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Is the US Government Preparing to Charge Accused Terrorist Abu Zubaydah With War Crimes?

Is the US Government Preparing to Charge Accused Terrorist Abu Zubaydah With War Crimes?

This report was originally published on Truthout. The Department of Defense (DoD) won’t release under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) six volumes of diaries written by Zayn al-Abidin Muhammad Husayn, better known as accused terrorist Abu Zubaydah, nor will DoD release six pages of the Guantanamo prisoner’s sketches that depict the torture he was […]

Aaron Swartz’s FOIA Requests Shed Light on His Struggle

Aaron Swartz’s FOIA Requests Shed Light on His Struggle

Although a majority of his FOIA requests were self-serving and appear to be connected to law enforcement investigations into his activities, it is also clear that the information he sought, particularly in areas of government surveillance, would have greatly benefited the public. However, his efforts to pry loose materials from a highly secretive administration were mostly unsuccessful.

“The Pentagon Papers Of The CIA Torture Program”

“The Pentagon Papers Of The CIA Torture Program”

This report was originally published on Truthout. A lawyer for the most high-profile resident of Gitmo sheds light on what a voluminous secret report on the CIA’s torture program approved by a Senate panel Thursday may contain. On a cold day in February 2009, Brent Mickum arrived at the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility in Washington, DC and went […]

Latif Letter About Guantanamo Speaks From The Grave: “I Am Being Pushed Toward Death Every Moment”

Latif Letter About Guantanamo Speaks From The Grave: “I Am Being Pushed Toward Death Every Moment”

This report was written by Jason Leopold and Jeffrey Kaye and originally published at Truthout. Explosive claims in a letter to his lawyers reveal a Gitmo detainee’s fears about his captors’ intentions, well in advance of his mysterious death. Meanwhile, the investigation into his apparent suicide centers on the protocols meant to prevent it. More […]

BP to Shareholders: We’re Already Working With EPA to Lift Federal Contract Ban

BP to Shareholders: We’re Already Working With EPA to Lift Federal Contract Ban

Despite a long history of  ”egregious violations,” the behemoth oil company’s temporary suspension from obtaining lucrative government contracts may turn out to be much shorter than expected.   “BP is a serious serial corporate environmental criminal and a corporate serial killer…. [The company] always settles its cases with the government and promises to change its culture, but […]

Autopsy Report Claims Guantanamo Prisoner Adnan Latif Committed Suicide

Autopsy Report Claims Guantanamo Prisoner Adnan Latif Committed Suicide

The manner of death has been ruled a suicide, the cause of death has not yet been disclosed. The list of unanswered questions grows. Truthout has obtained the results of the autopsy on Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif, but the long-awaited report on the mysterious September death of the Guantanamo Bay detainee raises more questions than […]

Former EPA Officials: Why Hasn’t The Justice Department Indicted BP’s Top Executives?

Former EPA Officials: Why Hasn’t The Justice Department Indicted BP’s Top Executives?

Is a record $4.5 billion fine, serial environmental criminal” BP from placing profits before safety? If history is any guide, Scott West believes the answer is a resounding, “No.” West is a former veteran special agent-in-charge at the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Criminal Investigation Division. In 2006, he led an investigation into BP and the oil […]

Sold Into “a Piece of Hell:” A Death Of Innocence At Gitmo

Sold Into “a Piece of Hell:” A Death Of Innocence At Gitmo

This investigative report was written by Jason Leopold and originally published on Truthout. Sold for a $5,000 bounty, Adnan Latif was among the first prisoners detained at Guantanamo. A federal judge and two presidential administrations said he didn’t belong there. A decade later he left in a box – and no one will say why. […]

A Guantanamo Connection? Documents Show CIA Stockpiled Antimalaria Drugs as “Incapacitating Agents”

A Guantanamo Connection? Documents Show CIA Stockpiled Antimalaria Drugs as “Incapacitating Agents”

A Truthout analysis of historical records concerning government research and nonmedical use of antimalarial medications has revealed that such drugs were the objects of experimental research under the CIA’s MKULTRA program. Even more, one of these drugs, cinchonine, was illegally stockpiled by the CIA as an “incapacitating agent.” Antimalarial drugs were studied as part of […]

Department of Justice Accused of Undermining FOIA Ombudsman

Department of Justice Accused of Undermining FOIA Ombudsman

The Obama administration continues to disseminate a flawed narrative about President Obama’s commitment to open government. Just last week, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters during a press briefing that President Obama has taken steps, “unprecedented in American presidential administration history,” to “enhance transparency.” But Carney’s rhetoric is not supported by the facts, as […]

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