Dissenting Torture Memo Bush Administration Tried to Destroy Is Released

By: Wednesday April 4, 2012 9:20 am

A State Department internal memo opposing the Justice Department’s arguments for CIA “enhanced interrogation techniques”—torture—has been released. The memo from February 2006 was written by Philip Zelikow, then counselor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. It was believed that all copies of the memo had been destroyed, but on April 3, the National Security Archive, obtained a copy through a FOIA request and posted it online.

Unreported Deaths at Guantanamo?

By: Sunday December 19, 2010 7:30 am

According to the transcript of a February 19, 2002 meeting of the Armed Forces Epidemiological Board (AFEB), “[a] number of the detainees have died of the wounds that they arrived with” at Guantanamo. The statement was made by Captain Alan “Jeff” Yund as he discussed “mortuary affairs” at Guantanamo, part of a larger discussion on health issues at the new prison facility. The big question is: why have we never heard of this before? Meanwhile, DoD has issued denials of any deaths at Guantanamo prior to June 2006.

Top U.S. Behavioral Scientists Studied Survival Schools to Create Torture Program Over 50 Years Ago

By: Saturday June 26, 2010 5:00 pm

On the International Day of Support of Victims of Torture, I offer an analysis of where the fight against U.S. torture currently stands, as well as a retrospective of the history of the development of U.S. torture policy. In particular, the role of U.S. behavioral scientists in the construction of torture techniques is explored.

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