Torture

Bush Alters Interrogation Rules

In signing an executive order recently, president Bush laid to rest some of the criticism about his government's use of torture to extract information.

Guantanamo Closure Decision Near?

While the administration denies it plans to close Guantanamo any time in the near future, the AP reports that a decision to do just that is coming soon.

Military Commissions Act a Ruse?

President Bush asked Congress in 2006 to approve the Military Commissions Act saying that it was urgently needed to give the CIA guidance on detention and interrogation techniques. A directive to the CIA outlining acceptable interrogation method was to follow, but hasn't. What's going on?

CIA Prisons In Eastern Europe

According to high ranking government officials in Poland and Romania, and despite official denials from their governments, the CIA ran detention centers in those countries to hold, interrogate, and torture suspected terrorists after the 9/11 attacks.

Senate: Intelligence Program Questionable

In an annual review of the nations intelligence services, a Senate panel has called into the question the CIA's infamous rendition program as well as its spending practices as it expands to face the growing intelligence demands.

The committee stopped short of actually withdrawing funding for the rendition program. Could that be considered a tacit Democratic endorsement?

Rumsfeld May Be Behind Abu Ghraib Torture

Colonel Janis Karpinski, the commander at Abu Gharib during the torture, alleges that Outgoing Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld authorized the torture of prisoners at the hands of civilian contractors.

"The handwritten signature was above his printed name and in the same handwriting in the margin was written: "Make sure this is accomplished,""

Karpinski was a Brigadier General at the time but has since been demoted on allegedly unrelated charges.

Germany Knew About CIA Torture Cells

While European Countries publicly cried foul about rendition flights and CIA secret prisons, demanding to know where they were located, it turns out at least German ministers already knew.

Stern magazine quoted a leaked German intelligence report yesterday which said that only weeks after September 11 2001, two agents and a translator visited a US military prison at the American "Eagle Base" in the Bosnian town of Tuzla, where they saw a torture victim.

Republican Senators Defy Bush On Tribunals

More concerned about the image of the United States around the world than George W Bush's image, the Senate Armed Services Committee, controlled by Republicans, moved to pass a bill to protect the rights of foreign detainees instead of the bill pushed by Bush to authorize Military Tribunals for the detainees.

In doing so, they also moved to protect American soldiers by blocking efforts by Bush to seek a narrowed interpretation of the Geneva Convention's standards of humane treatment.

CIA Officers Plan For Legal Defense

Counterterrorism officers at the CIA are lining up for government backed insurance to cover their legal expenses should they face civil or criminal charges for the way they have conducted their jobs.

It would seem their greatest concern comes from a change in leadership in either Congress in 2006 or the White House in 2008.

This insurance is coupled with efforts by the Bush Administration to protect civilians in the government from liability due to the mistreatment of prisoners.

Bush Acknowledges Secret Prisons, Europe Reacts

The Bush Administration has finally acknowledged the existence of secret prisons around the world used by the CIA to "interrogate" terrorists outside of U.S. territory.

If this news makes you feel more secure, you should understand that that security comes at a high price. Obviously, Muslim countries aren't too thrilled with this; but, European countries are quite annoyed as well.

Administration Seeks War Crimes Protection

Accoring to this L.A. Times article, the Bush administration is seeking to retroactively exempt policymakers from prosecution under the War Crimes Act for any role they may have had in directing the torture or abuse of prisoners.

This does make one wonder if the whole Abu Ghraib drama may have an act or two left in it. Asking for such an amendment can only be politically damaging to the administration, so why seek an amendment to the Act to protect yourself unless the political damage is less costly than the damage criminal charges will bring.

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