Interrogation: CIA Program

Latest in Interrogation: CIA Program

Interrogation: CIA Program

Document: Cables Describe Use of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques at Thailand Black Site Overseen by Haspel

Sixteen declassified cables were released on Friday that detail the enhanced interrogation techniques used at a CIA black site in Thailand during the time it was overseen by CIA director Gina Haspel in 2002. The cables focus on the interrogation of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, a Saudi national who is accused of planning the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole; they describe the use of interrogation techniques including waterboarding, sleep deprivation and wall-slamming. The cables were obtained through a Freedom of Information lawsuit filed by the National Security Archive.

Interrogation

Now that Gina Haspel is CIA Director, It’s Time to Come to Terms With the Torture Program

On Thursday, the Senate voted to make Gina Haspel the next director of the CIA. I don’t know Haspel myself, but I have no reason to doubt that she is someone with a deep-rooted patriotism and a sense of duty to the officers who work under her. By all accounts, she appears to be a highly effective administrator. Her long career in the CIA makes her well suited to understand the agency and its operations, and having served as acting director, she already knows how to run the CIA day-to-day.

Appointments, Confirmations & Budgets

Why We Don’t Support Gina Haspel for CIA Director: A Response to Benjamin Wittes

In his Tuesday post in support of Gina Haspel’s nomination to be director of the CIA, Benjamin Wittes wrote about “the insulation that Haspel stands to provide for the agency from a president hostile to the task of intelligence gathering and analysis.” For this and other reasons, Wittes argued, Haspel should be confirmed—even though President Trump has linked her nomination to his “enthusiasm for torture.” He also wrote that “barring revelations about her role” in running a Thailand “black site” at which d

Appointments, Confirmations & Budgets

Livestream: CIA Director Nominee Gina Haspel Testifies Before Senate Intelligence Committee

Gina Haspel, the deputy director of the CIA and President Trump’s nominee to head the agency, will testify before the Senate intelligence commitee Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. Eastern on her nomination.

Haspel's prepared testimony and responses to congressional questions are available here:

Interrogation

CIA Releases Declassified Memo on Haspel Involvement in Destruction of Tapes

The CIA released a declassified December 2011 memo by Michael Morell, then the deputy director, about Gina Haspel’s involvement in the destruction of detainee interrogation tapes in 2005. President Trump has nominated Haspel, the current deputy director, to serve as CIA director.

Guantanamo Litigation: District Court

Judge Lamberth Orders SSCI Report Turned Over to the Court

The other day, Quinta and I noted that counsel for Abd al Rahim Al-Nashiri had asked the court in his habeas case to have a copy of the Senate Intelligence Committee's interrogation report filed under seal with the court. Yesterday, Judge Royce Lamberth issued an order doing just that:

Subscribe to Lawfare

EmailRSSKindle