After years of detention and torture
By Patrick Martin, 14 November 2009
US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Friday that ten of the prisoners now held in the Guantánamo Bay detention camp would be transferred to US locations and placed on trial on terrorism charges.
By John Andrews, 10 November 2009
A federal appellate court has denied Canadian citizen Maher Arar the right to sue former Attorney General John Ashcroft and other US officials responsible for his “extraordinary rendition” to Syria.
By Stefan Steinberg, 6 November 2009
In a landmark decision with global political repercussions, an Italian court has convicted in absentia 23 US agents for their role in the 2003 CIA kidnapping and "rendition" of an Italian citizen, Abu Omar.
By David Walsh, 6 November 2009
The US government promises that it will not hand over to Italy convicted CIA agents, guilty of abetting torture, should that country request their extradition. It has adopted a different attitude toward filmmaker Roman Polanski.
By Robert Stevens, 5 November 2009
A US registered plane named in a 2007 European Parliament report into alleged Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) “extraordinary rendition” flights was observed to land at Birmingham Airport in England on October 2 of this year.
By Tom Eley, 4 November 2009
FBI agents witnessed torture at CIA prisons in 2002, new documents released in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit reveal.
By Chris Marsden, 21 October 2009
The head of Britain’s secret service, MI5, has publicly defended the use of torture to obtain evidence against alleged terrorists.
By Julie Hyland, 19 October 2009
Britain’s Labour government is continuing its efforts to suppress evidence of intelligence service involvement in the torture and abuse of former Guantanamo Bay detainee, Binyam Mohamed.
By Tom Eley, 25 September 2009
The Obama administration announced this week that it intends to continue the Bush administration policy of holding terrorism suspects indefinitely without charge or trial.
By Tom Eley, 22 September 2009
In response to a public campaign waged by the CIA, the Obama administration has scaled back the already narrow investigation into CIA torture announced last month by Attorney General Eric Holder.
Physicians for Human Rights report
By Tom Eley, 4 September 2009
Physicians for Human Rights charges in a new report that medical professionals attached to the CIA participated in the torture of “terror suspects” and used prisoners as human research subjects.
By Jan Peters, 1 September 2009
A report in the New York Times confirms that the CIA planned and organized at least three secret prisons from the German city of Frankfurt/Main beginning in 2003.
By Patrick Martin, 31 August 2009
In an interview Sunday, former vice president Dick Cheney defended the brutal interrogations carried out at CIA secret prisons and denounced the proposed investigation of a handful of CIA agents.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 August 2009
With its release of a heavily redacted version of the CIA’s 2004 torture report, the Obama administration is continuing to cover up the scale of the crimes carried out under the last administration while shielding its top figures from prosecution.
German magazine reports
By Patrick Martin, 24 August 2009
The German news magazine Der Spiegel announced Saturday that the security firm formerly known as Blackwater Associates was hired by the CIA to transport prisoners from Guantánamo Bay to secret prisons in Central Asia where they could be tortured.
By Bill Van Auken, 4 August 2009
CIA Director Leon Panetta used a Washington Post opinion column Sunday to warn Congress against pursuing any investigation into the crimes carried out by the agency under the Bush administration.
By Tom Eley, 22 July 2009
A task force on US detention policies has released an “interim report” indicating that the Obama White House—like the Bush administration before it—claims the right to indefinitely detain “terror suspects” without charges or trials.
By Bill Van Auken, 16 July 2009
The indictment unsealed Monday against two young Somali-American men signals the start of the first major “war on terror” prosecution under the Obama administration.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 July 2009
The revelation that former Vice President Cheney ordered the CIA to keep a covert assassination program secret from Congress is an indication of the crisis gripping the American political establishment.
By Bill Van Auken, 10 July 2009
In testimony before Congress this week, spokesmen for the Obama administration indicated that some of the worst abuses carried out in Bush’s “global war on terror” are to be continued and deepened by the Democratic president.
By Tom Eley, 15 June 2009
House and Senate negotiators Friday reached agreement on a $106 billion bill funding the US wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan through September after President Obama vowed to continue suppressing photos of US personnel torturing Iraqi prisoners.
By Tom Eley, 12 June 2009
While the Obama administration continues its efforts to suppress documentation of the Bush administration’s extensive torture regime, a number of Freedom of Information Act lawsuits threaten to bring more evidence of torture to light.
By Graham Beverley, 5 June 2009
Canada’s Conservative government has repeatedly introduced obstacles to Abousfian Abdelrazik returning home, in the process redefining the rights of Canadian citizenship and inadvertently raising questions about Canada’s complicity in torture.
By Tom Eley, 29 May 2009
In an interview with the Daily Telegraph published Wednesday, former US General Antonio Taguba said that photographs the Obama administration is seeking to suppress show images of US soldiers raping and sodomizing Iraqi prisoners.
By Bill Van Auken, 27 May 2009
The media’s reaction to last week’s extraordinary back-to-back speeches by President Obama and former Vice President Cheney has been one of complacency and cover-up in the face of a profound threat to basic democratic rights exposed in their remarks.
By Tom Eley, 20 May 2009
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that a Pakistani immigrant could not advance a lawsuit against top Bush administration officials for the torture he sustained while imprisoned in New York City.
By Bill Van Auken, 20 May 2009
Echoing the rhetoric of the Bush administration, CIA Director Leon Panetta Monday pushed for a halt to the public debate over torture by declaring, “We are a nation at war.”
16 May 2009
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi charges the CIA with lying to her about torture in a 2002 briefing. What is certain is that she and the Democrats have lied to the American people to obscure their complicity in the crimes of the Bush administration.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 May 2009
President Obama’s reversal of the decision to release Pentagon torture photos is part of a series of actions that have served to cover up for the crimes of the Bush administration and to continue them in an only slightly altered form.
By Bill Van Auken, 14 May 2009
Obama’s about-face on the decision to release photographs of US personnel torturing detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan is another capitulation by his administration to mounting pressure from the right and the military-intelligence apparatus.
By Bill Van Auken, 9 May 2009
A memo released Wednesday lists 40 secret briefings for members of Congress on the use of “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques”—in plain words, torture. Republicans have used the memo to indict Democrats for complicity in these criminal practices.
9 May 2009
A selection or recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site
By Bill Van Auken, 7 May 2009
A Justice Department draft report produced under Bush opposing criminal prosecution of government lawyers who justified torture has been embraced by the Obama administration.
By Paul Mitchell, 5 May 2009
Garzón’s investigation targets the “possible material authors, enablers and accomplices” of illegal abuses, possibly including the high-level Bush administration officials, responsible for what amounts to an “authorized and systematic plan for torture.”
By Tom Eley, 4 May 2009
Recent statements by top Obama administration officials and articles in the New York Times and Washington Post indicate that President Obama will likely revive the system of military commission trials for Guantánamo prisoners.
By Paul Mitchell and Chris Marsden, 1 May 2009
Spain’s top investigative judge, Baltasar Garzón, has launched a criminal investigation into allegations of torture at Guantánamo Bay that will target high-level Bush administration officials.
By Tom Eley, 25 April 2009
Buckling before Republican attacks, President Obama and leading Democrats have signaled their opposition to any investigation, even a whitewash “truth commission,” into the torture of “terror suspects” under the Bush administration.
By Patrick Martin, 24 April 2009
Wednesday’s lead editorial in the Wall Street Journal threatens President Obama with all-out opposition to any effort to hold Bush administration officials responsible for authorizing torture by the CIA and military.
By Tom Eley, 23 April 2009
A New York Times story and a Senate Armed Service Committee report brought forth more revelations surrounding the torture of suspects in “the war on terror”—among them, that Bush, Cheney and other top officials oversaw torture in its minute details.
23 April 2009
A selection of recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site.
Revelations that two prisoners were waterboarded 266 times
By Tom Eley, 21 April 2009
While President Obama, in a speech before CIA operatives in Langley, Virginia, reiterated that his administration would protect agents from prosecution, new revelations underscored the depth and sadism of the torture program.
21 April 2009
A selection of recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site.
By Tom Eley, 18 April 2009
The public release of Bush administration memos authorizing torture is an extraordinary event. Here, in black and white, is the true face of American imperialism.
By Tom Eley, 11 April 2009
In the wake of a leaked Red Cross report documenting CIA torture, agency Director Leon Panetta announced that agents "should not be investigated, let alone punished."
By Tom Eley, 9 April 2009
A recently released confidential Red Cross report on the treatment of 14 “high value” detainees details the CIA’s methods of torture. It also outlines violations of international law committed by Washington in the “war on terror.”
By Bill Van Auken, 31 March 2009
A Spanish court is considering criminal charges against former US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and other top officials in the Bush administration for providing legal justification for torture, and other crimes associated with the “war on terror.”
By Robert Stevens, 31 March 2009
Britain’s attorney general has authorised a police investigation into whether MI5 was complicit in the torture of ex-Guantánamo detainee Binyam Mohamed.
By Joe Kishore, 19 March 2009
A leaked Red Cross report provides conclusive evidence that the US government carried out torture, but the Obama administration continues to protect those who are criminally responsible.
By Tom Eley, 17 March 2009
Portions of a secret International Committee of the Red Cross report that have been made public leave no doubt that the Bush administration engaged in systematic torture of captives seized in the “war on terror.”
By Tom Eley, 3 February 2009
Analysis of the executive orders issued by President Obama on January 22 shows that the US will continue to be heavily involved in illegal practices including kidnapping, secret detention and torture.
By Tom Eley, 23 January 2009
President Obama's executive orders issued yesterday do not reverse the pseudo-legal framework constructed by the Bush administration for the prosecution of the "war on terror."
By Patrick Martin, 15 January 2009
The top military judge overseeing the military tribunals at Guantanamo Bay has admitted two of the principal charges made against the Bush administration—that prisoners at the detention camp have been tortured, and that the torture was carried out in accordance with official Washington policy.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 December 2008
A Senate Armed Services Committee report provides official confirmation that the infamous acts of torture at Abu Ghraib, Guantánamo and other detention centers were planned, ordered and orchestrated by the highest ranking officials in the US government.
By Mike Head, 22 November 2008
A US court this week ordered the release of five Algerian-born detainees from Guantánamo Bay. There is no guarantee, however, that the men will be freed.
By Don Knowland, 21 November 2008
Those with illusions that Obama intends to repeal the Military Commissions Act outright or to give all the accused the full panoply of rights accorded criminal defendants in regular American courts are likely to be badly disappointed.
By Tom Eley, 25 October 2008
The Pentagon announced it was temporarily dropping charges against five Guantánamo prisoners, after the lead prosecutor resigned in protest over the handling of the case.