The Torture Never Stops

By: Wednesday December 10, 2014 9:00 am

With the release of the Senate torture report, media accounts are quick to add a variant of the phrase that “Obama discontinued the enhanced interrogation programs soon after coming into office.” That is not true. Force-Feeding at Guantanamo Imad Abdullah Hassan has spent twelve years in Guantanamo in a cage without ever being charged with [...]


Torture Laid Bare at Nuremberg, and Maybe Guantanamo?

By: Wednesday May 7, 2014 9:56 am

Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri no doubt remembers every detail: his own screams, the looks on his torturers faces as they broke him, what they said to him about freedom and America as he was beaten, raped and waterboarded. But at Guantanamo, Nashiri’s lawyers cannot introduce those tortures as part of his defense, because the U.S. government classified them. Nashiri cannot discuss the details of his own torture at his own trial, nor can his lawyers access CIA files of his torture. They are classified.

Book Review – Against Their Will: The Secret History of Medical Experimentation on Children in Cold War America

By: Wednesday July 17, 2013 7:08 pm

Against Their Will is an extraordinary work, a plea for humanist ethics in science and medicine as against political and economic expediency. It takes us into even darker places than Hornblum’s earlier book as it examines the long history of unethical experiments done on children in America. Hornblum and his co-authors trace the hideous practice of using children, even infants and pregnant women, as guinea pigs, back to the ideology of the eugenicists in the early 20th century.

Please Don’t Call It Justice

By: Monday May 2, 2011 9:45 am

“Justice has been done,” proclaimed President Obama last night.

I beg to differ.

Justice is not simply someone getting what they deserve. “He did X, and deserved his punishment” may be a verdict and a sentence, but these two things alone are hardly justice.

Bin Laden did not face justice last night; he faced death.

There is a difference.

NRC on Research on “War on Terror” Detainees: “A Contemporary Problem”?

By: Sunday February 13, 2011 7:40 am

A National Research Council (NRC) 2008 report on a conference on Emerging Cognitive Neuroscience and Related Technologies examined briefly what it characterized as a “contemporary problem,” the possibility of doing research on “war on terror” detainees, removed by the U.S. government from Geneva protections against experiments done on prisoners of war.

Red Cross Says Medical Officers Overseeing “Interrogations” Violated Ethics

By: Tuesday April 7, 2009 8:03 am

Tonight Toby Warrick and Julie Tate at the Washington Post report that earlier this evening at the New York Review of Books Mark Danner posted the Red Cross’ secret February 17, 2007 report to CIA acting general counsel John Rizzo. Danner’s account, like Warren and Tate’s earlier work, reveals what the Red Cross saw in America’s gulags.

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