Tag: Washington Post

No Backlash Against Torture

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Just before the U.S. Senate released its report at the end of 2014 on the CIA’s use of “harsh interrogation” tactics against prisoners, the question was whether or not the report would provoke a public backlash against torture. The answer

Obama administration considering ramping up CIA’s role in training Syria rebel fighters: report

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The CIA may be spending more time in Syria. The Obama administration is considering plans to ramp up the agency’s role in arming and training moderate rebel fighters in Syria, U.S. officials told the Washington Post. The expansion comes as

Islamic State tortured James Foley, other Westerners with harsh CIA tactics

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The American photojournalist who was beheaded by Islamic State militants was also tortured using some of the same methods employed by the CIA in its controversial, post-9/11 interrogation program. James Foley was subjected to waterboarding multiple times while being imprisoned

Four ways Edward Snowden changed the world – and why the fight’s not over

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Thursday marks one year since the Guardian published the first in a series of eye-opening stories about surveillance based on documents provided by Edward Snowden. The events in the 52 weeks since have proven him to be the most significant

SWEET LAND OF LIBERTY

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Future American historians will marvel at how long the CIA engaged in such utter unconstitutional lawlessness as the torture of its captives and drone-plane executions of alleged terrorists – including U.S. citizens – without trials, using “kill lists” provided by

Angela Merkel denied access to her NSA file

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The US government is refusing to grant Angela Merkel access to her NSA file or answer formal questions from Germany about its surveillance activities, raising the stakes before a crucial visit by the German chancellor to Washington. Merkel will meet

What’s in CIA’s secret JFK files?

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Fifty years after shots rang out in Dealey Plaza, killing a larger-than-life figure and abruptly ushering in what one historian has called “the decade of shocks” – from Dallas to Watergate – the federal agency that stood at the center

Declassified documents show NSA listened in on MLK, Muhammad Ali and Art Buchwald

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Amid raging anti-Vietnam War protests that bedeviled two presidential administrations, snoops at the National Security Agency tapped the overseas communications of war critics including Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali, Sen. Frank Church (D-Idaho), and even Washington Post humor columnist