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Harsh Interrogations

No Backlash Against Torture

Peter J. Woolley | Posted 05.02.2015 | 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.

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.

Torture Doesn't Work. Law Does Work. Why Keep That Secret?!

Coleen Rowley | Posted 02.19.2014 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

Most Americans do not know that their government engaged in practices that the civilized world considers war crimes. This lack of awareness is due, in part, to the fact that a comprehensive report of over 6000 pages on this topic compiled by investigators at a cost of $40 million remains classified and hidden away.

Bipartisan Support for Releasing the Torture Report

Rev. Richard L. Killmer | Posted 07.02.2013 | Politics
Rev. Richard L. Killmer

The United States has a history of providing important moral leadership in many areas. But by shrouding our tortured past in secret, we endanger both our country's moral legacy and our national security.

Donald Rumsfeld: Harsh Interrogation Helped 'In Saving Lives,' 'Troubled' Me

Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld reportedly believes that harsh interrogation tactics used during his overseeing of the Bush administration...

Rove: I'm 'Proud' Of Waterboarding

Huffington Post | Nicholas Sabloff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

In an interview with the BBC, Karl Rove declared he is 'proud' of the US's use of harsh interrogation techniques such as waterboarding. The former Bus...

Freed Academic Haleh Esfandiari: 'Iranians Want Evolution, Not Revolution'

Diane Tucker | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Diane Tucker

Every two or three years, there has been a wave of protests like this in Iran. But this time I think there has been a fundamental change.

McCain Denies Giving OK To CIA Torture Tactic

TIME | MIchael Scherer and Bobby Ghosh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

U.S. Senator John McCain, a torture survivor from his days as a captive during the Vietnam War, says his private comments about harsh interrogation me...

Former Insider Shatters Credibility of Military Commissions

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Lt. Col. Vandeveld said, "I simply could not in good conscience continue to work for an ad-hoc, hastily created apparatus whose evident resort to expediency and ethical compromise were so contrary to my own."

Why Trial Date for African Embassy Bombing Suspect Is Good News

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The government will not use any statements made by the suspect in secret prisons, nor will the evidence "be very different" from that used when his alleged co-conspirators were tried by the federal court in 2001.

Release of the "Holy Grail" of Torture Reports Delayed Again

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Today was supposed to be the day that the Justice Department -- after two delays -- released an unclassified version of the CIA Inspector General's 2004 Report into the interrogations of "high-value detainees."

Harry Reid: Interrogation Photos "Are Not Going To Be Released"

Politico | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid just made two seemingly contradictory assertions: First, that so-called "torture" photos of interrogations won't ev...

Justice Dept. Lawyers Agreed On Legality Of Harsh Interrogations

New York Times | SCOTT SHANE and DAVID JOHNSTON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

When Justice Department lawyers engaged in a sharp internal debate in 2005 over brutal interrogation techniques, even some who believed that using tou...

Zelikow: Harsh Interrogations A "Collective Failure"

Washington Post | Carrie Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former State Department counselor Philip Zelikow told the first congressional panel convened to address allegations of torture that Bush administratio...

I Think I Owe Lynndie England an Apology

Tina Dupuy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Tina Dupuy

I never thought I would say this, but Lynndie England is a symbol of embarrassment. Not because she posed in pictures following orders, but because our government let her take the fall.

Officials Studying Whether Harsh Interrogation Tactics Were Effective

Los Angeles Times | Greg Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The release of internal Bush administration interrogation memos this week answered long-standing questions about the CIA's techniques for getting pris...

What We Do And Don't Know About US Medical Personnel and Interrogations

ProPublica | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The list of unknowns is long. How, why and when the CIA brought SERE-affiliated psychologists and psychiatrists into the interrogation strategy of detainees remains a mystery.