There are many aspects to the exploding torture scandal that are being spun by interested parties. That’s not necessarily bad, and in fact to be expected. But it’s hard to get to the actual truth. One problem is that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Committee (SSCI) has only released the executive summary [PDF] of their [...]
|By: Jeff Kaye Thursday December 18, 2014 11:00 am|
|By: emptywheel 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.
|By: emptywheel Wednesday July 6, 2011 6:28 pm|
As we’ve noted a couple times at EW, I will be hosting Glenn Carle to discuss his book, The Interrogator, at Saturday’s FDL Book Salon. As you no doubt know, his book describes his interrogation of what was described as a high level al Qaeda figure (the detainee wasn’t) and his objections to the government’s use of dislocation and other torture methods with him.
|By: Jeff Kaye Friday July 1, 2011 11:30 am|
The announcement of John Durham’s decision to investigate two CIA detainee murders prompts a reexamination at how the different torture techniques were developed, and how they were propagated across governmental institutional boundaries between the Department of Defense and the CIA. If the press did their job, perhaps we could get a better picture of how torture was implemented, who was responsible, leading the public to demand the accountability that otherwise, without significant public outcry, is not going to happen.
|By: emptywheel Wednesday February 9, 2011 8:46 am|
No wonder Obama has no problem pushing our Egyptian torturer, Omar Suleiman, to lead Egypt. It’s completely consistent with our own practice of promoting our own torturers.
|By: emptywheel Tuesday November 30, 2010 8:30 am|
I chuckled to myself when I read Steven Aftergood’s post on our efforts to instill rule of law in Afghanistan. Not that I don’t support the goal, mind you. But I question whether the United States is in a position anymore to be teaching others about rule of law.
|By: emptywheel Thursday July 15, 2010 1:15 pm|
In this interview Jay Bybee admits that the CIA had no authorization for the techniques that contributed to Gul Rahman’s death. Hello, special prosecutor John Durham?
|By: emptywheel Monday March 29, 2010 2:15 pm|
The AP story on the Salt Pit death makes it clear that–at a time when Dusty Foggo was Executive Director of CIA–he was involved in an internal review of the death. He also received incredible levels of protection during his last two years at CIA, protection that probably goes beyond what you’d expect of his senior position. With each new detail of his involvement in the torture program, it seems more and more likely that that protection extended at least in part from the role he played in covering up torture.