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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 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...

2008-06-17 15:00:03

WASHINGTON _ The CIA, which had authority to use harsh interrogation techniques on suspected terrorist detainees, advised U.S. military officials at Guantanamo in 2002 on how far they could go in extracting information from captives there, documents released at a Senate hearing Tuesday show. "If the detainee dies you're doing it wrong," Jonathan Fredman, chief counsel to the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, told a meeting of officials on Oct. 2, 2002, according to minutes from the meeting....

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2008-06-17 09:00:00

Military lawyers warned against the harsh detainee interrogation techniques approved by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in 2002, contending in separate memos weeks before Rumsfeld's endorsement that they could be illegal, a Senate panel has found. The investigation by the Senate Armed Services Committee also has confirmed that senior administration officials, including the Pentagon's then-general counsel William "Jim" Haynes, sought the help of military psychologists early on to devise 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.

2006-08-07 15:18:36

By Matthew Bigg RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters) - A CIA contractor accused of beating an Afghan prisoner so badly that he died two days later went on trial for assault on Monday in a case that raises questions about the treatment of detainees by interrogators. David Passaro, a former Special Forces medic who worked under contract with the CIA, is the first civilian to be charged with abusing a detainee in U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Passaro is charged with four counts of...

2006-07-28 05:07:40

GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. Human Rights Committee on Friday told Washington it should immediately shut all "secret detention" facilities and give the International Committee of the Red Cross access to anybody held in armed conflict. In findings on U.S. observance of the U.N.'s main political rights' convention, the committee said it had "credible and uncontested" information that the United States had detained people "secretly and in secret places for months and years." "The state...

2006-07-28 04:20:36

GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. Human Rights Committee told Washington on Friday it should immediately shut all "secret detention" facilities and give the International Committee of the Red Cross access to anybody held in armed conflict. In its findings on U.S. observance of the United Nation's main political rights' convention, the committee said it had "credible and uncontested" information that the United States had detained people "secretly and in secret places for months and...

2006-07-22 23:46:59

By Kristin Roberts WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iraqi detainees were routinely subjected to beatings, sleep deprivation, stress positions and other forms of abuse by U.S. interrogators, according to a Human Rights Watch report released on Sunday that offers first-hand accounts from three former soldiers. The U.S.-based watchdog group said its report discredits government arguments casting mistreatment of detainees as the aberrant and unauthorized work of a few personnel. It included...

2006-07-19 12:31:18

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Using electric shock, beatings and suffocation, Chicago police tortured criminal suspects into giving confessions during the 1970s and 1980s, the authors of a report said on Wednesday. But the abuse inflicted on suspects by Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge -- who has since been fired, lives in Florida and receives a full pension -- and detectives under his command occurred too long ago to pursue criminally, a four-year investigation concluded. "We have...


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