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CIA Debunks 'Hollywood Myths'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 12.28.2012 | Politics

After publicly criticizing "Zero Dark Thirty" -- the film by Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow about the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden -- ...

Does Torture Work? Wrong Question!

Vincent Warren | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics
Vincent Warren

The premier this week of the movie Zero Dark Thirty, about the hunt for and killing of Osama bin Laden, has touched off a national debate about the appropriateness of torture. Alarmingly, the conversation has revolved around when to torture, rather than whether to torture.

Emily Swanson

Torture Can Be Justified, Americans Say | Emily Swanson | Posted 12.14.2012 | Politics

On the heels of a Senate Intelligence Committee report rebuking the CIA for the use of torture in the fight against terrorism, and in the wake of a ne...

An Auspicious Day

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 02.13.2013 | Politics
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

Whether the movie actually implies that torture led to bin Laden, or whether, as the filmmakers suggest, that idea is completely outlandish, it is true that a significant portion of the public continues to believe that torture is effective.

Michael McAuliff

'Zero Dark Thirty' Tortures Truth, Top Senators Say | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.13.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The portrayal of torture leading to the U.S. killing of terrorist leader Osama bin Laden in the new movie "Zero Dark Thirty" is bogus, t...

Does 'Zero Dark Thirty' Endorse Torture? Filmmakers Say No

AP | JAKE COYLE | Posted 02.10.2013 | Entertainment

NEW YORK — Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal were knee-deep in preparing the follow-up to their Oscar-winning "The Hurt Locker," a film that would c...

Why Bradley Manning Should Be Free (VIDEO)

Dennis Trainor | Posted 02.02.2013 | Politics
Dennis Trainor

History is filled with examples of brave individuals who have broken the law to serve the greater good of humanity. In other words, whistle blowers ex...

Two Years of Cablegate as Bradley Manning Testifies for the First Time

Julian Assange | Posted 01.29.2013 | World
Julian Assange

The information WikiLeaks has disclosed frustrates the controlled political discourse that is trumpeted by establishment media and Western governments to shape public perception. We will continue our fight against the financial blockade, and we will continue to publish.

Torture Again?! Romney Advisers Say Yes; Religious Communities Say NO

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 12.12.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

The NY Times recently reported that some advisers of presidential candidate Mitt Romney urged him to reverse the Obama Administration's ban on the use of torture. I'm writing to urge that we join in calling on Mr. Romney to explicitly and publicly reject that advice.

The Persecution of John Kiriakou

Peter Van Buren | Posted 11.11.2012 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Here is what military briefers like to call BLUF, the Bottom Line Up Front: no one except John Kiriakou is being held accountable for America's torture policy. And John Kiriakou didn't torture anyone, he just blew the whistle on it.

The NYT Got It Right: Torturers Must Be Held Accountable

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 09.06.2012 | Politics
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

The Attorney General closed his statement last week by arguing that the investigation "was not intended to, and does not resolve, broader questions regarding the propriety of examined conduct." When will the propriety of that conduct be examined? And who will be held responsible for these acts?

Gov. Closes CIA Interrogations Investigation Without Bringing Charges

AP | PETE YOST | Posted 10.30.2012 | World

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department announced Thursday it has ended its investigation into CIA interrogations of terrorist detainees without bri...

"Reformed" Gitmo Military Commissions Don't Live Up to the Hype

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 10.23.2012 | World
Daphne Eviatar

No matter how honorable each of those U.S. servicemembers are, the fact remains: the deck is, or at least appears to be, stacked high against the defendants. And that affects the legitimacy of not only the ultimate outcome of the case, but of every judicial ruling before and during the trial.

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison Gets Support Calling for Accountability for Torture

Coleen Rowley | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

In connection with the 10 year anniversary of the shameful "torture memos," peace and human rights activists in Minnesota managed to get their Congresspersons and Senators to declare torture is wrong and, in varying degrees, touch on the need for accountability.

Max J. Rosenthal

Bush's CIA Director Hoped For 'Aw, Sh*t!' Moment | Max J. Rosenthal | Posted 05.18.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- During the 2008 campaign, then-Sen. Barack Obama railed against the intelligence programs implemented under President George W. Bush and...

Hard Measures: Torture Is Humane

Glenn L. Carle | Posted 07.01.2012 | Politics
Glenn L. Carle

Jose Rodriguez's book, Hard Measures, does not seem so much deluded as willfully misleading, an apologia for some of the most controversial choices made by the Bush administration and the CIA.

Interrogators Speak Out: Torture is Illegal, Immoral and Ineffective

Mark Fallon | Posted 06.28.2012 | Crime
Mark Fallon

Every interrogation starts with analysis. That is, getting to know the detainee, researching their background, exploring their relationships with others, reviewing any available information and figuring out what makes them tick.

The Danger Of Going Back To The Dark Side

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 01.28.2012 | Religion
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

As people of faith, we know that torture is always and unequivocally wrong. God created all people with dignity and worth, and we grieve knowing that inflicting harm and cruelty on another human being scars and diminishes us all.

The Truth About Whistleblowing

Alma Katsu | Posted 11.14.2011 | DC
Alma Katsu

Are whistleblowers disgruntled troublemakers looking for attention? Or are courts and federal agencies colluding to squash valid criticism?

To Learn or Not to Learn: America's Dilemma After 9/11

Carol Smaldino | Posted 11.08.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

If America is the land of the brave, that for me would include increasing and exercising our courage to get to know the deepest and darkest secrets that constitute the truth.

An End to Psychologists' Role in Interrogation?

Leonard Rubenstein | Posted 10.16.2011 | Politics
Leonard Rubenstein

The very foundation of the American Psychological Association's position on torture has been undermined with the release this month of its own Specialty Guidelines for Forensic Psychology.

Human Rights Watch Calls for Bush Administration Officials to Be Tried for Torture

Democracy Now! | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics
Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! interviewed Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, about a new report calling on the U.S. government to launch a broad criminal investigation into alleged crimes of torture.

Bush-Era CIA Mistakes Under Fresh Scrutiny

AP | MATT APUZZO and ADAM GOLDMAN | Posted 08.14.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has opened a torture and war crimes grand jury investigation into the interrogation and death of a prisoner ...

Talking Torture With Mukasey and Thiessen: Do Torture Advocates Care About U.S. Moral Standing?

Elisa Massimino | Posted 07.19.2011 | Politics
Elisa Massimino

Torture not only stained our reputation; it weakened American national security. It has alienated entire communities, undermining the capacity of the U.S. to fight terrorism, and given al Qaeda a public relations boon.

Obama: Fighting a Smarter War on Terror

Ashwin Madia | Posted 07.06.2011 | Politics
Ashwin Madia

Two developments -- from the use of key intelligence that came from means that didn't include torture to the president's decision to not release photos of a dead bin Laden -- demonstrate a more deliberate way of fighting this war.