Panthers in the Hole: French Angola 3 Book Illustrates US Prison Crisis –An interview with Nicolas Krameyer of Amnesty International France

By: Sunday July 27, 2014 6:00 pm

Amnesty International France and La Boîte à Bulles have published a 128-page French language graphic novel entitled Panthers in the Hole. The book’s co-authors David Cénou and Bruno Cénou present with visual art what Amnesty France describes as “la tragique histoire des Trois d’Angola” (the tragic story of the Angola 3).

 

CIA Intercepted Whistleblower Communications in Senate Torture Investigation

By: Saturday July 26, 2014 7:52 am

The inspector general for the CIA obtained a “legally protected email and other unspecified communications” between whistleblower officials and lawmakers related to alleged whistleblower retaliation. The CIA inspector general allegedly failed to investigate claims of retaliation against an agency official for helping the Senate intelligence committee with the production of their report on torture.

Late Night: An Eye for an Eye

By: Thursday July 24, 2014 8:00 pm

The grotesque spectacle of the two-hour torture yesterday of an Arizona murderer was made considerably more revolting by the bloodthirsty commentary provided by the victim’s family, and eagerly echoed by Arizona officials.

You see, no matter how barbaric the execution was, the crime was worse, so who cares? Really? Something now popularly called “closure” for the victims’ loved ones, i.e. a retributive display of frontier justice, is now required by the public (and the media), supposedly to avenge the crime.

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.

CIA, Senate and a Constitutional Crisis Resolved (not in favor of the Constitution)

By: Friday July 11, 2014 3:50 pm

The CIA attacks on the Senate, designed to impede, alter or influence the outcome of a report on torture, coupled with a lack of concern from the White House and the Department of Justice, as well as apparently by the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee itself, are another example of our new world, a Post-Constitutional America where the old rules of an aging republic no longer apply.

Torture Memo Author John Yoo Awarded Endowed Faculty Chair At UC Berkeley School Of Law

By: Friday July 11, 2014 12:28 pm

In America today no good deed goes unpunished nor bad deed unrewarded. One of the co-authors of the notorious “Torture Memos”, John Yoo, has been awarded an endowed faculty chair at University of California Berkeley School of Law. Apparently undermining the US Constitution and the rule of law by justifying torture was such an achievement that Yoo warranted special recognition.

Forbidden Book: Douglas Valentine’s “The Phoenix Program: America’s Use of Terror in Vietnam”

By: Tuesday July 8, 2014 10:07 am

On June 10, Open Roads publishers announced a new “Forbidden Bookshelf” series. Curated by New York University Professor Mark Crispin Miller, “Forbidden Bookshelf” aims to “fill in the blanks of America’s repressed history by resurrecting books that focused on issues and events that are too often left in the dark.”

Late Night: Sympathy for the Devil(s)

By: Thursday July 3, 2014 8:00 pm

Last night Rachel Maddow did a segment on the racist mobs that successfully turned back busloads of immigrant women and children in Merrieta, California. The scene was not unlike Little Rock, the Edmund Pettus bridge, or any garden variety racist atrocity, and Rachel was appropriately outraged.
Things then went rapidly downhill, though, when she brought on Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson. Either not having watched or worse, not having been affected by the preceding clips, Johnson proceeded to drone on with all the passion of Charlie Brown’s teacher.

Appeals Court Rules Victims of Torture at Abu Ghraib May Sue Private Military Contractor CACI

By: Monday June 30, 2014 4:10 pm

A United States federal appeals court overturned a ruling by the US District Court in the Eastern District of Virginia and decided that victims of torture at Abu Ghraib may sue CACI Premier Technology, Inc.

The district court had ruled that the US Supreme Court’s decision in Kiobel v. Shell/Royal Dutch Petroleum had closed off any potential lawsuit by the four Iraqi civilians—foreign nationals, who say they were tortured and mistreated by both American civilian and military personnel while in detention

Guantanamo Prisoners Were Granted Access to US Courts Ten Years Ago Yet Indefinite Detention Continues

By: Monday June 30, 2014 8:47 am

Just over ten years ago, the United States Supreme Court ruled that prisoners at Guantanamo Bay had a right to challenge their detention in US courts and opened up the pervasive lawlessness at the facility to lawsuits by prisoners.

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