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Enhanced Interrogations

A Baer Look Inside the CIA--and Torture

Ximena Ortiz | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Ximena Ortiz

The Senate torture report shows that detainee abuse was used not as a last, but sometimes as a first, resort after 9/11. Torture was executed not in a painstaking, precise manner, but by interrogators who lumbered casually and carelessly into it.

An 8-Point Guide to Discussions With People Who Support the CIA's Torture Program

Mario Machado | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Mario Machado

We failed, and in no short order -- so let's try to stop downplaying this whole affair or attempting to justify it along legal or ideological lines. The longer we try to defend it, the longer it will take us to create meaningful change and move on as a country.

What's Left for America's Torture Apologists?

Jared Del Rosso | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Jared Del Rosso

So what's left for the country's torture apologists? Continue to claim that the program saved lives and discredit the report for relying too much on the CIA's own emails and cables, rather than interviews. What they likely won't do is admit and defend the version of waterboarding described by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

The Bogus Defense of 'Enhanced Interrogations'

David Schanzer | Posted 12.12.2014 | Politics
David Schanzer

The United States cannot lead the world if it condones the use of torture. It is unclear why the patriots who led the U.S. government and the CIA through the trauma of 9/11 and its immediate aftermath fail to recognize this.

Dear Defenders of Torture: Cowardice Is Not an American Value

Spencer Critchley | Posted 12.11.2014 | Politics
Spencer Critchley

Here's something that makes America less great: placing safety above all other values. In other words, assuming that this should be a nation of cowards.

Paul Blumenthal

Architects Of CIA Torture Program Raked In $81 Million, Report Reveals

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two psychologists were paid $81 million by the CIA to advise on and help implement its brutal interrogation program targeting detainees ...

Congress Tells Us What Academics Already Know About Torture: It Doesn't Work

John A. Tures | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
John A. Tures

The U.S. Senate just issued a report that said torture doesn't work. It confirmed a mountain of research from academics over the years that reached the same conclusion.

Amanda Terkel

CIA Flipped Out Behind The Scenes When Bush Said U.S. Would Ban Torture

HuffingtonPost.com | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President George W. Bush marked June 26, 2003, the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, with a strong statement spelli...

Will There Be a Backlash Against Torture?

Peter J. Woolley | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Peter J. Woolley

The Senate intelligence committee hopes to release soon a redacted summary of its 6,300-page report on the CIA's interrogational torture program. As we wait, the committee is wrangling with the CIA over redactions that the CIA is demanding.

As Stories of Bergdahl's Torture Surface, The Case of Rumsfeld As War Criminal Grows

H. A. Goodman | Posted 08.09.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

Whereas the Taliban might have justified such behavior because Bergdahl tried to escape or was an enemy combatant, Donald Rumsfeld justified his approval of interrogation techniques in his own manner.

Sen. Diane Feinstein Bears the Wrath of Ex-CIA Officials

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 06.08.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

If Feinstein and her fellow Democrats on the Senate Intelligence Committee thought their war over "enhanced interrogation techniques" won, they woke up to a rude awakening on Sunday morning, when CIA veterans and defenders of the EIT program jumped at the chance to offer their own rebuttals.

Intelligence Spies on Spies on Intelligence

Allen Schmertzler | Posted 05.26.2014 | Technology
Allen Schmertzler

The quest to profile for either monetary or political gain is here forever. Many consumer products, from handheld smart devices to cars and smart homes have enhanced capabilities to turn our inner world over to the metadata highway.

Closing the Book on Torture

Curt Goering | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Curt Goering

The American people are entitled to a complete reporting of the facts, detailing how and why the CIA's policies of torture and cruel treatment came to be used.

Important New Details on the Senate Torture Report

Katherine Hawkins | Posted 12.18.2013 | Politics
Katherine Hawkins

Jane Mayer of the New Yorker has posted former CIA General Counsel Stephen Preston's answers to questions submitted by Senator Mark Udall, about SSIC's secret 6000-page study on torture and the CIA's response. Senator Udall's questions are equally revealing.

It's Time to Right the Wrongs of Torture

Curt Goering | Posted 11.30.2013 | Politics
Curt Goering

The government's unlawful, ineffective and misguided torture policies following September 11, 2001, left us with a terrible legacy that continues to trouble our nation today.

Matt Sledge

Yale To Train Green Berets?

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 02.20.2013 | Politics

A Yale University professor currently being criticized for his recent proposal to train U.S. Special Forces in interview techniques has previously con...

Zero Dark Thirty: The Politics of Art or Why All the Critics Are Wrong

Lennard Davis | Posted 04.20.2013 | Politics
Lennard Davis

Given that the torture scenes are so repulsive, but shown nonetheless, it is clearly Bigelow's goal to make us never forget the horror and demeaning nature of torture both for the victim and for the torturers.

WATCH: Why The U.S. Outsources Torture

The Huffington Post | Samreen Hooda | Posted 02.06.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

A new report released Tuesday claims that as many as 54 foreign governments in Europe, Asia and Africa have been secretly involved in global kidnappin...

WATCH: John Kiriakou On 30-Month Sentence: "It's Sad To Me That I'm The Only One Going To Prison"

Posted 01.31.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Former CIA officer John Kiriakou, sentenced last week to 30 months in prison for disclosing classified information to journalists, gave an in-depth in...

Zero Dark Thirty and Torture: What If It Were Your Child?

Matthew Dowd | Posted 03.29.2013 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

Torture has no place in a civilized society. No matter the success or means to achieve a good end, torture (or as some leaders referred to it, enhanced interrogation techniques) reflects our darkest impulses and pulls all of us in this democracy to a dark place.

ReThink Review: Zero Dark Thirty - Yes, It Endorses Torture

Jonathan Kim | Posted 03.13.2013 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

Zero Dark Thirty works as a crime procedural, but its irresponsible, destructive, dishonest stance on torture absolutely ruined it for me, and I feel Zero Dark Thirty should not be on any best-of-the-year lists, nor is it deserving of Oscar consideration.

Matt Sledge

Will Brennan Nod Pave Way For Secret CIA Torture Report's Release?

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 01.08.2013 | Politics

Torture foes are seizing on President Barack Obama's nomination of John Brennan for CIA chief to push for the release of a Senate Intelligence Committ...

Matt Sledge

Senate Approves Report On CIA Torture

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.14.2012 | Politics

The Senate Intelligence Committee voted 9-6 on Thursday to approve a report on the CIA's post-9/11 interrogation program that could shed light on the ...

Surviving Torture, Then Fighting to Banish It

Julie Gutman Dickinson | Posted 12.22.2012 | World
Julie Gutman Dickinson

A little-known but critical front in the global fight against torture has taken on greater importance: the rehabilitation of torture survivors.

Why Is the Romney Team Pushing for Torture?

Cheryl Mendelson | Posted 12.02.2012 | Politics
Cheryl Mendelson

It's no surprise that support for torture is strong among Republicans. But it's new and especially bad when they support it for no special reason, addressing no particular dire event or emergency, but just, you know, because.