Serious Questions About Wikileaks’ Release of Purported Guantanamo SOP

By: Tuesday February 26, 2013 5:53 am

The non-coverage of Wikileaks’ “Detainee Policies” on interrogation documents after their initial release is in itself astounding, but even more surprising is the fact that when examined some of the documents don’t appear to be what they are claimed to be. What follows is analysis, with response by both Wikileaks and DoD.


Government’s Psychological Evaluation of Manssor Arbabsiar Fails to Impress

By: Tuesday October 9, 2012 5:00 pm

Arbabsiar is Iranian-born, but a U.S. naturalized citizen, a Texas used car salesman with a cousin in the Iranian Quds force. According to U.S. prosecutors, in 2011, Arbabsiar contacted a confidential DEA informant in Mexico, and, believing he was talking to someone in a Mexican drug cartel, arranged the assassination of Saudi ambassador Adel al-Jubeir. But the assassination and other alleged terrorist plots, of course, never took place, and Arbabsiar was detained in Mexico, flown to the U.S. and interrogated by the FBI at (it turns out) an undisclosed military base from September 29 to October 10, 2011.

FBI ‘Primer’ Instructs Interrogators to Break Detainees Through Isolation

By: Thursday August 2, 2012 5:48 pm

A “primer” from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) seems to encourage the use of isolation to break down prisoners in overseas prisons. Published in 2011, it advocates the use of this coercive measure to break detainees ahead of interrogations, which violates or runs contrary to FBI policy.

Interview with Truthout’s Jeffrey Kaye on Alleged Drugging of Detainees in US Military Custody

By: Saturday July 14, 2012 10:15 am

Jeffrey Kaye and Jason Leopold of Truthout published an exclusive on a Defense Department (DoD) report on the alleged drugging of prisoners in the custody of the US military that had been declassified. The report put together by the DoD inspector general acknowledged that “powerful antipsychotic and other medications ‘could impair an individual’s ability to provide accurate information.’” And, while the report didn’t confirm the prisoners’ allegations that system drugging was taking place, the reporting done by Kaye and Leopold indicates there were several gaps in the investigation. The report should not be considered conclusive evidence that the drugging alleged by prisoners did not take place.

I spoke with Kaye about his exclusive story.

APA “Casebook” on Psychologist Ethics and Interrogations Fails to Convince

By: Thursday August 25, 2011 5:00 pm

A new proposed “casebook” on psychologist ethics in national security settings, written by the Ethics Committee of the American Psychological Association (APA), tells psychologists that when assessing whether an interrogation technique is abusive or not, they should consider, among other factors, whether there are “data to support that the technique is effective in gathering accurate information.” This determination, which places the needs of the military or intelligence gathering entity above that of the person the psychologist is examining, demonstrates how blatantly unethical it is for psychologists to participate in these interrogations.

While it’s shocking that APA would call upon psychologists to weigh an interrogation technique’s “effectiveness” with other ethical standards, it’s even crazier when one considers it took them six years to write this up, having been originally tasked with writing an “ethics casebook” for interrogations back in 2005.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Glenn Carle, Author of The Interrogator: An Education

By: Saturday July 9, 2011 1:59 pm

In The Interrogator: An Education, retired CIA clandestine officer Glenn Carle tells how, in fall 2002, he was sent to the Middle East to interrogate a purportedly high level al Qaeda figure he calls CAPTUS. While Carle does not identify either the detainee or the countries in which he interrogated him, Scott Horton reports the detainee is an Afghan named Pacha Wazir who, before he was captured, ran a hawala al Qaeda used; the two locations are Morocco and Afghanistan’s Salt Pit. After some weeks of rapport-based interrogation, Carle became convinced CAPTUS wasn’t as involved in al Qaeda as CIA believed him to be.

Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Fights Back Against Gitmo Lies in New WikiLeaks Release

By: Monday April 25, 2011 12:46 pm

The new Wikileaks document release on Guantanamo consists of intelligence assessments of Guantanamo detainees whose factual basis is hopelessly compromised, not least by “facts” produced under torture. Former detainee David Hicks’s supporters are fighting back with a press release detailing the many government lies and errors.

AP Repeats Fable: “CIA Never Had Been in the Interrogation and Detention Business”

By: Thursday February 10, 2011 6:00 am

In an otherwise interesting article summarizing much of what is wrong with the non-accountability policies of the U.S. state when it comes to punishing its torturers, Associated Press reporters Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo repeat in passing an old canard about the CIA’s previous activities in regards to interrogation. The CIA had never been in [...]

Soros’ Foundation Links Army Field Manual’s Appendix M to US Torture in Afghanistan

By: Tuesday October 19, 2010 6:07 am

A new report by George Soros’s Open Society Foundations corroborates earlier news stories on torture and cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment of prisoners by the U.S. forces at a secret prison within the Bagram complex near Kabul, Afghanistan. While the vast majority of the press have ignored it, one of the report’s “main findings” was that the abuse of prisoners is linked to use of the Army Field Manual’s Appendix M.

Washington Post Rehabilitates Abu Zubaydah Torturer

By: Monday September 13, 2010 2:35 pm

The Washington Post’s Walter Pincus reports on the non-coercive interrogation of an Al Qaeda suspect without noting that the interrogator involved, Stephen Gaudin, was a participant in the torture interrogation of Abu Zubaydah.

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