14 Apr 2014

“You are completely destroyed”: Testimony on Torture from Shaker Aamer’s Medical Report at Guantanamo

The article is a long quotation from a medical report on the psychiatric condition of Guantanamo prisoner Shaker Aamer. It is a remarkable and disturbing account of torture at the hands of U.S. interrogators and guards at Bagram, Kandahar, and Guantanamo.

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10 Apr 2014

Newly Revealed Portions of CIA Torture Manual: Doctoring Tapes, Foreign Detentions & Interrogating ‘Defectors”

Describing interrogation techniques and approaches used during the Cold War, an old 1960s CIA counterintelligence interrogation manual advised covertly photographing the interrogation subject and also audio taping his interrogations.

A tape player could free an interrogator from note taking, the CIA’s experts wrote, while also providing a live record of an interrogation that could replayed later. The manual’s author noted that for some of those interrogated, “the shock of hearing their own voices unexpectedly is unnerving.”

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10 Apr 2014

Newly Revealed Portions of CIA Torture Manual: Doctoring Tapes, Foreign Detentions & Interrogating ‘Defectors”

In March 2014, the CIA released a new version its 1963 KUBARK interrogation/torture manual which contains new revelations that extend our knowledge of CIA interrogation activities. The updated version of the manual still contains numerous redactions, even 51 years after the document’s origination. But it also includes brand-new information about the CIA’s use of torture, including never before revealed discussions of the CIA’s early use of foreign intelligence services for both interrogation and detention, including the use of such foreign services as cover for CIA interrogations.

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24 Feb 2014

More Charges of Forced Drugging at Guantanamo

Four of six prisoners whose civil suit against Rumsfeld and other military officials for torture was argued in a federal appeals court last week have charged the U.S. used forced drugging against them, along with a panoply of other torture abuse. Some of these prisoners had already been cleared of “enemy combatant” status. The whitewash investigation of such drugging by the Department of Defense’s Inspector General becomes more evident with each passing day.

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29 Jan 2014

Group Condemns APA’s Ethics Decision on Former Guantanamo Psychologist

Psychologists for Social Responsibility (PsySR) released a copy of a letter they sent to the Ethics Office of the American Psychological Association (APA). The letter sharply criticizes APA for sitting seven years on an ethics complaint made against Dr. John Leso, who was a military psychologist at Guantanamo and an early member of that prison’s Behavioral Science Consultant Team (BSCT). Rather than a dust-up between psychology groups, the issue goes right to the heart of the US’s ability to conduct coercive interrogations and torture with the input of behavioral specialists.

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29 Jan 2014

Group Condemns APA’s Ethics Decision on Former Guantanamo Psychologist

The American Psychological Association recently refused, after a seven-year wait, to charge a psychologist that US documents clearly show was involved in torture. A different psychologist group, Psychologists for Social Responsibility, has written APA to condemn the decision. Rather than a dust-up between psychology groups, the issue goes right to the heart of the US’s ability to conduct coercive interrogations and torture with the input of behavioral specialists.

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16 Jan 2014

More on the Press and the Question of Torture in the Army Field Manual

“Torture is immoral under all circumstances.  It represents an extreme and shocking form of violating the human person.  Like slavery, genocide and rape, it is never justified.”

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15 Jan 2014

More on the Press and the Question of Torture in the Army Field Manual

While the mainstream press fell down on its responsibility to report the truth about the 2006 rewrite of the Army Field Manual, burying its use of coercive interrogation techniques amounting to torture, the alternative press and bloggers weren’t doing much better. Meanwhile, the foreign press was quizzing government figures about the unequal treatment of detainees in relation to Geneva Convention, and getting bureaucratic double-talk in response. The dialogue around the Army Field Manual hasn’t changed much in the ensuing seven years, and in large part this can be traced back to how consensus around the government’s interrogation manual was established.

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12 Jan 2014

How the Press, the Pentagon, and Even Human Rights Groups Sold Us an Army Field Manual that (Still) Includes Torture (updated)

On the 12th anniversary of Guantanamo, it’s time to look back and see how the U.S. press and human rights community were suborned to accept a policy about interrogations that included the use of psychological torture.

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02 Jan 2014

My Year at FDL: A Review

I thought it might be interesting to summarize the work I’ve done at FDL this past year. My output shrank in relation to prior years, due to conflicts with work and the inevitable slowing of the aging process, but I’m proud of what I’ve been able to bring FDL readers.

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