The Gitmo Files: Abu Zubaydah’s File

By: Monday April 25, 2011 12:06 am

As bmaz posted, WikiLeaks is (finally) releasing the Gitmo Files, review files on 758 of the detainees who have passed through Gitmo. For background, here’s the story Carol Rosenberg (with Tom Lasseter) wrote about the files. Among other things, they write about the “mission creep” at Gitmo, as people unrelated to al Qaeda were flown [...]

The Secrets Military Commissions Keep that Civilian Courts Don’t

By: Tuesday March 15, 2011 2:26 pm

As I mentioned in my earlier post on the new Gitmo protective order, DOD is reportedly preparing to charge Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri for his role in the Cole bombing for trial in a military commission. That’s worth keeping in mind because the Gitmo order is largely based on the protective order the DC District [...]

Playing God with Bradley Manning

By: Thursday March 10, 2011 12:24 pm

Back in 2002, Gitmo’s Standard Operating Procedures advocated stripping detainees of clothing as a way of demonstrating the omnipotence of the captors. In addition to degradation of the detainee, stripping can be used to demonstrate the omnipotence of the captor or to debilitate the detainee. With Abu Zubaydah–as Jane Mayer has written–they explicitly tied this [...]

Nine Years of Nudity in American Detention

By: Thursday March 3, 2011 5:25 pm

It’s just like old times! … the CIA interrogators also announced they planned to become Zubaydah’s “God.” They reportedly took his clothing as punishment, and reduced his human interaction to a single daily visit in which they would say simply, “You know what I want,” and then leave. Jane Mayer, The Dark Side In addition [...]

Judge: Padilla Can’t Sue for Torture because Justification for His Torture Was Based on Torture

By: Friday February 18, 2011 11:21 am

Here’s the main thrust of Judge Richard Mark Gergel’s decision to dismiss Jose Padilla’s Bivens suit against Donald Rumsfeld and other high level Bush officials who denied him his Constitutional rights. The Court finds that “special factors” are present in this case which counsel hesitation in creating a right of action under Bivens in the [...]

Bush Admits to Approving Torture–But Which Use of It?

By: Thursday November 4, 2010 4:28 am

The WaPo reports that Bush, in his book, admits to approving waterboarding. In a memoir due out Tuesday, Bush makes clear that he personally approved the use of that coercive technique against alleged Sept. 11 plotter Khalid Sheik Mohammed, an admission the human rights experts say could one day have legal consequences for him. In [...]

The Timing of the Ramzi bin al-Shibh Tapes

By: Thursday August 19, 2010 7:48 am

I wanted to point out two details of timing on the Ramzi bin al-Shibh tapes: The tapes were made after CIA started getting worried about making interrogation tapes The tapes were disclosed after the CIA started trying to figure out what happened to the Abu Zubaydah tapes The tapes were made after CIA already started [...]

Were the Ramzi bin al-Shibh Tapes Altered Like the Abu Zubaydah Tapes Were?

By: Tuesday August 17, 2010 10:10 am

Given that the AP has filled in some details about the Ramzi bin al-Shibh tapes someone had hidden under a desk at CIA, I wanted to look back at the letter DOJ wrote to Leonie Brinkema in 2007, when the government first admitted it had been sitting on those tapes. AP says the tapes were [...]

Abu Zubaydah’s American-Taxpayer Paid Tour of the World

By: Friday August 6, 2010 7:48 am

You should read two pieces in conjunction this morning. First, this Andy Worthington piece from last week, that lays out new details on the black site CIA used in Poland in 2002-2003. On Friday, the Polish Border Guard Office released a number of documents to the Warsaw-based Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, which, for the [...]

The AP’s “Most Complete Published Account” that Leaves Out Torture

By: Monday July 26, 2010 11:13 am

The AP’s DOJ and intelligence writers have a story out on the Durham investigation that purports to be “the most complete published account” of the destruction of the torture tapes. Only, it ignores key details that have already been published which paint a much more damning picture of the tapes and their destruction. First, the [...]

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