2006 State Department Memo Shows Bush-Era CIA Interrogations Violated Torture Conventions

By: Wednesday April 4, 2012 8:57 am

A recently declassified memo from 2006 shows that Philip Zelikow, then a state department aide on terrorism issues and previously the executive director of the 9/11 commission, dissented from an extreme opinion by the Office of Legal Counsel that CIA interrogations at secret prisons in foreign countries were free from international treaty constraints against torture. [...]

Doctors Without Borders Describes Being Asked to Treat Patients Between Torture Sessions in Libya

By: Friday January 27, 2012 8:15 am

Glenn Greenwald had a good story yesterday about continuing human rights abuses in Libya, and how you cannot justify interventions on “humanitarian” grounds without being concerned about what you leave behind. There’s more indication of that today with this ugly situation described by Doctors Without Borders: Doctors Without Borders has suspended its work in prisons [...]

Libyan Forces Capture Seif al-Islam el-Gadhafi

By: Saturday November 19, 2011 1:55 pm

Seif al-Islam el-Gadhafi, the son of the former dictator and the most recognizable living face of the old Libyan regime, was captured by Libyan militia fighters today in the southwestern desert, where he was apparently attempting to cross the border. This is actually the second time Gadhafi has been captured during the Libyan revolution. He [...]

Seif al-Islam el-Gadhafi, Fearing for His Life, Tries to Charter Plane to International Criminal Court

By: Friday October 28, 2011 8:15 am

Seif al-Islam el-Gadhafi has contacted the International Criminal Court at The Hague, and is seeking an airlift out of Libya, where he fears assassination, in favor of a war crimes trial. The International Criminal Court (ICC) said intermediaries had been used in indirect talks with Saif al-Islam. Prosecutors said the court had made it clear [...]

Yet More Allegations of Detainee Abuse by Libyan Rebels

By: Thursday October 27, 2011 12:54 pm

Libya’s Transitional National Council has vowed to prosecute the killers of Moammar Gadhafi if crimes were found to be committed. They say they have issued a code of ethics on prisoners of war, and that any violation of that code will be investigated and subject to a criminal trial. They now have something else to [...]

Amnesty International Again Criticizes Libyan Rebels Over Detainee Abuse

By: Thursday October 13, 2011 8:55 am

One of the newest governments in the world, the Transitional National Council, again came up for criticism by Amnesty International for systemic detainee abuse. The report provides evidence of arbitrary detention and abuse of thousands of people in Libya over the past several months. Amnesty calls the lack of oversight a stain on the new [...]

Libyan Rebels Round Up, Detain Black Africans

By: Friday September 2, 2011 8:50 am

We never really got a clean sense of the rebels who NATO helped to bring to power in Libya. That picture is becoming slightly clearer.

McCain’s Rejection of Torture Puts Brakes on Neocon Assault

By: Thursday May 12, 2011 11:10 am

We heard from Marcy that John McCain had a decent op-ed today in the Washington Post, denouncing torture and laying out the facts on the role of torture. He affirmed that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed lied under torture about key facts related to the courier which harbored bin Laden, and he also provided more information on [...]

The Bin Laden Intel/Torture Debate

By: Monday May 2, 2011 11:27 am

As soon as we started talking about torture on the level of efficacy, i.e. whether torture “worked,” it was inevitable that we’d have a day like this. The AP reports that intelligence from secret CIA prisons first uncovered the name of the courier which eventually led to the bin Laden compound. The information came from [...]

Picture of Libyan Rebels Emerges: A Force of 1,000?

By: Thursday March 24, 2011 6:47 am

One nagging question since the beginning of this Libyan operation has been: who are we helping? There seemed to be very little information out there about the rebel forces, and the West seemed to be taking an “act now, vet later” approach. They were the enemy of the enemy and nothing more. Well, we’re learning [...]

Major Newspapers Editorialize Against Treatment of Bradley Manning

By: Tuesday March 15, 2011 8:30 am

I know that PJ Crowley violated the 11th Commandment – thou shalt not speak ill of the human rights abuses of a fellow Democrat – and so he had to go. But the dismissal of Crowley by the Obama Administration had a perverse effect – it elevated attention to the issue of Bradley Manning’s confinement. [...]

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