When Does the Torture End?

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 7:35 am

While the unfolding Constitutional crisis over the CIA’s spying on Senate staffers reviewing the torture program continues, all media accounts are quick to add to their articles a variant of the phrase that “Obama discontinued the enhanced interrogation programs soon after coming into office.”

That is not true.

 

Group Condemns APA’s Ethics Decision on Former Guantanamo Psychologist

By: Wednesday January 29, 2014 3:42 pm

Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR) released a copy of a letter they sent to the Ethics Office of the American Psychological Association (APA). The letter sharply criticizes APA for sitting seven years on an ethics complaint made against Dr. John Leso, who was a military psychologist at Guantanamo and an early member of that prison’s Behavioral Science Consultant Team (BSCT). Rather than a dust-up between psychology groups, the issue goes right to the heart of the US’s ability to conduct coercive interrogations and torture with the input of behavioral specialists.

Government Secrecy Frustrates Legal Challenge to Forced Feeding of Guantanamo Prisoners

By: Wednesday January 8, 2014 6:15 pm

A case challenging the forced feeding of Guantanamo Bay prisoners is on appeal in the DC Circuit, but prisoners’ attorneys have been frustrated by the United States government’s refusal to disclose new protocols for forced feeding, which are relevant to the lawsuit.

Guantanamo Prisoner Shaker Aamer Addresses Why Certain Books Are Banned at the Facility

By: Wednesday December 18, 2013 1:32 pm

It has been almost twelve years since British citizen Shaker Aamer was brought to Guantanamo Bay and imprisoned. He has been held without charge or trial, cleared for release twice, suffered torture during his confinement and been subjected to isolation for leading prisoners in challenging conditions at the detention camps. He has been a prominent participant in hunger strikes at Guantanamo as well.

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.

“My America Don’t Stand For This”: Esperanza Spalding’s New Song, Video, Takes on Gitmo

By: Thursday December 5, 2013 12:59 pm

Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr., encouraged by her band members, and supported by various human rights organizations Spalding captured her feelings not only through a song but a fact-laced video that spells out what’s going on, why it’s important, and how you can help.  The video encourages viewers to contact their representatives and the song is a rousing cry as to why they should.

Guantanamo Bay Prison Now Keeping All Information on Hunger Striking Prisoners Secret

By: Thursday December 5, 2013 9:35 am

For over eight months, more than ten prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have been on hunger strike. The hunger strike steadily grew to include over 100 prisoners until July, when the number involved in the strike started to drop. It may have been a result of forced feeding with a tube which the facility was using on a record number of prisoners.

IMAP/OSF Report Calls for Investigation of Drug Given to All Guantanamo Detainees

By: Friday November 15, 2013 8:30 am

Breaking a three-year silence by the medical and human rights community, a panel of doctors, attorneys, human rights professionals, university professors and ethics experts have called for an investigation into the use of mefloquine on detainees at Guantanamo Naval Prison. The prison camp had instituted in very early 2002 an unprecedented policy of administering full-treatment doses of mefloquine to all incoming detainees at Guantanamo.

Doctors: Force-Feedings at Guantanamo Have Been Used to Break Political Protests, Not Save Lives

By: Tuesday November 5, 2013 7:32 pm

A new report from a task force convened by the Institute on Medicine as a Profession (IMAP) and the Open Society Foundations highlights the role medical professionals have played in breaking political protests among detainees at Guantanamo Bay.

9/11 Suspects’ Lawyers to Obama: Declassify Rendition, Detention & Interrogation Program Details

By: Friday October 25, 2013 3:00 pm

Military defense attorneys for suspects the United States government has put on trial for their alleged involvement in the September 11th attacks have written a letter to President Barack Obama requesting that his administration take the step of declassifying details of the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program. They have urged the administration to do this so the suspects can have a “fair, transparent death penalty trial.”

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