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2009-10-26 23:46:09

The rationale behind torture is that pain will make the guilty confess, but a new study by researchers at Harvard University finds that the pain of torture can make even the innocent seem guilty. Participants in the study met a woman suspected of cheating to win money. The woman was then "tortured" by having her hand immersed in ice water while study participants listened to the session over an intercom. She never confessed to anything, but the more she suffered during the torture, the...

2008-07-04 12:00:19

By Dan Webster, The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Wash. Jul. 4--In a class that I taught at Gonzaga University a few years ago, the subject of Abu Ghraib prison came up. The discussion was appropriate. It was a media criticism course -- a rich topic if ever there was one since the dust of 9/11 began to settle -- and the famous photos of what went on in Abu Ghraib had just recently been published. You know the photos I mean -- the ones depicting a number of Iraqi prisoners being subjected...

2008-06-26 18:02:36

By RENE RODRIGUEZ NEW YORK - The old saying claims a picture is worth a thousand words. But in his new documentary, "Standard Operating Procedure," Oscar-winning filmmaker Errol Morris argues that a thousand words are not always enough. This is particularly true when the picture in question happens to be one of the photographs taken at Abu Ghraib, the U.S. military prison in Iraq where the abuse and humiliation of detainees, documented in snapshots taken by soldiers, resulted in worldwide...

2008-06-18 21:00:07

WASHINGTON _ The Army general who led the investigation into prisoner abuse at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison accused the Bush administration Wednesday of committing "war crimes" and called for those responsible to be held to account. The remarks by Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, who's now retired, came in a new report that found that U.S. personnel tortured and abused detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, using beatings, electrical shocks, sexual humiliation and other cruel...

2008-06-18 15:00:12

During its 1600 gmt newscast, Doha Al-Jazeera Satellite Channel in Arabic was observed to report on new allegations of torture in US military prisons and accusations to the Pentagon of knowingly pursuing illegal interrogation tactics. At 1640 gmt, the channel reports: "US Senator Carl Levin has said that senior Pentagon officials sought to obtain information from military trainers on torture techniques that could be used in interrogating prisoners captured in the war on so-called terror. In...

2008-06-18 09:00:00

A human rights group accused the U.S. government of committing war crimes in a report alleging torture on several terrorist suspects in U.S. custody. Physicians for Human Rights announced its findings Wednesday after evaluating 11 detainees -- held but never charged -- at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and in Afghanistan, CNN reported. We found clear physical and psychological evidence of torture and abuse often causing lasting suffering, said Dr. Allen Keller, a...

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2008-01-11 06:00:00

WASHINGTON -- Army Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan, who was court-martialed at Fort Meade in August for his role in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal, has been cleared of his sole criminal conviction, leaving only an official reprimand for the former commander of the notorious Iraqi prison. The action, taken Wednesday by Army Maj. Gen. Richard J. Rowe, commander of the Military District of Washington, eliminates the only criminal finding against any officer for the Abu Ghraib scandal. Rowe's decision...

2006-09-05 13:50:00

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Tuesday Democrats were trying to turn Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld into "a bogeyman" two months before U.S. congressional elections, and it dismissed their calls for his ouster. Congressional Democrats, striving to grab control of the House and Senate from President George W. Bush's Republican Party in November's congressional elections, are pushing for a vote of no confidence in the 74-year-old Rumsfeld, one of the...

2006-09-02 03:05:50

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq has regained control of the notorious Abu Ghraib prison, known for a prisoner abuse scandal involving U.S. troops, government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said on Saturday. "Yesterday, Abu Ghraib prison was handed over by U.S. forces," al-Dabbagh told a news conference. "It is now empty of any detainee or prisoner." The prison was used by former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein to torture political opponents.

2006-07-31 18:56:01

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Maj. Gen. Geoffrey Miller, who commanded the Guantanamo prison and helped shape detention practices at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, retired from the U.S. military on Monday with a top honor and praise from the Army. Miller headed the prison camp for foreign terrorism suspects at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from 2002 to 2004 and was sent to Iraq in 2003 to help extract more information from prisoners there. He oversaw all detention...


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