FROM Raha Wala
Victims Sue Architects of the CIA's Torture Program Two years ago, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence exposed the depths of rendition and torture conducted by private contractors on behalf of the CIA. Two days later, James, Mitchell, one of two psychologists who designed the program, told Fox News, "I was told by the highest law enforcement agency in the land that we were going to walk right up to the edge of the law and that all the things that we had included in that list were legal. Mitchel, and his partner, Bruce Jessen, have been sued by their victims and last week, a judge ruled that the matter can go forward. That surprised human rights activists and others because previous such actions have been prevented on the grounds of exposing "state secrets." Raha Wala, Director of National Security Advocacy at Human Rights First , explains what made this case different. Photo: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters
Black Sites and Dark Days for the CIA In the first years after 911, the CIA allowed the torture of detainees and lied to the Bush Administration and Congress about the intelligence it produced. That's according to a massive 6,000-page report of the CIA's so-called “enhanced interrogation program” released today by the Senate Intelligence Committee, chaired by California Democrat, Dianne Feinstein. Congress is divided over the content and the impact of today's release. While some Republicans claim torture of prisoners “saved American lives,” others warn today's report will produce a backlash overseas.
Trump's ethical conflicts pile up as transparency diminishes President Trump's refusal to reveal his income tax returns is just one example of a lack of transparency that could be hiding conflicts of interest. Other conflicts are already obvious from his appointments. And he's being sued for using his job to increase his profits.
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.