Silenced, a new film by Oscar-nominated director James Spione documents the extraordinary personal journeys of Thomas Drake and John Kiriakou. Two men charged by the U.S. government under the Espionage Act of 1917 for bringing to light some of the government’s most damning secrets. Kiriakou is the ex-CIA operative who first revealed waterboarding as an established agency practice. NSA whistleblower Drake brought to light that agency’s infringement of American’s privacy and safety with the Trailblazer program.

  • Torture has long been illegal under US and international law. The US is a party to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, as well as other treaties that ban the use of torture and other ill-treatment. The Convention against Torture requires countries to criminalize the use of torture within their own jurisdiction. The US enacted such legislation in 1994, when Congress passed the federal anti-torture statute. The treaty also requires countries to conduct credible criminal investigations and prosecutions of those responsible for torture, and to ensure that torture victims have access to appropriate compensation, including rehabilitation.
  • The US Senate Intelligence Committee’s report summary on the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) detention and interrogation program is a powerful denunciation of the agency’s extensive and systematic use of torture, Human Rights Watch said today. The 525-page partially redacted summary, released on December 9, 2014, is part of a 6,700-page classified report that the committee has still not indicated it plans to release.The summary documents numerous misrepresentations the CIA made about the program’s effectiveness and demonstrates US officials’ knowledge that it was illegal. The agency used painful restraints, imposed punitive “anal feeding” or “anal rehydration,” and forced detainees with broken leg bones to stand shackled against walls. The tactics took a heavy toll on the detainees, especially when combined with sleep deprivation and isolation and used over long periods. One detainee is described as “clearly a broken man,” another “on the verge of a complete breakdown.”  –

    Senate Report Slams CIA Torture, Lies

  • The Bush Administration Homicides

    • An estimated 100 detainees have died during interrogations, some who were clearly tortured to death.
    • The Bush Justice Department failed to investigate and prosecute alleged murders even when the CIA inspector general referred a case.
    • Sabrina Harman posing over the body of Manadel al-Jamadi, an Iraqiprisoner who was tortured to death.

       

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      Charles Graner poses over the dead body of Manadel al-Jamadi, an Iraqi prisoner who had been tortured to death.
  • Obama’s justice department grants final immunity to Bush’s CIA torturers

    • On 16 April 2009, Obama himself took the first step in formalizing the full-scale immunity he intended to bestow on all government officials involved even in the most heinous and lethal torture.
  • Obama’s war on whistleblowers leaves administration insiders unscathed

    • Five key political players enjoy ‘virtual impunity’ – while four lower-level figures are in prison or facing time
  • Mouths Wide Shut: Obama’s War on Whistleblowers

  • The Death of Truth – By Chris Hedges

    • “The Pentagon threatened WikiLeaks and me personally, threatened us before the whole world, demanded that we destroy everything we had published, demanded we cease ‘soliciting’ new information from U.S. government whistle-blowers, demanded, in other words, the total annihilation of a publisher.” – Julian Assange
  • ‘We Steal Secrets’: State Propaganda – By Chris Hedges

    • The power elite can draw up kill lists, torture people, wage endless war and carry out massive fiscal fraud on Wall Street as long as they don’t get caught sleeping with their administrative assistants. Assange can lay bare the crimes they commit, but his act of truth-telling is canceled out by alleged sexual misconduct.
  • The Judicial Lynching of Bradley Manning 

 

 

 

 

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