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  • Ex-CIA Officer: Yes, Harsh Interrogations Helped Us Nail Bin Laden

    01/04/2013 4:48:17 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2013 | Guy Benson
    This doesn't quite qualify as breaking news for those who tracked the extraordinary labyrinth of intelligence that emerged in the days following the 2011 Abbottabad raid, but the subject of US interrogation policy is again generating controversy in advance of the release of 'Zero Dark Thirty,' a film that dramatizes the bin Laden mission.  Writing in today's Washington Post, a former top CIA counter-terrorism officer sets the record straight on what measures were, and were not, employed to help bring down the world's most infamous terrorist.  Jose Rodriguez -- who made headlines last year when his book exposed Nancy Pelosi's...
  • “Zero Dark Thirty”: Dramatized Fiction on CIA “Torture”

    01/04/2013 9:11:24 AM PST · by Starman417 · 3 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 01-04-13 | Wordsmith
    How accurate and realistic is the portrayal of CIA interrogation in the film? The movie, after all, opens with a statement saying “based on firsthand accounts of actual events"; then goes on to show the fictionalized brutal abuse and torture of a fictional high value terrorist, including waterboarding. Well, one "firsthand account" not utilized as an expert consultant to the movie is Jose Rodriguez, former head of the CIA's Counterterrorism Center, author of Hard Measures, and unapologetic defender of the CIA's "torture" program.... When I reviewed Zero Dark Thirty, the focus of my review was on whether or not political...
  • European Court Verdict: Rendition Victim El-Masri Awarded €60,000

    12/13/2012 4:52:39 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 12/13/2012 | (cgh—with wire reports)
    Khaled El-Masri, the Lebanese-born German national who claims the CIA abducted him in Macedonia in 2003 before subjecting him to unlawful imprisonment and torture, has become accustomed to his case being thrown out of court. But on Thursday, he was finally able to claim a victory. The European Court of Human Rights ruled in El-Masri’s favor and ordered that the government of Macedonia to pay him €60,000 ($78,456) in damages. Based in Strasbourg, the court found that his account of having been flown secretly to Afghanistan, brutally interrogated there at a prison run by the US intelligence agency and then...
  • Law and Order Episode

    02/10/2012 9:23:36 AM PST · by maine yankee · 12 replies
    02/10/12 | maineyankee
    A friend tells me he was watching part of an episode of 'Law and Order' last evening. Does not remember which one of the many L&E shows. I no longer watch conventional television, so I need help finding this. The plot involves two detectives stubling upon prisoners held secretly in a state prison. Detectives found out because of the differance between official head count and number of meals served. My friend says the great quote from the show; "Ever read the Patriot Act ?" "I read the original-1984." Help me find this episode.
  • High Court Turns Away Rendition Case

    05/16/2011 9:30:34 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    The Supreme Court refused Monday to review a ruling that blocked a lawsuit alleging a Boeing Co. subsidiary helped the Central Intelligence Agency seize terrorism suspects abroad and secretly transfer them to other countries for interrogation. The high court rejected an appeal by five men who claimed that U.S. operatives—with support from Jeppesen Dataplan Inc., a Boeing unit—abducted them and sent them to other countries where they were tortured. They alleged Jeppesen provided critical flight planning and logistical support to the CIA's "extraordinary rendition" program. The men were seeking unspecified monetary damages from the company.
  • Report: Harsh Interrogation Techniques Helped Nail Bin Laden

    05/02/2011 3:57:18 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 2, 2011 | Guy Benson
    The, ahem, "man-caused death" of the world's most infamous terrorist is marvelous news for our country.  It is a testament to the skill and dedication of our men and women in uniform, and to the tireless work of our intelligence agencies.  It completes the hard and sometimes frustrating efforts of two successive presidential administrations.  That justice has been visited upon bin Laden is an unmitigated, non-partisan good.  But as the media pieces together the puzzle of how yesterday's surgical mission came to be, a politically controversial fact has arisen -- the investigation into locating and neutralizing bin Laden gained early...
  • WikiLeaks: Osama bin Laden Killed After Tip-Off From His Deputy [Waterboarding Works!]

    05/02/2011 11:50:51 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 29 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | May 02, 2011 | Tim Ross
    WikiLeaks: Osama bin Laden Killed After Tip-Off From His Deputy The mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, who was interrogated using “torture” techniques, gave the United States the breakthrough that resulted in the killing of Osama bin Laden. 02 May 2011 Follow Tim Ross on Twitter Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), who was repeatedly subjected to methods including “waterboarding” and stress positions, provided the CIA with the name of bin Laden’s personal courier, according to US officials. A second source – also an al-Qaeda “leader” held at Guantanamo Bay – then confirmed the courier’s identity, sparking an intense manhunt that resulted in...
  • Italy: Court Upholds Convictions of Americans in Kidnapping Case (CIA Agents)

    12/16/2010 6:19:25 PM PST · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | December 15, 2010 | ELISABETTA POVOLEDO
    An appellate court in Milan upheld on Wednesday the conviction of 23 Americans charged with kidnapping an Egyptian cleric in 2003 and ordered even harsher sentences. All but one of the Americans are Central Intelligence Agency operatives.
  • Court rules Binyam Mohamed cannot sue CIA over alleged torture ... would expose secrets

    09/10/2010 3:04:23 AM PDT · by tlb · 2 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | September 10 2010 | Stephen Foley
    Former Guantanamo Bay inmate Binyam Mohamed has been barred by United States judges from suing over his alleged torture. They ruled that his claims against the CIA cannot be aired in an American court because it could compromise national security. Critics blasted the decision as shutting out torture victims from justice, while providing 'complete immunity to their torturers'. They were fighting for the right to sue airline company Jeppesen Dataplan, a Boeing subsidiary accused of arranging the CIA's torture flights. Despite initially being allowed to go ahead with the case, last year, the Obama administration appealed and now the US...
  • EXCLUSIVE: CIA Secret 'Torture' Prison Found at Fancy Horseback Riding Academy

    11/18/2009 1:49:15 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 48 replies · 1,945+ views
    EXCLUSIVE: CIA Secret 'Torture' Prison Found at Fancy Horseback Riding Academy ABC News Finds the Location of a "Black Site" for Alleged Terrorists in Lithuania By BRIAN ROSS and MATTHEW COLE Nov. 18, 2009 — The CIA built one of its secret European prisons inside an exclusive riding academy outside Vilnius, Lithuania, a current Lithuanian government official and a former U.S. intelligence official told ABC News this week. Where affluent Lithuanians once rode show horses and sipped coffee at a café, the CIA installed a concrete structure where it could use harsh tactics to interrogate up to eight suspected al-Qaeda...
  • Italian Court Levies Judgment on U.S. Rendition Program (CIA employees sentenced)

    11/04/2009 3:27:45 PM PST · by STARWISE · 19 replies · 1,211+ views
    ABC News ^ | 11-4-09 | Jake Tapper
    ABC News' Rachel Martin reports: The US intelligence gathering program known as “extraordinary rendition” was essentially put on trial for the first time - in Italy - and this week the court rendered a guilty verdict. Italian Judge Oscar Magi convicted 23 Americans of the 2003 kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric on a street in Milan, Italy. The cleric, known as Abu Omar, alleged that he was abducted by CIA operatives who then shuttled him between US bases in Europe and then moved him to Egypt where Omar says he was tortured. The Italian judge tried the Americans, all but...
  • Italian court convicts 23 Americans in CIA rendition case

    11/04/2009 10:02:26 AM PST · by VanShuyten · 4 replies · 505+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | November 4, 2009 | Craig Whitlock
    MILAN -- An Italian court on Wednesday convicted 22 CIA operatives and a U.S. Air Force colonel of orchestrating the kidnapping of a Muslim cleric in Milan in 2003 and flying him to Egypt, where he said he was later tortured.
  • Italian judge convicts 23 in CIA kidnap case (tried in absentia)

    11/04/2009 9:08:18 AM PST · by OldDeckHand · 19 replies · 1,107+ views
    AP via MSNBC.com ^ | 11/04/09 | Staff
    MILAN - An Italian judge says he has convicted 23 Americans of the 2003 kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric from a Milan street in a CIA extraordinary rendition. Citing diplomatic immunity, Judge Oscar Magi told the Milan courtroom Wednesday that he was acquitting three other Americans. Twenty-two of the convicted Americans were immediately sentenced to five years in jail at the end of the nearly three-year trial. The other convicted American, Milan CIA station chief Robert Seldon Lady, was given the stiffest sentence, eight years in prison. Story continues below ↓advertisement | your ad here All of the Americans were...
  • Italian Judge Mulls CIA Extraordinary Renditions

    11/04/2009 6:33:54 AM PST · by BGHater · 5 replies · 514+ views
    AP ^ | 04 Nov 2009 | AP
    An Italian judge on Wednesday began deliberating the fate of 26 Americans and seven Italians accused of kidnapping an Egyptian terror suspect in 2003, the first trial in the world involving the CIA's extraordinary rendition program. After a nearly three years of hearings, Judge Oscar Magi heard final arguments before beginning deliberations. A verdict was expected Wednesday. The American suspects -- all but one identified by prosecutors as CIA agents -- are being tried in absentia and are considered fugitives. Their lawyers, who have had no contact with their clients, have entered innocent pleas on their behalf. The Americans are...
  • Jet named in torture flight report is met by SAS at British airport

    10/31/2009 5:04:44 PM PDT · by Saije · 10 replies · 1,461+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/31/2009 | Miles Goslett
    A U.S. plane that featured in a European Parliament report into the 'extraordinary rendition' of terror suspects was met by two SAS helicopters in a secret operation at one of Britain's biggest airports. The Gulfstream jet landed at Birmingham International Airport on Friday, October 2, having flown in from an undisclosed location, and was seen by a member of staff being met minutes later by the Special Forces regiment aircraft. Records show that the jet is owned by a subsidiary of L-3 Communications, a multi-billion-dollar defence corporation based in New York, whose clients include several American government departments, among them...
  • Eric Holder, an accessory to Murder and torture?

    08/27/2009 3:42:58 AM PDT · by Frankusa · 2 replies · 468+ views
    US Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday appointed a special prosecutor to investigate the Bush administration's "enhanced interrogation" program. Ironically, though, it is Mr. Holder himself who should be investigated for the role he played in the Clinton administration's extraordinary rendition program. Mr. Holder served as Deputy Attorney General during the Clinton years from 1997 until 2001. Last month, I cited two instances of extraordinary renditions that occurred during the Clinton presidency. One of them took place while Mr. Holder was serving as Deputy Attorney General [undoubtedly, there were many more such instances]: Talaat Fuad Qassim, a leader of al-Gamaa...
  • U.S. Says Rendition to Continue, but With More Oversight

    08/26/2009 10:20:10 AM PDT · by khnyny · 12 replies · 1,071+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 24, 2009 | David Johnston
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will continue the Bush administration’s practice of sending terrorism suspects to third countries for detention and interrogation, but pledges to closely monitor their treatment to ensure that they are not tortured, administration officials said Monday. Human rights advocates condemned the decision, saying that continuing the practice, known as rendition, would still allow the transfer of prisoners to countries with a history of torture. They said that promises from other countries of humane treatment, called “diplomatic assurances,” were no protection against abuse. “It is extremely disappointing that the Obama administration is continuing the Bush administration practice...
  • ABC and NBC Resist Vindicating Cheney, But Hayes Finds Proof EIT's 'Effective'

    08/25/2009 6:54:55 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 50 replies · 2,163+ views
    newsbusters.org ^ | August 25, 2009 | Brent Baker
    ABC's Brian Ross and NBC's Andrea Mitchell on Tuesday night each listed some al Qaeda plots uncovered via CIA interrogations, but both balked when it came to vindicating former Vice President Dick Cheney on whether “enhanced interrogation techniques” (EITs) led to information which prevented attacks. “Nowhere in the reports...does the CIA ever draw a direct connection between the valuable information and the specific use of harsh tactics,” Ross declared on World News in citing reports Cheney requested be released. NBC's Andrea Mitchell cited only Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and related how “administration officials say there is no way to know whether...
  • Rendition of Terror Suspects Will Continue Under Obama

    08/24/2009 2:06:15 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 4 replies · 342+ views
    nytimes.com ^ | August 24, 2009 | SCOTT SHANE and DAVID JOHNSTON
    WASHINGTON — The Obama administration will continue the Bush administration’s practice of sending terror suspects to third countries for detention and interrogation, but will monitor their treatment to ensure they are not tortured, administration officials said on Monday. The administration officials, who announced the changes on condition that they not be identified, said that unlike the Bush administration, they would give the State Department a larger role in assuring that transferred detainees would not be abused. “The emphasis will be on insuring that individuals will not face torture if they are sent over overseas,” said one administration official, adding that...
  • CIA Used Gun, Drill in Interrogation (some laughs here)

    08/23/2009 6:36:47 AM PDT · by dennisw · 80 replies · 3,709+ views
    washington-pos ^ | August 22, 2009 | Joby Warrick and R. Jeffrey Smith
    CIA interrogators used a handgun and an electric drill to try to frighten a captured al-Qaeda commander into giving up information, according to a long-concealed agency report due to be made public next week, former and current U.S. officials who have read the document said Friday. The tactics -- which one official described Friday as a threatened execution -- were used on Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, according to the CIA's inspector general's report on the agency's interrogation program. Nashiri, who was captured in November 2002 and held for four years in one of the CIA's "black site" prisons, ultimately became one...
  • Lebanese man is target of first rendition under Obama (Contractor)

    08/22/2009 11:04:30 AM PDT · by SolidWood · 14 replies · 904+ views
    LA Times ^ | August 22, 2009 | Bob Drogin
    Contractor Raymond Azar is arrested in Afghanistan, hooded, stripped and flown to the U.S. His alleged crime? Bribery. A human rights activist calls the case 'bizarre.' ......... Reporting from Alexandria, Va. - A Lebanese citizen being held in a detention center here was hooded, stripped naked for photographs and bundled onto an executive jet by FBI agents in Afghanistan in April, making him the first known target of a rendition during the Obama administration. Unlike terrorism suspects who were secretly snatched by the CIA and harshly interrogated and imprisoned overseas during the George W. Bush administration, Raymond Azar was flown...
  • Officials: Lithuania Hosted Secret CIA Prison To Get "Our Ear"

    08/22/2009 7:31:01 AM PDT · by 1rudeboy · 27 replies · 2,724+ views
    ABC ^ | August 20, 2009 | Matthew Cole
    "Irresponsible" To Identify Secret Sites, Says CIA; Lithuania Denies Allegation A third European country has been identified to ABC News as providing the CIA with facilities for a secret prison for high-value al Qaeda suspects: Lithuania, the former Soviet state. Former CIA officials directly involved or briefed on the highly classified program tell ABC News that Lithuanian officials provided the CIA with a building on the outskirts of Vilnius, the country's capital, where as many as eight suspects were held for more than a year, until late 2005 when they were moved because of public disclosures about the program. Flight...
  • U.S. battling CIA rendition case in 3 courts

    08/09/2009 8:27:43 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 440+ views
    SFGate.com ^ | 8/9/09 | Bob Egelko
    The Obama administration is fighting on multiple fronts - in courts in San Francisco, Washington, D.C. and London - to keep an official veil of secrecy over the treatment of a former prisoner who says he was tortured at Guantanamo Bay. The administration has asked a federal appeals court in San Francisco to reconsider its ruling allowing Binyam Mohamed and four other former or current prisoners to sue a Bay Area company for allegedly flying them to overseas torture chambers for the CIA. Obama administration lawyers also argued that Mohamed's attorneys had violated secrecy procedures by writing a letter to...
  • Cheney: "We Weren't In Torture Business"

    05/10/2009 9:44:03 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 49 replies · 2,310+ views
    CBS News ^ | May 10, 2009
    Objecting to the Obama administration's refusal to use waterboarding and other interrogation procedures put into place by the Bush administration, former vice president Dick Cheney said that the U.S. should be "prepared to sacrifice American lives." Unlike former President George W. Bush, who (like many of his predecessors) has demurred from making public comments or criticisms about his successor and his policies, Cheney has been vocal in his attacks on the new president. (CBS) "The reason I have been speaking," Cheney (left) said on CBS News' Face The Nation, is because "the issues that are at stake here are so...
  • Holder Says He Approved Clinton-Era Renditions

    05/09/2009 10:00:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 1,354+ views
    Friday, May 8, 2009 | Stephen C. Webster
    Holder says he approved Clinton-era renditionsCannot be posted, due to FR rules.
  • 9th Cir. Refuses To Ground Boeing Rendition Lawsuit

    04/29/2009 3:32:37 PM PDT · by radar101 · 1 replies · 402+ views
    WSJ Law Blog ^ | April 28, 2009, | Ashby Jones
    A panel of judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco today overturned a lower court ruling that put a halt to a controversial lawsuit concerning extraordinary rendition, the practice of flying suspected terrorists to their home (or other) countries. Click here for the story, from the San Jose Mercury News; here for the AP story. The lawsuit was filed by the ACLU on behalf of five men who say they were subjected to the government’s extraordinary rendition program — that they were kidnapped and sent to overseas prisons where they were tortured. The...
  • US military braces for release of detainee photos

    04/28/2009 4:04:10 PM PDT · by fuzzybutt · 38 replies · 902+ views
    BREITBART.COM ^ | Apr 28 05:17 PM US/Eastern | BREITBART.COM
    The US Defense Department said Tuesday it is weighing how best to manage the imminent release of photos showing abuse of detainees amid concern about an international backlash. The Pentagon announced last week it had agreed to release hundreds of photos from US-run prisons in Iraq and elsewhere in response to a long-running lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The photos were used as evidence in criminal investigations of US soldiers accused of abusing detainees in the "war on terror" during president George W. Bush's administration. "There is an extensive effort underway in this building, and in Central...
  • Marine Confesses He Witnessed Torture

    04/26/2009 6:20:31 AM PDT · by Eric · 155 replies · 7,695+ views
    Written by a Marine | 04/25/2009 | Ed the Marine
    Marine Confesses He Witnessed Torture My fellow veterans please forgive me. But I must purge my soul. I only ask that you reserve judgment until you read all of if. I only want peace for all and a world free of torture. What I saw in the military was much worse than water boarding. The prisoners were taken to a 12 foot deep pool. Feet weighted they were forced into the pool. Those who hesitated, were moved onto a plank high above the pool and forced off. They were to stay in this deep water for over an hour feet...
  • Bush Torture Memo Approved Use of Insects

    04/16/2009 10:34:55 PM PDT · by pissant · 46 replies · 45,604+ views
    Time ^ | Michelle Sherer
    The Bush Administration approved the use of "insects placed in a confinement box" during the interrogation of top Al Qaeda official Abu Zubaydah, according to a 2002 document that President Obama declassified for release Thursday. The legal memorandum for the CIA, prepared by Assistant Attorney General Jay Bybee, reviewed 10 enhanced techniques for interrogating Zubaydah, and determined that none of them constituted torture under U.S. criminal law. The techniques were: attention grasp, walling (hitting a detainee against a flexible wall), facial hold, facial slap, cramped confinement, wall standing, stress positions, sleep deprivation, insects placed in a confinement box, and waterboarding.(View...
  • Bush's Torture Prisons ( Need I say "Barf Alert!" )

    04/10/2009 9:47:29 AM PDT · by kellynla · 18 replies · 781+ views
    realclearpolitics.com ^ | April 10, 2009 | Eugene Robinson
    WASHINGTON -- It's no longer possible to mince words, or pretend we didn't know. The International Committee of the Red Cross concluded in a secret report that the Bush administration's so-called "enhanced" interrogation methods, used on "high-value" terrorism suspects, plainly constituted torture. The time for euphemisms is over and the time for accountability has arrived. The Red Cross report -- published this week in its entirety for the first time by The New York Review of Books -- is a stunning account of how the Bush administration spat on our laws, traditions and ideals. I realize that many Americans, given...
  • CIA Sets Up Yard Sale for Closed Secret Prisons

    04/10/2009 7:20:21 AM PDT · by grizzlyfish · 4 replies · 347+ views
    Weekly World News ^ | 04/10/09 | Reginald Cunningham III
    Facing budget cuts like every other agency, the CIA is hoping to sell equipment from the now defunct Black Sites to recoup whatever revenue possible. Intelligence gathering and interrogation tools are being sold by CIA operatives at yard sales throughout the Eastern Bloc. Of particular popularity are the water-boarding setups, which are being sold as above ground pools. A high school in Richmond, VA, even ordered one from the CIA’s Craigslist posting to use in their production of The Crucible.
  • Crimes That Deserve Punishment

    04/10/2009 5:36:47 AM PDT · by steve-b · 27 replies · 882+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 4/10/09 | Eugene Robinson
    It's no longer possible to mince words, or pretend we didn't know. The International Committee of the Red Cross concluded in a secret report that the Bush administration's so-called "enhanced" interrogation methods, used on "high-value" terrorism suspects, plainly constituted torture. The time for euphemisms is over, and the time for accountability has arrived. The Red Cross report -- published this week in its entirety for the first time by the New York Review of Books -- is a stunning account of how the Bush administration spat on our laws, traditions and ideals. I realize that many Americans, given the scope...
  • Italian Court Rules in Favor of National Security

    03/19/2009 1:16:38 PM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 4 replies · 405+ views
    Human Events ^ | March 19, 2008 | Rosa Anna Tremoglie
    About Italian Jurisprudence and American National Security by a pro-American judge in Catania Italy http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=31133
  • Red Cross report says detainees at CIA 'black sites' were tortured (BDS Barf Alert)

    03/16/2009 4:57:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies · 624+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 3/16/2009 | Jonathan Adams
    The confidential report, published Sunday, could bolster calls for legal action against the Bush administration. By Jonathan Adams posted March 16, 2009 at 10:35 am EST•A daily summary of global reports on security issues.The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) concluded in 2007 that US methods to extract information from prisoners at secret CIA jails as part of the "war on terror" amounted to torture, according to excerpts from a confidential report published on the website of the The New York Review of Books on Sunday.With US President Barack Obama on record as backing the prosecution of officials involved...
  • Italian Court Affirms State Secrets Doctrine

    03/16/2009 1:20:59 PM PDT · by William Tell 2 · 5 replies · 359+ views
    The Bulletin ^ | March 16, 2009 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    The counter counterterrorism campaign is getting drubbed in Italy too. The Italians did the same thing a federal judge in California did to the ACLU. http://www.thebulletin.us/articles/2009/03/16/news/world/doc49bde8ec84d3d795876361.txt
  • Italy's high court throws out CIA rendition case

    03/11/2009 12:55:19 PM PDT · by SmithL · 18 replies · 2,013+ views
    ROME, Italy (AP) -- Italy's Constitutional Court has thrown out the charges against 26 Americans accused of involvement in the alleged CIA kidnapping of an Egyptian terror suspect in Milan in 2003.
  • Obama 'breaks promise', gives blessing to rendition ( Obama serving Bush 3rd term )

    02/02/2009 10:57:47 AM PST · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 8 replies · 858+ views
    In The News ^ | February 2st
    Barack Obama's first major acts as US president may have received considerable praise but commentators are questioning the transparency of his administration and how whether it marks a complete departure from the Bush era. Upon taking office Mr Obama ordered the closure of the Guantanamo Bay prison camp and called for an end to harsh interrogation techniques, which some had described as torture. It has emerged since, however, that the CIA will still have the power to carry out renditions in which suspects are picked up and taken abroad for secret questioning. The practice caused considerable outrage in the EU...
  • Barack Obama to allow anti-terror rendition to continue

    02/02/2009 1:20:55 AM PST · by Schnucki · 23 replies · 839+ views
    Telegraph (U.K.) ^ | February 2, 2009 | Alex Spillius
    The highly controversial anti-terror practice of rendition will continue under Barack Obama, it has emerged. Despite ordering the closure of Guantanamo and an end to harsh interrogation techniques, the new president has failed to call an end to secret abductions and questioning. In his first few days in office, Mr Obama was lauded for rejecting policies of the George W Bush era, but it has emerged the CIA still has the authority to carry out renditions in which suspects are picked up and often sent to a third country for questioning. The practice caused outrage at the EU, after it...
  • Obama Perpetuates Torture of Terrorists

    02/01/2009 9:20:40 AM PST · by sswenviron · 6 replies · 643+ views
    Oh how sweet it is. Obama is now finding out just what a difficult job it is to deal with those who with America harm. Or as Bush famously noted: "It's hard work". The libs screamed about the alleged abuses perpetrated by the evil Bush regime and turned all their hopes to BHO because he took a "courageous" stand against torturous tactics like waterboarding and playing the Barney song too loud.
  • Obama embraces torture.

    02/01/2009 8:38:37 AM PST · by Josh Painter · 5 replies · 862+ views
    RedState.com ^ | Sunday, February 1st | Moe Lane
    I told you. I damned well told you. Rendition is back, you pro-torturing, posturing, hypocritical Leftist fools: -snip- When I say "back" I mean that it’s going to become the damned default option for detainees. You howled when we tried to go with an unlawful detainee designation to handle these cases; you shrieked when we set up Gitmo; and you’d whine if we shot them out of hand. The only thing left is to hand these sons of b!tches over to countries without our Bill of Rights and hope that this is enough. There’s a big hole in the ground...
  • Obama lets CIA keep controversial renditions tool

    01/31/2009 3:28:44 PM PST · by csvset · 21 replies · 1,004+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 1/31/2009 | Greg Miller
    Chicago Tribune  WASHINGTON -- The CIA's secret prisons are being shuttered. Harsh interrogation techniques are off-limits. And Guantanamo Bay will eventually go back to being a wind-swept naval base on the southeastern corner of Cuba. But even while dismantling these discredited programs, President Barack Obama left an equally controversial counterterrorism tool intact. Under executive orders issued by Obama last week, the CIA still has authority to carry out what are known as renditions, or the secret abductions and transfers of prisoners to countries that cooperate with the U.S. Current and former U.S. intelligence officials said the rendition program is poised...
  • Obama allows short-term CIA sites

    01/27/2009 8:40:13 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 6 replies · 564+ views
    washingtontimes.com ^ | Jan. 28, 2009 | Eli Lake
    President Obama's executive order closing CIA "black sites" contains a little-noticed exception that allows the spy agency to continue to operate temporary detention facilities abroad. The provision illustrates that the president's order to shutter foreign-based prisons, known as black sites, is not airtight and that the Central Intelligence Agency still has options if it wants to hold terrorist suspects for several days at a time. Current and former U.S. officials, who spoke on the condition that they aren't identified because of the sensitivity of the subject, said such temporary facilities around the world will remain open, giving the administration the...
  • Obama allows short-term CIA sites

    01/28/2009 1:53:54 AM PST · by Cindy · 9 replies · 630+ views
    WASHINGTON TIMES.com ^ | Wednesday, January 28, 2009 | Eli Lake
    SNIPPET: "The detentions would be temporary."
  • Cheney: CIA did nothing illegal in interrogations

    01/08/2009 7:48:09 PM PST · by STARWISE · 9 replies · 641+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 1-8-09 | Deb Riechmann
    WASHINGTON – Vice President Dick Cheney said Thursday that he sees no reason for President George W. Bush to pre-emptively pardon anyone at the CIA involved in harsh interrogations of suspected terrorists. "I don't have any reason to believe that anybody in the agency did anything illegal," he said. In an interview with The Associated Press, Cheney also said that Bush has no need to apologize for not foreseeing the economic crisis. "I don't think he needs to apologize. I think what he needed to do is take bold, aggressive action and he has," Cheney said. "I don't think anybody...
  • Can A Politician Fix The CIA?

    01/07/2009 5:01:19 AM PST · by Kaslin · 22 replies · 599+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 7, 2009
    National Security: Does it make sense for a political operator such as Leon Panetta to head the CIA? Maybe. The flawed agency has a checkered history, and has had repeated run-ins with presidents of both parties.Obama's choice of Panetta — a former Clinton-era chief of staff, Democratic House Budget Committee chairman and Republican operative in the Nixon administration — is viewed as a strong signal of departure from the national security policies of President Bush. But when it came to making effective and innovative use of the spy agency, the president has succeeded tremendously. Terrorist plots were foiled and dozens...
  • Obama's Justice nominees signal break with Bush counterterrorism policies

    01/05/2009 8:12:20 PM PST · by FocusNexus · 31 replies · 1,511+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Jan. 5, 2008 | Greg Gordon
    In filling four senior Justice Department positions Monday, President-elect Barack Obama signaled that he intends to roll back Bush administration counterterrorism policies authorizing harsh interrogation techniques, warrantless spying and indefinite detentions of terrorism suspects. The most startling shift was Obama's pick of Indiana University law professor Dawn Johnsen to take charge of the Office of Legal Counsel, the unit that's churned out the legal opinions that provided a foundation for expanding President George W. Bush's national security powers. Johnsen, who spent five years in the Office of Legal Counsel during the Clinton administration and served as its acting chief, has...
  • Mexico drug plane used for US 'rendition' flights: report

    09/08/2008 7:01:55 AM PDT · by BGHater · 5 replies · 177+ views
    AFP ^ | 05 Sep 2008 | AFP
    A private jet that crash-landed almost one year ago in eastern Mexico carrying 3.3 tons of cocaine had previously been used for CIA "rendition" flights, a newspaper report said here Thursday, citing documents from the United States and the European Parliament. The plane was carrying Colombian drugs for the fugitive leader of Mexico's Sinaloa cartel, Joaquin "Chapo" Guzman, when it crash-landed in the Yucatan peninsula on September 24, El Universal reported. The daily said it had obtained documents from the United States and the European Parliament which "show that that plane flew several times to Guantanamo, Cuba, presumably to transfer...
  • Circuit Court: No damages for “rendition”

    07/01/2008 11:55:27 AM PDT · by Parmenio · 4 replies · 85+ views
    SCOTUSblog ^ | June 30, 2008 | Lyle Denniston
    A federal appeals court, in a major victory for federal officials in pursuing individuals suspected of terrorism, ruled on Monday that foreign nationals may not sue U.S. government officers for money damages for capturing them and sending them to foreign countries where they were tortured. The decision by the Second Circuit Court in New York City, in a high-profile case seen as a significant legal test of the U.S. program of “special rendition,” also barred a claim specific to this case that U.S. officials seriously mistreated the detained individual while he remained in this country before being sent abroad involuntarily....
  • Islamic fundamentalist link to British Fascists

    06/22/2008 12:16:54 PM PDT · by kronos77 · 4 replies · 282+ views
    British Nazi-Al Qaeda Links? They are unmistakable and definite The Independent reported on July 10, 2005 that Al Qaeda may have hired a gang of “white mercenary terrorists” to carry out the London bombings.The Daily Mirror reported on July 16, 2005 that the four bombers may have been “duped” into carrying their bomb-laden backpacks on to the Underground and a bus. There is also intelligence that points to Italian neo-fascist, Pentagon Task Force 121, and Balkan Islamic fundamentalist links to the London bombers. French counter-terrorism official have reported that Balkans or Eastern European-origin military grade explosives were used in the...
  • Inside a 9/11 mastermind's interrogation

    06/21/2008 7:07:40 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 26 replies · 203+ views
    International Herald Tribune ^ | June 22, 2008 | SCOTT SHANE
    WASHINGTON: In a makeshift prison in the north of Poland, Al Qaeda's engineer of mass murder faced off against his Central Intelligence Agency interrogator. It was 18 months after the 9/11 attacks, and the invasion of Iraq was giving Muslim extremists new motives for havoc. If anyone knew about the next plot, it was Khalid Shaikh Mohammed. The interrogator, Deuce Martinez, a soft-spoken analyst who spoke no Arabic, had turned down a CIA offer to be trained in waterboarding. He chose to leave the infliction of pain and panic to others, the gung-ho paramilitary types whom the more cerebral interrogators...