Judge: Padilla Can’t Sue for Torture because Justification for His Torture Was Based on Torture

By: Friday February 18, 2011 4:40 pm

The “special factors” in this case — including Abu Zubaydah’s torture — mean American citizen Jose Padilla can’t sue for having been tortured and denied counsel.


SF Chronicle Columnist Slimes Waterboarding Victim in Bid to Stop Berkeley Resolution on Guantanamo Detainees

By: Monday February 14, 2011 6:30 pm

SF Chronicle columnist Debra Saunders can’t stand the idea the Berkeley City Council might pass a resolution saying Berkeley welcomes the resettlement of cleared Guantanamo prisoners. So, she misrepresents recidivism rates from the government, and lies about the cases of two cleared detainees, one of whom was the only known victim of water torture at Guantanamo.

Late Night: Pouting Baby Doesn’t Understand Why Mr. Banana Holder Won’t Do His Job

By: Thursday December 16, 2010 8:00 pm

So, Mr. Banana Holder was happy to do his job when that job was getting Chiquita cleared from funding death squads, but now that his job says he should prosecute a former president for torture, he refuses to do it. Why won’t Mr. Banana Holder do his job and prosecute Georgie B.?

Letter to DOJ and John Durham Re: Torture Tape Crimes Expiring

By: Friday November 5, 2010 6:46 am

As we have heard absolutely nothing from Eric Holder, John Durham, the DOJ or the Obama Administration in relation to indictments or other results of the investigation Mr. John Durham has been conducting since January 8, 2008, nearly three years, I thought a letter was in order asking just exactly what their status was. Here is that letter.

Bush Admits to Approving Torture – But Which Use of It?

By: Thursday November 4, 2010 6:03 am

Bush has admitted to approving torture in 2003. But that likely obfuscates his earlier approval for torture at a time when he had no legal cover for doing so.

In other news, the statute of limitations on the torture tape destruction expires in just three or four days. Yet we’ve got silence coming from John Durham.

Washington Post Rehabilitates Abu Zubaydah Torturer

By: Monday September 13, 2010 2:35 pm

The Washington Post’s Walter Pincus reports on the non-coercive interrogation of an Al Qaeda suspect without noting that the interrogator involved, Stephen Gaudin, was a participant in the torture interrogation of Abu Zubaydah.

Abu Zubaydah’s American-Taxpayer Paid Tour of the World

By: Friday August 6, 2010 12:30 pm

You should read two pieces in conjunction this morning. First, this Andy Worthington piece from last week, that lays out new details on the black site CIA used in Poland in 2002-2003. Together, the articles provide key new details of the global voyages that Abu Zubaydah and other key detainees took between CIA black sites.

The AP’s “Most Complete Published Account” that Leaves Out Torture

By: Monday July 26, 2010 4:00 pm

There is a great deal of evidence that Jose Rodriguez knew as early as September 6, 2002 that he needed to destroy evidence of the torturers exceeding the guidelines set in DC. According to anyone’s definition, that means Rodriguez knew years before he had the tapes destroyed he was destroying evidence of torture, even by Jay Bybee’s and possibly John Yoo’s measure.

Yet the AP — in their “most complete published account” — doesn’t even mention that torture?

Exclusive: Senate Intel Committee to Consider PHR Findings on Torture Experiments

By: Wednesday June 9, 2010 11:30 am

The Senate Intelligence Committee will take up the report by Physicians for Human Rights alleging torture experimentation by the CIA. The US was not created as a torturing country; let’s see if our ideals overcome and throw light on this troubling chapter.

Jose Rodriguez Provided Misleading CIA Briefing to Goss and Pelosi on Abu Zubaydah’s Waterboarding

By: Monday June 7, 2010 3:10 pm

We knew that the briefing CIA gave Porter Goss and Nancy Pelosi on Abu Zubaydah’s torture on September 4, 2002 was misleading in that CIA did not tell the House Intelligence leadership that it had already tortured Abu Zubaydah. CIA told Goss and Pelosi about waterboarding, but spoke of it as a technique that might hypothetically be used in the future, not something that had been used 83 times on one detainee the prior month. Today we learn that it was Jose Rodriguez who provided this misleading briefing.

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