American Held in Incommunicado Detention in Yemen Calls Family, Says He’s Being Beaten & Gassed

By: Friday September 12, 2014 5:15 pm

An American citizen in Yemeni custody who his lawyers say has been disappeared for over 180 days has surfaced. One of his lawyers reports he was apparently allowed to make two calls to his wife and mother last night and a guard said he is being held in the Central Security Forces base in central [...]

City of Aurora, Police Sued for ‘More-Than-Two-Hour Mass Roundup’ of Innocent People in Search for Bank Robber

By: Monday May 19, 2014 10:49 am

The city of Aurora, Colorado, and police are being sued for what attorneys describe as a “more-than-two-hour mass roundup of innocent men, women and children at a traffic section” when officers were attempting to catch a bank robber. It is being brought on behalf of fourteen of the twenty-eight people, who were “detained, removed, searched, [...]

Podcast: Fighting Immigration Detention ‘Bed Quotas’ Which Contribute to Record Number of Deportations

By: Sunday May 11, 2014 10:09 am

Every year, 34,000 beds in private prisons, federal prisons or even local, county or state prisons have to be occupied by the bodies of immigrants in the process of deportation. This has contributed to the record number of deportations of immigrants under President Barack Obama. On this week’s episode of “Unauthorized Disclosure,” Rania Khalek and [...]

Obama’s State of the Union: Afghanistan Drawdown & the Covert Drone War

By: Wednesday February 13, 2013 1:01 am

President Barack Obama delivered his “State of the Union” address on Tuesday night. And though he suggested there may be minimal reductions to wartime spending, he jingoistically declared, “We will maintain the best military the world has ever known.” The speech renewed the US government’s commitment to a permanent war on terrorism. While it signaled [...]

A Comprehensive Look at the CIA’s Rendition, Detention & Torture Program

By: Tuesday February 5, 2013 6:26 pm

A major report on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation (RDI) program was released today by the Open Society Justice Initiative. It is one of the most comprehensive examinations of the program to date. From “credible public sources and¬†information provided by reputable human rights organizations,” the organization was able to figure out that “as many [...]

Obama’s Embrace of Rendition & the Appearance of Three Men with Somali Roots in Federal Court

By: Wednesday January 2, 2013 12:09 pm

(update below) The Washington Post has published a story that spotlights how the administration of President Barack Obama has embraced the practice of extraordinary rendition, highlighting the rendition of two Swedish men and one British-Somali man who had his British citizenship revoked. It details what is known about the men who had been missing and [...]

Interview with Truthout’s Jeffrey Kaye on Alleged Drugging of Detainees in US Military Custody

By: Friday July 13, 2012 6:42 pm

On Wednesday, Jeffrey Kaye and Jason Leopold of Truthout published an exclusive on a Defense Department (DoD) report on the alleged drugging of prisoners in the custody of the US military that had been declassified. The report put together by the DoD inspector general acknowledged that “powerful antipsychotic and other medications ‘could impair an individual’s [...]

Obama Administration’s Tenuous Commitment to Human Rights

By: Thursday March 22, 2012 1:01 pm

(photo: Barack Obama) The Obama Administration recently announced that it would begin an “interagency process” to implement commitments made on human rights before the UN Human Rights Council just over a year ago. Coinciding with the announcement, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) put out a report on how the administration has done so far. [...]

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