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Study: CIA doctors ‘gave green light to torture’

A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association reveals that physicians with the CIA’s Office of Medical Services (OMS) played an even greater role in facilitating the torture of detainees than was previously recognized. As described in the (subscription required) study, “In 2003, partially in response to…

Key omission in memo to destroy CIA terror tapes

White House, CIA lawyers in dark before terrorist videos destroyed; evidence of obstruction? When the CIA sent word in 2005 to destroy scores of videos showing waterboarding and other harsh interrogation tactics, there was an unusual omission in the carefully worded memo: the names of two agency lawyers. Once a…

Lawyer: Some CIA interrogation tactics not OK’d

One of the key Bush administration lawyers in the evolution of the CIA’s interrogation program cast doubt on whether the Justice Department approved some of the harsh steps the agency took to get terrorist suspects to talk. Former Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee’s remarks were contained in a transcript sent…

Army psychologists face Guantanamo abuse claim

Two Army psychologists helped perpetrate abuse of detainees at Guantanamo Bay including sleep deprivation and sexual humiliation, according to complaints filed Wednesday by human rights groups trying to have the psychologists’ state licenses revoked. The San Francisco-based Center for Justice & Accountability filed a complaint against Dr. John Leso with…

Report says doctors helped refine harsh methods

A prominent physicians group is charging that medical personnel were used to test and refine the effectiveness of waterboarding and other harsh interrogation techniques for terror detainees in U.S. custody under the guise of safeguarding their health. Physicians for Human Rights outlined the allegations stemming from a Bush-era interrogation program…

Schumer changes tune on stripping extremists of citizenship

A key US Senator who indicated tentative, early support for stripping US nationals tied to overseas terrorist groups of their citizenship now firmly opposes the plan, his office said Wednesday. Democratic Senator Chuck Schumer had said Tuesday that he had not reviewed the controversial proposal from Independent Senator Joe Lieberman…

Judge orders freedom for alleged 9/11 plotter tortured on Rumsfeld’s orders

A terror war prisoner, once considered of such high value by the Bush administration that former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld ordered he be tortured, has taken his first step toward freedom thanks to a federal district court judge, who ordered the government to free him after nearly 10 years…

Rove ‘proud’ detainees were waterboarded

A top aide to former US president George W. Bush has defended the use of harsh interrogation techniques, insisting he is “proud” of the methods and they had helped prevent terrorist attacks. Karl Rove also told the BBC in an interview broadcast Thursday that he did not believe waterboarding —…

Bush’s torture psychologists wanted to use ‘mock burials’: report

Two psychologists working on the Bush administration’s enhanced interrogation techniques pushed for the use of “mock burials” on terror suspects, according to documents released by the Department of Justice. Blogger Marcy Wheeler reports that the Department of Justice rejected a request from psychologists Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell to give…

CIA says 68 lawmakers were briefed on ‘harsh interrogations’

(Reuters and Raw Story) – CIA officials briefed at least 68 U.S. lawmakers between 2001 and 2007 on enhanced interrogation methods like simulated drowning that were being considered or used against captured al Qaeda members, according to declassified documents released by the agency on Tuesday. The once-secret CIA papers, obtained…

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