Will US personnel ever face torture charges?


The administration of Barack Obama, the US president, has dropped any attempts to prosecute those responsible for the torture of prisoners during the presidency of George Bush, the former US president. So, will any US personnel ever face criminal charges over the abuse of prisoners? They are interrogation techniques widely considered to constitute torture and an aspect of Bush’s so-called ‘war on terror’ that was heavily-criticised – not least by the man who replaced him. “Waterboarding violates our ideals and our values. I do believe it is torture,” Obama once said. Now, despite a vow to “restore America’s moral standing” in the world, Obama’s administration has ended its pursuit of US…

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Hundreds of Afghan soldiers detained, sacked for insurgent links

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