The Torture Report: What the Documents Say About America's Post-9/11 Torture Program

By Larry Siems

Occasionally in reality buried in entrance people. that's the case with greater than 140,000 govt files on the subject of abuse of prisoners by means of U.S. forces through the "war on terror," delivered to mild via Freedom of knowledge Act litigation. because the lead writer of the ACLU's document on those records, Larry Siems is in a distinct place to chronicle who did what, to whom and while. This ebook, written with the speed and depth of a mystery, serves as a sad reminder of what occurs while commitments to legislation, logic, and human dignity are solid apart, whilst it turns into tricky to parent the variation among teams rationale on perpetrating severe violence on their fellow human beings.

Divided into 3 sections, The Torture record offers a beautiful array of eyewitness and first-person reports-by sufferers, perpetrators, dissenters, and investigators-of the CIA's White House-orchestrated interrogations in unlawful, mystery prisons worldwide; the Pentagon's "special projects," in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba; plots genuine and imagined, and lots more and plenty extra.

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Q. Has your skill to perform your spiritual ideals been avoided because you were in U. S. army custody? A. No. Q. What could you are saying is your present nation of health and wellbeing? A. i think fit. Q. whereas in U. S. army custody, have you ever had entry to remedy? A. certain. Q. Are you keen to help the U. S. govt by way of delivering cooperative testimony and/or details in the course of judicial court cases and/or different criminal techniques? A. I nonetheless haven’t made up my brain. Q. Has your co-operation so far been of your individual unfastened will with out profit, present, or promise? 192 THE TORTURE record A. sure. Q. Is the knowledge contained during this assertion the reality? A. sure. 284 however the management additionally signaled it would be altering direction. It notified pass judgement on Sullivan that it had grew to become over seven of the forty-two records, within the similar seriously redacted shape that they had been published to the Convening Authority, to Mohamed’s legal professionals. It additionally introduced that it was once now not hoping on the allegations that Binyam Mohamed was once plotting terrorist assaults within the usa to justify his detention as an enemy combatant. Alarmed, pass judgement on Sullivan ordered Mohamed’s attorneys to make him conscious of any files they believed they wanted for his safety, and scheduled one other prestige convention for October 30, 2008. both afflicted, the united kingdom court docket notified the overseas workplace and Mohamed’s lawyers on October 21, 2008 that it'd be handing down a judgment on freeing the forty two files tomorrow. that very same day that the united kingdom courtroom issued this become aware of, the Pentagon introduced it had dropped all fees opposed to Binyam Mohamed and 4 different detainees whose unique cost sheets had associated them to Abu Zubaydah. The day earlier than, Convening Authority Susan Crawford had signed a directive stating “The suggestion of the criminal Adviser within the army fee case of Binyam Mohamed is authorized. All fees and requisites are pushed aside with no prejudice. ” related directives have been issued for Ghassan Abdullah Sharbi, Sufyiam Barhoumi, Jabran stated bin alQahtani, and Noor Uthman Muhammed. Crawford provided no cause of losing the circumstances, yet Michael Chapman, the Convening Authority’s criminal consultant, prompt that prosecutors wanted extra time to arrange their situations following Vandeveld’s resignation. Vandeveld’s replacements advised Lt. Col. Bradley that they might dossier new fees opposed to Mohamed inside thirty days. 285 At his October 30, 2008 prestige listening to, pass judgement on Sullivan brazenly wondered the administration’s factors for leaving behind the “dirty bomb” fees after which disregarding the case opposed to Binyam Mohamed simply whilst courts THE PONZI SCHEME 193 have been at the verge of ordering it to free up exculpatory records. “That increases severe questions during this court’s brain approximately no matter if the allegations have been ever true,” Sullivan declared. 286 pass judgement on Sullivan had prior to him a realize of provider of Discovery that Mohamed’s legal professional had filed on October 27 asking the courtroom for permission to depose Vandeveld and “Jane Payne,” the member of Mohamed’s rendition staff who he acknowledged had photographed the cuts on his penis; a seventeen-page Request for Admissions asking the govt. to outline to the reality of 199 particular info of Mohamed’s account; and a Request for construction of records and Tangible issues with regards to his remedy and interrogations in Pakistan, Morocco, the darkish criminal, Bagram, and Guantánamo.

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