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Turning Refugees Away? "We're Not That Kind of Country!" (Actually, We Are.)

Rick Horowitz | Posted 11.21.2015 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

We're America. And sometimes, we're afraid.

5 Truths About Counterterrorism Presidential Candidates Should Keep in Mind

Daphne Eviatar | Posted 11.15.2015 | Politics
Daphne Eviatar

Before jumping on the "tough on terrorism" bandwagon, candidates should reflect on the lessons learned in the 14 years since the 9/11 terror attacks, and consider what actually works to counter this global problem - and what doesn't.

An American Citizen Apologizes to the Iraqi People

Jeffrey Ruoff | Posted 10.30.2015 | Politics
Jeffrey Ruoff

Presidential candidate Jeb Bush has confessed, given what we know now, he would not have authorized the invasion of Iraq, as his brother did. A politician with integrity should have followed that comment with an apology to the Iraqi people.

Torture and the Psychologists

Paula Gordon | Posted 08.06.2015 | Politics
Paula Gordon

Even if torture works, it's a really, really bad idea. That anyone does it is appalling. That American psychologists participate in and endorse torture is outrageous. The APA and its adherents lose any semblance of credibility.

INTERVIEW: Dr. Philip Zimbardo and Director Kyle Patrick Alvarez on The Stanford Prison Experiment

Zaki Hasan | Posted 08.02.2015 | Entertainment
Zaki Hasan

When it comes to research into human behavior in groups, one of the most notable, foundational studies is the 1971 Stanford Prison Experiment. While it was scheduled to last longer, the experiment was cut short after six days when the guards began to abuse the prisoners.

When Don't We Buy What Research is Selling?

Dr. Philip Zimbardo | Posted 07.28.2015 | Science
Dr. Philip Zimbardo

What is special about the The Stanford Prison Experiment movie is the way it enables viewers to look through the observation window as if they were part of the prison staff watching this remarkable drama slowly unfold, and simultaneously observe those observers as well.

Are We All Potentially Evil?: A New Dramatic Film Based on the Stanford Prison Experiment Reveals Why Good People Turn Bad

Michael Shermer | Posted 07.27.2015 | Science
Michael Shermer

Unlike most filmic reenactments of real-life events in which considerable poetic license is taken to punch up the drama, none is needed for this film because the subjects themselves produced enough gravitas to keep the narrative arc moving toward its shattering conclusion.

Our Psychological Crisis: Making Sense of the American Psychological Association's Collusion with Torture

Deborah Kory | Posted 07.26.2015 | Politics
Deborah Kory

What shocks me is how shocked my professional community suddenly seems to be, since much of the information in the Hoffman report has been available to the public for many years, thanks to the ceaseless work of activist psychologists like Steven Reisner, Stephen Soldz, and Jean Maria Arrigo, who first blew the whistle on the APA's cover up back in 2006.

Sy Hersh: Old, Cranky and Spot On

Robert Miraldi | Posted 05.19.2015 | Media
Robert Miraldi

This is Sy Hersh. He is irascible, iconoclastic, irrepressible, difficult, passionate -- and still angry about governmental lies. And he is usually right.

Judith Miller Clings to Her Own Stubborn Myths

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 06.07.2015 | Media
Joseph A. Palermo

Judith Miller recently popped out of the Fox News bubble for a quick jaunt to the Wall Street Journal editorial page, the home base for John Bolton, Max Boot, and other neo-con hawks, to give her forthcoming book a little free advertising. In the process she attempts to whitewash her role as an influential pro-war voice in the lead-up to the Iraq War.

Judge Orders U.S. To Release Photos Showing Abuse Of Detainees

Posted 03.23.2015 | Politics

NEW YORK (AP) — The U.S. must release photographs showing abuse of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan, a federal judge has ruled in a long-running cl...

The Case For Releasing Torture Photos From Abu Ghraib

HuffPost Live | Rahel Gebreyes | Posted 01.06.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

It's been nearly a month since a Senate report revealed the gruesome torture techniques used by C.I.A. operatives following the Sept. 11 terrorist att...

Orange Is the New Golgotha

Kerry Walters | Posted 03.02.2015 | Religion
Kerry Walters

When torturers make a person scream in agony, Christ shrieks too. The Passion gets re-enacted. Christ suffers all over again, because torture is a hideous assault on both humans and God.

Torture Report: America Conducts a Moral Reckoning. Next, Moral Repair?

Carla Seaquist | Posted 02.17.2015 | Politics
Carla Seaquist

Mr. Obama, in ruling out prosecution for torture, may have thought he spared us bother, but actually he did us harm. By casting accountability into limbo, he makes possible government-sponsored torture in the future and prevents America from recovering the thing most precious: our good name.

What's Left for America's Torture Apologists?

Jared Del Rosso | Posted 02.13.2015 | Politics
Jared Del Rosso

So what's left for the country's torture apologists? Continue to claim that the program saved lives and discredit the report for relying too much on the CIA's own emails and cables, rather than interviews. What they likely won't do is admit and defend the version of waterboarding described by the Senate Intelligence Committee.

On The Border Of The Illusion

Mohammed Fairouz | Posted 02.11.2015 | Books
Mohammed Fairouz

Because of music's inherent abstractness, it is the most fundamentally subversive of the arts. It says something very specific, eliciting overpowering responses, and yet it has the luxury of being able to claim that it has said nothing at all.

After Torture Report, Rights of Victims and Accountability for Perpetrators Must Not Be Denied

David Tolbert | Posted 02.10.2015 | Politics
David Tolbert

How can it be that the US, which so prides itself on its traditions of respect for the rule of law and human rights, simply turn a blind eye on this deep stain on its record without the resonance of hypocrisy? How can it revive its moral credibility?

'I Was An Interrogator At Abu Ghraib. I Tortured.'

The New York Times | Eric Fair | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

BETHLEHEM, Pa. — I SPENT this semester teaching creative writing at Lehigh University. I’ve been a soldier, a police officer and an interrogator. ...

The Corrupt Logic of Torture

Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite | Posted 02.08.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Susan Brooks Thistlethwaite

I truly pray that the release of this report will be a turning point, an opportunity not only to look at what happened during the Bush Administration, but also to take a hard look at ourselves today. We as Americans must reject the corrupting logic of torture and work hard to see every other person as a human being first.

In Small Places

Philippa Greer | Posted 02.08.2015 | Politics
Philippa Greer

Should Guantánamo close prior to the end of Obama's second term, it will prove merely a symbolic gesture. Obama's policy has served the President's interests. Where will individual rights stand if individuals remain complicit in the policy of indefinite detention without charge or trial that will remain?

Lessons Learned in the Bucca Camp

Kathy Kelly | Posted 11.23.2014 | World
Kathy Kelly

In January of 2004 I visited "Bucca Camp," a U.S.-run POW camp near the isolated port city of Umm Qasr, in southern Iraq. This was a year before the capture of Awwad Ibrahim Ali al-Badri al-Samarrai, who, starting in 2005, would spend four years in the camp under the name Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

Controversial Abu Ghraib Torture Photos May Be Released

Reuters | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics

By Joseph Ax NEW YORK, Aug 27 (Reuters) - A federal judge signaled on Wednesday he may order the U.S. government to release as many as...

Attacks In Iraq Kill 16, Wound Dozens

AP | By SINAN SALAHEDDIN | Posted 09.19.2014 | World

BAGHDAD (AP) — Attacks overnight in two Iraqi cities killed at least 16 people, officials said Monday as authorities struggle to stop the Sunni mili...

The Worst President Since World War II? Uh, Guess Again

Marco Cáceres | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics
Marco Cáceres

Oh, Americans have such short memories -- made only worse by how pathetically poor many choose to be informed.

Iraq and the Neocons: The Sequel

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

Neocons and elite media personalities who got everything wrong on Iraq now darken my TV screen telling me to ignore the invasion, the eight-year occupation, the lies about weapons of mass destruction, "mushroom clouds" becoming "smoking guns," the torture at Abu Ghraib prison and everything else, and pretend the war started with General David Petraeus's miraculous "surge" where everything was wonderful in Iraq until the "dove" Obama pulled the plug. It's a nice narrative if your goal is partisan advantage, but like so much else we've heard from policy elites regarding Iraq, it has nothing to do with reality.