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Ali Soufan Battled the System to End Torture. He's Finally Winning.

Dennis Miller | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
Dennis Miller

Ali Soufan is a former FBI agent who's spent a decade speaking out against torture. He helped expose CIA "enhanced interrogation techniques," and left the Bureau partly because of the agency's excessive use of it.

Why Are We Debating the Benefits of Torture?

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

Illegal searches in violation of the Fourth Amendment could be justified by gaining evidence of crimes and prosecuting and convicting those who are guilty. Listening in on the content of all conversations could aid in learning of past and future acts of terrorism. The list is endless.

The Science of Interrogation: Rapport, Not Torture

Wray Herbert | Posted 12.11.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

There is a wealth of solid science demonstrating that cruel forms of interrogation do not elicit good intelligence. In fact, this kind of interrogation often leads to resistance and falsehood.

Michael McAuliff

Republicans Argue Torture Helped America

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee accused their Democratic colleagues Tuesday of selectively choosing examples in their d...

U.S. Heightens Embassy Security Ahead Of CIA Torture Report

Reuters | Posted 10.05.2014 | Politics

(Adds Feinstein comments) By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON, Aug 5 (Reuters) - The U.S. State Department is increasing secur...

GOP Senator: CIA Interrogation Tactics Helped Get Bin Laden

Reuters | Posted 10.03.2014 | Politics

(Adds details on Brennan's leadership of CIA, King quote) By Sarah N. Lynch and Doina Chiacu WASHINGTON, Aug 3 (Reuters)...

Obama Administration Significantly Redacted Torture Report

The Huffington Post | Andrew Hart | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics

The release of a highly anticipated Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA's interrogation tactics has been delayed due to "significant redac...

Senate CIA 'Torture' Report Summary To Be Declassified

Reuters | Posted 09.28.2014 | Politics

By Mark Hosenball WASHINGTON, July 29 (Reuters) - The White House in the next few days is expected to declassify the long-awaited summ...

CIA Misled On Torture Program: Report

Reuters | Posted 06.01.2014 | Politics

April 1 (Reuters) - The Central Intelligence Agency misled the U.S. government and public for years about aspects of its brutal interrogation progra...

Cheney On Torture: 'If I Would Have To Do It All Over Again, I Would'

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 03.28.2014 | Politics

Former Vice President Dick Cheney revealed he has no regrets about the Bush administration's use of enhanced interrogation techniques like waterboardi...

Petraeus' Torture Teams

John Tirman | Posted 05.07.2013 | Politics
John Tirman

The Guardian has just published an exposé of interrogation teams run by two U.S. operatives acting under the authority of General David Petraeus in Iraq. It's clear that Petraeus not only knew of the "enhanced interrogation," but likely hired the thugs who were involved in it.

Zero Dark Thirty and Why It's So Important to Rebut Claims That Torture Works

Dan Froomkin | Posted 03.13.2013 | Politics
Dan Froomkin

When we talk about torture "working" -- in the context of al Qaeda, for instance -- we presumably mean successfully extracting accurate information. But that's not what torture is about, and never has been.

Learning to Love Torture, Zero Dark Thirty-Style

Karen J. Greenberg | Posted 03.12.2013 | Politics
Karen J. Greenberg

11 years to the day after the Bush administration opened its notorious prison at Guantanamo Bay, Zero Dark Thirty opens nationwide. The filmmakers and distributors are evidently ignorant of the significance of the date -- a perfect indication of the carelessness and thoughtlessness of the film.

Watch: Can We Ever Stop Torture?

Posted 10.20.2012 | Politics

President Obama closed the CIA's 'Black Sites' - secret prisons located abroad, where terror suspects were subjected to interrogation techniques that ...

Former Bush Official Wins Protection From Torture Lawsuit

AP | PAUL ELIAS | Posted 07.02.2012 | Politics

SAN FRANCISCO — An appeals court on Wednesday tossed out a convicted terrorist's lawsuit accusing a high-ranking Bush administration lawyer who ...

Getting Real About the Presidential Reality Show

Jeffrey Abelson | Posted 02.05.2012 | Politics
Jeffrey Abelson

This increase in debate viewership is a very good thing. Or at least it could be if questions would go deeper -- beneath the surface of mere talking point positions -- to the moral or philosophical reasoning process candidates use to arrive at their views.

Freshman GOP Senator Challenges Obama On Controversial Policy

AP | DONNA CASSATA | Posted 01.29.2012 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The face of Republican opposition to President Barack Obama's policy for handling suspected terrorists is a 43-year-old former pros...

When Shackling Pregnant Women Is OK

Marjorie Faulstich Orellana | Posted 12.03.2011 | Parents
Marjorie Faulstich Orellana

When lockdowns, detention, and "enhanced coercive interrogation techniques" become everyday words, we are preparing children to accept as normal a world in which shackling pregnant women is ok.

Another 9/11? Call 911

Norm Stamper | Posted 07.14.2011 | Politics
Norm Stamper

The capture of bin Laden argues elegantly against high-priced, nation-building, mission-creeping war, and its inevitable collateral damage, in order to go after individuals who are, at bottom, criminals.

Did Torture Work?

Robert Creamer | Posted 07.10.2011 | Politics
Robert Creamer

There is only one thing that we know about torture that works for certain: torture debases us. It doesn't just debase its victims or those who perpetrate it. It debases all of us in whose name it is conducted.

The Twisted Logic of Torture Envy

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 07.05.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

With torture we get the worst of both worlds: we gather no useful intelligence and we undermine our reputation as a democratic government of principles.

Video of Torture Hearing Released (VIDEO)

Joshua Kors | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joshua Kors

Some of war's most disturbing moments don't happen on the battlefield. Such was the case when Sergeant Chuck Luther sat before a Congressional committee and described how he was tortured by U.S. Army officials.

Petraeus' Vow to Protect Soldiers: A True Commitment or Empty Promise?

Joshua Kors | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joshua Kors

Since 2001, over 22,600 soldiers have been pressed into signing such documents, affirming a pre-existing condition, making them ineligible for disability benefits, saving the military billions of dollars.

Facebook Members Rally around Tortured American Soldier

Joshua Kors | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joshua Kors

Personality disorder (PD) has been cited as the cause for everything from deafness following a rocket blast to shrapnel wounds, as a means for denying benefits to soldiers who have served multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Shadow Prisoners

Jack Healey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jack Healey

The world's greatest democracy should not be in the business of spiriting people out of sight and outside of a legal system with built-in safeguards.