WASHINGTON — At times, waterboarding rendered al-Qaida terror suspect Abu Zubaydah hysterical. But later, a message to CIA headquarters described an interrogator merely lifting his eyebrow and snapping his fingers, leading Zubaydah to “slowly (walk) on his own to the water table” to lie down. Continue reading
When the CIA sought permission to use harsh interrogation methods on a captured al-Qaida operative, the response from Bush administration lawyers was encouraging, even clinical. Continue reading
A source familiar with the case says the Justice Department will not compel New York Times reporter James Risen to testify about his source at an upcoming trial of a former CIA officer accused of leaking classified information. Continue reading
Syndicated columnist Mark Shields and New York Times columnist David Brooks join Judy Woodruff to discuss the week’s news, including the $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government and the Senate’s investigation of the CIA’s interrogation methods. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — From the early stages of the CIA’s coercive interrogations of terror detainees, the agency’s health professionals were intimately involved.
Front-line medics and psychologists monitored and advised on abusive tactics, even as they sometimes complained about the ethical dilemmas gnawing at them, according to this week’s Senate intelligence committee report. Senior CIA medical officials helped the agency and the White House under President George W. Bush. Continue reading
In a rare news conference, CIA Director John Brennan defended the agency’s record on so-called enhanced interrogation techniques and conceded abuses. While Brennan said that in some cases harsh tactics led to or confirmed important information, he admitted the cause-and-effect “is unknown and unknowable.” Gwen Ifill learns more from Siobhan Gorman of The Wall Street Journal. Continue reading
Senate investigators delivered a damning indictment of CIA practices Tuesday, accusing the spy agency of inflicting pain and suffering on prisoners beyond legal limits and deceiving the nation with narratives of life-saving interrogations unsubstantiated by its own records. Read full … Continue reading
Updated at 3:06 p.m. EST | CIA Director John Brennan said Thursday in response to the release of a Senate report on the CIA’s post-9/11 interrogation tactics that some agency officers used “abhorrent” techniques and it was “unknowable” whether they produced any helpful intelligence from terrorism suspects.
Fallout from the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA interrogation tactics has gone global. The new Afghan president called the findings “shocking,” while in Poland, where there had been a secret CIA prison, the former president denied knowledge of the particulars of the program. The White House conceded the U.S. will have to rebuild its moral authority. Gwen Ifill reports. Continue reading