Interrogation: Interrogation Abuses: Civil Liability

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Interrogation: Abuses

Fourth Circuit Allows Trial in Abu Ghraib Suit

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit allowed prisoners detained at Abu Ghraib to move forward with their lawsuit against a military contractor for abuse at the prison, dismissing the contractor's interlocutory appeal to reverse a district court order denying it derivative sovereign immunity. The judges held that the case, Al Shimari v. CACI, presented factual disputes best resolved in the district court. The ruling is available here and below.

Interrogation: Interrogation Abuses: Civil Liability

Trump’s DOJ to Assert State Secrets Privilege in Salim v. Mitchell

The latest CIA torture suit brought by former detainees presents an interesting variation on the typical post-9/11 state secrets cases: this time it is the defendants rather than the plaintiffs who seek to introduce information that the government alleges may harm national security.

Political Question Doctrine

Why Are the Lower Courts (Mostly) Ignoring Zivotofsky I’s Political Question Analysis?

Last week, the Fourth Circuit heard an appeal in Al Shimari v. CACI Premier Technology, Inc. Steve Vladeck earlier flagged the case at Just Security, but for those who haven't read his post: Al Shimari alleges that a military contractor was partly responsible for torturing him at Abu Ghraib.

Detention & Guantanamo

Senator Feinstein on Anti-Torture Reforms

On December 30, the outgoing Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, Senator Dianne Feinstein, sent a letter to the White House.

The document---which was released earlier today---overviews a number of proposed reforms to U.S. interrogation, detention and other practices, the idea being to give effect to recommendations made in the SSCI's torture report.

The Senator's letter says, in full:

December 30, 2014

Interrogation: Legislative Development

Thoughts on the SSCI Report, Part I: Introduction and Overview

I have now spent enough quality time with the SSCI interrogation report---and with minority views and the CIA response---that I am ready to begin commenting upon it. This is not to say I have finished reading it all; far from it. A plane flight to Israel and a lot of other hours have only gotten me started.

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