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Friday Talking Points -- Potholes on the Moral High Road

Chris Weigant | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Today's big economic news was that the unemployment rate is down to 7.3 percent, the lowest it has been since 2008. In the first year President Obama took office, the Great Recession spiked the rate to 10.0 percent, to put this figure into perspective.

Interrogators Speak Out: Torture is Illegal, Immoral and Ineffective

Mark Fallon | Posted 06.28.2012 | Crime
Mark Fallon

Every interrogation starts with analysis. That is, getting to know the detainee, researching their background, exploring their relationships with others, reviewing any available information and figuring out what makes them tick.

Human Rights Watch Calls for Bush Administration Officials to Be Tried for Torture

Democracy Now! | Posted 09.12.2011 | Politics
Democracy Now!

Democracy Now! interviewed Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, about a new report calling on the U.S. government to launch a broad criminal investigation into alleged crimes of torture.

Was Osama bin Laden Living on Pakistani Military Property?

Democracy Now! | Posted 07.05.2011 | World
Democracy Now!

Numerous questions have been raised on how Osama bin Laden could have been living in the Pakistani city of Abbottabad just down the street from Pakistan's premier military academy.

Former Military Interrogator Matthew Alexander: Torture "Slowed Down" Effort to Find Osama bin Laden

Democracy Now! | Posted 07.04.2011 | World
Democracy Now!

Some claim the Osama bin Laden mission vindicated controversial Bush policies on harsh interrogation techniques. But according to Matthew Alexander, this is hardly the case.

Wikileaks Reveal Cover-Ups and Under-Reported Cases of Civilian Losses in Afghanistan

M. Salahuddin Khan | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
M. Salahuddin Khan

If a stray Hellfire missile were to knock out a subdivision in Michigan while in pursuit of the very same terrorists that we appear to be after in Afghanistan, where would we draw the line of necessity?

Supreme Court Rules Against ACLU In Case Of Detainee Abuse Photos

AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has thrown out an appeals court ruling ordering the disclosure of photographs of detainees being abused by their ...

Human Rights Watch Should Not Be Criticized for Doing Its Job

Aryeh Neier | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Aryeh Neier

Human Rights Watch has an immense amount of experience in all parts of the world in fact-gathering and getting the story right. That is why its reporting matters.

Torture, Honor and Obama

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The Justice Department issued a report recommending cases involving gross abuses committed by American personnel in Iraq will be reopened. These courts inescapably will become theaters of the absurd.

Six Reasons to Love the Supplemental and Celebrate Progressives in Government

Heather Hurlburt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Heather Hurlburt

There's a decent chance that, in future, members of Congress from all sides will lose the ability to push unpopular projects through by tying them to money for the troops on the ground.

General Ricardo Sanchez Calls for War Crimes Truth Commission - VIDEO UPDATE

Jack Hidary | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jack Hidary

Last night, General Ricardo Sanchez, the former commander of all coalition forces in Iraq, became the first senior military officer from the Iraqi theater to call for a truth commission.

Abuse Photos Include Images Of Rape And Sexual Assault: Report

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Pentagon on Thursday denied the Daily Telegraph report that photographs of Iraqi prisoner abuse, whose release U.S. President Obama wants to block...

Baghdad Bomb Kills US Soldier, Making May Deadliest In 8 Months

AP | KIM GAMEL | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BAGHDAD — A roadside bomb killed a U.S. soldier Wednesday in Baghdad, making May the deadliest month for the American military since September. ...

Sentencing of Steve Green in Abeer Death, Command Structure In Iraq

Gail McGowan Mellor | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Gail McGowan Mellor

Enlisted people moreover are only one dimension. The truly dangerous distortion is at the top, in the command structures.

Bush's Final Press Conference

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Lest I be accused of "Bush Derangement Syndrome," I'm reproducing some of the most interesting answers Bush gave today, with a minimum of snarky commentary.

War Crimes and Incompetence -- the Real Shoes Thrown at Bush

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Last week the Senate Armed Services Committee released a report which basically called Bush and his entire National Security Council war criminals.

Friday Talking Points [58] -- [Expletive Deleted] Blagojevich

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The history of profanity in American political discourse is an untold story out there just waiting for someone to research and write about -- although...