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Presidential War Lies, Standing Ovations and the Great Waste of Everything

Matthew Hoh | Posted 01.21.2015 | Politics
Matthew Hoh

The president last night had the gall to state not just victory in our wars, but to take credit for the great and loving care American veterans are receiving.

Why We Torture

Scott Sigmund Gartner | Posted 01.20.2015 | Politics
Scott Sigmund Gartner

Intelligence is never perfect: Mistakes will be made. Extreme fear of one type of intelligence mistake, however, has repercussion not only on the likelihood of committing the other type of error but in the value of information and the methods used to obtain it.

Protecting Fans from Fanatics

Blayne Davis | Posted 01.20.2015 | Sports
Blayne Davis

While watching the National Championship game between Ohio State and Oregon, I wondered in the midst of the blitzing commercialism, how many of those dollars went toward protecting the packed stadium of loyal fans?

National Security, Values and the Terrorist Threat: Lessons From the 9/11 and French Attacks

Donald Kerwin | Posted 01.17.2015 | World
Donald Kerwin

An integration framework has the merit of highlighting the social alienation and disenfranchisement of certain youth, and the need for intervention well before radicalization occurs. It points to the need for instilling a sense of community, values and belonging into youth who are desperate for meaning in their lives and are at risk of finding it in all the wrong places

A Yoga Love Letter From New York to Paris

Susanna Harwood Rubin | Posted 01.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Susanna Harwood Rubin

This past Sunday morning I gave a workshop on the Bhagavad Gita for my friends' yoga teacher training in Paris. It had been planned since last fall, l...

To Stop Al Qaeda We Must Change the Way We React to Its Attacks

Amil Khan | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Amil Khan

As a journalist who covered extremism across the world since the 9/11 attacks, I fear the reaction to al Qaeda attacks more than the attacks themselves. The attacks are aimed at making young impressionable Muslims believe that al Qaeada's words are true. In reality, the attacks themselves don't accomplish that, but the reactions do.

France Must Avoid Becoming Like America After 9/11

Dominique Moisi | Posted 01.09.2015 | World
Dominique Moisi

So far, a climate of national unity is prevailing in France, just as it did in America immediately after 9/11. But how long will national unity prevail? The scars of colonialism are fresher in France than anywhere else in Europe; the country has Europe's largest Muslim minority; and, with moderates seeming particularly weak and divided, the extreme right is cresting in opinion polls. These ingredients could constitute a recipe for disaster.

Every Time Conservatives Mention Benghazi in 2015, Liberals Should Remind Them of September 11, 2001

H. A. Goodman | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

If their names were Clinton and Kerry, or Hagel and Susan Rice, what would Rush Limbaugh have said about their failure to protect America?

2015 Welcomes Generation X!

David Kanegis | Posted 12.31.2014 | Fifty
David Kanegis

As the last of the baby boomers turn 50, the first of your cohort now share that privilege. The only bad news -- the oldest of you will soon lose the coveted distinction of being advertiser's target market!

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 | 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 | 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 | 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 01.24.2015 | 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?