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The revelations in the Guardian concerning the Government’s post-9/11 torture policy are shocking.
The admissions come from an Intelligence and Security Committee report dated 2005. There are various aspects of the report that should be underlined.
First, I must confess that I, along with others, did not notice the report when it was first written. It took Ian Cobain to put it on the front page of the paper.
Second, when Foreign Minister David Miliband told the Foreign Affairs Committee last Tuesday that the Government would not publish earlier “torture policies”, perhaps even he did not recognize that ...
Mohammed el Gharani spent seven nights in a Chad police station.
The phone never stopped ringing in the police station as I waited with Mohammed for the police to tell us when he would be allowed to walk free.
"When are you coming home Mohammed?" everyone wanted to know, and he kept saying "Tomorrow! They tell me tomorrow!" This would go on for seven days before the Chadians allowed Mohammed to leave the police station a free man.
It had been a long (and seemingly endless) journey of prison visits, court appearances, media work, government lobbying and global investigative work ...
David Miliband has again stonewalled allegations that Britain was complicit in Binyam Mohamed's torture. What is he hiding?
The question posed to David Miliband by the Foreign Affairs Committee on Tuesday was a good one: Would the government publish the policy that allowed Binyam Mohamed to be tortured for two years by our American allies without a peep from the British agent who met with him?
Gordon Brown has ordered that the new government rule on torture should be made public (presumably it instructs British intelligence officers to object loudly when they witness it). But what of the former ...
For you, the phrase "head-banging music" might evoke hazy student nights in the college bar. For Binyam Mohamed, the British resident recently returned from Guantánamo to the U.K., it brings back darker memories.
Of his treatment in the CIA-run "Dark Prison" in Afghanistan Binyam recalls:
"It was pitch black no lights on in all the rooms for most of the time…They hung me up. I was allowed a few hours of sleep on the second day, then hung up again, this time for two days. My legs had swollen. My writes and hands had gone numb… There was ...
In June 2009, Ahmed Ghailani became the first Guantánamo prisoner to be tried in a federal court. Zachary talks about the significance of this development to Radio 4.
Former Guantánamo guard Captain Kirk Black's suggestions on how to deal with the rest of the Bay's prisoners have fallen on deaf ears.
Disappointment has rippled through the ranks of Obama supporters in recent days, with his backtracking over the Guantánamo military commissions and other "War on Terror" issues.
On Monday, the Times reported another opportunity to rehabilitate America’s image, and it seems that the Administration is poised to pass this up as well.
Captain Kirk Black is the hero of the piece. He was a Swat team police officer in civilian life, mobilised into ...
Reprieve and iceandfire present a viral video promoting our documentary play Rendition Monologues.
Adapted from client interview transcripts supplied by Reprieve, Rendition Monologues is a disturbing piece of verbatim theatre which gives voice to the victims of 'war on terror' rendition policies.
Rendition Monologues will be performed at the Southwark Playhouse in London on the 24th May, and at the Edinburgh Festival.
Celebrations of a new civil liberties hero were sadly premature. Four months on, dozens of innocents are still in prison.
You would be hard-pressed to find a kid more thrilled on Barack Obama's first day in office than Mohammed el Gharani. On January 21, had you been standing at the right corner of Guantánamo Bay, you could have heard him whoop for joy when the U.S. President made history -- so we thought -- by closing the prison el Gharani grew up in.
Today marks four months since that decision, and the president has given another speech. He correctly referred ...
Franck Martin speaks to Clive Stafford Smith about Guantanamo Bay and the profound significance of the legal case of Binyam Mohamed.
‘The rules have changed, you don’t get a lawyer.’ This disturbing reply is not what one would expect having asked an FBI agent for the right to legal representation. Yet these simple, callous words were the response Binyam Mohammed received as he tried to ascertain why he had been abducted while holidaying in Pakistan.
Legal protection is a fundamental human right, but from the ashes of 9/11 a shadowy disregard for such norms emerged within certain factions ...
Remembering the life of the heroic founder of Jurors for Justice.
Kathleen Hawk Norman was appointed foreperson, and lead the charge as the jury imposed a death sentence for Daniel Bright III in 1996.
The case seemed open and shut, and the entire penalty phase was over by lunchtime. It was an awful act; the worse because Dan Bright turned out to be innocent.
Kathleen died unexpectedly last Thursday night, aged 54. Her obituary could teach President Barack Obama a thing or two.
When it comes to another tragic mistake – the recent predilection for torture -- Obama tells the world that ...