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Obama: After 9/11, We 'Tortured Some Folks'

President says it more explicitly than before

(Newser) - The US tortured al-Qaeda detainees captured after the 9/11 attacks, President Obama said today, in some of his most expansive comments to date about a controversial set of CIA practices that he banned after taking office. "We tortured some folks," Obama said at a televised news conference at... More »

John McCain: Botched Execution Was Torture

He says 'bollocks-upped' situation is unacceptable

(Newser) - John McCain, who learned a thing or two about torture during his years as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, says the botched execution of an Arizona inmate was torture and that the people involved need to be held responsible. "I believe in the death penalty for certain... More »

CIA Lied and Lied About Torture, Says Report

More details from Senate Intelligence Committee report coming to light

(Newser) - Yesterday, congressional staffers dished to the AP about some of the overarching findings of a contentious Senate Intelligence Committee report—namely, that the CIA's use of torture played no role in finding Osama bin Laden, for all the agency's previous declarations to the contrary. The Washington Post follows... More »

Torture Didn't Help Catch bin Laden, Report Finds

Senate Intelligence Committee: No evidence tortured detainees gave up crucial info

(Newser) - The report that has thrown the CIA into a bitter fight with the Senate Intelligence Committee concludes that there is no evidence that torture helped the agency find Osama bin Laden, congressional aides and other sources tell the AP . The CIA has argued that "harsh interrogation techniques" like waterboarding... More »

New Claim: Senate Staffers Swiped Classified CIA Info

Source tells McClatchy they printed, removed internal review

(Newser) - On the heels of a contentious report that the CIA illegally spied on aides to the Senate Intelligence Committee as they gathered information for a report on the CIA's torture program comes yet more contention. McClatchy , which first reported on the allegations yesterday, now reports that those Senate staffers... More »

CIA Accused of Spying on Senate Staffers

Inspector General looking into clashes over torture report

(Newser) - The CIA's Inspector General is calling for the Justice Department to look into allegations that the agency illegally spied on aides to the Senate Intelligence Committee as they gathered information for a potentially contentious report on the CIA's torture program, McClatchy reports. The CIA had insisted that the... More »

Band Bills Military $666K for Using Its Song at Gitmo

Skinny Puppy says its music was used as a 'weapon'

(Newser) - Some bands are "proud" when their music is used to interrogate Guantanamo Bay detainees; other bands, not so much . You can count Skinny Puppy among the latter group. The Canadian industrial rock band says it has invoiced the US military for $666,000 after finding out its music was... More »

Iraq Forces Torture, Rape Women Prisoners: Report

And they're often jailed for their husband's alleged crimes

(Newser) - Women in Iraq's prisons face beatings, electrical shocks, and sexual assault, among other horrors—and they're often detained for the actions of their male relatives, not their own, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch. Sometimes the abuses were carried out while those male relatives looked... More »

Ukrainian Activist: I Was Crucified

He's become the bloodied face of the opposition movement

(Newser) - US and Russian diplomats traded blame over the volatile situation in Ukraine today, but more attention continues to be paid to an anti-government protester who claims to have been tortured. Not just tortured, "crucified." Dmytro Bulatov says he got kidnapped and held for about a week before his... More »

Assad Torturing, Killing Enemies on 'Industrial Scale'

Prosecutors base report on 55K photos taken by defector

(Newser) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime is torturing and murdering its enemies on a vast and shocking scale, according to a cache of evidence released by war crimes prosecutors, CNN reports. The report relies on thousands of photos of dead bodies that were apparently killed by strangulation, starvation, and beatings;... More »

Hong Kong Arrests Woman Accused of Torturing Maid

Treatment of Erwiana Sulistyaningsih has sparked protests

(Newser) - Hong Kong police today arrested a woman accused of torturing her Indonesian maid, a day after thousands rallied in protest of the maid's treatment. Erwiana Sulistyaningsih, 23, returned to Indonesia last week, reportedly unable to walk thanks to her injuries. She's now being treated at a hospital there,... More »

UK Accused of War Crimes in Iraq

250-page report cites sex assaults, beatings, electrocution

(Newser) - UK lawyers and European human rights activists are calling on the International Criminal Court to prosecute British leaders over war crimes allegedly committed in Iraq. Public Interest Lawyers and the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights have compiled a 250-page report, submitted to the ICC Saturday, on "systematic... More »

Senators Clash With CIA Nominee Over Torture

Udall demands classified report

(Newser) - The Senate Intelligence Committee has formally requested a classified internal CIA study on its torture program, which lawmakers believe is deeply unflattering, the New York Times reports. Mark Udall revealed the existence of the report yesterday during a prickly hearing with Caroline Krass, President Obama's nominee for CIA general... More »

Captive Tucson Girls 'Tortured With Music'

Cameras recorded sisters in house of horrors

(Newser) - Three sisters held captive by their parents in a Tucson home endured a hellish existence in dungeon-like conditions, investigators say. For up to two years, the girls—ages 12, 13, and 17, were imprisoned in locked bedrooms with elaborate alarm and video systems that let the girls' mother and stepfather... More »

Cops: 4 Torture, Chop Penis Off Pot Dispensary Owner

They mistakenly thought he was burying money in desert, say prosecutors

(Newser) - It's gruesome: Four people are accused of torturing a California marijuana dispensary owner with a blowtorch and cutting off his penis in an attempt to force him to reveal where he had buried piles of cash in the desert. The defendants mistakenly believed the victim was hiding money and... More »

Torture Changes the Way You Feel Pain Forever

Including psychological torture

(Newser) - Torture doesn't just hurt you once, it keeps on hurting you forever, a new study in the European Journal of Pain suggests. Researchers examined 104 Israeli soldiers who fought in the 1973 war between Syria and Egypt, 60 of whom had been taken captive and tortured, gauging their reaction... More »

CIA's 'Inhumane' Torturers? Doctors

New report finds disturbing ethical violations

(Newser) - The doctor's ethical directive, "first do no harm," would seem to not-so-subtly indicate that medical professionals not engage in torture ... but an independent taskforce finds that the CIA and the Pentagon asked doctors and psychologists working at US detention facilities (including Guantanamo Bay) to do just that.... More »

Chile Owes Exile Damages After Torture Under Pinochet: Court

Leopoldo Garcia Lucero ruling is first of its kind for international court

(Newser) - A Chilean man exiled in 1975 has won court-ordered compensation from the state over torture he suffered under Gen. Augusto Pinochet. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights; ruling in the case of Leopoldo Garcia Lucero, 80, marks the Costa Rica-based institution's first decision on a living survivor of Pinochet'... More »

NYT, Greenwald Go Mano a Mano—in NYT

Exchange with Bill Keller focuses on objectivity, sideswipes David Brooks

(Newser) - Glenn Greenwald thinks the New York Times is a "nationalistic" source that has printed "quite toxic smears of government critics without any accountability," and you could learn that by reading today's New York Times . Columnist Bill Keller had a very lengthy back-and-forth with Greenwald about... More »

Nairobi Mall Victims Brutally Tortured: Reports

Doctors, investigators offer gruesome accounts

(Newser) - The al-Shabab militants who attacked a mall in Nairobi last weekend didn't just kill their victims, they tortured them and mutilated their bodies, according to accounts in Kenya's media rounded up by USA Today . It makes for rough reading. The stories quote doctors and investigators who describe gouged... More »

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