April 27, 2012
Human rights activists are pressing for the public release of a Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA's post-Sept. 11 detention and "enhanced interrogation" practices, hoping that it will answer the question once and for all of whether torture played a role in locating Osama bin Laden. Whatever the document might say about that question, releasing it would add to public knowledge about what President Obama rightly has called a "dark and painful chapter in our history. " Next week, almost a year to the day after the killing of Bin Laden, Jose Rodriguez, the former director of the CIA's National Clandestine Service, will publish a book titled "Hard Measures: How Aggressive CIA Actions After 9/11 Saved American Lives.
March 18, 2005 |
CIA Director Porter J. Goss defended U.S. interrogation practices and rejected any notion that the intelligence community engaged in torture, following months of criticism of American treatment of foreign prisoners. Testifying on Thursday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Goss came under intense questioning by Democrats and Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), but stood firm on the importance of interrogation as a legitimate intelligence tool, necessary to protect civilians and troops.
January 17, 2008 |
A senior House Republican said information gathered by the House Intelligence Committee indicated that a high-ranking CIA official ordered the destruction of videotapes depicting agency interrogation sessions even though he was directed not to do so. The remark by Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) contradicts previous accounts that suggested that Jose A. Rodriguez Jr., the CIA official who ordered the tapes destroyed, was never instructed to preserve them.
November 16, 2010
The laughable notion that waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques" don't constitute torture is belied by the fact that the CIA in 2005 destroyed dozens of videotapes recording the interrogation of two suspected terrorists. Now a special federal prosecutor has declined to pursue criminal charges in connection with the tapes' destruction. John Durham, the prosecutor, may still decide to charge CIA officials with lying, and he also is probing whether the interrogations themselves violated Justice Department guidelines.
May 17, 2007 |
A major divide has emerged among the leading Republican candidates for president over a central question of the 2008 campaign: Whether to follow the Bush administration's lead in pushing for aggressive treatment of detainees in fighting terrorism. Tuesday's GOP debate in South Carolina showcased those differences. Sen. John McCain of Arizona called for limits on interrogation techniques, whereas former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and onetime Massachusetts Gov.
January 21, 2010 |
In a tacit admission that the U.S. squandered a chance to gain valuable information after the failed Christmas Day airliner bombing, the nation's intelligence director testified Wednesday that authorities had been too quick to read the suspect his Miranda rights and grant him access to an attorney. Dennis C. Blair said that a newly created team of elite interrogators should have been called in to question Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab, and that top officials in Washington should have been consulted.
September 18, 2006 |
The nation's top intelligence official acknowledged Sunday that the CIA had used "tough" and "aggressive" interrogation techniques that were discontinued when the Supreme Court ruled that terrorism suspects are entitled to the protections of the Geneva Convention. Director of National Intelligence John D.
October 15, 2009
As viewers of television crime dramas know, before questioning a suspect in custody, police must warn him that he has the right to speak to an attorney and to have an attorney present during questioning. Less well known is that in 1981, 15 years after its decision in Miranda vs. Arizona, the Supreme Court ruled that once a suspect asks for a lawyer, all interrogation must stop -- and can't be resumed even if the suspect subsequently waives his rights. If there is to be further conversation in the lawyer's absence, it must be initiated by the suspect.
December 15, 2010 |
Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), a former FBI agent who has criticized the Obama administration's interrogation policies for terrorism suspects as too restrictive, has been named the next chairman of the House Intelligence Committee. Rogers, who represents Michigan's 8th Congressional District, was appointed to the post by House Speaker-designate John A. Boehner (R- Ohio), who made the announcement Wednesday. Rogers replaces Rep. Peter Hoekstra of Michigan's 2nd District, the ranking Republican on the committee, who is retiring.
February 27, 2014 |
In Barack Obama's first weeks in office, in a series of executive orders and public statements, the new president and former professor of constitutional law promised to make sweeping changes in the way government operated in a number of specific areas. But has he kept his pledges? Let's consider four of them: Ending torture On his first day in office, Obama ordered an end to the practice of torture, or as the George W. Bush administration preferred to call it, "enhanced interrogation techniques.