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Pentagon Releases 200 Photos of Bush-Era Prisoner Abuse, Thousands Kept Secret
The Pentagon on Friday was forced to release nearly 200 photographs of bruises, lacerations, and other injuries inflicted on prisoners presumably by U.S. military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. The record-dump was the result of a Freedom of Information Act request and nearly 12 years of...
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Pentagon Releases 198 Abuse Photos in Long-Running Lawsuit. What They Don’t Show Is a Bigger Story.
After more than a decade of legal battles and stonewalling, the Department of Defense released 198 photos relating to prisoner abuse by U.S. military personnel in Iraq and Afghanistan. The photos were released in response to an ACLU lawsuit that we have been litigating for almost 12 years. You can...
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'An Affront to Our Humanity': Obama Bans Solitary for Children
President Barack Obama is banning the use of solitary confinement for juveniles and low-level offenders in U.S. federal jails, a measure that the ACLU said could save thousands from "needless suffering and permanent psychological damage." In an op-ed for the Washington Post published Monday night,...
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Pentagon Asks Psychologists to Reconsider Torture Ban, Argues 'You Never Know...'
The U.S. Department of Defense is asking the American Psychological Association (APA) to place its ethical considerations aside and reconsider its ban prohibiting psychologists from participating in torture at Guantánamo Bay and elsewhere. In a memo dated January 8 and reported by the New York...
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Gitmo at 14: Obama's Last Chance to Fulfill Promise and Close 'Moral Disaster Zone'
Fourteen years ago on Monday, the first wave of detainees arrived at the notorious U.S. military prison at Guantánamo Bay in Cuba. Seven years ago, President-elect Barack Obama promised that he would close the detention center within one year. Tweets about gitmo Yet as of January 11, 2016, just...
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American War Crimes: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
They’re back! From the look of the presidential campaign, war crimes are back on the American agenda. We really shouldn’t be surprised, because American officials got away with it last time -- and in the case of the drone wars continue to get away with it today. Still, there’s nothing like the...
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Top Investigator Says British Soldiers May Face Prosecution for Iraq Crimes
The head of an independent UK unit tasked with investigating allegations of torture and unlawful killing in Iraq has said that British soldiers could face prosecution for crimes including murder, according to an interview published Saturday in The Independent . "There are serious allegations that...
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A Most Unhappy New Year at Guantanamo
As the clock counts down to the New Year and the world welcomes 2016, another clock will continue ticking, counting the days, hours, minutes and seconds since May 23, 2013, the day President Barack Obama promised to free all those prisoners at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay who have been cleared...
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Pentagon Deliberately Thwarting Efforts to Close Guantanamo
President Obama's repeated pledges to close the Guantánamo Bay detention center have been routinely and deliberately undermined by his own Department of Defense, according to a damning new investigation published on Monday. Citing numerous administration officials, Reuters exposed a "pattern" of...
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Why I went to Guantánamo, Again
I have the world’s worst hair cut. It is uneven, hacked and does nothing to flatter my features. For the first few days after I cut it, my hair was also super dirty, sticking straight up with a Pomade of bug spray, sunscreen and Cuban dirt. While so many in the United States were being driven to...
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