- -01-20-06 Poor Oversight Alleged in Interrogations (LATimes.com)
"Military prosecutors allege that Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush, 57, suffocated in the sleeping bag as Welshofer sat on him. Welshofer's murder trial, which began this week at the home base of the 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment to which he was assigned in Iraq, opens a window into the murky world of military interrogations."
"Welshofer described spending months in Iraq without any clear directives about how to manage interrogations. When rules came down, he said, they were vague and he soon found that his training did not apply." 01-06
- -01-22-06 Army Officer Found Guilty of Homicide Death (CNN News)
"An Army officer was found guilty of negligent homicide late Saturday in the death of an Iraqi general at a detention camp, but was spared a conviction of murder that could have sent him to prison for life."
"Welshofer was accused of putting a sleeping bag over the head of Iraqi Maj. Gen. Abed Hamed Mowhoush, sitting on his chest and using his hand to cover the general's mouth while asking him questions in 2003." 01-06
- -01-23-06 Muslim Detainees Return to U.S. to Sue Top Officials (New York Times)
"As in the cases of all the Muslim immigrants rounded up in the New York area after the terror attacks, the six were never accused of a crime related to 9/11; officials eventually cleared all of them of links to terrorism. A report by the inspector general of the Justice Department found systemic problems with immigrant detentions and widespread abuse at the federal detention center where the six had been held; several guards have since been disciplined." 01-06
- -03-18-07 Senior Officials: Abusive Interrogations Continued in Gitmo (MSNBC News)
"Speaking publicly for the first time, senior U.S. law enforcement investigators say they waged a long but futile battle inside the Pentagon to stop coercive and degrading treatment of detainees by intelligence interrogators at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba."
"In the end, the law enforcement investigators said, they were not able to stop abusive interrogations, but they were able to slow them. 03-07
- -04-20-06 Pentagon Releases Names of Guantanamo Detainees (TimesOnline)
Provides a list of "many of the detainees who have been held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center in eastern Cuba. The list includes the names and citizenship of all detainees who passed through the Combatant Status Review Tribunal process in 2004 and 2005." 04-06
- -06-01-06 BBC: Evidence of Another Massacre in Iraq (BBC News)
"The BBC has uncovered new video evidence that US forces may have been responsible for the deliberate killing of 11 innocent Iraqi civilians."
"The new evidence comes in the wake of the alleged massacre in Haditha, where US marines are suspected of massacring up to 24 Iraqi civilians in November 2005."
"According to the Americans, the building collapsed under heavy fire killing four people - a suspect, two women and a child."
"But a report filed by Iraqi police accused US troops of rounding up and deliberately shooting 11 people in the house, including five children and four women, before blowing up the building." 06-06
- -06-12-06 Guantanamo's Innocents - After Release (ABC News)
"Even after being cleared of any wrongdoing, five innocent men were kept captive at the detention center at Guantanamo. Today, these men who started out in China and ended up in Cuba are now free and in the Eastern European country of Albania, the only country that would take them. They spoke to the ABC News Law & Justice Unit in their first American interview." 06-06
- -06-12-06 Mounting Pressure to Close Guantanamo (Bloomberg.com)
"The suicides of three detainees in the war on terror triggered increased international pressure on President George W. Bush to close the prison at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba." 06-06
- -06-12-06 Suicides Spur Guantanamo Criticism (CNN News)
"The suicides of three inmates at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp has spurred renewed calls for changes at the facility, with one Republican senator urging the Bush administration to try suspected terrorists held there." 06-06
- -06-17-06 Pentagon Study Describes Abuse by U.S. Units in Iraq (New York Times)
"United States Special Operations troops employed a set of harsh, unauthorized interrogation techniques against detainees in Iraq during a four-month period in early 2004, long after approval for their use was rescinded, according to a Pentagon inquiry released Friday." 06-06
- -06-17-06 What Really Happened in Haditha? (New York Times)
"The 24 Iraqis killed included 5 men in a taxi and 19 other civilians in several houses, where, marines have contended, their use of grenades and blind fire was permitted under their combat guidelines when they believed their lives were threatened."
"However, investigators have found evidence that the men in the taxi were not fleeing the bombing scene, as the marines have told military officials. Investigators have also concluded that most of the victims in three houses died from well-aimed rifle shots, not shrapnel or random fire, according to military officials familiar with the initial findings."
"The civilian survivors said the victims were shot at close range, some while trying to protect their children or praying for their lives. The death certificates Colonel Watt examined were chillingly succinct: well-aimed shots to the head and chest." 06-06
- -09-15-06 Behind the Debate on Extreme Techniques of Coercion (MSNBC News)
"A senior administration official, authorized to speak with reporters about the legal issues behind the administration's strategy yesterday on condition that he not be named, said the CIA interrogations at issue are in 'the gray area on the margins -- that ill-defined boundary -- of Common Article 3.' He was referring to a Geneva Convention provision that bars cruel, humiliating and degrading treatment, as well as 'outrages upon personal dignity.' " 09-06
- -09-16-06 Bush Tries to Make Extreme CIA Techniques Legal (MSNBC News)
"[CIA Director Michael V.] Hayden said in the memo that the clarifying language of the administration's bill would give him confidence that what he 'asked an Agency officer to do under the program is lawful.' "
"The rival Senate bill on interrogations -- approved by the Armed Services Committee on Thursday and sharply criticized by Bush yesterday -- is silent on how the CIA should comply with the Geneva Conventions. Its intent, according to several government officials, is not only to avoid sending a signal to other nations that Washington is reinterpreting its treaty obligations, but to leave in place a historic understanding of international law, which would render unlawful many of the extreme interrogation techniques the CIA has been using." 09-06
- -09-19-06 Panel: Innocent Man Captured by CIA, Sent to Syria, and Tortured (MSNBC News)
"Canadian intelligence officials passed false warnings and bad information to American agents about a Muslim Canadian citizen, after which U.S. authorities secretly whisked him to Syria, where he was tortured, a judicial report found Monday." 09-06
- -09-27-06 Torture Bill Near Passage (MSNBC News)
"While the bill would grant defendants more legal rights than they had under the administration's old system, it nevertheless would eliminate rights usually granted in civilian and military courts."
"The measure also provides extensive definitions of war crimes such as torture, rape and biological experiments - but gives Bush broad authority to decide which other techniques U.S. interrogators can legally use. The provisions are intended to protect CIA interrogators from being prosecuted for war crimes." 09-06
- -09-28-06 Torture Bill Passed by House and Senate (MSNBC News)
"The provisions [defining war crimes] are intended to protect CIA interrogators from being prosecuted for war crimes."
The Senate voted against an amendment by Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., that would have allowed terror suspects to file 'habeas corpus' petitions in court. Specter contends the ability to such pleas is considered a fundamental legal right and is necessary to uncover abuse." 09-06
- -10-15-06 Marine Legal Team Ordered Not to Discuss Gitmo Abuse Allegations (Fox News)
"A paralegal and a military lawyer who brought forward allegations about prisoner abuse at the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been ordered not to speak with the press, lawyers and a military spokeswoman said Saturday." 10-06
- -10-24-06 "20th Hijacker" May Never Be Tried Because of Abusive Interrogations (MSNBC News)
"In interviews with MSNBC.com — the first time they have spoken publicly — former senior law enforcement agents described their attempts to stop the abusive interrogations. The agents of the Pentagon's Criminal Investigation Task Force, working to build legal cases against suspected terrorists, said they objected to coercive tactics used by a separate team of intelligence interrogators soon after Guantanamo's prison camp opened in early 2002. They ultimately carried their battle up to the office of Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld, who approved the more aggressive techniques to be used on al-Qahtani and others." 10-06
- -10-27-06 Vice-President Endorses Methods Regarded as War Crimes (MSNBC News)
"Dick Cheney, US vice-president, has endorsed the use of 'water boarding' for terror suspects and confirmed that the controversial interrogation technique was used on Khaled Sheikh Mohammed, the senior al-Qaeda operative now being held at Guantánamo Bay."
" '[It's] a direct affront to the primary authors of the Military Commission Act in the Senate — John McCain, Lindsey Graham and John Warner — all of whom have publicly stated that the legislation signed by the president last week makes water boarding a war crime,' said Jennifer Daskal, advocacy director at Human Rights Watch." 10-06
- -11-18-06 Did President Bush Approve Torture? (Newsweek)
"Leahy and other Dems also want to see a still secret Justice Department memo approving the use of particular interrogation techniques; critics have long suspected the document includes references to waterboarding and other methods that may constitute torture." 11-06
- -12-15-06 "Vicious Killers" Released from Gitmo? (USA Today)
"The Pentagon called them 'among the most dangerous, best-trained, vicious killers on the face of the earth,' sweeping them up after Sept. 11 and hauling them in chains to a U.S. military prison in southeastern Cuba."
"Since then, hundreds of the men have been transferred from Guantanamo Bay to other countries, many of them for 'continued detention.' "
"And then set free." 12-06
- 09-21-06 Bush and Republicans Reach Agreement on Ban on Torture (CBS News)
"The Bush administration and Senate Republicans announced agreement Thursday on terms for the interrogation and trial of terror suspects. "
"The central sticking point had involved a demand from McCain, Warner and Sen. Lindsey Graham for a provision making it clear that torture of suspects would be barred." 09-06
- 09-28-06 Torture Bill Gives the President Vast Powers (MSNBC News)
"The military trials bill approved by Congress lends legislative support for the first time to broad rules for the detention, interrogation, prosecution and trials of terrorism suspects far different from those in the familiar American criminal justice system."
"The bill rejects the right to a speedy trial and limits the traditional right to self-representation by requiring that defendants accept military defense attorneys."
"By writing into law for the first time the definition of an 'unlawful enemy combatant,' the bill empowers the executive branch to detain indefinitely anyone it determines to have 'purposefully and materially' supported anti-U.S. hostilities." 09-06
- -Editorial: How to Fix Gitmo (Time Magazine)
"If the Bush Administration wants to try terrorism suspects at Guantánamo Bay in special military tribunals, it can't just declare them legal--it needs to work with the other branches of government to make them so. That in itself was a rebuke to the Administration's claim that it alone can decide how to defend Americans from terrorism. What the court did not say--despite the exultation of civil libertarians and the outrage of advocates of executive power--is that Guantánamo has to be closed. In fact, there are plenty of people who believe it's possible to comply with the court's ruling while protecting American citizens and extracting useful intelligence from detainees. In other words, there are ways to fix Guantánamo." 07-06