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Bush Administration Torture

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.

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.

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.

Torture Investigations Are Coming. Are We Ready to Face the Heinous Crimes that Could Be Revealed?

Carlos Watson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Carlos Watson

I'm interested in what else may be uncovered. When investigators truly snoop around, they almost always find something unexpected.

Cheney and Torture: The Buck Stops...Where?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Rick Horowitz

On those questions, Cheney leaves us -- yet again -- in the dark. But we're certainly free to wonder: What did George Bush know, and how well did he know it?

Khalid Sheik Mohammed: "I Gave A Lot Of False Information" To Make Torture Stop

Mark Nickolas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Nickolas

The Bush torture memos pale in comparison to the leaked report issued by the Red Cross following two rounds of private interviews with the 14 "high value detainees" held at Guantanamo Bay.

Torture Images From Set Of Standard Operating Procedure Retell Story Of Abu Ghraib

Huffington Post Contributors | Nubar Alexanian and Katharine Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Photographs by Nubar Alexanian Text by Katharine Thomas One of President Obama's first executive decisions in office was to prohibit the use of inte...

Bush Official Suggests Cheney Torture Cover-Up

Mother Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On April 21, Philip Zelikow, who was counselor to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during the Bush administration, revealed on Foreign Policy's "Sh...

Video: Why we need a Truth Commission

Sen. Patrick Leahy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Patrick Leahy

In spite of all the recent news, some in Washington still need to be sold on the idea of creating a truth commission to investigate Bush-Cheney administration.

Cheney: I'm Defending "Little Guys" Against Torture Investigations

The Huffington Post | Megan Slack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former Vice President Dick Cheney is speaking out against possible investigation and prosecution of those responsible for the harsh interrogation tech...

If Torture is Not Punished, Charles Manson Should be Freed

Doon Baqi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Doon Baqi

I don't know if the term "witch hunt" can be applied to the torturers of today. Unlike the women of Salem, these guys actually are the "witches", they did do what they are accused of.

Condi Rice's Tortured Macaca Moment

Ari Melber | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Ari Melber

Rice's recent incident shows the prospects for what we might call a substantive Macaca Moment -- using YouTube and citizen media to scrutinize our leaders on the issues, not gaffes.

'Enhanced Interrogation' Techniques Called Out As Torture By Fox News Legal Analyst

Fox News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

I have read the 175 pages of legal memoranda ("the memos") that the Department of Justice (DoJ) released last week. They consist of letters written by...

New UN Report Shows the US Combo of Torture and Impunity Thrives in Iraqi Prisons

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jeremy Scahill

Iraqi authorities widely use torture to interrogate prisoners and extract confessions without fear of consequence. Sadly, the US doesn't have the credibility to confront these crimes.

Our Obligation to Investigate

Sen. Robert Byrd | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sen. Robert Byrd

Spain and the United Kingdom have already initiated investigations of Bush administration officials over torture -- to continue to ignore the mounting evidence of clear wrongdoing is a national humiliation.

Arthur Delaney

Anti-Torture Protesters Arrested In Droves Outside White House (VIDEO) | Arthur Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Sixty-one anti-torture protesters were arrested outside the White House on Thursday in a planned act of mass civil disobedience at the end of an event...

Why Congress Must Hold Hearings

Felton Newell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Felton Newell

Congress must fully investigate to answer the myriad of outstanding questions regarding the Bush terror program.

Time to Think About Torture and the Media

Rory O'Connor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Rory O'Connor

When it comes to America's torturing, none of us are blameless in our actions, our ignorance or our acquiescence.

Ryan Grim

Leahy Calls On Bybee To Testify On Torture | Ryan Grim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Jay Bybee finds it "frustrating" that he hasn't been able to speak publicly about his role in authorizing torture when he was a top lawyer in the Bush...

David Corn: Special Prosecutor's Job Is Not To Expose Wrongdoing

Mother Jones | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The other day I ran into a Democratic member of the House of Representatives, and this person noted that he fancied the idea of appointing a special p...

Torture is Not About "Winning the Afternoon," OK?

Will Bunch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Will Bunch

The torture issue doesn't lend itself to cute little "up" and "down" arrows, to dueling cable shouters "on the right" and "on the left," to all the little devices we in the media use.

How do we Debate the Unthinkable?

Peter Henne | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Peter Henne

The torture memos were a case of our nation's elites turning the unspeakable into the ordinary. Our responsibility now is to ensure it never becomes ordinary, even as a subject of condemnation.

Schakowsky Seeks Public Torture Hearings In House Intelligence Committee

Roll Call | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee wants to hold public hearings on the torture of detainees....

New Torture Photos Release Delayed By Obama (UPDATED)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

UPDATE: The White House plans to announce that Obama is "seeking to delay release of 'torture photos' depicting detainee abuse, reversing course. Wh...