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Cia Torture Report

Full Speed Ahead For CIA

The New York Times | Posted 12.27.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Over a lunch in Washington in 1976, James J. Angleton, for years the ruthless chief of counterintelligence at the C.I.A., likened the a...

Torture and the Arc of History

Sen. Angus S. King, Jr. | Posted 12.23.2014 | 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.

How CIA Torture Didn't Prevent an Attack on Heathrow

Brian Dooley | Posted 12.23.2014 | Politics
Brian Dooley

The Heathrow plot is among the clearest. Heathrow is certainly a prestigious target -- the IRA fired mortars onto runways during a series of attacks in 1994 -- but the CIA didn't prevent an attack on the airport by torturing information out of prisoners.

How Torture Physically Changes The Brain Forever

AP | By LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 12.26.2014 | Healthy Living

WASHINGTON (AP) — At times, waterboarding rendered al-Qaida terror suspect Abu Zubaydah hysterical. But later, a message to CIA headquarters describ...

Ali Watkins

White House Needs To Stop Shielding CIA Director John Brennan, Senator Says | 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 12.22.2014 | 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.

The CIA's Road to Infamy

Michael Brenner | Posted 12.22.2014 | Politics
Michael Brenner

Some political events mark their importance less by their content than by their timing, circumstances and presentation. That is the case for the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on CIA torture. It contains little new to the attentive observer and none of that is of major consequence.

Ali Watkins

The Other Torture Report: The Secret CIA Document That Could Unravel The Case For Torture | Ali Watkins | Posted 12.23.2014 | 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...

Cheney's Good Old Days

Mike Smith | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
Mike Smith


The Psychology of the Torturer

Max Dorfman | Posted 12.17.2014 | 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?

What Americans Think About Torture

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 12.17.2014 | 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.

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...

Ali Watkins

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

Book of the Year: Guantanamo

David Shook | Posted 12.16.2014 | Books
David Shook

Guantanamo is a powerful reminder that language is an instrument of power, equally capable of humanizing and dehumanizing others. Guantanamo itself, with its strange, off-the-books location on Cuba and its strict policy of secrecy, bears witness to the impunity of the powerful.

For Catholics, There's Something About Torture

Mathew N. Schmalz | Posted 12.16.2014 | Religion
Mathew N. Schmalz

For American Catholics to confront American torture, we have to confront our own tortured and torturing history as a church.

Thou Shalt Not Torture

Carlos Alberto Montaner | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Carlos Alberto Montaner

There are three factors that are a lot more important than the circumstances in which the U.S. found itself, shocked at the time by the terrorist attack.

The CIA Torture Report and the UK's Hooded Men

Brian Dooley | Posted 12.16.2014 | World
Brian Dooley

There are calls in Ireland and the UK for Westminster to hold a full inquiry into what happened. In releasing the report on CIA torture, parts of the U.S. government have begun to admit and address the past and to face their demons. The UK government should do the same.

Matt Sledge

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

Debating the ACLU: Advocacy vs. Policy Analysis

Amitai Etzioni | Posted 12.16.2014 | 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.

A Tortured Path: Is This Who We Are, Who We Want to Be?

Lance Simmens | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics
Lance Simmens

We must hold people accountable for transgressions against common sense, intellect, and personal dignity lest we are crushed under the weight of our own greed and ignorance. The report issued has long tentacles indeed and reminds us that all actions have consequences and many are unforeseen.

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

Reuters | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics

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

Jailed Former CIA Officer Thinks Interrogators Should Be Prosecuted

The Huffington Post | Sam Levine | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics

John Kiriakou, the only CIA officer connected with the agency's torture program who served jail time, said Monday that the agency did not obtain usefu...

Fox News Host Uses Sydney Hostage Crisis To Defend Torture

The Huffington Post | Jackson Connor | Posted 12.16.2014 | Media

Well, it didn't take long for a Fox News host to use the hostage situation in Australia to justify the use of torture by the United States. Duri...

Akbar Shahid Ahmed

From The Blame Game To Half Confessions, Here's How Global Leaders Are Reacting To The CIA Torture Report | Akbar Shahid Ahmed | Posted 12.15.2014 | World

WASHINGTON -- The Senate Intelligence Committee's intensely critical report on the CIA's torture program, a summary of which was released last Tuesda...

Debating the Morality of Brutal Government Torture is Now a 'Thing,' Apparently

Galanty Miller | Posted 12.15.2014 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

The most horrifying part of the Senate's CIA Torture Report is the general public reaction, which is not a unanimous "this is horrendous."