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Bush Administration Torture

Why the Torture Memos Matter

Bennet Kelley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bennet Kelley

Throughout the nation's history, our leaders have rejected the use of torture. This is based, in part, on a recognition that our strength as a nation emanates from the values and principles we uphold.

US Must Prosecute Bush Torture Memo Lawyers: UN Torture Envoy

AP | VERONIKA OLEKSYN | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VIENNA — The U.S. is obligated by a United Nations convention to prosecute Bush administration lawyers who allegedly drafted policies that appro...

Torture: "It's Perfectly Legal -- But We Don't Do It"

Joseph A. Palermo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Joseph A. Palermo

All of the torturers from the world's worst, most brutal regimes can now rise up and proclaim their solidarity with the United States: "We Are All Americans Now!"

Yes, National Review, We Did Execute Japanese for Waterboarding

Paul Begala | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Begala

It's kind of awkward to argue that waterboarding is not a crime when you hanged someone for doing it to our troops.

The Torture Moment

Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

The way we respond to the revelations about the Bush administration's use of torture will define the kind of country we are. It is a test of our courage and our convictions. So far, the media are not getting high marks.

Jonathan Fredman: Key Bush Era 'Enhanced Interrogator' Still At CIA

Washington Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"As a general deal," President Barack Obama said Tuesday about Bush administration officials who shaped the post-9/11 interrogation and detention regi...

Follow the Evidence

David Bromwich | Posted 06.01.2013 | Politics
David Bromwich

The truth about what Bush and Cheney and Addington and Yoo and Cambone and Feith and a handful of others did must be known before it can be judged, and all that can be judged is the content of their actions.

The Tortured Logic of the Torture Superfans

Bob Cesca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Cesca

If we can't protect ourselves with our morals intact, we don't deserve to be protected in the first place.

Apparently, We Don't Yet Know if Torture "Worked"

Larry Arnstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Larry Arnstein

We got famous all over the world as the big country that starts wars and tortures people. That's how well it worked.

What?! Prosecution?! For War Crimes?!

Mike Malloy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Malloy

Today, Obama opened the door just a crack for investigations and hearings to begin. It is now up to Congress and the nation's law enforcement division to either follow through or turn away.

Bye Bye Bybee

Marty Kaplan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Marty Kaplan

No matter how horrified we may be by the actions of Jay S. Bybee, John Yoo & Company, it is too convenient to distance ourselves from what they did by explaining it away as Rovian evil.

Torture Memos -- Next Step

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

Despite some domestic criticism, the president was correct in releasing the largely un-redacted Bush era "torture memos."

Sam Stein

Obama On Spanish Torture Investigation: I Prefer To Look Forward | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Asked for the first time to respond to the likelihood that Spanish prosecutors will target officials in the Bush administration for sanctioning tortur...

The Torture Lawyers: Where Are They Now?

Andrew Woods | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andrew Woods

William "Jim" Haynes II was hired in 2008 as Chief Corporate Counsel at Chevron Corporate Office in San Ramon, CA. Why would Chevron hire Haynes?

Rachel Maddow Presses Colin Powell Over His Role In Approving Bush Admin Interrogation Policy (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rachel Maddow sat down with former Secretary of State Colin Powell Wednesday night to discuss the approval of enhanced interrogation techniques by the...

How It Was: Terror and Water-Boarding the Insane in Philadelphia

Dan Agin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Agin

It seems that everyone in the world knows about water-boarding except certain people in the Bush administration. Our good fortune is that the Bush adm...

Why the War Crimes?

Harry Shearer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harry Shearer

The reporting that Abu Zubaydah wasn't the feared number 3 of Al-Qaeda, was -- or should be -- the last step in removing the scales from the eyes of all but the Cheney retainers.

Bush's Tortured Legacy

James Zogby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James Zogby

Despite Cheney's stubborn insistence that information obtained from tortured detainees stopped "a great many" terrorist attacks, he will present no evidence to back up that assertion.

Author Of Bush Torture Memos Regrets Style, Not Content

The Washington Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an interview yesterday with the Orange County Register, picked up by Jason Leopold at The Public Record, John Yoo says he doesn't regret the substa...

Basic Algebra: What Will the Verdict Be?

John Cusack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Cusack

Try them, and let a jury decide. We know ours is not a nation of cowards. What will our leaders do?

Almost is Not Enough

Jack Healey | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jack Healey

As we move into the new year, with a new administration and a new outlook on the world, let us work toward "no on torture" both at home and around the world.

The Beginning of the End?

Gabriel London | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gabriel London

With prisons running at just under double capacity for the last decade, judges have ruled that California has been unable to meet the health and mental care needs of its whopping 157,000 inmates.

Cheney: Chief of Churls

John Seery | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John Seery

It's becoming clearer and clearer that official acts of cruelty had little to do, either in intent or effect, with enhancing national security or producing reliable intelligence.

A Truth Commission to Investigate Bush-Cheney Administration Abuses

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

The Huffington Post community has played a vital role pursuing, demanding, and exposing the Bush-Cheney administration's numerous abuses. But there's still more we don't know, and more we must uncover.

Hold the Intelligence Community Accountable

Eric C. Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Eric C. Anderson

It's time for Congress to hold the intelligence community accountable and Senator Leahy may be offering just the means to accomplish that task.