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‘Credible’ Reports Of Torture At U.S. Facilities In Afghanistan

GENEVA — The United Nations reported Wednesday that it had uncovered two credible accounts of torture at U.S. military facilities in Afghanistan in recent years during an investigation into the treatment of detainees. The report, which was devoted primarily to mistreatment of prisoners held in Afghan custody, said the “credible and reliable” accounts came from […]

Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Guantanamo detainee since 2002, writes of his detention and the torture that took place, published in The Guardian, with parts redacted by the U.S. government. I started to recite the Koran quietly, for prayer was forbidden. Once ________ said, “Why don’t you pray? Go ahead and pray!” I was like, How […]

To say that this report isn’t going to go over well with waterboarding fans is obviously an understatement. This soldier’s allegations are dead serious – and did not break through to the “mainstream” media until this morning, when the scrappy New York Daily News published a substantial article on the sergeant and what he says he […]

Two protesters were arrested after 20 people walked onto his property demonstrating against torture on the 14th anniversary of the opening of the prison at Guantanamo Bay. The protesters from the anti-war group Code Pink walked up to the house before police arrived and asked them to leave, said Fairfax County police spokesman Roger Henriquez. […]

Former Alaska Senator and 2008 presidential candidate Mike Gravel entered the full text of the Pentagon papers in the Congressional Record, and says it’s time for someone to do the same with the Senate’s torture report. There’s still too much we don’t know about what the government did in our name – and who they […]

U.S. President Barack Obama is a little closer to fulfilling his six-year-old promise to close the U.S. military prison at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba. At least five detainees are expected to be moved from the facility by the end of the month, which would leave 127 remaining prisoners at the facility, according […]

The editorial board of the New York Times is calling for accountability for those who approved torture and those who carried it out. Since the day President Obama took office, he has failed to bring to justice anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects — an official government program conceived and carried out in the […]

One characteristic, above all else, defines the sociopath: an utter lack of guilt or remorse. One characteristic, above all else, defines Christianity: freedom from guilt and remorse. Christianity, as a rule, doesn’t explicitly endorse the worst possible things a person can do. But it does forgive them, and that insidious negation of conscience is a […]

Besides the fact that Dick Cheney’s policies haven’t and don’t work, his facts are just wrong. First PolitiFact rated Cheney’s claim that terrorists were not covered by the Geneva Convention “mostly false,” writing: Cheney has a point that unlawful combatants are not afforded as high a level of protection as prisoners of war or civilians. […]

There are certain policy decisions that should never be left up to the American people. I’m not necessarily saying we’re stupid. Actually, come to think of it, I’m absolutely saying too many of us are stupid. 29 percent of us can’t name the vice president. Roughly 45 percent of us believe the Earth was created […]

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