• Prison dispatches from the war on terror: Ex-CIA officer John Kiriakou speaks

    Source: The Intercept. John Kiriakou is the only CIA employee to go to prison in connection with the agency’s torture program. Not because he tortured anyone, but because he revealed information on torture to a reporter.

  • “Not the way we do democracy!” Why is a Ferguson grand juror being silenced?

    Interviews January 15, 2015 at 0 comments

    Source: Salon. Executive director of Missouri ACLU tells Salon why it’s supporting “Grand Juror Doe’s” fight to speak.

  • He was tortured for three years. Now he’s fighting against it — and denouncing the CIA

    Interviews December 26, 2014 at 0 comments

    Source: The Washington Post. Nearly four decades later, Perico Rodriguez recalls his torture. He fought to breathe. Prison guards had blindfolded him and chained him to a bunk-bed. They tied his hands behind his back and shoved his face into a bucket of water. The technique was known as El Submarino, a cousin of waterboarding used during Argentina’s “Dirty War”. His lungs, he said, never recovered.Rodriguez, 70, now works as a counselor at Freedom From Torture, a London charity that provides medical care to international victims of violent interrogation. He moved to England upon his release, he said, for safety from persecution. He speaks about his imprisonment today to raise awareness. Torture, he said, is inhumane – and ultimately ineffective.

  • “Corrupt, toxic and sociopathic”: Glenn Greenwald unloads on torture, CIA and Washington’s rotten soul

    Interviews December 16, 2014 at 0 comments

    Source: Salon. In an interview, Glenn Greenwald tells Salon how the torture report exposes true evil — and a nation drowning in hypocrisy. Glenn Greenwald, the Intercept’s Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and longtime critic of the war on terror told Salon, “Everything that we did, in terms of how we treated detainees, has [long] been viewed as morally vile and inexcusable and criminal.” Greenwald has little doubt, however, that Washington will turn torture into yet another partisan squabble. It’s the go-to move, he says, when America’s political and media elite decide they’d rather look the other way. “That’s just the ritual Washington engages in,” Greenwald said.

  • Mark Udall promises America will ‘be disgusted’ by CIA torture report

    Interviews December 9, 2014 at 0 comments

    Source: Esquire. The Senate Intelligence Committee, led by Dianne Feinstein of California, is soon expected to release its summary of the so-called CIA Torture Report, the committee’s four-year-long investigation into the CIA’s Bush-era torture practices. Release of the summary is the result of months of wrangling and negotiating with the White House on what would be released to the public and when—and it will likely be heavily redacted. During an interview conducted on Friday, November 21, by Esquire writer at large Scott Raab, outgoing senator Mark Udall of Colorado, who lost his reelection race on November 4, once again said that if the report is not released in a way he deems transparent, he would consider all options to make it public. In this excerpt from the interview, Raab asks Udall if he will read the document into the record on the floor of the Senate before he leaves in January, an act for which he cannot be prosecuted.

  • The Llife and mind of Mark DeFriest: new film captures Florida prisoner’s shocking ordeal behind bars

    Source: Democracy Now!. Mark DeFriest is known as the Houdini of Florida prisons because he has tried to escape 13 times — seven of them successfully. In 1979, DeFriest’s father died and left him a set of tools. He picked them up before they were probated. The teenager was arrested for stealing and sentenced to four years in prison. Thirty-four years later he is still there, having spent 27 of those years in solitary. An interview with Gabriel London, director of the new film about the case.

  • The Elephant in the Room: The Police and the Occupy Movement

    Interviews July 5, 2012 at 0 comments

    Source: Truth Out. Whether it’s beating dissidents in the streets or merely responding to a domestic dispute, whether they acknowledge it or not, [the police] are paid to keep things as they are. Their very presence in any given social situation exerts a force, ultimately backed by violence, that demands passivity and obedience. Everybody, particularly those of a darker hue and people involved in the Occupy movement, knows this. So, specifically within the Occupy movement, but more generally for anyone committed to radical politics or who finds living in a world in which armed men in uniforms roaming the streets is an unseemly sight, the issue of the police has to be confronted eventually. We turn to author and activist Kristian Williams for his insights on the historical development of the modern police force, its role in enforcing social inequality, and the evolution of police tactics in response to successive waves of popular insurgency and rebellion.

  • Interview with Col. Morris Davis

    Interviews, Main January 25, 2012 at 0 comments

    Link: Moderate Voice. Retired Air Force Col. Morris Davis, once the Chief Prosecutor of the Guantanamo military commissions, and now one of the most outspoken critics of our nation’s entire “indefinite detention” regime.

  • Oral arguments begin in Holy Land Five’s case for appeal – Interview of Noor Elashi, daughter of Ghassan Elashi by Nora Barrows-Friedman

    Interviews September 1, 2011 at 0 comments

    Source: Electronic Intifada. Oral arguments begin in Holy Land Five’s case for appeal – Interview of Noor Elashi, daughter of Ghassan Elashi by Nora Barrows-Friedman.
    The Electronic Intifada interviewed Noor Elashi last weekend as the families and legal teams for the Holy Land Five were preparing to head to the appelate court, in the hopes that the judges would determine that these Constitutional violations took place and therefore move to exonerate the men.

  • Oral arguments begin in Holy Land Five’s case for appeal

    Interviews September 1, 2011 at 0 comments

    Source: Electronic Intifada. Oral arguments begin in Holy Land Five’s case for appeal. Interview by Nora Barrows-Friedman of Noor Elashi. Elashi’s father, Ghassan Elashi, is the co-founder of the Holy Land Foundation — once the largest Muslim charity organization in the US — and has been sentenced to 65 years behind bars on charges brought by the Federal government under the guise of the George W. Bush-era Patriot Act. That act strengthened a Clinton-era “anti-terrorism” legal caveat called the Material Support law which has been used to dismantle Muslim organizations and individuals in this country for the last ten years.