The Banality of Haspel

by John Feffer Gina Haspel is a consummate professional who has served the U.S. intelligence community with distinction for more than 30 years. As the Trump administration’s nominee to head up the Central Intelligence Agency, Haspel has received endorsements from six former… Continue Reading  

More Torture Questions for Haspel

by Dan Plesch Gina Haspel’s nomination to be director of the CIA has focused attention once more on the US use of torture. Her commander-in-Chief Donald Trump has lauded waterboarding—near-death by drowning/suffocation—and Haspel allegedly supervised such activities against al-Qaeda suspects… Continue Reading  

Hunting Witches in Washington

by John Feffer Five hundred years ago, a popular test to flush out witches was called “ordeal by water.” Dunk an alleged witch into a lake. If she sinks, she’s innocent. If she floats, her guilt is plain for all… Continue Reading  

Time to Test the Presidential Candidates

by Henry Precht There is a school of political scientists that argues candidates for high office ought to be selected by examination rather than ballot. It’s not a very significant or noisy school, to be sure. But it’s a thesis that bears… Continue Reading  

“I Begged for Them to Stop”

Waterboarding Americans and the Redefinition of Torture by Nick Turse via Tom Dispatch Try to remain calm — even as you begin to feel your chest tighten and your heart race.  Try not to panic as water starts flowing into… Continue Reading