Posts Tagged ‘torture’

BORDC News Digest for 03/10/14

Monday, March 10, 2014 at 6:01 pm by

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3/10, Kevin Gosztola, FireDogLake, Given Alleged CIA Spying on Senators, When Will Senate Intelligence Committee Release Torture Report?

3/9, Dustin Craun, Oakland Muslim Community Protests Building of DOMA

3/7, Andrea Peterson, Washington Post,  Snowden: I raised NSA concerns internally over 10 times before going rogue

3/7, Mark Marzetti, New York Times, Behind Clash Between C.I.A. and Congress, a Secret Report on Interrogations

3/4,  Associated Press, The Republic, Indiana Senate passes bill requiring search warrants for surveillance drone use, passwords

Constitution in Crisis :: BORDC February Newsletter

Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 9:22 am by

Constitution in Crisis

February 2014, Vol. 13 No. 02

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States resisting the NSA dragnet

January witnessed continuing public outrage over the surveillance state’s assault on our fundamental rights and civil liberties.


News Digest for 01/07/2014

Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 5:13 pm by

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1/7, Rosa Brooks, Foeign Policy, We can handle the truth: The CIA’s excuses about torture just don’t hold water.

1/7, NPR Staff, CIA Lawyer: Waterboarding Wasn’t Torture Then And Isn’t Torture Now

1/7, Carrie Johnson, NPR, The Secret Burglary That Exposed J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI

1/6, John Rizzo, Huffington Post, Should we? CIA memoir reveals what wasn’t asked

1/6, Salvado Rizzo, NJ Online, N.J. Assembly passes drone bill with warrant requirements

1/6, Liz Kimas, The Blaze, Why Is the NSA Buying a Maryland County’s Waste Water?

News Digest for 12/17/13

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 at 6:00 pm by

Current News 

12/17, Jon Queally, Common Dreams, Snowden: ‘I Would Rather Be without a State than without a Voice’

12/16, Bill Mears and Evan Perez, CNN, Judge: NSA domestic phone data-mining unconstitutional

12/16, Shahid Buttar, TruthOut, Beyond the NSA: Other Agencies Spy on You, Too

12/16, Tom Foremski, ZDNet, ‘Shame on Feinstein’ group warns of tech sales impact from unchecked NSA operations

12/12, WSJ Staff, Wall Street Journal, How Could the NSA Change?

12/12, William Taft IV, Washington Post, Reveal what U.S. torture cost us

News Digest for 12/13/13

Friday, December 13, 2013 at 5:00 pm by

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12/12, Democracy Now, NSA Chief: Bulk Collection May Continue Despite New Legislation

12/12, Christopher Dickey, Daily Beast, Bill Bratton Vs. Ray Kelly

12/12, Eric Dolan, The Raw Story, Sen. Leahy: Mass incarceration and indefinite detention ‘tragic failures,’ like segregation

12/12, W. Paul Smith, Politico, Release the Senate Torture Report

12/8, Chase Madar, AlterNet, Time to be Afraid in America: The Frightening Pattern of Throwing Police Power at Social Problems

American citizen seeks justice after illegal rendition and detention

Friday, December 13, 2013 at 8:45 am by
From the Telegraph

From the Telegraph

Amir Meshal is a Muslim American from New Jersey. In 2006, he traveled to Mogadishu, Somalia to study Islam, but had to quickly leave the country when violence and unrest erupted. In order to escape, Meshal was forced to cross the border into Kenya because a recent bombing shut down the airport in Somalia. While in Kenya, Meshal was arrested and handed over to U.S. officials who detained him in Kenya, Somalia, and Ethiopia for the next four months.

During this period, Meshal was interrogated over thirty times about connections to al Qaeda, which he continually denied. The interrogators threatened him with torture and rendition to another country that could “make him disappear.” He was subjected to unsanitary conditions without consistent access to food and water, while being denied contact with a lawyer or his family. Without any charges brought against him, Meshal was released in May, 2007.


Nastiness of American torture regime continues to be unveiled: Not only Hollywood, but doctors, California prisons all co-opted for the cause

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at 9:43 am by

-u-s-military-use-enhanced-interrogation-techniquesFor those who think that the debate surrounding torture ended with the hoopla around the film Zero Dark Thirty, think again. A recent report by the Task Force on Preserving Medical Professionalism in National Security Detention Centers (Task Force) lambasted doctors for their participation in torture at Guantanamo Bay. The doctors advised CIA and military interrogators on how to take advantage of prisoners’ fears and insecurities, and how to ultimately destroy their will to resist. The CIA’s Office of Medical Services oversaw and approved waterboarding, among other forms of torture. As Dr. Stephen Xenakis points out in a recent interview,

they were specifically giving the interrogators information on the health condition of the subjects, on vulnerabilities, on ideas about what their psychology was, so that they could be exploited . . . they were going to be exploited to exercise stress and coercion, with the idea that they were going to get better information.


News Digest 11/20/13

Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 5:00 pm by

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11/20, Martha Mendoza, Kansas City Star, Roots of NSA hacking stretch back to Reagan

11/20, Tom Gjelten, NPR, Profit, Not Just Principle, Has Tech Firms Concerned With NSA

11/19, Adi Robertson, The Verge, Intelligence head releases order that let the NSA start collecting email metadata

11/19, Michael Okwu, Aljazeera America, Does NSA surveillance challenge political groups’ First Amendment rights?

11/19, Mehroz Baig, Huffington Post, Torture in U.S. Custody: Why It Will Happen Again If We Don’t Address It Now

11/19, Anthony Gregory, Albany Tribune, Closing Gitmo Isn’t Nearly Enough

11/19, Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian, Fisa court documents reveal extent of NSA disregard for privacy restrictions

News Digest 08/16/13

Friday, August 16, 2013 at 5:00 pm by

Comey nomination a big factor for the future of NSA surveillance

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at 9:15 am by

2007_james_comey_ap_328On July 9 the Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously approved James Comey’s nomination for FBI Director. While there were many issues on the table, the Senate Judiciary Committee’s attention focused on his opposition to warrantless wiretapping under the Bush administration. The power of that moment in the minds of committee members seemed to overpower his track record on torture. Amongst the controversial issues surrounding Comey’s nomination, NSA surveillance has become one of the top concerns.

In case you have forgotten, the extent of this surveillance allows for the collection of “the numbers of both parties on a call, location data, call duration, unique identifiers, and the time and duration of all calls.”

How this relates to the FBI is clear: it was the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISA) who granted this court order to the FBI on April 25, 2013. Whoever becomes the new top law enforcement officer of the United States will be in charge of this data collection. Comey, who in the past has disproved and questioned the legality of the PATRIOT Act’s warrantless wiretaps, may become the person in charge of collecting massive amounts of warrantless phone data.