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APA “Independent” Torture Review Led by Attorney Who Worked With CIA’s Tenet

APA “Independent” Torture Review Led by Attorney Who Worked With CIA’s Tenet

The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the CIA’s interrogation-torture program may or may not be released in truncated form this week, but it is not the only investigation bearing upon the U.S. torture program that promises new revelations. A much-touted “independent review” initiated by the American Psychological Association (APA) into charges it secretly […]

Gitmo “Team Leader” In Slahi Torture Sued For Framing Innocent Chicago Man For Murder

Gitmo “Team Leader” In Slahi Torture Sued For Framing Innocent Chicago Man For Murder

Two worlds of governmental crime. Both involve the imprisonment of innocent men. The article that follows links the torture booths at Guantanamo to the interrogation rooms run by crooked Chicago cops. It is the story of a part of America as it really is. For those caught up in it, it is a living nightmare. […]

Navy Continues To Persecute Nurse Who Refused To Force-feed Guantanamo Hunger Strikers

Navy Continues To Persecute Nurse Who Refused To Force-feed Guantanamo Hunger Strikers

Carol Rosenberg reported today that a Navy commander had decided not to court-martial a Guantanamo nurse for refusing to participate in the forced-feeding of hunger strikers at the U.S. military prison. Announcement of the “pending court-martial” was made in late August. While on Twitter it appeared that many were relieved the nurse would not be going to jail for […]

Obama Admits He Banned Only “Some” Of CIA’s Torture Techniques

Obama Admits He Banned Only “Some” Of CIA’s Torture Techniques

Forgive the tongue-in-cheek, but it is almost as if the only person who reads and responds to my work on torture is President Obama.There was a cascade of coverage of the President’s August 1 remarks concerning John Brennan and his defense of his embattled CIA chief, as Obama was also widely derided for his seeming defense of those who […]

CIA Intervention In Ukraine Has Been Taking Place For Decades

CIA Intervention In Ukraine Has Been Taking Place For Decades

  “The most powerful form of lie is the omission…” — George Orwell Of all the aspects of the current crisis over the NATO/Russia standoff in Ukraine, the determined intervention into Ukrainian political affairs by the United States has been the least reported, at least until recently. While new reports have appeared concerning CIA Director […]

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 […]

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 “medical restraints” in the use of forced feeding of hunger striking detainees was used as a threat on hunger striking prisoners. At least one detainee was told over and over that […]

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 the time that, contrary to the conclusions of a later government investigation, the detainees did not die by hanging but by “likely asphyxiation” from “obstruction” of the airway. Moreover this SMO […]

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 (SERE) had been lifted from a mock-torture prison camp exercise […]

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 providing a live record of an interrogation that could replayed […]

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