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.

ACLU Appeals Decision Which Created Immunity for FBI Agents Involved in Torturing US Citizens Abroad

By: Wednesday December 17, 2014 11:18 am

The American Civil Liberties Union has appealed a federal district court’s decision to dismiss a lawsuit brought by an American citizen who alleges he was detained and tortured by FBI agents in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia in violation of his constitutional rights. Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton, ruled in [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 Anti-Torture Watchdog Dismayed at US Failure to Provide Redress for Chicago Police Torture Survivors

By: Monday December 1, 2014 5:18 pm

The United States was criticized by the United Nations Committee Against Torture in its recently released report for failing to provide redress for Chicago Police Department torture survivors. The Committee expressed concern that CPD Commander Jon Burge and other officer had engaged in torture between 1972 and 1991, however, no officer had been convicted for [...]

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