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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.

"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…

Document a Day: Not Even if Ordered

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 4:19pm

The FBI wasn't alone in rejecting torture. One of the most dramatic and stirring of all the torture documents, this Statement for the Record from the Navy's top lawyer, Alberto Mora, chronicles a rebellion within the Defense Department…

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: #8

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 1:03pm

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,…

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: The Secret Beginning

By Larry Siems, The Torture Report at 5:17pm

We end this month with the still-classified document that launched the torture program, President Bush’s September 17, 2001 directive giving the CIA the authority to disappear detainees and interrogate them in secret prisons. The…

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;…

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…

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