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Category Archive: Torture

Jan 03 2014

Last Uighurs Finally Freed From Gitmo

The Pentagon announced this week that the last of the 22 Uighurs, a group of Muslims from China who are routinely persecuted, who had been captured and sent to Guantanamo Bay where they were likely tortured despite having no connection at all to terrorism, have finally been set free.

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Dec 17 2013

Obama: Release the Senate Torture Report

W. Paul Smith notes that it was one year ago that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence finished compiling a massive report, more than 6000 pages, on the torture regime constructed by Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld. You’ve never seen that report because the Obama administration has classified it and refused to release it, even in …

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Nov 09 2013

Another Appalling Search in New Mexico

Turns out that wasn’t the first time the police in New Mexico had ordered a body cavity search on someone they pulled with nothing even remotely like probable cause. They did it in another case where the only evidence was a drug dog “alerted” on the seat of a guy’s car.

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Nov 07 2013

Worse Police Search Ever?

I’ve been reporting on the rampant misconduct and abuse in America’s law enforcement agencies for nearly a decade now and I’ve written about some horrifying stories. This may be the most blatantly abusive instance of an illegal search I’ve ever encountered. Try not to cringe and become enraged reading this:

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Nov 06 2013

Report: Doctors Participated in Torture of Detainees

We’ve actually known this for years, but a new report concludes that doctors and psychologists routinely participated in the torture of detainees being held by the CIA and the Department of Defense, in flagrant violation of their hippocratic oaths.

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Aug 27 2013

What Chelsea Manning Revealed

Lost in all the noise and attention surrounding the trial and sentencing of Chelsea Manning for turning over a huge stash of classified documents to Wikileaks is the substance that those documents contained. Greg Mitchell at The Nation offers up a list of the many important things being hidden from the public that Manning’s actions …

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Aug 26 2013

Look, the US Punishes Torture

Yes, the United States does hold people liable for torture — as long as they’re not Americans. A federal judge has ruled in favor of the victim of torture carried out by a former Somalian military officer, something virtually inconceivable if that officer was in the U.S. military.

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Aug 23 2013

The Manning Verdict and the Rule of Law

I was a bit shocked at the relatively lenient sentence that the military court handed down to Bradley Manning. He got 35 years, but could be eligible for parole in as little as ten years with good behavior and credit for time served. The government was asking for 60 years, so Manning is probably a …

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Jun 26 2013

A Soldier’s Suicide Note

Gawker publishes a letter written by Daniel Somers, a soldier who served in Iraq both as a machine gunner and as an interrogator, to his family before he killed himself only two weeks ago. It’s difficult to read without crying, though I don’t know why anyone would try to do so. What he says about …

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May 02 2013

Biden Wants Torture Report Released

The Senate Intelligence Committee put out a massive and comprehensive report on the use of torture by the government, but no one outside the government has ever seen it because the CIA is afraid it will reveal too much. Vice President Joe Biden says he thinks it should be released:

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Apr 22 2013

Torture and the New York Times

Andrew Sullivan has for years rightly blasted the New York Times for refusing to use the word ‘torture’ when describing what the Bush administration did to detainees. Now Bill Keller of the Times attempts to defend that reluctance. I say ‘attempts’ because he fails miserably. Bizarrely, he admits that it clearly was torture even though …

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Apr 20 2013

Bush, Torture and Hypocrisy

One of the most damning aspects of the new report on torture put out by the Constitution Project is a comparison of what the Bush administration said about the techniques they authorized for use on detainees when those same things were done by other countries. From the report:

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Apr 19 2013

Bipartisan Commission Confirms the Obvious

A bipartisan group of former legislators put together by the Constitution Project has concluded what was undeniable years ago, that the Bush administration engaged in torture and that the blame for it goes right to the top. I don’t know why we needed the report, but here it is.

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Mar 08 2013

Report: Rumsfeld Set Up Secret Torture Centers in Iraq

In news that should surprise absolutely no one, the Guardian is reporting that a 15-month investigation has revealed that Donald Rumsfeld set up a number of secret detention facilities in Iraq where detainees were tortured, and appointed two veterans of the Latin American death squad wars to run the whole thing.

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Mar 08 2013

U.N. Investigator: Prosecute for Bush Torture Policies

An investigator appointed by the U.N. Human Rights Council to look into the human rights abuses committed in counter-terrorism programs around the world has sent them his report, which calls on the United States to prosecute those who ordered and carried out torture on detainees.

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