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Senate Intelligence Committee

Sen. Richard Burr: The Cloak and Dagger Senator

William E. Jackson Jr. | Posted 05.29.2015 | Politics
William E. Jackson Jr.

Rather than exercising critical legislative oversight of the intelligence community's most controversial activities from paramilitary drone strikes to N.S.A. bulk collection of phone records -- Mr. Burr all too often is a cheerleader for whatever is going down.

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

Meet The Only Person Being Punished After The Senate Torture Report

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Ali Watkins

Congress Doesn't Seem Totally Sure Who Should Deal With NSA Reform

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- All eyes are on Congress as the June 1 expiration date looms for the National Security Agency program that sweeps up massive dragnets of...

Ali Watkins

Senate Intelligence Committee Kicks Off Budget Season

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 04.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Intelligence Committee kicked off budget season this week with a slew of appearances from Washington’s top spies. CIA Direc...

Ali Watkins

It's Been A Year Since Senators Voted To Reveal CIA Torture. What Do We Have To Show For It?

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 ...

Yemen Crisis Points Up Danger of Our Close Ties To An Increasingly Irrational Middle East

William Bradley | Posted 03.31.2015 | Politics
William Bradley

So we have yet another crisis in a little-known place to worry about. The difference is that, with this one, it's not hard at all to see how it could trigger a regional conflagration.

Ali Watkins

Senate Intel Chair Moves Threats Hearing Behind Closed Doors, Continuing Oversight Shift

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday quietly held its annual worldwide threats hearing entirely behind closed doors for the firs...

Ali Watkins

Top Intelligence Official Suggests Obama May Be Waging Illegal War Against Islamic State

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 02.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- One of the Obama administration's key intelligence leaders told lawmakers Thursday that he didn't think the U.S. offensive against the I...

Ali Watkins

Former Church Committee Staffers Urge Overhaul Of Spy Agency Oversight

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK –- It’s no secret that the mid-20th century was a dirty time for U.S. intelligence agencies. J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI was waging personal ...

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.

Ali Watkins

Former Senate Intel Chair Strikes Back At CIA For Spying

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 01.27.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the former chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, struck back at the CIA Tuesday, blasting t...

Ali Watkins

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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

Ali Watkins

GOP Plans To Give Explosive Document Back To CIA

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...

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.

Torture and the Arc of History

Sen. Angus S. King, Jr. | Posted 02.22.2015 | Politics
Sen. Angus S. King, Jr.

"All men are created equal, endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights..." We may not live this creed every day; surely we have fallen short. But to deliberately betray it, especially for gains which are "unknowable," is a betrayal of our very identity as a nation.

Ali Watkins

White House Needs To Stop Shielding CIA Director John Brennan, Senator Says

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An internal CIA accountability board weighing penalties for the spies who snooped on Senate Intelligence Committee investigators is repo...

CIA Torture Report: Now Is the Time to Act

Curt Goering | Posted 02.21.2015 | Politics
Curt Goering

Vice President Cheney and other torture proponents and apologists continue to shamefully defend torture and deny it ever happened. Disgusting. It is time to put an end to their baseless and fallacious arguments once and for all.

Ali Watkins

The Other Torture Report: The Secret CIA Document That Could Unravel The Case For Torture

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 01.23.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the public grapples with the gruesome realities put forth in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s damning report on the CIA’s tort...

On Torture

Joseph B. Kadane | Posted 02.17.2015 | 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 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.