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May I Have the Waterboard Please...

(2) Comments | Posted February 25, 2013 | 7:08 PM

Neither waterboards, nor Zero Dark Thirty, which won but ½ an Oscar for sound editing, received much attention at last night's Academy Awards. Perhaps the better films won or it was luck of the draw. Perhaps, as British commentator Glenn Greenwald said "The stigma attached to the pro-torture...

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Outsourcing Torture

(3) Comments | Posted February 8, 2013 | 4:27 PM

In his Senate confirmation hearing, Thursday, CIA director nominee John Brennan noted that the United States "needs to make sure we are setting a standard for the world." We can only hope that when it comes to our country outsourcing torture, Mr. Brennan has learned that's not the way to...

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If Only the Torture Memos Were a Game Show

(0) Comments | Posted February 22, 2010 | 12:07 PM

If those who provided misguided and unethical legal cover for the Bush-Cheney administration's torture policy get away with it, at least we can still hope that those who would dare to undermine the integrity of a television game show will be held accountable.

Friday, the New York Times reported...

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Make Sure Health Care Reform Isn't "Bah, Humbug!"

(0) Comments | Posted December 28, 2009 | 3:10 PM

The Senate has wrapped up a much needed gift to our nation of health care reform. But it will be incumbent upon the Senate/House conference who will determine the final bill to ensure the package doesn't contain a lump of coal for states, such as New York, that have led...

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Call Health Care What It Is: A Basic Human Right

(9) Comments | Posted September 8, 2009 | 2:54 PM

For those seeking a guiding principle (this sounds much better than "sound bite") for health care reform here it is: "Health care is a basic human right."

Or put another way: "As members of American society, we have a fundamental right to health care."

It is striking...

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Now That's Trampling

(3) Comments | Posted August 13, 2009 | 5:38 PM

The juxtaposition on the front page of yesterday's New York Times was chilling. A photograph showed an irate town hall attendee screaming at Arlen Specter with the accompanying caption "You're trampling on the Constitution." Beneath, was an unrelated article entitled "Two US Architects of Harsh Tactics in 9/11's Wake." The...

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Torture, Healing and Accountability

(6) Comments | Posted June 26, 2009 | 7:03 PM

You may not know it, but June 26 is United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. It was on this day 25 years ago, that an international treaty banning torture, cruel inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment went into effect. Our country is a signatory to this...

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Torture by Any Other Name

(3) Comments | Posted May 26, 2009 | 6:36 PM

Misconceptions and distortions about torture by former Vice President Cheney and other former Bush administration officials are, if nothing else, impressive for their hubris. In a speech last Thursday, Mr. Cheney asserted that "tough" or "enhanced" interrogation methods were legal, essential, effective, and were not torture.

Mr. Cheney is...

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Making His List: Presidential Pardons and Torture

(43) Comments | Posted December 27, 2008 | 12:56 PM

Tis the season. Santa had his naughty or nice gift list and checked it twice. President Bush is still working on his list-the one granting pardons. And while a Brooklyn developer at the center of a fraud scheme has already been scratched, will those who conceived and implemented this...

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