Philippines Struggles to Save Monument of Heroes Museum

Organizers at the Monument of Heroes in the Philippines are racing to preserve documents related to the Marcos regime before the dictator’s son takes office.

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Gina Haspel Observed Waterboarding at C.I.A. Black Site, Psychologist Testifies

The testimony emerged in pretrial hearings in the Cole bombing case at Guantánamo Bay, where the war court is wrestling with the legacy of torture after 9/11.

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War Crimes Hearing Revisits U.S. Soldiers’ Abuse of Detainees

An Army judge is hearing pretrial testimony to determine what evidence can be used at the eventual destroyer Cole death penalty trial.

#afghanistan, #cole-uss, #darbi-ahmed-muhammed-haza-al, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #interrogations, #military-tribunals, #nashiri-abd-al-rahim-al, #torture

For a Ukrainian Journalist, War Evokes Scars From Captivity

Stanislav Aseyev, a 32-year-old journalist, had documented his abuse in a prison run by Russian-backed separatists. Now, the war reminds him of why Ukrainians are fighting for their lives.

#bucha-ukraine, #content-type-personal-profile, #donetsk, #donetsk-ukraine, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kyiv-ukraine, #prisons-and-prisoners, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #stanislav-aseyev, #torture, #ukraine

Myanmar Junta Holding 10,000 Political Prisoners

Most are held in deplorable conditions and face certain conviction at trial. Rights groups say the Southeast Asian nation now has the worst human rights conditions in the region.

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Plea Negotiations in Sept. 11 Case Go on Hiatus for Ramadan

Hearings in the death penalty case are scheduled for May but could be postponed because one defendant needs a new lawyer.

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The 9/11 Trial: Why Are Plea Bargain Talks Underway?

New leadership, an ever receding trial date and pressure to disclose more information about the C.I.A. torture of the accused plotters all contribute.

#al-qaeda, #attash-walid-muhammad-salih-bin, #capital-punishment, #central-intelligence-agency, #detainees, #military-tribunals, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #qahtani-mohammed-al, #september-11-2001, #shibh-ramzi-muhammad-abdullah-bin-al, #terrorism, #torture, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Sept. 11 Prosecutors Are in Plea Talks That Could Avert a Death-Penalty Trial

Pentagon prosecutors have struggled for more than a decade to hold the trial of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed and his accused accomplices in the attacks.

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U.S. Official Ends Sentence of Terrorist Who Was Tortured by C.I.A.

Majid Khan, who confessed to war crimes and turned informant in 2012, will not go free from Guantánamo Bay until U.S. diplomats find a country to take him in.

#detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #jakarta-indonesia, #khan-majid, #military-tribunals, #terrorism, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

9/11 Suspect Is Returned to Saudi Arabia for Mental Health Care

Mohammed al-Qahtani had spent 20 years at Guantánamo Bay, where he was tortured so badly that he was ineligible to be tried at the war crimes court.

#detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #qahtani-mohammed-al, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #torture, #united-states-politics-and-government

C.I.A. Black Sites Are State Secrets, the Supreme Court Rules

A Guantánamo detainee had sought information from two former government contractors to aid in a Polish criminal inquiry into a facility there.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #decisions-and-verdicts, #detainees, #justice-department, #terrorism, #torture

Biden Administration Rejects Use of Testimony Obtained From Torture in Guantánamo Trial

The Justice Department rejected an interpretation by the retired chief prosecutor that lawyers could sometimes use statements obtained during C.I.A. interrogations.

#al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #cole-uss, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #military-tribunals, #nashiri-abd-al-rahim-al, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #torture

In Kazakh Uprising, Reports of Widespread Abuses by Security Forces

Through crowdsourcing, rights groups say they are documenting a campaign of beatings and torture “on a massive scale.”

#almaty-kazakhstan, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #kazakhstan, #tokayev-kassym-jomart, #torture

A Historic Verdict, and a New Front in the Global Fight for Human Rights

The first time anyone from the Syrian regime is judged guilty of its crimes is in a German court. What justice does it bring to Syrians?

#assad-bashar-al, #germany, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #middle-east-and-north-africa-unrest-2010, #nasser-gamal-abdel, #raslan-anwar-1963, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #syria, #torture, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Syrian Doctor Accused of Atrocities Goes on Trial in Germany

The charges against Alaa Mousa include torturing opponents of the Assad regime in military hospitals in Syria, and murdering at least one by lethal injection.

#assad-bashar-al, #germany, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mousa-alaa, #syria, #torture, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

First Trial for Syrian State Atrocities Yields Guilty Verdict in Germany

A German court found a former Syrian intelligence officer guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced him to life in prison — a first after a decade of war.

#assad-bashar-al, #germany, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #syria, #torture, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Pentagon Building New Secret Courtroom at Guantánamo Bay

The concept is to permit two military judges to hold proceedings simultaneously starting in mid-2023.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cole-uss, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #iraqi-abdul-hadi-al, #military-tribunals, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

What I’ve Learned as a Lawyer Representing Prisoners at Guantánamo

I’m a lawyer representing prisoners at Guantánamo. Morality is a choice.

#al-qaeda, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #torture

‘I Didn’t Look Like a Human’: Journalist Tells of Myanmar Torture

When Ko Aung Kyaw erased his cellphone contacts to protect his sources, he knew his interrogators would make him pay a horrific price. He did it anyway.

#aung-kyaw, #content-type-personal-profile, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #freedom-of-the-press, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #interrogations, #myanmar, #political-prisoners, #prisons-and-prisoners, #torture

What I Will Tell You When You Ask Why My Son Is in Prison

Alaa is a political prisoner in Egypt because he dared to dream of another world.

#egypt, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #political-prisoners, #prisons-and-prisoners, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #torture, #united-states-international-relations

Waterboarded Prisoner Has Drowning Nightmares Two Decades Later, Doctor Testifies

Lawyers called a torture expert in a bid to spare a defendant a nauseating commute from prison to court by having him spend nights at Guantánamo Bay’s court compound.

#central-intelligence-agency, #cole-uss, #defense-department, #detainees, #nashiri-abd-al-rahim-al, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Ian Fishback’s Death Highlights Veteran Mental Illness Crisis

Ian Fishback revealed abuse of detainees during the Iraq war, but struggled after leaving the service. He died awaiting a bed at the V.A.

#content-type-personal-profile, #detainees, #fishback-ian, #iraq-war-2003-11, #mental-health-and-disorders, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans, #veterans-affairs-department

Maj. Ian Fishback, Who Exposed Abuse of Detainees, Dies at 42

His letter to two senators about beatings by U.S. troops in Iraq led to legislation in 2005 prohibiting extreme mistreatment of military prisoners.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #deaths-obituaries, #detainees, #fishback-ian, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #iraq-war-2003-11, #mccain-john, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #senate-committee-on-armed-services, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #warner-john-w

F.B.I. Agents Became C.I.A. Operatives in Overseas Prisons

Lawyers disclosed the unusual arrangement in evidentiary hearings to prepare for the Sept. 11 trial at Guantánamo Bay.

#central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #detainees, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #interrogations, #military-tribunals, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #september-11-2001, #torture

Accused 9/11 Mastermind Seeks Access to Secret Testimony

Prosecutors say war court rules forbid defendants from hearing classified information, unless the classified information is someone quoting what a defendant said.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #mccall-matthew-n, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #moussaoui-zacarias, #september-11-2001, #torture

Foreman Says Military Jury Was Disgusted by C.I.A. Torture

A Navy captain whose letter recommended clemency for a Qaeda terrorist drafted the damning two-page document in 20 minutes.

#al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #khan-majid, #terrorism, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Some Sept. 11 Trial Secrets May Not Be Secrets Anymore

Prosecutors agreed to compare hundreds if not thousands of pages of classified documents in the case against 9/11 defendants with material released under the Freedom of Information Act.

#central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #defense-and-military-forces, #detainees, #freedom-of-information-act, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #khan-majid, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #torture

The Stain of Guantánamo: Torture

A terrorist’s testimony and a clemency letter by military officers. Also: Florida professors; religion and politics; health care; Mark Zuckerberg.

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For First Time in Public, a Detainee Describes Torture at C.I.A. Black Sites

In a sentencing hearing, Majid Khan, a Pakistani who lived in suburban Baltimore before joining Al Qaeda, detailed dungeonlike conditions and episodes of abuse.

#al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #khan-majid, #military-tribunals, #pakistan, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #torture, #waterboarding

A Surprising Proposal at the Supreme Court in Torture Case

Twenty years after the Sept. 11 attacks, three justices said it was time to hear from the first detainee subjected to brutal interrogation by the C.I.A.

#central-intelligence-agency, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #supreme-court-us, #torture, #zubaydah-abu

The Legacy of America’s Post-9/11 Turn to Torture

Twenty years after the attacks, the United States is still grappling with the consequences of brutal interrogations carried out in the name of national security.

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Member of ISIS ‘Beatles’ Cell Pleads Guilty in Hostage Cases

Alexanda Kotey admitted that he played a key part in American prisoners’ kidnapping, detention and hostage negotiations. Some of the hostages were beheaded.

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Charges in Bali Bombing Case Are Delayed at Guantánamo

The three prisoners were to be charged for the first time, 18 years after their capture. Translation problems mean they wait one more day.

#central-intelligence-agency, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #jemaah-islamiyah, #terrorism, #torture, #translation-and-interpreters, #united-states-politics-and-government

He Spent 14 Years at Guantánamo. This Is His Story.

“Don’t Forget Us Here,” by Mansoor Adayfi with Antonio Aiello, is the memoir of a Yemeni man who claims he was kidnapped in Afghanistan, sold to the C.I.A. and sent to the detention camp in a case of mistaken identity.

#adayfi-mansoor, #afghanistan-war-2001, #aiello-antonio, #books-and-literature, #detainees, #dont-forget-us-here-lost-and-found-at-guantanamo-book, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #september-11-2001, #terrorism, #torture

Body of Reuters Photographer Was Mutilated in Taliban Custody, Officials Say

The body of Danish Siddiqui, a Pulitzer Prize winner killed in Afghanistan, was unrecognizable when it was brought to a Kandahar hospital, one official said.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #kandahar-afghanistan, #news-and-news-media, #siddiqui-danish-1980-2021, #taliban, #thomson-reuters-corporation, #torture, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Guantánamo Prosecutors Ask to Strike Information Gained From Torture

The prosecutors’ use of information from a brutal interrogation had troubled Biden administration lawyers and was a source of tension with the chief prosecutor at Guantánamo Bay, who will retire soon.

#acosta-lanny-j-jr, #al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #interrogations, #martins-mark-s, #military-tribunals, #nashiri-abd-al-rahim-al, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #terrorism, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Judge Permits Information From C.I.A. Torture in Terror Case

Defense lawyers said it was the first publicly known time that prosecutors had been allowed to use information gained from torture in the proceedings at Guantánamo Bay.

#acosta-lanny-j-jr, #al-qaeda, #central-intelligence-agency, #cole-uss, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #military-tribunals, #nashiri-abd-al-rahim-al, #terrorism, #torture

Anti-Government Activist in Belarus Stabs Himself in Courtroom

Before his apparent suicide attempt, Stepan Latypov said he had been tortured and his family threatened, amid President Alexander G. Lukashenko’s efforts to stifle dissent.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #political-prisoners, #stepan-latypov, #torture

Where Myanmar Sends Its Political Prisoners

For 134 years, Insein Prison has stood as a monument to brutality. Since the Feb. 1 coup, journalists, elected leaders and pro-democracy protesters have been held in the aging facility.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #deaths-fatalities, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-the-press, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #myanmar, #news-and-news-media, #political-prisoners, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #rumors-and-misinformation, #torture

Guantánamo Detainee Agrees to Drop Call for C.I.A. Testimony

Under a deal with the military court, Majid Khan, who has admitted being a courier for Al Qaeda, will give up his chance to call witnesses to his torture in return for being released as soon as next year.

#al-qaeda, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #central-intelligence-agency, #defense-department, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #jessen-bruce, #khan-majid, #military-tribunals, #mitchell-james-e, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces

Supreme Court to Rule on Whether C.I.A. Black Sites Are State Secrets

A Guantánamo detainee is seeking information from two former government contractors in connection with a Polish criminal inquiry into a facility there.

#appeals-courts-us, #central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #decisions-and-verdicts, #detainees, #european-court-of-human-rights, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #interrogations, #jessen-bruce, #mitchell-james-e, #poland, #supreme-court-us, #torture, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zubaydah-abu

‘Tell Us if He’s Dead’: Abductions and Torture Rattle Uganda

Hundreds have been detained, many brutalized, after a bloody, contested election. The government of Yoweri Museveni appears intent on breaking the back of the opposition.

#elections, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kyagulanyi-ssentamu-robert-bobi-wine, #museveni-yoweri, #political-prisoners, #torture, #uganda, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

Inside the Most Secret Place at Guantánamo Bay

At Camp 7, the military holds prisoners who were previously held and interrogated by the C.I.A. But in recent years, conditions have eased up a bit.

#central-intelligence-agency, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #iraqi-abdul-hadi-al, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #september-11-2001, #torture, #united-states-army, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #zubaydah-abu

Here’s Where The First Guantánamo Detainees Are Now

The Pentagon called the first 20 prisoners sent to Guantánamo in 2002 “the worst of the worst.” Just two remain there. Others are spread around the world — including four senior Taliban figures.

#al-qaeda, #bahlul-ali-hamza-al, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #hicks-david, #idris-ibrahim-d-2021, #malik-abd-al, #military-tribunals, #mohammed-khalid-shaikh, #obama-barack, #september-11-2001, #shalabi-abdul-rahman, #taliban, #terrorism, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #zakir-abdul-qayyum

Who Are The Original 20 Guantánamo Bay Detainees?

Starting with the Bush administration, the United States has gradually transferred all but two of the first 20 prisoners at the wartime detention facility to other nations. Here’s who, and where, they are.

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Beaten, Cuffed, Hauled Away: When Myanmar’s Military Comes Knocking

Security forces have responded to protests with increasing ruthlessness, shooting people in the streets, raiding homes and arbitrarily carrying out beatings and arrests.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #myanmar, #national-league-for-democracy-myanmar, #political-prisoners, #torture

‘I Wake Up and Scream’: Secret Taliban Prisons Terrorize Thousands

A potential U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, coupled with a weak Afghan security force, mean the Taliban will likely continue to capture, condemn and torture thousands.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #human-rights-watch, #politics-and-government, #taliban, #torture

German Court Convicts Former Syrian Official of Crimes Against Humanity

Eyad al-Gharib, a former security officer, was sentenced to four and a half years in prison in a case that rights groups have hailed as a landmark.

#al-gharib-eyad, #assad-bashar-al, #germany, #syria, #torture, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Dianna Ortiz, American Nun Tortured in Guatemala, Dies at 62

She became a champion of survivors of torture and helped compel the release of documents showing U.S. complicity in decades of human rights abuses in Guatemala.

#deaths-obituaries, #guatemala, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #ortiz-dianna, #torture, #united-states-politics-and-government