The CIA appeared to have relied more on outright methods of torture or so-called “enhanced interrogation” techniques rather than using truth drugs after the September 11 terror attacks, University of Illinois Professor of International Law Francis Boyle said.
“After September 11, the CIA decided to engage in outright methods of torture in violation of the International Convention against Torture,” Boyle said.
Data that has emerged on the CIA’s preference in interrogation techniques after September 11 suggests that the agency did not rely primarily on truth drugs and was more reliant on direct physical methods such as waterboarding, Boyle noted.
“I suspect the CIA concluded that a so-called truth serum was not going to add anything to the torture and indeed could be counter-productive in terms of lessening the Pain of Torture somehow,” Boyle said.
A CIA report that the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) succeeded... read more
I recall in the early ‘80s when Jonathan Schell’s book “The Fate of the Earth” came out, long after “On the Beach” had cinematically addressed the same grisly subject of a nuclear holocaust in an era of bomb shelters and such.
And I remember (from the ‘80s) Schell telling us that only certain insects would survive such a horrendous catastrophe.
There is debate on that, but we’re still speaking of something essentially unspeakable here, as he was: of nuclear war, and basically, the end of things known. Yet for some reason, this whole issue doesn’t seem to be as central today as it was for Schell back then, when the main threat (before staggering, ultra-dangerous proliferation) was of... read more
On 23 August 2018, Rogue Regensys host Andrew Mount interviewed Dr Helen Caldicott.
Andrew Mount, your host for Rogue Regenesys, examines the assumptions, limitations and failures of the current economic paradigm, aiming to highlight poignant alternatives and proposing real solutions.
In an era of spiralling debt-crises and an uncertain ecological future, we are asked by Nature herself to discover the path to social equity and a balanced relationship with life.
As we head into the most tumultuous time in modern history, humankind is seeking answers to what ails us as a society. Beginning with a bio-regionalism that supports People, Planet and profit, we will endeavour to enfranchise all... read more
In recent years, our fear about nuclear weapons has focused on whether new countries will join the club – on Obama’s successful efforts to prevent Iran from going nuclear (unfortunately now being undermined by Trump) and on Trump’s more helpful opening dialog with North Korea on getting rid of its nukes.
But now we urgently need to look inward at our own US nuclear program, with Congress within inches of approving a Trump proposal that would ignite a new arms race among the existing nuclear states and would greatly increase the danger of nuclear weapons use.
The most pressing global challenge on nuclear weapons is whether the US will kick-off a new nuclear arms... read more
The Big Book: Pages for Peace exhibit, featuring the world’s largest book about peace, opened July 11 at the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough. The exhibit will run through Dec. 31.
The Big Book exhibit has a big goal: to share a profound message of hope and peace and engage young people, teachers, and visitors of all ages in thinking about how to build a more peaceful and sustainable world.
At the heart of the exhibit is the Big Book itself, which measures 10 feet by 20 feet wide when open, with over 1,000 larger than life pages. Visitors can see the book, turn its pages (it takes two people), or use a high speed digital kiosk to visit chapters or individual pages more quickly. Accompanying displays... read more
By Linda Pentz Gunter, Beyond Nuclear International, 20 June 2018
“What country is that?” asked Congressman Elijah Cummings on Tuesday, outrage choking his voice with emotion.
Cummings, a Congressman from Maryland, could have been asking his question about any number of policies. In this case it was about the internment of children at the US border. But it applies almost universally. And certainly to the prospect of provoking, even encouraging, war in space. But that’s also what the Trump administration is now doing.
“Space is a warfighting domain,” said the White House statement this week. It came as the Trump administration once again proclaimed that it plans to create a “Space Force.” What country is that?
Last time the Trump White House tried this, Pentagon officials objected, saying it would... read more
By Dr. Helen Caldicott, Global Research, 8 June 2018
In 2015, ninety-two American missile officers were suspended because they had been cheating, taking drugs, or sleeping in the missile silos. These men are employed to guard and to operate 150 nuclear missiles at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Wyoming which constitutes one-third of the 400 Minuteman 3 missiles that stand “on hair trigger alert” 24 hours a day in silos which are scattered across the northern Great Plains.
Two officers aged between 22 and 27 are in charge of each missile silo, and each man is armed with a pistol to shoot the other if one shows signs of deviant behaviour.
The missile silos are equipped with antiquated equipment including floppy disks and... read more