Archive for ‘June, 2009’

Obama Vows to Deal With Torture, But His Pledge Doesn’t Apply to the Bush Administration

Obama Vows to Deal With Torture, But His Pledge Doesn’t Apply to the Bush Administration

Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story mistakenly incorporated comments from a statement about the Convention Against Torture that were made during the Bush administration. Please disregard that version of the story. We regret the error. President Barack Obama just announced that the U.S. government “must stand against torture wherever it takes place,” but […]

Obama Reportedly Preparing Draft Exec. Order For ‘Indefinite Detentions’

Obama Reportedly Preparing Draft Exec. Order For ‘Indefinite Detentions’

As President Barack Obama struggles with the political backlash from a Congress determined to keep Guantanamo terrorism suspects out of the U.S., his administration is reportedly preparing an executive order that would give him authority to hold prisoners indefinitely without trial, according to weekend media reports. News of the order was jointly reported by The […]

CIA Again Delays Release of Agency Watchdog’s Torture Report

CIA Again Delays Release of Agency Watchdog’s Torture Report

For the second time in two weeks, the Justice Department told a federal Judge the CIA needs more time to review an inspector general’s report on the Bush administration’s torture program before deciding whether any of the contents can be released. In a letter Friday to U.S. District Court Judge Alvin Hellerstein, the Justice Department […]

United Nations Urged to Help Rendition Victim Tortured in Morroco

United Nations Urged to Help Rendition Victim Tortured in Morroco

Human rights groups are asking United Nations officials to investigate the case of an Italian citizen and victim of the “extraordinary rendition” program of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency who is currently being held in a Moroccan prison based on a confession coerced from him through torture. The American Civil Liberties Union and the Geneva-based […]

Tarnished Shields: Mark Sanford and the Morally Bankrupt GOP Leadership

Tarnished Shields: Mark Sanford and the Morally Bankrupt GOP Leadership

Some columns are easier to write than others. This is one of them. Providing all of my research were the “family values” Republicans. This week, second term Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina disappeared for six days, leaving the state without a chief executive who could make decisions in an emergency. His Republican lieutenant governor […]

The Cheating of Don Siegelman

The Cheating of Don Siegelman

We recently introduced our series of posts about the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and its unlawful ruling on the Don Siegelman case. Now it’s time to dive into the details. The U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals cheated former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman in multiple ways. The most glaring example involves the statute […]

Top U.S. Behavioral Scientists Studied Survival Schools to Create Torture Program Over 50 Years Ago

Top U.S. Behavioral Scientists Studied Survival Schools to Create Torture Program Over 50 Years Ago

A couple of recent articles have highlighted the unseemly fact that some past presidents of the American Psychological Association (APA), the foremost professional organization for psychologists in the United States, if not the world, had links to the use of torture, or at least to military research into coercive interrogations. An article by Jane Mayer […]

Bagram is Now Obama’s Guantanamo

Bagram is Now Obama’s Guantanamo

While millions know that the administration of George W. Bush has left Barack Obama with the job of closing the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, relatively few are aware that the new president will also face a similar but far larger dilemma 7,000 miles away. That dilemma is what to do with the what […]

Detainees Were Also Murdered At Bagram in Afghanistan

Detainees Were Also Murdered At Bagram in Afghanistan

A new report documenting the torture of more than two-dozen former prisoners held at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan between 2002 and 2008 comes several months after a bipartisan congressional committee linked the murder of two detainees held at the same prison facility to policies enacted by George W. Bush and ex-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. […]

Author Calls For DOJ’s Ethics Watchdog to Probe Patrick Fitzgerald

Author Calls For DOJ’s Ethics Watchdog to Probe Patrick Fitzgerald

An Emmy Award-winning journalist whose recent book sharply criticized U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and other officials as being negligent for failing to stop a key al-Qaeda figure during their tenure directing the FBI’s elite bin Laden squad, filed a complaint with the Justice Department’s ethics watchdog requesting an investigation into Fitzgerald for allegedly using government […]

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