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Detainee Abuse

UN Human Rights Chief Criticizes Obama Administration Over Detainee Treatment

The Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The U.N.'s top human rights advocate, Navanethem Pillay, on Wednesday appealed to the Obama administration to release Guantanamo Bay inmates or try th...

No Proof Detainee Photos Led to Military Deaths

CQ Politics | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The U.S. government's case for embargoing the release of photographs said to depict abuse of detainees rests largely on a questionable claim that disc...

Busted, Pentagon: Why The Photos Probably Do Show Detainees Sodomized and Raped

Naomi Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Naomi Wolf

Is systemic sex crime practiced by the US in a consequence of the lawlessness of "the war on terror" surprising to those of us who work on issues of sexual abuse and war? It is totally predictable.

Obama Administration Cites Secret Statements By Petraeus In Asking Judge To Block Abuse Photos

AP | DEVLIN BARRETT | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration asked a federal appeals court Thursday to halt the release of disturbing images of detainee abuse, saying ...

Jason Linkins

Abu Ghraib Ties To Gitmo Shown By DOJ Memos | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Yesterday, in his remarks at the American Enterprise Institute, former Vice President Dick Cheney protested that everyone had Abu Ghraib all wrong! ...

Col. Wilkerson: "Cheney Kept Some Things From the President"

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

We interviewed Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, the former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell and he had some very interesting things to say about Cheney and Rumsfeld.

A War on Terror by Any Other Name

John Cusack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Cusack

What is most disturbing about the refusal to release the abuse photos is the broader pattern into which it fits -- a pattern of decisions that effectively preserve the framework of Bush's War on Terror.

McCain Backs Obama Detainee Photo Decision

The New York Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senator John McCain on Thursday welcomed President Obama's decision to oppose the release of photographs documenting prisoner abuse in Iraq and Afghan...

Obama Makes Terrible Mistake by Not Releasing Pictures

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

Obama has not just protected the torturers, but empowered them. They now get to claim they tried to protect America and that anyone who tries to show their misdeeds endangers America.

Government Could Destroy Records in Hundreds of Gitmo Cases

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A stockpile of documents about hundreds of Guantanamo Bay detainees, some written by the prisoners themselves, could be destroyed under a Bush-era federal court order.

Looking Back at Abu Ghraib 5 Years Later

Mary Mapes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mary Mapes

Five years ago, I was at work at CBS News in New York, holding a manila folder to my chest, guarding it with my life. Inside, there were pictures from Abu Ghraib.

A Reasonable Observer's Response to the Torture Memos

Martha St Jean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martha St Jean

The Bush torture memos have provided more questions than answers. Where were the "reasonable observers" who should have given dissenting viewpoints based on legal and moral ramifications?

Jason Linkins

Colbert Torches Obama On Bagram Decision (VIDEO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

While he only dedicated the first two minutes of his show to the issue, Stephen Colbert's mini-segment on President Barack Obama's decision to preserv...

What We Do And Don't Know About US Medical Personnel and Interrogations

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The list of unknowns is long. How, why and when the CIA brought SERE-affiliated psychologists and psychiatrists into the interrogation strategy of detainees remains a mystery.

Afghanistan: A Surge in ROE Education is the First Step

Vivian Gembara | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Vivian Gembara

The ugly issue of the misconduct of some U.S. troops in a war zone must be addressed before sending more soldiers and Marines into Afghanistan.

Just What This Heartsick American Needed: A Republican Beacon for Civil Liberties

David Quigg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Quigg

A Republican almost made me burst into tears. In a good way. Gov. Kean's specifics are a reminder of how much is at stake now and of how bad things have been since 9/11.

Court: US Cannot Block Detainee Abuse Photos From Release

AP | LARRY NEUMEISTER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

NEW YORK — The United States cannot conceal pictures of abusive treatment of detainees by its soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan by saying their r...

Iraq, Guantanamo Torture Proven By Medical Exams: Report

AP | JAMAL HALABY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

AMMAN, Jordan — Four years after his release from Abu Ghraib, Ali al-Qaisi has nightmares and insomnia he blames on injuries _ physical and psyc...

And War Crimes for All....

Larisa Alexandrovna | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larisa Alexandrovna

Read this incredible article by Warren Strobel of McClatchy Newspapers 'The U.S. military hid the locations of suspected terrorist detainees and conc...

US Abuse Of Detainees Was Routine At Afghanistan Bases

McClatchy Newspapers | Tom Lasseter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

American soldiers herded the detainees into holding pens of razor-sharp concertina wire, the kind that's used to corral livestock. The guards kicked,...

Pentagon records detail prisoner abuse by US military

AP | LARA JAKES JORDAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Military interrogators assaulted Afghan detainees in 2003, using investigation methods they learned during self-defense training, P...

Abu Ghraib Photographer: Excerpts From Her Interviews

New Yorker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This week in the magazine, Philip Gourevitch and Errol Morris write about Sabrina Harman, a U.S. Army specialist who took photographs at Abu Ghraib an...

Detainee Lawyer Claims Has CIA Pictures of Guantanamo Torture

The Independent | Robert Verkaik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Lawyers for a British resident who the US government refuses to release from Guantanamo Bay have identified the existence of photographs taken by CIA ...

Detainees Recount Guantanamo Bay Horror Stories

Associated Press | ANDREW O. SELSKY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

Detainees flinging body waste at guards. Guards interrupting detainees at prayer. Interrogators withholding medicine. Hostility and tension between in...