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Non-Partisan Report Concludes U.S. Engaged in Practice of Torture

The Constitution Project has published a non-partisan report wherein the eleven-member task force conclude, “[I]t is indisputable that the United States engaged in the practice of torture” in the years following the 9/11 attacks. Furthermore, “The nation’s most senior officials . . . bear ultimate responsibility” for such practices, according to the task force. You […]

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Warsame’s Case Provides a “Template” for How U.S. Will Proceed Against Alleged Terrorists Captured Overseas

The manner in which to proceed with the prosecution of Ahmed Abdul Kadir Warsame, a top facilitator between al-Qaeda franchises who was captured while on a boat in the Gulf of Aden sailing between Somalia and Yemen, sparked controversy between politicians and intelligence officials, according to The Washington Post. Generally, The Post reports that the Obama […]

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U.S. Military Halts Detainee Transfers to Afghan Prisons Fearing Human Rights Abuses

The International Security Assistance Force, led by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), reports that the United States military has suspended the transfer of detainees to certain prisons in Afghanistan out of growing and continued concern for human rights abuses and torture, according to The New York Times. The article further states that, during the […]

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Feb 17th, 2013 detention

OSJI Releases Report on CIA Rendition Program

The Guardian reports that a document was recently published by the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) detailing the extent of the CIA’s extraordinary rendition program.     According to the report, at least fifty-four countries were involved in the global kidnapping, detention, and torture operation that followed the 9/11 attacks. The report further states: There […]

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Washington Post Reports on Recent Case of Rendition

The Washington Post reports that three European men were arrested in August while passing through Djibouti on U.S. suspicions of support for al-Shabaab in Somalia. Furthermore, the article states, the men were secretly indicted by a grand jury in October before being taken into FBI custody. It wasn’t until late December, when the men appeared […]

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Senate Intelligence Committee Approves “Highly Critical” Report on CIA Detention Program

The New York Times reports that the Senate Intelligence Committee approved findings in a classified and “highly critical” report on the CIA’s detention program. The article states that a 9-6 majority approved the document, which details the brutal treatment of Qaeda captives following 9/11. Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein issued a statement, saying: [The report] uncovers startling […]

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European Court of Human Rights Holds CIA Rendition Program Violated Man’s Rights

According to The New York Times, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled that the rights of Khaled el-Masri, a German man who was mistakenly identified as a terrorist and abducted nine years ago, were violated by the CIA’s rendition program. This decision, The Times reports, cannot be appealed. The article goes on […]

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Government Study Shows Viability of Closing Guantánamo

The Associated Press reports that a Government Accountability Office study supports closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay. Senator Diane Feinstein, the Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman who released the reports, states that it “demonstrates that if the political will exists, we could finally close Guantánamo without imperiling our national security.” Specifically, the study illustrates that 373 […]

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Three Attempted Bombers are Sentenced to Prison

The United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio sentenced Douglas Wright, Brandon Baxter, and Connor Stevens to eleven and one-half years, nine years and nine months, and eight years and one month, respectively, for conspiring to use explosives to blow up an Ohio bridge, according to a press release. The press release […]

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Karzai Accuses U.S. of Violating Detainee Pact

Afghanistan’s President, Hamid Karzai, has accused the United States of violating a detainee pact by failing to turn over more than 70 Afghans who are being held by U.S. forces despite their ordered release by Afghan courts, according to The Washington Times. The Times reports that President Karzai’s statement urges Afghan officials to “push for […]

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