Journalists Kevin Gosztola and Jason Leopold to File Freedom of Information Act Requests for CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou

By: Friday May 2, 2014 9:25 am

Obtaining this information is more of an art form than a bureaucratic process. It’s tricky, costly and time-consuming, which is why we need your help if we hope to learn more about Kiriakou’s case. Firedoglake’s Kevin Gosztola is teaming up with independent reporter Jason Leopold — who has done groundbreaking work on the torture of Abu Zubaydah — to file a series of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to uncover the truth about John’s prosecution.

Can you please donate $10 or more to our John Kiriakou Campaign Fund to help us pay these FOIA filing fees and sustain our reporting on John’s case?


Top US Psychologist Allegedly Met with James Mitchell in Days Before Zubaydah Torture

By: Monday December 9, 2013 1:22 pm

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.

Will Col. Bogdan’s Claims of Insufficient Staffing Cause Al Qaeda to Attack Guantanamo?

By: Thursday August 8, 2013 5:17 pm

Jason Leopold, who has been filing requests for government documents like there is no tomorrow, apparently caught Department of Defense censors with their pants down. The result is a rare look into the kind of political shenanigans DoD uses to justify its policies at Guantanamo.

How US Military Is Trying to Cover Up Hunger Strike at Guantanamo, According to Shaker Aamer

By: Wednesday April 3, 2013 4:57 pm

British prisoner Shaker Aamer has been imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay for over eleven years. He has not been charged with any crime or given a trial. He has been cleared for release yet he remains in detention. And he is one of the more than one hundred prisoners being held at Guantanamo who have been engaged in a hunger strike.

Secret Service Denies Truthout’s Request For Aaron Swartz Documents

By: Friday March 1, 2013 9:38 am

As the pieces of the Aaron Swartz case slowly come together it seems one government agency may be unwilling to comply with the law. Jason Leopold, the Lead Investigative Reporter at Truthout, was denied a Freedom Of Information Act request by the Secret Service. The reason given for the denial? The Aaron Swartz case is still open.

Details on CIA Torture & Guantanamo Deaths Remain Concealed

By: Friday December 14, 2012 2:00 pm

The Senate Intelligence Committee recently adopted a six thousand page report on CIA torture and abuse. The report, a product of a three-year review of CIA practices, including its rendition, detention and interrogation (RDI) program, remains classified. It stems from at least six million CIA documents and could be the most comprehensive record to-date of what happened with the CIA while George W. Bush was president.

Gitmo Detainee Death Mystery Deepens With News of Drug Overdose

By: Thursday November 29, 2012 8:47 am

Charlie Savage at the New York Times reports that “several people briefed on a Naval Criminal Investigative Service inquiry” into the death of Guantanamo detainee Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif, who was found unresponsive in his cell last September, have revealed that the prisoner “died from an overdose of psychiatric medication.” Investigators are thinking suicide, but others have called the circumstances of death “murky.” The article explores other possible scenarios that could have led to a psychiatric drug overdose, including recent revelations about involuntary drugging of prisoners.

Interview with Truthout’s Jason Leopold on His Report on Abu Zubaydah’s Brother

By: Friday June 1, 2012 5:12 pm

I interviewed Jason Leopold for The Dissenter at Firedoglake. In the interview, we discuss what he discovered in his investigation, how he struggled to pry information from the government through FOIA requests and what Hesham had to say about his brother (who he refers to as “Hani”).

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Larissa Tracy, Torture and Brutality in Medieval Literature Negotiations of National Identity

By: Saturday April 14, 2012 1:59 pm

In her exhaustively researched new book, Larissa Tracy, an associate professor of medieval literature at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, says linking “medieval” with acts of torture is a fallacy.

“Torture was not a pervasive means of medieval judicial control, despite accounts of public brutality and secular punishment …,” Tracy wrote in the introduction to “Torture and Brutality in Medieval Literature,” which cites the “Getting Medieval” scene from “Pulp Fiction” as a way of explaining how our understanding of the medieval era has been misguided.

Homeland Security Records Reveal Concern About Anonymous in Occupy Protests

By: Wednesday March 21, 2012 12:10 pm

Truthout has received via FOIA a batch of DHS documents relating to their monitoring of Occupy sites and participants. The documents show DHS fixated on the role of the hacktivist group “Anonymous” in Occupy Wall Street for potential threats to on-line systemseThe documents show how DHS fixated on the role of the hacktivist group “Anonymous” in Occupy Wall Street. However, the docs released so far do not indicate any unusual DHS coordination with local police and other city officials on how to deal with occupations per se.

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