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After Torture Report, Rights of Victims and Accountability for Perpetrators Must Not Be Denied

David Tolbert | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
David Tolbert

How can it be that the US, which so prides itself on its traditions of respect for the rule of law and human rights, simply turn a blind eye on this deep stain on its record without the resonance of hypocrisy? How can it revive its moral credibility?

U.S. Closes Afghanistan Prison, No Longer Has Custody Of Detainees

AP | LOLITA C. BALDOR | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States on Wednesday released the final three detainees from the Parwan Detention Center in Afghanistan, ending the U.S....

Torture and the Destruction of a Human Being by the United States

Peter Van Buren | Posted 06.15.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Now, we can read a psychiatrist's report which includes, in detail, the torture enacted on just one prisoner of the United States, Shaker Aamer.

Don't Expect Justice From CIA Torture Report's Summary Release

Nancy Talanian | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Nancy Talanian

Don't hold your breath to read the summary anytime soon, or to access the full report: It's gonna be a wild ride.

4 U.S. Soldiers Killed In Attack On Afghanistan Air Base

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 06.19.2013 | World

WASHINGTON -- Defense officials say four U.S. troops were killed Tuesday at or near Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Officials say the four were kille...

Sgt. Bales and the Myth of Military Justice

John Sifton | Posted 08.07.2013 | World
John Sifton

It is a good outcome that Bales has been held accountable for his deadly attacks on Afghan civilians. But his crimes are not the only heinous incidents involving U.S. personnel to have occurred in Afghanistan since the U.S.-led invasion in 2001.

Actor Romany Malco Visits Troops, Returns a Changed Man

Tamar Abrams | Posted 06.25.2013 | Celebrity
Tamar Abrams

Now back in the US, Romany Malco says he would happily go on another USO tour but he says that the experience in Afghanistan has changed him greatly.

Rag-tag Bazaars of War Goods in Afghanistan

Mónica Villamizar | Posted 06.08.2013 | World
Mónica Villamizar

There is now a flourishing black market in military hardware in Kabul, known by the locals as the Bush Bazaar.

US Detention at Bagram: It's Not Over Till It's Over

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 05.25.2013 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Once again, the United States has officially handed over the keys to the Bagram detention center to the Afghans. Only just as with the previous agreement to do exactly the same thing, the U.S. military will actually not be handing over all of the detainees in its control.

Immunity From Prosecution Still on the Menu?

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 01.14.2013 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

When President Obama met with Afghan leader Hamid Karzai on Friday, all eyes were on an endgame for troop withdrawal. The focus was on the president's...

Thankless Negotiations With Afghan Allies

Jeffrey Laurenti | Posted 01.20.2013 | World
Jeffrey Laurenti

Afghan president Hamid Karzai's order to his forces to wrest control of Bagram prison from the U.S. highlights Afghans' growing testiness. It comes just as talks begin on new security arrangements to govern a continued U.S. military presence.

Insurgents Attack Key U.S. Base In Afghanistan

AP | AMIR SHAH | Posted 09.11.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan insurgents bombarded a U.S. base and destroyed a NATO helicopter, killing three Afghan intelligence employees, officials ...

The U.S.-Afghan Strategic Partnership: Hold the Applause

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 06.23.2012 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Having been in the country for the past decade and seized and imprisoned thousands of suspected fighters, the United States has an obligation to help the Afghan government establish a justice system that will treat them fairly. It will surely be blamed later if it doesn't.

Angry Afghans Protest Quran Disposal At U.S. Air Base

AP | DEB RIECHMANN | Posted 04.21.2012 | World

KABUL, Afghanistan — The U.S. apologized Tuesday for the burning of Muslim holy books that had been pulled from the shelves of a detention cente...

Max J. Rosenthal

'It Gets Better,' Even While You're At War

HuffingtonPost.com | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Now that gays and lesbians can serve openly in the military, some service members are attempting to help others through struggles simila...

The Latest Skirmish in Afghanistan: Hate to Say We Told You So

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.09.2012 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

The U.S. government can't credibly insist that the Afghans improve their justice system and treatment of detainees if the U.S. military doesn't first get its own detention house in order.

Promises, Promises: President Obama's NDAA Signing Statement

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 03.04.2012 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Back when he was a candidate, then-Senator Obama criticized President George W. Bush for his frequent reliance on signing statements to circumvent Congressional intent. What a difference executive power makes.

Iran Claims It Arrested Suspected U.S. Spy

AP | By ALI AKBAR DAREINI | Posted 12.17.2011 | World

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's Intelligence Ministry said Saturday that its agents have arrested a person of Iranian origin on suspicion of spying for the Uni...

A Bad Day (and New Year) for U.S. National Security

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 02.13.2012 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Politically, there may be reasons why Congress has supported the National Defense Authorization Act, including the many earmarks that bring costly projects to members' districts. But as a matter of national security and American principles, the bill is a disaster.

Eleanor Goldberg

Air Force Major Returns Home To Family, Newborn For Thanksgiving

HuffingtonPost.com | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 11.24.2011 | Impact

Once Maj. Matt Glynn stepped off the plane and into the arms of his wife and three sons on Thanksgiving eve, the Air National Guard pilot all but forg...

NYC 'Terror' Suspect Out-Geneva's Manhattan DA

Matthis Chiroux | Posted 01.23.2012 | Politics
Matthis Chiroux

And as long as the U.S. remains "at war" either literally or rhetorically, either directly or by proxy, we will continue to present our infrastructure as legitimate targets to our adversaries. If we want to be safe, we have to end the wars!

Michele Bachmann: Obama Was Wrong To Ban Waterboarding

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 11.13.2011 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann is accusing the Obama administration of committing "strategic blunders" that have hampered U.S. eff...

Taking Responsibility for Torture in Afghanistan

Chris Rogers | Posted 11.09.2011 | World
Chris Rogers

There are no easy solutions to the detention dilemmas of international forces in a country where torture by the host government is widespread.

Extreme Secrecy Undermines the U.S. Effort in Afghanistan

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 09.14.2011 | World
Daphne Eviatar

While some secrecy is obviously necessary in the conduct of a war, the U.S. government's extreme secrecy about its detention of thousands of Afghans without charge or trial at the U.S.-run Bagram Air Base is actually creating a threat to U.S. troops, not alleviating one.

Bin Laden's Death Sparks Rethinking of US Policy in Afghanistan

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 07.10.2011 | World
Daphne Eviatar

The death of the world's most wanted terrorist is building up pressure on the United States government to end our country's longest-running war. The question now is whether the American public and its leaders are willing to invest in a long-term strategy for peace.