Category Archives: Torture

One Year Ago — Hanns-Joachim Gottlob Scharff : “Without Torture”

“Everyone at the CIA in the post-Sept. 11 era was simply doing what they were asked to do in the aftermath of a crisis.” General Michael Hayden — former NSA and CIA Director “The fact that a person acted pursuant … Continue reading

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One Year Ago — Gina Haspel CIA Nomination Reopens Old Wounds

“The torture of detainees in U.S. custody during the last decade was one of the darkest chapters in American history. Ms. Haspel needs to explain the nature and extent of her involvement in the CIA’s interrogation program during the confirmation … Continue reading

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On This Day — “Horrifying and Unnecessary” (New York Time Editorial – March 2 2008)

“Some may argue that we would be more effective if we sanctioned torture or other expedient methods to obtain information from the enemy. They would be wrong. Beyond the basic fact that such actions are illegal, history shows that they … Continue reading

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On This Day — CIA Director John Brennan Defends Torture Methods (December 11 2014)

“In a limited number of cases, agency officers used interrogation techniques that had not been authorized, were abhorrent and rightly should be repudiated by all.” CIA Director John Brennan (December 11 2014) “No evidence that terror attacks were stopped, terrorists … Continue reading

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Remembering Senator John McCain : “CIA Torture Policies Stained Our National Honor” (August 29, 1936 – August 25, 2018)

“Ms. Haspel’s role in overseeing the use of torture by Americans is disturbing. Her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying. I believe the Senate should exercise its duty of advice and consent and reject this nomination.” US Senator John … Continue reading

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John le Carré : Prime Minister Should Authorise Torture Inquiry

“Torture is the weapon of the bully, the coward and the fool, and the US president’s record testifies that he is well qualified to speak on its behalf.” John le Carré — The Times (August 17 2018) David John Moore … Continue reading

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Torture — Former CIA Interrogator Responds to Whoopi Goldberg

CIA EITs program was not torture. If it was, I would be in jail. I am just the guy who was asked to do something for his country.” Dr. James Mitchell “Although these guys [Mitchell and Jessen] believe that their … Continue reading

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National Security Archive Sues CIA for Gina Haspel Torture Cables

“Expedited processing is clearly warranted in this instance, as Gina Haspel’s Senate confirmation hearing for CIA Director is slated for May 9.” The National Security Archive “My highly respected nominee for CIA Director, Gina Haspel, has come under fire because … Continue reading

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Hanns-Joachim Gottlob Scharff — “Without Torture”

“Everyone at the CIA in the post-Sept. 11 era was simply doing what they were asked to do in the aftermath of a crisis.” General Michael Hayden — former NSA and CIA Director “The fact that a person acted pursuant … Continue reading

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CIA — Gina Haspel Nomination Reopens Old Wounds

“The torture of detainees in U.S. custody during the last decade was one of the darkest chapters in American history. Ms. Haspel needs to explain the nature and extent of her involvement in the CIA’s interrogation program during the confirmation … Continue reading

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