Monthly Archives: May 2004

Quote of the Moment: “It’s time to fight dirty”. Title of an article in the Sydney Morning Herald, in which Michael Ignatieff of Harvard University argues that the US should legalise some forms of ‘coercive interrogation’ such as sleep deprivation … Continue reading

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A refugee who has been the sole inmate at a detention centre for 10 months has won the right to come to Australia. The Immigration Department has kept Aladdin Sisalem as the only detainee at Manus Island detention centre for … Continue reading

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Quote of the Moment: “Politically motivated gay bashing”. Labor Party backbencher Tanya Plibersek, on the government’s plan to change the Marriage Act to guarantee against same-sex unions. The Labor Party is however supporting the change.

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Quote of the Moment: “to provide for the common defense by requiring that all young persons [age 18–26] in the United States, including women, perform a period of military service or a period of civilian service in furtherance of the … Continue reading

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The Pentagon has investigated 37 deaths involving detainees held by American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan since December 2002. Among the prisoner deaths, nine are still being investigated as possible homicides, eight by the military and at least one by … Continue reading

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The US government has paid the Halliburton company thousands of dollars to drive empty trucks across Iraq. Twelve current and former truckers who regularly made the 300-mile re-supply run from Camp Cedar in southern Iraq to Camp Anaconda near Baghdad … Continue reading

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The US military says it has nothing to apologise for for a raid that killed 41 Iraqis, allegedly including children as young as 3. The US military says they attacked a suspected safehouse used by foreign fighters. Witness Basim Shehab … Continue reading

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Iraqi prisoners said they were sexually fondled by guards and forced to eat from toilets. The Washington Post reports that hundreds of photos and short video clips show detainees cowering before unmuzzled dogs, being forced to masturbate, being hit, threatened … Continue reading

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A Victorian policeman who was bashed, threatened and intimidated by other police officers for investigating corruption, has criticised Victoria Police for failing to protect him. Detective Sergeant Simon Illingworth said he was hit by another police officer in Carlton. “I … Continue reading

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Victoria is facing the worst outbreak of police corruption in living memory, according to a former royal commissioner and Federal Court judge. Sir Edward Woodward also said that there was a link between the series of underworld murders in Melbourne, … Continue reading

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