Cia

Torture Is Torture - Regardless of Who Does It

James Snell | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK
James Snell

Some of these horrors make agonising reading - but it is incorrect to say that they defy description. In the cold, expressionless language of the Senate report, even blunt, mechanical phrases can contain the key to understanding a world of pain. 'Rectal feeding' is one. 'Stress position' is another. Through reams of inert prose, an appalling picture of abuse is built up and solidified.

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.

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.

What Did Britain Know? Bid To See Redacted CIA Torture Report

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jessica Elgot | Posted 14.12.2014 | UK

The parliamentary panel investigating allegations of British involvement in torture is seeking access to secret parts of an damning US report into CIA...

CIA Torture: Does 'Never Again' Mean Again and Again?

Marc DuBois | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK
Marc DuBois

Is it possible to be indifferent to the U.S. Senate report on CIA interrogation? Critics of the report warn it will provoke anti-US attacks today. My concern is that it will engender the same sort of torture in the future.

UK Facing Fresh Questions Of 'Torture Report Coverup'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 12.12.2014 | UK

The Government is facing fresh questions over whether it sought to cover up "embarrassing information" about alleged British complicity in torture aft...

'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.

Torture by Governments

Yousef Dar | Posted 11.12.2014 | UK
Yousef Dar

Here we have it, finally confirmation that there was a systemic structure to torture, detain, kidnap, take hostage, abduct, abuse and dehumanise any thought process. Who was allegedly doing this? Our protected and trusted allies...

CIA Torture Report: The Lid Lifted?

Neil Durkin | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

Is the long-awaited report into CIA torture during the so-called "war on terror" an exercise on transparency or something rather less than that? Seems to me it's clearly the latter...

Where Is the End of This Cycle of Tyranny, Terrorism and War?

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 10.12.2014 | UK
Muhammad Abdul Bari

If a drastic change in policy towards the Middle East and the wider War on Terror is not made by America and its allies the world is going to be dragged into deeper and deeper crisis. Post-9/11 world has become more unsafe and we are now at a tipping point of further catastrophe. It is time we build bridges, not create walls of hatred.

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 ...

Crimestoppers: Facebook on the Front Line

Alex Krasodomski-Jones | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Tech
Alex Krasodomski-Jones

More must be done to tackle online crime, and Facebook should cooperate. But expectations of pre-emptive screening of social media content to detect threats are fantasy. Suggestions of wide-scale, pre-emptive internet surveillance probably aren't nefarious, 'Orwellian' attempts to watch our every move; but they do misunderstand what's really possible when dealing with the internet.

The CIA Has Made A Rather Disturbing Request

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 26.11.2014 | UK Tech

The CIA has submitted plans to wipe all the emails of every employee three years after they leave the company. Worryingly this decision is actually...

10 Secret Facts About The CIA

AllTime10s | Posted 19.11.2014 | UK Politics

From lost nuclear devices to undercover cats, what has the US government been hiding from the world?...

Ned Simons

Charge Snowden With Murder, Says Senior US Congressman

HuffingtonPost.com | Ned Simons | Posted 22.10.2014 | UK Politics

Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower who revealed the extent of American and British surveillance programmes, should be charged with murder, accordin...

'It Never Happened' - US Intervention in Syria

Ian Sinclair | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Sinclair

Though it's rarely mentioned in polite company, Harold Pinter's 2005 Nobel Prize in Literature acceptance speech continues to resonate nearly ten years later... How can something not happen even while it was happening, you ask? Let me explain.

Inside Jobs and Israeli Stooges: Why Is the Muslim World in Thrall to Conspiracy Theories?

Mehdi Hasan | Posted 04.11.2014 | UK Politics
Mehdi Hasan

Why are so many of my fellow Muslims so gullible and so quick to believe bonkers conspiracy theories? How have the pedlars of paranoia amassed such influence within Muslim communities? When will credulous Muslims stop leaning on the conspiracy crutch? We blame sinister outside powers for all our problems - extremism, despotism, corruption and the rest - and paint ourselves as helpless victims rather than indepen­dent agents.

UFO Scare Is Actually Secret CIA Spy Plane

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Tech

During the '50s Norway was plagued with a spate of inexplicable UFO sightings that left civilians and the wider UFO community baffled. Well the mys...

Al-Qaeda Double-Agent Speaks About His Conversion From Islamist Radical To CIA Spy

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 30.06.2014 | UK

On Monday’s Newsnight, Richard Watson interviewed Morten Storm, the Danish biker who converted to Islam and travelled to Yemen to study only to aban...

The Action Toy Least Likely To Make It Onto This Year's Christmas Lists...(PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 20.06.2014 | UK

A sinister action figure of al-Qaeda kingpin Osama Bin Laden could have been nestling among the Transformers and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles of the w...