Jason Leopold


Jason Leopold, lead investigative reporter of Truthout and author of News Junkie, discusses the FOIA-revealedtorture manual” that influenced John Yoo’s infamous torture memo; how the Bush administration, keen to go to war with Iraq, intentionally devised an interrogation program to produce false information that linked Iraq and al-Qaeda; the difference between SERE training for US military personnel (in safe, non-hostile environments) and the “enhanced interrogations” of unprotected prisoners; and how detainees were physically and psychologically broken down into a state of “learned helplessness,” where they would tell an interrogator anything he wanted to hear.

MP3 here. (17:42)

Jason Leopold is lead investigative reporter of Truthout. He is the author of the Los Angeles Times bestseller, News Junkie, a memoir.

9 thoughts on “Jason Leopold”

  1. The primary reason why our corporate rich order their paid-actor politicians to torture our enemies, is to torture the emotions of our population. For without the public living in fearful submission to authority, our Empire would crumble instantly.

  2. Under the numerous statutues and conventions drafted to protect the innocent in a time of war, to which we are signatory, Bush et al are certifiable war criminals and should face a war crimes tribunal.

  3. Since torture has been around as long a humans, one of my underlying Qs on this issue is why it took the U.S. to figure it out, why they had to pay psychologists, why they wrote a manual, etc.

    False confessions has also been a main goal of torture forever.

  4. SYriaa is in UNciti's gravez while The new 10yrsold mom is a member of the Wayuu people. The age of the $father is unknown, but MOssad can't press charges because the tribe has its Own jurisdiction

    Khalifah Aaed is wWwaiting

  5. If we abolished the CIA and all torture, would we then have more reliable and much more abundant truth to keep us out of all those Afghan blind-alley disasters? Surely, for the people hate our guts with a passion which is the kiss of death to any meaningful communications

  6. Paul Craig Roberts was probably the first well-known political analyst who blew the whistle on the diabolically EVIL nature and purpose of this neo-con concocted 'torture' program.

    Since 9-11 was a false flag event that was designed to be used as a pretext to launch the neo-cons "PNAC" and "Clean Break" war criminal agendas, and to also be used as a "justification" for shredding our U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights under the phony guise of 'fighting terrorism' – the conspirators knew that they would have to produce (fabricate) some 'evidence' that seemed to show that they were making progress, in order to keep their scam going for the 100 plus years that they had cited would be needed to 'defeat terrorism'. So, as Paul Craig Roberts stated – they would type up "confessions" that related to various false flag events that either the CIA or Blackwater or the Israeli Mossad (or a combination of all three) were pulling off overseas, and then use sadistic torture on some hapless sap who they had confined in Gitmo until they agreed to sign the confession, in order to get them to stop the torture. Then, they'd wave that signed confession that they had obtained through coercion – in front of the TV cameras and boast to the not very bright or savvy, gullible, couch potato American public (a large percentage of whom were two time Bush-Cheney voters) that hey, See Here? See how great of a job we are doing to protect you morons from these evil terrorists?

    BTW: This is reminiscent of the torture that was used on the German officers at Nuremburg, where they were crushing their testicles in order to obtain signatures to confessions that were pre-written by their captors.

    So, don't let anyone try to tell you that torture is a good thing or that it is a useful tool that we must allow our clearly criminal, clearly psychopath controlled US Government or US military use in order to 'keep us safe' from evil. It is barbarism at its absolute worst. And, any politician or government agency or contractor or US military member who engages in it, or who approves its use – is guilty of a war crime and should be tried, convicted and then executed for his criminal use of torture.

  7. Damn! Did I miss the water-boarding instructions in there somewhere? Wanted to know how to do it properly. πŸ˜‰

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