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Posts Tagged ‘torture’

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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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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Former CIA Officer Pleads Guilty

The New York Times reports that John Kiriakou, a former CIA counterterrorism operative, pleaded guilty to violating the Intelligence Identity Protection Act. As the article describes, during a 2007 interview with ABC, Kiriakou disclosed the name of a fellow CIA officer and portrayed waterboarding as a necessary torture technique. Pursuant to the plea agreement, the […]

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Oct 25th, 2012 Current Affairs, Inteligence

Attorneys Believe Defense of Former CIA Officer Will Require Disclosure of State Secrets

The Miami Herald recently reported that the attorneys of John Kiriakou, the former CIA officer accused of leaking names of covert operatives, are claiming his defense would require exposing a wide array of government secrets.   Specifically, according to the article, the lawyers claim they would have to disclose details of the CIA’s capture of […]


DOJ Grants Immunity in CIA Torture Case

ABC News reports that the United States government has officially closed the investigation into the alleged torture of CIA detainees during the Bush Administration. No one will be prosecuted. The investigation centered on the deaths of Gul Rahman, a suspected Afghan militant, and an Iraqi prisoner, Manadel al-Jamadi. Rahman froze to death in 2002 at Salt […]

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Former Guantanamo detainee suing Egypt regime officials over torture allegations

JURIST reports that a former Guantanamo Bay detainee announced Friday that he is suing members of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak's regime.  Mamdouh Habib, an Australian citizen, alleges that he was tortured by the government while in Egyptian custody. Habib was arrested in Pakistan in 2001 following the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the US. He was released […]

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Justice Through The Looking Glass

An article published online today in The Atlantic, entitled "Justice Through the Looking Glass," discusses  the case of Uthman Abdul Rahim Mohammed Uthman, whose release from custody was ordered earlier this year by Judge Henry Kennedy Jr. In that case, Judge Kennedy "effectively demolished the credibility of many government witnesses" and noted enormous discrepancies int he […]

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Judge Says Key Figure in Embassies Bombing Case Isn’t Credible

A New York Times article entitled "Judge Says Key Figure in Embassies Bombing Case Isn't Credible," published yesterday, October 14, 2010, reports that a key witness who was to testify in Ghailani's trye was accused by Judge Lewis Kaplan of making false statements about why he decided to cooperate with authorities.  The witness, Hussein Abebe, […]

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Oct 15th, 2010 AIII Courts, Ghailani

Freed Guantanamo detainee sues U.S. military over alleged torture

The Washington Post reports Wednesday, October 6, 2010, in an article entitled "Freed Guantanamo detainee sues U.S. military over alleged torture," that a Syrian man, Abdul Rahim Abdul Razak al-Janko, who was released from Guantanamo Bay last year has sued the U.S. military claiming he was the victim of a "Kafkaesque nightmare," which according to […]

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Oct 12th, 2010 Inteligence

Torture’s Consequences

An editorial published today, (10/10/10), in The Washington Post entitled "Torture's Consequences" makes the point that "torture is not only morally reprehensible; it is legally toxic," and "rejecting torture is a moral and legal imperative of the highest order."  Evidence of this was delivered from Judge Lewis Kaplan last Wednesday, October 6, 2010, when he […]

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Oct 10th, 2010 AIII Courts, Ghailani

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