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
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
While the CIA says the use of enhanced interrogation led to key insights on Osama bin Laden, critics argue that the same information can be obtained with non-abusive tactics. Does torture work as an intelligence gathering tool? Gwen Ifill gets views from former CIA official Bill Harlow and former Guantanamo prosecutor David Iglesias. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — One of the two psychologists paid millions for designing the CIA’s post-Sept. 11 program of brutal interrogations defends the treatment of al-Qaida detainees and disputes a critical Senate report. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The head of the CIA during President George W. Bush’s second term said Wednesday “I didn’t lie and I didn’t mislead Congress” about the brutal nature of the administration’s interrogations of terrorism-era detainees. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — American embassies and other U.S. interests abroad are bracing for possible security threats related to Tuesday’s planned release of a report on the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques, the White House says.
U.S. officials who have read it say it includes disturbing new details about the CIA’s use of such techniques as sleep deprivation, confinement in small spaces, humiliation and the simulated drowning process known as waterboarding. Continue reading
Monday will mark one year since Edward Snowden made headlines by identifying himself as the source of classified information leaked from the National Security Agency. Has U.S. policy changed as a result of these revelations? Hari Sreenivasan speaks with Shiobhan Gorman, intelligence correspondent for the Wall Street Journal, about how intelligence gathering has changed in the last year. Continue reading
In our news wrap Thursday, the Senate Intelligence Committee voted to declassify parts of a report on interrogations conducted by the CIA after 9/11. But the CIA says Senate staffers accessed the information illegally. Meanwhile, Israel rescinded its promise to release another group of Palestinian prisoners, citing the Palestinians’ push for U.N. recognition. Continue reading