Yet Another Torture Cover-Up

By: Wednesday July 6, 2011 7:30 pm

When the Brits announced a year ago they’d hold an inquiry into torture, I suggested it was an attempt to get torture victims like Binyam Mohamed to settle so the British government could conduct a sham investigation. In November, Mohamed and others agreed to a settlement. And today we discover (shock!) that the investigation is [...]

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 [...]

Is James Clapper’s Ignorance a Bug? Or a Feature?

By: Saturday December 25, 2010 8:14 am

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has been getting beat up because he got embarrassed by Diane Sawyer when he admitted he had no clue about a 12-person counterterrorism arrest in the UK earlier the day of the interview. In an interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, taped Monday afternoon, Clapper was asked about the arrests, [...]

Binyam Mohamed Wins Settlement for Being Tortured

By: Tuesday November 16, 2010 5:05 am

Binyam Mohamed and a number of other detainees will be paid millions by the British government to compensate for their role in torturing him. Around a dozen men who accused British security forces of colluding in their transfer overseas are to get millions in compensation from the UK government. Some of the men, who are [...]

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 [...]

CIA Stores Their Torture Tape the Same Place Judy Miller Does!

By: Tuesday August 17, 2010 5:54 am

Remember how Judy Miller stored the notes showing that the Vice President’s lackey had leaked Valerie Plame’s identity to her under her desk in a shopping bag? Remember how we mocked that kind of record keeping? Well, the AP reports that the CIA uses the same archival system as Judy: The two videotapes and one [...]

Tory-Speak on the Torture Inquiry

By: Friday July 9, 2010 9:58 am

I seem to be one of the biggest skeptics about the torture inquiry David Cameron announced this week. Among other things, I worry that Cameron intends to pressure plaintiffs who allege they were tortured into a mediated settlement to prevent more details of their torture from coming out. So I wanted to look at Cameron’s [...]

Is the UK Torture Inquiry an Attempt to Limit Further Disclosure?

By: Tuesday July 6, 2010 9:09 am

There’s not yet a lot of reporting about the terms of the British inquiry into its complicity with torture. But from the reports by the Beeb and the Independent, it seems the inquiry itself will not start until all pending civil and criminal complaints about torture are completed — and the government is helpfully offering [...]

Torture and Truth

By: Thursday July 1, 2010 7:15 am

Yesterday, I posted on a Harvard study showing that the press, after an established tradition of referring to waterboarding as torture, stopped doing so once it became clear the US engaged in the practice. Our press, in other words, refused to tell what they had previously presented as “the truth” (that is, that waterboarding was [...]

The Brits Refuse Secret Trials Even as Obama Doubles Down

By: Wednesday May 5, 2010 5:25 am

As bmaz reported last night, the Obama Administration has refused to accept Vaughn Walker’s ruling in al-Haramain–in fairly spectacular fashion (and yes, bmaz, Mary, MadDog and others did tell me this was going to happen). Meanwhile, across the pond, the folks from whom we got our legal system are refusing the very concept that the [...]

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