Updates:  12/09/2017: MSNBC-12/09/2017 Obama on torture; 11/19/2017 Eisenhower/Further Glory/NY Times; Gerald Ford/The Guardian/Kissinger-Chile-torture; 11/15/2017 Carter/ACLU, Brookings, CNN, Counterpunch, Fox Global Research, Intercept, Scholar; Page started 11/13/2017, brought over from its early and unfin. start on CIA page PRESIDENTS Bush, Jr (2001-2009)     Bush, Sr (1989-1993)     Carter (1977-1981)     Clinton 1993-2001   Eisenhower (1953-1961)     Ford (1974-1977)     Johnson (1963-1969)     Kennedy (1961-1963)    Nixon (1969-1974)     Obama (2009-2017)    Reagan (1981-1989)     Trump (2017) INFORMATION This section is mostly covering issues like torture, corruption links to CIA, DOJ, FBI, NSA, drugs, etc.   Some links will be duplicated in appropriate topic sections, like Bush and Obama era issues with the DOJ and CIA might be listed in one or both sections as well as here.  Some side topics will be added, (like an LBJ killed Kennedy conspiracy article or a pissed off Clinton video) but mostly because of space we will stick to key topics covered on this website.  When off-topic articles are added about presidents here, it is likely because they show a significant aspect of the president’s personality or background which could shed light on his behaviors, decisions or directives in other arenas. BRIEF LINKS https://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/jimmy-carter-accountability-torture https://www.theamericanconservative.com/2009/05/29/obamas-torture-coverup/ https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/csi-publications/books-and-monographs/our-first-line-of-defense- http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/10/10/carter.torture/#cnnSTCVideo http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a16009/mitt-romney-torture-13135428/ http://www.foxnews.com/story/2007/10/12/truth-police-and-jimmy-carter.html https://www.globalresearch.ca/released-operation-condor-files-show-cia-torture-in-argentina/5562164 https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cia-torture-obama-susan-brandon_n_7226722.html https://theintercept.com/2015/07/30/jimmy-carter-u-s-oligarchy-unlimited-political-bribery/ http://johnharmstrong.com/jimmy_carter_an/ http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/obama-torture-hands-arent-entirely-clean https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2014/12/16/369876047/torture-report-a-closer-look-at-when-and-what-president-bush- knew https://www.politico.com/story/2014/12/bill-clinton-cia-torture-113523 https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/top-medellin-cartel-drug-pilot-roger-reaves-releases-his-memoir-smuggler- 300299638.html presidential-reflections-on-us-intelligence/reagan.html http://pubrecord.org/torture/7730/obama-interrogation-official-linked/ https://news.vice.com/article/cia-sabrina-de-sousa-blames-hillary-clinton-extradition-to-italy https //en wikipedia.org/wiki/CIA_involvement_in_Contra_cocaine_trafficking https //en wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Presidents_of_the_United_States https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/11/21/jfk-conspiracy-theorist-points-finger-at-lbj/3660765/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CYqZ5XR3Hs [Bush Jr admits he authorized torture] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3L2513JFJsY   [Bill Clinton angry with Fox] PRESIDENTS Presidents List of Names https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Presidents_of_the_United_States General https://www.thenation.com/article/secret-origins-cias-torture-program-and-forgotten-man-who-tried-expose-it/ The testimony came from Vietnam; the year was 1968; the witness was Anthony J. Russo, one of the first Americans to report on the systematic torture of enemy combatants by CIA operatives and other US agents in that long-gone war. The acts Russo described became commonplace in the news post-9/11 and he would prove to be an early example of what also became commonplace in our century: a whistleblower who found himself on the wrong side of the law and so was prosecuted for releasing the secret truth about the acts of our government….Ellsberg became a twentieth-century hero, applauded in print and film, his name nearly synonymous with the Pentagon Papers, but Russo, the young accomplice who goaded Ellsberg to go public, has been nearly forgotten. Yet he was, according to Ellsberg, the first person to document the systematic torture of enemy combatants in Vietnam. https://www.thenation.com/article/secret-origins-cias-torture-program-and-forgotten-man-who-tried-expose-it/ A, B, C Bush, Jr  George W. Bush  01/20/2001  – 01/20/2009 http://truth-out.org/archive/component/k2/item/88518:torture-and-the-imperial-presidency Youtube: video clip - Bush admits he authorized torture https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CYqZ5XR3Hs NPR: Torture report:  a closer look at when and what president bush knew https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2014/12/16/369876047/torture-report-a-closer-look-at-when-and-what- president-bush-knew Excerpt: One of the big, controversial questions to emerge from the Senate investigation into the CIA interrogation of terrorism suspects is this: Did President George W. Bush know the specific techniques used by the CIA to interrogate terrorism suspects?  Accounts differ. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report says one thing; Bush himself says another in his memoir. To try to keep it simple, we'll explore what happened in two crucial years — 2002 and 2006. https://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2014/12/16/369876047/torture-report-a-closer-look-at-when-and-what- president-bush-knew Bush, Sr  George H. W. Bush 01/20/1989  – 01/20/1993 Carter, Jimmy   01/20/1977  –  01/20/1981 PRN News Wire: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/top-medellin-cartel-drug-pilot-roger-reaves-releases-his-memoir-smuggler- 300299638.html Counterpunch: Jimmy Carter’s blood drenched legacy https://www.counterpunch.org/2016/01/11/jimmy-carters-blood-drenched-legacy-2/ Fox:  Truth Police and Jimmy Carter (10/12/2007) http://www.foxnews.com/story/2007/10/12/truth-police-and-jimmy-carter.html Global Research: President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski https://www.globalresearch.ca/released-operation-condor-files-show-cia-torture-in-argentina/5562164 Excerpt:  One of the documents highlighted by the archive was a National Security Council summary of the torture of Argentina’s Alfredo Bravo, president of the Permanent Assembly for Human Rights. President Jimmy Carter’s National Security Advisor, Zbigniew Brzezinski received the report from his top aide for Latin America, Robert Pastor, detailing the torture by the military of Bravo.  In the 1978 document, Pastor recounted that Bravo was “subjected to a bucket treatment where his feet were held in a bucket of ice water until thoroughly chilled and then shoved into a bucket of boiling water.” He also admitted that Bravo had been given electric shock treatments and “subjected to ‘the submarine’ — repeatedly being held under water until almost drowned.”  According to the archive, Brzezinski reportedly hand-wrote on the document’s margin: “a compelling, powerful report.”  The State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research reported that “six Southern Cone nations” which were “participants in a counterterrorist network codenamed ‘Condor’” have agreed “to undertake the liquidation of Latin American” targets “living in France,” noted the archive in its statement. Dispatching teams to London was also under consideration.  The first round of declassified documents was released in August 2016, followed by today’s drop by the Department of National Intelligence on their website. According to the archive, more files will be released as they are declassified even after Obama leaves office. https://www.globalresearch.ca/released-operation-condor-files-show-cia-torture-in-argentina/5562164 Carter Center: On Worms, Flies, Health Concerns Overseas https://www.cartercenter.org/documents/nyt_kristof_torture_worms_final.pdf The first stop of Mr. Carter’s four nation African trip was Ghana, where he visited his projects to wipe out the Guinea worm, a horrendous two-footlong parasite that lives inside the body and finally pops out, causing excruciating pain https://www.cartercenter.org/documents/nyt_kristof_torture_worms_final.pdf ACLU: Jimmy Carter on Accountability for Torture.  By Joel Engardio (06/02/2009) https://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/jimmy-carter-accountability-torture Excerpt:  ormer President Jimmy Carter recently stated that he respects but disagrees with President Obama's decision to block the release of photographs that depict U.S. use of torture and other harsh interrogation methods under the Bush administration. The ACLU is with President Carter when he talks about the hope to be "much more open about the revelations of what we've done in the past." And when it comes to who knew about and authorized torture policies like waterboarding, Carter calls for a "complete examination" of what happened along with "the identification of any perpetrators of crimes against our own laws." https://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/jimmy-carter-accountability-torture Intercept:  Jimmy Carter: THE U.S. Is An “Oligarchy with unlimited political bribery. By Jon Schwarz (07/30/2015) https://theintercept.com/2015/07/30/jimmy-carter-u-s-oligarchy-unlimited-political-bribery/ Brookings: Jimmy Carter Why he failed https://www.brookings.edu/opinions/jimmy-carter-why-he-failed/ John Armstrong http://johnharmstrong.com/jimmy_carter_an/ Excerpt:  …As Mark Moyar recently wrote, "As president, Mr. Carter managed to alienate nearly every major country in the world and did so without asserting American power in ways that might justify that alienation." Do you remember the Sandinista takeover in Nicaragua and the Iranian hostage crisis?…But I have always liked Jimmy Carter the man. I am losing what remaining positive respect I had for the man the more he keeps talking about these things in public. Is this another case of an old man’s syndrome, an aging man who needs to learn when to stop seeking center stage and to give himself up quietly to good causes in his final years. Gerald R. Ford had some strong opinions too, and some of these views opposed the Bush doctrines. But he never reduced himself to such banal and foolish nonsense as Jimmy Carter. Frankly, I find the whole thing very sad. http://johnharmstrong.com/jimmy_carter_an/ Scholar https://scholar.colorado.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgir=https://www.google.com/&httpsredir=1&article=1489&context=honr_the ses CNN: Carter says US tortures prisoners (10/10/2007) http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/10/10/carter.torture/ Clinton, Bill   January 20, 1993 – January 20, 2001 Youtube video Bill pissed off with Fox https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3L2513JFJsY https://news.vice.com/article/cia-sabrina-de-sousa-blames-hillary-clinton-extradition-to-italy https://www.politico.com/story/2014/12/bill-clinton-cia-torture-113523 D, E, F Eisenhower, Dwight D.  01/20/1953 - 01/20/1961 https://furtherglory.wordpress.com/2010/07/03/general-dwight-d-eisenhower-the-things-i-saw-beggar-description/ http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/14/opinion/14ledbetter.html Ford, Gerald  08/09/1974  – 01/20/1977 The Guardian: Kissinger covered up Chile torture. By Lucy Kosimar (02/27/1999) https://www.theguardian.com/world/1999/feb/28/pinochet.chile Excerpt:  newly declassified cable obtained by The Observer reveals the lengths to which Henry Kissinger went to cover up atrocities in Chile and give comfort to the regime of General Pinochet.  The cable, describing their only meeting in 1976, shows how Kissinger bolstered Pinochet while hundreds of political prisoners were still being jailed and tortured.  The then American Secretary of State assured Pinochet that President Gerald Ford's administration would not punish him for violations of human rights. He told him he was a victim of Communist propaganda and should not pay too much attention to American critics.  The cable is among files being declassifed for the Spanish prosecutor seeking Pinochet's extradition from London to face trial in Spain. The Law Lords' revised judgment is expected within three weeks.  Pinochet led the coup which overthrew the democratically elected President Salvador Allende in 1973. Kissinger's complicity has always been suspected, but the cable reveals details which will cause him deep embarrassment.  The cable shows, too, that in 1974 he rejected the advice of his own officials that he should publicly denounce the plan by Chile and other repressive regimes to set up a covert office in Miami for the notorious terrorist Operation Condor. https://www.theguardian.com/world/1999/feb/28/pinochet.chile Pubrecord dot org: [Ford admin content] Obama Interrogation Official Linked to U.S. Mind Control Research. By Jeffrey Kaye 05/25/2010 http://pubrecord.org/torture/7730/obama-interrogation-official-linked/ Excerpt: The Truthout article includes some amazing revelations, including the largest description to date of the roles of then-Ford administration officials Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld in working hand-in-glove with the CIA to suppress information on Artichoke from surfacing. http://pubrecord.org/torture/7730/obama-interrogation-official-linked/ Johnson, Lyndon B. 11/22/1963  to 01/20/1969 http://dontknowmuch.com/2009/05/three-basic-questions-about-torture/ Kennedy, John F.    01/20/1961  – 11/22/1963 Nixon, Richard  01/20, 1969  –  August 9, 1974  (Resigned from office) Obama, Barach    01/20/2009 – 01/20/2017 Childhood: Hawaii, Washington State, Indonesia   Adult years:  Columbia Univ., Chicago, Harvard Law School Community Organizer in Chicago, Civil Rights Attorney and professor, constitutional law MSNBC: On torture, Obama’s hands aren’t entirely clean. By Zachary Roth (12/10/2014) http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/obama-torture-hands-arent-entirely-clean Excerpt: “His record on torture has been abysmal, to the point of obstruction, concealment, and ultimate complicity,” said Wells Dixon, a senior attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, which has defended detainees who have been victims of torture. http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/obama-torture-hands-arent-entirely-clean American ConservativeObama’s Torture Coverup. By Jim Bovard (05/29/2009) https://www.theamericanconservative.com/2009/05/29/obamas-torture-coverup/ http://dontknowmuch.com/2009/05/three-basic-questions-about-torture/ http://truth-out.org/archive/component/k2/item/88518:torture-and-the-imperial-presidency ACLU: How Can the Justice Department Help CIA Torture Victims? In This Case, By Doing Nothing. By Dror Ladin (11/09/2015) https://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/torture/how-can-justice-department-help-cia-torture-victims-case-doing In past cases involving the CIA’s former “extraordinary rendition” and torture program, the Bush and Obama administrations stepped in to shut down the lawsuits before they even got underway. https://www.aclu.org/blog/national-security/torture/how-can-justice-department-help-cia-torture-victims-case-doing Al Jazeera:  Obama v Trump on Guantanamo and torture. Andy Worthington  (12/16/2016) http //www aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2016/12/obama-trump-guantanamo-torture-161215090224679.html American Conservative: Obama’s Torture Coverup. By Jim Bovard (05/29/2009) https://www.theamericanconservative.com/2009/05/29/obamas-torture-coverup/ Cato https://www.cato.org/publications/commentary/president-reagans-torture-advice-president-obama Esquire http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a16009/mitt-romney-torture-13135428/ The Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/aug/31/obama-justice-department-immunity-bush-cia-torturer Huffington Post:  Former Bush Official With Ties To CIA Torture Program Now Advises Obama Interrogators 05/07/2015) https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cia-torture-obama-susan-brandon_n_7226722.html Excerpt:  “Susan Brandon ... played a central role in the development of the 2005 [Psychological Ethics and National Security] policy,” states the report, which examined the complicity of psychologists in the CIA’s torture program. The language that Brandon helped write, the report says, has served to protect former torturers and their superiors from prosecution.  The report, titled “All The President’s Psychologists,” was released last week on the heels of a separate inquiry examining the potential complicity of the American Psychological Association (APA) in the torture program. The latest investigation came from a group of university-affiliated psychologists, other medical professionals and human rights investigators.  Emails from the mid-2000s, cited in the report, tie Brandon to CIA contract psychologists Bruce Jessen and James Mitchell, masterminds of the torture program. https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/cia-torture-obama-susan-brandon_n_7226722.html Politico: Obama won't declassify Senate 'torture report' now, but will preserve it.  By Josh Gerstein (12/12/2016) https://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2016/12/barack-obama-torture-report-declassify-preserve-232519 Excerpt:  President Barack Obama has moved to preserve a Senate report on harsh interrogation tactics used by the CIA during the war on terror, but he's passed up options that could have led to declassification of broad swaths of the review in the near future.  Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), other lawmakers, and human rights and transparency advocates have been pressing Obama to declassify the nearly 7,000-page unabridged version of the Senate Intelligence Committee "torture report," or to have it declared an official record of one of the agencies that has a copy.  Obama decided instead to place the report in his official presidential records, according to a letter White House Counsel Neil Eggleston sent to Feinstein on Friday. That means the full-length report will be subject to public requests in 2029, which would trigger a declassification process at that time.  "I write to notify you that the full Study will be preserved under the Presidential Records Act," Eggleston wrote. "The determination that the Study will be preserved under the PRA has no bearing on copies of the Study currently stored at various agencies. ... At this time, we are not pursuing declassification of the full Study." https://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2016/12/barack-obama-torture-report-declassify-preserve-232519 Pubrecord dot org: [Ford admin content] Obama Interrogation Official Linked to US Mind Control Research. By Jeffrey Kaye (05/25/2010) http://pubrecord.org/torture/7730/obama-interrogation-official-linked/ Excerpt: The Truthout article includes some amazing revelations, including the largest description to date of the roles of then-Ford administration officials Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld in working hand-in-glove with the CIA to suppress information on Artichoke from surfacing. http://pubrecord.org/torture/7730/obama-interrogation-official-linked/ Reagan, Ronald  01/20/1981  – January 20, 1989 https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/csi-publications/books-and-monographs/our-first-line-of-defense- presidential-reflections-on-us-intelligence/reagan.html http://www.rationalrevolution.net/war/cia_drug_connection_under_reagan.htm https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CIA_involvement_in_Contra_cocaine_trafficking Trump, Donald  01/20/2017 Incumbent See also Trump   http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/guantanamo/article132126204.html
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