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December 18, 2014

Senate Torture Report Targets, Part V: Scott Muller

Each day this week we’ll be bringing you capsules on figures mentioned in the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the detention and interrogation practices of the George W. Bush administration, how it might affect them, where they are now and what they’ve said about the report, if anything. Up next: Scott Muller. Previously: Parts IIIIII, IV Full story

December 17, 2014

Senate Torture Report Targets, Part IV: John Rizzo

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Then- CIA Acting General Counsel Rizzo heads into a closed-door hearing with The House Select Intelligence Committee in 2008. Rizzo appeared before the committee to answer questions about the 2005 destruction of CIA interrogation videotapes. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Each day this week we’ll be bringing you capsules on figures mentioned in the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the detention and interrogation practices of the George W. Bush administration, how it might affect them, where they are now and what they’ve said about the report, if anything. Up next: John Rizzo. Previously: Parts III, III Full story

December 16, 2014

Senate Torture Report Targets, Part III: James Mitchell

Each day this week we’ll be bringing you capsules on figures mentioned in the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the detention and interrogation practices of the George W. Bush administration, how it might affect them, where they are now and what they’ve said about the report, if anything. Up next: James Mitchell. Previously: Parts I, II Full story

Jon Stewart Vs. Dick Cheney on Torture on ‘The Daily Show’

On “The Daily Show” Monday night, Jon Stewart took us on a trip through former Vice President Dick Cheney‘s “My Little Pony”-filled brain (watch the video).  Full story

December 15, 2014

National Security Work Done, and Still Undone, in Congressional Stretch Run

It’s been an exceptionally hectic stretch run for Congress. For such an unproductive 113th session, a great deal has sped up as the finish line nears, likely this week. Here’s a rundown of what’s happened on the national security and foreign policy fronts, and some of what still hasn’t happened, with links to CQ.com ($) stories. Full story

Senate Torture Report Targets, Part II: Leon Panetta

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Then-Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, right, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey, arrive to Dirksen Building to testify before a 2012 Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the Defense Department’s response to the attack on U.S. embassy in Benghazi, Libya. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Each day this week we’ll be bringing you capsules on figures mentioned in the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the detention and interrogation practices of the George W. Bush administration, how it might affect them, where they are now and what they’ve said about the report, if anything. Up next: Leon E. Panetta. Previously: Part I Full story

The Senate Torture Report Targets, Part I: Michael Hayden

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Gen. Michael Hayden testifies at the Senate Intelligence committee hearing on his nomination to be director of the CIA in 2006. (CQ Roll Call)

Each day this week we’ll be bringing you capsules on figures mentioned in the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the detention and interrogation practices of the George W. Bush administration, how it might affect them, where they are now and what they’ve said about the report, if anything. Up first: Michael V. Hayden. Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 11:42 a.m.
Intelligence

December 12, 2014

Weekly Recap: Torture Report Times Infinity, Laser Cannon, ISIS

It was a bonkers week in the national security world. We had the Senate Intelligence Committee report on Bush administration-era detention and interrogation practices dominating the news to such a degree that the mammoth “cromnibus” spending bill for the Defense Department and other agencies was overshadowed. Even a video of a real life laser cannon – a laser cannon!!!! – couldn’t steal much of the spotlight. Full story

December 11, 2014

Whatever Happened to the Torture Report Inciting Violence?

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Afghanistan’s new President Ashraf Ghani on Dec. 10 condemned CIA torture detailed in a Senate report, at a specially-convened press conference in Kabul. (Shah Marai/AFP/Getty Images)

Earlier this week we asked whether the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the detention and interrogation practices of the George W. Bush administration might incite violence. So far, it hasn’t. Full story

The Health Professional Angle on the Senate Torture Report

There are a few health care angles on the Senate report on the George W. Bush administration’s interrogation and detention program, most prominently the role of two psychologists in its development and implementation. It’s not the only one — there’s the medical advisability of “rectal feeding,” and how the report will affect the reputation of other health care professionals. Full story

December 9, 2014

The Senate Torture Report and the “Intellectually Challenged” Detainee (Video)

It’s hard to pick the most gruesome among the many gory details in the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA interrogation and detention practices, released Tuesday. The allegation where the Central Intelligence Agency held an “intellectually challenged” man as leverage to get information from another family member is a candidate, though. Full story

December 8, 2014

Will the Senate Report on CIA Interrogation Foster Violence?

Over the weekend, House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., warned that the release of the Senate’s report on the interrogation and detention practices of the George W. Bush administration – colloquially known as the Senate torture report – could cause “violence and deaths.”

The Obama administration is worried about the possibility, too. Some, though, are less convinced that kind of fallout is a risk. Here’s some of the debate: Full story

By Tim Starks Posted at 4:49 p.m.
Intelligence

Arms Control, Human Rights, Afghanistan in the Week Ahead

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Kilmer attends a House Armed Services Committee markup of the fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill in 2013. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Congressional votes on Defense spending and policy bills are expected this week. Wait! That’s not all! Full story

December 5, 2014

Weekly Recap: SecDef, Defauth, Diamond Dave

There were two obviously major storylines this week: A new Defense secretary is on the way, and the fiscal 2015 defense policy bill hit the streets. There were plenty of other stories elsewhere, too. Full story

Five By Five Friday Q&A: Melina Milazzo, Center for Victims of Torture

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One of the groups advocating for its release has been the Center for Victims of Torture. Melina Milazzo, senior policy counsel for the group, spoke with Five By Five on what could be valuable about the report, responded to a criticism of it by the incoming panel chairman and previewed what might come next. Full story

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