Torture Report Shows Senate Staff Visited CIA’s Salt Pit Prison, Kept No Records at Agency’s Request

By: Thursday December 18, 2014 11:00 am

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 [...]

 

Torture and the Company Which Americans Keep

By: Thursday December 18, 2014 9:10 am

A new poll finds majority of Americans — 59 percent — believe torture was justified after the 9/11 attacks. Look around you at the company you keep. The people who support torture, six out of ten, are your neighbors, your co-workers, the people on the bus with you. If you live in Washington DC, they [...]

ACLU Appeals Decision Which Created Immunity for FBI Agents Involved in Torturing US Citizens Abroad

By: Wednesday December 17, 2014 2:00 pm

The American Civil Liberties Union has appealed a federal district court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought by an American citizen who alleges he was detained and tortured by FBI agents in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia in violation of his constitutional rights. Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton, ruled in [...]

On the BBC Defending Not Torturing People

By: Wednesday December 17, 2014 10:00 am

I joined fellow whistleblower and former chief Guantanamo prosecutor Colonel Morris Davis on the BBC’s World TV recently to speak out against torture. Because most “journalism” these days defines objectivity as having people from bizarrely opposite sides of an issue yell at each other until time is up, I found myself “rebutting” a handful of [...]

CIA Health Professionals’ Role in Systematic Torture, Including ‘Human Subjects Research’

By: Tuesday December 16, 2014 7:00 pm

An organization of United States health professionals has put out a comprehensive analysis of the role US health professionals played in the CIA torture program. The analysis, stemming from the US Senate intelligence committee’s executive summary of its torture report, raises alarming questions about whether these professionals engaged in “human subjects research” that constituted a [...]

Torture and the Destruction of the Human Being Shaker Aamer by the United States

By: Tuesday December 16, 2014 9:00 am

The Bush and Obama administrations have gone to extraordinary lengths to hide America’s archipelago of secret prisons and systems of torture. For all the empty talk of “transparency” being high-fived around following the Senate Report, they at first denied any of that nasty stuff even existed, then used an ever-so-compliant media to call it all [...]

Podcast: The Torture Report, Its Ramifications & the Torture That Continues Under Obama

By: Sunday December 14, 2014 4:00 pm

The Senate intelligence committee finally released the summary of its report on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program this past week. It detailed a criminal conspiracy involving the torture the CIA used against detainees in the global “war on terrorism” and the lengths to which CIA officials and interrogators had gone to cover up [...]

Sunday Talking Heads: Nutcracker Edition

By: Sunday December 14, 2014 2:00 am

Yes, American Torture is a big topic this week on the Sunday shows, the one guest invited on to speak about why it is so very wrong is Sen. John McCain. And then there are the Great Defenders: George W. Bush; Dick Cheney; former Director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service Jose Rodriguez (he oversaw the “enhanced interrogation program”); John Yoo; John Brennan; and Michael Hayden, among others.

Former CIA Director’s Barbaric Defense of Using Rectal Rehydration Against Detainees

By: Saturday December 13, 2014 8:00 am

A released summary of the Senate intelligence committee’s report on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program, which involved torture, contained the shocking revelation that at least five detainees had been subjected to “rectal rehydration” or rectal feeding. The detainees had feeding or intravenous tubes forced into their rectums in order to help interrogators gain [...]

The Torture Report & Life Under a Regime of Domination

By: Friday December 12, 2014 11:00 am

Let’s start with this recent New York Times news release: A turning point for Ms. Feinstein came in March with the disclosure that C.I.A. workers had infiltrated the computers used by Senate Intelligence Committee staff members to write the report. So DiFi was okay with the CIA (national security y’know) until she found out they [...]

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