Posts Categorized: CIA interrogation program

Brennan suggests he'd quit before bringing back CIA swim lessons

Brennan suggests he’d quit before bringing back CIA swim lessons

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  How does Brennan defend CIA interrogation program while not advocating for a return to those glorious 2002-3 yesteryears of CIA swim lessons? There is no contradiction here: Brennan on Wednesday defended the use of the Bush-era techniques, which had thrust his agency into one of its greatest periods of tumult in recent memory. “The… Read more »

PolitiFact is PolitiWrong on Waterboarding

PolitiFact is PolitiWrong on Waterboarding

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PolitiFact didn’t do its homework. The experts it consulted are just expert critics. They failed to dig deeper- kind of like the Feinstein Report failed to consult those directly involved in the program they were “investigating” with a predetermined outcome. (First came the conclusion; then a 5 year selective Easter egg hunt, shaping it to… Read more »

Did the ticking time bomb scenario play itself out in Brussels?

Did the ticking time bomb scenario play itself out in Brussels?

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  The ttb scenario has long been ballyhooed by critics as unrealistic. That such things only play themselves out in Hollywood movies and television shows. “Ticking bomb” scenario Arguments in favor of executive use of foreign torture information frequently refer to variations on the so-called ticking bomb scenario. In the usual version of this hypothetical… Read more »

Could torture have prevented the Brussels terror attacks?

Could torture have prevented the Brussels terror attacks?

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In wake of the Brussels attack, media (including center-right polibloggers monikered “wordsmith”) once again are drawing focus on Trump; because how do you keep a narcissist happy? Feed them the attention they ask for: The Republican frontrunner was the first presidential hopeful to respond to the Brussels attacks, tweeting and then appearing on multiple television… Read more »

GITMO as recruiting ground?  No.  They're just not that into you.

GITMO as recruiting ground? No. They’re just not that into you.

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Guantanamo- the least worst option, during a time of “a new kind” of war. It’s been much maligned- some criticism I feel does have merit and consideration; much does not. If it’s become any kind of propaganda bonanza for our enemies, it’s only because of the hysteria and hyperventilation and the mythic distortions and outright… Read more »

Officials suspect Umm Sayyaf had a role in the capture of American citizen Kayla Mueller

What to do with High Value Detainees in Overseas Contingency Operations?

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Daily Beast: Umm Sayyaf, who is an Iraqi citizen, was captured by U.S. forces in Syria. She was interrogated in Iraq by an American unit that operates outside the traditional criminal justice system. But the decision on where to try her was based largely in deference to Iraqi law. And she will now be turned… Read more »

Senate Votes to Ban Torture

Senate Votes to Ban Torture

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When have we ever legislated for torture? Torture for me is Pelosi, Feinstein, Obama, and McCain demagoguing about America’s image, standing in the world. And the issue of “torture”. Maybe this is kind of like what it would look like if the Amish banned their use of SUVs to combat global warming? Isn’t this redundant,… Read more »

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The “False Narrative” of the Feinstein Report is a Dark Stain on America’s Image

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Lawfare Blog: Following an American special forces raid on the compound of Islamic State operative Abu Sayyaf, U.S. interrogators, who are part of the High Value Detainee Interrogation Group, have flown to Iraq in order to question Umm Sayyaf, the wife of Abu Sayyaf, who was taken during the operation. Umm Sayyaf was allegedly involved… Read more »