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  • Mom Accused of Setting Baby Girl on Fire, Killing Her

    01/17/2015 1:52:31 PM PST · by windcliff · 83 replies
    NBC ^ | 1-17-15 | David Chang
    A New Jersey mother is accused of setting her newborn baby on fire, killing her. Hyphernkemberly Dorvilier, 22, of Pemberton Township, New Jersey, is charged with one count of murder after she allegedly doused her newborn daughter with an accelerant and then set the child on fire. Pemberton Township Police officers were called to Simontown Road just before 11 p.m. Friday after a resident called in to report a fire in the roadway. When they arrived, they found the baby girl on fire and quickly doused the flames.
  • LRA victim: 'I cannot forget and forgive' (Uganda terrorism)

    06/29/2006 10:51:22 AM PDT · by The Lion Roars · 16 replies · 594+ views
    Following recent comments from Lord's Resistance Army rebel leader Joseph Kony in which he denied committing atrocities, Ugandan Ochola John, 25, responds by telling his story. He was abducted by rebels from his village, Namkora in northern Uganda, which was attacked in February 2002. During the attack 50 people were axed to death and he was one of 35 abductees. Ochola John was deformed by rebels from Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army I wish I could be born again. It hurts me to see my reflection because of the way I now look. The memories of it all are so...
  • Kenya mall massacre details

    09/27/2013 4:50:53 PM PDT · by Isabel2010 · 35 replies
    Mail On-line ^ | Sept. 23 2013 | Paul Bentley
    'Eyes gouged out, bodies hanging from hooks, and fingers removed with pliers': Horrific claims of torture emerge as soldiers reveal gory Kenyan mall massacre details Kenyan soldiers claim to find scenes of torture by mall terrorists They say children found dead in food fridges with knives still in bodies Men were said to have been castrated and had fingers removed By Paul Bentley Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2434278/Kenya-mall-attack-torture-claims-emerge-soldiers-Eyes-gouged-bodies-hooks-fingers-removed.html#ixzz2g8kwK3gd Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
  • Coalition Forces continue hunt for Al Duri

    11/14/2005 4:18:56 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 15 replies · 283+ views
    BlackAnthem.com ^ | Nov. 14, 2005 | Staff
    Coalition Forces continue the hunt for Izzat Ibrihim Al Duri, long-time Saddam Hussein associate, in spite of the latest Baath party announcement of his death. Coalition officials question the validity of the Baath party claim, and a reward of up to $10 million remains for information leading to Al-Duri’s capture or his gravesite. There have been conflicting reports regarding Al-Duri. On Nov. 12 a Baathist website reported his death, but the author of this site has made false claims in the past. Another website, also claiming to be associated with the former Baath Party, apologized for the false reporting of...
  • Black Man Who Tortured, Executed Two White Teens Makes ‘Black Lives Matter’ Speech at Sentencing

    01/23/2015 7:32:19 AM PST · by lbryce · 67 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | January 22, 2015 | Kristinn Taylor
    “I’d like to say sorry to the families of Aiyana Jones, Michael Brown, Eric Garner and I want to apologize to them for not being able to get justice for their loved ones who were murdered in cold blood. And in respect for the peaceful protest I want to say hands up, don’t shoot, black lives matter. That’s it your honor.” Michigan Live described the crime spree by the two men and their sentences. Photos of the victims are posted at MLive as well as photos of their killers yawning and making faces in court. “Bobbish, 17, and Kudla, 18,...
  • ISIS executes 13 teens for watching soccer

    01/23/2015 10:20:52 AM PST · by nikos1121 · 32 replies
    NY POST ^ | 1/19/2015 | By Yaron Steinbuch and Jamie Schram
    ISIS jihadists publicly executed 13 teenage boys for watching a soccer match. The young fans were reportedly watching an Asian Cup match between Iraq and Jordan on TV last week when they were caught by the militants in the Iraqi city of Mosul, which ISIS, or the Islamic State, controls. The group of teens was executed in public by a firing squad that used machine guns, according to Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently, an activist group that exposes ISIS atrocities. Before the kids were killed, their “crime” was announced over a loudspeaker, reports said. “The bodies remained lying in the...
  • Complications in SF 'Shrimp Boy' Prosecution (RAT Yee's shoulder fired missiles)

    05/11/2014 3:55:08 AM PDT · by Libloather · 7 replies
    Courthouse News ^ | 5/09/14 | MARIA DINZEO
    SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - Accused Chinatown gangster Raymond "Shrimp Boy" Chow has refused to sign on to a protective order that will allow defense attorneys to receive evidence from federal prosecutors, including audio recordings and video surveillance, from a five-year undercover investigation that led to his arrest, and the arrest of 26 others in March. Attorneys for the federal government on Thursday filed a motion to compel Chow to cooperate, noting that nearly all the other defendants have signed on, and only one other defendant has not signed because of a likely substitution of counsel in the near future. According...
  • Obama Nominates Thief Who Stole Classified Documents

    12/29/2014 4:56:41 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 23 replies
    Red Statements ^ | December 25, 2014 | Steven Ahle
    Obviously as a reward for committing theft of classified documents for the democrats, Barack Obama has named Alissa Starzak to the legal department at the Pentagon. It’s a position she has never achieved on her own and is a large promotion over her previous jobs. But why put someone with a history of stealing classified secrets to a job where she could steal the country’s most guarded secrets? It’s a reward. Republicans in both houses of congress have accused her of making copies of documents and carrying them out of the Pentagon for use by Diane Feinstein and her committee...
  • Obama’s nominee for Pentagon post implicated in alleged theft of CIA documents

    12/24/2014 7:01:50 AM PST · by maggief · 20 replies
    FOX News ^ | December 24, 2014 | Jake Gibson, James Rosen
    The Obama administration's nominee for a senior legal position at the Pentagon is one of the congressional staffers accused by Republicans and intelligence officials of stealing classified documents from the Central Intelligence Agency, Fox News has learned -- and the controversy could imperil her shot at a major career promotion. Sources on Capitol Hill and in the intelligence community say Alissa Starzak, a majority staffer on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) who has been nominated for the position of general counsel to the U.S. Army, is one of two SSCI employees accused by the panel's Republicans, and by...
  • Did 'enhanced interrogation' save Los Angeles?

    04/21/2009 11:32:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies · 2,362+ views
    American Thinker ^ | April 21, 2009 | William Tate
    If you live in L.A. and didn't die in a terrorist attack, you may owe it to the CIA's use of the "enhanced interrogation techniques" that are currently under fire from the Obama administration and the left-wing fringe. In a compelling Op-Ed in Tuesday's Washington Post, Marc A. Thiessen disproves Barack Obama's hollow claim that such techniques "did not make us safer." Rather than following the MSM lead and merely parroting the Obamatons' talking points after the release of previously-classified memos this week, Thiessen actually examined the documents. Thiessen concludes that Obama's contention is "patently false. The proof is in...
  • Islamic State demands ransom for 2 Japanese

    01/20/2015 8:50:44 AM PST · by Ray76 · 34 replies
    The Islamic State militant group has released an online video saying it will kill 2 detained Japanese nationals unless Japan pays ransom within 72 hours.
  • Ex-Kerry aide charged with outing Gitmo CIA operatives

    01/25/2012 5:35:03 PM PST · by Boston Blackie · 18 replies · 1+ views
    BostonHerald.com ^ | January 25, 2012 | O’Ryan Johnson and Dave Wedge
    A former staffer for Bay State Sen. John F. Kerry has been charged with leaking the names of CIA operatives, including one who was involved in the interrogation of terror suspects held at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, according to the U.S. Department of Justice and Kerry’s office.
  • White House Knew CIA Snooped On Senate, Report Says

    01/15/2015 2:18:03 PM PST · by kristinn · 39 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | Thursday, January 15, 2015 | Ali Watkins
    Central Intelligence Agency Director John Brennan consulted the White House before directing agency personnel to sift through a walled-off computer drive being used by the Senate Intelligence Committee to construct its investigation of the agency’s torture program, according to a recently released report by the CIA’s Office of the Inspector General. The Inspector General’s report, which was completed in July but only released by the agency on Wednesday, reveals that Brennan spoke with White House chief of staff Denis McDonough before ordering CIA employees to “use whatever means necessary” to determine how certain sensitive internal documents had wound up in...
  • The real story behind the release of the CIA ‘torture’ report

    12/10/2014 5:46:54 PM PST · by jazusamo · 36 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 10, 2014 | Joseph Curl
    Senate Democrats and President Obama have moved up to a whole new level of desperate. On Tuesday, Democrats in the Senate, who will lose control of the chamber in just three weeks, released a report focused on interrogation techniques — during the administration of George W. Bush. Yes, Mr. Obama is all about transparency, as long as it’s not about his administration. Despite warnings from top Obama officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, that release of the once-classified report would endanger Americans abroad, the president demanded that the United States explain its actions to — terrorists. In some ways,...
  • Code Pink protesters arrested outside Dick Cheney’s Va. home

    01/11/2015 4:02:08 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 38 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 1-11-15 | Jessica Chasmar
    Two protesters affiliated with the antiwar groups Code Pink and Witness Against Torture were arrested Saturday morning outside the home of former Vice President Dick Cheney in McLean, Virginia. The protesters were inside Mr. Cheney’s fenced property when police arrived, “and the homeowners said they were not allowed to be there,” said Fairfax County police spokesman Roger Henriquez, a local Fox affiliate reported. “Police asked them to leave or face trespassing charges.” Tighe Barry, 57, and Eve Tetaz, 83, were arrested after refusing to leave the property, police said. Police did not know whether the former vice president was home...
  • Saudi blogger Badawi 'flogged for Islam insult'

    01/09/2015 9:59:59 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 32 replies
    A Saudi Arabian blogger has been publicly flogged after being convicted of cybercrime and insulting Islam, reports say. Raif Badawi, who was sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years in jail, was flogged 50 times. The flogging will be carried out weekly, campaigners say. Mr Badawi, the co-founder of a now banned website called the Liberal Saudi Network, was arrested in 2012. Rights groups condemned his conviction and the US appealed for clemency. On Thursday state department spokeswoman Jen Psaki urged the Saudi authorities to "cancel this brutal punishment" and to review his case. In addition to his sentence, Mr...
  • Sheila Jackson Lee: Terror Attacks Aren’t an Excuse for Torture

    01/08/2015 11:14:34 AM PST · by PROCON · 58 replies
    breitbart ^ | Jan. 8, 2015 | Pam Key
    Thursday on MSNBC, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) was asked about “the necessity of the NSA and some of the surveillance” and she said the Paris terror attacks should not be an excuse for “torture that we oppose.” Host Tamron Hall asked if the attacks were “proof of the necessity of the NSA and some of the surveillance that many might disagree with?” Jackson Lee replied, “I am well aware that we are in a new time, and we cannot fight wars as we did in the Revolutionary War.
  • It’s time to abolish the CIA

    01/02/2015 6:43:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 95 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 31, 2014 | Bruce Fein
    The CIA should be abolished. After a trial run of 67 years, the agency has proven a sorcerer’s apprentice. The director and his subordinates have became insufferably arrogant Platonic Guardians hiding behind secrecy in the belief that the rest of us are too stupid or naive to judge what risks to accept to preserve liberty and the rule of law. The CIA has made Americans less safe. Its incorrigible anti-democratic ethos was epitomized by legendary chief of counterintelligence James J. Angleton. He voiced contempt for the Church Committee’s investigation of chronic agency abuses, i.e., the “Family Jewels.” As reported in...
  • Tortured Discussion about Torture

    12/29/2014 7:54:18 AM PST · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2014 | Bruce Bialosky
    There is an argument put forth among some in Los Angeles whenever there is an eruption coming from Gaza of rockets fired into Israel. We love to hear the restraint that certain people suggest to the Israelis about the level of their military reaction to the terror raining down on their civilian population. We ask these people what would happen if there were random killer rockets landing in Brentwood or Westwood or Malibu. We are certain that limousine liberals would be demanding annihilation of the perpetrators. In the same manner it is easy for those who never have to confront...
  • Harsh interrogations crucial in Osama bin Laden capture, Republicans say

    12/25/2014 6:44:41 PM PST · by jazusamo · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 25, 2014 | Rowan Scarborough
    Senate Democrats’ ‘torture report’ claims tactics played no role in finding al Qaeda leaderSenate Democrats’ argument that harsh CIA interrogations played no role in finding Osama bin Laden revolves in crucial ways around the life of Hassan Ghul. It was Ghul, an al Qaeda operative who moved between Pakistan and Iraq, who turned out to be the most informative biographer of Abu Ahmed al-Kuwaiti. It was al-Kuwaiti who eventually led the CIA to bin Laden’s home address in Abbottabad, Pakistan. To Democratic staffers who wrote the Dec. 9 Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation...
  • Defending Vice President Cheney [Against the New York Times call for Prosecution]

    12/24/2014 8:04:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/24/2014 | Elise Cooper
    Unbelievably, the New York Times Editorial Board is calling for the appointment of a special prosecutor to conduct a criminal investigation of Vice President Dick Cheney and other members of the Bush administration. They call the enhanced interrogation techniques (EIT) “sadistic” crimes and cite that 25% of those detained are innocent. How quickly they forget what happened to their fellow New Yorkers on September 11, 2001. They worry about the 25% supposedly innocent yet ignore the approximately 30% who were released and returned to the battleground, a figure cited by Obama administration officials. For example, Baghdadi, who was in the...
  • Nun Pleads for Christians Raped, Sold, Killed by ISIS

    12/23/2014 6:37:39 PM PST · by Maudeen · 21 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | December 23, 2014 | Leo Hohmann
    Refugees live 'like animals' in camps ...........................Sister Hatune points to the fact that 96 percent of the people who populated the Middle East at the turn of the eighth century were Christian. Now, that Christian population has dwindled to 6 percent. Turkey was once almost all Christian, but now it is 0.03 percent Christian. Iraq had 1 million Christians under Saddam Hussein, but now only a few thousand remain, and the churches of Baghdad will be mostly empty this Christmas. “Where are these Christians? Where are these people? Just ask yourself,” said the fiery nun, whose native tongue is Aramaic.
  • NYT to Obama: Appoint prosecutor to investigate Cheney for torture

    12/22/2014 10:20:34 PM PST · by South40 · 41 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 22 DEC 2014 | Dylan Stableford
    'These are, simply, crimes,' paper says of CIA interrogation program former vice president championed On the heels of the Senate Intelligence Committee's blistering report on the CIA's brutal handling of prisoners after 9/11, the New York Times is calling for a criminal investigation of former Vice President Dick Cheney and other members of the Bush administration for conspiring to commit torture and other crimes prohibited by federal and international laws. "Americans have known about many of these acts for years," the Times editorial board stated on Monday. "But the 524-page executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report erases any...
  • Should Caesar torture Jesus?

    12/22/2014 4:04:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    In a recent article (7 Things Christians Should Know About Torture), I wrote that the recent Senate Report on the C.I.A.’s interrogation techniques should be the beginning, rather than the end, of the discussion on the morality and legality of torture. Since then I’ve been encouraged by the attempts to examine the issue (though I’ve been mostly disheartened by the outcomes supported). For example, in a recent article in The Federalist, D.C. McAllister argues that “Yes, Christians Can Support Torture.” One of her primary claims is that, If government officials have a known terrorist in custody, and it is certain...
  • Hypothetically Speaking and Enhanced Interrogation Techniques (The Progressives Call it Torture)

    12/21/2014 8:11:30 AM PST · by 7thson · 3 replies
    While reading some of my Twitter email yesterday I saw a story on how the FBI used 'torture' against anti civil rights people back in the sixties. That got me thinking on the hypotheticals the talking heads keep yapping about. You know - what if you have a terrorist that knows where a nuke is going to explode in D.C. or NYC, what would you do to get the information from said terrorist. Than I thought of something else that I will use against a Progressive if they bring this subject up in conversation. Hypothetical - someone kidnaps the family...
  • The unconscionable act committed by Senate Democrats

    12/19/2014 6:42:52 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 18, 2014 | Ken Allard
    Once a Constitutional Republic famed for its pragmatism, the United States has lately become a country notorious for its inconstancy, no longer recognizing that actions have finite and foreseeable consequences. In this space, for example, I recently argued that the release of the “torture report” by the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence came perilously close to the constitutional definition of treason by “giving Aid and Comfort” to America’s enemies. Admittedly, that was a tough assessment. But barely a week after the report’s release, the Huffington Post published an article linking those revelations with their most immediate effects on our allies....
  • Yes, Christians Can Support Torture: And They're Not Bad Christians For Doing So

    12/19/2014 5:36:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 12/18/2014 | D.C. McAllister
    In a recent post cited by Patheos, nondenominational pastor Brian Zahnd brashly proclaims “You Cannot Be Christian and Support Torture.” There is no possibility of compromise. The support of torture is off the table for a Christian. I suppose you can be some version of a ‘patriot’ and support the use of torture, but you cannot be any version of Christian and support torture. So choose one: A torture-endorsing patriot or a Jesus-following Christian. But don’t lie to yourself that you can be both. You cannot. …Any thoughtful person, no matter their religion or non-religion, knows that you cannot...
  • America, nation of torturers: Stop saying “this isn’t who we are” — here’s the real truth

    12/18/2014 8:05:16 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Salon ^ | December 16, 2014 | Charles Davis
    Terrible findings in the torture report "are not who we are," John Kerry claims. Well, here's a U.S. history lesson. It’s comforting for those whose actions are not aligned with their stated values to believe that what one does in real life is not what ultimately defines who one really is. It’s nice to think who we are is determined not by the things we did the day before, but by the stated ideals we hope to aspire to fulfill, starting tomorrow. In a nation-state founded by settler-colonial Protestants, the argument is familiar – it’s what’s deep down inside that...
  • When the Big News Isn't News

    12/18/2014 6:56:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    Last week the papers were overflowing with stories about a Senate committee's report on the Central Intelligence Agency's use of torture to extract information from terrorists -- known or just suspected terrorists. Those stories were shortly followed by others reporting the responses of CIA types and other knowledgeable sources critical of the Senate committee's report. Plus a few words from unhelpful types like Dick Cheney, our former vice president who is still playing word games, and John Yoo, who wrote the notorious Torture Memo(s), and is still defending their torturous language. Torture? That ain't torture, to hear Messrs. Cheney and...
  • Castro, 1; Obama, big zero!

    12/18/2014 12:47:34 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 29 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | December 18, 2014 | Silvio Canto, Jr.
    My cell phone has been going off for hours with messages and angry conversations with fellow Cuban-Americans and conservatives in the U.S. I hear this question over and over: what did the U.S. get out of this deal? The answer is nothing, unless you are one of those who believes that the Castro regime is about to reform the economy, allow an independent media, and hold multi-party elections. I have a unique perspective on this issue. I can address it as a Cuban-American and as a U.S. citizen. In other words, I want the best for those on the island...
  • The Stupid Continues to Burn

    12/17/2014 10:33:29 AM PST · by Starman417 · 2 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-17-14 | Wordsmith
    Un frickin’ believable! Copies of ‘torture’ report hand delivered to terror suspects, blocked from CIA officials: Full disclosure took a back seat to the CIA’s green movement last week when agency big shots blocked officials from printing out hard copies of the Senate Democratic report on terrorist interrogations, fearing it was “killing too many trees.” Meanwhile, paper copies of the report from Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein were hand-delivered to terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay — though not the rebuttals from the CIA or Republicans on her committee. Oh, the Hillarity: NEW YORK (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton said Tuesday she’s...
  • Sloppy Thinking About ‘Torture’: Why Peggy Noonan's Column is Incoherent

    12/17/2014 5:08:49 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/16/2014 | Bruce Thornton
    Torture is one of those topics that often overwhelm sober reason with lurid emotion. Even people who usually are clear-eyed and rational sink into sloppy thinking and incoherent argument when it comes to torture. Peggy Noonan’s recent Wall Street Journal column about the Senate report on the CIA’s interrogation techniques illustrates this phenomenon perfectly. Noonan is usually an astute analyst, but her column on the report is riddled with received wisdom and unexamined assumptions. For Noonan, the “important lesson” of the report is not that progressives, as usual, are shameful hypocrites and partisan hacks who will damage their country’s interests...
  • Maddow Airbrushes RFK Approving Harsh Treatment of Soviet Defector

    12/16/2014 2:27:38 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 9 replies
    newsbusters.org ^ | December 15, 2014 | Jack Coleman
    MSNBC's Rachel Maddow greeted last week's release of the so-called Senate torture report with her skewed telling of the tale of Yuri Nosenko, a KGB officer who defected to the US and was subjected to years of harsh treatment and interrogation before the CIA concluded he was not a double agent. As you'd expect from the marquee host at America's version of Pravda, Maddow left out a significant and embarrassing detail in her December 9 report -- Well in 1964, Yuri Nosenko finally decided to defect to the United States and that is when things started going horribly wrong because...
  • Torturous, Off-Color Holiday Humor

    12/16/2014 6:38:12 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 7 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 16 December 2014 | Reaganite Republican
  • That big CIA ‘torture’ report? Americans just shrugged.

    12/15/2014 7:48:03 PM PST · by PROCON · 28 replies
    WAPO ^ | Dec. 15, 2014 | Aaron Blake
    A new poll from the Pew Research Center is the first to gauge reactions to last week's big CIA report on "enhanced interrogation techniques" -- what agency critics call torture. And the reaction is pretty muted. The poll shows people says 51-29 percent than the CIA's methods were justified and 56-28 percent that the information gleaned helped prevent terror attacks.
  • Ed Schultz to Valerie Plame's Husband: Didn't Cheney 'Torture' Your Family?

    12/15/2014 3:59:22 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 22 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    With 2015 only a couple of weeks away, Ed Schultz just managed to sneak under the wire in the race for Most Inane Question of the Year by an MSNBC Host. Speaking to Valerie Plame's husband Joe Wilson on the The Ed Show this evening, Schultz suggested: "Your wife was outed by the Vice-President and now he's saying he has no problem with torture. How do you feel about that? I mean isn't it torture what your family went through?" Wilson wasn't wacky enough to bite on Ed's bait, but in other comments made clear that he would like to...
  • Former CIA official says top Dems knew of enhanced interrogation in 2002

    12/15/2014 1:52:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/15/2014 | Rick Moran
    Jose Rodriguez, the former chief of the CIA Clandestine Service, says that many Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi, were fully aware of the CIA's enhanced interrogation techniques program - including waterboarding and sleep deprivation - since 2002. Washington Times: Some Democrats who have criticized the actions described in the Senate report on torture were aware of each of the techniques — including waterboarding and sleep deprivation — as far back as 2002, a former top CIA official said Sunday. Jose Rodriguez, the former chief of the CIA Clandestine Service, said he briefed Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi in 2002 on each of the...
  • Sowell: Tortured Reasoning

    12/15/2014 11:41:11 AM PST · by jazusamo · 26 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 16, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Critics and defenders of the harsh interrogation methods applied to captured terrorists can argue forever over whether those methods were "torture." But any serious discussion of a serious issue — and surely terrorism qualifies as serious — has to move beyond semantics and confront the ultimate question: "Compared to what alternative?" If you knew that there was a hidden nuclear time bomb planted somewhere in New York City — set to go off today — and you had a captured terrorist who knew where and when, would you not do anything whatever to make him tell you where and when?...
  • Americans think ‘torture’ is often necessary, while Democrats are deeply divided

    12/15/2014 9:40:53 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/15/2014 | Noah Rothman
    One of the more irresponsible aspects of the reporting on the Senate Select Intelligence Committee’s long-awaited report on the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques is the prevalent suggestion that there is little debate over the efficacy of the tactics the report exposed, particularly among Democrats. A new poll suggests that there is a robust debate ongoing outside of America’s newsrooms over both the value of and the justification for the CIA’s interrogation methods. While 69 percent of those surveyed in a recent CBS News Poll said they believe controversial tactics like waterboarding are “torture,” 49 percent also said they think...
  • Taliban Demand Investigation of U.S. for ‘Violations of International Humanitarian Laws’

    12/15/2014 8:17:42 AM PST · by PROCON · 11 replies
    pjmedia ^ | Dec. 15, 2014 | Bridget Johnson
    The Taliban has called for an international investigation into the human rights standards of the United States after the Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats released a lengthy report criticizing enhanced interrogation techniques used in the war on terror. Under Taliban rule, Afghans were subject to public floggings or executions for “violations” such as women wearing nail polish or exposing any skin, or both teachers and students trying to learn in underground schools. Women had zero rights and weren’t allowed to leave their homes except with a male relative. Nowadays, the Taliban commits acts of violence against activist or working women, and...
  • The Senate Is Done Investigating Torture. Will Drone Killings Be Next?

    12/15/2014 7:21:26 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Journal ^ | 12/15/2014 | Lauren Fox
    In the aftermath of the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's torture report focused on Bush-era techniques, the Obama administration's own counterterrorism practices are coming under increased scrutiny. Gruesome details of forced rectal feedings without medical necessity, waterboarding, and sleep deprivation were chronicled in the report's executive summary, dredging up harsh practices employed during the George W. Bush administration. But on Capitol Hill, Republicans charge that the Central Intelligence Agency's approach to counterterrorism has not grown more humane—it's merely shifted. "Obviously, we don't interrogate prisoners anymore," says Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., who chaired the Intelligence Committee during the Bush administration....
  • America is the republic of fear and paranoia

    12/14/2014 6:27:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Abu Dhabi National ^ | December 14, 2014 | Tony Karon
    Last week’s furore over the US senate’s report into the CIA’s torture of detainees was a reminder that since 9/11, America’s decision-makers have been a little like Darren Wilson, the Missouri policeman who shot and killed the unarmed black teenager Michael Brown last August. By his own account, Mr Wilson had been mortally afraid. Brown, he said, “looked like a demon”, and he feared the young man might punch him to death. In his own mind therefore, he had acted in self-defence when he shot Brown dead. The 2001 terror attacks left US leaders making decisions in a climate of...
  • Scalia: Constitution silent on torture

    12/13/2014 12:26:39 PM PST · by shove_it · 60 replies
    GOPUSA ^ | 13 Nov 2014 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia is joining the debate over the Senate's torture report by saying it's hard to rule out the use of extreme measures to extract information if millions of lives were threatened. Scalia told a Swiss broadcast network that American and European liberals who say such tactics may never be used are being self-righteous. The 78-year-old justice said he doesn't "think it's so clear at all," especially if interrogators were trying to find a ticking nuclear bomb. Scalia has made similar comments in the past, but he renewed his remarks on Wednesday in an...
  • Cheney on CIA interrogation: ‘I’d do it again in a minute’

    12/14/2014 12:33:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 12/14/2014 | By Jacqueline Klimas
    Former Vice President Dick Cheney said Sunday that, despite the backlash against harsh CIA interrogation tactics, he would authorize them again with no hesitation. “It worked. It’s worked now for 13 years. We’ve avoided another mass casualty event against the United States,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I’d do it again in a minute.” Senate Democrats last week released a report that described interrogation tactics including waterboarding, sleep deprivation, rectal feedings and confinements in coffin-sized boxes for more than a week. Many have called the actions torture, saying that they violate international agreements, but Mr. Cheney maintained that...
  • Justice Scalia: Constitution Doesn’t Prohibit Torture

    12/14/2014 12:30:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    MediaIte ^ | 12/14/2014 | by Matt Wilstein
    In an interview with Radio Television Suisse this week following the release of Senate Intelligence Committee’s CIA torture report, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said he doesn’t “think it’s so clear at all” that the U.S. Constitution prohibits torture, especially in the “ticking time bomb” scenarios so often cited by defenders of the “enhanced interrogation techniques.” “Listen, I think it’s very facile for people to say, ‘Oh, torture is terrible,’” Scalia told the Swiss radio network. “You posit the situation where a person that you know for sure knows the location of a nuclear bomb that has been planted in...
  • Feinstein: Torture report is about us, not enemies, and we must enact reform

    12/14/2014 9:44:29 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 12, 2014 | Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
    On Tuesday, a five-year review of the CIA’s detention and interrogation program was finally made public, drawing back the curtains on a very dark period of American history. The purpose of making this report public is simple: to ensure something like this can never happen again. The 500-page executive summary that was made public is part of a larger 6,700-page review of a CIA program that included clear examples of torture, far outside the bounds of American values. It’s important to remember the study is based on CIA’s own records: 6.3 million pages of the CIA cables, memos, reports, e-mails...
  • Dick Cheney says U.S. did not torture terror suspects

    12/14/2014 9:22:03 AM PST · by PROCON · 12 replies
    washingtonexaminer ^ | Dec. 14, 2014 | Brian Hughes
    Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday dismissed a Senate report on harsh interrogation practices used by the Central Intelligence Agency, saying officials "very carefully” avoided going past the legal threshold for torture. "Torture is what the al Qaeda terrorists did to 3,000 Americans on 9/11," Cheney said on NBC's "Meet The Press." "There is no comparison between that and what we did with respect to enhanced interrogation." The CIA’s interrogation techniques following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks have come under fire following a Senate report detailing how agency operatives used waterboarding and rectal feeding to try to obtain...
  • Governor Sarah Palin: "Whose Side Are You On"

    12/14/2014 4:04:11 AM PST · by Bratch · 30 replies
    Conservatives4Palin ^ | December 14, 2014 | Sarah Palin via iizthatiiz
    Governor Palin posted to Facebook:See more here:http://insider.foxnews.com/2014/12/13/eric-bolling-blasts-cia-torture-report-i-have-zero-sympathy-terrorists  Connect with Governor Palin on Facebook
  • We Should Be Torturing MORE, Not Less

    12/14/2014 3:16:03 AM PST · by absentee · 11 replies
    Rabble Writer ^ | 12/12/14 | Caleb Howe
    Somebody has to be the good guy. So says Peggy Noonan this week in the wake of the torture report, a 14 million page accounting of mostly standard, typical, usual, unremarkable methods of forcibly extracting information from an enemy. And isn’t that a word we seem to have forgotten: enemy. The concept of an enemy is one of the most basic, primitive understandings possible. It is obvious, and should require no explanation. And yet here we are. Because we don’t have them, anymore. There is no evil empire. The modern sensibility, informed heavily by pseudo-leftist pop culture and leftover hippie...
  • Don't yell at terrorist suspects, soldiers told (The West Has Committed Suicide)

    12/13/2014 8:55:09 PM PST · by Chgogal · 32 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | December 13, 2014 | Robert Mendick and Tim Ross
    British soldiers have “lost their capability” to interrogate terrorist insurgents because of strict new rules on questioning that even ban shouting in captives’ ears, military chiefs have warned. The rules — detailed in court papers obtained by The Telegraph — also prevent military intelligence officers from banging their fists on tables or walls, or using “insulting words” when interrogating a suspect. The regulations replaced a previous policy that had to be withdrawn after a series of legal challenges and the death in custody of Baha Mousa, an Iraqi detainee in Basra. But there is growing disquiet within the ranks that...