Cia Torture

We Stand with Shaker Campaign: Free the last British Citizen held at Guantanamo

Tasnim Nazeer | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK Politics
Tasnim Nazeer

Shaker Aamer, a Saudi Arabian citizen and the last British resident to be held without charge at Guantanamo bay has still not been given the freedom he deserves after more than 13 years of imprisonment.

The More Effective Torture Is, the More Important It Is That It Should Be Banned

Matthew Scott | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK
Matthew Scott

If torture worked, the need to criminalise it would be even more imperative than if it were ineffective because the temptation to use it would then be even greater. If torture did not work there would be no need to use it. It was largely because the CIA believed, or persuaded itself, that it did work that it became such a widespread practice.

Kenyan Death-Squads: A Legacy of the War on Terror

Amandla Thomas-Johnson | Posted 18.12.2014 | UK
Amandla Thomas-Johnson

It came as little surprise that the official inquiry into the circumstances that led to the Woolwich attack paid scant attention to the role UK intelligence played in the abuse of Michael Adebolajo in Kenya. In his court appearance last December Michael Adebolajo himself did not mention whether or not the incident had an impact on his own thinking in the run-up to Woolwich.

The CIA Torture Scandal

Sajjad Karim MEP | Posted 16.12.2014 | UK Politics
Sajjad Karim MEP

The release of this report teaches us an important lesson; that it is easy for the rule of law and our own civility to be lost in a climate of fear, where pressing concerns are focused on finding ways to protect ourselves from dangerous and evil forces like Al Qaeda or ISIS. Behaviour that compromises such principles, however, will invariably fail to keep us safe.

Band Demand Royalties After US Used Music To Torture Prisoners

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK

Industrial band Skinny Puppy has invoiced the US government for $666,000 after it was revealed their music was used to torture detainees in Guantanamo...

Does Desire for Revenge Explain CIA Practice of Severe Interrogation?

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

If torture, or 'severe interrogation', is so ineffective in gaining useful intelligence - as is widely believed - why did the CIA persist with it over such an extended period?

Why Are We Letting MI5 and MI6 Off the Hook?

Madeleine Fry | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK Politics
Madeleine Fry

An in-depth and open inquiry about the intelligence community's actions during the 'war on terror' is well overdue. For once, actually following the Americans' recent example would be a good place to start.

Lets Talk About Torture

Jake Warren | Posted 15.12.2014 | UK
Jake Warren

In December 2014 the long awaited publishing of the CIA Torture Report, on the treatment of detainees between the years of 2001 - 2006 was released. What followed in the immediate aftermath was mostly wide spread condemnation.

Mehdi's Minute: On CIA Torture, Dick Cheney and the Ukip Sex Scandal

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Do you want my alternative, semi-serious take on the US Senate's report on CIA torture, Dick Cheney's ludicrous response to it and, back home in the UK, Ukip's entry into the British political establishment? Here's the political week in 60 seconds.

'Accounting' for CIA Torture and Kidnapping - Accountants Reveal the Secret Business Behind Brutality

Dr Raj Persaud | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK
Dr Raj Persaud

Michele Chwastiak from the University of New Mexico, United States has just published an analysis exposing the aviation companies complicit in the CIA's extraordinary rendition program.

The Torture Report Did Nothing Except Endanger Other Countries

Lukas Mikelionis | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK Politics
Lukas Mikelionis

I'm absolutely convinced that the report has no value whatsoever. It just confirmed already confirmed allegations from 2009 and put multiple European and Asian partners in danger by the militant fundamentalists and aggressive states in general.

CIA's Former Director Is Becoming A Little Hard To Believe

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK

The former director of the CIA has come out swinging after a Senate report found he had repeatedly misled politicians about the extent of the agency's...

Jessica Elgot

In Final Insult, China, North Korea, Iran Condemn US Over Torture

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK

Representatives from some of the world's most renowned proponents of torture have condemned the US for its brutality after the release of a five-year ...

CIA Lied About Torture Techniques Foiling UK Terror Plots

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK

The CIA falsely represented its role in a number of UK-related terror plots in a bid to justify its "brutal" interrogation techniques, a US intelligen...

Horrific Brutality And Deceit Detailed In CIA Torture Report

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 09.12.2014 | UK

NEW YORK – The result of a five-year Senate investigation into the CIA’s secret interrogations of terrorism suspects following the 9/11 attacks ha...

We Tortured Some Folks...

Neil Durkin | Posted 06.10.2014 | UK Politics
Neil Durkin

Barack Obama's now rather famous phrase from the end of last week is quite something... Torture is a worldwide scourge, affecting three-quarters of the world. Acknowledging that it's as wrong when used against "terrorism suspects" as it is against political opponents or even minor criminal suspects is... well, progress.

Not Normal: Invisible Detainees and Compliant Restraint

Neil Durkin | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK
Neil Durkin

As long ago as 2006 President Bush acknowledged (after lengthy rumours) that the US had transported to Guantánamo 14 "high value" detainees previously held by the CIA in a secret location. Now, seven years later, it's noticeable that Department of Defense's updates on the hunger strike at Guantánamo systematically exclude the high value detainees.

The Surprising Countries Left Off Rendition List

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK

More than 20 European nations offered support to covert CIA operations to kidnap terror suspects - but many Western countries are conspicuously absent...

Jessica Elgot

Access Of Evil?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 05.02.2013 | UK

As US President George W Bush made his famous speech about the "axis of evil", and his administration named countries including Iran, Iraq, Syria and ...