuse, torture, and all types of humiliating and degrading treatment.
    Article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights states: "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment."
    US statute laws ban torture and ill-treatment, including Code's Title 18, Chapter 113C (2340) and 1996 War Crimes Act.
    Laws prohibiting torture are jus cogens, meaning they're higher, compelling laws. No nation may pass legislation permitting the practice. No courts may justify it. Jus cogens prohibitions allow no immunity from criminal liability.
    There's no ambiguity about all of the above laws. Torture is flagrantly illegal at all times, under all circumstances, with no allowed exceptions.
    Two new UK parliamentary reports disclosed damning information not previously released about UK complicity with US kidnappings, renditions, and torture of alleged terrorist suspects post-9/11 - most often innocent victims, guilty of nothing.
    Make no mistake. Torture and abuse continue despite claims otherwise. Washington still operates unknown numbers of global black sites.
    Britain is complicit in its war OF terror, not on it, supporting the scourge of ISIS and other jihadist groups they pretend to oppose.
    The UK-based Reprieve human rights group "provide(s) free legal and investigative support to some of the world's most vulnerable people: those facing execution, and those victimized by states' abusive counter-terror policies - rendition, torture, extrajudicial imprisonment and extrajudicial killing."
    It said newly released UK parliamentary reports "only scratched the surface." A scant six minutes of oral testimony per case of rendition and torture was heard by Britain's Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC).
    It revealed deplorably "inexcusable" UK complicity with flagrant US lawbreaking. ISC chairman Dominic Grieve exposed damning information despite operating under strict restrictions - admitting he was forced to "draw a line" after Britain's government refused access to key witnesses.
    According to Reprieve, Theresa May showed contempt for the committee's work, findings and recommendations.
    The organization called for "an independent judge-led inquiry which can explore the dark corners the ISC could not reach." Some of the worst of what's gone on remains hidden from public view.
    The human rights group explained "(f)ive things…about the secret rewrite of Britain's torture rules:"
    1. "Britain's torture rules allowed torture" despite the illegality of the practice and knowledge it produces no credible information.
    2. UK torture rules "were rewritten and made public (only) after a series of scandals were exposed" - revealing British intelligence complicity in torture abroad.
    3. Reprieve and other human rights groups have long called for establishing and enforcing proper safeguards to prevent use of torture - in vain.
    4. UK "government is ignoring recommendations (on torture) from its" former Intelligence Services Commissioner Mark Waller.
    5. "A secret review of activity the government has previously tried to cover up is doomed to failure."
    Internal oversight and investigations failed to stop torture. It continues secretly - Britain still complicit with America in the flagrantly illegal practice.

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    Liberating Southwest Syria from US-Supported Terrorists

    Written by Stephen Lendman Date: 06-30-2018 Subject: SyriaLiberating Southwest Syria from US-Supported Terrorists
    by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org - Home - Stephen Lendman)
    The latest reports are encouraging. Government forces, greatly aided by Russian airpower, are liberating territory in southwest Syria at a rapid clip.
    AMN News and Southfront reported similar information. Eastern Daraa province was liberated, along with southwest towns and villages, Syrian forces advancing steadily, overcoming resistance.
    According to AMN News, an unnamed Jordanian official said a ceasefire was agreed on in southern Syria, claiming a reconciliation agreement will follow - similar to what was achieved earlier in Aleppo and Eastern Ghouta.
    On Friday, Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah was quoted, saying a "very big victory" in southern Syria is imminent.
    AMN obtained information on Russia's reconciliation offer to US-supported terrorists in southwest Syria, aiming to end fighting in the area.
    They replicated what was offered and eventually accepted by terrorists in Aleppo and Eastern Ghouta.
    Terms include surrendering heavy and other lethal weapons, small ones to be kept. A 12-hour ceasefire was agreed on between terrorists and Russia alone, Syrian forces not involved in the deal, continuing their rapid advance.
    On Friday, deplorable Israeli military intelligence-connected DEBKAfile (DF) propaganda claimed Trump "decided to let Syria go to Russia" to engage Putin in summit talks, adding:
    Israel, Jordan, Kurdish YPG fighters, and US-supported terrorists "were left to fend for their own security as best they could…Iranian and Hezbollah forces…mov(ing) in along with the Syrian army."
    Area "refugees will accept a few dollars to support their families for donning bomb belts and blowing themselves up against Israeli positions on the border fence."
    DF also claimed Syrian military intelligence gained control of the large Rukban refugee camp bordering Jordan.
    Take all of the above with a grain of salt. No credible evidence proves any of it. US forces control the Rukban camp, used to recruit refugees as proxy anti-government fighters.
    Days earlier in June, Sputnik News reported hundreds of refugees from the camp fleeing toward Damascus, "seeking assistance from Syrian authorities."
    They were held hostage by US forces, denied humanitarian aid, one escapee saying:
    "We thought we would be sa(fe) there, but as a result nearly died of hunger. It turned out that there was nothing there, nothing at all,: adding:
    "Even the food and medicine we did have were brought to us by friends from Damascus, and we paid for it. We gave everything we had."
    An unnamed UN source called conditions in the US-controlled camp a "humanitarian disaster."
    Syrian UN envoy Bashar al-Jaafari blasted what he called "pure (US) aggression and occupation" at Rukban and nearby illegally controlled US al-Tanf military base - used to train terrorists.
    DF hyped a nonexistent "disastrous security calamity" along Israel's northern border - falsely calling Rukban a camp for Iran and Hezbollah to "terrorize northern Israel."
    Most often, DF is an Israeli military intelligence propaganda service. Most of what it reports lacks credibility - its above claims pure rubbish.
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