Abu Ghraib Torture Victims Paid $5 Million By Military Contractor L-3

By: Wednesday January 9, 2013 6:54 am

L-3 Communications, through its parent company Engility Holdings Inc, has disclosed in an SEC filing that it has paid over $5 million to victims of torture at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq during the U.S occupation. From the Associated Press: A defense contractor whose subsidiary was accused in a lawsuit of conspiring to torture [...]

How the Suspension of the Rule of Law Makes for a Worse Economy

By: Friday August 31, 2012 11:45 am

As I noted yesterday, the Justice Department ended its investigation into the final two cases of suspected CIA torture, both of which resulted in deaths of the detainees (two of the over 100 detainees who have died in US custody). Glenn Greenwald writes eloquently and comprehensively on that as the final immunity given to the [...]

Justice Department Ends Investigation Into Bush-Era Torture, With No Charges

By: Thursday August 30, 2012 12:50 pm

Well, that’s that. The Justice Department has just formally ended their investigation into CIA “enhanced interrogations” without bringing any charges. This was the investigation headed by John Durham, the federal prosecutor selected in August 2009 to look into charges of torture in CIA interrogations during the Bush Administration. We know plenty about those charges. The [...]

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. [...]

Human Rights Watch Alleges Abuses By Opposition Groups in Syria

By: Tuesday March 20, 2012 11:00 am

There are reports that Saudi Arabia has sent military equipment to aid the rebels in the Free Syrian Army, according to an anonymous diplomat for the Arab nation. But who the “good guys” in this fight, considering the push by neoconservatives to arm these same Syrian rebels, or intervene militarily on their behalf. It turns out that human rights groups are now accusing the Syrian opposition of a litany of abuses.

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 [...]

Justice Department Reserves Most Aggressive Prosecutions for Leakers and Whistleblowers

By: Tuesday January 24, 2012 9:35 am

Just to recap the last 24 hours in the rule of law: if you order the massacre a village of Iraqis, you will get your charges reduced to “dereliction of duty” and get sentenced to no more than three months confinement. Furthermore, the rest of your colleagues that participated in the incident will not serve [...]

Ten Years On, Afghan Government, Security Forces Mistreat, Ignore Public

By: Monday October 10, 2011 10:54 am

You may have missed it among all the protests and occupations, but last week marked the 10th anniversary of one of the longest wars in American history, the war in Afghanistan. Many of the soldiers now fighting that war were in grade school when it started. And both the US and NATO acknowledge that the [...]

The Two-Tiered System of American Justice

By: Tuesday June 14, 2011 9:55 am

Having proven unable to sway Congress into delaying the rule that will reform debit card swipe fees and end monopolistic practices, the banking industry will do what it normally does as an alternative: they’ll take the issue to court. They will allege that the Federal Reserve, in setting a cap on the fees that banks [...]

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 [...]

Official Bin Laden Story Changes in Various Places

By: Tuesday May 3, 2011 6:10 am

The story of the frantic raid on the bin Laden compound in Abbottabad has evolved over the past 24 hours. What was a very crisp narrative full of interesting details has not held up. Here are a few examples: • Initially, the story went that a woman was used as a human shield and was [...]

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