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Sentenced to Wait: Efforts to End Prison Rape Stall Again

The Prison Rape Elimination Act was passed in Washington in 2003. It still hasn’t been fully implemented.

Posted on May 17, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Condemns Release of Afghan Prisoners

The U.S. military accused the Afghan government of betrayal after Kabul ordered the release of 37 “dangerous individuals” from Bagram prison, saying the inmates were involved in attacks that killed NATO and Afghan soldiers.

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 READ MORE


Hunger Strike in Guantanamo

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Locking Down an American Workforce

Prisoners, whose ranks increasingly consist of those for whom the legitimate economy has found no use, make up a virtual brigade within the reserve army of the unemployed whose ranks have ballooned along with the U.S. incarceration rate.

Posted on Apr 19, 2012 READ MORE



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Iran’s Foreign Minister Hints at Prisoner Swap for 2 Hikers

After speculation that Iran might allow two imprisoned American hikers to return home in exchange for a steep bail, Iran’s foreign minister hinted Saturday that the timetable for their release could depend on the willingness of the U.S. to release Iranian prisoners. (more)

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No High Ground for New York’s Inmates

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday that the approximately 12,000 prisoners being held on low-lying Rikers Island will not be evacuated to escape Hurricane Irene. (more)

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Missionary Release

Robert Park, a 28-year-old Korean-American missionary and human rights activist, was arrested on Christmas Day after entering North Korea. Now the country’s state-controlled media is reporting that Park will be released.

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More Ex-Detainees Allege Abuse

More than two dozen former detainees at the Bagram military base in Afghanistan say they were beaten, deprived of sleep and threatened with dogs while under U.S. supervision there between 2002 and 2008. None of the detainees were ever charged, and some got apologies upon release.

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Torture Report Points the Finger at Rumsfeld

A bipartisan report released by Sens. Carl Levin and John McCain blames former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other high-level officials for interrogation abuses. Based on an 18-month investigation by the Senate Armed Services Committee, the report determined that prisoner abuse “was not simply the result of a few soldiers acting on their own,” as the administration has claimed.

Posted on Dec 11, 2008 READ MORE


Israel Frees Nearly 200 Palestinians

With Condoleezza Rice fast approaching on a peace mission, Israel offered Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas a show of support on Monday by freeing 198 Palestinian prisoners. The group included Israel’s longest serving prisoner. Israel holds roughly 9,000 Palestinians.

Posted on Aug 25, 2008 READ MORE



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Israel Agrees to Hezbollah Deal

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s Cabinet has agreed to a German-brokered prisoner exchange with Hezbollah. It is believed that under the terms of the deal, Israel would receive the bodies of two captured soldiers in return for the release of five Lebanese prisoners and the bodies of 10 more.

Posted on Jun 29, 2008 READ MORE


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China Frees More Than 1,100 Tibetan Protesters

Probably in an effort to calm tensions before the Olympic torch runs through Tibet’s capital city of Lhasa, the Chinese government released over 1,100 people alleged to have been involved in March’s unrest, which brought the world’s attention to the country and left several dozen people dead.

Posted on Jun 20, 2008 READ MORE


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Over 850 Afghan Prisoners at Large After Kahdahar Raid

Last weekend’s prison break in Kandahar, Afghanistan, resulted in the deaths of at least nine policemen and eight prisoners, and more than 600 prisoners were on the loose, many of them said to have ties to the Taliban.

Posted on Jun 16, 2008 READ MORE



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Land of the Not-So-Free

The United States of America holds nearly one-quarter of the world’s prisoners. That’s because of an alarmingly high incarceration rate—the highest by far in the world—that strikes some as tough and others as simply barbaric. About one in every 100 adult Americans sits behind bars. Oh, and it’s a racist system, to boot. Take that, China!

Posted on Apr 24, 2008 READ MORE


The Nation: Gitmo Trials Are Reported Rigged

It’s unfortunately not unusual anymore to hear about the politicization of American legal and intelligence institutions under the Bush administration, but, even so, this report by The Nation’s Ross Tuttle about how the trials of six key prisoners at Guantanamo Bay have allegedly been rigged from the get-go is disturbing. Updated

Posted on Feb 21, 2008 READ MORE


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Detention for Dummies

Web site Wikileaks has uncovered a 238-page manual that addresses almost every aspect of detainees’ lives at the Guantanamo detention facility. Cooperative prisoners, for example, should be allowed three showers a week instead of two, the manual says.

Posted on Nov 15, 2007 READ MORE


Hezbollah in Talks With Israel

Hezbollah’s leader, Hassan Nasrallah, said he is in talks with Israel via a U.N. mediator to negotiate a prisoner swap.  The U.N. Security Council resolution that ended the monthlong conflict in Lebanon, during which more that 1,200 people died, called for the unconditional release of the soldiers whose capture ignited the war.

Posted on Nov 2, 2006 READ MORE


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Abu Ghraib Victim Exploiting His Own Torture?

NFL star Tiki Barber, a “Fox & Friends” guest host, asserted that an Abu Ghraib torture victim is “taking advantage” of his past by heading a prisoners’ rights group.

Posted on Mar 16, 2006 READ MORE


Abu Ghraib Closing? Don’t Cheer Just Yet

Some sources are reporting that the U.S. has decided to close the notorious prison and transfer its prisoners elsewhere, but don’t celebrate just yet: The seeds for future abuse are already well sown.

Posted on Mar 10, 2006 READ MORE


Doctors Attack US Over Guantanamo

Over 250 medical experts sign a letter condemning the U.S. for force-feeding prisoners on hunger strike at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Posted on Mar 9, 2006 READ MORE


The Prison Death Tally

Almost 100 prisoners have died in U.S. custody in Iraq and Afghanistan since August 2000, with homicide suspected or confirmed in 34 deaths, concludes a report fom Human Rights First.

Posted on Feb 21, 2006 READ MORE


Annan Backs Guantanamo Closure

In the wake of a U.N. report condemning the U.S. treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, the U.N. secretary-general says America must shut down the prison “as soon as possible.” U.S. officials react about as you might expect.
Earlier: Read about the former U.S. interrogator whose book blew the lid off inhumane practices at Gitmo.
Update: From the Jordan Times (via Watching America): “It is immensely sad that the U.S. should end up imitating the worst aspects of the very systems it says it wants to ‘democratize.’”

Posted on Feb 17, 2006 READ MORE


Images of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison were broadcast on Australian TV.
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In Their Own Words

Newly released photos and videos of inhumane conditions at Abu Ghraib have again shone a spotlight on America’s treatment of its prisoners. Read the sworn statements by prisoners at Abu Ghraib, obtained and translated by the Washington Post in 2004 at the height of the prison abuse scandal.
Excerpt: “As soon as we arrived, they put sandbags over our heads and they kept beating us…. And every single night this military guy comes over and beat us and handcuffed us until the end of his shift.”

Posted on Feb 15, 2006 READ MORE


The Wonderful World of Outsourced Torture

The more we learn of the Bush administration’s pervasive outsourcing of torture, the more sensible it seems as a policy. Evidently, our intelligence people, tainted as they are by the squeamish morality of Western civilization, are just not fully up to the task of getting prisoners to tell us what the administration wants us to hear.

Posted on Dec 14, 2005 READ MORE


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