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Justice Matters: Holding People Who Torture to Account

Widney Brown | Posted 07.14.2015 | Impact
Widney Brown

In short, there is a problem with justice in the United States. Government resources are used to protect the privileged, and crimes are largely excused when they are committed by police, private security contractors, members of the U.S. military or intelligence agents.

100 Groups From Around the World to UN: Demand Accountability for CIA Torture

Jamil Dakwar | Posted 06.25.2015 | Politics
Jamil Dakwar

Wednesday, the largest-ever group of civil society organizations from scores of countries urged the UN Human Rights Council to call out the United States for failing to provide justice for both the perpetrators and the victims of the CIA's abhorrent torture program.

Saying No to Torture

Rebecca Gordon | Posted 04.12.2015 | Politics
Rebecca Gordon

Why was it again that, as President Obama said, "we tortured some folks" after the 9/11 attacks? Because apparently everyone knows that being afraid gives you moral license to do whatever you need to do to keep yourself safe.

How Torture Physically Changes The Brain Forever

AP | By LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON (AP) — At times, waterboarding rendered al-Qaida terror suspect Abu Zubaydah hysterical. But later, a message to CIA headquarters describ...

Obama's Cowardly Response to Torture Revelations

Alyona Minkovski | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Alyona Minkovski

So let's cut the talk of fundamental American values that the rest of the world should admire. Obama may not want to dwell on the past, but history will, and his legacy on torture will be one of acceptance.

Torture Goes Against the Very Soul of Our Country

Sen. Dianne Feinstein | Posted 02.09.2015 | World
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

There has been a suggestion in recent days that now is not a good time to release a review prepared by the Senate Intelligence Committee of the CIA's detention and interrogation program. But is there ever a good time to admit our country tortured people?

UN Expert Calls For Prosecution Over U.S. Torture

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 02.09.2015 | World

GENEVA (AP) — All senior U.S. officials and CIA agents who authorized or carried out torture like waterboarding as part of former President George W...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

More Than A Quarter Of The World's Countries Helped The CIA Run Its Torture Program | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For several months before the Senate Intelligence Committee released a summary of its controversial report on the CIA's torture program ...

UN Report Criticizes U.S. Record On Torture

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 11.28.2014 | World

GENEVA (AP) — Police brutality, military interrogations and prisons were among the top concerns of a U.N. panel's report Friday that found the Unite...

U.S. Vows To End Torture But Leaves Loophole

The New York Times | Posted 11.12.2014 | Politics

The Obama administration told a United Nations panel in Geneva on Wednesday that the United States had tortured terrorism suspects after the Sept. 11 ...

Controversial Abu Ghraib Torture Photos May Be Released

Reuters | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK, Aug 27 (Reuters) - A federal judge signaled on Wednesday he may order the U.S. government to release as many as...

FINALLY! NYT Agrees To Use The Word Torture

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 08.08.2014 | Media

The New York Times announced on Thursday that it will use the word torture to describe the United States' controversial interrogation tactics on terro...

Still Living With Jack Bauer in a Terrified New American World

Rebecca Gordon | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Rebecca Gordon

Once upon a time, if a character on TV or in a movie tortured someone, it was a sure sign that he was a bad guy. Now, the torturers are the all-American heroes. We're not only living in a post-9/11 world, we're stuck with Jack Bauer in the 25th hour.

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.

Torture in U.S. Custody: Why It Will Happen Again If We Don't Address It Now

Mehroz Baig | Posted 01.23.2014 | San Francisco
Mehroz Baig

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.

5 Songs Used To Torture People | Posted 12.29.2013 | Politics

You thought Somali pirates got dealt a bad hand by being blasted with Britney Spears' "Oops! ... I Did It Again"? Here are five other songs that have ...

American Torture and the 'Heroic Imagination'

Jameel Jaffer | Posted 05.11.2013 | TED Weekends
Jameel Jaffer

2013-01-18-TEDplayvideo.jpgTrained in the Geneva Conventions and the Uniform Code of Military Justice, the military interrogators and guards who tortured and dehumanized prisoners in U.S. custody after 9/11 were hardly without ethical bearings.

What If the Iranians Waterboarded an American?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.27.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

They strip him, put a dog collar and leash on him. They hood him, loose dogs on him. They subject him to freezing cold water and leave him naked on cold nights.

'I Begged for Them to Stop'

Nick Turse | Posted 04.27.2013 | World
Nick Turse

Try not to think about dying, because there's nothing you can do about it, because you're tied down, because someone is pouring that water over your face, forcing it into you, drowning you slowly and deliberately. You're helpless. You're in agony.

Outsourcing Torture

Allen Keller | Posted 04.10.2013 | Politics
Allen Keller

In his Senate confirmation hearing, Thursday, CIA director nominee John Brennan noted that the United States "needs to make sure we are setting a standard for the world."

The Zero Dark Thirty Controversy

Ramzi Kassem | Posted 03.17.2013 | Politics
Ramzi Kassem

The controversy surrounding Zero Dark Thirty has been as misguided as the film itself, which opened nationwide on Friday.

Learning to Love Torture, Zero Dark Thirty-Style

Karen J. Greenberg | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics
Karen J. Greenberg

11 years to the day after the Bush administration opened its notorious prison at Guantanamo Bay, Zero Dark Thirty opens nationwide. The filmmakers and distributors are evidently ignorant of the significance of the date -- a perfect indication of the carelessness and thoughtlessness of the film.

Wake Up America: We Are Losing the Moral Ground

Georges Ugeux | Posted 02.14.2013 | Politics
Georges Ugeux

For those of us who travel around the world, there is no doubt that, while admired for many other reasons, the United States of America is increasingly losing the moral ground that it not only was proud of, but is trying to preach to the rest of the world.

Secret U.S. Prison Waterboarding Widespread, Says Report

AP | SARAH EL DEEB and LEE KEATH | Posted 11.06.2012 | World

CAIRO — Human Rights Watch said it has uncovered evidence of a wider use of waterboarding than previously acknowledged by the CIA, in a report T...

Impunity at Home, Rendition Abroad

Alfred W. McCoy | Posted 10.14.2012 | Politics
Alfred W. McCoy

President Obama has closed the CIA's "black sites," But via rendition -- the sending of terrorist suspects to the prisons of countries that torture -- and related policies, his administration has outsourced human rights abuse to Afghanistan, Somalia, and elsewhere.