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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 went through to blow the whistle on the botched rendition of a radical Egyptian cleric from the streets of Italy. De Sousa has never publicly discussed all the efforts she undertook […]

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 incredible story: When Zayn al-Abidin Muhammed Hussein and Muhammad Shams […]

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: “long-term non-religious fasts.” The rebranding appears in a 24-page document […]

Investigative Reporter Jason Leopold On The Importance of Understanding The Terrorist Mindset

Jason Leopold is an investigative reporter covering Guantanamo, counter terrorism, national security, human rights, open government, and civil liberties issues. He has been called a “FOIA Terrorist” by Federal employees for his aggressive use of the Freedom of Information Act, which included suing the FBI and Department of Defense and forcing those agencies to change […]

U.S. Discloses List Of Guantanamo Prisoners Eligible For Parole Hearings

U.S. Discloses List Of Guantanamo Prisoners Eligible For Parole Hearings

The Department of Defense has released through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) an official list identifying 71 Guantanamo Bay prisoners who are eligible to receive parole-board-style hearings. The list includes a high-profile former CIA captive named Abu Zubaydah, who was waterboarded dozens of times. Read the rest of this report by Jason Leopold at […]

“FOIA Terrorist” Jason Leopold Shares His Transparency Secrets

“FOIA Terrorist” Jason Leopold Shares His Transparency Secrets

Jason Leopold has used the Freedom of Information Act to break a number of major stories, from the drugging of Department of Defense detainees to the Biblical justifications the Air Force used for nuclear war to a drawn-out battle with the FBI over Occupy Wall Street documents. So Jason was a natural for kicking off the return of our […]

From The Diaries Of A Gitmo Detainee: What It’s Like To Be Tortured

From The Diaries Of A Gitmo Detainee: What It’s Like To Be Tortured

This is a must-read investigative report based on documents exclusively obtained by Al Jazeera America and written by TPR Editor-at-Large Jason Leopold (h/t Digg for the headline). Excerpt: The officer, Abu Zubaydah wrote in his diary, “ordered that I should be tied up to the high bars so I can’t sit down or sleep during the night, […]

Former CIA Captive’s Top Secret Diaries Sheds New Light on 9/11, Afghanistan Invasion

Former CIA Captive’s Top Secret Diaries Sheds New Light on 9/11, Afghanistan Invasion

A new exclusive investigative story by Jason Leopold, who obtained the long sought after personal diaries of Abu Zubaydah, the first high-value detainee captured after 9/11 subjected to a brutal torture regimen by US government interrogators. The six volumes of diaries shed light on Zubaydah’s evolution from computer engineering student to student of jihad in […]

Revealed: Widespread Breakdown of Safeguards At Guantanamo

Revealed: Widespread Breakdown of Safeguards At Guantanamo

An explosive story by our editor-at-large Jason Leopold at Al Jazeera: On more than a dozen occasions over the course of eight years, Adnan Latif complained to his attorney that his American captors forced him to take medications that left him feeling like “a zombie.” The 36-year-old Guantanamo prisoner, who died there last year in […]

A Secret Plan By Obama to Shut Guantanamo?

A Secret Plan By Obama to Shut Guantanamo?

Some Guantanamo observers are telling investigative reporter Jason Leopold that the ethical breaches that have surfaced in the military tribunals over the past three months  may actually be intentional: Nearly a dozen years after terrorists guided commercial jets into the Pentagon and the World Trade Center, the prosecution of the alleged masterminds of the 9/11 […]

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