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Psychologists Who Concealed U.S. Torture Program May Face Charges

The country’s largest professional organization of psychologists faces a crisis after a damning independent review alleging post-9/11 “collusion.”

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE



Revealed: The West’s Role in the Genocide at Srebrenica

A new investigation into declassified evidence shows that, in an attempt to secure a larger peace deal, British, American and French governments knowingly left the Muslim population of the Bosnian town vulnerable to a genocide that killed 8,000 men and boys in 1995.

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New Details About Drone Attacks Reported From Documents Leaked by Snowden

The New York Times on Wednesday reported details about American counterterrorism officials’ use of drone strikes in countries such as Yemen, as well as the working relationship between intelligence agencies in the U.S. and the U.K.

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Former NSA Director Hayden Dismisses Snowden’s Impact

At The Wall Street Journal’s CFO conference, former National Security Agency Director Michael Hayden disparaged the idea that the leaking of documents by Edward Snowden was a two-year “nightmare” for the agency.

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 READ MORE



CIA Empowered Its Director to Override Rules on Human Experimentation

A secret document published by The Guardian on Monday reveals that, despite having explicit guidelines against “human experimentation,” the Central Intelligence Agency empowered its director to rule on questions of medical ethics in its post-9/11 torture program.

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Has America Changed Since Edward Snowden’s Disclosures?

On the second anniversary of Snowden’s historic act of civil disobedience, it is worth reviewing what has changed—and what has not.

Posted on Jun 14, 2015 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: Plundering Our Freedom With Abandon (Part 2 of 10)

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and The Real News Network’s Senior Editor Paul Jay discuss the inherent contradictions in Silicon Valley’s ideology and practices in the second installment of TRNN’s show “Reality Asserts Itself.”

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 READ MORE



The Secret Origins of the CIA’s Torture Program and the Forgotten Man Who Tried to Expose It

Anthony J. Russo blew the whistle on American torture policy in Vietnam and on an intelligence debacle at the center of the decision-making that helped turn that war into a nightmare. Neither of his revelations saw the light of day in his own time or ours. And while Daniel Ellsberg remains a major figure for his role in releasing the Pentagon Papers, Russo is a forgotten man.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Whistleblower John Kiriakou

The former CIA agent has seen his life ripped apart by the government because he revealed CIA torture. However, he continues to stand up for truth and humaneness and against a system that views all of us as undiscovered felons. 

Posted on May 30, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: Whistleblower John Kiriakou to Robert Scheer: Whistleblowers ‘Are Not Alone’

The U.S. government is out to “ruin” people who expose official wrongoing “in every conceivable way,” says John Kiriakou in an interview with Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer. Kiriakou is a 14-year CIA veteran who was jailed for confirming that the U.S. government tortured prisoners via waterboarding.

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Former CIA Deputy Director Grilled on Falsehoods That Led to Iraq War

In a heated 10-minute exchange, MSNBC host Chris Matthews confronts CIA Deputy Director Mike Morrell with the question of why, during the run-up to the U.S. invasion of Iraq, he let Vice President Dick Cheney get away with saying Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was building nuclear weapons.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE



Seymour Hersh Stands by His bin Laden Story, and His Sources

Of course the investigative reporter used anonymous sources in his exposé on the bin Laden raid. Only with anonymous sources can journalists get past the wall that the Obama administration has built by prosecuting whistleblowers.

Posted on May 18, 2015 READ MORE



Memo to the Media: Seymour Hersh’s bin Laden Story Isn’t About Seymour Hersh

How did the veteran journalist’s recent investigation into how the Obama administration might not have shot straight with its account of how Osama bin Laden met his end in 2011 turn into another tedious attempt to shoot the messenger by certain members of the U.S. media?

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Visiting the Torture Museum: Barbarism Then and Now

Someday, at an official U.S. torture museum, our children may wonder how we ever adopted the worst traditions of terror in the Age of Barbarism Lite.

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 READ MORE



A Forceful Call to Rescue Democracy: Peter Richardson on Robert Scheer’s New Book

The Truthdig editor-in-chief’s new book, “They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy,” continues the important work on the abuse of power he began five decades ago, writes Peter Richardson at The National Memo.

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Homan Square: A ‘Domestic Black Site’ Where U.S. Citizens Are ‘Disappeared’

Think you need to be apprehended overseas by American authorities in order to be held in a “black site”? Think again.

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE



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How the Government Outsourced Intelligence to Silicon Valley

For years, the outsourcing of defense and intelligence work was, with good reason, controversial in political circles.

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 READ MORE



Yemeni Boy Was Killed by U.S. ‘Death Machines’ He Once Described

Although the U.S. government has claimed otherwise, 13-year-old Mohammed Tuaiman, who was killed in a CIA-backed drone strike Jan. 26 in Hareeb, Yemen, had no connection to al-Qaida, according to his family.

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Saying No to Torture

Why was it again that, as President Obama said, “we tortured some folks” after the 9/11 attacks? Oh, right, because we were terrified.

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Former CIA Agent and Whistleblower John Kiriakou Gives Post-Prison Interview

The former CIA agent-turned-whistleblower tells Amy Goodman he doesn’t regret his decision to expose the Bush administration’s use of waterboarding.

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 READ MORE



Oh, No: The ACLU Helped Jail CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou

One of the U.S.’ most respected civil liberties organizations collaborated with President Reagan’s CIA in writing secrecy laws that enabled the prosecution of Bush-era whistleblower John Kiriakou, reports Mark Ames at Pando Daily.

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 READ MORE



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Why Isn’t David Petraeus on Trial?

The U.S. government has treated principled whistle-blowers like treasonous spies, yet Attorney General Eric Holder has reportedly ignored recommendations from his own FBI and Justice Department to prosecute former CIA chief David Petraeus.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE



Japan’s Aversion Toward Sex and Romance Could Be Detrimental to the World

The Japanese “celibacy syndrome” isn’t just a problem that will affect Japan’s economy; new documents reveal that former U.K. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher wanted to ban sex toys in her country; meanwhile, the German government’s anger over NSA leaks has been curbed due to fear of Islamic State. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jan 1, 2015 READ MORE



The American Public Gets Distracted From Torture

News this holiday season of the hacking of Sony studios and new U.S. relations with Cuba “flushed” the bad news of the Senate’s torture report from the public mind, Robert Hennelly writes at Salon.

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Mark Udall Can Make History by Releasing the Torture Report

Mark Udall, the outgoing Democratic senator from Colorado, may be a lame duck, leaving office in less than a week. But his most important work in the Senate may still be before him.

Posted on Dec 24, 2014 READ MORE



What Do Llamas Have to Do With AIDS?

The furry South American creatures may hold the cure to AIDS; Flickr gave up on its plan to sell prints of Creative Commons photos after much criticism; meanwhile, Dick Cheney admits he has no problem with innocent people being tortured. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 23, 2014 READ MORE


The Case Against Torture

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed’s U.S. military-appointed attorney says in this short documentary, “How we treat people ... is a reflection of who we are as Americans.”

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 READ MORE



Did the CIA Torture So Bush Could Invade Iraq? (Video)

The Bush administration and the CIA tortured al-Qaida suspects because they wanted evidence that linked Saddam Hussein to 9/11 and could be used to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Middle East expert Patrick Cockburn writes at The Independent.

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: Pardiss Kebriaei and the Center for Constitutional Rights

The senior attorney at the celebrated civil liberties group is pushing for the prosecution of U.S. officials who tortured detainees and terrorism suspects—an issue the Senate’s report on the subject was conspicuously silent about.

Posted on Dec 21, 2014 READ MORE


Cheney Xmas Ghost

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Unmasked: The CIA’s ‘Unidentified Queen of Torture’

The Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald and Peter Maass have revealed the identity of a “key apologist” for the CIA’s torture program, an official whom multiple news outlets have described as responsible for “a long string of significant errors and malfeasance” that put her “competence and integrity” in doubt, even by some within the agency.

Posted on Dec 20, 2014 READ MORE



Top 7 Ways Assassination Fails the U.S. as Policy

Wikileaks has released a government assessment of drone strikes aimed at assassinating top leaders.

Posted on Dec 20, 2014 READ MORE



The Senate Drone Report of 2019

Three years into a sagging Clinton presidency and a bitterly divided Congress, the 500-page executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s long fought-over, much-delayed, heavily redacted report on the secret CIA drone wars was finally released. Committee chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) took to the Senate floor, and said…

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 READ MORE



‘Human Experimentation Was a Core Feature of the CIA Torture Program’

If journalists and officials began talking about the tests that CIA psychologists conducted on suspected terrorists at U.S. black sites, would Americans demand the prosecution of those responsible?

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 READ MORE



Study: Over Half of Americans Think CIA Torture Methods Revealed in Senate Report Are Justified

How are we ever going to learn from our mistakes when we won’t even admit they were errors at all?

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on Dec 16, 2014 READ MORE


Stephen Colbert: No One’s Going to Pay Me to Watch Bill O’Reilly Anymore, So Fuck That Noise

As the “Colbert Report” films its last few episodes, host Stephen Colbert comes to a startling realization: He’s going to miss Fox News pundit Bill O’Reilly. Watch as the comedian pokes his final holes in O’Reilly’s defense of unjustifiable, immoral acts such as CIA torture.

Posted on Dec 16, 2014 READ MORE



American Torture—Past, Present, and… Future?

Mainstream coverage of U.S. torture in general and of the new Senate report in particular rests on three false assumptions: 1. The most important question is whether torture “worked.” 2. U.S. torture ended when George W. Bush left office. 3. The only kind of torture that really “counts” happens in foreign war zones. Let’s look at each of these in order.

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Torturous Laundry

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Enhancements

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Truthdiggers of the Week: Sens. John McCain and Dianne Feinstein

Whatever we think of their foreign, domestic and economic policies, the senators from Arizona and California, respectively, said the right words when the Senate Intelligence Committee released its inquiry into the CIA’s post-9/11 torture, detention and interrogation practices.

Posted on Dec 14, 2014 READ MORE


CIA Torture Medals

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CIA Torture Report

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Bank Torture

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Cheney Torture

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The Top 5 Planks of a 2016 GOP Platform: Torture, War, Bank Corruption and Paid-For Elections

This week, the release by the Senate of a report on torture as practiced in the zeroes by the CIA, along with Thursday night’s dramatic vote on an omnibus spending bill, laid bare the shape of the GOP platform in 2016.

Posted on Dec 13, 2014 READ MORE


Moral Compass

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Torture

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