In an effort to distance himself from the much-criticized interrogation methods used by the Bush administration and its agents, President Barack Obama has ordered the formation of a new interrogation group to handle the obtaining of information from detainees believed to possess intelligence critical to the security of the United States.
A Washington Post article details some of the appalling tactics employed by the CIA as operatives (some lacking any interrogation training) attempted to beat the truth out of detainees. As detailed previously for TheNewAmerican.com, the CIA’s policy of so-called Extraordinary Interrogation Techniques left corpses in its wake, and allegedly involved the routine violation of the U.S. felony torture statute, which defines torture as including “the threat of imminent death; or the threat that another person will imminently be subjected to death, severe physical pain or suffering.”
The declassification of the CIA Inspector General's report on torture of detainees provided more hard evidence of what most Americans already knew: the CIA engaged in a pattern of felony torture against detainees in their custody in the “war on terror.”
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder appointed Assistant United States Attorney John Durham to investigate torture by U.S. officials since President Bush commenced the “war on terror,” but in the same act also gave political cover from that prosecutor to anyone who actually committed torture.
A circuit judge in Florida said last Friday that Rifqa Bary, the Christian teenager who fled her Muslim family because she feared an honor killing, will stay there until September 3. Until then, Florida law enforcement will try to determine whether it is safe for the girl to return home.
Americans and Europeans have learned at least one unpleasant truth about unfettered immigration, even if government officials don’t want to admit it: many of the immigrants are criminals. European jails are full of North African Muslims. American jails are full of Mexicans and other Hispanic illegal aliens. Unhappily, however, another crime related to immigration is growing in the United States and Canada: honor killing.
In a tale that sounds like something out of a spy movie, the New York Post has revealed intricate details about a secret mission to Russia to purchase “black” Mi-17 helicopters, a mission that landed a defense contractor and an army official in federal prison.
In recent years, a popular understanding has arisen that DNA is an infallible form of evidence; whether one is speaking of a crime scene or a paternity test, whether on the news or in a crime drama, “The genes don’t lie.” But now a new study has found that DNA can be as open to falsification as any other form of evidence.
A judge on Texas’ highest criminal court is facing a special hearing before the state’s Commission on Judicial Conduct after allegedly refusing to accept a last-minute appeal from a man on death row in September of 2007. If found guilty, she could be removed from her position.