The Senate Intelligence Committee report released this week found that the CIA tortured terror suspects by, among other thingsputting hummus in a man's anus, forcing suspects to stand on broken feet, and blasting detainees with songs such as "Rawhide" at loud volumes on repeat. Many of the interrogators' actions were shocking and cruel, but some might argue and some have argued that torture is a necessary tool for extracting information. This, too, is dubious.
For the most extensive medical study of former U. The group alleges that it found evidence of U. One Iraqi prisoner, identified only as Yasser, reported being subjected to electric shocks three times and being sodomized with a stick.
Torture and the United States includes documented and alleged cases of torture both inside and outside the United States by members of the governmentthe militarylaw enforcement agenciesintelligence agencieshealth care servicesand other public organizations. While the term "torture" is defined in numerous places, including dictionaries and encyclopedias of various nations or culturesthis article addresses only those practices qualifying as torture under the definition of that term articulated in the codified primarily statutory law and case law of the United States of America. Torture is illegal and punishable within U.
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Beatings, sleep deprivation, menacing and other brutal tactics have led to persistent mental health problems among detainees held in secret C. Before the United States permitted a terrifying way of interrogating prisoners, government lawyers and intelligence officials assured themselves of one crucial outcome. They knew that the methods inflicted on terrorism suspects would be painful, shocking and far beyond what the country had ever accepted.
Nearly a decade after C. The newly declassified documents are part of a petition in a related case his lawyers are filing with the Supreme Court. The new details add to the growing public understanding of what American officials, desperate to get information out of Mr.
Widespread torture of detainees is common in criminal investigations in Uzbekistan, and has become an unmistakable feature of the government's crackdown against independent Islam. Uzbekistan's government refuses to hold police and security forces accountable for acts of torture, and even tacitly encourages torture though its broadcasting of political prisoners' public "confessions" as tools of political propaganda. Instituting legal and judicial reform to halt torture, and ending impunity for it, should be a matter of priority for the government of Uzbekistan and for all parties interested in human rights and the security and stability of the region.
CAIRO — The 15 officers who arrived at the prison in southern Yemen hid their faces behind headdresses, but their accents were clearly foreign — from the United Arab Emirates. They lined up the detainees and ordered them to undress and lie down. The officers then searched the anal cavity of each prisoner, claiming that they were looking for contraband cellphones. The men screamed and wept.
This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Oh, right, because we were terrified. Because everyone knows that being afraid gives you moral license to do whatever you need to do to keep yourself safe.
David Welna. Defense attorneys for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, are now allowed to introduce details regarding their clients' interrogations after the so-called "torture report" was released by the Senate Intelligence Committee late last year. For years in the military courtroom at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, there's been a subject no one could talk about: torture.