NBC News Cites ‘Climate of Fear & Retaliation,’ Withholds Identity of Architect of CIA’s Defense for Torture

By: Friday December 19, 2014 11:36 am

(update) NBC News published a story on a senior CIA official who is a “top al Qaeda expert” and a “key architect of the agency’s defense of its detention” and torture program for terrorism suspects. The official apparently developed “oft-repeated talking points that misrepresented and overstated” the effectiveness of torture. And, while the female official [...]

High Court Judge Rules UK Government Not Entitled to Immunity from Claims Brought by Torture & Rendition Victim

By: Wednesday November 19, 2014 1:19 pm

A high court judge in the United Kingdom has ruled that a Pakistani detained by British forces in Iraq in February 2004 may proceed with claims against the UK government related to his rendition, torture and detention. Yunus Rahmatullah, a Pakistani, is not barred by the doctrine of state immunity or the doctrine of foreign [...]

UN Committee Against Torture Grills US Delegation Over Record Complying with Treaty Ban

By: Wednesday November 12, 2014 1:12 pm

A United States delegation came before the United Nations Committee Against Torture, as part of the committee’s periodic review of compliance with a treaty prohibiting torture. The delegation indicated publicly that, unlike under President George W. Bush, the government had decided the ban applies to the US Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But the [...]

What Will Happen to Secret Prisoners at Bagram as US Withdraws More Forces from Afghanistan?

By: Tuesday September 30, 2014 1:32 pm

The United States will face a deadline at the end of the year and will apparently no longer have the right to hold prisoners in Afghanistan. It will have to decide what to do with a group of prisoners at Bagram military base, who President Barack Obama’s administration would like to continue to hold in [...]

European Court of Human Rights Holds Poland Responsible for Allowing CIA Torture & Rendition

By: Thursday July 24, 2014 5:03 pm

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled that Poland had violated the United Nations Convention Against Torture when it allowed the CIA to torture and abuse prisoners on its territory. It also ruled that the country had violated the Convention by allowing the CIA to transfer prisoners, even though they would likely be subject [...]

Judge Finds Courts Cannot Protect US Citizens Tortured by US Government Officials Abroad

By: Tuesday June 17, 2014 11:00 am

A federal district court dismissed a case that was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a United States citizen and against US government officials who allegedly tortured, abused and subjected him to rendition and incommunicado detention in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. The dismissal was another stark example of how it is [...]

Global Survey Shows Citizens Around World Fear Their Own Governments Would Torture Them

By: Tuesday May 13, 2014 5:08 pm

Worldwide, a global survey conducted by Amnesty International reveals that tens of thousands of citizens from twenty-one different countries believe if they were “taken into custody” by their government they would probably be tortured. From December 2013 to April 2014, Amnesty International interviewed 21,221 citizens from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Germany, Greece, India, [...]

Newly Revealed Portions of CIA Torture Manual: Doctoring Tapes, Foreign Detentions & Interrogating ‘Defectors”

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 1:04 am

In March 2014, the CIA released a new version its 1963 KUBARK interrogation/torture manual which contains new revelations that extend our knowledge of CIA interrogation activities. The updated version of the manual still contains numerous redactions, even 51 years after the document’s origination. But it also includes brand-new information about the CIA’s use of torture, including never before revealed discussions of the CIA’s early use of foreign intelligence services for both interrogation and detention, including the use of such foreign services as cover for CIA interrogations.

Muslim American Subjected to Rendition, Detention & Abuse Continues Effort to Hold FBI Agents Accountable

By: Tuesday December 10, 2013 5:10 pm

Amir Meshal, a United States citizen born and raised in New Jersey, is a Muslim, who decided to visit Mogadishu, Somalia, in 2006, in order to “broaden his understanding of Islam after the country’s volatile political situation had largely stabilized.” Yet, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing him in a lawsuit, [...]

Rendition of Libyan Terror Suspect: What If Abu Anas al-Liby Had Nothing to Do With the Embassy Bombings?

By: Monday October 14, 2013 8:11 pm

A Libyan terror suspect kidnapped from Libya in a raid by US special forces on October 5 was transferred from the naval ship, where he was being detained and interrogated, into “law enforcement custody” over the weekend. The Justice Department indicated in a press release that he was “brought directly to the Southern District of [...]

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