So what is our policy on torture? What's allowed?
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I entered my cab and began a conversation with my driver, a middle aged man of my vintage who informed me he was of Pakistani descent.
Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to launch a limited investigation of Bush-era interrogations of terror suspects has sparked intense criticism ...
When persuasion is used without regard for the other person, when it becomes sadistic and reckless endangerment, it is what we have come to know as torture.
Attorney General Eric Holder is a man on a seat that is hot and getting ever hotter. But we still don't know if the lawyers who wrote the torture memos will be brought to justice.
What Nancy Pelosi knew and when she knew it hardly stems the flood of foreclosures, and whether she knew and failed to complain doesn't quite equate with directly ordering torture.
Congressman Ron Paul: I think Obama is purely political. I think he has backed down on what he said.
I was stunned when Gen. Petraeus admitted today that the United States has violated the Geneva Conventions.
I've just got back from visiting George W. Bush. We had a very nice chat for the most part. But he felt it was important to clear the air on the topic of waterboarding.
Obama should pardon not only Mr. Cheney, but everyone else in the prior administration who approved or knew about the illegal water-boarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques.
For all of the suspicion and projection upon her, Speaker Pelosi is really like a mom making her kids behave politely at a fancy restaurant.
When people become polarized, there is no common ground from which to build a common future.
Keillor called for a fair and thorough congressional investigation that would "lay the whole wretched business out on the public record".
Did Cheney show a lack of commitment to national security by limiting the interrogation techniques to waterboarding?
As you will see, during Cheney's speech, a malfunction of some sort caused a small explosion which caused the Cheney-Borg's flesh-like covering to melt, thus revealing the endoskeleton hidden beneath.
One of the most experienced federal judges in recent Alabama history is denouncing the U.S. Justice Department prosecution of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman.
Torture can never be used because our Constitution bans it. There are no exceptions -- not for heinous crimes or ticking bombs.
Whose call for a special prosecutor would get the political media's (and the White House's) attention?
There is a peculiar aspect to the debate over the use of waterboarding on terrorist detainees. Those who have actually experienced the procedure first...
The slimy bastards of the Bush Administration contributed to the deaths of more Americans at the hands of a foreign power than any President in the history of the United States.
A relatively new defense for waterboarding has emerged recently: Waterboarding can't be torture because we used it on "thousands" of our own troops as part of their training!
It's a real shame Bush and Cheney screwed up so spectacularly, and ignored the law so systematically, that it's interfering with Obama's desire to govern. But Obama signed up for this gig.
This is not an issue of partisan politics. It's a police matter... the investigation of a crime scene in which many more of us are complicit than is comfortable to recognize.
We don't have to leave morals or laws on the sideline, but unless we're satisfied with preaching to the choir, national security needs to be the focus of our case against torture.
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