While it has been known for well over a year that a study conducted by the Senate intelligence committee into CIA’s use of torture would conclude that torture had not provided information, which ultimately led to the killing of Osama bin Laden, there is now further confirmation. The Associated Press acknowledges that the “most high-profile [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday March 31, 2014 11:41 am|
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday January 10, 2014 12:45 pm|
The film, Zero Dark Thirty, which dramatized the hunt for Osama bin Laden that ended in his execution by SEAL Team 6, made it apparent how valuable Hollywood could be for the CIA. Declassified memos showed the CIA valuing the film written by Mark Boal and directed by Kathryn Bigelow because, although it was a fictionalized [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Thursday September 8, 2011 7:40 pm|
To mark the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the ACLU released a report that looks at how “ever-expanding claims of national security” have subverted freedoms and justified an assault on civil liberties.
The report scrutinizes racial and religious profiling, the expansion of the surveillance state, the impunity of the Bush administration officials who created a legal justification for torture and the framework that has dominated America since the attacks: the belief that America is in an “everywhere and forever war” which justifies any program, regardless of how it undermines civil liberties or the rule of law.
|By: Jeff Kaye Tuesday July 19, 2011 3:24 pm|
“The first large array of photographs depicting the devastating impact of US unmanned aircraft (‘drone’) attacks on innocent civilians in Pakistan” goes on display in London today. Its photographic evidence belies claims by the U.S. of no collateral killing of civilians by the drone attacks. The exhibit opens just as former CIA counsel John Rizzo is being charged for murder in Pakistan for his role in approving the attacks, and as Human Rights Watch has begun a campaign to seek the prosecution of Bush administration officials for torture. Is the Obama administration listening? Not only are they against investigations or prosecutions of past officials, they have engaged in war crimes of their own, most particularly around the controversial drone program of targeted killings.