Stories tagged: torture
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 15, 2017, 3:37 p.m.
At U.N. rights body, Sri Lanka vows new steps to fight torture
Government envoys from Sri Lanka told the U.N.’s top human rights body Wednesday that their country is taking new steps to battle torture, a move that an advocacy group attributed …
UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 14, 2017, 7:27 p.m.
Sri Lanka official denies allegations of torture, rape
Sri Lanka’s defense minister denied Tuesday that his country committed torture and rape of suspected rebels, as charged by more than 50 men of the island’s Tamil ethnic minority who …
Fri., Nov. 10, 2017, 4:46 p.m.
Sri Lanka government faces pressure over torture, rape allegations
Sri Lanka’s government faced increasing pressure Friday to answer for alleged human rights violations following an Associated Press investigation that found more than 50 men who said they were raped, …
Tue., Nov. 7, 2017, 10:43 p.m.
Men report rape, torture under Sri Lankan government
Raped, branded and beaten, Witness #205 is one of more than 50 men who say they were abducted and tortured under Sri Lanka’s current government. The men’s previously unpublished accounts …
Sat., Oct. 7, 2017, 7:05 p.m.
Man guilty in torture death of girlfriend’s son gets prison
A man convicted of torturing his girlfriend’s son by forcing him to take ice baths, wrapping his head in duct tape and rubbing cayenne pepper into his eyes was sentenced …
Fri., Aug. 11, 2017, 6 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: In the torture case, big decisions rest on small points
In the ongoing trial of the two former Fairchild Air Force Base psychologists whose company earned more than $80 million to develop and carry out the enhanced-interrogation program, one slap …
UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 7, 2017, 6:05 p.m.
Judge clears path for torture trial against Spokane psychologists involved in CIA waterboarding
A visibly shaken Dror Ladin labored in court as he tried on July 28 to convince U.S. District Court Judge Justin Quackenbush why the ACLU’s lawsuit on behalf of three …
UPDATED: Fri., July 28, 2017, 9:34 p.m.
Federal judge questions civil torture suit against Spokane psychologists Mitchell and Jessen
The torture civil suit against two Spokane psychologists will continue to the next round, but a federal judge cast doubt Friday as to whether he’ll let the case proceed without …
UPDATED: Tue., July 25, 2017, 6:48 p.m.
Spokane psychologists turn to Nuremberg trial ruling on Nazi gas killings to defend role in torture
The attorneys defending Spokane psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen are arguing that the successful defense of the “gas technician” of the firm that developed Zyklon B used by Nazis …
Fri., June 23, 2017, 1:52 p.m.
Senators ask military to review Yemen abuse reported by AP
Two senior U.S. senators are asking Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to investigate reports that U.S. military interrogators worked with forces from the United Arab Emirates accused of torturing detainees in …
UPDATED: Thu., June 8, 2017, 9:57 p.m.
Federal judge in Spokane asked to provide Poland with CIA torture evidence from Mitchell and Jessen
A federal judge in Spokane has been asked to turn over evidence needed to determine a legal dispute in Poland regarding whether laws were broken when that country allowed the …
Fri., June 2, 2017, 1:22 p.m.
Democrats worry GOP trying to bury torture report
Democratic lawmakers and rights groups criticized the Republican head of the Senate intelligence committee on Friday for seeking the return of copies of a report on CIA treatment of detainees …
Mon., May 1, 2017, 10:55 a.m.
Gay activists detained in Russia at protest against torture
Russian police have detained several gay rights activists in St. Petersburg during a protest against the reported abuse of homosexuals in Chechnya.
Fri., April 14, 2017, 4:52 a.m.
Russia asked to end alleged killings of gays in Chechnya
International organizations on Thursday urged the Russian government to investigate the reported abuse and killings of gay men in Russia’s southern republic of Chechnya.
UPDATED: Thu., March 23, 2017, 6:12 p.m.
Mitchell and Jessen attorneys seek judge to unlock CIA records of torture program
The attorneys for former Spokane psychologists James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen argued this week that the Trump Administration’s decision to keep some records secret in the name of national security …
UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 20, 2017, 7:06 p.m.
Federal judge sets records deadline in torture suit against Spokane psychologists Mitchell and Jessen
A federal judge gave a hard deadline Monday for U.S. government attorneys to decide whether they will keep some records secret about the relationship between the CIA and two psychologists …
UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 14, 2017, 5:53 p.m.
Torture suit against Spokane psychologists Mitchell and Jessen could face more delays
A federal judge appears to be growing weary of continued delays in the complex legal battle by three men who claim they were victims of torture that was designed, and …
Thu., Feb. 9, 2017, 1:32 p.m.
Egypt shuts down organization treating torture victims
Egyptian police on Thursday morning shuttered an organization that treats victims of torture and trauma, said a prominent psychiatrist who founded the center, describing it as part of the latest …
Fri., Jan. 27, 2017, 4:02 p.m.
Trump: Mattis’ view on torture will override his own beliefs
President Donald Trump said Friday that his defense secretary’s opposition to torture would override his own belief that enhanced interrogation “does work,” quietly giving ground after growing public concern about …
Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 4:05 p.m.
Trump: Torture of prisoners works; administration readies a review
President Donald Trump declared Wednesday he believes torture works as his administration readied a sweeping review of how America conducts the war on terror. It includes possible resumption of banned …
Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 2 a.m.
Former Fairchild psychologist recounts interrogation of terror detainee
When Bruce Jessen was asked about his first interrogation of Gul Rahman – a detainee in the war on terror who died after being slapped, punched, chained to walls, hooded, …
UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 25, 2017, 12:35 p.m.
CIA documents reveal debate about role of Spokane psychologists
A CIA official expressed concerns about the “arrogance and narcissism” of two Spokane psychologists who developed and helped implement the U.S. post-9-11 torture program, and said the men “have both …
Thu., Dec. 8, 2016, 4:22 p.m.
Vestal: Spokane psychologist who developed CIA’s waterboarding program has become a torture pundit amid Trump’s ‘torture works’ rhetoric
After president-elect Trump’s statements supporting torture of enemy combatants, a Spokane psychologist who helped design the CIA’s waterboarding program says the country must do what’s necessary to collect enemy information …
Tue., Oct. 18, 2016, 1:24 p.m.
Shawn Vestal: One of Spokane’s torture doctors trying to keep his waterboarding book secret before trial
Spokane’s torture doctors have been battling for months to pry information out of the CIA as they try to defend themselves against a federal lawsuit. Now one of them is …
Mon., Oct. 17, 2016
Leonard Pitts Jr.: U.S. the most civilized of nations?
For at least one prisoner, what made all this worse is that it was America doing it to him. America, the world champion of human rights. America, the nation of …
Wed., Oct. 5, 2016, 4:16 p.m.
Top CIA officials ordered to give depositions in Spokane torture trial
A federal judge has ordered former top CIA officials to sit for depositions in a lawsuit brought against two psychologists who designed the agency’s harsh interrogation methods in the war …
Fri., July 8, 2016, 10:56 a.m.
Convicted murderer John Lee files appeal
Convicted murderer John Lee claims in a recently filed notice of appeal that he suffered psychological torture and was denied mental health treatment during his stay at the Latah County …
Tue., June 14, 2016, 7:08 p.m.
CIA documents detail torture tactics after Sept. 11
Nearly 900 pages of previously classified CIA emails, interrogation reports and internal investigations revealed disturbing new details about the CIA’s use of torture after the Sept. 11 attacks.
Thu., May 26, 2016, 10:23 a.m.
Shawn Vestal: Torture book by Spokane psychologist is MIA
A Spokane psychologist who developed and implemented the Bush administration’s torture program has co-authored “Enhanced Interrogation,” which was slated by Crown Publishing for a May 10 release. The book has …
Fri., May 13, 2016, 8:53 a.m.
Torture report will stay confidential, court rules
A federal appeals court has rejected efforts to release the full version of a 2014 Senate report about the CIA’s use of harsh interrogation tactics.