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Abu Zubaydah

Abu Zubaydah: Torture’s ‘Poster Child’

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 08.29.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

Last week, Abu Zubaydah, who has been imprisoned at Guantanamo for 14 years without being charged with a crime, appeared for the first time before the...

CIA’s First Torture Victim Makes His Case For Release From Guantanamo

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 08.23.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― The first person to be subjected to the CIA’s now-defunct “enhanced interrogation program” sat before a parole board at Guantanam...

Torture by Trump Is a Horror to Be Denounced -- Torture by Bush? Forgedaboutit!

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.25.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

These acts are considered beyond the pale when Donald Trump suggests them, but here's the strangeness of it all: what The Donald is only mouthing off about, a perfectly real American president (and vice president and secretary of defense, and so on) actually did.

The Al-Qaeda Leader Who Wasn't

Rebecca Gordon | Posted 04.25.2016 | Politics
Rebecca Gordon

Abu Zubaydah wasn't involved with al-Qaeda; he was the ringleader of nothing; he never took part in planning for the 9/11 attacks. He was brutally mistreated and, in another kind of world, would be exhibit one in the war crimes trials of America's top leaders and its major intelligence agency.

Absolute Power

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.02.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

God bless America. Flags wave, fireworks burst on the horizon. Aren't we terrific? But this idea we celebrate -- this nation, this principled union of humanity -- is just a military bureaucracy, full of dark secrets.

The Real Dick Cheney "Meet the Press" Interview...

Andy Ostroy | Posted 02.15.2015 | Politics
Andy Ostroy

Below is the original version of the Meet the Press interview before Cheney's people threatened Todd with a very cold, wet death if he didn't destroy it and re-interview him. Thankfully, Kim Jong-un's hackers were able to locate the original and make it public.

'We Tortured Some Folks,' But 'That's Not Who We Are'

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Allowing CIA career employees or contractors to get away with torturing people free from legal accountability telegraphs to the rest of the world that the United States reserves unto itself the right to commit war crimes.

Michael McAuliff

Republicans Argue Torture Helped America | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee accused their Democratic colleagues Tuesday of selectively choosing examples in their d...

The Secret Diaries Of A Gitmo Detainee

Al Jazeera America | Jason Leopold | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

Al Jazeera has obtained a copy of the government's English translation of the secret personal diaries of Abu Zubaydah. The Bush administration once la...

On Memorial Day Weekend, America Reckons With Torture

Bill Moyers | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Bill Moyers

If we really want to honor the Americans in uniform who gave their lives fighting for their country, we'll redouble our efforts to make sure we're worthy of their sacrifice; we'll renew our commitment to the rule of law, for the rule of law is essential to any civilization worth dying for.

PREAL: The "Torture Textbook" That Took CIA Interrogators to the Dark Side

Crofton Black | Posted 06.05.2012 | World
Crofton Black

The PREAL manual was a textbook for military instructors, outlining how to do role-plays to teach students about pressures they might be exposed to if captured by an enemy government.

Obama Gets Pushed Out of His Comfort Zone -- and Pushes Back

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley was forced to resign for his frank comments about the treatment of Bradley Manning. The question is, why would the administration do something so "ridiculous, counterproductive, and stupid"?

Ten Questions for Harold Koh About Torture and U.S. Compliance With its Legal Commitments

Larry Siems | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Larry Siems

We should be asking the Obama administration about the status of U.S. compliance with its domestic and international commitments on Torture and Cruel, Inhuman, and Degrading Treatment.

Jason Linkins

Government Walks Back Hyped-Up Claims About Abu Zubaydah In Declassified Filing | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Back in February, I had the opportunity to speak to Brent Mickum of Hollingsworth LLP, who is serving as part of the defense team for Gitmo detainee a...

'Reluctant Spy' Author John Kiriakou Reveals New Details On Zubaydah And Al Qaeda

CNN | Pam Benson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Washington (CNN) -- Just months after the 9/11 attacks, the United States appeared to have its biggest catch in the newly launched war on terror. Abu...

Mock Burial: CIA Torturers Wanted Terror Suspect To Think He Was Being Buried Alive

emptywheel | Jeff Muskus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

CIA's torturers asked DOJ to let them use mock burials....

Jason Linkins

Justice OPR Report Damages Cheney's Claims On Torture, Reports Newsweek's Isikoff | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

For some time, former Vice President Dick Cheney has insisted that the declassification of various CIA memos will prove once and for all that the Bush...

Jason Linkins

Abu Zubaydah Attorney On Thiessen Hire: It 'Really Angers Me' | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

The recent ascension of Marc Thiessen to the op-ed pages of the Washington Post can be properly seen as another step in the process of providing a pos...

Colbert: Waterboard Kiriakou, CIA Faker

Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

John Kiriakou, the former CIA employee whose claims about waterboarding became an oft-cited defense of the torture practice, got the "Colbert Report" ...

The FBI Knows More Than You, McConnell

James Lamond | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Lamond

Some of the most important intelligence that we have received from interrogating terrorism suspects was gained by the FBI

Ex-CIA Operative John Kiriakou Retracts Waterboarding Claim:

Foreign Policy | Jeff Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Well, it's official now: John Kiriakou, the former CIA operative who affirmed claims that waterboarding quickly unloosed the tongues of hard-core terr...

Release of the "Holy Grail" of Torture Reports Delayed Again

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Today was supposed to be the day that the Justice Department -- after two delays -- released an unclassified version of the CIA Inspector General's 2004 Report into the interrogations of "high-value detainees."

Empty Evidence: The Stories of the Saudis Released From Guantanamo

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Khalid Saad Mohammed seized from a hospital in Pakistan and sold to the U.S. military. But the authorities in GITMO had never managed to build up a credible case against him.

Former Senior Interrogator in Iraq Dissects Cheney's Lies and Distortions

Matthew Alexander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Matthew Alexander

Our greatest success in this conflict was achieved without torture or abuse. My interrogation team found Abu Musab Al Zarqawi using relationship-building approaches and non-coercive law enforcement techniques.

White House Authorized Earliest Detainee Abuse, CIA Log Says

NPR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

It is clear that increasingly abusive interrogation techniques were used on Abu Zubaydah, the first high-value detainee, in the months between his cap...