- Published on Monday, 22 December 2014 06:41
President Barack Obama has said the US is considering putting North Korea back on its list of terrorism sponsors after the hacking of Sony Pictures.
A decision would be taken after a review, he said, calling the attack an act of cyber-vandalism, not of war.
- Published on Monday, 15 December 2014 12:57
A gunman is holding staff and customers hostage at a cafe in Sydney, Australia.
The Lindt cafe in the city centre is surrounded by armed police. Officers have made contact with the gunman.
- Published on Wednesday, 17 December 2014 14:01
- Published on Monday, 15 December 2014 10:30
A Sydney man who bumped into the hostage gunman behind the Lindt cafe siege says the terrorist threatened to "shoot him too".
- Published on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 13:44
The British Embassy in Cairo reopened Tuesday, nine days after shutting down over security concerns,but it gave no immediate details about the nature of the threat that prompted the closure.
- Published on Wednesday, 10 December 2014 10:50
The CIA acknowledged Tuesday that mistakes were made early on during its detention and interrogation program but pushed back strongly on the assertion made in the Senate Intelligence Committee's report that it misrepresented the effectiveness of its program in foiling al Qaedaplots.
- Published on Tuesday, 16 December 2014 13:40
Google released the list of the most-searched terms in 2014, and it's a bittersweet mix of tragedy and fun, of terrible events and wonderful attempts to make the world better.
- Published on Tuesday, 09 December 2014 11:19
With the much-anticipated release of a report on the CIA’s torture techniques in the Bush administration’s years-long ‘war on terror,’ US government facilities, including embassies and military bases, are on high alert.
The Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday will release its 480-page executive summary on the CIA’s controversial use of torture against suspected Al-Qaeda members detained at ‘black sites’ in secret locations in Europe and Asia.
Although few details on the report have been released, sources familiar with the document say it reveals the CIA’s use of horrifying threats to obtain information from detainees.
During one particular session of ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ - a euphemism the Bush administration employed for what is commonly referred to as torture – Al-Qaeda operative Abdel Rahman al Nashiri, suspected of masterminding the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole, was threatened with a power drill, anonymous sources told Reuters. The device, however, was never actually used on the suspect.
The report also describes how Abu Zubaydah, a Palestinian who is alleged to have served as an organizer for Al-Qaeda, was kept awake and interrogated for five days straight without a break.
In another instance, the source revealed that the report describes how at least one detainee was sexually threatened with a broomstick. However, judging by what is already known of past US torture techniques, employed in places like Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay detention facility, the report may hold much darker information.
This possibility has been hinted at by several high-ranking Washington officials.
"There are some indications that the release of the report could lead to a greater risk that is posed to US facilities and individuals all around the world," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said on Monday."The administration has taken the prudent steps to ensure that the proper security precautions are in place at US facilities around the globe."
Army Colonel Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said that "there is certainly the possibility that the release of this report could cause unrest.” In anticipation of the possible fallout from the report, the White House has made efforts to increase security at US facilities around the globe.
US intelligence agencies have released a bulletin warning of possible “violent reactions” abroad, a senior intelligence official told Reuters.