Archive for the Category ‘Torture’

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Here’s A Copy Of The Invoice Skinny Puppy Drafted For The Pentagon For Using Its Songs At Guantanamo

Here’s A Copy Of The Invoice Skinny Puppy Drafted For The Pentagon For Using Its Songs At Guantanamo

There’s been quite a bit of media attention directed toward Skinny Puppy over the past week following revelations that the industrial band’s music was allegedly used during the interrogations of “war on terror” suspects detained at Guantanamo. Band members said they were informed in March 2013 by ex-Guantanamo guard Terry Holdbrooks [see update] that its songs were used […]

DOJ: Feinstein’s Committee Controls Torture Report; Has Final Say Over Public Release

DOJ: Feinstein’s Committee Controls Torture Report; Has Final Say Over Public Release

A report completed more than a year ago by a Senate panel that investigated the CIA’s torture program can only be released by the committee, which maintains complete “control” over the highly classified document, the Justice Department said in a court filing late Friday. The Justice Department made that claim in response to a Freedom […]

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, […]

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