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Further Lessons in Transparency and Accountability

The opinion the U.K. Court of Appeals handed down last month ordering the release of the seven paragraphs corroborating Binyam Mohamed's account of his treatment in Pakistan contained this paragraph:

Transnational Justice and the Binyam Mohamed Case

New Information on “Mock Burials”

Marcy Wheeler has found confirmation in the OPR Report that the CIA originally sought to include “mock burials” in its arsenal of approved Enhanced Interrogation Techniques.

A New Installment, and an Outrageous Lie

Today we post the first part of “The Story Unravels,” the epilogue to Chapter 4's “Ponzi Scheme of Torture.” This first section follows Jose Padilla's case as it made its way through the courts; the final part, which we will publish next week, takes a similar look at the Binyam Mohamed and Abu Zubaydah cases.

What Was, and Is, at Stake

The opinion of the UK Court of Appeal ordering the British government to release the seven previously secret paragraphs is particularly vivid in laying out what has been at stake in Binyam Mohamed's lawsuit in the UK.

Seven Secret Paragraphs Released

More on accountability…in the UK:

Binyam Mohamed and the Search for Accountability

One of the interesting aspects of Binyam Mohamed's case, which is at the center of the story of Chapter 4, is that it provides a measure of how poorly the U.S. is performing on the question of accountability.

"A Ponzi Scheme of Torture"

Today we post the first of two parts of Chapter 4, “A Ponzi Scheme of Torture.”

More Documents, Another Signature

The other day I had on my desk those six samples of Jose Padilla's signature; today it's the signature of President Bush on this November 20, 2005 order transferring Padilla “from detention by the Secretary of Defense” and “to the control of the Attorney General for the purpose of criminal proceedings against him.”

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