Articles tagged with the keyword: ‘Department of Defense’

NRC On Research On “War on Terror” Detainees: “A Contemporary Problem”?

NRC On Research On “War on Terror” Detainees: “A Contemporary Problem”?

A National Research Council (NRC) 2008 report on a conference on Emerging Cognitive Neuroscience and Related Technologies examined briefly what it characterized as a “contemporary problem,” the possibility of doing research on “war on terror” detainees, removed by the U.S. government from Geneva protections against experiments done on prisoners of war. In a section of […]

Torture, Human Experimentation And The Department of Defense

Torture, Human Experimentation And The Department of Defense

Jason Leopold, TPR’s editor-at-large and currently deputy managing editor at Truthout, and psychologist and blogger Jeffrey Kaye discuss their groundbreaking report about a little-known directive issued by Paul Wolfowitz in March 2002 that paved loosened rules on human subject protections and how this document was used during the “war on terror.” Their discussion took place […]

Unreported Detainee Deaths At Guantanamo?

Unreported Detainee Deaths At Guantanamo?

According to the transcript (PDF) of a February 19, 2002 meeting of the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board (AFEB), “[a] number of the detainees have died of the wounds that they arrived with” at Guantanamo. This statement came from Captain Alan “Jeff” Yund, a preventive medicine doctor and the Navy’s liaison officer to the AFEB, as […]

Gates Backs Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Gates Backs Repeal of ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has tapped his chief legal adviser and a four-star Army general to lead a landmark study on how the U.S. military would lift its ban on openly gay service members. Tweet

Civil Rights Group: New Bagram Detainee Rules A ‘Step In The Wrong Direction’

Civil Rights Group: New Bagram Detainee Rules A ‘Step In The Wrong Direction’

Human rights activists and legal experts reacted swiftly today to disclosures that the U.S. Government is planning to introduce new measures they claim would give inmates at Afghanistan’s notorious Bagram prison more opportunities to challenge their detention. Their views range from cautious optimism to total condemnation. There are some 600-plus prisoners being held at the […]

Army Officer Who Said Blacks Were Better Off as Slaves Promoted With Obama’s Blessing

Army Officer Who Said Blacks Were Better Off as Slaves Promoted With Obama’s Blessing

President Obama can’t be expected to personally vet every military officer who is up for promotion, and, for all but those in the highest ranks, would obviously just rely on the recommendations of the superiors of officers on the promotions lists, but I have to wonder how the president would feel about having rubber stamped the promotion of an officer who said that blacks were better off as slaves.

High Court Urged to Reject White House Appeal to Keep Abuse Photos Secret

High Court Urged to Reject White House Appeal to Keep Abuse Photos Secret

The American Civil Liberties Union called upon the U.S. Supreme Court this week to deny a petition the Obama administration filed in August that urged justices to review and reverse a lower court’s decision ordering the government to release more than four-dozen photos depicting U.S. soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan abusing prisoners.

Fearing Torture At Home, Some Gitmo Prisoners Fight Their Release

Fearing Torture At Home, Some Gitmo Prisoners Fight Their Release

As 13 prisoners held at the U.S. naval Base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, appeared set to finally win their freedom, others are asking their release to be deferred. The problem is that some of those cleared for release fear they will be tortured if they are transferred to other countries, in some cases their home countries.

Who Are The Two Ex-Guantanamo Prisoners Portugal Agreed to Resettle?

Who Are The Two Ex-Guantanamo Prisoners Portugal Agreed to Resettle?

On Aug. 28, in the first indication that European countries are prepared to help the Obama administration fulfill its promise to close Guantánamo by accepting prisoners who have been cleared for release, but who cannot be repatriated because of fears that they will face torture on their return, the Portuguese interior ministry announced that two […]

EXCLUSIVE: Former Top Interrogators Back Wide-Ranging Criminal Probe Into Torture

EXCLUSIVE: Former Top Interrogators Back Wide-Ranging Criminal Probe Into Torture

Three of the country’s former top counterterrorism interrogators and intelligence experts, are speaking out publicly in support of a wide-ranging criminal investigation into the Bush administration’s use of torture against “war on terror” detainees, and have also urged Congress to launch a separate probe to review how the policies that lead to torture were created.

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