White House Asks Court to Block Torture Photos’ Release
The Obama administration has formally requested the censorship of hundreds of photos of torture committed at US prisons overseas. On Thursday, the administration asked a federal appeals court to block the photos on the grounds they would incite violence against US troops. The administration’s court filing cited two secret statements from top
Admin Denies Photos Depict Rape, Sexual Abuse
The move came one day after the head of the Abu Ghraib inquiry, Major General Antonio Taguba, said the photos include images of the rape and sexual abuse of Iraqi prisoners by US soldiers. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs denied the claim.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs: “I think the Pentagon has been very clear in a statement saying that the story is not true. I want to speak generally about some reports I’ve witnessed over the past few years in the British media, and in some ways I’m surprised it filtered down.”
Anti-Torture Activists Call for Prosecutions, Photos’ Release
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Samantha Goldman: “What inflames anti-American sentiment is
Report: Cables Indicate Doctor Role in Zubaydah Torture
The investigative website ProPublica is reporting a team of doctors may have been involved in monitoring the torture of suspected al-Qaeda operative Abu Zubaydah in August 2002. Secret CIA cables contain several “medical updates” on Zubaydah’s interrogation, where he was waterboarded at least eighty-three times. The updates contain detailed information that suggests doctors actively monitored the waterboarding in what would be a violation of medical ethics.