Unfortunately, the eloquent posturing of the Bahrain government following the release of the BICI report has only served to mask the increasingly desperate situation on the ground.
If we don't take an introspective look at the policies and actions we've taken in the name of national security, actions that grossly violate our fundamental values, then we are leaving the door open for this to happen again.
All military physicians are licensed by somebody and should be investigated if there were any suspicions of participation in torture, however defined.
A report released earlier this week concludes that post-9/11, doctors working in U.S. security detention centers around the world engaged or assisted in torture and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment of detainees in violation of medical and ethical principles.
By Laura Raymond, Advocacy Program Manager at the Center for Constitutional Rights Can you travel abroad, commit war crimes and then return home and ...
Guantánamo's military tribunals were not created to try crimes, but to hide them. This system was set up to ensure that the U.S. government's torture program would never face trial, and so far it has succeeded.
Both the Bush and Obama administrations have opposed all efforts, inside and outside the United States, to hold CIA personnel accountable for violations of human rights law and domestic law.
I believe there is a moral imperative to oppose torture unequivocally, to work hard to prevent it from happening and to heal the wounds of torture. This essential human moral imperative becomes an inescapable obligation if torture is committed and in your country's name.
Last week, military commission attorneys for the defendants in the September 11 trial asked President Obama to declassify evidence of their clients' torture in CIA custody.
Most of the civil suits challenging official secrecy about CIA torture have ended. But the issue will not go away so easily in the Guantanamo military commissions, because the U.S. government has two conflicting objectives.
Jane Mayer of the New Yorker has posted former CIA General Counsel Stephen Preston's answers to questions submitted by Senator Mark Udall, about SSIC's secret 6000-page study on torture and the CIA's response. Senator Udall's questions are equally revealing.
Some might argue that the Review Board indicates progress and the United States is now on its way to closing Guantanamo. But after six years of empty promises by Obama to do so, I am not so sure.
It has been reported that waterboarding was the object of jokes at a recent roast of former Vice President Dick Cheney.
October 10 commemorates World Mental Health Day and is observed, in part, to raise public awareness about mental health issues. One matter that deserves critical attention is better integrating mental health care in global humanitarian responses.
It seems that Governor Christie overturned the will of the people of New Jersey to protect the interests of a group of people in another state one thousand miles away: Iowa.
Mounting evidence, including DNA tests the State had fought for more than a decade, strongly supports his claim of innocence. Yet Skinner came within 45 minutes of execution in 2010 and almost died three times this year due to an often-fatal illness.