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Bush Administration Torture

The Word from California

Larry Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Abrams

While many Americans feel quite content in contesting the "Gay Agenda," far fewer consider themselves out and out bigots willing to deny other people basic Human Rights.

Gitmo Gotcha, You Betcha

Jeff Schweitzer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeff Schweitzer

Illegal conduct implemented at Gitmo has now metastasized to the shores of the United States. Where is the outrage?

Speaking of Torture

Temina Madon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Temina Madon

Was it just me, or did Fred Thompson's speech last night at the Republican National Convention sound like a report from Abu Ghraib or Guantanamo? At l...

Legal Torture Is Still Wrong

Michael Schwartz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Michael Schwartz

The fact is that the Bush Administration's legal maneuvering has won over American citizens to torture. The only viable argument against torture now is the moral argument.

Unearthed: News of the Week the Mainstream Media Forgot to Report

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Brendan DeMelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Brendan DeMelle

Ashcroft claims waterboarding isn't torture, Green energy sector jobs surge, Ford offers more fuel efficient vehicles in the U.S., and the White House tries to define contraception as abortion.

Judge For Bin Laden's Driver Nixes Evidence Collected Under "Highly Coercive" Conditions

AP | MIKE MELIA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — A former driver for Osama bin Laden knew the target of the fourth hijacked plane on Sept. 11, a prosecutor sai...

Ashcroft Suggests CIA Started Torturing, Then Sought Legal Cover

Salon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Much attention has been focused on the bizarre legal reasoning behind the Bush administration's "torture memos," a series of documents starting in Aug...

Bush Rejected Ashcroft's DOJ Picks In Favor Of Torture-Legalizing Loyalist

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Then-Attorney General John D. Ashcroft offered the White House a list of five candidates to lead the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel in ear...

Red Cross: CIA Tortured, Officials Could Be Guilty Of War Crimes

NY Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Red Cross investigators concluded last year in a secret report that the Central Intelligence Agency's interrogation methods for high-level Qaeda priso...

Confronting and Ending the Politics of Humiliation: Part 1, From the Warsaw Ghetto to Guantanamo Bay

Stephen Ducat | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stephen Ducat

Those who comprise the current Republican administration are certainly not the first political rulers to deploy humiliation as a psychological weapon against those it perceives as a threat.

What Will Happen to the "Unitary Executive" in the Next Presidential Term?

Charles Shaw | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Charles Shaw

The policy of the "Unitary Executive" (which grants Bush unchecked power during national emergencies) was the "single most successfully implemented policy" of the Bush/Cheney administration.

Script Doctors

Jayne Lyn Stahl | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jayne Lyn Stahl

After the Court's ruling that Guantanamo detainees are now entitled to habeas corpus, all the president's men are working overtime so they can stack the deck strongly in favor of winning convictions.

The Supreme Court Returns the Constitution to Guantánamo

Deborah Colson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Deborah Colson

The Court has returned the Constitution to Guantánamo, where rules violate basic principles of justice and human rights. But the military commission system cannot be fixed with one good decision.

The Smoking Gun

Errol Morris | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Errol Morris

There are smoking guns for our prisoner abuse everywhere but people pretend they don't exist. How many torture memos does an administration have to promulgate before the public gets the idea they are promulgating torture?

Will Thomas

Rove: Stress Positions Are Torture When Done To John McCain | Will Thomas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Karl Rove's recent opinion piece on John McCain contradicts the definition of torture to which his former employer adheres. Despite repeated claims t...

Jason Linkins

New York Times Finally Finds Some Time To Mention Bush's Support Of Torture | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Today's New York Times editorial, "The Torture Sessions," is shot through with references to time: Ever since Americans learned that American soldier...

NYT Op-Ed: The Torture Sessions

NY Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Ever since Americans learned that American soldiers and intelligence agents were torturing prisoners, there has been a disturbing question: How high u...

Legal Experts Weigh In On Bush Torture Meetings

Washington Independent | Spencer Ackerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With nine months remaining in President George W. Bush's term, virtually no legal analyst expects that anyone in his administration will face indictme...

George Bush: I Was Aware Of Harsh Tactics Meetings


President Bush says he knew his top national security advisors discussed and approved specific details about how high-value al Qaeda suspects would be...

Graphic New Abu Ghraib Photos Released (NSFW)

Wired | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED. As an expert witness in the defense of an Abu Ghraib guard who was court-martialed, psychologist Philip Zimbardo had acc...

Bush Admin Asks Judge Not To Investigate CIA Tapes

AP | MATT APUZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

he Bush administration has told a federal judge it was not obligated to preserve videotapes of CIA interrogations of suspected terrorists and urged th...

Bush Administration Going To Court Over CIA Tapes

AP | MATT APUZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A federal judge has ordered a hearing on whether the Bush administration violated a court order by destroying CIA interrogation videos of two al-Qaida...

Mukasey Won't Give Congress CIA Tape Details

Washington Post | Dan Eggen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Attorney General Michael B. Mukasey today sharply rebuffed congressional demands for details about the Justice Department's inquiry into the destructi...

Kit Bond Tries To Backpedal From Waterboarding Comments

Crooks and Liars | Nicolle Bell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Obviously, the Republican leadership has gotten to Sen. Kit Bond with the message: You're. Not. Helping. Our. Cause. by likening waterboarding to swim...

CIA Official Who Ordered Tapes Destroyed Lawyers Up

TPMmuckraker | Spencer Ackerman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Blink and you'll miss it in today's New York Times piece on the House's torture ban. But Jose Rodriguez, the CIA's ex-operations director who ordered ...