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Torture can affect the brain, leaving long-term psychological scars

The head of the Central Intelligence Agency director John Brennan acknowledged that some agency interrogators used “abhorrent” unauthorized techniques in questioning terrorism suspects after the 9/11 attacks. He said there was no way to determine whether the methods used produced useful intelligence, but he strongly denied the CIA misled the public. Show More Summary

Surprise: CIA-Appointed Panel Finds No Real Problem With CIA Spying On Senate

5 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

After the CIA's Inspector General basically revealed that not only did the CIA spy on the network of Senate Intelligence Committee staffers who were investigating the CIA, but that CIA boss John Brennan lied about it and that the breaches...Show More Summary

CIA Panel Recommends Against Penalizing Officers Responsible For Hacking Into Senate Computers

A panel formed by CIA Director John Brennan will recommend against disciplinary action for the three CIA technology officers and two lawyers accused of snooping on the Intelligence Committee as it wrote its torture report. The post CIA Panel Recommends Against Penalizing Officers Responsible For Hacking Into Senate Computers appeared first on ThinkProgress.

163 Ways To Win At Life In Your 20s, According To A 30-Year-Old Who Sold A Startup For Lots Of Cash

John Brennan just turned 30. During his 20s, he founded and sold a startup, BuzzTable, to Sysco Foods for an undisclosed sum, likely a few million dollars. As Brennan described it to Business Insider in an email, " It's enough to take...Show More Summary

What makes patriots perpetrators of torture?

CIA employees “are among the best and brightest our nation has to offer,” CIA Director John Brennan said last week. That’s true. It’s also true that some of them committed torture. With the approval of agency supervisors and George W. Bush administration officials, federal workers engaged in horrendous acts in the name of protecting a […]

Director Defends CIA Against Senate Torture Claims

While admitting past mistakes, the CIA director, John Brennan, defends his agency from scrutiny.

CIA's Brennan: I Think We've Had Enough Transparency For The Time Being

2 weeks agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The CIA's Director John Brennan spoke out about this week's release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's CIA Torture Report -- and to say he wasn't pleased about the report would be an understatement. Rather amazingly, in real-time...Show More Summary

'We Tortured Some Folks,' But 'That's Not Who We Are'

Last August, President Barack Obama admitted to the press: "we tortured some folks." But he also added that torturing people "is not who we are." His CIA director, John Brennan, calls the CIA torturers "patriots." So which is it? Are...Show More Summary

Brennan, Torture and the Accountability Vacuum

Patrick G. Eddington Yesterday, CIA Director John Brennan delivered his public response to the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the CIA’s detention and interrogation program. Rather than use the opportunity to fullyShow More Summary

The Importance Of Calling Torture ‘Torture’

“We take exceptional pride in providing truth to power,” CIA Director John Brennan said yesterday. But he managed to speak for 45 minutes without once using the word “torture.” The post The Importance Of Calling Torture ‘Torture’ appeared first on ThinkProgress.

CIA Director John Brennan Bravely Holds Out Against Saying "Torture" 

Is the CIA physically capable of speaking the truth about its torture program? Not under conventional interrogation. About 20 minutes into CIA director John Brennan's somber-squirrel performance in his press conference yesterday, a reporter...Show More Summary

The point of John Brennan’s rare CIA news conference

For apparently the first time ever, a sitting director of the Central Intelligence Agency gave a live news conference Thursday from the marble lobby of the agency's headquarters. Such an unprecedented event came in response to a uniquely...Show More Summary

Torture apologists’ quiet setback: Why Brennan’s hazy torture dodge could be lethal

John Brennan says it's impossible to know if torture works -- and that poses a big problem for the pro-torture camp

John Brennan Is Still Lying, Ctd

CIA Director John Brennan made one small concession yesterday. Here is his Rumsfeldian rumination on whether torture gave the US any actionable intelligence that “saved lives”: I have already stated that our reviews indicate that the detention and interrogation program produced useful intelligence that helped the United States thwart attack plans, capture terrorists and save […]

The War Crimes The CIA Has Admitted

Yesterday, CIA director John Brennan acknowledged that, “in a limited number of instances, agency officers used interrogation techniques that had not been authorized, were abhorrent, and rightly should be repudiated by all.” Friedersdorf...Show More Summary

John Brennan’s knowable “unknowables”

(Paul Mirengoff) John Brennan spoke to the press yesterday about Dianne Feinstein’s travesty of a report on past CIA interrogation practices. It’s highly unusual for the CIA director to hold take questions from the media, but Brennan did. Show More Summary

Senator Feinstein live-tweets blistering rebuttal to CIA director: #ReadTheReport

2 weeks agoNews : The Raw Story

As CIA chief John Brennan defended the spy agency’s interrogation program for terror suspects Thursday, a senior senator whose committee published a damning report on the practice contested his claims. Senate Intelligence Committee chair Dianne Feinstein’s staff repeatedly used the...

The CIA Director's Unwitting Case for Torture Prosecutions

John Brennan admits that interrogators at his agency did abhorrent things and were never held accountable.

It’s never a good sign when you start paraphrasing Judy Miller

Shorter CIA: “We were fucking right!” Well, right if you mean, gave Dick Cheney a chance to get his shriveled possibly mechanical, definitely metaphorical, rocks off. CIA Director John Brennan has defended the agency’s post-9/11 interrogation methods but admitted some techniques were “harsh” and “abhorrent”. I’m sure there will never be bad thing that ever [...]

Editorial: They saved lives

CIA director John Brennan put the interrogation program into proper perspective on Thursday.

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