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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jan 20, 2014 Gruesome Syria photos may prove torture by Assad regime
QUOTE: The bodies in the photos showed signs of starvation, brutal beatings, strangulation, and other forms of torture and killing....A complex numbering system was also used to catalog the corpses, with only the relevant intelligence service knowing the identities of the corpses. It was an effort, the report says, to keep track of which security service was responsible for the death, and then later to provide false documentation that the person had died in a hospital.
CNN (Cable News Network) Dec 02, 2012 Collaboration in Gaza Leads to Grisly Fate
QUOTE: Last month’s extrajudicial killings...were a stark departure from Hamas’s efforts since then to pursue collaborators in court and not the street, spotlighting its dilemma as a movement rooted in militant resistance now trying to run a government. The Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s military arm, claimed responsibility for the killings, but some party leaders condemned them.
New York Times Sep 02, 2011 Files Note Close C.I.A. Ties to Qaddafi Spy Unit
QUOTE: Documents found at the abandoned office of Libya’s former spymaster appear to provide new details of the close relations the Central Intelligence Agency shared with the Libyan intelligence service — most notably suggesting that the Americans sent terrorism suspects at least eight times for questioning in Libya despite that country’s reputation for torture.
New York Times Jun 30, 2011 U.S. Widens Inquiries Into 2 Jail Deaths
QUOTE: The Justice Department announced Thursday that it was opening a full criminal investigation into the deaths of two terrorism suspects in C.I.A. custody overseas, but it was closing inquiries into the treatment of nearly 100 other detainees over the last decade.
New York Times Jun 13, 2011 Bahrain doctors go on trial, alleging torture to extract confessions
QUOTE: Prosecutors alleged Monday that automatic weapons and ammunition were discovered in the hospital, that the defendants "hijacked" the hospital building and controlled it...Activists and human rights groups allege that the medical workers are being prosecuted for treating protesters.
CNN (Cable News Network) May 02, 2011 Tugging at Threads to Unspool Stories of Torture
QUOTE: The Center for Victims of Torture… has treated 20,000 torture victims from around the world… Iraqis at the center have described being kidnapped, beaten, given electric shocks, raped and burned… The torturers… have included the Iraqi Army, American forces, Saddam Hussein’s henchmen, Al Qaeda in Iraq, and the sectarian groups.
New York Times Apr 24, 2011 Judging Detainees’ Risk, Often With Flawed Evidence
QUOTE: The documents reveal that the analysts sometimes ignored serious flaws in the evidence… They include detainees’ admissions without acknowledging other government documents that show the statements were later withdrawn, often attributed to abusive treatment or torture.
New York Times Apr 17, 2011 Victor Toro, Tortured in Chile, Fights Deportation
QUOTE: A well-known advocate for immigrants and the needy in New York, Mr. Toro has been in and out of immigration court for nearly four years, unsuccessfully battling a deportation order and trying to win asylum.
New York Times Apr 21, 2010 Secret Baghdad Jail Held Sunnis From the North
QUOTE: An Iraqi security force under Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki’s direct command held hundreds of detainees from northern Iraq in an undisclosed prison in Baghdad, torturing dozens of them, until the country’s human rights minister and the United States intervened late last month...
New York Times Mar 04, 2010 Somali official's immunity case raises legal, policy issues
QUOTE: The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) protects foreign states and their "agencies and instrumentalities" from lawsuits, with a few limited exceptions. But the Torture Victim Protection Act authorizes lawsuits, and was passed specifically to ensure that those "who avail themselves of the protections and privileges of residency in the United States also bear responsibility for their actions, especially actions as significant as torture," according to a brief filed by its congressional sponsors.
Washington Post Feb 27, 2010 Inquiry sought into disappearance of e-mails in interrogations case
QUOTE: Senior Democratic lawmakers and watchdog groups demanded Friday that the Justice Department investigate the disappearance of e-mail messages written by Bush administration lawyers who drafted memos blessing harsh interrogation tactics, saying their absence cast doubt on an ethics report that cleared the lawyers of professional misconduct.
Washington Post Nov 12, 2009 Ill Will Grows in a Former Colonial Region (Memo From Africa)
QUOTE: It is not a good time to be French in Francophone Africa, except if you are a high official from Paris privately visiting a strongman’s palace. As democracy slips in country after country in the region, France often quietly sides, once again, with the once-and-future autocrats.
New York Times Oct 27, 2009 Extremism Spreads Across Indonesian Penal Code
QUOTE: Most of Indonesia still lives up to its reputation for a moderate, easygoing brand of Islam... But how Aceh [an Indonesian province] went from basic Islamic law to endorsing stoning in a few short years shows how a small, radical minority has successfully pushed its agenda, locally and nationally...
New York Times Oct 19, 2009 Government Can Supress Torture Evidence...If It Wants
QUOTE: President Obama's May decision to declassify Bush-era legal memos does not require the government to give up more information on techniques revealed by those opinions, a judge ruled last week.
Atlantic Online, The (Atlantic Monthly) Sep 21, 2009 Science behind US coercive interrogations missing in action
QUOTE: An article released by an academic journal today argues that the psychology equivalent of folk wisdom drove the decision to use coercive interrogation techniques during the Bush administration.
Ars Technica Sep 13, 2009 In Iraq's prisons, a culture of abuse
QUOTE: ...Iraq's national detention system as a whole has been harshly criticized by Western human rights organizations.
Christian Science Monitor Aug 25, 2009 Our laws condone torture: Investigations into torture can only do so much. The U.S. needs laws that more clearly forbid brutality
QUOTE: It is the ambiguity of U.S. law on these matters that allowed John Yoo to offer those bizarre opinions, as White House counsel, as to what interrogators could do. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is toothless and largely ineffectual except as a vague set of ideals. It needn't be that way.
Salon Aug 24, 2009 Holder to Appoint Prosecutor to Investigate CIA Terror Interrogations
QUOTE: Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. has decided to appoint a prosecutor to examine nearly a dozen cases in which CIA interrogators and contractors may have violated anti-torture laws and other statutes when they allegedly threatened terrorism suspects...
Washington Post Jul 30, 2009 British Foreign Secretary: Clinton threatened to cut-off intelligence-sharing if torture evidence is disclosed
QUOTE: both the Bush and Obama administrations had threatened to cut off intelligence-sharing with Britain if those facts (of the possible torture of former Guantanamo inmate Binyam Mohamed) were disclosed, even as part of a court proceeding.
Salon Jul 22, 2009 Rights Group Accuses Saudi Arabia of ‘Gross’ Abuses
QUOTE: The human rights group Amnesty International accused Saudi Arabia on Wednesday of using its campaign against terrorism as a facade for “a sustained assault on human rights...”
New York Times Jul 09, 2009 Mexico Accused of Torture in Drug War: Army Using Brutality To Fight Trafficking, Rights Groups Say
QUOTE: The Mexican army has carried out forced disappearances, acts of torture and illegal raids in pursuit of drug traffickers...
Washington Post Jul 09, 2009 Outsourcing torture: Extraction
QUOTE: Did the [British] government subcontract the removal of a man’s fingernails?
Economist Jul 02, 2009 ACLU Says Government Used False Confessions
QUOTE: The American Civil Liberties Union yesterday accused the Obama administration of using statements elicited through torture to justify the confinement of a detainee...
Washington Post Jun 30, 2009 Does Israel Mistreat Palestinian Child Prisoners?
QUOTE: The report [from Defense for Children International] states that "the ill-treatment and torture" of Palestinian child prisoners [in Israel] "appears to be widespread, systematic and institutionalized, suggesting complicity at all levels of the political and military chain of command."
Time Magazine May 18, 2009 Justices Turn Back Ex-Detainee’s Suit
QUOTE: A Pakistani Muslim who was arrested after the Sept. 11 attacks may not sue John Ashcroft, the former attorney general, and Robert S. Mueller III, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for abuses he says he suffered in a Brooklyn detention center...failed to allege a plausible link between the officials’ conduct and the abuses he said he had suffered.
New York Times May 18, 2009 Advocacy Groups Seek Disbarment of Ex-Bush Administration Lawyers
QUOTE: A coalition of left-wing advocacy groups filed legal ethics complaints on Monday against 12 former Bush administration lawyers, including three United States attorneys general, whom the groups accuse of helping to justify torture. The coalition, called Velvet Revolution, asked the bar associations in four states and the District of Columbia to disbar the lawyers...
New York Times Jan 11, 2009 Obama Reluctant to Look Into Bush Programs
QUOTE: President-elect Barack Obama signaled in an interview broadcast Sunday that he was unlikely to authorize a broad inquiry into Bush administration programs like domestic eavesdropping or the treatment of terrorism suspects. But Mr. Obama also said prosecutions would proceed if the Justice Department found evidence that laws had been broken.
New York Times Dec 12, 2008 Report Blames Rumsfeld for Detainee Abuses
QUOTE: leaders of the Senate Armed Services Committee said top Bush administration officials, including Donald H. Rumsfeld, the former defense secretary, bore major responsibility for the abuses committed by American troops in interrogations at Abu Ghraib in Iraq; Guantánamo Bay, Cuba; and other military detention centers.
New York Times Dec 09, 2008 Five 9/11 Suspects Offer to Confess:But Proposal Is Pulled Over Death Penalty Issue
QUOTE: Five of the men accused of planning the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks said Monday that they wanted to plead guilty to murder and war crimes but withdrew the offer when a military judge raised questions about whether it would prevent them from fulfilling their desire to receive the death penalty.
Washington Post Dec 04, 2008 Mexico Drug Cartels Send Message of Chaos, Death
QUOTE: As competing drug cartels and their fragmented cells fight the police, the Mexican army and one another for control of billion-dollar smuggling corridors into the U.S. drug market, the violence unleashed by President Felipe Calderón's war against the traffickers grows more sensational.
Washington Post Dec 02, 2008 Guantanamo 'a stain on US military'
QUOTE: The tribunals used for putting suspects on trial at Guantanamo Bay are a "stain on America's military", a former military prosecutor has told the BBC in his first interview since resigning.
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Oct 29, 2008 Long Arm of the Law: A Chicago cop is charged with lying about abuse.
QUOTE: a suit he filed alleging that he was tortured by detectives at the infamous Area 2 unit on Chicago's South Side. The commander of that unit was Jon Burge, a man whose name has long been linked to allegations of police brutality but who has gone uncharged for more than two decades—until earlier this month.
Newsweek Oct 22, 2008 Ex-Officer Is Arrested in Inquiry Into Brutality
QUOTE: authorities arrested a former Chicago police commander at his Florida home on Tuesday and charged him in a police brutality scandal that contributed to the emptying of Illinois’ death row and that continues to resonate as one of the most racially charged chapters in the city’s history.
New York Times Oct 21, 2008 U.S. Drops Charges Against 5 Detainees
QUOTE: The Pentagon official in charge of military commissions at the naval base at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, dismissed war crimes charges on Tuesday against five detainees, the latest challenge for the Bush administration’s long-troubled system for prosecuting detainees at the base.
New York Times Oct 11, 2008 A Guantánamo Homecoming: It will be harder to tune them out when they are not just nameless men behind barbed wire.
QUOTE: When the Bush administration fenced off a dusty little patch of lawlessness in Cuba, the idea was that breaking the law abroad would somehow preclude us from breaking it at home. But last week revealed—yet again—that the worst of Guantánamo was always destined to spill over into the United States...The case of 17 Uighurs—Chinese Muslims from western China's Xinjiang region—is one of the blackest chapters of the story.
Newsweek Jul 22, 2008 Guantanamo Judge Blocks Use of Some Statements: 'Highly coercive' conditions are cited
QUOTE: Prosecutors in the trial of Osama bin Laden's former driver cannot use as evidence some statements the defendant gave interrogators because they were obtained under "highly coercive" conditions while he was a captive in Afghanistan...
Washington Post May 28, 2008 Human Rights Report Assails U.S.
QUOTE: “World leaders are in a state of denial but their failure to act has a high cost,” Irene Khan, the secretary general of Amnesty International, said in a statement accompanying the report. “As Iraq and Afghanistan show, human rights problems are not isolated tragedies, but are like viruses than can infect and spread rapidly, endangering all of us.”
New York Times May 21, 2008 Audit Finds FBI Reports Of Abuse Were Ignored: Tactics Continued Against Detainees
QUOTE: Reports that Guantanamo detainees were being subjected to extreme temperatures, religious abuses and nude interrogation were conveyed at White House meetings of senior officials in 2003, yet these questionable tactics remained in use, a lengthy report by the Justice Department's inspector general concluded.
Washington Post May 20, 2008 Report Details Interrogation Debate
QUOTE: The report describes major and repeated clashes between F.B.I. agents and their counterparts over the rough methods being used on detainees in Guantánamo Bay, Afghanistan and Iraq — some of which, according to the inspector general, may have violated the Defense Department’s own policies at the time.
New York Times May 13, 2008 Case Against 9/11 Detainee Is Dismissed
QUOTE: Mr. Qahtani was subjected to interrogations that Pentagon officials have found were “degrading and abusive,” including being forced to wear a bra, being led around on a leash and required to perform dog tricks.
New York Times May 08, 2008 Faith groups mount campaign against torture: They're protesting Bush administration policies. But polls show Americans are split on the issue.
QUOTE: More than 175 religious organizations have joined the National Religious Campaign Against Torture (NRCAT). Their aim is to build a moral consensus among Americans on the issue and to bring government policies in line with US law and international norms.
Christian Science Monitor Apr 22, 2008 Detainees Allege Being Drugged, Questioned: U.S. Denies Using Injections for Coercion
QUOTE: The Defense Department and the CIA, the two agencies responsible for detaining terrorism suspects, both deny using drugs as an enhancement for interrogations, and suggest that the stories from Nusairi and others like him are either fabrications or mistaken interpretations of routine medical treatment. Yet the allegations have resurfaced because of the release this month of a 2003 Justice Department memo that explicitly condoned the use of drugs on detainees.
Washington Post Feb 23, 2008 Justice Probes Authors Of Waterboarding Memos
QUOTE: An internal watchdog office at the Justice Department is investigating whether Bush administration lawyers violated professional standards by issuing legal opinions that authorized the CIA to use waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques...
Washington Post Feb 17, 2008 Justice Official Defends Rough CIA Interrogations: Severe, Lasting Pain Is Torture, He Says
QUOTE: In testimony before a House subcommittee...the acting chief of the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel, spelled out how the administration regulated the CIA's use of rough tactics and offered new details of how simulated drowning was used to compel disclosures by prisoners suspected of being al-Qaeda members.
Washington Post Feb 13, 2008 Mexican Rights Panel Called 'Disappointing': Report Cites Lack of Focus on Military
QUOTE: The Human Rights Watch report said abuses committed by the military against civilians "are rarely punished." The report ascribes part of the blame to Mexico's rights commission because it routinely turns over cases to military authorities who "have proven unable to properly investigate and prosecute human rights cases."
Washington Post Feb 07, 2008 Mukasey Rejects Criminal Probe Into Waterboarding
QUOTE: New controversy about waterboarding has swirled in Washington since CIA Director Michael V. Hayden confirmed...that the CIA used the tactic on al-Qaeda prisoners...at a secret detention site. [Hayden] defended the treatment as necessary to obtain information about potential terrorist attacks. Independent legal experts have said the use of a tactic meant to coerce detainees to talk by making them fear death through drowning is barred by U.S. laws and treaties under all circumstances...
Washington Post Jan 30, 2008 Mukasey Hints at Wider CIA Probe
QUOTE: [New] testimony [from Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey ] indicated that the CIA tapes probe, which Mukasey launched earlier this month, could go beyond the tape destruction itself to examine the actions of the current and former CIA employees who carried out coercive interrogations.
Washington Post Jan 08, 2008 A cold-war case of CIA detention still echoes: The Yuri Nosenko affair unveiled US use of extreme isolation to try to 'break' the KGB defector.
QUOTE: Behind the debate over the Central Intelligence Agency's destruction of videotapes depicting waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques lies a fundamental question: Can government officials use such aggressive tactics without violating US law?
Christian Science Monitor Dec 07, 2007 Lawmakers Back Limits on Interrogation Tactics
QUOTE: The vote to require all American interrogators to abide by the Army Field Manual, which prohibits coercive methods, came during negotiations of the Senate and House intelligence committees over the annual intelligence authorization bill. It will not be the last word on the subject; the full House and Senate must still pass the bill, and it would likely face a veto by President Bush.
New York Times Dec 02, 2007 Lives: Poetry of Protest
QUOTE: I didn’t know it at the time, but I was only one of hundreds of student protesters detained that day. Our demonstrations had exhausted the patience of the hard-liners in the regime, and the police had been let off the leash. “Downtown” meant a tiny cell in Evin prison, in North Tehran, and “a few questions” meant protracted torture.
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