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What's In A Headline: Donald Trump On Waterboarding

Carol Smaldino | Posted 12.14.2016 | Impact
Carol Smaldino

So it went like this. There was a headline in the New York Times on Monday November 28, 2016, that read, Donald Trump Faces Obstacles to Resuming Wate...

When Therapy Becomes Torture

Carol Smaldino | Posted 07.15.2016 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

It is a stretch for many to put ourselves in the shoes of those tortured for what we assumed were reasons of their being at least potential threats.

Would CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Be in Prison If He Were White?

Norman Solomon | Posted 06.25.2016 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Last week CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling went to prison. If he were white, he probably wouldn't be there. Sterling was one of the CIA's few African-American case officers, and he became the first to file a racial discrimination lawsuit.

Jeffrey Sterling vs. the CIA: An Untold Story of Race and Retribution

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.27.2016 | Politics
Norman Solomon

A dozen years before his recent sentencing to a 42-month prison term based, former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling was in the midst of a protracted and fruitless effort to find someone in Congress willing to look into his accusations about racial discrimination at the agency.

No, CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Didn't Get a Light Sentence

Norman Solomon | Posted 05.14.2016 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Even if the jury's guilty verdict was correct -- and after sitting through the entire trial, I'd say the government didn't come close to its burden of proof beyond reasonable doubt -- an overarching truth is that the whistleblower(s) who provided journalist Risen with information about Operation Merlin rendered a major public service.

Ex- CIA Officer Convicted For New York Times Leak

Reuters | Posted 05.11.2015 | Media

WASHINGTON, May 11 (Reuters) - A former CIA officer was sentenced on Monday to 42 months in prison for leaking classified information to a New York Ti...

The Torturer's Apprentice: The APA and the Intentional Infliction of Pain

Bryant Welch | Posted 05.01.2016 | Politics
Bryant Welch

Any rational person would conclude that as a first obvious step just to begin to address the debacle for the APA, the current executive leadership group must be replaced. Without that, internal repair cannot even begin.

New York Times' James Risen Blasts Eric Holder As 'Enemy Of Press Freedom'

The Huffington Post | Catherine Taibi | Posted 02.18.2015 | Media

James Risen reiterated on Tuesday a warning about the White House that he delivered nearly one year ago. "The Obama Administration is the greatest ...

Journalists Face Increasing Danger As Press Freedoms Collapse Worldwide

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 02.17.2015 | Media

Fueled by myriad wars and widespread political turmoil, 2014 saw a shocking number of journalists jailed, intimidated and murdered with impunity simpl...

CIA Mission: Perfume the Stench of 'Operation Merlin'

Norman Solomon | Posted 04.05.2015 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Prosecutors were hell-bent on torching the defendant to vindicate Operation Merlin, nine years after a book by James Risen reported that it "may have been one of the most reckless operations in the modern history of the CIA."

The Invisible Man: Jeffrey Sterling, CIA Whistleblower

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The mass media have suddenly discovered Jeffrey Sterling -- after his conviction Monday afternoon as a CIA whistleblower. At age 47, he is facing a very long prison sentence. As a whistleblower, he has done a lot for us.

CIA Leak Trial: 'This Case Is Not About Politics' [sic]

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics
Norman Solomon

A heavy shroud over this trial -- almost hidden by news media in plain sight -- has been context: the CIA's collusion with the Bush White House a dozen years ago, using WMD fear and fabrication to stampede the United States into making war on Iraq.

Leak Trial Shows CIA Zeal to Hide Incompetence

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.24.2015 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The subject of competence is a sore spot for career CIA employees proud of their hard-boiled affects. From their vantage points, it can't be expunged by dismissing critics as impractical idealists and bleeding hearts merely concerned with the morality of drones, torture or renditions.

Why the CIA Is So Eager to Demolish Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.22.2015 | Politics
Norman Solomon

With the Sterling trial, the CIA is airing soiled threads of its dirty laundry as never before in open court. The agency seems virtually obsessed with trying to refute the negative portrayal of Operation Merlin in James Risen's 2006 book, State of War.

Race, Leaks and Prosecution at the CIA

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Few pixels and little ink went to the witness just before Rice -- former CIA spokesman William Harlow -- whose testimony stumbled into indicating why he thought of Sterling early on in connection with the leak, which ultimately resulted in a ten-count indictment.

Scapegoating CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Hearing the testimony from CIA operatives, it's clear that the agency is extremely eager to make an example of Sterling. Despite all the legalisms, the overarching reality is that the case against Sterling is scarcely legal -- it is cravenly political.

New Rules For How Federal Government Can Investigate Journalists

Reuters | Posted 03.16.2015 | Media

By Julia Edwards WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - The U.S. Justice Department issued new guidelines on Wednesday regarding when the fede...

Sterling Trial Opens in CIA Matrix

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.16.2015 | Politics
Norman Solomon

When the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling got underway Tuesday in Northern Virginia, prospective jurors made routine references to "three-letter agencies" and alphabet-soup categories of security clearances.

James Risen Testifies, Refuses To Give Information On Sources

Reuters | Posted 03.07.2015 | Media

By Aruna Viswanatha ALEXANDRIA, VA Jan 5 (Reuters) - New York Times reporter James Risen refused on Monday to answer all but a few bas...

Why Jeffrey Sterling Deserves Support as a CIA Whistleblower

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.06.2015 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, set to begin in mid-January, is shaping up as a major battle in the U.S. government's siege against whistleblowing.

Torture, Fear, and American Psychology: An Insider's Perspective on the Debacle Within the APA

Bryant Welch | Posted 02.28.2015 | Politics
Bryant Welch

There can no longer be any doubt that psychologists with considerable support from APA played key roles in our nation's most shameful incursion into human torture, violating one of the few veneers we humans have been able to place over our inhumanity to one another.

No Limits to Freedom of the Press?

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 02.21.2015 | Media
Amitai Etzioni

As long as one grants that the United States' security requires that the state be able to keep some secrets, the question stands: should there be some limitations on the freedom of the press and who and how will determine what these ought to be?

Official: Holder Won't Force New York Times Reporter To Reveal Source

NBC News | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

Attorney General Eric Holder has decided against forcing a reporter for the New York Times to reveal the identity of a confidential source, according ...

DOJ Has One Week To Decide On James Risen Subpoena

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 12.10.2014 | Media

Attorney General Eric Holder and the U.S. Justice Department have until 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16, to decide if New York Times reporter James Risen ...

Michael Calderone

Dick Cheney, CIA Urged New York Times Not To Run Secret Prison Story | Michael Calderone | Posted 12.09.2014 | Media

NEW YORK -- In November 2002, then-Vice President Dick Cheney and senior CIA officials succeeded in urging The New York Times not to run an article di...