Articles tagged with the keyword: ‘Department of Justice’

OPR’s Torture Report Still Under Review, But Will Be Out ‘Soon,’ DOJ Says

OPR’s Torture Report Still Under Review, But Will Be Out ‘Soon,’ DOJ Says

The Department of Justice is still working on the report prepared by an agency watchdog that probed several legal opinions John Yoo and two other former attorneys who worked at the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) wrote for the Bush White House on torture, an agency spokeswoman said Wednesday. “The [review] process is ongoing and we hope to have [the report] complete and released soon,” Justice Department spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler told Truthout.

Tony Blair to Testify Publicly About Bogus Intel Used to Justify Iraq Invasion

Tony Blair to Testify Publicly About Bogus Intel Used to Justify Iraq Invasion

The Iraq war inquiry has insisted that Tony Blair will be questioned “very much in public.” The statement follows claims that key evidence from the former Prime Minister would be heard behind closed doors. Newspaper reports claimed Mr Blair’s meetings with US President George W. Bush and details of the decision-making process that led to war would be dealt with in secret on grounds of national security and the need to protect Britain’s relationship with the US.

Gov. Pat Quinn Backs Proposal To House Gitmo Detainees In Illinois State Prison

Gov. Pat Quinn Backs Proposal To House Gitmo Detainees In Illinois State Prison

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is backing a proposal to sell one of the state’s prison to the federal government to house Guantanamo Bay detainees. He says it would help create about 3,000 jobs, but critics are opposed due to safety concerns. Tweet

Controversial Patriot Act Provisions Appears Set For Reauthorization

Controversial Patriot Act Provisions Appears Set For Reauthorization

It appears that reapproval of controversial provisions of the Patriot Act may happen soon – evidently with a green light from the Obama Administration and over strong objections from human rights and civil liberties groups. Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the USA Patriot Act Extension Act of 2009. The bill makes only minor changes to the original Patriot Act and was further watered down by amendments adopted during the Committee’s deliberations.

The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable – A Must-Read

The Torture Memos: Rationalizing the Unthinkable – A Must-Read

David Cole’s new book is two things: First, a collection of six of the previously-published “torture memos” written between 2002 and 2006 by lawyers at the Bush-era Office of Legal Counsel. Yes, the ones that used law to justify the “enhanced interrogation techniques” now so well known. And, second, Cole’s commentary on this distortion of the law and its implications for our society

Seven Former CIA Directors Want To Bury The Truth

Seven Former CIA Directors Want To Bury The Truth

Foreign intelligence agencies have been holding back their liaison activities and their cooperation with the CIA because of the crimes associated with secret prisons, torture and abuse, and extraordinary renditions. It is quite unbelievable that CIA leaders decided to compromise the governments and intelligence services of the European community by locating secret prisons and using logistical facilities within their borders. It is very unlikely that any member of the European Union will cooperate with such CIA activities in the future.

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 […]

Cheney Says He May Not Cooperate With Torture Probe if Asked

Cheney Says He May Not Cooperate With Torture Probe if Asked

Dick Cheney, in a defiant half-hour interview on Fox News Sunday, launched into a blistering attack on the Obama administration, saying the decision by Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a federal prosecutor to conduct a “preliminary review” of about a dozen cases of torture “offends the hell out of me.”

Exposed: The WPost’s One-Sided Account of Torture and Abuse

Exposed: The WPost’s One-Sided Account of Torture and Abuse

The lead story in today’s Washington Post, headlined “How a Detainee Became An Asset,” provides a one-sided and distorted account of the torture and abuse of Khalid Sheikh Muhammad (KSM) and demonstrates the urgent need for a blue ribbon bipartisan commission to create a comprehensive and authoritative narrative of the eight years of misgovernment of the Bush administration.

Little Known Law Used to Detain U.S. Terrorist Suspect Criticized

Little Known Law Used to Detain U.S. Terrorist Suspect Criticized

As the planned closing of the U.S. military’s detention center at Guantanamo Bay draws nearer, human rights activists are raising  questions about the treatment of detainees who will be transferred to the U.S. for trial. But, while the media has focused virtually all its attention on these foreign prisoners held abroad, the government is already […]

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