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Cia Torture Memos

Acknowledging America's Arrogance

Wajahat Ali | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Wajahat Ali

Obama's aggressive rhetoric and military action in Pakistan not only leaves collateral damage in the form of civilian casualties -- it also erodes trust and confidence in the US government and its intentions.

Release of the "Holy Grail" of Torture Reports Delayed Again

Andy Worthington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Andy Worthington

Today was supposed to be the day that the Justice Department -- after two delays -- released an unclassified version of the CIA Inspector General's 2004 Report into the interrogations of "high-value detainees."

How to Live Vicariously Through Britain's Blacklist

Jason Notte | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jason Notte

It must be somewhat comforting to live in a nation where homophobes and other bigots are placed on a blacklist and banned from that nation's shores.

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...

Never Again

Trey Ellis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Trey Ellis

What moral scale could the administration and Harry Reid possibly be using for not wanting to immediately determine which former government officials either sanctified or urged the CIA to torture?

The Posse is Not Currently Available

Gerald Sindell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Gerald Sindell

So we have a lawless world and the president can do what he wants to do (didn't we just see how that turns out?) and somehow that is standing up for the rule of law.

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.

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.

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...

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 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...