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Held 14 Years Without Charge, CIA Torture 'Guinea Pig' Abu Zubaydah Asks for Freedom
After 14 years of being held without charge, Guantánamo prisoner Abu Zubaydah, who was subject to brutal torture and is known as the "guinea pig" for the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) "enhanced interrogation program," made his first appearance on Tuesday before the Periodic Review Board and...
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Documents Confirm CIA Censorship of Guantánamo Trials
In January 2013, during the military trial of five men accused of plotting the 9/11 attacks, a defense lawyer was discussing a motion relating to the CIA’s black-site program, when a mysterious entity cut the audio feed to the gallery. A red light began to glow and spin. Someone had triggered the...
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Australia's "Abu Ghraib"-Like Torture of Jailed Children Captured in "Chilling" TV Footage
Footage from an ABC investigation revealed juvenile detention center guards in Australia's Northern Territory shackling, hooding, taunting, and teargassing detained children—as well as leaving them in solitary confinement for extended periods of time. Such abuse of children "may amount to torture...
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CIA Chief Who Did Nothing to Stop Waterboarding Now Says He'd Quit if Agency Asked to Resume
CIA director John Brennan on Wednesday vowed to resign if he was ordered by the next president to have the CIA resume waterboarding detainees—but the agency could still take up the practice. "If a president were to order, order the agency to carry out waterboarding or something else, it'll be up to...
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Donald Trump's Anti-Terror Policies Sound a Lot Like War Crimes
Instead of tacking to the center like a lot of pundits thought he would when he became the Republican nominee, Donald Trump seems intent to double down on his moral depravity, calling for outright war crimes in his quest to become US president. On Wednesday he told a crowd of supporters that to...
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Donald Trump Vows Torture (Again): 'I Like Waterboarding A Lot'
Donald Trump has reaffirmed his backing of torture. Speaking at a campaign rally Tuesday in St. Clairsville, Ohio, he said of the terrorist group ISIS, "We have to fight so viciously and violently because we're dealing with violent people." "What do you think about waterboarding?"he asked the crowd...
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New CIA Torture Documents Confirm Chilling Details of Khaled El-Masri’s 'Kafka-esque' Ordeal
After being mistakenly abducted in Macedonia and detained in a secret CIA prison in Afghanistan, Khaled El-Masri told his interrogators that his ongoing detention was like “a Kafka novel.” A cable to CIA headquarters reported that El-Masri said he “could not possibly prove his innocence because he...
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Torture Victims Describe 'Cruelty of CIA' in Newly Released Transcripts
The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) on Thursday released unredacted transcripts of detainees at the Guantánamo Bay military prison describing the torture they were subjected to while held at various secret CIA prisons around the world. The documents, released in response to a Freedom of...
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New CIA Documents Reveal More Horrors of President Bush's Torture Program
The CIA on Tuesday released dozens of documents detailing its torture and rendition program under the Bush administration, from the horrific treatment of detainees to the agency's 2002 plan to ask the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) not to prosecute interrogators. The heavily redacted trove of...
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De-Incarceration, a Different Drum So Needed
Along with VCNV companions, I’m part of a 150 mile walk from Chicago to Thomson, IL , a small town in Northwest IL where the U.S. Bureau of Prisons is setting up an Administrative Maximum prison, also known as a Supermax. Prison laborers from U.S. minimum security prisons now labor to turn what...
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