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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 01.28.2015 | 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 01.14.2015 | 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 01.07.2015 | 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.

Where's the Outrage?

Charles Kolb | Posted 02.11.2015 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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 02.09.2015 | 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

HuffingtonPost.com | 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...