July 18, 2013 |
MOSCOW - National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden on Tuesday submitted a request for temporary asylum in Russia, his lawyer said, claiming he faces persecution from the U.S. government and could face torture or death. WikiLeaks, the secret-spilling site that has been advising Snowden, and Russia's Federal Migration Service both confirmed the application request. The service is required by law to consider the application within three months, but could do it faster. Snowden, who revealed details of a U.S. intelligence program to monitor Internet activity, argued in his application that the reason he needs asylum is "he faces persecution by the U.S. government and he fears for his life and safety, fears that he could be subjected to torture and capital punishment," lawyer Anatoly Kucherena said on Rossiya 24 television.
April 18, 2013 |
NEW YORK - An independent review of the U.S. government's antiterrorism response after the Sept. 11 attacks reported Tuesday that it was "indisputable" the United States engaged in torture and the Bush administration bears responsibility. The report by the Constitution Project, a nonpartisan Washington-based think tank, is an ambitious review of the Bush administration's approach to the problems of holding and interrogating detainees after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
March 4, 2013
DEAR ABBY: I am a 14-year-old female from the West Coast. I am home-schooled and don't have many friends because I score high in tests, meaning I retain more information than the average person. On the rare occasion that I mingle with children my own age, they call me unpleasant names, play pranks on me and otherwise torture me. I hate it. I can't help that I am smart, and I refuse to degrade myself by dumbing down my actions and speech because they can't handle their insecurities.
February 2, 2013 |
TIMBUKTU, Mali - Three suspected jihadists arrested in the days since the liberation of Timbuktu said Friday that Malian soldiers were torturing them with a method similar to waterboarding. The three were being held in an earthen cell in what remains of the military camp in the town, which was freed this week by French and Malian soldiers after nearly 10 months under radical Islamist rule. Their allegations came as French President Francois Hollande prepared to fly to Mali on Saturday, nearly four weeks after the French-led operation began in the vast West African country.
January 23, 2013 |
CAIRO - An Egyptian rights group on Tuesday accused the country's police of "acting like a gang," torturing detainees and continuing to use violence to impose control while the country's president flounders at efforts to reform the powerful security apparatus. The report released by the Egyptian Initiative For Personal Rights documented 16 cases of police violence in which 11 people were killed and 10 tortured inside police stations. Three died under torture during the first four months since President Mohammed Morsi took office on June 30, it said.
January 21, 2013 |
KABUL, Afghanistan - The United Nations said Sunday that Afghan authorities were still torturing prisoners a year after the U.N. first documented the abuse and the Afghan government promised detention reform. The report shows little progress in curbing abuse in Afghan prisons despite a year of effort by the U.N. and international military forces in Afghanistan. The report also cites instances where Afghan authorities have tried to hide mistreatment from U.N. monitors. The slow progress on prison reform has prompted NATO forces to again stop many transfers of detainees to Afghan authorities out of concern that they would be tortured.
January 18, 2013
PHILLY-RAISED director Brian De Palma is reteaming with his old "Scarface" star, Al Pacino, to take on the story of Penn State coach Joe Paterno , reports Deadline. The project, titled "Happy Valley," will be based on the book Paterno by Joe Posnanski . Dave McKenna , who wrote "American History X" and "Blow," will write the script, ensuring that there is absolutely no subtlety in it at all. Paterno was the legendary coach of the Nittany Lions until the public became aware of his involvement in the pedophilia scandal involving Worst Person Hall of Fame member Jerry Sandusky.
January 9, 2013 |
The nomination of John Brennan to be CIA director is getting somewhat lost in the controversy over the Chuck Hagel nomination. Brennan's reported support for Bush-era torture programs - which he has denied - and his oversight of President Obama's drone program are causing ripples, but mostly within rarefied precincts on the left. The nomination, however, creates an opportunity. What if senators use Brennan's confirmation hearings to force a public debate about the legality and transparency of Obama's drone-strike program and the need for meaningful congressional oversight?
January 9, 2013
Culture's role in violence Quentin Tarantino fails to realize that popular culture, including films that explicitly depict graphic violence, has a significant impact on people like the shooters at Sandy Hook, Aurora, and Blacksburg ("The question not to ask Tarantino," Saturday). His comment that movie violence has nothing to do with real life absurdly denies the fact that the Aurora shooter was dressed like a villain from a Batman movie during his rampage. And who can believe that any mass shooter has taught himself how to kill so many people so efficiently without having seen a similar act in a film?