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2008-11-03 15:00:12

British actor Richard Armitage said a scene in which his "Spooks" character endures waterboarding was as difficult to shoot as it is disturbing to watch. The episode of the BBC's long-running spy series, featuring the controversial interrogation technique, is slated to air Monday night. The actor said that before he allowed himself to be subjected to waterboarding for the show he thought the technique was "a humane way of extracting information without hurting people." He admitted he...

2008-07-17 18:00:11

Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft told a congressional committee Thursday that he does not believe waterboarding is torture. Ashcroft testified before the House Judiciary Committee, CNN reported. The committee is holding hearings on whether the Bush administration permitted torture to be used on suspected terrorists. I believe a report of waterboarding would be serious, but I do not believe it would define torture, Ashcroft said. Ashcroft said that as far as he knows U.S....

2008-07-12 18:00:18

WASHINGTON _ Ken Robinson, a former Army Special Forces intelligence officer turned Hollywood producer, was working on a short-lived Pentagon drama for CBS aptly titled "E-Ring" when two of the show's writers stopped by his office to discuss the details of torture and other harsh interrogation methods. The writers, Matthew Federman and Steve Scaia, seemed intent on accurately portraying torture on an episode of the television show in which a Special Forces operator was captured by Lebanese...

2008-07-12 09:00:32

By Aamer Madhani, Chicago Tribune Jul. 12--WASHINGTON -- Ken Robinson, an Army Special Forces intelligence officer turned Hollywood producer, was working on a short-lived Pentagon drama aptly titled "E-Ring" for a network when two of the show's writers stopped by his office to discuss the details of torture and other harsh interrogation methods. The writers, Matthew Federman and Steve Scaia, seemed intent on accurately portraying torture on an episode of the television show in which a...

2008-06-30 21:00:02

The U.S. government says it has officially charged a man from Saudi Arabia in the attack on the Navy destroyer USS Cole about eight years ago. Seventeen sailors were killed and 47 others wounded when the ship was bombed in Yemen. The vessel was seriously damaged, as well. The government is seeking the death penalty against Abdel al Rahim al-Nashiri, who was charged with the deaths after being held at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay naval base in Cuba since 2006. Conducting...

2005-12-14 00:49:36

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The U.S. Army has approved a new set of interrogation techniques that could complicate talks between Congress and the White House on legislation that would ban the torture and inhumane treatment of detainees, the New York Times reported on Wednesday. Citing defense officials, the newspaper said the Army has created a classified addendum to a new Army field manual that gives detailed examples on what techniques may or may not be used in different situations. The...

2005-12-07 11:42:05

By Saul Hudson KIEV (Reuters) - The United States, seeking to defuse criticism of reports of abuse of prisoners, has changed its policy on interrogating detainees, officials said on Wednesday, but human rights groups were skeptical there was a real shift. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, on a trip to Ukraine, said U.S. personnel would be banned worldwide from subjecting prisoners to cruelty. But London-based Amnesty International said Rice's remarks were "not a major...

2005-12-06 16:04:02

By Claudia Parsons NEW YORK (Reuters) - Torture has always been rife around the world but governments have generally condemned it, denied it, or both. Since the September 11 attacks, though, some experts say the U.S. government has tried a new tactic -- redefining the meaning of torture. Reports of abuse of prisoners in Iraq and at Guantanamo Bay have incensed U.S. adversaries and alienated allies. This week, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has come under pressure in Europe...

2005-11-21 07:37:04

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CIA interrogators use "unique" methods to obtain "vital" information from prisoners, but strictly obey laws against torture, CIA Director Porter Goss said in an interview published on Monday. "This agency does not do torture. Torture does not work," Goss said in an interview with USA Today. "We use lawful capabilities to collect vital information and we do it in a variety of unique and innovative ways, all of which are legal and none of which are torture," Goss...

2005-11-21 07:26:36

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - CIA interrogators use "unique" methods to obtain "vital" information from prisoners, but strictly obey laws against torture, CIA Director Porter Goss said in an interview published on Monday. "This agency does not do torture. Torture does not work," Goss said in an interview with USA Today. "We use lawful capabilities to collect vital information and we do it in a variety of unique and innovative ways, all of which are legal and none of which are torture," Goss...


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