November 4, 2013 |
Defense Department and CIA interrogation policies after 9/11 forced medical professionals to abandon their ethical obligations to "do no harm" to those in their care and some prohibited practices, including force-feeding of hunger strikers, continue today, a report issued Monday alleges. The report, Ethics Abandoned: Medical Professionalism and Detainee Abuse in the War on Terror , was carried out by a 19-member task force of Columbia University's Institute on Medicine as a Profession and the Open Society Foundations.
September 18, 2013 |
It is cruel and inhumane to keep prison inmates in solitary confinement for indefinite periods or to put them there for arbitrary reasons. Studies indicate that inmates subjected to prolonged isolation are at risk for mental illness and suicide. That's led human rights groups and the United Nations' special rapporteur on torture, among others, to conclude that solitary confinement should be abolished, with very few exceptions. Yet its use is widespread, not only in state and federal prisons but in immigration detention facilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 2013 |
Federal officials have suspended volunteer visitation programs at three immigrant detention facilities in Southern California, sparking outcry from civil liberties groups who say the move further isolates detainees held out of sight, far from their families and often without access to legal assistance. Volunteers who meet regularly with detainees at two facilities in Orange County and one in San Bernardino County say they were notified by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials July 24 that the programs were being suspended.
August 17, 2013
Re "How to close Guantanamo," Opinion, Aug. 14 Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Dick Durbin propose steps to close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, which holds Al Qaeda terrorists. These proposals threaten U.S. security and should be rejected. They suggest transferring certain detainees to Yemen, where a terrorist involved in the bombing of the U.S. Navy destroyer Cole has "escaped" from prison and remains at large. They also say detainees should be transferred to the U.S. Once Al Qaeda detainees are brought here, even for detention and trial, it increases the chances they may be released into our country.
August 15, 2013 |
After nearly a decade of inaction, the Federal Communications Commission is finally stepping in to regulate how much telephone companies may charge for interstate calls made by prison and jail inmates and immigration detainees. That's a welcome move that will put an end to an unfair practice that allowed telephone companies to gouge inmates and their families. Under the new regulations, which were announced late last week, telephone providers may only charge up to 21 cents for a debit or prepaid call within the United States, and up to 25 cents for domestic collect calls made by inmates.
July 26, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon said Friday it was planning to send two detainees in the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to Algeria - the first transfers since President Obama announced in April that he would renew efforts to close the prison. Release of the detainees, who were not identified, would end a near-total moratorium on transfers since early 2012. The announcement comes less than a week before Obama is scheduled to hold talks at the White House with President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi of Yemen to discuss repatriation of detainees from his country.