European Court of Human Rights Holds Poland Responsible for Allowing CIA Torture & Rendition

By: Thursday July 24, 2014 3:45 pm

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Poland had violated the United Nations Convention Against Torture when it allowed the CIA to torture and abuse prisoners on its territory. It also ruled that the country had violated the Convention by allowing the CIA to transfer prisoners, even though they would likely be subject to undisclosed detention. And the court ruled that Poland had violated the Convention by transferring prisoners to a country where they had a real risk of facing a “flagrant denial of justice.”

The complaints of violations of the torture convention came from Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri.


Top US Psychologist Allegedly Met with James Mitchell in Days Before Zubaydah Torture

By: Monday December 9, 2013 1:22 pm

A top U.S. psychologist touting “Positive Psychology” — Martin Seligman from the University of Pennsylvania — has been linked to the CIA’s Bush torture program.

Interview with Truthout’s Jason Leopold on His Report on Abu Zubaydah’s Brother

By: Friday June 1, 2012 5:12 pm

I interviewed Jason Leopold for The Dissenter at Firedoglake. In the interview, we discuss what he discovered in his investigation, how he struggled to pry information from the government through FOIA requests and what Hesham had to say about his brother (who he refers to as “Hani”).

Obama’s War on Whistleblowing: Ex-CIA Agent Indicted Under Espionage Act

By: Friday April 6, 2012 10:10 am

A federal grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, indicted former CIA agent John Kiriakou for releasing classified information to journalists that included the identities of a “covert CIA officer” and information on the role of “another CIA employee in classified activities.” The Justice Department charged him with one count of violating the Intelligence Identities Protection Act and three counts of violating the Espionage Act, along with a count for “allegedly lying to the Publications Review Board of the CIA” so he could include classified information in his book.

WikiLeaks Guantanamo Files: Report on Abu Zubaydah Rife with Contradictions

By: Monday April 25, 2011 6:09 am

In short, the report on Abu Zubaydah reads partly like an attempt to glue together a lot of contradictory information–without assessing the credibility of any one piece of that information–and an either willful or unconscious effort to tell a narrative that justifies what those in charge of Gitmo were doing.

The Abu Zubaydah Standard in Obama’s Miranda Memo

By: Saturday March 26, 2011 5:00 pm

While FBI says it’d be nice if the folks holding the detainee consult with the lawyers in DC before delaying a suspect’s Miranda warning, they provide a great big invitation–”the agents on the scene who are interacting with the arrestee are in the best position to assess what questions are necessary to secure their safety and the safety of the public”–for them not to do so. And far be it for FBI Agents to refuse such a kind invitation!

The Secrets Military Commissions Keep that Civilian Courts Don’t

By: Tuesday March 15, 2011 5:15 pm

DOD is reportedly preparing to charge Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri for his role in the Cole bombing for trial in a military commission. That’s worth keeping in mind because the Gitmo order is largely based on the protective order the DC District Court uses for habeas cases. The Gitmo order chose not to simply adopt the DC District order, though, suggesting the differences may have been crafted for people like al-Nashiri.

Playing God with Bradley Manning

By: Thursday March 10, 2011 2:15 pm

According to Bradley Manning’s Article 138 complaint, written in his own voice, Commander James Averhart put Manning on suicide watch on January 18 to demonstrate that he was, for all practical purposes, God.

While Texas Dismisses Torture Charges Against James Mitchell, Other Investigations Under Political Pressures

By: Monday February 28, 2011 7:15 pm

The Texas State Board of Examiners claims they haven’t enough evidence to challenge the legitimacy of CIA torture contractor James Mitchell’s professional license to practice psychology. This is but the latest in a number of legal defeats in the now years-long attempt to bring torturers to justice. The campaign to bring these criminals to justice spans the continent, from Berkeley to Texas, from Ohio to New York, while abroad, efforts to investigate or prosecute U.S. torturers have met varying fates in Poland, Lithuania, Spain, and the United Kingdom. What more can be done to expose the war criminals, and bring them before the law?

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