A top U.S. psychologist touting “Positive Psychology” — Martin Seligman from the University of Pennsylvania — has been linked to the CIA’s Bush torture program.
|By: Jeff Kaye Monday December 9, 2013 1:22 pm|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday May 9, 2012 12:00 pm|
The Los Angeles Times, Associated Press and New York Times all in the span of twenty-four hours managed to speak with sources that confirmed an international sting operation had been unfolding. But we don’t know who leaked the story or why, and thus have no way of judging its entire credibility.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday April 11, 2012 12:00 pm|
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has been trying to prevent former FBI employee and whistleblower Sibel Edmonds from publishing a book she submitted for prepublication review nearly one year ago, the National Whistleblower Center reports. The reasons are spurious. It’s part of a pattern of CIA and FBI suppression of any publications that might expose corruption, incompetence or unlawful activities of the US Government, while hiding behind bogus claims of national security.
|By: Jeff Kaye Tuesday September 13, 2011 11:35 am|
Soufan, a long-time special agent working with the FBI, worked on some of the more notorious terrorist cases post-9/11, including the interrogation of Mohamed Al-Qahtani and Abu Zubaydah. According to Soufan, he was pulled off these interrogations when the CIA or military officials wanted to use torture on the detainees. In these cases, and it turns out others, Soufan and his colleagues were pulled out of interrogations at the behest of the Bush administration or the CIA.
|By: emptywheel Wednesday March 3, 2010 12:27 pm|
Just past noon on July 31, 2002, Jennifer Koester sent Patrick Philbin an email alerting him that the White House wanted them to finish the memos authorizing Abu Zubaydah’s torture by close of business the next day. Those memos would either retroactively or prospectively authorize Abu Zubaydah to be exposed to the same kind of treatment Ibn Sheikh al-Libi had undergone five months earlier.
|By: emptywheel Monday November 2, 2009 3:24 pm|
If Soufan’s claims are correct, then it shows that the FBI repeatedly got intelligence the CIA was unable to get–and that the CIA, on at least two occasions, shut down the FBI access when they were succeeding.
|By: emptywheel Saturday September 12, 2009 11:30 am|
As the torture apologists tee up for another attempt at justifying torture by claiming it worked, it’s worth remembering that just after the CIA finished waterboarding KSM, they wrote a report acknowledging that he had been lying to them.
|By: Jeff Kaye Thursday May 14, 2009 3:50 pm|
The death of former CIA “ghost prisoner” Ali Mohamed al-Fakheri, aka Ibn al-Sheikh al-Libi, is beginning to make some serious waves in the press. The story was initially broken in the U.S. on May 10 by Andy Worthington. Now Newsweek is reporting (H/T, again, the redoubtable Mr. Worthington) that al-Libi was “healthy and had no apparent physical ailments” when Human Rights Watch (HRW) visitors met him on April 27, only days