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December 12th, 2014
08:47 PM ET

Fmr. FBI interrogator Ali Soufan: Torture doesn't work

Following the released of the CIA torture report, what interrogators actually learned from using "enhanced interrogation techniques". The Democrats on the Senate intelligence committee claim the interrogation methods didn't even work.

Michael Mukasey: Waterboarding is not torture

In interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Ali Soufan, who was one of the first people to interrogate the first high-profile al Qaeda terror suspect captured after the 9/11 attacks says Abu Zubaydah gave him actionable intelligence in the first hour of his interrogation.


Filed under: CIA • News • Torture Report
December 11th, 2014
09:24 PM ET

Michael Mukasey: Waterboarding is not torture

CIA Director John Brennan on Thursday defended the agency's harsh interrogation techniques, saying they provided "useful" information to authorities, including in the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden. But he said it is "unknowable" what information could specifically be attributed to those techniques.

OutFront, Michael Mukasey served as attorney general under President George W. Bush from 2007 through the end of his presidency. Mr. Mukasey opened an investigation into the CIA's destruction of the interrogation tapes of detainees captured after the 9/11 attacks. That investigation later expanded under Attorney General Eric Holder into a larger probe of the interrogation program and whether individuals should be charged with the crime of torture.


Filed under: CIA • News • Torture Report
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