CIA Torture

US appellate court blocks lawsuit against extraordinary rendition and torture

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.

Italian court convicts US agents in CIA rendition case

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.

The US government’s double standard on extradition: CIA agents vs. Roman Polanski

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.

Britain: Reports state CIA “extraordinary rendition” flights landed in UK

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.

FBI knew of CIA torture, considered prosecution

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.

British secret service chief justifies torture

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.

British High Court instructs government to release evidence of CIA torture of Binyam Mohamed

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.

Obama asserts power to detain suspects without trial

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.

Obama administration shields CIA torturers

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

CIA doctors, psychologists participated in torture of prisoners

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.

CIA secret prisons organized from Germany

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.

Cheney defends torture policy and CIA torturers

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.

CIA probe shields architects of US torture regime

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

Blackwater mercenaries used for CIA renditions

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.

CIA director issues a warning to Congress

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.

Obama task force backs indefinite detention without trial

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.

Somali-Americans subjected to first Obama “terror” prosecution

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.

Death squads and US democracy

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.

Obama claims right to imprison “combatants” acquitted at trial

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.

Obama smoothes passage of war spending bill by pledging to suppress torture photos

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.

Obama administration’s new moves to block release of torture documents

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.

Canada’s Conservative government continuing persecution of Abousfian Abdelrazik

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.

Torture photos: US soldiers raped, sodomized Iraqi prisoners

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.

US media ignores threat to democratic rights

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.

US Supreme Court shields Bush administration officials from torture lawsuit

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.

Panetta and Washington’s endless war

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.”

The lies of the CIA and Nancy Pelosi

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.

Obama on torture photos: cover-up and complicity

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.

Obama bows to Republican right and military on torture photos

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.

CIA memo cites 40 Congressional briefings on torture

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.

Letters from our readers

9 May 2009

A selection or recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site

US Justice Department report urges no prosecution over torture memos

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.

Spain: Garzón investigation reveals abuse suffered by Guantánamo detainees

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.”

Obama administration indicates military commission trials to resume

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.

Spanish judge launches new torture probe of Bush officials

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.

Obama, Democrats move to block torture investigation

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.

Right wing threatens Obama over torture charges

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.

Bush, top cabinet officials monitored torture of detainees

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.

Letters from our readers

23 April 2009

A selection of recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site.

Obama reassures CIA no prosecutions planned

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.

Letters from our readers

21 April 2009

A selection of recent letters sent to the World Socialist Web Site.

Torture memos reveal brutality of US imperialism

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.

The Obama administration and torture

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."

Red Cross report details CIA war crimes

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.”

Spanish court weighs torture charges against former US officials

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.”

British police to investigate MI5 over Binyam Mohamed's torture

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.

Torture and the American ruling class

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.

Red Cross: US tortured terror suspects

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.”

Obama executive orders continue “extraordinary renditions,” secret CIA prisons

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.

Obama's orders leave framework of torture, indefinite detention intact

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."

US tortured Guantanamo prisoners, Army judge admits

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.

Senate torture report confirms Bush, top officials guilty of war crimes

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.

US court orders release of six Guantánamo detainees after seven years

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.

Obama and Guantánamo

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.

More setbacks for Guantánamo show trials

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.