Understanding the US Torture State by Anthony Gregory, October 28, 2011 | Print This | Share This | Antiwar Forum The United States and Torture: Interrogation, Incarceration, and Abuse edited by Marjorie Cohn (New York University Press: 2011), 342 pages. When I was a child in Reagan’s America, a common theme in Cold War rhetoric was that the Soviets [...]
Torture and Rumsfeld
Why are ‘others’ always guilty of torture? Westerners are taught to believe “civilised” governments do not commit torture; that it’s always “them” and never “us”.
Westerners are taught to believe that torture is not a practice of a ‘civilised’ government and therefore does not take place within their military and security establishments [GALLO/GETTY] Following the fall of the Gaddafi regime in Libya, new allegations have emerged about the complicity of British and US officials in torture. Senior members of the [...]
A shackled detainee is taken from a vehicle for interrogation at Camp Delta, at the Guantanamo base in Cuba in 2006. Photograph: Brennan Linsley/AP Ten years on from its creation, calls are mounting from legal and human rights experts for closure of the ‘torture’ centre on Cuba reddit this Ed Vulliamy in New York [...]
Targeted killing and the ‘War on Terror’ The CIA’s extrajudicial killing of Anwar al-Awlaki raise troubling legal questions.
A secret US memo authorised the killing of radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki for his alleged role in an al-Qaeda affiliate [EPA] The United States’ recent killing of Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen has prompted renewed debate over the CIA’s predator drone programme. That the US government asserts the right to eliminate a terrorism suspect far from [...]
Former MI5 chief urges terrorist talks Lady Eliza Manningham-Buller, the former head of MI5, attacked anti-terrorist laws passed under Labour. Photograph: Graeme Robertson/Getty Images Lady Eliza Manningham-Buller says dialogue with terror groups, including al-Qaida, requires courage but ‘is necessary’ reddit this Richard Norton-Taylor The Guardian, Tuesday 13 September 2011 Article history The former head [...]
Despite New Denials by Rumsfeld, Evidence Shows US Military Used Waterboarding-Style Torture Friday 5 August 2011 by: Jeffrey Kaye, Truthout | Report Former United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, DC. Rumsfeld has recently denied knowledge of any waterboarding by US military personnel taking place at Guantanamo Bay. (Photo: Gage [...]
The US administration argues that Rumsfeld cannot be sued personally for his official conduct [EPA] A federal judge in the US has ruled that Donald Rumsfeld, the former defence secretary, can be sued by a former military contractor who was allegedly tortured and “unjustly” imprisoned in Iraq. Lawyers for the man, who is in his [...]
The document referred to can be seen and read at http://www.guardian.co.uk/law/interactive/2011/aug/04/mi6-torture-interrogation-policy-document A number of men said they were questioned by MI5 and MI6 officers after being tortured at Guantánamo Bay. Photograph: Mark Wilson/Getty Images A top-secret document revealing how MI6 and MI5 officers were allowed to extract information from prisoners being illegally tortured overseas [...]
Rumsfeld Iraq ‘torture‘ suit given go-ahead Former Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has been represented by the justice department Continue reading the main story Related Stories Bush ‘should face torture probe’ Rumsfeld defends US war in Iraq Profile: Donald Rumsfeld A US judge has ruled that a former American military contractor who claims he was tortured [...]