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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...

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

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

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...

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

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

GOP Plans To Give Explosive Document Back To CIA | 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...

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....

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.

NYT: Prosecute The Torturers

The New York Times | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics

Since the day President Obama took office, he has failed to bring to justice anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects — an official ...

My 2014 'McLaughlin Awards' [Part 1]

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.18.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Loath as we are to admit it, there was no single Biggest Winner Of 2014, because the award must be handed, collectively, to the Republican Party. A case could be made for Mitch McConnell, since he will win the biggest prize of any Republican next year: control of the United States Senate.

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Americans Are Less Comfortable Than Dick Cheney With The CIA's Wrongful Detentions | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics

Most Americans agree with former Vice President Dick Cheney's sentiments on the CIA's post-9/11 detention program: "Bad guys who got out and released"...

Torture: American Horror Story that Won't Go Away

David Tereshchuk | Posted 02.16.2015 | Media
David Tereshchuk

People everywhere now see torture as a quotidian trope for American behavior in the world. Hence the cartoon, by the incisive artist Peter Brookes, that is reproduced at the head of this article, showing Lady Liberty hard at work waterboarding.

The Psychology of the Torturer

Max Dorfman | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Max Dorfman

We are not only implying a lack of humanity for the tortured, but for the torturer as well. Why should we condone any act that strips someone of his or her humanity, especially if we create a system in which one can slip from the grasp of personhood and never regain it?

Could Torture Report Be First Step to Ending U.S. War Crimes?

Nicolas J.S. Davies | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Nicolas J.S. Davies

The torture of 119 people by the CIA is the tip of an iceberg of systematic war crimes that have become a defining characteristic of America's role in the world.

Peggy Noonan on Torture

Steven Shiffrin | Posted 02.16.2015 | Politics
Steven Shiffrin

In her Saturday Wall Street Journal column, Peggy Noonan insists that the Senate torture report should not have been published, but instead reserved for public officials. She apparently regrets that the world will think less of us. Nonetheless, Noonan is ultimately right to maintain that the Senate document is partisan.

Dick Cheney's Misleading Torture Spin | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

The following post first appeared on Summary Former Vice President Dick Cheney offered a spirited defense of CIA inte...

Guantanamo Hearing For Alleged 9/11 Mastermind Canceled After Release Of Torture Report

Reuters | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics

(Adds quotes, details, byline) By Tom Ramstack WASHINGTON, Dec 15 (Reuters) - The U.S. military on Monday canceled a pr...

Can Muslim Youth Counter Extremism?

Amaar Ahmad | Posted 02.14.2015 | Religion
Amaar Ahmad

It is important to confront the fallacies that the West is somehow at war with Islam or that all Muslim youth are silent against acts of extremism.

American Torture -- Past, Present, and... Future?

Rebecca Gordon | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Rebecca Gordon

Be shocked, be disgusted, be appalled, but don't be fooled. Mainstream coverage of U.S. torture in general, and of this new report in particular, rests on three false assumptions.

Friday Talking Points -- How Bad Laws Get Made

Chris Weigant | Posted 02.11.2015 | Politics
Chris Weigant

How do bad laws get made? Quickly, for the most part. No, that's not a joke. The worst laws nearly all have one thing in common: They are rushed through very quickly, usually because Congress is facing some self-imposed deadline.

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...