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December 10th, 2014
10:05 PM ET

U.N. official demands prosecution for U.S. torture

The United States is drawing criticism from around the world after the Senate Intelligence Committee unveiled its report on CIA torture.

U.N. Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism and Human Rights Ben Emmerson called on the U.S. to prosecute those responsible for crimes outlined in the report. Emmerson said the program was "a clear policy orchestrated at a high level within the Bush administration, which allowed ... systematic crimes and gross violations of international human rights law."

CNN's Erin Burnett spoke with John Yoo, the man who wrote the legal justification for the interrogation tactics used on detainees captured after the 9/11 terror attacks.


Filed under: International • News • Terrorism • Torture Report
December 9th, 2014
09:26 PM ET

Fmr. CIA official: CIA torture report provides ISIS propaganda material

On Tuesday, the FBI and Homeland Security warned federal and local law enforcement to be on guard for violent extremists reacting to an explosive report on the CIA's use of torture.

The report charges that the agency's enhanced interrogation techniques were even more brutal than previously stated and didn't work in obtaining actionable intelligence.

The report details torture that included mock executions, threats of sexual abuse of detainees and even threats of sexual abuse of their family members. Prisoners were kept awake for more than seven days at a time. One prisoner was chained to the floor and left to freeze to death, while others were hooded, then beaten while being dragged.

The report says the techniques were not only "deeply flawed" but they often yielded "fabricated" information - hallucinatory detainees saying anything to make it stop.

The CIA fired back, saying the program was "effective" and substantially helped them obtain crucial information in the war of terror.

Senator John McCain, who was tortured as a prisoner of war in Vietnam defended the report, while passionately condemning torture.

McCain makes passionate defense for torture report's release

"I know from personal experience that abuse of prisoners will produce more bad than good intelligence," McCain said on the Senate floor.

But with the FBI's warning of retaliation from violent extremists reacting to the CIA report, should it have been released?

OutFront, Hank Crumpton was deputy director of the CIA's Counter-Terrorism Center. He was in charge of CIA operations in Afghanistan after 9/11 when his team of 100 CIA agents helped crush the Taliban. He spent 24 years in the CIA and worked for then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.


Filed under: International • Terror Attack • Terrorism • Torture Report
December 1st, 2014
11:37 PM ET

FBI warning: ISIS looking to attack military in U.S.

The FBI warning members of the U.S. military that ISIS is calling for attacks against them, saying "overseas based individuals are looking for like-minded individuals in the U.S. to carry out these attacks."

The new FBI bulletin goes on to say "We also request members of the military review their online social media presence for any information that might attract the attention of violent extremists."

Officials fear copycat attacks similar to those against Canadian military members - including the October 22nd shooting in Ottawa.

Republican Congressman Peter King is OutFront. He sits on both the Homeland Security and Intelligence Committees.


Filed under: ISIS • News • Terrorism
November 18th, 2014
09:48 PM ET

Fifth victim dies in Israel terror attack

It was one of the worst terror attacks in Israel in recent years.

Two Palestinian men, wielding butcher knives and a gun, attacked and killed four men as they prayed at morning services in a Jerusalem synagogue. Several others were wounded.

Three American rabbis with dual citizenship are among the dead. A fourth rabbi, a British-Israeli man, was also killed, along with a policeman who responded to the attack.

Police killed the attackers.

Dore Gold is a Senior Foreign Policy Adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He is also a Former Israeli Ambassador to the U.N.


Filed under: International • Israel • News • Terror Attack • Terrorism
October 9th, 2014
09:25 PM ET

Mother tweets plea to ISIS leader to release her son

There were 11 new U.S. airstrikes against ISIS in Syria and Iraq - six of those strikes near the besieged city of Kobani.
But still, ISIS now appears to be in control of a third of this key city near the Syria – Turkey border.

Airstrikes alone aren't turning the tide.

And Turkey, a key U.S. ally in this fight, says it's not realistic for the world to expect Turkey to fight the ground war alone.

But as the battle continues, it's now a race against time to rescue an American held by ISIS.

Kassig's mother plea to ISIS leader: 'I am an old woman, and (he) is my only child'

Abdul-Rahman Kassig, whose given name is Peter, was detained on October 1 while doing humanitarian work in eastern Syria.

Now, his mother making a desperate plea to the terror group's leader, begging for her son's release.

Arwa Damon has the story.


Filed under: International • ISIS • News • Terrorism • Uncategorized
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