April 4, 1986 |
Alleging that an illegal interrogation of his client took place Sunday, a defense attorney for one of two migrant farm workers accused of murdering a Jordanian peddler sought a restraining order against the Gloucester County prosecutor's office in Superior Court yesterday. Public Defender William Buckman, who represents David Rivera, 21, of Arecibo, Puerto Rico, asked Judge Ernest L. Alvino to bar the prosecutor's office from interrogating his client or Jose Ramon DeJesus Santiago, 20, of Arecibo, also charged in connection with the slaying, unless an attorney is present.
December 6, 1990 |
It's easy to see why Polish authorities have only now allowed the release of "Interrogation. " This bleak 1982 drama depicts the nation, under the now-defunct Communist regime, as a brutal police state. Set in a rat-infested women's prison, it portrays a world where the accused have no rights and the authorities have no morals. Unintentionally, it also recalls an era when filmmakers had no subtlety. "Interrogation" is a courageous film and an important one in Polish history, but it isn't particularly good drama.
February 12, 1988 |
A prosecutor and a defense attorney wrangled yesterday about the circumstances under which Harrison "Marty" Graham's decided in August to waive his right to an attorney before he gave police a statement admitting killing seven women in his North Philadelphia apartment. Graham's mother, Lillian Graham, said in an interview late yesterday that police had blocked her efforts that day to have Graham represented by a lawyer when he was questioned. "I told them I wanted him to have a lawyer," Lillian Graham said.
December 15, 2005 |
The House threw its weight yesterday behind a Senate-approved ban on the use of cruel, inhuman and degrading interrogation techniques - a defeat for President Bush that increased pressure on the White House to reach a compromise. Democrats were joined by 107 Republicans in the nonbinding 308-122 vote, which instructed House members to adopt the Senate ban during conference-committee negotiations over a Defense Department spending bill. Rep. John Murtha (D., Pa.), who has recently clashed with the White House over Iraq policy, proposed the instruction.
July 18, 2013 |
New Jersey educators are getting lessons in police interrogation techniques and how to tell whether someone is lying - even if they are only in elementary school - as the stakes have increased in the crackdown on bullying. More than 500 teachers, counselors, and administrators completed training sessions this spring with state and outside experts - including a state police sergeant - that included detailed investigation and "interview" techniques. (One suggestion: Never say interrogation .)
May 18, 2009 |
Earlier this month, I wrote a column outlining two exceptions to the no-torture rule: the ticking-time-bomb scenario and its less extreme variant, in which a high-value terrorist refuses to divulge crucial information that could save innocent lives. The column elicited protest and opposition that were, shall we say, spirited. And occasionally stupid. Dan Froomkin, writing for washingtonpost.com and echoing a common meme among my critics, asserted that "the ticking-time-bomb scenario only exists in two places: on TV and in the dark fantasies of power-crazed and morally deficient authoritarians.
June 13, 1998 |
Nakedness doesn't just mean taking your clothes off. As Ishmael Houston-Jones demonstrates in his new performance work, Specimens, emotional nakedness can be as revealing, and involve the same issues of voyeurism and intimacy, as the physical kind. New York-based Houston-Jones created this piece in collaboration with his performers: the dancers of Headlong Dance Theater, Stanya Kahn and Paule Turner, Duchess - all powerful choreographers themselves. There was plenty of skin to be seen, too, Thursday night, starting with Houston-Jones himself in underwear and heels.
May 18, 2011 |
WASHINGTON - Former Sen. Rick Santorum (R., Pa.), a 2012 presidential contender, said Tuesday that Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.), who spent 51/2 years enduring brutal treatment by his North Vietnamese captors, doesn't know how effective waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques can be. Santorum insisted the tactics led the United States to Osama bin Laden. McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said last week that waterboarding al-Qaeda's Khalid Sheikh Mohammed did not provide information that led to bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.
December 18, 2005 |
Under the torture ban sponsored by Sen. John McCain, Americans questioning suspected terrorists would be limited to techniques authorized by the Army's manual on intelligence interrogation, a guide that clearly spells out the rules. The manual says "the use of force, mental torture, threats, insults, or exposure to unpleasant and inhumane treatment of any kind is prohibited by law and is neither authorized nor condoned by the U.S. Government. " Defense officials say those rules will remain the standard.
June 23, 2004 |
Stung by the perception that the Bush administration may have endorsed torture as an interrogation technique, White House officials declassified documents yesterday that show President Bush ordered in early 2002 that al-Qaeda and Taliban prisoners be treated "humanely" even though he said they were not protected by the Geneva Conventions. At the same time, the Justice Department yesterday disavowed a memo to Bush that suggested terror suspects could be tortured if necessary. Justice said its lawyers were "scrubbing" all of their legal guidance on interrogation methods.