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Trump May Bring Back Secret CIA ‘Black Site’ Prisons

torture photo By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump may bring back so-called CIA “black site” prisons where terrorism suspects are held and were once tortured.

President George W. Bush used the black sites to combat the “war on terrorism” following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, but former President Barack Obama closed them.

In the next few days, Trump is expected to sign an executive executive order to call for a high-level review into “whether to reinitiate a program of interrogation of high-value alien terrorists to be operated outside the United States” and if the CIA should run the facilities, Reuters reports. 

The information comes from a copy of a draft published by the Washington Post.

But Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said the document did not come from the White House.

House Speaker Paul Ryan agreed.

“My understanding is this was written by somebody who worked on the transition before who’s not in the Trump administration. This is not a product of the administration,” Ryan said in an interview with MSNBC.

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Mexico Drug Lord Who Tortured, Killed DEA Agent in 1985 Is Given House Arrest

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Drug lord Ernesto “Don Neto” Fonseca Carrillo, who killed a DEA agent in 1985, will serve the remainder of his sentence on house arrest.

The 86-year-old co-founder of the Guadalajara Cartel was in prison until he was transferred to house arrest Thursday, the Associated Press reports.

Fonseca will live in his house in Mexico State, which borders the capital.

Federal prisons chief Eduardo Guerrero said he was opposed to the release, but he had to respect the judge’s order of house arrest.

“From the government’s perspective, we believe it is not right that someone who did so much damage to this country is today serving the end of this sentence on the outside. … He did a lot of damage to society and he should still be, according to all the studies, inside a federal prison,” Guerrero said.

Fonseca was convicted in 1985 of kidnapping, torturing and murdering DEA agent Enrique “Kiki” Camarena.

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Justice Department Allows CIA Torture Lawsuit to Proceed in Stunning Reversal

torture1By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In a stunning reversal, the Justice Department is allowing a lawsuit by alleged victim of the CIA’s torture program to proceed, the New York Magazine reports. 

The lawsuit was filed by the ACLU on behalf of three former CIA prisoners. The suit alleges human right violations by two psychologists and former Air Force trainers whose company received a contract to help the CIA run the program.

The Justice Department previously blocked similar cases by invoking the state-secrets privilege.

The ACLU may have been given a hand by the Senate’s investigation of the torture program, which was released in December. The probe found that torture produced very little useful intelligence.

CIA Director Says His Agency Would Not Resume Torture, Despite GOP Rhetoric

CIA Director John Brennan

CIA Director John Brennan

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

CIA Director John Brennan said on Sunday that his agency would not resort to torturing terrorism suspects despite rhetoric from GOP presidential hopefuls Donald Trump and Ted Cruz.

“I will not agree to carry out some of these tactics and techniques I’ve heard bandied about because this institution needs to endure,”Brennan told NBC News.

Trump and Cruz have advocated using waterboarding and other torture techniques against terrorism suspects.

“If they could expand the laws, I would do a lot more than waterboarding. You have to get the information from people,” Trump said after the Brussels terrorist attacks.

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders said they would not resort to torture.

When asked about waterboarding Sunday, Brennan responded, “I would not agree to having any CIA officer carrying out waterboarding again.”

Security Experts Harshly Criticized Donald Trump’s Response to Terrorism in Brussels

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After the terrorist attacks in Brussels on Tuesday morning, Donald Trump made a series of statements that have confirmed the suspicions of many terrorism experts: The Republican frontrunner’s rhetoric doesn’t translate well into good foreign policy.

That’s what many security experts said following a day full of comments from Trump, The Washington Post reports. 

Just hours after the bombings, Trump was asked what he would do if he were the president.

“I would close up our borders to people until we figure out what’s going on,” Trump said Tuesday morning on Fox News. “We have to be smart in the United States. We’re taking in people without real documentation, we don’t know where they’re coming from, we don’t know what they’re — where they’re from, who they are.”

On NBC’s Today, Trump said he would use waterboarding and other torture techniques to gather information.

“Frankly, the waterboarding, if it was up to me, and if we changed the laws or had the laws, waterboarding would be fine,” Trump told Savannah Guthrie and Matt Lauer when asked about what techniques he favored. “If they could expand the laws, I would do a lot more than waterboarding. You have to get the information from these people.”

Security experts responded with harsh criticism.

Michael Chertoff, who served as secretary of homeland security under George W. Bush, said Trump’s ideas were “preposterous.”

“First of all, we have a much, much tougher refugee program than the Europeans have,” Chertoff said. “The problem the Europeans have is people showed up on their doorstep — hundreds of thousands, coming directly from the region. That does not happen in the U.S. We check people very carefully before we admit them as refugees.”

Terrorism expert Malcom Nance said Trump’s heated rhetoric was endangering U.S. intelligence and armed forces.

“Donald Trump right now is validating the cartoonish view that they [Islamist militant groups] tell their operatives and that they tell their terrorists,” Nance said. “That the United States is a racist nation, xenophobic, anti-Muslim, and that that’s why you must carry out terrorist attacks against them.”

Judges Consider Releasing Full CIA Torture Report by Senate Intelligence Committee

torture1By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Judges are deciding whether to release full Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA interrogation practices that include torture.

The ACLU is asking two D.C. Circuit appeals court judges to release the 6,963-page report under the Freedom of Information Act, U.S. News & World Report writes. 

An executive summary of the report was released with redactions in 2014, showing how terrorism suspects were subjected to sleep deprivation, waterboarding and a procedure known as rectal feeding.

The ACLU argues that the full report has tremendous public value because it would help ensure the harsh tactics are never again used.

A lower court refused to order the release of the documents.

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Ex-CIA and NSA Director: Trump’s Rhetoric Has Made U.S. ‘Less Safe Already’

Michael Hayden

Michael Hayden

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The former director of the NSA and CIA criticized Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, saying his rhetoric is compromising Americans’ safety.

Michael Hayden said Trump’s statements on barring Muslims from entering the country were particularly “detrimental.”

“It’s made us less safe already,” Hayden said.

Hayden said the rhetoric “reinforces their narrative” that America and Islam are incompatible.

Other troubling statements involved Trump’s call to bring back torture to get information from suspected terrorists.

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Former CIA Director: Military May Reject Trump’s Orders If He Becomes President

Michael Hayden

Michael Hayden

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

If Donald Trump becomes president, there’s a real possibility that the U.S. military would refuse to follow his orders, said former CIA director Michael Hayden.

“I would be incredibly concerned if a President Trump governed in a way that was consistent with the language that candidate Trump expressed during the campaign,” Hayden said during an interview on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.”

Hayden said the concern is that Trump’s increasingly heated rhetoric would represent his foreign policy decisions.

Earlier this month, Trump said “torture works” and expressed support for waterboarding and other cruel interrogation techniques to get terrorists to divulge information.

Trump went a step further to say that other methods should be employed that are “so much worse” and “much stronger.”

“Don’t tell me it doesn’t work — torture works,” Trump told the Sun City retirement community. “Okay, folks? Torture — you know, half these guys [say]: ‘Torture doesn’t work.’ Believe me, it works. Okay?”

President Obama ended waterboarding during his first term in office.

“Let me give you a punchline: If he were to order that once in government, the American armed forces would refuse to act,” Hayden suggested.