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[03/17/2006] Torture investigator calls for Guantanamo closure
The UN’s torture investigator today urged America’s European allies to push Washington to close the detention centre in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.\n » More

[03/16/2006] Red Cross Condones Torture of Prisoners of War
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) was founded in 1863 to help the wounded and other victims of War. In the Geneva Conventions the ICRC is given exclusive rights to investigate prison conditions in War situations.\n » More

[03/15/2006] Shock Therapy For Kids
She was among twenty emotional parents supporting controversial shock-therapy treatment. The school... uses modern-day electric shock therapy by way of back packs, belts--sometimes strapped to arms and legs. The shocks can last two to three seconds and are usually administered several times a week. » More

[03/14/2006] Abu Ghraib inmate speaks out
An Iraqi tortured in the notorious Abu Ghraib prison has said US soldiers electrocuted him until he felt his \"eyes popping out\".\n » More

[03/13/2006] Post Monday: Top commanders approved use of dogs at Guantanamo Bay
When Army Sgt. Michael J. Smith faces a court-martial Monday on charges that he used his military working dog to harass and threaten detainees, one of the prime examples of that alleged misconduct will be a photograph of Smith holding the dog just inches from the face of a detainee, the Washington Post begins in Monday editions of the paper -- in an article revealing that top military commanders approved the use of dogs at Guantanamo Bay » More

[03/10/2006] \'De-programming\' same as torture
CIVIL libertarians have said a proposal by the Federal Police chief to \"de-program\" terrorists is tantamount to torture, but Muslim groups say it may have merit. » More

[03/10/2006] U.S. Has No Immediate Plans to Close Abu Ghraib Prison
The United States always has planned to transfer authority for all detention facilities in Iraq to the Iraqis, but announcements regarding the imminent closure at the Abu Ghraib prison are premature, defense officials said today. » More

[03/06/2006] Lawyer: Gitmo `our American gulag\'
As a lawyer representing six Kuwaiti prisoners at the American prison camp at Guantánamo Bay, I have visited the prison camp 11 times in the last 14 months. What I have witnessed is a cruel and eerie netherworld of concrete and barbed wire that has become a daily nightmare for the nearly 500 people swept up after Sept. 11 who have been imprisoned without charges or trial for more than four years. It is truly our American gulag. » More

[03/06/2006] I Do Not Wish to Be Associated With Torture
As a matter of conscience, I am returning the Intelligence Commendation Award medallion given me for \"especially commendable service\" during my 27-year career in CIA. The issue is torture, which inhabits the same category as rape and slavery - intrinsically evil. I do not wish to be associated, however remotely, with an agency engaged in torture. » More

[03/06/2006] Watchdog: What Ever Happened to the Civil Liberties Board?
For more than a year, the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board has been the most invisible office in the White House. Created by Congress in December 2004 as a result of the recommendations of the 9/11 Commission, the board has never hired a staff or even held a meeting. » More

[03/02/2006] Blair\'s wife says info extracted through torture should be acted on
International treaties ban the use of torture without exception, but governments may sometimes have to act on intelligence that may have come from such abuse, Prime Minister Tony Blair\'s wife Cherie Booth said Wednesday. » More

[03/01/2006] \r\nTorture Chic - Pink is the new black
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[02/23/2006] Italians accused of torture in Iraq
Italian mercenaries in Iraq carried out torture similar to that practised by American soldiers in the Abu Ghraib jail, Italy\'s Rainews 24 television channel was told on Wednesday . » More

[02/23/2006] China: Torture leaves freed Tiananmen dissident mentally ill
After 16 years, Tiananmen dissident Yu Dongyue was finally freed from prison yesterday, but with his mental health impaired. Amnesty International welcomed his release and called for all others still imprisoned in connection with the crackdown on the 1989 pro-democracy movement to be freed. » More

[02/21/2006] One Thousand A Month Tortured To Death In Iraq
Proving that Abu Ghraib and Gitmo are the tip of the iceberg, the outgoing UN human rights chief dropped a bombshell when he told an obscure Maltese newspaper that as many as a thousand detainees a month are being tortured to death in Iraq. » More

[02/19/2006] Torture flights landed in UK, admit air controllers
CIA jets suspected of flying terrorist suspects to secret prisons for torture have landed at commercial British airports and received help from UK air traffic control, the authorities have admitted for the first time. » More

[02/14/2006] Bush Advisor Says President Has Legal Power to Torture Children
John Yoo publicly argued there is no law that could prevent the President from ordering the torture of a child of a suspect in custody – including by crushing that child’s testicles. » More

[02/14/2006] Guantanamo Bay inmates \'tortured\'
Treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay constitutes torture in some cases and violates international law, a leaked UN draft report says. » More

[02/14/2006] To Torture or Not To Torture?
During a recent debate in Chicago, former U.S. Justice Department official John Yoo, who wrote the crucial memos justifying President Bush’s policies on torture, was asked, “If the president deems that he’s got to torture somebody, including by crushing the testicles of the person’s child, there is no law that can stop him?” » More

[02/13/2006] Sheriff Designed Chair Now Reportedly Used On Gitmo Inmates
An Iowa sheriff said he is concerned over how the U.S. military is using restraint chairs he invented and manufactures out of Denison. » More

[02/13/2006] CIA chief sacked for opposing torture
The CIA’s top counter-terrorism official was fired last week because he opposed detaining Al-Qaeda suspects in secret prisons abroad, sending them to other countries for interrogation and using forms of torture such as “water boarding”, intelligence sources have claimed. » More

[01/30/2006] Torture The Innocent, Release the Most Wanted
The hallmark of the worldwide detainee and torture camps is defined by repeated examples whereby proven top Al-Qaeda members are protected or released while completely innocent individuals are imprisoned for no reason and tortured. » More

[01/26/2006] Linking torture with Jesus\' message is a tragedy
\"Who would Jesus torture?\" The question has haunted me throughout the Congressional debate on the matter. » More

[01/26/2006] \'24\' hours of torture-loving
The new season of \"24\" has begun and my fellow devotees already have glowing things to say about it. I find the shows so compelling that I never watch them on network television; I wait for the DVD so I can watch them without interruption. » More

[01/26/2006] Why are European governments pretending to be unaware of CIA torture centres?
This week it has been confirmed that European governments were aware of CIA renditioning flights and the existence of torture centres. » More

[01/04/2006] Bush could bypass new torture ban
When President Bush last week signed the bill outlawing the torture of detainees, he quietly reserved the right to bypass the law under his powers as commander in chief. » More

[12/02/2005] Blair faces allegations of complicity in torture
Britain\'s European partners stepped up the pressure for details to be disclosed about hundreds of secret flights by CIA-operated jets. » More

[12/02/2005] Video: General Corrects Rumsfeld On Torture
In a surprising event, General Pace actually corrected Rumsfeld publicly over policy. Let\'s hope his job isn\'t in jeopardy. » More

[11/30/2005] US \'to study secret CIA flights\'
The US will investigate reports that European airports were used to move terror suspects to secret CIA-run jails, Germany\'s foreign minister says. » More

[11/27/2005] Britain gives approval to torture, claims Amnesty
Tony Blair has been accused of undermining decades of British campaigning for international human rights by using the war on terror to give a \"green light\" to torture. » More

[11/22/2005] Torture Under the Philosophical Guidance of Cheney
According to retired U.S. Army Col. Larry Wilkerson, Colin Powell’s chief of staff, the “philosophical guidance” of Dick Cheney is behind Bush’s rape and torture gulag. » More

[11/22/2005] CIA \"unique\" methods not torture: director
CIA interrogators use \"unique\" methods to obtain \"vital\" information from prisoners, but strictly obey laws against torture, CIA Director Porter Goss said in an interview published on Monday. » More

[11/22/2005] Report: Cheney advocated U.S. torture
The U.S. practice of using torture on terror detainees was rooted in Vice President Dick Cheney\'s office, a former senior State Department official claims. » More

[11/21/2005] UK is accused over \'torture flights\'
Ministers have been accused of turning a blind eye to \"torture flights\" refuelling at UK airports, despite warnings that they may breach international law. » More

[11/21/2005] Powell aide: Torture \'guidance\' from VP
A former top State Department official said Sunday that Vice President Dick Cheney provided the \"philosophical guidance\" and \"flexibility\" that led to the torture of detainees in U.S. facilities. » More

[11/19/2005] US: Nearly 50% OK with torture
Nearly half of Americans believe that the use of torture against suspected terrorists in order to gain information is justified, according to a survey published on Thursday by the Pew Research Centre in Washington. » More

[11/15/2005] Britain ran secret torture centre during WW II
\nLondon: Britain ran a secret torture centre during World War II to extract information from German prisoners, a media report here has claimed. The daily said it learnt about its existence from papers unearthed from the National Archives and the Red Cross, from whom the centre was kept secret. » More

[11/15/2005] CIA Accused of Using Airport in Mallorca
The National Court has received a prosecutor\'s report on allegations that the CIA used an airport on the Spanish island of Mallorca for a program of covert transfers of terror suspects, court officials said Monday.\n » More

[11/14/2005] White House declines to rule out torture to thwart attack
A top White House official refused to rule out the use of torture in an effort to prevent a major terrorist attack, arguing the war on terror could present a \'difficult dilemma\' and the US administration was duty-bound to protect the American people. » More

[11/11/2005] Rumsfeld can authorize exceptions to new \"humane\" interrogation directive
US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld can authorize exceptions to a new Defense Department policy on military interrogations that bars torture and calls for \"humane\" treatment of detainees, a spokesman said. » More

[11/09/2005] Classified report warned of possible abuses by CIA
A classified report issued last year by the CIA\'s inspector general warned that interrogation procedures approved by the CIA after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks might violate some provisions of the international Convention Against Torture, current and former intelligence officials said. » More

[11/09/2005] Pentagon bans torture, use of dogs on prisoners
Thrown on the defensive by abuse of prisoners in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, the Pentagon has issued a broad new directive mandating that detainees be treated humanely and has banned the use of dogs to intimidate or harass suspects. » More

[11/08/2005] Bush declares: \'We do not torture\'
President Bush on Monday defended U.S. interrogation practices and called the treatment of terrorism suspects lawful. \"We do not torture,\" Bush declared in response to reports of secret CIA prisons overseas. » More

[11/07/2005] Hagel: Torture Exemption Would Be Mistake
A leading Republican senator said Sunday that the Bush administration is making \"a terrible mistake\" in opposing a congressional ban on torture and other inhuman treatment of prisoners in U.S. custody. » More

[11/04/2005] Addington, Cheney and Torture
Dick Cheney\'s new Scooter Libby, David Addington, is, as one would expect, a big believer in the military\'s right to abuse detainees. » More

[11/04/2005] EU to Investigate Allegations of CIA Jails
Before we said that the UN investigating Gitmo was like ted Bundy investigating Ed Gein\'s house, this is no different. The EU and the CIA are both just front organizations for Bilderberg and the NWO, there will be no impartiality here. » More

[11/04/2005] Rumsfeld Openly Admits Guantanamo Torture
When Donald Rumsfeld was asked about the force feeding of detainees at Guantanamo Bay recently, a brutal practice that involves inserting tubes as wide as fingers directly through stomachs and nostrils without any anesthetic as prisoners convulse and vomit blood, Rummy replied, \"I\'m not a doctor.\" » More

[11/04/2005] U.S. House delays vote on torture ban
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[11/04/2005] Detainee Policy Sharply Divides Bush Officials
The Bush administration is embroiled in a sharp internal debate over whether a new set of Defense Department standards for handling terror suspects should adopt language from the Geneva Conventions prohibiting \"cruel,\" \"humiliating\" and \"degrading\" treatment, administration officials say. » More

[11/02/2005] Rumsfeld says no U.N. access to Guantanamo inmates
Spurning a request by U.N. human rights investigators, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Tuesday the United States will not allow them to meet with detainees at the Guantanamo prison for foreign terrorism suspects. » More

[11/01/2005] New law could link our courts with torture
Allowing overseas video evidence in terror trials could prove dangerous » More

[11/01/2005] Anti-torture measure protects U.S. troops
Although the Senate overwhelmingly approved an anti-torture amendment three weeks ago, the White House continues to insist that the CIA be exempted from the ban on abuse. The Senate should not budge from its principled and morally justifiable opposition to torture. » More

[10/31/2005] \'New evidence\' backs Hicks\'s torture claim
Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks say they have uncovered evidence supporting claims that the South Australian may have been the subject of organised torture by American troops. » More

[10/26/2005] Guantanamo detainee pleads to die
A hunger-striking detainee at Guantanamo Bay wants a judge to order the removal of his feeding tube so he can die, one of his lawyers has said. » More

[10/26/2005] PBS film documents Rumsfeld’s role in authorizing torture
Entitled “The Torture Question,” the report makes clear that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld bears direct responsibility for the brutal methods of interrogation used against US prisoners. » More

[10/26/2005] Cheney leads White House fight against torture ban
Congressional negotiators are feeling heat from the White House and constituents as they consider whether to back a Senate-approved ban on torturing detainees in U.S. custody or weaken the prohibition, as the White House prefers. » More

[10/25/2005] Push to let CIA get around torture ban
Stepping up a confrontation with the Senate over the handling of detainees, the White House is insisting that the Central Intelligence Agency be exempted from a proposed ban on abusive treatment of suspected Qaeda militants and other terrorists. » More

[10/25/2005] General in charge of Abu Ghraib: Torture still going on, Iraq just the beginning
The General commanding troops in Iraq whose career was ruined in the Abu Ghraib torture scandal, Janis Karpinski, appeared on the Alex Jones Show and made some amazing revelations. » More

[10/24/2005] “U.S. soldiers cleaned their boots with Qur’an pages”
A Bahraini detainee held at the U.S. detention center in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba revealed more sexual abuses by the American soldiers there and confirmed Qur’an desecration. » More

[10/21/2005] MI5 \'acts on facts gained under torture\'
The head of MI5 has submitted evidence to the House of Lords indicating that her agents are prepared to act on intelligence obtained under torture in the fight against terrorism. » More

[10/20/2005] Guantanamo hunger strikers say feeding tubes employed as torture
Prisoners on hunger strike at the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, reported troops force-fed them with dirty feeding tubes that have been violently inserted and withdrawn as punishment, said declassified notes released Wednesday by defence lawyers. » More

[10/19/2005] PBS: Guantanamo Gen. balked at torture
Brig. Gen. Rick Baccus was removed as Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, commander in 2002 for refusing to use tougher interrogation tactics, a PBS documentary suggests. » More

[10/17/2005] Torture flights our role in US brutality shames Britain
The “extraordinary renditions” programme, which breaches every law on international human rights, sees the United States target suspected terrorists anywhere in the world, kidnap them, drug them, cuff and blindfold them, bundle them on to a secret CIA jet and whisk them off to a “friendly” nation » More

[10/17/2005] US troops \'starve Iraqi citizens\'
A senior United Nations official has accused US-led coalition troops of depriving Iraqi civilians of food and water in breach of humanitarian law. » More

[10/17/2005] Campaign groups fight \"torture evidence\" ruling
Lawyers representing 14 human rights groups will try to persuade Britain\'s top court on Monday to overturn a ruling which allows evidence obtained under torture to be used in some British hearings. » More

[10/11/2005] This should be simple: U.S. doesn\'t OK torture
Does President Bush really want to be on record against language passed overwhelmingly by the U.S. Senate that would ban torture? » More

[10/11/2005] Prison guards \'enjoy torture\'
According to him, cells in Guantanamo were categorised \"A\" to \"D\", with the best ones given to those who co-operated with the authorities. » More

[10/07/2005] Bush will veto anti-torture law after Senate revolt
The Bush administration pledged yesterday to veto legislation banning the torture of prisoners by US troops after an overwhelming and almost unprecedented revolt by loyalist congressmen.\n » More

[10/06/2005] Senate votes for ban on torture
The Senate delivered a rebuke to the Bush administration Wednesday night, adding language banning U.S. torture of military prisoners to a $440 billion military spending bill in defiance of a White House threat to veto the whole bill if the anti-torture language was attached. \n » More

[10/04/2005] “They blinded me”
Hypocrisy and a disregard for basic human rights and international laws continue to mark the American President’s so-called “war on terror\". \n » More

[04/15/2005] Cheney asks for CIA torture exemption
U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney made an unusual personal appeal to Republican senators this week to allow CIA exemptions from a proposed ban on the torture of terror suspects in U.S. custody, said participants in a closed-door session. » More

[06/09/2004] Daily life at Abu Ghraib: Filthy conditions, sexual misbehavior, bug-infested food, prisoner beatings and humiliations
U.S. News obtains all classified annexes to the Taguba report on Abu Ghraib \"My first reaction was, \'Wow, there [are] a lot of nude people here\'... I, myself, have never been in a prison... So I had no experience at all as far as a warden or that type of thing.\"\n » More




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