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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 Meeting” that took place at the camp on October 2, 2002.
America's Real Patriots Fought to Expose and End Torture

America's Real Patriots Fought to Expose and End Torture

By Jameel Jaffer, ACLU Deputy Legal Director and Director of ACLU Center for Democracy & Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 1:39pm

This was originally published in The Los Angeles Times.

After more than a decade of denial and concealment on the part of our government, President Obama's recent acknowledgment that "we tortured some folks" felt like a milestone. Even in its…

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.

Click here to read an original op-ed from the TED speaker who inspired this post and watch the TEDTalk below.

Trained in the Geneva Conventions and the Uniform Code of Military…

"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…

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…

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…

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: #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,…

Ten Questions: #5

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 11:46am

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: #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,…

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