Judge: Government’s Justification for Keeping Detainee Abuse Photos Secret Is ‘Not Sufficient’

By: Thursday August 28, 2014 7:35 am

A federal district court judge has ruled that the government’s certification to prevent the disclosure of thousands of photos of detainee abuse and torture in Afghanistan and Iraq—including inhumane treatment at Abu Ghraib prison—is “not sufficient to prevent publication.”

The federal judge ordered the government to appear in court on September 8 and produce the photographs or submit additional evidence to support keeping the photos secret.


Appeals Court Rules Victims of Torture at Abu Ghraib May Sue Private Military Contractor CACI

By: Monday June 30, 2014 4:10 pm

A United States federal appeals court overturned a ruling by the US District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia and decided that victims of torture at Abu Ghraib may sue CACI Premier Technology, Inc.

The district court had ruled that the US Supreme Court’s decision in Kiobel v. Shell/Royal Dutch Petroleum had closed off any potential lawsuit by the four Iraqi civilians—foreign nationals, who say they were tortured and mistreated by both American civilian and military personnel while in detention

Classification: Hiding American War From Americans

By: Tuesday June 17, 2014 12:17 pm

Our government classifies a lot of documents, some 92 million in 2011 alone.

The ostensible point of all that classification is protect the nation’s secrets. Some of it even makes sense. Troop movements, nuclear things, identities of spies, traditional stuff you want to keep from your enemies. The purpose of classification is not to hide government mistakes or prevent embarrassing things from coming into daylight.

Al Jazeera Journalist Recounts Abu Ghraib Torture He Alleges at Hands of CACI Contractors

By: Monday May 5, 2014 4:10 pm

An Al Jazeera journalist, who was once imprisoned at Abu Ghraib and allegedly tortured by private contractors with CACI International, is one of the plaintiffs in a lawsuit being brought by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR).

Salah Hassan was one of the prisoners at Abu Ghraib, who was made to stand naked for hours with a hood on their heads.

When CIA Tortured Detainees to Death—And Agents Escaped Accountability & Were Granted Promotions

By: Wednesday April 2, 2014 12:09 pm

McClatchy Newspapers spoke with some sources for a story on the contents of the Senate Intelligence Committee torture report and was apparently able to confirm that “the CIA’s own internal documents confirm the agency’s culpability in the hypothermia death of one Afghan captive.” The CIA has never had to publicly discuss the incident, even though in 2009 the Justice Department under President Barack Obama opened an investigation into what happened.

Late Night: The Wild West

By: Thursday August 22, 2013 8:00 pm

I’ve made a few bad calls in my time, like when I told a client not to buy a place in the industrial, brewery-scented backwater that was soon to become the tony “Pearl District,” but by far the most consequential was my misreading of how Americans would react to George W. Bush’s launching the return of Frontier Justice. I know I wasn’t alone, because even the long-suffering Laura visibly grimaced the first time he trotted out “Dead or Alive,” but then something odd happened. We, the People, ate it up. With relish.

CACI Wants Abu Ghraib Prisoners to Pay Company’s Legal Bills

By: Friday August 16, 2013 10:20 am

CACI International was able to win a dismissal of a lawsuit by Abu Ghraib prisoners for directing torture at the notorious prison when a US federal court said it lacked jurisdiction. But getting away with participating in a torture program was not enough for CACI, now they want the Abu Ghraib prisoners who brought the suit to pay the company’s legal bills.

Abu Ghraib Torture Victims Paid $5 Million By Military Contractor

By: Wednesday January 9, 2013 11:25 am

L-3 Communications, through its parent company Engility Holdings Inc, has disclosed in an SEC filing that it has paid over $5 million to victims of torture at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq during the U.S occupation.

CFR Distances Itself From Abrams After Anti-Semite Charge Against Hagel

By: Wednesday January 9, 2013 7:45 am

The fight over Chuck Hagel’s appointment as Secretary Of Defense has ventured into truly unfortunate terrain with assertions of prejudice and bigotry by Hagel’s opponents.

U.S. Torture Program Architects Must Face Justice

By: Wednesday October 10, 2012 11:05 am

With the DOJ’s failure to prosecute the Bush Six and other torturers, Spain has a legal obligation to ensure impunity does not cross borders

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