CIA Torture

State Department acknowledges widespread torture in leaked memo

By Eric London, 2 August 2014

An internal State Department memo accidentally emailed to a journalist exposes the Obama administration’s continued efforts to cover up CIA torture programs.

A law unto themselves: The CIA and the torture cover-up

By Eric London, 1 August 2014

An admission by the CIA that its employees spied on the US Senate as part of the cover-up of torture highlights the unchecked power of the military-intelligence apparatus in the United States.

US to transfer six Guantanamo detainees to Uruguay

By Nick Barrickman, 19 July 2014

The decision to transfer the detainees comes as the prison camp faces growing criticism for force-feeding prisoners.

Guantanamo: US Government forced to reveal that it recorded forcefeeding

By Gabriel Black, 24 May 2014

A federal court ordered the US Government to reveal the fact that it has kept video footage of the force-feeding of Guantanamo inmates.

White House promises CIA will stop using fake vaccination programs to spy

By Gabriel Black, 21 May 2014

After the killings of 56 health workers in retaliation for the CIA’s fake vaccination program in Pakistan, the CIA is pledging to stop using vaccinations as a front for its operations.

US judge’s ruling on force-feeding of prisoner further exposes torture methods at Guantanamo Bay

By Nick Barrickman, 19 May 2014

The ruling comes on the heels of a large-scale hunger strike by the base’s detainees in 2013, protesting the conditions of their ongoing detention.

Senate panel votes to declassify part of report on CIA torture

By Patrick Martin, 4 April 2014

The Intelligence Committee voted to make public its executive summary, while continuing to keep secret a more detailed accounting of the CIA torture program.

CIA torture and the threat of dictatorship

By Patrick Martin, 3 April 2014

Details of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture demonstrate that the ruling elite in the United States is a criminal class.

CIA scandal: Leaks reveal brutal torture methods and government lies

By Eric London, 2 April 2014

Information leaked from a still classified Senate Intelligence Committee report reveals previously unknown CIA torture methods, implicating the spy agency in a web of lies.

Obama’s “high crimes and misdemeanors”

By Joseph Kishore and Barry Grey, 14 March 2014

The extraordinary speech delivered Tuesday on the Senate floor by Senator Dianne Feinstein provides grounds for immediate impeachment proceedings against top government officials, including President Barack Obama.

Detainee ejected from courtroom at Guantanamo trial

By Fred Mazelis, 20 December 2013

One of the prisoners facing a possible death penalty refused to cooperate with the court, citing torture and abuse.

Former Guantánamo prisoner David Hicks speaks with the World Socialist Web Site

By Richard Phillips, 7 December 2013

Hicks talks about the legal campaign to overturn his bogus terrorism conviction and his concerns about the escalating attacks on democratic rights.

Britain accused of collusion in torture in Somalia

By Robert Stevens, 19 November 2013

To conceal its role in the alleged torture and abuse of a British citizen, the UK government is utilising the Justice and Security Act, passed earlier this year.

New report condemns US medical professionals’ role in torture

By James Brewer, 5 November 2013

Health professionals were ordered by the US military and the CIA to violate the principles of medical ethics in order to participate in and design torture of detainees.

Senate confirms deputy attorney general under Bush as new FBI chief

By Thomas Gaist, 31 July 2013

The US Senate voted Monday 93-1 to confirm President Barack Obama's pick for new director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, James Comey.

Federal judge backs force-feeding at Guantanamo

By Fred Mazelis, 18 July 2013

The judge’s ruling, the second in a week on the issue of force-feeding, dismisses detainees’ rights with contempt.

The state killing of Ibragim Todashev

By Tom Carter, 3 June 2013

On May 22, a key witness in relation to the Boston bombings was killed by an FBI agent in his residence in Florida.

Argentina’s General Videla and the “war on terror”

By Bill Van Auken, 22 May 2013

Gen. Jorge Videla was undoubtedly mourned within military and intelligence circles as a pioneer in the “war on terror.”

Worldwide outrage as Guantanamo hunger strike enters fourth month

By Fred Mazelis, 8 May 2013

Guantanamo inmates have reported that the feeding tubes, instead of being left in, are inserted twice daily for maximum pain and discomfort.

Raid by guards triggers clash with Guantanamo inmates

By Ed Hightower, 15 April 2013

The resistance of the inmates by means of a hunger strike, or any other measure of collective action, is something the overseers of the prison cannot tolerate.

Italian president pardons officer involved in CIA renditions in Italy

By Stefan Steinberg, 10 April 2013

At the end of last week the Italian president, Giorgio Napolitano, issued a pardon to US colonel Joseph Romano who was involved in a CIA rendition operation in Italy.

US steps up war against Syria after Obama’s “peace” trip to Israel

By Johannes Stern, 25 March 2013

CIA operations and calls to arm the pro-Western Syrian opposition are escalating after US President Barack Obama's trip to Israel last week.

New report on CIA: Rendition and torture on a global scale

By Jeff Lincoln, 20 March 2013

The US has utilized a global network of secret prisons, foreign intelligence agents, and interrogation and torture centers to send detainees to without any legal protections.

Guantanamo hunger strike over prisoner abuse

By Patrick Martin, 18 March 2013

At least 14 prisoners are refusing food, and half are now being force-fed in what amounts to torture.

A reply to Michael Moore’s defense of Zero Dark Thirty

By David Walsh, 30 January 2013

Bigelow’s deplorable pro-CIA film has provoked criticism and outrage, including in the Hollywood film community itself.

Obama’s cabinet of austerity and war

By Patrick Martin, 14 January 2013

Obama’s cabinet selections demonstrate that his second term will be focused on social cutbacks at home and violent aggression abroad.

European Court orders damages for CIA torture victim

By Martin Kreickenbaum, 5 January 2013

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has condemned the Republic of Macedonia for its role in the CIA rendition of Khaled El-Masri.

Obama and torture

4 January 2013

The illegal practice of rendition, inseparably bound up with torture, has continued and expanded under the Obama administration.

US military trial to censor testimony on CIA torture

By Naomi Spencer, 15 December 2012

While evidence obtained through torture may be introduced into the courtroom, no evidence of the torture itself is to be permitted.

The death of Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif

By Tom Carter, 3 December 2012

The failure of the US legal system to enforce the most basic rights of Latif, who died in September at the Guantanamo prison camp, underscores the collapse of democratic legal institutions and the expanding machinery of a police state.

US seeks to bar testimony on torture in military trial of alleged 9/11 plotters

By Don Knowland, 26 October 2012

Government motions to preclude the alleged 9/11 plotters from testifying about their detention and torture have been submitted to the military commission that is trying the defendants for war crimes.

The Obama administration and the cover-up of CIA torture

By Bill Van Auken, 7 September 2012

The new revelations of CIA waterboarding of Libyan detainees underscore the criminality of US foreign policy and both major political parties.

US Justice Department closes CIA probe with no charges in torture, murder of detainees

By Bill Van Auken, 1 September 2012

US Attorney General Eric Holder Thursday shut down a three-year investigation into CIA torture and murder of detainees, with no charges being brought against anyone.

Guantanamo military tribunals proceed despite evidence of torture

By Tom Carter, 30 May 2012

At Guantanamo Bay, the Obama administration continues to prosecute five alleged September 11 conspirators before a military commission over objections from defense attorneys regarding torture and challenges to the legitimacy of the proceedings.

Guantanamo military commission arraigns 9/11 defendants

By Patrick Martin, 8 May 2012

The proceeding became bogged down almost immediately in the efforts by the military judge and prosecutor to block any airing of charges that the prisoners had been systematically tortured in US custody.

Appeals Court backs immunity for Bush administration torture policy

By Patrick Martin, 5 May 2012

The 3-0 decision gives the author of the “torture memos,” John Yoo, legal immunity from lawsuits.

Former head of CIA operations defends torture, obstruction of justice

By Bill Van Auken, 27 April 2012

In a book coming out next week, Jose Rodriguez, the former head of the CIA’s clandestine operations directorate, delivers an unequivocal defense of torture and of his destruction of tapes recording the agency’s crimes.

Padilla torture case comes before US Supreme Court

By Tom Carter, 25 April 2012

“It is hard to conceive of a more profound constitutional violation than the torture of a US citizen on US soil,” wrote lawyers for Jose Padilla, who was illegally “disappeared,” imprisoned and tortured by the US government for four years.

Obama’s Guantanamo “war court” in session

By Bill Van Auken, 14 April 2012

At the Guantanamo Bay prison camp, the proceedings of the so-called “war court” have resumed under the new management of the Obama administration.

European court’s extradition ruling and Guantanamo’s global reach

By Bill Van Auken, 13 April 2012

Tuesday’s ruling by the European human rights court allowing Britain’s extradition of five alleged terror suspects to the US speaks volumes about the erosion of basic democratic principles throughout Europe.

Obama Justice Department indicts ex-CIA agent for exposing torture

By Bill Van Auken, 7 April 2012

Thursday’s indictment of John Kiriakou for exposing CIA torture of detainees confirms yet again that the Obama administration is continuing and deepening the crimes carried out by the Bush White House.

Obama administration prosecutes CIA whistleblower for exposing torture

By Alan Gilman, 31 January 2012

In a criminal complaint filed January 23, the Obama administration’s Justice Department charged John Kiriakou, a former Central Intelligence Agency operative, with disclosing classified information to journalists about the waterboarding of Abu Zubayda.

Guantánamo: A decade of US torture and repression

By Bill Van Auken, 13 January 2012

Ten years after the first prisoners in Washington’s “global war on terror” arrived at Guantánamo in hoods and shackles, the infamous prison camp remains open, its operations codified by Congress and President Obama into US law.

Lawsuit demands that Obama administration release Guantanamo torture tapes

By Tom Carter, 12 January 2012

The videotapes sought by the Center for Constitutional Rights constitute important evidence of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Obama signs police state legislation

By Patrick Martin, 3 January 2012

President Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act, which effectively abolishes the right of habeas corpus, the oldest democratic right.

CIA prison exposed in Romania

By Sybille Fuchs, 12 December 2011

German journalists have uncovered the location of one of the notorious “black site” torture prisons run in Europe by the CIA.

Guantanamo lawyers speak out on decade of torture and abuse

By Peter Daniels, 14 September 2011

A panel discussion held on the eve of the 9/11 anniversary dealt with the continuing crimes taking place at the Guantanamo prison camp and elsewhere as part of the “war on terror.”

Secret interrogation policy confirms UK government’s complicity in war crimes

By Stephen Alexander, 12 August 2011

A secret interrogation policy document obtained by the Guardian is the latest in a growing body of evidence attesting to the war crimes of the previous Labour government.

Australian government moves to confiscate book royalties from former Guantánamo prisoner

By Richard Phillips, 29 July 2011

The Labor government has begun legal action to seize all proceeds from David Hicks’s book Guantanamo: My Journey.

Obama administration operates illegal torture compound in Somalia

By Tom Carter, 19 July 2011

The Obama administration is operating an illegal secret CIA prison compound in Somalia into which targeted individuals are “rendered” without trial to be tortured.

Book Review

Guantanamo: My Journey—David Hicks exposes torture and government criminality

By Richard Phillips, 19 May 2011

Former Guantanamo Bay prisoner David Hicks has written a valuable exposure of the barbarities perpetrated against him by the US military and Canberra’s role in his illegal detention.

White House, US media stonewall on Guantanamo

By Patrick Martin, 27 April 2011

The US government seeks to bury the revelations of ongoing human rights violations at the detention camp.

Guantanamo documents reveal US brutality and lawlessness

By Patrick Martin, 26 April 2011

WikiLeaks has released new evidence of wrongful imprisonment and torture by the US military and intelligence agencies.

Obama orders resumption of military trials at Guantanamo

By Barry Grey, 8 March 2011

President Barack Obama on Monday announced the lifting of a 25-month stay on new military trials at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba prison camp, effectively repudiating his post-inauguration pledge to close the infamous facility.

Obama administration indicts ex-CIA whistleblower

By Ed Hightower and Tom Carter, 4 February 2011

The persecution of ex-CIA agent and whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling reveals that the Obama administration is prepared use any means necessary to keep the lid on its dirty secrets.

More evidence of US war crimes

By Patrick Martin, 24 January 2011

Military documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union provide important new evidence of American war crimes.

US youth returns home after torture in Kuwait

By Bill Van Auken, 22 January 2011

Gulet Mohamed, a 19-year-old American citizen, returned to the US Friday after being tortured—apparently on Washington’s orders—at the hands of the regime in Kuwait.

Obama administration preparing executive order to authorize indefinite detentions

By John Burton, 23 December 2010

The executive order would pave the way for permanent detention without charge of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay and on US soil.

Secret cables reveal Washington intervened in Italy to defend CIA kidnappers

By David Walsh, 23 December 2010

Secret diplomatic dispatches, released by WikiLeaks, reveal how US authorities put pressure on the Italian government to protect CIA agents responsible for kidnapping and torture.

Cables show Portugal’s role in secret CIA prisoner flights

By Patrick Martin, 17 December 2010

The Portuguese government agreed to make an Azores air base available for CIA flights, while keeping the arrangement secret from its own people.

Leaked cables show German-American conspiracy to stifle prosecution of CIA kidnappers

By Andre Damon, 11 December 2010

A WikiLeaks cable showed that US diplomats pressured the German government to stifle the prosecution of CIA agents who abducted and tortured Khalid El-Masri, a German citizen.

White House rejects criminal charges in CIA destruction of torture videos

By John Andrews, 11 November 2010

The Obama administration will not prosecute CIA officials for destroying 92 video recordings depicting agents torturing alleged al Qaeda leaders in a secret overseas prison.

Bush on NBC: Rehabilitating a war criminal

By Patrick Martin, 10 November 2010

The former president defended every crime committed by his administration, from the illegal wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, to the use of torture, to the abandonment of New Orleans and the Gulf coast during Hurricane Katrina.

Torturer-in-chief: Bush brags about waterboarding

By Bill Van Auken, 6 November 2010

In his memoir to be released next week, former US President George W. Bush boasts of having personally given the order to the CIA to employ the torture method of waterboarding.

Child soldier Omar Khadr coerced into plea-bargain

By Keith Jones, 27 October 2010

With Canada’s Conservative government acting as their accomplice and in violation of international law, the Obama administration and US military have coerced child soldier Omar Khadr into a plea bargain.

Judge bars torture evidence in ex-Guantánamo detainee trial

By Bill Van Auken, 9 October 2010

A federal judge in Manhattan barred testimony from the government’s star witness in the trial of accused African embassy bomber Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani because the evidence was derived through torture.

US transfer of Iraqi prisoners: an ongoing war crime

By Bill Van Auken, 14 September 2010

The US military’s transfer of some 10,000 detainees to an Iraqi regime known to carry out systematic torture is a war crime that continues and deepens the atrocities of Abu Ghraib.

Federal appeals court adopts Obama “state secrets” doctrine to block torture case

By Tom Carter, 9 September 2010

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California dismissed a case by victims of the CIA’s “extraordinary rendition” program against a unit of Boeing.

Obama administration continues to cover up US torture of prisoners

By Tom Carter, 25 August 2010

The Obama administration has rebuffed numerous requests for information and documentation from foreign governments, many of them its close allies, who have been compelled for domestic political reasons to open investigations into torture and illegal detention of prisoners by US government agents.

Doctors “calibrated” pain for CIA interrogations

By Ed Hightower, 12 June 2010

According to a recent report, the CIA’s Office of Medical Services dispatched doctors to carefully monitor the physical effects of torture techniques on prisoners.

US continues to detain, torture prisoners at secret Afghan base

By David Walsh, 12 May 2010

The International Committee of the Red Cross has confirmed to the British Broadcasting Corporation that the US military is operating a second “black jail” at its Bagram airbase near Kabul in Afghanistan, contrary to the Pentagon’s public denials.

US Justice Department report clears authors of Bush torture memos

By Kate Randall, 22 February 2010

A US Justice Department report has exonerated the Bush administration lawyers whose secret memos justified waterboarding and other forms of torture by CIA interrogators.

The Binyam Mohamed case: Top UK judges find US and Britain guilty of torture

By Tania Kent and Robert Stevens, 13 February 2010

After the Appeal Court in Britain rejected government efforts to suppress them, seven paragraphs of a report drawn up by British judges that say former Guantanamo prisoner Binyam Mohamed was tortured by US officials were posted in redacted form on the British Foreign Office web site.

US exonerates authors of Bush torture memos

By Kate Randall, 2 February 2010

The Obama Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility has concluded that Office of Legal Counsel lawyers who penned the infamous memos justifying torture under the Bush administration will not be subject to disciplinary action.

US frame-up of Aafia Siddiqui begins to unravel

Pakistani victim of rendition and torture

By Ali Ismail, 1 February 2010

The case against Aafia Siddiqui, charged with the attempted murder of US personnel in Afghanistan, is rapidly unraveling. Her trial in New York is aimed at covering up the torture and rendition to which she and her children were subjected.

Harper’s Magazine exposes Guantánamo cover-up

By Fred Mazelis, 26 January 2010

The forthcoming issue of Harper’s Magazine contains a devastating exposure of the alleged suicides of three Guantánamo Bay detainees in June 2006.

US to hold 50 Guantanamo prisoners indefinitely

By Barry Grey, 23 January 2010

The US Justice Department has determined that nearly 50 of the remaining 196 detainees at the military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba are to be held indefinitely, without charges or trial.

US court sharply limits rights of Guantanamo prisoners

By Barry Grey, 8 January 2010

The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Tuesday issued a sweeping decision upholding the power of the government to detain Guantanamo prisoners indefinitely.

Assassination without borders

CIA and mercenaries plotted murder of German citizen

By Peter Schwarz, 7 January 2010

The policy of targeted killing, the liquidation of alleged terrorists by the US, does not stop at the borders of Afghanistan, Pakistan or Yemen. It is also practiced on the territory of Washington’s NATO allies.

Lithuanian parliamentary commission confirms presence of CIA prisons

By Stefan Steinberg, 29 December 2009

A commission set up by the Lithuanian parliament has acknowledged that at least two sites had been established inside the country to serve as secret detention camps for the CIA’s “war on terror.”

Mercenaries and assassins: The real face of Obama’s “good war”

By Bill Van Auken, 12 December 2009

Reports that mercenaries employed by the notorious Blackwater-Xe military contracting firm participated in CIA assassinations in Iraq and Afghanistan have further exposed the real character of so-called “good war” that is being escalated by the Obama administration.

Padilla v. Yoo: Obama administration backs appeal of Bush torture memo author

By John Burton, 12 December 2009

Obama administration lawyers are once again supporting the dismissal of a civil case brought by a victim of illegal detention and torture during the Bush administration.

US Supreme Court suppresses torture photos

By Tom Eley, 2 December 2009

The Supreme Court on Monday reversed an appeals court order that would have obligated the Obama administration to release photographs depicting US soldiers subjecting prisoners in Afghanistan and Iraq to horrific acts of torture.

Torture continues at US prisons in Afghanistan

By Tom Eley, 1 December 2009

Recent reports reveal that the US military continues to carry on torture and illegal detention in Afghanistan at a dungeon known to inmates as “the black prison.”

After years of detention and torture

Ten Guantánamo prisoners to face US trial

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.

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.