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Bush Torture Memos

'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...

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.

Jay Bybee Stands By Bush Torture Memos: No Regrets

New York Times | NEIL A. LEWIS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Judge Jay S. Bybee broke his silence on Tuesday and defended the conclusions of legal memorandums he had signed as a Bush administration lawyer that a...

Crime and Crime Again

Hart Bochner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Hart Bochner

It will become its own kind of crime if Obama does not set precedent at such a crucial juncture and pursue justice against the Cheney/Rumsfeld/Wolfowitz rat pack.

Waterboarding Sean Hannity

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Hoyt Hilsman

Sean Hannity's offer to undergo waterboarding for charity is almost too good to refuse.

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...

Dickipedia: John Yoo

Dickipedia | Kevin Allocca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy

John Choon Yoo (born June 10, 1967) is an American attorney, former U.S. Justice Department official, Berkeley law professor, writer of memos, foremos...

Torture Memos Spur Intense Debate In Obama Inner Circle

Washington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As President Obama met with top advisers on the evening of April 15, he faced one of the sharpest policy divides of his young administration....

A Reasonable Observer's Response to the Torture Memos

Martha St Jean | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Martha St Jean

The Bush torture memos have provided more questions than answers. Where were the "reasonable observers" who should have given dissenting viewpoints based on legal and moral ramifications?

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!"

Jay Bybee's Rules at Home: "Be Nice. Don't Hit." Bybee's Rules for the CIA: Torture Prisoners

Jeremy Scahill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jeremy Scahill

Bybee seems to be against corporal punishment at home, but has no problem with slamming prisoners against walls, locking people in boxes and simulating drowning.

Abu Ghraib Head: Bush Administration Scapegoated Us

CBS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Brigadier General Janis Karpinski, who ran Iraq prisons in 2003, including the notorious Abu Ghraib prison was insistent that all orders on interrogat...

Refuting the Self-Fulfilling Torture Prophecy: A Response to Hayden and Mukasey

Rep. Jan Schakowsky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Not torturing prisoners is one of our nation's proudest traditions, one of the features that define us. Yet, the men who served as CIA Director and Attorney General still believe in these techniques.

Bush Memos Suggest Abuse Isn't Torture If A Doctor Is There

Propublica | Sheri Fink | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Former CIA Director Michael V. Hayden was fond of saying [1] that when it came to handling high-value terror suspects, he would play in fair territory...

Jason Linkins

Rush Limbaugh Begins Slapping Himself On-Air To "Simulate Torture" (AUDIO) | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Rush Limbaugh read the torture memos and got inspired to perform a brief act of self-torture and strenuous exercise, just like the old-timey radio por...

Sam Stein

Bush Torture Memos: Commercial Diets Used As Justification | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an effort to rationalize the use of dietary manipulation on detainees, Bush administration officials turned to Slim Fast and Jenny Craig. In a fo...

Republican Senator Admits Torture Helps Al Qaeda Recruitment

The Plum Line | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

This is a good one. In the course of attacking Obama's decision to release the torture memos, GOP Senator Kit Bond appears to have admitted that the ...

Obama Pardons Madoff

Miles Mogulescu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Miles Mogulescu

The message that Obama sends by refusing to even consider prosecuting CIA officers who may have committed war crimes, is that in the future, government officials can commit similar acts with impunity.

Expedience and the Torture Amnesty

David Bromwich | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Bromwich

Obama comments on the release of the torture memos to assure the country that a dark age has passed. At the same time, he is careful to assure the agents of that darkness that they will be exempt from prosecution.

Sam Stein

Bush Memo Footnotes Define Waterboarding As Torture | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

With reporting by Stuart Whatley A Bush administration memo from 2005, intended to establish a legal basis for aggressive interrogation techniques, c...

Blackmail: GOP Threatens To Filibuster Nominees If Obama Releases Torture Memos

The Daily Beast | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

If the president releases the Bush torture memos, Republicans are promising to "go nuclear" and filibuster his legal appointments. Scott Horton report...

Obama Releasing "Ugly" Bush Admin Torture Memos

Newsweek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Over objections from the U.S. intelligence community, the White House is moving to declassify--and publicly release--three internal memos that will la...