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Legal News
2 Dec 2015
by Miracle Jones

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] called [report, PDF] Monday for the criminal prosecution of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] and other US government officials for their participation in torture programs following the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack. The report found that the Obama administration faces no legal … [read more]

Legal News
19 Oct 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) [advocacy website] on Monday filed [ECCHR report] a criminal complaint against a high-ranking CIA official for mistreatment of Khaled El-Masri, a German citizen who was detained and allegedly tortured for four months in 2003. El-Masri was on vacation in Macedonia … [read more]

Legal News
13 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Tuesday against two psychologists who devised the torture techniques used on three former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) prisoners. The CIA contracted psychologists James Mitchell and John "Bruce" Jessen, who allegedly designed and persuaded the CIA to … [read more]

Legal News
21 Jul 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] California drought regulators on Tuesday proposed [press release] a first-of-its-kind $1.5 million fine against an irrigation district that allegedly took water illegally. The State Water Resources Control Board [official website], a subset of the California Environmental Protection Agency [official website], proposed the draft Administrative Civil Liability Complaint [notice, PDF] … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jun 2015
by Devin Montgomery

Human rights groups Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union [advocacy websites] on Tuesday issued a joint letter [text] to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) calling for the creation of a special prosecutor to investigate claims that Central Intelligence Agency agents used torture against detainees … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jun 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A Guantanamo [JURIST backgrounder] detainee has alleged that the CIA's torture techniques went beyond those described in last year's Senate Intelligence Committee report, Reuters reported [text] Tuesday. Majid Khan was detained in Pakistan in 2003 and confessed to delivering money to al Qaeda used for a bombing in Jakarta … [read more]

Legal News
6 May 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] California's State Water Resources Control Board [official website] on Tuesday approved rules [press release, PDF; materials] that will limit how people, governments and businesses can use water during the state's drought, promoting deep conservation efforts in the process. The rules include forcing cities to limit watering on public property … [read more]

Legal News
10 Dec 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on counter terrorism and human rights [official website] Ben Emmerson on Tuesday called for the prosecution [press release] of US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] and other government officials for the interrogation and torture of detainees. The statement follows the release of a US … [read more]

Academic Commentary
9 Dec 2014
by Jordan Paust of University of Houston Law Center
edited by Alex Ferraro

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center discusses the recently released Senate Torture Report ... The recently released Torture Report of the Senate Intelligence Committee adds another layer of proof of serial international criminality that was manifestly authorized and/or facilitated by Bush, Cheney, Rice, Gonzales, … [read more]

Legal News
8 Sep 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] used torture methods beyond waterboarding on suspected terrorists, according to a report [report] published by the Telegraph Sunday. The UK-based news outlet spoke to an unnamed "security source" who alleged that the "CIA brought top al-Qaeda suspects close 'to the point … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jun 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Three UN rights experts on Wednesday condemned [press release] the city of Detroit's Water and Sewage Department (DWSD) [official website] disconnection of water services for failure to pay due to lack of means as a violation of human rights. The experts' criticism comes in response to a report [text, … [read more]

Legal News
4 May 2014
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] Chief Prosecutor Brig. Gen. Mark S. Martins of the war crimes court at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] filed a motion [text, PDF], which was made public [Office of Military Commissions report] on Monday, asking the court to reconsider an order [AE 120C, PDF] from last month that released classified … [read more]

Legal News
4 Dec 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] Lawyers for two Guantanamo detainees, arguing before the European Court of Human Rights [official website] on Tuesday, accused Poland of serving as a secret torture site for the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) [official website] extraordinary rendition program [JURIST news archive]. The case [Al Jazeera report] involves 48-year-old Abd al-Rahim … [read more]

20 Jul 2013
by Andrew Morgan

The Iraq War was plagued with accusations of war crimes and atrocities, aimed at the different parties and countries involved in the conflict. The bulk of those claims revolved around the actual combat between US, Iraqi and guerrilla forces. However, the specter of war crimes infiltrated the war early in … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jun 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday denied [order list, PDF] certiorari in an appeal from two US citizens who were detained and tortured by US forces in Iraq. In Vance v. Rumsfeld [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the court was asked to consider whether federal courts may entertain … [read more]

Legal News
16 Apr 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] US authorities have engaged in the torture of detainees, and the nation's "highest officials" bear some of the responsibility, according to a report [text, PDF] released on Tuesday by the Constitution Project [advocacy website], a bi-partisan legal advocacy and watchdog group. The Task Force on Detainee Treatment [advocacy website] … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jan 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] has sentenced former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] agent John Kiriakou, who was among the first to disclose information to the public about the CIA's use of waterboarding [JURIST report] and other interrogation techniques, to … [read more]

Legal News
8 Nov 2012
by Endia Vereen

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website], sitting en banc Wednesday, ruled [opinion, PDF] that two American citizens cannot sue former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld [official profile] for alleged torture by US soldiers in Iraq. The plaintiffs, who worked for a private security firm … [read more]

Academic Commentary
3 Oct 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Douglas Cox of the City University of New York School of Law says that the CIA should respond to the National Archives inquiry into the CIA's destruction of detainee interrogation tapes in order to prevent any further destruction of important records...The US Department of Justice (DOJ) recently … [read more]

Academic Commentary
1 Oct 2012

JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law argues that the US government's refusal to prosecute those responsible for torture is a hypocritical policy that violates both domestic and international law...During the Bush administration, untold numbers of men were subjected to torture and cruel treatment. Pursuant … [read more]

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