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Ten Questions: #3

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 2:31pm
When the United States appeared before the U.N. to defend its human rights record, State Department legal advisor Harold Koh assured the world that the U.S. had “thoroughly investigated” alleged abuses of detainees in U.S. custody, and that “appropriate corrective action has been taken.” Koh also asserted that the Justice Department’s initial investigation into torture was actively looking into allegations of abuse by the CIA and other civilian agencies.

Ten Questions: #2

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 6:33pm

When the United States appeared before the U.N. to defend its human rights record, State Department legal advisor Harold Koh assured the world that the U.S. had “thoroughly investigated” alleged abuses of detainees in U.S. custody,…

Ten Questions: #1

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 4:34pm

When the United States appeared before the U.N. to defend its human rights record, State Department legal advisor Harold Koh assured the world that the U.S. had “thoroughly investigated” alleged abuses of detainees in U.S. custody,…

More and More Questions

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 4:48pm

I was in Geneva when word leaked out that George Bush's memoir contained a passage in which he said, "Damn right!" he'd approved the torture of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — who, as we know, was waterboarded 183 times at the CIA's secret…

For Binyam Mohamed and Others in the U.K., Compensation. For Us, New Lies

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 5:55pm

The story the Guardian posted today, second in prominence only to an article announcing Prince William's engagement, begins,

The government insisted today that it had started to draw a line under the legacy of complicity in rendition and…

On Jeppesen, Part 2: Other Remedies

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 4:49pm

When Prime Minister David Cameron went before the House of Commons in July to announce an official investigation into allegations that British intelligence agents had been complicit in the U.S.-orchestrated rendition and torture of Binyam Mohamed…

On Jeppesen, Part 1: Our Very Public "Secrets"

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 2:52pm

Last month, in a bitterly disappointing 6-5 decision, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals pulled the plug on the lawsuit brought by Binyam Mohamed and four others against Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen Dataplan for assisting the CIA in delivering them into…

Deceiving the ICRC

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 12:26pm

One of the most disturbing documents I drew from in the new “Marching Orders” section, which covers the first year of interrogation operations in Guantánamo, is this set of minutes from a “Counter Resistance Strategy…

"Marching Orders"

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 3:19pm

Yesterday, we posted “Marching Orders,” which is Part 2 of Chapter 5, “The Battle Lab.”

In Part 1 of this Chapter we followed the seven-week “special interrogation” of Mohammed al Qahtani…

"The Battle Lab"

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 11:43am

Today we post Part 1 of Chapter 5 of the Torture Report, titled “The Battle Lab,” which looks at the development of a systematic torture program aimed at breaking detainees in the custody of the U.S. military in Guantánamo…

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