Chris Hedges and John Kiriakou: The CIA Torture Program Was One of the Best Recruiting Tools for Al Qaeda

Chris Hedges and John Kiriakou: The CIA Torture Program Was One of the Best Recruiting Tools for Al Qaeda

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John Kiriakou, CIA Whistleblower, discusses the atrocities of the CIA and its torture program.

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The Unjustifiable Defense of Torture and Gitmo by Andy Worthington

by Andy Worthington
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5 May, 2011

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With the reported assassination of Osama bin Laden, one of the most alarming responses has been a kind of casual and widespread acceptance that the death of  America’s number one bogeyman would not have been achieved without the use of torture, and without the existence of Guantánamo.

This is wrong on both fronts, as Jane Mayer of the New Yorker explained in response to an early manifestation of the story, put out by torture apologists Liz Cheney and Bill Kristol:
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On Bush’s Waterboarding Claims, UK Media Loses Its Moral Compass by Andy Worthington

by Andy Worthington
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www.andyworthington.co.uk
9 November, 2010

The mainstream media likes to claim that it has high journalistic standards, but when the opportunity for a sensational headline turns up, those principles are often abandoned. A recent example of this was the hysterical response to the supposed swine flu epidemic last year, and a new example — central to my work and that of many others chipping away at the enduring lies of the “War on Terror” – is currently sweeping the UK.

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New Report Reveals How Bush Torture Program Involved Human Experimentation

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by Andy Worthington
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www.andyworthington.co.uk
7 June, 2010

In a 27-page report, “Experiments in Torture: Human Subject Research and Evidence of Experimentation in the ‘Enhanced’ Interrogation Program” (available here), the organization Physicians for Human Rights has brought into sharp focus the role played by US medical personnel in torture and human experimentation. As the introduction on PHR’s website states, this is “the first report to reveal evidence indicating that CIA medical personnel allegedly engaged in the crime of illegal experimentation after 9/11, in addition to the previously disclosed crime of torture. In their attempt to justify the war crime of torture, the CIA appears to have committed another alleged war crime — illegal experimentation on prisoners.”

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Torture Whitewash: How “Professional Misconduct” Became “Poor Judgment” in the OPR Report

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by Andy Worthington
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23 February, 2010

The long-awaited report by the OPR (the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility) into the conduct of the lawyers in the OLC (Office of Legal Counsel), regarding their role in approving the use of torture, has finally been published (PDF).

The report largely focuses on two memos dated August 1, 2002, and a third dated March 14, 2003. Widely known as the “torture memos,” these notorious documents sought to redefine torture so that it could be used by the CIA (and by the US military in the March 2003 memo), and the report concludes that the primary author of the memos, John Yoo, an OLC lawyer who is now a law professor at Boalt Hall, the University of California’s School of Law in Berkeley, and the senior official who signed the August 2002 memos, Assistant Attorney General Jay S. Bybee, who is now a judge in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, were guilty of “professional misconduct.”

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Report: Bush Lawyer Said President Could Order Civilians to Be ‘Massacred’ by Michael Isikoff

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by Michael Isikoff
Newsweek.com
February 19, 2010

The chief author of the Bush administration’s “torture memo” told Justice Department investigators that the president’s war-making authority was so broad that he had the constitutional power to order a village to be “massacred,” according to a report released Friday night by the Office of Professional Responsibility.

The views of former Justice lawyer John Yoo were deemed to be so extreme and out of step with legal precedents that they prompted the Justice Department’s internal watchdog office to conclude last year that he committed “intentional professional misconduct” when he advised the CIA it could proceed with waterboarding and other aggressive interrogation techniques against Al Qaeda suspects.

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via Report: Bush Lawyer Said President Could Order Civilians to Be ‘Massacred’ – Declassified Blog – Newsweek.com

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Rachel Maddow: Bush and Cheney justifying Iraq War through torture! + Sen. Carl Levin refutes Cheney’s claims

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December 30, 2009

Rachel Maddow – questioning during KSM’s torture 1/2

Rachel reveals that the questioning of KSM was “focused on trying to establish a link between al Qaeda and Iraq and we were not being successful in establishing a link between al Qaeda and Iraq. The more frustrated people got in not being able to establish this link… there was more and more pressure to resort to measures that might produce more immediate results.”

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Tortured Law + Proposed Appropriations Bill To Give Defense Department Authority To Suppress Torture Photos

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October 07, 2009

Tortured Law, a new 10-minute documentary by Alliance for Justice, examines the role lawyers played in authorizing torture, and calls upon Attorney General Holder to Join those calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to release the report of the DOJ Office of Professional Responsibility, and hold accountable those who ordered, designed, and justified torture.

You can join the call by signing Alliance for Justice’s petition http://ga1.org/campaign/release_tortu…

Sign up to host a screening in your area: http://www.afj.org/films-and-programs…

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Proposed Appropriations Bill To Give Defense Department Authority To Suppress Torture Photos (10/7/2009)

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Congressional Conferees Agree To Language Allowing Defense Department To Exempt Photos From Freedom Of Information Act

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WASHINGTON – According to a conference summary, House and Senate conferees today approved language for the homeland security appropriations bill that, if passed, would grant the Department of Defense (DOD) the authority to continue suppressing photos depicting the abuse of prisoners in U.S. custody overseas. The language described in the summary appears to incorporate an amendment put forth by Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) that would allow DOD to exempt the photos from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). The photos were ordered released by a federal appeals court as part of an American Civil Liberties Union FOIA lawsuit.

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Countdown: Alberto Gonzales Supports Torture Investigation! + Officials: Cheney Criminal Probe Mandated by Law

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Nadler Blasts Cheney’s Outrageous Defense of Illegal Torture

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NAM backs Iran proposal banning attacks on nuclear sites

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Mon, 24 Aug 2009 10:17:04 GMT

More than 100 Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) countries have welcomed Iran’s involvement to vote on a proposal, which bans attacks on nuclear installations.

“More than 100 NAM members supported Iran’s proposal to be presented at the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) general conference in September,” Fars news agency quoted Iran’s IAEA envoy Ali-Asghar Soltaniyeh as saying on Monday.

Soltaniyeh also pointed out that the Egyptian envoy that holds the presidency of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) formally announced the support in a letter to the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency Mohamed ElBaradei on Monday.

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via NAM backs Iran proposal banning attacks on nuclear sites

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Release Of The “Holy Grail” Of Torture Reports Delayed Again by Andy Worthington

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2 July 2009

Today was supposed to be the day that the Justice Department — after two delays — released an unclassified version of the CIA Inspector General’s 2004 Report into the interrogations of “high-value detainees” in the “War on Terror,” which Democrat Congressional staffers described as the “holy grail,” according to Greg Sargent of the Plum Line, writing in May, “because it is expected to detail torture in unprecedented detail and to cast doubt on the claim that torture works.”

Sargent was following up on an article in the Washington Post, “Hill Panel Reviewing CIA Tactics,” which described how Senate Intelligence Committee investigators were interviewing those involved in the interrogations, “examining hundreds of CIA e-mails and reviewing a classified 2005 study by the agency’s lawyers of dozens of interrogation videotapes” (which were later destroyed), and also examining the CIA Inspector General’s Report.

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Countdown: NO Terrorist Attacks Were Disrupted From The Use Of Torture! + Mancow’s Waterboarding A HOAX? Mancow Responds!

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Mancow’s Waterboarding A HOAX? Mancow Responds!

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Countdown: Mancow Interview

Conservative Radio Host Mancow Waterboarded! Says It’s ABSOLUTLY TORTURE!

Countdown: Jesse Ventura Interview

Christopher Hitchens on Torture, and More

Did Erich “Mancow” Muller Fake His Waterboarding for Publicity? By The Cajun Boy

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Christopher Hitchens Gets Waterboarded (2008)

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Conservative Radio Host Mancow Waterboarded! Says It’s ABSOLUTLY TORTURE!

Christopher Hitchens on Torture, and More

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Christopher Hitchens Gets Waterboarded (2008)

Conservative Radio Host Mancow Waterboarded! Says It’s ABSOLUTLY TORTURE!

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May 22, 2009

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Mancow Waterboarded, Admits It’s Torture

It is way worse than I thought it would be

By  RYAN POLLYEA | NBC Chicago
Updated 12:11 PM CDT, Fri, May 22, 2009

And so it went Friday morning when WLS radio host Erich “Mancow” Muller decided to subject himself to the controversial practice of waterboarding live on his show.

Mancow decided to tackle the divisive issue head on — actually it was head down, while restrained and reclining.

“I want to find out if it’s torture,” Mancow told his listeners Friday morning, adding that he hoped his on-air test would help prove that waterboarding did not, in fact, constitute torture.

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via Mancow Waterboarded, Admits It’s Torture | NBC Chicago.

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The Obama-Cheney “debate” and the threat of dictatorship in America

Indefinite detention? Shame on you… President Obama + Maddow Dissects Cheney’s Speech

My Message To Obama: Great Speech, But No Military Commissions and No “Preventive Detention” by Andy Worthington

Countdown Special Comment: Cheney, go away. + Wilkerson

Christopher Hitchens on Torture, and More

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Christopher Hitchens Gets Waterboarded (2008)

Is Nancy Pelosi a Liar, a Coward, or Just Plain Old, Garden Variety, Stupid? by Cindy Sheehan

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May 19, 2009

The Central Intelligence Agency owns everyone of any significance in the major media. — William Colby, long time CIA operative and Director of the CIA under Richard Nixon

In stating that the CIA “mis-led” her in a briefing where the CIA claims that they told Nancy Pelosi about the drowning torture known as “water-boarding,” she is either showing an astonishing amount of naiveté, she is lying, or she is just plain stupid. Also, using this lame excuse conveniently turns the conversation to water-boarding and not other forms of torture; which Pelosi admits she was briefed on in September of 2002. Additionally, even though it is highly probable that the CIA did lie to Pelosi in September of 2002, she admits that the Agency came clean, so to speak in March of 2003…a mere six months later. So she either knew about water-boarding and did nothing about it six and a half years ago, or she knew about water-boarding and did nothing about it six years ago. Six months is an awfully long time when you’re being unlawfully detained and tortured by the US Torture Squad Goons.

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