Poland Helped CIA

August 2, 2014
CIA Prison in Poland

CIA Prison in Poland

The Süddeutsche Zeitung has reported that Poland helped the CIA and now has to answer for it. The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Poland broke the European Human Rights Convention in helping the Central Intelligence Agency render two terror suspects. This judgement violates the democratic and libertarian tradition of the Polish nation. The Warsaw correspondent of SZ Klaus Brill points out that the name of U.S. President George W. Bush is associated with “two terrible wars and a number of further cases which his successor Barack Obama is still trying to deal with.” This includes Guantanamo, “a synonym for the violation of the fundamental principles of the rule of law.” As we read in SZ, secret CIA operations involved the deportation of people who were under suspicion of terrorism to other countries, followed by interviewing and torturing them in these countries. According to the German journalist, 54 governments were involved in such operations, including Syria, but also three EU states: Poland, Lithuania and Romania. The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled on 24 July that seven violations on the European Convention on Human Rights had been committed by Poland.
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CIA Black Site in Poland

July 31, 2014
CIA Crime

CIA Crime

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Poland violated the European Convention on Human Rights by allowing the CIA to detain and torture terrorism suspects on Polish territory. The verdict was unanimous. Two applicants claim that between 2002 and 2003, they were imprisoned at a so-called “black site” in Stare Kiejkuty, northeastern Poland. Both men are currently indefinitely detained at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. The Court has ordered Poland to pay €100,000 in compensation to Al-Nashiri, allegedly responsible for orchestrating the bombing of the American military vessel USS Cole in 2000, and another €130,000 to Abu Zubaydah, supposedly one of the top members of Al-Qaeda. While the Court stressed the fact that the CIA was solely responsible for interrogations and tortures conducted in Stare Kiejkuty, it faulted Poland for cooperating  with the American agency and allowing it to use a Polish intelligence training facility. According to the Court, Polish authorities, bound by the European Convention on Human Rights to prevent torture and inhumane treatment, had in fact permitted it. What is more, Poland failed to effectively investigate the matter and subsequently refused to submit the requested evidence to the Court.
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Hospital Head Fired

July 13, 2014
Bogdan Chazan Sacked

Bogdan Chazan Sacked

“If one’s conscience does not allow one to tend to a patient’s needs in accordance with the law, then one should choose another profession,” said former Health Minister Ewa Kopacz, commenting on the recent decision to dismiss Warsaw hospital head Bogdan Chazan for refusing to help a pregnant woman get an abortion because of his religious convictions. Kopacz added, “I am a doctor and a religious person, but my rights as a doctor cannot negate the rights of my patients”. Kopacz stressed the fact that a medical practitioners’ job is to serve their patients. Although she admits that she understands why some doctors would not want to perform abortions, she argues that a situation in which one’s religious convictions are held above a patient’s rights cannot be tolerated. Kopacz, the current Speaker of the Polish Lower House, the Sejm, would also prefer the media to concentrate on the suffering of the woman, whose rights were infringed upon by Dr Chazan, instead of holding endless discussions about Chazan’s ‘conscience’. The woman who was denied an abortion, which she was legally entitled to, was forced to give birth to a baby, despite the fact that the foetus had serious birth defects. The baby died on Wednesday, after only ten days.
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Hospital Fined for Denying Abortion

July 7, 2014
Bogdan Chazan

Bogdan Chazan

Health Minister Bartosz Arłukowicz has informed the public that the Polish National Health Service (NFZ) has fined a Warsaw hospital nearly PLN 70,000 for refusing to help a heavily pregnant woman. The patient was deprived of sufficient care and was not properly examined despite the fact that her pregnancy was high risk. What is more, when it became clear that the foetus had serious birth defects, the woman was denied an abortion, which she was legally entitled to. The head of the hospital, Bogdan Chazan, refused to perform the procedure, invoking the so-called clause of conscience. Polish law allows for such situations on the condition that the patient will be directed to another doctor who can perform the denied procedure; furthermore, the clause only applies if there is no immediate risk to a patient’s life. As the Minister of Health pointed out, the clause of conscience is not meant to be used by an entire medical facility, as was the case with the fined hospital. He added that when Chazan failed to inform the pregnant woman about her options, letting his religious convictions interfere with performing his duties, he broke the law; consequently, the local prosecutor’s office and other appropriate institutions will be notified.
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Jail Sentence for Racial Slurs

July 3, 2014
White Power

White Power

The District Court in Białystok has sentenced 38-year-old Adam Cz. to six months in prison for posting a video of himself making racist comments about a mixed ethnicity couple on the internet. The couple in question partook in the “Białystok is my home” campaign, promoting racial tolerance. The accused took offence both to the citizen of India calling Białystok his home and to his Polish wife whom Adam Cz. called a “traitor of the white race”. Due to the fact that the accused committed similar offences in the past, the court decided to impose an immediate custodial sentence. District judge Barbara Paszkowska noted that statements such as “we will do everything in our power to make sure that this man goes back to where he came from” or “Białystok is not this man’s home” go beyond what might be understood as exercising one’s right to freedom of speech. The accused maintained his innocence throughout the trial and denied inciting racial hatred. According to Adam Cz., he is the victim and the prison sentence is a warning to anyone who wants to “tell the truth” to make them keep their mouth shut.
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Drunken Female Captain

July 2, 2014
MOPR

Mazury Rescue

Mazury Rescue Service (MOPR) lifeguards and policemen from Giżycko had to intervene when a 24-year-old decided to captain a yacht while intoxicated. There were eight people on the yacht when it keeled over just as it was leaving a port in Giżycko. The whole crew fell into the water but luckily no one was hurt. Police officers received information about the incident on Niegocin Lake from MOPR lifeguards and moved to investigate what had happened. After determining the captain was drunk, the female resident of Rybnik will now be charged with captaining a boat while intoxicated.
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Archbishop Defrocked for Child Abuse

June 28, 2014
Wesołowski - Disgusting

Wesołowski – Disgusting

Archbishop Józef Wesołowski, the former ambassador of the Vatican to the Dominican Republic, has been defrocked following an investigation conducted by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The ex-nuncio’s problems started when a Dominican TV station broadcasted a reportage which showed Wesołowski frequenting areas known for child prostitution. The Vatican quickly recalled its ambassador and subsequently rejected both Dominican and Polish applications for extradition. Church officials argued that Wesołowski was a citizen of the Vatican and as such could only be tried there. What is more, Wesołowski was protected by diplomatic immunity, which made starting criminal proceedings against him impossible. The decision to defrock him opens the door for criminal prosecutors in the Vatican, but possibly also for Polish ones to begin proceedings against him. The Warsaw prosecutor’s office informed the media that the ruling presently had no impact on the Polish investigation into Wesołowski; however, as soon as prosecutors receive a formal notice, the legal situation of the ex-nuncio will be re-evaluated. According to the media, evidence collected by Dominican prosecutors includes medical opinions, the testimonies of five children, and a statement made by deacon Francisco Javier Occis Reyes, who allegedly had sexual relations with Wesołowski and probably knew about the former archbishop’s crimes.
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PM Committed Crime?

June 26, 2014
In Trouble?

In Trouble?

The leader of the opposition and head of Law and Justice (PiS) Jarosław Kaczyński has said that his party will notify the public prosecutor that a crime may have been committed by Prime Minister Donald Tusk. According to the PiS head, the PM knew about the irregularities of Amber Gold, but did not notify law enforcement agencies. Kaczyński was referring to one of the illegally taped conversations published by Wprost magazine between Bartlomiej Sienkiewicz, the Interior Minister, and the head of the National Bank of Poland (NBP) Marek Belka. The latter says that he spoke with the Prime Minister about Amber Gold. “A few months before that affair, I called Donald and told him that the Amber Gold matter is quite serious, it is a financial pyramid scheme, but more serious due to the fact that they are the owners of the fast growing OLT Express airlines,” said Belka. The Prime Minister has defended himself saying that he spoke to Belka, while the public prosecutor was investigating the Amber Gold case.
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Students Call for End of Government

June 25, 2014
PM Tusk and Marek Belka

PM Tusk and Marek Belka

Anti-government demonstrations are scheduled to take place this week to put pressure on PM Donald Tusk and establish an investigative committee to look into the recent government wiretapping scandal. Thousands of people will participate, according to the organisers. The Students’ Union of Poland insists that the government should resign. Michał Sadłowski, a union member, says: “The Council of Ministers has brought Poland into disrepute.” He adds: “There is ironclad proof that the politicians in power have broken the law, especially in the conversations between Minister Bartłomiej Sienkiewicz and Marek Belka, head of the National Bank of Poland (NBP). Furthermore, the Prime Minister did not even replace the minister.”
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Killing ‘for the Rush’

June 24, 2014
Tragedy

Not a Joke

Policemen from Radom have arrested a pair of teenagers who wanted to kill an 82-year-old woman. The 16-year-old girl and her 17-year-old friend explained that they are computer gamers and they wanted an adrenaline rush. The pair talked their way into the old lady’s flat on Puławska Street in Radom on the pretext of wanting to conduct an interview. The 17-year-old-boy threw a cord around her neck and started to strangle her. The woman’s screams alerted her neighbour and the teenagers panicked and ran away. The police soon found the 16-year-old girl and later her friend. The pair met each other on a social networking site. The boy wanted to impress the girl and said he was in a gang. They both said that they wanted to murder a weak, old person to see what it is like. In court, the judge decided that the 16-year-old girl will go to a centre for juvenile delinquents wheras the 17-year-old boy was accused of attempted murder.
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