The Bush and Obama administrations have gone to extraordinary lengths to hide America’s archipelago of secret prisons and systems of torture. For all the empty talk of “transparency” being high-fived around following the Senate Report, they at first denied any of that nasty stuff even existed, then used an ever-so-compliant media to call it all [...]
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday December 16, 2014 9:00 am|
|By: Jeff Kaye 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.
|By: Jeff Kaye Wednesday August 3, 2011 8:00 am|
Up until now, it’s been accepted that only the CIA waterboarded detainees at black sites in the “war on terror,” and only three prisoners at that. But a new investigation of available materials from Congress, Inspector General reports, first-hand and second-hand accounts in the press, as well as other documentary evidence, shows that use of waterboarding-style torture was likely used widely by U.S. forces, from Afghanistan to Iraq to Guantanamo.
|By: Jeff Kaye Tuesday August 2, 2011 5:30 am|
Last March, Kurnaz told the German press about the forcible use of drugs on detainees at Guantanamo, including the administration of anti-malarial medications. One article at DW World cited investigatory stories by Jason Leopold and myself on the use of the controversial drug mefloquine on all the Guantanamo detainees.
In the RT video, Kurnaz talks about his stay in Kandahar, imprisoned by the U.S. military before he was shipped to Guantanamo. He was age 19.
|By: David Dayen Monday April 25, 2011 6:50 am|
This happened in Kandahar, the city that was supposed to witness a rebirth after a NATO “clear, hold and build” operation last year. US officials insist that they are winning the fight and that the Taliban is weakened, but not weakened enough to stop them from building a giant, 360-meter tunnel and breaking 500-odd prisoners out in the middle of Kandahar. And the Taliban sent out word of the prison break BEFORE the prison security discovered it. In fact, the whole operation took four and a half hours overnight and security never saw anything until morning.
|By: David Dayen Monday June 14, 2010 12:45 pm|
I say that the media discovered them because the front-page article in the New York Times today had upped the chatter quotient on mineral deposits in Afghanistan that were found a long time ago. The World Bank wrote about Afghanistan’s mineral development in 2004. China has already begun to mine in Afghanistan, with the Kabul [...]
|By: Derrick Crowe Wednesday June 9, 2010 6:40 pm|
Defense Secretary Gates wants to extricate himself and the president from the impending P.R. disaster shaping up around the flailing Kandahar operation set for this Fall. Also, ISAF and the Pentagon are now comically denying that they ever planned an “offensive” in Kandahar.
|By: Siun Sunday May 16, 2010 6:00 pm|
At the same time Gen Petraeus meets with Wali Karzai, Afghan prosecutor accuses US Special Forces of running an “outlaw militia” backed by Karzai and issues arrest warrant for a US Special Ops commander
|By: Jim White Tuesday May 11, 2010 11:30 am|
General Stanley McChrystal’s now infamous “We’ve got a government in a box, ready to roll in” claim at the beginning of the Marjeh offensive has now proven to be false. Competing narratives seem to be emerging on whether McChrystal is to blame for making an overly optimistic claim or the Afghan government is to blame for being unable to live up to its obligations under the plan.