The DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and other employees of the Defense Department and effectively determined that torture or abuse, which Guantanamo Bay prisoners cleared for release may have experienced, was “incidental” and within the “scope of their employment.” “Authorized or not, the conduct was [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday June 11, 2014 11:05 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday May 5, 2014 6:14 pm|
An Al Jazeera journalist, who was once imprisoned at Abu Ghraib and allegedly tortured by private contractors with CACI International, is one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit being brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). Salah Hassan appeared on “Democracy Now!” to describe many details about his arrest, detention and torture, which he [...]
|By: Jeff Kaye Saturday March 9, 2013 2:22 pm|
The UK Guardian has published a “staggering… blockbuster” investigatory report, including 51-minute video, detailing the role of top US government and military officials in the organization of terror and torture during the Iraq War. The report has been largely ignored by the US media. It should be introduced as evidence in the trial of Bradley Manning, as it was US connivance with torture in Iraq that motivated him to turn whistleblower.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday November 12, 2012 6:08 pm|
A federal court dismissed a lawsuit last week against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. The suit, brought by Donald Vance, a US Navy veteran and former defense contractor, and Nathan Ertel, also a former defense contractor, alleged he was responsible for torture they had experienced in an American-run prison in Iraq for nearly one hundred [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday September 22, 2012 12:33 pm|
One hallmark of the administration of President Barack Obama has been the commitment of the administration to move forward and not look back—to, as a Democratic Party operative only concerned with election results might say, not re-litigate the eight years of the administration of George W. Bush. This means no accountability for those responsible for [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday September 11, 2012 12:42 pm|
Michael Hayden, former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) director under President George W. Bush, delivered a speech yesterday where he outlined the ways that President Barack Obama has managed a “practical consensus,” which has fostered “powerful continuity between two vastly different presidents”—himself and his predecessor, Bush. At the University of Michigan last Friday, according to Wired, [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday March 20, 2012 1:29 pm|
Three Afghanis and three Iraqis allegedly tortured by the US military at detention centers in Iraq and Afghanistan are proceeding with their case despite having the their case dismissed and upheld by an appeals court in November of last year. On March 19, a petition against the US was filed by the American Civil Liberties [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday February 8, 2012 1:23 pm|
The US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals is set to rehear a civil suit against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld today. The suit, brought by Donald Vance, a US Navy veteran and former defense contractor, and Nathan Ertel, also a former defense contractor, alleges Rumsfeld is responsible for “intentional mistreatment” that occurred when they were [...]
|By: Jeff Kaye Saturday August 20, 2011 6:53 pm|
On August 18, Senator Dianne Feinstein put out a press release indicating that the Department of Defense should consider taking the anti-malarial drug mefloquine, also known as Lariam, out of the DoD drug formulary as it is too dangerous. Feinstein also indicated the drug has been administered to military personnel without the safeguards put in place by a 2009 Department of Defense protocol. But the drug was also used in massive doses on all the Guantanamo detainees, an unprecedented application of the drug on prisoners for supposed preventative purposes.
|By: Jeff Kaye Monday August 8, 2011 8:36 pm|
I was pleased to be asked to appear on the successful RT news program The Alyona Show earlier today. The interview was offered as a follow-up to an investigatory article published at Truthout last week, which showed that all protestations by Donald Rumsfeld and U.S. government authorities aside, the U.S. military did engage in torture remarkably similar to waterboarding, if not waterboarding itself. An accompanying article was also posted here at The Dissenter.
My investigation, based on multiple detainee accounts, news reports, doctor review of selected Guantanamo medical records, testimony before a Congressional committee, and Department of Justice and Department of Defense investigations, revealed that a number of detainees at different DoD sites, including Guantanamo, were held down and had streams of water from a hose directed for minutes at a time between their mouth and nose.
The article includes video of the interview.