Jason Leopold


Jason Leopold, investigative reporter and Deputy Managing Editor of Truthout, discusses how Paul Wolfowitz provided legal cover for human experimentation on “enemy combatant” prisoners, leaked torture notes that clearly indicate a focus on technique refinement rather than intelligence gathering, the Bush administration’s liberal use of since-discredited torture “evidence” obtained from Abu Zubaydah and the many missing pieces of the torture story yet to be found.

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Jason Leopold is an investigative reporter and the Deputy Managing Editor of Truthout. His in-depth coverage includes the US Attorney firing scandal, the leak of covert CIA operative Valerie Plame Wilsion and the Bush administration’s torture program. He is a two-time winner of the Project Censored award for his investigative work on Halliburton and Enron, and in March 2008, was awarded the Thomas Jefferson award by The Military Religious Freedom Foundation for a series of stories on the rise of Christian fundamentalism in the US military.

Leopold also received the Dow Jones Newswires Journalist of the Year Award in 2001 for his reporting on Enron and the California energy crisis. He has worked as an editor and reporter at the Los Angeles Times and was Los Angeles bureau chief of Dow Jones Newswires. He is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller, News Junkie, a memoir.

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  1. Opinion/'Horror Story:' Remember The Milgram Experiment? Subjects believed that they were performing the experiment. The tormentee needn't be the sole object of DoD experimentation. The tormenters and others complicit in the crimes aren't just significant to those concerned with human rights; they are people who have, knowingly or not, demonstrated their usefulness to evil actors. Could those results be predicted? What pretense of 'righteous' purpose, 'duty' or 'objectivity,' if any, will person B require –and how long would (s)he buy a thin one? Experiments will tell, and psychopaths could be filtered up the promotional ladder to join their peers, or filtered laterally into the field to generate precious, "operationally useful," sado-fiction.

  2. There was a program on tv recently dealing with school kids bullying each other. I think the consensus was with the kids as they talked about it was that those who stood by and did or said nothing was the biggest factor that contributed to it continuing (including teachers). The kids that joined in the bullying said they did it so they wouldn't be the target and kept it off them — a form of "survival" — This sickness has got us on every level of society, it seems.

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