Another example of the government using rock music to torture detainees was reported last week. But it appears the only television or broadcast news program to cover and report on this further was TMZ. Journalist Jason Leopold wrote a story for Al Jazeera that was published on April 9 on the contents of the Senate [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday April 15, 2014 4:34 pm|
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday April 15, 2014 10:38 am|
Somedays we have a little fun in this space, commenting on world events with a joke, some satire, a little snark. Today will not be one of those days. The Bush and Obama administrations have gone to extraordinary lengths to hide America’s archipelago of secret prisons and systems of torture. They at first denied any [...]
|By: Jeff Kaye Monday April 14, 2014 10:50 pm|
The article is a long quotation from a medical report on the psychiatric condition of Guantanamo prisoner Shaker Aamer. It is a remarkable and disturbing account of torture at the hands of U.S. interrogators and guards at Bagram, Kandahar, and Guantanamo.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday April 14, 2014 1:18 pm|
Defense attorneys for Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, Walid Muhammad Salih Bin Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali, and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi suspect the FBI may have turned a defense security officer assigned to the team representing Ramzi bin al Shibh into a “confidential informant.” An emergency motion filed under seal alleged, “as part [...]
|By: Jeff Kaye 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.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday April 9, 2014 6:01 pm|
During most of the month of March, the legal team for a United States citizen, who faces murder charges and is awaiting trial in Yemen, disappeared. They had no idea where he was being imprisoned. However, a spokesperson for the Yemeni Embassy in Washington, DC, denies that he was ever “disappeared.” But the US Embassy [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday April 4, 2014 11:41 am|
Why is it that the public will likely never get to read much of a major investigative report the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence produced on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program—a program that included torture? Yesterday, the Senate intelligence committee voted to declassify portions of the 6,300-page report—the executive summary, findings and conclusions. [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday April 2, 2014 11:46 am|
McClatchy Newspapers spoke with some sources for a story on the contents of the Senate Intelligence Committee torture report and was apparently able to confirm that “the CIA’s own internal documents confirm the agency’s culpability in the hypothermia death of one Afghan captive.” The CIA has never had to publicly discuss the incident, even though in 2009 the Justice Department under President Barack Obama opened an investigation into what happened.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday March 31, 2014 11:41 am|
While it has been known for well over a year that a study conducted by the Senate intelligence committee into CIA’s use of torture would conclude that torture had not provided information, which ultimately led to the killing of Osama bin Laden, there is now further confirmation. The Associated Press acknowledges that the “most high-profile [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday March 27, 2014 4:55 pm|
The United Nations Human Rights Committee completed its review of the United States’ compliance with a major human rights treaty. It takes issue with the government’s interpretation that the treaty only applies to persons when they are inside the country and also expresses concern with drones, racism, gun violence, excessive use of force by police, [...]