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.

 

Torture and the Destruction of the Human Being Shaker Aamer by the United States

By: Tuesday April 15, 2014 12:00 pm

Yet, like a water leak that must find it’s way out from inside the dark place within your walls, some things become known. Now, we can read a psychiatrist’s report which includes, in detail, the torture enacted on just one prisoner of the United States, Shaker Aamer.

“You are completely destroyed”: Testimony on Torture from Shaker Aamer’s Medical Report at Guantanamo

By: 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.

12 Years a Guantanamo Captive

By: Saturday January 11, 2014 11:00 am

The United States transferred the first prisoners to a US military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, twelve years ago today.

Guantanamo Prisoner Shaker Aamer Addresses Why Certain Books Are Banned at the Facility

By: Wednesday December 18, 2013 1:32 pm

It has been almost twelve years since British citizen Shaker Aamer was brought to Guantanamo Bay and imprisoned. He has been held without charge or trial, cleared for release twice, suffered torture during his confinement and been subjected to isolation for leading prisoners in challenging conditions at the detention camps. He has been a prominent participant in hunger strikes at Guantanamo as well.

PJ Harvey’s Harrowing & Brilliant Protest Song in Support of Guantanamo Prisoner Shaker Aamer

By: Wednesday August 7, 2013 7:06 pm

Shaker Aamer is a British prisoner, who remains in detention at Guantanamo Bay, despite the fact that he has been cleared for release twice. He has been held for eleven years without charge or trial and, during his confinement, he has suffered torture.

Aamer has led and participated in hunger strikes and been willing to assert from inside the prison that detainees should have rights. He participated in the most recent hunger strike in Guantanamo that has effectively pushed the administration of President Barack Obama to make it appear they are taking more decisive action to close the prison Obama pledged to close when he was a presidential candidate in 2008.

British Prisoner Shaker Aamer May Die in Guantanamo Because of Secret Detention Deal

By: Sunday April 21, 2013 12:20 pm

His hunger strike is approaching its seventieth day. He is beyond the point where experts say “irreversible cognitive impairment and psychological damage” can result yet British prisoner Shaker Aamer, who has been detained without charge or trial in the Guantanamo Bay prison camps for eleven years, remains committed to resistance.

How US Military Is Trying to Cover Up Hunger Strike at Guantanamo, According to Shaker Aamer

By: Wednesday April 3, 2013 4:57 pm

British prisoner Shaker Aamer has been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for over eleven years. He has not been charged with any crime or given a trial. He has been cleared for release yet he remains in detention. And he is one of the more than one hundred prisoners being held at Guantanamo who have been engaged in a hunger strike.

The Guantanamo Hunger Strike, Through the Eyes of British Prisoner Shaker Aamer

By: Tuesday April 2, 2013 11:15 am

For over eleven years, a British prisoner at Guantanamo Bay has been held in detention without charge or trial. He has been cleared for release twice and suffered torture. He has been subject to conditions of solitary confinement for his participation in hunger strikes and for asserting that others in the prison have human rights.

Shaker Aamer is participating in the hunger strike at the prison that has been ongoing since the beginning of February.

A Vote for Torture That Scars Prisoners vs. a Vote for Torture That Does Not Leave Scars

By: Monday October 1, 2012 12:17 pm

This election, Charlie Savage of the New York Times writes, will decide the future of “interrogation methods in terrorism cases,” whether torture techniques used by the administration of President George W. Bush are restored. GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney favors “enhanced interrogation techniques” or torture. President Barack Obama has maintained certain torture techniques should not be used on prisoners suspected of having ties to terrorism.

The reality is the choice is not so distinct. When it comes to policy, both candidates would permit a level of torture.

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