Tag: Torture

NGO Reports Widespread Torture in ‘Open-Air Concentration Camp’ Venezuela

The research center CASLA Institute debuted a new report on the systematic use of torture in Venezuela at the Organization of American States (OAS) on Wednesday, documenting over 100 cases of the state torturing political dissidents in 2018 alone. The report is the latest in a string of similar studies spanning the entirety of the […]

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Argentina Considers Charges Against Saudi Crown Prince Ahead of G-20

BUENOS AIRES — Argentine authorities are looking into possible criminal charges against Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia as he prepares to attend an international summit meeting of world leaders this week in Buenos Aires, officials involved in the inquiry said. The inquiry, centering on allegations of war […]

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‘Club Gitmo’ is now for children, too

As at Guantánamo, those children were also being subjected to a regime of intentional abuse. The cruel and inhuman treatment began, of course, with the trauma of separation from their parents and often from their siblings as well, since children of different genders were sent to different facilities (or at least different parts of the […]

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New memos detail torture overseen by Gina Haspel before she became CIA director

Just one paragraph out of the first session is enough to demonstrate the utter futility of what was going on at the secret base, and the uselessness of torture in general. As the interrogation ran though a list of names … subject continued to deny that he knew any of them. Interrogators continued to apply the […]

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Bush Claimed Power to Override a Torture Ban. What Did Brett Kavanaugh Think About That?

The first is the legitimacy of a sweeping theory of executive power that Mr. Bush’s legal team often advanced: that the president, as commander in chief, can override statutes in which Congress has regulated the executive branch’s conduct in national security matters. In a favorable review last year of a book written by another judge, […]

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The Supreme Court nominee document fight isn’t politics, it’s existential to the idea of America

These are the guys who made Brett Kavanaugh. Campaign Action Senate Democrats remain steadfast in their demand that the nomination process for Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court wait until all of his documents from his time with the George W. Bush administration are released. Republicans are still intent on trying to hide what happened […]

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Brett Kavanaugh’s Partisan Record

With President Trump’s selection of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court, the obligation now falls to the Senate Judiciary Committee to carefully consider this nomination. By any measure, it is a daunting responsibility. I have served in the Senate for 44 years, a span that includes 19 nominations to […]

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Dick Cheney’s Autographed Waterboard Kit Was for Sale on eBay

On Sunday night’s episode of Who Is America?—Sacha Baron Cohen’s new show in which he dupes an unbelievable number of conservatives into humiliating themselves—he sat down with Dick Cheney, somehow managing to con the former Vice President into autographing a waterboarding kit. And for a beautiful, fleeting moment, the thing was up for sale online. […]

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The dangerous veto power of right-wing rage

To be sure, Mitch McConnell didn’t hesitate to extort the Obama administration even as the United States was under cyber attack from Russia in the summer of 2016. Obama’s team went to Capitol Hill to deliver a classified briefing to the leaders of both parties from each house of Congress and their respective intelligence and […]

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Accused of Rape and Torture, Exiled Afghan Vice President Returns

KABUL, Afghanistan — After more than a year in exile, Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum returned to his native Afghanistan on Sunday facing criminal charges of rape and kidnapping, as well as accusations of brutality, human rights abuses and killing his first wife. General Dostum also remains the country’s first vice president. An official government delegation […]

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OC Man Sentenced To 2 Life Terms For Kidnapping Pot Dispensary Owner, Cutting Off His Penis

STUDIO CITY (CBSLA) — A Fountain Valley man convicted of kidnapping and torturing the owner of an Orange County marijuana dispensary will spend the rest of his life in jail. Kyle Handley, 39, was sentenced to two consecutive life terms in prison Friday for abducting, torturing and sexually mutilating the owner of a medical pot shop, […]

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GOP Holocaust analogists furious over Nazi border policy comparisons

Ben Shapiro might want to talk to these players on this team. And among the things Republicans hate is the Mueller investigation and the growing legal problems for Donald Trump’s longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen. After the FBI raided Cohen’s homes and office in April, former House Speaker turned Fox News regular Newt Gingrich conjured up […]

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Offsides: The Group of Death. And Torture. And Incarceration.

This is part of Offsides, a newsletter on the broader issues and hidden stories around the World Cup. You can sign up here to receive it in your inbox. In the first round of the World Cup, there is a phenomenon called “the Group of Death,” which refers to a grouping of four teams that […]

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The World Cup Is Fun. Except for the Russians Being Tortured.

MOSCOW — Have you enjoyed the first week of the 2018 World Cup? Good. Some of the games have certainly been very exciting! Now read the words of Dmitry Pchelintsev as they appeared in MediaZona, a small independent online publication focused on police brutality and the prison system in Russia: “The man in surgical gloves […]

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Could Trump face Magnitsky Act sanctions?

Even before he disgraced his country in Quebec, Trump had by the end of May “put more tariffs on longtime U.S. allies than he has on China, his supposed ‘bad guy’ on trade.” Despite having previously admitted to lying to Justin Trudeau’s face in March, Trump accused the Canadian prime minister of making “false statements” and […]

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Trump won’t be bringing up North Korea human rights abuses during his ‘summit’

Well of course Trump isn’t going to bring up human rights when meeting with the North Korean dictator. That’d be insulting to the nuclear rogue state, and Trump is only insulting to U.S. allies, not dictators. But two administration officials tell NBC News the U.S. has decided not to bring up human rights at the […]

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Op-Ed Columnist: North Korea, Trump and Human Rights

My own view is that the priority for now should be the nuclear weapons issue and that we shouldn’t make improvements in human rights a condition of those talks for fear of causing them to collapse. But I also believe that Trump can and should explain to Kim that his regime will never be fully […]

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Tunisia Truth Commission Brings One Court Case in Four Years

Each indictment can have multiple victims or suspects, and the commission said that the 16 submitted covered the cases of 245 victims. Mr. Matmati’s is one of 194 cases registered by the commission of people who were forcibly disappeared during the dictatorships of Habib Bourguiba, the first president of Tunisia, and his successor, Mr. Ben […]

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Mexican Court Orders New Inquiry Into Disappearance of 43 Students

After four years of clinging to a version of events that few shared, the government was ordered to scrap its entire case and start over, but this time with a guarantee that the victims’ relatives and human rights advocates can direct the lines of inquiry. The disappearance of the students at a rural teacher-training college, […]

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The third worst person in Washington

Cornyn, who in December demanded “Mueller needs to clean house of partisans,” tweeted a National Review article titled “Spy Name Games.” In it, Andrew McCarthy wrote, “The Obama administration blatantly politicized the government’s intelligence and law-enforcement apparatus.” Appearing on right-wing radio host Hugh Hewitt’s show, Cornyn rejected the conclusion shared by Rubio, Gowdy and Democrats […]

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Lithuania and Romania Complicit in C.I.A. Renditions, European Court Says

The European Court of Human Rights censured Lithuania and Romania on Thursday for their complicity in the C.I.A.’s secret program of renditions, saying the two European nations had facilitated the ill-treatment and arbitrary detention of two men accused by the United States of terrorism after the Sept. 11 attacks. The men — Abu Zubaydah, a […]

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