Stunned by revelations of police incompetence in the case of a Canadian man deported to Syria, the government launched an investigation into claims by 3 other men who were tortured in Syria because of information provided by Canadian authorities.
Jose Padilla, a US citizen, has been tortured by his own government for the better part of 3 1/2 years. Once the Twin Towers were knocked down, supposedly, we could no longer afford to be “nice guys”—as if the rule of law is an indulgence of only the
The accumulation of leaked documentation from their secret world has long indicated they [Bush Administration] had torture on the brain. If you gained the right to torture, you could gain the right to do just about anything.
Bush apparently secretly authorized harsh interrogation methods that may have amounted to torture. If this Bush secret letter on interrogation hits the streets, its impact may be akin to a 1972 memo from Richard Nixon specifying the exact methods
In April 2004, Americans were stunned when CBS broadcast those now-notorious photographs from Iraq Abu Ghraib prison, showing hooded Iraqis stripped naked while US soliders stood by smiling. As this scandal grabbed headlines around the globe,
The U.S. military transferred the first group of detainees to a new maximum-security prison at Guantanamo Bay designed to restrict contact among the prisoners and prevent attacks on guards.
Enticing detainees with movies and fast food, interrogators at Guantanamo Bay have developed relationships that produce vital information in the campaign against terrorism, the prison camp's top intelligence official said.
After more than a decade of studying the Philippine military’s torture techniques for a monograph published by Yale back 1999, I could see the tell-tale signs of the CIA’s psychological methods.
One spring day during his three and a half years as an enemy combatant, Jose Padilla experienced a break from the monotony of his solitary confinement in a bare cell in the brig at the Naval Weapons Station in Charleston, S.C.
A German who says he was kidnapped three years ago, held by the CIA and tortured for months in Afghanistan sought an apology from the U.S. government and an explanation for his arrest. "I want to know why this was done to me," Khaled el-
Outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld authorized the mistreatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, the prison's former U.S. commander said in an interview.
“In this new climate of renewed checks and balances, the Bush administration should not be allowed to hide the truth, and individual leaders should never be allowed to subvert the law to cover up their misdeeds,”
More than 7,000 prisoners have been captured in America's war on terror. Just 700 ended up in Guantanamo Bay. Between extraordinary rendition to foreign jails and disappearance into the CIA's "black sites", what happened to the rest
The high command of the British Army officially sanctioned the hooding and mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners in direct contravention of the Geneva Convention, a court martial in Britain has been told.
Dutch military interrogators abused 15 Iraqi prisoners in 2003, dousing them with water to keep them awake and exposing them to loud sounds and strong lights, the government said.
In a letter addressed to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, chairman-to-be of the Senate Judiciary Committee Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has requested the release of documents that outline the Bush Administration's interrogation policies.
Shackled to a ceiling for "4 or 5 days. They take you down in the mornings when a doctor comes to see whether you can endure more,” he said. “They let you sit when the interrogator comes. They take you down about 3 times a day so you do not die.
Padilla's lawyers filed a Motion to Dismiss the Indictment against him on the grounds that the Government has tortured him for the 3 1/2 years he remained in captivity, particularly for the almost 2 full years that they denied him access even to
The worst thing the Japanese did to you, worse than even the white skin of your whole body turning "a uniform blue-black, swollen and puffy, like velvet in texture" from being beaten with axe-handles?"
A suspected terrorist who spent years in a secret CIA prison should not be allowed to speak to a civilian attorney, the Bush administration argues, because he could reveal the agency's closely guarded interrogation techniques.
In the book and in interviews at that time, Williams described how she had been recruited to briefly take part in over-the-line interrogations. Like Peterson, she protested torture techniques -- such as throwing lit cigarettes at prisoners -- and was
The British government has systematically attempted to water down laws banning the transfer of terror suspects to countries that practice torture, according to a report issued by Human Rights Watch. British officials strongly disputed the report'
Canadian citizen Maher Arar, who is barred from entering the United States, delivered his acceptance speech for the Letelier-Moffitt International Human Rights Award in a pre-recorded videotape. This is a transcript of his speech
Many of the 435 suspected terrorists held in concrete and metal prisons on a U.S. military base in Cuba might never go home.
Cheney was asked by conservative radio host Scott Hennen whether he agreed that "a dunk in water is a no-brainer" if it would unearth information of pending attacks and save lives. "It's a no-brainer for me," he replied.
U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales said he believes some of the U.S. actions in its war on terror have done damage to the image of the United States abroad, particularly its commitment to the rule of law.
The German government is alleged to have received first-hand evidence that the CIA began torturing terrorist suspects at secret prisons in Europe shortly after the Sept 11 attacks, despite claiming it only knew about such site through the media.
Vice President Dick Cheney has confirmed that US interrogators subjected captured senior al-Qaida suspects to "water-boarding," which creates a sensation of drowning. The Bush administration doesn't regard water-boarding as torture and
Colombian artist Fernando Botero's paintings and sculptures grace museums and public spaces around the world, but he suddenly had trouble exhibiting his work in America when the topic was Abu Ghraib.
A federal judge ruled today that graphic pictures of detainee abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison must be released over government claims that they could damage America's image. Last year a Republican senator conceded that they contained