“You are completely destroyed”: Testimony on Torture from Shaker Aamer’s Medical Report at Guantanamo

By: Tuesday April 15, 2014 9:04 am

On April 7, 2014, Shaker Aamer, the last British resident still held at Guantanamo, and his attorneys filed a habeas petition (PDF) asking for his release due to chronic health problems that can not be treated at Guantanamo. The worst of these problems apparently stems from PTSD from the torture Shaker has endured since he was captured by the Northern Alliance, then turned over to the Americans on Christmas Eve, 2001.


Guantanamo Prisoner on Hunger Strike Seeks Relief in Court From ‘Reversion to Harsh Conditions’

By: Friday March 29, 2013 9:44 am

A Yemeni prisoner at the Guantanamo Bay prison, who has been participating in a hunger strike which has been ongoing for weeks, has requested “emergency humanitarian relief” from a federal district court because prisoners are being denied access to potable water.

The motion for emergency relief filed on March 26 by his attorneys asserts, “For the past three days, prison authorities have denied” Musa’ab Omar al Madhwani – “and others within his and one other cell block – access to potable water. When Musa’ab and his fellow prisoners requested drinking water, the guards told them to drink from the faucets.

Closing Guantanamo Prison More Difficult After Obama Signs NDAA

By: Thursday January 3, 2013 9:24 am

President Barack Obama signed the intelligence authorization bill—the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). Included in the bill were restrictions that would make it harder for his administration to transfer detainees from Guantanamo Bay prison and the Bagram prison in Afghanistan.

US Hands Over Bagram Prison to Afghans – Sort Of

By: Monday September 10, 2012 3:45 pm

The US has handed over the prison at Bagram Air Force base to Afghanistan, in the latest in a series of transitions to have the Afghans take control of their own security. The prison transfer was part of a bargain won months ago by Afghan President Hamid Karzai. However, hundreds of prisoners at the facility remain under US control.

Report on US Torture and Rendition to Libya Details New Waterboarding Claims

By: Thursday September 6, 2012 6:45 am

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has released a major new report detailing how the Bush Administration and other allied governments tortured and imprisoned opponents of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The prisoners were then rendered to Gaddafi’s own prisons where many of them were tortured.

US Inks Prison Transfer Agreement With Afghanistan

By: Friday March 9, 2012 11:30 am

The United States and Afghanistan have signed a deal to transfer all prisoners in the military-run prisons at Bagram Air Force Base to the control of the Afghans, a move that paves the way for a long-term security arrangement.

The Strategic Partnership Agreement, which Washington and Kabul have been discussing for over a year, will be the framework for U.S. involvement in Afghanistan beyond 2014, when the last foreign combat troops are due to leave Afghanistan.

Another Koran Desecration Incident in Afghanistan

By: Tuesday February 21, 2012 1:40 pm

Negotiations in Afghanistan on a long-term military agreement are breaking down because of resistance to night raids by US forces and US-run prisons. There’s also the fact that Afghans and Pakistanis, like most people I assume, don’t particularly like it when you kill their citizens and desecrate their most sacred rituals. Just recently, t he US and NATO apologized for inadvertently burning Korans at one of their air bases

US Resolves to Deal with Non-Afghan Nationals at Bagram Prison

By: Wednesday January 25, 2012 2:10 pm

The focus on Guantanamo over the past couple years has hidden the fact that the number of detainees there has been dissipating somewhat. The number of detainees at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan has exploded, with detainees captured throughout the world moved over to Bagram and shielded from any habeas proceedings. Bagram has become the black hole. So it’s good news, on its face, that the Administration wants to repatriate non-Afghan detainees out of Bagram.

Construction Contracts Point to Permanent Bases in Afghanistan

By: Tuesday June 28, 2011 6:19 pm

Walter Pincus was the guy at the Washington Post known for writing skeptical stories about the Iraq debacle that wound up on page A17. He still gets that level of respect today, even when he’s got better information than anyone else. In this case, Pincus advances the story of permanent bases in Afghanistan (I’m calling them permanent bases, even if they end up being “joint bases” in the end), by taking a look at the construction contracts.

Torture and Political Alienation

By: Tuesday November 30, 2010 4:00 pm

The voices of the tortured keep speaking to me. They will not be quieted. They will continuing speaking long after I am old and gone. Will they be heard, or buried again in a spiritual dungeon built out of human indifference, ignorance, and fear?

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