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Gitmo Prisoners Brutally Force Fed During Hunger Strike


Up to 130 of the 166 detainees left in Guantanamo are reported to be taking part in a hunger strike with at least 11 being force fed. What is not widely reported is the brutal way that detainees have been force fed by the Guantanamo medical staff, a protocol that appears to be in use now.

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Legalising Torture: Italy Pardons U.S. Colonel


A month before his seven-year term expires, Italian President Giorgio Napolitano has pardoned Colonel Joseph L. Romano, who was convicted by Italian courts for his role in the abduction and torture of an Egyptian terrorist suspect, Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr in Milan in 2003.

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Pentagon Implicated In Iraq Torture Units


The investigation conducted by The Guardian and BBC Arabic, was sparked by the release of classified US military logs on WikiLeaks that detailed hundreds of incidents where US soldiers came across tortured detainees in a network of detention centres.

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Outsourcing Torture: 50 Countries Complicit In Extraordinary Rendition

For the first time, a report from the Open Society Foundation reveals the scale of global CIA torture. At least 50 countries took part in “extraordinary rendition” following the 9/11 attacks, which involved taking detainees to and from U.S. custody without any legal process.

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European Court orders damages for CIA torture victim

WSWS | In mid-December 2012, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg awarded damages of €60,000 to Khaled El-Masri, a German citizen of Lebanese origin. The judges accepted that Macedonian security services had illegally seized El-Masri at the ...

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Torture: America’s other national pastime

Don’t let “Zero Dark Thirty” fool you. The suffering we inflict is psychological — and has lasting consequences This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch. If you look backward you see a nightmare. If you look forward you become the nightmare. There’s ...

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Why We Torture

Gareth Peirce | The last several years have found us in the midst of more catastrophes than we could ever, in our worst nightmares, have dreamed of. We could never have envisaged that the history of the new century would encompass ...

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Bolton calls for use of torture on Benghazi suspects

David Edwards, RAW Story | Neoconservative former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nation John Bolton is suggesting that the U.S. should restart its practices of using “rendition” and torture to investigate the September attacks in Benghazi, Libya. During an interview ...

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What’s the Point of Having Laws Against Torture if They Don’t Apply to the Powerful?

Katherine Gallagher, Counterpunch | One thing brings these four men together. Hassan bin Attash, Sami el-Hajj, Muhammed Khan Tumani and Murat Kurnaz—they are all survivors of the systematic torture program the Bush administration authorized and carried out in locations including ...

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Why Donald Rumsfeld Can’t Be Sued for Torture

Katie Mesner-Hage, Slate | Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld may not be sued by two U.S. citizens who were tortured by members of the military. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit, which issued the decision, is the ...

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