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 ...

Sen. Feinstein tells CIA director to #ReadTheReport

Dec 12, 2014

Sen. Feinstein tells CIA director to #ReadTheReport

As CIA chief John Brennan defended the spy agency’s interrogation program for terrorism suspects Thursday, a senior senator whose committee published a damning report on the practice contested his claims. Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein’s staffers repeatedly used the hashtag #ReadTheReport on the ...

Dec 12, 2014

Thailand denies existence of CIA 'black site'

A senior Thai official Thursday flatly rejected longstanding claims that the kingdom hosted a secret CIA prison, after the publication of a U.S. Senate report this week reignited controversy over Washington’s “black site” network. Thailand has long been accused by human rights groups of ...

CIA battles Senate Democrats over torture report

Dec 11, 2014

CIA battles Senate Democrats over torture report

by Bradley Klapper

The CIA and several of its past leaders are stepping up a campaign to discredit a five-year Senate investigation into the CIA’s harrowing interrogation practices after 9/11, concerned that the historical record may define them as torturers instead of patriots and expose them to ...

U.S. torture report med with a shrug in Middle East

Dec 11, 2014

U.S. torture report med with a shrug in Middle East

This week’s revelations about the CIA’s harsh treatment of terrorism suspects in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks have been met with a collective shrug in most parts of the Middle East, where they merely reinforced a long-held view of American brutality — ...