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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 […]

In Lawsuit, Former Guantanamo Prisoners Say They Were Forcibly Drugged

In Lawsuit, Former Guantanamo Prisoners Say They Were Forcibly Drugged

On February 21, attorneys for six former Guantanamo prisoners took their civil case against Donald Rumsfeld and a number of U.S. military officials to federal appeals court. Rumsfeld and the others are being sued “for the torture, religious abuse and other mistreatment of plaintiffs,” according to a press release from Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR). Unremarked in […]

More On The Media And The Question of Torture In The Army Field Manual

More On The Media And The Question of Torture In The Army Field Manual

This is second of two articles revisiting work I did on the “selling” of the Bush Administration’s rewrite of the Army Field Manual (AFM) on intelligence interrogations. As the first article showed, while beat reporters at the Pentagon knew something weird was going on with the introduction of the new AFM regulations, particularly around the use of […]

How The Media, Pentagon And Human Rights Groups Sold Us An Army Field Manual That (Still) Includes Torture

How The Media, Pentagon And Human Rights Groups Sold Us An Army Field Manual That (Still) Includes Torture

I’m marking the 12th anniversary of the abomination that is Guantanamo with a couple of repostings related to how the Bush administration, with the connivance of key members of the press and the human rights community, sold a continuation of torture as an end to torture. Such a reposting seems necessary as the entire press, […]

CIA Document Suggests U.S. Lied About Biological, Chemical Weapon Use In The Korean War

CIA Document Suggests U.S. Lied About Biological, Chemical Weapon Use In The Korean War

  According to a CIA document declassified in March 2006, the U.S. government lied publicly about pushing for a United Nations “on-the-spot” investigation into Soviet, Chinese and North Korean charges of U.S. use of biological weapons (BW) during the Korean War. According to the document, a “Memorandum of Conversation” from the Psychological Strategy Board (PSB) dated July […]

Top US Psychologist Allegedly Met With SERE Psychologist James Mitchell in Days Before Zubaydah Torture

Top US Psychologist Allegedly Met With SERE Psychologist James Mitchell in Days Before Zubaydah Torture

The famous psychologist — Martin Seligman from the University of Pennsylvania — has been linked to the CIA’s Bush torture program. The charges lack a smoking gun, but there is lots of circumstantial evidence. What is reported below shows that Seligman wasn’t fully open about his contacts with those accused of waterboarding Abu Zubaydah, Khalid Sheik Mohammed, and torturing various CIA “black site” prisoners circa 2002-2006. Why did he hide this information?

Blue Ribbon Task Force Says Army Field Manual On Interrogation Allows Torture, Abuse

Blue Ribbon Task Force Says Army Field Manual On Interrogation Allows Torture, Abuse

A report by a multidisciplinary task force, made up largely of medical professionals, ethicists and legal experts, has called on President Obama to issue an executive order outlawing torture and other abusive techniques currently in use in the military’s Army Field Manual on interrogations. The Task Force, which wrote the report for The Institute on […]

US Covered-Up For Decades The Largest Use Of Biological And Chemical Weapons In History

US Covered-Up For Decades The Largest Use Of Biological And Chemical Weapons In History

There are many reasons why one should oppose the military action against Syria being planned by the Obama administration. But given that the action is being trumpeted as a righteous response to the alleged use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government, there is one reason to oppose the U.S. action that carries with it […]

Japanese WWII Torture Document Eerily Reminiscent Of US Torture Program

Japanese WWII Torture Document Eerily Reminiscent Of US Torture Program

The following is taken from a 63 year old book published in the early days of the Cold War. Titled Materials on the Trial of Former Serviceman of the Japanese Army Charged with Manufacturing and Employing Bacteriological Weapons (Foreign Languages Publishing House, Moscow, 1950), the book contains trial summaries and testimony from the Khabarovsk war crimes trial […]

Will Guantanamo Warden’s Claims of Insufficient Staffing Cause Al Qaeda to Attack The Prison?

Will Guantanamo Warden’s Claims of Insufficient Staffing Cause Al Qaeda to Attack The Prison?

Jason Leopold, who has been filing requests for government documents like there is no tomorrow, apparently caught Department of Defense censors with their pants down. The result is a rare look into the kind of political shenanigans DoD uses to justify its policies at Guantanamo. Leopold had requested a copy of the declaration by JTF-GTMO […]

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