David Lohr - AOL News
Police in Utah are investigating the death of a disabled woman who they say was brutally abused and hung crucifixion-style inside a small closet.
"It is a very unusual, sad, tragic case," Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal told AOL News. "It is sad to see that somebody could do this to another human being. You just don't see people being treated like this."
Authorities were called to a residence in Kearns, a township in Salt Lake County, on Friday afternoon to investigate a possible overdose. When police and paramedics arrived on the scene, they discovered the body of 22-year-old Christina...
Tori Richards - AOL News
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif. -- Police have arrested a 35-year-old man they say killed his son and tortured the rest of his family in a bloody rampage.
Police responded to a house in this Southern California desert community Wednesday after neighbors reported a man screaming for help. They found Ian Anthony Roderiquez standing inside the house and talked him into coming outside, where he was detained.
Once inside, police found Roderiquez's family -– his wife and five children between the ages of 8 and 16. The oldest son, Richard, 16, was dead, and the remaining victims were seriously injured,...
Lauren Frayer - AOL News
Weeks after Egypt's vibrant, youth-led revolution, disturbing details are emerging about the treatment of some young female protesters briefly detained by Egyptian soldiers. Some of the women say they were strip-searched, photographed naked, beaten and forced to undergo "virginity tests" on threat of prostitution charges.
At least 18 women were captured and held in military detention after army officers violently cleared Cairo's Tahrir Square on March 9, nearly a month after pro-democracy protesters ousted President Hosni Mubarak from power. After their release days later, several of them...
David Moye - AOL News
(Dec. 10) -- You know that old saying about how artists must suffer for their art.
Well, Michael R. Oddo is taking things to a different extreme: He's making his art out of making Santa Claus suffer.
Oddo, an internationally recognized oil painter based in Moorpark, Calif., has a side job making wooden Christmas ornaments that show the jolly fat man being tortured, executed, beaten, electrocuted and -- coming soon, kids -- hanged by an evil dwarf.
Michael R. Oddo
For the last four years, artist Michael R. Oddo has been spreading Christmas cheer by hand carving ornaments of Santa Claus being...
Theunis Bates - AOL News
LONDON (Nov. 18) -- In his recent autobiography George W. Bush claimed that waterboarding was a valuable tool for extracting information from the enemy. But while most Western governments dismiss the interrogation technique as an ineffective and illegal form of torture, one foreign group has recognized its merits: the Scottish mob.
Gangs in Glasgow are now using waterboarding to terrorize rivals, according to The Daily Record. The paper cites the case of alleged drug dealer John Fox, who was subjected to the CIA-style technique after he reportedly stole a batch of Valium tablets from his...
Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
Exactly one year after the Obama administration triumphantly announced plans to prosecute him in federal court in New York, 9/11 architect Khalid Sheik Mohammed is back in the news -- and for all the wrong reasons. In 2003, when he was captured, he was the face of terror. In 2005, when we learned about waterboarding, he was the face of torture. And now, left in limbo by Congress, he's the face of failure -- Washington's lingering failure to dispose of his case, if not his cause, through some sort of legitimate trial.
Mohammed still hasn't been indicted, much less prosecuted, and if anything...
Steven Hoffer - AOL News
(Nov. 10) -- Amnesty International is calling for the prosecution of George W. Bush following the former president's admission to authorizing waterboarding techniques, according to a report on the human rights group's website.
"Under international law, anyone involved in torture must be brought to justice, and that does not exclude former President George W. Bush," Amnesty International Senior Director Claudio Cordone said in a statement. "If his admission is substantiated, the USA has the obligation to prosecute him. In the absence of a U.S. investigation, other states must step in and carry...
Andrew Cohen - Politics Daily
The Justice Department's terse announcement Tuesday that it would not prosecute any CIA officials for destroying evidence -- including videotapes of interrogation sessions with high-profile terror detainees -- marks a sorry milestone in the annals of terror law following the attacks of September 11, 2001. The long-awaited decision -- by a special prosecutor appointed in 2008 by Bush-era Attorney General Michael Mukasey -- means two successive executive branch administrations will have successfully rebuffed both the judiciary and the Congress in an effort to protect overzealous intelligence...
Paul Wachter - AOL News
(Nov. 9) -- The British government today disputed President George W. Bush's defense of waterboarding as an interrogation tactic in his memoir, "Decision Points." Bush claims that the technique, which simulates drowning, isn't torture and helped save the lives of British and American citizens.
Not so, says Downing Street, which said it believes, along with President Barack Obama, that waterboarding is torture. "It comes under that definition in our view," a spokeswoman for the British government told The Guardian.
Another former U.K. official, David Davis, also weighed in, saying torture...