Archive for ‘April, 2009’

Senate Panel’s Report Links Detainees’ Murders to Bush’s Torture Policy

Senate Panel’s Report Links Detainees’ Murders to Bush’s Torture Policy

By Jason Leopold A combination of “enhanced interrogation” techniques approved by high-level Bush administration officials coupled with a series of brutal beatings administered by military interrogators were directly responsible for the December 2002 deaths of two detainees at Bagram airbase in Afghanistan, according to a report released last week by the Senate Armed Services Committee. […]

Declassified DOD Documents Say Detainees Killed During Interrogations

Declassified DOD Documents Say Detainees Killed During Interrogations

By Jason Leopold Declassified Defense Department documents describe a pattern of “abusive” behavior by U.S. military interrogators that appears to have caused the deaths of several suspected terrorists imprisoned at a detention center in Afghanistan in December 2002, just two days after former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld authorized the use of “enhanced interrogation” techniques […]

Religious Groups Press Holder to Probe Torture, Appoint Special Counsel

Religious Groups Press Holder to Probe Torture, Appoint Special Counsel

By William Fisher A coalition of 19 human rights, faith-based, and justice organizations is calling on President Barack Obama to investigate torture they charge was sanctioned by the administration of former President George W. Bush. The group, led by the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT), is proposing both a special prosecutor and an “independent, […]

Grading Obama’s First 100 Days

Grading Obama’s First 100 Days

By William Fisher While human rights and open-government groups are generally pleased with President Barack Obama’s rhetoric during his first 100 days, some are skeptical that he will deliver on his promises. Tweet

Appeals Court Rules Rendition Lawsuit Against Boeing Unit Can Proceed

Appeals Court Rules Rendition Lawsuit Against Boeing Unit Can Proceed

By William Fisher In what may become a landmark decision, a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the “state secrets privilege” – routinely used by the government to block lawsuits against its officials – can only be used to contest specific evidence, but not to dismiss an entire suit. The ruling, which was hailed by […]

Conyers, Nadler Formally Request DOJ Appoint Torture Special Prosecutor

Conyers, Nadler Formally Request DOJ Appoint Torture Special Prosecutor

By Jason Leopold House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers and other committee Democrats formally have asked Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor to probe and, “where appropriate, prosecute,” Bush administration officials for the torture of “war on terror” detainees. The letter, which renews a request that committee Democrats made unsuccessfully to Holder’s […]

FBI E-Mail Says Bush Authorized Abuse of Iraqis

FBI E-Mail Says Bush Authorized Abuse of Iraqis

By Jason Leopold A senior FBI agent stationed in Iraq in 2004 claimed in an e-mail that President George W. Bush signed an executive order approving the use of military dogs, sleep deprivation and other harsh tactics to intimidate Iraqi detainees. The FBI e-mail — dated May 22, 2004 — followed disclosures about abuse of […]

CIA and the Washington Post: Joined at the Hip

CIA and the Washington Post: Joined at the Hip

By Melvin A. Goodman Under the stewardship of Fred Hiatt, the editorial and op-ed pages of the Washington Post have gradually moved to the right. Post editorials and op-eds have defended the decision to go to war in Iraq; opposed any improvement in bilateral relations with Russia; refused to acknowledge Israel’s misuse of military power […]

CIA Ordered to Turn Over Details of Pre-Torture Memo Interrogation Tapes

CIA Ordered to Turn Over Details of Pre-Torture Memo Interrogation Tapes

By Jason Leopold The CIA must turn over by Wednesday a detailed description of the contents of interrogation tapes the agency made as early as April 2002, four months before the Justice Department issued a legal opinion that authorized the agency to subject a “high-value” detainee to “enhanced interrogation” techniques, a federal judge has ordered. […]

Happy Anniversary, Abu Ghraib!

Happy Anniversary, Abu Ghraib!

By William Fisher Tuesday, April 28, will mark five years since Americans got their first look at the sickening photographs from Abu Ghraib on “60 Minutes.” And a month after that, on May 28, the Department of Justice, acting under a court order, will release several thousand never-before-seen-in-public photographs of U.S. prisoner abuse from Afghanistan […]

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