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Cia Torture

The Other Conspirator

Barbara Myers | Posted 06.01.2015 | Politics
Barbara Myers

While Daniel Ellsberg, his compatriot and companion in revelation, remains a major figure for his role in releasing the Pentagon Papers, Tony Russo is a forgotten man. That's too bad. He shouldn't be forgotten. His is, unfortunately, a story of our times as well as his.

Ali Watkins

McCain Leading Quiet Effort To Include Torture Laws In Defense Authorization | Ali Watkins | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Almost six months after the Senate Intelligence Committee released its gruesome summary report on the CIA's post-9/11 torture program --...

Ali Watkins

Is The CIA's Case For Torture Unraveling? | Ali Watkins | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the immediate aftermath of Seymour Hersh’s winding narrative on the killing of Osama bin Laden and an alleged cover-up by the U.S. ...

Ali Watkins

Obama Administration Faces Mounting Pressure To Answer For Torture | Ali Watkins | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is facing renewed pressure to answer for its track record on torture after the relative calm that followed the ...

Congress Should Act to Solidify Ban Against Torture

Mark Fallon | Posted 05.08.2015 | Politics
Mark Fallon

At this point we all know that, in President Obama's words, "We tortured some folks." The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence's report on the CIA's rendition, detention, and interrogation program revealed shocking abuses that went far beyond even the torture that the administration had authorized.

Ali Watkins

Ex-Bush Official With Ties To CIA Torture Program Now Advises Obama Interrogators | Ali Watkins | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A government psychologist who helped craft policies central to the CIA’s torture program is now advising an FBI-led interrogation proj...

Ali Watkins

Meet The Only Person Being Punished After The Senate Torture Report | Ali Watkins | Posted 04.29.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Five months after the Senate Intelligence Committee released its gruesome report on the CIA’s post-9/11 torture program, someone is fi...

Fordham's Award to John Brennan Cannot Stand

Jason Steidl | Posted 06.20.2015 | Religion
Jason Steidl

Fordham University's award of an honorary degree to John Brennan, an unapologetic advocate of torture, is a scandal for Christians, a dark moment in the university's history, and a betrayal of its Catholic commitment to human dignity.

Ali Watkins

It's Been A Year Since Senators Voted To Reveal CIA Torture. What Do We Have To Show For It? | Ali Watkins | Posted 04.03.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One year ago Friday, the Senate Intelligence Committee, then under the command of Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), voted to share with ...

Torture and the Moral Bankruptcy of Barack Obama (And the Rest of Us)

David J. Dunn, PhD | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
David J. Dunn, PhD

President Obama deserves credit for his candor. He admits that we tortured people after 9/11, and that our actions violate our highest ideals as a nation. But apologies are hollow if they are not followed by attempts to make amends. "Sorry" is a lie if it is only a word. President Obama needs to prosecute.

Ali Watkins

In Condemning Human Rights Abuses, CIA Director Stirs Up Old Agency Wounds | Ali Watkins | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK -- CIA Director John Brennan is all about transparency and accountability when it comes to human rights abuses -- at least, it seems, when it...

How to Be a Hero: Insight From the Milgram Experiment

Matthew Hollander | Posted 04.29.2015 | Science
Matthew Hollander

This unilateral focus on the dark side has had the unintended effect of blinding us to one of the most obvious and inspiring features of the experiment: it also showed that hundreds of ordinary people -- though the minority of Milgram's participants -- did in fact have what it takes to stand up for what is right.

Their Barbarism and Ours

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.17.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

It will come as no surprise to you that we're top-notch when it comes to denouncing barbarism -- as long as it's theirs. Unfortunately, when it comes to our own barbarism, we turn out to be a tad weaker, whether you're talking about torture or the deaths of children by drone.

9/11 Defendants Claim Military Commission Translator Assisted CIA Torture

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

It didn't take long for the Guantanamo military commission in the 9/11 case to stumble again -- this time when two of the accused co-conspirators said they recognized a translator in the courtroom from their time in a CIA black site.

Exclusive: Freed CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou Says "I Would Do It All Again" to Expose Torture

Democracy Now! | Posted 04.11.2015 | Politics
Democracy Now!

In a broadcast exclusive, Democracy Now! airs an in-depth interview with John Kiriakou, a retired CIA agent who has just been released from prison after blowing the whistle on the George W. Bush administration's torture program.

Ali Watkins

Feinstein Vindicated In Intelligence Committee Spat | 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...

How Will We Shape America?

Hannah Weintraub | Posted 01.26.2015 | College
Hannah Weintraub

News in America these past few months has been troubling at best. Men raping women on college campuses, the CIA torturing prisoners, police officers k...

Ali Watkins

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

How Animal Experiments Paved the Way for the CIA's Torture Program

Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H. | Posted 03.23.2015 | Science
Aysha Akhtar, M.D., M.P.H.

Many psychologists and psychiatrists are justifiably horrified at the central role members of their own profession have played in these torture experiments. Unfortunately, our biomedical profession has a long history of experimentation on humans.

Ali Watkins

GOP Plans To Give Explosive Document Back To CIA | 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 03.22.2015 | 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 03.17.2015 | 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

Ali Watkins

White House Knew CIA Snooped On Senate, Report Says | Ali Watkins | Posted 01.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan consulted the White House before directing agency personnel to sift through a walled-o...

Ali Watkins

CIA Wasn't Wrong To Spy On Senate Torture Investigation, Review Board Finds | Ali Watkins | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan approved his agency’s search of a walled-off computer network being used by the Sena...