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

French army kills 'big fish' jihadist in northern Mali

The French army said Thursday it had killed a top jihadist commander in a military operation in northern Mali, describing it as a heavy blow to Islamists operating in West Africa. French forces in the northern Gao region carried out an operation alongside Malian ...

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 ...

Last French hostage arrives home after three years

Dec 10, 2014

Last French hostage arrives home after three years

France’s last remaining hostage, Serge Lazarevic, arrived home Wednesday after three years at the hands of Islamist militants, greeted by his family and French President Francois Hollande. The beaming 51-year-old, dressed casually in a blue hooded top, was welcomed warmly by Hollande at a ...

Prosecutions for CIA torture still seem unlikely after Senate report

Dec 10, 2014

Prosecutions for CIA torture still seem unlikely after Senate report

Minutes after a U.S. Senate intelligence panel released details of the CIA’s torture of terrorism suspects, President Barack Obama suggested the country should move on. The U.S. Department of Justice, which has the power to bring criminal charges, looks set to follow his word. ...

List of the 13 techniques used on detainees

Dec 10, 2014

List of the 13 techniques used on detainees

Thirteen “enhanced interrogation techniques” are at the center of a Senate Intelligence Committee report about the CIA’s use of harsh interrogation tactics after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Here are the methods, as listed by a memo from the Justice Department to the CIA ...

Dec 10, 2014

Detainee Abu Zubaydah treated so harshly his handlers nearly wept

Abu Zubaydah was the CIA’s guinea pig. He was the first high-profile al-Qaida terrorist suspect captured after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, and the first to vanish into the spy agency’s secret prisons. He was the first subjected to grinding white noise and sleep ...