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Jason Leopold is Deputy Managing Editor of Truthout.org and the founding editor of the online investigative news magazine The Public Record, http://www.pubrecord.org. He is the author of the National Bestseller, "News Junkie," a memoir. Visit www.newsjunkiebook.com for a preview. He is also a two-time winner of the Project Censored award, most recently, in 2007, for an investigative story related to Halliburton's work in Iran. He was recently named the recipient of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation's Thomas Jefferson Award for a series of stories he wrote that exposed how soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan have been pressured to accept fundamentalist Christianity.
(8 comments) Friday, January 7, 2011 Army's "Spiritual Fitness" Test Comes Under Fire
An experimental, Army mental-health, fitness initiative designed by the same psychologist whose work heavily influenced the psychological aspects of the Bush administration's torture program is under fire by civil rights groups and hundreds of active-duty soldiers. They say it unconstitutionally requires enlistees to believe in God or a "higher power" in order to be deemed "spiritually fit" to serve in the Army.
(4 comments) Thursday, December 2, 2010 Controversial Drug Given to All Guantanamo Detainees Akin to "Pharmacologic Waterboarding"
The government has refused to release Guantanamo detainees' medical records. The few medical records that have been released have been heavily redacted. An absolute prohibition against experiments on prisoners of war is contained in the Geneva Conventions, but President George W. Bush stripped war on terror detainees of those protections.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010 Special Prosecutor Declines to File Criminal Charges Over Destruction of CIA Torture Tapes
Nearly three years after he was appointed to investigate the destruction of at least 92 interrogation videotapes, a dozen of which showed two high-value detainees being subjected to various torture techniques by CIA interrogators, Special Prosecutor John Durham has determined that he does not have enough evidence to secure an indictment against anyone responsible for the purge.
Thursday, October 14, 2010 Wolfowitz Directive Gave Legal Cover to Detainee Experimentation Program
A former Pentagon official, who worked closely with the agency's ex-general counsel William Haynes, said the Wolfowitz directive provided legal cover for a top-secret Special Access Program at the Guantanamo Bay prison, which experimented on ways to glean information from unwilling subjects and to achieve "deception detection."
Wednesday, August 4, 2010 Confidential Report Blames BP Executive For Distress at Alyeska Pipeline
Alyeska Pipeline, the BP-led consortium that operates the 800-mile Trans Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS), has implemented deep budget cuts, deferred work on a number of important maintenance and upgrade projects threatening the integrity of the pipeline and is led by a chief executive who was described by the company's five vice presidents as "vulgar" and "inappropriate.
(1 comments) Friday, July 16, 2010 Author of Torture Memos Admits Some Techniques Were Not Approved By DOJ
Bybee's statements to the committee appeared to be an attempt to shift the blame for some illegal torturing onto the CIA. "If the CIA departed from anything that it told us here, if it had any other information that it didn't share with us or if it came into any information that would differ from what they told us here, then the CIA did not have an opinion from OLC," Bybee said.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010 Dangerous Cost Cuts at Alyeska Pipeline: "Yet Another Example of How BP Runs Things"
It's no coincidence that Alyeska has been accused of taking similar risks with TAPS and lashing out at employees who speak up. BP is the largest shareholder of Alyeska and Hostler is a BP executive "on loan" to the company. BP exerts significant control and influence over the way Alyeska is operated, senior BP and Alyeska officials said.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010 EXCLUSIVE: Documents, Employees Reveal BP's Alaska Oilfield Plagued By Major Safety Issues
Nearly 5,000 miles from the oil-spill catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico, BP and its culture of cost-cutting are contributing to another environmental mess. According to internal BP documents obtained by Truthout, and after interviewing more than a dozen employees over the past month, the Prudhoe Bay oil field, in a remote corner of North America on Alaska's north shore, is in danger.
(1 comments) Monday, June 7, 2010 Human Experimentation at the Heart of Bush Administration's Torture Program
The report said the research and experimentation of detainees its authors have documented is not only a violation of the Geneva Conventions, but is a grave breach of international laws, such as the Nuremberg Code, established after atrocities committed by Nazis were exposed in the aftermath of World War II.
(1 comments) Saturday, June 5, 2010 Israeli Naval Forces Seize Gaza Bound Aid Ship, "Rachel Corrie"
Much of Israel's claims about the events that lead up to the raid aboard the Mavi Marmara and the circumstances behind the deaths of the activists have been wholly discredited. Rep. Dennis Kucinich has called for an independent investigation of the incident.
(5 comments) Friday, May 28, 2010 Ex-EPA Officials: Why Isn't BP Under Criminal Investigation?
"BP is a convicted serial environmental criminal," West said. "So, where are the criminal investigators? The well head is a crime scene and yet the potential criminals are in charge of that crime scene. Have we learned nothing from this company's past behavior?"
(2 comments) Wednesday, May 19, 2010 How Bush's DOJ Killed a Criminal Probe Into BP That Threatened to Net Top Officials
Mention the name of the corporation BP to Scott West and two words immediately come to mind: Beyond Prosecution. West was the special agent in charge with the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) criminal division who had been probing alleged crimes committed by BP and the company's senior officials in connection with a March 2006 pipeline rupture at the company's Prudhoe Bay operations in Alaska's North Slope.
Wednesday, May 5, 2010 BP Flouted US Safety Rules
The oil conglomerate is also facing serious charges from the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that it "willfully" failed to implement safety measures at its Texas City refinery, the third largest in the country, following an explosion that killed 15 employees and injured 170 others five years ago.
(8 comments) Friday, April 30, 2010 Whistleblower: BP Risks More Massive Catastrophes in Gulf
The issues related to the repeated spills in Prudhoe Bay and elsewhere were revealed by more than 100 whistleblowers who, since as far back as 1999, said the company failed to take seriously their warnings about shoddy safety practices and instead retaliated against whistleblowers who registered complaints with their superiors.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010 Zubaydah's Torture, Detention Subject of Senate Intelligence Inquiry
The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has launched an investigation into the torture and detention of Abu Zubaydah, the "high-value" detainee captured in March 2002 that the Bush administration wrongly claimed was one of the planners of 9/11 and a top al-Qaeda operative.
(1 comments) Thursday, April 1, 2010 US Recants Zubaydah's Terror Charges
The Justice Department has quietly recanted nearly every major claim the Bush administration made about Abu Zubaydah, the alleged al-Qaeda leader who was the first suspected terrorist subjected to the torture of waterboarding and other White House-approved "enhanced interrogation techniques."
(2 comments) Monday, March 29, 2010 Torture Diaries, Drawings and the Special Prosecutor
Zubaydah was one of two high-value detainees whose interrogations between April and August of 2002 were captured on 90 videotapes that the CIA destroyed in November 2005 as public attention began focusing on allegations that the Bush administration had subjected "war on terror" prisoners to brutal interrogations that crossed the line into torture.
(2 comments) Saturday, March 13, 2010 Final Health Care Bill Vote Due As Early As Next Week
On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid formally notified Sen. Mitch McConnell that he he will use the budgetary process of reconciliation to try to pass a final round of changes to the health care bill in the Senate with a simple majority and avoid a Republican-led filibuster.