Articles tagged with the keyword: ‘American torture’

CIA “Ghost Prisoner” Abu Zubaydah Recognized As “Victim” In Polish Probe Of Secret Prison

CIA “Ghost Prisoner” Abu Zubaydah Recognized As “Victim” In Polish Probe Of Secret Prison

For those seeking accountability for the senior Bush administration officials and lawyers who established a global torture program in the “War on Terror,” involving extraordinary rendition and torture in a variety of secret prisons, the news that the Polish Prosecutor has today accepted the claims of Abu Zubaydah, a former CIA “ghost prisoner,” that he […]

President Obama Loses The Plot On Guantanamo

President Obama Loses The Plot On Guantanamo

On December 22, during a largely self-congratulatory news conference by President Obama, dealing with a number of achievements notched up in the last session before the Democrats lose control of the House of Representatives (including the new START treaty, on arms control, and the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell”), one of the administration’s conspicuous […]

Is Bradley Manning Being Held As An ‘Enemy Combatant’?

Is Bradley Manning Being Held As An ‘Enemy Combatant’?

In disturbing reports from the US, it appears that Private First Class Bradley Manning, the former intelligence analyst accused of leaking the Afghan and Iraqi war logs, the US diplomatic cables and the “Collateral Damage” video, which have dominated headlines globally since WikiLeaks began making them available in April this year, is being held in […]

WikiLeaks Cables Reveals Bush, Obama Pressured Germany, Spain Not To Probe Torture

WikiLeaks Cables Reveals Bush, Obama Pressured Germany, Spain Not To Probe Torture

In the relatively small number of US diplomatic cables released to date by WikiLeaks, from its cache of 251,287 documents, the most disturbing revelations concerning the “War on Terror” deal with the pressure that the Bush administration exerted on Germany in 2007, regarding the planned prosecution of 13 CIA agents involved in the rendition and […]

Wikileaks Reveals Reasons To Dismiss US Claims ‘Ghost Prisoner’ Aafia Siddiqui Wasn’t Held In Bagram

Wikileaks Reveals Reasons To Dismiss US Claims ‘Ghost Prisoner’ Aafia Siddiqui Wasn’t Held In Bagram

In sifting through the avalanche of US diplomatic cables released by Wikileaks, only the Guardian, in the Western media, has picked up on cables from Islamabad relating to the case of Dr. Aafia Siddiqui, the Pakistani neuroscientist who disappeared with her three young children in Karachi on March 30, 2003, and did not reappear until […]

Rule Of Law Hinges On Obama’s Response To The Ghailani Trial

Rule Of Law Hinges On Obama’s Response To The Ghailani Trial

To listen to certain Republican critics of last week’s verdict in the federal court trial of the Tanzanian Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani, a former Guantánamo prisoner and a former CIA “ghost prisoner,” you would think that the jury had found him not guilty, and that he had been released onto the streets of New York. In […]

The UK Government’s Guantanamo Guilt, And The Urgent Need for Shaker Aamer’s Return

The UK Government’s Guantanamo Guilt, And The Urgent Need for Shaker Aamer’s Return

The official announcement on Tuesday in the House of Commons, by Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke, that the govermment has reached a financial settlement with a number of former Guantánamo prisoners brings to an end a court case that promised to be long, expensive and full of disturbing revelations about British complicity in torture and abuse. […]

On Guantanamo, Obama Hits Rock Bottom

On Guantanamo, Obama Hits Rock Bottom

On national security issues, there are now two Americas. In the first, which existed from January to May 2009, the rule of law flickered briefly back to life after eight years of the Bush administration. In this first America, President Obama swept into office issuing executive orders promising to close Guantánamo and to uphold the […]

Ex-Gitmo Detainee, Tortured by Al-Qaeda, US, Launches Futile Attempt To Hold US Accountable

Ex-Gitmo Detainee, Tortured by Al-Qaeda, US, Launches Futile Attempt To Hold US Accountable

Last June, in the District Court in Washington D.C., a ruling was delivered on the habeas corpus petition of a Syrian prisoner in Guantánamo, Abdul Rahim al-Janko (also identified as Abdul Rahim al-Ginco), which exemplified all that was wrong with the Bush administration’s detention policies in the “War on Terror,” and which also dealt a […]

Who Are the Remaining Prisoners in Guantanamo? Part Five: Captured in Pakistan

Who Are the Remaining Prisoners in Guantanamo? Part Five: Captured in Pakistan

This is the fifth part of an eight-part series telling the stories of all the prisoners currently held in Guantánamo (174 at the time of writing). See the introduction here, and Part One, Part Two, Part Three and Part Four. This fifth article tells the stories of 13 prisoners seized in Pakistan between November 2001 […]

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