Torture, Morality at Heart of Senate Hearing on Trump’s Pick to Head CIA
Gina Haspel dodges questions but appears headed toward narrow confirmation.
A Torturer to Critics, a Consummate Professional to Colleagues
Trump's CIA pick could break the agency's glass ceiling — if she can answer tough questions on interrogation methods.
The Kurdish Government Is Torturing Boys
Boys as young as 11, accused of fighting for the Islamic State, are being detained and brutally tortured in prisons.
SitRep: POTUS Says Torture “Works;” DoD and CIA Chiefs Blindsided by Executive Order; Safe Zone in Syria
Secret White House Budget in the Works; North Korea Teetering; Trump’s Unsecure Phone; And Lots More
Drafts of Trump Orders on Gitmo and Interrogation Spark Fear of Return to 9/11-Era Mindset
The new president is reportedly considering moves to declare Guantanamo open for business and consider a return to “black sites” and enhanced interrogation for new detainees.
President-elect Trump at the New York Times on waterboarding and Gen. Mattis
I was interested that Trump, by his account, went out of his way to ask General Mattis about the efficacy of torture.
CIA Chief: We Won’t Torture, Even If Ordered To
John Brennan says he'll never go along with waterboarding.
In Speech on Global Human Rights Abuses, Kerry Attacks Trump
The release of the State Department’s annual report on human rights typically focuses on grotesque abuses and atrocities in far-flung corners of the world. But this year, Secretary of State John Kerry found himself addressing something closer to home: the vigorous endorsement of torture by the leading 2016 Republican presidential candidates.
Trump Flip-Flops on Promise to Torture Suspects, Kill Families of Terrorists
Donald Trump has changed course on his widely-condemned promise to bring back torture and kill families of terrorists.
How Assad’s Prisoners Die
A new report released by U.N. investigators documents atrocities that took place in Syrian government prisons.
This Tunisian Wants His Nation to Know Its Torturers
Tunisians have never received a public accounting for the crimes of the old dictatorship. Gilbert Naccache says that must change.
I don’t believe a word of what torture advocates say — and neither should you
News sources are reporting that the long-awaited release of the summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA’s torture program is just days away. Thanks to anonymous sources, we already know some of what this summary will say: “enhanced” interrogation techniques (EITS) yielded little, if any significant intelligence, and the CIA misled the government and the public about both the severity of its methods and this program’s success.
Who Killed Islam Salah al-Din Atitu?
The Cairo university student left home to take a final exam. The next day, he turned up in a city morgue, with marks of torture on his body, and police peddling a suspicious story about how he got there.
Mission Unstoppable: Why Is the CIA Running America’s Foreign Policy?
From drone strikes to prison torture, the CIA has been pulling the strings of U.S. foreign policy since 9/11. And if history is a guide, the agency will be calling the shots in the Middle East for years to come.
Watchdogs Say U.S. Turned Blind Eye to Uzbek Abuse
Washington was more focused on securing military aid from Karimov for war in neighboring Afghanistan, human rights advocates say.
Whatever Happened to Bahrain’s Torture Reforms?
Despite promises of change, abuses by police and security services remain commonplace in the kingdom.
The Women in the Middle of the War
Rampant sexual assault has unmade allegiances in Syria's civil war -- and it may well get worse no matter which side wins.
CIA Director Paints a Gloomy Picture of the World, but a Rosy One of His Spy Agency
John Brennan said fighting terrorism today requires close relationships with foreign spies.
Afghanistan’s U.S.-Funded Torturers and Murderers
The United States continues to fund and support a network of abusive Afghan strongmen in the name of security. It's time to stop.