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Senate Intelligence Committee

On Torture

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
Joseph B. Kadane

As a people and as a government, we've done wrong things in the past. When we see that we were wrong, we admit it and resolve to do better. Let's agree not to torture, whether or not it was effective.

A Baer Look Inside the CIA--and Torture

Ximena Ortiz | Posted 12.15.2014 | 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 12.14.2014 | 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 12.14.2014 | 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.

Where's the Outrage?

Charles Kolb | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
Charles Kolb

That's the question a French friend posed last year after the Edward Snowden leaks revealed that the U.S. government was, in fact, violating the law by spying on American citizens. Now we have another outrage that, so far, has failed to stir the American public to demand change.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Americans Are Divided On Use Of Torture, But Fewer Support Some Of The Harshest Tactics | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics

Americans are more likely than not to say torture is sometimes justified, but are less likely to support some of the specific tactics used against det...

Ali Watkins

Senator On Intelligence Committee: Torture Program Was Not Dick Cheney's Doing | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- With the Senate Intelligence Committee conducting a full frontal assault against the CIA about the agency's use of torture in the post 9...

At the Last, Feinstein Finds Trouble in the Secret World

William Bradley | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

It's safe to say that Senator Dianne Feinstein has been anything but a boat-rocker during her six years as chair of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee.

Ali Watkins

Senate Report Fails To Fault Bush Administration Officials Who Oversaw CIA Torture | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Americans woke up Wednesday forced to reckon with the gruesome findings of the Senate Intelligence Committee's gut-wrenching report on t...

For CIA, Truth About Torture Was an Existential Threat

Dan Froomkin | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Dan Froomkin

For the CIA officials involved in torture, one thing was clear from the very beginning: The only way they would be forgiven for what they did was if they could show it had saved lives. It was the heart of their rationale. It was vital to public acceptance. It was how they would avoid prosecution.

Michael Calderone

News Outlets Protest Exclusion From Senate Torture Report Briefing | Michael Calderone | Posted 12.10.2014 | Media

NEW YORK -- Three news organizations, including The Huffington Post, are protesting the "apparently deliberate exclusion" from the Senate Intelligence...

Torture Goes Against the Very Soul of Our Country

Sen. Dianne Feinstein | Posted 12.12.2014 | World
Sen. Dianne Feinstein

There has been a suggestion in recent days that now is not a good time to release a review prepared by the Senate Intelligence Committee of the CIA's detention and interrogation program. But is there ever a good time to admit our country tortured people?

Jennifer Bendery

Despite Torture Uproar, DOJ Still Says No To Prosecutions | Jennifer Bendery | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Readers don't have to go far into the Senate Intelligence Committee’s torture report before their stomachs start to turn. Detainees pu...

Michael McAuliff

Republicans Argue Torture Helped America | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee accused their Democratic colleagues Tuesday of selectively choosing examples in their d...

Ali Watkins

Senate Report: CIA Ignored Its Own Officers' Warnings On Torture | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Even while the CIA was trampling the legal boundaries of its post-9/11 enhanced interrogation program, a new Senate report says, the age...

Reminder: George W. Bush Said The U.S. Didn't Use Torture

The Huffington Post | Amber Ferguson & Adriana Usero | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

In 2006, then-President George W. Bush adamantly denied that the U.S. used torture against suspected terrorists. Tuesday's release of the Senate repor...

Ali Watkins

CIA Strikes Back At Senate: Torture Program Was Poorly Run, But It Worked | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- You can tell the CIA that torturing people is immoral. You can accuse it of mismanaging the so-called "enhanced interrogation" program i...

Ali Watkins

Senate Report Says Torture Program Was More Gruesome, Widespread Than CIA Claimed | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday released the highly anticipated 500-page summary of its report on the CIA’s post-9/11 tor...

Ali Watkins

Washington Braces For Torture Report Release | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The White House confirmed Monday that a summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA's post-9/11 torture program wou...

12 Things to Keep in Mind When You Read the Torture Report

Dan Froomkin | Posted 12.04.2014 | Politics
Dan Froomkin

The review of CIA interrogation methods during George W. Bush's presidency has been the subject of a contentious back-and-forth, with U.S. intelligence agencies and the White House on one side pushing for mass redactions in the name of national security and committee staffers on the other arguing that the proposed redactions render the report unintelligible.

Ali Watkins

Incoming Senate Intel Chair: Get Ready For An Oversight Overhaul | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) usually arrives discreetly to the Senate Intelligence Committee’s weekly briefings. He often shuffles down ...

'President' McCain and His 'Shadow Cabinet'

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 11.25.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

John McCain would much rather have been elected president back in 2008, but for a man who was soundly defeated by Obama, being a Shadow President against that very same man is the perhaps the second-best thing that he could have hoped for.

Ali Watkins

Torture Report Fight Erupts In Chaos | Ali Watkins | Posted 11.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Before White House chief of staff Denis McDonough came to brief Senate Democrats on Thursday afternoon, Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Ne...

Ali Watkins

Did The National Archives Give The CIA Permission To Destroy Evidence? | Ali Watkins | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In mid-January of this year, a small request was slipped quietly to the National Archives and Records Administration, the lord of the U....

Ryan Grim

Negotiations To Release CIA Torture Report Break Down Again | Ryan Grim | Posted 11.19.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Negotiations between the Obama administration and the Senate over how much of the upper chamber's CIA torture report can be released hav...