White House’s Censorship of Senate Report on CIA Torture Continues US Indignity Toward Victims

By: Tuesday August 5, 2014 12:00 pm

United States senators involved in producing a more than 6,000-page report on the Central Intelligence Agency’s rendition, detention and interrogation program are upset with significant redactions the White House made to the report. One of the key issues is that the White House censored “pseudonyms” from the report used to protect covert CIA agents and [...]

Obama Condemns But Also Rationalizes CIA Torture During Press Conference

By: Friday August 1, 2014 5:50 pm

President Barack Obama told reporters during a press briefing that America had “tortured some folks.” But, rather than stop with that statement, he proceeded to rationalize why law enforcement and national security teams, particularly the CIA had engaged in torture. The comments came in response to the upcoming release of a redacted summary from the [...]

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 [...]

Senators Seek Answers From Clapper About Plans for Total Surveillance of Security Clearance Holders

By: Thursday June 19, 2014 3:48 pm

Two of the foremost advocates for whistleblowers in the United States Senate are pushing for answers from Director for National Intelligence James Clapper on “continuous monitoring” of security clearance holders in the federal government and how this undermines whistleblower protections as well as “constitutional protections for the separation of powers between the executive and legislative [...]

Though Flawed, Senate Intelligence Authorization Bill Contains Protections for Intelligence Agency Whistleblowers

By: Thursday June 12, 2014 4:26 pm

The United States Senate passed an intelligence authorization bill that, while inadequate and flawed, contains sections which address protections for intelligence agency employees who become whistleblowers. On the floor of the Senate, Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon, who worked to get these provisions included in the bill, celebrated the expansion of statutory protection for [...]

FBI Thinks Whistleblowers Should ‘Register’ So They’re Not Targeted by Insider Threat Program

By: Friday April 11, 2014 4:50 pm

The Whistleblower Protection Act 1989 was passed by Congress twenty-five years ago, and to mark this anniversary Senator Chuck Grassley delivered a speech on the Senate floor. He gave particular attention to the abysmal reality that United States intelligence agency employees still lack meaningful protection. Special attention was paid to the Federal Bureau of Investigation [...]

The CIA & the ‘Cult of Intelligence’ Will Manage to Keep Vast Majority of Senate Torture Report Secret

By: Friday April 4, 2014 11:41 am

Why is it that the public will likely never get to read much of a major investigative report the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence produced on the CIA’s rendition, detention and interrogation program—a program that included torture? Yesterday, the Senate intelligence committee voted to declassify portions of the 6,300-page report—the executive summary, findings and conclusions. [...]

The CIA Won’t Let Senate Report Settle ‘Debate’ on Whether Torture Led to Bin Laden

By: Monday March 31, 2014 11:41 am

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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