British Prisoner Shaker Aamer May Die in Guantanamo Because of Secret Detention Deal

By: Sunday April 21, 2013 11:32 am

His hunger strike is approaching its seventieth day. He is beyond the point where experts say “irreversible cognitive impairment and psychological damage” can result yet British prisoner Shaker Aamer, who has been detained without charge or trial in the Guantanamo Bay prison camps for eleven years, remains committed to resistance. The Observer in the United Kingdom [...]

Judicial Ignorance and Bias Doom Ahmed Abu Ali to Decades in Isolation in Key “War on Terror” Case

By: Saturday April 13, 2013 3:07 pm

Ahmed Abu Ali was framed up by the notorious torturing security forces of Saudi Arabia. A confession, including incredible assertions he was a member of Al Qaeda, was planning another 9/11-type terrorist plot, and planning to assassinate former President George W. Bush, was coerced out of him via use of physical and psychological torture. But the evidence for this torture was contested in court. A judge decided to ignore psychiatric testimony from defense experts and use his own biased judgment on what a tortured person might remember while under torture to condemn Ahmed as guilty and condemn him to decades in solitary confinement. How could this have happened?

US Covert War in Yemen Receives Support from Saudi Air Force

By: Saturday January 5, 2013 12:16 pm

In a feature story for The Times (London), journalist Iona Craig reports a Times investigation found “Saudi Arabian fighter jets joined the United States’ secret war in Yemen.” The support came in a year when the number of drone strikes in the Arabian Peninsula more than doubled and surpassed the number of drone strikes in [...]

WikiLeaks Cables: Countries Put on TSA List After Attempted Christmas Day Bombing Were Angry

By: Wednesday September 7, 2011 7:49 pm

In the aftermath of the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day in 2009 by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) moved to increase airport security. Passengers flying “non-stop” to the US were subject to enhanced screenings, including in some cases a full-body pat-down. But, immediately, [...]

Notes on Civil Liberties for July 25

By: Monday July 25, 2011 7:05 pm

Here’s today’s blog for the latest news and updates on civil liberties and digital freedom issues. If you have any news tips and would like to contact me, email kevin.gosztola@firedoglake.com. Friend of The Dissenter, Truthout’s Jason Leopold, writes on the Australia government going after David Hicks’ royalty payments from his memoir. The former Guantanamo detainee, according [...]

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