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 [...]

Judge Gives US Government a Week to Appeal or Comply With Order Involving Thousands of Prisoner Abuse Photos

By: Friday February 6, 2015 11:54 am

The United States government has been given a week to appeal or comply with a federal judge’s order to provide a justification for why approximately 2,100 photographs of torture and abuse of prisoners must remain secret. The American Civil Liberties Union has pursued the release of records related to detainee treatment and “the death of [...]

Senators Disregard Security Agencies’ Calls to Close Guantanamo, One Says Prisoners Can ‘Rot in Hell’

By: Thursday February 5, 2015 5:30 pm

At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on policies related to the release of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay, a Pentagon official and an intelligence official testified on how closing the prison is a national security imperative. Yet, their expertise did not seem to matter. Senators rejected the expertise of military and intelligence agencies preferring to [...]

Podcast: Jason Leopold on Guantanamo & Prying Loose Documents from ‘Most Transparent Administration Ever™’

By: Sunday February 1, 2015 11:43 am

A military memo shows that that personnel at Guantanamo recognized that force-feeding Guantanamo prisoners on hunger strike violated medical ethics and international law. Jason Leopold, a VICE News journalist, reported on the document, which he obtained, and explained it could be important in the case of a Navy nurse, who refused to force-feed at least [...]

‘A Piece of Torture’: Guantanamo Prisoner’s Diary Describes Brutal Transfer from Bagram

By: Thursday January 22, 2015 9:03 pm

[Editor's Note: Mauritanian citizen Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who remains in indefinite detention at Guantanamo Bay, is the first prisoner to have a book written during his time in prison published. How his "Guantanamo Diary" came to be published, along with various details on his capture, detention and legal push for release, were highlighted at this [...]

First Published Book by a Guantanamo Prisoner Vividly Recounts Torture & Rendition

By: Tuesday January 20, 2015 5:09 pm

Mauritanian citizen Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who remains in indefinite detention at Guantanamo Bay, has become the first prisoner to have a book written during his time in prison published. The book called “Guantanamo Diary” is a first person stream of consciousness story of what he experienced as he was subjected to rendition, torture, interrogations and [...]

Guantanamo Bay: A ‘Battle Lab’ Where Personnel Experimented on Prisoners to Develop Torture Techniques

By: Sunday January 11, 2015 8:02 pm

On the thirteenth anniversary of the first prisoners brought to Guantanamo Bay, a report from the Seton Hall Law Center for Policy and Research examines how the United States government used the facility as a “battle laboratory.” Prisoners were treated like “test subjects” as personnel, including medical officers, engaged in experiments to develop new interrogation [...]

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