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NYT: Obama Must Prosecute CIA Torture

'Looking forward' no excuse for lack of accountability: editorial

(Newser) - The Senate report on CIA torture has revealed both despicable acts and a "fabricat(ed) legal foundation" for them, and it's time for those responsible to be held accountable, the New York Times editorial board writes. "No amount of legal pretzel logic can justify the behavior detailed in... More »

Cheney: Torture Was 9/11, Not What We Did

Ex-VP says, 'I'd do it again in a minute'

(Newser) - Dick Cheney today doubled down on his defense of the CIA's so-called harsh interrogation techniques, telling Meet the Press that "torture to me is an American citizen on his cell phone making a last call to his four young daughters shortly before he burns to death in the... More »

CIA's Brennan: We Got a Lot Right, Made 'Abhorrent' Mistakes

Director offers up defense of torture program as Feinstein fact-checks on Twitter

(Newser) - CIA Director John Brennan offered up a spirited defense of his agency's torture program today, saying that "our nation and, in particular, this agency did a lot of things right during this difficult time to keep this country safe and secured" in the aftermath of 9/11, and that... More »

CIA's Torture Drew on Famed Dog Experiment

More on 'learned helplessness'

(Newser) - As earlier reported , a pair of retired Air Force psychologists who had never interrogated anybody before were paid $81 million to devise the CIA's "enhanced interrogation" program and, much to Martin Seligman's displeasure, they devised their techniques by drawing on Seligman's "learned helplessness" theory. The... More »

Polish Leaders: We OK'd Secret Prisons, Not Torture

US just asked for a 'quiet site' to 'obtain info,' they say

(Newser) - After years of denials, two former Polish leaders acknowledged yesterday that they had allowed a secret CIA prison to operate on their territory, but they insisted they never authorized the harsh treatment or torture of its inmates. Former Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski and former Prime Minister Leszek Miller spoke to... More »

Torture Report's Footnotes Alone Are Frightening

One detainee may have been simply in 'wrong place at wrong time'

(Newser) - If you don't have time to read the 528-page summary of the Senate's findings on interrogation techniques , you can get a sense of its revelations just by reading the footnotes, Vocativ reports. The site offers material from just the first 200 of the report's 38,000 footnotes:... More »

What the Senate's Torture Report Gets Wrong

Former CIA chiefs, Bob Kerrey criticize lack of interviews, context, recommendations

(Newser) - The Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA interrogations has all kinds of grisly details , but, "remarkably," it makes zero recommendations, complains former Democratic Sen. Bob Kerrey in USA Today . The former committee member calls this "disturbing fact" a result of the report's partisanship—only Democrats participated... More »

Report Likens Secret CIA Facility to 'Dungeon'

Site had buckets for waste and cold, isolated cells with shackled prisoners

(Newser) - Reporters are picking through the details of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on the CIA's use of torture , and the details aren't pretty. Some examples:
  • Dungeon: The Week highlights one passage comparing a CIA black site to a dungeon. "CIA detainees at the COBALT detention facility
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Why Bush Should Be Pardoned for Torture

ACLU thinks it's the only way to stop future torture

(Newser) - A Senate panel's report on the CIA's use of torture lays out a "blueprint for criminal investigations" of George W. Bush and others, writes ACLU chief Anthony D. Romero in the New York Times . And while that argument might not be surprising coming from the ACLU, this... More »

Report Hits Hard at CIA's 'Brutal,' Ineffective Torture

Senate report says spy agency actively misled White House, Congress

(Newser) - The Senate Intelligence Committee has dropped its long-awaited report on the CIA's use of torture, and it pulls no punches in its 528 pages, detailing a "brutal and far worse than the CIA represented" program that ultimately was "not an effective means of acquiring intelligence," reports... More »

A Primer to Today's CIA Torture Report

Reuters talks to sources who detail the use of a power drill, broomstick

(Newser) - The CIA is bracing for the release today of the long-awaited Senate Intelligence Committee report on its use of torture—which one lawmaker on Sunday warned could bring "violence and deaths " overseas. Here's what you need to know:
  • Who authored the report? Democrats on the Senate Intelligence
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Rep: CIA Torture Report Will Cause 'Violence, Deaths'

Mike Rogers says release of report is 'terrible idea,' will wreak havoc overseas

(Newser) - It's not a total surprise that the CIA used torture to question al-Qaeda detainees in the years following 9/11—Obama himself acknowledged over the summer that "we tortured some folks," CBS News notes. But the details of a Senate Intelligence Committee report that may be released as... More »

Hey, Sen. Udall: Here's Your Chance to Reveal CIA Secrets

Transparency advocate should take advantage of midterm loss: Conor Friedersdorf

(Newser) - Sen. Mark Udall has been one of the Hill's strongest voices against CIA and NSA secrecy, and now, he's got a chance to expose some of those secrets. A clause in the Constitution largely protects lawmakers from prosecution over their comments on the House or Senate floor, the... More »

Man Invites Over Daughter's Rapist, Fatally Tortures Him

Indian dad confesses to murdering man with hot tongs

(Newser) - A man in India has confessed to inviting over his daughter's alleged rapist, serving the man dinner, and murdering him with a pair of hot tongs, Fox News reports. The unidentified 36-year-old says he only meant to torture the man with tongs and strangulation, and wept when he died... More »

Journo Offers Stunning Account of Kidnapping, Torture

American Peter Theo Curtis, aka Theo Padnos, tells of 22 months with al-Nusra Front

(Newser) - The world was shocked and elated when American journalist Peter Theo Curtis was released this summer after 22 months of being held in captivity in Syria by the militant al-Nusra Front group. Now Curtis, who writes under the name Theo Padnos, has penned an extraordinary account for the New York ... More »

Nobel Laureates to Obama: Open Up on CIA Torture

Desmond Tutu, José Ramos-Horta lead charge for transparency

(Newser) - Twelve Nobel Peace Prize winners have penned a letter to President Obama that asks their fellow laureate to open up a "grim chapter" in US history: the use of torture. The open letter on TheCommunity.com—chaired by former East Timor President José Ramos-Horta—appeals to the president to... More »

Report: 130 Chinese Firms Export Torture Gear

Amnesty International identifies 'intrinsically cruel' equipment

(Newser) - Chinese firms are widely and in many cases "openly" distributing devices that can readily be used for torture, Amnesty International says in a new report. The number of companies involved has surged from 28 to more than 130 in the past decade, the activist organization notes, and most of... More »

Texas Executes Woman Who Starved, Tortured Boy

Lisa Coleman guilty in 9-year-old's death

(Newser) - A Texas woman convicted of the starvation and torture death of her girlfriend's 9-year-old son a decade ago was executed this evening. Lisa Coleman, 38, received a lethal injection after the Supreme Court rejected a last-day appeal to spare her. She was pronounced dead at 6:24pm local time,... More »

World's 'Greatest' Mass Murderess Bathed in Blood

Countess Elizabeth Bathory died 400 years ago

(Newser) - Talk about a grim anniversary: Countess Elizabeth Bathory of the Kingdom of Hungary died 400 years ago, ending the world's "most prolific" recorded killing spree by a woman, CNN reports. Bathory reportedly tortured and killed up to 650 girls and bathed in their blood because she believed it... More »

Obama: After 9/11, We 'Tortured Some Folks'

President says it more explicitly than before

(Newser) - The US tortured al-Qaeda detainees captured after the 9/11 attacks, President Obama said today, in some of his most expansive comments to date about a controversial set of CIA practices that he banned after taking office. "We tortured some folks," Obama said at a televised news conference at... More »

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