Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Torture and Impunity in US Courts

An article by Jonathan Hafetz succinctly addressed the problems associated with the torture and abuse of detainees who are indefinitely held as a matter of "national security." The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit found that individuals subjected to torture and other abuse and detained in connection with the "war on terror" may not obtain a judicial remedy for such mistreatment.

"The court's decision effectively creates a national security exception to the general principle that government officials may be held accountable for the torture and prolonged arbitrary detention of US citizens."

View the article in its entirety here.

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