Washington’s Blog notes how the CIA’s torture techniques resemble those used by the Nazis.
The Nazis called it “Verschärfte Vernehmung,” German for “enhanced interrogation.”
“It’s a phrase that appears to have been concocted in 1937, to describe a form of torture that would leave no marks, and hence save the embarrassment pre-war Nazi officials were experiencing as their wounded torture victims ended up in court. The methods, as you can see above, are indistinguishable from those described as ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ by the president,” The Atlantic wrote in 2007. (more…)
Secretary of State John Kerry has asked Sen. Dianne Feinstein to “consider” the timing of the expected release of a long-awaited report on the CIA’s harsh interrogation techniques.
Kerry called Feinstein to discuss the broader implications of the timing of publicly releasing a declassified summary of her committee’s report “because a lot is going on in the world, and he wanted to make sure that foreign policy implications were being appropriately factored into timing,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Friday. (more…)
The perfect trifecta when confronting a known war criminal on his turf.
After crawling through traffic, I finally arrived at the Nixon Presidential Library. Historically notorious for omitting facts and attempting to whitewash the Watergate scandal, this mausoleum stood upon unholy ground.
I texted Cassandra and met her in the parking lot. She was pissed. (more…)
Robbie Martin, Abby Martin and Laurie Kirchner host this edition of Media Roots Radio. We talk about Charlie Sheen’s squelched opportunity to bring up his politics while the world watched him “win”, new updates on Bradley Manning’s detention, the campaign to de-fund Planned Parenthood, women’s rights, and sex: the over-sexualized nature of advertising and sex censorship in the US compared to other countries.
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