Trump Using State Secrets Privilege to Protect CIA Appointee

When Trump nominated Gina Haspel as the Deputy Director of the CIA, it raised eyebrows because of her long history of running some of the agency's most notorious black sites where torture was used. Now the Trump administration is using the State Secrets Privilege to keep her from testifying in a civil suit about those sites. … [Read more...]

Trump Invokes State Secrets Privilege Too

We've found one point on which the Bush, Obama and Trump administrations all agree. They all agree that no victim of illegal surveillance or torture should ever get a shot at justice in a court of law because they'll use the State Secrets Privilege to get the case dismissed. … [Read more...]

Things Just Got Worse at the CIA

As if making enthusiastic torture supporter Mike Pompeo director of the CIA wasn't bad enough, now they've named his deputy, a former black site operator named Gina Haspel who not only engaged in torture but destroyed the video evidence of it. … [Read more...]

Hannity and Trump Say Dumb Things About Torture

Donald Trump did yet another interview with Sean Hannity and the two of them combined to spread some serious manure over the topic of torture. Hannity thinks that Trump should make the case for torture by imagining scenarios where journalists' children are kidnapped. … [Read more...]

More on Trump and Torture

During that ABC News interview, Trump was asked about his position on torture, which was very strong in favor during the campaign, but he seemed to waffle a bit after being elected. Here's what he had to say to ABC: … [Read more...]

Trump Draft Order Could Reopen CIA Black Sites for Torture

The New York Times was leaked a draft of a three page executive order that Donald Trump may sign that would reverse Obama's executive orders on torture and CIA black sites. My guess is that it's only a matter of time before he signs the order, though he may do it secretly rather than publicly. … [Read more...]

Fed. Judge Orders Senate Torture Report Preserved

There have been concerns that the Senate Intelligence Committee's exhaustive report on torture by the CIA during the Bush administration might be lost to history after Trump takes over and never declassified. But a federal judge has now ordered that it be preserved. … [Read more...]

Trump CIA Nominee Enthusiastically Pro-torture and Mass Surveillance

Rep. Mike Pompeo, Donald Trump's nominee to be CIA director, has some unsurprisingly disturbing views on two key issues, torture and mass surveillance. In short, he's an enthusiastic fan of both of those constitutionally and statutorily dubious practices. … [Read more...]

Trump Misfires in Attack on Gen. John Allen

Gen. John Allen, a four-star general with an impeccable record, spoke at the Democratic National Convention and criticized Donald Trump's foreign policy and support for torture, though not by name. Naturally, Trump is firing back -- and widely missing the mark. … [Read more...]

Trump Wants to Get Rid of Geneva Conventions

Since he has consistently said he would not only use waterboarding but "things that are much worse" as forms of torture against detainees, it certainly should come as no surprise that Donald Trump also wants to scrap the Geneva Conventions because they're out of date. … [Read more...]

Appeals Court Blocks Release of Senate Torture Report

Ever since the Senate Intelligence Committee finished its report on the use of torture by the Bush administration but only released a summary of its findings, the ACLU has been trying to get the full report released and the Obama administration has fought against it. A federal appeals court has sided with Obama. … [Read more...]

Obama Administration Honors Henry Kissinger

As if it isn't bad enough that Hillary Clinton lavishes praise on war criminal Henry Kissinger, now the Obama administration has hosted "an award ceremony honoring Dr. Henry A. Kissinger for his years of distinguished public service." … [Read more...]