European Court of Human Rights Holds Poland Responsible for Allowing CIA Torture & Rendition

By: Thursday July 24, 2014 3:45 pm

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Poland had violated the United Nations Convention Against Torture when it allowed the CIA to torture and abuse prisoners on its territory. It also ruled that the country had violated the Convention by allowing the CIA to transfer prisoners, even though they would likely be subject to undisclosed detention. And the court ruled that Poland had violated the Convention by transferring prisoners to a country where they had a real risk of facing a “flagrant denial of justice.”

The complaints of violations of the torture convention came from Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri.

 

Justice Dept Will Not Investigate CIA Spying on Congress, UK Gov Destroys CIA Rendition Files

By: Thursday July 10, 2014 12:59 pm

One of the reasons the CIA and other US intelligence services can operate continuously, even after being repeatedly caught breaking America’s most dearly held laws, is the lack of consequences. The CIA, NSA, and US intelligence community in general is allowed to wage endless war on American democracy and face no official response because they are essentially above the law.

If that somehow was not clear after the torture program and NSA officials lying publicly under oath before Congress, it should be now.

Judge Finds Courts Cannot Protect US Citizens Tortured by US Government Officials Abroad

By: Tuesday June 17, 2014 8:05 am

A federal district court dismissed a case that was brought by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a United States citizen and against US government officials, who allegedly tortured, abused and subjected him to rendition and incommunicado detention in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia. The dismissal was another stark example of how it is nearly impossible for torture victims to push for justice in an American court of law.

Global Survey Shows Citizens Around World Fear Their Own Governments Would Torture Them

By: Tuesday May 13, 2014 3:38 pm

Worldwide, a global survey conducted by Amnesty International reveals that tens of thousands of citizens from twenty-one different countries believe if they were “taken into custody” by their government they would probably be tortured.

Newly Revealed Portions of CIA Torture Manual: Doctoring Tapes, Foreign Detentions & Interrogating ‘Defectors”

By: Thursday April 10, 2014 9:22 am

Describing interrogation techniques and approaches used during the Cold War, an old 1960s CIA counterintelligence interrogation manual advised covertly photographing the interrogation subject and also audio taping his interrogations.

A tape player could free an interrogator from note taking, the CIA’s experts wrote, while also providing a live record of an interrogation that could replayed later. The manual’s author noted that for some of those interrogated, “the shock of hearing their own voices unexpectedly is unnerving.”

Late Night: Ass Forward

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 8:00 pm

It’s becoming increasingly clear each day that President Obama’s legacy, if you want to call it that, will be defined forever by his nutty and self- destructive declaration that the goal of his administration would be to “look forward, not back.”

In the immortal words of Sarah Palin, “How’s that workin’ out for ya?”

Muslim American Subjected to Rendition, Detention & Abuse Continues Effort to Hold FBI Agents Accountable

By: Tuesday December 10, 2013 3:33 pm

Amir Meshal, a United States citizen born and raised in New Jersey, is a Muslim, who decided to visit Mogadishu, Somalia, in 2006, in order to “broaden his understanding of Islam after the country’s volatile political situation had largely stabilized.” Yet, according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing him in a lawsuit, during Meshal’s trip in Somalia he was detained without due process and “harshly interrogated” by FBI agents.

German Media Spies on US Spies

By: Saturday November 16, 2013 9:13 am

Last June, President Obama was blunt at a press conference in Berlin: “We do not use Germany as a launching point for unmanned drones to go after, as a part of our anti-terrorism activities.” The Süddeutsche Zeitung (South German Newspaper) and Norddeutsche Rundfunk (North German Radio, which despite the name, is also a television operation) have teamed up to look into this claim, and they beg to differ. A lot.

They ask a lot of tough questions, and turn the cameras on the spies themselves.

Rendition of Libyan Terror Suspect: What If Abu Anas al-Liby Had Nothing to Do With the Embassy Bombings?

By: Monday October 14, 2013 6:30 pm

A Libyan terror suspect kidnapped from Libya in a raid by US special forces on October 5 was transferred from the naval ship, where he was being detained and interrogated, into “law enforcement custody” over the weekend.

The Justice Department indicated in a press release that he was “brought directly to the Southern District of New York, where he has been under indictment for more than a decade.” He was expected to be brought before a judge on October 15.

Al-Liby is suspected of being involved in the bombings of US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998.

Making the Indisputable Fact the US Engaged in Torture a Part of Consensus in Washington

By: Thursday April 18, 2013 10:37 am

A major report on the United States government’s use of torture was released on April 16. The product of a two-year intensive study. It examined discussion involving President George W. Bush and his top advisers after 9/11 and the how they had considered inflicting “pain and torment on detainees” in custody as part of challenging the “global terrorist threat.” It also examined how detainees were treated by President Bill Clinton and how they have been treated under President Barack Obama.

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