Eighteen years after the 9/11 attacks, the war crimes case against the five men accused of planning them entered its 38th pretrial hearing. The latest disclosure, Margot Williams reports from the Guantánamo Bay courtroom, was that the FBI had access to CIA black site detainees between 2003 and 2006, despite denying it for years.
We also marked the anniversary of the deadly attacks by publishing 13 declassified cables that contain new details about Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's so-called enhanced interrogation and the thinking behind the CIA's torture tactics. Amid revelations brutal and banal, we glimpse the power struggle between the interrogators and their subjects.
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My friend Josué Rivas is an Indigenous photojournalist. When he found out we were doing a magazine issue on death, he told me about his idea for this photo essay. He wanted to document his healing from the trauma of losing his father when he was a child. It's actually a beautiful love letter to his young son and future generations. I wanted people to hear his voice as they view his photos, so he and I made this short video, too—an inspiring minute and a half about living honorably, as a future ancestor.
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Indigenous photographer @josue_foto talks about life, death, and healing in this stunning photo essay from our Death Issue: "Because all living things are connected, my healing and being able to live well honors not just my ancestors, but also future generations."