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Inside the Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Torture: The CIA’s Disgrace

by Melvin A. Goodman

CounterPunch, December 2014 | Article

The disgraceful and unconscionable role of the CIA in President George W. Bush’s Global War on Terror included the sadistic torture and abuse that predated and exceeded the so-called Torture Memoranda of the Department of Justice; the pathetic mismanagement by CIA directors and deputy directors that actually abetted the sadism; and the pathological lying that has accompanied the CIA’s campaign to marginalize the Senate report and the Senate intelligence committee’s chairwoman, Senator Dianne Feinstein... Read More »

Mr. Obama’s Foreign Policy Faults

by William D. Hartung

Washington Post, December 2014 | Article

More often than not, military action creates new problems and prolongs existing conflicts. One egregious example of this phenomenon is the George W. Bush administration’s disastrous decision to invade Iraq... Read More »

A Spurious Challenge to the Senate Torture Report: The CIA’s Operation Deception

by Melvin A. Goodman

CounterPunch, December 2014 | Article

CIA director John Brennan, having failed to block the release of the Senate intelligence committee’s report on torture and abuse, is now abetting the efforts of former CIA directors and deputy directors to rebut the report’s conclusions that the interrogation techniques amounted to sadism and that senior CIA officials lied to the White House, the Congress, and the Department of Justice about the effectiveness of the enhanced interrogation program... Read More »

The Arrival of Ashton Carter: The Military-Industrial Complex Gets Its Man

by Melvin A. Goodman

CounterPunch, December 2014 | Article

President Barack Obama has bungled the job of appointments to key national security positions for the past six years, and the nomination of Ashton Carter will allow him to maintain his streak. Carter is the classic example of the defense intellectual who has labored in the halls of academe, and then becoming extremely hawkish as he or she attains status and influence in the halls of the Pentagon... Read More »

Africa Forum on Security Sector Reform

by Nicole Ball

December 2014 | Speech

The Africa Forum on Security Sector Reform (SSR) was held on 24-26 November 2014 at AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. It brought together AU, regional organization and senior government officials, representatives of partner governments and leading experts in the field to discuss the opportunities and challenges of security sector reform as a component of stabilisation and peace-building in Africa... Read More »