The Trump Doctrine: Talk Loudly and Carry the Biggest Stick Possible

The Trump Doctrine: Talk Loudly and Carry the Biggest Stick Possible

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has staked out a foreign policy position quite distinct from his opponent, Hillary Clinton. It is not, however, “isolationist” (contra Jeb Bush and many others) or “less aggressively militaristic” (economist Mark Weisbrot...
Film: All Guantánamo is Ours

Film: All Guantánamo is Ours

The word Guantánamo was popularized world-wide in 2002 when the U.S, Government opened a detention camp at the military base to detain more than 1,000 suspected terrorists there. Few know that the territory is a piece of land that belongs to Cuba, but has...
Before Orlando, Omar Mateen Worked for Human Rights Abusers

Before Orlando, Omar Mateen Worked for Human Rights Abusers

How do we even talk about the horrific killings in Orlando, which left at least 50 LGBTQ revelers dead and more than 50 more injured in the middle of pride month? First we mourn. Then we rage. Then we hug our loved ones, especially our LGBTQ friends, comrades, and...
The GOP Presidential Candidates’ Infatuation With Illegal Torture

The GOP Presidential Candidates’ Infatuation With Illegal Torture

For anyone who cares deeply about being informed, watching Republican presidential debates can feel like a form of torture. But the program becomes more terrifying altogether when their ignorance is hitched to an endorsement of actual torture. At the latest GOP debate...
Let’s End Torture in U.S. Prisons

Let’s End Torture in U.S. Prisons

Solitary confinement is exactly what it sounds like. A prisoner is kept in a small cell — usually 6 feet by 10 — alone, for 23 hours a day. For one hour a day, he or she may be taken into a small cage outside, with the opportunity to walk in circles before being taken...
The Sad Fate of America’s Whistleblowers

The Sad Fate of America’s Whistleblowers

What is it about whistleblowers that the powers that be can’t stand? When I blew the whistle on the CIA’s illegal torture program, I was derided in many quarters as a traitor. My detractors in the government attacked me for violating my secrecy agreement, even as they...
Mouth Wide Shut

Mouth Wide Shut

Barack Obama was, in 2008, the anti-torture candidate. It’s a sad comment on the state of U.S. democracy that such a thing ever existed. After all, it would be startling to hear appeals from a pro-oxygen or an anti-apocalypse candidate (though, of course, if the...
Let’s Talk About Torture

Let’s Talk About Torture

The CIA’s torture-era leadership won’t repent. Even after the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence released its report saying in no uncertain terms that the CIA had tortured its prisoners, that torture was official U.S. government policy, and that torture never...
Closing the Door on Torture

Closing the Door on Torture

After I blew the whistle on the CIA’s torture program in 2007, the fallout for me was brutal. To make a long story short, I served nearly two years in federal prison and then endured a few more months of house arrest. What happened to the torture program? Nothing....
Letter to Loretto

Letter to Loretto

John Kiriakou is a former CIA officer. Back in 2007, he became the first U.S. government official to confirm — and condemn — the practice of torture by CIA interrogators. After a drawn-out legal battle, federal authorities convicted Kiriakou of leaking classified...
Ending Impunity in Latin America

Ending Impunity in Latin America

Please join this conversation the past four decades of work to end impunity in Latin America with longtime human rights champions. As the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) turns 40 and the Institute for Policy Studies enters its sixth decade, we are more aware...
Art Event: “Interrogation” – John Feffer

Art Event: “Interrogation” – John Feffer

“If surveillance was monaural during the Cold War and became stereophonic in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, it is now quadrophonic. It can’t be reduced to the activity of a single state or even a particular government-industrial complex. We are all now...