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8th prisoner death at Guantanamo

By | 05.19.11 | 3:19 pm | More from The Colorado Independent

A 37-year-old Afghan prisoner known only as Inayatullah held at Guantanamo Bay committed suicide yesterday according to the U.S. military Southern Command. Inayatullah is the eighth prisoner reported dead at Guantanamo. He had been held since 2007 without being charged with a crime although he reportedly admitted to being an More…

AP files FOIA request for access to photos of Osama bin Laden compound, raid

By | 05.10.11 | 12:00 pm

The Atlantic Wire, in one of those Ouroboros moments that crop up whenever the media covers itself, is reporting that AP correspondents have filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the Obama administration to release photos and videos of the raid last week on Osama bin Laden’s More…

NYT: Classified Gitmo docs reveal ‘seat-of-the-pants intelligence gathering’

By | 04.25.11 | 12:22 pm

On Sunday, WikiLeaks released more than 700 classified military documents on Guantánamo Bay prisoners, part of a trove of classified information it received last year, a portion of which the anti-secrecy website previously leaked to The New York Times and The Guardian, among other publications.

WikiLeaks announced it will More…

As Crowley resigns over Manning comments, Rep. Kucinich reports unofficial denial of visit request

By | 03.14.11 | 4:13 pm

Over the weekend, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley announced his resignation from his position via a statement available on the State Department website. His resignation follows comments he made during a visit to MIT last week in which he called the Department of Defense’s treatment of Pfc. Bradley Manning More…

CIA Indictments: Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t

By | 06.18.10 | 12:45 pm

Ryan Reilly reports:

Assistant United States Attorney John Durham is close to completing a preliminary review of whether there is evidence that CIA agents violated the law when they used brutal methods to interrogate terror detainees, Attorney General Eric Holder said in speech Thursday night.

Holder, speaking in a question and answer session


Are the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Investigating U.S. Officials for Maher Arar’s Torture?

By | 06.14.10 | 2:54 pm

Maher Arar may not have been able to persuade the U.S. Supreme Court to hear his appeal for redress after U.S. officials rendered him to Syria to be tortured. But Arar and his lawyers with the Center for Constitutional Rights are now disclosing that the Royal Canadian Mounted Police have More…

When Rendition Victims Can’t Seek Justice

By | 06.14.10 | 1:29 pm

Via Kevin Drum, the Toronto Star reports that Maher Arar, a Canadian citizen captured in 2002 by U.S. officials and sent to Syria for a year’s worth of torture, has lost his appeal for a hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court.

The Center for Constitutional Rights’s Maria LaHood More…

New Report Accuses CIA Doctors of Experimenting on Detainees

By | 06.07.10 | 8:51 am

Physicians for Human Rights, an anti-torture non-governmental association, synthesizes a bunch of publicly available information to draw a gruesome conclusion: Medical personnel who participated in the Bush administration’s “enhanced interrogations” for terrorism detainees are guilty of “complicity in intentionally harmful interrogation practices [that] were not only apparently intended to enable More…

Rush Holt Finally Wins on Videotaping Military Interrogations

By | 05.18.10 | 1:12 pm

The New Jersey Democratic legislator and intelligence oversight maven has finally won on a fight he’s waged to record military interrogations. As The Wall Street Journal reports, a May 10 memo from Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn instructs interrogators gathering high-value intelligence off the battlefield — that is, Bagram More…

Guantanamo Detainee al-Slahi Wins Habeas Case

By | 03.22.10 | 5:09 pm

The Wall Street Journal reports:

A suspected al Qaeda organizer once called “the highest value detainee” at Guantánamo Bay was ordered released by a federal judge in an order issued Monday.

Mohamedou Ould Slahi was accused in the 9/11 Commission report of helping recruit Mohammed Atta and other members