ACLU

The CIA’s chief interrogator called it “the closest thing he has seen to a dungeon.”

At the agency’s COBALT detention site in Afghanistan – also known as the “Salt Pit” – detainees were kept in total darkness, shackled to the floors or walls of their cells, and given buckets to dispose of their own waste. (more…)

Bill Quigley  ICH

In 1990, twenty percent of all children in the US lived in poverty. What percent of th children in the US live in poverty today?  (more…)

Jonathan Turley Washington Post

The greatest threat to liberty in France has come not from the terrorists who committed such horrific acts this past week but from the French themselves, who have been leading the Western world in a crackdown on free speech. (more…)

By Robert Parry Consortium News

To understand how the American people find themselves trapped in today’s Orwellian dystopia of endless warfare against an ever-shifting collection of “evil” enemies, you have to think back to the Vietnam War and the shock to the ruling elite caused by an unprecedented popular uprising against that war. (more…)

The U.S. government is preparing to hike the number of private mercenary forces in Iraq, as part of the expanding war in that country and neighboring Syria, an anonymous senior U.S. official told Reuters. (more…)

The National Security Agency quietly released a heavily redacted report late Wednesday night showing that its mass surveillance program targeting U.S. citizens went on for more than 10 years. (more…)

Five days ago, Moazzam Begg was asked if he was surprised at the revelations in the Senate’s report. “Every torture technique they described, we’ve been talking about till we were blue in the face,” he said of himself and other former prisoners. “The only thing that surprised me was that they released it.” (more…)

Nation

Reframing the CIA’s interrogation techniques as a violation of scientific and medical ethics may be the best way to achieve accountability. (more…)

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