Jason Leopold, investigative reporter and Deputy Managing Editor of Truthout, discusses the standard Guantanamo practice of forcing detainees to take dangerously high doses of potent antimalarial drugs; how the long-lasting psychiatric side effects of mefloquine may have been exploited as yet another “enhanced interrogation” tactic; and how the exacerbated effect of mefloquine on those with PTSD and other mental impairments could explain the 2002 rash of Fort Bragg wife-murders.
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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.