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American Torture and the 'Heroic Imagination'

American Torture and the 'Heroic Imagination'

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy & Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 11:55am
This was originally posted on The Huffington Post.

"Force Drift"

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 2:26pm

“Once the initial barrier against the use of improper force had been breached,” then-General Counsel for the U.S. Navy Alberto Mora cautioned in the second installment of Chapter 5, “a phenomenon knows as ‘force drift' would…

Ten Questions: #4

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 1:53pm

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,…

Document a Day: I Believe the Technique Used Was Acceptable

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 4:57pm

A graphic example of the shocking lack of accountability for the gravest human rights abuses, these documents follow the murder of Iraqi general Abed Hamed Mowhoush in U.S. custody in December 2003.

Mowhoush died during an interrogation…

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;…

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…

What Happened  in Italy: An Interview with "Kidnapping in Milan" Author Steve Hendricks

What Happened in Italy: An Interview with "Kidnapping in Milan" Author Steve Hendricks

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 3:23pm

In November, 2009, an Italian criminal court convicted 22 CIA agents and one Air Force officer of kidnapping for snatching an Egyptian-born Muslim cleric known as Abu Omar from a Milan street and rendering him to Egypt to be tortured. The 23 Americans…

Ten Questions: #10

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 10:38am

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: #7

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 2:47pm

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: #6

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 4:50pm

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,…

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