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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 were sentenced in absentia to from five to eight years in prison. It is the only criminal prosecution to date of anyone involved in the Bush administration’s Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation program.

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: #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: The Plan Has Been Signed Off On

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 4:38pm

This email, dated October 1, 2002, announces the beginning of the interrogation of Mohammed al Qahtani in Guantánamo. As with the CIA’s torture of Abu Zubaydah, the Defense Department’s interrogators followed a plan…

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…

Document a Day: What We've Seen, What We Haven't Seen

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 4:08pm

Still shocking six years after they first were leaked to the media, the images of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib prison that a whistleblowing soldier turned over to military criminal investigators in January 2004 are only …

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…

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…

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