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US President Barack Obama has ordered the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp as well as all overseas CIA detention centres for terror suspects.

2009-01-22

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US President Barack Obama's nominee to head the CIA, Leon Panetta, has condemned the interrogation technique "waterboarding" as "torture". But he made it clear that agents who had carried out waterboarding in the past should not be prosecuted if they believed they were following the law...
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The Milgram experiment was a series of social psychology experiments conducted by Yale University psychologist Stanley Milgram, which measured the willingness of study participants to obey an authority figure who instructed them to perform acts that conflicted with their personal conscience.
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A famous 1970s experiment was recently replicated, revealing what it takes for us to question and resist those in positions of authority. ... The best hope people have of resisting an oppressive system is to validate their experiences alongside other people. There is no more basic antidote to authoritarianism than support, solidarity and community.

2009-02-12

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A former head of MI5 has accused the government of exploiting the fear of terrorism and trying to bring in laws that restrict civil liberties.

2009-02-17

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Detainees being held at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan cannot use US courts to challenge their detention, the US says. The justice department ruled that some 600 so-called enemy combatants at Bagram have no constitutional rights. Most have been arrested in Afghanistan on suspicion of waging a terrorist war against the US. The move has disappointed human rights lawyers who had hoped the Obama administration would take a different line to...

2009-02-21

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America's first homeland security secretary has accepted some criticisms of the US "war on terror" made in a recent report by legal experts. Tom Ridge told the BBC that the report's attacks on extended detention and torture were justified...

2009-02-21

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No hoods. No electric shocks. No beatings. These Iranians clearly are a very uncivilised bunch.

2007-03-31

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The more often Americans go to church, the more likely they are to support the torture of suspected terrorists, according to a new survey.

2009-04-30

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A leaked memorandum from the former 9/11 commission says it made repeated requests to the CIA for information on the interrogation of al-Qaeda suspects. But ex-commission executive director Philip Zelikow says the CIA did not hand over tapes that have since come to light, the New York Times reported. The CIA later erased the footage, which allegedly contains images of abuse. ... The agency said the footage was deleted to protect the...
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Khalid El-Masri, a German citizen, recalls waking up in a prison in Kabul where he was told by an interrogator: You are in a country with no laws... We can lock you up here for 20 years or bury you, no-one would know.

2006-06-27

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It calls on the US to either put the inmates on trial or release them and close down the centre. The investigators also call for the prosecution of US officials who may have been involved in torture. The UN's most senior human rights official was also scathing about alleged CIA detention centres and the practice of extraordinary rendition. They were, she insisted, a complete repudiation of the law. And she was highly critical of...

2006-02-16

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