Peace and Security

INSTITUTE INDEX: The private contractors involved in CIA torture

December 12, 2014 - The Senate Intelligence Committee released a summary of a report this week documenting the CIA's use of torture against detainees following the 9/11 attacks. It offers revealing details on the involvement of private contractors in those human rights violations -- including an aviation firm based in North Carolina.

NC congressman presses for release of censored 9/11 report pages

September 10, 2014 - U.S. Rep. Walter Jones, a North Carolina Republican, has renewed his push for a resolution he introduced last year that seeks to declassify 28 pages of the official 9/11 report. Jones and other lawmakers who've read the redacted material say it doesn't pose a threat to national security but would embarrass the Bush administration, which initially classified them.

INSTITUTE INDEX: The government program that's equipping police like an occupying military force

August 15, 2014 - A federal program to transfer Defense Department gear to local law enforcement has led to police even in small communities looking like an occupying military force. It's now under scrutiny because of shocking scenes of police violence that unfolded this week in Missouri following an officer's deadly shooting of an unarmed black teen -- and it's also caused problems across the South.

INSTITUTE INDEX: The Iraq War at 10

March 22, 2013 - This week marked the 10th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. We take a by-the-numbers look at the war's costs, both human and economic, and its heavy toll on the South.