Important Files Missing in WikiLeaks Guantanamo Release

By: Sunday May 1, 2011 6:00 pm

The WikiLeaks Guantanamo Files database has some significant omissions, not least the misidentification of detainee 990 as someone else. Detainee 990 was really Abdurahman Khadr and a CIA asset sent to Guantanamo to spy on his brother Omar Khadr and other prisoners. Another missing file concerns former U.S. citizen Yaser Hamdi, whose case was famously taken all the way to the Supreme Court.

 

Newly Published Notes of Bruce Jessen Reveal Real Purpose of Bush’s Torture Program

By: Tuesday March 22, 2011 3:40 pm

As part of a new investigative story, Truthout has published two documents written by the former psychologist for SERE, and later CIA contract interrogator for the Bush torture program, Bruce Jessen. Jessen’s notes describe an “exploitation” survival course that was “reverse-engineered” to provide a blueprint for the interrogation and detention policies of the Bush administration, which emphasized not just the ways to coercively interrogate an individual for intelligence purposes, but to “exploit” the detainee for a number of uses, including production of false confessions, recruitment of prisoners as U.S. spies, putting on show trials, and medical experimentation.

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