FDL Book Salon Welcomes Juan E. Mendez and Marjory Wentworth, Taking a Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights

By: Saturday December 3, 2011 1:59 pm

What could possibly make a human being torture another human being?

That’s a question that, as a young boy, I recall asking my grandparents—Holocaust survivors—after they described to me in vivid detail the torture they and other members of my extended family were subjected to by the Nazis during World War II.

It’s a question I returned to earlier this year when I had the opportunity to interview a veteran of the US Army Reserves who was torn up about the torture he says he witnessed and participated in against some “war on terror” detainees while serving as a guard at the Guantanamo Bay prison facility. [That guard, Pfc. Albert Melise, has since been barred from reenlistment for speaking to me.]


Bin Laden’s Death Reanimates Torture Apologists

By: Monday May 2, 2011 2:30 pm

As soon as we started talking about torture on the level of efficacy, i.e. whether torture “worked,” it was inevitable that we’d have a day like this.

International Justice Network Provides New Information on Aafia Siddiqui

By: Monday February 14, 2011 4:20 pm

The International Justice Network has released a whistleblower tape showing that Aafia Siddiqui was indeed arrested in Pakistan in 2003 and turned over to the ISI and interrogated by the FBI, her children held in separate prisons, and new details on her interrogation by the FBI at Craig Field Hospital in Bagram.

Injustice Spreads Through Obama Administration

By: Friday April 16, 2010 3:28 pm

New rules being developed for the handling of detained suspected terrorists fit well with the overall Obama administration commitment to injustice.

More Shell Games: Command Structure for US Prisons and Special Operations in Afghanistan

By: Saturday March 6, 2010 5:00 pm

The command structure for US prisons and special operations in Afghanistan appears to be another shell game being played to hide responsibility for secret prisons and night raids there.

Does the US Still Maintain Secret Prisons in Afghanistan?

By: Friday January 29, 2010 7:10 am

In the same week that Vice Admiral Harward claims that the US no longer has secret prisons in Afghanistan, the UN has published a report with extensive documentation that multiple secret prisons have been employed. Whether they still are in operation is hard to determine.

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