Articles tagged with the keyword: ‘American torture’

US Government Turns Down Request For Trial By Guantánamo Prisoner And CIA Torture Victim Abu Zubaydah

US Government Turns Down Request For Trial By Guantánamo Prisoner And CIA Torture Victim Abu Zubaydah

Lawyers for Abu Zubaydah, an alleged “high-value detainee” in the “war on terror,” who was held in secret CIA prisons for four and a half years until his transfer to Guantánamo in September 2006, submitted a letter to the Convening Authority for the military commissions at Guantánamo, Retired Vice Admiral Bruce MacDonald, asking for their […]

Chaos At Guantanamo

Chaos At Guantanamo

The eyes of the world were on Guantánamo, as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other men accused of planning and facilitating the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 — Ramzi bin al-Shibh, Ali Abd al-Aziz Ali, Mustafa Ahmed al-Hawsawi and Walid bin Attash — appeared in a courtroom for the first time since December 2008. […]

Torture: The Bush Administration on Trial

Torture: The Bush Administration on Trial

Law-abiding US citizens have been appalled that Jose Rodriguez, the director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service until his retirement in 2007, was invited onto CBS’s “60 Minutes” program last weekend to promote his book Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives, in which he defends the use of torture on […]

Guantanamo: Military Commissions And The Illusion Of Justice

Guantanamo: Military Commissions And The Illusion Of Justice

When something is irredeemably broken, the sensible course of action is to get rid of it. However, when it comes to military trials for terror suspects in the Bush administration’s “war on terror,” however broken the system is, government officials and lawmakers have repeatedly gathered round to put it back together again, and continue to […]

Ten Years After 9/11, America Deserves Better than Dick Cheney’s Self-Serving Autobiography

Ten Years After 9/11, America Deserves Better than Dick Cheney’s Self-Serving Autobiography

On August 30, when In My Time, former Vice President Dick Cheney’s self-serving autobiography was published, the timing was pernicious. Cheney knows by now that every time he opens his mouth to endorse torture or to defend Guantánamo, the networks welcome him, and newspapers lavish column inches on his opinions, even though astute editors and […]

The Death Of Osama bin Laden And The Unjustifiable Defense Of Torture, Guantanamo

The Death Of Osama bin Laden And The Unjustifiable Defense Of Torture, Guantanamo

With the reported assassination of Osama bin Laden, one of the most alarming responses has been a kind of casual and widespread acceptance that the death of America’s number one bogeyman would not have been achieved without the use of torture, and without the existence of Guantánamo. This is wrong on both fronts, as Jane […]

With Osama bin Laden’s Death, The Time For US Vengeance Is Over

With Osama bin Laden’s Death, The Time For US Vengeance Is Over

Just four months before the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the reported death of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan ought to signal an end to the “War on Terror” declared by the Bush administration in the wake of the attacks — the “war” that led to “extraordinary rendition,” the establishment of secret American torture […]

New Grand Jury Investigation On Torture, Or DOJ Smokescreen?

New Grand Jury Investigation On Torture, Or DOJ Smokescreen?

News certainly travels fast, sometimes. While it took the U.S. government two years to reply to a request by a Spanish judge regarding whether or not the U.S. has instigated any investigations or proceedings against six high-level Bush administration figures named in a complaint by the Association for the Dignity of Spanish Prisoners (see PDF), […]

The Indictment For Torture Filed Against George W. Bush (Part One: The Facts)

The Indictment For Torture Filed Against George W. Bush (Part One: The Facts)

Just two weeks ago, as former US President George W. Bush was preparing to make his first visit to Europe since the publication, last November, of his biography Decision Points, the Center for Constitutional Rights in New York, and the Berlin-based European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, with support from the International Federation for […]

Ghailani Sentence Proves Federal Courts Work, Reveals Extent Of Republican Hysteria

Ghailani Sentence Proves Federal Courts Work, Reveals Extent Of Republican Hysteria

For those of us seeking a grown-up debate about Guantánamo in the two years since President Obama came into office, the most troubling development has been the retrenchment of Republican opposition to the closure of the prison, backed up by alarming support for the pro-Guantánamo position by members of the President’s own party. Like a […]

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