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DOJ Docs Raise Questions About Gorsuch's Views on Torture and Executive Power
With just days until Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, a new trove of documents is raising additional questions about the federal judge's time at the Department of Justice (DOJ), where he "played a key role in defending the torture and...
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CIA's New Deputy Director Oversaw Torture and Destruction of Evidence
The newly announced CIA deputy director, Gina Haspel, reportedly oversaw the torture of two detainees under former President George W. Bush and ordered video evidence of their interrogations destroyed. Her ascent to the number two position at the agency is another signal that the new administration...
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Torture Works...to Produce Fake News (And That’s How We Got Into Iraq)
I told this story back in 2005 but it is a good story, has held up, and bears repeating now that President Trump is again promoting torture as “effective.” Torture is a good way to get people to tell you what they think you want to hear so that you will stop torturing them. That is, torture may...
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Lying Once Again, Trump Declares Torture 'Absolutely' Works
President Donald Trump doubled down on his embrace of torture on Wednesday, saying that it "absolutely works." He made the fallacious claim in interview with ABC News , an excerpt of which was released before its airing on Wednesday evening. Trump said that he asked top intelligence officials...
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White House Distances Itself from 'Black Site' Order After Outrage
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer on Wednesday said he had "no idea" where a controversial executive order that seemed poised to reinstate secret overseas CIA prisons came from, stating that President Donald Trump had not seen it. The draft, titled "Detention and Interrogation of Enemy...
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With Help from Dems, Torture Supporter Pompeo Confirmed for CIA Chief
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) has been confirmed as CIA director, after 14 Democrats fell in line with almost all Senate Republicans Monday night. Pompeo, who has hinted that he is open to reauthorizing torture and mass surveillance , will lead the intelligence agency under President Donald Trump. The...
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CIA Pick Mike Pompeo Open to Re-Authorizing Torture
Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.), the nominee for CIA chief whose confirmation vote is set for Monday, has said he would consider re-authorizing waterboarding and other forms of torture. In a series of written responses (pdf) to questions from the Senate Intelligence Committee, who asked if he would...
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Protesters demonstrate against Guantanamo Bay in front of the Supreme Court on January 11, 2017 News
'Deny Trump the Tools to Torture': Progressive Dems Call on Obama to Close Guantanamo
As pro-torture President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office, members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) are urging President Barack Obama to immediately shut down Guantanamo Bay and deny Trump "the tools to reinstate torture." In a letter (pdf) sent Wednesday, 40 members of the...
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Is John Kelly 'Unfit' (or Sadly Suited) to Lead Homeland Security Under Trump?
President-elect Donald Trump's selection to lead the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), former Marine General John Kelly, should be "disqualified" from the post due to his "brutal" treatment of detainees at the Guantánamo Bay Detention Center, attorneys warned Tuesday ahead of Kelly's Senate...
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Trump Knows Nothing About Guantanamo Bay – He'll Make Matters Even Worse
While the same could, sadly, be said of many subjects, the president-to-be obviously knows nothing about Guantánamo Bay. On Tuesday, he said that "There should be no further releases from Gitmo." His tweet adds: "These are extremely dangerous people and should not be allowed back onto the...
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