White House OKs Underwater Torture Chamber

Karen Garcia, Sardonicky: The US Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) approved the use of seismic airguns to explore the seabed from Cape May to Cape Canaveral for oil and gas. But even BOEM estimates that this practice will disrupt, injure or kill millions of marine animals, including the most endangered whale species on the planet.

http://truth-out.org/news/item/25145-white-house-oks-underwater-torture-chamber



The Dumpster Fire of Obama s Moral Authority

William Rivers Pitt, Truthout: On Friday, Mr. Obama chose to soft-pedal the disgrace of torture, called the perpetrators *patriots,' and told those of us upset about the whole thing not to be *sanctimonious* in our indignation. With this, the president lost any moral authority he had left.

http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/25430-the-dumpster-fire-of-obamas-moral-authority



European Court Finds CIA Interrogation Techniques *Amounted to Torture*

Sharon Adams, Truthout: The European Court of Human Rights concludes that so-called enhanced interrogation techniques, specifically approved by John Yoo and Jay Bybee for use by the CIA on Abu Zubaydah at a Polish black site, amounted to torture.

http://truth-out.org/news/item/25452-european-court-finds-cia-interrogation-techniques-amounted-to-torture



Why We Need to Prosecute Our Torturers

The Daily Take Team, The Thom Hartmann Program: If the United States wants to be seen as a moral authority in the world, we have to lock Bush, Cheney and everyone else in their criminal crew in jail and throw away the key.

http://truth-out.org/opinion/item/26111-why-we-need-to-prosecute-our-torturers



UN Scrutinizes Obama Administration s Policies on Torture

Annie Hylton, Truthout: As the United States *celebrates Veterans Day, President Obama has sent a delegation to appear before the United Nations Committee Against Torture. It is the first time during his presidency that independent experts will review the United States' record.

http://truth-out.org/news/item/27409-un-scrutinizes-obama-administration-s-policies-on-torture



Obama Refuses to Close Door on Torture

Faiza Patel, The Brennan Center for Justice: The brutal tactics employed by the United States after 9/11 have led many observers to question its commitment to postwar human rights treaties. Both allied and hostile nations have watched to see if Obama acknowledged that the United States is bound by global torture standards. His answer did not reassure them.

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/27634-obama-refuses-to-close-door-on-torture



A Brutal *Torture Report,* but No Accountability

Mike Ludwig, Truthout: While the Obama administration does not deny the brutality of the CIA s top secret, post-9/11 torture program, detailed in the long-awaited *torture report* released today by the Senate Intelligence Committee, the administration is refusing to hold anyone publicly accountable.

http://truth-out.org/news/item/27912-a-brutal-torture-report-but-no-accountability



The Missing Photos From the Senate Report on CIA Torture

Michael Meurer, Truthout: The Senate report on CIA torture is just a start. More than 2,000 photos that show the full spectrum of prisoner abuse at CIA and military detention facilities need to be released and investigations expanded to include military prisons. The ultimate goal is full accountability.

http://www.truth-out.org/news/item/27935-the-missing-photos-from-the-senate-report-on-cia-torture

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White House Censoring What US Public Can Know About Torture Program
http://commondreams.org/news/2014/07/30/jeremy-scahill-white-house-censoring-what-us-public-can-know-about-torture-program

Obama: 'We Tortured Some Folks'
http://commondreams.org/news/2014/08/01/obama-we-tortured-some-folks

It s About the Lying: On John Brennan, the CIA, and Torture
http://commondreams.org/views/2014/08/01/its-about-lying-john-brennan-cia-and-torture

Obama Administration Redactions on Torture Report Render It 'Impossible to Understand'
http://commondreams.org/news/2014/08/05/obama-administration-redactions-torture-report-render-it-impossible-understand

Obama Defends CIA Chief John Brennan Amid Resignation Demands
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/08/06/obama-defends-cia-chief-john-brennan-amid-resignation-demands

The Torture Secrets Are Coming
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/20/torture-secrets-are-coming

US Given New Deadline for Torture Photos 'More Disturbing' Than Abu Ghraib
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/22/us-given-new-deadline-torture-photos-more-disturbing-abu-ghraib

When It Comes To Torture, Silence Is Bipartisan
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/10/24/when-it-comes-torture-silence-bipartisan

Fellow Nobel Peace Laureates to Obama: Stain of US Torture Your Job to Repair
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/10/27/fellow-nobel-peace-laureates-obama-stain-us-torture-your-job-repair

The United States Admits It *Crossed a Line* on Torture. That s the Least of It...
http://www.commondreams.org/views/2014/11/14/united-states-admits-it-crossed-line-torture-thats-least-it

CIA and GOP Circle Wagons To Defend Bush-Era Torture
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/08/ahead-senate-report-cia-and-gop-circle-wagons-defend-bush-era-torture

Senate CIA Torture Report Details 'Ruthless' Brutality of Bush Era
http://www.commondreams.org/news/2014/12/09/senate-cia-torture-report-details-ruthless-brutality-bush-era

CIA Report Warned Assassination Program Might Backfire
http://www.commondreams.org/newswire/2014/12/18/cia-report-warned-assassination-programme-might-backfire

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A Law Unto Themselves: The CIA And The Torture Cover-up

By Eric London

The state is overseen by a spying apparatus that seeks to monitor all communications and a president that declares the right to assassinate without due process.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article39309.htm



'Clapper And Brennan Must Be Fired!'

By Kevin Zeese

Unacceptable Culture Of Lying in US Intelligence Leadership Gets Obama s *Full Support*.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article39326.htm



Col. Lawrence Wilkerson Exposes The CIA s Ongoing Cover-Up of Torture War Crimes

By Adam Dick

Former US Army Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson discussed in detail, a *major cover-up* in progress, with the US Central Intelligence Agency altering a still unreleased Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article39331.htm



A warning on 'torture report' release

An internal U.S. intelligence memo warns that the release of a Senate report on CIA interrogation techniques could inflame anti-U.S. passions in the Mideast, resulting in potentially violent street protests and threats to U.S. embassies and personnel.

http://news.yahoo.com/a-warning-on--torture-report--release-233244652.html



Afghans tortured, killed by U.S. troops need justice: Amnesty

U.S. forces who have tortured or killed civilians in Afghanistan have not been brought to justice because of failures in the U.S. military justice system, human rights group Amnesty International said on Monday.

http://in.reuters.com/article/2014/08/11/afghanistan-war-idINL4N0QH3ND20140811?



Patriots Don t Torture: Why Excusing it is an American Catastrophe

By Falguni A. Sheth

Obama s words suggested that the decision to torture was collectively considered and endorsed by Americans: *We* tortured some folks.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article39457.htm



CIA Tortured Terror Suspects 'To Point Of Death,'

By Peter Foster

*They were holding them under water until the point of death, with a doctor present to make sure they did not go too far. This was real torture.*

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article39611.htm



Senate Torture Report Vanishes

By Philip Giraldi

The crisis involving the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is a Godsend to politicians, which is probably why the threat actually posed by the group is being hyped.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article39770.htm



Accused of Stealing a Backpack, High School Student Jailed for Nearly Three Years Without Trial

Democracy Now!

The incredible story of how a 16-year-old high school sophomore from the Bronx ended up spending nearly three years locked up at the Rikers jail in New York City after he says he was falsely accused.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article39836.htm



Will Obama Follow Bush Down the Made-Up Torture Loophole?

The Obama administration is considering reaffirming the Bush-era position that the ban on cruel treatment doesn t apply when the United States is operating abroad.

https://www.aclu.org/blog/human-rights-national-security/will-obama-follow-bush-down-made-torture-loophole



U.N. Calls BS on Obama s 'Look Forward, Not Backwards' Approach to US Torture

By Murtaza Hussain

A new report submitted to the United Nations Committee Against Torture has been released that excoriates his administration for shielding the officials responsible from prosecution.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article40104.htm



Report to UN condemns US government s *international criminal program of torture*

The US presidential administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama are responsible for far-reaching violations of international law for directing and covering up a global torture program developed by the US Central Intelligence Agency.

http://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2014/11/01/tort-n01.html



An Innocent Man, Tortured by the U.S., Asks the U.N.: Where s the Accountability?

U.S. officials are in for a serious grilling on Wednesday as they get hauled before the U.N. Committee against Torture and questioned about about a multitude of ways in which the U.S. appears to be failing to comply with the anti-torture treaty it ratified 20 years ago.

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/11/11/innocent-man-tortured-u-s-asks-wheres-accountability/



Details from the CIA Torture Report Summary: Hypothermia, Broken Limbs, and Rectal Feeding

By CJ Ciaramella

One prisoner at a CIA black site froze to death. Others were forced to stand on broken feet, threatened sexually with broomsticks, or subjected to *rectal feeding*.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article40423.htm



Nine CIA 'Black Sites' Where Detainees Were Tortured

Six days after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, President George W. Bush issued a directive allowing the CIA to secretly detain and interrogate prisoners at clandestine sites located around the world, cut off from communication with legal counsel, family, and everyone else

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/12/09/map-of-cia-black-sites/



CIA torture and media complicity

*Where are the prosecutions? That's all that matters now, where are the prosecutions?*

http://rt.com/uk/213223-rt-exclusive-john-pilger/



Bush And Cheney Should Be Charged with War Crimes: Col. Wilkerson

By Democracy Now!

39 people were killed in the interrogation process. Why does no one ever mention that?

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article40553.htm



Another Mass Killing by the Peace Prize Prez

By Chris Floyd

News arrives today of yet another clutch of unimportant, unmournable deaths at the hands of extremist violence.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article40685.htm



Assassination Nation

By Ron Jacobs

Imagine living in a town or neighborhood where a serial killer is on the loose. The killer s primary weapon is a pipe bomb filled with small metal projectiles like BBs and nails.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article40727.htm


From Information Clearing House

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Torture is indefensible

Authority!
by Timothy J Taylor

08/03/14

We tortured some folks? We shouldnt feel too sanctimonious about it now because of the tough job the CIA had? Gee, that doesnt sound too bad. Yeah, the U.S. government shouldn t have tortured any of the 'folks.' It was wrong. It was against the law. It s too bad. But sometimes the circumstances call for a few of the 'folks' to be tortured a little bit like when it's the expedient thing to do. We can torture some of the 'folks' and say we are sorry later. Then we can forget about it and move on...

http://authoritycon.blogspot.com/2014/08/torture-is-indefensible.html


Informant: Thomas L. Knapp

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Spying, Lying, and Torture
http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/08/andrew-p-napolitano/spying-lying-torture/

UN Report Documents Torture, Police Violence in US
http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/12/no_author/police-violence-and-torture-in-the-us/

The CIA and Its Torturers
http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/12/andrew-p-napolitano/arrest-the-cia/



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