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Torture

A few weeks ago, the PBS program “Frontline” broadcast “Secrets, Politics and Turture”, which they describe as “The secret history of the CIA’s controversial ‘enhanced interrogation’ methods”. You can watch this program online, and you really should. Why am I saying this to you? Because there was a small amount of publicity after it was […]

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America’s Ironic Attitudes about Torture

© Tom Tomorrow The Irony. New survey polls done by The Washington Post, ABC, and CBS show that either Americans have mixed feelings about our use of torture, or else that they really don’t want to think about it. For example, 69% of Americans consider waterboarding to be torture, but despite this, 59% think the […]

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Turnabout

© Jen Sorensen Actually, if they did only half as much horrible shit to us as we have admitted doing to them, we would have likely dropped nuclear weapons on them by now.

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Cheney Doubles Down on Torture

In addition, Cheney claimed that our waterboarding wasn’t torture because we elevated the victim’s feet so that they wouldn’t drown. The Fact Checker reviews Cheney’s statements and finds him completely full of bullshit. He has lied to us repeatedly, with absolutely no remorse, and he doesn’t dare stop lying now. He would do anything and […]

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Tortured Logic

© Matt Davies We have admitted that we used “enhanced” interrogation techniques, the same techniques that we prosecuted as torture when our enemies used them. Are we willing to take the next step, or do we really believe that something like this is only illegal if you lose a war? UPDATE: The Guardian points out […]

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Evil for No Reason

The Senate Intelligence committee finally released their report (10 years late) about the use of torture (the CIA called it “harsh interrogation”) after 9/11 and even though it was heavily redacted, it confirms what this blog and many others said at the time. It didn’t provide us with any information we couldn’t have gotten by […]

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Tortured Response

Andrew Sullivan has a must read rant on Obama’s foot dragging on the Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture. As some of you know, Sullivan is a conservative, but he is gay and also likes Obama. But he has had enough. Basically, his point is that the well documented use of torture by the US […]

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False Memories of the Bush Administration

A New York Times Book Review of memoirs by Dick Cheney and Don Rumsfeld is notable for it’s imminently quotable subtitle: In retrospect, Donald Rumsfeld and Dick Cheney realize they were right about everything. ©David Horsey The books themselves appear to be a waste of wood fiber but the review, Memories of the Bush Administration, […]

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Tortured Logic

Conservatives are trying to promote the idea that former president Bush deserves some, if not most, of the credit for finding Osama bin Laden, and that torture provided the information that helped find him. For example, Representative Steve King (R-IA) wrote “Wonder what President Obama thinks of water boarding now?” and the Tea Party Express […]

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Tortured Rule of Law

Obama taught constitutional law in Chicago, and campaigned on making respect for the rule of law one of the cornerstones of his presidency. He also promised to end the excesses of the Bush administration’s war on terrorism and increase government transparency. And yet, his actions say otherwise. His administration has gone after whistleblowers with a […]

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Mr. Torture Memo has a sense of humor!

Who knew that John Yoo — the Dept. of Justice lawyer who wrote the infamous memos that claimed that Dubya was legally entitled to ignore laws prohibiting torture — has a sense of humor. In an interview in the NY Times, Yoo gets off some surprisingly funny self-deprecating lines: NYT: Were you close to George […]

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Inquisitor in Chief Cheney

© Nick Anderson

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We have met the enemy, and he is Us

© Tom Tomorrow

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Drill Baby, Drill

© R. J. Matson

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Cheney accuses Obama of playing politics with the Justice Department

In what must be one of the most hypocritical statements in recent history, former VP Dick Cheney accused president Obama of using the Justice department to launch politically motivated investigations against CIA personnel for their use of “enhanced interrogation techniques” (i.e., torture). This is triply hypocritical: Firstly, how can he accuse Obama of playing politics […]

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