Culcha Candela Feel Erfolg Lyrics + English Translation

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[Strophe 1]
Ich will nich’ mehr Erfolg, ich will nur glücklich sein
Freu’ mich morgens über Sonne und ‘n Frühstücksei
Ich gehe mit der Zeit, ich kann nicht prophezei’n
Nur wenn ich Dinge nicht erzwinge, komm’n sie von allein
Ich hab’ ‘n Grinsen in der Fresse, weil ich gut schlafe
Ich zähl’ nicht Kröten auf der Bank, ich zähle bunte Schafe
Und wenn das Leben eine Achterbahnfahrt ist
Fahr’ ich gern nochma’ gratis

[Pre-Refrain]
Wenn wir Erfolg messen
Nutzen wir Kohle als Maßstab
Wir sollten lieber stattdessen
Schätzen was wir hab’n

[Refrain]
Feel Erfolg
Wenn du fühlst, was du tust dann, wird das Ergebnis auch gut
Feel Erfolg
Und wenn sie lachen, lach lauter, denn eigentlich finden sie’s cool
Feel Erfolg
Mach dein Ding, Digga, hol’s dir, wer frei sein will, braucht Mut
Feel Erfolg
Nimm dein Glück in die Hand und dann lauf einfach los

[Post-Refrain]
Feel Erfolg
Feel Erfolg

[Strophe 2]
Ich stell’ mich nicht in der Schlange an
Denn ich leb’ jetzt und nichr irgendwann
Leute sparen ihr Leben lang
Viel Spaß dabei, ich hab’ ‘n andern Plan
„Lebe die Norm.“, wird dir beigebracht
Ich leb’ mein’n Traum und die Leidenschaft
Mag schon sein dass Nummer sicher Dinge leichter macht
Trotzdem mach ich’s lieber auf meine Art

[Pre-Refrain]
Ich will keine perfekte Karriere
Ich will einfach nur feiern, was ich tu’
Ich brauche keinen Pokal für die Ehre
Meister der Herzen ist genug

[Refrain]
Feel Erfolg
Wenn du fühlst, was du tust dann, wird das Ergebnis auch gut
Feel Erfolg
Und wenn sie lachen, lach lauter, denn eigentlich finden sie’s cool
Feel Erfolg
Mach dein Ding, Digga, hol’s dir, wer frei sein will, braucht Mut
Feel Erfolg
Nimm dein Glück in die Hand und dann lauf einfach los

[Post-Refrain]
All die Frau’n, all das Geld, doch das, was zählt, ist
Feel Erfolg
Du feierst deins, ich feier’ meins, so muss es sein
Feel Erfolg
Du hast es drauf, dann lass es raus, du Rampensau
Feel Erfolg
Und wenn du gehst, geh mit Gott, ich wünsch’ dir noch
Feel Erfolg

[Bridge]
Wenn wir Erfolg messen
Nutzen wir Kohle als Maßstab
Wir sollten lieber stattdessen
Schätzen was wir hab’n

[Refrain]
Feel Erfolg
Wenn du fühlst, was du tust dann, wird das Ergebnis auch gut
Feel Erfolg
Und wenn sie lachen, lach lauter, denn eigentlich finden sie’s cool
Feel Erfolg
Mach dein Ding, Digga, hol’s dir, wer frei sein will, braucht Mut
Feel Erfolg
Nimm dein Glück in die Hand und dann lauf einfach los

[Post-Refrain]
All die Frau’n, all das Geld, doch das, was zählt, ist
Feel Erfolg
Du feierst deins, ich feier’ meins, so muss es sein
Feel Erfolg
Du hast es drauf, dann lass es raus, du Rampensau
Feel Erfolg
Und wenn du gehst, geh mit Gott, ich wünsch’ dir noch
Feel Erfolg
Feel Erfolg
Feel Erfolg
Feel Erfolg

English

I do not want more success, I just want to be happy
Enjoy the sun and breakfast eggs in the morning
I go with the times, I can not prophesy
Only when I do not force things do they come by themselves
I have a grin in my face, because I sleep well
I do not count toads on the bench, I count colorful sheep
And if life is a roller coaster ride
I like to travel for free

[Pre-Chorus]
When we measure success
Let’s use coal as a benchmark
We should rather be instead
Appreciate what we have

[Refrain]
Feel success
If you feel what you are doing then the result will be good as well
Feel success
And when they laugh, laugh louder, because actually they think it’s cool
Feel success
Do your thing, Digga, get it, who wants to be free, needs courage
Feel success
Take your luck in your hand and then just start running

[Post-Chorus]
Feel success
Feel success

[Verse 2]
I am not in line
Because I live now and not at some point
People save their lives
Have fun, I have another plan
“Live the norm,” you are taught
I live my dream and the passion
It may be that number sure makes things easier
Nevertheless, I prefer to do it my way

[Pre-Chorus]
I do not want a perfect career
I just want to celebrate what I do
I do not need a trophy for the honor
Master of the heart is enough

[Refrain]
Feel success
If you feel what you are doing then the result will be good as well
Feel success
And when they laugh, laugh louder, because actually they think it’s cool
Feel success
Do your thing, Digga, get it, who wants to be free, needs courage
Feel success
Take your luck in your hand and then just start running

[Post-Chorus]
All the women, all the money, but what counts is
Feel success
You celebrate yours, I celebrate mine, that’s the way it has to be
Feel success
You can do it, then let it out, you Rampensau
Feel success
And if you go, go with God, I wish you still
Feel success

[Bridge]
When we measure success
Let’s use coal as a benchmark
We should rather be instead
Appreciate what we have

[Refrain]
Feel success
If you feel what you are doing then the result will be good as well
Feel success
And when they laugh, laugh louder, because actually they think it’s cool
Feel success
Do your thing, Digga, get it, who wants to be free, needs courage
Feel success
Take your luck in your hand and then just start running

[Post-Chorus]
All the women, all the money, but what counts is
Feel success
You celebrate yours, I celebrate mine, that’s the way it has to be
Feel success
You can do it, then let it out, you Rampensau
Feel success
And if you go, go with God, I wish you still
Feel success
Feel success
Feel success
Feel success

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The Easy Way to Lose Weight

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I could basically distil this down to one thing: keep a food diary. Be brutally honest with what you put in into your gullet. Do that for months. Voila, weight away.

But I know that you know that I know you will not do that.

So here are some tips.

1) Walk everyday. For me at around 180, walking 1 mile a day equals 100 less calories. Over a year, that is 10 pounds. Over ten years that is 100 pounds. Even at an exceptionally slow pace you can easily do a mile in 30 minutes. Don’t be a fat loser who only walks to their car.

2) All the junk food that you have, take a piece of paper, some scissors and write down how many pounds in a year you would gain if you ate that everyday and tape that to each item. That 800 calorie chocolate muffin with nuts. Yep that’s 80 pounds a year. If you look at that taped item, does it look really so good now?

3) Cook your own meals. Preparing all your meals for a week ahead of time will alleviate the hunger indulgences that you’ll have.

4) Never eat alone. Food gives you dopamine and if you are alone, with us being social creatures, you crave something to make yourself feel better. So you take that drug called insulin. Stop doing that. Take your food somewhere and eat at a bench with people around. Food was intended to be a communal thing in our tribal past. In fact, it would be thought as a sort of slanderous behaviour to sneak away to eat alone.

5) Oils are your enemy. Yes they make food taste better, but you probably cook with what amounts to 60 pounds a year. Don’t do that. Measure out any oil before you use it. I’m going to guess that you’ll start to use drastically less than you did before and not notice that much of a change.

6) Drink no calories. Black coffee, plain tea, and water is all your allowed. Nothing saddens me more than seeing some fat lardo buying a gargantuan sized soft drink after driving there in a car. Drink soft drinks, stay soft.

7) Movement should be fun. The whole workout culture is preposterously shortsighted. Being fat and working out at the gym will feel like drudgery. Walk, dance, stretch are all better than using some machine at a gym and all for the cost of free. Put on some headphones and twirl around with your favorite music as you take a stroll. All the people glaring at you do not matter to you on your mission: to have fun moving about.

And if you want to get hardcore about it.

1) Take VSL-30 satchels if you want a quality probiotics and eat onions and garlic frequently as those are the predominant prebiotics that those probiotics eat. Or you could buy inulin powder which is the ultimate prebiotic. By improving your gut flora your metabolism will rise.

2) Deadlift the max twice a week. It is far and away the best way to gain muscle as it works your entire physiognomy . People do not want to lose weight per se, they want to lose fat. If you gain muscle, your metabolism increases. Really the only exercises one needs to do to look absolutely jacked are deadlift, chin up + leg raises, spider-man pushups and bridges. You do not see people even at the gym doing these because so few people have intellectual curiosity. But lucky for you, you found me.

3) Take cold showers. It’ll feel uncomfortable at first, but through the laws of thermodynamics, your body will have to burn off more calories to stay at its comfortable level.

4) Fast periodically. It’s fashionable nowadays to only eat 8 hours in a given day. It’s probably more important to just not eat periodically for 24-36 hours. Food was not always so rampant as it is nowadays. Our ancestors starved every once in a while so our bodies adjusted to make this a period where killer T cells come about to increase our vitality to get food. So fast every once in a while. Get those killer T cells for I pity the fool who does not want them.

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Utilising Raspberry Pi for the Ultimate Adblocker

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Create a Network-Wide Ad Blocker with a Raspberry Pi by Thorin Klosowski

You have software to block ads on your computer, but if you want to block ads on all your devices—from your smartphone to your tablets—you’ll need something a little stronger. Enter the Pi-Hole, a Raspberry Pi image that blocks ads of all sorts at the router level.

Some ads are obnoxious, but remember: ads are how sites like us make enough money to run, so unless you want to see all your favorite sites go out of business, we humbly remind you to whitelist the sites you love.

Wesley note: I do not make any money off this site. Steal away. I clearly deplore the website design that has become rampant on the Internet. This site ends. I want the Internet to end so I can pursue actual interests that will improve my life.

Most sites promote and encourage continual attention diversions. I dislike them immensely.

I hope you go outside after doing this.

Once you set up the Pi-Hole, ads get blocked before they even get to your computer, smartphone, or any other device on your home network. Besides freeing up your browser from running another extension, this should speed up your browsing and cut down on load times (it should even cut out things like those annoying in-game ads in iOS and Android). This will only work when devices are connected to you home network so if you leave the house, the blocking won’t work anymore, but it’s still useful if you’re not a fan of ads. Luckily, developer Jacob Salmela has a pre-configured Pi image that’s easy to install and set up. With it, your Pi gets set up automatically and you simply need to change a few settings on your devices.

What You’ll Need

Raspberry Pi (any model)
SD card and a card reader
Power supply
Ethernet cable
Keyboard (for initial setup)
Step One: Download and Burn the Pi-Hole Image
The first thing you’ll need to do is download and burn the Pi-Hole image. The image is a version of a Raspberry Pi operating system called Diet Pi, which cuts a lot of junk from Raspbian, and is packed with all the software needed to run the ad blocker. You can follow our guide to make an image here, but here’s the short version.

Windows
Download the preconfigured Pi-Hole image and unzip the .img file inside.
Download Win32DiskImager and unzip the application (.exe file) inside.
Connect your card reader to your Windows PC and insert your SD card.
Open Win32DiskImager.exe, the application you just downloaded, by double-clicking it. If you’re running Windows 7, 8, or 10, right click on it and choose “Run as Administrator” instead.
If your SD card isn’t automatically detected by the application, click on the drop-down menu at the top right (labeled “Device”) and choose it from the list.
In the image file section of the application, click the little folder icon and choose the Pi-Hole .img file you just downloaded.
Click the Write button and wait for Win32DiskImager to do its thing. When it finishes, you can safely eject your SD card and insert it into your Raspberry Pi.

OS X
Download the preconfigured Pi-Hole image from here and unzip the .img file inside.
Download RPi-sd card builder (be sure to pick the appropriate version for your installed version of OS X) and unzip the application.
Connect your card reader to your Mac (if necessary) and insert your SD card.
Open RPi-sd card builder. You’ll immediately be asked to choose a Pi-Hole image. Choose the .img file you downloaded earlier.
You’ll be asked if your SD card is connected. Since we inserted it earlier, it is, so go ahead and click Continue. You’ll be presented with SD card options. If you only have one inserted, you won’t see anything else in the list and it’ll be checked. If not, just check only the card you want to use and click OK.
Enter your administrator password and click OK.
You’ll be asked if the SD card was ejected. This is supposed to happen, as the application needs to unmount it to perform a direct copy. Double-check that your SD card is no longer available in the Finder. DO NOT remove it from your USB port or card reader. When you’re sure, click Continue.
RPi-sd card builder will finish prepping your SD card. Safely eject it and insert it into your Raspberry Pi.
Step Two: Boot Up and Configure Your Raspberry Pi
Insert your SD card into your Raspberry Pi and connect the keyboard. Connect the Ethernet cable to your Wi-Fi router, then plug in your Raspberry Pi, and wait for it boot.

When you first boot up your Raspberry Pi, it’ll boot and reboot several times. This is normal, so let it happen. For the most part, it’s doing basic setup procedures like expanding the file system and getting the network settings configured. Eventually it will boot up to a login screen.

Log in with the username: root and password: dietpi. Once you do so, your Raspberry Pi will check for and possibly download a set of updates, so wait this out as well. When it’s done, you’ll need to reboot again, then login.

Step Three: Set Up a Static IP Address for Your Pi

Static Ip for Pi

After all those reboots, you’ll eventually get to the DietPi Setup screen where you can assign a static IP address. This is necessary so your Pi will always be available at the same address from any of your devices. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

Select Okay at the initial setup screen.
Select Change Wired Network Settings.
Select Change Mode and press Enter to change it to Static.
Select Copy Current Address to Static. Make a note of the IP address listed at the top, you’ll need that in the next step.
Select Apply to save the changes and restart the network.
When that’s complete, select Exit to restart the device one more time.
After the network settings are configured, your Pi will restart again. Next, install the Pi-Hole software (this can take a while, it took about 20-30 minutes for me), then restart one final time. Once it restarts, the ad blocking software will be run automatically, so all you need to do is set up your computers.

Step Four: Point Your Devices to the Raspberry Pi for DNS

Pointing Pi

Once your Raspberry Pi is running the Pi-Hole software, you’ll still need to route your device traffic through it so ad blocking works. To do this, you’ll need to change your devices’ DNS settings. This way, you devices ping the Pi to block ads as long as they’re all on teh same network. This is pretty simple, but varies depending on your devices and what they’re running.

Windows
Right-click the Start Button and select Network Connections.
Select your Wi-Fi or Ethernet network.
Double-click Internet Protocol Version 4.
Click Use the following DNS server addresses.
Under the Preferred DNS server, enter your Raspberry Pi’s IP address you gathered in step three.

OS X
Open System Preferences.
Click on Network.
Select your Wi-Fi or Ethernet network.
Click on Advanced.
Click the DNS tab.
Click the plus sign and enter your Raspberry Pi’s IP address you gathered in step three.

Android
Open Settings.
Select Wi-Fi.
Long press on your current network and select Modify Network.
Tap Show Advanced Options.
Change the IP Settings to Static.
Enter your Raspberry Pi’s IP address under the DNS field.

iOS
Open Settings.
Select Wi-Fi and tap your home network.
Tap DNS and enter your Raspberry Pi’s IP address.
You can also track how the Pi-Hole is doing at blocking ads by heading to: [RaspberryPiIPaddress]/pihole/index.php

Here, you’ll see stats and additional info.

Whitelist Sites
By default, the Pi-Hole blocks a lot of sites, but you can whitelist your favorite sites, though it’s a little complicated right now. First, you’ll need to head back to your Raspberry Pi. When you boot up the Raspberry Pi and login, you will automatically be at the command line. Here, you can create and edit a text file with the sites you want to not block ads on:

From the Raspberry Pi’s command line, type in cd /etc/pihole/
Type in nano whitelist.txt to open a blank text file.
Type in the URL of any sites you don’t want to block ads on. Press Enter between each entry to put each on a new line. Use both www.site.com and site.com for the sites you don’t want to block.
Press CTRL+X to save and exit.
Restart the Raspberry Pi and the changes will take effect.
Future updates also promise the ability to edit white and black lists from the aforementioned Index screen, so keep an eye on that. For a more in-depth look at creating your own white and black lists, you can follow this guide.

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FaceLOGified

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REVEALED: How Facebook logs ALL your phone calls and texts – but the social media giant insists the function has always been ‘opt-in only’ by David Churchill

The Facebook data scandal deepened last night after users found the social network had harvested information including call logs and text messages.

Some users discovered the Silicon Valley giant had been storing complete logs of incoming and outgoing calls and text messages.

Others reported that data such as contacts in their address books, social events in their calendars and even friends’ birthdays had been stored.

One user, Dylan McKay, reported that from October 2016 to July 2017 his logs contained ‘the data of every [mobile] call I’ve made, including time and duration’ and ‘data about every text message I’ve received or sent’.

The discoveries came after some Facebook users tried to delete their profiles over the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Rather than delete an account entirely, the social media site encourages people to ‘deactivate’ their profile as this leaves all personal data on its servers.

However, when users request to permanently delete their accounts, the site suggests: ‘You may want to download a copy of your info from Facebook.’

McKay reported that from October 2016 to July 2017 his logs contained ‘the data of every [mobile] call I’ve made, including time and duration’ and ‘data about every text message I’ve received or sent’
McKay reported that from October 2016 to July 2017 his logs contained ‘the data of every [mobile] call I’ve made, including time and duration’ and ‘data about every text message I’ve received or sent’

It is this data dump which revealed the extent of the data held. User Mat Johnson said he found his deleted Facebook profile data dump contained information on ‘every single [mobile] phone call and text I made for about a year’.

Emma Kennedy tweeted that she had found that Facebook had recorded ‘every single phone number in my contacts.

‘They had every single social event I went to, a list of all my friends and their birthdays, and a list of every text I’ve sent’

‘They have plundered my phone. They have phone numbers of people who aren’t on Facebook. They have phone numbers of household names who, I’m sure, would be furious to know their phone numbers are accessible. I’m appalled.’

A Facebook spokesman said: ‘The first time you sign in on your phone to a messaging or social app, it’s a widely used practice to begin by uploading your phone contacts.

‘Contact uploading is optional. People are expressly asked if they want to give permission to upload their contacts from their phone – it’s explained right there in the apps when you get started.

‘People can delete previously uploaded information at any time and can find all the information available to them in their account and activity log from our Download Your Information tool.’

The company says an opt-out for uploading contacts is available and users can delete all uploaded contacts by turning off the continuous uploading setting in Facebook’s Messenger app.

All previously uploaded contacts are deleted when a user permanently removes their profile. Contacts will also no longer continue to be uploaded.

The findings follow days of allegations that data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica harvested data on millions of Facebook users without permission for political campaigning.

Last week as the backlash grew, the co-founder of messaging service WhatsApp, Brian Acton, suggested it was time for users to ‘delete Facebook’.

And a poll of more than 1,000 people by Sky News found 65 per cent said they trusted Facebook less now than a week ago.

Facebook printed apologies from founder Mark Zuckerberg in UK newspapers yesterday.

The full-page advert said: ‘We have a responsibility to protect your information. If we can’t, we don’t deserve it.’

In the advert, Mr Zuckerberg said a quiz developed by a university researcher had ‘leaked Facebook data of millions of people in 2014’. He added: ‘This was a breach of trust, and I’m sorry we didn’t do more at the time. We’re now taking steps to make sure this doesn’t happen again.’

Mr Zuckerberg has until today to tell MPs if he will give evidence to them about Facebook’s links to Cambridge Analytica.

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New hike to enjoy in Spearfish Canyon Savoy Trail traverses 2 miles between Roughlock Falls Trailhead, Savoy pond

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SPEARFISH — Hikers have a new trail in Spearfish Canyon to add to their list: The Savoy Trail, which stretches approximately two miles from the Roughlock Falls Trailhead to the Savoy pond in Spearfish Canyon.

New Spearfish Canyon Trail Hike

South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks created and maintains the trail, which was started in the fall 2017, Shannon Percy, Black Hills Trails district supervisor for the South Dakota Game, Fish, and Parks, said, describing that the finishing touches are still being put on the trail.

Hikers can go on the trail now, Percy added, and it is a free recreational opportunity; there is no charge to access. The sign at the trailhead describes the trail difficulty as moderate and approximately two miles one direction. The trail follows the creek, and Highway 14A, to the Savoy pond, which was originally created to divert water to an aqueduct that stretched five miles to the Maurice Hydroplant farther down the canyon.

The trail provides more connectivity in the Savoy area around Spearfish Canyon Lodge and the Latchstring Restaurant, including Spearfish Falls, Roughlock Falls, and the Savoy ponds, Percy described.

“So all of that would be connected now,” he said. “We’re in the process of hopefully finishing up that middle section this summer.”

Percy explained that Game, Fish, and Parks partnered with Spearfish Canyon Lodge and the Latchstring Restaurant, as the trail crosses over a portion of their private property, and there is also a 650-foot stretch along the trail that crossed U.S. Forest Service land. Game, Fish, and Parks worked with the Forest Service to obtain an easement to allow the trail to cross that section of forest.

“It extends the stay of people that, when they do show up in the Canyon, they can go a little bit further than what they normally could,” Percy said of the trail and connectivity it provides. He added that with other trails in the area, both Game, Fish, and Parks and Forest Service, hikers have more options to enjoy close by.

“Make a day of it, and spend a whole day in the Canyon,” he said, adding, “Just go out and enjoy it.”

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Jeremy Scahill Doctor Torture Intercept Article

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U.S. NAVY RESERVE DOCTOR ON GINA HASPEL TORTURE VICTIM: “ONE OF THE MOST SEVERELY TRAUMATIZED INDIVIDUALS I HAVE EVER SEEN”
by Jeremy Scahill

8 a.m.
AN AMERICAN DOCTOR and Naval reserve officer who has done extensive medical evaluation of a high-profile prisoner who was tortured under the supervision of Gina Haspel privately urged Sen. Mark Warner, the vice chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to oppose Haspel’s confirmation as CIA director, according to an email obtained by The Intercept.

“I have evaluated Mr. Abdal Rahim al-Nashiri, as well as close to 20 other men who were tortured” in U.S. custody, including several who were tortured “as part of the CIA’s RDI [Rendition, Detention, and Interrogation] program. I am one of the only health professionals he has ever talked to about his torture, its effects, and his ongoing suffering,” Dr. Sondra Crosby, a professor of public health at Boston University, wrote to Warner’s legislative director on Monday. “He is irreversibly damaged by torture that was unusually cruel and designed to break him. In my over 20 years of experience treating torture victims from around the world, including Syria, Iraq, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mr. al-Nashiri presents as one of the most severely traumatized individuals I have ever seen.”

Nashiri was snatched in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates in 2002 and “rendered” to Afghanistan by the CIA and eventually taken to the Cat’s Eye prison in Thailand that was run by Haspel from October to December 2002. He was suspected of involvement in the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole off the coast of Yemen. He is currently being held at Guantánamo Bay prison.

Despite Crosby’s pleas, Warner and five other Democratic senators have announced their support for Haspel. Warner backed Haspel after she sent him a carefully crafted letter designed to give the impression that she had changed her position on torture while simultaneously continuing to defend its efficacy. “While I won’t condemn those that made these hard calls, and I have noted the valuable intelligence collected, the program ultimately did damage to our officers and our standing in the world,” Haspel wrote. “With the benefit of hindsight and my experience as a senior agency leader, the enhanced interrogation program is not one the CIA should have undertaken.”

Haspel stated that she “would refuse to undertake any proposed activity that was contrary to my moral and ethical values.” But Haspel has refused to renounce torture, her role in its use or to condemn the practice of waterboarding. In fact, under questioning from Sen. Kamala Harris during her confirmation hearing, Haspel explicitly refused to say that the “enhanced interrogation techniques” she oversaw at a secret CIA prison in Thailand were immoral. That fact renders her pledge to Warner meaningless.

“It took her 16 years and the eve of a vote on her confirmation to get even this modest statement, and again, she didn’t say she had any regrets other than it offended some people,” said Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a member of the Intelligence Committee.

“I urge Senator Warner to oppose Ms. Haspel, who did not have the courage or leadership to oppose the RDI program,” wrote Crosby. She stated that some of the techniques used against Nashiri are still classified. In her letter to Warner, Crosby stated that among the known acts of torture committed against Nashiri while he was in U.S. custody at several U.S. facilities, included:

suffocated with water (waterboarding)
subjected to mock execution with a drill and gun while standing naked and hooded
anal rape through rectal feeding
threatened that his mother would be sexually assaulted
lifted off ground by arms while they were bound behind his back (after which a medical officer opined that shoulders might be dislocated)
(Crosby’s service in the U.S. Naval reserve is not related to her civilian work with victims of torture and, in an email, she made clear that her statements on torture and Nashiri’s case do not represent the Navy or the Department of Defense.)

On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell informed senators that he was fast-tracking the vote in an executive session. “If confirmed, the motion to reconsider be considered made and laid upon the table; the President be immediately notified of the Senate’s action, that no further motions be in order, and that any statements relating to the nomination be printed in the Record,” read an internal email obtained by The Intercept sent to Democratic staffers.

“Today we’re seeing what amounts to a secret confirmation,” Wyden said. He told Intercepted: “I’m worried that if you have a proceeding like this, a nominee confirmed this way with zero meaningful declassification, this is not going to be the last secret confirmation. You will see other nominees coming up, and their record will be covered up as well.”

Wyden blasted the CIA and Haspel for refusing to grant the Senate full access to Haspel’s record and choosing instead to provide carefully declassified information intended to burnish Haspel’s image. “I want the American people to know that the agency is covering up her background. They’re covering it up because they’re trying to prevent what I think is the threshold issue of accountability … because if the American people knew what I know, I believe the Senate would have no choice but to reject her confirmation,” he said, pointing out that as acting director, Haspel is in charge of what the senators see and don’t see about her record. “She started with an enormous institutional advantage — I don’t know of a similar instance where the nominee gets to decide what is declassified about her and what isn’t.”

In a statement provided to The Intercept, Yasmine Taeb, senior policy counsel at the Center for Victims of Torture, said, “It’s outrageous that Republican leadership is fast tracking this vote. The Senate cannot fulfill its constitutional ‘advice and consent’ responsibilities when the Senate lacks meaningful access to all the documents relevant to this nomination, and when the public — whose job it is to hold their elected representatives accountable — remains largely in the dark.” Senators have also asked for more detailed information on Haspel’s role in the destruction of 92 video recordings of “enhanced interrogations” conducted in Thailand.

IN A MAY 7 BRIEFING to Senate Intelligence Committee staffers, also obtained by The Intercept, Crosby asserted that during Nashiri’s torture “unauthorized techniques were always used with authorized techniques.” Crosby stated that she could not discuss these “unauthorized techniques” because they remain classified. She cited a public statement from one of the CIA contractors who developed the enhanced interrogation program, psychologist James Mitchell, who said he witnessed an interrogator “dousing Nashiri with cold water while using a stiff, bristled brush to scrub his ass and balls and then his mouth and then blowing cigar smoke in his face until he became nauseous.” She offered to brief senators with appropriate security clearances on other classified unauthorized techniques.

“The bottom line on the Haspel nomination,” said Wyden, “is that the vast amount of information about her background could be declassified without compromising sources and methods, and that really does a disservice to the American people.”

Crosby told Senate staffers that the CIA’s “methodology consisted of strategic assaults — multiple traumas inflicted simultaneously, as well as consecutively, in a manner designed to instill terror and maximize harm in the prisoners.” The interrogation program, she stated, showed that “torture is not just a crime of physical violence, but a way of destroying someone’s humanity.” Crosby added: “It is important to note that the barbarity of the torture methods used were shrouded and concealed in sterile euphemisms.”

In the briefing, Crosby described the torture in graphic, albeit unclassified, terms:

The terror of being kept naked in pitch-black, shackled to the ceiling while music blared, covered in urine and feces while insects crawled on their bodies, in dank cells that were freezing cold or unbearably hot. The horrific conditions in between interrogations were in some cases as bad as the interrogations. These torture methods were inflicted for hours and days, for weeks at a time, over the course of years. The men became disoriented with no sense of when the abuse would stop. Some of the men wished for death.

She concluded her briefing: “The devastating human cost to this torture program cannot be overstated. Unfortunately, this toll is largely hidden due to ongoing secrecy and control that the CIA exercises. This is what I can say due to security restrictions.”

Crosby, who is currently at the Guantánamo prison examining Nashiri, told The Intercept that she could not offer further details because they are classified and, for the same reason, cannot speak about Haspel’s specific role in Nashiri’s torture. However, a brief prepared by Crosby’s organization, Physicians for Human Rights, asserts:

The CIA site in Thailand formed the blueprint for the rest of the CIA torture program. After her assignment there, Haspel continued to hold senior operational roles in the program, where presumably she would have been in a position to know about other abuses at other sites. Moreover, she was an enthusiastic supporter of the program and worked to protect it from criticism. This included drafting a cable ordering the shredding of videotapes depicting torture sessions, despite a court order staying their destruction. This act of cover-up should have led to Haspel’s dismissal – and should most certainly disqualify her from the role of leading the CIA.

On Monday, The Intercept reported that a senior Warner adviser wrote an email to Democrats on the Intelligence Committee informing them that a classified memo compiled by the committee’s minority staff and aimed at examining Haspel’s full involvement with torture and destruction of evidence was removed from the Senate. It was supposed to be housed in a secure facility inside Congress, so senators and their staff could read it before voting on Haspel’s nomination.

That memo, according to Democratic sources, provided classified details on Haspel’s role in torture, the destruction of evidence, and her tenure more broadly. The memo was based in part on the investigation conducted by U.S. attorney and special prosecutor John Durham into CIA activities following the September 11 attacks. On the eve of the committee vote on her confirmation, that memo was moved out of the U.S. Congress and Warner’s office said senators needed to ask his office in order to arrange to see it. Democratic sources have told The Intercept that few senators have read the classified memo.

On Wednesday, 10 Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions requesting that he provide the “Durham report” to the committee, saying that it falls under its jurisdiction over “compliance with laws against torture, as well as potential violations of the Freedom of Information Act.”

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