CIA leak shows how spies travel incognito

Dec 22, 2014

CIA leak shows how spies travel incognito

Activists have published what they describe as CIA documents advising spies on how to maintain cover when crossing borders. Information-freedom lobby group WikiLeaks on Sunday released the two documents, dating from 2011 and 2012. They are marked classified and “NOFORN,” which means they were ...

Broken U.S. moral compass

Dec 19, 2014

Broken U.S. moral compass

by William Pfaff

The most disturbing and basic question with regard to the maintenance of Guantanamo and any one of the so-called Black Sites in recent years is why American officials seemed to want so badly to torture when to do so was known — even to ...

Leaked CIA document outlines how targeted killings could backfire

Dec 19, 2014

Leaked CIA document outlines how targeted killings could backfire

The U.S. government’s program to capture and kill insurgent leaders can backfire, a leaked CIA report said Thursday, citing “limited” results in Afghanistan in particular. The July 2009 document released by WikiLeaks tackles the pros and cons of “high value targeting” (HVT) operations conducted ...

Dec 19, 2014

U.S. delays release of study on 1953 Iran coup

The State Department is delaying the release of a volume from its U.S. foreign relations history that deals with the CIA-backed overthrow of an Iranian prime minister in the 1950s out of concern that publication could undermine nuclear diplomacy with the Islamic republic. The ...

No excuse for tolerating torture

Dec 16, 2014

No excuse for tolerating torture

by Ted Rall

Already "torture" is fading from the headlines. Anti-torture Americans have been way too polite the past 12 years. They should have shouted down the torturers and apologists, ridiculed them, locked them away.

Dec 16, 2014

Psychologist admits he waterboarded al-Qaida suspects

One of the chief architects of the CIA’s harsh Bush-era interrogation program has admitted in a media interview for the first time that he waterboarded terrorism suspects, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the suspected mastermind of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. James Mitchell, a former ...

CIA interrogators heroes not torturers: Cheney

Dec 15, 2014

CIA interrogators heroes not torturers: Cheney

Former U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday defended America’s now-banned program that tortured al-Qaida suspects, praising the CIA operatives who ran it as heroes. “I’m perfectly comfortable that they should be praised, they should be decorated,” the right-hand man to former President George ...

Dec 15, 2014

Ex-CIA interrogation chief warns of betrayal

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on coercive tactics betrays intelligence officials and will erode their trust in future presidential administrations, a former CIA official who oversaw the agency’s enhanced interrogation program said Sunday. Jose Rodriguez, who headed the agency’s counterterrorism section and its clandestine ...

CIA medics aided and improved interrogation tactics: report

Dec 13, 2014

CIA medics aided and improved interrogation tactics: report

From the early stages of the CIA’s coercive interrogations of terrorism detainees, the agency’s health professionals were intimately involved. Front-line medics and psychologists monitored and advised on abusive tactics, even as they sometimes complained about the ethical dilemmas gnawing at them, according to last ...

Dec 12, 2014

CIA torture: time to move on?

by Gwynne Dyer

Even Sen. John McCain, who knows more about the subject of "torture" than any other American politician since he was a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, confines himself to saying that torture is not a useful instrument for yielding credible information. He avoids ...