The 2014 CIA torture revelations

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The Report exposes CIA torture, then absolves the Democrats

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By Joanne Laurier, 24 September 2019

The Report is a dramatization of the events surrounding the US Senate Intelligence Committee’s investigation into and writing of a report on pervasive CIA torture under the Bush administration.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Release of Senate report on torture stalled by CIA redactions

By Eric London, 6 August 2014

Obama has fronted for the CIA and tacitly supported its months-long efforts to undermine the Senate probe and delay the release of the Intelligence Committee’s findings.

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.

The CIA spying scandal and the disintegration of American democracy

By Tom Carter, 14 July 2014

The Obama administration’s refusal to bring charges underscores the reality, behind the trappings of democracy, of de facto rule by an unelected and authoritarian military-intelligence apparatus.

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.

CIA torture and the threat of dictatorship

By Patrick Martin, 3 April 2014

Details of the Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture demonstrate that the ruling elite in the United States is a criminal class.

CIA scandal: Leaks reveal brutal torture methods and government lies

By Eric London, 2 April 2014

Information leaked from a still classified Senate Intelligence Committee report reveals previously unknown CIA torture methods, implicating the spy agency in a web of lies.

The International Socialist Organization’s silence on CIA spying

By Patrick Martin, 25 March 2014

The pseudo-left International Socialist Organization is covering up the far-reaching assault on democratic rights involved in the CIA spying scandal.

The US media and the CIA’s spying on Congress

By Patrick Martin, 18 March 2014

A virtual blanket of silence covers the explosive allegations that the CIA spied on the US Senate committee charged with overseeing its activities.

Obama’s “high crimes and misdemeanors”

By Joseph Kishore and Barry Grey, 14 March 2014

The extraordinary speech delivered Tuesday on the Senate floor by Senator Dianne Feinstein provides grounds for immediate impeachment proceedings against top government officials, including President Barack Obama.

Senate Intelligence head accuses CIA of undermining US “constitutional framework”

By Barry Grey, 12 March 2014

The chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday accused the CIA of spying on committee staff members conducting an investigation into the agency’s program of interrogation and torture under President Bush.