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Bush Torture Memos

Matt Sledge

How The CIA Twisted The Legacy Of A Vietnam War Protest To Justify Torture | Matt Sledge | Posted 12.16.2014 | Politics

Honolulu, 1971. A diverse group of men and women walk into an office of the Honeywell Corporation to protest the company's manufacture of deadly clust...

Shadee Ashtari

CIA's Chief Legal Officer Behind Black-Site Program Admits CIA Carried Out Unauthorized 'Torture' | Shadee Ashtari | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

The CIA’s use of certain interrogation techniques revealed by a newly released Senate Intelligence Committee investigation constituted unauthorized ...

Amanda Terkel

CIA Flipped Out Behind The Scenes When Bush Said U.S. Would Ban Torture | Amanda Terkel | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President George W. Bush marked June 26, 2003, the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, with a strong statement spelli...

Ali Watkins

U.N.: Obama Takes Torture Seriously? Give Us A Break | Ali Watkins | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- America, the Obama administration says, takes its history of torture seriously. President Barack Obama outlawed the harsh practices of t...

Ali Watkins

Zero-Hour In Geneva: Will Obama Seal His Legacy On Torture? | Ali Watkins | Posted 11.11.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. delegation will be asked by a United Nations panel on Wednesday if it believes the international Convention Against Torture appli...

Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison Gets Support Calling for Accountability for Torture

Coleen Rowley | Posted 10.17.2012 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

In connection with the 10 year anniversary of the shameful "torture memos," peace and human rights activists in Minnesota managed to get their Congresspersons and Senators to declare torture is wrong and, in varying degrees, touch on the need for accountability.

All I Want for Christmas Is My Civil Liberties!

Coleen Rowley | Posted 02.23.2012 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

What's the worst that could happen as a result of the congressional rubberstamp broadening the war and allowing indefinite military detention of American citizens as "enemy combatants"?

Abu Ghraib Torture Victims Deserve Compensation

Gabor Rona | Posted 07.13.2011 | Politics
Gabor Rona

Are Abu Ghraib torture victims entitled to compensation? Not one victim of official cruelty in U.S. custody has had access to an enforceable, effective remedy because the government has argued that allowing these claims to be heard would endanger national security.

Damn Wrong: Bush Admission on Torture Should Draw Special Prosecutor

Elizabeth Holtzman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Elizabeth Holtzman

In his new book, George Bush admits to having approved waterboarding. This admission has created a difficult dilemma for the current administration. Torture is a federal crime punishable by up to twenty years in prison.

Presidential Powers: Prudence or Perversion? Playing Jeopardy

Coleen Rowley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Coleen Rowley

If we're playing Jeopardy, and we are, this would be the answer: It's the real no-brainer answer to the legal and ethical questions posed by the ...

Unhappy Anniversary: Eight Years of Continuing Lawlessness

Shahid Buttar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shahid Buttar

The Defense Department now obstructs justice by suppressing evidence of its own criminal actions. This sordid history indicates the perverse depths to which our nation has unfortunately fallen.

Torture Accountability at Last - for Peru

Allison Kilkenny | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allison Kilkenny

It is not cliche or radical to demand the U.S. hold our own torturers (at all levels) to the same level of accountability as British mining corporations.

Dismiss John Yoo Suit, White House Says

The San Francisco Chronicle | Bob Egelko | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration has asked an appeals court to dismiss a lawsuit accusing former Bush administration attorney John Yoo of authorizing the tort...

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.

Confronting the CIA's Mind Maze

Alfred W. McCoy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Alfred W. McCoy

In retrospect, it may become more apparent that the real aberration of the Bush years lay not in torture policies per se, but in the president's order that the CIA should operate its own torture prisons.

Torture by Any Other Name

Allen Keller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Allen Keller

The recently released memos detailing interrogation methods authorized by the Bush Administration, demonstrate the critical need for an independent and comprehensive investigation.

Memory, War, and the Memory of War

Louis Bickford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Louis Bickford

Extreme violations of human rights in any context, including a war, are too important to forget. We want future generations to remember that we insisted on accountability for them.

Torture as Portrayed through Jenny Holzer's "Protect/Protect"

Joscelyn Jurich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Joscelyn Jurich

"Protect/Protect" reminds us with ferocious intensity that we desperately need to look backwards in order to assess the present and more carefully determine the future.

Anything Less Than Absolute Moral Clarity from Democrats Will Enshrine Bush's Abuses

Peter Daou | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Peter Daou

Failing to make a clean break from the Bush years will deprive America of the one thing it needs most: an affirmation of the rule of law and the consequent reclaiming of moral authority.

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.

Dick Cheney: A Life Pattern of Sabotaging the Security of the United States

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Cheney's argument that he is just trying to protect America does not wash. He has a scurrilous life pattern of providing aid-and-comfort to enemies of the United States. Here are 4 examples.

Sam Stein

IG Report: Waterboarding Was Neither "Efficacious Or Medically Safe" | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

A CIA inspector general's report from May 2004 that is set to be declassified by the Obama White House will almost certainly disprove claims that wate...

Sam Stein

Bush Torture Memos Released By Obama: See The Complete Documents | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As part of an ongoing court case, the Department of Justice released on Thursday memos issued by the Office of Legal Counsel between 2002 and 2005, de...

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...

Torture Memo Authors May Avoid Professional Sanctions

Washington Post | Carrie Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Efforts to impose professional sanctions on Bush administration lawyers who drafted memos supporting harsh interrogations of terrorism suspects face s...