Remember the Polish prosecutor who got fired as he was preparing to charge top members of the Democratic Left Alliance party for their complicity in America’s torture site? The same newspaper that broke that story–Gazeta Wyborcza–just reported former President Aleksander Kwasniewski’s purported explanation of his role in the torture site: complete ignorance.
|By: emptywheel Saturday June 25, 2011 5:00 pm|
|By: emptywheel Saturday June 4, 2011 11:00 am|
I had been predicting for weeks before Obama went to Poland that the Poles would move to quash their investigation into the black site at which KSM and others were tortured.
And sure enough, that appears to be what happened.
|By: emptywheel Wednesday March 23, 2011 9:30 am|
It seems to me we’re never going to see that report until after the eight-year statute of limitations on torture expire for everything described in the report that clearly exceeded John Yoo’s expansive interpretation of what constitutes torture.
|By: emptywheel Tuesday March 15, 2011 5:15 pm|
DOD is reportedly preparing to charge Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri for his role in the Cole bombing for trial in a military commission. That’s worth keeping in mind because the Gitmo order is largely based on the protective order the DC District Court uses for habeas cases. The Gitmo order chose not to simply adopt the DC District order, though, suggesting the differences may have been crafted for people like al-Nashiri.
|By: emptywheel Wednesday February 23, 2011 8:30 am|
Josh Gerstein reports that the government has withdrawn from defending Donald Rumsfeld and others in the Jose Padilla suit Judge Richard Mark Gergel dismissed the other day. That’s mighty interesting.
|By: emptywheel Wednesday February 9, 2011 8:46 am|
No wonder Obama has no problem pushing our Egyptian torturer, Omar Suleiman, to lead Egypt. It’s completely consistent with our own practice of promoting our own torturers.
|By: emptywheel Friday December 17, 2010 12:30 pm|
The AP has a story on Mitchell and Jessen’s torture defense. The lead of the story describes how CIA protected the torturers both by paying all of their defense costs — up to $5 million — as well as paying it directly out of CIA funds. This and some rather interesting sub-narrative suggest there was some regret or recognition that the torture program wasn’t such a good idea.
|By: emptywheel Wednesday October 27, 2010 4:15 pm|
ACLU reports that Rahim al-Nashiri’s lawyer’s request to include their client’s treatment at a black site in Poland in the country’s investigation has been successful.
Jameel Jaffer uses this event to focus on how little our own country has done to hold its torturers accountable.
|By: emptywheel Tuesday September 7, 2010 6:00 pm|
Adam Goldman has another in his series of articles fleshing out the details of the torture that John Durham is investigating. Today’s story describes the former FBI-turned CIA guy, “Albert” threatened Rahim al-Nashiri with a drill–with the approval of Albert’s boss, “Mike.”
While you’re there, note this emerging pattern in Goldman’s reporting on torture: the return of torturers as CIA contractors.
|By: emptywheel Friday August 27, 2010 6:00 am|
There’s still a kangaroo stench around the military commissions.