US Pressures UK to Not Hear Rendition, Torture Victims’ Cases in Open Court

By: Monday April 9, 2012 1:35 pm

The Guardian highlights the rendition and torture of a Libyan militant, who led the fight against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and his pregnant wife. Part 1 highlighted details surrounding the rendition of Abdel Hakim Belhaj and his pregnant wife, Fatima Bouchar. Now, Part 2 focuses on how the US could potentially interfere with their attempt to bring British intelligence agents to justice and expose the CIA’s role.


UK Had Individuals Committed to Overthrowing Gaddafi Sent to Libya Where They Were Tortured

By: Monday April 9, 2012 12:15 pm

A new report published by the United Kingdom-based news organization The Guardian highlights the rendition and torture of a Libyan militant, who led the fight against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, and his pregnant wife. This is part I, covering the couple’s capture, mistreatment and rendition by US and UK personnel.

Update On Two Torture Investigations

By: Wednesday July 13, 2011 7:30 am

Some new developments in the Manadel al-Jamad and Binyam Mohamed torture investigations.

UK Torture Inquiry Farce on Last Legs, While Rendition to “Killing” Remains Uninvestigated

By: Thursday July 7, 2011 5:14 am

Ian Cobain and Richard Norton-Taylor at the UK Guardian are reporting that the widely heralded 2010 announcement of a British government official inquiry into UK torture is facing a boycott by British human rights and attorney groups. The reason is undue secrecy. The handwriting was on the wall for some time on this sham inquiry, but the British human rights and lawyer groups kept fighting to make something real out of it.

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.

Is James Clapper’s Ignorance a Bug? Or a Feature?

By: Saturday December 25, 2010 12:15 pm

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has been getting beat up because he got embarrassed by Diane Sawyer when he admitted he had no clue about a 12-person counterterrorism arrest in the UK earlier the day of the interview.

9th Circuit: Government Can Kidnap and Torture You, Then Hide It Under State Secrets

By: Wednesday September 8, 2010 1:25 pm

ACLU’s Ben Wizner: “This is a sad day not only for the torture victims whose attempt to seek justice has been extinguished, but for all Americans who care about the rule of law and our nation’s reputation in the world.”

CIA Stores Their Torture Tape the Same Place Judy Miller Does!

By: Tuesday August 17, 2010 8:30 am

Remember how Judy Miller stored the notes showing that the Vice President’s lackey had leaked Valerie Plame’s identity to her under her desk in a shopping bag? Remember how we mocked that kind of record keeping? Well, the AP reports that the CIA uses the same archival system as Judy.

Is the UK Torture Inquiry an Attempt to Limit Further Disclosure?

By: Tuesday July 6, 2010 10:40 am

It seems the British government’s inquiry itself will not start until all pending civil and criminal complaints about torture are completed — and the government is helpfully offering to serve as mediator to speed their completion this year.

Torture by Any Other Name: UK Officials Let Fear, Politics Trump Morality

By: Thursday July 1, 2010 8:18 am

Yesterday, I posted on a Harvard study showing that the press, after an established tradition of referring to waterboarding as torture, stopped doing so once it became clear the US engaged in the practice. Our press, in other words, refused to tell what they had previously presented as “the truth” (that is, that waterboarding was unquestionably torture) when it became politically contentious to do so.

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