More Charges of Forced Drugging at Guantanamo

By: Monday February 24, 2014 4:38 am

Four of six prisoners whose civil suit against Rumsfeld and other military officials for torture was argued in a federal appeals court last week have charged the U.S. used forced drugging against them, along with a panoply of other torture abuse. Some of these prisoners had already been cleared of “enemy combatant” status. The whitewash investigation of such drugging by the Department of Defense’s Inspector General becomes more evident with each passing day.

CCR Condemns Manning Sentence, Whistleblower Should Have Never Been Prosecuted

By: Wednesday August 21, 2013 11:44 am

The following is a press release issued by the Center for Constitutional Rights in response to today’s sentencing of Bradley Manning. We are outraged that a whistleblower and a patriot has been sentenced on a conviction under the Espionage Act. The government has stretched this archaic and discredited law to send an unmistakable warning to [...]

Bradley Manning’s Defense Supports Crowd-Funded Stenographers’ Presence at Trial

By: Monday June 10, 2013 1:39 pm

The defense for Pfc. Bradley Manning indicated in a military court that ensuring crowd-funded stenographers had access to create an unofficial transcript of the trial, which would be made available to media outlets around the world, was something they supported. “We believe that this enforces Pfc. Manning’s right” under the Sixth Amendment during trial, defense [...]

One Hundred Days of Hunger Striking at Guantanamo

By: Friday May 17, 2013 1:20 pm

It has now been one hundred days since prisoners being held at the Guantanamo Bay prison launched a hunger strike. According to the Miami Herald‘s Carol Rosenberg, the Pentagon says 102 prisoners are now on hunger strike, and thirty are being “tube-fed.” The hunger strike was sparked in February. As noted in a letter sent by [...]

Military Appeals Court Rejects Effort by Press to Bring Transparency to Bradley Manning’s Court Martial

By: Wednesday April 17, 2013 6:19 pm

A military appeals court has decided journalists and media organizations in a lawsuit being brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) do not have standing to challenge the lack of access to court records in the court martial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier being prosecuted by the military for disclosing information to WikiLeaks. [...]

Violence at Guantanamo? Detainees Desperately Fight for their Humanity

By: Tuesday April 16, 2013 1:29 am

Considering the way the military has handled the situation at Guantanamo — forbidding reporters at the island, making nice to the ICRC only to conduct violent raids on detainees as soon as Red Cross officials leave, force-feeding hunger-striking detainees against all medical ethics and protocols — you’d think the Pentagon thought they had another Koje-Ko prison camp rebellion on their hands.

Apparently the White House was notified in advance of the nighttime raids on the debilitated hunger strikers, who according to military accounts (which one must take with maximum suspicion), fought back with mop and broom handles and plastic water bottles.

Whatever military police met in terms of opposition, what they certainly encountered were emaciated prisoners, worn down by years of interrogation, isolation, brutality, and now hunger, as they wield the only real weapons they know, their very bodies, choosing death over the hopelessness and torture that is indefinite detention.

Building Opposition to the Obama Administration’s Expanded Use of Drones

By: Friday April 27, 2012 12:48 pm

The United States Constitution and international law make it illegal to kill someone without due process except in armed conflict or where they pose an imminent threat and there is no other option available, staff attorney Maria Lahood of the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) explains. The reality is the Obama Administration, in expanding the [...]

The Shroud of Secrecy in Bradley Manning’s Legal Proceedings

By: Wednesday April 25, 2012 9:43 am

Legal proceedings in the case of Pfc. Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of releasing classified information to WikiLeaks, resumed yesterday, with the defense arguing in the military court at Fort Meade that all charges should be dropped with prejudice. David Coombs, Manning’s lead defense attorney, argued the government did not understand basic military rules for [...]

Ideological Exclusion: US Government Refuses to Grant Outspoken Pakistani Lawyer a Visa

By: Monday April 9, 2012 9:06 pm

Pakistani lawyer Shahzad Akbar, who sued the United States government over family members of civilian victims of US drone attacks, was invited to participate in an upcoming International Drone Summit in Washington, DC, on April 28, but, the peace group CODEPINK reports the US is refusing to grant him a visa. The refusal by the [...]

New Report: DoD Used Water Torture, Hid Behind “Waterboarding” Definition

By: Tuesday August 2, 2011 3:56 pm

A new examination of waterboarding and other “water treatment” torture practices by the Department of Defense, published today at Truthout, seriously calls into question the accepted narrative around waterboarding by the U.S. government. Up until now, it’s been accepted that only the CIA waterboarded detainees at black sites in the “war on terror,” and only three prisoners at that. But a new investigation of available materials from Congress, Inspector General reports, first-hand and second-hand accounts in the press, as well as other documentary evidence, shows that use of waterboarding-style torture was likely used widely by U.S. forces, from Afghanistan to Iraq to Guantanamo.

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