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June 3rd, 2010

National Security Experts Slam President Bush for Endorsing Torture

Philadelphia – A group of thirteen retired admirals and generals meeting in Philadelphia today to talk with Congressional candidates from both parties about the importance to our national security of treating detainees in accordance with our laws and values responded with disgust to comments made last night by the former ... continue reading

June 3rd, 2010

'I'd do it again' former President Bush tells Grand Rapids crowd about waterboarding terrorists

GRAND RAPIDS -- Former President George W. Bush was by turns affable, relaxed -- and deadly serious in his local appearance Wednesday. "Yeah, we water-boarded Khalid Sheikh Mohammed," Bush said of the terrorist who master-minded the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington. He said that event shaped ... continue reading

May 28th, 2010

AWOL soldier gets 11 years for rapes, arson

TACOMA, Wash. - An AWOL Fort Lewis soldier was sentenced to 11 years in prison for the rape and torture of two women near Tacoma last year.The judge said he was "stunned" that such brutal crimes could be committed by a sergeant who had served his country in the U.S. ... continue reading

Barry Eisler

Author and former CIA agent

May 12th, 2010

Torture Tales

There are a number of factors behind America's growing embrace of torture, but among them, largely overlooked, is a brilliant campaign of cross-promotion between right-wing ideologues and right-wing entertainment.First, the right reduced the entirety of torture to a simple talking point: "Can you really say torture never works?" And then ... continue reading

April 28th, 2010

After torture claims, Iraqi PM says prisoners ‘burned themselves’ with matches to fake abuse

After a shocking report by Human Rights Watch accusing the Iraqi government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki with operating a secret Baghdad prison where detainees were hung upside down, whipped and suffocated, the embattled Iraqi leader accused his political opponents and foreign governments of staging faked torture to make ... continue reading

Emma Kaplan

World Can't Wait

April 19th, 2010

Crimes Are Crimes – No Matter Who Does Them

Join Cindy Sheehan, Cornel West, Chris Hedges, Daniel Ellsberg, Noam Chomsky, Ray McGovern, Carl Dix, Bill Quigley, William Blum, Joyce Kozloff, Ann Messner, David Swanson, Sunsara Taylor, Stephen Rohde, Fr. Bob Bossie, Peter Phillips, Jed Stone, Tomás Olmos, Peter McLaren, Jodie Evans, Margaret Lawrence, Matthis Chiroux, Larry Everest, Andy Worthington, ... continue reading

April 17th, 2010

Destruction of videotapes documented in CIA e-mail

WASHINGTON – Internal CIA e-mails show the former agency head, Porter Goss, agreed with a top aide's 2005 decision to destroy videotapes of the harsh interrogation of a terror suspect, a controversial action that remains the focus of an FBI investigation.The documents show that, despite Goss' apparent agreement, CIA officials ... continue reading

April 9th, 2010

Sudanese man sues after release from Guantanamo

SEATTLE — A Sudanese aid worker freed from Guantanamo Bay in 2007 sued U.S. government officials Wednesday over what he called his forced disappearance and torture.Lawyers for Adel Hassan Hamad, 52, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Seattle seeking damages for ongoing physical and emotional problems and compensation ... continue reading

H. Candace Gorman

H. Candace Gorman is a civil rights/human rights lawyer in Chicago who is representing two Guantánamo detainees.

March 8th, 2010

Yes, I Am Pissed Off

I often give speeches to groups that are interested in hearing about my experiences representing two men at Guantanamo. Last week I spoke to a group of high school students in the Chicago area. I had spoken to students from this same school a few years ago and now some ... continue reading

March 8th, 2010

The Torture 68: Congressional Oversight or Complicity

On February 25, 2010, the intrepid researchers at Jurist noted in Documents reveal CIA briefed lawmakers on enhanced interrogation techniques that 68 members of Congress in the period from 2001 to 2007 were briefed on the specifics of enhanced interrogation techniques. Some who have read my earlier piece about my ... continue reading

February 26th, 2010

Leahy Grills DOJ Official On Missing John Yoo Emails

At the hearing on the Justice Department torture memos report today, Sen. Patrick Leahy demanded to know whether the DOJ would investigate the missing John Yoo emails -- and determine whether criminal charges are warranted.Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler told Leahy that he would get back to the committee ... continue reading

February 24th, 2010

CIA briefed 68 lawmakers on interrogation program

WASHINGTON – CIA officials briefed at least 68 U.S. lawmakers between 2001 and 2007 on enhanced interrogation methods like simulated drowning that were being considered or used against captured al Qaeda members, according to declassified documents released on Tuesday.The once-secret CIA papers, obtained in a lawsuit by the conservative legal ... continue reading

February 23rd, 2010

Sen. Pat Roberts denies CIA waterboard charge

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) is denying a CIA claim that he gave the go-ahead to destroy tapes that showed agency officials waterboarding terror suspect Abu Zubayda, disputing a recently released CIA document that claims the former Intelligence Committee chairman knew about plans to destroy waterboarding evidence. In a Feb. 4, ... continue reading

February 15th, 2010

Cheney Exposes Torture Conspiracy

If the United States had a functioning criminal justice system for the powerful – not just for run-of-the-mill offenders – former Vice President Dick Cheney would have convicted himself and some of his Bush administration colleagues with his comments on ABC’s “This Week.” On Sunday, Cheney pronounced himself “a big ... continue reading

February 15th, 2010

'This Week' Transcript: Former Vice President Dick Cheney

…KARL: If you have somebody in custody like Abdulmutallab, after just trying to blow up an airliner, and you think he has information on another attack, I mean, do you think that those enhanced interrogation techniques should have been -- should have been used? I mean, would you -- do ... continue reading

February 8th, 2010

U.S. soldier Joshua Tabor waterboards his daughter, 4, because she couldn't recite alphabet: police

A GI waterboarded his 4-year-old daughter in their suburban Tacoma, Wash., home because she couldn't recite the alphabet, police reported.Joshua Tabor, 27, allegedly admitted to police he used the torture technique because his daughter was terrified of water and he was furious she didn't know her ABCs.Tabor was arrested Sunday ... continue reading

February 8th, 2010

Joshua Tabor, Who Served in Iraq, Accused of Waterboarding Daughter

An Army sergeant who served in Iraq for 15 months has been restricted to his Washington military base after being accused of waterboarding his 4-year-old daughter because she refused to recite her ABCs.Joshua Ryan Tabor, 27, was arrested on Jan. 31 and charged with assaulting a child after police in ... continue reading

January 30th, 2010

Justice Official Clears Bush Lawyers in Torture Memo Probe

For weeks, the right has heckled Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. for his plans to try the alleged 9/11 conspirators in New York City and his handling of the Christmas bombing plot suspect. Now the left is going to be upset: an upcoming Justice Department report from its ethics-watchdog unit, ... continue reading

January 23rd, 2010

Murders at Guantanamo: Exposing the Truth about the 2006 ‘Suicides’

It’s hard to know where to begin with this profoundly important story by Scott Horton, for next month’s Harper’s Magazine (available on the web here), but let’s try this: The three “suicides” at Guantánamo in June 2006 were not suicides at all. The men in question were killed during interrogations ... continue reading

January 21st, 2010

Dozens of Guantanamo Bay protesters arrested at U.S. Capitol

Washington (CNN) - Police arrested more than a dozen people inside the U.S. Capitol on Thursday and more than two dozen outside it as they protested the detention of terrorism suspects at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The protest came the day before the one-year anniversary of ... continue reading

January 19th, 2010

The Guantánamo “Suicides”: A Camp Delta sergeant blows the whistle

1. “Asymmetrical Warfare”When President Barack Obama took office last year, he promised to “restore the standards of due process and the core constitutional values that have made this country great.” Toward that end, the president issued an executive order declaring that the extra-constitutional prison camp at Guantánamo “shall be closed ... continue reading

December 17th, 2009

Appellate panel hears arguments over 'rendition' case

Reporting from San Francisco - Lawyers for five foreign men who allege that a Boeing subsidiary conspired with the CIA in their kidnapping and torture urged a federal appeals court Tuesday to allow their lawsuit to go to trial and their abusers to be held accountable.In the case against Jeppesen ... continue reading

December 14th, 2009

Supreme Court rejects Guantanamo torture case

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court said on Monday that it rejected an appeal by four former Guantanamo Bay prisoners arguing that they should be able to proceed with their lawsuit against top Pentagon officials for torture and religious abuse.The justices refused to review a U.S. appeals court ruling ... continue reading

December 1st, 2009

2 Afghans allege abuse at U.S. site

KABUL -- Two Afghan teenagers held in U.S. detention north of Kabul this year said they were beaten by American guards, photographed naked, deprived of sleep and held in solitary confinement in concrete cells for at least two weeks while undergoing daily interrogation about their alleged links to the Taliban. ... continue reading

November 30th, 2009

Supreme Court decision lets Pentagon keep detainee photos secret

Washington - The US Supreme Court Monday vacated a federal appeals court ruling requiring disclosure of a cache of photos allegedly depicting abuse of US-held detainees overseas during the Bush administration. The high court action removed a legal precedent that made it harder for the government to withhold certain documents ... continue reading

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Please take a moment today to think of Casey Austin Sheehan, son of Cindy and Patrick, who was murdered by U.S. foreign policy in Sadr City, Baghdad ten years...

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ICYMI - I've joined this "thunderclap" to support the Connecticut legislators who voted yes on last year's Act Concerning Gun Violence...

Apr 3rd
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Apr 2nd
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I am opposed to the death penalty, but to every rule there is usually an exception, and in this case I hope the criminals at General Motors will be arrested...

Apr 1st
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Mar 31st
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Last night, The Good Wife on the East Coast started 40 minutes late due to the overrun of the NCAA basketball game. If you had your DVR set for the show, you...

Mar 24th
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Mar 23rd
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Mar 21st
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Mar 19th
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Mar 17th
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"I think democracy is the most revolutionary thing in the world." -- Tony Benn, 1925-2014 Tony Benn in 'Sicko'

Mar 14th
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RIP Tony Benn, one of the UK's greatest leaders: Tony Benn, veteran Labour politician, dies aged 88 Former cabinet minister died at...

Mar 14th
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Mar 13th
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Mar 12th
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