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Trump Reportedly "Surprised" Top Contender to Run Pentagon Doesn't Support Torture
According to the New York Times , Donald Trump confessed he was "surprised" when he discovered that one of his top choices for Defense Secretary, Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis, does not actually "favor" the torture tactic known as "waterboarding." Amid an extensive interview with the Times editorial...
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Chelsea Manning Supporters Launch Last-Ditch Call for Clemency
With mere weeks left under an Obama presidency, advocates have launched what they describe as a last ditch effort to save national security whistleblower Chelsea Manning before Donald Trump and his team of pro-torture , anti-LGBTQ war hawks ascend to power. With a protest outside the White House on...
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Installing a Torture Fan at CIA
President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Kansas Congressman Mike Pompeo, an open aficionado of torture practices used in the “war on terror,” to be CIA director shows that Trump was serious when he said he would support “waterboarding and much worse.” Earlier, there had been a sliver of hope...
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Trump Picks Pro-Surveillance, Tea Party Hawk Mike Pompeo to Lead CIA
President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly chosen the hawkish Tea Party Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) to serve as head of the CIA. Pompeo's selection was announced Friday along with a slew of other major appointments, including Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) as Attorney General and retired Army Lt. Gen...
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Donald Trump May Choose Bush-Era Torture Architect for CIA Chief
President-elect Donald Trump may choose an architect of the George W. Bush administration's torture program, Jose Rodriguez, to head the CIA, The Intercept reported Friday. The Intercept cites a post-election prediction from Dentons, a law firm where Trump confidante Newt Gingrich (himself a...
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Groups Demand Trump Ditch Plans for Mass Deportations, Muslim Ban, and Torture
President-elect Donald Trump's win early Wednesday morning stunned and devastated observers around the globe, who were quick to note the risks a Trump administration poses to the climate, human rights, the economy, and the world at-large. Human Rights Watch (HRW) implored the president-elect to...
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The True Scandal of 2016 Was The Torture of Chelsea Manning
A few days ago, we learned that Private Chelsea Manning attempted to take her own life last month for the second time since being sentenced to 35 years at the U.S. military prison in Leavenworth, Kansas. The whistleblower, who provided the collateral murder video, the Iraq and Afghan war logs, and...
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‘The Darkness Comes’: CIA Torture Victims Describe How the Mental Scars Never Go Away
The New York Times is publishing a devastating exposé series on the lasting psychological effects of U.S. government torture on men who once were held in CIA-run secret overseas prisons or at Guantanamo Bay. Two psychologists, James Mitchell and Bruce Jessen, were independent contractors for the...
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Appeals Court Reinstates Torture Case Against Infamous Military Contractor
An appellate court on Friday reinstated a lawsuit against a private military contractor accused of torturing detainees at the infamous Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, reversing a lower court decision that dismissed the case and rejecting the defendant's claim that the issue of torture was beyond the...
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Abducted, Tortured, Held 14 Years Without Trial, 'Gitmo Diary' Author Finally Free
Mohamedou Ould Slahi, who documented his torture and imprisonment in the 2015 Guantánamo Diary , on Monday was finally returned home to his native Mauritania. Upon his release, Slahi said, "I feel grateful and indebted to the people who have stood by me. I have come to learn that goodness is...
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