Saturday, February 28, 2009


NCIS interrogation of prisoners afloat

Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Middle East Field Office-Bahrain is aboard the USNS Lewis and Clark "conducting witness and suspect interviews."

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Friday, February 27, 2009


USN offers pirates to Puntland

The U.S. Embassy in Kenya has contacted authorities in Somalia's self-governing State of Puntland to 'transfer' over a group of suspected pirates, The U.S. Navy apprehended the pirate suspects in the Gulf of Aden and has been holding them aboard USNS Lewis and Clark. The implication is that Kenya doesn't want them.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009


No Brave New World - V

Preventive Detention

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Sunday, February 15, 2009


Creative Rendition con'd

Pirates captured in the Gulf of Aden were transferred to the USNS Lewis and Clark by helicopter, winched onto the ship's deck by crew members and led below deck to a holding area by US Marines.
"They will remain onboard (the Lewis and Clark) until information and evidence is assembled and evaluated so a decision can be made regarding their further transfer"
The nine-man crew that attempted a boarding of the MT Prem Divya were taken into custody joined seven other pirates captured February 11 from a small skiff containing that had attempted a forcible boarding of the MV Polaris using a ladder. Forcible boarding

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Saturday, February 14, 2009


Creative Rendition

On February 11, the navy said, the MV Polaris, sailing under a Marshall Island flag, sent a distress call saying that seven men on a skiff had tried to force their way on board using a ladder. The Vella Gulf intercepted the skiff, found weapons and seized the suspects. For now the group is being held aboard the Lewis and Clark, a U.S. Navy ship equipped with bare-bones holding cells. Pentagon video footage showed thin black pallets and pillows spread on the floor and surrounded by coils of barbed wire.

USNS Lewis and Clark
Crew124 civilian, 11 naval, helicopter detachment when required
Overall Length210m
Length Between Perpendiculars199.55m
Design Draught9.12m
Scantling Draught (Maximum to Which Vessel is Loaded)9.50m
Displacement at Design Draught

The ships, which are not armed and are classified as non-combatant ships, are capable of operating independently for extended periods at sea while providing underway replenishment services and contribute to the US Navy's ability to maintain a forward presence.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009


“Thoroughly vetted with the appropriate officials "

Justice lawyer, Douglas N. Letter, made the state-secrets argument on February 9, startling several judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit hearing the Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc. case.

“Is there anything material that has happened” that might have caused the Justice Department to shift its views, asked Judge Mary M. Schroeder, an appointee of President Jimmy Carter, coyly referring to the recent election.
“No, your honor,” Mr. Letter replied.
Judge Schroeder asked, “The change in administration has no bearing?”
Once more, he said, “No, Your Honor.” The position he was taking in court on behalf of the government had been “thoroughly vetted with the appropriate officials within the new administration,” and “these are the authorized positions,” he said.

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Monday, February 09, 2009


Extraordinary Rendition "remains a state secret"

Anthony D. Romero, Executive Director of the ACLU: “Eric Holder’s Justice Department stood up in court today and said that it would continue the Bush policy of invoking state secrets to hide the reprehensible history of torture, rendition and the most grievous human rights violations committed by the American government.
In Mohamed et al v Jeppesen Dataplan, Inc.a San Jose Boeing subsidiary. A source inside of the Ninth U.S. District Court tells ABC News that a representative of the Justice Department stood up to say that its position hasn't changed, that new administration stands behind arguments that previous administration made, with no ambiguity at all. The DOJ lawyer said the entire subject matter remains a state secret.

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Friday, February 06, 2009


No brave new world -IV

Mr. Panetta also said the agency would continue the Bush administration practice of “rendition” — picking terrorism suspects off the street and sending them to a third country. But he said the agency would refuse to deliver a suspect into the hands of a country known for torture or other actions “that violate our human values.”

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