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Meanwhile, the Ugliness in Syria Goes On

A disturbingly high number of children have been killed in the conflict, and evidence emerges that the Syrian government has engaged in a protracted campaign of “disappearing” young men thought opposed to the Assad regime. A United Nations body described the practice as a crime against humanity.

Posted on Dec 20, 2013 READ MORE



James Cridland (CC BY 2.0)

Greenwald’s Partner Told He Would Be ‘Put in Jail’

In his first interview since being detained and interrogated for nine hours Sunday by British authorities under the Terrorism Act, David Miranda, the partner of the Guardian journalist who broke stories of mass surveillance by the National Security Agency this summer, has accused Britain of a “total abuse of power.”

Posted on Aug 19, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Patrick Semansky

Bradley Manning for President in 2040?

If a federal judge doesn’t sentence him to life in prison, Pfc. Bradley Manning, the former Army intelligence analyst accused of handing hundreds of thousands of diplomatic cables to the whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks, may want to run for public office.

Posted on Dec 6, 2012 READ MORE


Secrecy, Wars and Civil Liberties

As Chris Hedges reported Monday, American Muslims are being dragged into jail on dubious and unclear connections to terrorism. Meanwhile, the president retains the authority to kill U.S. citizens without trial. But most Americans aren’t speaking up. Salon blogger and constitutional lawyer Glenn Greenwald discusses why.

Posted on Apr 18, 2012 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons

Truthdiggers of the Week: NDAA Dissenters in Congress

Though they couldn’t stop the freedom-crushing National Defense Authorization Act of 2012 from becoming law, Truthdig salutes the efforts of the members of the U.S. Congress who took a stand against the NDAA in the final round of voting this week.

Posted on Dec 16, 2011 READ MORE



youtube.com

Truthdigger of the Week: Singing Obama Protesters

This week’s Truthdigger of the Week award goes to the cantabile group that interrupted President Obama in song over the detention of alleged WikiLeaks’ source Pfc. Bradley Manning.

Posted on Apr 23, 2011 READ MORE



AP

Accused WikiLeaker Bradley Manning’s Torture by Isolation

Bradley Manning, the Army private accused of leaking sensitive material to WikiLeaks, has been held for seven months in what Glenn Greenwald reports are “inhumane, personality-erasing, soul-destroying, insanity-inducing conditions.” ... (more)

Posted on Dec 15, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Marc Israel Sellem

Israel Moves to Corral Illegal Entrants

Amid rhetoric that could be coming straight out of Arizona, the Israeli Cabinet has voted to build a facility in the desert to hold detained illegal migrants, who arrive mostly from Africa.

Posted on Nov 28, 2010 READ MORE



news.bbc.co.uk

Aung San Suu Kyi to Be Freed

Reports are streaming in that suggest Burmese military authorities have authorized the release of pro-democracy superstar Aung San Suu Kyi after a national election in the junta-led country. Suu Kyi has lived the past seven years under house arrest and 15 of the past 21 years in state-sponsored detention.

Posted on Nov 12, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Laura Rauch

Profiting From Immigration Injustice

Business is booming in Arizona, thanks to a disturbing federal immigration program that transfers millions of taxpayer dollars to a private prison company, parasitic attorneys and other opportunists.

Posted on Feb 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP photo / Khampha Bouaphanh

America’s ICE Backwards Approach to Immigration

While the nation’s understaffed immigration courts strain under a backlog that has grown to more than 200,000 cases, thousands of new border agents have been hired and the number of government attorneys who argue for deportation has increased by 35 percent, pushing more cases onto an already overburdened system.

Posted on Jun 29, 2009 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
thebeatwithin.org

Fighting Crime by Reforming Juvenile Hall

This week on the podcast: Sheerly Avni and Omar Turcios from The Beat Within, a magazine written by and for the troubled kids in juvenile prisons. Such facilities could be “recruiting grounds for crime fighting,” argues Avni, and that’s in our self-interest. “If you want to stop crime—very simple. You look at a bunch of 5-year-old kids in the ghetto. Ask yourself: ‘Do I want them to be criminals or not in 10 years? What’s that going to do to the value of my home?’ ”

Posted on Jun 2, 2009 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
thebeatwithin.org

Fighting Crime by Reforming Juvenile Hall

This week on the podcast: Sheerly Avni and Omar Turcios from The Beat Within, a magazine written by and for the troubled kids in juvenile prisons. Such facilities could be “recruiting grounds for crime fighting,” argues Avni, and that’s in our self-interest.

Posted on Jun 2, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Eric Draper

From ‘Mission Accomplished’ to ‘So What?’

The history-be-my-judge interviews that President Bush and Vice President Cheney have been giving recently help me understand their choices—but also reinforce my confident belief, and my fervent hope, that history will throw the book at them.

Posted on Dec 23, 2008 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
telegraph.co.uk

White House Angered by Guantanamo Ruling

The Bush administration is reportedly angry at a decision by U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina, who ruled the detention of 17 Chinese Muslim prisoners at Guantanamo Bay was unfounded, citing a seemingly archaic document that prohibits indefinite detention without cause—the U.S. Constitution.

Posted on Oct 8, 2008 READ MORE



AP photo / Janet Hamlin, Pool

Hamdan Sentence Is a Snub to Prosecution

Salim Hamdan, Osama bin Laden’s former driver, has been sentenced by a military jury to five and a half years in prison—most of which he’s already served in detention. The prosecution wanted his sentence to be 30 years or longer, but it needn’t be too upset: The military has said it can hold Hamdan indefinitely if it feels like it. Hamdan’s lawyers are expected to appeal.

Posted on Aug 7, 2008 READ MORE


Hamdan Court 2007
blackfive.net

Military Court Finds Osama’s Driver Guilty

Osama bin Laden’s alleged driver, Salim Ahmed Hamdan, was convicted Wednesday by a military court on five counts of supporting terrorism. The decision was largely symbolic, since the U.S. had reserved the right, regardless of guilt or innocence, to detain Hamdan indefinitely. The ACLU called the verdict a “monumental debacle.”

Posted on Aug 6, 2008 READ MORE


Omar Khadr

‘Help Me’: Gitmo Video Shows Tearful Teen

Canadian lawyers released a wrenching 2003 video—the first of its kind ever made public—of a tearful 16-year-old boy suffering what appears to be a mental breakdown during an interrogation by Canadian officials at the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay. Five years later, Omar Khadr has still not been charged with any crime.

Posted on Jul 15, 2008 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT
news.bbc.co.uk

Inside a CIA Black Site

A Yemeni man has told Amnesty International that he was abducted and tortured and spent nearly three years in secret prisons at the hands of the CIA. Khaled al-Maqtari says that without charge, legal representation or even a word to his family he was shuttled from one prison to another and ultimately dumped into Yemeni custody, once the U.S. had finished with him.

Posted on Mar 14, 2008 READ MORE


Tortured Semantics

The campaign for the White House is great fun, but it can also be a distraction. While the leading contenders to replace Bush continue to duke it out, the president and his lieutenants are still trying to justify torture in the name of protecting this once great democracy.

Posted on Feb 8, 2008 READ MORE


Immigration Dept. Deports Americans

Despite his Southern accent and the conclusions of a court to the contrary, officials at Immigration and Customs Enforcement managed to convince themselves that Thomas Warziniack was born in Russia. So they detained and planned to deport him. He is just one of hundreds of victims caught up in an unforgiving bureaucracy who beg, often without recourse, to be taken seriously.

Posted on Jan 24, 2008 READ MORE


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AP photo / Dennis Cook

International Protest Targets Guantanamo

Activists around the world took to the streets Friday wearing orange jumpsuits in protest of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility, which Amnesty International calls an “unlawful black hole.” Eighty demonstrators were arrested in or near the Supreme Court building, where justices are reviewing the legality of the government’s detention program.

Posted on Jan 11, 2008 READ MORE


Have They No Shame?

The Democrats have gotten in bed with torturers, those who support cruel treatment of military prisoners and some who may have authorized such abuse.

Posted on Nov 27, 2007 READ MORE


AP Backs Photographer Held in Insurgency Case

Bilal Hussein, an AP photographer whom the U.S. military has accused of collaborating with insurgents, has been detained in Iraq for 19 months and may soon be tried by an Iraqi court. The Associated Press, apparently fed up with trying to reason with the military, has released the results of its own exhaustive investigation, which found the charges against Hussein to be “false” and “meaningless.”

Posted on Nov 21, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Plays Hide and Seek with Torture

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Posted on Oct 5, 2007 READ MORE


Secret Torture Memos Shame Justice Dept.

In 2005, the Justice Department issued two secret opinions on torture that endorsed and protected the administration’s desire to use physically and psychologically traumatizing interrogation techniques. Then-Deputy Attorney General James Comey reportedly warned his colleagues that they would be “ashamed” when their work became public.

Posted on Oct 3, 2007 READ MORE


The Global War on Toddlerism

Fresh on the heels of its reality show “Kid Nation,” in which children are sent to perform hard labor on a ranch with no adult supervision, CBS announced today that it is readying a reality show in which children will be sent to the federal detention camp at Guantanamo.

Posted on Sep 30, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Clarifies Official Position on Torture (Kind of)

Were the CIA to potentially, maybe, have a detention and interrogation program it would now have to adhere to President Bush’s new executive order prohibiting cruel and inhuman treatment of detainees. It’s still unclear whether water-boarding remains on the menu.

Posted on Jul 20, 2007 READ MORE


Young Scholars Tell the President ‘No’ on Torture

Sometimes it takes a brave, idealistic young person (or nearly 50 of them) to break all the rules of pomp and circumstance, pass the president a note, and school him about human rights.

Posted on Jul 10, 2007 READ MORE


Robert Gates
usip.org

Defense Secretary Asks Congress to Close Gitmo

Robert Gates urged Congress on Thursday to close the Guantanamo Bay prison, acknowledging that the international community was likely to doubt the credibility of tribunals held there: “My own view is that because of things that happened earlier at Guantanamo there is a taint about it.”

Posted on Mar 29, 2007 READ MORE


Nouri al-Maliki
theyoungturks.com

Evidence of Torture at Iraqi Intelligence Agency

British and Iraqi forces raided a National Iraqi Intelligence Agency detention center on Sunday and discovered 30 prisoners, including two children, “many of whom showed signs of torture and abuse.” Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki condemned the raid as an “illegal and irresponsible act” and has ordered an investigation.

Posted on Mar 5, 2007 READ MORE


Padilla Trial to Go Forward

Jose Padilla has been ruled competent to stand trial, a rebuke to his lawyers.  The defense had sought to have him treated for PTSD before the trial began. Padilla has been held in isolation for three and a half years, during which time he was subjected to varying kinds of interrogation and, very likely, torture.

Posted on Feb 28, 2007 READ MORE


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dw-world.de

Kidnapped by the CIA

The Washington Post has an inside look at “black sites,” the secret detention centers operated by the CIA that hold abducted terror suspects, one of whom describes a world of interrogation, torture and misery.

Posted on Feb 28, 2007 READ MORE


Pentagon Will ‘Welcome’ Cuban Migrants to Gitmo

The Department of Defense plans to build an $18-million facility at Guantanamo Bay in anticipation of mass migration following the eventual death of Fidel Castro. Administration officials say the housing center will be needed for interdicted Cuban migrants now that space normally used in such an event is taken up by the detention and interrogation facility that holds suspected terrorists.
(h/t: Boing Boing)

Posted on Feb 20, 2007 READ MORE


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spyflight.co.uk

EU Condemns ‘Rendition’ Enablers

The European Parliament has condemned 14 member states for either ignoring or assisting the U.S. policy of “extraordinary rendition.” The report, which won approval by a wide margin, says the CIA carried out 1,245 flights of abducted suspects, sometimes to nations where the detainees could expect torture.

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


Murat Kurnaz
politikforum.de

German Government Abandoned Citizen at Gitmo

Germans are outraged over the emergence of documents that suggest a government official allowed an innocent German citizen to remain in Guantanamo for years after the United States offered to repatriate him.

Posted on Jan 26, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. Officials Caught Mistreating Immigrants

A report by the Department of Homeland Security inspector general has found that immigration and customs officials mistreated illegal immigrants held in facilities around the country. But the ACLU and others have criticized the report, charging that it ignored the most serious allegations.

Posted on Jan 17, 2007 READ MORE


Marie Cocco: An Unhappy Anniversary for Guantanamo

When the first captives were flown from Afghanistan to Guantanamo five years ago, no one knew the military base would eventually be transformed into a symbol of American tyranny and shame.

Posted on Jan 11, 2007 READ MORE


Martin Lee Anderson
cbsnews.com

14-Year-Old Was Likely Beaten to Death

Martin Lee Anderson, 14, died a day after he was beaten and dragged by nine guards while in the custody of a juvenile boot camp in Florida. The medical examiner initially ruled that Martin died of natural causes, but… (h/t: Largest Minority)

Posted on Dec 29, 2006 READ MORE


Interrogation Bill May Codify Military Dictatorship

The Washington Post reports that Bush’s new bill on military commissions could be a “precedent-setting Congressional endorsement for the indefinite detention” of anyone the president deems an enemy combatant—including American citizens far from foreign battlefields.

Posted on Sep 26, 2006 READ MORE


'The Road to Guantanamo'
Courtesy Roadside Attractions

Convenient Omissions on the Road to Guantanamo

Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross have made a necessary and important critique of grave injustices at Guantanamo Bay. But are their storytelling techniques entirely on the level?

Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


Fox Analyst
From ThinkProgress

No Reporters Allowed in Gitmo—Except for Fox

Last week, the Pentagon kicked all reporters out of the Guantanamo Bay prison after the suicides of three detainees. But on Wednesday the Defense Dept. invited a Fox News analyst down to Cuba to tour the facility.
And what do you know? The Fox analyst described Gitmo as ?now gentle, almost child-like the way they treat the detainees.?

Posted on Jun 23, 2006 READ MORE


Dick Marty, a Swiss senator, at a meeting of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, Tuesday, Jan. 24.
Christian Lutz / AP

Swiss Investigator Says U.S. ‘Outsourced’ Torture

The charge comes from the head of a European probe into alleged secret CIA prisons in Eastern Europe. | story

Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


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