Last week a reporter with DW, an English-language German publication, contacted me with some questions for an article she was writing about the Senate’s CIA torture report. Here’s the full text of what we discussed.
|By: Barry Eisler Tuesday April 8, 2014 7:03 pm|
|By: Barry Eisler Sunday April 6, 2014 8:00 am|
t’s nice that declassifying a bit of the report will offer the public a little more knowledge about torture. But at the same time, I expect the release will further cement some horribly insidious misapprehensions. We’ll get some knowledge, but no new wisdom.
|By: emptywheel Wednesday April 6, 2011 6:32 pm|
if our government is going to claim that leaks are as urgent as it does, if it’s going to continue to pretend that secrets are, you know, really secret, then it really ought to at least pretend to show urgency on responding to the gaping technical issues that will not only protect against leakers, but also provide better cybersecurity and protect against spies. Aspiring to fix those issues years after the fact really doesn’t cut it.
|By: emptywheel Friday March 18, 2011 5:10 pm|
I’m reading through the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on what it did last Congress. Among a number of interesting details, the report describes really really bad accounting at the National Security Agency (NSA).
|By: emptywheel Monday June 14, 2010 1:30 pm|
Now for your latest installment of the Defense Department’s expanding intelligence authorities, the Director of National Intelligence’s increasing irrelevance, and the White House’s efforts to make sure those trends continue.
|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 Wednesday November 11, 2009 11:55 am|
A short collection of Crazy Pete Hoekstra’s most egregious lies shows that his demagoging of the Fort Hood attack fits into his larger pattern–and ought to warn journalists about treating anything he says seriously.