The European Court of Human Rights rules that the two EU countries allowed the detention and abuse of a Saudi and a Palestinian at secret U.S. prisons.
Gina Haspel's confirmation as CIA director sends a message to future administrations that those who authorize and facilitate torture will escape liability.
The newly appointed CIA director's career at the intelligence agency spans more than three decades. While her work is shrouded in secrecy, two things are well known.
If the government decides you are an “enemy combatant,” you cannot defend yourself in court It’s a terrible precedent and a threat even to US citizens We should immediately release the alleged terrorist If the government decides you are an “enemy combatant,” you cannot defend yourself in court.
Abu Zubaydah’s sworn statement provides a chilling, first-person account of how U.S. officials tortured a man they wrongly believed was a top al-Qaida operative.
Even if the accusations against Abu Zubaydah had been true, what the CIA did to him—with the knowledge and approval of the highest government officials—is a prime example of the kind of still-unpunished crimes that officials such as Dick Cheney, George Bush and Donald Rumsfeld committed in the so-called global war on terror.