From the President: Say No to Torture, Oppose Gina Haspel Nomination as CIA Chief

There is urgency to this posting because Congress will return from its Spring break April 9 and the Senate Intelligence Committee is expected to schedule quickly thereafter the Haspel confirmation hearings, to be followed almost immediately by full Senate vote.… Read more »

Whistleblower Chelsea Manning is Freed, Marking a Triumph for Acts of Conscience

On Wednesday, May 17th, whistleblower Chelsea Manning was released from military detention in accordance with President Barack Obama’s commutation of her sentence in the final weeks of his presidency. Manning, who was convicted by court martial on charges of “espionage” for … Read more »

President’s Note: CCDBR-Supported Bill Would Curtail Solitary Confinement
UPDATE: 20 May 2017: Representative Ford’s bill is off the House agenda until next year, but the increasing number and quality of co-sponsors are encouraging signs. His bill is a path breaking one that will require much future mobilization to
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After traumatic imprisonment, Manning freed by Obama commutation

Read Trevor Timm’s complete take in the Guardian here.

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DePaul Dean Condemned in APA Torture Report

Former Chicago Inspector General David Hoffman’s report into the American Psychological Association’s (APA) involvement in government interrogation practices has revealed an embarrassing compliance with the notoriously harsh and abusive style preferred by the CIA—and identified current DePaul Dean Gerald Koocher … Read more »

Time To Permanently Ban Torture—Write Your Representative!

In June, the Senate passed the McCain-Feinstein amendment prohibiting CIA torture with a bipartisan 78-21 vote. The provision requires that the CIA and other government agencies follow the flawed but relatively humane guidelines in the Army Field Manual while conducting … Read more »

Senate Passes Anti-Torture Amendment!

The Senate voted this week to pass the McCain-Feinstein amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act by a 78-21 margin. The bill prohibits the government from using extreme techniques including waterboarding and mock execution during suspect interrogations.

Should the bill … Read more »

City of Chicago Reaches Historic Agreement to Compensate Victims of Police Torture

The Guardian has the scoop on this week’s watershed agreement that will see $5.5M paid to surviving victims of police brutality during Jon Burge’s tyrannical regime in the 1970s and 1980s.

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Join Amnesty International in Reparations Call for Survivors of Torture by Chicago Police

Between 1972 and 1991, Chicago police systematically tortured at least 100 suspects with electric shocks, beatings, and mock executions.

Not one single officer has ever been convicted of torture. Today, statutes of limitations mean that no one can be.

But … Read more »