16 Mar 2015

US Government Classifies Term “America’s Battle Lab’ in War on Terror” in Pentagon Report

The Department of Defense, after consultation with the CIA, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Defense Intelligence Agency, has released via Mandatory Declassification Request an early Pentagon study of intelligence operations at Guantanamo (along with accompanying slide presentation). It is very heavily redacted, with whole pages blanked out. But

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15 Mar 2015

US Government Classifies Term “America’s Battle Lab’ in War on Terror” in Pentagon Report

The Department of Defense, after consultation with the CIA, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Defense Intelligence Agency, has released via Mandatory Declassification Request an heavily censored copy of a 2002 Pentagon study of intelligence operations at Guantanamo. DoD and its “consultants” have seen fit to classify material that was already made public during a much-reported Senate investigation, including the controversial assertion that interrogations at Guantanamo constituted an experimental “battle lab” for treatment of and interrogations on prisoners captured in the administration’s newly-minted “global war on terror.”

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04 Mar 2015

What Role Did Chicago Police Detective Deployed to Guantanamo Play in Renditions?

If one did not know who Richard Zuley was from reporter Jess Bravin’s account, or from my article linking Zuley, the interrogation leader in the torture of Mohamedou Ould Slahi, with a history of alleged Chicago police frame-up and coerced confessions (reported at The Dissenter last November), the splash of

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01 Mar 2015

Did Richard Zuley Participate in Renditions to Guantanamo?

Retired Lt. Commander Richard Zuley has been linked to Chicago police malfeasance and to torture interrogations at Guantanamo. A look at his intelligence background shows his military posting to the Pentagon’s European Command links him to the possibility of involvement in or knowledge of secret military renditions from Europe to Guantanamo.

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26 Jan 2015

Lost Document: International Scientific Commission Report on Bacterial Warfare During Korean War

This article covers the first Internet posting and analysis of a unique Cold War document, the 1952 “Report of the International Scientific Commission for the Investigation of the Facts Concerning Bacterial Warfare in Korea and China.” The ISC was headed by one of Britain’s foremost scientists of his day, Sir Joseph Needham. The charges of U.S. use of biological warfare during the Korean War have long been the subject of intense controversy. The reliance, in part, on testimony from U.S. prisoners of war led to U.S. charges of “brainwashing.” These charges later became the basis of a cover story for covert CIA experimentation into use of use of drugs and other forms of coercive interrogation and torture that became the basis for its 1963 KUBARK manual on interrogation, and much later, a powerful influence on the CIA’s post-9/11 “enhanced interrogation” program.

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25 Jan 2015

A Lost Document from the Cold War: The International Scientific Commission Report on Bacterial Warfare during the Korean War

This article covers the first Internet posting and analysis of a unique Cold War document, the 1952 “Report of the International Scientific Commission for the Investigation of the Facts Concerning Bacterial Warfare in Korea and China.” The ISC was headed by one of Britain’s foremost scientists of his day, Sir Joseph Needham. The charges of U.S. use of biological warfare during the Korean War have long been the subject of intense controversy. The reliance, in part, on testimony from U.S. prisoners of war led to U.S. charges of “brainwashing.” These charges later became the basis of a cover story for covert CIA experimentation into use of use of drugs and other forms of coercive interrogation and torture that became the basis for its 1963 KUBARK manual on interrogation, and much later, a powerful influence on the CIA’s post-9/11 “enhanced interrogation” program.

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22 Dec 2014

Before ‘Enhanced Interrogations,’ CIA Torture Architect Received Special Invite to FBI Academy Conference

The narrative is in place. James Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen made millions of dollars having convinced the CIA to construct a torture program via reverse-engineering brutal methods of interrogation used in their previous employment in a military program meant to prepare U.S. military and intelligence personnel for torture by

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21 Dec 2014

Before the EITs: James Mitchell’s Special Invite to FBI/APA Conference at Quantico on “Combatting Terrorism”

Contradicting previous accounts that James Mitchell came out of nowhere to lead the CIA’s interrogation of Abu Zubaydah and create a new torture program, new evidence shows Mitchell was on a selective list of experts sent to a conference at the FBI’s Academy in Quantico, Virginia a full month before he was said to have proposed his “enhanced interrogation” techniques to the CIA.

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18 Dec 2014

Torture Report Shows Senate Staff Visited CIA’s Salt Pit Prison, Kept No Records at Agency’s Request

There are many aspects to the exploding torture scandal that are being spun by interested parties. That’s not necessarily bad, and in fact to be expected. But it’s hard to get to the actual truth. One problem is that the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Committee (SSCI) has only released

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17 Dec 2014

SSCI Confirms Staff Visited CIA’s Salt Pit Prison in 2003, No Records of Visit Kept at CIA Request

According to the CIA’s June 2013 written response (PDF) to an earlier draft of the SSCI’s torture report, SSCI “staff members” visited the Salt Pit CIA black site in Afghanistan in late 2003. According to the CIA, the SSCI staff found it compared “favorably” with detainee facilities at Bagram and Guantanamo. SSCI staff confirm, but say it’s not connected to their investigation and CIA told them they could keep no records of the visit.

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