Ray McGovern Arrested at CIA Torturerer, Gina Haspel’s Hearing – VIDEO

10 05 2018

LINK –  https://youtu.be/riD5BwrAyIw

RT Former CIA analyst dragged from Haspel hearing by Capitol Police after anti-torture protest

“McGovern was dragged from the room by Capitol Police after demanding that Haspel answer questions put to her about the waterboarding of terror suspects at a CIA “black site” in Thailand.”

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A Torturer at the Top: Why Gina Haspel’s CIA Appointment Will Spur Torture at All Levels

18 03 2018

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Trump’s decision to nominate Gina Haspel — a US intelligence officer whose direct involvement in torture has been copiously documented in the Senate torture report and beyond — to head the CIA has provoked expressions of horror and outrage among human rights workers worldwide.

Truthout asked Gerald Staberock, the secretary general of the Geneva-based World Organisation Against Torture (most commonly known by its French acronym OMCT), one of the world’s foremost organizations tracking torture and opposing its use, to share his analysis of this week’s announcement.

You said in an official OMCT statement: “The appointment of a person against whom there is serious evidence having responsibility over serious international crimes, including torture and enforced disappearance, is truly shocking.” Nobody from the United States has been disturbed in the least way for being involved in — much less carrying out — torture. In view of that, isn’t Gina Haspel better described…

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New CIA boss, Gina Haspel, up to her eyeballs in TORTURE

17 03 2018

The Daily Mail [UK] –

She looks like a favourite aunt. But is ‘Bloody Gina’, the woman who could be the next CIA boss, up to her eyeballs in TORTURE?

“. . . As ‘chief of base’ of a secret ‘black site’ CIA prison in Thailand, she oversaw a brutal regime in which suspected terrorists were subjected to ‘enhanced interrogation’ techniques, including being waterboarded, hurled against walls and squeezed for hours into coffin-like boxes.

It is claimed she even went to a prisoner’s cell to goad him after he had been tortured, and there is speculation that she once joined in an interrogation.

But while she had the power to stop the interrogation of suspects as they vomited, urinated on themselves in their shackles, or lost consciousness, official records show that she never did.

Those records also show that she was instrumental in the destruction of video tapes that documented the use of techniques now almost universally regarded as torture.

The CIA agent in question is Gina Haspel and, to widespread horror, she may soon be the West’s most powerful spy. . . . . ” (more)


” . . .  John Kiriakou [another CIA man who] . . . worked with Haspel in counter-terrorism before blowing the whistle on the waterboarding scandal — said she was ‘always very quick and very willing to use force’.

He described her as one of a group of officers in the agency’s counter-terrorism centre who used torture ‘because they enjoyed doing it’.

He went on: ‘Everybody knew that torture didn’t work…they tortured just for the sake of torture, not for the sake of gathering information. She didn’t have any moral qualms about what she did.’ . . . “

Torture Shrinks Face Lawsuit (but no prison time for torture campaign)

9 08 2017


LINK –  https://youtu.be/3KRz8APQDe0

James Mitchell and John ‘Bruce’ Jessen, architects of CIA program, sued for torture

In Florida – Call them the houses that torture built: Two sprawling luxury homes purchased by the CIA-contracted psychologists at the center of the scathing Senate report.

“They did so by employing what is widely dismissed as “voodoo science” based on misapplied principles in a program that CIA records suggest produced little, if any, intelligence of significant value.

And they might have gotten even richer. The Senate Intelligence Committee report says they secured a contract with the CIA in 2006 valued “in excess of $180 million.””


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U.S. Commandos in 75 Countries Are Teaching Militaries to Torture, Kill, and Abuse Civilians

6 04 2013

By Robert Taylor

While aggressive war, drone strikes, and a global network of military bases are the most visible aspects of American hegemonic power, what is often overlooked is the U.S. policy of training, assisting, and subsidizing foreign militaries. Although these actions are largely covert and discreet, they serve the same purpose of hegemonic control, diminish peace and national security, and help contribute to the subjugation of foreign citizens.

The training of foreign militaries to serve the interests of the American state goes all the way back to at least the Cold War. The U.S. used taxpayer money and weapons to subsidize foreign governments and militaries that were “anti-communist” even if the regimes were incredibly brutal and ruthless. All an authoritarian had to do was refer to his political opponents as “communists” and the Americans came rushing in.

In nearly every continent, the U.S. taught extremely fascistic, right-wing governments the art of cracking down on domestic dissent, jailing and torturing political opponents, centralizing power, making deals beneficial to American corporations, and employing death squads. Cheaper and less visible than directly invading and overthrowing governments the U.S. didn’t like, sock puppet dictators were the preferred means of implementing policy. . . . (more)


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US sends innocent Canadian to Syria for torture

15 06 2010

from Raw Story

Canada investigating US officials over torture: report

Canada’s Mounties have been quietly running an investigation into US and Syrian officials linked to the arrest and deportation of a Canadian citizen who was tortured in a Syrian prison, and could lay criminal charges in the matter, sources report.

The news comes the same day that the US Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal brought by Maher Arar, a Syrian-born Canadian engineer who was detained at New York’s JFK Airport in 2002 on suspicion of terrorist links and flown to Syria, where he was tortured for the better part of a year.

A long and expensive inquiry into the matter held by the Canadian government exonerated Arar,… (more)


Torturer John Yoo gets pranked

27 07 2009

A former Justice Department official who wrote controversial memos authorizing the Bush administration to conduct torture was the object of a prank by an Australian comedian during one of his recent law class lectures.


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