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Jeff Kaye

About Me:
Jeffrey Kaye is a psychologist in private practice in San Francisco, where he works with adults and couples in psychotherapy. He worked over 10 years professionally with torture victims and asylum applicants. Active in the anti-torture movement since 2006, he has his own blog, Invictus. He has published previously at Truthout, Alternet, and The Public Record.
 
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About Me:
Jeffrey Kaye is a psychologist in private practice in San Francisco, where he works with adults and couples in psychotherapy. He worked over 10 years professionally with torture victims and asylum applicants. Active in the anti-torture movement since 2006, he has his own blog, Invictus. He has published previously at Truthout, Alternet, and The Public Record.

SSCI Confirms Staff Visited CIA’s Salt Pit Prison in 2003, No Records of Visit Kept at CIA Request

By: Wednesday December 17, 2014 5:30 pm

According to the CIA’s June 2013 written response (PDF) to an earlier draft of the SSCI’s torture report, SSCI “staff members” visited the Salt Pit CIA black site in Afghanistan in late 2003. According to the CIA, the SSCI staff found it compared “favorably” with detainee facilities at Bagram and Guantanamo. SSCI staff confirm, but say it’s not connected to their investigation and CIA told them they could keep no records of the visit.

SSCI Report Reveals CIA Torture Program Originated in Same Department as MKULTRA

By: Thursday December 11, 2014 12:47 am

The new SSCI report on the CIA interrogation torture program reveals that James Mitchell came to the Abu Zubaydah interrogation from contract work at CIA’s Office of Technical Services (OTS). OTS assisted Mitchell in presenting harsh interrogation techniques into the Zubaydah interrogation. But OTS supposedly also vetted the EIT program’s safety. It also belonged to the part of the CIA that at the same time was studying the debilitating effects of even mock SERE torture. Forty years ago, OTS supposedly ended its MKULTRA mind control program, or did it?

APA “Independent” Torture Review Led by Attorney Who Worked With CIA’s Tenet

By: Sunday December 7, 2014 2:02 pm

A much-touted “independent review” initiated by the American Psychological Association (APA) into charges it secretly supported the Bush administration’s policy of torture after 9/11 turns out to be led by a man who worked with the CIA’s George Tenet and Kenneth J. Levit over twenty years ago. APA members involved in the review have questionable ties that also call into question their “independence.” Just how effective will this review be?

UN Review Cites Torture & “Ill Treatment” in US Army Field Manual’s Appendix M

By: Friday November 28, 2014 7:28 pm

The UNCAT is to be praised for bringing to the fore some of the worst aspects of the current use of torture and abuse by the US government, and in particular for calling out the endemic abuse in the practices of forced-feeding and Appendix M techniques in the Army Field Manual. But the full story is still not out there.

Gitmo “Team Leader” in Slahi Torture Sued for Framing Innocent Chicago Man for Murder

By: Monday November 3, 2014 12:26 am

A former Chicago policeman has been named in a lawsuit for wrongful imprisonment of a man released from jail after 23 years. The same cop also led the torture interrogation of a famous Guantanamo prisoner. Torture and abuse of power has turned epidemic.

New DoD Directive on Detainees Allows Sleep and Sensory Deprivation, Biometric IDs

By: Wednesday September 17, 2014 7:13 pm

A new directive from the Department of Defense regarding its Detainee Program fails to offer any protections against the use of torture techniques like isolation, sleep deprivation, and forms of sensory deprivation. Obama’s detainee program has not really changed since the days of Bush and Cheney. With the addition of biometric identification and the provision for indefinite detention, it may even be worse.

Navy Continues to Persecute Nurse Who Refused to Force-feed Guantanamo Hunger Strikers

By: Tuesday September 16, 2014 12:45 am

One medical professional, protesting use of torturous forced-feeding of hunger-strikers, is persecuted by the Navy, while another one, working closely with Guantanamo authorities and interrogators who tortured prisoners, is rewarded with a top job at the Navy’s main hospital. These two facts speak volumes about how low the nation has fallen in relation to acceptance of torture.

CIA Intervention in Ukraine Has Been Taking Place for Decades

By: Saturday August 9, 2014 7:38 pm

Almost totally lost in the reporting on the Ukraine crisis is the fact the CIA had an active program of covert intervention into Ukraine for nearly seven decades. The history of that intervention is not being examined by any side in this conflict because it is tied up with the Cold War and the political fallout of the fall of the Soviet Union. But the politics from that time threaten to flare up again, as NATO and Russia move towards a possible armed confrontation.

Obama Admits He Banned Only “Some” of the CIA’s Torture Techniques

By: Sunday August 3, 2014 2:27 pm

President Obama has said he only banned “some” of the CIA’s torture techniques after 9/11. He’s not the first to note that, but the problem is, no one is really paying attention.

Forbidden Book: Douglas Valentine’s “The Phoenix Program: America’s Use of Terror in Vietnam”

By: Monday July 7, 2014 11:52 pm

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 series is Douglas Valentine’s invaluable, in-depth history of one of America’s most egregious counterinsurgency, torture and assassination programs, as described in his 1990 book “The Phoenix Program: American’s Use of Terror in Vietnam.”

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