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CIA Gave Waterboarders $5 Million Legal Shield

AP | ADAM GOLDMAN and MATT APUZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

WASHINGTON — When the CIA decided to waterboard suspected terror detainees in overseas prisons, the agency turned to a pair of contractors. The ...

A Truly Shocking Guantanamo Story: Judge Confirms That an Innocent Man Was Tortured to Make False Confessions

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

The U.S. government tortured an innocent man to extract false confessions and then threatened him until he obligingly repeated those lies as though they were the truth.

Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and Pakistan: Happy Campers?

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Keith Thomson

A former CIA operations officer told me that Al Qaeda members are "happy" with the new U.S. policy that essentially has opened our interrogation playbook to them.

Release of the "Holy Grail" of Torture Reports Delayed Again

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Today was supposed to be the day that the Justice Department -- after two delays -- released an unclassified version of the CIA Inspector General's 2004 Report into the interrogations of "high-value detainees."

Mother of U.S. Marine Waterboarded by Our Military Hits Latest Torture Excuse -- and Cheney

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

A relatively new defense for waterboarding has emerged recently: Waterboarding can't be torture because we used it on "thousands" of our own troops as part of their training!

Torture: "It's Perfectly Legal -- But We Don't Do It"

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

All of the torturers from the world's worst, most brutal regimes can now rise up and proclaim their solidarity with the United States: "We Are All Americans Now!"

Who Authorized The Torture of Abu Zubaydah?

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andy Worthington

For the defendants of the use of torture by U.S. forces -- still led by former Vice President Dick Cheney -- this has been a rocky few weeks.

Waterboarding 101: Inside the Secret School Where US Forces Learn to Survive Torture

Ben Sherwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Ben Sherwood

No one likes to admit it, but bones and eardrums have been broken in the service of preparing American men and women for the reality of captivity.

New Report: Bush Officials Tried to Shift Blame for Detainee Abuse to Low-Ranking Soldiers

Sen. Carl Levin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Carl Levin

If we are to retain our status as a leader in the world, we must acknowledge and confront the abuse of detainees in our custody. A new declassified report makes significant progress toward that goal.

Jay S. Bybee: It's Not Torture If You Use A Caterpillar

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

I never thought I would be having arguments with people about the merits of torture, which goes to show you how low Bush sunk the general level of American political discourse.

Hug the Monster: 4 Secrets of Surviving the Recession

Ben Sherwood | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Ben Sherwood

Survival means adapting quickly and forging new plans. Tough times also create opportunities for those who can change their attitudes and actions.

The Ten Lies of Dick Cheney (Part One)

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Cheney's version of the truth on interrogations does not stand up to scrutiny, and features ten lies that should not be allowed to pass without further comment and analysis.

War Crimes and Incompetence -- the Real Shoes Thrown at Bush

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last week the Senate Armed Services Committee released a report which basically called Bush and his entire National Security Council war criminals.

A History of Music Torture in the "War on Terror"

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

U.S. military personnel were ordered to keep prisoners awake by blasting ear-splittingly loud music at them -- for days, weeks or even months on end -- at prisons in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay.