Guantanamo Hunger Strikes Now Called ‘Long Term Non-Religious Fasts’

By: Wednesday March 12, 2014 7:45 am

No one does Orwellian wordplay better than the US national security state. According to a new report from Vice officials at the Guantanamo Bay “enhanced interrogation” camp have relabeled hunger strikes as “long term non-religious fasts.” They have even, according to documents released under a FOIA lawsuit, couched the hunger strikes in the benign language [...]

At Cheney Roast, Torture And Libby Case Get Laughs

By: Wednesday October 9, 2013 9:47 am

Former Vice President Dick Cheney was honored at the luxurious Plaza Hotel in Manhattan in a roast organized by Commentary magazine. The event was sponsored by Hedge Fund managers with John Podhoretz of Commentary emceeing. The roasters were Donald Rumsfeld, Michael Mukasey, Joe Lieberman, and Scooter Libby. According to a few attendees the jokes were [...]

Force Feeding At Gitmo Will ‘Synchronize’ With Ramadan

By: Wednesday July 10, 2013 5:53 am

When torturing someone try to respect their religious traditions, it’s the humane thing to do. The kidnapped men being held in Guantanamo Bay, who have yet to be charged with a crime, will continue to be force feed during Ramadan. But, and here’s the humane part, the force feeding will be synchronized with Ramadan fasting. [...]

New Head Of CIA National Clandestine Service Featured In Wikileaks Cables On Torture Case

By: Tuesday May 21, 2013 7:57 am

The new head of the CIA National Clandestine Service, Francis “Frank” Archibald, is listed in the Wikileaks Cables as authoring a confidential report from the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan regarding the naming of the embassy legal attache in a detainee torture case. Archibald discloses his involvement in communicating with other U.S. officials regarding public statements [...]

Documents Reveal Zero Dark Thirty Had CIA Script Rewrite

By: Tuesday May 7, 2013 5:49 am

A Freedom of Information Act request by Gawker reveals that the CIA pushed through changes to the script of the film Zero Dark Thirty. The movie had already been condemned for being grossly inaccurate and dishonest and now it seems we might have more information on why. Kathryn Bigelow’s Osama bin Laden revenge-porn flick Zero [...]

Coverage Of Celebrity Trip To Cuba Confounds

By: Monday April 8, 2013 7:55 am

Over the weekend there was a major scandal over human rights abuses on the island of Cuba. No, not the hunger strike at Gitmo over the horrendous conditions and loss of legal rights. Some celebrities traveled to Cuba for their vacation and the establishment lost their minds. Jay-Z and Beyoncé may have celebrated five years [...]

Brennan Testimony Contradicts Zero Dark Thirty On Torture

By: Monday February 11, 2013 7:05 am

During his confirmation hearing CIA Director nominee John Brennan was asked what role the Enhanced Interrogation/Torture Program had in finding the location of Osama Bin Laden. The question was raised due to numerous Bush Administration officials publicly claiming that torture yielded the information that was vital in planning the Osama Bin Laden raid. That view [...]

Abu Ghraib Torture Victims Paid $5 Million By Military Contractor L-3

By: Wednesday January 9, 2013 6:54 am

L-3 Communications, through its parent company Engility Holdings Inc, has disclosed in an SEC filing that it has paid over $5 million to victims of torture at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq during the U.S occupation. From the Associated Press: A defense contractor whose subsidiary was accused in a lawsuit of conspiring to torture [...]

How the Suspension of the Rule of Law Makes for a Worse Economy

By: Friday August 31, 2012 11:45 am

As I noted yesterday, the Justice Department ended its investigation into the final two cases of suspected CIA torture, both of which resulted in deaths of the detainees (two of the over 100 detainees who have died in US custody). Glenn Greenwald writes eloquently and comprehensively on that as the final immunity given to the [...]

Justice Department Ends Investigation Into Bush-Era Torture, With No Charges

By: Thursday August 30, 2012 12:50 pm

Well, that’s that. The Justice Department has just formally ended their investigation into CIA “enhanced interrogations” without bringing any charges. This was the investigation headed by John Durham, the federal prosecutor selected in August 2009 to look into charges of torture in CIA interrogations during the Bush Administration. We know plenty about those charges. The [...]

2006 State Department Memo Shows Bush-Era CIA Interrogations Violated Torture Conventions

By: Wednesday April 4, 2012 8:57 am

A recently declassified memo from 2006 shows that Philip Zelikow, then a state department aide on terrorism issues and previously the executive director of the 9/11 commission, dissented from an extreme opinion by the Office of Legal Counsel that CIA interrogations at secret prisons in foreign countries were free from international treaty constraints against torture. [...]

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