New DoD Directive on Detainees Allows Sleep and Sensory Deprivation, Biometric IDs

By: Wednesday September 17, 2014 7:13 pm

A new directive from the Department of Defense regarding its Detainee Program fails to offer any protections against the use of torture techniques like isolation, sleep deprivation, and forms of sensory deprivation. Obama’s detainee program has not really changed since the days of Bush and Cheney. With the addition of biometric identification and the provision for indefinite detention, it may even be worse.

How the Press, the Pentagon, and Even Human Rights Groups Sold Us an Army Field Manual that (Still) Includes Torture (updated)

By: Sunday January 12, 2014 6:54 pm

On the 12th anniversary of Guantanamo, it’s time to look back and see how the U.S. press and human rights community were suborned to accept a policy about interrogations that included the use of psychological torture.

Blue Ribbon Task Force Says Army Field Manual on Interrogation Allows Torture, Abuse

By: Tuesday November 5, 2013 12:33 am

A report by a multidisciplinary task force, made up largely of medical professionals, ethicists and legal experts, has called on President Obama to issue an executive order outlawing torture and other abusive techniques currently in use in the military’s Army Field Manual on interrogations. The Task Force, which wrote the report for The Institute on Medicine as a Profession (IMAP) and the Open Society Foundations (OSF), has also called on the Department of Defense to rewrite the Army Field Manual in accordance with such an executive order.

But politically, it has been difficult for the issue of abuse in the Army Field Manual to get traction.

Hunger Striker Younus Chekhouri Describes the “Nightmare” Inside Guantanamo

By: Friday May 10, 2013 6:55 pm

Reposted with permission from Andy Worthington’s blog, Guantanamo hunger striker Younus Chekhouri describes what happened when prison camp authorities raided the hunger strikers on April 13. Chekhouri also describes his own physical and mental anguish, as he experiences both the abuse and torture inside the prison and the effects of the hunger strike undertaken out of desperation, as he has been imprisoned without charges for over 11 years, and while cleared for release, has no idea when or if he will ever leave the U.S. military prison.

Nearly 12,000 Prisoners Join California Hunger Strike to End Torture Conditions

By: Monday October 3, 2011 2:41 am

A renewed hunger strike at California State Prisons has mushroomed to nearly 12,000 participants, as prisoners protest tortuous conditions, including a policy that makes inmates snitch on other prisoners or be held in solitary confinement indefinitely. The strike comes at a time when the California prisons are under attack for unconstitutional conditions of confinement, and in Federal receivership. But the prison authorities are threatening to punish strikers and have already expelled two of their attorneys from attending prison talks.

Isolation, Indeterminate Sentences Used to Extract Confessions at California Supermax Prisons

By: Saturday July 16, 2011 5:31 pm

While many articles on the hunger strike protest of Supermax prisoners at California’s Pelican Bay prison have rightly emphasized the conditions of torture that arise from a regime of long-term solitary confinement, another object of the strikers is to end the hated “debriefing” system, by which prisoners cannot escape their conditions unless they “snitch, parole, or die.” The “debriefing” regime is eerily similar to that experienced by so-called unlawful detainees at the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay.

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