July 24, 2005 |
In the increasingly crowded classrooms on this weathered Army post, soldiers who have served as medics, mechanics and even Marines are taking crash courses in how to interrogate prisoners. A nearby field recently cleared of desert brush and rattlesnakes is now lined with dozens of metal shipping containers converted into practice interrogation booths.
August 14, 2007 |
SAN FRANCISCO -- The American Bar Assn. voted Monday to urge Congress to override a Bush administration order authorizing the CIA to use interrogation techniques such as waterboarding, and sensory and sleep deprivation. The nation's largest lawyers' organization also called on Congress to give federal judges more oversight of government efforts to use the "state secrets" doctrine to throw out legal challenges to anti-terrorism programs.
March 16, 2005 |
Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee failed to agree Tuesday on whether to open a formal investigation into U.S. interrogation and detention practices. "It was probably the least constructive meeting of the Intelligence Committee that I have ever been to," West Virginia Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV, the panel's top Democrat, said after a closed committee session.
June 11, 2008 |
Critics of the war crimes tribunal at Guantanamo Bay have consistently assailed the coerced confessions that may be used as evidence against the defendants and have repeatedly charged that the prisoners' severe isolation causes mental illnesses that make them unable to aid in their own defense. Now, the critics add, evidence has emerged to show that the government advised interrogators to destroy their notes to evade legal consequences for their actions.
May 21, 2004 |
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld last year personally approved a series of aggressive interrogation techniques for suspected Taliban and Al Qaeda detainees to extract information about the Sept. 11 attacks and help prevent future ones, Pentagon officials said Thursday. Rumsfeld approved in April 2003 a request five months earlier by Army Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller, who had arrived at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in November 2002 to oversee prisoners.
October 15, 2008 |
Further tightening rules meant to prevent the abuse of detainees, the Pentagon has issued a new policy directive requiring that interrogations of prisoners be monitored, even if questioning is being carried out by another government agency. Under previous rules, non-Pentagon interrogators were required to follow strict rules in the Army Field Manual when questioning prisoners at military facilities. But the new directive adds a requirement that those sessions be observed by military officials.
June 27, 2007 |
The international controversy over the CIA's role in running extrajudicial prisons and reputedly harshly interrogating terrorism suspects overseas since the Sept. 11 attacks may have been foreshadowed by an infamous case described in "the family jewels" documents released Tuesday. In 1962, the CIA recruited a Soviet intelligence officer named Yuri Ivanovich Nosenko in Geneva.
December 2, 2004 |
CIA officers in Iraq were ordered to stay away from a U.S. military interrogation facility last year because agency officials questioned the way detainees were being interrogated, according to a December 2003 report on a secret special operations unit. The report warning of possible abuses of Iraqi detainees in U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 9, 2003 |
An Orange County judge Monday denied a defense effort to toss out the confession of a deaf Laguna Hills man accused of fatally stabbing his next-door neighbor, saying there was no evidence that police had read him his rights improperly. The interrogation is key evidence that the attack was racially motivated, prosecutors contend.
November 12, 2008 |
As the clock runs down on the Bush administration, moderates within the government are mounting what may be one last drive to roll back many of the harsh detention and interrogation policies pushed through by Vice President Dick Cheney. The effort, led by officials at the State Department, represents the latest battle in a war between hard-liners and moderates that has raged though most of the Bush administration. In the early years of George W.