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April 27, 2013
Following Vice President Biden’s remarks last night supporting release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report into CIA torture, Human Rights First President and CEO Elisa Massimino said...
April 25, 2013
Washington, D.C. – In response to comments from former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice defending the legality and efficacy of the Bush-era CIA torture program during the former president’s...
April 18, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Today marks the 25th anniversary of the U.S. signing of the United Nations Convention Against Torture, a landmark treaty that affirmed torture is antithetical to American...
April 04, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Recent reports have indicated that an unnamed CIA official who was heavily involved in the post-9/11 CIA torture program is being considered for director of the national...
March 07, 2013
Washington, D.C. – Human Rights First congratulates newly-confirmed Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John Brennan and looks forward to working with him to advance U.S. intelligence...
February 26, 2013
Washington, DC – Human Rights First congratulates newly-confirmed Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and looks forward to working with him to advance U.S. national security policies that protect...
February 21, 2013
Washington, DC – Twenty-eight of the nation’s most respected retired generals and admirals today urged the filmmakers, actors and engineers behind the Oscar-nominated film Zero Dark Thirty...

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Opinions | November 18, 2014
Opinion piece by Mark Fallon Every interrogation starts with analysis. That is, getting to know the detainee, researching their background, exploring their relationships with others, reviewing any...
Opinions | November 18, 2014
Opinion piece by Jim Clemente in the Huffington Post Another round of torture debates is soon to ensue on the one-year anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden. Jose Rodriguez, the former CIA...
Testimony | November 18, 2014
Opinion piece by Glenn L. Carle in the Boston Globe It was the fall of 2002. I was about to participate in the interrogation of a top-level member of Al Qaeda. At my CIA briefing, I was told...
Opinions | November 18, 2014
Opinion piece by Steven Kleinman and Haviland Smith in the Neiman Watchdog Fifteen former interrogators and senior intelligence officials with more than 350 years collective field experience in...