The US soldier who exposed the abuse of Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison found himself a marked man after his anonymity was blown in the most astonishing way by Donald Rumsfeld.
The phrase "Verschärfte Vernehmung" is German for "enhanced interrogation". Other translations include "intensified interrogation" or "sharpened interrogation". It's a phrase that appears to have been conco
"Iraqis are sick of foreign people coming in their country and trying to destablilize their country." GWB. Here's the story of Dan Mitrione, policeman, ex-FBI, and trainer in "advanced counterinsurgency techniques". No wonde
A 38-year-old cameraman for the Arabic news network al Jazeera, Hajj has been imprisoned as an “enemy combatant” at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for five years, but never charged with any crime. He was arrested by Pakistani police in
In a belated attempt to win the PR battle over Guantánamo, a terrorism study center at West Point has produced a Pentagon-commissioned report, which attempts to refute the findings of a report published by the Seton Hall Law School in February 2006.
Once upon a time, a U.S. official's condemnation of torture was a statement of moral principle. Today, it is an opportunity for obfuscation. We have learned that when President Bush says, "We don't torture," it's important to re
President Bush signed an executive order Friday prohibiting cruel and inhuman treatment, including humiliation or denigration of religious beliefs, in the detention and interrogation of terrorism suspects. The White House declined to say whether the
America's coercive interrogation methods were reverse-engineered by C.I.A. psychologists who spent their careers training U.S. soldiers to endure Communist-style torture techniques. The spread of these tactics was fueled by a myth about a critica
Dissident U.S. intelligence officers angry at former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld helped a European probe uncover details of kidnapping and secret CIA torture prisons in Europe, the top investigator said.
A video with former soldiers who were at Abu Gharib prison in Iraq. (Note: Strong language used here. Be aware)
In 2001, 19-year-old Murat Kurnaz was an innocent man caught in the wrong place at the wrong time. Accused of being a terrorist, he spent five years in Guantanamo before being released -- now he's telling his story.
On December 15,2001, early in the morning on the last day of Ramadan, a reporter and a cameraman from Al Jazeera arrived the Pakistani town of Charman on the Afghanistan border, on their way to cover the American military operation. The reporter, Ab
Yesterday, President George Bush thought he was going to a typical White House East Room photo op with this year's Presidential Scholars after which he planned to give a rah-rah speech in favor of the renewal of No Child Left Behind.
An Army officer who played a key role in the "enemy combatant" hearings at Guantanamo Bay says tribunal members relied on vague and incomplete intelligence while being pressured to rule against detainees, often without any specific evidence
Fears that the governments of both the US and the UK are conspiring to break international safeguards preventing the return of prisoners held without charge or trial to their home countries--where they face a serious risk of torture and abuse--have g
A building formerly occupied by Fatah's intelligence service in Gaza was long notorious for torture and execution, Now Hamas is in control -- and is letting former inmates visit the chamber of horrors.
The White House has refused to confirm a report that it is close to a decision to shut down the prison at Guantanamo Bay. A White House spokesman told Al Jazeera that George Bush, the US president, had "long expressed a desire" to close th
There is growing evidence of high-level coordination between the CIA and the US military in developing abusive interrorgation techniques used on terrorist suspects. After the 9/11 attacks, both turned to a small cadre of psychologists linked to the
You no longer need to be afraid of the court system or such scary things as the IRS. David Myrland discovered that the courts were corrupt; he got to work on a set of user friendly tools you can use to fix your own problem. Join us for a short sess
Focusing on the troubled commissions only distracts observers from confronting the truth about Guantanamo Bay: that the vast majority of its detainees will never face a trial of any kind.
How Antonio Taguba, who investigated the Abu Ghraib scandal, became one of its casualties. Taguba knew his report would make him unpopular: "If I lie, I lose. And if I tell the truth, I lose".
Soldiers' videos and photos show how obscene games and simulated violet acts became part of everyday life and led to a culture of abuse in Iraq's detention facilities. This piece is adapted from Monstering:Inside America's policy of secr
The Bush administration cannot legally detain a U.S. resident it believes is an al-Qaida sleeper agent without charging him, a divided federal appeals court ruled. Sanctioning the indefinite detention of civilians would have "disastrous conseque
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Sunday he favors immediately closing the Guantanamo Bay military prison and moving its detainees to US facilities. The prison, which now holds about 380 suspected terrorists has tarnished the world's
A bill that would allow terrorism suspects access to federal courts to challenge their imprisonment at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
If the Bush administration forces the CIA to drop "tough" interrogation techniques like waterboarding, the agency will probably fall back on a brutal method that leaves no physical marks.
HOW did the United States, in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, come to adopt interrogation techniques copied from the Soviet Union and other cold war adversaries?
Military judges dismissed charges Monday against a Guantanamo detainee accused of chauffeuring Osama bin Laden and another who allegedly killed a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan, throwing up roadblocks to the Bush administration's attempt to try terr
"It's not a technicality. It's another demonstration that the system simply doesn't work," said the tribunal's chief defense counsel, Marine Col. Dwight Sullivan. "Fundamentally it is a system of justice that does not c
[First Australian, now Canadian...see a pattern?] A military judge dismissed charges today against Canadian detainee Omar Khadr, a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay who was being tried for crimes he allegedly committed when he was 15 years old. Canada