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Pakistan and the Tragedy of Our Time

Ethan Casey | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Ethan Casey

Moral and intellectual clarity about the world we live in are not compatible with self-exculpating glibness. Our adversaries' wrongness does not mean we are in the right. The substance of the terrorists' victory lies exactly in their success in having persuaded Western societies to empower our own authoritarian regimes.

Who Cares If It Works? Jesus, Torture, and Rectal Hydration

Derek Penwell | Posted 12.15.2014 | Religion
Derek Penwell

Look, I'm not saying you can't be a Christian and support torture. I'm just saying that you're going to have a hard time convincing Jesus that it's a Christianity he would recognize.

Why Do People Hate One World Trade Center?

HuffPost Live | Chris Branch | Posted 12.15.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

In the months after the devastating attacks of 9/11, plans for an iconic replacement building gained steam. Thirteen long years later, One World Trade...

A Baer Look Inside the CIA--and Torture

Ximena Ortiz | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
Ximena Ortiz

The Senate torture report shows that detainee abuse was used not as a last, but sometimes as a first, resort after 9/11. Torture was executed not in a painstaking, precise manner, but by interrogators who lumbered casually and carelessly into it.

Cheney: Wrong on Iraq, Right on Torture?

James Marshall Crotty | Posted 12.15.2014 | Politics
James Marshall Crotty

Former U.S. Vice-President Dick Cheney was surprisingly persuasive in an emotionally charged Meet the Press appearance Sunday morning. All those Howar...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 12.14.2014 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week, the Senate released its report on America's use of torture after 9/11. The revelations were appalling: a detainee being chained naked to the floor and dying of exposure, another forced to stand on broken legs, more widespread use of waterboarding than previously known, and forced "rectal hydration" (in other contexts, known as rape). And not only did the CIA mislead Congress, but its claims -- repeated this week -- about the program's effectiveness were also unsupported by the evidence. It was a small step in accounting for one of the most shameful episodes in U.S. history. But it's not enough to, as the president did, simply say we won't do it again. The larger question is: Why aren't the program's architects being prosecuted? The methods used, the president said, are "inconsistent with our values as a nation." And so is placing some people above the law for political expediency. Thankfully, there is no statute of limitations on torture.

At the Last, Feinstein Finds Trouble in the Secret World

William Bradley | Posted 12.18.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

It's safe to say that Senator Dianne Feinstein has been anything but a boat-rocker during her six years as chair of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee.

3 Thoughts on Torture Following the Release of the SSCI Report on Torture 2014

Kristen Breitweiser | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics
Kristen Breitweiser

If we as a nation do not demand accountability for the truth revealed in this report, then how can we ever make sure that such immoral, illegal, evil acts (or worse) will not be repeated in the future? Accountability sets a strong and undeniable deterrence factor.

Paul Blumenthal

Architects Of CIA Torture Program Raked In $81 Million, Report Reveals

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Two psychologists were paid $81 million by the CIA to advise on and help implement its brutal interrogation program targeting detainees ...

The Tortured Logic of Bush and Cheney

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

With torture we get the worst of both worlds: We gather no useful intelligence and we undermine our reputation as a democratic government of principles.

Kate Sheppard

The Inside Story Of How The CIA Actually Caught The 9/11 Mastermind, But Nearly Didn't

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Buried in the 500-page Senate report on the Bush administration's CIA torture program, made public for the first time on Tuesday, is a d...

Century Love: 50 Cent and Eddie Gindi Give Back

Myrdith Leon Mccormack | Posted 12.05.2014 | Black Voices
Myrdith Leon Mccormack

The number of celebrities with charities is endless. Everyone has a cause. But how many of them actually can relate to the cause they represent? That's the better question.

Donté Stallworth

Here's Why 9/11 Conspiracy Theories Still Thrive In America

HuffingtonPost.com | Donté Stallworth | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- It was a sunny and clear Tuesday morning in Knoxville, Tennessee. Sitting in the kitchen of my girlfriend's apartment, I was eating a bo...

Mad About the '60s ... 50th Anniversary of Coup Classic Seven Days In May

William Bradley | Posted 11.30.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Today we think of the 1970s as the heyday of the conspiracy thriller, but the reality is that the conspiracy genre flourished a decade earlier, before most of the disillusionment. And it did so in large part at the encouragement of none other than the President of the United States.

JFK Tried to Craft a Creative Course in Another Era of American Insecurity and Fear

William Bradley | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Just over a half-century ago, during another time of American insecurity and fear, of things both real and imagined, John F. Kennedy used his legendary but abbreviated presidency to try to chart a course to a more assured future.

After 13 Years Is a Name Change in Order for the War on Terror?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 11.24.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Our four trillion dollar-plus investment gave rise to a crew of war profiteers that Risen dubs "the oligarchs of 9/11" and who are now wealthy beyond their wildest dreams. And how has it gone for the rest of us?

Lawsuit Alleges 911 Dispatchers Were Told They 'Speak Ghetto'

Reuters | Elizabeth Daley | Posted 11.23.2014 | Black Voices

PITTSBURGH, Nov 20 (Reuters) - Three minority women are suing a Pittsburgh 911 dispatch center where they worked, alleging that sexual harassment and ...

Arab Americans Getting Ready for 2016

James Zogby | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
James Zogby

Next week, Arab American leaders from a dozen key electoral states will convene in Washington to map out a political strategy for 2016. Despite the very real challenges facing these leaders, this generation of Arab Americans can approach the future with some confidence given the progress that has been made the last three decades.

Fundamentalist Islam and the Roots of Terrorism

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Janet Tavakoli

Most of the world's 1.6 billion Muslims do not countenance violence and human rights violations, but the fact remains that fundamentalists are not a fringe group; they occupy senior positions in Muslim clerical hierarchy.

Veterans Day: The Mission Must Merit the Sacrifice

William Bradley | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Obama is far too smart a man to remain in denial. And far too smart not to know, for this Veterans Day, the consequences of his decisions with regard to U.S. military and covert interventions around the world.

Daniel Liebeskind: The Ground Zero Master Plan

Louisiana Channel | Posted 11.04.2014 | New York
Louisiana Channel

When New York was attacked on 9/11, world famous architect Daniel Libeskind was in Berlin for the opening of his Jewish Museum. At once he said: I am leaving for New York.

Democrats Who Abandoned Obama Will Lose

Blake Fleetwood | Posted 11.03.2014 | Politics
Blake Fleetwood

The polls for Tuesday look grim for weak-kneed and squeamish Democrats who have not stood up for Obama--or the substantial achievements of his party--over the last six years.

24-Second GIF Shows Entire Construction Of One World Trade Center

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 11.03.2014 | Business

Thirteen years after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, One World Trade Center is officially open for business. It took more than a decade to build On...

Ground Zero Greek Orthodox Church Begins Rebuilding, 13 Years After 9/11 Attack

Religion News Service | Sarah Pulliam Bailey | Posted 10.26.2014 | Religion

NEW YORK (RNS) Leaders of a Greek Orthodox church that was destroyed during the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center broke ground on a new St. Nicho...

The 9/11 Flag From Ground Zero Is Missing

Brad Meltzer | Posted 12.24.2014 | Entertainment
Brad Meltzer

To this day, New York City has no leads, nor does the FDNY. Some experts suggest the real flag was misplaced at Ground Zero in the days after 9/11. All we know for sure is that the real flag came down from the flagpole the night of 9/11, and a different flag was raised 12 days later at Yankee Stadium.