Jan 23, 2015

North Korea seeks U.N. probe of 'CIA torture crimes'

North Korea called on Thursday for the top United Nations human rights body to investigate allegations of torture by the Central Intelligence Agency during the George W. Bush era that were contained in a recent Senate report. The move, announced by So Se Pyong, ...

Guantanamo inmate details torture in first book from Cuba prison

Jan 22, 2015

Guantanamo inmate details torture in first book from Cuba prison

The first book published by a longtime Guantanamo Bay inmate that describes torture, humiliation and despair during 13 years in captivity was selling briskly in the United States on Wednesday and drawing hard-won attention to his case. Mohamedou Ould Slahi’s account from the U.S. ...

Jan 21, 2015

U.N. panel on North Korean rights says report still stands

The head of the U.N. commission that produced a damning report on North Korean rights abuses has dismissed Pyongyang’s claim that doubts about the credibility of a prominent witness made the panel’s findings “invalid.” “The partial retraction of Shin Dong-hyuk of the testimony he ...

Saudi crackdown on rights is intensifying

Jan 21, 2015

Saudi crackdown on rights is intensifying

One man is given 50 lashes in a public square for “insulting Islam” on a liberal blog. Another is arrested for filming and uploading a woman’s public beheading. Two women are imprisoned and put on trial for writing on Twitter in support of women ...

U.S. torture program was mismanaged

Dec 26, 2014

U.S. torture program was mismanaged

The Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation program and the spy agency’s official response clash on almost every aspect of the long-secret operation, including the brutality and effectiveness of its methods and the agency’s secret dealings with the Bush White House, Congress and the ...

Broken U.S. moral compass

Dec 19, 2014

Broken U.S. moral compass

by William Pfaff

The most disturbing and basic question with regard to the maintenance of Guantanamo and any one of the so-called Black Sites in recent years is why American officials seemed to want so badly to torture when to do so was known — even to ...

Leaked CIA document outlines how targeted killings could backfire

Dec 19, 2014

Leaked CIA document outlines how targeted killings could backfire

The U.S. government’s program to capture and kill insurgent leaders can backfire, a leaked CIA report said Thursday, citing “limited” results in Afghanistan in particular. The July 2009 document released by WikiLeaks tackles the pros and cons of “high value targeting” (HVT) operations conducted ...