March 2009

By Chris Hedges

U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema is scheduled to issue a ruling in the Eastern District of Virginia at the end of April in a case that will send a signal to the Muslim world and beyond whether the American judicial system has regained its independence after eight years of flagrant manipulation and intimidation by the Bush administration.  (more…)

Legal moves may force Obama’s government into starting a new inquiry into abuses at Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib. (more…)

Glenn Greenwald Salon 3/27/09

One of the problems for the U.S. Government in releasing Guantanamo detainees has been that, upon release, they are free to talk to the world about the treatment to which they were subjected. When the Bush administration agreed to release Australian David Hicks after almost 6 years in captivity, they did so only on the condition that he first sign a documenting stating that he was not abused and that he also agree — as The Australian put it — to an “extraordinary 12-month gag order (more…)

by George Hunsinger  Commondreams 3/27/09

No doubt can any longer exist that the United States has engaged in torture. Recently released chunks of a report by the International Commission of the Red Cross (ICRC) make it distressingly clear that our government has not only systematically tortured, but lied about it through barefaced denials: “We do not torture.” (more…)

Reprieve welcomes the decision by the Attorney General to refer allegations of collusion in Binyam Mohamed’s torture to the Metropolitan Police (more…)

William Fisher  Huffington Post 3/26/09

Human rights lawyers are proving to be a major headache for the new administration of President Barack Obama by stepping up their court challenges on issues of prisoner abuse to test the reality of the president’s pledge to create a “an unprecedented level of openness” in government. (more…)


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By Zeyad Maasarani In Focus News Staff Reporter March 2009

LOS ANGELES – Seyed Mousavi, a naturalized American of Iranian origin who has been stripped of citizenship and incarcerated for more than a year on charges his family insists are not true (more…)

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