Scott Horton: Glenn Carle’s “CAPTUS” Is Pacha Wazir

By: Wednesday July 6, 2011 9:49 am

As we’ve noted a couple times at EW, I will be hosting Glenn Carle to discuss his book, The Interrogator, at Saturday’s FDL Book Salon. As you no doubt know, his book describes his interrogation of what was described as a high level al Qaeda figure (the detainee wasn’t) and his objections to the government’s [...]

Whither Stephen Kappes?

By: Friday July 1, 2011 10:01 am

As I suggested yesterday, the investigation into Gul Rahman’s death means there’s a chance–teeny, presumably, but a chance nevertheless–that the investigation might move beyond the formerly-low level people implicated in the death (remember, both the guy who headed the Salt Pit and the station chief have gone onto bigger and better things at the CIA, [...]

Gul Rahman and Manadel al-Jamadi Investigations: The New Information

By: Thursday June 30, 2011 6:31 pm

In his announcement that John Durham is investigating the deaths by torture of two CIA detainee, Eric Holder suggested that John Durham reviewed information that had not been reviewed by the prosecutors who had earlier declined to prosecute the cases. That review included both information and matters that had never previously been examined by the [...]

Two Dead Detainees May Get Justice. The Other 99 Will Not.

By: Thursday June 30, 2011 11:10 am

Eric Holder just released an announcement revealing that John Durham has recommended criminal investigation of two detainees tortured to death. But cases of the remaining 99 detainees whose treatment Durham investigated will be dismissed. On January 2, 2008, Attorney General Michael Mukasey appointed Assistant United States Attorney John Durham of the District of Connecticut to [...]

Look Forward, and Promote the Torturers

By: Wednesday February 9, 2011 5:43 am

There’s Matt, who froze Gul Rahman to death in the Salt Pit. Paul, his boss and the CIA Station Chief of Afghanistan, who ignored Matt’s requests for more help at the prison. There’s Albert, who staged a mock execution of Rahim al-Nashiri, and his boss, Ron, the Station Chief in Poland, who witnessed the forbidden [...]

Gul Rahman: Another Case Where Torture (and Homicide) Failed to Elicit the Location of Extremist Leaders

By: Wednesday January 5, 2011 9:12 am

The US government has a long history of refusing to turn over evidence on its torture program, most recently when DOJ refused to cooperate with a Polish inquiry into the black site at which Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was waterboarded 183 times. So it’s no surprise that they are refusing to turn over the remains of [...]

Jay Bybee Admits CIA Had No Approval for Water Dousing, Diapering

By: Thursday July 15, 2010 8:54 am

On May 26, the House Judiciary Committee interviewed Jay Bybee about the circumstances that went into the Bybee Memos authorizing torture.  Here’s the transcript of that interview. I’m going to read them in depth, but for now I wanted to point out this detail. Bybee confirmed that a number of techniques reportedly used on CIA [...]

Did CIA Misrepresent Interrogation Policy to Court in Passaro Case?

By: Monday April 12, 2010 12:48 pm

I wrote in my last post on David Passaro that he knew precisely how to defend himself (go here for general background on Passaro and his case). Even before he was indicted, Passaro asked for discovery on CIA’s rules of engagement for detainee interrogations, which he tied to SERE techniques well before the connection had [...]

“High Side” Cables and FOIA Responses

By: Thursday April 8, 2010 10:17 am

As you’ll no doubt understand over the next week or so, bmaz and I have been comparing the case of David Passaro, the only CIA-related person to be prosecuted for detainee abuse, with what happened in Gul Rahman’s death at the Salt Pit. Passaro, a CIA contractor obviously trained in SERE-based interrogation techniques, was convicted [...]

Salt Pit Victim, Gul Rahman, Once Rescued Hamid Karzai

By: Tuesday April 6, 2010 10:10 am

In a follow-up on its story on Gul Rahman’s death in the Salt Pit in November 2002, AP reports that Rahman may have rescued Hamid Karzai from imprisonment by Afghan intelligence in 1994. After Soviet forces withdrew in 1989, Afghanistan descended into civil war as the Islamic groups that ousted the Soviets fought each other [...]

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