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‘The Monster’ Testifies at Gitmo Hearing

By | 05.05.10 | 3:05 pm

GUANTANAMO BAY — His nickname wasn’t “Monster,” he admonished the lawyer. It was “The Monster.” That was what the Bagram Collection Point’s interrogators, guards — and most especially detainees — called Army interrogator Damien Corsetti. And it was important to him that the court correctly record his story.

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Top CIA Operative: ‘I Don’t Think We’ve Suffered at All’ From Waterboarding Ban

By | 04.02.10 | 3:05 pm

Marc Theissen, get set to attack your next target — Michael Sulick, head of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service.

Via Jeff Stein, Sulick, a longtime CIA operative, told a gathering at his alma mater that the loss of torture techniques hasn’t hindered intelligence work:

Report: CIA Deputy Director Helped Cover Up Detainee Death

By | 04.01.10 | 10:16 am

That’s a shocking account about Steve Kappes, then the powerful associate deputy CIA director for operations, provided by The Washington Post’s Jeff Stein in a new Washingtonian profile of the powerful and widely respected deputy director:

According to an internal investigation, [Kappes] helped tailor the agency’s paper trail


‘Urban Myth’ Behind Graham’s Support for 9/11 Military Trials

By | 03.11.10 | 6:00 am

Lindsey Graham is on the verge of winning an argument. Graham, the Republican senator from South Carolina, has pledged for weeks to deliver the votes from his fellow Republicans to finally close the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, a campaign pledge from President Obama, if and only if Obama agrees More…

Liz Cheney Has Even Lost John Yoo

By | 03.10.10 | 8:59 am

When a lawyer who finds a legal avenue for shoving someone into a “confinement box” with an insect that person might believe is poisonous thinks you’ve crossed a line — wow. The New York Times:

John C. Yoo, the former Justice official whose memorandums on torture and presidential


Conservative ‘Rebuke’ of Cheney Plays Itself Out

By | 03.09.10 | 12:00 am

One of the things Charles “Cully” Stimson remembers about the interview that cost him his job is just how run down he was when it happened. His January 11, 2007 sit-down with Federal News Radio, said Stimson, was one of 40 interviews he’d More…

Rep. Reyes Introduces a Measure Re-Criminalizing Torture

By | 02.25.10 | 2:33 pm

Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-Texas), the chairman of the House intelligence committee, introduced an amendment to the 2010 intelligence authorization bill imposing a 15-year criminal sentence on any “officer or employee of the intelligence community” who tortures a detainee. (Twenty years if the torture involves an “act of medical malfeasance”; More…

Military Interrogator: Criminal Investigative Techniques Are Even More Effective Than Military Ones

By | 02.23.10 | 6:10 pm

The following quote was emailed to me by Matthew Alexander, the pseudonym of a military interrogator and vocal torture opponent who helped track down Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the leader of al-Qaeda in Iraq killed in 2006. A veteran of three wars and the Special Forces community, Alexander claims to More…

Torture Advocate Thiessen ‘Browbeat’ CIA Analyst: Colleague

By | 02.23.10 | 4:52 pm

As a postscript to yesterday’s fact-check of Marc Thiessen, a former Bush White House speechwriter and torture proponent, notice how Thiessen, appearing on “Morning Joe,” wrapped himself in the mantle of CIA professionalism when challenged on the efficacy of torture. But according to a former colleague in the White More…