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News Junkie Post Editor In Chief Gilbert Mercier Suffers Massive Heart Attack

News Junkie Post Editor In Chief Gilbert Mercier Suffers Massive Heart Attack

On February 21, 2012, Gilbert Mercier, News Junkie Post Editor in Chief, suffered an Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm.. a myocardial infarction… a massive heart attack.  Gilbert was given only a 10% chance of surviving the surgery that required he be put in a comatose state in order to both repair the damage and perform a bypass.  […]

Reporter Paul McLeary Has A History Of Making Stuff Up

Reporter Paul McLeary Has A History Of Making Stuff Up

This is really old news, but it’s worth documenting just so it becomes a part of the public record. Paul McLeary, a former reporter for Columbia Journalism Review, has made many errors in his career as a media critic during his tenure at CJR. He has routinely written scathing commentaries on journalists only to be […]

Humanizing Fayiz al-Kandari: A Guantanamo Prisoner Wrongfully Detained

Humanizing Fayiz al-Kandari: A Guantanamo Prisoner Wrongfully Detained

Editor’s note: This report was originally published at The Political Carnival and written by the blogger GottaLaff, who has been instrumental in exposing the systematic torture and abuse of Fayiz al-Kandari, a Kuwaiti imprisoned at Guantanamo for more than seven years on trumped up charges. The Public Record is reprinting this story in an effort […]

Pentagon Reclassifying Documents Already in the Public Domain

Pentagon Reclassifying Documents Already in the Public Domain

From George Washington University’s National Security Archive: Pentagon classification authorities are treating classified historical documents as if they contain today’s secrets, rather than decades-old information that has not been secret for years. On Friday, the National Security Archive posted multiple versions of the same documents—on issues ranging from the 1973 October War to anti-ballistic missiles, […]

Saddam Hussein’s FBI Interviews Revealed

Saddam Hussein’s FBI Interviews Revealed

FBI special agents carried out 20 formal interviews and at least five “casual conversations” with former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein after his capture by U.S. troops in December 2003, according to secret FBI reports released as the result of Freedom of Information Act requests by the National Security Archive and posted today on the Web […]

Newly Released CIA Documents Describe Systematic Torture of Detainees

Newly Released CIA Documents Describe Systematic Torture of Detainees

The CIA released still-highly redacted documents Monday in which Guantánamo Bay prisoners describe abuse and torture they suffered in CIA custody. The documents were released as part of an American Civil Liberties Union Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking uncensored transcripts from Combatant Status Review Tribunals (CSRTs) that determine if prisoners held by the […]

Obama Furthering Cover-Up of Torture By Withholding Abuse Photos

Obama Furthering Cover-Up of Torture By Withholding Abuse Photos

By Jason Leopold By opposing the release of photographic and other evidence of prisoner abuse, President Barack Obama is furthering a long-running cover-up that has protected senior Bush administration officials who set the harsh interrogation policies that led to torture and other misconduct. In effect, Obama’s reversals on his earlier pledges of openness regarding alleged […]

The CIA’s Shifting Reasons For Withholding Documents in the Torture Tapes Case

The CIA’s Shifting Reasons For Withholding Documents in the Torture Tapes Case

By Jason Leopold Last month, the CIA told a federal court judge it could not abide by a court order and turn over detailed documents about the destruction of 92 interrogation videotapes because it would compromise the integrity of a special prosecutor’s criminal investigation into the matter. U.S. District Court Judge Alvin Hellerstein responded by […]

E-Mails Suggest 2005 Torture Memos Hastily Drafted to Give White House Retroactive Legal Cover

E-Mails Suggest 2005 Torture Memos Hastily Drafted to Give White House Retroactive Legal Cover

By Jason Leopold In 2005, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales bent to demands from President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney to push through new legal opinions sanctioning harsh interrogation of terrorism suspects, according to e-mails written by then-Deputy Attorney General James Comey. “The AG explained that he was under great pressure from the […]

Bush’s Lawyer Shopping for Torture

Bush’s Lawyer Shopping for Torture

By Jason Leopold In 2005, after pushing out the Justice Department lawyer who had overturned President George W. Bush’s claimed authority to abuse “war on terror” prisoners, his administration reinstated key elements of the memos granting Bush virtually unlimited powers over the detainees. Tweet

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