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Reflections on Violence

Taylor Dibbert | Posted 06.17.2016 | Books
Taylor Dibbert

Violence All Around by John Sifton is a thoughtful, well-written book that is made stronger through Sifton's personal anecdotes, as well as his own research into the history of violence.

Requiem for Lethal Injection?

M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D. | Posted 05.26.2016 | Politics
M. Gregg Bloche, M.D., J.D.

The rifleman mustering for a firing squad is honest - an icon of retribution without pretense. If we can own his violent act on our behalf, capital punishment suits us. But clinical killing is euphemism - a cowardly way for us to deceive ourselves.

Chicago Torture Victims Still Waiting For Reparations

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 03.05.2015 | Crime

A recent report from The Guardian alleges that a secret interrogation facility in Chicago has been brutalizing its detainees and denying legal council...

State Dept. Overseers of Contentious Enbridge Tar Sands Pipeline Workaround Have Industry, Torture Ties

Steve Horn | Posted 10.27.2014 | Green
Steve Horn

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlogThe Sierra Club, National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and other green groups recently revealed that pipeline giant Enbridge ...

The Road From Abu Ghraib

Karen J. Greenberg | Posted 06.28.2014 | Politics
Karen J. Greenberg

April 28 marks the tenth anniversary of the moment that the horrors of Abu Ghraib were made public in this country. Thus began America's public odyssey with torture, a story in many chapters and still missing an ending.

Matt Sledge

The CIA Torture Debate Is Only Beginning

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 04.01.2014 | Politics

The Senate Intelligence Committee is set to vote Thursday on whether to publicly reveal the conclusions of a report on the Bush-era CIA interrogation ...

WATCH: Why The U.S. Outsources Torture

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 02.06.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

A new report released Tuesday claims that as many as 54 foreign governments in Europe, Asia and Africa have been secretly involved in global kidnappin...

Investigation Into Secret CIA Prisons Loses Steam

Reuters | Posted 03.28.2013 | World

By Christian Lowe and Chris Borowski WARSAW, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Lawyers for two men who say they were held illegally in a secret CIA j...

Top 5 Reasons to Preserve the CIA Black Sites

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.27.2013 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his four co-conspirators have asked the government to preserve the notorious "black sites" where U.S. agents tortured detainees after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Here are five good reasons the government should do so.

Getting Away With Murder

Andrea Prasow | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Andrea Prasow

In the years since the executive order was signed, tolerance for torture seems resurgent. What happened in those intervening years? Actually, what didn't happen is what matters.

Barbaric: 86-Year Sentence for Aafia Siddiqui

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

I can hardly express sufficiently my shock at the news that Dr. Aafia Siddiqui has been sentenced to 86 years in prison.

Ghailani Trial Showcases NYC Is Safe for Terrorist Trials

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Most people don't even realize it, but one of the most dangerous terrorists in US custody has been quietly appearing in a U.S. federal court in downtown Manhattan for pretrial hearings for weeks now.

Latest CIA Interrogation Tapes Don't Tell the Whole Story

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Even if the newly released footage of Bin al shibh's interrogation in Morocco shows largely benign interrogations, we shouldn't forget that many of the videotapes that the CIA destroyed in 2005 documented serious abuse.

Judge Rules Yemeni's Detention at Guantanamo Based Solely on Torture

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

In granting Uthman Abdul Rahim Mohammed Uthman's habeas petition, Judge Kennedy called into question some of the government's evidence that the Yemeni man was detained legally.

Fear, With Good Reason

Barry Eisler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Barry Eisler

The real tragedy is that war and secret prisons and torture and the rest have created and continue to create a new generation of Muslim extremists intent on revenge. We know this.

Lithuania Investigates Secret CIA Prisons

ABC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The president of Lithuania called for an official investigation Tuesday into an ABC News.com exclusive report in August that the CIA housed a secret p...

Obama Administration Still Fighting Release of Torture Evidence

The Washington Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This case has dropped a off the radar screen lately, but Bob Egelko at the San Francisco Chronicle today reminds us that the Obama administration is s...

Why Trial Date for African Embassy Bombing Suspect Is Good News

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The government will not use any statements made by the suspect in secret prisons, nor will the evidence "be very different" from that used when his alleged co-conspirators were tried by the federal court in 2001.

Disappeared in the Name of National Security

Mohamed Farag Bashmilah | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Mohamed Farag Bashmilah

From October 2003 until May 2005, I was illegally detained by the U.S. government and held in CIA-run "black sites" with no contact with the outside world.

Unspeakable Abuse at Gitmo -- We Need the Names of These "Medical Personnel"

Larisa Alexandrovna | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Larisa Alexandrovna

The medical staff at Gitmo who engaged in torture of detainees all violated their oath and should have their medical licenses revoked. I want names.

Strange Bedfellows at Guantánamo

Jamil Dakwar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jamil Dakwar

I've been observing the military commissions since 2004, and Guantánamo never felt more surreal or otherworldly than it did in what we hope were its ...

Cheney Sets the Trap

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

You'd think that the at-long-last-former Vice President of the US might take his eight years of power and his 13 points of public approval and slink off to one of those undisclosed locations he liked so much.

President Obama's Monumental Shutting Down of Disturbing CIA Activities

Vivian Norris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vivian Norris

This country was saying and supposedly standing for one thing and then, via these CIA-backed activities, doing the opposite of what a democratic United States stands for.

Inside The CIA's Black Sites: One Detainee Reports

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A Yemeni man has described being held for nearly three years in secret CIA prisons, or "black sites", around the world and accused the US of torture. ...

British MPs To Probe Claims Of CIA Island Prison In Indian Ocean

The Guardian (U.K.) | Ian Cobain and Richard Norton-Taylor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Allegations that the CIA held al-Qaida suspects for interrogation at a secret prison on sovereign British territory are to be investigated by MPs, the...