CIA Has Congressional Staffers Watch Videos of People Being Blown Up to Preserve Support for Drones

By: Sunday April 26, 2015 10:15 am

Monthly trips by congressional intelligence committee staff members to the CIA reportedly take place so that staff members can watch footage of drone strikes in Pakistan or other countries. The CIA has the staff members “watch videos of people being blown up,” according to the New York Times, and this “macabre ritual” then makes it [...]

Victory for Movement: Chicago Agrees to Reparations for Police Torture Survivors

By: Tuesday April 14, 2015 5:22 pm

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, his administration and lawyers and police torture survivors announced at a city council finance committee hearing that they had agreed upon a package for reparations. The package includes $5.5 million for survivors, public acknowledgment of torture and other non-financial benefits that will help families of survivors heal. From 1972 to 1991, [...]

New Book: Antimalarial Drugs Part of Secret Program to Torture Detainees at Guantanamo

By: Sunday April 5, 2015 9:52 pm

An important new book reveals how the antimalaria drug mefloquine was used at Guantanamo as part of a secret interrogation program that resulted, among other things, in the deaths of three detainees at the Cuban-based US prison camp. Further research shows mefloquine was implicated in possibly two detainee deaths, and that other drugs were also used to debilitate prisoners.

Obama Administration Improperly Claims Secrecy Power Over Videos of Former Guantanamo Prisoner’s Force-Feeding

By: Thursday April 2, 2015 11:43 am

President Barack Obama’s administration claims that the executive branch alone may decide whether to disclose previously classified videos of the force-feeding of a former Guantanamo Bay prisoner—even though the videos are judicial records and a judge should be able to unseal and release them to the public. On October 3, 2014, a federal district court [...]

Judge Orders Thousands of Detainee Abuse Photos to Be Disclosed After US Government Fails to Justify Secrecy

By: Friday March 20, 2015 5:02 pm

A federal district court judge will no longer accept the United States government’s secrecy arguments and has ruled that it must release thousands of photographs of detainee abuse and torture in Afghanistan and Iraq, including inhumane treatment at Abu Ghraib prison. The government is “required to disclose each and all the photographs responsive” to the [...]

Former Member of Pinochet’s Secret Police, Accused of Torture & Murder, Taught for Pentagon for 12 Years

By: Thursday March 12, 2015 5:32 pm

A member of Chilean dictator’s Augusto Pinochet’s secret police, who is implicated in executions and torture that occurred weeks after a United States-backed coup in 1973, taught at a Pentagon university for thirteen years. But, in spite of allegations, State Department and Pentagon officials allowed him to hold a visa and teach in the US, [...]

Rally Connects Reports of Chicago ‘Black Site’ to Push for Reparations for Police Torture Survivors

By: Tuesday March 3, 2015 1:21 pm

Young organizers in Chicago held a downtown rally on March 2 to communicate to Mayor Rahm Emanuel that the outcome of a recent primary was a message from marginalized communities in the city. That message involves dissatisfaction that Emanuel has failed to support a reparations ordinance for police torture survivors. But organizers also sought to [...]

Chicago Police’s ‘Black Site’: Not Only Have Detainees Been Denied Access to Lawyers But Also Access to Toilets

By: Wednesday February 25, 2015 5:46 pm

The Chicago Police Department have denied that they operate a “black site” or secret interrogation facility, where people arrested have been abused and denied access to lawyers. But a previously published account of detention by a 66 year-old grandfather, who was arrested in a raid prior to the NATO summit in May 2012, calls into [...]

‘A Challenge Against Insanity’: Texas & the Abuse of Solitary Confinement in Prisons

By: Tuesday February 10, 2015 5:14 pm

Inmates locked up in solitary confinement in Texas remain in those confinement conditions for an average of four years. Over 100 Texas prisoners have spent more than 20 years in solitary confinement. The state also holds at least 2,012 people with mental illness in isolation, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas. In [...]

CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou: Prosecute CIA Case Officers Who Flouted the Law & Tortured Detainees

By: Monday February 9, 2015 3:08 pm

CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who was released from a federal prison in Loretto, Pennsylvania, last week, after serving about 23 months in jail, called for CIA case officers to be prosecuted for “flouting” the law when they tortured detainees. In an interview for “Democracy Now!”, Kiriakou addressed the shocking details in the executive summary of [...]

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