Tuesday, May 11, 2004

Steve Stefanowicz: Adelaides new torturer!

War criminal Ministers Ruddock, Vanstone and Downer have to answer a very serious question.

Is the U.S. citizen Steve Stefanowicz going to be allowed to resume his working entry visa to Australia, given the revelations in the Weekend Australian May 8-9?

Stefanowicz is apparently a principal contractor under the shadowy civilian torture/interrogation team being used at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

Prior to his work in Iraq he was living in - surprise, surprise - close proximity to Vanstone and Downer in Adelaide! His cover appears to be that of an IT consultant. Does the AFP know about this?

There needs to be a full ministerial explanation as to how this undercover "psy-ops" specialist is allowed to practice his real career under the cover of Australian residential protection.

It seems Minister Ruddock and his colleagues are quick to lock up little children and the victims of torture, but very tardy in acting against those who do the torturing!

This report needs your active support to: catreport@ag.gov.au

NEWS.com.au Iraq 'torturer' calls Australia home (May 8, 2004)

STEVE Stefanowicz, the civilian at the centre of the Abu Ghraib torture scandal enveloping the White House, wrote to an Adelaide friend on Thursday, saying he wanted to leave Iraq.

"It's safe to say I've seen enough for a lifetime here in Iraq and it's definitely time to come home," the 35-year-old said in an email.

Friends contacted yesterday by The Weekend Australian say Mr Stefanowicz, a former US navy reservist, wants to return to his life in Adelaide, where he became engaged to an Australian and worked in IT sales for 18 months until October 2001.

"He's coming back to Australia shortly - he feels like Adelaide is his home," said one acquaintance from the IT industry.

But Mr Stefanowicz may find it difficult to explain his recent work experience. He has emerged as the principal, villain, in a US army investigation that has found evidence of "sadistic, blatant, and wanton criminal abuses," [torture], inside Abu Ghraib prison, west of Baghdad, dating back to October last year. The prison has held as many as 6000 Iraqi detainees, [prisoners.]

[Stefanowicz may have been involved in torture but he was definitely not the principal villain, that is just a media throw off, because the White House is the Principal villain in the torture scandal.]

US servicemen - allegedly directed by civilian interrogators contracted by the Pentagon such as Stefanowicz, who works for private US contractor CACI International - are said to have poured phosphoric liquid on detainees, [prisoners], poured cold water on naked detainees, [prisoners], beaten detainees, [prisoners], with a broom handle and a chair, and threatened male detainees, [prisoners], with rape. Revelations about the torture inflicted on prisoners inside Abu Ghraib were revealed in a report written by Major-General Antonio Taguba in February.

The document has been accompanied by graphic photographs emailed out of the prison, which include images of a naked Iraqi being dragged by a dog lead, naked Iraqis piled on the prison floor surrounded by US military police and a naked Iraqi prisoner handcuffed to prison bars. There are no pictures of Stefanowicz but, [allegedly], General Taguba's words clearly illustrate his role inside Abu Ghraib.

[What of General Taguba? He wasn't given orders by the Pentagon?]

[Taguba:] "Stefanowicz, of CACI International, be fired from his army job, reprimanded, and denied his security clearances for lying to the investigating team and allowing or ordering military policemen who were not trained in interrogation techniques to facilitate interrogations by 'setting conditions' which were neither authorised nor in accordance with army regulations," Taguba says in the report.

"He clearly knew his instructions equated to physical abuse." President George W. Bush has publicly apologised for the abuse and ticked off Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld for not telling him about General Taguba's report sooner.

[Just plain rubbish and propaganda because it is obvious that Stefanowicz and Taguba are being used as scapegoats for war criminals George W Bush, Rumsfeld, the Pentagon and the White House.]

Though Mr Stefanowicz's current status is unclear, his family in Philadelphia confirmed on Thursday that he was still in Iraq, and a US Army spokesman has confirmed that he was still working at Abu Ghraib prison.

An April 25 entry in an online diary written by Joe Ryan, another CACI employee working inside Abu Ghraib, also refers to Stefanowicz: "Steve Stefanowicz and I took turns trying to hit (gold) balls over the back wall and onto the highway."

Stefanowicz's mother Jean Campbell, who lives in a small town outside Philadelphia, says on a "Blue Star Mothers of America" website that "Steve always wanted to go to the military" and was a member of the US Naval Reserve.

But friends in Adelaide say it was the shock of the, [US CIA reichstag, call to arms, false flag operation], September 11 attacks in New York that spurred him to volunteer for active duty in the Middle East.

"He'd been in touch with some of his reserve friends in the US, and they'd said to come back (because) there are a lot of things moving on this," the friend said. "He's a heck of a nice guy but when he saw (September 11) happen he felt he had to go forward and join on a more permanent basis." A week after the September 11 attacks, Mr Stefanowicz's reaction was reported in an Adelaide newspaper.

"It was one of the most incredible and most devastating things I have ever seen," he said. "I have been in constant contact with my family and friends in the US and the mood was very solemn and quiet. But this is progressing into anger."

Comment: Patrick T. Byrt

ADELAIDE silently breeds anti-human rights and anti-Aboriginal attitudes, and make Mike Rann's words about releasing child asylum seekers, a blatant supporter of "big lie" politics, a la Vanstone and Downer. Monday May 10, 11:28 AM.

Mr Hicks believes his son is a torture victim The father of detained Australian terrorist suspect, [scapegoat for the Coalition of the Killing's resource war's in the Middle East], David Hicks believes his son was a victim of torture techniques by the United States and the Australian government should share the blame.

The Washington Post newspaper reported the US Defence Department last year approved interrogation techniques for use at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba that included forcing inmates, [prisoners], to strip naked and subjecting them to loud music, bright lights and sleep deprivation.

Mr David Hicks, from Adelaide, and another Australian, Mr Mamdouh Habib of Sydney, have been detained without charge at Guantanamo Bay for more than two years.

David Hicks's father Terry said he was worried his son would be subjected to torture techniques from the moment he was arrested. "He wouldn't be let off these techniques because he's an Australian, the Northern Alliance (in Afghanistan) had him for quite a while before he was handed over to the Americans," he told ABC Radio. "I thought it might have been a bit easier for him once the Americans had him but after a while I started to have my doubts when it was filtering through about the stress and duress techniques and the lights left on.

"I should say he would have copped a few hidings as well, I mean, this would be part and parcel of it." Mr Hicks said by its silence, the Australian government was condoning the interrogation techniques.

"The Australian government have never said anything about the techniques that are being used for gaining intelligence information," he said. "Australia is part of the coalition so I should say they'd know something..

"I still believe the Australian government should be taken to task over this. "As part of the coalition, I think our government should be wearing some of this as well."

e-mail: Patrick_Byrt@fcl.fl.asn.au ; rmclc@ozemail.com.au


Hicks interrogator features in CBS broadcast
An American television program has broadcast an interview with a man who interrogated Australian terror suspect, [scapegoat for the Coalition of the Killing's resource war's in the Middle East], David Hicks at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

HRMU: Harm-U for Hicks, Habib?
[War criminal], Prime Minister John Howard, NSW Premier Bob Carr, Justice Minister John Hatzistergos and other State and Territory prison ministers have set out a grim blueprint of life in an Australian jail.

Hicks's lawyer welcomes prison decision
Guantanamo Bay detainee, [prisoner and scapegoat for the Coalition of the Killing's resource war's in the Middle East], David Hicks's lawyer has welcomed federal Parliament's decision to allow any prison sentence he may receive to be served in Australia. Mr Hicks and fellow Australian Mamdouh Habib have been held in Cuba without charge for more than two years.

Hicks trial won't be fair: US lawyer
The military lawyer assigned to Australian Guantanamo Bay inmate, [prisoner and scapegoat for the Coalition of the Killing's resource war's in the Middle East], David Hicks has launched one of the most serious attacks yet on the legal process surrounding his client.

US military criticises legal process for Guantanamo prisoners
Military lawyers assigned by the Pentagon to detainees, [prisoners], at Guantanamo Bay are planning to present a brief to the US Supreme Court tomorrow, criticising the fairness of the legal process.

Guantanamo detentions slammed
A leading human rights group has denounced the United States Government for continuing to hold prisoners without charge two years after it set up the detention, [prison], camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

Vigil: Season's Greetings for David and Mamdouh
The objective is to continue to inform the public; and maintain the issue alive. There will be information on both David and Mamdouh to hand out to the general public. There will also be two Season's Greetings cards for the public to sign which will be presented to Alexander Downer - as Parliament will be on recess by then, I will ask the Fair Go for David Group in South Australia to present these to Downer.

US court delivers blow to Guantanamo policy
In a stinging rebuke of the Bush Government, a United States appeals court has ruled the US cannot imprison "enemy combatants," [scapegoats and patsy's for the Coaltion of the Killing's resource war's in the Middle East], captured in Afghanistan, [held], indefinitely at Guantanamo Bay and deny them access to lawyers.

Hicks's lawyer hopeful of meeting before Christmas
Adelaide lawyer Stephen Kenny says he hopes to meet with United States military captive David Hicks at Guantanamo Bay before Christmas.

Red Cross warns resource wars in the Middle East are eroding human rights The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has warned that the worldwide campaign against terrorism [the Coalition of the Killing's resource wars in the Middle East], must not be used to breach peoples right under international law.

Lawyers differ on Guantanamo deal
The lawyers for the two Australian men being held, [tortured in solitary confinement], at Guantanamo Bay have had different reactions to the, [war criminal], Federal Government's agreement with the, [war criminal], United States over procedures for any 'military trials'.

US 'political prisoners' demand rule of US law
FOREIGN prisoners, [scapegoats for the Coalition of the Killing's resource war's in the Middle East], held in Cuba, including Australians David Hicks and Mamdouh Habib, will never have played their legal card until they're freed!

Government should fund 'free Hicks' doco
TAXPAYERS have forked out $185,000 for a documentary promoting the release of David Hicks - because the Coalition of the Killing used him as a scapegoat for their illegal and degrading resource war's in the Middle East.

After a war waged by the U.S. military against Vietnam which took the lives of more than 3 million Vietnamese people and more than 58,000 GIs, the U.S. finally withdrew in 1975. It had suffered its first official major military defeat by a united people struggle led by the Vietnamese, along with a mass U.S. anti-war movement.

Supporters doubt PM's efforts to release Habib, Hicks
The supporters of two Australian detainees [prisoners] being held [tortured] by the United States at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba say they draw no comfort from [war criminal], Prime Minister John Howard raising the men's plight with [war criminal], US President George W Bush.

Greens For Freedom of Political Prisoners
The Greens politicians refused to be ejected and attempted to deliver a letter and photograph to the president. But Kerry was literally dragged away and that behaviour in Parliament was worrying.

Habib's wife to join Greens Protest during Bush Visit
The wife of an Australian man imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay has urged the Prime Minister to seek her husband's release when the United States President visits Australia this week.

Red Cross Criticizes Indefinite Detention in Guantanamo Bay
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba, Oct. 9 A senior official of the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Thursday that the holding of more than 600 detainees [prisoners] here was unacceptable because they were being held for open-ended terms without proper legal process.

Australia: Crean backs war criminals
The Federal Labor leader, Simon Crean, has tried to head off planned protests by some opposition MPs when the US President addresses Parliament next week.

Bush's Vanished Prisoner
He Wonders Whether He Will See the Light of Day Again October 10th, 2003 6:00 PM

Guantanamo Bay treatment: Limbo
Former federal judges, diplomats, military officials and human rights advocates in the United States have urged the Supreme Court to review the cases of detainees [scapegoats for the Coalition of the Killing's resource wars in the Middle East], being held without charge at Guantanamo Bay in the name of terrorism.

Australia: Justice for Hicks & Habib
The public forum Justice for Hicks & Habib was quite a success. Approximately 130 people attended the event, a big number for a Saturday eve!

Pilger said White House knew Saddam was no threat
Australian investigative journalist John Pilger says he has evidence the war against Iraq was based on a lie which could cost George W Bush and Tony Blair their jobs and bring Prime Minister John Howard down with them.

Illegal and degrading war crimes: Society on the New World Order (OWN)! While Australia and the US are very distinctive societies war criminal, Prime Minister John Howard and war criminal, President George Bush share core values.

Civil Liabilities: Howard's diversity? I had a dream?
The war criminal, Prime Minister, John Howard, who only yesterday was claiming he was showing diversity has stepped up pressure on the states to support plans to increase the war criminal, Federal Attorney-General's powers to ban terrorist organisations, [scapegoats and patsies for the Coalition of the Killing's illegal and degrading resource wars in the Middle East.]

Terry Hicks Odyssey for Justice for his Imprisoned Son
Terry Hicks, David Hicks father, one of two Australian [scapegoats] held imprisoned [and tortured] at Guantanamo Bay, arrives tomorrow Saturday 20 September in Sydney. He will hold a Press Conference at 2pm at Breakout, 65 Bellevue St. Glebe.

Evidence that Howard was complicit in CIA, false flag, call to arms, Bali bombings War criminal John Howard was complicit in the call to arms - false flag operation - Bali bombings - instigated by the CIA - and the Coalition of the Killing - to bolster support - and quell dissent for their illegal and degrading resource wars in the Middle East.

State terror units caused the terror!
The level of suspicion and surveillance created by the [US false flag operation and call to arms] Bali bombings, created by [ the Coalition of the Killing and Australian's complicity to go to war on Iraq] means that all Australian's suffer the loss of their human rights, civil rights and their democratic rights, as well as those Australian's who lost their life in Bali.

Australia backs CIA Reichstag, Downer's propaganda
The Foreign Affairs Minister says the latest message from Osama bin Laden is worrying. [Just plain rubbish!]

Bin Laden calls? CIA blind man's bluff!
A [US propaganda, fear-mongering] taped message purportedly from Osama bin Laden has warned Arab nations against supporting a war against Iraq but has branded Saddam Hussein an infidel.