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John McCain Urges Senate to Reject Gina Haspel for CIA Director The Arizona senator, who is home battling brain cancer, said, “Her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying.”
CIA Nominee Gina Haspel Won’t Say If Torture Is Immoral Trump’s nominee to head the spy agency promised to follow her “moral compass,” but she resisted attempts to have to define it.
Gina Haspel Promises Not to Reinstate Torture If Confirmed As CIA Director During Wednesday’s hearing, she’ll pledge not to restore the “detention and interrogation program” she previously participated in.
Haspel Nearly Walked Away From CIA Director Nomination She reportedly had to be convinced to stay after worrying she’d be “the next Ronny Jackson” amid scrutiny of her role in the CIA’s torture program.
Gina Haspel Actually Did Not Supervise CIA’s Most Notorious Use of Waterboarding New reporting shows Gina Haspel was not at a black site when Abu Zubaydah was waterboarded 83 times. But there are other issues with her record.
Trump’s Choice to Lead CIA Oversaw ‘Black Site’ Interrogation Program Gina Haspel reportedly oversaw the waterboarding of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri and the destruction of interrogation tapes.
Parents Who Kept 13 Children Captive Facing Life in Prison Prosecutors filed charges, and new details of the siblings’ horrifying ordeal emerged.
Trump Cites Brutal, Bigoted Myth of Gen. Pershing Murdering Muslims Trump’s response to breaking news of a possible terrorist attack in Spain is to endorse a false tale of U.S. torture and religious insults.
White House Backing Down on Renewed Use of Torture, Black Sites They still intend to expand the use of the prison at Guantánamo Bay, however.
Will McCain Sue Trump for Trying to Bring Back Torture? It could be a test of the willingness of both Congress and the courts to restrain the new president.
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The ‘Ticking Time Bomb’ Is Brilliant Psychological Manipulation If someone’s trying to get you to make a decision from a place of urgent fear, you should ask yourself why.
John McCain Warns Trump Not to Bring Back Torture Mike Pence responded, “We’re going to have a president who will never say what we’ll never do.”
Hillary Clinton Shouldn’t Tout Endorsements From Neocons Who Defend Torture Ex- CIA director Michael Morell thinks torture is effective and that the U.S. should covertly kill Russian soldiers. Clinton welcomes his endorsement.
Donald Trump Thinks America Must Commit War Crimes As a Matter of Principle Polling suggests Trump’s support for war crimes isn’t a political winner, but the presumptive GOP nominee says America must do “unthinkable” things to ISIS, regardless.
Mexican Women Are Being Sexually Tortured Mexican authorities are using it to force confessions, according to Amnesty International.
Justice Department Won’t Block Lawsuit Over CIA Torture Program In an unprecedented move, the department is not invoking state secrets to prevent the case from proceeding.
Trump Champions Waterboarding, and Worse It’s still not clear what other forms of torture Trump would like to bring back.
Why Do Republicans Defend Torture? The allegation that the Bush administration used torture had gone from outrageous smear to tired news without ever having passed through the stage of acceptable topic of discussion.
Frank Rich on the National Circus: America Is Still in Denial About Torture What does it mean to be a “nation of laws” if those laws are not applied to people in power?
Rep. Peter King Says Torture Wasn’t That Bad “We’re talking about people being made to stand in awkward positions, have water put into their nose and into their mouth.”
Fox News Host: ‘America Is Awesome,’ So Let’s Stop Talking About Torture Obama just wants to distract us from real problems, like the IRS scandal and Benghazi.
Meet the Psychologists Who Helped the CIA Torture Two psychologists who knew nothing about Al Qaeda ended up playing a huge role in designing the CIA’s torture-friendly interrogation program.
5 Appalling Takeaways From the Senate’s CIA Torture Report The “enhanced interrogation techniques” were cruel and useless.
Pope Francis Shades U.S. Over Prisons, Torture “A sentence of life is a hidden death penalty,” he said.
Barack Obama: ‘We Tortured Some Folks’ The president’s favorite warm-and-fuzzy collective noun meets the CIA’s enhanced interrogation program.
Palin: Waterboarding: How We Baptize Terrorists And other insane nonsense from the carnival barker.
Kathryn Bigelow Pens Op-Ed Defending Zero Dark Thirty’s Torture Use “Those of us who work in the arts know that depiction is not endorsement.”
Bradley Manning Awarded 112-Day Discount on Potential Prison Time A judge ruled that his pretrial punishment was “more rigorous than necessary.”
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Senators Blast Zero Dark Thirty Torture Scene McCain’s no fan of torture, plus he’s a huge Les Miz fan.
The Zero Dark Thirty Torture Debate Kept Going This Week The issue of whether the film condones torture is far from settled.
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Edelstein on Hardball: Zero Dark Thirty Torture “I don’t think friendly interrogation frankly is quite as cinematic.”
Does Zero Dark Thirty Endorse Torture? A debate mounts over the Oscar front-runner’s portrayal of the search for bin Laden.