NBC News Cites ‘Climate of Fear & Retaliation,’ Withholds Identity of Architect of CIA’s Defense for Torture

By: Friday December 19, 2014 11:36 am

(update) NBC News published a story on a senior CIA official who is a “top al Qaeda expert” and a “key architect of the agency’s defense of its detention” and torture program for terrorism suspects. The official apparently developed “oft-repeated talking points that misrepresented and overstated” the effectiveness of torture. And, while the female official [...]

To Improve Assassination Operations, CIA Studies Failures of Colonial Powers to Combat Resistance

By: Thursday December 18, 2014 4:56 pm

WikiLeaks has released a copy of a secret CIA analysis, which reviewed the success of “High Value Target” (HVT) assassination programs used by governments to combat insurgencies. The review shows the CIA is learning lessons from colonial powers that have failed to suppress revolutions and also demonstrates that relying on lethal strikes to combat insurgencies [...]

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.

CIA Health Professionals’ Role in Systematic Torture, Including ‘Human Subjects Research’

By: Tuesday December 16, 2014 12:55 pm

An organization of United States health professionals has put out a comprehensive analysis of the role US health professionals played in the CIA torture program. The analysis, stemming from the US Senate intelligence committee’s executive summary of its torture report, raises alarming questions about whether these professionals engaged in “human subjects research” that constituted a [...]

Reporter James Risen Says US Government Has Made ‘No Offers’ Related to Testimony in Leak Case

By: Monday December 15, 2014 11:37 am

Despite comments from anonymous officials, the United States government has issued no formal offer to New York Times reporter James Risen to protect him from having to reveal any information about his confidential sources if he were to be subpoenaed and forced to testify in the trial of former CIA officer Jeffrey Sterling, according to [...]

Podcast: Deconstructing the Torture Report & Its Possible Ramifications with Reprieve Attorney Alka Pradhan

By: Sunday December 14, 2014 10:43 am

The Senate intelligence committee finally released the summary of its report on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program this past week. It detailed a criminal conspiracy involving the torture the CIA used against detainees in the global “war on terrorism” and the lengths to which CIA officials and interrogators had gone to cover up [...]

Former CIA Director’s Barbaric Defense of Using ‘Rectal Rehydration’ Against Detainees

By: Saturday December 13, 2014 10:33 am

A released summary of the Senate intelligence committee’s report on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program, which involved torture, contained the shocking revelation that at least five detainees had been subjected to “rectal rehydration” or rectal feeding. The detainees had feeding or intravenous tubes forced into their rectums in order to help interrogators gain [...]

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?

CIA Had Propaganda Campaign Which Involved Leaking Classified Information to Sell Torture

By: Wednesday December 10, 2014 2:13 pm

The CIA had a propaganda campaign to defend its detention and interrogation program. It involved the leaking of classified information to shape the public’s opinion, undermine criticism and deceive Congress and is detailed in the executive summary of the Senate intelligence committee’s torture report, which shows the extent to which CIA officials were willing to [...]

Senate Report on CIA Torture Details Brutality Used Against Detainees—Including ‘Rectal Feeding’

By: Tuesday December 9, 2014 3:04 pm

The long-awaited summary from the Senate intelligence committee report on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program, which involved torture, has been released. It details a criminal conspiracy involving the brutality the CIA used against detainees in the global “War on Terrorism” and the lengths to which CIA officials and interrogators went to cover up [...]

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