A story from CBS News describing some of the torture in one prison.
Firsthand Accounts of Torture of Iraqi Detainees by the US Army’s 82nd Airborne Division: One officer and two non-commissioned officers (NCOs) of the 82nd Airborne who witnessed abuse, speaking on condition of anonymity, described in multiple interviews with Human Rights Watch how their battalion in 2003-2004 routinely used physical and mental torture as a means of intelligence gathering and for stress relief. Report of Human Rights Watch, September 2005.
Frequently Asked Questions about Torture: Q&A on torture by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, including What is the definition of torture? When was torture first banned in the United States? Don't we need torture to get good information and intelligence from suspects? If not torture, what does work? And is there a downside to using torture with the detainees suspected of terrorism?
Fact Sheet on Torture: Facts include that at least 27 detainees have died in U.S. custody due to suspected or confirmed criminal homicides of whom seven were tortured to death. At least 141 detainees have died while in U.S. custody in Iraq or Afghanistan where homicide was not proven to be the cause. Only one of the criminal homicides occurred at Abu Ghraib and at least 73 of the detainees died elsewhere. At least 54 detainees have died in U.S. custody since Secretary of Defense Rumsfeld was informed of the abuses at Abu Ghraib. By Human Rights First.
CIA Whitewashing Torture: Human Rights Watch, Nov. 21, 2005. Porter Goss, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, made misleading statements in USA Today, stating that the CIA does not use torture and that the CIA's interrogation techniques are legal.
Descriptions of Techniques Allegedly Authorized by the CIA: Human Rights Watch. Techniques used by various countries around the world over the last 50 years, most of which are "surprisingly mundane," including forced standing for long periods, sleep deprivation, exposure to cold, and waterboarding.
Why Torture Should Never be an Option: Larry Johnson, Los Angeles Times, Nov. 11, 2005. A former CIA officer and three good friends in the CIA agree that torturing detainees will harm, rather then help, us.
National Council of Churches Statement on Torture: November 9, 2005. "....we find any and all use of torture unacceptable and contrary to U.S. and international legal norms.... We find it particularly abhorrent that our nation's law makers would fail to approve the pending legislation disavowing the use of torture by any entity on behalf of the United States government.... Torture, regardless of circumstance, humiliates and debases torturer and tortured alike."
On-Line Resources on Torture: Fellowship of Reconciliation. An extensive list of articles, fliers and other online resources about human-rights abuse and prisoners' torture. Articles, fliers and other resources about human-rights abuse and prisoner’s torture.
A time comes when silence is betrayal . . . We must speak with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak. For we are deeply in need of a new way beyond the darkness so close around us.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Washington Region Religious Campaign Against Torture
Alleged Transfer of Maher Arar to Syria: Letter to the Department of Defense regarding an alleged illegal transfer of a prisoner to Syria; the letter is signed by leaders of several human rights and humanitarian organizations. November 17, 2003.
The United States’ Disappeared: Human Rights Watch briefing paper, October 2004. Provides a comprehensive overview of what we know about the United States' "disappeared;" an appendix detailing eleven cases for which there is some publicly available information; historical context on "disappearances;" and the specific provisions of U.S. and international law that outlaw the practice.
Ending Secret Detentions: A 47 page .pdf file, which lists known and suspected secret U.S. prisons around the world, with suggestions as to what to do about them. By Deborah Pearlstein, Human Rights First, June, 2004.
The Ghost Prisoners: An article about the Human Rights First report of June 2004. Published in the Village Voice, July 19, 2004.
Human Rights Watch: A research and advocacy organization dedicated to ending human rights abuses throughout the world.
Human Rights First: A human rights advocacy organization, with a project to bring to trial the architects of torture in the U.S.
Amnesty International-USA: Amnesty International, a human rights advocacy organization, undertakes research and action to prevent torture and to advance freedom of conscience and expression. It is protesting U.S.-sanctioned torture.
An editorial reflecting on the latest trial of a soldier related to the torture scandal.
Mock Trial Script: Call for Justice Coalition Against Torture: Transcript of a mock trial of Alberto Gonzales, Donald Rumsfeld and George Tenet on charges of crimes against humanity. Testimony describes torture, its outcomes and alternatives. By Jennifer Harbury, September 25, 2005. 81 page .pdf document.