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Document a Day: Abuse as Standard Operating Procedure

Document a Day: The “Gun and Drill” Incident

Document a Day: Early Reports of Abuse

Coming in June: A Document a Day

Throughout June, we'll be observing Torture Awareness Month by posting a Document a Day here on The Torture Report Diary.

'We Cannot Sweep These Allegations Under the Carpet'

From London now comes news that incoming Foreign Secretary William Hague will order an official investigation into whether British intelligence agents were complicit in Binyam Mohamed’s torture.

Australia, Too, Moves Toward Accountability

England isn’t alone in rejecting attempts to suppress the record of its government’s complicity in torture. A few months ago, an appeals court in Australia likewise opened the way to a public airing of the involvement of Australian intelligence services in the rendition and torture of one of its citizens.

Secrecy Loses Again in the U.K.

This week Binyam Mohamed moved another step closer to a public reckoning for his ordeal when a British appeals court ruled the government cannot rely on secret evidence to defend itself in a damages suit brought by Mohamed and five other U.K.-based former Guantánamo detainees.

More Torture Schemes

It's becoming clearer by the week that the scheme described in Chapter 4 was not unique.

Old Claims, New “Understandings”

Early this month we learned that even the U.S. government has abandoned its claim that Abu Zubaydah was a top al Qaeda conspirator. In a recently declassified document filed in Abu Zubaydah's habeas corpus proceedings, the U.S. now says that “individual Government agents have disagreed with past Government assessments and analyses” and that its “understanding of [Abu Zubaydah's] activities has evolved since his capture.”

The Conclusion of Chapter 4, “A Ponzi Scheme of Torture”

Today we post the conclusion of “A Ponzi Scheme of Torture,” a chapter which pieces together the interconnected, serial tortures of Abu Zubaydah, Binyam Mohamed, and Jose Padilla.

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