CIA Torture

CIA contractors settle ACLU torture lawsuit

By John Burton, 24 August 2017

The ACLU settled its lawsuit against two psychologists on behalf of three victims brutally tortured by the CIA.

Amazon and the CIA: a match made in hell

Part Two: Amazon, war propaganda, and the suppression of free speech

By Evan Blake, 14 July 2017

Amazon won the confidence of the CIA through its suppression of WikiLeaks, and since constructing the C2S cloud has become ever more deeply connected to the military-intelligence apparatus.

Right-wing furor over Canadian government’s “apology” to child Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 13 July 2017

In 2003 and 2004, Canadian officials colluded with their US counterparts in Khadr’s Guantanamo Bay interrogation, despite knowing he was a minor, had no legal representation, and had been tortured.

Amazon and the CIA: a match made in hell

Part One: Amazon cashes in on war crimes and mass surveillance

By Evan Blake, 13 July 2017

Since signing a $600 million deal with the CIA in 2013, Amazon has become ever more integrated with the American state apparatus and implicated in its crimes.

US, UAE operate network of torture chambers in Yemen

By Niles Niemuth, 27 June 2017

The brutal torture regime began during the Obama administration and continues under President Donald Trump.

CIA’s cover blown in Brazil, but still safe in the New York Times

By Bill Van Auken, 23 June 2017

Whatever the reason for the public exposure of the CIA’s top man in Brasilia, there was one quarter where his secret remained safe: the pages of the Times.

Congressional Republicans seek to obliterate record of CIA torture

By Tom Carter, 8 June 2017

The fate of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report, which exposed the most sadistic and depraved crimes perpetrated by the Central Intelligence Agency, is a milestone in the collapse of the rule of law and the emergence of a police state.

US Attorney General Sessions praises Guantanamo as a “very fine place”

By Bill Van Auken, 11 March 2017

Sessions call for sending new “enemy combatants” to the prison camp in Cuba is a measure of both the lawlessness of the new administration and its preparation of new wars of aggression.

Trump administration invokes “state secrets” in CIA torture case

By Barry Grey, 11 March 2017

Among the CIA officials the government is seeking to shield is Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel, who ran a secret torture site in Thailand in 2002.

Veteran of torture program appointed new deputy CIA director

By Fred Mazelis, 6 February 2017

Gina Haspel ran the black site prison in Thailand where waterboarding and other gruesome practices were carried out.

Trump delivers diatribe against press at CIA headquarters

By Barry Grey, 23 January 2017

Trump’s attack on the corporate-controlled press underscores the degree of tension and conflict within the state as the new administration takes office.

Declassified reports reveal torture techniques used by Bush-era CIA

By Shelley Connor, 21 January 2017

Newly declassified reports reveal evidence of the CIA’s torture techniques at black sites throughout the world excluded from the official Senate Torture Report released in 2014.

The Obama administration and the legitimization of torture

By Tom Carter, 7 January 2017

Virtually no one has been allowed to read the 6,700-page Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture, and a concerted effort is underway to make sure that nobody is able to read it in the future.

New revelations detail Canada’s complicity in torture

By Roger Jordan, 12 October 2016

Canada’s security agencies developed their own rendition-type program to circumvent the prohibitions on detention without charge and torture.

Tunisian men reveal new details of torture at CIA black sites

By Kevin Martinez, 6 October 2016

The ex-detainees described gruesome forms of torture not mentioned in the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA torture program.

Political prisoner Chelsea Manning begins hunger strike

By Tom Hall, 12 September 2016

Manning began her hunger strike in military prison on Friday in protest against the abuse and harassment that drove her to attempt suicide in July.

US torture victim Abu Zubaydah given “hearing” at Guantanamo

By John Burton, 29 August 2016

Zubaydah, one of 41 inmates still not cleared for release or transfer eight years after Obama pledged to close Guantanamo Bay, made a brief, silent appearance on video.

Obama, Pentagon outline latest plan to close Guantanamo, move prisoners to US

By E.P. Bannon, 24 February 2016

The maneuver is a cynical ploy aimed at assuaging opposition to the horrific crimes committed in the name of the "war on terror," which have continued unabated under Obama.

Torture, murder and Donald Trump

By Patrick Martin, 11 February 2016

After his embrace of torture and “a hell of a lot worse” during last Saturday’s debate, the Republican frontrunner has now advocated assassination, targeting North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un.

Obama administration continues suppression of torture photos

By Tom Carter, 8 February 2016

After 12 years of litigation, the Obama administration has released only 198 out of at least 2,000 photographs depicting torture and other war crimes perpetrated by US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Report reveals torture and murder of Afghan civilians by Navy SEALs

By George Gallanis, 19 December 2015

While the report details horrendous accounts of torture, resulting in the death of a detainee, charges against all four SEALs were dropped.

Report makes case for prosecuting US war criminals

By Tom Carter, 5 December 2015

The Human Rights Watch report calls for the criminal prosecution of senior US officials involved in CIA torture and exposes the ongoing cover-up by the Obama administration.

Obama administration continues to suppress report on CIA torture

By Tom Carter, 16 November 2015

The Department of Justice has instructed its employees not to read the report, and the State Department has stamped the report, “Do Not Open, Do Not Access.”

Last British prisoner at Guantánamo Bay released

By Robert Stevens, 4 November 2015

Shaker Aamer was released October 30 after 5,017 days in detention.

US judge orders release of Guantanamo torture videos

By Tom Carter, 31 October 2015

A federal district judge rejected the Obama administration’s latest attempt to block the disclosure of videos that depict beatings and force-feeding at the torture camp.

Lawsuit charges US psychologists involved in CIA torture program with war crimes

By Nick Barrickman, 15 October 2015

Although the CIA has officially admitted to having waterboarded only three individuals, the charges detail torture methods and abuse which can essentially be described as the same thing.

Obama administration suppresses account of CIA torture

By Patrick Martin, 12 September 2015

The US government has stamped “classified” on the declaration by a Guantanamo detainee of how he was tortured in a secret CIA prison.

US psychologists’ convention bans participation in torture

By Tom Carter, 10 August 2015

The American Psychological Association overwhelmingly adopted a resolution Friday banning participation in national security interrogations.

The American Psychological Association, torture and the Nuremberg doctors’ trial

By Tom Carter, 13 July 2015

A 542-page independent report made public Friday implicates the American Psychological Association in the CIA torture program.

US government covered up 14,000 photos documenting CIA secret prisons

By Thomas Gaist, 29 June 2015

The existence of a trove of photos documenting the CIA's global network of “black site” torture centers came to light over the weekend.

Entourage and Spy: Celebrity, wealth and the CIA—Hollywood’s idea of summer fun

By Joanne Laurier, 19 June 2015

Two new, not-so-comic comedies: one preoccupied with the life of Hollywood celebrities and the other, with the intelligence apparatus. What fun.

CIA authorized experimentation on human beings, document shows

By Thomas Gaist, 18 June 2015

Previously secret CIA internal regulations show that the agency has assumed sweeping powers to engage in illegal human experimentation and covert espionage against the US population.

Guantanamo detainee details CIA sexual abuse and torture

By Thomas Gaist, 5 June 2015

Majid Khan was subjected to torture “more brutal and sadistic” than even that documented in the Senate report on CIA torture released last year.

Federal court blocks release of CIA torture report

By Ed Hightower, 22 May 2015

The court turned the facts and the law upside down to keep evidence of CIA torture and spying on Congress from seeing the light of day.

“Frontline” broadcast documents CIA torture program

By Eric London, 21 May 2015

The PBS series’ May 19 episode is a chilling account of the CIA’s torture of hundreds of detainees during the Bush administration.

Chicago residents speak on police torture at Homan Square “black site”

By George Marlowe, 18 May 2015

Reporters from the WSWS spoke to workers and youth about recent revelations of torture at Homan Square as well as the decaying social conditions in Chicago.

Seymour Hersh exposes official lies about Bin Laden killing

By Niles Williamson, 12 May 2015

An article by the Pulitzer Prize winner, published Sunday in the London Review of Books, exposes the entire official narrative of the 2011 killing of Osama bin Laden as a concoction of lies.

Ex-CIA whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling sentenced to three years in prison

By Thomas Gaist, 12 May 2015

Sterling allegedly provided details of covert operations conducted by the CIA against Iran to journalist James Risen.

Ex-Guantanamo child detainee Omar Khadr released on bail

By Carl Bronski, 12 May 2015

The Conservatives have gone to extraordinary lengths to prolong Khadr’s ordeal since he was repatriated, fighting to ensure he remains behind bars.

American Psychological Association played critical role in CIA torture program

By David Walsh, 1 May 2015

A report by health professionals and human rights activists exposes the collusion between the APA and the Bush White House in the torture and abuse of detainees.

Judge orders end to Pentagon stalling on torture photos

By Patrick Martin, 23 March 2015

The Pentagon has been fighting for more than a decade to keep visual evidence of the torture at Abu Ghraib and other military sites from becoming public.

Chicago’s Abu Ghraib

By Andre Damon, 27 February 2015

The Guardian newspaper has revealed the existence of a “black site” on the West Side of Chicago, where police detain, beat and torture prisoners.

Guantanamo in America

By Andre Damon, 21 February 2015

A report in the Guardian has revealed that a leading interrogator at Guantanamo Bay had used torture to extract false confessions as a police detective in Chicago.

CIA whistleblower calls for prosecution of officials responsible for torture

By Tom Hall, 17 February 2015

John Kiriakou, the former CIA agent who helped reveal the agency’s use of waterboarding, was released from prison this month after serving a two-year sentence.

Interpreter for 9/11 defendants at Guantanamo Bay was a CIA agent

By Ed Hightower, 13 February 2015

The presence of a CIA spy on the defense team fits the show trial character of the proceedings as a whole, which make a mockery of due process.

Guantánamo Diary: A book that needs to be read

By Tom Carter, 6 February 2015

Guantánamo Diary, written by a current inmate of the infamous camp and suppressed by the US government for seven years, is a terrifying exposure of the secret US torture program—and much more.

New Senate Intelligence Committee chair moves to suppress CIA torture report

By Patrick Martin, 24 January 2015

The new Republican chairman of the committee has demanded the Obama administration return all copies of the report on CIA torture.

Behind whitewash of CIA spying: The trail leads to the White House

By Thomas Gaist and Patrick Martin, 17 January 2015

CIA Director John Brennan discussed plans to investigate the Senate Intelligence Committee staff with White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.

CIA panel whitewashes spying on US Senate

By Thomas Gaist, 17 January 2015

Wednesday saw the public release of a report produced by the CIA “accountability board” appointed by CIA Director John Brennan to review the agency’s spying on the staff of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) as it prepared its report on the CIA torture program.

Obama administration continues to block report on Saudi financing of 9/11 attacks

By Tom Carter, 14 January 2015

The fact that Washington’s ally was the principal financier of the September 11, 2001 attacks calls into question the entire official “war on terror” narrative.

Washington buries the CIA torture report

By Patrick Martin, 8 January 2015

One month after its release, official Washington and the American media have suppressed any discussion of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s detailed and grisly exposure of CIA torture.

Cover-up of Canada’s complicity in torture continues

By Roger Jordan and Keith Jones, 24 December 2014

The media and opposition parties are allowing the government’s claim that the US Senate report documenting CIA torture had “nothing to do” with Canada to go entirely unchallenged.

The New York Times calls for torture prosecutions

By Patrick Martin and David North, 23 December 2014

An editorial published Monday reveals a deep-going political crisis within the American ruling elite.

No punishment for CIA officials who spied on Senate Intelligence Committee

By Barry Grey, 23 December 2014

The news that the CIA-appointed review board has exonerated those involved in an unconstitutional attack on Congress illuminates the connection between the official use of torture and the creation of the infrastructure of dictatorship.

What is behind the German media’s condemnation of CIA torture?

By Johannes Stern, 23 December 2014

Calls are mounting in the media and the political establishment demanding that Germany pursue its imperialist interests more independently from the US.

What is in the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture: Part three

By Eric London, 22 December 2014

This is the third of three articles summarizing the contents of the unclassified executive summary of the US Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA torture program.

The European powers and CIA torture

By Chris Marsden, 20 December 2014

The European powers have issued only pro-forma and self-serving statements on the US Senate report into torture and extraordinary rendition by the US and its allies.

What is in the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture: Part two

By Ed Hightower, 20 December 2014

This is the second of three articles summarizing the contents of the unclassified executive summary of the US Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA torture program.

Physicians’ group details psychologists’ role in CIA’s “extensive system of torture”

By Matthew MacEgan, 19 December 2014

A report from Physicians for Human Rights states that health professionals working under the direction of the White House committed war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Former Polish president confirms existence of secret CIA torture prison

By Konrad Kreft, 18 December 2014

The publication of the US Senate report on torture has proven the existence of a clandestine CIA prison in Poland and the close collaboration between European and US governments.

US Supreme Court Justice Scalia says Constitution allows torture

By Joseph Kishore, 17 December 2014

Scalia’s remarks were made the day after the Senate Intelligence Committee released its report on CIA interrogations.

What is in the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on CIA torture: Part one

By Tom Carter, 16 December 2014

This is the first of three articles summarizing the contents of the unclassified executive summary of the US Senate Intelligence Committee’s 6,700-page report on the CIA torture program, released last week.

Cheney on CIA torture: “I’d do it again in a minute”

By Patrick Martin, 15 December 2014

The former vice president defended CIA torture and boasted that both he and President George W. Bush approved the methods used against prisoners.

Brennan’s defense of CIA torture

By Barry Grey, 13 December 2014

That the spy agency head issued the Obama administration’s rebuttal to the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture makes clear who is really in control of the American state.

US Senate committee agreed to conceal UK complicity in CIA torture

By Robert Stevens, 13 December 2014

Home Secretary Theresa May, among other senior UK government officials, met with members of the US Senate committee working on the CIA report.

French neo-fascist National Front defends CIA torture

By Alex Lantier, 13 December 2014

The neo-fascists decided to overlook their anti-American rhetoric and leap to the defense of CIA torturers.

Canadian government lies over complicity in CIA torture

By Roger Jordan, 13 December 2014

Canada acted as a major transit route for US rendition flights that sent captives to third countries or CIA black sites to be tortured.

Who are Obama and the US Congress to sanction Venezuela?

By Bill Van Auken, 13 December 2014

In the midst of the deepening crisis over CIA torture, the Obama administration has decided to sanction Venezuela for alleged human rights abuses.

Canada’s International Socialists promote unions’ “anti-Harper,” pro-Liberal campaign

By Dylan Lubao and Keith Jones, 13 December 2014

The pseudo-left International Socialists are lining up behind the trade unions’ campaign to back a Liberal or a Liberal-NDP coalition government.

Obama CIA director defends “enhanced interrogation” torture program

By Niles Williamson and Joseph Kishore, 12 December 2014

CIA Director John Brennan gave an extraordinary press conference at CIA headquarters on Thursday, outlining the Obama administration’s response to the Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture.

Torture, police killings and the militarization of America

By Bill Van Auken, 12 December 2014

The release of the CIA torture report in the midst of nationwide protests over US police killings has exposed a corrupt system in which state criminals at every level enjoy absolute impunity.

US torture report exposes European powers’ involvement in CIA crimes

By Alex Lantier, 12 December 2014

Officials across Europe are reacting to confirmation of CIA torture by insisting that they should enjoy total immunity for their role in the program.

Successive Australian governments complicit in US torture

By Mike Head, 12 December 2014

Not a word of condemnation of the United States government has been heard within the Australian political establishment.

CIA torture: American democracy in shambles

By Joseph Kishore, 11 December 2014

The response of the Obama administration and the political establishment to the Senate report on CIA torture makes clear that none of those responsible for heinous crimes will be arrested, indicted or prosecuted for their actions.

Senate report on torture exposes collusion between corporate media and CIA

By Niles Williamson, 11 December 2014

The unclassified summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation” program documents the role of news media such as the New York Times in serving as a conduit for CIA propaganda.

Brazilian commission details murder and torture by US-backed dictatorship

By Bill Van Auken, 11 December 2014

Even as she broke into tears at a ceremony accepting the report, President Rousseff reiterated her government’s support for an amnesty for military killers and torturers.

Brutal torture detailed in Senate report on CIA interrogation

By Eric London, 10 December 2014

The 500-page unclassified summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee report implicates the US government in crimes that are far more extensive than previously acknowledged.

CIA torture and the crimes of the state

By Barry Grey, 10 December 2014

The obvious questions that arise from the Senate report on CIA torture are not even being discussed by the politicians or the media: Who will be held accountable? Who will be indicted? Who will be prosecuted?

US forces on global alert ahead of CIA torture report

By Patrick Martin, 9 December 2014

The CIA is backing a media campaign against the Senate report, warning that even a limited exposure of its crimes at secret prisons will produce a worldwide backlash against the US government.

The CIA torture report and the crisis of legitimacy in the United States

By Tom Carter, 8 December 2014

From CIA torture abroad to unrestrained police violence at home, the American ruling class is facing a deep crisis of political legitimacy, with revolutionary implications.

UN report documents torture, police violence in US

By Patrick Martin, 29 November 2014

As documented by the UN Committee Against Torture, the US, which claims the right to attack any country in the world in the name of “human rights” and “democracy,” is guilty of the most heinous crimes.

UN hearing: US acknowledges it “crossed the line” on torture

By Joseph Kishore, 15 November 2014

While President Obama previously admitted that the US “tortured some folks,” the administration has blocked and obstructed investigations and prosecutions of those responsible.

Report to UN condemns US government’s “international criminal program of torture”

By Thomas Gaist, 1 November 2014

The report to the UN Committee Against Torture calls for criminal prosecutions of all top US military and civilian officials implicated in the post-9/11 torture regime.

The CIA torture cover-up continues

By Eric London, 31 October 2014

The highest echelons of the state are engaged in an unconstitutional plot to hide from the public the harrowing torture methods employed by the CIA.

Obama administration continues to obstruct release of CIA torture report

By Tom Carter, 27 October 2014

The CIA and the Obama administration are attempting to censor key facts from a Senate report on the agency’s illegal torture program.

US Marine lawyer Michael Mori discusses fight to release Guantanamo prisoner David Hicks

By Richard Phillips, 25 October 2014

In this interview, Mori explains his experiences defending former Guantanamo Bay prisoner David Hicks and how the US violated the Geneva Conventions.

US judge sets deadline in lawsuit over Iraq, Afghanistan torture photos

By Patrick Martin, 23 October 2014

The US government is fighting in the courts, in Congress and at the United Nations to defend military and CIA torturers.

Judge delays order to release Guantanamo force-feeding videos

By Patrick Martin, 18 October 2014

The one-month “pause” gives the Obama administration time to seek an appeals court review of the order to make the tapes public.

Judge orders release of Guantanamo Bay force-feeding videos

By Thomas Gaist, 6 October 2014

The very existence of the tapes—which show the repeated physical abuse of hunger striker Abu Wa'el Dhiab—was denied by the Obama administration until May 2014.

Thirteen years after the September 11 attacks

CIA torture and the “war on terror”

By Joseph Kishore, 11 September 2014

Recent events have confirmed that the highest levels of the US government and American intelligence authorized the most barbaric forms of torture.

CIA employed “medieval” torture that brought prisoners “to the point of death”

By Thomas Gaist, 9 September 2014

According to a US Senate report that the CIA has sought to block, torture methods it used far exceeded what has previously been acknowledged.

Former head CIA lawyer defends torture in Der Spiegel interview

By Eric London, 27 August 2014

In defending state torture, John Rizzo, former acting CIA general counsel, has laid bare the growing presence of fascistic elements in the highest echelons of the American state.

UK government attempts to conceal its involvement in rendition and torture

By Robert Stevens, 9 August 2014

The British government has approached the US in an attempt to censor information regarding Britain’s involvement in rendition and torture.

State Department acknowledges widespread torture in leaked memo

By Eric London, 2 August 2014

An internal State Department memo accidentally emailed to a journalist exposes the Obama administration’s continued efforts to cover up CIA torture programs.

A law unto themselves: The CIA and the torture cover-up

By Eric London, 1 August 2014

An admission by the CIA that its employees spied on the US Senate as part of the cover-up of torture highlights the unchecked power of the military-intelligence apparatus in the United States.

US to transfer six Guantanamo detainees to Uruguay

By Nick Barrickman, 19 July 2014

The decision to transfer the detainees comes as the prison camp faces growing criticism for force-feeding prisoners.

Guantanamo: US Government forced to reveal that it recorded forcefeeding

By Gabriel Black, 24 May 2014

A federal court ordered the US Government to reveal the fact that it has kept video footage of the force-feeding of Guantanamo inmates.

White House promises CIA will stop using fake vaccination programs to spy

By Gabriel Black, 21 May 2014

After the killings of 56 health workers in retaliation for the CIA’s fake vaccination program in Pakistan, the CIA is pledging to stop using vaccinations as a front for its operations.

US judge’s ruling on force-feeding of prisoner further exposes torture methods at Guantanamo Bay

By Nick Barrickman, 19 May 2014

The ruling comes on the heels of a large-scale hunger strike by the base’s detainees in 2013, protesting the conditions of their ongoing detention.

Senate panel votes to declassify part of report on CIA torture

By Patrick Martin, 4 April 2014

The Intelligence Committee voted to make public its executive summary, while continuing to keep secret a more detailed accounting of the CIA torture program.