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Enhanced Interrogations

What's the Meaning of Failure?

William J. Astore | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics
William J. Astore

The dishonesty of words illustrates the dishonesty of America's wars. Since 9/11, can there be any doubt that the public has become numb to the euphemisms that regularly accompany U.S. troops, drones, and CIA operatives into Washington's imperial conflicts across the Greater Middle East and Africa?

3 Simple Reasons Why Torture Is Still Wrong

Brian Wagner | Posted 03.29.2016 | Politics
Brian Wagner

The unwillingness of Trump and Cruz to condemn and move the country away from its past endorsement of torture is yet one more reason why they lack the national security qualifications or understanding to guide this country's military and foreign policies.

CIA in the Crosshairs

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 11.27.2016 | Entertainment
Joe Peyronnin

The Showtime documentary, "The Spymasters: CIA in the Crosshairs," which will air Saturday night, pulls the curtain back on America's most secret agency and sheds light on its successes and failures.

Trump and Carson Defend Waterboarding, Again. It's Not as Bad as It Sounds

Jared Del Rosso | Posted 11.27.2016 | Entertainment
Jared Del Rosso

America's torture advocates, it seems, have few moves left. The most brazen of them are not brazen enough to offer anything but well-worn defenses. None dares admit that they believe U.S. security requires us to commit acts of extreme brutality.

Not Just About the Psychologists

Brigadier General (Ret) Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D. | Posted 09.08.2016 | Impact
Brigadier General (Ret) Stephen N. Xenakis, M.D.

The practice of torture requires that the torturer depersonalize the victim. But such a degrading and dehumanizing attitude cannot be contained in prisons or the closed environments of the war zones. The psychological and working boundaries are permeable.

Why Ethical Psychologists Play an Important Role in Interrogations

Anne Speckhard | Posted 08.21.2016 | Politics
Anne Speckhard

On Aug. 7, the American Psychological Association overwhelmingly approved a sweeping ban on any involvement by psychologists in national security interrogations conducted by the U.S. government. This ban includes even non-coercive interrogations.

Torture and the Psychologists

Paula Gordon | Posted 08.05.2016 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Even if torture works, it's a really, really bad idea. That anyone does it is appalling. That American psychologists participate in and endorse torture is outrageous. The APA and its adherents lose any semblance of credibility.

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...

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

It's Time to End Torture

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 03.16.2015 | 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.

Marc Thiessen Declares Victory

Jared Del Rosso | Posted 03.09.2015 | Politics
Jared Del Rosso

Since the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's summary of its report, Thiessen has written two opinion pieces for the Washington Post on torture. Neither has addressed the discrepancies between his earlier claims about waterboarding and the report's representations.

A Baer Look Inside the CIA--and Torture

Ximena Ortiz | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Ximena Ortiz

The Senate torture report shows that detainee abuse was used not as a last, but sometimes as a first, resort after 9/11. Torture was executed not in a painstaking, precise manner, but by interrogators who lumbered casually and carelessly into it.

An 8-Point Guide to Discussions With People Who Support the CIA's Torture Program

Mario Machado | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
Mario Machado

We failed, and in no short order -- so let's try to stop downplaying this whole affair or attempting to justify it along legal or ideological lines. The longer we try to defend it, the longer it will take us to create meaningful change and move on as a country.

What's Left for America's Torture Apologists?

Jared Del Rosso | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
Jared Del Rosso

So what's left for the country's torture apologists? Continue to claim that the program saved lives and discredit the report for relying too much on the CIA's own emails and cables, rather than interviews. What they likely won't do is admit and defend the version of waterboarding described by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The Bogus Defense of 'Enhanced Interrogations'

David Schanzer | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
David Schanzer

The United States cannot lead the world if it condones the use of torture. It is unclear why the patriots who led the U.S. government and the CIA through the trauma of 9/11 and its immediate aftermath fail to recognize this.

Dear Defenders of Torture: Cowardice Is Not an American Value

Spencer Critchley | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

Here's something that makes America less great: placing safety above all other values. In other words, assuming that this should be a nation of cowards.

Paul Blumenthal

Architects Of CIA Torture Program Raked In $81 Million, Report Reveals | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two psychologists were paid $81 million by the CIA to advise on and help implement its brutal interrogation program targeting detainees ...

Congress Tells Us What Academics Already Know About Torture: It Doesn't Work

John A. Tures | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

The U.S. Senate just issued a report that said torture doesn't work. It confirmed a mountain of research from academics over the years that reached the same conclusion.

Amanda Terkel

CIA Flipped Out Behind The Scenes When Bush Said U.S. Would Ban Torture | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President George W. Bush marked June 26, 2003, the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, with a strong statement spelli...

Will There Be a Backlash Against Torture?

Peter J. Woolley | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Peter J. Woolley

The Senate intelligence committee hopes to release soon a redacted summary of its 6,300-page report on the CIA's interrogational torture program. As we wait, the committee is wrangling with the CIA over redactions that the CIA is demanding.

As Stories of Bergdahl's Torture Surface, The Case of Rumsfeld As War Criminal Grows

H. A. Goodman | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Whereas the Taliban might have justified such behavior because Bergdahl tried to escape or was an enemy combatant, Donald Rumsfeld justified his approval of interrogation techniques in his own manner.

Sen. Diane Feinstein Bears the Wrath of Ex-CIA Officials

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

If Feinstein and her fellow Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee thought their war over "enhanced interrogation techniques" won, they woke up to a rude awakening on Sunday morning, when CIA veterans and defenders of the EIT program jumped at the chance to offer their own rebuttals.

Intelligence Spies on Spies on Intelligence

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 05.26.2014 | Technology
Allen Schmertzler

The quest to profile for either monetary or political gain is here forever. Many consumer products, from handheld smart devices to cars and smart homes have enhanced capabilities to turn our inner world over to the metadata highway.

Closing the Book on Torture

Curt Goering | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Curt Goering

The American people are entitled to a complete reporting of the facts, detailing how and why the CIA's policies of torture and cruel treatment came to be used.

Important New Details on the Senate Torture Report

Katherine Hawkins | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics
Katherine Hawkins

Jane Mayer of the New Yorker has posted former CIA General Counsel Stephen Preston's answers to questions submitted by Senator Mark Udall, about SSIC's secret 6000-page study on torture and the CIA's response. Senator Udall's questions are equally revealing.