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Abu Ghraib

Six years on Abu Ghraib victims still fighting for justice

Amnesty International | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Amnesty International

By Rebecca DeWinter-Schmitt, Amnesty International's Business and Economic Relations Group Abu Ghraib will live on in collective memory as one of the...

The Government Made Me Do It?

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Hmm, CACI can't be very happy about this development. Almost about two years ago it announced the release of Our Good Name, A Company's Fight to Defen...

Torture and America

Jack Healey | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jack Healey

As Americans, we have worked tirelessly to ensure that foreign leaders who violate the human rights of their citizens face justice. But do we demand that our own leaders face justice when they violate the human rights of civilians?

It All Depends on What You Mean by Regulation

David Isenberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
David Isenberg

Perhaps I was hasty when I wrote most PMCs crave to comply with legal standards. These groups object to a proposed UN treaty to set screening standards to avoid alleged abuses by war zone guards.

Easy Reader: James Lord's My Queer War on Gays in the WWII Military

David Finkle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
David Finkle

James Lord's memoir, My Queer War, recounts his experiences in the World War II years following his 1942 enlistment as a naïve 19-year-old homosexual.

Abu Ghraib Unit To Return To Iraq

AP | DAVID DISHNEAU | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

HAGERSTOWN, Md. — The Army Reserve unit tarnished by the Abu Ghraib detainee-abuse scandal has been mobilized to return to Iraq in its first dep...

'Black Hearts' (Anatomy of a War Crime)

Gail McGowan Mellor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Gail McGowan Mellor

Black Hearts should be taught at West Point, Annapolis, and wherever else the styles and consequences of combat leadership are studied.

Soldier Taunting Iraqi Children is Hardly the Worst Act

Firas Al-Atraqchi | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Firas Al-Atraqchi

Recent news of a video of a US soldier taunting two Iraqi male children is disturbing but hardly the worst account of improper actions to have emerged...

Probe Into Destruction Of CIA Interrogation Tapes Is Winding Down

Washington Post | Carrie Johnson and Julie Tate | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

An investigation into the destruction of CIA videotapes that depicted harsh interrogations of terrorism suspects appears to be nearing a close, ending...

The F Word: Today's Secrets Are In Plain Sight

Laura Flanders | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laura Flanders

Today's biggest "secrets" don't require a top-secret hiding or marking "confidential". They just require politicians, a press corps --and a public--that's paying no attention at all.

Torture Has To Be Investigated No Matter What Dick Cheney Calls It

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Dick Cheney may like to call those interrogations "enhanced," but in everyday parlance they're what the DOJ is implicitly acknowledging: tortured.

How to Raise a Hero

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christine Carter, PhD

BYSTANDERS stand by and watch while other kids are bullied. HEROES don't let bullying happen: they intervene, get help. They are out to save the world, one kid at a time.

Congress To Keep Detainee Abuse Photos Hidden

AP | MARK SHERMAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Congress is set to allow the Pentagon to keep new pictures of foreign detainees abused by their U.S. captors from the public, a mov...

"Friending" Binyam Mohamed

Naomi Wolf | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Naomi Wolf

Recently I have been in touch with Binyam Mohamed, who was released from Guantánamo in February -- after seven years' captivity without charges.

Robert Gates Bars Release Of Torture Photos

Mother Jones | Nick Baumann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has used powers granted to him by a controversial new law to block the court-ordered release of numerous photos of deta...

How General McChrystal May Have Hurt Himself

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

From Generals MacArthur to Shinseki, history has taught us that trying to pressure your commander-in-chief from the outside almost never results in a change of opinion from the president.

Torture Accountability at Last - for Peru

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

It is not cliche or radical to demand the U.S. hold our own torturers (at all levels) to the same level of accountability as British mining corporations.

Ishtar Lives! Men Who Stare at Goats

Michael Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Michael Jones

My theory is that Hollywood decided to remake Ishtar. The reason, I can only guess: global warming. It's causing everything else these days.

The Torture Report

Jameel Jaffer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jameel Jaffer

Five years after Abu Ghraib, the Defense Department is still withholding photographs showing prisoners being abused at other facilities, as well as interrogation directives used by special forces.

Metaphor Madness

Bob Giloth | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Giloth

ACORN wrongly gave advice to people who were trying to take advantage of public and private funds for illegal purposes. Were they breaking the law or the public trust? In either case, not Abu Ghraib by a long shot.

Camp Bucca: Military Closes Largest Detention Camp In Iraq

AP | JASON KEYSER | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

CAMP BUCCA, Iraq — The U.S. military on Wednesday closed Camp Bucca, an isolated desert prison that was once its largest lockup in Iraq, as it m...

Inmates Attack Guards At Iraq's Abu Ghraib Prison

AP | SAMEER N. YACOUB | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — Abu Ghraib prison inmates rioted for a second straight day Friday to demand better conditions, setting fire to mattresses and seizing ...

The Tangled Roots of the Terror Psychology: J. Robert Lennon's Novel "Castle"

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anis Shivani

Lennon's unusual, very ambitious novel brings us closer to the terror protagonist than any post-9/11 novel yet.

Investigate Alleged Abuse of Terror Suspects

Navi Pillay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Navi Pillay

I hope there is a swift examination of the various allegations of abuse made by former and current detainees in Guantanamo and other US-run prisons.

The Scapegoat's Apology

Robert Koehler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert Koehler

William Calley has apologized for his role in the My Lai massacre; now it's time to atone.