Aceh suffers even more

US ‘should not rule out torture’

The outgoing head of the US Department of Homeland Security has said torture may be used in certain cases in order to prevent a major loss of life.

Speaking to the BBC, Tom Ridge said the US did not condone the use of torture to extract information from terrorists.

But he said that under an “extreme set” of hypothetical circumstances, such as a nuclear threat, “it could happen”.

A spokesman for Mr Ridge said his comments were taken out of context and did not amount to approval of torture.`

Saying you approve of torture sometimes IS condoning torture. Lordy, do these idiots EVER tell the truth or are they so deluded they no longer know or care what it is.

From Amnesty International, this is what the Bushies are about.

Guantánamo – an icon of lawlessness

On 11 January 2005, the Guantánamo prison will enter its fourth year. In its more than 1,000 days of executive detentions, Guantánamo has become a symbol of a government’s attempt to put itself above the law. The example it sets is of a world where basic human rights are negotiable rather than universal. Such a world, although built in the name of national security, is dangerous to us all.

Aceh suffers even more

Forwarded by a friend who lived in Indonesia for fifteen years.

You all know how much the people of Aceh have suffered from the  earthquake and tsunami of 26 December 2004. As of 30 December 2004, the  death toll in Aceh is estimated at 80,000 lives lost. Yet, in the midst  of this suffering, the breaking news from international media yesterday  and today is that Indonesian armed forces are continuing their military  operations in Aceh. Rather than helping the people, in a number of  areas, the troops are intimidating villagers, scaring them away from  their villages and then looting their homes, and in several cases,  killing alleged separatists who are not armed.

If you are concerned about this situation where more abuses and  hardships  are being inflicted on a population that is already suffering, please  sign  the petition ‘Stop all military operations in Aceh!.’

Please tell other concerned friends about this petition.