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Senate Torture Report

Ali Watkins

In Condemning Human Rights Abuses, CIA Director Stirs Up Old Agency Wounds

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK -- CIA Director John Brennan is all about transparency and accountability when it comes to human rights abuses -- at least, it seems, when it...

The Real American Exceptionalism

Alfred W. McCoy | Posted 02.24.2015 | Politics
Alfred W. McCoy

Washington is now well into the second decade of an endless War on Terror that seems the sum of its exceptions to international law: endless incarceration, extrajudicial killing, pervasive surveillance, drone strikes in defiance of national boundaries and torture on demand.

Whistleblower: Government Lacks The 'Guts' To Charge U.S. Leaders With Torture

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics

The human rights abuses revealed in the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee's torture report released in December sparked global ou...

Free Speech vs. Responsible Speech: We Need to Talk, Again

Carla Seaquist | Posted 02.04.2015 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

We need to talk -- again -- about how we exercise our basic, elemental, Constitutional right to free speech.

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

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...

A Public Divided: Americans' Attitudes About Torture

Kathleen Weldon | Posted 03.17.2015 | Politics
Kathleen Weldon

Central to the American public's understanding of the torture debate is their belief that torture provides important information about terrorist activities

Ali Watkins

CIA Wasn't Wrong To Spy On Senate Torture Investigation, Review Board Finds

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan approved his agency’s search of a walled-off computer network being used by the Sena...

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.

Senate Rocked With Protesters

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 03.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Protesters demanding prosecutions over the CIA torture report broke into shouts and briefly interrupted Senate proceedings Monday....

Ali Watkins

Dianne Feinstein's Torture Reform Proposals Don't Address The Real Problem, Advocates Say

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Amid the public furor that followed the release of the Senate’s gruesome investigation of the CIA’s torture program, the stage was s...

Dianne Feinstein Urges Changes To Avoid Repeat Of CIA Torture

AP | KEN DILANIAN | Posted 03.07.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The outgoing chairman of the Senate intelligence committee is urging a series of policy and legislative changes to ensure that the...

American Democracy and Torture

Robert Redford | Posted 02.23.2015 | Politics
Robert Redford

Let's face it, turning this kind of microscope on our own actions brings with it a lot of controversy, calls that we are endangering or damaging the CIA, or opening a can of worms that is best left closed. The dilemmas of a free society are many, and this is one of them. And the dilemmas of a free society are messy. But we should never walk away from them because of that.

Dick Cheney, Enemy Combatant, Volunteers to be Tortured for Nation's Good

Daryl Rowland | Posted 02.21.2015 | Comedy
Daryl Rowland

According to the Justice Department, Mr. Cheney will be extradited to an undisclosed country with no formal torture policies. "He will be treated to that spa's full menu of enhancements," said Bob Lapdoug, Undersecretary for Legal Hijinks. "But rest assured that the United States of America does not torture."

Torture Report: America Conducts a Moral Reckoning. Next, Moral Repair?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Mr. Obama, in ruling out prosecution for torture, may have thought he spared us bother, but actually he did us harm. By casting accountability into limbo, he makes possible government-sponsored torture in the future and prevents America from recovering the thing most precious: our good name.

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...

SURPRISE! CIA Set To Skate After Snooping On Senate

The New York Times | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics

A panel investigating the Central Intelligence Agency’s search of a computer network used by staff members of the Senate Intelligence Committee who ...

What Americans Think About Torture

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

The results will no doubt come as a surprise to Feinstein and Intelligence Committee Democrats -- all of whom hoped that the declassification of the RDI program would be the final word on the torture debate.

Rejecting Torture Is the Right Thing to Do

Peter Maurer | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Peter Maurer

Experience shows that the reliance on illegal, immoral, and inhumane interrogation techniques is universally a very poor choice.

Ali Watkins

Congress Just Tried To Legislate Against Torture, But Don't Get Too Excited Yet

HuffingtonPost.com | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Good news, CIA critics: Buried in a tiny provision in the crowded omnibus spending bill that just passed through the Senate is language ...

My Country 'Tis of Thee

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 02.15.2015 | Politics
Leonce Gaiter

My country, 'tis of thee, Sweet land of liberty, Of thee I sing; Land where my fathers died, Land of the pilgrims' pride, From ev'ry mountainside... Let freedom ring!

Matt Sledge

How The CIA Twisted The Legacy Of A Vietnam War Protest To Justify Torture

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

Honolulu, 1971. A diverse group of men and women walk into an office of the Honeywell Corporation to protest the company's manufacture of deadly clust...

Hunter Stuart

How We Outsourced CIA Torture And Why It Matters

HuffingtonPost.com | Hunter Stuart | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business

One big revelation in the explosive summary of the Senate report on CIA torture is just how much the U.S. government is outsourcing its dirty work. ...

Debating the ACLU: Advocacy vs. Policy Analysis

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 02.15.2015 | Politics
Amitai Etzioni

I was surprised to find that when one engages in this kind of policy analysis, the many security measures introduced in the wake of 9/11 very often fall into one of two categories. They either entail little intrusion and are quite effective in enhancing our protection, or have the opposite profile.

Psychologist Admits He Waterboarded Al Qaeda Suspects: Report

Reuters | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - One of the chief architects of the CIA's harsh Bush-era interrogation program has admitted in a media interview for t...