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.
|By: Jeff Kaye Wednesday January 29, 2014 11:58 am|
The American Psychological Association recently refused, after a seven-year wait, to charge a psychologist that US documents clearly show was involved in torture. A different psychologist group, Psychologists for Social Responsibility, has written APA to condemn the decision. Rather than a dust-up between psychology groups, the issue goes right to the heart of the US’s ability to conduct coercive interrogations and torture with the input of behavioral specialists.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday December 18, 2013 12:32 pm|
It has been almost twelve years since British citizen Shaker Aamer was brought to Guantanamo Bay and imprisoned. He has been held without charge or trial, cleared for release twice, suffered torture during his confinement and been subjected to isolation for leading prisoners in challenging conditions at the detention camps. He has been a prominent [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday December 16, 2013 8:23 pm|
While the military commission’s ruling has not been made public, defense attorney for Guantanamo prisoner Ammar al Baluchi announced that “several orders” had been issued in the 9/11 case which “lift the provision classifying the ‘observations and experiences’ of defendants formerly held by the CIA.” James Connell explained that CIA information remains classified, but “the [...]
|By: Jeff Kaye Sunday December 8, 2013 9:33 pm|
A little noted book in 2011 cited CIA’s Kirk Hubbard in stating that famed psychologist Martin Seligman met to help James Mitchell with interrogation strategies just days before the former SERE psychologist flew to a CIA black site and began the torture of Abu Zubaydah.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday December 5, 2013 10:48 am|
For over eight months, more than ten prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have been on hunger strike. The hunger strike steadily grew to include over 100 prisoners until July, when the number involved in the strike started to drop. It may have been a result of forced feeding with a tube which the facility was using [...]
|By: Jeff Kaye Friday November 15, 2013 2:20 am|
Breaking a three-year silence by the medical and human rights community, a panel of doctors, attorneys, human rights professionals, university professors and ethics experts have called for an investigation into the use of mefloquine on detainees at Guantanamo Naval Prison. The prison camp had instituted in very early 2002 an unprecedented policy of administering full-treatment doses of mefloquine to all incoming detainees at Guantanamo. Complicating the report’s finding was the fact the man who signed off on the mefloquine policy, Captain Albert Shimkus, was also on the task force that investigated the medical ethical issues regarding interrogation that occupied the report.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday October 25, 2013 5:14 pm|
Military defense attorneys for suspects the United States government has put on trial for their alleged involvement in the September 11th attacks have written a letter to President Barack Obama requesting that his administration take the step of declassifying details of the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program. They have urged the administration to do [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday October 11, 2013 6:01 pm|
An animation produced by The Guardian depicts what it has been like for Guantanamo prisoners. The “personal statements of five detainees,” four cleared for release and one who actually has been released, provide a basis for the images that are shown. The statements in the animation come from Shaker Aamer, Younous Chekkouri, Samir Moqbel, Ahmed [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday October 7, 2013 5:58 pm|
A judge has ordered the release of a Guantanamo prisoner who suffers from such a severe mental and physical illness that he is virtually guaranteed to never “return to the battlefield.” Judge Royce Lamberth ordered the United States government to “take all the necessary and appropriate diplomatic steps” to release Ibrahim Osman Ibrahim Idris after [...]