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Obama Promised Open Government, But Hasn’t Delivered Yet
President Obama took office promising to usher in an unprecedented level of transparency and accountability in the federal government. Back in 2009, when he said federal agencies “should take affirmative steps to make information public,” he promised that the administration would make openness a...
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'Stunning': CIA Admits 'Mistakenly' Deleting Copy of Senate Torture Report
The CIA's inspector general office admitted to reporters that the department inadvertently deleted its copy of the U.S. Senate's report detailing the nation's post-9/11 detention and torture of detainees, Yahoo News reported Monday. The department also deleted a hard disk backup of the report. "...
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Federal Court Blocks 'Truth About Torture' in Ruling on Senate Report
A federal appeals court on Friday rejected a lawsuit that called for the full release of the U.S. Senate's report on the CIA's post-September 11 abuse and torture of detainees. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said the report isn't subject to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests...
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Is the Pentagon About to Be Forced to Release Damning Torture Photos?
The Pentagon's more than decade-long legal battle to continue suppressing a trove of photographs exposing the Bush-era torture at U.S. military facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan may have reached a critical juncture on Wednesday. During a hearing, the Guardian 's Spencer Ackerman reported , a...
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Solitary Confinement is 'No Touch' Torture, and It Must Be Abolished
Shortly after arriving at a makeshift military jail, at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, in May 2010 , I was placed into the black hole of solitary confinement for the first time. Within two weeks, I was contemplating suicide. After a month on suicide watch, I was transferred back to US, to a tiny 6 x 8ft (...
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'Illegal, Immoral, A Slap in the Face': Experts Blast Mexico over Missing Students
A scathing report issued Sunday accuses the Mexican government of stonewalling an international probe into the disappearance of 43 students in September 2014, and Mexican police of torturing suspects in the case. The 608-page report from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights—the fruit of an...
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The Al-Qaeda Leader Who Wasn’t
The allegations against the man were serious indeed. * Donald Rumsfeld said he was “if not the number two, very close to the number two person” in al-Qaeda. * The Central Intelligence Agency informed Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee that he “served as Usama Bin Laden’s senior lieutenant. In...
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Landmark Ruling Will Finally Allow Victims to Hold CIA 'Torturers to Account'
In a landmark victory for torture victims, U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush ruled on Friday that a lawsuit against two psychologist CIA contractors who helped design the agency's brutal interrogation program may move forward. It is the first such case to proceed since before the...
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The Government Breaks Its Streak of Cutting Off CIA Torture Lawsuits
W hile President Obama acted quickly to dismantle the CIA’s torture program when he took office, his administration has consistently shut the courthouse doors to the victims. But a recent government filing in a lawsuit against the two psychologists who designed the torture program — and profited...
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Still in the Bush Embrace: What Really Stands in the Way of Closing Guantánamo
Can you believe it? We’re in the last year of the presidency of the man who, on his first day in the Oval Office, swore that he would close Guantánamo, and yet it and everything it represents remains part of our all-American world. So many years later, you can still read news reports on the ongoing...
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