Gina Haspel’s different treatment of Jane Harman’s opposition to destroying the torture tapes and Carl Levin’s moves to conduct an inquiry into torture suggest she really didn’t care about Congressional concerns about retaining the tapes.
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One of Ron Wyden’s questions of Gina Haspel makes it clear she was part of a successful effort to force DOJ and the White House to reauthorize torture in 2005 by torturing a detainee before approval had been finalized.
After a victim of child rape by Afghan forces killed three Marines in Afghanistan in 2015, Congress asked SIGAR to investigate how Afghan units continue to receive funding in light of known human rights abuses. Congress has enabled violation of the Leahy laws that prevent such funding by stating that funds to Afghan forces can be provided “notwithstanding any other provision of law”.
Mike Morell has discovered a conscience he apparently didn’t have when his CIA was torturing people.
John McCain’s getting cranky as fuck about answering questions about Trump, even while getting adoring press for his promises he’ll make sure Trump doesn’t resume torture again. But there’s just one thing he can do to prevent torture: prevent Trump’s pro-torture nominees Jeff Sessions and Mike Pompeo from being confirmed.
People are too complacent about whether and how Trump can exercise his authority as President. This post looks at two examples of authorities left over from the Bush Administration Trump can use.
This is an outdated replacement for one I’ve lost–I’m still looking for that one. September 17, 2001: Bush signs Memorandum of Notification authorizing CIA to capture, detain, and interrogate al Qaeda figures. September 2001: CIA/OGC begins research on interrogations issues. October 21, 2001: OLC memo eviscerating 4th Amendment. December 17, 2001: DoD OGC asks JPRA […]
May 28, 2008: DOJ IG Report on Torture April 6: NYRB posts the Red Cross report on high value detainees April 9: CIA Director Leon Panetta bans contractors from conducting interrogations April 16: Obama statement on memo release, torture memos released: August 1, 2002: Memo from Jay Bybee, Assistant Attorney General, OLC, to John A. […]
Though I agree with the general sentiment that Donald Trump should not be trusted with America’s nuclear codes, there’s a lot I loathed in Hillary’s foreign policy speech yesterday. Her neat espousal of American exceptionalism, with the specter that another country could make decisions about our lives and jobs and safety, is especially rich coming from […]
I once made a list of all the evidence of torture the CIA or others in the Executive Branch destroyed. I thought it time to start cataloging them, to keep them all straight. Before May 2003: 15 of 92 torture tapes erased or damaged Early 2003: Dunlavey’s paper trail “lost” Before August 2004: John Yoo […]