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Poland to make payments to alleged CIA rendition victims
May 15, 2015
The Polish government on Friday processed payments to two terror suspects currently held by the US at Guantanamo Bay. The European Court of Human Rights had imposed a Saturday deadline on Poland to make the reparations. Last July Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri were awarded USD $147,000 and....... [more]

Former CIA officer sentenced to 42 months in prison for Iran leaks
May 12, 2015
Former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) officer Jeffrey Sterling was sentenced Monday to 42 months in prison after being convicted of telling New York Times journalist James Risen about classified plans to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions. In 2006 Risen published his book "State of War," in which he....... [more]

Pakistan top court denies petition challenging US drone strikes
April 13, 2015
The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday rejected a petition to stop US drone attacks in the northwestern tribal region of the country. Justice Saqib Nisar presided over the petition and concluded that the it was not a legal issue but rather a security related matter. The decision comes after Pakista....... [more]

Pakistan court orders case against CIA member for drone deaths
April 7, 2015
Pakistan's Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Tuesday issued an order to register a report against former CIA station chief Jonathan Banks for his involvement in a 2009 US drone attack that killed two tribesmen. The court's order was issued in response to anti-drone activist Haji Abdul Karim Khan's petit....... [more]

Obama's Gitmo Regrets Abound: The 9/11 Military Commission-Two Observers' Perspectives
March 26, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnists B. Shaw Drake and Mai El-Sadany, Georgetown University Law Center, Class of 2015, discuss the military's violations of the due process of prisoners at Guantanamo Bay since 9/11...On March 18th President Obama said if he could relive his first day in office he would have close....... [more]

Russia court sentences police officer for spying for US
March 5, 2015
The Moscow City Court on Thursday convicted a Russian police officer of treason for spying for the US and sentenced him to 15 years in prison. Roman Ushakov was found guilty of giving classified information from the Russian Interior Ministry to the CIA in exchange for USD $37,000. The court also str....... [more]

US and Cuba During the Cold War
February 4, 2015
Following the 1959 Cuban Revolution, in which revolutionaries led by Fidel Castro overthrew General Fulgencio Batista's government, United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower quickly recognized Cuba's new national government. Relations between the two nations soon soured, however, as a result of....... [more]

Former CIA officer convicted of espionage
January 27, 2015
A jury in the US District Court Eastern District of Virginia on Monday convicted former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) agent Jeffrey Sterling of violating the Espionage Act. Sterling was found guilty on all nine of his charges, including acting as a CIA mole and supplying a journalist with insid....... [more]

US Senate Torture Report
January 17, 2015
12/09/2014: UN rights expert urged prosecution of US officials responsible for torture 12/09/2014: Senate report concluded enhanced interrogation techniques 'ineffective' 11/28/2014: UN report criticized US compliance with anti-torture treaty 09/07/2014: CIA used 'extreme' torture methods on....... [more]

US Senate Committee Release of Torture Report
January 17, 2015
The US Senate started its investigation of the CIA's post 9/11 detention and interrogation methods over five years ago. The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence reviewed over 6 million CIA documents and heard substantial testimony over the course of the investigation. The Senate concluded in i....... [more]

US Senate Torture Report
January 17, 2015
After September 11, 2001, the US government authorized a military offensive against Al-Qaeda, the group that claimed responsibility for the terrorist attacks. During this offensive, the US Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) carried out what has been described as a "torture program" to obtain inform....... [more]




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