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Document a Day: Abuse as Standard Operation Procedure

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 4:31pm
These two pages are from a Department of Defense investigation into an incident in which a 17 year-old Iraqi youth suffered a broken jaw during interrogations in Iraq in December 2003. The boy wasn't even suspected of wrongdoing; he'd been picked up as a “sub-target,” defined then as “male Iraqi citizens found inside a target's home.” As the file makes clear, detainees at this facility at the time were being “routinely and systematically abused,” bombarded with heavy metal music, deprived of sleep, doused with cold water, hooded, and beaten.

Document a Day: The Gun and Drill Incident

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 4:35pm

These pages are from the May 7, 2004, report of the CIA's Inspector General on the agency's Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation program, which even in its still heavily-redacted form is one of the most important documents unearthed…

Document a Day: Early Reports of Abuse

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 1:16pm

We're calling this A Document a Day, and for the most part it will be just that, but we begin with four short incident accounts by American servicewomen and men who stumbled on manifestations of much larger system of abuse:…

Coming in June: A Document a Day

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 5:27pm

Throughout June, we’ll be observing Torture Awareness Month by posting a Document a Day on The Torture Report Diary.

In 1997, the United Nations commemorated the 10th anniversary of the enactment of the Convention Against…

"We Cannot Sweep These Allegations Under the Carpet"

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 11:56am

From London now comes news that incoming Foreign Secretary William Hague will order an official investigation into whether British intelligence agents were complicit in Binyam Mohamed's torture.

As the BBC and the Guardian reported late…

Australia, Too, Moves Toward Accountability

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 11:38am

England isn’t alone in rejecting attempts to suppress the record of its government’s complicity in torture. A few months ago, an appeals court in Australia likewise opened the way to a public airing of the involvement of Australian…

Secrecy Loses Again in the U.K.

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 2:45pm

This week Binyam Mohamed moved another step closer to a public reckoning for his ordeal when a British appeals court ruled the government cannot rely on secret evidence to defend itself in a damages suit brought by Mohamed and five other U.K.-based…

More Torture Schemes

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 1:38pm

It’s becoming clearer by the week that the scheme described in Chapter 4 was not unique.

Last month a federal judge granted the habeas corpus petition of Uthman Abdul Rahim Mohammed Uthman (PDF), a young Yemeni detainee who was arrested…

The Conclusion of Chapter 4, "A Ponzi Scheme of Torture"

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 10:46am

Today we post the conclusion of “A Ponzi Scheme of Torture,” a chapter which pieces together the interconnected, serial tortures of Abu Zubaydah, Binyam Mohamed, and Jose Padilla.

In the first part of the chapter, “The Scheme,” we saw…

"A Ponzi Scheme of Torture"

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 12:02pm

Today we post the first of two parts of Chapter 4, “A Ponzi Scheme of Torture.”

This chapter connects the interrogations of Abu Zubaydah, Jose Padilla, and Binyam Mohamed, three people who were allegedly involved in a "dirty…

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