My latest, in today’s Mail on Sunday, takes an exclusive look at a new memoir about Guantanamo and torture by Mark Fallon, who oversaw interrogations there after 9/11.
Is Trump Changing Course on Guantanamo?
Read my latest, looking at a possible shift in Trump’s plans for Guantanamo. On the campaign trail he promised to send new captives there, but recent developments and other factors suggest this may not be the case.
Afghanistan’s Torture Crisis
Read my latest article at Prospect Magazine on the alarming increase of torture in Afghanistan.
New Inquiry into CIA Torture Program
A new inquiry has just been launched into the state of North Carolina’s alleged role in the CIA’s torture and rendition of captives after 9/11. I covered the launch of the inquiry for The Independent, here.
Update on Trump & Torture
Read my latest looking at the current state of play vis-a-vis torture in the US.
Why Torture is Counter-Productive
Read my latest piece at Prospect Magazine, which looks at the various ways torture harms cooperation on counterterrorism.
Piece on Trump & Rendition
I have a new piece up at The Independent considering the likely continuation of rendition under Trump. Read it here.
Trump Nominees Say ‘No’ To Torture – But Questions Remain
In my new piece I consider the implications for interrogation policy of the week’s Trump nominee confirmation hearings (including for CIA Director):
“Those of us who have been sceptical that Trump would try to resuscitate the CIA interrogation program were vindicated by last week’s confirmation hearings. One after another, Trump’s nominees condemned waterboarding and insisted they would not use torture…”
Read the whole piece here.
Why Trump (Probably) Won’t Bring Back Waterboarding
Torture is supposed to be my beat, but I’ve been neglecting it a bit of late to work on other issues. So, I’ve decided to churn out quite a bit of material about it this month, before Trump’s inauguration. This is the first installment, looking at the likelihood (or lack thereof) that the president-elect will reinstate “enhanced interrogation techniques”. An excerpt:
“With Trump’s national security team now in place, we are in a better position to consider his administration’s likely approach to interrogation. Bottom line: don’t panic, because the CIA probably won’t relaunch its torture program anytime soon.
The New York Times ran an interesting story earlier this week showing that Trump’s pick for Secretary of Defense, retired General James Mattis, has a long record of opposing torture. Mattis had already told Trump, at a meeting last December, that he never found waterboarding to be “useful”. And now, thanks to the Times, we learn that Mattis had cracked down on prisoner abuse while serving as a Marine commander in Iraq from 2003.
This could further complicate Trump’s campaign proposals to bring back enhanced interrogation techniques. Given what we know about Mattis’ views, and his tendency to speak his mind, it is hard to imagine him sitting idly by while the US again goes down the waterboarding route. But he might not have to protest, as the president-elect’s enthusiasm for torture seems to have dimmed anyway…”
Read the rest here…
Will Trump Face Resistance?
Read my new piece at Prospect Magazine arguing that US officials have often resisted excessive national security policies in the past, and will likely do so again if Trump tries to implement some of his campaign promises.