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CIA Torture Detailed in Newly Disclosed Documents (Jimmy)
Newly disclosed CIA cables disclose light on CIA torture methods, including waterboarding, box confinement, wall slamming, drug injection, and outside psychological consultation to design a “torture regime”.
Sanders Backers Take Over California Democratic Party (Trevin)
Our Revolution, a group that grew out of the candidate’s presidential campaign, turned out over 800 Sanders supporters to sign up for delegate seats. They won over 650 out of a possible 1,120 seats in the largest Democratic Party organization outside of DC.
Trump to Meet CIA on Saturday (Dan)
Trump and the Intelligence Community have not been the best of friends over the last few weeks. Perhaps the meeting is to bury the hatchet?
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand Argues for Civilian Control of Military (Jimmy)
Retired Marine general James Mattis had to be granted a waiver by Congress in order to be appointed Secretary of Defense. Senator Gillibrand dissented from granting the waiver on the principle that the military should be under civilian control.
Assange Repeats Extradition Claims (Dan)
Julian Assange has claimed he will be extradited to the US after exoneration of Chelsea Manning if the US will not prosecute him. He has now repeated the claim in the light of Chelsea Manning commuted sentence.