Tag Archives: torture

CIA torture architects settle lawsuit (you get to pay)

Source: Daily Mail [UK]

“Two CIA torture psychologists, who were paid $80 miliion by the government to develop interrogation techniques, made a secret settlement to avoid going to trial. James Mitchell and John ‘Bruce’ Jessen were contracted by the agency to design the department’s harsh interrogation program used in the war on terror following the September 11 attacks. The two psychologists were sued by two living ex-detainees and one who died of hypothermia after brutal questioning in US custody, alleging they were illegally tortured using the men’s methods.” [editor’s note: Unfortunately, the US government had an indemnification agreement with the evildoers, guaranteeing that taxpayers would cover any civil legal liabilities for their work – TLK] (08/18/17)


Lawsuit against CIA psychologists who compared themselves to Nazi gas manufacturer headed to trial

Source: Gizmodo

“A lawsuit against two former Air Force psychologists who developed the CIA’s post-September 11, 2001 ‘enhanced interrogation’ torture techniques, James Mitchell and John ‘Bruce’ Jessen, appears to be all set to go to trial after the defendants ignored repeated exhortations to settle — including from the judge. Mitchell and Jensen earned $81 million from the CIA between 2003 and 2009 to develop the techniques, which ‘included waterboarding, beatings, forced rectal ‘feeding’ and experiments with glaring lights and incessant music,’ the L.A. Times reported. Their legal team tried to blunt the lawsuit by claiming that as contractors, the two psychologists couldn’t be held legally responsible for developing the torture regime and the CIA should be held liable instead. … The suit is just the latest consequence for mental health professionals who aided George W. Bush’s administration in medicalizing torture during the height of the US ground occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan.” [editor’s note: These fucksticks are lucky they’re just being sued and not given the full Nuremberg treatment – TLK] (07/30/17)


Germany: Civil rights group asks regime to arrest CIA deputy director over torture claims

Source: New York Daily News

“A civil rights group is asking German authorities to issue an arrest warrant for the recently appointed deputy director of the CIA over claims she oversaw the torture of terrorism suspects 15 years ago. The nonprofit European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights submitted a legal brief to German federal prosecutors Tuesday, alleging that Gina Haspel allowed the waterboarding of prisoners at a secret U.S. detention center in Thailand. The prosecutor’s office confirmed Wednesday the complaint had been received and was being reviewed. Similar complaints against senior U.S. officials in the past haven’t resulted in arrest warrants.”


CIA torture report: Where’s our next heroic whistleblower?

Source: Garrison Center
by Thomas L Knapp

“What do the CIA, the US Senate, and the White House have to hide? My guess is quite a bit. Should they be allowed to hide those things from the taxpayers who pay the bills and whose lives are put at risk by the criminal acts of the US intelligence community? Absolutely not. Will they get away with hiding it? Not forever. The days of governments being able to permanently bury secrets are over, thanks to heroes like Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, and the folks at WikiLeaks.” (06/03/17)


Mexico: Torture complaints spike 400 percent for army, federal police

Source: PanAm Post

“The Mexican Army received more complaints of torture in 2016 than in the last six years combined. Both lawmakers and activists spoke out against the disregard President Enrique Pena Nieto’s administration showed toward proposals to improve internal security law protecting human rights. According to official data from the National Human Rights Commission, in 2016, there were 15 complaints of torture linked to the army — a 400-percent increase compared to 2015.” (03/13/17)


The scum also rises: Obama-protected torturers back on top

Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

“In 2002, the CIA captured a man in Afghanistan who had been working at a ‘terrorist training camp’ that had originally been founded by — the CIA. They accused him of being a member of al Qaeda. He wasn’t, but he had lots of information about the organization, which he willingly supplied under ordinary questioning. But factions in the CIA were convinced he knew more. So they ordered him to be tortured …. When they finally accepted that the prisoner wasn’t lying … the agent in charge sought to destroy the evidence of his torture. Eventually, she and another CIA bigwig illegally destroyed all the tapes. This led to a Senate investigation — which the CIA tried to subvert by hacking the computers of Senate staffers. That CIA torturer, mocker and destroyer of evidence has just been named Deputy Director of the CIA.” (02/23/17)


ISIS idea of religious morality: Torture kids to death

Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Islamic State morality police practice a curious form of discipline for 10-year-old little girls found outside their homes without a male escort: they’re tortured to death with iron fangs. You see, any female regardless of age who goes outside all by herself is potentially committing a capital offence against the morals of the Islamic State.” (02/12/17)


Return of the torturers: Back to the crime scenes of the past

Source: CounterPunch
by Melvin Goodman

“The Trump administration has signaled that it is willing to return to the heinous crimes of the past two decades, including torture and abuse, secret prisons, and extraordinary renditions. The appointment of Gina Haspel as the deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency clearly indicates that the use of torture, including the use of waterboarding, which has been endorsed by the President, the national security advisor, and the CIA director, could once again be a major part of the U.S. campaign against international terrorism.” (02/03/17)


If torture works …

Source: Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

“Torture is a despicable practice. As a general rule I don’t believe that torture interrogation techniques work as well as one might think. Yes, torture victims will often sing like canaries. They’ll tell their torturers anything they want to hear. But too often it’s unreliable. It won’t necessarily lead to the truth. So I’m gratified that our newly confirmed Secretary of Defense, General Mad Dog Mattis, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, Mike Pompeo, agree with me — torture doesn’t work and it’s against the law. Americans don’t resort to torture. If the President ordered them to do it, they wouldn’t do it. That’s good. But sadly, President Trump is still convinced that torture works.” (01/28/17)


No comeback for torture — it’s never gone away

Source: Empire Burlesque
by Chris Floyd

“Donald Trump used his first nationally televised interview as president to declare his firm belief that ‘torture works.’ … Gosh, it sorta makes you wish there had been some magical way for somebody — say, the most powerful man on earth — to have prosecuted American torturers during the last eight years, setting a clear, public example that such blatant evil would never again be tolerated in a civilized society. It’s just so unfortunate that the White House and Justice Department were left empty from January 2009 to January 2017, and there was no one around to, you know, actually uphold the law. Darn the luck, eh? But of course, there WAS someone in the White House during those years — and he and his minions used torture on an extensive scale. ” (01/26/17)