Larry Siems


Larry Siems, principal author on the ACLU project The Torture Report, discusses his effort to summarize the thousands of Bush administration torture documents obtained through FOIA requests, the dozens of US citizens targeted for extrajudicial assassination by the Obama administration, John Durham’s long investigation into the CIA’s destruction of torture tapes and the massive opposition within the FBI and other agencies against torture.

MP3 here. (18:28)

Larry Siems works with the ACLU on The Torture Report, an initiative of the ACLU’s National Security Project that aims to give the full account of the Bush administration’s torture program. It will bring together information from government documents, investigations, press reports, witness statements and other publications into a single narrative – one that is updated regularly and subject to critical review and improvement as it unfolds.

8 thoughts on “Larry Siems”

  1. 13:33: 'Many, many, many people…knew from the start this was illegal, declared [it] repeatedly… resigned, protested in every possible form." Also: 14:15: FBI prohibited its agents participating in interrogations involving those 'techniques.'
    Hmmmm. Torture dissenters resign leaving fewer dissenters in those positions, and FBI just looks away. Is this a frequent paradox of conscientious objection? If that effect were widespread, the evil genius potential is amazing: maybe if you're evil enough, you can take over the world just by disgusting your betters and making them quit… Kinda reminds me of that time in 5th grade, when I was King of the Hill for an entire recess from flatulence alone… …makes me ill now that I know I was just being a Cheney.

  2. At 14+, Siems sez that torture is 'not effective.' I think he misunderestimates torture. It's quite effective at achieving its intended outcomes, which are (among other goals), false confessions (think al-Libi) and revenge.

  3. Why are liberals always "surprised" when Democrats act like war mongering statists? I know, their PRO CHOICE and PRO GAY RIGHTS! That way, you can have either women who have had abortions or gay men in the B-52's, B-2's, and A-10's bombing some African or Moslem people into oblivion.

  4. when Obama says “we don’t torture” it’s become merely a semantics argument. We – as in the US government – don’t actually torture, we hand people over to other governments and have them torture the guy for us. I guess that’s lawyer smarts for ya.

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