Senate Report Blasts CIA Torture Program Under President Bush

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The CIA’s torture program during George W. Bush’s presidency was ineffective, deeply flawed and “far more brutal” than government officials have previously said, according to an executive summary of the long-awaited torture report released Tuesday.The Senate Intelligence Committee’s five-year review of the CIA’s post-Sept. 11, 2001 detention and interrogation program found that the agency used inaccurate information to obtain legal authority and approval, as well as essentially misleading the White House, federal lawmakers and the American public.The study was especially critical in its assessment of the agency’s end game—whether information otherwise unavailable to the CIA was obtained through enhanced interrogation, such as “waterboarding,” a technique that simulates drowning.“At no time did the CIA’s coercive interrogation techniques lead to the collection of imminent threat intelligence,” the study found.The CIA had 119 known detainees in custody, of whom 26 were wrongfully held—about 20 percent of those detained. Interrogations sometimes went on “non-stop” for days or weeks at a time, the study found. And the interrogation techniques imposed were far more brutal than previously disclosed. Some detainees were forced to remain awake for up to 180 hours by either standing in stressful positions or having their hands shackled above their heads. At least five detainees were subjected to “rectal feeding” or “rectal hydration” without presenting any previously documented medical need. Other men were forced to walk around naked with hoods covering their heads as they were slapped and punched.Detainees reportedly referred to one interrogation site as the “dungeon” because they were kept in complete darkness. Shackled to their cell, they were forced to hear loud noise or music for hours without end. Guards left the detainee a bucket in the cell to urinate and defecate in.In one instance, a detainee died due to a lack of heat at the site, the study found.Despite the CIA’s claims to the contrary, the committee said there’s an indication that the agency waterboarded more than the three detainees it had said. The committee cited a photo of a waterboard with buckets of water at a detention site where the CIA had previously said it never used the technique.In 2011, former Vice President Dick Cheney claimed that waterboarding Khaled Sheikh Mohammed had produced “phenomenal results for us” and lead to the intelligence that “allowed us to get Osama bin Laden.” But the report disputed that assertion, reviewing 20 of the CIA’s most frequently cited examples of purported “successes” attributed to the use of these enhanced interrogation techniques and found each one to be wrong.The release of the so-called “torture report” comes two years after the study was approved and a little more than a year after the committee voted to declassify the report.Committee members sifted through some 6.3 million CIA records during the process. The Senate committee and the White House negotiated for eight months, determining what information needed to be redacted as to “protect national security.”Some lawmakers currently on Capitol Hill objected to the report’s release, saying doing so would harm national security.The CIA released a statement noting that such practices were deemed lawful at the time and were authorized by President Bush’s administration. The agency disagrees with the study’s finding regarding intelligence gained from the techniques and believes that the report provides an “incomplete and selective picture of what occurred,” according to the statement.None of the CIA officers involved in the program were ever interviewed for the report, CIA Director John Brennan said.“As noted in CIA’s response to the study, we acknowledge that the detention and interrogation program had shortcomings and that the Agency made mistakes,” Brennan said. “The most serious problems occurred early on and stemmed from the fact that the Agency was unprepared and lacked the core competencies required to carry out an unprecedented, worldwide program of detaining and interrogating suspected al-Qa’ida and affiliated terrorists.“In carrying out that program, we did not always live up to the high standards that we set for ourselves and that the American people expect of us,” Brennand conceded. “As an Agency, we have learned from these mistakes, which is why my predecessors and I have implemented various remedial measures over the years to address institutional deficiencies.”The full Senate Intelligence Committee was not briefed on the program until September 2006, just before it was publicly disclosed.Several senators, including Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), objected to the program, but the CIA purportedly told the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel in a classified meeting that no senators objected to the techniques, according to the study.“The CIA provided incomplete and inaccurate information to the White House regarding the operation and effectiveness of the detention and interrogation program,” according to the executive summary. “In addition to inaccurate statements provided to other policymakers, there were instances in which specific questions from White House officials were not answered truthfully or completely.”The CIA’s problems weren’t limited to top-level officials. At a detention facility referred to as “COBALT,” insufficient records of detainees were kept, a junior officer in charge of the facility did not have the required experience, and untrained officers often conducted unsupervised and unauthorized interrogations.“The CIA did not employ adequately trained and vetted personnel,” said the executive summary. “The CIA deployed individuals without relevant training or experience. CIA also deployed officers who had documented personal and professional problems of a serious nature—including histories of violence and abusive treatment of others—that should have called into question their employment, let alone their suitability to participate in the sensitive CIA program.”last_img read more

Watch Dogs: Legion Source Code Allegedly Leaked, Ubisoft Investigating the Breach

first_imgAre iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. Now, a new report by Rock Paper Shotgun states that the source code for Watch Dogs: Legion (Review) has been leaked and it includes 558GB of data on filesharing sites. Egregor mocked Ubisoft’s security and said “We found source codes in free access in the main network. Passwords in the doc files without any protection, all the employees and developers data and personal information, contract, game engines and a lot of more.”The report also mentions that Ubisoft gave a statement acknowledging the ransomware group’s claim and that it is investigating a “potential data security incident.”Watch Dogs: Legion was released last week and this data breach comes at a critical time for the developers who will have to try their best to plug the leak. It is unclear if Ubisoft has contacted Egregor or if the leaked data is still accessible. Further, there is no information on whether Crytek has been able to solve the case of this data breach as Egregor had reportedly encrypted the company’s files.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img Watch Dogs: Legion, Ubisoft’s latest entry into the ‘hack the world’ Watch Dogs franchise, has been reportedly hacked. The source code for the game has been allegedly leaked by a ransomware group called Egregor, however, it is unclear exactly what data has been leaked. According to the report, Ubisoft is aware of the hacker’s claims and is investigating the leak. Additionally, the ransomware group also claims to have breached the security of another video game developer as well — Crytek. It is also unclear what Egregor’s demands are.It started with a data breach at Ubisoft and Crytek by Egregor back in October, as per a report by ZDNet. At the time, the hackers claimed they posted the data pertaining to Watch Dogs: Legion on their dark web portal. They also leaked 20MB of Ubisoft’s data and 300MB of Crytek’s data. Egregor reportedly asked Ubisoft to contact them at the time of breach but it seems like the company did not respond. “In case Ubisoft will not contact us we will begin posting the source code of upcoming Watch Dogs and their engine,” the hackers reportedly said.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Pierre Gasly stuns Hamilton to win Italian Grand Prix

first_imgRelatedPosts Hamilton wins Tuscan Grand Prix Hamilton wins Styrian Grand Prix Valtteri Bottas wins Austrian Grand Prix Pierre Gasly took a stunning upset win in the Italian Grand Prix for Red Bull’s Alpha Tauri team in one of the most remarkable races in history.Lewis Hamilton was dominating until he was penalised for being called into the pit lane for a stop when it was closed. Two safety cars in quick succession mixed up the order and Gasly took the lead after Hamilton served his penalty.McLaren’s Carlos Sainz closed him down but the Frenchman just held him off to take his first grand prix victory.Hamilton fought back from last place, 18 seconds off the back of the pack, to seventh, just two places behind teammate Valtteri Bottas.Gasly’s win sealed an amazing turnaround in fortunes for the likeable 24-year-old, who just over a year ago was demoted from the senior Red Bull team to what was Toro Rosso and was renamed over the winter.Gasly has been outstanding ever since, including taking a second place in Brazil last year, and few will begrudge him this win. It is the junior team’s second grand prix victory – their first also at Monza, with Sebastian Vettel in 2008.But it was a cruel twist of fortune for Sainz, who had been running in a superb second place to Hamilton and should have been in a position to benefit from the world champion’s penalty.But the timing of the pit stops around two mid-race safety cars effectively ended Sainz’s hopes.He, along with all the leaders, pitted during the first safety-car period, triggered by a breakdown for Kevin Magnussen’s Haas.This was when Mercedes made the error that cost Hamilton his 90th Grand Prix win, calling him in as soon as the safety car was thrown and not noticing that race director Michael Masi had closed the pit lane because marshals were dealing with Magnussen’s car close to the entry. Gasly had made his stop a couple of laps before the first safety car so did not stop again, and this promoted him to third behind Hamilton and Racing Point’s Lance Stroll for a mixed-up field at the restart.Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc was soon into fourth place, passing both Alfa Romeo cars into the first chicane on the first lap of racing, but the Monegasque then lost control at the Parabolica and crashed heavily, causing the race to be reflagged for repairs to be made to the barriers.The race was re-started with a standing start with Hamilton ahead of Stroll, Gasly, the Alfa Romeos of Kimi Raikkonen and Antonio Giovinazzi and Sainz.Tags: Carlos SainzItalian Grand Prixlewis hamiltonPierre Gaslylast_img read more

Ohio State Looking Into Braxton Miller Advocare Instagram Photo

first_imgBraxton Miller running with the football for Ohio State.COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 19: Wide receiver Braxton Miller #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to run the ball in the first quarter against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ohio Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Andrew Weber/Getty Images)Ohio State may have a Braxton Miller problem, and somehow, it isn’t related to whether he’ll be named the starting quarterback in 2015. Tuesday night, Miller may have made a mistake in promoting Advocare products on his Instagram page – something considered in violation of NCAA bylaws. According to James Grega Jr. of The Lantern, Ohio State is looking into the situation.OSU spokesman on Miller situation, “We are looking into this.” Might be nothing, but has attention of OSU athletic department— James Grega Jr. (@JGrega11) March 25, 2015Considering Ohio State’s recent history when it comes to player-related NCAA violations, expect the school to do its due diligence here. Whether Miller will be punished by either Ohio State or the NCAA remains to be seen.last_img read more

China demands Canada release Huawei executive

first_imgBEIJING — China has demanded Canada release a Huawei Technologies executive who was arrested in a case that adds to technology tensions with Washington and threatens to complicate trade talks.Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, faces possible extradition to the United States, according to Canadian authorities. The Globe and Mail newspaper, citing law enforcement sources, said she is accused of trying to evade U.S. curbs on trade with Iran.The arrest follows a U.S.-Chinese cease-fire in a tariff war over Beijing’s technology policy.Asian stock markets tumbled on the news, fearing renewed U.S.-Chinese tensions that threaten global economic growth.The Chinese Embassy in Ottawa said Meng broke no U.S. or Canadian laws and demanded Canada “immediately correct the mistake” and release her.The Associated Presslast_img read more

China hits out at abnormal immoral attacks on Huawei

first_imgBrussels: China’s foreign minister lashed out Monday at “abnormal, immoral” attacks on Huawei amid growing concern, led by the US, that the telecom giant poses a security risk to the West. Wang Yi demanded a “fair and just competition environment” for Chinese firms as he met EU foreign ministers and officials for talks in Brussels. His call comes as Washington steps up pressure on allies, particularly in Europe, to shut Huawei out of tenders for fast fifth-generation, or 5G, telecom networks, because of the firm’s ties to the Chinese government. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”China hopes all countries will create a fair and just competition environment for companies of all countries,” Wang told reporters. “What we oppose is groundless accusations out of political purposes and attempts to bring down a foreign company. We think such practices are abnormal, immoral and have no support from other countries.” Huawei strenuously denies allegations its equipment could be used for espionage and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang insisted Friday that Beijing would “never” ask its firms to spy on other nations. A law recently enacted by Beijing obliging Chinese companies to aid the government on national security has added to concerns about Huawei just as European countries begin planning 5G infrastructure.last_img read more

Sexual harassment Ali asks Meesha to face the court

first_imgLahore: A year after singer Meesha Shafi accused Ali Zafar of sexual harassment, the singer-actor recently urged her to face the court as her case against him was dismissed. He even drew a parallel between her and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai. Ali wrote on Twitter: “Meesha Shafi’s case against me has been dismissed alongside the appeal made against the dismissal. The case in the court is my case against her to pay for damages that her false statement has caused me, which naturally she is trying to run away from.” Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger”I have also filed a case against all the fake and other accounts being used to run a campaign against me on social media. I have been quiet about all this for a year while thousands of disgusting tweets were posted against me, like a campaign every time a big event comes. But it’s time to expose the truth via due process of law for which I urge the FIA to take strict legal action. Meesha had called out the singer last year, accusing him of sexual assault.last_img read more

Podcast The NFL Draft Mayweathers Past And How Many NFL Players Go

Embed Code More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to this week’s episode of Hot Takedown, our podcast where the hot sports takes of the week meet the numbers that prove them right or tear them down. On this week’s show (for April 28, 2015), we look at the upcoming NFL draft and whether there is anything to all the measuring and testing that goes into evaluating prospects; Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao, the future of boxing, and Mayweather’s violent past; and ESPN’s Pablo Torre visits the studio to discuss a new study on how many NFL athletes go bankrupt. And our significant digit this week is -14.7 — how many points the Toronto Raptors underperformed by this offseason.Plus: An update on the first Hot Takedown crowdsourcing project, which asks you to submit your ideas to help stop tanking in the NBA.Stream the episode by clicking the play button above, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to.Below, some links to what we discuss in this week’s show:How would you fix the NBA draft and stop tanking? Tell us.Neil Paine on how NFL teams try to beat the draft — and fail.How surplus value works in the NFL Draft.What does the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight mean for the future of boxing?“Outside The Lines” on Mayweather’s troubled past.A look at whether we missed out on the best possible fight between these two boxers.Pablo Torre’s 2009 article “How (and Why) Athletes Go Broke.”The recent NBER paper on NFL bankruptcy. Hot Takedown If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. read more

On an island How male sexual assault victims deal with trauma

Richard Strauss in his Ohio State College of Medicine photograph. Ohio State has interviewed more than 100 former Ohio State athletes with sexual abuse claims against former team physician Richard Strauss. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio StateBrian Garrett felt sick when he saw the picture.It had been just over 20 years since he stopped working for former Ohio State University doctor and team physician Richard Strauss at his private clinic. Twenty years of suppressing the memories of what was done to him by the now-alleged sexual predator.But when Ohio State announced its investigation of the doctor, a picture of the doctor made its way to the internet. Suddenly those memories of the few days he worked at the clinic, suppressed for years, began to resurface. And he hasn’t been able to get them out of his head since.Working for Strauss as an administrative assistant at Strauss’ clinic — which Garrett said was called “Men’s Clinics of America” — in 1996, Garrett, a former nursing student at Ohio State University, said he witnessed first-hand Strauss’ sexual assault of men. During one shift, Garrett said Strauss called him into the examining room while he was with a patient. Garrett said he walked in to see the athlete with his pants down with the doctor masturbating him until orgasm. “I was standing there like, ‘What the hell am I witnessing?’” Garrett said. “I saw the guy’s face, and his face is red and embarrassed.” When the athlete left the room, Garrett said Strauss asked him if he had any issues, to which he responded he had heartburn. After laying him down, Garrett said Strauss pulled down his pants, spending five to 10 minutes trying to give him an erection. Deciding not to come back to work at the “Men’s Clinics of America” after the incident, Garrett said he was feeling alone, isolated as he struggled to comprehend what had happened. “I was on an island. I didn’t know any of the athletes. I didn’t know any of that shit that they talked about [at] Larkins Hall or anything like that. I didn’t know any of that,” Garrett said. “I thought it was just an isolated thing, like maybe there is something wrong with me. My parents always told me not to put myself in bad situations. Did I screw up?” Dr. Howard Fradkin, a physician who specializes in male sexual assault and recovery based out of Columbus, said this emotional response is common for victims. “If a man is sexually assaulted today, the most likely response he is going to think is I’m the only one,” Fradkin said. “That’s still one of the things that goes on and the next thought is, ‘It’s my fault.’” When it comes to treating cases of sexual assault, Fradkin said some things are the same no matter what gender is involved. He said the event of assault creates trauma, something he defines as the outcome of an overwhelming situation out of the victims’ control. However, he said the treatment between male and female sexual assault starts with acknowledging the difference between how men and women are socialized. “Traditional masculinity states that men are supposed to be powerful and in control, so it creates a much different dynamic in terms of talking about it and acknowledging it,” Fradkin said. “Many men who I worked with did not even consider what was done to them as sexual abuse. They would say, ‘That’s how I learned about sex. That’s how I was initiated.’ They don’t think, ‘This is something terrible that was done to me.’” Fradkin said male sexual assault victims, without the ability to hide their arousal “internalize and blame themselves” no matter the sexual orientation of that particular male. Emma Carroll, a Ph.D. student at Ohio State in gender and sexuality studies, describes male sexual assault as “de-masculating,” using the male stigma as the notion that the victims should have been able to protect themselves against such events from occurring.“I thought it was just an isolated thing, like maybe there is something wrong with me. My parents always told me not to put myself in bad situations. Did I screw up?” – Brian GarrettIn the years following, Garrett said he had not told only a few friends about his experiences with Strauss. However, even then, the concept of sexual assault, especially involving males, was not considered prevalent. “Back then you didn’t call it sexual assault,” Garrett said. “There was rape and there was everything else. Nobody called it sexual harassment, assault. I just said some dude touched me and felt me up for 10 minutes and jacked a guy off.” However, in the years following, Garrett said he had a constant level of anxiety, even after he moved on from working at Strauss’ clinic. He said he continues to want to be isolated and continues to have trust issues in every aspect of his life. Carroll describes the effects of sexual assault as similar to post-traumatic stress disorder, saying victims commonly struggle with anxiety and fear. Fradkin added that some side effects including depression and addictions, such as alcohol, drug and sex, are common in victims recovering from sexual assault. After sharing with a few friends, Garrett said he internalized the events, not sharing his experiences with anyone. He said he kept it in the back of his mind, trying to move on with his life, trying not to think about it. However, when Ohio State announced its investigation of Strauss and the alleged sexual assaults he had performed while a team physician at the university, Garrett said looking at a picture of the doctor in a news story made him feel like he needed to throw up.  “The problem is, I haven’t seen his face in 22, 23 years since it happened,” Garrett said. “Here’s the crazy part about it, as soon as I saw his face, the whole box opened up in my head and man, it hasn’t stopped since.” As multiple stories were released, showing other athletes and people allegedly victimized by Strauss, Garrett said there was a sense of validation, even if that did not change his other feelings towards what had happened.Fradkin said this problem is more widespread than people think. To put things in perspective, he would mention the ratio of men sexually assaulted and compare it to the number of fans at a football game on a given Saturday. “When I do trainings, I would put up a picture of Ohio Stadium,” Fradkin said. “I would say there are 100,000 people in this stadium and let’s say 60 percent of them are men. That’s 60,000 men sitting in the same stadium on one football Saturday. If it’s one and six, that’s 3,600 men in that stadium on one day.” Fradkin wants people to know that this is something that happens to men around the country in all aspects of life, whether as a child or as an adult. However, with help, he said healing is possible and achievable. For Garrett, he is still mad at Strauss. He said he is still mad at Ohio State, saying the events between Strauss and his alleged victims were “100 percent preventable.” However, Garrett feels like he has a role to play moving forward. He views himself as one of the main spokesman for the alleged victims of Strauss in his time as a team doctor at Ohio State and his time at Strauss’ clinic. Even though he might not be comfortable with that responsibility, Garrett said that is a sacrifice he is willing to make for the betterment of future college students around the country and the eradication of sexual assault on campus. “I want this to stop,” Garrett said. “How many universities does this have to happen to before it stops? I’ll go through the exposure of being in the public light.“I just can’t sit back and not say anything. If nobody says anything, nothing changes. My way to process it is to speak out, tell my experience and maybe others come out. If other guys don’t come out, that’s fine, but they have to go talk to others about it. It’s going to eat them up inside.” read more