The remarks, which Senator Dianne Feinstein delivered on the floor of the Senate, was one of the more significant statements given by a United States senator in recent history. They clarified the extent to which the Central Intelligence Agency has worked to interfere and even intimidate senators and their staff, as they have worked to complete and finalize a study on the agency’s rendition, detention and interrogation program that involved torture.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Tuesday March 11, 2014 4:15 pm|
|By: Jeff Kaye Thursday January 16, 2014 6:47 am|
“Torture is immoral under all circumstances. It represents an extreme and shocking form of violating the human person. Like slavery, genocide and rape, it is never justified.”
|By: DSWright Wednesday October 9, 2013 11:20 am|
Former Vice President Dick Cheney was honored at the luxurious Plaza Hotel in Manhattan in a roast organized by Commentary magazine. The event was sponsored by Hedge Fund managers with John Podhoretz of Commentary emceeing. The roasters were Donald Rumsfeld, Michael Mukasey, Joe Lieberman, and Scooter Libby.
|By: Jeff Kaye Thursday August 15, 2013 5:55 am|
The is taken from a 63 year old book published in the early days of the Cold War. Titled Materials on the Trial of Former Serviceman of the Japanese Army Charged with Manufacturing and Employing Bacteriological Weapons (Foreign Languages Publishing House, Moscow, 1950), the book contains trial summaries and testimony from the Khabarovsk war crimes trial in December 1949.
|By: Brian Sonenstein Wednesday January 30, 2013 1:35 pm|
Unless we act now, whistleblower John Kiriakou will be the first and only person to go to prison in connection to CIA torture. Please donate $10+ to put this ad on YouTube and recruit supporters from across the country to call on President Obama to pardon John Kiriakou.
|By: Jeff Kaye Thursday September 6, 2012 6:45 am|
Human Rights Watch (HRW) has released a major new report detailing how the Bush Administration and other allied governments tortured and imprisoned opponents of former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi. The prisoners were then rendered to Gaddafi’s own prisons where many of them were tortured.
|By: Robert Meeropol Saturday May 12, 2012 9:00 am|
Is it possible for Khalid Shaikh Mohammed (KSM), his co-defendants and the victims of their alleged crimes to receive justice? Can their torture and harsh conditions of confinement be ignored at the defendants’ trial? The Obama administration answers both questions affirmatively. The chief prosecutor at the “Military Commission” hearing stated, “The remedy for torture … is not to just dismiss all charges…” He continued, “[I]t doesn’t pass the common sense test that everything … is polluted and tainted by an instance of torture[.] That means everybody goes free?
That’s not justice.”
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday April 4, 2012 9:20 am|
A State Department internal memo opposing the Justice Department’s arguments for CIA “enhanced interrogation techniques”—torture—has been released. The memo from February 2006 was written by Philip Zelikow, then counselor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. It was believed that all copies of the memo had been destroyed, but on April 3, the National Security Archive, obtained a copy through a FOIA request and posted it online.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday March 8, 2012 1:35 pm|
As part of a follow-up from the CIA’s destruction of torture videotapes, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been working to force the CIA to release cables that describe how the agency used waterboarding. The asserts the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit should not induce the release of documents because waterboarding involves “intelligence methods” that should not be revealed. But, the ACLU disputes that argument and points out waterboarding is illegal so the cables should not be protected from release.
|By: Jason Leopold Saturday February 18, 2012 1:59 pm|
The Iraq war isn’t over. For tens of thousands of soldiers returning from the battlefield, it never will be. Some of these men and women will turn to alcohol and drugs to ease their mental injuries; some will end up homeless, unemployed and divorced. Some will commit suicide. Most will be forgotten.
That will be one of the lasting legacies of the nearly nine-year-long conflict.
Fortunately, there are investigative journalists like Joshua Phillips who have taken great pains to preserve the memories of veterans whose lives have been ravaged—and cut short—by the wars.