NCCIT officially launched on March 15, 2017. See how we've been featured in the media below:
“The people of North Carolina want to talk about their state being used for torture. Do the Democratic candidates?”, The Independent, Christina Cowger & Azadeh Shahshahani, June 2019.
“Citizens to the UN: Investigate Our Torture Chambers in the Sky”, Just Security, Deborah Weissman & Juan Mendez, June 2019.
“Sen. Burr should release the full torture report”, The News & Observer, Tommy Ross, January 2019.
“No State Accountability for North Carolina Contractor Who Helped CIA Torture”, Open Society Foundations, Catherine Read, December 2018.
“The Psychological Impact Of The US Torture Program”, WUNC (NPR Affiliate), The State of Things, November 2018.
“The morality of torture: A toxic legacy”, Al Jazeera English, Sarah Spiller, November 2018.
“Rendition Revisited”, Al Jazeera English, Sarah Spiller, Callum Macrae, and Mark Williams, November 2018.
“Dr. Christina Cowger with the NC Commission of Inquiry on Torture”, News & Views with Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch, WRAL-FM, October 2018
“Citizen-led Truth Commission Seeks Justice For Survivors of North Carolina Torture Flights”, Shadowproof, Jonathan Michels, October 2018.
“Citizens’ report shines light on NC role in CIA torture program”, The News & Observer, Ned Barnett, October 2018.
“Report addresses 'torture taxi' out of Johnston County based airline”, WNCN, Richard Essex, September 2018.
“What Happened in North Carolina: The State’s Role in U.S. Post-9/11 Rendition and Torture”, Just Security, Jayne Huckerby and Aya Fujimura-Fanselow
“The Government Dropped the Ball on U.S. Torture Accountability. Citizens Picked It Up”, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Christina Cowger and Frank Goldsmith, September 2018.
"Shining a Light on CIA Torture", Sojourner, Joya Wesley, August 2018.
"The Stain of Torture", The Jurist, David Crane, June 2018.
"NC was part of a worldwide network of CIA torture centers. We can do better", News & Observer, Justin Osterman, June 2018.
"Confronting America the Torturer", The American Conservative, Lawrence Wilkerson, June 2018
"New film, "Discreet Airlift" documents the struggle to hold U.S. accountable for torture", The Intercept, Murtaza Hussain, June 2018
"How the CIA’s secret torture program sparked a citizen-led public reckoning in North Carolina", The Conversation, Alexandra Moore, April 2018
"Prisons secrètes de la CIA: des citoyens luttent contre l'impunité des responsables", La Presse, Marc Thibodeau, April 2018
"NC had a role in U.S. torture and rendition. The public deserves to know more about it", The Charlotte Observer, NCCIT Commissioner Co Chairs, Jen Daskal and Frank Goldsmith, April 2018
"CIA's Haspel should be punished, not promoted", The News and Observer, Michael Struett, March 2018
"Dr. Christina Cowger with the NC Commission of Inquiry on Torture", NC Policy Watch, Clayton Henkel, March 2018
"North Carolina: First in Torture Flight", WBT Charlotte News Talk, Mark Thomas and Christina Cowger, February 2018
"The Truth About Rendition and Torture: An Inquiry in North Carolina", Event at Duke Law School, January 2018
"CIA rendition flights from rustic North Carolina called to account by citizens", The Guardian, Larry Siems, January 2018
"The Truth About Rendition and Torture: An Inquiry in North Carolina", Just Security, Jayne Huckerby and Aya Fujimura-Fanselow, December 2017
"Citizens’ group seeks US accountability for CIA renditions", Associated Press, Emery Dalesio, December 2017
"A N.C. Company Played a Big Role in the Bush Administration’s Extraordinary Renditions. There’s Never Been a State Investigation.", Indy Week, Erica Hellerstein, December 2017
"Officials discuss NC's role in war on terror, torture interrogations", WRAL TV (NBC affiliate), Cullen Browder, December 2017
"Smithfield-based company accused of flying terror suspects across globe", WNCN TV (CBS affiliate), Richard Essex, December 2017
"Baptist ethicist says values voters should care about torture", Baptist News Global, Bob Allen, December 2017
"Guantánamo detainee to speak at Raleigh hearings on NC role in CIA torture", News & Observer, Anne Blythe, November 2017
"A Problem of Torture", Winston-Salem Journal, Deborah M. Weissman and Christina Cowger (NCCIT Board Chair), November 2017
"NC Commission of Inquiry on Torture to hold public hearings", Daily Tar Heel, Emily Davis, October 2017
"Here's Why I Resigned as Chief Prosecutor at Guantanamo", Los Angeles Times, Col. Morris Davis, October 2017
"Seeking Accountability for Torture", NC Advocates for Justice Trial Briefs, Frank Goldsmith (NCCIT Commissioner), October 2017
"Shining a Light on State Torture", Baptist News Global, Rev. Ben Boswell (NCCIT Commissioner), September 2017
"Who Is Responsible For Torture?", WUNC (NPR Affiliate), The State of Things, August 2017
"What did Trump's FBI Nominee Know of Torture post-9/11?", The Hill, (Op-ed by NCCIT Commissioner David Crane), July 2017
"As Sen. Burr hides the torture report, the US can’t learn from its mistakes", News & Observer, Ellie Kinnaird and Hodding Carter, June 2017
"Torture: The Politics and the Human Consequences", WUNC (NPR Affiliate), The State of Things, June 2017
"We Must Root Out the Torturers In Our Midst", Newsweek (Op-Ed by NCCIT Commissioner Robin Kirk), May 2017
"Amidst a Set-Back for Transparency, Citizen Led Accountability in North Carolina", Jurist (Op-Ed by NCCIT Commissioner David Crane), May 2017
"New Commission to look into North Carolina's role in torture program", News & Observer, March 2017
"A major new inquiry has just been opened and it could reveal just how complicit the UK was in CIA torture", The Independent (London), March 2017
"Citizens' group aims to investigate CIA rendition program", Associated Press, March 2017
"New Commission to probe alleged NC connection in extraordinary rendition flights", WUNC (NPR affiliate), The State of Things, March 2017
"Panel aims to shine light on state’s role in supporting torture", Fayetteville Observer, March 2017
"Minister joins effort to address North Carolina’s role in torture", Baptist Global News, March 2017
"In NC, a commission forms to prevent a return of US torture", News & Observer (Op-Ed) by NCCIT Co-chair Frank Goldsmith, March 2017
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Letters to the Editor
The C.I.A. Psychologists - The New York Times
By Dr. Annie Sparrow, July 6, 2017
In “Suit Gives New Details of Brutal Interrogations” (“Lasting Scars” series, front page, June 22), the two psychologists who guided the C.I.A. in its post-9/11 interrogations claim that waterboarding and other techniques widely condemned as torture cause no long-term physical or psychological damage.
That claim is incompatible with the experience of several hundred survivors of torture from Syria, Sudan and Afghanistan whom I have treated over two decades as a critical-care physician. The C.I.A.’s psychologists, by contrast, have no medical training on which to base this claim.
The characterization of waterboarding — a technique in which prisoners are deliberately suffocated to induce the terror of impending death — by one psychologist as “distressing” is a chilling illustration of his clinical inability to discern the difference between a life-threatening event and non-life-threatening event, let alone acknowledge waterboarding as a form of mock execution.
Americans seek accountability for the use of torture by the United States government. Citizens in North Carolina created a public commission, of which I am a member, to investigate the state’s role in rendition through an in-state C.I.A. contractor.
The writer is an assistant professor of pediatrics and preventive medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
What Does Burr Think About Torture? - Durham Herald Sun
By Joan Walsh, July 7, 2017
In December 2014, Sen. Richard Burr yielded to intense pressure from statewide faith leaders and voted for the public release of the executive summary of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence report on the Bush-era torture program. That 500-page redacted summary provided shocking evidence of the torture program’s brutality and ineffectiveness. Yet ever since, Burr has been fighting to suppress the complete 6,000-plus-page report, lest we find out more about the atrocities that were committed in our name.
Now we have an administration that has endorsed torture. Rather than promote greater transparency and accountability for the past so as to prevent future abuses, Burr has been scrambling to retrieve the few copies of the complete report that were given to federal agencies. He wants to bury the report in the bowels of Congress, where they will be shielded from Freedom of Information requests forever. Does Burr think torture is justifiable? If so, he has no conscience.
North Carolina was deeply involved with the rendition-to-torture flights, especially through Aero Contractors, near Smithfield. At least one-third, possibly more than half, of all those flown to torture were flown by Aero. This fall, the N.C. Commission of Inquiry on Torture will hold hearings on our state’s involvement. Sen. Burr should support this effort, not try to bury the evidence.
Publish torture report - News & Observer
By Curt Torell, July 5, 2017
I am grateful to “America ill-served by torture cover-up efforts” (June 24) for bringing to light Sen. Richard Burr’s burial of the full Senate Intelligence Committee’s CIA torture report. The brief summary made public in 2014 confirmed what many already knew: Torture is illegal, by international and national law and by the military code of justice; is immoral, destroying mind, body, and spirit; and is counterproductive, providing no credible intelligence, nullifying America’s claim to higher moral ground and jeopardizing troops.
With Sen. Burr’s refusal to hold hearings and reinforce accountability, the practice of torture too easily can return. As a candidate, Trump advocated for torture. Once elected, he appointed two key people previously involved in torture. The people must demand that Sen. Burr release the report to avoid an ugly repeat of history.