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 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: Jeff Kaye Thursday August 8, 2013 12:48 am|
When the government released a redacted copy of a declaration by the chief of Guantanamo detention security, they evidently forgot they had already released an earlier version. The result was a jumble of conflicting redactions, one of which highlighted claims about staffing problems at the DoD prison camp. Behind the claims, though, appeared to be both an attempt to cover up the death of a detainee last year, and a maneuver to keep attorney-client meetings in the same camp where a sophisticated surveillance program was discovered earlier this year: another example about how nothing we hear from the government about Guantanamo is straight-forward.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday April 3, 2013 6:22 pm|
British prisoner Shaker Aamer has been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for over eleven years. He has not been charged with any crime or given a trial. He has been cleared for release yet he remains in detention. And he is one of the more than one hundred prisoners being held at Guantanamo who have been [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday December 14, 2012 12:59 pm|
The Senate Intelligence Committee recently adopted a six thousand page report on CIA torture and abuse. The report, a product of a three-year review of CIA practices, including its rendition, detention and interrogation (RDI) program, remains classified. It stems from at least six million CIA documents and could be the most comprehensive record to-date of [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday June 1, 2012 3:41 pm|
On Tuesday, Truthout’s Jason Leopold published a comprehensive and detailed investigative report on the “other Abu Zubaydah.” The report covered the brother of the high-profile terror suspect still being held at Guantanamo, whose name is Hesham. It highlighted how Leopold had discovered Hesham was living in the United States and had been in the US [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday March 21, 2012 1:29 pm|
The independent news website Truthout obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request documents from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Occupy Wall Street. They were requested by the website’s investigative reporter Jason Leopold. The news outlet was the first to request the records. The request was made in October of last year. [...]
|By: Jeff Kaye Monday September 12, 2011 8:12 pm|
Former FBI special agent Ali Soufan has published a tell-all book about what he saw and experienced in his role as an FBI interrogator on some of the biggest pre and post 9/11 terror cases. But his biggest revelation is that he and other FBI investigators “were deliberately kept out of the loop” on the existence of Al Qaeda terrorists identified by the CIA. The result, these operatives were not found, nor their links to their associates, the other 9/11 terrorists, and, well, we know the rest…
|By: Jeff Kaye Saturday September 10, 2011 7:07 pm|
A highly secret Pentagon intelligence unit was tracking Osama Bin Laden in 2000. They knew the targets included the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. They suspected the use of planes to fly into buildings. They were told to fold their tent by higher-ups. A later Inspector General investigation, prompted by the protests of one of the intel unit’s leaders, covered up what really happened. But newly released documents are finally allowing the contours of the full story to come out.
|By: Jeff Kaye Thursday September 8, 2011 1:46 am|
A former Guantanamo guard speaks out to the press about the torture he saw during interrogations. The Army forces him to sign a statement about leaking classified information (though they won’t say what that is), and bars his re-enlistment.