President George W. Bush’s thoughts on the Supreme Court ruling that the U.S. must adhere to Article 3 of the Geneva Convention:
“This debate is occurring because of the Supreme Court’s ruling that said that we must conduct ourselves under the Common Article III of the Geneva Convention. And that Common Article III says that there will be no outrages upon human dignity. It’s very vague. What does that mean, ‘outrages upon human dignity’? That’s a statement that is wide open to interpretation. And what I’m proposing is that there be clarity in the law so that our professionals will have no doubt that that which they are doing is legal.”
Mocking the language of the Conventions, he asked: “What does that mean? ‘Outrages upon human dignity’?”
– Transcript, “President George Bush Discusses Iraq in National Press Conference,” George W. Bush – White House Archives, Sept. 15, 2006
President Bush on the reports by the Humans Rights Watch and Amnesty International criticizing the US on their handling of terrorist suspects, “I haven’t seen the report, but if they’re saying we tortured people, they’re wrong. Period… No American will be allowed to torture another human being anywhere in the world.”
– Transcript, “President George Bush Discusses Iraq in National Press Conference,” George W. Bush – White House Archives, January 26, 2006
“Scott Horton, an expert on international law who helped prepare a report on renditions issued by N.Y.U. Law School and the New York City Bar Association, estimates that a hundred and fifty people have been rendered since 2001. Representative Ed Markey, a Democrat from Massachusetts and a member of the Select Committee on Homeland Security, said that a more precise number was impossible to obtain. ‘I’ve asked people at the C.I.A. for numbers,’ he said. ‘They refuse to answer. All they will say is that they’re in compliance with the law.’ “
– Jane Mayer, “Outsourcing Torture The secret history of America’s ‘extraordinary rendition’ program.” New Yorker, Feb. 14, 2005
“The War Crimes Act of 1996, as amended, makes it a criminal offense to commit certain violations of the law of war when such offenses are committed by or against U.S. nationals or Armed Service members. Among other things, the act prohibits certain violations of Common Article 3 of the 1949 Geneva Conventions …”
– Congressional Research Service, “The War Crimes Act: Current Issues,” January 22, 2009, FAS.org, PDF accessed 8/6/2017
“Counting the value of lives lost as well as property damage and lost production of goods and services, losses already exceed $100 billion. Including the loss in stock market wealth — the market's own estimate arising from expectations of lower corporate profits and higher discount rates for economic volatility — the price tag approaches $2 trillion.
Among the big-ticket items:
-The loss of four civilian aircraft valued at $385 million.
-The destruction of major buildings in the World Trade Center with a replacement cost of from $3 billion to $4.5 billion.
-Damage to a portion of the Pentagon: up to $1 billion.
-Cleanup costs: $1.3 billion.
-Property and infrastructure damage: $10 billion to $13 billion.
-Federal emergency funds (heightened airport security, sky marshals, government takeover of airport security, retrofitting aircraft with anti-terrorist devices, cost of operations in Afghanistan): $40 billion.
-Direct job losses amounted to 83,000, with $17 billion in lost wages.
-The amount of damaged or unrecoverable property hit $21.8 billion.
-Losses to the city of New York (lost jobs, lost taxes, damage to infrastructure, cleaning): $95 billion.
-Losses to the insurance industry: $40 billion.
-Loss of air traffic revenue: $10 billion.
-Fall of global markets: incalculable.”
– “How much did the September 11 terrorist attack cost America?” IAGS.org [The Institute for the Analysis of Global Security,] Accessed on 2/28/2017, IAGS.org, 2/28/2017
"A retired CIA officer has been taken into custody in Portugal and faces extradition to Italy within days to serve a four-year sentence for her role in the 2003 kidnapping of a radical Muslim cleric.
Sabrina De Sousa, 61, was among 23 Americans convicted in absentia in 2009 for the kidnapping of Egyptian-born cleric Hassan Osama Nasr, known as Abu Omar, as he walked to a mosque in Milan, Italy, on Feb. 17, 2003. He was taken to Egypt and later said he was tortured. He was imprisoned until 2007."
– “Portugal detains ex-CIA officer for extradition to Italy for jail time in case of kidnapped Muslim cleric,” LATimes.com, Feb. 22, 2017, Tom Kington, 2/22/2017
"Batches of newly disclosed documents
[stamped "Salim v. Mitchell – United States Bates Stamp #001949, 12/20/2016] about the Central Intelligence Agency’s defunct torture program are providing new details about its practices of slamming terrorism suspects into walls, confining them in coffinlike boxes and subjecting them to waterboarding — as well as internal disputes over whether two psychologists who designed the program were competent.
The release of the newly available primary documents, which include information not discussed in a 500-page executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into the C.I.A. torture program that was released in 2014, comes at the same time as an urgent legal battle is unfolding over the potential fate of the still-classified, 6,700-page full version of that report."
– “C.I.A. Torture Detailed in Newly Disclosed Documents,” The New York Times online, Jan 19, 2017, Sheri Fink, James Risen, and Charles Savage, 1/19/2017
In a 2016 anniversary article on the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, World Trade Center collapse: “In 2011, the federal World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP) was established. It has 75,000 registered members, 87% of whom worked on rescue, recovery and clean-up. The rest are New York residents or workers. A total of 1,140 registered members have died since the program was created in 2011, WTCHP spokeswoman Christy Spring said. … Causes of death are not recorded by the WTCHP. There is no central record for how many people died between 2001 and 2011 from illnesses linked to 9/11 fumes and debris, Spring said, nor any way of knowing exactly how many other people have died without any record of their illnesses having been caused by exposure near Ground Zero.”
– “9/11 health crisis: death toll from illness nears number killed on day of attacks,” TheGuardian.com, Sept. 11, 2016, Joanna Walters, 9/11/2016
From CNN.com’s Sept. 11, 2001, timeline of attacks: “Economic Impact:
-$500,000 – Estimated amount of money it cost to plan and execute the 9/11 attacks.
-$123 billion – Estimated economic loss during the first 2-4 weeks after the World Trade Center towers collapsed in New York City, as well as decline in airline travel over next few years
-$60 billion – Estimated cost of the WTC site damage, including damage to surrounding buildings, infrastructure and subway facilities.
-$40 billion – Value of the emergency anti-terrorism package approved by the US Congress on September 14, 2001.
-$15 billion – Aid package passed by Congress to bail out the airlines.
-$9.3 billion – Insurance claims arising from the 9/11 attacks.
Cleanup at Ground Zero:
May 30, 2002 – Cleanup at Ground Zero officially ends.
-It took 3.1 million hours of labor to clean up 1.8 million tons of debris.
-The total cost of cleanup was $750 million.”
– ���September 11, 2001: Background and timeline of the attacks,��� CNN.com, Sept. 8, 2016, CNN Library, 9/8/2016
“As of August 2016, the US has already appropriated, spent, or taken on obligations to spend more than $3.6 trillion in current dollars on the wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Syria and on Homeland Security (2001 through fiscal year 2016). To this total should be added the approximately $65 billion in dedicated war spending the Department of Defense and State Department have requested for the next fiscal year, 2017, along with an additional nearly $32 billion requested for the Department of Homeland Security in 2017, and estimated spending on veterans in future years. When those are included, the total US budgetary cost of the wars reaches $4.79 trillion.” [The 15th of the month for date sorting purpose only]
– “US Budgetary Costs of Wars through 2016: $4.79 Trillion and Counting Summary of Costs of the US Wars in Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and Pakistan and Homeland Security,” Watson Institute: International & Public Affairs, Brown University, Sept. 2016, Neta C. Crawford, 8/15/2016