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A torturer as CIA boss? Never


President Trump’s nomination of Gina Haspel to serve as CIA director sends a destructive message to the world at the worst possible time. Haspel supervised the use of torture, then took part in destroying evidence of that crime.

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The UN says the United States is still torturing detainees at Guantánamo. More reason than ever to close it.


The U.N. special rapporteur on torture stated earlier this week that torture of a detainee at the Guantánamo Bay detention center is ongoing, despite a domestic ban on so-called "enhanced interrogation" torture techniques. The expert noted that the detainee, who endured years of CIA torture before being transferred to Guántanamo, continues to be subjected to abusive detention practices, including indefinite detention, solitary confinement, sleep deprivation, and denial of medical care -- including to treat the effects of his past torture at the hands of the CIA.

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Trump’s Torture Stance Is Anti-American


President Donald J. Trump continues to insist torture “absolutely works,” a jagged departure from fact, law, and morality. Within days of his inauguration, the White House was already circulating a draft executive order to reopen CIA “black sites” and review currently approved interrogation practices, presumably with a view to fulfilling Trump’s campaign promises to bring back waterboarding and a “hell of a lot worse.”

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From Nuremberg to Guantánamo, U.S. Moral Leadership Fades


As a psychiatrist and the child of Holocaust survivors, I struggle to fathom how a doctor — sworn to “do no harm” — could inflict such incredible pain and suffering on another human being. And yet we know today that in the post-9/11 period, doctors and other health professionals were instrumental in designing and implementing the U.S. torture program that destroyed thousands of lives and has undermined the moral standing the United States assumed in the postwar period.

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Suffering Ex-Guantánamo Detainees Deserve Medical Care and Support


The conditions at Guantánamo Bay inflicted lasting physical and psychological harm on many men. As a recent New York Times investigation shows, many men detained in CIA and military custody suffer from lasting mental and physical harm as a result of their mistreatment. They have not received support.

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