May 11, 1986 |
Ron Hutchinson, whose "Rat in the Skull" opens Friday at Taper, Too, is a tall shy man with an improbable English accent delivered in a voice so soft as to be nearly undetectable. He stands and walks and gestures in angular spasms, like Jacques Tati's M. Hulot, an ambulatory Cubist drawing. The effect would be comical were it not for his spectral face and manner. He looks like someone who has just stepped away from a horrible auto accident.
August 23, 2009 |
The CIA staged a mock execution and brandished weapons, including a gun and a power drill, during interrogation sessions with detainees the agency was desperate to persuade to talk, according to a long-secret internal CIA report expected to be released Monday. The episodes are part of a catalog of alleged abuses -- a 2004 report by the CIA's inspector general -- that has prompted U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. to consider appointing a criminal prosecutor to investigate cases in which the CIA strayed beyond its interrogation authorities.
July 18, 2003 |
In an attempt to reduce the chance of error in death penalty cases, Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed a bill requiring police in Illinois to tape interrogations and confessions of murder suspects. "It is our moral duty to restore the integrity of the criminal justice system as we know it today in Illinois," said Blagojevich, whose predecessor gained national headlines for his moratorium on capital punishment.
June 30, 2011 |
The Justice Department has decided not to file criminal charges in the vast majority of cases involving the CIA's former interrogation, detention and kidnapping program. In a statement to CIA employees on his last day as director, Leon E. Panetta said Thursday that after an examination of more than 100 instances in which the agency allegedly had contact with terrorism detainees, Assistant U.S. Atty. John Durham decided that further investigation was warranted in just two cases. Each of those cases resulted in a death.
May 16, 2004 |
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld approved a plan that brought unconventional interrogation methods to Iraq to gain intelligence about the growing insurgency, ultimately leading to the abuse of Iraqi prisoners, the New Yorker magazine reported Saturday. Rumsfeld gave the green light to methods previously used in Afghanistan for gathering intelligence from members of Al Qaeda, which the United States blames for the Sept. 11 attacks, the magazine reported on its website.
January 20, 2006 |
It was dubbed the "sleeping bag technique." Interrogators at a makeshift prison in western Iraq, desperate to break suspected insurgents, would stuff them face-first into a sleeping bag with a small hole cut in the bottom for air. Chief Warrant Officer Lewis E. Welshofer Jr. used it on an Iraqi general as a last-ditch grab for information as Welshofer's unit was in the midst of an offensive against insurgents and desperate for intelligence.
November 7, 1987 |
Military authorities here on Friday interrogated an American soldier who returned to the United States after defecting to the Soviet Union. Pvt. Wade E. Roberts, 22, of Riverside, Calif., has been in Army custody since his arrest Wednesday in West Germany. He defected in April but says he returned to the West because his West German girlfriend, Petra Neumann, is pregnant and he didn't want "to go around for the rest of my life having a charge from the United States hanging over my head."
June 14, 1987 |
One day after the Marine Corps dropped all espionage charges against Cpl. Arnold Bracy in the sex-and-spying scandal at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, there were new signs Saturday of problems for the prosecutors of the remaining espionage case against Sgt. Clayton J. Lonetree. The decision to release Bracy, a former security guard at the embassy, left only Lonetree facing a court-martial on espionage charges. It also left naval investigators of the case under attack for their methods.
May 26, 2007 |
For the first time, a DVD recording of a suspect confessing his crime to police was admitted as evidence in a Japanese court Friday, a move that could lead to stricter checks on the lengthy, secret police interrogations that defense lawyers say result in pressure on suspects to make false confessions.
February 14, 2008 |
In a sharp rebuke to the White House, the Senate passed legislation Wednesday that would impose sweeping new restrictions on interrogation methods used by the CIA and ban a widely condemned technique known as waterboarding, in which a prisoner is made to feel he is drowning. President Bush is expected to veto the bill, which would outlaw an array of coercive interrogation tactics that U.S. allies have denounced but the administration has said are crucial to prevent terrorist attacks.