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Senate Torture Report

Former CIA Detainees Are Suing The Psychologists Who Developed The Torture Program

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 10.13.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Three former CIA detainees are suing over being tortured at the agency's infamous "black sites," the first suit to seek accountabi...

The Small Brooklyn Publisher That Brought The CIA Torture Report To The World

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Dennis Johnson remembers a Melville House staff meeting on a Tuesday morning last winter, smack in the middle of the publishin...

Bummer: The CIA Didn't Kill Jesus

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 09.14.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Former CIA Director Michael Hayden still isn't pumped about last year's Senate report on the agency's torture program. It's slante...

Relax, The CIA Didn't Torture People; It Just Tortured People

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In a collection of essays set to be released this week, former CIA Director Michael Hayden unabashedly defends the CIA’s pos...

Shocker: The CIA Isn't Sorry For Torture

The Huffington Post | Ali Watkins | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- More than a year after the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to declassify its massive study on the CIA’s post-9/11 torture pro...

Accused 9/11 Co-Conspirator Wants Trial Halted Until He Gets Better Medical Care

The Huffington Post | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 09.03.2015 | Politics

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Ali Watkins

Here's Where 2016 GOP Hopefuls Came Down On Torture | Ali Watkins | Posted 06.16.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- An unlikely cross-aisle coalition in the Senate voted Tuesday to outlaw torture, in an overwhelming affirmation that included quite a fe...

Jessica Schulberg

U.S. Government Starting To Allow CIA Torture Victims To Discuss Their Own Memories | Jessica Schulberg | Posted 09.08.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For years, Guantanamo Bay prisoners’ memories of their time in CIA custody have been considered classified state secrets. Abu Zubaydah...

Ali Watkins

Congress Is Poised To Make Illegal Torture More Illegal | Ali Watkins | Posted 06.10.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A bipartisan group of lawmakers did Tuesday what rights groups and a broad chorus of government officials have urged for years: In this ...

Ali Watkins

Is The CIA's Case For Torture Unraveling? | Ali Watkins | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In the immediate aftermath of Seymour Hersh’s winding narrative on the killing of Osama bin Laden and an alleged cover-up by the U.S. ...

Ali Watkins

Obama Administration Faces Mounting Pressure To Answer For Torture | Ali Watkins | Posted 05.12.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is facing renewed pressure to answer for its track record on torture after the relative calm that followed the ...

Ali Watkins

Meet The Only Person Being Punished After The Senate Torture Report | 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

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

Ali Watkins

In Condemning Human Rights Abuses, CIA Director Stirs Up Old Agency Wounds | 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 04.26.2015 | 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 04.05.2015 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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...