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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 […]

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 […]

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?

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