News Reports & Articles

North Carolina's role in extraordinary rendition and torture has attracted lots of news coverage.   Below are articles in state and national media outlets about the CIA's Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation (RDI) program and the response to torture impunity.

North Carolina:

"NC’s Johnston Regional Airport linked to CIA torture program," by Tat'yana Berdan, The Daily Tar Heel, Nov. 30, 2015

"A real American hero, charged with espionage," by Bob Geary, Indy Week, Nov. 4, 2015

"Former CIA officer sees 'war on whistleblowing,'" by Corey Risinger, The Daily Tar Heel, Oct. 28, 2015

"Whistleblower on CIA torture speaks at NCSU," by Alix Vo, Technician, Oct. 28, 2015

Group claims NC is ‘First in Torture Flights‘,” by Brian Irving,, July 20, 2015

Group wants Burr to release torture report,” by Wesley Young, Winston-Salem Journal, February 26, 2015

Group urging action on torture report,” by Taylor Knopf, News & Observer, June 26, 2015

US Rep Jones agrees ‘crimes worth of prosecution’ detailed in Senate report,” by Renee Schoof, News & Observer, Jan. 26, 2015

Following Senate report, Johnston leaders tout reported CIA contractor as ‘good corporate citizen,”  by Nash Dunn, News & Observer, Dec. 27, 2014

NC Stop Torture Now asks McCrory to investigate state’s role in CIA ‘torture report’,”  by Colin Campbell, News & Observer, Dec. 19, 2014

N.C. activists call for full accountability at CIA, Aero Contractors, Johnston County Airport,” by Bob Geary, Indy Week, Dec. 17, 2014

UNC legal team, rights advocates take up cause of tortured ex-prisoner,“ By Renee Schoof, News & Observer, Oct. 13, 2014

"The greatest pilot we never saw," by Jay Price and Peggy Lim, News & Observer, May 13, 2007


"John McCain Warns Trump Not to Bring Back Torture," by Chas Danner, The New York Magazine, Nov. 21, 2016

"US: Trump’s National Security Choice Won’t Rule Out Torture," by Human Rights Watch, Human Rights Watch, Nov. 18, 2016

"Donald Trump May Select an Architect of Bush’s Torture Program to Run CIA," by Lee Fang, The Intercept, Nov. 11, 2016

"Unmasked: The CIA officially identifies the architects of its post-9/11 torture program," by Jason Leopold, Funmi Akinyode and Ky Henderson, Vice News, Nov 7, 2016

"Major New Court Ruling Says “Even The President” Can’t Declare Torture Lawful," by Alex Emmons, The Intercept, Oct. 21 2016

"‘Guantánamo Diary’ author freed," by Carol Rosenberg, Miami Herald, Oct. 17, 2016

"‘Sodomized’ Guantánamo captive to undergo rectal surgery," by Carol Rosenberg, Miami Herald, Oct. 11, 2016

"How U.S. Torture Left a Legacy of Damaged Minds," by Matt Apuzzo, Sheri Fink, and James Risen, The New York Times, Oct. 8, 2016

"Rudy Giuliani implies torture is morally superior to drone strikes," by Chris Sommerfeldt, New York Daily News, Sept. 10, 2016

"After Yemeni’s 13 Years in Guantánamo, Freedom for the Soul Takes Longer," by Charlie Savage, The New York Times, July 29, 2016

"Guantanamo Bay memoirist is cleared for release," by Adam Goldman and Julie Tate, The Washington Post, July 20, 2016

"The Terror Suspect Who Had Nothing To Give," by Raymond Bonner, special to ProPublica, July 8, 2016

"How a Prison Guard and Former OC Journalist Exposed Shocking Abuses Inside Guantanamo," by Nick Schou, OC Weekly, June 22, 2016

"Detainees Describe C.I.A. Torture in Declassified Transcripts," by Charlie Savage, The New York Times, June 15, 2016

"Newly released CIA documents detail torture tactics after Sept. 11; Bush voiced unease about treatment of detainees," by Brian Bennett and David S. Cloud, The Los Angeles Times, June 14, 2016

"European Parliament Calls for Investigation of Secret CIA Torture Sites," by Alex Emmons, The Intercept, June 8, 2016

"Prosecuting Trump," by Alex Whiting, Just Security, March 22, 2016

"Trump and Torture," by David Luban, Just Security, March 21, 2016

"Senate approves ‘torture report’ author for Army post," by Julian Hattmen, The Hill, Dec. 14, 2015

"US: CIA torture is unfinished business," by Human Rights Watch, Dec. 1, 2015

"Classified report on the C.I.A.’s secret prisons is caught in limbo," by Mark Mazzetti and Matt Appuzzo, The New York Times, Nov. 9, 2015

"Architects of C.I.A. Interrogation Drew on Psychology to Induce ‘Helplessness,'" by Benedict Carey, The New York Times, Dec. 10, 2014

Decoding the secret black sites in the Senate’s report on the CIA interrogation program,” by Adam Goldman and Julie Tate, Washington Post, Dec. 9, 2014

A staggering map of the 54 countries that reportedly participated in the CIA’s rendition program,” by Max Fisher, Washington Post, Feb. 5, 2013

Renditions continue under Obama despite due process concerns,” by Craig Whitlock, Washington Post, Jan. 1, 2013

Ten years later, CIA ‘rendition’ program still divides N.C. town,” by Joby Warrick, Washington Post, Feb. 9, 2012

`Ghost pilots’ of the CIA’s rendition team,” Bob Drogin and John Goetz, Los Angeles Times, Feb. 18, 2007

CIA holds terror suspects in secret prisons,” by Dana Priest, Washington Post, Nov. 2, 2005

CIA expanding terror battle under guise of charter flights,” by Scott Shane, Stephen Grey, and Margott Williams, New York Times, May 31, 2005

"Outsourcing Torture," by Jane Mayer, The New Yorker, Feb. 14, 2005


"Tunisian men detail CIA black site torture involving electric chair and more," by Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian, Oct. 3, 2016

"Man used as test subject in CIA torture program to ask for Guantánamo release," by Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian, Aug. 9, 2016

"Victims of torture are being ignored as the Libyan renditions case is buried," by Cori Crider, The Guardian, Aug. 8, 2016

"CIA photographed detainees naked before sending them to be tortured," by Spencer Ackerman, The Guardian, March 28, 2016

"Shaker Aamer claims 'threats to rape his daughter' were the worst of all the torture he endured at Guantanamo Bay," by Emma Henderson, The Independent, Dec. 14, 2015

"Senate report on CIA torture claims spy agency lied about 'ineffective' program," by Spencer Ackerman, Dominic Rushe, and Julian Borger, The Guardian, Dec. 9, 2014

New Evidence of Torture Prison in Poland,” By John Goetz andBritta Sandberg, Der Spiegel, April 27, 2009

CIA tried to silence EU on torture flights,” by Richard Norton-Taylor, The Guardian, Oct. 26, 2006

CIA Abduction of El-Masri: Suspected CIA Kidnappers Identified,” Der Spiegel, September 21, 2006