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The Psychologists of Torture -- In These Times

The Psychologists of Torture -- In These Times
One of the key, if underreported, findings in Tuesday’s bombshell Senate report on the Bush-era treatment of U.S. military detainees was the role of civilian and military psychologists in devising, directing and overseeing the torture of prisoners.

While the report highlights the role of senior Bush administration officials in approving “aggressive” interrogation techniques, it also exposes how medical professionals helped to transform the Pentagon’s torture resistance program into tactics used against prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib and CIA “black” sites.

Pelosi knew NSA had listened to Harman phone calls | Antiwar Newswire

Pelosi knew NSA had listened to Harman phone calls | Antiwar Newswire
LAURIE KELLMAN
AP News

Apr 22, 2009 14:58 EST

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday that she was aware a few years ago that Rep. Jane Harman had been overheard on a government wiretap.
"A few years ago, maybe three years ago, they did brief me," Pelosi told reporters at an event hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

She said that when a member of Congress is recorded as part of a wiretapped conversation, intelligence officials inform congressional leaders.

"That happened at that time," Pelosi said. She added that the classified briefing was not detailed, and she did not tell Harman at the time.

"All I knew is that she was wiretapped," Pelosi said.

"When you are briefed on something, it isn't your information to share with anybody else," she added. "Even if I wanted to share it with her, I would not have had the ability to share it with her."

Harman has said she firs…