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In ruling after ruling, judges decided that the CIA’s torture program was too secret for our courts, that the Constitution did not protect prisoners of the United States from torture, that torturers at Guantánamo were immune from liability, that government officials who justified and ordered the torture of a U.S. citizen were immune from liability, that contractors involved in torture could not be sued — and on and on, a depressing litany of impunity. Views
After Years of Slammed Doors, Torture Survivors Finally End Impunity Streak
As an attorney representing victims of torture, one of the most inspiring things I have ever seen is the sheer determination of survivors standing up and publicly confronting those responsible. That’s why I’m so elated that our clients Suleiman Abdullah Salim, Mohamed Ahmed Ben Soud, and Obaidullah...
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Ohio Plans to Restart Executions with Drugs Known to Torture
After a three-and-a-half year moratorium, Ohio is poised to start executions again with the killing of Ronald Phillips by lethal injection on July 26. It will also mark the beginning of 27 planned executions that will make Ohio one of the most active capital punishment states north of Texas. But...
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The Torture-Friendly Trump Administration
It should come as no surprise to anyone that Donald Trump is pro-torture. He said on the campaign trail he’d approve waterboarding “in a heartbeat,” plus “ a hell of a lot worse.” He added : “Only a stupid person would say it doesn’t work.” There are certainly a lot of stupid people then, because...
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Viral Facebook Post Rips Right-Wing Arguments Against Omar Khadr Settlement
A Canadian entrepreneur has some striking words for right-wing politicians, pundits, and citizens who have argued that the Canadian government's decision to settle with and apologize to Omar Khadr —a Canadian citizen who was detained by the United States at age 15 and subsequently spent 10 years at...
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Top U.N. Human Rights Official Denounces Trump's Pro-Torture Rhetoric
A top human rights official for the United Nations is concerned that President Trump's pro-torture rhetoric could usher in a new era marked by the broad use of torture by world powers. U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said this week that Trump's "persistent flirtation"...
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When the Detainee Is American...
The corpses pile up like sandbags along the planet’s geopolitical borders. “Perhaps his condition deteriorated and the authorities decided it was better to release him in a coma than as a corpse.” So said an expert on North Korea recently, quoted in the New York Times following the death of 22-year...
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Supreme Court Delivers 'Dangerous Message': Immunity for Former Bush Officials Over 9/11 Detentions
The U.S. Supreme Court said Monday that former George W. Bush officials cannot be held liable for the abuse and detention of a group of Muslim, South Asian, and Arab non-citizens swept up in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. "This decision regrettably provides constitutional immunity for some...
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It Appears Trump Admin. Wants to Bury Senate Torture Report Forever
The Trump administration is moving to keep the lengthy Senate report on the CIA's torture and detention program forever from the public eye, the New York Times first reported Friday. That's because the administration is returning to Congress copies of the over 6,000-page document, following through...
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'Major Setback' for Justice as Supreme Court Rejects Torture Report Lawsuit
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a lawsuit to publicly release the Senate's full report on the CIA's torture and detention program under former President George W. Bush. The ruling is a "major setback for government transparency and accountability," said Hina Shamsi, director of the...
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Resurrecting the Unholy Trinity: Torture, Rendition, and Indefinite Detention Under Trump
When George W. Bush and Dick Cheney launched their forever wars -- under the banner of a “Global War on Terror” -- they unleashed an unholy trinity of tactics. Torture, rendition, and indefinite detention became the order of the day. After a partial suspension of these policies in the Obama years,...
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