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No Backlash Against Torture

Peter J. Woolley | Posted 03.03.2015 | Politics
Peter J. Woolley

Just before the U.S. Senate released its report at the end of 2014 on the CIA's use of "harsh interrogation" tactics against prisoners, the question was whether or not the report would provoke a public backlash against torture. The answer is no.

9/11 Defendant Claims Ongoing Injuries From CIA Torture

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 02.12.2015 | World
Daphne Eviatar

Walter Ruiz, Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi's lawyer and a former Navy commander, told the court that Hawsawi's treatment needs stem from injuries he sustained under U.S.-sponsored torture. Ruiz wants to interview his client's doctors to learn more about the "ongoing bleeding" and "colorectal issues that stem from his time in captivity...."

Saying No to Torture

Rebecca Gordon | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Rebecca Gordon

Why was it again that, as President Obama said, "we tortured some folks" after the 9/11 attacks? Because apparently everyone knows that being afraid gives you moral license to do whatever you need to do to keep yourself safe.

Ali Watkins

Feinstein Vindicated In Intelligence Committee Spat

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Parliamentarian has vindicated former Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein against charges that the Californi...

Ali Watkins

CIA Torture Report Sinks A Little More, As Agencies Don't Bother To Read It

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 01.26.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- When the new Senate Intelligence Committee chairman, Richard Burr (R-N.C.), announced that, allegedly unbeknownst to him, the former cha...

Ali Watkins

Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats Prepare To Battle New GOP Chairman On CIA Torture Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee are gearing up to fight their new Republican chairman’s attempts to reclaim the panel...

5 Ways the US Criminal Justice System Violates Human Rights -- And How We Can Do Better

Alexa Van Brunt | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Alexa Van Brunt

2014 was the year the United States began to wake up to the problems in our criminal justice system. Let's make 2015 the year we take the steps toward fixing them. While some may believe that the tactics used in the U.S. are necessary to keep peace, Europe presents a stark counterpoint to that argument.

Ali Watkins

GOP Plans To Give Explosive Document Back To CIA

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The new GOP chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee intends to give back to the CIA an explosive, secret document that has been at...

Why We Torture

Scott Sigmund Gartner | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Scott Sigmund Gartner

Intelligence is never perfect: Mistakes will be made. Extreme fear of one type of intelligence mistake, however, has repercussion not only on the likelihood of committing the other type of error but in the value of information and the methods used to obtain it.

A Public Divided: Americans' Attitudes About Torture

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Central to the American public's understanding of the torture debate is their belief that torture provides important information about terrorist activities

It's Time to End Torture

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 01.14.2015 | Politics
Lee H. Hamilton

Some say our national security was well served by so-called "enhanced interrogation techniques," but the efficacy of torture and other coercive actions in counterterrorism efforts are difficult to gauge. The benefits of such actions are not clear.

An Important Sign: Verse Posted in Public Trumps Concern Over Torture

Bryan Berghoef | Posted 01.15.2015 | Religion
Bryan Berghoef

A report came out reflecting just some of the terrible ways our government agencies and military arms treat human beings. There was silence, or even defense of such actions.

Senate Rocked With Protesters

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 01.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Protesters demanding prosecutions over the CIA torture report broke into shouts and briefly interrupted Senate proceedings Monday....

The Drawback in Using Special Prosecutors

Joel Cohen | Posted 01.12.2015 | Crime
Joel Cohen

Special prosecutors often have blinders on when pursuing their hunt. And while blinders may help them be better sharpshooters, it may make them impervious to other legitimate considerations that may be at play.

Ali Watkins

Dianne Feinstein's Torture Reform Proposals Don't Address The Real Problem, Advocates Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Amid the public furor that followed the release of the Senate’s gruesome investigation of the CIA’s torture program, the stage was s...

Dianne Feinstein Urges Changes To Avoid Repeat Of CIA Torture

AP | KEN DILANIAN | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The outgoing chairman of the Senate intelligence committee is urging a series of policy and legislative changes to ensure that the...

Ali Watkins

Central Figure In CIA-Senate Spying Scandal To Leave Post

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Central Intelligence Agency’s Inspector General David Buckley is leaving the agency at the end of the month, marking the departure of ...

CIA Torture's Immeasurable Damage to U.S. Global Leadership

Brian Dooley | Posted 03.03.2015 | World
Brian Dooley

The CIA was never among the world's most trusted global brands, even among U.S. allies, but torture revelations have diminished U.S. claims to moral leadership and reduced its "soft power."

10 Ways Human Rights and Democracy Won in 2014 (Yeah, You Heard That Right)

Sarah van Gelder | Posted 02.28.2015 | Impact
Sarah van Gelder

Let's be honest: It was a brutal year for human rights. But we still have victories worth celebrating.

How Good Is the CIA?

Michael Brenner | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Michael Brenner

It is hard to imagine what might stir America's political class, especially the elite members of it, out of their timid escapism. Here is an actual story that beats any Hollywood or TV script hands down. The country's top spy agency breaks the law at White House command in a fit of post-9/11 rage by engaging in systematic torture -- of innocents and suspects alike. They lie about it for years; destroy evidence; concoct false narratives about what vital national ends were served by it. The American people are living in the grip of a psychosis. We have become divorced from reality, and thereby divorced from our better selves, consumed by an extreme and irrational fear rooted in the trauma of 9/11. It has been stoked by our leaders who themselves share in it. So, in short, nothing will change. A lawless, incompetent CIA will continue to act with impunity to the detriment of the nation's security and foreign interests.

Full Speed Ahead For CIA

The New York Times | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Over a lunch in Washington in 1976, James J. Angleton, for years the ruthless chief of counterintelligence at the C.I.A., likened the a...

Torture and the Arc of History

Sen. Angus S. King, Jr. | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Sen. Angus S. King, Jr.

"All men are created equal, endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights..." We may not live this creed every day; surely we have fallen short. But to deliberately betray it, especially for gains which are "unknowable," is a betrayal of our very identity as a nation.

How CIA Torture Didn't Prevent an Attack on Heathrow

Brian Dooley | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Brian Dooley

The Heathrow plot is among the clearest. Heathrow is certainly a prestigious target -- the IRA fired mortars onto runways during a series of attacks in 1994 -- but the CIA didn't prevent an attack on the airport by torturing information out of prisoners.

How Torture Physically Changes The Brain Forever

AP | By LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 02.22.2015 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON (AP) — At times, waterboarding rendered al-Qaida terror suspect Abu Zubaydah hysterical. But later, a message to CIA headquarters describ...

Ali Watkins

White House Needs To Stop Shielding CIA Director John Brennan, Senator Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An internal CIA accountability board weighing penalties for the spies who snooped on Senate Intelligence Committee investigators is repo...