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US military interrogator says torture worse than useless

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Yesterday Democracy Now! interviewed a former special intelligence operations officer who led an interrogations team in Iraq two years ago. “He served for fourteen years in the US Air Force and has conducted special missions in more than thirty countries. He personally conducted more than 300 interrogations and supervised more than a thousand. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his achievements in Iraq. His nonviolent interrogation methods led Special Forces to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head of al-Qaeda in Iraq.” (DN!) He is the author of How to Break a Terrorist: The US Interrogators Who Used Brains, Not Brutality, to Take Down the Deadliest Man in Iraq, which was released under the pseudonym“Matthew Alexander” for security reasons.

He argues that torture is effective at outraging potential enemies and turning them into murderous extremists, and warns that it is highly ineffective at extracting intelligence.

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December 5, 2008 at 7:37 pm

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Greenspan and Klein in a joint interview

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In an exclusive joint interview on Democracy Now, Naomi Klein and Alan Greenspan spar over Bush’s tax cuts, populist vs capitalist economics, Latin America, the FED’s roll in the subprime crisis and more.  Audio, video and a transcript of the discussion are all available at Democracy Now’s website.

Written by Aaron Nee

November 7, 2008 at 2:34 am

Freedom Squelch

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There have recently been some noteworthy reports of police in the U.S. infringing upon the rights of dissidents and reporters.  One such report comes from a blogger at Znet.  The post draws attention to preemptive arrests of protest leaders in an apparent effort to thwart protesters exercising their right to voice dissent.

Democracy Now reports the arrest of a camera operator who had been recording a peaceful protest.  The journalist was violently assaulted by the officer and his camera confiscated.

Democracy Now is not only reporting the unwarrented arrests of journalists, but was directly involved when producers of the news program were arrested as well as journalist Amy Goodman.  An interview with Goodman can be found at NPR’s On the Media.  This is not Amy Goodman’s first time to experience abuse as a journalist.  In 1991 she and journalist Allan Narin were documenting a peaceful protest in East Timor when the Indonesian military opened fire on the protesters slaughtering close to 300 Timorese and beating Goodman and Narin.

Written by Aaron Nee

October 30, 2008 at 1:51 am