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 [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday July 24, 2014 5:03 pm|
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday July 11, 2014 10:39 am|
Chroniclers of the decline of the republic will recall March 2014. Speaking then in reference to revelations that the CIA searched computers being used by Senate staffers, and removed documents those staffers received from the CIA detailing its post-9/11 torture program, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein said: I have grave concerns that the CIA’s [...]
|By: Jeff Kaye Monday July 7, 2014 11:52 pm|
On June 10, Open Roads publishers announced a new “Forbidden Bookshelf” series. Curated by New York University Professor Mark Crispin Miller, “Forbidden Bookshelf” aims to “fill in the blanks of America’s repressed history by resurrecting books that focused on issues and events that are too often left in the dark.”
One of the first books published in the series is Douglas Valentine’s invaluable, in-depth history of one of America’s most egregious counterinsurgency, torture and assassination programs, as described in his 1990 book “The Phoenix Program: American’s Use of Terror in Vietnam.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday June 30, 2014 5:06 pm|
A United States federal appeals court overturned a ruling by the US District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia and decided that victims of torture at Abu Ghraib may sue CACI Premier Technology, Inc. The district court had ruled that the US Supreme Court’s decision in Kiobel v. Shell/Royal Dutch Petroleum had closed off any potential [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday June 30, 2014 11:03 am|
The CIA recommended prisoners captured in the Afghanistan War be imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay because officials were convinced prisoners would be outside the jurisdiction of US courts. The secret jail would potentially be able to hold prisoners forever. However, just over ten years ago, the United States Supreme Court ruled that prisoners at Guantanamo Bay [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola 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 [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday June 17, 2014 8:40 am|
Our government classifies a lot of documents, some 92 million in 2011 alone. The ostensible point of all that classification is protect the nation’s secrets. Some of it even makes sense. Troop movements, nuclear things, identities of spies, traditional stuff you want to keep from your enemies. The purpose of classification is not to hide [...]
|By: Jeff Kaye Monday June 16, 2014 1:45 am|
A partially redacted set of medical records released in the aftermath of the 2006 deaths of three Guantanamo prisoners shows that the use of “medical restraints” in the use of forced feeding of hunger striking detainees was used as a threat on hunger striking prisoners. At least one detainee was told over and over that use of “medical restraints” was due to his voluntary refusal to eat.
While Guantanamo medical authorities said the need for restraints was due to “medical necessity,” such necessity was never documented. Instead, it was clear the use of restraints was punitive in nature.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday June 11, 2014 11:05 am|
The DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in favor of former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and other employees of the Defense Department and effectively determined that torture or abuse, which Guantanamo Bay prisoners cleared for release may have experienced, was “incidental” and within the “scope of their employment.” “Authorized or not, the conduct was [...]
|By: Jeff Kaye Tuesday June 3, 2014 1:35 am|
A new report by The Center for Policy and Research at Seton Hall University’s School of Law has found that crucial medical testimony about the death of three Guantanamo detainees in June 2006 was suppressed. This was one of a number of findings, which included evidence of doctoring of documents, and lies told to Congressional representatives enquiring about the case. A recent report by Scott Horton at Harper’s also looked at one key document in the Seton Hall report that directly contradicts the government narrative of evidence. This document, too, was suppressed.