What ABC didn't mention is that Bush is the head of the National Security Counsel and the 2002 NSC decision memo in question, shown at the bottom of this post, signed by George W. Bush, establishes that Bush was in 2002 indeed doing his
A harrowing account from a man the CIA handed over to Jordan -- smuggled from prison on tiny paper -- exposes U.S. complicity in torture.
Bush’s most senior officials not only knew about the torture they were inflicting on suspected terrorists, but decided down to the last detail exactly how much torture to inflict.
Could the president, if he desired, have a prisoner's eyes poked out? Or, for that matter, could he have "scalding water, corrosive acid or caustic substance" thrown on a prisoner? How about slitting an ear, nose or lip, or disabling a
The US administration argued that when Congress authorized military action against the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorists, it also gave the president the power to detain people who never took up arms against the US. Justice defended the six-year detention
As the first anniversary of 9/11 approached, and a prized Guantánamo detainee wouldn’t talk, the Bush administration’s highest-ranking lawyers argued for extreme interrogation techniques, circumventing international law, the Geneva Conventions, and t
On Jan. 17, 2003, Mary Walker, the Air Force general counsel, received an urgent memo from the Pentagon's top attorney. Attached to the classified document was a set of directives drafted two days earlier by Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday released a declassified 2003 memo justifying the use of harsh interrogation methods for suspected terrorists held abroad.
In Supermax prisons, 23 hours a day of solitary confinement is the norm. How did our prison system become so cruel? You go eight years without shaking a hand or experiencing any physical human contact. The prison guards bark orders and touch you only
Former U.S. Congressman Bob Barr will be the featured guest on the Scott Horton Show at Antiwar Radio, 1:15PM Eastern. Bob Barr will be discussing his recent Washington Monthly article, No Torture, No Exceptions.
The Guantánamo Commissions are being whipped ahead by the Bush Administration, but as things progress does anyone mistake this process for justice? Certainly not the participants. The military lawyers who serve as prosecutors, defense counsel and jud
On October 4, 2007, Colonel Morris D. Davis resigned as chief prosecutor at Guantanamo Bay, and he has devoted considerable time, ever since, to giving his reasons why. Confessions extracted from defendants under torture were to be admitted as eviden
Stanford University professor Philip Zimbardo described a "Lucifer effect" as he flashed shocking images of Abu Ghraib horrors for those at an elite Technology, Entertainment and Design conference in California.
McCain, a former POW, has consistently voiced opposition to waterboarding and other methods that critics say is torture. But Republicans, confident of a [Bush] veto, did not mount the challenge. Mr. McCain voted “no” on Wednesday.
While the 8th Amendment [prohibits indefinite detention] as punishment for a crime, the CIA or military would be justified keeping a suspected insurgent or member of al Qaeda imprisoned forever if the detainee refused to answer questions.
Military prosecutors have decided to seek the death penalty for six Guantánamo detainees who are to be charged with central roles in the Sept. 11 terror attacks, government officials who have been briefed on the charges said.
Captain Carolyn Wood, overseeing interrogation at Bagram, would be awarded a Bronze Star for "valor" and tapped to begin similar operations at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison.
A Canadian accused of killing a U.S. soldier in Afghanistan should not be tried as a war criminal because he was a child soldier for al Qaeda, too young to voluntarily join its forces, his military defense lawyer told a U.S. war court on Monday. N
Pre-Confirmation: "I can't tell you whether waterboarding is torture. Post-Confirmation: "I won't tell you whether waterboarding is torture.
Canada's foreign ministry said Saturday that it will rewrite a training manual used by Canadian diplomats that lists the United States as a site of possible torture following pressure from its closest ally.
In Canada, the United States has joined a notorious group of countries as a place where foreigners risk torture and abuse, according to a training manual for Canadian diplomats that was accidentally given this week to Amnesty International lawyers.
The chief of the U.S. military said he favors closing the prison here as soon as possible. “I’d like to see it shut down,” Adm. Mike Mullen said, adding the negative publicity worldwide about treatment of terrorist suspects had been “pretty damaging”
Convicted terrorism conspirator Jose Padilla sued a key architect of the Bush administration's counterterrorism policies Friday, claiming the official's legal arguments led to Padilla's alleged mistreatment and illegal detention at a Navy
Those same lawyers then twisted other laws beyond recognition to allow Mr. Bush to turn intelligence agents into torturers, to force doctors to abdicate their professional oaths and responsibilities to prepare prisoners for abuse, and then to monitor
"It was with sadness that I signed my name this grey morning to a letter resigning my commission in the U.S. Navy," wrote attorney-at-law Andrew Williams. "There was a time when I served with pride ... Sadly, no more." Stems from
The Bush administration has told a federal judge that terrorism suspects held in secret CIA prisons should not be allowed to reveal details [to their lawyers] of the "alternative interrogation methods" that their captors used to get them to
Michael Ratner, president of the Center for Constitutional Rights believes the Bush administration is fighting to keep prisoners accused of terrorism-related activity out of court in order to prevent further evidence of torture from becoming public.
Two years after being cleared for release from Guantánamo by a military review board, a hospital administrator who worked for a Saudi charity, and a man who worked with orphans for a Kuwaiti NGO, have been repatriated to the country of their birth
Let AFJ be crystal clear on a subject where these men are opaque: Waterboarding is a torture technique that has its history rooted in the Spanish Inquisition. In 1947, the U.S. prosecuted a Japanese military officer for carrying out a form of waterbo