Paper trail: from Northern Ireland’s hooded men to CIA’s global torture

In August 1971 the UK authorities arrested and interned hundreds of men in Northern Ireland. Fourteen of them were selected for “special treatment” – torture in a specially-built interrogation centre at a British Army camp. The men were subjected to the soon-to-be infamous “five techniques” of hooding, stress positions, white noise, sleep deprivation and deprivation of food and water – combined with brutal beatings & death threats. Allegations soon emerged of abuse. Amnesty International sent its first ever research mission …

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“processing it through their stunted, trivial prism of partisan loyalty…”

At the Guardian, Glenn Greenwald makes a number of important points about the reaction to US Senator Rand Paul’s 13-hour filibuster against John Brennan’s nomination as head of the CIA.  From Glenn Greenwald at Comment is Free Last week’s 13-hour filibuster of John Brennan’s confirmation as CIA director by GOP Sen. Rand Paul was one of the first – and, from the perspective of media attention, easily among the most effective -Congressional efforts to dramatize and oppose just how radical …

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Visual Comment of the Week: Scandal and Resignation

 Commentary from Aaron Callan and cartoon from Brian Spencer The past couple of weeks have witnessed the resignations at the BBC and CIA. Both these resignations have been well covered in the media. However, I believe that it represents a further undermining of the belief in our public and private institutions. We just have to look over the last number of years here in the UK. From the MP’s Expenses scandal to the Phone Hacking debacle and the financial crisis. …

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