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Forbidden Book: Douglas Valentine’s “The Phoenix Program: America’s Use of Terror in Vietnam”

Forbidden Book: Douglas Valentine’s “The Phoenix Program: America’s Use of Terror in Vietnam” »

On June 10, Open Roads publishers announced a new “Forbidden Bookshelf” series. Curated by New York University Professor Mark Crispin Miller, “Forbidden Bookshelf” aims to “fill in the blanks of America’s repressed history by resurrecting books that focused on issues and events that are too often left in the dark.” One of the first books published in […]...

July 10 2014 / No comment / Read More »

Torture

How A Former CIA Officer’s Efforts To Get Congress To Investigate Rendition And Torture Failed »

How A Former CIA Officer’s Efforts To Get Congress To Investigate Rendition And Torture Failed

Over at Al Jazeera America, Jason Leopold has this lengthy, must-read story about former CIA operative Sabrina De Sousa and the “proper channels” she...

Jun 26 2014 / No comment / Read More »

Torture

The Punitive Use Of Medical Restraints On Guantanamo Hunger Strikers »

The Punitive Use Of Medical Restraints On Guantanamo Hunger Strikers

A partially redacted set of medical records released in the aftermath of the 2006 deaths of three Guantanamo prisoners shows that the use of...

Jun 19 2014 / No comment / Read More »

World

New Report: NCIS Hid Medical Evidence About Guantanamo Suicides »

New Report: NCIS Hid Medical Evidence About Guantanamo Suicides

The Senior Medical Officer (SMO) at Guantanamo who attended at least two of three high-profile “suicides” at Guantanamo nearly eight years ago concluded at...

Jun 5 2014 / No comment / Read More »

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Nation

The Murky Legality of Philadelphia Police Department’s License Plate Reader Program »

The Murky Legality of Philadelphia Police Department’s License Plate Reader Program

The Philadelphia Police Department is using Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPR), which enable patrol car mounted and stationary pole cameras to collect images of over 1,800 license plates per minute over a 24/7 period. This information is then stored on servers located inside Philadelphia’s Real...

May 28 2014 / No comment / Read More »

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The Prosecution Of Free Speech And Activism »

The Prosecution Of Free Speech And Activism

Alright, so I’m gearing up to ask you to donate to the PayPal14. And before you quote some smart-arse quote back at me along the lines of “do the crime, do the time” or “get a job, slack-arses!” — let me explain why I think it is so...

May 19 2014 / 1 comment / Read More »

Torture

DoD Directive Used Duplicity To Hide Current Use of SERE Torture Techniques In Interrogations »

DoD Directive Used Duplicity To Hide Current Use of SERE Torture Techniques In Interrogations

Recent revelations about the content of a still secret Senate report on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program, which allowed for use of torture, highlight the use of techniques used by a little-known military department. These techniques from the military’s Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape program...

Apr 28 2014 / 1 comment / Read More »

Torture

Newly Revealed Portions Of CIA Torture Manual: Doctoring Tapes, Foreign Detentions & Interrogating ‘Defectors’ »

Newly Revealed Portions Of CIA Torture Manual: Doctoring Tapes, Foreign Detentions & Interrogating ‘Defectors’

Describing interrogation techniques and approaches used during the Cold War, an old 1960s CIA counterintelligence interrogation manual advised covertly photographing the interrogation subject and also audio taping his interrogations. A tape player could free an interrogator from note taking, the CIA’s experts wrote, while also...

Apr 16 2014 / 1 comment / Read More »

Law

How The Senate’s CIA Torture Report Could Derail Guantanamo’s Military Commissions »

How The Senate’s CIA Torture Report Could Derail Guantanamo’s Military Commissions

Al Jazeera America reports that the possible release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program could throw the military commissions at Guantanamo into chaos: The possible declassification and release of a Senate report into the CIA’s detention and interrogation program —...

Apr 1 2014 / 1 comment / Read More »

World

Former CIA Captive Abu Zubaydah Like You’ve Never Seen Him Before »

Former CIA Captive Abu Zubaydah Like You’ve Never Seen Him Before

Al Jazeera America landed an interview with a former friend of Abu Zubaydah, the first high-value detainee who was subjected to the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques. Al Jazeera also independently obtained the first photograph of Zubaydah as a young man. Jason Leopold reports in this...

Mar 28 2014 / No comment / Read More »

Torture

Guantanamo Now Calls Hunger Strikes “Long-Term Non-Religious Fasts” »

Guantanamo Now Calls Hunger Strikes “Long-Term Non-Religious Fasts”

An exclusive by Jason Leopold based on a document he obtained from the Department of Defense in response to his FOIA lawsuit: Officials at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility have come up with an ingeniously misleading new term to describe hunger strikes at the prison:...

Mar 11 2014 / No comment / Read More »
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