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Bush Administration Torture

Torture Rules: How Much Pain and Suffering Works for You?

Michael Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Wolff

So what is our policy on torture? What's allowed?

An Example to All the World

Andrew Kimbrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andrew Kimbrell

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.

Sam Stein

Fleischer: Torture Investigation "Disgusting;" Nadler: It's Too Limited | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Attorney General Eric Holder's decision to launch a limited investigation of Bush-era interrogations of terror suspects has sparked intense criticism ...

Interrupting Unfriendly Persuasion

Carol Smaldino | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carol Smaldino

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.

Holding Holder's Feet to the Fire

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

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.

Cheney Gets Blamed

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


The "Truthiness" Dilemma

Judge H. Lee Sarokin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Judge H. Lee Sarokin

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 Talks Foreign Policy: New Face, Same Policy

Kathleen Wells, J.D. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kathleen Wells, J.D.

Congressman Ron Paul: I think Obama is purely political. I think he has backed down on what he said.

Petraeus Says U.S. Violated Geneva Conventions - What Will Cheney and Rush Say?

Jon Soltz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jon Soltz

I was stunned when Gen. Petraeus admitted today that the United States has violated the Geneva Conventions.

World Exclusive! Bush Admits Ordering Torture!

Martin Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Martin Lewis

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.

Second Thoughts on Cheney Indictment: Pardon Him ... And Others Too

Lanny Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lanny Davis

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.

Picking on Pelosi

John Wellington Ennis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Wellington Ennis

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.

Obama and Cheney: Dueling in Different Universes

Jim Selman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jim Selman

When people become polarized, there is no common ground from which to build a common future.

Prairie Home Torture Companion

Rory O'Connor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rory O'Connor

Keillor called for a fair and thorough congressional investigation that would "lay the whole wretched business out on the public record".

Dick Cheney Will Protect You, and Liberals Want Your First Born

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Did Cheney show a lack of commitment to national security by limiting the interrogation techniques to waterboarding?

Cheney Revealed As A Terminator During Latest Speech

Matthew Filipowicz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Matthew Filipowicz

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.

Siegelman's First Trial Judge Blasts U.S. Prosecutors, Seeks Probe of 'Unfounded' Charges

Andrew Kreig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Kreig

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.

The Phony Debate About Torture

Elizabeth Holtzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Holtzman

Torture can never be used because our Constitution bans it. There are no exceptions -- not for heinous crimes or ticking bombs.

Who's The Jack Murtha For Torture Investigations?

Josh Orton | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Josh Orton

Whose call for a special prosecutor would get the political media's (and the White House's) attention?

Sam Stein

Ventura And Hasselbeck Rumble Over Waterboarding On The View | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

There is a peculiar aspect to the debate over the use of waterboarding on terrorist detainees. Those who have actually experienced the procedure first...

Seven and Half Months--Seven and a Half Years

Reese Schonfeld | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Reese Schonfeld

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 Hollow and Horrible Equivocation

John Cusack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Cusack

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.

Mother of U.S. Marine Waterboarded by Our Military Hits Latest Torture Excuse -- and Cheney

Greg Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Greg Mitchell

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!

Why Obama Must Truly Hate Bush

Steve Benen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Benen

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.

The Torture Debate Will Be Won or Lost on National Security, not Morality or Legality

Frankie Sturm | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Frankie Sturm

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.