from The Great Debate:

Why you’ll always lose with drones alone

By David Axe
July 13, 2015

Handout of the Triton unmanned aircraft system completing its first flight from Northrop Grumman manufacturing facility in Palmdale

The Triton unmanned aircraft system completing its first flight from the Northrop Grumman manufacturing facility in Palmdale, California, May 22, 2013. U.S. Navy photo courtesy of Northrop Grumman/Alex Evers/Handout via Reuters

from Breakingviews:

Palantir’s mystery inflates its $20 bln valuation

June 25, 2015

The author is a Reuters Breakingivews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

from The Great Debate:

Has China learned how to build the perfect U.S. spy?

By Matthew Gault
June 17, 2015

An illustration picture shows projection of binary code on man holding aptop computer in Warsaw

An illustration picture of a projection of binary code on a man holding a laptop computer, June 24, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

from The Great Debate:

An American pattern: Seeking elusive enemies with unreliable allies

By Tim Weiner
June 15, 2015

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President Richard M. Nixon (C) talks with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (L) and General Alexander M. Haig Jr. at Camp David. NATIONAL ARCHIVES/Oliver F. Atkins

from David Rohde:

Exclusive: Detainee alleges CIA sexual abuse, torture beyond Senate findings

By David Rohde
June 2, 2015

 

khan.jpg Majid Khan in a 2009 handout photograph taken at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base released on June 1, 2015. REUTERS/CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS

Majid Khan in a 2009 handout photograph taken at Guantanamo Bay released on June 1, 2015.
REUTERS/CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS/HANDOUT VIA REUTERS

from The Great Debate:

Why arming U.S. allies can be like sending weapons straight to the enemy

By David Axe
March 25, 2015

A member of the Kurdish peshmerga forces sit with a weapon during an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants in Makhmur

A member of the Kurdish peshmerga forces sit with a weapon during an intensive security deployment against Islamic State militants in Makhmur, on the outskirts of the province of Nineveh August 7, 2014. REUTERS/Stringer

from Breakingviews:

Review: Fixing the CIA – a novel approach

December 26, 2014

By Martin Langfield

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from The Great Debate:

Torture, deny, repeat: ‘Enhanced interrogation’ never works, the CIA never learns

By Tim Weiner
December 12, 2014

A Guantanamo detainee's feet are shackled to the floor as he attends a "Life Skills" class at Guantanamo Bay U.S. Naval Base

When the United States was attacked on 9/11, every member of the Central Intelligence Agency’s clandestine services had a rule book on the conduct of interrogations. It was clear and concise.

from The Great Debate:

Details of how U.S. rebuked foreign regimes while using same torture methods

By James Ross
December 11, 2014

A protester dressed as a detainee of the US government demonstrates outside the White House in Washington

So the CIA doesn’t consider “waterboarding” -- mock execution by near drowning -- to be torture, but the U.S. State Department does.

from The Great Debate:

Is the U.S. really against torture? It can be hard to tell

By Elisa Massimino
November 14, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama delivers remarks at Organizing for Action's "National Organizing Summit" in Washington

President Barack Obama brought the U.S. commitment against torture into sharper focus on Wednesday. For a president who prohibited torture as one of his first official acts, this shouldn’t be news. But it is.