November 18, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Some people jog for exercise, some for fun, some to lose weight or sleep better. Nicole Duchman runs for her health - physical and mental. For her, the steady movement of legs and torso across pavement is a way to allay the emotional trauma of war, experienced as an Army specialist in Iraq. Diagnosed with post-traumatic stress syndrome that can cause her to become irritable and frustrated, running offers respite and freedom. "It calms me down, lets me focus, lets me settle," Duchman said.
July 25, 2013 |
BAGHDAD - Al-Qaeda's branch in Iraq claimed responsibility Tuesday for audacious raids on two high-security prisons on the outskirts of Baghdad this week that killed dozens and set free hundreds of inmates, including some of its followers. The statement from the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the al-Qaeda affiliate in Iraq, was posted on a jihadist website. It said months of planning went into assaults on the prisons in Abu Ghraib and Taji that began late Sunday. The attacks, among the most stunning in Iraq since a surge in violence began in April, have drawn sharp criticism from opposition lawmakers and ordinary Iraqis over government efforts to keep the country safe.
July 24, 2013 |
BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces locked down areas around the infamous Abu Ghraib prison and another high-security detention facility on Baghdad's outskirts yesterday to hunt for escaped inmates and militants after daring insurgent assaults set hundreds of detainees free. The carefully orchestrated late-night attacks killed dozens Sunday, including at least 25 members of the Iraqi security forces. Insurgents fired dozens of mortar shells and detonated suicide and car bombs, drawing Iraqi forces into firefights that lasted more than an hour.
July 23, 2013
Iraqi forces hunt escapees BAGHDAD - Iraqi security forces locked down areas around the infamous Abu Ghraib prison and another high-security detention facility on Baghdad's outskirts Monday to hunt for escaped inmates and militants after daring insurgent assaults set hundreds of detainees free. The carefully orchestrated late-night attacks killed dozens Sunday, including at least 25 members of the Iraqi security forces. Insurgents fired dozens of mortar shells and detonated suicide and car bombs.
January 9, 2013
WikiLeaks case penalty reduced FORT MEADE, Md. - An Army private suspected of sending reams of classified documents to the WikiLeaks website was illegally punished at a Marine Corps brig and should get 112 days cut from any prison sentence he receives if convicted, a military judge ruled Tuesday. Army Col. Denise Lind ruled during a pretrial hearing that authorities went too far in their confinement of Pfc. Bradley Manning for nine months in Quantico, Va., in 2010 and 2011. Manning was confined to a windowless cell 23 hours a day, sometimes with no clothing.
July 1, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - A Justice Department inquiry into CIA interrogations of detainees has led to a full criminal investigation into the deaths of two people while they were in custody in Iraq and Afghanistan, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. announced Thursday. The attorney general said that he accepted the recommendation of a federal prosecutor, John Durham, who since August 2009 has conducted an inquiry into CIA interrogation practices during the Bush administration. Holder said Durham looked at the treatment of 101 detainees in U.S. custody since the Sept.
January 3, 2010 |
Canada is embroiled in a controversy over its treatment of prisoners captured in Afghanistan. Its policy has been to turn detainees over to the Afghans, whose prisons are not exactly run according to Amnesty International standards. Now, the chief of the Canadian defense staff, Gen. Walter Natynczyk, has set off a political firestorm by admitting that a detainee who had been beaten in 2006 had initially been in Canadian custody - something he had previously denied. "You continue to transfer prisoners to torture in the name of Canada," one Liberal parliamentarian told the Conservative government.
May 27, 2009
Torture kept no one safe The remarks by former Vice President Dick Cheney on Thursday were as shady as President Obama's were candid ("Squaring off on closing Guantanamo," Friday). Consider, for instance, Cheney's reference to the "willful attempt to conflate what happened at Abu Ghraib prison with the top-secret program of enhanced interrogations. " Anyone who has read the Red Cross report and the recently released memos showing CIA interrogators in continual contact with Office of Legal Counsel attorneys can easily trace what went on at Abu Ghraib right back up the chain of command.
May 15, 2009 |
PRESIDENT Obama finally sent one soaring out of the park. Oh, I'm sure there are plenty of people who think he's been hitting grand slams for the last four months, stimulating the economy to the tune of trillions, ungagging foreign abortion providers, filling his administration with lefties (the ones who remembered to pay their taxes, that is) and giving his daughters a cute puppy. But to many of us in right field, the prospect of his four-year contract thrilled us almost as much as W. tickled the fancy of the programmers at MSNBC.
January 25, 2009 |
If President Obama had read The Inquirer on Tuesday, he would have seen this headline: " 'We're proud' of 9/11, Guantanamo pair say. " What followed was an Associated Press story on what could be the last session of the war-crimes court in Guantanamo Bay. "We did what we did; we're proud of Sept. 11," said Ramzi Binalshibh, a senior al-Qaeda member. Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the 9/11 mastermind, echoed that sentiment, and at one point asked that his lawyer be removed because counsel represented the "people who tortured me. " Torture was on Obama's mind in his inaugural address and two days later when he signed an executive order outlawing aggressive interrogation techniques.