Posts Tagged ‘CIA’
by Ari Shapiro
20 May 09 | NPR
It is clear that increasingly abusive interrogation techniques were used on Abu Zubaydah, the first high-value detainee, in the months between his capture and the first Justice Department memo authorizing harsh interrogations. But the legal guidance that authorized those early interrogations remains shrouded in secrecy. Read the rest of this entry »
by David Kilcullen and Andrew McDonald Exum
17 May 09 | NYT
It would be in our best interests, and those of the Pakistani people, to declare a moratorium on drone strikes into Pakistan.
Imagine, for example, that burglars move into a neighborhood. If the police were to start blowing up people’s houses from the air, would this convince homeowners to rise up against the burglars? Wouldn’t it be more likely to turn the whole population against the police? And if their neighbors wanted to turn the burglars in, how would they do that, exactly? Yet this is the same basic logic underlying the drone war.
by Glenn Greenwald
28 Apr 09 | Salon
The first sign that the Obama DOJ would replicate many of the worst and most radical arguments of the Bush DOJ was in the Jeppesen case, a lawsuit brought by five victims of the CIA’s rendition and torture program (including Binyam Mohamed). Read the rest of this entry »
28 Apr 09 | AI
Three executive orders and one memorandum were signed by President Barack Obama on 22 January 2009, ordering the closure within a year of the US detention centre in Guantánamo; an end to the CIA’s long-term secret detention programme and the banning of “enhanced” interrogation techniques; a review of detention and detainee transfer policy, and a review of the case of Ali al-Marri, the one “enemy combatant” held on the US mainland at the time of inauguration. Read the rest of this entry »
by Tom Porteous
28 Apr 09 | HRW
President Obama visited the CIA headquarters this week to try to reassure staff that their intelligence-gathering work would not be compromised by the release of the so-called ‘torture’ memos. But the revelations cast a shadow over the work of the US intelligence service and its allies. Read the rest of this entry »
The US military agency which runs the Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) program — from which the enhanced interrogation techniques used on detainees were derived — warned as early as July 2002 that those techniques constituted “torture” and would produce “unreliable information.”
At the urging of Vice President Dick Cheney and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, the Bush administration used torture techniques against suspected terrorists in part of an effort to establish a tie between Saddam Hussein and al Qaeda, according to a report Wednesday.
by Larisa Alexandrovna
21 Apr 09 | Raw Story
Marc A. Thiessen, President Bush’s former speechwriter, is defending torture in the Washington Post. Apparently, this is the level of clout Dick Cheney and George Bush have, when the only people out defending them are speechwriters and people who are implicated in torture. Read the rest of this entry »
Analysis by William Fisher
20 Apr 09 | IPS
Human rights advocates who were critical of President Barack Obama’s decision not to prosecute Central Intelligence Agency operatives who tortured war-on-terror prisoners are hailing a Spanish judge’s order to pursue a criminal investigation into the actions of six Bush administration lawyers for providing legal cover for torture – despite a recommendation from his prosecutors that the case not go forward. Read the rest of this entry »