ICE agents are force-hydrating at least five asylum seekers from India detained at Jena-LaSalle Detention Facility in Jena, Louisiana and force-feeding three men at the El Paso Processing Center in El Paso, Texas. The eight men have been on prolonged hunger strike, some nearing two months without eating.
Sharqawi Al Hajj is one of Guantanamo’s “Forever Prisoners”. He was taken into custody in 2002, tortured by the CIA and U.S. partner forces until 2004, then transferred to Guantanamo Bay, where he has spent the last 15 years. He has not been charged with a crime.
Anti-torture activists gathered outside US Berkeley Law School, where John Yoo, author of the ‘torture memos’ is a tenured professor.
Today, the North Carolina Commission to Investigate Torture (NCCIT) published a report, Torture Flights, that investigates North Carolina’s role in the CIA’s illegal Rendition and Torture program, and traces 49 cases of torture in which the state was directly involved.
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She also refused to say she would reject an order from Trump to torture someone, or reject a demand from him to swear loyalty to him during her confirmation hearing.
Members of the Senate got two letters today. Over 100 Generals expressed concern over Haspel’s nomination, while civil liberties and progressive groups weighed in against both Haspel and Pompeo
Things are looking dim for torture apologist Mike Pompeo and his bid to become Secretary of State, and no brighter for Gina Haspel at CIA.
Tell you senators that torture proponents–and torturers–should not be rewarded.
Haspel’s documented involvement in torture should absolutely disqualify her from consideration for the post.