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CIA-tortured Zubaydah called to testify against Gitmo harsh techniques

Captured and tortured by the CIA after 9/11, then locked up in Guantanamo Bay without charges,...

Torture victims of Kenyan Mau Mau uprising take colonial abuse to High Court

The alleged victims of torture, rape and forced labor at the hands of British colonial...

Rebecca Gordon: Terror, Torture and US Wars of Vengeance Diminish Our Humanity

  In this interview, Rebecca Gordon, author of American Nuremberg: The US Officials Who Should Stand Trial for Post-9/11 Crimes, says if US officials are...

Snowden laughs off CIA’s ‘mistaken’ destruction of secret torture report

Following a recent report that the CIA's internal inspectors destroyed their only copy of a top...

Historical Amnesia and the Destruction of the Senate Torture Report

When Winston Smith thinks he has finally made contact with the underground movement he has always hoped existed, in George Orwell’s 1984,...

‘Everything…was a lie’: Former CIA analyst, John Kiriakou on the agency deleting torture report

The CIA’s Inspector General Office reportedly “inadvertently” deleted its only copy of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s...

CIA Watchdog "Mistakenly" Destroys Its Sole Copy of Senate Torture Report

The years-long battle to force the Obama administration to release the nearly-7,000-page Senate Intelligence Committee's report detailing the CIA's post-9/11 torture program...

Report on CIA torture won’t be revealed under Freedom of Information Act

The US legal system has rejected the public disclosure of the full torture report, after American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sued federal agencies just...
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Video: Tortured, Killed & Driven to Suicide: Whistleblower Exposes Abuse of Mentally Ill in...

http://democracynow.org - A shocking new exposé in The New Yorker magazine documents how prison guards at the Dade Correctional Institution in Florida ... Via Youtube

Stop the sale of torture weapons in Europe – Amnesty

Europe must stop advertising, displaying and selling potential tools of torture, such as spiked shields, weighted leg restraints and thumbcuffs, Amnesty International has said...
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Video: After a Landmark Legal Ruling, Will CIA Torture Victims Finally Have Their Day...

http://democracynow.org - A federal judge has allowed a landmark lawsuit to proceed against two psychologists who designed and implemented the CIA's ... Via Youtube

Torture: Stopping Terrorism… Or Is It Terrorism?

Daniel McAdams Just ten years after America was shocked at the treatment of detainees at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq and just a year and...

Federal judge allows lawsuit to proceed against CIA contractors involved in torture

Via WSWS. This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. Tom Carter On Friday, a US federal district judge denied a motion...

CIA torture psychologists face court hearing over ‘war crimes’ by black site detainees

Former detainees tortured by the CIA at the agency’s notorious black sites are suing the psychologists hired to help design the controversial enhanced interrogation...
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Video: Former Abu Ghraib Interrogator: Because of Trump & Cruz, Door Still “Wide Open”...

http://democracynow.org - As Republican presidential candidates promise to bring back the torture techniques used under the George W. Bush administration, ... Via Youtube
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Video: A Torturer’s Confession: Former Abu Ghraib Interrogator Speaks Out

http://democracynow.org - Eric Fair served as an interrogator in Iraq working as a military contractor for the private security firm CACI. He was stationed...
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Video: Ex-Abu Ghraib Interrogator: Israelis Trained U.S. to Use “Palestinian Chair” Torture Device

http://democracynow.org - As a former interrogator in Iraq working as a military contractor for the private security firm CACI, Eric Fair was stationed at...

A Torturer's Confession: Former Abu Ghraib Interrogator Speaks Out

Eric Fair served as an interrogator in Iraq working as a military contractor for the private security firm CACI. He was stationed...

United States of Torture: When it comes to “enhanced interrogation,” Americans agree with Donald...

As far as we know — which often isn’t much when issues of national security are involved — the U.S. government stopped waterboarding suspected...
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Video: Family of Mexican Man “Tortured & Killed” by U.S. Border Agents Seeks Justice...

http://democracynow.org - The family of a Mexican immigrant killed by Border Patrol agents in 2010 is launching an unprecedented effort to hold the United...

Family of Mexican Man "Tortured and Killed" by US Border Agents Seeks Justice at...

The family of a Mexican immigrant killed by Border Patrol agents in 2010 is launching an unprecedented effort to hold the United...

US Intelligence Veterans Warn Against Torture

To those living "outside the Beltway" it may seem counterintuitive that those of us whose analysis has been correct on key issues...

US Intel Vets Warn Against Torture

To those living “outside the Beltway” it may seem counterintuitive that those of us whose analysis has been correct on key issues that the...

The GOP Response to Belgium? Torture and the "Patrolling and Securing" of Muslim Neighborhoods

Following the Belgium attacks, Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz issued a statement saying, "We need to immediately halt the flow of refugees...

US Intel Vets Warn Against Torture

By Ray McGovern To those living “outside the Beltway” it may seem counterintuitive that those of us whose analysis has been correct on key issues...

With Obama in Cuba, Pro-Torture Pundits Suddenly Concerned With Human Rights

US President Barack Obama landed in Havana Sunday to great fanfare, both in Cuba and stateside. His visit marks a significant shift of the...
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Video: Solitary Confinement is “Torture:”

Shoatz attorney and Legal Director of the Abolitionist Law Center Bret Grote discussed this forthcoming trial about the issue of solitary confinement. Via Youtube

Ray McGovern on the CIA, Torture and Blowing the Whistle

In this video acTVism Munich interviews former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) analyst, Ray McGovern, who talks about his experience in the agency...

Saudi Arabia ‘fights torture’ & ‘promotes human rights,’ Gulf state tells UN

Saudi Arabia told the United Nations Human Rights Council that it “fights torture” and leads...

US government ‘silent’ as UAE tortures my family: US citizen

An American citizen whose father and brother are being detained in the United Arab Emirates has accused the Obama administration of keeping silent as...

UK suppresses documents on Gitmo ‘torture collusion’

The British government is withholding key documents which could shed light on allegations of UK's involvement in the torture of detainees in Guantanamo prison,...

Video: Russian prison torture: Shocking video of inmate whipped & urinated on sparks media...

A Russian news website has released video footage which allegedly depicts extreme cruelty towards prisoners in a male penal colony in Russia's Ural region. Via...

Video: What Is the Government Still Hiding? ACLU Continues Fight to Obtain Photos of...

http://democracynow.org - Earlier this month, the Pentagon released nearly 200 photographs relating to the abuse of prisoners by U.S. military personnel in Iraq ... Via...

New GOP Plans for Torture

President Obama’s failure to prosecute Bush-era torturers created an impunity that has encouraged some Republican presidential candidates to tout new plans for more torture...

John Kiriakou: Let’s End Torture in US Prisons

Solitary confinement is exactly what it sounds like. A prisoner is kept in a small cell – usually 6 feet by 10 – alone, for...

Video: Trump Leads GOP Charge Embracing Torture: “I’d Bring Back a Hell of a...

http://democracynow.org - In the final debate before Tuesday's primary in New Hampshire, Republican presidential contenders battled it out Saturday night at ... Via Youtube

Obama administration continues suppression of torture photos

Tom Carter On Friday, the Department of Defense released 198 out of around 2,000 photos showing torture and other war crimes perpetrated by US military...

Let’s End Torture in U.S. Prisons

Solitary confinement is exactly what it sounds like. A prisoner is kept in a small cell — usually 6 feet by 10 — alone, for...

Video: Pentagon delays release of images of tortured Afghan, Iraqi prisoners despite court order

The American military has again delayed the publication of images of torture in US prisons in Iraq and Afghanistan. They were supposed to be...

Video: Will U.S. Deport Kurdish Activist Ibrahim Parlak Back to Turkey Where He Was...

We turn now to a case of Michigan resident Ibrahim Parlak, who faces imminent deportation in an asylum case that stretches back more than...

Video: Military Injustice: As Bowe Bergdahl Court-Martialed, Navy SEALs Tied to Torture, Killing Walk...

While Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is court-martialed and faces continued Republican-led attacks, a case of deadly abuse and a potential cover-up in the Navy has...

Video: US Navy accused of covering up abuse, tortures of Afghan detainees

Though several US soldiers accused a SEAL team of beating and waterboarding Afghan men detained after a checkpoint bombing, their commanding officer ... Via Youtube

Video: We Won’t Torture Anymore: APA Tells U.S. to Withdraw Psychologists from Nat. Sec....

The American Psychological Association has officially notified the U.S. government of its new policy barring psychologists from participating in national security ... Via Youtube

Video: Victims of U.S. Rendition & Torture Starting to Reclaim Rights Says Council of...

More than 25 European countries cooperated with the CIA's rendition, torture and secret prison program, and the quest for accountability continues today. Via Youtube

Video: WikiLeaks exposes CIA Chief’s emails on torture tactics, Iran, Afghanstan

WikiLeaks has come into possession of the contents of CIA chief John Brennan's email account. Among the documents, from the period when Brennan worked...

Video: CIA ‘Queen of Torture’ could face trial in Germany

A German human rights group filed a criminal complaint in court against Alfreda Frances Bikowsky, a CIA agent dubbed “Queen of Torture.” The group...

Psychologists Accused of "Criminal Enterprise" With CIA Over Torture

Washington - Two former detainees and the family of a third who died in custody filed a lawsuit Tuesday against the American psychologists who...

Guantanamo survivors sue psychologists who designed CIA torture program

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit on behalf of three former Guantanamo detainees against two psychologists responsible for creating and overseeing...

Lawsuit Filed Against CIA Torture Psychologists Physicians for Human Rights Welcomes ACLU’s Case, Demands...

Physicians for Human Rights (PHR) today welcomed a federal lawsuit against psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, the architects of the CIA’s post-9/11 torture...

Britain’s Secret State And The Widespread Use Of Torture

The last British prisoner in Guantanamo Bay has claimed that Britain knew flawed evidence, used to justify the Iraq War, had been obtained under...

Court Cites UN Torture Convention to Protect Transgender Immigrants in the US

Earlier this month, a three-judge panel in the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that immigration courts must distinguish between sexual orientation and...

US Intel Vets Decry CIA’s Use of Torture

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: Veteran Intelligence Professionals Challenge CIA’s “Rebuttal” on Torture Former CIA leaders responsible for allowing torture...

US Intel Vets Decry CIA’s Use of Torture

Torture defenders are back on the offensive publishing a book by ex-CIA leaders rebutting a Senate report that denounced the brutal tactics as illegal, inhumane and ineffective. Now,...

Video: As Syrian Colonel Faces Charges in Maher Arar Torture Case, Will U.S. Ever...

Democracynow.org - In a move to hold government officials accountable for torture, Canada has charged Syrian Colonel George Salloum with allegedly ... Via Youtube

‘Groundbreaking’ Torture Charges Put US Rendition Tactics in Spotlight

'We need to see more accountability happening in Canada, in the U.S., in Jordan and in Syria. The ones who tortured and the ones...

Jeb Bush won’t rule out torture tactics, says they’re effective

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush told an audience in Iowa that he would not rule out resuming the use of torture by the US...

Let’s Talk About Torture

The CIA’s torture-era leadership won’t repent. Even after the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its report saying in no uncertain terms that the...

New York governor implicated in torture by state prison officials

By Eric London An investigation published Tuesday in the New York Times revealed that prison guards at the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, New York systematically...

Video: No More Torture: World’s Largest Psychologists Group Bans Role in National Security Interrogations

http://democracynow.org - By a nearly unanimous vote, the American Psychological Association's Council of Representatives voted Friday to adopt a new policy barring ... Via Youtube

Thousands protest torture-murder of Mexican photojournalist and four women

By Rafael Azul Thousands of demonstrators have taken to the streets of Mexico City and other major cities in response to the brutal July 31 murder...

Video: Anti-Torture Psychologists Celebrate New APA Interrogation Ban

Steven Reisner and Stephen Soldz, two founders of the Coalition for an Ethical Psychology, speak to Amy Goodman in Toronto moments after the American...

Video: Lead the Way Out of the Interrogation Room: Will American Psychological Assoc. End...

http://democracynow.org - We broadcast from Toronto, Canada, where the largest group of psychologists in the world, the American Psychological Association, ... Via Youtube

Video: Gitmo is a “Rights-Free Zone”: Dissident Psychologists Speak Out on APA Role in...

http://democracynow.org - We broadcast from Toronto, Canada, site of the annual convention of the largest group of psychologists in the world, the American ... Via...

Video: Gaddafi’s son torture video guarantees ‘maximum mistreatment’ — lawyer to RT

A video apparently showing the torture of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi's son during interrogation in prison has been condemned by both HRW, and...

CIA ran up $40 million tab turning out Senate torture report, documents show

The $40 million cost of producing the Senate torture report was incurred by the CIA, not lawmakers, newly obtained contracting documents reveal, as the...

The Tortured Logic Behind Using Torture

If you watched Batman when you were growing up, chances are you saw him torture someone. If you watched Jack Bauer from the hit...

Psychologists Aiding CIA Torture

by Stephen Lendman (RINF) - Doctors were accused earlier of involvement in torture by: monitoring and participating directly in torture procedures; instructing interrogators to continue, adjust, or...

Video: Psychologists Collaborated with CIA & Pentagon on Post-9/11 Torture Program, May Face Ethics...

http://democracynow.org - A new independent review has revealed extensive details on how members of the the American Psychological Association, the ... Via Youtube

The APA torture scandal and the Nuremberg doctors’ trial

By Tom Carter A 542-page independent report made public by the New York Times on Friday implicates the American Psychological Association (APA) in the CIA torture...

​High Court: 100s of asylum seekers, torture victims CAN sue UK govt for illegal...

A landmark High Court ruling has paved the way for hundreds of torture victims who were illegally detained by the British government to sue...

Legalized Torture: Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Cruel Lethal Injections

The question of whether we, as a nation, should have the death penalty is often framed around whether or not a particular defendant deserves...

100 Groups From Around the World to UN: Demand Accountability for CIA Torture

This Friday, the world will mark International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. This day is commemorated every year to reaffirm the universal...

Torture Is Already Illegal – So Why "Ban" It?

The US Senate voted by a high margin to ban the use of torture on June 16. The bill is an amendment to the...

The Case Against Re-Banning Torture Yet Again, Again

Senator McCain and friends have a new push on to once again ban torture (except for exceptions in the Army Field Manual) that is...

Torture and humiliation enshrined in US history: Activist

Torture and humiliation are enshrined in the United States’ history, according to an American activist and radio host in California. Rodney Martin, the chairman of...

Guantanamo detainee details CIA sexual abuse and torture

  (WSWS) - Newly-released testimony from Guantanamo Bay prisoner Majid Khan has shown that the CIA used torture practices that were “far more brutal and sadistic”...

‘I Wished They Had Killed Me’: CIA Detainee Torture Account Declassified

Majid Khan, kidnapped by U.S. officials in 2003, said abuse was more brutal than anything which appeared in Senate's investigative report last year Nadia Prupis (Common...

The Other Conspirator: Secret Origins of the CIA’s Torture Program

The witness reported men being hung by the feet or the thumbs, waterboarded, given electric shocks to the genitals, and suffering from extended solitary...

Federal court blocks release of CIA torture report

By Ed Hightower (WSWS) - A US District Court judge has thrown out a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) that sought the...

US prisons rife with violence and torture against mentally disabled prisoners

By Zaida Green (WSWS) - Mentally disabled prisoners in the bloated US prison system are subject to violent and even deadly abuse, according to a new report....

“Frontline” broadcast documents CIA torture program

  By Eric London (WSWS) -  On Tuesday, May 19, PBS aired an episode of its weekly television program “Frontline” documenting the Central Intelligence Agency’s torture of hundreds of...

Chicago Just Became the First US City to Pay Reparations to Victims of Police...

For nearly 20 years, officers of the Chicago Police Department tortured more than 100 people. How survivors and their lawyers won a decades-long fight. In...

US court rules to keep classified ‘torture’ documents secret

A court has blocked an effort by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to force the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to release secret records...

New torture allegations from Chicago “black site”

By David Brown (WSWS) - New allegations of sexual assault, torture, and the planting of evidence by the Chicago Police Department (CPD) have come to light as...

The Red Line of Torture

After I blew the whistle on the CIA’s torture program in 2007, the fallout for me was brutal. To make a long story short,...

Chicago residents speak on police torture at Homan Square "black site"

By George Marlowe (WSWS) - A string of revelations by the Guardian newspaper have exposed widespread police torture by the Chicago Police Department (CPD) at a...

As Chicago Pays Victims of Past Torture, Police Face New Allegations of Abuse at...

More victims have come forward to detail recent abuse inside Homan Square, a secret compound used by Chicago police for incommunicado interrogations and detentions...

Poland pays compensation to ex-inmates of CIA torture sites on its territory

Published time: May 15, 2015 19:36

Szymany airport in Poland, allegedly used for covert prisoner transportation by the CIA in 2003 Poland.(AFP Photo / Piotr Placzkowski )

Warsaw has paid €230,000 to two former inmates of CIA "black site" prisons, which used to be on Poland's territory - a move that has raised questions in the country.

"Poland has fulfilled the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights," Deputy Foreign Minister Rafał Trzaskowski said on Thursday, RIA Novosti reports. He said that money had been sent to one victim's bank account. The other's share had been transferred to his court deposit, as he is under international sanctions.

The European Court of Human Rights ruled in July 2014 that Poland must pay compensation to the two terror suspects: Palestinian Abu Zubaydah and Saudi Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, who were held and tortured in CIA-run detention centers in Poland between 2002 and 2003. The court set this Saturday as the deadline for the payments.

The two men are now being held in America's Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. They are to receive €100,000 each for psychological damage, plus Zubaydah is due an additional €30,000 in court expenses.

READ MORE: Renewed suspicions US was ‘lobbied’ to leave UK out of CIA torture report

Warsaw's decision to pay up raised questions in Poland. Opposition lawmaker Witold Waszczykowski, cited by AP, said: “I think we shouldn’t pay, we shouldn’t respect this judgment. This is a case not between us and them – it’s between them and the United States government.”

However, no US officials have been held accountable to date. The only other related ruling handed down by the European Court of Human Rights was to Macedonia. In 2012, it was ordered to pay €60,000 for the detention of a Lebanese-German, who was subjected to abuse by the CIA on trumped up terror suspicions.

Poland has been investigating allegations of secret CIA detention centers or "black sites" on its territory since 2008. In December 2014, Poland's former President Aleksander Kwaśniewski officially admitted that a secret CIA prison had existed at an airbase, where terror suspects were brought for torture and interrogation. He insisted, though, that Warsaw had no idea about the abuse happening at the site.

Kwaśniewski's statement came on the heels of a US Senate committee report on CIA activities. In August the same year, Barack Obama admitted for the first time that torture had indeed taken place in American custody after the 9/11 attacks.

READ MORE: 'Crimes and Impunity': Amnesty slams US failure to act on torture report

The authorities should have expected to be held accountable sooner or later, criminology professor Ben Davis told RT. "The only people who have been betrayed in all of this are the ordinary people in all of these countries," he said. "The ordinary citizens who count on their governments not to torture people, to comply with their obligations in international law or domestic law."

Closing the Door on Torture

John Kiriakou (Otherwords) - After I blew the whistle on the CIA's torture program in 2007, the fallout for me was brutal. To make a...

Secret Coordination Between American Psychological Association And US Torture Regime

Sarah Lazare A new report from human rights investigators and medical professionals reveals that the prestigious American Psychological Association secretly helped the administration of former...

Investigating CIA Torture: The Bureau and The Rendition Project publish first quarterly report

An unprecedented picture of the 119 individuals secretly detained and tortured by the CIA as part of the US’s war on terror has been...
Reuters / Jim Young

Torture victims to get $5.5 million from Chicago police

The city of Chicago says it will pay $5.5 million to compensate victims who were tortured by law enforcement under the administration of a...

See Ex-CIA Director Porter Goss Squirm As He Gets Grilled About CIA Torture

When questioned by Democracy Now! host and executive producer Amy Goodman, former CIA Director Peter Goss said the bipartisan Senate Committee Report on the...

Master’s Degree: Teaching Torture as a Western Value

In a recent London Review of Books article detailing the abysmal horrors of Egypt's prison system -- a multi-circled hell with visible and invisible...

Did the CIA Really Get a “Bum Rap” on Torture?

Last week, David Cole, the Hon. George J. Mitchell Professor in Law and Public Policy at Georgetown University Law Center, the co-chairman of the...

From Torture to Drone Assassination: How Washington Gave Itself a Global Get-Out-of-Jail-Free Card

"The sovereign is he who decides on the exception," said conservative thinker Carl Schmitt in 1922, meaning that a nation's leader can defy the...

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