Internal CIA Investigation Confirms CIA Hacked into Senate Computers Being Used for Torture Report

By: Thursday July 31, 2014 12:36 pm

(update below) An investigation by the CIA inspector general has confirmed CIA employees hacked into computers being used by the Senate intelligence committee to produce a 6,300-page torture report, according to McClatchy Newspapers. Journalists Jonathan Landay and Ali Watkins obtained a statement from CIA spokesman Dean Boyd, who indicated, “Findings of the investigation by the [...]

The Punitive Use of Medical Restraints on Guantanamo Hunger Strikers

By: Monday June 16, 2014 1:45 am

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 use of “medical restraints” was due to his voluntary refusal to eat.

While Guantanamo medical authorities said the need for restraints was due to “medical necessity,” such necessity was never documented. Instead, it was clear the use of restraints was punitive in nature.

Clapper, Senators & Obama Administration Favor Transparency on Drone Strikes—If It Makes Them More Defensible

By: Tuesday April 29, 2014 11:38 am

At the request of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and the wider executive branch, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which is chaired by Senator Dianne Feinstein, agreed to remove a provision in an intelligence bill that would have required the president to release an annual report on casualties from drone strikes launched by [...]

The CIA’s Excuse for Removing Documents Senators Were Using for Their Report on Torture

By: Friday March 14, 2014 10:07 am

The Central Intelligence Agency claims documents were removed from the computer system Senate staffers were using to produce a report on the agency’s rendition, detention and interrogation program because the CIA was worried that details in those documents could lead to the revelation of CIA identities. However, there is ample reason to consider this an [...]

Secret Government & the CIA’s Efforts Against a Senate Report on Torture

By: Thursday March 13, 2014 11:38 am

“Despite the frequency of misguided practices and policies” within particular agencies, like the CIA, in the “national security” area of government, there are often very few whistleblowers. Abuses remain “well-concealed” even though they relate to “gravely wrongful or dangerous policies.” This is what Pentagon Papers whistleblower Daniel Ellsberg has previously written. He’s also described how [...]

The CIA, Senate Intelligence Committee & the Culture of Impunity for Torture

By: Tuesday March 11, 2014 5:18 pm

The remarks, which Senator Dianne Feinstein delivered on the floor of the Senate, was one of the more significant statements given by a United States senator in recent history. They clarified the extent to which the Central Intelligence Agency has worked to interfere and even intimidate senators and their staff, as they have worked to [...]

Top CIA Lawyer Involved in Torture Program Requested DoJ Investigate Senate Staffers Working on Torture Investigation

By: Tuesday March 11, 2014 12:30 pm

Senator Dianne Feinstein, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, delivered a statement on the Senate floor this morning. It highlighted the role the CIA had played in interfering and even intimidating members and staff of the committee, who have worked on a 6,300-page study of the agency’s detention and interrogation program which involved [...]

Given Alleged CIA Spying on Senators, When Will Senate Intelligence Committee Release Torture Report?

By: Wednesday March 5, 2014 6:44 pm

Reported and alleged Central Intelligence Agency spying on Senate Select Committee on Intelligence members should only increase the effort by senators to have a report on the agency’s rendition, detention and interrogation program released. McClatchy reports that the CIA Inspector General’s Office has requested that the Justice Department investigate “malfeasance” by the agency stemming from [...]

The Growing Partisan Issue of Holding Clapper Accountable for Lying to Congress

By: Friday December 20, 2013 1:22 pm

An increasing number of Republicans in Congress support holding Director for National Intelligence James Clapper accountable for lying to Congress in March, when he was asked about spying on Americans. Members of the House Judiciary Committee, including Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, who is the co-sponsor of legislation that would rein in some of the National Security [...]

Not Even Feinstein Calls Her Bill, Which Legalizes & Expands Surveillance, ‘Reform’

By: Friday November 1, 2013 10:45 am

Legislation that would restore legitimacy to the National Security Agency by giving off the appearance of improving privacy protections and enhancing transparency of United States surveillance passed in the Senate intelligence committee. The bill was drafted and shepherded through the committee by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, one of the most passionate defenders of US government [...]

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