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Doctors complicit in torture at CIA, military prisons

Doctors and nurses tasked with monitoring the health of terror suspects were complicit in abuses committed at prisons run by the Pentagon and the CIA, an independent report said Monday. The Defense Department and the CIA demanded that the health care personnel "collaborate in intelligence gathering and security practices in a way that inflicted severe harm on detainees in US custody," according to the two-year study by the Institute of Medicine and the George Soros-funded Open Society Foundations.

9/11 victims suffered 'torture,' not Guantanamo detainees

Allegations by five accused 9/11 plotters that they were tortured in US detention have outraged many relatives of those who died in the attacks, who said their loved ones suffered a far worse fate. Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainees argued this week their clients should not face the death penalty because their rights were violated during alleged torture in secret CIA prisons.

Obama urged to declassify CIA detention program

Lawyers for the five accused 9/11 plotters urged President Barack Obama on Friday to declassify details of the CIA's secret interrogation program in prisons where their clients were allegedly tortured. In a letter to the president, defense lawyers in the war crimes proceedings leading up to an expected trial for the 2001 attacks said the government was using secrecy to cover up torture after their clients were caught, held and interrogated.

Guantanamo lawyers want Obama to declassify CIA prison program

By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) - Attorneys for five Guantanamo prisoners charged with plotting the September 11, 2001, attacks have asked President Barack Obama to declassify the CIA program that subjected the defendants to interrogation techniques that have been described as torture.

Guantanamo: Obama urged to declassify detention program

Lawyers for the five accused 9/11 plotters urged President Barack Obama Friday to declassify a detention and interrogation program used in secret CIA prisons where their clients were allegedly tortured. Navy commander Walter Ruiz, who represents Saudi suspect Mustapha al-Hawsawi, asks in the joint letter with other defense attorneys for access to details, invoking international law.

Gitmo detainees assert right to claim torture

Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainees accused of the 9/11 attacks said Tuesday their defendants' rights were violated because they are prevented from open discussion of alleged mistreatment in secret prisons. Speaking at a hearing in Guantanamo as the five detainees listened, lawyers for the men asked for the death penalty to be eliminated as a possible sentence, in light of alleged torture the inmates had undergone while being held by the United States, before their 2006 transfer to Guantanamo.

Guantanamo judge urged to lift ban on claims of abuse

By Tom Ramstack FORT MEADE, Maryland (Reuters) - Defense attorneys for five detainees in the September 11 conspiracy case asked the Guantanamo war crimes tribunal on Tuesday to lift restrictions on their clients from publicly discussing maltreatment by their American captors at the upcoming trial. A "gag order" from the tribunal's judge violates the United Nations Convention Against Torture, the attorneys say.

Torture invoked in Guantanamo 9/11 hearing

Lawyers for five men accused of the September 11, 2001 attacks Tuesday argued for the death penalty to be eliminated as a possible sentence because of violations of the UN Convention against Torture. Speaking at a hearing in Guantanamo as the defendants listened, the lawyers said the five men's rights were violated when the judge blocked open discussion of their alleged mistreatment in secret prisons.

Rights groups blast Bangladesh law revision, activist arrest

Two global rights groups on Monday criticised the pending tightening of a Bangladeshi information law, which they say is to rein in human rights defenders like a prominent activist arrested this month. "There is no justification for changing an already dubious law," said Gerald Staberock, the head of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), concerning changes Bangladesh's government accepted this month to the Information and Communication Technology law.

US stocks turn lower on Wall Street after Kerry denounces attack in Syria last week

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The stock market is closing slightly lower after Secretary of State John Kerry ratcheted up pressure against Syria. The Dow Jones industrial fell 64 points, or 0.4 per cent, to 14,946 Monday. The Standard Stocks sagged in the last hour of trading after Kerry stepped up criticism of Syria, calling last week's attack a "moral obscenity." Stocks started the day higher after a handful of corporate deals were announced. Amgen surged after the biotech giant said it plans to buy Onyx Pharmaceuticals for $10.4 billion.
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