‘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 [...]

Five Guantanamo Prisoners Released & Sent to Kazakhstan

By: Wednesday December 31, 2014 12:32 pm

Three Yemenis and two Tunisians, who had each been cleared for release years ago, were released from Guantanamo Bay prison on December 30. They were sent to Kazakhstan and their release brought the number of prisoners who remain in detention to 127. According to Carol Rosenberg of The Miami Herald, Abdullah Bin Ali al Lutfi, [...]

Before the EITs: James Mitchell’s Special Invite to FBI/APA Conference at Quantico on “Combatting Terrorism”

By: Sunday December 21, 2014 9:08 pm

Contradicting previous accounts that James Mitchell came out of nowhere to lead the CIA’s interrogation of Abu Zubaydah and create a new torture program, new evidence shows Mitchell was on a selective list of experts sent to a conference at the FBI’s Academy in Quantico, Virginia a full month before he was said to have proposed his “enhanced interrogation” techniques to the CIA.

NBC News Cites ‘Climate of Fear & Retaliation,’ Withholds Identity of Architect of CIA’s Defense for Torture

By: Friday December 19, 2014 11:36 am

(update) NBC News published a story on a senior CIA official who is a “top al Qaeda expert” and a “key architect of the agency’s defense of its detention” and torture program for terrorism suspects. The official apparently developed “oft-repeated talking points that misrepresented and overstated” the effectiveness of torture. And, while the female official [...]

SSCI Confirms Staff Visited CIA’s Salt Pit Prison in 2003, No Records of Visit Kept at CIA Request

By: Wednesday December 17, 2014 5:30 pm

According to the CIA’s June 2013 written response (PDF) to an earlier draft of the SSCI’s torture report, SSCI “staff members” visited the Salt Pit CIA black site in Afghanistan in late 2003. According to the CIA, the SSCI staff found it compared “favorably” with detainee facilities at Bagram and Guantanamo. SSCI staff confirm, but say it’s not connected to their investigation and CIA told them they could keep no records of the visit.

ACLU Appeals Decision Which Created Immunity for FBI Agents Involved in Torturing US Citizens Abroad

By: Wednesday December 17, 2014 11:18 am

The American Civil Liberties Union has appealed a federal district court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought by an American citizen who alleges he was detained and tortured by FBI agents in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia in violation of his constitutional rights. Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton, ruled in [...]

CIA Health Professionals’ Role in Systematic Torture, Including ‘Human Subjects Research’

By: Tuesday December 16, 2014 12:55 pm

An organization of United States health professionals has put out a comprehensive analysis of the role US health professionals played in the CIA torture program. The analysis, stemming from the US Senate intelligence committee’s executive summary of its torture report, raises alarming questions about whether these professionals engaged in “human subjects research” that constituted a [...]

Podcast: Deconstructing the Torture Report & Its Possible Ramifications with Reprieve Attorney Alka Pradhan

By: Sunday December 14, 2014 10:43 am

The Senate intelligence committee finally released the summary of its report on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program this past week. It detailed a criminal conspiracy involving the torture the CIA used against detainees in the global “war on terrorism” and the lengths to which CIA officials and interrogators had gone to cover up [...]

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