Archive for ‘April, 2009’

‘Action Memo’ For Obama: Recommendations For Dealing With Torture

‘Action Memo’ For Obama: Recommendations For Dealing With Torture

By Melvin A. Goodman                                   To:    The President of the United StatesFm:   Melvin A. GoodmanDate: April 25, 2009Subj: Recommendations for Dealing with the CIA on Issues of Torture and Abuse President Obama is displaying ambivalence in handling the issue of torture and abuse. He clearly wants to do the right thing and, as a result, has […]

Despite Transparency on Torture, Obama Still Backs Bush on Detentions

Despite Transparency on Torture, Obama Still Backs Bush on Detentions

As the debate heats up over what to do about recent disclosures of widespread abuse of war-on-terror prisoners, the “third branch” of the U.S. government – the Judiciary — continues to assert its independence from the other two branches – the Executive and the Legislative. In one recent decision, a federal court has refused the […]

Three-Dozen CIA ‘Ghost Detainees’ Still Unaccoutned For

Three-Dozen CIA ‘Ghost Detainees’ Still Unaccoutned For

By William Fisher At least three dozen detainees who were held in the CIA’s secret prisons overseas appear to be missing – and efforts by human rights organizations to track their whereabouts have been unsuccessful. In September 2007, Michael V. Hayden, then director of the CIA, said, “fewer than 100 people had been detained at […]

Ex-CIA Official: Agency Brass Lied to Congress About Interrogations

Ex-CIA Official: Agency Brass Lied to Congress About Interrogations

By Jason Leopold “A CIA employee of two decades, McCarthy became convinced that ‘CIA people had lied’ in that briefing, as one of her friends said later, not only because the agency had conducted abusive interrogations but also because its policies authorized treatment that she considered cruel, inhumane or degrading,” the Washington Post reported in […]

Obama Tells Lawmakers in Private Meetng He Won’t Support Torture Probe

Obama Tells Lawmakers in Private Meetng He Won’t Support Torture Probe

By Jason Leopold President Barack Obama has backtracked on statements he made earlier this week in which he indicated he was open to a 9/11-type commission to investigate the Bush administration’s use of torture, telling lawmakers at a meeting at the White House Thursday he now doesn’t support the idea. Underscoring Obama’s new stance on […]

DOJ Watchdog Report Suggested Zubaydah’s Torture Predated Bybee Memo

DOJ Watchdog Report Suggested Zubaydah’s Torture Predated Bybee Memo

By Jason Leopold In April 2002, four months before the Justice Department issued its first “torture” memo, an FBI special agent who participated in the interrogation of the first “high-value” detainee captured after 9/11 reported that his treatment by the CIA amounted to “borderline torture,” according to a long forgotten report issued by the Department […]

Report: Detainees Tortured In Attempt To Establish Link Between Iraq, Al-Qaeda

Report: Detainees Tortured In Attempt To Establish Link Between Iraq, Al-Qaeda

By William Fisher Pentagon interrogators continuously ramped up their abusive techniques against prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and in Iraq and Afghanistan in a vain attempt to establish a link between the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and the al-Queda attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001. Tweet

Detainees Tortured In Attempt To Establish Link Between Iraq, Al-Qaeda

Detainees Tortured In Attempt To Establish Link Between Iraq, Al-Qaeda

By William Fisher Pentagon interrogators continuously ramped up their abusive techniques against prisoners at Guantanamo Bay and in Iraq and Afghanistan in a vain attempt to establish a link between the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and the al-Queda attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001. Tweet

Reagan’s DOJ Prosecuted Texas Sheriff For Waterboarding Prisoners

Reagan’s DOJ Prosecuted Texas Sheriff For Waterboarding Prisoners

By Jason Leopold George W. Bush’s Justice Department said subjecting a person to the near-drowning of waterboarding was not a crime and didn’t even cause pain, but Ronald Reagan’s Justice Department thought otherwise, prosecuting a Texas sheriff and three deputies for using the practice to get confessions. Federal prosecutors secured a 10-year sentence against the […]

Army Chief of Chaplains Promotes Ministry That Called Navy Secretary Satanic

Army Chief of Chaplains Promotes Ministry That Called Navy Secretary Satanic

By Chris Rodda On the heels of the recent story about Army Chief of Chaplains Maj. Gen. Douglas Carver ignorantly issuing a proclamation for a day of fasting for the Army on the first day of Passover, the Military Religious Freedom Foundation (MRFF) began receiving complaints about Maj. Gen. Carver’s endorsement and promotion of an […]

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